RIVER CRUISE with Emerald Waterways

RIVER CRUISE with Emerald Waterways Emerald Waterways offer comfort and innovation on-board their new state-of-the-art Star-Ships. Emerald Waterways have been extremely successful in introducing a more affordable modern 4 star plus experience aimed not only at the ‘grey’ market but younger guests including families. The first 2 ships entered service...

Palma de Mallorca – the...

Palma the cosmopolitan capital of Majorca, is now able to offer the visitor a stylish City Break. Palma has a magnificent gothic cathedral next to the historic old town which now has an abundance of new restaurants and tapas bars, an abundance of luxury boutique hotels and shops. Grand palaces,...

NEWS Silversea’s Silver Cloud to...

Silversea’s Silver Cloud to join Expedition Fleet In response to increasing demand for comfortable adventure travel, particularly to the Arctic and Antarctic, Silversea Cruises are moving their ultra-luxury cruise ship Silver Cloud to its luxury expedition fleet in November 2017. The 296 guest ship was the first one built for...

Seven Seas Explorer – the...

The latest ship from Regent Seven Seas has joined the fleet, Seven Seas Explorer. Regent’s new ship which launched this year (2016) features five gourmet restaurants. At 55,000 tons carrying only 750 guests, this all suite, all balcony ship has one of the highest space ratios while providing an excellent...

INDEX Blogs & Testimonials

  Blogs & Testimonials   Wherever you want to go in the world, it will be my pleasure to advise you or construct a tailor-made itinerary for you. Click on these various titles to view relevant blogs.     Testimonials    Popular Itineraries    Canada Specialist    Cruise Advice    Destinations    Hotels     Photo:...

Popular Itineraries

Popular Itineraries I have listed a few examples of holidays and cruises I have arranged (or quoted) recently which hopefully will give you inspiration. You can see from the range of destinations and holidays mentioned on this website that my specialist knowledge is far reaching. I have access to in-house...

Tauck – six unique ways...

 This blog is continued from the previous destination blog describing Tauck. Tauck World Discovery – Classic Land Journeys Tauck has pioneered the best ways to discover landmark sights around the world since 1958. destination_blogs include Europe, North America & Exotics which include Asia, Africa, South America, Australia & New Zealand....

Tauck – a professional travel...

Because ‘How you see the World Matters’…  Tauck Certified Agent I was recently privileged to be among a group of VIP travel guests invited to experience a river cruise aboard Tauck’s latest vessel the MS Savor. While sailing from the River Danube to the River Main through the Danube/Main Canal,...

Marseilles

Marseilles was the fifth port of call on our most recent cruise aboard Oceania’s Riviera visiting the Italian and French Riviera.  Marseilles is the second largest French city and its main seaport. I was expecting a large rather dingy port but how wrong I was. Out of all the ports...

Saint Tropez

Saint Tropez was the fourth port of call on our most recent cruise aboard Oceania’s Riviera visiting the Italian and French Riviera  You must use a tender at this port which was not a problem as it allowed us to view the beautiful bay and the approach to the old...

Portofino – the ‘Pearl of...

Portofino was the second port of call on our most recent cruise aboard Oceania’s Riviera visiting the Italian and French Riviera.  Over the years Portofino has attracted wealthy actors and artists partly due to its most beautiful scenic setting and agreeable climate. Enjoy chic boutiques and quaint cafes overlooking the...

Monte Carlo and Villefranche

Monte Carlo was the third port of call on our most recent cruise aboard Oceania’s Riviera visiting the Italian and French Riviera.  Monaco is one of the world’s smallest countries only measuring one square mile. Monte Carlo, its only city, is well known for its magnificent Palais Du France Casino...

Livorno (including Lucca and Pisa)

On my most recent Oceania Cruise aboard Riviera we opted to stay in Livorno for the day as the one week itinerary was intensive and we did not fancy travelling for hours to see Florence (at least 1.5 hours each way by road).  Livorno is quite a nice city with...

LUXURY CRUISING – Oceania –...

Ideal for those who are looking for a relaxing cruise with no children, great choices of high grade dining and a smart casual dress code.  A Special Cruise for a Special Event For my wife’s special birthday celebration this year it was a good excuse to go on a cruise...

LUXURY CRUISING – The New...

Hapag–Lloyd branch into the UK Ultra Luxury Cruise Market Europa 2 is sleek and stylish with luxurious décor. The ship was awarded the top rating by Berlitz Cruising Guide in 2013. Europa 2 is described as ‘laid back luxury’ which means no formal evenings but there is an emphasis on...

Postcard from Sri Lanka

I have recently had an update from one of my many travel contacts who partly lives in Sri Lanka and who owns the delightful Estate House there and helps Designer Travel arrange fantastic tailor-made holidays to this region. The undeveloped East of the country – great for our Summer School...

CANADA – Discover Nova Scotia...

Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island offer miles of seacoast with towering cliffs, spectacular views, uncrowded beaches, imposing headlands, sheltered coves, quaint fishing villages and bustling harbours. Halifax Usually visitors arrive by air or train at Halifax. This historic coastal city is steeped in history and rich in culture. The...

Bermuda – 150 Small Islands...

Bermuda is sometimes confused with the Caribbean, which is 1000 miles south; Bermuda is classed as subtropical and not tropical. The main tourist season is from April to October - the 'winter' season has a mild climate when the beaches are best fro walking along.            ...

HOLIDAY IDEAS for Canada and...

 HOLIDAY IDEAS for Canada and Alaska You are spoilt for choice with the different itineraries and types of holiday available in Canada, Alaska and the Yukon. Getting to Canada is easy with several flight options available from London Airports and various UK airports. A few examples of what is possible...

Different Types of Holiday Available...

Tailor-made Holidays – Tours – Spectacular Train Journeys – Wildlife – Cruising in Alaska There are many different types of holidays available and I can help you choose the best one to suit your requirements. Tailor-made Holidays are for those who do not want to be over organised with or...

Acapulco

The jet set capital of Acapulco became famous in the 1950s with many Hollywood celebrities visiting the city. The resort began to get tired with competition from new areas in Mexico, but more recently much new building has taken place, partially on the hillside around the city and a programme...

Antwerp

Antwerp is an ideal port of call for a cruise ship as you dock close or right beside the town. Less Touristy than Brussels or Bruges It is much less touristy than Brussels or Bruges and the town has led the Flanders Region in maintaining the Flemish language and its...

Morocco is ideal for a...

Marrakech is modern and spacious with tree-lined boulevards, while the bustling old city was built behind 8 miles of red ochre walls. The overall atmosphere is extraordinary, with beautiful gardens, Mosques, fountains, palaces and, most of all, the variety of souks each with its individual speciality. Shopping is an adventure...

Panama Canal

This wonderful man made channel with its many locks joins the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans If you are a serious traveller a cruise through the Panama Canal should be near the top of your list with its wonderful man made channel and its many locks joining the Pacific and Atlantic...

Indochina & Beyond

Vietnam Vietnam’s natural beauty, unforgettable cuisine and its friendly people makes for a perfect holiday experience where travellers can easily mix historical sightseeing with finishing their holiday at a relaxing beach resort. Cambodia The magnificent ruins at Angkor Wat draw many travellers to Cambodia. Visitors can discover the remarkable Tonle...

Two of USA’s National Parks

USA’s 58 National Parks provide the visitor with an opportunity to experience a diverse range of spectacular nature and stunning landscapes. From these two examples one is well known and the other much less so: Yosemite National Park, California. One of the better known and popular National Parks, Yosemite is...

Anguilla

Experience peace and quiet on an unspoilt exclusive Caribbean island.  Anguilla is all about taking life at a gentle pace while enjoying every moment of it The island is long and thin, 16 miles by 3 miles, and lies 100 miles west of Antigua and only 9 miles north of...

South Africa awaits you…

South Africa, in particular the beautiful lands around the Cape, should feature at the top of every discerning traveller’s wish list. Enjoy the spectacular views of Table Mountain in Cape Town, or sample the wine from the famous vineyards of Franschoek and Stellenbosch, not far from the city. Travel on...

Kerala – South India

Kerala offers visitors a slower and more relaxed pace of life. The region not only boasts a wealth of history and diverse culture, it is also home to the famous backwaters.  Cochin Cochin once known as the ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea’ in the time of King Solomon has been...

HOLIDAY IDEA – Visit Kerala...

 This private tour holiday has been specially designed to offer the client a hassle free experience, taken at a leisurely pace, to this beautiful region of India with a number of days at leisure.  Itinerary Emirates Fly direct from London and regional UK airports to Dubai, connecting with a direct...

Kalkan – an Enchanting Seaside...

The enchanting harbour town of Kalkan in Turkey with its steep cobbled streets and colourful marina is an ideal choice for those looking for a relaxing and laid back resort with some character.  Escape Mass Tourism Kalkan has escaped mass tourism because of its setting on a hillside spread around...

Experience the Real China

China is on many travellers’ list – they normally wish to explore the Forbidden City, home to Chinese Emperors, or to gaze in awe at an entire army of Terracotta Warriors and to be able to say they have walked on a Great Wall that stretches for 4000 miles. China...

Go Wild at Disney’s Animal...

The following is the official information provided by courtesy of the Walt Disney Company Ltd.  Go wild at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park as you meet the creatures who inhabit our world – and our imagination. You’ll roar with excitement to discover animal adventures, lovable creatures and spectacular shows at...

Wonder and Fantasy surround you...

The following is the official information provided by courtesy of the Walt Disney Company Ltd. Wonder and fantasy surround you at Magic Kingdom Park, where six enchanted lands beckon with exciting adventures and timeless fairy tale classics. No wonder it’s the most beloved Walt Disney World Park. It's the one...

Over 30 Amazing Attractions at...

The following is the official information provided by courtesy of the Walt Disney Company Ltd. High tech fun and Disney imagination combine with the wonder of diverse cultures in two distinct realms: Future World (witness the wonders of tomorrow, today) and World Showcase (visit 11 countries in one day). Both...

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Showbiz takes centre stage at Disney’s Hollywood Studios The following is the official information provided by courtesy of the Walt Disney Company Ltd. Lights, camera, action! Showbiz takes centre stage, but you’re the star. Walk down the red carpet into the heart of movieworld, from thrilling attractions to live spectaculars...

Disney Water parks…a Big Splash...

 The following is the official information provided by courtesy of the Walt Disney Company Ltd.  For a splash of fun, dive into the two imaginatively themed Disney Water Parks! Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park is a tropical paradise that blows other water parks away, and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park...

Downtown Disney an exciting Waterfront...

 The following is the official information provided by courtesy of the Walt Disney Company Ltd. The Downtown Disney Area is an exciting waterfront metropolis providing some of the most famous shopping, dining and entertainment experiences. Discover the biggest Disney shopping extravaganza on the planet at Downtown Disney Marketplace, where you...

New Zealand – Full of...

Capturing the Spirit and Romance of New Zealand Escape to New Zealand for your honeymoon, romantic break, adventure holiday or a touring holiday and you will discover a destination with unspoilt countryside and charming towns and vibrant cities offering unique Kiwi hospitality. Adventures and Things to See Spending a holiday...

Destinations

  Destinations I have attempted to whet your appetite by highlighting what you can do and see at many destinations Worldwide including some historical and cultural facts. With more and more choices of destinations to choose from it is sometimes difficult to know where to start. I can help and...

Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the epicentre of modern Malaysian culture… My short familiarisation trip to Kuala Lumpur (compliments of Gold Medal Travel Group) was short but gave me an insight into this vibrant city. KL as it is fondly known, has been transformed over the years with many new modern tall...

Kuala Lumpur – Selected Hotels,...

Many travellers only visit KL for the vast selection of reasonably priced shopping and to experience the wonderful Malaysian food... This blog is the second report concerning my familiarisation trip to Kuala Lumpur (compliments of Gold Medal Travel Group) which gave me an insight into this vibrant city. I am...

Emirates Airbus A 380 Super...

Travelling with Emirates on the latest super jumbo European Airbus aircraft, the largest plane in the world is an adventure and has managed to put some pleasure back into flying, particularly for most of us who are forced to fly economy class. This magnificent four ‘engined’ aircraft handles beautifully and...

World-famous Venice Simplon Orient Express

World-famous Venice Simplon Orient Express The King of Trains... you truly feel you are living in a different era of elegance Sample the luxury of the famous Orient Express on both the sumptuous British and European trains; you truly feel you are living in a different era of elegance from...

8 Ways to enjoy Ultra...

8 Ways to enjoy Ultra Luxury by Orient Express  Orient Express is not only all about trains... The legendary Venice Simplon-Orient –Express Train offers a journey unlike any other. Step aboard and you step back into a more gracious, elegant age of travel evoking romance and adventure. As well as...

Burma with Venice Simplon –Orient-Express

Burma with Venice Simplon –Orient-Express The Road to Mandalay – Burma with Venice Simplon –Orient-Express After a ‘sea change’ in Burma’s politics, this is the time to visit this fascinating country before commercialism sets in. And what better way than aboard one of Orient Express’s ultra luxury cruisers. Cruising on...

Experience that Special Brand of...

Experience that Special Brand of Magic    Experience that Special Brand of Magic and start planning your Orlando Holiday now There has never been a better time to book and plan for that special holiday you have promised yourself, children or grandchildren to experience the magic of Orlando. There are...

Let us help planning your...

Let us help planning your holiday to Florida  We can help save you time and money when planning your holiday to Florida We can help save you time and money when planning your holiday to Florida. Here are some top tips and some options of the kind of things we...

Walt Disney World Resort

Walt Disney World Resorts  The 4 Theme Parks... a magic combination of entertainment, dining and shopping... Consists of 4 theme parks, 2 water parks plus the downtown Disney area – a magic combination of entertainment, dining and shopping. Location of Major Attractions Orlando Map  Disney – Magic Kingdom FULL DAY...

The 2 Waterparks & Downtown...

The 2 Waterparks & Downtown Disney  Walt Disney World Resort – The 2 Waterparks & Downtown Disney  Disney – Interactive in Downtown Disney Your Disney tickets also get you in here and this is great for a few hours in the evening or on a rainy day. It is 5...

Universal – SeaWorld – Discovery...

 Universal – SeaWorld - Discovery Cove  Universal and SeaWorld including Discovery Cove...Swim with the Dolphins  Universal Universal have two parks right next to each other so you can easily spend a day or more in each. Click for Universal Map Universal Studios- Full day This TV based theme park allows...

Other Attractions in Orlando

Other Attractions in Orlando  If this is your first visit to the Orlando area you may have to save these other attractions for another time unless any of them are of particular interest.  Legoland – this is an hours drive from Disney, a great day out but is really aimed...

General Tips for Orlando Holiday

General Tips for Orlando Holiday When you arrive, try and stay up for as long as possible… Car Hire You MUST have a credit card in the name of the driver to rent a car in Florida. Tickets and Pass Collection Your e tickets for Disney and Universal will be...

An easy Guide to Tickets...

An easy Guide to Tickets and Passes  ...making the best use of your time and budget! Disney FASTPASS In all of the Disney parks they operate a FASTPASS policy. Your tickets allow you to ‘FASTPASS’ a ride every two hours or less if your previous fast pass expires before 2...

Shopping in Orlando

Shopping in Orlando Orlando is home to 8 major shopping malls… Orlando is home to 8 major shopping malls. From themed shopping boutiques to outlet malls and everything in between, it makes Orlando area a shopper's mecca. Here is a quick list of some of the hottest shop till you...

HOLIDAY IDEA – Dubai –...

HOLIDAY IDEA - Dubai – Sydney – Port Douglas – Melbourne  Experience a Luxurious 18 Day Holiday flying direct from your local airport to Dubai and on to three contrasting areas in Australia. Escape to paradise during your holiday in Australia to an Eco award winning luxury resort  Fly from your local...

HOLIDAY IDEA – Cape Town...

HOLIDAY IDEA - Cape Town, The Garden Route & Game Reserve  South Africa, in particular the beautiful lands around the Cape, should feature at the top of every discerning traveller’s wish list.  4 nights Cape Town – 7 nights Garden Route – 3 nights Luxury Malaria Free Game Reserve South...

HOLIDAY IDEA – Tanzania &...

HOLIDAY IDEA - Tanzania & Zanzibar  3 Centre Safari & Beach Holiday to Tanzania & Zanzibar Safari, Activity and Relaxation in One Holiday including Safari & Beach in One Resort - Ideal for Couples and Honeymooners. 4 nights at Saadani Lodge – BEACH AND SAFARI IN ONE LOCATION – Full...

HOLIDAY IDEA – Discover New...

HOLIDAY IDEA - Discover New Zealand  You will be rewarded with unspoilt countryside and beauty and its charming towns and vibrant cities offering unique Kiwi hospitality This is just a ‘taster’ of what there is to do and see:  North Island Cruise amongst the 144 islands of the Bay of...

HOLIDAY IDEA USA – Yosemite...

HOLIDAY IDEA USA – Yosemite and Yellowstone  Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks  USA’s 58 National Parks provide the visitor with an opportunity to experience a diverse range of spectacular nature and stunning landscapes. A couple of examples are mentioned in this blog Yosemite National Park, California. One of the better...

HOLIDAY IDEA USA – Smoky...

HOLIDAY IDEA USA - Smoky Mountains - 2 Music Cities Great Smoky Mountains and two of America’s Music Cities This contrasting fly drive takes you to Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville (the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park).  Music fans will love it! This contrasting fly drive takes...

HOLIDAY IDEA THAILAND – Beach...

 HOLIDAY IDEA THAILAND – Beach and Jungle Safari  Holiday of Contrasts including two beach resorts and a Luxury Jungle Safari Adventure  Fly from UK to Phuket.  Sit back and soak up the secluded position at Bansak Village – 6 nights Situated one hour north of Phuket airport, Bansak Village on...

HOLIDAY IDEA Thailand – Bangkok...

HOLIDAY IDEA THAILAND – Bangkok, Chiang Mai Elephants and Phuket  13 night - Thai Multi Centre Holiday – Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket  Including Temple and Elephant Trek Excursions.  Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok for 3 nights Including City and Temple Tour An attractive hotel situated in the heart of Bangkok...

HOLIDAY IDEA THAILAND – Luxury...

HOLIDAY IDEA THAILAND – Luxury Bangkok, Jungle Adventure and Beach Retreat.  Escape to the tranquillity of the luxurious Shangri La in Bangkok after busy days out, experience adventure at the luxury Tented Elephant Hills Camp finishing with a peaceful beach retreat on the beautiful island of Koh Samui. 3 nights...

HOLIDAY IDEA USA – Multi...

Universal Orlando, beaches in Florida & The Mexican Riviera Maya  Orlando’s Universal Land of Adventure, the beautiful Gulf of Mexico coast of Florida, the bustling ‘Art Deco’ beachfront of Miami Beach and ending with an exotic beach holiday in Mexico.  Couples, Families with older children and Honeymooners This suggestion of...

HOLIDAY IDEA – Sri Lanka...

HOLIDAY IDEA -  Sri Lanka Tour, Beach and Dubai  Visit Sri Lanka with its pristine golden beaches combined with bustling Dubai. This holiday has been specially designed to offer the client a hassle free experience and would be suitable for HONEYMOON COUPLES.  Sri Lanka Sri Lanka is a tropical island...

HOLIDAY IDEA – Vietnam –...

Ho Chi Minh City, Angkor Wat and sailing on The Mekong  Vietnam and Cambodia 3 nights, in Saigon -7 night luxurious cruise on the Mekong - 3 nights in Angkor Wat Cruising on the Mekong River and its tributaries take in many of the highlights of Indochina including Ho Chi...

Antigua

 Shaped like a pear, Antigua is a flat island of volcanic rock, coral and limestone covering 108 square miles; vegetation is limited to low scrub and dry grassland. The island is ideal for beach holidays; Runaway Bay and Dickenson Bay are just north of St John's and south is Jolly...

Saint Lucia

Saint Lucia is a beautiful island with dense tropical vegetation and stunning beaches on the west coast. Much of her beauty lies on and around the twin volcanic peaks, Pitons, rising 795 meters straight out of the sea on the southwest coast. There are many banana plantations towards the east...

Barbados

The pear shaped island of Barbados, measuring 21 miles by 14 miles, has some of the most varied terrain in the Caribbean, and is very densely populated with 265,000 inhabitants. Divided into 11 parishes, the north with its dramatic cliffs and crashing waves is the most populated. The East is...

Puerto Rico

 Puerto Rico (100 miles by 35 miles) is the most easterly of the Greater Antilles and consists of three islands, Puerto Rico, Culebra and Vieques.  From the rain forested mountains you drop to over 300 spectacular beaches. The western side of the island is aptly named ‘Porta Del Sol –...

Dominica

Dominica is the largest of the Windward Islands (15 miles by 29 miles) lying between Guadeloupe and Martinique. It rises steeply from the ocean to the highest point of Morne Diablotin (4747ft). The island is mountainous and rain forested, known as the 'Nature Island of the Caribbean'. It is most...

Grand Turk – Turks &...

This British Crown Colony of 40 islands and small cays (of which only eight are inhabited) is a gem that offers stretches of sands and offshore reefs that are rich in marine life. Pristine beaches and blue waters await you. Culture and History Legend has it that these islands were...

CANADA and ALASKA – Alaska...

The Largest state of the USA, Alaska is a magnificent destination, with more than half the world's glaciers to be found there. Since communications are difficult, an Alaskan cruise is an ideal way of getting a taste of this extraordinary region. Alaskan Port Tours and Tours of the interior of...

CANADA – Wildlife

Grizzly bears  Observe grizzly bears and other wildlife in their Natural Habitat. Magnificent wildlife, scenery and native culture can be experienced all in one location. at Knight Inlet Lodge Canada’s premier Grizzly Bear viewing destination, it is not unusual for there to be 50 bears within 10 kilometres of this lodge...

CANADA – The Famous Rocky...

Travelling aboard the privately owned Rocky Mountaineer is an unforgettable experience, the trip of a lifetime for my wife and me. The train journey took place during daylight hours to ensure we enjoyed every minute of the breathtaking scenery, retracing train routes constructed over 100 years ago through the Canadian...

CANADA – The Canadian Rockies

Tailor-make your own holiday with plenty of free time in Banff and Jasper When visiting the Rockies with my wife, the drive along the Icefields Parkway between Banff and Jasper was one of the highlights of the trip and also acted as our transfer between these centres without having to...

CANADA – Vancouver Area

 Central Vancouver  Vancouver is an attractive city providing the visitor is prepared to explore not just the downtown area, the shopping areas around Robson Street, and Gastown (the original name of the old town) with its famous steam clock. A pleasant walk along the water front brings you to Stanley...

CANADA – Toronto

Located on Lake Ontario, Toronto is the financial and commercial centre of Canada, confirmed by the numerous skyscrapers owned by banks and financial institutions. Originally a native Indian settlement and later an important fur trading post like many other areas of early Canada. There are over 100 ethnic groups living...

CANADA – Quebec City

 The most beautiful friendly French Canadian City Quebec City is beautiful (Quebec is the region), the majority of the buildings in the old city look French and it feels more French than being in modern day France. Despite some bad press my wife and I found the inhabitants very friendly...

CANADA – Montreal

Magnificent approach to the City When approaching the city by rail, crossing the magnificent St Lawrence River I was fascinated with the various engineering skills required to build the many railway and road bridges both old and new and the modern skyline of Montreal. The mighty St Lawrence Seaway was...

Expert advice from a CANADA...

Visit Canada and Alaska with Confidence -Book with A Canada and Alaska Specialist Having travelled several times to different areas of Canada and Alaska, I am well equipped to advise of the many packages available; including the famous Rocky Mountaineer and The Canadian as well as other rail journeys, adventures,...

RIVER CRUISE – Waterways of...

Different options offered for extensions of holiday in St Petersburg and Moscow This cruise takes seven nights and clients will normally extend their visits in Moscow and St Petersburg at either end of the cruise. Depending on which operator and cruise company used you have the option of staying in...

RIVER CRUISE with Avalon Waterways

 Avalon started operations in 2004 and the operator has introduced at least one new vessel each year since then Avalon Waterways is owned by the long established family-run Globus group that serves more than 500,000 clients a year with worldwide escorted tours. They created Avalon in 2004 and the operator...

RIVER CRUISE with Ama Waterways

5 Star River Cruising  with Ama Waterways Ama Waterways is one of the leading river cruise companies and operates one of the newest fleets in Europe on the Danube, Rhine, Main and Mosel rivers including the South of France and Portugal, Black Sea and Eastern European Cities. The company also...

Advantages of taking a RIVER...

River cruising is a perfect way to see many of the beautiful parts of Europe, and further afield. There is minimum expense, and normally all meals and excursions are included and prepaid (in sterling) before travelling. Stress Free Way of seeing Europe and beyond River cruising offers the opportunity to visit interesting...

CRUISE with MSC

MSC Cruises is a division of the Mediterranean Shipping Group, one of the world's largest container operators. Its head office is in Naples and the company was started in 1987, and up until 2000 it operated only a few small second hand ships. The company boasts that it has the...

CRUISE with Norwegian Cruise Line

CRUISE with Norwegian Cruise Line Freestyle Cruising Norwegian Cruise Line was an early pioneer of the fly-cruise market, offering a more relaxed type of cruise. It was the first line to introduce the Internet for clients' use on their ships, and introduced the very popular freestyle dining which many lines...

CRUISE with Royal Caribbean International

The Nation of Why Not Royal Caribbean International has always offered exceptional value for money on their cruise itineraries and the company prides itself on introducing new shipboard innovations. Their earlier ships became the prototype for virtually all new cruise ships. A major feature of Royal Caribbean ships is their...

CRUISE with P&O

Able to trace its roots back to the 1800s, P & O mainly cater for the UK market and sail most of the year from Southampton, including their world cruises. They do, however, operate some popular winter Caribbean cruises, with flights direct from regional airports where the luggage is checked...

CRUISE with Princess Cruises

Starting in 1965, with one ship cruising down the Mexican Riviera to Alaska, Princess Cruises is often remembered for the once popular TV series, the 'Love Boat', filmed on the former Pacific Princess. Along with parent company, P & O, Princess was acquired by Carnival in 2003. The fleet consists...

CRUISE with Holland America

CRUISE with Holland America A Signature of Excellence Holland America Line offers a 5-star premium cruise experience and has been repeatedly recognised for its quality and value, having won the 'Best Cruise Value' award for 17 years. There is almost one crew member for every two guests. The ships have...

CRUISE with Celebrity

Millennium Class Ships Four cruise ships were created by the new owners to celebrate the new Millennium: Summit, Millennium, Infinity and Constellation, all driven by gas turbine instead of diesel engine. The ships introduced many special features, such as the Millennium's Olympic Restaurant which was constructed with wooden panels and...

CRUISING with Cunard

Queen Mary 2 was the widest and highest liner in the world, when she made her maiden voyage in 2004. Featuring 17 decks, she was built as a transatlantic liner, able to cross the Atlantic in record time. With a minimum size of stateroom at 200 sq ft, it offers...

CRUISE AND EXPLORE with Swan...

Swan Hellenic has been taking guests on discovery cruises for more than 50 years. Each itinerary on this much loved exploration ship is unique. She is small by today's standards, 12,500 tons and carrying only 350 guests. Most guests are British and many are avid readers judging by the remarkable library on...

CRUISE EXPLORE Voyages of Discovery

Before entering service with Voyages of Discovery in 2003, the MV Discovery underwent a multimillion dollar refit. She is the former sister ship to the old 'Pacific Princess' which featured in the famous 'Love Boat' TV series; she was often used as an alternative filming venue. The ship is very...

CRUISE and EXPLORE with Voyages...

Voyages to Antiquity is marketed as a 'premium small ship' and is a one ship line launched in 2010 by cruise entrepreneur Gerry Herrod who was formerly chairman of Ocean Cruise Line, Orient Lines and Discovery cruises. He was inspired after reading Lord John Julius Norwich's 'The Middle Sea', a...

CRUISE and EXPLORE with Hurtigruten...

Vital Link to remote Coastal Communities Hurtigruten's service was originally created over 110 years ago as a vital link to the remote coastal communities, carrying supplies and passengers to 34 ports along the rugged coastline between Bergen and Kirkenes, close to the Russian border. On Board Operating almost daily, the ships...

CRUISE UNDER SAIL with Windstar...

Relax in Elegant Surroundings Windstar offers a very relaxing experience and a quiet, steady cruise while under sail or even with the engine running, as there is no vibration. Despite the size of the ships, the cabins are quite spacious and elegant, with plenty of storage, TV, fridge, iPod docks...

CRUISE UNDER SAIL with Star...

CRUISE UNDER SAIL with Star Clippers Enjoy the unique experience of cruising under sail The tall sleek Star Clippers are a recreation of the elegant 19th century clipper ships, offering guests the romance of a tall ship without sacrificing comfort. There is extensive deck space for sunbathing, plunge pools, intimate...

LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISING with Orion

Explore ’untouched’ destination_blogs Since its launch in 2004, when Orion Expedition Cruises introduced its first ship Orion, it has become the leading expedition cruise operator in Asia Pacific. The introduction of Orion II in 2011 doubled the capacity and the opportunities to introduce guests to new, and in many cases,...

LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISING with Silversea

Silversea’s first state of the art, ultra-luxury expedition ship is now named Silver Explorer. Escorting guests in unsurpassed luxury, it sails to some of the world's most fascinating locations, including the wilderness of Antarctica with its natural beauty. Silversea has stepped into the gap between the educational, adventure expedition type...

LUXURY CRUISING with Hebridean Princess

The Hebridean Princess has offered its clients an unparalleled service for many years on varied itineraries, mainly Scottish, most departing from Oban; and now with some off season departures from Greenock. Only 50 guests are catered for, by around 38 crew members, as she sails Scotland's Western Isles, one of the most...

LUXURY CRUISING with Paul Gauguin...

The Paul Gauguin and the Tere Moana offers the guest an elegant yet casual ambiance, luxury accommodation, gourmet dining, and extraordinary all-inclusive value.   Discover Paradise in the South Pacific aboard the All Inclusive 5 Star Paul Gauguin The Paul Gauguin is a lovely little liner which navigates the coral-filled,...

LUXURY CRUISING with Azamara Club

ULTRA LUXURY CRUISING with Azamara Club Experience Longer Stays and More Overnight stays at ports of call. Upmarket Boutique Cruise Line Azamara Club Cruises launched in 2007 as the upmarket boutique cruise line owned by Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. During 2010, under new leadership, it changed its name to Azamara Club...

LUXURY CRUISING with Oceania

ULTRA  LUXURY CRUISING with Oceania ‘Your World. Your Way.’ Oceania started life with the launch of Nautica in November 2005, going on to acquire two further similar ships, named Regatta and Insignia, to form the Regatta Class. They are small ships by today's standards weighing around 30,000 tons and carrying...

LUXURY CRUISING with Crystal

  LUXURY CRUISING with Crystal The Difference is Crystal Clear Crystal Cruises describes its ships as 'the world's finest resorts at sea'. The company has established itself over the years as one of the leading operators of larger deluxe ships (not mega ships) with around 550 crew looking after 1000...

LUXURY CRUISING SeaDream Yacht Club

SeaDream operates two identical yachts, SeaDream I and SeaDream II, built originally in the mid 1980s and operated by Cunard as Sea Goddess I and II. The yachts underwent an extremely thorough and successful refit and redesign in 2002, followed by regular refurbishments thereafter.  At only 4260 tons and carrying around...

LUXURY CRUISING with Silversea

ULTRA LUXURY CRUISING with Silversea Silversea's award-wining fleet offer uncrowded, sophisticated luxury to all corners of the world. Silversea Ships are elegant, spacious and luxurious, offering six star service and a welcoming atmosphere. Most of the ocean view suites have a private teak veranda. Most wines and drinks are included...

LUXURY CRUISING with Seabourn

  ULTRA LUXURY CRUISING with Seabourn   The Odyssey Class - three ships (only 450 guests) offering unparalleled levels of service Seabourn Odyssey introduced in 2009, Seabourn Sojourn in 2010, Seabourn Quest in 2011, all carrying 450 passengers and 330 crew. Seabourn has focused on upgrading and improving facilities while offering more...

LUXURY CRUISING with Regent Seven...

ULTRA LUXURY CRUISING with Regent Seven Seas Regent guests enjoy a true ultra luxury all inclusive experience Regent are a unique Ultra Luxury Cruise Line The company fits into what I would call the ultra luxury bracket along with other lines like Silversea, Seabourn, Crystal, SeaDream and others. However there...

CRUISING advice

Cruising Advice Cruising is one of my favourite travel experiences, having cruised extensively over the years with many different types of Cruise Company. Perhaps you have not considered cruising as an option before - I will be able to advise you which companies suit your needs, including many of the less obvious...

Miami

Miami was put on the map like many other towns and cities at that time, by the building of railroads in the late 1800s. It started with downtown Miami when the East Coast Railroad arrived in 1896, mainly focusing on the square mile on the banks of the Miami River....

San Diego

San Diego has a perfect climate and a magnificent natural harbour. Shaped like a hook and protected by the peninsula of Coronado the bay forms a natural deep-water harbour where the second largest Californian City has grown. It is the sixth largest city in America. As well as its famous...

Fort Lauderdale

During the Seminole Indian Wars, Fort Lauderdale consisted of only three forts. In the early 1900s it became a busy trading post on the New River which passes through the centre of the present city. It is now an important business centre, popular beach resort and giant cruise port. 300...

Panama Canal

One of my favourite cruise itineraries is through the Panama Canal; this wonderful man made channel with its many locks joining the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Unless you have experienced this trip it is hard to imagine how on earth these large ships manage to get through the series of...

Seychelles

Situated in the gleaming turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles consists of 115 lush tropical islands. The international airport is on the main island of Mahe, as is its capital, Victoria. Together with Praslin and La Digue, this group of inner islands offers the major tourist facilities and...

Maldives

The Maldives are a group of tiny coral atolls, scattered across the Indian Ocean and described by their tourist board as a 'thousand Robinson Crusoe' islands. Situated approximately 400 miles west of India, each group of islands belongs to its own atoll and can cover an area from 1 acre...

Places to Visit in Mauritius

Sightseeing & Shopping Visit the capital at Port Louis and include a visit to the famous Race Course and the Place D’Armes with its many attractive palm trees. Also include Saint Louis Cathedral, The Supreme Court, Municipal Theatre (1822) and Government House (1835).  The historical waterfront at St Louis has...

Mauritius

Mauritius is one of the most attractive holiday destination_blogs where general standards of service levels are high. Here lies paradise, with a year-round pleasantly tropical climate, clear warm waters and white beaches. It’s a very safe place to do water sports, including snorkeling, waterskiing and paragliding, because the water is...

Melbourne and The Great Ocean...

Melbourne is a unique city with its distinct un-Australian feel and its influences from other countries. The compact city centre is laid out in a common grid pattern with the grand GPO building at its geographical centre; all distances for the city are measured from this point. Melbourne's Postal Hall...

Cairns and Port Douglas Area

Cairns Cairns is now a modern and vibrant city and is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding resorts. Only 3 miles south of its own airport, Cairns lies on the north shore of Trinity Inlet where it opens into the Coral Sea. It faces the Great Barrier...

Sydney

Situated at the mouth of the Parramatta River, Greater Sydney and its extensive suburbs surround one of the world's greatest natural harbours with dozens of bays and inlets. The main city centre lies on a promontory on the southern bank of the harbour, between the smaller inlets of Darling Harbour...

Australia in brief

Northern Territory Watch the sunrise at Ayers Rock (Uluru) and admire the rock formations at Kings Canyon. For those who seek adventure, visit the Kakadu National Park, 'Crocodile Dundee' country. You could include the dramatic Arnhem Land, a sandstone cliff line that is cut by deep gorges and waterfalls, whose...

New Zealand in brief

North Island Auckland is likely to be your arrival point in New Zealand, and many of the city's attractions are near the harbour area. Take a sail with Pride of Auckland who operate a fleet of large purpose-built sailboats on the sheltered waters of the Waitemata Harbour. Enjoy lunch, dinner,...

Dubai

The city is split by a very deep water inlet known as Dubai Creek (or Khor Dubai); surrounded in the south by flat deserts including a great expanse of sand dunes, while the rugged Hajjar Mountains rise to the East. Dubai is known for its unbelievable architecture and ultra luxury, well equipped...

Vienna

 Vienna was everything we imagined and more; this wonderful clean city has an array of neoclassical buildings and palaces with many of Europe’s different styles represented. A beautiful city just to walk around which is just as well with the number of cafes and famous coffee houses you are tempted...

St Petersburg

Founded in 1703 by Peter the great, its name has changed three times: Petrograd (1914) Leningrad (1924) and then back to St Petersburg (1991). Many of the grand classical and baroque buildings, palaces and churches have been beautifully restored; the city reminded me of both Vienna and Venice - two...

Klaipeda and Lithuania

Klaipeda One of the few ports that remains ice free year round in the Eastern Baltic. Much of the town was damaged during World War II and many of the already damaged churches were demolished by the Russians afterwards. However it is worth a visit as part of a tour...

Riga and Latvia

At the crossroads between East and West Europe, Riga has wonderful architecture and long twisting avenues. It has inherited Jugendstil Architecture (German form of Art Nouveau); rich in detail with many buildings constructed in the early 1900s. The city has an up market feel (despite having a Stag party image)...

Gdansk in Poland

Prior to 1945 Gdansk was known as Danzig and most residents were Germans. The first shots of World War II were fired here on the 1st September 1939 which started the destruction of Poland with many millions left dead. Many think of Solidarity when Gdansk is mentioned - the famous...

Tallinn

Tallinn As well as being a favourite call for cruise ships, Tallinn is a popular weekend break destination with its maze of cobbled streets, tiny shops, pavement cafes and stylish restaurants. Tallinn is said to be the quickest growing Baltic Capital. Although formerly part of the USSR, you are reminded...

Copenhagen

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is the largest city in Scandinavia, and is described as one of the most beautiful - although I personally prefer Stockholm. It is one of Europe's oldest capitals and the monarchy is the oldest in the world. However it still retains a small town feeling...

Stockholm

Sweden's capital and the cultural capital hub of the Baltic. Most of the city has a feel of openness (apart from the old Town) including the vast Djurgarden and the nearby island of Skeppsholem with its lovely waterfront. The port is only about 10 minutes by shuttle bus to the...

The Channel Islands

Jersey The largest of the Channel Islands, Jersey is just 45 square miles and is an ideal holiday destination, situated between England and France. Catering for all tastes, there are long golden beaches, secluded bays and winding cliff paths. Its compact size makes it easy to explore, although watch out for...

Cyprus

One of the most popular areas is Paphos. Although it has grown from an attractive fishing village and harbour, it still has a friendly atmosphere and welcoming tavernas. Paphos is famous for its historical sites, including the Byzantine Castle, the Tombs of the Kings, St Paul's Pillar and the Temple...

Gran Canaria

This is the most southerly of the Canary Islands. Its many beaches are located mainly along the southern coast, including the famous dunes of Maspalomas. Inland, the island is mountainous and involves driving in low gears, but there is the reward of panoramic views. Teror, a pretty mountain village, is...

Lewis – Stornoway

 Stornoway was originally a Viking settlement and the development of the town was spurred by the construction of the original castle in the Middle Ages. There was much infighting between rival clans and an attempt by the then King of Scotland, JamesVI, to colonise Lewis failed in 1597. The original...

Belfast

The City of Belfast began in the early 17th century, the name being a corruption of the Gaelic word Beal Feirste meaning mouth of the sandy ford. By 1613 Englishmen, Scots and Manxmen were living in this thriving community. By the late 17th century, the population was swelled by an...

Dublin

Founded by the Vikings 10000 years ago, Dublin ranks among the top tourist destination_blogs in Europe and in the last decade there has been an economic boom which has seen areas of Dublin change dramatically. Many historical areas have been rejuvenated and restored and new shopping centres, clubs, bars and...

Cork and Cobh (Queenstown)

Regency Architecture and Streets of Cork, Ireland's second largest city was originally founded in the 7th century as the monastery of St. Finbarr on a small island on the River Lee where St. Finbarr's Cathedral now stands. King Henry 11 arrived in Ireland in 1172, with power changing between Irish...

The Orkney Islands

Settlers and seafarers have been attracted to these islands over many generations. The UNESCO World Heritage site takes in most of the main island (called 'the mainland' by Orcadians) protecting Stone Age Settlements and monuments that predate the Vikings, some more than 4000 years old. The Orkney Islands lie off the...

La Gomera

While visiting several hotels in North and South Tenerife, my wife and I visited the beautiful island of La Gomera for the day; we were so glad to have made the effort to visit such a lovely island. The island is suitable for those who would like a relaxing holiday,...

Tenerife with a Difference

Mention of Tenerife often conjures up thoughts of overcrowded resorts like Playa de las Americas, and people sometimes look no further. It is, however, one of the most pleasant of the Canary Islands. When my wife and I visited various hotels in the North and South Tenerife plus la Gomera, our favourite place...

Lanzarote

This is one of the more volcanic islands, created in the 1730s when over 100 volcanoes erupted to create widespread devastation. However, despite its pock-marked lunar surface, the island manages to grow much produce. The majority of the beaches are black volcanic sand, although there are a few lovely white...

Malta and Gozo

A former British Colony, Malta is described by the tourist board as 'one big open air museum', with a 7000-year history for visitors to explore. For instance, retrace the footsteps of St Paul, or see where the Knights of St John defended Christendom. Much of the past has been preserved,...

Barcelona

The beautiful vibrant city of Barcelona, with its mild climate, is Spain's second city, the capital of Catalonia. Barcelona has much to offer the visitor with its fascinating contrasting architecture from the medieval gothic quarter to the decorative art of Gaudi in the 'modern' Eixample area. The 6000 year old...

Madeira and Porto Santo

Discovered by the Portuguese in 1419, Madeira is noted for its beauty and enjoys a warm early summer climate, with its water warmed by the Gulf Stream. The island is really the tip of a huge mountain protruding from the ocean beneath. The interior is very fertile, originally volcanic, with jagged...

Morocco

The magnificent Kingdom of Morocco lies across the Mediterranean from the Straits of Gibraltar. It also looks out to the Atlantic from northwest Africa. The impressive Atlas Mountains run north-eastward from the south to the Algerian border, reaching 11,000 feet. Most of the population lives in the north, where the...

Portugal

The Algarve stretches for over 100 miles along the southern coast of Portugal. With sunshine most of the year, countless sandy beaches and coves, it is the ideal holiday destination. And it has some of the best golfing available. There are still traces of its Moorish origins in towns like Faro...

Lisbon

A nation of great seafarers, Portuguese explorers sailed the world in the 15th and 16th centuries - they claimed territories as far apart as Africa and Asia and colonised Brazil. From 1932 to 1968 Portugal was ruled by the dictator Oliveira Salazar but after a military coup in 1974 the...

Istanbul

Culture and History Istanbul is Turkey's largest city and one of the largest in Europe; it is the only city in the world to straddle two continents - Asia and Europe. Owing to its strategically important location on the Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul down through the ages has been fought over...

Turkey

Turkey has grown in popularity in recent years. Many prefer it, as it is outwith the euro zone and the UK pound goes further compared with other Mediterranean destination_blogs. There are many seaside areas to choose from, including the Turkish Riviera (Antalya and Mediterranean Coast), Bodrum and Aegean Coast, and...

Ephesus

Ephesus and surrounding area Ephesus was one of the most important and the biggest city in Roman Anatolia (Asia Minor) and also the capital of the province. This ancient Roman city is widely considered to be the most well preserved Classical city in the Eastern Mediterranean. Ephesus was a powerful...

Egypt

Ancient Egypt and Cruising the Nile What better way to explore 5000 years of history and culture in Egypt than to sail down the River Nile, visiting fascinating tombs, temples and treasures of Ancient Egypt. Relax, sunbathe and enjoy the biblical landscape of palm trees, sugar cane, mud brick houses...

Mykonos

Culture and History The island is reported as being named in honour of Apollo's grandson Mykons. The island was inhabited by Phoenicians, Egyptians, Cretans and ultimately Ionians. Being at a crossroads for shipping and with its close proximity to Delos, the island flourished during the time of Roman occupation and...

Venice

Venice, once the exclusive trading gateway to the Orient, is bisected with ancient canals winding their way between palaces and basilicas, while narrow streets end in grand squares, including the famous, pigeon filled San Marco. The city is connected to the mainland by a three mile long road and rail...

Florence and Sienna

It was originally named Florentia and was founded by Julius Caesar as a retreat for retired military veterans. Being situated on fertile ground and on a major route from Northern Italy to Rome it grew from being a small Roman settlement to a busy commercial centre. At the beginning of...

Italian Lakes

Italian Lakes Destination Review by Simon The Lakes have been attracting visitors for many years, offering relaxation and inspiration, boating, and walking in the idyllic hillside. Lake Como is one of the most beautiful and best known, including the delightful resort of Bellagio with its elegant lakeside promenade and cafes....

Capri

The island of Capri is located in the southern part of the Bay of Naples and consists of two plateaus, separated by a fertile plan. Most visitors only go for the day taking the hydrofoil from Naples or Sorrento. However some opt to spend a few nights or longer at...

Pompeii

When Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, Pompeii was turned into a virtual time capsule offering future generations a life size museum. The ten feet of ash and rock that buried the city in its entirety helped preserve the fallen city. The eruption unfortunately killed from 15000 to 30000 people in...

Santorini (Thira)

Santorini, believed by some to be 'the lost continent of Atlantis', owes its present configuration as the result of an enormous volcanic explosion over 3000 years ago; it is one of the great natural wonders of the world. The island consists of 13 villages and 2 principal towns Fira and...

The Amalfi Coast & Sorrento

The Amalfi Coast is one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world, winding south along the Bay of Salerno from Sorrento. Enjoying wonderful views across the Bay of Naples to Capri and Ischia, Sorrento is a resort full of character. With good restaurants, the area is famed for its...

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