Learn to sail on a 12-day holiday with Rubicon 3 Adventure in the West Country.

Save £300 on learning to sail off the coast of  Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Monday 23 May 2022

Departing 13 June, 4 July or 8 August save £300 on a 12-day UK sailing holiday in the glorious coastal waters of Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly with the adventure sailing experts, Rubicon 3 Adventure - now £1,399pp.  

Starting and ending in Brixham, sail aboard one of their fleet of iconic 60ft clipper expedition yachts to explore the dramatic cliffs and rocky coastlines of the south coast, anchoring in secluded coves and on peaceful rivers.  

Learn to sail by day and go ashore to visit beautiful, historic towns such as Dartmouth, and relax in the Caribbean-like blue waters and on the superb beaches of the Isles of Scilly.  

On every holiday there is a real emphasis both on learning to sail as well as heading ashore to explore. Participants come together as a maximum ‘crew’ of eight people. No sailing experience is necessary as under the expert guidance of a skipper and mate, you will learn a full range of skills from navigating, helming, and sail trimming, right through to how to pick the perfect anchorage.  

It’s an active, exciting, and hands-on environment with many joining as solo travellers eager to meet like-minded adventurers.  

Cost includes accommodation and food on board the yacht, foul weather and safety equipment on board, and expert sailing instruction throughout. It excludes travel to and from the start of the holiday. To book call Rubicon 3 on 020 3086 7245 or visit www.rubicon3adventure.com


Explore the Treasures of Sicily  next month with Ramblers Walking Holiday

Wednesday 20 April 2022

Departing 24 May 2022 take advantage of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday on Thursday 2 June (originally the Spring Bank Holiday) and Friday 3 June, to join an 11-night Treasures of Sicily walking holiday with Ramblers Walking Holidays and save £75 per person.

Walking in the footsteps of the ancients, this 11-night leisurely grade 2 walking holiday begins in a remote corner of coastal southwest Sicily. Visiting the most impressive classical site on the island – Selinunte, it also takes in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Villa Romana; the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento; the Greek and Roman sites of Syracuse, which once rivalled Athens in the Greek world; and the buzzing capital city of Palermo with a visit to the Norman Monreale Cathedral to see its extraordinary mosaic ceiling.  

Originally £1,950pp, now £1,875, Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133; www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) 11-night Treasures of Sicily includes flights from Heathrow to Palermo, accommodation with breakfast, dinners in the hotel an at local restaurants,  transfers, services of an expert leader and local transport costs.  For more detauls, see https://www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/europe/italy/sicily/treasures-of-sicily#overview 


Celebrate World Heritage Day on 18 April by saving on an Adagio seven night walking holiday in Artistic Umbria.

Celebrate ’World Heritage Day’ by booking Adagio’s ‘Artistic Umbria’ walking holiday 

Tuesday 12 April 2022

Celebrate World Heritage Day on 18 April, and the importance of cultural heritage and monuments, exploring some Umbria’s and Tuscany’s most beautiful towns on foot on, including the walled UNESCO World Heritage listed enclave of Urbino, on Adagio’s 7-night gentle walking holiday 'Artistic Umbria’, departing 10 May, and save £64pp.  

Staying in a former 17th century palace and monastery in the small Renaissance city of Città di Castello, be immersed in art, history, architecture, and wonderful countryside vistas wandering through Arezzo’s architectural wonders, the alleyways and staircases of medieval Gubbio and its centuries-old palazzo, the stylish town of Perugia, Urbino and the medieval enclave of Monterchi where one can gaze upon Piero della Francesca’s masterpiece Madonna del Parto.   

Previously £1,559pp, now £1,495pp, Adagio (01707 386 700, www.adagio.co.uk) Artistic Umbria includes flights, accommodation at Hotel Tiferno with breakfast, dinner in local restaurants, tours of Urbino, Perugia and Gubbio with a local guide, activities as outlined in the itinerary and local transport.

https://www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/europe/italy/artistic-umbria#overview


A Top Gun screening aboard the USS Midway

Set-Jetting: Getting a taste of Top Gun in San Diego, California with Bon Voyage

Monday 28 March 2022

With the movie Top Gun: Maverick due for release on 27 May 2022, some 36 years after the original Top Gun film debuted, wannabe fighter pilots will once again be feeling the need for speed. Film buffs can get their own piece of the action in San Diego, California, where many scenes from both Top Gun movies were filmed.

At the USS Midway Museum - a retired naval aircraft carrier and a filming location for the original Top Gun - visitors can get a hands-on taste of what life would have been like for Iceman, Maverick, Viper, Goose, and the movie's other lead characters.

Located on the waterfront of Downtown San Diego, it offers exhibits, actual aircraft, and other insights into the US Navy. Better still, for true Top Gun fans there are occasional movie nights with onboard screenings of the original Top Gun, hosted by a Tom Cruise lookalike on the ship's flight deck.  

A Top Gun screening on the USS Midway is included by Bon Voyage in its California's Dream Drive itinerary. Starting in San Francisco, this self-drive adventure takes in the Pacific Coast Highway highlights of Monterey, Carmel and Big Sur before hopping via Santa Barbara and Santa Monica to reach journey's end in San Diego.

The experience costs from £2,595 per person and includes flights, car hire, 13 nights' accommodation and the movie screening under the stars. For more information, call  0800 316 0194  or visit www.bon-voyage.co.uk


Visit New England in footsteps of The Gilded Age - the smash hit period drama written by Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes.

Relive the ‘Gilded Age’ on a New England fly-drive in the United States

Wednesday 9 March 2022

The Gilded Age – the new smash hit period drama written by Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes – airs its season finale on 21 March. The series has won a legion of fans for its lavish depiction of high society during New York's Gilded Age in the late 1800s.  

Fans of the show can get their own taste of the high life by visiting the genteel town of Newport, Rhode Island, where many of the era's wealthiest New York and Philadelphia residents kept holiday homes to which they would decamp for the summer season. Some were styled on royal palaces; others were modelled on French chateaux; but all were settings for lavish parties and (if the show is to be believed) dalliances and intrigue.

Many of these wonderfully opulent mansions still stand today. The Preservation Society of Newport has purchased 11 of them and thrown their doors open for the public to admire their glorious alabaster, polished wood, and marble interiors. At 70 rooms, The Breakers is perhaps the most famous of all, but Marble House (once owned by the Vanderbilts) and Rosecliff also merit inspection.   

North America specialist Bon Voyage can arrange a half-day trolley tour of Newport's historic mansions (including admission to The Breakers) as part of its suggested, tailor-made New England Luxury Inns self-drive itinerary.

This 12-night tour starts in Boston before heading up to Portland, Maine and looping inland through New Hampshire's White Mountains and the Green Mountains of Vermont on the way back to the coast at Newport, finishing off with a visit to Cape Cod en route to Boston.Staying in luxury inns and charming B&B accommodation, throughout, this holiday costs from £2,575 pp and includes flights, car rental, accommodation, and the Newport mansions tour.

For more information and to book, call Bon Voyage on 0800 316 0194 or visit
www.bon-voyage.co.uk

New hotels and milestone anniversaries could see Nashville welcoming more country music lovers this year

Milestone anniversaries make 2022 the perfect year to visit Music City

Monday 7 February 2022

2022 is a year of anniversaries in Nashville. Famed as the home of country music, sultry Nashville offers visitors a chance to catch live bands and performances in characterful honky-tonk bars or even the legendary Grand Ole Opry.

Among its other headline attractions, Ryman Auditorium (a National Historic Landmark) will celebrate its 130th anniversary, while Nashville Symphony turns 75 and the Country Music Hall of Fame marks 55 years of amazing live music. The city will also be welcoming new, landmark hotels from two of hospitality's biggest names in luxury: Conrad and Four Seasons (both of which open this spring).  

North America specialist Bon Voyage suggests pairing a Nashville city break with a road-trip taking in some of the Deep South's other stunners, including Nashville's party-loving regional sibling: New Orleans. On a suggested, tailor-made Journey South itinerary, for example,  connect Charleston (considered one of the USA's best small cities) with Georgia's "Gone with the Wind" country, the musical heritage of Nashville and Memphis and the energetic bustle of the Big Easy.  

The 13-night itinerary costs from £2,495pp, including flights, car rental, accommodation (room-only), a walking tour of New Orleans' French Quarter, a Mississippi cruise, admission to attractions such as Graceland (Elvis Presley's home), Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame and a walking tour of historic Charleston. For more information and to book, call Bon Voyage on 0800 316 0194 or visit www.bon-voyage.co.uk


Enjoy the Rocky Mountaineer's two-day trips such as ‘Journey Through the Clouds’, which runs between Vancouver and the mountain town of Jasper with a big saving.

Rocky Mountaineer's flash sale saves £900 per couple with Bon Voyage

Tuesday 18 January 2022

The Rocky Mountaineer, Canada's legendary sightseeing train, is offering complimentary upgrades in a first-of-its-kind flash sale. Book by 31 January for travel throughout the year (except September) and get upgraded GoldLeaf service for the price of standard SilverLeaf. This allows passengers to access upper-level seating, an outdoor viewing platform and additional catering perks such as morning scones and afternoon cheese and wine, with an overnight stay in a quality hotel included in the price.

The deal is available on Rocky Mountaineer's two-day trips such as ‘Journey Through the Clouds’, which runs between Vancouver and the mountain town of Jasper. Along the way, spy soaring eagles, snowy peaks, crashing waterfalls and other epic sights here in Canada's western wilderness.

The two-day trip in GoldLeaf costs from £999 per person (down from 1,449pp), which North America specialist Bon Voyage can pair with flights, accommodation and other elements such as Banff National Park, Lake Louise, Vancouver Island or an Alaska cruise to create an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime, tailor-made Canadian adventure.

For more information or to book, call Bon voyage on 0800 316 0194 or visit www.bon-voyage.co.uk