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Do you want to travel and explore the world but not alone? Do you want to get to know your travel companions before your trip? Solo travellers usually have to wait until their arrival in their destination before they meet their group. It can be very nerve racking and daunting! You'll get at least 2 opportunities to meet your group before you depart so it's so much more enjoyable experience and a very lovely way to start looking forward your trip. All trips will include a room for each person - so no sharing and all supplements included.

Can't see a trip that interests you in my events? I also offer personal bespoke quotes for single travellers where I can add you to an existing group of other solo travellers. For these trips is it not possible to meet your fellow travellers in advance of the trip but you will receive fully supported travel service from me and receive my personal contact details so we can discuss your requirements and I will provide free quotes. Trips offered on this basis will be to join other solos in fully hosted group and you will be met by a tour host on arrival at your chosen destination and introduced to your group. I also offer special trips to include over 50's holidays and free home pick up and drop off. Please email me with your contact details so that I can get in touch with you to provide a free quote. All trips are ABTA and ATOL bonded.

Email - travelgenius@brillianttravel.co.uk

Regards from Michelle.

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Panama and Costa Rica Experience - 27 February 2020 - 12 nights

Please RSVP to register your interest in this trip. Once we reach minimum numbers you will be invited to attend a presentation in Birmingham to hear all about the trip. You will then be able to reserve a place on the trip. Once you are booked onto the trip you will then be invited for a further meet up in Birmingham to meet your fellow travellers before the trip departs. Date of departure: 27 February 2020 £3395 per person Day 1: Fly to Panama City via Madrid Fly from London (regional connections available) to Panama City via Madrid with British Airways. Transfer to the Crowne Plaza Hotel for 2 nights. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner at a traditional restaurant. (D) Day 2: Panama Canal Take a shared partial transit and cruise through the various locks of the Panama Canal. (B, L) Day 3: Fly to San José Morning city tour including the ruins of old Panama and the historic colonial district. In the afternoon fly to San José for 2 nights at the Crowne Plaza Corobici Hotel. (B) Day 4: San José Morning visit to a coffee plantation on the slopes of the active Poas volcano and, subject to volcanic activity, see its crater lake. Afternoon at leisure. (B, L) Day 5: Tortuguero Travel by shared overland transfer to Caño Blanco on the Caribbean coast. Take a boat ride along the backwaters that lead to Tortuguero, looking for wildlife en route. Stay at Pachira Lodge for 2 nights. (B, L, D) Day 6: Tortuguero Full day of shared excursions exploring the tropical forest and waterways. (B, L, D) Day 7: La Selva Biological Station • Arenal Return to Caño Blanco by boat and drive to Arenal. En route, visit La Selva Biological Station to learn about the scientific and conservation work of the researchers and take a short walk in the protected rainforest surroundings. Stay 2 nights at Arenal Paraiso with views of Arenal volcano. (B, L) Day 8: Arenal Morning tour of the circuit of trails and suspension bridges, which allow an up-close view of the rainforest floor and treetop canopy. Optional evening visit to the hot springs. (B) Day 9: Monteverde Drive along the shores of Lake Arenal, taking in the spectacular views of the lake and its surroundings. Continue through the green mountains to Monteverde and stay 2 nights at the Heliconia Hotel or Monteverde Country Lodge. (B) Day 10: Monteverde Morning tour of the Monteverde cloud forest, a habitat for rare flora and fauna such as the colourful quetzal bird. Afternoon at leisure or take one of the optional excursions on offer, including a visit to the Santa Elena Reserve. (B) Day 11: Manuel Antonio • Tarcoles Drive to the central Pacific coast and visit Manuel Antonio for a walking tour of the national park, where the rainforest extends right down to the beautiful beaches. This small park is home to a surprising concentration of wildlife including sloths, iguanas, endangered squirrel monkeys and various colourful birds. Continue to Tarcoles and stay for 2 nights at the Villa Lapas Hotel, set on a private rainforest reserve. (B) Day 12: Carara Morning visit to Carara National Park, home to crocodiles, monkeys and scarlet macaws. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant near your hotel. (B, D) Days 13-14: Fly to London Transfer to San José & fly to London with British Airways. B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals. Whats Included: 3- & 4-star accommodation • Twin / double rooms for single use - everyone has their own room • Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available • Small group size - average 12 people (max 18) • International & internal flights • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles • Experienced local tour guide in each country • 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners • Welcome and farewell group dinners • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees Payment plan: £500 deposit to book your place £1000 part payment due 2 September £1895 balance due 14 November About Michelle Stammers -The Travel Genius https://travelgenius.blog/about/

Discover The Treasures of Peru - 11 days - 29 April 2020

Please RSVP to register your interest in this trip. Once we reach minimum numbers you will be invited to attend a presentation in Birmingham to hear all about the trip. You will then be able to reserve a place on the trip. Once you are booked onto the trip you will then be invited for a further meet up in Birmingham to meet your fellow travellers before the trip departs. Date of departure 29 April[masked] nights - 11 days From London £2695 Day 1: Fly to Lima Fly from London (regional connections available) to Lima with British Airways. Transfer to José Antonio Hotel for a 2-night stay. (N) Day 2: Lima This morning explore the colonial and modern highlights of Lima, including the Huaca Pucllana, a pre-Columbian site, and the historic masterpiece of San Francisco monastery. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner. (B, D) Day 3: Fly to Cuzco • The Sacred Valley Morning flight to Cuzco, set high in the Andes mountains. Transfer to the Sacred Valley with a wealth of Inca sites and great natural beauty. Stay for 2 nights at the Hatun Valley hotel. (B) Day 4: Sacred Valley In the morning, visit the colourful Pisac market and the Inca fortress at Ollantaytambo, an astounding feat of construction and ingenuity. Afternoon at leisure to relax or explore the beautiful surroundings. (B) Day 5: Machu Picchu Transfer to Ollanta station and take the train to Machu Picchu. Enjoy a guided tour of Machu Picchu and stay overnight at El Mapi Hotel. (B, L, D) Day 6: Cuzco Morning at leisure or further explore Machu Picchu (purchase ticket at time of booking). Return to Cuzco by train and transfer to Los Portales for 2 nights. This ancient Inca capital has beautiful colonial churches and mansions sitting alongside Inca remains. (B) Day 7: Cuzco Morning guided tour of Cuzco, including the cathedral, the extraordinary Koricancha (the Temple of the Sun), and the fortress of Sacsayhuaman. Afternoon at leisure. (B) Day 8: Lake Titicaca Travel by road to Puno on the shores of Lake Titicaca (approximately 10 hours including stops)*. Travel past small valley towns, cultivated terraces and high Andean peaks. There will be a chance to stop at archaeological sites along the way. Transfer to José Antonio Hotel for a 2-night stay. (B, L) Day 9: Lake Titicaca Visit the floating Uros reed islands and Taquile island on a full-day tour with a home-cooked lunch prepared by a local family. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a traditional restaurant. (B, L, D) Day 10-11: Fly to London via Lima Transfer to Juliaca airport for a flight to Lima and on to London with British Airways. (B) (N) Meal basis As per itinerary – B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals. Itinerary The order of the itinerary is designed to allow gradual adjustment to the altitude while taking in the key sights of Peru. * Optional rail journey On day 8 it is possible to travel to Puno aboard the stylish Titicaca train. The journey takes just over 10 hours and does not include stops at archaeological sites. A three-course lunch and afternoon tea are served onboard. The supplement to take the train is from £175. Whats Included: 3- & 4-star accommodation • Twin / double rooms for single use (no sharing unless you want to) • Direct international flights with British Airways • Internal flights • Flexible - extensions & flight upgrades available • Transfers in air-conditioned vehicles • Experienced local tour manager • 9 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners • Welcome & farewell group dinner • Guided sightseeing & entrance fees • Porterage at airports Payment plan £500 deposit (non refundable) when you book your place. Part payment £1000 due 14 October 2019 Balance £1195 due 15 January 2020 Terms and conditions of booking will be advised at the presentation. About Michelle Stammers -The Travel Genius https://travelgenius.blog/about/

Oberammergau Passion Play - Innsbruck & the Dolomites - 19/08/2020 from Bham

​The Oberammergau Passion Play is only performed every 10 years. On this once-in-a-lifetime ​holiday you'll experience it in 2020 and also explore the Italian Dolomites. Please RSVP to register your interest in this trip. Once we reach minimum numbers you will be invited to attend a presentation in Birmingham to hear all about the trip. You will then be able to reserve a place. Once you are booked onto the trip you will then be invited for a further meet up in Birmingham to meet your fellow travellers before the trip departs. Day 1 UK to Munich Day 2 Oberammergau & the Passion Play Day 3 Innsbruck Day 4 Lake Achen & the Achensee Cog Railway Day 5 Vipiteno Day 6 The Dolomites Day 7 Bolzano Day 8 Innsbruck to UK What's included Tour Manager as your host Return flights from Birmingham with Lufthansa 7 nights in 3 or 4-star hotels 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 7 dinners Specialist Local Guides All excursions included Welcome drink​​ Overseas transfers & other transportation Porterage Dedicated representative to greet you at Birmingham airport Included excursions Entrance to the Oberammergau Museum Watch the Oberammergau Passion Play & take home an official programme Treasure hunt & city tour of Innsbruck Ride the Achensee Cog Railway Cruise on Lake Achen Visit the charming town of Vipiteno Torch-lit walk Bolzano & South Tyrol Scenic tour through the Dolomites Flights are from Birmingham with Lufthansa Single room included (no sharing, unless you want to) £2598 per person Deposit to book £300 (non refundable) Part payment of £500 due 31 January Balance £1798 due 18 May ABTA and ATOL bonded holiday. Not quite right? Email me for a tailor made quote to your exact requirements. [masked]

Discover Puglia - 12 September 2020 - 7 nights

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Please RSVP to register your interest in this trip. Once we reach minimum numbers you will be invited to attend a presentation in Birmingham to hear all about the trip. You will then be able to reserve a place on the trip. Or if you can't make the presentation, you are most welcome to just go ahead and book your place. Once you are booked onto the trip you will then be invited for a further meet up in Birmingham to meet your fellow travellers before the trip departs. Date of departure: 12 September 2020 £1478 per person Departure airport - Manchester Step away from the crowds and enjoy a taste of the real Italy in beautiful Puglia. From your base in the village of Selva de Fasano, your exploration of this rarely visited region begins with a trip to a beautiful five-star masseria, where you will enjoy a delicious meal. Discover ancient Sassi dwellings carved into rock in Matera, see Trulli houses in Alberobello and explore the charming town of Lecce, known for its fantastic Baroque architecture. There’s also plenty of time to relax and enjoy the facilities at your hotel, or if you prefer, you can continue the sightseeing with the range of optional excursions. Day 1 Fly to Bari today. At your hotel in the small, picturesque village of Selva di Fasano you will have the chance to get to know your travelling companions over a drink before dinner this evening.​ Day 2 After a leisurely morning we will head to the beautiful five-star Masseria Torre Coccaro where you will be served a delicious meal. The setting for this once fortified manor house is spectacular, as the scenery stretches out across the bourgainvilia adorned terraces to miles of idyllic countryside.​ Day 3 Matera ​Matera is a fascinating city, famous for the Sassi stone houses that decorate the landscape. Day 4 Ostuni & olive oil tasting ​Take the chance today to relax and enjoy your resort, Selva di Fasano. You might choose to join an optional excursion which takes you to a local olive oil producer. Here you will be given the opportunity to see how the oil is produced, as well as sample the final product. Day 5 Alberobello, Locorotondo & Martina Franca ​The fascinating Valley of Itria presents plenty of opportunities to see the attractive Trulli houses that epitomise the region.We will also discover the narrow lanes and whitewashed buildings of hilltop Locorotondo and Martina Franca, an evocative town filled with medieval palaces, churches and balconied houses.​ Day 6 Lecce ​Lecce is our destination today. A Local Guide will introduce you to this charming town with its wealth of history, fine architecture, high-end boutiques and sophisticated cafés. Day 7 Monopoli ​The pretty coastal town of Monopoli is just a short distance from our base in Selva di Fasano. With its medieval centre, pretty Baroque cathedral, bustling market square and inviting beach promenade, an optional excursion to Monopoli promises to be a truly memorable visit. This evening we will meet at the hotel for a farewell get-together.​ Day 8 Bari to UK ​We'll transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK today.​ Whats Included: Your own room (unless you would like to share). Tour manager as your host for the whole trip Return flights from Manchester 7 nights half board in a 4* hotel 15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners including lunch at Masseria. Specialist local guide Welcome drinks and farewell get-together Overseas transfers and other transportation Porterage Audio guide Complimentary WIFI on board your coach Included Excursions: Lunch at the five-star Masseria Torre Coccaro Discover Matera's Sassis dwellings Alberobello, Locorotondo & Martina Franca visits The charming town of Lecce Payment plan: Deposit to book £200 (non refundable) Part payment £500 due 24 January 2020 Final payment £778 due 30 May 2020 About Michelle Stammers -The Travel Genius https://travelgenius.blog/about/

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