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Brugge Weekend 4 Days 22 – 25 March 2019

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, WIFI, telephone and tea & coffee making facilities. There will be a welcome drink wine, beer or orange juice taken at leisure during the weekend. 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 INCLUDES: Depart from Kettlewell’s Yard car parking available if required. Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Accompanied throughout. Three nights Bed and Buffet Breakfast.

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

Jersey the Enchanted Isle By Air from Doncaster or East Midlands 8 Days 1 – 8 June 2019

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.


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.



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.

French Festive Getaway Cruise from Tilbury 5 Days 8 – 12 December 2019

Cruise the River Seine to Rouen, ‘city of a hundred spires’, and walk in the footsteps of Joan of Arc. Discover the charming town of Honfleur with its cobbled streets and picturesque old harbour surrounded by lofty houses. From Zeebrugge, opt to visit Bruges and explore the delightful Christmas Markets. Wander through the stalls of seasonal gifts, hand-crafted decorations and tasty treats, soaking-up the wonderful festive atmosphere.

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.

SUNDAY Depart Kettlewell’s early morning for our journey to Tilbury for the overnight sailing to Rouen.

MONDAY Start the day enjoying a scenic cruise along the beautiful and majestic Seine into the heart of one of France’s most historic and picturesque regions, Normandy. Arriving in Rouen early afternoon. Rouen is the historic capital of Normandy. Victor Hugo called Rouen ‘the city of a hundred spires’. Its Old Town is a delightful maze of narrow, cobblestone streets lined with fine half-timbered houses and wonderful gothic churches including the magnificent Cathedrale Notre Dame and the Eglise St. Maclou. Rouen’s Place du Vieux-Marche is famous as the site where Joan of arc was burned at the stake in 1431. Further upriver is the village of Giverny and the home of Claude Monet, who captured the beauty of Rouen in many of his paintings.

TUESDAY An overnight sailing and we arrive in Honfleur early morning. Over the years many renowned painters and writers have been attracted to pretty Honfleur, which with its narrow, half-timbered houses, cobblestone streets and charming old harbour set in a sheltered cove off the Seine’s tidal estuary, is simply enchanting. Unlike many of its Normandy neighbours, Honfleur was spared during the bombing of World War Two and nestled in its tidy, picturesque streets historic buildings house art galleries, artists’ studios, boutiques, restaurants, cafes and fine souvenir shops.

WEDNESDAY Sailing overnight we arrive early morning in Zeebrugge an important port in Flanders and a coastal gateway to Belgium and your gateway to Bruges. Picturesque Bruges is a delightful little city of canals and stone bridges, winding cobbled streets and medieval Flemish architecture. Cosmopolitan Brussels is an historic and royal city divided into the Lower and Upper Town. The Lower Town has gothic, baroque and renaissance-era buildings dating from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Whilst the picturesque Quartier Royal, surrounded by 18th and 19th century palaces, is the most distinctive plaza of the Upper Town. We depart early evening for our overnight sailing back to Tilbury.

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


PRICE INCLUDES: Departure from Kettlewell’s car parking available if required. Executive air-conditioned coach travel with toilet. Full board accommodation & big show entertainment. Afternoon teas and late night snacks. Daytime activities and leisure facilities.

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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