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    Travellers feel the feet of Louis Armstrong in New Orleans

    Traveleyes open up the world of travel for blind travellers

    Traveleyes
    3 days ago

    A very warm welcome to our latest partner Traveleyes who offer award-winning small and sociable group holidays to destinations worldwide. But these are no ordinary group holidays. Traveleyes groups are a mixture of both blind and sighted travellers.
    As a sighted traveller, they simply ask that you share your sight by describing the wonderful world around you. You won’t need any experience of blindness and, as an added benefit, they subsidise the cost of your holiday by up to 50%. Solos, couples and groups of freinds are all welcome.
    As a blind traveller, you’re able to book a holiday with the same freedom and independence that sighted people have always enjoyed. What’s more, you don’t have to bring anyone with you, as you will be joining a group of like-minded explorers.

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    Shearings River Cruise Offers

    Shearings Holidays
    3 days ago

    In the next year Shearings Holidays are travelling to more places than ever before on river cruises. With more unique experiences and beautiful towns, cities and landscapes than ever before as well as a new range of 5-star cruises and worldwide destinations.
    With cruises throughout the year, whether you want to see the Rhine or the Danube in full festive spirit, or you fancy experiencing the beauty of the Iberian peninsula in the gorgeous spring sun.
    They travel on 13 of Europe’s grandest and most popular rivers and six across Africa, Asia and South America. With more than 60 different river voyages, there’s plenty to choose from enabling you to find the right itinerary to let you see everything you want during your time away.

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    Peter arrives at the Eden Project

    Driving Miss Daisy offers tailor-made assisted tours

    Driving Miss Daisy
    4 days ago

    In addition to taking people to everyday appointments and day trips, our partner Driving Miss Daisy offers a whole range of holiday services including chauffeur-driven tours in the UK with a safe and reliable companion driver.
    Driver Suzy recently accompanied Peter on a tour of Cornwall that included the Eden Project, the Tank Museum and Mevagissey. Peter says,
    “The Eden Project was super, we spent nearly six hours there including eating, there is something amazing round every corner, very up and down though, you descend into the base of the quarry, then enter the Bio-domes and slowly make your way up inside to the very top, passing waterfalls and sculptures… my scooter saved the day for me, I certainly couldn’t have managed without it”. Peter is a regular user of Driving Miss Daisy. In this video he expains how their services have transformed his life:

     

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    Masterchef's John Torode

    Masterchef’s John Torode to join APT's holiday in the Kimberley, Australia

    5 days ago

    Join Masterchef’s John Torode in Australia’s the Kimberley with our partner APT in May next year. John has a week’s residency at the wonderfully named Bungle Bungle Wilderness Lodge. Guests will learn about and experience local, seasonal food such as barramundi fish and Australian bread called damper.

    John says, he would like this relatively unknown, undiscovered area to be "opened up to the whole world, so when people come back from this remarkable island there are stories of not just opera houses, but of wildlife – dolphins and dugongs, turtles and sharks – and of seeing stars without any light pollution. And cruising to remote coastal areas to see ancient indigenous rock art dating back 20,000 years.” Learn more about the Kimberley and special discounts on tours and cruises here:

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    Ancient Eygpt awaits!

    Orbital Travel Nile Cruise offers

    Orbital Travel
    5 days ago

    Cruising the Nile!!!!
    Orbital Travel are experts in providing small ship Nile cruises that visit all the major sites and their English-speaking qualified Egyptologists accompany you, bringing the past to life with their knowledge and passion.
    A classic 7-night Nile Cruise including flights, transfers, 12 excursions and full board with middle/upper deck cabins will never be forgotten! The MS Orbital Royal Esadora is a 5* boat with modern interior and a spacious sundeck with bar and swimming pool.
    Their website is always worth checking for offers.

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    The Happiest Show in the World!

    Enjoy the Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour with Shearings Holidays

    Shearings Holidays
    6 days ago

    Any keen Strictly Come Dancing fan will love our partner Shearings Holidays brand new collection of 2020 short breaks including tickets to see the 2020 Strictly Come Dancing Live Tour in Birmingham, Manchester or Glasgow.
    Book with Shearings to enjoy a visit to the spectacular dance show, with everything you love about the ever-popular BBC TV series, plus overnight accommodation in a comfortable hotel, included meals and additional excursions onselected breaks.
    With all the glitz and glamour of Strictly to enjoy and a break away in a great hotel, we’re sure you’ll give this amazing break a 10 out of 10!

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    Christmas markets await!

    Avalon Christmas Markets river cruises

    Avalon Waterways
    6 days ago

    The scent of glühwein, cinnamon and spices. Stalls in ancient town squares overflowing with continental yuletide treats all surrounded by tall medieval buildings and cathedrals bathed in magical lighting displays.
    Avalon Waterways have whole page dedicated to Chrismas markets river cruises.
    Get into the holiday spirit on these winter cruises, which explore the festive traditions of Europe. Discover the highlights of each destination, decorated in fairy-tale splendour. Shop for exquisite glass baubles, carved wooden clocks and nativity scenes in the pretty Christmas market stalls, while nibbling on gingerbread and warming up with a spicy mulled wine.

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    Sky Princess

    Princess Cruises new Sky Princess

    Princess Cruises
    7 days ago

    Welcome to Sky Princess, Princess Cruises newest ship. Luxury and style abound here and if you want some December sun in the Caribbean this could be for you.
    With distinctive, contemporary design and luxurious attractions you can look forward to exciting entertainment venues, new dining choices and award-winning chef partnerships, as well as more staterooms than ever to relax in.
    Here’s an amazing video and page dedicated to this wonderful vessel with some special offers and cruise deals too!

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    Oeschinen Lake near Kandersteg, Switzerland

    Save up to £100 per booking on Europe 2020 with Great Rail Journeys

    Great Rail Journeys
    9 days ago

    Book your 2020 European rail holiday with Great Rail Journeys by 15 October and save up to £100. Offers include these no-fly tours that depart from Great Rail Journeys’ exclusive departure office at St Pancras Station in London. Visit Carcassonne & Cathar Castles of France on a remarkable 7-day tour showcasing the best of Languedoc. From £1,595 pp.
    Travel through dramatic Alpine scenery on thre 8-day Traditional Glacier Express from £1,395 pp.
    Explore rural Tuscany and Renaissance Splendour during a 10-day Highlights of Tuscany Tour from £1,795 pp.
    Prices include accommodation, selected meals and luggage transfers. Many rail tours have no single supplement.

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    The Hubbard Glacier, Alaska

    Explore Alaska with Holland America Line

    Holland America Line
    9 days ago

    If you’re fascinated and impressed by Simon Reeves Alaska programme why not explore the coastline of this amazing place with Holland America Line?
    Regarded by many as the Alaskan experts they feature the famed Inside Passage and more options for cruising Glacier Bay National Park.
    You can even combine your cruise with venturing deep into the Yukon National Parks and bear country on the Alaskan cruise deals page
    On the MV Maasdam the company offers Zodiac excursions on its 14-night Great Land Explorer cruise round-trip from Vancouver.

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    Treasures of Thailand

    Save 10% on Worldwide travel in 2020 with Trafalgar

    Trafalgar
    10 days ago

    Trafalgar have launched their new Worldwide Tours collection for 2020 and are offering early bird savings on selected new bookings. Save up to £265 pp on an 11 -day Treasures of Thailand tour including a city tour of Bangkok and Chiang Mai, the Bridge over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi, the Grand Palace, the temples of Wat Phra Kaew and Wat Pho in Bangkok, Damnoen Saduak floating market, the ancient city of Ayutthaya, and Sukhothai Heritage Park. Now from £2,530 pp.
    Save up to £407 pp on a 14-day Alaska & the Yukon trip visiting several National Parks, including Denali, taking a cruise past glaciers on the Prince William Sound and a train journey through Alaska’s wilderness.

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    Taking to the beaches with bin bags!

    Variety Cruises Indonesia Beach Clean Up!

    Variety Cruises
    10 days ago
    Variety Cruises is committed to eliminate single-use plastic bottles on all of their vessels by the end of 2020

    The onboard process has already started and several of their Mega yachts are now single-use plastic free.
    What’s more, the crew in Indonesia has started taking matters into its own hands and taking to the beaches with bin bags to clean-up plastic, flotsam, jetsam and other sundry detritus.
    Amazingly, or perhaps not, passengers keen to maintain this idyllic environment have been joining them – to the extent that it’s now become a feature of the week and the company are printing and handing out t-shirts as a reward!
    You don’t have to be on beach patrol to enjoy the Indonesian Islands cruise – but if you want to do your bit for the environment whilst enjoying some amazing natural beauty you can find out more about the cruise on Panorama II on the Variety website.

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    The Taj Mahal

    Save up to £75 pp on holidays of 8 nights or more with Travel Department

    Travel Department
    12 days ago

    From now until 11 October you can save £75 pp when you book holidays with our Partner Travel Department of 8 or more nights. They span the globe with holidays of a lifetime to Japan, India, China, Russia and more.
    Explore India’s Golden Triangle? on a 10-night adventure taking in ancient palaces and monuments, proud fortresses, mosques and bustling cities including a rickshaw ride in Old Delhi’s bustling streets, the famous monument to love – the Taj Mahal in Agra and thember Fort in the aptly named Pink City of Jaipur. Was £1449pp, now £1374pp, including return flights, half board hotel accommodation, excursions with locals guides and transfers.

    Experience a 10-night holiday to Prague, Vienna & Budapest exploring the capital city of the Czech Republic with its magical city of bridges, cathedrals, gold tipped towers, church spires and gardens; some of the finest palaces in Europe, including Schönbrunn Palace and Hofburg in Austria; and the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, one of Europe’s most magnificent cities. Was £1099pp, now £1024pp, including return flights from Edinburgh, B&B 4 star hotel accommodation, excursions with locals guides and transfers.

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    Train to Ella - photo Hendrik Cornelissen, Unsplash

    Save up to £400 on an unforgettable Sri Lanka Tour with Luxtripper

    Luxtripper
    12 days ago

    The Ella Train Journey and Elephant Safari luxury tour to Sri Lanka takes you to the heart of the Cultural Triangle, where you’ll enjoy breakfast overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage Sigiriya Lions Rock and a thrilling elephant jeep safari in Minneriya National Park. You’ll also head to the UNESCO city of Kandy before embarking on the world’s most beautiful train journey to Ella.
    In Ella you’ll experience picking your own Ceylon Tea and visiting a working tea factory, all before heading down to Jetwing Yala to experience the best of Yala’s amazing national park. After all of that excitement, you’ll finally relax at Anantara Kalutara, a beautiful 5-star resort nestled between a lagoon and the sea.
    Price from £2,059 pp including flights and transfers.

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    The Isle of Skye awaits!

    Hebridean Island Cruises walking adventure in the spring

    Hebridean Island Cruises
    13 days ago

    Hebridean Island Cruises are looking forward to next year and their first walking adventure in the spring, Footloose through the Inner Sound. Join their experienced walking guides as they explore the stunning scenery of the Inner Isles of Rum, Raasay and Skye, together with the mainland gems of Gairloch and Shieldaig.
    No visit to Holland in the spring would be complete without a visit to the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens to experience the sights and scents of over seven million bulbs in bloom. The company’s Tulip Time in the Low Lands, or Flavours of the Low Countries cruise on board Royal Crown will transport you through the delightful Dutch and Belgian waterways to the largest flower garden in the world.

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    Enjoy an active or relaxing time at Eurocamp

    Eurocamp offers 50% discount for grandparents in 2020

    Eurocamp
    13 days ago

    Stay at the same parc as your children on selected dates in 2020 and Eurocamp will give you 50% discount. Book separate accommodation and make sure the majoirty of your travel dates overlap. Applies to travel between 2 April and 26 June 2020. Offer expires 5 November. They also have up to 35% discount for other guests booking their 2020 Eurocamp break by 5th November and offer a Brexit-safe guarantee. With more than 180 parcs in wonderful locations throughout Europe offering active adventures, peaceful moments and soothing treats, there is bound to be an ideal place for you. See their website for full T&Cs.

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    Sea Cloud II

    Noble Caledonia latest offers and brochures.

    Noble Caledonia
    14 days ago

    Noble Caledonia have announced their latest brochure releases for land and cruise tours. If you are interested in a cultural river voyage for example there are details of their new cruises along the Nile aboard the wonderful SS Misr for 2021.
    Closer to home you will find some brochures pertaining to new tours in the British Isles. ‘Small Ship Cruising around the British Isles’ offers three new expedition cruises aboard the MS Caledonian Sky focusing on some of the beautiful, remote islands of Britain and Ireland.
    The company have two new voyages on the spectacular sailing ship Sea Cloud II with Guest Speaker Dr. Steve Kershaw. ‘La Dolce Vita’ from Malta to Bari, focusing on the history and culture of Southern Italy and ‘Voyage to the Land of Gods and Heroes’ from Bari to Athens stopping at some of Greece’s most fascinating historical sites, beautiful towns and charming harbours.

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    Sicily

    Villa Plus adds Sicily to its extensive list of destinations

    Villa Plus
    15 days ago

    Our partner Villa Plus, has added the stunning island of Sicily to its ever-growing European collection. This Mediterranean island is bursting with character, combining beautiful Baroque towns, gorgeous sandy beaches and awe-inducing natural landscapes. A villa holiday in Sicily offers you the chance to immerse yourself in local life, whether that be shopping in colourful markets and picking up the freshest produce for a BBQ back at the villa, or sipping on aperitivi in bustling piazzas, either way you’re sure to have a charming and captivating escape. Their collection includes Villa Isola, a stunning 5 bedroom villa set in extensive grounds in Syracusa. All bedrooms are en-suite and 2 are in an annexe, making it ideal for multi-generational holidays.
    Car hire is also available, so why not get out and explore what this glorious island has to offer? With seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the island, the highlight of course being Mount Etna, there is more than enough to satisfy the historian in all of us.
    Booking with Villa Plus means your money is 100% safe. They are members of ABTA and provide full financial protection for your money for holidays not including flights by way of a bond held by ABTA, and because they’re also ATOL-bonded, any package holiday which includes flights and accommodation booked through them, is also protected.

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    Canal boat holidays are fun and so relaxing!

    ABC Canal Boat Holiday offers

    ABC Boat Hire
    15 days ago

    We’re very impressed with the ABC Boat Hire website. If you’ve ever considered a canal boat holiday or short break do go and have a look. They’re amazing fun and so relaxing.
    With 16 starting locations across the waterway network and boat sizes to accommodate 2 to 12 people, you and your family or friends can afford to kick back and relax as you enjoy watching Britain’s most stunning countryside drift by.
    There is a whole range of offers and information from downloadable maps and guides to pet friendly holidays.
    Thoroughly well laid out and easy to navigate (pun intended) it’s well worth spending half an hour exploring!

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    Find a Coach Holiday with the Coach Tourism Association

    Find a Coach Holiday
    16 days ago

    Let our new partner Find a Coach Holiday from the CTA (Coach Tourism Association) help you find high quality, professional coach tour operators operating from your location across the UK and Europe. Coach tours are a comfortable, hassle free, sociable way to enjoy a holiday, short break or city break. They can also provide welcome relief for the family driver who can relax and enjoy the scenery with no worries about navigating and parking. New touring coaches can cost more than £300,000 and feature reclining seats, air-conditioning, double glazed windows and onboard facilities. Many operators have coaches that feature club class style leather seats with extra legroom, drop-down DVD screens, toilet facilities and even kitchens. Start your search here.