• Best of Provence, Festival Special - Sep 06-10.
    Flights from £85 We have had some amazing experiences at Get Out of London, but this promises to be one of the most memorable as we explore some of the outstanding highlights of Provence at the perfect time of year to enjoy them. It also happens to be the Feria Du Riz in our base of Arles where there will be a distinctly Spanish feel with bull-running on the streets, Paella dishes cooked in the open air, impromptu concerts and even real life bullfighting in the incredible Roman arena if you wish. The historic Roman city of Arles is also where Van Gogh produced his most colourful canvasses including sunflowers and where he cut off his ear while residing in the yellow house. We will have our own bus to enable us to explore as many diverse sights as possible and all during the wonderful end of summer weather, sunny and 25-28 degrees is the norm. We will visit one of Europe's most spectacular sights at the Pont Du Gard, a Roman-era miracle of engineering where we can have a small hike or swim in the river directly underneath. How about UNESCO listed Avignon with the Palace of the Popes and Roman Bridge. Then there's the beautifully located rock town of Les Baux and the beach resort of Saintes- Maries de la Mer where we can laze on sandy beaches and see flamingos and the white horses of the Camargue within minutes of each other. I have visited these places on several occasions and with our own private bus and the festival, this ought to be an amazing few days. Here’s our itinerary: Thursday 06 September Our private coach will pick us up at 5pm and we will head to our hotel in Arles. After a quick break we can go and explore the town and have some food and drinks. Think paella and wine on a sunny terrace. Friday 07 September After a buffet breakfast our bus will pick us up and we will head to the spectacular Pont Du Gard. This UNESCO protected Roman-era aqueduct dates from about 40 a.d. and is the tallest and best preserved in the world. The setting is equally spectacular and we can have a small hike around the countryside here and even take a swim under the bridge or have a snack nearby. Back in Arles we can stop by the Camargue gourmet food stand and peruse the local delicacies and have a glass of wine or Pernod. Then we will meet our guide who will focus on both the main sights such as the incredible and perfectly-preserved Roman amphitheatre, the equally ancient Roman Theatre, but also see why Van Gogh moved here in 1888. We will see some of the sites he used to hang out and paint classics like Cafe Terrace at Night and the hospital courtyard where he spent time after cutting off part of his ear. After a break we will head out and see some of the festival which celebrates the rice harvest but more resembles a Spanish festival. We can catch the running of the bulls from behind a protective barrier ( It's safer than in Spain ), find a street concert, eat paella on the streets or drink a wine or Pernod in the many charming street cafes. Saturday 08 September A full day out again by private bus. We will start at the tiny, ancient village of Les Baux, voted one of the nicest in the whole country. Les Baux is nestled into a giant rock, topped by defensive castle remains. The best thing here is to simply wander through the streets and take the spectacular views from the castle walls of the Les Alpilles mountain range, classic Provence scenery. You will also have time to have a lunch and a glass of wine at one of the charming restaurant terraces in the village. Then it's on to the larger, but no less amazing city of Avignon. This UNESCO listed town is most famous for the Avignon Papacy, when for 60 years it was the head of the Catholic church, rather than Rome. The monumental Palace of the Popes is testament to this period. Our guide will also show us the mainly intact city walls, the huge cathedral and the famous Bridge of Avignon with it's beautiful setting. You may also have a little free time to explore and buy some food etc. After a break back in Arles, we can head to the centre for more festival action culminating in free entry to the amphitheatre itself. Don't worry, it's not the bullfight, but an equestrian show with the Camargue horses, but the star of the show is the arena itself. You will feel like you're on the set of Gladiator. A truly memorable late summer evening. Sunday 09 September A more relaxed day as we take our bus to the charming beach resort of Saintes-Maries de la Mer. This laid back, small town happens to be in the middle of the Camargue National Park and the scenery on the way will be fantastic. Look out for white horses, flamingos and eagles from the bus. We will walk along the sandy beach and you may either go straight to the sea or follow me on a nature ramble behind the beach where we should see flamingos and many other birds in the marshy lakes. You will also have time to take lunch in the winding old streets of this very nice town. Try one of the fantastic bakeries or seafood places for truly gourmet and fresh food. For our final evening we will see the finale of the bull-running and can go for a few farewell drinks to end this truly memorable weekend. Monday 10 September Early start for the bus to Marseille airport in time for the earlier flights. If you wish you may stay a little longer and take a train later in the day or from the airport visit Marseille before the later flights. The total cost of the trip is £350. You’ll need to pay a £10 deposit via PayPal ( the PayPal account on this webpage ) to reserve your place. After this the balance of £340 is payable within 1 week of your RSVP. PLEASE DO NOT PAY THE REMAINING BALANCE VIA PayPal. The balance MUST be paid to the following bank account: Sort Code:[masked] Account:[masked] Bank: Nationwide Name: Ian Moran The deposit and balance are not refundable unless the trip is cancelled or re-scheduled. However, If you need to drop out AFTER you have paid in full, you can sell your place to another person of the same sex. Please ensure that you pay the balance on time as anyone missing a deadline and not responding to reminder emails will lose their place. The price includes: • 4 nights accommodation in a 3 star hotel (sharing a twin bedroom) with buffet breakfast included. The hotel is located just 10 minutes walk from the centre. NOTE: There are no singles available for this trip • Private coach to and from Marseille airport ( 5pm pick-up and 9am drop-off ) and same coach for all day trips. • Entrance fee to Pont Du Gard and Les Baux village. • Guided tour of Arles and Avignon. The price doesn’t include: Flights to Marseille – you’ll need to book these yourself! Currently you can get a return flight out on Thursday 06 September returning Monday 10 September for £85 (information from Skyscanner.com - correct on 11 August 2018). NOTE: If you don't take the recommended outbound flights, you will not be entitled to the private bus transfer included. You may have the option of a train from near the airport, but they don't run very late. Return bus will be very early, other options are mentioned above. Recommended outbound flights on Thursday 06 September: 06:35-09:40 - Ryanair from Stansted ( FR6541 ) 07:20-10:15 - B.A from Heathrow ( BA366 ) 07:55-10:55 - Easyjet from Gatwick ( EZY8723 ) 13:00-16:05 - Ryanair from Stansted ( FR6543 ) 13:05-16:00 - B.A from Heathrow ( BA368 ) Recommended return flights on Monday 10 September: 10:55 - 11.40 - Easyjet to Luton ( EZY8725 ) 11:10 - 12.15 - B.A to Heathrow ( BA367 ) 11:25 - 12.15 - Easyjet to Gatwick ( EZY8724 ) Other flights: 14.30 - Ryanair to Stansted / 17.20 - Ryanair to Stansted / 20.40 - Easyjet to Gatwick / 21.00 - B.A to Heathrow. Legal stuff • By signing up to this trip you agree to take out travel insurance. Get Out Of London is in no way responsible for any accidents, illnesses or theft of belongings on this trip.

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    Marseille · Marseille

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  • Bank Holiday Weekend In Prague & Bohemia 24-27 August
    Time for our 12th trip to Europe's most beautiful city and the ideal time to visit with sunny, warm days usually a given. Prague's wealth of architecture ranges from classic Gothic like the Charles bridge and hilltop castle to Baroque masterpieces in the Old Town Square and throughout the city and the modern marvels in the suburbs. We will get to see all of this on our trip. But just as thrilling is the chance to see a part of the country few tourists visit. We will have a full day on the train to a great hiking spot with spectacular views of the Czech countryside. We also believe that socialising and great food and drinks are part of any foreign experience and we will have several chances to sample the best of Czech cuisine at the many great pubs and restaurants. I lived in Prague for over 10 years so this is a chance to see the real Prague not many people get to experience. The best the city and country have to offer, secret spots, great cafes and pubs and at local prices. No rip-off taxis and restaurants. I can really guarantee a well-researched, fascinating experience on this trip. Here’s our itinerary: Friday 24 August Fly to Prague where a taxi or minibus will be waiting at the airport to take you to the hotel to check in. I will be at the hotel and can take early arrivals around the local area which is packed with pubs and restaurants. Saturday 25 August A full day informal tour of Prague checking-out not just the jaw-dropping sites but some of the less well known parks, gardens and quirky sites. Highlights include Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, Jewish Quarter, Prague Castle, hidden parks and gardens, secret paths etc. We should also have a chance for lunch at a fantastic restaurant/brewery near the castle. Try the famous Czech goulash and home-made beer. Other options include Schnitzels, soups and salads. After a break we will head to one of my recommended Czech restaurants where you can try duck, various pork dishes, some vegetarian options and a glass of quality beer or wine etc. If you still have the energy we’ll spend Saturday evening enjoying some of Prague’s famous nightlife with a focus on the places the tourists don’t tend to find. Sunday 26 August We will take the train through some wonderful scenery and head out of Prague to the Srbsko area. Here we will take a hiking route along the river and through the forest to the former religious site of Saint John on the rock. Here you can either have a rest or take the short but steep path up to the viewpoint with spectacular views of the Czech countryside. Then we will take another route through the forest and end up in the town of Beroun where a very quirky and cheap brewery/restaurant awaits. We should have time for snacks and a homemade beer of juice etc. After the train back and a well-earned rest, the evening plan will be similar to Saturday. Expect more great food and drink followed by our last night together at the famous cocktail bar we visit ever year. Monday 27 August (bank holiday so no need to take time off work!) As people will be leaving at different times I have arranged another informal tour of Prague to the suburban sights most tourists don't see. We will start at Zizkov hill, the former resting place of communist leaders and great views of the city. Then we will head through parkland to a cemetery where British soldiers from WW2 lay, a truly touching site and then to the more bombastic Soviet cemetery. We will finish at the TV tower, Prague's most controversial building. You can truly say you've got the best out of Prague after today. The total cost of the trip is £220. You’ll need to pay a £10 deposit via PayPal to reserve your place. The remaining £210 pounds is due within 1 week of your RSVP. The deposit and balance are not refundable unless the trip is cancelled or re-scheduled. However AFTER full payment you can sell your place to someone else if you need to drop out. Please ensure that you pay the instalments on time as anyone missing a deadline will lose their place and any payments already made. The final payment should be paid to the following account: Sort Code:[masked] Account:[masked] Bank: Nationwide Name: Ian Moran The price includes: • 3 nights accommodation in a 3 star hotel (sharing a twin bedroom) with breakfast included. The hotel is located on the edge of the city centre on a main tram route. Trams run 24 hours a day and take about 10 minutes to get to the centre. • Airport transfers to and from Prague airport if arriving on Friday and leaving on Monday. • Unlimited public transport in Prague (i.e. metro, trams & buses). • Return train to our hiking destination. The price doesn’t include: Flights to Prague – you’ll need to book these yourself! *** A small number of single rooms are available for an extra £60 *** Recommended outbound flights on Friday 24 August: [masked] - Ryanair from Stansted 11:[masked] - Easyjet from Stansted [masked] - Ryanair from Stansted 18:[masked] - Easyjet from Gatwick [masked] - Wizzair from Luton [masked] - BA from Heathrow ( also at 07.30 / 13.20 / 16.25 ) [masked] - Ryanair from Stansted Recommended return flights on Monday 27 August: [masked] - BA to Heathrow ( also at 06.50 ) 13:[masked] - Easyjet to Stansted [masked] - Ryanair to Stansted ( also a cheap flight at 06.40 ) [masked] - Ryanair to Stansted 21:[masked] - Easyjet to Gatwick ( also at 12.25 ) [masked] - Wizzair to Luton Skyscanner.net is a good website to check for the best air fares, and remember that you don't need to take the same airline on the outbound and return journeys. I’d recommend RSVPing early for this trip as: a) The price of flights will go up the later you book (especially since this is a bank holiday weekend). If you leave it too late, the price of the flights will be double what they are now. b) There are a limited number of places on this trip and previous trips got booked up very quickly. IMPORTANT: Get out of London is in no way responsible for any accidents, illnesses or loss of personal belongings, please make sure you have your own adequate insurance.

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    Prague · Prague

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  • Snowdonia Hiking Weekend 27-29 July
    Let's make the most of the warm summer weather and long evenings and get out of London for the whole weekend! We're going to Snowdonia, the only part of the UK where English is not the main language and home to the highest mountain in Wales. We'll be staying at a hostel in the village of Llanberis at the foot of Snowdon. This is the perfect base for a weekend of hiking in the mountains. Despite being on the other side of the country, the town of Bangor in Snowdonia is only 3 hours away from London by train and then another 20 minutes by bus or taxi from Llanberis. This means we can get to our hostel quickly on the Friday evening without having to take any time off work. Here's our itinerary for the weekend: Friday 27 July Arrive in Llanberis and check into the hostel. If we're there early enough we can go for a drink at one of the village pubs. Saturday 28 July After breakfast we'll follow the tourist path up to the top of Snowdon (1085 metres above sea level). The path starts from close to the hostel and is very easy to follow. The number of tourists heading up the path on a summer day is usually so great that it's impossible to get lost. To make things even better, there are cafes at the halfway point and at the top of the mountain. Hopefully we'll get a spectacular view from the top of the mountain, though I can't guarantee this as it's often cloudy up there. After we've reached the summit, we'll walk the way we came back down to Llanberis and reward ourselves with some food and drinks in a pub in the village. Sunday 29 July After breakfast we'll spend a couple of hours doing an easy hike around the lakes of Llyn Padarn & Llyn Peris which are both close to Llanberis. After the hike we'll have some lunch before heading back to London. The price of the weekend is £110. This includes: • 2 nights hostel accommodation in single sex dorms of 4-7 beds • Full English and continental breakfasts prepared for us by the hostel (eat as much as you like) • Packed lunch on Saturday prepared for us by the hostel To sign up for the trip you'll need to pay £110 by PayPal as soon as you RSVP. The price doesn't include transport: The best way to get to Llanberis is to take the train from Euston to Bangor and then either a local bus or taxi to Llanberis. NOTE: Off-peak any train return is £97. Prices for set times may be cheaper 3 months before travel. Direct trains - Friday 27th: 09.10 - 12.16 /[masked] ( Peak train ) /[masked] /[masked] Return direct trains - Sunday 29th: 14.22 - 17.41 Return Indirect ( 1 change ) - Sunday 29th: 15.58 - 19.42 / 17.04 - 20.41 / 17.59 - 22.25 /[masked] Bangor to Llanberis bus numbers 85 or 86 costing £2.50 with a PLUSBUS train ticket. http://www.expressmotors.co.uk/Timetables/85-86%20Bangor%20-%20Llanberis%2004Jan2016.pdf A taxi is the best choice if arriving in the evening. A taxi costs approx. £7.50 per person (assuming there are 4 people in the car). An Uber will be even cheaper. Please start a thread on the comments section to find out who is on the same train and who wants to share a taxi etc. IMPORTANT!! Whilst Snowdon is not the most difficult mountain, it does require a certain degree of fitness. Please only attend this trip if you are at least moderately fit and free from any medical conditions or injuries that would make it difficult to reach the summit. By taking part in this trip you agree to be responsible for your own safety, health and well-being during the trip and to avoid doing anything that could put yourself or the rest of the group at risk. Please be aware that any outdoor activity presents risk of personal injury or even death. By RSVPing YES to attend this trip you confirm that you accept these risks and that you agree to abide by the above rules.

    YHA Llanberis

    Llanberis, Gwynedd · LL55 4SR

    £110.00
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  • Hiking the Surrey and East Sussex Countryside - 10 Miles
    This new hike through the Surrey and East Sussex countryside is the perfect way to make the most of the early British summertime. On this walk we'll be taking in the colours of lesser-trekked forest, the lively bounding of young livestock on open fields and, of course, a well-earned refreshment at the local to reward ourselves. We will begin at London Victoria Station at 10:00, to catch the 10:21 🚆 to Hurst Green Station. It is a short ride just past the M25 to our destination where upon arrival we're quickly into fresh air. During the morning route we will see a handful of small ponds, some spectacular housing locations, and agriculture aplenty. We will stop for lunch at the small but charming village of Crockham Hill, at which the village pub may* (see bottom of description) be open for business. Once we're well rested, we will tackle the moderate incline to the peak of our walk where we will spend most of our afternoon in woodland. In this woodland I found the smallest pine cones I'd ever seen, about the size of a thumbnail! Once we pop out on the other side of the woodland we will cross the River Eden and head into a wetherspoons which is no more than 30 seconds from our return platform! There's also a local burger joint, a Pizza Express, an Italian, an Indian, and even some Nepalese cuisine on the same complex for anyone who has worked up an apetite! Altogether this is our shortest walk yet but please ensure you have a reasonable level of fitness and have come adequately prepared. Depending on the weather, we recommend you bring: - A sturdy pair of comfortable boots that you don't mind getting muddy - A packed lunch or money for the pub/village shop - Waterproof clothing - Hat/scarf/gloves - Water. At least a litre throughout the day and I'd recommend two litres The price of this trip is £5.38 ( £5 organiser fee + pay pal fees ). You can request a full refund up to midnight the day before the hike, but not on the day of the hike. Train ticket is not included as there are many options available, depending on what train cards/multi-saves you have. If in doubt, when meeting at the station, we will be on hand to give tips on what's best and you can always team up for a group ticket. If you have RSVP'd you may also meet us at Hurst Green station at approx. 11.03. *The pub we would stop at for lunch is currently changing hands and may not be open for business and there are no other lunch options in this small village. Hence please bring a packed lunch just in case. What we are about: 1) Relaxed start and end times to all day hikes - No bleary-eyed starts. 2) Full hikes, but not over-strenuous. Average level of fitness needed. 3) Focus on socialising, not just hiking. We always try to include a pub at the end ( and sometimes the middle ) of the hike. 4) Well-researched and close to London. Advice on ticket types etc. All photos were taken by the Get Out of London! organisers and are actual views you will see on the hike. NOTE: Get Out Of London is in no way responsible for any accidents, illnesses or loss of belongings on this trip, please make sure you have adequate insurance.

    London Victoria Railway Station

    115 Buckingham Palace Road · London SW1W 9SJ

    £5.38
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  • St Albans. Great new 10m flat hike with so much to see, on Bank Holiday Monday!
    This is one of my favourite walks and despite being so close to London there is so much to see on this varied route. Vast lakes, ancient woodlands, beautiful cottages, a Manor, part tranquil river walk with stunning countryside and an old Abbey ruin. All before ending up at St Alban’s Cathedral & Verulamium Park. We will begin at London Euston Rail Station at 10.20am to catch the 10:49 to Watford Junction before changing to the 11.09 to St Albans Abbey. It is a short 25 minute ride to our destination where upon arrival we're quickly into woodland. Our lunch stop is an ancient mill, a charming and beautiful Public House. It has stone floors, so is hiker friendly whatever the weather. Still, let's hope to sit outside at the numerous benches by the duck pond… We will finish our hike at the 11th century St Albans Cathedral. (Begun in 1077 it was the largest building in the land at the time and replaced an earlier Benedictine Abbey founded by King Offa in ad 793) The Abbot's Kitchen is located by the Cathedral and is perfect for delicious hot or cold food, afternoon teas and refreshments (Plus a toilet break) But there is much we can do here: // Visit the Cathedral & see the Great Gateway of the Monastery // Visit the 15th-century secular belfry (Clock Tower) // Walk around the beautiful Verulamium Park with its Roman remains & mosaics. // Verulamium Museum or Roman Theatre Remains (cheap £, but unlikely to have time) Then what better way to end our afternoon than visiting the historical Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub for some lovely drinks and food! Dating back to the 8th Century, the pub you can see today was built in the 11th Century. St Albans Cathedral and grounds are just across the road and there are tunnels stretching from the beer cellar to the Cathedral, apparently used by Monks. Cock fighting took place in the main bar in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, hence the name of the pub. With its long history, 'The Cocks' could tell a few stories! So, let's add another !! Altogether this is a light 10 mile ramble but please ensure you have a reasonable level of fitness and have come adequately prepared. Depending on the weather, we recommend you bring: // A sturdy pair of comfortable boots that you don't mind getting muddy // A packed lunch or money for the pub, shops, transport and train fares etc // Waterproof clothing (always a good idea in UK) // Hat/scarf/gloves (Although we shall be expecting good weather!) // Water... try to carry at least 1 litre The price of this trip is £5.38 ( £5 organiser fee + pay pal fees ). You can request a full refund up to midnight the day before the hike, but not on the day of the hike. The train fare is £12.80 (off peak) return, but we should be able to use GroupSave, a discount applied when between three and nine people travel together. It gives you 1/3 off your Off-Peak travel. We shall aim to buy in groups of 3 as you will need to return in groups to keep this valid. The offical end is when we arrive at the Cathedral, but i would expect most to stay on at St Albans and thereafter in the bars, hence there is no end time as such. We can check google for return journey times and walk to the station easily. What we are about: 1) Relaxed start and end times to all day hikes - No bleary-eyed starts. 2) Full hikes, but not over-strenuous. Average level of fitness needed. 3) Focus on socialising, not just hiking. We always try to include a pub at the end ( and sometimes the middle ) of the hike. 4) Well-researched and close to London. Advice on ticket types etc. All photos were taken by the Get Out of London! organisers and are actual views you will see on the hike. NOTE: Get Out Of London is in no way responsible for any accidents, illnesses or loss of belongings on this trip, please make sure you have adequate insurance. —————————————

    Euston Railway Station

    Euston Road NW1 2RT · London

    £5.38
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  • Moldova and Transdniestria, Europe's Final Frontier.
    Time for a new and very exciting destination for us to Europe's least visited country, Moldova. We will have a private bus for most of this trip and will really get to see lots of amazing places including the breakaway republic of Transdniestria. Moldova has only recently gained full independent status after the breakup of the Soviet Union and is still trying to find it's feet. For a long time it was an autonomous part of the Ottoman empire, Romania, Russia and the Soviet Union. Transdniestria is a mainly Russian-speaking republic that declared independence from the newly-formed Moldova after the Soviet era and a short war ensued, killing 700 people. Now an autonomous state, not recognised by any country in Europe but with it's own borders, government and currency, it feels like going back in time to the 80's. We will spend time in the capital Chisinau, take in the famous wine cellars of Cricova with a tasting included, visit the remote Orhei cave monastery and complex, have lunch at an eco-village with traditional food and best of all a full day in Transdniestria with a private bus and guide, visiting not only the Soviet-style capital of Tiraspol, but also the old Tighina fortress near Bendery and the monastery complex of Chitkani. As always with Get Out Of London, you can be sure the trip has been thoroughly researched and you will get the best out of the trip, including sights, restaurants and nightlife options. Thursday 03 May Depending on arrivals, we may have time to enjoy the city and go for a meal and a few drinks. Friday 04 May Those on the overnight flight may grab a breakfast and have a well-earned sleep, whilst others may go for a morning stroll. In the afternoon we will meet our guide and go for a tour of the city on our own private bus, taking in some of the more historic churches and buildings as well as the more modern Soviet-era sights and the abundance of small parks, gardens and market places. Our guide will give us an insight into the old and modern Moldova and prepare us for the rest of the trip. In the evening we will go for a meal at a traditional restaurant where we can try local food influenced by Romanian and Russian palates. Stuffed cabbage rolls, plenty of pork options, tasty soups, the ever-present polenta all rounded off by the famous Moldovan wines. After this you can have a rest or join some of us for drinks in the city at a couple of the nicer bars. Saturday 05 May A full and exciting day ahead as we visit the breakaway republic of Transdniestria. Our own bus will pick us up and we will head for the border and after a quick temporary visa stop ( only 10 hours are possible to stay without a special visa ) visit the impressive fortress of Tighina controlled by Moldovan and Ottoman empires, from the 14th century, and into nearby Bendery where we can see an impressive war memorial. Then it's on to the 'capital' of Tiraspol. After changing money for the Transdniestrian Ruble and 'admiring' the hammer and sickle on the national flag, our guide will show us the sights and explain a little about the country. While there aren't many historical sights, it's best to wander the impressive Soviet-era boulevards and check out the Soviet house with it's Lenin statue in front, the parliament building and other places that will make you think it's the 1980's rather than a capital city in Europe. After a stroll along the river we will visit a great place for traditional, Ukrainian style food. Think hearty borsch soup, plenty of meaty dishes and stews. Our final stop is the monastery complex at Chitkani. Here there are 4 monasteries, an impressive cathedral and bell-tower to explore. Our guide will explain the fascinating history of this place. Evening return to Chisinau where we can go to some bars in the city. Sunday 06 May Another exciting day where we will see a lot of sights from our private bus. First up is the country's most important sight, the complex of old Orhei. A mix of ancient archaeological sights and 14th century monastic caves all set in a remote valley in the north of the country. Here we can take a short hike up to the most well-known cave monastery, only recently resettled by monks after a long break and continue to the many other churches, caves and sights before heading down to the nearby village of Butuceni. We will have lunch at the very traditional Eco-village Butuceni, where traditionally dressed locals will cook us a feast of various dishes including soups, pies, cabbage rolls and lots of other treats on a giant table. You can even learn with the cooks and have a go at preparing some of the dishes yourself. Finally we will stop at the famous Cricova wine cellars, some of the biggest in the world where we will have a tour of the complex, including a little train journey underground, ending at the tasting rooms where we can have several of the great wines accompanied by yet more local snacks and a chance to buy some gifts. Evening return where we can enjoy some final drinks together. Monday 07 May For any people staying until the evening Wizzair flight, possible excursions are the amazing wine cellars at Milestii Mici or Cojusna chateau. The total cost of the trip is £275. You’ll need to pay a £10 deposit via PayPal when you RSVP to reserve your place. After this the balance of £265 is payable on 15th February. Please pay the installments to the following bank account, not to PayPal: Sort Code:[masked] Account:[masked] Bank: Nationwide Name: Ian Moran The deposit and balance are not refundable unless the trip is cancelled or re-scheduled. After full payment, If you need to drop out, you can sell your place to another person of the same sex. Please ensure that you pay the installments on time as anyone missing a deadline and not responding to reminder emails will lose their place. The price includes: • 4 nights accommodation in a 3 star hotel with buffet breakfast in the centre of Chisinau. The hotel has an old-school charm and is clean and friendly ( Friday 06.00 arrivals have also paid for Thursday ) NOTE: I have a number of single rooms for just £60 extra. • Airport transfers to and from Chisinau airport - If arriving on Thu or Thu overnight ( officially Fri morning ) arriving Friday morning and leaving on the Monday • Guided tour of Chisinau on a private bus • Return private bus to Transdniestria with a guide visiting several parts of the country • Return private bus to Orhei monastery, Butuceni village and guided tour of Cricova winery and chateau including food and wine tasting. The price doesn’t include: • Flights to Chisinau – You will need to book these yourself! Currently you can get a return flight out on Thursday 03 May returning Monday 07 May from £130. (information from Skyscanner.net - correct on 06/01/2018) Recommended outbound flights on Thursday 03 May: NOTE: The direct Wizzair is officially Friday 4th as it departs after midnight, only choose Thursday for this flight if you want an extra day and pay for the hotel or wait for check-in 00:35 - 06:00 - Wizzair from Luton ( Book this for Friday 4th ) 06:00 - 15:15 - Austrian Airlines from Heathrow ( Via Vienna ) 06:30 - 14:10 - Lot from Heathrow ( Via Warsaw ) 10:15 - 17:15 - Lot from Heathrow ( Via Warsaw ) 12:20 - 20:50 - Ukraine International from Gatwick ( Via Kiev ) 14:40 - 19:30 - Air Moldova from Stansted 14:50 - 22:45 - Tarom from Heathrow ( Via Bucharest ) Recommended return flights on Monday 7 May: 07:20 - 11:25 - Ukraine International to Gatwick ( Via Kiev ) 09:30 - 14:05 - Tarom to Heathrow ( Via Bucharest ) 15:55 - 18:40 - Austrain Airlines to Heathrow ( Via Vienna ) 17:30 - 21:45 - Lot to Heathrow ( Via Warsaw ) 22:20 - 23:50 - Wizzair to Luton Skyscanner.net is a good website to check for the best air fares, and remember that you don't need to take the same airline on the outbound and return journeys. NOTE: Some flights are sold by agencies, so good to check with airlines directly and pay a little more if needed for assurance. I’d recommend RSVPing early for this trip as: a) The price of flights will go up the later you book. If you leave it too late, the price of the flights will be double what they are now. b) There are a limited number of places on this trip and similar trips got booked up very quickly. Legal stuff • By signing up to this trip you agree to take out travel insurance. We are in no way responsible for any accidents, illnesses or loss of personal belongings, including the Transdniestria trip.

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    Chisinau Airport

    Chisinau · Chisinau

    £10.00
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  • Scenic 10 mile hike in the Chilterns, Chorleywood to Chesham - Sun 29th April
    Making the most of Spring, this scenic 10 mile hike in the rural Chilterns will begin at Chorleywood Underground Station (Zone 7 Metropolitan line). We will walk up to the Common, past Chorleywood House with its nature reserve and from a great view point of the Chess Valley, descend to the River Chess. With some of the most attractive countryside in the Chilterns area, this is a landscape rich in wildlife, with a long and fascinating history. Our lunch stop will be at the charming village of Chenies. There are a couple of pubs or you may just prefer to eat your packed lunch on the village green. We will discover historic buildings including Latimer House, some water meadows, ancient field systems and of course many a great view! ...and hopefully plenty of Bluebells & Blossom along the way At the end of the hike we will arrive in Chesham and stop for a drink in a pub close to the station before heading back to London. Chesham (Zone 9 Metropolitan line) is the furthest London Underground station from Central London and just 13 mins back to Chorleywood. Chesham to Chalfont & Latimer at 3.89 miles is the longest distance between stations with great views of some of our days hiking! Altogether this is a light 10 mile ramble but please ensure you have a reasonable level of fitness and have come adequately prepared. Depending on the weather, we recommend you bring: - A sturdy pair of comfortable boots that you don't mind getting muddy - A packed lunch and/or money for the pub - Waterproof clothing (Possibly Hat, scarf, gloves) - Plenty of Water (Try to carry at least 1 litre) The price of this trip is £5.38 ( £5 organiser fee + pay pal fees ). You can request a full refund up to midnight the day before the hike, but not on the day of the hike. What we are about: 1) Relaxed start and end times to all day hikes - No bleary-eyed starts. 2) Full hikes, but not over-strenuous. Average level of fitness needed. 3) Focus on socialising, not just hiking. We always try to include a pub at the end ( and sometimes the middle ) of the hike. 4) Well-researched and close to London. Advice on ticket types etc. All photos were taken by the Get Out of London! organisers and are actual views you will see on the hike. NOTE: Get Out Of London is in no way responsible for any accidents, illnesses or loss of belongings on this trip, please make sure you have adequate insurance.

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    Chorleywood London Underground Station

    Station Approach, Chorleywood, WD3 5ND · London

    £5.38
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  • Hiking in Langdon Hills via Horndon-on-the-Hill - March 31st.
    This new hike through the Essex countryside is the perfect way to bring in Spring. Enjoy the second week of everyone's favourite season by taking in the colours of lesser-trekked forest, the sprouting of crops in farmers fields and a deserved lunchtime refreshment in the quaint Horndon on the Hill. We will begin at London Fenchurch St. Station (about 20 metres from Tower Hill) at 9:30, to catch the 10:02 🚆 to Laindon Station. It is a short 30 minute ride to our destination where upon arrival we're quickly into woodland. During the morning route we will see a small fishing pond, a peculiar orchard, almost certainly some squirrels and with a bit of luck a pheasant or two. During the morning we will stop at the Langdon Hills visitor centre where there will be an opportunity to use the toilets and fill up our water bottles from the fountain. Once we're well rested, we will tackle the moderate incline to a nice viewpoint before continuing on to our lunch stop. Horndon on the Hill has 3 options for lunch. There are two pubs - The Swan and the lovely Bell Inn - which sandwich the quaint village shop where you can buy some baked goods and pick up a cheap coffee. We will have a 75 minute stop so there'll be time for a club sandwich at the pub. Should you wish to unleash your inner child, there's also a nearby park! After lunch we'll loop round and head back to Laindon on a different route. From here we'll go past some lovely houses in Langdon Hills and take in plenty of fresh air from a mix of open fields and desolate woodland. On the final stretch we'll stop at another pub approximately 30 minutes from the station before continuing onwards. Altogether this is a light 9 mile ramble but please ensure you have a reasonable level of fitness and have come adequately prepared. Depending on the weather, we recommend you bring: - A sturdy pair of comfortable boots that you don't mind getting muddy - A packed lunch or money for the pub/village shop - Waterproof clothing - Hat/scarf/gloves - Water. At least a litre throughout the day but there are plentiful opportunities to fill up, so a 500ml bottle is fine The price of this trip is £5.37 ( £5 organiser fee + pay pal fees ). You can request a full refund up to midnight the day before the hike, but not on the day of the hike. Train ticket is not included as there are many options available, depending on what train cards/oyster zone you have. If in doubt, when meeting at the station, we will be on hand to give tips on what's best and you can always team up for a group ticket. Ticket options: Regular return ticket = £10.40 ( super off-peak return ) Groupsave return (3 people must be together in both directions ) = £6.93 Regional train tickets, 2 together etc. Oyster/contactless = Discount to edge of your zone ( check at station ) If you have RSVP'd you may also meet us at Laindon station at approx. 10.32. What we are about: 1) Relaxed start and end times to all day hikes - No bleary-eyed starts. 2) Full hikes, but not over-strenuous. Average level of fitness needed. 3) Focus on socialising, not just hiking. We always try to include a pub at the end ( and sometimes the middle ) of the hike. 4) Well-researched and close to London. Advice on ticket types etc. All photos were taken by the Get Out of London! organisers and are actual views you will see on the hike. NOTE: Get Out Of London is in no way responsible for any accidents, illnesses or loss of belongings on this trip, please make sure you have adequate insurance.

    Fenchurch Street Station

    Fenchurch Place, EC3M 4AJ · London

    £5.37
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  • Easter Weekend In Kiev - 30 March-2 April.
    Flights from £121 Time for our second trip to the wonderful city of Kiev, this time during the Easter holidays. Kiev is the capital of Ukraine with a population of 3 million and has enough amazing sights and history to make a great weekend getaway. From it's origins as a great Slavic city, to ups and downs as it was conquered by various forces and re-born again, to the dark days of the early Soviet period with famine and deportations to the relative rebirth of the Soviet industrial age when it was the 3rd biggest city in the Soviet Union and finally to independence and a great cultural boom and conflict with Russia, Kiev is clearly a key city in the history of Europe. We will get to hear about and see all of the above whilst enjoying modern Kiev, which is an incredibly buzzing, exciting city full of parks and gardens ( most per square metre in Europe ) and restaurants with hearty fare and great drinks and cafe's everywhere. Oh, did I mention it's ridiculously cheap also? Good meals from £3 and beers about £1 and a good coffee about 0.50p. I have been to Kiev a few times and got to know the best places to visit and places to eat and drink etc. I can even read cyrillic and understand some of the lingo, so you can be sure you will get to experience the best of what's on offer. Here’s our itinerary: Friday 30 March Fly to Boryspil/Zhulhany airport where a taxi will be waiting to take you to the hotel. Early flights will have time to enjoy the lovely surroundings of the hotel and go for food and drinks nearby or in the city, there are plenty of options. Saturday 31 March A full day's sightseeing, there's a lot to see. After breakfast we will meet our personal guide and get a tour of the majestic, tree-lined Stalin-era Khreschatyk boulevard and the independence square known as the Maidan, the main thoroughfare of Kiev and home to many of the more recent events in Kiev's history including Independence, the Orange revolution and recent demonstrations against Russian influence. The atmosphere and Ukrainian national symbols are a sight to see, real history in the making. At weekends it's traffic free and the array of entertainment and roadside cafes creates a wonderful atmosphere. We will have a buffet lunch at a Ukrainian institution where there is a crazy amount of tasty dishes, coffee, cakes and beers for silly prices, just load your plate up and it will be weighed and you probably won't spend more than £4. After lunch our guides will take us to old Kiev and many of the most iconic sights from history in including the UNESCO Golden gate and the wonderful St. Sophia's cathedral with it's golden domed cupolas and huge bell-tower. We will also see the equally impressive St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Cathedral which was destroyed by the Soviets and painstakingly rebuilt recently. Finally we will go down Andrew’s Descent, a touristy but lovely, old, winding, cobbled street full of amazing sights and souvenirs. If all this wasn't enough, we should have time after a breather to visit the Chernobyl museum, a sombre account of the world's worse nuclear disaster whose legacy is still felt today. After a well-earned break we will meet for a traditional meal in a lovely restaurant and head to the legendary Hospital Bar, where several of last year's guests 'enjoyed' getting their heads set on fire or restrained in a straight jacket and fed alcohol Sunday 01 April Today we will explore the other major part of Kiev with another stunning array of sights. First we will visit Kyivo-Pecherska Lavra. This is a large monastery complex from the 11th century containing the magnificent Cathedral of the Dormition, towers, gardens, cafe's and even an underground cave system with the 11th century mummified remains of the monks still on view. We will enter the main complex and then you will have free time to casually explore the area and take some lunch or snacks inside or near the entrance. We will then take a walk through the area with great views of Kiev to the Great War Museum and the area full of both communist era monuments and modern-day weapons of war. This is a really amazing area. We will concentrate on the main museum with the magnificent ( depending on your point of view) 68 metre motherland statue on the top. You can even try the scary climb all the way to the top of her shield if your brave enough. There are several other open-air museums with dirt-cheap entrance where you can sit in the cockpit of a MiG-23 fighter jet, helicopter or transport carrier. After a break we will again have the option of an evening meal and drinks. Monday 02 April Early flights can enjoy a quick stroll and those on later flights will have a chance to see any sights we may have missed including the friendship of nations arch, numerous history and art museums or just enjoy a relaxing day. Please note: Recent events in Ukraine haven't affected Kiev in any way and you should enjoy a perfectly safe trip ,however situations can change and Get Out Of London is not responsible for any unexpected occurrences. The total cost of the trip is £200. You’ll need to pay a £10 deposit via PayPal ( the PayPal account on this webpage ) to reserve your place. After this the balance of £190 is payable on 1 December. PLEASE DO NOT PAY THE REMAINING BALANCE VIA PayPal. The balance MUST be paid to the following bank account: Sort Code:[masked] Account:[masked] Bank: Nationwide Name: Ian Moran The deposit and balance are not refundable unless the trip is cancelled or re-scheduled. However, If you need to drop out AFTER you have paid in full, you can sell your place to another person of the same sex. Please ensure that you pay the balance on time as anyone missing a deadline and not responding to reminder emails will lose their place. The price includes: • 3 nights accommodation in a really nice 4 star hotel (sharing a twin bedroom) with a buffet breakfast included. The large hotel is located on the Dnieper river and a few minutes from the metro, just a few stops from the main centre. There is a lovely cafe and restaurant and many other facilities. *** I have booked a limited number of single rooms, available for an extra £60 *** • Airport transfers to and from Kiev airport ( if arriving on the 30th and departing on the 2nd ) • All guided tours that we will take ( 2 or 3 ). • Entrance to the Lavra complex, Chernobyl and War Museums. The price doesn’t include: Flights to Kiev – you’ll need to book these yourself! Currently you can get a return flight out on Friday 30 March returning Monday 02 April for £121 (information from Skyscanner.com - correct on 11 November 2017). Recommended outbound flights on Friday 30 March: ( Thu departure ) 23:00-04:20 - Ukraine International from Gatwick ( PS114 ) 08:20-13:35 - B.A from Heathrow ( BA882 ) 12:20-17:40 - Ukraine International from Gatwick ( PS112 ) 19:50-00:55 - Wizzair from Luton (W66001 ) Recommended return flights on Monday 02 April: 10:00 - 11.25 - Ukraine International to Gatwick ( PS111 ) 14:25 - 16.05 - B.A to Heathrow ( BA883 ) 17.50 - 19.20 - Wizzair to Luton ( W66002 ) 20:05 - 21.35 - Ukraine International to Gatwick ( PS113 ) Skyscanner.net is a good website to check for the best air fares, and remember that you don't need to take the same airline on the outbound and return journeys. I’d recommend RSVPing early for this trip as: a) The price of flights will go up the later you book . If you leave it too late, the price of the flights will be double what they are now. b) There are a limited number of places on this trip and similar trips got booked up very quickly. Legal stuff • By signing up to this trip you agree to take out travel insurance.

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    Kiev Boryspil Airport

    Kiev · Kiev

    £10.00
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  • Krakow Xmas Special - 15-17 December.
    Time for another new and exciting trip for us in one of Europe's most magnificent cities. Christmas in Krakow is a really magical time and we will have a weekend together to see all the main sights and enjoy the markets and the renowned nightlife. Krakow has a rich history from medieval times through to the darkest days of WW2 when the thriving Jewish population were killed and life under the Soviet puppet regime. Modern Krakow is very different with Jewish culture making a comeback, run-down parts of town becoming hip, bohemian hang-outs and the old town packed with amazing sights to rival those of nearby Prague and Budapest. This weekend aims to experience all of that whilst enjoying the Xmas market and some of the lesser known sites and insider places I have enjoyed over my 17 years of visiting this wonderful city. Friday 15 December As I am expecting a number of flights on this day, there will be no strict programme. However, i will be there early to meet the first flights and will be able to show you some of my favourite sights and maybe some places we won't see on the Saturday. Possibilities depending on the weather include the bizarre Kościuszko mound close to the hotel commemorating Krakow's founders or the Oskar Schindler factory, now housing a fascinating museum dedicated to the Jewish holocaust and WW2 in Krakow in general. We can also explore the Xmas market which will be in full swing, visit some good places to eat and enjoy a few beers or the famous Polish vodka bars in the evening. Saturday 16 December After a buffet breakfast we will go to meet our guide in the most fascinating and coolest part of Krakow, Kazimierz. For centuries, this place has always been semi-independent from Krakow itself and it's Jewish population thrived, with little aggravation from outside forces. After the war an attempt was made to restore the sights, encourage Jewish people to return and turn what was a rather run down part of town into something similar to East Berlin. Cool cafe's, restaurants and clubs abound with little traffic and less tourists than the Old Town. We will try to see all the main sights, both Jewish and catholic. Highlights include the still functioning Remuh synagogue and old Jewish cemetery. The old market square which is still thriving. The Baroque church on the rock complex in a peaceful courtyard next to the river and the magnificent Corpus Christi church with one of Europe's most unusual and beautiful interiors. After a break for lunch, we will wander through more sights to the Wawel or Krakow castle as it's usually known. We will take a leisurely wander around the complex enjoying the views from the top before heading to the main square just before dark to enjoy the Xmas market. The market is a fantastic place to enjoy various delicacies whilst taking in the glory of the huge cloth hall that is the centre-piece of the square and the towering Saint Mary's Basilica, the most iconic church in town. Try some mulled wine, gingerbread, sausages or spiced nuts. After a break at the hotel, we will visit a Polish restaurant where you can try various traditional peasant dishes such as the famous Pierogi ( think ravioli with various fillings ), potato pancakes, stuffed cabbage leaves, various pork dishes and other calorific delights. We can then hit some of the renowned nightlife in town. Krakow is packed with good beer and vodka places with their unique tray of flavoured vodkas as well as masses of clubs for all tastes. Sunday 17 December Today will be similar to Friday, so for those leaving late, we will have a chance to do some of the things those on Friday enjoyed. It will also be our last chance to wander some of the side streets, visit the market and pick up some gifts or simply enjoy some hot wine and a good meal. Please note: This trip is mainly aimed at socialising and enjoying the sights at a leisurely pace with good food and drinks. If you are particularly interested in the historical aspects of Krakow's Old Town or visiting Auschwitz etc, then its recommended to come a day early or leave a day late. The total cost of the trip is £180. You’ll need to pay a £10 deposit via Paypal when you RSVP to reserve your place. After this the balance of £170 is payable on 15th September. Please pay the installments to the following bank account, not to paypal: Sort Code:[masked] Account:[masked] Bank: Nationwide Name: Ian Moran The deposit and balance are not refundable unless the trip is cancelled or re-scheduled. After full payment, If you need to drop out, you can sell your place to another person of the same sex. Please ensure that you pay the installments on time as anyone missing a deadline and not responding to reminder emails will lose their place. The price includes: • 2 nights accommodation in a very nice 3 star hotel with buffet breakfast in the Podgorze district of Krakow. The hotel is a 5 minute tram from Kazimierz and 10 to the Old Town. NOTE: I have a number of single rooms for just £50 extra. • Airport transfers to and from Krakow airport ( If arriving on the Friday and leaving on the Sunday ) • Private guided tour of Kazimierz and entrance to the synagogue and Jewish cemetery • Public transport in Krakow The price doesn’t include: • Flights to Krakow – you’ll need to book these yourself! Currently you can get a return flight out on Friday 15 December returning Sunday 17 December from £127. (information from Skyscanner.net - correct on 09/9/2017. Recommended outbound flights on Friday 15 December: 08:35 - 11:55 - Ryanair from Stansted 09:00 - 12:30 - Easyjet from Gatwick 13:05 - 16:25 - Ryanair from Stansted 15:20 - 18:50 - Easyjet from Gatwick 18:00 - 21:20 - Ryanair from Stansted Recommended return flights on Sunday 17 December: 06:45 - 08:10 - Ryanair to Stansted 12:15 - 13:50 - Easyjet to Gatwick 16:50 - 18:15 - Ryanair to Stansted 20:45 - 22:10 - Ryanair to Stansted 21:45 - 23:10 - Ryanair to Stansted Skyscanner.net is a good website to check for the best air fares, and remember that you don't need to take the same airline on the outbound and return journeys. I’d recommend RSVPing early for this trip as: a) The price of flights will go up the later you book. If you leave it too late, the price of the flights will be double what they are now. b) There are a limited number of places on this trip and similar trips got booked up very quickly. Legal stuff • By signing up to this trip you agree to take out travel insurance. We are in no way responsible for any accidents, illnesses or loss of personal belongings.

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    Krakow Airport

    krakow · Kraków

    £10.00
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