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2019

Door to Door

UK & Continental Coach & Air Holidays


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welcome!

experience & expertise

It is with great pleasure that we introduce our new 2019 holiday brochure, which you will find full of wonderful destinations and interesting events to tempt you. The beauty of joining one of our tours is we collect you from your front door and return you home again at the end of the holiday. All travel is arranged by us so you just need to book your chosen holiday and let us take care of the rest.

Woods have nearly 50 years’ experience in the travel industry, and have grown into an award-winning company, known for the quality of our holidays and our dedication to customer service. Still family run, Woods are large enough to offer the benefits that you need, such as door to door service and a wide variety of destination, but small enough to care about the holiday experience of each individual valued customer.

We will stay in carefully chosen quality hotels and the creative team at Woods take pride in designing your tour to include interesting, historic and scenic visits at your chosen destination. This year we have continued to update our fleet with the acquisition of two beautiful Irizar touring coaches, and have also constantly monitored feedback from our passengers to improve the holidays we offer. We hope that you will be travelling with us in 2019 and look forward to welcoming you on one of our many tours in the future.

Another Award-winning Year!

Booking with woods • Phone or visit our office in Aldwick (or visit your local travel agency) to talk about your chosen holiday

• Provisional bookings are held without obligation for 7 days • In order to confirm your booking, a £100 deposit per person is needed for all coach holidays, £150 per person for holidays which include a flight

Johnston Press Southern Business Awards:

Business of the Year 2018 UK Coach Awards:

top small Fleet operator 2018 customer service special commendation (teresa kearns) British Coach Tourism Awards:

Best day excursion Programme 2018 (Finalist) Best tour Programme 2018 (Finalist)

• Payments can be made by cash, cheque, credit/debit card or bank transfer

• The final balance for your holiday is payable 8 weeks

before the date of departure. The payment date and amount is printed on your confirmation. Please note that reminders are not sent

• Our terms and conditions are printed in the brochure, are

available on the website and can be sent to you on request

Book Now 01243 868080

• You will receive your Holiday Travel Pack approximately 10 days before you travel. This will contain your luggage labels, your coach meeting time, itinerary, hotel addresses and any other information relevant to your holiday

• The only thing you need to do is pack your case and await your holiday!

01243 868080 sales@woodstravel.co.uk

43 Aldwick RoAd, BognoR Regis, west sussex, Po21 2nl


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door to door service We are proud to have pioneered the concept of door to door service. This couldn’t be easier. A taxi will call to pick you up from your front door and deliver you to our luxury coach. Your luggage is then transferred to the coach by the driver. On arrival at your destination, while you settle into your comfortable en-suite room, your suitcase is delivered to your door. On your return, a taxi will meet the coach and transfer you and your luggage back home.

Financial security Woods Travel Ltd are members of the Bonded Coach Holiday Group of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK Ltd. The combination of travel services offered to you is a package within the meaning of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangement Regulations. Therefore, you will benefit from all rights applying to packages including refunds or repatriation in the event the company becomes insolvent. The Bond ensures that in relation to the coach package holidays described in this brochure (or website) that the clients’ monies are protected by a Bond which may be called upon in the unlikely event of the member’s insolvency. Go to www.bch-uk.org or telephone 0207 240 3131 to confirm current membership.

Please see the relevant Trading Charter for further details on all the above.

Travel with confidence

• Free door to door service from within the local area (see map on back cover)

• Direct coach travel without feeders or interchanges • All coach travel and listed excursions • No overnight land travel • All entrances fees and fares as described • Travel pack with itinerary • Friendly experienced drivers • Luggage handling • 24-hour emergency contact • Air-conditioned luxury tour coaches with toilets • Coach seat selection • Fitted seat belts • Adjustable seat backs • All non-smoking • Refreshment facilities • Carefully selected quality hotels • En-suite bedrooms • Choice of dinner menu on UK tours • Financial security

gift Vouchers As a birthday or Christmas gift, something special for Mother’s or Father’s Day, or just a thank you for someone special – Woods gift vouchers are the perfect choice!

www.woodstravel.co.uk

Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays in this brochure are financially protected by the ATOL scheme (ATOL 3631). But ATOL protection does not apply to all holidays and travel services listed in this brochure. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. For more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate. Some holidays are protected by our membership to the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA D0685 & V8552).

All woods Holidays include


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Holiday diary 2018 / 19 This diary shows all available holidays from November 2018 to October 2019. If you require details of a holiday which is listed, but does not appear in this brochure, please call 01243 868080 Tours 2018

Date

Llandudno Holly & Mistletoe Thursford Spectacular Longleat Festival of Light Thursford Spectacular Warner’s Tinsel & Turkey Isle of Wight South Wales Turkey & Tinsel Birmingham Tattoo & Christmas Markets Festive Chatsworth & The Peaks Valkenburg, Aachen & Cologne Christmas Markets Torquay Tinsel & Turkey Thursford Spectacular Royal Marines Christmas Spectacular Liverpool & Tatton Park Bath, Bristol & Winchester Christmas Markets Warner’s Tinsel & Turkey & Wessex Christmas Markets Rüdesheim, Frankfurt & Wiesbaden Christmas Markets River Rhine & Christmas Markets Alpine Austrian Christmas Rhineland Christmas Cornish Christmas A Wight Christmas Stratford Manor Christmas Cotswolds Christmas Shropshire Christmas Norton Park Christmas Hampshire Christmas South Coast Christmas Orton Hall Christmas Shropshire New Year

05 Nov 11 Nov 16 Nov 18 Nov 19 Nov 19 Nov 23 Nov 25 Nov

Days Page 5 4 4 4 5 5 4 4

26 Nov 26 Nov 27 Nov 28 Nov 30 Nov

5 5 4 3 4

02 Dec

3

03 Dec

5

03 Dec 05 Dec 21 Dec 22 Dec 23 Dec 23 Dec 23 Dec 23 Dec 23 Dec 24 Dec 24 Dec 24 Dec 24 Dec 30 Dec

5 5 8 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 4

Tours 2019

Date

Rococo Snowdrops A Winter’s Tale on a Winter’s Train Devon Winter Warmer Scarborough & York Winter Warmer Warner’s Bodelwyddan Castle Mystery Tour Treasures in Trust – Eastern Shires Bletchley Park & The Friendly Invasion Suffolk Spring Bournemouth & The RNLI Steam Dreams Paris Afloat Joe Loss Orchestra North Wales Coast & Country Springtime in South Wales Isles of Scilly Little Switzerland & Springtime in Vianden Cornwall Spring Flower Show Keukenhof & Canals of Amsterdam

10 Feb 16 Feb 17 Feb 18 Feb 25 Feb 03 Mar 04 Mar 07 Mar 10 Mar 11 Mar 14 Mar 17 Mar 22 Mar 25 Mar 28 Mar 29 Mar

Days Page 4 8 5 5 5 3 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 5 5 5n

28 70 13 44 52 6 36 22 24 17 32 65 41 52 7 11

01 Apr 05 Apr 05 Apr

5 6 4

70 11 68

Christmas 2018 Brochure

No Single Supplement

Summer 2019 Brochure

Air tour

Tours 2019

Date

Norfolk Paddle & Steam Springtime in Guernsey Highclere & Heritage Lakes & Dales Cruising to Liverpool Springtime Dorset Dutch Tulip River Cruise Sidmouth at Easter Chester at Easter Blossom at Easter Ironbridge at Easter Trams, Boats & Bulbs Great Little Trains of Wales Discovering Yorkshire Tulip Festival & The Bluebell Line Falmouth Warner’s Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Andre Rieu in Cologne Peaks & Potteries Mystery Tour Tenby & Pembrokeshire Malvern & The Black & White Villages Isle of Man Norwegian Fjords & Cities Treasures in Trust – North Wales County Durham Manchester Ship Canal & The Ribble Valley Tyntesfield, Bristol & Bath Rhododendrons in Norfolk Kings & Commoners Heart of Scotland Waterways of North Wales & Cheshire Bournemouth Killarney & The Ring of Kerry Hunstanton & North Norfolk Black Forest Rail & Sail Somerset Steam & Cruise Sidmouth & The South Devon Railway The Lake District Southport Hidden Yorkshire Hebridean Odyssey Isle of Wight Roses & Racehorses Torquay & The Exeter Canal Lake Garda & Verona Lakes, Dales & The Mountain Goat Wales Grand Tour Swiss Alps & Golden Pass Panoramic Looe & The Cornish Coast Cheshire Discovery Delightful Dales – Settle to Carlisle Cardiff & The Royal Mint

07 Apr 07 Apr 09 Apr 11 Apr 11 Apr 14 Apr 17 Apr 18 Apr 18 Apr 19 Apr 19 Apr 26 Apr 26 Apr 29 Apr 29 Apr 01 May

6 7n 4 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 5 5 4 6

22 46 37 18 69 9 8 9 8 68 53 42 20 12

06 May 09 May 09 May 12 May 13 May 13 May 15 May 18 May 18 May 19 May

5 4 5 3 5 5 7 8n 5 6

30 72 33 6 53 31 49 81 54 47

20 May 23 May 24 May 24 May 26 May 27 May 27 May 02 Jun 02 Jun 02 Jun 05 Jun 07 Jun 09 Jun 09 Jun 10 Jun 12 Jun 15 Jun 20 Jun 23 Jun 23 Jun 27 Jun 29 Jun 29 Jun 01 Jul 07 Jul 07 Jul 07 Jul

5 4 3 5 8 5 5 7 5 7 5 5 6 5 5 9 6 5 6 8 5 8 9 5 5 6 5

39 28 26 33 58 55 17 63 27 72 15 14 45 40 7 60 19 23 14 78 46 51 79 12 36 43 55

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Holiday diary 2018 / 19 Tours 2019

Date

Royal Sandringham & The Shires Versailles, Candlelit Chateau & Monet’s Garden Cruising the Seine Wildlife in The Cairngorms Canterbury & Castles of Kent Lakes Discovery Hidden London Chatsworth & Warner’s Thoresby Hall Shropshire Parks & Gardens Coronation Street Northumbria’s Hidden Gems Treasures in Trust – West Country Perfect Peak District Poland Explorer Four River Cruise Jersey Battle of Flowers Warner’s Alvaston Hall Edinburgh Tattoo & The Borders Gilbert & Sullivan in Harrogate Cornwall Coast & Country Bideford & North Devon Emmerdale & Brontë Country East Anglia & Suffolk Delights Cotswold Animal Magic Heartland of Wales Kynren – An Epic Tale of England Warner’s Weekend Liverpool Explorer Manchester Ship Canal & Derbyshire Delights Treats of the Tyrol Falmouth Beautiful Bruges & Ypres

08 Jul

5

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11 Jul 14 Jul 14 Jul 14 Jul 15 Jul 21 Jul 22 Jul 22 Jul 25 Jul 28 Jul 31 Jul 01 Aug 02 Aug 03 Aug 04 Aug 05 Aug 11 Aug 12 Aug 16 Aug 18 Aug 19 Aug 19 Aug 26 Aug 27 Aug 29 Aug 30 Aug 01 Sept

5 7 7 5 5 3 5 5 5 6 5 5 11 9 6n 5 6 5 7 5 5 5 5 6 6 4 5

65 66 61 21 45 20 34 32 39 48 16 34 80 73 50 38 62 41 10 15 42 24 29 54 47 16 38

02 Sept 04 Sept 05 Sept 06 Sept

5 8 5 4

35 71 12 69

GROUP BOOKINGS If a group of your friends or family wish to have a bespoke holiday or day out, our private group department is ready to put together the perfect tour designed just for you. We can organise the accommodation and itinerary using our knowledge and experience. Call 01243 871651 PRIVATE COACH HIRE Woods operate a fleet of 16 luxury coaches ranging from 16 to 53 seats. We can provide quality transport for your group in the UK and abroad. Call 01243 871657

Days Page

Tours 2019 Great Little Trains of Wales Andorra The Lake District Mystery Tour Lincolnshire Landscapes Isle of Man Duxford Air Show & Bletchley Park The Dordogne & The Vézère Galway & The Wild Atlantic Coast Sidmouth & The South Devon Railway Wiltshire on Location Great Railways of Scotland Cumbrian Borderlands Herefordshire Harvest Isles of Scilly Norfolk Paddle & Steam Warner’s Isle of Wight Tuscan Festival & Italian Lakes Blackpool Illuminations Weymouth The Enchanted Forest Guernsey By Air Plymouth & The Smugglers Coast Delights of the Douro Valley Three Historic Gems Autumn Tints of Wales Cantabria & The Picos de Europa Somerset Steam & Cruise Bournemouth Suffolk Autumn Gold Cotswolds Autumn Tints Eastbourne, Bubbly & The Bluebell Line Severn Valley Medley Oberammergau

Date 06 Sept 10 Sept 15 Sept 15 Sept 16 Sept 18 Sept 20 Sept 22 Sept 22 Sept 23 Sept 26 Sept 29 Sept 29 Sept 30 Sept 02 Oct 06 Oct 07 Oct 08 Oct 11 Oct 11 Oct 13 Oct 14 Oct 14 Oct 15 Oct 17 Oct 17 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 21 Oct 21 Oct 25 Oct 27 Oct 28 Oct 20 Sept 20

Days Page 5 9 6 3 5 7 3 8 7 5 5 9 6 5 5n 6 5 11 4 4 7 5n 5 10 5 5 10 5 5 5 5 5 5 10

53 74 45 6 35 49 23 67 64 14 27 59 48 31 11 26 19 77 40 18 57 50 13 75 44 56 76 15 17 25 29 21 30 82

DAY EXCURSIONS Woods have a programme of around 300 day excursions a year to places of interest such as London theatres, historic houses, glorious gardens and shopping trips! Our pick up route runs from Chichester, through Bognor Regis and Littlehampton to Goring. Call 01243 868080 WISH DAYS For a special occasion, why not use our experience and expertise to design the perfect day out for you? Travel in style in our luxury chauffeur-driven seven seat Mercedes to a venue of your choice. Include a London theatre, a river trip, a wonderful meal, a train trip or a combination of all of these! Call 01243 871652

WOODS TRAVEL OFFICE HOURS: Monday to Friday - 8.30 to 5.30pm, Saturday - 8.30 to 4pm


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no single supplement and Many single Rooms! We at Woods always have our single travellers in mind and this year we have managed to secure another range of holidays with a large number of single rooms with no single supplement. Travel on one of these tours and you will enjoy the same quality accommodation, interesting excursions, door to door service, and the experience and knowledge of our drivers, that you would expect on any of our tours. In addition, we arrange a welcome drink on arrival at your main hotel so that you have a chance to get to know the other travellers. Couples are also welcome.

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As well as these tours, we have many others with a lower number of single rooms, but which still carry no supplement. Don’t forget that our Mystery Tours never have a single supplement. Look out for the symbol.

2018 28 October

suffolk Autumn gold*

18 November

thursford spectacular*

24 December

norton Park christmas*

24 December

Hampshire christmas*

24 December

orton Hall christmas*

3 Days from

£189

inclusions

Mystery tours

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service One Attraction** Half Board

Our three-day Mystery Tours represent exceptional value for money as we whisk you away for an enjoyable short break and include entrance to one attraction!*

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Our Mystery Hotels are a minimum of three-star standard. All rooms have private facilities, TV, telephone and hospitality tray.

Full

Please note: FoR MYsteRY touRs onlY – The inclusive door to door service is available to those living inside the dotted line (as seen on the back cover of this brochure). If you live between the dotted and the solid line, there will be a taxi supplement of £15 per person. **The March tour does not include entrance to an attraction.

Full

2019

03 March 2019

G963

12 May 2019

G963

15 September 2019

G963

£189** £199 £199

Visit warner leisure Hotels with woods!

17 February

devon winter warmer

(p13)

18 February

scarborough winter warmer

(p44)

25 March

north wales coast & country

(p52)

28 March

springtime in south wales

(p07)

07 April

springtime in guernsey*

24 May

kings & commoners

(p33)

22 July

shropshire Parks & gardens

(p32)

01 August

Perfect Peak district

(p34)

12 August

gilbert & sullivan in Harrogate

(p41)

19 August

emmerdale & Brontë country

(p42)

2018

17 October

Autumn tints of wales

(p56)

19 November

Bembridge Coast Hotel, Isle of Wight*

27 October

eastbourne, Bubbly & the Bluebell line

(p21)

03 December

Littlecote House Hotel, Berkshire*

Book Now 01243 868080

2019 25 February

Bodelwyddan Castle, North Wales

(p52)

06 May

Holme Lacy House, Herefordshire

(p30)

22 July

Thoresby Hall, Nottinghamshire

(p34)

05 August

Alvaston Hall, Cheshire

(p38)

30 August

Cricket St Thomas, Somerset

(p16)

07 October

Bembridge Coast Hotel, Isle of Wight (p19)

* Details of these tours appear in our Christmas 2018 Brochure please call 01243 871666 for your copy.


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A warm welcome to newcomers this is your chance to experience our excellent door to door service, the high quality of our chosen hotels, the variety of excursions offered and the comfort and security of being looked after by woods from your initial booking to the taxi returning you to your door. we are sure that once you have been on one of these tours, we will see you travelling with woods again and again!

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As a special treat to anyone who has not travelled with woods within the last two years, we are offering two wonderful tours at an amazing reduced price.

NEWCOMERS PRICE

£534

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NEWCOMERS PRICE

£355

PeMBRoke cAstle

5 Days from

springtime

£415

in South Wales

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board This spring visit to Wales is the Welcome Drink perfect opportunity to explore National Botanic Garden the wonderful gardens on offer. Aberglasney Garden Marvel at the ancient gardens Pembroke Castle of Aberglasney and the Tea & Scone Day 3 conservation work taking place Excursions as Listed at the National Botanic Garden of Wales. We also visit Cardiff, Pembroke Castle and the pretty seaside resort of Tenby. Day 1: After your taxi pick up, we travel across to Gloucester in time for lunch. We continue to our hotel in Carmarthen where we have a welcome drink before dinner for a chance to meet your fellow guests. Day 2: A free morning to explore Carmarthen. This afternoon we visit the wonderful Aberglasney Gardens, in the beautiful landscape of the Tywi Valley, where the camellias, hellebores and daffodils should be in bloom.

noRtH YoRksHiRe MooRs RAilwAY

5 Days from

£594

Hidden Yorkshire

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

This hidden corner of Yorkshire offers the rugged beauty of the wild moors, picturesque villages and a dramatic coastline. We tour by coach, by boat and by steam train!

Half Board North Yorkshire Moors Railway Wensleydale Railway Preston Hall Museum Teeside Cruise

Excursions as Listed Day 1: After a morning taxi pick up, we make our way northwards with suitable refreshment stops along the way. We arrive at our hotel late afternoon. Day 2: Today we visit Preston Park and Hall Museum, then take a cruise on the River Tees aboard the Teeside Princess. In the afternoon we travel through Bilsdale and the beautiful scenery of the National Park to Helmsley, where we have time for a stroll and some lunch. On our way back to the hotel we have fine views of the moors and the Vale of York. Day 3: We begin with a visit to Thirsk, where you might like to visit the World of James Herriot Centre. We then have a ride on the delightful Wensleydale Railway. Our last stop of the day is in Richmond, high above the River Swale.

Day 4: Today the National Botanic Garden of Wales, which was created within a beautiful Regency park, with over 100,000 plants and the Great Glasshouse as its remarkable centrepiece. Conservation is an important element of the gardens and it is home to some of the most endangered species on the planet. The afternoon is free.

Day 4: Travel over the moors, through picturesque Hutton-le-Hole to Pickering, where we join the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a journey through the moorland to Whitby. Free time here to explore the narrow streets or climb the steps to Whitby Abbey.

Day 5: We travel to Cardiff for free time over the lunchtime period. We then cross the Severn Bridge and continue to the south coast and our taxis.

Day 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel southwards with suitable refreshment stops, reaching the local area late afternoon.

ivy Bush Royal Hotel HHH

Gisborough Hall Hotel HHHH

Once a favoured retreat of Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton, our three-star hotel is within walking distance of Carmarthen. Sympathetically modernised, the hotel retains its old world charm. All rooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. The hotel has a bar, spacious lounge and terrace, a gym and sauna, WiFi and a lift. www.ivybushroyal.co.uk 28 March 2019

G965

£415

Single Supplement £nil

A former baronial home, our stunning four-star hotel dates back to the 19th Century and is situated in its own grounds on the edge of the North York Moors. The historic atmosphere of the main house is complimented by the modern facilities in the annexe where our bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, hairdryer, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.gisborough-hall.com 10 June 2019

G9136

£594

Twin/Double for Sole Use £40

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Day 3: We visit Tenby this morning and then to Pembroke. Here we have a guided tour of the castle, once the magnificent home of the Earls of Pembroke, and enjoy tea and scones in the Castle Café.


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Blists Hill

5 Days from cHesteR town centRe clock

5 Days from

£514

chester

inclusions

at Easter

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board Spend Easter in style at the Lunch Easter Sunday four-star Queen Hotel close to the centre of Chester. We have Ness Botanic Gardens allowed plenty of time to Liverpool Guided Tour explore this magnificent walled Mersey Ferry town, and include a trip to Excursions as Listed Liverpool and to Ness to see the magnolias and rhododendrons in bloom. Day 1: After collection from your home by taxi, we make our way northwards to our hotel in Chester, with suitable refreshment stops along the way. Enjoy a glass of Bucks Fizz before dinner. Day 2: Today is a free day to enjoy Chester, where you could explore the almost complete city walls, stroll along the famous ‘Rows’ or visit the Zoo (entrance not included). Day 3: A day in Liverpool begins with a driven guided tour to give you an insight into the history of this incredible city. We then have free time at Albert Dock close to the Liver Building and on the shores of the Mersey. We complete our Liverpool experience with a journey on the iconic Mersey Ferry, before returning to our hotel. Day 4: This morning we make our way to Ness Botanic Gardens, which in April has magnificent magnolias and rhododendrons. We return to our hotel for Sunday lunch and the afternoon is at leisure to relax and eat your Easter eggs. There will be a light buffet dinner this evening.

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Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we travel south with a stop in Stratford-upon-Avon for lunch and sightseeing. We reach the local area early evening.

Hallmark The Queen Hotel chester HHHH Originally opened in 1860, our four-star hotel retains its Victorian grandeur while offering all the modern comforts you would expect. Charles Dickens and Lillie Langtree were regular guests and you can imagine them relaxing here when you see the vaulted ceilings, spectacular staircases, and regal public areas of this stately building. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk/hotels/The-Queen-Chester 18 April 2019

G945

£514

Twin/Double for Sole Use £100

£485

ironbridge

inclusions

at Easter

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Delve into the history of Shropshire with visits to one of the Ironbridge Museums, Shrewsbury Cathedral, Ludlow, the remarkable recreated Victorian town at Blists Hill and relax as you cruise on the River Severn.

Half Board Shrewsbury Cathedral Sabrina Cruise Blists Hill Jackfield Tile Museum Lunch Days 2 & 4 Excursions as Listed

Day 1: Following a morning collection from home, we join our Woods coach. Making a stop at The Valley Country Park for lunch, we arrive at our hotel late afternoon. Day 2: We spend today in Shrewsbury, beginning with a 45-minute cruise with hot cross buns on board Sabrina as she sails around the picturesque River Severn Loop. After an included sandwich lunch, we then have a guided tour of Shrewsbury Cathedral. Our day ends with free time for your own exploration before we return to our hotel. Day 3: We start our day at Blists Hill Victorian Town. Meet the Victorians and find out more about their way of life; enjoy lunch at one of the cafés or tuck into some traditional fish ‘n chips. Later in the afternoon board our coach for a short journey to Jackfield Tile Museum where we see magnificent tiles that decorated Victorian Britain. Final stop is a walk across the world-famous Iron Bridge and a peek into the charming Tollhouse. Day 4: We travel along pretty Wenlock Edge, via Craven Arms to Ludlow, where we have included a light lunch at the Castle Kitchen at Ludlow Castle (Castle entrance not included). After lunch you have free time to explore this pretty market town with its black and white timber-frame buildings, before we make our way back to our hotel with time to relax before dinner. Day 5: Departing the hotel after breakfast, we head south east, making suitable refreshment stops along the way, and arriving in the local area late afternoon.

Telford Hotel and Golf HHHH This beautiful hotel is set within 170 acres of Shropshire countryside and the restaurant enjoys fantastic views over the Ironbridge Gorge. The hotel has an indoor pool, spa, sauna, gym and treatment rooms. All bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift to some rooms. www.qhotels.co.uk 19 April 2019

G904

£485

Twin/Double for Sole Use £88


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£476

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sidmouth

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£515

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Half Board Spend Easter at the Royal York Donkey Sanctuary and Faulkner Hotel, overlooking the waters of Lyme Bay on the Bicton Park Botanical Gardens Regency promenade at South Devon Railway Sidmouth, a town with old Otter & Butterfly Centre world charm and delightful Excursions as Listed gardens. On this tour you have time to enjoy the town as well as sightseeing along the coast, visits to Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, the Donkey Sanctuary and a ride on the South Devon Railway. Day 1: After a morning taxi pick up, we make our way into Dorset, stopping in Bournemouth for lunch. On into Devon, we arrive at our hotel in the afternoon. Day 2: After breakfast we drive to Bicton Park Botanical Gardens. Set in Devon’s Otter Valley, the Grade I listed gardens are a product of almost 300 years of horticultural history and we have included the gardens, glass houses and a ride on the woodland railway. Later, we continue along the East Devon Heritage Coast to Exmouth. Day 3: A day at leisure to enjoy this beautiful Regency town, or join your driver for a visit to the famous Donkey Sanctuary.

Day 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel home via Dorchester. We reach the local area late afternoon.

Royal york and Faulkner Hotel HHH A magnificent Regency building, enjoying an unrivalled position on Sidmouth's elegant Esplanade, this family run hotel is ideally located directly overlooking the sea and adjacent to the picturesque town centre. The Royal York and Faulkner has a reputation for offering hospitality, service and comfort, as well as excellent food. All rooms offer TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is WiFi and a lift. www.royalyorkhotel.co.uk G941

£515

Single Supplement £nil

inclusions

at Easter

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board For a few short weeks the road Berkeley Castle sides in the Vale of Evesham are ablaze with colour – the soft Blossom Trail Guided Tour pink tones of cherry and apple Steam Railway contrasting with the white of Almonry Museum pear and plum. We tour the Excursions as Listed black and white villages to see the best of the spring colour, visit Evesham, Berkeley Castle and take a trip on the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway. Day 1: After our usual taxi pick up, we travel to Marlborough where we have some free time for refreshments. We then continue to our hotel, arriving in time to relax before dinner. Day 2: We travel to Evesham today where we have time to explore the pretty town and get some refreshments. We have included a guided tour of the Almonry Museum and Heritage Centre, a 14th Century building once home to the Almoner of Evesham Abbey which now houses a unique collection of artefacts as well as exhibitions of the history of the area. This afternoon we travel along the Blossom Trail, touring some of the prettiest black and white villages through the Vale of Evesham. We have with us a local guide to take us to the less visited places and give us interesting information as we enjoy our drive. Day 3: We have a morning train ride on the Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway from Cheltenham on the extended line to Broadway. We have some free time in this delightful sleepy town before continuing through the Cotswolds via Stow-on-the-Wold and return to our hotel. Day 4: After a leisurely breakfast, we make our way southwards to Berkeley Castle. This stunning Medieval Castle has been the home of the Berkeley family since 1153. Elizabeth I stayed here and Edward II was murdered here, and you can see wonderful tapestries, paintings, fine silver and dark dungeons. We return to our hotel mid-afternoon. Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we make our way to Salisbury for some free time before continuing to the local area to be met by our taxis to take us home. Please note: Flower/blossom displays are always weather/season dependent.

cheltenham chase Hotel HHHH Our four-star hotel is located between Cheltenham and Gloucester and boasts excellent leisure facilities including swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.qhotels.co.uk 19 April 2019

G903

£476

Twin/Double for Sole Use £88

For Insurance Details see Page 83

Day 4: A scenic drive on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, to Buckfastleigh where we enjoy a return journey on the South Devon Railway, travelling along the Dart Valley through the beautiful Devon hills. Easter is a special time at the South Devon Railway and there will be displays of vintage cars, buses and motorbikes at Buckfastleigh to admire as well as visiting the Dartmoor Otter and Buckfast Butterfly Centre adjacent to the station.

18 April 2019

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cHARlestown HARBouR

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cornwall coast & country

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Cornwall is a land of dramatic rocky cliff sides, sandy beaches, hidden harbours, delightful fishing villages, and lush countryside all coming together to make one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. We explore the wonderful coastline, visit sites made famous by Poldark and Doc Martin and take in the Eden Project. Our base at the Rosemundy House Hotel is a favourite with Woods customers and the area is filmed as Poldark’s Nampara Valley.

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biomes house the largest ever rainforest in captivity with stunning plants, exhibitions and extraordinary gardens. If you haven’t visited the gardens since they were first opened, it is well worth another visit to see how the project has grown. This afternoon we visit Truro, Cornwall’s cathedral city. Centre stage is the impressive Gothic Revival cathedral, and in its shadow a warren of back streets are home to dozens of independent shops selling everything from fashion to local Cornish cheeses.

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Day 1: After a home taxi pick up, we travel through Dorset and Devon making suitable refreshment stops along the way. We arrive at our hotel in St Agnes late afternoon to relax and then have dinner. Day 2: We dip into Poldark country today beginning with a panoramic route through Perranporth, Winston Graham’s home town and inspiration for the Poldark novels. Then to Charlestown, the pretty heritage harbour where the port scenes were filmed. Day 3: Our morning is spent at the Eden Project, a fantastic development where huge

Day 4: We explore the gorgeous scenery of the west coast today, with views of St Michael’s Mount from Helston and Penzance, the most westerly town in England and our lunch stop. This afternoon we visit the delightful harbour town of St Ives. We return to our hotel late afternoon.

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Day 7: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel east with suitable refreshment stops, reaching the local area late afternoon.

Rosemundy House Hotel HHH This delightful and elegant hotel has been tastefully extended and is set in its own secluded gardens and woodland, with an outdoor heated swimming pool, and only 100 yards from the main street of the unspoilt village of St Agnes. All rooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi, does not have a lift, but some ground floor rooms are available. www.rosemundy.co.uk

Day 5: A free day to relax in our hotel and to explore St Agnes. Day 6: Our morning is spent in Padstow, its narrow streets leading through pretty pastel houses to another picturesque harbour. Then we visit the pretty harbour village of Port Isaac – Port Wenn in the Doc Martin TV series. The narrow lanes of whitewashed stone cottages lead down to the harbour – a truly peaceful and unspoilt spot. 16 August 2019

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Spring Flower Show

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Cornwall’s annual Spring Flower Prideaux Place Show takes place in the Lost Gardens of Heligan magnificent grounds of Excursions as Listed Boconnoc House, Lostwithiel. A fragrant celebration of Cornish garden mania that welcomes spring with exuberant displays in the competitive classes with camellias, daffodils, rhododendrons and ornamental shrubs and trees guaranteeing a brilliantly colourful spectacle. We also visit Padstow, St Ives, Prideaux Place and the Lost Gardens of Heligan. Day 1: Morning collection from your home to join our coach for the drive west. We arrive at our hotel in St Agnes late afternoon. Day 2: A morning in the coastal town of St Ives with its cobbled streets winding between tiny fishermen’s cottages. A free afternoon in St Agnes. Day 3: We spend the day in Lostwithiel at the wonderful Cornwall Spring Flower Show. Fabulous displays, gardeners’ question time, live music and plenty of local food on offer make for a fantastic day. Day 4: Today we begin at Padstow, a delightful little port, nestling on the beautiful Camel Estuary, with a colourful harbour surrounded by pastelwashed Medieval houses. In the afternoon we visit Prideaux Place, surrounded by gardens and wooded grounds overlooking a deer park and the Camel Estuary to the moors beyond. Day 5: A visit to the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan. In 1991 the gardens were rebuilt from complete dereliction and now cover 57 acres with a further 100 acres of ornamental woodland, an impressive range of plant breeds and features, including an Italian garden, a sub-tropical ‘jungle’ valley, a crystal grotto, summerhouses and the Flora Green Lawn surrounded by giant rhododendrons. The afternoon is free in St Agnes.

Rosemundy House Hotel HHH This delightful and elegant hotel has been tastefully extended and is set in its own secluded gardens and woodland, and only 100 yards from the main street of the unspoilt village of St Agnes. All rooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi, does not have a lift, but some ground floor rooms are available. www.rosemundy.co.uk 05 April 2019

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Our customers return to these beautiful isles again and again, to enjoy the warm hospitality of the team at The Atlantic Hotel, the fantastic guided walks, and a climate that attracts rare birds, dolphins and seals, and all year round exotic plants and flowers thrive.

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Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Welcome Drink Boat Trip to Tresco Guided Tours of St Mary’s & Tresco Tresco Abbey Gardens

Day 1: A morning pick up from your home by taxi, to join the Woods coach. We drive towards the West Country, making a suitable stop for lunch. We arrive at Land’s End for an afternoon flight to St Mary’s. You will be transferred to the hotel where you will receive a warm reception. Days 2-5: During your stay you enjoy: • A full day guided walking tour on St Mary’s. If you do not wish to walk all day it is possible to join this tour in the morning and return to the hotel after lunch either on foot or by taxi (own expense). • A full day to the island of Tresco by boat, with a guided walking tour of the world famous Tresco Abbey Gardens. • Two free days with an optional visit to the island of either St Agnes or St Martin’s. Day 6: After breakfast we will be transferred to the airport for the short flight to Land’s End. A Woods coach will be waiting to return you to the local area for your onward taxi to your home. Please note: Good walking shoes are essential, as there can be a lot of walking on the island tours. Weather conditions and tide times may cause the order of the excursions to change without notice. Woods cannot be held responsible for any such changes. Please complete the coach tour booking form for this holiday.

atlantic Hotel HHH Centrally located in Hugh Town on St Mary’s, the Atlantic Hotel is on the water’s edge, overlooking the harbour. It is a delightful, rambling old inn, with plenty of character. All rooms have TV and hospitality tray. The hotel does not have a lift and there is only one ground floor room. The restaurant overlooks the waterfront and there is WiFi and a roof terrace. www.atlanticinnscilly.co.uk 29 March 2019 02 October 2019

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Day 6: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel east with a stop at Dorchester before we reach the local area and our taxis to continue home.

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The Cornish Riviera is Door to Door Service outstandingly beautiful and Half Board remains a Woods favourite. National Seal Sanctuary* Based in the historic fishing River Cruise town of Falmouth, with its St Mawes Ferry picturesque narrow streets and Trelissick Garden harbour, we visit the Roseland Excursions as Listed Peninsula, visit Trelissick Garden, take a river cruise and visit the wonderful National Seal Sanctuary*. Day 1: After being picked up from your door, join our coach and we travel west, making suitable refreshment stops along the way and reaching our hotel late afternoon. Day 2: A free day to explore Falmouth. Day 3: This morning we visit Truro, with its impressive cathedral and delightful shops. We return to Falmouth for a 2-hour pleasure cruise onboard the MV Princessa through the beautiful, rugged landscape and the scenic waters of the Helford River & Frenchmans Creek.** Day 4: Travel across the Fal Estuary by ferry to St Mawes for free time to explore the picturesque harbour. Then meet our coach for the drive up the Roseland Peninsula to Trelissick Garden, which boasts a huge array of plant species and stunning views. Day 5: A scenic drive this morning via Helston with views of St Michael’s Mount. This designated ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ has whitewashed cottages clustering around tiny harbours. We visit the National Seal Sanctuary set on the picturesque Helford Estuary near Gweek. Day 6: We return home via Dorchester, stopping en route for refreshments.

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Please note: *For the 5-day tour in September, omit Day 5 and the National Seal Sanctuary. **If the Helford River Cruise is not possible due to operational reasons, there will be a cruise on the River Fal.

Falmouth Hotel HHH This impressive Victorian hotel provides comfortable facilities and is located conveniently close to the beaches and town centre, with splendid views of the sea. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is an indoor swimming pool, sauna, solarium, Jacuzzi and gym. The hotel has WiFi, a lift, and an AA award-winning restaurant. www.falmouthhotel.com 01 May 2019 05 September 2019

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£533

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Half Board The twin towns of East Looe Lanhydrock House & and West Looe sit either side of Gardens the river and form a vibrant and Excursions as Listed picturesque base for our tour. We get a real taste of the smugglers’ coast at Mevagissey, Polperro and Fowey, and an insight into Victorian life at Lanhydrock. Day 1: We pick you up from your door before joining our tour coach to travel west across the country and into Cornwall, making suitable refreshment stops along the way, and we are greeted at our hotel with tea or coffee. Day 2: A beautiful excursion through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, first to Mevagissey, with narrow streets leading down to the protected harbour. We then visit the lovely town of Fowey on the west side of the Fowey Estuary, once home to Daphne du Maurier and with an old town packed with Medieval and Georgian buildings. A minibus runs from the coach park down to the town (£2.50 round trip). Day 3: After a leisurely breakfast, we visit Lanhydrock House and Gardens, to discover 50 rooms, including the extensive kitchens, the lives of those in service, and the lives of those living in the Victorian luxury of the family rooms. The garden is packed with rare trees and shrubs, glorious flowerbeds and winding woodland walks. Day 4: A free day to relax and enjoy Looe. Alternatively join your driver on a half day tour to Polperro, an unspoilt fishing village famous for its artists and its history of smuggling. Day 5: Leaving the beautiful Cornish coast behind us, we travel homewards with suitable refreshment stops, before reaching the local area early evening. Please note: Cornish coastal villages have steep streets which may not be suitable for the less mobile.

Portbyhan Hotel HHH Our three-star hotel is situated on the quayside in Looe, overlooking the picturesque harbour. There is a bar, lounge, terrace and the Harbour View Restaurant serves locally sourced menus. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift and there is entertainment most evenings. www.portbyhan.com 01 July 2019

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The historic city of Plymouth is an excellent base for this autumn tour, with its quaint cobbled quayside, wonderful National Marine Aquarium and, of course, Plymouth Hoe.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Shipwreck Centre Smuggling Museum Dartmouth Railway Excursions as Listed

Day 1: Leaving the local area this morning we travel west, stopping at Ottery St Mary Garden Centre for lunch and refreshments (not included), reaching our hotel late afternoon. Day 2: Our first visit is to the Grade II listed port of Charlestown, clearly recognisable as the film location for Poldark. Here we visit the Shipwreck, Rescue and Heritage Centre to learn fascinating stories of the port, ships and the wrecks along this treacherous coast. Our next stop is Mevagissey, with its maze of narrow streets around the pretty harbour. Day 3: Today we drive to rugged Bodmin Moor and stop at Jamaica Inn, with its Daphne Du Maurier associations and a museum filled with smuggling artefacts collected over many years. We return to Plymouth for a free afternoon in this historic city.

Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we visit Exeter and have free time to explore. We continue eastwards and meet our taxis late afternoon.

copthorne Hotel HHH Situated in the heart of the city with sweeping views down Armada Way and a short walk from the Barbican and the historic Mayflower Steps, our three-star hotel has pleasant lounge, bar and a lift to all floors. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. www.millenniumhotels.com 14 October 2019

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devon

Winter Warmer

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Half Board Come and escape the winter Welcome Drink blues and enjoy the delights of Guided Coastal Tour South Devon. We are based at Tea & Cake Day 4 the friendly three-star Redcliffe Excursions as Listed Hotel in Paignton and we visit Torquay, Dartmoor and have a Blue Badge guided tour of some of the pretty Devon coastal villages – all with no single supplement and many single rooms! Day 1: We make our way to Dorchester for a break for lunch before continuing into Devon and our hotel in Paignton. A welcome drink is served before dinner for a chance to meet your fellow guests. Day 2: We are joined by a local guide today for a tour which travels along the coast through Teignmouth, Dawlish, Exmouth and Sidmouth, returning to Paignton via some pretty Devon villages. Day 3: After a leisurely breakfast we travel into Dartmoor visiting Widecombe-in-the-Moor and returning via Buckfast Abbey. Tonight dinner is followed by entertainment. Day 4: Today is at leisure to enjoy the hotel’s facilities, or your driver will take you into the centre of Torquay for a chance to shop and sightsee. In the afternoon we enjoy tea and cake in the town. After dinner we have more entertainment. Day 5: We depart after breakfast with a stop in Salisbury for shopping and a chance to get lunch. We reach the local area late afternoon and meet our taxis.

Redcliffe Hotel HHH Our three-star hotel is situated on a promontory dividing the two sandy beaches of Paignton and Preston and has a 400-metre water frontage with marvellous views of Torquay or Brixham from the public rooms. Leisure facilities include indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa pool. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift to most rooms. www.redcliffehotel.co.uk 17 February 2019

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Day 4: We travel over to the pretty resort of Torquay for some free time to explore the town. In the afternoon we board the Dartmouth Steam Railway in Paignton for a return journey to Kingswear, overlooking the River Dart. We then return to our hotel for our last evening dinner.

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Relax and enjoy Paignton, Torquay, Dartmoor and Exeter, travel by steam to Kingswear, cruise on the River Dart, and sail on the oldest shipping canal in Europe through two working locks and a swing bridge!

Bennett’s Water Garden Exeter Canal Cruise Paignton Steam Railway Dart River Cruise Excursions as Listed

Day 1: After your taxi pick up, we make our way west and visit Bennett’s Water Gardens, where 8 acres of gardens are home to outstanding displays of water lilies. We continue to Paignton and our hotel. Day 2: A full day excursion beginning with the Paignton & Dartmouth Railway. We travel on the steam railway from Paignton to Kingswear, which travels seven miles along the spectacular Torbay coast, and through the wooded slopes bordering the Dart Estuary. We then cross on the passenger ferry to Dartmouth where you have free time to explore. In the afternoon we board our boat for the one-hour cruise to Totnes, where our coach will be waiting. (Order of day depends on tides) Day 3: A free day to enjoy the elegant resort town of Torquay. Day 4: We drive to Exmouth and board our Stuart Line boat at 11am to enjoy a 2½ hour cruise up to Exeter, sailing through 8 miles of manmade waterway, through two manually operated locks and causing the main Exeter to Dawlish road to come to a halt as the Countess Weir Swing Bridge is opened to allow our passage through! Snacks are available on board. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore Exeter. Day 5: After a leisurely breakfast we travel into Dartmoor visiting Widecombe-in-the-Moor and returning via Buckfast Abbey.

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Day 6: We depart after breakfast and stop in Salisbury with time for lunch and shopping. We then make our way to our taxis and home.

Redcliffe Hotel HHH Our three-star hotel is situated on a promontory dividing the two sandy beaches of Paignton and Preston and has a 400-metre water frontage with marvellous views of Torquay or Brixham from the public rooms. Leisure facilities include indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and spa pool. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift to most rooms, but some steps within the hotel. www.redcliffehotel.co.uk 23 June 2019

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£565

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The Royal York and Faulkner Bicton Park Botanical Hotel, overlooks the waters of Gardens Lyme Bay on the Regency South Devon Railway promenade at Sidmouth, a town Excursions as Listed with old world charm and delightful gardens. On this tour you have time to enjoy the town as well as sightseeing along the coast, visits to Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, the Donkey Sanctuary and a ride on the South Devon Railway. Day 1: After a morning taxi pick up, we make our way into Dorset, stopping in Bournemouth for lunch. On into Devon, we arrive at our hotel in the afternoon. Day 2: A day at leisure to enjoy this beautiful Regency town, or join your driver for a visit to the famous Donkey Sanctuary. Day 3: A scenic drive on the edge of Dartmoor National Park, to Buckfastleigh where we enjoy a return journey on the South Devon Railway, travelling along the Dart Valley through the beautiful Devon hills. Day 4: After breakfast we drive to Bicton Park Botanical Gardens. Set in Devon’s Otter Valley, the Grade I listed gardens are a product of almost 300 years of horticultural history and we have included the gardens, glass houses and a ride on the woodland railway. Later, we continue along the East Devon Heritage Coast to Exmouth. Day 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel home via Dorchester. We reach the local area late afternoon.

Royal york and Faulkner Hotel HHH A magnificent Regency building, enjoying an unrivalled position on Sidmouth's elegant Esplanade, this family run hotel is ideally located directly overlooking the sea and adjacent to the picturesque town centre. The Royal York and Faulkner has a reputation for offering hospitality, service and comfort, as well as excellent food. All rooms offer TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is WiFi and a lift, although there are some steps in the hotel. www.royalyorkhotel.co.uk 07 June 2019 23 September 2019

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£515

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Half Board Our regular customers will Arlington Court know the excellent Brend Hartland Abbey Group of hotels. This year we RHS Rosemoor have a summer visit to the Marwood Hill Gardens Royal Hotel in Bideford. North Excursions as Listed Devon is a treasure trove of fine houses and stunning summer gardens, and we have included visits to Hartland Abbey, Arlington Court, Marwood Hill Garden and, of course, RHS Rosemoor. Day 1: After your taxi pick up, we make our way to North Devon, making refreshment stops along the way. We arrive at our hotel late afternoon. Day 2: A day of glorious gardens bursting with roses and astilbes, beginning with a visit to Marwood Hill Gardens. This 20-acre private garden is tucked away in a valley and has been a haven of peace since its creation in the 1950s. Some of the garden walks are quite challenging, but the view across the valley from the Garden Tea Room is spectacular. Our afternoon is spent at the gorgeous RHS Garden Rosemoor.

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somerset Steam & Cruise

5 Days from

£476

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Based in the historic town of West Somerset Railway Tiverton, this tour allows you to Exeter Cathedral Guided discover Exeter Cathedral, Tour explore the dramatic beauty of Excursions as Listed Exmoor with a trip on the West Somerset Railway, and relax with a cream tea as you cruise through the glorious Devon countryside by horse drawn barge.

Day 1: A taxi picks you up from home and takes you to your Woods coach, which then travels west to Bridport before continuing to your hotel in mid Devon. Day 2: A morning mystery drive, before travelling by coach to the Grand Western Canal where we enjoy a delightful horse-drawn cruise with a cream tea on board. Day 3: Driving south to Exeter we have arranged for a guided tour of the magnificent cathedral followed by free time to explore the town or historic quayside. The afternoon is free in Tiverton with its lively shopping centre, castle and museum.

Day 4: This morning we visit Barnstaple, where you might like to visit the famous Pannier Market, which on Wednesdays has both a general and an antiques and collectables market. In the afternoon we visit Hartland Abbey, cherished home of the Stucley family since it was gifted to them at the dissolution of the monasteries, filled with treasures and memorabilia collected over many generations.

Day 4: We travel to Bishops Lydeard to join Britain’s longest standard gauge heritage railway for a twenty-mile journey winding through the Quantock Hills and along the Exmoor coast. Free time for lunch in Minehead, before returning to the hotel by coach across the Exmoor National Park and along the Exe Valley.

Day 5: We depart after breakfast and travel to the Clarks Village complex in Street, with over 90 different stores. We arrive back in the local area late afternoon.

Day 5: Departing our hotel after breakfast we travel east and have a stop in Salisbury for refreshments and sightseeing. We continue to the local area arriving late afternoon.

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Situated at the eastern end of the Medieval bridge spanning the River Torridge in the ancient port of Bideford, our three-star hotel has a comfortable lounge, a traditional feel, WiFi and a lift to all floors. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. www.brend-hotels.co.uk 18 August 2019

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The three-star Best Western Tiverton Hotel is on the outskirts of Tiverton, an historic market town in the heart of the beautiful Exe River Valley. The hotel has WiFi and bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel does not have a lift but ground floor rooms are available. www.bw-tivertonhotel.co.uk 05 June 2019 21 October 2019

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treasures in trust The West Country

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Arlington Court national Trust Members’ Tour: Barrington Court Our tour to the glorious West Excursions as Listed Country incorporates four wonderful National Trust properties, as well as showing us the dramatic beauty of Exmoor National Park. Day 1: A taxi picks you up from home and takes you to your Woods coach, which then travels west with suitable refreshment stops, before continuing to your hotel in mid Devon. Day 2: Today we visit two wonderful properties. We begin with Knightshayes (NT), a Gothic Revival house with opulent designs, complemented by a garden which is a masterpiece of architectural planting. Our afternoon visit is to Killerton (NT), a welcoming Georgian house set in a huge estate of working farmland, wooded parkland, cottages and orchards. Day 3: An excursion into North Devon and Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum (NT). The starkly classical exterior of the house hides a hugely varied collection amassed by 11 generations of the Chichester family. The stable block houses the wonderful display of carriages and the gardens have been restored to their Victorian glory. After a short stop in Lynmouth, we return across Exmoor National Park. Day 4: Our visit is to Barrington Court (NT), a 16th Century house rescued from dereliction in the 1920s by Colonel Lyle, of Tate & Lyle fame. The house is unfurnished, but contains beautiful panelling, fireplaces and staircases. The Walled White Garden, Rose and Iris Garden and Lily Garden have playing fountains, vibrant colours and intoxicating scents. We return to our hotel mid-afternoon for free time to explore Tiverton. Day 5: Departing our hotel after breakfast we travel east and have a stop in Salisbury. We continue to the local area arriving late afternoon.

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*national Trust members must bring a valid membership card with them on the tour to qualify for this price. other national Trust Members’ Tours are on pages 36 & 54.

The Tiverton Hotel HHH The three-star Best Western Tiverton Hotel is on the outskirts of Tiverton, an historic market town in the heart of the beautiful Exe River Valley. The hotel has WiFi and bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel does not have a lift but ground floor rooms are available. www.bw-tivertonhotel.co.uk 31 July 2019

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4 Days from

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Half Board Cricket St Thomas offers the Entertainment & Activity wonderful mix of excellent Programme accommodation, daily activities Seaton Tramway and nightly entertainment that Excursions as Listed you have come to expect from a (Coffee/tea are not included Warner’s hotel, and from this after dinner) excellent base we visit Dorchester, Wells, Sidmouth and Seaton for a ride on the famous tramway. Day 1: After our morning taxi pick up, we make our way to Dorchester with some free time to get refreshments. We continue to Chard and our hotel, to settle in, enjoy dinner and our first night of fantastic entertainment. Day 2: Today we drive down to the coast to Seaton and board the famous Seaton Tramway for a three-mile journey by narrow gauge tram through the glorious Axe Valley, through two nature reserves, to Colyton. After some free time to get some refreshments, we continue to Sidmouth, for free time in this beautiful Regency town. Day 3: A free day to enjoy the many facilities at your hotel. Alternatively join your driver for an excursion via Glastonbury to the historic city of Wells, with its lovely cathedral, for free time for sightseeing and lunch and returning to the hotel mid-afternoon. Day 4: Leaving Chard, we travel to Salisbury for shopping and time for lunch. We then make our way along the coast, to our taxis and home.

Warner’s cricket st Thomas HHHH The Regency-style elegant mansion of Cricket St Thomas is set within glorious landscaped gardens, and was the original setting for the series ‘To the Manor Born’. Bedrooms, located in the Walled Garden or the Courtyard, are spacious and comfortable with TV, telephone, hairdryer, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. Facilities include WiFi, tennis, croquet, boules, air rifle shooting, indoor swimming pool, spa, sauna and steam rooms. There is a lift, but rooms are spread around the site so some walking will be required. www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk 30 August 2019

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Half Board An early visit to the beautiful Three Lunches seaside resort town of Drinks Package Bournemouth. We have a RNLI Tour fascinating tour of the RNLI Dorset Guide Day 4 Training College in Poole, where Excursions as Listed our courageous volunteer lifesavers train for sea rescue. We also delve into Dorset with a local guide and have three included lunches and an evening drinks package to enjoy. Day 1: Making our way through Hampshire and the New Forest, we have a stop in Lyndhurst where you will be able to get lunch. Keep your eyes open for the wild New Forest ponies as we continue to our hotel in Bournemouth. Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast, we travel the short distance to Poole and have free time to explore Poole’s old town – a picturesque, bustling area featuring cobbled streets, historic buildings and a range of independent shops. We have a packed lunch with us from our hotel, and in the afternoon we visit the RNLI college. Here we enjoy a 90-minute Discovery Tour of the college and its training facilities, including the worldclass Sea Survival Centre, which hosts the wave tank and Lifeboat Simulator. Day 3: A free day to enjoy Bournemouth, and an included buffet lunch at your hotel.

Day 5: Departing mid-morning, we travel the short distance to Wimborne, before making our way back to the local area and meeting our taxis. Please note: The drinks package means inclusive drinks between 6pm and 9pm on selected house products.

suncliff Hotel HHH Situated on the seafront, overlooking Bournemouth Bay, the Suncliff has a restaurant, bar, lounges and offers two nights of entertainment during our stay. Leisure facilities open to you at the sister hotels (located next door) include indoor swimming pool, sauna, day spa and mini gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.suncliff.oceana-collection.com G975

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Enjoy a relaxing time in this iconic seaside town, and also a trip on the Swanage Steam Railway, a Poole Harbour cruise aboard a vintage motor yacht and a visit to Compton Acres.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Poole Vintage Cruise Cream Tea Compton Acres Swanage Railway

Day 1: Making our way through Excursions as Listed Hampshire and the New Forest, we have a stop in Lyndhurst where you will be able to get lunch. Keep your eyes open for the wild New Forest ponies as we continue to our hotel in Bournemouth. Day 2: Today we visit Swanage via Sandbanks and enjoy a return heritage train ride on the Swanage Railway to Norden through the Purbeck Hills with views of the ruins of Corfe Castle along the way. We then have some free time to stroll along the promenade at Swanage or visit the shops before we return to Bournemouth. Day 3: After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to Compton Acres, acknowledged as one of the finest privately-owned gardens in England. In the afternoon we transfer to Poole Quay where we have a 90-minute cruise around the harbour aboard the Dorset Queen, a 1938 vintage motor yacht and enjoy a Dorset cream tea on board. Day 4: A free day to enjoy Bournemouth. Day 5: Departing mid-morning, we travel the short distance to Wimborne, before making our way back to the local area and meeting our taxis. Please note: Seaview rooms and balcony rooms may be available and would incur a supplement.

Marsham court Hotel HHH Our family-run three-star hotel is situated on the East Cliff, with awardwinning garden frontage, terraces and outdoor pool (May to September) overlooking the bay. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift to all floors but not all rooms can be accessed with no stairs. www.marshamcourthotel.co.uk 27 May 2019 21 October 2019

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Day 4: After breakfast we begin our drive into Dorset and Hardy country. A local guide will join us for the day and give us some insight into the history of the area and some of the beautiful little villages. We will have a stop in Shaftesbury during our day and have a packed lunch prepared by our hotel.

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This new tour is packed with interesting excursions to Kingston Lacy, Abbotsbury Swannery, Portland Castle and includes a steam train ride on the Swanage Railway and a Jurassic Cruise – all from our delightful hotel on the Isle of Portland.

Half Board Abbotsbury Swannery Portland Castle Swanage Railway Jurassic Cruise Kingston Lacy Excursions as Listed

Day 1: We travel via Bournemouth to arrive at our hotel in the afternoon. Day 2: A beautiful day out today begins in Norden where we board the steam railway for the six-mile journey past Corfe Castle to Swanage. After a few hours to explore this pretty resort, we take a one-hour cruise to Poole, along the dramatic Jurassic Coast. We return to our hotel by coach. Day 3: We begin by exploring the Isle of Portland, with an included visit to Portland Castle, one of Henry VIII’s finest coastal forts, with beautiful views over Portland Harbour. Our afternoon is spent in Weymouth, with its panoramic esplanade and picturesque harbour. Day 4: We visit Dorchester on market day, where you might like to explore the market, visit the museum, or relax in one of the many cafés. After lunch we travel to Abbotsbury Swannery, the only place in the world where you can walk through a colony of nesting mute swans.

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Day 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel to Kingston Lacy, a beautiful 17th Century mansion built in Italian style, and packed with antiques and gorgeous works of art. In the afternoon, we continue to the local area and meet our taxis.

The Heights Hotel HHH The three-star Heights Hotel is set in the heart of the World Heritage Coastline on the Isle of Portland, with stunning views over Chesil Beach, Weymouth, Lyme Bay and Portland Harbour. The hotel has WiFi and a gym. All bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift. www.heightshotel.com 14 April 2019

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We return to the Hotel Rex in Door to Door Service the seaside resort of Half Board Weymouth, with its golden Bovington Tank Museum beaches and idyllic leisure Tutankhamun Exhibition harbour, which nestles perfectly Sherborne Castle alongside the rugged Isle of Light Lunch Day 3 Portland. We visit Dorchester, Excursions as Listed Bournemouth and Shaftesbury; and delve into history at the Bovington Tank Museum, Sherborne Castle and the wonderful Tutankhamun Exhibition. Day 1: After your taxi pick up, we make our way west to Bovington Tank Museum, where we find a unique collection of over 300 vehicles over six halls, with the personal touch of first-hand accounts of those who fought in them. We continue our journey to Weymouth and our hotel. Day 2: In the morning we visit Dorchester, an historic market town with its roots in Roman times, and close associations with Thomas Hardy. We have included entrance into the Tutankhamun World Heritage Exhibition, a facsimile exhibition following Howard Carter’s discovery of the impressive tomb. There is also free time to visit the variety of shops and cafés on the pedestrianised main street. Your afternoon is free in Weymouth. Day 3: After breakfast, we travel to Sherborne, to visit the magnificent castle. This historic Digby stately home was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, and we enjoy a private tour to view the magnificent staterooms, Raleigh’s kitchen and the museum in the Castle’s cellars. The stunning ‘Capability’ Brown landscaped grounds will be wreathed in red and gold as the autumn colours begin and our tour is followed by a light lunch in the Tea Room. In the afternoon we head out across the Dorset countryside to Shaftesbury. Walk down the famous ‘Hovis’ Gold Hill if you dare, or take in the glorious views from Park Walk. Day 4: We leave our hotel after breakfast and travel via Bournemouth with a stop for refreshments. We arrive in the local area in the afternoon, where your taxi will be waiting to take you home.

Hotel Rex HHH A very warm welcome awaits you at the Hotel Rex, which offers the comforts and luxuries of a modern hotel yet still retains its original character and splendour. This three-star hotel is situated on the Esplanade overlooking the stunning golden sands of Weymouth Beach and the Jurassic Coastline beyond. All bedrooms are en suite and have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift to some rooms and there are some steps at the entrance. www.kingshotels.co.uk 11 October 2019

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One of Britain’s favourite Door to Door Service holiday destinations since Half Board Victorian times, the Isle of Osborne House Wight has miles of sandy Steam Railway beaches, picturesque scenery Rosemary Vineyard and pretty villages. We visit Tea & Cake Day 6 Queen Victoria’s favourite Isle of Wight Pearl home, Osborne House, take a Excursions as Listed ride on the island’s own steam railway, and explore the lush and peaceful countryside. Our hotel provides four evenings of entertainment. Day 1: Having met all of our taxis, our coach travels down to Portsmouth for the sailing to Fishbourne. Once on the island we have a scenic drive to Sandown and our hotel. Day 2: A leisurely start today before we take a tour around the western side of the Island, taking in Isle of Wight Pearl, Alum Bay and the picture postcard village of Godshill, before heading back to Sandown and our hotel. Day 3: A free day for you to enjoy Sandown. Day 4: A morning visit to Shanklin where there is time to stroll along the quaint streets and visit a tea room. In the afternoon we make our way to Havenstreet Station for a scenic ride on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. The locomotives and carriages have been lovingly restored to pristine condition and the station houses a shop, café and museum. Day 5: A morning visit to Osborne House and Gardens. Queen Victoria spent a great deal of time at this wonderful home, and since her death little has been changed there, with many of the royal couple’s possessions, photographs and paintings still in place. We return to the hotel midafternoon.

Trouville Hotel HHH The Trouville is situated on The Esplanade in Sandown with sweeping views of the bay from the bar, lounge and restaurant areas. All twin and double rooms enjoy a sea view. Bedrooms offer TV, telephone, radio, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.trouvillehotel.co.uk G936

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We return to Bembridge Coast Hotel, one of Warner’s most popular properties. Warner’s ‘adult only’ hotels offer a wealth of leisure activities and evening entertainment, while our programme of excursions allows you to see the best of this beautiful island.

Half Board Entertainment & Activity Programme Osborne House Rosemary Vineyard Excursions as Listed (Tea/coffee after dinner not included)

Day 1: Having met all of our taxis, our coach travels to Portsmouth for the sailing to Fishbourne. Once on the island we head for the east coast and our hotel. Day 2: Free time this morning to enjoy the many facilities at the resort. This afternoon we take a tour around the western part of the island, taking in the picture postcard village of Godshill, Alum Bay and glimpses of The Needles. Day 3: A morning visit to Osborne House and Gardens. We return to the hotel mid-afternoon. Day 4: A free morning to enjoy the many activities on offer at Warner’s and then this afternoon we take a scenic drive along the south east coast visiting Ventnor and Shanklin. Day 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we make our way to Rosemary Vineyard, one of the largest producers of English wine and home to a lovely café and a shop chock full of local island products. We travel on to Fishbourne for our afternoon ferry to Portsmouth, returning to our homes early evening.

Warner’s Bembridge coast Hotel HHH This first-rate modern hotel is set in 23 acres of grounds on the secluded eastern shore of the Isle of Wight, and has beautifully landscaped gardens and marvellous sea views. Bedrooms, situated in various buildings in the complex, have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. There is lift access to most rooms. Leisure facilities include indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, fitness studio, indoor bowls, outdoor bowls green, snooker room, croquet, tennis and boules courts. We enjoy a daily programme of events and live nightly entertainment. www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk 07 October 2019

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Day 6: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we make our way to Rosemary Vineyard, one of the largest producers of English wine and home to a shop chock full of local island products. We enjoy tea and cake in the lovely tearoom. We then travel on to Fishbourne for our afternoon ferry to Portsmouth, and return to our homes.

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Join us on this unique and extraordinary exploration of Hidden London in the company of a Blue Badge Guide to discover some of our capital’s most beautiful hidden interiors and deep dark secrets.

Half Board Thames Cruise Crossness Cathedral of Sewage Freemasons Hall London Silver Vaults St Pancras Hotel

Charterhouse Day 1: After our local pick ups, we Light Lunch Day 1 make our way to London for a buffet Fish & Chip Lunch Day 3 lunch at the Cathedral of Sewage! 2 Days Blue Badge Guide This grand and ornate building was built by Sir Joseph Balzalgette to house the Crossness Engines after the Great Stink of 1858 – a fascinating and very unusual place. We transfer by coach to our hotel in Blackheath for our evening meal. Day 2: Accompanied by our Blue Badge Guide we first visit the Freemasons Hall at Covent Garden to see the glitzy Art Deco interiors of the United Grand Lodge of England. We explore the museum, Grand Temple and ceremonial areas of the distinctive building which is a popular film location with Spooks and Sherlock Holmes among the credits. Next to the London Silver Vaults, the sprawling Victorian catacombs built as strongroom facilities for the rich and famous, and now one of the largest silver markets on Earth. After some free time for lunch, we visit the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel to discover hidden aspects of this truly historic hotel. We return to Greenwich by river followed by a short coach transfer to our hotel for our evening meal. Day 3: This morning we are with the Blue Badge Guide for some more capital curios. We visit The London Charterhouse, which is open to the public for the first time in 600 years since it was founded as a Carthusian monastery on the site of a Black Death plague pit. During our visit we see the Great Hall where the Brothers sit together to eat their meals and the Great Chamber where Queen Elizabeth I held court during the first days of her reign. Our last stop is at Kennedy’s in Clerkenwell, where we enjoy a traditional fish & chip lunch, before rejoining our coach mid-afternoon and making our way back to the south coast.

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Please note: Due to the specifications of this holiday, it is only possible to have limited pick ups. These will be Chichester, North Bersted, Bognor Regis, Felpham, Littlehampton, Goring and Worthing.

clarendon Hotel HHH A row of handsome 18th Century residences overlooking the open grassland of Blackheath to Royal Greenwich Park, where the London Marathon begins, along with some 20th Century additions make up our family-run three-star hotel. There is a pleasant lounge, bar, restaurant and walled garden. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to some rooms. www.clarendonhotel.com 21 July 2019

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BlueBell RAilwAY

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tulip Festival

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£379

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In late April and early May Bluebell Line Pashley Manor’s spectacular Herstmonceux Gardens Tulip Festival sees the gardens Excursions as Listed carpeted with over 40,000 tulips creating a breathtaking vision of colour. Visit this quintessential English garden, Herstmonceux Gardens and travel on the Bluebell Line as the spring countryside bursts into life. Day 1: After your door to door service, we travel eastwards and have a stop at Birling Gap to look across the glorious cliffs, before making our way down into Eastbourne. The afternoon is free to explore the town, or relax in the lounges until dinner is served. Day 2: A drive through the countryside to Sheffield Park to join the Bluebell Railway for a nostalgic train ride to East Grinstead. We rejoin our coach and continue to Royal Tunbridge Wells, with its elegant streets, Georgian buildings and the famous Pantiles. There is free time for lunch and exploration before we return to our hotel. Day 3: After a leisurely breakfast we travel to Pashley Manor, where over 100 varieties of tulip have been planted in elegant and vibrant displays in these award-winning gardens. Enjoy also the other spring blossoms and delicate blooms, visit the shop or relax in the Garden Room Café.

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Day 4: After a leisurely breakfast, we visit Herstmonceux Gardens, where beautiful parkland and superb formal gardens surround the picturesque moated castle. There will be time to explore and purchase some lunch in the tearoom before we begin our journey home.

york House Hotel HHH Our three-star hotel is located on the seafront 500 yards from Eastbourne Pier, and a short walk from the town centre. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, veranda bar and comfortable lounges. All bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.yorkhousehotel.co.uk 29 April 2019

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£539

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This new autumn tour includes Chartwell a visit to the cherished family Bluebell Line home of Sir Winston Churchill, a Chapel Down Vineyard ride on the wonderful Bluebell Excursions as Listed Line, a tasting at the renowned Chapel Down Vineyard and time in some of Kent and East Sussex’s favourite towns. Day 1: After your door to door service, we travel eastwards and have a stop at Alfriston before taking the high road up to Birling Gap, before making our way down into Eastbourne. The afternoon is free to explore the town, or relax in the lounges. We have a welcome drink before dinner this evening for a chance to meet your fellow guests. Day 2: We head to Rye with its quaint charm, 18th Century cobbled streets and breathtaking views of Romney Marsh. In the afternoon we visit Chapel Down Vineyard and Winery, where we learn about the history of English wine, the intricacies of the traditional method of sparkling wine production and enjoy a tasting. Day 3: After a leisurely breakfast, we travel up to Chartwell, the muchloved family home of Sir Winston Churchill. The house is still much as it was when the family lived here with pictures, books and personal mementos filling the comfortable rooms. The studio is home to a fine collection of Churchill’s paintings, and the gardens reflect his love of landscape and nature. There will be time to explore and to purchase refreshments in the Landemare Café before we return to Eastbourne.

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canterbury & Castles of Kent

£524

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Explore the beauty of the Kent Dover Castle countryside and coast and visit Excursions As Listed some of its most iconic towns and castles on this new tour staying in Canterbury. Follow in the footsteps of Edward I, Henry II, Catherine of Aragon and Charles Dickens, and discover the wartime secrets deep in the White Cliffs of Dover.

Day 1: After our door to door service, we make our way across country to Rochester, with its stunning cathedral, castle and many links to Charles Dickens. We continue to our hotel near Canterbury arriving late afternoon. Day 2: Today we visit what is possibly the loveliest castle in England. Leeds Castle is set on two islands on the River Len, and has almost 900 years of history and 500 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens. We have included a guided tour of the castle and you will have plenty of time to explore the gardens, café, shops, maze and the wonderful Birds of Prey Centre. We then visit the picturesque village of Chilham on our way back to our hotel. Day 3: A free morning to enjoy the many attractions of Canterbury. In the afternoon we have a trip to Broadstairs on the Kent coast, the favourite holiday spot of Charles Dickens. Day 4: We spend our day in another glorious castle – the iconic English fortress which has stood guard for over nine centuries high atop the famous White Cliffs - Dover Castle. During your visit you can climb the Great Tower, explore the Medieval interiors and witness the drama of the Secret Wartime Tunnels. Day 5: We depart after breakfast and travel south for a visit to Rye with its charming cobbled streets and pretty buildings. We reach the local area and our taxis in the afternoon.

Day 5: Leaving after a leisurely breakfast, we depart our hotel and make our way homewards, with a stop in Brighton along the way. We reach our taxis late afternoon.

Please note: The castles visited have areas only accessible by stairs, and there may be slopes to negotiate.

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abbots Barton Hotel HHH

Our three-star hotel is located on the seafront 400 yards from Eastbourne Pier, and a short walk from the town centre. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, veranda bar and comfortable lounges. All bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.yorkhousehotel.co.uk G9145

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Set within two acres of lawned gardens, but within 10 minutes of the historic town of Canterbury, our three-star hotel is gothic in style and has 53 well-appointed bedrooms equipped with TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift, but some rooms have some stairs. www.bw-abbotsbartonhotel.co.uk 14 July 2019

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Day 4: A drive through the countryside to Sheffield Park to join the Bluebell Railway for a nostalgic train ride to East Grinstead. We rejoin our coach and continue to Royal Tunbridge Wells, with its elegant streets, Georgian buildings and the famous Pantiles. There is free time for lunch and exploration before we return to our hotel.

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Bletchley Park

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Highclere

& Heritage

£399

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A wonderful new tour which takes you deep into the past, visiting Highclere Castle, award-winning Beaulieu and enjoying a cruise along the Kennet and Avon Canal.

Highclere Castle Canal Cruise Beaulieu Excursions as Listed

Day 1: After being picked up from your door, we travel to Beaulieu where you have the opportunity to visit the National Motor Museum, Palace House & Gardens, ride the monorail or visit the Abbey. We leave midafternoon and continue to our hotel. Day 2: This morning we enter the world of Downton Abbey at Highclere Castle – one of England’s most beautiful Victorian castles set amidst 1000 acres of spectacular parkland. Home to the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, the castle has a wonderful Egyptian exhibition dealing with the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. We have included entrance to the castle, gardens and the exhibition. Our afternoon is spent cruising along the Kennet and Avon Canal watching the scenery drift by. Day 3: We begin our day with a visit to Shaftesbury, the picturesque village where you can find the famous Gold Hill and gaze across glorious countryside from the Abbey Walk. We then move on to the Medieval cathedral city of Salisbury, where you might like to visit the fascinating award-winning museum, the old city centre, or visit the cathedral itself which dates from 1266, home to the Magna Carta and has been a place of pilgrimage for over 750 years.

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Day 4: We depart our hotel after a leisurely breakfast and make our way to Winchester, for free time to explore and to get some lunch. Mid-afternoon we continue our journey back to our taxis.

norton Park Hotel HHHH This splendid modern four-star hotel is set in 54 acres of Hampshire parkland, seven miles from Winchester. The hotel offers comfortable surroundings in which to relax, WiFi, an indoor swimming pool, sauna, aroma steam room and gym. You can also book in for treatments in the Reflections Spa. Spacious bedrooms, in a separate annex connected by a covered walkway, are equipped with Sealy beds, TV, telephone, ironing facilities, hairdryer, fridge, safe and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift in the annex. www.qhotels.co.uk 09 April 2019

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Door to Door Service Half Board Bletchley Park IWM Duxford Hughenden

Step back in time and explore Cambridge Guided Tour the secret world of WWII Excursions as Listed espionage at Bletchley Park, Hughenden and the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, and the scholarly and military history of the beautiful city of Cambridge, with its poignant memorial to the ‘friendly invasion’ during World War II. Day 1: We pick you up by taxi from your home and then travel by coach to St Albans where we have a break for lunch and sightseeing. We continue to our hotel in Bedford, arriving with time to relax before dinner. Day 2: Today we travel to the Imperial War Museum at Duxford. Set within the best-preserved Second World War airfield in Europe, IWM Duxford is a vibrant museum, and is home to some of the world’s most iconic aircraft. Entrance to the American Air Museum is included. In the afternoon we travel to Cambridge, to meet our Blue Badge Guide for a driven tour of the city before we visit the nearby WWII American Cemetery and Memorial, the only one of its kind in the United Kingdom. During WWII eastern England became home to thousands of American air force personnel. This was sometimes dubbed the ‘friendly invasion’. Day 3: We travel across to Ely, where the Saturday Market is in full swing. You might like to visit the cathedral, or just browse the stalls. The afternoon is free in Bedford. Day 4: This morning we visit Bletchley Park, once Britain’s best kept secret and now a heritage site where we can explore some of the iconic WWII codebreaking huts, see the Enigma Machines and a wartime mini cinema, all housed in the ornate Victorian mansion which was the Intelligence HQ during the war. Day 5: We depart after breakfast and make our way to Hughenden, country home of Benjamin Disraeli and wartime base of ‘Operation Hillside’. We then continue our journey homewards, joining our taxis late afternoon.

Bedford swan HHHH This historic 18th Century hotel overlooking the River Ouse is the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway. Facilities include a tasteful lounge bar, and spa treatment rooms. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, fridge, safe, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk 07 March 2019

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Duxford Battle of Britain Air Duxford Air Show Show is a spectacular display of IWM Duxford historic aircraft with the massed Excursions as Listed WWII formations that will celebrate and commemorate the RAF’s greatest battle honour. Be captivated by the incredible skill of the pilots and at how the ‘boffins’ at Bletchley Park broke the secret codes with their Enigma machine, hastening the end of the war. Day 1: We pick you up by taxi from your home and then travel by coach to St Albans where we have a break for lunch and sightseeing. We continue to our hotel in Bedford, arriving with time to relax before dinner. Day 2: A day at the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show brings to life Duxford's finest hour as an important Second World War fighter station defending Great Britain from aerial attack in 1940. The roar of Spitfires and Hurricanes over Duxford's historic airfield will take you back in time, but the flying display will showcase not only the famous historic aircraft of the RAF but will also present its modern capabilities with contemporary aircraft in service today. Entry to the award-winning IWM Duxford is included in the ticket price, so you can get up close to the aircraft that have revolutionised flight, including the futuristic Blackbird spyplane, which performed top secret operations for almost 30 years and the B-52 Stratofortress, which stretches the length of the American Air Museum. Iconic aircraft, including the Spitfire, Concorde and the contemporary Eurofighter Typhoon, are on display across the museum.

Bedford swan HHHH This historic 18th Century spa hotel overlooking the River Ouse is the perfect destination for a relaxing getaway. Facilities include a tasteful lounge bar, indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and spa treatment rooms. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, fridge, safe, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.bedfordswanhotel.co.uk 20 September 2019

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Half Board Set against the stunning Woburn Garden Show backdrop of Woburn Abbey and Ely Cathedral Tour within 42 acres of Abbey Horseracing Heritage Gardens, "The Gardener’s Centre Garden Show" offers one of the Excursions as Listed best locations of any show in the UK. We also enter the horseracing world with a fascinating visit to the National Horseracing Heritage Centre at Newmarket and visit some of the historic towns which make this area such a wonderful destination. Day 1: A morning taxi pick up followed by a drive northwards to St Albans for a little free time. We continue to our hotel, arriving late afternoon. Day 2: We drive to historic Ely, where we have an included tour of the magnificent cathedral, followed by some free time. You might like to visit Oliver Cromwell’s House, Ely Museum or just relax in one of the many cafés. Your afternoon is free to explore Cambridge. Day 3: Today we spend a fantastic day out in Newmarket, visiting the National Horseracing Heritage Centre where we can explore the National Horseracing Museum, meet retired racehorses and view a stunning collection of pictures in the National Gallery of British Sporting Art. Day 4: Woburn Garden Show! Now in its 11th Year, and set in the Abbey’s beautifully landscaped gardens, the show offers unparalleled access to award-winning exhibitors and nurseries; informative talks; rare access to the private garden of the Duke and Duchess of Bedford; free garden tours with RHS qualified gardeners; the Artisan’s Food Hall and plenty of retail therapy; live entertainment and musical performances. As if this wasn’t enough, you also have entrance to the Abbey. Day 5: After breakfast, we head homewards, making suitable refreshment stops along the way, and arriving late afternoon. Please note: The Garden Show and the Horseracing Heritage Centre cover large areas and so are not suitable for the less mobile.

Doubletree by Hilton cambridge Belfry HHHH This modern four-star hotel overlooks a lake, is less than a mile from the centre of Cambridge and has pleasant restaurant, bar, lounge and outdoor seating area. Leisure facilities include indoor swimming pool, spa bath, sauna, steam room and gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, minifridge, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.doubletree3.hilton.com 20 June 2019

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Day 3: This morning we visit Bletchley Park, once Britain’s best kept secret and now a heritage site where we can explore some of the iconic WWII codebreaking huts, see the Enigma Machines and a wartime mini cinema, all housed in the ornate Victorian mansion which was the Intelligence HQ during the war. Mid afternoon we make our way homewards, joining our taxis late afternoon.

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£529

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On our new tour we see rural Cream Tea villages, rich farmlands, Papermill Lock Cruise seascapes and sandy heathland Excursions as Listed as we visit some beautiful parts of East Anglia. We include Otley Hall, a cream tea and a cruise on the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation. Day 1: We travel via the Dartford Crossing and arrive at our hotel north of Maldon to be greeted with tea and biscuits. Time to relax before our evening meal. Day 2: A visit to the popular seaside resort of Felixstowe, where you can stroll along the promenade, explore the town and obtain lunch. This afternoon we are at Otley Hall just outside Ipswich. Still a family home, the 16th Century moated hall is set in 10 acres of magnificent gardens in the Suffolk countryside, and we have an included cream tea. Day 3: We make our way to Colchester, the oldest town in England with pleasant shopping streets, beautiful Castle Park complete with the largest Norman keep ever constructed, riverside walks and pleasant gardens. This afternoon we travel back via Mersea Island and West Mersea.

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Day 4: Today we visit the delightful town of Maldon, on the Blackwater Estuary, once a smugglers haven where we have time to explore and get lunch. Then on to Papermill Lock to the Victoria for a delightful afternoon cruise along the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation. Day 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we make our way home, arriving in the local area to meet our taxis late afternoon.

crowne Plaza Hotel Five lakes HHHH A four-star countryside hotel, the Five Lakes offers scenic views, a pleasant bar, lounge and places to relax. Leisure facilities include indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa bath, gym and treatment rooms. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift. www.ihg.com 19 August 2019

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£529

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Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Enjoy a wonderful spring break in the east as we explore Suffolk, visiting some of the county’s historic towns, Ickworth House, Otley Hall and visit The Swan at Lavenham for tea and cake.

Half Board Ickworth House Red House Otley Hall Tea & Cake Day 4 Excursions as Listed

Day 1: We travel east via the Dartford Crossing, and after suitable refreshment stops, we reach our hotel late afternoon in time to relax before dinner. Day 2: We spend the morning exploring the heritage, Medieval architecture and elegant Georgian squares of Bury St Edmunds. We then continue to Ickworth House, built as an Italian-style showcase for the Hervey family’s collections of Georgian silver, Regency furniture, books and fine paintings, all set within beautiful grounds. Day 3: This morning we visit Otley Hall, a 16th Century moated hall set in 10 acres of magnificent gardens in the Suffolk countryside. We then continue to the coast and the pretty town of Aldeburgh, where you can either spend time in the town or visit The Red House, once home of Benjamin Britten.

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Day 4: A free morning at our hotel, or join your driver on a trip to historic Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town. This afternoon we drive up to Sudbury, then Lavenham, where we enjoy tea and mini-cakes at the famous Swan Hotel. Day 5: We depart after breakfast and make our way back to the local area with suitable refreshment stops along the way.

stoke by nayland Hotel HHHH This family-run four-star hotel sits in its own grounds in beautiful Suffolk countryside. The modern hotel is comfortable and stylish, overlooks the rolling scenery of the golf course and has leisure facilities which include swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sanarium and spa with treatment rooms. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer, safe and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.stokebynayland.com 10 March 2019

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£493

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Half Board As the leaves turn red and gold, Otley Hall we explore the little villages, Afternoon Tea Day 3 sandy heathlands and verdant Guided Tour Day 4 countryside which have inspired Gainsborough’s House famous painters such as Excursions as Listed Constable and Gainsborough. We also take in Bury St Edmunds, Otley Hall and the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Day 1: We travel east via the Dartford Crossing for a late lunch stop in Colchester. We continue into Suffolk reaching our hotel near Woodbridge late afternoon. Day 2: This morning we visit Bury St Edmunds, famous for its Abbey Gardens and the Angel Hotel, where Dickens had Mrs Pickwick stay. We continue to the pretty villages of Cavendish and Clare, with their pastel coloured cottages. We return via Lavenham, with its half-timbered buildings and famous crooked house. Day 3: We travel to the Suffolk Heritage Coast and the quaint seaside town of Aldeburgh. In the afternoon we visit Otley Hall, a stunning Grade 1 listed, 16th Century moated hall. It has been voted one of the top 20 Historic Houses in the UK and has long been regarded as the oldest house in Suffolk to survive largely intact. It is still a private home, and we follow our tour with an afternoon cream tea.

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Royal sandringham & The Shires

£469

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Barnsdale Gardens

Join us on this visit to The Foxton Locks Boat Trip Queen’s country retreat – Boughton House Sandringham, and enjoy visits to Sandringham Barnsdale Gardens, Boughton Excursions as Listed House and Stamford, and take a cruise on the Grand Union Canal, all during a time when Norfolk should be awash with lavender. Day 1: After your taxi pick up, we make our way north to Rockingham, making suitable refreshment stops along the way. We are greeted with tea and biscuits and have time to relax before dinner. Day 2: We set off around Rutland Water and head for historic Stamford, where we find beautiful architecture, delightful shops, and an abundance of cafés and pubs in which to find some lunch. Our afternoon is spent at Barnsdale Gardens, familiar to many TV viewers as home to the late Geoff Hamilton and Gardeners World. The gardens comprise 37 individual gardens within eight acres. Day 3: This morning we drive to the little village of Foxton, where we board ‘Vagabond II’, for a cruise on the Grand Union Canal, seeing the Foxton flight of 10 locks. This afternoon we visit Boughton House, one of the great treasure houses of Europe. Home to the Montagus and their descendants since 1528, the house holds a staggering collection of art, rare furniture, porcelain, weaponry and textiles.

Day 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel homewards, reaching the local area and our taxis late afternoon.

Day 5: We depart after breakfast and make our way back to the local area with suitable refreshment stops along the way.

Please note: People of limited mobility may find it hard to board ‘Vagabond II’.

ufford Park Hotel HHH

Rockingham Forest Hotel HHH

Our three-star hotel is beautifully situated in 120 acres of historic parkland in the tranquil heart of the Suffolk countryside, near Woodbridge. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, spa bath, steam room, sauna, gym, golf and an onsite hairdresser. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift to some rooms. www.uffordpark.co.uk

Our modern three-star hotel is pleasantly located between the pretty Northamptonshire villages of Rockingham and Corby, and its rural setting gives easy access to the countryside and all the attractions on this tour. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is no lift and bedrooms are on the ground or first floor. www.rockinghamforest.co.uk

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£469

Twin/Double for Sole Use £24

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Day 4: Norfolk is our destination as we head east to Kings Lynn, an historic Medieval port situated on the River Great Ouse. Our next visit is to Sandringham, the much-loved country retreat of The Queen, and private home to generations of monarchs since 1862. The house is set in 24 acres of stunning gardens, edged with fields of lavender.

Day 4: Today we delve into Constable and Gainsborough Country to discover the idyllic villages and landscapes that inspired the famous painters. With our local guide, we visit Constable’s birthplace at East Bergholt, an unspoilt village with many fine old houses and cottages, the church at Dedham and the little hamlet of Flatford Mill. In the afternoon we visit Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury.

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Rhododendrons in Norfolk

£272

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Sheringham Park is famous for Half Board its vast collection of Sheringham Park rhododendrons. The last owner Excursions as Listed before the park passed to the National Trust would hold rhododendron champagne parties in the 1950s to show off the amazing displays. Enjoy this stunning garden at its best and visit the historic towns of Saffron Walden, Wells-next-the-Sea and Lavenham on this new weekend break. Day 1: After being picked up from your door by taxi, you meet your tour coach and we head north east and into Essex via the Dartford Crossing. We have a stop at the delightful Medieval market town of Saffron Walden, before continuing up to Norfolk and our hotel. We have tea and biscuits on arrival and a two-night stay. Day 2: We begin our day with a drive to Wells-next-the-Sea, architecturally the loveliest town on this coast. Its quaint lanes, alleyways, hidden courtyards and traditional houses date back to the 17th Century, and you might like to take a pleasant stroll along the historic quayside to watch the boats coming and going. From here we continue to Sheringham for some free time for lunch, and then this afternoon we visit wonderful Sheringham Park. One of Humphry Repton’s most outstanding achievements, the park’s undulating landscape has been used to its best advantage for fine views of the North Norfolk coast. The extensive rhododendron collection is a delight to see.

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Day 3: Departing after breakfast, we travel to Lavenham in Suffolk, considered by many to be Britain’s best-preserved Medieval village, where timber-framed buildings line the narrow streets and lanes. We continue to the local area, arriving to meet our taxis late afternoon.

Best Western Brook Hotel HHH Our modern three-star hotel is situated to the west of Norwich and has a bar, restaurant and pleasant outdoor terrace. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel does not have a lift and bedrooms are on the ground and first floor. www.brookhotel.co.uk 24 May 2019

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Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board North Norfolk Railway

The county of Norfolk offers a Blickling Hall rich historical heritage, pretty Holkham Hall villages and varied landscapes Bure Valley Railway including the famous Broads. Paddle Boat Broads Cruise We explore the area on two Norwich Guided Tour trains, by Mississippi Paddle Excursions as Listed Boat across the Broads and by coach on a scenic drive to the coast, and visit both Holkham and Blickling Halls. Day 1: After enjoying our door to door service, we join the coach to drive north to the Cathedral town of Ely where we stop for refreshments. We continue to our hotel near Norwich arriving late afternoon. Day 2: A scenic drive today via Fakenham to Holt. Here we take a steam train journey on the North Norfolk Railway – The Poppy Line to Sheringham. We continue to Blickling Hall, where we have access to the great Jacobean house and extensive gardens. Day 3: This morning we have a guided tour of Norwich and the afternoon is free for your own exploration. Day 4: A day out steaming and cruising through the Broads. We travel to Aylsham to join the Bure Valley Railway for the 9-mile trip to Wroxham. There is free time to get something to eat before we transfer to Horning to board the Southern Comfort, a Mississippi paddle boat for a 1½-hour cruise on the Broads. Day 5: We visit Holkham Hall, a breathtaking 18th Century house on the coast with an outstanding art collection and wonderful panoramic landscapes. Day 6: Leaving after breakfast, we travel via Lavenham, with its many halftimbered buildings dating from the 15th Century. We arrive in the local area late afternoon.

Dunston Hall Hotel HHHH A majestic, Elizabethan-style mansion, built in 1859 and lovingly restored to its former glory, set in 150 acres of beautiful wooded Norfolk parkland. All bedrooms are en suite and have TV, telephone, hairdryer, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. The hotel also has a state of the art gym, indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room. The hotel has WiFi and a lift to most rooms. www.qhotels.co.uk 07 April 2019 06 October 2019

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£609

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Our wonderful four-star hotel Oxburgh Hall sits quietly in the North Norfolk Thursford Collection village of Old Hunstanton and Excursions as Listed enjoys an unrivalled seashore setting, with lawns sweeping down to the dunes and sandy beach. We have time to enjoy Old Hunstanton, visit the Thursford Collection, Oxburgh Hall and take a journey on the North Norfolk Railway. Day 1: After enjoying our door to door service, we join our coach and drive north to the cathedral city of Ely where we stop for refreshments. We continue to our hotel in Old Hunstanton arriving late afternoon. Day 2: We begin with a scenic drive along the North Norfolk coast, through the villages of Wells-next-the-Sea and Blakeney, to Sheringham. Here we have a journey on the North Norfolk Railway – The Poppy Line – to Holt, where there is a little free time for lunch. We then travel to Thursford, where we see the world’s largest collection of steam engines and organs. We return to our hotel with time to relax before dinner. Day 3: An excursion to King’s Lynn, where fine old merchants’ houses stretch down to the banks of the Great Ouse, where cobbled lanes and the elegant Custom House overlook the harbour. As well as historic buildings, splendid waterfront and handsome parks, the town has many shops, cafés, pubs and we arrive on market day, so there is plenty to catch your interest. We return to Hunstanton mid-afternoon. Day 4: A free morning in Hunstanton. This afternoon we visit Oxburgh Hall, a moated manor house with a Tudor gatehouse and priest hole. Explore over 500 years of history with hidden doors, rooftop views and Victorian Gothic interiors reflecting the Medieval past. There is also a pleasant tearoom and gardens. Day 5: Leaving after breakfast, we travel via Lavenham, arriving in the local area late afternoon.

le strange arms HHHH In the village of Old Hunstanton, with grounds that stretch down to the seashore, this hotel promises old world charm complemented by personal service. Next door is the Ancient Mariner Inn, renowned for its choice of real ales and wines. The 43 en suite rooms have satellite TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift, but not to every room. www.lestrangearms.co.uk G961

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Half Board Step onto streets and into great Great Chalfield Manor houses you have become Chavenage familiar with through watching Lacock Poldark, Wolf Hall and Harry Excursions as Listed Potter. Wiltshire’s historic towns and villages provide the perfect location for filmmakers looking for a bygone age. Day 1: After our door to door service, we travel across country to Devizes, which featured as Casterbridge in the 1967 Julie Christie version of ‘Far From The Madding Crowd’. The historic centre has numerous listed 18th Century and Medieval buildings, and the museum houses 500,000 years of Wiltshire history! We continue to our hotel in Chippenham. Day 2: A morning visit to Great Chalfield Manor, built in 1465 and filled with history, beautiful furniture and unusual architecture, a unique Arts and Craft garden and an adjoining parish church. We have a guided tour discovering its secrets and the locations used for Wolf Hall and as Killewarren in Poldark. In the afternoon we visit Bradford-on-Avon, a delightful village used in the filming of Wolf Hall and Robin of Sherwood. Day 3: This morning we visit Lacock, a delightful village almost entirely owned by the National Trust. Lacock is much admired by filmmakers and has featured in the BBC’s Cranford and Wolf Hall, Harry Potter, The Other Boleyn Girl and Downton Abbey. Visit the village, the Abbey, the gardens and the Fox Talbot Museum, to discover the history of photography. Spend all day here, or return to Chippenham for free time in the town. Day 4: After a leisurely breakfast, we visit the historic market town of Corsham, a hidden gem on the fringe of the Cotswolds, which doubled as 18th Century Truro in Poldark. In the afternoon we visit Chavenage, for a tour of this wonderful Elizabethan house, which featured as Trenwith in Poldark. Day 5: We depart after breakfast and travel to Winchester for free time to sightsee and have some lunch. We return to the local area early evening where your taxi will be waiting to take you home.

angel Hotel HHH Originally a 17th Century coaching inn, The Best Western Plus Angel has been extensively refurbished and offers an excellent blend of traditional comfort and contemporary style, now incorporating a gym and indoor pool. Bedrooms have TV, WiFi, telephone, safe, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is no lift, but many ground floor rooms, located in two buildings with a courtyard between. www.angelhotelchippenham.co.uk 26 September 2019

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£396

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A tour exploring the beautiful house and gardens at Tyntesfield, UNESCO Heritage in Bath and maritime history in Bristol. A lovely tour with something for everyone.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Tyntesfield Harbour Cruise SS Great Britain Bath Guided Tour Excursions as Listed

Day 1: After our door to door service collects you from your home, we travel across country to the pretty town of Bradford-on-Avon for some free time for refreshments. We continue to our hotel north of Bristol in time to relax before dinner. Day 2: We travel the short distance to Bath, where we have arranged for a driven tour of this beautiful town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The afternoon is free for your own exploration on foot. Day 3: This morning we head for the beautiful Tyntesfield Estate. Brought into the National Trust fold in 2002, this spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival estate has been beautifully restored. Spiralling turrets and pinnacles adorn the roof, and ornate stone carvings give the feel of a fairytale mansion while terraced lawns give way to spacious parkland, and a wonderful walled kitchen garden. We spend the afternoon in Bristol and enjoy a 45-minute cruise of the docks and floating harbour.

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inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board On this tour we visit Rococo Rococo Gardens Gardens, Welford Park and Batsford Arboretum Batsford Arboretum, which in Welford Park January and February show off Excursions as Listed amazing borders of fragrant winter snowdrops. We also take in some of the pretty villages of the Cotswolds. Day 1: After pick up by taxi, we make our way to Welford Park in Berkshire, home to The Great British Bake Off, where a magnificent snowdrop display awaits us. Light snacks are available in the Old Laundry Tearoom, before we continue to our hotel. Day 2: Today we travel to the beautiful Regency town of Cheltenham where we will have free time for lunch and sightseeing. We then make our way to Painswick Rococo Gardens, set in a hidden Cotswold valley with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside, and its famous displays of snowdrops. Day 3: After breakfast, we visit Batsford Arboretum, home to one of the finest botanical collections in the country. Batsford is also home to a beautiful visitor centre with café, gift and garden shop, and plant centre within the walls of the Victorian kitchen garden. We return to our hotel via Stow-on-the-Wold and Bourton-on-the-Water.

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Day 4: This morning we visit Bristol’s historic harbour-side and the iconic steamship SS Great Britain. Designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the ship lies at the heart of a multi-award-winning visitor attraction. You can tour the ship from the sumptuous surrounds of the First Class Dining Room to the cramped bunks in steerage. Also visit the Dockyard Museum to learn the fascinating story of this luxury liner from her launch in 1843. We depart early afternoon and make our way to the local area, meeting our taxis early evening.

Day 4: Leaving our hotel after breakfast we travel through Marlborough and on to Salisbury before we make our way back to the local area, our taxis and home.

aztec Hotel & spa HHHH

cheltenham chase Hotel HHHH

Our modern four-star hotel is to the north of Bristol and offers comfortable accommodation and leisure facilities which include swimming pool, steam room, Jacuzzi, sauna and gym. Bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.aztechotelbristol.com 23 May 2019

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£396

Twin/Double for Sole Use £60

Please note: We have planned our visit at the height of the usual snowdrop season, but flower displays are always weather dependent.

Our four-star hotel is located between Cheltenham and Gloucester and boasts excellent leisure facilities including swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room and gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.qhotels.co.uk 10 February 2019

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This tour proved very popular in 2017 with some real delights for animal and nature lovers, as it includes fabulous birds of prey at the Cotswold Falconry Centre, exotic wild animals at the Cotswold Wildlife Park and a host of birdlife at Slimbridge.

Luxury Coach Travel Door To Door Service Half Board Cotswold Wildlife Park Train Journey Cotswold Falconry Centre Slimbridge WWT Excursions as Listed

Day 1: You are picked up from your door by taxi, then by coach we travel across country toward Swindon and our hotel, making suitable refreshment stops along the way. Day 2: This morning we visit two beautiful towns on the River Windrush, beginning with Bourton on the Water. After a little time to explore, we move on to Burford, where there is time to get some lunch. We spend the afternoon in the wonderful Cotswolds Wildlife Park. Set in over 160 acres of beautiful parklands, this conservation park has a hugely diverse collection of species including lions, giraffes, lemurs, rhinos and reindeer! Day 3: We begin our day in the elegant spa town of Cheltenham before boarding the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway for the 14-mile journey through beautiful Cotswold scenery to Broadway. In the afternoon we travel to Moreton-in-Marsh and visit the Cotswold Falconry Centre, home to over 60 different species of birds of prey.

Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we travel south east and visit the pretty cathedral town of Winchester, before continuing to the local area to meet our taxis.

Blunsdon House Hotel HHHH Our four-star Best Western hotel is set in 30 acres of beautiful Wiltshire countryside close to the village of Blunsdon St Andrew. The hotel has a restaurant, three bars, cocktail lounge, swimming pool, steam room, solarium, Jacuzzi and gym. Bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, trouser press, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.blunsdonhouse.co.uk 26 August 2019

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£459

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board Autumn is the perfect time to Cotswolds Guided Tour visit this beautiful area of Batsford Arboretum Tour England, when the countryside Westons Cider is illuminated by an explosion of Cream Tea colour. We have a guided tour Excursions as Listed through some pretty Cotswold villages, a visit to the wonderful Batsford Arboretum, a warming autumn cider tasting, and we discover the charms of both Gloucester and Cheltenham. Day 1: After pick up by taxi, we make our way to Gloucestershire with a visit to the Regency town of Cheltenham before arriving at our hotel. After tea on arrival, there is time to relax before dinner. Day 2: After breakfast, we make our way via Broadway to Batsford Arboretum, home to one of the finest botanical collections in the country and a blaze of colour at this time of year and we have included a 90-minute tour with one of the knowledgeable guides. If you do not want to take part in the tour, Batsford is also home to a beautiful visitor centre with café, gift and garden shop, and a plant centre within the walls of the Victorian Kitchen Garden. Day 3: A local guide joins us today to take us on a beautiful journey through the autumn colours visiting some of the pretty Cotswold villages including Bourton-on-the-Water, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bibury and Burford on the River Windrush. Day 4: Today we visit Ledbury with free time to explore this beautiful market town, with its many black and white timber-framed buildings, cobbled streets and fine parish church. In the afternoon we visit Much Marcle and Westons, where cider and perry has been lovingly produced for over 135 years. We have a one-hour tour of the cider mill, a tasting and a delicious cream tea. Day 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we spend the morning in Gloucester visiting the restored Victorian Docks, home to the National Waterways Museum and the Merchant’s Quay Shopping Centre. Early afternoon we make our way back to the south coast and home.

Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel HHHH Regency elegance awaits you at the Mercure Gloucester Bowden Hall Hotel, set in 12 acres of rolling park and woodland close to Upton St Leonards. All bedrooms have TV, WiFi, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel does not have a lift, and does not have ground floor rooms. A platform lift is available to the first floor. www.mercuregloucester.co.uk 25 October 2019

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£459

Twin/Double for Sole Use £100

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Day 4: Travelling west, we reach Slimbridge Wetland Centre – the wetland that inspired Sir Peter Scott to found The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in 1946. This haven for wildlife is a delight for all nature lovers. The afternoon can be spent in Swindon or enjoying the leisure facilities of your hotel.

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severn Valley Medley

£476

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From our base near Stourportupon-Severn we are able to discover the history of this remarkable region. From Medieval manor houses and Victorian farms, to 20th Century aviation to African wildlife – this tour has something for everyone!

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Stokesay Castle Acton Scott Working Farm West Midland Safari Park Tea & Cake Day 3 RAF Museum Cosford Coalport China Museum Excursions as Listed

Day 1: After a taxi pick up from your home, we make our way via some of the pretty towns of the Cotswolds to Stourport-Upon-Severn and our hotel to be greeted with tea and biscuits. Day 2: We head north to visit the Coalport China Museum, housing the exquisite collections of Coalport and Caughley China. The museum is housed in the magnificent listed buildings which were home to the factory until 1926. From here we travel to the RAF Museum in Cosford. This excellent exhibition has 70 historic aircraft, fascinating memorabilia and the National Cold War Exhibition gives an insight into life behind the Iron Curtain. Day 3: A morning visit for you to discover the delights of Worcester, with its impressive cathedral and beautiful location on the River Severn. This afternoon we have a drive along the delightful Severn Valley. In Bewdley we visit the West Midlands Safari Park and enjoy coffee/tea and cakes before a safari drive with a knowledgeable park guide. Day 4: We go north to Stokesay Castle, a survivor of 700 years of border and civil wars, and the best fortified manor house in Britain. From here we make our way to the little village of Acton Scott, and visit the historic working farm. The estate featured on TV’s ‘Victorian Farm’ and we gain great insight into life on a Victorian country estate. We then drive along Wenlock Edge and take a break in Much Wenlock before returning to our hotel.

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Day 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast we travel south with a stop in Cheltenham, before continuing home, meeting our taxis late afternoon.

Hallmark stourport Manor HHHH This four-star Hallmark hotel is built around a gracious country manor house set in 23 acres of grounds. The superb leisure complex includes an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, solarium, gym and tennis courts. The hotel has WiFi and all rooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel does not have a lift, but many ground floor rooms. www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk 28 October 2019

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suPPlEMEnT

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HolMe lAcY

5 Days from

warner’s wye Valley & Forest of Dean

£539

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Dean Forest Railway &

Holme Lacy is the perfect Cream Tea location from which to explore River Cruise the idyllic Wye Valley and the Excursions as Listed mysterious Forest of Dean. We (Coffee/tea are not included after dinner) cruise on the river, take a train journey through the ancient forest, visit Tintern, Monmouth, Ledbury and Hereford. All this combined with the excellent facilities, activities and entertainment of Warner’s ‘Adults Only’ hotel. Day 1: We pick you up from your door by taxi, then our coach will travel west and cross the magnificent Severn Bridge and have a stop at Tintern, home to the famous Abbey ruins. We continue via the Wye Valley to our Warner hotel near Hereford. Day 2: This morning is spent in the historic walled city of Hereford, where you can stroll through the streets, shop or visit the cathedral – home to the famous Mappa Mundi and the world’s largest chained library. The afternoon is free in Hereford or at Holme Lacy. Day 3: We travel to Symonds Yat and take a 45-minute cruise on the River Wye. After some time for lunch in Monmouth, we delve into the Forest of Dean between the Rivers Wye and Severn. We board the Dean Forest Railway for a 9-mile round trip by steam or heritage diesel through the Medieval forest while enjoying a cream tea! Day 4: A visit to Ledbury where you will have free time to explore one of the finest black and white towns in the country, with cobbled streets and picturesque half-timbered houses. The afternoon is free at Holme Lacy. Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we travel back with a stop in Cheltenham for lunch and arrive in the local area late afternoon.

Warner’s Holme lacy HHHH Set in the idyllic Wye Valley, this magnificent Grade I listed mansion is mainly 18th Century with ornate ceilings, a majestic sweeping staircase and a stately drawing room. The grounds hold beautiful gardens, an orchard, wooded parklands and a fishing lake. There are abundant leisure facilities including swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym, golf practice area, tennis, croquet, outdoor bowls green and boules. In addition, there is live nightly entertainment. Our rooms are in the new wing and are equipped with TV, telephone, hairdryer, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk 06 May 2019

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Staying at the popular Abbey Tasting & Lunch Day 2 Hotel in the heart of Great Worcester Cathedral Tour Malvern, we tour through the Cream Tea Day 4 beautiful landscape of Excursions as Listed Herefordshire to explore some of the best-preserved ‘black and white’ villages and towns this area has to offer. We have included a light lunch and tasting at Westons Cider Mill, a tour of Worcester Cathedral and a cream tea at Browns on the banks of the River Severn. Day 1: After collection from your home by taxi, our coach travels across country to Tewkesbury, renowned as having one of the finest Medieval black and white townscapes in the country. From here we travel the short distance to our hotel in Great Malvern. Day 2: Enjoy a free morning in Great Malvern, before travelling to Westons Cider Mill, where we have a guided tour, tasting and a light lunch. This afternoon we have free time in Hereford, with its magnificent cathedral, before returning to our hotel. Day 3: Today we explore some of Herefordshire’s gorgeous ‘black and white’ villages. Our route takes in a rich landscape of orchards, hopyards, delightful cottages, inns, shops and timber-framed hamlets including Dilwyn, Weobley, Eardisley, Pembridge and Eardisland. We have free time in Leominster before returning to Malvern.

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Half Board Herefordshire has been a Brockhampton Estate county known for its cider Westons Cider Mill making for hundreds of years, Cream Tea and the countryside is blessed Excursions as Listed with many orchards meaning blossom in the spring and in the autumn, fabulous harvests of apples and pears. Day 1: After collection from your home by taxi, our coach travels across country to Cheltenham, and from here we travel the short distance to our hotel in Great Malvern for our four-night stay. Day 2: We enjoy a free morning in Great Malvern and in the afternoon visit Brockhampton, a traditionally farmed estate and Medieval manor house. Exploring Brockhampton at this time of year provides visitors with a view of the estate at the most bountiful time. The orchards surrounding the manor house are laden with fruit, and the estate is home to a rich variety of wildlife, along with historic farming breeds such as Hereford cattle and Ryeland sheep. Day 3: We drive into the autumn colours of the Malvern Hills and visit Ledbury with free time to explore this beautiful market town, with its many black and white timber-framed buildings, Medieval cobbled streets and fine parish church. In the afternoon we visit Much Marcle and Westons, where cider and perry has been lovingly produced for over 135 years. We have a one-hour walking tour of the cider mill, a tasting and a delicious cream tea.

Day 5: Departing after breakfast we travel through the Cotswolds with a stop in Stow-on-the-Wold. In the afternoon, we continue to the local area with refreshment stops along the way.

Day 5: Departing after breakfast we travel through the Cotswolds with a stop in Stow-on-the-Wold. In the afternoon, we continue to the local area with refreshment stops along the way.

The abbey Hotel HHHH

The abbey Hotel HHHH

In the heart of the countryside at the foot of the Malvern Hills, Great Malvern is the perfect base for our tour. Our four-star ivy-clad hotel is located in the heart of town adjoining the fine Benedictine Priory, and has spectacular views over the Vale of Evesham and the beautiful Malvern Hills. All rooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift to most rooms. www.sarova-abbeyhotel.com

In the heart of the countryside at the foot of the Malvern Hills, Great Malvern is the perfect base for our tour. Our four-star ivy-clad hotel is located in the heart of town adjoining the fine Benedictine Priory, and has spectacular views over the Vale of Evesham and the beautiful Malvern Hills. All rooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.sarova-abbeyhotel.com

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Day 4: We head for the city of Worcester where we have time to explore and a one-hour guided tour of the wonderful cathedral. We also enjoy a cream tea at Browns at the Quay, before returning to our hotel.

Day 4: Today we drive close to the Welsh border and the wonderful little town of Hay-on-Wye. Here we have some free time to browse the many bookshops that line the streets. We then move onto Hereford, where you can stroll through the streets, shop or visit the cathedral – home to the famous Mappa Mundi and the world’s largest chained library.


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On this new tour we have two wonderful train journeys, one through the Severn Valley and the other through the Dee Valley. We also visit Ironbridge and the remarkable museum at Blists Hill.

Half Board Blists Hill Severn Valley Railway Llangollen Railway Excursions as Listed

Day 1: After a taxi pick up from your home, we have a stop in Evesham before continuing to our hotel in Shropshire with time to freshen up before dinner. Day 2: We travel to Ironbridge, an important centre of the industrial revolution and now a delightful town of tea rooms and antique shops. We also visit Blists Hill, a fascinating recreation of a Victorian town complete with staff in authentic costume. Day 3: Today we cross the border into Wales and visit Llangollen. We have some free time in the town and take a trip on the Llangollen Railway, starting in Corwen and travelling along the picturesque Dee Valley.

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Welcome Drink

Planned with our single Weston Park travellers in mind, we have a Shugborough Estate wonderful itinerary which Blists Hill includes historic houses, David Austin Roses beautiful gardens and the Excursions as Listed fantastic open-air museum at Blists Hill. A special treat is a visit to David Austin’s Rose Garden – a truly beautiful experience. Day 1: Following a morning collection from home, we join our Woods coach and travel toward Shropshire, making suitable refreshment stops along the way, and arriving at our hotel late afternoon. There is time to freshen up before a ‘get to know each other’ welcome drink and dinner. Day 2: This morning we visit Blists Hill, a fascinating re-creation of a Victorian town complete with staff in authentic costume. We then visit David Austin’s Rose Garden, which many consider to be one of the most beautiful in the world. Over 700 different varieties of rose are planted in the garden which now covers around 2 acres, and we enjoy a 50-minute tour of this wonderful site. Day 3: A visit to the Shugborough Estate, where we have time to explore the mansion house, servants’ quarters, museum, Georgian farm and the many gardens. Lunch is available in the onsite restaurant or café. We return to our hotel mid-afternoon.

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Day 4: A short drive to Kidderminster brings us to the Severn Valley Railway for a steam train journey to Bridgnorth. We break our journey in Highley with a visit to the Engine House Visitor Centre. After free time for lunch, we reboard the train and continue to Bridgnorth, a town divided in two and linked by a remarkable cliff railway.

Day 4: We travel to Ironbridge, one of the most important centres of the industrial revolution and now a delightful town of tea rooms, antique shops and, of course, the iconic bridge. We then transfer to Weston Park, the former home of the Earls of Bradford, boasting fine furniture and works by Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Stubbs, all set in 1000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown Parkland.

Day 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast we travel south with a stop in Cheltenham, before continuing home, meeting our taxis late afternoon.

Day 5: Departing the hotel after breakfast, we head south east, with a stop at The Valley Country Park, arriving in the local area late afternoon.

Buckatree Hall Hotel HHH

Telford Hotel and Golf HHHH

Our three-star family-run hotel is at the foot of the famous Wrekin close to Telford. In pleasant grounds, the hotel has a small fitness room and comfortable bar lounge. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift to some rooms. www.buckatreehallhotel.com 14 March 2019

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This beautiful hotel is set within 170 acres of Shropshire countryside and the restaurant enjoys fantastic views over the Ironbridge Gorge. The hotel has an indoor pool, spa, sauna, gym and treatment rooms. All bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift to some rooms. www.qhotels.co.uk 22 July 2019

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Our tour is centred near Kenilworth, in an area blessed with a rich history connected to Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare. We visit Kenilworth Castle and Charlecote Park, explore Shakespeare’s Stratford and gain insight into the lives of the people living in the Midlands in years gone by at the Black Country Living Museum.

Half Board Welcome Drink Charlecote Park Kenilworth Castle Anne Hathaway’s Cottage Shakespeare’s Birthplace Hall’s Croft Black Country Museum National Breeding Centre Excursions as Listed

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Our new tour combines the fascinating history of The Potteries with the wonderful scenery of Britain’s first national park – The Peak District. Watch craftsmen at work and marvel at some of the extraordinary natural features of the area, above and below ground.

Half Board Gladstone Museum World of Wedgwood Poole’s Cavern Trentham Gardens Boat Trip Monkey Forest Excursions as Listed

Day 1: After a taxi pick up from your home, we head north, reaching our hotel late afternoon. A welcome talk will be given at the hotel with an introduction to The Potteries.

Day 1: We pick you up from your door, and then by coach we travel north reaching Charlecote Park, which overlooks the River Avon. Family owned for over 700 years, and with fine Victorian interiors, the estate has connections to Queen Elizabeth I and Shakespeare. We continue to our hotel where we have a welcome drink before dinner for a chance to meet your fellow guests.

Day 2: Today we visit The Potteries, an area famous for its manufacturing of fine china. First to the Gladstone Museum, the last complete Victorian pottery factory in the country. Then onto the biggest, and arguably the most famous of the sites in The Potteries, founded by Josiah Wedgwood in 1759. We have a factory tour of the World of Wedgwood, and time to browse in the shops to purchase your own piece of history.

Day 2: We explore Stratford-upon-Avon and Shakespeare’s world. During the day we visit Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and beautiful garden, Shakespeare’s Birthplace and Hall’s Croft.

Day 3: A day out today in Trentham where we spend the morning exploring the award-winning Italianate gardens, and take a boat trip on the Capability Brown designed lake. Explore the Trentham Shopping Village over lunch and then we visit the Monkey Forest, where an approximately 80-minute walk takes you through the forest where monkeys roam free!

Day 3: Today we visit Kenilworth Castle and Elizabethan Garden. Created by Robert Dudley to impress Elizabeth I, the gardens have been restored to former glory and you can explore them and the amazing ruins as well as visit the tearooms in the Tudor stables. We visit Warwick in the afternoon, or you might like to go back to the hotel to enjoy the facilities.

Day 5: After a leisurely breakfast, we visit the Guide Dogs National Breeding Centre for a fascinating free tour and a chance to meet some of these remarkable dogs. While the tour is free, the centre welcomes donations to support their work. We then continue homewards.

chesford Grange Hotel HHHH Set in 17 acres of grounds, our four-star hotel has a Tudor-style exterior while inside the historic blends with contemporary style and modern comforts. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, steam room, gym and spa treatment rooms. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer, safe, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift to some rooms. www.qhotels.co.uk 24 May 2019

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Day 4: We travel into the Peak District National Park, heading first to Buxton for a visit to Poole’s Cavern, an astonishing two-million-year-old limestone cave. We have some free time in Buxton before a scenic drive through the National Park with views of Ladybower Reservoir before returning to our hotel via Bakewell. Day 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast we travel south with a visit to Cheltenham for free time to get some lunch, before continuing home, meeting our taxis late afternoon. Please note: Poole’s Cavern contains 28 steps, the longest descent being 10 steps. There are hand rails. The Monkey Forest has compacted surface paths but a few steep inclines.

Best Western Plus stoke on Trent Moat House HHHH Our modern four-star hotel has stylish décor, comfortable lounge and incorporates the house once owned by Josiah Wedgwood. Leisure facilities include indoor pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to some rooms. www.bw-stokeontrentmoathouse.co.uk 09 May 2019

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Day 4: We spend our day strolling through the past as we visit the Black Country Living Museum. This remarkable site offers a glimpse into 200 years of history with over 50 authentic shops, houses and workshops.

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chatsworth & Warner’s Thoresby Hall From Warner’s Thoresby Hall, see the best of the Peak District National Park, visit Chatsworth House, Crich Tramway Village, Newstead Abbey and also have time to enjoy the huge range of activities and entertainment that Warner’s are so famous for.

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inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Chatsworth House Newstead Abbey Crich Tramway Village National Memorial Arboretum Excursions as Listed (Tea/Coffee after dinner not included)

Day 1: After the usual taxi pick ups we travel north with suitable refreshment stops along the way. We reach our Warner’s hotel near Nottingham with time to relax before dinner. Day 2: Our day is spent at Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Visit the house with many wonderful works of art, the chapel, the farm and the gardens. Day 3: This morning we visit Newstead Abbey, once home to the great Romantic poet, Lord Byron. We enjoy the gardens and have a private visit to the historic house, Medieval cloisters and even the private apartments of Byron, still containing the table where he wrote. The afternoon is free for you to explore the activities and facilities at Thoresby Hall. Day 4: This morning we travel back in time at Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum. You can enjoy unlimited rides on the world-renowned trams through the lovingly restored period village. The afternoon is free to enjoy Thoresby. Day 5: We make our way south, with a stop to visit the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. We then continue toward the local area making a suitable refreshment stop along the way.

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Warner’s Thoresby Hall HHHH The majestic Thoresby Hall Hotel and Spa is a Grade 1 listed mansion in 30 acres of beautifully landscaped Victorian gardens on the edge of Sherwood Forest. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym, croquet, putting green, bowls and much more! There is a café, two bars, a library, a gift shop and you can enjoy entertainment every evening and a full programme of activities during the day. Our bedrooms are in the new wing and have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is WiFi and a lift. www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk 22 July 2019

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Perfect Peak district

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

This new tour to the Peak District includes visits to Chatsworth House, Kedleston Hall, Crich Tramway Village and a tasting at the National Brewery Centre Museum.

Half Board Welcome Drink Crich Tramway Village Chatsworth House National Brewery Museum

Kedleston Hall Day 1: After a taxi pick up from your Excursions as Listed home, we head north, making suitable refreshment stops along the way and reaching our hotel late afternoon. A welcome drink will be served before dinner for a chance to meet your fellow guests. Day 2: We begin our day in Ashbourne, with its winding cobbled streets and listed buildings, including the beautiful St. Oswald’s Parish Church which has a striking 212-foot high spire, described by George Eliot as the ‘finest single spire in England’. Our afternoon is spent at Crich Tramway Village, where we can travel on vintage trams through the lovingly restored period village. Day 3: Today we visit Chatsworth House in the heart of the Peak District. Visit the house with many wonderful works of art, the chapel, the farm and the gardens with miles of beautiful walks. We then have some time in Bakewell, home to the famous pudding. Day 4: We visit the National Brewery Centre Museum, for a guided tour and a tasting. In the afternoon we visit Kedleston Hall, the last of Derbyshire’s great houses to be built to rival Chatsworth. The Hall was built for lavish entertaining and contains extensive collections of art. Day 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast we travel south with a visit to a pretty Cotswold village for free time to get some lunch, before continuing home, meeting our taxis late afternoon.

Hallmark Hotel Derby Midland HHHH Our four-star hotel was one of the first built Victorian railway hotels and was visited by Queen Victoria herself! The hotel has comfortable bar, lounge and restaurant and is well-placed for this visit to The Peaks. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to some rooms. www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk 01 August 2019

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Our base on the edge of the Excursions as Listed Peak District allows us to enjoy two wonderful days exploring the rolling beauty of the National Park, as well as visiting Haddon Hall and taking a cruise on one of Britain’s most important waterways – The Manchester Ship Canal – which this year is celebrating it’s 125th Anniversary. Day 1: After our door to door service, our coach makes its way north with suitable refreshment stops along the way, arriving at our hotel late afternoon. Day 2: We travel into the Peak District and visit Haddon Hall, dating from the 12th Century and surrounded by fine Elizabethan terraced gardens overlooking the River Wye. We have a guided tour of the hall and free time to explore the gardens. We spend our afternoon in Bakewell. Day 3: A glorious day out through the Peak District to see some beautiful Derbyshire villages and the breathtaking scenery of the National Park. During the day we travel over the Snake Pass, along the Ladybower Reservoir and visit the Upper Derwent Visitor Centre. In the afternoon we visit Buxton. Day 4: We travel to Salford Quays to board our Mersey Ferries ship for a leisurely six-hour cruise along the whole length of the legendary Manchester Ship Canal. We travel the 35-miles of the canal, enjoying spectacular scenery and a lively commentary along the way, telling the story of how this magnificent waterway shaped the city of Manchester and the North West of England. We pass some spectacular scenery and see some of the region’s most stunning architectural and natural sights. Refreshments and snacks can be purchased on board. We disembark at Pier Head, Liverpool and make our way back to the hotel by coach.

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shrigley Hall Hotel HHHH The 19th Century Shrigley Hall Hotel, Golf and Country Club is situated on the edge of the Peak District National Park. The hotel stands in its own 262-acre estate overlooking the Cheshire Plain. All rooms are elegantly furnished and are equipped with TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The leisure facilities include indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym, tennis and golf. The hotel has WiFi and a lift, but there are some steps. www.shrigleyhallhotelandspa.co.uk

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lincolnshire landscapes

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

A remarkable county blessed with tranquil countryside, bustling towns, fine country houses, and with connections to the English Civil War as well as the history of British Aviation.

Half Board Lincoln Cathedral Guided Tour Lincoln Guided Tour Belton House Battle of Britain Centre

National Civil War Centre Day 1: After being picked up from Excursions as Listed your door by taxi, you join our touring coach and we travel northwards, stopping in St Albans before continuing to our hotel in Marston, where we are greeted with tea and biscuits. Day 2: We drive to the historic city of Lincoln with its magnificent cathedral, and Norman castle. We have a short guided tour of the city by coach, followed by a tour of the cathedral. The old town is a labyrinth of little alleyways with interesting shops and lovely tearooms. Day 3: Beginning with a drive to Coningsby, we visit the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Visitor Centre, located within the grounds of the RAF base. We enjoy a guided tour of the hangar and have a chance to get refreshments. Next we travel to Newark-on-Trent and visit the National Civil War Centre, taking us back to the time of King Charles and Oliver Cromwell. Day 4: This morning we drive to Spalding and visit Springfields Garden Centre with time to explore and purchase some lunch. Our afternoon is spent at Belton House, near Grantham. The perfect English country house, set in its own deer park, Belton was built in the 17th Century and offers delightful gardens, orangery and lakeside walks. Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we travel southwards making suitable refreshment stops along the way and arrive in the local area late afternoon.

olde Barn Hotel HHH Our three-star charming hotel is set in the beautiful countryside of Grantham, and has been recently refurbished to an excellent standard. The hotel has lounge, bar, atmospheric restaurant and a health club which boasts swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to most rooms. www.theoldebarnhotel.co.uk 16 September 2019

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Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we travel south with suitable refreshment stops along the way. We reach the local area early evening.

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treasures in trust

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Eastern Shires

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national Trust Members’ Tour: An early tour incorporating four wonderful National Trust properties in Lincolnshire and Derbyshire.

Hardwick & Tour Belton House Woolsthorpe Manor Excursions as Listed

Day 1: After being picked up from your door by taxi, we travel northwards, stopping in St Albans before continuing to our hotel in Marston.

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Half Board Our new tour explores Cheshire Jodrell Bank and The Wirral and visits the Anderton Boatlift places where scientific and Ness Botanic Gardens social history have been made. Port Sunlight In the 1800s William Hesketh Excursions as Listed Lever was creating new living spaces for his workers, great feats of engineering were taking place at Anderton, and in the 20th Century the scientists at Jodrell Bank built the worldfamous Lovell Telescope.

Day 2: This morning explore the historic city of Lincoln, with its beautiful cathedral, interesting shops and labyrinth of alleyways. In the afternoon we visit Tattershall Castle (NT), rising majestically from the flat Lincolnshire Fens. We have a guided tour to take us back through the centuries. Tonight there will be bingo after dinner.

Day 1: After collection from your home by taxi, we make our way northwards to our hotel in Chester, with suitable refreshment stops along the way.

Day 3: We journey west to the Hardwick Estate (NT), which is made up of stunning houses and beautiful landscapes that have been created over the centuries. Hardwick Hall dates from the late 16th Century, and contains many Elizabethan treasures, and we have an included tour (details to be confirmed). In the afternoon we make a short visit to Matlock before returning to our hotel. This evening after dinner we have a quiz.

Day 2: A day of discovery as we first travel to Anderton for a cruise including the famous boatlift, which was built in 1875 and provides a 50ft vertical link between the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal. Then on to Jodrell Bank, where we learn more about the Lovell Telescope, the ground-breaking scientific work which takes place here and explore the extensive gardens and arboretum.

Day 4: Our first stop of the day is Stamford with a little free time to explore, before continuing to Woolsthorpe Manor (NT), birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton. At lunchtime we move on to Belton House (NT). The perfect English country house, set in its own deer park, Belton was built in the 17th Century and offers delightful gardens, orangery and lakeside walks.

Day 3: A free day to explore Chester. You might like to visit the halftimbered galleried shops of The Rows, walk the red sandstone city walls or visit the wonderful zoo.

Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we travel southwards making suitable refreshment stops along the way and arrive in the local area late afternoon.

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* national Trust members must bring a valid membership card with them on the tour to qualify for this price. This tour is not suitable for the less mobile as some of the properties have many steps. other national Trust Members’ Tours can be found on pages 16 & 54

olde Barn Hotel HHH Our three-star charming hotel is set in the beautiful countryside of Grantham, and has been recently refurbished to an excellent standard. The hotel has lounge, traditional bar, atmospheric restaurant and a health club which boasts swimming pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to most rooms. www.theoldebarnhote.co.uk 04 March 2019

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Day 4: We drive into the Wirral and the excellent Ness Botanic Gardens on the Dee Estuary. We then travel to rural Wirral and the village of Thornton Hough, which in 1889 became a project for William Hesketh Lever who built a school, orphanage and church. Lastly, Port Sunlight, the idyllic garden village built for the Sunlight Soap factory workers and home to the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we travel south with a stop in Stratfordupon-Avon for lunch and sightseeing. We reach the local area early evening.

Hallmark The Queen chester HHHH Originally opened in 1860, our four-star hotel retains its Victorian grandeur while offering all the modern comforts you would expect. Charles Dickens and Lillie Langtree were regular guests and you can imagine them relaxing here when you see the vaulted ceilings, spectacular staircases, and regal public areas of this stately building. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk 07 July 2019

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After our hugely successful cruises in April 2018, we are delighted to offer you another exclusive package. We begin with a two-night stay aboard Fred Olsen’s Black Watch as she sails from Southampton to Liverpool. We then enjoy two nights at the three-star Bryn Howel Hotel in Llangollen, with visits to Liverpool and Port Sunlight, and a journey into Snowdonia with a ride on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways. Day 1: Late morning a taxi will collect you from your home and take you to meet our Woods coach for the short journey to Southampton, where we board Black Watch to spend two nights enjoying the fine food and entertainment from Fred Olsen. Day 2: During your day at sea enjoy a 3D film in the Marina Theatre, take a dip in the Jacuzzi, indulge in afternoon tea, and perhaps spoil yourself with a soothing treatment in the Spa. In the evening enjoy a delicious five-course dinner and a range of entertainment.

Day 4: A fabulous day today as we first travel to Blaenau Ffestiniog to board the narrow-gauge railway for a dramatically scenic ride over the mountains to Porthmadog. We then board the Welsh Highland Railway for a journey along its entire 25-mile length, travelling through the magnificent Aberglaslyn Pass and the wonderful Welsh scenery all the way to Caernarfon, where we meet our coach and return to Llangollen.

Two Nights Bryn Howel Hotel (Half Board) Port Sunlight Guided Tour Welsh Highland Railway Ffestiniog Railway Excursions as Listed

Bryn Howel Hotel HHH Set in the stunning countryside of the Vale of Llangollen, alongside the Llangollen Canal, the Bryn Howel Hotel prides itself on quality service, has an intimate, wood-panelled bar and a restaurant with remarkable views of the Dee Valley. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift to some rooms. www.brynhowel.com

Day 5: We bid farewell to Llangollen and make our way homewards with suitable refreshment stops along the way, arriving in the local area early evening to meet the taxis to take you home. Please note: Insurance is compulsory, please enquire. Deposit is £150pp. Terms and conditions apply.

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Day 3: Disembarking in Liverpool early morning, your Woods coach will be waiting for you, and we begin our day with some free time to explore some of this fascinating city and maybe visit one of the many attractions at Albert Dock. A short drive through the Mersey Tunnel brings us to the Wirral Peninsula and Port Sunlight. We have a guided tour of this amazing village, built by William Hesketh Lever for his factory workers

and named after his famous Sunlight Soap. We then travel to Llangollen and our hotel.

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From our base at the famous Shankly Hotel, we explore the iconic sites of the city, including Liverpool Cathedral. We also visit Southport, Port Sunlight and take a ride on the legendary Mersey Ferry.

Half Board Liverpool Guided Tour Liverpool Cathedral Port Sunlight Mersey Ferry National Memorial Arboretum Excursions as Listed

Day 1: After collection from your home by taxi, we make our way northwards to our hotel in Liverpool, with suitable refreshment stops along the way. Day 2: This morning we are joined by a local guide for a fascinating tour of the city, including places made famous by The Beatles, Titanic White Star Line, Bill Shankly and much more. After free time for lunch we visit the remarkable cathedral. Day 3: Today you might like to spend the day exploring Liverpool. Alternatively, join your driver on an excursion up to the attractive Victorian seaside resort of Southport, with its pleasant gardens and elegant Lord Street shops.

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Half Board Alvaston Hall became a social Biddulph Grange hub for the wealthy people of Little Moreton Hall Nantwich when it was built in National Memorial 1896. More than 100 years Arboretum later, it still draws a crowd to Excursions as Listed experience the huge variety of (Tea/coffee after dinner not activities and entertainment included) offered. We visit Chester, Biddulph Grange, Little Moreton Hall, the National Memorial Arboretum and allow time to enjoy the extensive facilities at your Warner hotel. Day 1: After a taxi pick up from your home, we travel north into Cheshire, making stops along the way and arriving at our hotel late afternoon. Day 2: A morning visit to Chester. Visit the half-timbered galleried shops in The Rows, walk the red sandstone city walls, visit the cathedral or just relax in one of the many teashops. We return to our hotel early afternoon to take part in the many activities or enjoy the facilities on offer. Day 3: Today is completely free to enjoy Alvaston Hall. Take advantage of the leisure facilities which include indoor swimming pool and bubble pool, steam room, sauna, fitness studio and treatment rooms. There are daily activities and you might like to try archery, air-rifle shooting, table tennis, take part in quizzes and games, or just stroll in the fully landscaped gardens. (Some activities incur extra costs) Day 4: A day filled with history and horticulture! We begin at Biddulph Grange to explore the Grade 1 listed garden. One of Britain's most exciting and unusual gardens, it was designed by James Bateman with a series of connected compartments including a Chinese garden, Italian garden and Scottish glen. In the afternoon we visit Little Moreton Hall, an iconic Tudor manor house, with moat and manicured knot garden.

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Day 4: A short drive through the Mersey Tunnel brings us to The Wirral Peninsula. We visit Port Sunlight, where we enjoy a guided tour of the village, built by William Hesketh Lever for his factory workers and named after his famous Sunlight Soap. We round off our day with a ferry trip across the River Mersey.

Day 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we have a stop at the National Memorial Arboretum before continuing our journey home.

Day 5: We bid Liverpool goodbye and travel southwards, with a short stop at the National Memorial Arboretum before arriving in the local area early evening.

Warners alvaston Hall Hotel HHHH

shankly Hotel HHHH Located in the centre of Liverpool, and with memorabilia from legendary Liverpool manager, Bill Shankly, our unique and stylish four-star hotel has restaurant and bar, and a rooftop infinity pool with tree-lined rooftop garden. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.shanklyhotel.com 01 September 2019

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Please note: Some of the areas at Biddulph Grange Garden contain a number of steps, but seating is available.

You will find few lovelier locations than the one occupied by the grand country estate of Alvaston Hall. The Grade II listed, half-timbered main house contains the superb Fountain Bar and The Grove, the cabaret restaurant where you will have entertainment each evening. There is a full range of leisure facilities and a full programme of activities available during the day. Our bedrooms are all equipped with TV, telephone, hairdryer, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. There is WiFi and a lift to some rooms. www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk 05 August 2019

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Chocolate House This year brings a celebration of Pendle Witch Tour 125 years of the Manchester Ribble Valley Tour Ship Canal, and this tour Excursions as Listed includes a sailing along the whole 35-mile length, through spectacular scenery. We also explore the stunning countryside and picturesque villages of the Ribble Valley and Pendle Witch Country, take a train and taste some delicious chocolate. Day 1: A taxi from home will take you to your tour coach, and then we travel north to Lancashire with suitable refreshment stops along the way. Day 2: We have a guided tour today through the fascinating area known as Pendle Witch Country, followed by time in the market town of Clitheroe to purchase some lunch. In the afternoon we rejoin our guide and head into the Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland, an area of outstanding natural beauty, with panoramic views of the Lancashire countryside. Day 3: We travel to Salford Quays to board our Mersey Ferries ship for a leisurely six-hour cruise along the whole length of the legendary Manchester Ship Canal. We travel the 35-miles of the canal, enjoying spectacular scenery and a lively commentary along the way, telling the story of how this magnificent waterway shaped the city of Manchester and the North West of England. We pass some spectacular scenery and see some of the region’s most stunning architectural and natural sights. Refreshments and snacks can be purchased on board. We disembark at Pier Head, Liverpool and make our way back to the hotel by coach.

Day 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we make our way southwards, arriving in the local area late afternoon.

Best Western Plus samlesbury Hotel HHHH Our four-star hotel is conveniently located between Preston and Blackburn and offers restaurant, bar lounge and a small gym. Bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.bestwestern.co.uk G989

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Wander through Weatherfield on a fully guided tour of the working set. Recall storylines, hear filming secrets and follow in the footsteps of your favourite characters down those Coronation Street cobbles. We also visit some beautiful and historic places in Lancashire.

Half Board Leighton Hall Afternoon Tea Day 2 East Lancashire Railway Chocolate House Gawthorpe Hall Coronation Street Tour Excursions as Listed

Day 1: Making our way north, we have a stop for refreshments along the way, before arriving at our hotel late afternoon. Day 2: Today we travel north to explore the ancient city of Lancaster, where you can visit the castle or museums, take a stroll to St Georges Quay or just enjoy the shops and cafés. In the afternoon we continue north to Carnforth and Leighton Hall, the ancestral home of the renowned Gillow furniture family. We enjoy a guided tour and afternoon tea. Day 3: This morning we visit the Chocolate House in Blackburn for a chocolate making demonstration, along with refreshments and samples to enjoy. In the afternoon we visit Gawthorpe Hall, with fabulously opulent interiors and many pieces from the Shuttleworth Textile Collection. The hall was built in 1600 and restored by Sir Charles Barry in the 19th Century. Day 4: We travel to Rawtenstall where we join the East Lancashire Railway and enjoy a ride along the Irwell Valley through pleasant countryside to Bury. There will be some free time to explore and get some refreshments. This afternoon we visit MediaCity for our Coronation Street tour! This 80minute experience will take in the exterior sets of Coronation Street, Rosamund Street and Victoria Street, and give you the inside story of this famous soap. Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we travel southwards making suitable refreshment stops and arrive in the local area late afternoon.

Hallmark Hotel Preston leyland HHHH Our four-star hotel has pleasant lounge, bar and terrace and serves locally sourced cuisine. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, steam room, sauna and Jacuzzi. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel does not have a lift, but does have ground floor rooms. www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk 25 July 2019

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Day 4: After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to Rawtenstall to board the East Lancashire Railway for a journey along the Irwell Valley to Bury. Here we have time to explore the fascinating transport museum and get some refreshments. Our afternoon stop is at the Chocolate House near Blackburn for a demonstration and tasting.

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After many requests we are pleased to offer this new tour based in Southport. Take a summer break to enjoy Southport’s beautiful beaches, superb shopping, glorious gardens and the UK’s oldest iron pier.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Martin Mere Old Rufford Hall Mersey Ferry Cruise Excursions as Listed

Day 1: After our door to door service, join your tour coach and we make our way northwards to Southport with suitable stops along the way. We arrive in time to relax before dinner. Day 2: A free day to enjoy Southport. You might like to take a stroll along the Grade II listed pier, relax on the waterfront or visit the shops. Day 3: This morning we make our way to WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, where many thousands of birds arrive throughout the year. The centre is home to resident water birds, otters and beavers. In the afternoon we visit Old Rufford Hall, a beautiful timber-framed Tudor property with over 500 years of history and 14 acres of stunning grounds. Day 4: Today we begin with a stop at Crosby to view Anthony Gormley’s ‘Another Place’ – 100 cast iron figures stretching along the shore and out into the sea. We then continue into Liverpool for a 50-minute journey on the iconic Mersey Ferry with commentary and views of the famous ‘Three Graces’ and the Liverpool skyline. The afternoon is free to explore the city and to obtain lunch.

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Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we travel south with suitable refreshment stops along the way. We reach the local area and our taxis late afternoon.

Ramada Plaza southport HHHH This modern four-star hotel is situated on the Waterfront Promenade with views over Marina Lake. There is a pleasant bar and terrace and a small fitness room. Guests also have complimentary use of the swimming pool at the adjacent leisure centre. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift to all floors. www.wyndhamhotels.com 09 June 2019

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Half Board Join us for this wonderful tour Blackpool Tower & Circus of the famous Blackpool Guided Illuminations Tour Illuminations, which every Gawthorpe Hall autumn transform a five-mile Excursions as Listed stretch of the promenade into a breathtaking blaze of colourful lights in spectacular designs. We have also included a visit to the ‘Downton of the North’, and our hotel provides entertainment every evening. Day 1: Leaving the local area early in the morning, we travel north to St Annes-on-Sea making suitable refreshment stops along the way, and arriving in time for dinner. Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast, we travel up the Ribble Valley to Clitheroe, where you can get a snack for lunch. This afternoon we visit Gawthorpe Hall. Redesigned in the 1850s by Sir Charles Barry, designer of the Houses of Parliament and the ‘real’ Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle; the Hall houses the North West’s largest collection of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery as well as The Gawthorpe Textiles Collection. Day 3: Take the day to explore Blackpool, where we have included entry to Blackpool Tower Ballroom and the Circus. After an earlier dinner this evening, we take a leisurely guided coach tour through the amazing illuminations for which the town is so rightly famous. Day 4: Departing after breakfast, we head south and arrive in the local area late afternoon. We will make stops for refreshments along the way.

clifton Park Hotel HHH This privately owned three-star hotel is centrally located in the stylish seaside town of St Annes-on-Sea, one mile from leafy Lytham and three miles from bustling Blackpool. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to some rooms, but there are some steps throughout. www.cliftonpark.co.uk 11 October 2019

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In March 2019 the Legendary Pre-Dinner Drinks Joe Loss Orchestra is coming to Joe Loss Orchestra Yorkshire. Since 1930 the band Evening Entertainment has been in constant operation, Keighley & Worth Railway has never disbanded or Brontë Parsonage reformed. As well as your Museum evening of Big Band music, you Excursions as Listed will see some lovely parts of Yorkshire, travel on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway and visit the Brontë Parsonage Museum. A weekend not to be missed! Day 1: We pick you up from home in a taxi, and then we make our way northwards to Yorkshire, having suitable refreshment stops along the way and arriving late afternoon. We have a welcome drink before dinner, which is followed by a relaxing evening with light entertainment. Day 2: We make for the small market town of Otley, in Wharfedale and enjoy an ‘Emmerdale’ drive taking in some delightful Yorkshire scenery including Washburn Valley and its picturesque reservoir. We have free time for lunch in Harrogate before moving on over the hills to Skipton, dominated by its castle and with lots of interesting back streets to explore. We return to our hotel to get ready for an aperitif, our Gala Dinner and tonight’s extravaganza – the highlight of the weekend – an evening with the legendary Joe Loss Orchestra, now led by Todd Miller. 2019 is the band’s 89th year and it is the longest running entertainment company of its kind. The Big Band and singers will perform hits from the 50s to the 80s.

£524

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Every year Harrogate plays host York Guided Tour to the International Gilbert & RHS Harlow Carr Sullivan Festival, bringing The Mikado (Top Priced together the very best of both Ticket) amateur and professional Excursions as Listed productions from around the world. Enjoy the festival atmosphere, some wonderful excursions and an included matinee performance by the National Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company of The Mikado! Day 1: After our taxi pick ups, we travel north stopping in the beautiful town of Stamford en route. We arrive in Harrogate late afternoon. Enjoy a welcome drink before dinner for a chance to meet your fellow guests. Day 2: Our day in York begins with a guided walking tour of the historic centre and the afternoon is free for your own exploration. You might like to have a closer look at York Minster, or visit the National Railway Museum (free entrance), or discover our Viking heritage at the Jorvik Centre. Day 3: A free morning to explore Harrogate. The Gilbert & Sullivan Festival is in full swing, so make sure you visit the Utopia Pavilion for some free music at lunchtime. We then take our seats in the Grand Circle of the Royal Hall for the matinee performance of The Mikado. Day 4: After a leisurely breakfast, we travel the short distance to RHS Harlow Carr, where we have included a tour of the garden to gain a fascinating overview of the history of the garden and the main highlights. Spend the whole day here, exploring the many walkways or having lunch or tea at Betty’s Tearoom. Alternatively, your driver will take you back to the hotel for free time in Harrogate.

Day 4: Leaving after breakfast, we travel south and make several comfort stops before reaching the local area late afternoon, to be met by our taxis.

Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we head home via Lincolnshire and the Dartford Crossing making refreshment stops along the way. We arrive home early evening.

cedar court Hotel HHHH

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The superb four-star Cedar Court Hotel is located high in the Pennines between Huddersfield and Halifax in West Yorkshire and is surrounded by spectacular views. It is an ideal centre for our weekend and facilities include fitness centre and sauna, Jacuzzi and swimming pool. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.cedarcourthotels.co.uk 22 March 2019

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Our gorgeous three-star hotel stands in a quiet setting in the centre of Harrogate, and was once the hiding place of Agatha Christie during her disappearance in 1926. The hotel is traditionally and tastefully furnished and bedrooms have TV, telephone, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift but there are some steps on the first and second floors. www.classiclodges.co.uk 12 August 2019

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Day 3: Our drive today takes us to Hebden Bridge in the Calder Valley, where there is time to relax in one of the many tearooms. We then head over Oxenhope Moor to Haworth, with its famous cobbled main street, and home to the Brontë Parsonage Museum. There is time to visit the museum and get some lunch before we join the famous Worth Valley Railway, with tea and biscuits served on the train. We have a return journey to Keighley passing Oakworth, famous for featuring in the 1970’s Railway Children. At Haworth we rejoin our coach and return to our hotel for our evening meal and last night of entertainment.

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Discover behind-the-scenes secrets of Yorkshire’s favourite show at The Emmerdale Studio Experience in Leeds! We also delve into Brontë Country, take a journey into the past by steam train and visit beautiful Brodsworth Hall.

Welcome Drink Tea & Cake Day 2 National Memorial Arboretum Emmerdale Experience Steam Train Ride Brontë Museum Brodsworth Hall Excursions as Listed

Day 1: After picking you up from your door, we travel north via Leicester to reach our hotel in the small town of Tankersley, south of Barnsley. A welcome drink will be served before dinner for a chance to meet your fellow guests. Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast, we visit Brodsworth Hall, a beautiful Victorian country house, with 130 years of family life on show. Life ‘below stairs’ is on view in the servants’ wing and the house is surrounded by restored grand gardens in miniature. In the afternoon we head for the centre of Doncaster, to enjoy tea and cake in the Georgian Tearoom. Day 3: We travel into Brontë Country today to the village of Haworth, nestled on the edge of the West Yorkshire moorlands. There is a chance to have lunch and visit the shops along the steep cobbled main street and to see the Brontë Parsonage Museum. We complete our day with a return journey on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. Day 4: This morning we visit the Emmerdale Studio Experience in Leeds, a purpose built attraction in the former ITV studios, showcasing the entire ‘lights – camera – action’ process of producing an episode of Emmerdale. A fun and interactive tour learning how the show is created. We continue into Wharfedale and to Esholt, where the show was filmed for decades, and have time to wander the lanes and visit ‘The Woolpack’.

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Day 5: We make our way south stopping at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire for lunch (not included). We continue into our local area, to meet our taxis and travel home.

Tankersley Manor Hotel HHHH Our four-star hotel is set in beautiful countryside and woodland and sensitively incorporates the 17th Century building within a modern hotel while retaining a lot of the original charm. The leisure club has an indoor pool, gym, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and spa. Bedrooms offer TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. Rooms in the new wing are serviced by a lift, but some steps need to be negotiated. www.qhotels.co.uk 19 August 2019

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Half Board Spend time in York’s York Guided Tour magnificent Minster, visit some River Cruise of the multitude of museums, North Yorkshire Moors stroll through the narrow Railway streets and little alleyways that Castle Howard make the city of York such a Excursions as Listed pleasure to explore. We also include a steam train ride across the dramatic North York Moors, a visit to Castle Howard and a cruise through the city on the River Ouse. Day 1: After a morning pick up from your home by taxi, our coach travels northwards with suitable refreshment stops, reaching our hotel in the centre of York late afternoon. Day 2: We are joined by a guide this morning for a comprehensive sightseeing tour of the city by coach and on foot, and in the afternoon we enjoy a delightful river cruise. Day 3: A spectacular scenic tour through the North Yorkshire Moors National Park. First to Pickering to board the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for a journey across the moors to the historic port of Whitby, with its ruined abbey atop the cliff overlooking the busy harbour. After some free time, we return across Blakey Ridge, via Hutton-le-Hole to Helmsley where we have a short break before returning to the hotel. Day 4: A free morning to further explore. You might like to visit the Jorvik Centre, the National Railway Museum, walk the city walls, or just stroll through the Snickelways and along the Shambles. In the afternoon we visit delightful Castle Howard, best known for its starring role in ‘Brideshead Revisited’. We have time to explore the house and the lovely grounds. Day 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel via the Dartford Crossing to the local area, making suitable refreshment stops along the way. We reach our taxis early evening.

Queens Hotel Our quality hotel is situated on the banks of the River Ouse in the centre of York, ideal for exploring the attractions of the city. The restaurant serves both modern and traditional fare and you can relax in the Riverside Lounge. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.queenshotel-york.com 29 April 2019

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We explore the beautiful rolling scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, with visits to Hawes, Thirsk and Ripon, a dinner cruise on the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and an iconic journey by train from Settle to Carlisle.

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16 Nov

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Evening Dinner Cruise

Warner’s Tinsel & Turkey Isle of Wight

19 Nov

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Settle to Carlisle Railway

South Wales Tinsel & Turkey

19 Nov

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Birmingham Tattoo & Christmas Markets

23 Nov

4

Festive Chatsworth & The Peaks

25 Nov

4

26 Nov

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Torquay Tinsel & Turkey

26 Nov

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Royal Marines Christmas Spectacular

28 Nov

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05 Dec

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Wensleydale Creamery Fruit Cake/Cheese World of James Herriot Excursions as Listed

Day 1: A morning collection from your home by taxi before joining our coach for our journey north to West Yorkshire, arriving at our hotel in Skipton late afternoon. Day 2: Today we journey into the Yorkshire Dales National Park, through the beautiful countryside of the Dales via Grassington and the pretty village of Kettlewell, along Wharfedale and up to the market town of Hawes. In the afternoon we visit the Wensleydale Cheese Visitor Centre for some fruit cake and cheese. Day 3: Boarding our train at Skipton, we join the famous line which will carry us through Settle and onto Carlisle. Agreed to be one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the country, the line tracks the sparkling River Ribble, through the narrow, wooded valley and up onto the wide, high moors. We travel across the famous 24-arch Ribblehead Viaduct, over Dent Head Viaduct, along Garsdale, over the Moorcock Viaduct, and through Appleby before reaching Carlisle. We return to Skipton by coach. Day 4: This morning we have a visit to the village of Ilkley and the rest of the day is free to explore Skipton. Tonight we have a delightful three-hour dinner cruise along the Leeds-Liverpool Canal, cooked and served by the Rendezvous Hotel’s own staff. You can eat in the restaurant as usual if you prefer. Day 5: We drive east past Blubberhouses with a stop in Ripon, the unspoilt cathedral city of the Yorkshire Dales. On to Thirsk, where we enter the ‘World of James Herriot’. Based in his original surgery at 23 Kirkgate, the ‘Skeldale House’ of the Herriot books is a unique tribute to the author.

Valkenburg, Aachen & Cologne Christmas Markets

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Cornish Christmas

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Shropshire Christmas

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Norton Park Christmas

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Hampshire Christmas

24 Dec

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Rendezvous Hotel HHH This family run hotel on the outskirts of Skipton offers swimming pool, sauna, steam room and beautiful walks along the towpath of the LeedsLiverpool Canal, which runs alongside the hotel. All rooms have TV, telephone, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.rendezvous-skipton.co.uk G9107

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Full details of these holidays can be seen in our christmas 2018 Brochure. For further information or to book, please call

01243 868080

www.woodstravel.co.uk

Day 6: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we make our way southwards via the Cotswolds, reaching the local area late afternoon.

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Scarborough is one of Britain’s Excursions as Listed premier coastal resorts and lies close to North Yorkshire’s rugged National Park. Relax and enjoy the pleasures of Scarborough, enjoy free time in York, as well as the natural beauty and historic heritage of Yorkshire. Day 1: After your taxi pick up, we travel north making suitable refreshment stops along the way, arriving at our hotel late afternoon. Before this evening’s dinner there will be a welcome drink giving you the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers. Day 2: A free day to discover the varied attractions of Scarborough. Take a short walk to the town centre and shops, or wander down to the beaches of South Bay, or the busy little harbour. Explore the town with its indoor markets and antique shops. Day 3: This morning we drive to Goathland (the setting for Aidensfield in the TV series Heartbeat). After a short stop here we make our way to Whitby, the famous fishing port once home of Captain James Cook, where we will have some free time to wander around the narrow streets and busy harbour side. We return across the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Moors.

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three Historic gems

£424

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Within easy reach of our hotel overlooking the Humber Bridge, we find the pretty market town of Beverley and the impressive and historic cities of Lincoln and York.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board York Guided Tour Lincoln Guided Tour Lincoln Cathedral Burton Constable Hall Excursions as Listed

Day 1: After our door to door service, we travel north making suitable refreshment stops along the way and arriving at our hotel late afternoon, and we are greeted with tea and coffee. This evening we have a guest speaker to give us an introduction to the area. Day 2: We cross the impressive Humber Bridge into Lincolnshire, and begin our stay in Lincoln with a short guided tour. After free time for your own exploration and to get some lunch, we visit the magnificent cathedral, one of Europe’s finest Gothic buildings, and full of fascinating detail. Day 3: We spend the morning in Beverley, where the Minster dates back to 1220 and is one of Britain’s finest examples of Medieval Gothic architecture. The historic streets house a range of interesting shops and cafés. This afternoon we visit Burton Constable Hall, a glorious Elizabethan mansion with over 30 rooms filled with fine art, antique furniture and over 500 years of family history.

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Day 4: This morning we travel to the ancient and historic city of York with free time to explore the many attractions on offer. You could visit the National Railway Museum, the Jorvik Centre, stroll around the city walls or visit York Minster. We return to Scarborough late afternoon.

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Day 5: We depart after breakfast and travel home with suitable refreshment stops along the way. We arrive back in the local area late afternoon and meet our taxis.

The Esplanade Hotel The Esplanade Hotel holds a commanding position on Scarborough’s South Cliff, just a short walk from the beach, the Spa and the town centre. All rooms are en suite and have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is WiFi and a lift. www.gianthospitality.com G916

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£354

scarborough & York

£354

Single Supplement £nil

Day 4: We journey through the East Riding of Yorkshire to the remarkable city of York. We meet a local guide for an introductory tour, pointing out the places worth further exploration and giving us some historical information. The rest of the day is free in the city. Our final night at our hotel will feature a locally themed quiz and a glass of wine with dinner. Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we travel home with suitable refreshment stops and reach the local area in the late afternoon to meet our taxis.

Hallmark Hull HHHH Our award-winning four-star boutique hotel is in an enviable position with panoramic views over the Humber Estuary and has a pleasant bar and lounge, sauna, gym and treatment rooms. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is no lift, and very few ground floor rooms. www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk 17 October 2019

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£719

the lake district

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

This beautiful area of England has inspired many great artists and writers. We enjoy the lakes both from the shore and from the water and have included a journey on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, a visit to the Lakes Aquarium and cruises on both Ullswater and Windermere.

Half Board Tea & Cake Day 2 Wordsworth House Lakes Aquarium Guided Tour Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Windermere Cruise Ullswater Cruise Excursions as Listed

Day 1: After our door to door service, we set off northwards making suitable refreshment stops along the way and reaching Glenridding and our hotel late afternoon. Day 2: We travel to Grasmere via Thirlmere, and pass Dove Cottage, where William Wordsworth spent his early married life. We pass Rydal Mount, Wordsworth’s last home, and drive through Ambleside, along the shores of Lake Windermere and over the Kirkstone Pass to our hotel, where we enjoy tea and cake mid-afternoon. Day 3: Travelling south following the eastern side of Lake Windermere, we continue to Haverthwaite. We board the train for the short journey to Lakeside, where we visit the small but interesting Lakes Aquarium for a guided tour. Explore life under the water before we board our boat for a cruise up the lake to Bowness. After some free time we return to our hotel. Day 4: We spend the day viewing some of the beautiful northern lakes including Thirlmere and Bassenthwaite and make a stop in Keswick. We also visit the childhood home of William Wordsworth at Cockermouth. The return journey takes us via Skiddaw Forest.

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£569

lakes discovery

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Our fabulous new tour takes us through the Lake District to explore the Arts & Crafts connection, visit a wonderful new distillery, and includes a delightful tea at Leighton Hall.

Half Board Leighton Hall Afternoon Tea Day 2 Lakes Distillery Museum of Lakeland Life Blackwell House

Windermere Cruise Day 1: After being picked up from Excursions as Listed your door, we set off northwards making suitable refreshment stops along the way and reaching Windermere late afternoon. Day 2: Today we begin with a ‘brief encounter’ at Carnforth Station, which was immortalised in David Lean’s 1945 film. We continue to Morecambe for free time to explore and get some lunch. Our afternoon is spent at Leighton Hall, a romantic, Gothic house. We have a tour and a delicious afternoon tea in the charming Tea Rooms. Day 3: We spend the day viewing some of the beautiful northern lakes including Thirlmere and Bassenthwaite. We visit the award-winning Lakes Distillery, housed in a beautifully restored Victorian cattle farm, with handmade copper stills. We discover how the whisky, gin and vodkas are made, enjoy a tasting, and have time to relax. Our afternoon is spent in Keswick.

Day 6: Departing after breakfast, we head southwards to our local area, making suitable refreshment stops along the way.

Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we head southwards to our local area, making suitable refreshment stops along the way.

The inn on the lake HHHH

newby Bridge Hotel HHH

Our four-star quality hotel near Glenridding enjoys one of the most spectacular settings in the Lake District in 15 acres of grounds with lawns sweeping to the shores of Lake Ullswater. The hotel offers lake view guest lounges, pitch and putt, croquet lawn, Jacuzzi, sauna and gym. Bedrooms offer TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is WiFi and a lift. www.lakedistricthotels.net

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£719

Single Supplement £nil

Our three-star hotel overlooks the southern tip of Lake Windermere and boasts a pleasant lounge, bar and restaurant, beautifully landscaped grounds, indoor swimming pool, steam room and small gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. Bedrooms are on three floors within the hotel and two detached buildings. There is no lift, but some ground floor rooms are available. www.newbybridgehotel.co.uk 15 July 2019

G9121

£569

Twin/Double for Sole Use £60

For Insurance Details see Page 83

Day 5: This morning we take a steamer trip on Lake Ullswater – the second largest and possibly most beautiful lake in England. This afternoon is free to relax at our hotel or stroll along the lakeside.

Day 4: Our first visit today is the Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry in Kendal, to discover the history of this remarkable area. We continue to Bowness-on-Windermere, to Blackwell, one of Britain’s finest Arts & Crafts historic houses. After some free time in Bowness, we board our boat for the 40-minute cruise to Lakeside, where our coach will take us back to the hotel.

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lakes & dales

5 Days from

£415

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel

Join us on a wonderful scenic tour through the dramatic countryside of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the wonderful Lake District.

Door to Door Service Half Board Windermere Cruise Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway

Wensleydale Creamery Day 1: After your taxi pick up, we Tea & Scones Day 2 make our way north, with suitable refreshment stops along the way and Excursions as Listed arrive at our hotel near Shap late afternoon, with time to relax before dinner. Day 2: Today’s tour will take in some of the beautiful countryside of the Yorkshire Dales. We first drive to the picturesque town of Richmond where we have free time to explore. We return through Wensleydale to Hawes, having a stop at the Wensleydale Creamery to enjoy a Cheese Demonstration and some home-made fruit scones. We return to our hotel along Garsdale. Day 3: Leaving the hotel we head towards Penrith and then to Ullswater, regarded by many as the most beautiful of all the lakes. We have a short break in Glenridding and then continue over rugged Kirkstone Pass to Ambleside, Lake Thirlmere and Keswick, on the shores of Derwentwater. Here we have time for lunch and to explore the town. We return to our hotel late afternoon. Day 4: This morning we travel through Kendal to Lake Windermere and Bowness. We have time to look around and relax by the lake before we take a cruise along the lake to the southern tip at Lakeside. We then join the delightful Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway for a steam train ride before we rejoin our coach and head off back over the fells to the hotel.

5 Days from

lakes, dales

£507

& The Mountain Goat

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Mountain Goat Tour

This wonderful Lakeland tour Windermere Cruise includes cruises on Lakes Derwent Water Cruise Ullswater and Windermere, Ullswater Cruise stunning scenery and a day out Excursions as Listed with ‘The Mountain Goat’ – a specialist tour by minibus which allows us to travel over dramatic mountain passes and see areas inaccessible by the larger coach. Day 1: A taxi takes you from your door to your Woods coach and we make our way north making suitable refreshments stops en route before arriving at our hotel late afternoon. Day 2: Our day begins with a 50-minute boat trip around Derwent Water before the rest of the morning is spent in Keswick. In the afternoon we travel down via Grasmere to Lake Windermere where we enjoy a short lake cruise from Ambleside to Bowness. We return to our hotel with time to freshen up before dinner. Day 3: This morning we join the minibuses of the ‘Mountain Goat’ for a tour called the ‘Ten Lakes Spectacular’! We travel over high passes, through beautiful valleys, past waterfalls, traditional lakeland villages and lakes from the south to the north. There will be plenty of stops for photographs and the tour includes a cruise on Lake Ullswater, a visit to the 4000-year-old Castlerigg Stone Circle set high on the fells, and time in Keswick for lunch. Day 4: This morning we take a scenic drive over the Yorkshire Dales to Richmond, where there is free time to explore and get lunch. We spend the afternoon in the historic market town of Barnard Castle.

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Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we make our way homewards with suitable refreshment stops along the way, arriving in the local area early evening to meet our taxis and continue home.

Day 5: Departing the hotel after breakfast we make our way south towards home making suitable refreshment stops en route.

shap Wells Hotel HHH

shap Wells Hotel HHH

This splendid hotel which dates from 1833, lies in 30 acres of private grounds in a wooded valley, high in the Shap Fells. There are extensive bar and lounge areas in which to relax, WiFi and the bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. Some rooms are accessible by lift. www.shapwells.com

11 April 2019

G932

£415

Single Supplement £nil Twin/Double for Sole Use £80

This splendid hotel which dates from 1833, lies in 30 acres of private grounds in a wooded valley, high in the Shap Fells. There are extensive bar and lounge areas in which to relax, WiFi and the bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. Some rooms are accessible by lift. www.shapwells.com 27 June 2019

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BeAMisH MuseuM

6 Days from

£556

county durham

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board This tour takes in the best that River Wear Cruise the North East of England has Beamish Museum to offer, with unspoilt Bowes Museum countryside through the Dales Guided Tour in Durham and the Pennines. We visit the Excursions as Listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Durham, cruise along the River Wear, visit the amazing Bowes Museum and the wonderful open-air museum at Beamish. Day 1: We have an early departure, stop in the beautiful conservation town of Stamford over lunchtime and reach our hotel in Redworth late afternoon. Day 2: Today we have a free morning at our hotel to enjoy the leisure facilities. Our afternoon is spent at the Bowes Museum which houses a wonderful collection of European and fine decorative arts. Day 3: We make our way to Durham where we meet our guide for a tour of this splendid city. After time for lunch, we enjoy a cruise on the River Wear. Day 4: A full day out to Beamish. Britain’s favourite open air museum, set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside, vividly recreates life in the North of England in the early 1800s and 1900s, demonstrating the recent history of the region in a ‘living’ way. Day 5: A scenic drive today into the Durham Dales and over the North Pennines. We visit the Durham Dales Visitor Centre at Stanhope, the pretty village of Blanchland, and Hexham.

6 Days from

kynren An Epic Tale of England

£649

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Kynren – Platinum Seats

This tour takes in the best that Beamish Museum the North East of England has Bowes Museum to offer, and the highlight is our Guided Tour in Durham visit to Kynren. Experience Excursions as Listed 2000 years of history, myth and legend as the sensation of 1000 cast and crew, including magnificent horses and a host of amazing animals, bringing history alive in the UK’s most spectacular open-air live show. Day 1: We have an early departure, stop in the beautiful conservation town of Stamford and reach our hotel in Redworth late afternoon.

Day 2: A full day out to Beamish. Britain’s favourite open air museum, set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside, vividly recreates life in the North of England in the early 1800s and 1900s. Day 3: After a leisurely breakfast, we make our way to Durham where we meet our guide for a tour of this splendid city. This is followed by some free time for your own exploration before returning to our hotel midafternoon. We have an early dinner before travelling to Bishop Auckland for the remarkable 90-minute show which is Kynren. Day 4: Today we have a free morning at our hotel to enjoy the leisure facilities. Our afternoon is spent at the Bowes Museum which houses a wonderful collection of European and fine decorative arts. Day 5: A scenic drive today into the Durham Dales and over the North Pennines. We visit the Durham Dales Visitor Centre at Stanhope, the pretty village of Blanchland, and Hexham. Day 6: Leaving our hotel after breakfast we head south with suitable refreshment stops and arrive back at the local area early evening. Please note: Kynren begins at 8.30pm, is open-air and no umbrellas are allowed during the show. There is some walking to get to our Platinum seats, and during other parts of the tour.

Redworth Hall Hotel HHHH

Redworth Hall Hotel HHHH

A breathtaking Jacobean country house standing in beautifully landscaped grounds in Redworth, our four-star hotel has spacious and elegantly styled bedrooms equipped with TV, telephone, hairdryer, trouser press and hospitality tray. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, gym and health spa. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.thecairncollection.co.uk

A breathtaking Jacobean country house standing in beautifully landscaped grounds in Redworth, our four-star hotel has spacious and elegantly styled bedrooms equipped with TV, telephone, hairdryer, trouser press and hospitality tray. Facilities include an indoor swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, steam room, gym and health spa. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.thecairncollection.co.uk

G918

£556

Twin/Double for Sole Use £125

29 August 2019

G919

£649

Twin/Double for Sole Use £125

www.woodstravel.co.uk

Day 6: Leaving our hotel after breakfast we head south with suitable refreshment stops and arrive back in the local area early evening.

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northumbria’s Hidden gems

£629

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board Northumbria’s wealth of natural Cragside beauty, rugged coastline and Alnwick Castle vast landscapes of unspoilt Roman Army Museum & countryside is blessed with an Vindolanda abundance of historic sites. We South Tynedale Railway visit Cragside and Alnwick Excursions as Listed Castle, uncover the secrets of Roman Britain at Vindolanda, and have a journey on the north of England’s highest narrowgauge railway Day 1: After an early departure we travel via the Dartford Crossing to Northumbria, making suitable refreshment stops along the way. Day 2: Today we visit Alnwick Castle and Gardens, home of the Duke of Northumberland and the second largest inhabited castle in England. Discover opulent State Rooms filled with a stunning array of art and furniture, visit the museums, or stroll through the beautiful gardens and ‘Capability’ Brown landscape. The afternoon is free in Alnwick. Day 3: We travel south via the Derwent Reservoir and Edmundbyers to Stanhope. From here we continue along Weardale to Alston where we have some time for lunch before boarding the South Tynedale Railway for a wonderful return ride through the South Tyne Valley. Our return to our hotel takes us via Hexham for more beautiful views. Day 4: We head north to Cragside, which sits on a rocky crag high above the Debdon Burn. An Arts and Crafts masterpiece, the house was the creation of Lord Armstrong – Victorian inventor, innovator and landscape genius. We return to our hotel mid-afternoon. Day 5: This morning we travel to the vibrant market town of Hexham with free time to explore. We then follow the course of Hadrian’s Wall and include a visit to the Roman Army Museum and Vindolanda, where you can see the excavated remains of the Roman fort and town. Day 6: Departing after breakfast, we travel south by way of Stamford. We reach the coast in the evening where our taxis transfer us home.

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Please note: This tour is not suitable for the less mobile.

slaley Hall Hotel HHHH Nestled in 1000 acres of beautiful Northumberland countryside, our fourstar hotel is a wonderful Edwardian mansion full of charm and character. Relax in one of the bars, walk in the grounds or enjoy the leisure facilities which included indoor swimming pool, gym, steam room, sauna and spa treatment rooms. Bedrooms are in the new wing and have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.qhotels.co.uk 28 July 2019

G9138

£629

Twin/Double for Sole Use £125

6 Days from

£559

cumbrian Borderlands

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

This wonderful new tour explores the lands close to the border with Scotland. We discover Hadrian’s Wall, visit the Lake District, take a train in the Pennines, and visit the Blacksmith Shop and the Devil’s Porridge Museum at Gretna Green.

Half Board Gretna Green Blacksmith Devil’s Porridge Museum Hadrian’s Wall Guide Vindolanda Museum Ullswater Cruise Tea & Cake Day 4 South Tynedale Railway Excursions as Listed

Day 1: After an early taxi pick up, we travel by coach up to Cumbria, with suitable stops along the way. We arrive at our hotel in time for dinner. Day 2: A day exploring Hadrian’s Wall country accompanied by a local guide, bringing history to life with stories of the people who lived and worked in this remarkable area. First, we visit Vindolanda Fort and Museum, one of Europe’s most important Roman archaeological sites. We continue to Hexham, where you can join the guide for a short tour, visit the abbey or relax and enjoy some shopping. We return to our hotel along Military Road. Day 3: Venturing across the border into Scotland, we visit the delightful Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green. Explore the Gretna Green Story exhibition, housed within the original blacksmith’s cottage and workshop, and experience a wedding re-enactment. We then visit the award-winning Devil’s Porridge Museum, the largest munitions factory in the world during WWI, where 12,000 women from across Britain did their part for the war effort. Day 4: Into the Lake District today, beginning with a visit to Keswick. In the afternoon we travel to Glenridding via Troutbeck and enjoy tea and cake at the wonderful Inn on the Lake Hotel, before a one-hour cruise on Lake Ullswater to Pooley Bridge, where we are met by our coach and taken back to our hotel. Day 5: We travel south to Alston boarding the South Tynedale Railway for a wonderful return ride through the South Tyne Valley. After some free time for lunch, we visit Stanhope before returning to our hotel. Day 6: Departing after breakfast, we head southwards to the local area, making suitable refreshment stops along the way.

Gilsland Hall Hotel HH Set in 140 acres of manicured gardens, Gilsland Hall Hotel offers views of the Cumbrian and Northumberland countryside and is very highly regarded. It has a restaurant, a bar, and free WiFi is available in public areas. Bedrooms are over four floors and have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to some rooms. The hotel offers entertainment in the ballroom every evening! www.gianthospitality.com 29 September 2019

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£559

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Peel BAY

7 Days from

£769

isle of Man

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

A visit to the Isle of Man promises a wealth of historic sites, dramatic country and seascapes, lovely food and friendly towns and villages. We discover ancient Manx village life at Cregneash; the time of the Vikings at the House of Manannan; and the wonders of engineering on three island railways. Day 1: Taxis pick you up from your door to take you to your waiting coach. We then travel north to our overnight hotel in Lancashire. Day 2: After a morning travelling through Pendle Hill country, we take the early afternoon ferry from Heysham to Douglas arriving at approximately 5.45pm and being transferred to our hotel. Day 3: This morning we visit the National Folk Museum at Cregneash, a living museum of a Manx upland crofting community. We then visit The Sound for spectacular views over the Calf of Man, a beautiful rugged island, home to a large bird population and a substantial seal colony. Our last journey of the day is on the Isle of Man Steam Railway as we travel the 16 miles from Port Erin back to Douglas.

Cregneash National Folk Museum House of Manannan Snaefell Mountain Railway

Day 4: Travelling north via Ramsay and part of the TT course, we continue to Peel on the west coast, once the island's main fishing port. We visit the House of Manannan, an award-winning exploration of the island’s Celtic, Viking and Maritime traditions, returning via Tynwald Hill, traditional home to the world’s longest unbroken parliament.

Day 7: Departing after breakfast, we take the early crossing from Douglas to Heysham and make our way to the south coast and home. 15 May 2019 18 September 2019

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The Empress Hotel HHH Situated on the Central Promenade of Douglas, our three-star hotel overlooks Douglas Bay and is close to all the main sites of the capital. The leisure facilities include gym, sauna, steam room and treatment rooms. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is WiFi and a lift to all floors. There are 14 steps at the entrance of the hotel and a few steps along corridors. www.theempresshotel.net

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£769 £778

Single Supplement £70

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Day 5: This morning board the Manx Electric Railway, the longest narrow-gauge vintage electric railway system in the British Isles. It still uses its original Victorian and Edwardian rolling stock and the 17-mile railway takes you along some of the most scenic stretches of railway in the British Isles. Then to Laxey and The Lady Isabella, the largest working waterwheel in the world (reached by walking up a steep hill). We travel on the Snaefell Mountain Railway, the only electric mountain railway in the British Isles, and continue to the summit where there is a café and, on a clear day, amazing views. We return to the hotel late afternoon. Day 6: A free day to explore Douglas. The twomile sweep of Douglas Bay holds a vibrant shopping area, promenade and quay. The Manx Museum is free to enter and is bursting with artefacts and treasures unique to the Isle of Man.

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BAttle oF FloweRs

6 Nights from

£919

jersey Battle of Flowers

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£756

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inclusions

Guernsey is renowned for beautiful coastal scenery, wonderful beaches, wild flowers and a delightfully mild climate. We are based at the renowned Peninsula Hotel in Vale.

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First staged in 1902 in Samarès Manor & Cream Tea celebration of a Royal Excursions as Listed Coronation, the Jersey Battle of Flowers has since grown to become one of the largest floral carnivals in Europe and without doubt a major highlight in Jersey’s summer calendar. Enjoy grandstand seats for the main event and take in some of the beautiful scenery this wonderful island has to offer. Day 1: An early pick up from your home to join the coach to Southampton Airport for the short flight to Jersey with Flybe. On arrival you will be transferred by local coach to your hotel.

Day 1: A taxi pickup from your home to the coach travelling to Southampton Airport for a morning flight to Guernsey. On arrival you are met by a local coach and transferred to your hotel. Day 2: After breakfast, a morning excursion of the north and east of the island. You will have the option of returning to the hotel at lunchtime or being dropped in St Peter Port returning independently by bus or a taxi (not included). Day 3: A free day for your own exploration. Your tour escort will help with ideas of beautiful places to visit. Day 4: A half day excursion to complete your tour of the island. The coach will return you to the hotel at lunchtime or if you prefer you can end the tour in St Peter Port. Day 5: A free day. You may like to visit Castle Cornet, an ancient Royal Fortress with almost 800 years history. The noon day gun is fired by soldiers in 19th Century costumes. (Cost not included.)

Day 2: We have a full day tour of the island to experience the stunning coastline, enchanting lanes, wooded valleys and picturesque villages. Day 3: A free day to enjoy St Helier, or visit the Gerald Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust. Your tour escort may be able to arrange a boat trip to Sark. (Subject to tides. Entrances not included.) Day 4: An afternoon excursion with an included cream tea to Samarès Manor with its fine botanic gardens and rural life museum. Day 5: Spend the morning relaxing in town and then we take our seats in the grandstand for the 2019 Battle of Flowers. Fabulous floats festooned with flowers parade through the crowd, accompanied by musicians, dancers and bands, creating carnival magic! Stay in town to enjoy the atmosphere or return to our hotel by coach. Day 6: A free day. There is an option to attend the Moonlight Parade after dinner this evening, please enquire on booking. (extra cost. Transport not included.)

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Day 6: You will have some free time in the morning before being transferred by local coach to the airport for an afternoon flight. At Southampton you will be met by a Woods coach and taken back by taxi to your home.

Day 7: You will be collected from the hotel by local coach and taken to the airport for your scheduled flight to Southampton. On arrival you will be met by a Woods coach and taken back to the taxis and your home.

Peninsula Hotel HHH

Merton Hotel (

The Peninsula hotel is a firm favourite with Woods clients and is located on the north west coast in its own grounds on a grassy peninsula leading to a sandy bay. There is a spacious lounge, bar, pitch & putt course and terrace. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. A regular bus service connects you to St Peter Port. www.peninsulahotelguernsey.com 14 October 2019

AN9156

£756

Twin/Double for Sole Use £50

Jersey)

Located in the parish of St Saviour in St Helier, about 10 minutes walk from the town centre and sea front. A modern hotel with a range of facilities including heated indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, steam room, gym, bar, restaurant, lounges and some evening entertainment. All rooms have TV, telephone, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift to most rooms. www.seymourhotels.com 04 August 2019

AN9104

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8 Days from

£785

wales grand tour

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel

Our Grand Tour takes you to the north, south and west coasts of Wales. We tour the Isle of Anglesey in the north and the dramatic coastline of the Gower Peninsula and Pembrokeshire in the south. We join the two with a day of amazing scenery as we travel down the coastline of Cardigan Bay. During our adventure we visit Aberglasney Gardens, travel on the wonderful Welsh Highland Railway through the wild mountains of Snowdonia and go in search of puffins from Beaumaris.

Door to Door Service Half Board Puffin Island Cruise** Welsh Highland Railway Guided Gower Tour Gower Cream Tea Aberglasney Gardens

Day 1: After a morning pick up from your home, we travel west via Llangollen, reaching our hotel in Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey late afternoon. Day 2: Our day in the Snowdonia National Park begins with a drive to Porthmadog where we board the Welsh Highland Railway for an amazing 25-mile journey. The trains - hauled by the world's most powerful narrow-gauge steam locomotives – travel through the magnificent Aberglaslyn Pass and up to Beddgelert. From here we zigzag up into the foothills of the mountains and travel down over 650ft to sea level at Caernarfon, a pretty harbour town, dominated by its castle overlooking the Menai Straits. Your driver will be waiting for you to transfer you to our hotel in Beaumaris.

Day 4: Leaving our hotel after breakfast we travel to the coast, and begin our journey south past Tremadog Bay to Barmouth. The old town is built into the mountain with steep steps and slate-roofed cottages, and the harbour has

Day 5: Heading west into the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, we visit the beautiful resort of Tenby, with its maze of narrow streets, picturesque harbour and magnificent bay. We continue to the historic town of Pembroke, with its magnificent Norman castle, one of the finest and best preserved strongholds in the country. Day 6: A morning visit to the glorious Aberglasney Gardens, followed by an afternoon at leisure in Carmarthen, known as the oldest town in Wales. You will find a thriving indoor market which dates back to Roman times, or you might like to stroll through the narrow streets of the old town or along the river. You could visit the ruins of Carmarthen Castle, founded by Henry I in 1109 and witness to several fierce battles (free entry).

Excursions as Listed Day 8: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel to Cardiff, where we have time for lunch in this historic city. Crossing the Severn Bridge we make our way back to the local area where our taxis will be waiting to transfer us home. Please note: *You will have a twin/double for sole use at Bulkeley Hotel, but a single room at Ivy Bush Royal Hotel. **Cruise is weather dependent and wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Bulkeley Hotel HHH Built as a Georgian show piece in 1832, our three-star hotel is situated in Beaumaris and enjoys stunning views across the water to the mountains of Snowdonia. The hotel has a fine restaurant, coffee shop, Real Ale bar and lounge. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift to some rooms. www.bulkeleyhotel.co.uk

ivy Bush Royal Hotel HHH Day 7: Today’s excursion takes us through the This welcoming three-star hotel is within beautiful unspoilt scenery of the Gower walking distance of the centre of Carmarthen. Peninsula. We visit the Gower Heritage Centre Sympathetically modernised, the hotel retains to meet our local guide for a coach tour along its old-world charm and has restaurant, bar, to Rhossili with views of the nature reserve and spacious lounge, terrace, gym, sauna, WiFi and a the dramatic 250ft cliffs. Back at the Heritage lift to some rooms. Bedrooms have TV, Centre, we enjoy a Gower Cream Tea. We have telephone, hairdryer, ironing facilities and a stop at Mumbles Head on our return to admire hospitality tray. www.ivybushroyal.co.uk the views. 29 June 2019 G966 Single Supplement £130* £785

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Day 3: After a leisurely breakfast, we walk over to the jetty to board our boat for a 70-minute cruise which includes panoramic views of the Snowdonia Mountain Range, Penmon Lighthouse and Puffin Island. If we are lucky we might see puffins, seals, cormorants, guillemots, oystercatchers and kittiwakes** You can spend the rest of the day in Beaumaris, an historic town with Medieval castle, Victorian pier, gaol and courthouse.

wonderful views. In the afternoon we continue down the coast beside Cardigan Bay, past Tywyn and Aberdovey to Aberystwyth. We follow the coast as far as Aberaeron before turning inland to our hotel in Carmarthen where we have a four-night stay.


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Coast & Country

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Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board

We are happy to be able to Llangollen Cruise offer this Welsh tour with Portmeirion plenty of sole use rooms at the Excursions as Listed Beaufort Park Hotel. We have included a canal cruise, visits to the resorts of Betws-y-Coed and Llandudno, Portmeirion, and beautiful scenic drives along the coast and through the countryside of North Wales. Day 1: Leaving the local area this morning, we travel across country into Wales and up to our hotel near Mold. Tea and Bara Brith is served on arrival and we have a welcome drink before dinner for a chance to meet your fellow guests. Day 2: We visit Llangollen and after some free time we have a two-hour cruise along the Llangollen Canal. We return to our hotel over the famous Horseshoe Pass. Day 3: After a leisurely breakfast, we enjoy a scenic drive along the North Wales coast to Llandudno, North Wales’ premier resort, guarded by the bulk of the Great Orme. Take a stroll along the wide promenade, indulge in some retail therapy and enjoy an included light lunch. Day 4: This morning we visit Betws-y-Coed, on the River Conwy in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park. After some free time, we make our way to the famous Italianate village of Portmeirion. The setting for the TV show “The Prisoner”. Portmeirion stands on a rugged clifftop overlooking Cardigan Bay.

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Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we take a scenic route home, stopping at Evesham Country Park for refreshments. We arrive in the local area late afternoon.

Beaufort Park Hotel HHH Situated near the market town of Mold in North Wales, our three-star hotel is the perfect base for our tour. The Scandinavian style reception and mezzanine lounge provide an oasis of peace in which to relax, and Archers Bar provides a nice alternative on the ground floor. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is no lift, but some ground floor rooms are available. www.beaufortparkhotel.co.uk G915

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£345

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A Victorian folly that looks like (Tea/coffee after dinner a medieval fortress, are not included) Bodelwyddan Castle forms a unique part of the North Wales landscape. Spend your time strolling around the extensive parkland and gardens, go on three included half-day excursions, or get involved in the many and various activities which make a Warner’s holiday so memorable. Day 1: We pick you up from your door by taxi and travel up to Llangollen before continuing to our hotel in Denbighshire, arriving late afternoon in time for dinner. Days 2-4: During your stay you can enjoy leisure facilities which include heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and fitness studio. Activities available include Tai Chi, Zumba, rifle shooting, table tennis, darts, archery and quoits! If you wish to take part, the day is filled with activities such as games, quizzes and demonstrations, and in the evening entertainment includes shows, comedians, singers, gameshow classics and music for dancing. For an extra charge you can enjoy a Champagne Tea or take part in a Wine Tasting Experience. During your stay we have included a morning visit to Chester, a half day trip to Llandudno and a drive into the Snowdonia National Park with a stop in Betws-y-Coed. Day 5: Departing our hotel after breakfast, we make our way southwards, having suitable refreshment stops along the way, and arriving in the local area late afternoon.

Warner’s Bodelwyddan castle HHHH Set in 200 acres of parkland, with breathtaking views of the Clwydian Hills and close to Snowdonia National Park, the Grade II listed Bodelwyddan Castle provides a wonderful holiday setting. The hotel underwent a £6m redevelopment in 2015 and now boasts a stunning glass atrium, the Mulberry Coffee Lounge, bars, WiFi, wonderful leisure facilities and different entertainment every evening. All rooms are ensuite with TV, telephone, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. Rooms are in various buildings in the resort. www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk 25 February 2019

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£445

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Caernarfon is our base for this Llanberis Lake Railway magical journey into railway Bala Lake Railway nostalgia in the Snowdonia Ffestiniog Railway National Park. We travel on the Portmeirion Welsh Highland Railway Excursions as Listed including the Aberglaslyn Pass, and we also take to the rails on old favourites Ffestiniog, Bala and Llanberis, and visit the remarkable village of Portmeirion.

Day 1: After being picked up from your door and taken to our coach, we travel west across England and into Wales, reaching our hotel in Caernarfon late afternoon. Day 2: Today we travel to the famous Italianate village of Portmeirion. The setting for the TV show ‘The Prisoner’, Portmeirion stands on a rugged clifftop overlooking Cardigan Bay. In the afternoon, we head for the Bala Lake Railway. The 2ft narrow gauge steam trains give excellent views of the lake and of the nearby mountains. We rejoin our coach and return to our hotel. Day 3: A fabulous day today as we first travel to Blaenau Ffestiniog to board the narrow-gauge railway for a dramatically scenic ride over the mountains to Porthmadog. We then board the Welsh Highland Railway for a journey along its entire 25-mile length, travelling through the magnificent Aberglaslyn Pass and wonderfully dramatic Welsh scenery all the way to Caernarfon, where we transfer to our hotel.

Day 5: Leaving Caernarfon after breakfast, we travel homewards making suitable refreshment stops along the way.

celtic Royal Hotel HHH The three-star privately owned Celtic Royal Hotel stands in the centre of Caernarfon, just a short walk from Caernarfon Castle. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, gym, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a bar, lounges, split level restaurant, WiFi and a lift, although there are a few isolated steps. www.celtic-royal.co.uk 26 April 2019 06 September 2019

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tenby

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Half Board The South West Wales resort of Coracle Museum Tenby on the Pembrokeshire Pembroke Castle coast has a maze of narrow Aberglasney Gardens streets, a picturesque harbour Excursions as Listed and magnificent bays with sandy beaches. We have included excursions along Carmarthen Bay as well as Wales’ smallest city, St. David’s. Our hotel offers two nights of entertainment. Day 1: After your door to door taxi transfer, we travel to Tenby via Swindon and Newport, making suitable refreshment stops along the way. We arrive at our hotel late afternoon. Day 2: This morning we travel to the wonderful Aberglasney Gardens, in the beautiful landscape of the Tywi Valley. On our return we visit the pretty village of Saundersfoot before returning to our hotel mid-afternoon. Day 3: A free morning for you to spend in Tenby. This afternoon we journey across the bluestone Preseli Mountains and along the Teifi Valley to picturesque Cenarth. A charming conservation village with spectacular waterfalls, here we will visit the Coracle Museum set in the grounds of a 17th Century flour mill. Day 4: A full day tour west today around the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park to the historic town of Pembroke. The town’s centrepiece is its magnificent Norman Castle, which is one of the finest and best preserved strongholds in the country. This afternoon we continue to the tiny city of St. David’s, dominated by its impressive cathedral.

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Day 5: We say farewell to Wales and make our way home making suitable comfort stops along the way arriving back in the local area late afternoon.

Park Hotel HHH This welcoming three-star hotel has breathtaking views across North Bay of Tenby. All rooms are en suite with TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a restaurant, bar, two lounges, an outside pool and sun terrace. Dancing is a regular feature at the Park where they try to cater for most tastes. There is WiFi and a lift that serves most rooms. www.parkhoteltenby.com 13 May 2019

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Day 4: We drive to Llanberis in the shadow of Mount Snowdon and join the Llanberis Lake Railway for a ride along the lake shore. This afternoon you can have free time in Caernarfon or take a ride on the Snowdon Mountain Railway to Clogwyn, a dramatic and beautiful journey, but very weather dependent. (approx £21. Must be requested when booking).

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Heartland of wales

6 Days from

£549

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Half Board Our tour staying in the mid Vale of Rheidol Railway Wales spa town of Llandrindod Aberglasney Gardens Wells includes a trip to the Abbey-Cwm-Hir coast at Aberystwyth, drives Elan Dams Visitor Centre through the Vale of Tywi, the Excursions as Listed gardens at Aberglasney and a trip on the Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway - one of the Great Little Trains of Wales. Day 1: After being picked up from your door, we travel by coach across the Severn Bridge and have a lunch stop close to Tintern Abbey. We continue up the Wye Valley, across the Black Mountains of the Brecon Beacon National Park to our hotel in Llandrindod Wells. Day 2: A wonderful tour through the Wye Valley to Devil’s Bridge, famous for its waterfalls and the three stacked bridges, where you might choose to walk up to the famous Mynach Falls, (Entrance not included. Walk not suitable for people with mobility problems). We continue to Aberystwyth. We then board the Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway for a scenic journey to Devil’s Bridge, where we are met by our coach to return to our hotel. Day 3: This morning we travel along the beautiful Elan Valley with a stop at the visitor centre, overlooked by the dramatic dam and magnificent reservoirs. In the afternoon we visit Abbey-Cwm-Hir, a Grade II-listed hall set within breathtaking scenery. Day 4: After a leisurely morning, we travel to Aberglasney Gardens, where we have an introductory talk before free time to explore the 10 acres of magnificent gardens and visit the lovely tearooms. Day 5: A free day to enjoy Llandrindod Wells, with its pretty park overlooking the River Ithon, and many shops and cafés in which to relax. Alternatively, join your driver on a half day excursion to Ludlow.

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Day 6: Leaving our hotel after breakfast we travel to Ledbury before continuing our journey to the local area, reaching our taxis late afternoon.

Metropole Hotel HHHH Our four-star hotel is located in the centre of the historic spa town of Llandrindod Wells with Victorian canopied streets, delicate wrought ironwork and ornamental parks. As well as comfortable lounges, bar and Miles Restaurant, enjoy the 18m indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, whirlpool and gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.metropole.co.uk 27 August 2019

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£474

treasures in trust North Wales

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Penrhyn Castle

national Trust Members’ Tour: We delve into North Wales to visit four wonderful National Trust properties. Our base is the renowned Tynedale Hotel where we enjoy entertainment every evening.

Plas Newydd Bodnant Gardens Powis Castle Excursions as Listed

Day 1: After a morning taxi pick up, we travel northwards into Wales, arriving at our hotel late afternoon, greeted with tea and cake. Day 2: We travel through the Vale of Conwy and into the Snowdonia National Park for a visit to Betws-y-Coed. Then to Penrhyn Castle (NT) close to Bangor. The dominating stone façade hides opulent interiors of fine art, neo-Norman stairways and Victorian kitchens. The extensive grounds have fine views of Snowdonia and the northern coast. Day 3: After a leisurely breakfast, we travel the short distance to Bodnant Gardens (NT), where we find 80-acres of rare trees and shrubs, Italianate terraces, wonderful herbaceous beds, magnolias and rhododendrons. The afternoon is free in Llandudno. Day 4: Our day on the Isle of Anglesey begins with Beaumaris, an historic town with Medieval castle, Victorian pier, gaol and courthouse. We then visit Plas Newydd House (NT), designed by James Wyatt in the 18th Century and overlooking the Menai Strait. Explore the elegant rooms, the fabulous gardens and the Waterloo-inspired military museum. Day 5: We make our way to Powis Castle (NT) in Welshpool. Explore the sumptuous interiors, the world-renowned gardens and marvel at the UK’s largest collection of Indian treasures, housed in the remarkable Clive Museum. We then continue homewards, reaching our taxis early evening. *national Trust members must bring a valid membership card with them on the tour to qualify for this price. This tour is not suitable for the less mobile as some of the properties have many steps. other national Trust Members’ Tours are on pages 16 & 36.

Tynedale Hotel HHH Our three-star hotel is centrally located on Llandudno’s iconic Victorian promenade, just 20 metres from the beach and a short walk from the High Street and the pier. Each room in this Victorian building is unique and has TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift to most rooms, and entertainment every evening. www.tynedalehotel.co.uk 18 May 2019

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waterways of north wales & Cheshire

£545

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Staying in the beautiful town of Cruise Llangollen, this tour combines Llangollen Cruise the best of nature and man’s Llangollen Steam Railway ingenuity. We journey across Excursions as Listed the Horseshoe Pass and through the beautiful Cheshire countryside to visit the remarkable Anderton Boatlift. We also travel on both the Llangollen Canal and Railway, and spend time in the historic town of Chester. Day 1: Leaving the local area this morning we travel towards Llangollen and our hotel, stopping en route for lunch and refreshments.

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We return to Cardiff and the wonderful Royal Mint, and have also included a guided tour of the city, an insight into life at Cardiff Castle and a journey into the Brecon Beacons on one of the Great Little Trains of Wales.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Cardiff Guided Tour Cardiff Castle Royal Mint Big Pit Museum Brecon Mountain Railway Excursions as Listed

Day 1: Leaving the local area with our door to door service, we travel via Malmesbury and then continue across the Severn Estuary to our hotel. Day 2: This morning we are joined by a local guide for a short driven tour around the city. Then at Cardiff Castle we discover over 2000 years of history, from Roman fort to Norman stronghold to Victorian Gothic fairytale palace! We have included a special tour which includes the Winter Smoking Room, Nursery, Sitting Room, Lord Bute’s Bedroom and the Rooftop Garden. Most of the castle is accessible with few steps, but some areas will not be suitable for the less mobile. The rest of the day is free in Cardiff. Day 3: Today we visit the remarkable Royal Mint, where you can see fine craftsmanship combine with cutting edge techniques to make coins and medals for over 60 countries. We enjoy a tour of the factory and have access to the fascinating exhibition. The afternoon is free in Cardiff.

Day 3: We take a trip on the Llangollen Steam Railway, with a journey along the picturesque Dee Valley to Corwen. From here we travel by coach into the Snowdonia National Park to Betws-y-Coed for free time for lunch. We return to our hotel via a scenic drive over the famous Horseshoe Pass.

Day 4: An excursion to the foothills of the Brecon Beacons National Park and the Big Pit Mining Museum. After some free time, we continue to the Brecon Mountain Railway, for a return journey through Pontsticill, along the length of Taf Fechan Reservoir and climbing high into the Beacons.

Day 4: Our morning is free in Llangollen. This afternoon we have a twohour cruise along the Llangollen Canal crossing the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct, built by Thomas Telford in 1805. Refreshments are available on board.

Day 5: Leaving our hotel after a leisurely breakfast, we cross into England and on to Lacock for lunch. Dating back to the 13th Century, the village is owned and managed by the National Trust and is often used as a location for film and TV. We arrive home late afternoon.

Bryn Howel Hotel HHH Set in the stunning countryside of the Vale of Llangollen, alongside the Llangollen Canal, The Bryn Howel Hotel prides itself on quality service, has an intimate, wood-panelled bar and a restaurant with remarkable views of the Dee Valley. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift to some rooms. www.brynhowel.com 27 May 2019

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The angel Hotel HHH Our three-star hotel is a wonderful Victorian landmark occupying an amazing location near Cardiff Castle and the city centre. There are traditional lounge areas, dining room and bar, and the individually styled bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to all floors. www.thecairncollection.co.uk 07 July 2019

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Single Supplement £nil Twin/Double for Sole Use £120

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Day 2: This morning we travel into Cheshire and to Anderton for a cruise including the famous boat lift, which was built in 1875 and provides a 50ft vertical link between the River Weaver and the Trent and Mersey Canal. We then have free time in the walled city of Chester for lunch, sightseeing and shopping.

Day 5: Departing after breakfast, we take a scenic route home, stopping in the Cotswolds for refreshments. We arrive in the local area late afternoon.

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Why our customers choose to travel with us... “I am writing to say how much my wife and I enjoyed our trip to the Delightful Dales and Settle to Carlisle Railway last week. The whole outing was superb, and the skill of our driver in negotiating those country lanes was mesmerising. The Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton was very comfortable and the staff could not have been more helpful. The excursions were well planned and, despite the heat, we enjoyed adequate free time in all locations. This was our eighth trip with Woods, including two overseas, and we have always found the coaches very comfortable. We very much look forward to joining you again before too long. Please keep up the good work.”

BjM of chichester, west sussex nAtionAl BotAnic gARdens

Autumn tints of wales

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£469

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Gorgeous scenery awaits as we visit South Wales in the crisp autumn season. Admire the colours at the National Botanic Garden, the Deer Park at Dinefwr, along the Pembrokeshire coast and from the carriages of the Gwili train.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Welcome Drink National Botanic Garden Birds of Prey Centre Gwili Train Newton House Pembroke Castle Tea & Scone Day 3

Excursions as Listed Day 1: After your taxi pick up, we travel across to Gloucester in time for lunch. We continue to our hotel in Carmarthen where we have a welcome drink before dinner for a chance to meet your fellow guests. Day 2: Today we visit the National Botanic Garden of Wales, which was created within a beautiful Regency park, with over 100,000 plants and the Great Glasshouse as its remarkable centrepiece – making it perfect for all weathers. We have included entry to The British Bird of Prey Centre. Take a walk around the aviaries, enjoy a conservation talk by one of the falconers or watch one of the flying displays (weather dependant). The afternoon is free in Carmarthen. Day 3: We first visit Tenby and this afternoon we travel to Pembroke. Here we have a guided tour of the castle, once the magnificent home of the Earls of Pembroke, and enjoy tea and scones in the Castle Café. Day 4: After a leisurely breakfast we make our way to the Gwili Railway where we enjoy an 8-mile return journey by diesel locomotive through picturesque farmland and steeply wooded hillsides and alongside the River Gwili. Have a look around the railway museum before we travel by coach to Dinefwr and Newton House, set in beautiful parkland and now owned by the National Trust. We have free time for lunch before our guided tour.

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Day 5: We travel to Cardiff for free time over the lunchtime period. We then cross the Severn Bridge and continue to the south coast and our taxis.

ivy Bush Royal Hotel HHH Once a favoured retreat of Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton, our three-star hotel is within walking distance of Carmarthen. Sympathetically modernised, the hotel retains its old world charm. All rooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. The hotel has a bar, spacious lounge and terrace, a gym and sauna, WiFi and a lift. www.ivybushroyal.co.uk 17 October 2019

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“Just to say what a wonderful trip the Dutch Bulbfields was in April. Fabulous hotel, wonderful weather and a delightful driver. I don't know how he stayed so cheerful with the traffic and tight corners around the hotel. My friend, who had never been on a coach holiday before, was very impressed with the organisation too and enjoyed the whole holiday very much. From a very happy Woods customer.”

sB of eastbourne, east sussex “Having only recently “discovered” that Surrey came in the area for door to door Woods travel, our first trip was to St Agnes for Tinsel and Turkey and we have now returned from a really enjoyable Easter Holiday, Easter Lakes & Dales, to the Shap Wells Hotel. Our driver was first class, very friendly, helpful and informative on excursions. The hotel location was spectacular and the content of day trips very well planned. We are right now perusing the new brochure in the hope that there may still be availability on Summer holidays as we very much hope to enjoy many more travels with Woods.” Rd & gd of guildford, surrey

“Another splendid Woods holiday on 'Paris Afloat', thank you. The accommodation on Seine Princess was very good, and cabins were a good size for two people. Food excellent. The coach was comfortable and suitable for long journeys. The coach driver showed a high standard of driving, and his road knowledge was most acceptable.”

Bg of gosport, Hampshire

“I have just returned from my first holiday with Woods, Edinburgh Tattoo & The Borders, and have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I was picked up from my home by taxi and taken to meet the coach. Our driver was top class and looked after us all very well. The hotels were very good, especially the New Lanark Mill Hotel in a unique position in a deep valley.”

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Join us on this wonderful tour like no other, based in Perth, perfect for visiting the Enchanted Forest, renowned as Scotland’s premier sound and light experience! We spend our days exploring the beautiful autumn scenery, visiting the castles of Drumlanrig and Glamis, and tasting a little shortbread and whisky along the way.

Day 2: We continue northwards and cross the border into Scotland, via Dumfries to Drumlanrig Castle. Time will be given for you to explore the gardens and the magical pink 300year-old castle perched above the Nith Valley, and we have an included lunch of soup and sandwiches. We continue our journey to Perth arriving in time for our dinner, and our fournight stay.

Day 4: This morning is free in Perth. You might like to visit Scone Palace (entrance & transport not included), which is only three miles from the centre, do a little souvenir shopping, or just stroll along the River Tay. In the afternoon we visit the Black Watch Museum, housed in the historic Balhousie Castle, which tells the story of Scotland’s premier Highland Regiment. We have included a short tour, tea and shortbread. For those who don’t wish to walk to the museum, transport will be provided.

Drumlanrig Castle Light Lunch Day 2 Distillery Tour & Tasting

Day 5: A morning visit to Glamis Castle, the childhood home of the late Queen Mother. We have time to explore the castle and gardens, where the abundance of trees ensures a spectacle of autumn colour. We return to Perth for a little free time and an early dinner before driving up to Pitlochry to enjoy the Enchanted Forest. With dazzling visuals and innovative designs set to music, explore the stunning autumn woodland setting of Faskally Woods as it is transformed by this spectacular sound and light show!

Glamis Castle Black Watch Museum Excursions as Listed

Day 6: Travelling south, we cross the Firth of Forth and reach Edinburgh. We have some free time for your own exploration, before continuing across the border to our overnight hotel in the Newcastle/Durham area. Day 7: We make our way home, with suitable refreshment stops along the way, reaching the south coast in the evening to meet our everfaithful taxis. Please note: There will be bus transfers from the centre of Pitlochry to the Enchanted Forest site. There is then a designated route which should take between 30 and 50 minutes to walk around (1.8km). It has some uneven ground and steep slopes.

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salutation Hotel Perth HHH The 17th Century hotel is centrally located within the town’s main shopping area and provides a welcoming atmosphere, good food and comfortable accommodation. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift, but some steps throughout. www.strathmorehotels-thesalutation.com G9114

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Day 3: Today takes us into the glorious autumn countryside firstly to Queen’s View at the head of Loch Tummel, before heading to Loch Tay, Loch Earn and to Crieff. Here we find the spiritual home of Famous Grouse and Glenturret, and we have a guided tour of the distillery along with a dram or two, before heading back to Perth and our hotel.

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Day 1: A fairly early start is required today to make our way up to our overnight hotel in the Cumbria area.

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Heart of Scotland

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Based at our four-star hotel ideally situated between Glasgow and Edinburgh, we explore the delights of the Heart of Scotland. We have a day in the wild and beautiful Trossachs National Park including a boat trip on Loch Katrine; explore the history of the area at New Lanark Mill, visit the Royal Yacht Britannia; take a guided tour of Glasgow and visit the Falkirk Wheel and the remarkable Kelpies.

Door to Door Service Half Board National Memorial Arboretum New Lanark Mill Loch Katrine Cruise Falkirk Wheel

DAY 1: After our door to door taxi service has brought you to the coach, we make our way northwards and visit the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. This beautiful site was opened in 1997 and is home to 50,000 trees and over 200 memorials as a living tribute to the personal sacrifices made by the armed and civil services. We continue to our overnight hotel in the Lancashire area. DAY 2: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we continue north and cross into Scotland. We visit the World Heritage Site at New Lanark Mill, a beautifully restored 18th Century cotton mill village with a charming visitor centre. We then travel on to our hotel north east of Glasgow, arriving late afternoon.

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DAY 3: We spend the day in Rob Roy McGregor country - the Trossachs National Park. We travel past mysterious lochs and through increasingly dramatic countryside, along the shores of Loch Lomond and have a brief stop in Luss. Then up through the park via Lochearnhead and onto Loch Katrine where you can have some free time for lunch before we board the steamship ‘Sir Walter Scott’ for a one-hour leisurely cruise. We then make our way to the village of Aberfoyle for a short visit before we return to our hotel. DAY 4: This morning we travel to Stirling, with its impressive castle once home to Scottish kings, and a rich history interwoven with William

Wallace, Robert the Bruce and Scottish independence. The castle perches on a long extinct volcano and the cobbled streets of Stirling’s Old Town boast a number of pleasant shops. This afternoon we make our way to the Falkirk Wheel to see this remarkable feat of engineering. We have a trip on the canal and will be lifted 115 feet by this giant wheel which replaces 11 locks, and is the pride of the Scottish Waterways. We also have views of the magnificent Kelpies, the world’s largest equine structures. DAY 5: A full day in Edinburgh today beginning with a visit to the Royal Yacht Britannia, steeped in history and filled with artefacts from the Royal Collection, 30 years after it was finally decommissioned. The rest of the day is free in central Edinburgh, where you might stroll along Princes Street, Castle Hill or relax in the Princes Street Gardens below the castle. DAY 6: Today we travel the short distance into Glasgow where we have a guided tour by coach seeing all the main sights including the university and the cathedral. This is followed by a free afternoon for your own exploration.

Glasgow Guided Tour Royal Yacht Britannia Excursions as Listed DAY 8: We continue our journey south making suitable refreshment stops along the way and arrive in the local area early evening. We then meet our taxis for the final part of the journey home.

The Doubletree Hilton Westerwood Hotel HHHH Our four-star hotel and golf resort is set in acres of grounds and woodland with views of the Campsie Hills, perfectly placed between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The hotel has comfortable lounge areas and leisure facilities including an indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym and spa treatment rooms. Bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.doubletree3.hilton.com

DAY 7: Departing our hotel, we make our way to the east coast and then travel through Northumberland with a stop in the pretty town FALKIRK WHEEL of Alnwick. We continue south to our overnight hotel. 26 May 2019 G905 Single Supplement £150 £789


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great Railways of scotland

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This two-centred tour allows you to experience two remarkable rail journeys – the Kyle Line from Dingwall to the Kyle of Lochalsh and the world-famous Jacobite Steam Railway. Join us as we take to road and rail through the breathtaking scenery of the Highlands, taking in Fort William, Inverness, Loch Ness and a wee dram of whisky along the way.

Half Board Jacobite Train Kyle Line Train Glen Ord Distillery Loch Ness Cruise

Day 1: We have our usual taxi collection service from your home to our coach, then we make our way northwards to our hotel in the Carlisle area for our overnight stay. Day 2: We cross into Scotland at Gretna Green, pass Glasgow and visit the pretty village of Luss on the shores of Loch Lomond. We continue north through the breathtaking scenery of Glen Coe, past Loch Leven and Loch Linnhe to reach our hotel in Fort William for a three-night stay.

Day 4: Today is free in Fort William for those who want to explore the town. Alternatively join your driver for an excursion to Oban, a pretty town lying in the crescent of Oban Bay and boasting a variety of shops and pleasant cafés.

Day 6: Today we enjoy one of the world’s finest coast to coast rail journeys as we travel from Dingwall to the Kyle of Lochalsh on a two-hour journey through some of Scotland’s most rugged and spectacular scenery. Keep an eye out for Ben Wyvis just after Dingwall and before the wild mountainscape between Lochs Luichart and Carron. Then through Plockton and on to the Kyle of Lochalsh with the Isle of Skye just over the water. After some free time, we are met by our coach for an equally picturesque journey back to Beauly through Glen Sheil and Glen Moriston, and along Loch Ness. Day 7: After a leisurely breakfast, we make our way to Inverness, which boasts a host of historic buildings, notably in the old town, and a delightful Victorian covered market. Midafternoon we travel to Glen Ord Distillery, where we have a tour and a tasting of their Singleton of Glen Ord 12-year-old whisky, before returning to our hotel. 29 September 2019

Excursions as Listed Day 8: Leaving Beauly after breakfast, we travel south passing Pitlochry and Perth on our way to Edinburgh. We enjoy a few short hours in this remarkable town before continuing across the border, through Northumbria to our overnight hotel in the County Durham area. Day 9: We continue our journey homewards, making suitable refreshment stops along the way and reaching the local area early evening.

alexandra Hotel HHH Located in the centre of Fort William, our threestar Victorian hotel offers comfortable accommodation and cosy public areas with a traditional bar. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.strathmorehotels.com

Priory Hotel HHH Our three-star hotel is ideally located to the west of Inverness along the shores of the Beauly Firth, in the attractive town square of Beauly. It is a traditional building but has been tastefully modernised and has a pleasant open plan dining area and a lift. Bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, WiFi, trouser press, hairdryer and hospitality tray. www.priory-hotel.com

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Day 3: Today we board the Jacobite Steam Train to enjoy one of the most remarkable rail journeys in the world, and made even more famous as the Hogwarts Express in the Harry Potter films. Beginning in the shadows of Ben Nevis, the train travels along the West Highland Line along the shores of Loch Linnhe and over the 21 arches of the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Enjoy unforgettable views across the Highland terrain as we approach the coast and the busy fishing town of Mallaig. We have some free time in the town before hopping back aboard the train to see the journey from an entirely different perspective on the return journey.

Day 5: We wave farewell to Fort William and the west coast as we travel inland and up the eastern side of Loch Lochy, following the route of the Caledonian Canal to Fort Augustus. We have now reached the southern tip of Loch Ness and we take time out to have a 50-minute cruise on this remarkable loch, looking for Nessie. Continuing by coach, we reach Beauly and our hotel for the next three nights.


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Hebridean odyssey

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Situated on Europe’s Atlantic edge, the Scottish Western Isles of the Outer Hebrides are a diverse chain of inter-connected islands with their own unique way of life. Join us for the ultimate island-hopping experience in the Outer Hebrides, an area of unspoilt natural beauty offering spectacular scenery, impressive mountain ranges and miles of golden beaches. We visit Barra, Eriskay, South Uist, Benbecula, North Uist, Harris and Lewis!

Half Board Barra Guide Lewis Guide Packed Lunch Day 5 All Ferries Excursions as Listed

Day 1: Having been picked up by taxi from your door, you join your tour coach and we make our way northward to Lancashire and our overnight hotel. Day 2: Leaving Lancashire behind we travel north firstly by motorway and cross the border into Scotland, with a stop in Moffat en route. We reach our hotel in Drymen and have a onenight stay. Day 3: Enjoy spectacular scenery as we pass Loch Lomond, Loch Awe and Fort William before crossing to the Isle of Skye via Mallaig. Your early evening crossing from Uig to North Uist awaits, on which dinner has been included. We arrive at our hotel in Benbecula for a twonight stay.

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Day 4: Today’s island hopping begins by taking the causeway across to South Uist, and then a further causeway to Eriskay, famous for the Eriskay ponies. A short ferry ride takes us to the Isle of Barra, considered by many to be the most beautiful little island in Britain. Its tranquil beaches, distinctive culture, where Gaelic is widely spoken, and an ancient history make any visit to Barra a memorable one. We are joined by a local guide for some insight into this glorious island. Day 5: A leisurely morning in Benbecula before crossing the Benbecula Causeway, which links to North Uist, a relatively flat island covered with

peat bogs, low hills and lochans. More than half the land is covered by water, making North Uist a birdwatchers’ paradise. We board the early afternoon ferry for the one-hour crossing to Harris, on which we can enjoy our packed lunch. We then travel up the west coast past numerous unspoilt, white sandy beaches and some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery in the Western Isles. The final leg of today’s journey is to Lewis and our hotel on the outskirts of Stornoway for a two-night stay. Day 6: Today we have a local guide for our tour of Lewis, the most northerly island of the Hebrides and the largest of the Outer Hebrides. Lewis has a history that goes back thousands of years and ancient stone circles and standing stones can be found everywhere. On the west coast, at Callanish, stands the awesome collection of stone circles and rows of standing stones called the ‘Hebrides Stonehenge’. We also venture into the moorland interior, where peat is still cut for fuel and see traditional croft dwellings. Day 7: We have a morning free in Stornoway. Originally a Viking settlement, the town now has a pretty harbour and some lovely walks. We have an afternoon crossing to Ullapool, which takes just under three hours, and from here we continue to Beauly in time for a late dinner and a one-night stay. 12 June 2019

Day 8: After an early start, we travel via Perth, crossing the Forth Bridge to South Queensferry, with suitable stops along the way. Our journey continues via Jedburgh to our overnight hotel in the Newcastle area. Day 9: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel down the country and home via the Dartford Crossing, reaching the local area and our taxis early evening. Please note: This tour necessarily includes a lot of coach travel and six hotels.

Dark island Hotel HHH A traditional hotel located on Benbecula, only a short walk from a secluded beach. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi and hospitality tray. There is no lift, but some ground floor rooms are available. www.isleshotelgroup.co.uk

cabarfeidh Hotel HHHH This modern four-star hotel on the outskirts of Stornoway is the highest graded hotel on the Isle of Lewis and has pleasant gardens. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, trouser press, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is WiFi and a lift. www.cabarfeidh-hotel.co.uk

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Join us on this beautiful tour to the stunning Cairngorm region of Scotland and stay at one of my own favourite Scottish hotels. The Grant Arms bills itself as ‘The Wildlife Hotel’ and their commitment to providing an informative and comfortable base for the discovery of the local plant and animal life is second to none. We are given a tour of the Rothiemurchus Estate by an experienced ranger, take a wildlife cruise on the Moray Firth and climb to the top of Cairn Gorm on the UK’s highest mountain railway. Day 1: Leaving the south coast early in the morning we make our way north with suitable refreshment stops along the way, reaching our overnight hotel close to Gretna Green in time for dinner. Day 2: We continue up through Scotland and visit Stirling, where the castle perches on an extinct volcano and the cobbled streets of the old town are filled with pleasant shops and cafés. We then travel up past Perth on our way to the Cairngorms National Park and our hotel in Grantown-on-Spey to be greeted with tea and biscuits.

Day 4: A short drive to Aviemore brings us to the Cairngorm Funicular Railway and a ride to the summit of Cairn Gorm. We experience stunning views from the Ptarmigan Top Station

Day 5: Today is free in Grantown-on-Spey. The hotel is proud to be the base for the Bird Watching & Wildlife Club, and you can take advantage of the wealth of material available in the BWWC’s Club Room and Natural History Library. There are various local walks suggested in the gorgeous surrounding area. Alternatively, you could take the local bus to Inverness or Aviemore to explore the areas in more detail.

Rothiemurchus Estate Dolphin Spirit Cruise Cairngorm Railway Excursions as Listed Please note: Wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.

Grant arms Hotel HHH Situated in the heart of Grantown-on-Spey, this lovely three-star hotel offers modern comforts while retaining a traditional Victorian character. Priding itself on its traditional Scottish dishes sourced from local produce, it also has a dedicated area showcasing the amazing local flora and fauna with wildlife enthusiasts listing daily sightings of birds and animals in the area. There is a comfortable lounge and bar, a highceilinged restaurant and bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to some rooms. www.grantarmshotel.com

Day 6: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we make our way south and cross the Firth of Forth to enjoy a short time in the centre of Edinburgh. We continue our journey past Berwick-uponTweed and along the Northumbrian coast to our overnight hotel. Day 7: We continue homewards, with suitable refreshment stops along the way. We reach the dolPHin sPiRit cRuise local area early evening to meet our waiting taxis. 14 July 2019 G9122 £719 Twin/Double for Sole Use £170

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Day 3: This morning we drive to Inverness Marina and board the Dolphin Spirit for a 75minute wildlife cruise along the gorgeous Moray Firth coastline hopefully seeing otters, seals, red kites, ospreys, herons and the resident bottlenose dolphins. The afternoon is free in Inverness, which boasts a host of historic buildings notably in the old town and a delightful Victorian covered market. Take a stroll past Inverness Castle (not open to the public) and St Andrews Cathedral on the River Ness, or take the open-top bus tour (not included).

at 1,097 metres above sea level, making this the UK’s highest mountain railway. In the afternoon we visit the Rothiemurchus Estate, where we have the services of a ranger to accompany us on a coach safari to get the best views of the estate, which stretches from the River Spey to the summit of Braeriach, Britain’s third highest mountain. There will be opportunities to get close to the resident highland cattle and beautiful red deer. Tonight we have a wildlife film, talk or quiz at our hotel.

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edinburgh tattoo & the Borders

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Set against the famous backdrop of Edinburgh Castle, the annual Tattoo is a unique blend of breathtaking shows of military precision, battle re-enactment and military bands. From our base at the award-winning World Heritage Site of New Lanark, we have also included a visit to the Palace of Holyroodhouse. The Queen in Scotland, standing at the end of the Royal Mile against the spectacular backdrop of Arthur’s Seat. We then have some free time to buy a snack before taking our seats in the stands for the 2019 Military Tattoo. After the spectacular show we return to New Lanark.

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Day 1: After being picked up from your door by taxi, you are transported to our tour coach and we make our way north, with suitable refreshment stops, to our overnight hotel in Lancashire.

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Day 2: After breakfast we continue north, entering Scotland at Gretna Green and making a short stop to visit the Old Blacksmith Shop, where you can see the original wedding room and the famous anvil – the site of runaway marriages since 1753. We continue on through the Borders and reach our hotel in New Lanark late afternoon. Day 3: A free morning in New Lanark to enjoy the facilities at our hotel followed by lunch.* We then travel into Edinburgh and visit the Palace of Holyroodhouse**, the official residence of

Day 4: A free day for you to enjoy this remarkable World Heritage Site, a unique 18th Century mill village sitting alongside the picturesque River Clyde. This was the work of social pioneer, Robert Owen who provided for his workers decent homes, fair wages, free health care, a new education system and the first workplace nursery school in the world! See recreated millworkers’ houses, historic working machinery and don’t miss the lovely walk along the river to the ‘Falls of Clyde’ waterfalls. There is a mill shop selling locally made textiles and a pleasant café, and your ticket includes the Annie Mcleod Experience – a journey back through time as mill girl Annie reveals the amazing story of her life and times in New Lanark in 1820. Alternatively, you could join your driver for an afternoon excursion to Peebles.

Half Board* Edinburgh Tattoo Palace of Holyroodhouse** New Lanark Mill Excursions as Listed Please note: *Lunch is included instead of dinner on Day 3. Some walking up hill is necessary to get to Edinburgh Castle for the Tattoo. **If the Palace at Holyroodhouse is closed due to an as yet unscheduled State Visit, an alternative attraction will be visited.

new lanark Mill Hotel HHH Our hotel is a stunning award-winning conversion from an original 18th Century mill, with fantastic views across the surrounding World Heritage Site and the River Clyde. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, steam room, sauna and gym. The 38 bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and two lifts. www.newlanarkhotel.co.uk

Day 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel down across the border and through the Yorkshire Dales before reaching our hotel in time for dinner and an overnight stay. Day 6: We make our way south via the pretty conservation town of Stamford to the south coast, where we join our taxis and complete our journey home. 11 August 2019

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We return to Ireland for a classic tour taking in the spectacular Ring of Kerry and the glorious Dingle Peninsula. The Killarney Plaza Hotel is very popular with our regular customers and Killarney is the perfect base from which to explore this gorgeous corner of the Emerald Isle. Day 4: We have a guided tour of the Iveragh Peninsula, or as it is better known, the spectacular Ring of Kerry. The stunning drive provides an amazing insight into the ancient heritage of Ireland, and a landscape carved out of rock in the last ice age. Breathtaking scenery of glorious beaches beneath towering cliffs, high wild moorlands and dramatic lakes set in velvet mountains. We have included entrance to Kerry Bog Village, for an insight into life in the 18th Century during the famine years. We also stop at Waterville overlooking Ballingskelligs Bay and the pretty village of Sneem. Ring oF keRRY

Day 1: We travel across into Wales making stops for refreshments and a short visit to Llangollen before arriving in Caernarfon and our overnight hotel.

Day 3: A full day guided tour of the Dingle Peninsula, which stretches 30 miles into the Atlantic Ocean and is dominated by the range of mountains that form its spine. The coastline consists of steep sea-cliffs and sandy beaches. For lunch we stop in Dingle, the only town on the peninsula. Our tour will go as far as Slea Head and return via Tralee.

Day 6: Leaving Killarney, we travel to Blarney and its famous castle where a stop will be made, not only for those wishing to kiss the stone, but to visit Ireland’s largest craft market. We stop in New Ross to visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship. Centred on an authentic reproduction of an 1840’s emigrant vessel, with costumed guides and themed exhibitions, it provides a worldclass insight into the emigrant experience. We continue to Wexford and our overnight hotel.

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Dingle Guided Tour Kerry Guided Tour Kerry Bog Village Dunbrody Famine Ship Excursions as Listed Day 7: A short drive takes us to Rosslare for the ferry to Fishguard. The drive home takes us through South Wales and over the Severn Bridge, making refreshment stops en route.

Killarney Plaza Hotel HHHH (ireland) Located in the heart of Killarney town, our fourstar hotel offers stylish and spacious surroundings with two bars and a leisure complex which includes indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and gym. Bedrooms are equipped with TV, WiFi, telephone, hairdryer, safe, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.killarneyplaza.com

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Day 2: After breakfast we travel to Holyhead for the early crossing to Dublin, having breakfast on board. From here we continue to Killarney via Portlaoise and Limerick to our hotel.

Day 5: A free day for you to explore the town of Killarney. You could take a lake cruise on board the ‘Lily of Killarney’, have a ride on a traditional jaunting cart, or visit Muckross House, one of Ireland’s foremost stately homes with folk and farm museums and beautiful gardens. (Entrances not included)

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galway & the wild Atlantic coast

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Experience the west of Ireland in all its glory with a sea cruise beneath the mighty Cliffs of Moher, an ocean drive around Black Head, glorious Galway and the haunting landscapes of the Burren. Explore all this dramatic scenery from our base of The Falls Hotel and learn some fascinating history at Foynes Flying Boat Museum – the birthplace of Irish Coffee.

Half Board The Burren Visitor Centre Cliffs of Moher Cruise Foynes Flying Boat Museum Irish Coffee

Day 1: After being picked up from your door by taxi and taken to your tour coach, we travel west with suitable refreshment stops and reach our hotel in Caernarfon late afternoon for our overnight stay. Day 2: We travel to Holyhead in time to catch the morning crossing to Dublin, arriving around midday. We head west to Roscrea, one of the oldest towns in Ireland which built up around the ancient monastery of Saint Crónán of Roscrea, parts of which remain preserved today. Here we have time for lunch (not included). We continue to Ennistymon and the Falls Hotel, our base for the next four nights. Tonight, we have an included glass of wine with dinner as a welcome drink.

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Day 3: Today we explore northern County Clare and visit the Burren Visitor’s Centre in Kilfenora for an introduction to the area. This large limestone cap is an anomaly in the Irish landscape and is home to all manner of flora and fauna, including rare Mediterranean plants. The afternoon is spent in Galway City where you can explore the maze of narrow streets at the city’s heart, visit the cathedral or museum, relax in one of the many lovely cafés, or watch the salmon fishermen on the River Corrib. Day 4: A treat lies in store today with a cruise beneath the mighty Cliffs of Moher. These towering cliffs stretch for 8 kilometres and have become a national icon, home to thriving seabird colonies and visited by seals, porpoises

and even basking sharks! We stay in Doolin for lunch, known as the music capital of Ireland, and this afternoon spot the Aran Islands as you follow the dramatic coastal route around Black Head and Ballyvaughan Bay before returning to Ennistymon via Lisdoonvarna. Day 5: After breakfast, we travel south via Lahinch to the heritage town of Kilrush, and take the 25-minute ferry journey from nearby Killimer across the Shannon Estuary to Tarbert in the Kingdom of Kerry. From here it’s just a short journey to the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which provides a fascinating insight into the 1930s and ‘40s when the first commercial transatlantic passenger flights took place. In 1942, the chef at Foynes airbase served whiskey in his coffees to help revitalise a group of weary passengers delayed by bad weather – and Irish Coffee was born! Enjoy a guided tour of the museum, which includes a full-size replica of the magnificent Boeing B314, the quintessential Clipper Flying Boat, and taste a little Irish Coffee. If time allows we will stop at Adare, considered to be Ireland’s prettiest village, before returning via Limerick and Ennis to Ennistymon and our hotel. Day 6: We retrace our steps south via Limerick and continue eastwards, with a stop in the pretty heritage town of Cahir in County Tipperary over lunchtime. We continue to Wexford and our overnight hotel. 22 September 2019

Shannon Ferry Excursions as Listed Day 7: A short drive takes us to Rosslare to board our morning ferry to Fishguard. We travel across Southern Wales and into England reaching the local area in the evening.

Falls Hotel & spa HHH (ireland) This three-star former Manor House overlooks the River Inagh and is surrounded by beautiful walks through the woodland. Enjoy the swimming pool, sauna, hot tub, gym, treatment rooms or relax in the Dylan Thomas Bar. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift and we enjoy one night of musical entertainment in the bar during our stay. www.fallshotel.ie

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We visit two of the most Monet’s Garden stunning Chateaux in France; Excursions as Listed the world-famous Chateau de Versailles and the impressive Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte which provided a credible double as the film set for the BBC’s headline drama series, “Versailles”. Day 1: Taxi from home, then coach to Folkestone for our Eurotunnel crossing to France. We continue to Paris and our hotel. Day 2: Today we visit the Chateau and Gardens of Versailles. Built by Louis XIV, the Chateau contains a magnificent collection of fine furniture and artworks, and we have an included guided tour. Stroll through the stunning formal gardens. During the summer months, visitors can also witness the magical Musical Fountains Show and explore the fountains and groves with their water features spouting to the rhythm of the music. Day 3: A morning at leisure before we have lunch*. In the afternoon we visit Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte - a 17th Century, privately owned masterpiece with richly furnished and decorated rooms and wonderful formal grounds. To add a touch of ‘romance’ this evening’s visit will be by candlelight, where the gardens and Chateau will be illuminated by over 2000 candles creating a unique and memorable experience.

Day 5: We return to Calais for the Eurotunnel crossing to Folkestone, returning home during the evening. Please note: *Lunch replaces dinner on day 3. This tour is operated in conjunction with Johnsons Travel, Henley-in-Arden.

novotel saclay HHHH (France) This modern four-star hotel has been built around a renovated farmhouse and courtyard and is located in the countryside south of Paris. The hotel has 139 bedrooms, restaurant, lounge/bar, outdoor pool and large terrace area. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.accorhotels.com 11 July 2019

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Paris Afloat

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Imagine a floating hotel on the Door to Door Service beautiful River Seine close to Full Board on MS Botticelli the Eiffel Tower, wonderful Two Guided Tours cuisine and the courteous hospitality of the CroisiEurope crew. We enjoy a panoramic Paris tour by night in comfort as our ‘floating hotel’ cruises along the Seine*. We also visit the main sights by coach and have time in the artist’s quarter of Montmartre. Day 1: After being picked up from your door, we travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. From here we drive down to Paris making suitable refreshment stops along the way. Dinner this evening is followed by a cabaret show on board. Day 2: This morning we have a panoramic guided tour of this enchanting capital. We will see many iconic sights including the Bastille, Latin Quarter, the Louvre, Concorde, Champs Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe with some short stops for photographs. After lunch on board the afternoon is free for your own exploration. This evening there is dinner and dancing and, depending on the water level of the river, we may sail through La Defense neighbourhood before returning to our quay. Day 3: After breakfast we depart for a guided visit of Montmartre, with its superb views over the city and the beautiful Basilica of Sacré-Coeur. We return for lunch on board and a free afternoon. Tonight we have a Gala Dinner on board with a cruise through Paris by night*. Day 4: Disembarking after breakfast, we make our way back to the port of Calais for our afternoon sailing, making suitable refreshment stops along the way. We will then return to the local area, our taxis and home. Please note: For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, CroisiEurope reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise. * Cruise depends on water level.

Ms Botticelli The MS Botticelli has 75 cabins all of which have private facilities and shower, and are equipped with TV, safe, hairdryer and air-conditioning. There is a delightful panoramic lounge with a dance floor and bar, a comfortable restaurant, a gift shop and sundeck. There is no lift, and main deck cabins are accessed down stairs. www.croisieurope.co.uk

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Day 4: A trip to Normandy and the lovingly restored Monet’s Garden at Giverny. Here, where the painter lived until his death in 1929, the perspectives, symmetries and colours of the flower garden and water garden were the inspiration for some of his most famous works.

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Once again we join CroisiEurope aboard one of their Premium ships for a delightful seven-day cruise from Honfleur to Paris. We travel in comfort along the Seine through beautiful Normandy countryside, visit picturesque villages along the way, and arrive in Paris with plenty of time to enjoy the sights. Enjoy full board while on the MS Seine Princess with house wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks included throughout the cruise.* Day 1: An early pick up by taxi is required to meet our coach and transfer to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. We arrive early afternoon and travel to Honfleur for embarkation late afternoon. Tonight the whole of France will celebrate Bastille Day, with fireworks and festivities in the town. Day 2: This morning we travel by coach to Trouville, where you can walk along the pretty harbourside. Lunch is taken on board and the afternoon is free to explore the picturesque fishing town of Honfleur. Stroll along the narrow streets lined with quaint houses, sip coffee in the many cafés, or visit the Church of St Catherine, the largest wooden church in France. Alternatively there are optional excursions to Côte Fleurie and a Calvados Distillery. Return on board for dinner and an evening sailing.

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Day 3: We explore the Abbey Trail by coach – Jumièges to see the ruin of one of the most beautiful abbeys in France, and the Church of St Peter, a wonderful example of 10th Century Norman architecture. After lunch on board we cruise through a landscape of steep cliffs, at the foot of which are charming little villages typical of the region. We arrive in Rouen and enjoy dinner on board. Day 4: Free time to explore this former capital of Normandy. Visit the cathedral, the historic quarters and the Place du Vieux Marché where

Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake. You can enjoy an optional guided walking tour. Return on board for lunch and spend the afternoon cruising through broad limestone cliffs toward Vernon. This evening we have the Gala Dinner on board. Day 5: A wonderful relaxing day as we cruise from Vernon to Mantes la Jolie and Poissy, through beautiful countryside while getting closer to Paris. Alternatively join an optional excursion to Versailles, either to stroll through the palace or for a bike tour through the gardens. We pass the futuristic La Défense District which will impress with its concrete and glass architecture. After dinner on board we continue into the beautifully illuminated capital. Day 6: This morning enjoy an included coach tour of Paris taking in the Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. After lunch the afternoon is free to explore this remarkable city. We return for our final evening’s dinner on board.

Door to Door Service Full Board on MS Seine Princess Drinks Package on Board* Excursions as Listed

reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise. *All drinks during meals and at the bar are included. Not included: Champagne and wines from the wine list, drinks on excursions. Details and prices of the optional tours shown in the itinerary will be sent to you closer to the date of departure.

Ms seine Princess Our ship is a Premium (5 Anchor) member of the wonderful CroisiEurope fleet. The 67 cabins all have private facilities with showers, and are equipped with TV, safe, hairdryer and airconditioning. There is a delightful panoramic lounge with a dance floor and bar, comfortable restaurant, gift shop and a sundeck. There is no lift, and main deck cabins are accessed down stairs. www.croisieurope.co.uk

Day 7: We disembark after breakfast and make our way to Calais for the short sea crossing to Dover. We return to the local area and our taxis in the evening. Please note: For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, CroisiEurope and the 14 July 2019 captain of the ship

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£1029

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inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

The Dordogne is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions of France, rich in history and scattered with castles and picturesque villages. A plethora of magnificent landscapes awaits you: massive cliffs topped by golden chateaux, meandering rivers lined with honey-coloured Medieval villages, lush vegetation and dark oak forests. The climate is excellent in September and the quality of the food and wine available is renowned throughout France. Our base in Le Bugue is perfect for exploration of the Dordogne and Vézère valleys. Day 1: After an early taxi pick-up, we make our way to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. On arrival in France, we head south to our overnight hotel near Chartres. Day 2: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we continue our drive, and soon cross into the beautiful Dordogne Department. We reach Le Bugue in the late afternoon, and begin our fivenight stay with a welcome drink. Day 3: A day to relax and unwind in Le Bugue, sunbathe on the terrace of the hotel or swim in the rooftop pool. You could also explore the charming village with its winding streets and traditional architecture.

Day 5: A full day excursion visiting the beautiful old Roman city of Périgueux, capital of the region. This beautiful town offers wonderful architecture, a wealth of historic sites, pavement cafés and great restaurants. We have included a guided walking tour taking in the ancient Gallo-Roman district of Vesunna and the

Day 6: A full day excursion, first to Sarlat-laCanéda, with its narrow streets, Renaissance-style Bishop’s Palace and elegant old burghers’ houses of honey coloured sandstone. We then proceed to Rocamadour, a town built on narrow ledges above an almost sheer cliff, its main street between two Medieval gateways. We return via the picture postcard villages of La Roque-Gageac and Beynac, with views of one of the finest chateaux of the Perigord region.

Glass of Wine with Dinner in Le Bugue Wine Tasting Guided Tour in Périgueux Excursions as Listed Please note: This tour is not suitable for the less mobile.

Hotel Royal Vézère HHH (France) A charming three-star hotel which overlooks the River Vézère in the centre of the village of Le Bugue. Rooms are equipped with TV, telephone, WiFi, minibar and hairdryer. The hotel has a riverside terrace, a rooftop outdoor swimming pool and sun terrace with wonderful views of the countryside. The hotel has a lift. A glass of wine with dinner each evening is included. www.hotel-royal-vezere.com/uk

Day 7: Departing Le Bugue after breakfast, we travel north with suitable refreshment stops, reaching our overnight hotel close to Chartres late afternoon. Day 8: We make our way to Calais, take the late afternoon crossing to Dover, and return to our local area.

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Day 4: Today we travel along the beautifully scenic Dordogne Valley to Bergerac, where the old town slopes down to the river. The whole region is famous for its viticulture, and this afternoon we visit the village of Monbazillac and enjoy a tasting of its famous dessert wine, before returning to our hotel.

Renaissance quarter built of dazzling white limestone and surrounding St Front Cathedral. The afternoon is free in Périgueux. Take time to enjoy one of its parks or gardens, or stroll along the banks of the river L’Isle (there are 15kms of towpaths!). We return to the hotel in time for dinner.

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£499

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Everyone should experience the Canal Boat Trip beauty of the flowers of Excursions as Listed Holland, where in spring the famous bulbfields unfurl like a rainbow. We have a day in Amsterdam, with its multitude of canals and excellent museums and we also visit Keukenhof Gardens, which offer the visitor 70 acres of colourful splendour - a sight that even non-gardeners will treasure for ever. Day 1: We travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais and then make our way through Belgium and into Holland. Suitable stops will be made en route for meals and refreshments. Day 2: A full day excursion to the world famous Keukenhof Gardens, with plenty of time to enjoy the gardens created in 1949 as a showpiece for the Dutch flower industry, and to walk among the magnificent displays of tulips and other bulbs which bloom in their millions. Day 3: A full day in Amsterdam including a cruise on a glass topped boat. Sit back and enjoy the sights along the network of over 160 canals and 1000 bridges, travelling through the UNESCO canal district alongside 17th Century gabled houses and beautiful churches. The rest of the day is free and this compact city is easily explored on foot. You could visit one of the many museums, buy yourself some diamonds, visit the famous ‘Damrak’ shopping street or relax in a café and watch the world go by.

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Day 4: We travel through Holland, across Belgium and on to the port of Calais for our afternoon sailing to Dover. We then return along the coast, meeting our taxis and continuing home.

Van der Valk der Bilt Hotel HHHH (netherlands) Our four-star hotel is set in the midst of the Dutch countryside to the east of Utrecht, and has a bar, restaurant, terrace, gardens and indoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, fridge, hairdryer and coffee & tea facilities. There is a lift, but some steps may be encountered. www.biltschehoek.com 05 April 2019

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Half Board Enjoy a delightful spring Keukenhof Gardens weekend break with a Steam Tram distinctive Dutch flavour Museum Ship visiting the magnificent, worldCoffee & Pastry Day 3 famous bulbfields at Excursions as Listed Keukenhof. We also have an included trip through time by steam tram and on a museum boat cruise. We have secured many single rooms on this tour. Day 1: After our early morning taxi pick-up, we make our way to Dover for a mid-morning crossing to Calais. We then travel through Belgium and into Holland, arriving at our hotel late afternoon. Day 2: After breakfast, we leave for a full day excursion to the worldfamous Keukenhof Gardens. Over 70 acres of parkland contain a vast collection of hundreds of thousands of flowers displayed in beautifully landscaped gardens. Day 3: Our incredible day begins with a drive to Hoorn where we board the steam tram for our journey through lovely Dutch countryside to Medemblik, with coffee and pastries served on board. After some free time to explore this historic town, we board the museum ship Friesland for a 1½-hour-cruise to Enkhuizen, where we are met by our coach. We continue on the incredible 27km dyke across Ijsselmeer, the largest inland lake in Western Europe. We then cross the Polder and travel back to our hotel.

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Kontakt der Kontinenten HHH (netherlands) Our three-star hotel is a former mission house and monastery, located in the Utrecht Heuvelrug National Park, 30 miles south of Amsterdam. Tea and coffee are available at all times in the lounge, and there is a pleasant bar, restaurant and a terrace with views of the forest. Bedrooms are ensuite with TV, telephone and WiFi. The hotel has a lift. www.kontaktderkontinenten.nl 26 April 2019

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dutch tulip River cruise

£693

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Full board - MS La Boheme On this tour we combine the Drinks Package on Board* wonders of the Dutch Keukenhof Gardens Bulbfields and Keukenhof in Amsterdam Guided Tour spring, the vibrant city of Excursions as Listed Amsterdam, and the villages of Volendam and Zaanse Schans, all while taking pleasure in the wonderful food, comfort and hospitality of CroisiEurope. Day 1: Collected from your door you join the coach and we travel to Dover for the short Channel crossing. On arrival we make our way to Antwerp and join the MS La Boheme at around 6pm. There will be a cocktail party before dinner. The ship’s hostess will then lead an exploration of the old city. Day 2: Depart early morning as we sail through the port of Antwerp and out into the inland sea. We travel through immense locks and have wonderful views before we sail into Rotterdam. Tonight is a Gala Evening.

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£415

Beautiful Bruges & Ypres

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Bed & Breakfast In Flanders Field Museum

Considered to be one of the Excursions as Listed best preserved Medieval cities in Europe, life in Bruges centres around the market square, bordered by guildhalls and towered over by the magnificent 13th Century belfry. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride, take a boat ride along the dreamy canals or discover historic churches, picturesque cobbled streets and of course, those irresistible chocolate shops. Day 1: Morning collection from your home to join the coach for the drive to Folkestone where we join the Eurotunnel to Calais. We continue through France and into Belgium arriving at our hotel in Bruges midafternoon.

Day 4: Breakfast on board before a tour of Amsterdam calling at a diamond merchant’s workshop. After lunch on board we depart by coach to Volendam, a traditional Dutch village and then onto Zaanse Schans, an open-air museum to admire over 100 typical wooden houses, windmills and warehouses dating back to the 17th and 18th Centuries. Return on board for dinner before enjoying a free evening.

Day 2: A day in the beautiful city of Ypres. From 1914 for four years Ypres was shelled and reduced to ruins. The rebuilding of the city took more than 40 years, but it is now as beautiful as it was before the war with much to offer outside its war history. We have an included visit to the remarkable In Flanders Field Museum located within Cloth Hall in the centre of the town.

Day 5: Breakfast on board before disembarking at 9am. We take our afternoon sailing to Dover, and travel by coach and taxi to our homes.

Day 3: A free day to explore Bruges.

Please note: For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, CroisiEurope reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise. *All drinks during meals and at the bar are included. not included: Champagne, Perrier, wine from the wine list, drinks on excursions.

Day 4: We depart Bruges after breakfast and head to the coast and Ostend, Belgium’s most popular seaside resort. After lunch we begin the return journey to Calais and the Eurotunnel crossing to Folkestone, before continuing to the local area arriving by mid-evening, where our door to door service will be waiting to return you home.

Ms la Boheme

Please note: This tour is not suitable for the less mobile.

Part of the CroisiEurope fleet of river cruisers, the MS La Boheme has 80 en-suite cabins with TV, hairdryer and safe. Facilities on board include lounge-bar with dance floor, dining room, gift shop and a large sundeck. There is no lift, and main deck cabins are accessed down stairs. www.croisieurope.co.uk

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Our four-star hotel is situated in the historic ‘golden triangle’ of Bruges, just 50 metres from the famous Minnewater (Lake of Love). All bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, hairdryer and kettle. The hotel boasts easy access on foot to the city centre. The hotel has a lift, small gym, breakfast room and bar. www.hotelacademie.be 06 September 2019

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Day 3: After breakfast, the boat departs for Utrecht and here we leave for our visit to the glorious Keukenhof Gardens, with time to enjoy the amazing tulip, narcissi and hyacinth displays. We rejoin the boat in Amsterdam. This evening there is an optional guided boat tour of the city by night (bookable on board).


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8 Days from

£879

A Winter’s Tale

VIANDEN CASTLE

5 Days from

£432

‘Little Switzerland’

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

& Springtime in Vianden

Half Board Luxembourg City Guided Tour Wine Tasting

One of Europe’s best kept Excursions as Listed secrets is the picturesque town of Vianden, found amid magnificent scenery on the banks of the River Our. Vianden has much to offer, including the dramatic castle which dominates the town, but we also include a tour of the capital city, a visit to Trier and a wine tasting along the Moselle Valley. DAY 1: We travel from home by taxi and by coach to Dover for the short sea crossing to France. We continue through France and Belgium arriving in Luxembourg and Vianden late afternoon. DAY 2: After breakfast we make our way to Luxembourg City for a morning guided tour with a free afternoon to soak up the sights and sounds, or visit the cathedral or the Grand Ducal Palace.

DAY 4: A half day excursion into the picturesque Mullerthal region, known as ‘Little Switzerland’, making a stop at the pretty Medieval town of Echternach. The rest of the day is free to explore Vianden.

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DAY 5: Departing after breakfast we return through Belgium to the French port for our crossing to Dover. We return to the local area and take you to your door.

Grand Hotel de Vianden HHH (Luxembourg) Our family-run hotel is ideally located just a few minutes from the centre of the town. Hotel facilities include a large restaurant serving a set menu, bar, WiFi and a pretty terrace. The simply decorated bedrooms are en suite and equipped with a TV. A lift serves some rooms. www.grandhotelvianden.com E944

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Luxury Coach Travel

on a Winter’s Train

Door to Door Service

This winter holiday to Austria covers a wonderful range of magical winter holiday experiences - horse-drawn sleighs, Medieval townscapes, snow-capped vistas, exciting train trips, cheese, schnapps and cake tastings - which will live long in your memories.

Kisslinger Glass Tour

Half Board Innsbruck City Tour Stubaitalbahn Tram Strudel Demonstration Cheese Museum Schnapps Museum Sleigh Ride Pinzgau Railway Krimml Waterfalls Walk Ambras Castle Excursions as Listed

DAY 1: We travel to Germany via the Eurotunnel, and spend the night in the Saarbrucken area. DAY 2: We continue through Germany into the Austrian Tyrol. Once at the hotel we will enjoy a welcome drink followed by dinner. DAY 3: Today we visit the Medieval walled town of Rattenberg, and enjoy a tour of the Kisslinger Glass showroom. Afterwards enjoy an ‘apfelstrudel’ baking demonstration and taste a piece with coffee. DAY 4: We take a scenic circuit around the Wilder Kaiser and the Kitzbuhel Alps and stop in Gasteig at the Cheese Museum, for a tour and tasting. We visit Kitzbuhel, and the Tyrolean Schnapps Museum, for another tasting! DAY 5: We visit Innsbruck and Ambras Castle, a Renaissance jewel built in the 16th Century. Then a scenic journey on the Stubaitalbahn, a narrowguage tram line past icy forests and Alpine meadows laden with snow.

DAY 3: Today we cross the border and visit Trier, Germany’s oldest town and a former Roman settlement. We then continue along the Moselle Valley with a visit and a tasting at one of the local vineyards.

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DAY 6: Today a horse drawn sleigh ride through a breathtaking winter’s landscape (tour may be on wheels, weather dependent). In the afternoon we ride on the Pinzgau Winter Tale Railway to the icy Krimml Falls. A guided torchlight walk will take you to the foot of the illuminated frozen waterfalls, before enjoying dinner at Hanke’s restaurant. DAY 7: This morning we say goodbye to the Jenbacherhof and travel back to our overnight hotel in Germany. DAY 8: Today we cross the Channel and travel back to the local area, where our door to door service will be waiting to collect you. Please note: This tour is not suitable for those with walking difficulties. The tour is operated in conjunction with Galloway Holidays, Mendlesham.

Hotel Jenbacherhof HHHH (Austria) Our four-star family-run hotel is in the centre of Jenbach, and has a restaurant, lounge bar, sauna, steam room and indoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, (pay) WiFi, safe and hairdryer. The hotel has a lift. www.jenbacherhof.at 16 February 2019

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Treats of the Tyrol

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel

Discover the most iconic and picture-perfect settings in Austria, mixing dramatic Bavarian castles with spectacular Tyrolean alpine scenery. Each year in the Tyrol, over 180,000 cows, horses, sheep and goats spend their summer in the mountains, grazing on new Alpine pastures. In September the cows return home, an occasion celebrated by decorating the cattle with flowers, garlands and bells in recognition of their safe return for the winter months. There is also a traditional ‘Cows Down’ Festival complete with party atmosphere, music and dancing to celebrate this momentous occasion.

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DAY 1: A taxi picks you up from your door and then by coach we travel to Folkestone for the Eurotunnel to Calais. We continue the journey to our overnight hotel in time for dinner. DAY 2: After breakfast, we continue the journey through Europe to arrive at the Hotel Edelweiss in Lermoos for a five-night stay. Relax on the terrace and enjoy the wonderful views.

DAY 4: It’s the day of the ‘Cows Down’ traditional festival today so it’s a free day to

Abbey of Ettal Linderhof Castle Guided Tour Fussen Lake Cruise Hohenschwangau Castle Excursions as Listed

watch the cattle procession pass through the beautiful Tyrolean village of Lermoos. The herds are dressed in spectacular headdresses as they are brought down to the valley for the winter. Peruse the market stalls, filled with wonderful produce in honour of the event.

Please Note: Entrance to Hohenschwangau Castle involves an uphill walk and there are steps within both castles and the Abbey. This tour is operated in conjunction with Galloway Holidays, Mendlesham.

DAY 5: This morning visit King Ludwig’s childhood home, Hohenschwangau Castle with its richly furnished interiors, exuding a more ‘lived in’ feel. Spend the rest of the day in Fussen with an included boat cruise on the lake.

The four-star Edelweiss Hotel in Lermoos is the mainstay hotel for this tour and is surrounded by the mountains of the Tyrolean Zugspitzarena, amid a stunning natural landscape. There is a large bar, lounges and a beautiful mountain view terrace. Leisure includes indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, safe and hairdryer. The hotel has WiFi and three lifts. www.edelweiss.at/en/

DAY 6: After breakfast, travel to the traditional town of Garmisch for free time. Not for the faint hearted is the ascent up the Zugspitze Austrian side via the Ehrwald cable car. It is an optional extra and payable locally at a cost of around £40 to go up and £35 to descend down the German side of the Zugspitze by cable car then on to the cogwheel train to Garmisch.

Edelweiss Hotel HHHH (Austria)

DAY 7: We say farewell to the Edelweiss Hotel and travel to our overnight hotel in time for dinner. DAY 8: After breakfast, it’s time to head back to Calais for the Eurotunnel to Folkestone. Continue the onward journey back to the local area where our door to door service will be waiting to return you home. 04 September 2019

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DAY 3: Today, we take a short drive to the Bavarian village of Oberammergau with free time to explore the town made famous by the Passion Play. Journey on to King Ludwig’s Linderhof Palace, with its intricately ornate interiors. Finally, visit Ettal Abbey, a stunning Benedictine Monastery whose inhabitants are known for their beer and cheese production skills, both of which can be bought in the adjoining shop.

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4 Days from

£575

André Rieu in Cologne

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

This year we are pleased to offer a tour which visits Maastricht, explores Cologne and includes a spectacular concert from the King of Waltz himself – André Rieu. We have the highest priced tickets and it promises to be an evening which will create memories for a lifetime!

Three Breakfasts Two Dinners at Hotel One Dinner in Cologne André Rieu Concert (Category 1 Ticket) Cologne Guided Tour Cologne Cathedral Maastricht Guided Tour Excursions as Listed

Day 1: We have an early start by taxi, and then by coach we make our way to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. We continue through France and Belgium and into Germany, reaching Aachen and our hotel in time for dinner.

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Black Forest Rail & sail

£849

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board We are based in the pretty little Black Forest Railway town of Gengenbach, Pig Tail Railway surrounded by the rolling hills Black Forest Museum of the Black Forest. We see Lake Titisee Cruise lush meadows, pine clad hills, Wine Tasting rushing rivers and chocolateExcursions as Listed box villages, take a cruise on Lake Titisee, have two wonderful railway journeys and taste some local wines. Day 1: We travel by taxi and then coach to Dover for our crossing to Calais, and continue to our overnight hotel near Forbach. Day 2: We make our way to Strasbourg with free time to look around this lovely city. We then continue across the Rhine, into Germany and our hotel in Gengenbach for a four-night stay. Day 3: A day to relax and explore the old town with its half-timbered buildings and narrow streets and alleyways. Late afternoon we visit the Gengenbach Winery (approx. 5-minute walk from hotel) to taste the local wines before returning to our hotel for dinner.

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Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to Cologne to meet our local guide for a guided tour and a visit to the magnificent cathedral. The rest of the day is free for your own exploration before meeting up to enjoy an early dinner at a typical local brewery. Tonight we have the highlight of the tour as André Rieu and his orchestra take to the stage at the Lanxess Arena.

Day 4: We travel to the old walled town of Villingen and join the Black Forest Railway for the first of our picturesque train journeys. We have a 50-minute journey to Hausach on a track which loops, tunnels and crosses a high viaduct through the dramatic scenery. We then have a guided visit to the Black Forest Open Air Museum.

Day 3: Today we visit Maastricht, home of André Rieu, where we enjoy a guided walking tour with a local guide followed by free time to explore this beautiful historic city. We return to our hotel for dinner.

Day 5: A wonderful day beginning with a stunning sightseeing cruise on Lake Titisee. This is followed by a journey on the famous Pig Tail Steam Railway between Blumberg and Weizen, featuring many twists and turns and endless photo opportunities.

Day 4: After breakfast, we travel back to Calais, with suitable refreshment stops, for our sea crossing to Dover. We continue to the local area to meet our taxis arriving home late evening.

Day 6: We leave The Schwarzwald and travel to Saarbrucken and our overnight hotel.

Please note: Special seating for the concert cannot be requested. Dinners are set menu throughout.

Day 7: Leaving after breakfast we continue northwards to Calais and cross to Dover. We continue to the local area, reaching home in the evening.

leonardo Hotel HHHH (Germany)

schwarzwald Hotel HHHH (Germany)

Our four-star modern hotel is outside Aachen and is ideally placed for this tour visiting Cologne and Maastricht. The hotel has a bar, restaurant, terrace and small gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift. www.leonardo-hotels.com 09 May 2019

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Our privately-run modern four-star hotel is close to the River Kinzig, near the historic town centre of Gengenbach. There is a pleasant bar, restaurant, terrace and an indoor swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Bedrooms have balcony, TV, telephone, WiFi, minibar, safe and hairdryer. The hotel has a lift. www.schwarzwaldhotel-gengenbach.de 02 June 2019

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Four River cruise – The Moselle, Saar, Neckar & Romantic Rhine

£1395

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Full Board on MS Leonardo Da Vinci

Join us aboard this lovely CroisiEurope ship as we explore four wonderful river valleys, cruising past romantic castles, through steep sided vineyards and unspoilt picturesque landscapes. Day 1: We make our way to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Then across France and into Belgium for our overnight hotel near Namur. Day 2: Continuing southwards, we visit the pretty town of Vianden in Luxembourg, before joining our river cruise ship at Remich in the late afternoon. There is a welcome cocktail before dinner on board and evening entertainment.

Day 4: Spend the morning cruising along the Saar and Moselle toward Trier, arriving late morning. There is an optional guided tour of the city, to discover its well-preserved Medieval and Roman buildings, impressive churches and the Porta Nigra. We return on board to cruise toward Cochem. Day 5: Arriving in the small Medieval town of Cochem, we have free time or an optional guided tour of Cochem Castle, sitting on a mighty crag above the Moselle. The afternoon is spent cruising along the Moselle, one of the

Day 6: This morning we cruise on the most beautiful section of the Rhine. All along the banks of the meandering river you can see castles and Medieval villages set amidst the renowned vineyards and also the legendary Lorelei Rock. Arriving in Rüdesheim, there is an optional excursion on a small train stopping at a wine tasting cellar, followed by a visit to the Museum of Mechanical Music. Back on board, we sail toward Mannheim. Day 7: We arrive in Mannheim early morning and leave on an included excursion to the romantic town of Heidelberg, where we have a tour and free time to explore the historic centre. We rejoin our ship in Heidelberg and spend the afternoon cruising along the Neckar and Rhine towards Strasbourg. Tonight enjoy a Gala Evening on board.

Luxembourg Tour Heidelberg Tour Please note: For reasons of Navigation and passenger safety, CroisiEurope and the captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise. *All drinks on the cruise during meals and at the bar are included. Not included: Champagne and wines from the wine list, drinks on excursions, drinks at overnight hotels. Details and prices of the optional tours shown in the itinerary will be sent to you closer to the date of departure.

Ms leonardo Da Vinci Our ship has 72 cabins all with picture windows and private facilities with showers. Each is equipped with TV, radio, safe, hairdryer and airconditioning. There is a delightful panoramic lounge with a dance floor and bar, a comfortable restaurant, and a large sundeck. There is no lift, and main deck cabins are accessed down stairs. www.croisieurope.co.uk

Day 8: We disembark in Strasbourg and have some free time to explore the centre of this pretty town before making our way to our overnight hotel near Reims. Day 9: Departing after breakfast, we make our way northwards to Calais for the short sea crossing to Dover. We continue to the south coast, reaching our taxis late evening.

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Day 3: This morning we have an included guided tour of Luxembourg, the capital city of the Grand Duchy, where you can discover the main sites on foot and by coach. We rejoin the ship in Remich for lunch. The afternoon has an optional excursion to a winery, exploring the underground passages and enjoying a tasting. The excursion ends with free time in the historical centre of Remich. Back on board, more entertainment as we cruise toward Saarburg.

most beautiful tributaries of the Rhine, arriving in Koblenz late afternoon.

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The tiny Pyrenean principality of Andorra sits between France and Spain and is home to wonderfully dramatic scenery, pretty mountain villages and fine local cuisine. We tour the three valleys of Andorra and step into the neighbouring regions of France and Spain to enjoy the scenery, history and ambience of this beautiful area. We have included three lunches with wine and water, wine with your evening meals in Andorra and a local guide to accompany us on the excursions. Day 1: An early start with the Woods door to door service and the drive to Dover for the ferry to Calais. We travel through France to our overnight hotel in the Orleans area. Day 2: After breakfast we continue our drive south through France and arrive at our hotel near Narbonne, in the Languedoc-Roussillon Department. Day 3: This morning we visit Carcassonne, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. You can explore the Medieval city on foot, take a ride on the tourist train or a horse drawn carriage ride around the outer walls. In the afternoon we drive to our hotel in Andorra La Vella.

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Day 4: After breakfast we have a guided walking tour in the historic part of Andorra La Vella, including the old Parliament and main square. Free time for lunch and in the afternoon we join the coach for a scenic tour into the mountains. We see the Church in Meritxell which houses the Guardian Angel of Andorra, and those who wish can take a guided lakeside walk. Day 5: Today we cross the border into Spain to the town of La Seu d’Urgell for the traditional market. Explore the old town, with its narrow streets or visit the Romanesque Cathedral of Santa Maria. We drive to a countryside restaurant for an included lunch. You then have

the option of a short walk down to the pretty village of Os de Civis, or continue to the village by coach. This delightful little village has narrow winding streets and farmers still live side by side with their animals. Day 6: On today’s scenic drive through Andorra, we have green landscapes, small villages, Romanesque churches, crystal clear rivers and three valleys. Lunch with wine and water at an old Andorran farmhouse is also included. Day 7: This morning we drive towards France through the valley of Cerdanya along the River Segre crossing the border at Bourg Madame. We will join Le Petit Train Jaune, the highest railway in France. After a thrilling train journey, we drive to the old Railway Station at Porta, which is now a restaurant and has magnificent views of the Pyrennes. Lunch with water and wine is included. The drive back to Andorra is via El Pas de la Casa at a height of 2000m. We arrive back at the hotel late afternoon.

Half Board 3 Lunches with Wine & Water Wine with Dinner in Andorra Little Yellow Train Guided Excursions as Listed. Please note: Twin rooms in the overnight hotels have one bed and one comfortable sofa bed.

art Hotel HHHH (andorra) In the heart of Andorra La Vella and close to the central park, the family owned hotel offers all modern amenities, including sauna and steam bath. All bedrooms are en suite with TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer, mini bar, safe and airconditioning. The hotel has a lift, and the restaurant serves local cuisine. www.hotel-arthotelandorra.com

Day 8: After breakfast we start our homeward journey and stop overnight in the Limoges region. Day 9: Our drive continues through France to Calais and an early evening ferry to Dover and return to the local area.

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Enjoy a fabulous holiday to Portugal with a port wine tour and tasting experience in the land where port was invented. A full day cruise on the Douro River will also prove a highlight of this incredible trip to the postcard-pretty Douro Valley. At our hotel we enjoy a folklore evening on one night and live musical entertainment on another. Day 4: Today enjoy a relaxing free day in the resort, utilise the hotel facilities or explore the local area. Day 5: Head inland to the historic town of Guimarães, the first capital of Portugal and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the afternoon travel to Braga for a visit to the Bom Jesus Sanctuary, one of the most remarkable examples of 18th Century religious architecture, which is simply breathtaking.

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Day 2: Arrive in Santander in the early evening and travel to Palencia for our overnight stay. Day 3: After breakfast, we begin the journey across northern Spain into Portugal via the picturesque wine region of the Douro Valley. We stop en route at the Portuguese spa town of Chaves for lunch (not included) before continuing to the Axis Vermar arriving in time for a welcome glass of port before dinner.

Day 7: After breakfast, begin the day with a guided tour of the historic town of Porto, Portugal’s second city, with its beautiful buildings and atmospheric squares. In the afternoon, visit a port wine estate across the river in the Vila Nova de Gaia area and learn the process of producing port whilst enjoying a sample or two! Day 8: Say goodbye to the Axis Vermar Hotel this morning and travel back to Palencia in Spain to our overnight hotel. Day 9: This morning we travel to Santander in 15 October 2019

Welcome Drink ¼ Bottle of Wine with Dinners Port Wine Estate & Tasting UNESCO World Heritage Site Guimarães Bom Jesus Sanctuary River Douro Cruise, Breakfast & Lunch Porto Guided Tour Folklore Evening Live Musical Entertainment Excursions as Listed time for an overnight cruise back to Plymouth. Cabins are inside with lower beds and meals can be purchased onboard. Day 10: On arrival in Plymouth, we travel back to the local area where our door to door service will be waiting to return you home. Please note: Meals on board the ferries are not included. This tour is operated in conjunction with Galloway Holidays, Mendlesham.

axis Vermar Hotel HHHH (Portugal) The four-star Axis Vermar enjoys a lovely seafront location, about 20 minutes walk from the centre of Póvoa. With intimate gardens, bar, restaurant, terrace and easy access to the beach, the hotel makes an ideal holiday venue. Leisure facilities include outdoor and indoor swimming pools, sauna and steam room. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer, minibar and kettle. The hotel has a lift. www.hotelaxisvermar.com E9128

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Day 1: Following taxi collection from home, we travel to Portsmouth for a late afternoon ferry to Santander. Cabins are inside with lower beds, all meals for the duration can be purchased onboard.

Day 6: This morning board a riverboat for a relaxing full day one-way cruise along the beautiful and majestic Douro River, from Vila Nova de Gaia, Porto to Regua. Pass by rows of terraces cultivated with vines, following the curves of the mountain. The cruise includes continental buffet breakfast and a three-course set lunch including selected drinks.

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£999

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Cantabria in Northern Spain is often known as ‘Switzerland by the Sea’ for its magnificent sandy beaches leading to green meadows, river valleys and dramatic mountain peaks. Included in this tour is a visit to a remarkable wildlife park and another to the museum of the world-famous Caves of Altamira, which feature prehistoric cave drawings. Day 1: Following collection from home, travel to Plymouth for the afternoon Brittany Ferries mini cruise to Santander in Northern Spain. The evening is free to relax and enjoy the many on board facilities of this superb cruise ferry (meals payable on board). Day 2: After a lunchtime arrival in Santander, make the short journey to the Hotel Juan de la Cosa near Santoña where we stay for seven nights dinner, bed and breakfast. Day 3: Today is a full day excursion to the Picos de Europa mountain range. We take a scenic journey to the market town of Potes, before continuing to Fuente Dé where, subject to good weather, there will be an opportunity to take a spectacular cable car ride into the mountains (cost approx. £11 payable locally).

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Day 4: This morning is at leisure in Santoña. Later, we take the boat across to Laredo for the afternoon, then drive back along the coastal road to the hotel. Day 5: A free day to relax in Santoña. Perhaps take part in the activities available at our hotel and enjoy a tapas lunch. Day 6: A half day excursion to the Cabarceno Natural Park, one of the major attractions of Northern Spain. Set amidst the most spectacular scenery, this is an ideal setting for the wildlife park, where the animals have an exceptionally large area to roam. This afternoon is free to enjoy the hotel facilities.

Day 7: Departing the hotel after breakfast, we drive to nearby Cicero to board the FEVE narrow gauge railway for a spectacular journey through the Cantabrian Hinterland to Bilbao. This lively city is the capital of the Basque region and more recently, home to the amazing Guggenheim Museum, as famous for its incredible architecture as it is the wide range of modern art exhibits. We return to Santoña by coach. Day 8: After a leisurely breakfast, we head to the pretty village of Santillana del Mar. Listed as a World Heritage Site, Santillana is famous for its Medieval buildings and cobbled streets and is best described as a living museum. This afternoon we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Caves of Altamira, containing some of the world’s finest examples of prehistoric rock art. The museum and easily accessible replica cave provide a remarkable experience. Day 9: Depart the hotel after breakfast and journey to Santander with free time to explore the picturesque coastal resort. Later, board the Brittany Ferries sailing for Portsmouth (meals payable on board). Day 10: On arrival in Portsmouth midafternoon. We rejoin our coach for the return journey to the local area where our door to door service will be waiting to return you home.

Door to Door Service Half Board Free Bar on Selected Drinks (11.0023.00 Daily Hotel Only) Tapas Lunch or Packed Lunch Daily Traditional Activities Including Cookery Demo & Folklore Show Cabarceno Natural Park FEVE Narrow Gauge Railway Caves of Altamira Museum Excursions as Listed Please note: Meals on board Brittany Ferries are not included. This tour is operated in conjunction with Galloway Holidays, Mendlesham.

Hotel Juan de la cosa HHHH (spain) Situated in a fabulous position within private gardens, lovely terraces and delightful sea views of the unspoilt beach at Playa de Berria. All bedrooms are air-conditioned with TV, telephone, safe, hairdryer and kettle. Leisure facilities include heated indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and games room. There is WiFi and a lift to all floors. www.hoteljuandelacosa.com

Brittany Ferries Our vessel represents the very latest in cruise ferry technology and offers unrivalled levels of comfort. Accommodation in two-berth inside cabins (bunks) equipped with private facilities is included. Two bedded cabins are available at a supplement (see below). Single Room/Cabin £206

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£1249

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Tuscany is one of Italy’s most popular regions. Its wonderful gently rolling landscape is the perfect backdrop for ancient traditions, art and culture and a wonderful culinary heritage. The Autumn Festival is a fantastic celebration of local culture - a true harvest festival where the intense flavours of the mountains are paramount, and skilled local artisans ply their wares. We complement this with visits to Lucca, Florence and the beautiful lakes of Orta and Maggiore! A packed holiday, giving a wonderful view of two of the most popular areas of Italy.

Half Board Lucca Walking Tour Steam Train Wine Tasting Cheese Tasting Light Lunch Day 7 Florence Walking Tour

Day 1: After a pick up from your door, transfer to your tour coach and travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. We then continue southwards to our overnight hotel near Metz. Day 2: Departing after breakfast we continue southwards, with a break from the motorway as we drive through the Alsace, and a stop over lunchtime in one of the villages of this beautiful area – Obernai, Ribeauville or Riquewihr. Our journey takes us through Germany, into Switzerland, past Lake Lucerne and we reach our overnight hotel in the region of Lake Como in time for dinner. Day 3: We have an early start so we can drive down into Tuscany to visit Lucca, birthplace of Puccini. A local guide will show us around this ‘City of 100 Churches’. We continue to Chianciano Terme, our base for the next four nights.

Day 5: It is an early start today for the highlight of this tour as we celebrate the Autumn Festival in the heart of the old town in Abbadia San Salvatore! In Sienna we board a vintage steam train for a journey into the Tuscan countryside,

Day 6: After breakfast, we travel into Florence where we have a guided walking tour. Then stroll across the Ponte Vecchio, see the Church frescos, visit a museum or gallery and revel in the Florentine atmosphere while enjoying coffee in one of the many cosy cafés. We return to our hotel late afternoon. Day 7: We leave Chianciano and travel northwards through Italy, with a stop outside Parma for a light lunch and a tasting of local specialities. We continue our journey and arrive in Stresa early evening for a welcome drink and a late dinner. (Three-night stay) Day 8: A free day in Stresa. You might like to join your driver on a boat trip onto Lake Maggiore to the beautiful Borromean Islands (costs not included). Day 9: We discover the beauty of Lake Orta’s enchanting little villages. We have time in the village of Orta on the shores of the lake and 08 October 2019

San Guilio Boat Excursions as Listed take a short boat trip to the island of San Guilio, home to the oldest church in the region. Day 10: Departing Stresa, we start the journey homewards, with our overnight stop being in the area of Troyes, France. Day 11: We continue northwards through France, reaching Calais and taking the short channel crossing to Dover. We then travel back to the local area, to be met by our taxis. Please note: Tuscany is very hilly, and there are several walking tours on this holiday, therefore it is not suitable for the less mobile.

Grand Hotel Excelsior HHHH (italy) Our family-run four-star hotel is close to Piazza Italia in the heart of Chianciano Therme’s new town. It has beautiful lounge, bar, restaurant, roof terrace, outdoor swimming pool, sauna and Jacuzzi. All bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, fridge and hairdryer. The hotel has a lift. www.grandhotelexcelsior.it

Hotel Milan speranza au lac HHHH (italy) Close to the shores of Lake Maggiore, our fourstar historic hotel in Stresa is comprised of two buildings and has a restaurant, lounge and a pleasant bar. All bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe and hairdryer. The hotel has two lifts. www.milansperanza.it E9102

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Day 4: This morning we visit Pienza, a town built in the 15th Century and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is famous for its Pecorino cheese, which we will have the chance to sample during our stay. We then head for Montepulciano, packed with palatial buildings and churches, with streets that climb to the main square at the top of the hill. We have a tasting of the famous wine and local delicacies before returning to our hotel.

passing through old villages in the picturesque UNESCO listed Orcia Valley and along the flanks of Monte Amiata. We then have a 40-minute coach journey to reach the traditional Tuscan village of Abbadia San Salvatore, where you will have free time to enjoy the traditional Autumn Festival. We have the chance to sample rich autumnal fruits and typical local delicacies; enjoy a range of exhibitions, folk plays and musical entertainment; all while delighting in the beautiful surroundings. At around 4.30pm we return to Chianciano by coach.


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lake garda & Verona

inclusions Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Based in Bardolino on magnificent Lake Garda, we combine excursions to explore the lake’s beautiful towns and the city of Verona – the spiritual home of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet - with two days to relax by the lakeside. Day 4: We journey to the City of Verona, famously known as the setting for the Shakespearean tragedy of Romeo and Juliet and his comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Enjoy a free day and take time to explore the great Roman Arena, one of the largest and best amphitheatres in the world, or alternatively stroll through the evocative streets, historic piazzas and enjoy a cappuccino in one of the many charming cafés. VeRonA

Day 1: Following collection from home by taxi, we travel to Dover for the short ferry crossing to Calais. We continue through France to Germany arriving at our overnight hotel in time for our evening meal.

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Day 2: We continue our journey into the mountains of Austria and across the Brenner Pass into Italy, arriving on the shores of Lake Garda in time for our evening meal and a stay of five nights with dinner, bed and breakfast at the Parc Gritti Hotel. Day 3: Today is a free day to relax by the lake. Bardolino is at the southern end of Lake Garda, at the foot of hills covered with olive groves and vineyards. It is not only known for the production of the famous Bardolino red wine and the rosé Chiaretto, but for the beauty of the old town centre with its numerous narrow streets, many interesting shops and restaurants and long promenades along the lake shore.

Day 5: After breakfast, drive to the north of Lake Garda and spend the day exploring Riva Del Garda and Limone Sul Garda. Riva del Garda is a beautiful town at the northern more moutainous tip of the lake, with splendid lakeside walks and many pretty piazzas. Limone is a smaller village on the eastern shore, with a lovely harbour in the old town, and narrow lanes lined with shops winding along the shore and up the slopes behind. There are picturesque water terraces, and plenty of places to eat and drink while admiring the views.

Half Board Excursions as Listed Day 8: We continue through France to Calais and join a late afternoon short sea crossing to Dover before travelling to the local area where our door to door service will be waiting to return you home. Please note: This tour is run in conjunction with Galloway Holidays, Mendlesham.

Parc Hotel Gritti HHHH (italy) Lake Garda’s four-star Parc Gritti Hotel is just a five-minute walk from the centre of Bardolino, whilst the lakefront and the partner beach are just 10 metres away. The hotel has both indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym, sauna and Turkish bath. Bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, air-conditioning, mini fridge, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.parchotelgrittibardolino.it

Day 6: Another free day to explore the area. Maybe enjoy a boat ride on the lake or take a trip to one of the local towns. You might like to take a bus to Sirmione, at the southern end of Lake Garda, dominated by its 13th Century castle and filled with narrow streets lined with shops, cafés and tempting ice cream parlours. Day 7: Today we leave our hotel after breakfast and begin our return journey. We reach our overnight hotel in time for an early meal. 23 June 2019

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A two-centre classic Switzerland tour combining three nights in Villars, with its glorious setting above the Rhône Valley and three nights in the Canton of Obwalden. To connect these outstanding locations, we include a rail journey in a panoramic carriage on the Golden Pass Line, travelling from the Mediterranean ambiance of Montreux through fairytale landscapes and into the Alps.

Half Board Welcome Drink Villars Access Card Golden Pass Panoramic Lake Geneva Boat Trip

Day 1: Early morning collection from your home to join our coach for the drive to Dover for the short Channel crossing to Calais. We continue down through France to our overnight hotel near Forbach in time for our evening meal. Day 2: Departing after breakfast we continue southwards, with a break from the motorway as we drive through the Alsace, and a stop over lunchtime in one of the villages of this beautiful area – Obernai, Ribeauville or Riquewihr. Our journey takes us through Germany, into Switzerland, past Lake Lucerne and we reach our hotel in Villars for our three-night stay. Day 3: A day at leisure in Villars, where fantastic views extend in all directions and the fertile valley contrasts with the dramatic alpine peaks and pine forests. You will be given a Villars Access Card, allowing free use of the local trains, coaches, gondola lifts and more.

Day 5: Departing Villars after breakfast, we travel to Montreux, making a photo-stop at Chillon Castle en-route. After a little free time, join the Golden Pass Panoramic train for a

Day 6: Free time to enjoy the spectacular scenery and fresh mountain air in Flueli Ranft. The village sits on a lush, green plateau above the Sarnen valley and there are breath-taking views of the surrounding mountains and down into the valley and Lake Sarnen. In the afternoon we make a short excursion down to the village of Sarnen. Day 7: We journey along one of Switzerland’s most dramatic lake shores, where mountains plunge directly to the lakeside, to arrive in Lucerne City. This beautiful old town with its city walls, famous Lion Monument and wooden “Chapel Bridge” is well worth exploration. See the narrow streets of the old town with their stylish shops, bars, restaurants and cafés and take time to stroll along the lake shore and busy harbour. Day 8: We depart our hotel after breakfast and travel northwards into France and our overnight hotel in Forbach. 29 June 2019

Excursions as Listed Day 9: Continuing through France to Calais we join the late afternoon sea crossing to Dover. We continue to the local area, arriving late evening where our door to door service will be waiting to return you to your home. Please note: This tour is not suitable for those with limited mobility.

Eurotel Victoria Villars HHHH (switzerland) A four-star hotel situated close to the centre of Villars, with breath-taking views over the Rhône Valley, boasting a bar, restaurant, pleasant sun terrace, indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym and a lift. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, internet access, safe, mini-bar and hairdryer. www.eurotel-victoria.ch

Paxmontana Jugendstil HHH (switzerland) An historic three-star hotel in an idyllic location on a glorious mountain plateau, built in the dramatic Jugendstil style and lovingly restored and maintained with great attention to detail. It has several lounge areas where guests can relax, a small bar and beautiful outside terrace and gardens. Bedrooms are simple but comfortable (no TV), with emphasis on retaining the historic Alpine charm. The hotel has a lift. www.paxmontana.ch N971

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Day 4: Visit stylish Evian, nestled on the southern shore of Lake Geneva. The town has beautiful public gardens, an historic town centre and long lakeside promenade from which there are great views over the lake. We include a boat trip across Lake Geneva to Lausanne, arriving in the stylish Ouchy harbour area. Late afternoon we re-join the coach before returning to our hotel in time for dinner.

spectacular journey climbing up from the shores of Lake Geneva to the heart of the Swiss Alps. Arriving at Zweisimmen, rejoin the coach and travel into the Bernese Oberland enjoying the contrasting views of sparkling Lakes Thun and Brienz and the mighty snowcapped peaks, including the Jungfrau and Eiger. We then ascend the Brunig Pass and travel towards Lake Lucerne to arrive at our hotel early evening for a three-night stay.


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Poland explorer

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Explore Poland, an eastern European country on the Baltic Sea known for its fine Medieval architecture and Jewish heritage, with a twin centre holiday based in two of the country’s most iconic settings - the hugely popular Medieval City of Krakow and the southern resort town of Zakopane, rich in folklore, boasting unique architecture and a dramatic mountainous backdrop.

Half Board Auschwitz-Birkenau Guided Tour Krakow Walking Tour Wieliczka Salt Mine Dunajec Valley & River Raft

Day 1: Following taxi collection from home, we begin the journey towards Poland. After a Eurotunnel crossing, we travel to our overnight hotel in Liege in time for dinner. Day 2: After breakfast, we continue the journey arriving at our overnight hotel in Gera, Germany for another one-night stay. Day 3: We arrive in Krakow in time to settle in at the Hotel Wyspianski, our base for the next three nights.

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Day 4: Our first full day in Poland begins by paying a visit to one of the most moving and poignant sites in the whole of Europe. The concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau is listed by UNESCO World Heritage as a site of great historical importance where 1.5 million people were killed by the Nazis between 1942 and 1945. There is an included guided tour through the museums and the original camp barracks. Day 5: After breakfast, we meet a guide for a two-hour walking tour of Poland’s former capital, considered by many to be the most beautiful city in the country. The centrally located hotel is ideally positioned close to the main market square. The rest of the day is free in Krakow. Day 6: This morning, we leave Krakow behind

and travel to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, a stunning ‘underground town’ located on nine levels with chambers connected by corridors. In the afternoon, board the coach and travel south to the Polish resort of Zakopane to check in to the Grand Nosalowy Dwor Hotel for a three-night stay. Day 7: Today, enjoy a full day trip to the Pieniny Mountains and the beautiful Dunajec Valley. The highlight of the day will be a relaxing 2½-hour river rafting trip from Katy harbour. Rafting has been practised here for centuries and the journey, on traditional wooden rafts, will travel about 18km down the Dunajec River through one of the most beautiful gorges in Europe, ending at the Szczawnica harbour. Day 8: This morning the coach will drive the short distance into Zakopane for a free day exploring the lovely ‘folklore’ town. Maybe purchase tickets for the funicular railway, climbing around 300m to enjoy fabulous views of the town and the surrounding Tatra mountains. Day 9: After breakfast, begin the return journey home arriving at our overnight hotel in Gera, Germany for a one-night stay.

Excursions as Listed Day 11: After the Eurotunnel crossing, we head back to the local area where our taxis will be waiting to return you home. Please note: This tour involves a lot of travelling and is operated in conjunction with Galloway Holidays, Mendlesham.

Hotel Wyspianski HHH (Poland) Our three-star hotel in Krakow is situated about five minutes from the market square and ideally located for exploring the city’s historical and cultural centre. The hotel has a bar and a restaurant. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi and hairdryer. The hotel has a lift. www.hotel-wyspianski.pl/en

Grand nosalowy Dwor Hotel HHHH (Poland) Our four-star hotel in Zakopane is part of a large resort hotel and spa, located at the very foot of the Nosal Mountain in a picture postcard location. The hotel boasts indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift. www.nosalowy-dwor.eu

Day 10: We leave Germany behind today and travel to our overnight hotel in Liege, arriving in time for dinner. 02 August 2019

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Cruise with Woods and Fred Olsen out of Southampton into the spectacular fjords and enchanting cities of Norway. Gliding through the Hardangerfjord, Eidfjord and Lysefjord, you experience the dramatic splendour of cascading waterfalls and aweinspiring mountainscapes dotted with tiny farms and pretty villages. Combine this with the charm of Arendal, Kristiansand and the capital, Oslo, for a cruise never to be forgotten. Our first port of call is the

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We then travel into the heart of Norway, we see the dramatic Fureberg Waterfall before cruising into the breathtaking Hardangerfjord. From Eidfjord you can reach the Hardangervidda – Norway’s largest National Park, followed by a day marvelling at the spectacular Lysefjord.

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oberammergau Passion Play 2020

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The world famous Oberammergau Passion Play, traditionally held every 10 years, will be performed again in Summer 2020. The play follows the story of Christ’s Passion, beginning with His entry into Jerusalem and ending with His Resurrection and Transfiguration. In this 42nd Passion Play season, 2400 actors, including 650 children, 100 choristers and orchestra (all born or resident for 20 years in Oberammergau) will give over 100 performances to half a million visitors from around the world!

2 Nights in Oberammergau Area 5 Nights in 4-Star Ferien Hotel Söll, Austrian Tyrol 2 Overnight Hotels Half Board Light Lunch in Oberammergau

Oberammergau, where we have a two-night stay, is in the Bavarian Alps, nestled in the lush valley of the River Ammer, with strong Bavarian traditions complete with painted houses, woodcarving workshops and wonderful views of the surrounding Alps. Our two-night stay will be in a three-star hotel or four-star guest house/pension in or close to Oberammergau.

Passion Play Ticket (Category 1) Salzburg Guided Tour Innsbruck Krimml Waterfall Achensee Steam Train & Boat Trip

As well as this wonderful experience, we travel through the beautiful Austrian Tyrol, enjoying a five-night stay in a four-star hotel, with day excursions to explore lakes, mountains and the delights of traditional Austria.

Ferien Hotel Tyrol, söll, HHHH (austria) (5 nights)

Book Now 01243 868080

Our family-run four-star hotel enjoys a wonderful location in Söll, a beautiful village in the heart of the Wilder Kaiser, surrounded by magnificent peaks and Alpine pastures. The hotel has bar, restaurant, sauna and steam room, garden, terrace and outdoor swimming pool. All bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer, safe and balcony. There is WiFi and a lift to most rooms. www.hotel-tyrol.com Please note: Several incremental deposits necessary. Austrian twin beds are two individually made up mattresses on a single bed frame. Terms and conditions apply. We are unable to offer insurance for this holiday.

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For full details of this tour, please call 01243 868080

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£1699

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TRaVEl insuRancE Travel Insurance Premiums Per Person (Includes IPT) (Subject to change) LENGTH OF TRIP

UK COACH Inc. ISLE OF MAN

EUROPE COACH inc. REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

2 DAYS 3 DAYS 4 DAYS 5 DAYS 6 DAYS 7 DAYS 8 DAYS 9 DAYS 10 DAYS 11 DAYS

£12.00 £17.00 £22.00 £27.00 £30.00 £35.00 £40.00 £43.00 £45.00 £47.00

£37.00 £48.00 £50.00 £53.00 £55.00 £57.00 £59.00 £85.00

CHANNEL ISLANDS

ISLES OF SCILLY

£65.00 £69.00 £70.00

£48.00

Summary of Cover HoliDay TRaVEl insuRancE Woods Travel Ltd/Woods Holidays Ltd Travel Insurance is available for all passengers travelling on our holidays which is arranged by Wrightsure Services (Hampshire) Limited, underwritten by AWP P&C SA and is administered in the UK by Allianz Global Assistance. Allianz Global Assistance is a trading name of AWP Assistance UK Ltd. AWP P&C SA is duly authorised in France and the United Kingdom and subject to limited regulation by the Prudential Regulation Authority and the Financial Conduct Authority. AWP Assistance UK Ltd and Wrightsure Services (Hampshire) Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Wrightsure Services (Hampshire) Limited is permitted to advise on and arrange general insurance contracts. You can check these details online using the Financial Services Register (accessible from https://register.fca.org.uk) or by contacting the Financial Conduct Authority Consumer Helpline on 0800 1116768.

You are not required to declare your medical conditions. However, to be covered for any medical conditions you have or have had, you must be able to answer YES to all of the questions 1 to 5 below and if you are travelling to Europe, you must also be able to answer YES to question 6.

Should you wish to take out this travel insurance please include the appropriate premium when booking your holiday.

3. You are not receiving or awaiting treatment for any bodily injury, illness or disease as a hospital day case or in-patient.

DEManDs anD nEEDs This insurance policy will suit the demands and needs of an individual or group (where applicable) who have no excluded medical condition(s), are travelling in countries included within the policy terms and who wish to insure themselves against unforeseen circumstances/events detailed in the cover section below. Subject to the terms, conditions and maximum specified sums insured.

4. If you are on medication at the time of travel your medical condition is stable and well controlled.

iMPoRTanT We will not provide you with advice about the suitability of this product for your individual needs but will be happy to provide you with factual information.

applying to travel in Europe

We summarise below the details of the insurance cover provided which also includes 24-hour emergency service from Allianz Global Assistance. The following is a brief summary of the cover available. Full details of cover and exclusions will be forwarded with your confirmation of booking. In any event you may ask for a specimen copy of the policy wording before booking should you wish to examine this in advance. suMMaRy oF coVER PLEASE SEE THE POLICY WORDING FOR FULL DETAILS OF THE COVER, LIMITATIONS AND EXCESSES, A SPECIMEN COPY OF WHICH IS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.

coVER Cancellation

Personal Accident-

suM insuRED Up to £1,500

EXcEss Holidays of 1 days duration Nil Excess. Holidays 2 days duration and over £100/£25 in respect of Loss of Deposit claims

At the time of taking out this insurance: 1. You are not aware of any reason why the journey could be cancelled or cut short. 2. You are not travelling: a) Against the advice of a medical practitioner b) For the purpose of obtaining medical treatment c) If you have been given a terminal prognosis.

5. If you suffer from stress, anxiety, depression or any other mental or nervous disorder, it must be investigated and diagnosed as such by either: a) a registered mental health professional if you are under the care of a Community Mental Health Team; or b) a consultant specialising in the relevant field, who has confirmed in writing (at your cost) that you are fit enough to take this journey. 6. If you are undergoing medical treatment as a hospital out-patient at the date the final balance of the journey is due to be paid, you must obtain a certificate of fitness at your own cost, confirming you are fit to undertake the entire journey. Please note You must notify our medical screening team immediately of any changes in medical circumstances arising between the date the policy is issued and the time of departure for the trip. You may have to pay an additional premium to cover your medical conditions. this applies to all destinations including trips solely within the united kingdom (being defined as england, scotland, wales, northern ireland and the isles of scilly). If you answer NO to any of the questions 1 to 6 the medical condition(s) that caused you to answer NO will not be covered. siGniFicanT EXclusions REsiDEncy If you or anyone else named on this policy has not been a resident in the UK for more than 12 months, or if studying or working in the UK for more than 6 months, before the policy was issued, this policy cannot cover you. In addition to the above the policy also contains the following main exclusions: • Any existing medical conditions unless they have been declared to (where appropriate) and accepted by the insurer.

Up to £10,000 Death and corresponding Benefits limited to £5,000 in respect of persons aged 66 and over at time of travel

NIL

Medical Expenses including Repatriation (only applicable to travel outside of the UK)

Up to £1,000,000

£100

UK Additional Travelling Expenses

Up to £1,500

£100

• Any manual work or hazardous occupation undertaken during the insured trip.

Medical Confinement Benefit

£10 per 24 hours up to £100 UK

NIL

• The bankruptcy / liquidation of the tour operator, travel agent or transportation company with whom you have booked your trip.

• Your participation in any organised sports or dangerous activities unless they have been declared to and accepted by the Insurer. • Suicide, self injury or deliberately putting yourself at risk (unless you are trying to save another person’s life). • Travel against the advice of the carrier, any other public transport provider, the Foreign Office or the World Health Organisation.

Examples of these and other conditions and restrictions and what to do if you are unsure about any aspect of an exclusion are contained within your policy information. Full details are contained within your policy information.

£15 per 24 hours up to £450 Channel Islands & Europe Curtailment

Up to £1,500

£100

Personal Property Including Money

Up to £1,500 in all. Single Article Limit £200/Valuables £200 Personal Money Up to £200 Delayed Baggage (after 12 hours) Up to £100

Personal Property & Money £35

Loss of Passport Missed Departure Travel Delay

Up to £200 Up to £100 UK & £300 Europe Travel Delay up to £60 Cancellation (holiday abandonment) up to £1,500

NIL NIL Travel Delay Excess = 12 hours

Delayed Baggage – Excess 12 hours

Holiday abandonment excess as per Cancellation

Personal Liability

Up to £1,000,000

NIL

Legal Expenses

Up to £25,000

NIL

HEalTH DEclaRaTion anD HEalTH EXclusions You must be able to comply with the following conditions to have the full protection of your policy. If you do not comply we may refuse to deal with any relevant claim or reduce the amount of any relevant claim payment.

How to make a claim All claims should be made direct to Allianz Global Assistance. Please visit the website www.azgatravelclaims.com. This will lead you to our online claims notification service where claim forms can be obtained immediately via email or by downloading directly from the site. Alternatively, please phone and ask for a claim form or write to: Allianz Global Assistance Travel Insurance Claims Department, PO Box 451, Feltham TW13 9EE, telephone 0208 603 9958 or email travel.claims@allianz-assistance.co.uk Protecting your information We will only use your personal details in line with our Privacy Notice. This can be found on our website or is available in hard copy format upon request and you should read this carefully and contact us immediately if you have any queries. Your personal information includes all of the details you have given us to process your insurance policy (we will not ask for more information than is necessary). We may share your data with Third Parties for the provision and ongoing performance of your insurance policy. Your data may be transferred outside the UK. All of the personal information you supply to us will be handled strictly in accordance with the applicable Data Protection regulations and legislation. Woods Travel Ltd/Woods Holidays Ltd is an Appointed Representative of Wrightsure Services (Hampshire) Limited who are authorised and regulated by the FCA (their registration number is 311394) and which is permitted to advise on and arrange general insurance contracts. You can check these details online using the Financial Services Register (accessible from www.fca.org.uk) or be contacting the Financial Conduct Authority Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768.


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