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Brugge Weekend 4 days 23 – 26 March 2018

Brugge once a modest fortification, later a trading centre of world fame and the cradle of Flemish Art, Brugge is now unique in Europe.  Wander round this living city in virtually unspoilt surroundings.  Whether you intend to study fascinating history or prefer to merely relax in the atmosphere created by it, Brugge provides the perfect break.  Admire the Flemish primitivities in museums, such as the Groeninge and St John’s Hospital.  Make the acquaintance of Burgundian Dukes in the Gruuthuse Palace or the Church of Our Lady.  Watch the lace makers plying their bobbins near the Beguinage, share romantic moments beside the Lake of Love.  Listen to the Belfry’s melodious chimes.  Cruise along the picturesque canals.  Amble past weathered gables in a horse drawn coach.  Forget your diet and sample that sumptuous Belgian chocolate.  Perfect for strolling and shopping, for entertainment and eating out, enjoy your weekend in Brugge.

YOUR HOTEL The 4* Portinari Hotel, which has been totally refurbished, is centrally located alongside the Market square. All rooms have full private facilities as well as television, radio, telephone and mini bar.  There will be a welcome drink wine, beer or orange juice taken early evening.  There is a lift to all floors. Price includes sumptuous buffet breakfast.

FRIDAY We make an early start from Kettlewell’s depot for the journey to Dover and the short sea crossing to Calais.  Time to enjoy lunch on board and visit the duty free shops.  We expect to arrive in Brugge at teatime.  Time to relax before sampling dinner at one of the many restaurants.

SATURDAY After a lovely buffet breakfast you are at leisure to make the most of Brugge according to your taste. First on your list must be the fabulous market which is held in the square in front of our hotel.

SUNDAY   Another day to please yourself, perhaps take a ride on the canals, take a horse drawn carriage or the local sightseeing tour bus with commentary. We are not too far away from the train station you may wish to visit another city, the choice is endless.

MONDAY We leave this beautiful city just before lunch for our return journey to Calais and home, arriving early evening.

PRICE PER PERSON                                      £310

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT                                   £100  4 AVAILABLE

PRICE INCLUDES: Depart from Kettlewell’s Yard car parking available if required. Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet, hot and cold drinks facilities. Accompanied throughout. Three nights Bed and Buffet Breakfast.

A valid Passport is required. European Health Insurance card (free) & travel insurance are recommended.

Orkney Islands, Ullapool and the Far North 7 Days 26 May – 1 June 2018

 GUIDED TOUR OF ORKNEY
 FERRY CROSSING FROM SCRABSTER
 STUNNING NORTH WEST HIGHLANDS
 ULLAPOOL AND LOCH BROOM
 INVERNESS – THE HIGHLAND CAPITAL
 HISTORIC STIRLING

An exciting new tour for 2018 taking in Scotland’s Far North and the fascinating and historic Orkney Islands, featuring the North Coast and Ullapool. Combined with a stay in Stirling this will be a memorable holiday.

YOUR HOTELS The Royal Hotel in Thurso is a former coaching inn but still retains much of its original charm. Situated in the town centre, the shops and quayside are within walking distance. All bedrooms are en suite and have television, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. Situated in the centre of Stirling, the 4* Stirling Highland Hotel is a beautiful 19th century hotel and makes an ideal base to end the tour. Hotel facilities include health club with swimming pool. All bedrooms are en suite and have television and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.

SATURDAY Depart from your home area in the morning travelling to Scotland, arriving late afternoon at 3* Bothwell Bridge Hotel, Lanarkshire for our overnight stay

SUNDAY Today we travel through the spectacular scenery as we head for Scotland’s Far North and Thurso’s Royal Hotel for our two night stay.

MONDAY The highlight of the tour. We take the ferry from Scrabster to Stromness, Orkney, where we meet our local guide for a tour of Orkney visiting the World Heritage Sites of Skara Brae, Stones of Stenness and Ring of Brodgar, Skaill House and Scapa Flow. Lunch break is at leisure in Kirkwall with opportunity to view St Magnus Cathedral. We return on the late afternoon ferry to Scrabster.

TUESDAY This morning we leave the hotel and enjoy a stunning drive along Scotland’s North Coast, passing beautiful deserted beaches and inlets, to Durness. Here we turn south and make our way through the spectacular North West Highlands via Laxford Bridge, Scourie, Loch Assynt to Ullapool for overnight stay at the Caledonian Hotel.

WEDNESDAY Leaving Ullapool we head along Loch Broom to Garve, Inverness, Aviemore, across the Cairngorm Mountains and into Perthshire and historic Stirling for 2 nights stay at the Stirling Highland Hotel.

THURSDAY A free day for you to explore Stirling.

FRIDAY After breakfast and a very busy but enjoyable holiday we head for home stopping off on route for lunch.

PRICE PER PERSON £635

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £120 FOUR AVAILABLE

PRICE INCLUDES: Pick up from local area or car parking our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Half board accommodation throughout. Orkney tour including ferry and guide on coach.

Jersey by air from Doncaster or East Midlands 8 Days 2 – 9 June 2018

The beautiful Channel Islands are ideally positioned in the mild waters of the Gulf Stream about 100 miles from the south coast of England.  They enjoy a high level of sunshine all year round. Jersey, the largest island is only 14 miles from the French coast and is a fascinating blend of old and new.  British, yet with a strong international influence.  This is an ideal holiday destination without the problems of passports or currency. Jersey is south sloping to enjoy every ray of sunshine and its coastline is as varied as it is magnificent.  Rugged coves in the north, golden sandy beaches in the south, hidden coves, bays and harbours line the east, one golden crescent of sand five miles long to the west!  The capital St Helier, is a town with traffic free shopping precincts, department stores and small shops in the centre, plus two attractive covered markets.  Indoor pursuits are plentiful at Jersey’s huge leisure complex at Fort Regent.  For nightlife there are cinemas, theatres and excellent restaurants.  Shopping facilities are very good, with no VAT. to pay.  Bargains can be found in jewellery, cosmetics, wines, spirits and tobacco.

 ** BOOK EARLY LIMITED NUMBER OF SEATS AVAILABLE **

YOUR HOTEL The Mayfair is the perfect setting for a holiday for all age groups. Conveniently located only a few minutes walk from the beach and town.  There is a rooftop terrace above the indoor pool, a gym and a steam room.  Throughout the day the continental style coffee shop is open.  All bedrooms have private facilities with TV, teamaker and telephone.  A lift serves most floors, however some rooms do have stairs to them.

SATURDAY Your Kettlewell’s coach will leave the Retford area in the morning for Doncaster/East Midlands Airport for your flight to Jersey, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in St Helier by a local coach.

SUNDAY TO FRIDAY Lots of free time to explore the beautiful island of Jersey. Coach tours provide the ideal way to get acquainted with the island’s many attractions.  Do not forget just how close you will be to France – near enough to pop over for the day, (full passport will be required).  Our local representative will be on hand to assist you with any local excursion bookings.  Alternatively you could hire a car and do your own thing.

SATURDAY  You will be transferred to Jersey Airport for the return flight to Doncaster/East Midlands where your Kettlewell’s coach will be waiting to return you home.

PRICE PER PERSON                           £599

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT                         £175

PRICE INCLUDES:- Pick up from local area or car parking on our premises. Accommodation on a half board basis.  Lift to all floors.  Return transfer from local area to Doncaster/East Midlands airport.  Return flight to Jersey.  Return hotel coach transfers in Jersey.  Services of our local representative.  All airport taxes.

 

Photographic ID is required. European Health Insurance card (free) & travel insurance are recommended.

 

Kettlewell (Retford) Ltd act as retail agents for Modern Travel Centre who have organised this holiday and is protected under ATOL licence number: 0752.

Southern Ireland Bantry Bay 7 Days 10 – 16 June 2018

The lure and enchantment of the `Emerald Isle` is difficult to express in mere words. The mist shrouded mountains, crags, 50ft rolling green hills, gentle trout filled streams, ancient cultural heritage together with a practical everyday Irish simplicity continue to give the romance and magic that is quite simply Ireland.

YOUR HOTEL Maritime Hotel a modern 4* which occupies a prime position on the quayside in the waterfront town of Bantry and features wonderful décor and excellent standards of interior design. The bar offers a traditional ambience and there is a cosy library lounge. The excellent food is complemented by lovely views over the bay. The bedrooms provide a high level of comfort and have hairdryer, satellite TV and tea/coffee making facilities. The hotel also features a leisure club with indoor swimming pool, sauna, steam room and gym. There is a lift.

• Welcome Drink on Arrival
• Choice of Menu with tea and coffee to follow
• Free use of leisure facilities at the Leisure Centre
• Live Entertainment on two nights.
• All single rooms double for sole use

SUNDAY Depart early morning from Kettlewell’s yard to travel to Holyhead for our early afternoon sailing to Dublin. We travel to our overnight hotel in Portlaoise arriving in time for dinner.

MONDAY After a good Irish breakfast we leave for our journey across Ireland to the south west stopping at the heritage town of Cahir and onto Bantry Bay for our four night stay arriving in good time for dinner.

TUESDAY Day at leisure in Bantry an ideal opportunity to visit the very lovely Bantry House.

WEDNESDAY Today we explore the rugged coastline of the Celtic Sea, with a scenic ride to the Mizen Head Peninsular. Some of Irelands most stunning and spectacular scenery can be seen here. We then continue to Skibbereen where there will be time to explore or perhaps visit the Heritage centre.

THURSDAY A scenic excursion as we make our way to the Beara Peninsular, steeped in myth and legend, we make our way to Castletownbere, the principle town on the Peninsular and the largest whitefish port in Ireland. We make our way to Glengarriff where you will have the opportunity to take the ferry to Garinish Island home to the beautiful Italianate Gardens passing the seal sanctuary on the way.

FRIDAY Depart Bantry after breakfast and travel and back to our hotel in Portlaoise for dinner, overnight and breakfast

SATURDAY After a leisurely breakfast we depart late morning for Dublin and the crossing back to Holyhead.

PRICE PER PERSON £630 PER PERSON

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £130 6 AVAILABLE

PRICE INCLUDES: Depart from Kettlewell’s Yard car parking available if required. Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet, hot and cold drinks facilities. Half board accommodation. Accompanied throughout. All excursions. All coach seats non-smoking.

Photographic ID is required. European Health Insurance card (free) & travel insurance are recommended.

Iceland & Northern Isle Cruise 13 Days 1 – 13 July 2018

Geysers, glaciers, lava flows and volcanic craters, bubbling mud pools, stunning waterfalls and geothermal hot springs, Iceland has one of the world’s most dynamic landscapes. You’ll step ashore in fascinating ports of call as you circumnavigate the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’. Kirkwall in Scotland’s Orkney Islands and the dramatic Faroes are stepping-stones on what promises to be an exciting voyage.
YOUR SHIP The Magellan offers a traditional maritime experience in spacious surroundings. Discover a wide range of comfortable lounges and stylish leisure facilities to enrich your time on board. Her wide range of public facilities include the impressive Waldorf and Kensington Restaurants offering two sitting dining or the more informal Raffles Bistro. There are comfortable lounge areas throughout including the two-tier theatre style Magellan Show Lounge, and a wide range of other amenities. Out on deck, there are two swimming pools, three whirlpools and expansive deck areas.

SUNDAY Depart kettlewell’s yard or local pick up points early afternoon for our evening sailing from Liverpool.

MONDAY The capital of the Emerald Isle is, with its friendly locals, fascinating history, legendary literary tradition and charming mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture, a city of unforgettable character. It lies on the east coast of Ireland along the banks of the River Liffey. Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, Trinity College and the beautiful square St Stephen’s Green lie south of the Liffey, whilst the glorious Custom House, majestic Four Courts and famous General Post Office add grace to Dublin’s Northside. Crossing the river the high-arched Ha’penny Bridge is one of Dublin’s most famous landmarks.

TUESDAY Cruising

WEDNESDAY The capital of the amazing Orkney archipelago, the Royal Burgh of Kirkwall sits almost exactly in the centre of Mainland, dividing the island into East and West. The magnificent St. Magnus Cathedral, a legacy of the town’s rich Viking heritage, dominates Kirkwall’s skyline. In its shadow, the town is a cluster of grey stone buildings lining narrow, flagstone streets. Excursions explore these beautiful islands whose history can be traced back some 6,000 years through Neolithic standing stones and the magnificent archaeological site of Skara Brae. Modern day Orkney is a hive of creative activity and its craft workshops are perfect for a special souvenir.

THURSDAY Kollafjørdur is a small fishing port on the Faroe islands of Streymoy. Initially there were just a few dwellings adjoining the village church, which dating from 1837 is a typical black-tarred wooden building with white painted windows and a turf roof. Today, although it is home to less than a thousand people, the village stretches over four miles along the northern shore of the Kollafjørdur Fjord. From the port of Kollafjørdur optional excursions visit the island communities that live on this isolated archipelago where the landscape is both wild and dramatic.

FRIDAY & SATURDAY Akureyri lies at the head of the 60-kilometre long Eyjafjördur, which is the longest fjord in Iceland. The capital of the north, which was founded as a trading post, is today an attractive town with colourful houses and well-kept gardens. It is also home to both the northernmost botanical garden and northernmost golf course in the world. Optional excursions highlight Iceland’s extraordinary landscapes including surreal rock formations, the lunar-like pseudo-craters at Skutastadir and the stunning, crescent-shaped Godafoss Waterfall. Laufas Folk Museum, or Myvatn Nature Baths, Iceland’s newest spa, are relaxing alternatives.

SUNDAY Situated just below the Arctic Circle, Isafjördur is the largest town in the Westfjords region of Iceland. It sits on a gravel spit that stands out into the Skutulsfjördur flanked on three sides by towering mountains. There are only three roads leading out of the town and all are through tunnels. The Maritime Museum traces the life and history of the settlement where fishing has been, and remains, the area’s main source of income. The Westfjords region is a nature lover’s paradise and a popular excursion visits the magical island of Vigur, which is home to a large eider duck colony and vast bird population.

MONDAY & TUESDAY Part old Norse, part modern city, the Icelandic capital has a quirky character of its own. Although Reykjavik is one of the world’s smallest capital cities, it is home to almost half of Iceland’s population. Mosaics, murals and sculptures are found throughout the oldest part of the town where brightly coloured houses with tin roofs are watched over by the towering Hallgrimskirkja Church. The classic ‘Golden Circle’ featuring vast lava fields, bubbling mud pools, crashing waterfalls and spouting geysers, is a popular optional excursion along with the chance to bathe in the famous geothermal Blue Lagoon.

WEDNESDAY & THURSDAY Cruising.

FRIDAY After what will have been a wonderful holiday we arrive back in Liverpool to begin our journey home arriving mid afternoon.

PRICE PER PERSON FROM £1038 INSIDE CABIN
FROM £1400 OUTSIDE CABIN

PRICE INCLUDES: Pick up from local area or car parking on our premises (please state when booking as this is less time on the coach). Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet and drinks facilities. All coach seats non-smoking. Full board, afternoon teas & late night snacks. Big show entertainment, cabarets and Captains cocktail party. Guest speaker, daytime activities & arts & crafts.
A valid passport is required European Health Insurance card (free) & travel insurance are recommended.

Kettlewell (Retford) Ltd act as retail agents for South Quay Travel & Leisure Ltd who have organised this holiday and financial protection is given by South Quay’s ABTA V9945.

Antwerp Christmas Market Cruise 3 Days 12 – 14 December 2018

Celebrate the Festive Season on this party cruise to Antwerp. Sample the delights of life aboard Magellan enjoying the various facilities, delicious full board cuisine and stylish evening entertainment. In Antwerp, visit the magnificent Gothic cathedral and browse the delightful Christmas Market for some unique gifts – don’t forget the delicious Belgian chocolates!

YOUR SHIP
The Magellan offers a traditional maritime experience in spacious surroundings. Discover a wide range of comfortable lounges and stylish leisure facilities to enrich your time on board. Her wide range of public facilities include the impressive Waldorf and Kensington Restaurants offering two sitting dining or the more informal Raffles Bistro. There are comfortable lounge areas throughout including the two-tier theatre style Magellan Show Lounge, and a wide range of other amenities.

WEDNESDAY Depart Kettlewell’s early morning for our journey to Tilbury for the overnight sailing to Antwerp.

THURSDAY Antwerp makes for a wonderful Belgian themed Christmas getaway and represents the perfect excuse to discover somewhere a little different in the Flanders region. From the Groenplaats through the Handschoenmarkt and the Grote Markt to the Steenplein square. All are transformed into a wonderful Christmas market each season offering an array of crafts, decorations and gourmet treats including the obligatory mulled wine. It also boasts an impressive 1200m2 ice skating rink over looking the River Scheldt. One of Europe’s largest ports, Antwerp is renowned throughout the world as the centre of the diamond trade. With its charming medieval streets and remarkable renaissance buildings, Belgium’s second largest city is a delight. Historic guild houses and Antwerp’s imposing Town Hall with its rows of colourful European flags surround the cobbled stone main square of the old city called Grote Markt. The focal point of the city skyline is the towering Gothic spire of the Cathedral of Our Lady.

FRIDAY Depart our ship after a sumptuous breakfast for our return journey home.

INSIDE CABIN FROM £213
OCEAN VIEW CABIN FROM £273

PRICE INCLUDES: Departure from Kettlewell’s car parking available if required. Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Full board accommodation & evening entertainment.

A valid passport is required European Health Insurance card (free) & travel insurance are recommended.

Kettlewell (Retford) Ltd act as retail agents for South Quay Travel & Leisure Ltd who have organised this holiday and financial protection is given by South Quay’s ABTA V9945.

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