2023 Coach Holiday Brochure

View our Holiday programme for 2023, including UK and European breaks.

UK & Continental Coach Holidays 2023


Welcome to the Galloway 2023 Holiday Collection

We are excited to bring you our 2023 holiday programme! We have our full holiday programme available from January through to December featuring a feast of delights to keep you busy throughout 2023. From simple short breaks to fabulous European escapes there really is plenty to choose from and of course all the Galloway favourites are included, Harrogate, Cornwall and the Cotswolds. All holidays have been carefully selected with your enjoyment in mind and don’t forget, the beauty of joining one of our tours is that we collect you from home. So, browse the following pages, choose your favourite holidays and let us take care of the rest!

Financial Security Statement The combination of travel services offered to you is a package within the meaning of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018. Therefore, you will benefit from all rights applying to packages; Galloway will be fully responsible for the proper performance of the package as a whole.

Additionally, as required by law, Galloway have protection in place to refund your payments and, where transport is included in the package, to ensure your repatriation in the event that they become insolvent. Galloway are members of the Bonded Coach Holiday Group, overseen by The Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited. This is a government approved consumer protection scheme. This ensures that in relation to the coach package holidays described in this brochure (or website) that a Bond, which may be called upon in the unlikely event of the members Insolvency, protects the clients’ monies. Clients are recommended to inspect the current membership certificate at our registered office or alternatively go to www.bch-uk.org or telephone 0207 7065 5316 to confirm current membership. Your attention is also drawn to the Bonded Coach Holiday Group Trading Charter that will apply to these coach package holidays. Details of the Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 can be found at The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 (legislation.gov.uk)

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Day Trips We run a programme of Days Out throughout the year, from stately homes to west end shows. You can see a regularly updated list of these on www.travel-galloway.com/tours/show-all Coach hire Competitive quotes, for any occasion, available by emailing coachhire@gallowayeuropean.co.uk Discount codes When booking a holiday online you can use the booking code ONLINEHOLIDAY to save £10pp. You can also save £2.50pp on days out by using code ONLINEDAY. Enewsletter Be the first to hear about our latest offers and holidays! Subscribe to our enewsletter by emailing marketing@gallowayeuropean.co.uk

Loyalty Points Booking more holidays means more savings with us! If you have booked (and travelled) on a holiday with us you can earn yourself loyalty points to save money on future bookings. For every UK holiday of 5 days or more you will get 5 loyalty points and for every European holiday you will receive 7 loyalty points (2 loyalty points = £1) Once you return from the holiday you can then use these points to save on your next new booking! Insurance Insurance can be added to your UK holidays, the insurance policy we offer is underwritten by Wrightsure. Prices featured in this brochure are valid on all bookings made before the 31st December 2022. These prices are subject to change. We do not offer insurance for European holidays.

Gift Vouchers – Give the gift of Galloway! Our vouchers are a great gift idea your loved ones will appreciate for any occasion. Galloway gift vouchers can be used against any of our holidays or day excursions. Each voucher is valid for 12 months from the time of purchase.

How to book:

Book Online – www.travel-galloway.com Call us – 0330 1000360 Monday to Friday 1000hrs to 1500hrs where one of our friendly sales advisors will be happy to help you Email us – info@gallowayeuropean.co.uk simply send us an email with your query or booking request and one of our sales team will get back to you Visit us – 3 The Walk, Ipswich, IP1 1EA . Monday to Friday 1000hrs – 1500hrs

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2023 Tour Index

FEBRUARY 2023 Sun 19th

JUNE 2023 Fri 2nd

Sunday at the Waldorf

7 8

Railway Children Weekend


Mon 20th

Harrogate & York ‘Inclusive Package’

Mon 5th

Somerset, Ilfracombe & the Picturesque Village of Lynmouth Austrian Lakes & Peaks of Perfection

20 37 20 21 21 38 22 22 38 23 23

Sat 10th Mon 12th Mon 19th Mon 26th JULY 2023 Mon 3rd Mon 3rd Tues 11th Sun 23rd Mon 24th Mon 31st

Romantic Yorkshire

Delights of Bournemouth

Shropshire and the Welsh Marches

Majestic Maggiore & Mountain Railway

Rutland Riches

St Agnes & Doc Martin’s Cornwall Gourmet Delights of Normandy

Summer & Splendour in South West Wales

MARCH 2023 Sun 5th

Cotswolds, Castles & Wye Valley

Cornish Winter Warmer

7 9

Fri 10th Fri 17th

Galloway Reunion

Beautiful Bruges & Ypres

36 10

Thurs 23rd Sun 26th

London, Water & Air A Week in Yorkshire


APRIL 2023 Sun 2nd Mon 10th Thurs 13th Thurs 20th Sun 30th Fri 7th

‘Little Switzerland' & Springtime in Vianden 36

Easter in Derbyshire Trams, Boats and Bulbs

10 37 12 12 13 14

Beautiful Berkshire & Secrets of Surrey South Downs, Sussex and Portsmouth

A Week in Wiltshire

AUGUST 2023 Thurs 10th

Sun 30th

Highland Safari

Hampshire Heritage Highlights

24 24 25 25 39

Sun 13th Mon 21st Mon 28th Tues 29th

Bonnie Scotland Folkestone & Kent

Harrogate, Howard & Harewood

Flanders Fields: A Commemorative Tour

MAY 2023 Mon 8th Mon 8th Sun 14th Mon 22nd Fri 19th Fri 26th Sun 28th

Morecambe, Lakes & Yorkshire Bournemouth, Beaulieu & Swanage

15 15 16 16 17 18 19

Kingdom of Northumbria

Romantic Journeys on the Isle of Man

Hebridian Odyssey Coronation Street

Belfast, Royal Castles & Gardens

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SEPTEMBER 2023 Fri 1st

DECEMBER 2023 Fri 1st

Norway - Fjords, Glaciers, Lakes & Mountains Summertime in Northumbria Royal Connections, London

Three countries for Christmas Christmas at Beamish & Alnwick Garden Light Trail Lanterns at Longleat and Bristol Christmas Market Rudesheim and Wiesbaden Christmas Markets


40 26 26 27 27 28 28 29

Fri 1st

Sun 3rd Sun 10th Fri 15th Sun 17th Mon 18th Thurs 21st Mon 25th


Fri 8th


Summer Weekend in Southwest Wales

Sun 10th

Hook and Crook Ireland

41 34 42 35 35

Severn Valley Safari

Mon 11th Thurs 21st Sat 22nd

York & Harrogate

Hidden Treasures of Derbyshire

Christmas in Lake Garda, Italy

Brighton & Eastbourne

Christmas in Plymouth

Sat 23rd

Christmas in the Peak District


OCTOBER 2023 Mon 2nd

Warner Leisure Hotels

44 45 45 46 46 53 47 47 48 48 53 49 50 50 51 54 51 50 54

Lancashire’s Best Bits

29 39 30 31

29th Jan 12th Feb 24th Feb 27th Feb 10th Mar 12th Mar 18th Mar 7th Apr 27th Apr 4th Jun 5th Jun 8th Jun 6th Jul 20th Jul 26th Jul 5th Aug 19th Jun 4th Sep 22nd Sep 13th Oct 13th Nov

All Inclusive Burns Break, Scotland Entertainment Break on the Isle of Wight Snowdrops Short Break Gloucestershire

Sun 8th Mon 9th Mon 16th Tues 24th

The Divine Rhine & Plenty of Wine

Cotswolds Villages and Stratford-Upon-Avon 30

Bournemouth & The Isle of Wight Autumn Colours in Cornwall

All Inclusive in Cumbria Weekend in Rouen, France Cheshire Spring Break Mother’s Day Break in Bristol Easter in Sandown, Isle of Wight

NOVEMBER 2023 Fri 10th

Festive Chatsworth & Bakewell Canterbury Christmas Market & Festive Rochester


Fri 17th

Avon’s Calling


Denmark, Fairytales & Vikings

Tues 28th Thurs 30th

Christmas at Scotney & Lights at Bedgebury 32

Potters Resort, Hopton-On-Sea All Inclusive 49

Festive Hampshire & Berkshire


RHS Chatsworth Flower Show & The Peak District

Delightful Dawlish

Tall Ships in Hartlepool, County Durham Ales & Haunted Tales, Lancashire

Paris City Break By Eurostar! Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo

Delightful Dawlish

Amsterdam & Dutch Delights

Blackpool Illuminations & The Lake District 52

Snowdonia Winter Warmer




New Tour

Home Pickup

No Single Supplement

Shared with Woods

Shared with Kirbys


Loyalty Points



Tea/Coffee Facilities

Leisure Facilities


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18, 20




9 10, 28, 35




28 30





33 7, 10, 26

12, 24








15,21, 30


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Cornish Winter Warmer

Sunday at the Waldorf





St Agnes retains links with Cornwall's industrial past and an ideal base to explore Padstow, Truro and the seaside resort of Falmouth with its picturesque waterfront and quaint streets. This holiday also includes a visit to the Eden Project, home of the largest indoor rain forest. It is a huge hit for all customers year after year. Day 1 Following collection from home, travel to the 3 star Rosemundy Hotel for a four night stay including dinner, bed and breakfast. Day 2 Today we visit the world-famous Eden Project, home to the largest indoor rainforest in the world. People flock from all over to see this spectacular attraction which houses thousands of unusual plants from all over the world. The domes feature banana trees, giant bamboo, grape vines, rubber plants, waterfalls, steamy jungles, giant sculptures, a treetop lookout and much more. Day 3 Today, travel to Truro, Cornwall's Cathedral City, with cobbled streets and Georgian town houses. This afternoon, continue to the seaside resort of Falmouth with time to explore its picturesque waterfront, sandy beaches and quaint streets. Day 4 After breakfast we travel to

Visit the capital and spend some free time exploring the sights. Included in this overnight stay is an Afternoon Tea at your hotel. Day 1 We depart local pickup points and travel to London for free time, before making our way to the Waldorf Hotel to enjoy the delicious afternoon tea before checking in. The remainder of the evening is free for you to explore at leisure, enjoy a meal or maybe take in a show - the choice is endless. Day 2 After a leisurely full English breakfast, the coach and driver will collect your luggage. The remainder of the morning and afternoon are free in London. We depart late afternoon for our homeward journey, arriving in East Anglia mid evening.

Tintagel, an enchanting place forever associated with the legends of King Arthur. This afternoon we visit Padstow with its many medieval buildings and famous restaurants owned by Rick Stein. Day 5 Its time to say goodbye to the Rosemundy and return to East Anglia where the door to door service will be waiting to return you home.

AT A GLANCE ] Free time in London ] B&B ] Afternoon Tea Hilton Waldorf

AT A GLANCE ] Eden Project ] Free time in Padstow, Tintagel, Truro & Falmouth The Rosemundy House Hotel

London’s Waldorf Hilton Hotel offers both quality and style. Located on Aldwych the hotel is ideal for the West End and Covent Garden. The list of facilities at the hotel is endless, with a choice of restaurants and bars, lounges and seating areas. Other facilities include indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room and beauty treatments. All the bedrooms are contemporary furnished and are all en suite with television, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel has several lifts to all floors. www.hilton.com


Stay at the 3 star Rosemundy House Hotel, a Galloway favourite, set in its own secluded gardens and woodlands just 100 yards from the village main street. No lift but ground floor rooms available. www.rosemundy.co.uk


Half Board Single room supp:

Bed & Breakfast Single room supp:


£76pp £25pp




Reservations: 0330 1000 360 7

Harrogate & York ‘Inclusive Package’



Visit the Yorkshire Dales, an area of great beauty with breath-taking scenery making it a wonderful place to visit. Day 1 Following collection from home we head north to Harrogate arriving at our hotel in time for the evening meal and a stay of four nights.

Day 4 This morning we drive to Ripon, with its magnificent Cathedral – well worth a brief visit. Today is market day in Ripon and you have chance for a browse round the stalls, set up in the beautiful market square, before we head of along Nidderdale for a scenic ride via Summerbridge and Dacre back to the hotel for a light lunch and a final chance to explore the town of Harrogate. Day 5 With our packed lunches, we head for home calling at Downtown, Grantham to stretch our legs and maybe grab a bargain.

Inclusive package includes; 3 drinks vouchers per day of which maximum 2 vouchers per day can be used for alcoholic drinks choosing from selected house wines and spirits (not including De Lux and Malts), draught lager and beer, soft drinks, tea and coffee. 2 x Soup & Sandwich lunches 2 x packed lunch 2 nights entertainment

Day 2 We grab our packed lunches and head to the City of York. The City offers the visitor much to see and do…National Railway Museum, Magnificent York Minster, The Jorvik Centre, explore the narrow streets and alleyways, including the famous Shambles, and much more. Day 3 This morning we have a short drive to the village of Ripley. Here we enjoy a guided tour of historic Ripley Castle, home to the Ingilby family for over 700 years. The castle has many stories to tell, including Oliver Cromwell being held at gunpoint in the library. From here we return to the hotel for a light lunch – soup and sandwich, and the afternoon is then free to explore Harrogate. With huge open spaces and broad tree-lined boulevards, antique shops and shopping malls, elegant buildings, it is the perfect place to relax. Harrogate also boasts the world- famous Betty’s tearooms, founded in 1919 by a Swiss confectioner, and just round the corner from Betty’s is Farrar’s of Harrogate, established in 1840 and best known for its Original Harrogate Toffee – the favourite sweetie of the late Queen Mother.

AT A GLANCE ] Ripley Castle ] Free time in York & Ripon ] Inclusive Package The Cairn Hotel The Cairn Hotel dates back to the 18th century. It is a charming Victorian era hotel and has maintained many of its original features. Located just a short walk from the town centre and Valley Gardens the hotel is ideal for this holiday. All bedrooms are en suite and have a television, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift. www.strathmorehotels-thecairn.com/


All Inclusive Single room supp:

£75pp £36pp


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Galloway Reunion



Come and join friends old and new on this Special Galloway Reunion Weekend with evening entertainment Day 1 Following collection from your local pick up point, we travel alongside Rutland Water to Melton Mowbray where we enjoy some free time before continuing to The Old Barn Hotel where tea/coffee and biscuit will be served on arrival. Day 2 We drive to the historic City of Lincoln with its magnificent Cathedral, and

next to it the Norman Castle, where we meet our Guides to take us on a familiarisation tour of the city. Then we have free time and a chance to visit Lincoln cathedral (not included) this was the tallest building in the world for almost 300 years, yet in spite of its size, is filled with intricate detail throughout the gothic style architecture. The old town of Lincoln is a labyrinth of little alleyways and interesting shops to explore - there are plenty of tea rooms, pubs and cafes where you can obtain a drink and snack. We return to the hotel with time to relax before tonight’s evening of music and dancing begins. Day 3 After a leisurely breakfast we have a chance to visit Downtown shopping complex before we have a two course Sunday Lunch back at the hotel, then afterwards we head home with fond memories of old and new friends.

AT A GLANCE ] Lincoln City Tour ] 2 nights entertainment The Olde Barn Hotel

The Olde Barn Hotel Grantham is a delightful tranquil retreat set in beautiful Lincolnshire countryside near the village of Marston. The hotel prides itself on the quality of its food and hotel facilities include Health Club & Spa with indoor swimming pool, Sauna & Spa. All bedrooms are en suite and have television, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making


facilities. The hotel has a lift. www.theoldebarnhotel.co.uk

Half Board Single room supp:




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London, Water & Air



Easter in Derbyshire

All the key elements are included in this brand-new tour of London: We start on the water with an evening cruise, then follow it up with spectacular views from the air at The Shard before returning to earth and exploring London’s Transport Museum. Day 1 We arrive at our hotel with time to settle in and relax and perhaps have a wander locally to get acquainted with the surroundings, before we head to Tower Pier for a 2-hour evening cruise on the Thames. We start in fine style with a glass of bubbly or soft drink as we set off on our sightseeing bonanza, during which we will see all the major sites of our capital city, including the London Eye, Westminster, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London. A selection of canapés will be served throughout the evening and there will also be a live performer keeping you entertained with music. (Dress code is smart casual). Day 2 This morning you need a head for heights as we visit The View from The Shard. With access to the indoor viewing platforms on levels 68 and 69 as well as the open-air Skydeck on level 72, we aren’t short of spectacular views across the city and on clear days, way beyond in all directions! London’s tallest skyscraper offers unparalleled vistas and we spend time picking out all the iconic sights we know so well from the ground. Transported smoothly back down to earth, we have time for lunch before heading to the London Transport Museum. Here you can find out about the history of London’s transport system from the last 200 years, with exhibitions, artefacts and stories of the people who have travelled and work in the city. We have free time after our visit and with London at our disposal, perhaps a visit to Covent Garden would tick the box with its unique shopping or perhaps an early evening cocktail. Day 3 After a leisurely breakfast and a little free time we make our way back to East Anglia.



We are delighted to offer this tour for Easter. From our stylish base near Derby, we feature a host of interesting attractions; Chatsworth House, the National Tramway Museum and some unique villages. Day 1 After collection from home, travel north stopping in Stamford to take a break for lunch, before continuing to our hotel where we will be greeted with tea, coffee and biscuits on arrival. Day 2 Our day begins with a ride to Ashbourne, a fine old market town with a medieval street pattern and a wealth of high-quality shops. This afternoon we visit Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, where we enjoy the house and gardens. Day 3 Our day begins with a drive to Derbyshire and the village of Crich. Here we visit the superb National Tramway Museum where the authentic village scene transports you back in time with cobbled streets and the gentle rumble of passing trams. The Tramway Street hosts many period features such as shops, ice cream parlour, tea rooms and more. Catch a lovingly restored tram for a ride down the street and out into the Derbyshire countryside – your ticket includes unlimited rides. Later we visit Bakewell where you have chance to sample the famous ‘Tart’ at the original shop. Day 4 After breakfast, begin the journey home, returning back to East Anglia by early evening where the door to door collection service will be waiting to return you home. AT A GLANCE ] Chatsworth House ] Crich National Tramway Museum ] Bakewell Best Western Derby Mickleover Hotel

AT A GLANCE ] Thames Cruise ] The Shard ] London Transport Museum The Ibis Earls Court The Ibis Earls Court is in an ideal location and very central for all of London’s main attractions. The hotel has a stylish and spacious reception area with marble floors and stunning circular Oriental carpet. On the first floor you will find the hotel restaurant and cosy pub/bar. The bedrooms are a good size and are very well appointed. The hotel has a lift. www.all.accor.com

The Signature Collection by Best Western Derby Mickleover Hotel is just a short drive from Derby, close to the Peak District. This modern hotel offers stylish and contemporary accommodation. Facilities include a bar, restaurant, indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna, steam room, spa bath and whirlpool. All the bedrooms are ensuite and have a television, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift. www.bestwestern.co.uk



Half Board Single room supp:

Bed & Breakfast Single room supp:

£30pp £33pp

£75pp £26pp



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A Week in Yorkshire



This tour covers a wide variety of visits for you to enjoy as we step into spring 2023. In Yorkshire, we will enjoy beautiful sights at every turn and visits to some beautiful towns nestled in the countryside.

Day 1 Following collection from home we head north to Harrogate arriving at our hotel in time for evening meal and a stay of six nights. Day 2 Our day begins with a trip to Castle Howard, one of Britain’s finest historic houses. This afternoon we head to the only major town in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Helmsley. We spend the afternoon here to explore the quaint market town. Day 3 After a leisurely breakfast we head the short distance to the historic city of York. We have the day to explore this fascinating city with lots of attractions to keep you busy, such as the National Railway Museum, Jorvik Centre, the City Walls, the little streets and alleyways in the centre, not forgetting York Minster. Day 4 We make our way to Leyburn and visit Ceramic Inspirations, where a huge variety of items in all shapes and guises are produced. Next door is the Chocolate Shop where you can treat yourself to something chocolatey! Afterwards, we journey to Hawes where we visit the ‘Cheese Experience’ at the Wensleydale Creamery, home of Yorkshire’s famous cheese. Leaving Hawes, we head along the dale to Aysgarth and Bishopdale, over the hills to Upper Wharfedale and make a stop in Grassington. Day 5 Today is free for you to explore the pretty town of Harrogate. Enjoy a lovely stroll through beautiful Valley Gardens, explore the delightful Victoria arcades for some retail therapy. Have a relaxing lunch in one of the many restaurants, cafes and bars – maybe even visit the famous ‘Betty’s Tearooms’. Day 6 After a leisurely breakfast, we head for Harewood House, one of the Treasure Houses of England, set in the heart of rural Yorkshire. This afternoon we head to the market town of Skipton, known as the ‘Gateway to the Dales’. The High Street leads up to the church, behind which you see the impressive 900- year-old castle and Skipton Woods. Day 7 After breakfast we leave and head for home.

AT A GLANCE ] Castle Howard ] Wensleydale Creamery ] Harewood House The Cedar Court Hotel The Cedar Court Hotel Harrogate is a Grade II listed building and was Harrogate’s first hotel. It enjoys a peaceful location in landscaped grounds close to the town centre and provides spacious and well- equipped accommodation. Public areas include open plan lounge and bar. All bedrooms are en suite and have television, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift. www.cedarcourthotels.co.uk


Half Board Single room supp:

£154pp £38.50pp


Reservations: 0330 1000 360 11

South Downs, Sussex and Portsmouth

Beautiful Berkshire & Secrets of Surrey



During this spring break we spend time surrounded by the stunning landscapes of the South Downs, Sussex, and Portsmouth. We enjoy time in quaint market towns, historic cities and looking over the surrounding area from the sky, from Spinnaker Tower. Day 1 After collection from home, we travel to Hampshire, arriving late afternoon at the Langstone hotel for 4 nights stay – dinner, bed & breakfast. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be served on arrival. Day 2 This morning we drive East, heading into the South Downs National Park. We pass the famous Goodwood House, heading through the town of Midhurst and head west, enjoying views of the beautiful woodlands and open grassy plains of the National Park. We eventually reach Petersfield, a quaint market-town where we can enjoy lunch right in the heart of the South Downs National Park. The town has a variety of local shops, as well as a museum and art gallery, well worth a visit! Later on, we visit Stansted Park Garden Centre where we have a chance to explore the centre and look at its variety of flowers, gifts and other items. There is also a Farm shop and Café on-site, as well as a Pavilion Tearoom very close by. Day 3 Our day takes us east to the cathedral city of Chichester. At the heart of Chichester lies the Tudor Market Cross and Norman Cathedral surrounded by a host of independent shops, restaurants, pavement cafés and a number of galleries. This afternoon visit Bognor Regis for a short time. Be sure to enjoy the towns many parks and gardens, or just relax at one of the town's cafés or public houses. The town also hosts a delightful promenade and has a small pier. Day 4 We head a short distance to Portsmouth where we arrive at the Emirates Spinnaker Tower – the stunning 170-metre icon of the South Coast and Britain’s best viewing tower. You receive a voucher for Cream Tea here which you can use at any point in your day in Portsmouth. Afterwards, the rest of the day is yours in Portsmouth, perhaps visit the Historic Dockyard, home of ‘Victory’ and ‘Mary Rose’, visit the lovely Cathedral, or maybe enjoy a stroll along the seafront or just sit and relax and watch the ships come and go. Day 5 After breakfast, begin the journey home, returning back to East Anglia by early evening where the door to door collection service will be waiting to return you home.



This tour features an excellent selection of attractions, including a relaxing river cruise, a Royal Borough, a stunning garden and a stately home. Day 1 Following collection from home we head to Bekonscot Model Village, with over 90 years of history, 1.5 acres of well kept and detailed model buildings. We continue to our hotel where we have time to unpack before dinner is served. Day 2 For our first outing we head for the picturesque Thames side town of Kingston-upon-Thames with its riverside setting. We have some time at leisure before we depart for the splendid Royal Horticultural Society Garden at Wisley. The garden here is a place full of inspiration, offering ideas galore, with Wild Garden, Glasshouse, Model Gardens, Fruit Field, Arboretum and spectacular floral displays. Day 3 Today we travel through the rolling Surrey countryside to the county town of Guildford, with its magnificent Cathedral and cobbled high street. There is time to explore the individual shops and obtain lunch. From here we travel to stunning Polesden Lacey, near Dorking. The late Queen Mother remarked ‘This is a nice house….’ on her honeymoon at Polesden Lacey. This country house with glorious views across the Surrey Hills and glittering interior is designed to impress Royalty the world over. Day 4 This morning we have a short drive taking in some of the beautiful Berkshire countryside as we head for Henley-on-Thames, famous for its annual regatta. We have a short time to explore the town before we board our boat for our 1-hour river cruise along the Thames. Afterwards, we head to Royal Windsor where you could enjoy lunch, visit the famous Windsor Castle or one of its many independent stores or quaint streets. Day 5 After a leisurely breakfast, we make out way home calling at Polhill Garden Centre along the way.

AT A GLANCE ] Polesden Lacey ] Thames River Cruise ] RHS Wisley The Hampshire Court Hotel

AT A GLANCE ] Spinnaker Tower ] Cream Tea Voucher ] Chichester, Bognor Regis The Langstone Hotel The Langstone Hotel is a stunningly individualistic hotel situated on the south coast between Portsmouth and Chichester on the northern shore of Hayling Island overlooking Langstone Water. Hotel facilities include Lifestyle Health and Leisure Club with swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and gym. All bedrooms are en suite, with satellite television, pay movies, radio, telephone, hairdryer and hospitality tray. www.langstonequays.co.uk

The Hampshire Court Hotel stands at Chineham on the outskirts of Basingstoke. Part of the prestigious Q Hotels group, hotel facilities include indoor leisure club with indoor swimming pool and gym. Accommodation offers a range of smart, comfortable and stylish bedrooms. All bedrooms are en suite and have television, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee



making facilities. The hotel has a lift. www. hampshire-court.hotel-rez.com

Half Board Single room supp:

Half Board Single room supp:

£110pp £36pp

£106 £36pp



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A Week in Wiltshire



This week long tour explores the delights of Wiltshire. With a guided tour of historic Bath alongside a visit to the Cathedral city of Salisbury and chance to see the famous Caen Hill Locks it really is an enjoyable way to spend a week.

Day 1 Following collection from home we head to Swindon pausing in Henley on Thames on the way. Day 2 Our excursion today takes us to Devizes and the famous Caen Hill Locks, a staircase of 16 locks on the Kennet and Avon canal. From here we continue across Salisbury Plain past historic Stonehenge to Amesbury and the Cathedral City of Salisbury. Here we have time for lunch and to explore the city before we head back to our hotel. Day 3 Our day begins with a ride to the beautiful Georgian City of Bath. We are met by our guide and enjoy a tour of the sights. Attractions include the 15th century Abbey, the Roman Baths and Museum, 18th century Pump Rooms and the famous crescents. We have time for lunch – maybe at Sally Lunn’s, home of the Bath Bun - and free time before we return to our hotel. Day 4 We enjoy a free day to explore Swindon. Perhaps visit the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet for some retail therapy or ‘Steam’ the museum of the Great Western Railway. Built on part of the old British Railways locomotive works, this is well worth a visit. Day 5 This morning we begin with a visit to Adam’s Farm – the Cotswolds Farm Park as featured on TV. Adam Henson’s farm is the home of Rare Breeds Conservation and is devoted to the protection of endangered species. There is much to see before we continue to beautiful Bourton-on-the-Water, a delightful village with the River Windrush flowing quietly through. We have time for lunch here before our afternoon visit to the Birdland Park and Gardens. Discover the weird and wonderful species of birds from all over the world and take a scenic

walk around the 50 themed habitats. Day 6 We enjoy a leisurely morning in Chippenham, a historic market town with a population of over 40,000. The combination of old and new, the historic architectural gems and modern shopping centres make this an ideal place to explore. This afternoon we have a short drive to beautiful Bradford-on-Avon for a short break before moving on to the time warp village of Lacock, famous for its picturesque streets and as a location for TV and film. Day 7 Departing after breakfast, we head home, with a stop at Windsor on the way.

AT A GLANCE ] Devizes and Caen Hill ‘Stiarcase Locks’ ] Adams Farm

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Swindon

Our base for this break is the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Swindon. The hotel is located on the outskirts of the town. Features of the hotel are Minsky’s Restaurant and Bar & Café Cino. Hotel facilities All bedrooms are en suite and have satellite television, radio, hairdryer & tea and coffee making facilities. There are lifts to all floors. www.hilton.com


Half Board Single room supp:

£185pp £38.50pp


Reservations: 0330 1000 360 13

Highland Safari



This tour explores historical royal homes Glamis Castle and Falkland Place. Alongside taking you into the Perthshire highlands on a wildlife safari where you will get the chance to spot native species including the Majestic Red Deer.

Day 1 After collection from home, we travel to the Shap Wells hotel where we stay for our overnight accommodation. Day 2 We depart after breakfast a continue our journey to Perth. Day 3 This morning we travel to the nearby city of Dundee to enjoy a morning exploring the city before grabbing lunch. In the afternoon, we travel the short distance to Glamis Castle, one of the finest castles in Scotland and former home of the Princess Margaret and also the setting for Shakespeare’s McBeth. We have a tour of the historic castle and soak up the beauty of the gardens. Before making our way back to the hotel for dinner. Day 4 After breakfast the morning is free to enjoy the city of Perth, easily accessible from our centrally located hotel. Perhaps visit the Black Watch Castle & Museum or the art gallery. This afternoon we head north into the Perthshire hills and to Aberfeldy. Where we will be greeted by kilted rangers who will take us on 4x4 safari of Perthshire. If we are lucky enough, we will be able to spot the Majestic Red Deer, the Famous Grouse, the elusive Mountain Hare and the soaring Golden Eagle as you travel through forests, mountains and moors on private hill tracks.

Day 5 Today we head South East for St. Andrews, famous as the 'Home of Golf' but also home to a ruined castle and cathedral that overlook the beaches that featured in 'Chariots of Fire'. We spend our morning here before on the afternoon heading to Falkland Palace & Garden the former country residence of Mary Queen of Scots, where we have a tour of the house and gardens. Day 6 After breakfast, begin the journey home, returning to the Shap Wells Hotel for overnight accommodation. Day 7 We continue the journey home.

AT A GLANCE ] Glamis Castle ] Perthshire Wildlife Safari ] Dundee

The Salutation Hotel

Our main stay hotel is The Salutation Hotel is located in the centre of the Scottish city of Perth. Hotel facilities include bar lounge area, restaurant and function rooms. All bedrooms are en suite and have television, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. www.strathmorehotels-thesalutation.com


Half Board Single room supp:

£100pp £38.50pp


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Bournemouth, Beaulieu & Swanage

Morecambe, Lakes & Yorkshire MONDAY 8TH – FRIDAY 12TH MAY £745pp See Britain’s favourite view on this picturesque holiday. We take you to where coaches can’t reach with a day tour along the mountain passes of the Western Fells along with a ride on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, a visit to Holker Hall & Gardens and free time in Hawes, the home of Wensleydale Cheese. Day 1 Depart from your home area in the morning travelling to Morecambe, and arriving late afternoon at the Best Western Lothersdale Hotel. Tea/coffee will be offered on arrival. Hotel entertainment is provided on two evenings. Day 2 Today’s excursion takes us around Morecambe Bay to Grange-over-Sands where we take a break and have chance to look around. From here we make our way to the magnificent Holker Hall and Gardens. The Hall dates back to the 16th century and includes exhibits from Chatsworth and furniture by Chippendale. This afternoon we visit the Lakeland Motor Museum, housing some 30000 exhibits including cars, bikes, tractors and all kinds of memorabilia. Day 3 Travelling through the scenic Lune Valley, we head for the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park. We climb into the Pennines past the famous viaduct at Ribblehead. We continue across the moors to the market town of Hawes, home to Wensleydale Creamery, producer of Yorkshire’s famous cheese. We return via Sedbergh and Kirkby Lonsdale to Morecambe where you can spend the rest of this afternoon. Day 4 ‘High Adventure’! The ‘Mountain Goat’ minibuses take us where large coaches cannot go. This is a wonderful day, taking in the mountain passes of the Western Fells – Wrynose Pass, the desolate Duddon Valley, awesome Hardknott Pass. See the lonely Roman Fort as we descend into Eskdale for a ride on L’al Ratty – the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, before seeing Wastwater – voted Britain’s favourite view - and then visiting Muncaster Castle Garden and Owl Sanctuary. From here we return via the southern fells. Day 5 Sadly, we leave after breakfast and begin our journey home.



This tour covers a wide variety of visits for you to enjoy on the south coast. You will stroll through Beaulieu Estate Palace House & Gardens, take a cruise around the bay to Swanage and experience a traditional railway journey to Corfe Castle Day 1 After collection from home we travel to Bournemouth, pausing for a leg stretch on the way. We check into our hotel and have time to unpack before our first evening meal. Day 2 On our first day we travel through the New Forest National Park to the Beaulieu Estate. you have time at leisure to choose from an array of attractions you wish to visit with there being the National Motor Museum, Palace House & Gardens, Beaulieu Abbey, Secret Army Exhibition, On Screen Cars featuring Mr Beans Mini Cooper and the World Of Top Gear. Day 3 Today is a free day to relax and enjoy the delights of Bournemouth. As this is England’s most popular tourist resort, you can enjoy 7 miles of beaches, Victorian architecture and the Bournemouth Pier. Perhaps visit the 2-mile long Bournemouth Gardens or enjoy lunch on the seafront. Day 4 Today we east to the nearby port of Poole with its busy harbour and famous pottery. We will have a chance to have a look around before boarding a cruise around the harbour to Swanage. A traditional Victorian harbour town at the heart of the Jurassic coast, we enjoy lunch here. We make our way to Swanage railway station for a ride on a traditional steam train to Corfe Castle a village that is steeped in history and shadowed by the ruins of the castle it is named after Corfe. We will learn what life was like before Oliver Cromwell in 1646 destroyed this villages castle. Day 5 After breakfast, begin the journey home, returning back to East Anglia by early evening where our door to door collection service will be waiting to return you home. AT A GLANCE ] Beualieu Estate ] Swanage Railway ] Poole Cruise East Cliff Hotel

AT A GLANCE ] Holker Hall and Gardens ] ‘High Adventure’ Lake District Tour ] Lakeland Motor Museum Best Western Lothersdale Hotel Best Western Lothersdale Hotel boasts breath-taking views across Morecambe Bay to the Lakeland Fells, an enviable position on Morecambe's central Promenade. Bedrooms are comfortable and are all en suite with television and hospitality tray. The hotel has a lift. www.bfhotels.com

The Bournemouth East Cliff Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western is situated on the quiet East Cliff of Bournemouth offering spectacular sea views and a bright, modern interior. The hotel is just a few minutes’ walk from the seven miles of golden beaches in Bournemouth and a ten- minute walk from the town centre. Bedrooms include flat screen TV’s with free view and free Wi-Fi www.bestwestern.co.uk



Half Board Single room supp:

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Reservations: 0330 1000 360 15

Romantic Journeys on the Isle of Man

Kingdom of Northumbria





This break combines many delights of Northumbria including the beautiful Alnwick Gardens, the magnificent Cragside House, Holy Island and free time in the iconic Bamburgh. Day 1 Depart from home in the morning and travel to Alnwick arriving late afternoon at the White Swan Hotel for our 4-night dinner, bed and breakfast stay. Day 2 Today we make our way to Alnwick which includes a visit to the delightful Alnwick Gardens. Described by the Victorians as the ‘Windsor of the North’, Alnwick Castle is the home of the Duke of Northumberland, whose family, the Percy’s, have lived there since 1309. Alnwick Garden was the inspiration of the Duchess of Northumberland and offers much to discover including water sculptures, the Grand Cascade and the infamous Poison Garden. Day 3 We journey through beautiful countryside to the capital of Coquetdale, Rothbury, which was once a popular health resort where people came to take the air in its riverside setting of wide-open spaces and delightful scenery. From here we head for the magnificent Cragside House, the former home of Lord and Lady Armstrong, now in the care of the National Trust. Cragside was the first house to be lit by electricity – a wonder of the Victorian age. The house is fascinating and the gardens are spectacular with towering conifers, rocky crags, waterfalls and more. Day 4 Today’s excursion takes us across the causeway to Holy Island and the mysterious Lindisfarne Castle – visible in the distance from Bamburgh. Later, we visit Bamburgh for free time, maybe to visit the majestic castle on the beach, or the Grace Darling Museum. Note: The crossing of the causeway to Holy Island is governed by tide times. It may be necessary to amend this excursion. Day 5 After breakfast we leave and begin our journey home.

It was once believed that the Isle of Man’s location, in the centre of the Irish Sea, was because an English giant stole a woman away from an Irish giant, Finn MacCoul, who was so furious that he threw rocks at his rival. He clearly did not use enough force, hence the rocks landing in the sea, midway between Ireland and England. And thus, the magical story of the Isle of Man begins. Day 1 We depart from your home area in the morning travelling to Heysham to connect with the afternoon sailing to the Isle of Man. On arrival we continue to our hotel. Day 2 Our excursion today takes us on the Manx Electric Railway to Laxey, home of the famous ‘Lady Isabella’ water wheel, and the Laxey Woollen Mill. At Laxey we join the Snaefell Mountain Railway for a glorious scenic ride to the summit. Later we continue to the north of the island to Ramsey and return to Douglas following part of the TT races course through Sulby and Kirk Michael. Day 3 A free day in Douglas to relax and explore the town. Take a ride along the promenade on one of the famous horse-drawn trams, browse through the shops or just sit and watch the world go by. Day 4 This morning we make our way to the Isle of Man Steam Railway for a ride through the countryside of the south of the island to Port Erin, with its beautiful bay, overlooked by majestic Bradda Head. After a break we continue to Port St Mary and Castletown, the island’s former capital. We end the day with a visit to Peel, on the west coast, before returning past Tynwald, home of the Manx Parliament, and across the island via Union Mills, another famous TT landmark, to Douglas. Day 5 After breakfast we return to the harbour for the crossing to Heysham, continuing on the way to our home area and arriving in the evening. AT A GLANCE ] Train to Port Erin ] Snaefell Mountain Railway ] Castleton ] Peel Rutland Hotel, Douglas

AT A GLANCE ] Holy Island and Lindisfarne ] Beautiful Bamburgh ] Rothbury and Cragside House ] Historic Alnwick Gardens The White Swan Hotel Set in the heart of the historic market town of Alnwick, the White Swan is a charming, 300-year-old coaching inn that blends its unique heritage with superb accommodation. The hotel is probably best known for its Olympic Dining Suite which features the magnificent panelling, mirrors and stained-glass windows from the Titanic’s sister ship. www.classiclodges.co.uk


Located on Douglas promenade the hotels blend a stylish quality with a rare unique intimacy, all of which provides a perfect holiday base. All bedrooms are well appointed, all are en suite, and have television, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. www.sleepwellhotels.com


Half Board Single room supp:

Half Board Single room supp:

£65pp £36pp

£159pp £36pp



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Hebridean Odyssey



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 6 Today we have a local guide for our tour of Lewis, the most northerly island of the Hebrides and the largest of the Outer Hebrides. Lewis has a history that goes back thousands of years and ancient stone circles and standing stones can be found everywhere. On the west coast, at Callanish, stands the awesome collection of stone circles and rows of standing stones called the ‘Hebrides Stonehenge’. We also venture into the moorland interior, where peat is still cut for fuel and see traditional croft dwellings. Day 7 We have a morning free in Stornoway. Originally a Viking settlement, the town now has a pretty harbour and some lovely walks. We have an afternoon crossing to Ullapool, which takes just under three hours, and from here we continue to our overnight hotel in Beauly. 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, reaching the local area and our taxis early evening. 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. AT A GLANCE ] Bara guide ] Lewis Guide ] ‘Hebrides Stone Henge’ ] Time to explore North Uist, Eriskay, Isle of Barra, Benbecula, Lewis & Stornoway Dark Island & Cabarfeidh Hotels Dark Island Hotel HHH A traditional hotel located on Benbecula, only a short walk from a secluded beach. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, WiFi and hospitality tray. There is no lift, but some ground floor rooms available. www.isleshotelgroup.co.uk Cabarfeidh Hotel HHHH This modern four-star hotel on the outskirts of Stornoway is the highest graded hotel on the Isle of Lewis and has pleasant gardens. Bedrooms have TV, telephone, trouser press, hairdryer and hospitality tray. There is WiFi and a lift. www.cabarfeidh-hotel.co.uk

This tour is operated by Woods of Bognor Regis 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 two-night stay. Day 4 Today’s island hopping begins by taking the causeway across to South Uist, and then a further causeway to Eriskay, famous for the Eriskay ponies. A short ferry ride takes us to the Isle of Barra, considered by many to be the most beautiful little island in Britain. Its tranquil beaches, distinctive culture, where Gaelic is widely spoken, and an ancient history make any visit to Barra a memorable one. We are joined by a local guide for some insight into this glorious island. Day 5 A leisurely morning in Benbecula before crossing the Benbecula Causeway, which links to North Uist, a relatively flat island covered with peat bogs, low hills and lochans. More than half the land is covered by water, making North Uist a birdwatchers’ paradise. We board the early afternoon ferry for the one-hour crossing to Harris, on which we can enjoy our packed lunch. We then travel up the west coast past numerous unspoilt, white sandy beaches and some of the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery in the Western Isles. The final leg of today’s journey is to Lewis and our hotel on the outskirts of Stornoway for a two-night stay.

Half Board Single room supp:

£220pp £38.50pp


Reservations: 0330 1000 360 17

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