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Welcome When God speaks to Moses in Exodus 33:14, He reminds us, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest”. What a joy it is that our Heavenly Father loves to be with us in relationship and in rest! This message is at the heart of each Richmond holiday; we offer you space to relax, explore your faith and invest in friendships. In these incredible locations and at our UK Office, our Christian staff teams always start the day with prayer and Bible study, putting God first and seeking His wisdom and blessing for the adventures that lie ahead. And what blessings He brings! Last September, at the top of Mount Karvounis in Samos, I got down on one knee and proposed to (my now fiancée) Becky! The love and joy that I associate with Richmond in Samos and the fantastic memories that I have built there made it the perfect place to take this step. So if you’re ready for adventure, or seeking rest, we hope to see you in one of our resorts soon! Adam Playfair Managing Director Richmond Holidays
Contents 02 Testimonials Samos, Greek Island 04
08 Reberty, French Alps Themed Weeks 10
12 Israel Tour Solo Travellers 14
14 Children & Teen Clubs Ministry 15
16 Dates, Prices & Getting There Ski Holidays 18
20 Recruitment How to Book 21
It is such a joy and privilege to hear from you, our guests, and to find out what made your time away with Richmond special.
Jo & Chris
Here are a few words from Jo, Chris, Rhiannon and Lawson, who enjoyed their summer holidays with Richmond in 2016...
“We never used to return to the same place twice but this is our sixth holiday in Samos – and it won’t be the last! This year, in addition to swimming, kayaking and sampling the hotel’s excellent seafood we borrowed your new bikes to explore locally and see the stunning views. I particularly enjoyed watching the sun rise every morning over the mountains. The Richmond team are always willing to help us create our perfect holiday – thank you!”
SAMOS, SEP 2016
REBERTY, AUG 2016
SAMOS, JUN 2016
“I loved my holiday in Reberty. The staff were wonderful, food fantastic and activities great. I particularly enjoyed going white-water rafting and visiting Chez Pépé Nicolas where we watched fireworks with hot chocolate served in bowls! Another highlight was the bonfire we had on the last night where we stargazed and made ‘s’mores’! I‘d go back in a heartbeat!”
“It is the whole Richmond package which makes the holiday. The water sports, the Christian company and the location, away from any built-up resorts, are the main features which I enjoy. My daughter, who has come with me on three successive occasions, has described the experience as the perfect holiday.”
Samos, Greek Island Thursday arrivals: 18 May to 13 October 2017 Arriving at Zefiros Beach Hotel, you will be struck by the friendly and peaceful atmosphere. A beautiful location on the coast of the idyllic island of Samos, this family-run hotel is situated just metres from the glistening turquoise Aegean Sea. This resort has so much to offer and can cater to a huge variety of holiday tastes. There is a fantastic RYA watersports centre run by our friendly staff team. Or if you prefer to be ‘in’ rather than ‘on’ the water, then you can swim in the fabulous hotel pool or the crystal-clear sea. What’s more, on shore there is a tennis court with optional coaching, Richmond bikes for use, as well as excursions to explore the island’s 3,000 years of history.
“Thank you for the most fantastic week in Samos. The beautiful location, brilliant activities, delicious food and wonderful Christian atmosphere has left us going home refreshed in every way.” Lucy S, July 2016
“It was stunningly beautiful; the rooms were cool and comfortable, the entertainment and outings were relaxed and fun. I particularly enjoyed the friendliness and consideration of all the staff. Absolutely great!” Maria G, July 2016
The hotel’s bright and airy en-suite rooms all have their own balcony with a sea view, as well as air conditioning, a shower and a fridge. Choose from twin, interconnecting, triple and family rooms. A family suite and a penthouse, both with large balconies, are also available. The hotel has a terrace looking out onto Mykali Bay, a perfect location for morning devotions and evening ministry. Our holidays are half-board; enjoy breakfast and dinner in the hotel, with food freshly cooked by the local Greek chefs. For lunch, why not visit the pool-side taverna or venture into one of the local towns of Pythagorio, Kokkari or Samos Town for some delicious local cuisine?
Relaxation is a key part of any holiday. Whether floating in the pool, going for a walk along the coastal road to nearby Psili Ammos or relaxing on the sun loungers and listening to the waves crashing on the shore, there are plenty of opportunities to rest and recuperate during your holiday. If you fancy something more active, our Richmond waterfront offers dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. If you are a complete beginner or if would just like some help progressing to the next level, then our qualified and friendly instructors offer RYA courses and refresher lessons. With a safety team always on standby to help, you can enjoy all the fun of being on the water with the knowledge that somebody is looking out for you.
One of the best features of the Samos resort is Richmondâ€™s exclusive watersports centre. Whether youâ€™re after a boat rigged and a push off the beach, or lessons, tips and encouragement on the water, our team is there for you. Hermione, Waterfront Team, Summer 2016
The wild, unspoilt and typically Greek landscape of Samos lends itself to some stunning walks and bike rides. Richmond has a range of mountain and hybrid bikes available to you throughout the summer which are included in the price of your holiday. The tried and tested cycle trails around Samos offer options for a variety of abilities. With vineyards, mountains, waterfalls and charming villages across the island, there is plenty to explore. You may you want to join a Richmond excursion, one of our specific Themed Weeks (see pages 10-11) or hire a car and sightsee at your leisure.
Reberty, French Alps Saturday arrivals: 01 July to 26 August 2017 If you enjoy the tranquillity and majesty of being in the mountains, then a holiday at our chalet in Reberty Village is perfect for you. Situated at an altitude of 2,000m, the chalet looks out onto the beautiful snow-capped mountain vista and is surrounded by fantastic walks. Chair lifts and gondolas can be used to quickly reach the mountain tops where you can bike or walk along the ridges. With two outside hot tubs on the balcony, sit back and relax in the bubbles whilst enjoying the stunning scenery. The chalet sits on the side of Reberty Village â€“ next to what is a ski slope during the winter and a beautiful meadow of wild flowers in the summer! The chalet has 14 newly-refurbished en-suite bedrooms and you can choose between twin or family rooms. One of the best things about holidaying in France is the delicious food! Our talented Richmond chef prepares breakfast, afternoon tea and a three-course evening meal every day of your holiday. All of this is enjoyed with the bonus of the glorious view out onto the mountains.
The Richmond team run excursions throughout the week, including an adventurous high ropes course in Val Thorens, an exhilarating white-water rafting or hydro-speeding
experience and a BBQ at the sun-trap Plan de lâ€™Eau â€“ an idyllic location beside a glacial river, where the brave can go paddling or even swimming! With inspiring times of ministry and exciting activities, the holiday easily creates a sense of friendship, as you enjoy spending time with others and taking time out from your normal routine to relax. Chalet life is great fun and we end the week with a bonfire just outside the chalet with toasted marshmallows, star-gazing and some camp-fire choruses!
Themed Weeks “In His hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also. The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land.” Psalm 95:4-5
Enjoy God’s creation, refresh or explore new skills and build friendships with our programme of Themed Weeks across the summer. Taught by friendly leaders, participation in the activities is optional and included in the price of your holiday.
Walking Samos: 01 JUN & 21 SEP These two weeks in Samos take in the incredible views around this Greek island with a series of great walks via vineyards, mountain trails, coastal paths and charming tavernas serving delicious food. Walks will vary in difficulty level, distance and incline.
Reberty: 01 JUL EASY Enjoy a selection of easy walks throughout this week in the French Alps. With a chance to explore the beautiful scenery and enjoy God’s creation, there will be plenty of stops along the way to admire the views, flora and wildlife.
Reberty: 08 JUL MODERATE The French mountains are an ideal location for a walking week. Enjoy stunning routes up the mountains to spectacular viewpoints, alongside rivers and waterfalls and even reach the majestic, snowy mountain tops!
NEW FOR 2017!
Samos: 06 to 20 JUL During these two weeks in Samos, in addition to enjoying all of our usual activities, you can refresh your skills with a free RYA watersports course. We will also be running an extra activities programme for 18-25 year-olds, making it a great holiday choice for anyone in this age group, including friends, couples, solo travellers and families.
20s & 30s Samos: 31 AUG A wonderful week of fun and fellowship with a vibrant programme of activities tailored to young adults. Enjoy learning to windsurf, sailing the catamaran, visiting local towns & spending time with new friends.
30s, 40s & 50s Dancing Samos: 08 JUN Can you dance? Would you like to learn how to dance? If you answered yes to either question, then this exciting week is for you – learn a different ballroom or Latin dance each night.
Watercolour Painting Samos: 15 JUN This quintessential Greek island is the perfect place for painting – whatever your ability or interest-level. In-depth, relaxed coaching, with time both on and off-site to develop your skills.
Samos: 07 SEP This week includes a fantastic programme of activities aimed at those in their 30s, 40s & 50s. Learn how to sail, kayak along the coast, have fun at our dance night and be inspired by the ministry.
Greek Culture Samos: 14 SEP Samos is steeped in history and culture – which is the special focus for the week. Enjoy a visit to see where the famous Samos Sweet Wine is made, learn Greek dancing and enjoy delicious Greek food!
Photography Samos: 22 JUN Whether you use a DSLR, camera-phone or iPad, this week will transform your photo-taking skills with helpful guidance and lots of fun practise.
Israel Tour 11 to 19 MAY 2017 An opportunity to walk in Jesusâ€™s footsteps, learn about the fascinating history of Israel and bring the stories of the Bible to life. This 9-day tour starts in Tel Aviv and takes you on a captivating journey visiting the area where Jesus grew up, the Lake of Galilee where Jesus started his ministry, the Jordan river where Jesus was baptised and then on to Jerusalem â€“ the town where Jesus healed and prophesied, was later crucified, buried and rose from the grave.
During the tour, to reduce travelling, there will be three different modern hotels: one night in Tel Aviv, two in Tiberias and five in Jerusalem. Choose between twin or double en-suite room options and enjoy tasty breakfasts and evening meals everyday at each hotel.
Tel Aviv Tiberias
“I view my Bible in a different way now! Everyone was so friendly and the hotels, food and trips were all excellent. I will be recommending the tour to friends. A big thank you to all who made the holiday so special.” Jenny P, May 2016
The itinerary has been refined over the years for Richmond’s guests and follows Jesus’s life and the places He visited. We also make time for other places of interest in Israel, such as the Masada fortress, the caves where The Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and Hezekiah’s tunnel – an ancient water tunnel carved thousands of years ago. This jam-packed itinerary also gives you opportunities to catch your breath, reflect on the amazing places visited and spend time with God. One of the afternoons includes a visit to The Dead Sea. At 400m below sea level you can float in the warm salty waters, use the salt to exfoliate your skin and treat yourself to a mud pack if you want the full experience!
Solo Travellers The unique atmosphere and environment of a Richmond holiday is one that welcomes and includes everybody into the Christian community. If travelling by yourself, you will be valued and looked after every step of the way – from your initial enquiry, to the moment you arrive in resort, to waving goodbye after a great holiday.
Children & Teen Clubs Samos: 20 JUL to 31 AUG
Reberty: 22 JUL to 26 AUG
During the main summer holidays, we will be running a Children’s Club (4-11y) and a Teen’s Club (12-17y) in both Samos and Reberty. Our friendly and fun Richmond team run exciting and safe activities during the day where children can have fun together. Each evening they lead an age-appropriate time of ministry alongside the main ministry.
“The LORD your God is in your midst, a Mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing.”
Ministry We understand that a holiday can often be used as a time to get away from the demands and stresses of everyday life, but we believe that one thing a holiday doesnâ€™t have to be is a break from our relationship with God. In fact, we believe a time away of fun and relaxation is a perfect opportunity to grow deeper with our awesome, loving God in the setting of His beautiful creation. We have a dedicated ministry leader in the resort each week running the ministry sessions. They will also be available to chat and pray with you during your holiday. Each day in the resort we hold optional times of prayer, praise and Bible-teaching. This includes a prayer meeting each morning with a short devotional and then, later in the evening, an informal meeting before dinner. We have heard many examples of how a Richmond holiday can be a life-changing experience for guests who were seeking the time to reflect, make tough decisions or take respite from difficult circumstances. At the same time, our holidays are just as valuable for those looking for an exciting or restful time away in our beautiful destinations, serving as a reminder of how great and gracious God is. Weâ€™re thankful for the wonderful feedback we receive from many of our guests after returning from a Richmond holiday.
Samos pages 04-07 Holiday 7 nights MAY
Flight package 7 nights
Holiday 14 nights
Flight package 14 nights
Samos supplements (per week)
Privacy supplement: May, Jun, Sep & Oct – £119, Jul & Aug – £238 Infants under 2: Holiday £77, flight package £127 (any duration) Children under 12 using 3rd or 4th bed: half-price accommodation Children under 18: £84 discount Family suite:* £49 per person – based on 4 people sharing Penthouse suite:* £119 per person – based on 2 people sharing
*More information online
Reberty pages 08-09 Holiday 7 nights
Holiday 14 nights
Saturday arrivals, from 01 Jul to the last week ending 26 Aug
Israel pages 12-13 Tour 8 nights
Double / twin room
Flight Package 8 nights
Privacy supplement Wednesday arrival, 11 to 19 May
Getting There Flight package Includes ATOL-protected return London flights and airport transfers in addition to your Richmond holiday. Available for Samos and Israel. Alternatively, organise your own flights to any of our destinations and we can book airport transfers for you.
Thu 11-Fri 19 May
More information on transfer timings is available at www.richmond-holidays.com These details are correct at time of print and subject to availability.
Ski Holidays Reberty & Le Bettaix, The Three Valleys, France Saturday arrivals: December to April Join Richmond for a ski holiday this year! Stay in one of our two beautiful alpine chalets in the fantastic French ski resort, The Three Valleys. The ski lifts and slopes are easily accessed from both chalets, and as the resort is the largest ski area in the world, there is skiing available for every ability. Additionally, non-skiers can still enjoy access to the mountain tops with a pedestrian pass to see the magnificent views and meet up with others for a vin chaud or hot chocolate. After a day in the mountains, there is nothing better than coming back to the chalet and relaxing in the bubbling hot tubs. Enjoy sitting by the cracking fires and being inspired by the times of ministry whilst taking in the incredible views from the chalet out onto the mountains. Choose between twin, triple and family en-suite room options in both the Reberty and Bettaix chalets.
A key part of any ski holiday is the fantastic food. Richmondâ€™s chefs deliver a superb breakfast, afternoon tea and evening meal every day of your holiday. These times of fellowship are great fun as you share stories of your day.
The Three Valleys 600km of interconnected ski runs, from beginners’ slopes to challenging couloirs 321 Alpine ski runs – 51 green, 132 blue, 106 red & 32 black 169 high-performance modern ski lifts 85% of the ski area is situated above 1,800m Maximum skiing altitude 3,230m (minimum 1,300m) 25 accessible summits including 10 above 2,500m & 6 glaciers Reberty Chalet situated at 2,000m Le Bettaix Chalet situated at 1,600m
“I was blown away by the quality of the holiday. It was my first time as a solo traveller and I could not have been made to feel any more at home from the moment I stepped off the plane. The ministry couple – Ian and Jan – were absolutely fantastic; the host team were amazing; and the quality of the food was exceptional. The position of the chalet made everything so easy and the hot tub was the icing on the cake. Thank you for a brilliant holiday which left me physically, emotionally and spiritually refreshed.” Ali M, December 2016
Recruitment Are you interested in working with Richmond abroad? We offer fantastic opportunities to learn new skills, serve others and experience living in another country. There are a range of jobs available, such as Resort Manager, Head Chef, Windsurfing Instructor and Kids’ Worker. Visit our website for more information and to download an application form.
What is it like to work with Richmond? “From my year working as intern on the Samos waterfront and attaining my sailing instructor qualification, to the seasons hosting in our ski chalets and perfecting my off-piste technique, being part of the Richmond team has always been a lot of fun! I joined expecting to do a one-year internship and now, almost 5 years later, I’m part of the office team working as Head of Marketing and love it! Whether in the office or in our resorts, we start the day in prayer and with a Bible study; for me, being in a company that puts God at the centre is such a blessing. I look forward to next steps with Richmond!” Verity, Richmond Staff Team
How to Book Speak to a friendly Holiday Consultant on 020 3004 2661 Email firstname.lastname@example.org Office hours: Mon-Fri 9:00-17:30 & Sat 9:30-12:30
1 Choose Your Destination
Browse the brochure or go to our website for more information and photos of our resorts. Our friendly and knowledgeable Holiday Consultants are just a phone call away if you need any help or advice.
2 Travel Arrangements We can book your flights to Samos and Israel as part of the ATOL-bonded
packages we offer. Alternatively, speak to us for advice on travel arrangements, transfers or driving directions.
3 Confirm Your Holiday Call or email our Holiday Consultants who can answer any questions and
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4 Financial Protection All Richmond holidays are 100% financially protected through our membership
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