Grab yourself a seat into Europe from just £29* on Eurostar by the weekend

Travelling into Europe in comfort

Friday 17 January 2020

You see more when you don't fly. So banish those January blues and get 2020 off to a different kind of flying start with a Eurostar seat for less.

Start planning a half term full of foodie finery in Lille. Prepare yourself for a party à Paris for St Patrick's Day. Or swap the dark nights of winter for the bright lights of Belgium's carnival season in March. Seats start at £29 each way*.

Enjoy that warm, cosy feeling in the cafes of Amsterdam and Rotterdam from £35 one way**. Or plan ahead for spring and summer sun in the South of France, with seats to Lyon from just £45 one way*** or Avignon and Marseille from £49 one way***.

And with no long airport transfers, you'll arrive relaxed and ready to while away the hours in some of Europe's most exciting destinations.

Book before 20 January 2020 for travel between:

• 21 January and 30 March 2020 on our Amsterdam and Rotterdam routes

• 21 January and 01 April 2020 on our Paris, Lille and Brussels routes

• 22 May and 07 September 2020 on our Lyon, Avignon and Marseille routes

Charlestown Harbour is a Cornish gem

Discover shipwrecks and sunken treasure in Cornwall's historic harbour

Thursday 16 January 2020

The historic harbour town of Charlestown is the perfect destination to discover Cornwall's rich and mysterious seafaring heritage. Originally a fishing village, the port played a vital role in the late 19th Century China clay industry, transporting the precious mineral from the nearby quarries around the world.

Today it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its Grade II listed granite quay and resident tall ships provide the perfect backdrop for period dramas and pirate tales ranging from BBC's Poldark and Treasure Island to Alice in Wonderland.

The town is also home to the fascinating Shipwreck Treasure Museum. Located just above the harbour, it houses one of Europe's largest collections of shipwreck treasures. The Shipwreck Treasure Museum offers a fascinating insight into the story of shipwrecks, telling the tales of their ill-fated final journeys and their amazing re-discoveries.

Children exploring the 'Cabinet of Curiosities' at the Shipwreck Museum in Charlestown.

The museum showcases over 8,000 finds recovered from the seabed, ranging from Ancient Egypt and Rome to surprising modern-day discoveries. It's also home to the world's only intact barrel of coins to ever be recovered from a shipwreck.

Curated over the last 40 years, the museum is a treasure trove of unusual and interesting items, unlike any other open to the public. Visitors can travel back through time to view artefacts from Henry VIII's famous war ship, The Mary Rose, and props from the blockbuster Titanic, including the 'Heart of the Ocean'.

For an in-depth museum experience guided tours with our resident historian are available and give visitors the chance to ask questions they may have whether they're concerning sinking, to seabed, to salvage. Groups are welcome at the Shipwreck Treasure Museum with advanced booking for groups of 10 or more.

Coaches are able to use the drop off and pick up area outside the Merchants of Charlestown, which houses the Shipwreck Treasure Museum, and drivers can make use of free entry to the museum. The town is also home to an array of eateries including cafes, restaurants and pubs; many with views overlooking the sea. Charlestown's also the perfect place to pick up local crafts, an antique or even some country lifestyle inspired clothing at Joules.

Titan Travel's 2020 Travel Trends Guide

Wednesday 11 December 2019

The leading escorted touring specialist, Titan Travel, publishes its 2020 Travel Trends: a guide to travel in 2020 (and beyond!).

With over 40 years' experience in the travel industry, Titan was one of the first players in escorted touring in the UK and continues to be at the forefront of the touring and cruising market. Titan's latest Travel Trends takes a close-up look at what's to come in 2020 using insight from its in-house specialists, industry experts and customers.

Andy Squirrell, Managing Director, Titan Travel, comments, “Titan now offers more than 300 itineraries, covering 70 countries and seven continents, so we appreciate how hard it can be for travellers to decide where next they wish to visit and explore.

“To help travellers across the UK make that all important holiday decision, we have created a new Travel Trends guide filled with expert advice and insight on escorted touring and cruising in 2020 and beyond. We hope readers find the guide both interesting and informative and that it helps inspire many future travel journeys!”

As well as highlighting the bestselling destinations, up and coming areas, and cruising hot list, Titan's Travel Trends also provides a deep-dive into the what, where, why and how when it comes to booking escorted holidays. 

Titan's 2020 Travel Trends highlights:

• Find out what Titan's bestselling destinations are for 2020 and which areas are already trending.

• Read about the evolution of how customers are researching and booking holidays and what's influencing our travel choices.

• Titan's where to go when calendar provides a colourful overview of key travel dates where travellers can experience a unique seasonal or cultural event in destinations across the world.  

• Discover the best ways to set sail in 2020, from adventurous ocean cruises to calming river journeys. 

• As we enter a new decade, Titan delves into the future of travel. See what might be happening in the travel industry over the next 10, 20, 30 years and beyond! 

Further holiday inspiration can be found throughout Titan's website at alternatively speak to one of Titan's Travel Consultants on 0800 239 1428 to discuss your next Titan holiday.

Gold for Saga Holidays and Inghams at the 2019 British Travel Awards

Friday 29 November 2019

Saga Holidays picked up 13 awards at the 2019 British Travel Awards including six golds for Best Small Ship Cruise Line, Best Boutique Cruise Line,  Best Escorted Adventure Holiday, Best Holiday Company to East and Central Asia, Best Singles and Special Interest Company.

Likewise, Inghams also won gold as the Best Chalet/Winter Sports Accommodation Provider category while they also took silver in the Best Ski & Winter Sports Holiday category.

The awards were made at a glamorous Gala Awards ceremony held in London and attended by nearly a thousand travel industry people.

Television presenter Matt Baker hosted the Staycation Awards at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel in London.

HF Holidays win 'Family-Friendly' title at the 2019 Staycation Awards 

Monday 25 November 2019

HF Holidays, the guided walking and activity tour operator has been awarded the Family-friendly Venue of the Year at the 2019 Staycation Awards. The Family-friendly Venue of the Year category recognises locations, centres and attractions where kids come first and go above and beyond to make sure that the whole family has a holiday to remember.

HF Holidays’ Family Walking Adventures are designed for active families who enjoy spending time exploring the great outdoors and having fun together; children are at the heart of them. Designed with flexibility in mind, they offer a choice of different grades walks and lots of activities with experienced Activity Leaders.

They stay in full board, quality accommodation, in selected HF Holidays country houses. All guests during these holidays are families – whether that be parents with children or grandparents taking their grandchildren on a break.

To add to the value of the experience, HF Holidays recently announced that Under 18s Go Free on all their family holidays for 2020 and launched new Teen Walks - perfect for active families with hill walking experience.

Commenting on this accolade, David Harrington, Interim CEO said, ‘What a fantastic achievement to win this award. So proud our Family holidays are enjoyed by all ages – children, parents and grandparents – a true multigenerational experience for all!’

The Staycation Awards 2019 took place on Thursday 21 November at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London and were hosted by television presenter Matt Baker. They are the UK’s only National Awards designed to recognise the growing demand for top-class staycation holidays.

For more information on HF Holidays Family Adventures visit

Eurostar celebrates its 25th birthday

Celebrating 25 Years of Eurostar

Wednesday 14 November is a very special birthday for Eurostar – it turned 25! Thanks to a revolutionary feat of engineering achieved by 13,000 workers, the undersea tunnel - the longest in the world - was opened in 1994. Since that date, the company has carried over 200 million passengers and counting.

To mark the special occasion, Eurostar has been getting all misty-eyed with nostalgia while looking back at your favourite moments of travelling – from meeting your future partners to taking your daughter on her first family trip.

To top it off, just in case you think you know everything about them, Eurostar have some fun facts that will blow your mind. Of course, a celebration wouldn’t be a celebration without a special cake – so we have compiled a list of the perfect pâtisseries for you to indulge in.

Paris is a city of pâtisserie obsessives, from perfectionist pastry chefs to opinionated locals, who love a precision-piped Mont Blanc or yuzu-spiked tarte au citron. The best addresses possess both style and substance, combining real artistic flair with impeccably sourced ingredients. Special occasions always call for something particularly delicious – though really, you don’t need any excuse to indulge yourself in Paris.

The mountain kingdom of Bhutan is the Lonely Planet guide's best travel destination for 2020.

The Lonely Planet guide's top ten Best in Travel 2020 destinations

Saturday 2 November 2019

Best in Travel 2020 is Lonely Planet’s 15th annual collection of the world’s hottest destinations and journeys for the year ahead. This edition places particular emphasis on the best sustainable travel experiences for 2020 — ensuring travellers will have a positive impact wherever they choose to go.  

Each year, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel lists start with nominations from Lonely Planet’s vast community of staff, writers, bloggers, publishing partners and more. The nominations are then whittled down by our panel of travel experts to just 10 countries, 10 regions, 10 cities and 10 best value destinations. Each is chosen for its topicality, unique experiences and ‘wow’ factor.

Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries for 2020:  

1  Bhutan

2  England

3  North Macedonia

4  Aruba

5  eSwatini (Swaziland)

6  Costa Rica

7  The Netherlands

8  Liberia

9   Morocco

10   Uruguay

The crew of the East Anglian Air Ambulance receive the Fred. Olsen Social Engagement Group's donation of £10,000 from Mike Rodwell, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines' Managing Director (second from left) and Rachael Jackson, Public Relations Manager, at its airbase at Cambridge Airport.

Fred. Olsen-related companies support the East Anglian Air Ambulance with a further £10,000 donation

Thursday 1 August 2019

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is proud to pass on a donation of £10,000 to the East Anglian Air Ambulance ('EAAA'). This significant donation, which follows previous awards of £5,000 each in 2017 and 2018, has been brought about by the generosity of the Fred. Olsen Social Engagement Group, acting on behalf of Bonheur ASA (Bonheur) – the ultimate parent company of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines – based in Oslo, Norway, in order to benefit the safety of passengers and staff of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

As an integral part of its Corporate Social Responsibility programme, Bonheur makes discretionary annual contributions towards, not only social and charitable causes, but also projects and activities considered to be close to its sphere of interest. As such, donations towards third-party air and sea rescue activities – in support of safeguarding both the thousands of passengers and staff members aboard Fred. Olsen-related seagoing vessels – have been identified as falling within this remit.

Mike Rodwell, Managing Director of Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, said: "Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines has a close and long-standing relationship with the East Anglian Air Ambulance, which provides an important life-saving resource across our region and the county of Suffolk, where our Ipswich Head Office is located. We are therefore delighted to be able to pass on a donation from the Fred. Olsen Social Engagement Group to them once again.

"With our continued focus on upholding the highest standards of safety and well-being in all areas of our operation, it is important that Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines works with the relevant agencies and organisations, in order to be able to provide the best facilities for our passengers and colleagues in the rare event that the worst should ever happen.”

Ben Walker, Community Fundraiser for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, said: “As a charity, we receive no regular government funding, so all donations help keep our helicopters in the sky and our crew saving lives. With each mission costing on average of £3,500, the generous donation of £10,000 from Fred. Olsen Social Engagement Group will contribute towards saving further lives in the region.

“Without the support of the community, we would not be able to continue providing our life-saving service, so we'd like to say a big thank-you once again to Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines”.

East Anglian Air Ambulance ('EAAA') is a 365-day helicopter emergency medical service, covering Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. In 2018/19, the charity undertook 2,821 rescue missions and treated 1,664 patients. Since the launch of the charity in 2000 and the first flight in 2001, EAAA have been dispatched to over 26,000 missions covering Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire, an area of over 5,000 square miles. From their Norwich and Cambridge bases the high performance helicopters can reach anywhere in the region within 25 minutes.