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Holidays Ltd part of the Skills Group Door-to-Door Holidays in Britain & Europe

2018 INCLUDES: RIP-OUT OFFERS INSIDE DOOR-TO-DOOR INCLUSIVE INSURANCE CLUB CLASS TRAVEL

www.laverholidays.co.uk


Welcome on board

Welcome to the Laver Holidays 2018 Summer brochure, full of the very best in luxury coach travel from January to October. Established in March 1991, and now a well-established part of the Skills Group based in Nottinghamshire, Laver Holidays are a renowned coach tour operator that offer hassle-free coach holidays to all four corners of the Great British Isles. We are proud to continue to offer our customers the perfect service for those who want a holiday without the additional stress that usually comes with it. With a simple booking process that starts at your home, we take care of transport, hotels and excursions. Furthermore, on all of our short breaks and holidays, we provide a unique Door-to-Door service, that picks you up from home and drops you off again, so all that’s left for you to do is sit back and relax! Inside this brochure you will find a selection of breaks and destinations, each carefully created to make sure that there is a holiday to suit every taste. Whether you are longing for the delights of North Devon, a relaxing Warner Leisure stay, or you are looking to explore the serene Emerald Island on our brand new Grand Tour of Ireland, we have the perfect holiday right here for you. If you are interested in travelling across Continental Europe, and beyond, then please turn to the back pages of this brochure where we have included a selection of the very best of our Air, Rail and Cruise journeys. Plus don’t forget, our Laver and Skills Holidays shops can also act as an independent travel agent, so if you can’t see a trip you like - not to worry! Our experienced and knowledgeable retail team will be able to find and book a holiday that's perfect for you anywhere in the world. We hope that you enjoy reading through our 2018 brochure and we look forward to the pleasure of your company soon.

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Please find attached your exclusive limited offers across the Laver brand for the upcoming year! Redeeming your vouchers couldn’t be simpler, just hand your vouchers over to one of our friendly staff members in any one of our travel shops when making a booking, or call and quote your discount code displayed on the voucher. Discounts are only available on new and direct bookings when a valid voucher is presented (or valid code is quoted over the phone). Discounts cannot be used on the website or in conjunction with any other offer. Discounts cannot be used on Mystery Explorer tours and we have the right to discontinue any of these offers at any time. Excludes Day Trips, Air, Rail & Cruise holidays and Leger holidays. Full terms and conditions apply, you can find these on pages 73 & 74 of this brochure.

Loyalty Card If you’re looking for a great day out this year, then look no further! From heritage railways to flower shows, the Skills Group has something for everyone, and now you can claim a FREE DAY TRIP* with our Day Trip Loyalty Card! Every time you book a day trip in-store, ask a staff member to stamp the slots (on the back of the card), once all 10 slots have been signed, present this card in-store for a FREE Day Trip* *Valid for one free day trip up to the value of £20 for the loyalty card owner. Offer can only be used on new bookings. Subject to availability. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Loyalty card can only be used and redeemed in a Skills or Laver branch. Loyalty card offer will expire at midnight on 31.12.2018.

Get in Touch CALL US ON: ON 08456 66 55 44* OR VISIT: WWW.LAVERHOLIDAYS.CO.UK *Calls cost 3p per minute plus your company’s standard access charge

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*New bookings only Limited Availability

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ANY Laver break travelling in April and May 2018 for 4 days or more

Code: LAVEREARLY18 Offer ends 27.10.2017

*New bookings only Limited Availability

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Code: LAVERSEPTOCT18 Offer ends 27.10.2017

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ANY Laver break travelling in November and December 2017 for 4 or 5 days

EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT

part of the Skills Group

FESTIVE DISCOUNT

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KEEP THIS CARD WITH YOU:YOU MAY NEED IT WHILST TRAVELLING OR YOU MAY WANT TO ASK A QUESTION ABOUT YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY! *

calls to our 0845 booking line cost 3p per minute plus your network provider’s standard access charge

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DAY TRIP LOYALTY CARD Every time you book a day trip in our shops, ask a member of staff to stamp one of the slots on the back of this card. Once all the slots are complete present this card to the retail team for a free day trip up to the value of £20!


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What we Offer...

*This voucher can be used in our travel stores or over the telephone by quoting the voucher reference code on the reverse and is limited to one voucher per booking. This voucher is redeemable against any Laver breaks of 4 days or more, advertised within the 2017 Laver Festive brochure, travelling from 01.11.2017 – 31.12.2017. Voucher code must be presented at the time of purchase and can only be used once. Voucher applies to new bookings only and cannot be used retrospectively or in conjunction with any other offer. If this voucher is defaced, altered or has exceeded the expiry date listed, it cannot be accepted. No cash alternative. Subject to availability and the issuer reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any time. For full booking terms and conditions, please see our Trading Charter at www.laverholidays.co.uk. Valid until midnight on Monday 9th October 2017.

Offer ends 09.10.2017

Our Club Class Service Holidays Ltd part of the Skills Group

*This voucher can be used in our travel stores or over the telephone by quoting the voucher reference code on the reverse and is limited to one voucher per booking. This voucher is redeemable against any Laver breaks of 4 days or more, advertised within this brochure, travelling from 01.04.2018 – 31.05.2018. Voucher code must be presented at the time of purchase and can only be used once. Voucher applies to new bookings only and cannot be used retrospectively or in conjunction with any other offer. If this voucher is defaced, altered or has exceeded the expiry date listed, it cannot be accepted. No cash alternative. Subject to availability and the issuer reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any time. For full booking terms and conditions, please see our Trading Charter at www.laverholidays.co.uk. Valid until midnight on Friday 27th October 2017.

Offer ends 27.10.2017

Holidays Ltd part of the Skills Group

*This voucher can be used in our travel stores or over the telephone by quoting the voucher reference code on the reverse and is limited to one voucher per booking. This voucher is redeemable against any Laver breaks of 4 days or more, advertised within this brochure, travelling from 01.09.2018 – 31.10.2018. Voucher code must be presented at the time of purchase and can only be used once. Voucher applies to new bookings only and cannot be used retrospectively or in conjunction with any other offer. If this voucher is defaced, altered or has exceeded the expiry date listed, it cannot be accepted. No cash alternative. Subject to availability and the issuer reserves the right to withdraw the offer at any time. For full booking terms and conditions, please see our Trading Charter at www.laverholidays.co.uk. Valid until midnight on Friday 27th October 2017.

Offer ends 27.10.2017

HEAD OFFICE Tel: Add: Email:

Useful Contacts 0115 9770080 Belgrave Road, Bulwell, Nottingham, NG6 8LY enquiry@skills.co.uk

SHOP TELEPHONE NUMBERS Nottingham: 01159 507982 Derby: 01332 384000 Beeston: 01159 222441 Loughborough: 01509 236500

Once complete, exchangeable for a free day trip up to the value of £20

Our Club Class holidays continue to be extremely popular with our customers and we will once again be running a selection of Club Class breaks throughout the year. Our Club Class coaches include a spacious, tabled seating area at the rear of the coach with additional legroom for passengers to use and enjoy whilst travelling and a variety of complimentary newspapers will also be available on board throughout the holiday.

Our 'Door-to-Door' Service We know that you want total peace of mind on your holiday, and that's why all of our holidays include our unique 'Door-to-Door' service, where we pick you up straight from your front door to start your holiday and take you safely home at the end. The red line on our map (please see page 5) illustrates the area in which we offer our complimentary ‘Door-to-Door’ service. For areas outside the red line, a supplementary charge will apply (please contact us if in doubt). Unless otherwise indicated, on all of our holidays, transport will be provided to one of the boarding points shown on the map.

Inclusive Holiday Insurance At Laver Holidays we are committed to ensuring that our customers are taken care of every step of the way, that's why all of our departures for 3 days or more now have personal travel insurance included in the price of your package holiday. So you can book your holiday completely worry-free.*

VALID UNTIL: 31.12.2018

Available on all tours for 3 days or more unless specified. Terms & conditions apply.

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Where to book Whether you’re looking for a little more inspiration, have a question or already know the holiday for you, call into any of our Skills or Laver Holiday travel shops, where our friendly and knowledgable team are happy to help.

NOTTINGHAM

LOUGHBOROUGH

0115 9507982 T:T.01159 507 982 3/3a Mansfield Road NG1 3FB

T. 01509 236500 25 Swan Street LE11 5BL

BULWELL

BEESTON

T. 0115 9770080 Skills HQ, Belgrave Road NG6 8LY

T:T.01159 507 982 0115 9222441 104 Chilwell Road NG9 1ES

DERBY

T. 01332 384000 Eagle Centre Market, Intu Centre DE1 2AZ

Call us direct on 08456 66 55 44 Lines open 9am - 9pm (Mon - Fri) and 9am - 6pm (Sat - Sun) Calls cost 3p per minute plus your company’s access charge

You can also book our coach holidays at any of the following travel agents: • Co-Operative Travel, Various • Wollaton Travel, Wollaton • TanZo-Go, Mansfield • Millington Travel, Leicester

• Arriva Midlands, Leicester • Glenfield Travel, Leicester • Visit Leicester, Leicester • Claridon Travel, Keyworth

Financial Protection Skills Motor Coaches Ltd. [t/a Laver Holidays] and Skills Worldwide Travel are members of ABTA with membership numbers V5770/77680 and E0259. This offers our customers extra protection when travelling and also means we must abide by ABTA’s strict standards of service and Code of Conduct. For further information and to find out about ABTA’s arbitration scheme, please visit www.abta.com. Skills Holidays are members of the Bonded Coach Holiday Group of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK Ltd who provide a government approved consumer protection scheme. This ensures that in accordance with the coach package holidays featured in this brochure and on our website that our clients’ monies are protected by a Bond in the unlikely event of the Member’s insolvency. Full details can be obtained at www.bch-uk.org or call 0207 240 3131.

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Contents

PARTY NIGHT Laver’s Annual Get-Together

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EASTER BREAKS

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ENGLAND

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Easter Mystery Tour 9 Easter in Wonderful Weymouth 9 NEW Easter in North Devon 10

Isle of Wight Experience 11 Cornwall's Charms: Looe Valley Railway, St Ives & Port Issac 12 Cornish Highlights 13 Legendary Cornwall: Prideaux Place, Tintagel & Looe 14 15 NEW Falmouth, The Eden Project & St Ives Torquay & Greenway: The English Riviera 16 Ilfracombe, Lynton & Exmoor 17 Eastbourne & the Beautiful South 18 South Coast Explorer: Brighton, Eastbourne & Hastings 19 North Devon Explorer: Bude, Clovelly & RHS Garden Rosemoor 19 Elegant Sidmouth 20 NEW Great Dorset Steam Fair 21 Weymouth & The Dreamy Dorset Coast 22 Bournemouth, Poole & Weymouth 23 Kent Contrasts: Gardens, Castles & Vineyards 24 NEW Gardens of Essex & Althorpe House 24 Chartwell, Leeds & Hever 25 Enchanting Gardens of East Sussex 25 Norfolk Explorer: Seal Cruise & Holkham Hall 26 Constable & Gainsborough Country 27 Antiques Hunting in Picture Perfect Suffolk 27 NEW The Stately Homes of East Anglia 28 Wonders of Wiltshire 29 Escape to the Country: Herefordshire & The Wye Valley 29 Lovely Ludlow & Highlights of the Welsh Borders 30 Shropshire Gems: Ironbridge, Shrewsbury & The Severn Valley Railway 31 NEW Heart of England Rail Journeys 32 NEW Lincolnshire & The Wolds 33 NEW Cheshire Highlights: Chester, Ness Gardens & Anderton Boat Lift 33 NEW Journeys through the Peak District 34 Yorkshire Transport: Steam & Cruise 35 NEW Food Trail of Yorkshire 36 Seaside Mystery Tour 37 Scarborough: Gem of the Yorkshire Coast 37 Summer Cruising in the Lake District 38 Windermere Warmer 39 NEW Discover Cumbria 39 NEW Tyne & Wear: Tanfield Rail, Quay Cruise & Beamish Museum 40 NEW Castles, Halls & Gardens of Northumbria 41 Isle of Man Experience 41

WARNER LEISURE BREAKS

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NEW Warner's: Cricket St. Thomas 42 Warner's: Alvaston Hall 43 Warner's: Sinah Warren 43

WALES

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SCOTLAND

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IRELAND

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Llandudno & Snowdonia 44 Relaxing on the Llŷn Peninsula 45 Wales on Rails: Scenic Journeys of North Wales 45 NEW The Castles of North Wales 46 NEW Welsh Secrets & The Royal Mint 46 Pembrokeshire & Tenby 47 The Welsh Coast: Barmouth, Aberystwyth & Bala Lake Railway 47

Hebridean Island Hopper 48 Extraordinary Edinburgh & The Kelpies 49 NEW Perthshire Escape: All-Inclusive 49 Edinburgh Military Tattoo & Northumberland 50 NEW Scotland Explorer 51 Scotland in Miniature: Isle of Arran & Loch Lomond 51 NEW Aristocratic Scotland 52 NEW Grand Tour of Ireland NEW Guided Dublin & Grand Canal Cruise

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SINGLES BREAKS

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LAVER SAVERS

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NEW Yorkshire Blooms 55 Norfolk Coast & Country 56 Warwickshire & The Cotswolds 57 Scarborough & The Yorkshire Coast 57 Springtime in Eastbourne 58 Snowdonia & The Mersey 59 Pearls of Pembrokeshire 59 Durham & Northumberland 60 4* Irish Experience 61 Scottish Lowlands Discovery 62 RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 63 NEW Liverpool Explorer 64 NEW Postal Museum, London & St Albans 64 NEW National Memorial & Arboretum 65 Blenheim & Buckingham 65 Whitby & Bridlington 66 Llandudno & Portmeirion 66 NEW Helmsley Walled Gardens & York 67 NEW Windsor Castle & Stonor House 67 Snowdrops & The Cotswolds 68 Ness Gardens & Port Sunlight 68 Worcester & Brecon Mountain Railway 69 Llangollen Rail & Cruise 69

CRUISE & MARITIME VOYAGES

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Grand Baltic Cities & St Petersburg 70 Canary Islands & Madeira 71 Majestic Fjordland 72 Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar 72

TERMS & CONDITIONS 73 - 74 TRAVEL INSURANCE 75 YEAR OVERVIEW 76

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Laver's Annual Get-Together

Join Laver staff and friends on one of our signature celebrations in Torquay. This short break is intended to bring old and new friends together, alongside the Laver staff in a comfortable setting. For 2018 we have included entertainment at the hotel and a tailored itinerary with excursions to Babbacombe Model Village and the National Marine Aquarium. Coppice Hotel, Torquay An elegant Victorian mansion house set in award winning gardens, The Coppice is the popular choice for all visitors to Torquay in search of great value.

Hotel Facilities • Lounge/bar & restaurant • Spa pool & sauna

During your stay... Day 1 – We travel to the historic city of Gloucester – paved with cobbled streets, grand architecture and cosy cafés and restaurants. We feel this is the perfect place to enjoy a leisurely break and a hot drink. On our arrival at the hotel there will be a sherry reception before dinner. Day 2 – This morning we have included entry into the world-famous Babbacombe Model Village and Gardens. Feel on top of the world as you wander around thousands of miniature buildings, people and vehicles along with animated scenes and touches of English humour; capture the essence of England’s past, present and future. After some free time we continue to Exeter, this ancient city on the River Exe still has a rich history and its own currency – the Exeter pound. Day 3 – This morning enjoy some free time at the seaside as we visit Paignton. Later today we travel to Plymouth where we have included admission into the National Marine Aquarium, the UK’s largest Aquarium. Afterwards enjoy time at leisure in Plymouth, a great opportunity to enjoy some freshly caught seafood! Day 4 – After breakfast we wave goodbye to our hosts in Torquay and begin our journey home with a couple of comfort stops along the way.

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CUSTOMER FAVOURITE Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Sherry reception at hotel Gala dinner & entertainment package Excursions to Gloucester, Exeter, Paignton & Plymouth Visits to the Babbacombe Model Village & National Marine Aquarium Free time in Torquay

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Thu 25 January

4

£269 NIL

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Easter Mystery Tour

Easter in Wonderful Weymouth

Our mystery tours have been a popular feature with our Laver passengers for many years and should not be missed. So sit back, relax and prepare to be surprised on our very special Easter mystery tour.

Enjoy the delights of spring on this classic break to Weymouth - one of England’s most-loved seaside resorts. On this break, we include visits to West Bay, Bournemouth and a harbour cruise in Poole.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – We travel south and with refreshment stops along the way, we arrive at our comfortable hotel.

Day 1 – We travel to our hotel in Weymouth, with comfort breaks during our journey.

Day 2 – After breakfast we take you to a mystery location with a little surprise included. It might be a cruise, a train journey or a visit to a garden – who knows?

Day 2 – This morning we visit Lyme Regis, this ancient town which was featured in the Domesday Book is now a picturesque and tranquil setting to discover a lot you might not know about the UK’s heritage. After some free time, we then travel to West Bay, located on the famous Jurassic Coastline. Here you can tuck into some fresh crab and watch the boats pass you by.

Day 3 – Enjoy a much more relaxing day today at leisure in your resort. Day 4 – Today we CAN tell you your destination – the East Midlands.

Day 3 – After breakfast we take you to Bournemouth for free time. Bournemouth offers beautiful gardens and parks just waiting to be explored all year round. Later we travel the short distance to Poole, home to the second largest natural harbour in the world. Here we have arranged a harbour cruise so you can enjoy this magnificent stretch of coastline. Day 4 – Weymouth’s safe sandy beaches, rich heritage and coastline make it a favourite holiday destination. Today, you are free to explore the town in your own time. Take in the sights at one of Weymouth’s RSPB reserves, and get up close and personal with local wildlife or visit Sandworld showcasing some of the best sand sculptures from around the world - the choise is yours. Day 5 – After breakfast we wave goodbye to Weymouth and return home.

CLUB CLASS COACH TRAVEL Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Club Class coach travel 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Easter egg & Sunday Lunch Mystery excursions

Hotel Facilities

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions to Lyme Regis, West Bay, Bournemouth & Poole Poole harbour cruise Free time in Weymouth

Russell Hotel **, Weymouth Situated on the seafront Esplanade, the Russell Hotel has a deserved reputation for a warm welcome and great hospitality. It’s exclusively for adults, so you can be sure of a relaxing stay.

Mystery Hotel, Mystery Location • Bar • Restaurant

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Hotel Facilities

• Bar • Restaurant

• Lift • Entertainment

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• Lift • Entertainment

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Fri 30 March

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£30

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£369

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NEW Easter in North Devon

Spring is in the air, and north Devon is the perfect place to get away for a little rest and relaxation. This Easter we’ll take care of everything for you, with excursions to Ilfracombe, Barnstaple, Gloucester and Bourton-on-the-Water, all you have to do is sit back and relax. Durrant Hotel ***, Bideford The Durrant House Hotel is located on the outskirts of the historic port of Bideford and offers views over the Torridge estuary.

Hotel Facilities • Bar/restaurant • Spa and wellness centre • Lift • Billiards

During your stay... Day 1 – Following your home pick-up we travel to Gloucester for free time, before travelling the rest of the way to our hotel. Day 2 – This morning we take you to Ilfracombe, this peaceful seaside resort is home to a small harbour and renowned artist Damien Hirst’s famous 50m high sculpture, Verity, along with a fabulous collection of galleries. After some free time, we also visit Barnstaple one of the oldest boroughs in England. Day 3 – After breakfast and a leisurely morning at the hotel we make our way to the Atlantic Outlet Shopping Village for a little free time. Easter lunch is served at the hotel this afternoon. Day 4 – We visit Bourton-on-the-Water, set in the heart of England, Bourton-on-the-Water has a unique appeal and is regularly voted as one of the prettiest villages in England. Afterwards we return home.

Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast stay 1 lunch served at the hotel Excursions to Gloucester, Ilfracombe, Barnstaple, Atlantic Village & Bourton-on-the-Water LAVER REF: LBEN

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£299 NIL

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Isle of Wight Experience

For many years now the Isle of Wight has been a popular destination amongst our passengers. Returning to the Trouville Hotel in Sandown, we enjoy miles of beaches as well as included excursions to the famous Needles, the Mottistone Gardens. This year we are also offering both 5 nights and 6 nights stay to this unmissable destination. Trouville Hotel ***, Sandown Situated on Sandown’s seafront, the Trouville Hotel is the ideal location for an Isle of Wight Break.

Hotel Facilities • Bar/restaurant • Lounge & ballroom • Lift

During your stay... Day 1 – After door-to-door pick-ups we join the coach and travel south, catching a ferry across to the Isle of Wight. Day 2 – This morning, we visit National Trust’s Mottistone Gardens, set in a sheltered valley this magical garden is full of surprises, with shrub-filled banks, hidden pathways and colourful herbaceous borders. After, we head to The Needles where you can admire The Needles Rocks and Trinity Lighthouse - the Isle of Wight’s most famous landmark.

So, settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and enjoy the view of some of the island’s unspoilt countryside. Day 6 – After breakfast we catch the ferry and continue our journey home.

CLUB CLASS COACH TRAVEL*

Day 3 – Sitting on the southern coast of the Isle of Wight, Sandown is famed for its traditional British seafront and pier. With a range of great Includes attractions you are free to spend today however Inclusive insurance you wish. Door-to-Door service Club Class coach travel* (July only) Day 4 – After breakfast, we head to the seaside Return ferry sailings resort of Shanklin, where over 70% of the area 4/5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast is classed as an area of Outstanding Natural Journey on the Isle of Wight Railway (6 days) Beauty. Followed by an afternoon in Steephill Excursions to Mottistone Manor Gardens, the Cove, located on the sunny south side of the Needles, Shanklin, Steephill Cove & Ryde* (*6 days) Isle of Wight! You’ll definitely want to bring your camera along to capture this traditional, LAVER REF: LBIW/LXIW unspoilt fishing cove. Day 5* (July & Sept only) – This morning, we take you to Ryde, the largest town on the island for free time. Later we have arranged a journey on the award-winning Isle of Wight Steam Railway from Wootton to Smallbrook.

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Tue 7 May Sat 7 July* Sat 22 September

5 6 6

£419 NIL £539 NIL £529 NIL

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Cornwall’s Charms: Looe Valley Railway, St.Ives & Port Issac

Take a well-deserved rest on this break where you’ll discover a host of different towns and villages nestled within beautiful Cornwall. From sandy beaches in Penzance and St Ives to quaint fishing villages of Port Issac and Padstow; enjoy a scenic railway journey from Looe to Liskeard and learn about the mining heritage on the visit to Redruth; there really is something new to stumble upon each day.

During your stay...

Rosemundy House, St Agnes

Day 3 – After a leisurely breakfast, there is a free day to explore the local surroundings of St Agnes or to create your own adventure!

Rosemundy House is a family run Georgian hotel which offers the perfect base and is equipped with all of the modern facilities that you would expect including flat-screen TVs with Freeview.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Garden & outdoor pool

Day 1 – We travel to our hotel with a comfort stop along the way. Day 2 – This morning, you have the chance to explore Penzance. This historic port is on the south-facing shores of Mount’s Bay and is known to have one of the mildest climates in the UK. After, we journey to St Ives where you have free time. If you like art, there are plenty of galleries dotted around this seaside resort and you’ll even find a Tate Museum here too.

Day 4 – Firstly, we visit Port Issac, most recently made famous by the ITV drama 'Doc Martin'. Due to the nature of this pretty and intricate fishing village, our coach will be unable to take us down the winding streets to drop us off directly at the port. Instead, we will safely disembark at the top, where you will also find a café if you don’t want to continue the journey walking down to the port. We estimate that this walk will take between 10-15 minutes. After, we venture to Padstow, this fishing port is surrounded by glorious sandy beaches and has become famous for its eateries, including Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant. Day 5 – We spend the morning at Redruth, famous for its history of mining followed by an

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afternoon at leisure for shopping, sightseeing or enjoying a nice drink. Day 6 – Today is a free day. Day 7 – This morning, we make our way to the picturesque fishing town of Looe, followed by a train ride on the Looe Valley Line Railway to Liskeard. Day 8 – We make our way back home.

REVISED ITINERARY FOR 2018 Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 7 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions to Penzance, St Ives, Port Issac, Padstow, Redruth & Looe Journey on the Looe Valley Railway Day at leisure in Cornwall LAVER REF: LBCC DEPARTURE DATE

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Tue 5 June

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£699 NIL

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Cornish Highlights: Rosemundy House, Newquay & Land's End

Cornwall is home to many highlights, on this trip, we take you to some of our favourites. From the laid back seaside resort of Newquay through to Land’s End, you’ll leave with fond memories after a trip filled with variety! Additional highlights include free time in St Ives and an excursion to National Trust’s Lanhydrock, where you can also enjoy a delicious cream tea. Rosemundy House, St Agnes Rosemundy House is a family run Georgian hotel which offers the perfect base and is equipped with all of the modern facilities that you would expect including flat-screen TVs with Freeview.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Garden & outdoor pool

During your stay... Day 1 – We travel to our hotel with a comfort stop along the way. Day 2 – This morning, we visit one of the UK’s most iconic coastal landscapes – Land’s End. This most south westerly point of England is home to some incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean. Step inside the First and Last House which was originally opened by Gracie Thomas who served travellers with welcome food and drinks. Nowadays, you can buy a souvenir or enjoy a Cornish ice cream there! After, we journey to St Ives where you have free time. If you like Modernist art, why not head to the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden where you can admire her bronzes and other works up close?

house of Lanhydrock. Delve into the past and discover all of the secrets that this fascinating home has to offer along with a wander around the delightful gardens. There is also a delicious cream tea for us all to enjoy in the café area. Day 5 – We return back home.

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Day 3 – Today, we have a free day to explore St Agnes which sits on a stunning and unspoilt Includes spot of the north Cornish coast. St Agnes Inclusive insurance boasts many cafés, restaurants, craft shops and Door-to-Door service galleries. There is also a free museum which 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast is full of fascinating artefacts and information Excursions to Land's End, St Ives, Newquay about the Parish’s mining and maritime history. Entrance to Lanhydrock House with a cream tea Day 4 – We spend the morning in Newquay, Free time in St Agnes the picturesque seaside town. Enjoy the salty air and sea breezes from Fistral Beach or spend LAVER REF: LBCH some time browsing the many gift shops and DEPARTURE DATE DAYS FROM S/SUPP fashion outlets. This afternoon, we journey to 5 £439 NIL National Trust’s magnificent Victorian country Tue 23 October

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Legendary Cornwall: Prideaux Place, Tintagel & Looe

Let the Legends of Cornwall capture your imagination on this fascinating break! Staying in Looe, on this trip, we include a guided ‘Legends tour’ day – where you can hear all about great Cornish folklore – as well as a guided tour of Prideaux Place, and excursions to Padstow, Mevagissey and Perranporth.

Hannafore Point Hotel ***, West Looe Overlooking the English Channel, the Hannafore Point hotel boasts luxury rooms, decorated in a traditional style.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

During your stay... Day 1 – After our morning pick-ups we enjoy a leisurely journey to our hotel, located in the seaside town of Looe. Day 2 – This morning we travel to nearby Padstow, for free time. Watching the everyday ebb and flow of the harbour is a very relaxing way to spend the morning. We then take you to Prideaux Place, a charming Elizabethan manor, where we enjoy a guided tour of the House and Gardens. This beautiful manor sits on a hill above Padstow, belonging to the Prideau family since the 11th century, it is one of the oldest inhabitable houses in Cornwall. Day 3 – Enjoy a relaxing day at leisure in Looe. If the weather’s nice, perhaps take a trip out to Looe Island, once a holy pilgrimage site, nowadays it’s a sanctuary for rare plants and wildlife (not included). Or, enjoy the Looe Museum, which houses a collection of smuggling memorabilia. However you wish to spend today, is up to you. Day 4 – After breakfast we will be joined on the coach by a local guide for a full day guided tour, where we will see and learn about some Cornish locations of great myths and legends! During the day, we will enjoy stops at Tintagel Castle – these fascinating ruins are steeped in history and have links to King Arthur – and Bodmin Moor, one of Cornwall’s designated Areas

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of Outstanding Natural Beauty with a spooky mythological past. Day 5 – We visit Mevagissey, an attractive old town with a tradition of boat building dating back to 1745, and Perranporth. Day 6 – After an interesting break, we take you home.

Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Club Class coach travel (*Sep only) 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions to Padstow, Looe, Mevagissey & Perranporth Guided tour of Prideaux House & Gardens Full day guided tour of Cornwall; including Tintagel & Bodmin Moor LAVER REF: LBCW/LCXW DEPARTURE DATE

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Sun 13 May 6 Sun 09 September (CC) 6

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NEW Falmouth, The Eden Project & St Ives

Discover the beautiful south west coast on this wonderful trip to Falmouth, the Eden Project and St Ives. Travelling by our Club Class coach, you can sit back and relax whilst enjoying the spectacular views that this part of the country has to offer. We also visit Land’s End and the Eden Project, filled with tropical and exotic flowers, plants and trees. Penmere Manor Hotel ***, Falmouth

During your stay... Day 1 – After pick-ups, we travel to our hotel. There will be a buck’s fizz reception prior to our evening meal. Day 2 – This morning, we journey to Penzance – famous for its history of pirates! Take a walk by the port and look out for St Michael’s Mount, a medieval castle which stands proudly on a small tidal island. This afternoon, we visit the popular attraction of Land’s End, Britain’s most south westerly point. Enjoy some truly amazing coastal views and look out across the Atlantic Ocean (on a clear day, you can even see the Isles of Scilly).

Biome where you can smell the sweet aromas of herbs in the air and wander along the 'Liquid Gold' path admiring all of the brightly coloured flowers, vines and gnarled olive tree trunks. Day 5 – Enjoy a full day at St Ives today. Why not stroll along the white sand at Portminster Beach? If you look out to the bay, you’ll see the wonderful view of Godrevy Lighthouse which was the inspiration for the Virginia Woolf famous novel entitled The Lighthouse.

Penmere Manor offers a home away from home for their guests with its relaxing facilities Day 6 – With fond memories, we make our way providing everything you need for a lovely stay Day 3 – Today, we have a free day to explore in a perfect setting. Falmouth – a town with a fascinating maritime back home with a stop en-route. heritage. As you wander along the streets you Hotel Facilities start to see and feel the creative buzz which lies • Bar/restaurant within the community and you’ll find that there • Terrace/gardens are many art galleries to visit.

CLUB CLASS COACH TRAVEL

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Day 4 – We visit the incredible Eden Project for a full day of ecological exploration. Head over to the Rainforest Biome, which is the largest indoor rainforest in the world and is home to over 1,000 varieties of plants. Look out for the canopy walkway where you can walk amongst the treetops and keep your eyes peeled for exotic fruits growing in there, including bananas! Next, you’ll find the Mediterranean

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Club Class coach travel 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Free time in Penzance, Falmouth & St Ives Admission to Land’s End & the Eden Project LAVER REF: LXFA DEPARTURE DATE

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6

£699 NIL

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Torquay & Greenway: The English Riviera

If you want to experience awardwinning beaches and stunning scenery at any time of the year, then the English Riviera is the perfect place to visit. Staying in Torquay we visit Totnes, Teignmouth, Exmouth and Paignton. We also include a journey on the Dartmouth Steam Railway and excursions to Greenway House and Gardens, Agatha Christie’s beloved holiday home. Coppice Hotel ***, Torquay OR Marquis Hotel ***, Torquay Your hotel will be confirmed to you at the time of booking.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Terrace/gardens

During your stay... Day 1 – We travel to our hotel. Day 2 – Our first stop is Brixham, a small fishing town which is filled with a colourful history. After, we journey to National Trust’s Coleton Fishacre, which is a 1920s country retreat filled with Art Deco treasures. The gardens are colourfully contrasting with a variety of exotic plants to admire.

Day 7 – Today, you have a second chance to discover all that Torquay has to offer.

Day 3 – Today, you can enjoy Torquay at your Day 8 – After breakfast we take you home, own leisure, one of the UK’s most popular enjoying a few comfort stops along the way. holiday destinations since the Victorian era. Fringed by palm trees and boasting a number of award winning beaches, Torquay offers visitors everything for a traditional ‘British’ beach holiday.

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Day 4 – This morning we have free time in Exmouth, followed by a visit to Teignmouth, a classic resort home to Georgian buildings, and a Victorian pier that offers lovely views across the bay and two beaches close to the town centre. Day 5 – We visit Paignton, where you have free time to explore. After, we make our way to Totnes. Enjoy free time here, in the variety of independent shops. Day 6 – Today we head to Paignton where we catch the Dartmouth Steam Railway to Greenway Halt. Here we catch a Shuttlebus to

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Greenway House and Gardens “the loveliest place in the world”. This atmospheric 1950s house is the beloved holiday home of the much-loved author Agatha Christie and is filled with archaeological artefacts, silver and books. The coach is unable to come over with you to Greenway today, so your steam train ticket is for a return journey and our coach will collect you from Paignton at the end of the day.

Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 7 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Free time in Brixham, Torquay, Exmouth, Teignmouth, Paignton & Totnes Admission to Greenway House & Gardens & Coleton Fishacre Journey on the Dartmouth Steam Railway

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Sun 29 July Mon 8 October

8 8

£679 £110 £659 £110

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Ilfracombe, Lynton & Exmoor

Enjoy the golden coastal beauty of the south west as once again we explore the delightful scenery of this beautiful part of the country. Tantalise your senses strolling around the flourishing Victorian gardens at Arlington Court and discover rare and fascinating wildlife as we visit the Exmoor Zoological Park. Osborne Hotel, Ilfracombe The Osborne Hotel in the heart of Ilfracombe is a friendly, family run hotel with over 46 years of experience, and we just love their moto: “There is no such thing as strangers, only friends you have yet to meet.”

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

During your stay... Day 1 – After pick-ups we travel to our hotel with a couple of comfort breaks along the way. Tea and coffee will be served on our arrival at the hotel. Day 2 – Today we travel to Lynton and Lynmouth ‘where Exmoor meets the sea’. Here, you can admire the spectacular scenery whilst finding a nice spot for a cup of tea. Day 3 – Enjoy a free day in Ilfracombe. After a leisurely stroll on the unique Tunnel Beaches you could visit the award-winning Ilfracombe Aquarium (not included). Day 4 – This morning we visit Arlington Court. This Neoclassical style country house and Victorian gardens are a wonderful place to visit. The site is also famous for its carriage collection which includes over 50 horse-drawn carriages. After, we visit Exmoor zoo, where you can admire wildlife from all around the globe. Day 5* – Our 5 day break heads back home today. However, our 8 day break visits Bishops Lydeard where we board the West Somerset Railway to the medieval village of Dunster. We enjoy free time here before we continue to Minehead. Day 6 *– First, we visit the charming seaside resort of Woolacombe where you can wander along the 3 mile stretch of golden sands along

the beach. Our next stop is Westward Ho! Noted for its unusual name, Westward Ho! was named after Charles Kingley’s novel of the same name (1855) which was set nearby in Bideford. Day 7* – Today, we have another free day in Ilfracombe. Why not spend today visiting the fascinating Ilfracombe Museum? Day 8* – After breakfast we travel home with one or two refreshment stops along the way.

Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Club Class coach travel* (Aug only) 4/7 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Tea/Coffee on arrival Entertainment every evening Free time in Lynton, Lynmouth & Illfracombe Admission to Arlington Court & Exmoor Zoo Free time in Minehead, Woolacombe & Westward Ho! Journey on the West Somerset Railway

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Sat 23 June Mon 6 August*

8 5

£639 NIL* £425 NIL*

*Subject to availability, after which an additional supplement will be added.

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Eastbourne & the Beautiful South

Eastbourne is filled with great things to see and do, from setting up on a deck chair and relaxing on its golden beaches to enjoying a leisurely walk around its many parks and gardens. Discover a wealth of history or simply soak up the local atmosphere.

New Wilmington Hotel ***, Eastbourne This modern hotel, dating from the 1920s, is a 2-minute walk from the Congress Theatre and a 4-minute walk from the beach.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

During your stay... Day 1 – Following door-to-door pick-ups, we travel to the hotel. Day 2 – Today, we have a full day at the restored and remodelled Arundel Castle, established by Roger de Montgomery on Christmas day in 1068. The magnificent grounds overlook the River Arun and there is a beautiful walled garden to explore at your own leisure with treats including the Rose Garden, White Garden and Organic Kitchen Garden. Inside the castle, you can admire the spectacular artwork and antiques. Day 3 – Enjoy a free day today to explore Eastbourne’s attractions. Take a stroll around the beautiful gardens and the bandstand, or call into the shops for something to take home.

Day 4 – The first stop today is Bexhill; if you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the town then Egerton Park can offer you a peaceful escape. After a little free time we travel the short distance to Hastings, home to the first Norman castle in England which was built by William the Conqueror. Day 5 – Today we visit Brighton, enjoy a walk out onto the pebble beach and the famous Brighton Pier, home to Punch and Judy, stalls and shops. Day 6 - We travel home with a couple of refreshment stops en-route.

REVISED ITINERARY FOR 2018 Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Club Class coach travel (May only) 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Free time in Eastbourne, Bexhill, Hastings & Brighton Admission to Arundel Castle LAVER REF: LXET/ LBET DEPARTURE DATE

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Fri 18 May (CC) 6 Sun 23 September 6

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£469 £40 £489 £40

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South Coast Explorer: Brighton, Eastbourne & Hastings

North Devon Explorer: Bude, Clovelly & RHS Garden Rosemoor

It’s official, England’s south coast is the sunniest place in Britain. On this break, we enjoy visits to some of England’s loveliest places including; Brighton, Hastings and Worthing.

Bideford, in North Devon, is home to some of the most beautiful coastlines in the British Isles; join us on this break, as we enjoy excursions to the privately owned village of Clovelly, Bude, Barnstaple and RHS Garden Rosemoor.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – After door-to-door pick-ups we make our way to our hotel in Eastbourne.

Day 1 – We travel to our hotel, with refreshment breaks along the way.

Day 2 – Our excursion today takes us to the town of Hastings – although home to the largest beach-launched fishing fleet in Europe, the town is most famous for the 1066 Battle of Hastings and home to the first Norman castle in England to be built by William the Conqueror.

Day 2 – We visit the beautiful RHS Garden Rosemoor. Originally created by Lady Anne Berry, the Gardens span 65-acres and are set in the beautiful Torridge Valley. Later today, we visit Barnstaple – the largest town in North Devon, for a little free time.

Day 3 – Enjoy a relaxing day in Eastbourne. After a refreshing walk into town enjoy the afternoon back at the hotel where tea, coffee and cake will be served.

Day 3 – Bideford is an attractive town located along the River Torridge, it’s home to an historic harbour, a riverside quay and independent shops and today you can explore in your own time. Cream tea will be served in the comfort of the hotel later today.

Day 4 – After breakfast we take you into Brighton for free time. From the Regency calm of the Royal Pavilion Gardens to Queen’s Park, Brighton is blessed with a wealth of gardens to enjoy – and what better time to enjoy a stroll around them than in spring. After some free time, we travel the short distance to the traditional seaside town of Worthing, where we allow a little more free time before returning to the hotel.

Day 4 – After a morning in picturesque Bude, we visit Clovelly. This unique village is one of the most famous in the world, once owned by the Queen of England, today it is still under private ownership which helps to preserve its original atmosphere. Clinging to a 400-foot cliff in north Devon, it has no vehicular traffic on its cobbled street, just donkeys and sledges which help you to get around.

Day 5 – After breakfast we begin our journey home.

Day 5 – After breakfast we begin our relaxing journey home.

REVISED ITINERARY FOR 2018

INCLUDED CREAM TEA SERVED AT HOTEL Includes

Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Hotel entertainment Tea/coffee & cake at our hotel on one day Excursions to Hastings, Brighton & Worthing Free time in Eastbourne

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Cream tea served at the hotel Excursions to Barnstaple & Bude Entrance into Clovelly & RHS Garden Rosemoor

Durrant House ***, Bideford

Shore View Hotel ***, Eastbourne Situated on Marine Parade, the Shore View Hotel boasts far-reaching views of the English Channel and Eastbourne Pier. Each room features tea and coffee making facilities for you to enjoy.

The Durrant House Hotel is located on the outskirts of the historic port of Bideford and offers views over the Torridge estuary.

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• Bar/restaurant

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

LAVER REF: LBSE

LAVER REF: LBBB

Hotel Facilities

• Spa & Wellness centre • Billards

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£349

£85

Mon 21 May

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£65

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Elegant Sidmouth

For many years Sidmouth has been During your stay... one of Laver Holidays most popular destinations! On this break we Day 1 – We travel to our hotel with a leisurely have included a cruise and visits to stop in Bristol. Bristol, Exeter and Gloucester. Royal York & Faulkner Hotel ***, Sidmouth Across the road from a beach overlooking the English Channel, this Regency hotel is a 1-minute walk from the shops and restaurants of Sidmouth's Fore Street.

Hotel Facilities • Bar/restaurant • Lift

Day 2 – Today we have a full day to Exeter, the ancient city on the River Exe. Here, you have time to discover the interesting history of this magnificent destination. Day 3 – The lovely seaside town of Sidmouth, is nestled beneath the majestic red cliffs and green hills of the glorious Sid Valley. Spend your day enjoying a leisurely walk through beautiful gardens, or pop into the friendly shops. Day 4 – This morning we visit Bicton Park botanical gardens, spanning nearly 300 years of horticultural history, these magnificent grade I listed gardens are set in the picturesque Otter Valley. This afternoon, we travel to Exmouth, where we have arranged a Jurassic Coast cruise along the stunning Devon coastline and World Heritage site. A cream tea will be served onboard. Day 5 * (July & Sept only) – We visit Lyme Regis, home to a number of historical landmarks including the Cobb and harbour followed by a visit to wonderful Weymouth for more free time to explore. Day 6 – We travel home enjoying a leisurely stop in Gloucester along the way.

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Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4/5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Free time in Bristol, Exeter, Sidmouth & Gloucester Free time in Lyme Regis & Weymouth (Jul & Sept only) Admission to Bicton Park Botanical gardens Cruise with cream tea LAVER REF: LBSD DEPARTURE DATE

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Sat 26 May Mon 16 July Fri 7 September

5 6 6

£569 £639 £639

NIL NIL NIL

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NEW Great Dorset Steam Fair

Roll up, roll up as we take you to The Great Dorset Steam Fair. Founded in 1968, this annual show is reported to be the largest outdoor show in the world and features steam-powered traction engines, preserved railway engines, cars and many commercial vehicles. On this new Dorset adventure, you can also enjoy the sandy beaches and towns of Bournemouth and Weymouth along with a memorable harbour cruise and a delicious cream tea. Hotel TBC Your exclusively sourced hotel is still to be confirmed.

During your stay... Day 1 – We travel to our hotel via the medieval city of Winchester. Day 2 – After breakfast, we travel to the world’s largest heritage and cultural event showcasing Britain’s national agricultural and leisure history - the Great Dorset Steam Fair. The fair celebrates its 50th year and is held in the heart of the beautiful Dorset countryside, where you can discover a wide array of steam exhibitions followed by stunt displays, music and entertainment. Day 3 –Today, there is a full day excursion to the seaside resort of Weymouth. This popular destination is filled with shops, arcades, cafés, bars and restaurants along with a spectacular beach. Day 4 – We make our way home and include a short stop in Oxford on the way.

CLUB CLASS COACH TRAVEL Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Club Class coach travel 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Admission to the Great Dorset Steam Fair Free time in Weymouth Visits to Winchester and Oxford LAVER REF: LXDS DEPARTURE DATE

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4

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£60

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Weymouth & The Dreamy Dorset Coast

Admire the classic coastlines, rugged cliffs and hidden coves on this delightful break to Weymouth and the Dorset Coast. We have excursions booked where you can explore both the enchanting Sherborne Castle and Burrow Farm Gardens, along with free time in Dorchester, Weymouth and Lyme Regis. Russell Hotel **, Weymouth This hotel is positioned on the Victorian esplanade and is only a one minute walk away from the beach.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

During your stay... Day 1 – We make our way to the hotel, enjoying regular comfort stops as we go. Day 2 – After breakfast, we visit the 16th century Tudor mansion of Sherborne Castle. Built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, this grand property is filled with antiques and treasures in every room. You may also want to take a walk around the beautiful gardens, along with the 50 acre lake which exudes peace and tranquillity. After, we visit Dorchester for free time. Day 3 – Today, enjoy a day at leisure in wonderful Weymouth. Wander along the sandy beach and discover the brightly painted beach huts or maybe take a trip to the Sealife Park, which is home to sharks, turtles and stingrays.

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Includes Day 4 – We begin our day at Lyme Regis for Inclusive insurance free time. Why not head down to the ‘Cobb’, Door-to-Door service which was famously referenced in Jane Austen’s 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast novel, Persuasion. Our second stop takes us to 1 cream tea Burrow Farm Gardens where you can admire Free time in Dorchester, Weymouth & the delightful gardens, waterfalls, ponds and a Lyme Regis formal rill – along with a delicious cream tea. Admission to Sherborne Castle & Burrow Farm Gardens Day 5 – After a very enjoyable trip, we depart back home with fond memories. LAVER REF: LBWY

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DEPARTURE DATE

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5

£449 NIL

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Bournemouth, Poole & Weymouth

Enjoy some of the most beautiful coastal scenery on this Dorset adventure. Explore the sandy beaches and towns of both Bournemouth and Weymouth along with a memorable harbour cruise where you’ll sail by scenic destinations. Plus – we’ve added in a delicious cream tea to enjoy at the peaceful Blue Pool Tea House. Hotel TBC Your exclusively sourced hotel is still to be confirmed.

During your stay... Day 1 – We make our way to our hotel in Bournemouth. Day 2 – Firstly, we enjoy a harbour cruise with live commentary departing from Poole quay, passing Millionaire’s Row, Brownsea Castle and the other four islands within Poole Harbour. After the cruise, we head to the unique and tranquil Blue Pool in Wareham for a delicious cream tea at the tea room. Day 3 – Today we enjoy a day at leisure in Bournemouth where you can enjoy a day walking along the beach taking in the beautiful coastline, or why not head to the pier and take a trip on the land train to the lovely Boscombe Chinese Gardens? Day 4 – We spend today in Weymouth where you are free to explore this seaside destination in your own time. Why not take to the skies on the Jurassic Skyline, which is the tallest structure for miles around and gives you panoramic views of the resort and out into the English Channel? Day 5 – We head back on the road, making our way back home after a lovely trip.

INCLUDES POOLE CRUISE Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Full day Excursion to Weymouth Free time in Bournemouth Poole harbour cruise Cream tea at The Blue Pool in Wareham LAVER REF: LBBN DEPARTURE DATE

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Mon 4 June Mon 3 September

5 5

£419 NIL £419 NIL

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Kent Contrasts: Gardens, Castles & Vineyards

NEW Gardens of Essex & Althorpe House

Step into the ‘Garden of England’ as we travel to Kent. On this break we have included entrances to Dover Castle and Pashley Manor, where you can enjoy the delights of spring at the splendid Tulip Festival, as well as a tour and tasting at Chapel Down Vineyard.

This trip is a must for all gardening enthusiasts and floral fans. Visit world-renowned gardens such as The Beth Chatto Gardens and RHS Garden Hyde Hall along with Visits to Audley End House & Gardens, Green Island Gardens and Althorpe House.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – We arrive at our hotel in Hythe and enjoy a welcome drink.

Day 1 – We travel to our hotel via a short stop at Althorpe House, the site of Princess Diana’s final resting place.

Day 2 – After breakfast we travel to nearby Pashley Manor, described as “one of the finest gardens in England.” During this time, the spectacular Tulip Festival will be taking place and sees the garden carpeted with over 30,000 tulips, creating stunning scenes for visitors to enjoy. Later we visit Chapel Down Vineyard, where we have arranged a guided tour followed by a tutored tasting of the award-winning sparkling and still wines. Day 3 – We spend free time in Hythe, this small coastal market town is considered to be one of the coastal jewels in the Kentish crown and is home to medieval and Georgian buildings as well as a Victorian seafront promenade.

Day 2 – We take a trip to the borough of Brentwood where we have some free time. After, we travel to Audley End House & Gardens. Here, you can wander through this decadent Jacobean mansion and admire all the fascinating antiques and interior décor. Day 3 – Free day to explore the delightful seaside town of Southend-on-Sea. Day 4 – We begin our day at Green Island Gardens, known as ‘A Plantsman’s paradise’ and recommended in Great British Gardens 2016. Each structured garden is beautifully curated and displays a large range of unusual trees, perennials and bulbs. Our next visit takes us to The Beth Chatto Gardens. This overgrown wasteland was transformed from 1960 onwards by awardwinning Plantswoman, Beth Chatto OBE.

Day 4 – Our first stop today is Folkestone where there is enough time to enjoy a light lunch, or perhaps visit the National Memorial to the Few, the memorial is free to visit and is dedicated to the heroic and selfless deeds of Day 5 – We travel home with a short stop at RHS Garden Hyde Hall. Back the men who fought the Battle of Britain. Afterwards, we visit Dover Castle, in 1955, this farm house was transformed into the beautiful garden that it is where we have included admission. today. After some free time here, we then continue our journey back home. Day 5 – We finish our holiday with free time at the historic spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells before returning home to the midlands.

Includes

Includes

Stade Court Hotel ***, Hythe

The Westcliff Muthu Hotel ***, Westcliff on Sea

Located opposite Hythe beaches, the Stade Court Hotel offers a terrace which overlooks the English Channel and the restaurant features local ingredients including fish caught just 200 yards away.

Dating back to 1891, this magnificent Victorian hotel is close to the seafront and provides spectacular views over the Thames Estuary.

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Welcome drink Excursions to Folkestone & Royal Tunbridge Wells Entrances to Dover Castle & Pashley Manor Tour & tasting at Chapel Down Vineyard

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Free time in Brentwood & Southend-on-Sea Excursions to Althorpe House, Audley House & Gardens, Beth Chatto Gardens, Green Island Gardens & RHS Garden Hyde Hall

Hotel Facilities

• Entertainment

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

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• Entertainment

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Mon 30 April

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£439

£80

Mon 16 July

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£100

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Chartwell, Leeds & Hever

Enchanting Gardens of East Sussex

Retrace the footsteps of Henry VIII, the scandalous King of England, and discover the elegant homes of some of the most iconic figures in history, including Sir Winston Churchill, on this truly enlightening break to the South East of England with two cream teas included.

A variety of enchanting gardens await, as we explore some of the finest gardens in East Sussex. On this break, enjoy the English country gardens of Brode Hill Garden, Nymans Gardens, Great Dixter House & Garden and High Beeches Woodland & Water Garden.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – We stop for a late lunch break in the Dickensian town of Rochester, after some free time we continue to the hotel.

Day 1 – We enjoy a leisurely journey to our hotel.

Day 2 – This morning we visit National Trust’s Chartwell House, Chartwell was the much-loved family home of Sir Winston Churchill. The rooms remain much as they were when he lived here, with pictures, books and personal mementoes which evoke the career and wide-ranging interests of a great statesman. In the afternoon, enjoy free time.

Day 2 – This morning we take you to Borde Hill Garden. Set within 200 acres of traditional parkland, Borde Hill is a stunningly beautiful and botanically rich heritage garden, named by Country Life as “One of the country’s truly great gardens”. After a little free time, we then visit Nymans, one of National Trust’s premier gardens. Once a country retreat for the Messel family, it offers delightful views stretching out across the Sussex Weald.

Day 3 – This afternoon we enjoy a trip to Hever Castle & Gardens, where we have included a cream tea. Inside the childhood home of Anne Boleyn (the second wife of Henry VIII) you will find panelled rooms, fine furniture, rich tapestries and antiques which are regarded to be ‘one of the best collections of Tudor portraits after the National Portrait Gallery.’

Day 3 – An original seaside Regency town, beautiful St Leonards-On-Sea was one of the first purpose built resorts, built by the famous Regency architect James Burton. With a wonderfully vintage feel, St Leonards-On-Sea is home to Markers Fairs, a mile-long promenade and is close to the nearby attractions in Hastings and Battle.

Day 4 – First, we visit the city of Canterbury, perhaps visit Canterbury Cathedral, one of the oldest and most famous Christian structures in England. After, we continue onto Leeds Castle, where we have included a cream tea for you to enjoy. Described as the ‘Loveliest Castle in the World’, Leeds Castle was used by Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon.

Day 4 – After breakfast visit Great Dixter House & Gardens, the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd. This afternoon we take you to High Beeches Woodland & Water Gardens. Set in 27 acres of woodland and water gardens, High Beeches is home to a collection of rare and award-winning plants.

Day 5 – We make our way home, enjoying occasional stops along the way.

Day 5 – After breakfast we retrace our footsteps back home, enjoying comfort stops along the way.

Includes

Includes

Holiday Inn Sittingbourne ***, Sittingbourne

Royal Victoria ***, St Leonards-On-Sea, Hastings

Period features dating back to 1880 blend in seamlessly with modern additions to provide a cosy stay within the heart of the countryside.

Built in 1828, the Royal Victoria Hotel has seen many guests, including The Queen. The Hotel holds a fine position along the seafront, and offers traditional hospitality set in a friendly atmosphere.

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast 2 cream teas Free time in Rochester, Sittingbourne and Canterbury. Admission to Chartwell House, Hever Castle and Leeds Castle.

Hotel Facilities

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions to Borde Hill, Nymans Gardens, Great Dixter Gardens & High Beeches Free time in Hastings

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

Hotel Facilities

LAVER REF: LBCL

LAVER REF: LBEG

• Bar/restaurant

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Thu 14 June

5

£429

£60

Mon 11 June

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£429

£65

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Norfolk Explorer: Seal Cruise & Holkham Hall

Come with us as we explore the county of Norfolk. Wander along the sandy beaches of Great Yarmouth, Cromer and Sheringham, not forgetting some free time for you to perhaps enjoy some seaside treats such as fish & chips! Discover the magnificent Holkham Hall with its Walled Garden and tales and swap land for water as we sail along on a Seal Cruise to Blakeney Point to try and spot those friendly little fellows! Hotel Victoria ***, Great Yarmouth This family-run hotel is just a short walk away from the beach and local amenities.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Sun terrace • Lift

During your stay... Day 1 – We travel to our hotel with a stop in King’s Lynn. This town was one of England’s most important ports from as early as the 12th Century and the maritime connections are still very prevalent today. Day 2 – We spend the morning on a Seal Cruise at Blakeney Point. Here, you can be on the lookout for these inquisitive creatures without causing disturbance to their habitat. Whilst on the boat, there will also be the chance for plenty of photo opportunities. After, we head to Holkam Hall. This 18th Century mansion is part of the Treasure Houses group, which consists of 10 of the most treasured houses in England today. This Palladian-style home is filled with multiple treasures and antiques, including original art pieces and incredible furniture. You can discover traditional farming methods in the ‘Field to Fork’ attraction, and learn just how interwoven stories of crop production, game keeping and conservation shape the food on our plates in the present day. There is also chance to wander around the beautiful walled garden, which was originally laid out in the late 1700s. Day 3 – Today, there is a free day to explore Great Yarmouth. This seaside resort is filled with all kinds of amusement and activities, from the SEA LIFE Centre location on the beach front to the Merrivale Model Village, which is filled with multiple miniature wonders, along with

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a garden railway, traditional Old Penny Arcade and crazy golf. If you’d prefer a more relaxed day, nothing quite beats eating an ice cream by the beach. Day 4 – A full day excursion is planned with visits to Cromer and Sheringham. Both destinations boast beautiful beaches along with lots of nice bars, cafés and restaurants which are perfect for when you’re ready for a food or drink pit stop. Day 5 – We make our way home with a short stop on the way at Springfields Shopping Outlet in Spalding.

Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Excursion to Kings Lynn, Wells-Next-TheSea, Cromer, Sheringham & Springfields Entrance into Holkham Hall LAVER REF: LBCR DEPARTURE DATE

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Constable & Gainsborough Country

Antiques Hunting in Picture Perfect Suffolk

On this break we discover more about these famous sons with admission to Gainsborough House, along with a guided tour of Constable Country and visits to Long Melford, Cavendish, Clare, Bury St Edmunds & Lavenham

We bring the ‘Antiques Roadshow’ to you! Enjoy an antiques day, a leisurely lunch in Halstead and an evaluation of your purchases in the comfort of the hotel, as well as admission into National Trust’s Sutton Hoo and a river cruise.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – Enjoy a relaxing journey as we travel to Gainsborough House, with admission included. The birthplace of the renowned English painter, Thomas Gainsborough, Gainsborough House is now a museum and art gallery. After our visit, we continue to our hotel.

Day 1 – We travel to our hotel via Cambridge. This city is not only famous for its university but also its beautiful architecture and quaint setting.

Day 2 –Today we will take you on a scenic drive where we will enjoy leisurely stops at; Long Melford, Cavendish, Clare, Bury St Edmunds and Lavenham. Day 3 – Nestled in the breathtaking Suffolk countryside, our hotel is a beautifully converted water mill. This hotel boasts a relaxing environment to enjoy and this morning we want you to make the most of it before we visit Colchester this afternoon. Day 4 – Today our driver will take you on a tour of Constable Country. This full day guided tour will take you to East Bergholt, the birthplace of John Constable, Dedham, and Flatford Mill. Day 5 – We travel home.

Day 2 – Today we take you to Gosfield Shopping Village where you will be given £15 to spend on an antique of your choice, choose wisely though because this afternoon your purchases will be valued by a professional back at the hotel. On our way back to the hotel we will enjoy a leisurely break in Halstead. Day 3 – Enjoy a morning at leisure followed by an excursion to Bury St Edmunds. This historic market town has a rich and fascinating history. Day 4 – First we visit National Trust’s Sutton Hoo, the awe-inspiring AngloSaxon royal burial site. Walk around the ancient burial mounds and discover the fascinating story of the ship burial of an Anglo-Saxon king and his treasured possessions. This afternoon we take a scenic river cruise along the River Deben where you can take in all of the stunning scenery along areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Day 5 – We make our way back home after a wonderful trip.

Includes

Inclusive insurance & Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Admission into Gainsborough House Scenic drive, enjoying stops at: Cavendish, Clare, Long Melford, Bury St Edmunds & Lavenham Full day guided tour of Constable Country: East Bergholt, Dedham & Flatford Mill Free time at Colchester & Sudbury

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Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Excursion to Gosfield Shopping Village with £15pp to spend Free antique valuation at hotel Free time in Cambridge, Halstead and Bury St Edmunds Admission to National Trust’s Sutton Hoo Deben River Cruise

The Mill Hotel ***, Sudbury

The Mill Hotel ***, Sudbury

Set on the banks of the River Stour, this restored water mill is a 4-minute walk from the birthplace museum of Thomas Gainsborough.

Set on the banks of the River Stour, this restored water mill is a 4-minute walk from the birthplace museum of Thomas Gainsborough.

Hotel Facilities

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Terrace area

• Bar/restaurant • Terrace area

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5

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The Stately Homes of East Anglia

Visit some of the finest historic houses and stately homes in East Anglia on this magnificent break. With included visits to National Trust's Felbrigg Hall, Blicking Hall and Oxburgh Hall, we also visit Somerleyton Hall & Gardens where you can you can explore lavishly furnished rooms full of family artefacts and priceless heirlooms. Enjoy free time in King's Lynn, Great Yarmouth and Norwich. Hotel Victoria ***, Great Yarmouth In the coastal resort of Great Yarmouth, this family-run hotel has an outdoor swimming pool, a restaurant and a bar.

Hotel Facilities • Bar/restaurant • Lift • Swimming pool

During your stay... Day 1 – On our journey to Great Yarmouth, we enjoy a leisurely break in Kings Lynn. Day 2 – This morning we take you to Felbrigg Hall, Gardens & Estate, one of the most elegant country houses in East Anglia. Cherished for its homeliness and charm, Felbrigg reflects the personal stories of the four families who have lived here and their warmth and fondness for the estate. Later, we travel to Blickling Hall, this breath-taking red-brick mansion and ancient yew hedges are set in the heart of a magnificent garden and historic park in the Bure meadows, with a history spanning over 1000 years. Day 3 – After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a day at leisure in Great Yarmouth; East Anglia’s premier beach resort! Day 4 – Today we step back in time as we visit Somerleyton Hall and Gardens for free time. Surrounded by 5000 acres of English estate, Somerleyton Hall is one of Britain’s most wellpreserved and beautiful stately homes.

Day 6 – After breakfast we pick up our packed lunch and travel to National Trust’s Oxburgh Hall; a 15th century moated manor house. Built in 1482 by the Catholic family, there are 500 years of history to explore here. Admire the Victorian gothic interiors, and ornate architectural additions that reflect a romantic view of Oxburgh’s medieval past, or enjoy the walled garden and the French parterre. Later this afternoon we continue our journey home.

Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Evening entertainment Packed lunch on departure Free time in Kings Lynn Admission into Felbrigg Hall, Blickling Hall, Somerleyton Hall & Gardens & Oxburgh Hall

Day 5 – Enjoy free time in Norwich, as well as being the most complete medieval city in the UK, it is also the only English city in a National Park (the Norfolk Broads!) Due to its compact size, Norwich is easy to explore on foot, and has LAVER REF: LBEA a river at its heart – a good place to enjoy a mid- DEPARTURE DATE morning lunch perhaps?

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Wonders of Wiltshire

Escape to the Country: Herefordshire & The Wye Valley

Wiltshire is a destination just waiting to be discovered. Come along with us as we visit some of our favourite local wonders including Bradford-on-Avon, Bath and Salisbury. Walk through the stunning gardens of Bowood House and National Trust’s Stourhead.

Come away with us on this nostalgic trip to the countryside, with visits to magnificent Worcester, and the traditional market towns of Ledbury and Tewkesbury. We have also arranged a relaxing journey onboard the Dean Forest Railway for you to enjoy.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – We travel to our hotel via the beautiful Bowood House & Gardens, where you can wander through this delightful destination and admire the early Autumn flowers.

Day 1 – Before arriving at our hotel, we enjoy a scenic stop in Worcester. This beautiful Cathedral city is home to a range of fascinating architecture dating back to 1721.

Day 2 – Today we visit the quaint towns of Bradford-on-Avon and Bath. Bradford-on-Avon has plenty of things to see and do including historic buildings, independent shops and the town’s canal, whereas Bath is famous for its natural hot springs within their Roman Baths located in the centre of the town.

Day 2 – After breakfast we visit Ledbury, a traditional market town with a timeless quality about it. Later we travel to Brockhampton Estate, where entry is included. This medieval timber-framed manor house can be traced back to the 14th Century and is surrounded by a moat.

Day 3 – After a leisurely breakfast, enjoy a free day today. Day 4 – Prepare for more wonders as we visit the medieval Cathedral city of Salisbury. We also take a trip to National Trust’s Stourhead. This estate includes a Palladian house and a world-famous garden, so you’ll definitely want to bring your camera along! Day 5 – After an enjoyable stay, we return home via the scenic Cotswolds with a stop in Bourton-on-the-Water.

Day 3 – With a friendly market town atmosphere, Hereford is a wonderful place to enjoy in your own time today. After a little wander around the independent shops and cafés, why not visit the 13th century ‘Mappa Mundi’ at Hereford Cathedral – the largest medieval map of the world in existence! Day 4 – This morning we take you to Ross-on-Wye, perched above the River Wye, Ross offers breath-taking scenery. This afternoon we have arranged a steam journey onboard the scenic Dean Forest Railway, enjoy a magical trip through the medieval forest and parklands to Lydney Junction. Day 5 – After breakfast we travel home with a comfort stop in Tewkesbury.

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2017 SELL OUR TOUR Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions to Bradford-on-Avon, Bath, Salisbury & Bourton-on-the-Water Admission to Bowood House & Gardens and Stourhead

Hotel TBC

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Free time in Worcester, Hereford, Tewkesbury, Ledbury & Ross on Wye Admission to Brockhampton Estate Journey on the Dean Forest Railway

Green Dragon ***, Hereford Located near Hereford Cathedral, this historic coaching inn dates back to the 16th century and offers comfortable rooms and a Garrick Lounge for guests to enjoy.

Hotel Facilities

Our exclusively sourced hotel is still to be confirmed.

• Bar/restaurant • Coffee lounge

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• Lift

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Lovely Ludlow & Highlights of the Welsh Borders

Discover some of Britain’s finest countryside on this enchanting break to Ludlow. On this break, we include a traditional horse-drawn canal trip along the Llangollen Canal, entry to Powis Castle & Gardens and trips to Kidderminster, Oswestry and Ludlow. Feathers Hotel ***, Ludlow Described by the New York Times as "the most handsome inn in the world" the Feathers Hotel is one of Ludlow's most popular attractions. Set in a magnificent timber-framed building in the centre of picturesque Ludlow.

Hotel Facilities • Bar/restaurant • Lift

During your stay... Day 1 – Our first stop today is in Kidderminster, where you will have enough time for a drink before we continue to our hotel for a four night dinner, bed and breakfast stay. Day 2 – This morning we enjoy a couple of hours in Oswestry, most of this ancient market town has been designated a Conservation Area, conveying a mixture of architectural styles with many old timber framed houses. Afterwards, we travel to Llangollen, where we have arranged a horse drawn canal trip for you – experience the pleasure of drifting along the beautiful Llangollen Canal, as you glide gently through the Welsh mountains. Day 3 – From its ancient Castle to its peaceful streets, exploring Ludlow is a real pleasure and today you are free to enjoy it in your own time. With over 800 years of history and many cafés, shops and greenery all around, whatever you decide to do, your day will be well spent. Day 4 – After breakfast we visit National Trust’s Powis Castle & Gardens, where we have included admission. Perched high above the world-famous garden terraces, Powis Castle, originally built in 1200, began life as a medieval fortress of the Welsh Princess of Powys. Today it is a captivating example of a military stronghold, which has been greatly preserved and renewed. On our return to the hotel we enjoy a leisurely stop at Coed-y-Dinas,

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a spacious country shop and garden centre. Here you will have enough time to enjoy a tea or coffee. Day 5 – After breakfast we travel to Bridgnorth for a little free time before we return back to the East Midlands.

CLUB CLASS COACH TRAVEL Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Club Class coach travel 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Llangollen horse drawn canal trip Excursions to Kidderminster, Coed-y-Dinas, Bridgnorth & Oswestry Free time in Ludlow Admission to Powis Castle LAVER REF: LXWB DEPARTURE DATE

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Mon 16 April Mon 15 October

5 5

£459 £40 £459 £40

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Shropshire Gems: Ironbridge, Shrewsbury & the Severn Valley Railway

During your stay...

Tucked away on the English/Welsh border, Shropshire has remained unspoilt and comparatively unchanged. So, if you’re looking for a chance to get away from it all this spring and indulge a little, then this break is the answer. Feathers Hotel ***, Ludlow Described by the New York Times as "the most handsome inn in the world" the Feathers Hotel is one of Ludlow's most popular attractions. Set in a magnificent timber-framed building in the centre of picturesque Ludlow.

Hotel Facilities • Bar/restaurant • Lift

Day 1 – We travel first to National Trust’s Dudmaston Hall – this house of many contrasts has been a much-loved home for over 857 years. Explore the traditional rooms, most offering stunning views over the garden, travel to Shrewsbury for the afternoon. As the scattered with family photos. After a little wander around we continue the journey to the birthplace of Charles Darwin, Shrewsbury is one of England’s finest medieval market towns, where hotel. the shopping centre is packed with timber-framed Day 2 – After breakfast we take you to black and white buildings. Kidderminster, here we have arranged a journey on the iconic Severn Valley Railway to Day 5 – After breakfast we take you to Stourporton-Severn for free time in this delightful town Bridgnorth. As you step onboard, you will be transported back in time to the romantic era of before we return home. steam-hauled trains, as we travel through the stunning River Severn and countryside.

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Day 3 – Enjoy free time in Ludlow; this market town has a well-deserved reputation for quality food and drink and you’ll find a selection of small, family-owned businesses that sell quality products with a personal touch that you can enjoy today. Day 4 – This morning we visit Blists Hill Victorian Town. Here you will be transported back to the age of steam, a time when Britain ruled the world, at this recreated Victorian Town. Enjoy life as it was over 100 years ago and meet the real-life Victorians in their authentic shops and cottages, visit the men at work in the workshops and buy some novelty goods from a bygone era. Afterwards, we then

Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Club Class coach travel 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Journey on the Severn Valley Railway Exursions to Dudmaston Hall, Shrewsbury & Stourport-on-Severn Admission to Blists Hill Victorian Town LAVER REF: LXSS DEPARTURE DATE

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£469 £40 £469 £40

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NEW Heart of England Rail Journeys

Embark on some of Britain’s bestloved and most stunning heritage railways on this fantastic new break! Enjoy unforgettable journeys on the Severn Valley Railway and Dean Forest Railway as well as visits to Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shrewsbury, Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester. Fownes Hotel ***, Worcester Formally a Victorian glove factory, The Fownes Hotel is situated on the Birmingham canal just a short walk from Worcester Cathedral and offers comfortable en-suite rooms and a restaurant.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift • Library

During your stay... Day 1 – Following your morning pick-ups, we enjoy a leisurely journey to our hotel, stopping briefly in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Home to the famous English poet, William Shakespeare.

countryside of Gloucestershire and allows us to enjoy the relaxing pace of a typical country Day 2 – Today we take a journey back in time branch line. Afterwards we visit the lovely city of on the Severn Valley Railway – one of the most Hereford, this peaceful city is rich in local produce popular heritage railways in Britain, and it’s not so perhaps find a spot to sample their worldhard to see why. Meandering your way from renowned beef, Summer ciders or apple juice. Kidderminster to the ancient riverside town of Bridgnorth, your train will pass through the Day 5 – After breakfast we visit Worcester, this Worcestershire and Shropshire countryside beautiful Cathedral and university city is set on capturing quaint gardens and lovely Georgian the banks of the River Severn and after a little free architecture along the way. We end our day time we return home. with free time in Shrewsbury, we think you’ll love wandering around the town centre which is home to timber-framed black and white buildings.

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Day 3 – After breakfast, we board the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway. Sit back and relax as we travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds, offering wonderful views of the nearby sleepy hamlets, villages and the Malvern Hills – you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported to another world. This afternoon we enjoy a couple of hours in the Cathedral city of Gloucester. Day 4 – Our final journey today takes us on the Dean Forest Railway. This heritage railway runs through the beautiful woodland and

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Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Club Class coach travel 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Porterage at the hotel Journeys on the Severn Valley Railway, Gloucester Warwickshire Railway & Dean Forest Railway Excursions to Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shrewsbury, Gloucester, Hereford & Worcester LAVER REF: LBHR DEPARTURE DATE

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Mon 22 October

5

£449 £80

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NEW Lincolnshire & The Wolds

NEW Cheshire Highlights: Chester,

Ness Gardens & Anderton Boat Lift

Lincolnshire has a long association with aviation, and is home to several airbases with great strategic importance. During this break, we include a visit to the Aviation Heritage Museum, Louth, Woodhall Spa, Lincoln, Boston and Doddington Hall & Gardens.

Come along with us as we visit our favourite Cheshire highlights. There is an exciting line-up of planned excursions including the award-winning Ness Botanic Gardens, the Anderton Boat Lift and the National Waterways Museum.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – We visit the Aviation Heritage Museum, the only place in England where you can see a Lancaster Bomber on an original wartime airfield.

Day 1 – We travel to our hotel with a short stop in Ashbourne en-route.

Day 2 – Day at leisure in resort. Day 3 – After breakfast we travel to Louth – the capital of the Wolds. This perfect little market town lies at the heart of a rich agricultural area and has wonderful Georgian streets with many fine buildings and awardwinning butchers and bakeries. Today is market day, so be sure to take advantage of the various crafts and product stalls at the centre of town. This afternoon, we head to Woodhall Spa for free time, regarded as one of Lincolnshire’s most attractive villages.

Day 2 – This morning, we visit the award-winning Ness Botanic Gardens. Originally created by Arthur Kilpin Bulley, these show gardens are filled with blooms which originate from various destinations all over the world. After, there is free time to spend at leisure. Day 3 – After breakfast, there is some time to spend as you wish, followed by an excursion to Chester in the afternoon. This historic city is filled with shops, cafés, restaurants and bars, most of which have a traditional Tudor appearance to them.

Day 4 – Visit Lincoln for free time. Offering a wealth of history, the city is crowned by Lincoln Cathedral and Lincoln Castle – commissioned by William the Conqueror – they are some of Europe’s finest examples of Gothic architecture. Lincoln Castle is also home to one of only four remaining original copies of the Magna Carta! After some free time, we visit Doddington Hall for a guided tour of the Hall and Gardens.

Day 4 – We start off the day with an excursion to the Anderton Boat Lift. This magnificent contraption still does the same job that it originally set out to do back in 1875. It lifts narrowboats and barges up the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal. We spend the afternoon at the National Waterways Museum where you have the chance to immerse yourself in this new, interactive museum experience and find out about the history of our canals and rivers.

Day 5 – After breakfast we travel to Boston, before returning home.

Day 5 – We have a short stop in Nantwich before making our way back home.

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Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service & Club Class coach travel 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Quiz & bingo at the hotel with prizes to be won! Excursions to Ashbourne, Ness Gardens, Chester & Nantwich Admission into the Anderton Boat Lift & National Waterways Museum

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions to Louth, Woodhall Spa, Lincoln & Boston Guided tour of Doddington Hall & Gardens Admission into the Aviation Heritage Museum

The Savoy Hotel ***, Skegness

Best Western Crewe Arms Hotel **, Crewe

Owned by The Underwood family since 1986, the Savoy enjoys an excellent central location.

Known as the world’s oldest railway hotel. It is said that Queen Victoria stayed here on her way up to Scotland for her annual holidays.

Hotel Facilities

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant

• Bar/restaurant

LAVER REF: LBLW

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• Lift

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Mon 2 July

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£429

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Fri 28 September

5

£389

£65

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NEW Journey through the Peak District

Journey through the picturesque Peak District on this enchanting new break. Staying in the spa town of Buxton, we have included excursions to Matlock, Carsington Waters, Haddon Hall, Chatsworth House, and a guided tour of Cromford Mills. If you love English heritage then this holiday is simply unmissable! The Palace Hotel ****, Buxton This grand Victorian hotel is situated in the centre of Buxton and has comfy bedrooms with modern facilities.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift • Spa

During your stay... Day 1 – This morning we travel to our hotel in Buxton, enjoying a lunch-time break in picturesque Matlock. Day 2 – We take you to the charming Haddon Hall, set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park. Parts of the house date back from the 12th century and Simon Jenkins once described Haddon Hall as “the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages”. This afternoon we have arranged a guided tour around Cromford Mills – the home of Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill complex, and birthplace of the modern factory system. Day 3 – Enjoy a day at leisure, if you don’t want to leave the comfort of the hotel perhaps take advantage of their beauty rooms and spa. Buxton is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Peak District, renowned for its impressive Georgian and Victorian architecture. Day 4 – Today we enjoy a visit to Chatsworth House, with admission included. Nestled in the heart of the spectacular Peak District, this stunning stately house and estate is the home of the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire, and has been the home of the Cavendish family for over 500 years. With over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall to the regal State Rooms, along with 105 acres of stunning

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gardens, and of course, a Farmyard Café and Gift Shop. Day 5 – On our way home today, we enjoy a leisurely stop in Carsington Waters – perhaps head over to the Visitor Centre, home to a variety of shops and an interactive exhibition. After a little free time, we continue home.

CLUB CLASS COACH TRAVEL Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Club Class coach travel 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Admission to Haddon Hall & Chatsworth House Guided tour of Cromford Mills Excursions to Buxton, Matlock & Carsington Waters Free time in Buxton LAVER REF: LXPD DEPARTURE DATE

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Tue 24 July

5

£479 £180

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Yorkshire Transport: Steam & Cruise

Join Laver Holidays in the county of Yorkshire for a wonderful break where you will enjoy a classic combination of steam and cruise journeys. We have included an afternoon tea cruise on York Boat, a canal cruise with tea and biscuits in Skipton, a journey on the famous Keighley & Worth Valley Railway and a short journey on the Kirklees Light Railway. Mercure Bradford Bankfield Hotel ***, Bradford A modern hotel with cosy and comfortable rooms which are set within 8 acres of private grounds, with views over the Aire Valley.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

During your stay... Day 1 – Today, we travel to our hotel via the cosmopolitan city of Leeds. Here, we have some free time to wander around the city and perhaps enjoy a nice cup of tea in a quirky café. Day 2 – We have a full day of excursions. First, we visit the National Railway Museum in York followed by an afternoon tea cruise where you can enjoy dainty finger sandwiches, a fruit scone with jam and cream, delicious desserts and freshly brewed tea or coffee – all whilst cruising through the city. After, there is a little free time in York’s city centre. Day 3 – This morning we travel to Skipton, where we board another boat cruise. Here you can enjoy tea and biscuits whilst admiring the beautiful view of the canal out of the window. Following this, there is an afternoon at leisure. Day 4 – After a leisurely morning, this afternoon we depart to Keighley, for a journey to Oxenhope on the famous Worth Valley Railway. Cream tea will be served on board during our journey. Day 5 – It’s time for our final railway journey – the Kirklees Light Railway. Admire the lovely South Pennine views before reaching our Shelley terminus, where you can enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding area. After, we make our way back home via the picturesque Peak District.

Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Journey on Kirklees Light Railway Journey on the Worth Valley Railway with cream tea York boat cruise with afternoon tea Skipton Canal cruise with tea and biscuits Excursion to the National Railway Museum Free time in Leeds & York LAVER REF: LBYK DEPARTURE DATE

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5

£429 £80

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NEW Food Trail of Yorkshire

Calling all foodies and cooking enthusiasts – we have the perfect trip for you! Discover taste sensations at all of the excursions that we have planned; from moreish Wensleydale cheese through to scrumptious chocolate crafted by experts, your palette will be very pleased that you chose this trip. There is also a visit to Nostell Priory & Parkland and visits to Black Sheep Brewery and Oldroyd’s Rhubarb triangle. Cornmill Lodge Hotel ***, Leeds This hotel is based on the design of an original corn mill that occupied the site previously, which makes for a spectacular building.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant

During your stay... Day 1 – After pick-ups, we travel to our hotel with a stop at National Trust’s Nostell Priory & Parkland. This 18th century mansion is home to many antiques and treasures and also holds one of the first longcase clocks handmade by the famous inventor, John Harrison. There is plenty to explore here, including magnificent gardens and crafts. Day 2 – We start the day with a trip to Black Sheep Brewery where each beer is made with a culmination of the brewing expertise which spans six family generations. We learn all about the brewing process during our guided tour. After lunch, we travel to Wensleydale’s Creamery for a demonstration of cheese making along with a delicious afternoon tea, followed by a visit through the Little Chocolate Shop. Day 3 – Today, we have a free day to explore Leeds. With over 16 museums and galleries, there’s something to cater to all tastes. Or if you’re looking to purchase some nice bits and bobs, the city is also known for being a top UK shopping destination and is home to over 1,000 shops within the city centre! Day 4 – We embark on a journey to York where we have an excursion booked in for a guided tour around York’s Chocolate Story. Here, you can learn the stories behind the greatest

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names in chocolate and unwrap the chocolatier’s secrets! After, there is free time to explore York. Day 5 – Today is home time, but not before we squeeze one last trip in to Oldroyd’s Rhubarb Triangle experience. On our guided tour, we learn about the secrets and growing techniques at this popular working farm, which is also named one of Rick Stein’s ‘Food Hero Producer’.

CLUB CLASS COACH TRAVEL Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service & Club Class travel 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Free time in Leeds & York Visit to Little Chocolate Shop Admission to Nostell Priory & Parkland, York’s Chocolate Story & Oldroyd’s Rhubarb Triangle Experience Guided tour at Black Sheep Brewery Cheese making demonstration at Wensleydale Creamery LAVER REF: LBYF DEPARTURE DATE

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Fri 1 June

5

£389 £40

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Seaside Mystery Tour

Scarborough: Gem of the Yorkshire Coast

It’s back! Our popular Mystery Tour is here again by popular demand. There’s nothing more exciting than finding out where you’re visiting after months of waiting in anticipation and we’re certain that you won’t be disappointed! One thing we can share with you is… don’t forget to bring your bucket and spade because we’re going to the seaside!

Yorkshire’s unique stretch of coastline boasts a string of gorgeous and very different seaside towns and you can visit them all on this trip. From the traditional resorts of Bridlington, Robin Hood’s Bay and Whitby, to the very gem of the Yorkshire coast – Scarborough!

During your stay...

Day 1 – We travel to our hotel in Scarborough via the charming market town of Beverley.

Day 1 – Following door-to-door pick-ups we departure by coach to our mystery location where accommodation is reserved for 4 nights with dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 2 – Visit the beautiful Walled Garden at Scampston, which was originally designed by the renowned Dutch Plantsman, Piet Oudolf. After, we venture to the historic city of York where you’ll have free time to explore.

Days 2 /4 – Over the next few days we have carefully planned out 3 excursions to some of the UK’s most popular seaside destinations for you to enjoy.

Day 3 – After a leisurely breakfast enjoy a free day today.

Day 5 – After breakfast we wave goodbye to the hotel and begin the journey home.

Day 5 – We start today with a trip to the seaside town of Bridlington where you will have free time to relax. After, we journey to Sewerby Hall and Gardens where you can explore the stunning gardens and zoo.

During your stay...

Day 4 – We visit Robin Hood’s Bay, after some free time here, we travel to Whitby, home to some of Britain’s finest fish and chips!

Day 6 – After an enjoyable stay, we return home.

CLUB CLASS COACH TRAVEL Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Club Class coach travel 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Free time in Beverley, York, Scarborough, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby & Bridlington. Admission to the Walled Garden at Scampston & Sewerby Hall and Gardens.

Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Three mystery excursions

Esplanade Hotel ***, Scarborough

Hotel

With fantastic views over the bay this is a large comfortable hotel, richly decorated and with unique charm and character.

Now that would be giving too much away!

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

Hotel Facilities • Bar/restaurant

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Mon 6 August

5

£389

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Sat 18 August Sat 15 September

6 6

£509 £489

£50 £50

Need some advice? Please call one of our friendly team on 08456 66 55 44*

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Summer Cruising in the Lake District

Sit back and relax on this serene break cruising around the simply stunning Lake District where you can admire the natural beauty of the sweeping valleys whilst sailing along the glistening lakes. We have also arranged plenty of time to explore on land too with free time in Morecambe, Lakeside, Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick. Headway Hotel ***, Morecambe This hotel is located on Morecambe’s East Promenade and has views over Morecambe Bay.

Hotel Facilities • Bar/restaurant • Lift

During your stay... Day 1 – We make our way to the hotel. On arrival we will receive a welcome tea or coffee. Later in the evening, we can enjoy a sherry reception before our evening meal. Day 2 – This morning we take you to Lakeside for some free time before we enjoy a gondala cruise across Coniston Water. We finish off the day with free time at Ambleside, situated at the head of Windermere. Here, you can visit The Armitt Museum to find out more about many well-known locals including Beatrix Potter. Day 3 – Today, we have a day at leisure in marvellous Morecambe where we’d recommend trying the delicious fish & chips! If you’re a Morecambe and Wise fan, you may also like to visit the larger-than-life Eric Morecambe statue located on Marine Road Central. Day 4 – Our first stop of the day is in the picturesque village of Grasmere, made famous by poet William Wordsworth who wrote much of his poetry there. After, we stop off at Keswick at lunch time where you may want to grab a bite to eat, followed by a cruise, which is the perfect way to discover more of the northern Lake District. Day 5 – After a very enjoyable trip, we depart back home with fond memories.

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Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Tea/coffee on arrival at hotel Sherry reception on arrival evening at hotel Free time in Morecambe, Lakeside, Ambleside, Grasmere & Keswick Coniston steam yacht cruise & Derwent Water Cruise LAVER REF: LBLK DEPARTURE DATE

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Mon 25 June

5

£459 £40

Need some advice? Please call one of our friendly team on 08456 66 55 44*


Windermere Warmer

NEW Discover Cumbria

From the tranquil Lake Windermere to the wonderful world of William Wordsworth, explore the natural beauty and hidden treasures that Cumbria has to offer no matter the weather.

Step back in time and come face-to-face with magnificent castles and ruins such as Wray Castle and Lowther Castle along with Holker Hall, Askham Hall and Rydal Hall; all of which come with their own well-kept gardens and land.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – Travelling north we enjoy a leisurely lunch break in Southport before continuing to the hotel.

Day 1 – We have a short stop in Bolton before making our way to the hotel.

Day 2 – This morning we travel to Keswick, this pretty market town offers a pedestrianised shopping centre, and a peaceful place to sit and watch the world go by. This afternoon, we take you to Dove Cottage, the first family home of William Wordsworth – Britain’s best-loved poet! Little has changed in the house since the Wordsworth’s lived here, and it is the only place in the world to see some of his personal belongings.

Day 2 – This morning, we visit Holker Hall and Gardens, home to the Cavendish family. After, we visit the delightful Furness Abbey, which was founded by Stephen, Count of Boulogne and Mortain, who later became King of England.

Day 3 – Enjoy free time to explore Penrith. Afternoon tea will be served at the hotel this afternoon.

Day 3 – We travel to National Trust’s Wray Castle in Ambleside. This Victorian, Neo-Gothic building has only recently been open to the public on a regular basis. This afternoon, there is free time in Kendal. Why not find a quaint café to sit and enjoy a nice cup of tea along with a taste of some of Kendal’s famous Mint Cake?

Day 4 – Enjoy a trip inside the magical World of Beatrix Potter. We have included admission into the exhibition for you, so you can re-live the enchanting world that Beatrix Potter created in her books. Later, we take you to the town of Windermere, where we finish off this perfect day.

Day 4 – After a leisurely breakfast, there is chance to explore Windermere. Then, we travel to Rydal Hall & Garden. This 17th Century mansion is set across 34 acres of beautiful grounds. Famous writer, William Wordsworth, was once a resident of the area from 1813 until his death in 1850.

Day 5 – Time for home after a wonderful trip to Cumbria, our Lakeland County!

Day 5 – Our first visit of the day is Askham Hall & Gardens, which has recently been named a World Heritage Site. Later, we visit Lowther Castle. Day 6 – After a wonderful break, we make our way home.

INCLUDES AFTERNOON TEA AT HOTEL Includes

INCLUDES ADMISSION Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Afternoon tea at the hotel Excursions to Keswick & Windermere Admission to Dove Cottage and The World of Beatrix Potter

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions to Bolton, Kendal & Windermere Admission to Holker Hall & Gardens, Furness Abbey, Rydal Hall & Garden, Askham Hall & Gardens and Lowther Castle

Shap Wells Hotel ***, Penrith

Shap Wells Hotel ***, Penrith

On the edge of the Lake District, this classic country house hotel offers spacious rooms with many countryside views and a riverside lounge.

On the edge of the Lake District, this classic country house hotel offers spacious rooms with many countryside views and a riverside lounge.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Garden area

Hotel Facilities

• Lounge • Lift

• Bar/restaurant • Garden area

LAVER REF: LBWW

• Lounge • Lift

LAVER REF: LXCD

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Mon 19 March

5

£419

£60

Tue 31 July

6

£469

£60

Need some advice? Please call one of our friendly team on 08456 66 55 44*

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NEW Tyne & Wear: Tanfield Rail, Quay Cruise & Beamish Museum

Join us on this fantastic trip to Tyne & Wear. Travel on the Tanfield Railway, which is known as the world’s oldest railway. Take to the water with the Quay-to-Sea cruise where the guided commentary will ensure that you don’t miss any of the iconic spots and you also have the opportunity get a feel for what life was really like in 1820's and beyond with a trip to the open air Living Museum at Beamish. Ramada Encore ***, Newcastle-Gateshead A modern hotel with comfortable rooms, located nearby to the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

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During your stay... Day 1 – We travel to our hotel via Ripon. Upon arrival, we are greeted with a welcome drink. Day 2 – Firstly, we spend the morning in the historic market town of Hexham. Stone architecture and cobbled streets line the way for a range of quality independent shops, high street favourites and a variety of cafés, bars and restaurants. This afternoon, you have some free time to spend however you wish. Day 3 – After a morning at leisure, there is an excursion planned for a return train journey on the Tanfield Railway. You can admire the beautiful scenery from the comfort of your carriage along tracks which are also said to be part of the world’s oldest railway. Day 4 – After breakfast, we board the Quayto-Sea Cruise for a 3-hour expert guided commentary on the ever-changing face of the River Tyne. During the cruise, we will be taken under the incredible Gateshead Millennium Bridge, which opens especially for the cruise to enjoy the panorama of the Tyne Gorge, before returning downriver through to the River Mouth. Keep your eyes peeled throughout for legendary shipyards, international ferry terminals, iconic landmarks and you could even spot some seals or dolphins if they’re feeling sociable! Following the cruise, there is an afternoon at leisure in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Day 5 – We make our way home today, but not before a visit to the open air Beamish Museum, which is also known as ‘the living museum of the north’. Prepare to be told the stories of those living in the North East during 1820s, 1900s and the 1940s.

Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Journey on the Tanfield Railway Quay cruise with a guide Excursions to Ripon, Hexham & Open Air Beamish Museum Free time in Newcastle LAVER REF: LBTW DEPARTURE DATE

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Mon 27 August

5

£399 £25

Need some advice? Please call one of our friendly team on 08456 66 55 44*


NEW Castles, Halls & Gardens of Northumbria

Isle of Man Experience

Northumberland is a region that boasts lovely countryside and miles of heritage coastlines. On this break, we include excursions to Stephenson Railway Museum, Bamburgh Castle, Whalton Manor Gardens and Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens.

The Isle of Man is filled with natural beauty and on this revised trip for 2018, we enjoy a trip filled with lots of activities including excursions to Curraghs Wildlife Park and The Sound Visitor Centre, not forgetting a steam railway journey and of course, a delicious cream tea!

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – After pick-ups we enjoy a leisurely journey to York where we spend Day 1 – After pick-ups, we travel to our hotel. a little free time. Day 2 – After a leisurely breakfast, we have a free day to explore the capital town of the Isle of Man, Douglas. Home to the Manx Museum, why not take a Day 2* – We cross the famous causeway to the Holy Isle of Lindisfarne where we visit the stunning Bamburgh Castle, one of the largest inhabited trip there and discover the exciting exhibits which include Viking gold. castles in the country. Day 3 – First on our agenda is a steam railway trip from Douglas to Port Erin. Day 3 – This morning we take you to Whalton Manor Gardens, not open to the public, this exclusive tour will give you a first-hand insight into the gardens created by Sir Edwin Lutyens and daily upkeep. We return-back to our hotel and your afternoon is at leisure in Newcastle. If you decide to walk into town, our hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the city. Day 4 – This afternoon we travel to the wonderful Belsay Hall, Castle and Gardens, here you can enjoy a couple of hours free time. The Belsay that visitors see today comprises of three distinct elements; a medieval castle, built in the early 17th century, a Greek Revival mansion, and an outstanding garden that links to the two magnificent buildings together. Day 5 – Today re-live the glorious days of the steam railway, with a visit the Stephenson Railway Museum. You’ll find a range of fascinating locomotives on display, including George Stephenson’s ‘Billy’.

Includes

On arrival, we then head to the small Railway Museum which is located at the end of the railway line where you can learn about the history of the island’s railway network. Our next stop takes us to The Sound Visitor Centre, which is one of the most picturesque points in the south of the island. Here you can enjoy the Bird Observatory along with plenty of other wildlife colonies. We end the day with an afternoon in the quaint village of Castletown. Day 4 – This morning, we visit Curraghs Wildlife Park which specialises in wetland animals. It’s also home to endangered species, large cats, bird of prey, primates and favourites such as meerkats. This afternoon, we head to Miltown House & Gardens where you can explore all of the gardens and their beautiful blooms along with the chance to also enjoy a delicious cream tea. Day 5 – We head back towards Douglas to catch our return ferry back towards home.

Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions to York, Holy Isle & Stephenson Railway Museum Admission to Bamburgh Castle*, Manor Gardens and Belsay Hall, Castle & Gardens *Timings dependent on tidal times.

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Return ferry sailings 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Journey on the Isle of Man Steam Railway Admission to the Railway Museum & Curraghs Wildlife Park, Admission to Milntown Gardens with a cream tea Excursions to Castletown & free time on the Isle of Man

Millennium Copthorne Hotel Newcastle ****, Newcastle

Rutland Hotel ***, Douglas

The Copthorne Hotel Newcastle offers an outdoor terrace which provides panoramic river views which guests can enjoy.

Located only a 1 minute walk away from the beach, this elegant hotel offers panoramic views across Douglas Bay.

Hotel Facilities

Hotel Facilities

•Bar/restaurant

•Bar/restaurant

LAVER REF: LBHI

LAVER REF: LBIM

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Mon 28 May Wed 3 October

5 5

£409 £409

£100 £100

Tue 10 July

5

£569

£60

*Seaview rooms available at an additional charge - please ask us.

Need some advice? Please call one of our friendly team on 08456 66 55 44*

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NEW Warner's: Cricket St. Thomas

Cricket St. Thomas is a grade II listed manor house, most famous for its starring role in the 70’s TV comedy “To The Manor Born”. Surrounded by its own wildlife park, this sleepy resort is the ideal break away from the stresses of everyday life with excursions to Bourton-on-theWater, Banbury, Exmouth, Lyme Regis and Weymouth. Cricket St. Thomas Hotel ****, Somerset

This classic country house is set in a splendid parkland, with colourful gardens, lakes, and a unique woodland area. The hotel provides extensive entertainment including nightly live performances and excellent dining.

Hotel Facilities • Bar/Restaurant • Lift • Archery/shooting*

• Indoor pool • Steam room & sauna • Tennis court*

*Subject to avability and additional fees apply

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During your stay... Day 1 – Step onto our coach and enjoy a leisurely journey to Bourton-on-the-Water. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, this idyllic village is famous for its honey coloured stone architecture and its wealth of tea rooms. After a little free time, we continue to our Warner Leisure resort. Day 2 –Today we take you to Exmouth, one of the oldest and most picturesque seaside towns in Devon. Home to a large indoor market and a range of independent retailers housed in splendid regency architecture you can enjoy the day whatever the weather. Day 3 – Enjoy a relaxing day at leisure in the comfort of our resort today. Perhaps enjoy the variety of day time activities available, including; tennis, disc golf and croquet on the lawn and 2 fantastic restaurants to dine in, we guarantee there will be something for everyone. Day 4 – After breakfast we will travel to Lyme Regis for a little free time. Situated in the South West of Dorset, Lyme Regis has been awarded World Heritage Status, and is a historic unspoilt seaside resort and fishing port on the world famous Cobb harbour. After a little free time, we then visit the traditional seaside resort of Weymouth.

Day 5 – After breakfast we take you to Banbury for free time, before travelling home with another short comfort stop.

Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Free time in Bourton-on-the-Water & Banbury Excursions to Exmouth, Lyme Regis & Weymouth Time at leisure to enjoy the facilities LAVER REF: LBWS DEPARTURE DATE

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Mon 16 April

5

£459 NIL

We can offer upgrades to Balcony rooms & Seaview rooms


Warner's: Alvaston Hall

Warner's: Sinah Warren

Getaway on a Warner’s retreat as we visit Alvaston Hall, this magnificent grade II listed Victorian house is the perfect place to relax. On this break, we also include a scenic journey through the Peak District and excursions to Chester, Shrewsbury, Buxton and Nantwich.

Located on the edge of a shingle beach and overlooking the harbour, this break to Warner’s Sinah Warren is a tranquil escape from everyday worries. With full access to Warner’s extensive range of facilities, we have also arranged visits to Oxford, Winchester, Portsmouth, Worthing and Chichester.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – Following your door-to-door pick-ups, our driver will take you on a scenic journey through the beautiful Peak District, to Buxton, where you can enjoy a little free time.

Day 1 – Our driver will take you to Oxford, where we will stop for a little free time. Later we will continue to our Warner Leisure resort.

Day 2 – After breakfast we travel to Chester. Considered one of England’s best-preserved cities and retaining a unique charm, Chester has the most complete city walls and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain. Day 3 – Enjoy a relaxing day at leisure in the comfort of our resort today. With a variety of day time activities including; tennis, disc golf and croquet on the lawn, and 2 fantastic restaurants to dine in we guarantee there will be something for everyone. Day 4 – Today we will take you to Shrewsbury for a half day excursion. Located near to the Welsh Border, this is one of England’s finest medieval market towns and boasts over 600 listed buildings.

Day 2 – After breakfast we visit Winchester, home to the medieval Winchester Cathedral. After some free time, we then take you to Portsmouth, a historical waterfront city. While you’re here discover the city’s maritime heritage around the port or simply watch the world pass you by. Day 3 – Enjoy a relaxing day at leisure in the comfort of our resort. With glimmering waters and colourful yachts gliding by, you could almost be on the Riviera! Stroll around elegant gardens, try a new activity or simply relax on the terrace and enjoy the views. Day 4 – This morning we visit Worthing for free time. Later this afternoon, we visit Chichester renowned for its beauty and historic Cathedral.

Day 5 – After breakfast we take you to Nantwich for a little free time. This medieval market town offers contemporary craft shops, antique dealers and boutiques. Later, we will return home.

Day 5 – After breakfast we return to Oxford for a little free time before we continue our leisurely journey home.

Includes

Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Time at leisure to enjoy the facilities Drive through the Peak District Excursions to Chester, Shrewsbury, Buxton & Nantwich

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Time at leisure to enjoy the facilities Excursions to Winchester, Portsmouth, Worthing & Chichester Free time in Oxford

Alvaston Hall Hotel ***, Nantwich

Warner Sinah Warren Coastal Hotel ***, Hampshire

This Victorian Country house delivers a memorable experience with its well-kept gardens, impressive historic features and golf course.

Sinah Warren Hotel is a large, elegant and modern hotel on a location that was originally a health farm in the 15th century.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/Restaurant • Lift

• Bowls • Golf course*

• Indoor pool • Croquet

*Subject to avability and additional fees apply

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

• Holiday shop • Garden tours

• Bowls, croquet & putting green*

*Subject to availably and additional fees apply.

LAVER REF: LBWS

LAVER REF: LBWS

DEPARTURE DATE

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Mon 25 June

5

£499

NIL

Mon 10 September

5

£479

NIL

on all of our Warner Breaks - Please call us for more information

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Llandudno & Snowdonia

Visit the idyllic resorts of Llandudno & Snowdonia and prepare to fall in love with many beautiful landscapes including Anglesey, Conwy, Betwsy-Coed and Llanberis. You’ll also be able to walk in the footsteps of royalty in the magnificent Caernarfon Castle, which is said to be one of the most expensive castles ever built by a King of England! St Kilda ***, Llandudno Expect a friendly, warm welcome from this family-run hotel, ideally nestled within the Promenade.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Sea-view lounge • Entertainment each night

During your stay... Day 1 – After pick-ups we travel to our hotel via the walled city of Chester. Day 2 – After breakfast we travel to Conwy, the World Heritage Site famous for its magnificent 13th century castle and walls. Followed by a trip to Betws-y-Coed which is also known as ‘the gateway to Snowdonia’. This magical setting has a distinctly Alpine feel – this is especially thanks to the Gwydyr Forest that surrounds the area. Finally, we travel to Llanberis, which sits at the foot of the highest mountain in Wales; Snowdon. Day 3 – Enjoy a free day today to enjoy the local area of Llandudno. Here you can do a spot of shopping, try your luck in the arcades and take a stroll along the lovely, sandy beach.

Day 5 – We travel home via Blakemere Village, here you will find a range of boutique retail and leisure outlets, cafés and restaurants all set in and around a beautiful Edwardian stable block. We then continue home.

CLUB CLASS COACH TRAVEL Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Club Class coach travel 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions to Conwy, Betws-y-Coed, Llanberis, Isles of Anglesey, Caernarfon & Blakemere Village Admission to Caernarfon Castle Free time in Chester & landudno

Day 4 – This morning we visit the Isle of Anglesey, famous for its ‘moonscape’ landscapes which are home to an extraordinary amount of birds and wildlife. As soon as we cross the bridge, we’ll be greeted with stunning scenery and unspoilt coastlines just waiting to be explored. This afternoon, we journey to one of Wales’ most impressive castles - Caernarfon LAVER REF: LXLS Castle! King Edward I commissioned this medieval fortress in the 1280s and it’s said to be DEPARTURE DATE the most expensive castle ever built by a king Mon 18 June in England.

Mon 3 September

44

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5 5

£449 £459

£15 £15

Need some advice? Please call one of our friendly team on 08456 66 55 44*


Relaxing on the Llŷn Peninsula

Wales on Rails: Scenic Journeys of North Wales

Set amongst rolling hills, the Llŷn Peninsula is the ideal destination for our break. We have arranged a carefully planned itinerary with excursions to National Trust’s Chirk Castle, Portmeirion, Caernarfon, Porthmadog, Llanberis and Llangollen.

Let Laver take you on the journey of a lifetime as we include three unforgettable railway journeys on the Llanberis Lake Railway, Ffestiniog Railway and the Welsh Highland Railway – enjoy the beauty of Snowdonia and North Wales from the comfort of a train carriage.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – After our pick-ups we take you to National Trust’s Chirk Castle, completed in 1310, this magnificent medieval fortress holds over 700 years of history. After free time, we continue our journey to our hotel.

Day 1 – After door-to-door pick-ups we take you to Nantwich. This medieval market town is situated on the banks of the River Weaver and is most famous for the medieval timbered buildings dotted around the town.

Day 2 – We take you to Porthmadog for the morning. Later, we visit Portmeirion; ‘The Italian style Village in North Wales’. This unique village was created by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, a wealthy and eccentric architect from 1925-1976, who wanted to recreate the atmosphere of the vibrant Mediterranean and bring it to the luscious valleys in north Wales.

Day 2 – After breakfast we head to Conwy, a world heritage site, for a little free time. Conwy’s impressive 13th century castle and quaint harbour make this one of the world’s finest places to visit. Afterwards we travel to Llanberis, where we have arranged a journey onboard the Llanberis Lake Railway, this timeless narrow-gauge steam train takes you on a return journey alongside Lake Padarn, right in the heart of Snowdonia.

Day 3 – Enjoying one of the most beautiful locations in Wales, Criccieth is a charming Victorian seaside resort home to a medieval castle, two beaches and numerous restaurants. Day 4 – This morning we visit mighty Caernarfon, home to Wales’s most famous castle, built in the 13th century by Edward I. If you’ve visited the castle before, perhaps enjoy the story of the town held in an exhibition at Oriel Pendeitsh or enjoy a stroll along the revamped waterfront. After some free time, this afternoon we take you to Llanberis, located at the foot of the magnificent Snowdonia. Day 5 – We make our way to Llangollen; this small town is stepped in myth and legend before continuing our journey home.

Includes

Day 3 – Enjoy today at leisure in Llandudno. Perhaps visit the Museum, this acclaimed heritage centre tells the story of the Welsh town’s evolution from an industrial town to the popular coastal resort that it is today. Day 4 – Experience the sheer beauty of Snowdonia today as we have arranged two great train journeys for you; The Ffestiniog Railway and the Welsh Highland Railway. Both journeys will take you through the picturesque Snowdonia National Park, allowing you to experience the magnificent scenery in comfort. Day 5 – On our way home we visit Chester.

Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Admission to Chirk Castle & Portmeirion, Excursions to Porthmadog, Caernarfon, Llanberis & Llangollen

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service & Club Class coach travel 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Free time in Nantwich, Conway & Chester Journeys on the Llanberis Lake Railway, Ffestiniog Railway & The Welsh Highland Railway

Lion Hotel ***, Criccieth

St. Kilda Hotel ***, Llandudno

Owned for over 30 years by the Brown/Burnett family, the Lion Hotel is famous for it’s welcoming atmosphere and has stunning views of mountains, coast and castle.

Built in 1854, this elegant family-run hotel stands opposite the bandstand in the centre of Llandudno's Victorian seafront promenade.

Hotel Facilities

•Bar/restaurant

Hotel Facilities

• Lift

•Bar/restaurant

LAVER REF: LBLP

• Lift

LAVER REF: LBWR

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Mon 20 August

5

£399

£40

Mon 26 March

5

£399

£40

Need some advice? Please call one of our friendly team on 08456 66 55 44*

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NEW The Castles of North Wales

NEW Welsh Secrets & The Royal Mint

On this break, you’ll discover some of the majestic castles of north Wales, including the grand Conwy Castle and the beautiful Beaumaris Castle - you’re sure to pick up lots of historical gems along the way! There’s also the opportunity to enjoy the north Wales seaside with free time to explore Llandudno and Prestatyn.

See more money than you could ever imagine as we visit The Royal Mint Exhibition, now open to the public for the first time in its 1000-year history! On this brand new break, we also include excursions to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Dyffryn House & Gardens and Penarth and Monmouth.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – Today we make our way to the hotel in Prestatyn, stopping in Betws-y-Coed en-route, where you may want to enjoy a leisurely lunch in beautiful surroundings.

Day 1 – This morning we visit the ancient town of Monmouth, nestled in the tranquil Wye Valley, before travelling to the hotel.

Day 2 – Firstly, we have a visit to Conwy Castle which was built by Edward I during his conquest of Wales during 1283 – 1289, followed by a visit to National Trust’s Bodnant Garden. Here you can wander around the historic Grade I listed horticultural gem which is home to various plants from around the world. We finish off the day with free time in the coastal town of Llandudno.

Day 2 – After breakfast we take you to the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, set in the beautiful Carmarthenshire countryside, the Garden is a fascinating blend of modern and classic, with a range of inspiring themed gardens. This afternoon we visit National Trust’s Dyffryn House & Gardens, covering more than 55 acres, they are an exceptional example of Edwardian design. Day 3 – Enjoy a free day today to do as much or as little as you like!

Day 3 – This morning we visit Llanberis where you can admire the beautiful mountain scenery at this gateway to the Snowdonia National Park. After, we head back to Prestatyn to enjoy free time back near the hotel.

Day 4 – Today we are treated to a visit to The Royal Mint Experience, here you can gain unprecedented access to The Royal Mint and discover the people and events behind the coins in your pocket! After a little free time, Day 4 – We start with a morning at leisure where you can take a pleasant we travel to Penarth, described as the ‘Garden by the Sea’ Penarth is a wander along the glorious beach. In the afternoon, we journey to Beaumaris delightful seaside resort. Castle where you can admire the almost geometric symmetry of the castle. Day 5 – We return home. Day 5 – We make our way back home with a short stop in Wrexham.

CLUB CLASS COACH TRAVEL

Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Free time in Betws-y-Coed, Llandudno, Llanberis, Prestatyn & Wrexham. Admission to Conwy Castle, Bodnant Gardens & Beaumaris Castle

Beaches Hotel ***, Prestatyn The Beaches Hotel is located on the beautiful north Wales coast and is only a 1 minute walk away from Barkby Beach.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Club Class coach travel 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Admission to National Botanic Gardens of Wales, Dyffrynn House & Gardens & The Royal Mint Experience Excursions to Monmouth & Penarth

TBC Hotel Your exclusively sourced hotel is still to be confirmed.

• Lift

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Pembrokeshire & Tenby

The Welsh Coast: Barmouth, Aberystwyth & Bala Lake Railway

Hidden away in South Wales you will uncover a remote but beautiful corner of the UK, towering cliffs are the backdrop to our break with included visits to Tenby, Hilton Court Gardens, Aberglasney Gardens and Swansea.

Discover the diverse beauty of the Welsh Coast with new friends on this new 5-day break. Staying in the picturesque Barmouth, we include excursions to Aberystwyth, Dolgellau and a journey on the steam hauled Bala Lake Railway.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – Visit Hay-on-Wye, known as the ‘town of books’. Wander amongst the thirty bookstores, many specializing in out-of-print or hard to locate titles before we travel to our hotel in Tenby.

Day 1 – Enjoy a leisurely journey to our hotel in pretty Barmouth, with ample stops along the way.

Day 2 – This morning we visit Hilton Court Gardens & Crafts. Later we travel to the pretty town of Saundersfoot for free time. Day 3 – After breakfast we take you to Swansea, Wales’ ‘Waterfront City’. After free time here, we visit Mumbles, which marks the beginning of the Gower Peninsula’s coastline. This afternoon we visit Gower Heritage Centre where we have arranged for a fully qualified guide to accompany us on the coach for a guided tour. After, we return to the centre for a traditional cream tea. Day 4 – Enjoy today at leisure in Tenby, a delightful little harbour town. Day 5 – This morning we visit Aberglasney Gardens, originally made famous by the BBC television series ‘A Garden Lost in Time’ which followed its restoration. Today it is one of Wales’ finest gardens. Our return journey is on the Gwili Steam Railway with a strawberry cream tea served on board.

Day 2 – Today we enjoy a full day in Aberystwyth, nestled between Cardigan Bay and the Cambrian Mountains, Aberystwyth is home to some castle ruins, a harbour and two glorious beaches. Perhaps, take a trip on the town’s 1896 electric funicular railway, the longest in Britain! (Not included.) Day 3 – Located on the west coast of Snowdonia, with a long sandy beach and a picturesque harbour – Barmouth is an idyllic place to spend your day at leisure today. Day 4 – After breakfast we take you to Dolgellau for free time, this handsome market town is set beneath Cader Idris, and offers many local beauty spots for you to enjoy. Later, we travel to nearby Llanuwchllyn where we have arranged a journey on the Bala Lake Railway. This narrow-gauge steam railway runs alongside Llyn Tegid (Bala Lake), hauled by a historic Welsh steam locomotive, enjoy excellent views of the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. Day 5 – After a relaxing break away we retrace our footsteps back home.

Day 6 – After breakfast, we begin our journey home.

Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service & Club Class coach travel* (June only) 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Admission to Hilton Court Gardens and Aberglasney Garden Guided tour & cream tea at Gower Heritage Centre Journey on the Gwili Steam Railway with cream tea Free time in Hay-on-Wye, Saundersfoot, Swansea & Tenby

Belgrave Hotel **, Tenby Originally built in 1874, this Grade II listed building still retains its beautiful period charms whilst offering luxury accommodation.

Hotel Facilities

Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Hotel entertainment Free time in Barmouth & Bala Excursions to Aberystwyth, Dolgellau Journey on the Bala Lake Railway

Arbour Hotel ***, Barmouth Located overlooking Barmouth Beach, this family-run hotel offers comfortable rooms with tea and coffee making facilities available.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant

• Bar/restaurant

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Sun 10 June* Mon 10 September

6 6

£479 £509

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5

£419

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Hebridean Island Hopper

Join us again on our very popular leisurely stop in Fort William. We then travel Hebridean Island Hopper! Discover north past Eilean Donan Castle, the second a truly unique way of life as we most photographed castle in Scotland to the discover the rich history behind these Isle of Skye where our next hotel is based. beautiful inter-connected islands. Day 3 – Enjoy a magnificent drive across Skye as See the 5,000 years old Callanish we catch our ferry. This afternoon we take you Stones with your own eyes and on a scenic coastal drive of the Uists passing marvel at the Iron Age structure of lochs and golden beaches, before checking into Carloway Broch. There’s also the our next hotel. opportunity for you to sit back and relax whilst admiring the spectacular Day 4 – We sail over to Lewis and Harris, the view from the comfort of your own largest of the Hebridean Islands. This rugged Day 7 – After an amazing trip filled with lots of seat during the guided tour through landscape of deep-sea lochs and mountains incredible sights, we travel home today. retains a proud history dating back to Lewis and Harris. Other excursions prehistoric times. include Isle of Skye, the Uists, 2017 SELL OUT TOUR Inverness & Spey Valley. Day 5 – We have arranged a full day guided tour Various Hotels Kings Arms Hotel, Isle of Skye ** Dark Island Hotel, Benbecula *** Cabarfeidh Hotel, Stornoway **** Caladh Inn, Stornoway **

Hotel Facilities • Bar/restaurant During your stay... Day 1 – Following door-to-door pick-ups we travel to our overnight hotel with comfort stops en-route. Day 2 – We continue our journey enjoying a

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of Lewis and Harris with an experienced island guide. Our guide and local coach will pick you up at the hotel and take us around the best bits of the Isle. During the day we will visit the impressive 5,000 year old standing stones of Callanish and the imposing Carloway Broch – a fortified tower dating back over 2,000 years. We also include entrance into the Black Houses, ancient thatched settlements where we enjoy a light lunch. We finish the day at a Tweed Mill.

Day 6 – This morning, we catch the ferry across to Ullapool and travel to Inverness, the ‘capital of the Highlands’. After a couple of hours free time we enjoy a leisurely drive south through picturesque Spey Valley and reach our overnight hotel.

Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Return ferry sailings 6 nights dinner, bed & breakfast 1 light lunch Guided tour of Lewis & Harris Admission to the Black Houses & Museum Excursions to Isle of Skye, the Uists, Lewis and Harris, Inverness & Spey Valley LAVER REF: LBOU DEPARTURE DATE

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Sun 13 May Sun 30 September

7 7

£749 £110 £729 £110

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Extraordinary Edinburgh & The Kelpies

NEW Perthshire Escape: All-Inclusive

Come and see the world’s largest equine sculptures up close, re-discover the compelling history of Edinburgh on a guided walking tour and relax in Stirling alongside friends on this fascinating break to Scotland.

Discover the breathtaking region of Perthshire on this allinclusive stay. On this break, you can also experience the Falkirk Wheel and enjoy entry into Royal Yacht Britannia as well as excursions to Stirling, Edinburgh and Perth.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – Enjoy a relaxing journey to our hotel in Stirling.

Day 1 – We begin our journey to Perth, Scotland.

Day 2 – After breakfast we have arranged a guided walking tour of Edinburgh, explore famous landmarks and hidden secrets with an informative guide showing you the way, before enjoying the afternoon at leisure.

Day 2 – After breakfast we take you to the Falkirk Wheel, where you can enjoy free time at the world’s only rotating boatlift. Built in 2002, it has already been recognised as an iconic landmark worthy of Scotland’s traditional engineering expertise. This afternoon we visit Stirling for free time. Boasting the finest concentration of historic buildings in Scotland, Stirling’s old town is like stepping back in time.

Day 3 – Stirling is one of the most historically significant cities in Scotland and today you are free to explore it in your own time. Afternoon tea will also be served in the hotel today. Day 4 – This morning we visit The Kelpies, the world’s largest equine sculptures and a stunning tribute to the horse power heritage that was vital to the early industries of central Scotland. Whilst we are here we have arranged a guided tour for you. Later this afternoon, we travel the short distance to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Her Majesty The Queen’s official residence where we have included admission. Day 5 – After breakfast we take you to Nantwich for a little free time. This medieval market town offers contemporary craft shops, antique dealers and boutiques. Later, we will return home.

Day 3 – Enjoy a day at leisure in the historic city of Perth. Once the capital of Scotland, Perth is set beside the beautiful River Tay and laced with gorgeous city architecture and intriguing royal history. Day 4 – Today we collect our packed lunches and re-join our coach for a full day excursion to Edinburgh. Here we have included entry onto the Royal Yacht Britannia, regularly voted as Scotland’s best visitor attraction, the former royal yacht once belonged to the British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, and was in service from 1954 to 1997. Day 5 – We leave after breakfast and enjoy a leisurely journey home.

Includes

Includes

Golden Lion Flagship Hotel ***, Stirling

Salutation Hotel ***, Perth

Located in central Stirling, this elegant hotel has welcomed guests, including royalty, for more than 200 years.

The award-winning Salutation Hotel is set in a historic building just a few minutes from Perth Concert Hall. The hotel offers a traditional restaurant and the refurbished bedrooms offer tea/coffee facilities.

Inclusive insurance & Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast with 1 afternoon tea Half day walking tour of Edinburgh Admission to The Kelpies with a tour included and Palace of Holyroodhouse Free time in Edinburgh

Inclusive insurance & Door-to-Door service 4 nights all-inclusive stay includes; 3 drinks vouchers per day, dinner & breakfast, 2 packed lunches, 1 soup & sandwich lunch Porterage & entertainment provided by the hotel Excursions to the Falkirk Wheel, Stirling & Edinburgh Admission to the Royal Yacht Britannia Free time in Perth

Hotel Facilities

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

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Mon 2 April Mon 23 July

5 5

£439 £459

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Mon 12 March

5

£399

£65

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Edinburgh Military Tattoo & Northumberland

Set against the stunning backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, we return to Edinburgh for the annual Royal Military Tattoo. This spectacular evening includes performances from pipers, drummers, singers and dancers. Enjoy an excursion to the famous Royal Yacht Britannia, where you can follow the footsteps of many royal and influential people that have also previously boarded the ship. Not forgetting visits to the lovely towns of Peebles and Moffat. Hotel TBC Your exclusively sourced hotel is still to be confirmed.

During your stay... Day 1 – We make our way up to the Scottish border, making a short stop in Peebles before arriving at our hotel. For many years this market town has been cherished by locals and visitors Day 3 – Today is a free day to spend as you wish. alike and highly valued for its picturesque and unspoilt character. Day 4 – After breakfast, we follow the footsteps of many famous and royal individuals as we travel Day 2 – This morning we enjoy a couple of to the Royal Yacht Britannia which was home hours at leisure in nearby Moffat. There is no to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family evening meal tonight; instead, after some time for over 40 years. Having sailed an impressive to relax, we take you into Edinburgh where 1,000,000+ miles around the world, this famous you can enjoy dinner in one of the many pubs ship which, is now berthed in Edinburgh, has been or restaurants. Then, this evening we enjoy voted as ‘Scotland’s Best Attraction’ for eleven the highlight of this tour – the incredible years running and it’s no surprise why. Edinburgh Military Tattoo performance, taking place on the esplanade of Edinburgh’s iconic Day 5 – We make our way home and include a castle, expect an unforgettable evening of short stop in York. music, ceremony, theatre and dance that is like nothing you’ve ever seen before. Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast 1 night bed & breakfast 1 afternoon tea at the hotel Free time in Edinburgh Excursions to Peebles, Moffat & York Admission to the Royal Military Tattoo & The Royal Yacht Britannia LAVER REF: LBED

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Mon 13 August

5

£489 £45

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NEW Scotland Scotland in Miniature: Explorer: Inveraray, Isle of Arran & Loch Isle of Bute & Stirling Lomond

Discover a land of dramatic landscapes, grand castles and cities from the comfort of a Laver coach, on this Scotland Explorer. On this tailored break, we include admission to Inveraray Castle, Stirling Castle and an unmissable excursion across to the peaceful Isle of Bute.

Home to sights unlike anywhere else in Britain, ‘Scotland in Miniature’ might just be the best way to sum up the country’s seventh largest island – the Isle of Arran. On this break, we’ve included a cruise and a scenic drive around Loch Lomond, return ferries over to the Isle of Arran, admission to Brodick Castle and free time in Prestwick.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – Our first stop today is in Carlisle, where you can enjoy a leisurely break and perhaps grab some lunch before we continue to our hotel. During our stay, we can enjoy two nights of live in-house entertainment.

Day 1 – We travel to our hotel.

Day 2 – Today we take you to Inveraray, overlooking the tranquil waters of Loch Fyne for free time. Built between 1753 and 1776, it is one of the earliest and best preserved planned towns in Scotland! After a little look around, we visit Inveraray Castle the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll. Day 3 – Escape your troubles today as we enjoy a full day on the Isle of Bute. Renowned for its glorious gardens, rolling hills, grand architecture and delightful sandy beaches around the coastline, the Isle of Bute may be just a stone’s throw away from the main island, but it is a peaceful and relaxing haven.

Day 2 – Experience the magic of Loch Lomond’s magnificent scenery today, from the comfort of a Capercaillie boat cruise. This leisurely circular cruise, allows you to discover the island jewels and explore the historic Lomond landscape whilst enjoying a live commentary bringing together the history of the St Kessog’s Christianity and the marauding Vikings. Day 3 – Enjoy a free day today with complimentary tea and cakes served at the hotel for us this afternoon. The coastal town of Prestwick, is Scotland’s oldest baronial burgh, dating back over 1000 years – the Scottish King, Robert the Bruce, is said to have drunk water from here, and Bruce’s Well can still be seen today.

Day 4 – After breakfast we drive to the beautiful city of Stirling for a little free time. Afterwards, we take you to the award-winning Stirling Castle, with entry included. Perched high above the city, it is one of the most historically important sites in Scotland, which was once a favoured residence of the Stewart Kings and Queens.

Day 4 – Today we have included return ferries across to the Isle of Arran, the island boasts lots of culinary delights offering creamy cheeses and traditional oatcakes. On the island, we have included admission into Brodick Castle, Garden & Country Park – a perfect combination of heritage, nature and relaxation.

Day 5 – We return home today.

Day 5 – After an enjoyable stay we return home.

Includes

Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast & welcome drink Hotel entertainment Excursions to Carlisle, Inveraray, Isle of Bute & Stirling Admission to Inveraray Castle & Stirling Castle

Inclusive insurance & Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast and tea & cakes in hotel on one day Return ferry sailings to Isle of Arran & free time Scenic drive around Loch Lomond Admission to Brodick Castle Capercaillie boat cruise

Loch Long Hotel, Arrochar Set in the tranquil village of Arrochar, at the head of Loch Long, this waterfront hotel offers warmly decorated rooms with tea and coffee making facilities.

Hotel Facilities

Parkstone Hotel ***, Prestwick Spectacularly located on Prestwick Seafront with stunning views towards Arran, the Parkstone is synonymous with 1930’s charm, attention to detail and a very warm welcome.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant

• Bar/restaurant

LAVER REF: LBSH DEPARTURE DATE

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Sat 25 August

5

£489

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Loch views rooms available at an additional charge of £15 prpn - please ask us.

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Mon 14 May

5

£445

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NEW Aristocratic Scotland

Follow in the footsteps of the rich, famous and powerful as we visit aristocratic Scottish castles, palaces and mansions steeped in colourful history. Visit the magnificient landmarks of Scone Palace and Balmoral Castle, explore the delightful gardens and grounds of Bowhill House and Drummond Castle and spend the day discovering the many gems that Perth has to offer along with visits to Blairgowrie and Kelso too. Salutation Hotel ***, Perth Reputed to be one of the oldest hotels in Scotland, the Salutation Hotel has been welcoming guests since 1699. Situated in the heart of the historic city of Perth, the welcome is as warm as it ever was, offering traditional hospitality with all modern comforts.

Hotel Facilities • Bar/restaurant • Lift

During your stay... Day 1 – After door-to-door pick-ups, we travel to our hotel via Bowhill House & Gardens, located in the heart of the Scottish borders. Day 2 – This morning, we visit Drummond Castle for a guided horticultural themed tour. With origins from the 17th Century, this Renaissance inspired garden has been well-preserved throughout the centuries to ensure that it looks just as wonderful today as it did all of those years ago. Look out for the magnificent 17th Century sundial at the centre of the gardens. We spend the afternoon at Scone Palace. 1500 years ago, this stately home was the capital of the Picts and throughout the years has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place for many Scottish Kings including Macbeth and Robert the Bruce. Day 3 – Today is a free day to spend as you wish. Perth is perfectly sandwiched between two glorious public parks and situated along the banks of the River Tay, meaning that there are plenty of options for exploration. Or if you prefer something a little more relaxed, there are a variety of independent and high street shops along with an abundance of cafés and eateries where you could try some traditional Scottish delicacies. Day 4 – Sit back and relax as we’re taken on a scenic drive throughout Cairngorms National Park. This unspoilt countryside is home to 5 of the UK’s 6 highest mountains, 43 munros, 9

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nature reserves, a variety of wildlife, lochs, rivers and beautiful woodland. We have a short stop in the town of Blairgowrie before continuing our journey to the spectacular Balmoral Castle. This has been the Scottish home of the Royal Family since it was purchased for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert back in 1852. Walk in the footsteps of Royalty as you wander through the beautiful grounds. Day 5 – We have a short stop in Kelso, where the square is claimed to be the largest in Scotland. After, we make our journey back home.

Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Free time in Perth & Kelso Town Scenic drive through Cairngorms National Park Guided tour of Drummond Castle Admission to Bowhill House & Gardens, Scone Palace and Balmoral Castle LAVER REF: LBAS DEPARTURE DATE

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Tue 19 June

5

£499 £70

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NEW Grand Tour of Ireland

Take in Ireland’s famous scenery, pretty postcard villages and wealth of history on this impressive holiday to the Emerald Isle. Covering both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, we include visits to the world-famous Giant's Causeway, the Ring of Kerry, Belfast, Killarney, Sligo, Galway, Adare, Cong and much more on this fascinating journey. Various ***, Hotels The Stormont Hotel ***, Belfast Central Hotel ***, Donegal Menlo Park ***, Galway Killarney Towers ***, Killarney Esplanade Hotel ***, Bray During your stay...

between picturesque villages we pass through the stunning nine Glens of Antrim and up along to the mystical Giant's Causeway all before making our way to our second overnight hotel, Central Hotel, Day 9 – Enjoy a full day tour of the Ring of Kerry. in Donegal. This unspoilt region provides many unforgettable views as it passes through glistening lakes and Day 4 – Sit back and relax as we enjoy a drive magnificent National Parks. around Glenveagh National Park. This remote and beautiful wilderness of rugged mountains and pristine lakes lies in the heart of the Derryyeagh Mountains in the north west of Donegal. We take you to the park’s visitor centre, here, there will be enough time for you to perhaps enjoy a spot of lunch. Day 5 – We make our way to Sligo, located in the northwest of Ireland for free time. Once a major port city, Sligo is steeped in history and mythology. Afterwards we travel to Foxford and then to Cong, this delightful village is most famous as the setting for the classic film ‘The Quiet Man’, which starred John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. We then continue to Galway and to our next hotel – the Menlo Park Hotel.

Day 1 – This morning’s door-to-door service Day 6 – Free day in Galway. makes for a relaxed departure as we head to Dublin, where our first overnight hotel is based. Day 7 – After breakfast we visit Bunratty Castle, where we have included entry. Bunratty Castle, Day 2 – Today we will be taken on a guided tour which was built in 1425, is the most complete and of Belfast. With commentary on board this is a authentic medieval castle in Ireland. After some great way to learn more about Ireland’s fabled free time, we make our way to Killarney, travelling capital and an easy way to see all the sights. through the famous village of Adare – Ireland’s Later, we will stop for lunch before visiting the prettiest village. Titanic Belfast, with admission included. Day 8 – Today we have arranged a Jaunting Car Day 3 – After breakfast our journey will take ride for you. We invite you to step back in time us along the famous Antrim Coast road – one with us and experience Ireland’s most traditional of the most iconic roads in Europe – winding mode of transport around Killarney National Park.

Day 10 – This morning we visit the legendary Blarney Stone, built into the battlements of Blarney Castle it is believed that kissing the stone gives the kisser the ‘gift of the gab’, with the ritual of kissing the famous stone performed by world statesmen, literary giants and the stars of the silver screen. A little later, this afternoon we travel to the Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens before we reach our hotel of our final overnight stay – the Esplanade Hotel, in Bray. Day 11 – After a truly unforgettable stay we reboard our ferry and begin our journey back home.

Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Return ferry sailings 10 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Guided tour of Belfast & Ring of Kerry Tour Admission to Titanic Belfast, Bunratty Castle, Blarney Stone & Irish National Stud & Gardens Jaunting car ride in Killarney Excursions to Glenveagh National Park, Sligo, Foxford, Cong, Galway, Adare & Killarney

LAVER REF: LBGI DEPARTURE DATE

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Sat 21 April

11

£1059 £200

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NEW Guided Dublin & Grand Canal Cruise

Dublin is full of treats and treasures – all of which are just waiting to be explored! On this break, enjoy a guided walking tour of Dublin’s city centre with an expert tour guide, before we swap land for water on a guided commentary tour along Dublin’s Grand Canal! There is also free time to explore this wonderful city in your own time and at your own pace. Regency Hotel ***, Dublin The Regency Hotel offers guests a very warm welcome along with excellent on-site facilities.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

During your stay... Day 1 – After pick-ups, we catch our ferry from Holyhead to Dublin. Then, we make our way to the Regency Hotel. Day 2 – This morning, there is a guided walking tour of the city where you can spot major landmarks along the way. Highlights include: Kilmainham Gaol, the Millennium Spire and Trinity College. After, you have free time to explore the areas that caught your eye the most. If you like Guinness, you’ll love the Guinness Storehouse, or if you’d prefer to stay in the heart of the city, Temple Bar is filled with a variety of pubs, restaurants and cafés, so there’s something to suit all tastes. Day 3 – We start the day on a traditional Guinness barge with a morning cruise along Dublin’s Grand Canal. Here, you can follow the journeys originally taken in the 18th Century where cargos of Guinness were transported from the brewery to the port and then to overseas and beyond. Sit back and relax whilst

listening to the commentary and enjoying complimentary tea/coffee on board. Later, you can enjoy some free time to perhaps shop around for souvenirs or to wander around one of the local galleries or museums. Day 4 – Following a leisurely breakfast, we set off for our journey home.

Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Return ferry sailings 3 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Guided walking tour of Dublin Dublin Cruise along the Grand Canal with tea/coffee served on board Free time in Dublin LAVER REF: LBDJ

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DEPARTURE DATE

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FROM

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Tues 3 July

4

£419 £60

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NEW Yorkshire Blooms: RHS Garden Harlow & Harewood House

Discover some of Yorkshire's best blooms on this coach break which promises to be a real treat for your senses. On this trip we visit the spectacular floral displays at RHS Garden Harlow Carr, York Gate Garden and Sheffield Botanic Gardens which will be overflowing with colours and the delightful smells of summer! We also take you to Otley, Harrogate and Leeds. The Bradford Hotel ***. Bradford Located in Bradford city centre, this modern hotel offers comfortable bedrooms and a great stay is guaranteed.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

During your stay... Day 1 – Today we take you to Yorkshire Sculpture Park – the only one of its kind. Yorkshire Sculpture Park is an international centre for modern and contemporary art, displaying some of the world’s finest artists. Day 2 – This morning we visit Harewood House in the heart of Yorkshire. Originally built in the 18th century, it is renowned for its magnificent Robert Adam interiors and world class collection of paintings. After a little free time, and perhaps a treat from the Terrace Café, we then take you to the quaint village of Otley – you might recognise it from the popular TV shows of Emmerdale, Heartbeat or DCI Banks.

church in Adel, on the outskirts of Leeds. Created by the Spencer family it is a garden of immense craftmanship, widely recognised as one of the most innovative small gardens of the 12th century.

Day 3 – After breakfast we travel to Harrogate, one of Yorkshire’s most elegant destinations, this morning perhaps visit the Valley Gardens, and English Heritage Grade II listed garden. Later, we travel the short distance to RHS Garden Harlow Carr, one of England’s most relaxing and innovative gardens. Enjoy free time here.

IDEAL FOR SINGLE TRAVELLERS

Day 4 – Our first stop today is Leeds, named as one of Europe’s top destinations the city is home to world renowned galleries like Leeds Art Gallery and the Henry Moore Institute. This afternoon we visit York Gate Garden, this small garden is tucked away behind the ancient

Day 5 – After breakfast we visit Sheffield Botanical Gardens for a leisurely stroll before returning home.

Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Admissions to Harewood House, RHS Garden Harlow Carr, York Gate Garden & Sheffield Botanic gardens Excursions to Otley, Harrogate & Leeds LAVER REF: LBYB DEPARTURE DATE

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Sun 2 September 5

FROM

S/SUPP

£399 £80

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Singles: Norfolk Coast & Country

Discover the magic of north Norfolk on this wonderful holiday! Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and regularly voted as the bird watching capital of the UK, on this break you are free to enjoy the delightful mix of the nostalgic seaside towns of Sheringham and Wells-next-the-Sea as well as its quaint country villages. Hotel TBC Your exclusively sourced hotel is still to be confirmed.

During your stay... Day 1 – Our leisurely journey takes us to King's Lynn, full of history, it’s a great place to spend a couple of hours. Afterwards we take you to the hotel. Day 2 – We spend our morning in Sheringham, this traditional seaside town was once an old fishing village and that rich heritage is still evident today. After a little free time we return to Cromer, famous for its delicious crab delicacies. The seaside town also has a rich maritime heritage and a proud tradition of RNLI service, which you can enjoy, in the Henry Blogg Museum. Day 3 – Enjoy a day at leisure to explore more of Cromer. Afternoon tea will be served at the hotel later today. Day 4 – We have another great day planned today, first we visit the charming town of Holt. Holt’s fine 18th century Georgian buildings make the town one of the most attractive in north Norfolk. Here we have enough time to enjoy its many art galleries, bookshops and charming alleyways. Then, we travel to Wellsnext-the-Sea, this unspoiled seaside resort is situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and offers a wonderful harbour. Day 5 – After breakfast we begin our journey home, stopping at Springfield’s Shopping Outlet with enough time to grab a light bite.

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CLUB CLASS COACH TRAVEL REVISED ITINERARY FOR 2018 Includes Inclusive insurance Club Class coach travel Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast 1 afternoon tea Excursions to King's Lynn, Sheringham, Cromer, Holt & Wells-next-the-Sea LAVER REF: LSXI DEPARTURE DATE

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FROM

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Mon 12 March

5

£439 NIL

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Singles: Singles: Warwickshire & the Scarborough & the Cotswolds Yorkshire Coast

Enjoy the idyllic villages of the Cotswolds on this popular Singles break. With visits to Stow-on-theWold, Bourton-on-the-Water, Leamington Spa and a 4* boating experience along the River Avon, you’ll leave here with fond memories and new friends.

Discover Scarborough and the Yorkshire Coast on this Club Class getaway. Enjoy this unique stretch of coastline and discover its gorgeous seaside towns with visits to the traditional resorts of Bridlington, Filey, Whitby and Robin Hood's Bay.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – Enjoy a leisurely break in Royal Leamington Spa, where we have Day 1 – We enjoy a short lunch break in York before continuing to the hotel arranged a cream tea at Vinteas Tea Room, before continuing to the hotel. this afternoon. Day 2 – This morning we make our way to Worcester where we will spend most of the morning. Worcester offers an enchanting mix of rich heritage, amongst the beautiful architecture. Day 3 – This afternoon we take you to the charming Cotswolds villages of Bourton-on-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold for free time. Stowon-the-Wold is home to many fine antiques shops and arts and crafts centres, while Bourton-on-the-Water is regularly voted as one of the prettiest villages in England with a whole host of tea rooms. Day 4 – Today we visit Evesham, where we have arranged a full day excursion for you. On arrival we will enjoy complimentary coffee and biscuits before enjoying a guided tour of the museum and heritage centre. After this, we are treated to a relaxing boat trip along the River Avon. Day 5 – After breakfast we visit Warwick famous for its magnificent castle and historic charm, before returning to the East Midlands where our door-to-door service will be waiting to take you home.

Day 2 – After breakfast we visit neighbouring Whitby, renowned for its nautical history and intriguing literary characters, it is one of the Yorkshire coasts best-loved seaside towns. After some free time, we then take you to Robin Hood's Bay, home to writer Leo Walmsley who grew up here and based his Bramblewick series in the historic fishing town. Day 3 – Today you are free to relax and enjoy Scarborough at leisure. The original seaside resort is home to stunning scenery, picturesque beaches and a rich history. Day 4 – We begin our day with a trip to Bridlington. Bridlington’s pre-roman harbour and characterful Old Town are must-sees, especially for anyone who is a Dad’s Army fan – as it starred in the 2016 film. Later we take you to Filey, this traditional seaside resort offers a much gentler and quieter pace of life and is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing afternoon. Day 5 – After breakfast we visit the market town of Beverley, where there will be just enough time for a spot of lunch before we continue home.

REVISED ITINERARY FOR 2018 Includes

Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Visit Leamington Spa with a cream tea Excursions to Worcester, Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-theWolds and Warwick Evesham guided tour with tea/busicuits & boat trip

CLUB CLASS COACH TRAVEL Includes Inclusive insurance Club Class coach travel Door-to-Door service 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Excursions to Whitby, Robin Hood's Bay, Bridlington and Filey Free time in York, Scarborough and Beverley

The Kings Court Hotel ***, Alcester

Esplanade Hotel ***, Scarborough

Set in beautiful gardens, in the heart of Shakespeare country, this 16thcentury Tudor farmhouse offers charming spacious bedrooms.

This unique hotel, holds a commanding position above the cliffs overlooking Scarborough and the south bay.

Hotel Facilities

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant

• Bar/restaurant LAVER REF: LBSI

• Lift

LAVER REF: LXSI

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Mon 23 April

5

£439

NIL

Sun 18 March

5

£409

NIL

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Singles: Springtime in Eastbourne

Eastbourne is an elegant seaside resort and its glorious location, sheltered by the rolling hills of the South Downs, creates an air of tranquillity. On this Club Class break we have lots of inclusive extras for you: luxury coach travel, porterage, hotel entertainment and afternoon tea which makes this the perfect getaway to unwind and enjoy the joys of spring!

During your stay...

The Strand Hotel ***, Eastbourne

Day 3 – Enjoy time at leisure in Eastbourne, afternoon tea will be served in the hotel today.

Situated on the seafront, The Strand Hotel is located just a short walk away from the Victorian Eastbourne Pier and the city centre.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

Day 1 – We enjoy a leisurely journey to our hotel with time to settle in before this evening’s dinner. Day 2 – This morning we have included a return steam-hauled journey on the Bluebell Line Railway, the UK’s first preserved standard gauge passenger railway. After this we take you to Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum, where you can explore the wildfowl collection, Motor Museum, miniature railway and gift shop.

Day 4 – Our first stop today is the picturesque Scotney Castle, where we have included admission. Scotney Castle is in fact two houses – a ‘new’ house which was designed by Anthony Salvin and built in 1837 in an Elizabethan-style and the romantic ruins of a medieval castle and moat. After a little free time, we then visit Sedlescombe Organic vineyard for an informative tour through 3 vineyards located in an ancient English woodland, followed by a tutored tasting in the ‘Bar-in-the-Barn’ before returning to our hotel for the evening.

Day 5 – Today we take you to Brighton for free time, perhaps head to the North Laine, which is full of independent shops selling anything and everything! This walk leads to the fascinating Royal Pavillion, or head to the seafront and take flight with the British Airways i360, the city’s newest attraction. Day 6 - We travel home with a lunch stop enroute.

CLUB CLASS COACH TRAVEL Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Club Class Coach travel 5 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Hotel entertainment in the evening Journey on the Bluebell Line Admission to Bentley Wildfowl Motor Museum, Scotney Castle & Sedlesombe Organic Vineyard Excursion to Brighton Free time in Eastbourne 1 afternoon tea LAVER REF: LXSI

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Mon 23 April

6

£419 £70

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Singles: Snowdonia & the Mersey

We return on this popular break filled with included excursions to Electric Mountain and a ‘Ferry across the Mersey’ for a lunchtime break at the Albert Dock. You’re sure to have a wonderful time on this Singles break, with plenty of opportunity to make friends or enjoy some ‘me time’.

Singles: Pearls of Pembrokeshire

Hidden away in south Wales you will uncover a remote but beautiful corner of the UK. Towering cliffs and golden beaches provide the backdrop for this break with a journey on the Gwili Railway, excursions to Pembroke Castle and visits to Saundersfoot, Carmarthen, Haverfordwest, Hereford and Worcester. During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – We travel to Worcester, a beautiful Cathedral and university city.

Day 1 – We visit Trentham Village, where timber lodges house shops, cafés and restaurants so that you can enjoy your time here no matter the weather. After some free time, we continue to the hotel.

Day 2 – Today we visit Saundersfoot. This small but charming seaside resort offers plenty of places to eat and drink around the harbour. Afterwards we travel to Carmarthen, here we have arranged a journey on the Gwili Railway, formed in 1978, this was the first standard-gauge preserved railway to operate in southwest Wales.

Day 2 – Enjoy a fascinating visit this morning to Electric Mountain in Llanberis where we have included a tour of Dinorwig Power Station. If you don’t fancy going 75-metres inside a mountain you are welcome to spend Day 3 – Enjoy a free day today in Tenby, later afternoon tea will be served at the hour at the visitor centre instead. Later we drive to Porthmadog before the hotel. our journey on the Ffestiniog Railway to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Day 4 – This morning we visit Pembroke Castle, set on the banks of the river Day 3 – After a leisurely breakfast, spend today however you like. estuary this mighty fortress is the birthplace of Henry VII and is steeped in Day 4 – We catch the ‘Ferry Across the Mersey’ this morning for a British history. After free time to explore we then take you to Haverfordwest, lunchtime break at the historic Albert Dock before we continue to Ness this attractive and ancient county town offers plenty of cafés and restaurant Botanic Gardens. This ‘Living Library’ houses one of the most exciting serving up fresh, local produce to enjoy. plant collections in the country. Day 5 – After breakfast we wave goodbye to Tenby and travel to Hereford Day 5 – We call into ‘Black & White’ Nantwich for a short stop, before continuing our journey home.

CLUB CLASS COACH TRAVEL Includes

Inclusive insurance Club Class coach travel Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Journey on the Ffestiniog Railway & ferry across the Mersey Excursions to Trentham Village, Albert Dock & Ness Gardens Tour of the Electric Mountain

before returning home.

CLUB CLASS COACH TRAVEL Includes Inclusive insurance Club Class coach travel Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast & 1 afternoon tea at the hotel Journey on the Gwili Railway Excursions to Saundersfoot, Carmarthen, Pembroke Castle, Haverfordwest, Hereford & Worcester

Park Hotel ***, Tenby

Hotel TBC

A warm welcome awaits you at this family-run hotel. From the grounds and cliff top terraces, enjoy a breathtaking view overlooking Tenby’s North Bay, harbour and Caldey Island.

Your exclusively sourced hotel is still to be confirmed.

• Bar/restaurant

Hotel Facilities

LAVER REF: LXSM

• Lift

LAVER REF: LXPB

DEPARTURE DATE

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Mon 8 October

5

£399

£80

Mon 26 February

5

£439

NIL

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Singles: Durham & Northumberland

Discover the North East like never before. Go at your own pace or stick together as a group as you visit Alnwick Castle, famous for its appearances on Downton Abbey and Harry Potter, along with Bamburgh Castle which overlooks the Northumberland coastline and beyond. Discover ingenious inventions at National Trust’s Cragside House and explore the tidal Holy Island, which is only accessible during certain times of the day due to the changing coastline. Plus, there are visits to Rothbury and York. Hotel TBC Your exclusively sourced hotel is still to be confirmed.

Hotel Facilities • Bar/restaurant

During your stay... Day 1 – We travel to our hotel with a comfort stop along the way. Day 2 – Today, we travel to Alnwick Castle & Gardens which has been home to the Percy family for over 700 years. You may have spotted elements of this castle previously on the Christmas specials of Downton Abbey, acting as Brancaster Castle.

was a Victorian inventor and industrialist and his mansion was the first building in the world to be lit by hydro-electricity. The gardens and grounds are also just as impressive as the house and boast 5 Day 3 – This morning, we visit Holy Island. Lying just a few miles off the Northumberland lakes, one of Europe’s largest rock gardens and was once planted with over 7 million trees and shrubs. coast, this beautiful island and picturesque village is filled with an exciting array of wildlife Our next stop is to the ‘capital of Coquetdale’ – Rothbury. Here, you have chance to explore the and the abundance of rare plants attract a variety of visiting birds from thousands of miles. local area and perhaps enjoy a nice drink in a café. The island is also steeped in history, having Day 5 – We head to York for a short stop, before been home to the ‘epicentre of Christianity’ continuing our journey home. in Anglo-Saxon times. The Priory was later ransacked by Vikings in the 8th century, leaving Includes behind ruins that still stand to this day. After, we travel to Bamburgh Castle, which has Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service guarded the magnificent Northumbria coastline 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast for over 1,400 years. Walk in the footsteps of Admission to Alnwick Castle & Gardens, the Armstrong empire as we explore each room Bamburgh Castle and Cragside House and marvel at the 3,000+ items on display Excursions to Durham, Holy Isle, Rothbury ranging from armour to fine porcelain. & York Day 4 – We travel to National Trust’s Cragside House. This former home of Lord & Lady Armstrong has been described as ‘a palace of the modern magician’. Lord Armstrong

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LAVER REF: LXSI DEPARTURE DATE

DAYS

Mon 24 September 5

FROM

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£419 NIL

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Singles: 4* Irish Experience

This is the ideal break if you want to experience a new destination, in good company! On this great value break we stay in a 4* hotel, where you can even indulge in a little ‘me’ time with a 25% off voucher on spa treatments! We’ve also included excursions to Dublin, Belvedere Castle and a River Cruise along River Iffey. Bloomfield House Hotel Leisure Club & Spa ****, Co. Westmeath This Irish, family-owned hotel is nestled in rolling countryside amidst acres of rich parkland and lofty trees, where you will be close to culture, history and the ancient myths of Co. Westmeath.

Hotel Facilities • Bar/restaurant • Lift

• Spa & wellness centre • Sauna

During your stay... Day 1 – Following local pick-ups we sail across to Ireland and continue to our 4* hotel situated in the lush Irish countryside. Day 2 – After breakfast we head to Dublin for a full day excursion where we have arranged a 45 minute cruise along the tranquil River Iffey. Afterwards we allow you a couple of hours free time to explore this magnificent city. Top visitor attractions include: the Guinness Storehouse, the National Museum of Ireland, the National Gallery of Ireland and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Day 3 – This morning we will visit nearby Belvedere Castle & Gardens, this stately house boasts a magnificent 160 acre lakeside estate alongside an 18th century Georgian villa and a Victorian walled garden. The afternoon is spent at your leisure - maybe make use of the 25% off spa treatments that are available at the hotel? Day 4 – After a leisurely morning we visit Athlone this afternoon, a designated historic town commonly known as the ‘Gateway to the West’ situated along the River Shannon. Perhaps visit Athlone Castle, a major attraction in the town that features a Castle Visitor Centre and the Luan Art Gallery. Day 5 – After an early breakfast we leave our hotel and begin the journey home.

25% OFF SPA TREATMENTS INCLUDES TOUR & TASTING Includes Inclusive insurance Door-to-Door service Return ferry sailings 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Tea/coffee on arrival Discounts available on Spa-Treatments* Excursions to Belvedere Castle & Gardens & Athlone Tour & tasting at Kilbeggen Distillery *Please enquire about treatments at time of booking

LAVER REF: LBIE/SCSI DEPARTURE DATE

DAYS

FROM

Mon 14 May

5

£459 NIL

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Singles: Scottish Lowlands Discovery

Discover the beauty and charm of the Scottish Lowlands, with visits to Peebles, Gretna Green and Galashiels. A highlight of the trip is a visit to Scotland’s capital city – Edinburgh, where there is an expert tour guide who will provide an interesting and informative commentary whilst we’re travelling along the cobbled streets in Club Class coach travel. Peebles Hydro Hotel ****, Peebles Peebles Hydro is located just a stone’s throw from the River Tweed in the heart of the Scottish borders.

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift • Spa

During your stay... Day 1 – We travel to our hotel with comfort stops along the way and arrive in time for dinner. Day 2 – After breakfast, we spend some time in Scotland’s capital city of Edinburgh today. We have included a guided tour by a local expert onboard the coach – keep your eyes peeled for many of Edinburgh’s hotspots, including the historic fortress of Edinburgh Castle. After, we head to Firth of Forth for a 90 minute wildlife cruise on the Forth Belle, where you can either sit on the outside deck or in the heated observation lounge and listen to the guided commentary. Day 3 – This morning we visit the Scottish burgh of Galashiels which is located just across the Scottish border. The town’s history has been closely aligned with the textile industry within the Scottish borders. Later, we travel to Thirlestene Castle for a guided tour around the beautiful 16th century castle which is famous for one of the most extensive family collections of paintings and busts in Scotland. We also have time to wander through the well-maintained grounds boasting marvellous plants and shrubbery.

Day 4 – Enjoy a free day today – it’s Market Day in Peebles! A town for all seasons, its setting and character will take your breath away. Day 5 - We travel home via Gretna Green.

CLUB CLASS COACH TRAVEL Includes Inclusive insurance Club Class coach travel Door-to-Door service 4 nights dinner, bed & breakfast Guided tour of Edinburgh Free time in Edinburgh & Peebles Visit to Galashiels & Gretna Green Guided tour of Thirlestene Castle Forth Belle cruise LAVER REF: LXSI DEPARTURE DATE

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Mon 7 May

5

£459 NIL*

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Laver Saver: RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

Following the success of last year's event, we will be returning to the stunning RHS Chatsworth Flower Show! Set in the beautiful grounds of Chatsworth House, prepare to be amazed by the beautiful creations of world class horticultural experts. On this short break we also include visits to Matlock and Bakewell. The Palace Hotel ****, Buxton This grand Victorian hotel is situated in the centre of Buxton and has comfy bedrooms with modern facilities.

During your stay... Day 1 – This morning, we travel to the former spa town of Matlock where you can enjoy the stunning scenery of this former spa town and wander around the quaint shops and amusements. After, we travel to the small market town of Bakewell, famous for its unique and delicious pudding. Day 2 – We head to the Chatsworth estate to spend a full day at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show – one of the most spectacular events of 2018!

Hotel Facilities • Bar/restaurant • Lift • Spa

2017 SELL OUT TOUR Includes Door-to-Door service 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Welcome tea & coffee on arrival at hotel Admission into RHS Chatsworth Flower Show Free time in Matlock & Bakewell LAVER REF: LSCF DEPARTURE DATE

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FROM

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Fri 8 June

2

£199

£50

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NEW Laver Saver: Liverpool Explorer

NEW Laver Saver: Postal Museum London & St Albans

Liverpool is a city of great tradition, stunning architecture and unbeatable musical culture. On this short break we invite you to join us in this remarkable city, with entry to The Beatles Story included and a cruise along the Mersey. On this break you’ll be able to enjoy it’s famous sights and top attractions at your own pace.

The Postal Museum and Mail Rail are London’s newest attractions. Showcasing never-before told stories, with the help of interactive galleries and an extraordinary collection of postal history. On this break we also have the unique opportunity to journey back in time as we ride the hidden tunnels of the Mail Rail, London’s secret 100 year old Post Office Railway.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – After door-to-door pick-ups we enjoy a leisurely trip to Liverpool. Today we have included entry into the award-winning Beatles Story, located on the Albert Docks in the Fab 4’s home town. it is the world’s largest exhibition devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles. We have also arranged a relaxing cruise along Liverpool’s world-famous waterfront!

Day 1 – After door-to-door pick-ups we take you to St Albans for free time. The city’s colourful history can be seen in the Roman remains and the beautiful medieval architecture dusted over the city. With a wide range of independent shops and café - it’s the perfect place to grab a cup of tea and watch the world pass you by. This afternoon we travel to our hotel.

Day 2 – After breakfast you will be given free time to enjoy Liverpool at your own pace. A great way to see many more of Liverpool’s famous sights and top attractions is by catching a hop-on, hop-off bus tour (ticket not included).

Day 2 – Today we visit the Postal Museum in London, much more than just a museum, your visit will include a unique journey on the Mail Rail, where you will ride through a section of unused track so that you can experience the hidden history of Mail Rail in motion! Afterwards enjoy 500 years of ground breaking postal history before we take you home.

INCLUDES ADMISSION TO BEATLES STORY

INCLUDES A JOURNEY ON THE MAIL RAIL

Includes

Includes

Door-to-Door service 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Admission into The Beatles Story Free time in Liverpool Mersey cruise

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Door-to-Door service 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Admission to the Postal Museum in London Journey on the Mail Rail Free time in St Albans

Holiday Inn ***, Runcorn

Holiday Inn ***, High Wycombe

This Holiday Inn hotel has been recently refurbished and offers comfortable and modern bedrooms.

This contemporary hotel offers a relaxed and comfortable overnight stay.

Hotel Facilities

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

• Bar/restaurant

LAVER REF: LSVL

LAVER REF: LSPB

DEPARTURE DATE

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Sat 10 March

2

£129

£20

Sat 20 January

2

£129

£20

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NEW Laver Saver: National Memorial Arboretum

Laver Saver: Blenheim & Buckingham

New for 2018, this short break is the ideal way to pay your respects to those that have served for our country at the moving National Memorial Arboretum. We have also included a visit to the quaint town of Stratfordupon-Avon where you can enjoy a delicious cream tea.

Join us on this short break as we visit Blenheim Palace and Buckingham Palace to enjoy the stately rooms, grand architecture and beautiful gardens of these historical stately homes.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – After pick-ups, we make our way to Stratford-upon-Avon. This medieval market town is most famously known for being the 16th century birthplace of the famous writer, William Shakespeare. Here, we enjoy a cream tea at Hathaways Tea Room.

Day 1 – After pick-ups we travel to Blenheim Palace, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill with some free time to explore the beautiful Palace and parkland. Afterwards we travel to the hotel with time to refresh before dinner.

Day 2 – After breakfast, we travel to the National Memorial Arboretum which is home to over 330 memorials and is situated in Staffordshire on the edge of the National Forest. You can enjoy this beautiful 150 acre site via the passenger land train and commentary whilst admiring all of the tributes to those who have served and continue to serve our country.

Day 2 – This morning we visit Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s official London residence. Join us inside as we walk through the ‘State Rooms’ housing some of the Royal Family’s greatest treasures, become mesmerised in the Palace ballroom and tour the Palace gardens with views of the lake.

INCLUDES A CREAM TEA

INCLUDES ADMISSIONS

Includes

Door-to-Door service 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Cream tea at Hathaways Tea Room Admission to National Memorial Museum & land train ride Free time in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Includes Door-to-Door service 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Admission into Blenheim Palace & Buckingham Palace

Holiday Inn ****, Bromsgrove

Holiday Inn ***, High Wycombe

This hotel is situated on the outskirts of Bromsgrove and offers spacious and elegantly decorated bedrooms, which also include a mini fridge.

This Holiday Inn hotel offers fully air conditioned, comfortable and modern bedrooms.

Hotel Facilities

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

• Bar/restaurant

LAVER REF: LSNM

Route:

LAVER REF: LSBB

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Sat 19 May

2

£119

£15

Sat 18 August

2

£145

£15

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Laver Saver: Whitby & Bridlington

Laver Saver: Llandudno & Portmeirion

This great value Laver Saver trip gives you the perfect excuse to visit two seaside favourites; Whitby & Bridlington. There’s free time to walk along the beaches, sample the local fish & chips and browse the wide variety of shops

This Laver Saver break gives you the perfect opportunity to explore these two charming north Wales seaside resorts at a brilliant value-for-money price.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – We travel to our hotel via Whitby, where you can visit the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, in the house where Cook once lived and trained as a seaman. Discover maps and paintings detailing his epic voyages of discovery.

Day 1 – After door-to-door pick-ups from your home, we take you to Chester. As one of Britain’s most popular destinations, Chester boasts the most complete city walls and the largest Roman Amphitheatre in Britain; a 1000 year old Cathedral and 700 year old unique shopping rows.

Day 2 – Today, we head to Bridlington. You may want to walk over to the Bridlington Quay where you can admire the beautiful boats and coastline. This is also the perfect opportunity to take a break and enjoy the fresh and local ‘catch of the day’. After, we make our way back home.

Day 2 – After breakfast we travel to Llangollen, today we have arranged for a journey on the Llangollen Railway and a canal cruise with a traditional Welsh cream tea.

IDEAL FOR SINGLE TRAVELLERS Includes

Includes Door-to-Door service 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Llangollen rail & cruise with a Welsh cream tea Excursion to Chester

Door-to-Door service 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Free time in Whitby & Bridlington

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Esplanade Hotel ***, Scarborough

Winchmore Hotel ***, Mold

This unique hotel, with its combination of old and new, holds a commanding position above the cliffs overlooking Scarborough.

This modern hotel is just a short drive from the historic market town of Mold set in the attractive north Wales countryside.

Hotel Facilities

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

• Bar/restaurant

LAVER REF: LSWE

LAVER REF: LSLP

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Sat 7 July

2

£119

£15

Sat 30 June

2

£129

£15

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NEW Laver Saver: Helmsley Walled Gardens & York

Laver Saver: Windsor Castle & Stonor House

Discover the secrets behind these two historic walled wonders – Helmsley Walled Garden and York. This Laver Saver trip is the perfect excuse to enjoy a short break in wonderful company and beautiful surroundings.

On this popular short break we enjoy two of England’s most impressive and historic stately homes as we include admission into Windsor Castle and Stonor House & Gardens.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – After pick-ups, we stop en-route to visit the Helmsley Walled Garden, located at the foot of the North York Moors. This 250 year old attraction is set across five acres and has been lovingly brought back to life from dereliction.

Day 1 – We travel to Windsor for free time, famous for its Royal connections, Windsor is steeped in history! Today we have included admission into the impressive and historic Windsor Castle – famous for its architecture and longstanding Royal palace of residence, the Castle was built in the 11th century and is now Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite weekend home!

Day 2 – After breakfast, we travel to York, the walled city founded by the Ancient Romans. There is plenty to see and do in this historic destination, why not visit the 13th century Gothic Cathedral to admire the stunning architecture along with the medieval stained glass and two functioning bell towers?

Includes

Day 2 – After breakfast we travel to the heart of the Chiltern Hills, to Stonor House & Gardens, home to the Stonor family for over 850 years, Stonor Park is one of the oldest family homes still lived in today. With over a thousand years of history to tell, discover art and treasures collected from across the globe and view historic maps and documents that reveal generations of service to the country. A stroll through this house is a vivid walk through history!

Includes Door-to-Door service 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Admission into Windsor Castle & Stonor House

Door-to-Door service 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Admission into Helmsley Walled Garden Free time in York

Hallmark Hotel ****, Kingston-Upon-Hull

Holiday Inn Reading-South ***

This award winning, four star hotel features panoramic views over the Humber Estuary and is well-equipped with a host of modern features.

You are assured of a warm welcome at the Holiday Inn Reading-South, a smart and modern hotel situated just 10-minutes south of Reading city centre.

Hotel Facilities

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant

• Bar/restaurant

LAVER REF: LSHY

LAVER REF: LSOW

DEPARTURE DATE

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Sat 8 September

2

£109

£20

Sat 7 October

2

£135

£18

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Laver Saver: Snowdrops & the Cotswolds

Laver Saver: Ness Gardens & Port Sunlight

This idyllic short break is the perfect excuse to make the most of the changing seasons, as we wave goodbye to winter and look forward to the beginning of springtime.

Celebrate the unique heritage of the historic industrial village of Port Sunlight – from its foundation in 1888 to life in the village today. We also take you to Ness Botanic Gardens, where you can discover the beautiful colours and landscaping.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – We visit Bourton-on-the-Water, regularly voted as one of the prettiest villages in England, here we have arranged a cream tea for you to enjoy. Why not take a stroll along the River Windrush?

Day 1 – Today, we head to Port Sunlight. This unique and charming model village was originally founded in 1888 by ‘Soap King’ William Hesketh Lever, the village was built to house Lever’s ‘Sunlight Soap’ factory workers but now it’s home to a museum and beautiful parkland.

Day 2 – After breakfast we visit Painswick Rococo Garden – a visit here will take you back to the elegance and sophistication of the early 1700s, a time when gardens were fashionable theatrical sets. After you have explored why not enjoy a slice of a delicious homemade cake in the cosy café before we return home.

Day 2 – After breakfast, we travel to Ness Botanic Gardens, which overlook the River Dee and is home to a large horticultural collection, show gardens and a Victorian-style potager. After, we make our way home.

2017 SELL OUT TOUR

IDEAL FOR SINGLE TRAVELLERS

Includes

Includes

Door-to-Door service 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Free time in Bourton-on-the-Water with a cream tea Admission to Painswick Rococo Garden

Door-to-Door service 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Admission into Port Sunlight & Ness Gardens

Jurys Inn ***, Swindon

Holiday Inn ***, Runcorn

The Jurys Inn Swindon offers stylish rooms perfectly designed to provide guests with all the comforts of home.

This hotel features modern, air conditioned bedrooms and has recently refurbished the restaurant and bar areas.

Hotel Facilities

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant

• Lift

• Bar/restaurant

LAVER REF: LSSN

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LAVER REF: LSNP

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Sat 24 February

2

£125

£25

Sat 11 August

2

£129

£20

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Laver Saver: Laver Saver: Worcester & Brecon Llangollen Rail & Mountain Railway Cruise

Experience a nostalgic train journey on this short break, as we travel into the heart of the Breacon Beacons National Park on-board the steam-hauled Brecon Mountain Railway. A great way to enjoy the dramatic South Wales landscape.

Renowned for its surrounding hills and the River Dee, Llangollen has something to offer every visitor. Combine tranquillity and stunning landscapes as we enjoy a train ride along the steam railway and a canal cruise whilst enjoying a cream tea.

During your stay...

During your stay...

Day 1 – We travel to Brecon where we have arranged a journey on the Brecon Mountain Railway for you. This journey takes you into the Brecon Beacons National Park and through Pontsticill, behind a vintage Steam Locomotive and follows part of the original Brecon & Merthyr Railway which closed back in 1964.

Day 1 – Following door-to-door pick-ups, enjoy a leisurely journey to Chester where we will enjoy a couple of hours free time. After this we will continue to our hotel for dinner.

Day 2 – Today we visit Worcester, best known for its magnificent Cathedral, the city is also famous for the world-renowned Worcester Porcelain and the most picturesque cricket ground in the country.

Day 2 – After breakfast we will be treated to a journey on the Llangollen Railway, the only standard gauge heritage railway in North Wales. The line takes us on a relaxing journey through the stunning Dee Valley and the picturesque River Dee. Afterwards we will enjoy a boat trip on the Llangollen Canal as we sail across the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, a World Heritage Site, with a traditional Welsh cream tea served on board.

2017 SELL OUT TOUR Includes

Includes

Door-to-Door service 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Journey on the Brecon Mountain Railway Free time in Brecon & Worcester

Door-to-Door service 1 night dinner, bed & breakfast Journey on the Llangollen Railway Cruise on the Llangollen canal with a Welsh cream tea Free time in Chester

Green Dragon Hotel ***, Hereford

Beaufort Park Hotel ***, Mold

This historical coaching inn dates to the 16th century. Located in the city centre, it offers a comfortable lounge and spacious rooms.

This modern hotel is just a short drive from the historic market town of Mold set in the attractive North Wales countryside.

Hotel Facilities

Hotel Facilities

• Bar/restaurant • Lift

• Café/bar/restaurant

LAVER REF: LSHB

LAVER REF: LSLL

DEPARTURE DATE

DAYS

FROM

S/SUPP

DEPARTURE DATE

DAYS

FROM

S/SUPP

Sat 24 March

2

£129

NIL

Sat 14 April

2

£135

£15

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Grand Baltic Cities & St Petersburg

Rich in history, art and culture, the Baltic Sea is one of the most fascinating cruising destinations. Medieval cities contrast with cosmopolitan capitals and architectural influences reflect both east and west. Highlighting this cruise is an overnight stay in St Petersburg with two days to explore the opulent palaces once home to Russian Tsars.

and tea shops. The spacious surroundings on board Columbus mean there is always a quiet corner to relax. Out on deck there are two heated swimming pools and a large screen for outdoor movies.

impressive Lutheran Cathedral with white Corinthian columns and five green cupolas.

Day 11 – Stockholm (Sweden): Sweden’s stately and Day 4 – Copenhagen (Denmark): Capital spacious capital. The charming Old Town is a maze of of Denmark and home to the world’s oldest monarchy, Copenhagen, is the most charming medieval alleys and tiny lanes lined with 16th century of Baltic cities. Laced with a labyrinth of winding buildings, some of which feature wrought-iron signs symbolising ancient craft workers’ guilds. canals, cafés and restaurants which spill out of brightly coloured townhouses onto the Day 12 – At Sea cobblestone streets in historic Nyhavn. Day 13 – Aalborg (Denmark): From your ship there is Day 5 – Warnemünde (Germany) Cruise & Maritime Cruise Ship, a perfect view of the modern Utzon Center, designed Columbus by the world famous Jørn Utzon who was the Day 6 – At Sea The impressive Columbus ship joined the fleet architect responsible for the Sydney Opera House. Day – 7 – Tallinn (Estonia): Estonia’s capital in June 2017. This splendid medium-sized You may choose to visit the exhibition, or continue is a fascinating mix of Scandinavian sleek, cruise ship combines spacious surroundings along the harbour front to discover the new House of and friendly service with stylish entertainment Soviet-era concrete and medieval Hanseatic Music. and delicious cuisine. Columbus is the perfect city. The historic Old Town is a maze of narrow, choice for those looking for the ultimate cobblestone streets and alleyways, turrets and Day 14 – At Sea experience and comfort. spires. Day 15 – We return back to Tilbury, London.

Day 1 – We board the Columbus in London Tilbury.

Day 8 /9 – St. Petersburg (Russia) Overnight stay: Peter the Great founded St. Petersburg in 1703, drawing inspiration from Europe, the Day 2 – Amsterdam (Netherlands): With more bicycles than permanent residents, Russian Tsar and his successors created an the Dutch capital is both charming and quirky. extraordinary city on the banks of the River Neva with opulent palaces, ornate churches and Aesthetically little has changed since its 17th splendid parks, all part of the supremely elegant century Golden Age. Beautiful gabled houses and merchants’ mansions line serene, tree-lined architectural ensemble. Day 10 – Helsinki (Finland): Finland’s capital canals, which are laid out in five concentric is a vibrant, modern city, yet very much in circles and crossed by bridges. harmony with the surrounding nature. Its Day 3 – At Sea: Columbus offers a choice of centrepiece is the majestic Senate Square lined seven different lounges, two speciality coffee with elegant neo-classical buildings and the

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Includes Return coach travel to Tilbury, London 14 nights full board on Columbus cruise ship Excursions & visits to; Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Warnemünde, Tallinn, St. Petersburg, Helsinki, Stockholm and Aalborg

DEPARTURE DATE

DAYS

Wed 16 May

15

FROM (PER PERSON)

£1,549

Prices are based on 2 adults sharing an inside cabin. Single supplements apply. Prices are subject to availability and may change at any time. Call now for your price. Laver Holidays act as retail agents for destination specialists. ATOL protected 9503


Canary Islands & Madeira

This taste of Springtime in the Canary Islands provides a splash of colour and sunshine. Sail south to Gibraltar, three popular Canary Isles, beautiful Madeira and historic Lisbon. You’ll find busy harbour fronts, lush hillsides and valleys descending to sandy bays and beaches, fascinating cities and tempting shops of every description.

comfortable lounges and stylish leisure facilities to enrich your time on board, the wide range of facilities include the impressive Waldorf and you approach the sight of whitewashed buildings with Kensington Restaurants. Out on deck, there are two swimming pools, three whirlpools and red tiled roofs tumbling down the verdant mountain is spectacular. expansive deck areas. Day 6 – Gibraltar: Gibraltar is a renowned headland in the Mediterranean Sea. In ancient times known as the Pillars of Hercules with it’s African counterpart, Mt Abyla, the Rock has remained under British rule for the last 300 years. A towering 1400 ft outcrop that separates the Mediterranean from the Atlantic.

Day 12 – At Sea

Day 13 – Lisbon (Portugal): Lisbon is the westernmost capital in Europe. It was from here that the great caravels set sail on their voyages of exploration and numerous monuments are a reminder of Lisbon’s glorious maritime heyday. The steep, cobbled Cruise & Maritime Cruise Ship, streets of the ancient Moorish Alfama district lead to Magellan wonderful viewpoints looking over the city. Further Day 7 – At Sea. Magellan boasts a spacious interior, with wide along the coast the elegant resorts of Cascais and Day 8 – Arrecife, Lanzarote (Spain): A city with Estoril stud Portugal’s own Riviera. corridors and expansive wooden deck areas providing comfortable surroundings for guests. maritime roots, Arrecife first appeared on maps However, the ship still provides an intimate in the 15th century as a small fishing harbour. Day 14 /15 – At Sea. atmosphere, with a huge range of leisure Day 16 – We return back to Tilbury, London where facilities, including bars and lounges, as well as Day 9 – Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain): Las Palmas is the capital of Gran Canaria. The city our coach will be waiting to take us back home. multiple dining options. of Las Palmas is dotted with tranquil parks and plazas festooned in floral displays. Day 1 – We travel to Tilbury, London. Day 10 – Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Tenerife Includes Day 2 – Amsterdam (Netherlands): (Spain): The largest of the Canary Islands, Return coach travel to Tilbury, London With more bicycles than permanent residents, Tenerife is dominated by Mount Teide in the 15 nights full board on Magellan cruise ship the Dutch capital is both charming and quirky. central mountain range and several spectacular Excursions & visits to; Amsterdam, Gibraltar Aesthetically, little has changed since its 17th valleys covered with lush landscape, banana Arrecife, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Grand Canaria, century Golden Age. Beautiful gabled houses Santa Crus de Tenerife, Funchal, Madeira and Lisbon plantations and pinewoods. and merchants’ mansions line serene, tree-lined canals, which are laid out in five concentric Day 11 – Funchal, Madeira (Portugal): Set in a circles and crossed by bridges. magnificent natural amphitheatre overlooking a wide bay, Funchal is the delightful capital of Day 3/5 – At Sea: Magellan offers a traditional DEPARTURE DATE DAYS FROM (PER PERSON) the beautiful and dramatic island of Madeira. maritime experience in spacious surroundings. The harbour is right in the centre of town and as Fri 16 March 16 £1,549 Whilst at Sea make the most of the

Prices are based on 2 adults sharing an inside cabin. Single supplements apply. Prices are subject to availability and may change at any time. Call now for your price. Laver Holidays act as retail agents for destination specialists. ATOL protected 9503

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Majestic Fjordland

Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar

This cruise brings you some of the best of Fjordland, set against a backdrop of spectacular scenery. Taking you deep into the heart of the Norwegian fjords, every day promises a host of new and exciting landscapes.

Grand architecture gives way to charming old quarters and contrasting cities reveal a wealth of fascinating history on this cruise filled with unique scenery, charm and ambience.

Day 1 – We travel to London Tilbury and board the Collumbus.

Day 1 – We travel to Liverpool to board our cruise ship; Magellan.

Day 2 – Amsterdam (Netherlands): The Dutch capital is both charming and quirky, beautiful gabled houses and merchants’ mansions line serene, tree-lined canals, which are laid out in five concentric circles and crossed by bridges.

Day 2 – Dublin (Republic of Ireland): The capital of the Emerald Isle is a fascinating city of unforgettable character.

Day 3 – At Sea Day 4 – Flåm (Norway) - Cruising Sognefjord (Norway): Surrounded by towering mountains the tiny village of Flåm, nestles at the head of Aurlandsfjord, the innermost arm of the mighty Sognefjord. Today’s visitors are drawn to Flåm for a chance to ride on one of the world’s steepest and most spectacular railways - Flåm Railway. Day 5 – Olden (Norway) - Cruising Nordfjord (Norway): The charming village sits amongst tidy, well-kept farms on gently sloping, hillsides, which then rise steeply into thickly wooded and rugged peaks. Day 6 – Åndalsnes (Norway) - Cruising Romsdalsfjord (Norway) Day 7 – Bergen (Norway): Known as the ‘Gateway to the Fjords’, Bergen is Norway’s second largest city, but it has the feel of a small town. It is beautifully sited against a backdrop of seven mountains and the funicular ride to the summit of Mount Fløien affords wonderful panoramic views of Bergen and Norway’s attractive coastline. Day 8 – At Sea Day 9 – We arrive back in London Tilbury, where the coach will be waiting to take you back home.

Day 3 – At Sea Day 4 – La Coruna (Spain): A charming mix of both modern city and old town. Beautiful old streets and squares are found in Ciudad Vieja. The heart of this old town is the colonnaded Maria Pita Square surrounded by delightful shops, cafes and restaurants. Day 5 – At Sea Day 6 – Cádiz (Spain): Located on a peninsula jutting into the Gulf of Cadiz, the city is surrounded almost entirely by water and thanks to its historical trade links, it has many foreign influences that are still visible today. Day 7 – Gibraltar. Day 8 – Lisbon (Portugal): The steep, cobbled streets of the ancient Moorish Alfama district lead to wonderful viewpoints looking over the city. Day – 9 – Leixões (Portugal): Leixoes is one of Portugal’s major seaports. Optional excursions feature the country’s second city, a boat trip on the River Douro gives a different view of the city where dark buildings seem to be stacked one on another along the narrow streets. Day 10 – At Sea Day 11 – La Pallice for La Rochelle (France) Day 12 – At Sea Day 13 – We arrive back in Liverpool, where the coach will be waiting to take you back home.

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Includes

Return coach travel to Tilbury, London 8 nights full board on Columbus cruise ship Excursions & visits to; Amsterdam, Flåm, Olden, Åndalsnes and Bergen

Return coach travel to Tilbury, London; 12 nights full board on Columbus cruise ship; Excursions & visits to; Dublin, La Coruna, Cádiz, Gibraltar, Lisbon, Leixões and La Pallice for La Rochelle

Cruise & Maritime Cruise Ship, Columbus

Cruise & Maritime Cruise Ship, Magellan

The impressive Columbus ship is the perfect choice for those looking for the ultimate experience and comfort.

The impressive Columbus ship is the perfect choice for those looking for the ultimate experience and comfort.

DEPARTURE DATE

DAYS

DEPARTURE DATE

DAYS

Sat 30 June

9

Sun 29 July

13

FROM (PER PERSON)

£899

FROM (PER PERSON)

£1,319

Prices are based on 2 adults sharing an inside cabin. Single supplements apply. Prices are subject to availability and may change at any time. Call now for your price. Laver Holidays act as retail agents for destination specialists. ATOL protected 9503

Need some advice? Please call one of our friendly team on 08456 66 55 44*


Terms & Conditions

1. Who are we? This Trading Charter/Booking Conditions are the standard trading conditions of Skills Motor Coaches Ltd (t/a Skills Holidays) [or Skills Travel Ltd (t/a Skills Day Out and Coachstyle) and Laver Holidays Ltd as appropriate]. Our full details and registered address are given at the end of these terms. 2. Why should I read these pages? Because it is very important. 2.1 Our Trading Charter forms a key part of our agreement with you and forms the basis of a legally binding contract between you as the lead name making the booking, anyone else in your party and us. 2.2 When you make this booking as the lead name you undertake that you have the authority to accept, and do accept, on behalf of your party the terms of these booking conditions. 2.3 This contract is made subject to the terms of these booking conditions, which are governed by English Law, and the exclusive jurisdiction of the Courts of England and Wales. 2.4 These contract terms and any financial guarantees will not apply to any holiday involving any type of flight. Instead, you will be supplied with the full booking conditions of the ATOL holder arranging your holiday. Your booking agent will have a copy or alternatively you can request one prior to booking your holiday from us. 2.5 If you were unaware of this trading charter before you made your booking and you are not happy to proceed with the booking now that you have seen it, within 7 days of receiving this trading charter you will need to give us written notice of your intention not to proceed with the booking and return any documentation provided by us or the travel agent with whom you booked. Your booking will then be cancelled and your monies will be returned in full, provided you have not commenced your travel. 3. How and when do you make a contract with us? 3.1 We welcome you making contact with us in a number of ways. You can write to us, phone us, use a nominated travel agent, e-mail or visit our website. 3.2 Whichever way you contact us the contract is only made when 3.2.1 your booking is entered on to our reservation system; and 3.2.2 We issue a booking confirmation in writing via letter or email. 3.3 We will send you, or your agent (if booked via an agent), the booking confirmation within 7 working days of receipt or such earlier time as may be agreed in writing. 3.4 Please check this confirmation very carefully to ensure all the information is correct and tell us, or your agent, within 14 days of issue of any errors. 3.5 In accordance with Regulations 27 and 28 of the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 relating to the supply of leisure activities for a specific date or period of performance, our trips are exempt from the online cancelation obligations set out in the Regulations and the Consumer Rights Act 2015. As such our own terms and conditions apply as stated. 4. Definitions – types of travel contract 4.1 “Day Trips” means any trip or tour where at the time of booking we intend that the duration of the tour or trip should not exceed 24 hours and we do not intend any hotel or similar sleeping accommodation to be included within the facilities offered. 4.2 “Package” means a booking of at least two of the following components, when the service covers a period of more than twenty-four hours and/or includes overnight accommodation:• transport • accommodation • Other tourist services not ancillary to transport or accommodation and accounting for a significant part of the package. 4.3 “Holidays” includes any Day Trip or Package. 5. How is your money protected? 5.1. Packages: The Code of Conduct of the Bonded Coach Holidays Group (“BCHG”): We subscribe to the Code of Conduct of the Bonded Coach Holidays Group (“BCHG”) of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (“CPT”). BCHG requires a bond to be taken out to provide protection for money received for your Package in the unlikely event that a Member cannot, for financial reasons, carry out their obligations to their passengers. 5.2 Packages: BCHG Consumer Guarantee - The BCHG guarantees to bona fide customers that in the event of failure of a bona fide Member, it will: • wherever possible, arrange for the Package to be completed; • where failure occurs after a Package has begun, arrange for customers to be returned by an appropriate means of transport to their UK area of departure; • If the Package cannot be completed as booked, to reimburse booking payments received by us, subject to taking into account and withholding an appropriate amount if any part of the Package has already been provided (including any substituted service). 5.3 Day Trips: Please note - the Code of Conduct and the Consumer Guarantee of the BCHG only applies to Packages and does not apply to Day Trips. 5.4 Credit card payments: However in the case of both Packages and Day Trips where you have booked any services using a credit card it is likely that you would have recourse against the credit card provided in the event services are not supplied in whole or in part. 6. When do I need to pay for my holiday and how much? 6.1 Deposits for Packages: At the time of booking for a Package you will need to pay a deposit for each person named on the booking. 6.2 Full payment due for Day Trips: At the time of booking you will need to pay the full amount of the day trip. 6.3 Alterations of price: We reserve the right to alter the prices of any of the holidays that we advertise. At the time of booking you will be told the current price of the holiday. 6.4 Your commitment: You can book by paying a deposit for each person named on the booking. 6.5 Our commitment: We are not committed to the booking until such time as we provide you with our confirmation of booking in the form of a booking confirmation in writing via letter or e-mail. 6.6 Packages - Balance Due: • For Packages our commitment is always conditional upon any balance being paid 6 calendar weeks/42 calendar days prior to your UK coach holiday scheduled departure unless otherwise stated on your confirmation of booking (“the balance due date”). All other European coach holiday and tours inc Ireland are payable 8 calendar weeks/ 56 calendar days prior to the scheduled departure. • If you book within our balance due period you will need to pay the total Package cost at the time of your booking. • Where you use an agent, they may require you to pay them earlier than this date and will advise you separately of their balance due date. • If you do not pay the outstanding balance for your Package on or before the date when it is due we may cancel your booking and you will be required to pay the cancellation charges detailed below. • The date of cancellation will normally be the date when your confirmation in writing that you intend to cancel is received by us or 15 days after the balance due date, whichever comes first. A. Deposits payable at booking (unless otherwise stated on confirmation of booking) Travel Duration Deposit Day Trips Not applicable - full price payable at time of booking Packages of 2 days or less Packages of 3-8 days Packages of 9 days or more

£30 per person £50 per person £70 per person

B. Balance Due For Day Trips the full price is payable at the time of booking. For Packages the balance is due in full 6 calendar weeks/42 calendar days prior to your scheduled departure unless otherwise stated on your confirmation of booking. Please note an additional charge will be made on all credit card payments for deposits and balances (currently 2.75%). These charges are in line with consumer rights (payment surcharges) regulations 2012 and cover the necessary administration charges covered by the company for processing

credit card payments. No additional charge is applicable when using a debit card. C. Optional Items Where optional items form part of a holiday (such as excursion, theatre or other attraction tickets) and are purchased by us payment for such optional items is payable in the case of Day Trips at the time of booking and in the case of Packages a higher deposit may be payable. This will be advised at the time of booking. The costs of optional items including entrance/attraction tickets will not normally be refundable or transferable upon cancellation by you. Refunds may be given in specific circumstances but these are at the discretion and may depend on the company receiving a refund from the supplier. In the event of any cancellation by the company, a full refund will be given. 7. If I use an agent who does my money belong to? Your agent will hold your deposit on your behalf until we issue a booking confirmation. The agent then holds this money on our behalf. The agent holds the balance you pay on our behalf until the date the balance is due. The agent will then forward this to us. 8. Can we change the price of your holiday after we have issued the Booking confirmation? 8.1 Yes we can. However this is done only in very limited circumstances and not within 30 days of your departure. 8.2 The price of your holiday can be varied due to changes in:• Transportation costs such as fuel and/or fuel tax, ferry operator fares and tolls, embarkation or disembarkation fees at terminals; • Exchange rates applied to the particular holiday booked; or • Dues and taxes including changes in VAT or any other Government imposed charges. 8.3 In the case of any variation described above, an amount equivalent to 2% of the price of your holiday, which excludes insurance premiums and any amendment charges, will be absorbed by us. 8.4 If this means that you would have to pay an increase of more than 10% of the price of your holiday before increase, you have a choice between 2 options:Option A: You may cancel the holiday and receive a full refund of all monies paid, except for any amendment charges. We will consider an appropriate refund of insurance premiums paid to us if you can show that you are unable to transfer or reuse your policy. Should you decide to cancel for this reason, you must exercise your right to do so within 14 days from the issue date printed on your revised invoice. Option B: Alternatively, you can accept an offer of an alternative comparable holiday of equivalent or superior quality, if available, or an alternative holiday of lower quality, if available. You may then transfer payment made in respect of the original holiday to the alternative holiday. If the cost of the alternative holiday is less than the original holiday, the difference in price will be refunded. 8.5 We calculate the price of your holidays using the exchange rates quoted by the Bank of England on 24th May 2016 using the following currencies: Pound Sterling for UK and Channel Island arrangements and Euro for other arrangements. 8.6 Please note that travel arrangements are not always purchased in local currency and some apparent changes in currency exchange rates have no impact on the price of your Package due to contractual and other protections in place. 8.7 If any additional sum has been paid for your holiday under Clause 8.2 above and there is subsequently, and more than 30 days prior to your scheduled departure date, a reduction in the base costs of your holiday as a consequence of matters set out in Clause 8.2, we will refund to you that portion of the additional sum paid to reflect the reduction in base costs. 8.8 We reserve the right to increase or decrease prices of unsold holidays and insurance at any time after brochure publication as our costs change and exchange rates fluctuate, or to correct errors. Current prices of our holidays and travel insurance cover are shown on our website and are also available by telephone. Please ensure you have checked the price of any holiday and travel insurance cover you are interested in before making your booking. 8.9 From time to time, we may reduce the rate of a holiday you already booked on as part of an ad hoc promotion or discount. In this situation you will not be entitled to the difference in the amount of money originally paid for the tour and promotional discount rate. 9. Can I change my holiday arrangements? 9.1 After we have issued our booking confirmation we will do our best to accommodate any changes you may want to make but we cannot guarantee to do so. 9.2 Any proposed changes must be notified to us in writing or at the office at which you made your booking. Changes can only be made by the lead booker / the person who signed the booking confirmation form. 9.3 If we are able to make the changes an amendment fee will be payable of £10 per booking for Day Trips and £20 per booking of each date for all other holidays plus any additional charge for the facilities requested. 9.4 The costs of making a change increase the closer to the departure date you want to make it. Some arrangements, like particular types of tickets, cannot be changed without paying a cancellation charge of up to 100% of the cost of the ticket (see Clause 6 and 12). 9.5 Any significant alteration by you after the balance due date will be treated as a cancellation of the original booking and will be subject to the cancellation charges detailed below. A significant alteration would include a change of departure date, holiday or hotel, or number of people travelling. Please note that it is not possible to transfer any holidays or day trips to the following calendar year. 10. Can I transfer my booking to someone else? 10.1 You can transfer your booking to someone else (“the transferee”) provided you give us reasonable notice. 10.2 The transferee must be able to satisfy all the conditions for the holiday and a change cannot normally be made later than 7 days prior to departure. 10.3 We will make an administration charge of £10 per person for Day Trips and £20 per person for every transfer we make plus any reasonable additional costs caused by the transfer. 10.4 You as transferor of the booking must also return any tickets or vouchers that you have received. 10.5 You and the transferee will each remain responsible for ensuring that the holiday is paid for by the balance due date. 10.6 Please note: Travel insurance is not transferable and optional items specifically purchased by us for you may not be transferable. 11. How can I cancel my holiday? 11.1 You, or any member of your party, may cancel a booking at any time provided that the cancellation is made by the lead name on the booking and is communicated to us in writing or e-mail via the Head office. It is the responsibility of the lead passenger to ensure cancellations letters are received and no cancellation will be binding until such a time it is formally acknowledged by us in writing 11.2 You will have to pay cancellation charges set out in the scale below to cover our estimated loss resulting from the cancellation. If you are insured against cancellation you may be able to recover the charges from your insurers. 11.3 Your cancellation will take effect from the date we receive your written confirmation of your cancellation and it has been acknowledged. We will not be responsible for the loss of any cancellation letter or e-mail which is beyond our control. You must also return any tickets or vouchers that you have received along with your cancellation correspondence. 11.4 Please note: A reduction in room occupancy may increase the charges for the remaining passengers on the booking by the application of supplements for low occupancy of rooms. 12. Scale of Cancellation Charges for holidays Period before departure within which written notification is received Amount of cancellation charge shown as % 41 days or more Loss of deposit 40-36 days 40% 35-22 days 60% 21-14 days 85% 13 days or less 100%

12.1 Scale of cancellation charges for Day trips Period before departure within which written notification is received Amount of cancellation charge shown as % More than 7 days 7 days or less

50% 100%

13. What happens if we change your holiday? 13.1 The arrangements for your holiday will usually have been made many months in advance. Sometimes changes are unavoidable and we reserve the right to make them. Most of these changes are likely to be minor and we will do our best to keep you informed. 13.2 If, after booking and before departure, we make a significant change to your holiday you will have the option of withdrawing from the holiday without penalty or alternatively you may transfer to another holiday without paying an administration fee. In either case we will pay you compensation according to the scale set out below. 13.3 A significant change includes (but is not limited to) a change in departure time or return time of more than 12 hours, a change of departure point, location of resort or quality of hotel, (excluding single overnight hotels on Packages where the quality of the hotel is comparable), a change of mode when crossing the Channel or, the specification of the coach. 13.4 If you withdraw from the holiday because we have made a significant change or if we have to cancel your holiday for any reason other than non-payment on the balance due date by you, we will offer you the choice of either:• A comparable replacement holiday if available; or • A replacement holiday of lower quality together with a refund of the price difference; or • A full refund of the money you have paid. 13.5 When we have notified you of the changes and options available, you must tell us your decision as soon as possible and within any timescale we may need to set bearing in mind the need to safeguard the holiday arrangements of other customers. 13.6 If we have to cancel your holiday at any time, we are only liable for monies you may have paid to us at the time of cancellation and for the compensation as detailed in the scale below. 14. Scale of Compensation 14.1 We will pay you compensation for significant changes on the following scale: Period before departure in which significant Amount per person change is notified to you or your agent More than 56 days Nil 29-56 days £10 15-28 days £15 8-14 days £20 0-7 days £25 14.2 Payment of compensation according to the scale set out above will not affect your statutory rights. 14.3 If, prior to departure, we make a significant change to your holiday arrangements or cancel your holiday we will pay you compensation on the above scale unless:• the holiday is cancelled because the number of persons who agreed to take it is less than the minimum number required, and you were informed of the cancellation in writing within the period indicated in the description of the holiday; or • the holiday is changed or cancelled by reason of unusual and unforeseeable circumstances beyond our control, the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all due care had been exercised. These circumstances include for example war or threat of war, riot, civil strife, terrorist activity, industrial disputes, fire, quarantine, epidemic or health risks, natural or nuclear disasters, port and terminal closures, adverse weather conditions and Force Majeure 14.4 If, after departure, we need to make a change to a significant proportion of your holiday we will do our best to make suitable alternative arrangements at no extra cost to you. If it proves impossible to make suitable alternative arrangements, or if you have reasonable grounds for refusing the alternative offered, we will arrange transport back to your point of departure, or to an alternative location that we agree to. 15. What is the extent of our liability? 15.1 Your contract with us will be performed with reasonable skill and care. 15.2 We accept responsibility if you or any member of your party is killed or injured as a result of an activity forming part of your holiday arrangements which you booked with us before your departure; or if any part of your holiday arrangements, booked with us in the UK, is not as described in the brochure or not of a reasonable standard but only if the failure in your holiday arrangements or any death or personal injury is due to any fault on our part or that of our agents or suppliers whilst acting in the course of their employment. 15.3 We do not accept responsibility for such failure, death or personal injury if 15.3.1 this is not caused by any fault of ours or of our agents or suppliers; or 15.3.2 this is caused by you or someone not connected with your holiday arrangements; or 15.3.3 this is due to unusual or unforeseen circumstances which, even with all due care, we, or our agents or suppliers, could not have anticipated or avoided; or 15.3.4 This is due to an event which we or our agents or suppliers, even with due care, could not foresee or forestall. 15.4 For claims which do not involve personal injury, illness or death, the most we will have to pay if we are liable to you is limited to the price that the person affected paid for their holiday (not including insurance premiums and amendment charges). We will only have to pay this maximum amount if everything has gone wrong and you have received no benefit from your holiday. 15.5 If you or any member of your party is killed, injured or becomes ill as a result of transport by ship, train or coach, any liability (if any) which we or any carrier may have to pay compensation is limited in line with the applicable conventions, namely the Athens Convention (applies to transport by ship), the Berne Convention (applies to transport by rail) and the Geneva Convention (applies to transport by road). You can get copies of the relevant conventions from the Internet. You should also note that these conventions may limit or remove the carrier’s liability to you and the amount which the carrier has to pay you. 15.6 If we make any payment to you or any member of your party for death, personal injury or illness, you will be asked to assign to us or our insurers the rights you may have to take action against the person or organisation responsible for causing the death, personal injury or illness and you will be obliged to cooperate with us in taking such action. 15.7 Our suppliers (such as accommodation or transport providers) have their own booking conditions or conditions of carriage, and these conditions are binding between you and the supplier. We may take the benefit of such booking conditions where any claims are brought against us. Some of these conditions may limit or remove the relevant transport provider’s or other supplier’s liability to you. You can get copies of such conditions from our offices, or the offices of the relevant supplier. 16a. What do I need to do if I wish to complain? 16.1 If you have a complaint during your holiday you should tell the driver/ representative or supplier at the earliest opportunity so that they can do their utmost to resolve the problem immediately. 16.2 If, on your return from holiday, you are dissatisfied you should write to us within 28 days. You will need to quote your booking reference number. We will be unable to investigate any complaint received more than 28 days after your return from your holiday. 16.3 If you do not tell us at the earliest opportunity about a problem giving rise to your complaint we cannot take steps to investigate and rectify it. In deciding how to respond to your complaint we will take into account the date you first drew the problem to the attention of our driver/representative or supplier. Letters to be received within 28 days of your trip or holiday return. 16.4 Questionnaires are provided at the end of tours to gauge general customer satisfaction however any comments made on the from will not be


regarded as a formal complaint 16b. If I do not agree with your decision can I request arbitration? If we cannot resolve your complaint amicably you may request that the dispute is referred to an arbitration scheme established by the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT). Please note: this scheme does not apply to claims that arise mainly in respect of physical injury or illness or the consequences of any illness or injury.

such eventualities. 22.5 In the unlikely event that the performance of our contractual obligations are prevented or affected due to Force Majeure after departure, we regret we will be unable to make any refunds (unless we obtain any from our suppliers). Advice from the Foreign Office to avoid or leave a particular country may constitute Force Majeure. For your safety, we will follow the advice given by the Foreign Office.

17. Children 17.1 Our Day Trips (without accommodation) and our Packages (with accommodation) may not be suitable for children (i.e. those under the age of 18). 17.2 It is in our absolute discretion whether a child (under the age of 18) is to be accepted on our Day Trips or Packages. 17.3 If in our absolute discretion we agree to accept a child on our Day Trips or Packages:17.3.1 The child must be accompanied at all times by a full fare-paying adult either a parent or other person with parental responsibility for the child, or by an adult who has been given written permission to accompany the child by such person. 17.3.2 Infants under 2 years of age, when on a coach, must at all times sit on the lap of the accompanying adult, and must be provided by the adult with an approved restraint device which must at all times be securely fitted by the adult. 17.3.3 Children aged over 2 years but who have not yet reached 12 years or 135cm in height must be provided with a suitable child restraint by the accompanying adult. 17.4 There may be a reduction in the cost of the holiday when a child travels with an adult. Please see our brochures for details of such arrangement. Such a reduction may apply when the child is under 2 and does not occupy a coach seat of its own.

23. Passenger behaviour 23.1 We want all our customers to have a happy and carefree holiday. 23.2 But you must remember that you are responsible for your behaviour and the effect it may have on others. 23.3 If you or any member of your party is • abusive or disruptive; or • behaves in a way which, in our reasonable opinion, could cause - distress, damage or injury to others; or - affect their enjoyment of their holiday, or - damage to property, We have the right, after reasonable consideration, to terminate your contract with us. If this happens we will have no further obligations or liability to you. 23.4 The coach driver and tour manager (and where appropriate the ship’s captain, or authorised official of other means of transport) is entitled to refuse you boarding and/or to disembark you, if in their reasonable opinion you are unacceptably under the influence of drink or drugs or you are being violent or disruptive or are causing distress. 23.5 If you are refused boarding on the outward journey we will regard it as a cancellation by you and we will apply cancellation charges according to the scale in clause 12. If the refusal is on the return journey we have the right to terminate the contract and will have no further obligations or liability to you.

18. Coach seating 18.1 We seek to provide coach travel as described in our brochures or advertisements but we reserve the right to substitute suitable alternative arrangements and vehicles, and to vary seating configurations should this be required. 18.2 We will seek to fulfil, where possible, a passenger’s preference for a particular type of seat where this is communicated to us in writing at the time of booking. However we cannot guarantee that such a preference will be fulfilled or that passengers on the same booking will be able to sit together for the whole or part of any holiday.

24. No smoking 24.1 We operate a strict no smoking/alcohol policy on all our coaches, including E-cigarettes. 24.2 We appreciate the co-operation of smokers and remind them that frequent journey breaks are made and bookings are taken on this understanding.

19. Hotel Facilities 19.1 We constantly strive to offer hotels of an appropriate standard as part of our Packages. 19.2 However some hotel facilities, such as indoor or outdoor swimming pools or leisure facilities may from time to time be withdrawn or not be available for example for routine maintenance or be subject to seasonal availability. 19.3The provision of hotel facilities cannot therefore be guaranteed. 20. Health & Safety on holiday 20.1 In countries outside the UK, standards of infrastructure, safety and hygiene may be different or lower than those to which we are accustomed in the UK. You should therefore exercise greater care for your own protection. 20.2 Further information can be obtained from your GP or from your travel agent who can provide you with the leaflet “Health Advice for Travellers” published by the Department of Health. 20.3 Some people may be at risk from discomfort or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) if they remain immobile on a journey for a long period of time. If you are planning to undertake a bus or coach journey of more than 3 hours you should consult your doctor if you have ever had DVT or pulmonary embolism, a family history of clotting conditions, cancer or treatment for cancer, a stroke, heart or lung disease or if you have had major surgery in the past 3 months. We reserve the right to refuse any booking in the absence of a doctor’s certificate confirming that you are fit to travel. 20.4 During the journey we will endeavour to provide comfort stops as frequently as possible. Comfort stops are necessary both for your comfort and for the health and safety of our coach drivers and employees. During these stops you are encouraged to get off the coach and walk around. Exercise reduces any discomfort which may be caused by periods of immobility. During any journey you should drink alcohol only in moderation as it leads to dehydration. 21. Disabilities and medical problems 21.1 Should you or a member of your party have any medical condition or disability that may affect your/their holiday or that of other passengers, you must provide full written details to us at the time of booking. This should include a full description of the medical condition and/or disability, of any disability aids/medical equipment you may be intending to bring on holiday and of any other matters which may be relevant to your participation in the holiday. This is so that we can advise you of the suitability of the holiday. This applies whether the booking is made on-line, in person, in writing, or by telephone. If medication is required we advise you to take reasonable and responsible steps to ensure your medication is kept closely at all times; this includes storing it in hand luggage as opposed to underneath lockers on the coach. 21.2 If a particular issue is identified, we reserve the right to request a doctor’s certificate confirming that the passenger is fit for travel and reserve the right to refuse any booking or to cancel any booking in the absence of such doctor’s certificate being produced upon request. 21.3 If a passenger requires personal assistance (for example but not limited to assistance with embarking, disembarking, feeding, dressing, toileting, mobilising, stowing medical or mobility equipment) then this passenger must travel with an able bodied companion/carer and written confirmation that such assistance will be provided for the entirety of the holiday is required at the time of booking. Unfortunately coach drivers/ tour managers are unable to offer such assistance. 21.4 Whilst we will make every reasonable adjustment to do so, if we are unable to accommodate the needs of a passenger or believe that the medical condition or disability of a passenger is likely to adversely affect other passengers, we reserve the right to decline or cancel the booking. 21.5 We also reserve the right to cancel any holiday and impose cancellation charges if we are not fully advised of any relevant disability or medical condition at the time the booking is made and subsequently decide that we are unable to accommodate this passenger. This applies whether we advise that we are unable to accommodate a passenger either before departure or during the holiday and if this occurs during the holiday then we will seek the additional costs in so far as we choose to return the passenger home. 21.6 Please note: Our coaches have limited accommodation space for wheelchairs. We are generally only able to accommodate either 2 folding wheelchairs or 1 folding wheelchair and 1 light dry cell motorised wheelchair/mobility scooter (weight not exceeding 15kg) per coach. You must check at the time of booking as to available space for your device and such devices can only be carried when we have confirmed our ability to carry the device on your booking confirmation. We reserve the right not to carry such devices where space has not been pre-booked. 22. Force majeure 22.1 Except where otherwise expressly stated in these booking conditions we will not be liable or pay you compensation where the performance of our contractual obligations is prevented or affected (for example but not limited to delay, cancellations, change of itinerary, change of accommodation, change of transport) by “Force Majeure”. 22.2 Force Majeure means an event which we or the supplier(s) of the service(s) in question could not, even with all due care, foresee or avoid and is therefore an event beyond our or the supplier’s reasonable control. 22.3 These events include but are not limited to strikes, riots, political/ civil unrest, government acts, hostilities, war, threat of war, terrorist activity or threat of terrorist activity, industrial disputes, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, flood, tornadoes, hurricanes, transportation and mechanical problems, airport closures, and severe weather conditions. 22.4 We suggest that you take out adequate travel insurance to cover

25. Other restrictions 26.1 You must not use mobile phones or other electronic devices on the coach in a manner which, in the reasonable opinion of the coach driver or tour representative, might annoy, or distress other passengers or distract our driver. We would request that mobile phone devices only be used on the coach in the case of emergency. 26.2 You must not consume alcohol on the coach. 26.3 We accept no responsibility if you leave or lose your luggage or your luggage gets lost or damaged in transit for any reason 26.4 If the air conditioning or Washroom on the allocated vehicle is not operational, then no refund will be made. 26. Pets We do not allow pets to be taken on our holidays. Registered Assistance Dogs will normally be accommodated on UK holidays but not on overseas holidays. 27. Pick up point, itineraries, travel documents and passport 27.1 You should check with us between 7 and 14 days prior to your scheduled departure to ensure that the departure point and departure time for your holiday has not been changed. 27.2 You are solely responsible for ensuring that you are at the correct departure points, at the correct time, with the correct documents (including where appropriate original tickets, identification and travel documents and passport). 27.3 We cannot be held liable for any loss or expense suffered by you or your party because of the absence of such documents or your late arrival at the departure points. 27.4 If you are a British citizen travelling outside the United Kingdom you must have a full UK passport valid for a minimum of 6 months after your scheduled date of return. 27.5 Non-UK citizens must seek passport and visa advice from the consulates of the countries you plan to visit prior to making a booking for one of our holidays. 27.6 The name on the passport/travel document must match the name on the ticket. If someone in your party changes their name after the booking is made you must tell us immediately so that we can issue the ticket in the new name. 27.7 When you have paid the balance we will send you or you’re booking agent all the necessary travel labels so that you receive them in good time for your holiday. 27.8 Certain travel documents may have to be retained by us and your driver/courier will then issue them to you at the relevant time. If you lose a travel document after it has been issued to you we will require you to meet the direct cost charged by the carrier/supplier for the issue of a duplicate or replacement. 27.9 We reserve the right to modify itineraries to conform to advice and requests from the competent authorities in the United Kingdom and any other sovereign state through which the tour will operate. Included excursions are detailed on the relevant brochure page and refunds will not be made for any excursion not taken. 27.10 Optional excursions may be booked and paid for in resort but these will not form part of any Package booked with us. 27.11 Admission fees to events, shows, buildings, grounds etc. are not included in the price of the holiday unless expressly stated on the relevant brochure page. 28. What happens if you are delayed? 28.1 We do not accept liability for delay. For the avoidance of doubt, we shall endeavour to fulfil but do not guarantee:28.1.1 Departure times; 28.1.2 Arrival times; 28.1.3 Pick up times; 28.1.4 Drop-off times; or 28.1.5 Connections. 28.2 Your travel insurance may cover you for expenses caused by some delays. 28.3 In addition where you are delayed for more than 12 hours in any 24 hour period we will seek to minimise any discomfort and where possible, arrange for refreshments, meals and accommodation. 29. Do I need to take out travel insurance? 29.1 We strongly advise all our customers to take out travel insurance to cover medical and repatriation costs, personal injury, loss of baggage and cancellation charges for all holidays both within and outside the UK. 29.2 You do not need to take out our travel insurance but you should have insurance, which is at least as good as, or better than, the insurance we offer. If you do not have adequate insurance and require our assistance whilst on holiday, we reserve the right to reclaim from you any medical repatriation or other expenses which we may choose to incur on your behalf which would otherwise have been met by insurers. 29.3 We strongly recommend you obtaining a European Health Insurance Card (“EHIC”) for all holidays within the EU. 30. What assistance will you give me if things go wrong when it is not your fault? 30.1 If you, or any member of your party, suffer death, illness or injury whilst overseas arising out of an activity which does not form part of your Package travel arrangements or an excursion arranged through us in the UK, we may, at our discretion, offer advice, guidance and assistance. 30.2 Where legal action is contemplated and you want our assistance, you must obtain our written consent prior to commencement of proceedings. 30.3 Our consent will be given subject to you undertaking to assign any costs and benefits received under any relevant insurance policy to ourselves. We limit the cost of any assistance we may, in our discretion, choose to give to you and any member of your party to £5000 per party

in any event. 31. Special/Additional needs 31.1 Please note hotels may not provide adequate facilities for guests with mobility problems or who suffer from other disabilities. 31.2 Whether the holiday is within the UK or overseas you are required to notify us before you book, and to confirm in writing, if you or any member of your party has special needs or suffers from any disability (see Clause 21 above). We are keen to plan arrangements for your holiday so that special needs and requests can be accommodated as far as possible. 31.3 If you will need assistance or special facilities in the hotel, or may have difficulties in taking part in excursions, embarking or disembarking or travelling on the coach or other means of transport you, must let us know at the time of your booking. 31.4 Not all the holidays in this brochure may be suitable for you. We want you to enjoy your holiday and will try to help you select an appropriate trip. 31.5 If you need advice or further information either you or your booking agent should contact us. 31.6 However, we cannot be held responsible whether for disappointment, distress or otherwise should you decide to travel and then find the holiday itinerary unsuitable for your own personal mobility. 32. Special/Additional requests 32.1 If you or anyone on your booking has a special request (including dietary requirements) please tell us in writing before booking, or as soon as you are medically advised, and send us a copy of the diet. 32.2 We will notify the hotel or hotels on your holiday. 32.3 However please note that some hotels may not have facilities to cope with special diets and we cannot be held liable for their failure to do so. 32.4 Where we think that a hotel is likely to be unable to cope with a special diet, we will tell you prior to your booking confirmation being issued so that you can exercise your right to cancel your holiday booking without charge. 32.5 Any extra costs incurred must be paid to the hotel by you prior to departure from the hotel. 32.6 You should also detail any other requests, for example, low floor rooms, showers as opposed to bath, particular rooms or locations on the special requests section of the booking form or on your internet booking form. 32.7 For any booking made by telephone, you must confirm to us in writing the special request. 32.8 We will pass your request to the relevant supplier but this does not necessarily mean that your request will be fulfilled. 32.9 If a request can be fulfilled you may incur an extra charge payable either to us or direct to the hotel. 32.10 Please note that requests cannot be guaranteed unless we confirm on your booking confirmation that this is guaranteed. 33. Single Occupancy 33.1 Single occupancy of rooms when available may be subject to a supplementary charge and this will be shown on the brochure page. 33.2 Although some tours featured in our brochures have no single supplement, spaces are limited and therefore sell quickly. 33.3 However, additional single rooms may be requested but will be subject to availability and a charge made by the hotel. 33.4 We reserve the right to change single supplement charges at any time in response to demand or hotel rates. You will be advised at the time of booking. 34. Entertainment Some of our hotels arrange additional entertainment. Where this is part of the holiday details are given on the respective brochure page. Where it is not specified it may still be available but is at the discretion of the hotel and is not guaranteed. It may be withdrawn if there is a lack of demand or for operational reasons. 35. Lost Property 35.1 Luggage and personal belongings are carried at all times at the owner’s sole risk and we are not responsible for any property or equipment either left on the coach (whether the coach is unattended or the coach driver is present) or lost elsewhere during your holiday. 35.2 Any items of lost property found by or handed to us will be held for a maximum period of 1 month following the date of the tour after which they will be disposed of or sold without further notice. If you request the return of lost property via the post, you will be expected to cover the cost of postage and packaging prior to the items being returned. 36. Data Protection Act 36.1 In order to process your booking and to ensure that your travel arrangements run smoothly and meet your requirements we, and your travel agent, need to use the information you provide such as name, address, email address, any special needs/dietary requirements etc. 36.2 We take full responsibility for ensuring that proper measures are in place to protect your information. 36.2.1 We may pass the information on to companies within our group and must pass such information on to the relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements such as hotels, transport companies etc. 36.2.2 The information may also be supplied to others for example, security or credit checking companies and public authorities such as customs/immigration if required by them, or as required by law. 36.2.3 Additionally, where your holiday is outside the European Economic Area (EEA), controls on data protection in your destination may not be as strong as the legal requirements in this country. 36.2.4 Subject to the above we will not, however, pass information on to any person not responsible for part of your travel arrangements. This applies to any sensitive information that you give to us such as details of any disabilities, or dietary or religious requirements. If we cannot pass this information to the relevant suppliers, whether in the EEA or not, we cannot provide your booking. 36.2.5 In making this booking, you consent to this information being passed on to the relevant persons. 36.2.6 Please note that where information is held by your travel agent, this is subject to your agent’s own data protection policy. You are entitled to a copy of your information held by us. If you would like to see this please contact us. We retain your full contact details and other information in secure files and electronic storage facilities. We may use this information to contact you by mail, telephone or electronic means. We will provide you with details of other goods and services including those of selected third parties. If you do not wish to receive further information about products and services please write to our data controller. 37. Publication date and details This brochure was printed in the United Kingdom in September 2017 on behalf of Skills Motor Coaches Ltd (t/a Skills Holidays), Registered in England No. 00612324 whose registered office is Belgrave Business Park, Belgrave Road, Bulwell, Nottingham NG6 8LY. [Or as appropriate Skills Travel Ltd (t/a Skills Day Out and Coachstyle), Registered in England No. 00546349 whose registered office is White House, Clarendon Street, Nottingham NG1 5GF. Or Laver Holidays Ltd, Registered in England No. 02508494 whose registered office is c/o Skills Motor Coaches Limited, Belgrave Business Park, Belgrave Road, Bulwell, Nottingham NG6 8LY].


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Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a vital aspect to booking a holiday, giving you protection against unforeseen circumstances that could otherwise spoil your holiday. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that properly covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged competitive travel insurance from Travel & General Insurance Services Limited to specifically meet your needs on your holiday. (N.B. The following insurance terms do not apply to Air, Rail and Cruise). The schedule of cover below sets out a summary of the cover provided by our tailored insurance. Skills Travel Limited is an Appointed Representative of Travel & General Insurance Services Limited and are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, full details can be found at www.fca.org.uk 

standard schedule of cover SECTION 1 Cancellation charges 2 Travel delay Abandonment 3 Missed departure 4 Personal accident - Disability Personal accident – Death (age limits apply) 5 7 8 9 10

Hospital benefit Personal property Delayed baggage Personal money Loss of passport Personal liability Legal costs & expenses

SUM INSURED

PER PERSON

£1,500 Up to £60 £1,500 £100 (UK)

£15,000 £15,000

Up to £100 £1,500 £100 £200 £200 £2,000,000 £25,000

EXCESS

PER PERSON

£50 (£15 Loss of deposit) NIL £50 NIL

NIL NIL

NIL £30 NIL £30 NIL NIL NIL

Premiums available from £17 dependant on the duration, please contact us for a quote UK

PER PERSON PER PERSON

2-3 days £17 4-5 days £20

Up to 10 days

£40

11-14 days

£44

6-7 days

Annual

£129

£25

health conditions IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING WITHIN ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES, NORTHERN IRELAND OR THE ISLES OF SCILLY YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO DECLARE YOUR MEDICAL CONDITIONS. HOWEVER, YOU MUST BE ABLE TO COMPLY WITH THE FOLLOWING: 1. 2. (C) 3. 4.

YOU ARE NOT AWARE OF ANY REASON WHY THE TRIP SHOULD BE CANCELLED OR CUT SHORT YOU ARE NOT TRAVELLING (A) AGAINST THE ADVICE OF A MEDICAL PRACTITIONER (B) FOR THE PURPOSE OF OBTAINING MEDICAL TREATMENT OR IF YOU HAVE BEEN GIVEN A TERMINAL PROGNOSIS YOU ARE NOT RECEIVING OR AWAITING MEDICAL TREATMENT FROM ANY ILLNESS OR INJURY AS A HOSPITAL DAY CASE OR INPATIENT AS ANY CLAIM ARISING FROM THE ILLNESS WILL NOT BE COVERED IF YOU ARE ON MEDICATION AT THE TIME OF TRAVEL, YOUR MEDICAL CONDITION MUST BE STABLE AND WELL CONTROLLED.

IF YOUR MEDICAL CONDITION CANNOT COMPLY WITH THESE TERMS THEN ANY CLAIM RELATED TO THAT CONDITION WILL NOT BE COVERED. IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING OUTSIDE OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, WALES, NORTHERN IRELAND OR THE ISLES OF SCILLY THIS INSURANCE CARRIES HEALTH CONDITIONS SO YOU NEED TO INFORM THE TOWERGATE MEDICAL SCREENING DEPARTMENT OF ANY MEDICAL CONDITION(S) THAT MAY ACCEPT OUR ACCEPTANCE OF YOUR COVER. IF ANYONE TO BE COVERED OR ANYONE UPON WHOSE HEALTH THE TRIP DEPENDS: 1. 2. 3. 4.

HAS AN EXISTING OR ONGOING MEDICAL CONDITION(S) IS TAKING PRESCRIBED MEDICATION HAS OR HAS HAD ANY CONDITION(S) STILL REQUIRING PERIODIC REVIEW IS AWAITING ANY TESTS, TREATMENT, INVESTIGATION, REFERRAL OR THE RESULTS OF THESE.

YOU MUST TELEPHONE THE TOWERGATE MEDICAL SCREENING DEPARTMENT ON 0344 892 1698 TO INFORM THEM OF YOUR MEDICAL CONDITION(S). OFFICE HOURS ARE 9AM TO 5PM MONDAY TO FRIDAY EXCLUDING BANK HOLIDAYS. FAILURE TO NOTIFY THEM MAY CAUSE YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES TO FALL WITHIN A POLICY EXCLUSION. YOU MAY BE REQUIRED TO PAY AN ADDITIONAL PREMIUM. PLEASE NOTE - YOU MUST ALSO NOTIFY THE TOWERGATE MEDICAL SCREENING DEPARTMENT IMMEDIATELY OF ANY CHANGES IN MEDICAL CIRCUMSTANCES ARISING BETWEEN THE DATE THE POLICY IS ISSUED AND THE TIME OF DEPARTURE FOR THE TRIP, I.E. YOU DEVELOP A NEW MEDICAL CONDITION OR AN EXISTING CONDITION WORSENS. IF YOU DO NOT TELL US ABOUT YOUR MEDICAL CONDITION WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO AMEND, RESTRICT OR CANCEL YOUR COVER UNDER THE POLICY.


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JANUARY 20th Laver Saver: Postal Museum, London 25th Laver's Annual Get-together

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FEBRUARY 24th Laver Saver: Snowdrops in the Cotswolds 2 68 26th Singles - Pearls of Pembrokeshire 5 59 MARCH 05th South Coast Explorer 5 19 10th Laver Saver: Liverpool Explorer 2 64 12th Perthshire Escape: All Inclusive 5 49 12th Singles - Norfolk Coast & Country 5 56 16th Canary Islands & Madeira 16 71 18th Singles - Scarborough & Yorkshire Coast 5 57 19th Windermere Warmer 5 39 24th Laver Saver: Worcester & Brecon Mountain Railway 2 69 26th Scenic Journeys of North Wales 5 45 29th Easter in Wonderful Weymouth 5 9 30th Easter Mystery Tour 4 9 30th Easter in North Devon 4 10 APRIL 02nd Extraordinary Edinburgh & the Kelpies 5 49 09th Constable & Gainsborough Country 5 27 14th Laver Saver: Llangollen Rail & Cruise 2 69 16th Warner Cricket St Thomas Break 5 42 16th Lovely Ludlow & Highlights of the Welsh Borders 5 30 21st Grand Tour of Ireland 11 53 23rd Escape to the Country: Herefordshire & the Wye Valley 5 29 23rd Singles - Warwickshire & the Cotswolds 5 57 23rd Singles - Springtime in Eastbourne 6 58 30th Kent Contrasts Gardens, Castle & Vineyards 5 24 MAY 07th Isle of Wight Experience 5 11 07th Castles of North Wales 5 46 07th Singles - Scottish Lowlands Discovery 5 62 13th Legendary Cornwall 6 14 13th Herbridean Island Hopper 7 48 14th Scotland in Miniature 5 51 14th Singles - 4* Irish Experience 5 61 16th Grand Baltic Citites & St Petersburg 15 70 18th Eastbourne & the Beautiful South 6 18 19th Laver Saver: National Memorial Arboretum 2 65 21st North Devon Explorer: Bude, Clovelly & RHS Garden Rosemoor 5 19 26th Elegant Sidmouth 5 20 28th Castles, Halls & Gardens of Northumbria 5 41 JUNE 01st Food Trail of Yorkshire 5 36 04th Bournemouth, Poole & Weymouth 5 23 04th Shropshire Gems: Ironbridge, Shrewsbury & The Severn Valley Railway 5 31 05th Cornwall's Charms: Looe Valley Railway, St Ives & Port Issac 8 12 08th Laver Saver: Chatsworth Flower Show 2 63 10th Pembrokeshire & Tenby 6 47 11th Enchanting Gardens of East Sussex 5 25 14th Chartwell, Leeds & Haver 5 25 18th Llandudno & Snowdonia 5 44 19th Aristocratic Scotland 5 52 23rd Ilfracombe, Lynton & Exmoor 8 17 23rd Welsh Secrets & The Royal Mint 5 46 25th Summer Cruising in the Lake District 5 38 25th Warner Alvaston Hall Break 5 43 30th Laver Saver: Llandudno & Portmeirion 2 66 30th Majestic Fjordland 9 72

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JULY 02nd Lincolnshire & the Wolds 5 33 02nd Yorkshire Transport: Steam & Cruise 5 35 03rd Guided Dublin & Grand Canal Cruise 4 54 07th Isle of Wight Experience 6 11 07th Laver Saver: Whitby & Bridlington 2 66 09th The Welsh Coast: Barmouth, Aberystwyth & Bala Lake Railway 5 47 10th Isle of Man Experience 5 41 11th Weymouth & The Dreamy Dorset Coast 5 22 16th Elegant Sidmouth 6 20 23rd Extraordinary Edinburgh & the Kelpies 5 49 24th Journey through the Peak District 5 34 29th Torquay & Greenway: The English Riviera 8 16 29th Spain, Portugal & Gibraltar 13 72 31st Discover Cumbria 6 39 AUGUST 01st Scotland Explorer 5 51 06th Seaside Mystery Tour 5 37 06th Ilfracombe, Lynton & Exmoor 5 17 11th Laver Saver: Ness Gardens & Port Sunlight 2 68 13th Shropshire Gems: Ironbridge, Shrewsbury & The Severn Valley Railway 5 31 13th Edinburgh Military Tattoo 5 50 18th Laver Saver: Blenheim & Buckingham 2 65 18th Scarborough: Gem of the Yorkshire Coast 6 37 20th Relaxing on the Llŷn Peninsula 5 45 20th Antiques hunting in Picture Perfect Suffolk 5 27 24th Great Dorset Steam Fair 4 21 25th The Stately Homes of East Anglia 6 28 27th Tyne & Wear: Tanfield Rail, Quay Cruise & Beamish Museum 5 40 SEPTEMBER 02nd Yorkshire Blooms 5 55 03rd Bournemouth, Poole & Weymouth 5 23 03rd Llandudno & Snowdonia 5 44 07th Elegant Sidmouth 6 20 08th Laver Saver: Helmsley Walled Gardens & York 2 67 08th Singles -Snowdonia & The Mersey 5 59 09th Legendary Cornwall: Prideaux Palace, Tintangel & Looe 6 14 10th Warner Sinah Warren Break 5 43 10th Wonders of Wiltshire 5 29 15th Scarborough: Gem of the Yorkshire Coast 6 37 17th Constable & Gainsborough Country 5 27 21st Falmouth, The Eden Project & St Ives 6 15 22nd Isle of Wight Experience 6 11 23rd Eastbourne & the Beautiful South 6 18 24th Singles - Durham & Northumberland 5 60 28th Cheshire Highlights: Chester, Ness Gardens & The Anderton Boat Lift 5 33 30th Hebridean Island Hopper 7 48 OCTOBER 01st Norfolk Explorer: Seal Cruise & Holkham Hall 5 26 03rd Castles, Halls & Garden of Northumbria 5 41 07th Laver Saver: Windsor Castle & Stonor 2 67 08th Torquay & Greenway: The English Riviera 8 16 15th Lovely Ludlow & Highlights of the Welsh Borders 5 30 22nd Heart of England Railway Journeys 5 32 23rd Cornish Highlights 5 13

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Laver Savers Air, Rail & Cruise

LOUGHBOROUGH 25 Swan Street | DERBY Unit 24BCD Eagle Centre Market | NOTTINGHAM 3-3a Mansfield Road BEESTON Skills Travel, 104 Chilwell Road | BULWELL Laver Holidays HQ, Belgrave Road *Calls to 08456665544 cost 3p plus your company’s acces charge. Terms & Conditions apply, please visit www.laverholidays.co.uk

Laver Holidays 2018 Summer Brochure