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BRITAIN IRELAND ENGLAND | NORTHERN IRELAND SCOTLAND | WALES

2015

TAILOR MADE HOLIDAYS


Orkney Isles

John O’Groats

Thurso

Durness

North Sea

Ullapool

Isle of Skye

Nairn Culloden Inverness Drumnadrochit

Portree Kyleakin

Aberdeen

SCOTLAND Glencoe Atlantic Ocean

Isle of Mull

Oban St Andrews

Isle of Iona

Edinburgh

Glasgow

Berwick-upon-Tweed

Derry

Giant’s Causeway

Newcastle

Dumfries

Letterkenny Donegal

NORTHERN IRELAND

Belfast

ENGLAND

Sligo

Isle of Man Lake District

Manchester

IRELAND

Liverpool Dublin

Galway

Adare

Conwy

Holyhead

Wicklow

Limerick

Nottingham

Caernarfon

Kildare

Cliffs of Moher Bunratty

Snowdonia

Kilkenny

WALES

Norwich

Birmingham

Aberystwyth

Tralee Dingle

Leeds

Drogheda

Cliffden

Aran Islands

York

Irish Sea

Knock

Westport

Waterford

Wye Valley

Stratford-upon-Avon Cambridge

Killarney Cork

Cobh

Pembrokeshire

Cheltenham

Brecon Beacons Cardiff

Bristol Bath

Oxford Windsor

London

Dover

Somerset Dartmoor

Brighton

Port Isaac Plymouth St Ives Penzance

Falmouth

English Channel


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CONTENTS

I am delighted to present Tempo Holidays’ 2015 Britain & Ireland brochure. There is an increased offering in regional England, so after an exciting London stopover you can hire a car, take a train or join a small group tour to the Lake District, the Cotswolds, the West Country or the North. The Scottish Isles are truly breathtaking, so take some time and experience a fantastic island hopping package, or stay in an Irish castle for an unforgettable experience. Don’t forget the beauty of the Welsh countryside – our simple day tours from Cardiff are sure to impress. If you have the luxury of more time you may enjoy one of our great-value coach tours – with no hidden extras you will know exactly what to budget for your holiday. I am always inspired by the diversity of these regions and with every visit you can uncover something new. Go on, be tempted!

2-4 GETTING STARTED Regional Map • Introduction • Icons • Augmented Reality • Contents MasterChef Travel

2-3 4

5 GETTING THERE 6-17 COACH TOURS Coach Tours

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Small Group Tours

16-17

18-37 ENGLAND Package

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London • Experiences

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EMILY

London • Hotels

20-23

London • Apartments

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ICONS

London • Tickets & Passes

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London • Sightseeing

27

Out of London Sightseeing

28

Independent Rail Packages

Guaranteed Departures

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REGIONAL ENGLAND

30-37

Self Drive • The Circle Pass

30-31

Independent Packages

The Lake District & Yorkshire • Packages • Hotels

32-33

Combination of accommodation and shared or private transfers and/or sightseeing

The West Country • Packages • Hotels

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Private Tours

The North West • Packages • Hotels

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The Cotswolds • Packages • Hotels

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Private Tours

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Tours that do not require a minimum number of people to operate

Guaranteed departures with private guide and driver

Group Tours Tours that run on a fixed date to a set itinerary with a number of other participants

Prepayment Upfront non refundable deposit required to confirm services

BRITAIN IRELAND

Coach Tour

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Edinburgh • Packages

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Edinburgh • Hotels • Apartments

42

Edinburgh • Sightseeing

43

Out of Edinburgh Sightseeing

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Glasgow • Packages • Hotels

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Central Scotland • Packages • Hotels • Sightseeing

46-47

The Highlands • Packages • Hotels • Sightseeing

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The Scottish Isles • Packages • Hotels

50-51

Scottish Castles & Manors • Package

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ENGLAND | NORTHERN IRELAND SCOTLAND | WALES

BRITAIN IRELAND ENGLAND | NORTHERN IRELAND SCOTLAND | WALES

BRITAIN IRELAND ENGLAND | NORTHERN IRELAND SCOTLAND | WALES

2015

2015

TAILOR MADE HOLIDAYS

TAILOR MADE HOLIDAYS

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INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMITS

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2015

TAILOR MADE HOLIDAYS

International Driving Permits are required to drive in some countries. Failure to be in possession of a valid permit together with a current driver’s licence may preclude the use of a motor vehicle, jeopardise insurance claims, or cause a legally punishable offence in some countries. Tempo Holidays strongly suggests that travellers intending to drive in foreign countries contact the automobile association in the country where their licence was issued prior to departure. International Driving Permits cannot be issued outside the country where the original licence was issued.

Self Drive

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Belfast • Package • Hotels • Sightseeing

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Package • Regional Hotels • Sightseeing

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56-66 IRELAND Coach Tour

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Dublin • Package • Hotels

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Dublin • Sightseeing

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Out of Dublin Sightseeing

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Self Drive

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The South West • Packages • Sightseeing

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The Sunny South East • Packages • Hotels • Sightseeing

62-63

The Wild West • Packages • Sightseeing

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Irish Castles • Package • Hotels

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Irish Bed & Breakfasts

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GETTING STARTED

Program where the majority of the time is spent on a cruise ship or vessel

It’s easy – just download the STELLAR app which is available on the App Store or Google PlayTM.

Self Drive

40-52 SCOTLAND

Cruising

Augmented Reality (AR) will immerse you in the real-world environment connecting you to our Tempo Holidays destinations and experiences.

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MasterChef Travel

Our 2014 MasterChef Travel hosts

Do you have a passion for food and a taste for discovery?

MasterChef Travel is an inspiring collection of culinary holidays designed to reveal the wonders of the world’s great food destinations in the company of local experts, like-minded travellers and, in many cases, MasterChef personalities. The holidays are ideal for anyone with a passion for food and a taste for discovery.

Italy: A Culinary Journey with Kate Bracks

England: A Rural Food Discovery with Alice Zaslavsky

India: A Spice Odyssey with Courtney Roulston

Our exclusive escorted tours are hosted by popular former MasterChef contestants. The unescorted tours are comprehensive journeys for food lovers. Some of the tours include cooking lessons and tastings and all tour attendees receive an exclusive MasterChef Travel merchandise pack. Look for the tours stamped with a MasterChef Travel logo and contact us for full details on each tour. For more information on upcoming tours visit www.mastercheftravel.com

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There are a lot of travel companies out there, so why choose Tempo Holidays? Here are just a few reasons why we’re the best choice for your next overseas adventure.

✓ We’re the destination specialists • Our staff members have travelled extensively and understand the needs of travellers from Australia and New Zealand.

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Vietnam with Angkor Wat: Flavours & Highlights with Mindy Woods

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Mexico: A Food Fiesta with Ben Milbourne

• Many destinations feature handpicked hotels reflecting each region’s local character.

✓ Tempo Price Guarantee

• If you can find a cheaper price on any of the tours or accommodation in this brochure, we’ll not only match it, we’ll beat it.

✓ Wide variety of products

• Our sightseeings are accompanied by expert local guides.

• Tempo offers an extensive range of independent packages and group departures to suit all tastes and budgets.

• Travellers enjoy the support of Tempo’s dedicated team of experts in Australia and New Zealand.

• We also specialise in tailor-made itineraries, letting you see what you want when you want.

✓ Specialist group tours

✓ Guaranteed departures

• Tempo Holidays organise tailor-made packages for groups of people with a special interest in history, religion, archaeology, food, wine plus many others.

• Take the stress out of your holiday planning by choosing one of our guaranteed departures – tours that will go ahead even with very few passengers. Simply look for the symbol in the package description.


GETTING THERE

When you travel with Emirates, you will experience world-renowned service and total relaxation in every class. On board you will be treated to gourmet food and wine and be spoilt for choice, with up to 1,600 channels of entertainment on-demand. Premium class passengers also enjoy chauffeur-drive service to and from the airport and access to the exclusive Emirates Lounge prior to flight. Business Class passengers can stretch out in lie-flat seats whilst First Class passengers can enjoy the sanctuary of their own fully enclosable Private Suite. The Emirates A380 offers the added luxury of an onboard lounge, so you can mingle at 40,000 feet. Emirates flies via Dubai with connections to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle & Dublin.

When you fly with THAI, you can expect the latest in-flight innovation, a menu that reflects their global destinations and traditional Thai hospitality, ensuring an enviable onboard experience for customers. THAI flies non-stop from Australia to Bangkok and to over 70 destinations across five continents. THAI’s network stretches from the heart of Asia to include 13 major European cities, over 40 destinations throughout Thailand, Asia and the Middle East. THAI’s young and modern fleet consists of Airbus A380s and will soon include the stunning Boeing 787 Dreamliners, offering greater comfort and start-of-the-art innovations throughout the cabin. Combined with airline partners in the Star Alliance, THAI has the whole world covered. Fly THAI, Smooth as Silk. Thai Airways International flies via Bangkok with connections to London.

Choose Qatar Airways and you will be travelling on one of the youngest and fastest growing airlines in the world. Experience the latest in comfort and innovation onboard their Airbus A380 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. This 5 star airline is the national carrier of the State of Qatar and was named business class airline of the year at the Skytrax Awards 2013. Qatar Airways flies daily from Melbourne and Perth to Doha, with onward connections to more than 130 destinations worldwide. Qatar is also a member of the prestigious Oneworld global alliance ensuring excellence in in-flight customer service. Qatar Airways flies via Doha with connections to London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Manchester.

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GETTING THERE

AIRLINES

Travel with The Spirit of Australia when you fly with Qantas, the world’s most experienced airline. Qantas has a proud history of reliability, safety and outstanding customer service, and invests continually in the latest technologies. The new Qantas A380 aircraft operate on selected services and offer greater comfort and state-of-the-art innovation across all cabins. Qantas now partners with Emirates to connect Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth to more than 65 destinations in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, with only one stop en route. Qantas is also a member of the leading airline alliance Oneworld, which allows customers to access over 850 destinations worldwide. Qantas flies via Dubai with codeshare connections to London, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Newcastle & Dublin.

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COACH TOURS

Why choose coach touring: Tempo Holidays is proud to present some of the most affordable and best value tours of Britain and Ireland in the market. Unlike many tour companies, comprehensive sightseeing including entrances fees, walking tours, local banquets and folklore shows have been included, eliminating the need for optional tours or unexpected extra expenses. The selection below is only a sample of the extensive range of tours on offer – please contact Tempo Holidays for more details. When to travel: Travel from Apr to Oct and you are spoiled for choice with more than 50 tour itineraries and the greatest number of departures. Many of the more popular tours leave Dublin as early as Feb up until early Dec, but bear in mind temperatures drop considerably and Ireland and Scotland are known for their wild winter weather.

• Explore the wild beaches of Cornwall • Admire the Blaskett Islands • Experience the unforgettable Edinburgh Military Tattoo Isle of Skye, Scotland

Grand Tour of Britain & Ireland 24D/23N Type

Coach

Departs

London Heathrow

Operates

Fortnightly (01 May – 16 Oct)

Inclusions • 23 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 23 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 17 dinners (D) • Transport by air-conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Exclusions Meals other than specified, drinks, tips, items of a personal nature Price

From $5570

Ideal for those seeking the most comprehensive tour of the UK & Ireland, this itinerary takes an in-depth look at the scenic coastal landscapes, rugged countryside, quaint rural villages and cosmopolitan capitals.

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Day 1 London Arrive in London and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon city tour before meeting your group for a welcome drink and dinner. (D) Hotel: Hilton Olympia or similar Day 2 London Use your hop-on hop-off bus pass to explore London at your own pace as you alight at multiple stops, take a guided walk and a cruise on the Thames. In the afternoon choose between two royal visits - the Tower of London to view the Crown Jewels, or Kensington Palace, former home of Diana Princess of Wales. (B)

Day 3 London – Stratford-upon-Avon – York (403 km) Drive north through the picturesque Cotswolds to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace and an exhibition of his life and works then continue to the medieval city of York. (BD) Hotel: Marriott York or similar Day 4 York – Edinburgh (310 km) Take a walking tour of central York and visit the stately York Minster, renowned for its beautiful stained glass. Drive north, stopping at Melrose to view the ruins of the abbey before arriving in Edinburgh for a traditional evening of dinner and lively music. (BD) Hotel: Novotel City Centre or similar Day 5 Edinburgh Discover Edinburgh’s highlights on a city tour. See the elegant New Town and the medieval Royal Mile then tour Edinburgh Castle and enjoy panoramic views across the city. (B) Day 6 Edinburgh – St Andrews – Pitlochry – Inverness (320 km) Depart for St Andrews, a popular golfing centre that also holds Scotland’s oldest university and a charming cathedral. Stop in the friendly town of Pitlochry before arriving in Inverness, the gateway to the Highlands. (BD) Hotel: Glen Mhor or similar Day 7 Inverness – Loch Ness – Oban (172 km) Enjoy breathtaking views across the Highlands as you drive to Loch Ness for a scenic cruise. Continue along the west coast to the Oban Distillery to witness the traditional craftsmanship of whisky production and a chance to sample a complimentary dram. (BD) Hotel: Oban Bay or similar

Day 8 Oban – Isle of Mull – Oban (97 km) Take the ferry to the Isle of Mull, one of the Inner Hebrides, to visit Duart Castle, home to the Maclean clan for 400 years. Stop in the colourful coastal town of Tobermory for a brief stroll before returning to Oban for the evening. (BD) Day 9 Oban – Loch Lomond – Belfast (210 km) Drive south through Glencoe alongside Loch Lomond for a short stop in Alloway, the birthplace of poet Robert Burns. See the cottage, monument and memorial gardens and some of his most important works before taking the ferry to Belfast. (B) Hotel: Europa or similar Day 10 Belfast – Derry (112 km) Admire the highlights of Belfast including the City Hall and impressive Victorian buildings. Drive along the scenic Glens of Antrim to the Giant’s Causeway then continue to Derry for the next two nights. (BD) Hotel: Everglades or similar Day 11 Derry – Ulster – Derry (82 km) Explore the Ulster American Folk Park to see the cosy cottages that depict a bygone era in rural Ireland. Return to Derry for a walking tour along the medieval walls that encircle the old city centre. (BD) Day 12 Derry – Donegal – Galway (276 km) Journey through the Blue Stack Mountains to Donegal to tour the 15th century castle. Stop at Drumcliffe Churchyard to view the grave of W.B Yeats then visit Knock Shrine before arriving in Galway in the afternoon. (BD) Hotel: Galway Bay or similar Day 13 Galway – Connemara – Galway (93 km) Drive through the stunning scenery of Connemara and take a short walking tour of Cong. Return to Galway for a panoramic drive around the city centre before spending the evening at leisure. (B)

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


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Waterford, Ireland

Day 15 Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney (67 km) Drive along the Ring of Kerry to Kenmere to view the gorgeous scenery of the surrounding hills and stop at a local farm to watch traditional sheep herding. Visit the grand 19th century Muckross house before spending the evening at leisure. (B) Day 16 Killarney – Waterford (67 km) Travel to Blarney to kiss the famous stone and shop in the Woollen Mills then to the Titanic Experience in Cobh to learn the fate of its local passengers. Reach Waterford in the evening for a guided walk after dinner. (BD) Hotel: Dooley’s or similar Day 17 Waterford – Dublin (358 km) Tour the House of Waterford Crystal then visit Jerpoint Park Farm for a light lunch. Arrive in Dublin to dine at Taylor’s Three Rock Pub with lively entertainment. (BLD) Hotel: Radisson Blu Royal or similar

Loch Ness

Day 18 Dublin Enjoy a guided tour of Dublin city centre then walk through the campus of Trinity College to view the illuminated manuscript of the 8th century Book of Kells. (B)

of Mevagissey, a fishing town with a colourful history of boat building and smuggling. Drive to Land’s End, the most westerly point of Britain and view the majestic St Michael’s Mount. (BD)

Day 19 Dublin – Conwy (183 km) Depart Ireland today by ferry and arrive in north Wales to visit the spectacular Conwy Castle, a huge 13th century fortification built by King Edward I. Take a guided walk of the walled town, with its quaint streets and the smallest house in Britain on the waterfront. (BD) Hotel: Quay or similar

Day 23 Cornwall – Stonehenge – Windsor (347 km) Discover the myths and mysteries surrounding Stonehenge followed by a tour of Windsor Castle. After dinner, wander through the quaint village in which Shakespeare is said to have written many of his famous sonnets. (BD) Hotel: Harte & Garter or similar

Day 20 Conwy – Brecon Beacons – Cardiff (291 km) Travel via Snowdonia National Park to view the dramatic Welsh landscape. Cross the scenic Brecon Beacons National Park towards Cardiff for a traditional banquet at Cardiff Castle. (BD) Hotel: Maldron or similar

Day 22 Plymouth – Cornwall (49 km) Browse around the typical Cornish village

Value Inclusions

Inverness

SCOTLAND St Andrews Edinburgh

NORTHERN Giant's IRELAND Causeway

Melrose North Sea

Derry

Connemara Cliffs of Moher Killarney

Ulster Belfast

IRELAND Galway

York

Irish Sea Dublin

WALES

Conwy ENGLAND

Waterford Brecon Beacons Cobh Cardiff

Stratford-upon-Avon

Windsor Stonehenge

Cornwall

This itinerary can be split into two tours. • Celtic Castles & Coasts – 8D/7N Price from $1723

Oban Isle of Mull Loch Lomond

Donegal

Short on time?

Day 21 Cardiff – Bath – Plymouth (243 km) Drive south to the beautiful Georgian town of Bath, visit the Roman Baths and Pump Room then arrive in Plymouth, a vibrant waterfront city, in time for dinner. (BD) Hotel: Duke of Cornwall or similar

Pitlochry

Atlantic Ocean

Day 24 Windsor – London (46 km) Your tour ends on arrival at London Heathrow. (B)

Plymouth

London

• British & Irish Landmarks – 19D/18N Price from $4480

• Arrival & departure group transfers • Scottish evening, Taylor’s Three Rock dinner & show, Welsh banquet at Cardiff Castle • Tours of London, Edinburgh, Belfast, Galway, Dublin, Cardiff & Plymouth • Walking tours of York, St Andrews, Derry, Waterford, Trinity Castle, Cong, Conwy & Windsor • Reserved seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (07, 14 & 21 Aug) • Loch Ness scenic cruise • Oban Distillery whisky tasting • Sheepdog trials on the Ring of Kerry • Entry to Shakespeare’s Birthplace, York Minster, Edinburgh Castle, St Andrew’s Cathedral, Duart Castle, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Giant’s Causeway, Ulster American Folk Park, Donegal Castle, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Knock Shrine, Muckross House, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Titanic Experience, House of Waterford Crystal, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Conwy Castle, Cardiff Castle, Roman Baths and Pump Room, Stonehenge and Windsor Castle www.tempoholidays.com

COACH TOURS

Day 14 Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (266 km) Take in the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, rising 214 metres above the foaming Atlantic Ocean. Cross the River Shannon by ferry and drive to picturesque Killarney, bordered by scenic lakes and mountains. (BD) Hotel: Castlerosse or similar

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Value Inclusions • Arrival & departure group transfers • Scottish evening, historic pub in York, Welsh banquet at Cardiff Castle • Tours of Glasgow, Edinburgh, York, London, Liverpool, Cardiff & Stratford-upon-Avon • Walking tours of York, Whitby, Chester, Oxford & Windsor • Reserved seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (07, 14 & 21 Aug) • Loch Ness & Windermere scenic cruise • Blair Athol Distillery whisky tour & tasting • Entry to Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, St Andrews, Edinburgh Castle, Old Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green, York Minster, Castle Howard, Bronte Parsonage, The Beatles Story, Tower of London, Stonehenge, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Cardiff Castle, National Slate Museum, Caernarfon Castle, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Windsor Castle Stonehenge, England

Icons of Britain 16D/15N Type

Coach

Departs

Glasgow airport

Operates

Fri (03 Apr – 30 Oct)

Inclusions • 15 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 15 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 12 dinners (D) • Transport by air-conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Exclusions Meals other than specified, drinks, tips, items of a personal nature Price

From $3976

Travel from Glasgow to London on this broad tour of the quintessentially British hotspots, including a lovely break in Wales. Day 1 Glasgow Arrive in Glasgow and meet your guide for a tour of the city centre and the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. In the evening meet your fellow travellers for dinner. (D) Hotel: Westerwood or similar Day 2 Glasgow – Loch Lomond – Loch Ness – Nairn (305 km) Travel along Loch Lomond to Glencoe to admire its deep valley and continue to Fort William to the Spean Bridge Woollen Mill. In Fort Augustus take a short cruise on Loch Ness to your manor house hotel. (BD) Hotel: Newton Nairn or similar Day 3 Nairn – Pitlochry – St Andrews – Edinburgh (341 km) Drive to Blair Athol Distillery in Pitlochry to sample some of the famous local whisky. Continue to St Andrews for time at leisure to view the golf courses, browse in the boutiques of the old town or visit the university before arriving in Edinburgh for an evening of traditional music, food and entertainment. (BD) Hotel: Apex City or similar

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Blacksmith’s Shop. Proceed through the beautiful Lake District National Park. Admire the charming hills and valleys over lunch in the quaint village of Bowness and take a scenic cruise on Lake Windermere. (BL) Hotel: Daffodil or similar

some of the friendly locals. Take a narrow-gauge train ride through the heart of Snowdonia to admire its mountain scenery then drive to Caernarfon where you will spend the next two nights. (BD) Hotel: Celtic Royal or similar

Day 6 Grasmere – York (193 km) Drive through heathery moors, flower-filled meadows and ancient stone villages in the Yorkshire Dales. Take a guided tour of York and walk to York Minster to see the great medieval cathedral. After dinner in a historic pub your local guide will take you through the narrow streets on a lively ghost tour. (BD) Hotel: Marriott or similar

Day 13 Caernarfon – Conwy – Caernarfon (75 km) Tour North Wales today, starting with a visit to the National Slate Museum, pausing for photos of Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales. Stop in Conwy to view its massive castle and quaint medieval streets then tour the walls and battlements of the 13th century Caernarfon Castle. (BD)

Day 7 York – Whitby – York (151 km) Journey by vintage locomotive on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Whitby. Discover its picturesque harbour and winding streets on a walking tour, then visit the imposing 18th century Castle Howard, the setting for the popular ‘Brideshead Revisted’. (BD) Day 8 York – Haworth – Liverpool (192 km) Drive to Haworth to visit the Bronte Parsonage, where the famous sisters penned their most popular novels. Arrive in Liverpool for a Beatles-themed tour and discover the early lives, homes and first performing venues of the Fab Four before enjoying a dinner with your fellow travellers. (BD) Hotel: Radisson Blu Liverpool or similar Day 9 Liverpool – Chester – London (371 km) After a look inside The Beatles Story, depart for Chester and take a walking tour of its Roman walls and charming English village. Travel by train back to London, arriving in time for dinner. (BD) Hotel: Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton or similar Day 10 London Take a panoramic tour of central London including Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and Hyde Park. View the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London then spend the evening exploring further at your own pace. (B)

Day 4 Edinburgh Take a guided tour of central Edinburgh, from the wide streets of the Georgian New Town to the compact medieval Royal Mile. Visit the Scottish Crown Jewels at Edinburgh Castle then enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. (B)

Day 11 London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff (286 km) Learn the myths and legends surrounding the huge monoliths of Stonehenge en route to Bath, a popular Georgian town with hot mineral-rich springs that power the Roman Baths and Pump Room. Continue to Wales to tour Cardiff Castle followed by a Welsh banquet with local food and entertainment. (BD) Hotel: Maldron or similar

Day 5 Edinburgh – Gretna Green – Grasmere (228 km) Travel south to the border and stop at the popular wedding destination of Gretna Green to visit its historical

Day 12 Cardiff – Brecon Beacons – Caernarfon (283 km) Drive through the glorious Brecon Beacons National Park, stopping in a local northern town to meet

Day 14 Caernarfon – Llangollen – Stratford-uponAvon (268 km) Return to England, passing through the charming villages of Llangollen and Bridgnorth. Arrive in Stratford-uponAvon for a panoramic tour and a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace to see an exhibition of his life and works. (BD) Hotel: Shakespeare or similar Day 15 Stratford-upon-Avon – Oxford – Windsor (159 km) Drive through the Cotswolds and stop in Broadway, a typical village of the region, before arriving in Oxford for a walking tour to admire its many cathedrals, colleges and cobbled streets. Continue to Windsor to tour the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle followed by a walking tour of the historic town centre with a local guide. (BD) Hotel: Macdonald Windsor or similar Day 16 Windsor – London Heathrow (16 km) Your tour ends on arrival at Heathrow Airport. (B)

Nairn Loch Ness

SCOTLAND Pitlochry St Andrews Edinburgh

Loch Lomond Glasgow

North Sea

Gretna Green Grasmere Irish Sea Conway Caernarfon

WALES

Haworth

Whitby York

Liverpool Chester ENGLAND Llangollen Stratford-upon-Avon

Brecon Beacons Oxford Cardiff London Windsor Bath Stonehenge

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


Windsor Castle, England

Type

Coach

Departs

London Heathrow

Operates

Selected Sun (19 Apr – 25 Oct)

Inclusions • 13 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 13 breakfasts (B), 9 dinners (D) • Transport by air-conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Porterage (1 suitcase per person)

Day 5 St Austell – Land’s End – St Austell (165 km) Enjoy the lovely views from the gardens of the open-air Minack Theatre on your way to the most westerly point in Britain, Land’s End. View the majestic outline of St Michael’s Mount then return via the coast road to your Cornwall hotel. (BD) Day 6 St Austell – Mevagissey – London (455 km) Browse the small, unspoilt fishing village of Mevagissey in the morning then take the train to London where you will have time to rest before dinner with your fellow travellers. (BD) Hotel: Hilton Paddington or similar

Indulge in a tour of Britain at a more relaxed pace, with three night stays in London and Edinburgh.

Day 7 London Tour the iconic sights of central London including Piccadilly Circus, Nelson’s Column and Westminster Abbey then enjoy an interior visit of the Tower of London. The afternoon is yours to experience the sights and sounds of London at your leisure. (B)

Day 1 London – Windsor (16 km) Arrive in Windsor and take a guided tour of Windsor Castle. Meet your fellow travellers over dinner at your hotel before taking a guided walk of the compact town centre. (D) Hotel: Macdonald Windsor or similar

Day 8 London – Kent – London (455 km) Spend the day in Kent, the Garden of England. Visit Leeds Castle, once the home of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon and Canterbury Cathedral, one of the oldest Christian churches in England. Return to London in the evening. (B)

Day 2 Windsor – Stonehenge – Plymouth (317 km) Marvel at the prehistoric circle of Stonehenge and look through the new Visitor Centre for a greater understanding of its history. Drive through Salisbury on the way to Plymouth, a vibrant waterfront city set within England’s most glorious countryside. (BD) Hotel: Duke of Cornwall or similar

Day 9 London – Cambridge – York (354 km) Travel to Cambridge for a walking tour of its famous colleges then head north to the ancient city of York. Dine in a historic pub then explore the narrow medieval streets with a local guide on a lively ghost tour. (BD) Hotel: Marriott York or similar

Exclusions Meals other than specified, drinks, tips, items of a personal nature Price

From $3532

Day 3 Plymouth – Dartmoor National Park – Plymouth (57 km) Take a panoramic tour of Plymouth including the Sutton Harbour marina and explore the tales of merchant families, military and emigration at the Mayflower Museum. Take a short steam train ride then drive through the rugged and wild Dartmoor National Park before returning to Plymouth. (BD) Day 4 Plymouth – Padstow – St Austell (118 km) Travel across Modin Moor and admire the dramatic landscape of granite tors and open moorland. Arrive in Lanhydrock House to explore its grand family rooms and late-Victorian architecture then continue to the bustling town of Padstow for a brief visit. Your hotel for the next two nights is just outside the old market town of St Austell. (BD) Hotel: The Cornwall or similar

Day 10 York Discover York on a walking tour to admire the Shambles, a street where the houses almost touch, and the stained glass windows of the stately York Minster, dating back to the 12th century. After a scenic river cruise, the afternoon is free to explore at your own pace. (BD) Day 11 York – Northumberland National Park – Edinburgh (336 km) Depart in the morning for a tour of Alnwick Castle with lovely landscaped gardens and a stunning array of art and furniture. Drive through the Northumberland National Park to Melrose for a brief stop before reaching Edinburgh to attend a traditional Scottish evening with lively music. (BD) Hotel: Marriott Edinburgh or similar Day 12 Edinburgh Join your local guide for a drive along the bustling Princes Street of the Georgian New Town then walk

along the medieval Royal Mile. Visit the Palace of Holyrood House, the official Scottish residence of The Queen, before spending the evening at leisure. (B) Day 13 Edinburgh – Stirling Castle – St Andrews – Edinburgh (226 km) Discover the lives of William Wallace and Mary, Queen of Scots at Stirling Castle then enjoy some time on your own in St Andrews. Return to Edinburgh in the evening. (B) Day 14 Edinburgh The tour ends after breakfast at the hotel. We suggest extending your stay in Scotland with a drive to the Highlands (pg 44). (B)

Value Inclusions • Arrival & departure group transfers • Scottish evening, historic pub in York • Tours of Plymouth, London & Edinburgh • Walking tours of Windsor, Cambridge & York • Reserved seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (26 Jul; 02, 09, 16 Aug) • South Devon Steam Train scenic ride • River cruise in York • Entry to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Mayflower Museum, Lanhydrock House, Minack Theatre, Land’s End, Tower of London, Leeds Castle, Canterbury Cathedral, York Minster, Alnwick Castle & Garden, Palace of Holyrood House, Stirling Castle and St Andrews

St Andrews Edinburgh

Stirling Castle

SCOTLAND

Northumberland National Park York

Irish Sea

ENGLAND Windsor

Dartmoor National Park Padstow Land’s End

North Sea

Cambridge London Kent

Stonehenge

COACH TOURS

Leisurely Britain 14D/13N

Plymouth St Austell

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Jewels of Ireland 15D/14N Type

Coach

Departs

Dublin airport

Operates

Fri (06 Mar – 13 Nov) Sun (05 Apr – 18 Oct)

Inclusions • 14 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 14 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 10 dinners (D) • Transport by air-conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, tips, items of a personal nature Price

From $2668

Drive through the lesser known countryside of these fascinating regions and discover distinctive Irish heritage. Day 1 Dublin Arrive in Dublin in the morning and transfer to your hotel before discovering the highlights on an afternoon city tour which includes Dublin Castle. Hotel: Davenport or similar Day 2 Dublin – Kildare – Dublin (124 km) Visit the Irish National Stud in Kildare to observe the training methods for these magnificent animals. Walk through the Japanese Gardens before returning to Dublin to explore at your own pace with an open-top bus tour including entry to the Guinness Storehouse or Jameson Distillery. In the evening enjoy dinner with traditional Irish music and dancing. (BD) Day 3 Dublin – Waterford – Kinsale (321 km) Travel south and tour the House of Waterford Crystal to see demonstrations of glass blowing and cutting. Pass through Cork on your way to Kinsale, renowned for its gourmet food, where you will take a short walk through the historic streets with a local guide. (BD) Hotel: Acton’s Hotel or similar Day 4 Kinsale – Killarney – Dingle (164 km) Today you will travel on part of the Ring of Kerry, admiring the lush landscapes of this rural area. Kiss the Blarney Stone at the famous Castle before boarding a horse-drawn jaunting car for a ride around the Killarney National Park. Continue to the Dingle Peninsula for the night, stopping for an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn. (BD) Hotel: Benners or similar Day 5 Dingle Peninsula (39 km) Discover the sandy beaches and rocky headlands of Slea Head and visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands, inhabited until 1953 by hardy farming and fishing families. Return to Dingle for a pub lunch and spend the evening at leisure. (BL) Day 6 Dingle – Cliffs of Moher – Bunratty (266 km) Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum then drive towards Bunratty. Enjoy a scenic walk in the afternoon of the Cliffs of Moher followed by a medieval banquet in nearby Knappogue Castle. (BD) Hotel: Temple Gate Ennis or similar

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Day 7 Bunratty – Galway (68 km) Tour the limestone hills of Burren and watch a local farmer round up his sheep with traditionally-trained dogs. Continue to Galway for dinner and a guided walk of the town centre. (BD) Hotel: Galway Bay or similar Day 8 Galway – Spiddal – Galway (172 km) Travel to Standun of Spiddal for coffee then on to Leenane for a cruise on Killary Harbour, passing shores displaying pre-Potato Famine ‘lazy beds’. Visit Dan O’Hara’s Homestead to see Connemara ponies and donkeys and enjoy a farmhouse lunch before returning to Galway. (BL)

Donegal, Ireland

Day 9 Galway – Knock – Sligo – Donegal (259 km) Visit the pilgrimage town of Knock and the grave of W.B. Yeats in Sligo then see craftspeople create the renowned fine china at the Belleek Pottery Factory. Proceed to Donegal and explore the town at your leisure. (BD) Hotel: Mill Park or similar Day 10 Donegal – Slieve League – Donegal (123 km) Experience the remarkable sea cliffs of Slieve League and taste some home-baked scones before a stop at Triona Design. In the afternoon, tour Donegal Castle then return to your hotel for dinner. (BD) Day 11 Donegal – Derry – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast (232 km) Drive to Derry for a walking tour of its medieval walls with a local guide, make a photo stop at Dunluce Castle then take the scenic route to the Giant’s Causeway, a remarkable geological formation made up of huge hexagonal columns. See where ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed along the Nine Glens of Antrim route then continue to Belfast for the evening. (BD) Hotel: Radisson Blu Belfast or similar Day 12 Belfast – Kingscourt (115 km) Discover the highlights of Belfast this morning, including the incredible Titanic Belfast Museum to admire its interactive exhibits and state-of-the-art displays. Arrive at your castle hotel in Kingscourt with time to relax before your dinner with Irish dancing. (BD) Hotel: Cabra Castle or similar

Value Inclusions • Arrival & departure group transfers • Taylor’s Three Rock Pub dinner & show, Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet, Wm Cairnes Gastropub dinner • Tours of Dublin & Belfast • Walking tours of Kinsale, Galway, Derry and Drogheda • Sheepdog trials in Caherconnell • Jaunting car ride in Killarney • Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn • Killary Fjord catamaran cruise • Dan O’Hara’s Homestead Farm • Step dancing display in Cabra Castle Hotel • Drink at the Guinness Storehouse • Entry to Dublin Castle, Irish National Stud, House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Blasket Centre, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Cliffs of Moher, Knock Shrine, W.B. Yeats’ Grave, Belleek Pottery Factory, Triona Design, Donegal Castle, Giant’s Causeway, Titantic Belfast, St Patrick Centre and Battle of the Boyne Centre

Giant’s Causeway Derry

Sligo

Day 13 Kingscourt – Drogheda (69 km) Visit the Battle of the Boyne Centre then travel to Drogheda for a walking tour of the historic town. This evening you will experience a lively dinner and music at a gastropub. (BD) Hotel: D Hotel or similar Day 14 Drogheda – Dublin (55 km) Drive back to Dublin today and spend the day exploring at your own pace with an open-top bus tour to see the sights. (B) Hotel: Croke Park Hotel or similar Day 15 Dublin The tour ends with a transfer back to the airport. (B)

Donegal

Slieve League

NORTHERN IRELAND

Belfast

Kingscourt

IRELAND Galway

Kildare

Cliffs of Moher Bunratty Dingle

Killarney

Waterford

Kinsale

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Drogheda Dublin


Irish Adventure 8D/7N Type

Coach

Departs

Dublin airport

Operates

Mon (16 Feb – 07 Dec) Wed (25 Mar – 04 Nov)

Inclusions • 7 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 7 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 5 dinners (D) • Transport by air-conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, tips, items of a personal nature Price

From $1211

Compare north and south on this circuit of the Republic and Northern Ireland’s best sights. Day 1 Dublin Arrive in Dublin in the morning and transfer to your hotel. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the city to admire stately Georgian houses, colourful squares and elegant public buildings, then arrive at the lovely Trinity College to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. In the evening meet your tour director over a welcome drink. Hotel: Maldron Hotel, Cardiff Lane or similar Day 2 Dublin – Glendalough – Waterford (198 km) Depart Dublin and pass the Wicklow Mountains as you head towards the Glendalough Monastic site to tour the

deep valley and picturesque ruins of the round tower, churches and Celtic crosses. Discover the history of Irish emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship before driving to Waterford for dinner followed by a walking tour with your local guide. (BD) Hotel: Dooley’s or similar

through Donegal to Derry. Enjoy a brief city tour and guided walk around the medieval walls that completely encircle the old town. (BD) Hotel: Everglades or similar

Day 3 Waterford – Blarney – Killarney (209 km) Visit the House of Waterford Crystal then travel to Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic. Continue along the south coast to Blarney for a chance to kiss the famous stone and spend time at the Woollen Mills before driving through the rugged countryside to Killarney. (BD) Hotel: International or similar Day 4 Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney (90 km) Follow the winding road through the Ring of Kerry, stopping to take in the breathtaking natural scenery. Watch sheepdog trials, enjoy lunch at a traditional pub, then arrive at the Skellig Experience and learn about the monks in early Christian times. Return to Killarney via Sneem and Moll’s Gap for an evening at your leisure. (BL)

Departs

Dublin airport

Operates

Sat (14 Feb – 21 Nov) Wed (01 Apr– 21 Oct)

Inclusions • 7 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 7 breakfasts (B), 2 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D) • Transport by air-conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Porterage (1 suitcase per person)

Value Inclusions • Arrival & departure group transfers • Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner & show • Tour of Dublin • Walking tours of Waterford, Cobh & Derry • Sheepdog trials on the Ring of Kerry • Entry to Book of Kells at Trinity College, Glendalough Visitor Centre, Dunbrody Famine Ship, House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, the Skellig Experience, Cliffs of Moher, Knock Shrine, W.B. Yeats’ Grave, Giant’s Causeway and Titanic Belfast

Day 6 Galway – Knock – Sligo – Derry (277 km) Visit the church of Knock where villagers purportedly sighted the Virgin Mary in 1879. Stop in Sligo to view W.B. Yeats’ grave before following the shoreline

Giant’s Causeway Derry Atlantic Ocean

Coach

Day 8 Dublin Your tour ends with a morning group transfer to the airport. (B)

Day 5 Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway (267 km) Depart for the north and take a ferry across the River Shannon estuary towards the Cliffs of Moher. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower for the best views across the Atlantic before driving through the hills of Burren to Galway. (BD) Hotel: Ardilaun or similar

Irish Pubs & Folklore 8D/7N Type

Day 7 Derry – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast – Dublin (333 km) Explore the northern coastline, stopping for photos at the ruins of Dunluce Castle. Visit the spectacular stones of the Giant’s Causeway then learn the fate of the RMS Titanic through the interactive displays at the Titanic Museum in Belfast before continuing to Dublin for a farewell Irish folklore dinner. (BD) Hotel: Croke Park or similar

NORTHERN Belfast IRELAND Sligo Achill Island Westport

Irish Sea

Connemara Galway

IRELAND

Cliffs of Moher Kilkenny

Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, tips, items of a personal nature Price

From $1296

Dingle Peninsula

Dublin Glendalough

Waterford Killarney Blarney

Discover the country’s most authentic and unique experiences as you delve into traditional Irish culture. Day 4 Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Killarney (134 km) Discover the breathtaking scenery of the Dingle Peninsula and the westernmost tip of the country at Slea Head which boasts early Christian monastic beehive huts and views across the Atlantic Ocean. Attend a sheepdog trial and a tour and tasting at the Dingle Brewing Company. Spend time at leisure in Dingle then drive to Kate Kearney’s Cottage for dinner with local musicians. (BD)

Day 2 Dublin – Kilkenny (105 km) Depart Dublin and visit a farm to learn the secrets of country living in Ireland with the owners over tea and home-baked scones. Continue to Kilkenny for dinner and a walking tour of the medieval city centre. (BD) Hotel: Ormonde or similar

Day 5 Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Galway – Connemara – Westport (364 km) Catch the ferry across the River Shannon for wild, sweeping views of the Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy lunch in the village of Doolan and stop in Galway for a panoramic tour before travelling through the open country of Connemara. Arrive in Westport and spend time exploring the traditional pubs with live music. (BLD) Hotel: Wyatt or similar

Day 3 Kilkenny – Waterford – Blarney – Killarney (198 km) Visit the House of Waterford Crystal to see how the glass is created. Drive on to Blarney Castle to kiss the ‘Stone of Eloquence’ and do some shopping in the Woollen Mills or take a break in the nearby pub. Arrive in Killarney and spend the evening enjoying some local live music. (BD) Hotel: International or similar

Day 6 Westport – Achill Island – Westport (175 km) Visit the 18th century Westport House set in superb parkland with stunning rooms filled with priceless furniture and boasting lovely views over Clew Bay. Cross the bridge to Achill Island to admire its golden beaches and rugged cliffs and see the remains of the Deserted Village before returning to Westport. (BL)

Day 7 Westport – Dublin (220 km) Drive to the centre of Ireland to visit the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience and enjoy a creamy Irish coffee. Continue to Dublin for an evening of ‘Food, Folk & Fairies’ to discover Irish myths in the surrounds of Dublin’s oldest pub, the Brazen Head. (BD) Hotel: Ashling or similar Day 8 Dublin Your tour ends with a group transfer to Dublin airport. (B)

Value Inclusions • Arrival & departure transfers • Kate Kearney’s Cottage Irish night, Food Folk & Fairies at the Brazen Head Pub • Tour of Dublin • Tour & pint at the Guinness Storehouse • Walking tour of Kilkenny • Sheepdog trials on Dingle Peninsula • Day tour to Achill Island • Kilbeggan Distillery Experience • Entry to House of Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Dingle Brewing Company, Cliffs of Moher and Westport www.tempoholidays.com

COACH TOURS

Day 1 Dublin Take a group transfer to your hotel in the morning before a tour of the city including St Stephen’s Green, the River Liffey, O’Connell Street and the solemn figures of the Famine Memorial. Enjoy a creamy pint at the Guinness Storehouse panoramic bar before spending the evening at leisure. Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton or similar

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Northern Welcome 8D/7N Type

Coach

Departs

Dublin airport

Operates

Sat (04 Apr – 24 Oct)

Inclusions • 7 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 7 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 6 dinners (D) • Transport by air-conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, tips, items of a personal nature Price

From $1396

See the best of Northern Ireland’s fascinating coastline and rural villages. Day 1 Dublin – Kingscourt (85 km) Meet your driver at Dublin airport for the journey north to Cabra Castle, a delightful hotel with a 9 hole golf course set on its spacious grounds. Dine with your tour group in the castle’s award winning restaurant. (D) Hotel: Cabra Castle Hotel or similar Day 2 Kingscourt – Belfast (138 km) Visit the St Patrick Centre at Down Cathedral to learn about the life of Ireland’s patron saint. Take a ferry across Strangford Lough and drive along the shoreline to Belfast for a guided tour followed by a visit to the interactive Titantic Belfast museum. (BD) Hotel: Europa Belfast or similar

Celtic Sampler 8D/7N Type

Coach

Departs

Dublin airport

Operates

Sat (11 Apr – 28 Nov)

Inclusions • 7 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 7 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D) • Transport by air-conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, tips, items of a personal nature Price

Day 3 Belfast – Giant’s Causeway – Derry (173 km) Drive north along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim for breathtaking views of the mountains, valleys and dramatic coastline. Stop at Sheans Heritage Farm for tea and scones before arriving at the Giant’s Causeway, large hexagonal columns that have spawned a number of myths and legends. Continue to Derry where you will spend the next two nights. (BD) Hotel: Tower or similar

Day 8 Dublin Your tour ends with a group transfer to the airport in the morning. (B)

Day 5 Derry – Donegal – Westport (234 km) Depart Derry through the rugged countryside to Belleek, stopping en route at 15th century Donegal Castle. Continue to Drumcliffe Churchyard to view the grave of W.B. Yeats, the Nobel Prize-winning poet, then admire the landscapes of Sligo and County Mayo on the drive to Westport. (BD) Hotel: Clew Bay or similar

• Arrival & departure group transfers • Cabra Castle dinner, Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner & show • Ferry ride across Strangford Lough • Tour of Belfast • Walking tours of Derry & Galway • Day tour to Anchill Island • Entry to Down Cathedral, St Patrick Centre, Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Ulster American Folk Park, Tower Museum, Donegal Castle, Belleek Pottery Factory, W.B. Yeats’ Grave, Westport House & Kilbeggan Distillery Experience

SCOTLAND

Atlantic Ocean

Edinburgh

Giant’s Causeway Derry Donegal Sligo Achill Island Westport

Belfast

Ulster American Folk Park

IRELAND Kilbeggan

North Sea

Gretna Green

Cairnryan

Lake District

NORTHERN IRELAND

Kingscourt

Galway

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Value Inclusions

Day 6 Westport – Achill Island – Westport (127 km) Admire the portraits, antique furniture and porcelain at stately Westport House then travel around Clew Bay to access Achill Island by bridge. See the Deserted Village with remains of nearly 100 stone cottages abandoned during the famine, stop for

ENGLAND

Irish Sea Drogheda Dublin

Enjoy traditional evening meals and entertainment, 5000-year-old tombs and quaint English cottages on this circuit of Britain & Ireland.

Day 2 Drogheda – Belfast (120 km) Explore the Boyne Visitor Centre and one of the 5000year-old tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. Enjoy the spectacular views of the Mourne Mountains as you travel north to Belfast. In the afternoon take a guided tour of the popular Titanic Belfast, an interactive museum tracing the history and maiden voyage of the famous liner. (BD) Hotel: Europa Belfast or similar

Day 7 Westport – Galway – Kilbeggan – Dublin (290 km) Travel to Galway for a guided walk of Eyre Square, Galway Cathedral and the Spanish Arch, with time at leisure to browse the narrow streets. Drive through the centre of Ireland to the oldest distillery in the world at Kilbeggan and sample the famous whiskey before arriving in Dublin. Attend a lively traditional show at the Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner. (BD) Hotel: Stillorgan Park or similar

Day 4 Derry – Ulster American Folk Park – Derry (94 km) Join a local guide for a short walk of Derry’s medieval city walls then travel south to the Ulster American Folk Park. See the bygone way of life in rural Ireland with demonstrations of crafts, skills and replica cottages then return to Derry to visit the Tower Museum. (BD)

From $1696

Day 1 Dublin – Drogheda (40 km) Depart Dublin airport on a group transfer north to Drogheda. Take a guided walk of the historic city centre located on the River Boyne then join your group for a gourmet dinner. (D) Hotel: D Hotel Drogheda or similar

a casual pub lunch, then return to Westport for an evening at leisure. (BL)

to learn about the life of Scotland’s popular poet. Continue to Edinburgh and enjoy an evening of traditional songs and dance over dinner. (BD) Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton or similar Day 5 Edinburgh Start the day with a tour of Edinburgh’s highlights – the New Town with its wide Georgian streets and modern shopping district and the medieval town houses along the Royal Mile. Tour the imposing fortress of Edinburgh Castle then spend the afternoon and evening exploring Edinburgh at your own pace. (B)

Day 3 Belfast – Giant’s Causeway – Belfast (193 km) Take a panoramic tour of Belfast this morning including City Hall, the Albert Clock and Queens University. See the incredible rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway and the spectacular beauty of the green Glens of Antrim before returning to Belfast for an evening at leisure. (B)

Day 6 Edinburgh – Gretna Green – Lake District – Liverpool (383 km) Travel through the scenic Borders region for a photo stop in the popular village of Gretna Green. Continue through the Lake District to Grasmere, the burial place of William Wordsworth, and admire the surrounding fells and quaint accommodation. Arrive in Liverpool to experience the music and lives of the Fab Four at The Beatles Story. (BD) Hotel: Hard Day’s Night or similar

Day 4 Belfast – Edinburgh (276 km) Cross the Irish Sea to Scotland, driving along the coast to the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Day 7 Liverpool – Conwy – Holyhead – Dublin (271 km) Depart Liverpool and drive along the north coast

Holyhead

Conwy

Liverpool

WALES

of Wales to Conwy. Visit the 12th century Castle built by King Edward to control the Welsh coastline, then travel to Holyhead for the ferry ride to Dublin. Enjoy dinner with live music in a popular restaurant. (BD) Hotel: North Star or similar Day 8 Dublin Your tour ends today with a transfer to the airport. (B)

Value Inclusions • Arrival & departure group transfers • Drogheda dinner, Scottish evening in Edinburgh, O’Connell’s Restaurant Dublin • Tours of Belfast & Edinburgh • Walking tours of Drogheda & Conwy • Reserved seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (08, 15 & 22 Aug) • Entry to Boyne Valley Visitor Centre & Newgrange or Knowth Tomb, Titantic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, Edinburgh Castle, Gretna Green, The Beatles Story and Conwy Castle

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Urquhart Castle & Loch Ness, Scotland

Type

Coach

Departs

Glasgow airport

Operates

Sun (01 Mar – 15 Nov) Tue & Fri (07 Apr – 10 Nov)

Inclusions • 10 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 10 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 6 dinners (D) • Transport by air-conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, tips, items of a personal nature Price

From $1843

Explore Scotland’s captivating history and Ireland’s enchanting countryside. Day 1 Glasgow Take a group transfer to your hotel in the morning. Explore the city on an afternoon tour and visit Provand’s Lordship, the city’s oldest house. Enjoy a welcome drink with your fellow travellers before dinner. (D) Hotel: Thistle Glasgow or similar Day 2 Glasgow – Glencoe – Nairn (292 km) Drive alongside Loch Lomond and through Glencoe to Fort Augustus. Admire the tranquil scenery of Loch Ness on a short cruise, then continue to Nairn for a Scottish dinner and entertainment. (BD) Hotel: The Newton or similar Day 3 Nairn – St Andrews – Edinburgh (341 km) Tour the Blair Athol Distillery in Pitlochry and sample some whisky before continuing to Edinburgh via St Andrews. Enjoy dinner with the group and a walking tour of the old town to hear some of the city’s thrilling legends. (BD) Hotel: Marriott Dalmahoy or similar Day 4 Edinburgh Discover the highlights of the Scottish capital, including the medieval Royal Mile and Edinburgh

Castle with a local guide. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. (B) Day 5 Edinburgh – Belfast – Dublin (469 km) Make the short ferry trip to Larne in Northern Ireland. Proceed to Belfast for a visit to Titanic Belfast, a fascinating interactive museum. Continue to Dublin and spend the evening at your leisure. (B) Hotel: Royal Marine or similar Day 6 Dublin Take a guided tour of Dublin including a visit to Trinity College to see the Book of Kells. This evening enjoy a canal dinner cruise with traditional Irish music. (BD) Day 7 Dublin – Blarney – Killarney (332 km) Drive south to view the Rock of Cashel and enjoy tea and scones at local sheepdog trials before continuing to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous Stone of Eloquence. Stop at the Blarney Woollen Mills for some shopping then drive to Killarney for the night. (BD) Hotel: Killarney Avenue or similar Day 8 Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney (90 km) See Killarney’s lakes from a traditional jaunting car before embarking on a drive through the scenic Ring of Kerry. Visit the Skellig Experience for a glimpse of early monastic life on Ireland’s rocky offshore islands, then savour a pub lunch and return to Killarney in the evening. (BL) Day 9 Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Bunratty (253 km) Catch a ferry across the River Shannon and view the Cliffs of Moher. Drive to your hotel in Bunratty and enjoy some time at your leisure before heading to Bunratty Castle for a medieval style feast. (BD) Hotel: Bunratty Castle Hotel or similar Day 10 Bunratty – Galway – Dublin (295 km) Depart for a panoramic city tour of Galway before driving to Dublin for an evening at your leisure. (B) Hotel: Maldron Hotel Cardiff Lane or similar

Value Inclusions • Arrival & departure group transfers • Scottish Highland evening, Edinburgh restaurant dinner, Canal dinner & cruise, Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet • Tours of Glasgow, Edinburgh & Dublin • Reserved seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (04 – 25 Aug) • Loch Ness scenic cruise • Blair Athol Distillery whisky tasting • Sheepdog trials at a local farm • Jaunting car ride in Killarney • Entry to Provand’s Lordship, Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, St Andrews, Edinburgh Castle, Titanic Belfast, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, the Skellig Experience, Cliffs of Moher and Clonmacnoise Monastic Site

Nairn Loch Ness

SCOTLAND Glencoe Atlantic Ocean

St Andrews Edinburgh Glasgow

Cairnryan NORTHERN IRELAND Belfast

IRELAND Galway Cliffs of Moher

Irish Sea Dublin

Bunratty Killarney

Blarney

COACH TOURS

Taste of Scotland & Ireland 11D/10N

Day 11 Dublin Your tour ends with a taxi transfer to Dublin airport. (B) www.tempoholidays.com

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Sango Bay, Durness

Scottish Isles & Glens 13D/12N Type

Coach

Departs

Glasgow airport

Operates

Fri (03 Apr – 16 Oct) Selected Sun (07 Jun – 20 Sep)

Inclusions • 12 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 12 breakfasts (B), 11 dinners (D) • Transport by air-conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, tips, items of a personal nature Price

From $3094

Immerse yourself in the rich history and breathtaking scenery of the Scottish Highlands. Day 1 Glasgow Arrive in Glasgow for a group transfer to your hotel. Take an afternoon tour of the city’s main attractions including Glasgow Cathedral, before meeting your fellow travellers for dinner. (D) Hotel: Menzies or similar Day 2 Glasgow – Oban (159 km) Depart for the Highlands and admire the incredible scenery on a cruise of Loch Lomond. Stop in the Georgian town of Inveraray then continue to the Oban Distillery on the west coast for a tour and whisky tasting. (BD) Hotel: Oban Bay or similar Day 3 Oban – Isles of Mull & Iona – Oban (125 km) Travel by ferry to the Isle of Mull, one of the most beautiful of the Hebrides. Drive across the mountains and take another ferry to the Isle of Iona, the burial place for many Scottish kings. Enjoy some time exploring at your leisure, then return to Oban. (BD) Day 4 Oban – Isle of Skye – Kyle of Lochalsh (399 km) Drive the scenic ‘Road to the Isles’ and cross to the Isle of Skye to discover the history of the Scottish clans at the Clan Donald Centre. Take the bridge back to the mainland to visit Eilean Donan Castle, one of Scotland’s iconic fortresses. (BD) Hotel: Balmacara or similar

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Day 5 Kyle of Lochalsh – Dunvegan Castle – Portree – Kyle of Lochalsh (169 km) Discover the beauty of the Cuillin Mountains and visit Dunvegan Castle, still home to the MacLeod clan. Stop in picturesque Portree and admire the quaint houses lining the bay. (BD) Day 6 Kyle of Lochalsh – Ullapool (197 km) Visit Inverewe Gardens where plants flourish due to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream. Continue to the north coast for fantastic views over the Highlands. (BD) Hotel: Royal Ullapool or similar

Eilean Donan Castle, Kyle of Lochalsh

Day 7 Ullapool – Durness – Thurso (222 km) Be mesmerised by the Highlands today as you pass rugged mountains, impressive coastline and handsome saltmarsh landscapes. Learn about the Highland Clearances in Durness and Bettyhill, then drive to Thurso, stopping at the Caithness Horizons Museum. (BD) Hotel: Pentland or similar Day 8 Thurso – Orkney Isles – Thurso (170 km) Travel to the island of Orkney and the 5000-yearold village of Skara Brae. View the Ring of Brodgar, St Magnus Cathedral and the Churchill Barriers before returning to the mainland. (BD) Day 9 Thurso – John O’Groats – Strathpeffer (214 km) Drive to the most northerly village on the mainland, John O’Groats, and visit Dunrobin Castle for a demonstration of falconry. Continue south to the spa town of Strathpeffer. (BD) Hotel: Ben Wyvis Strathpeffer or similar Day 10 Strathpeffer – Culloden – Strathpeffer (76 km) See the celebrated shores of Loch Ness today on your way to the ruins of Urquhart Castle. Stop at the Culloden Visitor Centre, at the site where Bonnie Prince Charlie was defeated in the Battle of Culloden, then travel on to Fort George. Return to Strathpeffer for dinner. (BD) Day 11 Strathpeffer – Edinburgh (278 km) Experience the sheepdog trials of Leault Farm before a visit to Scone Palace, the coronation place of Scottish kings. Spend some time exploring at your own pace then continue to Edinburgh for dinner and traditional entertainment. (BD) Hotel: Apex International or similar Day 12 Edinburgh Enjoy a city tour of Edinburgh that includes the Royal Mile, Georgian New Town and Edinburgh Castle. Spend the evening at your leisure. (B) Day 13 Edinburgh The tour ends with a transfer to Edinburgh airport. (B)

Value Inclusions • Arrival & departure group transfers • Scottish evening in Edinburgh • Ferry ride across Strangford Lough • Tours of Glasgow & Edinburgh • Loch Lomond scenic cruise • Ferry rides to Mull, Iona, Skye & Orkney • Oban Distillery whisky tour & tasting • Sheepdog trials in the Highlands • Reserved seats for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (31 Jul – 14 Aug) • Entry to Glasgow Cathedral, Iona Abbey, Clan Donald Centre at Armadale Castle, Dunvegan Castle, Eilean Donan Castle, Inverewe Gardens, Caithness Horizons, Skara Brae, Ring of Brodgar, St Magnus Cathedral, Italian Chapel, Dunrobin Castle, Urquhart Castle, Culloden Battlefield Visitor Centre, Fort George, Scone Palace and Edinburgh Castle

Orkney Isles John O'Groats

Durness Thurso

North Sea

Ullapool Isle of Skye

Isle of Mull Isle of Iona

Strathpeffer Culloden Portree Kyle of Lochalsh

Oban Glasgow

Edinburgh

SCOTLAND

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


Heart of Wales & England 8D/7N Type

Coach

Departs

London Heathrow

Operates

Sat (11 Apr – 07 Nov)

Inclusions • 7 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 7 breakfasts (B), 6 dinners (D) • Transport by air-conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, tips, items of a personal nature Price

From $2056

Explore the royal and literary centre of England and stunning Welsh landscapes on this comprehensive itinerary. Day 1 London Arrive into Heathrow airport and transfer to your hotel. Spend the day in London at your leisure before meeting your travelling companions at a welcome dinner. (D) Hotel: Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton or similar Day 2 London Enjoy a morning panoramic tour of many of London’s most iconic landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and the River Thames concluding at the Tower of London. The afternoon and evening are free to explore at your own pace. (B) Day 3 London – Stonehenge – Bath – Cardiff (292 km) Drive to Stonehenge to learn about its mysterious past then stop in the Georgian town of Bath for a tour of the Roman Baths and Pump Room.

Continue to Wales and visit Cardiff Castle to enjoy a fabulous Welsh banquet for dinner. (BD) Hotel: Maldron or similar

castle and the State Apartments before enjoying a farewell dinner. (BD) Hotel: Macdonald Windsor or similar

Day 4 Cardiff – Brecon Beacons – Snowdonia – Caernarfon (292 km) Following a panoramic tour of Cardiff, visit the impressive Brecon Beacons National Park to admire the countryside that is the backbone of this mostly agricultural economy. Take a narrow-gauge train into Snowdonia then drive on to Caernarfon for the evening. (BD) Hotel: Celtic Royal or similar

Day 8 Windsor – London (41 km) This morning, drive back to London Heathrow airport where your tour ends. (B)

Day 5 Caernarfon – Conwy – Caernarfon (88 km) Discover North Wales on a journey to the National Slate Museum, passing the highest peak in Wales, Snowdon. Admire Britain’s smallest house in Conwy and its impressive Castle, before returning to Caernarfon for a tour of the massive walls and battlements of the once-royal palace. (BD) Day 6 Caernarfon – Llangollen – Bridgnorth – Stratford-upon-Avon (255 km) Drive back to England today, with stops in the quaint villages of Llangollen and Bridgnorth. In the Shakespearean town of Stratford-upon-Avon, the final stop for the day, you will experience a panoramic tour of The Bard’s birthplace before dinner. (BD) Hotel: Shakespeare Hotel or similar Day 7 Stratford-upon-Avon – Oxford – Windsor (165 km) Drive through the gentle hills of the Cotswolds with a visit to Broadway and Oxford. Wander the historic university city on foot with a tour of the colleges including Christ Church, and browse at your leisure before continuing to Windsor. Marvel at the

Value Inclusions • Arrival & departure transfers • Cardiff Castle Welsh Banquet • Ferry ride across Strangford Lough • Tours of London, Cardiff & Stratford-upon-Avon • Walking tours of Oxford & Windsor • Narrow-gauge train ride in Snowdonia • Entry to Tower of London, Stonehenge, Roman Baths & Pump Room, Cardiff Castle, National Slate Museum, Caernarfon Castle, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Windsor Castle

ENGLAND

Irish Sea Caernarfon Snowdonia

North Sea

Conwy Llangollen Bridgnorth Stratford-upon-Avon

WALES Brecon Beacons Cardiff

Bath

Oxford Windsor London Stonehenge

English Channel

English & Scottish Discovery 8D/7N Coach

Departs

London Heathrow

Operates

Fri (03 Apr – 30 Oct)

Inclusions • 7 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 7 breakfasts (B), 5 dinners (D) • Transport by air-conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, tips, items of a personal nature Price

From $1955

See the beauty of the English and Scottish countryside on this convenient one-way journey to the north of the kingdom. Day 1 London Arrive into Heathrow and transfer to your hotel. Take an afternoon tour of the sights including a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral before enjoying a welcome drink and dinner with your travel companions. (D) Hotel: Doubletree by Hilton Islington Day 2 London Explore London at your own pace with your hop-on hop-off bus ticket, creating an individual itinerary through the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral and the London Eye. Visit the Tower of London and enjoy a cruise on the River Thames. (B) Day 3 London – Stratford-upon-Avon – Liverpool (376 km) Drive through the Cotswolds, a delightfully hilly region with stone houses, to reach Shakespeare’s Birthplace at Stratford-upon-Avon. Continue to Liverpool to visit The Beatles Story. (BD) Hotel: Hilton or similar

Stratford-upon-Avon, England

Day 4 Liverpool – Lake District – Gretna Green – Edinburgh (381 km) Travel through the glorious Lake District to Dove Cottage in Grasmere, home of William Wordsworth. Stop in Gretna Green en route to Edinburgh for a Scottish evening of music and entertainment. (BD) Hotel: Macdonald Houston House Uphall Day 5 Edinburgh Explore central Edinburgh’s New Town and walk along the medieval Royal Mile. Visit Edinburgh Castle to see the Crown Jewels of Scotland and the Stone of Destiny then spend the afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 6 Edinburgh – St Andrews – Inverness (325 km) Take a guided tour of St Andrews, famous for golfing and Scotland’s oldest university. Visit the ruins of St Andrew’s Cathedral before driving north through the striking Highland scenery to Inverness for a ceilidh evening. (BD) Hotel: Columba or similar Day 7 Inverness – Loch Lomond – Glasgow (280 km) Travel south past the shores of Loch Ness and the towering peaks of Glencoe to Loch Lomond, Britain’s largest lake. Arrive in Glasgow in the afternoon for an orientation tour. (BD) Hotel: Menzies Glasgow Leisure Club or similar Day 8 Glasgow The tour ends in the morning with a group transfer to Glasgow airport. (B)

Value Inclusions • Arrival & departure transfers • Scottish evening in Edinburgh • Tours of London, Stratford-upon-Avon, Edinburgh & Glasgow • Walking tour of St Andrews • Loch Lomond scenic cruise • Reserved seat for Edinburgh Military Tattoo (08 & 15 Aug) • Entry to St Paul’s Cathedral, The Beatles Story, Dove Cottage, St Andrews Cathedral, Old Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green & Edinburgh Castle

SCOTLAND

Inverness

Loch Lomond Glasgow

North Sea

St Andrews Edinburgh Gretna Green Lake District

Liverpool

ENGLAND Stratford-upon-Avon London

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COACH TOURS

Type

15


SMALL GROUP TOURS Traverse the quaint laneways of the English countryside in your luxury mini-bus on one of our unique small group tour itineraries. With entrance fees to highlights such as Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Lacock Abbey and the Culloden Museum all included as well as many other exclusive activities hand-picked by your experienced tour leader, you can be assured a special experience.

Trails of Central England 5D/4N Type

Small Group

Departs

Grange Wellington Hotel, London

Operates

Mon (23 Mar – 12 Oct)

Inclusions • 4 nights accommodation in charming hotels • 4 breakfasts (B), 2 dinners (D) • Services of a driver/tour leader • Transportation by mini-bus • Sightseeing as per itinerary Exclusions Meals other than specified, drinks, transfers, compulsory travel insurance, optional excursions, tips, items of a personal nature Price

From $1920

Encompassing Oxford, the Cotswolds, Stratfordupon-Avon and Bath, Central England is one of the UK’s most fascinating regions. Day 1 London – Oxford – Cotswolds (161 km) Depart London for Oxford to admire the golden stone buildings of the city of dreaming spires. Journey on to the Cotswolds via picturesque countryside and rolling hills and enjoy an evening meal in Chipping Campden where you will overnight. (D) Hotel: The Kings Hotel or similar Day 2 Cotswolds Explore Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of Shakespeare, to view the Holy Trinity Church and the childhood home of his wife, Anne Hathaway. Return to the hotel via country laneways and quaint villages including Bidford, Broadway and Snowshill. (B) Day 3 Cotswolds – Lacock – Bath (114 km) Visit the village of Lacock, boasting original facades which will transport you back to the era of Jane Austen. Continue to Castle Combe for a traditional cream tea before driving to Bath to spend the evening at your leisure. (B) Hotel: Abbey Hotel or similar Day 4 Bath Experience a morning tour of the Georgian city including the Roman Baths and No.1 Royal Crescent, a townhouse reflecting life in the 18th century. After an afternoon exploring at your own pace, rejoin the group for a farewell dinner. (BD)

SMALL GROUP

Day 5 Bath – Longleat – Avebury – London (197 km) Travel to the stately home of Longleat for a private tour of this beautiful house. Drive on to Avebury for a peaceful and unobstructed look at its Stone Circle, lesser-known but equally as impressive as Stonehenge. Later today, take a leisurely drive back to London where the tour ends. (B)

Why book a Small Group Tour?

COACH TOURS 16

✓ Maximum of 18 passengers, so your itinerary is flexible to cater to the group ✓ Off the tourist trail & away from the crowds, each tour is tailor made to feature unparalleled inclusions ✓ Awake refreshed as most days begin after 8.30am ✓ Navigate the smallest lanes in a mini-bus ✓ No chain hotels, accommodation is authentic, from country estates to traditional inns ✓ Choose from a variety of regional cuisines ✓ Reliable, knowledgeable English-speaking tour leaders can become your travelling companion

View of Fort William, Scotland

Journey Through Scotland 8D/7N Type

Small Group

Departs

The Place Hotel, Edinburgh

Operates

Sun (12 Apr – 11 Oct)

Inclusions • 7 nights accommodation in charming hotels • 7 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 4 dinners (D) • Services of a driver/tour leader • Transportation by mini-bus • Sightseeing as per itinerary Exclusions Meals other than specified, drinks, transfers, compulsory travel insurance, optional excursions, tips, items of a personal nature Price

From $3361

From rolling hills and dramatic coasts to breathtaking lochs and heather covered highlands, Scotland boasts stunning scenery matched by a rich and turbulent history. Day 1 Edinburgh – St Andrews – Ballater (212 km) Depart Edinburgh towards the picturesque fishing villages of the East Neuk region. Stop in St Andrews to admire its medieval town centre then continue north to the Victorian village of Ballater for a welcome dinner with your fellow travellers. (D) Hotel: The Deeside Inn or similar Day 2 Ballater – Cawdor Castle – Culloden – Inverness (125 km) Travel through the beautiful Cairngorms National Park to Cawdor to explore its fairytale castle and gardens. Pass Clava Cairns on the way to Culloden, where the famous battle comes vividly to life at the museum. Arrive in the capital of the Highlands, Inverness, in time for dinner. (BD) Hotel: Waterside or similar Day 3 Inverness Enjoy a guided walk of the small city and visit the Scottish Kiltmaker Visitor Centre to discover the history of tartan and its prevalence in clans through the ages. The afternoon is yours to spend at leisure. (B) Day 4 Inverness – Loch Ness – Isle of Skye (236 km) Travel to the mysterious Loch Ness and stop in Plockton, a charming harbourside village with quaint cottages, and the Kyle of Lochalsh for a seafood lunch. Drive across the bridge to the stunning Isle of Skye and your accommodation for the next two nights. (BL) Hotel: Eilean Iarmain Hotel or similar

Day 5 Isle of Skye Enjoy a whiskey tasting in Portree today, then spend time at leisure, admiring the spectacular scenery, varied wildlife and impressive geological structures, there is plenty to see on the Isle of Skye. (BD) Day 6 Isle of Skye – Fort William – Isle of Mull (291 km) Journey through the backroads of the Highlands, passing Britain’s highest mountain Ben Nevis and the villages of Glenfinnan and Fort William. Catch the ferry to the Isle of Mull, the second largest island of the Inner Hebrides with rich cultural heritage. (B) Hotel: Western Isle Hotel or similar Day 7 Isle of Mull & Isle of Iona Explore the red granite village of Fionnphort today, then take the ferry to Iona to tour its peaceful surrounds steeped in history. Following a stop at the sacred Abbey, return to Mull and visit 13th century Duart Castle overlooking the striking coastline. (BD) Day 8 Isle of Mull – Stirling – Edinburgh (247 km) Return to the Scottish mainland and travel to Stirling to wander through the old town and soak up the significance of the site of the Wars of Independence. The tour ends on arrival in Edinburgh. (B)

Also available • Cross the Channel Isles – 11D/10N • Chelsea Flower Show – 7D/6N • Portsmouth & The Isle of Wight – 5D/4N • Kent & Sussex – 4D/3N • Edinburgh to London – 8D/7N

Cawdor Castle Inverness Isle of Skye Loch Ness Ballater Fort William St Andrews Isle of Mull Edinburgh Isle of Iona

SCOTLAND

ENGLAND

Cotswolds Bath Longleat

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.

Oxford London Avebury


Towards the Cornish Coast 7D/6N Type

Small Group

Departs

Grange Wellington Hotel, London

Operates

Mon (04 May – 15 Jun) Wed (08 Apr – 14 Oct) Thu (07 – 28 May) Sun (03 May – 05 Jul & 02 Aug – 18 Oct)

Book by 15 Dec 2014 & SAVE 5% on 2015 summer departures.

Inclusions • 6 nights accommodation in charming hotels • 6 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 3 dinners (D) • Services of a driver/tour leader • Transportation by mini-bus • Sightseeing as per itinerary Exclusions Meals other than specified, drinks, transfers, compulsory travel insurance, optional excursions, tips, items of a personal nature Price

From $2738

Experience ancient architecture, regional food delights and superb coastal landscapes on this wonderful journey through southwest England. Day 1 London – Wells – Dartmoor National Park (350 km) Depart London for Wells to explore the magnificent cathedral, medieval streets and the impressive Bishop’s Place before continuing to Dartmoor National Park to visit the High Moorland Visitor centre for insight into the culture and history of the area. Enjoy a welcome dinner with your group in the heart of this dramatic rolling countryside. (D) Hotel: Two Bridges or similar

Day 4 Falmouth Today you are free to explore the historic town of Falmouth. You may choose to visit the National Maritime Museum, Falmouth Art Gallery or take a train to Cornwall’s capital, Truro. (B) Day 5 Falmouth – Trebah Gardens – Tregothnan – Fowey (76 km) Visit the sub-tropical Gardens of Trebah towards the Helford River. Explore Tregothnan Estate, the home of English tea, accompanied by a member of the Estate’s gardening team before spending the evening in Fowey. (B) Hotel: Fowey Hotel or similar Day 6 Fowey – Polperro – Hawkchurch (209 km) After a leisurely start to the day, travel along the south coast to the quaint fishing village of Polperro then visit the magnificent Buckfast Abbey. In the evening, arrive in Hawkchurch for a farewell dinner. (BD) Hotel: Fairwater Head or similar Day 7 Hawkchurch – Salisbury – London (255 km) Explore the historic town of Lyme Regis before travelling along the Jurassic Coast to Maiden Hill with its excavations dating back to Neolithic times. Follow the Roman road to Salisbury where you will have the opportunity to see the original Magna Carta. Your tour ends on arrival in London. (B)

Type

Small Group

Departs

Maldron Hotel, Cardiff

Operates

26 Apr; 10, 17, 24, 31 May; 07, 14, 21 Jun; 05, 19 Jul; 02, 16, 30 Aug; 06, 13, 27 Sep; 04, 10 Oct

Inclusions • 6 nights accommodation in charming hotels • 6 breakfasts (B), 3 dinners (D) • Services of a driver/tour leader • Transportation by mini-bus • Sightseeing as per itinerary Exclusions Meals other than specified, drinks, transfers, compulsory travel insurance, optional excursions, tips, items of a personal nature Price

From $2708

See the best of Wales and discover its proud history, language, culture and industry while admiring some of the United Kingdom’s most spectacular scenery. Day 1 Cardiff – Crickhowell (75 km) Depart Cardiff this morning for a panoramic tour of the bay area before visiting the National History Museum of Wales at St Fagans. Continue north to the Welsh Valleys and visit one of Britain’s leading mining museums before travelling to the stunning Brecon Beacons National Park where you will overnight in Crickhowell. (D) Hotel: The Bear or similar Day 2 Crickhowell – Wye Valley – Crickhowell (97 km) Travel south to Caerleon to experience one of Britain’s Roman Legionary fortresses, then travel on to the Wye Valley for some wine tasting in a Welsh vineyard. Return to Crickhowell to spend the evening at your leisure. (B) Day 3 Crickhowell – Conwy (251 km) Today visit Abbey Cwm Hir Hall, a stately home with impressive antiques. Pass the World Heritage Site of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct before enjoying afternoon tea at Cefn Park with the estate owners. In the evening attend a traditional Male Voice Choir concert in Llandudno. (B) Hotel: The Castle or similar

Day 4 Conwy Spend the day exploring the medieval town of Conwy at your own pace. (B) Day 5 Conwy – Nant Gwrtheyrn – Snowdonia National Park (107 km) Depart Conwy to tour Caernarfon Castle before travelling to Llanberis and the National Slate Museum. In the afternoon, journey along the Lleyn Peninsula where you will stop for tea and a Welsh language lesson. Travel through the beautiful Snowdonia National park to your delightful hotel. (BD) Hotel: Portmeirion Village or similar Day 6 Snowdonia National Park – Aberaeron – St David’s – Pembrokeshire (262 km) Continue the journey south to St David’s, Britain’s smallest city. Along the way stop in Aberaeron, a charming regency town set a long the mouth of the Areon River and site of an ancient hill fort. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner with your fellow travellers. (BD) Hotel: Warpool Court Hotel or similar Day 7 Pembrokeshire – Cardiff (164 km) As you journey around the west coast of Wales today, your tour leader will suggest a choice of stops, including Tenby, an attractive walled seaside town. Continue to Cardiff where your tour ends on arrival in the early evening. (B)

Conwy Nant Gwrtheyrn

SMALL GROUP

Day 3 Falmouth – St Ives – St Michael’s Mount – Falmouth (96 km) Drive to St Ives and discover the traditions and history of this ancient fishing town. Visit Minack Theatre, Cornwall’s open-air cliff face theatre then journey on to Marazion for a boat ride to the island of St Michael’s Mount. Explore its medieval castle before returning to Falmouth for an evening meal. (BD)

Welsh Explorer 7D/6N

Snowdonia

Aberaeron

ENGLAND WALES

St David’s

Pembrokeshire Dartmoor National Park Port Isaac Padstow

Crickhowell Cardiff Wells

London Salisbury

Hawkchurch

Fowey

COACH TOURS

Day 2 Dartmoor National Park – Port Isaac – Padstow – Falmouth (185 km) Travel north along the coast of Cornwall admiring quaint Cornish villages including Port Isaac before being treated to lunch at Rick Stein’s ‘The Seafood Restaurant’ in Padstow. Arrive in the evening to Falmouth. (BL) Hotel: Merchants Manor or similar

St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall

Falmouth

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ENGLAND

Why choose England: Visit the cultural epicentre of London time and again, yet never grow tired of its ever-changing skyline and blend of old-world refinement with edgy boutiques and trendy nightspots. Travel further afield and you will appreciate the centuries’ old villages, ancestral estates and wooded glens that stand beside world-renowned university cities and colourful commercial centres that ensure England’s unique diversity. When to travel: The English are in constant conversation about weather, as changes are frequent and the seasons are obvious and defined. The south tends to experience cool damp winters and warm summers, while the north is colder and wetter in the winter, and summer weather is notoriously unpredictable.

• Drive along the whitecliffs of Dover • Take a literary tour of the Cotswolds and the Lake District • Stay in a typical English B&B

Trafalgar Square, London

English Express 6D/5N Type

Rail

Departs

London Kings Cross Station

Operates

Daily (year round)

Inclusions • 5 nights accommodation in standard hotels • 5 breakfasts (B) • Rail ticket London – York • 4 day Britrail Consecutive Pass Exclusions Meals other than specified, drinks, transfers, items of a personal nature Price

PACKAGE ENGLAND 18

From $1129

Take in the beauty of the English countryside from the comfort of a quick and convenient train, stopping in some of the country’s most iconic and diverse cities. Use your rail pass to travel as much or as little as you like to the surrounding towns, and fill your days with some fantastic independent sightseeing tours. Day 1 London – York Travel by train to York, a city with intriguing history and some of the most impressive medieval fortifications in Europe. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. Hotel: Best Western Monkbar Day 2 York The day is yours to explore at your own pace. We recommend using your rail pass to visit some of England’s northern gems including Leeds, for some of England’s best shopping, or the attractive spa village of Harrogate. (B) Day 3 York – Birmingham – Stratford-upon-Avon Depart York for Birmingham, a vibrant city that has reinvented its industrial heart to feature modern architecture, a number of galleries and museums

Bidford-upon-Avon

and lively restaurants. Continue through the undulating countryside to Stratford-upon-Avon to admire its elegant half-timbered houses and stroll through Shakespeare’s birthplace. (B) Hotel: Grosvenor or similar Day 4 Stratford-upon-Avon – Bath After breakfast, make your way to the train station for the journey to Bath. With connections through Leamington Spa and Reading, alight as you wish through the Cotswolds to explore the lesser-known towns, each with their own unique history. (B) Hotel: Abbey or similar Day 5 Bath – London Spend the morning exploring the Georgian city of Bath, perhaps visiting its impressive 13th century Abbey or the preserved Roman Pump Room. Return to London at your leisure in the evening. (B) Hotel: Lancaster Gate or similar Day 6 London Your package concludes after breakfast at the hotel. Why not extend your stay in the English capital and experience the Luxury London Afternoon Tour (pg 27)? (B)

Tempo recommends Add a hop-on hop-off bus tour bundle to cover York, Birmingham, Stratfordupon-Avon & Bath from $129

ENGLAND York

Irish Sea

Birmingham Stratford-upon-Avon

WALES London

Bath

English Channel

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


LONDON Britain’s stately capital and one of the world’s great cities is quintessentially English yet incredibly modern. You can’t help but be enthralled by London’s history, captivated by its iconic sights and exhilarated by its youthful energy. Book one of our great value experiences to explore its many attractions in depth.

London Your Way – 4D/3N

Type

Mini break

Type

Mini break

Departs

London Heathrow

Departs

London Heathrow

Operates

Daily (year round)

Operates

Daily (year round)

Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, tips, items of a personal nature Price

Standard from $724 Superior from $876

Enjoy an array of iconic English experiences, beginning with an orientation tour aboard a classic 1960s routemaster bus followed by a fast-track ticket to the London Eye to enjoy the extraordinary views across the capital. The following day you will visit the Tower of London, a former palace and place of execution and still home to the Crown Jewels, then make your way to Fortnum and Mason in Piccadilly. This historic London store was established in 1707 and still has the honour of housing the Royal Family’s favourite food hall. Enjoy a quintessential British cream tea with pastries, sandwiches and scones with clotted cream before browsing at your leisure.

London Scenes – 4D/3N

Inclusions • 3 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel category • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch • Private arrival transfer from Heathrow airport • Vintage Open-Top Bus Tour with Thames Cruise • 3 open-dated entrance vouchers to iconic London attractions Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, tips, items of a personal nature Price

Standard from $647 Superior from $825

The perfect package for those looking to explore London at their own pace. After your orientation tour of London by vintage bus it’s down to you to discover London for yourself. Choose between three vouchers that will allow you to skip the line at London’s major attractions, plus a complimentary voucher for a taste of London’s finest fish and chips. If you need any advice on how to get to each venue, our local operators are on hand from 6am to 10pm to assist. Visit any three of the London Eye, London Dungeon, Sealife London Aquarium, Tower of London, Madame Tussauds or Kensington Palace, on any day during your stay at your leisure.

Jack the Ripper & Haunted London – 4D/3N

Type

Mini break

Type

Mini break

Departs

London Heathrow

Departs

London Heathrow

Operates

Daily (year round)

Operates

Thu, Fri & Sat (year round)

Inclusions • 3 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel category • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch • Private arrival transfer from Heathrow airport • Vintage Open-Top Bus Tour with Thames Cruise • Tickets to two of London’s theatre shows Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, tips, items of a personal nature Price

Standard from $799 Superior from $977

What trip to London would be complete without a night out in the fabulous West End, where the world’s finest actors feature in sell-out performances every night of the year? Enjoy your vintage bus tour to get familiar with the sights and sounds of the city then let us take care of your theatre arrangements in advance with top seats to two shows while you’re in town. Choose from hits such as Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia, Billy Elliott, We Will Rock You and Wicked, or if these don’t appeal let us know and we’ll endeavour to get you to the London show of your choice. All that remains is to turn up early, get your box of sweets, and settle in for a fabulous night’s entertainment!

Inclusions • 3 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel category • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch • Private arrival transfer from Heathrow airport • Vintage Open-Top Bus Tour with Thames Cruise • Jack the Ripper Evening Tour • London at Night Ghost Tour • Hampstead Walking Tour

LONDON • EXPERIENCES

Inclusions • 3 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel category • 3 breakfasts, 1 lunch • Private arrival transfer from Heathrow airport • Vintage Open-Top Bus Tour with Thames Cruise • London Eye fast track ticket • Entrance to the Tower of London • Afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason

Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, tips, items of a personal nature Price

Standard from $647 Superior from $825

Explore the mysterious side of London with two chilling bus tours and a ghostly walking tour. Hear tales of the Cock Lane ghost at Smithfield, the first recorded seance in Britain and the last witchcraft trials at the Old Bailey in the 1940s, before exploring Whitechapel and retracing the steps of Jack the Ripper. The following day you’ll experience the Ghost Bus Tour and learn about London’s grisly history from the executions of King Charles I and Anne Boleyn to the Great Fire of 1666. On your final day, head to Hampstead for a walking tour and discover the London of Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the amazing enigma of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Hampstead has a myriad of secrets to reveal as the sun sets and the flickering gas lights come to life.

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ENGLAND

All Things British – 4D/3N

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LONDON HOTELS

Double Decker Bus & Big Ben, London

1 The May Fair

5H

From $227

4 Radisson Blu Edwardian Mercer Street

Superior Room

LONDON • HOTELS

Superior Double

5H

Standard Room

5 The Cumberland

4H

From $169

45 Prescot Street

Great Cumberland Place

Tower Hill

This modern property provides luxurious accommodation in the recently redeveloped Tower Bridge district. The spacious bedrooms are well-appointed with modern technology, 24 hour room service and large bathrooms. Hotel facilities include a private fitness club, 25 metre swimming pool and grill restaurant. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Large, modern hotel just steps away from the Thames.

5H

ENGLAND Superior Double

From $144

Leicester Square

Featuring modern, vibrant bedrooms furnished with luxurious fabrics and pops of colour, Mercer Street is ideally located on the Seven Dials in the heart of Covent Garden. The opulent decor, state-of-the-art technology and stylish bar and restaurant provide a welcome oasis in the busy city centre. Includes breakfast Tempo says: The perfect location for Theatreland, trendy bars and restaurants and the village-feel of Covent Garden.

An icon of contemporary design with a glamorous past, The May Fair was first opened in 1927 by King George V. Offering luxurious bedrooms with designer furniture, opulent fabrics and a state-of-the-art digital television, hotel facilities include an indulgent spa, fine-dining restaurant, gym and personal trainer and access to the Palm Beach Casino. Includes breakfast Tempo says: The most central 5-star property in London.

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From $182

20 Mercer Street

Stratton Street

4.5H

From $174

Standard Double

Marble Arch

Situated near Marble Arch in close proximity to lively Oxford Street, this contemporary hotel features striking artwork and lighting throughout the lobby and guest rooms. Guests can dine on fine cuisine from one of the five kitchens, indulge at the Champagne Bar or enjoy a night out at the Chain Room and Carbon Bar. Includes breakfast Tempo says: A modern and luxurious hotel overlooking Hyde Park.

6 Arbor Hyde Park

4H

From $166

10 Godliman Street

136 Lancaster Gate

Blackfriars

A showpiece of contemporary sophistication, the stunning Grange St Paul’s sets new standards for elegance with luxurious bedrooms featuring the latest technology. Located next to St Paul’s Cathedral, guests will enjoy the spectacular glass atrium, housing six bars and restaurants with iconic views. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Flagship hotel with grand facilities.

Housed in a beautifully restored terrace close to Kensington Gardens, the Arbor Hyde Park offers stylish accommodation in a tranquil location minutes away from the lively West End. Each of the 40 individually-designed guestrooms features an espresso coffee machine, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi. Tempo says: Enjoy personal service and luxury amenities.

Lancaster Gate

Superior Double

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


7 Grange Strathmore

From $142

4H

41 Queens Gate Gardens

130 Tottenham Court Road

Gloucester Road

Located in the fashionable borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Grange Strathmore is part of a beautifully-restored London townhouse. The property offers guests a unique blend of Victorian grandeur and contemporary luxury and each guestroom features a cosy sitting area and marble bathroom. Includes breakfast Tempo says: A gorgeous property just steps from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

8 Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt

68-86 Cromwell Road

24-27 Bedford Place

Gloucester Road

Located near the fashionable shops of South Kensington, just a short walk to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The open fireplace and deep sofas in the frescoed lounge area are a nod to the property’s Georgian history. All rooms are spacious, with contemporary decor, air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi. Includes breakfast Tempo says: A popular choice just off the trendy Gloucester Road.

9 Grange Rochester

Superior Double

12 Montague on the Gardens

15 Montague Street

Victoria

Situated in the royal Westminster district, the Grange Rochester is an oasis of calm in the heart of central London. Each of the 76 guestrooms is beautifully decorated using fine fabrics and rosewood. Guests are a short walk from first-rate shops, theatres and the city’s most iconic attractions including the Houses of Parliament. Includes breakfast Tempo says: A truly outstanding location.

Opposite the British Museum with its own private gardens, The Montague combines old world Bloomsbury charm with unique and individually-decorated bedrooms and lavish furnishings. Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, air conditioning, deluxe toiletries and several indoor and outdoor dining options. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Feast on a gourmet summer BBQ on the outdoor terrace.

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Classic Double

St. John Wood

Royal Oak

From $152

4H

69 Vincent Square

Superior Room

Warwick Ave

Russell Square

Overlooking its own private gardens in Bloomsbury, The Beauchamp combines traditional elegance with chic modern decor. This boutique property caters for the discerning traveller with first class services and contemporary furnishings including queen-sized beds and marble bathrooms. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Enjoy the traditional British menu in the conservatory restaurant.

From $144

4H

From $130

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11 The Beauchamp

From $120

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Warren Street

With great access to the city, West End, Oxford St and St Pancras station, this central hotel offers a subtle blend of traditional furnishings with quirky design. Air conditioning, complimentary Wi-Fi and iPod docks come as standard, and the trendy Steak & Lobster restaurant features a lively bar serving modern cuisine. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Dine at lively Covent Garden, just a 15 minute walk from the hotel.

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13 Hotel Xenia

4H

Classic Room

30 Rathbone Street

Gloucester Road

This recently-opened boutique property situated in fashionable South Kensington offers 99 luxurious guestrooms with cuttingedge technology. The two stylish bars, unique demonstrative restaurant serving Italian cuisine, and the heated outdoor herb garden provide the perfect surroundings to relax with a drink after a long day. Includes breakfast Tempo says: A fabulous hotel with the perfect mix of modern and contemporary design.

4H

19 Thistle Marble Arch

4H

From $171

Bryanston Street

Enjoying stunning views across Hyde Park, this conveniently-located hotel is situated on Bayswater Road, close to Queensway tube stop on the central line and only minutes from Oxford Street and Paddington Station. The cosy, airconditioned rooms offer complimentary Wi-Fi, toiletries and satellite television. Includes breakfast Tempo says: A stylish base from which to explore London.

This stylish art deco property is in a prime location overlooking Oxford Street and close to the exclusive Bond Street shops and theatrical excitement of Shaftsbury Avenue. There are 692 air-conditioned guest rooms, a club floor, relaxing cocktail lounge and a fitness centre to ensure a relaxing evening after a long day out. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Superbly-located hotel just a short stroll from Hyde Park.

From $129

Standard Double

Marble Arch

20 The Grosvenor

4H

From $157

Cardington Street

101 Buckingham Palace Road

Euston

Victoria

Located within walking distance of St Pancras and Euston train stations, this quality property is the perfect point from which to reach the rest of the UK and Europe by rail. The hotel overlooks a characteristic garden square and offers modern conveniences including free Wi-Fi and refurbished guestrooms. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Fantastic option towards the north of the city.

Experience the high ceilings and period detailing of this Victorian-era hotel situated adjacent to Victoria Station within walking distance of Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. Facilities include a fabulous Cantonese restaurant and former first-class railway lounge, now luxury bar. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Grand imperial railway hotel.

4H

From $116

Standard Double

21 The Kensington Hotel

4H

129 Cromwell Road

109-113 Queen’s Gate

Gloucester Road

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Offering contemporary accommodation in cosmopolitan Kensington, the Park International is superbly situated within walking distance of the Victoria and Albert Museum, Harrods and Hyde Park. The recently refurbished rooms are simply styled with contemporary furnishings, individual climate control and complimentary Wi-Fi. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Indulge in a cocktail at the unique Piano Bar.

17 Doubletree by Hilton – London Westminster

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Goodge Street

A boutique hotel ideally located within a five minute walk of Soho, Oxford Street and Theatreland, the Rathbone enjoys access to some of the best London restaurants, some of which provide discounts to guests of the hotel. The traditional bedrooms offer modern amenities. Includes buffet breakfast Tempo says: A peaceful respite away from the city.

Queensway

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Queen Executive Room

From $136

Junior Double

From $167

104 Bayswater Road

4H

Standard Double

4H

15 Thistle Euston

Standard Double

18 The Rathbone

160 Cromwell Road

14 Thistle Kensington Gardens

Standard Room

From $116

4H

From $148

From $197

Gloucester Road

This classically-styled property in South Kensington is housed in a suite of restored London mansions. Guests are greeted in a large stone-floored entrance hall and the period theme continues in each room with marble bathrooms and original artwork. The chic Knightsbridge stores are a five minute walk from the hotel. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Beautiful distinctive 19th century facade. Superior Double

22 Victoria Park Plaza

4H

From $176

30 John Islip Street

239 Vauxhall Bridge Road

Pimlico

Victoria

Situated in the heart of Westminster, this contemporary hotel is perfectly located within easy reach of the city, West End and the river crossing to South Bank. The 460 rooms feature fresh decor, floor-to-ceiling windows, air conditioning and cutting-edge technology including iMacs and complimentary Wi-Fi. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Modern hotel with a stylish cocktail bar.

Located close to Buckingham Palace and Victoria Station, this well-appointed hotel features a modern Venetian restaurant, lounge bar, fitness centre and leisure club with steam room and sauna. The 299 spacious air-conditioned rooms feature modern amenities and comfortable furnishings. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Large rooms in a desirable location.

Superior Room

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


London Eye

From $171

26 Strand Palace Hotel

350 Oxford Street

A boutique property just steps from dynamic Oxford Street and refined Bond Street. Enjoy sleek design in the modern rooms adorned with luxurious bedding and hand-made wool carpets. Scoff & Banter, the popular in-house restaurant, features wood-panelled walls and flooring and sumptuous leather furniture. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Walking distance to Notting Hill, Hyde Park & Piccadilly. Standard Twin

Standard Double

4H

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Standard Double

27 London Elizabeth

3H 4 Lancaster Terrace

Lancaster Gate

Dating back to Victorian times, this hotel is perfectly situated opposite Hyde Park and close to the iconic market district of Notting Hill and Kensington Gardens. The 54 beautifully-appointed rooms are decorated in a mix of traditional and contemporary style with chandeliers, brass fittings and complimentary Wi-Fi. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Quaint refurbished London townhouses.

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From $158

Charing Cross

Situated in the heart of the West End, the Strand Palace is close to Trafalgar Square and the fashionable boutiques and lively nightlife of Covent Garden. Retaining its original Edwardian exterior, the guestrooms have been recently refurbished, and the hotel offers several restaurants with a wonderful private dining room. Includes breakfast Tempo says: A central location, in amongst the action.

90-92 Lancaster Gate

25 St Giles

From $165

372 The Strand

Bond Street

24 Thistle Hyde Park

3H

From $114

Classic Double

Lancaster Gate

Occupying three adjoining Victorian townhouses opposite Hyde Park, this charming family-run property has 49 unique guest rooms with traditional English decor and complimentary Wi-Fi. The restaurant serves country fare, while the bar and garden terrace are welcoming places to relax and entertain. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Picturesque park-side hotel with traditional charm.

28 Lancaster Gate

3H

Bedford Avenue

66 Lancaster Gate

Tottenham Court Road

With an enviable location near the junction of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road, this large modern hotel features a number of dining options and access to a well-equipped central health and fitness club. The rooms are simply decorated in a contemporary style with standard amenities, some offering lovely views over the city. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Basic rooms in an unbeatable location.

From $131

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4H

From $149

Lancaster Gate

Enjoying a quiet location on a leafy street near Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, this is an affordable option in central London. The property is within easy reach of Bayswater, Queensway and Lancaster Gate tube stops and the 196 comfortable air-conditioned rooms are simply decorated and equipped with modern conveniences. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Great value in a peaceful location.

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LONDON APARTMENTS

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4.5H

From $317

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Living Room, 1 Bedroom Apartment

44 Curzon St Green Park This group of elegant traditional apartments is across three blocks in the heart of Mayfair. Located close to Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and many museums and galleries, there are studio and 1, 2 & 3 bedroom apartments available.

B The Ascott Mayfair

1 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV • Fully equipped kitchenette • Wi-Fi • Washing machine & dryer (2 & 3 bedroom/2 bathroom apartments only) • Lift (except to 2 bedroom/1 bathroom apartments) • Complimentary toiletries • Welcome pack • Serviced daily (Mon – Sat) Tempo says: Sophisticated and comfortable apartments in an exclusive location.

4.5H

1 Bedroom Apartment

49 Hill Street

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Green Park Located in Mayfair, this 1920s art deco property is surrounded by stylish shops and restaurants, and is in walking distance to some of London’s most iconic attractions. It has a range of studio, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments, and facilities include a fitness centre and residents lounge.

C Plaza on the River

Kitchen, 1 Bedroom Apartment

18 Albert Embankment Vauxhall Situated on the south bank of the River Thames and opposite the Tate Britain, this luxurious property has 65 fully airconditioned studio, 1 & 2 bedroom suites. All rooms are finished to a high standard and have state of the art in room technology.

From $564

Breakfast Room

Features: TV • DVD player (on request) • Fully equipped kitchenette • Wi-Fi • Air conditioning • Safe • Iron • Washing machine & dryer • Radio • Serviced daily Tempo says: Timeless opulence in the heart of London.

4.5H

From $493

1 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV • Fully equipped kitchen • Air conditioning • Dishwasher • Washing machine & dryer • Wi-Fi • Iron • Safe • Room service • Serviced daily Tempo says: Request a room with a view over the Thames.

Living Room, 2 Bedroom Apartment

219 Earl’s Court Road Earl’s Court Built at the end of the 19th century, this fantastic complex is spread over 6 floors, close to cafes and restaurants and just a five minute walk from Earl’s Court Tube. The building has 24 apartments (studio, 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom) and can sleep up to 8 guests.

E Citadines South Kensington

2 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV/Hi-Fi • Fully equipped kitchen • Washing machine & dryer • Wi-Fi • Iron • Lift to 5th floor • Dishwasher (2, 3 & 4 bedroom apartments only) • Highchairs & cots (on request) • Coffee machine • Serviced daily (Mon – Fri) Tempo says: Traditionally furnished with old English charm.

Studio Executive Apartment

35A Gloucester Road Gloucester Road This group of 92 studio and 1 bedroom apartments is located in fashionable South Kensington, and is close to Kensington Palace and Knightsbridge shops. Refurbished in 2011, some rooms include sofa beds in the lounge and can sleep up to 4 guests.

F GO NATIVE Bermondsey

Kitchen, 1 Bedroom Apartment

190 Bermondsey Street London Bridge Located in the trendy South Bank area, Go Native Bermondsey is surrounded by stylish cafes and modern galleries. Its spacious studio and 1 bedroom open plan apartments are decorated in a modern style, and are the perfect base to discover the local attractions.

From $325

4H

1 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV/Hi-Fi • Fully equipped kitchenette • Iron • Safe • Wi-Fi • Dishwasher (1 bedroom apartments only) • Lift • Laundry facilities (local charge) • Serviced weekly Tempo says: Cosy modern apartments in one of London’s best locations.

From $278

4H

1 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV • Fully equipped kitchenette • Dishwasher • Washing machine & dryer • Wi-Fi • Laundry facilities (local charge) • Dry cleaning (local charge) • Lift • Serviced weekly Tempo says: Modern, comfortable apartments in a convenient location.

Apartments are quoted in Australian dollars, per unit per night, based on two people occupancy and lead in category unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


2 Bedroom Apartment

John Nash Mews, Limehouse Lock Limehouse Stay in the up-and-coming Docklands area of London, just two stops on the light rail to Tower Hill. Limehouse offers a great range of shops, restaurants and bars and the spacious and stylish 2 bedroom apartments and furnished to a 4-star hotel standard with modern amenities.

Tempo says: Take the River Bus for a scenic trip to the centre of London.

4H

Living Room, 1 Bedroom Apartment

Charing Cross & Embankment Superbly located near Trafalgar Square and the River Thames, this recently refurbished complex is near attractions such as Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. It has 187 fully equipped studio, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments sleeping up to six people.

Tempo says: Well-furnished apartments in the centre of London.

4H

Gloucester Road

Living Room, 1 Bedroom Premier Apartment

Holborn This lovely apartment complex has been recently renovated in a chic contemporary style. Located close to Covent Garden and the theatre district, it is surrounded by traditional English pubs as well as international restaurants and art galleries.

42 Princes Square Bayswater Close to Hyde Park and Notting Hill, this superb complex offers a range of studio and spacious modern apartments in 1, 2 & 3 bedroom configurations, some of which can sleep up to 6 guests.

L GO NATIVE Earls Court

1 Bedroom Apartment

181 Warwick Road Earl’s Court Providing affordable accommodation in an area home to famous Kensington landmarks, these apartments offer studios, 1 bedroom open plan and 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom options for up to four people. Renovations will feature interconnecting rooms and a club floor.

M Citadines St. Marks

1 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV & DVD player • Fully equipped kitchenette • Wi-Fi • Air conditioning • Heating • Lift • Laundry facilities (local charge) • Iron • Hairdryer • Complimentary toiletries • Serviced daily Tempo says: A modern choice in the popular South Kensington area.

J Citadines Holborn-Covent Garden

94-99 High Holborn

From $278

4H

From $312

Studio Premier Apartment

Features: TV • Fully equipped kitchenette • Dishwasher • Air conditioning • Wi-Fi • Lift • Iron • Safe • Disabled facilities • Laundry facilities (local charge) • Serviced weekly Tempo says: A fabulous base from which to eat and shop in all the trendy places.

4H

Triple Executive Studio

1 Bedroom Apartment

Kitchen, 1 Bedroom Apartment

Located just steps away from Gloucester Road Tube, this property provides contemporary accommodation in an idyllic London location. Relax in comfort in your choice of studio, 1 & 2 bedroom apartments that feature well-equipped kitchens and spacious living areas.

From $356

Features: TV/Hi-Fi • Fully equipped kitchenette • Air conditioning • Wi-Fi • Iron • Safe • Lift • Laundry facilities (local charge) • Parking • Serviced weekly

I No.1 Harrington Gardens

1 Harrington Gardens

K Grand Plaza

Kitchen, 2 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV/Hi-Fi • Fully equipped kitchenette • Washing machine & dryer • Dishwasher • Wi-Fi (local charge) • Iron • Heating • Lift • Complimentary toiletries • Grocery delivery service (local charge) • Serviced weekly

H Citadines Trafalgar Square

18-21 Northumberland Avenue

From $378

1 Bedroom Apartment

300 City Road Angel Citadines St. Marks is in an historic borough with fashionable bars and restaurants, great antique shops and the famous Sadler’s Wells Theatre. The Victorian building has four floors consisting of 80 studio, 1 & 2 bedroom modern apartments sleeping up to 4 guests.

N Chelsea Cloisters

Living Room, 2 Bedroom Apartment

Sloane Avenue South Kensington Situated halfway between South Kensington and Sloane Square, this large traditional property offers 250 studio, 1 & 2 bedroom serviced apartments. Each room is individually designed with a well stocked kitchen and modern bathroom.

From $295

Quad Executive Studio

Features: TV & DVD player • Fully equipped kitchenette • Wi-Fi • Lift • Laundry facilities (local charge) • Cafe • Serviced daily Tempo says: Enjoy the independence of an apartment with the services of a hotel.

4H

From $279

Living Room, 1 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV • Fully equipped kitchenette • Dishwasher • Washing machine & dryer • Wi-Fi • Lift • Complimentary toiletries • Iron • Serviced weekly Tempo says: Impressive modern and spacious living with easy access to central London.

3.5H

From $349

Living Room, 1 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV/Hi-Fi • Fully equipped kitchenette • Washing machine & dryer • Heating • Wi-Fi • Fitness centre • Dry cleaning (local charge) • Iron • Parking (local charge) • Serviced weekly Tempo says: Pick up a bargain at the antique shops down Camden Passage.

3H

From $321

1 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV • Fully equipped kitchen • Air conditioning • Heating • Wi-Fi • Iron • Washing machine & dryer • Lift • Parking (local charge) • Serviced daily (Mon – Fri)

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Tempo says: Well-priced accommodation in a great location.

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LONDON TICKETS & PASSES The London Pass

Madame Tussauds

Type

Independent

Type

Independent

Type

Independent

Duration

1, 3 or 6 consecutive days

Duration

Approx. 2 hours

Duration

30 minute rotation

Departs

Exchange your voucher at 11a Charing Cross Road London

Departs

Madame Tussauds, Marylebone Road

Departs

South Bank Riverside Building County Hall

Operates

Daily (year round)

Operates

Daily (year round excl. 06 – 17 Jan)

Price

From $53

Price

Fast-track ticket from $63 Champagne Experience from $75

Operates

Daily (year round)

Price

Duration 1 day 3 days 6 days

With Transport Without Transport

From $109 From $194 From $298

From $91 From $134 From $178

This great value pass grants you entry to more than 60 of the city’s most popular attractions including the London Bridge Experience, Westminster Abbey and the London Zoo on consecutive days for the duration selected. Choose to include unlimited travel on the London transport network to save even more.

Original London Sightseeing Tour

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London Eye

Filled with 14 exciting, interactive zones and the amazing Marvel Super Heroes 4D movie experience, Madame Tussauds London combines glitz, glamour and incredible history with over 300 wax figures, including Adele, Beyonce, One Direction, Usain Bolt, Barack Obama, The Queen and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, plus many more. It’s guaranteed to leave you feeling more than a little star struck!

London Oyster Card

Enjoy breathtaking views of London from high above the River Thames in one of the London Eye’s 32 high-tech glass capsules. The journey on the London Eye lasts approximately 30 minutes, the time it takes for the wheel to complete one revolution. Skip the line and purchase a fast-track ticket for priority boarding to avoid the holiday queues or enjoy a special experience with a glass of champagne or orange juice.

London IVENTURE Card Flexi Pass

Type

Independent

Type

Independent

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Independent

Duration

24 hour ticket

Duration

Approx. 3 days travel in Zones 1 & 2

Duration

3, 5, or 7 tickets in 1 month

Departs

Any stop

Departs

Any London Station

Departs

Operates

Daily (year round)

Operates

Daily (year round)

Exchange voucher at We Know London Desk (8 locations around London)

Price

From $53

Price

From $47

Operates

Daily (year round)

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3 Ticket from $135 5 Ticket from $194 7 Ticket from $252

Experience the best of London aboard the city’s famous open-top buses. This extremely popular sightseeing tour offers the ultimate introduction to the capital, with entertaining guides, three diverse routes, three fascinating walking tours and a Thames river cruise. There are more than 90 stops in this package, providing the perfect opportunity to cover a lot of ground in a short time. Complimentary upgrade to 48 hour ticket for travel until 28 February 2015.

Take the fuss out of your arrival into London by prepurchasing a £20 Oyster Card. The cheapest, fastest and most flexible way to travel on the public transport network in London, this pass allows you to collect your luggage and hop straight onto the Tube to central London from Heathrow then enjoy credit that can be topped up at your leisure for travel on the buses, the Tube and the Docklands Light Rail (DLR).

Theatre Passport

London Theatre & Dinner Packages

Save more than 40% on your choice of attractions, dining, sightseeing and theatre with flexible pass options and cashless entry. Guests can redeem a maximum of one ticket per activity but there is no limit on the number of tickets per day. Attractions include: Madame Tussauds, The London Eye, The London Dungeon, SEALIFE London Aquarium, The Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral & Kensington Palace. Sightseeing includes: 48 hour Hop-on Hop-off London Tour, Thames Clipper Cruises and Choice of a Select Evan Evans Day Tour Theatre includes: 39 Steps, War Horse, Mamma Mia and many more. Dining options: Tuttons, Cabana, Fire & Stone, Planet Hollywood, Hush Brasserie, Cadogan Arms, Inamo and more.

Type

Independent

Type

Independent

Duration

1 show

Duration

Approx. 4 hours

Departs

Exchange your voucher at Encore Reception Centre

Departs

London restaurant on performance days

Operates

Daily (year round)

Price

From $152

Operates

Daily (year round)

Price

Standard from $53 Deluxe from $89

Choose from a select range of the most popular musicals and plays on the London stage. See a West End show without being restricted to a specific date, at the fraction of the normal price. Attendance is subject to availability on performance days. Standard tickets include The Importance of Being Ernest, Once The Musical, The Commitments, The Pajama Game and Thriller. Deluxe Passport is valid for Jersey Boys, Phantom of the Opera, Mamma Mia and Wicked.

Enjoy a night out in London’s West End by pre-booking your theatre and dinner package. Choose from a huge range of performances, including old favourites and the latest releases updated monthly. Simply make a booking for your preferred show and choose between two fabulous options for a two-course meal at a nearby restaurant. If you are planning a busy day you can use your dinner voucher on another night – simply request at time of booking.

Upgrade to The London All Inclusive Daily Pass for 10 activities and 5 dining tickets on 5 consecutive days from $448

OTHER TICKET OPTIONS London Zoo

From $51

Medieval Banquet

From $59

View from the Shard

From $61

Vinopolis Wine Experience

From $62

London Dinner Cruise

From $171

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


LONDON SIGHTSEEING Total London with London Eye

Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

3.5 hours

Duration

8 hours

Duration

6 hours

Departs

Victoria Coach Station

Departs

Selected London hotels

Departs

Victoria Coach Station

Operates

Daily at 8.15am & 1pm (Apr – Oct) Mon, Wed, Fri – Sun at 8.15am & 1pm (Nov, Dec & Mar) Fri, Sat & Sun at 8.15am & 1pm (Jan & Feb)

Operates

Daily at 8.15am (Apr – Oct) Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun at 8.15am (Nov, Dec & Mar) Wed, Sat & Sun at 8.15am (Jan & Feb)

Operates

Daily at 8.15am & 11.30am (year round) Sat & Sun at 2pm (year round) Daily at 2.30pm (Apr – Dec)

Price

From $52

Price

From $194

Price

From $116

Discover London aboard a vintage double-decker bus. Stop for photos at some of London’s most iconic locations including Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London before boarding your boat for a cruise on the Thames. Also available with a final stop at the London Eye, London Aquarium, London Dungeon, Buckingham Palace, Warner Brothers, Lunch, Dinner or Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason.

Arrive at the Tower of London before it opens to the public and be the first to see the Crown Jewels, led by a traditional Yeoman Warder. Continue to Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard followed by a short cruise on the Thames and a photo stop at Westminster Abbey. The afternoon begins with a visit to St Paul’s Cathedral including the Whispering Gallery then a ride on the London Eye for spectacular views of the city.

With more departures than ever before, there is no reason to miss out on one of London’s most popular attractions. Enjoy a tour of the Great Hall and look behind the scenes showcasing the sets, costumes, props and some closelyguarded secrets of the making of this popular movie series. You will have the chance to step onto the famous cobbles of Diagon Alley and explore Dumbledore’s office and Hagrid’s hut before uncovering the special effects behind Quidditch.

Magic of London with Champagne Afternoon Tea

Royal London Morning Tour

Luxury London Afternoon Tour

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

8 hours

Duration

4 hours

Duration

3.5 hours

Departs

Selected London hotels

Departs

Selected London hotels

Departs

Grosvenor Victoria Hotel

Operates

Daily at 8.15am (Apr – Oct) Mon, Wed, Fri – Sun 8.15am (Nov, Dec & Mar) Wed, Sat & Sun 8.15am (Jan & Feb)

Operates

Daily at 8.15am (Apr – Oct) Mon, Wed, Fri – Sun at 8.15am (Nov, Dec & Mar) Wed, Sat & Sun at 8.15am (Jan & Feb)

Operates

Mon – Sat at 12.45pm (Apr – Oct) Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat at 12.45pm (Nov, Dec & Mar) Wed & Sat at 12.45pm (Jan & Feb)

Price

From $194

Price

From $105

Price

From $116

Following a drive through the heart of central London, enter the Tower of London before opening hours and enjoy a guided tour with a Beefeater. Drive on to Buckingham Place to view the Changing of the Guard (where possible) before boarding a river cruise on the Thames to view some of London’s most iconic landmarks from the water.

Jack the Ripper Evening Tour

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum & Tour

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Independent

Duration

3 hours

Duration

2.5 hours

Departs

Victoria Coach Station

Departs

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, Church Rd

Operates

Daily at 7pm (Apr – Oct) Wed, Fri & Sun (Nov, Dec & Mar) Wed & Fri (Jan & Feb)

Operates

Daily (year round excl. 29 Jun – 12 Jul)

Price

From $41

Price

From $44

A bone-chilling murder mystery evening that begins with a drive through the darker areas of London in a vintage opentop bus with tales of gangland warfare, butchering barbers and great train robbers. Alight at Smithfield Market for a walking tour then follow the death trail of Jack the Ripper in London’s East End. Inspect the murder sites, decipher the evidence and discuss the suspects of these unsolved crimes. The tour ends at Sherlock Holmes Pub close to Trafalgar Square.

Enjoy an in-depth tour of St Paul’s Cathedral with your professional guide, taking time to listen to the 17th century organ, visit the tombs of Nelson and Wellington and test the unique acoustics of the Whispering Gallery (not normally visited by other tour groups). Continue to Park Plaza Westminster for a cream tea and scones with strawberry jam and a glass of champagne overlooking the Houses of Parliament.

ENGLAND

Explore the Tower of London before it opens to the public then depart for Buckingham Palace to view the Changing of the Guard (where possible). Continue to the Thames to enjoy a short cruise before spending time in Covent Garden. Take an in-depth tour of St Paul’s Cathedral before driving on to Park Plaza Westminster for a traditional English afternoon tea and glass of champagne.

LONDON • SIGHTSEEING

Vintage Open-Top Bus Tour with Thames Cruise

Make your way to the hallowed grounds of Wimbledon and discover the history of the game from a garden party pastime to its status as a professional game. Admire the Championship Trophies, explore interactive exhibits including a new 3D art film, and memorabilia dating back to 1555. Your guide will take you through Centre Court, The Millennium Building, Press Interview Room, Picnic Terraces and the Water Gardens for lovely views across London. London’s City Skyline

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OUT OF LONDON SIGHTSEEING Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath

Warwick Castle, Stratford, Oxford & the Cotswolds

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

12 hours

Duration

10 hours

Duration

11 hours

Departs

Selected London hotels

Departs

Selected London hotels

Departs

Selected London hotels

Operates

Daily at 8.15am (Mar – Dec) Mon, Wed, Thu, Sat & Sun at 8.15am (Jan & Feb)

Operates

Operates

Price

From $169

Tue, Fri & Sun at 8.15am (Apr – Oct) Tue & Sun at 8.15am (Nov, Dec & Mar) Sun at 8.15am (Jan & Feb)

Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun at 8.15am (Apr – Oct) Tue, Thu & Sat at 8.15am (Nov, Dec & Mar) Thu & Sat at 8.15am (Jan & Feb)

Price

From $140

Price

From $152

Be among the first to enter Windsor Castle and tour the State Apartments and St George’s Chapel or spend time on your own in the beautiful local village. Travel to Stonehenge on the vast tract of the Salisbury plain to unlock the secrets of its ancient engineering and design then continue to Bath, with time to explore the Abbey, Pulteney Bridge and its delightful cobbled streets at your leisure. The tour includes entrance to the Roman Baths, built nearly 2000 years ago.

Canterbury, Dover & Greenwich with Leeds Castle

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Lunch in the Cotswolds

Explore the Cotswolds, a breathtaking area of rolling hills, stone walls and quaint villages. Visit the lovely tea houses of Burford then head south to Bibury, described by many as the prettiest village in Britain. Enjoy a fabulous two course lunch in the 17th century Swan Hotel overlooking the River Coln then take a leisurely drive through the countryside, stopping in the charming villages of Bourtonon-the-Water and Stow-on-the-Wold.

Take a short walking tour of Oxford and visit the renowned Christ Church College then travel through the Cotswolds towards Stratford-upon-Avon. See Shakespeare’s birthplace and the Royal Shakespeare Company before enjoying free time in the charming town for lunch. Arrive at Warwick Castle, a fantastic example of medieval architecture dating back more than 1000 years, to absorb its history of banquets, battles and royal splendour.

Private Viewing of Stonehenge plus Lacock & Bath

Rock and Roll Liverpool

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

10.5 hours

Duration

11 hours

Departs

Selected London hotels

Departs

Millennium Gloucester Hotel

Operates

Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat at 8.15am (Apr – Oct) Wed & Sat at 8.15am (Nov, Dec & Mar) Sat at 8.15am (Jan & Feb)

Operates

Sunrise: Selected dates at 5.30am (Jan – Oct) Sunset: Selected dates at 11.10am (Jan – Oct)

Price

From $152

Price

From $187

Experience the beauty of Leeds Castle before it opens to the public and explore the chapel, galleries, courtyards and banquet hall before time at leisure to relax in its idyllic lakeside setting. Continue along the famous white cliffs of Dover to the ancient city of Canterbury to discover its Cathedral and atmospheric old town. Finally, travel to Greenwich to see Cutty Sark before gently cruising back to London arriving at Embankment pier where the tour ends.

Luxury Paris Day Tour with Lunch on the Eiffel Tower

Enjoy a private viewing of the famous stones from within the stone circle (normally roped off to the public) in either the eerie morning light or in the mystical evening while the sun sets, casting unique shadows over the surrounding fields. The tour also includes time to explore Bath, with a visit to the Roman Baths and Pump Room, and the picturesque village of Lacock, now owned by the National Trust and the setting of many movies including Pride and Prejudice.

Lake District in One Day

Type

Independent

Duration

13 hours

Departs

Euston Station

Operates Mon – Fri at 7.30am (Apr – Oct) Mon – Wed at 7.30am (Nov – Mar) Price

Standard Class from $255 First Class from $365

Enjoy time to explore the Victorian city of Liverpool. Visit the award-winning Beatles Story, a museum dedicated to the lives and times of John, Paul, George and Ringo with an audio guide narrated by Julian Lennon. In the afternoon join the Magical Mystery Tour of their homes, schools, and sites including Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields and the legendary Cavern Club, where it all began.

OTHER SIGHTSEEING OPTIONS Welcome to Paris

From $347

Chester in One Day

From $218

Stonehenge Direct

From $84

Windsor Castle with London Dungeon

From $135

Windsor Castle with Tower of London

From $135

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Independent

Duration

14 hours

Duration

13 hours

Windsor Castle & Buckingham Palace

From $163

Departs

Kings Cross St Pancras Station

Departs

Euston Station

Operates

Mon – Sat at 6am (Apr – Oct) Mon, Wed & Sat at 6am (Nov – Feb) Mon, Wed, Fri & Sat at 6am (Mar)

Operates

Mon – Fri at 8am (Apr – Oct) Mon – Wed at 8am (Nov, Dec & Mar)

Windsor Castle & Warner Bros Harry Potter

From $169

Price

Standard Class from $367 First Class from $493

Stonehenge & Afternoon in Bath

From $111

England in One Day

From $152

Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath with lunch in Lacock

From $111

Small Group – Stonehenge, Bath & Salisbury Cathedral

From $187

Small Group – Windsor, Stonehenge & Bath

From $187

Price

Standard Class from $449 Standard Premier from $706

Travel by Eurostar to Paris for a panoramic tour of the city’s famous sights including Notre Dame, the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe. Use your fast-track ticket to explore the Eiffel Tower then enjoy a two course lunch with champagne overlooking the city. After a Seine River cruise you will have time at leisure before returning to London.

On arrival in Oxenholme you will be met by your local guide for a tour of the Lake District. Enjoy a cruise on Lake Coniston, explore the medieval village of Hawskhead, then visit Hill Top Farm, the inspiration for many of Beatrix Potter’s characters. Continue to Wray Castle for splendid views over Lake Windermere and enjoy afternoon tea at Lindeth Howe, Beatrix Potter’s former home.

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


INDEPENDENT RAIL PACKAGES Discover how easy it is to connect London to cities further afield. Forget about airport queues and traffic jams as you travel directly between city centres and enjoy sightseeing tours that highlight the best of the local attractions.

London & The Somme 4D/3N Type

Rail

Departs

London Heathrow

Operates

Tue & Sat (Apr – Oct)

Inclusions • 3 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 3 breakfasts (B) • Shared arrival transfer • Vintage Open-Top Bus Tour (morning) • Standard class Eurostar London – Paris • Private arrival transfer Gare du Nord Station • Minibus tour of the Somme Battlefields Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, departure transfers, items of a personal nature Price

From London to Loch Ness 3D/2N

Type

Rail

Type

Rail

Departs

Kings Cross St Pancras Station

Departs

Kings Cross St Pancras Station

Operates

Fri (Apr – Oct) Sat (Nov – Mar)

Operates

Mon, Tue & Wed (year round)

Inclusions • 2 nights accommodation in a superior hotel • 2 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L) • Return Eurostar London – Paris • Panoramic tour of Paris with lunch & River Seine cruise • Paris Visite travel card Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, items of a personal nature Price

Standard Class from $1021 Standard Premier Class from $1279

Zip across the channel for an unforgettable mini break in the City of Light. Day 1 London – Paris Make your way to Kings Cross St Pancras Station and meet your guide for the early morning Eurostar to Paris. On arrival you will enjoy a panoramic tour of the city’s most famous sights including Notre Dame, the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe. Jump the queue at the Eiffel Tower and make your way to the first floor restaurant for a glass of champagne and lunch while soaking up the views across this beautiful city. In the afternoon board your Seine River cruise before spending some time at your leisure, perhaps with an optional visit to the Louvre. (L) Hotel: Mercure Terminus Nord or similar Day 2 Paris Explore Paris at your own pace thanks to your single day Visite card, allowing you unlimited travel on the transport network. You might like to wander the cobbled laneways of Montmarte, shop at the flagship Galeries Lafayette department store or visit some of Paris’s famous museums and galleries. (B) Day 3 Paris – London Enjoy a relaxing day at leisure before making your way back to Gare du Nord for the return journey to London. (B) Note: A two-day package is also available. Please request at time of booking.

Inclusions • 2 nights accommodation in standard hotels • 2 breakfasts (B) • Edinburgh Hop-on Hop-off bus tour • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle • Return rail tickets London – Edinburgh • Day tour to Loch Ness & The Highlands Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, items of a personal nature Price

From $757

Admire the rugged landscapes between London and the Scottish Highlands and see the best of Edinburgh and iconic Loch Ness. Day 1 London – Edinburgh Enjoy a scenic train journey through York, Durham and Newcastle and along the impressive British coastline to Edinburgh. Spend the rest of the day exploring the best of the city sights at your own pace using your Hop-on Hop-off bus voucher. Hotel: Jurys Inn or similar Day 2 Edinburgh – Loch Ness – Edinburgh Depart early, passing the imposing Stirling Castle through Fort William to Glencoe, where you will discover the bloody history of the 1692 massacre. The next stop is Fort Augustus on the banks of Loch Ness where you can take an optional boat cruise or stroll beside the picturesque Caledonian Canal. Enjoy a tasty picnic lunch then return to Edinburgh, passing Loch Laggan and Drumochter Pass. (B) Day 3 Edinburgh – London The day is free to explore Edinburgh further. You may wish to use your Castle entrance ticket and spend some time in the Old Town, or enjoy some last minute shopping on Princes Street. Make your way to the train station for your journey back to London in the evening. (B) Note: Your rail tickets will be booked at times most appropriate for your itinerary. You will be notified of your departure times at time of booking, but schedules are subject to change.

Day 1 London Arrive at Heathrow airport and transfer to your hotel in the city centre. Spend the rest of the day discovering the British capital at your leisure. Hotel: Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt or similar Day 2 London – Paris Board the vintage double-decker bus for a tour of the city’s best-loved monuments followed by a leisurely cruise on the River Thames. Continue to Buckingham Palace to witness the Changing of the Guards ceremony (where possible) then make your way to Kings Cross St Pancras Station to board the Eurostar to Paris. Upon arrival at Gare du Nord you will be transferred to your hotel for the next two nights. (B) Hotel: Victor Hugo or similar Day 3 Paris – Somme Battlefields – Paris Experience a day of remembrance in the Somme, the site of the bloodiest fighting of World War 1. Discover the region’s battlefields, memorials and cemeteries, including Villers Bretonneux, Delville Wood, the Lochnagar Crater, Pozieres, the Welsh Memorial at Mametz Wood, Thiepval, the Ulster Tower, Beaumont-Hamal, the Newfoundland Memorial, the town of Albert and the museum at Peronne. (B) Day 4 Paris Your package ends this morning after breakfast at your hotel. Why not extend your stay in the City of Light by adding a Paris Sightseeing Pass? (B)

Loch Ness North Sea

SCOTLAND

INDEPENDENT RAIL PACKAGES

Paris Superstay with Lunch on the Eiffel Tower – 3D/2N

Begin your journey in London before travelling to Paris to pay tribute to the extraordinary valour of our Anzac and other troops on the infamous Somme Battlefields.

Edinburgh

Irish Sea

ENGLAND London English Channel

FRANCE

Somme Battlefields Paris

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ENGLAND

British Rail

From $1223

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REGIONAL ENGLAND Spend some time in the nation’s picturesque countryside showcasing the perfect combination of historical monuments, dramatic coastlines and modern city centres. Choose from a variety of characteristic hotels, inns and B&Bs on a self-drive itinerary, depart from London on an independent rail package, and for those who prefer not to plan, our flexible, open-dated ‘Go-As-You-Please’ vouchers are ideal.

Houses of Arlington Row, Bibury

The Great British Adventure 15D/14N Type

Self drive

Departs

London airport or city centre

Operates

Daily (year round)

Inclusions • 14 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 14 breakfasts (B) • 15 days car hire (mid-range auto) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, additional driver charges, petrol (tank must be full on return), entrance fees, items of a personal nature Price

B&B from $1729 Inns from $1873 Hotels from $2071

REGIONAL ENGLAND • SELF DRIVE

For those with the luxury of time to explore and the independence to see sights at their leisure, this itinerary traverses the best of Britain. Day 1 London – Windsor – Reading – Bath/Bristol (195 km) Travel west towards Bath and Bristol. Notable sights along the way include Windsor Castle and Eton for a taste of British royal history, Reading, with its acclaimed Victorian formal garden and great shopping; and the Oscar Wilde Gates. Arrive at your accommodation in the early evening.

Day 5 North Wales Explore Wales further today to view the sheer scale of Caernarfon Castle, or travel west to Anglesey where you may even choose to squeeze in a day trip to Dublin by ferry from Holyhead. We suggest you do not take the car to Dublin as many insurance policies will not cover this. (B)

Day 8 Lake District – Dumfries – Edinburgh (257 km) Travel north via Penrith and Carlisle to Dumfries and Galloway to discover a breathtaking area rich with history. Ignite your creativity with a visit to the Artists’ Town, uncover the literary connections of the National Book Town, descend into a mine, climb a windmill or just enjoy the great outdoors before travelling on to the Edinburgh region for the next three nights. (B)

Day 6 North Wales – Lake District (313 km) Travel north to the Lake District. Your path may take you via the great sporting cities of Liverpool and Manchester where you can take a River Explorer cruise on the Mersey, or discover the birthplace of the industrial revolution. Arrive in the picturesque lakes where you will spend the next two nights. (B)

Day 9 Edinburgh Explore The Royal Mile, running from the castle to the Palace of Holyrood House; Princes Street, the heart of an attractive shopping area; and the New Town beyond, regarded as one of the finest Georgian cities in the world. Why not leave the driving to someone else by adding a sightseeing tour (pg 43)? (B)

Day 7 Lake District The Lake District National Park offers dramatic scenery with beautiful waterways, soft green dales and the rugged Cumbrian Mountains. Enjoy walking, cycling, boating or simply relaxing in an area made famous by Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth. (B)

Day 10 Edinburgh – Glasgow – Edinburgh (151 km) Take a day trip to Glasgow, Scotland’s largest city. The once industrial waterfront is now home to museums, entertainment centres and art exhibitions, while the city centre with its mix of Georgian, Victorian and modern architecture has become a major shopping area with pedestrian precincts and galleries. (B)

Day 2 Bath/Bristol Spend the day between Bath and Bristol. Explore the Georgian town of Bath with a visit to the Roman Baths, the Abbey and Pulteney Bridge or the Jane Austen Centre, a popular choice for literary buffs. In Bristol you can take in the historic harbour with a walk on the dockside and go onto Park Street, the site of Banksy’s street art. (B)

ENGLAND

Day 3 Bath/Bristol – Llangollen (257 km) Drive to Wales via the western or northern routes. Travelling west you can stop in Cardiff to visit its impressive castle and then continue to the stunning scenery of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The northern route keeps you in England for a while longer as you drive through Gloucester, Worcester and Birmingham before arriving in Llangollen. (B) Day 4 Llangollen – North Wales (83 km) Depart Llangollen through Snowdonia to the

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north. Explore the national park by car, foot, or bike as you choose from a number of pathways leading into this luscious forest. (B)

Lighthouse in Dumfries, Scotland

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


View of Whitby, Yorshire

Day 13 Yorkshire – Nottingham – Stratford-upon-Avon (257 km) Travel south to Stratford-upon-Avon and stop in Nottingham with its compact city centre, ideal for stretching your legs. Recommended attractions include The Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham Castle, the City of Caves and Green’s Windmill. (B)

Day 15 Stratford-upon-Avon – Banbury – Oxford – London (189 km) Drive to Banbury to view the statue of the ‘Fyne Lady Upon a White Horse’. Continue through Oxfordshire to view the distinctive honeycoloured stone buildings set around the ivy-clad university before returning your car to London in the evening. (B)

Note: The pre-packaged self-drive itineraries on pages 30 – 36 are divided into Inns (Category 1&2), Hotels (Category 3&4) and B&Bs (Ensuite). The best available property in each region will be booked on request. Ensure you arrive at your accommodation between 4pm and 6pm. If you will be arriving later, please call the property to ensure your room is not re-let.

SCOTLAND

North Sea Edinburgh Berwick-upon-Tweed

Glasgow

Dumfries Lake District

ENGLAND Yorkshire

Irish Sea Liverpool Caernarfon

Manchester Llangollen

Nottingham Stratford-upon-Avon Banbury

WALES Cardiff

Oxford Windsor Bristol London Reading Bath English Channel

THE CIRCLE PASS Experience authentic country hospitality in a selection of B&Bs, Inns & Hotels throughout Britain. In the summer months we recommend pre-booking one of these quaint properties. Simply advise us of your preferred region and style of accommodation and we can put together your perfect itinerary. The Go-As-You-Please vouchers are best for travel outside the peak period - simply telephone ahead to your preferred property to make a booking a few days before arriving. Circle properties vary between locations; below is a general guide to the facilities you can expect in each category.

Neuadd Wen Country Guest House Carmarthen

Albany Guest House Bath

Ideal for those looking for traditional accommodation with a modern twist in the Welsh countryside. The Neuadd Wen is in the heart of the Duad Valley, offering good home cooking and spacious guestrooms; the friendly owners are there for advice on the area’s most popular activities. B&B: 3-star with private bathroom. Price from $76

Just five minutes from the centre of Bath, this lovely B&B is the perfect spot from which to explore the Roman Baths, and the cobblestone streets with quaint boutiques and restaurants. Bedrooms are small and tidy, and the property has a warm and welcoming atmosphere. B&B Voucher Plus: 4-star with quality amenities. Price from $84

Royal George Gloucestershire

Steadings at the Grouse & Trout Inverness

The Old Ferry Inn Cornwall

A picturesque property in the Cotswold village of Birdlip, the Royal George offers simple accommodation with complimentary parking and spacious bedrooms. There is regular live entertainment in the old-fashioned ground-floor pub. Category 1: Traditional country inns with private facilities. Price from $77

Brimming with rustic charm, the property dates back to 1860 and is surrounded by a nature reserve, close to Loch Ness and the nearby hills of Strathnairn. The cosy lounge bar boasts original wood-beamed ceilings and offers a wide selection of local whisky to enjoy after a day exploring the Highlands. Category 3: Small, family run hotels. Price from $99

Beautifully situated on the banks of the Fowey River, this characteristic Cornish inn offers lovely views from its terraces, the perfect place to while away a summer day. Enjoy Wi-Fi, a generous cooked breakfast and the traditional features of a wood burning stove and slate floor. Category 4: Larger hotels with more extensive facilities. Price from $123

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REGIONAL ENGLAND • SELF DRIVE • THE CIRCLE PASS

Day 12 Yorkshire With historic manors, ruined castles, picturesque villages and the scenery of open moorlands, wooded valleys and spectacular coastlines, Yorkshire has plenty to offer. Visit Sheffield, one of the greenest cities in Europe; Leeds, with its flourishing arts and cultural scene; or venture into the countryside and the clear flowing rivers of the Yorkshire Dales. (B)

Day 14 Stratford-upon-Avon Just outside the Cotswolds, this delightful market town is world-famous for its Shakespearean associations. Visit the playwright’s birthplace, the childhood cottage of his wife Anne Hathaway, and of course the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. (B)

ENGLAND

Day 11 Edinburgh – Berwick-upon-Tweed – Yorkshire (325 km) Depart Edinburgh for Berwick-upon-Tweed. This border city has a rich past, and its Elizabethan town walls are a symbol of the tempestuous relationship between the English and the Scots. Continue through scenic Northumberland to Yorkshire and the well-preserved walls of the medieval city of York. (B)

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THE LAKE DISTRICT & YORKSHIRE Dramatic scenery, beautiful waterways, soft green dales and the rugged Cumbrian Mountains make this region a delight to visit. Choose our suggested self drive itinerary, small group tour, or travel independently by rail enjoying fascinating day tours on the lakes.

Heart of England, Wales & Yorkshire – 5D/4N Type

Small group

Departs

Greenline Coach Terminal, London

Operates

Fri (08 May – 02 Oct)

Book by 30 Nov 2014 & SAVE 10% on this small group tour.

Inclusions • 4 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 4 breakfasts (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach • Sightseeing as per itinerary Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, optional excursions, items of a personal nature Price

B&B from $1011 Hotels from $1170

From Shakespeare country travel through northern Wales then see the scenic beauty of the Peak District and Yorkshire Dales. Day 1 London – Stratford-upon-Avon – Ironbridge – Shrewsbury (297 km) Travel to Stratford-upon-Avon and spend time in Shakespeare’s village to admire the thatched cottages including the childhood home of his wife Anne Hathaway. Drive to the spectacular forested gorge on the river Severn at Ironbridge then arrive at your accommodation in the beautiful riverside town of Shrewsbury.

THE LAKE DISTRICT & YORKSHIRE • PACKAGES

Day 2 Shrewsbury – Conwy – Snowdonia National Park – Shrewsbury (296 km) View the beautiful green valleys and lovely towns and villages en route to Wales and arrive in Conwy to visit its 13th century castle. Explore the impressive mountains of the Snowdonia National Park then return through the borderlands to England. (B) Day 3 Shrewsbury – Chatsworth – York (231 km) Journey through the Peak District National Park to admire its stunning little villages and rolling hills. Stop briefly in Castleton then visit the mansion house and gardens of Chatsworth, home to the Duke of Devonshire. Arrive in the historic city of York, where you will spend the next two nights. (B) Day 4 York The day is yours to spend at leisure. An excursion to the Yorkshire Dales to visit the local market towns is included, or you may choose to simply explore the medieval city with its myriad museums, narrow streets and ancient walls. (B) Day 5 York – Cambridge – London (355 km) Drive south on the return to London, stopping in Cambridge to admire its ancient colleges and impressive architecture. Take some time to stroll the banks of the River Cam before arriving in London in the evening. (B)

The Dales York

Irish Sea

ENGLAND

Conwy Snowdonia

North Sea Chatsworth

Shrewsbury Stratford-upon-Avon Cambridge

WALES

London

ENGLAND

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View of York Minster, York

Navigate Yorkshire & The Lakes 5D/4N Type

Self drive

Departs

London airport or city centre

Operates

Daily (year round)

Inclusions • 4 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 4 breakfasts (B) • 5 days car hire (mid-range auto) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, additional driver charges, petrol (tank must be full on return), entrance fees, items of a personal nature Price

B&B from $675 Hotel & Inns from $765

Travel to the Lake District via medieval Yorkshire, stopping at your choice of quaint villages, cosmopolitan northern centres and historical landmarks. Day 1 London – York (354 km) Collect your car in the morning for a day on the road. You may choose to travel via Cambridge to explore its historic market place and colleges, followed by a visit to Manchester, the gateway to the north. Arrive at your accommodation near York in the evening. Day 2 York The day is at your leisure to discover the medieval walls and churches and the stunning architecture of thriving York. Venture further into Yorkshire to experience the industrial, military and royal heritage that make this large county so fascinating for visitors. (B) Day 3 York – Lake District (185 km) Travel west towards the stunning Lake District. Perhaps stop in Teesdale to view Barnard Castle and England’s highest waterfall, High Force, before arriving at your accommodation in the early evening. (B)

Day 4 Lake District Explore the numerous heritage sites and inspirational countryside of the Lake District by car, visiting the charming villages that make this region so popular. Visit the World of Beatrix Potter, Bowness-onWindermere, Grasmere’s Surprise View, or delve deep into the history of Cumbria at your own pace. (B) Day 5 Lake District – London (452 km) Begin your journey back to London early to allow for a lunch stop in Birmingham. The city’s compact centre allows you to stretch your legs as you explore by bus, canal or on foot before returning your car to London in the evening. (B) Note: Short on time? Discover the Lake District in One Day from London on a group tour (pg 28).

North Sea Lake District York

Irish Sea Manchester

Birmingham

Cambridge

WALES

London

ENGLAND English Channel

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


London to The Lakes 2D/1N Type

Rail

Departs

London Euston station

Operates

Mon – Fri (Apr – Oct)

Inclusions • 1 night accommodation at Lindeth Howe • 1 breakfast (B), 1 dinner (D) • Return rail tickets London – Lake District • Return transfers from Oxenholme to Lake Windermere • Lake District small group tour with afternoon tea Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, London hotel transfers, items of a personal nature Price

Standard Class from $698 First Class from $829

Enjoy a short getaway to The Lake District to relax and recharge your batteries in the picturesque English countryside. Day 1 London – Lake District Depart Euston station for Oxenholme where you will join a group tour of some of the most beautiful corners of the region. Catch a glimpse of Beatrix Potter’s Lake

Windermere, Lake District

District farms including Hill Top (excl. Fridays), peruse the medieval village of Hawkshead and enjoy a cruise on Lake Coniston. Spend the afternoon relaxing over a quaint afternoon tea at stunning Lindeth Howe, one of Beatrix Potter’s former homes. (D) Day 2 Lake District – London The day is yours to spend at leisure. You may choose to explore the Lakeland villages of Keswick, Ambleside and Grasmere at your own pace or simply while away the hours absorbing the works of the Wordsworth. Transfer to Oxenholme station for your return to London by high-speed train, arriving in the late evening. (B)

Grasmere Village, Lake District

THE LAKE DISTRICT & YORKSHIRE HOTELS Grasmere Red Lion Hotel

3H

From $113

23 Church Street Bowness-on-Windermere

Red Lion Square Grasmere

This luxurious hotel is housed in a Victorian mansion overlooking Lake Windermere, with lawns down to the lakeside private jetty from which to fish, cruise or try your hand at watersports. Indulge in the tranquil inner sanctuary of the spa to enjoy an aroma steam, fragrance shower or massage.

Located in the centre of the village home to Wordsworth at the heart of the Lake District, this former coaching inn features luxury leisure facilities, a traditional English pub serving homely dishes and local ales and 47 richly-furnished rooms with modern amenities and Lakeland Fell views.

Includes breakfast

Tempo says: Enjoy complimentary Wi-Fi, an indoor swimming pool and exceptional service.

Includes breakfast

Tempo says: Unparalleled views of England’s largest lake.

De Vere Oulton Hall

4H

Standard Room

From $241

From $185

Westmorland Hotel

3H

From $119

Rothwell Lane Oulton

Near Orton Penrith

Situated in the beautiful Yorkshire countryside just five minutes from Leeds’ vibrant city centre, Oulton Hall is a former 18th century family mansion with landscaped gardens, a sweeping driveway and 27 hole golf course. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea in the drawing room then retire to one of the custom made beds for the night.

Located between Penrith and Kendal, the Westmorland Hotel features 51 traditional guestrooms with comfortable furnishings. The AA Rosette awarded restaurant serves seasonal local produce accompanied by fine wines and superb service, or choose to stay in and take advantage of 24 hour room service.

Includes breakfast

Includes breakfast

Tempo says: Pamper yourself at the award winning spa.

Best Western Monkbar

3H

From $139

Classic Room

Tempo says: Convenient hotel for self drive itineraries.

The Burnside

3H

From $120

St Maurice’s Road York

Kendal Road Bowness-on-Windermere

This popular property is positioned next to the historic Roman Walls within easy reach of the York Minster, renowned shopping streets and the countryside dales. Many of the 99 rooms overlook either the elegant courtyard or the city centre and feature satellite TV, complimentary Wi-Fi and 24 hour room service.

Featuring quaint, individually-styled rooms, many with breathtaking views over the surrounding lakes, hills and mountains, The Burnside is an idyllic English country cottage hotel. The onsite country club offers a spa, sauna and fitness facilities and a gorgeous heated indoor pool.

Includes breakfast

Tempo says: Relax with afternoon tea in the hotel’s lake view terrace.

Tempo says: Newly refurbished in 2014.

THE LAKE DISTRICT & YORKSHIRE • PACKAGE • HOTELS

Classic Room

4H

Includes breakfast

ENGLAND

Macdonald Old England Hotel & Spa

Triple Room

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THE WEST COUNTRY A favourite local tourist destination, the highlights of the South-West include a dramatic coastline, traditional fishing villages, delectable local cuisine and haunting prehistoric monuments.

Magical Land of Legends 5D/4N Type

Small group

Departs

Greenline Coach Terminal, London

Operates

Sat (28 Mar – 31 Oct) Mon (04 May – 28 Sep) Wed (03 Jun – 19 Aug)

Inclusions • 4 night accommodation in your choice of category • 4 breakfast (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach • Sightseeing as per itinerary Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, optional excursions, items of a personal nature Price

B&B from $896 Hotels from $1037

Explore the south west of England on this small group tour through Celtic kingdoms, Roman towns, beautiful beaches, wild moorlands and extraordinary coastlines. Day 1 London – Winchester – Exeter (334 km) Depart London for the historic city of Winchester, the ancient capital of Wessex, to explore its Great Hall and old town. Spend time on the rugged south Devon Coast then arrive at the fortified settlement of Exeter where you will spend the next two nights. Day 2 Exeter – Postbridge – Tavistock – Exeter (115 km) Spend the morning at leisure discovering the wild moorlands and archaeological remains of the Dartmoor National Park. Stop in Postbridge and the market town of Tavistock, home to Sir Francis Drake, then return to Exeter and explore its 12th century Norman Cathedral, ancient walls and underground passages. (B)

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Day 3 Exeter – Launceston – Tintagel Castle – Falmouth (186 km) Travel west into Cornwall and learn of the Arthurian legends that surround the region, including the resting place of King Arthur’s sword Excalibur in Dozmary Pool. Continue to the medieval fishing village Boscastle and the romantic cliff top ruins of Tintagel Castle before arriving in Falmouth. (B) Day 4 Falmouth – Penzance – St Ives – Falmouth (136 km) Explore the West Country, from the stunning cliff top village of Mousehole and Porthcurno’s spectacular beach, to the beautiful blue waters of Land’s End. Follow the coastline to St Ives, an example of many of the Celtic and artistic communities of the area. Return to Falmouth in the evening. (B) Day 5 Falmouth – Glastonbury – Stonehenge – London (466 km) Travel back through the Devon countryside and arrive in Glastonbury in time for lunch. Renowned for its music festival, the town has mythical connections to King Arthur and Avalon. Stop to admire the legendary monoliths of Stonehenge then return to London in the evening. (B) Note: Prefer not to drive? Brit Rail enjoys fantastic links from London Paddington Station to Bristol, Tuanton, Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance. Ask our reservations staff for further details.

View of Falmouth, Cornwall

Day 4 Penzance/Falmouth Spend the day exploring the southwest of Cornwall. The spectacular coastline can be traversed easily by car, foot or bike, with stops possible in idyllic villages for ferry rides from their harbours. The western tip of the country boasts some of Europe’s best surf beaches and is the gateway to the Isles of Scilly. Day trips are available from Penzance. (B)

Devon & Cornwall 9D/8N Type

Self drive

Departs

London airport or city centre

Operates

Daily (year round)

Inclusions • 8 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 8 breakfasts (B) • 9 days car hire (mid-range auto) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, additional driver charges, petrol (tank must be full on return), entrance fees, items of a personal nature Price

B&B from $1029 Inns from $1121 Hotels from $1315

Experience the best of the deep west driving through vibrant towns towards miles of golden beaches and the wilderness of the national park. Day 1 London – Salisbury (163 km) Collect your car in London and drive west to Salisbury. Why not detour through Stonehenge and admire Britain’s most enigmatic prehistoric monument? Arrive at your accommodation in the afternoon and spend the evening at your leisure. Day 2 Salisbury – Plymouth/Dartmoor (177 km) Drive through Dorset towards the breathtaking Jurassic Coastline. The beautiful 17th century harbour of Weymouth provides a hub of cultural activity, or you might stop for lunch further along in Lyme Regis to explore the steep streets that wind down towards a beach famous for its fossils. (B) Day 3 Plymouth/Dartmoor – Truro – Penzance/Falmouth (157 km) Travel further into Cornwall today, passing charming Cornish villages famous for their fresh seafood, including crab sandwiches in Polperro and river mussels in Fowey. Stop in Truro, Cornwall’s only large city, with its Gothic cathedral, art galleries and Royal Cornwall Museum before arriving at your accommodation in the early evening. (B)

Bristol Glastonbury Somerset Launceston Tintagel Castle St. Ives Penzance

Truro Falmouth

Exeter Postbridge Dartmoor Tavistock Plymouth

Day 5 Penzance/Falmouth – Somerset (243 km) Depart the south and travel to Somerset via the Dartmoor National Park. Stop at a visitors’ centre and pick up walking and cycling maps or information to assist in climbing the park’s famous granite tors. Alternatively, spend time in Exeter and explore the city’s underground tunnels. (B) Day 6 Somerset Today, explore the surrounding countryside of North Devon and Somerset. You may choose to visit the monument and museum dedicated to the Duke of Wellington, Somerset Museum, local cider farms and impressive manor houses. Alternatively, head to the Exmoor coastline for some breathtaking scenery. (B) Day 7 Somerset – Bath/Bristol (104 km) On your way to the Bath and Bristol regions, consider a stop in Glastonbury. Famous for its yearly festival, the town is also thought to be the centre of many myths and legends surrounding the Holy Grail and King Arthur. (B) Day 8 Bath/Bristol Today explore the delightful cities of Bristol and Bath at your own pace. Bristol offers a fantastic harbourside lined with shops and restaurants, while Bath is a beautiful Georgian town; its Roman Baths and Jane Austen Centre are the most popular attractions. (B) Day 9 Bath/Bristol – Windsor – London (126 km) Depart for your journey back to London. Stop for a look at iconic Windsor Castle, the oldest and largest inhabited castle in the world and still the weekend residence of the Queen. Return your vehicle to London in the afternoon. (B)

Windsor Bath Stonehenge Salisbury

London

ENGLAND

Winchester

English Channel

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


THE WEST COUNTRY HOTELS Abbey Hotel

3H

From $146

1 North Parade Bath Enjoying a central location, this 18th century property is just steps away from the Roman Baths, Georgian shopping district and railway station. Relax in one of the uniquely designed and recently refurbished guestrooms with complimentary Wi-Fi and tasteful decor. Includes breakfast Tempo says: The Allium Brasserie is headed by a former Michelin-starred chef. Large Double Pentire Point, Cornwall

From $112

Hotel Bristol

3H

From $109

Millbay Road Plymouth

Narrowcliff Newquay

Having operated as a hotel for more than 150 years, the Duke of Cornwall was Plymouth’s first luxury accommodation, and is steeped in character and tradition. The property features 72 guestrooms, a tower and turret, ballroom, grand staircase, cityscape and sea views.

Set on a cliff top overlooking Tolcarne beach with simply furnished traditional rooms, this is the ideal spot from which to explore the surrounding Cornish coast. Have a drink in the Ballroom Bar, enjoy a dip in the heated swimming pool or take a day trip out to the rugged moorlands.

Includes breakfast

Includes breakfast

Tempo says: Lovely hotel close to the cross channel ferry port.

Tempo says: Rick Stein’s restaurant in Padstow is a 20 minute drive away. Standard Twin

THE NORTH WEST With quaint market towns, a maritime history and a generous rural landscape, the North West is a popular choice for a weekend break. The spirited music scene in Manchester and Liverpool is matched only by their proud sporting culture – in 2015 the football supporters will take a back seat as boisterous Rugby fans fill the surrounding cities for the World Cup.

The Beatles in Liverpool 2D/1N Type

Rail

Departs

London Euston station

Operates

Mon – Fri (year round)

The Midland Hotel

4H 16 Peter Street Manchester

Perfectly located in the heart of the city, this award-winning hotel is one of the most impressive in the UK. Offering spacious air conditioned bedrooms, complimentary Wi-Fi, luxurious furnishings, and a stylish health club, the property is only steps away from the Palace Theatre and the Central Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Inclusions • 1 night accommodation at The Hard Day’s Night Hotel • 1 breakfast (B) • Return rail ticket London – Liverpool • Entry to The Beatles Story • Magical Mystery Beatles Tour • Souvenir at the Cavern Club

Includes breakfast

Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, optional excursions, London hotel transfers, items of a personal nature Price

From $288

Standard Double

Tempo says: Indulge in The French by Simon Rogan, awarded three AA Rosettes.

From $459

Discover the world-class attractions, spectacular events and unrivalled musical heritage of Liverpool, home of The Beatles. Begin with a fantastic tour aboard the Magical Mystery Bus, then explore the iconic Beatles Story exhibition.

The Liner Hotel

3H Lord Nelson Street Liverpool

Day 1 London – Liverpool Depart Euston Station on a high-speed train to Liverpool. After leaving your luggage at the hotel discover the best of The Beatles on a two hour bus tour. See their birthplaces, childhood homes and places that inspired the memorable songs of John, Paul, George and Ringo including Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. Be regaled with some fascinating history by your local guide then arrive at the Cavern Club to relax and enjoy some live music. Day 2 Liverpool – London After breakfast at your hotel, spend some time exploring the city at your leisure. You may wish to visit the Liverpool Football Club, take a cruise on the River Mersey or simply enjoy lunch on the waterfront. In the afternoon visit The Beatles Story, a popular attraction focusing on the life and times of the band. Take an audio guide through the exhibits before making your way to the train station for the journey back to London. (B)

From $230

Styled with ocean cruising in mind, The Liner features brass portholes, six decks and a bar and restaurant with classic nautical themes. In the heart of the city centre near a number of attractions including Liverpool One Shopping and the Walker Art Gallery, the well-appointed rooms are simply furnished, and the hotel offers complimentary on-site parking. Includes breakfast Standard Double

Tempo says: Great location just behind Lime Street Station.

THE WEST COUNTRY • HOTELS • THE NORTH WEST • PACKAGE • HOTELS

3H

ENGLAND

The Duke of Cornwall

Short on time? Book our Rock and Roll Liverpool day tour from London (pg 28). www.tempoholidays.com

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THE COTSWOLDS Littered with thatched-roof limestone cottages in some of the prettiest villages in England, the Cotswolds is an idyllic year-round escape. Visit the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill at Blenheim Palace, uncover a sleepy parish, wander the antique shops or venture further to Stratford-upon-Avon for a historical Shakespearean experience.

Circle the Cotswolds 4D/3N

The Cotswolds, Bath & Oxford 2D/1N

Type

Self drive

Type

Small group

Departs

London airport or city centre

Departs

Greenline Coach Terminal, London

Operates

Daily (year round)

Operates

Mon & Sat (year round) Mon, Wed & Sat (01 Apr – 28 Oct)

Inclusions • 3 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 3 breakfasts (B) • 4 days car hire (mid-range auto) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, additional driver charges, petrol (tank must be full on return), entrance fees, items of a personal nature Price

B&B from $473 Inns from $497 Hotels from $577

Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, tips, optional excursions, transfers, items of a personal nature

Experience a short escape staying in the Cotswolds surrounding villages allowing for daily sojourns to the undiscovered hamlets in the centre. Day 1 London – Stratford-upon-Avon (167 km) Collect your car in London and drive west towards Oxfordshire. Consider stopping in Oxford, the ‘city of dreaming spires’ to visit the Radcliffe Camera, Bodleian Library and the Bridge of Sighs. Continue north via Leamington Spa to view the stunning Royal Pump Rooms before arriving at your accommodation near Stratford. Day 2 Stratford-upon-Avon – Cheltenham (58 km) Today you can explore Stratford-upon-Avon, a quaint town famous for its Shakespeare associations. The impressive Tudor houses are set in attractive gardens, and a restful walk along the peaceful Avon River is highly recommended before you arrive in Cheltenham. (B) Day 3 Cheltenham The perfect base from which to explore the Cotswolds, Cheltenham retains its Regency heritage with townhouses featuring intricate ironwork and a natural spring popular with aristocrats of the past. (B)

THE COTSWOLDS • PACKAGES • HOTELS

Day 4 Cheltenham – London (161 km) En route back to London stop in Gloucester, an old Roman settlement with some of the most impressive medieval structures in the country. Take a self-guided walk of the town or join an informative guided tour from St Michael’s tower from April to September. Return your car in London in the early evening. (B)

The Gables Hotel

3H

From $91

B&B from $280 Hotels from $297

Explore the beauty of the English countryside in the charming Cotswolds, passing the ancient stone circle of Avebury and the grandeur of Bath & Oxford. Day 1 London – Avebury – Lacock – Cirencester (249 km) Depart London in the morning and travel to Wiltshire, stopping in Avebury to wander amidst the largest stone circle in the world. Continue to Lacock, a quaint village renowned for its medieval cloister houses and unique abbey, then spend time in Bath to admire its Georgian architecture and Roman past. Arrive at Cirencester in the heart of the Cotswolds to spend the evening in a quintessentially English village. Day 2 Cirencester – Bourton-on-the-Water – Stow-on-the-Wold – Oxford – London (175 km) Discover the thatched-roof churches, water meadows and beech woods of the Cotswold scenery as you drive through the area’s distinctive villages. Visit Bourton-on-the-Water, often described as one of the prettiest villages in England, and Stow-on-the-Wold to view its charming traditional houses before arriving in Oxford. Spend time at leisure exploring the ‘city of dreaming spires’ then return to London where your tour concludes in the evening. (B) Note: Short on time? Take a tour from London to enjoy Lunch in the Cotswolds (pg 28).

Leigh Hotel & Vineyard

3H

From $124

Leigh Road West Bradford on Avon

Explore the beauty of the Cotswolds from the centre of Gloucestershire. The property offers a brasserie serving local produce and a charming English breakfast, and the bedrooms feature complimentary Wi-Fi, free toiletries and are decorated in a variety of traditional styles.

A classical Georgian townhouse set on five acres of landscaped gardens, the Leigh Hotel is an attractive property complete with its own kitchen garden and exclusive vineyard. The 38 individually-styled guestrooms offer modern amenities and guests can enjoy lunch under the apple, pear and fig trees that line the property.

Includes breakfast

Includes breakfast

Tempo says: Enjoy dinner on the patio in the summer months.

3H

ENGLAND Family Room

Price

Bristol Road Falfield

Grosvenor Hotel

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Inclusions • 1 night accommodation in your choice of category • 1 breakfast (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach • Sightseeing as per itinerary

From $116

Standard Room

Tempo says: A peaceful town within easy reach of Bath and Stonehenge.

Wroxton House Hotel

3H

From $118

Warwick Road Stratford-upon-Avon

Silver Street Banbury

Located just a 10 minute walk to the Royal Shakespeare Company and close to the high street, the Grosvenor Hotel offers 73 elegant bedrooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, guest passes to the Stratford leisure centre and affordable parking. The Grade II listed building houses a relaxed garden restaurant.

Stay in this historic award-winning thatched-roof manor house for a true sense of old English hospitality. Relax by the wood-burning stove in the lounge after a day out exploring the picturesque Wroxton canals and several nearby National Trust properties, or take a day trip to Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon or Birmingham.

Includes breakfast

Includes breakfast

Tempo says: Superbly situated Georgian hotel.

Tempo says: Enjoy a romantic dinner at the traditional onsite restaurant.

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


PRIVATE TOURS Perfect for those wanting an individual experience, we offer a selection of private day tours and a longer British extension for maximum flexibility, personalised service and luxury English accommodation. Sightseeing tours provide the services of a private driver for the day, or upgrade to a blue-badge guide to fully immerse yourself in the history and culture of the region with included entrance fees to England’s most recognised landmarks.

British Indulgence 6D/5N London hotel

Operates

Fortnightly (05 Apr – 31 Oct)

Inclusions • 5 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 5 breakfasts (B) 2 dinners (D) • Transportation by luxury Mercedes • Services of a professional driver and blue badge guide • Champagne and bagpipe reception • Cruise on Loch Ness • Entrances to York Minster, Edinburgh Castle, Hill Top, Gladstone Pottery, Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Roman Baths & Stonehenge Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, optional excursions, items of a personal nature Price

From $6357 (2 pax) From $3728 (4 pax)

Experience the best of Britain with your own dedicated guide and separate driver, allowing the guide to concentrate on you as the driver concentrates on the road! Stay in charming country accommodation and visit iconic sites with unique experiences including traditional food tastings, a private champagne reception and a Scottish bagpipe performance. Day 1 London – Cambridge – York – Guisborough (428 km) Depart London early and travel to Cambridge where the university dating back to 1209 dominates the classic British town. After a short walk to see some of the stunning college buildings, head north to historic York to visit the Minster then traverse the picturesque moors before arriving in the market town of Guisborough for a traditional fish and chip supper. (D) Hotel: Gisborough Hall or similar Half-Day London Tour

Castle Combe, Cotswolds

Day 2 Guisborough – Berwick-upon-Tweed – Edinburgh (269 km) After breakfast drive along the Northumberland heritage coast through Berwick-upon-Tweed and across the border to Scotland. Arrive in Edinburgh and visit its impressive ancient castle then check into your accommodation for the chance to sample some haggis, neeps and tatties. (B) Hotel: Houston House or similar Day 3 Edinburgh – Glencoe – Fort William – Aberfoyle (362 km) Travel north through Rob Roy country to Glencoe. Stop to soak up the atmosphere of this haunting valley then after lunch in Fort William journey to Loch Ness for a cruise across the beautiful lake. In the evening you are invited to relax on the lawn of your hotel deep in the Highlands with a glass of champagne before dinner. (BD) Hotel: Forrest Hills Hotel & Spa Day 4 Aberfoyle – Gretna Green – Lake Windermere – Preston (394 km) Journey south today with stops in Gretna Green and Hadrians Wall on the way to the Lake District. Visit Hill Top, the former home of Beatrix Potter, enjoy the views across Lake Windermere then proceed Bath, Windsor Castle & Stonehenge

to your countryside accommodation near Preston. (B) Hotel: Tickled Trout or similar Day 5 Preston – Stoke-on-Trent – Stratfordupon-Avon (231 km) After a leisurely English breakfast drive to Stoke-on-Trent to visit its beautiful pottery and museum, typical of those in the 18th century. Head further south to Stratfordupon-Avon for a private champagne reception with delicious strawberry scones in the writer’s garden at the birthplace of William Shakespeare. (B) Hotel: Alveston Manor or similar Day 6 Stratford-upon-Avon – Bath – Stonehenge – London (326 km) Travel through the Costwolds, one England’s most beautiful regions. See the classic market town of Stow-on-the-Wold then stop in Bibury, described as the prettiest village in Britain. Arrive in Bath in time for lunch and tour the 2000-year-old Roman Baths, a world heritage site. Continue to the impressive prehistoric Stonehenge on the vast tracts of the Salisbury plain before returning to London in the evening. (B) Note: This tour can be booked on a join-in small group basis from only $2925.

Boutique London

Type

Private

Type

Private

Type

Private

Duration

4 hours

Duration

12 hours

Duration

8 hours

Departs

Daily on request

Departs

Daily on request

Departs

Daily on request

Price

Chauffeur only from $223 Blue Badge Guide from $490

Price

Chauffeur only from $494 Blue Badge Guide from $1123

Price

From $347

Enjoy the services of a chauffeur as you see the sites of London at your own pace. Plan your own itinerary or be guided by the experts as you pass Buckingham Palace, the Houses of Parliament, St James’s Park, the Thames, 10 Downing Street, Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey and Fleet Street, stopping where you wish. Add the expertise of a blue badge guide for informative commentary, and enjoy complimentary entrance into one of the attractions.

The quintessential historic English tour. Travel to the largest inhabited castle in the world and the Queen’s favourite residence then spend some time in the quaint village where Shakespeare is said to have composed some of his most famous sonnets. Continue to Stonehenge to admire the 4000-year-old monument then arrive in Georgian Bath to explore at leisure. Upgrade to the Blue Badge Guide tour and enjoy complimentary entry to the Roman Baths & Pump Room, Windsor Castle and Stonehenge.

Looking for an original look, unique and exclusive accessories or just fancy a day exploring London’s finest independent fashion boutiques? We have consulted with respected fashion and lifestyle journalists to come up with a database for unashamed shopaholic nirvana. Forget the high street and let your private driver escort you to the door of each property, and be ready and waiting for you on your return. Afternoon tea, lunch or dinner can be arranged, just ask at time of booking.

Also available

PRIVATE TOURS

Escorted

Departs

ENGLAND

Type

Tempo Holidays offers a wide range of private tours in and around London, and the services of a chauffeur or blue badge guide for any length of time for your own itinerary. Please contact us for more details. www.tempoholidays.com

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WALES

Why choose Wales: Marvel at the magnificence of Snowdonia’s mountains in the north, enjoy the tranquillity of the lakes and national parks in mid-Wales, and explore the lush green valleys of the south. History and myth are entangled in this ancient land where the traditional language is treasured as a living symbol of one of the oldest civilisations on earth, and antique ruins and castles share a landscape dotted with quaint villages and urban centres. When to travel: While the weather is unpredictable at times, Wales enjoys mild summers and a usually dry coastal region. The mountains experience the most rain and snow from October to January while summer brings British tourists to the region so accommodation can be harder to source.

• Take a toy train through the Snowdonia foothills • Admire deserted castle ruins • Walk the breathtaking Pembrokeshire coast paths

South Stack Lighthouse, Anglesey

Coastal Wales 8D/7N Type

Self drive

Departs

London or Cardiff

Operates

Daily (year round)

Inclusions • 7 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel category • 7 breakfasts (B) • 8 days car hire (mid-range auto) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, entrance fees, additional driver charges, fuel (tank must be full on return), international drivers permit, items of a personal nature Price

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B&B from $954 Inns from $1009 Hotels from $1125

This flexible itinerary allows you to decide your pick up and drop off location and style of accommodation as you make your way via the impressive and rugged coastline of Wales or the picturesque inland route. Day 1 London/Cardiff – Wye Valley (225 km) Collect your car and drive west towards the Wye Valley. If travelling from London we suggest stopping at Windsor Castle and the gorgeous Georgian town of Bath. Upon arrival in the densely-wooded area of Wales you may choose to explore the legend of King Arthur at Caerleon, enjoy the scenic beauty of Caldicot Castle, or take to the Wye River for sailing or canoeing. Day 2 Wye Valley – Pembrokeshire (181 km) Travel further across Wales towards the country’s most popular coastal destination. You may choose a scenic route through the Brecon Beacons to the golden coast of Swansea and a visit to the Dylan

Thomas Centre. Arrive at your accommodation in Pembroke in the early evening. (B)

Mt Everest climb. There are many routes to the summit, including the Snowdon Mountain Railway. (B)

Day 3 Pembrokeshire Explore the area at leisure today. Stop in the various harbour towns with picturesque piers and promenades, take a trip out to spot the puffins on Skomer Island, relax in the picturesque Hilton Court Gardens or visit the birthplace of the Tudor dynasty, Pembroke Castle. (B)

Day 8 Snowdonia – London/Cardiff (435 km) Your arrangements conclude today upon return of your vehicle. If travelling to London, why not stop in Birmingham? One of Europe’s most vibrant cities, Birmingham is the perfect place for a day out. Visit the Central Mosque, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Cannon Hill Park, and bargain-hunt at the 800-year-old Indoor Bull Ring Market. (B)

Day 4 Pembrokeshire – Aberystwyth (120 km) Today’s drive takes you north towards the beautiful national parks. Travel via St David’s Cathedral on the most westerly point of Wales and continue to the Preseli Hills where the bluestones of Stonehenge are thought to originate, or go towards Cardigan, where you can stop to enjoy gorgeous beaches and rivers and the beautiful Teifi Valley. Arrive into Aberystwyth in the evening. (B) Day 5 Aberystwyth Spend the day exploring the surrounding area of this beautiful town. We suggest riding the electric Aberystwyth Cliff Railway (the longest in Britain) to the top of Constitution Hill and enjoy the Camera Obscura and a walk over the clifftops to Clarach Bay. (B) Day 6 Aberystwyth – Snowdonia (115 km) Today you can journey north through Snowdonia National Park and the quaint villages of Dolgellau and Beddgelert. Visit the friendly coastal city of Bangor or rich farmland, unexplored moors and the walled town of Conwy. (B) Day 7 Snowdonia If you are feeling active, explore the peak of the largest mountain in England and Wales – Snowdon – where Edmund Hilary prepared for his 1953

Note: Ensure you arrive at your accommodation between 4pm and 6pm. If you will be arriving later, please call the property to ensure your room is not re-let.

Irish Sea Bangor Snowdonia

Conwy

WALES

Aberystwyth

Pembrokeshire Swansea

Brecon Beacons

Wye Valley Cardiff

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.

To/from London


CARDIFF The capital of Wales is regarded as one of Britain’s finest cities, with world-renowned civic buildings, gardens and Victorian shopping arcades. Cardiff Bay features stunning restaurants and bars, adding to the excelling nightlife of this historical city.

View of Cardiff Bay

Taste of Cardiff 3D/2N

The Royal Hotel

4H

From $158

88 St Mary Street

Inclusions • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel • 2 breakfasts (B) • Cardiff hop-on hop-off city sightseeing tour

Since its opening in 1866, The Royal has become one of the most popular hotels in the area. Rooms are individually furnished in a contemporary style with elegant wallpaper a nod to its historic roots. The oak panelled breakfast room is named for Captain Scott who took his last meal there before his fateful trip to Antarctica in 1910.

Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, items of a personal nature

Includes breakfast

Price

Tempo says: Just a stone’s throw from Millennium Stadium.

Departs

Cardiff airport or train station

Operates

Daily (year round)

The Angel Hotel from $176 Hilton Cardiff from $338 Double Room

Design your own itinerary and spend time exploring the city’s main attractions at an easy pace. Day 1 Cardiff Arrive in Cardiff and make your way to the hotel. Spend the evening at leisure, perhaps visiting the peaceful city gardens at twilight.

Best Western New House Country Hotel

3H

From $134

Thornhill Road This elegant property is nestled on the outskirts of Cardiff and commands spectacular views of the city and Bristol Channel. Each of the 37 rooms are well appointed and comfortable with access to a fitness room, lounge with open fireplace and an attractive outdoor patio.

Day 2 Cardiff Start your day at Cardiff Castle, a former Roman fortress with new-Gothic interiors created for the third marquess of Bute. Board your hop-on hopoff bus outside the castle to discover the city’s most popular attractions such as the Doctor Who Experience at picturesque Cardiff Bay, Techniquest Science Centre and Llandaff Cathedral. (B)

Includes breakfast

Day 3 Cardiff Your arrangements conclude after breakfast at your hotel. We suggest adding an extra day in the countryside to appreciate the breathtaking Brecon Beacons or ancient ruins of south Wales. (B)

Tempo says: A stunning renovated property.

CARDIFF SIGHTSEEING Cardiff City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off

Romans & Ruins

Golden Gower

Type

Independent

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

24 hours

Duration

8.5 hours

Duration

8.5 hours

Departs

Cardiff Castle

Departs

The National Museum, Cathay’s Park

Departs

The National Museum, Cathay’s Park

Operates

Every 30 – 60 minutes from 10am

Operates

Wed & Sat at 9am (year round)

Operates

Thu & Sun at 9am (year round)

Price

From $28

Price

From $94

Price

From $94

Explore Cardiff independently with a 24 hour ticket on the open-top City Sightseeing bus. Hop off at sights including Millenium Stadium, The National Museum of Wales, Mermaid Quay, Dr Who Exhibition Centre and the tranquil Alexandra Gardens, or stay on the loop for an hour to listen to the lively commentary.

Start the day with a visit to Caerleon, and explore the Roman bath house, amphitheatre and National Legionary Museum. Continue through Caerwent and cross the rivers Usk and Wye to reach Tintern Abbey where your guide will impart tales of the Cistercian Monks’ dedication and treachery. Return to Cardiff by way of Raglan Castle and the Monmouthshire countryside.

Visit the Dylan Thomas Centre at Swansea and gain insight into the life and works of Wales’ most celebrated writer, then continue to Gower, an area of exceptional natural beauty. Take the coastal path along the cliff tops, visit ancient monuments, travel to the northern shore at Rhossili or simply spend time at leisure taking in the views across golden beaches.

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CARDIFF • PACKAGE • HOTELS • SIGHTSEEING

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Why choose Scotland: While Edinburgh and Glasgow draw the historians, art aficionados and culture vultures, the best of Scotland is found further afield in its wild and rugged countryside. Seek out your family tartan, secure your handicap at some of the world’s best golf courses, sample gourmet haggis with a 200-year-old whisky chaser or relive clan warfare on a rugged low lying battlefield. When to travel: Scotland is perfect for self-drive itineraries and touring but each experience will be dictated by the seasons. In the early months of the season you will be greeted by wildflowers in the mountain snow, and in autumn the landscapes are vibrant with oranges and reds. Be prepared for crowds during festival season in August when the Military Tattoo in Edinburgh ensures hotels are booked out well in advance.

• Cruise on picturesque Loch Ness • Explore the hidden underground Edinburgh Vaults • Take a tour of the Highlands & Islands Portree, Isle of Skye

The Complete Scottish Experience – 7D/6N Type

Coach

Departs

1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile

Operates

11, 25 May; 08, 22 Jun; 06, 20 Jul; 03, 17, 31 Aug; 14 Sep

Inclusions • 6 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 6 breakfasts (B) • Services of an experienced driver/guide • Transportation by mini-coach or coach • Sightseeing as per itinerary

GROUP TOURING

Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, entrance fees, optional excursions, tips, items of a personal nature Price

B&B from $1516 Hotels from $1809

See the best of Scotland in a week as you take in the central Highlands and Islands, from the tranquil waters of the lochs to the magestic remote beaches and deserted castles. Day 1 Edinburgh – Trossachs – Oban (278 km) Head west through the stunning scenery of Loch Lomond through the Trossachs National Park to Kilmartin Glen. Walk in the footsteps of the first Scots at Dunadd Hill Fort then continue to the seaside town of Oban.

SCOTLAND

Day 2 Oban – Glencoe – Isle of Skye (202 km) Travel through the haunting landscape of Glencoe, the site of the terrible massacre of the MacDonald Clan. Admire Britain’s tallest peak, Ben Nevis, as you proceed north and over the sea to the Isle of Skye, where you will spend the next two nights. (B) Day 3 Isle of Skye Spend the day exploring the Island at your leisure. Lose yourself in the spectacular Cuillin Mountains,

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vist Sun Beag Broch or even take a cruise out on the water to spot some seals (payable locally). (B) Day 4 Isle of Skye – Portree – Loch Ness (210 km) Stop at the colourful island capital Portree and Kilt Rock, then return to the mainland to visit the impressive Eilean Donan Castle perched on a small island in the western Highlands. Your accommodation this evening is close to the fabled shores of Loch Ness. (B) Day 5 Loch Ness – Inverness – Orkney Isles (275 km) Travel north, stopping briefly in the capital of the Highlands, Inverness. See the coastal landscapes surrounding Moray and Cromarty Firths then board the ferry to the mysterious and magical Orkney Isles. See the chapel built by Italian prisoners of war and the Churchill Barriers, before arriving at your accommodation in Kirkwall. (B) Day 6 Orkney Isles Today you can choose to browse the craft and gift shops in the surrounding village or travel further into the Isles and take in their prehistoric marvels including the Neolithic village of Skara Brae or visit the beautiful St Magnus Cathedral. (B)

Day 7 Orkney Isles – Culloden – Pitlochry – Edinburgh (505 km) Take an early ferry back to the mainland to see the vast landscapes of the battlefield of Culloden, the site of the defeat of the Jacobite forces. Pass the Cairngorm Mountains as you travel to the picturesque town of Pitlochry, then on to Edinburgh where your tour concludes. (B)

Orkney Isles North Sea

Isle of Skye

Portree Glencoe Oban Trossachs

Inverness Loch Ness

SCOTLAND Pitlochry Edinburgh

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


EDINBURGH Dominated by its imposing castle, Scotland’s striking capital is spread across a series of rocky hills offering diverse panoramic views across the scenic countryside and coastline. The vibrant city of contrasts is divided by its medieval Royal Mile that runs down to the Georgian New Town filled with shops, restaurants and lively nightlife.

The Royal Mile, Edinburgh

Edinburgh Military Tattoo 3D/2N

Taste of Edinburgh 3D/2N

Type

Mini break

Type

Mini break

Departs

Edinburgh hotel

Departs

Edinburgh airport or train station

Operates

Sun – Fri (07 – 29 Aug)

Operates

Daily (Apr – Oct) Fri & Sat (Nov – Mar)

Inclusions • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel category • 2 breakfasts (B) • Standard ticket to the Edinburgh Military Tattoo (sections 6 & 11) • Entrance to Edinburgh Castle • Afternoon tea at Edinburgh Castle

Inclusions • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel • 2 breakfasts (B) • Private arrival transfer • Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour with Edinburgh Castle

Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, departure transfer, items of a personal nature

Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, departure transfer, items of a personal nature

Price

Price

Day 2 Edinburgh Spend the day at your leisure, perhaps visiting the Scotch Whisky Experience for a fascinating tour. Make your way to Edinburgh Castle this evening to experience the pomp and ceremony of the magnificent Military Tattoo. (B) Day 3 Edinburgh Your package ends after breakfast at your hotel. Those wishing to extend their stay are advised to request additional accommodation at time of booking to ensure the same hotels are available throughout. Availability is limited and prices can become extremely high as the festival draws closer. (B)

Day 1 Edinburgh Arrive into Edinburgh and transfer by private car to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the Scottish capital at your leisure. Day 2 Edinburgh The morning is free to spend on your own. If the weather is fine, why not walk through Holyrood Park to enjoy the panoramic views from Arthur’s Seat? In the afternoon meet your local guide for an unforgettable walking tour of the Royal Mile. Go where the buses can’t take you, through the courtyards, cobbled streets and dark alleyways to share the history of the city, then take a special guided visit of Edinburgh Castle. (B) Day 3 Edinburgh Your package ends after breakfast at your hotel. Extend your stay in Scotland by booking a tour of the Highlands (pg 44). (B)

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Day 1 Edinburgh Arrive in Edinburgh and make your own way to the hotel. Spend the rest of the day relaxing or exploring at your own pace. You might like to visit the castle using your included entrance ticket to marvel at the Scottish Crown Jewels, St Margaret’s Chapel and the Stone of Destiny, then enjoy a traditional afternoon tea. Standard hotel: Jurys Inn or similar Superior hotel: The Place or similar

Perfect to explore on foot, this diverse city provides modern shopping, gourmet cuisine and is a renowned festival centre. Take a step back in time and discover the stories of the people that shaped its fascinating Old Town.

Arthur’s Seat

SCOTLAND

Immerse yourself in the Scottish capital’s most famed festival with this comprehensive Edinburgh experience.

Jurys Inn from $257 The Place from $295 Balmoral Hotel from $654

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Standard from $880 Superior from $1002

The Meadows

Military Tattoo, Edinburgh

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EDINBURGH HOTELS 1 Balmoral Hotel

5H

From $277

4 B+B Edinburgh

3 Rothesay Terrace

Edinburgh’s most prestigious address, the Balmoral Hotel is a unique contemporary property that oozes luxury and charm. There are 188 opulent rooms combining traditional decor with modern technology, a Michelin-starred restaurant, more than 400 whiskies in the fine Scotch bar, kilted doormen and a superb spa. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Sophisticated and timeless.

A modern take on the bed and breakfast concept, this central 4-star hotel offers 22 guestrooms with contemporary design and individual character. The first floor library features a stunning open fireplace where guests can relax with daily newspapers and hot drinks at their leisure. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Borrow a complimentary bike to explore the city. Double Room

2 Radisson Blu Edinburgh

4H

From $161

5 Hotel Indigo

3H

From $112

80 High Street

51-59 York Place

Located on the historic Royal Mile between Edinburgh Castle and Holyrood Palace, the Radisson Blu features well-appointed guestrooms with complimentary Wi-Fi and individual climate control. The National Museum and Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre are both within walking distance, and guests can enjoy the fitness centre with swimming pool. Includes breakfast Tempo says: A popular hotel with friendly hospitality.

A fabulous blend of modern decor and historical architecture, the Indigo is perfectly situated a short walk from Waverly train station and close to the popular Princes Street in New Town. The bedrooms feature state-of-the-art amenities including an iPod dock and integrated speakers, and the hotel offers complimentary Wi-Fi. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Take the convenient new tram that runs directly from the airport to the hotel.

3 The Place

4H

From $93

King Room

6 Jurys Inn

3H

From $108

EDINBURGH • HOTELS • APARTMENTS

36 York Place

43 Jeffrey Street

Boutique accommodation occupying three Georgian townhouses, The Place is just a short walk from the bars and restaurants on George Street, the shopping district of Princes Street and the National Portrait Gallery. The 47 rooms are individuallystyled with luxurious Egyptian cotton sheets and views across the city. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Visit the new roof terrace for that special occasion.

The Jurys Inn enjoys an enviable location adjacent to the Royal Mile in the historical Old Town, less than a 5 minute walk to Waverly train station. The 186 rooms are spacious, comfortable and equipped with modern amenities. There is a lovely restaurant and bar as well as a Costa Coffee cafe and Wi-Fi connectivity. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Clean, comfortable and right in the heart of the city.

Standard Room

Standard Room

EDINBURGH APARTMENTS A The Knight Residence

City Studio Apartment

12 Lauriston Street

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From $75

1 Princes Street

Classic Room

Standard Room

4H

Situated in the Old Town near the iconic Edinburgh Castle with Grassmarket’s bars and restaurants just a 5 minute walk away, the Knight Residence boasts 19 well-appointed apartments ranging from studio to 3 bedroom configurations. Services include a DVD library, concierge and free Wi-Fi.

4H

From $264

Lounge in 1 Bedroom Apartment

Features: TV/Hi-Fi • DVD player • Fully equipped kitchenette • Iron • Washing machine & dryer • Wi-Fi • Welcome pack • Safe • Dishwasher • Complimentary toiletries • Parking • Serviced daily Tempo says: Fantastic customer service with the advantages of a private residence.

B Holyrood ApartHOTEL 4H

1 Bedroom Apartment

1 Nether Bakehouse Close to the historic Royal Mile, the modern Holyrood Aparthotel has 46 studio and 2 bedroom apartments with the added facilities of a fitness centre, 24 hour reception and daily housekeeping. Rooms are decorated in a light, contemporary style and the Palace of Holyrood House is only a short walk away.

From $342

Kitchenette in 2 bedroom Apartment

Features: TV & DVD player • Fully equipped kitchenette • Dishwasher • Safe • Lift • Wi-Fi (local charge) • Iron • Fitness centre • Welcome pack • Parking (local charge) • Serviced daily Tempo says: Modern and convenient in a central location.

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms. Apartments are quoted in Australian dollars, per unit per night, based on two people occupancy and lead in category unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING

View of Edinburgh

Scotch Whisky Experience

Type

Independent

Type

Independent

Type

Independent

Duration

24 hours

Duration

1 day entry

Duration

1.5 hours

Departs

Any stop

Departs

Castle Esplanade

Departs

354 Castlehill, Royal Mile

Operates

Daily at 9.30am (year round)

Operates

Daily from 9.30am – 5pm (year round)

Operates

Daily (year round)

Price

From $25

Price

From $39

Price

Silver from $33 Gold from $61 Platinum from $72

Experience the best of Edinburgh when you purchase a ticket for unlimited use of the double-decker sightseeing bus for 24 hours. Commentary is delivered to your seat in a variety of languages so you can better appreciate the historical anecdotes applicable to the passing landmarks. Get on and off the bus as often as you like to discover the city at your own pace.

Spend as much time as you like discovering the captivating history of Edinburgh Castle, Scotland’s most popular tourist attraction. Perched atop a huge volcanic rock, the enigmatic fortress casts a spell on all who visit. This self-guided excursion allows you to admire the Scottish Crown Jewels, St Margaret’s Chapel and the Stone of Destiny on which previous Scottish Monarchs were crowned.

Enjoy a true Scottish experience as you take a swirling, bubbling barrel ride through a replica distillery and become part of the whisky making process. Along the way you will hear stories behind this magical craft, with expert tour guides and whisky advisors with you every sip of the way. Discover the aromas and flavours that appeal to your palate and lead you to your perfect Single Malt.

Secrets of the Royal Mile Walking Tour with Edinburgh Castle

Historic Vaults Walking Tour

Ghosts & Ghouls Walking Tour

Type

Independent

Type

Independent

Type

Independent

Duration

2.5 hours

Duration

1.5 hours

Duration

2 hours

Departs

Mercat Cross, High Street

Departs

Mercat Cross, High Street

Departs

Mercat Cross, High Street

Operates

Daily at 1.30pm (year round)

Operates

Operates

Daily at 8pm (year round)

Price

From $57

Daily at 4pm (Nov – Mar) Daily at 2pm & 4pm (Apr – Oct)

Price

From $29

The perfect introduction to Edinburgh’s past. Enjoy a unique guided walk around the Old Town and its colourful Royal Mile. Let your charismatic guide envelop you in the secrets and lives of the Scottish people through the ages, then walk to the imposing Castle to enjoy a tour that will reveal its remarkable history. Battles and sieges were fought over this structure and you will be inspired by its many hidden treasures.

Price

From $23

Explore the famous Blair Street Underground Vaults to hear of life underground in the 19th century. View the deepest, largest and most extensive tunnels with the company of your local historian and find out how the vaults shaped the city, and who lived and worked in these intriguing rooms. Don’t miss the new interactive Discovery Room with a fantastic audio visual display.

A light-hearted look at Edinburgh ghoulish past and ghostly present with tales of gruesome punishment and restless spirits along the medieval Royal Mile. Descend into the Blair Street Underground Vaults where the engaging and enthralling stories along with the dark and atmospheric surrounds are designed to bring a tingle to your neck! Your tour concludes with a complimentary drink in the candle-lit Megget’s Cellar.

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EDINBURGH • SIGHTSEEING

Edinburgh Castle

SCOTLAND

Edinburgh City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Tour

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OUT OF EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING Loch Ness, Glencoe & The Highlands

Quest for the Holy Grail

Kingdoms, Palaces & Golf

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

12 hours

Duration

8.5 hours

Duration

9 hours

Departs

1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile

Departs

1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile

Departs

1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile

Operates

Daily at 8am (year round)

Operates

Operates

Price

From $89

Tue & Fri at 9am (Nov – Mar) Tue, Thu & Fri at 9am (Apr – Oct)

Sat & Sun at 9am (Nov – Mar) Fri – Sun at 9am (Apr – Oct)

Price

From $73

Price

From $73

See the best of the Highlands in a single day, travelling from Edinburgh over the majestic ancient homelands of the clans to the glorious scenery of the Cairngorms National Park. Enjoy unique experiences including a stop in Pitlochry for the best Scottish baking, a vivid recounting of the massacre of the MacDonald Clan in Glencoe, and a drive past the stunning castle of Stirling with the option to cruise on the waters of Loch Ness.

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Glengoyne Distillery

Bring the medieval history of Scotland to life as you travel via the Forth Railway Bridge to Dunfermline Abbey, the final resting place of Robert the Bruce. Explore Stirling to view the monument to William Wallace before your journey to Bannockburn, the site of Scotland’s greatest victory against the English. Finish your tour at Rosslyn Chapel, made famous by Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code, and the supposed resting place of the Holy Grail.

Travel to St Andrews, the home of golf, which boasts a stunning beach, great cafes, a famous university and an ancient cathedral. Continue to East Neuk to explore the often-forgotten corner of Fife with charming fishing villages and beautiful coastal scenery then stop for a traditional fish supper in Anstruther. Proceed to Falkland to walk around the beautifully-preserved village and browse the craft shops before returning to Edinburgh.

The Borders Experience

The West Highland Experience

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

9 hours

Duration

9.5 hours

Duration

11.5 hours

Departs

1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile

Departs

1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile

Departs

1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile

Operates

Daily at 9.15am (year round)

Operates

Mon, Wed & Sat at 9am (30 Mar – 31 Oct)

Operates

Fri – Mon at 9am (Apr – Oct)

Price

From $77

Price

From $83

Price

From $83

OUT OF EDINBURGH SIGHTSEEING

Spend the day following the footsteps of Scotland’s greatest heroes – Rob Roy, Robert the Bruce and William Wallace. Admire the medieval stronghold of Stirling Castle, the lush forests of Scotland’s first National Park and Loch Lomond’s remote northeast shores. The tour ends with a visit to Glengoyne, one of the country’s most beautiful whisky distilleries for a chance to taste the true spirit of the country – Highland Malt.

Follow the ancient Roman Dere Street connecting Scottish Caledonia with Roman Britannia. Stop at Melrose Abbey, then continue south to Alnwick Castle, originally built to protect the north of England from Scottish invaders. After time to explore at your leisure, travel along the rugged Northumberland Coast, stopping at the picturesque town of Berwick Upon Tweed before arriving in Edinburgh. Available daily with slight changes to the itinerary.

After a brief stop in Glasgow, travel deep into the Highlands via Luss on Loch London. Pass the haunting Kilchurn Castle and the Pass of Brander before lunching at the Victorian seaside town of Oban. Visit the seat of the Campbell Clan at Inverary and sample traditional homemade sweets and cakes beside beautiful Loch Fyne. Return to Glasgow or Edinburgh in the evening. Also available from Glasgow.

Hadrian’s Wall, Roman Britain & the Scottish Borders

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

10.5 hours

Departs

6 Waterloo Place (next to Balmoral Hotel)

Operates

Sat & Sun at 8.30am (year round)

Price

From $81

SCOTLAND

Journey south of Edinburgh to the remote outpost of Hadrian’s Wall, the last frontier of the mighty Roman Empire. Travel across the border through the Northumberland National Park and visit Steel Rigg then drive west to Birdoswald to explore the preserved Roman Fort. On the return to Edinburgh, stop in the Victorian spa town of Moffat through the Galloway hills.

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Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


GLASGOW Glasgow is enjoying yet another resurgence in popularity thanks to focus drawn from the Commonwealth Games. Once thought of as Edinburgh’s moody cousin, the formerly industrialised riverfront is dotted with fine museums and art galleries while the city centre has become one of Britain’s most popular shopping hubs. Enjoy the thriving music scene and fantastic food, then set off for the surrounding lakes and mountains of the Scottish countryside.

River Clyde

Taste of Glasgow 3D/2N

Marks Hotel

4H 110 Bath Street

Departs

Glasgow airport or train station

Operates

Daily (year round)

Situated in the vibrant city centre, this boutique hotel features 103 comfortable bedrooms with free internet access and individual decor and a contemporary bar & grill restaurant. The city’s numerous theatres are an easy walk from the hotel, and there are fantastic shopping opportunities on nearby Buchanan Street. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Modern property in Theatreland with attentive staff.

Inclusions • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel • 2 breakfasts (B) • Private arrival transfer • 48 hour Glasgow Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, departure transfer, items of a personal nature Jurys Inn from $303 Marriott from $313

Standard Double

Choose an itinerary that best suits you on this introductory package featuring a 48 hour sightseeing pass and a traditional Scottish breakfast daily.

Grand Central Hotel

4H

Day 1 Glasgow Arrive in Glasgow and meet your private driver for a transfer to your hotel. If it’s still early, begin your sightseeing on the hop-on hop-off bus, or just spend the evening unwinding at a local restaurant.

99 Gordon Street An award-winning hotel housed in an iconic Victorian building in the city centre. The restored original features are combined with modern amenities in each of the comfortable bedrooms with additional refurbishment to the deluxe category. The grand staircase and the domed ceiling and marble floor of the Champagne bar are sure to impress. Includes breakfast Tempo says: A fantastic choice on the ‘style mile’.

Day 2 Glasgow Continue to explore this ever-evolving city aboard your open-top bus. Alight at any of the 28 conveniently-located stops, or sit back and relax as the commentary recounts the historic and cultural significance of your surroundings. Return to the hotel at your leisure. (B) Day 3 Glasgow Your arrangements conclude after breakfast at the hotel. Why not add an extra day and visit Loch Lomond and Stirling Castle (pg 47)? (B) Thistle Glasgow

4H

Executive Twin

From $121

From $97

Deluxe Room

Jurys Inn Glasgow

3H

GLASGOW • PACKAGE • HOTELS

Mini break

From $92

36 Cambridge Street

80 Jamaica Street

This centrally-located property is the ideal base from which to explore the historic, sporting and leisure attractions of this lively cultural city. The hotel features an indoor swimming pool and spa, air-conditioned rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, and parking is available at a small local charge. Includes breakfast Tempo says: A popular choice in central Glasgow.

Adjacent to Central Station in the heart of the city and within 5 minutes of Queen Street Station, this contemporary hotel is perfectly placed for easy transport links. The 321 spacious guestrooms provide complimentary toiletries, air conditioning and free Wi-Fi, with some sleeping up to two adults and two children. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Great value close to the River Clyde.

SCOTLAND

Type

Price

From $64

Tripple Room

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CENTRAL SCOTLAND The nation’s heart boasts the two major cities in Scotland - the medieval and Georgian Edinburgh and the stylish and friendly Glasgow – as well as the Kingdom of Fife, Loch Lomond, The Trossachs and Stirling.

Discover Central Scotland 6D/5N Type

Self drive

Departs

Edinburgh airport or city centre

Operates

Daily (year round)

Inclusions • 5 nights accommodation in standard hotels • 5 breakfasts (B) • 6 days car hire (Compact Auto) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, one-way fees, additional driver charges, fuel (tank must be full on return), winter tyres, entrance fees, international drivers permit, items of a personal nature Price

From $734

Travel through Scotland’s waistline of Stirling and Loch Lomond to reach the anglicised Lowlands and take in the world class art and architecture of Glasgow and the city of Edinburgh, one of the most beautiful cityscapes in the world. Day 1 Edinburgh – St Andrews – Edinburgh (193 km) Collect your car in Edinburgh and drive to St Andrews. En route you may stop in delightful fishing villages then explore the golfing capital’s magnificent cathedral, castle ruins and university. Return to your hotel in Edinburgh’s city centre for the evening. Hotel: King James by Thistle or similar Day 2 Edinburgh – Stirling – Oban (209 km) Travel to Stirling to visit its imposing fortress and the nearby monument to William Wallace. Continue north through the Trossachs National Park with the chance to stop at the Inverawe smokehouse to view its traditional salmon techniques. Arrive in the waterside village of Oban where you will spend the next two nights. (B) Hotel: Regent or similar

CENTRAL SCOTLAND • PACKAGES

Day 3 Isles of Mull & Iona Take the ferry from Oban Harbour to spend the day exploring the Isles of Mull & Iona. Visit Iona Abbey where many Scottish kings are buried, including Macbeth, then return via Mull to Oban. (B) Day 4 Oban – Isle of Arran – Ayr (128 km) One of the greatest prehistoric sites is south of Oban where burial cairns, standing stone circles and the fort of Dunadd can be found. Take the ferry to the Isle of Arran and stop at the whisky distillery or visit Brodick Castle & Country Park before retiring for the night. (B) Hotel: Mercure Ayr or similar Day 5 Ayr – Glasgow (271 km) Spend the morning at leisure, perhaps taking an excursion by boat further out into the sea, before returning to the mainland. On the way to Glasgow you may choose to visit Robert Burns Cottage in Alloway. (B) Hotel: Jury’s Inn or similar Day 6 Glasgow Return your car in Glasgow where your arrangements conclude. (B)

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Isle of Mull Isle of Iona

SCOTLAND Oban Stirling Glasgow

Isle of Arran

Ayr

St Andrews Edinburgh

Ruins of St Andrews Castle

Essential Scotland by Rail 6D/5N Type

Rail

Departs

Edinburgh hotel

Operates

Daily (year round)

Inclusions • 5 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel category • 5 breakfasts (B) • Standard class rail travel as per itinerary • Edinburgh Scotch Whisky Experience (Silver Tour) • Entry to Glasgow National Piping Centre Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, items of a personal nature Price

Standard from $655 Superior from $699

Appreciate the contrasts of the two cities in this package by combining independent rail travel with distinctly Scottish excursions. Day 1 Edinburgh Arrive in Edinburgh and transfer independently to your hotel. Standard hotel: Brooks or similar Superior hotel: Puma Carlton or similar Day 2 Edinburgh Enjoy an introduction to the proud traditions of Scotch whisky. Depart on a barrel ride through a replica distillery and hear the stories behind the brewing before viewing the largest collection of Scotch whisky in the world. Be treated to a dram of the local

beverage and a takeaway tasting glass, then explore the shop and make use of your discount voucher. (B) Day 3 Edinburgh Today is yours to spend at your leisure. Visit the Castle, shop in the Royal Mile or Princes Street in New Town, climb Arthur’s Seat or join a day tour to Stirling Castle or St Andrews (pg 44). (B) Day 4 Edinburgh – Glasgow Depart by rail for the city of Glasgow. Previously a heavily industrialised city fraught with poverty, it has enjoyed a transformation into the art and cultural centre of Scotland. Enjoy the afternoon at your leisure as you wander the streets exploring the cosmopolitan shopping opportunities, galleries and museums. (B) Standard hotel: Jurys Inn or similar Superior hotel: Marriott or similar Day 5 Glasgow Today you can use your voucher to discover the history and significance of the highland bagpipe. The founding of the National Piping Centre has brought this ancient musical instrument back to prominence and the building features a museum, shop, tuition opportunities and a quaint restaurant. (B) Day 6 Glasgow Your package ends after breakfast. Why not enhance your stay by adding a day tour to Ayrshire (pg 47)? (B)

Note: This itinerary is also available in reverse. Please contact Tempo Holidays for more details.

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


CENTRAL SCOTLAND HOTELS

View of Oban

From $172

Scores Hotel St Andrews

3H

From $171

Markinch Village Glenrothes

76 The Scores St Andrews

Just an hour between Edinburgh and Glasgow, this award-winning Georgian mansion offers superior amenities including Molton Brown toiletries, mineral water and complimentary internet access in its 31 lovely bedrooms. The hospitality continues in the two onsite restaurants that serve classic dishes using seasonal local produce. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Get a taste of country Scotland while staying close to the major cities.

With an enviable location just steps from the 1st tee of the famous golf course, enjoy the panoramic views of West Sands and St Andrews Bay from this lovely townhouse. Each of the traditional bedrooms boasts free Wi-Fi, flat screen TVs and complimentary toiletries, and there is plenty of choice for food and drink at the hotel’s two bars and restaurants. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Perfect for the golfing enthusiast.

Carnoustie Golf Hotel

4H

From $98

Traditional Double with Sea View

Oban Bay Hotel & Spa

3H

From $93

Links Parade Angus

Corran Esplanade Oban

Follow in the footsteps of some of history’s greatest golfers at this hotel, situated on the edge of a championship course and less than 200 metres from a sandy beach. The health spa features a large heated swimming pool, sauna and steam room – perfect for relaxation after a day on the links. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Conveniently located – Carnoustie train station is a five minute walk away.

Within easy reach of the train station and ferry terminal, the Oban Bay Hotel offers convenient accommodation with flat screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and comfortable bedding. Enjoy unrivalled sea views across to the Isle of Mull from the spacious sun lounge running the length of the property. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Request a front facing room to wake up to stunning views of the bay. Standand Twin

CENTRAL SCOTLAND SIGHTSEEING Culzean Castle, Burns Country & The Ayrshire Coast

Oban, Glencoe, West Highland Lochs & Castles

Stirling Castle, Loch Lomond & Whisky

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

9 hours

Duration

10 hours

Duration

9 hours

Departs

266 George Street, Glasgow

Departs

266 George Street, Glasgow

Departs

266 George Street, Glasgow

Operates

Wed & Sat at 9.30am (Apr – Oct)

Operates

Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri & Sun at 9am (year round)

Operates

Daily (year round)

Price

From $68

Price

From $76

Price

From $67

Spend the day in rural Ayrshire, a lesser-known region full of castles, culture and history. Admire the fine furniture and surrounding gardens with spectacular views at Culzean Castle then follow the coast to the tiny village of Dunure and the market town of Ayr. Stop at the Robert Burns visitor centre and take a riverside walk to the Auld Brig before returning to Glasgow in the evening.

West coast villages, brilliant mountain scenery and old ruined castles abound on this day tour to discover old clan rivalries. Cross from the flat plains of the Lowlands to the rugged mountains and forest glens of the Highland boundary to visit Inveraray Castle and take a short walk along the shores of Loch Awe to Kilchurn Castle. Continue through Oban to Glencoe then return via the Rannoch Moor and Loch Lomond to Glasgow.

Travel north to Stirling, the northernmost frontier of the Roman empire, to see its imposing castle perched high on a volcanic rock and look over the scene of William Wallace’s greatest triumph. See the highlands in miniature at Trossachs National Park then admire some of the 79 islands in Scotland’s largest loch. On the return to Glasgow stop at Glengoyne Distillery for a tour (payable locally) or browse the Slainte Mhath Shop.

CENTRAL SCOTLAND • HOTELS • SIGHTSEEING

4H

SCOTLAND

Balbirnie House

Also available Enjoy relaxing cruises on Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine from Tarbet, Balloch and Trossachs Pier. Contact Tempo Holidays for more details. www.tempoholidays.com

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THE HIGHLANDS Discover the ancient landscapes, fascinating history, amazing wildlife and impressive coastline of the fascinating Scottish Highlands. Explore with a local guide to learn about the myths and legends of the Scottish clans or travel on your own, adding a cruise or two on the majestic lochs or a trip on the unique Jacobite Steam Train.

Discover the Northern Highlands – 7D/6N Type

Self drive

Departs

Edinburgh airport or city centre

Operates

Daily (year round)

Book by 31 Dec 2014 & SAVE 10% on Apr – Sep coach tour departures.

Inclusions • 6 nights accommodation in standard hotels • 6 breakfasts (B) • 6 days car hire (Compact Auto) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, one-way fees, additional driver charges, fuel (tank must be full on return), winter tyres, entrance fees, international drivers permit, items of a personal nature Price

From $841

Traverse the Highlands at your own pace on this comprehensive itinerary taking you from Edinburgh through the spectacular diverse regions of the north, returning to Glasgow via vintage villages and vast Lochs. Day 1 Edinburgh – Perth – Newtonmore (220 km) Collect your car in Edinburgh and drive north, crossing the Firth of Forth toward Perthshire. We suggest stopping in Pitlochry to visit the smallest whisky distillery in Scotland, then admire the impressive Caringorm Mountains en route to Newtonmore where you will spend the night. Hotel: Highlander or similar Day 2 Newtonmore – Inverness – Thurso (225 km) Travel to Inverness, the capital of the Highlands, and continue to the northeast tip of the country via the coast road. You may choose to visit Dunrobin Castle for an exciting falconry display before arriving in Thurso, one of Scotland’s kept secrets. (B) Hotel: Royal Thurso or similar

THE HIGHLANDS • PACKAGES

Day 3 Orkney Isles Take the ferry to the Stromness to visit the chambered tomb of Maes Howe and the prehistoric site of Skara Brae, both believed to predate the Pyramids of Egypt. Return to Thurso at your leisure. (B) Day 4 Thurso – Tongue – Loch Ness – Fort William (312 km) Depart south along the mountains passing the quaint villages of Tongue and Lairg to the scenic shores of Loch Ness. We suggest a cruise on the lake to view the ruins of Urquhart Castle before proceeding to Fort William. (B) Hotel: Moorings or similar Day 5 Fort William – Glencoe – Loch Lomond – Glasgow (177 km) Pay your respects at Glencoe, the scene of the cruel massacre between two rival clans, then travel to Loch Lomond, the largest in Great Britain surrounded by beautiful woods. Stroll through the charming village of Luss then continue to the energetic city of Glasgow. (B) Hotel: Jury’s Inn or similar

SCOTLAND

Day 6 Glasgow Return your car to the central depot then spend the day exploring Glasgow at your own pace. Admire the stunning architecture, and internationally recognised museums, then discover the revitalised waterfront on the River Clyde. (B) Day 7 Glasgow Your arrangements conclude after breakfast at the hotel. (B)

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Scottish Bagpiper, Glencoe

West Coast & The Highlands 5D/4N

The Highlands Experience 2D/1N

Type

Coach

Type

Coach

Departs

Edinburgh (8.30am) & Glasgow (9.45am)

Departs

Edinburgh (8.30am) & Glasgow (9.45am)

Operates

Mon (30 Mar – 26 Oct)

Operates

Tue, Thu & Sat (year round)

Inclusions • 4 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 4 breakfast (B) • Services of an experienced driver/guide • Transportation by mini-coach or coach • Sightseeing as per itinerary

Inclusions • 1 night accommodation in your choice of category • 1 breakfast (B) • Services of an experienced driver/guide • Transportation by mini-coach or coach • Sightseeing as per itinerary

Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, entrance fees, optional excursions, items of a personal nature

Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, entrance fees, optional excursions, items of a personal nature

Price

Price

B&B from $880 Hotels from $1076

An in-depth journey through two of Scotland’s most spectacular regions – the Highlands and the Isle of Skye. Day 1 Edinburgh/Glasgow – Oban (275 km) Depart the city for Kilmartin Glen to explore Scotland’s ancient past. Enjoy a guided walk through the site of the original Scots settlement at Dunadd Hill Fort, and see the Temple Wood Stone Circle. Continue to the seaside town of Oban for the evening. Day 2 Oban – Kyleakin (210 km) Travel along the banks of Loch Awe and through the Pass of Brander before a stop at the haunting Glencoe. Head north and cross to the Isle of Skye. (B) Day 3 Kyleakin (Isle of Skye) Spend the day exploring the Isle of Skye, marvelling at the craggy Cuillin Mountains, dramatic Quiraing Pass and stunning Trotternish Peninsula before returning to Kyleakin for the night. (B)

B&B from $264 Hotels from $323

Enjoy the essential highlights of the Scottish Highlands, including the mysterious Loch Ness. Day 1 Edinburgh/Glasgow – Drumnadrochit (370 km) Travel north towards Dunkeld to enjoy a woodland walk in the Highlands. Drive over the Drumochter Pass and marvel at the mountains in the Cairngorm National Park before arriving at Culloden, site of the final confrontation of the Jacobite uprising. Spend the evening by the shores of Loch Ness. Day 2 Drumnadrochit – Edinburgh/Glasgow (350 km) After a traditional Scottish breakfast, spend the morning exploring the Loch before driving south, taking in the majestic heights of Ben Nevis. Visit Glencoe where you will learn about the massacre of the MacDonald clan, then continue to Stirling to see its impressive castle and hear about the exploits of William Wallace. Return to Edinburgh via Glasgow in the evening. (B)

Day 4 Kyleakin – Drumnadrochit (162 km) Return to the mainland this morning with a stop at Eilean Donan Castle. Continue past the spectacular Torridon Mountains through Achnasheen and Strathconon before arriving at your accommodation near the shores of Loch Ness. (B) Day 5 Drumnadrochit – Edinburgh/Glasgow (169 km) This morning you will have the chance to explore Loch Ness before heading south to visit the battlefield of Culloden. Admire the peaks of the Cairngorm Mountains and explore the picturesque town of Pitlochry before returning to Edinburgh in the evening. (B)

Orkney Isles Thurso

SCOTLAND Isle of Skye Loch Ness Kyleakin Fort William Glencoe Oban

Inverness Newtonmore Drumnadrochit Perth

Loch Lomond Glasgow

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.

Edinburgh


THE HIGHLANDS HOTELS Culloden House Hotel

4H

From $178

Culloden Inverness Standing on nearly 40 acres of woodland and private gardens, this beautiful mansion hotel is ideally located close to the Culloden Battlefield Experience. After a day exploring the surrounding heritage sites and attractions on your doorstep, relax in the comfortable drawing room by the open fire, play croquet, indulge in rare whisky and detox in the sauna. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Enjoy unrivalled Highland hospitality. Inverness

Glenspean Lodge

4H

Standard Room

From $144

Craigmonie Hotel

3H

From $102

Roybridge Fort William

9 Annfield Road Inverness

A former private hunting lodge, this boutique property has been refurbished into a prestigious hotel, boasting a quality restaurant, snooker room, jacuzzi, sauna and gym. Each bedroom has been individually styled and features modern amenities and quaint furnishings. Explore the surrounding former shooting grounds of royalty or simply relax with a good book and a wee dram. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Enjoy the fireplace in the residents’ lounge.

Dating back to 1880, this country-house hotel is set in a quiet residential area near the centre of Inverness. The property features 40 rooms with complimentary Wi-Fi, and guests can unwind at the spa & leisure club with heated indoor swimming pool after a long day exploring Loch Ness, Nairn and Culloden. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Upgrade to a four-poster room for a romantic getaway. Double Room

Loch Ness & Urquhart Castle

Jacobite Steam Train

Experience the Far North

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Rail

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

2.5 hours

Duration

2.5 hours

Duration

10 hours

Departs

Inverness bus station

Departs

Fort William train station

Departs

Bridge Street, Inverness

Operates

Daily at 2.15pm (year round)

Operates

Operates

Tue & Thu at 9.15am (31 Mar – 08 Oct)

Price

From $51

Mon – Fri at 10.15am (May – Oct) Daily at 10.15am (Jun – Sep) Mon – Fri at 2.30pm (Jun – Aug)

Price

From $96

Travel by coach to the banks of Loch Ness and experience a 30 minute cruise as you try to spot the elusive monster. Arrive at Urquhart Castle to discover the riotous history of this medieval fortress. Explore the new visitor centre, enjoy the iconic views from Grant Tower and walk around the ruined grounds before returning to Inverness by coach.

Price

From $91

One of the great railway journeys of the world, the Jacobite Steam Train has enjoyed recent fame as a result of its cameo as the ‘Hogwarts Express’ in the Harry Potter films. Travel over the Glenfinnan viaduct then stop in Arisaig and Mallaig before returning to Fort William. Note: Due to train timetables from Glasgow, we recommend spending an extra night in Fort William.

Journey to the most northerly point on the British mainland stopping en route at the Black Isle and admire the wildlife at Caithness. On arrival in John O’Groats you can stroll along the cliff path and take in the dramatic views across the sea – in summer you may even spot a Puffin! Return south through the historic town of Wick and arrive in Inverness in the evening.

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SCOTLAND

Glencoe Lochan

THE HIGHLANDS • HOTELS • SIGHTSEEING

THE HIGHLANDS SIGHTSEEING

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THE SCOTTISH ISLES Infamous for the Jacobite rebellion, clan warfare and the Highland clearances, the Isle of Skye has a rich and dark history, while further north the Orkney Islands boast dramatic scenery and one of Europe’s greatest concentrations of prehistoric sites. Those with more time can venture further, taking in the Outer Hebrides, Iona, Mull, Islay and Harris for a truly untouched wilderness experience.

Book by 30 Nov 2014 & SAVE 10% on this small group tour.

Neist Point, Isle of Skye

Island Hopping Adventure 14D/13N Type

Small group

Departs

6 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh

Operates

Mon & Thu (21 May – 10 Sep)

Inclusions • 13 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 13 breakfasts (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach • Sightseeing as per itinerary Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, entrance fees, optional excursions, items of a personal nature Price

THE SCOTTISH ISLES • PACKAGE SCOTLAND 50

B&B from $3182 Hotels from $3808

Combine three of the most popular small group tours into this comprehensive itinerary stopping at 7 of the fantastic west coast islands, the prehistoric Orkney Isles and the inspiring islands of Gaelic Lewis and mountainous Harris.

Day 5 Plockton – Eilean Donan Castle – Loch Ness – Inverness (196 km) Travel south to Eilean Donan Castle, built to protect against Viking raiders. Drive past the Five Sisters of Kintail to the majestic Loch Ness for lunch then continue north following the Great Glen to arrive in Inverness for an overnight stay. (B) Day 6 Inverness – John O’Groats – Kirkwall (252 km) Depart the Highland capital, crossing over the Black Isle through some of Scotland’s most dramatic scenery for the chance to see golden eagles and red deer. Board a ferry at the mainland’s northernmost point to the Orkney Archipelago and drive to the Viking stronghold of Kirkwall, your home for the next two nights. (B) Day 7 Orkney Isles Explore the ancient island of contrasts, where fertile green pastures are fringed by shores of golden sands washed by waters of the North Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Visit the 5000-year-old village of Skara Brae, the mystical stone circle at Brodgar and the seaboard village of Stromness before returning to Kirkwall. (B)

Day 12 Stornoway – Harris – Portree (246 km) Travel to the more mountainous Isle of Harris, famous for its local tweed and stunning white sands of Luskentyre. After a morning exploring the south of the island take a late afternoon ferry to Skye and proceed to your next overnight stay in the village of Portree. (B) Day 13 Isle of Skye Spend the day discovering the best of Skye. See the 13th century home of the Clan Macleod, Dunvegan Castle, the emerald green valley of Glendale, or the waterfalls at Glenbrittle. Return to Portree in the evening. (B) Day 14 Portree – Eilean Donan Castle – Fort William – Edinburgh (337 km) The return journey to Edinburgh is filled with highlights including a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, the dramatic scenery of Glencoe and the village of Killin in the Central Highlands beside the Falls of Dochart. (B)

Short on time? This tour is made up of three separate itineraries.

Day 1 Edinburgh – Inverary – Argyll – Oban (236 km) Depart Edinburgh for the west to admire the bonny banks of Loch Lomond. See the magnificent whitewashed 18th century town of Inverary then spend the afternoon in Argyll before arriving in the bustling seaside town of Oban where you will spend the next two nights.

Day 8 Kirkwall – Ardvreck Castle – Ullapool (292 km) Depart Orkney and travel across Scotland’s northern coast road through the western mountains to Ardvreck Castle. Continue to Ullapool at the mouth of Loch Broom and spend the evening in this ancient fishing village. (B)

• Iona, Mull & the Isle of Skye – 5D/4N B&B from $996

Day 2 Oban – Isles of Mull & Iona – Oban (151 km) Spend the day island hopping, exploring the dramatic coastline of Mull then cruise to peaceful Iona, the birthplace of Celtic Christianity and ancient burial ground of Scottish kings. Take an optional boat to the basalt columns on the island of Staffa then return to Oban. (B)

Day 9 Ullapool Spend the day at leisure before joining your final leg of the tour. Browse the small craft boutiques, take a local boat on a cruise of the Summer Islands or hike Claypool Hill for wonderful views over the Highlands. (B)

• Outer Hebrides Adventure – 6D/5N B&B from $1211

Day 3 Oban – Glencoe – Plockton (254 km) Travel north along the west coast, passing Castle Stalker and the infamous scene of the Glencoe massacre. Travel through Fort William and the Great Glen to the north. Your accommodation this evening is in the picturesque fishing village of Plockton. (B)

Day 10 Ullapool – Stornoway (86 km) Catch the morning ferry and sail along Loch Broom, crossing the Minch to Stornoway, the capital of the Outer Hebrides on the Isle of Lewis. In the afternoon explore the northwest coast from Arnol to the Butt of Lewis before returning to Stornoway. (B)

Day 4 Isle of Skye Spend the day on Skye, where the weather will dictate the day’s activities. You may travel north to Kilt Rock waterfall or Neist Point for a walk out to the lighthouse and in the afternoon visit Elgol for breathaking seascapes and views of the Cuillin before returning to the mainland for an evening at leisure. (B)

Day 11 Isle of Lewis Explore some of the finest beaches and prehistoric remains on the island. See the Broch of Carloway and traditional crofting communities then visit the ancient stone circle of Callanish. Admire the dramatic sea cliffs and rugged hills at Ulg, the most remote point of the Western Isles. (B)

• Orkney & Scotland’s Northern Coast – 5D/4N B&B from $976

Orkney Isles

Kirkwall

John O'Groats Ardvreck Castle Isle of Lewis North Sea Stornoway Ullapool Isle of Harris Isle of Skye Plockton Inverness Portree Loch Ness Eilean Donan Castle Fort William Isle of Mull Isle of Iona

Glencoe

SCOTLAND

Oban Inverary

Edinburgh

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


The Orkney Experience 4D/3N

The Skye Experience 3D/2N

Book by 31 Dec 2014 & SAVE 10% for Apr – Sep departures.

Type

Coach

Type

Coach

Departs

1 Parliament Square, Royal Mile

Departs

Edinburgh (8.30am) & Glasgow (9.45am)

Operates

14, 28 May; 11, 25 Jun; 09, 23 Jul; 06, 20 Aug; 03, 17 Sep

Operates

Mon, Wed & Sat (year round) Fri (05 Jun – 25 Sep)

Price

B&B from $880 Hotels from $1027

Take in the best of the unique Orkney Isles via some of the mainland’s most iconic attractions. Day 1 Edinburgh – Drumnadrochit (328 km) Head west through the beautiful scenery of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Continue via the haunting landscape of Glencoe and through Fort William and the Great Glen to the fabled shores of Loch Ness. Day 2 Drumnadrochit – Kirkwall (274 km) Drive north via the spectacular coastal scenery of the Moray and Cromarty firths, then board a ferry for a memorable crossing to the magical Orkney Isles. On arrival take in some of the islands’ highlights, including the Italian Chapel and famous Churchill Barriers – causeways constructed to protect the British naval fleet from submarines. (B) Day 3 The Orkney Isles Spend the day exploring the Orkney Islands from your base in Kirkwall. You might like to peruse the town’s numerous craft shops or visit some of the area’s prehistoric marvels including the Maeshowe chambered cairn, the world-renowned Neolithic village of Skara Brae, or the brooding stone circles of Stenness and the Ring O’Brodgar (optional extras). The day ends with an included visit to the beautiful St Magnus Cathedral. (B) Cuillin Hills Hotel

Eilean Iarmain, Isle of Skye

Day 4 Kirkwall – Edinburgh (498 km) Catch an early ferry back to the mainland and spend some time discovering Inverness, the capital of the Scottish Highlands. Return to Edinburgh, stopping en route at the Culloden battlefield and the charming village of Pitlochry. The tour ends in the evening on arrival in Edinburgh. (B)

Also available Marine Boat tours from Oban and the Isles of Skye and Mull. Please request at time of booking for the ultimate Island experience.

Orkney Isles Kirkwall

SCOTLAND Isle of Skye

Inverness Drumnadrochit

Kyleakin Glencoe Atlantic Ocean

4H

North Sea

Glasgow

From $142

Pitlochry Edinburgh

Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, entrance fees, optional excursions, items of a personal nature Price

B&B from $460 Hotels from $548

Perfect for the time-poor traveller, this tour offers a stunning glimpse of the Isle of Skye. Day 1 Edinburgh/Glasgow – Kyleakin (342 km) Depart Edinburgh, driving past Glasgow, Stirling Castle and across Rannoch Moor to Glencoe. Continue to Eilean Donan Castle for a photostop before crossing the bridge to the Isle of Skye. Day 2 Kyleakin – Drumnadrochit (106 km) Spend the day discovering the beautiful Isle of Skye. Marvel at the craggy Cuillin Mountains, the dramatic Quiraing Pass and the stunning Trotternish Peninsula. Return to the mainland this evening and head to Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness. (B) Day 3 Drumnadrochit – Edinburgh (281 km) Spend some time exploring Loch Ness at your own pace. You might like to take an optional cruise to Urquhart Castle, visit the fascinating Loch Ness 2000 exhibition or just keep your eye out for monsters from the grassy shore. Travel to the historic battlefield of Culloden and past the Cairngorm Mountains to Pitlochry, a picturesque Victorian town. Your tour ends this evening in Edinburgh, via Glasgow. (B) Note: This tour departs from Edinburgh and travels via Glasgow. Please advise your preferred departure and return points at time of booking.

Skeabost Country House Hotel

3H

From $115

1 Scorrybreck Road, Portree Isle of Skye

Skeaboast Bridge, Portree Isle of Skye

This popular property is set in 15 acres of private gardens overlooking Portree Bay and the Cuillin mountain range on the Isle of Skye. Rooms blend comfortable tradition with modern style and feature fresh fruit, complimentary toiletries and satellite television. Includes breakfast Tempo says: A former shooting-lodge of the Macdonald clan, steeped in history.

An inviting country house with stunning views and elegant public areas featuring its own 9 hole golf course and access to a salmon and trout river. With only 14 bedrooms, guests can be assured of a high quality of service, complimentary Wi-Fi, a fine dining restaurant and a lovely billiard room and lounge bar. Includes breakfast Tempo says: The perfect retreat in the Scottish countryside.

Classic Twin

Harris Hotel

3H

From $112

Eilean Iarmain Hotel

3H

THE SCOTTISH ISLES • PACKAGES • HOTELS

Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, entrance fees, optional excursions, items of a personal nature

Inclusions • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 2 breakfasts (B) • Services of an experienced driver/guide • Transportation by mini-coach or coach • Sightseeing as per itinerary

From $155

Scott Road, Tarbert Isle of Harris

Isleornsay, Sleat Isle of Skye

This traditional family-run property offers boutique accommodation with beautiful food and a welcoming atmosphere and is ideally situated to explore the islands of Harris and Lewis. Each of the 23 guestrooms is individually decorated and offers modern technology and comfortable amenities. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Look for the initials of J.M Barrie, sketched on the dining room window.

Offering beautiful views over the Sound of Sleat, open fires and a gorgeous wood-panelled dining room, Eilean Iarmain provides unique and traditional accommodation in the south of Skye. Rooms are simply furnished with character referencing the history of the property. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Time-honoured Scottish sports of woodcock shooting and wild trout fishing are available on the estate.

SCOTLAND

Inclusions • 3 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 3 breakfasts (B) • Services of an experienced driver/guide • Transportation by mini-coach or coach • Sightseeing as per itinerary

Standard Room

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SCOTTISH CASTLES & MANORS Take a unique journey along the castle trail of the Royal Deeside and into the Highlands to view grand prisons, fortresses and manor houses dotted along the coast and countryside. Many have been converted into hotels, allowing you the opportunity to experience true Scottish heritage. Sherbrooke Castle Hotel

4H

SCOTTISH CASTLES & MANORS • SELF DRIVE

Departs

Edinburgh airport or city centre

Operates

Daily (year round)

From $169

Ideally located just 10 minutes from Glasgow city centre, this beautiful red sandstone property is set in landscaped gardens and offers free onsite parking and complimentary Wi-Fi. The recently-renovated bedrooms are furnished in a traditional style with luxury bedding and modern amenities. Includes breakfast Tempo says: A truly special experience.

Just a stone’s throw from Edinburgh is Dalhousie Castle, a magnificent 13th century fortress set within acres of wooded parkland on the picturesque River Esk. Enjoy a gourmet banquet experience in the Dungeon Restaurant, indulge in a treatment at the hydro spa or request unique accommodation in one of the many themed bedrooms. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Try your hand at falconry or archery on the castle grounds.

4H

From $115

Stonefield Castle

3H

From $144

Tulloch Castle Drive Dingwall

Loch Fyne Tarbert

Enjoy warm hospitality and discover the rich history, period features and ornate ceilings of this 12th century castle hotel. Located just a five-minute drive from Dingwall and with connections by air and rail to Inverness, it is the perfect base from which to explore the area’s quaint Highland villages. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Explore the nearby Whisky Trail, Loch Ness and Elgin Cathedral.

Dating back to 1837, Stonefield boasts baronial Scottish architecture, original furnishings, ornate ceilings and marble fireplaces. Each bedroom is individually decorated, and all have views over 60 acres of woodland gardens and nearby Loch Fyne. Guests can relax with a local whisky by the open log fire in the elegant wood-panelled bar. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Includes complimentary Wi-Fi and free parking.

Inclusions • 7 nights accommodation in castle or manor house hotels • 7 breakfasts (B) • 8 days car hire (Compact Auto) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, one-way fees, additional driver charges, fuel (tank must be full on return), winter tyres, entrance fees, international drivers permit, items of a personal nature Price

4H Bonnyrigg Edinburgh

Live Like a Clan Chief 8D/7N Self drive

Dalhousie Castle

11 Sherbrooke Avenue Glasgow

Tulloch Castle Hotel

Type

From $138

From $1375

Spend your nights in atmospheric castle hotels and your days discovering Scotland’s natural and historical highlights on this self-drive itinerary that combines pre-booked accommodation with the flexibility to explore at your own pace. Day 1 Edinburgh Arrive in Edinburgh and pick up your rental car. Check in to your hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring this exciting city at your leisure. Hotel: MacDonald Houston House or similar

SCOTLAND

Day 2 Edinburgh – Perthshire – Aberdeen (Inverurie) (299 km) Depart Edinburgh and head north across the Forth Road Bridge to Scone Palace, where Scottish kings were once crowned. Continue to Braemer in Royal

Deeside, home to the Royal Family’s Highland retreat, Balmoral Castle. (B) Hotel: Kildrummy Castle or similar Day 3 Inverurie – Castle Trail – Inverurie (104 km) Spend the day following the Castle Trail through the Grampian Mountains. This scenic region is home to some of the world’s most interesting castles. (B) Hotel: Pittodrie House or similar Day 4 Inverurie – Malt Whisky Trail – Dingwall (142 km) Follow the Malt Whisky Trail to some of Scotland’s distilleries, including Glenfiddich near Dufftown. Continue to Nairn and pay a visit to the romantic Cawdor Castle before arriving at your grand hotel in the Highlands. (B) Hotel: Tulloch Castle or similar Day 5 The Highlands Spend the day at leisure. You may choose to visit Inverness to explore the gateway to the Highlands then continue northwest to the famous Inverewe Gardens, located on Loch Ewe. (B) Day 6 Dingwall – Loch Ness – Fort William – Argyll (105 km) Drive along the shores of Loch Ness to admire the 12th century Urquhart Castle. Follow the Caledonian Canal along Loch Lochy to Fort William, a town in the shadow of Ben Nevis. Proceed to Loch Fyne for a drive through the wonderful countryside and arrive at your hotel near Oban, featuring panoramic views of the nearby islands. (B) Hotel: Knipoch or similar

Day 7 Argyll – Loch Lomond – Edinburgh (250 km) Marvel at Loch Lomond before visiting Stirling Castle, one of Scotland’s most beautiful buildings. Return to Edinburgh and spend the evening discovering the delights of the Scottish capital at your leisure. (B) Hotel: Houston House or similar Day 8 Edinburgh Return your car to Edinburgh airport, where your arrangements conclude. (B)

Tempo recommends Why not add a Scottish Explorer or Heritage Pass for free entry into most of the highlights of your self drive itinerary? Contact Tempo Holidays for more details.

North Sea Dingwall Loch Ness

Inverurie Castle Trail

Fort William Argyll

Perthshire

Loch Lomond Edinburgh

SCOTLAND

Also available • Scottish Castle Experience – 4D/3N Small group tour departing Edinburgh every month from May – October. Contact Tempo Holidays for more details.

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Aberdeen

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


NORTHERN IRELAND

Why choose Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland is enjoying a rejuvenation after the conflict that distracted visitors for many years. There has never been a better time to discover the breathtaking natural landscapes and quaint medieval villages that boast fabulous adventure, legends of the Titanic, historic castles and literary heritage. There is so much to see and do in this hitherto unappreciated but truly fascinating region. When to travel: Northern Ireland has a varied climate and its weather can be unpredictable. Summer is the most comfortable season, with long hours of daylight giving you plenty of time to explore. If planning a visit in winter, pack appropriate clothing and be prepared to be mesmerised by the mists over the countryside.

• Explore the wild and windy North Antrim coastline • Visit film locations from Game of Thrones • Get a taste of history in Derry

Type

Self drive

Departs

Dublin airport or city centre

Operates

Daily (year round)

Inclusions • 4 nights accommodation in standard hotels • 2 nights accommodation in 3-star B&Bs • 6 breakfasts (B) • 7 days car hire (Economy Group E Auto) • Heritage Island Touring Guide and Discount Card Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, M50 Dublin Barrier Free Toll Fee (€3/$5), additional driver charges, fuel (tank must be full on return), winter tyres, entrance fees, international drivers permit, items of a personal nature Price

From $663 Car upgrade supplement from $20 (Economy Group F Auto)

Departing Dublin, make your own way around this fascinating self-drive circuit that takes in the energetic cities of Belfast and Derry while travelling through the spectacular coastal scenery, high mountains and deep valleys of the surrounding countryside.

ATM or bank to collect some pounds before arriving at your accommodation. (B) Hotel: Days Hotel or similar Day 3 Belfast Take some time to explore Belfast this morning. Some notable sites include City Hall, Queens University and the newly opened Titanic Belfast exhibition, which recounts the building of the world famous liner and life in Belfast at this time. This evening we suggest you enjoy the Belfast nightlife with a pint of Guinness in the iconic Crown Bar Liquor Saloon. (B) Day 4 Belfast – North Antrim (89 km) Drive along the coast road through the spectacular Nine Glens of Antrim to the Giant’s Causeway and admire the basalt steps and formidable North Atlantic Ocean. On your drive through stunning Antrim we recommend a stop in Ballymoney for a look at the haunting tunnel of beech trees known as the Dark Hedges followed by an aperitif at Bushmills, the world’s oldest distillery. (B) B&B: Valley View Country House or similar

Day 1 Dublin Collect your car and spend the rest of the day exploring Dublin at your leisure. Hotel: Sandymount or similar

Day 5 North Antrim – Derry (67 km) Travel west to Derry. Here you can spend time at the Tower Museum and O’Doherty Tower, which tell the story of Derry from prehistoric times to the present day, then walk along the medieval walls of the city. (B) B&B: Coolmore House or similar

Day 2 Dublin – Belfast (210 km) Drive north through the Boyne Valley towards Belfast. You will notice subtle changes in road maintenance as well as signage changing from kilometres to miles. Make sure you stop at an

Day 6 Derry – Donegal (72 km) Travel to Donegal via the Glenveagh National Park and Glenveagh Castle with its 10,000 hectares of mountains, lakes, glens and woods, and herds of local red deer. Explore the fascinating Slieve

League Cliffs rising almost 600 metres out of the Atlantic Ocean before arriving at your accommodation in Donegal in the early evening. (B) Hotel: Millpark or similar Day 7 Donegal – Dublin (370 km) Today you will make your way back to Dublin. On the way you can choose to stop at Enniskillen and its surrounds, to see the Marble Arch cave, 18th century Florence Court or the stately Castle Coole. Arrive in Dublin in the afternoon and return your car to the city or airport. (B) Note: Dublin airport and city centre depots are available for car hire, however one way rentals are not permitted. You must return your vehicle to its original location.

Atlantic Ocean Londonderry

Giant’s Causeway Ballymoney

NORTHERN IRELAND

Donegal

Belfast

Irish Sea

IRELAND

SELF DRIVE

Images of the North 7D/6N

Dublin

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Rope Bridge, Carrick A Rede

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BELFAST A great place from which to discover the rich history, unique scenery and rugged coastal landscapes of this distinctive corner of the United Kingdom, Belfast offers its own unique city stay with a bustling centre and enigmatic nightlife.

Taste of Belfast 3D/2N Type

Mini break

Departs

Belfast airport or train station

Operates

Daily (year round)

Inclusions • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel category • 2 breakfasts (B) • 48 hour Belfast Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Tour Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, entrance fees, optional excursions, items of a personal nature Price

Standard from $217 Superior from $232

Spend some time in the splendid Victorian neighbourhoods of this cosmopolitan city exploring the hidden secrets of its troubled past that contrast with its lively and positive present. Day 1 Belfast Arrive in Belfast and make your own way to your hotel. Standard hotel: Jurys Inn or similar Superior hotel: Europa Hotel Belfast or similar Day 2 Belfast Spend the day exploring Belfast at your own pace

Belfast Castle & Gardens

with your 48 hour bus pass. The tour includes a live guide and comprehensive stops all over the city and surrounds including the Titanic Shipyards, Belfast Peace Wall, Queens University and St George’s Market. (B) Day 3 Belfast Your package ends after breakfast. Why not extend your time in the north with a day tour out to the mystical film locations from Game of Thrones (pg 55)? (B)

City Hall

BELFAST HOTELS & SIGHTSEEING Europa Hotel Belfast

BELFAST • PACKAGE • HOTELS • SIGHTSEEING NORTHERN IRELAND 54

4H

From $123

Jurys Inn Belfast

3H

Great Victoria Street

Fisherwick Place, Great Victoria Street

Located across the road from the world-famous Crown Bar on Victoria Street, the Europa Hotel is in the heart of Belfast’s entertainment district. The property offers 272 recently refurbished rooms with elegant decor, rain showers, iPod dock and designer bedding. Classic rooms offer views over the Black Mountains. Includes breakfast Tempo says: A popular hotel in a fantastic location. Classic Room

Titanic Belfast

From $108

Situated on the Golden Mile in the centre of Belfast adjacent to the Opera House and City Hall. The hotel features 190 spacious rooms with complimentary toiletries and free Wi-Fi and can accommodate up to two adults and two young children. Includes breakfast Tempo says: The best shopping, pubs and restaurants in the city are only a short walk away. Standard Room

Black Taxi Belfast City Tour

Jazz Dinner at Berts Bar

Type

Independent

Type

Private

Type

Independent

Duration

1.5 hours

Duration

1.5 hours

Duration

3 hours

Departs

Titanic Belfast, Queen’s Road

Departs

Belfast hotel

Departs

The Merchant Hotel, 16 Skipper Street

Operates

Daily at 10am (year round)

Operates

Daily on request (year round)

Operates

Sun – Thu from 5pm (year round)

Price

From $33

Price

From $43

Price

From $78

Visit the birthplace of the Titanic and discover its history from conception in Belfast to the infamous maiden voyage. The nine galleries feature special effects, mysterious rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive exhibits going beyond the aftermath of the sinking with a live undersea exploration centre. Follow the journey of one of the passengers, visit their accommodation on board and relive the experience like never before.

Experience a personal political history tour of Belfast’s main attractions, including City Hall, the Albert Clock and Queens University. You will see some of the city’s more alternative sites, such as the political murals located on the Protestant Shankill Road and Catholic Falls Road, which offer a unique insight into the period of Irish history referred to as ‘The Troubles’.

Capturing the sleek elegance of the art deco era, Berts Bar in the luxurious Merchant Hotel offers the best in live jazz, fabulous cocktails and mouth-watering food. Find yourself instantly transported back to the chic, intimate jazz bars of the 1930s as you soak up the sophisticated atmosphere over a three course dinner and bottle of wine.

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


Game of Thrones Self Drive 3D/2N Type

Self drive

Departs

Belfast airport or city centre

Operates

Daily (year round)

Inclusions • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 2 breakfasts (B) • 3 days car hire (Compact Auto) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, additional driver charges, fuel (tank must be full on return), winter tyres, entrance fees, international drivers permit, items of a personal nature Price

B&B from $326 Hotels from $529

Travel a coastline sprinkled with historic castles, forts and rugged windswept countryside stopping at locations made famous by the popular TV series. Day 1 Belfast – Ballygally – Glenarm (64 km) Depart Belfast on the famed Causeway Coastal Route, over bridges and under arches, passing strange rock formations and dramatic scenery to Cairncastle, near Ballygally. It was here that the Game of Thrones began. Continue to the picturesque valley and castle of Glenarm, a village that hosts the local jewellery company that provides many of the series’ most stunning pieces. Explore beautiful Glenarm Forest Park before arriving at your accommodation for the evening. B&B: Cullentra House or similar Hotel: Londonderry Arms or similar

Dark Hedges, Ballymoney

Day 2 Glenarm – Slemish – Cushendun – Ballycastle (103 km) Drive inland to Slemish Mountain where St Patrick is said to have tended sheep in the 5th century, chosen for the Game of Thrones scenes featuring the warlike Dothraki horde. Admire the flowerfilled village of Broughshane then travel north to the caves of Cushendun where Melisandre gave birth to her shadowy baby. Continue through Murlough Bay to Ballycastle to truly immerse yourself in the scenic splendours of the Glens of Antrim’s beautiful limestone cliffs. (B) B&B: Beulah Guest House or similar Hotel: Bushmills Inn or similar

Day 3 Ballycastle – Ballintoy – Derry (124 km) Discover the nearby winding roads of the Atlantic coastline and arrive at Ballintoy Harbour, doubling as Lordsport Harbour in the show. A drive of the area is not complete without a visit to the Giant’s Causeway, before returning to Bushmills where you may choose to sample some of Ireland’s best whiskey. Make your way inland to the haunting avenue of trees known as ‘The Dark Hedges’ where Ayra Stark escaped from King’s Landing. Return to the coast road for a final look at the golden beaches and sweeping seaside before arriving in Derry, a unique walled city with a dynamic history, to return your vehicle. (B)

REGIONAL HOTELS & SIGHTSEEING From $199

Beech Hill Country House

3H

From $144

142 Bangor Road Holywood

32 Ardmore Road Derry

Positioned high on the Holywood Hills overlooking the breathtaking coastline of County Antrim, this traditional hotel offers luxurious accommodation. The bright and spacious rooms, feature iPod docking stations, modern bathrooms and pleasant furnishings, while award-winning chefs cook with only the freshest local produce. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Explore the neighbouring Glenveagh National Park.

An atmospheric manor hotel set just outside the historic walls of Derry offering guests warm hospitality and a relaxing atmosphere. The rooms are decorated with homely flair and antiques, and the gourmet restaurant proudly uses food fresh from the hotel’s own garden. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Simple and stylish, within walking distance of all the main attractions.

Giant’s Causeway Tour (ex Belfast)

Game of Thrones (ex Belfast)

Old Bushmills Whiskey Experience

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Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

9 hours

Duration

9 hours

Duration

9 hours

Departs

Belfast International Youth Hostel, 22 Donegal Road

Departs

Belfast International Youth Hostel, 22 Donegal Road

Departs

Belfast International Youth Hostel, 22 Donegal Road

Operates

Daily at 9.30am (year round)

Operates

Daily at 8.30am (year round)

Operates

Mon, Thu, Fri & Sat at 9am (year round)

Price

From $53

Price

From $77

Price

From $157

Escape the city to discover the spectacular beauty of the North Antrim Coast. See the green Glens of Antrim, admire the incredible rock formations of the Giant’s Causeway and enjoy a visit to Dunluce Castle. You also have the opportunity to test your courage by crossing the Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge (open Mar – Oct, local charge) before returning to Belfast.

Tour the most popular locations with local guides and take advantage of their wealth of knowledge of the filming process as well as being diehard fans of the show themselves! View the impressive Ballycastle, or the native home of Lady Catelyn Stark, then drive down the sinister Dark Hedges towards Ballintoy and stop at the Fullerton Arms for lunch. Proceed to Larrybane then stop briefly at the Giant’s Causeway before returning to Belfast.

Travel in style to the oldest licenced Whiskey Distillery in Ireland for a truly unique experience. Participate in a tasting of three malt whiskies then browse the gift shop where you can choose to personalise your chosen bottle. Proceed to the Bushmills Inn for a delicious two course lunch. On the return to Belfast stop at the Giant’s Causeway to walk off your whiskey along the mystical rock formations.

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Culloden Estate & Spa

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IRELAND

Why choose Ireland: Offering major cities packed with historical sights, a rolling countryside with infinite shades of green and a stark coastline rivalling the most beautiful in Europe, the Emerald Isle is a delightful destination. Choose from a selection of tours, city breaks and regional self-drive itineraries and join the friendly locals for a pint at a pub where traditional music can be heard on any night of the week. When to travel: Ireland’s weather can be a little erratic so it’s best to pack for every eventuality. Summer days are long, with the sun going down well after 10pm, leaving plenty of time to see the sights. Winter is spectacular in its striking natural beauty although some sites may be a little harder to access.

• Explore the wilds of Connemara • Sip a Guinness at a traditional Irish Pub • Stay in a converted castle hotel Doonagore Castle, County Clare

Taste of Ireland 6D/5N Type

Coach

Departs

Dublin airport

Operates

Mon (19 Jan – 14 Dec) Sat (07 Mar – 28 Nov) Thu (09 Apr – 29 Oct)

Inclusions • 5 nights accommodation in superior hotels • 5 breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 3 dinners (D) • Group arrival & departure transfers • Transport by air-conditioned coach • Services of a professional driver/guide • Sightseeing as per itinerary • Porterage (1 suitcase per person) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, tips, items of a personal nature

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Price

From $911

Experience Ireland’s magical countryside on this snapshot of the essential highlights. With no optional excursions and all sightseeing included, this is a fantastic-value tour with an charismatic local guide. Day 1 Dublin Arrive in Dublin in the morning for a group transfer to your hotel. In the afternoon join a local guide for a city tour of the old and new towns including Dublin Castle. Return to your hotel for a welcome drink before dinner and a lively Irish show at the Merry Ploughboy pub. (D) Hotel: Bewley’s Ballsbridge or similar Day 2 Dublin – Blarney Castle – Killarney (342 km) Drive south through the midlands, stopping to view the Rock of Cashel. Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone before calling in to the Blarney Woollen Mills. Proceed to County Kerry past Macroom and admire the mountainous scenery before arriving in Killarney with enough time to relax before dinner. (BD) Hotel: Killarney Towers or similar Day 3 Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney (90 km) Today you will drive along the Ring of Kerry for breathtaking views of mountains, beaches and cliffs. Watch a sheepdog trial, visit the Skellig Experience, enjoy lunch at a local pub, stroll the central green of Sneem and admire the vistas from Moll’s Gap before returning to Killarney. (BL)

Day 4 Killarney – Cliffs of Moher – Bunratty (253 km) Catch a ferry across the River Shannon to view the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of sandstone above the Atlantic Ocean. Check into your hotel in Bunratty before enjoying a medieval-style feast with music, entertainment and plenty of wine in the Great Hall of Bunratty Castle. (BD) Hotel: Bunratty Castle or similar Day 5 Bunratty – Galway – Dublin (295 km) Drive north for a panoramic tour of Galway before continuing to Spiddal where locals still speak the Irish language. Stop at the Connemara Marble Factory to admire the beautiful stones and enjoy tea and scones then proceed to Dublin where you are free to spend your final night exploring the city at your leisure. (B) Hotel: Academy Plaza or similar Day 6 Dublin Your tour ends in the morning with a group transfer to Dublin airport. (B) Note: Not quite what you’re looking for? The Taste of Ireland is available in 5-7 day itineraries with some alternative stops in Shannon. Please enquire at time of booking.

IRELAND

Spiddal

Galway

Dublin

Cliffs Of Moher Bunratty Rock of Cashel Killarney Blarney

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.

Irish Sea


DUBLIN With its ever-changing modern architecture, culinary and cultural initiatives, Dublin is a thriving, lively metropolis. The friendly local joy for life is steeped in history and tradition, and the Georgian buildings, authentic pubs and renowned literary past ensure the perfect balance between the old and new.

Taste of Dublin 3D/2N Type

Mini break

Departs

Dublin airport

Operates

Daily (year round)

Inclusions • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of hotel category • 2 breakfasts (B) • 2 day Dublin Pass (includes transfer from Dublin airport to the city) • 48 hour Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, departure transfer, entrance fees, tips, items of a personal nature Price

Standard from $314 Superior from $338

Take time to explore the twisting laneways of Temple Bar, wander the many galleries and museums, follow in the footsteps of St Patrick and pull the perfect pint as you make your way through this cosmopolitan city. Day 1 Dublin Arrive in Dublin airport and exchange your pass for the Aircoach shuttle to the city. Once activated, your pass is valid for two consecutive calendar days, so why not begin your Dublin visit by gaining entry to one of 33 attractions including the National Gallery of Ireland and the Old Jameson Distillery. Standard hotel: Fleet Street or similar Superior hotel: The Gresham or similar Day 2 Dublin Explore the city at your own pace using your

Ha’penny Bridge

hop-on hop-off bus pass. Enjoy the tales of your live guide who will bring the city to life with personal and historical tales of their favourite city. The bus stops conveniently at the Dublin Zoo and Guinness Storehouse, so use your Dublin Pass again today to gain free entry. (B) Day 3 Dublin The package ends after breakfast at the hotel. For a taste of country Ireland we recommend extending your stay by booking a tour out to the fascinating wild west of Connemara (pg 59). (B)

Temple Bar

DUBLIN HOTELS From $99

Fleet Street

19-20 Fleet Street

Right in the centre of Dublin, the Gresham Hotel boasts excellent facilities and a long-established reputation for superior service. The landmark building houses 288 tastefully decorated rooms with modern conveniences. The property is within a short walk of Temple Bar and Trinity College and close to the Dublin Writers’ Museum. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Irish hospitality at its best.

Situated in the bustling Temple Bar district, the modern Fleet Street Hotel is just 100 metres away from the River Liffey and close to the bustling shops of Grafton Street. All 70 guestrooms feature large windows to maximise daylight, complimentary Wi-Fi and state-of-the-art LCD TV’s. Includes breakfast Tempo says: A good value hotel featuring a traditional Irish pub. Standard Twin

4H

Deluxe Room

From $71

23 Upper O’Connell Street

Standard Room

Brooks Hotel

3H

From $148

Mont Clare Hotel

3H

DUBLIN • PACKAGE • HOTELS

4H

From $82

59-63 Drury Street

Merrion Square

Located close to Grafton Street and Temple Bar, this boutique hotel features a modern restaurant, fitness studio and a relaxing lounge with extensive library. The spacious bedrooms are individually furnished with pieces handcrafted in Galway, while the Jasmine Bar is part of the Whiskey Trail of Ireland. Includes breakfast Tempo says: A charming property with well-appointed rooms.

A lovely traditional property overlooking the National Art Gallery and just a five minute walk to Trinity College. Housed in a former bank, the burgundy decor, wood panelled walls, and simple furnishings remain, complemented by large air-conditioned rooms with internet access. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Enjoy the surrounding Georgian square, steeped in history.

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The Gresham

Double King

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DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING Dublin City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Guinness Storehouse

Tapas Trail

Type

Independent

Type

Independent

Type

Independent

Duration

Valid for 48 hours

Duration

1.5 hours

Duration

3 hours

Departs

Stop 1 – 14 Upper O’Connell Street

Departs

St James Gate Entrance

Departs

On confirmation, Italian Quarter Dublin

Operates Daily (excl. 17 Mar; 28 Oct; 22 – 26 Dec)

Operates Daily (excl. 03 Apr; 24 – 26 Dec)

Price

Price

From $32

From $27

Discover the history and culture of the Irish capital at your own pace on this hop-on hop-off scenic bus tour. The flexibility of this pass allows you to take in all the main attractions including Dublin Zoo, Trinity College, St Patrick’s Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse over two routes. Enjoy local commentary via the headphones and a live guide on some departures. Also included is a walking tour from Dame Street at 11am and 2pm daily.

The most popular attraction in Dublin, this 7 storey former fermentation plant showcases the 250-yearold story of the famous brew. See the brewing stages, advertising throughout the ages, the life of Arthur Guinness, transport and Guinness around the world and a fantastic gallery and store. Your visit ends at Gravity, the sky bar with panoramic views over the city where you can sip a complimentary pint.

Jameson Barrelman’s Feast

Gravedigger Ghost Tour

Operates Daily at 2pm (year round) Mon – Thu at 6pm (year round) Price

From $88

Explore the romance, history and atmosphere of Dublin’s city streets, restaurants and cafes on a walking tour. Your local guide will take you to three fantastic restaurants where you will sample a selection of small share plates and a glass of wine in each location. Every tour is different and restaurants change daily, so you’re always sure of a combination of new gems and old favourites.

Dublin Literary Pub Crawl

Type

Independent

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

4 hours

Duration

2 hours

Duration

2 hours

Departs

Bow Street, Smithfield Village

Departs

37 College Green

Departs

The Duke Pub, 9 Duke Street

Operates Thu & Sat at 7.30pm (Apr – Oct)

Operates Daily at 7.45pm (year round)

Price

Price

From $103

From $43

DUBLIN • SIGHTSEEING

Easily accessible by public transport and just a few minutes from Smithfield Lane, the Old Jameson Distillery showcases a new hosted evening out. Be greeted on arrival with a signature cocktail then enjoy a delicious four course meal and Irish coffee as a local band pays tribute to Ireland with a lively mix of modern hits and traditional Irish music.

Transport 600 years into the past and listen to the tales of a plague-ravaged Dublin. Discover the gruesome fate of those infected, then continue through history to learn about the demon pig of St Audeon’s Church, the ghosts at Kilmainham Jail, the body snatchers at Bully’s Acre, then complete your tour with a finale at the Gravedigger’s Pub outside Glasnevin Cemetery.

Dublin Pass

Afternoon Tea at The Merrion

Type

Independent

Type

Independent

Duration

2, 3 or 6 consecutive days

Duration

2 hours

Departs

Exchange your voucher at Dublin Tourist Office, Dublin Airport or Dublin Tourism Centre, Suffolk Street

Departs

Upper Merrion Street, Dublin

IRELAND

Operates Daily (year round) Price

2 days from $101 3 days from $119 6 days from $174

See more and pay less with the Dublin Pass. Offering free transport from the airport to the city with Aircoach, free entrance to more than 30 of Dublin’s top attractions and access to 25 special offers, discounts and added value at shops and restaurants throughout the city.

Operates Thu – Sun at 7.30pm (Nov – Mar) Daily at 7.30pm (Apr – Oct) Price

From $23

Follow in the footsteps of Ireland’s great literary figures on this tour of their best-loved pubs and inns. Entertainers will act out scenes from renowned Irish plays in famous establishments like The Duke, Mulligans and McDaids. Combining street theatre with the ‘craic’ that makes Dublin’s pubs so famous, this is an evening not to be missed.

Operates Daily (year round) Price

From $78

Enjoy a lavish afternoon tea at the 5-star Merrion Hotel. Treat yourself to miniature sweet creations inspired by famous artists – this is not a traditional tea! The dining room surroundings are the perfect place to relax and sip the in-house barista coffee and browse through a complimentary copy of the art collection catalogue. Round Tower, Dublin

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Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


OUT OF DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING Cork & Blarney Castle

Belfast in One Day

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

12 hours

Duration

12 hours

Duration

11 hours

Departs

Dublin Tourism, Suffolk Street

Departs

Dublin Tourism, Suffolk Street

Departs

Dublin Tourism, Suffolk Street

Operates Daily at 6.45am (year round)

Operates Daily at 6.45am (year round)

Operates Daily at 8am (year round)

Price

Price

Price

From $77

From $97

From $77

An unmissable highlight of any Irish holiday, the Cliffs of Moher is one of the country’s most famous landmarks, offering sweeping views across the Aran Islands. Spend time on the top of the cliffs then down to the Burren of limestone, klints and grikes to discover its unique environment of flora and fauna. On your way back to Dublin stop in Galway Bay, Corcomeroe Abbey and the harbour village of Kinvara.

Engage in Irish history and its charming landscapes as you travel towards Cork. Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone for ‘the gift of the gab’ before exploring its picturesque wooded gardens. Continue to Cork City for time at leisure then drive to the Rock of Cashel, a Celtic cathedral and historical royal seat curiously perched on a colossal rock in the middle of the countryside.

Thought by some to be Ireland’s most interesting city, Belfast is the centre of history and culture, a turbulent past and great legacy. Following a panoramic drive though the Irish countryside into the North, take a guided tour of the most notable sites including the Republican Museum, City Hall and Queens University. Visit the Belfast dockyard, enjoy some time at leisure in the city then continue to Downpatrick and the quaint seaside village of Dundrum.

Connemara in One Day

Wicklow & Kilkenny

Celtic Boyne Valley

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

11 hours

Duration

10 hours

Duration

10 hours

Departs

Dublin Tourism, Suffolk Street

Departs

The Townhouse Hotel, Gardiner Street

Departs

Dublin Tourism, Suffolk Street

Operates Daily at 6.45am (year round) Price

From $77

Be transported to the wild west of Ireland enshrouded by the Atlantic coast and endless mountain vistas. One of the most mysterious regions, Connemara is an unspoilt terrain and one of the only places where sheep have right of way on the roads! Visit a Gaeltacht region where the locals still speak Irish and pick up a few handy phrases before stopping at Recess, Kylemore Abbey and the friendly city of Galway for a walking tour.

Giant’s Causeway (ex Dublin)

Operates Daily at 8am (year round)

Operates Mon – Sat at 8am (year round) Sun at 9.45am (year round) Price

Price

From $53

From $60

Travel through some of the most spectacular scenery in Ireland to Kilkenny, a city with a rich medieval history and imposing Norman castle on the banks of the River Nore. Explore the 12th century castle and take a city tour before lunch, then drive further into the wild mountains of Wicklow. Discover the Glendalough Valley on a walking tour including the remains of a 6th century monastic settlement.

Explore some of Ireland’s most ancient and historic sites as you travel to County Meath, the seat of the ruling High Kings. See 6000-year-old stone carvings in Loughcrew, visit Trim Castle, a location from the film ‘Braveheart’, and explore the Hill of Tara. Enjoy lunch overlooking the rolling landscapes before continuing to Monasterboise, with its impressive Celtic High Cross. Explore Drogheda on a walking tour before returning to Dublin in the evening.

Game of Thrones Day Tour (ex Dublin)

Belfast & Giant’s Causeway (ex Dublin)

OUT OF DUBLIN SIGHTSEEING

Cliffs of Moher

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

13.5 hours

Duration

9 hours

Duration

13 hours

Departs

Dublin Tourism, Suffolk Street

Departs

Jurys Inn North Wall

Departs

The Townhouse Hotel, Gardiner Street

Operates Daily at 6.30am (year round excl. 24 – 26 Dec) Price

From $111

Experience the breathtaking scenery of Northern Ireland on some of the most dramatic coastline in the world. A World Heritage-listed site, the Giant’s Causeway boasts amazing rock formations surrounded by mythology. Brave the ‘Carrick-a-Rede’ rope bridge or simply relax on the beach as you marvel at the wondrous landscape of County Antrim. Continue to Belfast for a short visit of the shopping district or Titanic Quarter before arriving back into Dublin.

Operates Thu – Sun at 8.30am (Apr – Jun & Sep) Wed – Sun at 8.30am (Jul & Aug) Sat & Sun at 8.30am (Oct – Mar) Price

From $98

Start your walk at the old castle courtyard that was Winterfell, then see Walder Frey’s Twin Towers, pass Robb’s Camp in the Riverlands and the site of ‘the King in the North’ then enjoy lunch and the chance to don Stark family cloaks and arms. Spend the afternoon walking in Tollymore Forest Park before you return to Dublin by coach.

Operates Daily at 7am (Mar – Oct) Mon, Wed, Fri – Sun at 7am (Nov – Feb) Price

From $123

Depart Dublin through the Boyne Valley and arrive in Belfast where you can choose between discovering the capital’s turbulent history from the comfort of a traditional Black Taxi and a visit to the interactive Titanic Experience. Continue along the Antrim Coastal Drive to the Giants Causeway and stroll the beautiful seaside paths for fabulous views across the North Atlantic.

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View of the Dingle Peninsula

Wild Atlantic Way 11D/10N Type

Self drive

Departs

Dublin airport or city centre

Operates

Daily (year round)

Inclusions • 10 nights accommodation in standard hotels and B&Bs • 10 breakfasts (B) • 11 days car hire (Economy Group E Auto) Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, M50 Dublin Barrier Free Toll Fee (€3/$5), additional driver charges, fuel (tank must be full on return), winter tyres, entrance fees, international drivers permit, items of a personal nature Price

From $1163 Car upgrade supplement from $29 (Economy Group F Auto)

With signposted discovery points along the Wild Atlantic Way, it is easy to choose where to stop and experience points of outstanding scenic beauty off the beaten track. Day 1 Dublin Arrive in Dublin and collect your hire car. Spend the day exploring this welcoming intimate city that blends its modern outlook with its colourful past. Hotel: Sandymount or similar

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Day 2 Dublin – Sligo (234 km) Join the Wild Atlantic Way in the North West region as you arrive in Sligo. Take a cruise on Lough Gill, surf the magnificent waves off the coast of Donegal or indulge in a seaweed bath at Strandhill before settling into your accommodation for the next two nights. (B) Hotel: Clarion or similar Day 3 Sligo/Donegal Region Discover some of the highest sea cliffs in Europe at Slieve League then continue to Drumcliffe Churchyard where W.B. Yeats is buried. Make the easy climb to the top of Knocknarea Mountain for wonderful views across Sligo Bay to the lakes and mountains, or visit the hidden beach at Silver Strand, accessible only by a series of stairs. (B) Day 4 Sligo – Ballycastle – Newport – Mayo (201 km) Journey further west today, stopping to explore the Ceide Fields at Ballycastle, a Stone Age monument set in a vast prehistoric landscape of dramatic cliffs and coastline. Proceed to Newport, a picturesque fishing village at the heart of the Great Western Greenway, a 42 km stretch of off-road walking and cycling trails. (B) B&B: Anchor House or similar

Day 5 Mayo – Achill – Westport – Mayo (189 km) Spend the day exploring the island of Achill, offering a range of outdoor activities and a magnificent scenic Atlantic drive to the Deserted Village. Stop in the charming heritage town of Westport with delightful Georgian architecture and visit Westport House and Country Park, built on the site of the castle of the Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley. (B) Day 6 Mayo – Clifden – Galway (142 km) Travel through the beautiful Connemara region, a place of contrasts, colours and wilderness stretching from the lakes to the mountain vistas of the Twelve Bens. We suggest a visit to Kylemore Abbey in Clifden or nearby Creggan Village to walk on the tidal island of Omey. Sample some smoked salmon from the Connemara Smokehouse or locally caught lobster before arriving in Galway, a town renowned for its lively nightlife. (B) Hotel: Salthill or similar Day 7 Galway – The Burren – Cliffs of Moher – Clare (121 km) Enjoy a morning exploring the city centre, from the centuries-old Gladdagh area to the seafront promenade of Salthill, before departing along the Black Head coastal route through the unique lunar-like landscape of the Burren. Continue to the Cliffs of Moher, then drive along Loop Head peninsula where you may like to take a boat trip to spot the friendly local dolphins. (B) B&B: Woodhaven or similar Day 8 Clare – Tarbert – Dingle Peninsula – Killarney (245 km) Take the ferry south across the Shannon estuary towards County Kerry. We suggest stopping at the unique Foynes Flying Boat Museum and the Tralee Bay Nature Reserve before arriving at the beautiful Dingle Peninsula, a Gaelic speaking area with some of the finest coastal scenery in Ireland. Visit Inch Beach, enjoy a pint in the typical country town of Dingle then drive around the coast to Slea Head for glorious views across to the Blasket Islands. Return inland, arriving at your accommodation in County Kerry in the late afternoon. (B) B&B: Glendale House or similar Day 9 Ring of Kerry Spend the day at leisure discovering this popular corner of the Iveragh peninsula, ensuring you leave the car at times to explore the lush mountains, medieval ruins and pristine beaches on foot. Visit the Skellig Experience, a heritage centre dedicated to life on the islands, then stop in Waterville where Charlie Chaplin spent many summers with his family. Admire the majestic Derrynane House and National Park and the quaint town of Kenmare nestled between the river and mountains before returning to your B&B for the night. (B)

Day 9 (Alternative) Killarney – Glengarriff – Skibbereen – Cork (212 km) You may choose to travel straight to Cork, along the scenic tunnels to Glengarriff where you can meander in the Gardens of Ilnacullin on Garinish Island, passing Seal Island and an unusual micro climate of subtropical plant species. Return to your car and drive via Clonakilty and Skibbereen to Cork. (B) B&B: River View or similar Day 10 Cork/Killarney – Rock of Cashel – Dublin (255 km) Spend a leisurely morning in Cork, perhaps visiting the Victorian fresh food market or the tower of St Anne’s Church. Drive north through Tipperary and stop at the Rock of Cashel, once the seat of Irish kings, arriving in Dublin in the afternoon for your final night. (B) Hotel: Fitzpatrick Castle or similar Day 11 Dublin Your package ends on return of your vehicle. (B)

Short on time? The journey is perfect to separate into shorter itineraries. Please contact Tempo Holidays for 5 and 8 day route options.

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NORTHERN IRELAND

Donegal Sligo

Ballycastle Achill Island Westport

Mayo

IRELAND Dublin

Galway Cliffs of Moher

Clare Rock of Cashel

Tarbert Dingle Peninsula Killarney Glengarriff

Cork Skibbereen

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THE SOUTH WEST Featuring Ireland’s most popular scenic route, the beautiful Ring of Kerry, the south west is home to the popular town of Killarney where local pubs and impromptu traditional music abound, the dramatic coastline of the Dingle Peninsula and the popular Blarney Castle.

Type

Small group

Type

Self drive

Departs

Nassau St, Dublin

Departs

Dublin airport or city centre

Operates

Sun (19 Apr – 04 Oct) Selected Wed (06 May – 23 Sep)

Operates

Daily (year round)

Inclusions • 4 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 4 breakfasts (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach • Sightseeing as per itinerary Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, optional excursions, entrance fees, tips, items of a personal nature Price

B&B from $966 Hotels from $1091

Spend five days travelling through some of Ireland’s most attractive landscapes and stay in the authentic heart of the south west. Day 1 Dublin – Clonmacnoise – Galway (213 km) Head west through Kildare and Offally to Locke’s Distillery for a tour and tasting then admire the churches, stone crosses and round towers of the monastic Clonmacnoise. Stop in a traditional pub in Shannonbridge before arriving in Galway for the night. Day 2 Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Killarney (276 km) Drive through the unique Burren region to admire its barren hillsides, early Christian settlements and rare native flora and fauna. Visit the cathedral in Kilfenora, then arrive at the stunning Cliffs of Moher for time at leisure to explore its limestone wall reaching more than 200 metres above the Atlantic. Continue south through County Clare and catch the ferry across the Shannon estuary to Killarney where you will spend the next three nights. (B) Day 3 Killarney – Dingle Peninsula – Killarney (154 km) Explore the heart of Gaelic culture and tradition on the Dingle Peninsula. See the surf beach at Inch, then travel to Slea Head, an area of ancient forts with views out to the Blasket Islands. The scenery here is truly magical and boasts weather-worn cliffs and deserted beaches. Spend the afternoon in the busy harbour town of Dingle before returning to Killarney. (B) Day 4 Killarney – Ring of Kerry – Killarney (198 km) Tour the classic Ring of Kerry today, taking the coast road through Daniel O’Connell’s birthplace and Cahersiveen ring fort to the fishing village of Portmagee. Here you have the option to cross to Valentia island to visit the Skellig Experience before stopping for photos at Coonmakista Pass for magnificent views over the countryside. Visit Derrynane House for a walk in the beachside gardens then stop at Moll’s Gap and the Torc Waterfall on the return to Killarney. (B) Day 5 Killarney – Macroom – Blarney Castle – Rock of Cashel – Dublin (319 km) Head east through the mountains of West Cork along the Lee Valley to Blarney Castle. Explore the woodland walks and mystical Rock Close then spend time at leisure in the village itself for lunch or a spot of shopping. Continue to the Rock of Cashel and view its medieval monastery then stop in Kilkenny to enjoy a final pint of Guinness or walk along the peaceful riverside. Your tour concludes in the evening on arrival in Dublin. (B)

Inclusions • 4 nights accommodation in superior hotels and B&B • 4 breakfasts (B) • 5 days car hire (Economy Group E Auto) • Heritage Island Touring Guide and Discount Card Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, M50 Dublin Barrier Free Toll Fee (€3/$5), additional driver charges, fuel (tank must be full on return), winter tyres, entrance fees, international drivers permit, items of a personal nature Price

From $445 Car upgrade supplement from $20 (Economy Group F Auto)

The south west offers some of the world’s best golf courses in breathtaking locations. Your accommodation has been chosen for its proximity to the links and the fabulous Ring of Kerry. Day 1 Dublin Collect your car and check into your hotel in Dublin. If you arrive early, you may have time for a quick round at Portmarnock Golf Course, just minutes from Dublin airport. Otherwise, spend your day relaxing or exploring the city. Hotel: Clyde Court or similar

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Galway

Day 2 Dublin – Adare – Kerry (356 km) Drive to County Limerick this morning to one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, Adare. Set in the woods among quiet farmlands by the River Maigue, its broad streets are lined with thatched cottages, quality restaurants and the beautiful ruins of three abbeys. Adare Manor Golf Course is a popular choice in the area if you wish to play. Alternatively, continue south to Waterville, County Kerry. (B) B&B: Golf Links View, Waterville or similar Day 3 Ring of Kerry (124 km) Today you can organise a tee-time at Waterville Golf Course. Located on the Ring of Kerry, the beauty of this course is enhanced by its seaside position, and it is easy to see why it is rated among the top five courses in Ireland. For those wanting to take it easy, the surrounding landscape, charming villages and wild peninsula of the Ring of Kerry make for a delightfully scenic drive. (B) Day 4 Kerry – Dublin (368 km) On your return to Dublin we recommend a stop at the Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, which boasts three courses ideally positioned in the lakes and mountains of Killarney. Ideal for advanced golfers, Killeen Course at 6474 metres will challenge even the longest of hitters: and with water at almost every hole, accuracy is essential. (B) Hotel: Clyde Court or similar Day 5 Dublin Your package ends today after breakfast on return of your vehicle. (B)

Dublin

Clonmacnoise

Cliffs of Moher

Adare

Dingle Peninsula

Waterville

Rock of Cashel

Irish Sea

IRELAND

Killarney Macroom

Ring of Kerry Day Tour (ex Killarney)

Blarney

Dingle Peninsula Day Tour (ex Killarney)

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

6 hours

Duration

6 hours

Departs

Ross Road, Killarney

Departs

Ross Road, Killarney

Operates Daily at 10.30am (year round)

Operates Daily at 10.30am (year round)

Price

Price

From $39

Enjoy a day exploring the area that has provided inspiration for poets and writers for centuries due to its magnificent coastal scenery and rugged countryside. Share in the history, geography, culture, stories and folklore with a local guide as you travel along the banks of the River Laune to Killorglin and the southern shores of Dingle Bay. From Sneem drive up the mountain to Moll’s Gap for spectacular views before returning to Killarney in the afternoon.

From $43

Stretching out into the Atlantic Ocean, the Dingle Peninsula is the most northerly of the mountainous promontories forming the indented coast of south-west Ireland. Showcasing numerous prehistoric and early medieval ruins set amongst dazzling coastline, the area is a must visit to appreciate Gaelic history. Traditional costume and local dialects are still very much alive on the western ports.

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Great Greens of the Emerald Isle – 5D/4N

IRELAND

Escape to the West 5D/4N

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THE SUNNY SOUTH EAST Explore ancient forts, golden beaches, picturesque villages, winding rivers and magical mountains in the region that enjoys arguably the best climate in Ireland. Stay in the medieval capital Kilkenny and peruse the gourmet city of Waterford on your way south to Kinsale and Cobh.

Irish Country Farmstays 5D/4N Type

Self drive

Departs

Dublin airport or city centre

Operates

Daily (year round)

Inclusions • 4 nights accommodation in superior hotels and B&Bs • 4 breakfasts (B) • 5 days car hire (Economy Group E Auto) • Heritage Island Touring Guide and Discount Card Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, M50 Dublin Barrier Free Toll Fee (€3/$5), additional driver charges, fuel (tank must be full on return), winter tyres, entrance fees, international drivers permit, items of a personal nature Price

From $445 Car upgrade supplement from $20 (Economy Group F Auto)

Get back to nature, enjoy the peace and quiet or rise early for a glimpse of authentic farm life at a rural B&B in the south east. Day 1 Dublin Before leaving for the countryside, collect your car and spend the day in the city. Why not add a sightseeing tour to make the most of your stay in Dublin (pg 58)? Hotel: Clyde Court or similar Day 2 Dublin – Wicklow – Waterford (239 km) Travel to Wicklow to visit Glenroe Farm, ideally located along picturesque coastline less than an hour from Dublin. An enjoyable educational experience, the farm provides the opportunity to get up close and personal with a variety of animals, relax on a nature walk, or try the home cooking at the cafe. Following your visit, drive to a working farmhouse in Waterford, your accommodation for the next two nights. (B) B&B: Newtown Farm Country House or similar

THE SUNNY SOUTH EAST • PACKAGES

Day 3 Waterford (51 km) Enjoy rugged cliffs and spectacular views over the Celtic Sea as you explore this beautiful region. Visit the Round Tower, Ardmore’s monument to monastic life, then drive west to Dungarvan to enjoy its castles, cathedrals, and outdoor activities including horseriding and yachting. Alternatively, explore Mount Melleray Abbey on the slopes of the Knockmealdown Mountains. Return to the farm to observe the evening feed before retiring for the night. (B) Day 4 Waterford – Kilkenny – Dublin (236 km) After breakfast, travel north to the medieval city of Kilkenny. Take some time to amble through the narrow streets and alleyways before visiting Kilkenny Castle, standing on a majestic site beside the River Nore in the historic centre. Continue north to Dublin for your final night. (B) Hotel: Clyde Court or similar Day 5 Dublin Your arrangements conclude after breakfast on return of your vehicle. (B)

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IRELAND

Dublin Wicklow

Kilkenny Waterford

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Ballyduane Cove, Waterford

Irish Food Trail 8D/7N Type

Self drive

Departs

Dublin airport or city centre

Operates

Daily (Feb – Nov)

Inclusions • 7 nights accommodation in standard hotels • 7 breakfasts (B) • 5 days car hire (Economy Group E Auto) • Heritage Island Touring Guide and Discount Card Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, M50 Dublin Barrier Free Toll Fee (€3/$5), additional driver charges, fuel (tank must be full on return), winter tyres, entrance fees, international drivers permit, items of a personal nature Price

From $835 Car upgrade supplement from $20 (Economy Group F Auto)

Treat your tastebuds to a leisurely tour of Ireland’s gourmet hotspots from traditional Irish cooking to culinary excellence showcasing gourmet regional produce. Day 1 Dublin Collect your car and drive to your hotel. Spend the afternoon discovering the Georgian streets and colourful gardens of Dublin. Hotel: Sandymount or similar Day 2 Dublin – Malahide – Boyne Valley – Dublin (128 km) Experience magnificent views of Dublin Bay as you head towards the 14th century castle at Malahide where the nearby village has acquired a reputation as one of the gourmet capitals of the east coast. Drive north to the Boyne Valley where you can sample some local produce before returning to Dublin. (B) Day 3 Dublin – Golden Vale – Kinsale (285 km) Drive south to the monuments of the Rock of Cashel in the heart of Tipperary before stopping in the Golden Vale region, famous for its dairy products. Continue to Kinsale, a picturesque fishing village renowned for its seafood. (B) Hotel: Trident or similar

Day 4 Kinsale – Cork – Kinsale (60 km) Today you can explore the region at your leisure. We recommend a visit to Desmond Castle and the Wine Museum and a trip to the Cork Butter Museum. Return to Kinsale in the evening. Later, why not enjoy dinner in one of the city’s many award-winning restaurants? (B) Day 5 Kinsale – Cobh – Midleton – Kinsale (148 km) Drive east to Cobh where you can visit the captivating Cobh Heritage Centre before heading to Shangarry and the Ballymaloe Gardens which house a cookery school and charming cafe. Return to Kinsale via the distillery trail with a stop at the Old Midleton Distillery to sample its world-famous whiskey. (B) Day 6 Kinsale – Waterford – Ashford (274 km) Travel along the coast to Waterford, made famous by its unique crystal factory. Drive through Enniscorthy and Gorey before arriving in Ashford and the Ballyknocken Country House & Cookery School where you will spend the next two nights. (B) Hotel: Ballyknocken House or similar Day 7 Ashford Today you can participate in a bread-making demonstration or cooking class (own expense, subject to availability) or explore the green countryside of County Wicklow, often described as the Garden of Ireland. Highlights include Russborough House, Powerscourt House and Gardens, and the 6th century monastic settlement in Glendalough. (B) Day 8 Ashford – Dublin (52 km) Drive to Dublin to return your car at the airport or city centre. (B) Boyne Valley Malahide Dublin

IRELAND

Ashford Golden Vale Waterford Cork Kinsale

Midleton Ballymaloe Cobh

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.

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Kilkenny, West Cork & Kinsale – South East Ireland – 3D/2N Type

Small group

Departs

Nassau St, Dublin

Operates

Thu (07 May – 01 Oct)

Book by 30 Nov 2014 & SAVE 10% on this small group tour.

Inclusions • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 2 breakfasts (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach • Sightseeing as per itinerary Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, optional excursions, entrance fees, tips, items of a personal nature Price

B&B from $545 Hotels from $607

Sample the best seafood, explore ancient ruins and admire the rocky shores of the Atlantic on this introductory tour of the south east.

Day 3 Kilkenny – Wicklow Mountains – Dublin (156 km) Spend the morning discovering Kilkenny at your own pace, then depart for the impressive valleys of the Wicklow Mountains. Explore the 6th century monastery at Glendalough or one of the many walking trails on foot. Finally, cross the famous Sally Gap on the short journey back to Dublin. (B) The Cashel Palace Hotel

Smithwick’s Experience

Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre

Type

Independent

Type

Independent

Duration

1.5 hours

Duration

1.5 hours

Departs

Parliament Street, Kilkenny

Departs

28 The Mall, Waterford

Operates Daily at 10am to 5.30pm (year round)

Operates Daily from 9.30am to 3.15pm (year round)

Price

Price

From $20

Discover more than 400 years of brewing history at the Smithwick Brewery, housed in a former ancient monastery. Be captivated by an interactive tour of St Francis Abbey illuminated by candle light and see the brewing process brought to life as you experience the smells, tastes and textures of the perfect pint. Tours must be booked in advance. Please request preferred departure hour at time of booking.

4H

From $105

From $19

Enjoy insight into the centuries-old tradition of Waterford Crystal making on a factory tour. Feel the heat of the furnace and marvel at the skills of the craftsmen as you visit the areas of wooden mould making, crystal blowing, crystal cutting and quality inspection. Following the tour spend time at leisure in the lavish retail store and exhibition rooms.

Waterford Marina Hotel

3H

From $89

Main Street Cashel

Canada Street Waterford

Ideally situated near the Rock of Cashel in Tipperary, this stylish refurbished country palace dates back to 1708. Enjoy a warm welcome from the family and admire the antique furniture and artwork that complement this historic property. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Indulge in the award-winning afternoon tea in the tranquil drawing room.

Overlooking the River Suir, this charming property is perfectly placed close to the city centre and Crystal Factory and features convenient and complimentary onsite parking. The 81 guestrooms are simply decorated with satellite TVs, power showers and offer free Wi-Fi. The Viking Triangle and Reginald’s Tower are just a short walk away. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Enjoy a drink on the riverside terrace, with live weekend entertainment.

Mount Juliet Estate

4H

From $99

The Glendalough Hotel

3H

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Day 2 Kinsale – Cobh – Waterford – Kilkenny (219 km) Visit the historic port of Cobh, Titanic’s last port of call, then continue east along the Copper Coast to reach Waterford. Spend time at leisure in Ireland’s oldest city, perhaps with a visit to the famous crystal factory, Viking Triangle or one of the many museums before driving north to Kilkenny, a friendly city boasting an impressive castle and riverside walk. (B)

Cahir Castle, Tipperary

From $94

Thomastown Kilkenny

Glendalough Wicklow

Experience the tradition and heritage of this classic 18th century property set within 1500 acres of breathtaking countryside. Outdoor activities include horse riding, salmon and trout fishing, shooting and archery or the use of an 18-hole championship golf course. Those looking to relax can enjoy the spa and leisure centre or dine in style at the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Tastefully-designed guestrooms with historical appeal.

Housed in a converted Victorian building, the Glendalough offers peaceful accommodation beside the Wicklow Woodlands. The 44 spacious guestrooms are traditionally furnished and many feature views of the famous round tower of Glendalough and surrounding lakes and mountains. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Experience the walking trails of the Wicklow National Park, ideal for the active traveller.

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Day 1 Dublin – Blarney Castle – Kinsale (297 km) Travel south through the lush farming counties of Kildare and Tipperary and stop to admire Cahir Castle, perched on an island in the River Suir. Continue to Blarney on the outskirts of Cork to visit the Woollen Mills and Castle then drive through historic villages to Kinsale, renowned for its lively traditional pubs and local cuisine.

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THE WILD WEST Encompassing the untamed beauty of Connemara, the traditional way of life on the Aran Islands, the stark Burren landscapes and the beautiful city of Galway, the West of Ireland is truly spectactular. Don’t miss the dramatic coastline featuring the unforgettable Cliffs of Moher.

West Coast Explorer 3D/2N

Ireland B&B Outdoor Experience – 5D/4N

Type

Small group

Type

Self drive

Departs

Nassau Street, Dublin

Departs

Dublin airport or city centre

Operates

27 Apr, 11, 25 May; 08, 22 Jun; 06, 20 Jul; 03, 17, 31 Aug; 14, 28 Sep

Operates

Daily (year round)

Inclusions • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of category • 2 breakfasts (B) • Services of a driver/guide • Transportation by mini coach • Sightseeing as per itinerary Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, optional excursions, entrance fees, tips, items of a personal nature Price

B&B from $560 Hotels from $607

Inclusions • 4 nights accommodation in superior hotels and B&Bs • 4 breakfasts (B) • 5 days car hire (Economy Group E Auto) • Heritage Island Touring Guide and Discount Card Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, M50 Dublin Barrier Free Toll Fee (€3/$5), additional driver charges, fuel (tank must be full on return), winter tyres, entrance fees, international drivers permit, items of a personal nature Price

Explore the highlights of Ireland’s striking west, from sea cliffs and mountains to ancient monasteries and castles. Day 1 Dublin – Clonmacnoise – Galway (209 km) Depart Dublin and travel west through the farmland of Kildare. Sample whiskey at Locke’s Distillery then continue to the River Shannon and the early Christian site of Clonmacnoise. Arrive in the lively town of Galway where you will spend the next two nights. Day 2 Galway – Connemara – Galway (194 km) Explore Connemara today as you travel through the village of Cong on the shores of Lough Corrib then visit the beautiful house and grounds at Kylemore Abbey. Drive through Connemara National Park, Clifden and the Twelve Bens of Connemara before returning to Galway for the evening. (B)

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Day 3 Galway – Burren – Cliffs of Moher – Dublin (354 km) Take a short drive along the coast to the Burren, a land of limestone pavements, barren hillsides and rare flora. Spend the morning exploring the area and stop in a pretty local village for lunch (own expense) then visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher. Walk the cliff top trails, visit the environmental exhibition then return to Dublin where your tour concludes. (B)

From $445 Car upgrade supplement from $20 (Economy Group F Auto)

Explore undulating and mystical landscapes during your stay at this welcoming B&B in County Galway. Day 1 Dublin After collecting your car, spend the day in Dublin. Stroll along statue-lined O’Connell Street, view the scene of the 1916 Easter Uprising at the General Post Office or try the local brews at the Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery. Hotel: Clyde Court or similar Day 2 Dublin – Connemara – Galway (479 km) Start the day with a traditional Irish breakfast then head to Killary Harbour to walk the famous Famine Relief Road. Here you will gain an appreciation of the plight of local communities of the time, and learn about the history of an Ireland ravaged by famine. Follow the fjord to the beautiful beach in Glassilaun, then return to your car for the drive to Lough Fee, where you can climb the spur for marvellous views over Connemara. Drive on to your accommodation in Galway for the night. (B) B&B: Carrown Tober or similar

the ancient settlements on foot and learn about island life from the friendly locals. We recommend a pint or a hearty lunch at Joe Watty’s before catching the last ferry back to the mainland. (B) Day 4 Galway – Dublin (316 km) Travel back to Dublin via Boyle and Lough Key Forest Park, located in a scenic historical area of County Roscommon and comprising 350 hectares of forest and parkland. You can also visit the recentlyrestored 17th century Strokestown Park House, which houses the Famine Museum. Continue to Dublin for your final night. (B) Hotel: Clyde Court or similar Day 5 Dublin Spend your last day enjoying the Dublin’s Georgian squares and the lovely River Liffey before returning your car to the airport where your package ends. (B) Note: Dublin airport and city centre depots are available for car hire, however one-way car rentals are not permitted. You must return your vehicle to its original pick up location.

Atlantic Ocean

NORTHERN IRELAND

IRELAND Connemara Galway Aran Islands Cliffs of Moher

Clonmacnoise Burren

Day 3 Aran Islands (57 km) Today we suggest driving to the ferry port of Rossaveal for a day trip to the Aran Islands. Explore Cliffs of Moher (ex Galway)

Aran Islands – Inishmore

Book by 30 Nov 2014 & SAVE 10% on this small group tour.

Type

Seat in coach

Type

Seat in coach

Duration

8 hours

Duration

11 hours

Departs

Galway Coach Station, Fairgreen Road

Departs

37-39 Forster Street, Galway

IRELAND

Operates Daily at 10am (year round)

Operates Daily at 8.45am (year round)

Price

Price

From $44

Travel along Galway Bay towards the charming fishing village of Kinvara to admire Dunguarie Castle. Continue into The Burren where you will find many ancient monuments including the Gleninsheed Wedge Tomb and the 5800-yearold Poulnabrone Dolmen. See the famous Celtic Crosses of Kilfenora and stop for lunch in the coastal village of Doolin before arriving at the fascinating Cliffs of Moher for stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean towards the Aran Islands.

From $82

The three Aran Islands, Inisheer, Inishmaan and Inishmore stand out on Galway Bay as a mass of limestone with strong Gaelic traditions. Visit Inishmore, the largest of the islands and journey through time to old Ireland. See the gorgeous fields and breathtaking cliffs that drop into the wild Atlantic Ocean and admire Dun Aengus, one of the most impressive Neolithic forts in Europe.

View of Coonemara

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Dublin

Prices are per person, quoted in Australian dollars, based on double or twin share occupancy in lead in rooms unless otherwise stated. Seasonal surcharges and other supplements may apply. Please refer to page 67 for full terms and conditions.


IRISH CASTLES Stay in luxury or more rustic medieval accommodation to admire the grand restored rooms, period furniture, original tapestries and diverse architecture and step back in time for a romantic and historic holiday in true Irish tradition.

Live Like a Lord 7D/6N Type

Self drive

Departs

Dublin airport or city centre

Operates

Daily (year round)

Inclusions • 7 nights accommodation in castle hotels • 7 breakfasts (B) • 8 days car hire (Economy Group E Auto) • Heritage Island Touring Guide and Discount Card Exclusions Meals other than those specified, drinks, transfers, M50 Dublin Barrier Free Toll Fee (€3/$5), additional driver charges, fuel (tank must be full on return), winter tyres, entrance fees, international drivers permit, items of a personal nature From $1202 Car upgrade supplement from $20 (Economy Group F Auto)

Day 1 Dublin Collect your car and make your way to gorgeous Clontarf Castle, your accommodation for the next two nights. Spend the rest of the day discovering the Irish capital at your leisure. Hotel: Clontarf Castle or similar Day 2 Dublin Today is yours to enjoy Dublin and its surrounds. You may choose to visit St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College and the Guinness Storehouse, or bring the region’s turbulent medieval history to life at Dublinia in Christchurch. (B) Day 3 Dublin – Galway – Clifden (329 km) Drive alongside rich midland pastures, perhaps stopping to visit the stately grounds of Belvedere House and the 6th century Clonmacnoise. Soak Ashford Castle

Dromoland Castle

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara

up the charm of Galway before continuing to the rugged Connemara region and wonderful Abbeyglen Castle with its panoramic views of Clifden. (B) Hotel: Abbeyglen Castle or similar Day 4 Clifden – Connemara – Clifden (361 km) Visit the Connemara National Park, a 5000-acre nature reserve that boasts grasslands, soaring mountains and an abundance of wildlife. You might also like to visit Kylemore Abbey or take a cruise through Killary Fjord before returning to Clifden. (B) Day 5 Clifden – Tralee (263 km) Travel south into County Clare, often referred to as the ‘Land of Castles’. We recommend a visit to Rathbaun Farm before admiring the lunar landscape of the Burren region or exploring the Cliffs of Moher. Travel by ferry to Tarbert (own expense) and continue to Tralee’s gorgeous Ballyseede Castle. (B) Hotel: Ballyseede Castle or similar 5H

From $199

Day 6 Dingle Peninsula (139 km) Marvel at the Dingle Peninsula’s breathtaking scenery en route to Dunquin, a town on the promontory’s western tip. You may choose to take a boat trip around the unspoilt Blasket Islands before returning to Tralee for the night. (B) Day 7 Tralee – Limerick – Kildare (304 km) Discover the delights of medieval Limerick, then head east to the imposing Rock of Cashel, rising dramatically from the flat countryside. Continue through rich pastures before arriving at Barberstown Castle, a 13th century property located in the heart of the horse-breeding country of Kildare. (B) Hotel: Barbestown Castle or similar Day 8 Kildare – Dublin (29 km) Return your vehicle to Dublin airport where your package concludes. (B)

Markree Castle

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From $129

Cong County Mayo

Collooney County Sligo

Feel like royalty in this truly unique castle hotel, which was once the residence of the Guinness family. Guests can enjoy traditional Irish activities including falconry, skeet shooting, archery and horse-riding, or simply relax in this private retreat. Rooms are traditionally decorated in keeping with the style of the hotel and its surrounds. Includes breakfast Tempo says: A truly luxurious property.

Enjoy unrivalled castle hotel comfort in this unique property. Each of the thirty bedrooms is in the original castle building and features authentic decor, handmade curtains and period furniture. The hotel has been in the Cooper family for more than 300 years and tours are available of the castle and gardens to learn about the history of this great estate. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Culture, history and luxury combine to ensure a royal stay.

5H

From $182

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel

4H

IRISH CASTLES • PACKAGE • HOTELS

Explore the haunting Connemara region and County Kerry while staying in some of Ireland’s best castle hotels.

From $188

Newmarket-on-Fergus County Clare

Recess Connemara

With a history stretching back more than 1500 years, Dromoland Castle was formerly the home of Gaelic royalty. The luxury property is set amid acres of magnificent lawns and overlooks a glistening lake and private championship golf course, enjoying a reputation of unparalleled hospitality. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Timeless elegance in a peaceful setting.

With the stunning backdrop of the 12 Bens Mountain range, Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is perfectly placed to explore the Wild Atlantic Way and the luscious surrounds of County Galway. Rooms are furnished to an exceptionally high standard and many have stunning views across woodlands, rivers and mountains. Includes breakfast Tempo says: Professional guides are on hand to book a range of activities on the property.

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IRISH BED & BREAKFASTS Enjoy traditional Irish hospitality in cities, towns and rural areas staying in characteristic B&Bs that offer an authentic cultural experience amid some of Ireland’s loveliest landscapes. Wake up to a full Irish breakfast made with delicious local produce and get tips on the region’s best attractions from your knowledgeable hosts. Each property has been categorised by the Irish Tourist Board and many specialise in popular holiday activities, be it for food lovers, adventure seekers, active travellers, anglers or farm stays. Simply log onto www.reserveabandb.com for a complete list of locations, then pre-book your preferred property with Tempo Holidays to relax in the knowledge that your Irish driving holiday is completely taken care of.

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IRISH BED & BREAKFASTS IRELAND

Eaglehill Kildare

Erne Manor Donegal

Close to the National Stud and Japanese Gardens, this area is rich in history and stunning scenery. Eaglehill offers simple accommodation with personalised service and the occasional evening supper. Approved Category: Acceptable and meets customer’s minimum requirements. Price from $55

This scenic rural retreat opened in 2013 and is perfectly situated close to the pottery village of Belleek with easy access to golf, fishing and the western surf beaches. Your lovely host is known for her scrumptious home baked treats served on arrival. Category 3H Good: Quality facilities and services. Price from $57

Cahergal House Shannon

The Castle Country House Tipperary

A beautifully-restored farmhouse surrounded by rich paddocks perfect for horse riding, farm walks and local historical sites, this large family-run property is a joy to visit. Breakfast is served in the sunny dining room overlooking the rose garden. Category 4H Excellent: Consistently achieves high quality levels. Price from $59

With lovely antique furniture in its spacious Edwardian bedrooms, this charming property offers a romantic getaway just outside Thurles. Visit the Rock of Cashel, Ormond Castle or see a Gaelic football game. Category 5H Exceptional: Among the best available. Price from $63

Note: As each accommodation averages 3-6 bedrooms, availability can be extremely limited during peak periods (May – Oct). Tempo Holidays strongly recommends pre-booking each property prior to travelling to avoid disappointment. Ensure you arrivate at your accommodation between 4-6pm to ensure your room is not re-let.

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Please read this information carefully as payment of your deposit will constitute your agreement to all terms and conditions set out below.

THE COMPANY “The Company” or ‘We’ in the context of these terms and conditions means Tempo Holidays Pty Ltd. ABN 51007331213. Tempo Holidays is a licensed travel agent, and an approved participant of the AFTA Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS). The Company is also a member of the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO). BROCHURE VALIDITY & PRICING The brochure is valid for the dates shown. All prices are quoted in Australian dollars and current at the time of publication (30 September 2014). Prices may change due to alterations in exchange rates, airfares, fuel surcharges, taxes, or other price rises beyond control of ‘The Company’. The current price will be advised on our invoice and revised on further invoices should prices change. We reserve the right to adjust prices at any time up until full payment has been received by us. Our prices are inclusive of research, communication, documentation and marketing costs. No representation is made that identical, or similar product may, or may not, be obtained at a lower price. Receipt of your payment signifies the acceptance of the costs of services provided on your invoice, E&OE* accepted. PRICE APPLICATION Prices are applicable for bona fide international leisure travellers. Service providers may refuse to honour our vouchers if presented by travellers who are unable to meet local qualifications for international leisure travellers. Conference attendees and business travellers may not qualify. We will not be liable for any loss which may result. Prices shown in the brochure are only available when booked and paid for in advance in Australia. Where services are extended overseas, locally published prices may be applied. PRICE BEAT GUARANTEE We offer a price beat guarantee on all accommodation, and tours featured in this brochure. We reserve the right to seek written evidence to determine that the product description and trading terms are identical and applicable rates are available for the same dates. When we are satisfied that the conditions of the price beat guarantee have been met we will honour the booking at a rate of at least $1 cheaper than the alternate quotation. All offers are subject to availability at the time of booking. Price beat guarantee does not apply to airfares. ACCOMMODATION STANDARDS Hotels are generally selected for location, facilities and value. In more remote areas we may need to use basic accommodation which is regarded as ‘best available’. Classifications are based on assessments provided by tourist authorities in the countries concerned and reflect the type of facilities offered, rather than denoting a style of hotel. Photographs are intended to give a general impression only. Room layouts and views may vary. City maps are only a guide to the location of the hotel. HOTEL FACILITIES The mention of facilities such as parking, gyms, saunas etc does not imply that the use of these is free. Where charges apply, they will be payable locally (unless otherwise specified). Tea and coffee making facilities in rooms are the exception rather than the rule. Swimming pools, heating and air-conditioning are not necessarily available all year round. BEDDING CONFIGURATION Prices are generally based on standard twin share accommodation. Requests for specific bedding types must be made at the time of booking, but are not guaranteed. Double rooms may have either twin or double beds. It is common practice to link two single beds together to use as a double bed. Single rooms are often smaller than other rooms and may contain a single bed. Triple rooms usually consist of a twin or double bedded room with an additional sofa bed, folding bed or rollaway for the third person - the room may be cramped as a result. In villas and apartments the bedding configuration is as advised at the time of publication, and is subject to change. Multiple bedrooms in villas or similar does not infer that these rooms afford total privacy. TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN Where a child shares a room with two paying adults and stays free, an extra bed may not be supplied and the child could be expected to share an adult’s bed. Additional charges may be levied and paid directly for child meals. Where a child discount rate is applied the child receives a bed, normally a rollaway. When children stay in a room without two adults the adult charge may apply. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS No special provision is made for travellers with physical or mental disabilities. Some accommodation and sightseeing may involve walking or climbing stairs. Special requests, such as wheelchair suitable accommodation and touring, ground floor rooms or limited step access, must be made to us in writing by your travel agent, and confirmed by us in writing; otherwise any such requests cannot be guaranteed. PASSENGER PARTICIPATION We, or our agents, reserve the right to refuse a reservation, or to exclude a passenger from a service whose socially unacceptable behaviour or medical condition is likely to affect the smooth operation of a service, or adversely affect the safety or enjoyment of other passengers. Any decision to refuse carriage, or exclude any person on these grounds will be made without recourse, refund or compensation. VARIATION AND CANCELLATIONS Product descriptions were correct at the time of publication. We, or our agents, reserve the right to cancel or modify services due to events beyond our control including insufficient participants or adverse weather conditions. Where arrangements are cancelled, full refunds will be provided by us.

PAYMENT TERMS STANDARD DEPOSIT A deposit of $150.00 per person, sent through your travel agent within 7 days of making the booking, is required to secure your reservation, irrespective of the status of the booking. Failure to pay the deposit on time may result in your booking being cancelled. ADDITIONAL CHARGES Any reservation that has to be rebooked due to expiry of the booking through non payment of a deposit will be subject to an amendment fee of $33 in addition to immediate payment of the deposit. If we are unable to confirm the initial booking the deposit will be refunded in full. You will be notified at the time of booking if any additional deposit requirements apply. ADDITIONAL DEPOSITS & PREPAYMENTS Small group tours (pgs 16-17): $300 per person nonrefundable deposit required within 7 days to confirm booking. London & the Somme (pg 29): 20% pre-payment is required at time of booking. The Beatles in Liverpool (pg 35): 100% non-refundable prepayment at time of booking. FINAL PAYMENT Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure from Australia.

Exceptions to this are bookings made over Easter, Christmas, New Year, Fair or Event Periods and other special dates or holidays (as advised by our operator) and bookings made less than 45 days, where full payment is required within 7 days, or by sale-end date, or other payment deadline as specified in individual package conditions, whichever is the earlier. Some airline tickets and/or special offers may require payment well in advance of the normal requirements. We reserve the right to cancel the booking and apply the appropriate cancellation charges where you fail to meet payment conditions. Exceptions to this are: Coach Tours (pgs 6-15) and Taste of Ireland (Pg 56) where full payment is due 70 days prior to departure. Small group tours (pgs 16-17) where full payment is due 60 days prior to departure. Edinburgh Military Tattoo (pg 41) where full payment is due by 31 May 2015. SPECIAL BOOKING CONDITIONS AND OPTIONS Some services cannot be booked without monies being paid. We will advise you if this condition is applicable. A full refund for the service will be made if the booking cannot be confirmed. For some arrangements an option system is used. Once an option is advised to your travel agent the deposit (or full payment if applicable) must be made within 5 working days in order to confirm your booking. If payment is not received on time the option will automatically lapse. AMENDMENTS Except as stated below, no fee will be charged for the first amendment or to extend an existing booking. For second and subsequent alterations, excluding extensions or additions, a fee of A$33 per booking applies. A proposed amendment or name change may be treated as a cancellation. Any additional charges applied by suppliers are payable by you. ADDITIONAL CHARGES Due to the costs of communication and provision of documents a charge will apply for the following services: • Minimum Booking: A$33 for bookings with a total value of less than A$500. • Late Booking: A$33 charge for any booking made with less than 7 days prior to departure from Australia. Additionally, full payment is required at the time of booking regardless of whether services are confirmed. This payment will be refunded in the event that we are unable to subsequently confirm satisfactory arrangements. • Document Re-issue Fee: A$66 for any amendment made which necessitates re-issue of documents. This may be in addition to any other amendment fee charged by our suppliers. • Credit Card Payment: A fee of 2% will be applied to all credit card payments and will be added to the amount to be paid. • Courier Fee: Where vouchers, tickets and travel documents are sent via specialist courier this cost will be charged to your booking. INVOICE ERRORS OR OMISSIONS (E&OE*) We reserve the right to correct any errors in rates quoted or calculated for any service, notwithstanding that the invoice may have been paid in full. All confirmed bookings are issued with an invoice detailing the services booked. If any service is still on request this will be indicated on the invoice. DOCUMENTATION Travel documentation will normally be issued two weeks prior to departure. Documentation will not be issued until we are in receipt of full payment. Issuance of documentation does not absolve responsibility for any outstanding payments due. CANCELLATIONS All cancellations must be made in writing through Tempo Holidays in Australia. No responsibility is taken for cancellations of hotel bookings or other services made directly by the client or the client’s travel agent with the service provider, regardless of whether written proof is given. PARTIAL CANCELLATION Cancellation of confirmed services forming part of an existing booking will incur cancellation fees as listed. TEMPO HOLIDAYS CANCELLATION FEES Our standard schedule of cancellation fees is as follows. The departure date refers to the departure date of the first service in the booking: • 45 days + prior to departure: forfeiture of deposit. • 44-15 days prior to departure: 25% of total cost or deposit, whichever is greater • 14 days or less prior to departure: 100% total cost. If you fail to check-in at your designated hotel as confirmed, 100% No Show Fee will be charged. SUPPLIER CANCELLATION FEES These fees may be in addition to the charges outlined above. On some occasions, hotels, airlines and other service providers offer instant purchase rates which may involve cancellation or amendment fees of up to 100% if changes occur after booking, regardless of the date of travel. Supplier charges are based on the commencement date and cost of each confirmed arrangement. Some services have cancellation fees higher than the standard scale, as listed below as a guide. Charges may be up to 100% of the cost paid. ADDITIONAL CANCELLATION FEES Coach tours (pgs 6-15) and Taste of Ireland (pg 56): 70+ days prior to departure, loss of deposit; 69-15 days prior to departure, 35%; 14 days or less prior to departure, 100%. Small group tours (pgs 16-17): 60+ days prior to departure, loss of deposit; 59-30 days prior to departure, 50%; 29 days or less prior to departure, 100%. Edinburgh Military Tattoo: Non-refundable after 31 May 2015. Luxury Paris Day Tour with Lunch on the Eiffel Tower, Lake District in One Day, Rock and Roll Liverpool, Paris Superstay with Lunch on the Eiffel Tower, From London to Loch Ness, London & The Somme, London to the Lakes (pgs 28, 29 & 33): 45+ days prior to departure, loss of deposit; 44-30 days prior to departure, 25%; 29 days or less prior to departure, 100%. Heart of Wales & England (pg 32), Magical Land of Legends (pg 34), The Cotswolds, Bath & Oxford (pg 36), Island Hopping Adventure (pg 50), Escape to the West (pg 61), Kilkenny, West Cork & Kinsale – South East Ireland (pg 63), West Coast Explorer (pg 64): 45+ days prior to departure, loss of deposit; 44-22 days prior to departure, 50%; 21 days or less prior to departure, 100%. The Beatles in Liverpool (pg 35): Non-refundable at time of payment. REFUNDS No refund will be given for any service which is not used by you due to late arrival, early departure, or by choice. This includes the failure of any transportation to operate as scheduled. We do not authorise any supplier to promise refunds on our behalf. No refund will apply if the cost of your holiday is reduced after deposit or payment is made. TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel insurance is not included in our prices. We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance from your travel agent at the time of booking to cover yourself against loss of monies paid in the event of cancellation due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances; as well as for medical expenses, loss of luggage and other expenses incurred while travelling. LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES Contact details of our local representatives are included in documentation. Please do not hesitate to contact local representatives

for any assistance with difficulties or changes. If you need to alter your arrangements once overseas or to add services to your booking you may do this through our local representative. Any additional costs incurred therein must be paid directly. We cannot be held responsible for any subsequent complaint with arrangements booked directly with a supplier abroad. Cancellations of confirmed services must be notified through Tempo Holidays even if you have advised the local representative. CONSUMER CLAIMS We endeavour to ensure that all your arrangements proceed smoothly. However, should a problem occur during your travels it is essential and most practical to try to resolve it locally with the service provider. If you are unable to resolve the matter, it should be referred to our local representative immediately. If this is not possible we should be informed immediately. If you are unhappy with your hotel room please inform the duty manager so the situation may be rectified on the spot. If you fail to take these steps any claim to compensation may be reduced or denied. If you have an unresolved complaint this should be put to us in writing detailing the efforts that were made with the local operator to resolve the issue. Please send this with supporting documentation, via your travel agent, within 30 days of the date of the service. No claim made after this period will be considered. TIPPING Our prices do not include tips. Tipping tour drivers and guides is customary in the countries included in this brochure. In retrospect you will find that tips constitute a small proportion of your overall touring budget. OVERBOOKING Overbooking is common practice among airlines and hotels. You need to accept that any claim arising from overbooking may only be made against the airline or hotel concerned. Without prejudice to the foregoing, we will take every possible action to protect your interest should overbooking occur. BROCHURE CONTENT Every effort has been made to ensure that the brochure is accurate at the time of publication. We shall not be liable for any injury, damage or loss caused by any unintended inaccuracy. If for reasons beyond The Company’s control, and if The Company determines in the interest of safety and security or for operational reasons to change your package arrangements, modify or cancel scheduled services and/or accommodation, either in whole or in part we reserve the right to do so, and will endeavour to provide alternative arrangements of the same standard as that originally booked where necessary. COSTS NOT INCLUDED IN PRICES SHOWN Airfares unless otherwise stated, visa and passport costs, travel insurance, vaccination and medical expenses, excess baggage, airport departure taxes, local government taxes, laundry, postage, phone calls, fax/email charges, beverages, items of a personal nature, tips and meals not mentioned in the itinerary.

COMPANY’S RESPONSIBILITY Tempo Holidays Pty Ltd is not itself a carrier or hotelier; nor do we own aircraft, hotels, coaches or cruise vessels. The services that we supply consist of arranging and coordinating accommodation, tours, cruises and transfers, making bookings and issuing vouchers to be redeemed by suppliers. We exercise every care in the selection of reputable airlines, tour operators, coach operators, hotels and other suppliers of the various travel services used in these services. It is important to note, therefore, that all bookings with Tempo Holidays are subject to the terms and conditions and limitations of liability imposed by airlines, coach operators, hoteliers, and other service providers including but not limited to shipping, rail, car hire and restaurant operators, whose services we utilise, some of which limit or exclude liability in respect of death, personal injury, delay and loss or damage of baggage. We always do our best to ensure that your holiday arrangements are satisfactory, and we accept liability for, but only to the extent of, any loss or damage sustained by you as the result of our negligence, or that of our employees or agents. However The Company does not accept any liability of whatever nature for the acts, omissions or default whether negligent or otherwise, of those airlines, coach operators, shipping and cruise companies, hoteliers or other persons providing services in connection with your services pursuant to a contract between themselves and yourself (which may be evidenced in writing by the issue of a ticket, voucher, coupon or the like) and over which The Company has no direct and exclusive control. The Company does not accept responsibility in contract or in tort (actionable wrong) for any injury, damage, loss, delay, additional expenses or inconvenience caused directly or indirectly by force majeure or other events which is beyond its control, or which are not preventable by reasonable diligence on the part of The Company, including but not limited to war, civil disturbance, fire, flood, unusually severe weather, acts of God, acts of Government or any other authorities, accidents to, or failure of machinery or equipment, or industrial action (whether or not involving our employees and even though such actions may be settled by acceding to the demands of a labour group). PRIVACY We respect your privacy and will not pass on your details to third parties except as required by law, or in the interests of securing reservations on your behalf. We are unable to accept responsibility for the confidentiality of information after it leaves our direct control.

CLIENT’S RESPONSIBILITY You should familiarise yourself with any health, passport or visa requirements that may be applicable in the areas that you intend visiting. You shall be responsible for all entry, exit, health and other documents required by law, regulations, orders, demands or requirements of the countries visited or transited. We will not accept liability for any loss or expense due to your failure to comply. You will be liable for any additional costs incurred (whether by the client or by Tempo Holidays on the client’s behalf), as a result of failure to comply with such requirements. You accept that you may be travelling through areas of political or climatic instability, high altitude and remoteness without proper medical services, and accept the associated risks. It is your duty to inform your Agent of any circumstances of which we should be aware, such as medical conditions and other facts which could impact on the smooth running of your travel arrangements. The making of a booking constitutes your acceptance of all booking terms and conditions as described herein and forms the basis of your contract with Tempo Holidays.

TRAVEL AGENT’S RESPONSIBILITY Travel agents are responsible to advise us of any special requirements you may have and to communicate to you any changes or alterations advised to them by us. It is the responsibility of the travel agent to ensure all invoice details are correct and that you are made aware of, and acknowledge all booking conditions. No representation made by your travel agent to you concerning the quality, location, or any other matter in relation to the services and facilities provided by us shall bind The Company unless your travel agent has been expressly or impliedly authorised by us to make such a representation.

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