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Singapore Airlines

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Contents General Information

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Experience Ireland

Accommodation Ratings

Dublin

UK & Ireland Map

Belfast

A Foodie Vacation in Britain

Causeway Coastal Route

6 Tips for your Holiday

Wild Atlantic Way

What’s your style?

A Taste of the South

Experience England

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Take to the Road

London

Touring by Rental Car

Day Tours from London

Adventure by Motorhome

Cornwall, Devon & Somerset South West England Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon & The Cotswolds South East England Yorkshire Dales & the Lake District

Experience Scotland

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Edinburgh

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Ferry Connections

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Take to the Tracks

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Touring

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Touring Boating in the UK Luxury Barging

Scotland Tours

Bristol, England

Honours of Scotland

A Taste of Scotland Rugged Scotland The Northern Highlands

Experience Wales

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Coastal Wales

Rock of Cashel, Ireland

General Information Accommodation Ratings To assist with the selection of your accommodation we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. These are personal ratings offered by our people from their own experience and should therefore be used as a guide only. These ratings may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances.

A standard level of accommodation with a limited range of rooms and facilities. Rooms are clean and comfortable with basic furnishings. Moderate accommodation with a reasonable range of rooms and facilities, with rooms furnished to a comfortable standard. Superior standard of accommodation with a wide range of rooms and facilities, and a higher standard of service. First Class accommodation with an excellent range of facilities and services. Accommodation in this rating is considered among the best in the country. Closest Underground Train Station When selecting your accommodation please note that the overall quality of properties in the UK & Europe is generally lower than equivalent priced properties in other countries, particularly in the lower ratings. In general the room sizes are quite small and can vary, even within one property. Child Policy: Please note bedding configuration varies between properties and in some cases with different room types within a property. Some hotels also offer family bonuses and specials. Your travel consultant will help you choose the hotel to best suit you and your family’s needs. Price Indicator: The price is provided as a guide only. The actual price may differ to that indicated in this brochure due to currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Your travel consultant will quote you the actual price at the time of booking. Pricing is in New Zealand dollars.

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UK & Ireland Map

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A Foodie Vacation in Britain

Britain’s food and drink is much like the country itself – rooted in history, yet always evolving, and hugely varied depending on which region you visit.

London

A melting pot of people and cultures, deliciously illustrated in the city’s diverse culinary and drink scene. A plethora of artisan producers work out of London, including gin distillers, craft beer brewers, and chocolatiers. You can find the best produce from across Britain at one of London’s many food markets. The city is also home to many world-famous and up-and-coming chefs, and boasts over 60 Michelin-starred restaurants. Why not try: A pint on the Bermondsey Beer Mile, or a chocolate walking tour of Mayfair

Yorkshire

Pretty market towns, a rugged coastline and the famous Moors and Dales, reflect the range of food and drink experiences on offer. Sample some of Britain’s best meat, cheese, beer and baked goods in one of the many pubs, restaurants and tea rooms, or direct from the producer at a farmer’s market or farm shop. Locals will also tell you that Whitby is the fish and chip capital of the world! Why not try: An artisan food producer tour of a traditional market town, or a bus tour of the finest craft microbreweries

Journey along the coast through many picturesque fishing towns and opportunities to sample the morning’s local catch. Head inland to find vineyards producing award-winning wines, traditional pubs serving locally sourced food, beers and ciders and grand country hotels offering fine dining. You can’t visit this region without trying a Cornish pasty, and the most delicious cream teas in Britain.

Devon & Cornwall

Why not try: Sipping English sparkling wine at a vineyard in the idyllic Cornish countryside, or a fishing cruise off the Devon coast

Scotland

Stunning scenery perfectly complements an unrivalled natural larder. In Scotland you will find the finest whisky, delicious salmon, Angus beef, and so much more. Creative restaurateurs have inspired a vibrant food and drink scene in Glasgow, with modern Scottish cuisine that transforms traditional dishes like haggis into something unique. Edinburgh has an impressive collection of Michelin-starred restaurants and both cities are fast gaining reputations as must-visit foodie destinations. Why not try: A walking food tour of Edinburgh or a distillery tour and whisky tasting in Speyside 3


UK & Ireland The United Kingdom and Ireland, unique nations rich in tradition, diverse in culture and fascinating to discover. Rolling countryside with patchwork fields, circled by stunning coastline, plenty of vibrant cities, and masses of heritage and royal connections. With 5000 years of multi-layered history, tick off the iconic landmarks then go exploring for hidden gems - hire a canal boat and meander through the waterways, rent a car and drive down stone lanes to quaint fishing villages, have a pint in a local pub by the fireside. Adventure awaits, from cycling, caving and abseiling, to wildlife spotting. Or follow a heritage walking trail around Coastal Wales, a country path through the Cotswolds, or explore secret coves around Dorset, Devon and Cornwall. There’s always a festival, anything from flowers, music, sailing, tennis, or the weird and wacky like cheese rolling, fireball whirling or pancake races – there’s something for everyone on these fascinating islands.

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Mushy peas are a rite of passage for most Brits; order a pot with your fish and chips. Corner pubs are everywhere, dishing out feel good grub, especially on Sundays when the classic British roast is served, Yorkshire puddings and all! Salmon is the jewel in Scotland’s culinary crown and in west Ireland (Galway to be specific) you’ll discover oysters always worth shucking. Those with a sweet tooth will appreciate ‘real’ clotted cream on scones in South West England.

1 /THE ROYAL CONNECTION Kings, princes, dukes, duchesses and a Queen so cool she’s over 90 years old and still rocking heels. Walking down Pall Mall to see Buckingham Palace is always a grand affair; the wide road and flags make for quite a dramatic lead-up. Observing the Changing of the Guard, whereby the Queen’s Guards are relieved by a new batch of sentries, is always an exciting event. Taking place most days at 11.30am, the guards, their finery, groomed horses and a thumping brass band, are an absolute spectacle. Historic Royal Palaces also include Kensington Palace, where Will and Kate stay when they’re not residing in Anglesey, and the Queen’s summer abode, Balmoral Castle. If it’s the predecessors you’re into, Hampton Court is where the notorious Henry VIII spent much of his time.

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2 / SETTLE ON A BUDGET Currency in the Republic of Ireland is the euro, whereas Northern Ireland (because it’s part of the UK) uses British pound sterling. At the planning stage of your trip, look out for seasonal or earlybird specials. Load up a cash passport before you go, convenient and secure, think of it like an electronic traveller’s cheque, whereby you load cash onto the card before your holiday and then you can use it much like a chip and pin card at ATMs and retailers.


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5 / FOSSICK IN THE MARKETS In London, Portobello Market is world-famous, Borough Market is a foodie’s haven and Camden Market, adjacent to the lock, is cool and kooky. Regional farmers’ markets pop up the length and breadth of the UK; Hampshire’s Winchester Farmer’s Market is the UK’s biggest and a firm favourite of Rick Stein. If you’re heading north, don’t miss Cumbria’s Orton Market, famed for its cider and awardwinning Kennedys’ chocolate shop. In Scotland, Edinburgh’s Saturday market is held quite majestically under the shadow of the city’s dazzling castle, and if you’re Ireland-bound, it’s all about ‘farm to fork’, with much of Ireland’s produce locally sourced and sold.

4 / BE A HISTORY BUFF Walk into any Great British pub and between the thick oak beams and creaking floorboards you could easily be in the 12th century. Stein Inn, on the Isle of Skye, dates back hundreds of years, and boasts over 130 whiskys. Pubs aside, history is etched into every corner of the UK. Westminster Abbey is almost a thousand years old, while the Tower of London and Big Ben both host as many ghosts as they do tourists. There are ancient thatched cottages, castles and crooked farmhouses, including the black house village of Gearrannan in the Outer Hebrides with little stone houses now converted into self-catered cottages. 6 / ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL

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Whatever the day or season you won’t have to go too far before stumbling across an event, festival or celebration, it’s virtually impossible to get bored in Blighty. The famed West End is London’s hub for theatre, opera and ballet, but entertainment exists everywhere. Seek niche music sessions in far flung corners of Ireland and backstreet dives in Glasgow, or join in with the chants at an atmospheric football match. They’re not lying when they say football is like religion here, and you’ll always find a good crowd and a robust meat pie at half time. Gardening enthusiasts shouldn’t miss the Chelsea Flower Show, sporty types will revel in the Wimbledon tennis, especially when tensions get heated on Centre Court, and if you’re looking to acquire some laughter lines, Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival will ensure you’re laughing from noon until night. 5


What’s your style? Kiwis love to travel. We pride ourselves on our friendly, outgoing nature and when we travel, we like nothing better than striking up a conversation with the locals - it’s how we really connect with a destination. It’s often hard to do this when you’re staying in a hotel. That’s why we’re such big fans of more unique, boutique-style accommodation options. This style of accommodation is great if you like to get off the beaten track - there are hundreds of properties in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to choose from, ranging from private country homes and manor houses, to boutique inns and even castles.

HOTEL Traditional and serviced, if you want a truly relaxed break where everything is done for you, booking a hotel is the way to go. Serviced daily, you’ll return to a lovely clean bathroom, fluffy towels, a made bed and possibly a chocky on your pillow. Some hotels are well facilitated with a restaurant, bar, pool or gym, and because there’s such a huge variety of price and standards/star-rating, you’ll find the right hotel to suit your needs. Caesar Hotel, London

APARTMENT If you’re looking for greater independence, apartments are fully equipped with facilities such as a kitchen, laundry and more space. They’re usually located in the heart of the neighbourhood so you can choose to eat out at local restaurants or visit the market for some fresh produce before a relaxing night in. Perfect for longer stays but also ideal for families and groups of friends who want a little extra privacy and more room. 6

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If you’re travelling to the UK of course you’re going to visit one or more of the big cities like London, Cardiff or Edinburgh. But don’t forget to stop off and explore what the locals call the real Britain - the towns and country villages that litter this amazing nation. Throughout England, Scotland and Wales you’ll find a huge choice of private homes, guesthouses and farm stays where you can experience genuine hospitality.


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MANOR HOUSES Have you always admired the grandeur of stately homes or the rustic charm of country houses that are dotted across the English, Irish and Scottish countryside? Many of these places have been transformed into their own unique style of luxurious accommodation and are ideal for an indulgent treat. Many also pride themselves on their gourmet cuisine using fresh seasonal produce sourced locally.

VILLAS & COTTAGES Renting a house or cottage can be one of the most charming ways to enjoy your time in the UK. These types of holidays are great for people who like to take each day as it comes; staying put for a week or two at a time and living like a local. Visit markets and mix with the residents, meander from sight to sight and explore nearby towns and villages.

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CASTLES Ever wondered about what historical moments the castle walls have witnessed? Or who has trodden the floorboards for the past six centuries? Fabulous buildings seem to have been standing forever in the UK and Ireland. Each castle has its own distinct character suited to its surroundings - ready to fascinate you with a dungeon or well stocked library, magnificent medieval architecture and warm welcomes. 7


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England

Mushy peas, warm beer and incomprehensible accents: they may not be what lure you

Fast Facts Country Name:

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Pound Sterling

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11 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

Electricity:

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Victoria: Queen of an Era, Kensington Palace

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Chelsea Flower Show, London

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Summer Solstice, Stonehenge

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Glastonbury Festival, Somerset

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Newcastle Vegan Festival

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Notting Hill Carnival, London

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London Fashion Week

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Diwali, Leicester

to England in the first place, but they are exactly what will make your visit memorable. There’s no getting away from it, the English are fond of some very odd food – think jellied eels, bread and butter pudding and toad in the hole. However, celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver, Rick Stein and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall have led the charge in changing the way we think about English cuisine - it’s all about taking the freshest of local ingredients and using them in classic regional recipes. Those local eccentricities that have given England such a varied culinary landscape are also what makes it so diverse and a fascinating place to visit. You may struggle to understand a West Country accent to begin with, but spend an afternoon in a village pub, washing down Cornish pasties with local cider among friendly locals and you’ll soon be in the swing of things. Geographically, it’s also incredibly diverse. OK, their mountains aren’t as big as ours, nor their rivers as wild, nor their forests as untamed. But what they lack in scale, they make up in variety and sheer jaw-dropping beauty - a day exploring the Lake District or the Cotswolds is likely to be one of the most memorable you’ll ever spend.


London Where to start in a city with an incredible history dating back thousands of years, some of the most iconic attractions on earth and over 30,000 shops? Maybe at Westminster Abbey where every British king or queen has been crowned since 1066, or strolling the aisles of the ultimate Harrods. Take a ride on the breath-taking London Eye, the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel; or cruise the Thames River to Greenwich and step inside a quintessential Gastro Pub like The Union - the food is simple, classic British and locally sourced. London is a melting pot of cultures so dip into a myriad of cuisines from Caribbean to North African. A city that never sleeps - a smorgasbord of clubs, concerts and spectacular shows await!

Our favourite things to see and do Museums – London has some of the world’s best museums, including The British Museum and The Museum of London. South Kensington is home to the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Don’t forget about London’s art museums - the Tate Britain & Modern display some of the world’s finest classic and modern art collections.

Historic Sights – The city is full of historic monuments and buildings. You can’t go home without seeing the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington Palace and the Royal Observatory. Each epitomizes England’s wealth, power and architectural prowess during their respective historical periods.

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Markets – Like many European cities, London is full of markets, many of which date back to medieval times. From fruit and vege stalls through to high end antique stands there are bargains to be found all over town. Some of our favourites are the Borough Food Market, Camden Market, Portobello Road Market and Columbia Road Flower Market.

West End Theatre – No trip is complete without at least one night out in London’s famous West End ‘Theatreland’. Here you can see all the top musicals like Matilda the Musical, On Your Feet and School of Rock.

Shopping – You’ve done Oxford Street and Harrods; now why Shakespeare

not wander down Sloane Street, peer into the windows of Gucci, Dior or Versace trying to see someone famous, and then grab a coffee at a sidewalk café in Sloane Square.

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Holiday Snaps – Get your photo taken in front of Parliament and Big Ben. Did you know the world’s most famous clock tower isn’t actually called Big Ben but St Stephen’s Tower; Big Ben is the name of the largest bell inside the tower.

Thames River – Cross the Thames via Tower Bridge, not to be confused with London Bridge. Wander along Southbank and then cross back via Millennium Bridge.

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Check out this design hotel’s fresh and innovative style. It’s an excellent choice if you’re looking for a modern hotel with contemporary outlook. Located in Bayswater, if you stay here you’re only a five minute walk from the Queensway underground station, giving you access throughout central London.

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London Accommodation

The Bailey’s Hotel London

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Set in a stunning Victorian era town-house, over 120 years old and full of history, a stay at the Bailey’s Hotel is a fascinating experience. Its décor is chic and elegant and its address perfect, in the heart of Gloucester Road village, for exploring museums, shopping and dining at some of the city’s best bars and restaurants.

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No. 1 The Mansions by Mansley

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Step outside this luxury haven and you’ll be right in the heart of the West End, tucked into a wee square close to Regent Street, St James Park and Buckingham Palace. It’s a renovated Grade II listed building and has an amazing spa which is the perfect place to unwind.

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Citadines Trafalgar Square

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You simply will not get more central than this! These apartments are just a few steps away from Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square and within walking distance to the London Eye, great restaurants, Westminster Abbey, fantastic pubs, The National Gallery, the River Thames; actually you’re within walking distance to just about everything. Embankment

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Vancouver Studios

Quirky surprises greet you around every corner, reminders of a bygone era. Englishness exudes throughout these London town-house apartments from the suit of armour to the hidden walled garden. Located in the leafy suburb of Bayswater and just a short stroll to Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and fashionable Notting Hill, this is a real oasis in the heart of London. Bayswater/ Queensway

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An Antipodean dream, in the centre of Earls Court. With an array of well equipped studios, one, two and three bedroom apartments to choose from, the whole family will love staying in this friendly Edwardian style home. Head out to one of our favourite pubs, The Troubadour, on nearby Old Brompton Road.

Earls Court

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Fraser Suites Queens Gate

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These serviced apartments are near Gloucester Road with its plethora of cafés, restaurants and pubs. The neighbourhood is home to the Victoria and Albert Museum, Natural History Museum and The Royal Albert Hall, perfect for those who wish to immerse themselves in history and music. Or if shopping is more your agenda, it’s just a short stroll to Harrods in Knightsbridge. Gloucester Road

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London Sightseeing

THE OYSTER CARD You can use your Oyster Card just like a swipe card; simply swipe it at the turnstile at the start of your journey and the ‘Pay As You Go’ system charges you a discounted journey rate for each trip. Its daily price cap means you can make lots of journeys in a day and pay one capped fee.

LONDON HOP ON HOP OFF BUS TOUR Iconic open-top double deck buses take you on a fun day in the city. Hop off and on as you like, to see the major sights of London with a full commentary, spectacular views from seven bridges, St Paul’s Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and more.

COCA-COLA LONDON EYE At 135 metres, The London Eye is one of the world’s tallest cantilevered observation wheels, offering breath-taking views of London. Your visit includes Samsung interactive guides and entry to the 4D Experience. Upgrade to the ‘Fast Track’, or the Champagne Experience.

LONDON IN ONE DAY If you only have one day to see London, take this tour! Enjoy a panoramic London tour before seeing the Changing of The Guard at Buckingham Palace, visiting St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London.

TOWER OF LONDON Through the gates of this mighty fortification meet a “Beefeater”, your guide, with legends of the ravens, kings & queens and other spine chilling tales from the Tower’s 900 years. Fortress, palace and prison, this iconic tower is full of dramatic events and quirky moments.

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BUCKINGHAM PALACE STATE ROOMS The Queen opens the doors of Buckingham Palace July-September, explore the State Rooms – nineteen rooms lavishly furnished with the finest treasures. End with a walk along the south side of the Palace garden.


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THE VIEW FROM THE SHARD The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe allowing you to see all of the city all at once. The unique telescopes show sunset, night time and even historic perspectives. Make it an extra special occasion with a glass of bubbles at the top.

PRIVATE & SHARED CITY TRANSFERS ROCK ‘N ROLL MUSIC TOUR Immerse yourself in London’s vibrant neighbourhoods to uncover rock sites including the famous Abbey Road crossing, gig sites, clubs, recording studios and homes and hang outs of Rock Legends.

CHURCHILL’S LONDON The Churchill War Rooms house the first national museum dedicated to Winston Churchill. It was here, shrouded in secrecy beneath the streets of Westminster that Winston Churchill and his inner circle defied Hitler’s bombs.

WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is a behind-the-scenes tour which immerses guests into the world of film-making. Discover authentic sets, costumes and props from the Harry Potter film series. The price includes a luxury return coach transfer from central London.

YAY - you’ve finally arrived in London, how exciting! The last thing you need is to fight for a taxi or wrestle with your bags on the crowded underground. So book a shared or private transfer and be driven from the airport direct to your central London hotel.

JACK THE RIPPER WITH FISH & CHIPS Walk in the footsteps of London’s most infamous serial killer. Hear gruesome tales from 1888, brought to life by an expert Ripperologist guide & VOX audio technology. Enjoy a sampler of Fish & Chips.

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London Theatre London is one of the world’s most spectacular cities, with life and colour around every corner. No trip would be complete without a visit to the capital’s vibrant theatreland to experience one of the West End shows for yourself. With shows to suit everyone’s taste, you’re spoiled for choice when trying to find the perfect ticket. Whatever you choose, you are certain to be wowed by the marvel of London theatre.

DISNEY’S ALADDIN Breath-taking sets, mind-blowing special effects, over 350 lavish costumes and a fabulous cast and orchestra bring the magic of Disney’s Aladdin to life on the West End stage.

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THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

WICKED

Seen by over 140 million people worldwide, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA is one of the highest grossing musicals of all time. Now in its 33rd record-breaking year, this multi award-winning musical continues to captivate audiences after more than 13,000 performances.

Acclaimed as “one of the West End’s true modern classics” (Metro), WICKED is now the 14th longest running show in London theatre history. Experience this unforgettable, multi awardwinning musical and discover that you’ve not been told the whole story about the Land of Oz…


MATILDA Winner of over 85 international awards, including 16 for Best Musical, Matilda The Musical tells the tale of an extraordinary girl who is determined to change her own story, even if it means being a little bit naughty.

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MAMMA MIA! A MOTHER. A DAUGHTER. 3 POSSIBLE DADS. AND A TRIP DOWN THE AISLE YOU’LL NEVER FORGET! Over 60 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make MAMMA MIA! the ultimate feelgood show!

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LES MISÉRABLES Cameron Mackintosh’s legendary production of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les Misérables is a global stage sensation. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables is a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit.

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Day Tours from London

GLASTONBURY & CHEDDAR GORGE Marvel over the remarkable Glastonbury Abbey, one of England’s most historically significant monasteries. Then visit the dramatic Cheddar Gorge, a natural wonder where you have free time to explore the village, gorge and caves.

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Step back in time 4,500 years to witness this awesome prehistoric monument, learn about the lives of the Neolithic people then enjoy a panoramic drive to Bath to see the beautiful sights of Pulteney Bridge, Royal Crescent and the famous Roman Baths.

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DOWNTON ABBEY WITH HIGHCLERE CASTLE A must for Downton Abbey fans as you follow in the footsteps of the Dowager Countess of Grantham and other much-loved ‘Downton Abbey’ characters on this full day trip to the hit British TV series’ most famous filming locations. This tour takes you into beautiful Oxfordshire, where you’ll visit Downton village, Cogges Manor Farm and the magnificent Highclere Castle.

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If Warwick Castle’s walls could talk, the tales would be about kings and queens, bloody battles and extravagant banquets. For more of your favourite stories, visit Stratfordupon- Avon, the birthplace of the literary champion, William Shakespeare. Head home through the Cotswolds, and take a walking tour of Oxford on the way.

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WINDSOR CASTLE, STONEHENGE & BATH This tour is perfect if you have only one day to see England. Entry to Windsor Castle, the ancient site of Stonehenge and The Roman Baths is included in the price allowing you to enjoy three World Heritage-sites in one day.


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OXFORD & CAMBRIDGE

LEEDS CASTLE, CANTERBURY CATHEDRAL & DOVER Admire Leeds Castle set in the middle of a natural lake surrounded by parkland and be guided through the stunning Canterbury Cathedral. Travel through the picturesque landscape of Kent to the White Cliffs of Dover.

Explore both of England’s most famous University towns: Oxford, the ‘city of dreaming spires’ has inspired many authors and has been used as a Harry Potter film location. In Cambridge, visit Kings College, famous for inspiring Charles Darwin and Sir Issac Newton. Relaxing by the river you will be in picture-postcard England.

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A DAY IN THE COTSWOLDS Escape London’s crowds for a traditional lunch in the pretty Cotswolds. Passing over rolling hills you’ll wander through the quaint English villages of Burford, Bibury, Bourton-onthe-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold.

THE MAGIC OF PARIS Enjoy a fully escorted day tour as the Eurostar whisks you to Paris in just 2.5 hours. Board your private coach to see all the famous landmarks of Paris including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. Cruise along the River Seine before exploring the Opera district. Upgrade your experience to include a 3-course champagne lunch on the Eiffel Tower.

THE LAKE DISTRICT Take a train trip to the home of Beatrix Potter, enjoy a cruise on Lake Windermere and visit the medieval Hawkshead village. A highlight will be a delicious Cream Tea at the Lindeth Howe Country Hotel.

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Cornwall, Devon & Somerset Drive to Land’s End and back to experience breath-taking coastal scenery, fabulous restaurants with treats of local produce, linecaught fish and seasonal vegetables, and wander through a variety of English Gardens.

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5 days/4 nights Suggested Self-Drive

Cheddar Gorge

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Day 1: London – St Austell (335km) St Austell is a town which in the 18th century prospered from the mining of ‘white gold’. Explore the Holy Trinity Parish Church and the Italianate facade of the Market House in the historic core.

Clovelly

Day 2: St Austell – St Ives – Newquay (117km) Discover a castle, a sub-tropical garden paradise and a close-knit island community, stride over the causeway or cross by boat, depending on the tide, to reach St Michael’s Mount. As you go to St Ives, visit the village of Penzance and The Minack Theatre, perched on a cliff. Day 3: Newquay – Padstow – Tintagel – Barnstaple (117km) Explore parts of this coastline by kayak or walk the Heritage Coastal Path. Visit the lively surf town of Newquay and the fishing port of Padstow, home of Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant. Immerse yourself in history and the legend of King Arthur at Tintagel. After all this activity, a delicate Devon cream tea in Clovelly is just the thing. Day 4: Barnstaple Head to Exmoor National Park which is the ideal place to enjoy the outdoors, everything from coasteering to cycling, horse riding to walking the Coleridge Way or riding the vintage West Somerset Railway. Day 5: Barnstaple – Salisbury (190km) Today’s highlights include a steep walk to the top of Glastonbury Tor to admire the stunning views across the Mendip Hills. If it’s mid-week, stop at Wells for the Farmers’ Market before meandering through the Cheddar Gorge made famous by its Somerset cider and Cheddar cheese. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Continue to discover more of the South West or make your way back to London.

Our favourite places to stay: • Arches BandB, St Austell • The Pentire Hotel, Newquay • Bracken House Bed & Breakfast, Barnstaple • The Chapter Hotel, Salisbury

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Isles of Scilly

Exmoor National Park

Dartmoor Tintagel National Padstow Park Newquay Eden Project St Agnes St Austell St Ives Lost Gardens of Heligan Minack Theatre

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Highlights worth seeing along the way St Austell Brewery – Explore beer making from the heady heights of the mill and enjoy a tutored tasting. The Eden Project – Nestled in a huge crater, housing the largest rainforest in captivity are stunning plants, exhibitions and stories which all serve as a backdrop to the ‘Great Gardens’. The Lost Gardens of Heligan – Immerse yourself in Europe’s largest garden restoration to discover the intriguing story of how a thousand acres of manicured and productive gardens were lost under a sea of brambles and ivy after the outbreak of WWI. Minack Theatre – Perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic Ocean in Porthcurno (32 kilometre round trip from Penzance) you’ll discover the incredible story of its creator, Rowena Cade. Tate St Ives – Admire the masterpieces by giants of British Modernism, notably Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. Kayaking in St Agnes – Explore this World Heritage Cornish mining area and the wildlife, beside colourful cliffs, spacious caverns carved out during the Poldark mining era and secluded beaches. Rick Stein’s Seafood Restaurant & Cookery School – Courses, evening demos and skills workshops, all drizzled with Stein’s relaxed signature style. Clovelly – Set into a steep hillside, Clovelly has a single cobbled high street that winds its way down to the ancient harbour.

Ancient thatched pub, Devon

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South West England This itinerary gives you a real flavour of the region, with six counties and no less than four UNESCO World Heritage-sites, historic cities, breathtaking countryside, picture postcard villages, and stunning seascapes all on your route.

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The Cotswolds

5 days/4 nights Suggested Self-Drive

LONDON Bath

Day 1: London – Shaftesbury – Dorchester (184km) Stop at Stonehenge to marvel at the standing stones and the engineering skills of our ancestors. Drive 30 minutes through rolling countryside and you’re in the town of Shaftesbury, full of historic buildings and great literary connections. Continue south through Dorset villages to the Jurassic Coast. Day 2: Dorchester – Exeter – Dartmoor – Plymouth (156km) Drive into Devon to the cathedral city of Exeter to see the impressive 12th century cathedral. Head inland to the Dartmoor National Park; its wild landscape is believed to be the inspiration behind Conan Doyle’s epic Sherlock Homes story, ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’. Pass by granite outcrops known as Tors as you journey to the Maritime City of Plymouth. Day 3: Plymouth – Polperro – St Michael’s Mount – St Ives (123km) In Polperro stroll the narrow streets before heading further into Cornwall to the iconic St Michael’s Mount, a monastery that dates back to the 8th century. Drive through Penzance stopping at Land’s End and Botallack before reaching the beaches of St Ives. Day 4: St Ives – Padstow – Port Isaac – Bath (340km) Back up the coast past Newquay to Padstow, a pretty harbour made famous by celebrity chef, Rick Stein. Wander the harbourside and winding streets before a short trip to the tiny port village of Port Isaac, then it’s a three hour drive to Bath. Day 5: Bath – The Cotswolds (150km) Head through the Gloucestershire towns of Tetbury and Cirencester and into the Cotswolds. There are so many lovely towns and villages, each bursting with old-world charm. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Spend more time in The Cotswolds or make your way back to London.

Our favourite places to stay: • Westwood House Guest House, Dorchester • The Imperial, Plymouth • Pedn Olva Hotel, St Ives • The Slaughters Country Inn, Lower Slaughter

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Stonehenge Shaftsbury

Port Isaac Padstow St Ives

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Botallack St Michael’s Mount Isles of Scilly

Highlights worth seeing along the way Lulworth Cove – On the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast, this stunning horseshoe shaped bay with its coastal walks and views is a mustsee. Powderham Castle – Of the Earl and Countess of Devon. The castle has been owned by the same family since building commenced in 1391. Plymouth Hoe – One of the world’s finest natural harbours and the scene of some of the world’s most iconic voyages including Sir Francis Drake fighting the Spanish Armada, to Sir Francis Chichester’s first solo circumnavigation of the world. Botallack – Follow the coast road to where the iconic engine houses, from Cornwall’s unique mining heritage, and part of the UNESCO World Heritagesite perch precariously on the cliff’s edge. Isles of Scilly – Just 45 kilometres off the coast by boat from Penzance or a short flight from Land’s End, Newquay or Exeter, you can enjoy a relaxed pace, explore Tresco Abbey Gardens and wildlife watch. Bath – A unique World Heritage city where you can bathe in natural hot spring spa water. Bath has been a popular destination for relaxing spa breaks for thousands of years and combines stunning architecture, fascinating history and excellent restaurants and shopping.

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Oxford, Stratford-uponAvon & The Cotswolds Oxford is an easy drive from London and is bursting with many wonderful sights. It’s full of history and is peaceful and green in a classic English settlement. Explore the quaint town of Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. The patchwork countryside of the Cotswolds is home to some of England’s most captivating historic cities and eccentric villages.

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Warwick Castle Stratford-upon-Avon

5 days/4 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: London – Oxford (90km) Drive through rolling hills and fields of the classic English countryside to the city of Oxford. Oxford University, founded in the 11th century, is the oldest in the English speaking world and lends a unique academic atmosphere. Take a walking tour of the colleges, gardens and alleyways to hear of the fascinating history. You may recognise Christ Church College as the setting of Harry Potter. Day 2: Oxford – Stratford-upon-Avon (66km) Stop at Blenheim Palace on your way to the vibrant, compact town of Stratford. Boasting a rich architectural heritage, Stratford has incredible English charm with 500 year old houses, traditional English pubs, and the peaceful River Avon. Day 3: Stratford-upon-Avon – Cheltenham (50km) Journey to the spa town of Cheltenham, your base for touring the Cotswolds Romantic Road. Day 4: Road for Today (113km) The Romantic Road takes you north over Cleeve Hill and down into historic Winchcombe. Visit Stanway and Stanton before the quaint chocolate-box villages of Broadway, Chipping Campden, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-onthe-Wold, and the Slaughters. Day 5: Road for Tomorrow (145km) Follow the country road to Northleach and onwards to Burford following the Windrush Valley. Lechlade and Fairford feature on the journey en route for Cirencester via the pretty village of Bibury on the River Coln. Follow the winding road back to Cheltenham calling into Painswick. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Continue back to London or onward to Bath and South West England.

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Blenheim Palace – This lavishly decorated, grand country house built in 1705 is the birthplace of Winston Churchill. Enjoy a guided tour through the state rooms and wander through the beautiful gardens. Cheltenham – King George III came to drink Cheltenham’s medicinal waters and it wasn’t long before the town was transformed into a fashionable resort spa, with wide boulevards, imperial gardens and glorious Georgian architecture. Snowshill – Set in the hills and famous for its elegant manor house and gardens, this collection of ancient cottages, a 19th century village church and characterful pub are all clustered around a tiny village green. Visit the Snowhill Lavender Farm for the finest lavender products. Hailes Abbey, Winchcombe – These beautiful 13th century remains, are the perfect place to take a picnic and enjoy your surroundings. Warwick Castle – History of the castle dates back to the 10th century. Explore the Great Hall, State Rooms, Chapel, Ghost Tower and Dungeons, and outside, the Victorian rose garden, conservatory and peacock garden.

Our favourite places to stay: • Mercure Eastgate Hotel, Oxford • Queen’s Hotel, Cheltenham • Mercure Shakespeare Hotel, Stratford-upon-Avon

Cotswold Way – A public footpath providing loads of walks all over the Cotswolds through honey coloured villages, past beautiful old houses and thatched cottages. William Shakespeare – His five unique properties dominate Stratford including the beautiful cottage of his wife, Anne Hathaway.

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Blenheim Palace

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South East England Explore the South East and experience quintessential England. Head into Kent for impressive castles and gardens, drive past sandy coastlines and towering cliffs to the pebble beaches of Brighton. Sussex and Hampshire delight with a mix of preserved historic villages and unspoilt countryside.

Hever Castle

7 days/6 nights Suggested Self-Drive

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Day 1: London – Canterbury (97km) Journey east to Canterbury and its famous Cathedral. Wander through the meandering alleyways and historic city walls. History abounds in this county - Leeds Castle is 1000 years old and sits romantically on an island. Hever Castle, Anne Boleyn’s childhood home is picture-perfect. Day 2: Canterbury Day trip to ‘The Original Seaside’ Margate, one of Britain’s most iconic landmarks, The White Cliffs of Dover, or Elham in Kent Downs Area of Outstanding National Beauty. Day 3: Canterbury – Rye – Hastings (72km) Explore the ‘Garden of England’ as you head along country roads through cute places like Hawkhurst, Cranbrook and explore Sissinghurst Castle Gardens and Tenterden. Winchelsea is an idyllic place of green valleys, wooded hills and coastal views. Hastings coast and countryside is littered with relics and ruins from the Norman invasion. Day 4: Hastings – Eastbourne – Brighton (68km) Eastbourne is a traditional seaside resort boasting unspoilt beaches, palm tree-lined promenades and is a gateway to the South Downs Way. Day 5-6: Brighton – Chichester – Winchester (120km) Winchester is a fascinating mix of legend, myth and heritage – think King Arthur and the Round Table, Winchester Cathedral dating back to 1070 and the grave of Jane Austen. Day 7: Winchester – Oxford (90km) History echoes in every street in the University town of Oxford. Try punting along the Cherwell, book a cruise along a stretch of the River Thames or climb Carfax Tower in the University for great views over the city. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Head back to London or continue with the Cotswolds itinerary.

Our favourite places to stay: • The Retro B & B, Canterbury • Senlac Guesthouse, Hastings • The Charm Brighton Boutique Hotel, Brighton • Mercure Wessex Winchester Hotel, Winchester

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Birling Gap – Part of the Seven Sisters dramatic chalk cliffs and a point of entry for delightful walks along the undulating coastline. Battle – Site of the famous Battle of Hastings 1066 and built around the abbey. This thriving market town features Georgian and medieval cottages, shops, historic pubs and tearooms and is the centre of the 1066 Country Walk between Pevensey Castle and Rye. Rye – Explore cobbled alleys lined with historic buildings in this relaxed little town, clustered around a hillside overlooking the meandering river. Pevensey – Explore Pevensey Castle and its Mint House and the little often missed Tudor Court House. South Downs Way – Walk or cycle part of the National Trail which weaves from Eastbourne to Winchester through picturesque countryside and villages. Alfriston on the banks of the Cuckmere River is a gorgeous stop for afternoon tea with stunning views of the downs. Firle – Narrow streets of flint knapped cottages do not seem to have changed for centuries. There are lovely walks from the village to Charleston Farmhouse and up to Firle Beacon. Brighton – This lively location offers something for everyone; a classic seaside pier, Regency architecture, a maze of narrow lanes filled with boutiques, Royal Pavillion, eateries and lively nightlife.

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Yorkshire Dales & the Lake District York is a compact walled riverside city, bustling with attractions and oozing medieval Viking history. Resplendent Cumbria is home to the Lake District, where you will uncover the wild beauty of the Lake District National Park, considered the most scenic region of the UK.

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5 days/4 nights Suggested Self-Drive

Day 2: York – Durham (169km) Explore the wild landscapes of the Yorkshire National Park and enjoy a stop at Castle Howard. Reaching the windswept north east coast wander through the cobbled harbour town of Whitby and the stunning Whitby Abbey. Further north, to the University City of Durham, visit the stunning World Heritage-site at Durham Cathedral and Castle. Day 3: Durham – Carlisle – Lake District (191km) Drive through Hadrian’s Wall country checking out the Roman forts along the way as you travel west along the line of the wall. Stop at the town of Carlisle and Carlisle Castle before turning south into the awe-inspiring landscapes of the Lake District. Day 4: Lake District Windermere is a charming Lakeland town and a great base to explore the Lake District from. This magnificent corner of England is home to some of the country’s most spectacular natural sights including lakes and surrounding woodlands, stone walls and villages. It is ideal for walking and hiking, boat trips or lazy drives through dozens of tiny villages. Day 5: Lake District – Liverpool (138km) Enjoy breakfast looking out over the picturesque lake and when you arrive in Liverpool make sure you explore the vibrant Albert Dock. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Continue onto Manchester or over to Wales and add on the Wales itinerary.

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Carlisle

Day 1: Manchester – York (135km) Travel north into the Yorkshire Dales, the setting of James Herriot’s ‘All Creatures Great and Small’. Stop in quaint market towns like Skipton and Harrogate on your way to discover York, one of the prettiest little cities you’ll ever lay eyes on. The old town is protected by its sturdy medieval walls and inside you’ll find a maze of narrow cobbled alleyways and streets, ‘The Shambles’.

Our favourite places to stay: • Novotel York Centre, York • Burnhopeside Hall, Lanchester, Durham • Macdonald Old England Spa, Windermere • Pullman Liverpool, Liverpool

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Goathland – A tiny village, the train station of which you may recognise as Hogsmeade from the Harry Potter movies. Dove Cottage – Nestled near Grasmere, this is where William Wordsworth wrote some of the greatest poetry in the English language. There is a museum and art gallery here and Rydal Mount. Cartmel Village – Call into this historic, unspoilt village found in a quiet valley for the most delicious sticky toffee pudding. Hadrian’s Wall – Once the northern frontier of the Roman Empire, you can stop at one or more of the preserved stretches, such as at Chester’s Roman Fort, and walk in the footsteps of the Roman Centurions. Ashness Bridge – You are sure to recognise this scene as it is one of the most photographed spots in the Lake District, a sweet humped back bridge with a backdrop of views of Derwentwater. Fountains Abbey and Gardens – This stunning UNESCO Heritage-site dates from the 12th century and includes the Abbey remains and one of the finest landscape gardens in the world. Beatrix Potter’s Hilltop – On the shores of Lake Windermere, this is where she wrote many of her beloved stories. Albert Dock, Liverpool – This UNESCO World Heritage-site has a large collection of Grade 1 listed buildings, abundant with galleries, museums, eateries and the Beatles Story.

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Experience

Scotland

Scotland overflows with iconic images – tartan and bagpipes, whisky and thistles. Their origins may be lost in the mists of time but even today they speak of a proud and unique culture. Born in a land with a robust, wild climate, the Scots are feisty independent people who treasure their heritage which includes Neolithic farmers of Skara Brae, the Romans, legendary Robert the Bruce and the tragic monarch: Mary, Queen of Scots.

Edinburgh is an ideal place to begin exploring Scotland’s past and maybe to trace your own Scottish roots. But the true essence of this land lies among the heather and lochs of the highlands and islands. There’s a taste of it in Speyside, home to more than half of Scotland’s famed distilleries, or on legendary golf courses such as St Andrews. Gaelic culture thrives in the Outer Hebrides, pilgrims flock to Iona and the Isle of Skye breathes romance. The remote Shetland Isles are home to puffin birds and are steeped in Viking lore. Outside the cities are fairytale castles with turrets and towers, and sites echoing with bloody moments from Scottish history such as Glencoe, Culloden and Loch Ness. Stand among the ramparts of Urquhart Castle, gaze at the waves and you too may believe a monster lurks in the loch’s depths.

Fast Facts Country Name:

Scotland

Population:

5.3 million

Capital:

Edinburgh

Currency:

Pound Sterling

Time Zone:

11 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

Electricity:

Current is 220V Plug is a 3 point rectangle-pin adaptor

Festivals and Events 2019 Feb-Mar

Inverness Music festival

14-31 Mar

Glasgow International Comedy Festival

May-Jun

Angus Glens Walking Festival

02-24 Aug

Royal Military Tattoo, Edinburgh

02-26 Aug

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

16-17 Aug

World Pipe Band Championships, Glasgow

01 Sep

The Braemar Gathering, Cairngorm National Park

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Edinburgh When a city’s New Town dates back to the 18th century, you know you’re in a seriously historic city; it’s Old Town is medieval by the way. This sophisticated Scottish capital has melded the ancient with the modern and is synonymous with its annual festival in August, that encompasses the legendary Tattoo and The Fringe; but it’s festival time almost year-round in Edinburgh. Join the spirited locals for celebrations of film, jazz and science, not to mention Hogmanay. Walk through history with a visit to Edinburgh Castle, towering above the Royal Mile. Then follow this famous thoroughfare down to the Queen’s Scotland address. Take a tipple of Scotland’s finest whisky en route or shop for your clan tartan.

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Our favourite things to see and do Edinburgh Castle – You haven’t truly seen Edinburgh until you’ve paid a visit to the most famous of all the Scottish castles. Perched atop a rocky outcrop and totally dominating the cityscape, it has tons of history dating back to the 12th century and is still used for events including the Military Tattoo.

Fringe Festival – Book a week in Edinburgh during the month of August and you’re in for an unforgettable cultural explosion! Crazy acts by top local and international performers are on show almost 24 hours a day. In 2016 one of the funniest one-liners was by comedian Roger Swift, “I spotted a Marmite van on the motorway, it was heading Yeastbound.”

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Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre – This is the perfect place to sample a wee dram. Neat or with ice, it’s up to you, just don’t ask for a mixer of coke or the whisky lovers might not let you get out alive!

Greyfriars Bobby – The story of the little Skye Terrier, that stood guard by his master’s grave for over 14 years until he himself died on 14 January 1872, is bound to make you shed a tear or two. A visit to Bobby’s headstone in Greyfriars Kirkyard, and getting your photo taken next to the statue of Bobby on the corner of Edinburgh’s Candlemaker Row and George IV Bridge, is mandatory when visiting Edinburgh.

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Clan Tartan Centre – Do you remember watching Braveheart and wishing you were part Scottish? Now you can find out if your name is linked to a Scottish clan and deck yourself out head to toe in your family tartan.

Arthur’s Seat – There are a number of walking tracks crisscrossing the hills of Edinburgh that will take you to the top of Arthur’s Seat (the main peak) in a little less than an hour. The effort is worth it with superb views of the city.

Outlander Adventure – Step back in time as you wander through castles and ancient villages to relive the sights and stories of Outlander.

Jamie’s Scottish Evening – Enjoy a fun night of Scottish dancing, entertaining music with fiddles, bagpipes, singing and a decent Scottish meal.

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Brooks Hotel Edinburgh

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This boutique hotel is well located in the financial district of Edinburgh City and only a short 5 minute walk to Haymarket Train Station. Spend your days exploring the history of the city before heading back to the hotel to relax and enjoy a dram of whisky in the hotel’s courtyard.

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You’ll love this hotel’s central location, so close to the Royal Mile and the famous Edinburgh Castle. It’s also a stone’s throw from the fabulous shops on Princes Street and a gentle amble away from the brilliant pubs and clubs in Grassmarket.

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Opened in 2017, this hotel combines heritage and style with innovative design and is 5 minutes walk from Princes Street, Waverley Station and The Edinburgh Tram on York Place. The spacious modern hotel rooms have plush beds for you to sink into after exploring the sights of Edinburgh.

Radisson Blu Hotel Edinburgh

The Place

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A boutique styled townhouse hotel, situated in a stunning A-listed Georgian Terrace in the very heart of the city. Close to the main theatre and shopping districts, this unique privately owned hotel features contemporary bedrooms with complimentary and a stylish restaurant and cocktail bar.

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Discover the history and beauty of Edinburgh from this totally refurbished hotel, located on the Royal Mile, in the heart of the capital’s historic district. When you’re not out exploring the nearby Holyrood Palace and Edinburgh Castle, book a treatment at Melrose Spa, work out in the Health Club or order a delicious meal in.

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If you’re travelling by yourself or in a small group, this is the ideal base. The Knight Residence’s fine service ensures that you enjoy the best of Scottish hospitality. Situated right in the heart of Scotland’s capital, it’s surrounded by oodles of great pubs, cafés, restaurants and within cooee of the big attractions. You’ll appreciate the cooking facilities and spacious living areas in these apartments.

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Edinburgh Sightseeing

EDINBURGH TATTOO PACKAGE Staged every year as part of the famous Edinburgh Festival, the Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a unique and memorable celebration of music, dance and military pageantry. Performed against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the Tattoo features awe-inspiring colour and variety from the four corners of the globe. You’ll experience one of the finest displays of massed pipes and drums to be found anywhere in the world. Why not book a package including 2 nights accommodation, Scottish breakfast, tickets to Edinburgh Military Tattoo, Edinburgh Hop on Hop off Bus Tour and entry to Edinburgh Castle with afternoon tea.

EDINBURGH HOP ON HOP OFF TOUR Edinburgh is such a beautiful city, but it has been known to rain from time to time. Do yourself a favour and jump onboard the big red double decker bus. This is the easiest and very occasionally the driest way to see the city and its attractions.

THE SCOTCH WHISKY EXPERIENCE This swirling, bubbling interactive attraction brings 300 years of Scotch Whisky history to life. Scotch Whisky dates back to the 15th century and on the Whisky Heritage Tour you will learn the origins of Malt Whisky distilling in Scotland. To get you in the mood you are offered a “wee dram”.

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LOCH NESS, GLEN COE & THE HIGHLANDS You haven’t experienced Scotland until you’ve journeyed to the Highlands, home to the Clan families, steeped in tradition and full of beauty. Enjoy stunning scenery on this day tour as you travel through the spectacular Cairngorms National Park en route to Loch Ness for monster spotting and onto Glen Coe, home of the massacre of the MacDonald Clan.

SECRETS OF THE ROYAL MILE Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is a treasure-chest of historic gems just waiting to be opened. This is the best way to hear and see all these gems with an expert guide revealing the history of this fascinating street and its unique place in the development of the Scottish nation.


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Ultimate Skye Experience

Scottish Choice

Orkney, Skye and the Far North

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Visit the beautiful Isle of Skye, the largest and most popular island of the Inner Hebrides. En route you will tick off some of the most important stops such as Eilean Donan Castle and Loch Ness.

Explore Skye with its spectacular coastline and rich history. See the Cuillin Mountains and take in the amazing Kilt Rock waterfall. Stop in Fort Augustus for a spot of Nessie hunting.

For the complete Scottish experience of castles, lochs, beaches and stunning isles, travel through the Trossachs to Oban, over the bridge to the gruesome glens and then onboard the Hogwarts Express over the Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Day 1: Edinburgh – Skye Journey to the beautiful Glen Coe and visit Eilean Donna Castle on your way to Skye.

Day 1: Edinburgh – Oban Heading west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Here you’ll explore Scotland’s ancient past, before reaching the coastal town of Oban.

Day 1: Edinburgh – Oban Head to Loch Lomond and Kilmartin Glen to explore 5000 years of history. Walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort.

Day 2: A full day on Skye Have a full day to explore Skye with your knowledgable Driver Guide and see all the sights such as Portree, Kilt Rock, Dun Beag Broch and the outstanding beautiful Trotternish Peninsula. Day 3: Skye – Edinburgh Visit the most famous loch in the world, Loch Ness and have the chance to explore Urquhart Castle. Then tour Culloden Battlefield, site of the last stand of the Jacobites against the British government forces, before visiting a pretty highland town on our journey back to Edinburgh.

Note: All admissions are optional extras and subject to seasonal availability. Small group departures available Orkney Islands

Day 2: Oban – Skye Travel over the Connel Bridge through Appin to the haunting landscape of Glen Coe. Stop in Fort William dominated by Ben Nevis - the UK’s tallest peak, then jump aboard the Jacobite Steam Train (on selected dates) and then a ferry to reach Skye. Day 3: Skye Spend the day exploring Skye’s mysteries and landscape with your experienced and knowledgeable Driver Guide.

Day 7: Kirkwall – Inverness Explore dramatic coastline and Dunrobin Castle.

Note: All admissions are optional extras and subject to seasonal availability. Small group departures available Orkney Islands

Inclusions: 4 nights hotel accommodation including breakfast, guide & transport

Price Guide From: $550

Price Guide From: $1290

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Day 5: Fort Augustus – Kirkwall Over the sea to the mysterious Orkney Isles. Chance to visit the beautiful Italian Chapel.

Day 5: Fort Augustus – Edinburgh Explore Culloden Battlefield and Clava Cairns before heading south and enjoying a visit to a whisky distillery before returning to Edinburgh.

Inclusions: 2 nights hotel accommodation including breakfast, guide & transport

Eilean Donan Castle

Day 4: Skye – Fort Augustus Explore Eilean Donan and Loch Ness.

Day 6: Kirkwall Take in prehistoric marvels such as the Maeshowe chambered cairn, the Neolithic village of Skara Brae, and stone circles.

Departures: Set departures (Mar-Oct) – tour can Stromness also depart from Glasgow

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Day 3: Skye You have a whole day to explore the Isle of Skye’s mysteries and landscape.

Day 4: Skye – Fort Augustus Travel to Scotland’s most photographed castle, Eilean Donan then enjoy the afternoon exploring Loch Ness and Urquhart Castle.

Departures: Set departures (Jan-Dec) – tour can also depart from GlasgowStromness

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Day 2: Oban – Skye Travel through Appin to Glen Coe and Fort William to jump on the Jacobite Steam Train to Mallaig (on selected dates).

Day 8: Inverness – Edinburgh Stop at Culloden and Pitlochry. Note: All admissions are optional extras and subject to seasonal availability. Small group departures available Departures: Set departures (Apr-Sep) Inclusions: 7 nights hotel accommodation including breakfast, guide & transport Price Guide From: $2400

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A Taste of Scotland An ideal self-drive option for first-time visitors to Scotland. It covers all of the highlights including famous historic castles and beautiful lochs whilst learning of the history that helped create this amazing country.

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7 days/6 nights Suggested Self-Drive

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Day 1: Edinburgh Spend the day soaking up the atmosphere of this exciting city.

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Day 2: Edinburgh – Stirling – Loch Lomond – Oban (197km) Travel to Stirling Castle for fabulous views over Stirlingshire. Continue to Loch Lomond, along Loch Fyne and its beautiful landscape passing by Inveraray Castle. Day 3: Isle of Mull & Isle of Iona Enjoy the scenic ferry ride over to spend the day exploring the picturesque islands of Mull and Iona. Overnight in Oban. Day 4: Oban – Fort William – Mallaig – Isle of Skye (144km) Leave Oban via Glencoe, one of Scotland’s most dramatic glens. Travel through the West Highlands to Fort William, set in the shadow of Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. Ferry over to stay the night on the Isle of Skye, the largest, most scenic of the Hebridean Islands. Day 5: Isle of Skye – Loch Ness – Inverness (196km) Explore the iconic images of Eilean Donan Castle before continuing over to Urquhart Castle, magnificently located on the banks of Loch Ness, and on to Inverness. Day 6: Inverness – Pitlochry – Perth (212km) Start the day with a city tour of Inverness. A short detour takes you to Cawdor Castle in Nairn, before you head south via Aviemore through the impressive Cairngorm Mountains. In Pitlochry, stroll through the Victorian city and visit the Eradour Whisky Distillery. Day 7: Perth – St Andrews – Fife – Edinburgh (138km) St Andrews is famous for its 15th century golf course. Continue along the coast via the small fishing villages of Elie and Pittenweem. Cross the Forth Bridge with spectacular views of the Firth of Forth. Extend this itinerary to stay longer in the Highlands or stay a night in Pitlochry.

Our favourite places to stay: • Oban Bay Hotel, Oban • Skeabost Hotel, Portree, Isle of Skye • Highland Apartments by Mansley, Inverness

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse – Take an audio tour of the Royal Family’s official residence in Edinburgh to experience the 14 magnificent historic and State Apartments, the romantic ruins of the 12th century Holyrood Abbey and the royal gardens. Cruise on Loch Lomond – A great way to explore the largest loch in Great Britain, known for the tranquil beauty of its wooded shores and islands. Enjoy a walk through the picturesque village of Luss. Have a cup of tea at Inveraray Castle – Set off the shores of Loch Fyne against the backdrop of rugged highland scenery is the ancestral seat of the Duke of Argyll, head of the Campbell Clan. Explore the famous Armoury Hall and walk through the beautifully maintained estate gardens. Ferry to the Isles – Isle of Iona is where St Columba landed in 563 and founded the famous Iona Abbey the burial spot of many Scottish kings including Macbeth. Wander through the gardens of Cawdor Castle – There are three pretty gardens set in carefully manicured grounds around this sumptuous castle. Enter the impressive Drawing Room with its wall adorned with portraits of generations of Campbells. Explore St Andrews – Stroll along the medieval streets and shop for gifts in the quaint shops, walk to the top of the 12th century St Rule’s Tower or St Andrew’s Cathedral to enjoy the splendid views.

Forth Bridge ©VisitScotland & Kenny Lam

St Andrews Cathedral ©VisitScotland & Kenny Lam


Rugged Scotland Drive through areas famed for landscape and unspoilt breath-taking scenery. Discover rich farmlands in the south, historic houses and castles, and the islands sitting on the most north westerly edge of Europe, the Outer Hebrides.

Isle of Skye © VisitScotland & Paul Tomkins

8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive

Eilean Portree Donan Castle Isle of Skye

Day 1: Edinburgh Explore Edinburgh, a UNESCO World Heritage-site.

Day 3: Edinburgh – Stirling – Oban (196km) Travel to Stirling, pass through the traditional town of Callander, then via Crianlarich to Oban along the beautiful shores of Loch Awe. Day 4: Oban – Mull – Staffa Explore the beautiful Isles of Mull and Staffa. Ferry over to Mull, a spectacular, rocky island with views of unspoiled, rugged Scotland. Embark on the sea journey to Staffa with columns forming the cathedral-like structure of Fingal’s Cave. Visit the Isle of Iona and the abbey. Day 5: Mull – Mallaig – Isle of Skye (198km) A short ferry ride from Mull to Lochaline takes you to Morvern and Ardnamurchan peninsulas, perfect for nature lovers seeking solitude and rare species of wildlife. Cross over to the Isle of Skye and visit the Armadale Castle and wander through the magnificent gardens. Day 6: Isle of Skye Enjoy a day on this dramatic island. Visit Dunvegan Castle, tour around the island’s coastal road towards Uig, stop at Skye Folk Museum. Day 7: Skye – Loch Ness/Invergarry – Glencoe (223km) Travel back to the mainland via the Skye Bridge for magical views of Eilean Donan Castle. Look out for Nessie as you drive along the shores of Loch Ness and follow the Great Glen to beautiful Glencoe. Day 8: Glencoe – Loch Lomond – Glasgow (223km) Stroll along the River Clyde Walkway and discover Glasgow’s rejuvenation. Spend the night on the shores of Loch Ness or add another night in Skye.

View from Wallace Monument, Stirling © VisitScotland

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Day 2: Edinburgh – Scottish Borders (142km) At the southern gateway to Scotland lies the seductive Borders region, an exciting area with an often bloody history.

Our favourite places to stay: • Novotel Edinburgh Centre, Edinburgh • Oban Bay Hotel, Oban • The Isle of Mull Hotel and Spa, Isle of Mull • Uig Lodge, Isle of Skye

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Walk the Royal Mile – From Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in the heart of Edinburgh, this is a vibrant area packed with historical sites and some great eating and drinking spots. Explore the Borders region heritage sites – This is a land of strong traditions and a turbulent history. Today you will discover the friendly towns and picturesque villages, castles, abbeys and museums. Visit Rosslyn Castle – 10 kilometres south of Edinburgh is the mysterious, richly decorated late-Gothic chapel featured in ‘The Da Vinci Code’. Stirling Castle & Wallace Monument – Visit one of Scotland’s most important fortresses and the nearby Wallace Monument which offers a wonderful view of Stirlingshire from the top of the 67 metre high tower. Learn how to smoke salmon – The Inverawe Smokehouse in Taynuit is a traditional family run smokery where you can also enjoy walks along the nature trails. Spot the seals at Dunvegan Castle – Take an exhilarating 25 minute boat trip to see the seal colony and enjoy the unique views of the Outer Hebrides across the Minch. Pay a visit to iconic Eilean Donan Castle – Located on its own little island, surrounded by the forested mountains of Kintail, this setting is truly breathtaking.

Rosslyn Chapel ©VisitScotland & Kenny Lam

Eilean Donan Castle © VisitScotland & Paul Tomkins

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The Northern Highlands This is the Scotland of your imagination - wild, rugged landscape, romantic castles, cosy hospitable towns, and superb food. This itinerary takes you by massive mountains and dark, reflective lochs, through Cairngorm National Park towards the least explored areas of the north.

Skara Brae © VisitScotland & Colin Keldie

8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive

Tongue Day 1: Edinburgh Visit some of Edinburgh’s famous attractions including the Royal Mile and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.

Lairg Urquhart Castle Loch Ness Fort Augustus

Day 2: Edinburgh – Perth – Aviemore (204km) Travel north over the Firth of Forth to reach Perthshire’s stunning scenery. In Pitlochry visit Edradour, the smallest whisky distillery in Scotland. Explore the Cairngorm National Park on your way up to Aviemore.

Fort William Glencoe

Day 3: Aviemore – Inverness – Thurso (221km) Journey through one of the least explored areas of Scotland, up to Inverness and along the north eastern coast. As the road snakes towards Thurso, be sure to stop at the magnificent Dunrobin Castle. Day 4: Orkney Islands Take the ferry to the Orkney Islands to see Skara Brae and Maeshowe, the prehistoric sites that predate the Pyramids.

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Highlights worth seeing along the way

Day 5: Thurso – Tongue – Lairg (130km) Travel on the single track coastal road to Tongue. The road will take you south by the mountains of Ben Loyal and Ben Klibeck to the village of Lairg.

Climb the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle – The castle dominates the city centre skyline and from the ramparts you can look down on medieval lanes and sweeping terraces that hold over a thousand year of history, mystery and tradition.

Day 6: Lairg – Fort Augustus (128km) Loch Ness stretches its bitterly cold waters for 38 kilometres between Inverness and Fort Augustus. The shoreline is a beautiful scenic drive.

Admire the treasures inside Scone Palace – This superb Gothic building is the ancient crowning place of the Kings of Scotland and holds many historical treasures.

Day 7: Fort Augustus – Loch Lomond (172km) Follow the famous Caledonian Canal to Fort William as you head towards Loch Lomond, the largest loch in the whole of Great Britain.

Dunkeld – Medieval cathedral on the banks of Loch Tay.

Day 8: Loch Lomond – Glasgow (53km) Enjoy the tranquil beauty of the loch’s wooded shores and island vistas before a scenic drive to the energetic city of Glasgow.

Admire the Italian Chapel – Built by Italian prisoners of war on the tiny island of Lamb Holm, Orkney.

You’ve made it to the tip of Scotland; stay a couple more days on the remote Orkney Islands. Our favourite places to stay: • Pentland Hotel, Thurso • The Lovat Loch Ness, Fort Augustus • The Drymen Inn, Loch Lomond

Italian Chapel, Lamb Holm © VisitScotland & Paul Tomkins

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Orkney Islands Maeshowe Thurso

Skara Brae Stormness

See a falconry display at Dunrobin Castle – The gardens, inspired by the Palais de Versailles are a beautiful backdrop to this exciting display.

Discover history in Glencoe – One of Scotland’s most dramatic glens and the scene of the cruel massacre of the Clan Macdonald by Clan Campbell. Wander through Urquhart Castle – Sitting magnificently on the banks of the famous Loch Ness. Stroll through Luss – Stop at this picturesque village to admire the cute cottages. Kelvingrove Art Gallery – View this amazing collection of exhibits.

Cairngorms National Park © VisitScotland

Loch Lomond © VisitScotland


Experience

Wales

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a country’s border is predominantly coastline, it’s no wonder there is a fascinating coastal heritage bursting with myths and legend. You’ll find pirate trails (think ‘Black Bart’ the designer of the skull and crossbones or Captain Henry Morgan) and plenty of ancient castles to explore. Hear tales of wizards and dragons told in one of the oldest living languages in Europe. The Welsh language is spoken by 20% of the population and is seen, with English, on all signs. The landscape is dotted with places connected to one of Britain’s most enduring legends – King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table.

Fast Facts Country Name:

Wales

Population:

3 million

Capital:

Cardiff

Currency:

Pound Sterling

Time Zone:

11 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

You’ll eat regally too in gastropubs and country cafés as Welsh chefs serve up regionally-sourced produce - abundant seafood, tender Welsh lamb, dry-aged black beef and a delicious array of cheeses. Along the stunningly beautiful Pembrokeshire coast there are many seaside pubs where fresh fish, mussels, scallops and shrimp can be savoured with harbour views. Kayak with the seals or go dolphin spotting.

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Venture inland through mountainous landscapes and national parks to discover heritage rail lines, steam trains and adventure activities intertwined with Wales’s slatemining past. Explore the heart of Wales with a choice of gentle walks, the wildest being Glaslyn Nature Reserve where you can see moorland birds, red kites and falcons, or a walkers’ paradise in Snowdonia National Park. Let’s not forget Cardiff, a vibrant, cultural city with deep roots in the past and where literary legend Roald Dahl was born.

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St David’s Day, Cardiff

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Crickhowell Walking Festival

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Wales International Harp Festival, Caernarfon

25-26 May

Cowbridge Food & Drink Festival

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Man vs Horse, Llanwrtyd Wells

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National Eisteddfod, Llanrwst, Conwy

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Narberth Food Festival, Pembrokeshire

Festivals and Events 2019

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Our favourite things to see and do Gilbert’s Maze and the Dragons’ Lair at Caerphilly Castle – Cross the moats to conquer the castle’s defensive system through hidden passageways and obstacles without getting caught by Gilbert de Clare, the castle’s owner in the 13th century.

Zip line at Zip World – You’re 500 feet in the air going down at 100mph!! The same guys have also set up Bounce Below, three underground trampolines connected with slides and ladders lit with psychedelic lights.

Step into a fairytale adventure – With over 600 castles, you’re never too far away from history. Climb spiral staircases to the top of Conwy Castle’s turrets and towers, and enjoy singing or poetry at Raglan Castle.

Watch a rugby game in Cardiff – The Principality Stadium has a great atmosphere. The Welsh proudly singing their national anthem will send shivers down your spine.

Steam trains of Wales – Narrow gauge steam trains are a great way to see the landscape of Snowdonia from Porthmadog. Climb more than 700 feet to the peaks of Snowdon, visit the pretty village of Beddgelert, and wander tranquil woodlands.

Spot the film set – Host to hundreds of films including Snow White and the Huntsman in Pembrokeshire, also the Shell Cottage scenes from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Dark Knight Rises Batcave is hidden behind Henrhyd Falls, and the Snowdonia Mountains feature in Lara Croft Tomb Raider.

Go down the rabbit hole in Llandudno – Tour this Victorian seaside town to discover sites and sculptures inspired by Alice in Wonderland. The real Alice holidayed here from 1861. You can even play a game of croquet.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – This UNESCO World Heritage-site is the longest and highest in the UK on the Llangollen Canal. You can walk across it or take a boat ride.

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Our favourite places to stay in Cardiff: • • •

Hotel Indigo Mercure Holland House & Spa Radisson Blu

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct © Visit Wales


Coastal Wales Remarkable landscapes and castles, and fine food combine with strong Celtic roots, Welsh history, myth and language to lead you on a journey of discovery. The intricate country roads are perfect for exploring in your own vehicle as you drive from green valleys in the south to Snowdonia’s mountains in the north.

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6 days/5 nights Suggested Self-Drive

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Day 1: Cardiff – Swansea – Tenby (148km) Explore Cardiff, a city bursting with historical arcades and modern shopping centres, museums, galleries and Cardiff Castle. Head west to Swansea, and onward to Tenby. Who can spot the castle on the island first? Stretch your legs on a sunset stroll through the narrow streets. Day 2: Tenby – Pembroke – St David’s (60km) An invigorating morning walk around the picturesque seaside harbour before continuing west to Pembroke and the imposing 12th century castle. Enjoy coastal scenery out to St David’s, Britain’s smallest city, but more like a bustling village with a magnificent cathedral. Day 3: St David’s – Fishguard – Aberystwyth (116km) From Fishguard, drive along the beautiful coastline of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Travel up the coast to Aberystwyth and the castle ruins dating back to the 13th century. This is a lovely town to stay with its sweeping seafront, energetic promenade and traditional seaside pier. Day 4: Aberystwyth – Snowdonia – Caernarfon (150km) Drive through Snowdonia National Park to view the magnificent architecture of Harlech Castle, perched on a rocky outcrop. Llyn Peninsula is a protected ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ where you’ll find the abandoned village of Nant Gwrtheyrn. Day 5: Caernarfon – Conwy (163km) Caernarfon Castle, World Heritage-listed, is one of the finest castles in Wales with murder holes and a moat. Detour inland through Snowdonia, home of Mount Snowdon. Day 6: Conwy This medieval town has a castle perfect for exploring with ramparts, towers, dark passages and dungeons, and a tiny house. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Carry on to Manchester or take the ferry from Holyhead to Dublin. Our favourite places to stay: • Lovesgrove Country Guest House, Pembrokeshire • The Cardigan Bay Guest House, Aberystwyth • Glan Heulog Bed and Breakfast, Conwy

Three Cliffs Bay © Visit Wales

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Three Cliffs Bay in Gower – Trek out, off the beaten track and be rewarded with dramatic views over the glistening ocean and stretches of white sand lying between black cliff faces, topped with emerald green. Tenby – The colourful walled town has arguably the best beach in Europe, make sure you do a walking tour. Pembroke offshore islands – Take a boat ride out to visit the cormorants, puffins and guillemots that reside on the islands. You may even see a seal! Pembrokeshire Coast Path National Trail – Immerse yourself in nature by walking a section of the 299 kilometre trail which covers steep limestone cliffs, undulating red sandstone bays, volcanic headlands, beaches and flooded glacial valleys. The Coastal Bus Service will take you back to your car. Conwy – Walk through the narrow streets of this historic walled town. Fishguard Tapestry – Stop in to The Town Hall to see this beautifully embroidered tapestry stitched by over 70 women in the local community. It’s 100 feet long and is admired internationally as the Last Invasion Tapestry, a sort of local Bayeaux Tapestry. There is also a film explaining how it was designed and completed. Narrow-gauge steam train – Step back in time as you embark on a ride through spectacular Snowdonia, past rivers and castles.

Conwy Castle © Visit Wales

Narrow Gauge Train © Visit Wales

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Ireland

A land of magic and legend, richly steeped in religious heritage and wild romantic

Fast Facts Country Name:

Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland

Population:

4.8 million & 1.8 million

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Dublin & Belfast

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Euro & Pound Sterling

Time Zone:

11 hours behind New Zealand (except during daylight saving)

Electricity:

Current is 230V Plug is a 3 point rectangle-pin adaptor

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St Patrick’s Day

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Foyle Maritime Festival (Clipper Round the World Yacht Race), Derry

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Dalriada Festival, Glenarm, Ballymena

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Mitchelstown Busking Festival, Cork

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Puck Fair Festival, Kerry

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Galway International Oyster Seafood Festival

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landscapes. Ireland can turn almost anyone into a poet. It’s not a large island, you could drive around it in four or so days but don’t be deceived – this place tempts travellers to tarry amongst its stunning views, breath-taking history and its famed hospitality. Dublin is one of Europe’s most happening cities - where better to ease oneself into the legendary Irish pub scene? But beyond lie the cliffs and seascapes of Kerry, mystical Connemara, Gaelic speakers of Donegal, Galway, Cork and Limerick; every place name evokes stories of Ireland’s past. Stroll through almost any town and follow the sounds of Irish music into a welcoming pub, work out the secrets of Gaelic football, taste soda bread and savour a creamy Guinness – devotees insist it has a unique taste unlike anywhere else in the world. If you have no Irish blood in your veins, after a few days in this country you’ll wish you had. And if you have local ancestry, trace your Irish roots back into the peaty soils of your home county.


Dublin Even if you’ve never fancied Guinness before, there’s something in the Dublin air that is going to compel you to sip a sample of Ireland’s most legendary liquid. This dynamic European capital’s history stretches back 1000 years and Viking, Medieval and Georgian legacies live on. The UNESCO World Heritage-site at Boyne Valley actually predates the pyramids of Egypt, and the city itself has a long association with literary giants and musical luminaries. There are eerie reminders of Ireland’s turbulent past in Kilmainham Gaol, now a museum, and at Malahide Castle, there’s not one but five ghosts on the prowl! You can easily fill your days with castles, museums and art galleries.

Our favourite things to see and do Statue hunt – There are plenty to find and some have acquired some interesting nicknames (ask a local!). Keep your eyes peeled for James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Molly Malone, and the tall, emaciated people of the Famine Memorial.

Kilmainham Gaol – Closed in 1924, this is a bleak but fascinating attraction. The only way to visit the Gaol is with a guided tour, which is great as you learn all about Ireland’s turbulent past and independence as the jail housed the leaders of the Easter 1916 rebellion.

Sample some local brews – Discover how the world-famous brews are made at the Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery, and enjoy a pint in the Temple Bar at a live music ‘session’.

Francis Bacon’s studio – After his death in 1992, his London studio was moved in all its messy glory to the Hugh Lane Gallery. Look through a perspex window at the 7000 items: a huge easel, piles of paints, jars, brushes, rags, pots, books, photos, towels and empty boxes of Krug Champagne. Trinity College – The oldest University in Ireland, founded in 1592, has prime real estate in central Dublin and is home to one of the world’s most famous books, The Book of Kells.

Train to Dun Laoghaire – This quaint seaside town has a complex heritage and is referred to as Dublin’s Riviera due to its splendid harbour and town surrounded by rolling hills.

Irish Food Trail – Take a guided walking tour to see Dublin city’s ‘hidden gems’ and be introduced to local Irish people in some of Dublin’s most famous hot-spots. Taste authentic Irish food and drink as you go around the city.

The 1916 Tour Beyond the Barricades – Experience the historical rebellion that would shape the nation. Move around the city and see the various sites of the different battles and incidents from the 1916 uprising.

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Tucked in a wee street just off the main drag, O’Connell Street, Academy Plaza Hotel is in the heart of the shopping and theatre areas with the hustle and bustle of Temple Bar not far away. After exploring Dublin’s sights, Trinity College, St. Stephen’s Green and galleries, put your feet up back in your stylish, contemporary room or have a relaxing drink at the bar.

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Situated on historic O’Connell Street, this hotel is minutes walk away from the shopping areas, theatres, hustle and bustle of Temple Bar and the city attractions. To relax and unwind, order a freshly ground coffee in the sumptuous Writers’ Bar and Lounge, or sip fine whiskey in the rich comfort of Toddy’s Bar and Brasserie.

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The Westbury Hotel In a unbeatable location just off Grafton Street, half-way between historic Trinity College and the landmark that is St. Stephen’s Green. The Westbury Hotel is at the heart of Dublin’s premier retail and cultural quarter with great shopping, atmospheric pubs, restaurants, excellent theatres and nightlife all literally on your doorstep.

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Guinness Storehouse

The Irish are known for having the ‘Gift of the Gab’ and your local guide is sure to entertain with stories of Dublin’s fascinating history and culture. Historical, Ghosts, Literary, Pubs, Tapas, Traditional Music – there’s a walking tour of Dublin to suit everyone.

You can’t come to Dublin and not visit the home of Guinness. You’ll hear about the 250 year history, the brewing process and see some of the impressive advertising campaigns. Finish off with a pint of the black stuff in the Gravity Bar with impressive views over the brewery and the city.


Belfast Belfast is a city of surprises. The first is perhaps that this metropolitan heart of Northern Ireland is a city undergoing a multimillion-dollar makeover as historic precincts such as the famous docks are redeveloped. Belfast was once one of the great shipbuilding centres of the globe and gave birth to perhaps the most famous ship ever to set sail – the RMS Titanic. See the slipway from which she was launched and spend time in the Titanic Quarter. For nearly 400 years, this northern city was home to the largest linen, rope and tobacco factories. It’s also the gateway to scenic wonders such as County Antrim’s Giant’s Causeway and County Down’s Mountains of Mourne.

Belfast City Hall

Our favourite things to see and do Crown Liquor Salon – Belfast’s most famous pub is probably the prettiest pub you’ll ever see. Owned by the National Trust, the mosaics, cosy little snugs and leadlight windows, are a great excuse to enjoy a drink.

Stormont – Although not open to the public, the impressive Parliament Buildings at Stormont are worth a look, they are housed in lovely grounds that are open to the public. It is 8 kilometres out of the city centre but is on the Hop On Hop Off tour route.

Black Cab Tour – This is a fascinating insight into the turbulent past of the city. The drivers take you to the former hot spots in both the Protestant and Catholic areas, showing you the gates dividing the two areas and the murals. They also give you their personal account of how their life was at the time of The Troubles.

St George’s Market – Built in 1896 and restored in 1999, these markets (Friday & Saturday mornings) are the oldest continually running markets in Ireland. There is lots of fresh produce and locals doing their weekly shopping and socialising.

Take a Tour – Within a couple of hours from Belfast you can marvel at the Giant’s Causeway, walk the Mountains of Mourne, or visit Game of Thrones’ locations.

Titanic Quarter – The former shipyard which launched such vessels as RMS Titanic, Olympic and SS Canberra has been transformed into an exciting waterfront development. This area, rich in history, is also becoming a major social meeting place with hotels, galleries, theatres and parklands. Be sure to visit The Titanic Experience. Our favourite places to stay:

City Hall – A real focal point of the central city, this is an impressive building built in the

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early 1900s. There are free guided tours twice a day Monday-Saturday.

Jurys Inn Belfast Europa Hotel Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre Fitzwilliam Hotel

Crumlin Road Gaol – Experience the history inside this former prison which dates back to 1845. It was the first prison in Ireland built according to the ‘separate system’.

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Causeway Coastal Route It’s been known for its turbulent past but this all morphs into the background when you hit the road and travel around the far north. You will see unspoilt scenery including the granite Mountains of Mourne and more than 320 kilometres of coastline with beaches and hidden coves, rivers and spectacular lakes.

Dunluce Castle

6 days/5 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Belfast – Island Magee – Ballygally (44km) Spend today discovering The Gobbins. Start your adventure at the Visitors Centre where you learn all about the story of this rugged coastal pathway. For those not able or keen to undertake the full journey, there are other cliff-top walks to enjoy in the same location. Day 2: Ballygally – Cushendun – Bushmills (80km) Take the coastal route north, stopping at the quaint village of Cushendun with its idyllic Cornish Cottages and caves on the beach made famous as a filming location for Game of Thrones. Day 3: Bushmills – Portrush – Giant’s Causeway – Bushmills (26km) Head to Portrush exploring the iconic ruin of Dunluce Castle dating back to the 14th century. In the afternoon, explore the World Heritage Giant’s Causeway. Marvel at the unique rock formations and learn of the myths and legends that surround this famous landmark. Day 4: Bushmills – Derry (65km) Visit the world’s oldest whiskey distillery, The Old Bushmills Distillery. Get there early as this is a hugely popular attraction. Continue on to the medieval walled city of Derry and enjoy a walking tour. Day 5: Derry – Donegal (77km) Drive the scenic route through the top of the Glenveagh National Park. Follow the coast through traditional fishing villages, stopping along the way for a brisk beach walk or even a surf, before reaching Donegal.

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Highlights worth seeing along the way The Rinkha, Island Magee – Stop by at this family owned store and choose one of 24 flavours of delicious creamy ice-cream. Rathlin Island – Located just 20 kilometres off the North Antrim coast and halfway between Ireland and Scotland, this is a fantastic island to visit. Known for its spectacular scenery, the best time to visit is May and June when the puffins have settled back onto the island. Mary McBride’s Bar, Cushendun – Stop here for great pub food. It’s one of Ireland’s smallest pubs, it’s authentic and full of character.

Day 6: Donegal – Sligo – Dublin (224km) Stop in Sligo to view or walk to the top of Knocknarea, a limestone hill dominating the skyline and offering wonderful views across Sligo Bay to the lakes and mountains. Pack a picnic and stop lakeside for lunch.

Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge – If you’re up for a challenge, cross the precarious bridge which crosses a 24 metre-deep and 18 metre-wide chasm along the north coast.

Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. Explore more of the south or join the Wild Atlantic Way from Donegal.

Causeway Specialty Market – This is held in Coleraine on the 2nd Saturday of every month and is very proud of its locally grown fresh produce and handicrafts.

Our favourite places to stay: • Ballygally Castle, Ballygally • Causeway Lodge, Bushmills • City Hotel, Derry • Solis Lough Eske Castle, Donegal

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Glenveagh National Park

Flash in the Pan, Portballintrae – Savour award-winning Fish ‘n’ Chips.

Slieve League Cliffs, Donegal – Locals, (and others) say these cliffs rival the Cliffs of Moher. At 601 metres, they are spectacular and boast some of the highest sea cliffs in the whole of Europe. Silver Strand, near Donegal – Make sure to include a stop at this remote unspoilt beach.

Rathlin Island © Tourism Ireland

Giant’s Causeway © @storytravelers


Wild Atlantic Way Enjoy a week long scenic journey at a relaxed pace, allowing you to explore ancient sites, lakes and mountains, traditional villages and towns complete with thatched cottages and stone walls. Marvel at the dramatic coastline of dancing light and brooding sea.

Galway City

8 days/7 nights Suggested Self-Drive Day 1: Dublin Visit St Patrick’s Cathedral, Ireland’s largest church or the National Museum. Day 2: Dublin – Galway (208km) Galway City, the gateway to the scenic Connemara, is laid-back, relaxed and ready to party. Buzzing with brightly painted pubs, traditional live music, cafés with street performers out front, delicious seafood and winding lanes. Day 3-4: Connemara Region Travel from Galway to the lake dotted centre at Maam Cross to explore Connemara. From the rugged Twelve Bens mountain range in the north through lake-rich Roundstone Bog to the golden beaches reaching out into the Atlantic Ocean, Connemara is a fascinating area to drive through. Today you’ll see small farms and stone walls, and isolated thatched cottages on the heather covered hills. Day 5: Galway – Kilrush – Killarney (195km) Travel through The Burren, a geological paradise. Continue along the coast of Clare to view the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. Take the Killimer - Tarbert/ Kilrush ferry. Day 6: Ring of Kerry (179km) The Iveragh Peninsula is full of mountains, peat bogs, lakes and ocean views. Travel through Killorglin famous for the Puck Fair, Glenbeigh to see panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula, through the peat bogs to Waterville and Sneem Village, returning to Killarney. Day 7: Dingle Peninsula – Limerick (150km) You will see many ring forts, high crosses and other ancient monuments on the Peninsula’s dramatic landscape. Day 8: Limerick – Dublin (194km) Visit Birr Castle Demesne and get in some last minute shopping in Dublin. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace.

Our favourite places to stay: • Jurys Inn Galway, Galway • Hotel Killarney, Killarney • Limerick Strand Hotel, Limerick

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Highlights worth seeing along the way Dublin sights – Walk through Trinity College to view the beautifully illuminated Book of Kells; or in the old market area of the city visit Old Jameson Distillery and learn about whiskey making and tasting. Discover the mountains and boglands – On your drive to Clifden you pass between Ben Mountains, the Atlantic Ocean and preserved boglands. As well as experiencing this spectacular scenery dotted with castle ruins and abbeys, Clifden has great boutique gift shopping and gourmet dining. Kilrush – The Heritage Centre is in the original Moyasta Junction Station House; the start of the restored 2 kilometre old narrow-gauge line and home of the restored train carriages. Sneem Village – In the ‘Ring of Kerry’ and nestled between mountains and rugged coast, Sneem has some great views and is famous for its brightly coloured houses. Movie set spotting – You will recognise many areas from films including the Dingle Peninsula from ‘Ryan’s Daughters’ and ‘Far and Away’, and the Connemara region from ‘Quiet Man’ and ‘The Purple Taxi’. Hear Gaelic being spoken – West of Dingle see the many ancient sites in Kerry. You’re bound to overhear the locals speaking Gaelic. Birr Castle Demesne – Walk around the gardens and along the peaceful river. See one of the world’s largest telescopes here, and some amazing feats of science and engineering.

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A Taste of the South Come face to face with some of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way for a spectacular road trip made up of cliffs, castles and characters. There are many culinary delights to discover and friendly locals to meet on this journey as you wind your way through ancient villages and countryside.

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Day 4: Waterford – Kilkenny – Cahir (113km) Kilkenny is the third point of the Viking triangle, medieval and modern, wander down a laneway and you never know what century you’ll end up in. Enjoy tucking into cutting-edge Irish cooking or watching a hurling game at Nowlan Park. After exploring Cashel rest your head in historic Cahir.

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Day 5: Cahir – Cork – Killarney (186km) From Cork visit Blarney Castle and the legendary Blarney Stone.

Fairbrook House Gardens – 3.5 acre romantic walled artist’s garden and 3 acre woodland garden on the River Dawn.

Day 6: Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Dingle (65km) Pass through the rugged countryside with beautiful lakes and mountain scenery on your way to Dingle Peninsula. Dingle is a charming town with brightly painted pubs and shops.

Waterford Crystal – See the magic of a molten blob crafted to a twinkling masterpiece.

Day 7: Dingle – Limerick – Doolin – Galway (152km) Drive through The Burren to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, 230 metres at their highest point. Day 8: Galway – Dublin (208km) Explore the city and the many nearby smaller towns and villages. Customise this itinerary to travel at your own pace. From Galway you can continue up the coast and through Northern Ireland or the Causeway Coastal Route.

Our favourite places to stay: • Chester Beatty Inn, Wicklow • Cahir House Hotel, Cahir • Dingle Harbour Lodge, Dingle • Jury’s Inn Galway, Galway

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Day 1-2: Dublin – Wicklow (64km) Explore the Wicklow Mountains National Park bursting with beauty. Visit the 6th century Glendalough Monastic Site and walk a trail through this spectacular site, carved out in an Ice Age. Day 3: Wicklow – Wexford – Waterford (146km) Travel down the coast and see where Vikings made their mark in Ireland - looting monasteries, fighting kings for treasures and taking Irish people as slaves. They laid the foundations of Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, and Wexford - there are many medieval artefacts to discover.

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Eat your way around a Blasta food trail – Follow the streets of Kilkenny mixing music, food, Norman castles, ancient monasteries, farmers markets, and chat with food producers, chefs and traditional musicians. Butter Slip, Kilkenny – This gorgeous narrow stone alley was built in 1616 and was once flanked with the stalls of butter vendors on market day. Blasket Islands – Hop on a 20 minute ferry ride from tiny Dunquin Harbour to Great Blasket. See the wildlife on a boat trip around the island. Cloghar Headland – Venture off the main route, stop for a slice of lemon drizzle cake or a goat’s cheese salad in the café at Cloghar. Milk Market in Limerick – Such a lot of fun, it’s colourful, energetic, with artisan foods, antiques, music and art. Burren Smokehouse – At the visitors’ centre you can taste Burren smoked salmon and learn about the history and smoking process. Venture to smaller villages – Like the ancient Tuam with its cathedrals or Abbeyknockmoy with ruins of a 13th century Cistercian Abbey.

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Take to the Road There’s a lot to be said for having your own wheels on holiday. Tours are great, but often you’ll glimpse an inviting country lane or a cute village, only to discover that it’s not on your itinerary. Driving in a foreign country can seem intimidating at first, but it’s not so different to driving in New Zealand. In the UK and Ireland they drive on the same side as us, the roads are excellent and well-signposted, and the driving distances are short. The major roads let you cover long distances in good time and if you opt for the minor roads, you’ll avoid the tolls and see much more of the countryside. These days you don’t even have to worry about those relationship-testing moments where the navigator mutters “I think that was our exit…” as you race past an off ramp. For a little extra, you can have a slightly bossy but very knowledgeable GPS system to tell you exactly how to get to where you’re going. There’s a huge range of car and motorhome types on offer, and if you’re worried about your carbon footprint you can even opt for a more eco-friendly diesel or hybrid model.

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Touring by Rental Car Driving in the UK & Ireland Exploring England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales is easy. In the countryside, the roads are excellent, well signposted and largely toll free. Distances between towns are short and driving is on the left-hand side of the road, same as in New Zealand.

Choosing your Rental Car Take into consideration the size of the vehicle you require. We strongly recommend a compact car for two adults. If the vehicle is to be used for day touring from a central base and not for transporting your luggage, a smaller vehicle may be adequate. We suggest you book your car before leaving home as this will save money and ensure you get the car of your choice.

Emergency Roadside Assistance

Things to think about:

While each vehicle is serviced and cared for individually there may be an instance that you need some assistance. You can rest assured that in many countries throughout Europe, Hertz provides Emergency Roadside Assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

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Hertz NeverLost Hertz NeverLost satellite navigation system is available across 15 countries in Europe and 300 locations, and with its seamless cross-border capability, it is ideal for independent travellers who like to know where they are going. The system has extensive, detailed mapping, a wide, easy-to-use fullcolour touch-screen that provides access to turn-by-turn directions to points of interest including hotels and petrol stations, simply by touching an icon.

SIGHT–SEEING YOUR WAY. There really is only one way to see the best of UK & Ireland – SELF DRIVE. With a modern fleet, competitive prices and friendly service you can enjoy everything UK & Ireland has to offer from the comfort of a Hertz rental vehicle. To start your adventure today call or visit your local travel agent.

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Adventure by Motorhome If it’s total freedom that you’re after, then a motorhome rental is the perfect option for your next self-drive holiday around the UK & Ireland. You will only need to unpack once and see where the road takes you. Renowned for its small villages, rich heritage, medieval castles and natural landscapes, the best way to explore beyond the cities is by motorhome. Pull over in that perfect spot and gaze upon nature’s best views. The options are infinite and so is the road…

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Hints and Tips:

All motorhome packages include unlimited kilometres, UK standard vehicle insurance, air conditioned drivers cab, emergency breakdown cover, toilet chemicals, motorhome operating instructions, air conditioning, DVD and CD player, fully furnished bathroom including shower, toilet and hand basin, fully equipped kitchen with toaster, kettle, gas hob and fridge, crockery, cutlery, pots and pans, automatic transmission with power steering and reverse camera, camping guide and VAT.

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6 travellers

4 travellers

All hires are based on afternoon pick ups and morning drop offs. Driver licence and experience restrictions apply. A surcharge may apply to young or mature aged drivers. Minimum hires apply and can be 5 or 7 days depending on the season. Children, until 12 years old or 125cm in height, must use the correct child restraint. All vehicles are subject to availability at time of booking. Transfers are available from London Heathrow, Stansted and Gatwick Airports – a charge will apply and must be pre-booked.

Explore further at your own pace › Explore the UK & Ireland your own way with trusted suppliers like Just go, Bunk Campers, Celtic Campervans & Anywhere Campers › Choose from 2 to 6 berth motorhomes › Quality all-inclusive motorhomes at the best prices

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Ferry Connections Stena Line Going that extra sea mile for you with a modern fleet of vessels offering comfortable, fast connections for leisure and business travellers linking the United Kingdom with Ireland and also with Europe. These ferries offer a variety of routes and a number of daily crossings to meet your requirements, with great choices in food, shopping and entertainment.

Liverpool – Belfast

KEY

Stena Lagan & Stena Mersey – 8hrs The Stena Lagan and Stena Mersey both offer a range of fantastic onboard facilities to ensure you have a relaxing and comfortable journey. We offer both day and night sailings in both directions. So sit back, relax and enjoy everything these Stena vessels have to offer on this direct link from the heart of England to Northern Ireland.

Liverpool - Belfast Cairnryan - Belfast Fishguard - Rosslare Holyhead - Dublin

SCOTLAND

NORTHERN IRELAND

Price Guide From: $40 (based on foot passenger)

Glasgow 2hrs 15m

EDINBURGH

Cairnryan

BELFAST

Cairnryan – Belfast

IRELAND

Rosslare

30m

rs

3hrs

Holyhead rs

3h m

30

The most luxurious ferry to Scotland providing the best ferry experience on the Irish Sea! With six crossings daily, there’s a sailing to suit everyone. Onboard there’s lots to enjoy such as the Pure Nordic Spa, the POD Lounge, The Living Room and Taste restaurant, free WiFi, free movies, Curious George and our exclusive Stena Plus Lounge.

DUBLIN

8h

Stena Superfast VII & Stena Superfast VIII – 2hrs 15mins

NORTH SEA

WALES

Fishguard CARDIFF

Price Guide From: $48 (based on foot passenger)

Liverpool Manchester

ENGLAND

N

LONDON

Fishguard – Rosslare

ATLANTIC OCEAN

BELGIUM

Stena Europe – 3hrs 30mins Travelling twice daily, the Stena Europe offers a convenient and relaxing way to travel. Why not sit back and relax in our exclusive Stena Plus lounge, grab a coffee in our Barista Coffee House or if you prefer, indulge in a little retail therapy - you’ll be spoilt for choice onboard. We also offer free WiFi throughout the ship, so you can surf across the Irish Sea without leaving your seat. Price Guide From: $66 (based on foot passenger)

FRANCE

BAY OF BISCAY

Holyhead – Dublin Port Stena Adventurer – 3hrs 30mins or Stena Superfast – 3hrs 15mins With a choice of two crossings daily, you can look forward to a convenient and smooth sailing onboard the Stena Adventurer. Or take the Stena Superfast X which is the latest addition to the fleet offering a choice of daily crossings. Both include free movies, fun for the kids, retail shopping and a Stena Plus Lounge. Price Guide From: $66 (based on foot passenger)

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The price guide shown is per adult, one way based on low season travel. Specials or surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Take to the Tracks There really is something delicious about travelling by rail, especially in Europe. There’s timeless atmosphere in the grand old stations – a sense of adventures to be had in far-off places. It’s easy to imagine you’re in the 19th century, about to embark on a grand European tour. The first intercity service opened in 1830 between Liverpool and Manchester. Aside from the romanticism of a bygone era, there’s a lot to be said for including rail travel in a European itinerary. The rail networks of both Europe and the United Kingdom are efficient and widespread, and the trains are well-maintained, comfortable and generally run on time (in some countries you can set your watch by their arrival and departure).

© Visit Britain

BritRail Pass

Eurostar

Belmond Luxury Journeys

A BritRail Pass, available in both Consecutive and Flexi Day options, provides you the freedom to travel on the national rail networks of England, Scotland and Wales. The popular Flexi Pass allows travel over a specific number of days within a set period; whereas the Consecutive Pass is cheaper but the days of travel need to be consecutive.

Eurostar is the number one choice for travel between the centre of London and the heart of Paris, Brussels or Rotterdam and Amsterdam via the Channel Tunnel. Avoid the stress of airports, costly transfers and taxes as Eurostar whisks you to your destination in style and comfort.

Belmond Grand Hibernian Enjoy luxury overnight rail touring around Ireland at a new level. Famed for its historic cities, lush farmland, quaint towns and spectacular scenery, Ireland has long been the domain of self-drives or coach tours, but now there’s a new way to see this beautiful country. Elegant carriages, private en suite cabins, authentic Irish cuisines complemented by fine wines and attentive service, all included in your fare, make this iconic journey extremely memorable.

Ireland Eurail Pass Breath-taking scenery, historic castles and stately private homes, quaint villages and people renowned for their friendliness, the Emerald Isle is yours to enjoy with the Ireland Eurail Pass. UK Point to Point Fares If you are planning only one or two train trips, always check out the range of fares available in Standard or First Class. These fares sometimes attract discounts of between 15%-60%, available for instant purchase. The earlier you book the greater the level of discount. Fast Train Did you know that if your train journey is 4 hours or less, you will arrive at your destination faster by train than your total flying experience? London-Manchester journey time: 2hrs 7mins London-Edinburgh journey time: 4hrs 18mins

Classes of Service Business Premier offers a 1st class service designed specifically for the business traveller giving access to lounges, priority check-in, full catering and more. Standard Premier offers a 1st class experience with freedom and space to work or unwind. It includes a complimentary light meal and beverages served at your seat. Standard Class offers comfort, convenience and value for money with the option to purchase refreshments from one of the two buffet cars. Discounted Fares Eurostar offers a range of discounted fares including special child and youth discounts, available as one way and return fares. Eurostar passholder fares* offer outstanding value for money and are available for holders of selected passes covering France and/or Belgium.

*This will require a day off your pass.

Three Irish adventures take place between April and October: a 4 night trip to the scenic west coast, a 2 night adventure to Belfast and the signature 6 night journey, combines the 2 and 4 night trips, for an unforgettable journey which encompasses both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. All start and finish in Dublin. Belmond Royal Scotsman Depart from Edinburgh and journey to the heart of Scotland, passing through glens, lochs and mountains. Disembark at exceptional places of interest such as romantic castles and whisky distilleries. Life on the train is relaxed and indulgent with the finest local produce served. Belmond British Pullman From the moment you embark you will discover luxury train travel reminiscent of a bygone era. Glide through picturesque English countryside as champagne flows and gourmet cuisine is served.

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Touring

Harlech Castle Š Visit Wales


Back-Roads Touring With a maximum of 18 passengers, BackRoads are the experts in small group touring. Picture a touring holiday which delves that much deeper. One that doesn’t simply drop by top sights and major cities – but invites you to see a destination through the eyes of the people who know it best: the locals who call it home. Where journeys are made for absorbing never-to-be-forgotten views, not darting from A to B. And each day ends in a cherry-picked boutique retreat loaded with local charm. With over 25 years experience Back-Roads knows that the best adventure is immersing you in experiences and sights that last a lifetime.

Corners of Cornwall

Highlights of Britain

7 days/6 nights

10 days/9 nights

From windswept moors, wild coastlines, historic cities and picture-perfect fishing villages. Discover the maritime heritage, rural beauty and culinary pride of South West England.

Delve deep into Britain’s history and culture. In England, celebrate ‘Great British Puddings’ and trace the footsteps of writers and poets. In North Wales and Scotland take in spectacular scenery and dramatic castles.

Tour Highlights: -- Savour lunch at Rick Stein’s signature “The Seafood Restaurant” in Padstow -- Get the inside story on Cornwall’s largest private estate “Tregothnan” on a private guided tour of the grounds – including a tea plantation -- Travel along the winding roads and over the ancient bridges of iconic Dartmoor that are only accessible to smaller vehicles -- Explore the fascinating and historical St. Michael’s Mount -- Stroll around Port Isaac, the fishing village made famous by television series, Doc Martin

Tour Highlights: -- Indulge your sweet tooth at the world-famous “Pudding Club” -- Explore the scenic back roads of Britain’s most spectacular regions, including the Cotswolds, Snowdonia National Park, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District -- Discover Britain’s literary greats at the Brontë Parsonage, Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm and William Wordsworth’s home -- Visit Castle Howard, one of England’s finest historic houses -- Take a cruise on Lake Windermere

Departures: Set departures (Mar-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Mar-Oct)

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver and tour leader, luxury mini-coach transport, full English breakfast daily, 4 evening meals, 1 seafood lunch, sightseeing and some entrances

Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver and tour leader, luxury mini-coach transport, full English breakfast daily, 5 evening meals, sightseeing and some entrances

Price Guide From: $3709

Price Guide From: $4529 EDINBURGH

ENGLAND

WALES

Abbotsford House

SCOTLAND LONDON

Scottish Borders

NORTHERN IRELAND

The Lake District

Wells Dartmoor Padstow Fowey St Michael’s Mount

Falmouth

Hawkchurch

York

Haworth

Salisbury

IRELAND

Chester Snowdonia Denbighshire National Park Ironbridge ENGLAND

WALES

Cotswolds

Stratford Upon Avon

Oxford

LONDON

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Back-Roads Touring

The Wonders of Wales

A Scottish Journey

8 days/7 nights

8 days/7 nights

Snow-dusted mountains, deep green valleys and an unforgettable coastline – venture high and low on your journey in search of Wales’ most captivating sights. Walk the ancient lands of Celts and Romans and become immersed in this beguiling country’s contemporary culture.

Towering mountains, enchanting lochs, cliff-top castles and hideaway villages. Infamous battles and gripping legends. From coastal cities to Hebridean islands, seek out Scotland’s one-of-a-kind landscapes, mesmerising history and undeniable charm.

Tour Highlights: -- Indulge in a traditional afternoon tea served in a glorious setting -- Be treated to a memorable performance by a Welsh male voice choir -- Go below ground to see a Welsh working mine -- Marvel at Pontcysylite Aqueduct, the longest and highest structure of its kind in the UK -- Visit Conwy and Caernarfon Castles, famous in Welsh history -- Enjoy a private tour of the first Welsh book shop with the shop’s owner -- Visit Devil’s Bridge - a world-famous attraction and home to stunning waterfalls and a steam train experience

Tour Highlights: -- Tour Scotland’s most enigmatic castles -- Journey through the Cairngorms, past iconic lochs and beneath Ben Nevis, taking in some of the world’s most spectacular scenery -- Become an islander with two nights on the stunning Isle of Skye and the striking Isle of Mull -- Travel through the fishing villages splashed across the East Neuk region -- Seafood lunch in Kyle of Lochalsh, Wester Ross -- Visit the historic Duart Castle – a craggy fortress clinging to a coastal cliff Orkney Islands

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Mar-Oct)

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini-coach transport, full breakfast daily, 4 evening meals, 1 afternoon tea, Welsh wine tasting, sightseeing and some entrances

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini-coach transport, full breakfast daily, 4 evening meals, 1 seafood lunch, ferry crossings, sightseeing and some entrances

Price Guide From: $4199

Price Guide From: $4690

Conwy

Isle of Skye

Caernarfon Castle Llangollen Nant Gwrtheyrn Snowdonia IRELAND National Park Tregaron Pembrokshire

WALES

ENGLAND

Ballater

Fort William Isle of Mull

SCOTLAND St Andrews

Isle of Iona Stirling

Kilgetty CARDIFF

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Loch Ness

Brecon Beacons Tintern

Inverness Cawdor Castle Plockton

EDINBURGH

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Back-Roads Touring

London to Paris via The Channel Isles

Ireland The Emerald Isle

11 days/10 nights

12 days/11 nights

Go from Great British to Gallic culture on this island-hopping trip, which immerses you in the Channel Islands’ natural beauty and its fascinating history. Hear about Guernsey’s wartime occupation first-hand from locals, enter a bygone world on Sark and admire Jersey’s exquisite landscapes.

From north to south – step into Ireland’s colourful past, starting with the legendary Giant’s Causeway and Belfast’s Titanic history. Rugged peninsulas, village gems and sweeping views of the Wicklow Mountains create a dramatic setting for your Emerald Isle adventure.

Tour Highlights: -- Spend a day on Sark, and visit a chapel made of sea shells -- Explore the only part of the British Isles to be occupied during WWII -- On Jersey, at La Hougue Bie discover one of Western Europe’s bestpreserved Neolithic sites -- Visit the beautiful French towns of Dinan, St Malo, Fougeras, Sainte Suzanne and the World Heritage Cathedral of Chartres -- Explore the Sausmarez Manor where you’re treated to a private tour of this grand establishment -- Get acquainted with St Aubin – a fishing harbour with buckets of charm -- Sail to the old walled city of St Malo, one of France’s most iconic sites

Tour Highlights: -- Sit down for lunch at the historic private country house, Ballyscullion Park -- Drive along Ireland’s back roads through extraordinary natural scenery, including the lunar-like landscape of the Burren -- Enjoy a traditional Irish evening sipping whiskies, and perhaps a pint of Guinness with the locals -- Enjoy an historical walking tour of Kinsale -- Learn why two million people sailed from Ulster to start a life in the New World at the Ulster American Folk Park -- Visit the award-winning Connemara Heritage Centre -- Explore the Dingle Peninsula with countless historical sites

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Set departures (Mar-Oct)

Inclusions: 10 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver/tour leader, luxury mini-coach transport, breakfast daily, 5 evening meals, ferries to Guernsey, Sark, Jersey and St Malo, sightseeing and some entrances

Inclusions: 11 nights accommodation in boutique hotels, driver and tour leader, luxury mini-coach transport, full Irish breakfast daily, 5 evening meals, 1 lunch, Irish whiskey tour, sightseeing and some entrances

Price Guide From: $6545

Price Guide From: $5569

ENGLAND

North Irish Coast

SCOTLAND Derry

Winchester Dorset Poole

NORTHERN IRELAND

LONDON

ATLANTIC OCEAN Guernsey

BELFAST

ENGLAND

Ballyfarnon

IRELAND Sark Jersey

FRANCE

St Malo Mont St Michel Dinan Fougères Chartres Laval Sainte Suzanne

DUBLIN

Galway The Burren

Avoca Kilkenny

PARIS

Dingle Dingle Blarney Peninsula Kenmare

Tipperary

WALES

Midleton Kinsale

Penzance

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Touring with C.I.E Tours C.I.E Tours, has an 85 year tradition of anticipating your needs and expectations, and delivering through specialist local guides in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. Starting with a welcome get-together drink with your group, you receive a documents wallet, universal electrical adapter and backpack to keep you organised, and a “no hidden extras” itinerary with the perfect balance of sightseeing, plenty of stops to take photos, shop and dine. Grab a taste of culture with the locals, marvel at countless iconic landmarks and walk ancient streets. On select tours and departures you can now discover the highlights and hidden gems of Ireland and Britain on more intimate small group departures with a maximum of 26 travellers.

A Taste of Ireland

Best of Britain

7 days/6 nights

10 days/9 nights

This is the perfect introduction to the Emerald Isle. See popular sights in the south of Ireland; kiss the Blarney Stone, view the scenic Ring of Kerry and the majestic Cliffs of Moher.

The quintessential tour to see a lot of Britain in a short time – from Windsor Castle to historic York, from Beatles’ Liverpool to Edinburgh Castle, from a Welsh Evening in Cardiff to cosmopolitan London.

Tour Highlights: -- Immerse yourself in country life as you watch a farmer work with his highly-skilled dogs to control a flock of sheep -- Ring of Kerry tour, seeing ever-changing scenery of mountains and shoreline and get a taste of farm life with sheepdog trials -- Visit the Cliffs of Moher a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches to 200 metres above the ocean waves -- Medieval Banquet at 15th century Bunratty or Knappogue Castle with song and harp music, evocative of the Middle Ages

Tour Highlights: -- Discover the rich history of Windsor and York as local historians guide you around these charming old towns -- Visit the medieval Bamburgh Castle and enjoy views of the beach below -- Tour the imposing Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny -- Stop in Ludlow, to see the castle and quaint old black-and-white houses -- Marvel at the prehistoric circle of vast monoliths of Stonehenge at Salisbury Plain

Note: Small group departures available on certain dates

Note: Small group departures available on certain dates

Departures: Set departures (Jan-Dec)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 6 nights accommodation, luxury coach, tour director, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 dinners (includes Merry Ploughboy Pub & traditional show, a medieval castle banquet), transportation & sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 9 nights accommodation, luxury coach, tour director, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 3 dinners (includes a Scottish evening in Edinburgh, festive Welsh banquet at Cardiff Castle), transportation & sightseeing as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $1599

Price Guide From: $3605 EDINBURGH Connemara

SCOTLAND

Galway

DUBLIN

IRELAND

Cliffs of Moher

Gretna Green

NORTHERN IRELAND

Bamburgh

Grasmere

York

Bunratty

IRELAND

Liverpool

WALES

Ring of Kerry

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ENGLAND

Ludlow

Killarney Blarney

Tintern Cardiff

Bath

Oxford

Windsor LONDON

Stonehenge

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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C.I.E Tours

A Taste of Scotland & Ireland

Irish Adventure

11 days/10 nights

8 days/7 nights

The perfect combination of two great countries. Start in Glasgow before exploring the Scottish Highlands up to Nairn. Take a ferry ride to Ireland and get to know the southern coast of Ireland.

Travel right around the coastline of Ireland to see the main attractions such as Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry and Giant’s Causeway. Enjoy great meals, including a traditional pub sing-along experience.

Tour Highlights: -- Expect an unforgettable evening of music, ceremony, theatre and dance with reserved seats for Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo on July 30 to August 20 departures -- Enjoy farm life as you sample fresh baked scones with tea and watch a sheep herding demonstration -- Discover the rich history and local lore of Edinburgh, Galway and Dublin with local guides -- Irish highlights include Titanic Belfast, Trinity College, kissing the Blarney Stone, viewing the Ring of Kerry and the Cliffs of Moher -- Enjoy Scottish features such as cruising Loch Ness, distillery tour and tasting as well as visiting Edinburgh Castle and the Scottish Highlands

Tour Highlights: -- Enjoy a “Titanic walking tour” of Cobh/Queenstown -- Discover the true story of the world’s most famous ship at Titanic Belfast -- Witness the creation of crystal masterpieces at the House of Waterford -- Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” -- Cross to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience and stroll around Sneem -- Wander over the Giant’s Causeway’s enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago

Departures: Set departures (Feb-Nov)

Departures: Set departures (Jan-Dec)

Inclusions: 10 nights accommodation, luxury coach, tour director, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 7 dinners (includes Scottish evening in Edinburgh, rustic pub dinner in Dundalk, festive medieval castle banquet), transportation & sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 7 nights accommodation, luxury coach, tour director, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 5 dinners (includes a traditional Irish dinner & show), transportation and sightseeing as per itinerary

Note: Small group departures available on certain dates

Price Guide From: $1765

Price Guide From: $3565 Nairn

Derry

Loch Ness Ft. Augustus Loch Lomond Glasgow

NORTHERN IRELAND

Giant’s Causeway

SCOTLAND

Pitlochry

Donegal St Andrews EDINBURGH

Cairnryan

Galway

Clonmacnoise DUBLIN Galway Cliffs of Moher Bunratty Cashel Killarney Ring of Kerry Blarney

IRELAND

ENGLAND

DUBLIN

Cliffs of Moher

IRELAND

BELFAST

Knock

SCOTLAND

BELFAST

NORTHERN IRELAND

Glendalough

ENGLAND

Killarney Cobh

WALES Ring of Kerry

Blarney

WALES

Waterford

Spike Island

Penzance

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Trafalgar - Simply the best... way to holiday Trafalgar infuses every trip with the best moments, like their exclusive Insider Experiences, VIP treatment and relaxing free time. Every element of their holidays is carefully crafted to take you to the heart of a destination, bringing local cultures to life with the perfect balance of the right experiences, sights, inclusions, hotels, even the locals you meet. They’re committed to doing everything to give you the best holiday. And that means you’re guaranteed the best memories without worrying about a thing.

Amazing Ireland

Britain and Ireland Grandeur

14 days/13 nights

20 days/19 nights

Enjoy a leisurely exploration of Ireland, from the medieval city of Waterford in the south to the northern mythical land of Finn MacCool, the giant whose ‘causeway’ enjoys World Heritage-site status.

Go behind the scenes on a grand exploration of Britain and Ireland - one that will see you circle islands, scale highlands and cross the seas. No corner of the British Isles will remain unexplored.

Trip Highlights: -- Enjoy traditional Irish fare with an Italian twist at Glenealy Farmhouse near Dublin with the charming Fulvio family on hand to share their story -- See traditional craftsmen at work at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Centre, one of the oldest working potteries in the world, and the House of Waterford Crystal -- Visit Smithwick’s, Kilkenny’s medieval brewery, to learn about the origins and brewing of Ireland’s oldest beer brand

Trip Highlights: -- Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour -- At Quarry Bank Mill in Cheshire gain an in-depth insight into the history of the Industrial Revolution in Britain, and discover how your visit helps support the National Trust’s work -- Experience Belfast from the comfort of your dedicated Black Cab with expert ‘Cabbie’ commentary

Departures: Sunday (Apr-Sep)

Departures: Saturday (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 13 nights accommodation, daily full breakfasts, 5 dinners including Be My Guest, experienced Travel Director, transport & sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions: 19 nights accommodation, daily full breakfasts, 10 dinners including Be My Guest, experienced Travel Director, transport & sightseeing as per itinerary

Price Guide From: $4695

Price Guide From: $6195 Giant’s Causeway Londonderry

SCOTLAND

SCOTLAND

Loch Isle of Skye Ness

BELFAST

Belleek Knock

St. Andrews

NORTHERN IRELAND

Glasgow Giant’s Causeway Londonderry

ENGLAND

IRELAND

IRELAND

DUBLIN Galway Cliffs of Moher Limerick

Kilkenny

Co. Kerry

New Ross Waterford

Killarney Ring of Kerry

Blarney

BELFAST

Donegal

Kylemore Abbey Galway Cliffs of Moher

Culloden Scottish Highlands Pitlochry

Glencoe

WALES

Ring of Kerry

NORTHERN IRELAND

DUBLIN

EDINBURGH Alnwick Gretna Green Lake District York

Liverpool

Quarry Bank Mill Chester

Waterford

ENGLAND

WALES

Stratford-upon-Avon

Rosslare Pembroke

Blarney

CARDIFF

Bath

LONDON Stonehenge

Salisbury

Cork

St. Ives

Plymouth

St. Michael’s Mount

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The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Travelling with Insight Vacations Insight Vacations is renowned for providing seamless, stress-free travel with small group sizes, luxury coaches with business class legroom, and hand-picked hotels in exceptional locations. Their trips include a carefully curated collection of authentic experiences and mustsee attractions so you don’t have to constantly dip into your pocket as you go. Insight’s highlytrained Travel Directors, the best in the business, are on hand to share knowledge and advice, and manage the details of your journey so that everything runs smoothly. With more 2 and 3 night stops than other guided holidays, you can truly absorb the essence of a destination, when cities come alive at night – you’re right there. It is the finest, most hassle-free way to explore the depth and breadth of Europe.

Country Roads of Ireland

Britain and Ireland Discovery

12 days/11 nights

22 days/21 nights

Experience the wild, enchanting coastal routes as you explore the Emerald Isle. Along the way you’ll encounter ruined castles, quiet lakes, natural wonders and legendary characters.

This epic adventure illuminates the hidden corners of the British Isles. Along the way, encounter the full arc of Celtic heritage, cultures, legends and traditions.

Trip Highlights: -- Dublin: Enjoy fast-track entry on a student-led visit to Trinity College. See the famous Library and admire the 9th century Book of Kells -- Blarney: Dangle from the ramparts to kiss the Stone of Eloquence -- Killarney: A local ‘Jarvey’ informs you of the history, legend and folklore of Killarney aboard a famous jaunting car ride -- Giant’s Causeway: Learn about the towering hexagonal basalt columns -- Kildare: Experience a behind-the-scenes look at the Irish National Stud -- Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages

Trip Highlights: -- Edinburgh: Within the walls of Edinburgh Castle, view the Scottish Crown Jewels, Stone of Destiny and Mons Meg -- Highlands: At the exciting Culloden Visitor Centre, discover why the Battle of Culloden lasted only an hour, yet changed the Highland way of life forever -- Loch Ness: Soak up the scenery during a scenic cruise -- Dublin: View Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares, O’Connell Street and the Custom House -- Stonehenge: Visit the mysterious circle of upright stones

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (Apr-Sep)

Inclusions: 11 nights quality accommodation with 11 breakfasts, 5 dinners, highly-skilled Travel Director, luxury transport

Inclusions: 21 nights quality accommodation with 21 breakfasts, 11 dinners, highly-skilled Travel Director, luxury transport

Price Guide From: $4475

Price Guide From: $8195

SCOTLAND

Londonderry

NORTHERN IRELAND

Ballgally BELFAST

Isle of Skye

ENGLAND

Drumcliffe

IRELAND Galway Cliffs of Moher

Limerick Adare

Slea Head Ring of Kerry

Killarney Blarney

Cork

Cahir

John O’Groats

DUBLIN

Kildare Kilkenny

WALES

Eilean Donan

Orkney Is Wick

Ullapool

Inverness Culloden

Loch Ness

Pitlochry Glencoe St Andrews Loch Lomond EDINBURGH Glasgow Giant’s Troon SCOTLAND Causeway Antrim Londonderry Coast Gretna Green Donegal Larne Belleek NORTHERN Grasmere ENGLAND Sligo Bay IRELAND York DUBLIN Holyhead Chester Galway IRELAND Conwy Ludlow Limerick Stratford Kilkenny Adare Killarney Waterford WALES Blarney Oxford Cork Ring of Kerry LONDON CARDIFF Bath Stonehenge Glastonbury Cornwell Dartmoor Plymouth

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Albatross Tours Discover Europe the Albatross way… with unique touring itineraries designed for New Zealand travellers. Featuring small group sizes and leisurely 2, 3, 4 and even 5 night stays with Albatross Tours you get more time to relax and savour the superb places you have travelled so far to visit. Offering the perfect balance of included regional and city sightseeing along with that essential guaranteed ‘My Time’ to do your own exploring, Albatross Tours’ touring programmes are genuinely inclusive with no additional ‘on tour’ costs, even the end of tour tips are included!

The Ireland Connection

Best of British

14 days/13 nights

16 days/15 nights

Ireland in depth… from Temple Bar in Dublin and the Wild Atlantic Way, to the Aran Islands, ancient megalithic tombs and the Titanic Experience in Belfast, plus the story of the mass emigration of the Irish to Australia.

Take the time to do Britain justice… from Stonehenge to the ‘bravehearts’ of Scotland and Tintern’s romantic Abbey. Discover the Kingmakers of Warwick and Australia’s heritage in Captain Cook’s Whitby.

Tour Highlights: -- Spend 2 nights in Dublin and enjoy dinner in a 300 year old church -- Stay 2 nights in Cork, visit the Rock of Cashel, see the Australian Convict Memorial in Clonoulty -- Visit the Blarney Stone, Cobh Harbour and the Heritage Centre with stories of the Titanic -- Visit the beautiful Gougane Barra and St Finbarr church, stay 3 nights in Killarney and drive around Dingle Peninsula -- Staying in Belfast, follow the Causeway Coast to the Giant’s Causeway, visit Bushmills Distillery and dine on a Titanic themed menu

Tour Highlights: -- Spend 3 nights in Bath, visit Stonehenge, Glastonbury and Tintern’s Abbey -- Take in the majestic Clifton Suspension Bridge above the River Avon -- Enjoy a steam train ride through Beatrix Potter country to Haverthwaite -- Cross the drawbridge to visit Edinburgh Castle -- Stay 3 nights in Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon -- Stay overnight in the magnificent Leeds Castle -- Indulge in a decadent afternoon tea at Betty’s Tea Rooms in Harrogate

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Departures: Set departures (May-Sep)

Inclusions: 13 nights accommodation with porterage, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 9 dinners, all sightseeing, local guides, excursions & entrances as per the itinerary, fully escorted by an experienced Tour Manager in a first class coach, plus your end of tour tips

Inclusions: 15 nights accommodation with porterage, breakfast daily, 1 lunch, 9 dinners, all sightseeing, excursions & entrances as per the itinerary, fully escorted by an experienced Tour Manager in a first class coach, plus your end of tour tips

Price Guide From: $7315

Price Guide From: $8467 Giant’s Causeway

SCOTLAND SCOTLAND

Bushmills

NORTHERN IRELAND

Callander Stirling EDINBURGH

New Lanark

BELFAST Ulster Folk Park

Gretna Green

Kylemore Abbey Aran Islands Cliffs of Moher

Monasterboice Newgrange Tombs Galway

IRELAND Ennistymon

Foynes Clonoulty Dingle Blarney Cashel Dunquin Castle Killarney Cork Cobh Derrynane House Gougane Barra

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NORTHERN Grasmere IRELAND Lake District Windermere

DUBLIN

ENGLAND

National Stud

Alnwick Castle Durham Whitby Harrogate York

ENGLAND IRELAND

Chester

Chatsworth

WALES

WALES

Warwick Stratford-upon-Avon Cotswolds Bourton-on-the-water Monmouth Oxford Tintern Windsor LONDON Bristol Bath Glastonbury Leeds Castle Stonehenge Salibury

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.


Boating in the UK Narrowboat holidays are the fastest way of slowing down, choose from a range of fully equipped boats and plan your route through the UK’s historic waterways. You may struggle to pronounce it, but the Llangollen Canal (‘THLANGOT THEN’) is one of the most beautiful canal systems in the UK. You’ll start in pretty Shropshire but the gentle pastoral landscape soon gives way to the more dramatic scenery of the Welsh border. For excitement there’s the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct – stretching for 307 metres and towering 38 metres over the valley of the River Dee, it’ll add a certain frisson to your otherwise-relaxed journey. You’ll be shown how to work the locks, then you get to skipper yourself through a succession of locks, aqueducts and tunnels, plus numerous off-canal attractions including castles, ruins, village pubs and even a steam train.

Llangollen – Welsh Borders

Leicester or East Midlands Ring

Stratford-upon-Avon & Return

8 days/7 nights

15 days/14 nights

8 days/7 nights

Without doubt one of the most beautiful canals in Britain, Llangollen Canal combines the gentle countryside of Shropshire with the more dramatic landscape of the Welsh border. Plus it has one of the most striking features on the UK canals – the UNESCO listed Pontcysyllte Aqueduct. You can watch steam trains in the Dee Valley, visit the ruins of Castle Dinas Bran or have a pint in a canalside pub, the choice is yours.

The cruisey-est 2 weeks of your life. Meander through parts of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Derbyshire, travelling on canals as well as rivers. This route takes you up the famous Grand Union Canal to the Foxton flight of locks and through the city of Leicester itself. You’ll have a blast negotiating the River Soar and the River Trent on your way to Sawley, before rejoining the canal system to complete the ring.

It doesn’t get more English than this! Cruise through idyllic countryside, stopping in at canalside taverns for a spot of lunch along the way. Arriving in Stratford-upon-Avon, moor in the beautifully maintained canal basin near to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. This city with its Elizabethan streets, narrow lanes and historic sights offers you a superb mixture of culture, history and shopping.

Departs: Mon, Fri & Sat Price Guide From: $1599

Departs: Mon, Fri & Sat Price Guide From: $3199

Departs: Mon & Fri Price Guide From: $1599

The price guide shown is per boat (4 berth, in Tyne Class) per hire as specified, based on low season travel. Fuel charges are additional. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date.

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Luxury Barging Discover the best that the world-famous inland waterways of Scotland and England have to offer on an unforgettable cruise through the spectacular Scottish Highlands, or along the prettiest upper reaches of the River Thames. Visits to ancient castles, battlefields, heatherclad hillsides, Royal palaces and olde worlde villages, as well as fine food, wines and of course, single malts, all add to the experience. Let your attentive crew spoil you as you relax onboard your traditionally furnished ‘floating country house’. Fascinating excursions and local transfers are included.

Spirit of Scotland, The Scottish Highlands

Magna Carta, The Royal River Thames

7 days/6 nights

7 days/6 nights

Enjoy cruising between Inverness and Fort William through the Great Glen, navigating the Caledonian Canal and beautiful lochs, including Loch Ness. The legends of the past and the taste of single malt – a fine combination!

Cruise the ‘Royal River’ through rural countryside and past quaint riverside towns, discovering some of England’s heritage stretching back many centuries along the way.

Tour Highlights: -- Departing Muirtown or Banavie, you’ll cruise through some of Scotland’s finest scenery on Lochs Dochfour, Oich and Ness and the Caledonian Canal, built by Thomas Telford nearly 200 years ago -- Tour of Cawdor Castle, home of Shakespeare’s Macbeth -- Tour and whisky tasting at the Glen Ord distillery -- Visit Eilean Donan and Urquhart castles -- Explore the battlefields of Glencoe and Culloden Moor -- Watch salmon leaping at Invermoriston Falls

Tour Highlights: -- Departing Hampton Court or Henley, you’ll cruise the meandering Upper River Thames, between Henry VIII’s palace at Hampton Court and Henley -- Visit Hampton Court Palace, home of Cardinal Wolsey and Henry VIII -- Moor beneath and visit Windsor Castle -- Visit the Tudor manor house of Dorney Court -- Tour the Stanley Spencer Gallery in beautiful Cookham -- Tour Christ Church College, Oxford -- Visit Henley-on-Thames, the Royal Regatta town

Departures: Sunday (Apr-Oct)

Departures: Sunday (Apr-Oct)

Inclusions: 6 night cruise, all meals catered by onboard Master Chef and beverages including whisky bar, chauffeured and guided sightseeing, use of all barge facilities such as bicycles, sonic fish finder, spa pool

Inclusions: 6 night cruise, all meals catered by onboard Master Chef and beverages, chauffeured and guided sightseeing, use of all barge facilities such as bicycles, spa pool

Price Guide From: $7380

Price Guide From: $7899

Muirtown Dochgarroch

Laggan Locks

Inverness

Fort Augustus

Henley-onThames

Hurley

Runnymede

Cookham Windsor

Hampton Court

LONDON

Gairlochy Lock Banavie Fort William 56

The price guide shown is per adult per tour twin share based on low season travel. Price shown does not include Earlybird or other discounted offers. Specials and surcharges may apply depending on travel date. Itineraries are subject to change and operate in the reverse direction on alternate weeks.


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Please read these booking conditions carefully CONSUMER GUARANTEES ACT The guarantees under the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 will apply to services supplied by us except where they are acquired, or held out as being acquired for business purposes. 1. OUR SERVICES AND OBLIGATIONS 1.1 House of Travel Ltd (‘we” or “us” as the case may be) supply services consisting of arranging and co-ordinating travel facilities and services, and making bookings and issuing vouchers to be redeemed by suppliers of travel, entertainment, and accommodation facilities or services (“Suppliers”). House of Travel Ltd is part of the House of Travel group. 1.2 We undertake to perform these services with reasonable care and skill. We will not be liable for any loss or damage which results from the act, default or omission of any person other than ourselves, our employees or agents, or any cause independent of human control. This includes (but is not limited to), loss or damage which arises directly or indirectly from any act of God, weather disruptions, dangers incidental to the sea, fire, breakdown in machinery or equipment, acts of Governments or other authorities de jure or de facto, wars whether declared or not, hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, deaths, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines or medical or customs regulations. 1.3 We are not able to exercise control over services we do not supply directly, therefore we will not be responsible for any loss or damage arising from: • Any booking made directly with a service Supplier by your travel agent, or • Any services which are not directly provided by us and which are additional to those recorded in clause 1.1 above. 1.4 We will endeavour to provide the most suitable travel arrangements to meet the particular requirements you make known to us. However, travel is an individual experience, and your preferences and opinions may vary from our own. For this reason, we cannot take responsibility for your individual satisfaction. 2. SUPPLY OF TRAVEL, ENTERTAINMENT AND ACCOMMODATION SERVICES AND FACILITIES 2.1 When we make bookings with Suppliers, we are acting as a booking agent for such Supplier. 2.2 All travel, entertainment, and accommodation facilities or services are supplied directly to you by the Suppliers. We have no control over the facilities or services themselves, or the manner in which they are provided by the Suppliers. Therefore you should be aware of the following conditions: • We will not be liable for any loss or damage of any kind which may arise from your use or consumption of, or inability to use or consume those facilities or services. • The provision of those facilities or services is subject to the terms and conditions of your contract with each Supplier. • Where for any reason, a Supplier is unable to provide particular facilities or services, then that Supplier may be entitled, under its contract with you, to substitute those services or facilities with comparable or equivalent facilities or services without incurring any liability to you. You should check your contract with each Supplier. • All facilities or services described by us are subject to availability from the Supplier. • We will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage relating to your baggage, personal possessions, health or welfare, or delays or travel disruptions unless these arise directly from the service we provide to you. 3. BUSINESS PURPOSES You agree that where our services are acquired for business purposes, or where you hold yourself out as acquiring our services for business purposes, the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 will not apply to any supply of goods or services made under these conditions, and we will not be liable or responsible for any loss or damage of any kind to you, including any consequential loss or damage however it may be caused. 4. INFORMATION IN THIS BROCHURE 4.1 While we attempt to ensure that the contents of this brochure are correct, accurate, and up to date at the time of printing, the contents of this brochure are drawn from information supplied to us by Suppliers. We do not have, and cannot be reasonably expected to have, personal knowledge about all of the facilities or services provided by each Supplier. 4.2 Facilities or services may change after the date of printing. We endeavour to keep travel agents informed of any changes to information in this brochure which are brought to our attention. Prior to completing your booking, you should ask your travel agent whether they are aware of any changes to the published information. You should also make sure that if

your travel agent is advised of changes which occur after booking, your travel agent is able to contact you. 4.3 Maps and Photographs: Maps are shown for general information and may not necessarily reflect actual routings, locations or services provided. Photographs may show places in the geographic area which are not included in your booking. Hotel room photographs may not be the actual room occupied. 4.4 Property Information: Descriptions featured in this brochure are drawn from information provided by our Suppliers. Any facilities or services shown are subject to change at any time. Please advise your travel agent if you have any special requirements. 4.5 Room Bedding: Based on existing bedding in the room. Requests for specific bedding arrangements must be made at the time of booking but can not be guaranteed. For example, twin share may consist of single beds or a shared double bed. 4.6 Rental Cars: We cannot guarantee to provide a particular model or colour within the car category. Availability of car categories is subject to confirmation at the time of booking. We reserve the right to substitute different models. If a vehicle is returned prior to the end of the reserved rental period or if the vehicle is picked up later than the reserved date, NO REFUND will be made for unused rental days

8.3 We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances. See Section 10. 9. RESERVATION AMENDMENTS We are happy to incorporate any reasonable amendments you request. An amendment constitutes a change to an existing booking and will attract a $25 fee per amendment prior to final payment and the issuing of the travel documents, and a $50 fee per amendment after travel documents have been issued. These fees are to cover administration and communication costs. You may also be required to pay any Supplier imposed fees. 10. INSURANCE We strongly recommend that you insure yourself fully against cancellation, loss of luggage and personal property, and medical expenses. Your travel agent will be able to provide you with further information. 11. ITEMS NOT COVERED Unless otherwise specified, the cost of airfares, meals, drinks, laundry, insurance, sightseeing, transfers, local taxes, airport departure taxes, Airline imposed insurance levies, passenger service charges and Passport or Visa application fees are not included.

5. PRICES

12. VISAS/PASSPORTS

5.1 The prices provided are a guide only based on low season, per adult share twin and are correct at the time of printing. The actual price may differ to that indicated due to currency fluctuations, special events, trade shows or peak periods. Prices for tours are based on per adult per tour for share twin based on low season travel. Prices for cruises are per person for the complete cruise based on the lead-in cabin category on a low season sailing.

For all holidays in this brochure you will require a valid passport. You are responsible for arranging your own passport, visa and health requirements including inoculation. You should check with your travel agent who will be able to provide you with the necessary information.

5.2 We will guarantee the price of the portion of the booking as processed by us, against currency fluctuation for a period of seven (7) days from the time of confirmation of the booking; note: special conditions apply for cruise bookings. It is the responsibility of your travel agent to advise you of the date of confirmation. If your booking remains unpaid after the seven (7) day guarantee period it will be subject to currency fluctuation, up to the time full payment is received by us. 5.3 Events beyond our control, such as changes to the prices of aviation fuel or changes to the cost of services or facilities may result in the prices charged to you being different from those shown in the brochure. You should check all prices with your travel agent before making reservations, and before ticketing. 5.4 Prices may also be liable to variation between the time of booking and the date of departure due to events beyond our control. Due to unforeseen events we reserve the right to vary the price up to the time of your departure. 6. HOUSE OF TRAVEL ACCOMMODATION RATINGS To assist you with the selection of your accommodation, we have created our own rating system allowing you to compare each property. Please note that these gradings are to be used as a guide only and may alter throughout the year due to a change of circumstances. When selecting your accommodation please note that the overall quality of properties in the UK & Europe is generally lower than equivalent priced properties in other countries, particularly in the lower ratings. In general the room sizes are quite small and can vary, even within one property. Please check with your House of Travel consultant to ensure you get the property that best suits your needs. 7. PAYMENT 7.1 A non-refundable deposit will be required by your travel agent and must be paid at the time of booking. This is in addition to any deposits imposed by Suppliers. 7.2 A communication charge may be made for bookings requested less than 72 hours prior to departure. 7.3 Final payment must be made in full before we can release travel documents (including tickets). 8. CANCELLATION 8.1 If you wish to cancel your booking for any reason, you must advise us in writing through your travel agent as soon as possible. 8.2 If you cancel your booking or any part of your booking, we will impose a cancellation fee in respect of each person travelling under that booking. You must also pay all cancellation fees imposed by Suppliers and your travel agent. These cancellation fees are required to offset booking, communication, and administrative charges which have already been incurred by us, Suppliers and your travel agent. Cancellation fees imposed by Suppliers and travel agents are beyond our control and you should check with your travel agent regarding what cancellation fees may be applicable.

13. NON-USE OF SERVICES OR FACILITIES If, of your own choice, you decide not to use part or parts of the arranged services or facilities, you will not be entitled to a refund from us (provided we have carried out our service with reasonable skill and care and to your requirements) and you may not be entitled to a refund from any Supplier. 14. HEALTH OR DISABILITY Some Suppliers may reserve the right to refuse to carry or accommodate people who because of a health condition or disability may require services or facilities to be provided in a special manner. You should check this with your travel agent. 15. SERVICE SATISFACTION During your holiday, if you encounter any situation where the service supplied to you does not meet your satisfaction, please take the matter up with the Supplier immediately. Your contract for each service is with the Supplier. If this is not possible immediately, or if you are still dissatisfied, please contact your travel agent. Both we and your travel agent will endeavour to investigate on your behalf and to negotiate with the Supplier to resolve the matter as soon as possible, so that you continue to enjoy your journey. 16. LEGAL CLAIMS Any claims or legal action in connection with the provision of our services to you will be governed by the laws of New Zealand. Any claim or legal action against the Suppliers is likely to be subject to the terms of your contract with them, and may be governed by the laws of other countries.


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UK & Ireland Brochure 2019  

House of Travel UK & Ireland Brochure 2019

UK & Ireland Brochure 2019  

House of Travel UK & Ireland Brochure 2019