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

All-inclusive Christmas and New Year offers in The Gambia's winter sunshine

Friday 26 November 2021

To make the most of Christmas and New Year spent in The Gambia, the UK's leading tour operator and specialist to the popular winter sun destination is offering Thursday flight arrivals from Gatwick on December 23rd and 30th, as well as some fantastic all-inclusive deals.

Arriving a day ahead of its usual Friday flying, its Thursday arrivals will ensure customers arrive in good time for celebratory gala dinners, held in resort hotels on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

Enjoy great value, all-inclusive stays at Sunset Beach Hotel (Grade 3.5). This small and friendly resort has plenty to offer including two beachfront swimming pools and attractive tropical gardens which overlook Kotu Beach.

Seven-night, all-inclusive packages arriving on December 23rd are priced from £1299pp, saving up to £216pp. Eight-night, all-inclusive packages arriving on December 30th are priced from £1499pp, a saving of £118pp. Prices include return Gatwick-Banjul flights, airport-hotel transfers (c45 mins), meals, drinks, including gala dinner, and are based on two sharing a Standard air-conditioned Room with a balcony or terrace. 

With welcoming sunshine, sandy beaches, vibrant African culture and a wealth of wildlife, just six hours from the UK, The Gambia is hard to beat and, with no time change, there's also no jet lag! 

Book at www.Gambia.co.uk - 01489 866939.

Florida – it's the key to a great winter sun break with Bon Voyage

Tuesday 5 October 2021

With the onset of autumnal weather, there's no better time to start planning a summer-extending sunshine break. And with America's borders reopening to vaccinated travellers in November, the ultimate sunshine destination - Florida - is once again within reach.

For the best bet of beach days and balmy temperatures while the rest the US is gripped in winter, the thing to do is head all the way down as far south as Florida goes. Here's where you'll find Key West, the furthest flung of the Florida Keys, where tropical temperatures promise a sense of summer all year round.

Getting to Key West is all part of the adventure. The island chain is connected by the famous Overseas Highway: a one-of-a-kind drive that stretches for 113 miles. With 42 over-water crossings (including the legendary Seven Mile Bridge), it's one of the USA's most epic road trips.   

Bon Voyage, the specialist tour operator to North America, recommends combining Key West with a few jetlag-busting days in Coral Gables, which is one of Miami's most charming neighbourhoods. From here, take the short flight down to Key West to explore this island outpost; then pick up a hire car and island-hop via Islamorada and Key Largo to return to Miami.   

This 10-night, tailor-made holiday costs from £2,295pp and includes flights, car hire and accommodation (room-only basis). For more information and to book, call 0800 316 0194 or visit www.bon-voyage.co.uk

See Grizzly Bears in Canada in British Columbia with Bon Voyage

See Grizzly in Canada and take the road less travelled through British Columbia

Tuesday 3 August 2021

With the prospect of travel to Canada expected to restart on 7 September many visitors booking a trip to British Columbia are likely to make a beeline for the national parks. So why not head off the beaten path to find more adventurous parts of the province, where Bon Voyage has introduced a new fly-drive itinerary to some wild and wonderful corners of BC.  

Starting from Vancouver, the journey takes in historic gold-mining towns and vast, untouched areas of wilderness. Follow the Cariboo Highway via small towns on the edge of the mountains and stop to discover First Nations heritage and seek encounters with bears on a guided walk into the heart of Khutzeymateen Provincial Park. Established in 1994 the park is now home to around 50 large grizzlies with May, June and July offering some of the peak times for viewing these impressive creatures.  

Further highlights of the 16-night holiday include a trip on the Inside Passage ferry (which offers scenic sailings though this stunning Pacific Coast waterway) before continuing down the coast of Vancouver Island back towards the city.  

The holiday costs from £2,795pp and includes flights, car hire, accommodation (in lodges, inns and B&Bs, all of which brim with character), ferry tickets and a personalised "road book" of detailed directions and travel tips. Call 0800 316 0194 or visit www.bon-voyage.co.uk

The magnificent Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire

One of Britain's greatest palace re-opens to visitors with three new exhibitions

Saturday 15 May 2021

Blenheim Palace is set to open its doors to visitors again from Monday 17th May.

Widely regarded as a masterpiece of 18th century Baroque architecture, 'Britain's Greatest Palace' houses one of the most important and extensive collections in Europe, which includes portraits, furniture, sculpture and tapestries.

To mark its re-opening, the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site is unveiling two major new exhibitions as part of a £1.9m investment programme, as well as a new photography exhibition showcasing iconic images by renowned photographer Cecil Beaton.

The first new exhibition examines the key role Blenheim played in the life of Winston Churchill, who was born at the Palace. Churchill returned to Blenheim often throughout his long life; attending parties, painting and spending time with his cousin and close friend 'Sunny', 9th Duke of Marlborough. As well as being his birthplace, and one of his favourite places to relax, Blenheim's rich military history provided huge inspiration for Churchill's own career and it was where he proposed to his beloved wife Clementine.

Utilising a mix of historic artefacts and new technology, the interactive exhibition follows the 'greatest Briton' from his childhood, through his military service, political career and wartime role into his later life. In addition to the Churchill exhibition, the Palace's historic stable block has been transformed into an immersive experience showcasing the importance of horses at Blenheim down through the centuries.

Features of the Stables exhibition include a recreation of the tack room, the stable office and an area where live horse displays can take place, as well as the chance for visitors to dress up and attempt to ride side-saddle. The display area also highlights the key role the wider estate – including its ancient woodland, royal hunting lodge and 'Capability' Brown landscaped parkland – has played in its continued success. 

A new art-themed restaurant and café has been built as part of the new attractions, featuring a touchless ordering app and the Orangery restaurant will also be open for brunches, lunches, afternoon teas and dinner via pre-booked online tickets. Alongside the new exhibitions, Blenheim Palace will be hosting a range of iconic photographs by British fashion and portrait photographer Cecil Beaton.

The 'Cecil Beaton: Celebrating Celebrity' exhibition will open on 17th May and run until 1st August, with the photography located throughout the Palace. Beaton, best known for his elegant photographs of high society, was a familiar guest at the Palace, attending parties alongside a host of aristocrats, artists and writers.

The images feature famous 20th century figures, from Picasso and Salvador Dali to Marilyn Monroe, Mick Jagger and members of the Royal Family. Daily visitor numbers are limited and admission is only via online pre-booking.

To book and reserve time slots to visit go www.blenheimpalace.com/tickets