Monthly Archives: November 2013

St. Petersburg to Moscow Tour. Experience the real Russia!

Starting in St. Petersburg and ending in Moscow, linked by high-speed train, it
unites classic and modern. From St. Petersburg’s Theatre of Youth to the iconic
Kremlin in Moscow, you will experience the heart of this amazing country

Russia’s two sides come face to face on this ‘twin city’ sightseeing break. Starting in St. Petersburg and ending in the metropolis of Moscow, linked by high-speed train, it unites classic and modern.

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It’s Insider moments like… mingling with Russian dancers as you relax with canapés and drinks at St. Petersburg’s Theatre of Youth. Welcomed earlier by their Director, you’re able to chat with the dancers you saw performing on stage as you toured their beautiful theatre

Your visit helps fund their education – and the search for the next Nureyev. It’s the second encounter with Russia’s passion for opulent arts that day, after exploring its world-famous Hermitage Museum with guests

Day 1

Arrive St Petersburg 4 Nights

Welcome to the magnificent city of St. Petersburg! Relax and unwind after your journey

Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for a Welcome Reception with a light dinner at your hotel. Then a short evening orientation drive will be the perfect introduction to this magnificent city

Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

Hotel: Courtyard Marriott Vasiliyevsky

Day 2

St Petersburg Sightseeing and Leisure

Admire the landmarks of St. Petersburg during your sightseeing tour with a Local Expert. View the , Nevsky Prospekt, St. Isaac’s Cathedral and the statue of Peter the Great

Explore the Peter and Paul Fortress on your included visit. Later enjoy a unique Be My Guest dining experience during your visit to the St. Petersburg Theatre of Youth

Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Be My Guest Dining)

Day 3

Hermitage Museum Visit and St petersburg Leisure

Today enjoy a Small Group Sightseeing visit to the Hermitage Museum to see one of the world’s largest and most valuable art collections. The museum occupies five impressive buildings on the banks of the River Neva in the heart of St. Petersburg

Featuring over 3 million artefacts, the collection represents the development of world culture and art from the stone age to the 20th century. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city. This evening, perhaps visit a theatre to see a Russian Folklore show

Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

Day 4

St Petersburg Lesiure

Consider joining an optional experience to visit the fabulous gardens and spectacular fountains of Peter the Great’s summer residence at Petrodvorets

Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

Day 5

St Petersburg High Speed Train to Moscow

After a hearty Russian breakfast enjoy some free time before taking a train trip towards the Russian capital. Arrive later in Moscow, your home for the next three nights

An heroes and victorious battles, Moscow is a cauldron of creativity and culture. The capital of Russia and the largest city in Europe, its metropolitan area is vast

Located on the Moskva River, Moscow is the country’s political, economic, religious and financial hub, and home to the largest number of billionaires in the world

Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

Hotel: Marriott Tverskaya

Day 6

Moscow Sightseing and Leisure

Marvel at Red Square and St. Basil’s cathedral with its colourful domes with a Local Expert

Enjoy a visit to the Kremlin, the fortified residence of the Russian President. Afterwards there is plenty of time to shop for souvenirs and explore the city on your own

Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

Day 7

Moscow Leisure

Today is a full day at leisure to explore the city further. Consider visiting one of the city’s museums or take an optional experience to Zagorsk, the largest religious and cultural centre in Russia

Tonight celebrate with your Travel Director and companions at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant

Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

Day 8

Depart Moscow

Say goodbye to this unique country at the end of a remarkable trip of discovery. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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Fancy ‘a wee dram’ ? A whisky connoisseurs dream tour of the Scottish Islands

Best Value Tours have many unique award winning tours of Scotland. Please visit our website. http://www.BestvalueTours.co.uk

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A tour to tease the palette – 8 days to immerse yourself on the world famous isle of Islay, a whisky connoisseurs dream, before enjoying a four island fest including the rolling mountains of gentle Mull, the spiritual and ever peaceful island of Iona, the extraordinary and inspiring island of Staffa and the dramatics and majesty of the island of Skye

Day 1

This tour of the Scottish Highlands starts out in Glasgow and then onto Loch Lomond before going west through the mountains toLoch Lomond Tour the beautiful little village of Inveraray on the banks of Loch Fyne. (we also offer this tour departing from Edinburgh)

Here you can perhaps sample some of the local seafood for lunch or just explore the historic town itself. After lunch you will then travel through Argyll and into the ancient Kingdom of Dalriada

There are more than 350 prehistoric monuments within a six-mile…

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Winter Warmer. Escape to Europe on a 7 Day Coach Tour

The best of European sightseeing; explore Gothic cathedrals, medieval castles, fairytale forests, roaring waterfalls and sprawling vineyards

Tour Europe from Amsterdam to Cologne, through the Rhine Valley, the Black Forest, Lucerne and Burgundy and end in Paris – the glittering prize on your journey of European discovery

Visit the Louvre, Champs Elysees and Notre Dame and climb Paris’ Eiffel Tower for stunning views across this elegant city

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Arrive Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam! Relax and unwind after check-in or take a leisurely stroll through this unique city. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travellers this evening for an orientation of the city followed by a Welcome Reception on a scenic canal cruise including dinner and welcome drinks.

Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

Hotel: Mercure Amsterdam City 

Day 2

Amsterdam, Rhine Cruise, Heidelberg

Travel via Arnhem to the Rhine Valley. Relax as you cruise along the River Rhine past terraced vineyards and medieval castles to St. Goar. Pass the famous Lorelei Rock, named after a mermaid who lured fishermen to their deaths with her mesmerising song. In Heidelberg, view the red sandstone castle, one of the most important architectural structures north of the Alps, which towers above Germany’s oldest university town.

Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

Hotel: Holiday Inn Mannheim City Centre

Day 3

Rhineland, Scaffhausen, Lucerne (2 nights)

Drive into the enchanting Black Forest and stop for a cuckoo clock making demonstration. Visit the dramatic Rhine Falls at Schaffhausen, which is the largest waterfall in Europe. Later arrive in Switzerland with its alpine scenery and enjoy magnificent views across Lake Lucerne.

Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Dinner)

Hotel: Astoria 

Day 4

Lucerne Orienatation and free time

Walk across the 14th century Chapel Bridge on your morning orientation. View the solemn Lion Monument, commemorating the massacre of Swiss Guards in 1792. Spend the afternoon shopping in the old town for Swiss chocolates. Consider an excursion up a local mountain for panoramic views, or enjoy the fresh Alpine air by taking a leisurely walk beside the beautiful lake

Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

Day 5

Lucerne, Burgundy, Wine region and Paris (2 nights)

See the changing landscape as you travel into France, through Alsace and across the Maginot Line. Continue through the Burgundy countryside – one of the country’s main wine producing regions, famous for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varieties. This evening you may decide to take an optional to see a famous Parisian Cabaret.

Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

Hotel: Renaissance La Defense

Day 6

Paris Sightseeing and free time

Your Local Guide shows you the sights, including views of Notre Dame Cathedral, the Champs Élysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the magnificent Opera House, designed by Charles Garnier and opened in 1875. Ascend to the second level of the Eiffel Tower by elevator and view the city in all its glory. Spend the afternoon as you wish. Perhaps take an excursion to visit the Louvre. Celebrate in the evening with your fellow travellers at a Farewell Dinner in a local restaurant.

Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

Day 7

Depart Paris

Say ‘au revoir’ to your Travel Director and new-found friends at the end of a memorable holiday.

Meal(s): (Buffet Breakfast)

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Looking for a small group multi-day tour of England and Wales

You can see a lot of Britain on a 10 day tour!

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Looking for a small group multi-day tour of England and Wales?

Well these are rather few and far between, but we have found an outstanding 8 day small group tour (see below for details) that also has the option of adding in 1 to 10 extra days to tour Scotland

As a taster of what you might find in Scotland, here is some more information about one of the gems Scotland’s National Parks:

Uncover stunning scenery, fascinating wildlife and a variety of outdoor activities in the Cairngorms and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the heart of the UK’s largest National Park, the Cairngorms National Park, is the astonishing Cairngorms plateau. During the last Ice Age, 10,000 years ago, this landscape was scraped, carved and gouged by ice to create deep high altitude valleys and corries in this vast…

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Searching for short Small Group Tours of Western Ireland

Small groups beat the larger coach groups every time!

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Searching for short Small Group Tours of Western Ireland

We are often asked to help with these and there are some excellent options. We have found an excellent 3 Day Small Group that goes to the sunning West Coast (see below for more information)

Visiting Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ring of Kerry

On the Ring of Kerry, it seems, even the weeds are worth photographing.

As the name suggests, “the Ring” begins and ends at the same point: Killarney. Queen Victoria visited here in 1861 and stayed in Muckross House, the grand Victorian mansion at the centre of Killarney National Park.

The Queen and her ladies left a legacy: on a peak above the park, overlooking glittering lakes, is Ladies View. Apparently the ladies’ appreciation of the spot was so great, the location was renamed after them. Today, the viewpoint is accompanied by…

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Searching for a winter multi-day tour of Britain

A superb time to tour Britain

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Searching for a winter multi-day tour of Britain

These tours are rather limited in winter, but there are still a few good choices available and we have suggested a good option below for you and answering another regular request, this does have Christmas dates

This tour includes a visit to Alnwick Castle. Does that ring any bells?

Well it is probably better known as Hogwarts School in the famous Harry Potter films and here is some more information:

Alnwick Castle and the surrounding parkland of Hulne Park offer a dramatic and unspoilt setting for filmmakers

Most famously in recent years, Alnwick Castle featured as Hogwarts in the first two Harry Potter films.Scenes of Harry Potter filmed at the castle include the first Quidditch lesson in Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone and the crash landing of the flying Ford Anglia in Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets

 

 

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Looking for a good value, Luxury multi-day tour of Britain

A great way to tour Britain. Sightseeing at its best!

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Looking for a good value, Luxury multi-day tour of Britain

There are good options for First Class tours that are still good value and tend to include a lot of extras. The use full size coaches, but have much less seats on board (max 40) and this gives extended leg room, on-board WiFi, fine dinning and high standard accommodation

We found a good example of one of these, which includes a night in Cardiff which is an often requested destination, but is not often found on itineraries

Here is some more information on Cardiff

Cardiff is a city proud of its culture, history and language which has undergone a fascinating journey over the last 2000 years. Discover Cardiff’s progress from a small settlement, to the world’s busiest port, to the modern capital city it is today. Learn about Cardiff Bay, its history and its future as well as what’s on offer now.

 

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Searching for a Small Group Tour of Northern Ireland and Atlantic Coast

Love the small group touring concept

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Searching for a Small Group Tour of Northern Ireland and Atlantic Coast

We are often asked to help with this destination which until relatively recently was a not much known about; gem of Ireland . We have found an excellent 5 Day Small Group that goes to the sunning North and Atlantic Coast (see below for more information)

Visiting Northern Ireland

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another little known fact, was the Titanic was built in Belfast (Northern Ireland) and here is some more information:

Titanic

Titanic Belfast has become the most popular tourist attraction in Northern Ireland and one of the top attractions in Ireland, having welcomed 1 million visitors through its doors between opening on 31 March 2012 and July 2013

As you walk through the doors of the attraction you will be introduced to the building’s giant atrium surrounded by the four ‘ships’, hull shaped…

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Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park and Christmas Sightseeing Tours

Festive family favourite Winter Wonderland returns to London’s Hyde Park with big top shows, the observation wheel and a huge Christmas market.

Winter Wonderland provides fun, laughter and excitement for both adults and children. As well as the stunning ice rink, Winter Wonderland includes gentle rides for younger children.

Children can meet Santa in his grotto every day from 10am to 6pm. Entry is free but the queue will close at 4pm on busy days.

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The gates will open to Winter Wonderland on Friday 22nd November at 5pm!

This year promises even more thrills, spectacle and Christmas magic at Hyde Park, where we’ll be open 10am till 10pm every day until 5th January (excluding Christmas Day). As always Winter Wonderland is FREE to enter, so you can wander through the park, soaking up the festive atmosphere and enjoy all the free entertainment on offer.

If you want to go Ice Skating, visit The Magical Ice Kingdom, take a ride in the Giant Observation Wheel or see a show at Zippos Circus you will need to buy tickets. These attractions sell very quickly so advance booking is highly recommended!

At Winter Wonderland there’s something for everyone, whether you want to make your child’s dream come true at Santa Land, brave the exciting thrill rides, or just warm up on a mulled wine and join in the fun in the lively Bavarian Village. Come along early for a browse around the Christmas Markets, take a rest over some festive food and drink at one of the many eateries around the site, and enjoy some of the fantastic free live music.

Link: http://www.hydeparkwinterwonderland.com/

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