• 5 days Sept in Dorset and Somerset, castles, stately homes, TS Elliot and more

    We will be staying in the grounds of a beautiful Stately Home, Brympton House, just 2 miles from Yeovil in Somerset in the B&B Fat Pidgeon The accommodation is surrounded by lovely gardens, a lake and stunning country-side. Every day we will go and enjoy a little bit of Somerset or Dorset and there will be a little bit of everything to suit all tastes Monday: Dept from Waterloo 13.20 to arrive at Yeovil Junction 15.38 Arrival Yeovil Junction - transfer to our accommodation to arrive about 16.00 Afternoon free to roam around the grounds of Brympton House Evening meal together: menu choices will be sent out for you to chose from including vegetarian Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday The programme can change according to weather but I will be showing you the following: - Day in Montacute with the chance to go round the dinky village and the National Trust Stately home. Camelot country For those who are able and willing, I will lead a 6 mile circular walk around the village whilst the others explore We will enjoy a late lunch together in the village in a lovely olde world pub East Coker, home to the famous poet TS Elliot We will visit the church where he was buried, stroll round the village with its array of beautiful houses, 17th century almshouses, and stroll a few miles to the farm shop for afternoon tea. Monarch trail, where King Charles walked over 600 miles hiding to escape Oliver Cromwell! 5-course dinner in Victorian Twine works! - Day in Sherborne, over the border in Dorset with its 2 castles, quaint high street and many tea shops….wonderful abbey, as well as the famous private Sherborne school where many films have been made. Again, for those willing and up for it, I will take us for a 5 mile circular walk around the castle estate There are a variety of fabulous old pubs in and around the town, so we can end up for a late lunch in one of them The B&B we are saying in provides evening snacks, drinks and games tables etc. so we can enjoy fun evenings together Friday: Departure at 12.29 from Yeovil Junction to go back to London Waterloo which arrives at 14.49 before the Friday rush hour! Deposit £100 Price only £457 Includes: 4 nights accommodation in your own double ensuite in beautiful outbuildings of Brympton House in the Fat Pidgeon 4 breakfasts Unlimited tea/coffee Transfers from the train station to B&B Transfers to each location 2 Dinners on the first and last evening 5-course dinner in West Coker Not included: Train from London to Yeovil return Meals out during the day Drinks with supper Entrances to Stately homes Anything else, please do not hesitate to contact me [masked][masked]

  • Walking in Spain - sunshine, warm sea, varied walks, small group

    WALKING IN SPAIN - LOVLEY WEATHER, WARM SEA, INTERESTING WALKS I have chosen September for walking as the sea will still be warm and perfect for swimming, the days a little cooler for walking and the crowds gone after everyone has gone back to school. We will stay in the mountain village of Castro which is quiet, got delicious spring water and beautiful views out over the mountains. Every day we will leave for a walk after breakfast about 10.00 Our walks will not be a race as it is important that we enjoy our surroundings and have a chance to take photos, listen to the birds and just enjoy the variety of habitations that surrounds us. The walks will include the only desert in Europe, the desert of Tabernas; coastal walk in Cabo da Gata National Park, white village and mountains walks. We will start each day about 10.00 after breakfast and have a late lunch out. I will confirm all the details the night before. There will usually be a possibility to opt out along the way if you chose to relax or do something else. Saturday 21st Sept - Day 1. Arrive ALMERIA airport Enjoy a coffee on the beach. Beach walk of only about 4 miles Lunch on the beach Drive slowly to Castro and enjoy quiet evening, supper together and early night Sunday - Day 2. Keep local - mountain village walk ….have lunch - 9 miles Monday - Day 3 Cabo da Gata circular coastal walk and late lunch - 7 miles Tuesday - Day 4 Desert circular walk - 8 miles late lunch Wednesday -Day 5 Local market, Iron ore walk along dis-used railway line in Lucainena - picnic lunch, supper on the way back to Castro - 9 miles Thursday - Day 6 Walk choice from a variety of options to be decided nearer the time - supper back in Castro together - Friday - Day 7 Departure Return flights to ALMERIA are very reasonable at present and best to book as soon as possible. There are 3 flights from LGW on Saturday morning arriving in Almeria an hour apart. BA flies from LHR via Madrid. Price £595 for the twin room or £645 for the double (with juliet balcony) to include: Airport transfers Accommodation in your own room Breakfasts Daily guided walks with transport 2 Suppers on first and last evenings Non-refundable Deposit of £100 to reserve your space Balance by 31st August Let me know if there is anything you can’t eat or anything I need to know about your health. Looking forward to walking in this gorgeous area with you soon. Dee[masked]

  • Discover Albania- Adriatic coast 24th- 28th September 2019

    From the Albanian Riviera to its many UNESCO sites, Albania is an off the path gem in Europe. Join us on this 5 days tour in September 2019. Day 1: Arrival in Tirana Your local English speaking guide will welcome you at the airport in Tirana. Transfer to your centrally located hotel. Dinner at a local restaurant. Overnight Day 2: Half day city tour Our walking tour will start after breakfast. We will get to know the most important sites of Tirana as the Skanderbeg Square, the Ethem Bey Mosque, the Clock Tower, Enver Hodja Pyramid, the University quarter and the famous “Blok” – Albanian’s former “forbidden” city, passage was only allowed to party members of high rank. Enver Hodjas Villa is also located in this area. Afternoon for leisure (or optional tour to the Dajti mountain by cable car or the “Bunkart” tour). We will enjoy dinner at the fish market today. Overnight. Day 3: Kruja – Durres This morning, we will explore Kruja, the first capital of Albania in the 15th century. Visit the castle with architectural elements of the byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman period and walk through the ancient, original Bazaar roads and see the museum dedicated to Skanderbeg, the national hero, who rose against the Ottomans and also the ethnographical museum – giving a very good overview of traditional life in the past. You will have some time to stroll through the original bazaar street, colorful with its many shops offering local handicraft and souvenirs. Transfer to our hotel in Durres on the Adriatic coast. Free time Dinner and overnight in Golem, Durres (Hotel Klajdi Resort or sim) Day 4: Day on leisure Enjoy the amenities of your hotel or relax on the sandy beach. Optional tour to Berat, UNESCO world heritage, also called the city of thousand windows. You will be fascinated by the beautiful mansions nestling alongside Osumi river and the castle rising majestic over the town. The castle is the only remaining one, which is still inhabitated. We will visit also the Onufri Museum located inside an ancient monastery and the famous Batchelors mosque. We will also visit one of the most famous wine producer of Albania and enjoy some tasting & snacks) Dinner and overnight as day before Day 5: Breakfast Departure. Transfer to Tirana airport Your investment is £ 385 for a twin/double shared room and £ 435 for a double room single use. What is included:  2 overnights in a centrally located, good 4-star hotel in Tirana  2 overnights in a good 4-star hotel in Durres  4 Breakfasts  4 dinners (at local restaurants in Tirana, at the hotel in Durres)  All transfers (group transfer)  All tours and sightseeing according to the itinerary  Entrance fees  English speaking, licensed guide  Comfortable, air-conditioned minivan or coach acc.to the group size (up to 12 people)  Local taxes To secure your space please email [masked].

  • Yoga in Spain with Steve - 12th - 19th October



    Itinerary for the yoga holiday in October: 12th - 19th October Saturday - Saturday 12th Arr. Almeria Airport Coffee on the beach with short stroll to stretch the legs and breath in sea air Lunch Drive via Tabernas with stop off to shop Frist session of light yoga/stretching Supper together in HQ - included Unlimited tea/coffee Sunday 13th 09.30 Yoga on the terrace Freshly squeezed OJ, muesli, fresh fruit and yogurt on the BBQ terrace Local village /mountain stroll (about 4 miles) 14.30 Lunch in HQ - included Afternoon free to relax (Treatments available) 17.00 Early evening stretching, light yoga/Tai Chi 18.30 Light Supper in HQ - included Monday 14th 09,30 Morning yoga on the village picnic area Yoga on the terrace OJ, muesli and yogurt on the BBQ terrace Local village /mountain stroll (about 4 miles) 14.30 Lunch in HQ - included Afternoon free to relax (Treatments available) 17.00 Early evening stretching, light yoga/Tai Chi 18.30 Supper in HQ - included Tuesday 15th 09,30 Morning yoga on the terrace Freshly squeezed OJ, muesli and yogurt on the BBQ terrace 11.30 Drive down to beach for day out 15.00 Lunch out 17.30 Early evening stretching, light yoga/Tai Chi 18.45 Supper in own cottages Wednesday 16th 08,30 Morning yoga on the terrace Yoga on the terrace OJ, muesli and yogurt on the BBQ terrace 10.15 Drive down to Tabernas Walk up the Tabernas castle for views of dessert. Go to Tabernas market 13.15 Lunch out 14.45 Desert stroll of about 4 miles 18.00 Early evening stretching, light yoga/Tai Chi 19.30 Supper - included Thursday and Friday follow similar pattern: (do not have enough room to post the whole itinerary here) Steve Shorney, the yoga teacher, has travelled far and wide in search of the right yoga, only to find that it comes from within. His teaching is based on traditional styles, Sivananda and Iyengar among them, and is informed by more than 15 years of practice. He is the creator and owner of cafe Mila, a unique yoga and healthy living space in Surrey: https://cafemila.co.uk/ Flights are under a £100 return at present so best to book ASAP Included: Airport transfers Accommodation in self-catering 2 bed cottages with beautiful views in all directions Breakfasts 2 Daily sessions of yoga Daily excursions/walks 8 meals as indicated Deposit of £100 payable to hold your place Shared twin : £575 Single twin: £675 Shared double £645 Single double £745 (with Juliette balcony) Max 8 people Contact Dee [masked][masked]

  • Thessaloniki+ Meteora -History, lovely weather and Hellenic hospitality 4 days

    Thessaloniki is easy to fall in love with – it has beauty, chaos, history and culture, a remarkable cuisine and wonderful, vast sea views. This is Greece’s second city with the streets full of life and vibrancy. Thessaloniki is famous for its gastronomy. Here you’ll eat to your heart’s content, your plates brimming with Mediterranean cuisine, seasoned with the added spice of Asia Minor. Thessaloniki: a melting pot of cultures Get to know the multitude of cultures that coexisted for centuries in Thessaloniki. During our visit to Thessaloniki, we will make a stop at these three significant landmarks: 1. Arch of Galerius and Rotunda: the Palace, the Arch (Kamara) and the impressive Rotunda reminiscent of the Pantheon. 2. The New promenade ( Nea Paralia) 3. The former home of Kemal Ataturk, now a museum. We will also visit Meteora on a day trip. There are few landscapes that excite the travelers as much as a visit to the enchanting Meteora. The gigantic rocks with the breathtaking volume and height, as they sharply arise in the edge of a big flatland, interrupt the smooth landscape like they were unreal, form part of an impressive geological phenomenon that you can’t miss the chance to observe closely. Moreover, the human intervention in this eerie scenery is astonishing: Monasteries built in the highest point of the rocks, seem to hover between earth and sky, between human and divine element. In 1989, Meteora was added in the list of the World Heritage of UNESCO. The most popular sights and attractions in Thessaloniki 1. Thessaloniki’s old waterfront: Everyone’s idea of the perfect stroll. 2. Ano Poli: Wander the narrow lanes of Ano Poli, one of the oldest districts of Thessaloniki above the modern town. 3. The centre of Thessaloniki: Walk from the iconic 16th century White Tower to Aristotelous Square. 4. Ladadika: The old and exceptionally popular portside market. Your accommodation: 4 stars hotel in the city centre. Located very close to the White tower of Thessaloniki and the Old waterfront. Start your day with a rich buffet breakfast served daily. Greek and international flavours accompanied by a carefully handpicked wine list can be enjoyed for dinner at the elegant on-site restaurant. The Lounge Bar also serves a variety of cocktails and a wide selection of spirits. Your investment is £ 385 for a double/ twin room and £ 445 for a double room, single use. What is included in the trip: 3 nights in a four star hotel, central location 3 breakfasts 2 half-day guided walking tours in Thessaloniki Transfers from/to Thessaloniki airport Day trip to Meteor, UNESCO site Assistance with restaurants reservations and local information by the tour leader Financial protection according to Travel package regulations 1992 What is not included in the trip: Return flight to Thessaloniki around £95 at the moment ( as per 8th July 2019) Out on 16th October 2019 with Easyjet flight morning flight and return on 19th October with Easyjet. Personal expenses Single supplement for the entire stay £60 Travel insurance To secure your space please email [masked] or[masked]

  • Italian Riviera: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia, and Monterosso

    We will visit the five towns of Cinque Terre on the Italian Riviera: Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Corniglia, and Monterosso. These centuries-old fishing villages feature colorful homes that cling to seaside cliffs, trattorias serving seafood delicacies, lively marinas, and family-owned vineyards. Along the way, we will learn more about these unique features and folklore associated with each of them. Accommodation: Discover the charm of Genoa from the other side of the harbour, where you will find the best views and also an incredible area to rest and leisure. Our 4 stars Genoa Sea Hotel is located only a few metres away from the Genoese harbour, a perfect place to leisurely stroll and behold the architectural wonders of the city, since both Genoese life and architecture revolve around maritime trade. Genoa is the capital of the Liguria region, one of the most authentic and full of history areas of Italy. This is one of the biggest cities and has the most important port not only at a national level, but also within the Mediterranean region. In Genoa, you will find amazing architectural landmarks dated many centuries back such as, for example, the house where Christopher Columbus was born, the square Piazza di Ferrari, San Lorenzo cathedral, the towers of Porta Soprana, or several palaces of the city, which for the most part are placed in Via Garibaldi (which has been declared UNESCO world cultural heritage site). Your investment is £ 545 for a double/ twin room and £ 685 for a double room, single use. What is included in the trip: 4 nights in a four star hotel, Genoa, Italy 4 breakfasts 1 lunch Private Day Trip to Cinque Terre from Genoa With Local Driver Half-day guided walking tour in Genoa Transfers from/to Genoa airport Assistance local information by the tour leader Financial protection according to Travel package regulations 1992 What is not included in the trip: Return flight London Heathrow to Genoa with British airways around £80 at the moment ( as per 24th July 2019) Personal expenses Travel insurance To secure your space please email [masked] or[masked]

  • Long weekend in ancient Plovdiv and weekend wine festival

    HIGHLIGHTS: • The Annual Young Wine Parade of Plovdiv introduces over 20 local wine producers • Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019 • The Thracian Valley Wine Region is 2nd Best Wine Travel Destination of 2017 by Wine Enthusiast • Wine tasting • Private Tour Leader OLD PLOVDIV – A JOURNEY TO ANTIQUITY Plovdiv is one of the most ancient cities in the world with signs of habitation dating as far back as the 6th millennium BC. The Old Town of Plovdiv is listed in UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s small, quiet and picturesque and a real gem for culture and history lovers! During the festival wine producers present in the unique atmosphere of the old houses their new wines. Tastings are accompanied by cultural events, lectures, devoted to wine, date information on wine producers and more. The event ends with the "Night of Masters of Wine," during which the professional jury and the audience award the best young wines. New wine tastings are part of wine culture and an opportunity for manufacturers to advertise and sell their products. There is also "Visitors choice" awards, determined by the results of questionnaires that each tasted fills in for the white, the red and the rose wine. Each completed questionnaire participates in a lottery with a prize - a selected bottle of sweet wine and corkscrew. Day 1 Friday Arrival at Plovdiv airport at 20.30 pm and meeting your tour leader at Arrivals hall Transfer to Plovdiv city centre, check in An evening with the group. Day 2 Saturday Breakfast You will meet your tour leader at reception and spend the day exploring Plovdiv Old town and visiting young wine festival Evening with the group (optional) Day 3 Sunday Breakfast Day out in Plovdiv city centre Dinner in a local restaurant Day 4 Monday Breakfast Check out at 12.00 pm Free time for sightseeing and shopping Transfer to Plovdiv airport THIS HOLIDAY PACKAGE £ 280 INCLUDES 3 nights in 3-star central location hotel in Plovdiv, shared rooms 3 breakfasts 2 guided walking tours and wine tasting on Saturday Transfers from/to the Plovdiv airport in Bulgaria Tour leader Social event with the group, before flying to Bulgaria Compliance with Travel Package Regulations and financial protection 1992 THIS HOLIDAY PACKAGE DOES NOT INCLUDE Return flight (from £ 74 return) Personal expenses Single supplement £60 for the entire stay Travel insurance In conjunction with other meetup groups. To secure your place please send an email to [masked] or[masked]

  • 4* Bratislava city break with Christmas markets, 28th Nov- 30th Nov 2019

    One of the most beautiful periods of the year in Bratislava is definitely during the last weeks of the year, when people celebrate the scents of Christmas on the street markets. Yes, we are talking about the traditional Christmas markets. They are so popular among locals and tourists. We will visit it in the evenings – with all the lights, the view is even more beautiful. You will see the UFO tower, St. Martin’s Cathedral as well as the Castle in their full beauty. A stage full of various cultural performances is a vital part of the Christmas market athmosphere. Musicians, folk dancers and other talented artists perform on the stage to entertain the visitors History lures you to every corner of the capital. Over the years, Bratislava has served as a strategic base for everyone from the Celts to the Romans. But it truly flourished under the 18th-century reign of Queen Maria Theresa of the Habsburg dynasty, back when the city (then known as Pressburg) was the capital of Royal Hungary. Her patronage brought a golden age, when Bratislava transformed from a Gothic fortress into a Baroque confection beloved by socialites and celebrities – a six-year-old Mozart even performed in the Palffy Palace (now a gallery). Accommodation: Austria Trend Hotel Bratislava, 4 stars Excellent location, located on the edge of Bratislava's pedestrianized Old Town, the Austria Trend Hotel Bratislava offers free wireless internet in all rooms and suites, a sauna and fitness facilities. Regional specialities and international cuisine are served in the restaurant. In the morning, you can start with a rich buffet breakfast and at noon, a light lunch is available. In conjunction with other meetup. The package £ 290 for a standard double/ twin room: - 2 nights in Austria Trend Hotel Bratislava, 4-star hotel, central location - 2 Breakfasts - Transport from/to Bratislava airport - 2 day walks in Bratislava ( sightseeing and Christmas markets ) - Group leader - Compliance with Travel Package Regulations and financial protection 1992 Doesn't include: Flights London Stansted- Bratislava (BTS) with Ryanair at 07:15 28th November Thursday Bratislava (BTS)- London Stansted with Ryanair at[masked]th November Saturday Travel insurance Single supplement, double room for single use £50 total To secure your space please contact me for further details [masked] or[masked] Tina

  • 10 days Vienna Budapest and Prague 2020

    Heathrow Airport

    Three spectacular cities! 10 days for £1,790.00 includes flights with B.A at nice times from Heathrow. Prague, Vienna and Budapest are three beautiful yet remarkably different capital cities which deserve an equal amount of time devoted to each of them. The small, close-knit Golden City of Prague oozes charm from each and every cobbled street. The spectacular city of Vienna, once the capital of the vast Habsburg Empire, is every bit as grand as you would expect. Budapest, carved in two by the River Danube and characterised by its viewpoints, is simply stunning by night. This holiday is varied and includes extra touches, like a dinner cruise in Prague with drinks and live music, a gypsy show in Budapest with dinner and wine, an included guided tour of Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna with time in its gardens and an unforgettable performance of the Spanish Riding School. Then there is the picture-perfect Lake Balaton with its neatly tucked away villages in the rolling countryside where the grapes of the popular Balaton wines Balatonfelvid ripen. Not only will you visit and explore these cities but have a chance to see the countryside and lunch in historic towns on route between the cities...we fly into Prague and out of Budapest but travel in a luxury coach to and from Vienna stopping on the way. WHAT’S INCLUDED? YOU’RE IN GOOD HANDS - This holiday includes the exclusive and dedicated services of a carefully selected fun and very experienced Tour Manager who is there solely for you and your fellow 45+ Not Grumpy companions, staying with you in your hotels and escorting you throughout. He knows all the cities very well and will ensure that you have a fun, interesting and happy holiday. Over and above this, there will be specialist guides in every city. YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES Return scheduled flights and Executive coach with 2 seats per person so you can spread yourself… On offer are not only these 3 wonderful cities but also a taste of each countries landscape as we drive between cities and stop in interesting historical towns for lunch on the way. YOUR ACCOMMODATION Nine nights accommodation (three nights in each city) in your own double room ensure for sole occupancy. MEALS & DRINKS Meals: a full buffet breakfast each morning, five evening meals one being a cruise on the Vltava River in Prague and another including folklore in a local restaurant in Budapest. Drinks: welcome drinks the first evening in each city and drinks with dinner on two of your five included evening meals. EXCURSIONS & MANY EXTRAS - Porterage - Personal audio guiding system throughout - Private welcome drinks and dinner cruise in Prague - City tours in Prague, Vienna and Budapest - Tour of Prague Castle - Danube Valley wine tasting - Schoenbrunn Palace (including the interiors and gardens) - Performance of the Spanish Riding School - Traditional Hungarian Gypsy-style show with dinner & drinks - Lake Balaton with wine tasting A full itinerary will be sent out to you by email once you sign up to go. We are using a specialised company who specialises in solo travel, One Traveler who are fully bonded. This trip has been very popular in the past and we have included many new places to visit for those who have been and shown interest in re-visiting these wonderful cities and the countryside again. Price per person only £1,790.00 including flights with BA Out on 14th April[masked] Arr. Prague 13.10 Rtn. 23rd April[masked] Arr. LHR 14.55 Deposit only £100 - You will be asked to pay only once we have the minimum of 17 but One Traveler, the travel experts, who are fully bonded will take your details in the meantime to secure your place. We have always had a waitlist, so please contact us soonest to reserve your place. Dee[masked] [masked] or [masked]