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    The Galapagos awaits!

    Viking new expedition voyages to South America and the Galápagos Islands.

    Viking Cruises
    4 days ago

    Viking has launched new expedition voyages to South America and the Galápagos Islands.
    Extraordinary journeys that combine fully guided land exploration In Peru and Ecuador with a small group sailing of the captivating Galápagos Islands. From Lima, Peru’s cultural capital, to the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, you will be immersed in the region’s history, food and music. In the Galápagos, you will explore Charles Darwin’s living laboratory, witnessing the archipelago’s unique wildlife, including giant tortoises, sea lions, iguanas and penguins.
    Prices start from £7990.00 per person for their Wild Galapagos, Machu Picchu and Peru itinerary.
    Please see further details about the sailings here:
    Viking has currently implemented a temporary cancellation policy, known as their Risk-Free Guarantee, for all of their guests departing after the 30th of April. The Risk-Free Guarantee allows guests the flexibility to cancel their cruise up to 24 hours before they depart without incurring any additional cancellation fees. Guests will receive a Future Cruise Credit for the full amount paid, which can be used towards a new booking within the next two years. For further information please see their website here:

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    The Puffins are back!

    Magical Scottish cruise with St. Hilda Sea Adventures

    St Hilda Sea Adventures
    7 days ago

    The Puffins will be back to our shores in the two weeks and staying here until late July-mid August. If you’re thinking of thinking of staying in the UK and visiting somewhere quiet and relaxing in 2021, then a magical Scottish cruise with St. Hilda Sea Adventures exploring the Inner and Outer Hebrides may be the perfect fit for you!
    Their unique small ships anchor in the most sheltered, idyllic, safe havens where passengers can visit world famous malt whisky distilleries and remote islands such as St Kilda, Lewis, Harris, Skye, Mull, Staffa, Iona, Jura and Islay.

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    Nick and a guide in Sri Lanka last year

    Selective Asia's founder, Nick Pulley, on how his team has rallied to face the challenges

    Selective Asia
    8 days ago

    ‘The past few weeks have caused unprecedented turmoil in the travel industry and the wider world,’ says Nick Pulley. ‘At all times we want to assure you that the safety and well-being of our guests and colleagues is our highest priority. The situation with travel bans across all our destinations has meant that our incredible team of experts has been working tirelessly to ensure all our clients return home safely, and those who are travelling in the next few weeks have our expertise and support to help them postpone their travels. We are getting in touch with all our clients in order of departure date, so if we haven’t been in touch yet please bear with us – we will shortly’.

    ‘For the last 14 years Selective Asia has experienced various challenges from Iceland’s volcanic cloud ash to political instabilities, and although nothing has been as challenging as what we’re experiencing at the moment, we are confident that our collective experience has been, and will continue to be invaluable in offering the best assistance and support to our clients during what is a stressful time for all.’

    ‘I have written a diary of how the last two weeks developed in the Selective Asia office, the type of challenges we’ve experienced and how it has affected us. I hope this gives you an insight into how the travel industry is being affected, and why we are so grateful for your support in these volatile times.’

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    Pollock House

    Hebridean Island Cruises - Clyde Castles and Stately Homes

    Hebridean Island Cruises
    12 days ago

    Here’s a great idea for late autumn/November sailings from Hebridean Island Cruises.
    Their Clyde Castles and Stately Homes sails for 7 nights including 2 Gala Dinners.
    Scotland is a unique treasury of houses and castles, spanning a long and often turbulent history against haunting landscapes that evoke history and romance. Travel back through time to some of the Clyde’s most priceless architectural gems.
    Exploring by sea is the best way to experience the beauty of Scotland. The Highlands & Islands, lochs and remote mainland areas are all accessible from the comfort of the luxurious Hebridean Princess.

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    Covid-19 continues to affect travel plans

    Travel partners suspend programmes and revise booking policies

    15 days ago

    As the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus continues to affect flights, holidays and cruises, many of our partners are cancelling tours over the coming months and suspending cruises. These decisions are being made in the interests of customers’ safety and security, and because of travel restrictions, port closures, the requirement for new arrivals to self- quarantine for 2 weeks, and lockdowns in an increasing number of destinations. Many of our partners are also offering temporary revisions to their booking and cancellation policies. Our webpage Coronavirus – Information and Updates provides a list of our partners with links to their latest travel information pages.

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    Silver Explorer

    Silversea Cruises Save 10% with an Early Booking Bonus

    Silversea Cruises
    16 days ago

    If your idea of tropical travel comprises sunny days lounging on powdery sands, you’ll get your fill and so much more on voyage to the Caribbean and South America.
    Save 10% with an Early Booking Bonus on Silversea Cruises cruises departing September 2020 onwards, when you book by 30 April 2020
    This is the land of stunning extremes — and on the company’s recently refurbished ships, the unexpected is never a surprise.
    Plus, these Caribbean and South American voyages come at an unbeatable value, as Silversea offer you these limited-time savings opportunities:
    Enjoy included roundtrip economy air or reduced business class air; and overseas transfers, on select voyages
    Save up to £500 per suite with our exclusive Bonus Savings offer, when you book by 30 April 2020.

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    Swim up rooms at Tamala Beach

    New to The Gambia Experience - Tambala Beach All Inclusive Adult Only Hotel

    Serenity Holidays The Gambia Experience
    17 days ago

    Brand new to The Gambia Experience collection, Tamala Beach Hotel is an all inclusive, adults-only retreat, set right on the beach and offering a number of swim-up rooms. With an array of activities on offer, you can get involved in water aerobics, yoga and fitness classes or head to the well-equipped gym. A short stroll will take you to a small selection of local bars and restaurants, and the busier resort of Kololi is just a short drive away, boasting a wider range of eateries and nightclubs, plus a craft market.

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    Take your dog on holiday

    It’s a Dog’s Life!

    Holiday Property Bond
    18 days ago

    For many, a pet is very much part of the family; and this is particularly true of dogs. And when we go on holiday, we want to take our family with us. Don’t we? Find out more about how you can take your pick from over 1,400 holiday properties at more than 30 stunning locations in the UK and throughout Europe.

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    Small ship cruising

    Save £150 pp on small ship sailing around the Dalmation Coast with Artisan Travel

    Artisan Travel
    20 days ago

    Fancy sailing on a small ship around the Adriatic? Save £150 per person* on all May 2020 departures for Artisan Travel’s 7-night Cruise the Islands and Cities of the Dalmatian Coast. See some of the most beautiful islands and towns in Croatia such as Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korčula and Pomena. Now from £750 pp including transfers and accommodation and many meals. Flights extra. If you’re planning ahead to 2021, you can book your place on this cruise for just £50 pp. You an see Artisan Travel’s Travel Policy re coronavirus here. *T&Cs apply.

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    AmaDahlia

    AmaWaterways new AmaDahlia to set sail on Egypt’s legendary Nile River

    AmaWaterways
    20 days ago

    AmaWaterways today announced its 25th river cruise ship, the luxurious new AmaDahlia, is scheduled to set sail on Egypt’s legendary Nile River beginning September 2021.
    This immersive Secrets of Egypt & Nile itinerary will provide travellers with a unique opportunity to experience the ancient wonders of Egypt.
    Newly designed to accommodate only 68 guests, the stunning AmaDahlia will feature 34 luxurious staterooms, 24 of which are spacious balcony suites measuring up to 430 sq. ft.
    The round trip river cruise, (from Luxor to Luxor), and Cairo programme — with intra-Egypt flights between Cairo and Luxor — will operate seasonally from September through to May each year. To compliment this immersive 11-night cruise and land adventure,

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    Adele Penguins, Paulet Island

    Flights included from London on Hurtigruten Antarctica cruises

    Hurtigruten
    24 days ago

    Flights are now included from London on Hurtigruten Antarctica cruises in 2020-21.
    If you book before 31 March 2020, you will get flights from London Heathrow included in the price of your expedition cruise to Antarctica.
    Set foot on the most unique and remote place on Earth. Explore the frozen wilderness on daily landings and activities. Meet the curious and fearless Antarctic animals like penguins, whales and seals in their natural habitat.
    Offer: Return flights included from London Heathrow on selected Antarctica expedition cruises
    Booking period: 20 December – 31 March 2020
    Travel period: October 2020 – April 2021

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    Arctic Bath floating hotel in Swedish Lapland

    Sunvil announces new direct flights from London to Swedish Lapland

    Sunvil
    25 days ago

    Our partner Sunvil have just announced that from 18 December 2020, the new SAS (Scandinavian Airlines) flight will take you from London to Luleå, the coastal city in Northern Sweden, in just over three hours. Flying direct, rather than at present via Stockholm, and on a new aircraft, reduces carbon emissions considerably by 18-20%.
    Luleå is the gateway to the frozen Bothnian Bay, the Lule and Råne river valleys plus the Arctic north, as well as some of the coolest hotels on the planet, including newly-opened floating hotel Arctic Bath, cosy retreat Brandon Lodge and the extraordinary Treehotel. On a multi-centre, tailor-made trip you can also enjoy a sub-zero stay at the iconic ICEHOTEL, or a stay in Finland’s renowned glass igloos.
    Sunvil can carefully craft a Swedish Lapland trip for you, whatever your interests.

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    Budapest Chain Bridge

    Save up to £500 per couple with Railbookers March sale

    Railbookers
    26 days ago

    From now until 14 March 2020 save up to £500 on bookings for rail holidays with our partner Railbookers. Couples can save £300 on any three to six night rail holiday; £400 on trips seven to nine nights in length; or save £500 on itineraries including 10 or more nights.
    Some of their best selling holidays, bookable up to 2 years in advance, include a 6-night Grand National Parks of the Southwest.
    Discover five incredible national parks of Utah – Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, Bryce and Capitol Reef – on this seven-day rail journey from Chicago. Closer to home, their 8-night Grand Berlin, Prague, Vienna and Budapest tour. Travel aboard comfortable, high-speed trains as you take in the colourful history of Berlin, the spire-woven skyline of Prague, the grandiose musical heritage of Vienna and the tranquil thermal baths of Budapest.

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    The Drakensberg Mountains

    12 exciting new adventures in Ramblers Walking Holidays new winter brochure

    Ramblers Walking Holidays
    27 days ago

    Ramblers Walking Holidays have just launched their new winter brochure with 12 exciting new holidays plus an early booking offer saving £100 pp on long haul and £40 pp on short haul.
    Their 16-night Drakensberg Mountains tour with a Zululand wildlife safari extension costs from £2,399 pp with flights. Highlights include: Royal Natal National Park and the impressive rock formation, the ‘Amphitheatre’, plus the world’s second highest waterfall, Tugela Falls. The awe-inspiring jagged peaks of the Great Wall Rock, and two very different centres on this tour of KwaZulu Natal. Join the extension and experience the majesty of a wildlife safari in Hluhluwe and Infolozi Game Reserve.
    Closer to home, spend time in a picturesque village high in the French Pyrenees and enjoy a week in the sunniest winter resort in France, snowshoeing and walking amongst beautiful scenes. Their 7-night Font Romeu in the French Pyrenees costs from £1,340 pp.

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    Black Watch

    Fred Olsen Ship Visit

    Fred Olsen
    28 days ago

    We invite Silver Travellers to join us for an exclusive ship visit, on board Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ “Black Watch” in Liverpool, on Tuesday 28 April 2020. This exciting visit is with our wonderful partner Ramblers Walking Holidays, Cruise & Walk Holidays, in association with Fred. Olsen Cruises.
    This ship visit is different to our usual visits because not only will you be able to ‘try before you buy,’ but you will also learn about Ramblers Cruise & Walk Holidays.
    They have organised several cruises on Fred. Olsen ships, tailored for people who really enjoy both rambling and cruising, all in one package.
    Your visit will include a guided tour of Black Watch which will showcase the ship’s various types of cabin accommodation, all public spaces – lounges, bars, restaurants, pool areas and open decks, spa and gymnasium, and will conclude with a buffet lunch, before disembarking.
    Full details are found by clicking on this link

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    Alhambra Palace

    20 Ideas for the Ultimate Europe Bucket List from Riviera Travel

    Riviera Travel
    about 1 month ago

    Are you compiling a European bucket list – a checklist of quintessential adventures and experiences to enrich your life? From Rome’s Trevi Fountain to the castles of the Rhine, Europe is home to iconic landmarks that everyone must see in their lifetime. To provide inspiration, our partner Riviera Travel have put together a helpful blog 20 Ideas for the Ultimate Europe Bucket List which includes visiting Seville as part of their stunning Classical Spain tour; witnessing the Oberammergau Passion Play that only happens once every 10 years; and swimming in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.

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    Villa Andrea in Kefalonia

    Save £2,000 or more holidaying in the shoulder season with Villa Plus

    Villa Plus
    about 1 month ago

    Holidaying in the “shoulder season” of spring and autumn has many advantages, as our partner Villa Plus explain in their 12 winning reasons why shoulder season travel is the best. For example, you can rent 3-bedroom Villa Andrea in Kefalonia for just £485 per week departing 3 May, saving an incredible £2,310 on the peak season rental cost.

    5 bedroom/5 bathroom Villa Androniki in Latchi, Cyprus costs just £467 for a week departing 3 May 2020 – that’s an incredible £47 pp with full occupancy. (Peak prices are £2,349 per week or £235 pp). Perfect for a group of friends or family, this villa has a private pool, WiFi.

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    The Rocky Mountaineer

    Save £50 on Rocky Mountain Railtour with Titan Travel

    Titan Travel
    about 1 month ago

    Our partner Titan Travel UK has been a proud partner of Rocky Mountaineer ever since it began its luxury train journeys from Vancouver, offering customers mesmerising Canadian adventures. From the comfort of their own seat, passengers can dine on regionally inspired meals as they take in the magical scenery of snow-capped peaks, azure blue lakes, breathtaking fjords and glaciers; or catch a glimpse of a grizzly bear or elk from the glass-domed carriage.

    Currently save £50 on their 11-day Rocky Mountain Railtour which includes tours of Banff surrounds (with Lake Louise) and Jasper National Park, a Columbia Icefield Glacier Adventure, Vancouver city tour and Butchart Gardens.
    Priced from £3,999 pp for SilverLeaf Service with savings of £50 on selected dates. Upgrade to Goldleaf Service from an additional £459pp. Includes accommodation, flights and VIP door-to-door service. Other tours available.

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    Dutch Bulbfields

    Get away to Europe for a Springtime break with Just Go Holidays

    Just Go Holidays
    about 1 month ago

    Just Go Holidays 4-day European tours offer a wonderful mixture of stunning scenery and culture, and cost from from just £329 per person.

    Experience the vibrant atmosphere and lively café scene of Amsterdam and the beautiful tulips of Keukenhof with their Dutch Bulbfields & Amsterdam tour. Or, why not travel back in time to the spectacular Palace of Versailles, and enjoy some leisure time in Paris with its elegant boulevards and iconic landmarks? If railway journeys are more your thing, make sure you don’t miss their Little Railways of the Rhine tour, which includes a journey aboard the narrow-gauge Volcano Express through stunning mountain scenery as well as a spot of wine tasting!

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    Shore path on Raasay

    Hebridean Island Cruises 'Footloose' walking themed cruise of 2020

    Hebridean Cruises
    about 1 month ago

    Hebridean Island Cruises first ‘Footloose’ walking themed cruise of 2020 offers a tantalising blend of energising walks and fascinating visits to suit every taste.
    The diverse landscapes of the Small Isles and Skye contrast with the mainland gems of Gairloch and Shieldaig on a real ‘Footloose’ escape of peaceful seclusion.
    Calling at Oban – Rum – Skye – Raasay – Gairloch – Shieldaig Oban
    28 April to 5 May 2020 7 nights On Board Hebridean Princess
    Carrying just 50 guests, she has a reputation for exceptional service, fine food and wine and the warm welcome extended by the crew. She has 30 elegant and spacious cabins, 11 designed with the single traveller in mind.