We are thrilled to bring you our brand new 2019 brochure with an unbeatable selection of coach holidays, river cruises and holidays by train, heading to wonderful destinations in the UK and Europe. Let's jump straight in and find out what is new to this year's brochure (if you haven't got yours, you can order one for FREE here.)
Emmerdale & Yorkshire on Screen
We've made some changes to last year's Yorkshire on Screen tour, with the addition of a 'behind the scenes' tour of the former ITV studios in Leeds. You'll enjoy a walking tour through 45 years of Emmerdale, stopping off at the Woolpack and the Dingles' house! This part of the holiday offers a unique and fascinating insight into how your favourite soaps are made.
Whilst on this holiday you'll set off on a circular tour of the Yorkshire Dales where lots of filming has taken place, plus a trip to Castle Howard, the elegant setting of Brideshead Revisited.
Sights of the Solent
The Solent has a vast maritine history, ranging from the fleets of Henry VIII defending against the Spanish Armada to modern day cruise liners setting sail from Southampton, which is why the south coast is an educational place to visit.
This holiday includes visits to Historic Naval Dockyards in Portsmouth where you can see the HMS Victory and Warrior and the National Museum of Royal Navy, plus a trip across the Solent to the Diamond Isle where you will visit Queen Victoria's favourite seaside retreat - Osborne House.
Let off some steam on this wonderful holiday to Weston-super-Mare, which takes you back in time as you climb aboard vintage trains and venture through wonderful landscapes.
This holiday is great if you're a fan of classic trains as you'll experience the Gloucester & Warwickshire Steam Railway, the West Somerset Heritage Railway & Seaton Tramway.
As well as wonderful rail journeys, you will have time to explore Lynton and Lynmouth, Exmoor, Sidmouth, Broadway and Cheltenham.
Viking York & Yorkshire Gold
This fabulous Grand UK Gold holiday takes you to the historical city of York, dominated by the majestic Minister and city walls, along with excursions to the spa town of Harrogate and a full day touring the North Yorkshire Moors.
The star of this break is the Viking city, where you have a full day to explore York. There's plenty of museums to discover such as the Jorvik Centre, the Natioanl Railway Museum, or why not head to a York Chocolate Story and enjoy a sweet history lesson. Wander the famous Shambles for some shopping and at the end of this street you'll find the impressive Minster, the centrepiece of the city.
Trails & Rails Through Hidden Wales
This holiday has it all, from mountain ranges and train journeys to wildlife, whisky and crystals. You start your holiday with a trip to Elan Valley where you'll discover the importance of the valley on your 90 minute guided tour - you can really take in the wonderful scenery too. Then you'll head over to Rhayader to see some of the finest crystalware at the Welsh Royal Crystal Factory, before driving down the road to see the Red Kites at Gigrin Farm, where you'll see these beautiful birds of prey feed and soar miles in the air.
The following day you'll climb aboard the Brecon Mountain Railway, which takes you up the Brecon Beacons National Park, a breathtaking location of natural beauty. In the afternoon you can taste a local tipple when you visit the Welsh Whisky Company. Your final half day is spent at Abbey-Cwm-Hir, a Gothic hall that's been painstakingly restored to it's original glory.
A Tartan Tapestry
Scotland is a stunning place to visit and this holiday is filled with the very best scenery. You get to explore Iona on the Hebridean Isle of Mull on our 8 day tour, have a full circular day out to Inveraray on the shores of Loch Fyne, continuing on to Oban with it's great cathedral.
The trip to the Grampian Mountains is spectacular and breathtaking, before moving on to Fort William at the foot of Ben Nevis, and eventually finishing the day at the peaceful shores of Loch Tay.
There's so much to take in, you'll be planning your next Scottish holiday before you know it.
Southern Highland Gold & Edinburgh Tattoo
Another new Scottish tour, but heading to yet more stunning places - there are so many! On this holiday, you will get to explore the Scottish capital, plus see the spectacular military show, the Edinburgh Tattoo.
You'll enjoy all of the perks of a Grand UK Gold holiday as you head to Trossachs National Park, Scone Palace, Loch Katrine and the Glenturret Distillery - you can't travel all that way without sampling some local produce!
Emerald & Gold - The Perfect Gaelic Jaunt
The Emerald Isle, covered in lush rolling green hills, enchanting towns and is a country rich in ancient myths and legends. Ireland is a country where its people are charming and witty, so it seemed only sensible we have a tour that lets you get underneath its surface, to truly experience this fine island.
Based out of the county of Roscommon, it's the ideal location to discover Ireland from, you'll find a fabulous market here. Ed Sheeran recently sang about Galway, and you'll get to discover the wonderful culture and character of this city. We recommend a visit to the unusual cathedral and impressive Spanish arch as well as wandering the wonderful winding lanes.
You'll learn a bit of Irish history whilst on this holiday too as you visit the National Famine Museum and Strokestown Park House. This house was home to the first landlord assassinated during the height of the Great Famine of Ireland in 1847, whilst the museum narrates this destructive time.
To top this Gold tour off, you enjoy a rail journey to Westport, have a venture round Ireland's only fjord, and enjoy a bit of free time in the capital, Dublin!
Krakow & Prague - Adventures in Eastern Europe
We are heading to Eastern Europe to two of the finest cities, jam-packed full of history, architecture and culture, one of which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the other, a city of 100 spires.
After comfortably crossing the channel and Germany, your European adventure begins in Poland where you'll be treated to wonderful and thought-provoking excursions in this fine city. Firstly, you'll head to Auschwitz - the former concentration camp preserved as a lasting memorial of the atrocities that took place here.
The following day will take you on a guided coach and walking tour of Krakow to really get to know the soul of the city, and helping you familiarise yourself with the location, ready for a full day of exploring as you please. With castles, museums, Cloth Hall, many restaurants and shops to wander, you won't have a minute to spare!
This 12 day tour continues as you make your way to Prague, where again you'll have a guided tour of the city and free time to visit all of the fabulous attractions - 14th Century Charles Bridge, the Old Royal Palace or the famous old town square.
Spectacular Rail Journeys Through the Alps
Our European destinations has increased a lot this year, as you'll see in our latest brochure, and with this holiday by train through the Alps! Snow-capped mountains and vibrant flowery pastures, Switzerland is a place that will live long in your memory.
The main highlight of this incredible holiday is the ride on the Glacier Express Railway, which winds through the breathtaking Alpine scenery with its legendary mountain peaks, ice blue glaciers and unspoilt valleys. It's a truly magical experience!
The other big highlight of the holiday is the Bernina Express, rising 2,250 metres towards glistening glaciers, before passing over the famous circular viaduct of Brusio.
Don't forget your camera on this one!
A Croatian Adventure
Croatia is an established Mediterranean dream, primed with crystal waters, radiant sunshine and a welcoming culture. Neighbouring Italy and Austria, the mountains overlook the beautiful Istrian Riviera, which has many attractions for you to explore.
Based in Rovinj, you'll be able to stroll the cobbled streets of the old town where the towering steeple of St Euphemia church stands proud. A visit to the Postojna Caves offers a unique day out as you work your way through the stalactites and stalagmites, all of which lead to the Grand Chamber - capable of hosting a 10,000 capacity orchestral concert.
The harbour town of Porec will provide a relaxing day out, whilst the trip to visit the ancient Roman city of Pula will leave you astonished when you visit the amphitheatre - it still holds concerts and performances to this very day!
Autumn Colours & River of Wine
Our final featured holiday is a wonderful river cruise on the Rhine, sailing through simply divine areas such as the Rhine Gorge, Boppard and Rüdesheim, not forgetting the star of the tour - the stop at the Boppard Wine Festival!
If you're looking for a relaxing break, look no further. A river cruise offers a calm holiday, stopping off at lovely riverside cities and towns for you to explore, shop, eat and soak up the culture...and taste some of the finest wine!
There are a lot more new holidays added to our 2019 brochure. To find out more, you can request a brochure or start searching our website.