Visit the Yellowstone Loop and the enjoy a journey through Utah, Wyoming and Montana

Bon Voyage offers the best accommodation available in the Yellowstone Loop

 

Tuesday 21 January 2020

The epic scenery and maxi-scale skies of America's Wild West make road-trips here a bucket-list adventure. The only catch is that the best accommodation often sells out way in advance: so North America specialist Bon Voyage suggests booking now for this summer.

Its Scenic Yellowstone Loop itinerary - new for 2020 - circles though the Rocky Mountain states of Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho via dramatic landscapes where the journey itself is the destination.  

The tailor-made, 14-night holiday takes in some of North America's most astonishing scenery - including Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks - along with Wild West towns, natural hot springs and all the wildlife for which the region is famed.

Highlights include a visit to Dinosaur National Monument (for dinosaur fossils and indigenous rock art), the cowboy town of Jackson, the bison and geysers of Yellowstone and a chance to "glamp" in a covered wagon similar to those in which pioneer settlers once crossed these frontier lands.  

From £2,195pp, including flights (from London, Manchester or Glasgow) to Salt Lake City in Utah, car hire, accommodation and a personalised "road book" with detailed directions and travel tips. To book call Bon Voyage on 0800 316 0194, www.bon-voyage.co.uk

https://www.bon-voyage.co.uk/destinations/salt_lake_city_holidays/itinerary/the_scenic_yellowstone_loop_utah_wyoming_montana_idaho


Enjoy some February sunshine on a Ramblers Walking Holiday to Malta and Gozo.

Checkout Malta and Gozo with a discounted Ramblers Walking Holiday this February

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Save £94pp exploring ‘Malta & Gozo' (grade 4, moderate) departing 25 February 2020… was £1089pp, now £995.

Combining the islands of Malta and Gozo, explore the island of Malta on a wonderful mix of scenic walks, where both the Mediterranean and rural towns and villages act as the perfect backdrop to coastal paths with magnificent views out over the turquoise seas.  

Transferring to Gozo for five nights, follow a coastline characterised by white washed cliffs and rocky tracks and enjoy unobstructed views of the whole Maltese Archipelago, with landscapes ranging from green farmland with terraced fields and table-top hills to dramatic rocky bays. 

Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) 10 nights Malta & Gozo walking holiday includes return flights from Heathrow to Malta, airport transfers, half board en suite accommodation, transfers and local transport costs and the services of a Ramblers walking guide throughout. 

Use a Leap Year trip to the Grand Canyon to ask for your fella's hand in marriage 

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Girls: if you're tired of waiting for your man to pop the question, this February comes with a chance to gain control of the situation. With 2020 being a Leap Year, tradition dictates that women can turn convention on its head by dropping down on one knee and proposing on the 29th of February.

Leap Years - when an extra day is added to February to keep the calendar year in sync with astronomy and the seasons - occur on a four-year cycle. Impatient women have Irish folklore to thank for the topsy-turvy Leap Year tradition - and if you're going to take the plunge and ask for your lucky fella's hand, you ought to choose a suitably signature spot in which to do so.

North America specialist Bon Voyage suggests the mighty Grand Canyon, where a five-night trip to Las Vegas costs from £1,795 per person. Departing on 27 February, the package includes flights, limousine transfers, accommodation (in a suite) at the five-star Venetian Hotel, plus a helicopter trip (with champagne picnic) to the edge of the Grand Canyon. Just don't even think about leaving him there should he happen to decline...

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


Travel on little Yellow Train from the historical town of Villefranche to Mont Louis with Travel Department.

Travelling on the red train or the yellow? There's a discount for early bookers

Monday 13 January 2020

You can save £50 per person on all Travel Department holidays of seven nights or more when you book by 31 January 2020 using the promo code: VP-UK2020NEW – https://www.traveldepartment.co.uk/offer/

For example, you can experience the Spanish and French sides of The Pyrenees with a hat-trick of incredible train journeys. Check out ‘Little Trains of the Pyrenees’ and save £50 per person. It was £719 per person, now £669 per person if booked by 31 January 2020 quoting VP-UK2020NEW.

Departing 14 April from London Gatwick, travel on little Yellow Train from the historical town of Villefranche to Mont Louis, the Núria Valley Rack Railway through the mountains to the small pilgrimage town of its namesake and the 100-year-old line Red Train from Rivesalets to Axat.  

The seven night holiday includes flights from London Gatwick, transfers, half-board 4 star hotel accommodation, transfers and excursions. 

See Travel Department www.traveldepartment.co.uk or call  020 7099 9665. 

The Red Train journeys through the mountains on a 100-year-old track.


Save £155pp on a car-free discovery of America's Deep South with Bon Voyage

Friday 13 December 2019

January 2020 is a memorable month in America's Deep South, when Elvis Presley would have turned 85. Celebrate the life and times of the King of Rock'n'Roll on an 11-day trip that includes a stay at Graceland, his legendary home.

The car-free multi-centre trip combines the southern belles of New Orleans, Nashville and Memphis, with transfers in between either by train or private limousine. Better still, save £155pp on January or February departures. The holiday includes three nights in each city (room only), plus transfers and return flights from London, and costs from £1,895pp. Book by 20 December 2019

To book, call Bon Voyage on 0800 316 0194 or visit www.bon-voyage.co.uk


One of the magnificent Egyptian temples in Aswan

Wednesday 13 November 2019

Save £75 per person on a 12-night cruise and stay in Egypt with Travel Department

Book between 20 November and 2 December 2019 and save £75 per person* on a 12-night holiday in Egypt with Travel Department (www.traveldepartment.co.uk; 020 7099 9665) from £1,849pp. *Use promo code VP-BLACK75UK.

As the new Tutankhamun exhibition opens in London’s Saatchi Gallery this month, take inspiration to join a 7-night cruise along the River Nile, on board the 4-star HS Radamis II, combined with Cairo’s magnificent sites and time relaxing in Red Sea beach resort of Hurghada. Explore the mysteries of ancient Egypt wandering through Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx, the Temple of Horus, the Valley of Kings, the High Dam at Aswan and the Temples of Karnak at Luxor.

Cost includes return flights from London and Edinburgh, transfers, 4 or 5 star hotel accommodation (BB & HB), 7 nights cruising on the 4 star HS Radamis II (including meals) and programme of excursions with English speaking knowledgeable guides. Departing  from London Heathrow on 9 May and 19 September and from Edinburgh on 16 May, 20 June, 5 September and 24 October 2020. https://www.traveldepartment.co.uk/egypt-nile-river-cruise-incl-cairo-hurghada

* BLACK FRIDAY Booking discounts are valid for all new bookings made between the 20th of November 2019 and the 2nd of December 2019. Discounts can be redeemed by booking online or by phone using promo code VP-BLACK25UK, VP-BLACK50UK and VP-BLACK75UK - discount varies based on duration of trip. Offer is non-transferable, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and has no cash value.


The magnifcent Arizona Biltmore which is now a Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

How to combine a White Christmas with a relaxing sunshine break in Arizona

Monday 11 November 2019

May your days be merry and bright this weekend, when White Christmas The Musical opens in London (on Saturday 16 November). The score for the family-friendly, festive show was written by Irving Berlin, whose most famous song, "White Christmas" itself (recorded by Bing Crosby) became the biggest-selling single of all time.  

Irving Berlin composed the track in Phoenix, Arizona while staying at the Arizona Biltmore, a historic hotel (now a Waldorf Astoria) also favoured by Marilyn Monroe. So if you're dreaming of a white Christmas but are not so keen on the cold, get the best of both worlds with a seasonal escape to the sun-drenched desert city.  

Bon Voyage can package seven nights (room-only) at this landmark hotel from £1,425pp, including flights (from London, Manchester or Glasgow). Call 0800 316 0194 or visit www.bon-voyage.co.uk


Soak up the sun in Portugal's Algarve this winter

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Save up to £150 on Travel Department’s final 2019 Deals – the perfect Hat Trick for a November Break departing from Scotland Make the best of Travel Department’s (020 7099 9665, www.traveldepartment.co.uk) final 2019 deals by booking one of the following holidays departing Edinburgh with discounts of up to £150 per person departing 6, 12 and 21 November 2019.

Save £60pp on ‘The Algarve Coast & Country’ (7 nights Half Board) – was £519, now £459, departing Edinburgh on 12 November 2019

Soak up the Algarve’s winter climate, expansive beaches, dramatic landscape and quaint villages with alternate days at leisure to enjoy the sunshine.  Exploring some of the regions historic whitewashed towns and colourful fishing ports, visit Lagos and its spectacular rock formations at Ponta da Piedade, the fishing town of Sagres, the Roman and Moorish influenced town of Silves and cobbled streets of Faro with the new option to book a half day wine tour. Price includes return flights from Edinburgh, half board 3 star accommodation, excursions as outlined in the itinerary, knowledgeable local guides and transfers.   

The Plaza España in Seville, Andalusia, Spain

Save £150 on ‘Highlights of Andalucia’ (7 nights Half Board) – was £849, now £699 departing Edinburgh on 6 November 2019

Discover Spain's sunniest and most vibrant region, staying in the charming, authentically Andalucían town of Antequera.  From this base of whitewashed plazas and narrow streets, surrounded by dramatic mountains and green valleys, explore the cities of Seville, Córdoba and Granada uncovering a fascinating history ranging from the Romans to the Moors with highlights including visits to Cordoba’s Great Mosque or ‘Mezquita’, Granada’s spectacular Alhambra and the impressive Alcázar Palace and gardens in Seville.  Price includes return flights from Edinburgh, half board 4 star accommodation, excursions as outlined in the itinerary, knowledgeable local guides and transfers.  

Save £140pp on a three night B&B ‘Lisbon City Break’ – was £499, now £359, departing Edinburgh 21 November 2019

Immerse yourself in this vibrant city’s history, traditions and culture on a 3 night city break, taking in UNESCO listed Belem Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries as well as the  Belém quarter, Jeronimos Church, Rossio Square, and the Baixa and Alfama Quarters. Price includes return flights from Edinburgh, 3 nights B&B accommodation in a 3 star hotel, a half day locally guided city tour and transfers and plenty of free time to get your own taste for Lisbon trying out the delicious local cuisine such as the rich seafood rice dish , ‘arroz de marisco’ and the famous “Pasteis de Belem” custard tarts along the way.   

For more information see:  https://www.traveldepartment.co.uk/special-offers/ 

Columbus Monument in Lisbon, Portugal.

Enjoy festival fun in Las Vegas plus toe- tapping Nashville with Bon Voyage

Wednesday 30 October 2019

Departing on 26th December US experts Bon Voyage (0800 316 0194 or visit www.bon-voyage.co.uk) are offering a week-long two centre break pairing three-nights in the bright lights of Las Vegas with four-nights’ in Nashville from £1,595 per person.

Enjoy the best festive shows with oversized Christmas trees and entertainment all along the Las Vegas strip, then swap the bright lights of Sin City for toe-tapping tunes in the home of country music – Nashville, Tennessee.

On New Years’ Eve there’s free entrance to Nashville’s Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight  (https://www.visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve) concert with fireworks, headlined by country singer, songwriter Keith Urban, joined by guitarist Peter Frampton, plus soulful rising star, Devon Gilfillian and other emerging local Tennessee bands.

Cost includes flights from London Heathrow or Manchester to Las Vegas and back from Nashville, three-nights’ in Las Vegas at the MGM Hotel (room only) and four-nights’ at the Indigo Hotel in Nashville (room only), internal flights from Las Vegas to Nashville. The concert is taking place at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park.


Great walks include the shapely hill of Caer Caradoc and the moorland ridge of the Long Mynd.

Got a few days to let loose in the great outdoors? Check out HF's late availability breaks in the UK

Thursday 24 October 2019

SAVE 50% OFF ON SELECTED DEPARTURES

SEVEN-NIGHT SHROPSHIRE HILLS GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAY £363 PER PERSON

Departures: 15 Nov and 22 Nov 2019: Great walks right, including the shapely hill of Caer Caradoc, and the great moorland ridge of the Long Mynd. Be inspired by the history of this border county, and the charm of storied towns such as Much Wenlock, the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games. Discover Iron Age hill forts, castles, and medieval market towns as you explore the beautiful Shropshire countryside. 3 nights stay from £169 per person, 4 nights stay from £217 per person https://www.hfholidays.co.uk/holidays-and-tours/guided-walking-church-stretton-7  

SEVEN-NIGHT ISLE OF WIGHT GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAY £363 PER PERSON

Departures: 1 Nov and 8 Nov 2019: The Isle of Wight is a world away from the bustle of the mainland. On a Guided Walking holiday guests discover the best of the island’s glorious 85-mile coastline of unspoilt sandy beaches and dramatic white cliffs, as well as panoramic walks over the flower-rich chalk downland. 4 nights stay from £217 per person https://www.hfholidays.co.uk/holidays-and-tours/guided-walking-freshwater-bay-7  

SEVEN-NIGHT CORNWALL GUIDED WALKING HOLIDAY £363 PER PERSON

Departures: 2 Nov 2019: Blessed with breathtakingly beautiful beaches, Cornwall has more miles of coastline and more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in England. On a Guided Walking holiday at St Ives guests discover the fantastic coastal path in all glory, from hidden coves to rugged headlands. 3 nights stay from £169 per person https://www.hfholidays.co.uk/holidays-and-tours/guided-walking-st-ives-7  

WHAT’S INCLUDED

•  High quality en-suite accommodation in an HF Holidays country house  

•  Full board from dinner upon arrival to breakfast on departure day

•  5 days guided walking; 1 free day - applies to 7 nights stay only

•  Choice of up to three guided walks each walking day

•  The services of HF Holidays Walking Leaders  


For more late availability visit https://www.hfholidays.co.uk/offers/late-availability


Why not celebrate Canada's Rocky Mountaineer's 30th anniversary in 2020?

Rocky Mountaineer to celebrate  its 30th anniversary with a free night in Vancouver

Tuesday 8 October 2019

Next year sees Rocky Mountaineer - Canada's celebrated luxury train - achieve the milestone of 30 years' service though the wilds of Alberta and British Columbia.

Celebrate in style by booking a trip though North America specialist Bon Voyage (www.bon-voyage.co.uk), which is offering an extra night's accommodation free of charge, three course meal and transfers with all bookings made by 25 October, 2019. Better still, customers can upgrade to an epic 'rail and sail' adventure that combines an overland journey on Rocky Mountaineer with a cruise along Alaska's Inside Passage.  

The adventure begins with an overnight in Vancouver before boarding Holland America's Volendam for a seven-night voyage (in an ocean-view stateroom) via Ketchikan, Juneau and Glacier Bay to seek indigenous cultures and wildlife encounters amidst epic coastal scenery. Guests then return to Vancouver for a two-night city break before commencing the rail element of the trip, which traverses the unspoiled scenery between Vancouver and Jasper via some of North America's most arresting mountain backdrops.

The journey continues by road along the legendary Icefields Parkway to Banff and on through Yoho National Park, Lake Louise (for an overnight stay at the celebrated Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise) and the cowboy town of Calgary, where the odyssey comes to an end.  

The holiday costs from £4,995 per person and includes flights (from London, Manchester or Glasgow), transfers, three nights in Vancouver (at the four-star Pinnacle Hotel), a seven-night ocean cruise and six-night escorted journey by rail and road from Vancouver to Calgary, including SilverLeaf Service on the Rocky Mountaineer (covering drinks and meals). The itinerary is also available in reverse order. 

For more information about the holiday check out: https://www.bonvoyage.co.uk/holidays/cruise_and_stay/itinerary/rocky_mountaineer_holland_america_alaska_cruise or to book, call Bon Voyage on 0800 316 0194 or visit www.bon-voyage.co.uk