Main Brochure Oct 2022 - April 2023

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www.woodstravel.co.uk October 2022 - April 2023

UK & Continental Coach Holidays Door to Door


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Welcome! I am immensely proud to welcome you to our new 2022/2023 holiday brochure, which is packed with all the usual destinations you would expect, and hopefully a few surprises to tempt you. As the tourism industry of the UK opens up again and visitors return to all the stately homes, gardens, towns and wonderful attractions on offer, we have been busy putting together a programme to whisk you through a colourful autumn, a festive Christmas and a bright spring. Europe too, is opening its doors, and we have tours to take in the Christmas markets, the festive cheer of Germany and Switzerland, swathes of colourful tulips in spring and cruises along the rivers of Europe. The beauty of joining one of our tours is that we collect you from your front door and return you home again at the end of your holiday. All travel is taken care of, so you just need to book your favourite holiday and let us take care of the rest. We 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 to make you want to return again and again. It may seem strange to be thinking of Christmas so early in the year, but our tours to see the remarkable Thursford Spectacular are already filling up, and we are taking bookings on Christmas holidays daily. In this brochure you can see the full programme of festive and Christmas events with hotels laying on Tinsel & Turkey programmes, and Christmas markets, decorated stately homes, and festively-lit towns all over the country to get you into the spirit! Thank you all once again for your steadfast support over the last two difficult years. We are proud to have come through the crisis with the hard work of all our staff - in the office, the workshop and on the road – and the kind understanding of our loyal customers as we, along with all the family-run businesses of the UK, rebuild and get stronger day by day. We can’t wait to see you all on many more Woods holidays in 2022 and beyond!

Kristy

Kristy Elsmere Joint Managing Director

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, and £200 for river cruises

• 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 our website and can be sent to you on request

• Our Safe Operating Procedures are available on our website and can be sent to you on request

• 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!

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Call if you would like to receive a copy of our May to October 2022 brochure

01243 868080 sales@woodstravel.co.uk PARK ROAD, BOGNOR REGIS, WEST SUSSEX, PO21 2PX

Experience & Expertise Woods have over 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 destinations, but small enough to care about the holiday experience of each individual valued customer.


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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 (BCH) and the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Ltd (ABTOT). The combination of travel services offered to you is a package within the meaning of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangement Regulations 2018. 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 to confirm current membership.

Please see our trading charter on page 64 for more details.

Member 7086

• 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 • Covid Safe Operating Procedures

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!

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Most of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays in this brochure are financially protected by the ATOL scheme (ATOL 9503). But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed in this brochure. This brochure shows you the protection that applies in the case of each holiday and travel service provided, before you make 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 the 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.caa.co.uk

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TOUR MAP - OCTOBER 2022 – APRIL 2023

Hebrides (57)

Highlands & Trains (11)

Enchanted Forest (20)

Northumbria (16)

Lakes & Dales (48) North Yorkshire (14)

Lake District (48)

Yorkshire (51)

Isle of Man (56) Liverpool (28, 42)

Harrogate (51)

York (29, 51)

Blackpool (12)

Cheshire (28, 42)

Lincolnshire (12, 43, 54)

Great Little Trains (55)

Orton Hall (37) King’s Lynn (22,54) North Norfolk (22)

Snowdonia (39)

Shropshire (10, 48) Birmingham (27) Warwickshire (19, 34, 35, 41)

Wales Grand Tour (58)

Malvern (21, 46) Hereford (26)

South Wales (15, 34, 37, 50)

Cardiff (10, 18, 43) North Devon (47)

Thursford (22) Norfolk (50)

Cambridge (21)

Suffolk (14, 46)

Oxford (27) Cotswolds (38, 55) Bletchley Park (41) Bristol (18, 28) Bath (18, 28) Windsor (27) Longleat (23)

Somerset (16, 47)

Hampshire (36) Isle of Wight (26, 33, 40)

St Agnes (23, 51) Isles of Scilly (13, 45)

Looe (38)

Plymouth (18, 25)

Guernsey (13, 49)

Bournemouth (24, 35, 39) Weymouth (15) Sidmouth (25, 47) Torquay/Paignton (24, 49)

Kent (42) Folkestone (19)


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02 December 2022 European Christmas Markets

8 Nights

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22 December 2022 Christmas Celebrations in the Canaries

14 Nights

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TOUR MAP - 2022 – 2023

Cruising with Fred.Olsen

Norway (60)

Gothenburg

Christmas Markets Cruise (30) Copenhagen Kiel Canal

Connemara & Mayo 2022*

Hamburg

Killarney 2022* Southampton

Floriade 2022* Tulip Cruise (53) Dutch Bulbs (52)

Portsmouth Bruges (29, 44)

Valkenburg (30)

Cruising the Seine (53, 2022*)

Four River Cruise (59, 2022*) Rhineland Christmas (31) Luxembourg (45)

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Swiss Christmas (32) La Coruña

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The number in brackets following the destination refers to the page number where this tour can be found in the brochure. *Full details of these tours appear online at www.woodstravel.co.uk and in our 2022 Brochure. Please call 01243 871666 for your copy.

Paznaun Valley 2022*

Lake Garda (17)


Holiday Diary 2022 / 2023

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This diary shows all available holidays from May 2022 to April 2023. If you require details of a holiday which is listed, but does not appear in this brochure, please call 01243 868080

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Date

Tours 2022

01 May 05 May 06 May 08 May 08 May 09 May 12 May 13 May 15 May 15 May 16 May 22 May 22 May 22 May 23 May 29 May 29 May 02 Jun 05 Jun 05 Jun 06 Jun 08 Jun 11 Jun 13 Jun 13 Jun 14 Jun 19 Jun 19 Jun 20 Jun 20 Jun 21 Jun 25 Jun 27 Jun 03 Jul 03 Jul 03 Jul 07 Jul 10 Jul 11 Jul 14 Jul 17 Jul 18 Jul 18 Jul 21 Jul

Norfolk Paddle & Steam Falmouth Treasures in Trust: West Country Rutland & Royalty Eastbourne, Bubbly & Bluebells Dartmoor Delights Liverpool Bay & Cheshire Delights Weymouth & Dorset Settle to Carlisle & The Lakes Scarborough, Whitby & York The Isle of Man Heart of Scotland Delightful Durham & North East Pembrokeshire & Tenby Derbyshire & The Peaks Kings & Commoners (Newcomers) Mystery Tour Sidmouth & South Devon Treasures in Trust: Bucks & Oxon Killarney & The Ring of Kerry Llandudno at The Tynedale Cardiff, Bristol & Bath Wildlife in The Cairngorms Potters: Houses & Gardens of Essex Chatsworth & Warner's Thoresby Hall The Isle of Wight Jersey by Air The Lake District Wales Grand Tour Gems of East Anglia Wensum Valley & North Norfolk The Paznaun Valley & Austrian Tyrol Floriade, Amsterdam & Arnhem Shropshire Parks & Gardens Great Yarmouth & The Norfolk Coast Delightful Dawlish Lakes, Dales & Mountain Goat Northumbria & Holy Island Summer Lakes & Morecambe Bay Cruising The Seine Cardiff & The Gower (Newcomers) Warner's Wye Valley & Forest of Dean Royal Sandringham & The Shires National Memorial Arboretum & Tatton Park Flower Show Harrogate, Emmerdale & York Chester & Liverpool Gilbert & Sullivan in The Peaks Isle of Arran & The Ayrshire Coast Scenic British Isles Cruise Warner's Nidd Hall Heartland of Wales Kent & Call the Midwife Waterways of North Wales & Cheshire Paignton & The English Riviera

25 Jul 25 Jul 28 Jul 31 Jul 01 Aug 01 Aug 01 Aug 04 Aug 07 Aug 08 Aug

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

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08 Aug 11 Aug 12 Aug 14 Aug 15 Aug 17 Aug 18 Aug 21 Aug 22 Aug 26 Aug 27 Aug 28 Aug 01 Sep 04 Sep 04 Sep 06 Sep 06 Sep 07 Sep 11 Sep 11 Sep 12 Sep 15 Sep 16 Sep 18 Sep

Cotswolds Stone & Waterways Secrets of The Shires Four River Cruise Edinburgh Tattoo & The Borders Discovering Yorkshire Cornish Coast & Country Windsor, Wisley & Hampton Court Middle England Explorer Treasures in Trust: Cheshire Great Dorset Steam Fair Annecy Alpine Adventure Sandringham & Seals Charming Cotswolds Mystery Tour Delightful Durham & North East Sidmouth & South Devon The Isle of Man Hebridean Odyssey Connemara, Galway & Magical Mayo The Lake District Red Rose Country & The Ribble Valley RHS Bridgewater & The Ship Canal Great Little Trains of Wales Oberammergau Passion Play & The Tyrol Norfolk Paddle & Steam Bournemouth Falmouth Herefordshire Harvest Warner's Isle of Wight Glorious North Devon Lincolnshire Legends Highlands, Lochs & Great Trains of Scotland Blackpool Illuminations Gorgeous Guernsey Isles of Scilly Highlights of Shropshire (Newcomers) North Yorkshire Coast & Country Suffolk Autumn Gold Weymouth & Dorset South Wales Somerset Steam & Cruise Lake Garda & Verona Northumbria's Hidden Gems Plymouth & The Smuggler's Coast Cardiff, Bristol & Bath Treasures in Trust: Middle England The Enchanted Forest Autumn Delights of Kent Autumnal East Anglia Malvern Hills & Morgan Motors Cadburys & Frankfurt Christmas Market Longleat Festival of Light

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Tours 2022

14 Nov 16 Nov 17 Nov 21 Nov 21 Nov 23 Nov 24 Nov 28 Nov 28 Nov 29 Nov 01 Dec 02 Dec 04 Dec

22 Dec 23 Dec 23 Dec 23 Dec 24 Dec 24 Dec 24 Dec 24 Dec 24 Dec 30 Dec

Cornish Mistletoe & Wine Thursford Spectacular - Le Strange Waterperry, Waddesdon & Windsor Chester Christmas Market Torquay & Tinsel Royal Marines Christmas Spectacular Bruges Christmas Market Warner's Turkey & Tinsel Holme Lacy York St Nicholas Fayre Thursford Spectacular - Knights Hill Festive Cheer in Sidmouth European Christmas Markets Bristol, Bath & Winchester Christmas Markets Warner's Turkey & Tinsel Isle of Wight Festive South Devon Thursford Spectacular - Dukes Head Valkenburg Christmas Market Scenic Swiss Christmas Christmas Celebrations in The Canaries Rhineland Christmas A Wight Christmas Bournemouth Christmas South Wales Christmas Chesford Grange Christmas Stratford Manor at Christmas South Coast Christmas Norton Park Christmas Orton Hall Christmas New Year in South Wales

Date

Tours 2023

06 Feb 10 Feb 13 Feb 26 Feb 27 Feb 02 Mar 02 Mar

Cornish Cosy Break Snowdrops & Steam Snowdonia Winter Warmer Bournemouth Isle of Wight 'Cruise' Break Stratford & The Black Country Great Houses, Secrets & Spies

05 Dec 05 Dec 07 Dec 12 Dec 21 Dec 22 Dec

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Tours 2023

05 Mar 09 Mar 11 Mar 13 Mar 13 Mar 17 Mar 19 Mar 20 Mar 22 Mar 26 Mar 27 Mar 02 Apr 02 Apr

Mystery Tour Kent in Springtime Paris Afloat Chester & Liverpool Cardiff & The Royal Mint Beautiful Bruges & Ypres Treasures in Trust: Eastern Shires Black & White Towns & Villages Isles of Scilly Suffolk Spring Somerset & Saunton Sands Sidmouth in Spring Little Switzerland & Springtime in Vianden Easter Lakes & Yorkshire Dales Shropshire Easter Torquay Easter Trams, Boats & Bulbs Dutch Tulip River Cruise South Wales Norfolk Paddle & Steam Harrogate, Skipton & York Springtime in Cornwall Keukenhof, Canals & Flower Parade Spring Sandringham & King’s Lynn Lincoln, Murder, Mystery! Gorgeous Guernsey Cotswolds Blossom Trail Great Little Trains of Wales The Isle of Man Hebridean Odyssey Wales Grand Tour Cruising The Seine Four River Cruise Norway – Fjords, Glaciers, Lakes & Mountains The Isle of Man Gorgeous Guernsey Isles of Scilly South Wales

06 Apr 07 Apr 07 Apr 10 Apr 12 Apr 12 Apr 16 Apr 17 Apr 17 Apr 21 Apr 23 Apr 24 Apr 24 Apr 26 Apr 27 Apr 11 May 19 May 12 Jun 19 Jul 13 Aug 01 Sep 07 Sep 02 Oct 04 Oct 12 Oct

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Warner Leisure Hotels Warner’s are renowned for the high quality of their properties, the beautiful locations, excellent evening entertainment, fine leisure facilities and the wealth of activities available at their adult only hotels. Join us on one of the following tours to discover all this for yourself!

2022 13 Jun 18 Jul 01 Aug 26 Sept 28 Nov 05 Dec

Thoresby Hall* Holme Lacy House* Nidd Hall* Bembridge Coast* Holme Lacy House Bembridge Coast

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2023 At the time of publication, Warner’s had not yet released their 2023 dates for groups. We are planning to visit all of the properties below at some point during the year, and ask you to get in touch and let us know which of these are of interest to you. Once Warner have confirmed our bookings, we will contact you to see if you would like to book. Littlecote House | Bodelwyddan Castle | Thoresby Hall Holme Lacy House | Nidd Hall | Bembridge Coast | Cricket St Thomas | Alvaston Hall Please note: Warner properties are usually spread over a large area, so some walking may be required between bedroom and restaurant / leisure facilities. Upgrades to Signature Rooms may be available with an extra charge. Number of single or sole use rooms at the published supplement are very limited. Entertainment / Leisure facilities provided are subject to change without prior notice. Warner will charge a higher price for rooms requested above our allocation. Tea/Coffee after dinner is not included. *Details of these tours appear online at www.woodstravel.co.uk and in our 2022 Brochure. Please call 01243 871666 for your copy.

Treasures in Trust These tours are specially designed for National Trust members to explore some of the wonderful houses and gardens throughout the UK. Non-members are also welcome of course.

2022 06 May 05 Jun 22 Aug 19 Oct

2023 West Country* Bucks, Berks & Oxon* Cheshire* Middle England page 19

19 Mar Eastern Shires

Please note: National Trust members must bring a valid membership card with them in order to qualify for the discounted price. The discount cannot be given retrospectively. *Full details of these tours appear online at www.woodstravel.co.uk and in our 2022 Brochure – please call 01243 871666 for your copy.

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Singles Galore! At Woods we always have our single travellers in mind and for 2022 and 2023 we have managed to NO secure another range of holidays with a large number of single rooms with no single supplement. SINGLE SUPPLEMENT 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 of course!

NO SINGLE

As well as these tours, we have many others with a lower number of single rooms, but which still carry no supplement. Look out for the special symbol.

2022 29 May

Kings & Commoners*

03 Jul

Shropshire Parks & Gardens*

25 Jul

Harrogate, Emmerdale & York*

2023

25 Jul

Chester & Liverpool*

10 Feb

Snowdrops & Steam

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18 Aug

Windsor, Wisley & Hampton Court*

26 Feb

Bournemouth

page 39

21 Aug

Middle England Explorer*

02 Mar

Stratford & The Black Country

page 41

02 Oct

Lincolnshire Legends

page 12

09 Mar

Kent in Springtime

page 42

07 Oct

Highlights of Shropshire

page 10

13 Mar

Chester & Liverpool

page 42

South Wales

page 50

13 Oct

South Wales

page 15

12 Apr

27 Oct

Autumnal East Anglia

page 21

17 Apr

Harrogate, Skipton & York

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17 Nov

Waterperry, Waddesdon & Windsor

page 27

12 Oct

South Wales

page 50

21 Nov

Chester Christmas Market

page 28

07 Dec

Thursford Spectacular – Dukes Head

page 22

24 Dec

Chesford Grange Christmas

page 35

24 Dec

Norton Park Christmas

page 36

*Full details of these tours appear online at www.woodstravel.co.uk and in our 2022 Brochure – please call 01243 871666 for your copy. 3 Days from

Mystery FOR MYSTERYTours TOURS ONLY –

£199

INCLUSIONS

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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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 £20 per person.

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Door to Door Service

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


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A Warm Welcome to Newcomers

NEWCOMERS

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. 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!

NO SINGLE NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

GOWER

SUPPLEMENT

NEWCOMERS PRICE

£445

5 Days from

Cardiff & The Gower

£445

INCLUSIONS

DAY 1: Leaving the local area with our door to door service, we travel via Marlborough and then continue across the Severn Estuary to our hotel.

NEWCOMERS PRICE

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Cardiff Guided Tour Cardiff Castle Gower Guided Tour Cream Tea Day 3

St Fagans Museum DAY 2: This morning we are joined by Excursions as Listed 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! Most of the castle is accessible with some steps, but some areas will not be suitable for the less mobile. The rest of the day is free in Cardiff. DAY 3: A full day excursion to the stunning Gower Peninsula including the Mumbles and the Gower Heritage Centre. Here we meet our local guide and continue through this area of ‘Outstanding Natural Beauty’ to Rhossili for views of Worms Head. After a cream tea we head back to Cardiff. DAY 4: Take the morning to relax and explore Cardiff. This afternoon we visit St Fagan’s Open Air Museum, where more than 50 buildings are frozen in time.

SHREWSBURY

£459

5 Days from

Highlights of Shropshire

£459

INCLUSIONS

DAY 1: Following a morning collection from home, we travel toward Gloucester where we stop for free time for lunch, before continuing to Shropshire and arriving at our hotel late afternoon. We have a welcome drink before dinner for the opportunity to meet your fellow guests.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Welcome Drink Blists Hill River Severn Cruise Sandwich Lunch Day 3 Shrewsbury Cathedral Stokesay Castle Excursions as Listed

DAY 2: Today we visit Blists Hill, a fascinating re-creation of a Victorian town complete with staff in authentic costume. We also visit Ironbridge, a centre of the industrial revolution and now a delightful town of tearooms and antique shops. DAY 3: Our day in Shrewsbury includes a 45-minute cruise on board Sabrina as she sails around the picturesque River Severn Loop. After an included sandwich lunch, we have a guided tour of Shrewsbury Cathedral. Our day ends with free time in town. DAY 4: This morning we take a drive through the scenic Shropshire Hills on our way to Stokesay Castle, the finest and best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. At lunch time we make our way to Ludlow, where the afternoon is free for exploring and sightseeing.

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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.

DAY 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast we make our way to Burford for time to shop, eat and sightsee before continuing homewards, reaching the local area late afternoon.

The Angel Hotel HHH

Our three-star family-run hotel is at the foot of the famous Wrekin, close to Telford. In pleasant grounds, the hotel has a restaurant and comfortable bar lounge. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift to some rooms, and we have two nights of entertainment during our stay. www.buckatreehallhotel.com

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.angelhotelcardiffcity.co.uk

17 July 2022

G22140

£495

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

Buckatree Hall Hotel HHH

07 October 2022

G2225

£509

Single Supplement £Nil Twin/Double for Sole Use £Nil


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AUTUMN 2022

JACOBITE STEAM RAILWAY

9 Days from

Highlands, Lochs & Great Trains This two-centred tour allows you to experience three remarkable rail journeys – the Strathspey Railway from Aviemore, the Kyle Line from Dingwall to the Kyle of Lochalsh and a return journey on the world-famous Jacobite Steam Railway. Join us as we take to road and rail through the breathtaking scenery of the Highlands. DAY 1: Leaving the south coast early in the morning we make our way north to Gretna for our overnight stay. DAY 2: We cross the border and continue via the motorways around Glasgow and onto Stirling for our lunch stop. The spectacular castle perches high above the city, and the Old Town boasts beautifully preserved medieval and Renaissance churches and mansions, cobbled streets and pleasant shops and cafés. We then continue past Perth and Pitlochry, through the wonderful scenery of the Grampian Mountains and on to the Duke of Gordon Hotel in Kingussie, for a four-night stay.

DAY 4: Today is free to enjoy the scenery around our hotel. There are some lovely walking routes close by, and two miles away is the Highland Folk Museum. The lounge bar of our hotel is open for purchasing lunch if you wish.

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Tea & Cake Day 5 Jacobite Train Kyle Line Train Strathspey Steam Railway Excursions as Listed

DAY 5: After a leisurely breakfast, we take the short drive to Aviemore, a charming town in the centre of the National Park. After some time to explore and get some lunch, we enjoy a heritage railway journey along the Spey Valley on the Strathspey Railway to Broomhill. Our final visit is to Grantown-on-Spey for some tea and cake before we return to our hotel.

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 Newcastle area.

DAY 6: Another day of stunning scenery as we take a meandering route to our next hotel. We drive south west past Loch Laggan and along Glen Spean before heading north along the shores of Loch Lochy to the Caledonian Canal and Fort Augustus at the southern tip of Loch Ness. Travelling along the western shore, we have views of Urquhart Castle and time to spot Nessie. We spend a little time in the afternoon in Inverness, before reaching Beauly and The Priory Hotel, for a two-night stay.

Duke of Gordon Hotel HHH

DAY 9: After breakfast we continue southwards making suitable refreshment stops along the way. We reach the local area early evening and meet our taxis for the last leg of the journey home.

With origins in the 18th Century, our three-star hotel in Kingussie was once visited by Queen Victoria, and prides itself on excellent dining and a relaxing atmosphere in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to some rooms. www.dukeofgordonhotel.co.uk

DAY 7: Today we enjoy one of the world’s finest coast to coast rail journeys. We travel first by coach to the Kyle of Lochalsh, via Glen Moriston and Glen Sheil, and have a little free time to Priory Hotel HHH enjoy the views of the Isle of Skye across the Our three-star hotel is ideally located to the water. Just after midday, we board our train for west of Inverness along the shores of the Beauly the two-hour journey back to Dingwall, first Firth, in the attractive town square of Beauly. It passing Plockton and hugging the shore of Loch is a traditional building but has been tastefully Carron. We enter the wild mountainscape along modernised and has a pleasant open plan dining Glen Carron toward Loch Luichart, with views of area and a lift. Bedrooms are equipped with TV, Ben Wyvis as we approach Dingwall. Finally, if telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. the weather is good, we will take a brief drive up www.priory-hotel.com the Cromarty Firth before returning to our hotel in Beauly. 02 October 2022 G2290 £1075 Single Supplement £135

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DAY 3: Leaving Kingussie after breakfast, we travel by coach to Fort William to 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 shadow of Ben Nevis, the train travels along the West Highland Line extension along the shores of Loch Eil and over the 21 arches of the dramatic Glenfinnan Viaduct. Enjoy unforgettable views across 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. We return to our hotel by coach.

Alternatively, you could take the train or bus to Aviemore or Inverness for your own exploration.

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AUTUMN 2022

NO SINGLE

NO SINGLE

SUPPLEMENT

SUPPLEMENT

LINCOLN CATHEDRAL

5 Days from

£529

Lincolnshire Legends

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Our tour includes visits to Burghley House, Lincoln Cathedral, International Bomber Command Centre, set within 10 acres of landscaped “Peace Gardens” and enjoy lunch at the home of the Dambusters.

Half Board Welcome Drink Lunch Day 3 Petwood Hotel Tour Bomber Command Centre Lincoln Cathedral Burghley House Excursions as Listed

DAY 1: After being picked up from your door by taxi, you join our touring coach and we travel northwards, stopping in St Albans before continuing to our hotel in Marston. We have a welcome drink before dinner to meet your fellow guests. DAY 2: We drive to Lincoln where we have free time to explore and get some lunch. In the afternoon we visit Lincoln Cathedral and The Airmen's Chapel of St Michael, home to three Books of Remembrance containing the names of 25,611 men who flew from Lincoln RAF bases in the Second World War and never returned. The Cathedral was a sign on the horizon to crews returning to Lincolnshire RAF bases that they had made it home safely. After dinner there will be a quiz. DAY 3: After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to Woodhall Spa. We visit historic Petwood Hotel, which was used as a military hospital in WWI, and was home to the legendary 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron in WWII. We have included a guided tour and a light lunch. Our afternoon is spent at the International Bomber Command Centre, where our guided tour includes access to the Peace Gardens, the Memorial Spire and Walls of Names. DAY 4: This morning we visit magnificent Burghley House*, home to the Cecil family and surrounded by spectacular ‘Capability Brown’ - designed parkland. Our afternoon is spent in the historic town of Stamford, one of the finest Georgian towns in England. Enjoy a game of bingo after dinner.

BLACKPOOL ILLUMINATIONS

5 Days from

Blackpool Illuminations

£555

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board Join us for this wonderful tour Light Lunch Day 3 of the famous Blackpool Blackpool Tower & Circus Illuminations, which every Illuminations Tour autumn transform a five-mile Pendle Witch Tour stretch of the promenade into Samlesbury Hall a breath-taking blaze of Excursions as Listed colourful lights in spectacular designs. We have also included a Pendle Witch Tour with a fascinating guide, Samlesbury Hall, 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: 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 3: We visit Samlesbury Hall, built in 1325, steeped in fascinating history and still with its original black and white exterior. From Tudor priest holes to Victorian kitchens, our guided tour takes us from the 14th to the 20th Century. We have an included light lunch before returning to our hotel mid-afternoon.

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

DAY 4: Today we travel up the Ribble Valley to Clitheroe, where we meet our award-winning guide Simon Entwistle. Simon will take us for a tour through Pendle Witch Country including Barrowford, Worston and Chipping enthralling us with stories of the trials and local legend.

Please note: If Burghley House is closed for filming we will offer an alternative.

DAY 5: Departing after breakfast, we head south and arrive in the local area late afternoon. We will make stops for refreshments along the way.

Olde Barn Hotel HHH

Clifton Park 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, pleasant 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

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

02 October 2022

G2222

£529

Twin/Double for Sole Use £Nil

03 October 2022

G2249

£555

Single Supplement £Nil


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AUTUMN 2022

ST PETER PORT

TRESCO

5 Nights from

£895

Gorgeous Guernsey

INCLUSIONS

5 Nights from

ID REQUIRED

Door to Door Service Half Board

We return to this gorgeous island for an autumn exploration of the pretty bays, winding country lanes, picturesque towns and mild climate.

Two Half-Day Excursions Boat Trip to Herm Services of a Woods Tour Escort

DAY 1: A taxi pickup from your home to the coach travelling to Southampton/Gatwick Airport for the 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: This morning we take a catamaran to the small island of Herm. There will be time to walk to Shell Beach or relax in the village of Herm Harbour where there are restaurants and a tavern. Depending on tides, there will be some steps to negotiate either on boarding in St Peter Port or on the return journey mid-afternoon. DAY 6: Today we have our return flight to Southampton / Gatwick Airport, where we will be met by a Woods coach and taken back by taxi to your home.

Peninsula Hotel HHH 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 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.peninsula.gg N2241

£895

Twin/Double for Sole Use £100

Isles of Scilly

INCLUSIONS

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

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ID REQUIRED

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

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 visit to 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. 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 Inn HHH Centrally located in Hugh Town on St Mary’s, the Atlantic Inn 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 05 October 2022

G2229

£1095

Sea View Supplement £50 Twin/Double for Sole Use £110

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Please note: Woods Travel act as retail agents for Destination Specialists. This holiday can only be booked direct with Woods Travel (No agents).

03 October 2022

£1095

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AUTUMN 2022

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

LAVENHAM GUILDHALL

NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAIL

6 Days from

North Yorkshire Coast & Country

£659

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board North York Moors Railway Eden Camp

Castle Howard We are very pleased to be able Excursions as Listed to offer this new tour based at a hotel with one of the best views in the country! We explore some of the iconic towns of the North Yorkshire coast, and take in the dramatic beauty of the national park by road and by rail. DAY 1: After your taxi pick up, we travel north making suitable refreshment stops along the way, arriving at our hotel late afternoon to be greeted with tea and biscuits. DAY 2: Our day begins with a drive down through the North York Moors National Park through stunning scenery to Pickering, where we board our carriage on the North York Moors Railway. We travel 18 miles across the moors through Goathland Station (famous as ‘Hogsmeade Station’ in ‘Harry Potter’) and reach Whitby early afternoon. Spend some time exploring the narrow streets and bustling harbour overlooked by the striking ruins of Whitby Abbey before we return to our hotel. DAY 3: Today we visit award-winning Eden Camp, near Malton, where we experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on the home front and the front line, all set in the buildings of an original World War II prisoner of war camp. We then move on to Castle Howard, a palatial stately home set in between two lakes and surrounded by beautiful gardens. DAY 4: A day out in York, with its many shops, cafés and historic sites. DAY 5: A more leisurely day today as we spend the morning in the Victorian seaside resort of Scarborough. Choose whether to stay in Scarborough for the day or return to Ravenscar to enjoy relaxing or exploring in the grounds of our fabulous hotel.

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DAY 6: We travel home with suitable refreshment stops along the way.

Raven Hall Country House Hotel HHH Our three-star hotel is on the edge of the village of Ravenscar dramatically situated 600 feet above sea level, overlooking Robin Hood’s Bay. There is a restaurant, bar, three lounges and leisure facilities include a small swimming pool, putting green, croquet, bowls and wonderful walking opportunities. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift to the first and second floors. www.ravenhall.co.uk 09 October 2022

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£659

Single Supplement £Nil

6 Days from

Suffolk Autumn Gold

£659

INCLUSIONS

As the leaves turn red and gold, we explore the little villages, sandy heathlands and verdant countryside which have inspired famous painters such as Constable and Gainsborough.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Lunch Days 3 & 5 Tea & Cake Day 4 Lavenham Guildhall Melford Hall Guided Tour Day 4 Excursions as Listed

DAY 1: We travel north via the Dartford Crossing, and spend our afternoon at Melford Hall, a fine Elizabethan mansion. We arrive at our hotel 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. We return to our hotel mid-afternoon for a chance to enjoy the leisure facilities. DAY 3: After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to the Suffolk Heritage Coast and the quaint seaside town of Aldeburgh. After a stroll along the seafront, we have booked a wonderful fish and chip lunch at a local hotel. On our return journey we visit Snape Maltings where you can explore the independent shops, cafés and galleries. 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, the church at Dedham and the little hamlet of Flatford Mill. In the afternoon we visit Sudbury for tea and cake. DAY 5: This morning we travel to Lavenham, with its half-timbered buildings, famous crooked house, and remarkable medieval Guildhall, of which we have included a tour. After an included sandwich lunch, we visit Colchester, where there will be time to have lunch and to explore some of the 2000 years of history on show in the many museums, fascinating buildings and quiet narrow lanes. DAY 6: 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 and spa with treatment rooms. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer, safe and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.stokebynayland.com 09 October 2022

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£659

Sole Use Supplement £140


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SUPPLEMENT

SUPPLEMENT

AUTUMN 2022

NO SINGLE

BRITISH BIRDS OF PREY CENTRE

5 Days from

WEYMOUTH

4 Days from

Weymouth & Dorset

£399

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board We return to the Hotel Rex in Light Lunch Day 3 the seaside resort of Bovington Tank Museum Weymouth, with its beautiful Max Gate beaches and idyllic leisure Althelhampton Tour harbour, which nestles Excursions as Listed perfectly alongside the rugged Isle of Portland. We visit Weymouth, Bournemouth and Shaftesbury, Bovington Tank Museum, Max Gate and Athelhampton House. 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 visit Max Gate, the atmospheric Victorian home where Hardy wrote about Tess of The d’Urbervilles and much of his poetry. The rest of the day is free in Weymouth, or join your driver on a scenic drive around Portland Bill.

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, a lift to some rooms and there are some steps at the entrance. www.kingshotels.co.uk 13 October 2022

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£399

Single Supplement £Nil

INCLUSIONS

Enjoy our October break from the comfort of the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel. See the autumn colour at the National Botanic Garden and Aberglasney and admire the glorious scenery of the Gower Peninsula and the Pembrokeshire Coast.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Welcome Drink National Botanic Garden Bird of Prey Centre Aberglasney Gardens Pembroke Castle Tour

Tea & Scone Day 3 DAY 1: After your taxi pick up, we Excursions as Listed travel across to Gloucester in time for lunch. We continue to our hotel in Carmarthen. There will be a welcome drink before dinner so that you have 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. Approx £3). The afternoon is free in Carmarthen. DAY 3: We visit the pretty resort of Tenby this morning and this afternoon we travel further west 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: This morning we visit the Gower Peninsula, an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, and stop at the Heritage Centre before continuing to Mumbles. Our afternoon is spent at Aberglasney Gardens, a remarkable site recovered from years of neglect and restored to its former glory. DAY 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, 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 and provides two nights of entertainment. www.ivybushroyal.co.uk 13 October 2022

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£449

Single Supplement £Nil

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DAY 3: After breakfast, we visit Athelhampton House. The house dates from 1485 and is a magnificent example of early Tudor architecture and shows fascinating interiors with heraldic glass and linenfold panelling. We have included a tour and a soup and sandwich lunch. 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.

£449

South Wales


16

AUTUMN 2022 ALNWICK CASTLE

6 Days from

Northumbria’s Hidden Gems WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY

5 Days from

Somerset Steam & Cruise

£495

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Canal Cruise

Based in the historic town of West Somerset Railway Tiverton, this tour allows you Exeter Cathedral Guided to discover Exeter Cathedral, Tour explore the dramatic beauty of Excursions as Listed Exmoor with a trip on the West Somerset Railway, and relax 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. Refreshments available on board. DAY 3: An early start as we travel to Bishops Lydeard to join Britain’s longest standard gauge heritage railway for a forty-mile return journey winding through the Quantock Hills and along the Exmoor coast. Free time for lunch in Minehead, before returning by train to Bishop Lydeard to meet your coach. DAY 4: 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. This afternoon enjoy an included cream tea at our hotel or explore Tiverton with its lively shopping centre, castle and museum.

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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.

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 14 October 2022

G2239

£495

Twin/Double for Sole Use £80

£679

INCLUSIONS

Northumbria’s wealth of natural beauty, rugged coastline and vast landscapes of unspoilt countryside is blessed with an abundance of historic sites.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Cragside Alnwick Castle Roman Army Museum & Vindolanda South Tyne Railway Packed Lunch Day 3

DAY 1: After an early departure we travel via the Dartford Crossing to Northumbria, making suitable refreshment stops along the way.

Excursions as Listed

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 autumn gardens and ‘Capability’ Brown landscape. The afternoon is free in Alnwick. DAY 3: A scenic drive today as we explore the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, travelling south via the Derwent Reservoir and Edmundbyers to Stanhope. When we reach Alston we board the heritage railway for a wonderful return ride through the South Tyne Valley, enjoying a packed lunch on board. Our drive back to the hotel is through more beautiful scenery. 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. 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 with leisure facilities including 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.slaleyhallhotel.com 16 October 2022

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£679

Twin/Double for Sole Use £140


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AUTUMN 2022

RIVA DEL GARDA

8 Days from

£920

Lake Garda & Verona

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel

Staying on the 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 travel today to Trento, the capital of the Trentino region (approx. 50km from Hotel Sole). This Roman city of art and history has atmospheric piazzas, renaissance fountains, shady porticos and medieval frescos. Immerse yourself in the culture of the city or enjoy the many shopping opportunities.

VERONA

DAY 1: Morning collection from home to join our coach for the drive to Dover for our ferry crossing to Calais. We continue through France to Germany and our overnight hotel in time for our evening meal.

DAY 3: A free day to relax by the lake and explore the beautiful surroundings. Riva del Garda is a beautiful town to relax in, or you might like to take a boat across to the delightful town of Limone on the eastern shore (not included) or take a walk up to the Bastione for wonderful views over the lake.

Half Board Excursions as Listed Please note: This tour is operated in conjunction with Galloway Holidays, Mendlesham.

Hotel Sole HHHH (Italy) Hotel Sole is located in a fantastic position in Riva del Garda. Its splendid lake front facade adorned with arches, balconies and decorative ovals the hotel boasts large lounges and a terrace looking out onto the lake. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe and hairdryer. The hotel has a lift. www.hotelsoleriva.it/en

DAY 6: Enjoy another day enjoying the lake and the surrounding town. DAY 7: We bid a fond fair well to our lakeside hotel and begin our return journey home with an overnight stop on route. DAY 8: After breakfast we continue our travels with a short ferry crossing back to the UK. We continue to the local area to meet our taxis and complete our journey home.

15 October 2022

TRENTO

E2257

£920

Single Supplement £155

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DAY 2: We continue our journey into the mountains of Austria into Italy, arriving on the shores of Lake Garda and the Hotel Sole in time for a welcome drink, evening meal and a stay of five nights.

DAY 5: 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.

Door to Door Service


18

AUTUMN 2022 BATH

5 Days from

CHARLESTOWN

5 Days from

Plymouth & The Smugglers Coast

£539

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Shipwreck Centre Smuggling Museum

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

£545

Cardiff, Bristol & Bath

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board

We visit iconic sites both sides of the Welsh border – a tour with something for everyone.

Roman Baths SS Great Britain Tyntesfield Cardiff Guided Tour

St Fagan’s Museum DAY 1: After our door to door service Excursions as Listed collects you from your home, we travel across country to the pretty town of Corsham, filming location for Truro in ‘Poldark’, for some free time for refreshments. We continue to our hotel north of Bristol in time to relax before dinner.

DAY 1: Leaving the local area this morning we travel west, with suitable refreshment stops along the way, reaching our hotel late afternoon.

DAY 2: We travel the short distance to Bath, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We visit the famous Roman Baths, an amazing historic site giving a window back to Roman Britain. An audioguide is included with your ticket. The afternoon is free for your own exploration.

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: Crossing the River Severn we enter Wales and travel to its capital, Cardiff. We meet a local guide for a driven tour around the city, before free time to explore and get some lunch. In the afternoon we visit St Fagan’s – The National History Museum of Wales, where more than 50 buildings lead you from Celtic times to the present day.

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 4: This morning we visit Tyntesfield, a spectacular Victorian Gothic Revival estate with spiralling turrets, ornate stone carvings and a wonderful walled kitchen garden. We return via Bristol with a stop to view the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge majestically spanning the River Avon. Your afternoon is free in Bristol or at your hotel.

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DAY 4: We travel over to 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. 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 HHHH 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 four-star hotel has a pleasant lounge, bar and a lift to all floors. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. www.millenniumhotels.com 17 October 2022

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£539

Twin/Double for Sole Use £110

DAY 5: We visit Bristol’s historic harbourside where we have included entrance to the remarkable SS Great Britain, Brunel’s iconic steamship. There will be free time for lunch on the harbourside, before we make our way back home, meeting our taxis early evening.

Aztec Hotel & Spa 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, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to all floors. www.aztechotelbristol.co.uk 08 June 2022 19 October 2022

G22149

£555 £545

Twin/Double for Sole Use £120


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AUTUMN 2022

WIGHTWICK MANOR

5 Days from

£449*

Treasures in Trust – Middle England

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Berrington Hall Wightwick Manor River Severn Cruise

National Trust Members’ Tour: This tour incorporates four wonderful National Trust properties in the heart of England, as well as the lovely towns of Leominster and Cheltenham and a cruise on the River Severn.

Fish & Chip Lunch Baddesley Clinton Packwood House Excursions as Listed *Please see notes on page 8

DAY 1: After a taxi pick up from your home, we travel via some of the pretty towns of the Cotswolds to Stourport-Upon-Severn and our hotel. DAY 2: We travel to Shrewsbury and enjoy a 45-minute cruise on the River Severn, with commentary and refreshments. After some free time to explore the town, we meet at the Loopy Shrew Restaurant for a fish & chip lunch. We then visit Wightwick Manor and Gardens (NT), a remarkable house built in the Victorian era with nostalgia for medieval England with timber beams and barley-twist chimneys. DAY 3: Two National Trust treasures today starting with Baddesley Clinton (NT), one of the finest moated manor houses in England with over 500 years of fascinating history, nestled in excellent period gardens. In the afternoon we visit Packwood House (NT). Originally 16th-century, it houses a wonderful collection of period furniture, textiles and tapestries.

WALMER CASTLE

5 Days from

£534

Autumn Delights of Kent

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board

Kent is a county full of history and beautiful scenery. Discover Canterbury, Broadstairs and Deal; visit museums, castles and gardens; and enjoy tea, cake and mugs of beer!

Tea & Cake Day 2 Dickens House Museum Goodnestone Park Gardens Shepherd Neame Brewery Walmer Castle Bodiam Castle

Excursions as Listed DAY 1: After our door to door pick up, we travel by coach to Rye, and have some free time to explore this pretty town. We continue to Folkestone, where we are greeted at our hotel with a hot drink. DAY 2: A lovely day today begins with a visit to Broadstairs, with included entrance to the Dickens House Museum, housed in the cottage which was Charles Dickens’ inspiration for the home of Betsey Trotwood in David Copperfield. After some free time for lunch, we visit Goodnestone Park Gardens to enjoy the autumn foliage and some tea and cake. DAY 3: Today we visit Canterbury, where you have time to explore the cathedral, and the quaint cobbled streets filled with interesting shops and cafés. We continue to Faversham for a guided tour of the Shepherd Neame Brewery, Britain’s oldest brewer. DAY 4: We visit Walmer Castle, built in 1540 as part of Henry VIII’s chain of coastal defences. Over the years it has been transformed into an elegant stately home beloved of the Duke of Wellington and the Queen Mother. After a little free time in Deal we return via the Battle of Britain Memorial in Capel-le Ferne, reaching our hotel mid-afternoon.

DAY 5: We travel south with a stop in Cheltenham, before continuing to home, meeting our taxis late afternoon.

DAY 5: We travel to Bodiam Castle, with time to explore this 700-year-old castle, and to get some lunch. In the afternoon, we continue home.

Best Western Stourport Manor Hotel HHHH

Please note: Some parts of the castles will not be accessible to those with limited mobility.

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

19 October 2022 G22126

NT Member

£449*

Non Member

£495

Twin/Double for Sole Use £80

Best Western Plus Burlington Hotel HHHH Set in tranquil surroundings overlooking the English Channel, our four-star hotel was built in the 1890s and offers modern comfort while holding onto its Victorian charm. There are two bars, a lounge and traditional restaurant. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.theburlingtonhotel.com 24 October 2022

G2219

£534

Twin/Double for Sole Use £70

For Insurance Details See Pages 66 & 67

DAY 4: This morning we visit Berrington Hall (NT), an elegant neo-classical house designed by Henry Holland and set in ‘Capability’ Brown’s final landscape design. Our afternoon is spent in Leominster, an historic market town of medieval black and white buildings.


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AUTUMN 2022 ENCHANTED FOREST

7 Days from

£685

The Enchanted Forest

INCLUSIONS

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 Edinburgh, New Lanark Mill and Scone Palace, and tasting a little shortbread and whisky along the way. DAY 1: A fairly early start is required today to make our way up to our overnight hotel in the Cumbria area. DAY 2: We continue northwards and cross the border into Scotland, and up to New Lanark, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the picturesque River Clyde. Have a look around this unique 18th-century mill village, explore the visitor centre and enjoy an included light lunch. We continue our journey to Perth arriving in time for our dinner, and our four-night stay.

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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. DAY 4: This morning we visit Scone Palace, poised above the River Tay and housing an outstanding collection of antiques, paintings and rare artifacts. The Palace stands in magnificent grounds and has been the seat of parliaments and the crowning place of kings, including Macbeth and Robert The Bruce. 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! DAY 5: This morning is free in Perth. You might like to explore the public parks, museums, stroll through the cobbled streets with Georgian townhouses and medieval spires, or along the banks of The 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. 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 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. 23 October 2022

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Enchanted Forest New Lanark Mill Light Lunch Day 2 Distillery Tour & Tasting Scone Palace Black Watch Museum Excursions as Listed 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.

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

SCONE PALACE

G22125

£685

Single Supplement £120


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NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

MORGAN MOTORS

5 Days from

Malvern Hills & Morgan Motors

CAMBRIDGE

5 Days from

£544

Autumnal East Anglia

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

With roadsides bursting with red and gold, the gardens and villages of Suffolk and East Anglia are beautiful to visit in Autumn.

Half Board Welcome Drink Glass of Wine Day 4 Cream Tea Day 4 Ickworth

Cambridge Guided Tour DAY 1: Enjoy our door to door Excursions as Listed service, then by coach we head north via St Albans to our hotel north of Cambridge to be greeted with tea and biscuits. We have a welcome drink before dinner for a chance to meet your fellow guests. DAY 2: This morning we visit the Italianate masterpiece of Ickworth, which is set in an ancient deer park and rolling Suffolk countryside alive with autumn colours. Our afternoon is spent in Bury St Edmunds, where you could visit the famous Abbey Gardens or St Edmundsbury Cathedral. DAY 3: After a leisurely breakfast we head out to tour the autumnal colours of rural Essex. We first visit Thaxted, with its famous Guildhall and restored windmill set against a backdrop of medieval houses. Onto the picture-postcard village of Finchingfield, complete with village pond, redbrick houses, tearooms and cafés. DAY 4: We spend today in Cambridge, a university city with a fascinating history on the River Cam. We meet our guide for a tour of the city and finish with a visit to the American Cemetery. There is also free time for your own exploration before we return to our hotel for a cream tea. This evening have a farewell glass of wine or fruit juice with dinner.

Holiday Inn Cambridge HHH Our three-star hotel is to the North of Cambridge and offers an open-plan lounge and bar and leisure facilities which include swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, gym and treatment rooms. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is no lift, but some ground floor rooms. www.ihg.com 27 October 2022

G22152

£544

Twin/Double for Sole Use £Nil

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Morgan Motors Tour

The Malvern Hills and the black Cider Museum & Tasting and white townscapes of Tewkesbury Abbey Tour Worcestershire and Lunch Day 2 Herefordshire are beautiful at Excursions as Listed any time of year, and we have combined these with lunch at Tewkesbury Abbey, cider tasting and an enthralling exploration of the Morgan Motor Company. 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 to be greeted with tea and biscuits. DAY 2: We drive into the Malvern Hills and visit Ledbury with free time to explore this beautiful market town, with its many black and white timberframed buildings, medieval cobbled streets and fine parish church. We continue to Tewkesbury, where we have an included light lunch and a tour of the famous Abbey. DAY 3: We enjoy a free morning in Great Malvern and in the afternoon we visit the Morgan Motor Company for our exclusive factory tour. Beginning at the Morgan Experience Centre, join our guide for a tour through 110 years of driving passion, and marvel at the skilled craftsmanship as these iconic vehicles are created. There is time to see the classic exhibits and visit the café before returning to our hotel. DAY 4: Today we drive close to the Welsh border and to Hay-on-Wye, for some free time to browse the many bookshops that line the streets. We then move on to Hereford, where we visit the Cider Museum for a tour and a tasting, before free time for you to stroll through the streets, shop or visit the cathedral. 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 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 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 07 November 2022

G22168

£479

Single Supplement £50

www.woodstravel.co.uk

DAY 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel home making suitable refreshment stops along the way.

£479


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FESTIVE 2022 THURSFORD SPECTACULAR

4 Days from

£465

Thursford Spectacular

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel

Door to Door Service In 2022 the Thursford Christmas Spectacular celebrates its 45th Anniversary, and the Half Board show promises to be the biggest and best ever! Over 5.8 million visitors have enjoyed Thursford Show Ticket the show to date and this little Norfolk town is proud to be the home of the largest Norwich Cathedral (16 Nov Tour) Christmas show in the country. It is set in the magical surroundings of mechanical Bure Valley Railway (29 Nov Tour) organs and fairground carousels, with a cast of 120 professional singers, dancers and Blickling Hall (07 Dec Tour) musicians – most of whom are straight out the West End. The three-hour performance delivers an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. It’s a fast-moving celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic mix of both seasonal and year-round favourites, with famous and much-loved chart toppers being performed alongside traditional carols.

We are offering three alternative itineraries for this wonderful event – each with its own advantages and attractions. Each fourday tour includes a day at Thursford with time to have lunch before the matinee performance. Join us for this chance to enjoy the most popular English Christmas show of all time!

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 bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift, but not to every room. This tour includes a tour of Norwich Cathedral with refreshments www.lestrangearms.co.uk 16 November 2022

G22110

£465

Twin/Double for Sole Use £60

Knights Hill Hotel HHHH Our four-star hotel is a restored farm complex in 11 acres of parkland and garden, close to King’s Lynn. There is an indoor pool, steam room, sauna and The Farmer’s Arms, famous for its real ale, is close by. All bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel does not have a lift, but ground floor rooms are available. This tour includes a journey on the Bure Valley Railway. www.knightshill.co.uk

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29 November 2022

G2299

£475

Twin/Double for Sole Use £75

Dukes Head Hotel HHHH Our four-star Georgian hotel overlooks the marketplace in the heart of King’s Lynn old town and combines elegant charm with modern amenities. There is a pleasant restaurant serving local produce, a bar and lounge. Each of the 79 individually-styled bedrooms has TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. NO There is a lift to most rooms. This tour includes a visit to Blickling Hall. www.dukesheadhotel.com SINGLE 07 December 2022

G22109

£479

Twin/Double for Sole Use £Nil

Please note: Our seats are in the standard seating in the centre blocks of the auditorium.

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LONGLEAT FESTIVAL OF LIGHT

4 Days from

£405

Longleat Festival of Light

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Lunch Day 3

Join us on this lovely winter Longleat break for a truly unique STEAM Museum spectacle as hundreds of Excursions as Listed illuminated lanterns transform the beautiful estate of Longleat into a glowing winter wonderland. We also visit the Safari Park, the festively-decorated Elizabethan stately home**, and have a day exploring the Cotswolds. 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: We have a full day at Longleat to make the most of the many attractions. Visit the animals as we drive through the amazing Safari Park*; see the house** and gardens decorated beautifully for Christmas; enjoy a trip on the jungle cruiser and buy wonderful Christmas gifts. At 4pm the lights come on and the grounds are populated with spectacular illuminated forms – a sight not to be missed!

TRURO

5 Days from

£399

Cornish Mistletoe & Wine

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Cider Farm Cream Tea

Chase away the winter blues Excursions as Listed with a short break to the everpopular Rosemundy House Hotel in St Agnes. Here we start Christmas early with festive celebrations and entertainment at our beautifully decorated hotel and visits to some of the prettiest towns along the Cornish coast. DAY 1: After the usual taxi pick ups, we begin our journey by coach. We stop in Exeter for lunch before continuing to our hotel. We have a glass of sherry in the bar before dinner. DAY 2: This morning we make our way to Boscastle, a pretty town on the north Cornish coast. We return to our hotel mid-afternoon and tonight after dinner we have festive entertainment. DAY 3: Today we visit Truro where you could view the magnificent cathedral or just relax in one of the cafés. We continue to Mevagissey, a maze of narrow alleyways, small coves and great cliffs and well known as a smuggler’s haunt. This evening a visit from Santa is followed by a traditional Christmas dinner and then live entertainment.

DAY 4: After a leisurely breakfast, we travel to Winchester for some retail therapy and time for lunch. Early afternoon we make our way homewards to our taxis.

DAY 4: After a leisurely breakfast we travel to Falmouth where you can explore the picturesque narrow streets and harbour. On our return we visit a Cornish cider farm where we enjoy a cream tea. After dinner we have a festive quiz and mince pies.

*Please note we do not drive through the monkey enclosure. **At the time of publication, Longleat had not confirmed whether the house would be open to the public.

DAY 5: Departing our hotel after breakfast, we make our way back to the local area, having suitable refreshment stops along the way.

Blunsdon House Hotel HHHH

Rosemundy House Hotel HHH

Our four-star hotel is set in 20 acres of beautiful Wiltshire countryside close to the village of Blunsdon St Andrew. The hotel has a restaurant, three bars, swimming pool, steam room, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym. Bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.blunsdonhouse.co.uk 11 November 2022

G22165

£405

Twin/Double for Sole Use £75

This delightful and elegant hotel has been tastefully extended and is set in its own secluded gardens and woodland, 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 14 November 2022

G2206

£399

Single Supplement £Nil

For Insurance Details See Pages 66 & 67

DAY 3: This morning we drive up into the glorious Cotswold countryside visiting some of the pretty honey-stone villages for photo-stops and cups of tea. We return to Swindon for lunch at STEAM, the museum of the Great Western Railway. We also have time to explore the fascinating exhibitions showing its rich history, and get up close to the iconic locomotives.


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FESTIVE 2022

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

ROYAL MARINES SPECTACULAR

TORQUAY

5 Days from

£449

Torquay & Tinsel

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board We are thrilled to offer this Plymouth Gin Distillery festive break at The Belgrave Excursions as Listed Sands Hotel, a haven of style and good service. Relax and enjoy Torquay, visit Dartmoor and Exeter, and be spoilt with a holiday filled with festive fun. DAY 1: (CHRISTMAS EVE) After your taxi pick up, we make our way west, making suitable refreshment stops along the way and arriving at our hotel in Torquay in time for tea and ‘festive treats’ in the lounge. An aperitif will be enjoyed before dinner served in the Seasons Restaurant and followed by piano music. DAY 2: (CHRISTMAS DAY) Santa visits us early in the morning, and then you have free time to enjoy this elegant resort town. At 5pm in the hotel there will be cash prize bingo, and tonight’s traditional Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings, is followed by more festive entertainment. DAY 3: (BOXING DAY) Today we drive up to Buckfast Abbey on the edge of Dartmoor, before visiting Plymouth and the excellent Gin Distillery. There will be an introduction to the process, the botanicals used and, of course, a tasting. This evening there is an optional trip to Babbacombe Theatre for the Christmas Variety Show (approx. £22). DAY 4: (NEW YEAR’S EVE) We have a half-day excursion to Exeter. Traditional cream tea will be served at our hotel at 4pm followed by a festive quiz and cash prize bingo. This evening enjoy a special sevencourse tasting menu in Seasons Restaurant before dancing the night away at the New Year Party!

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DAY 5: We depart after breakfast and stop in Salisbury with time for lunch and shopping. We then make our way to our taxis and home.

Situated close to Torquay’s seafront, the hotel has leisure facilities which include swimming pool, sauna and steam room. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to most rooms and there is nightly entertainment. www.belgravesands.com

G2215

£449

Royal Marines Christmas Spectacular

£289

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Christmas Spectacular Excursions as Listed

The world-famous Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines will end the year with a military music spectacular featuring festive music, military marches, big band hits and popular showstoppers. We travel to Bournemouth to witness this remarkable event and also have some free time to explore Bournemouth and the gorgeous Christmas Tree Wonderland. 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. We continue to our hotel in Bournemouth. DAY 2: Spend your day exploring Bournemouth, visiting the Christmas Market stalls or the beautiful Christmas Tree Wonderland. This free festive trail has a multitude of delightful illuminations through the Lower Gardens. We return to the Marsham Court Hotel for an early dinner at 5pm, before travelling the short distance to the Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre for our evening of musical military entertainment. The Royal Marines will be showcasing their talents with festive music, military marches and big band hits. In addition, their world-renowned Corps of Drums will demonstrate the precision, accuracy and skill for which they have become famous across the globe. Our seats are in the stalls. DAY 3: After a leisurely breakfast, we depart Bournemouth and travel up to Salisbury, where the historic town centre is crammed with interesting shops and pleasant cafés, excellent for Christmas shopping. We then make our way back to the local area and our taxis.

Marsham Court Hotel HHH

Belgrave Sands Hotel HHHH

21 November 2022

3 Days from

Single Supplement £Nil Twin/Double for Sole Use £60

Our family-run three-star hotel is situated on the East Cliff, with awardwinning garden frontage and terraces 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. There is some evening entertainment. www.marshamcourthotel.co.uk 23 November 2022

G22178

£289

Twin/Double for Sole Use £20


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SIDMOUTH

5 Days from

Festive Cheer in Sidmouth

£439

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board We return once again to the Knightshayes wonderful Royal York and Donkey Sanctuary Faulkner for this festive break! Excursions as Listed Relax in this beautiful, unspoilt Regency town overlooking the waters of Lyme Bay, visit Knightshayes and the famous Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary and in the evenings enjoy Christmas entertainment, dancing and festive fare. DAY 1: After a morning taxi pick up, we make our way west, stopping in Bournemouth for lunch, and arriving at our hotel in the afternoon to be greeted with mulled wine and mince pies. Dinner tonight is followed by live entertainment. DAY 2: Today we travel west to the lively seaside resort of Torquay, where you can indulge in some Christmas shopping, enjoy a bite to eat or just stroll around the harbour. This evening we celebrate with a sherry before a traditional Christmas dinner followed by music and dancing in the Faulkner Bar. DAY 3: This morning we travel up to the outskirts of Tiverton and one of England’s finest Victorian Gothic houses – Knightshayes. We then have a short visit to the famous Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary. Dinner tonight is followed by a musical performance from a local pianist. DAY 4: This morning we travel to Exeter, where the Christmas Market* is being held on the beautiful Cathedral Green. We have afternoon tea and Christmas cake at our hotel and have a festive quiz after dinner. DAY 5: Departing after breakfast we travel east, with suitable stops along the way. We return you to your homes, via your taxis in the afternoon. Please note: The Festive Package details have not yet been confirmed therefore the order of days/entertainment may change. *Christmas market dates to be confirmed.

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 01 December 2022

G2271

£439

Single Supplement £Nil

5 Days from

Festive South Devon

£479

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board Visit the historic city of Buckfast Abbey Plymouth, explore the Excursions as Listed Christmas market here and in Exeter, walk with monks in Buckfastleigh, and spend time in Torquay and Brixham. We have secured many rooms for sole use on this pre-Christmas break. DAY 1: Leaving the local area this morning we travel west, making suitable refreshment stops along the way, reaching our hotel late afternoon. DAY 2: Today is at leisure in Plymouth. Just a 10-minute walk from our hotel in the heart of the city centre, pick up some individual and unique Christmas gifts at Plymouth’s Christmas market. Plymouth is also home to the UK’s largest Marine Aquarium, the famous Mayflower Steps, and a remarkable new museum and art gallery: The Box. DAY 3: This morning we drive to Torquay, where you can stroll around the harbour or explore the town, getting a bite to eat in one of the many cafés. In the afternoon we have a short visit to the pretty harbour town of Brixham. DAY 4: This morning we take a drive up to Buckfast Abbey, on the edge of Dartmoor National Park. Home to a community of Benedictine Monks, the site has a beautiful church and monastery, a café and shops. We spend our afternoon in Exeter, where the Christmas market is set up against the magnificent backdrop of Exeter Cathedral. DAY 5: Departing after breakfast, we make our way eastwards, with suitable refreshment stops along the way, meeting our taxis late afternoon. Please note: Christmas market dates have not yet been finalised.

Copthorne Hotel HHHH Situated in the heart of the city with sweeping views down Armada Way and a 15-minute walk from the Barbican and the historic Mayflower Steps, our four-star hotel has a pleasant lounge, bar and a lift to all floors. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. www.millenniumhotels.com 05 December 2022

G22171

£479

Twin/Double for Sole Use £100

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Royal York and Faulkner Hotel HHH

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OSBORNE HOUSE

5 Days from

HOLME LACY

5 Days from

Warner’s Turkey & Tinsel Holme Lacy

£449

INCLUSIONS Door to Door Service Half Board Festive Programme Excursions as Listed Please see notes on page 8

Visit the beautiful scenery of Herefordshire and the Wye Valley and enjoy a relaxing preChristmas break at the adults-only Warner Hotel at Holme Lacy. This tour includes three half-day excursions, a traditional Christmas dinner, pantomime, festive evening entertainment and all the usual activities that Warner’s are so good at! DAY 1: After our door to door service, join our coach on its way westwards, crossing the River Severn and travelling up the Wye Valley to our hotel near Hereford. Have a mince pie, settle in and get ready for your first night of festive entertainment. DAY 2: A morning excursion to Hereford, where you can stroll through the streets, browse in the shops or visit the magnificent cathedral. There is a full programme of activities at our hotel and festive entertainment after dinner. DAY 3: We travel through the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and cross into Wales for some time to explore Monmouth, before returning to Holme Lacy for more festive fun and relaxation. DAY 4: Ledbury this morning with free time to explore one of the finest black and white towns in the country. A last afternoon free at Holme Lacy before our final night of festive entertainment. DAY 5: Departing after breakfast, we travel back with a stop in Cheltenham for lunch and arrive in the local area late afternoon.

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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, and French 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 28 November 2022

G22138

£449

Single Supplement £Nil

Warner’s Turkey & Tinsel Isle of Wight

£429

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Osborne House Excursions as Listed Please see notes on page 8

A Warner’s Turkey & Tinsel break is full of fun and entertainment. Bembridge Coast Hotel features a wealth of entertainment, countless activities and wonderful facilities. Relax and enjoy a peaceful swim, stroll in the grounds, try your hand at indoor curling, or take part in quizzes, dances and beautiful walks. We have live entertainment every evening! DAY 1: After our morning taxi pick up, we make our way into Hampshire for the ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne. We make our way to our hotel on the east coast, where we are welcomed with mince pies, and tonight we celebrate Christmas Eve with a wonderful dinner and entertainment. DAY 2: We have a half day excursion around the western part of the island, taking in the picture postcard village of Godshill, Alum Bay and glimpses of The Needles. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the many available activities and facilities at your hotel, and this evening we enjoy a full Christmas Dinner with all the trimmings followed by live entertainment. DAY 3: This morning we visit Osborne House, once the favourite home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The house is beautifully decorated for the festive season and you are free to walk through the ground floor rooms with guides in each room to help you get the most from your visit. The afternoon is free at the hotel. DAY 4: A half day drive taking in the beautiful scenery along the south-east coast with a short stop at Shanklin. The rest of the day is free at the hotel, and this evening we celebrate the New Year in style with music and entertainment. DAY 5: We return to Fishbourne and our ferry to the mainland, where we make our way along the coast and home.

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 marvellous sea views. Bedrooms are situated in various buildings in the complex and have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. Leisure facilities include indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, fitness studio, and indoor bowls. The hotel has WiFi and we enjoy a daily programme of events and live nightly entertainment. Upgraded rooms are available at a supplement. www.warnerleisurehotels.co.uk 05 December 2022

G22139

£429

Single Supplement £Nil


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WADDESDON MANOR

5 Days from

BIRMINGHAM CHRISTMAS MARKET

5 Days from

£429

Cadburys & Frankfurt Christmas Market

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Cadbury World Back to Back Houses

Tea & Cake Day 2 We are pleased to be able to Cream Tea Day 4 offer this lovely tour which Excursions as Listed includes cake in the Cotswolds, a cream tea at Cadbury World, Birmingham’s famous Back to Back Houses, and the Frankfurt Christmas Market. DAY 1: After a morning taxi pick up, we make our way up to Warwickshire and our hotel, making suitable stops along the way. DAY 2: We spend our morning in Stratford-upon-Avon, where you might like to visit some of the sights associated with The Bard, or just explore the town. We then travel into the Cotswolds, visiting some of the honeystoned villages, such as Broadway and Stow-on-the-Wold. DAY 3: We start our day with a visit to the Birmingham Back to Back Houses*, moving from the 1840’s through to the 1970’s, with fires alight in the grates, and sounds and smells from the past, experience an intimate insight into the life at the Back to Backs. This afternoon you have free time to explore the magnificent Frankfurt Christmas Market, in the heart of Birmingham.

Waterperry, Waddesdon & Windsor

£539

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

Get into the festive spirit with Milestones Museum visits to some excellent Waddesdon Manor Christmas markets, get ahead Waterperry Gardens with your Christmas shopping Excursions as Listed or experience some culture in Windsor and Oxford. Grab some churros and mulled wine and enjoy the festive atmosphere. DAY 1: Once all are on board, we travel by coach to Milestones Living Museum, where you can walk cobbled streets, visit Victorian shops, the Teddy Bear Museum and marvel at the restored vehicles. After free time to get some lunch, we continue to our hotel, arriving late afternoon. This evening there is a welcome drink so that you can meet your fellow guests. DAY 2: We travel north across the Chilton Hills and have a brief visit to the market town of Aylesbury. We then move on to Waddesdon Manor, once the country home of the Rothschilds. This Renaissance-style chateau is filled with fine art, fabulous treasures and has beautiful grounds. The Christmas Fair is set against the floodlit North Front of the Manor with 20ft Christmas trees, and a great selection of crafts, gifts, food and drink. DAY 3: This morning we visit Waterperry Gardens where you can explore eight acres of beautifully landscaped ornamental gardens, a quality plant centre and garden shop, gallery, gift shop, museum, tea shop and this weekend, a Christmas Fair! Our afternoon is spent in Oxford, where you could visit one of the many museums or relax in a café. DAY 4: After a leisurely breakfast, we visit Windsor, with its long royal heritage. There are lots of independent shops and cafés, or you might like to visit the castle*. If you wish, your driver will take you up to the Royal Windsor Racecourse, where the Christmas Craft Market is taking place.

DAY 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel south, with suitable refreshment stops, before reaching the local area.

DAY 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, our last visit is to Winchester, where the Christmas Market is set up in the Cathedral’s historic Inner Close. In the afternoon, we continue homewards and meet our taxis.

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

Chesford Grange Hotel HHHH Surrounded by 17 acres of countryside, our four-star hotel has a Tudorstyle 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, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift to some rooms. www.chesfordgrange.com 11 November 2022

G22164

£429

Twin/Double for Sole Use £100

Please note: *Castle entrance is not included. If you want to visit you may need to pre-book.

Holiday Inn Maidenhead/Windsor HHHH Our modern four-star hotel has an extensive open plan lounge and bar, and leisure facilities include swimming pool, sauna and gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.ihg.com 17 November 2022

G22179

£539

Twin/Double for Sole Use £Nil

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DAY 4: Spend this morning relaxing and enjoying the facilities of your hotel, or join your driver for a morning in Warwick. In the afternoon we visit Cadbury World, for a fascinating guided tour of Bourneville with time to discover the Cadbury story and enjoy a cream tea.


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CHESTER CHRISTMAS MARKET

5 Days from

£499

Chester Christmas Market & Liverpool

BRISTOL CHRISTMAS MARKET

3 Days from

Bristol, Bath & Winchester Christmas Markets

£272

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Add a touch of magic to your Christmas with this short break packed with wonderful Christmas markets in the bustling centre of Bristol, in the streets around Bath Abbey and in the shadow of Winchester Cathedral. Delight in a huge range of speciality gifts, decorations, food and festive cheer in the heart of our wonderful cities. DAY 1: After our normal pick up from your door, we travel across country to Bristol, where the Christmas Market is set up in Broadmead, right in the heart of Bristol’s Shopping Quarter. You will find a host of chalets with authentic arts, crafts, gifts and mouth-watering food and drink. We then transfer to our hotel north of the city for our evening meal and a twonight stay. DAY 2: We travel the short distance to Bath, where you have all day to explore this beautiful town, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are numerous attractions you might like to visit, or you could just spend the day at the award-winning Christmas Market. More than 200 wooden chalets are set in the picturesque streets surrounding Bath Abbey, selling high quality artisan products, gifts and delicious food.

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Glass of Wine Days 1 & 4 Cream Tea Day 4

Get into the festive spirit at Chester Christmas Market and enjoy the sights and sounds of Liverpool and Port Sunlight.

Liverpool Guided Tour Port Sunlight Excursions as Listed

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 drink with dinner as you get to know your fellow guests. DAY 2: A day in Liverpool begins with a driven guided tour to give you an insight into the history of this incredible city. The rest of the day can be spent at the small Christmas market or at Albert Quay, where you could visit the Museum of Liverpool, Maritime Museum, Liverpool Tate or the Beatles Story (entrances not included & may need to be booked). DAY 3: Today is a free day to enjoy Chester, where you could explore the almost complete city walls, stroll along the famous ‘Rows’ or spend your time browsing the festive stalls and tasting mulled wine and sugared churros at the Christmas Market. DAY 4: Our morning is spent at Port Sunlight, the idyllic garden village built for the Sunlight Soap factory workers and home to the Lady Lever Art Gallery. We have included a driven tour to give you more insight into this remarkable project. The rest of the day is free in Chester, but make sure you are back at our hotel to enjoy the included cream tea, and in the evening, a glass of wine with dinner. 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.

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DAY 3: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel to Winchester, where there will be free time to explore this excellent Christmas Market and to get some lunch. We return to the local area and our taxis late afternoon.

Please note: At time of publication, Christmas Market dates had not been confirmed.

Aztec Hotel & Spa 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.bestwestern.co.uk

Our modern four-star hotel is to the north of Bristol and offers comfortable accommodation and leisure facilities which include swimming pool, Jacuzzi, steam room, sauna and gym. Bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.aztechotelbristol.co.uk 04 December 2022

G22158

£272

Twin/Double for Sole Use £60

Best Western Premier Queen at Chester HHHH

21 November 2022

G22169

£499

Twin/Double for Sole Use £Nil


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B&B

BRUGES CHRISTMAS MARKET

HAREWOOD HOUSE

4 Days from

5 Days from

£515

York St Nicholas Fayre

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board

Visit York for the 30th Anniversary of their St Nicholas Fayre. Explore Harrogate, Skipton and stroll through beautifully decorated Harewood House.

Welcome Drink Cream Tea Day 4 Harewood House Excursions as Listed

DAY 1: After our taxi pick ups, we travel north stopping in the beautiful town of Stamford en route. We arrive at our hotel late afternoon. Enjoy a welcome drink before dinner for a chance to meet your fellow guests. DAY 2: Today we visit York’s St Nicholas Fayre – one of the most popular Christmas markets in the UK with the city coming alive with bustling stalls of crafts and gifts, mouth-watering food and mulled wine, carol singers and fabulous festive spirit! As well as the market, you can wander past the old shops of the Shambles, or visit one of York’s other attractions. DAY 3: Our day takes us into the Yorkshire Dales, passing through the pretty village of Pateley Bridge, travelling over the moorland until we arrive at the quaint cobbled market town of Grassington, where we have a short stop. Then on to Skipton, known as the ‘Gateway to the Dales’, with its impressive 900-year-old castle. Today is market day so you have a chance to grab a bargain or some local goods. DAY 4: This morning we make our way to Harewood House, where the 18th-century mansion will be decorated for the festive season. The house is home to a superb collection of Chippendale furniture and world class paintings by, amongst others, Turner, Reynolds, Titian and El Greco. Your afternoon is free in Harrogate, but make sure you’re back at the hotel in time for your included cream tea.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Bed & Breakfast Excursions as Listed

Considered to be one of the 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. We arrive in time for the beautiful Christmas Market, and as well as browsing the many and varied stalls, you could 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, with a quiet evening before the market begins tomorrow. DAY 2: A day to soak up the festive spirit and explore Bruges, one of Europe’s finest medieval cities. The small and intimate Christmas Market is the perfect place to shop for those traditional Belgian gifts including delicious chocolate and homemade lace. DAY 3: Spend another day exploring Bruges on foot, by carriage or by canal. Alternatively, join your driver on an excursion to the city of Ypres. From 1914 for four years Ypres was shelled and reduced to ruins, but it is now as beautiful as it was before the war with much to offer outside its war history. You might like to visit the remarkable In Flanders Field Museum located within Cloth Hall in the centre of the town. DAY 4: We depart Bruges after breakfast and head back to the coast and the Carrefour Cité Europe Shopping Centre to stock up on your wine, cheese and Christmas goodies. We have an afternoon Eurotunnel crossing, and continue to the local area arriving mid evening, where our door to door service will be waiting to return you home. Please note: This tour is not suitable for the less mobile.

Old Swan Hotel Our gorgeous, quality 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 28 November 2022

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G22170

£515

Single Supplement £Nil

Academie Hotel HHHH (Belgium) 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 24 November 2022

E22176

£398

Twin/Double for Sole Use £120

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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.

£398

Bruges Christmas Market


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FESTIVE 2022 W0637 HAMBURG CHRISTMAS MARKET

VALKENBURG CHRISTMAS MARKET

5 Days from

Valkenburg Christmas Market

£525

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Excursions as Listed

Valkenburg is a delightful little hill town built around a romantic ruined castle. The Christmas market takes place in beautifully lit old caves which run underneath the town. We also visit Aachen and Maastricht to enjoy the lights, mulled wine and festive spirit! DAY 1: Morning collection from your home to join our coach for the drive to Dover where we join the ferry for the short sea crossing to Calais. We continue through Belgium and into Holland, arriving in Valkenburg by early evening. DAY 2: Today enjoy a guided sightseeing tour stopping first at the Three Countries Viewpoint and then continuing to beautiful Aachen, where the squares and lanes around the cathedral are transformed into a Christmas Village. DAY 3: A day at leisure in Valkenburg with its unusual alternative to the traditional Christmas market, featuring two separate markets in underground caves. The larger of the caves is situated directly under the town centre and is the spot to buy handcrafted souvenirs and decorations. The smaller and more intimate Velvet Cave is located under the castle ruins and is decorated with impressive murals and sculptures. DAY 4: Today we head to magical Maastricht, where you will have plenty of time at leisure to explore the Christmas Markets. The Vrijhof Square will be filled with all kinds of festive delights to tempt you. DAY 5: We depart Valkenburg after breakfast and return to Calais for a late afternoon ferry to Dover returning to the local area and our taxis in the evening.

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Please note: This tour is operated in conjunction with Galloway Holidays, Mendlesham. Christmas market dates are yet to be finalised.

European Christmas Markets Portsmouth – Zeebrugge – Gothenburg – Copenhagen – Kiel Canal Transit – Hamburg – Portsmouth

8 Nights from

£999

INCLUSIONS En-suite Accommodation Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Five Course à la Carte Dinner, Late Night Buffet, SelfService Tea & Coffee Varied Daytime Activities Lectures & Talks

Swimming Pools, Jacuzzi Start your Christmas celebrations in & Gym style with discoveries of four cities Choice of Evening that really come to life at the ‘most Entertainment wonderful time of the year’. Formal Welcome &/or Hamburg is sure to be a highlight, Captain’s Drink Party & where traditional markets, packed Gala Buffet with fairy-light adorned huts selling gifts, tasty gingerbread and warming spiced wine await you. Balmoral will also call at Zeebrugge for tours to the UNESCOlisted Bruges, and in Sweden, a later stay in Gothenburg provides a chance to see the Liseberg and Haga festive markets illuminated after dark. Your visit to Copenhagen will be one to remember, with the Tivoli Gardens filled with displays of light and decoration, and stalls offering everything from Nordic handicrafts to local delicacies. Please note: Cruise can only be booked directly with Woods. Full terms & conditions available on request or found at www.fredolsencruises.com. Door to door transfers can be arranged and may incur an extra charge. 02 December 2022

8 Nights

L2232

Hotel Walram HHH (Netherlands)

Cabin Type

Prices from

The Hotel Walram was originally built as a farm during the 18th Century, on remains of the city walls and has been a hotel since 1920. All bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a bar, lounge, restaurant and swimming pool. A lift serves most rooms. www.hotelwalram.nl

Interior

Balcony

£999pp £1,199pp £1,799pp

Suite

£1,999pp

£525

Single

£1,699

12 December 2022

E2258

Single Supplement £94

Ocean View


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BOPPARD

7 Days from

£924

Rhineland Christmas

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We are pleased to return to the wonderful Bellevue Hotel for this festive stay on the banks of the Rhine. We have plenty of time to soak up the atmosphere in Boppard, visit the Christmas Market in Traben-Trarbach, take guided walks through the town and surrounding areas, visit the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress by cable car, and enjoy a boat trip on the Rhine! DAY 1: After our taxi pick ups, we travel to Dover for the short sea crossing to Calais. Making comfort stops en route, we travel directly to our hotel to arrive in time for a welcome drink and dinner.

DAY 3: CHRISTMAS EVE This morning we have a traditional Christmas Walk** to explore the local area visiting a vineyard along the way. We return to the hotel for hot soup, before having a free afternoon to stroll through Boppard, along the Rhine promenade and explore the historic streets. This evening is the most important in a German Christmas and we enjoy the 5-course Holy Night Dinner accompanied by a pianist. DAY 4: CHRISTMAS DAY Happy Christmas! A free morning to relax and enjoy the atmosphere before a one-plate served lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon tea and cake will be served during a visit from Father Christmas, and this evening we enjoy a turkey dinner.

DAY 6: This morning we travel by coach to Koblenz. We have an included cable car ride and entrance to the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress on a rocky promontory high above the Rhine. Alternatively, we can explore this historic town and get lunch before returning to the hotel midafternoon. Tonight there is our Farewell Dinner at the hotel, during which we enjoy live music.

Door to Door Service Half Board + Two Lunches Festive Programme Ehrenbreitstein Fortress Koblenz Cable Car Rhine Cruise 2 Guided Walks Excursions as Listed

Bellevue Rheinhotel HHHH (Germany) This lovely four-star hotel, in a premier location right in the centre of Boppard overlooking the promenade and the Rhine, combines traditional service with modern luxury and style. The hotel has WiFi, a fine restaurant, bar, wine cellar and modern spa with indoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and minifridge. The hotel has a lift. www.bellevue-boppard.de

DAY 7: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel north and board the ferry for our crossing from Calais to Dover. Once in the UK we make our way to the local area where we meet our taxis. Please note: Programme is subject to change. *Dates for Christmas Markets are to be confirmed. **We recommend sturdy walking shoes for this outing. EHRENBREITSTEIN FORTRESS

22 December 2022

EX2273

£924

Single Supplement £100

For Insurance Details See Pages 66 & 67

DAY 2: After breakfast we join the coach for a drive to Traben-Trarbach where we have time to explore the underground Christmas Market* held in their historic wine cellars. Here you’ll find local specialities, including wines and crafts; there is also time to sample the local eateries.

DAY 5: BOXING DAY Today we have a leisurely 2½-hour boat trip from just outside our hotel along the beautiful Rhine. The remainder of the day is free in Boppard, or you can join a guided stroll through the streets of Boppard with mulled wine on the way.

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CHRISTMAS 2022 GOLDEN PASS RAILWAY

8 Days from

£1,275

Scenic Swiss Christmas

INCLUSIONS

This holiday takes in the magnificent sights and scenery of Lake Geneva, a visit to Montreux Christmas Market, a train ride on the Golden Pass Railway and entertainment for five of the evenings. It really makes for a special Christmas. DAY 1: Following collection from home, we travel to the coast to board a ferry and continue to our overnight hotel in Saarbrücken. DAY 2: We continue our journey to Switzerland arriving at the Eurotel Victoria Les Diablerets for the five-night Christmas stay. On arrival, we are greeted with a welcome drink from our hosts. DAY 3: We visit the beautiful old town of Vevey, one of the pearls of the Swiss Riviera and former home of Charlie Chaplin. Enjoy scenic views from the lakeside promenade before a visit to the charming medieval town of Gruyeres, famous for its cheese.

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DAY 4: CHRISTMAS EVE We travel to Montreux on the shores of Lake Geneva and explore the Christmas market. Each year the Montreux Christmas Market features around 160 decorated and illuminated chalets and has the best of Christmas traditions. Find crafts, mulled wine and thousands of gift ideas. This afternoon, return to the hotel to enjoy cakes with either mulled wine or hot chocolate and music. After a Christmas Eve buffet there will be music to celebrate the festive season. DAY 5: CHRISTMAS DAY Happy Christmas! After a relaxing Christmas morning, take the cable car (weather permitting) linking the centre of the village to Roc d’Orsay, 2,000 metres high, where

the views over Lake Geneva and the Swiss Riviera are truly breath-taking. Return to the hotel for a Swiss style turkey Christmas lunch (not a traditional British turkey lunch). The afternoon is at leisure before dinner, music and dancing. DAY 6: Following breakfast, travel to Montreux Station for a picturesque train ride through spectacular scenery on the iconic Golden Pass Railway, arriving at the charming upmarket resort of Gstaad. Enjoy free time here before returning to the hotel. DAY 7: Today we have a final breakfast at the hotel then it is time to say farewell and we journey to our overnight hotel. DAY 8: After breakfast we continue our journey, cross The Channel by ferry and go back to the local area where our door to door service will be waiting to return you home. Please note: This tour is operated in conjunction with Galloway Holidays, Stowmarket. Most rooms are "Austrian twins", which means one bed frame but with two separate mattresses and two separate sets of bedding.

21 December 2022

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board + One Lunch Golden Pass Railway Montreux Christmas Market Cable Car Ride Excursions as Listed

Eurotel Victoria Les Diablerets HHHH (Switzerland) The four-star superior Eurotel Victoria Les Diablerets is located in an excellent position on the valley floor in the centre of the little village of Les Diablerets and against the backdrop of the surrounding peaks which share the same name (Little Devils). It offers great levels of comfort and good facilities including a large lounge/bar area, indoor swimming pool and sauna. Rooms are well appointed and have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe and hairdryer. A lift serves four of the five floors. www.eurotel-victoria.ch/en

MONTREUX CHRISTMAS MARKET

NX2259

£1,275

Single Supplement £200


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Christmas Celebrations in The Canaries Portsmouth – Funchal, Madeira (Overnight) – Santa Cruz de La Palma – Arrecife, Lanzarote – Las Palmas, Gran Canaria – Santa Cruz de Tenerife (overnight) – Portsmouth

14 Nights from

£2,599

INCLUSIONS En-suite Accommodation Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Five Course à la Carte Dinner, Late Night Buffet, SelfService Tea & Coffee Varied Daytime Activities Lectures & Talks Swimming Pools, Jacuzzi & Gym Choice of Evening Entertainment

Formal Welcome &/or Experience an altogether more Captain’s Drink Party & laidback festive season, visiting sunGala Buffet kissed islands and celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve in style, on board Balmoral. Enjoy fun and festivities at sea on Christmas Day, then visit the wonderful gardenisland of Madeira. We continue on our cruise to La Palma and Lanzarote with its dramatic volcanic scenery and on towards Gran Canaria; perhaps with a visit to Maspalomas renowned sand dunes. Finally, we visit Tenerife, with a full day to perhaps visit the Pyramids of Güímar; see Mount Teide; or simply indulge in a day of sunbathing on the beach. In the evening, celebrate the arrival of 2023 in style, with food, drink, entertainment and Tenerife’s spectacular New Year’s fireworks display to enjoy from on board.

22 December 2022

14 Nights

L2234

ISLE OF WIGHT STEAM RAILWAY

5 Days from

A Wight Christmas

£739

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board + Two Lunches With beautiful sea views on the Festive Programme coast at Sandown, The Trouville Isle of Wight Steam Hotel is a Woods favourite. Railway Customers return to enjoy Excursions as Listed Christmas again and again, to relax in comfort, enjoy the festive atmosphere, excellent entertainment and ride on the wonderful Isle of Wight Steam Railway. DAY 1: After your taxi pick up, we make our way across Hampshire for the mid-morning ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne. We then travel to our hotel in Sandown for tea and mince pies. This evening dinner is followed by music and dancing. DAY 2: CHRISTMAS EVE Perhaps enjoy a stroll along the Sandown Promenade before returning to the hotel for a light lunch from the bar. This afternoon tea and Christmas cake are served and this evening we have Christmas carols in the lounge before a candlelit dinner and entertainment in the ballroom. DAY 3: CHRISTMAS DAY Happy Christmas! This morning try the puzzles and games in the lounge before enjoying some sparkling wine and carols. Your traditional Christmas Lunch is followed by the Queen’s Speech in the lounge, and at 4.30pm, the Bumper Quiz of the Year! A buffet supper is followed by entertainment in the ballroom. DAY 4: BOXING DAY This morning we travel to Havenstreet and the Isle of Wight Steam Railway for a 50-minute round trip with mince pies and a drink at the station. Early afternoon enjoy afternoon tea in the restaurant. In the evening, dinner is followed by dancing in the ballroom. DAY 5: We return to Fishbourne and our ferry to the mainland, where we make our way along the coast and home.

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Prices from

Trouville Hotel HHH

Interior

Balcony

£2,599pp £2,799pp £4,999pp

Suite

£5,499pp

The Trouville is situated on The Esplanade in Sandown with sweeping views of the bay from the bar, the restaurant and the twin and double rooms. The rooms offer TV, telephone, radio, WiFi and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift and entertainment every evening. www.trouvillehotel.co.uk

Single

£4,399

Ocean View

23 December 2022

GX22129

£739

Single Supplement £Nil

www.woodstravel.co.uk

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SHAKESPEARE’S BIRTHPLACE

5 Days from

£709

Stratford Manor at Christmas

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

GOWER PENINSULA

5 Days from

Half Board Christmas Lunch

For 2022 we have been able to Festive Programme secure a large number of Shakespeare’s Birthplace rooms for sole use at this Excursions as Listed delightful hotel. Enjoy festive fare and entertainment, visit Stratford and Shakespeare’s Birthplace, and take a drive into the Cotswolds. DAY 1: We pick you up by taxi from your door, join the coach and make our way to Stratford and our hotel. We arrive at the hotel in time for tea and mince pies in the bar. Enjoy a drinks reception in the Upper Bar before tonight’s dinner. DAY 2: CHRISTMAS EVE After breakfast, we travel into Stratford for a visit to Shakespeare’s Birthplace and to explore the Bard’s hometown. We return to our hotel for a cream tea. After a pre-dinner drink in the lounge, take your seat for your buffet dinner with live entertainment. For those attending Midnight Services, hot chocolate and mince pies await your return. DAY 3: CHRISTMAS DAY Happy Christmas! After breakfast with Bucks Fizz, spend the morning enjoying the leisure facilities or relaxing in the lounge before your traditional Christmas Luncheon. Tea, Christmas cake and the Queen’s Speech will be available in the lounge. This evening’s buffet dinner is followed by a quiz. DAY 4: BOXING DAY This morning we take a drive through some beautiful Cotswold towns and villages and return for a cream tea in the lounge. This evening’s Gala Dinner is accompanied or followed by live music. DAY 5: Today we make our way homeward with suitable refreshment stops along the way. Your taxi will be waiting to take you home.

South Wales Christmas

£656

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board + Two Lunches Our Christmas is based in the Festive Programme pleasant market town of Excursions as Listed Carmarthen, in south-west Wales. Enjoy traditional entertainment and visits to Cardiff, Swansea, the Gower Peninsula and Tenby. DAY 1: After your taxi pick up, we travel across country with a lunch stop along the way. We continue to our hotel in Carmarthen to be greeted with tea and scones. This evening cocktails and canapés are followed by dinner. There is entertainment every evening of our stay. DAY 2: CHRISTMAS EVE Mid-morning we head for the Gower Peninsula, which promises beautiful scenery whatever time of year. Lunchtime we find ourselves in Swansea. We return to Carmarthen and this evening after dinner we have seasonal songs and carols. St Peter’s Church is a short walk away for those who would like to attend Midnight Services. DAY 3: CHRISTMAS DAY Happy Christmas! A morning visit from Father Christmas is followed by traditional roast turkey with all the seasonal trimmings. The afternoon is for relaxation and possibly a walk and then an informal buffet dinner followed by a festive film. DAY 4: BOXING DAY A morning drive out to see the ancient walled town of Tenby, where hardy locals will be taking their annual winter dip in the sea. We return to the hotel for a light lunch and a relaxing afternoon. After dinner we have our final night of entertainment.

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Please note: If Shakespeare’s Birthplace does not open on Christmas Eve, an alternative visit will be offered.

DAY 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, 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.

Stratford Manor Hotel HHHH

Ivy Bush Royal Hotel HHH

Situated only a few miles from Stratford-upon-Avon, this modern hotel has an elegant and spacious interior. All bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The Leisure Club provides an excellent atmosphere for relaxation with its heated pool, gym, sauna and steam room. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.stratfordmanor.co.uk

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, a gym and sauna, WiFi and a lift. www.ivybushroyal.co.uk

23 December 2022

GX22122

£709

Twin/Double for Sole Use £120

23 December 2022

GX22175

£656

Single Supplement £Nil


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CHRISTMAS 2022

NO SINGLE

SHAKESPEARE’S SCHOOLROOM

5 Days from

£829

Chesford Grange Christmas BOURNEMOUTH

5 Days from

Bournemouth Christmas

£779

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board + Two Lunches A glorious Christmas break in a Pantomime wonderful seaside resort! Enjoy Excursions as Listed the festive atmosphere in Bournemouth, good food, good company and a visit to the Pantomime at The Pavilion Theatre. DAY 1: Picking you up at your door, we travel along the coast, with suitable refreshment stops, arriving at our hotel in time for mulled wine and mince pies. After dinner this evening there will be entertainment. DAY 2: CHRISTMAS EVE A morning excursion to the pretty town of Dorchester. The afternoon is free to explore Bournemouth or enjoy a Dorset Cream Tea at our hotel. Dinner tonight is followed by more inhouse entertainment. For those attending Midnight Services, festive refreshments will be served. (Transport not included.)

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board + Two Lunches Festive Programme

This wonderful Christmas tour Pantomime is based at the four-star Shakespeare’s Chesford Grange Hotel in Schoolroom Warwickshire and includes a Excursions as Listed visit to the pantomime and time in Stratford to explore the town and visit Shakespeare’s Schoolroom. DAY 1: CHRISTMAS EVE We pick you up from your door, and then by coach we travel north reaching our hotel near Kenilworth in the afternoon. During dinner enjoy a visit from local carol singers, and for those attending Midnight Services, there will be hot chocolate awaiting your return. (Transport not included.) DAY 2: CHRISTMAS DAY Happy Christmas! Enjoy a leisurely morning before a glass of mulled wine begins your four-course traditional Christmas Lunch. Watch the Queen’s Speech in the afternoon with tea and Christmas cake. A leisurely evening buffet will be followed by inhouse entertainment. DAY 3: BOXING DAY Spend the morning enjoying the leisure facilities before a three-course buffet lunch. We then make our way to Coventry for the matinee pantomime: Jack & The Beanstalk! Back at our hotel, enjoy a pre-dinner drink followed by Gala Dinner and a disco for your entertainment.

DAY 4: BOXING DAY After a leisurely morning, we have a light buffet lunch before we make our way to the Pavilion Theatre for the matinee of Beauty & The Beast. This evening we have musical entertainment after dinner.

DAY 4: After breakfast, we set off on a short scenic drive before arriving in Stratford-upon-Avon with free time to explore the many attractions. In the afternoon we visit the magnificent Guildhall and Shakespeare’s Schoolroom. After a relaxing last dinner, join the hotel staff in a game of bingo.

DAY 5: We depart our hotel after breakfast and return you to your homes early afternoon.

DAY 5: Today we make our way homeward with suitable refreshment stops along the way. Your taxi will be waiting to take you home.

Best Western Signature Carlton Hotel HHH

Chesford Grange Hotel HHHH

Our landmark seaside hotel is situated on the quiet East Cliff of Bournemouth offering spectacular sea views, and is a short walk from the beach and from the town. The hotel has indoor swimming pool, sauna, spa pool and gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer, ironing facilities and tea/coffee making facilities. There is a lift to some rooms, and there are some steps to negotiate throughout. www.bestwestern.co.uk 23 December 2022

GX22156

£779

Single Supplement £40

Surrounded by 17 acres of countryside, our four-star hotel has a Tudorstyle 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, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift to some rooms. www.chesfordgrange.com 24 December 2022

GX22121

£829

Twin/Double for Sole Use £Nil

For Insurance Details See Pages 66 & 67

DAY 3: CHRISTMAS DAY Happy Christmas! After a leisurely Bucks Fizz breakfast, spend the morning enjoying the views or stroll along the seafront. A glass of cranberry fizz and a traditional Christmas Lunch is followed by the Queen’s Speech with tea and Christmas cake. A light buffet will be served before the evening’s in-house entertainment.

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CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL

4 Days from

South Coast Christmas

£689

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BEAULIEU CHRISTMAS

5 Days from

Door to Door Service

Half Board We invite you once again to Christmas Lunch enjoy a Christmas in great Boxing Day Packed Lunch surroundings close to home at Festive Programme the Solent Hotel in Hampshire. Pantomime As part of the Thwaites Hotel Excursions as Listed Group you can expect thoughtful extra touches such as a fluffy robe and slippers in your room. We visit Chichester on Christmas Eve and enjoy the pantomime in Bournemouth on Boxing Day. DAY 1: CHRISTMAS EVE A taxi collects you from your home to join our coach and then it is on to Chichester with its magnificent cathedral and fine shopping streets radiating from the historic Town Cross. We reach our hotel in time for afternoon tea in the bar and lounge. This evening we begin with mulled wine and carols before dinner in the restaurant. If you choose to go to Midnight Services, a hot toddy will await your return. (Transport not included.) DAY 2: CHRISTMAS DAY Happy Christmas! Start your day with a hearty breakfast in the restaurant and then relax and enjoy the leisure facilities before your traditional Christmas Lunch beginning with a Champagne Reception. The Queen’s Speech will be accompanied by Christmas cake and tea in the lounge and after this evening’s buffet there will be a Quiz Challenge.

Norton Park Christmas

£769

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board + Two Lunches We return to the Norton Park Festive Programme Hotel for good food and good Beaulieu company! Be pampered in the Excursions as Listed luxury spa, enjoy Winchester and visit Palace House and the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. DAY 1: CHRISTMAS EVE Picking you up by taxi from your home early afternoon, we travel to Norton Park to arrive in time for a delicious cream tea in the conservatory. This evening enjoy a glass of bubbles and canapés before dinner in the Scene Restaurant. Should you choose to attend Midnight Services, details will be available at reception. (Transport not included.) DAY 2: CHRISTMAS DAY Happy Christmas! A relaxing morning is followed by mulled wine and a five-course traditional gourmet Christmas Lunch. Tea and Christmas cake will be available in the lounge where we can watch the Queen’s Speech. A buffet dinner is followed by a festive quiz. DAY 3: BOXING DAY After breakfast we travel into Winchester for a visit to the sales or to the beautiful cathedral. We return in time for our buffet lunch. This evening enjoy a themed Gala Dinner Dance.

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DAY 3: BOXING DAY After breakfast we travel to Bournemouth for some free time to explore and have your packed lunch, before taking our seats for the matinee performance of Beauty & the Beast! Tonight’s carvery dinner is in the restaurant and after dinner enjoy the in-house entertainment.

DAY 4: Today we travel to Beaulieu where we have included entrance to the Motor Museum, the Abbey and Palace House, which will be beautifully decorated for the festive season. There is a large café and interesting exhibitions to explore. We return to our hotel for our final dinner.

DAY 4: After a leisurely breakfast, we depart our hotel and make our way homewards, arriving around lunchtime.

DAY 5: We depart our hotel after a leisurely breakfast and make our way back to our taxis, arriving home in time for a late lunch.

Solent Hotel & Spa HHHH

Norton Park Hotel HHHH

Our modern four-star hotel is situated between the coastal towns of Southampton and Portsmouth. With its open log fireplaces, it offers a warm and friendly atmosphere for your Christmas break. The hotel leisure facilities include swimming pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, gym and a forest nature trail in the grounds. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, fridge, ironing facilities, hairdryer, robes and slippers and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift to all floors, some rooms have steps within. www.solenthotel.com 24 December 2022

GX2272

£689

Twin/Double for Sole Use £60

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 TV, telephone, ironing facilities, hairdryer, fridge, safe and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift in the annex. www.nortonparkhotel.com 24 December 2022

GX22117

£769

Twin/Double for Sole Use £Nil


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ORTON HALL

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Orton Hall Christmas

£785

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Half Board + Two Lunches This beautiful and historic hotel Festive Programme is a magical venue for your Pantomime Christmas break. In the Excursions as Listed grounds of Orton Hall are the Old Ramblewood Inn and Holy Trinity Church, and we have included a visit to see the pantomime Snow White. This holiday is one of our most popular Christmas breaks! DAY 1: CHRISTMAS EVE After a taxi pick up from your door, we make our way north stopping at Saffron Walden for lunch and sightseeing. We continue to our hotel where this evening there will be a Christmas drink and carols in the conservatory before dinner. Holy Trinity Church in the grounds of the hotel may have Midnight Services. DAY 2: CHRISTMAS DAY Happy Christmas! A morning visit by Santa is followed by a drinks reception and traditional Christmas Lunch. In the afternoon relax and enjoy the Queen’s Speech in the Drawing Room, and in the evening a delicious buffet. DAY 3: BOXING DAY A morning excursion via Rutland Water to the beautiful Lincolnshire limestone buildings of the conservation town of Stamford. We return for a buffet luncheon at the hotel. In the afternoon there will be bingo and board games and then we have Boxing Day Dinner, with entertainment. DAY 4: Today we visit King’s Lynn, where there will be some free time before we take our seats for the annual pantomime at the Corn Exchange. We return to our hotel for our evening meal and entertainment.

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New Year in South Wales

£463

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board + Two Lunches We bring in the New Year at Excursions as Listed one our favourite Welsh hotels situated in the pleasant market town of Carmarthen, in south-west Wales. Enjoy musical entertainment, a New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner, two lunches and visits to Swansea, the Gower Peninsula and Tenby. DAY 1: After your taxi pick up, we travel across country with a lunch stop along the way. We continue to our hotel in Carmarthen to be greeted with tea and scones. This evening dinner is followed by relaxing piano music from the hotel pianist in the lounge. DAY 2: NEW YEAR’S EVE Mid-morning we head for the Gower Peninsular, which promises beautiful scenery whatever time of year. Lunchtime we find ourselves in Swansea. We return to Carmarthen to prepare for the New Year Gala Dinner, followed by musical entertainment to bring in the New Year. DAY 3: NEW YEAR’S DAY Happy New Year! This morning we have a short sight-seeing drive to Saundersfoot and the ancient walled town of Tenby. Explore the town with its many little side streets or take a stroll at the harbour. We return to the hotel for a light lunch and a relaxing afternoon with optional bingo. After dinner we have our final night of entertainment – a musical trio. DAY 4: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we make our way back across the River Severn, with a suitable stop for an included lunch, and continue to the south coast and our taxis.

Orton Hall Hotel HHHH

Ivy Bush Royal Hotel HHH

Set in 20 acres of mature parkland in Orton Longueville, this four-star character hotel has WiFi, and 70 individually furnished bedrooms with TV, telephone, hairdryer, ironing facilities, safe and hospitality tray. Leisure facilities include swimming pool, mini-gym, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi. The hotel does not have a lift, but some ground floor rooms are available. There are some steps throughout. www.ortonhall.co.uk

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, a gym and sauna, WiFi and a lift. www.ivybushroyal.co.uk

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GX22123

£785

Twin/Double for Sole Use £40

30 December 2022

G22172

£463

Single Supplement £Nil

www.woodstravel.co.uk

DAY 5: We leave our hotel this morning for a leisurely drive back to the south making suitable stops for refreshments and arriving late afternoon.


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POLPERRO

5 Days from

Cornish Cosy Break

£409

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board A wonderful way to start the Cream Tea Day 1 year with a tour to Cornwall. Looe Valley Line Visit Truro, Polperro and Eden Project Charlestown from our Looe Lunch Day 2 based hotel. Explore the Eden Excursions as Listed Project, take a scenic train along the East Looe River, and enjoy a fish & chip lunch in a wonderful fishing village. DAY 1: We pick you up from your door before joining our tour coach to travel across country and into Cornwall, making suitable refreshment stops along the way. We are greeted at our hotel with a cream tea. DAY 2: This morning we make our way to Truro, Cornwall’s cathedral city. Centre stage is the impressive gothic revival cathedral, and in its shadow a warren of back streets to explore. We depart and travel to Charlestown where we have an included fish and chip lunch. After some free time, we make our way back to our hotel. DAY 3: We visit the marvellous Eden Project, a fantastic development where huge biomes house the largest ever rainforest in captivity with stunning plants, exhibitions and extraordinary gardens. DAY 4: This morning we visit Polperro, a picture book conservation village with narrow, winding streets, and cottages perched on steep slopes overlooking a tiny harbour. There are beautiful views, interesting shops, and superb pubs and restaurants. We then transfer to Liskeard Station to board the Looe Valley Line for an 8 ½ mile journey back down to Looe, with beautiful views of the East Looe River and through picturesque valleys teeming with wildlife. The rest of the day is free in Looe, a town split in two and joined by a bridge, with narrow streets, quaint shops, cafés and harbour front to explore. DAY 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel east with suitable refreshment stops, reaching the local area late afternoon.

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Portbyhan Hotel HHH Our award-winning, family-run 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 some evenings. www.portbyhan.com 06 February 2023

G2375

£409

Twin/Double for Sole Use £100

STEAM MUSEUM

4 Days from

£389

Snowdrops & Steam

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

See some of the finest snowdrop collections in the country. Visit Batsford, Welford and Colesbourne Park. We also visit the STEAM Museum, see some beautiful villages of the Cotswolds and enjoy a 50% bar* at our hotel!

Half Board Welcome Drink Glass of Wine with Dinner Nights 2 & 3 50% Bar* Welford Park Colesbourne Park Batsford Arboretum

STEAM Museum DAY 1: After pick up by taxi, we make Lunch on Day 4 our way to Welford Park in Berkshire, Excursions as Listed where a magnificent snowdrop display awaits us. Light snacks are available in the Old Laundry Tearoom, before we continue to our hotel, where we are welcomed with tea, coffee and cookies. There will be a welcome drink with dinner as you get to know your fellow guests. DAY 2: Today we visit Cirencester and then make our way to Colesbourne Park, to see one of the finest displays of snowdrops in the country. Over 350 species are now spread throughout this private garden, as well as hellebores, cyclamen and other winter flowering shrubs. DAY 3: After breakfast we make our way via Chipping Norton to Batsford Arboretum, home to one of the finest botanical collections in the country. Batsford is also home to a beautiful visitor centre, gift shop and café. We return to our hotel via some pretty Cotswold villages. DAY 4: Departing our hotel, we travel the short distance into Swindon and STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway. The museum is housed in a beautifully restored Grade II listed railway building in the heart of the former Swindon railway works, located right next to Swindon's Designer Outlet. We have an included two-course lunch before travelling back to the local area, meeting our taxis late afternoon. Please note: We have planned our visit at the height of the usual snowdrop season, but flower displays are always weather dependent. Colesbourne is a private garden and walking is sometimes on grass and/or slopes. *50% bar between 6pm & 9pm on certain drinks.

Doubletree by Hilton Swindon HHHH Our four-star hotel is situated 3 miles from Swindon and features pleasant restaurant, bar, lounge and a well-equipped gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.hilton.com 10 February 2023

G2350

£389

Twin/Double for Sole Use £Nil


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5 Days from

PORTMEIRION

5 Days from

£455

Snowdonia Winter Warmer

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board

A lovely early break exploring the delights of the North Wales coast and Snowdonia National Park. Our hotel offers a warm welcome, great food, two nights of entertainment and a free bar*.

Free Bar* 2 Nights’ Entertainment Caernarfon Castle Portmeirion Excursions as Listed

DAY 1: After being picked up from your door and taken to your tour coach, we travel west across England and into Wales, reaching our hotel near Llanberis late afternoon. DAY 2: Today we head to the royal town of Caernarfon on the eastern shore of the Menai Strait. We visit the castle, one of Wales’ most prized architectural treasures and home to the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum. Our route back to Llanberis is through more of the beauty of Snowdonia. DAY 3: This morning we drive into the National Park and explore the unique Italianate village of Portmeirion, where stunning houses and pavilions overlook Cardigan Bay. The rest of the day is free in Llanberis, where you might like to visit the National Slate Museum, housed in the Victorian workshops that once serviced the enormous Dinorwic slate quarry above it.

DAY 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel homewards making suitable refreshment stops along the way. Please note: *Free Bar is between 7pm and 11pm each night and includes draught beer, lager, house wine & draught soft drinks.

Royal Victoria Snowdonia HHH Set within 30 acres of gardens and woodland, close to Llanberis and at the foot of Snowdon, our three-star hotel offers a warm welcome with a stylish restaurant, an elegant lounge and cosy bar. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to some rooms. www.theroyalvictoria.co.uk G2315

£455

Single Supplement £Nil

Bournemouth

£449

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A lovely tour in the iconic seaside town of Bournemouth with visits to Lyndhurst, Shaftesbury, Russell Cotes Art Gallery, Compton Acres and historic Athelhampton House with light lunch.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Welcome Drink Compton Acres Cream Tea Day 3 Athelhampton

Light Lunch Day 4 DAY 1: Making our way through Russell Cotes Museum Hampshire and the New Forest, we Excursions as Listed have a stop in Lyndhurst. We continue to our hotel in Bournemouth to be greeted with tea and biscuits. We have a welcome drink before dinner for a chance to meet your fellow guests. DAY 2: A day at leisure to relax in the hotel or explore Bournemouth. Alternatively, join your driver on an excursion to Shaftesbury, where there are many cafés, shops and views from Abbey Walk and down Gold Hill. DAY 3: This morning we visit the Russell Cotes Museum & Art Gallery, an exotic seaside villa on the cliffs overlooking Bournemouth. It is filled with amazing objects from around the world, an astounding collection of high Victorian and Pre-Raphaelite art. In the afternoon we make our way to Compton Acres, one of the finest ornamental gardens in England. During our afternoon visit we enjoy a cream tea. DAY 4: Our day takes us to Athelhampton House and Gardens, to explore one of the finest examples of a Tudor Manor house in the country. Enjoy the Elizabethan Gardens and find out about the latest developments at Athelhampton. The house had a change of ownership in 2019 and has been re-furnished, the Great Hall enhanced and the viewable rooms increased. During our visit we enjoy a light lunch, we return to our hotel mid-afternoon. 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 incur a supplement.

Marsham Court Hotel HHH Our family-run three-star hotel is situated on the East Cliff, with awardwinning garden frontage and terraces 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. There is some evening entertainment. www.marshamcourthotel.co.uk 26 February 2023

G2301

£449

Twin/Double for Sole Use £Nil

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DAY 4: We cross the Menai Strait onto the Isle of Anglesey, for a visit to Beaumaris, a pretty town with pastel painted houses, and a wide range of shops, tea rooms and pubs. We cannot leave the island without visiting the James Pringle Weavers Shop in Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!

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When you are looking to book your next cruise holiday, whether its river or ocean cruising, why not try the Sussex Cruise Club? Our friendly, knowledgeable team will take the stress out of finding your next cruise and take care of all the arrangements. Plus whenever you make a booking with us you will receive Cruise Club Points that can be used as a discount on a future booking, plus where possible we will arrange transfers to and from your chosen ship so your holiday starts and ends in the best possible way.

GODSHILL

5 Days from

Isle of Wight ‘Cruise’ Break

£415

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Light Lunch Day 2

Join us for an exciting Mock Cream Tea Day 4 Cruise at the wonderful Guided Island Tour Trouville Hotel in Sandown. Donkey Sanctuary You will be issued your Excursions as Listed ‘boarding cards’ on arrival and throughout your stay you will ‘visit’ different countries with specially themed dinners and entertainment! DAY 1: Having met all of our taxis, our coach travels down to Portsmouth for the sailing to Fishbourne. Once on the island drive down to Sandown and our hotel and our first ‘country’ – France! Tonight’s cabaret will include the cancan. DAY 2: This morning we make our way to the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, where you have a chance to meet the locals and enjoy a light lunch. Our second visit of the day is to Godshill and The Old Smithy & Gardens, to browse the shops or relax in the coffee shop. Tonight, USA and songs from Broadway! DAY 3: Today we enjoy a guided coach tour of the Island, hear tales of Queen Victoria & Prince Albert, Alfred Lord Tennyson and Winston Churchill to mention just a few, see chocolate shop villages, the stunning south coastal route, the Needles and much more! DAY 4: This morning we make our way to Isle of Wight Pearl, where there is time for shopping and have an included cream tea. The afternoon is free at our hotel to explore Sandown or take part in more ‘shipboard’ activities. Tonight is ‘Back to Blighty’ with songs in the ballroom. DAY 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we make our way to Busy Bee Garden Centre, where you have time for shopping and refreshments. We then travel on to Fishbourne for our afternoon ferry to Portsmouth and return to our homes.

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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, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.trouvillehotel.co.uk 27 February 2023

G2371

£415

Single Supplement £Nil


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KNEBWORTH

5 Days from

BLACK COUNTRY LIVING MUSEUM

5 Days from

£595

Stratford & The Black Country

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board

Delve into the scenery and history of Warwickshire with scenic drives, stately homes, Shakespeare’s Stratford, the British Motor Museum and the excellent Black Country Living Museum.

Welcome Drink Charlecote Park British Motor Museum Black Country Living Museum Excursions as Listed

DAY 1: After a morning taxi pick up, we make our way up to Warwickshire and our hotel, making suitable stops along the way. We have a welcome drink before dinner to get to know your fellow guests. DAY 2: After breakfast we visit 16th-century Charlecote Park, explore the wonderful house, grounds, parklands and the stables which house the family’s carriage collection, each with its own story to tell. In the afternoon we visit The British Motor Museum - the world's largest collection of over 300 historic British cars.

Great Houses, Secrets & Spies

£504

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Enjoy a wonderful contrast of experiences as we explore Saffron Walden, learn wartime secrets and ingenuity at IWM Duxford and Bletchley Park and visit the historic houses of Knebworth and Audley End.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Bletchley Park Knebworth House IWM Duxford Audley End House Excursions as Listed

DAY 1: After your taxi pick up, we travel by coach to St Albans where we have a break for lunch and sightseeing. We continue to our hotel in Letchworth, arriving with time to relax before dinner. DAY 2: This morning we visit the beautiful town of Saffron Walden with free time to visit the shops, museums and cafés. After lunch we transfer to Audley End House, a fine Jacobean mansion with stunning views across the unspoilt Essex countryside. DAY 3: A free morning at your hotel or join your driver on an excursion to Bedford. In the afternoon we visit Knebworth House, home to the Lytton family since 1490. The house is a wonderful sight with Victorian Gothic turrets, gargoyles and gryphons, and has been visited by many illustrious guests such as Dickens and Winston Churchill. DAY 4: After a leisurely breakfast, we visit the superb Imperial War Museum at Duxford. Formerly an RAF base, Duxford is today Europe’s foremost aviation museum. See the spectacular collection of British and American planes, as well as a huge collection of tanks, vehicles, naval exhibits and artefacts.

DAY 4: We spend our morning in Stratford-upon-Avon, where you might like to visit some of the sights associated with Shakespeare, or just explore the town. We then travel into the Cotswolds, visiting some of the beautiful honey-stoned villages.

DAY 5: We make our way to Bletchley Park, now a heritage site where we can explore some of the iconic codebreaking huts, see the Enigma Machines and a wartime mini-cinema, all housed in the ornate Victorian mansion which was Intelligence HQ during the war. Early afternoon we travel homewards, joining our taxis early evening.

DAY 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we make our way homewards, with suitable stops along the way, reaching our taxis late afternoon for our transfer home.

Mercure Letchworth Hall Hotel HHHH

Mercure Walton Hall Hotel HHHH Our four-star modern hotel sits in the grounds of the 16th-century Hall close to Wellesbourne in Warwickshire. The hotel has a modern bar lounge, swimming pool, gym, steam room and sauna. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to some rooms. www.accorhotels.com 02 March 2023

G2369

£595

Twin/Double for Sole Use £Nil

Dating back to 1625 this former old English manor house retains many Jacobean features including a Minstrels Gallery, Jacobean fireplace and mellow oak panelling, and stands in eight acres of grounds in Hertfordshire. All guests have free use of the leisure facilities at the adjacent health club, which has a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer, ironing facilities, safe and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift to some rooms. www.mercure.com 02 March 2023

G2325

£504

Twin/Double for Sole Use £80

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DAY 3: 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. In the afternoon we visit the centre of Birmingham, for a chance to look around the shops or visit the excellent Museum & Art Gallery (free entrance).


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CHATHAM DOCKYARD

5 Days from

£589

Kent in Springtime

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Our tour to Kent includes a visit to Canterbury, the Historic Chatham Dockyard, Ightham Mote, Leeds Castle and the spring flower displays at Sissinghurst Garden.

Half Board Welcome Drink Chatham Dockyard Leeds Castle Sissinghurst Ightham Mote Excursions as Listed

DAY 1: Leaving our local area in the morning, we head for Tunbridge Wells, with free time for lunch before continuing to our hotel outside Rochester. We have an included welcome drink before dinner for the opportunity to meet your fellow guests. DAY 2: A day out today in Canterbury. Explore the ancient city walls, the magnificent cathedral and quaint cobbled streets filled with interesting shops & cafés. DAY 3: Today we visit The Historic Dockyard Chatham, which houses treasures of the ‘Age of Sail’. Explore a Cold War Submarine, a WWII destroyer, historic RNLI vessels, a Victorian sloop and look out for the filming locations of Call The Midwife, Les Misérables and Bridgerton! We return to our hotel mid-afternoon. DAY 4: We travel to Leeds Castle to visit both the historic castle which spans 900 years of history and the 500 acres of grounds. In the afternoon we make our way to Sissinghurst, an internationally renowned garden developed by Vita Sackville-West and bursting with daffodils and crocuses. DAY 5: Leaving after a leisurely breakfast, we travel to Ightham Mote, a romantic moated manor house which has been owned by medieval knights, courtiers to Henry VIII and high-society Victorians. The building is surrounded by peaceful gardens with an orchard, water features, lakes and woodland. Mid-afternoon we continue our journey homewards to meet our taxis.

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Please note: This tour includes some steep slopes and stairways, particularly at Ightham Mote.

Bridgewood Manor Hotel HHHH Situated in the north of Kent, our modern four-star hotel is set around a classical courtyard and has cosy decoration. The 100 spacious bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, hairdryer, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. The leisure facilities include indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room, gym and relaxing beauty treatment rooms. The hotel has WiFi and a lift. www.bridgewoodmanorhotel.com 09 March 2023

G2363

£589

Twin/Double for Sole Use £Nil

ARLEY HALL

5 Days from

£555

Chester & Liverpool

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Added to time enjoyed exploring the contrasting cities of Chester and Liverpool, we visit the beautiful home and gardens of Arley Hall.

Half Board Welcome Drink Cream Tea Day 4 Mersey Ferry Cruise Arley Hall & Gardens

Excursions as Listed 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 drink with dinner as you get to know your fellow guests. DAY 2: A day in Liverpool begins with free time to explore this incredible city, where you could visit the many attractions at Albert Dock, the city’s shops or museums. This afternoon we board the Mersey Ferry for a cruise with spectacular views of the Waterfront, including the famous ‘Three Graces’. DAY 3: Today is a free day to enjoy Chester, where you could explore the almost complete city walls, stroll along the River Dee or the famous ‘Rows’, or visit the Zoo (entrance not included). DAY 4: After a leisurely breakfast, we visit Arley Hall and Gardens, one of the most interesting and attractive stately homes in the north-west. The Hall is still a cherished family home, has been a film location for Peaky Blinders and Coronation Street, and stands in magnificent gardens known for their stunning herbaceous borders. Back at our hotel, we enjoy a cream tea, and in the evening, a glass of wine with dinner. 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.

Best Western Premier Queen at 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.bestwestern.co.uk 13 March 2023

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£555

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TATERSHALL CASTLE

5 Days from

ST FAGANS MUSEUM

5 Days from

Cardiff & The Royal Mint

£489

INCLUSIONS

We return to Cardiff and the wonderful Royal Mint, and explore the lives of those who lived in castles, great houses and those who worked the land. DAY 1: Leaving the local area with our door to door service, we travel via Marlborough and then continue across the Severn Estuary to our hotel.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Cardiff Guided Tour Cardiff Castle Royal Mint St Fagans Museum Tredegar House Excursions as Listed

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 some 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 Royal Mint, where you can see fine craftsmanship combine with cutting edge techniques to make coins and medals for over 60 countries. The rest of the day is free in Cardiff.

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.

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.angelhotelcardiffcity.co.uk

13 March 2023

G2337

£489

Single Supplement £Nil Twin/Double for Sole Use £124

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Tattershall Castle Hardwick & Tour The Workhouse

National Trust Members’ Tour: An early tour incorporating four wonderful National Trust properties in Lincolnshire and Derbyshire. We have secured many sole use rooms!

Woolsthorpe Manor Excursions as Listed Please see notes on Page 8

DAY 1: After being picked up from your door by taxi, you join our touring coach and we travel northwards, stopping in St Albans before continuing to our hotel in Marston. DAY 2: This morning we make our way to Woolsthorpe Manor (NT), birthplace of Sir Isaac Newton, where we enjoy a guided tour. We move on to Lincoln in time for lunch, where you can explore the historic city with its beautiful cathedral, interesting shops and labyrinth of alleyways. Tonight, there will be bingo after dinner. 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. In the afternoon we make a short visit to Matlock before returning to our hotel. This evening after dinner we have a quiz. DAY 4: Our first stop of the day is The Workhouse, Southwell (NT), the most complete workhouse in existence. Built in 1824 as a place of last resort for the destitute, it now gives a fascinating insight into how society has tackled social welfare through time. In the afternoon we visit Tattershall Castle (NT), rising majestically from the flat Lincolnshire Fens. DAY 5: Departing after breakfast, we travel to Stamford with free time to explore, before continuing our journey and arriving in the local area late afternoon. Please note: This tour is not suitable for the less mobile.

Olde Barn Hotel HHH Our three-star hotel has long been a favourite with Woods’ customers, is set in the beautiful countryside of Grantham and has been refurbished to an excellent standard. The hotel has a lounge, bar, pleasant restaurant and a health club which includes gym, 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

19 March 2023

G2348

NT Member

£409*

Non Member

£459

Twin/Double for Sole Use £80

For Insurance Details See Pages 66 & 67

DAY 4: After a leisurely breakfast, we travel the short distance to Tredegar House, situated within 90 acres of beautiful gardens and parkland. For more than 500 years it was home to one of the greatest Welsh families and the interiors show the opulence of their lives through the years. This afternoon visit St Fagans Open Air Museum, where more than 50 buildings are frozen in time.

£409*

Treasures in Trust – Eastern Shires


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B&B

PARIS

4 Days from

Paris Afloat

£499

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel

Imagine a floating hotel on the Door to Door Service beautiful River Seine close to Full Board on MS Seine the Eiffel Tower, wonderful Princess cuisine and the courteous Two Guided Tours 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 Folkestone for the Eurotunnel 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 Calais for our afternoon Eurotunnel to Folkestone. We will then return to the local area, our taxis and home.

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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. For deposit and cancellation, Terms & Conditions, please see page 64.

BRUGES

4 Days from

£394

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 horsedrawn 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 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 3: A free day to explore Bruges. 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 Seine Princess

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

The MS Seine Princess has 67 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 (set menu), and sundeck. There is no lift, and main deck cabins are accessed down stairs. www.croisieurope.co.uk

Academie Hotel HHHH (Belgium)

11 March 2023

E2344

£499

Twin/Double for Sole Use £130 Upper Deck £70

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 17 March 2023

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£394

Twin/Double for Sole Use £100


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ST MARY’S

5 Nights from

LUXEMBOURG

5 Days from

‘Little Switzerland’ & Springtime in Vianden

£549

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service 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 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. 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. This evening, dinner is followed by musical entertainment.

Hotel Belle-Vue HHH (Luxembourg) Our hotel is wonderfully situated just a few minutes from the centre of Vianden. Hotel facilities include a sun terrace, indoor swimming pool and sauna, and a large restaurant serving a set menu. Bedrooms are equipped with TV, telephone, WiFi, mini-safe and hairdryer. The hotel has a lift. www.hotelbv.com

02 April 2023

E2326

£549

INCLUSIONS

Our customers return to these beautiful isles again and again, to enjoy the warm hospitality of the team at The Atlantic Inn, the fantastic walks, 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 Tresco Abbey Gardens Guided Tour of St Mary’s

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 visit to 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. 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.

Atlantic Inn HHH Centrally located in Hugh Town on St Mary’s, the Atlantic Inn 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

Single Supplement £80

22 March 2023

Twin/Double for Sole Use £145

04 October 2023

G2354

£1,145

Single Supplement £50 Twin/Double for Sole Use £115

www.woodstravel.co.uk

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.

Isles of Scilly

£1,145


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5 Days from

Black & White Towns & Villages

£499

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Worcester Cathedral Tour

Staying at the popular Abbey Cream Tea Day 3 Hotel in the heart of Great Weston Cider Mill Malvern, we tour through the Tasting & Lunch 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 Weston 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: 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. DAY 3: We head for the city of Worcester where we have time to explore and have 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: Enjoy a free morning to relax in Great Malvern, before travelling to Weston 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.

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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 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 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

20 March 2023

G2361

£499

Single Supplement £70 Twin/Double for Sole Use £100

ICKWORTH HOUSE

5 Days from

£509

Suffolk Spring

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Enjoy a wonderful spring break in the east as we explore Suffolk, exploring some of the county’s beautiful historic towns and attractions on the coast and in the countryside.

Half Board Lunch Day 5 Ickworth House Sutton Hoo 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 Sutton Hoo, famously the subject of the film ‘The Dig’. The exhibition hall houses a full-size reconstruction of the AngloSaxon burial chamber from the ship grave discovered in 1939. We then continue to the coast and the pretty town of Aldeburgh for free time. 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 with time to look around this lovely town. DAY 5: We depart after breakfast for our journey home. We will stop for an included hot lunch on the way, before continuing to the local area to meet our taxis.

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, WiFi, ironing facilities, hairdryer, safe and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.stokebynayland.com 26 March 2023

G2378

£509

Twin/Double for Sole Use £100


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BICTON PARK

SAUNTON SANDS

5 Days from

5 Days from

£519

Somerset & Saunton Sands

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board

Based in the historic town of Tiverton, we visit the donkeys in Sidmouth, Knightshayes, Exeter, Barnstaple and visit Saunton Sands for an exquisite Prosecco Afternoon Tea.

Knightshayes Donkey Sanctuary Light Lunch Day 2 Prosecco Afternoon Tea Excursions as Listed

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: We travel down to Sidmouth with a little free time to stroll along the promenade, before making our way to the famous Donkey Sanctuary, where you can meet the happy inhabitants before enjoying a light lunch. In the afternoon, we have a short stop in Exeter to explore the town or historic quayside before the scenic drive back to our hotel.

DAY 4: Today we visit Knightshayes, a Gothic Revival house with opulent designs, complemented by a garden which is a masterpiece of architectural planting. The rest of our day is free in Tiverton.

£569

Sidmouth

INCLUSIONS

A lovely spring visit to the Royal York and Faulkner Hotel, overlooking the waters of Lyme Bay on the Regency promenade at Sidmouth, a town with old world charm and delightful gardens. Enjoy the town, sightsee along the coast, visit Bicton Park Botanical Gardens, the Donkey Sanctuary and take a ride on the South Devon Railway.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary Bicton Park Botanical Gardens South Devon Railway Otter & Butterfly Centre Excursions as Listed

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 see Bonnie at the famous Donkey Sanctuary. 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. You can also visit the Dartmoor Otter and Buckfast Butterfly Centre adjacent to the station.

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.

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

The Tiverton Hotel HHH

Royal York and Faulkner 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

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. All rooms offer TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is WiFi and a lift, but with some steps throughout. www.royalyorkhotel.co.uk

G2351

£519

Twin/Double for Sole Use £80

02 April 2023

G2339

£569

Single Supplement £Nil

For Insurance Details See Pages 66 & 67

DAY 3: After breakfast, we take a scenic drive up the Exe Valley before heading West into Devon and on to Barnstaple, where you might like to visit the famous Pannier Market. We then head to the gorgeous Saunton Sands Hotel for a luxurious Prosecco Afternoon Tea, with freshly baked scones, delicate sandwiches, homemade cakes and pastries, served alongside a fine selection of teas and coffees, and a glass of Prosecco.

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NO SINGLE

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WINDERMERE

5 Days from

© Flickr - A S Morton

£569

Easter Lakes & Yorkshire Dales

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Half Board

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

Windermere Cruise Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway Wensleydale Creamery Excursions as Listed

DAY 1: After your taxi pick up, we make our way north, with suitable refreshment stops along the way and arrive at our hotel near Shap late afternoon, greeted with tea and hot cross buns. Enjoy a glass of Pimm’s tonight 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. We return through Wensleydale to Hawes, having a stop at the Wensleydale Creamery to enjoy a demonstration and tasting. We return to our hotel along Garsdale. DAY 3: 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. 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.

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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.

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

06 April 2023

G2316

BERRINGTON HALL

4 Days from

Door to Door Service

£569

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

£419

Shropshire Easter

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Along the upper reaches of the River Severn and the border between England and Wales, the countryside of Shropshire shelters some beautiful landscapes and unspoilt towns.

Half Board Blists Hill Berrington Hall Excursions as Listed

DAY 1: Following a morning collection from home, we join our Woods coach and travel toward Gloucester where we stop for free time for lunch, before continuing to Shropshire and arriving at our hotel late afternoon. DAY 2: Today we travel through Ironbridge Gorge to visit Blists Hill, a fascinating re-creation of a Victorian town complete with staff in authentic costume. We also visit Ironbridge, a centre of the industrial revolution and now a delightful town of tearooms and antique shops. DAY 3: We have a leisurely breakfast before heading off along picturesque Wenlock Edge, off the beaten track to Ludlow, one of England’s finest surviving medieval towns. Some of Britain’s best-preserved Tudor, Elizabethan and Georgian architecture is here with over 500 listed buildings. This afternoon we visit Berrington Hall, an exquisite 18thcentury mansion with superb views to the Brecon Beacons. The house contains beautifully decorated interiors with nursery, Victorian laundry and Georgian dairy, and an attractive garden. DAY 4: Leaving our hotel after breakfast we make our way to Burford for time to shop, eat and sightsee before continuing homewards, reaching the local area late afternoon.

Buckatree Hall Hotel HHH Our three-star family-run hotel is at the foot of the famous Wrekin, close to Telford. In pleasant grounds, the hotel has a restaurant and comfortable bar lounge. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is a lift to some rooms, and we have one night of entertainment during our stay. www.buckatreehallhotel.com 07 April 2023

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£419

Single Supplement £Nil Twin/Double for Sole Use £45


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NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

ST PETER PORT

TORQUAY

5 Nights from

4 Days from

£415

Torquay Easter

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

During this glorious break at Torquay’s highest rated threestar hotel, explore the South Devon coast by road, rail and river.

Half Board Paignton Steam Railway Dart River Cruise Blue Badge Guided Tour Excursions as Listed

DAY 1: After your pick up by taxi from your door, we travel west by coach, making suitable refreshment stops along the way and arriving at our hotel in Torquay to relax before dinner.

£869

Gorgeous Guernsey

INCLUSIONS

PHOTO

ID REQUIRED

Door to Door Service Half Board

Guernsey is renowned for beautiful coastal scenery, wonderful beaches, wildflowers and a delightfully mild climate.

One Half-Day Excursion Boat Trip to Herm

DAY 1: A taxi pick up from your home to the coach travelling to Southampton/Gatwick Airport for our flight to Guernsey. On arrival you are met by a local coach and transferred to your hotel. DAY 2: A morning excursion to see some of this beautiful 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 2: We are joined by a local Blue Badge Guide today for a tour which travels along the coast through PAIGNTON STEAM RAILWAY Teignmouth, Dawlish and Exmouth, then back through Kingsteignton and Newton Abbott. We return to Torquay mid-afternoon, so you have some time to look around the town.

DAY 3: A free day. Our hotel is on the main bus route into St Peter Port and all around the island. DAY 4: This morning we take a catamaran to the small Island of Herm. There will be time to walk to Shell Beach or relax in the village of Herm Harbour where there are restaurants and a tavern. Depending on tides, there may be some steps to negotiate either on boarding in St Peter Port or on the return journey mid-afternoon.

DAY 3: 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 5: A free day. Your tour escort may be able to arrange an optional visit to the peaceful Island of Sark. (Bookable at welcome meeting. Extra cost.)

DAY 4: We depart after breakfast and have a stop in Winchester or Salisbury for shopping and a chance to get some lunch. We reach the local area mid-afternoon to be met by our taxis.

Please note: Woods Travel act as retail agents for Destination Specialists. The holiday can only be booked directly with Woods Travel (No agents). A local representative will be available to you in Guernsey.

Headland Hotel HHH

Peninsula Hotel HHH

07 April 2023

G2323

£415

Single Supplement £Nil

The Peninsula Hotel is a firm favourite with Woods clients, who return again and again. The hotel 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 and pitch & putt course. 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.peninsula.gg 24 April 2023 02 October 2023

N2377

£869

Twin/Double for Sole Use £150

£965

Twin/Double for Sole Use £125

www.woodstravel.co.uk

Originally built as a private home for the Russian royal family, this elegant hotel is set in two acres of grounds on the headland with stunning views across the bay. The hotel boasts a large lounge, entertainment room, quiet lounges, a brand new spa with two hydro pools, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, gym and treatment rooms. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has WiFi and a lift to most rooms. www.headlandtorquay.com

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/Gatwick you will be met by a Woods coach.


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SPRING 2023

NO SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

NORTH NORFOLK RAILWAY

6 Days from PEMBROKE CASTLE

5 Days from

£479

South Wales

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Enjoy our Welsh breaks from the comfort of the Ivy Bush Royal Hotel. See the seasonal colour at the National Botanic Garden and Aberglasney and admire the glorious scenery of the Gower Peninsula and the Pembrokeshire Coast.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Welcome Drink National Botanic Garden Birds of Prey Centre Aberglasney Gardens Pembroke Castle Tour Tea & Scone Day 3

DAY 1: After your taxi pick up, we Excursions as Listed travel across to Gloucester in time for lunch. We continue to our hotel in Carmarthen. There will be a welcome drink before dinner so that you have 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. Approx.£3 per person). The afternoon is free in Carmarthen. DAY 3: We visit Tenby this morning and then travel further west to Pembroke. Here we have a guided tour of the castle, once the home of the Earls of Pembroke, and enjoy tea and scones in the Castle Café. DAY 4: This morning we visit the Gower Peninsula, designated an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’, and stop at the Heritage Centre before continuing to Mumbles. Our afternoon is spent at Aberglasney Gardens, recovered from years of neglect and restored to its former glory.

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DAY 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, 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 and provides two nights of entertainment. www.ivybushroyal.co.uk 12 April 2023 12 October 2023

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£479

Single Supplement £Nil

£689

Norfolk, Paddle & Steam

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board

The county of Norfolk offers a rich historical heritage, pretty villages and varied landscapes including the famous Broads. We explore the area on two trains, by Mississippi Paddle Boat and by coach on a scenic drive to the coast and visit both Holkham and Blickling Halls.

North Norfolk Railway Blickling Hall Holkham Hall Bure Valley Railway Paddle Boat Broads Cruise Norwich Guided Tour Excursions as Listed

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: Today 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.dunstonhallhotel.co.uk 16 April 2023

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£689

Twin/Double for Sole Use £140


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SUPPLEMENT

SUPPLEMENT

SPRING 2023

NO SINGLE

YORK

5 Days from

£565

Harrogate, Skipton & York

LOST GARDENS OF HELIGAN

7 Days from

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board

A lovely spring break exploring the delights of North Yorkshire, with excursions into the dales, and time in Skipton, Harrogate and York, including a visit to the magnificent York Minster.

Welcome Drink York Minster Cream Tea Day 4 Excursions as Listed

DAY 1: After being picked up from your door, we travel north, reaching our hotel in Harrogate late afternoon. We enjoy a welcome drink before dinner for a chance to meet your fellow guests. DAY 2: Our day takes us to the historic cathedral city of York, the capital of Yorkshire and a particularly beautiful city. We have included a visit to 7thcentury York Minster, to experience breathtaking medieval architecture, discover its Roman roots and learn about the Minster’s role in Viking York. The rest of the day is free to wander through the shambles, visit one of the many museums and enjoy lunch or a drink by the riverside. DAY 3: We drive into the Yorkshire Dales, passing through the pretty village of Pateley Bridge, travelling over the moorland until we arrive at Grassington, a quaint cobbled market town. On to Skipton, known as the “Gateway to the Dales”. The high street leads up to the church, behind which you will see the impressive 900-year-old castle and Skipton Woods.

£715

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board Cornwall is a land of dramatic Prideaux Place rocky cliff sides, hidden Lost Gardens of Heligan harbours, delightful fishing Eden Project villages, glorious gardens and Excursions as Listed lush countryside all coming together to make one of the most popular holiday destinations in the UK. 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: 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 4: A visit to the famous Lost Gardens of Heligan, which now cover 57 acres with a further 100 acres of ornamental woodland, an impressive range of plant breeds and features, including an Italian garden and a subtropical ‘jungle’ valley. The afternoon is free in St Agnes. DAY 5: A free day to relax and explore St Agnes. DAY 6: Our morning is spent at the Eden Project, a fantastic development where huge biomes house the largest ever rainforest in captivity with stunning plants, exhibitions and extraordinary gardens. This afternoon we visit Truro, Cornwall’s cathedral city.

DAY 5: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel homewards making suitable refreshment stops along the way.

DAY 7: We travel east with suitable refreshment stops, reaching the local area late afternoon.

The Old Swan Hotel HHHH

Rosemundy House Hotel HHH

The Old Swan Hotel stands in the centre of the lovely town of Harrogate, in Yorkshire, and is famed as being Agatha Christie’s hiding place during her disappearance in 1926. Bedrooms are stylishly furnished, and the public areas include the Wedgwood Restaurant and the Swan Bar and Lounge. All bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.classiclodges.co.uk 17 April 2023

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£565

Single Supplement £Nil

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 in the lounges, does not have a lift, but some ground floor rooms are available. www.rosemundy.co.uk 17 April 2023

G2305

£715

Single Supplement £Nil

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DAY 4: This morning we take a short drive to the spa and market town of Knaresborough. The town hosts many cafés and tearooms, or you may enjoy a wander along the riverside. We return to Harrogate, where the rest of the day is at leisure. Enjoy a stroll through the beautiful Valley Gardens, explore the delightful Victoria arcades for some retail therapy and have a relaxing lunch in one of the many restaurants, cafés and bars. Later this afternoon, return to the hotel to enjoy a cream tea.

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SPRING 2023 AMSTERDAM

4 Days from HOORN STEAM TRAM

4 Days from

© www.stoomtram.nl

Trams, Boats & Bulbs

£555

INCLUSIONS

Enjoy a delightful spring weekend break with a distinctive Dutch flavour visiting the magnificent, worldfamous gardens at Keukenhof. We also have an included trip through time by steam tram and on a museum boat cruise.

Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Keukenhof Gardens Steam Tram Museum Ship Coffee & Pastry Day 2 Excursions as Listed

Keukenhof, Canals & Flower Parade

£565

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Keukenhof Gardens Canal Boat Trip

Excursions as Listed Everyone should experience the beauty of the flowers of 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 – and view the wonderous annual Flower Parade.

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 1: We travel to Folkestone for the Eurotunnel 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: 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.

DAY 2: We visit 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. During the day you can leave the gardens to view the annual Flower Parade as it makes its way from Noordwijk to Haarlem.

DAY 3: 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.

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DAY 4: Leaving our hotel after breakfast, we travel west and have a stop in the beautiful medieval town of Bruges. We continue to Calais to catch our late afternoon crossing to Dover, and then continue home.

Kontakt der Kontinenten HHH (Netherlands) Our three-star hotel is a former mission house and monastery, located in the Utrecht Heuvelrug National Park, 40 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 en suite with TV, telephone and WiFi. The hotel has a lift. www.kontaktderkontinenten.nl 10 April 2023

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£555

Single Supplement £45

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 17thcentury 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. DAY 4: We travel through Holland, across Belgium and on to the port of Calais for our afternoon Eurotunnel crossing. We then return along the coast, meeting our taxis and continuing home.

Van der Valk de 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 (buffet service), 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 21 April 2023

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£565

Twin/Double for Sole Use £135


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HONFLEUR

7 Days from KEUKENHOF GARDENS

5 Days from

Dutch Tulip River Cruise DAY 1: Collected from your door you join the coach and we travel to Dover for the short Channel crossing. We make our way to Antwerp and join the MS L’Europe at around 6pm. Enjoy a cocktail party with the crew before dinner. The ship’s hostess will then lead an exploration of the old city.

£769

INCLUSIONS

£1,275

Cruising The Seine

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Luxury Coach Travel

DAY 1: An early pick up and transfer

Full Board

Door to Door Service

to Dover/Folkestone for the Channel

Drinks Package on Board*

Full Board

crossing to Calais. We arrive early

Excursions as Listed

Drinks Package on Board*

afternoon and travel to Honfleur for

Keukenhof Gardens

embarkation.

Amsterdam Guided Tour Excursions as Listed

DAY 2: Departure of the boat early in the 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. 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). 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: This morning we travel by coach to Trouville, where you can explore the pretty harbourside. After lunch on board, you are free to explore Honfleur, with streets lined with quaint houses and many cafés. Return on board for dinner and an evening sailing. DAY 3: Free time in Rouen or an optional guided tour. After lunch on board, we explore the Abbey Trail by coach, including Jumièges to see the ruin of one of the most beautiful abbeys in France. DAY 4: An optional excursion to Monet’s Garden in Giverny, to see his famous studio and the water gardens which were his muse. This afternoon we cruise through the futuristic district of La Defense. Toward evening we arrive in Paris, and cruise along the Seine to take in the city by night (water level depending). DAY 5: This morning an included coach tour of Paris taking in the Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower. After lunch, relax on board as we cruise south to Melun. DAY 6: An optional excursion to the Palace in Fontainbleau, a magnificent Renaissance-style chateau which was the residence of 34 kings. After an afternoon cruising, we have our Gala Evening.

DAY 5: Breakfast on board before disembarking at 9am. We make our way to Calais to take our afternoon sailing to Dover, where we travel by coach and taxi to our homes.

DAY 7: We disembark after breakfast and make our way to Calais for our afternoon Channel crossing. We return to the local area and our taxis in the evening.

MS L’Europe

MS Seine Princess Our ship’s 67 cabins all have private facilities with showers, and are equipped with TV, safe, hairdryer and air-conditioning. There is a panoramic lounge bar with a dance floor, a comfortable restaurant (set menu), and a sundeck. There is no lift, and main deck cabins are accessed down stairs. www.croisieurope.co.uk

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. Details and prices of the optional excursions shown in the itinerary will be sent to you closer to departure. For deposit and cancellation, Terms & Conditions, please see page 64.

12 April 2023

E2345

£769

Twin/Double for Sole Use £199 Middle Deck £70

Upper Deck £80

19 July 2023

E2346

£1,275

Twin/Double for Sole Use £370 Upper Deck £120

www.woodstravel.co.uk

Part of the CroisiEurope fleet of river cruisers, the MS L’Europe has 90 ensuite cabins on three decks with TV, hairdryer and safe. Facilities include lounge-bar with dance floor, comfortable restaurant (set menu) and sundeck. There is a lift, but this does not service the sundeck. www.croisieurope.co.uk


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5 Days from SANDRINGHAM

5 Days from

Spring Sandringham & King’s Lynn

£625

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Sandringham Estate

Norfolk is a county full of Stories of Lynn Museum history and beautiful scenery, Norfolk Coastal Guide and during our spring tour we Excursions as Listed visit some of the coastal villages with a guide, spend time in Kings Lynn and visit one of HM The Queen’s favourite homes. DAY 1: After our door to door pick up, we travel by coach to Saffron Walden, and have some free time to explore this pretty town. We continue to King’s Lynn and our elegant hotel. DAY 2: A lovely day today, we meet our guide at the hotel and board our coach for a driven guided tour of the villages along the North Norfolk coast. We enjoy information on the places we visit, have time for a coffee stop and a lunch stop, before we return to our hotel mid-afternoon. DAY 3: Today we spend our day in King’s Lynn, where we begin our day with a visit to the “Stories of Lynn” museum, the rest of the day is free to explore the weekly market, stroll along the river or visit one of the many other attractions which tell of the town’s fascinating and often colourful past. DAY 4: We visit Sandringham, the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and private home to generations of monarchs since 1862. The magnificent stately house is set in 24 hectares of stunning landscaped gardens with a museum which is home to an extraordinary collection of memorabilia.

£589

Lincoln, Murder, Mystery!

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board

Join us at the lovely Olde Barn Hotel for a holiday with nightly entertainment, including a fabulous Murder Mystery evening! During our days we visit Stamford, Lincoln, Barnsdale Gardens and have a Mystery Day Out!

Pre-Dinner Drink Day 1 Light Lunch Day 3 Evening Entertainment Mystery Outing Barnsdale Gardens Lincoln Guided Tour Excursions as Listed

DAY 1: After being picked up from your door by taxi, you join our touring coach and we travel northwards, stopping in St Albans before continuing to our hotel in Marston. Enjoy a pre-dinner drink and entertainment after your meal. DAY 2: This morning we visit the beautiful and historic town of Stamford, packed full of art and craft shops, little side streets to explore, cafés and tearooms. Our afternoon is spent at Barnsdale Gardens, comprising 38 individual gardens within eight acres. DAY 3: A day of mystery and intrigue! Join your driver for a mystery outing during the day (which includes a light lunch), and enjoy an exciting Murder Mystery during your dinner this evening. We will let you know the theme closer to departure. DAY 4: We drive to the historic city of Lincoln, with its magnificent cathedral, and next to it the Norman Castle. The old town is full of interesting shops and a labyrinth of alleyways. We have an included guided tour by coach and have free time in the centre to explore and get some lunch. Mid-afternoon we return to our hotel to relax or play prize bingo, and tonight we have our final evening of live entertainment.

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DAY 5: Leaving after breakfast, we travel south, with suitable refreshment stops, before reaching the local area, and our taxis late afternoon.

DAY 5: Departing after breakfast, we travel to St Neots with free time to get some lunch, before continuing our journey and arriving in the local area late afternoon.

Dukes Head Hotel HHHH

Olde Barn Hotel HHH

Our four-star Georgian hotel overlooks the marketplace in the heart of King’s Lynn old town and combines elegant charm with modern amenities. There is a pleasant restaurant serving local produce, a bar and lounge. Each of the 79 individually-styled bedrooms has TV, telephone, WiFi, safe, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift to most rooms. www.dukesheadhotel.com 23 April 2023

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£625

Twin/Double for Sole Use £80

Our three-star hotel has long been a favourite with Woods’ customers, is set in the beautiful countryside of Grantham and has been refurbished to an excellent standard. The hotel has a lounge, bar, pleasant restaurant and a health club which includes gym, 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 24 April 2023

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£589

Twin/Double for Sole Use £70


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SPRING 2023

SUDELEY CASTLE & GARDENS

5 Days from

© Jo Ward

Cotswolds Blossom Trail

£545

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service

Half Board For a few short weeks the Light Lunch Day 4 roadsides in the Vale of Sudeley Castle & Gardens Evesham are ablaze with colour Blossom Trail Guided Tour – the soft pink tones of cherry Steam Railway and apple contrasting with the Almonry Museum white of pear and plum. We Excursions as Listed tour the black and white villages to see the best of the spring colour, visit Evesham, Sudeley 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 and have included a guided tour of the Almonry Museum and Heritage Centre, a 14th-century building which now houses a unique collection of artefacts and exhibitions. 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. 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 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. Please note: Flower/blossom displays are always weather/season dependent. Not all of Sudeley Castle is accessible to the less mobile.

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.thecheltenhamchase.co.uk 26 April 2023

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£545

Twin/Double for Sole Use £150

5 Days from

Great Little Trains of Wales

£559

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board Welsh Highland Railway

Caernarfon is our base for this Llanberis Lake Railway magical journey into railway Ffestiniog Railway nostalgia in the Snowdonia Portmeirion National Park. We travel on the Excursions as Listed Welsh Highland Railway including the Aberglaslyn Pass, and we also take to the rails on old favourites Ffestiniog 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: A fabulous day today as we 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 Porthmadog. We return by coach via Beddgelert. DAY 3: Today we travel to the famous Italianate village of Portmeirion. The setting for the TV show ‘The Prisoner’, the village stands on a rugged clifftop overlooking Cardigan Bay. We then transfer to Porthmadog to board the Ffestiniog Railway for a dramatically scenic ride over the mountains to Blaenau Ffestiniog. Our coach then takes us on a scenic drive via Betws-y-Coed. 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 £26. Must be requested when booking). DAY 5: Leaving Caernarfon after breakfast, we travel homewards making suitable refreshment stops along the way.

Celtic Royal Hotel HHH The three-star 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 27 April 2023

G2332

£559

Twin/Double for Sole Use £100

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DAY 4: After a leisurely breakfast, we visit Sudeley Castle and Gardens, where you will find royal connections stretching back over 1000 years. The castle was home to Katherine Parr, has ten award-winning gardens and a rare breed pheasantry. We have an included light lunch and return to our hotel mid-afternoon.

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LOOKING AHE AD PEEL

7 Days from

£849

The Isle of Man

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel

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.

Door to Door Service Half Board Cregneash National Folk Museum House of Manannan Snaefell Mountain Railway

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. 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. MANX ELECTRIC RAILWAY

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.

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DAY 2: After a morning travelling through Pendle Hill country, we take the early afternoon ferry from Heysham to Douglas arriving at approximately 6pm 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.

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. Entry not included, but free with National Trust card). 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. 11 May 2023 07 September 2023

Steam Railway Manx Electric Railway Excursions as Listed 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. DAY 7: Departing after breakfast, we take the early crossing from Douglas to Heysham and make our way to the south coast and home.

The Empress Hotel HHHH Situated on the Central Promenade of Douglas, our recently refurbished Victorian four-star hotel overlooks Douglas Bay and is close to all the main sites of the capital. The hotel has restaurant, piano bar, lounge and conservatory. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There are 18 steps at the entrance of the hotel and a few steps along corridors. There is WiFi and a lift to all floors. www.theempresshotel.net

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£849

Single Supplement £80

£869

Single Supplement £90


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BARRA

9 Days from

£1,339

Hebridean Odyssey

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel

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! DAY 1: Having been picked up by taxi from home, you join your tour coach and we travel northward to Lancashire and our overnight hotel. DAY 2: Leaving Lancashire behind we continue north firstly by motorway and cross the border into Scotland, visiting Moffat en route. At our hotel in Drymen we have a one-night stay. DAY 3: Enjoy a day of truly spectacular scenery as we pass Loch Lomond, Loch Awe, Glencoe, Fort William, Loch Lochy and the famous castle of Eilean Donan, before crossing the Skye Bridge. We drive through the remarkable landscape of the Isle of Skye, before reaching Uig, where we take the early evening crossing to North Uist, on which dinner has been included. We arrive at our hotel in Benbecula for a twonight stay.

DAY 5: A leisurely morning in Benbecula before crossing the Benbecula Causeway, which links to

Half Board Barra Guide Lewis Guide Packed Lunch Day 5 All Ferries Excursions as Listed DAY 8: After an early start, we travel down through Scotland, crossing the Forth Bridge to South Queensferry, with refreshment 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.

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.

Please note: This tour necessarily includes a lot of coach travel and six hotels. A ground floor room cannot be guaranteed at all overnight hotels.

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 our overnight hotel in Beauly.

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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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 available www.isleshotelgroup.co.uk

Cabarfeidh Hotel HHHH

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£1,339

Single Supplement £220

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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.

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.

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8 Days from

£825

Wales Grand Tour

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel

Our Grand Tour takes you to the north, south and west coasts of Wales. We tour the scenic northern coast 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 the National Botanic Garden of Wales, travel on the wonderful Welsh Highland Railway through the wild mountains of Snowdonia and explore Llangollen by rail and canal. DAY 1: After a morning pick up from your home, we travel west and cross the border, reaching our hotel in the north of Wales late afternoon. We are greeted with tea and Bara Brith.

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.

DAY 2: We travel through the gorgeous North Wales countryside down to Llangollen where we spend our day. We begin with a journey on the famous Llangollen Railway along the picturesque Dee Valley to Carrog, before returning to town for some free time to explore. This afternoon we cruise along the Llangollen Canal, crossing the Pontcysyllte Aquaduct, built by Thomas Telford in 1805. We return to our hotel over the famous Horseshoe Pass.

DAY 5: Heading west into the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, we visit Tenby, with its maze of narrow streets, picturesque harbour and magnificent bay. We continue to Pembroke, with its magnificent Norman castle, one of the finest and best-preserved strongholds in the country.

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DAY 3: Our day in the Snowdonia National Park begins with a scenic drive via the Vale of Ffestiniog to Porthmadog, where we have some free time to explore. We reboard our coach for the short drive to Beddgelert, where we board the Welsh Highland Railway. The trains - hauled by the world's most powerful narrow-gauge steam locomotives – 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 drive you along the beautiful north coast, back to our hotel. DAY 4: Leaving our hotel after breakfast we travel south west to the coast and Barmouth. The old town is built into the mountain with steep steps and slate-roofed cottages, and the harbour has wonderful views. In the afternoon we continue down the coast beside Cardigan

DAY 6: A morning visit to the glorious National Botanic Garden of Wales, with over 100,000 plants set through beautiful gardens and the famous Great Glasshouse as its centrepiece. We have included entrance to the British Birds of Prey Centre. (Flying display shows are extra. Approx. £3 per person.) This afternoon is free 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).

Door to Door Service Half Board Welsh Highland Railway Llangollen Railway Llangollen Canal Cruise Guided Gower Tour Gower Cream Tea National Botanic Garden Birds of Prey Centre 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 Beaufort Park Hotel, but a single room at Ivy Bush Royal Hotel.

Beaufort Park Hotel HHH Our independently-run three-star hotel is located close to the historic market town of Mold, set in the attractive North Wales countryside. The hotel has a comfortable restaurant and bar, and the 106 bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi, hairdryer and hospitality tray. Bedrooms are on the ground and first floor and the hotel does not have a lift. www.beaufortparkhotel.co.uk

Ivy Bush Royal Hotel HHH This welcoming three-star hotel is within walking distance of the centre of Carmarthen. Sympathetically modernised, the hotel retains its old-world charm and has restaurant, bar, spacious lounge, terrace, gym, sauna, WiFi and a lift to some rooms. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, hairdryer, ironing facilities and hospitality tray. www.ivybushroyal.co.uk

DAY 7: Today’s excursion takes us through the beautiful unspoilt scenery of the Gower Peninsula. We visit the Gower Heritage Centre to meet our local guide for a coach tour along to Rhossili with views of the nature reserve and the dramatic 250ft cliffs. Back at the Heritage Centre, we enjoy a Gower Cream Tea. We have a stop at Mumbles Head on our return to admire the views. 12 June 2023 G2356

£825

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

£1,389

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Full Board on MS Leonard 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/Folkestone for the Channel crossing to Calais. Once in France we travel across Belgium and on to our overnight hotel (half board). DAY 2: After breakfast we drive to Strasbourg, with suitable stops along the way, and board the MS Leonardo Da Vinci late afternoon. There is a welcome cocktail before dinner on board. During the night we sail to Mannheim.

DAY 4: In Rüdesheim, you can enjoy an optional excursion on a small train stopping at a wine tasting cellar, followed by a visit to the Museum of Mechanical Music. This afternoon we cruise on the most beautiful section of the Romantic Rhine. All along the banks of the meandering river you can see castles and medieval villages set amidst the renowned wine vineyards, and also the legendary Lorelei Rock. At Koblenz, we join the Moselle toward Cochem, where we arrive this evening.

DAY 5: Wake up in the small medieval town of Cochem, where we have free time or an optional tour of the castle, a marvellous example of flamboyant gothic style. Back on board, we cruise towards Trier, arriving during the night. DAY 6: Join an optional guided tour of Trier, well-known for its Roman and medieval buildings, impressive churches and the famous Porta Nigra. The tour reboards the ship in Saarburg. Alternatively relax on board as we cruise along the Saar and the Moselle to Remich – the ‘Pearl of the Moselle’. DAY 7: This morning there is an optional visit to a winery complete with tastings. After lunch 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. Tonight enjoy a Gala Dinner on board. DAY 8: We disembark in Remich after breakfast and travel via the motorways to Calais for our Channel crossing. We continue back to the south coast, reaching our taxis late evening.

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Drinks Package on Board* Luxembourg Tour Heidelberg Tour Excursions as Listed 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, 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. For deposit and cancellation Terms & Conditions, please see page 64.

Leonard 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

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£1,389

Twin/Double for Sole Use £390 Upper Deck £115

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DAY 3: After arrival in Mannheim, there is an included excursion to the romantic town of Heidelberg. The boat cruises on to Heidelberg where we reboard, and then we cruise on the Neckar and the Rhine towards Rüdesheim.

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11 Days from

£1,599

Norway – Fjords, Glaciers, Lakes & Mountains

INCLUSIONS Luxury Coach Travel Door to Door Service Half Board*

Our Norwegian adventure begins in the beautiful Telemark region and continues to the famous Kviknes Hotel Balestrand, which has a sensational location right on the Sognefjord. See the varied and dramatic landscapes travelling along sparkling lakesides, around sheltered fjords, across majestic high mountain passes, past glaciers and waterfalls and through hamlets and villages. Our hotels in Balestrand and Vrådal are both members of Norway’s prestigious Historic Hotels group. DAY 1: Travel to Dover/Folkstone for the short Channel crossing to Calais. Our overnight hotel is near Arnhem. DAY 2: We travel through Holland and into Germany, north past Bremen and Hamburg. We cross into Denmark near Flensburg and continue to Kolding for a late check-in, dinner and overnight stay. DAY 3: After an early breakfast, we travel through Rutland to Hirtshalls for the fast craft ferry to Larvik in Norway. We travel inland and though wonderful lakeland scenery, passing Bo and crossing the famous Telemark Canal to arrive in Vrådal for a two-night stay. DAY 4: A free morning to enjoy Vrådal and the facilities at our hotel. This afternoon we have a two-hour scenic cruise on Lake Nisser on the veteran 1909 boat MS Fram.

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DAY 5: A beautiful day as we cross the Haukelifjell Mountain Road and descend to Sörfjord, a branch of the Hardangerfjord, at Odda. We travel the western shore of the fjord, overlooked by Folgefonn Glacier, and have a short ferry crossing to Kvanndal. Up past Voss and Gudvangen, we reach the Vik Mountains, crossing over and down to Vik. Our ferry across the mighty Sognefjord takes us to Balestrand and our beautiful hotel, where we have a three-night stay.

DAY 6: Relax and enjoy our idyllic location before we cross on the late morning ferry and take the road hugging the fjord, past waterfalls and onto Sogndal and the Folk Museum in Kaupanger, which has almost 40 authentic historical buildings, from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. DAY 7: Our ‘Glacier Route’ excursion! We ascend the Gaularfjell High Mountain Road, through nine dramatic hairpin bends before finally arriving in Skei, at the top of Lake Jolstra. We stop to see the Boyabreen Glacier before visiting the Glacier Museum, for a remarkable insight into this beautiful area. We continue along Fjærlandsfjord with plenty of photostops before another ferry crossing back to our hotel. DAY 8: Today has more stunning scenery as we take in fjords, river valleys and Norway’s southern coastline. We begin with two short ferry crossings before joining the old Oslo/Bergen post route through the Lærdal Valley with a photo stop at the magnificent Borgund Stave Church. We drive through the popular ski region of Hemsedal and continue south to our overnight hotel in Horten. DAY 9: An early breakfast before a relaxing crossing from Larvik to Hirtshalls. From here we drive down into Germany and overnight close to Hamburg. 01 September 2023

Lake Nisser Cruise Sogn Folk Museum Glacier Museum Excursions as Listed

DAY 10: Across Germany and into the Netherlands to the Hook of Holland, where we board our overnight ferry* to Harwich. We have outside cabins with two lower berths. DAY 11: We complete our homeward journey. Please note: Excursions are weather dependent. *Food on board the overnight ferry is not included.

Straand Hotel HHH (Norway) Our three-star family-run hotel in Vrådal on the shores of Lake Nisser in the Telemark region. The hotel boasts comfortable lounges, terrace, lakeside garden and indoor swimming pool. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi and hairdryer, and a lift serves all floors. www.straand.no

Kviknes Hotel HHHH (Norway) With a breathtaking location on the shores of Sognefjord, our hotel in Balestrand dates back to 1752, but has all modern comforts. The restaurant, spacious lounges, bar, terraces and gardens are all in the historic front part of the hotel, while our accommodation is in the comfortable modern 1960s wing at the rear. Bedrooms have TV, telephone and WiFi. The hotel has a lift in the modern wing. www.kviknes.com N2370

£1,599

Single Supplement £310


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GROUP BOOKINGS If you are a group travel organiser or just someone wanting to get a group of family and friends together for a bespoke holiday or day out, give our private groups department a call. They can discuss your travel arrangements and put together the perfect tour just for you, organising the accommodation and itinerary using their knowledge and experience. “On behalf of the Horticultural Society, I should like to thank you very much for taking us on our excellent trip to Whitchurch. The coach was in extremely good condition and your driver was helpful, pleasant, courteous, friendly and a highly competent driver. I should be happy to recommend Woods and your driver without any hesitation.” Local Horticultural Society, West Sussex Call 01243 871651 DAY EXCURSIONS Woods have a programme of around 300-day excursions a year to a great variety of places of interest and entertainment. These include historic houses, glorious gardens, shopping trips, train journeys, river cruises, and trips to the theatre, a show or concert. Our pickup route runs from Chichester, through Bognor Regis and Littlehampton to Goring. “Just wish to tell you how much my daughter and I enjoyed our trip with your coach travel to The Ideal Home Exhibition. We had a great day, which was made more enjoyable by your nice careful driver who we felt very safe travelling with. Thank You.” Contact 01243 868080

WISH DAYS If you have a special occasion coming up, or just want to treat a friend or loved one, you can use our experience and expertise to design your perfect day out. Travel in style in our luxury chauffeur-driven six-seater Mercedes to your chosen destination. Why not include a theatre trip, a river cruise, a meal in a special place, a train journey, or a combination of all of these! “What a super day you arranged for us! Everything was perfect. Our driver got us up to the theatre in very good time for lunch in China Town. After that we enjoyed a super show – tissues at the ready. It really did make a difference to our enjoyment of the day knowing that we did not have any access problems, and your driver got us back home again in record time. Lastly, but definitely not least, our thanks to the tours department for arranging such a wonderful, unforgettable day for us.” Call 01243 871652

PRIVATE COACH HIRE Our fleet of 15 distinctive luxury coaches, ranging from 25 to 53 seats, are available for hire. They are meticulously maintained, and are driven by knowledgeable, uniformed drivers. Whether you are a business requiring transport for a corporate day out, a club or association attending an event or a private individual arranging a social occasion, we can provide quality transport. “We had a fabulous day on Saturday for our daughter's wedding party, everything went perfectly! Thanks to your driver, who was SO helpful and an excellent ambassador for your company, and thanks again to everyone at Woods for helping in the organising of the coaches.” Call 01243 871657

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Where holidays include a flight (except Isles of Scilly) Woods Travel act as purely an agent and these holidays are covered by Destination Specialists ATOL Number 9503 1. FINANCIAL PROTECTION Your contract is with Woods Travel Ltd of Park Road, Bognor Regis, PO21 2PX. When you book a holiday with us, which does not include a flight (apart from the Isles of Scilly), the money you pay us for the booking will be protected by Bonded Coach Holidays (BCH) and the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), this is a Government approved consumer protection scheme. The scheme will also ensure your repatriation in the event the company becomes insolvent. Our Trading Charter and Booking Conditions set out clearly and simply the responsibility we have to you and in turn, you have with us, when a contract is made. Please see the Consumer Guarantee at www.bch-uk.org. There is no financial protection if you purchase just transport or accommodation-only from us. We fully comply with the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018. The combination of travel services offered to you is a package holiday within the meaning of the Regulations. Therefore, you will benefit from all rights applying to package holidays. Woods Travel will be fully responsible for the proper performance of the holiday and providing assistance if you are in difficulty. Your key rights will be in the details of the tour which will be provided prior to booking. 2. BOOKING AND PAYMENT When a booking is made, the 'lead name' on the booking guarantees that he or she is 18 or over and has the authority and accepts on behalf of the party the terms of these booking conditions and pays the required (per person) deposit of £100 (£150 for all air tours and £200 for river cruises) and as confirmed in the pre-contract information. After we receive your booking and all appropriate payments, if the arrangements you wish to book are available, we will send you or your booking agent a confirmation invoice within 14 days. This confirmation will include any special requests we have agreed. All monies paid to your booking agent are held by them on your behalf until we issue our confirmation invoice, thereafter your booking agent holds the money on our behalf. A binding agreement will come into existence between us when we dispatch this invoice to the 'lead name' or your booking agent. Please check the confirmation carefully to ensure all the information is correct. This contract is governed by English Law, and the jurisdiction of the English Courts. You can book by paying a deposit for each person named on the booking, but our commitment is always conditional upon the balance being paid at least 8 weeks before your departure. If you book within our balance due period, you will need to pay the total holiday cost at the time of booking. If the balance is not paid in time, we reserve the right to cancel your holiday, retain your deposit, and apply the cancellation charges set out in the paragraph below. The date of cancellation will normally be the date we receive your written confirmation that you intend to cancel or 15 days after the balance due date, whichever comes first. Please note: Single occupancy of rooms, when available, may be subject to a supplementary charge and these will be shown in the brochure. The number of rooms available at this price may be limited. Where optional items are purchased as part of the holiday, these are payable on the balance due date except where items, such as theatre tickets, have been specifically purchased for you. In this case the cost will be payable at a separate date notified to you and will not normally be refunded unless we obtain a refund from the supplier we use. 3. BROCHURE ACCURACY Although Woods Travel make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the brochure information and pricing, regrettably errors do sometimes occur. You must therefore ensure you check the price and all other details of your holiday with us at the time of booking and when you receive our confirmation invoice. 4. OUR PRICING POLICY Woods Travel endeavour to ensure that the most up to date and correct prices are shown in our brochure. Occasionally, an incorrect price may be shown, due to an error. When we become aware of any such error, we will endeavour to notify you at the time of booking (if we are then aware of the mistake) or as soon as reasonably possible. We reserve the right to cancel the booking if you do not wish to accept the price which is applicable to the holiday. Local Authorities in many towns and cities throughout Europe have introduced new tourist taxes which must be paid directly to the hotel by all guests in person. These taxes are not included in our prices, but we will notify you when applicable. Holiday prices include all travel, hotel accommodation and meals as specified in the holiday description and VAT payable in the UK where applicable. Morning coffee, afternoon tea and other refreshments are not included (unless otherwise stated). Some hotels may make a small additional charge for porterage and tea or coffee served after lunch and dinner. Gratuities to the hotel staff and driver/courier are at your own discretion. The price of the holiday will not be subjected to any surcharges except those arising from exchange rate changes, transportation including the price of fuel, air & ferry operator fares and tolls, embarkation or disembarkation fees at terminals, duties and taxes (including the rate of VAT). Even in these cases we will absorb the cost equivalent to cost of the first 2% of the holiday price. Amounts more than this plus £1 administration fee and Travel Agents commission will be surcharged to you. If this means the total cost of the holiday increases by more than 8% then you are entitled to cancel your holiday and receive a full refund of all monies paid except any insurance premium and amendment charges. We will communicate the options with you either through email or letter, with a reminder if necessary. If you exercise the right to cancel, we must receive written notice within 20 days of the date of the surcharge invoice. The currency exchange rate used in the holiday costings are based on rates as at the publication date of this charter. 5. IF YOU CHANGE YOUR BOOKING - COACH HOLIDAYS ONLY If, after our confirmation has been issued, you wish to change to another of our holidays or change departure date, we will do our utmost to make the changes, but we cannot guarantee to do so. However, notification must be received in writing at our offices from the person who signed the booking form, at least 4 weeks before departures. This must be accompanied by a payment of £50 to cover our administrative costs, plus costs we incur in making the amendment. Alterations cannot be made within 4 weeks of departure and any such request for an alteration will be treated as a cancellation of the original booking and will be subject to the cancellation charges set out in paragraph below. Some arrangements cannot be changed without paying a cancellation charge of up to 100% of the ticket cost. 6. TRANSFERRING YOUR BOOKING - COACH HOLIDAYS ONLY You can transfer your booking to somebody else, but the person must satisfy all the conditions of the holiday and you must inform us either by letter or email no less than 7 days before departure. This transfer will cost £20 plus reasonable costs to make the transfer. You will remain responsible for ensuring payment before the balance due date. This is in addition to (and does not affect) the separate liability of the transferee to us. 7. IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL YOUR HOLIDAY You or any member of your party, may cancel your holiday at

any time provided the cancellation is made by the person signing the booking form and is communicated to us in writing via the office who made your original booking. You must pay cancellation charges to cover our administration costs and to compensate for the risk of us not reselling the holiday. If the holiday is resold a refund will be made. Your cancellation will take effect from the date on which we or our agent receive your written confirmation of your cancellation. You must also return any tickets or vouchers you have received. A reduction in room occupancy may increase the charges for the remaining passengers by the application of supplements for low occupancy of rooms. Where bought in supplies, such as ferries, hotel accommodation etc have been bought in on your behalf, and where the terms and conditions of the supplier are non-refundable, these products will be charged to you at the full retail rate. If this applies, the non-refundable items will be deducted from your holiday costs and the following scale of charges will be applied to the remainder:

COACH / AIR HOLIDAYS Period before departure within which written cancellation of package is received More than 42 days 28 - 42 days 14 - 27 days 7 - 13 days 1 - 6 days Departure day or later including voluntary termination during the package

Amount of cancellation charge as a % of total package cost Deposit only 30% or Deposit, if greater 45% or Deposit, if greater 60% or Deposit, if greater 100% Total package cost

CROISIEUROPE RIVER CRUISES Period before departure within Amount of cancellation which written cancellation of package is received charge as a % of total package cost More than 90 days Deposit only 51-90 days 40% or Deposit if greater 30-50 day 50% or Deposit if greater 15-29 days 60% 7-14 days 80% 1-6 days 100% Departure day or later including Total package cost voluntary termination during the package You may cancel your holiday without paying any termination fee before the start of the holiday, in the event of unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances occurring at the place of destination or its immediate vicinity, for instance, if there are serious security problems at the destination which are likely to affect the package. 8. ALTERATIONS TO YOUR HOLIDAY BY US We hope that we will not have to make any change to your holiday but, because our holidays are planned many months in advance, we sometimes do need to make minor changes. We reserve the right to do this at any time. We will let you or your booking agent know about any important changes as soon as possible, including the minimum number of passengers required on the trip. If after booking, and before departure, we make a major change to your holiday, you will have the option of withdrawing from the holiday without penalty or transferring to another holiday without any charge. In either case, we will pay you compensation, according to the scale set below. A major change includes the time of your departure or return time by more than 12 hours, a change in departure point, location of resort or type of hotel (excluding single overnight hotels on touring packages where the quality of the hotel is comparable). If we tell you about any of these changes after we have confirmed your holiday booking (other than force majeure), you may either: - accept the new arrangements offered by us; or - accept a replacement holiday from us of equivalent or similar standard and price (at the date of the change), if we can offer you one; or - cancel your holiday with us and receive a full refund of all monies. Either way, we will pay you compensation, using the Compensation table shown below, Period before departure in which Amount per person significant change is notified to you or your agent More than 42 days Nil 28 to 42 days £10 14 to 27 days £15 7 to 13 days £20 1 to 6 days £25 Rates reduced by 50% if package is of 3 days duration or less IMPORTANT NOTE Compensation will not be payable if the holiday is cancelled because the number of persons booked is less than the number required, or for events beyond our control, which include: war, threat of war, riots, civil disturbances, terrorist activity and its consequences, industrial disputes, natural and nuclear disasters, fire, epidemics, health risks and pandemics, unavoidable and unforeseeable technical problems with transport for reasons beyond our control or that of our suppliers; hurricanes and other actual or potential severe weather conditions and any other similar events. You are also advised to check with The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice Unit regularly at www.fco.gov.uk/travel prior to travel. All holidays operate if the minimum number of participants is met. However, in no case will we cancel your holiday less than 6 weeks before the scheduled departure date, except where you have failed to pay the final balance or because of force majeure (force majeure means an event which we or the suppliers of the services in question could not foresee or avoid and is therefore beyond our control).


65 9. OUR RESPONSIBILITY TO YOU We accept responsibility for ensuring the holiday which you book with us is supplied as described in our publicity material and the services offered reach a reasonable standard and if you are in difficulty, we will assist you. If any part of our holiday contract is not provided as promised, you may terminate the contract without paying a termination fee and we will pay you appropriate compensation if this has affected your enjoyment of your holiday. We will, however, not be liable if there are any unforeseeable or unavoidable actions of a third party not connected with our travel services, or there were unavoidable or extraordinary circumstances, or the lack of conformity is due to a traveller in the party. We accept responsibility for the acts and/or omissions of our employees, agents and suppliers except where they lead to death, injury or illness. Our liability in all cases shall be limited to a maximum of twice the value of the original holiday cost (not including insurance premiums and amendment charges). We accept responsibility for death, injury, or illness caused by the negligent acts and/or omissions of our employees or agents together with our suppliers and sub-contractors, servants and/or agents of the same whilst acting within the scope of, or during their employment in the provision of your holiday. We will accordingly pay to our clients such damages as might have been awarded in such circumstances under English Law. In respect of carriage by air, sea, tunnel and rail and the provision of accommodation our liability in all cases will be limited in the manner provided by the relevant international convention. If we make any payment to you or any member of your party for death or personal injury or illness, you will be asked to assign to us or our insurers the rights you may have to act against the person or organisation responsible for causing the death, personal injury or illness. This clause does not apply to any separate contracts that you may enter for excursions or activities during or outside of your holiday. If you or any member of your party suffer death, illness or injury whilst overseas arising out of an activity which does NOT form part of your holiday, we may offer guidance and where legal action is contemplated and you want our assistance, you must obtain our written consent prior to any proceedings (We limit the cost of our assistance to you or your party to £5,000 per party). 10. IF YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT If you have a problem during your holiday, please inform your Tour Manager, your driver or the relevant supplier/resort representative immediately who will endeavour to put things right. If your complaint cannot be completely resolved locally, you must complete a Holiday Report Form which can be obtained by your driver or local representative. Once completed, a copy will be made and given to you to keep. Our contact number, for unresolved complaints will be our office number on 01243 868080 (open in office hours). If you remain dissatisfied please follow this up within 14 days of your return home by writing to the Tours Manager (at our address), giving your original booking reference number and all other relevant information, including the reference of the Holiday Report Form. It is therefore a condition of this contract that you communicate any problem to the supplier of the services in question AND to our representative whilst in resort and obtain a written report form. If you fail to follow this simple procedure, we cannot accept responsibility as we have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify the problem. Should you wish to pursue the complaint further, BCH/ABTOT have an Alternative Dispute Resolution scheme and full details are available from them. Please contact them at ABTOT 117 Houndsditch London EC3A 7BT 11. OUR COACHES-SEATING ARANGEMENTS We will always use our reasonable endeavours to provide a coach to the specification in our brochure or advert but reserve the right to substitute an alternative vehicle should there be unforeseen circumstances. There is a seating plan but, in some cases, operational reasons may require a coach with a different configuration. We reserve the right to alter a coach seating plan and allocate seats other than those booked. Single passengers may be required to share a double seat with other single passengers. When your booking is confirmed, you will be given a choice of seats that are available at that time. If you feel that you require two seats, then these must be booked and paid for in advance, at the time of booking. If you fail to do this and it transpires that the seat allocated to you is insufficient for your needs and there is no alternative seating available, then you will be refused access to the coach and any payments made will be liable to forfeiture. Specific seats will not be allocated on coaches operating a feeder service between joining points and main holiday departure points or on coaches that carry out transfers between airports, seaports etc, or on any holiday taken outside mainland UK. On board facilities cannot be guaranteed in emergency conditions or where a coach is necessarily replaced. 12. HOTEL FACILITIES/ENTERTAINMENT Some hotel facilities may be withdrawn for routine maintenance or be subject to seasonal availability and provision of the facilities cannot be guaranteed. Some hotels arrange entertainment. Where this is part of the package, details are given on the relevant brochure page. Where it is not specified it may still be available but is at the discretion of the hotel and is not guaranteed. It may be withdrawn if there is a lack of demand or for operational reasons. 13. HEALTH AND SAFETY In some foreign countries, standards of infrastructure, safety and hygiene may be lower than those to which we are accustomed in the UK. You should therefore exercise greater care for your own protection. There may be countries that we visit that have special medical requirements for tourists. These regulations are subject to change and our clients are responsible for complying with entry and current health requirements. If you are not sure of the health requirements for the country you are visiting, you are advised to check with your own GP before travelling. You are also advised to refer to the Department of Health website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home Some people may be at risk from discomfort or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) if they remain immobile on a journey for a long period. If you are planning to undertake a journey of more than three hours, you should consult your doctor, if you have ever had DVT, pulmonary embolism, a family history of clotting conditions, cancer or treatment for cancer, stroke, and heart or lung disease or If you have had major surgery in the past three months. We reserve the right to refuse any booking in the absence of a doctor’s certificate confirming that you are fit to travel. Where we provide comfort stops you are encouraged to walk around. Exercise reduces any discomfort, which may be caused by periods of immobility. NO SMOKING is allowed on our coaches (including E-Cigarettes) and we do not allow pets or any other animals, although we accommodate registered assistance dogs, but not on overseas holidays. 14. TRAVEL DOCUMENTS, ITINERARIES AND PASSPORTS For all Continental holidays, you will require a full 10-year British Passport (machine readable) valid for the period required for the country or countries you are visiting. If you do not hold a full British Passport or have any doubts about your status as a resident British subject, you must check with the Embassies or Consulates of the Countries to be visited to confirm the Passport or visa requirements when you book. We cannot accept responsibility if passengers are not in possession of the correct travel documents. For full details on passport requirements, please contact ‘the identity and passport service’ on 0300 222 0000 or see www.direct.gov.uk Approximately 2 weeks prior to departure, we will send you or your booking agent all the necessary information and documents so that you receive them in good time for your holiday. Certain travel documents may have to be retained by us and your driver/courier will then issue them to you at the relevant time. If you lose a travel document after it has been issued to you we will require you to meet the direct cost charged by the carrier/supplier for the issue of a duplicate or replacement.

Excursions which are included in the cost of your booking are detailed on the brochure page and refunds will not be made for excursions not taken. Optional excursions booked and paid for in resort do not form part of your booking. Admission fees to buildings, grounds etc. are not included in the price of the package unless otherwise stated on the relevant brochure page. Refunds for entry to properties owned by an association e.g. National Trust, English Heritage which are included in the package cannot be claimed. Woods Travel negotiate group rates, and as such, has minimum numbers to adhere to. Therefore, should you have a membership card, it will be the charity that will benefit by this. We reserve the right to modify itineraries to conform with requests from competent authorities both within the UK and abroad. 14a. PICK-UP POINTS DOOR TO DOOR SERVICE - Unless otherwise stated door to door service applies to all WOODS packages in this brochure providing your home address is within the red line on the map on the back cover of this brochure. If you reside outside this area it will be at the discretion of the operator and a supplement may apply. Please contact us for details. LOCAL PICK UP POINT PACKAGES - You are responsible for ensuring that you are at the correct departure point, at the correct time, with the correct documents and we cannot be held liable for any loss or expense suffered by your party because of their late arrival at the departure point or through not having the correct documents. 15. SPECIAL REQUESTS All special needs and requests, if agreed, should be entered on the booking form and be included in the confirmation of the holiday. These cannot be guaranteed except where confirmed as part of our holiday commitment to you and are detailed on your holiday booking confirmation. We are keen to ensure that we plan the arrangements for your holiday so that special needs and requests can be accommodated as far as possible. If you will need assistance or may be unable to fully enjoy all aspects of your holiday, you must tell us in advance so that we can maximise your enjoyment of the holiday. We will need to know if you will need special facilities in the hotel, taking part in the excursions or have difficulty boarding and travelling on the coach or other means of transport. Before booking your holiday, you should be sure that you and your party are both physically and mentally capable of completing the itinerary. If you need advice or further information, either you or your booking agent should contact the Tours Manager. If you will require a special diet, please tell us at the time of booking, or as soon as you are medically advised, together with a copy of the diet. 16. PASSENGERS WITH DISABILITIES We want everyone to enjoy our travel arrangements. We are happy to advise and assist you in choosing a suitable holiday. But, as some of the accommodation and resorts featured may not cater for even minor disabilities, it is important that, when booking, you advise us of any disability, specific need or complex need you may have and any special requirements that will make sure the holiday is suitable. If a passenger requires personal assistance (for example, assistance with feeding, dressing, toileting, mobilising) then this passenger must travel with an able-bodied companion or carer and written confirmation that such assistance will be provided for the entirety of the holiday is required at the time of booking. Coach drivers/Tour Managers are unable to provide such assistance. IMPORTANT - You must tell us if you have an existing medical condition, disability or complex need that may affect your holiday or other group members’ enjoyment of it, before you book your holiday. We reserve the right to request a doctor’s certificate confirming you are fit to travel. If, in our reasonable opinion, your chosen holiday is not suitable for your medical condition or disability, we reserve the right to refuse your booking. We want you to enjoy your holiday and will help you select an appropriate trip. You are responsible for bringing with you the proper clothing and equipment, which we advise you about in our printed trip information. Please contact us with regard to our policy on wheelchairs and mobility scooters. 17. PASSENGER BEHAVIOUR We want all our customers to have a happy and carefree holiday. You are responsible for your behaviour and hygiene and the effect it may have on others. If you or any other member of your party is abusive, disruptive or behaves in a way that could cause damage or injury to others or affect their enjoyment of their holiday or which could damage property, we have the right to terminate your contract with us and we will have no further liability or obligation to you. The coach driver/representative, ship's captain, or authorised official is entitled to refuse you boarding if in their reasonable opinion you are unacceptably under the influence of drink or drugs or you are being violent or disruptive. If you are refused boarding on the outward journey, we will regard it as a cancellation by you and we will apply cancellation charges. If on your return journey, we have the right to terminate the contract with you. We also request that mobile telephones are not used on the coach to make or receive calls, save for exceptional circumstances. 18. TRAVEL INSURANCE You do not need to take out the insurance we offer, however you are required to have an adequate insurance policy which meets your requirements when travelling with us. The insurance should cover medical and repatriation costs, personal injury, loss of baggage and cancellation charges. If you do not have adequate insurance and require our assistance during your holiday, we reserve the right to reclaim from you any medical repatriation or other expenses which we may incur on your behalf which would otherwise have been met by insurers. You must advise us if you use an alternative insurer, the policy number and 24-hour contact number. 19. LUGGAGE Please restrict your luggage to one medium sized suitcase weighing no more than 20 kgs per person. We cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage to luggage unless through our negligence. Please do not leave valuable items in your suitcase when left on the coach. A small holdall can also be taken on the coach as hand luggage. Please contact us for our policy on mobility scooters. 20. GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS We comply with the GDPR 2018 Regulations, our data controller is Tina Shaw-Morton at Woods Travel and our Data Protection Officer is DPO Assist Ltd. Our Privacy Policy can be found on our website or requested from our offices. Our contact details can be found below. 21. EMERGENCY CONTACT Our emergency contact details are: Tel: 01243 868080 PUBLICATION DATE AND DETAILS This brochure and trading charter was printed in the United Kingdom by Woods Travel Ltd, Park Road, Bognor Regis, West Sussex. PO21 2PX on 11/04/22.

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TRAVEL INSURANCE - INCLUDES COVID COVER Travel Insurance Premiums Per Person (Includes IPT) (Subject to change) LENGTH OF TRIP 3 DAYS 4 DAYS 5 DAYS 6 DAYS 7 DAYS 8 DAYS 9 DAYS 10 DAYS 11 DAYS

UK COACH Inc. ISLE OF MAN £18.00 £23.00 £28.00 £33.00 £38.00 £43.00 £46.00 £49.00

EUROPE COACH inc. REPUBLIC OF IRELAND & NORWAY £43.00 £54.00 £58.00 £61.00 £63.00 £65.00 £67.00 £99.00

CHANNEL ISLANDS BY AIR

ISLES OF SCILLY

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£54.00

£82.00

Summary of Cover HOLIDAY TRAVEL INSURANCE Woods Travel 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 Assistance. Allianz Assistance is a trading name of AWP Assistance UK Ltd. AWP P&C SA is authorised and regulated by L’Autorité de Contrôle Prudentiel et de Résolution in France. Deemed authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA). Subject to regulation by the FCA and limited regulation by the PRA. Details of the Temporary Permissions Regime, which allows EEAbased firms to operate in the UK for a limited period while seeking full authorisation, are available on the FCA’s website. 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. Should you wish to take out this travel insurance please include the appropriate premium when booking your holiday. 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.

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. HEALTH DECLARATION AND HEALTH EXCLUSIONS It is very important that you read the following:For UK travel only If you are only travelling within the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man during your journey, it is a condition of this policy that you can comply with the following: 1. You are fit to travel and undertake your planned journey. 2. Following any claim investigation, your doctor confirms they would have agreed with or recommended your travel plans when you took out this insurance, booked your journey or at the time you travelled (whichever is later). 3. You are not travelling with the purpose of having medical treatment or a consultation. 4. You are not awaiting the outcome of any medical tests or an appointment at a medical facility for any medical investigations. For travel outside of the UK You will not be covered for any claims arising as a direct or indirect result of an existing medical condition if, in the 12 months before taking out this insurance or booking your journey (whichever is later), you: a) Were referred for tests, investigations, treatment or surgery, or were awaiting the results of any referral


67 b) Attended or were due to attend a hospital or clinic as an outpatient or inpatient; c) Received treatment or saw a medical practitioner for a medical condition; or d) Were prescribed medication. Unless the condition(s) has (have) been declared to and accepted by us in writing. You should contact the Medical Screening Team by calling 02392 419063 if: i) You need to declare a medical condition ii) You are unsure whether a medical condition needs to be declared or not. The confidential helpline will be able to confirm if cover can be provided for your medical condition(s). If you need to make a claim arising from a medical condition that has not been declared and accepted by us, it is unlikely that your claim will be paid. Each person insured by us would still be covered for any unrelated medical condition(s) and other sections of cover subject to the terms and conditions of this policy. You will not be covered if: • Following any claim investigation, your doctor confirms they would not have agreed with or recommended you travel as planned either when you took out this insurance, booked your journey or at the time you travelled (whichever is later). • You know you will need medical treatment or a consultation at a medical facility during your journey. • You are travelling specifically for the purpose of having surgery, procedures or hospital treatment, whether medically necessary or not. • You had been diagnosed with a terminal illness prior to the date you took out this insurance or booked your trip (whichever is later). If we are unable to cover a medical condition, this will mean that any other person insured by us will not be able to make a claim arising from the medical condition(s). This may even apply if the person with the medical condition(s) purchases cover from another provider. Exclusions relating to the health of someone not insured on this policy, but whose health may affect your decision whether to take or continue with your journey: You will not be covered for any directly or indirectly related claims (see note at the end of this section) arising from the health of a travelling companion, someone you were going to stay with, a close relative or a business associate if at the time your policy was issued: • you were aware they had undiagnosed medical condition(s) for which they were awaiting tests, investigations or the results of these; • you were aware that their medical condition(s) were unstable, were likely to get worse in the next 12 months or they had been diagnosed as having a terminal condition. Note: Only claims relating to a medical condition where any of the above apply will be affected. This includes indirectly related claims. For example, if someone breaks a bone and a doctor confirms it is related to an existing diagnosis of osteoporosis (brittle bone disease), this would not be covered if we have not agreed in writing to cover the osteoporosis. Level of medical cover provided This is not a private medical insurance policy and only gives cover for emergency medical treatment in the event of accident or unexpected illness occurring during your journey. SIGNIFICANT EXCLUSIONS

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. How to make a claim All claims should be made direct to Allianz 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 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 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 by contacting the Financial Conduct Authority Consumer Helpline on 0800 111 6768. We summarise below the details of the insurance cover provided which also includes 24-hour emergency service from Allianz 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

SUM INSURED Up to £2,500

Personal Accident

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

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

Up to £1,000,000

£100

UK Additional Travelling Expenses Medical Confinement Benefit

Up to £1,500

£100

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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. • 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, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) or the World Health Organisation. • Any manual work or hazardous occupation undertaken during insured trip. • The bankruptcy / liquidation of the tour operator, travel agent or transportation company with whom you have booked your trip.

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

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

Curtailment Up to £2,500 Personal Property Including Up to £1,500 in all. Single Money Article Limit £200/Valuables £200 Personal Money Up to £200 Delayed Baggage (after 12 hours) Up to £100 Loss of Passport Up to £200 Missed Departure Up to £100 UK & £300 Europe Travel Delay Travel Delay up to £60 Cancellation (holiday abandonment) up to £1,500

£100 Personal Property & Money £35

Personal Liability

Up to £1,000,000

NIL

Legal Expenses

Up to £25,000

NIL

Delayed Baggage – Excess 12 hours NIL NIL Travel Delay Excess = 12 hours Holiday abandonment excess as per Cancellation

If our chosen insurance provider, Wrightsure Services (Hampshire) Limited are unable to offer you the travel insurance cover you require, or your premium is higher than you expected because you have serious medical conditions, you may be able to get help by accessing the Money and Pensions Service travel directory or by calling 0800 138 7777 (lines are open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm).


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