What we're about

A really warm welcome to Travel Buddies!

We are a small independent company that specializes in bespoke group travel as we feel experiences are better shared and there is so much to gain from travelling together.

We started up in 2013 and have 4 groups in the UK which meet for social events, the chance to meet other members, get involved and talk travel.

We plan trips all over the world, from weekends away in Europe to long haul trips in far off destinations, and have had amazing experiences worldwide whilst making great new friends and sharing unforgettable moments together.

If its adventure that you crave, culture, relaxation or doing something completely different there are trips to suit every type of traveller and every budget.

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We hope to see you at a meet up soon and look forward to travelling with you and making more unforgettable memories!

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Relaxing Spa Break to the infamous Baden Baden in Germany's Black Forest.

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE 4 TRAVEL BUDDIES ALREADY GOING... Join Travel Buddies as we head to Baden-Baden, beautifully located in the foothills of the Black Forest is this world famous spa & wellness resort. A city of elegant lifestyle embedded in super restaurants, beautiful parks and gardens, upscale shopping in the neo baroque old town and Germany's most beautiful casino, let's also not forget, the world class spas where we can spend lots of time relaxing and being pampered. Day 1 Arrive at Baden Baden mid afternoon and take our private transfer to our hotel which is located right in the heart of the spa town of Baden-Baden, between the romantic old town and the cozy Baederviertel, right on the impressive Allee Shopping Sophienstrasse. We will be sharing twin rooms and breakfast is included each morning. The rooms all have en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making and ironing facilities, free Wifi and slippers. This is where we will call home for the next four nights. There is an option to have a room to yourself for £160 for the 4 nights. When you sign up to the trip please be sure to let us know as these rooms have limited availability. The supplement will need to be paid at the same time as the balance. After settling in and having a little time to relax we will head out to dinner somewhere nearby. Day 2 Today we will head to the most famous of Baden Baden's spas. The Caracalla. Bathing in the wide choice of pools at the Caracalla Spa is a particularly inviting proposition. There, the temperature of the curative thermal water ranges from 18°C to 38°C. In addition to the attractive pools, the spacious indoor area features a rock grotto with hot and cold pools, a relaxing aroma steam bath and a brine inhalation room. In the extensive outdoor area we will find two marble pools, a water current channel and two whirlpools. Here we can also soak up the energy of the sun while relaxing on a sun lounger on the spacious sun-bathing lawn. Our day ticket includes access to the thermal spas, sauna complex and relaxing sensory areas. according to the website having a sauna is relaxing and good for your health. but in order to get the very best out of it, you should always treat yourself to a break between each stint. Numerous resting options are open to us in the Caracalla Spa. You can rest on the warm, terracotta loungers in the interior part of the sauna area, or in the modern Blue Space Sensory Room, or the Green Room with its view of Baden-Baden, or on the loungers in the picturesque castle gardens. The choice is ours. Blue Space - the watery relaxation room Enter a fascinating world of sensations! Magical timbres, blue lighting tones and gentle vibrations melt together to form a unique spatial experience. Relax on the illuminated beds and experience your inner self! The special tones of BLUE SPACE not only expand within the room but touch your whole body. New loudspeaker technology has been built into the Blue Space loungers and is being used for the first time in a spa environment in Germany. You will be spellbound by this whole-body experience of hearing, feeling gentle warmth and watching the watery moire patterns on the ceiling. The aim of this sensory room is to achieve a high quality of mental regeneration. Your senses will enjoy a dreamlike journey and you will discover many a new truth in the vast expanse of your own imagination. Spa treatments can also be booked in advance or upon arrival. Here is the website for you to take a look at quite how glorious this place really is! http://www.carasana.de/en/caracallaspa/ Evening dinner. Day 3 Today we are booked in to a very different kind of spa,The Friedrichsbad. The Roman bathing culture, combined with Irish hot air baths, unfolds its full effect here in Friedrichsbad. We will experience this exclusive bathing pleasure and enjoy a special tour with 17 different stations. The changing temperatures and the valuable thermal water in the various forms of bathing have a beneficial effect on body and mind. The well-being that you take after a visit to the Friedrichsbad and the pleasant effect of its thermal waters will be an unforgettable memory for you. Like many others since its opening in 1877. Our Luxury Plus experience is 4 hours long and includes soap brush massage & cream massage, dish & 1 drink at the Thermen Restaurant. Afternoon to do as we please. The group often tends to split in to smaller groups if there is anything of particular interest to them, no one gets left on their own unless they choose to be... Take a walk through the beautiful parks and gardens of the "lichtentaler Allee" or the "Rose Society Garden" Try your luck at the casino of Baden Baden, a temple to the alluring game of chance, fashioned along the lines of French royal palaces. Browse the shops or people watch over a coffee The Faberge museum shows a representative and impressive cross from the life's work of Carl Peter Faberge, entrance fee 18 euros. Why not take a walk or hike in the black forest. there are walking and hiking routes available at the hotel and you can also hire a bike for the day. Dinner For those that fancy getting dressed up and heading out to the casino one evening we could perhaps do that this evening. Why Not!!!! it looks amazing take a look at the pictures. Admission is 5 euros. Day 4 Full day as we please to return to our favourite spa or continue exploring Baden Baden. Day 5 After breakfast this morning we will take our late morning private transfer to the airport where we will catch our flight back to the UK. What's Included. • 4 nights sharing a twin room with en suite bathroom. • Breakfast each morning. • Return airport transfers. • Full day entrance to Caracalla. Our day ticket includes access to the thermal spas, sauna complex and relaxing sensory areas. * Friedrichsbad Luxury Plus experience 4 hours long and includes soap brush massage & cream massage, dish & 1 drink at the Thermen Restaurant. What's not included • Flights from Stansted Currently £77 •Public transport (we can share the cost of taxis taxis),tips and entrance fees other than those specified. • Meals other than specified. * Entrance fees, transport fees and meals other than those listed above. * Treatments at the spas other than listed above. You need to book your own flights and they are with these are with Ryanair and are just £77 as of today. I would advise to book your flight as soon as possible after booking on to the trip as they are likely to rise the sooner we get to the date of departure. Please note that you will also need to add your luggage. This can be done for as little as £6 each way. Saturday 15/06/2019 Depart Stansted 13.00 Arrive Baden Baden 15.35 Flight Number FR9772 Flight duration 1h 30mins Wednesday 19/06/2019 Depart Baden Baden 13.00 Arrive Stansted 13.30 Flight Number FR9773 Flight duration 1h 30mins COST The price of the above tour is £449.All payments need to be made into the Protected Trust Services account held with HSBC: A non refundable deposit of £69. If we haven’t received your deposit within 3 days of RSVP, your RSVP will be changed to "not going" and your space will be released. The balance of £380 needs to be paid by the 30th April 2019. Protected Trust Services Limited Account number:[masked] Sort Code:[masked] Reference:[masked]. Your First and Last Name To learn more on how we protect your money, please visit [www.protectedtrustservices.com/travel/consumer-protection/ By paying a deposit you will be agreeing to the following cancellation policies: https://www.meetup.com/TravelBuddiesUK/pages/27435299/Travel_Buddies_Booking_and_Cancellation_Policy/ When you RSVP to this trip you will be asked a few questions, please take the time to answer them as it is "need to know information" that is being asked :) Jacquey is hosting this trip, she is a long standing member of the group and has travelled with us several times. She is a real lover of yoga and relaxation breaks. Please feel free to message us with any questions you have.

Join us for an Indian, or join us in India! @ Voujon Bari Indian Restaurant.

Lets talk India at Voujon Bari. Leamington-Spa's favourite place to dine on cuisine from this amazing country. Have you been thinking about visiting India for a while but not too sure if it's for you? Come and find out. Travel Buddies are heading to India twice this year and we thought it would be great to meet up for an Indian meal and give members the opportunity to meet Di, who is hosting the trips and to come and get a feel for how the trips will run, who else will be going and just quite what to expect.... This is India after all. Voujon Bari has a super Banquet menu on a Wednesday evening with any starter, Main course, Side dish and rice of Naan Bread for only £11.95. We will meet inside the restaurant at 7.30pm. you will need to pay £2 via Paypal to secure your space on the evening and then we will all pay for our meals on the night. During our first trip we will be visiting Delhi, Agra, Ranthambore and Jaipur. Visiting the breathtakingly beautiful Taj Mahal, heading out on a tiger safari, sampling street food and painting elephants at an elephant sanctuary are just a sample of what the group will be getting up too. We only have a couple of spaces left on this trip but here's the opportunity to find out more and join the group. It is running from the 13th-27th October. For those Travel Buddies that have visited India before and are perhaps looking to visit different areas of this vast country our second trip encompasses Delhi, Jodphur, Udaipur and Pushkar. The atmosphere will be electric as we are here during the Diwali, The festival of lights. What an adventure it is too...... Ride in a rickshaw, experience a Bollywood show at the kingdom of dreams, take a cooking class, go on a village safari and visit the Pushkar camel fair. This trip will be on site by the weekend and takes place between the 28th October and the 11th November. 15 of the group visited India last October and had such an amazing time so if you have been thinking about paying a visit yourself why not come along for dinner and we can answer all of your questions. It really is a life changing destination, and somewhere that may not necessarily be on your bucket list but a trip to India will never disappoint. It's a completely epic adventure! Why not have a think about joining us. Hope to see you on the evening.

Long Weekend in Berlin, Flights from East Midlands From only £67 return.

East Midlands Airport - Departures Entrance

£334.00

GUARANTEED DEPARTURE 3 TRAVEL BUDDIES ALREADY GOING... MEMBERS WILL BE JOINING FORM ALL 4 TRAVEL BUDDIES MEET UP GROUPS. BERLIN, Germany’s capital, dates back to the 13th century. Reminders of the city's turbulent 20th-century history include its Holocaust memorial and the Berlin Wall's graffiti-ed remains. Divided during the Cold War, the 18th-century Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of reunification, we will be visiting all of these sights and more..... Day 1 After meeting at the check in desks we will board our flight and arrive in Berlin at 09.35 where we will take our private transfers to a city centre hotel just 5 minutes walk from Alexanderplatz and the iconic TV tower in the city's Mitte district. We will be sharing twin rooms with en suite bathrooms and breakfast is included each morning the hotel is a short walk from a host of bars shops, restaurants and historic monuments. The hotel has free wifi throughout, a bistro, shop & lounge area. After dropping our luggage at the hotel as it will be a little too early to check in we will head off on a guided walking tour to learn all about the the the rise and fall of the Nazi regime, tour lasts approx 3 hours. After the tour we will head back to the hotel to check in where we will have time to relax before meeting in the evening to head our for dinner somewhere local that serves traditional German fayre for a reasonable price. To truly immerse yourself in the experience, put Scnitzel, Sauerkraut and Strudel on the " must try" list! The Travel Buddies trips work on the basis that as long as you are having a good time then that is what matters, if you don't feel like coming on one of the excursions or joining the rest of the group for dinner one evening then that is absolutely fine. This is an adventure for everyone and there is nothing worse than having to go somewhere/do something that you don't really fancy! Day 2 After breakfast we will walk to the start of the meeting point for our hop on/off bus tour, the tickets last 48 hours and they have 2 routes so we can get on and off as we please. That way everyone gets to see the sights that they particularly fancy. These are some of the sites en route. Checkpoint Charlie. The name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War Brandenburg Gate Built between 1788 and 1791 by Prussian King Frederick William II as a key entry point to the city of Berlin, Brandenburg Gate was topped off with a statue known as the “Quadriga,” which depicted a statue of the goddess of victory driving a chariot pulled by four horses. Museum Island Berlin Wall Memorial On the border strip that had been located in East Berlin, an open-air exhibition uses the situation on Bernauer Strasse to explain the history of division. The memorial consists of the Monument in Memory of the Divided City and the Victims of Communist Tyranny as well as the Window of Remembrance. Discover the neighbourhoods of Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain After a long day sightseeing we can meet back at the/ head back to the hotel to freshen up and then head out for dinner and drinks on our Saturday evening in Berlin. Day 3 You might be the sort to leap out of bed early doors to continue sightseeing, or perhaps a leisurely lie in and breakfast is more your style... whichever it may be there will be members of the group that are the same and today we have the full day to use our hop on/off tickets for all of the sights that we didn't get to see the day before. Meet in the lobby for a final dinner. Day 4 After breakfast we will check out before taking our private transfers back to the airport. Whats Included * 3 nights accommodation * Return Airport transfers * Breakfast each day * Walking tour * 48 hour 2 route Hop on/off bus pass Whats not included * Flights You need to book your own flights and they are with these are with Ryanair and are just £67 as of today. I would advise to book your flight as soon as possible after booking on to the trip as they are likely to rise the sooner we get to the date of departure. Please ensure that you read the baggage regulations carefully as you probably will want to pay an extra £7 each way for your cabin bag 21/06/2019 Depart East Midlands 06.40 Arrive Berlin 09.35 Flight Number FR1638 24/06/2019 Depart Berlin 10.00 Arrive East Midlands 11.05 Flight Number FR1639 * Entrance fees, transport fees and meals other than those listed above. COST The price of the above tour is £334.All payments need to be made into the Protected Trust Services account held with HSBC: A non refundable deposit of £49. If we haven’t received your deposit within 3 days of RSVP, your RSVP will be changed to "not going" and your space will be released. The balance of £285 needs to be paid by the 31st April 2019. Protected Trust Services Limited Account number:[masked] Sort Code:[masked] Reference:[masked]. Your First and Last Name To learn more on how we protect your money, please visit [www.protectedtrustservices.com/travel/consumer-protection/ By paying a deposit you will be agreeing to the following cancellation policies: https://www.meetup.com/TravelBuddiesUK/pages/27435299/Travel_Buddies_Booking_and_Cancellation_Policy/ Nadia is hosting this trip, she has hosted for the group many times before and is a much loved member.

Meet Up for Coffee/Breakfast and Find out about Upcoming Trips for 2019!!!

Come along and meet the group and find about the upcoming trips for 2019... Chat over coffee ( and a delicious breakfast if you fancy) and meet fellow travel buddies. The coffee mornings are great for those of you that haven't met the group yet and want to find out a it more about what we are all about. It is a casual meet so feel free to stay a while or just pop in! There are many new trips going on site at present, from weekends away, summer sun weeks and far away destinations, so something to suit everyone's taste and budget. Don't have a bucket list, have a " Booked it" list! Aroma café is located in the centre of Leamington-Spa and there is plenty of parking nearby. Really look forward to seeing you there!

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