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Waterways & Railways of Scotland 7 Days 15 – 21 September 2019

Despite its small size, Scotland has many treasures crammed into its compact territory – big skies, ancient architecture, spectacular wildlife and superb seafood. Known for having some of the most scenic rail journeys out there, we can guarantee that the views stretching through your window will stay with you long after your visit to Scotland has ended.

YOUR HOTEL
The Best Western Crianlarich Hotel stands in the village of the same name on the fringe of the beautiful Breadalbane region of Perthshire. Relax in the lounges with a drink from the well stocked bar after your day out. All bedrooms are en suite and have television and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.

SUNDAY Depart from your home area travelling to Northern England for overnight stay.

MONDAY This morning we continue into Southern Scotland and make our way along the shore of Loch Lomond to Crianlarich, arriving late afternoon at Crianlarich Hotel.

TUESDAY This morning we are bound for Aberfoyle and The Trossachs. Here we enjoy a sail on board Sir Walter Scott along beautiful Loch Katrine. Later we make our way via Lochearnhead to Killin for a break. We continue along Glen Dochart and make our way back to the hotel.

WEDNESDAY Our day begins with a ride east to Falkirk. Here we enjoy a ride on the restored Falkirk Wheel, used to transport canal barges from one level to another. This is a superb feat of engineering and a fascinating experience. From Falkirk we continue to the Firth of Forth and from under the famous railway bridge we take a ‘Maid of the Forth’ sail out past Inchcolm Island, with its Abbey and collection of wildlife.

THURSDAY Today we have a short walk from the hotel to the train station where we join the Scotrail train at Crianlarich for the ride to Oban. The line takes us through the Pass of Brander and alongside Loch Etive. In Oban we have time to explore the town, have a look at the harbour, enjoy lunch and relax. In the afternoon we take the train back to Crianlarich.

FRIDAY Leaving the hotel we make our way into southern Scotland and northwest England for our overnight.

SATURDAY After breakfast we are on our way home calling for lunch at a place of interest.

PRICE PER PERSON £600
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT NONE 3 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. Loch Katrine Cruise, Falkirk Wheel, ‘Maid of the Forth’ cruise & Scotrail Crianlarich to Oban & return

Liverpool City Break 2 Days 29 – 30 September 2019

• WATERFRONT HOTEL
• LIVERPOOL – THE HEART OF MERSEYSIDE

The City of Liverpool has much to offer the visitor, including places made famous by the Beatles, Titanic White Star Line headquarters, the Cathedrals and much more.

YOUR HOTEL The Jury’s Inn is located on Liverpool’s Kings Waterfront adjacent to the Albert Dock and just a short walk from the popular shopping district of Liverpool One. Bedrooms are contemporary and spacious, all are en suite with television and all the modern day facilities you would expect. The hotel has a lift.

SUNDAY An early start sees us heading west to Merseyside arriving at Liverpool around lunchtime. An ideal way to see the city is to take a Mersey Ferries short cruise and enjoy the views of the waterfront including the famous ‘Three Graces’. Explore the Albert Dock and surrounding area or just relax after your journey and watch the world go by. Our overnight stay is at Jurys Inn, with bed and breakfast and there are lots of opportunities to obtain a drink and bite to eat

MONDAY After breakfast the morning is free for you to head out and explore Liverpool. If you are looking for retail therapy the excellent Liverpool One complex is the place to go. The city has some very interesting museums to visit and learn all about the past. We depart late afternoon for our return journey.

PRICE PER PERSON £115

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £30 9 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. Bed & Breakfast accommodation.

Settle Carlisle Railway 2 Days 5 – 6 October 2019

HISTORIC GRETNA
• THE SPECTACULAR SETTLE CARLISLE RAILWAY
• BEAUTIFUL LAKE DISTRICT
• SKIPTON MARKET – ‘GATEWAY TO THE DALES’

The Settle-Carlisle railway line is one of the most famous in England. Half a million passengers ride on it every year, the majority of them for the sheer pleasure of journeying through some of the North’s most magnificent scenery from the comfort of the train. We also take in Skipton and more beautiful scenery through the Lake District.

YOUR HOTEL Nestling in ten acres of landscaped grounds and situated midway between the Borders Region and Scotland’s southwest, the 3* Gretna Hall Hotel is located in the centre of Gretna Green. All bedrooms are en suite and have TV, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.

SATURDAY We travel to Yorkshire and the market town of Skipton, often called the gateway to the Dales with its many shops, cobbled streets and alleyways, plus one of the most complete and well preserved medieval castles in England. We then join our diesel train for our breath-taking journey on England’s most scenic railway line – the Settle to Carlisle, one of the last great railways to be built in the country and completed in 1876. We travel through stunning countryside to Carlisle and to Gretna for dinner and overnight stay.

SUNDAY Our return journey home this morning gets under way with more beautiful scenery as we travel to the wonderful Lake District. Travelling via Keswick and Grasmere to Bowness on Lake Windermere, where we have time to have lunch, perhaps take a boat trip or just enjoy your surroundings before continuing our journey home, arriving in the early evening.

PRICE PER PERSON £140

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT NONE 7 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. Half board accommodation. All coach seats non-smoking. Skipton to Carlisle railway journey.

Llandudno Holly & Mistletoe 5 Days 20 – 24 October 2019

Linked by a long crescent shaped sandy bay nestling between dramatic limestone headlands, Llandudno has been a magnet in North Wales to generations of visitors who have revelled in its wealth of traditional attractions. Sightseeing, shopping, walking, eating or just resting.

YOUR HOTEL Family run Tynedale Hotel situated on the sea front, having used this hotel for many years it has become a firm favourite. The food is excellent in both choice and presentation. This hotel is very well recommended with excellent facilities including all bedrooms en-suite with hairdryer, trouser press, remote control colour television, many rooms with ironing facilities, direct dial telephone, hospitality trays in all rooms. Lift to all floors, some rooms have steps to them, level access to hotel, some ground floor rooms available. Please note some single rooms do not have lift access. Air-conditioned restaurant and cabaret lounge, top class entertainment every night, happy hour at the bar each evening.

SUNDAY Depart local pick up area or Kettlewell’s Yard and travel across the scenic Woodhead pass in Derbyshire and into Cheshire, stopping at Chester services for lunch on route. We arrive in Llandudno in good time to relax. Time for a stroll around make the most of happy hour in the bar before an excellent dinner.

MONDAY – WEDNESDAY There will be free excursions and entertainment and lots of fun to be had.

This hotel has to be one of the all time greats in themed-break holidays. Mock Christmas revellers will love the glam and the glitz of the Festive Celebrations – decorations, present from Santa for everyone, Christmas carols, sherry receptions, afternoon teas and live entertainment every night. Six course Christmas Dinner, late night buffets, Fancy Dress Parade, New Year Party. This is not the cheapest mock Christmas that you will see but with nothing but the best, surely excellent value

THURSDAY After a leisurely breakfast we depart Llandudno mid morning, calling for lunch before continuing our scenic drive home.

PRICE PER PERSON £370

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT NONE LIMITED NUMBER

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. Half board accommodation. All excursions. All coach seats non-smoking.

Bournemouth Early Spring Break with Inclusive bar 5 Days 2 – 6 March 2020

SWANAGE AND ISLE OF PURBECK
POOLE
SALISBURY AND NEW FOREST
INCLUSIVE BAR 7.00PM – 9.00PM
House brands wine/beer/spirits/mixers

Bournemouth is one of Britain’s most popular destinations. One of the largest resorts on the south coast. It is a town devoted to the holiday maker with seven miles of golden beaches and every type of entertainment to make a holiday complete. Parks and gardens cover over two thousand acres. There are two piers and three lifts from street level to the beaches. The one hundred foot cliffs, which circle the bay adds to its charm and shelter the promenades and garden walks below them.

YOUR HOTEL
The Durley Dean Hotel and Spa stands on Bournemouth’s West Cliff just a short walk from the cliff top and town centre. Hotel facilities include Leisure Club with indoor swimming pool, sauna and gym. All bedrooms are en suite and have television, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. Offering the best in beauty and relaxation treatments for both men and women, our Spa and Treatment rooms are hugely popular here in Bournemouth and never fail to disappoint. The heated indoor swimming pool is open year-round no matter the weather out there. Enjoy the luxury of the leisure facilities while you stay at the Durley Dean Hotel. There is a lift to all floors and free Wifi.

MONDAY Depart from your home area in the morning travelling to Bournemouth and Durley Dean Hotel.

TUESDAY
Leaving the hotel we have an excursion to the Isle of Purbeck and Swanage, passing through Corfe Castle on the way. There is time to explore Swanage and maybe take a stroll along the seafront, and to obtain lunch before we make our way back to Bournemouth.

WEDNESDAY Today we have a day out beginning with a drive through the picturesque New Forest to delightful Salisbury with time to explore, obtain lunch and maybe visit the 13th century Cathedral with the tallest spire in England. In the afternoon we return to Bournemouth with chance for a stroll and a drink before dinner.

THURSDAY Today we have a ride out to Poole, with its magnificent harbour and Brownsea Island. We have time to explore harbourside, Poole Pottery, the nearby shopping streets, and to obtain lunch. Later we head off to Bournemouth.

FRIDAY After breakfast we leave and begin our journey home.

PRICE PER PERSON £295

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT NONE FOR THE FIRST 4 THEREAFTER £80 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. Inclusive bar 7pm – 9pm (house brands – wine, beer, spirits & mixers).

Llandudno Mock Cruise 5 Days 14 – 18 March 2020

Linked by a long crescent shaped sandy bay nestling between dramatic limestone headlands, Llandudno has been a magnet in North Wales to generations of visitors who have revelled in its wealth of traditional attractions, sightseeing, shopping, walking, eating or just resting.

YOUR HOTEL Family run Tynedale Hotel situated on the sea front, this hotel it is very well recommended with excellent food and facilities including all bedrooms en-suite with hairdryer, trouser press, remote control colour television, many rooms with ironing facilities, direct dial telephone, hospitality trays in all rooms. There is a Lift to all floors, no steps to hotel, some ground floor rooms available. Air-conditioned restaurant and cabaret lounge, top class entertainment every night, happy hour at the bar each evening. The Captain’s Cocktail Party is a good excuse to dress up. This is probably the best value for money you can have.

This excellent holiday includes:-

Four course themed dinners
Afternoon tea on three days
Cruise Ship Sumptuous Buffet’
Special cruise breakfast
Captain’s Cocktail Party
Cabaret entertainment each evening
Captain’s Dinner
Cocktail and Canapes reception
Dock Games

Ports of Call – Hong Kong, Italy, Eygpt & New York

This is probably the best Mock Cruise Holiday you will find anywhere, see the booklet available in the office for the full itinerary.

SATURDAY Depart local pick up area or Kettlewell’s Yard and travel across the scenic Woodhead pass in Derbyshire and into Cheshire, stopping for lunch on route. We arrive in Llandudno where we take afternoon tea while your steward takes your luggage to your cabin.

SUNDAY – TUESDAY There will be free time and various excursions whilst ashore.

WEDNESDAY Time to disembark from the M.V. Tynedale Cruise Ship and we depart Llandudno mid morning, calling for lunch before taking a scenic drive home.

PRICE PER PERSON £385

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT NONE 5 Available

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, hot and cold drinks facilities. Half board accommodation. All excursions.

Picturesque Pembrokeshire and the Beautiful Gower 5 Days 19 – 23 April 2020

TENBY
PICTON CASTLE AND WOODLAND GARDEN
ST DAVID’S AND ST BRIDE’S BAY
MUMBLES AND THE GOWER PENINSULA
CREAM TEA AND GOWER GUIDED TOUR

The natural beauty of the Pembrokeshire coast and the Gower peninsula are famed all over the world. Glorious sandy beaches and seemingly endless rugged coastline give way to the Preseli Hills, historic towns and little villages. We stay in Carmarthen for our tour, ideal for visiting this delightful corner of Wales.

YOUR HOTEL The Ivy Bush Royal Hotel is within walking distance of Carmarthen town centre and was once a favourite retreat for Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton. All bedrooms are en suite, and all have television, telephone, hairdryer and tea & coffee making facilities. The hotel has a lift.

SUNDAY Depart from your home area in the morning travelling to Carmarthen and arriving late afternoon at Ivy Bush Royal Hotel. Tea/coffee and Welsh cake on arrival.

MONDAY This morning we travel west to the popular holiday resort of Tenby. With the old town walls, interesting little side streets and alleyways to explore and superb beaches. We have time for lunch in Tenby before we are on our way to Picton Castle and Woodland Garden. Regarded as Pembrokeshire’s finest stately home and gardens. There are 40 acres of some of the most beautiful gardens and grounds in West Wales.

TUESDAY Leaving the hotel we head south through Kidwelly and make our way to the picture postcard resort of Mumbles, delightfully located on Swansea Bay. We have time for a look round and to obtain lunch. This afternoon we have a short drive to the Gower Heritage Centre at Parkmill. Here we meet our guide for a tour taking us to the beautiful unspoilt scenery of the Gower Peninsula, designated an ‘Area of outstanding natural beauty’. After the tour we return to the Heritage Centre and enjoy a Gower Cream Tea.

WEDNESDAY Today our excursion takes us to St Bride’s Bay and Newgale Sands to the magical place of St. David’s, birthplace of the patron saint of Wales. St. David’s has a beautiful Cathedral, the smallest in Great Britain, well worth a visit. From St. David’s we head around the Preseli Mountains back to hotel.

THURSDAY After breakfast we leave and begin our homeward journey.

PRICE PER PERSON £370

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT NONE FOR FIRST 6 THEREAFTER £80

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. Picton Castle & walled garden. Gower Peninsula guided tour with cream tea. Entertainment on two evenings.

Kingdom of Fife & Great Scottish Cities 5 Days 25 – 29 May 2020

 ANCIENT KINGDOM OF FIFE
 MARITIME DUNDEE
 PITLOCHRY AND FAIR CITY OF PERTH
 ST ANDREWS – HOME OF GOLF
 FIFE COASTAL TOUR

A new tour for 2020 offering a nice combination of coast, country and city featuring the Picturesque villages around the coast of Fife and the historic cities of Dundee and Perth.

YOUR HOTEL The Hotel Indigo is located in what was a jute mill a stones throw from the bustling centre of Dundee and the beautiful waterfront. The hotel was opened in 2018 and celebrates the city’s heritage with a modern twist. Hotel facilities include Daisy Tasker Bar and restaurant. All bedrooms are en suite and feature television, luxurious toiletries and complimentary refreshments. There is a lift.

MONDAY Depart from your home area in the morning travelling to Scotland and arriving late afternoon at Hotel Indigo Dundee.

TUESDAY Today we head for Blairgowrie and along Strathardle to the popular town of Pitlochry where we take a break. Moving on we make our way to historic Perth. This city has much to offer and we have lunch break here with time to explore. Later we return to the hotel.

WEDNESDAY Our destination today is the former Kingdom of Fife. Heading inland via Cupar to the coast we enjoy a lovely coastal drive through the villages of Elie, Pittenweem and Crail on the way to St Andrews, world renowned home of golf. This is our lunch stop today and we have chance to explore before we head back across the River Tay to Dundee.

THURSDAY Today is free to explore in detail the city of Dundee. You could visit Discovery Point and board Captain Scott’s ship RRS Discovery where you will follow in the footsteps of him and his crew, see how they lived, what they ate, witness their hardships and triumphs on their heroic exploration of Antarctica, maybe visit the V & A Museum of Design, enjoy a spot of retail therapy or just sit and watch the world go by.

FRIDAY After breakfast we leave and head for home.

PRICE PER PERSON £400

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £80 8 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.

River Seine Experience 8 Days 26 August – 2 September 2020

This cruise will certainly provide a splash of colour with the opportunity to visit some world renowned gardens including Claude Monet’s celebrated garden at Giverny and the scenic delights of floral Guernsey. Cruise the beautiful River Seine with its panoramic vistas; discover a treasury of Gothic architecture in Rouen; and explore the Normandy countryside from Le Havre.

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.

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

THURSDAY 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.

FRIDAY At sea

SATURDAY For over 800 years Castle Cornet has stood guard over St. Peter Port. The attractive town is a delight with cobbled streets, steep stairways and alleyways winding their way down between the houses to a picturesque waterfront of grey and white stone buildings. Guernsey is geographically closer to France, yet loyal to the British crown, and this is reflected in the wonderful Anglo-French ambience around the town. The second largest of the Channel Islands has a wonderful coastline with beautiful bays, and pastoral scenery that includes the handsome, much-prized Guernsey dairy cows. The tax-free haven is perfect for duty-free shopping.

SUNDAY Lying some 75 miles from the Seine estuary, 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.

MONDAY One of France’s main seaports, Le Havre sits on the English Channel at the mouth of the River Seine approximately 150 miles north west of Paris. Founded in the 1500’s Le Havre is one of France’s greenest cities and despite extensive damage during World War II, still retains a lot of its Gothic architecture with the city centre being designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. With a number of impressive museums and galleries, Le Havre is an ideal city from which to explore the further reaches of Normandy, as well as being well placed to visit the nearby World War II Landing Beaches

TUESDAY At sea

WEDNESDAY 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 £720 INSIDE CABIN
FROM £959 OCEAN VIEW CABIN

PRICE INCLUDES: Pick up from Kettlewell’s Yard. 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.

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