Simon Gemmell
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RIVER CRUISE with Emerald Waterways
Exerp: Emerald Waterways; River Cruises
Palma de Mallorca – the new ‘hot ticket’ City
Palma; Passeigedel Born; Santa Catalina; Placa De Cort; Posada Terre; Santa Sant Francesc Hotel Singlar
NEWS Silversea’s Silver Cloud to join Expedition Fleet
Silbersea; Silver Cloud; expedition
Seven Seas Explorer – the world’s most luxurious ship ever built
the worlds most luxurious ship ever built
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Popular Itineraries
Popular Luxury Holidays and cruises
Tauck – six unique ways to see the world.
 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...
Tauck – a professional travel company
Tauck Certified Agent
Marseilles
Marseilles is the second largest French city and its main seaport
Saint Tropez
This sleepy seaside town with a rich maritime history achieved celebrity status in the late 50s and 60s with Brigitte Bardot’s film ‘And God Created Woman’ filmed in the...
Portofino – the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean’
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...
Monte Carlo and Villefranche
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 and...
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...
LUXURY CRUISING – Oceania – The Riviera
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.
LUXURY CRUISING – The New Europa 2
Hapag- Lloyd Cruises are targeting English speaking passengers with the introduction of its brand new Europa 2.
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...
CANADA – Discover Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island
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.
Bermuda – 150 Small Islands – 365 Beautiful Pink Sand Beaches.
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...
HOLIDAY IDEAS for Canada and Alaska – Popular Examples
You are spoilt for choice with the different itineraries and types of holiday available in Canada and Alaska
Different Types of Holiday Available to Canada
Canada - 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...
Acapulco
The jet set capital of Acapulco became famous in the 1950s with many Hollywood celebrities visiting the city.
Antwerp
Antwerp is an ideal port of call for a cruise ship as you dock close or right beside the town
Morocco is ideal for a short break, beach holiday or Desert Adventure.
Marrakech is modern and spacious with tree-lined boulevards, while the bustling old city was built behind 8 miles of red ochre walls.
Panama Canal
Panama Canal - This wonderful man made channel with its many locks joins the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans
Indochina & Beyond
Vietnam’s natural beauty; the magnificent ruins at Angkor Wat draw many travellers to Cambodia; Laos is ideal for travellers seeking the Asia of old., ancient Buddhist temples and more
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 - Yosemite National Park, and Yellowstone...
Anguilla
Anguilla, experience peace and quiet on an unspoilt exclusive Caribbean island.
South Africa awaits you…
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...
HOLIDAY IDEA – Visit Kerala at a leisurely pace
This private tour holiday of Kerala has been specially designed to offer the client a hassle free experience, taken at a leisurely pace, to this beautiful region of India...
Kalkan – an Enchanting Seaside Resort
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...
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...
Go Wild at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Go wild at Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park as you meet the creatures who inhabit our world – and our imagination.
Wonder and Fantasy surround you at Magic Kingdom
Wonder and fantasy surround you at Magic Kingdom Park, where six enchanted lands beckon with exciting adventures and timeless fairy tale classics.
Over 30 Amazing Attractions at Epcot
High tech fun and Disney imagination combine with the wonder of diverse cultures in two distinct realms: Future World and World Showcase - visit 11 countries in one...
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Lights, camera, action! Showbiz takes centre stage, but you’re the star. Walk down the red carpet into the heart of movieworld,
Disney Water parks…a Big Splash of Magic
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...
Downtown Disney an exciting Waterfront Metropolis
The Downtown Disney Area is an exciting waterfront metropolis providing some of the most famous shopping, dining and entertainment experiences.
New Zealand – Full of Romance and Adventures
The Downtown Disney Area is an exciting waterfront metropolis providing some of the most famous shopping, dining and entertainment experiences.
Destinations
Holiday Ideas, Honeymoons, Cruise, tours
Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur is the epicentre of modern Malaysian culture
Kuala Lumpur – Selected Hotels, Dining, Entertainment and Shopping
Many travellers only visit KL for the vast selection of reasonably priced shopping and to experience the wonderful Malaysian food..
Emirates Airbus A 380 Super Jumbo Jet
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...
World-famous Venice Simplon Orient Express
The King of Trains... you truly feel you are living in a different era of elegance
8 Ways to enjoy Ultra Luxury by Orient Express
Orient Express is not only all about trains...
Burma with Venice Simplon –Orient-Express
The Road to Mandalay – Burma with Venice Simplon –Orient-Express
Experience that Special Brand of Magic
Experience that Special Brand of Magic and start planning your Orlando Holiday now
Let us help planning your holiday to Florida
We can help save you time and money when planning your holiday to Florida
Walt Disney World Resort
The 4 Theme Parks... a magic combination of entertainment, dining and shopping.
The 2 Waterparks & Downtown Disney
Walt Disney World Resort – The 2 Waterparks & Downtown Disney
Universal – SeaWorld – Discovery Cove
Universal have two parks right next to each other so you can easily spend a day or more in each.....swim with the dolphins
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....
General Tips for Orlando Holiday
When you arrive, try and stay up for as long as possible…
An easy Guide to Tickets and Passes
...making the best use of your time and budget!
Shopping in Orlando
Orlando is home to 8 major shopping malls…
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...
HOLIDAY IDEA – Cape Town – 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.
HOLIDAY IDEA – Tanzania & Zanzibar
Safari, Activity and Relaxation in One Holiday including Safari & Beach in One Resort - Ideal for Couples and Honeymooners.
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
HOLIDAY IDEA USA – Yosemite and Yellowstone
USA’s 58 National Parks provide the visitor with an opportunity to experience a diverse range of spectacular nature and stunning landscapes.
HOLIDAY IDEA USA – Smoky Mountains – 2 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!
HOLIDAY IDEA THAILAND – Beach and Safari
Holiday of Contrasts including a two beach resorts and a Luxury Jungle Safari Adventure
HOLIDAY IDEA Thailand – Bangkok – Elephants – Beach
13 night - Thai Multi Centre Holiday – Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Phuket Including Temple and Elephant Trek Excursions.
HOLIDAY IDEA THAILAND – Luxury Bangkok, – Jungle – Beach.
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...
HOLIDAY IDEA USA – Multi Centre Florida and Mexico
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...
HOLIDAY IDEA – Sri Lanka Tour, Beach and Dubai
Visit Sri Lanka with its pristine golden beaches combined with bustling Dubai.
HOLIDAY IDEA – Vietnam – Cambodia – The Mekong
3 nights, in Saigon -7 night luxurious cruise on the Mekong - 3 nights in Angkor Wat
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...
Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia is a beautiful island with dense tropical vegetation and stunning beaches on the west coast
Barbados
Barbados has some of the most varied terrain as well as some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean
Puerto Rico
The island offers so much more than sun and beach, and manages to combine a laid back culture with a Spanish heart and an American style. Sip on a...
Dominica
This friendly unspoilt Caribbean Island is an Outdoor Paradise offering adventure and relaxation
Grand Turk – Turks & Caicos Islands
One of the most idyllic holiday destination_blogs
CANADA and ALASKA – Alaska The Great Land
The Largest state of the USA, Alaska is a magnificent destination, with more than half the world's glaciers to be found there
CANADA – Wildlife
Observe grizzly bears and other wildlife in their Natural Habitat
CANADA – The Famous Rocky Mountaineer Train
Travelling aboard the privately owned Rocky Mountaineer is an unforgettable experience
CANADA – The Canadian Rockies
Tailor-make your own holiday with plenty of free time in Banff and Jasper
CANADA – Vancouver Area
Take a Seaplane to Vancouver Island ....high speed Whale Watching!
CANADA – Toronto
Commercial Centre of Canada
CANADA – Quebec City
The most beautiful friendly French Canadian City
CANADA – Montreal
Parc Mont-Royal and 19 miles of shops underground
Expert advice from a CANADA Specialist
I am recognised and listed by The Canadian Tourism Commission as one of their specialist travel partners
RIVER CRUISE – Waterways of the Tsars
Most well travelled people want to visit both St Petersburg and Moscow so why not include cities and the Golden Circle, visiting Yaroslavi, Uglich, Goritsy as well as Kizhi...
RIVER CRUISE with Avalon 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...
RIVER CRUISE with Ama Waterways
Ama Waterways is one of the leading river cruise companies and operates one of the newest fleets in Europe
Advantages of taking a RIVER CRUISE
River cruising is a perfect way to see many of the beautiful parts of Europe, and further afield
CRUISE with MSC
The most Modern Fleet in the World
CRUISE with Norwegian Cruise Line
Freestyle Cruising
CRUISE with Royal Caribbean International
The Nation of Why Not
CRUISE with P&O
Discover a Different World
CRUISE with Princess Cruises
Fun for All – All for Fun
CRUISE with Holland America
A Signature of Excellence
CRUISE with Celebrity
Designed for You
CRUISING with Cunard
The Most Historic Cruise Line in the World
CRUISE AND EXPLORE with Swan Hellenic
The atmosphere is relaxed and intimate, similar to that of a country house hotel
CRUISE EXPLORE Voyages of Discovery
The ship is very small compared with today's huge super liners; the ship actually has a capacity of over 800 but never carries more than 650
CRUISE and EXPLORE with Voyages to Antiquity
Cruises to Classical Civilisations
CRUISE and EXPLORE with Hurtigruten – Norwegian Costal Voyage
Hurtigruten, the Norwegian Costal Voyage along the majestic coastline of Norway, has been described as 'The World's Most Beautiful Voyage'. Guests can experience the natural delights of a land...
CRUISE UNDER SAIL with Windstar – motor assisted sailing yachts
Windstar Cruises are not tall ships (unlike Star Clippers) but are motor assisted sailing yachts. There is no need for riggers as everything is controlled remotely from the bridge.
CRUISE UNDER SAIL with Star Clippers
Emerald Waterways; River Cruises
LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISING with Orion
Australasia Antarctica Far East To explore “a path less travelled” requires a...
LUXURY EXPEDITION CRUISING with Silversea
State of the art, ultra-luxury expedition ships
LUXURY CRUISING with Hebridean Princess
Luxury in the West Highlands onboard the Hebridean Princess. A lovely small ship providing personal comfort in a country house setting
LUXURY CRUISING with Paul Gauguin Cruises
The Paul Gauguin and the Tere Moana offers the guest an elegant yet casual ambiance, luxury accommodation, gourmet dining, and extraordinary all-inclusive value.
LUXURY CRUISING with Azamara Club
Cruise in style and luxury to 187 ports, in 58 countries. Sail to the most beautiful places on earth! Experience Longer Stays and More Overnight stays at ports of...
LUXURY CRUISING with Oceania
Your World. Your Way.’
LUXURY CRUISING with Crystal
The Difference is Crystal Clear
LUXURY CRUISING SeaDream Yacht Club
The next best thing to your own private yacht
LUXURY CRUISING with Silversea
Silversea's award-wining fleet offer uncrowded, sophisticated luxury to all corners of the world
LUXURY CRUISING with Seabourn
Three ships (only 450 guests) offering unparallel levels of service
LUXURY CRUISING with Regent Seven Seas
Regent guests enjoy a true ultra luxury all inclusive experience
CRUISING advice
Cruising is one of my favourite travel experiences
Miami
Miami Beach, known as the American Riviera, is a narrow strip of land connected to the mainland by road causeways over Biscayne Bay
San Diego
San Diego has everything, a great climate, super beaches, home to the famous SeaWorld and Zoo, sports , shopping and numerous museums…
Fort Lauderdale
300 miles of waterway surround the city and near the mouth of the New River
Panama Canal
This wonderful man made channel with its many locks joins the Pacific and Atlantic oceans
Seychelles
Situated in the gleaming turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles consists of 115 lush tropical islands
Maldives
A 'thousand Robinson Crusoe' islands
Places to Visit in Mauritius
Find out the best things to do and places to go in Mauritius
Mauritius
Star of the Indian Ocean – here lies paradise, with a year-round pleasantly tropical climate, clear warm waters and white beaches.
Melbourne and The Great Ocean Road
The Australian city with a distinctly un-Australian feel
Cairns and Port Douglas Area
Gateway to The Great Barrier Reef and Atherton Table Land
Sydney
Set in the World’s greatest natural harbour
Australia in brief
Australia has many different experiences to offer its visitors throughout its states and territories.
New Zealand in brief
Enjoy adventure, nature and the trip of a lifetime in New Zealand
Dubai
Everything about Dubai is extravagant……. Nowhere in the world is flashier, more ambitious, or has built so much, so fast, on what was once a sun-bathed wilderness
Vienna
Austria’s Imperial City
St Petersburg
Known as the 'Venice of the North' (not Stockholm as many think which is known as 'Beauty by the Water'), with its network of waterways and canals branching off...
Klaipeda and Lithuania
Lithuania is one of Europe’s best kept secrets
Riga and Latvia
Riga is at the crossroads between East and west Europe
Gdansk in Poland
The old medieval town of Gdansk is absolutely beautiful Ideal for a weekend break and also makes an interesting call on a Baltic cruise itinerary
Tallinn
Although formerly part of the USSR, you are reminded more of its medieval past when you enter the town
Copenhagen
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is the largest city in Scandinavia, and is described as one of the most beautiful. Ideal for a weekend break or is included in...
Stockholm
Sweden's capital and the cultural capital hub of the Baltic Ideal for a weekend break or is included in many of the cruise lines Baltic and Scandinavian Itineraries
The Channel Islands
If you are looking for a holiday ‘overseas’ but closer to home The Channel islands could well be for you. Jersey, Guernsey, Sark, Alderney and Herm make up The...
Cyprus
Cyprus is an island of much natural beauty, with golden beaches and mountains with green forests. There are a variety of resorts to suit most tastes. There is a...
Gran Canaria
The island offers a range of cultures, sandy beaches, beautiful mountain villages, wonderful scenery with fantastic views. Gran Canaria is a great all year round destination enjoying a sunny...
Lewis – Stornoway
Lewis Castle An Lantair museum, Lewis Loom Centre, Fish Smokers in Shell Street, Standing Stones of Callanish, Dun Carloway Broch, old Black House Museum Loch Roag
Belfast
The White Linen Hall Library Queens Bridge, Queens University, The Harbour Office, The Customs House, Usher Hall, Albert Memorial Clock, Belfast Castle, Library, Grand Opera House, St George's Market...
Dublin
Dublin, O'Connell Street, St Stephen's Green, River Liffey, Trinity College, Dublin's Writers Museum, Parnell Square, Dublinia and Viking World Exhibition, Christ Church Cathedral, St Michael's Church, Temple Bar
Cork and Cobh (Queenstown)
St. Finbarr's Cathedral, Richard brothers, Cork Public Museum Fitzpatrick Park, Butter Museum, Royal Gunpowder Mills at Ballincollig Regional Park.
The Orkney Islands
Kirkwall, St Magnus Cathedral, 5000 year old Neolithic village at Skara Brae Standing Stones of Stenness, Ring of Brodgar.
La Gomera
La Gomera, San sebastian, National Park of Garajonay, Christopher Colombus
Tenerife with a Difference
Tenerife, The Loro Parque, Santa Cruz, Garachico, Orotava Valley, Garachico, Cota Adeje, La Gomera
Lanzarote
Lanzarote, Fred Olsen's 'Bocayna Express', Playa Del Carmen, Playa Blanca.
Malta and Gozo
Malta, Gozo, Marsalforn, Xlendi, Homer's Odyssey
Barcelona
Barcelona has much to offer the visitor with its fascinating contrasting architecture
Madeira and Porto Santo
Madeira is sometimes known as the floating garden of the Atlantic
Morocco
Morocco, Atlas Mountains, Marrakech, Essaouira, Agadir, Sahara, Taroudant
Portugal
Portugal, Lisbon, Estoril Coast, Alfama.
Lisbon
The Statue of Pombal, Avenida Da Liberdade. 25th April Bridge, Christ the King Statue.
Istanbul
Istanbul, Sultanahmet, Beyazit and Eminou, Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya, Topkapi Palace. Beyazit Meydani, Kapali Carsi (Grand Bazaar). Golden Horn, Beyoglu District, Taksim, Galata Bridge.
Turkey
Turkey, Antayla, Bodrum, Aegean Coast, Dalaman, Turqoise Coast, Gulet Experince, Ephesus.
Ephesus
The Odeon, the Prytaneon the Various Baths, the Fountain of Pollio, the Memorial to Memmius, the Temple of Domitian the Hercules Gate, The Trajan Fountain. Hadrian’s Temple, The Latrina...
Egypt
Karnak, Edfu and Kom Ombo, Luxor, Aswan, the Valley of the Kings and Queens. Pyramids at Giza, Temples of Karnak, Philae and Abu Simbel, Aswan High Dam, Lake Nasser.
Mykonos
Join the 'Jet Set' at Psarou & Platis Gialos Beaches, Agios Stefanos. Orrnos Beach Paradise Bay, On Delos, The House of Dianysos, The House of the Masks, The House...
Venice
Venice, Byzantine, Renaissance and Gothic Architecture, San Marco.g museum with its rich blend of Byzantine, Renaissance and Gothic Architecture interspersed by the labyrinth of canals.
Florence and Sienna
Green and White cathedral (Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore), Uffizi art gallery Academy Gallery, Pitti Palace Silver Museum -Churches of Santa Croce, Santa Maria Novella and San Lorenzo, the...
Italian Lakes
Lake Como, Lake Garda, Lake Maggiore, Lake Orta.
Capri
Capri, La Grotta Azzurra, Arco Naturale, Capri Town, Anacapri, Marina Piccola
Pompeii
Pompeii, Porto Marina, Macellum, Temple of Jupiter, Faro (forum); the Anfiteatro, Lupanare Terme Stabione Casa del Menandro (Casa Del Poeta Tragico , Casa Degli Amorinin Dorati Casa dei Vetti...
Santorini (Thira)
Santorini, the lost continent of Atlantis, Fira, Oia, Skala, La
The Amalfi Coast & Sorrento
The Amalfi Coast, Bay of Salerno, Sorrento, Bay of Naples to Capri, Positano, Ravello

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