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GN Voyages

2017

Escorted Holidays

Rail • Air


GN Voyages

20 Years of Quality Travel - 1997 to 2017

Dear ‘voyager’ I am delighted to present you this unique selection of escorted

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Rail Travel with GN Voyages

Flight options and holidays by air also available

holidays by rail and air. From the The Riviera of Flowers to Maranello -

CHAMPAGNE CHECK-IN (ST PANCRAS ONLY )

home of Ferrari sport cars, we will take you to must see destinations

The grandeur of St Pancras’ famous Champagne Bar is the perfect place to begin your holiday with a glass of bubbly, or alternative non-alcoholic beverage - included in selected holidays in this brochure - see the itinerary.

and events rarely offered by other holiday companies. Did you notice GN Voyages on the front cover? This is a new addition to GN Holidays’ portfolio, introduced to distinguish our Escorted Holidays & Cruises from our UK holiday programme. This is purely a ‘cosmetic’ enhancement, any bookings you make will still be with GN Holidays and fully protected by our ABTA and ATOL bond. We’ve been in business since 1997, so you can rest assured our holidays come with plenty of experience and know how. We are passionate about what we do and we believe in quality, personal service and value for money. You’re in safe hands too, as all our holidays are fully bonded and protected against financial loss, so you can book with confidence that your money is safe. Not all holiday companies can provide this guarantee, but we are pleased to say that peace of mind is part of the package at GN Holidays with every aspect of your holiday managed by us - something you don’t get with D.I.Y travel. With our Rail Holidays the journey is as important as the final destination, an experience to satisfy your spirit of adventure, without challenging your survival skills. If you’re not content with just lazing

ST PANCRAS PRE & POST DEPARTURE HOTELS For your comfort and convenience we can arrange overnight hotels near St Pancras station before and after your holiday. Hotels range from 2 to 4 star. Please call for availability and prices.

EBBSFLEET DEPARTURES

EUROSTAR & EUROPEAN TRAINS

Selected departures can also be joined at Ebbsfleet (see itineraries). Note: Due to timetable restrictions, on some departures you may need to travel unescorted on Eurostar before joining the escorted main group in Lille, Paris or Brussels. The inbound Eurostar may also be unescorted. A supplement may also apply to these departures.

From London St Pancras, Eurostar takes as little as 1 hour 40 minutes to Lille and around 2 hours 15 minutes to Brussels and Paris. At these cities we connect with the European rail network including the TGV for southern France, Thalys & Intercity for northern Europe, and the Thello sleeper train for Italy. Plenty of time is allowed to ensure onward trains are boarded comfortably and at a relaxed pace, or an overnight stay en route may be included for your comfort and enjoyment. On board the Eurostar you will have a reserved, semi-reclining aircraftstyle seat. You’ll also find a buffet car serving hot & cold beverages and snacks. Sterling, Euros and cards accepted. You can eat and drink in the bar area (standing space only) or take your purchases back to your seat. You can also take your own food and drink on board. European trains are modern and comfortable with a range of facilities depending on route and destinations.

around the pool or hiding away for a quiet read this selection of holidays is definitely for you. Stunning scenery, history, culture, fun and lasting memories are the order of the day - albeit at a relaxed pace with all the organising and arrangements taken care of by us and your experienced Tour Manager. We look forward to welcoming you on board.

Perry Mahoney GN Holidays & GN Voyages Founder & Managing Director

Booking is easy - call. .

01895 83 33 33 and quote the holiday code We are open 09.00 to 17.30hrs Monday to Friday 09.30 to 12.30hrs Saturdays

More holiday details online. .

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All prices are per person and based on 2 persons sharing the included accommodation, single accommodation available for a supplement, and were correct at time of printing. All holidays are organised and operated by GN Holidays/GN Voyages, 3 Station Approach, Higher Denham, Uxbridge UB9 5EL, ABTA Y0291 & ATOL9362 protected.

ST PANCRAS DEPARTURES Departure times range from early morning to mid afternoon (see itinerary), with check-in closing at least 1 hour before the train departs - exact times confirmed to us 8 weeks before travel. Champagne check-in opens 2 hours before departure. Please bear this in mind when planning your journey to St Pancras.

TRAVEL & LUGGAGE There are no actual luggage weight restrictions imposed by the rail companies. However, for your comfort and convenience we recommend you limit your luggage to the following: ONE main suitcase/holdall with built in WHEELS weighing no more than 15 to 20kgs per person - Plus ONE small shoulder bag/holdall per person. Restricting the bulk of your luggage to manageable sizes will make the journey more enjoyable. You will need to move all your own bags on and off trains and between platforms and transfer vehicles. Our tour manager will be unable to provide physical assistance with luggage. On TGV trains, you may be allocated seats on the the upper floor, which means you would have to carry your bags upstairs. Many train stations and platforms are big and long, sometimes with stairs or escalators. Some stations have lifts, but using them can involve a longer walk, so be prepared for this when walking with your luggage.

LUGGAGE HANDLING (FROM ST PANCRAS ONLY ) On some holidays we offer optional, full, or partial, luggage handling on and off trains and through the stations (see itineraries). Maximum 23kg per bag, 1 bag per person.

IMPORTANT Please Help us to Help You In our experience, clients who discuss with us their concerns over mobility limitations and/or health issues (including visibility, hearing etc) when booking, are far more satisfied with the level of service we provide and enjoy a more relaxed and fun holiday, compared to those who attempt to cope without the benefit of our expert advice. We must stress that in our experience these holidays are not suitable for users of mobility scooters, wheelchairs or walking aids (frames, sticks, etc).

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Riviera of Flowers, Monaco & Portofino

BY RAIL OR AIR v20-09

SEMI-ALL-INCLUSIVE

Free Drinks

8 Days from £899pp

Portofino

DATES - PRICES - CODES This super holiday, taking in the French and Italian Rivieras, starts at St Pancras or Ebbsfleet where we board the Eurostar to Lille or Paris. From here we continue by TGV train to Nice for an overnight stay. Alternatively fly to Nice from UK airports. After time at leisure to enjoy this famous seaside town we travel by coach to the Italian Riviera. On the Riviera enjoy free drinks every night and visits to Monaco, Portofino & Dolceacqua. By train to Nice, Cote d Azur Our Tour Manager, with you throughout the holiday starting at St Pancras (Ebbsfleet departures also available), will escort you to the Eurostar departure gates where we check-in and pass through customs and security, ready to board the early morning train to Paris or Lille (around 2hrs 30mins journey time). On arrival we join the TGV train for our journey to Nice. On board the TGV settle in to your comfortable seat and relax as the French countryside rolls past the windows. The train has a buffet car where you can obtain drinks and refreshments as we continue south towards Nice. On arrival we transfer to our overnight hotel in or near Nice. No need to rush You will have reserved seats on all trains and all stations are at the start or end of the line (except Lille), allowing plenty of time for boarding and alighting. Itinerary: Day 1: UK to Nice Morning departure from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet by Eurostar to Lille or Paris, continuing by TGV train to Nice. Flight

options direct to Nice from UK regional airports below. On arrival transfer to our overnight hotel in or near Nice. Day 2: Nice - Diano Marina This morning we have free time in Nice, the capital of the French Riviera. Perhaps stroll along the famous Promenade des Anglais and explore the old town. Early afternoon we continue by private coach to Diano Marina (journey around 90 minutes). On arrival check-in to the hotel. Free time to relax and explore before dinner and free drinks this evening. Day 3: Diano Marina Free day to enjoy the resort. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel. Day 4: Monaco After breakfast join our included excursion to Monaco where you can enjoy the glitz, glamour and relaxed atmosphere of this tiny principality. Enjoy a coffee in the famous Café de Paris in Casino Square; marvel at the mega-yachts in Port Hercule from the harbourside, or from the water-taxi just 2 euros each way; discover rustic Monaco-Ville and the Royal Palace on the ‘Rock of Monaco’. Return to Diano Marina late afternoon. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel. Day 5: Diano Marina Today is free to explore on your own or your Tour Manager will be able to assist with local transport to nearby towns such as San Remo or Alassio. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel. Day 6: Portofino After an early breakfast we will travel by coach to Santa Margherita where we

join the ferry to Portofino. The approach to Portofino by boat is spectacular with coastal views not available by other transport. We return to the hotel late afternoon. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel. Day 7: Dolceacqua Today we have a half day excursion to Dolceacqua, a medieval village at the foot of the Rebuffao mountains. Here you can meander through the village streets and climb to the 12th century castle, or cross the single-arch bridge to the 15th century ‘new’ town. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel. Day 8: Diano Marina to UK After an early breakfast we depart the hotel by coach and return to Nice. On arrival we take a late morning train to Paris or Lille, continuing by Eurostar to Ebbsfleet and London St. Pancras. Or return to Nice Airport for the flight home.

2017 3 June

£999pp

FR6

27 September £999pp

FR9-2

16 October

FR10-2

£899pp

DEPOSIT: £150pp INCLUDED: • Escorted by rail and throughout abroad • Return Eurostar & TGV rail travel London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Nice. Flight options below. • 1 night hotel B&B in Nice • 6 nights sharing a twin/double room at Piccolo Hotel, Diano Marina with buffet breakfasts & dinners and free drinks 6pm to

Note: Order of excursions are subject to change depending on local conditions.

11pm every night - local brands of

Your hotel

beer, wine & spirits

Nice: 2/3-star hotel Piccolo Hotel - 3-star - Diano Marina Set in a quiet location within walking distance of the sea and centre of Diano Marina, the hotel has a panoramic terrace and restaurant and a comfortable bar. All bedrooms have ensuite facilities, telephone, and satellite TV. The restaurant offers a full buffet breakfast and dinner served at your table. There’s free drinks between 6pm and 11pm each night including local brands of beer, wine and spirits.

• Excursions as stated • All transfers abroad ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: • Single room supplement £140 • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS

Monaco

Edinburgh** / Liverpool / Gatwick / Luton / Heathrow

Diano Marina

The Piccolo Hotel - inset roof terrace view

Return flights are possible from these airports direct to Nice Airport. On arrival private transfer to the overnight hotel in Nice. Flights are subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person. Transfer time from Nice Airport to the hotel is approximately 30 minutes. **Edinburgh direct flights only available for the September and October departure dates other dates will be via London. Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

Call 01895 83 33 33 09.00 to 17.30hrs Monday to Friday - 09.30 to 12.30hrs Saturdays • Email: info@gnvoyages.co.uk

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Italian Riviera, Monaco, Portofino & Rapallo

BY RAIL OR AIR v04-10

Monaco

Portofino

SEMI-ALL-INCLUSIVE

Free Drinks All Excursions Included

7 Days from £859pp DATES - PRICES - CODES This super holiday, staying on Italy’s Ligurian coast in charming Diano Marina, includes excursions taking in Monaco, Portofino, Rapallo, Dolceacqua and San Remo, PLUS free drinks every night and delicious food at the popular Piccolo Hotel. And, you can choose rail or air travel. Liguria Italy’s Ligurian coast, also known as the Italian Riviera, in the country’s north west corner, is where the Apennines and Alps cascade into the Mediterranean sea. From the French border and San Remo in the west to Rapallo and Portofino to the east, this beautiful region has so much to offer. The peaceful resort of Diano Marina is the perfect base for exploring our carefully chosen highlights. . Dolceacqua & San Remo At the foot of the Rebuffao mountains, Dolceacqua is a medieval village where you can meander through the streets and climb to the 12th century castle, or cross the single-arch bridge to the 15th century ‘new’ town. The Mediterranean resort of San Remo, said to be the Monte Carlo of Italy due to its famous casino, is also known as the City of Flowers for its colourful summer blooms.

just 2 euros each way; discover rustic Monaco-Ville and the Royal Palace on the ‘Rock of Monaco’. Rapallo & Portofino Rapallo, known as the preferred residence of affluent Italians, has a vintage cable car up to the Santuario Basilica di Montallegro for stunning views over the area, a 16th Century castle and a lovely seafront promenade. From here we a take a ferry to famous Portofino, the small but perfectly kept village and yacht-filled harbour on its own Peninsula. Itinerary: Day 1: UK to Diano Marina Depart from your chosen airport, or choose an early morning departure from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet by Eurostar to Lille, continuing by TGV train - to Nice, just a short distance from the Italian border. On arrival in Nice board our private coach transfer to the Piccolo Hotel in Diano Marina. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel (subject to flight/train arrival time).

Enjoy the glitz, glamour and relaxed atmosphere of this tiny principality. Drink coffee in the famous Café de Paris in Casino Square; marvel at the megayachts in Port Hercule from the harbourside, or from the water-taxi Dolceacqua

After an early breakfast we will travel by coach to Rapallo where we join the ferry to Portofino. The approach to Portofino by boat is spectacular with coastal views not available by other transport. We return to the hotel late afternoon. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

IR4

8 May

£889pp

IR5

12 Sept

£925pp

IR9

DEPOSIT: £150pp

INCLUDED: • Escorted in Italy • Return flights - details below • OR Return Eurostar & TGV rail

Day 7: Diano Marina to UK We check out of the hotel and transfer to Nice for your flight or train home time subject to flight/train departures.

travel London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Nice • 6 nights sharing a twin/double

Note: Order of excursions are subject to change depending on local conditions.

room at Piccolo Hotel, Diano

Your hotel

Marina with buffet breakfasts &

Set in a quiet location within walking distance of the sea and centre of Diano Marina, the hotel has a panoramic terrace and restaurant and a comfortable bar. All bedrooms have ensuite facilities, telephone, and satellite TV. The restaurant offers a full buffet breakfast and dinner served at your table. There’s free drinks between 6pm and 11pm each night including local brands of beer, wine and spirits.

Today is free to explore on your own or

£859pp

Free day to enjoy the resort. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

After breakfast join our included excursion to Dolceacqua and San Remo. Return to Diano Marina late afternoon. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Day 4: Diano Marina

23 Apr

Day 6: Diano Marina

Piccolo Hotel - 3-star - Diano Marina

After breakfast join our included excursion to Monaco. Return to Diano Marina late afternoon. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

2017

Day 5: Portofino

Day 2: Dolceacqua & San Remo

Day 3: Monaco

Monaco

your Tour Manager will be able to assist with local transport to nearby towns such as Alassio or Finale Ligure. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Diano Marina

dinners and free drinks 6pm to 11pm every night - local brands of beer, wine & spirits • Excursions as stated • Transfers abroad ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: • Single room supplement £120

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS Gatwick / Heathrow / Liverpool / Bristol / Edinburgh • Flights are possible from these airports direct to Nice (some restrictions apply) • Flights are subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person. Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to The Piccolo Hotel - inset roof terrace view

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discuss your flight requirements.

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Puglia - ‘Trulli’ the Caribbean of Europe

BY RAIL OR AIR v14-06

The distinctive conical roofs of Trulli houses

Stay in a Trulli House

10 Days by Rail from £1399pp 8 Days by Air from £1149pp DATES - PRICES - CODES

Puglia, situated in the heel of Italy, has been described as the Caribbean of Europe due to its relaxed atmosphere, crystal clear blue sea and white sandy beaches. What separates this holiday from others is that we stay in traditional Trulli houses in Alberobello. With their distinctive conical roofs, white exterior and, of course, modern hotel comforts, this is a unique way to enjoy a true flavour of Puglia. From here we discover breath-taking scenery on included excursions taking-in Lecce, Matera, Martina France, Grotto di Castellano, Ostuni, Castel del Monte and Trani. Itinerary: Day 1: Rail - UK to Turin Check-in at St Pancras or Ebbsfleet for an early morning departure to Paris. In Paris we transfer to the Gare de Lyon station and join our TGV train to Turin where we spend our first night. Day 2: Rail – Turin to Alberobello Air – UK to Alberobello Morning transfer to the station where we join the fast train to Bari. Alternatively check in at Stansted Airport for the direct flight to Bari. On arrival we transfer by coach to Alberobello where we check into our traditional Trulli houses, our home for the next seven-nights. Dinner in the Trulli Village. Day 3: Alberobello Free day in Alberobello, so unique it has been designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The famous peasant houses constructed from the local limestone in a dry stone fashion with conical roofs, attract visitors eager to Alberobello

stroll around the narrow streets, visiting the myriad of shops, bars and restaurants looking for those wonderful photo opportunities. Dinner in the Trulli Village.

stands out due to its octagonal towers and shape. This afternoon we visit the fishing town of Trani. Dinner in the Trulli Village.

Day 4: Matera & Martina Franca We join our coach and travel to Matera, a UNESCO protected town. Originally a slum, sat on a ridge with deep canyons on either side, the town is made up of caves which have been beautifully constructed into homes and hotels. This afternoon we visit the historic centre of Martina Franca, a maze of tiny streets and white buildings. Martina Franca is a must see stop for all visitors to the region. Dinner in the Trulli Village.

Day 8: Alberobello Today is free in Alberobello, your tour manager will be on hand with ideas for further exploration. Dinner in the Trulli Village.

Day 5: Lecce Today we visit Lecce, known as the ‘Florence of the South’. Originally a baroque town sculpted out of the local sandstone, it is now a mixture of designer shops, quaint little bars and cafés and historic squares. Dinner in the Trulli Village. Day 6: Grotto di Castellano & Ostuni This morning we visit Grotto di Castellano the largest network of underground caves in Italy. We see impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations formed in the limestone. This afternoon we visit the historic town of Ostuni, seen as the crown of Puglia, based high on a hill top overlooking the region. Dinner in the Trulli Village. Day 7: Castel del Monte and Trani We join our coach and travel to the medieval Castel del Monte (Castle of the Mountain). Known for being an amazing piece of architecture for the period and

Day 9: Rail – Alberobello to Turin Air – Alberobello to UK This morning we join the coach and travel to Bari to check in for our return flight to Stansted or take the train to Turin arriving early evening. Here we check into our hotel and will have free time to obtain dinner. Day 10: Rail – Turin to UK Morning train from Turin to Paris Gare de Lyon Station and transfer to Gare du Nord station to take the Eurostar to London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet. Note: Order of excursions subject to change depending on local conditions. Your hotels Turin hotels: 2/3-star Trulli Houses - 3-star - Alberobello In the heart of the UNESCO protected town of Alberobello The Trulli Houses give the chance to stay in these unique historic buildings, carefully refurbished and furnished according to the tradition of the small and unique town, lying on the Valle d’Itria hills. With attention to comfort and refinement, all the en-suite rooms are nicely furnished and equipped with air-conditioning, TV and mini bar. The restaurant serves quality cuisine with flavours of the region.

Grotto di Castellano

2017 - By Rail 3 & 18 April 2 & 15 May 6 June 18 Sept 2 & 16 Oct

£1399 £1399 £1399 £1399 £1399

PG4 PG5 PG6-1 PG9-2 PG10

2017 - By Air 4 & 19 April 3 & 16 May 7 June 19 Sept 3 & 17 Oct

£1149 £1149 £1149 £1149 £1149

PA4 PA5 PA6-1 PA9-2 PA10

DEPOSIT: £200pp

INCLUDED: • Escorted throughout • Return rail travel from London St Pancras (Ebbsfleet on request) or return flight with luggage to Bari - Supp’t may apply - see flight options below • 1 night hotel B&B sharing a twin/double room in Turin outbound & return if travelling by rail • 7 nights half-board sharing a twin/double room in a Trulli House in Alberobello • Excursions as stated • All transfers abroad ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: • Single room supp’t £20 per person per night • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS. Stansted - Bari

Castel del Monte

• Return flights are possible with Ryanair direct to Bari Airport. On arrival transfer to Alberobello. • Flights are subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person. • Transfer time from Bari Airport to Alberobello is approximately 60 minutes. Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

Call 01895 83 33 33 09.00 to 17.30hrs Monday to Friday - 09.30 to 12.30hrs Saturdays • Email: info@gnvoyages.co.uk

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Viareggio Carnival & Taste of Tuscany

BY AIR v20-09

Viareggio Carnival

SEMI-ALL-INCLUSIVE

Free Drinks

8 Days £899pp

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

DATES - PRICES - CODES

This super holiday takes in the Italian

sit in one of the famous Piazzas. In the early

Day 6: Siena

Riviera’s premier Carnival at Viareggio

afternoon we travel to a local farm for a

We travel by coach to the UNESCO World

undoubtedly the most popular event of its

wine tasting sampling some of the famous

Heritage medieval city of Siena. We will

kind in Tuscany with events throughout

wines of the region. Dinner and free drinks

have a guided tour to include the Piazza Il

the whole month of February. As well as

at the hotel.

Campo famous for its annual horse race

enjoying the Carnival on its final weekend, this spectacular holiday includes visits to the highlights of Tuscany, including Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Lucca and the jewel in the crown, Florence. With seven nights in the popular resort of Lido di Camaiore, free drinks each evening, a wine tasting and tickets to the carnival, this an

Day 3: Florence

held in the square, followed by time to

Today we travel by coach to Florence

enjoy this stunning city at your own pace.

where you will have a walking tour of the

We return to the hotel in time for dinner

main sights of the city. You will then be free

and free drinks.

to explore the city on your own and visit

Day 7: Lido di Camaiore

some of the remarkable Museums and

Today is free in the resort, there will be the

Palaces. We return to the hotel in time for

opportunity to walk to Viareggio for the

Viareggio Carnival is a tradition that began in 1873, when the rich burghers decided to masquerade as a protest against high taxes. The Carnival today is a must for those who love these great paper constructions that take inspiration both from reality and fantasy. It is now so

closing day of the Carnival (entrance extra).

Day 4: San Gimignano

Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Travel by coach to San Gimignano a

Day 8: Lido di Camaiore - Pisa to London

important that a whole district of the city is dedicated to the construction of the parade floats.

UNESCO World Heritage site and an

Depart the hotel after an early breakfast travel to Pisa, where, flight time permitting,

its position on a trade route. Known as the

we have time in Pisa before transferring to

‘Town of Fine Towers’ due to its resident

the airport for your return flight to the UK.

families each building one bigger and and wealth, 14 of the 72 towers still

Tour IC2

DEPOSIT: £200pp

INCLUDED:

• Return flights with luggage to Pisa from a choice of UK airports - supp’t

• 7 nights sharing a twin/double room at the Hotel Smeraldo with buffet breakfasts & dinners and free drinks 6pm

Note: Order of excusions subject to change.

to 10pm every night - local brands of

remain! With winding streets and hilltop

Your hotel

location it is a like stepping back in time.

Hotel Smeraldo - 3-star – Lido di Camaiore

Itinerary

Returning to the hotel in time for dinner

Set in a quiet location 50 metres from the

Day 1: UK to Lido di Camaiore

and free drinks.

sea promenade and in the centre of Lido di

Join at your chosen airport for the flight to

Day 5: Viareggio Carnival

Camaiore, the hotel has a garden and

Pisa – flight duration around 2 hours. On

Depart the hotel in the morning and walk

restaurant and a comfortable bar. All

arrival transfer to the Hotel Smeraldo in

along the promenade to Viareggio. You will

bedrooms

have

en-suite

facilities,

Lido di Camaiore (approx. 40 minutes).

have some free time before entry into the

telephone, air conditioning and satellite TV.

Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Parade Circuit (standing entry included).

The restaurant offers a full buffet breakfast,

Evening is free to explore on your own.

Optional seated viewing can be pre-

tea and coffee and dinner served at your

Day 2: Lucca

booked for a supplement of £20pp (must

table. There’s a free bar with local brands

Today we visit the nearby Renaissance city

be booked at least 4 weeks before the

between 6pm and 10pm each night. Along

of Lucca with time to enjoy wandering

holiday). Return to the hotel for dinner and

the promenade you will find many bars,

around the enchanted cobbled streets or

free selected drinks.

cafés and shops.

Pisa

£899pp

may apply -see below

important town in the middle ages due to

better than the others as a sign of power

22 February

• Escorted throughout abroad

dinner and free drinks.

unmissable holiday.

2017

beer, wine & spirits • Excursions as stated • Wine tasting • Entrance to Viareggio Carnival Parade on 26th February. • All transfers abroad ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: • Single room supplement - £105

Siena

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS Gatwick, Luton & Manchester. • Flights are possible from these airports. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supplement. • Flight time around 2 hrs each way

Viareggio Carnival

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• Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person - weight & size of each subject to airline restrictions. • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

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Madeira Carnival

BY AIR v20.09

Semi All-Inclusive

Funchal

The The Madeira Madeira Carnival Carnival Madeira - The island of Madeira is lapped by the waters of the Gulf Stream. Blessed with warm summers and mild winters it makes it an enchanting holiday destination all year round. When you arrive in Madeira, take a good look around. The pleasant soothing colours invade the senses with the different shades of green set against an azure sea – the hallmark of the subtropics. Funchal – Europe’s most picturesque and cleanest capital. It is a modern, cosmopolitan city, well known for its many top class restaurants, stunning new 4 & 5 star hotels and of course its most famous export, world class footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. In short, it is now known for its style as well as its substance. The city itself is nestled in a great natural amphitheatre, facing the blue Atlantic with a backdrop of dramatic mountains. Located in the stunning south of Madeira, on its sunniest coast amidst banana plantations and wonderful gardens where flowers bloom all year round in the shelter of the verdant mountains, it is an extremely lush, green and relaxed city by day but scratch Funchal’s surface and you will find it to have a vibrant and varied nightlife scene with multiple personalities. Carnival The Carnival of Madeira is an annual festival held forty days before Easter ending on Shrove Tuesday (known locally as Fat Tuesday or Terca-feira Gorda in Portugese) the day before Ash Wednesday or first day of Lent. One of the first major festivals of the year on the island, The Madeira carnival is known as one of the best in Europe. Traditionally there are two main parades which are very different from each other. The allegoric parade, which always takes place on Saturday, is the more sophisticated of the two. Numerous Samba groups with thousands of particpants in magnificent and colourful costumes dance to electrifying Samba music through the streets of the capital Funchal, spreading an ambience evoking that of the Rio Carnival. The second parade, called trapalhao, is older and used to occur all over the island, now it floods the streets of the city centre with thrilling joy on Terca-feira Gorda, ending the

carnival period. Anybody can take part in this parade and the - sometimes quite daring costumes and depicted caricatures are left to the participants’ own imagination. ITINERARY: Day 1: Check in at your selected airport for the flight to Funchal. Transfer to the hotel Raga included. Day 2: Morning free. Half-day afternoon tour including the Quinta das Cruzes museum of ancient buildings, orchids, porcelain, furniture and silverware or the Frederico de Freitas museum created by a lawyer and art collector. Visit the Santa Clara Convent and finish the tour at the church of the Colegio. Day 3: Morning half-day tour to the centre of the island. Travel to Pico dos Barcelos, west of the capital for amazing views then stop at Eira do Serrado, a look out point on a crater in the `village of the nuns’ Curral des Freiras. Continue to Monte to see the grave of Charles I of Austria. If you fancy you can descend a 1.5 km track by toboggan. Day 4: Allegoric carnival day. Transfer into Funchal and take your seats (included) to watch the colourful procession. Day 5: Free day Day 6: Full day excursion with lunch. Visit Camara da Lobos where Winston Churchill painted, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Madalena do Mar, Loreto and the plateau of Paul da Serra protected by UNESCO. Travel to Porto Moniz with it’s lava pools and enjoy lunch by the sea at Sao Vicente. Retun via the Encumeada Pass and the Serra d’Agua valley, a World Heritage Site. Day 7: It’s Trapalhao carnival day. Day 8: Transfer to Funchal airport and check in for your flight back to your selected airport. Hotel Raga – 4 Star Idyllically situated on the hillside in the heart of Funchal’s renowned Lido area and commanding spectacular views of the surroundings from its high vantage point, the 4-star Hotel Raga is the perfect destination for a comfortable and relaxing holiday in the magical island of Madeira.

Lying a short distance away from the city centre, the hotel has easy access to the popular Lido swimming pools and sea and is surrounded by the selection of shops, restaurants, cafés and bars that abound in this lively area. The nearby coastal Lido promenade, lined with a colourful array of typical Madeira flowers, also provides plenty of opportunity for picturesque strolls along the sea front. The hotel provides all the comfort and wellbeing of a newly refurbished hotel that has earned a solid reputation for welcoming visitors to the island. All of its rooms have balconies, some offering breathtaking views of the sea, while its broad range of facilities promises to make your stay a pleasant one. A dip in the swimming pool, a refreshing drink by the pool or a quick work-out in the fitness centre before heading out to explore the rest of Madeira are just some of the enticements on offer. A new outdoor swimming pool that is heated in winter overlooks the sea and the surrounding Lido attractions and offers a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the views and sun without having to venture out too far. Drinks, light meals and snacks are available from the swimming pool bar.

8 Days from £849pp DATES - CODES

2017 February 22

Tour MC2

DEPOSIT: £200pp INCLUDED:

• Return flights with luggage to Funchal - supp’t may apply - see below • Return airport to hotel transfers • 7 night’s sharing a land view room • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners from the buffet, plus afternoon coffee and cake • Drinks included with lunch and dinner - aperitifs, local wine, beer, soft drinks and local spirits

Sea View Room The hotel’s enviable hillside location ensures that its sea view rooms offer fabulous views of the Atlantic ocean and the Lido promenade. All the rooms have balconies furnished with two chairs and a table. To add to your comfort, all these rooms are equipped with a flat screen satellite TV, air conditioning, a direct dial telephone, a mini bar, a safe, a sofa and a desk and chair. The bathroom includes a bath, shower and hair dryer. Land View Room The land view rooms look out over the landscape on the hill behind the hotel and have balconies equipped with a table and two chairs. The comfortable, modern decoration is complemented by a flat screen satellite TV, air conditioning, a direct dial telephone, a mini bar, a safe, a sofa and a desk and chair. All the land view rooms have doubleglazed balcony doors and a bathroom with a bath, shower and hair dryer.

• Live entertainment 3 times per week (subject to change) • Use of the hotel gym and outdoor heated pool • Porterage • Excursions as stated including seating for Madeira Carnival OPTIONS: • Single room supplement £150pp • Sea view supplement £70pp

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS Bristol / Gatwick

Hotel Pool

Hotel Bedroom

Hotel Terrace

• Return flights are possible from these airports direct to Madeira. On arrival transfer to the hotel. • Flights are subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person. • Transfer time from Funchal Airport to the hotel is approximately 25 minutes. Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

Call 01895 83 33 33 09.00 to 17.30hrs Monday to Friday - 09.30 to 12.30hrs Saturdays • Email: info@gnvoyages.co.uk

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Ferrari & LamborghiniDream in Maranello The Monaco Yacht Show Live and the French & Italian Rivieras

BY RAIL OR BY AIR AIR v 15 Mar v22-06

Championship Monaco Yacht Showwinning cars are everywhere

Historic Ferraris feature prominently in the museum

SEMI-ALL-INCLUSIVE

Monaco Palace

Free Drinks Champagne check-in

£1099£pp 47 Days from 549pp DATES - CODES DATES - PRICES - CODES

TheCome Monaco show is the most by Museum EurostarInaugurated to Lille in or at the footand Lamborghini 2001,Dolceacqua, with Yacht us to Maranello, Motor Valley,departure There area medieval a numbervillage of local bars September 26,2017 2016- Tour FL3 MY9 Rebuffao mountains. you can 10 March - £549pp the Lamborghini Museum reviews all theof the hidden deep in the Emilia Romagna anticipated in the Yachting calendar,region the ofParis.Transfer restaurants to obtain lunch Here and refreshments. to our overnight hotel. This meander through the village streets and important milestones reached by the House Northern Italy and home to legendary Ferrari. During the course of the day you will be given DEPOSIT: most prestigious event of its type with over evening you are free to explore the city 20 Oct£150pp 2017 - Tour FL10-2 - £549pp climb to the 12th century castle, or cross of the Raging Bull, with a foray into the past A must for all car enthusiasts. timed slot for your guided bus tour. This is a 500 companies exhibiting every year. Held and savour one of the many good theasingle-arch bridge to the 15th century DEPOSIT: £150pp FerrariHercules have had ainpresence in Maranelloof since that has a strong emotional impact on fans of‘new’ fabulous insight and into wine the world Ferrari town. Dinner at the of hotel. in Port the Principality INCLUDED: restaurants in the centre. Alternatively fly 1943. Here, in the historical factory in Via luxury super sports cars. The Murciélago wasDaytaking 7: To London in the Fiorano test-track proving INCLUDED: Monaco you can wander round 120 one off from first masterpiece in this a choice of UK airportsdisplayed to Nice where Abetone, Enzo Ferrari designed and built all the • Escorted throughout if travelling by Depart the and hotelViale after breakfast the grounds Enzo Ferrari, for an avenue superyachts, talk to the designers, builders in Italy’s Motorhotel Valley.for At its • Escorted throughout abroad his road and racing cars. Enzo’s passion, foryouinspiring will be location transfered to your drive to Nice Station. We board the TGV runs through the cluster of tonew Eurostar side gallops a broad collection that includesLillewhich andthe manufacturers, the unveiling ultimate drivingsee experience lives onofhere,overnight or Paris where we transfer to Eurostar (you will meet your tour • 3 nights B&B sharing a twin/double production and other buildings including the newlong Yachts by Prince • Champagne Check-in at London St afterfor his2017. death.Supported Today, GT and Formula 1 the Miura S and its iconic “eyelashes”, the 350for the return to St. Pancras (Ebbsfleet on manager inCountach day twoS,for the transfer to San the F1 wind tunnel which make up the Ferrari GT, the the Jalpa, the Espada, request). 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Maranello including The Ferrari Museum, Depart hotelhelp to join an early-morning and the photos provide visitors with aevents/excursions may since be 1972, subject to the competition car testing and to Test Track, the Monument to the The Enzo Ferrari Museum ThisFiorano super holiday, taking in the French • Escorted return Eurostar & TGVPLUS rail complete overview of the history of thischange. Ferrari Factory where the Prancing Horse cars Prancing Horse, The Gilles VilleneuveTGV to Nice. On arrival we meet our coach automotive saga, which is continuing in the and Italian Rivieras, starts with a glass of guided bus tour inside the Fiorino testtravel London and St Pancras drive to or San Ebbsfleet Remo and check-in at the Memorial and the Monument to Enzo Ferrari. are built. Please note you cannot leave the slipstream of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s firstYour hotels Bubbly Pancras’ Champagne We at willSt also visitfamous the Enzo Ferrari andHotel. Dinner with wine at the hotel. trackOr proving grounds and Viale Enzo bus during the tour and the taking of to Nice return flights with luggage visionary idea. 4-star - Hotel Paradiso, San Remo Bar Lamborghini (from Ebbsfleet on inrequest) Museums Modena. before photographs and videos is forbidden. Dinner Ferrari and The Lamborghini Museum DayDay 3: Monaco Yacht Show 1: London to Maranello see below. The Hotel Paradiso, is set in a quiet area of boarding the Eurostar Lille or Paris. After The Ferrari Museumtobrings together models, is included at the hotel this evening. San Remo within easy walking distance of Fly from London to Bologna. On arrival we • Return Easyjet Gatwick an overnight stay, weand continue by TGV images, trophys cars that havetrain helpedToday we travel by coach to Monaco where • 1 night hotel B&B inflights Paris London or Lille (train) 4: Maranello to London center of the town. It has its own central Bologna (March visit flighttheDay makeand Ferrari one of coach the most brands inyouhead can into enjoy the architecture, including private beach, bar and restaurant. All to Nice onward to iconic the Italian to Bologna - hand luggage included (air) outbound permitting) where there will be free We check-out of our hotel after breakfast and or Nice the The world. The amazing of Victoriesthe schedule Casino and the Royal Palace and rooms are en-suite and have private Riviera. holiday includes Hall an excursion time to explore and get lunch before we see below drive back to Bologna where we will join our • 5 nights sharing a twin/double room in celebrates the most recent successes of the to Monaco with a €150 per person day marvel at the prices in the designer shops balconies, air-conditioning, satellite TV and return flight theofUK. Scuderia through an overview of World transfer to our hotel (approx 45 mins). Therehairdryers. Full back details the hotels can be 4-star Paradiso in San Remo with • AllHotel transfers abroad ticket to the Monaco Yacht show, visits to andwill be free time to settle in before evening boutiques.before visiting theanYacht Champions from 1999 to 2008, together with found on our website. Hotel: Maranello Village - 4-star transfer Maranello there buffet & dinners and 1/4 Cannes and a 5drivers’ night stay withinto a central full day ticket where to the NOTbreakfasts INCLUDED: over and 110 Dolceaqua, trophies and the originalShow Paris and Nice: 2-3 star hotel. are a number of restaurants where you can The Maranello Village is a new complex ideal in ahelmets. 4-star hotel in the glamorous Italian exhibition. bottle of house wine with dinner Dinner with wine at the hotel. get dinner.

resort San Remo, TheofEnzo Ferraria charming Museum seaside features a DayDay 4: San Remo 2: Modena multimedia of Monte pictures,Carlo unpublished resort, known display as Italy’s and Weday depart hotel breakfast head to the enjoy theafter area aroundand the precious mementoes of Enzo.Free the films ‘City ofand Flowers’ . It boast stunning views for Dinner Modena. Today weatwill visit Lamborghini Ferrari’s life as a man, driver and car-makerhotel. with wine the hotel. on all sides, a large selection of bars, cafes

throughout the 20th century - it’s an and the Enzo Ferrari Museum. We will return Dayto5:Maranello Cannes mid-to-late afternoon. There will emotional and exciting journey. town know for its splendor and Grandeur Today be an evening transfer we travel by coachto/tofrom the Maranello stunning for No trip to Maranello would be complete anyone wanting to eat out. an ideal location this festivebeauties holiday.out for acoastal town of Cannes, famous for its glitz without takingfor one of these 3: Maranello spin. Test drives are possible and there are aandDay glamour. We return to the hotel late Itinerary whole host of models to choose from, from Depart the hotel after breakfast and transfer afternoon. Dinner with wine at the hotel. Daythe 1: modern EurostarCalifornia to Lille or to Paris the 550 Maranello - the short distance (approx 10 minutes) by Day 6: Dolceacqua ranked ascheck-in one of at theStmost beautiful to the Ferrari Museum. There will be Champagne Pancras beforeand coach technologically-advanced models ever plenty of time explore the to exhibits at or check in at Ebbsfleet for an afternoon Today we have a halftoday excursion created. leisure. You can come and go as you please.

and shops, it has it’s own casino and is a

Enzo Ferrari Museum, Modena

Cannes

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San Remo

Monument to the Prancing Horse

• Ferrari Test Drive - prices of drives and for Ferrari enthusiasts. It is defined by Hotel Paradiso Euro per person ticketwill for be thesent to exclusive features like the intense red colour • €150details of how to book of its buildings and the paintings on its Monaco Yacht Show you a couple of weeks prior to facades depicting historical races won by • Excursions as stated departure Ferrari.

abroad Rooms are all en-suite and furnished in the • All•transfers Single room supplement £50 per night Ferrari style. Exclusive photos of Ferrari’s ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: winning races and factory areas adorn the • Single room supplement at £135pp corridors and public areas. Easyjet Flight Information The complex has a self-service restaurant - • Pre/post departure overnight hotel

MarchStflight schedule aptly named the Pit Lane, an official Ferrari near London Pancras - 2 to 4not star yet released ‐ mes TBC shop and a bar called Stop & Go. options - call for availability and prices • Allocated seang included ‐ Easyjet

Lamborghini Museum, Modena

now allocate seats, but this does not FLIGHT INFORMATION &O PTIONS

guarantee seats together ‐ for this you

Edinburgh / Liverpool / Gatwick / may choose seats at me of booking Luton / Heathrow from £6pp

Return possible from no these • 1flights item ofare carry on luggage, bigger airports direct Nice Airport. Onwheels, arrival is than 50 xto40 x 20cm incl private transferHold to theluggage overnight in included. canhotel be added Nice.at Flights to availability meare of subject booking. Please askatfor time of booking and a supplement may details. apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 • Flights subject to availability at me checked in bag per person. Transfer time booking ‐ supplement from ofNice Airport to the may hotelapply. is • Flight mes subject .to change by the approximately 30 minutes airline. Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

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Monte Carlo ATP Masters Tennis, Cannes & The Italian Riviera

by RAIL or AIR v20-06

Cannes

SEMI-ALL-INCLUSIVE

Free Drinks

8 Days from £1049pp

Monte Carlo Country Club

DATES - CODES Join us to see the world’s top tennis players in Monaco at one of the world’s most stunning sporting venues - Monte Carlo Country Club, which hosts the ATP Rolex Masters tournament on open air clay courts by the Mediterranean sea. We stay in a super 4-star hotel, with free drinks every night, on the Italian Riviera near Monaco. The holiday includes tennis tickets for the opening rounds, with the opportunity to view the finals, plus visits to Cannes and Monaco. Travel is by rail from St Pancras and Ebbsfleet, or by air from regional airports.

Itinerary:

the hotel at close of play – exact time subject to run of play.

2017

Day 7: Bordighera

17 April

DEPOSIT: £200pp

Free day to enjoy the resort and nearby towns. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Free day to enjoy the resort and nearby towns or you can travel by train/taxi (payable locally) to Monaco to watch the tennis finals - tickets can be booked on request, subject to availability and payable on booking - early booking essential. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel (for tennis final attendees dinner availability subject to run of play and return time).

By train to Nice, Cote d Azur

Day 3: Monte Carlo Masters

Day 8: Bordighera to UK

Our Tour Manager, with you throughout the holiday starting at St Pancras (Ebbsfleet departures also available), will escort you to the Eurostar departure gates where we check-in and pass through customs and security, ready to board the early morning train to Paris or Lille (around 2hrs 30mins journey time). On arrival we join the TGV train for our journey to Nice. On board the TGV settle in to your comfortable seat and relax as the French countryside rolls past the windows. The train has a buffet car where you can obtain drinks and refreshments as we continue south towards Nice. On arrival in Nice we transfer by coach to our hotel in Bordighera on the Italian Riviera (approximately 50 minutes)

We travel by coach to Monte Carlo and take our seats in this stunning location for a day of tennis. Return to the hotel at close of play – exact time subject to run of play. Free drinks at the hotel. Dinner can be obtained at a local restaurant. Day 4: Cannes

After an early breakfast we depart the hotel by coach and return to Nice. On arrival we take a late morning train to Paris or Lille, continuing by Eurostar to London St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet; or continue to Nice Airport for the return flight.

• 7nights sharing a twin or double

Today we travel by coach to the French Riviera town of Cannes, famous for its glitz and glamour. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

Note: Order of excursions subject to change depending on local conditions.

• Free drinks at the hotel 6pm to

No need to rush You will have reserved seats on all trains and all stations are at the start or end of the line (except Lille), allowing plenty of time for boarding and alighting.

Day 1: UK to Bordighera Morning departure from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet by Eurostar to Lille or Paris, continuing by TGV train to Nice. Flight options direct to Nice from UK regional airports below. On arrival join our coach and transfer to our hotel in Bordighera. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel. Day 2: Bordighera

Day 5: Bordighera Free day to enjoy the resort and nearby towns. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel. Day 6: Monaco Today we return to Monaco with free time to explore, or to watch the tennis semi-finals - tickets can be booked on request, subject to availability and payable on booking - early booking essential. Return to the hotel late afternoon. Free drinks at the hotel. Dinner can be obtained at a local restaurant. Tennis attendees transfer to

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INCLUDED: • Escorted by rail and throughout abroad • Return rail travel London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Nice. Flight options below.

bedded room at the 4-star Parigi Hotel, Bordighera • 7 buffet breakfasts & 5 dinners

11pm every night - local brands of

Your hotel 4-star - Hotel Parigi, Bordighera Run by the Sattanino family, the Hotel Parigi, famous since the early 1900s as the choice of royalty, offers a rich variety of services introduced over the years to satisfy evolving holiday tastes. Bordighera is a charming seaside resort with a good selection of bars, cafés and shops. With stunning views on all sides, on a clear day you can see Monte Carlo. The hotel is situated on the seafront and offers a wellness centre, private beach, bar and restaurant. All rooms are en-suite and have private balcony, airconditioning, satellite TV and hairdryer.

beer, wine & spirits • Excursions as stated • All transfers abroad ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: • Single room supplement £120 • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS

The Rock of Monaco

Edinburgh / Liverpool / Gatwick / Luton / Heathrow

Monte Carlo Masters

The Parigi Hotel

• Return flights are possible from these airports direct to Nice Airport. On arrival private transfer to the hotel. • Flights are subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person. • Transfer time from Nice Airport to the hotel is approximately 50 minutes. Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

Call 01895 83 33 33 09.00 to 17.30hrs Monday to Friday - 09.30 to 12.30hrs Saturdays • Email: info@gnvoyages.co.uk

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Madeira Flower Festival and The Wall of Hope

BY AIR v10-08

Semi All-Inclusive

The Madeira Flower Festival

Funchal

8 Days from £1099pp DATES - CODES

Madeira - The island of Madeira is lapped by the waters of the Gulf Stream. Blessed with warm summers and mild winters it is an enchanting holiday destination all year round. When you arrive in Madeira take a good look around, the pleasant soothing colours invade the senses with the different shades of green set against an azure sea – the hallmark of the subtropics. Funchal, known as Europe’s most picturesque and cleanest capital, is a modern, cosmopolitan city, renowned for its many top class restaurants, stunning new 4 and 5-star hotels and of course its most famous export, world-class footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. In short, it is now known for its style as well as its substance. The city itself is nestled in a great natural amphitheatre, facing the blue Atlantic with a backdrop of dramatic mountains. Located in the stunning south of Madeira, on its sunniest coast amidst banana plantations and wonderful gardens where flowers bloom all year round in the shelter of the verdant mountains, it is an extremely lush, green and relaxed city. Madeira Flower Festival Floral species originating in many parts of the world bloom in Madeira. The island’s special climatic conditions allow species from both tropical and cold regions to flourish. In Madeira, Springtime is honoured like a Queen being crowned with the Flower Festival held every year after Easter. The festivities begin on Saturday with the building of the The Wall of Hope. This initiative, held since 1979, on an appeal to the world for peace, involves over a thousand children who go from Avenida Arriaga to Praça do Municipio to place one flower each on a wall to symbolise hope. The next day dozens of floats decorated with the island’s most typical flowers leave the scent of gentle but ephemeral perfumes in the air - it is time for the Flower Parade. At the same time, to mark the occasion, Madeiran artists devote their time to building unforgettable floral carpets.

Itinerary: Day 1: Check in at your selected airport for the flight to Funchal. Transfer to the hotel Raga. Day 2: Morning free. Half-day afternoon tour of historic Funchal including the Quinta das Cruzes museum of ancient buildings, orchids, porcelain, furniture and silverware, or the Frederico de Freitas museum created by a lawyer and art collector. Visit the Santa Clara Convent and finish the tour at the church of the Colegio. Day 3: Morning free. Afternoon half-day tour to the centre of the island. Travel to Pico dos Barcelos, west of the capital for amazing views then stop at Eira do Serrado, a look out point on a crater in the `village of the nuns’ Curral des Freiras. Continue to Monte to see the grave of Charles I of Austria. If you fancy you can descend a 1.5 km track by toboggan. Day 4: This morning we visit the Madeira Botanical Gardens, Preggetter’s Orchid Farm and take a cable car ride with views out to sea. Day 5 Free day at leisure. Day 6: Full day excursion to Western Madeira with lunch. Visit the church in Ribeira Brava, a banana plantation in Madalena do Mar, and enjoy lunch and drinks (included) by the sea at Sao Vicente. This afternoon we will watch the moving Wall of Hope Ceremony. Day 7: Morning Free. This afternoon we transfer into Funchal and take our grandstand seats (included) to watch The Flower Festival Float Parade. This event is known for the magnificence and splendour of the floats and costumes of the hundreds of participants, mostly children, richly adorned with numerous, varied and magnificent floral displays parading to the sound of festive musical themes. Day 8: Transfer to Funchal airport and check in for your flight back to the UK.

Your Hotel Hotel Raga – 4 Star Idyllically situated on the hillside in the heart of Funchal’s renowned Lido area and commanding spectacular views of the surroundings from its high vantage point, the 4-star Hotel Raga is the perfect destination for a comfortable and relaxing holiday in the magical island of Madeira. Lying a short distance away from the city centre, the hotel has easy access to the popular Lido swimming pools and sea and is surrounded by a selection of shops, restaurants, cafés and bars. The nearby coastal Lido promenade, lined with a colourful array of typical Madeira flowers, provides plenty of opportunity for picturesque strolls along the seafront. The hotel provides all the comfort and wellbeing of a newly refurbished hotel that has earned a solid reputation for welcoming visitors to the island. All of its rooms have balconies, some offering breathtaking views of the sea, while its broad range of facilities promises to make your stay a pleasant one. A dip in the swimming pool, a refreshing drink by the pool or a quick work-out in the fitness centre before heading out to explore the rest of Madeira are just some of the enticements on offer. A new outdoor swimming pool overlooks the sea and the surrounding Lido attractions and offers a wonderful opportunity to appreciate the views and sun without having to venture out too far. Drinks, light meals and snacks are available from the swimming pool bar. Land View Rooms look out over the hill behind the hotel and have a balcony equipped with a table and two chairs. The comfortable, modern decor is complemented by a flat screen satellite TV, air conditioning, a telephone, mini bar, safe, sofa a desk and chair. Bathrooms are en-suite with a bath, shower and hairdryer. Sea View Rooms The hotel’s enviable hillside location ensures that its sea view rooms offer fabulous views of the Atlantic ocean and the Lido promenade.

2017 May 01

Tour FM5

DEPOSIT: £200pp INCLUDED:

• Return flights to Funchal with hold luggage - supp’t may apply - see options below • Return airport to hotel transfers • 7 night’s sharing a land view room • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 7 dinners from the buffet, plus afternoon coffee and cake • Drinks included with lunch and dinner - aperitifs, local wine, beer, soft drinks and local spirits • Live entertainment 3 times per week (subject to change) • Use of the hotel gym and outdoor heated pool • Porterage • Excursions as stated including Grandstand seating for the Flower Parade ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: • Single room supplement £150pp • Sea view room supplement £70pp

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS Birmingham/Bristol/ East Midlands/ Gatwick/Glasgow/Leeds/Luton/ Manchester/Newcastle

Hotel Pool

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Hotel Bedroom

Hotel Terrace

• Return flights are possible from these airports direct to Madeira. On arrival transfer to the hotel. • Flights are subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person. • Transfer time from Funchal Airport to the hotel is approximately 25 minutes. Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

www.gnvoyages.co.uk


4-Star Slovenia & Croatia Coast & Country Explorer

by Air v05-08

Half Board

Piran

9 Days from £1149pp

Lake Bled

Join us on a super, 2-centre, escorted holiday taking-in the delights of Slovenia and Croatia. Bordered by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia, Slovenia has a little of each in its character and landscapes. Experience the delights of the capital, Ljubljana, the stunning beauty of lakes Bled and Bohinj, and the pretty seaside town of Piran. On Croatia’s Istrian peninsula we stay in charming Porec, visit historic Pula and cruise to Rovinj, widely regarded as Croatia’s most picturesque town, and to the Lim Fjord, described by Lonely Planet as the most dramatic sight in Istria, and filming location of the 1958 film The Vikings. We also visit Opatija, once the playground of the Austro-Hungarian aristocracy, and one of Croatia’s finest coastal resorts. The journey between the coast and Bled includes a ride on the Bohinj Railway, one of the great European railway journeys. The Bohinj Railway winds its way from Lake Bled through the Julian Alps passing through gorges and ravines, alongside the Sava Bohinjka River, before entering the 6,339-metre Bohinj tunnel. The train emerges in the Soca Valley alongside the stunning turquoise water of the Soca River and crosses the world’s longest all masonry Solkan Bridge en-route to Nova Gorica on the Italian border. Built by the AustroHungarian empire to connect Vienna with the Adriatic Sea, the railway’s construction was likened to the feat of building the Suez Canal when it opened in 1906. Itinerary: Day 1: UK to Lake Bled Join at your chosen airport for the flight to Venice. Transfer to the Hotel Park in Bled. Dinner at the hotel. Day 2: Bled & Lake Bohinj This morning we visit Bled island by traditional Pletna boat. Afterwards we

travel to Lake Bohinj where it may be possible to take the cable car up to the summit of Mount Vogel (payable locally). In the afternoon we visit Bled castle, perched on a rocky cragg high above the lake, where you will be enchanted by the dramatic views of the lake and Triglav Mountains. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 3: Ljubljana

Today we travel by coach to Ljubljana Slovenia’s dynamic capital city, which has retained a relaxed small-town atmosphere. This picturesque and very vibrant city is full of surprises. Return to Bled mid-afternoon. Dinner in the hotel. This evening you may like to go to the Castle Rock to watch the laser show. Day 4: Bohinj Railway This morning we check out of the hotel, transfer by coach to Bled Station and embark on a wonderful 90 minute journey south through the Julian Alps and alongside the stunning blue waters of the Soca River Valley, before arriving at the Italian border town of Nova Gorica. Rejoin the coach here for the 70 minute drive to Piran on Slovenia’s coast. Free time to explore and obtain lunch before continuing to Poreč where we check into our 4-star hotel. Dinner in the hotel. Day 5: Poreč This morning we have a short walking tour of Poreč, one of the gems of the Adriatic coast, with beautiful beaches and a stunning historical town with a UNESCO world heritage basilica. The rest of the day will be at leisure. Dinner in the hotel. Day 6: Pula This morning we go by coach to the historical town of Pula, known for its wealth of Roman architecture as well as its vibrant atmosphere. Although a city, it has a small town appeal and a promenade with cafes, restaurants and stunning views around every corner. A visit to the well preserved Roman amphi theatre is highly recommended. Dinner at the hotel. Day 7: Lim Fjord & Rovinj This morning we stroll the short distance to board our boat for a scenic coastal day trip with lunch to the Lim Fjord, a filming location for the 1958 film, “The Vikings”. Here you can visit the restaurant in the bay which was originally set up for the film crew. The “fjord” has forested slopes and limestone ridges lining each side which are riddled with caves that have been said to be used by pirates. From here we continue our cruise to Rovinj, filled with Venetian pastel coloured houses and surrounded by

pebbled coves with crystal clear waters, it is not difficult to see why this town is a real highlight of the area. Cruise back to Porec, dinner at the hotel. Day 8: Opatija This morning we go by coach to Opatija, the beautiful seaside resort on the Kvarner Riviera. Return to the hotel early to midafternoon for dinner. Day 9: Return to UK Check-out of the hotel after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for the flight home. Note: Itinerary and events subject to change depending on local conditions. Accommodation: Hotel Park - 4-star - Lake Bled The Hotel Park is located by the lakeshore and in the heart of Bled. For relaxation, recreation and beauty, guests can take advantage of the large indoor swimming pool with heated thermal water. The top floor pool offers breathtaking views of the Bled Castle and island. There is a whirlpool and sauna next to the swimming pool; wellness services are available in the hotel's Thai Centre. Each room has a balcony, bathroom and hairdryer, satellite TV, direct phone line, wireless, internet, safe and mini bar. The staff at this hotel go out of their way to ensure guests receive excellent service. Valamar Riviera Hotel - 4 star - Poreč Winner of the prestigious World Travel Award - Croatia's Leading Boutique Hotel in 2013, 2014 and 2015, this just for adults hotel is situated on the picturesque Poreč promenade with stunning views of the Sveti Nikola island and just few steps from the historic old town. Enjoy free private boat rides to a reserved island beach with the resort’s outdoor pools. All rooms have private facilities, air-conditioning, coffee and tea making facilities and LCD tv, wifi is also available (extra charge payable).

Lim Fjord

DATE - CODE 2017 16 May - £1199

Tour SC5

21 Sept

Tour SC9

£1149

DEPOSIT: £200pp INCLUDED: • Escorted throughout abroad • Return flights with luggage to Venice - supplement may apply see options below • 3 nights half board accommodation sharing a twin or double bedroom at the Hotel Park Bled. • 5 nights half board accommodation sharing a twin or double bedroom at the Valamar Riviera Hotel. • All excursions as stated • Transfers abroad ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: • Single room supplement £160

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton Birmingham • Flights are possible from these airports with a choice of airline, outbound and inbound time combinations to suit your preference. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supp't. • Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person -weight and size subject to airline rules. Flight time around 2 hours each way.

Rovinj

Poreč

• Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

Call 01895 83 33 33 09.00 to 17.30hrs Monday to Friday - 09.30 to 12.30hrs Saturdays • Email: info@gnvoyages.co.uk

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Monaco Grand Prix Experience 2017

by RAIL or AIR v13-06

Monaco F1 GP

SEMI-ALL-INCLUSIVE

Free Drinks

7 Days from £1099pp

Monaco F1 GP

DATES - CODES The Monaco Grand Prix is the most famous and the most glamorous event on the F1 calendar. The race has been driven through the streets of the principality since 1929 and is known as the hardest track with tight and twisty turns, not the fastest, but certainly one of the most entertaining, and the only one to feature a long tunnel forcing the drivers to adjust between light and dark on each lap. This holiday gives you the opportunity to attend this iconic race and soak up the atmosphere of the whole event which takes place over 4 days. As well as attending the practice session for the Formula 1 on the Thursday you will also see the practice of the Formula Renault 2.0, GP2 and the Porsche Supercup. We also attend the Friday morning for the qualifying for the Porsche Supercup and GP2 and have the opportunity to attend the qualifying on the Saturday and the final race on the Sunday. By train to Nice, Cote d Azur Our Tour Manager, with you throughout the holiday starting at St Pancras (Ebbsfleet departures also available), will escort you to the Eurostar departure gates where we check-in and pass through customs and security, ready to board the early morning train to Paris or Lille (around 2hrs 30mins journey time). On arrival we join the TGV train for our journey to Nice. On board the TGV settle in to your comfortable seat and relax as the French countryside rolls past the windows. The train has a buffet car where you can obtain drinks and refreshments as we continue south towards Nice. On arrival in Nice we transfer by coach to our hotel in Bordighera on the Italian Riviera (approximately 50 minutes)

No need to rush You will have reserved seats on all trains and all stations are at the start or end of the line (except Lille), allowing plenty of time for boarding and alighting.

subject to availability and payable on booking - early booking essential. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel (for Formula 1 attendees, dinner availability subject to return time).

Flight options also available.

Day 6: Bordighera Free day to enjoy the resort and watch the race in the hotel or you can travel by train/taxi (payable locally) to Monaco to watch the final races for the Formula 1, Renault 2.0 and Porsche Supercup races - tickets can be booked on request, subject to availability and payable on booking - early booking essential. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel (for Formula 1 attendees, dinner availability subject to return time).

Itinerary: Day 1: UK to Bordighera Morning departure from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet by Eurostar to Lille or Paris, continuing by TGV train to Nice. Flight options direct too Nice from UK regional airports below. On arrival join our coach and transfer to our hotel in Bordighera. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel. Day2: Bordighera Free day to enjoy the resort and nearby towns. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel. Day 3: Monaco After an early breakfast we travel to Monaco for the first day of the 2017 Formula 1 GP meeting which features practice sessions for Formula 1, GP2 and the Porsche Supercup. Return to Bordighera for dinner and free drinks in the hotel. Day 4: Monaco After an early breakfast we travel to Monaco for the practice for Renault Series 2.0, Qualifying for the Porsche Supercup and the first GP2 race. In the early afternoon we return to Bordighera, the rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel. Day 5: Bordighera Free day to enjoy the resort and nearby towns or you can travel by train/taxi (payable locally) to Monaco to watch the qualifying sessions for the Formula 1, Renault 2.0 and the second GP2 race tickets can be booked on request,

Day 7: To London After an early breakfast we depart the hotel by coach and return to Nice. On arrival we take a late morning train to Paris or Lille, continuing by Eurostar to London St. Pancras (Ebbsfleet on request); Or continue to Nice Airport for the return flight. Note: Order of excursions subject to change depending on local conditions. Your hotel 4-star - Hotel Parigi, Bordighera Run by the Sattanino family the Hotel Parigi, famous since the early 1900s as the choice of royalty, offers a rich variety of services introduced over the years to satisfy evolving holiday tastes. Bordighera is a charming seaside resort with a good selection of bars, cafes and shops. With stunning views on all sides, on a clear day you can see Monte Carlo. The hotel is situated on the seafront and offers a wellness centre, private beach, bar and restaurant. All rooms are en-suite and have private balcony, airconditioning, satellite TV and hairdryer.

23 May

Tour GP5

DEPOSIT: £200pp INCLUDED: • Escorted by rail and throughout abroad • Return rail travel London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Nice. Flight options below. • 6 nights sharing a twin or double bedded room at the 4-star Parigi Hotel, Bordighera • 6 buffet breakfasts & 6 dinners • Free drinks at the hotel 6pm to 11pm every night - local brands of beer, wine & spirits • Excursions as stated • All transfers abroad ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: • Single room supplement £120 • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS.

The Rock of Monaco

Edinburgh / Liverpool / Gatwick / Luton / Heathrow

Porsche Supercup

12

2017

The Parigi Hotel

• Return flights are possible from these airports direct to Nice Airport. On arrival private transfer to the hotel. • Flights are subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person. • Transfer time from Nice Airport to the hotel is approximately 50 minutes. Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

www.gnvoyages.co.uk


Channel Islands Explorer – Guernsey, Herm, Sark & Jersey

BY AIR v04-11

Half Board

St Aubins Bay Situated off the coast of France, the channel islands offer stunning coastlines, picturesque harbours and a great mixture of British and continental cultures. This super holiday showcases the best bits with half board hotel accommodation in Guernsey and Jersey, visit to the islands of Sark and Herm and a round the island visit of Jersey all included as well as free time to enjoy the islands at your own pace. Itinerary: DAY 1: UK to Guernsey Join at your chosen airport for the flight to Guernsey, on arrival transfer to the hotel. The island is steeped in wartime history and the legacy is a labyrinth of fortifications plus fascinating museums that vividly recreate everyday life in the occupied islands. Dinner in the hotel. DAY 2: Guernsey & Herm Island 2 This morning is at leisure on Guernsey followed by an afternoon excursion by ferry to the beautiful Herm Island. There are no cars and no pressure, just an active policy of preserving the island's pristine natural environment and peacefulness. Enjoy beach walks, gift shops at the harbour plus the Mermaid Tavern. After time at leisure on Herm return to our hotel on Guernsey. Dinner at the hotel. DAY 3: Sark Island Full day excursion to Sark by ferry. On arrival transfers by tractor-train are provided up the hill from the port to the village centre. This sleepy island has no cars, just bicycles and horse drawn carts. A 2 hour carriage ride around the island is included with stops to take in beautiful coastal views and La

7 Days £859pp

Sark Island Seigneurie Gardens (admission extra). DAY 4: Guernsey to Jersey Ferry crossing to Jersey and transfer to the Merton Hotel. Jersey is renowned for its dramatic coastal scenery, peaceful green lanes and fields dotted with Jersey cows, and bustling St helier with shops, bars and restaurants. Diner in the hotel. DAY 5: Jersey Full day "Round Island" excursion includes the beautiful bays of St. Brelade's and St. Ouen's, the Corbiere Lighthouse and charming harbour village of St. Aubin's. Visit Jersey Pearl, before returning to the hotel for dinner. DAY 6: Jersey Today is at leisure on Jersey. Walk via the pretty Howard Davis Park for shopping in central St Helier. Alternatively take the convenient 'Hop On Hop Off' bus for visits to attractions such as the world famous Durrell Wildlife Park and the fascinating Jersey War Tunnels telling the story of Jersey's occupation during WWII (local charges apply). Dinner at the hotel. DAY 7: Return to UK Check-out of the hotel after breakfast. Transfer to Jersey airport for your return flight.

rooms have a private bathroom, satellite television and tea/coffee making facilities. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, heated in the summer months. Peninsula Hotel

31 May £949pp 27 Sept £859pp DEPOSIT: £150pp

GJ5 GJ9

INCLUDED: • Escorted throughout • Flights with luggage to Guernsey and return from Jersey from a choice of UK airports - supp’t may apply -see below • 3 nights stay at the 3 star Peninsular Hotel, Guernsey • Ferry crossing from Guernsey to Jersey • 3 nights stay at the 3 star Sun Merton Hotel, Jersey

Sun Merton Hotel - 3-star St Saviour, Jersey Jersey’s Sun Merton Hotel is located in St Saviour, just a 15 minute walk into the centre of St Helier, via a pretty park. All rooms have private facilities, colour TV, radio, tea/coffee making facilities, hair dryer and telephone. Across from the hotel you have access to Merton's Aquadome leisure club, which includes 1 indoor and 1 outdoor pool, spa pools, gym, sauna, steam room and cafe serving light snacks.

Note: Events subject to change by the organisers. Your hotels Peninsula Hotel - 3-star Vale Peninsular, Guernsey The 3 star Peninsula Hotel, Guernsey, is set in 5 acres of grounds in a prominent sea front position. It is located in the Vale Peninsula, in a residential area and overlooks 2 sleepy fishing bays. All

DATE - CODE 2017

• 6 breakfasts & 6 dinners • Excursions as stated • Airport to hotel transfer on arrival and departure ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: • Single room supplement £180 per person

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS Direct flights from Southampton, Birmingham,Exeter, Manchester & Gatwick. Via Guernsey on outbound from Edinburgh. • Flights are possible from these airports. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supplement. • Flight time around 1 hr each way

Sun Merton Hotel

• Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person - weight & size of each subject to airline restrictions. • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

St Peter Port, Guernsey

Beauport Bay, Jersey

Corbiere Lighthouse

Herm Island

Call 01895 83 33 33 09.00 to 17.30hrs Monday to Friday - 09.30 to 12.30hrs Saturdays • Email: info@gnvoyages.co.uk

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Tuscan Treasures & Cinque Terre

BY AIR v01.08

SEMI-ALL-INCLUSIVE

Free Drinks

8 Days from £999pp

San Gimignano

Ponte Vecchio, Florence

DATES - PRICES - CODES

Tuscany is certainly one of the most

return to the hotel in time for dinner and

enjoy this stunning city at your own pace.

beautiful regions in Italy. This holiday takes

free drinks.

We return to the hotel in time for dinner

in Florence, Siena, Lucca, San Gimignano

Day 4: San Gimignano

and free drinks.

and Pisa - a rich selection that make

Travel by coach to San Gimignano a

Tuscany one of the most popular

UNESCO World Heritage site and an

destinations in the world. Staying in a

important town in the middle ages due to

region famous for Chianti, we have an

its position on a trade route. Known as the

3 June

Day 7: Lido di Camaiore Today is free in the resort. You may wish to

‘Town of Fine Towers’ due to its resident

adjoining town of Viareggio famous for its

the world famous UNESCO Cinque Terre

families each building one bigger and

annual carnival and promenade. Dinner

(five lands). Based in the popular resort of

better than the others as a sign of power

and free drinks at the hotel.

Lido di Camaiore with free drinks each

and wealth - 14 of the 72 towers still

evening this holiday offers everything you

remain! With winding streets and hilltop location it is a like stepping back in time.

Itinerary

Returning to the hotel in time for dinner

Day 1: UK to Lido di Camaiore

and free drinks.

Join at your chosen airport for the flight to

Day 5: Cinque Terre

Pisa – flight duration around 2 hours. On

Tour FP6

15 September £999pp

Tour FP9

DEPOSIT: £200pp

INCLUDED:

Day 8: Lido di Camaiore - Pisa to London • Escorted throughout abroad

Depart the hotel after an early breakfast travel to Pisa, where your, flight time permitting, we have time in Pisa before

• Return flights with luggage to Pisa from a choice of UK airports - supp’t

transferring to the airport for your return

Today we walk to Rapallo train station

arrival transfer to the Hotel Smeraldo in Lido di Camaiore (approx. 40 minutes).

£999pp

walk along the promenade to the

included a wine tasting as well as visit to

need for a relaxed and interesting stay.

2017

where we board the train for the

may apply -see below

flight to the UK. Note: Order of itinerary and excursions

• 7 nights sharing a twin/double room at

subject to change.

Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

picturesque

higgledy piggledy towns that make up

Your hotel

the Hotel Smeraldo with buffet

Evening is free to explore on your own. Day 2: Lucca

UNESCO and world famous Cinque Terre.

Hotel Smeraldo - 3-star – Lido di Camaiore

breakfasts & dinners and free drinks 6pm

Today we visit the nearby Renaissance city

We are free to visit the towns during the

Set in a quiet location 50 metres from the

of Lucca with time to enjoy wandering

course of the day and in the mid-afternoon

sea promenade and in the centre of Lido di

around the enchanted cobbled streets or

we board a boat for a view of the stunning

Camaiore, the hotel has a garden and

sit in one of the famous Piazzas. In the early

coastal

journey

to

the

coastline from the water. We return to the

restaurant and a comfortable bar. All

hotel by train during the afternoon. Dinner

bedrooms

region. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel.

and free drinks included this evening.

telephone, air conditioning and satellite TV.

Day 3: Florence

Day 6: Siena

Today we travel by coach to Florence

We travel by coach to the UNESCO World

afternoon we travel to a local farm for a tasting of some of the famous wines of the

have

en-suite

facilities,

to 10pm every night - local brands of beer, wine & spirits • Excursions as stated • Wine tasting

The restaurant offers a full buffet breakfast, tea and coffee and dinner served at your

where you will have a walking tour of the

Heritage medieval city of Siena. We will

main sights of the city. You will then be free

have a guided tour to include the Piazza Il

between 6pm and 10pm each night. Along

to explore on your own and visit some of

Campo famous for its annual horse race

the promenade you will find many bars,

the remarkable Museums and Palaces. We

held in the square, followed by time to

cafes and shops.

Pisa

• All transfers abroad

table. There’s a free bar with local brands

Siena

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: • Single room supplement - £105

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS Gatwick, Luton, Leeds Bradford, Bristol & Manchester. • Flights are possible from these airports. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supplement. • Flight time around 2 hrs each way

Vernazza

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• Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person - weight & size of each subject to airline restrictions. • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

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The 30th Kitzbühel Alpine Rally, Tyrol Trains & BMW World

by RAIL or AIR v09-06

A Ferrari leads a Porsche in the Austrian Alps

Kitzbühel - home of the Alpine Rally

8 Days £1099pp DATES - PRICES - CODES

Come with us to Austria and Bavaria to see classic and state of the art cars, spectacular Alpine scenery and charming Tyrol trains. Enjoy the final parade of cars at the end of Kitzbühel Rally, visit the fantastical BMW world in Munich, marvel at the Krimml Waterfalls - Europe’s highest, and much more on this super-charged must-do holiday. The Kitzbühel Alpine Rally is considered one of the best classic car events in the Alps with enthusiasts from around the globe returning year after year. Many prominent participants from racing, show-business, sports and business worlds give the event an exclusive touch. The 500km race from Salzburg ends with an eye-watering parade of classics and thoroughbred cars through the centre of Kitzbühel. A visit to BMW Welt (World) in Munich is a unique automobile experience. The space age visitor centre, next to the 1972 Olympic stadium, resembles the grandest James Bond film sets customers come from around the world just to take delivery of their new BMW in this unique setting. Combined with a fascinating factory tour and a visit to the BMW car museum, this is a must for all car enthusiasts. Itinerary Day 1: Uk to Munich Depart London St Pancras early morning on Eurostar to Brussels arriving in just over 2 hours. In Brussels we join our Intercity train to Munich, changing at Frankfurt en-route. Arrive in Munich at approx 5pm. Alternatively join at your chosen airport for the flight to Munich (flight time approx 2 hours) Transfer to our overnight hotel by coach. Overnight in Munich. Day 2: Munich BMW World After breakfast we check out of our hotel and take a trip from the past into the future: experience the fascination of

BMW company, brand and product history going back 90 years. Some 125 of the brand's most valuable and attractive automobiles, motorcycles and engines are displayed on a surface area of 5000 m² at the BMW Museum. In the BMW Group Plant you will get an exciting look behind the scenes of automobile manufacturing. The tour of the BMW Group parent plant takes you through all production areas from the press works to assembly. We depart Munich mid-afternoon and drive to Westendorf our base for the rest of our stay. Day 3: Westendorf Free day in Westendorf to relax and explore at leisure. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel. Day 4: Steam train and Waterfalls After breakfast we head to the Ziller Valley by coach. We will take a 45 minute ride on the Zillertalbahn steam train accompanied by an Oompah band and a schnapps. There will be some free time in Mayrhofen before visiting the spectacular Krimml Waterfalls. With its 380 meter drop it is Europe’s highest and the 5th highest in the world. Return to the hotel for dinner and free drinks. Day 5: Kitzbühel & Alpine Rally Parade This morning we have a short transfer to the beautiful alpine town of Kitzbühel. This famous little Tyrolean town with its vibrantly coloured buildings, cobbled streets and medieval walls dating back to the 16th Century, is a fascinating place to explore. In the summer it is a hub of activity with a friendly feel and is filled with pavement cafes and shops. It’s the perfect location to while away a few hours while we wait for the highlight of our trip - mid-afternoon the Alpine Rally finishes its 500km course in

the centre of town in a colourful and nostalgic parade of classic cars. See noble saloons, elegant sport coupes and thoroughbred racing cars of big brands such as Lamborghini, Bentley, Ferrari, Porsche, Rolls Royce, Aston Martin Lagonda, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Maserati. Rarer names in automotive history such as Facel Vega, Arnolt or Iso Rivolta can also be admired alongside everyday classics from Audi, Fiat, Ford and Volkswagen. Return to the hotel for dinner and free drinks. Day 6: Westendorf Free day to relax and explore at leisure. Dinner and free drinks at the hotel. Day 7: Lake Achensee After breakfast we depart to the Achensee, Tyrol´s largest lake. Take a boat trip between the villages of Achenkirch and Pertisau and admire the alpine peaks reflected in the pristine waters. You will be served a traditional lunch at an altitude of 1263 m in a picturesque alpine restaurant. After lunch, enjoy leisure time in Pertisau village. A nostalgic train ride then awaits. Travel along the oldest cog railway in Europe between Seespitz and Jenbach, pulled by a 124 year old locomotive. Return to the hotel for dinner. Day 8: Westendorf to UK Transfer back to the airport/ station for your flight/ train home. Your hotels Munich: Maritim Hotel, Germany (4*) Westendorf: Hotel Mesnerwirt, Austria This 3-star hotel in the town centre is surrounded by the Kitzbühel Alps and is just a 6-minute walk from the Westendorf Cable Cars. The restaurant serves traditional Tyrolean delicacies and international dishes. The hotel has a spa area and Free wifi.

2017 6 June

£1099

KA6

DEPOSIT: £150pp INCLUDED: • Escorted return rail travel from London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet , OR return flights with luggage from a choice of UK airports - see options below • 1 night B&B hotel stay in Munich sharing a twin or double-bedded en-suite room • 6 nights hotel stay in Westendorf sharing a twin or double bedded en-suite room • 6 Continental-style buffet breakfasts and 6 3-course dinners • 5 packed lunches AND 1 lunch in an Alpine Restaurant • Afternoon coffee and cake at the hotel in Westendorf (not available when out on excursions) • Local wine and beer by the glass and non-alcoholic drinks lincluded every day from 18:00hrs – 22:00hrs in Hotel Mesnerwirt • All transfers, excursions and admissions as stated • Escorted throughout ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS Edinburgh / Liverpool / Gatwick / Luton / Heathrow Return flights are possible from these airports direct to Munich. On arrival transfer to the overnight hotel in Munich. Flights are subject to availability at time of booking and a supplement may apply. Includes 1 carry-on bag and 1 checked in bag per person. Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to

Cars are the centre of attention

BMW World

Hotel Mesnerwirt, Westendorf

discuss your flight requirements.

Call 01895 83 33 33 09.00 to 17.30hrs Monday to Friday - 09.30 to 12.30hrs Saturdays • Email: info@gnvoyages.co.uk

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Rhine in Flames, Railways and Wines (Rudesheim or St Goar)

BY RAIL or Air v25-10

Rhine in Flames

Rhine Valley

Witness the mighty Rhine lit up by festival fireworks and enjoy the best of the region including: the Konigswinter Cog railway, the Vulkan Express train; the unique Wuppertal suspension railway; a cruise through the Rhine Gorge past the famous Lorelei Rock; visits to Rudesheim, and Cologne; and a wine tasting in lovely Cochem, on the Moselle river. Itinerary: Day 1: UK to Bonn Depart London St Pancras (Ebbsfleet on request) mid-morning on the Eurostar to Brussels, arriving in just over 2 hours. Continue by coach to Bonn. Alternatively fly to Cologne from a choice of UK airports and transfer to the hotel. Dinner in the hotel. Day 2: Bonn & Konigswinter This morning we travel by local tram over the Rhine to Konigswinter. Situated at the foot of the Drachenfels Mountain, it is set between the Rhine Valley and Siebengebirge - “Seven Hills”. We travel on the Cog railway up the Drachenfels from where we can visit the castle ruins and have stunning views of the Rhine. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore before returning on the tram to Bonn. Dinner in the hotel. Day 3: Vulkan Railway - Cochem Today we travel to Brohl to join the Vulkan Express for a journey on the steam railway* through stunning valleys and the foothills of the Eifel Mountains. Afterwards join our coach in Engeln and travel to the stunning town of Cochem on the Mosel for an afternoon at leisure to enjoy the town followed by a tasting at a local winery before returning to the hotel for dinner. Day 4: Rhine in Flames This morning is free in Bonn and lunch is included in the hotel (no dinner is included this evening). Rudesheim - 28th June departure: Early

afternoon we travel by coach to Rudesheim, a winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge and a UNESCO world heritage site. You can stroll down the famous Drosselgasse and sample a Rudesheim coffee or visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. You can also join in the celebrations in the town square which includes stands of local wineries with tastings and live music. This evening is the Rhine in Flames festival which we enjoy from the banks of the Rhine in Rudeshiem. Alternatively you can join an optional cruise on the Rhine to get the best views of the fireworks the cruise also includes dinner on board. Late night we return to the hotel. St Goar - 13th September departure: Early afternoon we travel by coach to St Goar, a winemaking town in the Rhine Gorge. For over 60 years St Goar has been staging the traditional fireworks to coincide with their wine festival. Situated at the foot of the Lorelei and with Rheinfels and Katz castles it’s a great location to enjoy the fireworks. You can join in the celebrations in the town square which includes stands of local wineries with tastings and live music in the afternoon followed by the fireworks in the evening and 50 illuminated passenger ships passing by in the middle of the Rhine. Alternatively you can join an optional dinner cruise on the Rhine to get the best views of the fireworks. Late night we return to the hotel Day 5: Bonn – Linz am Rhine – Kasbach Valley Railway Today is at leisure in Bonn or you may like to join the tour manager and travel by train to Linz where you can travel on the Kasbach Valley Railway, one of the steepest routes in Germany, on a traditional Ueringer railbus – all entrances and fares (approx. £25) are payable at the time during this day and not included. Dinner at the hotel.

Day 6: Wuppertal & Cologne This morning we travel by coach to Wuppertal where we board the suspension railway, an 8.3 mile journey around the city and the preferred mode of transport for the residents of Wuppertal as it works in all weathers and is known locally as the ‘Steel Dragon’. Afterwards we travel to Cologne for an afternoon at leisure to enjoy this exciting city. Return by coach to the hotel in time for dinner. Day 7: Rhine River Cruise Today we travel by coach to Boppard to join our ship for a cruise through the Rhine Gorge passing hill-top castles, picturesque towns, vine-clad slopes and the famous Lorelei Rock. We finish in either Bingen (June departure) or Rudesheim (September departure) where we have time at leisure before returning to Bonn by coach. Dinner in the hotel. Day 8: Bonn - UK After breakfast we check-out of the hotel, return by coach to Brussels to connect with our Eurostar to London St Pancras, arriving early evening. Alternatively transfer to Cologne airport for your return flight to the UK. *Steam railway is scheduled but cannot always be guaranteed Your hotels Maritim Hotel Bonn - 4-star The Maritim name is one that promises quality and the 4 star Bonn hotel is no exception. Situated within walking distance of the railway/tram station with easy access of the centre. All the en-suite rooms are nicely furnished and equipped with safe, minibar, TV and complimentary wifi. The restaurant serves quality cuisine with flavours of the region. The hotel also boasts a sauna, steam bath and swimming pool.

8 Days from £999pp DATES - PRICES - CODES 2017 28 June RT6 £999 13 Sept RT9 £999 DEPOSIT: £150pp INCLUDED: • Escorted throughout • Return rail travel from London St Pancras (Ebbsfleet on request) to Cologne OR return flights with luggage to Cologne - see below • 7 nights half board sharing a twin/double classic room at the Maritim Hotel Bonn • Excursions as stated • Rail journeys as stated • All transfers abroad OPTIONS: • Rhine in Flames cruise with dinner at £100 per person - subject to availability on request, book in advance to avoid dissapointment • Single room supp’t £140 • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Edinburgh • Flights are possible from these airports with a choice of airline, outbound and inbound time combinations to suit your preference. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supplement. • Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person - weight and size of each subject to airline restrictions. • Flight time around 2hrs each way • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

The Rhine Vineyards

Cochem

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Wuppertal Railway

Rudesheim

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Rhine in Flames, Railways and Wines (Koblenz)

BY RAIL or Air v28-10

Wuppertal Suspension Railway

Koblenz

8 Days from £999pp Witness the mighty Rhine lit up by festival fireworks and enjoy the best of the region including: the Konigswinter Cog railway, the Koblenz Cable ar over the Rhine to the imposing Ehrenbreitstein fortress, the Vulkan Express train; the unique Wuppertal suspension railway; a cruise through the Rhine Gorge past the famous Lorelei Rock; visits to Rudesheim, Koblenz and Cologne; and a wine tasting in lovely Cochem, on the Moselle river. Itinerary: Day 1: UK to Konigswinter Depart London St Pancras (Ebbsfleet on request) mid-morning on the Eurostar to Brussels, arriving in just over 2 hours. Continue by coach to Konigswinter. Alternatively fly to Cologne from a choice of UK airports and transfer to the hotel. Dinner in the hotel. Day 2: Konigswinter & Bonn Today we spend the day in Konigswinter. Situated at the foot of the Drachenfels Mountain, it is set between the Rhine Valley and Siebengebirge - “Seven Hills”. This morning we travel on the Cog railway up the Drachenfels from where we can visit the castle ruins and have stunning views of the Rhine. The rest of the day is free to relax or explore on your own, or your tour manager will take you on the local tram service (payable locally) over the Rhine to Bonn. Dinner in the hotel. Day 3: Vulkan Railway - Cochem Today we travel to Brohl to join the Vulkan Express for a journey on the steam railway* through stunning valleys and the foothills of the Eifel Mountains. Afterwards join our coach in Engeln and travel to the stunning town of Cochem on the Mosel for an afternoon at leisure to enjoy the town

Cochem

followed by a tasting at a local winery. Return to the hotel for dinner. Day 4: Rhine River Cruise & Rudesheim Today we travel by coach to Boppard to join our ship for a cruise through the Rhine Gorge passing hill-top castles, picturesque towns, vine-clad slopes and the famous Lorelei Rock. We finish in Rudesheim, a wine making town in the Rhine Gorge and a UNESCO world heritage site. You can stroll down the famous Drosselgasse and sample a Rudesheim coffee or visit Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum. Return to Konigswinter by coach. Dinner in the hotel. Day 5: Wuppertal & Cologne This morning we travel by coach to Wuppertal where we board the suspension railway, an 8.3 mile journey around the city and the preferred mode of transport for the residents of Wuppertal as it works in all weathers and is known locally as the ‘Steel Dragon’. Afterwards we travel to Cologne for an afternoon at leisure to enjoy this exciting city. Return by coach to the hotel in time for dinner. Day 6: Koblenz - Rhine in Flames

evening is the Rhine in Flames festival which we enjoy from the banks of the Rhine in Koblenz. Alternatively you can join an optional dinner cruise on the Rhine to get the best views of the fireworks. Late night we return to the hotel Day 7: Konigswinter – Linz am Rhine – Kasbach Valley Railway Today is at leisure in Konigswinter or you may like to join the tour manager and travel by train to Linz where you can travel on the Kasbach Valley Railway, one of the steepest routes in Germany, on a traditional Ueringer railbus – all entrances and fares (approx. £25pp) are payable at the time during this day and not included. Dinner at the hotel. Day 8: Konigswinter - UK After breakfast we check-out of the hotel and return by coach to Brussels to connect with our Eurostar to London St Pancras, arriving early evening. Alternatively transfer to Cologne airport for your return flight to the UK. *Steam railway is scheduled but cannot always be guaranteed

This morning is free in Konigswinter and lunch is included in the hotel (no dinner is included this evening). Early afternoon we travel by coach to Koblenz. Here we the take the cable car over the Rhine to the high plateau overlooking Koblenz and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers. The ride over the Rhine is among the greatest attractions in the area. Enjoy spectacular views, discover the wonderfully designed landscape garden on the fortress plateau, and have the opportunity to visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress (entry payable locally). This

The Maritim name is one that promises quality and the 4 star Konigswinter hotel is no exception. Situated on the Rhine within walking distance of the railway station, and within easy access of the centre. All the ensuite rooms are nicely furnished and equipped with safe, minibar, TV and complimentary wifi. The restaurant serves quality cuisine with flavours of the region. The hotel also boasts a sauna, steam bath and swimming pool.

Vulkan Express

Koblenz Cable Car

Your hotels Maritim Hotel Konigswinter - 4-star

DATES - PRICES - CODES 2017 7 August RT8 £999 DEPOSIT: £150pp INCLUDED: • Escorted throughout • Return rail travel from London St Pancras (Ebbsfleet on request) to Cologne OR return flights with luggage to Cologne - see below • 7 nights half board sharing a twin/double classic room at the Maritim Konigswinter • Excursions as stated • Rail journeys as stated • All transfers abroad OPTIONS: • Rhine in Flames cruise with dinner at £100 per person - subject to availability on request, book in advance to avoid disappointment • Single room supp’t £140 • Pre/post departure overnight hotel near London St Pancras - 2 to 4-star options - call for availability and prices

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Edinburgh • Flights are possible from these airports with a choice of airline, outbound and inbound time combinations to suit your preference. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supplement. • Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person - weight and size of each subject to airline restrictions. • Flight time around 2hrs each way • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

Call 01895 83 33 33 09.00 to 17.30hrs Monday to Friday - 09.30 to 12.30hrs Saturdays • Email: info@gnvoyages.co.uk

Drosselgasse, Rudesheim

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Lake Bled’s Lights on the Lake – Slovenia

BY AIR v10-10

Bohinj Railway’s Solkan Bridge

Half Board

6 Days £749pp

Lake Bled Bled is one of the best kept secrets in Europe with a soaring vista of Alpine Peaks, surrounding the emerald green waters of the lake and the cliff side castle. The ‘Bled Days and Bled Night’ festival includes craft fairs, concerts and light shows, with the highlight being Bled Night when the lake glows with floating candles and the sky with fireworks. We also have a journey on the stunning Bohinj railway, visits to the medieval towns of Kamnik and Kranj and an afternoon in Ljubljana. Flying from a choice of UK airports to Ljubljana or Venice and staying in a four star hotel situated on the lakeside this is a holiday not to be missed. The Bohinj Railway - one of the great European railway journeys – winds its way from Lake Bled through the Julian Alps mountain region passing through gorges and ravines, alongside the Sava Bohinjka River, before entering the 6,339 metre Bohinj tunnel. The train emerges in the Soca Valley alongside the stunning turquoise blue water of the Soca River and crosses the world’s longest all masonry Solkan Bridge en route to Nova Gorica on the border with Italy. Built by the Austro-Hungarian empire to connect Vienna with the Adriatic Sea, the railway’s construction was likened to the feat of building the Suez Canal when it opened in 1906. Itinerary: DAY 1: UK to Lake Bled Join at your chosen airport for the flight

to Ljubljana or Venice – flight duration around 2 hours. Transfer to the Hotel Park in Bled. Dinner at the hotel. DAY 2: Lake Bohinj & Bled This morning we travel to Lake Bohinj where it may be possible to take the cable car up to the summit of Mount Vogel (payable locally). This afternoon we visit famous Bled castle where you will be enchanted by the dramatic views of the Lake and the history of the building. Dinner at the hotel. Afterwards we stroll to the lakeside for the Candles on the Lake and the firework display for the Lights on the Lake Festival. DAY 3: Ljubljana Today we travel by coach to Ljubljana Slovenia’s dynamic capital city, which has retained a relaxed small-town atmosphere. This picturesque and very vibrant city is full of surprises. Return to Bled mid-afternoon. Dinner in the hotel. This evening you may like to go to the Castle Rock to watch the laser show. DAY 4: Bohinj Railway & Piran This morning we check out of the hotel, transfer by coach to Bled Station and embark on a wonderful 90 minute journey south through the Julian Alps and alongside the stunning blue waters of the Soca River Valley, before arriving at the Italian border town of Nova Gorica. Rejoin the coach here for the 70 minute drive to Piran on Slovenia’s coast. Free time to explore and obtain lunch before returning to Bled. Dinner in the hotel.

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DAY 5: Bled Today is free in Bled you may like to visit

2017

the arts and crafts fair taking place on

20 July - Tour LB7-2

the promenade. Dinner in the hotel.

DEPOSIT: £150pp

DAY 6: Return to UK Check-out of the hotel after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for the flight

• Return flights with luggage to

home. Note: Itinerary and events subject to

18

Ljubljana or Venice from a choice of UK airports including luggage -

change by the organisers.

supp’t may apply -see below Your hotel Hotel Park - 4-star - Lake Bled The Hotel Park is located by the

• 5 nights stay at the 4 star Hotel Park

lakeshore and in the heart of Bled. The

• 5 breakfasts & 5 dinners

hotel's Park Restaurant and Cafe is the

• Excursions as stated

home of the original Bled cream cake,

• Train ticket from Bled to Nova

the popular dessert that Bled is renowned for far and wide. For relaxation, recreation and beauty,

Gorica • Transfers abroad

guests can take advantage of the large

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:

indoor swimming pool with heated

• Single room supplement £100

thermal water. The top floor pool offers breathtaking views of the Bled Castle

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS

and island. There is a whirlpool and

To Venice from Gatwick & Manchester. To Ljubljana from Stansted & Luton.

sauna next to the swimming pool; wellness services are available in the hotel's Thai Centre. Each room has a balcony, bathroom (shower or bathtub) and hairdryer, satellite TV, direct phone line, wireless, internet, safe and mini bar. The staff at this hotel go out of their way to ensure guests receive excellent service with a smile. Ljubljana

Ljubljana

INCLUDED: • Escorted throughout abroad

• Flights are possible from these airports. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supplement. • Flight time around 2 hrs each way • Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person - weight & size of each subject to airline restrictions. • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

Hotel Park

Bohinj Valley

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Great Highland Railways

GO AS YOU PLEASE v20-09

The Isle of Skye bridge

HALF BOARD

5 Days from £699pp

The Kyle Line Railway

DATES - PRICES - CODES Beauly Situated in the heart of the Highlands of Scotland, Beauly is just twenty minutes from Inverness, the capital of the Highlands and within easy distance of all the places we visit. The name Beauly comes from the French "beau lieu" or "beautiful place" and it is often said this comes from a comment made by Mary Queen of Scots during a visit she made to the town in the Summer of 1564. The Kyle Line Regarded as one of the world’s finest railway journeys, the Kyle Line featured on Michael Palin’s original Great Railway Journeys TV series. On this coast to coast railway journey from Inverness to the Kyles of Lochalsh, expect spectacular views all the way. Strathspey Steam Railway Departing from Aviemore station, the trains embark on a beautifully scenic route through Boat of Garten and on to Broomhill, or 'Glenbogle' as viewers of the hit BBC series Monarch of the Glen may recognise it as. Along with some spectacular views of the mountains, you will also be treated to scenes of heather fields, moors, forestry and more as you travel alongside the river Spey. The Highlands The Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination. A beautiful and inspiring region of ancient landscapes with a fascinating history. Here you can witness the amazing wildlife and explore mountains and glens. And of course no visit to the Highlands would be complete without a visit to a

Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness

distillery.

Line, the northern most railway in the United

Kingdom.

Experience

the

Itinerary:

dramatic scenery as you travel along the

Day 1: Glasgow to Beauly

eastern coastline, which at times runs

Meet at the hotel in Beauly or join the tour manager at Glasgow station in the late afternoon for a coach transfer to the hotel.

almost on the shore, then turn inland

Day 2: Strapthspey Steam Railway

hotel by coach.

This morning we travel to Aviemore by coach to enjoy a 20 mile journey on the Strathspey Steam Railway north through gorgeous Highlands scenery. Afterwards we continue to Inverness, the ‘City in the Highlands’ for time at leisure before returning to our hotel for dinner. Day 3: Kyle Line Railway & Loch Ness Probably the highlight of this holiday is today’s trip on the Kyle Line railway. We depart the hotel after an early breakfast and drive north to Inverness where we board the train to Kyle of Lochalsh. On its 80 mile journey south, the train passes by Loch Carron and through the west coast of Scotland clinging to the rocky shoreline. You will see magnificent scenery across this mighty sea loch to the skyline of the dark Cullin Hills, majestically dominant on the Isle of Skye, before we slowly draw into the Kyle of Lochalsh. On arrival we have some free time to explore and obtain refreshments before rejoining the coach to the hotel via Loch Ness. We return to the hotel in time for dinner.

2017 18 July

£699pp

HL7

19 Sept

£749pp

HL9

across the wilderness of the moors to Thurso. Enjoy some time in this remote

DEPOSIT: £100pp

Georgian town before returning to the INCLUDED:

Day 5: After breakfast we check out of the hotel. A coach transfer will be available in the morning from the Hotel

• Escorted throughout • 4 nights sharing a twin/double

to Glasgow station. Note: Order of excursions subject to change depending on local conditions.

room as stated • 4 dinners and 4 breakfasts

Your hotel: • All excursions and train rides as

18 July: The Priory Hotel – 3 star A traditional village hotel situated in Beauly village square. The hotel is

stated • All transfers in Scotland as stated

modernised to a high standard, with a lovely restaurant that has a good reputation

for

its

dining

and

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:

a

comfortable bar to enjoy a relaxed drink

• Single room supplement - £100

after a busy day touring. All rooms have private bathroom, sky TV and access to wifi. 19 Sept: Lovat Arms Hotel – 3 star Set in a traditional stone building on the main street of Beauly, this classic hotel and restaurant is a 2-minute walk from the River Beauly. The hotel has a restaurant and a comfortable lounge

Day 4: Far North Line & Thurso

bar. All rooms have private bathroom,

Todays rail journey is on the Far North

TV and access to wifi.

Queens View on Loch Tummel

Inverness Castle

Inverness

The Strathspey steam railway

Call 01895 83 33 33 09.00 to 17.30hrs Monday to Friday - 09.30 to 12.30hrs Saturdays • Email: info@gnvoyages.co.uk

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Isle of Man – Railways & Waterwheels

BY AIR v16-11

Snaefell Mountain Railway & Wheel

Half Board

5 Days £649pp

Laxley Wheel A truly unique Island, the Isle of Man

Day 3:

Manx Electrical Railway -

Your hotels Rutland Hotel - 3-star - Douglas Enjoying a prime location on the sea front at the northern end of Douglas promenade, the Rutland Hotel offers contemporary bedrooms and a bright restaurant. Note: the hotel is unsuitable for those with extreme walking difficulties due to the steep steps at the entrance.

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isn’t part of the United Kingdom or the

Snaefell Mountain Railway & Peel

European Union but a possession of the

This morning we walk to the nearby

British Crown. Situated between the

station for the Manx Electrical Railway, a

coasts of England, Ireland, Scotland and

well

Wales, in the middle of the Irish Sea, it

stretching over 17 miles of the Island.

boasts

rich

We travel to Laxley where we have a

countryside and picturesque towns rich

included visit of 'Lady Isabella' the

in folklore and culture. This holiday

world’s largest working watermill and

includes visits to Castle Rushem,

perhaps the best known image of the

Silverdale Glen Waterwheel and Peel

island. From here we ride on the

and includes journeys on the Isle of

Snaefell

Man Steam Railway and the Snaefell

spectacular climb to the island’s highest

UK airports - supp’t may apply -

Mountain Railway.

point at 2036ft. Afterwards join our

see below

Itinerary:

coach and travel across the scenic

stunning

coastlines,

Join at your chosen airport for the flight to the Isle of Man, on arrival transfer to

Silverdale

Glen,

Castle

Rushem & IOM Steam Railway This morning we travel to the Silverdale Glen complex, which is home to the award winning Manx Ices and powered by

a

refurbished

18th

Railway;

Century

waterwheel. From here we continue south to the ancient capital of Castletown and see the wonderfully preserved Castle Rushen. We see the

11 August

£649pp

IM8

DEPOSIT: £150pp INCLUDED: • Escorted throughout • Return flights with hand luggage to the Isle of Man from a choice of

a

• 4 nights stay at the 3 star Rutland

of Peel, said to be the best example of a typical Manx town, with its dramatic

Hotel, Douglas Rutland Hotel

castle. Late afternoon we return to

the hotel. Dinner in the hotel. 2:

Mountain

railway

centre of the island to the sleepy town

Day 1: UK to Isle of Man

Day

maintained Victorian

2017

Douglas by coach. Dinner at the hotel.

• 4 breakfasts & 4 dinners • Excursions as stated

Day 4: Ramsey & Milntown Gardens Today we travel by coach to Ramsey,

• Journeys on Isle of Man Steam

the main town to the north of the island,

where

beautifully

admission

maintained

to

Railway, Manx Electric Railway

the

and Snaefell Mountain Railway

Milntown

Gardens is included. Afterwards we return by coach to Douglas at midday

Steam Railway

and departure

where the rest of the day is at leisure. Dinner at the hotel.

wonderful views around Calf Sound,

Day 5: Return to UK

before arriving in Port Erin, nestling in a

Check-out of the hotel after breakfast.

scenic bay. From here step back in time

Transfer to the airport for your return

and hop aboard the island’s Steam

flight.

Railway for the journey back to Douglas.

Note: Events subject to change by the

Dinner at the hotel.

organisers.

• Airport to hotel transfer on arrival

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: • Single room supplement £80 per person

Peel Castle

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS Direct flights from Gatwick, London City, Belfast, Blackpool, Glasgow & Liverpool. • Flights are possible from these airports. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supplement. • Flight time around 30 minutes to 1 hrs each way

Snaefell Mountain Railway

20

Castletown Harbour

Douglas

• Flights include 1 carry on bag per person - weight & size of each subject to airline restrictions. Hold luggage can be added at time of booking. Please ask for details. • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

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Hannover Fireworks & Herrenhausen Gardens

BY AIR v10-10

Herrenhausen Gardens

Half Board

4 Days £499pp

Hannover Fireworks festival

DATE - CODE

Every year from May to September the

of the day is at leisure. This evening we

rooms are comfortably furnished and

breathtaking setting of Hannover’s

have a traditional dinner in a beer house

have sound insulation ensuring a quiet

Herrenhausen

before returning by coach to our hotel.

night sleep. All rooms include a private

DEPOSIT: £150pp

bathroom, hairdryer, air-conditioning,

INCLUDED: • Escorted throughout abroad

Gardens

host

an

international fireworks competition with

Day 3:

companies sending the world’s best

Hannover Fireworks Competition

Pyrotechnicians to show off their skills in

This morning is at leisure. This afternoon

stunning performances. This holiday

we travel to Herrenhausen Gardens

takes in the last night of the competition

awarded ‘Best Park of Europe in 2015’.

Herrenhausen Gardens &

flat screen TV and minibar. The hotel also has a bar, restaurant, swimming pool, Finnish sauna and gym and wifi is free throughout the hotel. A buffet breakfast

2017 14 September - Tour HF9

• Return flights with hand luggage to Hannover from a choice of UK airports - supp’t may apply -see below

is included each morning with sparkling

• 3 nights stay at the 4 star Maritim Airport Hotel, Hannover

wine for those who want to start the day

• 3 breakfasts

with a drop of fizz.

• Dinner in a traditional beer house in Hannover

plus an afternoon visit to the stunning

The gardens are internationally famous

gardens, a city tour of Hannover, a

and a striking example of grand

traditional German dinner and a 3 night

horticultural style for more than 300

stay in the 4 star Maritim hotel.

years. We have time to enjoy these

• Entrance to Herrenhausen Gardens

Itinerary:

stunning gardens before the highlight

• Guided tour of Hannover

of the tour, the firework display in the

• Entrance to the Hannover Fireworks competition

Day 1: UK to Hannover Join at your chosen airport for the flight

evening. Afterwards we return by coach

• Transfers abroad as stated

to the hotel.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:

hours. Walk to the Maritim Hotel across

Day 4: Return to UK

• Single room supplement £87 per person

from the airport. The rest of the day is

Check-out of the hotel after breakfast.

free to enjoy the facilities at the hotel or

Transfer to the airport for the flight

to Hannover – flight duration around 2

Maritim Hotel

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS

you can travel by train from the adjacent

home.

To Hannover from Birmingham, Manchester & London Heathrow.

station into the heart of the city.

Note: Itinerary and events subject to

Day 2: Hannover

change by the organisers.

• Flights are possible from these airports. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supplement.

This morning we travel by coach into

Your hotel

Hanover where we have a guided tour

Maritim Hotel - 4-star - Hannover

through Hannover’s inner city taking in

The Hotel Park is located next to the

historical curiosities, the unusual and

airport and has direct links to the centre

some of the city’s fabled history. The rest

of the city from the adjacent station. All

• Flight time around 1½ - 2 hrs each way • Flights include 1 carry on bag per person - weight & size of each subject to airline restrictions. Hold luggage can be added at time of booking. Please ask for details. • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

Hotel pool Hannover Town Hall

Hannover

Hannover

Call 01895 83 33 33 09.00 to 17.30hrs Monday to Friday - 09.30 to 12.30hrs Saturdays • Email: info@gnvoyages.co.uk

Herrenhausen Gardens

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Paris & ATP Masters Tennis 2017

by RAIL v29-11

ATP Masters Paris

Paris

Champagne Check-in

4 Days from £599pp DATES - CODES We start this holiday with a touch of

request). On arrival we transfer to our

station,

sparkle at the Champagne Bar in St

hotel by coach.

Restaurant Bleu dined at by Michael

Pancras before joining our Eurostar

Day 2: ATP Masters

Portillo on his Great Rail Journey. The

1 Nov

hotel is everything you would expect of

DEPOSIT: £200pp

train taking us to our 4-star hotel in the heart of Paris. This holiday includes tickets for two of the qualifying days of the ATP World Tour in Paris and the opportunity to extend your stay to

We walk to the nearby Accor Arena and take our seats for a day of tennis. Return to the hotel at close of play – exact time subject to run of play.

home

to

the

renowned

a four star Mercure Hotel, with all rooms including private bathrooms, minibar, TV, tea and coffee making facilities and free wifi. The hotel also has its own

2017 PM11

INCLUDED: • Escorted by rail and throughout abroad

attend the finals and semi-finals.

Day 3: ATP Masters

ATP Paris Masters

We walk to the nearby Accor Arena and

transport links to all the sites in Paris

The BNP Paribas Masters is the ninth

take our seats for a day of tennis. Return

and is a 15 minute walk from the Accor

and final ATP World Tour Masters 1000

to the hotel at close of play – exact time

Arena where the tennis is held.

event. As it is the final tournament of

subject to run of play.

Mercure Gare de Lyon

the regular men’s tennis season, the

Day 4: Paris to UK

bedded room at the 4-star

event showcases the cream of the crop

After breakfast we depart the hotel by

Mercure Gare de Lyon, Paris

as they play to win the prestigious title and clinch one of the remaining qualifying spots in the Barclays ATP

restaurant and bar and has easy

• Return Eurostar travel London St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Paris • 3 nights sharing a twin or double

coach and return to Paris Nord Station

• Champagne check-in at St

for our Eurostar to London St. Pancras or Ebbsfleet.

Pancras

World Tour Finals won by Andy Murray 2-night Extension for Finals and semi

in 2016.

• 3 buffet breakfasts

Finals - £150pp

No need to rush You will have reserved seats on all trains and all stations are at the start or end of the line (except Ebbsfleet), allowing plenty of time for boarding and

• Excursions as stated

A two night extension is available for people who would like to apply for semi finals and final tickets (subject to

Arc de Triomphe

availability). The price is £150 per

• All transfers abroad ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:

person (excluding tennis tickets). and

alighting.

• Single room supplement £156

will not be escorted Itinerary: Note: Order of excursions subject to

Day 1: Eurostar to Paris Check-in

at

St

Pancras’

famous

Champagne Bar for a glass of Bubbly

hotel near London St Pancras - 2

Your hotel

to 4-star options - call for

before departing on a late morning

4-star - Mercure Paris Gare de Lyon

train to Paris (Ebbsfleet departures on

This hotel is next to the Gare de Lyon

availability and prices

Notre Dame

Accor Arena

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Lake Bled Castle & Christmas Markets – Slovenia & Austria

BY AIR v 22.11

Ljubljana

Half Board Plus

Lake Bled

5 Days £599pp DATES - PRICES - CODES

Christmas time at Lake Bled, Slovenia, is just magical - framed by the snow-capped peaks of the majestic Julian Alps, Bled is a dream location. Our hotel is on the Lakeside with a Christmas market situated outside - a perfect setting for this build up to Christmas. Highlights include: lunch in Bled Castle, perched atop a cliff 130 metres above the glacial lake with spellbinding views; the gingerbread factory in Radovljica; Ljubljana, Slovenia’s charming capital with its stunning Christmas market; and Klagenfurt Christmas Market in Austria.

Radovljica a stunning small town which is famous for its Gingerbread factory and its ‘Christmassy feel’. We have time to visit the gingerbread shop before travelling to Klagenfurt in Austria for the traditional Christkindlmarkt. Dinner in the hotel. Day 4: Bled Castle

Itinerary:

This morning we visit the castle where you will be enchanted not only by the dramatic views of Lake Bled but also the delightful restaurant that serves cuisine with modern flavours of the Slovenian region where we have lunch included. The afternoon is free in Bled. Dinner in the hotel.

Day 1: UK to Bled

Day 5: Bled to UK

Join your flight to Ljubljana or Venice, then transfer by coach to the Hotel Park by Lake Bled. Dinner at the hotel.

After breakfast it’s time to checkout of the hotel and transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Day 2: Lake Bled - Ljubljana

Note: Itinerary is subject to change depending on local conditions.

This morning we have a trip by traditional Pletna boat on Lake Bled with a short stop on the Island. Afterwards we travel to Ljubljana, Slovenia’s charming capital with free time to explore the Christmas Market. Dinner in the hotel. Day 3: Klagenfurt & Radovljica This

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Bled Castle

dessert that Bled is renowned for far and wide. For relaxation, recreation and beauty, guests can take advantage of the large indoor swimming pool with heated thermal water. The top floor pool offers breathtaking views of the Bled Castle and island. There is a whirlpool and sauna next to the swimming pool; wellness services are available in the hotel's Thai Centre.

30 November, 2017 - Tour XB12 DEPOSIT: £150pp INCLUDED:

• Escorted throughout in Slovenia • Return flights with cabin baggage from a choice of UK airports supplement may apply (see below) • Excursions as stated • 4 nights sharing a twin/double

Each room has a balcony, bathroom (shower or bathtub) and hairdryer, satellite TV, direct phone line, wireless, internet, safe and mini bar. The staff at this hotel go out of their way to ensure guests receive excellent service with a smile.

bedded room at the 4 star Hotel

Note: Snow not guaranteed in Slovenia.

• Single room - £80pp

Park in Bled • 4 breakfasts & 4 dinners • Lunch in Bled Castle • Transfers abroad Accommodation Options:

Your Hotel Hotel Park - 4-star - Lake Bled The Hotel Park is located by the lakeshore and in the heart of Bled. The hotel's Park Restaurant and Cafe is the home of the original Bled cream cake, the popular

Pletna Boat

Hotel Park

Klagenfurt

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS Stansted - Ljubljana Heathrow - Venice Gatwick - Venice • Flights are possible from these airports subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supplement. • Flight time is around 2 hours each way. • Hold luggage can be added for a supplement.

Bled island

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Lake Bled & Castle Christmas – Slovenia

BY AIR v03-02

Half Board Plus

Bled Castle Christmas in Bled, Slovenia is just magical - framed by the snow-capped peaks of the majestic Julian Alps, Bled is a dream location where a unique Legend of the Sunken Bell performance is played out every year. The highlight will be Christmas Day Lunch in Bled Castle, perched atop a cliff 130 metres above the glacial lake with spellbinding views. We will also visit a gingerbread factory, Ljubljana - Slovenia’s charming capital, tranquil Lake Bohinj & the Mount Vogel cablecar, plus have the opportunity to visit the epic Postojna Caves, Europe’s most visited. Bled Castle - Christmas Day Lunch Inside the medieval walls of Bled Castle you will be enchanted not only by the dramatic views of Lake Bled but also the delightful restaurant that serves cuisine with modern flavours of the Slovenian region. Our Christmas lunch will be served here which also allows you free entry into the Castle and museum. Postojna Caves: The most visited show caves in Europe. In 1872 railway lines were laid to take visitors to the heart of the caves. Floodlighting allows you to admire the size and splendour of the underground world where stalactites and stalagmites abound. A guided visit lasts an hour and a half. Ljubljana: With a relaxed small-town atmosphere, this picturesque and very vibrant city is full of surprises. Along the banks of the Ljubljanica River you will find traditional markets, and the Christmas market and ‘Festive Fair’. The Legend of the Sunken Bell: A unique theatre spectacle where the stage is set on the water, or rather in it. Performed by divers, see how the wishing bell in the island’s church became so famous. According to the legend whatever you wish for while ringing the bell will ‘certainly come true’. Lake Bohinj: Slovenia's largest lake is a picture of peace and serenity. It's

brooding and mystical feel are encouraged by the steep mountain faces that rise out of the lake on the northern side, with mountain peaks also dominating the background to the west and south. On clear days you can even see the peak of the mighty Triglav. Itinerary: Day 1: UK to Lake Bled Join at your chosen airport for the flight to Ljubljana or Venice – flight duration around 2 hours. Transfer to the Hotel Park in Bled. Dinner at the hotel. Day 2: Radovljica This morning is free in Bled. This afternoon we travel to Radovljica, a small town which is famous for its Gingerbread factory and its ‘Christmassy feel’. We return to Bled for dinner in the hotel. Day 3: Ljubljana Free morning in Bled. Afternoon visit to Ljubljana where you can stroll around the ‘Festive Fair’. Return to Bled for dinner at the hotel. Day 4: Christmas Eve at Lake Bled After breakfast the day is at leisure to explore Bled. 10:00–19:00: Christmas Arts and Crafts Market - Hotel Park Coffee Shop – Terrace. 16:00: Greeting of Santa Claus with carol singers - Hotel Park Coffee Shop – Terrace. 17:00: Torch-lit walk around the lake – Hotel Park Coffee Shop– Terrace. 19:00: Dinner at the hotel. 24:00: Midnight Christmas Mass - St Martin’s church. Day 5: Christmas Day at Lake Bled 10:00–19:00: Christmas Arts and Crafts Market - Hotel Park Coffee Shop – Terrace. 12:00: Transfer to Bled Castle for Christmas Day Lunch. 16:00 – 18:00: Santa Claus goes around

Bled in a horse-drawn carriage. 17:00: The Legend of the Sunken Bell. This is the highlight of Christmas in Bled - the action takes place at Bled’s Public Lido, just a short walk from the hotel. 19:00: Dinner in the Hotel.

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DATE - CODE 2017 21 December - Tour XS12 DEPOSIT: £200pp INCLUDED:

Day 6: Boxing day at Lake Bohinj Visit to Lake Bohinj where it may be possible to take the cable car up to the summit of Mount Vogel (payable locally, weather and conditions permitting). return to the hotel early afternoon for a free time in Bled. Dinner at the hotel.

• Escorted throughout

Day 7: Lake Bled or Postojna Caves Optional visit to Postojna Caves by coach (£39pp) or free time in Bled. Dinner at the hotel.

• Christmas day lunch in Bled Castle

Day 8: Lake Bled to UK Check-out of the hotel after breakfast. Transfer to the airport for the flight home.

• Excursions as stated

Note: Snow not guaranteed in Bled. Events subject to change by the organisers.

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS:

Your hotel Hotel Park - 4-star - Lake Bled The Hotel Park is located by the lakeshore and in the heart of Bled. The hotel's Park Restaurant and Cafe is the home of the original Bled cream cake, the popular dessert that Bled is renowned for. The large indoor swimming pool with heated thermal water on the top floor offers breathtaking views of Bled Castle and island. There is a whirlpool and sauna and wellness services are available in the hotel's Thai Centre. Each bedroom has a balcony, bathroom (shower or bathtub), hairdryer, satellite TV, phone, wireless internet, safe and mini bar. The staff at this hotel go out of their way to ensure guests receive excellent service with a smile.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION:

Ljubljana

The legend of the Sunken Bell

8 Days £949pp

Lake Bled - view from castle

• Return flights with luggage to Ljubljana or Venice from a choice of UK airports - see below • 7 nights sharing a twin/double room at the Hotel Park

• 7 breakfasts • 7 dinners

• Airport to hotel transfer on arrival and departure

• Single room supplement £140

Postojna Caves - £39 per person

FLIGHT INFORMATION & OPTIONS To Venice from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Southend & Manchester. To Ljubljana from Stansted. • Flights are possible from these airports. All are subject to availability at time of booking and some may have a supplement. • Flight time around 2 hrs each way • Flights include 1 checked in bag (usually no more than 20kgs) and 1 carry on bag per person - weight & size of each subject to airline restrictions. • Please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to discuss your flight requirements.

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Are all guests listed on the booking form in sound health, both physically and mentally and suffering from no illness, complaint or infirmity of any description including pregnancy?

DECLARATION OF HEALTH

Special Requests and Important Information we should know about you and/or your booking EG: Dietary requirements, mobility issues & equipment. If you do not advise us of such needs/issues, we cannot cater for them and cannot advise suitability of the holiday. In this event, no liability shall be accepted by GN Holidays for any costs/losses, inconvenience and/or discomfort incurred.

Insurer:.................................................................Policy No: ......................................

We will not take uninsured clients abroad. You must have comprehensive insurance cover in line with ABTA’s recommendations (you can view via our website). Please provide the information below for everyone in your party by no later than your final balance due date.

IMPORTANT INSURANCE REQUIREMENTS

Travel may be refused if the information you provide does not exactly match your passport/ID details. In this event, no liability shall be accepted by GN Holidays for any costs/losses incurred.

Railway Station Airport or Port

PASSENGER DETAILS AND REQUIREMENTS PRICES & OPTIONS IN PART B ALS DEPARTURE POINT PASSENGER DETAILS AND- SEE REQUIREMENTS

Address

Tel:

1 2 3 4 5 6 OPTIONS: Travel, Accommodation, Excursions. Please call us to discuss additional options.

PAYMENT: Please make cheques payable to GN Holidays

£ ........................x ...............= ............................

When you book you must pay the deposit amount stated in the brochure or as advised. The remainder/balance of the holiday cost must be paid at least 8 weeks before commencement of the holiday OR sooner for some cruise/premium holidays as stated in this brochure. • Deposit:

£........................x ...............= ............................

Cover from:..........................................................to: .................................................

• Full payment - Total holiday price:

TOTAL PAYMENT WITH BOOKING FORM £

PLEASE SIGN

Insurer’s emergency service tel: ..................................................................................

You may also pay by Debit or Credit card - please call us on 01895 83 33 33 to do this. Payments by Debit card incur no charges. Payments by Credit card incur a surcharge of 2% of the amount paid, for example a £100 payment would incur a charge of £2. We are unable to accept payment by Solo or Electron cards.


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