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    Uniworld unbeatable value for groups of 10 or more people

    Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
    25 days ago

    Recognising an increasing trend for friends and family holidaying together post-Covid, Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection is offering unbeatable value for groups of 10 or more people travelling together on a wide selection of 2021 sailings.
    The Friends Reunited package is available on a number of departures across its programme including the Danube, Rhine, Seine, Bordeaux, Burgundy, Venice lagoon and Po river, Volga, Mekong, Ganges and the Nile, as well as on its 2021 Christmas Market cruises on the Danube, Rhine and the Seine.

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    Just You and Travelsphere offer Reassurance Guarantee

    Travelsphere
    28 days ago

    Book your next holiday with confidence, thanks to our partner Just You – Holidays for solo travellers and guided touring specialists Travelsphere’s Reassurance Guarantee. For complete peace of mind, your money is 100% protected, held in an independent Trust Fund; and on existing and new bookings made before 31 December 2020 you can amend your booking for free and enjoy flexible cancellation up to 45 days before departure without losing any money.

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    Stunning swiss scenery

    Travel by train for your next solos holiday with One Traveller

    One Traveller
    29 days ago

    Our awards finalist One Traveller Holidays have just announced a new collection of rail holidays. Take the greener, more relaxed option, avoiding long waits in busy airports. Within just 45 minutes of arriving at St Pancras International Station* you will be off at high speed in a cabin more spacious than an aircraft and already getting to know your fellow travelling companions whilst enjoying the Kent, French, Swiss and Italian countryside. Fully escorted by your Tour Manager, they make the changes in Paris easy with luggage porters waiting to meet you and assist with the transfer across the city.
    Upgrades to Eurostar’s Standard Premier Class, with continuing trains’ first class, are available at a fraction of what the same length journey would cost by air, for that extra special comfort. One Traveller guests also receive a 10% discount with The Baggageman should you wish to arrange for your luggage to be sent ahead, making your journey simple and very much a part of your holiday.
    All these holidays offer their usual Pre-Holiday Get Together at a hotel less than a mile from Euston, Paddington, Kings Cross and St Pancras International stations.
    Destinations include France’s Champagne Region, Lake Maggiore, the French Riviera, Montreux/Lake Geneva and also their Rhone & Saone cruise. These holidays stay in four and five-star hotels and include half board and some lunches, drinks with meals, excursions, boat trips, wine tastings and our usual host of extra touches all in the one holiday price with no hidden extras. * Boarding at Ashford or Ebbsfleet might be possible

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    Singapore extends SG Clean visitor safety label

    Singapore Tourism Board
    about 1 month ago

    Singapore recently launched the SG Clean campaign which aims to ensure a high standard of safety and hygiene in public areas. The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is working closely with tourism stakeholders such as hotels, attractions and convention facilities, to ensure compliance with safe management measures. Strict checks will be conducted, and only tourism businesses which meet the safe management measures will be allowed to re-open. Learn more here.

    So if you’re starting to think long haul for 2021, revisit Singapore, safe in the knowledge that your wellbeing is paramount in all establishments awarded the SG Clean quality mark.

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    The MV Galileo

    Seafarer Cruises are exploring The Cyclades.

    Seafarer Cruises
    about 1 month ago

    Seafarer Cruises are now offering some lovely Greek holidays exploring The Cyclades.
    The Cyclades centre on uninhabited Delos, considered the birthplace of Apollo, and home to some of Greece’s most important archaeological ruins. Many of the islands are popular holiday destinations, known for their beaches, ancient sites, rugged landscapes and traditional blue-and-white stucco towns overlooking the sea.
    Travelling on the beautiful Galileo when she has her sails up is a truly wonderful experience.
    You can find out more about the company’s Greek cruises here.
    https://www.seafarercruises.com/cruises/mega-yacht/

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    New interactive brochure

    One Traveller launches exciting new interactive river cruise brochure

    One Traveller
    about 1 month ago

    Specialists in holidays for solo travellers, One Traveller, have launched an exciting NEW interactive brochure for solos river cruises. Flick through the pages online and click on links for virtual tours of the ships, Tour Manager videos, a pre-holiday video and more. Rivers include the Rhône, Saone, Danube, Rhine, Moselle and Nile.
    Follow this link to explore their brochure:

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    A volunteer with a guest at Netley Waterside House

    Revitalise now taking bookings for 2020/21 respite breaks

    Revitalise
    about 1 month ago

    Our partner and 2020 Awards finalist Revitalise is now taking bookings for 2020 & 2021 respite breaks! Plus, with their new Early Bird discounts and Revitalise Book With Confidence Guarantee, you can make great savings and cancel or amend your holiday with absolutely no amendment fees. For special discounts for respite holidays for silver travellers and more details about all the Covid-19 safety measures in place at their centres, please click here

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    'Downton Abbey'

    Celebrate British history with these short breaks from Just Go Holidays

    Just Go Holidays
    about 1 month ago

    Go behind the scenes at Downton Abbey and visit Royal Windor on a Just Go Holidays 2-day tour Downton Abbey Behind the Scenes & Royal Windsor – departing 8 September 2020 – from £189 pp. The ‘real Downton Abbey’ is opening its doors exclusively for Just Go Holidays’ customers on 9th September 2020! Whether you are a returning enthusiast or a first timer, don’t miss this truly unique visit to Highclere Castle, filming location of the much loved Downton Abbey.
    Alternatively, marvel at aerial acrobatics, dogfights and a mass Spitfire flypast with their The Battle of Britain Air Show at Duxford tour- departing 19 September 2020, 2 days from £149 pp

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    Lord of The Glens

    HEBRIDEAN INCREASES SCOTTISH PRESENCE WITH PURCHASE OF LORD OF THE GLENS

    Hebridean
    about 1 month ago

    HP Shipping Ltd, the owner of the luxury small ship Hebridean Princess, has announced the purchase of ‘MV Lord of the Glens’, from the Magna Carta Steamship Company Ltd.
    The elegant Lord of the Glens has the look of a luxury yacht and was in fact designed with the Royal Yacht Britannia in mind; the four-deck vessel has 27 passenger cabins, which were totally refurbished in 2020. Lord of the Glens has been cruising the intricate waters of Scotland’s Caledonian Canal with its many locks, as well as the sheltered waters and lochs around Scotland’s beautiful west coast.
    She will offer five and seven night cruises, commencing April 2021 along the beautiful Caledonian Canal, between Inverness and Kyle of Lochalsh including Loch Ness and Oban. Advance bookings for 2021 are very strong and a number of cruises have been chartered to US and European tour operators. Lord of the Glens is a ship of similar size to the well-established and well-loved Hebridean Princess which carries a maximum of 50 guests and operates mainly on the west coast of Scotland.

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    Stargazing from the Jacuzzi at Loggers Lodge

    Ultimate romantic winter escape deep in Swedish lapland with Sunvil

    Sunvil
    about 1 month ago

    The ultimate romantic retreat, switch off and allow yourself to relax and unwind in the warm and homely Loggers Lodge – perfectly made for two. Nestled in the middle of the forest, enjoy total silence and no light pollution – staying here is about ‘just being’. Connect with your surroundings through the gastronomy – a private chef will serve organic, gourmet, local meals to your table – or spend some romantic time stargazing from the outdoor hot tub. Stay three nights’ full board from £2,642 pp (two sharing), including flights (London) and private transfers. Other activities available at a supplement. Call AITO* member Sunvil on 020 8758 4722

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    Enjoy summer together with Eurocamp

    Save up to 35% on 2021 Eurocamp holidays

    Eurocamp
    about 1 month ago

    A Eurocamp holiday gives you the space you need to enjoy summer together. Book early for 2021 to save up to 35% and get your pick of parcs, dates and accommodation across Europe. A £99 deposit will secure your place, and your space – and you can spread the cost however it suits you. Imagine long sunny days strolling along the beach, barbecues under the stars and spending quality time with the people that matter most, in self-contained accommodation that gives you the breathing space to truly relax.

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    MS Serenade 1.

    Titan Travel are introducing refillable Titan water bottles

    Titan Travel
    about 1 month ago

    Titan Travel are introducing refillable Titan water bottles and water stations on board their river boats, as they make it their mission to cut the use of single use plastics.
    Choose from their new ship MS River Discovery II or their original ship the MS Serenade 1.
    Both are spacious, with stylish areas including sun decks and lounges, generous-sized cabins, and complimentary house wine, beer, and soft drinks during lunch and dinner.
    Meanwhile, you’ll get to learn about the passing scenery with their brilliant new Quietvox headsets that can be used for live onboard commentary, as well as guided and self-guided escorted tours off the ship.
    Find out more about their river cruises here.

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    "Happy Days"

    ABC Boat Hire have a brand new day boat at Kings Orchard Marina, Lichfield.

    ABC Boat Hire
    about 2 months ago

    ABC Boat Hire have a brand new day boat at Kings Orchard Marina, Lichfield. “Happy Days” is available to book from the 10th August. £179 for the day and the boat accommodates 10 people.
    You can call them on 0330 3330 590 or book online www.abcdayboathire.com
    The company offers holidays and short breaks from 3 or 4 days, mid-week or a weekend to a full week or longer.
    As a great family holiday, and not wanting to leave anyone out, they even let your first pet go for free.
    They also now offer free Wi-Fi on all of their boats.

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    New Low Touch Travel with Selective Asia

    The future of travel: what will it really be like?

    Selective Asia
    about 2 months ago

    Nick Pulley, founder and MD of our partner and Awards finalists Selective Asia did a lot of reading during the Covid-19 outbreak, and found many travel commentators claiming that the disease ‘will’ automatically bring about a number of changes. He’s not so sure, and shares his insights in their latest blog The Future of Travel: what will it really be like?
    He considers challenges such as how to make travel more sustainable and how to reduce over tourism, Selective Asia has launched a new and innovative approach Low Touch Travel.

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    Saga launches new collection for solo travellers

    Saga Solo Holidays
    about 2 months ago

    Our partner and Awards finalist Saga Holidays have just launched their new collection for solo travellers with popular destinations from Croatia to Costa Rica.
    Why go solo with Saga?
    Solo Host or Tour Manager, available throughout your holiday
    Meet & Greet Service at Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester airports
    Fast-track security and airport lounge at Gatwick, Heathrow and Manchester airports
    Welcome dinner, drinks party and farewell dinner
    VIP door-to-door travel service included on all long-haul holidays and river cruises
    Included travel insurance on all overseas holidays, including cover for over 400 pre-existing medical conditions.

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    Sicily awaits!

    Noble Caledonia’s eight night ‘Passage to Puglia’

    Noble Caledonia
    about 2 months ago

    If you love Italy and travelling with a small group of fellow guests then Noble Caledonia’s eight night ‘Passage to Puglia’ aboard the 95-passenger MS Serenissima in October 2021 could be the cruise for you.
    Setting sail from Valletta, journey along the Adriatic coast of Italy with four days to discover Puglia’s many gems, before reaching Montenegro and Croatia.
    With her small size she can navigate into small, remote ports inaccessible to the big cruise ships and appears an impressive sight when moored
    This is a delightful small ship cruise and the itinerary includes interesting visits a as well as onboard talks from Guest Speaker, Ernie Rea.

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    The Taj Mahal

    Book your 2021 tour of Asia with confidence thanks to TransIndus

    TransIndus
    about 2 months ago

    If you’re planning a trip to Asia next year to spot tigers, elephants and other wildlife or explore iconic sites, book with confidence with our partner TransIndus. They have introduced new and completely flexible booking guarantees that take the worry out of booking by allowing selected amendments, reducing group sizes to 8-10, ensuring stringent safety measures are in place.
    Why not look their full range of Small Group tours through: India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, Uzbekistan, Myanmar (Burma), China, Vietnam and Indochina. Request or download their brochures

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    The Great Pyramids

    Discover Egypt & Jordan commended by Which? magazine

    Discover Egypt and Jordan
    about 2 months ago

    We were delighted to note that our partner and Awards finalist Discover Egypt and Jordan have been commended by Which? Magazine as “one of the best small holiday companies that you can trust with your money”, having consistently complied with EU Package laws in refunding customers within 14 days.

    And although they have sadly had to cancel many trips this year, they are pleased to recommence in September 2020. They say, “This Autumn/Winter is a good time to go particularly as the weather is most pleasant and not too hot. We predict that the sites will be much quieter and less crowded with smaller tour groups and temples and Museums limiting the numbers of people allowed into sites. Overall, the holiday experience is likely to be much more bespoke and intimate”.

    They also point out that, “Hotels in Egypt are rapidly coming up to speed with new hygiene procedures implemented by the Egyptian government and these are very similar to those imposed in Europe. It is worth to point out that already over the last 20 years, Discover Egypt has always implemented a very strict hygiene regime on its cruise boats and there have always been hand sanitising stations, sanitised towels on entering the boat and covers protecting all buffet food. We will continue to monitor enhanced health and safety protocols for the well being of all our customers”.

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    Enjoy gourmet walking holidays with Hedonistic Hiking

    Hedonistic Hiking
    about 2 months ago

    The benefits of walking on both physical and mental health are well documented and this year more than ever people have walked for their well-being. The team at Hedonistic Hiking lead small groups across beautiful trails in Italy and over its borders into France, Austria and Slovenia.
    Hike in May 2021 in the gentle landscape of Tuscany from Lucca, to Volterra and on to the gorgeous island of Elba, or head for the heights of the Italian Alps in July 2021 and feel on top of the world. All the tours feature fabulous accommodation and the best food and wine the regions have to offer.

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    Riviera Travel brochures you can order

    Riviera Travel
    about 2 months ago

    Riviera Travel now has eight brochures you can order, download or view on line.
    Not only river cruising but they are a fantastic way to see and do more, without having to repack your suitcase.
    The company also has escorted tours both in Europe and long-haul to fascinating locations.
    Would you like to travel to Provence? Great!
    They can offer the Burgundy, the River Rhône & Provence River Cruise, an escorted tour of Timeless Provence, and a Walk & Discover tour of Majestic Provence.There are even options for Solo Travellers too.
    https://www.rivieratravel.co.uk/brochures