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



Enjoy the beauty of Madeira this month with a discounted break with Ramblers Walking Holidays

Enjoy a late deal break in Madeira with Ramblers Walking Holidays

Monday 7 October 2019

Ramblers Walking Holidays is offering a save of £196 per person off its Eastern Madeira in October break departing on 26 October when warming average temperatures are around 21ºC.

From Funchal, discover an amazing variety of walks following the island’s ‘Levadas ‘ on a walking holiday crisscrossing your way around the eastern side of Madeira with lovely warm temperatures and sparkling sea views.  

Taking in the classic coastal cliff path to Porto da Cruz, the island’s best hike from Boca da Corrida through the lush eroded crater of a volcano and views from Curral das Freiras, all days end well with a harbour-side sundowner. 

Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133 –  www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) seven  night Eastern Madeira now starts from £1,099 per person (was £1,295pp) including flights, transfers, en suite accommodation with breakfast, dinners in the hotel an at local restaurants, services of an expert leader and local transport costs.  Also see https://www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/walking-in-madeira

Follow in the footsteps of artist Paul Gauguin with an island-hopping cruise aboard Aranui 5

Island-hopping aboard the Aranui 5 around artist Paul Gauguin's Polynesian home

Wednesday 3 October 2019

Next week sees the opening at the National Gallery in London of the first-ever exhibition devoted to the Portraits of Paul Gauguin (7 October 2019 – 26 January 2020). Spanning his early years as an artist through to his later years spent in French Polynesia, the exhibition shows how the French artist revolutionised the portrait.   

For those inspired to follow in his footsteps and see where the painter lived and how the remote Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia inspired his work a cruise aboard the passenger-freighter Aranui 5 offers one of the most original and unforgettable voyages in these remote Pacific islands.  

Located 900 miles from Tahiti, the Marquesas are so remote that Aranui 5 is, in fact, their lifeline. A working cargo ship, Aranui 5 delivers supplies to the six inhabited islands of the archipelago on a 2,500-mile adventure.

All aboard the Arnanui 5's tender

Aranui 5 accommodates 230 guests in 103 comfortable suites, staterooms and dormitory-style rooms, some with balconies. An onboard programme of insightful talks about life in the Marquesas takes place in the two spacious lounges, and there are also four bars – including the panoramic Skybar for relaxation. Meals are served in the dining room, where after the three-course dinners, the Aranui band performs. There is also an outdoor swimming pool, fitness room and boutique.   

To accompany the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery a 60-minute documentary with footage of Hiva Oa and interviews with Gauguin expert and Aranui 5 guest speaker, Debora Kimitete, will be shown on BBC4 in November as well as at selected cinemas across the UK on 15 October.  

A 15-night holiday costs from £5,589 per person to include flights with Air New Zealand, 1 night in the 4-star Tahiti Pearl Beach Resort, 12-night full board Aranui 5 cruise, 2 nights 5-star Los Angeles hotel and transfers. Price based on selected 2020 departures. To book call Trailfinders on 020 7408 9004 or visit www.trailfinders.com   For further information on Aranui 5 visit www.aranui.com

The rugged volcanic Atlantic Islands of Cape Verde

Ramblers Walking Holidays head to the 'undiscovered' Cape Verde islands

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Save £161pp on the Undiscovered Cape Verde (grade 6, moderate) departing 26 October 2019 –  was £2760 per person – now £2599.

Offering a unique blend of African and Portuguese culture, explore the rugged volcanic Atlantic Islands of Cape Verde, hiking through dramatic canyons and fertile oases of the island’s “ribeiras" (valleys), meeting friendly locals along the way.  

Hopping between less explored islands of the archipelago, visit the island of Santiago to take in the World Heritage listed colonial outpost of Cidade Velha and venture inland to São Domingos to walk in the mountains and experience life in the very African interior. 

Transfer to the island of São Vicente to Mindelo, Cape Verde’s answer to the Riviera, for expansive stretches of coastal walking, before travelling to the furthest island west, Santo Antão.  Here, ancient cobbled pathways give way to a spectacular landscape of volcanic mountains, deep gorges and vibrant blue-green sea, affirming Cape Verde’s reputation as a paradise for walkers.  

Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331 133 – www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) 14 night Discover Cape Verde now £2599/person (was £2760) including flights, inter island flight and ferries, transfers, en suite accommodation  with breakfast, dinners taken at hotels and at local restaurants, local transport costs and no single supplement. Departs 2 March, 26 October & 19 December 2020.  https://www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/undiscovered-cape-verde 

Visit the hillside villages of Madeira

Late deal savings on a seven night 'Highlights of Madeira' holiday

Highlights of Madeira (7 nights) – was £999, now £879 - saving £120pp

Departing 7 October 2019 – Discover the ‘floating flower garden’ of Madeira.  Situated in the Atlantic Ocean between the Canaries and Portugal, lapped by the waters of the Gulf Stream,  Madeira offers a kaleidoscope of visual treats, with green terraced mountainsides, a superb climate, dramatic rocky outcrops and picturesque villages.   

Now £879pp –  ‘Highlights of Madeira’ includes return flights from Glasgow, half board 4 star accommodation in Hotel Girassol, a tour of the city of Funchal, free time to relax by the sea,  an excursion taking in the best viewing points and beauty spots of eastern Madeira with a knowledgeable local guide, folklore show and transfers.  

Travel Department (020 7099 9665, www.traveldepartment.co.uk)


Big discount for Walking in the Canadian Rockies holiday

Canada beckons for a late deal walking adventure  with Ramblers Holidays

Wednesday 28 August 2019

Save £236pp on this Walking the Canadian Rockies holiday (grade 5, moderate) departing on 16 September 2019. It was £4135 per person rediuced to £3,899.

Walking the Canadian Rockies, its soaring mountain peaks covered with a dusting of snow, sparkling glaciers and crystal blue lakes remain nothing less than spectacular.  Hike in fresh alpine air as eagles soar above with classic views of Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise and the curiously coloured Peyto Lake  on the 15 night holiday. 

Starting in Vancouver with a boat trip to Lynn Canyon Park for the first of many walks In the Rockies, highlights include wildlife spotting for bear, elk, eagles, coyotes, marmots and deer in the Cascade Mountains at Manning Park, classic Rockies vistas from heady trails in Jasper National Park, the opportunity to ascend The Whistlers by cable car for a rewarding summit walk and a drive down the Icefields Parkway to Banff for more enthralling views and lush alpine walking.   

Ramblers Walking Holidays (01707 331133, www.ramblersholidays.co.uk) Walking in the Canadian Rockies half board holiday now ££3899 per person (was £4135) including return flights and airport transfers, en suite accommodation with fourteen breakfasts and nine dinners taken in hotels and local restaurants and all local transport costs - departing 16 September 2019. See https://www.ramblersholidays.co.uk/walking-in-the-canadian-rockies

The magnificent Hungarian parliament building in Budapest

Late deal for seven night cruise on the River Danube with Travel Department

Wednesday 7 August 2019

LATE DEAL  Save £170pp discovering the highlights dotted along Europe’s longest waterway on a seven-night Danube River Cruise with Travel Department departing Edinburgh. Discover the highlights dotted along Europe’s longest waterway on a seven-night Classical Danube River Cruise 4 Star (Budapest - Passau) and save £170 per person with Travel Department Holiday departing 30 August 2019.

Beginning in Budapest, sail along this famous river getting a taste of life along the Danube with guided walking tours of Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna and a full day excursion to Salzburg and Salzkammergut. Complementing the expert led excursions ashore, there is also plenty of time to soak up the beauty of the region relaxingly drifting down the river.

Now £1529pp (was £1699pp, less £170 )  Classical Danube River Cruise 4 Star (Budapest - Passau) includes return flights from Edinburgh, half board four star accommodation, locally guided touring as well as transfers.  Chedck out Travel Department – www.traveldepartment.co.uk, 020 7099 9665 – https://www.traveldepartment.co.uk/the-classical-danube-holiday?dp=edi,gla,abz&pr=0;10000&dpId=36431&datePriority=20190830