Crusader Brochure 2019

crusaderholidays

Crusader Holidays 2019

BRITAIN

& EUROPE

BY COACH 2019

Discover 120 exciting holidays across 15 countries

NewCRUISE for120+

SECTION

FREE LOCAL

JOINING POINTS

www.crusader-holidays.co.uk

T 01255 425453 / 01296 336666

EAST ANGLIA,

THE SOUTH EAST &

HOME COUNTIES


Winter Specials, Early Spring, Easter

& Themed Short Breaks

WINTER SPECIALS.................................................... 6 - 7

EARLY GETAWAYS...................................................... 8 - 14

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY.......................................... 15

EASTER.......................................................................... 16 - 17

WARNERS..................................................................... 18 - 21

SPECIALS...................................................................... 22

SOLO TRAVELLERS................................................... 23

THEMED & FLOWERS............................................. 24 - 28

Cruising With Crusader

CRUISING TOURS..................................................... 29 - 34

Getaway Weekends & Holidays In England,

Wales & Isle Of Man

SOUTHWEST.............................................................. 35 - 43

SOUTH & SOUTH COAST..................................... 44 - 51

EAST ANGLIA, LONDON & MIDLANDS........... 52 - 58

NORTH - WEST & EAST......................................... 59 - 69

WALES & ISLE OF MAN.......................................... 70 - 74

Scotland, Ireland & Jersey

SCOTLAND.................................................................. 75 - 79

IRELAND....................................................................... 80 - 83

JERSEY........................................................................... 84

France & Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands,

Luxembourg)

Baltic Gems &

Scandinavian Jewels

TORQUAY

111

CRUISING WITH

CRUSADER

29 - 34

GETAWAYS FOR SOLO

TRAVELLERS

23

CONTENTS

BELGIUM...................................................................... 85

ESCORTED WAR TOURS......................................... 86 - 87

FRANCE & ANDORRA............................................. 87 - 90

NETHERLANDS & LUXEMBOURG..................... 91 - 93

Germany, Austria & Switzerland

GERMANY.............................................................. 94 - 97

AUSTRIA................................................................. 98 - 99

SWITZERLAND.................................................... 100 - 101

Italy & Spain

ITALY.......................................................................... 102 - 107

SPAIN........................................................................ 108 - 109

Scandinavia & Eastern Europe

DENMARK................................................................... 110

BALTIC STATES & SCANDINAVIA....................... 111

CZECH REPUBLIC / GERMANY............................. 112

POLAND ..................................................................... 113

SLOVENIA .................................................................. 114

Festive Breaks

UK CHRISTMAS MARKETS................................ 115 - 119

EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKETS............... 120 - 124

CHRISTMAS IN THE UK..................................... 125 - 126

CHRISTMAS IN EUROPE.................................... 127 - 129

NEW YEAR IN THE UK........................................ 130 - 132

NEW YEAR IN EUROPE....................................... 132 - 134

New FOR 2019

Bigger brochure

New UK Tours

New continental tours

& destinations

More early

bargain getaways

FESTIVE

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38 - 39

-

134

More special flower & themed events

Special cruise section

Introduction of WiFi on some coaches

Revised and improved itineraries /

inclusions / excursions

New holidays for solo travellers

Special Easter section pg 16 - 17

107

TRULY TUSCANY

Important Information

INSURANCE, TRADING CHARTER & FREE

JOINING POINTS........................................

134 - 139

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COACH TOURISM

ASSOCIATION


WELCOME

A very warm welcome to our brand new

collection of holidays to destinations

throughout Britain and Europe. Our 2019

brochure is our biggest yet. Whether you

are a regular traveller with us or whether

you are new to Crusader Holidays or

indeed, new to coach touring, we are

delighted to share our exciting 2019

holiday programme. There really is

something for everyone – from tempting

short breaks to themed specials, from

flower shows to UK coast and country

getaways; from European Christmas

Markets to a magnificent 14 days around

the Baltic States.

Discover

THE BEST OF BRITAIN &

EUROPE BY COACH 2019

With over 40 years of know-how in

organising the very best holidays and

our enviable reputation for outstanding

service and excellent value for money, you

really can sit back and relax. Enjoy your

well-earned break in the company of likeminded

travellers with one of our awardwinning

drivers at the wheel and safe in the

knowledge that all arrangements have been

taken care of. Our friendly reservations staff

are always happy to answer your queries

and are waiting to take your call.

The team and I very much look forward to

welcoming you on board in 2019.

Our Aylesbury Team

Our Clacton Team

Valerie Mott

Managing Director, Crusader Holidays

Our 2019 programme includes plenty of

Crusader classics and favourites as well as

some brand new destinations and itineraries.

Look out for all the ‘New’, Revised’, ‘Favourite’

and ‘Escorted’ banners on each of our tours as

well as the symbols denoting special features.

Train ride included

Boat ride included

Flower show or garden visit included

Easter departure

Drinks package or drink/s included

with dinner

Entertainment on one or

more nights


GREAT VALUE

HOLIDAYS WITH

AWARD-WINNING

CRUSADER

Once again, we are thrilled and honoured

to be recognised at national level for our

experience, knowledge and excellence in

organising outstanding coach holidays at home

and abroad. We are very proud to have been

awarded the 2018 UK Coach Silver Award for

both our Domestic AND European Coach Travel

Programmes. We hope to share our success with

you on one of our tours soon.

THE BEST IN THE BUSINESS -

OUR DRIVERS

The lynchpin of a successful tour, our award-winning team of tour

drivers do far more than just drive. The best in the business, our

hand-picked drivers are all CPC trained, are highly professional

and have the right mix of personality, dedication and great

destination knowledge to deliver an unforgettable holiday

experience. We are very proud of the regular commendations

they receive from our customers.

WELCOME

© John Wallace

HOLIDAY HOTELS AND ADDED

VALUE EXCURSIONS

We always aim to offer the very best value for our customers and

we work hard to create the perfect package. We are very particular

in selecting hotels – it is not always about the lowest price and we

always take into consideration location, reviews, facilities, food quality

and entertainment. We always try and add value to your holiday by

including at least one excursion (and very often two) and many holidays

also include admission fees, guided tours and tickets as well.

THE PERFECT GIFT

If you are stuck for a gift idea for friends or family, then a

Crusader Holidays gift voucher could make the ideal present.

Contact us for details: enquiries@crusader-holidays.co.uk

The majority of our holidays include a pick up and drop off from

a location convenient for you. We operate a network of over 120

local joining points across East Anglia, Southern England and the

Home Counties in order to be able to offer you our great selection

of holidays from a location near you. If you prefer, you can also

always join your holiday coach at our interchange point (or Dover for

continental holidays) or directly at the holiday destination.

FREE LOCAL

DEPARTURE POINTS

See pages 138 - 139

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SOLO TRAVELLERS

Our pricing policy now allows (whenever possible) solo travellers

to book without a single room supplement on a limited number of

rooms. Please note that these rooms are available on a first come first

served basis and that subsequent single rooms may incur a charge. It

should also be noted that the size of single rooms can vary from hotel

to hotel and sometimes true single rooms can be quite small. If you

prefer to have a double room for sole use, please let us know at the

time of booking and we can advise of any applicable supplements.

Our self-drive option gives you the freedom to join one of our

holidays directly at the hotel. You will enjoy all the benefits and

convenience of a relaxing coach holiday and your pre-allocated

seats will be kept for you for your included excursions. The only

difference is that you get yourself to and from your hotel at the

start and end of your holiday.

SELF-DRIVE OPTION

Please call 01296 336666 to discuss this

option as well as applicable discounts.

GROUPS

If you are a group travel organiser, a club, social group, association,

charitable organisation or just a group of friends who fancy going

away together, then let our dedicated Groups Department support

you with planning, booking and promoting your group holiday with

free places available, bespoke itineraries and your own specialist

advisor who will guide you throughout the entire process. Whatever

your requirements, we have extensive experience in taking care of

tailor-made arrangements for private groups and look forward to

assisting you with your next group holiday.

YOUR MONEY IS IN SAFE HANDS!

We all want to know that our holiday money is in good hands. For

your peace of mind, we are members of the Bonded Coach Holiday

Group of the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK Ltd. This is a

government approved consumer protection scheme. This enables in

relation to the coach package holidays described in this brochure

that the clients’ monies are protected by a Bond which may be called

upon in the unlikely event of the Member’s insolvency. Clients are

recommended to inspect the current membership certificate at our

registered office or alternatively go to www.bch-uk.org or telephone

0207 240 3131 to confirm current membership. Your attention is also

drawn to the Bonded Coach Holiday Group Trading Charter that will

apply to these coach package holidays (see page 135 -137).

For more information, please call 01296 314322

or email groups@crusader-holidays.co.uk

WELCOME

DRIVER

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15 16

13 14

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17 18

21 22

WC

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COACH SEAT PLAN

On occasions the seating plan of the coach used may vary, possibly

having the side exit in a different location.

NB under the management of Crusader Holidays, your tour

may occasionally be operated by an alternative specialist and

professional operator.

We are always delighted to hear your feedback, comments and

ideas as well as praise for our great drivers. You can join our

Crusader Community and keep up to date with all the latest

news and promotions by signing up to our free e-newsletter by

emailing enquiries@crusader-holidays.co.uk

CRUSADER COMMUNITY

You can also follows us and like us on

Facebook www.facebook.com/crusaderholidays

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8 DAYS

FROM £599

SNOW COACH AROSA

FAVOURITE

WINTER SPECIALS

This Crusader Classic remains as popular as ever with early booking

highly recommended. The highlight of this Winter Wonderland tour is

a trip on the magical narrow-gauge Alpine Rhaetian railway travelling

through magnificent scenery to the Swiss ski resort of Arosa. Your

holiday base is the medieval town of Feldkirch in Austria, close to

the border with Switzerland, Germany and Liechtenstein. Evening

entertainment in the hotel on some evenings.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to

Calais and continue to your overnight stop. Bed

& breakfast.

and over the 100m long Langwieser Viaduct - an

exhilarating experience! Free time back in Chur

before returning to Feldkirch.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 5 nights in Feldkirch with dinner

& breakfast

• 2 overnight hotels with breakfast

• Welcome drink on arrival

• Tea / coffee after dinner

• 2 included excursions

• Porterage at main hotel

TOUR REFERENCE CAE

Day 2 Continue your journey past the Rhine

Falls in Switzerland en-route to Feldkirch for your

5-night stay with hot punch on arrival. Dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 3 - 6 At leisure in Feldkirch with two

included excursions.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Zürs & Lech Travel up to the Flexen Pass

(1773m) to the ski resorts of Zürs and Lech,

where the rich and famous spend their winter

holidays, with time to explore. Return along the

Kloster Valley, past Bludenz, the home of Suchard

Chocolate and back to Feldkirch.

You might like to take a stroll from Feldkirch

through the forest to neighbouring town of

Rankweil with its fortified basilica.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Bregenzerwald, Lake Constance and Lindau

Journey through the snowy, forested landscape

of the Bregenzerwald to a distillery for a taste

of local Schnapps - cheers! Continue through

the Schwarzenberg with magnificent views of

Lake Constance on the way to the Bavarian port

town of Lindau. Call in on Bregenz, the capital of

Vorarlberg, on the journey back to Feldkirch.

• Chur – Arosa – Chur Rail Journey You head

into the Swiss mountains to Chur, the oldest

city in Switzerland where you have reserved

compartments on the Rhaetian Railway for the

magnificent journey to the famous holiday resort

of Arosa. The railway line winds its way up into the

mountains across deep ravines, through tunnels

Day 7 Today it’s farewell to Austria and head

north for the final overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

Day 8 After breakfast, travel back to Calais for

the return crossing to England.

DEPARTURES & PRICES

15 February £599

15 March £599

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £165

Insurance £43

HOTEL WEISSES KREUZ,

FELDKIRCH

• Popular, family run hotel with a warm

welcome and traditional hospitality

from the Herburger family

• Restaurant, bar, terrace, steam

room, solarium and fitness room

• Bright rooms with hairdryer,

flat screen TV and free WiFi

• Evening entertainment programme

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8 DAYS

FROM £659

4 DAYS

FROM £299

BAVARIA WINTER

ADVENTURE

‘LOVE LUXEMBOURG’

ENTERTAINMENT BREAK

FAVOURITE

You can’t help but be enchanted by the captivating

Bavarian Forest in winter with its snow-capped mountains

and picture perfect villages. Wonderful winter experiences

include visits to a husky farm, a Bavarian Farm lunch and a

tree top walk plus visits to the magical towns of Passau and

Cesky Krumlov in the Czech Republic. NB Holiday involves a

medium amount of walking.

This superb early getaway to one of Europe’s ‘secret’

corners is full of fabulous fun, marvellous music and divine

dining. The family-run Grand Hotel in pretty Vianden has

long been a favourite with Crusader customers. Weekend

highlights include two evenings of live entertainment, two

sparkling breakfasts, two included excursions and a drink

each night with dinner.

Day 1 Cross the Channel and continue to

your overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Travel to Hohenau for your 5-night

stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 3 - 6 At leisure with four included

excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Bavarian Tree Top Walk & Glass Blowing

Demonstration Walk amongst the tree

tops on an elevated (step free) pathway

plus visit Joska Crystal Adventure World.

• Baroque Passau Enjoy this charming old

town full of baroque architecture.

• Winter Fun with huskies, carriage ride

and Bavarian lunch Visit a husky farm

followed by a traditional carriage ride and local lunch.

• Captivating Cesky Krumlov UNESCO world heritage beautifully preserved

medieval centre.

Day 7 Head through Germany to the overnight stop. Bed

& breakfast.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 5 nights in Hohenau

with dinner & breakfast

• 2 overnight hotels with

breakfast

• Torch lit walk with

mulled wine

• 4 included day

excursions

• Porterage at main hotel

TOUR REFERENCE CBW

DEPARTURES & PRICES

15 Mar £659

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £145

Insurance £43

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to

Calais and continue to Vianden for your

3-night stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in Vianden with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Luxembourg City Arguably Europe’s

most scenic capital, set across river gorges,

Luxembourg City with its UNESCO listed

Old Town is so much more than just banks

and EU buildings.

• Moselle River & Little Switzerland

Scenic Drive Discover the very best of this

picturesque area including Remich, the

‘Pearl of the Moselle’, scenic Mullerthal,

known as the Little Switzerland with its hilly

landscape and atmospheric Echternach.

Day 4 Travel back to Calais for the return

to England.

Great driver and brilliant hotel.

We really enjoyed it!

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• A drink with dinner each

night (local beer, wine or

soft drink)

• 2 Sparkling breakfasts

with free flow local

bubbly

• Live musical

entertainment on

Saturday and Sunday

nights

• Porterage

• Welcome drink

on arrival

• Two included excursions

as stated

TOUR REFERENCE CHP

DEPARTURES & PRICES

15 Mar £299

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £35

*limited

WINTER SPECIALS

Day 8 Back to Calais for the return to England.

MRS F

HOTEL HOHENAUER HOF,

HOHENAU

• Cosy, family run hotel located on the

edge of village

• Regional restaurant, indoor pool,

sauna / solarium (charge applies)

• 74 comfortable guestrooms with bath

or shower are located in a separate

building across small courtyard

• Lift to all floors

GRAND HOTEL DE VIANDEN,

LUXEMBOURG

• Popular, family-run hotel centrally

located in Vianden

• Warm welcome from the owners, the

Peverelli family

• Facilities include bar, restaurant,

lounge and lift

• Please note, single rooms are small

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4 DAYS

FROM £199

MAKE IT A DATE

IN DEVON - REUNION 2019

NEW

EARLY GETAWAYS

Join us on our 2019 Reunion in Bideford, North Devon and kick off your

holiday year with this great value weekend! You can expect great food,

lively entertainment, quizzes, competitions and delightful excursions.

Meet old friends and new friends in the attractive small port town of

Bideford on the River Torridge. Crusader staff will be on hand throughout

the weekend. We look forward to seeing you in Delightful Devon!

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 nights in Durrant House Hotel with

dinner & breakfast

• 2 included half-day excursions

• Entertainment each night

• Raffles, cash bingo and quizzes

• Services of Crusader staff

TOUR REFERENCE ERU

early evening.

Day 1 After joining your holiday coach, head to

the South West enjoying suitable stops for lunch

and refreshments. Arrive at the Durrant House

Hotel in good time for the first evening meal

together. 3 nights half board. Entertainment

every evening.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in Bideford including the

ever popular Reunion raffle, fun quizzes for prizes

and cash bingo on two afternoons.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Saturday - Westward Ho!, Appledore &

Bideford A short drive to the coast for a scenic

stop at wonderful Westward Ho! - the only place

name in the British Isles to have an exclamation

mark. Enjoy a breath of fresh air and the lovely

views of the impressive beach before continuing

to the quaint fishing village of Appledore with its

independent shops, cafes and galleries. Situated

at the confluence of the Taw and Torridge rivers,

charming Appledore is characterised by its

colourful houses and maze of winding narrow

streets leading to the quayside at its very heart.

After time to explore, continue onto the ancient

market town of Bideford. Here you might take a

gentle stroll along the riverside, visit the excellent

Burton Art Gallery & Museum (entry FOC) or walk

up the hill to the historic Pannier Market (open

09.00 - 16.00 every Saturday).

• Sunday - Ilfracombe Ilfracombe is a real jewel

on the North Devon coastline, lying within the

North Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Known for its many fine beaches, from secluded

coves to wide stretches of golden sand, this pretty

seaside town with its elegant town houses and

promenade evokes nostalgia of a bygone era.

Day 4 After breakfast, return homewards,

arriving back at your local joining points

DEPARTURES & PRICES

25 January £199

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £40

Insurance £26

THE DURRANT HOUSE HOTEL,

BIDEFORD

• Hotel is located in a quiet location

just outside Bideford and offers

superb views across the Taw Estuary

• 125 tastefully decorated bedrooms

which are all well-furnished and

feature TV, hair dryer and

tea / coffee making facilities

• Restaurant, bar, spa, sauna and

fitness room (fee applies)

• The walk into Bideford from the hotel

is approximately 20 - 30 minutes and

there is also a regular public bus service

from a bus stop outside the hotel

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4 DAYS

FROM £199

WINTER WARMER IN

COSY CAERNARFON - REUNION 2019

NEW

Where the River Seiont enters the Menai Straits in North Wales the

ancient town of Caernarfon can be found. This special place was a

favourite of Celtic Princes and Roman Emperors. Visit today and you’ll

touch that history in the ancient walled town and in the castle. But you’ll

also discover that Caernarfon is much more! Explore the town and you’ll

find that it truly is the Celtic Heart of Wales. A warm Welsh welcome

awaits you in shops full of traditional products.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights with dinner &

breakfast

• Live entertainment on 2 nights

• Included excursions as stated

• Cash bingo, quizzes and raffle

• Use of hotel facilities

• Services of Crusader staff

TOUR REFERENCE ERC

EARLY GETAWAYS

Day 1 After joining your holiday coach, head

to North Wales with comfort stops en-route to

arrive late afternoon. Time to relax and familiarise

yourself with your new surroundings before dinner

and live entertainment. Meet some of the Crusader

team who will be with you for the weekend.

3 nights half board accommodation with quizzes

and a raffle. Free use of leisure facilities.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in Caernarfon with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Scenic Tour Enjoy a scenic ride today with a stop

in Llanberis. We then head back towards Caernarfon

where for those who wish there will be time to

visit the Castle before heading back to the hotel.

Entrance not included.

• Anglesey The highlight of the weekend has to

be your visit to the Isle of Anglesey, Wales’ largest

island and bigger than any in England. With miles

of inspiring coastline, hidden beaches, chocolate

box villages and Wales’ greatest concentration

of ancient sites. A brush with royalty has given

Anglesey an added cache in recent years.

Anglesey’s prettiest town Beaumaris offers a

winning combination of a waterfront location,

mountain views and a romantic castle lording

it over an elegant collection of mainly Georgian

buildings, boutiques, galleries and smart hotels.

Day 4 After a hearty Welsh breakfast

retrace your steps back to the local area with lots

of happy memories.

DEPARTURES & PRICES

22 February £199

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £45

Insurance £26

THE CELTIC ROYAL HOTEL,

CAERNARFON

• A stylish hotel with 110 bedrooms with

tea/coffee making facilities

• Fine dining restaurant with a

Mediterranean inspired menu

• Bar and leisure facilities

• Lift to all floors but some rooms have a

few steps

• Porterage

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EARLY COTSWOLDS

& GEORGIAN BATH

3 DAYS

FROM £189

TALES FROM WALES -

PIT TO PORT

3 DAYS

FROM £209

EARLY GETAWAYS

One of the unspoilt regions of England, the lovely

Cotswolds, an area of outstanding natural beauty, covers

six English counties. Renowned for its rolling meadows,

meandering river valleys and of course its sleepy ancient

limestone villages and market towns, the area hasn’t

changed much for over 300 years. Special 50% off Drinks

Package (18.00 – 21.00) for this departure.

Day 1 Travel to Oxford with time for

lunch and sightseeing before continuing on

to picturesque Burford with its medieval

bridge and attractive Tudor and Georgian

frontages. The last stop is in Bibury with its

beautiful cottages of Arlington Row. Check

in at your hotel for 2 night stay. Dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 2 After breakfast, depart for

Bourton on the Water, the ‘Venice of

the Cotswolds’, where the River Windrush

flows through the village under numerous

little bridges. Onto Broadway with its

picturesque old inns and houses.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 2 nights with

breakfast and dinner

• Welcome drink on

arrival

• Tea/coffee with dinner

• Visits to Burford, Bibury

& Bath

• Full Day Cotswolds Tour

• Special Drinks Package –

50% off selected drinks

(18.00 – 21.00)

TOUR REFERENCE ECO

DEPARTURES & PRICES

15 Mar £189

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £45

Insurance £24

A great opportunity to treat yourself to a fabulous

weekend break based in the centre of Swansea. Your guide

joins the coach for an amusing informative Pit to Port

guided tour - hear stories of the coal industry and follow its

journey to Cardiff docks.

Day 1 After joining your weekend holiday

coach, relax and enjoy the scenery as you

head west towards South Wales.

2 nights in Swansea with dinner, bed

& breakfast. Gather in the bar for a

complimentary drink.

Day 2 Pit to Port Guided Tour

Landscapes to landmarks, old industrial

valleys, Heritage centre, the Taff Valley to

Cardiff docks – following the journey of

coal to its point of export. Time for lunch

in Cardiff and travel via scenic Vale of

Glamorgan on the return journey.

Day 3 Travel back to interchange and

onward to your home towns.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 2 nights with

breakfast and dinner

• Full day Guided Tour

includes Cardiff

• Complimentary drink in

the bar first night

TOUR REFERENCE ESW

DEPARTURES & PRICES

15 Mar £209

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £35

Insurance £24

Day 3 Head to Georgian Bath where you may like to explore the Abbey,

Roman Baths or view the famous Pulteney Bridge. Enjoy free time or join an

optional sightseeing tour. Mid-afternoon head for interchange and then back

to your local area.

MARRIOTT HOTEL,

SWINDON

• Set in woodland on the edge

of Swindon

• Restaurant, café bar, indoor pool and

fitness centre

• 153 modern bedrooms with TV,

hairdryer and tea / coffee making

• There is a lift

• Porterage, tea/coffee after dinner,

glass of wine with dinner on 1st night

DRAGON HOTEL,

SWANSEA

• Modern 4* landmark hotel in

Swansea City Centre

• Walking distance to Swansea’s many

attractions

• Health club and gym plus 18m

indoor pool

• Restaurant, lounge and piano bar

• 106 en-suite bedrooms are fully airconditioned

and include free

WiFi internet access and flat screen

digital TVs

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4 DAYS

FROM £269

DOC MARTIN’S CORNISH

WINTER WARMER

Head to glorious Cornwall, the beautiful peninsular that

tumbles into the Atlantic Ocean. On this holiday you’ll

enjoy exploring the bustling quays, quaint towns and

picturesque fishing villages. Please see page 130 for New

Year at the Rosemundy & page 35 for Spring departure.

Port Isaac in North Cornwall plays the fictional village of Portwenn in the

much-loved Doc Martin TV series. Here you take in some of the locations

where cameras rolled.

FAVOURITE

ROSEMUNDY HOUSE HOTEL,

ST AGNES

• Stunning location close to the

village centre

• Comfortable bedrooms with TV and

tea/coffee facilities

• Heated swimming pool

• No lift but some ground floor rooms

Life slows down in South East Cornwall, but there is still

plenty to see – from the bustling port and sandy beaches

of Looe to the old world charm of Polperro.

PORTBYHAN HOTEL,

LOOE

• Award-winning hotel right in the

heart of Looe with panoramic views

of the harbour

• Fully refurbished exterior, bedrooms,

restaurant, bar and public areas

• 44 bright and airy rooms including

tea / coffee making

• There is a lift

4 DAYS

FROM £269

Day 1 To St Agnes for a 3 night stay with

dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in St Agnes with 2

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Full day tour to Truro and Falmouth

Few seaside towns in Cornwall boast

such an arresting location as Falmouth,

overlooking the broad Fal River. Falmouth is

an appealing jumble of lanes, old pubs and

trendy cafes.

• Full Day tour of Doc Martin Country

Alongside the village of Port Isaac itself, Fern

Cottage is one of the most recognisable

Doc Martin locations as Doctor Ellingham’s

surgery. Stops in Port Quinn and Altarnun.

Day 4 Farewell to Cornwall and head

for home.

COSY

CORNWALL

With an included visit to the spectacular

Eden Project, the largest indoor rainforest

in the world, you can enjoy Cornwall at its

best, whatever the weather. Also see details

of the Cornish Christmas Cracker (Padstow

Festival) on page 118 and Summer

departures on page 35.

Day 1 Enjoy a scenic drive to Looe for

your 3-night stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Eden Project & St Austell Visit the Eden

Project, a global garden with its huge

biomes. Spend the whole day or choose to

go on to St Austell, Cornwall’s largest town

dating back to the 13th century.

• Fowey, Polperro & Cornish Coast Head to Fowey, an area of outstanding

natural beauty and then onto pretty Polperro where tiny fisherman cottages

hang off the rocks. There is a downhill walk of approx. 1/2 mile to the harbour

from the main parking.

Day 4 Head back home today after breakfast.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 nights in St Agnes

with dinner & breakfast

• Sherry Reception &

Afternoon Cream Tea

• Glass of wine with

dinner on first night

• Porterage

• Full Day Tour of Doc

Martin Country

• Visit to Truro &

Falmouth

TOUR REFERENCE ESA

DEPARTURES & PRICES

15 Mar £269

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £26

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 nights with breakfast

& dinner

• Entrance to the Eden

Project

• Visit to St Austell

• Cornish Coastal Drive

• Entertainment

• Welcome tea/coffee

& porterage

TOUR REFERENCE EPH

*limited

DEPARTURES & PRICES

15 Mar £269

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £26

*limited

EARLY GETAWAYS

www.crusader-holidays.co.uk Free Joining Points see pages 138 & 139

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4 & 5 DAYS

FROM £219

EASTBOURNE ROCKS

- £1 DRINKS!

EARLY GETAWAYS

Breathe in and feel the energy of endless blue skies, sweeping South

Downs countryside, a colourful art scene and warm sunshine, vibrant

events and bucket-loads of things to do. A well-deserved break

in Eastbourne will leave you feeling re-energised, refreshed and

invigorated. Stay in the friendly West Rocks Hotel - on the seafront near

the town centre with this great drinks promotion!

• 3 or 4 nights in Eastbourne with

breakfast & dinner

• Welcome tea/coffee & after dinner

• In-house entertainment

• £1 Beer, Wine & Soft Drinks (8pm

to 10pm)

• 2 included day excursions

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

TOUR REFERENCE EER

WEST ROCKS HOTEL,

EASTBOURNE

Day 1 After joining your holiday coach, head

to the south coast for a 3 or 4 night stay with

breakfast & dinner.

Day 2 - 3 (or 4) At leisure in Eastbourne with 2

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Battle & Hastings Visit the site of the Battle

of Hastings, abbey and church. Hastings is all

about the sea and 1066 and it boasts a lively and

growing arts scene.

• Scenic Coastal Drive & Brighton Enjoy the sea

views on the drive to Brighton. Vibrant, colourful,

fun and free, Brighton offers the energy of the

city and freedom of the sea. It really is unique.

From the exoticism of the Royal Pavilion to the

record-breaking i360 and the stunning example of

a Victorian pleasure pier, this is traditional seaside

fun at its very best!

Return Day After a leisurely breakfast,

commence your journey home with a stop enroute

to interchange.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

11 February (Valentines) 5 days £269

15 March 4 days £219

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (limited)

£nil

Insurance 4 days £26

Insurance 5 days £28

• Converted from three Georgian

town houses, the 100 year old West

Rocks Hotel sits majestically upon

Eastbourne’s seafront

• Close to the town centre &

Eastbourne’s theatres

• Comfortable rooms with modern

bathrooms, TV’s and tea/coffee making

• Small lift

• The Channel Restaurant offers

delicious meals and the Breakfast

Room serves full English breakfast

• Relaxing Lounge & Wine Bar

overlooking the sea where you may

enjoy the spectacular views

• Free Wi-Fi is available in the ground

floor reception rooms

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4 DAYS

FROM £269

SPARKLING COCKTAILS &

CANDLELIT DINNERS!

Get away from it all – a fantastic break in Paignton – a real

treat with special meals and entertainment.

QUEENS HOTEL,

PAIGNTON

• Situated on a flat level position

just 200 yards from Paignton town

centre and seafront

• Free Wi-Fi, bar snacks available all day

• Games room, heated indoor

swimming pool

• Comfortable bar and entertainments

lounge Dance floor, lift to all floors,

tea / coffee making facilities

• Flat screen televisions, Hairdryers

4 DAYS

FROM £299

Day 1 All aboard to the South coast for

your 3 night break with dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in Paignton with two

included excursions. Tea, coffee and cake in

the afternoons with bingo or quiz. 5-course

candlelit dinner on two nights and a fancy

dress Gala dinner (with a prize for the best

costume!) with entertainment.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Torquay The quintessential English resort

- mild microclimate and a sparkling azure

circle of bay. Enjoy the views in the harbour

area, the cafes, bars and great shopping.

• Scenic Drive A gentle scenic drive

taking in the fabulous resorts of Brixham,

Dartmouth and Totnes.

Day 4 After a full English

breakfast set off homewards

to interchange and on to your

home towns.

MEDIEVAL

YORK

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 nights in Paignton

with dinner & breakfast

• Sparkling Cocktails &

Sherry Reception

• 5 Course Candlelit

Dinners

• Gala Dinner on last

night & fancy dress

competition

• Live Entertainment

• Quizzes & Cash Bingo

TOUR REFERENCE ESC

DEPARTURES & PRICES

29 Mar £269

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £26

*limited

Cannot fault the hotel and an

excellent driver.

MR & MRS V

EARLY SPECIALS

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• Porterage

• Include excursions

as stated

TOUR REFERENCE EMY

Still encircled by its ancient walls, York was one of the

great cities of the medieval world.

The city is dominated by the soaring

pinnacles of York Minster, the finest Gothic

church in northern Europe. From its narrow

streets, lively with chic cafés and specialist

shops, to trips on its tree-lined river, York is

a treasure house for visitors.

DEPARTURES & PRICES

15 Mar £299

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £65

Insurance £26

MERCURE YORK FAIRFIELD

MANOR, YORK

• Fabulous 18th century Georgian

manor house set in its own grounds a

short drive from the centre of York

• Relax with fine food and drinks in

Kilby’s Restaurant and Club Bar

• Flat screen TV – WiFi – tea/coffee

facilities

• Lift to all floors

Day 1 Enjoy a scenic drive to West Yorkshire to check into your hotel for

your 3 night stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure with two included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Medieval City of York A day to explore, the magnificent spiritual capital of

the North, the beautiful compact riverside city. Ancient walls, atmospheric

streets, a host of museums, shops, charming tea rooms and traditional pubs.

• Harrogate A day in lovely Harrogate, renowned for its floral beauty and

elegant spa buildings. Alternatively spend a second day in York.

Day 4 Journey south today to interchange.

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5 DAYS

FROM £399

FOUR CONTINENTS

CULINARY EXPERIENCE

5 DAYS

FROM £359

S.S. CROWN WEYMOUTH–

MOCK CRUISE

NEW

NEW

SS CROWN

EARLY GETAWAYS

Enjoy a culinary experience and entertainment to match

each night at this exquisite Victorian Country House Hotel

with fabulous views over Sandown and Shanklin Bay. The

staff and the restaurant will be dressed reflecting the style

of a different continent each night.

Day 1 Head south for an afternoon

ferry to the Isle of Wight. Arrive and settle

in before your first culinary experience

this evening. 4 nights with dinner, bed &

breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Shanklin with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Isle of Wight Steam Railway & Bird of

Prey Centre A beautifully restored 1940s

station, Havenstreet, is the focal point

for the Railway’s activities including the

Train Story Discovery Centre, a museum,

woodland walk, workshops and gift shop.

It’s also home to Haven Falconry Bird of

Prey Centre. All day pass on the train & Bird

of Prey entrance included.

• Round Island Coastal Tour Ventnor,

Freshwater Bay, The Needles & Alum Bay

Enjoy the highlights of the island on this

circular tour.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 4 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• Tea/coffee on arrival &

each afternoon

• 4 individually themed

evening meals –

European – Middle

Eastern - N. African &

North & South American

• Tea/coffee after dinner

• Live entertainment

& dancing

• Porterage

TOUR REFERENCE EBH

DEPARTURES & PRICES

1 Apr £399

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £28

Day 5 Farewell to Bourne Hall and return to interchange with

refreshments breaks on the way.

BOURNE HALL COUNTRY HOUSE

HOTEL, SHANKLIN

• Built in the late 1860’s for one of

Queen Victoria’s ladies in waiting

• Uniquely located on an

elevated position at the foot of

Luccombe Down

• Situated a few minutes walk south of

Shanklin “old village”

• All 30 bedrooms have TV, CD

player, hairdryer and tea / coffee

making facilities

• No lift but low room floors

*limited

Collect your cabin key from the Purser’s Office and start

finding your sea legs! Meet your fellow passengers at the

Captain’s Welcome Reception followed by dinner, bingo and

excellent “on board” entertainment. The departure of the

“S.S. Crown” from Weymouth will be celebrated in style,

party poppers & streamers provided! Each night a different

port, Rio De Janeiro – Shanghai - Cádiz!

Day 1 Head south to Weymouth to

arrive late afternoon. Welcome aboard!

Your evening kicks off with the Captain’s

welcome reception. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

At leisure in Weymouth with two included

excursions.

Day 2 After breakfast drive to West Bay

& Sidmouth with time for a look round and

some lunch perhaps? Return to the hotel

late afternoon. This evening it’s welcome

to - Rio de Janeiro, the most exotic,

glamorous, exciting city on earth!

Day 3 Join the included tour today to

Isle of Purbeck, Swanage & Lulworth

Cove. Tonight’s theme is Shanghai. After

returning to the S.S. Crown start the

evening with a Kaoliang cocktail, followed

by dinner, bingo and a full entertainment

programme featuring Kubla Khan! The

Warrior of the Keyboards.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 4 nights hotel with

breakfast & dinner

• Themed evening meals

• Glass of wine 3 evenings

• Dorset afternoon

cream tea

• Live Entertainment plus

bingo & quizzes

• Two included excursions

• Captain’s Cocktail

Reception

• Fancy dress competition

with prizes

TOUR REFERENCE EWM

Day 4 At leisure in Weymouth and its

market day. This evening you’re off to Cádiz, capital of Andalusia ~ home to

the Armada.

Day 5 Retracing your steps back to interchange and onward to your

home towns.

CROWN HOTEL,

WEYMOUTH

DEPARTURES & PRICES

8 Apr £359

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £28

• Well located at the top of

Weymouth’s town centre, next to the

Town Bridge, overlooking the historic

fishing harbour

• Comfortable guestrooms, all with TV

and tea / coffee making

• There is a lift to all floors

*limited

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For One Night Only

MURDER AT

SCALFORD HALL!

NEW

2 DAYS

FROM £129

SUNDAY MONDAY, HAPPY

DAYS… WITH ELVIS

2 DAYS

FROM £149

PRICE REDUCED!

TOUR REFERENCE ECL

DEPARTURES & PRICES

7 Jul £129

15 Sep £129

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £22

*limited

TOUR REFERENCE EOD

DEPARTURES & PRICES

5 May £149

1 Sep £149

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £22

*limited

An evening of fun at 3* Scalford Hall, once the home of Colonel

Colman, founder of the mustard company and it is said the

inspiration for the board game character Colonel Mustard. Indeed

it is reputed that the game was invented at Scalford Hall. During

a fun evening you will play a ‘living’ version of Cluedo but don’t

worry - acting skills and dressing up are not obligatory.

Enjoy a rock ‘n’ roll one-nighter, away from it all with our actionpacked

themed overnight in Kent at the unique 3* 7 Hotel &

Diner. Take a trip back in time to the glory days of the 1950s

for an evening of Americana in an authentic US diner, complete

with memorabilia from the era and the incredible Lee Jackson

performing as Elvis.

• Hotel for 1 night in Melton Mowbray with dinner & breakfast

• Themed ‘Cluedo’ evening

• Tea/coffee after dinner

• Glass of wine with dinner

• Porterage

INCLUDED VISIT: Melton Mowbray England’s rural Capital of Food.

SUNDAYS AT THE

WALDORF

• 7 Hotel Diner for 1 night with breakfast & dinner

• Elvis Tribute act during dinner

INCLUDED VISITS: Royal Tunbridge Wells with its colonnaded Pantiles

and chic shops Faversham - the oldest market town in Kent.

BUCKINGHAM

PALACE

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

NEW

2 DAYS

FROM £159

2 DAYS

FROM £159

NEW

TOUR REFERENCE EWA

TOUR REFERENCE EBP

DEPARTURES & PRICES

9 Jun £159

6 Oct £159

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £70

Insurance £22

*limited

DEPARTURES & PRICES

4 Aug £159

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £50

Insurance £22

With so much to see, eat, drink and do, The 4* Waldorf is slap

bang in the middle of one of the most exciting and biggest cities

in the world. London life is very much on the doorstep. Perhaps

take in a matinée, sightsee or shop.

• 1 night at The Waldorf Hotel with rich buffet breakfast

• Free time in London

Sightseeing drive through London taking in many of the capital’s

iconic landmarks.

A visit to London and Buckingham Palace. Marvel at the lavishly

furnished State Rooms with many of the greatest paintings,

porcelain, sculptures and furniture from the Royal Collection.

• Hotel for 1 night with full English breakfast

• 4* Novotel London West

• Admission to Buckingham Palace

Sightseeing drive through London taking in many of the capital’s iconic

landmarks. The visit to Buckingham Palace is timed to see the Changing of

the Guard.

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Treat yourself to one of our egg-cellent Easter

weekends. Spring is just around the corner and there

is a great selection of breaks at home and abroad.

All Easter Tours depart Friday 19th April 2019 for 4 days*

Easter

COTSWOLDS

One of the unspoilt regions of England, the

lovely Cotswolds, covers six English counties

and draws visitors from all over the world.

MEDIEVAL YORK

Still encircled by its ancient walls, York was one

of the great cities of the medieval world.

4 DAYS FROM £299

TOUR REFERENCE ECO

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £65

Insurance £26

4 DAYS FROM £319

TOUR REFERENCE EMY

(See page 67)

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £85

Insurance £26

4* Doubletree by Hilton Swindon for 3 nights with breakfast & dinner

Price includes: Welcome tea/coffee & after dinner, glass of wine with dinner

& porterage. Visits to Bibury, Burford, Regency Bath & Cotswolds Tour.

4* Mercure York Fairfield Manor for 3 nights with breakfast & dinner

Price includes: Transfer to York City centre. Visit to Harrogate.

WESTON-SUPER-MARE

Popular Weston-super-Mare is a charming,

traditional seaside, offering plenty of

attractions to discover.

CONSTABLE COUNTRY

Let your local guide take you to visit one of

the most evocative and celebrated landscapes

in Britain.

EASTER

4 DAYS FROM £279 SUPPLEMENTS

TOUR REFERENCE EWE Single* £nil

(See page 43) Insurance £26

*limited

3* Smiths Hotel, Weston-Super-Mare for 3 nights with breakfast & dinner

Price includes: Welcome tea/coffee, porterage, 2 day tours to Cheddar Gorge

& Wells, Glastonbury & Street.

4 DAYS FROM £319

TOUR REFERENCE ECC

(See page 52)

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £60

Insurance £26

3* Mill Hotel, Sudbury for 3 nights with breakfast & dinner

Price includes: Welcome tea/coffee, Easter egg, porterage, full day Constable

Country guided tour. Visits to Lavenham & Bury St Edmonds.

WEYMOUTH

Award-winning coastline of dramatic cliffs,

quiet coves, shingle banks and sandy beaches,

Dorset offers an unrivalled variety of moods

and scenery.

4 DAYS FROM £299

TOUR REFERENCE EWM

(See page 45)

SUPPLEMENTS

Single* £nil

Insurance £26

*limited

2* Crown Hotel, Weymouth for 3 nights with breakfast & dinner

Price includes: Some entertainment, full day to Isle of Purbeck, Swanage

& Lulworth.

EASTBOURNE

A holiday in Eastbourne will leave you feeling

re-energised, refreshed and invigorated.

Warm sunshine and sweeping South Downs

countryside await.

4 DAYS FROM £299

TOUR REFERENCE EEB

(See page 47)

SUPPLEMENTS

Single* £nil

Insurance £26

*limited

2* Cumberland Hotel, Eastbourne for 3 nights with breakfast & dinner

Price includes: Visit & entry to Herstmonceaux Castle & Grounds,

Observatory & Science centre.

PENZANCE

Standing on the shores of Mount’s Bay,

overlooked by St. Michael’s Mount, Penzance

is the ideal base from which to tour beautiful

western Cornwall.

4 DAYS FROM £319

TOUR REFERENCE EPZ

(See page 37)

SUPPLEMENTS

Single* £nil

Insurance £26

*limited

3* Queens Hotel, Penzance for 3 nights with breakfast & dinner

Price includes: Tea/coffee after dinner, porterage, visits to Falmouth

& St. Ives.

BOURNEMOUTH

A town full of charm and character with a

superb range of attractions, parks, gardens and

7 miles of sandy beaches.

4 DAYS FROM £269

TOUR REFERENCE EBM

(See page 46)

SUPPLEMENTS

Single* £nil

Insurance £26

*limited

3* Suncliff Hotel, Bournemouth for 3 nights with breakfast & dinner

Price includes: Welcome tea/coffee, porterage, Oceana shared

entertainment. Visits to New Forest & Swanage.

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Specials

EASTER

SPECIALS

Look out for the Easter Egg

symbol throughout the brochure

which denotes an Easter departure. More details

are shown on the relevant page of each tour.

SNOWDONIA

Attractive Llanberis is a perfect location for this

Easter break, the close by Snowdon Mountain

Railway & the Ffestiniog Steam Railway will be

the highlight of your weekend!

4 DAYS FROM £349

TOUR REFERENCE ETW

(See page 73)

SUPPLEMENTS

Single* £nil

Insurance £26

*limited

3* Royal Victoria Hotel, Llanberis for 3 nights with breakfast & dinner

Price includes: Welcome tea/coffee & after meals, glass of wine first night,

entertainment 1 night. Easter egg & Easter Sunday lunch. Train rides on

Snowdon Mountain Railway & Ffestiniog Steam Railway.

ISLE OF WIGHT

Steeped in history with 60 miles of stunning

unspoilt coastal scenery and a wealth of

attractions, the Isle of Wight has something

for everyone.

4 DAYS FROM £329

TOUR REFERENCE EIW

(See page 48)

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £15

Insurance £26

3* Channel View Hotel, Shanklin for 3 nights with breakfast & dinner

Price includes: Entertainment, use of pool & coastal tour highlights Ventnor,

Freshwater Bay, The Needles & Alum Bay.

SIDMOUTH – 5 DAY SPECIAL

*DEPARTS THURSDAY APRIL 18 - Departures

from Oxford – Bucks – Beds – Herts only. A

lovely seaside town nestled beneath majestic

red cliffs, beautiful gardens and regency history.

5 DAYS FROM £369 SUPPLEMENTS

Single* £nil

TOUR REFERENCE TSM

Insurance £28

*limited

3* Kingswood & Devoran Hotel, Sidmouth for 4 nights with breakfast

& dinner

Price includes: Excursions to Totnes, Buckfastleigh & Bovey Tracey –

Exeter & Exmouth.

DUTCH BULBFIELDS

Every flower enthusiast and green fingered

gardener is sure to appreciate the rainbow

carpets of flower fields and the dazzling display

of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths.

4 DAYS FROM £399

TOUR REFERENCE CDB

(See page 92)

SUPPLEMENTS

Single* £nil

Insurance £26

*limited

4* Golden Tulip Hotel, Zoetermeer for 3 nights with breakfast & dinner

Price includes: Welcome drink, porterage, visit & entry to Keukenhof

Gardens, Volendam & Amsterdam.

BRUGES

With its lacework of narrow cobbled streets,

gabled houses and tree lined canals, Bruges is

one of the most beautiful towns in Europe.

4 DAYS FROM £349

TOUR REFERENCE CBR

(See page 85)

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £155

Insurance £35

4* Academie Hotel, Bruges for 3 nights with breakfast

Price includes: Welcome glass of wine/beer & a selection of optional

excursions during your stay to enjoy the best of Bruges and the area.

LUXEMBOURG

Pretty Vianden has long been a firm favourite

with Crusader customers. Visitors are charmed

by the narrow lanes, gothic churches, and

medieval castle of this medieval town.

4 DAYS FROM £319

TOUR REFERENCE CLX

(See page 91)

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £55

Insurance £35

3* Grand Hotel de Vianden for 3 nights with breakfast & dinner

Price includes: Welcome drink, porterage, visits to Luxembourg City, Moselle

River & Little Switzerland.

EASTER

LITTLE TRAINS OF THE RHINE

Based in Remagen, take a journey through the

picturebook scenery of the spectacular Rhine

Valley. Enjoy a ride on Germany’s oldest rack

railway, the Drachenfelsbahn.

4 DAYS FROM £299

TOUR REFERENCE CRV

(See page 94)

3* Hotel Pinger for 3 nights with breakfast & dinner (light supper on Day 1)

Price includes: Excursion to Königswinter & Drachenfels Railway

EASTER CRUISES

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £60

Insurance £35 IRELAND & SCILLY

ISLES CRUISE

4 DAYS FROM £369

Marco Polo

(See page 33)

BULBFIELD CRUISE

5 DAYS FROM £599

MV Esmeralda

(See page 30)

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JUST FOR

GROWN UPS

Warner Leisure Hotels are more than just a place to stay.

With eleven stunning locations to choose from there

couldn’t be a better getaway. Stay in a stylish room in

country or coastal hotel or a comfortable chalet in one of

the coastal villages – the choice is yours!

Wherever you choose to stay, there’s so much on offer. It’s

guaranteed that there’ll be something for everyone. Wander

around a beautiful garden, sink into a relaxing waters of

the pool or try something new like archery or rifle shooting

– you can pack as much or as little into your day as you

please. At a Warner hotel or village is all about being able

to do what you like, whenever you feel like it. So why not

spend a few days at a Warner hotel or village and see how

much there is to do?

WARNERS SHORT BREAKS

YOUR WARNER BREAK WILL INCLUDE

• Elegant & contemporary rooms

• Daytime activities

• Use of the leisure club facilities

• Movies, walks, quizzes & games

• Hearty breakfasts &

sumptuous 3-course

evening meals

• Evening entertainment

every night

NORTON GRANGE

COASTAL VILLAGE

5 DAYS

FROM £309

TOUR REFERENCE EZZ

DEPARTURES & PRICES

8 Jul £389

21 Oct £309

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £28

*limited

Sparkling Evenings - the fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down

especially at Warners. Kick back and enjoy live music, comedy,

shows and dancing – every night is different.

Variety Nights - Boogie Fever – Do You Warner Dance - A Night at

the Musicals – Big Band Sounds - Tribute Acts – Motown, Jazz and

showtunes – it’s all here for your enjoyment.

BEMBRIDGE COAST

HOTEL

4 & 5 DAYS

FROM £299

TOUR REFERENCE EZZ

DEPARTURES & PRICES

30 Sept 5 days £389

18 Oct 4 days £299

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance 5 days £28

Insurance 4 days £26

*limited

Norton Grange Holiday Village is one of the best spots on the Isle

of Wight to relax and enjoy the spectacular views of the Solent.

Explore pretty Yarmouth or take a stroll along the sea wall and

watch the yachts go by.

• 4 nights chalet style accommodation with breakfast & dinner

• Daily activity and entertainment programme

Bembridge Coast Hotel sits on a secluded eastern shore of the

Isle of Wight just metres from the glistening Solent - the perfect

seaside setting with sea breeze gardens, fantastic views, unique

beach and top-notch entertainment.

• 3 or 4 nights hotel with breakfast & dinner

• Daily activity and entertainment programme

INCLUDED EXCURSION: ‘Round the Island’ tour A must day

out with stops en-route taking a traditional clockwise route around the

‘Diamond Isle’.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: IOW Pearls & Botanic Garden Visit to the

pearl showroom near Chilton Chine with its stunning natural beach.

Accommodation upgrades subject to supplement and availability

INCLUDED EXCURSION: ‘Round the Island’ tour A must day

out with stops en-route taking a traditional clockwise route around the

‘Diamond Isle’.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Osborne House Palatial summer home of

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (admission included).

Accommodation upgrades subject to supplement and availability

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GUNTON HALL

COASTAL VILLAGE

5 DAYS

FROM £389

TOUR REFERENCE EZZ

DEPARTURES & PRICES

24 Jun £389

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £28

*limited

CORTON

COASTAL VILLAGE

5 DAYS

FROM £369

TOUR REFERENCE EZZ

DEPARTURES & PRICES

24 Jun £369

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £28

*limited

Within walking distance of the beach, Gunton Hall is located near

Lowestoft on the east coast and is surrounded by 55 acres of

woodland gardens, a picturesque lake and pitch and putt course.

• 4 nights chalet style accommodation with breakfast & dinner

• Daily activity and entertainment programme

• Theme - Essentially Musical - songs from the shows

INCLUDED EXCURSION: Sheringham & Wells-next-the-Sea Award

winning beaches, locally run shops, fishing boats and bags of Norfolk charm!

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Aldburgh & Southwold Pretty coastal

towns, beach huts, Adnams Brewery, a cliff top cannon and lots of sea air.

Accommodation upgrades subject to supplement and availability

5 DAYS

FROM £329

Lakeside Coastal Village’s traditional holiday atmosphere

strikes you the moment you arrive. Set on Hayling Island,

it has a cosy village feel with a bright courtyard at its heart

and the beach on the doorstep

LAKESIDE COASTAL VILLAGE,

HAYLING ISLAND

• Chalet style accommodation

• In common with all Warner resorts,

you can expect a lovely room,

excellent food and good entertainment

in comfortable surrounds

• All en-suite chalets include TV with

radio, tea / coffee making facilities

On the clifftops of the Suffolk’s Sunrise Coast, Corton Coastal

Village, with its lively welcoming atmosphere is all about brilliant

sea views, live entertainments, comfy chalets and deckchairs.

• 4 nights chalet style accommodation with breakfast & dinner

• Daily activity and entertainment programme

• Theme - Essentially Musical - songs from the shows

INCLUDED EXCURSION: Sheringham & Wells-next-the-Sea Award

winning beaches, locally run shops, fishing boats and bags of Norfolk charm!

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Aldburgh & Southwold Pretty coastal

towns, beach huts, Adnams Brewery, a cliff top cannon and lots of sea air.

Accommodation upgrades subject to supplement and availability

LAKESIDE COASTAL

VILLAGE

Day 1 Head to the south coast and

Lakeside Coastal Village for your 4 night

stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast. Fabulous live

entertainment.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in Hayling Island with

one included excursion and one optional.

INCLUDED EXCURSION

• South Downs Scenic Drive Journey

through the rolling hills and stop in

Petersfield, a great place to visit with the

Flora Twort Museum, the Physic Garden, the

Petersfield Museum and the Norman church

of St Peter’s. Carry onto Midhurst with two

castles, a river and a delightful centre with an

interesting museum.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Maritime Portsmouth Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant waterfront

city packed with great reasons to visit. From the pomp and ceremony of

its proud naval and maritime heritage to unique shopping destinations,

great places to eat and miles of beautiful waterfront - Portsmouth offers

something for absolutely everyone.

Day 4 Enjoy breakfast before heading back to interchange and onward to

your home towns.

Chalet upgrades subject to supplement and availability.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 4 nights chalet style

accommodation with

breakfast & dinner

• Daily activity and

entertainment

programme

• One included excursion

TOUR REFERENCE EZZ

DEPARTURES & PRICES

1 Apr £329

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £28

*limited

WARNERS SHORT BREAKS

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CRICKET ST THOMAS

HISTORIC HOTEL

4 & 5 DAYS

FROM £379

TOUR REFERENCE EZZ

DEPARTURES & PRICES

29 Apr 5 days £429

2 Aug 4 days £379

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance 5 days £28

Insurance 4 days £26

*limited

LITTLECOTE HOUSE

HISTORIC HOTEL

5 DAYS

FROM £479

TOUR REFERENCE EZZ

DEPARTURES & PRICES

5 Aug £479

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £28

*limited

Regency elegance with sweeping staircases, vast landscaped

gardens and history with croquet on the lawn and boules - at

Cricket St. Thomas in Somerset, you’ll feel ‘To the Manor Born’.

• 3 or 4 nights hotel with breakfast & dinner

• Daily activity and entertainment programme

• Theme - Variety Live - Celebration of Vegas (April only)

Littlecote House, set in 113 acres of gardens and rolling parkland,

is located near Hungerford in the Royal county of Berkshire. Its

features includes a Roman mosaic and a stained glass window

marking Henry VIII meeting Jane Seymour.

• 4 nights hotel with breakfast & dinner

• Daily activity and entertainment programme

WARNERS SHORT BREAKS

INCLUDED EXCURSION: Capital City of Devon - Exeter Full of

character, ancient history and a magnificent cathedral.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Dorchester & Weymouth (5 day only)

6000 years of history in Dorchester and lovely beaches in Weymouth.

Accommodation upgrades subject to supplement and availability

4 & 5 DAYS

FROM £359

INCLUDED EXCURSION: Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum &

Village Picturesque village and TV and film location with visit to the quirky

Abbey and Fox Talbot Museum (entrance included).

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Traditional Horse Boat Experience Enjoy

a leisurely canal cruise with The Kennet Horse Boat Company. Hungerford for

free time.

Accommodation upgrades subject to supplement and availability

BODELWYDDAN

CASTLE HISTORIC HOTEL

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 or 4 nights hotel with

breakfast & dinner

• Daily activity and

entertainment

programme

• One included excursion

Bodelwyddan Castle is situated in North Wales and is set

in the original castle grounds. This Grade II listed Victorian

folly has all the amenities of a modern hotel and is

surrounded by magnificent, dramatic scenery – a setting

between mountains and coast.

BODELWYDDAN CASTLE

HISTORIC HOTEL, NORTH WALES

• Hotel style accommodation

• In common with all Warner resorts,

you can expect a lovely room,

excellent food and good entertainment

in comfortable surrounds

• All en-suite rooms include TV with

radio, tea / coffee making facilities

Day 1 Relax and your journey to North

Wales. A comfort stop will be made en

route to Bodelwyddan. 3 or 4 nights with

dinner, bed & breakfast. Full entertainment

programme.

Day 2 - 3 (or 4) At leisure with one

included excursion.

TOUR REFERENCE EZZ

DEPARTURES & PRICES

5 Jul 4 days £359

2 Sep 5 days £449

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance 4 days £26

Insurance 5 days £28

*limited

INCLUDED EXCURSION

• Llandudno To the beautiful coast and bustling Llandudno, one of the most

popular seaside resorts in North Wales. A wonderful promenade along the

Blue Flag beach and the longest pier in Wales are all yours to enjoy today.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Medieval Chester Rightly considered one of England’s best preserved

medieval cities, Chester has many picturesque shopping streets and a

Norman Castle which make for an interesting day out.

Return Day Travel back to interchange with a pleasant stop on the way.

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2 DAYS

FROM £159

ALVASTON HALL HOTEL

IRISH MUSIC NIGHT

4 DAYS

FROM £349

NEW

TOUR REFERENCE EZZ

DEPARTURES & PRICES

5 Apr £349

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £26

*limited

An enchanting half-timbered Victorian country house a short

distance from the riverside town of Nantwich in the leafy

Cheshire countryside. A perfect retreat with its own golf course,

indoor swimming pool and much more.

• 3 nights hotel with breakfast & dinner

• Daily activity and entertainment programme

INCLUDED EXCURSION: Historic City of Chester One of England’s

best preserved cities with Roman walls and ‘The Rows’.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Emma Bridgewater Factory Tour An

inspiring tour of the atmospheric Victorian factory in Stoke-on-Trent.

Accommodation upgrades subject to supplement and availability

NIDD HALL HOTEL

5 DAYS

FROM £479

TOUR REFERENCE EZZ

DEPARTURES & PRICES

22 Jul £479

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £28

*limited

Come and join the ‘craic’ with an evening of traditional

Irish music! A superb line up awaits headed by Barry

Doyle aka Farmer Dan and his band. Don’t be afraid to join

in! Sláinte! Visits to the fabulous Camden Market and the

unique cathedral city of St Albans are included.

Day 1 Head to Camden Market in North

London. An eclectic collection of over

1000 independent shops and stalls selling

all manner of art, vintage clothing and

curiosities. For foodies, there are plenty of

cult cafes and top-notch street food. One of

London’s great days out! Head to Elstree to

check in for an evening of fun and a full-on

Irish night*. Buffet dinner followed by live

entertainment including The Benn Sisters,

Kathy Durkin & the Barry Doyle Band and

Stephen Smyth & his band.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 1 night accommodation

at 4* Holiday Inn Elstree

with breakfast

• Use of hotel leisure

facilities including

indoor pool

• 3-course buffet dinner

with tea or coffee

• Fantastic evening of

entertainment in the

hotel with Irish Music

Night

TOUR REFERENCE EIM

DEPARTURES & PRICES

24 Feb £159

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £40

Insurance £22

Day 2 After breakfast depart for the

nearby market city of St Albans. The city’s colourful and ancient history

includes its Roman heritage as well as beautiful medieval architecture.

Why not visit the landmark St Albans Cathedral? Time at leisure, head to

interchange and onward to your home towns.

*Entertainment is correct at time of going to print. Acts and timings are

subject to change without prior notice.

WARNERS SHORT BREAKS \ ONE NIGHT SPECIALS

This popular hotel is a 1820s Grade II listed retreat in 45 acres

of verdant parkland near Harrogate in a peaceful location on the

edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

• 4 nights hotel with breakfast & dinner

• Daily activity and entertainment programme

INCLUDED EXCURSION: York Beautiful, medieval, compact riverside

city with over 2000 years of history in its ancient streets and walls.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION: Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Accommodation upgrades subject to supplement and availability

HOLIDAY INN,

ELSTREE

• Modern hotel located north of

London just off A1

• Good facilities including restaurant,

bar with open plan lounge and leisure

club with swimming pool

• Bedrooms feature TV, in-room

safe, hairdryer and tea / coffee

making facilities

• Irish music night held in dedicated

function room

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4 DAYS

FROM £299

WESTON-SUPER-MARE –

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

EDINBURGH

MILITARY TATTOO

4 DAYS

FROM £389

FAVOURITE

FAVOURITE

© Visit Britain

SPECIALS

Shake off the winter blues with this special Turkey & Tinsel

break to the annual Winter Carnival. Stunning illuminated

floats with up to 25,000 light bulbs brighten a wintery

Friday night.

DEPARTURES & PRICES

8 Nov £299

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Day 1 Travel to Weston-super-Mare

with tea & coffee on arrival. Dinner,

Insurance £26

bed & breakfast. More than 140 illuminated floats, marching bands and

entertainers parade through the town.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in Weston-Super-Mare with two included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Cheddar Gorge & Wells Journey through the Mendip Hills to the famous

Cheddar Gorge with its dramatic cliffs rising 450ft and stunning stalactite

caverns. Travel on to the tiny city of Wells with its magnificent cathedral.

• Scenic Drive with stops in Glastonbury & charming Street.

Day 4 Head homeward via Marlborough to arrive early / mid-evening.

SMITHS HOTEL,

WESTON–SUPER-MARE

• Prime sea-front location with

magnificent views across Weston Bay

• Residents’ lounge, restaurant, bar and

outdoor terrace some entertainment

most nights

• 50 refurbished bedrooms with

private facilities (mostly with walk-in

shower), TV and tea / coffee making

• There is a small lift

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• Porterage

• Welcome drink on

arrival

• Included excursions

as stated

TOUR REFERENCE EWE

*limited

Since 1950, the internationally acclaimed Edinburgh

Military Tattoo plays out every August against the

magnificent backdrop of the floodlit castle. The delicate

play of lights on the Castle ramparts, the vibrancy of

the music and the excited applause of the thousands of

spectators make this a spectacle that is unrivalled. Early

booking is essential due to the limited availability of tickets.

Day 1 Head northbound with suitable

refreshments stops en-route. Arrive at your

hotel early evening for a 3 night stay.

2 dinners, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Edinburgh & The Spectacular Military Tattoo Time for

exploration, shopping and sightseeing in the Scottish capital. You may like to

join an optional guided city tour. After free time take your seats this evening

(mid-price range entrance included) for the world famous Tattoo. The swell

of pipes and drums signals the start of one of the greatest shows on earth.

Dinner at your leisure. Bed & Breakfast.

Day 3 Loch Lomond & The Trossachs Enjoy some wonderful Scottish

scenery along the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond, the largest expanse of

freshwater in Great Britain. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 4 After breakfast return homewards.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights with

breakfast & 2 evening

meals

• Entrance to Military

Tattoo

• Full day excursion to

Loch Lomond & The

Trossachs

TOUR REFERENCE EEU

DEPARTURES & PRICES

11 Aug £389

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £65

Insurance £26

RIVERSIDE LODGE HOTEL,

IRVINE

• Ayrshire’s premier hotel

• Brasserie, Cocktail Bar & Lounge

• Soothing contemporary decor

• All 128 rooms offer free toiletries,

WiFi, hairdryer & tea/coffee making

• No lift but some ground floor rooms

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Getaways for Solo Travellers

Many of our customers travel solo on holiday, so whether you

want to meet new people, travel with a friend but prefer your

own room, or simply want some much-needed ‘me’ time, you’ll

find nothing is too much trouble on our singles holidays.

We know that travelling solo can be daunting, and we aim to make

your holiday hassle-free. So once you are on board you can relax -

we’ll take care of all the little details.

NO SINGLE

SUPPLEMENT

3 DAYS

FROM £239

EXQUISITE BATH & THE

COTSWOLDS

CHATSWORTH

HOUSE & THE DALES

4 DAYS

FROM £369

Unspoilt stone villages with duck ponds, bridges spanning

lovely rivers and hillsides scattered with stately homes

– what could be lovelier? Perhaps your included visit to

Chatsworth House with afternoon tea? Why not try your

hand at our weekend quiz sheet for a chance to win a

holiday voucher.

Day 1 A pleasant stop will be made

en-route to your hotel for the next 3 nights

with breakfast & dinner.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Chatsworth House & Afternoon Tea

Chatsworth House has over 30 rooms

to explore, from the magnificent Painted

Hall to the family-used chapel, regal State

Rooms and beautiful Sculpture Gallery.

Afternoon tea here is included.

• Derbyshire Dales & Peaks Tour Pretty

Bakewell and Buxton with its charming

arcades will be seen today plus Matlock

Bath, one of the country’s first tourist

destinations which retains much of the

character and interest that impressed

early visitors.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 nights accommodation

(double for sole use)

with breakfast & dinner

• Entry to Chatsworth

House

• Afternoon tea at

Chatsworth

• Derbyshire Peaks &

Dales Tour

• Welcome drink

before dinner

• Quiz sheet competition

TOUR REFERENCE ESB

DEPARTURES & PRICES

16 Aug £369

4 Oct £369

SUPPLEMENTS

Insurance £26

Day 4 Return back to the local area today and onward to your home

towns.

DERBYSHIRE HOTEL,

S. NORMANTON

• Modern hotel in a peaceful setting

• Spacious bar, lounge and restaurant

• Indoor heated pool, gym & spa

• No lift but low & ground floor rooms

• All single rooms are double for

sole use

This special weekend break takes you through scenic

countryside for a stylish 2-night stay on the edge of the

beautiful Cotswolds. Relax and unwind and enjoy a full

day out in Bath, one of Britain’s most appealing cities with

its glorious Georgian architecture, Roman heritage

and sophisticated Regency tradition. Why not try your

hand at our weekend quiz sheet for a chance to win a

holiday voucher?

Day 1 Once on board your holiday coach,

relax for your journey west. An interesting

stop will be made in Oxford with time to

look round and lunch. Continue on through

some very pretty scenery to arrive at the

Alexandra House mid-afternoon. 2 nights

with dinner, bed & breakfast. Meet up your

fellow passengers for a sherry reception

before dinner.

Day 2 Full day included excursion

to Bath.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 2 nights accommodation

(double for sole use)

with breakfast & dinner

• Full day to Bath

• Quiz sheet competition

• Welcome reception

before dinner

• Porterage

TOUR REFERENCE ESB

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Bath Bath’s compact, visitor-friendly

centre is overflowing with places to eat and

drink, plus some of the finest independent

shops in Britain. Immerse yourself in Bath’s

remarkable collection of museums and

galleries and enjoy Bath’s stunning honeycoloured

Georgian architecture, straight from a Jane Austen novel. Your driver

may offer an optional city tour.

Day 3 A stop in delightful Benson on the River Thames will be made

en-route to interchange. The Waterfront restaurant with its glass veranda

provides an excellent spot to watch the boats and enjoy a spot of lunch.

ALEXANDRA HOUSE HOTEL,

SWINDON

• A modern, stylish hotel on the edge of

the Cotswolds

• 154 contemporary bedrooms set in

a peaceful location within acres of

grounds

• All rooms have TV & tea/coffee making

• Leisure club

DEPARTURES & PRICES

3 May £239

5 Jul £249

13 Sep £239

SUPPLEMENTS

Insurance £24

• Modern restaurant and bar lounge

• All rooms are double for sole use

SOLO SPECIALS

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4 DAYS

FROM £329

CHELSEA

FLOWER SHOW

COTSWOLDS BLOSSOM

TRAIL – RAIL & SAIL

FAVOURITE

3 DAYS

FROM £309

TOUR REFERENCE EFC

DEPARTURES & PRICES

24 May £309

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £65

Insurance £24

Whether you’re a green-fingered god or goddess, or a gardening

novice keen to gather tips and grow ideas, you’re sure to love

this unmissable event. The show gardens take you on a grand tour

of the world, drawing inspiration from a wide variety of countries

and cultures.

The three counties of Worcestershire, Gloucester &

Herefordshire are a picture in the springtime when the fruit

trees come into blossom and the daffodils are out. Based in

a historic hotel in the centre of Worcester, this lovely

springtime break includes a steam train ride and river cruise.

SHORT BREAKS - FLOWERS & MYSTERY

• Hotel for 2 nights in the 4 *Crowne Plaza Heathrow

• Full Cooked English Breakfast & Buffet Dinner

• Tea or Coffee after dinner

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS Chelsea Flower Show Over 500 exhibitors

make this show the UK’s most prestigious flower show. Entrance included.

Richmond Leisure and time for lunch before checking into hotel.

Windsor soak up the royal atmosphere before returning to interchange.

MYSTERY

WEEKENDS

3 DAYS

FROM £189

TOUR REFERENCE EMW

DEPARTURES & PRICES

10 May £189

13 Sep £189

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £30

Insurance £24

Day 1 Travel to Worcester with

refreshment stop en-route. Short guided

walk on arrival. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Days 2 - 3 At leisure in Worcester with

two included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Severn Valley Railway & Guided

Blossom Trail From Kidderminster take the

train journey to Bridgnorth with free time

before a 2 hour guided coach tour of the

Evesham Blossom Trail, starting at Pershore.

• Three Counties Tour Stops in Tewkesbury,

with its ancient Abbey and the pretty towns

of Upton-upon-Severn and Ledbury. Onto

Hereford and Victorian Malvern

overlooked by the beautiful

Malvern Hills.

Day 4 A 45 minute boat

trip with commentary starts

your day then journey back

through the Cotswolds as

you head home.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 nights with breakfast

& dinner

• Guided Walk –

Worcester

• Guided Tour of Blossom

Trail

• Steam Railway Journey

• River Avon Boat Trip

TOUR REFERENCE EMH

DEPARTURES & PRICES

26 Apr £329

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £50

Insurance £26

Brilliant holiday. The driver

was marvellous.

MRS G

We thought this holiday break

was very enjoyable and good

value for money.

MR & MRS C

Fancy something a bit different this year, then a Mystery

Weekend could fit the bill nicely! Comfortable travel, minimum

3* accommodation plus an excellent excursion! The top secret

destination could be coastal, inland, up hill or down dale – your

driver will keep you guessing.

• Hotel for 2 nights in mystery destination with dinner, bed & breakfast

• Full Day Tour

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS A full day mystery excursion (may

involve some walking).

FOWNES HOTEL,

WORCESTER

• Redbrick hotel in a converted

Victorian glove factory

• Few minutes’ walk from Worcester

Cathedral

• Bar and restaurant

• 61 elegant bedrooms with hairdryer

and tea / coffee making

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4 DAYS

FROM £319

HARROGATE FLOWER

SHOWS

3 DAYS

FROM £249

RHS FLOWER SHOW –

CHATSWORTH HOUSE

FAVOURITE

If you have already experienced Chelsea, Hampton Court

and Tatton Park, then a visit to the Harrogate Flower Show

is a perfect alternative. The shows are perfect for garden

lovers with beautiful show gardens and a vast range of

plants. A visit to the highly rated RHS Garden Harlow Carr is

also included.

Set within the 1000 acre parkland of the Chatsworth

Estate, the RHS is embarking on a new show. A striking

reconstruction of Joseph Paxton’s magnificent Great

Conservatory is the spectacular setting for amazing floral

displays.

Day 1 Head northwards, pausing for

refreshment opportunities, to your hotel

for your 3-night stay with welcome drink.

Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Harrogate Flower Show Visit the

major independent horticultural show

of the season - Harrogate Flower Show,

(entrance included).

• RHS Garden Harlow Carr Visit RHS

Garden Harlow Carr which covers 68 acres.

The garden has a wide variety of growing

landscapes, from running and still water

to woodland and wildflower meadows,

(entrance included).

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• Visit and Entrance to

RHS Harlow Carr

• Visit and Entrance to

Harrogate Flower Show

• Tea/coffee after dinner

• Use of leisure facilities

• Porterage

TOUR REFERENCE EHF

DEPARTURES & PRICES

26 Apr £319

13 Sep £319

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £70

Insurance £26

Day 1 Enjoy a scenic drive to Eastwood

Hall to check in for your 2-night stay.

Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Get the most from your included

visit to RHS Flower Show Chatsworth and

discover a range of Show Gardens like no

other. Exciting categories such as FreeForm

will provide a blank canvas for designers to

showcase their daring and innovative ideas.

Day 3 Journey back south with an

interesting lunch stop en-route.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 2 nights with breakfast

& dinner

• Visit & Entrance to RHS

Flower Show

• Porterage

TOUR REFERENCE EFS

DEPARTURES & PRICES

7 Jun £249

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £24

*limited

FLOWER SPECIALS

Day 4 Travel homeward with a stop en-route in Stamford, ‘the finest

stone town in England’ and much loved location by TV and film makers.

An all round great experience which I look forward to

repeating again sometime in the future.

MRS H

CEDAR COURT,

WAKEFIELD

• Along with a restaurant, this smokefree

hotel has an indoor pool and a

health club

• Free WiFi in public areas

• Additionally, a bar/lounge, a coffee

shop/café, and a spa tub are onsite.

• Lift & Tea/Coffee facilities in all rooms

• Single rooms are double for sole use

EASTWOOD HALL,

NOTTINGHAM

• Set in 26 acres of landscaped grounds

in Eastwood, birthplace of DH

Lawrence

• Beautifully restored and extended to

mix old with new

• Indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna,

gym and snooker

• All bedrooms have TV, hair dryer,

tea / coffee making

• There is a lift

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BLENHEIM PALACE

FLOWER SHOW

4 DAYS

FROM £319

4 DAYS

FROM £469

4* CHÂTEAU CHIC &

CHANTILLY FLOWERS

NEW

NEW

© Pascaline Noack

FLOWER SPECIALS

The picture-perfect British stately home of Blenheim

Palace sits among more than 2000 acres of extraordinary

landscaped parkland and formal gardens. The ever-popular

Blenheim Palace Flower Show is the highlight of this tour

now in its seventh year.

Day 1 Oxford makes a great break in

your journey with time for sightseeing and

lunch. Continuing on mid-afternoon to your

hotel for the next 3 nights. Dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Blenheim Palace Flower Show Entry

included to the Park, Gardens and Flower

Show. A wonderful three-day event, to

celebrate the very best of gardening, home

and lifestyle. Explore the show gardens and

shopping village, attend talks and don’t

forget a walk around the Palace’s Formal

Gardens for some inspiration!

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 nights at Whately Hall

with breakfast & dinner

• Visit & entry to Park,

Garden & Blenheim

Palace Flower Show

• Visit & Full Story

Ticket to Shakespeare’s

New Place

• Visits to Oxford &

Bicester Village

TOUR REFERENCE EBF

DEPARTURES & PRICES

21 Jun £319

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £30

• Shakespeare’s Stratford Full Story Ticket

includes Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Shakespeare’s New Place, Hall’s Croft,

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage and Mary Arden’s Farm.

Walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and meet the man behind the works in

a fascinating new exhibition. Discover beautiful gardens and especiallycommissioned

artworks.

Looking for something a little bit extra special? The

enchanting 4* Château de Montvillargenne, set in

magnificent parkland, is your stylish base for this

spectacular floral weekend. Entrance is included to ‘Les

Journées des Plantes Flower Show’ at the impressive

Château de Chantilly plus a visit to the handsome city of

Meaux on the River Marne.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to

Calais and continue through Picardy for

your 3-night stay. Fine dining set dinner

with wine each evening, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Meaux & Chantilly Famous for

Brie, the remarkable Museum of the Great

War and its heritage centre, Meaux is one of

France’s towns of Art & History. Also time

at leisure in elegant Chantilly town centre.

Day 3 Les Journées des Plantes A full

day to stroll around what has become the

main event for European horticulture in the

French calendar. Set against the backdrop of

the magnificent Domaine de Chantilly with

the famous Château at its heart, your ticket

includes entrance to the Château itself, the

Museum of the Horse housed within the

Great Stables complex and the exquisite

landscaped gardens.

Day 4 Travel back to Calais for the return to England.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 nights in 4* Chateau

hotel in annex rooms

with set dinner &

breakfast

• ¼ bottle of wine,

mineral water and

coffee each night with

dinner

• Porterage

• Entrance ticket to Les

Journees des Plantes

• Excursions as stated

TOUR REFERENCE CCF

Insurance £26 DEPARTURES & PRICES

18 Oct £469

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £165

Insurance £35

Day 4 With many happy memories stop at Bicester Village for some

retail therapy and then continue to interchange in the afternoon.

CHÂTEAU DE

MONTVILLARGENNE,

CHANTILLY

MERCURE WHATELY HALL

HOTEL, BANBURY

• A characterful 17th century hotel

with beautifully manicured gardens

to the rear

• Gorgeous oak-panelled Swifts

restaurant & Horton’s Bar

• 69 en-suite bedrooms have hairdryer,

TV, tea/coffee making, iron, ironing

board & WiFi

• There is a lift to most rooms

• Steeped in rich culture and heritage,

the hotel is set in 15 acres of parkland

• Facilities include an indoor pool,

sauna, restaurant, bar and terrace

• Hotel includes a modern extension

annex connected to the main building

via a corridor (6 steps). This is where

Crusader bedrooms will be located

• Rooms have a contemporary

style and offer TV, hairdryer and

tea / coffee making facilities

• There is a lift

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5 DAYS

FROM £529

4 DAYS

FROM £359

GERMANY IN BLOOM &

ROMANTIC HEIDELBERG

DUTCH DAHLIAS

ON PARADE

NEW

© Mark Maas

Every other year, a different city plays host to Germany’s

National Flower & Garden Show. In 2019, this epic floral

festival of innovative gardening takes place in the city of

Heilbronn. Visitors can expect a floral spectacular set against

a powerful backdrop of industrial and urban architecture. This

special departure combines a day at the show with visits to

Romantic Heidelberg and the charming Saarland.

Join us for this colourful weekend at the annual Zundert

Flower Parade. Using half a million locally grown

dahlias, twenty nearby villages compete to craft giant,

elaborate floats covered in the pom-pom like blooms. The

spectacular creations wind their way through the town and

you will enjoy the dazzling action with a seated ticket for the

parade as well as street entertainment, music and stalls.

Day 1 Cross the Channel to Calais and

onto Luxembourg for dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 2 Saarland Discovery

To pretty Saarburg with its extraordinary

town centre 20m waterfall and then onto

the phenomenal horseshoe bend in the

River Saar. A guided visit of Villeroy &

Boch, the world-renowned producers of

ceramics and tableware, is included. Off

to Mosbach and your hotel for 2 nights.

Dinner, bed & breakfast plus an included

wine tasting.

Day 3 ‘Blossoming Life’ At Heilbronn

Explore the monumental floral displays

and innovative horticulture at the 2019

‘Bundesgartenschau’. This isn’t just any

flower show - it is one of the largest in the

world. Packed lunch included.

Day 4 Romantic Heidelberg Enjoy

this fabulous baroque old town with a

guided walking tour including the majestic

castle (entrance and return funicular ride

included). Head to Saarlouis for the final

dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 5 Back through France to Calais for

the return crossing to England.

HOTEL LAMM,

MOSBACH

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotels for 4 nights with

dinner & breakfast

• Porterage at Hotel

Lamm

• Wine tasting in Mosbach

• Entrance ticket to the

Federal Garden Show in

Heilbronn

• One packed lunch on

day 3

• Guided tour of

Heidelberg Old Town

and Castle

• Return funicular ride

to castle

• Entrance to Heidelberg

Castle

• Saarland excursion

as shown including

entrance and tour of

Villeroy & Boch

TOUR REFERENCE CHH

• Part half-timbered building, part

modern annex

• Situated in the historic town centre

• Restaurant serve regional cuisine

• Renovated bedrooms with TV & WiFi

• Lift to all floors

DEPARTURES & PRICES

24 Jun £529

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £100

Insurance £37

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover

to Calais and continue to Breda for your

3-night stay. Buffet dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in Breda, with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Breda & Dordrecht Breda is an

unexpected delight of a city with its

beautiful historic centre, numerous

terraced cafes and a distinctive bon-vivant

atmosphere. Onto Holland’s oldest city,

Dordrecht with its 100s of monuments,

ancient warehouses and inner city harbours.

Best discovered on foot, you may like to

follow the ‘Rondje Dordt’, a signposted walk

around the historic centre.

• Zundert Flower Parade The highlight of the weekend – the ‘Corso

Zundert’, the biggest flower parade in the world. It is just a short transfer

to the village of Zundert, birthplace of Vincent Van Gogh, for this annual,

vibrant spectacle. Marvel at the riot of colour as the towering floats pass by.

Seated ticket included.

Day 4 Travel back to Calais for the return to England.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights

with breakfast &

buffet dinner

• Two included excursions

as shown

• Seated ticket in area

B at the Zundert

Flower Parade

TOUR REFERENCE CZP

AMRATH HOTEL BRABANT,

BREDA

• Modern, out of town hotel, a few

minutes’ drive from central Breda

• Free use of indoor pool

• Guestrooms with TV, free WiFi plus

tea / coffee making facilities

• On-site restaurant

• There is a lift

DEPARTURES & PRICES

30 Aug £359

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £120

Insurance £35

FLOWER SPECIALS

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4 DAYS

FROM £459

NORMANDY

TULIP FESTIVAL

NIGHT OF 1000

FLAMES

5 DAYS

FROM £459

REVISED

TOUR REFERENCE CDV

DEPARTURES & PRICES

14 April £459

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £130

Insurance £37

SHORT BREAKS - FLOWERS \ SPECIAL

Enjoy the very best of Normandy combined with a special visit to

the Tulip Festival at Chateau de Vendeuvre. Now in its 14th year,

the extensive Chateau gardens become a riot of colour with at

least 30,000 spring bulbs of tulip, narcissus, crocus and hyacinths.

See also page 88 for full details.

• Hotel for 4 nights in Lisieux at 3* Grand Hotel de l’Esperance with dinner

& breakfast

• Porterage

• Welcome drink on arrival

• Tea / coffee with dinner

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS: Deauville and picturesque Honfleur.

Cider & Calvados visit and tasting. Chateau de Vendeuvre and

Gardens. Rouen.

CHRYSANTHEMUMS IN

THE BLACK FOREST

4 DAYS

FROM £299

TOUR REFERENCE CBF

DEPARTURES & PRICES

1 Nov £299

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £35

Insurance £35

Every year villages and towns along the Rhine Valley

celebrate a series of spectacular ‘Rhine in Flames’ Festivals.

Sensational firework displays light up the sky and flotillas

of river boats illuminate the pretty stretches of the River

Rhine where thousands of people watch on in awe. Join

this fabulous weekend break based in popular Rüdesheim

and experience the ‘Night of 1000 Flames’ extravaganza at

Oberwesel from the deck of a river cruise boat.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to

Calais and continue to lovely Rüdesheim for

3 night stay. Evening snack, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 A free day in pretty Rüdesheim,

home of the vibrant Drosselgasse, lined with

restaurants, bars and shops. Lunch included

at hotel today. Evening Rhine dinner

cruise departs Rüdesheim with 3-course set

menu, music and great views of the ‘Night

of 1000 Flames’ firework spectacular at

Oberwesel. Cruise back late.

Day 3 An included excursion to the

fashionable city of Wiesbaden, one of

the oldest spa towns in Europe, full of

magnificent neoclassical buildings, beautiful

expanses of parkland and elegant shops.

Day 4 After an early start, travel back to

Calais for the return to England.

• Hotel for 3 nights with

breakfast daily, snack

on arrival (Fri), 1 dinner

(Sun), 1 lunch (Sat)

• Porterage

• Welcome drink

Thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of this holiday.

Wonderful time! MRS E

PRICE INCLUDES

• Rhine cruise with

3-course set dinner and

music (Sat)

• Excursion to Wiesbaden

TOUR REFERENCE CCF

DEPARTURES & PRICES

13 Sep £459

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £70

Insurance £35

Stay at a Crusader favourite hotel and visit historic Lahr in the

Black Forest for the annual Chrysanthemum Festival. Soak

up the intense oranges, yellows and the reds of thousands of

chrysanthemums created into fascinating arrangements. Also see

page 96 for other departure dates to the Black Forest.

• Hotel for 3 nights in Kehl-Kork at 3* Hotel Ochsen with breakfast, 2

dinners & late evening snack on Day 1

• Welcome drink on arrival & porterage

• Guided tour of Lahr

INCLUDED EXCURSION: Strasbourg (optional guided city tour).

Chrysanthemum Festival – Lahr Discover the intricate flower

arrangements in the old town with a guided tour.

PARKHOTEL,

RÜDESHEIM AM RHEIN

• Centrally located, just 100 yards

from famous Drosselgasse just 100

yards away

• Restaurant and a lovely riverside

terrace serving cakes, ice creams and

local wines

• 91 comfortable guestrooms with TV

and either bath or shower, are on

four levels

• Lift to all floors

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Cruising with Crusader

Cruising is proving an increasingly popular way to discover Europe and in 2019, we are offering a wider

selection of ocean and river cruising than ever before. Combine the delights of coaching with a relaxing

voyage – the perfect blend!

No plane to catch, no need to keep re-packing luggage - everything is taken care of.

All you need to do is sit back, relax and let the sights come to you.

GOOD TO KNOW

• Full valid travel insurance is a requirement for ALL cruises

• A valid passport is compulsory for ALL cruises

• Some cruise companies offer ‘all-inclusive’ on board, some do

not (but may offer pre-paid drinks packages)

• Non-refundable deposits for cruise holidays are higher than

for normal coach holidays. This is a requirement of the cruise

companies

• Cancellation charges and final payment due dates are

different to normal coach holidays

• Name changes / transfer of bookings are chargeable

• At time of booking, please provide the following information

for each passenger:

• Date of birth, nationality, passport number & expiry date

• Emergency contact person & number

• Insurance details

OCEAN CRUISING

We are working with Cruise & Maritime Voyages (CMV), Britain’s

leading independent cruise line, who operate a fleet of small to

medium sized ships sailing from various UK ports. Your coach and

driver will take you to your port of embarkation and then pick

you up again at the end of the cruise. Once on board, ship staff

will take care of your every need and you will be able to enjoy

a whole range of optional shore excursions (at additional cost),

activities, dining and entertainment.

CRUISING

RIVER CRUISING

Croisi Europe and Trans River Line are our partners for the 2019

river cruising programme which will take you through some of

Europe’s greatest waterways. With river banks always in sight,

regular stops are made for sightseeing along the way. Your

Crusader coach and driver follow the ship to operate excursions

(included and optional) exclusively for you. You can, of course,

also join one of the excursions operated by the cruise company

(at additional cost), where available. For some cruises, we have

been able to combine the cruise with an interesting itinerary and

hotel/s en-route to and from the port.

DEPOSITS & FINAL PAYMENT

CRUISE TYPE NO OF DAYS DEPOSIT

FINAL PAYMENT

PRIOR TO DEPARTURE

River Cruises N/A £150pp 98 days

Ocean Cruises Less than 4 days £150pp 98 days

4 days or more £250pp 98 days

CANCELLATION CHARGES

DATE OF CANCELLATION RIVER CRUISES OCEAN CRUISES

Prior to 98 days Loss of Deposit Loss of Deposit

98 – 45 days 90% 90%

44 – 0 days 100% 100%

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DUTCH BULBFIELD

CRUISE

5 DAYS

FROM £599

GERMAN CHRISTMAS

MARKET CRUISE

4 DAYS

FROM £459

PRICE HELD

FOR 2019

© Piel Medi

CRUISING

Take to the water for Easter and see the dazzling rainbow

displays of Dutch tulips in the Spring. Enjoy all the comforts

of the attractive 3* river cruise ship, MV Esmeralda, as you

admire the ever changing scenery floating by.

Day 1 Cross the Channel and continue to

Holland for embarkation and dinner. Dock

in Zaandam overnight.

Day 2 Zaandam - Amsterdam Join the

optional excursion or relax on board.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Zaanse Schans An open air living

museum with windmills and reconstructed

historic wooden houses (admission to

museum and windmill not included).

Cruise this afternoon to Amsterdam to

explore the Dutch capital. Full board in

Amsterdam overnight.

Day 3 Keukenhof Gardens & Hoorn

A full day through the glorious bulbfields

and an included visit to Keukenhof

Gardens. Rejoin the cruise in historic Hoorn

on the IJsselmeer (no included lunch today).

Day 4 Cruising to Alkmaar

A full day afloat to the canal city of

Alkmaar. Captain’s Farewell Dinner. Dock

overnight in Alkmaar.

Day 4 Early start back to Calais and

onward journey home.

PRICE INCLUDES

• MV Esmeralda Cruise for

4 nights full board (NB

no lunch on Day 3)

• Afternoon tea & biscuits

daily

• Onboard snacks at 23.00

• Captain’s Farewell Dinner

• Included coach tour to

Bulbfields

• Entrance to Keukenhof

Gardens

• Welcome drink on

embarkation

• Onboard entertainment

for 2 nights

• Porterage

TOUR REFERENCE CBC

DEPARTURES & PRICES

19 Apr £599

SUPPLEMENTS

Single

POA

Upper Deck Cabin

(per cabin)

£130

Insurance £37

When it comes to Christmas markets, nowhere does it

quite like Germany. This special departure combines the

best of the Yuletide atmosphere with a relaxing Rhine Cruise,

taking in two fabulous festive markets – Koblenz and

Cologne. Your coach and driver follow and meet you at each

port of call.

Day 1 Rüdesheim Cross from Dover

to Calais onto Rüdesheim to board the

MV Esmeralda for your 3 night cruise.

Full board including buffet breakfast, set

lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. On board

entertainment on one night. Dock overnight

in Rüdesheim.

Day 2 Koblenz Cruise all morning

through the most spectacular part of the

Rhine Gorge passing by the famous Loreley

Rock to Koblenz to arrive around lunchtime.

Spend the afternoon at leisure to explore

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 nights full board cruise

on the MV Esmeralda

• Afternoon tea with

biscuits

• Tea / coffee after dinner

• Set lunch each day

• Porterage assistance

• On-board entertainment

for one night

TOUR REFERENCE CXZ

DEPARTURES & PRICES

29 Nov £459

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (on request) £130

Upper Deck Cabin

(per cabin)

£90

Insurance £35

one of Germany’s oldest cities and its Christmas markets. Dock overnight

in Koblenz.

Day 3 Cologne Cruise to the vibrant city of Cologne where the festive

activity takes place around the cathedral and the old town. Captain’s

Farewell Dinner with a small gift for the ladies.

Day 4 Disembark early to travel back through Germany, Belgium and

France to Calais for the return to England.

MV ESMERALDA

• Comfortable river cruise ship decorated in traditional Dutch style

• 63 cabins with TV, minisafe, en-suite shower and WC

• All cabins are located on the outside (no inner) and have two single beds

(no bunks)

• Lounge and restaurant

• Lift between the promenade deck and main deck

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5 DAYS

FROM £879

7 DAYS

FROM £999

CRUISING THE SEINE

VALLEY – ‘ALL INCLUSIVE’

MOSELLE & RHINE

CRUISE

NEW

Discover the history, idyllic landscapes and culture that

border the Seine Valley with its hidden secrets. This

‘all-inclusive’ departure takes you along the must-see sights

of this mythical river from romantic Paris to charming

Honfleur aboard the premium ship MS Seine Princess with a

capacity of just 138 passengers.

Experience the magic of two rivers with a 4-night Croisi

Europe cruise which passes the steep cliffs, lush vineyards

and romantic castles of the Moselle and Rhine valleys.

Overnight hotels are included to ensure a relaxed start and

finish to your holiday.

Day 1 Cross the Channel to Calais

and continue to central Paris for evening

embarkation with welcome drink and

dinner. Magical ‘Paris by Night’ tour (water

levels permitting).

Day 2 Paris – Poissy - Rouen Early

morning cruising to Poissy. Included

excursion to Château de Malmaison,

Napoleon’s wife, Josephine’s home until her

death in 1814. Afternoon cruising towards

Rouen. Full board.

Day 3 Rouen - Honfleur Included

walking tour of the old town of Rouen

where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake.

Afternoon cruising to medieval Honfleur.

Full board with Gala evening.

Day 4 Honfleur It’s hard not to fall in

love with the maritime charm of Honfleur’s

old harbour. Time at leisure to explore.

Included afternoon excursion along the

Côte Fleurie to fashionable Deauville and

laid-back Trouville with time to explore

Honfleur. Farewell dinner on-board. Full

board.

Day 5 Morning disembarkation in

Honfleur and then direct to Calais for the

return to England.

MS SEINE PRINCESSE

PRICE INCLUDES

• MS Seine Princess for 4

nights ‘all inclusive’ full

board

• Unlimited selected

drinks on-board

(exclusions apply)

• Welcome cocktail &

Gala evening

• Porterage, port fees &

taxes

• Activities &

entertainment most

nights

• Excursion programme

exclusive to Crusader

Holidays passengers

(as detailed)

• Entrance to Château de

Malmaison

• Guided tour of Rouen

TOUR REFERENCE CPT

DEPARTURES & PRICES

5 May £879

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £280

Upper Deck Cabin

(per cabin)

£220

Insurance £37

+

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to

Calais and onto Luxembourg for dinner &

overnight at 3* Grand Hotel Vianden.

Day 2 - 3 Vianden – Little

Switzerland – Trier Included guided

walking tour of medieval Vianden and

castle. Continue through ‘Little Switzerland’

to Trier for embarkation with welcome drink

and dinner.

Day 3 Roman Trier - Cochem Included

guided tour of Roman Trier after breakfast.

Lunch on board and cruise the Moselle all

afternoon to Cochem. Full board.

Day 4 Cochem – Koblenz Morning

at leisure in charming Cochem with its

dramatic castle town. Cruise to Koblenz.

Full board.

Day 5 Koblenz – Mainz – Cruise

overnight Cruise down the romantic Rhine

Valley passing by the legendary Loreley.

Included guided tour in Mainz, the German

Wine Capital, and re-board in Worms. Full

board with Gala evening. Cruise overnight.

Day 6 Strasbourg Disembark in vibrant

Strasbourg. Onto 4* Novotel Metz-

Hauconcourt for overnight. Bed & breakfast.

Day 7 Back to Calais and England.

MS MONET

PRICE INCLUDES

• One night hotel in

Luxembourg with dinner

& breakfast

• One night hotel in Metz

area with breakfast

• MS Monet Cruise for 4

nights ‘all inclusive’

full board

• Unlimited selected

drinks on-board

(exclusions apply)

• Welcome cocktail

• Gala evening

• Porterage, port fees &

taxes

• On-board entertainment

most nights

• Excursion programme

exclusive to Crusader

Holidays passengers (as

detailed)

TOUR REFERENCE CTC

DEPARTURES & PRICES

25 Aug £999

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £320

Upper Deck Cabin

(per cabin)

£220

Insurance £41

CRUISING

• Premium 2-deck river cruise vessel

• 67 cabins with TV, minisafe, en-suite

shower and WC, no lift on board

• All cabins are located on the outside

(no inner) and have two single beds or

one double bed (no bunks)

• Lounge-bar with dance floor, dining

room, gift shop and a large sundeck

• Comfortable 2-deck river cruise vessel

• 78 cabins with TV, minisafe, en-suite

shower and WC, no lift on board

• All cabins are located on the outside

(no inner) and have two single beds

or one double bed (no bunks)

• Lounge-bar with dance floor, dining

room, gift shop and a large sundeck

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9 DAYS

FROM £1299

3 DAYS

FROM £259

VENICE AFLOAT

WEEKEND SUMMER

MINI CRUISE

NEW

NEW

Unique to Crusader Holidays for 2019, we are delighted to

offer this fabulous coach-cruise combination which travels

through Europe and shows you the very best of romantic

Venice and the Venetian Lagoon. The MS Michelangelo is

your all-inclusive floating hotel for 4 nights in Venice and

staying aboard a boat is surely the best way to experience

the epic grandeur of this phenomenal city.

If you have never tried a cruise before, this could be the

perfect introduction for you and your family or friends.

Why not celebrate a special occasion aboard the

handsome Astoria, formerly a trans-Atlantic ocean liner,

for a memorable 2-night mini-cruise? Delicious full board

dining, stylish big show entertainment and fabulous

on-board facilities await.

CRUISING

Day 1 Cross the Channel to Calais and

head to overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Continue through France into

Switzerland for dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 3 Into Italy and board the MS

Michelangelo for 4 nights afloat in Venice.

Welcome cocktail before dinner.

Day 4 Enjoy the included half day

excursion to the lovely lagoon islands

of Murano and Burano. Also time to

explore Venice at your own pace. Optional

excursions available.

Day 5 All day in to enjoy Venice.

Optional excursion available.

Day 6 MS Michelangelo cruises the lagoon

to Choggia to join your included coach

excursion to Padua with guided tour.

Day 7 Disembark the ship for the drive

back to the Swiss mountains for dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 8 Back into France for your last

overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

Day 9 Back to Calais and the UK.

MS MICHELANGELO

PRICE INCLUDES

• Two nights hotel in

France with breakfast

• Two nights hotel in

Switzerland with dinner

• 4 nights ‘all inclusive’

full board aboard MS

Michelangelo

• Unlimited selected

drinks on-board

(exclusions apply)

• Welcome cocktail

• Gala evening

• Porterage, port fees &

taxes

• On-board entertainment

most nights

• Excursion programme

for Crusader Holidays

passengers (as detailed)

TOUR REFERENCE CVC

DEPARTURES & PRICES

21 Jun £1299

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £400

Upper Deck Cabin

(per cabin)

£210

Insurance £45

• Comfortable 2-deck river cruise vessel

• 78 cabins with TV, minisafe, en-suite

shower and WC, no lift on board

• All cabins are located on the outside

(no inner) and have two single beds

or one double bed (no bunks)

• Lounge-bar with dance floor, dining

room, gift shop and a large sundeck

Day 1 Travel by coach to Portsmouth

with stops en-route to embark the

impressive Astoria this afternoon. Settle

into and explore the ship. Sail late afternoon

around the south coast. Full board.

Day 2 A full day at sea to relax and enjoy

your cruise experience. There is plenty to

keep you busy on board including a cinema,

shopping boutique, library, wellness centre

and outdoor pool. After dinner this evening

why not head to the Calypso Show Lounge

or enjoy a drink in one of the bars – the

choice is yours!

Day 3 After breakfast, disembark the

Astoria in Hull where your Crusader coach

will be waiting for you. Drive to charming

King’s Lynn on the Wash to explore its

cobbled lanes and the waterfront. Head

back to interchange and the journey home.

ASTORIA

PRICE INCLUDES

• 2 nights full board on

the Astoria Portsmouth

– Hull Mini Cruise

• Afternoon tea and late

night snacks

• Self-service tea & coffee

(06.00 – midnight)

• On board entertainment

and daytime activities

• Porterage (port to cabin)

• Port taxes

• Return coach transfers

from local pick up points

• Visit to King’s Lynn

TOUR REFERENCE EMC

DEPARTURES & PRICES

30 Aug

(Cat 1 cabin) from

£259

SUPPLEMENTS

Single

POA

Cabin upgrades POA

Insurance £34

• Classic ocean going cruise ship

• Accommodates up to 550 passengers

• Facilities include restaurant, lounges,

bars and Show Lounge

• Promenade deck, wellness centre,

outdoor pool and lifts

• Evening entertainment

• Twin cabins have two beds (not

bunks), en-suite facilities with shower

over bath, safe & hairdryer

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12 DAYS

FROM £999

GRAND BRITISH ISLES

DISCOVERY CRUISE

EASTER - IRELAND &

SCILLY ISLES

4 DAYS

FROM £369

NEW

NEW

Explore the best of our island heritage. Beautiful

landscapes, rich heritage and ancient traditions wait to be

discovered on this circumnavigation of the British Isles.

Step ashore on our more remote islands and far-flung

towns. Charming Honfleur adds a touch of French flair.

An Easter treat aboard the intimate Marco Polo with an

optional visit to one of Europe’s most fashionable cities,

Cork on the Saturday and spend Easter Sunday in peaceful

St Mary’s in the beautiful Isles of Scilly. Relax and enjoy

delicious full board cuisine, stylish evening entertainment

and attentive service.

Day 1 Coach to Bristol for embarkation.

Welcome cocktail, dinner and

entertainment. Full programme of

optional excursions. Full board.

Day 2 St Mary’s (Isles of Scilly)*

A day in the magical Isles of Scilly.

Day 3 Honfleur Enchanting Norman

harbour town.

Day 4 Full day at sea.

Day 5 Newcastle The North-East’s

diverse and vibrant destination.

Day 6 Invergordon Charming coastal

gateway to the beautiful Scottish Highlands.

Day 7 Kirkwall, Orkney Islands Capital

of the amazing Orkney archipelago.

Day 8 Stornoway, (Outer Hebrides)*

Isle of Lewis, heartland of Gaelic culture.

Day 9 Tobermory, Isle of Mull* One of

the prettiest ports in Scotland.

Day 10 Belfast Explore in the

Northern Irish capital.

Day 11 Douglas, IOM* Enchanting

island of dramatic landscapes.

Day 12 Bristol Disembark and home.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Return coach transfers

from local pick-up points

• Marco Polo Cruise for 11

nights full board

• Welcome cocktail party

• Afternoon tea and late

night snacks

• Self-service tea & coffee

(06.00 – midnight)

• On board entertainment

and daytime activities

• Porterage (port to cabin)

• Port taxes

TOUR REFERENCE ECR

* land by launch or tender

DEPARTURES & PRICES

1 Apr

(Cat 1 cabin) from

£999

SUPPLEMENTS

Single

POA

Cabin upgrades POA

Insurance £47

INSURANCE PRICES

(Prices are per person based on

the cabin price per person)

Up to £1,000 = £70 per person

Up to £1,250 = £82 per person

Up to £1,500 = £95 per person

Up to £2,000 = £120 per person

Up to £2,500 = £145 per person

Day 1 Travel by coach to vibrant Bristol

for afternoon embarkation. Settle in before

dinner and evening entertainment. Sail

overnight to Ireland. Full board throughout.

Day 2 Ringaskiddy (County Cork)

The port is the gateway to Ireland’s second

city – Cork (approx. 10 miles away) with its

unique character and agreeable continental

flair. Optional excursion programme.

Evening sailing.

Day 2 St Mary’s (Isles of Scilly)

Dock for the day in the magical Isles of

Scilly (NB passengers land by launch or

tender). St Mary’s is a delight of white

sand beaches, tranquil waters and stunning

seascapes. The attractive village of Hugh

Town, considered the ‘capital’, is the

hub of the islands’ activity. Optional

excursions explore both St. Mary’s and

Tresco. Afternoon sailing.

Day 4 Cardiff Dock in Cardiff this

morning and disembark after breakfast.

Awaiting coach will transfer you back to

interchange for the homeward journey.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Return coach transfers

from local pick-up points

• Marco Polo Cruise as

stated for 3 nights full

board

• Afternoon tea and late

night snacks

• Self-service tea & coffee

(06.00 – midnight)

• On board entertainment

and daytime activities

• Porterage (port to cabin)

• Port taxes

TOUR REFERENCE ECR

DEPARTURES & PRICES

19 Apr

(Cat 1 cabin) from

£369

SUPPLEMENTS

Single

POA

Cabin upgrades POA

Insurance £26

INSURANCE PRICES

(Prices are per person based

on the cabin price per person)

Up to £500 = £47 per person

Up to £750 = £59 per person

Up to £1,000 = £75 per person

CRUISING

MARCO POLO

• Classic ocean liner which operates child free and accommodates up to

800 passengers

• Wide range of facilities including formal restaurant, informal and theatre

style lounges, promenade deck, wellness centre, shops and lifts

• Twin cabins have two beds (not bunks), en-suite facilities with shower

over bath, safe & hairdryer

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VOYAGE OF DUTCH

DISCOVERY

NEW

4 DAYS

FROM £369

3 DAYS

FROM £309

D-DAY 75TH

ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL

ESCORTED/

NEW

If you fancy riding the wave of modern vision and

contemporary dynamism, then look no further than this

unique weekend which combines the UK’s 2017 City of

Culture and the Netherlands’ young and funky second city

with a 2-night North Sea mini-cruise. Explore revitalised

Hull and super modern Rotterdam.

Commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day

Landings in style with this unique, fully escorted weekend

which culminates in a special dinner, entertainment and

overnight aboard the cruise ship Marco Polo, at dock in

Portsmouth where Operation Overlord was co-ordinated in

June 1944.

SHIPS WITH A TWIST

Day 1 Head north to historic Newarkon-Trent.

Continue over the iconic Humber

bridge to Hull for dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Visit East Riding’s most attractive

town, Beverley, with an included guided

visit of the landmark Minster and walking

tour. Back to Hull to embark the P&O ferry

for overnight sailing to Rotterdam with

inside cabin, buffet dinner, entertainment

and full English breakfast on board.

Day 3 Dock in cosmopolitan Rotterdam

for a guided tour of city with its crazy,

innovative architecture and fantastical

Markthal. Enjoy a harbour cruise and then

it’s up the 185m Euromast tower for 360°

panoramic views. Re-board ship for overnight

crossing to Hull. Buffet dinner, inside cabin

and full English breakfast on board.

Day 4 Disembark early and head back

south via charming King’s Lynn and

Cambridge back to interchange.

HOLIDAY INN HULL MARINA,

HULL

PRICE INCLUDES

• Overnight in Hull with

dinner & breakfast

• Guided tour of Beverley

Minster and town

• Two nights aboard P&O

ferry Hull-Rotterdam-

Hull in an inside cabin

• Two buffet dinners &

English breakfast

on board

• Guided Rotterdam

city tour, Harbour Cruise

& Euromast

• Porterage is not

available on this tour

TOUR REFERENCE EHR

DEPARTURES & PRICES

7 Jun £379

4 Oct £369

SUPPLEMENTS

Outside Cabin

(per cabin)

£25

Single (inside) £55

Insurance £35

Standard T&Cs apply

Day 1 Head into East London to transfer

onto an MBNA Thames Clipper at the

O2 for a scenic tour along the Thames to

Westminster and disembark for the historic

Cabinet War Rooms where Churchill

plotted the course of WW2. Return on

the river to rejoin the coach to drive to

Farnham for dinner and overnight at the

Hog’s Back Hotel.

Day 2 Head to Portsmouth where

there will be plenty of D-Day anniversary

activities and events taking place (tbc) for a

visit to the newly re-vamped D-Day Story

Museum. After time at leisure in the city,

embark the Marco Polo cruise ship which

is docked in Portsmouth overnight (NB

Photographic ID is required to board). Enjoy

a welcome drink, 5-course Anniversary

dinner with wine, entertainment and

overnight on board.

Day 3 After breakfast afloat, disembark

for an included boat tour of Portsmouth

Harbour and Naval Dockyard for the best

views of the modern Royal Navy. Head

home via interchange this afternoon.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Return on MBNA

Thames Clippers

• Entrance to Cabinet

War Rooms

• Overnight in Farnham

with dinner & breakfast

• Entrance to D-Day Story

• Overnight in twin inner

cabin on Marco Polo

with welcome cocktail,

5-course dinner with

½ bottle of wine per

person, entertainment

and breakfast

• Portsmouth Harbour

tour (by boat)

• Fully escorted by

specialist war guide

TOUR REFERENCE EDA

DEPARTURES & PRICES

7 Jun (inside cabin) £309

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £50

Ocean view

(per person)

£25

Insurance £24

• Modern hotel overlooking the marina

• Bright rooms with TV, free WiFi and tea / coffee making facilities

• Restaurant, lounge bar with waterfront patio, indoor pool & gym

P&O FERRY

• Either the Pride of Rotterdam or Pride of Hull

• Onboard facilities include a cinema. Show lounge, bars, shops,

restaurants and casino

• Standard cabins have en-suite shower and WC

• Same cabin for both nights on board

HOG’S BACK HOTEL & SPA

FARNHAM

• Set high on the Hog’s Back Ridge

between Farnham and Guildford

• Tudor style building with spa /

leisure facilities

• No lift but some ground floor rooms

MARCO POLO

• See page 33 for full description

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4 & 5 DAYS

FROM £269

4 & 5 DAYS

FROM £269

LOOE & THE EDEN

PROJECT

ST AGNES & DOC

MARTIN’S CORNWALL

FAVOURITE

Life slows down in South East Cornwall, but there is still

plenty to see – from the bustling port and sandy beaches

of Looe to the old world charm of Polperro. With an

included visit to the spectacular Eden Project, the largest

indoor rainforest in the world, you can enjoy Cornwall at its

best, whatever the weather. See details of the March 15

– Cosy Cornwall on page 11 & A Cornish Christmas Cracker

(Padstow Festival - different itinerary) details on page 118.

Head to glorious Cornwall, the beautiful peninsular that

tumbles into the Atlantic Ocean. On this holiday you’ll

enjoy exploring the bustling quays, quaint towns and

picturesque fishing villages. Port Isaac in north Cornwall

plays the fictional village of Portwenn in the much-loved

Doc Martin TV series. Here we take in some of the locations

where cameras rolled. Please see page 130 for New Year at

Rosemundy & page 11 for the Winter Warmer.

Day 1 Enjoy a scenic drive to Looe,

the popular fishing village in South East

Cornwall for your 3 or 4-night stay. Dinner,

bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 (or 4) At leisure with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Eden Project & St. Austell Visit the

Eden Project, a place of wonder, a global

garden with its huge biomes of tropical and

Mediterranean environments. Spend the

whole day or choose to go on to St. Austell,

Cornwall’s largest town dating back to the

13th century.

• Fowey, Polperro & Cornish Coast Fowey

is an area of outstanding natural beauty

with its natural harbour. Then to pretty

Polperro where tiny fishermen’s cottages

hang off the rocks.

Return Day Head back home today

after breakfast.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 or 4 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• Visit and entrance to the

Eden Project

• Visit to St. Austell

• Cornish Coastal Drive

• Entertainment

• Welcome tea/coffee

& porterage

TOUR REFERENCE EPH

DEPARTURES & PRICES

15 Mar 4 days £269

(Cosy Cornwall)

21 Jun 4 days £359

28 Jul 5 days £479

6 Dec 4 days £289

(Padstow Festival)

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance 4 days £26

Insurance 5 days £28

*limited

Day 1 To St. Agnes for a 3 or 4 night stay

with dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 (or 4) At leisure in St. Agnes

with two included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Full day tour to the city of Truro and

south coast resort of Falmouth Few

seaside towns in Cornwall boast such an

arresting location as Falmouth, overlooking

the broad Fal River as it empties into the

English Channel. Cornwall’s only city, Truro,

has elegant townhouses and an impressive

Gothic cathedral.

• Full Day tour of Doc Martin Country

Alongside the village of Port Isaac itself, Fern

Cottage is one of the most recognisable Doc

Martin locations and draws fans from all

over the world keen to get a shot of Doctor

Ellingham’s surgery. Port Quin & Altarnun

will also be on today’s itinerary.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• St. Ives & Penzance (5 days only)

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 or 4 nights in St. Agnes

with dinner & breakfast

• Entertainment

• Porterage

• Full Day Tour of Doc

Martin Country

• Visit to Truro &

Falmouth

TOUR REFERENCE ESA

DEPARTURES & PRICES

15 Mar 4 days £269

(Winter Warmer)

29 Apr 5 days £399

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance 4 days £26

Insurance 5 days £28

*limited

SOUTH WEST

Return Day It’s farewell to Cornwall as you head for home today.

PORTBYHAN HOTEL,

LOOE

• Award-winning hotel right in the

heart of Looe with panoramic views

of the harbour

• Fully refurbished exterior, bedrooms,

restaurant, bar and public areas

• 44 bright and airy rooms including

tea / coffee making

• There is a lift

ROSEMUNDY HOUSE HOTEL,

ST AGNES

• Stunning location close to the

village centre

• Comfortable bedrooms with TV and

tea/coffee facilities

• Heated swimming pool

• No lift but some ground floor rooms

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5 & 7 DAYS

FROM £399

CREAM OF

CORNWALL

FAVOURITE

SOUTH WEST

Newquay boasts the finest coastline and beaches in Europe and is

unquestionably one of Cornwall’s loveliest resorts. Britain’s most

southerly mainland point with its sunniest climate has attracted visitors

for centuries, from the pirates which have given this county its own

flag, to the thrill seekers who come to play along the rugged coastline,

to gentler folk who come to enjoy the quaint fishing towns, rolling hills,

rugged moorland and beautiful gardens. Newquay makes an ideal central

base from which to tour this truly lovely region.

loved landmarks and onto St. Ives where life is

cradled around the harbour. Wander along the

maze of tiny cobbled streets lined by fishermen’s

cottages, with a breathtaking seaside vista to greet

you around each corner.

• 4 or 6 nights with breakfast & dinner

• Welcome tea/coffee

• Tea/coffee after dinner

• Free use of leisure facilities

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

• Live entertainment

• Excursion to Padstow, Tintagel &

Boscastle

• Excursion to Lands End & St. Ives

TOUR REFERENCE ENQ

Day 1 Morning departure stopping for lunch and

refreshments en-route to your resort hotel. Dinner,

bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 (or 6) At leisure in Newquay with

two included excursions.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Looe, Polperro & Mevagissey Spend today

touring the secluded bays and quaint villages of

South East Cornwall. You’ll see the beautiful coastal

towns of Looe, Polperro and Mevagissey - small,

unspoilt fishing villages with a colourful history

of boat building and smuggling, which still retain

their traditional character.

Return Day After breakfast, head back

homewards.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Padstow, Tintagel & Boscastle Visit the

picturesque fishing town of Padstow, nestling on

the beautiful Camel Estuary with its colourful

working harbour surrounded by pastel washed

medieval houses. Continue to Tintagel, the

legendary birthplace of King Arthur and on

the return stop at Boscastle, a village set in a

conservation area.

• Land’s End & St. Ives Discover the scenic

delights of Land’s End, one of the world’s best

PRICES & DEPARTURES

29 April 5 days £399

19 May 5 days £429

10 June 5 days £439

30 June 7 days £669

16 September 5 days £439

30 September 5 days £389

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (limited)

£nil

Insurance 5 days £28

Insurance 7 days £32

ESPLANADE HOTEL,

NEWQUAY

• Modern, family hotel situated on Fistral

Beach with lovely Atlantic Ocean views

• Restaurant and lounge; swimming pool,

Jacuzzi and sauna

• All bedrooms have tea / coffee making

• There is a lift to all floors

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4 & 7 DAYS

FROM £319

PICTURESQUE PENZANCE &

THE ISLES OF SCILLY

NEW

Standing on the shores of Mount’s Bay, overlooked by St. Michael’s

Mount, Penzance is the ideal base from which to tour beautiful western

Cornwall. Stroll along the magnificent promenade and enjoy the mix

of galleries, restaurants and shops. This tour includes a day to the Isles

of Scilly (7 days only) and whilst only 28 miles west of the mainland,

in many ways the Isles of Scilly feel like a different world. Life on this

archipelago of around 140 tiny islands seems to have hardly changed in

decades. There are no traffic jams, no supermarkets, no multinational

hotels, and the only noise pollution comes from breaking waves and

cawing gulls!

shops, artists’ studios and eateries. Time permitting

why not try and visit the Tate St. Ives and the

Barbara Hepworth Museum & Sculpture Gardens

overlooking Porthmeor Beach and built on the site

of a former gasworks in the heart of the town’s

traditional fishing community. Please note: On the

Easter tour this will be a half day visit.

• 3 or 6 nights hotel with breakfast

& dinner

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

• Tea/coffee after dinner

• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival (7

days only)

• Return ferry to Scilly Isles (7 days only)

• Visits to Falmouth & St. Ives

TOUR REFERENCE EPZ

SOUTH WEST

Day 1 Travel to the South West arriving in

Penzance early evening. Settle into your room

before enjoying your evening meal. Dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 (- 6) At leisure in Penzance with

included excursions as detailed below.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Falmouth (all tours) Discover the National

Maritime Museum with its 15 galleries over five

floors: explore the overwhelming influence of

the sea on history and culture (entrance not

included). The town has a myriad of picturesque

narrow streets with a bustling harbour and is fast

becoming one of the South West’s leading cultural

and festival destinations.

• St. Ives (all tours) A maze of narrow cobbled

streets and alleyways, bursting with galleries, craft

• Isles of Scilly (7 days only) Join the ferry from

Penzance to St Mary’s - unwind and relax in this

tranquil paradise, surrounded by palm trees and

golden sands. For those feeling especially spritely,

a walk right round the island could be in order.

Explore Hugh Town or take a local bus (fare not

included) to marvel at the wonderful sights this

island has to offer.

Return Day Set off back to the local area with

many happy holiday memories.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

19 April (Easter) 4 days £319

12 May 7 days £729

8 September 7 days £729

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (limited)

£nil

Insurance 7 days £32

Insurance 4 days £26

QUEENS HOTEL,

PENZANCE

• A traditional family–run hotel a short

walk from the harbour

• Occupying a promenade position with

wonderful views over Mount’s Bay

• Lift to most floors but some steps

• Bedrooms have tea/coffee making &

free WiFi

• Restaurant, bar & sun lounge

• On site hair & beauty salon

www.crusader-holidays.co.uk Free Joining Points see pages 138 & 139

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7 DAYS

FROM £649

THE ENGLISH RIVIERA -

TORQUAY 4 STAR

FAVOURITE

SOUTH WEST

It may face the English Channel, rather than the Med, but the coast

around Torquay has long been dubbed the English Riviera; famous for

palm trees, piers and russet-red cliffs. At first glance, Torquay itself is the

quintessential English seaside resort, a mild microclimate and an azure

circle of bay have drawn visitors from far and wide. Combine all this with a

luxury hotel makes the perfect choice.

Day 1 Join your holiday coach this morning

heading to the south coast. 6 nights with breakfast

& dinner.

Day 2 - 6 At leisure in Torquay with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Devon Coast, Brixham & Dartmouth Along

the famous Devon coastline to Brixham. This

resort is primarily a fishing port within Torbay

and has a long and rich history. In the lee of Berry

Head, famous for its Napoleonic connections,

its lighthouse and magnificent limestone cliffs,

Brixham remains a popular resort with a rich

maritime history and plenty of activities for the

young and old alike. Then onto Dartmouth,

another beautiful and well-preserved old port. As

an area of outstanding natural beauty in South

Devon, Dartmouth is truly beautiful and the River

Dart provides many photographic delights, as does

the town itself. Returning to Torquay via the resort

of Paignton.

• Plymouth Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront

city packed full of attractions. Come rain or shine

you’ll find something for everyone among the

city streets, surrounding countryside and marine

environment beyond. There are well-known

landmarks, historical sites and natural assets to

explore across Plymouth’s many unique areas and

districts. There’s more family fun to be had up on

the Hoe where you can climb the iconic Smeaton’s

Tower lighthouse.

OPTIONAL

EXCURSION

• Dartmoor Purple,

heather clad

moorland, wide open

landscapes, rushing

rivers and obscure

stone tors shape the

landscape of Dartmoor. Picture postcard Dartmoor

villages with thatched cottages and rambling

lanes appearing around every corner, this is a land

of folklore, myths and legends. Princetown, the

highest village on Dartmoor, set in an expanse of

high open moorland and Widecombe-in-the-

Moor, set in the beautiful Widecombe Valley. In

the village you can see Church House and the

adjoining Sexton’s Cottage. The building dates back

to the 16th Century and is of architectural and

historical interest.

Day 7 Homeward bound with happy memories

and after interchange onward to your home towns

mid evening.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

26 May £649

23 June £669

11 August £769

15 September £649

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (limited)

£nil

Insurance £32

• 6 nights in Torquay with dinner

& breakfast

• Welcome drink on arrival

• Tea / coffee after dinner

• Use of leisure facilities

• Porterage

TOUR REFERENCE ETG

THE GRAND HOTEL,

TORQUAY

• Old worlde grandeur and traditional

British charm

• Elegant Victorian hotel overlooking one

of the finest bays

• A Grand Spa, indoor & outdoor pools &

hot tub

• Rooms with TV, Tea/coffee facilities,

luxury toiletries

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• Lift

PRICE INCLUDES


5 DAYS

FROM £349

TORQUAY 3*

A fabulous getaway to the popular English Riviera and the warmest of

welcomes awaits you! South Devon’s Beautiful Bay is surrounded by

stunning coast and countryside and the towns of Torquay, Babbacombe

and Paignton offer fantastic all year round holidays for everyone. The

English Riviera may be most famous for its award winning beaches and

exotic palm trees, but it has much more to offer than just seaside

holidays. Staying at the TLH Resort, you will enjoy excellent facilities as

well as ‘Showtime Spectacular’ entertainment each night.

Day 1 Travelling south today for 4 nights with

breakfast & dinner.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Torquay with one

included excursion. Explore Torquay, enjoy the

stunning seafront, stylish marina and beautiful

beaches meandering the length of this beautiful

South Devon town, noted for its huge range of

year-round activities.

INCLUDED EXCURSION

• Devon’s Jewel – The Dartmoor National Park

Wide open landscapes, purple heather clad

moorland, rushing rivers and the picture-postcard

Dartmoor villages of Princetown and Widecombein-the-Moor.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Bustling Brixham Over 100 fishing boats land

and sell their catch at the local Fish Market on the

quayside and visitors can watch the busy comings

and goings of the fishing fleet. With its many

colourful houses cascading down on either side of

the harbour, Brixham is one of the prettiest ports

along the South Devon coast.

Day 5 Head home today via interchange

arriving mid/late evening.

• 4 nights in Torquay with dinner

& breakfast

• Entertainment each night – Showtime

Spectacular

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

• Excursion to Dartmoor

TOUR REFERENCE ETQ

SOUTH WEST

PRICES & DEPARTURES

29 April £349

10 June £359

22 July £389

2 September £369

23 December (Christmas) £599

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (limited)

£nil

Insurance £28

TOORAK HOTEL,

TORQUAY

• Part of the TLH group of hotels

occupying an excellent position near

the seafront

• All bedrooms have TV & radio,

tea/coffee facilities

• Hairdryer, direct dial telephone

• Free Wi-Fi

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TORBAY’S JEWEL IN

THE CROWN

FAVOURITE

Babbacombe - the perfect choice for an English Riviera

break but without the hustle and bustle of Torquay.

If you do want to pop into Torquay, then it

is only a very short bus ride away or for the

more energetic a pleasant stroll! Your hotel

in Babbacombe is the extremely popular

and friendly Hotel De La Mer, just a short

walk from Babbacombe town centre.

Day 1 To Babbacombe with comfort

stops en-route. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure with one

included excursion.

INCLUDED EXCURSION

• The Coast & Rivers of Torbay Along the

famous Devon coastline to Brixham today.

Primarily a fishing port, Brixham is set in

the lee of Berry Head and is famous for

its Napoleonic connection, lighthouse and

magnificent limestone cliffs.

5 DAYS

FROM £349

PRICE INCLUDES

• 4 nights in Babbacombe

with dinner & breakfast

• Entertainment

• Excursions as detailed

• Welcome tea / coffee

on arrival

TOUR REFERENCE EBA

DEPARTURES & PRICES

8 Apr £349

27 May £359

8 Sep £349

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £28

*limited

SOUTH WEST

FAVOURITE

HOTEL DE LA MER,

BABBACOMBE

• Ideal situation 100 metres from

Babbacombe Promenade

• All bedrooms have TV, tea/coffee

facilities & hairdryer

• Extremely popular and friendly hotel

• Entertainment

5 DAYS

FROM £439

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Plymouth & Scenic Naval Harbour Cruise Explore Britain’s Ocean city

and enjoy a one hour harbour cruise across the Plymouth Sound flanked by

the beautiful Devon and Cornish coasts. Pass Plymouth Hoe and head for the

River Tamar where the mighty warships and nuclear submarines await!

Day 5 After breakfast, time to leave Babbacombe returning to interchange

and your home towns mid evening.

REGENCY SIDMOUTH

Beautiful gardens, leisurely walks, Regency

history and fine hotels. It’s all here in this

lovely seaside town nestled beneath majestic

red cliffs and the green hills of the glorious

Sid Valley. Please see Pages 16 & 17 for

details of Easter in Sidmouth.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 4 nights with breakfast

& dinner

• Dartmouth Cruise

& Totnes

• Porterage

Sidmouth - ‘A town caught still in a timeless charm’

according to the Poet Laureate, John Betjeman.

ROYAL YORK & FAULKNER

HOTEL, SIDMOUTH

• Unrivalled position at the centre of

the Esplanade

• Family run Grade II listed building

• All rooms have TV, hairdryer,

tea /coffee facilities & telephone

• Facilities include hydro-therapy pool,

steam cabin & sauna, snooker table

• Lift but some steps within the hotel

Day 1 To Sidmouth pausing en-route

for refreshments. 4 nights with dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Sidmouth with

one included excursion.

TOUR REFERENCE ESH

DEPARTURES & PRICES

14 Apr £439

13 May £459

24 Jun £479

INCLUDED EXCURSION

SUPPLEMENTS

• Dartmouth Cruise & Totnes A wonderful

boat trip (heated) viewing Kingswear and

Dartmouth Castles, Sir Walter Raleigh’s

Single*

Insurance

£nil

£28

Boathouse and The Estate of the late Dame Agatha Christie. Free time for

sightseeing in Dartmouth and Totnes.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Dartmoor National Park Right in the very heart of Devon, Dartmoor is a

landscape of stunning views, awe inspiring granite tors, deep wooded valleys

with fast flowing rivers and rugged, wide open spaces.

Day 5 After a leisurely breakfast, drive to interchange with ample time

for refreshments.

*limited

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5 DAYS

FROM £459

DEVON STEAM, CRUISE &

DUNSTER CASTLE

NEW

Settled in the mid Devon countryside, the town of Tiverton takes you

back to a simpler time, with romantic castles, historic houses, and

horse drawn barges. Set on the banks of the Great Western Canal, the

town is full of history and heritage to be explored. A steam railway ride,

a circular river cruise, a heritage railway and magnificent Dunster Castle

are all included and will show you the best that Devon can offer.

• 4 nights in Tiverton with dinner

& breakfast

• Steam & Cruise Full Day Excursion

• Ride the longest standard gauge

heritage line in the UK - West

Somerset Railway

• Entrance to Dunster Castle

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

SOUTH WEST

TOUR REFERENCE EDW

Day 1 To Tiverton with comfort stops en-route.

4 nights with dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure with two

included excursions.

than with a leisurely ride through the beautiful

West Somerset countryside from Bishops Lydeard,

hauled by a vintage steam engine. Enjoy a fulfilling

visit to the Castle, with its fine interiors, stunning

views of Exmoor and over the Bristol Channel.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Steam & Cruise is the perfect day out Travel

on the steam railway from Paignton to Kingswear,

then cross the River Dart on the foot passenger

ferry to Dartmouth, where you board a boat for

a circular River Cruise (approximately 1 hour

duration) around the river and estuary. The cruise

takes you to the mouth of the river passing

Kingswear & Dartmouth Castles, Dittisham village,

Britannia Royal Naval College and Greenway House

– home to the late Dame Agatha Christie.

Watch out for the varied wildlife that can be seen

– Dolphins, Seals, Herons, Egrets, Buzzards and

Kingsfisher if you’re quick enough!

• West Somerset Railway & Dunster Castle

How better to visit magnificent Dunster Castle

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• South Coast Explorer Head south to the

coast today, Sidmouth & Lyme Regis are both on

the agenda.

Day 5 Head home today to arrive mid-evening.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

13 May £459

10 June £469

14 July £469

8 September £469

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £120

Insurance £28

BEST WESTERN TIVERTON

HOTEL, TIVERTON

• Excellent hotel located on the edge of

the market town of Tiverton

• Comfortable bedrooms with TV,

tea/coffee making

• The hotel does not have a lift

• Free WiFi

• Winners of the Best Western

International Quality Award

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5 DAYS

FROM £359

JEWEL OF THE NORTH

DEVON COAST

FAVOURITE

SOUTH WEST

Framed by precipitous cliffs, elegant townhouses, golf greens and a

promenade strung with twinkling lights, it’s a place that might seem

preserved in a bygone age. But look beneath the surface and you’ll find

there’s another side to Ilfracombe – it’s a favourite hang-out for the artist

Damien Hirst, who’s added a controversial statue to the seafront, and

it’s now home to some top-notch eateries. Ilfracombe more than

deserves a look.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 4 nights room with dinner and breakfast

• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

• Live in-house entertainment

• Tea / coffee after dinner

• Porterage

• Excursion to Barnstaple & Bideford

TOUR REFERENCE EIF

Day 1 Head south west to your hotel in

Ilfracombe stopping for refreshments en-route. 4

nights dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Ilfracombe with one

included excursion.

valleys and stunning Heritage Coast. Arrive at

medieval Dunster in the sweeping hills of the

national park. Dunster has a wealth of historic

buildings, from the National Trust’s 11th century

Castle (Entrance not included) to the Old Yarn

Market in the middle of the High Street.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Barnstaple & Bideford North Devon’s premier

town, Barnstaple, offers colourful history, great

restaurants, fabulous shopping, independent

boutique shops and the Pannier Market where

local food producers sell their delicious delicacies.

Bideford slopes upward from its broad river tide and

has hardly changed in the last 150 years.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Exmoor Drive & Medieval Dunster Scenic drive

through the magnificent Exmoor National Park

with its unique open moorland, ancient wooded

Day 5 Return homewards stopping off for

refreshments en-route to arrive back at your local

joining points early to mid-evening.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

27 May £359

22 July £369

19 August £369

16 September £359

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (limited)

£nil

Insurance £28

OSBORNE HOTEL,

ILFRACOMBE

• Family run hotel, centrally located close

to all of the town’s amenities

• All bedrooms have TV and

tea/coffee making facilities

• In house entertainment each night

• Lift to most (but not all) floors

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4 & 5 DAYS

FROM £279

WESTON-SUPER-MARE

& LONGLEAT

Popular Weston-super-Mare is a charming, traditional seaside, offering

plenty of attractions to discover. With its mix of beautiful sandy beaches,

gorgeous gardens and stunning Somerset scenery, you are sure to enjoy

your break here! Take a trip to Longleat House & Gardens, moving onto

charming Street for a look round. For details of the Winter Carnival –

Festival of Lights, Nov 8th - please see page 22 & Easter pages 16 & 17.

• Hotel for 3 or 4 nights with breakfast

& dinner

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

• Welcome drink on arrival

• Included excursions as stated

TOUR REFERENCE EWE

SOUTH WEST

Day 1 Travel to Weston-super-Mare with tea &

coffee on arrival. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 (or 4) At leisure in Weston-super-

Mare with two included excursions.

the exterior, including the dining room, used to

entertain royalty. We also include a drive through

the famous Safari Park. Opened in 1966, Longleat

was the first ever Safari Park outside Africa. Before

returning to the hotel there will be a stop in Street.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Cheddar Gorge & Wells (all tours) Journey

through the Mendip Hills to the famous Cheddar

Gorge with its dramatic cliffs rising 450ft and

stunning stalactite caverns. Travel on to the tiny

city of Wells with its magnificent cathedral.

• Scenic Drive to Glastonbury & Street

(4 days only)

• Longleat House, Gardens & Safari Park (5

days only) The majestic Longleat House is your

included visit today, a beautiful stately home

set in magnificent ‘Capability’ Brown landscape

parkland. The interior is just as impressive as

Return Day Head homeward via Marlborough

to arrive early / mid-evening.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

19 April (Easter) 4 days £279

2 June 5 days £439

30 June 5 days £439

8 September 5 days £429

8 November (Festival of Lights) 4 days £299

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (limited)

£nil

Insurance 4 days £26

Insurance 5 days £28

SMITHS HOTEL,

WESTON SUPER MARE

• Prime sea-front location with

magnificent views across Weston Bay

• Residents’ lounge, restaurant, bar and

outdoor terrace some entertainment

most nights

• 50 bedrooms with private facilities

(mostly with walk-in shower), TV and

tea/coffee making

• There is a small lift

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3 DAYS

FROM £189

COTSWOLDS &

GEORGIAN BATH

FAVOURITE

SOUTH

One of the unspoilt regions of England, the lovely Cotswolds, an area

of outstanding natural beauty, covers six English counties and draws

visitors from all over the world. Renowned for its rolling meadows,

meandering river valleys, pretty woodland, gentle hillsides and of course

its sleepy ancient limestone villages and market towns, the area hasn’t

changed much for over 300 years. Steeped in history, the Cotswolds have

always been looked upon as the heart of England, with unsurpassed idyllic

charm and breath-taking scenery at every turn. Please note: Single rooms

are double for sole use. See Easter in the Cotswolds on pages 16 & 17.

• Hotel for 2 nights with breakfast

and dinner

• Glass of Wine on first night

• Tea/coffee with dinner

• Visits to Burford, Bibury & Bath

• Full Day Cotswolds Tour

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

SOUTH

through the village under numerous little bridges.

Onto delightful Stow-on-the-Wold, perhaps the

best known of the small Cotswolds towns and the

highest on 800ft high Stow Hill. Continue on to

Broadway with its wealth of stone houses and

picturesque old inns.

• Use of leisure facilities

• March tour enjoys 50% off all drinks

between 18.00 – 21.00 each night

TOUR REFERENCE ECO

© Visit England

Day 1 Travel to Oxford with time for lunch and

sightseeing before continuing on to picturesque

Burford to see the medieval bridge, old stone

houses and attractive Tudor and Georgian

frontages. The last stop is in Bibury, once described

by William Morris as ‘the most beautiful village in

England’ with its beautiful cottages of Arlington

Row. Check in at the hotel for your 2 night stay.

Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 After a leisurely breakfast, depart for

Bourton-on-the-Water, the ‘Venice of the

Cotswolds’, where the River Windrush flows

Day 3 Head today to the Georgian City of

Bath with its many historical treasures, monuments

and beautiful architecture dating back to Roman

times. Explore the Abbey, Roman Baths and view

the famous Pulteney Bridge or just relax on the

banks of the River Avon. Enjoy free time or join an

optional city sightseeing tour. Mid-afternoon head

for interchange and your onward coach travel to

your local area.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

15 March (drinks offer) £189

3 May £199

7 June £209

5 July £209

30 August £209

27 September £199

25 October £199

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £45

Insurance £24

MARRIOTT HOTEL,

SWINDON

• Set in woodland on the edge of

Swindon

• Restaurant, café bar, indoor pool and

fitness centre

• 153 modern bedrooms with TV,

hairdryer and tea / coffee making

• There is a lift

• Porterage, Tea/Coffee after dinner, glass

of wine with dinner on 1st night

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FROM £299

WEYMOUTH &

DELIGHTFUL DORSET

REVISED

Weymouth’s history is fascinating. Look up just about anywhere in town

and you’ll see some historical feature – from locally carved

stonemasonry and gargoyles to wooden décor or construction dates on

the fronts of strangely shaped buildings. Why not stroll through the

Nothe Gardens, Weymouth’s Victorian sub-tropical garden overlooking the

bay. With views of Portland to the right and Swanage in the distance to

the left, these gardens are unique.

With the European award-winning coastline of

dramatic cliffs, quiet coves, shingle banks and

sandy beaches, Dorset offers an unrivalled variety

of moods and scenery. New - Enjoy an included

cruise from Weymouth to Portland Harbour.

Cap, West Bay is the Golden Gateway to the

Jurassic Coast. Onto Sidmouth full of Regency

history, clean beaches and friendly shops. Nestling

beneath majestic red cliffs backed by the green hills

of the glorious Sid Valley and well worth a visit.

• 3, 4 or 6 nights with breakfast & dinner

• Excursion to Isle of Purbeck, Swanage &

Lulworth Cove (all tours)

• Excursion to West Bay & Sidmouth

(5 & 7 days)

• Coastline Cruise to Portland Harbour

(5 & 7 days)

• Entertainment

PRICE INCLUDES

TOUR REFERENCE EWM

SOUTH

Day 1 Depart for the coast via Winchester for

a refreshment stop before arriving at your resort

hotel. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in Weymouth with one

included excursion.

Day 2 - 4 (or 6) At leisure in Weymouth with

two included excursions.

• Coastline Cruise – Weymouth to Portland

Harbour (5 & 7 days) Enjoy a refreshing sea

journey through Weymouth Bay and Portland

Harbour. There’s plenty to see on the trip including

the Nothe Fort, the impressive Portland Harbour

Walls, the Mulberry Docks relics of the D-day

landings, plus the passing maritime traffic of

yachts, local fishing boats, cargo and Navy ships in

this working south coast harbour.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Isle of Purbeck, Swanage & Lulworth Cove

(All holidays) Enjoy a relaxing excursion around

the Dorset coastline. Meander through the Isle

of Purbeck with views of Corfe Castle on the

way to the popular resort of Swanage. This small

town surrounds a beautiful curved bay offering

a lovely seaside experience with a difference.

Your driver will offer you an optional ride on The

Swanage Railway which offers a more intensive

heritage steam and diesel timetable train service

than virtually any other preserved railway. The day

finishes with a visit to Lulworth Cove, with its

steeply shelving, shingle beach.

• West Bay & Sidmouth (5 & 7 days) With the

stunning sandstone cliffs and shimmering Golden

Return Day After breakfast, head

back homewards.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

19 April (Easter) 4 days £299

9 June 7 days £579

7 July 7 days £589

1 September 7 days £569

22 September 5 days £389

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (limited)

£nil

Insurance 4 days £26

Insurance 5 days £28

Insurance 7 days £32

CROWN HOTEL,

WEYMOUTH

• Well located at the top of Weymouth’s

town centre, next to the Town Bridge

• Comfortable guestrooms, all with

TV and tea / coffee making

• There is a lift to all floors

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FROM £269

BEAUTIFUL

BOURNEMOUTH

REVISED

© Bournemouth Tourism

© Bournemouth Tourism

SOUTH

Bournemouth – a town full of charm and character with a superb range of

attractions, parks, gardens and 7 miles of sandy beaches. The centre is

lively and cosmopolitan, marked by pedestrian boulevards and street

cafés. In high summer there is free entertainment, including live music

from the garden bandstands.

• 3, 4 or 6 nights with breakfast & dinner

• Entertainment in the Oceana group of

hotels (all located together)

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

• Use of leisure facilities

• 2 included excursions (4 days)

• 3 included excursions (5 & 7 days)

TOUR REFERENCE EBM

Day 1 Head to the South Coast for your 3, 4 or

6 night stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

TROUVILLE HOTEL

(5 DAY HOLIDAYS)

Day 2 - 3 At leisure with two included

excursions.

Day 2 - 4 (or 6) At leisure with three

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Coastal drive to Lymington & Brockenhurst

(all tours) Visit the ancient seaport of Lymington

with its pretty cobbled streets and quay as well as

quaint Brockenhurst in the New Forest.

• Swanage (all tours) Lovely, traditional Victorian

seaside town of Swanage, set on a beautiful

sheltered bay. Take a ride on the preserved

Swanage Railway to Corfe Castle (summer only –

fare not included).

• Brownsea Island Boat Cruise (5 & 7 days)

Take a trip over to this peaceful little island in Poole

Harbour. It’s an idyllic spot – a haven for wildlife,

including a thriving population of the scarce and

threatened red squirrel, wading birds and Sika deer.

Return Day Head home today.

• Situated on the town’s West Cliff,

close to the seafront and the town

• Indoor swimming pool plus evening

entertainment with live music

• All rooms include TV, telephone,

tea / coffee facilities

• There is a lift to all floors

PRICES & DEPARTURES

19 April (Easter) 4 days £269

19 May 5 days £339

10 June 5 days £339

23 June 7 days £559

28 July 5 days £359

15 September 7 days £559

30 September 5 days £339

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (limited) 4 & 7 days £nil

Insurance 4 days £26

Single 5 days £28

Insurance 7 days £32

THE SUNCLIFF HOTEL

(EASTER & 7 DAY HOLIDAYS)

• Located on the seafront overlooking

Bournemouth Bay

• Five-minute stroll from seven miles of

sandy beach

• Traditional seaside hotel with indoor

leisure facilities

• Comfortable rooms with modern décor,

TV with Freeview, telephone, hairdryer

and tea/coffee making facilities

• Live entertainment most evenings

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4 & 5 DAYS

FROM £299

4 DAYS

FROM £309

ELEGANT

EASTBOURNE

WATERCRESS LINE &

THE NEW FOREST

NEW

© M Pearson

A holiday in Eastbourne will leave you feeling re-energised,

refreshed and re-invigorated. New for 2019 is a visit to

delightful 15th century Herstmonceux Castle, set within 300

acres of carefully managed woodland, the very essence of

medieval England and the romance of Renaissance Europe.

Let off steam and travel by one of the lovingly restored

trains through 10 miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside.

It’s the perfect way to unwind and witness the sights,

sounds, smells and magic of travel from a bygone age.

Day 1 Head to the South Coast and your

seafront hotel. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 (or 4) At leisure in Eastbourne

with included excursion programme.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Bodiam with Kent & E. Sussex Railway

(5 days only) The ultimate picture-perfect

castle, emerging from a misty moat. Rail

journey from Tenterden to Bodiam included.

• Herstmonceaux Castle, Grounds,

Garden & Observatory Science Centre

The stunning view of the castle’s façade

provides an impressive start to your visit.

Take a gentle stroll around the formal

gardens, each with its own individuality and

planting style.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Brighton Vibrant, colourful & creative

Brighton.

Return Day Head home with a stop

en-route.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 or 4 nights in

Eastbourne with dinner

& breakfast

• Visit & entrance to

Bodiam Castle (5 days)

• Rail journey Tenterden

to Bodiam (5 days)

• Visit & entry to

Herstmonceux Castle,

gardens, grounds &

Observatory Science

Centre (all tours)

TOUR REFERENCE EEB

DEPARTURES & PRICES

19 Apr** 4 days £299

10 Jun 5 days £369

4 Aug 5 days £379

21 Oct 5 days £299

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance 4 days £26

Insurance 5 days £28

*limited

**Easter

Day 1 To Winchester and your centrally

located hotel for the next three nights with

breakfast & dinner included.

Day 2 - 3 at leisure with two included

excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Mid Hants Railway – Watercress Line

Whatever the time of year, there is always

much to see and do at the Watercress Line.

Travelling the 10 mile line from one end to

the other takes approximately 40 minutes.

Your ticket gives you ALL DAY UNLIMITED

TRAVEL, allowing you to hop on and off

at any of four stations. The line operates

mostly steam but also heritage diesel

engines. Some free time in Winchester this

afternoon.

• Tour of the New Forest Highlights will

be Lyndhurst – Burley – Barton on Sea –

New Milton – Milford on Sea & Lymington.

Day 4 Setting off this morning

heading to Benson on the River Thames

where there will be time for lunch and

enjoy the river views. Onto interchange in

the afternoon.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• All day unlimited travel

on the Watercress Line

• Leisure time in

Winchester

• Full Day tour of the

New Forest

TOUR REFERENCE EWR

DEPARTURES & PRICES

12 Apr £309

2 Aug SUPPLEMENTS £319

Single*

£nil

Insurance £26

*limited

SOUTH

CUMBERLAND HOTEL,

EASTBOURNE

• Excellent seafront location near the

pier and town centre

• 72 en-suite bedrooms, many with

sea views

• Tastefully furnished rooms with TV,

Radio, direct dial telephone, tea /

coffee making & hairdryers

• Lift services all floors

WINCHESTER ROYAL HOTEL

WINCHESTER

• This former Bishop’s residence is

perfectly placed in the heart of the

city centre

• 85 delightfully decorated rooms with

TV & tea/coffee making

• Stunning walled garden

• Garden restaurant & lounge bar

• No lift here but some ground

floor rooms

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4, 5 & 7 DAYS

FROM £329

ISLE OF WIGHT

THE DIAMOND ISLE

REVISED

SOUTH

Steeped in history with 60 miles of stunning unspoilt coastal scenery

and a wealth of attractions, the Isle of Wight has something for

everyone. From historic sites to natural delights, music festivals and major

national events, it is a unique holiday destination.

The Island is situated just 5 miles off the mainland

coast and occupies 147 square miles including

many designated areas of outstanding natural

beauty. Shanklin is probably the island’s best

known resort and combines the traditions of the

‘Old Village’ with the modern seaside resort.

Day 1 Head to Portsmouth with a refreshment

stop en-route to join the ferry to the Isle of Wight

and then continue to your resort hotel. Dinner, bed

& breakfast throughout.

Day 2 - 3 (Easter) At leisure in Shanklin with

one included excursion.

Day 2 - 4 (or 6) At leisure in Shanklin with

two included excursions. Shanklin is located at the

southernmost tip of Sandown Bay, sheltered by

Dunnose Point, which offers a stunning backdrop of

the tall cliffs of Luccombe and St. Boniface Downs

beyond. The Old Village of Shanklin is extremely

pretty with plenty of quaint shops and oldfashioned

tea rooms.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Coastal Tour – Ventnor, Freshwater Bay, The

Needles & Alum Bay Enjoy the highlights around

the coastline starting at Ventnor, the Victorian

seaside town, on the southern side of the island in

an area of outstanding natural beauty. Continue to

Freshwater Bay with its huge chalk stacks to the

Needles and the multi-coloured sands of Alum Bay.

• Cowes & Godshill (5 & 7 day only) Travel to

maritime Cowes, the yachting centre of England,

split into two by the mouth of the River Medina.

On the return journey visit the picturesque old

village of Godshill with its delightful thatched

cottages, gift shops, tea rooms, ice cream parlours,

two pubs and a church up on the hill.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Yarmouth, Alum Bay & The Pearl Centre (all

tours) Yarmouth, an historic port town, sits at the

mouth of the River Yar and contains some of the

oldest architecture on the island including a 16th

century castle. A walk along the Grade 2 listed

pier is highly recommended for some fabulous

views across The Solent. Your route today will give

you spectacular cliff-top views over the English

Channel from the unmissable Pearl Centre and

Alum Bay beach is undoubtedly one of the most

picturesque beaches on the Isle of Wight, situated

right at the most westerly tip of the Island.

Return Day After breakfast, join the midmorning

ferry back to the mainland and onwards

to interchange.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

19 April (Easter) 4 days £329

26 May 7 days £609

16 June 7 days £629

30 June 7 days £629

14 July 7 days £639

11 August 7 days £639

8 September 7 days £609

SUPPLEMENTS

Single 4 days £15

Insurance 4 days £26

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3, 4 or 6 nights in Shanklin with dinner

& breakfast

• Hotel entertainment

• Excursions as stated

TOUR REFERENCE EIW

CHANNEL VIEW HOTEL,

SHANKLIN

• The Channel View Hotel has repeatedly

been voted Crusader Holidays best

British Hotel

• Overlooks Shanklin Bay

• Warm welcome, good service,

excellent food

• Hotel facilities include restaurant, bar, lift

to most floors, frequent entertainment

• Luxury indoor heated swimming pool

and sauna

• All bedrooms are en suite with TV,

hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities

22 September 5 days £359 SUPPLEMENTS

Single 5 days £20

Insurance 5 days £28

Single 7 days £25

Insurance 7 days £32

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4 DAYS

FROM £319

SOLENT SAUNTER -

PORTSMOUTH & IOW

REVISED

© Visit Britain © Stefan & Sara Venter www.upixphotography.com

Enjoy a weekend in the Great Waterfront City of Portsmouth and a

day out on the Diamond Isle with our superb Solent Saunter getaway.

The UK’s only city by the sea, Portsmouth is the perfect South Coast

destination with its seafaring heritage, fabulous shopping, vibrant cultural

scene and stunning waterfront. You can be sure of plenty of sea air to

blow the cobwebs away and highlights galore on the included tour around

everyone’s favourite island.

Day 1 Head south with suitable stops for lunch

and refreshments to Portsmouth for your 3 night

stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in Portsmouth with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Spinnaker Tower & Cream Tea Morning at

leisure to explore Old Portsmouth with its

cobbled streets and narrow lanes. Or perhaps

enjoy some retail therapy at the impressive

Gunwharf Quays with over 90 premium designer

outlets and 30 cosmopolitan bars and restaurants

before an included entrance up the iconic

Emirates Spinnaker Tower. Experience the ‘wow’

of miles of spectacular views across the Solent

from the 100m high viewing deck. A voucher is

included for you to enjoy a cream tea at your

leisure in the Waterfront Café.

• Day out on the Diamond Isle Cross the Solent

to the Isle of Wight to enjoy an included scenic

island drive. Take in the Needles, Tennyson Down

and Freshwater Bay as well as the main town,

Newport, and the picturesque old village of

Godshill before arriving in Shanklin for some leisure

time. A late afternoon ferry will take you back to

Portsmouth for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 After breakfast, enjoy a relaxed morning

in Southsea with its long, level seafront,

independent shops and boutiques. Southsea Castle

is free to visit and Henry VIII is said to have seen

the Mary Rose sink from here. Return homewards

with a suitable stop en-route and arrive back at

your local joining points early to mid-evening.

75th Anniversary of D-Day Landings

The weekend of 7th June will see special

commemorative events taking place in

Portsmouth to mark 75th Anniversary of

the D-Day Landings (programme of events

still tbc at time of printing). Portsmouth is

where Operation Overlord was co-ordinated

in June 1944.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

26 April £319

7 June £339

27 September £329

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £75

Insurance £26

• 3 nights in Portsmouth with breakfast

& dinner

• Tea & coffee after dinner

• Entrance to Spinnaker Tower

• Cream tea voucher

• Excursion to the Isle of Wight with

scenic drive

TOUR REFERENCE EMP

HOLIDAY INN,

PORTSMOUTH

PRICE INCLUDES

• Excellent location for exploring Old

Portsmouth and Southsea

• Bright, modern hotel with open

lobby concept combining bar and all

day dining

• Smart guestrooms with TV, WiFi,

hairdryer and tea / coffee making

facilities

www.crusader-holidays.co.uk Free Joining Points see pages 138 & 139

SOUTH

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5 DAYS

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FLAVOURS OF

KENT

GARDENS

OF ENGLAND

NEW

REVISED

SOUTH

Kent, in the region known as ‘The Garden of England’, is

famous for its hop growing and fruit farming and is home

to some of the best British vineyards. On this tour you will

experience some of the flavours of this lovely county, both

of its food and drink and its towns and villages.

Day 1 Head to Kent for 4 nights with

breakfast & 3 dinners. One meal at the

Shepherd Neame Brewery.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Rochester with

four included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Rye & Chapel Down Vineyard Cobbled

streets and narrow passages reveal

architectural treasures. Afternoon visit to

Chapel Down vineyard.

• Kentish Lady Boat Trip & Museum of

Kent Life Enjoy a 1 hour cruise on the

River Medway. Kent Life is a vibrant and fun

destination with host of attractions on its

28 acre site.

• Tour, Tasting & Supper at Shepherd

Neame Take an 80 minute evening tour

of the brewery, before enjoying a tutored

tasting of Kentish ales and speciality

lagers. This will be followed by a seasonal two-course, home-cooked supper

accompanied by a pint of your choice. Cheers!

• Brogdale Discover this amazing National Fruit Collection and its over 4000

varieties with a guided tour of the orchard. Enjoy Canterbury in

the afternoon.

Day 5 Head back to interchange via Whitstable today.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 4 nights with

breakfast & 3 dinners

• Kentish Lady Boat Trip

• Entry to Museum of

Kent Life

• Brewery tour, tasting

and supper

• Chapel Down Vineyard

tasting

• Brogdale – entry &

guided tour

TOUR REFERENCE EFK

DEPARTURES & PRICES

27 May £439

19 Aug £439

Kent and Sussex are home to some of the finest gardens in

the country and this tour has put them in the spotlight to

be enjoyed to the full.

You will be amazed by the sheer quality and

pedigree of these English country gardens.

This great value tour is packed with garden

visits and time by the sea in Hastings

and Broadstairs.

Day 1 En-route there will be a visit to

the Great Comp Garden near Sevenoaks,

a wonderfully quirky garden with 7 acres of

beautiful and rare plants, an Italian Garden,

and an enchanting woodland. Check in for 4

nights with breakfast & dinner.

Day 2 Head to the heart of Sandwich

- The Salutation Gardens are an oasis of

calm within the city walls. This Lutyen’s

designed garden incorporates strong

architectural lines with inventive planting.

Drive to Broadstairs to see the sea before

returning to the hotel.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 4 nights in Kent with

dinner & breakfast

• Visit & entry to Great

Comp Garden

• Visit & entry to Pashley

Manor Gardens

• Visit & entry to

Sissinghurst Castle

Garden

• Visit & entry to The

Salutation Garden

• Visits to Broadstairs &

Hastings

• Porterage

TOUR REFERENCE EGK

DEPARTURES & PRICES

13 May £389

30 Jun £399

22 Sep £399

Single

SUPPLEMENTS

£85

Day 3 Sissinghurst Castle Garden

romantic country gardens with its world

Insurance £28 famous ‘White Garden’.

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Day 4 Pashley Manor Gardens romantic

English landscaping and artistic planting.

Insurance £28

Onto Hastings, the former Cinque Port and now a modern seaside town.

Day 5 After breakfast head to Polehill Garden Centre with time to

purchase plants and enjoy some lunch. Continue onto interchange

and home.

*limited

HOLIDAY INN,

ROCHESTER

HOLIDAY INN,

SITTINGBOURNE

• Free WiFi & tea/coffee making in all

rooms

• There is a lift, indoor pool & fitness

centre

• Traders Restaurant with its homestyle

dishes and a dining area overlooking

the garden

• A contemporary hotel in a converted

19th-century residence

• Relaxed rooms with WiFi, flat-screen

TVs, tea / coffee making facilities

• A vibrant restaurant with floor-toceiling

windows serves breakfast

and dinner. Gym

• 2 Lifts serve all floors

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4 DAYS

FROM £309

BEAUTIFUL

SURREY HILLS

NEW

Stay at the plush HQ of the Police Federation and explore The Beautiful

Surrey Hills with visits to Polesden Lacey, chocolate box villages and

exhilarating viewpoints. A mixture of top notch Blue Badge guiding

and in-house expertise will bring out the best of one of Britain’s most

beautiful landscapes. The exterior of Polesden Lacey retains the air of

a Regency villa with roughcast and yellow-washed walls. The interiors,

however, are a showcase of Edwardian opulence.

In the afternoon visit Polesden Lacey, the

Edwardian country retreat where the Queen

Mother spent her honeymoon as the guest of one

of Britain’s richest society hostesses.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 nights in Leatherhead with dinner

& breakfast

• Full day City & Villages Guided tour of

Surrey Hills

• Visit & Entrance to Polesden Lacey

• Visit to Guildford & Windsor

• Horse-drawn River Wey cruise

TOUR REFERENCE EFD

SOUTH

Day 1 Once aboard your holiday coach relax

and enjoy the scenery on your way to your

fabulous hotel in Leatherhead with a stop for

lunch on the way. 3 nights with breakfast & dinner.

Day 2 Depart the hotel after breakfast with a

Blue Badge Guide and head out to explore the

Beautiful Surrey Hills - an Area of Outstanding

Beauty. A drive to the top of Box Hill for the far

reaching views and onto beautiful Shere where the

willow-fringed stream crossing the High Street has

made the village a top location for romantic film

makers: Bridget Jones and The Holiday are among

the movies filmed here. Enjoy lunch at your leisure

in one of the village pubs or cafés.

Day 3 A stop in Guildford is a must this morning.

Guildford’s Cathedral is the “Mother Church” of the

Diocese and is prominently situated on Stag Hill,

overlooking the town and its University. Continue

onto Godalming where you board the Iona. In

1960 she featured in the film The Bargee starring

alongside Ronnie Barker and Harry H Corbett. Enjoy

a pleasant cruise on the National Trust’s unspoilt

River Wey & Godalming Navigations. Iona will

be pulled by one of their heavy horses along both

natural river and a canal section and through one of

the oldest boat locks in the country. Travel quietly

in the time honoured way as generations of river

boatmen have throughout history.

Day 4 Enjoy a hearty breakfast before setting

off to enjoy some free time in Windsor before

reaching interchange.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

10 May £309

26 July £319

30 August £319

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £65

Insurance £26

THE FEDERATION HOTEL,

LEATHERHEAD

• The plush HQ for the Police Federation

with 55 fresh contemporary bedrooms

• Flat screen TV’s, climate control &

hair dryers

• Tea/coffee making, free WiFi

• Air conditioned gym

• Single rooms are doubles for sole use

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SANDRINGHAM &

NORFOLK BROADS

4 DAYS

FROM £349

4 OR 5 DAYS

FROM £319

EXPLORE CONSTABLE

COUNTRY

FAVOURITE

This special weekend break is simply packed with

wonderful attractions. The highlight is a visit to

Sandringham House, the much-loved country retreat of

HM The Queen. Also included is a trip on the Bure Valley

Steam Railway and a Norfolk Broads Cruiser touring

Norfolk’s famous waterworld.

This tour visits one of the most evocative and celebrated

landscapes in Britain.The valley along the river Stour on

the borders of Essex and Suffolk was made famous by

England’s most celebrated early 19th century landscape

artist, John Constable.

EAST ANGLIA

Day 1 Travel to Long Melford with its

mile long high street, and onto the lovely

medieval village of Lavenham. Check into

your Swaffham hotel for your 3 night stay.

Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Sandringham House & Norfolk Coast

A visit today to Cromer, a classic Norfolk

seaside town. Highlight this afternoon is

Sandringham House and the chance to

explore the beloved country retreat of Her

Majesty the Queen.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• Visit & entrance to

Sandringham House

• Norfolk Coast Drive

• Rail & Sail on the

Norfolk Broads

• Visits to Lavenham,

Southwold & Aldburgh

TOUR REFERENCE ENB

DEPARTURES & PRICES

3 May £349

5 Jul £349

• Rail & Sail on the Norfolk Broads

Take the narrow gauge, steam train ride Single

SUPPLEMENTS

£45

from Aylsham to Wroxham with beautiful

scenery along the River Bure. Then a scenic

Insurance £26

boat tour from Wroxham on the Norfolk Broads.

Day 4 Head home via the Suffolk Coast with stops in Southwold

and Aldeburgh.

BEST WESTERN GEORGE HOTEL,

SWAFFHAM

• Former coaching inn with plenty of

charm and character

• Located in the town centre, it has

a Georgian facade and a modern

bedroom wing

• Bar plus restaurant serving seasonal

produce

• Comfortable, cosy bedrooms offer

TV, hairdryer and tea / coffee

making facilities

• No lift but some ground floor rooms

(4 steps up and these rooms have

shower over bath)

Day 1 Depart with a stop in Colchester,

Britain’s oldest recorded town. Travel onto

Sudbury, your holiday base in Suffolk.

Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 (or 4) At leisure in Sudbury

with two included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Bury St Edmunds & Lavenham Long

Melford with its mile long high street

full of independent shops, vibrant art

galleries, cafes and typical Suffolk Inns.

Then onto Bury St. Edmunds and the village

of Lavenham, one of the best preserved

medieval villages in the UK.

• Constable Country – Guided Tour

Starting at East Bergholt, set in the

beautiful Stour Valley, the birthplace of

the artist John Constable. Onto Flatford

Mill and Willy Lott’s Cottage, and finally

Dedham, an idyllic old English country

village as captured by John Constable.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Suffolk Coastal Tour – Aldeburgh & Southwold (5 days only) Aldeburgh, a

neat little seaside resort with a shingle beach. Onto Southwold with its lovely

and pier.

Return Day Stop at Wilkin & Sons Jams of Tiptree (5 days only) and then

continue to Maldon on the Blackwater estuary. Home late afternoon.

LEGACY MILL HOTEL,

SUDBURY

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 or 4 nights

with breakfast & dinner

• Porterage

• Easter egg on arrival

(Easter only)

• 2 nights’ entertainment

(5 day holidays only)

• Two included excursions

as stated

TOUR REFERENCE ECC

DEPARTURES & PRICES

19 Apr* 4 days £319

27 May 5 days £409

30 Jun 5 days £409

8 Sep 5 days £409

SUPPLEMENTS

Single 4 days £60

Insurance 4 days £26

Single 5 days £80

Insurance 5 days £28

*Easter

• In the centre of Sudbury set on the

banks of the River Stour

• Restored watermill steeped in history

• Refurbishment programme in 2018

• Bar, restaurant and sun terrace

• 62 smart bedrooms with TV & tea /

coffee making facilities

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3 DAYS

FROM £289

THE LONDON

EXPERIENCE

NEW

One of the world’s most visited cities, London has something for

everyone: from history and culture to fine food and good times.

Immersed in history, London’s rich seams of eye-opening antiquity are

everywhere. The city’s buildings are striking milestones in a unique and

beguiling biography and your included MBNA Thames Clippers Roaming

Water Bus ticket allows you to hop on and off all day!

Day 1 Head into Central London and your first

visit of the day, the Royal Observatory. Stand on

the world’s Prime Meridian, take an awe-inspiring

journey through space and discover the home of

Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Your coach awaits to

transfer you to the Cutty Sark – perhaps the most

famous of the Royal Museums.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 2 nights in London with English

breakfast

• MBNA Thames Clippers Roamer River

Ticket (Sat)

• Visit & entry to the Royal Observatory

• Visit & entry to the Cutty Sark

• Afternoon Tea at the Cutty Sark

TOUR REFERENCE ELW

LONDON

This historic ship with its intricate cat’s cradle of

ropes, offers on-board interactive displays evoking

the sights, sounds and smells of life on the ocean

wave over 144 year history. A real treat to finish

your day Afternoon tea is included for you to

enjoy homemade scones, cakes and sandwiches,

along with a pot of Cutty Sark tea. Coach transfer

to your hotel to check in. 2 nights Bed & full

English breakfast.

Day 2 Enjoy your day with the MBNA Thames

Clippers ‘River Roamer ticket’ which takes you

along the Thames passing some of London’s most

iconic sights. There are toilets as well as a licensed

snack bar on board. Your River Roamer ticket allows

you to hop on and hop off at stops all along the

river for the whole day.

Day 3 Morning free – check out and leave your

luggage at the hotel. Your coach will arrive at midday

to take you back to your home towns.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

7 June £289

30 August £289

29 November £289

PARK PLAZA RIVERBANK,

LONDON (AUG & NOV)

• Located on the south side of River

Thames, close to the London Eye,

London Aquarium and Big Ben

• Views of the river and the London

skyline

• 395 deluxe, air-conditioned guest

rooms with all modern amenities

• Award-winning Chino Latino fusion

restaurant and bar

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £120

Insurance £24

THE TOWER HOTEL,

LONDON (JUN)

• Located on the Thames at the Tower of

London and St. Katharine Docks

• Hotel interiors infused with Art

Deco flair

• There are several restaurants, bars and

an outdoor summer terrace

• Every room has a safe, iron and ironing

board and all mod cons

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4 DAYS

FROM £359

MIDSOMER, MORSE

& LEWIS’ OXFORD

NEW

HOME COUNTIES

This Midsomer Murders Tour will transport you into the charming yet

sinister world familiar to DCI John and Tom Barnaby and uncover the real

locations that have given the show its distinct character since it was first

broadcast in 1997. Coupled with a visit to nearby Oxford which for many

has long been associated with its famous University. For fans of Inspector

Morse, Endeavour and Lewis, however, it is the murder capital of the

world, where homicide, corruption and vice run rife. A train ride and cream

tea are included in this great value weekend.

Day 1 Heading to Oxfordshire today with a

stop in Long Crendon, scene of many Midsomer

locations around the village. See Long Crendon

Manor & the Eight Bells. A short drive to check into

your hotel late afternoon. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At your leisure with two excursions.

on several occasions. The station became Holm

Lane Junction for Death in a Chocolate Box, first

shown on ITV on 11 May 2008. Station signs were

changed, buffers were installed and the station

platform and train were drenched, all to complete

the illusion. Midsomer Introductory talk and a quiz

after dinner.

• 3 nights in Mercure Thame Lambert

Hotel with dinner & breakfast

• Midsomer Walking Tour of Thame

• Midsomer Villages Tour by coach

• Oxford Walking Tour with

College entrance

• Ride on Chinnor & Princes Risborough

Railway with Cream Tea

• Midsomer Talk & Quiz night

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

TOUR REFERENCE EMM

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Thame – Midsomer Murder Trail A short transfer

into nearby Thame the town where you will be

met by your Midsomer guide for the Midsomer

Murder Trail around the town. After free time for

lunch gather for the transfer to Chinnor Railway

to join the early afternoon round trip with a

delicious cream tea included. The railway station

at Chinnor has appeared in Midsomer Murders

• Oxford Enjoy an included walking tour to show

you the scenes of Morse, Lewis & Endeavour.

Entrance included to New College, one of the

oldest colleges, founded in 1379, and seen in the

television productions of Inspector Morse and

Lewis. This afternoon your guide joins the group

for your Midsomer Murders Tour. You will see

fairytale houses, ancient churches, cosy pubs,

charming village greens, quaint stores and grand

houses that feature prominently in the magical but

rather deadly County of Midsomer.

Day 4 A leisurely breakfast and check out, a

stop will be made on your way to interchange.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

3 May £359

7 June £359

27 September £359

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £50

Insurance £26

MERCURE THAME LAMBERT

HOTEL, NR. THAME

• Traditional coaching inn

with a cosy atmosphere and

comfortable leather sofas

• Rosette restaurant with

traditional English cuisine

• 49 spacious contemporary bedrooms

with free WiFi, tea/coffee making

• Beer Garden & Courtyard garden

• Free use of Fitness Centre

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3 DAYS

FROM £239

MERRY(HILL) CHRISTMAS

SHOPPING

ANTIQUE TREASURE

TRAIL

5 DAYS

FROM £449

NEW

A perfect opportunity to getaway with your partner or get

together with friends for some retail therapy! This 4*

weekend features evening meals, leisure facilities on site

and West Midlands largest shopping centre is on your

doorstep. Relax, kick back and let the weekend start as

soon as you board your luxury coach. You deserve it!

Calling all antique lovers! Join your fellow collectors on

this fun-filled tour and search out that hidden treasure and

perfect bargain. Bring along a small item from home and it

will be assessed by an antiques expert. Then it’s off to the

Malvern Flea Market & Collectors Fair to bag the best

bargain on the ‘Treasure or Trash Challenge’!

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 2 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• Porterage

Day 1 Head to Worcester for 4-nights.

Dinner, bed & breakfast. Fun session with

your antiques host who will appraise your

items from home.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 4 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• Porterage included

Day 1 Travel to the Midlands with a tea

or coffee on arrival. 2 nights with dinner &

breakfast. Please note: Spa treatments must

be pre-booked direct with the hotel.

• Tea / coffee on arrival &

after dinner

• Free use of leisure

facilities

• 10% discount on all prebooked

spa treatments

TOUR REFERENCE ELC

DEPARTURES & PRICES

8 Nov £239

22 Nov £239

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £40

Insurance £24

Day 2 Early morning swim or a lovely lie-in – the choice is yours! The

Merry Hill Shopping Centre, just a stroll away with over 200 stores under one

roof as well plenty of cafés, restaurants and bars. Join the coach to the Black

Country Living Museum in the afternoon (entrance not included).

Day 2 Malvern Flea Market &

Collectors Fair Head off around the fair

with your set cash amount on your quest

to find that elusive trinket or curio. Time at

leisure in Great Malvern.

Day 3 Ledbury & Gloucester Visit

historic Ledbury and then onto Gloucester

where you may like to visit the stunning

cathedral or the regenerated Gloucester

Docks. At the hotel your antiques host will

present the winner of the ‘Treasure or Trash

Challenge’ with a £50 holiday voucher.

Day 4 A nostalgic journey on the

Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam

Railway to Cheltenham Racecourse with

time to enjoy this graceful Regency city.

Day 5 Travel back to interchange via

the Cotswolds.

• Tea /coffee after dinner

• Included excursions

as shown

• 2 evenings with local

antiques expert

• Cash amount to spend

at Malvern Fair

• Entrance to Malvern Flea

Market & Collectors’ Fair

• Ride on the

Gloucestershire &

Warwickshire Steam

Railway

TOUR REFERENCE ECM

DEPARTURES & PRICES

25 Aug £449

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £80

Insurance £28

MIDLANDS

Day 3 A final lazy morning before heading homewards.

COPTHORNE HOTEL,

MERRYHILL

FOWNES HOTEL,

WORCESTER

• Overlooks the picturesque Canal Marina

• Just a short stroll from Merry Hill

Shopping Mall

• Facilities include swimming pool, fitness

suite, sauna, spa bath and steam room

• All rooms offer contemporary décor,

TV, hairdryer and tea / coffee making

as standard

• There is a lift to all floors

• Redbrick hotel in a converted

Victorian glove factory, walking

distance to the cathedral

• Combines olde worlde charm with all

mod cons

• Bar and restaurant

• Elegant rooms with hairdryer and tea

/ coffee making facilities

• There is a lift on one side of the

hotel only

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5 DAYS

FROM £369

GREAT HOUSES & GARDENS

OF LINCOLNSHIRE

EAST MIDLANDS

Heritage, landscapes, traditions, great houses and gardens - Lincolnshire

certainly has more than its fair share. On this tour you’ll not only see two

great magical houses and their beautiful treasures, but you will also enjoy

a fabulous garden in Saxby and the largest antique centre in Europe!

• 4 nights near Grantham with dinner

& breakfast

• Welcome tea / coffee on arrival

• Entrances to Burghley House and

Belton House

• Visit to Brightwater Gardens and

Hemswell Antiques

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

• Free use of leisure facilities

TOUR REFERENCE EGL

Day 1 En-route visit to Elizabethan Burghley

House near Stamford (entrance included). Arrive

at the hotel for your 4-night stay with dinner, bed

and breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure with three included

excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Hemswell Antiques and Brightwater Gardens

Visit Europe’s largest antique centre in Hemswell

with around 400 antique dealer display areas on

a former airbase. Onto Brightwater Gardens

(entrance included) with 8 acres of beautiful

gardens and meadows.

• Kings Lynn and Belton House Kings Lynn - a

vibrant town brimming with maritime history.

Head to Belton House (entrance included), a

classic English country home with formal Italian

gardens and historic 1300 acre deer park.

• Lincoln Visit one of Europe’s finest cathedral

cities, full of history but with a vibrant,

contemporary edge.

Day 5 Stop in Stamford, ‘the finest stone

town in England’. Continue to interchange and

head home.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

5 May £369

16 June £379

25 August £379

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £65

Insurance £28

THE OLDE BARN HOTEL,

GRANTHAM

• Formerly the Ramada Resort Grantham,

this hotel is in the heart of the beautiful

Lincolnshire countryside

• Located approximately one mile from

A1 for easy to explore the area

• Onsite leisure club with a spa, fitness

centre, swimming pool, sauna, steam

room and jetted hot tub

• Comfortable guestrooms with free

high-speed WiFi, spacious desk, ironing

facilities, safe and flat-screen TV

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5 DAYS

FROM £399

HEREFORD & WYE VALLEY

REVISED

Enjoy a visit to Hereford, a perfect base from which to explore the

beautiful rolling scenery flanking the England/Wales border. The area

is dotted with fascinating castle ruins and it also offers many delightful

quaint villages. Discover the charm of this pleasant city – dominated by

its cathedral – along with an inclusive tour through the wonderful sights of

the Wye Valley.

Day 1 Relax and enjoy the scenery and after

a stop mid-day in ‘the City of Dreaming Spires

– Oxford – your route takes you through some

very pretty Cotswold countryside to your base in

Hereford. 4 nights here with breakfast & dinner.

Day 2 Hay on Wye is a pretty little town on

the banks of the River Wye, just inside the Welsh

border. The small town centre is made up of

narrow sloping lanes, peppered with interesting

shops. The route back to the hotel takes you

via Pembridge where a stop will be made at a

timeless ancient inn overlooking the small black &

white town’s church. Here you will find the 3-room

bar with antique settles, beams, worn flagstones,

an impressive inglenook log fire and 2 ghosts! Visit

includes tea & biscuits.

Day 3 Pretty Upton-upon-Severn is on your

itinerary today time for a stroll before travelling

onto Tewkesbury with its ancient Abbey

(Wednesday is market day). Enjoy Ledbury this

afternoon with its lovely Market Hall and cobbled

Church Street.

Day 4 Enjoy an included tour of Westons

Cider Mill, independent and family owned in

the Herefordshire Hills for five generations. Learn

about the craft of cider making and finish with

a tutored tasting before heading to Worcester.

The home of the famous Worcestershire sauce (an

unlikely combination of fermented tamarinds and

anchovies), this ancient cathedral city was the site

of the last battle of the Civil War. Join one of the

Worcester River Cruise boats - The Pride of the

Midlands, with a 45 minute commentary from

the South Quay. Fully stocked bar and

refreshments available.

Day 5 Breakfast and commence your

homeward journey with a pleasant stop in Stowon-the-Wold

before reaching interchange.

THREE COUNTIES HOTEL,

HEREFORD (JUL & AUG)

• 60 bedroom modern hotel located

outside the city centre with some

garden rooms

• No lift here but some ground floor rooms

• Large welcoming reception area, bar &

outside terrace

• Porterage & tea/coffee after dinner

PRICES & DEPARTURES

27 May £399

8 July £459

5 August £459

16 September £399

PRICE INCLUDES

• 4 nights in Hereford with dinner &

breakfast

• Tea & Biscuits at the Historic New Inn

• Tour & tasting at Weston Cider Mill

• River Severn Afternoon Boat Trip

• Visits to Hay on Wye &

Upton-upon-Severn

TOUR REFERENCE EHE

GREEN DRAGON HOTEL,

HEREFORD (MAY & SEPT)

• Perfect location in Hereford city centre,

a few minutes walk to the Cathedral

• Large cosy lounge & spacious restaurant

• Buffet evening meal

• Lift to all floors - some internal steps

• Porterage & tea/coffee after dinner

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (July & August) £50

Single (May & September) (limited) £nil

Insurance £28

www.crusader-holidays.co.uk Free Joining Points see pages 138 & 139

WEST MIDLANDS

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5 DAYS

FROM £419

LUDLOW &

THE SHROPSHIRE HILLS

FAVOURITE

WEST MIDLANDS

Ludlow is a thriving medieval market town and an architectural gem with

a lively community feel, busy with events and festivals throughout the

year. The historic town centre is situated on a cliff above the River Teme

and is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of South Shropshire and

the Welsh Marches. Ludlow is an excellent base for this especially planned

break with a ride on a restored railway, the fascinating history at Blists Hill

and a tasting of the local produce.

Day 1 Head to Ludlow and your hotel for the

next 4 nights. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Ludlow with three

included excursions. The bustling open-air market

is held every Monday in Ludlow town square.

Ironbridge Gorge. The world’s first iron bridge was

erected over the River Severn at Coalbrookdale

in 1779. This now world-famous industrial

monument gave its name to the town that

grew around it and to the spectacular wooded

gorge that was the birthplace of the Industrial

Revolution. Then step back in time to the recreated

Victorian town at Blists Hill Museum - discover

more about Victorian life as you meet the

‘Victorian’ townsfolk. No cars. No TV. Just tons of

fun! Welcome to the age of Queen Victoria. Here

you’ll experience what life was like when Britain

ruled the world. Meet some (almost) real Victorians

in their authentic shops and cottages, buy

curious goods from a bygone era and watch

tradespeople in action in their atmospheric

workshops and factories.

• 4 nights in Ludlow with dinner &

breakfast

• Visit to Ironbridge Gorge

• Entry to Blists Hill Victorian Town

• Severn Valley train ride

• Welcome Talk & Tasting at Ludlow

Food Centre

• Black & White Village Trail

• Tea / coffee after dinner

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

TOUR REFERENCE ELU

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Severn Valley Railway Take an exciting steam

train ride along the Severn Valley Railway’s scenic

16-mile span from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth.

Explore, enjoy and step back in time on the SVR

(fare included).

• Black & White Village Trail Cross into

Herefordshire and follow the black & white

village trail via Mortimers Cross and Pembridge,

Lyonshall and Weobley to the historic city

of Hereford.

• Ironbridge Gorge & Blists Hill Museum Travel

to the spectacular UNESCO World Heritage listed

Day 5 Check out and onto the Ludlow Food

Centre, a unique food shopping experience where

farming, food production and retailing come

together to create a very special environment.

Enjoy the welcome talk and tasting before

heading to interchange.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

1 April £419

19 August £419

21 October £419

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (limited)

£nil

Insurance £28

FEATHERS HOTEL,

LUDLOW

• Charming former 17th century

coaching inn in the heart of Ludlow

• Award winning restaurant, café bar with

terrace

• All bedrooms have flat screen TV,

tea/coffee tray and telephone

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ROMAN CHESTER &

THE PEAK DISTRICT

4 DAYS

FROM £269

5 DAYS

FROM £379

CHESHIRE’S GLORIOUS

GARDENS

REVISED

NEW

Set on the picturesque River Dee and encircled by Roman

Walls, Chester is rightly considered one of England’s

best preserved medieval cities. Couple this with a drive

through the lovely Peak District – a great combination for

a long weekend staying at the Best Western Crewe Arms.

The botanic blooms at Ness Botanic Gardens, the

quintessentially English tradition at Arley Hall & Gardens to

exotic, oriental planting at Tatton Park, it’s the everchanging

landscape of the region that continues to inspire.

Based at the Best Western Crewe Arms Hotel, this weekend

exploring Cheshire’s gardens has something for everyone.

PRICE INCLUDES

Day 1 Relax and enjoy the drive to your

holiday hotel in Crewe for your 3-night stay.

Dinner, bed & breakfast.

• 3 nights with breakfast

& dinner

• Porterage

• Excursions to Chester &

Peak District

TOUR REFERENCE ECH

DEPARTURES & PRICES

24 May £269

19 Jul £269

27 Sep £269

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £50

Insurance £26

Day 1 Heading north with a comfort

stop on the way. Enjoy your factory tour of

Wedgewood this afternoon before arrival at

your hotel. 4 nights with breakfast & dinner.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Crewe with three

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Ness Botanic Garden & Crewe When

the Liverpool cotton merchant Arthur Kilpin

Bulley began to create a garden in 1898,

he laid the foundations of one of the major

botanic gardens in the United Kingdom.

Free time in Crewe this afternoon.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 4 nights with

breakfast and dinner

• Porterage

• Visit & entry to Ness

Botanic Garden

• Visit & entry to Tatton

Park Garden

• Visit & entry to Arley

Hall Garden

• Wedgewood Factory

Tour

• Anderton Boat Lift visit

TOUR REFERENCE EDD

NORTH WEST

Day 2 - 3 At leisure with two included

excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Medieval Chester A full day to explore Chester with its original city walls,

picturesque shopping streets and Norman Cathedral. Visit the Phoenix Tower

also known as the King Charles Tower which commemorates King Charles I

standing on the roof as he witnessed the rout of his army by Parliamentary

forces in 1645.

• Arley Hall Garden & Anderton Boat Lift

Amongst the finest in Europe the Gardens

have been created over the last 250 years

by the same family. They offer an unusual

blend of long history and traditional design

with inspired modern ideas and additions.

The result is a garden rich in atmosphere,

interest and vitality. Top of the World Tour at

the Anderton Boat Lift (NB involves steps).

DEPARTURES & PRICES

30 Jun £379

2 Sep £379

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £60

Insurance £28

• Tour Through Peak District Buxton with its stunning ornamental Pavilion

Gardens, a wealth of independent and high street shopping opportunities, an

ever expanding choice of cafes, bars and restaurants. Bakewell will also be

on the itinerary today followed by a visit to Eyam. Returning to your hotel

late afternoon.

• Tatton Park Gardens & Salford The 50 acres of gardens at Tatton have

been developing for over 200 years with each successive owner of Tatton

playing their part in its evolution. Salford this afternoon with free time.

Day 5 Travel back to the local area and on to your home towns.

Day 4 Head back home today after breakfast.

BEST WESTERN CREWE ARMS HOTEL,

CREWE

• Hotel is located adjacent to Crewe Railway station (the world’s first

railway hotel, built in 1830)

• Comfortable bedrooms with free WiFi, TV, hairdryer & tea/coffee

making facilities

• Lift, bar and restaurant

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LIVERPOOL & PORT

SUNLIGHT VILLAGE

5 DAYS

FROM £399

BEATLES MAGICAL

MYSTERY TOUR

3 DAYS

FROM £229

© The Beatles Story

Liverpool, famous as the birthplace of the Beatles, and in

the Guinness Book of Records as the official World Capital

of Pop. The highlight of this tour is a visit to Lord Lever’s

Port Sunlight Village, a fascinating insight to life in the late

1800’s. The Lady Lever Art Gallery is dedicated to his wife’s

memory, containing the best of Lever’s personal collection.

When the sixties were swinging, Liverpool was the place

to be. Four local lads formed ‘The Beatles’ and the rest is

history. This weekend break offers you a magical trip back

in time to the heady days of the Merseybeat era and

includes visits to Mersey Ferry Cruise, Magical Mystery Tour,

the city’s ‘Cavern Quarter’ and the Beatles Story Exhibition.

NORTH WEST

Day 1 Journey northwards with comfort

stops en-route to Liverpool for your 4 night

stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Liverpool with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Liverpool (2 days) All aboard for an

informative guided tour of Liverpool with a

local guide. Time at leisure to explore this

afternoon. A further day to see the many

attractions in this fascinating city.

• Port Sunlight Village & Roman Chester

A morning visit to Lord Lever’s Sunlight

Village (entrance included). Lord Lever made

a huge contribution to the lives of ordinary

people. He built Port Sunlight to provide

his workforce with good housing and

campaigned for better welfare and a shorter

working day. Calling into Chester after with time to explore this classic,

contemporary city bursting with must see treasures, 2000 years of history

and spectacular shopping.

Day 5 Return southwards to interchange.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 4 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• Guided City Tour

• Entrance to Port

Sunlight Museum

• Porterage

• Tea / coffee after dinner

TOUR REFERENCE EPS

DEPARTURES & PRICES

2 Jun £409

8 Jul £409

5 Aug £399

16 Sep £399

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £110

Insurance £28

Day 1 Head northwards to your central

hotel in Liverpool to arrive late afternoon.

Room & continental breakfast for 2 nights.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 2 nights with

& breakfast

• Included Guided Magical

Mystery Tour and entry

to The Beatles’ Story

• Included cruise on the

Mersey Ferries

TOUR REFERENCE ELV

DEPARTURES & PRICES

24 May £239

25 Oct £229

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £75

Insurance £24

Day 2 Join the guided Magical Mystery

tour to visit many of the places associated

with John, Paul, George and Ringo. Take a closer look at some of the places

that inspired songs like Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields. Visit The Beatles’

Story, (admission included) to explore the life, times, culture and music

of the Beatles. Join an afternoon River Explorer Cruise (included) on the

famous Mersey Ferries.

Day 3 After breakfast depart for the journey home, arriving back early to

mid-evening.

RMS TITANIC HOTEL, 30 JAMES

STREET, LIVERPOOL

IBIS STYLES LIVERPOOL

DALE STREET

• Opposite the Albert Dock, the hotel

overlooks Liverpool’s ‘Three Graces’

• Once the home of the ill-fated White

Star Line’s headquarters, it is now a

64 bedroom luxury Titanic-themed

hotel

• Roof-top Champagne Bar, upscale

restaurant and spa

• Comfortable en-suite bedrooms with

tea/coffee making

• There is a lift to all floors

• 123 bedroom hotel a few minutes’

walk away from the sights of

Liverpool, including Albert Dock, Liver

Buildings and the Museum.

• A living homage to the music of the

Beatles, play “spot the Beatles lyric”

as you explore the swinging

60s-inspired décor

• Modern rooms with power showers,

TV, free WiFi & tea/coffee making

• Bar & lift to all floors

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FROM £299

BLACKPOOL

ILLUMINATIONS

FAVOURITE

© VisitBlackpool.com

As other resorts close down for the winter, Blackpool comes alive with

its annual extravaganza of illuminations featuring the latest fibre-optic

and laser technology. Daytime is playtime with all the fun of the Tower,

Pleasure Beach and Golden Mile but as the sun goes down, the town

lights up for its spectacular free show.

• 3 nights in Blackpool with breakfast

& dinner

• Live nightly entertainment

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

• Welcome tea/coffee on arrival

TOUR REFERENCE EBL

NORTH WEST

Day 1 Head north to your resort hotel in

Blackpool for 3 night stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in Blackpool with one

optional excursion.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Medieval Chester Chester was founded as a

Roman fortress in the 1st century A.D. It’s known

for its extensive Roman walls made of local red

sandstone. In the old city, the Rows is a shopping

district distinguished by 2-level covered arcades

and Tudor-style half-timber buildings. A Roman

amphitheatre, with ongoing excavations, lies just

outside the old city’s walls.

Day 4 Return to interchange and onward to

your home towns.

I enjoyed the holiday - first time here

and the lights were very good, as was

the excursion.

MR J

PRICES & DEPARTURES

27 September £299

4 October £299

18 October £299

1 November £319

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (limited)

£nil

Insurance £26

TIFFANY’S HOTEL,

BLACKPOOL

• Distinctive pink fronted hotel with

superb seafront location

• Panoramic sea views

• Close to town centre and attractions

• Games Room

• Floor shows and nightly entertainment

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5 DAYS

FROM £409

LAKE DISTRICT

STEAM & CRUISE

REVISED

© Visit Britain

NORTH

If you’re looking for a getaway to enjoy the great outdoors, few places in

the UK compare to the Lake District. With its stunning landscapes - lakes,

mountains, coastline and historic sites, there’s no better place to unwind

from the daily stresses. Included train rides and boat cruises will show you

the very best of the Lake District.

• 4 nights in Grange over Sands with

dinner & breakfast

• Ullswater Cruise

• Leven Valley Steam Train

• Lake Windermere Cruise

• Entertainment

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

• Tea / coffee after dinner

TOUR REFERENCE ELD

© Visit Britain

Day 1 Northbound to your hotel in Grangeover-Sands

with comfort stops on the way. 4

nights with dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure with two included

excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Keswick & Ullswater Steamer Through the heart

of the Lake District to the tourist town of Keswick,

under the shadow of Skiddaw. Continuing onto

England’s most beautiful lake, Ullswater. Cruise on

the steamer from Pooley Bridge to Glenridding.

• Leven Valley Steam Train & Lake Windermere

Cruise Enjoy a one way steam train journey on

the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway before a

cruise on England’s largest Lake from Lakeside to

Bowness on Windermere.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway & Ulverston Full

steam ahead to western Lake District – a nostalgic

trip back in time on the oldest and longest

railway. Some free time in the birthplace of Stan

Laurel - Ulverston.

Day 5 After breakfast, say farewell and return

homewards, arriving back at your local joining

points early to mid-evening.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

13 May £409

10 June £419

14 July £419

8 September £419

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £70

Insurance £28

CUMBRIA GRAND HOTEL,

GRANGE OVER SANDS

• Located a short drive from the

majestic Lake Windermere in 20 acres

of private gardens and woodlands,

overlooking Morecambe Bay

• 124 bedrooms with television,

hairdryer, telephone and tea

/ coffee making facilities

• Lift

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4 DAYS

FROM £289

4 DAYS

FROM £359

EMMERDALE

STUDIOS TOUR

CORONATION STREET

EXPERIENCE

NEW

NEW

Experience the drama at the former ITV Studios at 27

Burley Road as you take on a guided journey into the world

of Emmerdale. Discover behind-the-scenes secrets as The

Emmerdale Studio Experience showcases the entire

‘lights-camera-action’ process of creating an episode of

Yorkshire’s favourite soap.

Coronation Street The Tour gives you the chance to

explore the sensational outdoor sets at MediaCityUK,

opened to the public for the very first time in 2018. Your

guided experience takes in the exterior sets of Coronation

Street, Rosamund Street and the newly extended, never

before seen Victoria Street.

Day 1 Head northwards arriving midafternoon.

Dinner, bed & breakfast for the

next 3 nights.

Day 2 - 3 at leisure with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Emmerdale Studios Experience Morning

entrance arranged at the Emmerdale

Studios with a fully guided 90-minute tour.

Afternoon visit to the Royal Armouries

Museum with 6 galleries displaying over

8,000 objects.

• Yorkshire’s TV Trail Head to the

Wharfdale area, associated with the

television series of Emmerdale. Enjoy a

guided tour of Esholt, known to millions

as the real life location of the original

Emmerdale, where most of the filming took

place between 1976 and 1996. Filming was

then transferred to a purpose built village.

Your tour ends with the opportunity to

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• Visit & entry to the

Emmerdale Studio

Experience

• Visit to the Royal

Armouries Museum

• Yorkshire’s TV Trail with

guided tour

• One night live

entertainment

TOUR REFERENCE EEW

DEPARTURES & PRICES

3 May £289

21 Jun £289

30 Aug £289

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £26

*limited

have a drink in the Woolpack! Lovely Harrogate is next, renowned for its

smart little tearooms and classy cafés. The celebrated Betty’s tea room was

established in Harrogate in 1919, with queues still forming for their glorious

afternoon teas.

Day 1 After joining your holiday coach,

head northwards to your fabulous 4 star

hotel just south of Manchester. 3 nights

with breakfast and dinner at the DeVere

Cranage Hotel.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• Visit & entry to

MediaCity for guided

tour and free time

• Tour of the Peak District

TOUR REFERENCE ECS

DEPARTURES & PRICES

10 May £359

5 Jul £359

16 Aug £359

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £65

Insurance £26

Day 2 Scenic Tour of the Peak District – with stops in Buxton

& Bakewell.

Day 3 To Manchester for your visit to the Coronation Street Experience

for a guided tour. Later your driver will take you into the centre of

Manchester with free time for sightseeing.

Day 4 Check out and heading south to interchange and onward to your

home towns.

NORTH

Day 4 Travel back to interchange with a stop en-route for refreshments.

DEVERE CRANAGE ESTATE

HOTEL, CREWE

GREAT VICTORIA HOTEL,

BRADFORD

• The Great Victoria Hotel is

steeped in history, offering superb

accommodation in Bradford centre

• Contemporary rooms with tea/coffee

making facilities and WiFi

• Lift

• Rural retreat today, tucked away in a

peaceful corner of Cheshire

• 21st-century style complements the

rich heritage of the building; creating

an eclectic mix of historic and new

• Tempus Restaurant & Bar plus

outdoor terrace

• All rooms have WiFi and tea / coffee

making facilities

• There is a lift to all floors

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4 STAR HARROGATE

& THE DALES

4 DAYS

FROM £319

5 DAYS

FROM £459

GREAT YORKSHIRE SHOW

NEW

© Visit England

Harrogate’s elegance and style draws from its 18th

century history, when it became the spa town of choice

for its wealthy visitors. It has left a legacy of opulent

hotels, green open spaces and beautiful parks and

gardens. The Royal Pump Room Museum houses the

strongest sulphur well in Europe.

The Great Yorkshire Show is an iconic three-day event and

one of the biggest agricultural events in the English

calendar. Every year, more than 130,000 visitors and over

8,500 animals converge on the Great Yorkshire Showground

in Harrogate to compete, socialise and celebrate.

NORTH

Day 1 To Yorkshire for 3 nights with

dinner, bed and breakfast in the most

famous hotel in Harrogate. Its history goes

back 200 years and was a tranquil haven

for the mistress of crime-writing Agatha

Christie who famously disappeared here in

1926 for over 11 days!

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in Harrogate with

two included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Yorkshire Dales National Park The

Yorkshire Dales National Park is a living,

working landscape inhabited by charming

market towns, picture postcard villages,

historic castles, country houses and old

mills. Visit Richmond, a leafy market town

with an impressive castle keep.

• Haworth & Brontë Country Time in

Haworth, home of the Brontë sisters, with

the option of a trip on the Keighley and

Worth Valley Railway, an authentic steam

railway. Leisure time in Oxenhope.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 4 nights in Harrogate

with dinner & breakfast

• Welcome tea / coffee &

after dinner

• Porterage

• Excursion to Yorkshire

Dales National Park

• Excursion to Haworth

TOUR REFERENCE EHY

DEPARTURES & PRICES

10 May £319

2 Aug £319

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £26

*limited

Day 1 Head northwards to Harrogate

to arrive mid-afternoon. 4 nights with

breakfast & dinner.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Harrogate with

two included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Great Yorkshire Show Set to be

spectacular, celebrating the very best of

food, farming and rural life. See some of

the finest animals in the UK competing

with breathtaking performances in the

Main Ring. This is a celebration of food,

countryside and agriculture with something

for everyone of every age while keeping

farming at its heart.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 4 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• Welcome tea/coffee

• Tea/coffee after dinner

• Porterage

• Visit & entry to the

Great Yorkshire Show

• Tour of Skipton, Ilkley &

Keighley

TOUR REFERENCE EHY

DEPARTURES & PRICES

8 Jul £459

SUPPLEMENTS

• Skipton, Ilkley & Keighley The visits

today will show you the very best of

Yorkshire towns & villages with the

Single*

Insurance

£nil

£28

opportunity of a ride of the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (fare not

included).

Day 5 Travel back to interchange with a stop en-route for refreshments.

*limited

Day 5 After breakfast, travel home to

arrive mid-evening.

MAGESTIC HOTEL,

HARROGATE

THE OLD SWAN,

HARROGATE

• Situated in the heart of Harrogate

• Revolving doors to the famous glassceilinged

Wedgewood Restaurant

• 136 contemporary styled bedrooms

with TV & tea/coffee making

• Outdoor terrace and lawned gardens

• Lift to all rooms

• A palatial and stately Victorian

property that sits in the heart of the

beautiful spa town of Harrogate

• The hotel is surrounded by acres of

beautifully landscaped gardens that

overlook the town

• All comfortable bedrooms have flat

screen TV & tea/coffee making

• Spa, pool, sauna jacuzzi & lift to

all floors

• Will re-brand in 2019 as DoubleTree

by Hilton

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PENNINES & YORK

REVISED

This adventure packed itinerary offers two very different journeys

through hills and moors. Sit back and relax and watch the dramatic

landscape unfold from the comfort of a steam train, canal barge or your

reserved coach seat. A ride on the Keighley & Worth Valley railway as

featured in the famous film ‘The Railway Children’ through the heart of

Bronte Country and a Pennine boat cruise aboard an authentic canal

narrow boat coupled with visits and excursions through the wonderful

Yorkshire Dales make this one not to be missed.

• 4 nights with breakfast & dinner

• Grassington, Skipton & Pennine

Boat Cruise

• Haworth & train journey

• Full Day – Medieval York

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

NORTH

Day 1 Head northwards today with stops

en-route for refreshments before arriving late

afternoon at your hotel for your 4-night stay.

Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure with three

included excursions.

destination. Enjoy the cobbled streets, the exquisite

architecture and the iconic York Minster.

Day 5 Head home today via interchange.

TOUR REFERENCE EPE

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Skipton, Pennine Boat Cruise & Grassington

Travel to Skipton, ‘The Gateway to the Dales’ in the

heart of the beautiful Pennines with its superbly

preserved 900 year old medieval castle. Board a

beautiful, traditional, canal narrow boat for a trip on

the canal passing varied scenery, mill buildings and

many bridges. The final stop is the popular village of

Grassington with its cobbled Market Square.

• Haworth, Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (or

Embsay Steam Railway) Visit Haworth, home of

the Brontë sisters before travelling on the Keighley

and Worth Valley Railway, an authentic steam

railway which runs through the heart of West

Yorkshire’s Brontë Country. Lovingly preserved, the

line was used in the film ‘The Railway Children’.

Free time in Oxenhope. NB: Some early and late

departures may be on the Embsay to Bolton Abbey

Steam Railway due to the non-operation of the

KWV Railway.

• Medieval York Rich in ancient history, romantic

ambience and fun activities, York is the perfect

MERCURE HOTEL, WETHERBY

(JUL & AUG)

• Close to specialist shops and tea rooms

• 103 bedrooms with hairdryer, tea/coffee

making, free WiFi & flat screen TV

• Brasserie & Bar

PRICES & DEPARTURES

5 May £449

10 June £449

22 July £379

5 August £379

CROWNE PLAZA, HARROGATE

(MAY & JUN)

• Great central location

• Sweeping views over the town and

countryside

• Bar, restaurant, lift & free WiFi

• All rooms have TV & tea/coffee making

• Small gym

• Porterage

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (Mercure Wetherby) £80

Single (limited) (Crowne Plaza) £nil

Insurance £28

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5 DAYS

FROM £369

A YORKSHIRE GEM & THE

DALES ON RAILS

YORKSHIRE’S GREAT

HOUSES

5 DAYS

FROM £379

FAVOURITE

© National Trust Images - Chris Lacey

NORTH

Experience a great combination of Yorkshire treats on this

fabulous break. A visit to one of Britain’s finest historic

houses, Castle Howard; take in the stunning Herriot and

Turner country views on your Wensleydale train ride; learn

the art of Wensleydale cheese-making. All combine to make

a gem of a Yorkshire break!

Day 1 Travel to Yorkshire for afternoon

arrival. 4 nights with dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Castle Howard A visit to magnificent

18th century residence in 1,000 acres of

breathtaking landscape in the Howardian

Hills. Enjoy world-renowned collections,

stunning architecture and idyllic gardens.

• Wensleydale Railway & Cheese

Museum Board the Wensleydale Railway

at Leeming Bar for a 16-mile journey to

Redmire, passing through the beautiful

Dales, en-route to Hawes. Learn how

Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese is produced

at the Creamery and discover its captivating

and often emotional story.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

• York Nowhere in northern England says ‘medieval’ quite like York, a city

of extraordinary cultural and historical wealth that has lost little of its preindustrial

lustre.

Day 5 Head home via interchange to arrive mid-evening.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 4 nights in Leeds with

dinner & breakfast

• Visit & entry to Castle

Howard

• Ride on the Wensleydale

Railway

• Visit & entry to the

Wensleydale Creamery

Visitor Centre

TOUR REFERENCE EWY

DEPARTURES & PRICES

27 May £369

8 Jul £379

30 Sep £369

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £85

Insurance £28

SOUTH MILFORD HOTEL,

LEEDS

• Located between Leeds & York, just

off A1M

• All rooms with TV Free WiFi and

tea/coffee tray

• Restaurant, bar & lounge

• Heated swimming pool, extensive

landscaped gardens & sun terrace

Take a step back from hectic every day life and experience

the tranquility of some of Yorkshire’s stunning houses with

spectacular scenery and warm hospitality. The perfect

settings, the sweeping lawns and restored walled gardens

make each visit unique. Harewood will capture your

imagination and the architectural grandeur of

Beningbrough is simply amazing. The Heights of Abraham

make a fantastic ending to your last day.

Day 1 Head north to Bradford for 4

nights with dinner & breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Harewood House Harewood is one of the

Treasure Houses of England set in rolling

‘Capability’ Brown landscapes, combining

100 acres of award-winning gardens with

the renowned lakeside Bird Garden. Don’t

miss the impressive art collection including

works by JMW Turner & El Greco and

exquisite Thomas Chippendale furniture.

Otley, Ilkley & Skipton on the way back.

• Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens

John Bourchier created Beningbrough,

an Italian Palace nestled between York,

Harrogate and Leeds. The impressive rooms

house the collection of portraits on loan

from the National Portrait Gallery. A stop in

Harrogate will round the day off nicely.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 4 nights in Bradford with

dinner & breakfast

• Porterage

• Tea / coffee after dinner

• Visit and entrance to

Harewood House

• Visit and entrance to

Beningbrough Hall,

Gallery & Garden

• Heights of Abraham

Cable Car Ride

• One night live

entertainment

TOUR REFERENCE EGY

DEPARTURES & PRICES

16 Jun £379

28 Jul £389

8 Sep £379

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £28

Day 5 On the way back to interchange

a stop will be made in Matlock to visit the Heights of Abraham with an

included cable car ride.

GREAT VICTORIA HOTEL,

BRADFORD

• The Great Victoria Hotel is steeped

in history, offering superb rooms in

Bradford City Centre

• Contemporary rooms with

tea/coffee making facilities TV,

spacious bathroom and hair dryers

• Bar & restaurant and lift to most

floors

*limited

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5 DAYS

FROM £449

MEDIEVAL

YORK

COUNTY DURHAM ON

RAILS & BOWES MUSEUM

REVISED

Still encircled by its ancient walls, York was one of the

great cities of the medieval world. The city is dominated

by the soaring pinnacles of York Minster, the finest Gothic

church in northern Europe. From its narrow streets, lively

with chic cafés and specialist shops, to trips on its

tree-lined river, York is a treasure house for visitors.

County Durham, Land of Prince Bishops, in beautiful

Northumbria and the historic City of Durham should be on

everyone’s list of places to visit. This tour gives you the

opportunity to ride on the world’s oldest railway and see the

wonderful scenery from your train seat on the Weardale.

New for this year is a visit to the exquisite Bowes Museum.

Day 1 Enjoy a scenic drive to West

Yorkshire to check into your hotel. Dinner,

bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure with two

included excursions.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• Porterage included

• Included excursions

as stated

TOUR REFERENCE EMY

DEPARTURES & PRICES

15 Mar £299

19 Apr (Easter) £319

4 Oct £319

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £85

Insurance £26

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Medieval City of York Explore the magnificent spiritual capital of the

North, the beautiful compact riverside city famous for its Roman, Viking and

Medieval heritage. Ancient walls, atmospheric streets, a host of museums,

shops, charming tea rooms and traditional pubs.

• Harrogate Renowned for its floral beauty and elegant spa buildings.

Alternatively spend a second day in York.

Day 1 Head north to your luxury hotel

for 4 nights with dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure at 4* Redworth Hall

with two included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• World’s Oldest Railway, Tanfield &

The Bowes Museum The Tanfield Railway

was built in 1725 – 75 years before the

first steam locomotive! Onto the Bowes

Museum where the collections are displayed

in a magnificent French-styled building in

Barnard Castle.

• The Weardale Railway & Durham is

an 18 mile heritage line which runs from

Bishop Auckland to Eastgate in the Weardale

area. Free time in historic Durham, one of

England’s great cities.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 4 nights in Newton

Aycliffe with dinner

& breakfast

• Welcome tea/coffee &

after dinner

• Entry to the Bowes

Museum

• Ride on Tanfield Railway

• Ride on Weardale

Railway

• Visit to Durham

• Porterage

TOUR REFERENCE EDM

DEPARTURES & PRICES

2 Jun £459

2 Sep £459

6 Oct £449

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

SUPPLEMENTS

• North Yorkshire Moors National Park

Head to ancient Helmsley and then

Pickering, the gateway to the National Park.

Single from

Insurance

£95

£28

Also visit the ancient Whitby, dominated by its cliff-top Abbey.

NORTH

Day 4 Journey south today to interchange with an interesting stop at

lunch-time.

Day 5 Return home arriving back mid-evening

MERCURE YORK FAIRFIELD

MANOR, YORK

REDWORTH HALL HOTEL,

NEWTON AYCLIFFE

• Fabulous 18th century Georgian

manor house set in its own grounds a

short drive from the centre of York

• Relax with fine food and drinks in

Kilby’s Restaurant and Club Bar

• Bedrooms are located in the new

wing and have flat screen TV, WiFi &

tea / coffee facilities

• Lift to all floors

• Set in 150 acres of beautiful

countryside in County Durham

• Facilities include a bar, restaurant,

indoor heated pool, sauna, spa, fitness

suite (free to use)

• Lift in the main building

• All bedrooms have hairdryer, TV and

tea/coffee making facilities

• Singles are double rooms for sole use

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THE GREAT

NORTHERN TOUR

NORTH

A fantastic combination of spectacular landscapes, picturesque market

towns, cathedral cities and stunning scenery. All yours to enjoy on this

great value tour which captures so many of the greatest highlights of the

north.

Day 1 Head north to the Novotel Nottingham

for overnight. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 From Nottingham, it’s a short drive to

one of England’s rural highlights - the Peak District.

Stop in Bakewell on the River Wye with time to

explore the riverside walks, shops and cafes. Some

jaw dropping views as you head into the elegant

spa town of Buxton, the self-proclaimed ‘Capital

of the Peak District’, known for its lovely Pavilion

Gardens. Head further north for 2 nights just

outside Leeds. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 3 Historic City of York Highlights include

the York Minster, the picturesque warren of cobbled

streets known as the ‘Shambles’ and an informative

city tour with a local guide.

Day 4 Ripon & Durham Stop en-route in Ripon,

the unspoilt cathedral city of the Yorkshire Dales

before heading to the handsome university city of

Durham, delightfully set on the banks of the River

Wear, with its 11th century castle and Norman

cathedral. Check in for 3 nights in Bolden. Dinner,

bed & breakfast.

Day 5 Seahouses, Bamburgh & Lindisfarne

Explore the Northumberland Heritage Coast and

the colourful fishing villages of Seahouses and

Bamburgh with its imposing castle overlooking

the North Sea. Next, cross the causeway to Holy

Island and enter another world. Full of history,

Holy Island is cut off twice a day by the fastmoving

tides.

Day 6 Corbridge, Hexham & Hadrians

Wall Once a garrison town for Roman soldiers,

Corbridge, still has ancient Roman remains on

the village outskirts. Hadrian’s Wall is the most

important site in Roman Britain, with forts, civilian

settlements and temples. Historic Hexham was

the haunt of marauding Vikings 1300 years ago

and nowadays Hexham proudly holds the title of

England’s favourite market town – as voted by

Country Life magazine.

Day 7 Lake District, Bowness on Windermere

and Lake Cruise Bowness on Windermere,

a charming enclave on the banks of Lake

Windermere with its craft and gift shops, cafes and

tea rooms, is where you join the included Island

Cruise with Windermere Lake Cruises. Continue

to the handsome market town of Keswick

• 8 nights in 3 & 4 star hotels with

breakfast & dinner

• Excursions/visits as stated

• Guided Tour of York

• Cruise on Lake Windermere

TOUR REFERENCE ENW

VARIOUS

PRICE INCLUDES

• All the hotels on this tour will be at

least 3 star standard

• With en suite facilities, hospitality trays

and lift unless specified

PRICES & DEPARTURES

21 June £759

13 September £759

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £150

Insurance £34

sandwiched between Derwentwater and Skiddaw.

Your base tonight is in the centre of Keswick.

Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 8 Historic Chester - famed for its Roman

Walls, amphitheatre and Medieval Rows, there

will be time at leisure in Chester as well as the

option of a guided city tour. Final overnight in

the fabulous Mercure Chester Abbottswell Hotel.

Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 9 Say farewell as you set off on the

homeward journey with many happy memories.

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GEMS OF

NORTHUMBRIA

Stretching from the unspoiled wilds of the Northumberland National

Park to the outstanding natural beauty of the Heritage Coast,

Northumbria has everything for a perfect holiday. Lush rolling

countryside, spectacular forests, glorious sandy beaches, quaint villages

and historic market towns mingle with mighty castles and ancient

monuments that bear testament to the bloody battles and warring clans

of a bygone era.

outlining the history of weaving and wool milling in

the area. Onto Kielder Water and the Tower Knowe

Visitor Centre where you can discover the area’s

rich history. Your driver may offer an optional cruise

here. Continue to the Kielder Water Birds of Prey

Centre, based at Leaplish Waterside Park, where

the centre cares for a whole host of birds including

owls, falcons and vultures as well as fallow deer and

wallabies.(Entrance included).

• 4 nights in central Newcastle with

dinner & breakfast

• Tour the Northumberland National Park

• Visit to Holy Island (tides permitting)

• Visit & entry to Alnwick Castle

• Visit & entry to Birds of Prey Centre

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

• Tea / coffee after dinner

TOUR REFERENCE EKN

NORTH EAST

Day 1 Head north to Newcastle to your city

centre hotel for 4 nights with dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Newcastle with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Holy Island & Alnwick First stop will be the

market town of Alnwick where its impressive

castle is known as ‘the Windsor of the North’

and also the location for the Hogwarts School of

Witchcraft and Wizardry (entry included). Tides

permitting cross the causeway to Holy Island,

home to Lindisfarne Priory and a sanctuary

for wildlife.

• Northumberland National Park A day of

wonderful scenery today as you head out into the

dramatic Northumberland National Park. The first

stop will be the small town of Otterburn where

you visit Otterburn Mill which contains a museum

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Corbridge & Hexham Corbridge was once a

garrison town for Roman soldiers and a safe

crossing place over the Tyne and you can view

the remains of this ancient Roman Site on the

outskirts of the village. Hexham, once the haunt

of marauding Vikings 1300 years ago, nowadays

proudly holds the title of England’s favourite

market town – as voted by Country Life magazine.

Day 5 Return to interchange and back home.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

14 April £389

19 May £399

24 June £399

28 July £399

25 August £399

22 September £389

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (limited)

£nil

Insurance £28

THE COUNTY HOTEL ,

NEWCASTLE

• One of Newcastle’s original hotels

dating back to 1874

• Close proximity to the main shopping

spots, museums and cultural attractions

• A locally inspired restaurant and

bar/lounge

• All rooms have TV, tea/coffee tray,

telephone & hairdryer

• Lift to all floors

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FROM £459

COINS, CASTLE, CRUISE

& CREAM TEA

TALES FROM WALES –

PIT TO PORT

4 DAYS

FROM £299

REVISED

REVISED

Our new tour based in the Cardiff Bay district in a fabulous

3* hotel comes packed with included visits to some of the

most popular attractions in South Wales. The Royal Mint

Experience, Cardiff Castle with a cruise & cream tea and St

Fagans one of Europe’s leading open–air museums and

Wales’ most popular heritage attraction.

Treat yourself to a fabulous weekend break based in the

4* Dragon Hotel in centre of Swansea. Your guide joins the

coach for an amusing informative Pit to Port guided tour

- hear stories of the coal industry and follow its journey to

Cardiff docks. Enjoy the Botanic Gardens with its amazing

collection of over 8000 different plant varieties, spread

across 560 acres of beautiful countryside.

WALES

Day 1 Heading to South Wales. 4 nights

with breakfast & dinner.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Cardiff with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• The Royal Mint Experience & St Fagans

The Royal Mint Experience, is the only place

in the world where you can watch the

United Kingdom’s coins being made. Follow

the journey of a coin from blank to bank.

Traditional crafts and activities bring St

Fagans alive, where craftsmen demonstrate

their traditional skills.

• Castle, Cruise & Cream Tea Discover

2000 years of history at the castle, a river

tour to Cardiff Bay and delicious cream tea

in the Norwegian church.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Dyffren Gardens & Porthcawl Dyffryn

Gardens are an exceptional example of

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 4 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• Tea/coffee after dinner

• Visit & admission to

Cardiff Castle, with a

cruise & cream tea

• Visit & entry to the

Royal Mint Experience

• Visit to St. Fagans

• Visit to Roman garrison

town of Caerleon

TOUR REFERENCE ENP

DEPARTURES & PRICES

2 Jun £459

8 Jul £459

2 Sep £459

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £105

Insurance £28

Edwardian garden design, featuring a stunning collection of intimate garden

rooms. Take in the sea air in Porthcawl, the holiday sweetheart of the

valleys.

Day 1 After joining your holiday coach

relax and enjoy the scenery as you head

west towards South Wales. 3 nights in

Swansea with dinner & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Pit to Port Guided Tour Landscapes to

landmarks, old industrial valleys, Heritage

centre, the Taff Valley to Cardiff docks –

following the journey of coal to its point of

export. Time for lunch in Cardiff and scenic

Vale of Glamorgan on the return journey.

• Carmarthen & The National Botanic

Garden of Wales A fabulous excursion

calling at the oldest town in Wales -

Carmarthen, which combines its Roman

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights with

breakfast and dinner

• Full day Guided Tour

includes Cardiff

• Visit to Carmarthen &

National Botanic Garden

• Tea/Coffee after dinner

TOUR REFERENCE EWV

DEPARTURES & PRICES

24 May £299

19 Jul £299

13 Sep £299

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £50

Insurance £26

past with a sophisticated modern atmosphere. Also included is a visit with

entry to the National Botanic Garden of Wales - a jewel nestled in West

Wales’ countryside.

Day 4 Travel back to interchange and onward to your home towns.

Day 5 Visit Caerleon, a Roman garrison town with amphitheatre, barrack

blocks and museum. Onward to interchange and your home towns.

DRAGON HOTEL,

SWANSEA

EXCHANGE HOTEL,

CARDIFF

• Formerly the Coal Exchange with

stunning architecture

• Bar & restaurant

• Elegant guest rooms with flat screen

TV, tea/coffee making facilities & free

WiFi

• Lift is planned

• Modern 4* landmark hotel in

Swansea City Centre

• Walking distance to Swansea’s

many attractions

• Health club and gym plus 18m

indoor pool

• Restaurant, lounge and piano bar

• 106 en-suite bedrooms are fully

air-conditioned and include free

WiFi internet access and flat screen

digital TVs

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FROM £379

TENBY- TASTIC

REVISED

Tenby is a beautiful holiday destination that attracts returning

holidaymakers year after year. The winding streets and picturesque

harbour are adorned with brightly coloured houses which add to the

charm of this lovely seaside resort. Tenby enjoys a wonderful location,

sitting on a headland with beaches either side or the main part of the

town is encircled by its Norman-built walls. The old fashioned narrow

cobbled streets are filled interesting shops, quaint cafes, ice cream

parlours and cosy pubs.

Round the day off with a look at Fishguard’s pride

and joy - the great tapestry, in its special gallery

in the Town Hall. This was designed and stitched

by local people to mark the bi-centenary of the

last invasion of Britain, which came ashore just 4

miles away.

• 4 or 6 nights in Tenby with dinner

and breakfast

• Happy Hour 12 noon - 6pm and 7pm –

9pm- discounted selected drinks

• Tea / coffee after dinner

• Live entertainment most nights

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

TOUR REFERENCE ETN

WALES

Day 1 Travel to your holiday destination on the

South Wales coast for 4 or 6 nights. Dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 (or 6) At leisure with two

included excursions

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Saundersfoot & Carmarthen Saundersfoot

is a fishing village located in the heart of the

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and is one of

the most popular seaside resorts in the UK.

Carmarthen, the oldest continually occupied town

in Wales, proud of its Roman origins as well as

its links with the Arthurian legends of Merlin. The

wizard is said by some to have been born here.

• Cardigan, Cardigan Bay & Fishguard Cardigan

is an essential stop on your way to Cardigan

Bay with its 19th century character and charm.

Narrow streets, traditional shops and inns, many

with their original Georgian and Victorian fronts.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• St David’s & Picton Castle (7 Days Only)

Picton Castle & Gardens have been awarded the

Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for five years

running (entrance included). The Secret Owl

Garden is home to the largest collection of owls

in Wales. Hidden away are specially designed

aviaries for 25 different species of owls. St David’s

Cathedral, nestles hidden in a grassy hollow

beneath. Britain’s very attractive, smallest city has

narrow streets filled with cafes, restaurants and

art galleries - but only one pub! The 13th century

Tower Gate and the Celtic Old Cross are also well

worth a look.

Return Day After breakfast return to your

home towns arriving early evening.

DEPARTURES & PRICES

13 May 5 days £379

2 June 7 days £539

14 July 5 days £389

21 July 7 days £549

11 August 5 days £389

1 September 7 days £549

CLARENCE HOUSE HOTEL,

TENBY

• Overlooking Tenby’s South Beach with

views across to Caldey Island

• 5 minutes’ walk from Tenby High Street

and 8 minutes from the harbour

• Outdoor seafront patio

• All bedrooms have flat-screen TVs,

tea/coffee facilities

• There is a lift

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (limited)

£nil

Insurance 5 days £28

Insurance 7 days £32

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NORTH WALES

EXPLORER

WALES

Lovely Llandudno is one of the most popular seaside resorts in North

Wales. Situated between the Great and Little Orme headlands, this

beautiful seafront is perfectly framed. To complement the view there is a

wonderful promenade along the Blue Flag beach and the longest pier in

Wales (2295 feet, 700 metres). ‘The Queen of Welsh Resorts’ is the

perfect base for touring this lovely region with its many top quality visitor

attractions and stunning scenery.

Day 1 Travel to Llandudno stopping for lunch

en-route to arrive this afternoon at your hotel for

4-nights. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 (5 days) At leisure with two included

excursions and one optional.

and then into the mountains to the slate mining

town of Blaenau Ffestiniog. You may like to

take a trip on the Ffestiniog mountain Railway to

Porthmadog (not included).

Return Day Head back home via interchange.

• 4 or 6 nights in Llandudno with dinner

& breakfast

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

• Entertainment most evenings

• Tea / coffee after dinner

• Entrance to Bodnant Gardens

TOUR REFERENCE ELS

Day 2 - 6 (7 days) At leisure with three

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Coastal Forts and The Isle of Anglesey First to

Caernarfon with its fantastical castle and cobbled

lanes and then cross the glistening Menai Straits

to ‘Ynys Mon’ (the Isle of Anglesey). Make a stop at

Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll and continue to the elegant

seaside town of Beaumaris, fronted by its superb

13th century moated castle.

• Bodnant Gardens & Conwy Bodnant is one

of the UK’s most beautiful gardens with a huge

range of beautiful plants from all over the world.

The May departure is the ideal time to see

the magical Laburnum Arch in full bloom

with its mass of yellow hanging flowers. Stop in

the historic town of Conwy with its epic World

Heritage-listed castle, medieval town walls and

elegant 1826 suspension bridge.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

(Included for 7 day holiday)

• Spectacular Snowdonia Full day tour to include

a visit to the mountain village of Betws-y-Coed

PRICES & DEPARTURES

27 May 5 days £349

14 July 7 days £519

5 August 5 days £359

2 September 5 days £349

SUPPLEMENTS

Single Room (limited)

£nil

Seaview Supplement 5 days £15pp

Seaview Supplement 7 days £20pp

Insurance 5 days £28

Insurance 7 days £32

FOUR OAKS HOTEL,

LLANDUDNO

• Excellent location on main promenade

overlooking the seafront, close to the

modern shopping complex

• Bar and large restaurant with sea views

• All rooms have TV & tea / coffee

facilities

• ‘Old fashioned cage’ lift

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LITTLE TRAINS

OF WALES

REVISED

Attractive Llanberis – a paradise for walkers and climbers, is the perfect

location for your included Welsh railway journeys on this favourite

Crusader Tour. New for 2019 The Snowdonia Mountain Railway is also

included! The Ffestiniog Railway is truly a ‘Great Little Railway’ and the

oldest independent railway company in the world today. Experience

Snowdonia on the Welsh Highland railway from historic Caernarfon via the

base of Snowdon and down to Porthmadog (5 day only).

Day 1 To your holiday base in Llanberis with

comfort stops en-route. 3 or 4 nights with

breakfast & dinner.

Day 2 - 3 (4 day break) At leisure with two

included excursions.

Day 2 - 4 (5 day break) At leisure in Llanberis

with three included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Ffestiniog Steam Railway (all holidays)

The unique steam-hauled trains run along 13

miles from Porthmadog on the coast to Blaenau

Ffestiniog in the mountains (fare included).

Continue with a scenic drive through the

Snowdonia National Park.

• Welsh Highland Railway (5 day only) Joining

at Caernarfon the journey on the new Welsh

Highland Railway (fare included) has to be one

of the most spectacular ways to see the aweinspiring

scenery of the Snowdonia National Park.

• Snowdon Mountain Railway & National Park

(all holidays) Please note: Easter break includes the

Snowdon Mountain Railway but the scenic drive may

vary due to the Easter Sunday lunch. The Snowdon

Mountain Railway, Britain’s only rack and pinion

railway starts from Llanberis and is included today

before your scenic drive. Travel through stunning

scenery and spectacular panoramas as you head

south through the National Park via the west of

the Coed y Brenin Forest Park to Barmouth with

its long sandy beach and picturesque harbour

bordered by the dramatically beautiful Mawddach

estuary, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Return Day After a hearty Welsh breakfast, all

aboard for the journey back to your home towns.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

19 April (Easter) 4 days £349

13 May 5 days £459

24 June 5 days £499

2 September 5 days £499

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (limited)

£nil

Insurance 4 days £26

Insurance 5 days £28

• 3 or 4 nights in Llanberis with dinner

& breakfast

• Glass of wine 1st night

• Tea/coffee on arrival & after dinner

• Entertainment (5 days only)

• 2 included excursions

• Rail fares on 3 railways as detailed

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

• Easter Sunday Lunch (4 days only)

TOUR REFERENCE ETW

ROYAL VICTORIA HOTEL,

LLANBERIS

• Being cradled between two lakes Llyn

Padarn and Llyn Peris as well as the

Welsh mountains the location is quite

simply breath taking

• Snowdon Mountain Railway is

directly opposite

• All bedrooms are en-suite with modern

décor, telephone, TV, tea / coffee

making facilities plus hairdryer

WALES

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CLASSIC ISLE OF MAN –

COAST, COUNTRYSIDE & CAPITAL

FAVOURITE

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ISLE OF MAN

The enchanting Isle of Man is made up of a unique cocktail of ingredients,

which blend to produce an unforgettable holiday. Its scenery combines

with a beautiful coastline and dramatic headlands with a mountainous

interior never far away. Come and explore the ‘Jewel of the Irish Sea’ with

its own parliament, traditions and culture. Travel along its roads to discover

enchanting glens, miles of golden sand, medieval castles, Victorian

railways and beautiful parks and gardens.

Day 1 Head to the North West of England

stopping for lunch and refreshments en-route to

your overnight hotel in the Preston area. Dinner,

bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Travel through the lovely Ribble Valley

and the Forest of Bowland, en-route to Heysham

for your ferry crossing to the Isle of Man and

your resort hotel for your 4-night stay in Douglas.

Dinner, bed & breakfast.

last overnight. Room & breakfast (NB Due to

a late arrival there is no evening meal included).

Day 7 After breakfast, continue homeward

arriving early evening.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 4 nights in Douglas with dinner &

breakfast

• 2 overnight hotels with breakfast &

one dinner

• Tea / coffee after dinner

• Porterage at main hotel

• Included excursions as stated

TOUR REFERENCE EMX

Day 3 - 5 At leisure in Douglas with two included

excursions. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Manx Explorer Experience the beauty and

surprising variety of the Manx landscape as

you visit some of the main towns and villages

including Laxey with its famous wheel (entrance

not included). There will be an optional Mountain

Railway trip to the summit of Snaefell before

continuing to Royal Ramsey before returning to

Douglas via the Mountain Road.

• Castletown, Cregneash & Calf of Man Visit

Castletown, Cregneash and Calf of Man on the

most southern point on the Island. Castletown sits

on the site of an ancient volcano and the town

was the capital of the island for hundreds of years.

Day 6 After a day at leisure, board the evening

ferry to arrive in Heysham late tonight. Head

straight to your hotel in the Lancaster area for the

EMPRESS HOTEL, DOUGLAS

(JUNE & SEPTEMBER)

• Situated directly on the seafront, close to

the town centre

• Bar, restaurant and lounge with sea view.

Dinner in a private dining room

• Compact bedrooms with tea / coffee

facilities

• Lift to all floors - some steps to front

PRICES & DEPARTURES

9 June £689

21 July £659

1 September £689

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £95

Insurance £32

RUTLAND HOTEL, DOUGLAS

(JULY)

• Panoramic sea views over Douglas Bay

• Approximately 20 minutes’ walk to the

centre of Douglas

• Restaurant and bar / lounge area

• All rooms have TV & tea/coffee

facilities

• Lift to all floors - some steps internal

steps and to front of hotel

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GREAT RAILWAY

JOURNEYS OF SCOTLAND

FAVOURITE

Described as one of the great railway journeys of the world, the 84 mile

round trip aboard the Jacobite Steam Train takes you past the highest

mountain in Britain, Ben Nevis, from Fort William via deepest freshwater

loch in Britain, Loch Morar, then arrive at the deepest seawater loch in

Europe, Loch Nevis at Mallaig. Also included is a trip on scenic Kyle Line

travelling across the Northern Highlands from the Kyle of Lochalsh to

Dingwall. For 2019, a trip on the Strathspey Steam Railway from Aviemore

is also included. This wonderful holiday is based in the highland resort of

Fort William, which basks on the shores of Loch Linnhe.

Day 1 Travel north to your overnight hotel in

the north-west. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Travel to the Scottish borders and beyond

with a stop in Callander. Then onto Fort William

for your 4-night stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 3 - 5 At leisure in Fort William with three

included excursions.

scenic rail journeys, sees you travelling from Kyle

of Lochalsh on the West Coast to Dingwall where

your coach will be waiting to return along the

shores of Loch Ness back to Fort William.

• Strathspey Steam Railway and Aviemore A trip

on the Strathspey Steam Railway from Aviemore

Station to Broomhill Station, or ‘Glenbogle’ as fans

of the popular BBC series Monarch of the Glen will

know it! As you travel over moorland and forest,

the Cairngorm Mountains provide a stunning

backdrop – all in all a grand day out.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 4 nights in Fort William with

breakfast and dinner

• Overnight hotels for 2 nights with

breakfast and dinner

• 3 included excursions

• Return journey on the Jacobite

Steam train

• Kyle of Lochalsh to Dingwall on the

Kyle Line

• Strathspey Steam Railway (Aviemore -

Broomhill)

TOUR REFERENCE ESR

SCOTLAND

Day 6 Following breakfast journey through

Glencoe ‘The Valley of Weeping’ to the shores of

Loch Lomond. Head back to Northern England for

overnight. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• The Jacobite Steam Train Travel on one of the

greatest railway journeys in the world. Enjoy the

most spectacular scenery on the west coast of

Scotland and cross the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct

as featured in the Harry Potter films to the fishing

village of Mallaig. Time at leisure before returning

to Fort William.

• Kyle of Lochalsh to Dingwall Train Journey

Through the Great Glen of Scotland heading West

through the remoteness of the Glens of Gary and

Morrison. The Kyle Line, one of the world’s most

Day 7 Back to the local joining points via

motorway network arriving mid/late evening.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

2 June £679

23 June £689

14 July £699

1 September £689

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £115

Insurance £32

ALEXANDRA HOTEL,

FORT WILLIAM

• Situated in a convenient, central

location in Fort William, close to all the

town’s facilities

• 93 bedrooms benefitting from

en-suite bathrooms, television,

direct dial telephone and tea / coffee

making facilities

• There is a lift to all floors

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HIGHLANDS,

SKYE & LOCH NESS

REVISED

SCOTLAND

The Scottish Highlands contain some of Scotland’s most stunning

scenery, including National Parks and vast areas of unspoilt wilderness.

From the historic towns and villages to the tranquil and peaceful Isle

of Skye with its velvet moors, jagged mountains, sparkling lochs and

towering sea cliffs. This wonderful holiday is based in the Highland resort

of Fort William on the shores of Loch Linnhe. With an included cruise on

Loch Ness, this tour really has something for everyone.

Day 1 Travel north to your overnight hotel in

the north-west. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Travel to the Scottish borders and beyond

with a stop at Loch Lomond. Then onto Fort

William for your 4-night stay. Dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 3 - 5 At leisure in Fort William with two

included excursions.

Rock. The return journey takes you over the Skye

road bridge passed the most recognisable castle in

Scotland, Eilean Donnan, and then travel through

Scotland’s dramatic glens and scenery to return to

Fort William.

• Loch Ness with Scenic Cruise Departing from

Fort Augustus at the southern end of Loch Ness,

you’ll soon be treated to the breath-taking vista

of Loch Ness in all its natural wonder during a

50-minute cruise. Sit back as you cruise past

Cherry Island, the loch’s only island and enjoy an

included cup of coffee and a piece of cake. Re-join

your coach for a panoramic drive along the most

famous loch in Scotland - Loch Ness. Keep a

lookout for Nessie the Monster!

• Hotel for 4 nights with breakfast

& dinner

• Porterage included

PRICE INCLUDES

• Tea/coffee after dinner

• 2 overnight hotels with breakfast

& dinner

• Two included excursions

• Loch Ness Cruise from Fort Augustus

with coffee & cake on board

• Ferry crossing to Skye

TOUR REFERENCE EHS

Day 6 Following breakfast journey through

Glencoe ‘The Valley of Weeping’ to the shores of

Loch Lomond. Head back to Northern England for

overnight. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

ALEXANDRA HOTEL,

FORT WILLIAM

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Road to the Isles and the Isle of Skye

Follow the Road to the Isles through dramatic

Highland scenery. Stop at Glenfinnan with its

iconic monument at the head of Loch Shiel

which pays tribute to those who died fighting

the Jacobite cause. Continue to Mallaig for the

panoramic crossing to Armadale on the Isle of

Skye. Tour the Misty Isle and capture the best

views of The Cullin Mountains, the Storr and Kilt

Day 7 Back to the local joining points via

motorway network arriving mid/late evening.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

21 July £629

18 August £639

15 September £619

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £140

Insurance £32

• Situated in a convenient, central

location in Fort William, close to all the

town’s facilities

• 93 bedrooms benefiting from

en-suite bathrooms, television, direct

dial telephone and tea / coffee making

facilities

• There is a lift to all floors

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5 DAYS

FROM £549

A VICTORIAN

STEAM JOURNEY

PANORAMIC LOCHS

NEW

© Visit Scotland Paul Tomkins

© Visit Britain

A wonderful mix of rail and loch, this great Scottish

holiday takes you on a nostalgic steam journey. Based at

the popular Winnock Hotel in Drymen, you will enjoy a

steamship cruise on Loch Katrine, a trip on the Falkirk

Wheel and a journey on the Bo’ness & Kinneil steam railway.

The beautiful countryside of Loch Lomond and the

Trossachs National Park, formed along the Highland

boundary fault line is best viewed from the water.

Based at the popular Winnock Hotel, this great new

Scottish holiday explores Loch Katrine, Loch Lomond

and the sea lochs along the Argyll coast.

Day 1 Drive north to Drymen for your 4

night stay. Dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Drymen with

three included excursions.

We thoroughly enjoyed

the holiday from start to

end, especially Loch Katrine and

Loch Lomond MS P & MRS M

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Loch Katrine Steam Cruise A relaxing

2-hour cruise on lovely Loch Katrine aboard

the steamship SS Sir Walter Scott. A light

lunch in a shoreside restaurant is included.

• Falkirk Wheel & Bo’Ness & Kinneil

Steam Railway Take a trip on the iconic

Falkirk Wheel, the world’s only rotating

boatlift and the showpiece of the

Millennium Link project. Onto the heritage

Bo’Ness & Kinneil steam railway with

afternoon tea served on board.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 4 nights with

breakfast and dinner

• Porterage included

• Welcome drink

• Tea/coffee after dinner

• Included excursions and

entrances as stated

• Boat Trip on Falkirk

Wheel

• Afternoon tea on the

Bo’Ness & Kinneil

Steam Railway

• Cruise on Loch Katrine

• Soup & sandwich lunch

at Loch Katrine

• Afternoon tea on Maid

of the Loch

• Evening entertainment

for 2 nights

TOUR REFERENCE EVS

DEPARTURES & PRICES

19 May £529

• Loch Lomond – The Maid of the Loch 8 Sep £559

Afternoon tea aboard the much-loved

SUPPLEMENTS

paddle steamer moored on the bonnie

banks of Loch Lomond.

Single*

Insurance

£nil

£28

*limited

Day 5 Return home, arriving back mid-evening.

Day 1 Drive north to Drymen for your 4

night stay. Dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Drymen with

three included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Loch Katrine Steam Cruise A relaxing

2-hour cruise on lovely Loch Katrine aboard

the steamship SS Sir Walter Scott.

• Loch Lomond – The Queen of Scottish

Lochs Two hour cruise discovering the

legends and secrets of the islands of Loch

Lomond. Stop on the Island of Inch Cailloch.

• Argyll Coastal Sea Loch Cruise Enjoy

a 3-hour cruise of the sea lochs along the

magnificent Argyll coast formed by fissures

on the fault line.

Day 5 Return home, arriving back mid-evening.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 4 nights with

breakfast and dinner

• Porterage included

• Welcome drink

• Tea/coffee after dinner

• Included excursions and

entrances as stated

• Cruise on Loch Katrine

• 2-hour Loch Lomond

Cruise

• 3-hour cruise along the

Argyll coast

• Evening entertainment

for 2 nights

TOUR REFERENCE ESS

DEPARTURES & PRICES

30 Jun £549

28 Jul £559

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £28

*limited

SCOTLAND

WINNOCK HOTEL, DRYMEN

• Family run hotel on the pretty village green

• Excellent customer service, cosy log fires and hearty Scottish cuisine

• Traditional bar area with an extensive range of specialty malt whiskies

• All 74 en-suite bedrooms come with TV, hairdryer and drinks facilities

• There is no lift but ground floor rooms are available

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FROM £999

A SCOTTISH ADVENTURE – ORKNEY & SHETLANDS

MINICRUISE, HIGHLANDS & THE CAPITAL

SCOTLAND

A fantastic journey right up to the northern tip of the spectacular

Highlands and a rare opportunity to visit two of the most northerly

British Isles. Orkney is a group of 70 islands, the closest of which is just 6

miles off the Scottish Coast. The Shetlands actually lie a fraction closer

to Norway. Both have amazing prehistoric remains with a strong Viking

legacy. Your journey takes in a wide variety of beautiful Scottish landscape

and includes a three night stay in Thurso, a day in the capital and your

2-night island cruise aboard Northlink ferries (no bunk beds!).

Day 1 Travel north of the border to your

overnight hotel. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Continue north via Pitlochry past Aviemore

and Inverness to the far north town of Thurso for

your 3 night stay. Dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 3 - 4 At leisure in Thurso with its pretty

beach and riverside walks. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

INCLUDED EXCURSION

• John O’Groats & Castle of Mey John O’Groats

is best known as the end point of the 874 mile trek

from Land’s End. Onto Castle of Mey, the beloved

residence of the Queen Mother.

Day 5 Orkney Morning crossing from Scrabster

to Stromness on Orkney where, with a local guide,

you will explore Orkney’s mainland including Skara

Brae, the stone Ring of Brodgar and the remains of

battleships scuppered at Scapa Flow. Included dinner

in a local restaurant before overnight Northlink

Ferry sailing to Lerwick. Cabins are en-suite.

Day 6 Shetlands Breakfast on board and a

guided excursion of Shetland’s scenic mainland

including Jarlshof Viking Settlement, Scalloway

Castle and time in Lerwick. Re-join the ferry for

carvery dinner and overnight crossing to Aberdeen.

Day 7 Breakfast on board, dock in Aberdeen and

travel along beautiful Royal Deeside, passing the

Balmoral Estate with a stop in Braemar. On to 4*

Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld for relaxed 2

night stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 8 Edinburgh A day in the delightful capital.

Optional guided tour. Return to the Westwood

Hotel for dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 9 An early start and head south to arrive

home during the evening.

WESTERWOOD HOTEL ,

CUMBERNAULD

• Stylish hotel set in acres of countryside

by the Campsie Hills

• Excellent facilities – restaurant, golf,

swimming pool, gym & lift

• Comfortable guestrooms will all mod

cons including tea / coffee

making facilities

PRICES & DEPARTURES

10 May £999

27 September £1019

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (incl cabin) £205

Outside Cabin (per cabin) (limited) £35

Insurance £34

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 nights in 3* Thurso Hotel with dinner

& breakfast

• 1 overnight in Stirling with dinner &

breakfast

• 2 nights in 4* Westerwood Hotel with

dinner & breakfast

• 2 night on board Northlink ferry in a

2-berth en-suite cabin

• 1 dinner & 2 breakfast on board

• Local dinner in Kirkwall

• Guided tours on Orkney and Shetland

• Porterage at main hotels

• Entrance to Castle Mey

• All entrances on Orkney and Shetland

TOUR REFERENCE EOS

STATION HOTEL OR ST CLAIR

HOTEL, THURSO

• Both hotels belong to family owned

North Hotels

• Both centrally located in Thurso

• Both are small traditional hotels serving

local food

• Guests rooms have TV, hairdryer and

tea / coffee making facilities

• There are no lifts but some ground

room floors

• Hotel will be allocated before shortly

before travel

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FROM £489

EDINBURGH &

THE BEAUTIFUL BORDERS

OMG! OBAN, MULL

& GLENCOE

7 DAYS

FROM £619

REVISED

REVISED

Explore the historic city of Edinburgh and attractions

in the glorious Scottish Borders including the New

Lanark World Heritage site. Staying in a 16th century

castle hotel, discover why this picturesque region

was so beloved by Scottish poet Sir Walter Scott, with

an included visit to ‘Abbotsford’.

Pretty Oban is one of the most popular resorts in the

Western Highlands, full of Victorian charm. Staying

right in the centre, enjoy a day to enchanting Mull and

its picturesque capital, Tobermory. Beautiful Glencoe

showcases the rugged splendours of the glens and

the serenity of the lochs. OMG!

Day 1 Drive north to Peebles for your 4

night stay. Dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Peebles with three

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Melrose & Abbotsford To Melrose, at the

foot of the triple peaks of the Eildon Hills,

with its ruined Abbey. Onto Abbotsford,

the baronial home of Sir Walter Scott for a

guided tour with tea and scones.

• Edinburgh & Royal Botanic Gardens A

day in the Scottish capital with an included

visit to the fabulous Royal Botanic Gardens

and its 10 magnificent Glasshouses

(entrance included). Time at leisure to

explore this vibrant city.

• Peebles & New Lanark World Heritage

Site Visit Peebles with its picturesque main

street. Then head to New Lanark to discover

the fascinating 18th century cotton mill

village on the picturesque River Clyde.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 4 nights in Peebles with

dinner & breakfast

• Welcome Tea/Coffee on

arrival & after dinner

• Porterage

• Visit to Melrose

• Entrance to Abbotsford

with tea & scones

• Visit to Edinburgh

with entrance to the

Glasshouses at the Royal

Botanic Gardens

• Entrance to New

Lanark Mills

TOUR REFERENCE EBC

DEPARTURES & PRICES

2 Jun £499

2 Sep £489

SUPPLEMENTS

Single*

£nil

Insurance £28

Day 5 Return home, arriving back mid evening.

*limited

Day 1 Drive north to the Newcastle area

for overnight. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Travel through the Trossachs for

your 4-night stay in Oban. Dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 3 - 5 At leisure in Oban with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Isle of Mull Cross by ferry from Oban to

Mull and visit picture-postcard Tobermory,

famed for its cheerful, colourful waterfront

houses. The island is home to some of the

finest scenery in the Inner Hebrides.

• Rannoch Moor & Glencoe Scenic Drive

Rannoch Moor is a vast wilderness which

varies with the vagaries of the Scottish

weather. Descend into beautiful Glencoe

with its deep valley and towering mountains carved out centuries ago by icy

glaciers. Return to Oban along the banks of Loch Linnhe and Loch Creran.

Day 6 Head to an overnight stop in Gretna Green. Dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 7 Return home, arriving back mid-evening.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 4 nights with

breakfast & dinner

• 2 overnight hotels with

breakfast & dinner

• Porterage at main hotel

• Return ferry to Mull

• Entrance to the Glencoe

Visitor Centre Exhibition

TOUR REFERENCE EOB

DEPARTURES & PRICES

30 Jun £629

8 Sep £619

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £140

Insurance £32

SCOTLAND

BARONY CASTLE HOTEL,

PEEBLES

• Imposing 3* white turreted 16th

century castle hotel

• Set in acres of grounds and home to

the unique ‘Great Map of Scotland’

• Small indoor pool, sauna, gym,

restaurant, bar and lounge

• Lift but internal steps to some rooms

• Rooms with TV, hairdryer, WiFi and

tea / coffee making facilities

THE ROYAL HOTEL,

OBAN

• Built in1895 in the centre of town

close to the harbour

• High ceilinged restaurant and bar with

entertainment some evenings

• Comfortable en-suite bedrooms offer

mod cons & tea / coffee making

facilities

• There is a lift

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FROM £669

BELFAST & THE

CAUSEWAY COAST

REVISED

© Northern Ireland Tourist Board © Northern Ireland Tourist Board

© Northern Ireland Tourist Board

NORTHERN IRELAND

Cosmopolitan Belfast has undergone a remarkable transformation into a

hip and happening city with a glittering waterfront lined with modern

art, a fabulous foodie scene and magnificent Victorian architecture.

From your Belfast base you will discover Northern Ireland’s beauty,

intertwined with its tragic history, rich culture and the renowned

friendliness of its people. Described as the most scenic route in the

British Isles, the Causeway Coastal Route, snakes through glens,

waterfalls and small villages, with the sea on one side and towering cliffs

on the other. A visit to the Giant’s Causeway, a mysterious geological

formation, is included.

Day 1 Head north to your overnight stop in

Gretna Green area. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Continue into Scotland for the fast ferry

crossing to Larne and then drive to your hotel for

your 4-night stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 3 - 6 At leisure in Belfast with three

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• The Spectacular Antrim Coast & Giant’s

Causeway A scenic drive along the Antrim Coast

Road takes in some spectacular scenery. The Glens

of Antrim, an area of outstanding natural beauty,

have featured in the filming of the TV series ‘The

Game of Thrones’ and you will pass through Larne,

Carnlough, Cuchendall and onto the National Trust

village of Cushendun. Then onto the mighty Giant’s

Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage site and

a magnificent, mysterious geological formation,

steeped in myth and legend.

• Guided Tour of Belfast Step aboard an open

top bus to tour the city’s sights including Belfast

City Hall, Waterfront Hall and the Falls or Shankill

Roads where politically inspired murals can be

seen. A visit to Titanic Belfast, is included as it is

a “must see” right beside the historic site of this

world-famous ship’s construction.

© Northern Ireland

Tourist Board

• City of Derry /

Londonderry Long

an undiscovered

gem, vibrant Derry /

Londonderry is a city

emerging from a long

and colourful history.

Meander through the

bustling streets or

stroll along the 17th

century walls and marvel at the ever-changing

skyline. There may be the opportunity of a guided

tour here.

Day 6 Dublin Sightseeing Head to Dublin for

a short tour of the sights, before sailing back to

Holyhead and your overnight hotel in North Wales.

Bed & breakfast.

Day 7 Head back to interchange today and then

onto your local joining points.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

19 May £669

21 July £679

8 September £679

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £130

Insurance £32

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 4 nights in Belfast with

breakfast & dinner with tea/coffee

• 2 overnight hotels with breakfast (one

with dinner)

• Porterage at main hotel

• Guided tour of Belfast

• Entrance to the Titanic Belfast

• Entrance to the Giant’s Causeway

• Excursions as stated

TOUR REFERENCE ENI

PARK AVENUE HOTEL,

BELFAST

• Stylish, friendly and popular hotel

located approx. 2 miles from the

city centre

• Restaurant, lounge and traditional bar

• Modern, bright guestrooms with TV, hair

dryer and tea / coffee making facilities

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FROM £859

GRAND TOUR OF

THE EMERALD ISLE

FAVOURITE

© Tourism Ireland - Chris Hill Cobh © Tourism Ireland

© Tourism Ireland - Chris Hill

The Grand Tour takes in many of the highlights of this wonderful country

and your holiday price includes most entrance fees, so just sit back and

relax in the knowledge that everything is taken care of. Ireland is a land

of constantly changing colours, magnificent and varied landscapes,

rugged mountains, imposing valleys, lush green fields, deep blue lakes

and long sandy beaches. All in all, Ireland is a unique destination - a

country full of folklore and legend, where the genuine warmth, humour

and friendliness of the local people will leave a lasting impression.

Day 1 Travel westwards to Wales to your

overnight hotel in North Wales. Dinner & overnight.

Day 2 Wicklow Mountains An early start, to

Holyhead for the morning crossing to Dublin

with breakfast included on the ferry. Arrive in

Ireland and continue through the Wicklow

Mountains and onto Avoca, the setting for

‘Ballykissangel’ and home of Ireland’s oldest

working mill Avoca Handweavers. To Waterford for

an overnight stay at the 3* Dooley’s Hotel. Dinner,

bed & Irish breakfast.

Day 3 Waterford & Cobh Visit the Waterford

Crystal manufacturing facility (entrance included),

before travelling west to Cobh, the last port of

call for the ill-fated Titanic. Relive the poignant

experience at The Cobh Heritage Centre

(entrance included). Onto Killarney for a 2 night

stay at the 4* Killarney Towers Hotel. Dinner, bed

& Irish breakfast.

Day 4 The Ring of Kerry Dominated by the

mountain range known as Macgillycuddy’s Reeks,

the journey begins at Killorglin, home of the

famous Puck Fair (the world’s oldest market). Visit

the Kerry Bog Village, which portrays the tough

existence of Irish life in a typical 19th Century peat

cutting settlement (entrance included).

Day 5 Killarney To Ennistymon Free time in

Killarney before heading north via Listowel to the

Foynes Flying Boat Museum, birthplace of the

Irish Coffee (entrance included). In 1942, the chef

at Foynes airbase, Joseph Sheridan, served whiskey

in his coffees to a group of weary passengers

delayed by bad weather. Onto Tarbert for the 30

minute ferry journey across the River Shannon

to Killimer before completing the journey to

Ennistymon for your 2 night stay at the 3* Falls

Hotel. Dinner, bed & Irish breakfast.

Day 6 Cliffs Of Moher & The Burren From the

sheer drop of the Cliffs of Moher into the Atlantic

to the stark moonscapes of the Burren, northern

County Clare is a must for all visitors to this region.

Call at the visitors’ centre in Kilfenora for an

introduction to the Burren (entrance included).

Onto the Cliffs of Moher (entrance included)

where you can stand in awe at the sheer might of

the Atlantic Ocean.

Day 7 Galway Bay Travel north via Corkscrew

Hill through Kinvara, a charming fishing village,

to Galway. Spend time in Eyre Square amongst

PRICES & DEPARTURES

7 June £859

19 July £869

30 August £869

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £180

Insurance £45

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotels for 7 nights with breakfast &

dinner (one breakfast aboard the ferry)

• Overnight hotel for 1 night with

breakfast

• Entrance fees as stated in itinerary

• All excursions as stated

TOUR REFERENCE EIH

the maze of streets. Continue to Dublin for your

overnight stay at the 4* Talbot Hotel – Stillorgan.

Dinner, bed & Irish breakfast.

Day 8 Dublin Sightseeing Following breakfast

enjoy a short tour of Dublin’s sights before taking

the mid-afternoon sailing back to Holyhead. Have

a meal on board as it will be an evening arrival

at your overnight hotel. Bed & breakfast at the

Beaufort Park Hotel, Mold.

Day 9 After a leisurely breakfast retrace your

steps, with ample stops for refreshments. Continue

back to your local joining points arriving back mid/

late evening.

VARIOUS

• Stay at several 3 and 4 star hotels as

shown in the holiday itinerary

• All the comfortable rooms will have ensuite

facilities plus TV and tea/coffee

making facilities

• Please note that named hotels are

subject to change but with similar or

higher rated accommodation

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IRELAND

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KILLARNEY &

THE RING OF KERRY

© Tourism Ireland - Chris Hill

IRELAND

This tour takes you to Ireland’s popular South West taking in constantly

changing colours, magnificent landscapes, rugged mountains, imposing

valleys, lush green fields, deep blue lakes and long sandy beaches.

Killarney, with its incredibly beautiful surrounding countryside, brims

full of history, heritage and world class hospitality. It is easy to see why

this very special place is known as the Jewel of Ireland. The spectacular

Ring of Kerry is a photographer’s paradise with a million shades of green

and panoramic views at every turn. Ireland is a country full of folklore,

legend and genuinely warm and friendly locals.

Day 1 Head west for overnight stop in Wales.

Dinner and room only. Breakfast the next day on

the ferry.

Day 2 An early start to Holyhead for crossing to

Dublin with breakfast included. Continue through

the Irish countryside to your main holiday hotel in

Castleisland. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 3 - 5 At leisure in Castleisland with three

included excursions. A glass of wine or beer each

night with dinner and there is nightly entertainment

e.g. bingo, quiz night plus traditional Irish music one

night in the bar.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• The Ring of Kerry The 100 mile circuit of the

Iveragh peninsula is on every self-respecting fan of

Ireland must visit list. The road winds past pristine

beaches, medieval ruins, dramatic mountains

and loughs (lakes) with ever-changing views of

the island-dotted Atlantic. Entrance to Kerry Bog

Village included.

• Dingle Peninsula Visit the remote Dingle

Peninsula, made famous in the film ‘Ryan’s

Daughter’, offering some of the wildest natural

scenic beauty in Ireland. Enjoy a circular tour

around the most westerly tip of the peninsula

(Europe’s westernmost point) with a view of the

dramatic Blasket Islands. Visit the Kerry County

Museum in Tralee (entrance included).

• At Leisure in Killarney Transfer to the town

of Killarney for a day to explore. A visit to

Muckross House and Gardens is not to be missed.

Alternatively, one of the most popular trips is to

take an optional jaunting car ride through the

wonderful Killarney National Park. Details from

your driver.

Day 6 Following breakfast, depart for Dublin

and the mid-afternoon sailing back to Holyhead.

Mid-evening arrival at overnight hotel in Wales.

Bed & breakfast.

Day 7 Continue homewards arriving back mid/

late evening.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

30 June £659

28 July £659

1 September £649

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 4 nights with breakfast

& dinner

• Glass of wine or beer with dinner

in Ireland

• Nightly entertainment in main hotel

• Overnight hotel for 1 night with dinner

(breakfast on board the ferry)

• Overnight hotel for 1 night

with breakfast

• 3 included excursions

• Entrance to Kerry Bog Village

• Entrance to Kerry County Museum

TOUR REFERENCE ERK

RIVER ISLAND HOTEL,

CASTLEISLAND

• Modern hotel situated on the main

street of Castleisland, a small thriving

market town

• Many bars and shops just a short

stroll away

• Bar lounge and restaurant

• Comfortable rooms with en-suite

facilities, TV and tea/coffee making

facilities

• There is a lift to all floors

• Nightly entertainment

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £125

Insurance £41

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IRELAND’S

ANCIENT EAST

© Failte Ireland

© Failte Ireland

© Failte Ireland Finn Richards Photography

© Failte Ireland

Ireland’s Ancient East is brimming with legends, culture, attractions

and hidden heritage gems. This tour takes you on a fascinating journey

through picturesque landscapes, towns and villages from Dublin to

Waterford and in between. The Emerald Isle may be small in size but it

packs a mighty punch when it comes to millennia of history, warmth of

welcome and breath-taking beauty. Explore this relatively undiscovered

region and ‘wander through time’ in Ireland’s Ancient East.

Day 1 Head to North Wales for your overnight

stop. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Early crossing from Holyhead to Dublin

with breakfast on board. Time in Dublin with

an included guided city tour before continuing

to Carlow for your 4 night stay. Dinner, bed &

breakfast.

Day 3 - 5 At leisure in Carlow with three

included excursions. Hotels offers entertainment

on most nights.

Day 6 Head back to Dublin with a stop enroute

at the Irish National Stud & Japanese

Gardens outside Kildare. The magnificent

Japanese Gardens trace the passage of a soul

from birth to death and beyond – a wonderful

experience admired by over 120,000 visitors each

year. Cross mid-afternoon from Dublin back to

Holyhead to your overnight hotel in North Wales.

Bed & breakfast

Day 7 Travel homeward today to interchange

onto your home towns.

• Hotel for 4 nights in Carlow with

breakfast & dinner

• Porterage at main hotel

• Evening entertainment on some nights

• 1 overnight hotel with dinner

(breakfast on ferry)

• 1 overnight hotel with breakfast

• Dublin City Tour

PRICE INCLUDES

• Entrance to Altamont Gardens

• JFK Arboretum with tea/coffee & scones

• Kilkenny Road Train

• Entrance to Irish National Stud &

Japanese Gardens

TOUR REFERENCE EAE

IRELAND

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Altamont Gardens Widely regarded as the jewel

in Ireland’s gardening crown, Altamont Gardens

is an enchanting blend of formal and informal

gardens with riverside walks over 40 acres.

• Waterford & JFK Arboretum A full day out with

a visit to Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city which is

today a busy tidal port on the River Suir. Onto the

John F Kennedy Arboretum - a beautiful; woodland

park with over 4500 species of trees and shrubs.

Tea & scones included.

• Kilkenny Kilkenny is a most atmospheric and

compact medieval city with all manner of curious,

narrow slipways, historic pubs and brightly

coloured shops. An included ride on the Kilkenny

‘Road Train’ is a great way to see the best of

Kilkenny’s sights.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

2 June £679

18 August £679

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £120

Insurance £41

SEVEN OAKS HOTEL,

CARLOW

• Close to the town centre, a short

walking to Carlow’s new cultural

quarter

• Modern yet homely hotel

• Facilities include contemporary leisure

facilities, indoor pool, restaurant and

relaxed bar

• Rooms are classically furnished with all

mod cons including tea / coffee

making facilities

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FROM £659

THE PERFECT ISLAND

ESCAPE – JERSEY

JERSEY - CHANNEL ISLANDS

Jersey is the perfect island break - somewhere a little way apart, a little

bit different and slightly exotic. A place where you can experience the

unique character of land, coast, beach and sea, a place where you can

relax and just be yourself. Small in square miles but big in places to go

and things to see, Jersey’s close proximity to the UK makes it easy to fit

plenty into your island break.

Day 1 To Gatwick Airport for an afternoon flight

to Jersey. On arrival join a local coach for your

transfer to your hotel. Dinner & breakfast included.

Day 2 - 6 At leisure on the island with a full day

included island tour. Discover the island’s favourite

coastal spots including St. Brelade’s Bay, the north

coast, Corbiere, St. Ouens and Mont Orguiel.

Day 7 Enjoy your final morning before your

transfer back to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meet & greet service will escort you to your coach

at Gatwick and onto interchange.

NORFOLK LODGE HOTEL,

ST HELIER

• Family owned hotel for over

50 years located within an easy walk

to St. Helier

• Guestrooms are connected to the

imposing Victorian residence and have

TV & tea / coffee making facilities

• Comfortable lounge area and

restaurant

• Lift in the North Wing only

• Indoor swimming pool

• Entertainment most evenings

PRICE INCLUDES

• 6 nights in Jersey with dinner &

breakfast

• Transfer to & from airport – UK & Jersey

• Return flights Gatwick-Jersey

• En suite rooms with TV & tea / coffee

facilities

• Full day island coastal tour

• Meet & greet on return at Gatwick

TOUR REFERENCE EJE

Motts Leisure and Crusader Holidays act as retail

agents for Destinations Limited ATOL 9503, trading

Destination Specialists.

Important notes: Passport or photographic ID

required. Christian names required at the time of

booking. Cancellation scale for Air Holidays; 98

days prior to travel - loss of deposit, 97 – 15 days –

90%, 14 – 0 days – 100%, Deposit required £150

per person. Supplement may apply once Crusader

allocated flight seats are no longer available.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

5 May £659

2 June £699

16 June £699

30 June £699

14 July £739

4 August £739

25 August £699

1 September £699

15 September £699

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £70

Insurance £41

FORT D’AUVERGNE HOTEL,

ST HELIER

• Traditional, family owned hotel with a

lovely seafront location in St. Helier

• Facilities include indoor pool complex,

Promenade Bar and restaurant with

unrivalled views over the bay

• 65 guestrooms with TV and tea / coffee

making

• Some entertainment

• Lift to most floors

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BREATHTAKING

BRUGES

4 DAYS

FROM £319

4 DAYS

FROM £349

4* OSTEND

WEEKEND – QUEEN OF

THE BELGIAN COAST

FAVOURITE

NEW

With its lacework of narrow cobbled streets, gabled

houses and tree lined canals, together with the

friendliness of the Flanders people, Bruges is one of the

most beautiful towns in Europe. Watch the lace makers

work at their intricate craft, horse drawn carriages trot past

and sample the delicious handmade chocolates. See pages

16 & 17 for details of Easter and page 127 for Christmas.

Belgium’s popular beach resort, Ostend, has individual

charm with its colourful sea front and yacht-filled marina.

Staying at the stylish 4* Hotel Bero, just a few steps from

the wide sandy beach, enjoy a stroll along the promenade,

perhaps take a horse drawn carriage ride or try your luck at

the casino, Ostend’s famous centrepiece.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover

to Calais and continue to Bruges for your

3-night stay. Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in Bruges

Life in Bruges is centred around ‘t Zand

Market Square, bordered by historic

houses, old guildhalls, restaurants and the

market building.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

• Bruges Walking Tour & Canal Cruise

Enjoy a gentle stroll through level streets

with a local guide to see the main sights.

A canal cruise gives you a very different

aspect of the town.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Central located hotel for

3 nights

• Buffet breakfast

TOUR REFERENCE CBR

DEPARTURES & PRICES

19 April (Easter) £349

24 May £329

21 June £329

13 Sept £329

18 Oct £319

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £135

Insurance £35

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to

Calais and continue to Ostend for a 3-night

stay at your central hotel. Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in Ostend with two

included excursions. There are plenty of

reasons to visit the ‘Queen of the Belgian

Coast’ - wide sandy beaches, a casino,

racetrack, art museums, spa and great

shopping opportunities.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Historic Ghent Medieval Ghent is one of

Belgium’s best kept secrets. Small enough

to be easily walkable but large enough to be

lively with quirky bars, fascinating museums

and fabulous canalside architecture.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 nights in 4* hotel with

bed & breakfast

• Central location

• Two included excursions

TOUR REFERENCE COS

DEPARTURES & PRICES

10 May £349

5 Jul £389

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (May) £135

Single (July) £175

Insurance £35

BELGIUM

• Blankenberge A sandy

beach, shopping streets, beach

bars, a lovely promenade and a

bustling harbour - Blankenberge

is one of the most popular

seaside resorts on the

Belgian coast.

We had a lovely time in Bruges.

We were particularly impressed by

the Hotel Academie.

MR & MRS H

Day 4 Late morning, travel back through Belgium and France to Calais for

the return to England.

ACADEMIE HOTEL,

BRUGES

• Located right in the historic ‘golden

triangle’ of Bruges

• Easy access to the city centre

• Winter garden, terrace, bar and lift

• All rooms offer TV and hairdryer

• Restricted vehicle access requires

coach to drop off approx. 100 yards

from hotel entrance

• No porterage service available

Blankenberge Take a drive along

the coast to Blankenberge, a stylish

resort with a bustling harbour, a

huge beach and promenade and a

wealth of unique boutique shopping,

cafés and restaurants.

Day 4 Travel back to Calais for

the return to England.

HOTEL BERO,

OSTEND

• Family run by 4th generation just a

few minutes from the beach

• Contemporary bedrooms are very

spacious and offer tea / coffee making

facilities, TV and air-conditioning

• Twin rooms are continental twins

(2 mattresses on one bedframe)

• Indoor pool and wellness centre

• Bar and whisky lounge

• There is a lift

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4 DAYS

FROM £389

REMEMBERING

WWI – RIDGES, A POET

& SACRIFICE

4 DAYS

FROM £379

D-DAY LANDINGS – 75

YEARS ON

ESCORTED

ESCORTED

The First World War lasted for four years, three months

and 14 days. By the time the armistice was agreed, the

total number of military and civilian casualties had reached

more than 40 million. The most decisive battles were

fought in France and Flanders and your specialist guide

shares his insight and knowledge.

2019 marks a milestone anniversary of the D-Day landings

on the Normandy beaches. A pivotal moment of WW2,

the D-Day story remains as inspiring and moving as ever,

75 years on. Accompanied by a specialist guide, this tour

also takes in some of lesser visited sites and memorials to

gain a deeper insight.

ESCORTED WAR TOURS

Day 1 Cross to Calais with a visit to

Arras Memorial and the Mur des Fusillés,

a memorial to 200 executed resistance

workers. 3-night stay in Arras. Bed &

breakfast.

Day 2 Vimy Ridge and the new Visitor

Centre. See the preserved WW1 trenches.

Onto Notre Dame de Llorette, the world’s

largest French military cemetery. Onto

Neuville St Vaast, German cemetery.

Visit the Commonwealth War Graves

Commission Experience at Beaurains

(opening Spring 2019) to learn about the

Commission’s work.

Day 3 Visit ‘Deborah’, a WWI Mk. 4

British tank discovered under the battlefields

of Cambrai. Onto Ors where war poet

Wilfred Owen was killed 7 days before

the Armistice. Visit his memorial and grave.

South to Peronne via Tombois Farm, site of

action of 1st Bucks Battalion in April 1917.

Time at the impressive Museum Historial.

Back to Arras via the Somme Battlefields,

including the famous ‘Sunken Lane’ at

Beaumont Hamel.

Day 4 Back to Calais via Mont St Eloi and

CWGC cemetery at Ecoivres. Cross to

Dover for the return home.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights with

buffet breakfast

• Porterage & welcome

drink

• Fully escorted

throughout by specialist

guide

• Light lunch at local

restaurant in Souchez

• Packed lunch (or snack

lunch in Peronne) on

Day 3

• Guided tour of trenches

at Vimy Ridge

• Entrance to CWGC

Visitor Centre

• Entrance to Museum

Historial Personne

• Entrance to Deborah

Tank Museum, Cambrai

TOUR REFERENCE CSM

DEPARTURES & PRICES

21 Jun £399

8 Nov £389

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £125

Insurance £35

Day 1 Cross the

Channel to Calais

and onto Caen for

your 3-night stay.

Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Start

at Hill 112,

where the

Allies launched

‘Operation

Epsom’. Continue to Villers Bocage where

units of 7th Armoured Division encountered

the German panzer ace Michael Wittman

and then to the Bayeux British war

cemetery. The Crépon memorial features

the life size statue of CSM Stanley Hollis

who was awarded the only VC on D-Day.

Onto Ver sur Mer, the east flank of Gold

Beach and Juno Beach Centre, Canada’s

WW2 museum. After lunch continue to

Sword Beach.

Day 3 Start at La Cambe German

cemetery and onto St Mere Eglise to

visit the Airborne Museum which tells

the stories of American paratroopers of

the 82nd and 101st airborne divisions. The

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 nights in central Caen

hotel with continental

breakfast

• No porterage available

• Fully escorted by

specialist guide

throughout

• 2 full excursion days as

stated

• Entrance to Juno Beach

Centre

• Entrance to Airborne

Museum

• Light lunch at Juno

Beach

TOUR REFERENCE CDL

DEPARTURES & PRICES

24 May £379

19 Jul £389

27 Sep £389

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £115

Insurance £35

next stop is Utah Beach, the landing target for the American forces. Head to

Omaha Beach and the huge Normandy American cemetery in Colleville

Sur Mer.

MERCURE ARRAS CENTRE GARE,

ARRAS

• Located opposite and within walking

distance of the historic centre

• Modern, comfortable hotel

• All guestrooms equipped with tea

/ coffee making facilities, TV and

hairdryer

• Restaurant and bar

Day 4 Travel back via Calais to England.

IBIS CAEN CENTRE,

CAEN

• Centrally located tourist class hotel

• Facilities include bar, restaurant

• 101 modern, comfortable bedrooms

• Lift to all floors

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4 DAYS

FROM £389

ARNHEM – OPERATION

MARKET GARDEN

4 DAYS

FROM £299

CHARTRES EN LUMIÈRES

& MONET’S GARDEN

NEW /

ESCORTED

2019 is a special year to visit Arnhem as it commemorates

the 75th Anniversary of Operation Market Garden, General

Montgomery’s daring and ill-fated attempt to shorten the

war. The camaraderie between the region around Arnhem

and the British can still be felt today which you will explore

with your specialist guide.

‘Chartres en Lumières’, the spectacular annual light

show, has become a huge attraction when the city’s

major monuments are illuminated with striking colours.

This short break stays in the centre of charming Chartres

allowing you to easily explore. Complete the weekend with

an included visit to Monet’s House and Garden.

Day 1 Cross to Calais and continue

to Arnhem stopping at Joe’s Bridge,

springboard for the ground offensive. 3

nights in central hotel. Dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 2 Explore Arnhem including

Zwartweg, St Elisabeth’s Hospital and

the famous road bridge, the ‘Bridge Too

Far’. Visit the new museum Airborne at

the Bridge before heading south to Driel

and the Polish drop zone. Onto the city of

Nijmegen via memorials to the British 1st

Airborne and 101st American Airborne.

Day 3 Head to the landing zone at

Ginkel Heath. Visit the superb Airborne

Museum ‘Hartenstein’ housed in the

former HQ of the 1st Airborne Division. See

Oosterbeek (Lonsdale) Church and walk the

Oosterbeek Perimeter. Pass by the house

of Kate Ter Horst, the Angel of Arnhem

and onto the CWGC Airborne Cemetery.

Stop at the site of the action where Lance

Sergeant John Baskeyfield was awarded a

posthumous VC.

Day 4 Travel back to Calais for the return to England.

PRICE INCLUDES

• 3 nights in central

Arnhem hotel with

dinner & buffet

breakfast

• Welcome glass of

fruit juice

• Porterage

• Full escorted throughout

by specialist guide

• 2 full excursion days

as stated

• Entrance to Airborne

Museum ‘Hartenstein’

• Snack lunch on Day 3

near Hartenstein

TOUR REFERENCE CAH

DEPARTURES & PRICES

3 May £389

16 Aug £399

13 Sep £399

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £80

Insurance £35

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to

Calais and continue to Chartres for your

3-night stay. Bed & continental breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in Chartres, with one

included excursion.

Time at leisure to explore Chartres including perhaps Europe’s finest Gothic

edifice, its glorious 13th century cathedral and the wonderfully preserved old

town. As night falls, the light show begins. You may like to hop aboard the

tourist train (fare not included).

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Monet’s Garden Visit the picturesque village of Giverny, a treat for art and

garden lovers alike, the home of French impressionist painter, Claude Monet

for over 40 years. Admission to the house and gardens is included.

Day 4 Travel back to Calais for the return to England.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Centrally located hotel

• Hotel for 3 nights with

continental breakfast

• Entrance to Monet’s

House & Garden

TOUR REFERENCE CCT

DEPARTURES & PRICES

21 Jun £299

23 Aug £299

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £105

Insurance £35

FRANCE & NETHERLANDS

BEST WESTERN PLUS HOTEL

HAARHUIS, ARNHEM

• Centrally located hotel in Arnhem

• Historic hotel in traditional,

elegant style

• All bedrooms are equipped with TV,

hairdryer and hospitality tray

• There is a restaurant, bar and lift

HOTEL IBIS CHARTRES CENTRE

CATHEDRALE

• Tourist class hotel located right in the

historic heart of Chartres

• Just a few minutes’ walk from the

cathedral up a fairly steep hill

• Café style restaurant

• Guestrooms with hairdryer, TV

and telephone

• Bathrooms have showers only

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5 DAYS

FROM £459

DISCOVER

NORMANDY

REVISED

FRANCE

Blessed with a stunning natural beauty, Normandy begs to be explored.

You can expect dramatic coastal landscapes, quaint pastoral villages,

picturesque ports, classic half-timbered buildings and fabulous food,

from Camembert to Calvados, from cider to seafood. This tour takes

you on a discovery of the very best of Normandy and with a beautifully

authentic Normandy hotel in the heart of the pretty pilgrimage town of

Lisieux, you can start exploring as soon as you arrive. Special departures

for the April Tulip Festival and the June Tall Ships in Rouen.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to Calais

and continue to Lisieux to check into your

centrally located hotel. Welcome drink, dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Lisieux with three

included excursions as stated.

Museum of Miniature Furniture with 700 pieces.

It is, however, the truly remarkable gardens that

are the stars of the show. Discover the different

gardens – utility garden, topiary garden, surprise

water garden, romantic garden, mazes and the

exotic garden! (There are a few steps up to the

Chateau).

• Hotel for 4 nights with dinner

& breakfast

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

• Welcome drink on arrival

• Tea / coffee with dinner

• Included excursions as stated

• Visit and tasting at Manoir d’Apreval

• Entrance to Chateau de Vendeuvre

TOUR REFERENCE CDV

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Deauville, Manoir d’Apreval & Honfleur

Deauville is renowned for its glamorous reputation

and embodies elegance and sophistication. Soak up

the atmosphere here before heading to the Manoir

d’Apreval, a family-owned estate producing organic

Cider and Calvados. Enjoy a guided visit followed by

a tasting of Cider, Pommeau and Calvados. Finally

to the picturesque old port of Honfleur. Situated

on the Seine estuary, medieval Honfleur exudes

maritime charm around the Vieux Bassin with its

narrow houses and lively café scene.

• Rouen A gem of a city with its lovingly restored

medieval quarter, imposing Gothic cathedral and

remarkable Gros-Horloge clock tower. Take a stroll

through Old Rouen and re-trace the steps of Joan

of Arc to see where she was burnt at the stake.

• Chateau de Vendeuvre and Gardens Vendeuvre

is one of the most beautiful chateaux in

Normandy with its beautifully decorated 18th

century interiors, original kitchens and the

Day 5 Travel back to Calais for the return

crossing to England.

The April departure features a special

visit to the Tulip Festival at Chateau de

Vendeuvre. Now in its 14th year, the

extensive Chateau gardens become

a riot of colour with at least 30,000

spring bulbs of tulip, narcissus, crocus

and hyacinths.

The June departure sees L’Armada

Rouen celebrating its 30th birthday

when some of the world’s largest and

finest tall ships will line the quayside

of the Seine as the city celebrates with

a host of festivities and activities.

Final programme to be confirmed.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

14 April (Tulips) 5 days £459

10 June (Tall Ships) 5 days £489

28 July 5 days £489

16 September 5 days £489

GRAND HOTEL DE

L’ESPERANCE, LISIEUX

• Landmark hotel in the centre of

Lisieux

• Plentiful charm and atmosphere

• Upscale restaurant serving regional

cuisine and a bar

• 90 refurbished, comfortable bedrooms

with TV and safe

SUPPLEMENTS

Single 5 days £165

Insurance 5 days £37

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4 DAYS

FROM £299

7 DAYS

FROM £539

DISNEYLAND® PARIS

ANDORRA &

CARCASSONNE

© Disney

Mickey and Minnie are closer than you think! Join the

adventure to the dreamlike Magical Kingdom where all your

favourite Disney © characters come to life in front of your

eyes. Explore the five magical lands of Disneyland® Park and

the Walt Disney Studios® Park to meet all your favourite

Disney © heroes and heroines.

Perched in the dramatic Pyrenees, wedged between

France and Spain, Andorra is a tiny, landlocked country of

idyllic charms and stunning landscapes. This tour stays

close to Andorra La Vella, the mini capital, with a free bar

each night (Andorra only). Enjoy medieval walled

Carcassonne with an overnight stay and time to explore.

© Disney

Day 1 Dover to Calais and onto your

hotel near Paris. Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Transfer to Disneyland® Paris

(approx. 15 mins). You have a full day at

leisure to explore Disneyland® Park and

Walt Disney Studios® Park. A full day

pass to both Disney® Parks is included.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights

with breakfast

• 1 Day Entrance to

Disneyland® Park &

Walt Disney Studios®

Park

• Return transfers –

hotel - Disney® Parks

TOUR REFERENCE CDP

DEPARTURES & PRICES

12 Apr £299

26 Jul £299

23 Aug £299

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £85

Insurance £35

Day 3 The opportunity of a second day in Disneyland® Park and Walt

Disney Studios® Park (additional charge) or alternatively explore Paris

(public transport links close by).

Extra day pass - Adults £75, Child (under 12) £70 including coach travel to

and from the Disney® Parks (subject to required numbers). Please note that

you must request a second day pass at the time of booking.

Day 1 Cross the Channel to Calais and

onto overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Travel through France to

Andorra for 3-night stay. Buffet dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 3 - 4 At leisure in Andorra with one

included excursion.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Three Countries Tour Tour three countries

– Andorra, Spain and France. Spanish La

Seu d’Urgell with its beautiful Romanesque

buildings and Tuesday market, the riverside

town of Puigcerda, UNESCO-listed Mont

Louis and then Font Romeu.

Day 5 Travel to the ancient walled city of

Carcassonne with its fairytale-like citadel.

Afternoon to explore with overnight 3*

hotel just 300m from the city walls. Set

dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 6 Adieu to Languedoc Roussillon and

head to overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

Day 7 Return to Calais for the crossing back to England.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Andorra hotel for 3

nights with buffet

dinner & breakfast

• Free bar package

(selected drinks) in

Andorra hotel (20.30 –

22.30)

• Overnight in

Carcassonne with set

dinner & breakfast

• 2 overnights with

breakfast

• Porterage in Andorra and

Carcassonne

• Welcome drink on

arrival in Andorra hotel

• 1 included excursion

TOUR REFERENCE CAN

DEPARTURES & PRICES

30 Jun £549

1 Sep £539

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £175

Insurance £41

FRANCE

Day 4 After breakfast, travel back to Calais for the return to England.

IBIS HOTEL MARNE LA VALLEE

EMERAINVILLE

• 80 rooms on 3 floors with lift to

all floors

• Twin, triple and quad rooms available

• TV & Free WiFi

• Restaurant (not open on weekends)

& bar

• 800 metres from RER Station to Paris

HOTEL PANORAMA,

LES ESCALDES

• Modern hotel block located in the

duty-free shopping district of Les

Escaldes

• Walking distance to Caldea, a huge

thermal spa centre

• Indoor pool, Jacuzzi, gym and sauna

• Bedrooms with WiFi, hairdryer, TV and

minibar

• Lift, restaurant and bar

www.crusader-holidays.co.uk Free Joining Points see pages 138 & 139

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9 DAYS

FROM £799

EXPLORING THE DORDOGNE

& ATLANTIC COAST

NEW

FRANCE

This brand new holiday explores two of France’s most popular regions

- the idyllic Dordogne and the laid back Atlantic Coast. Staying just

north of the Dordogne in the mystical pilgrimage village of Rocomadour,

you will enjoy wonderful countryside of outstanding natural beauty

with magnificent châteaux, medieval towns and picturesque villages.

Then head west to the atmospheric Roman city of Saintes, your base

for discovering wild stretches of sandy coastline as well as the historic

seafaring town of La Rochelle and an optional visit to the Ile de Ré.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to Calais

and continue to your overnight stop. Bed &

breakfast.

Day 2 Travel through France via Limoges to

spectacular Rocamadour for your 3-night stay.

Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 3 Alluring Sarlat is one of the most

attractive towns in South-Western France. Optional

walking tour through its winding lanes. Head to

Beynac with its dramatic 12th century fortress

towering above the Dordogne.

Day 4 Figeac is a fascinating town of narrow

streets, Gothic arches and ancient walls, nestling on

the banks of the river Célé. Spend the rest of the day

in Rocamadour and maybe take the lifts up to the

church carved into the rock (fare not included) or

join the optional excursion.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Gouffre de Padirac The Gouffre de Padirac is one

of the finest cave complexes in the region. The visit

is part on foot and part by boat.

Day 5 Drive to Roman Périgueux with its

thoroughly charming Cité quarter. Continue onto

Saintes on the River Charente and your hotel for

3-nights. Bed & breakfast.

Day 6 La Rochelle has a stunning, old harbour

with two monumental towers at the port entrance

plus a lovely, well-preserved old town. Optional

excursion to cross the remarkable Ile de Ré bridge

to one of the most delightful places on France’s

west coast, the Ile de Ré.

Day 7 Saintes is a history lover’s dream. Once

the Roman capital of Aquitaine, its past is still

evident with its Gallo-Roman Amphitheatre There

are some lovely individual boutiques and a daily

HOTEL DU CHATEAU,

ROCAMADOUR

• Located close to the centre, surrounded

by gardens

• All rooms with hairdryer and TV

• There is an outdoor swimming pool, bar

and restaurant (a short walk from the

main building)

• There is no lift but ground floor rooms

are available

PRICES & DEPARTURES

7 June £819

30 August £799

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £290

Insurance £45

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights in Rocamadour with

dinner, bed & breakfast

• Hotel for 3 nights in Saintes with bed &

breakfast

• Porterage at main hotels

• Overnight hotels for 2 nights with

breakfast

• Included excursion programme as stated

TOUR REFERENCE CDD

Farmers’ Market (except Monday). Your hotel is

within walking distance of the river, restaurants

and cathedral.

Day 8 Head north via Cognac, home of the

famous brandy. Final overnight stop. Bed &

breakfast.

Day 9 Back to Calais and England.

HOTEL DES MESSAGERIES,

SAINTES

• In the heart of Saintes, hotel is in a

former 17th century post house

• Consists of two historic buildings

• There is a courtyard, lounge and

breakfast room but no restaurant

• 2/3 of the rooms are accessible by lift

• All rooms have hairdryer and TV

• Restricted vehicle access requires the

coach to drop off approx. 30m from the

hotel entrance from where porterage

assistance will be given

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4 & 5 DAYS

FROM £299

DISCOVER

LUXEMBOURG

REVISED

Pretty Vianden has long been a firm favourite with Crusader customers.

Thousands are charmed each year by the narrow lanes, gothic churches,

the ramparts and fortified towers of this medieval town which is dominated

by the magnificent castle. For 2019 we have included a day in Luxembourg

City as well as a day out and about exploring this wonderful region with a

local guide. Enjoy a fabulous getaway break to one of Europe’s ‘secret’

corners for Easter or any time of year. In November you can expect some

excellent musical entertainment. See page 7 for ‘Love Luxembourg’

Entertainment Break (special inclusions).

• Hotel for 3 or 4 nights with breakfast

& dinner

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

• Welcome drink on arrival

• Two included excursions

TOUR REFERENCE CLX

LUXEMBOURG

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to Calais

and continue to Vianden to check in for your 3 or

4-night stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 (or 4) At leisure in Vianden with two

included excursions. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Luxembourg City Arguably Europe’s most scenic

capital, set across the gorges of the Alzette and

Pétrusse rivers, charming Luxembourg City with its

UNESCO listed Old Town is more than just banks

and EU buildings. Visitors will be delighted by the

attractive and unusual setting, impressive museum,

the Grand Ducal Palace, green spaces and its large

array of historical and cultural sights. Your driver

may offer an optional guided city tour.

• Moselle River & Little Switzerland Scenic

Drive A local guide will show you the very best of

this picturesque area with its attractive towns and

rolling countryside. Drive along the banks of the

Moselle River to the resort town of Remich, the

‘Pearl of the Moselle’, surrounded by a panorama

of vineyards and verdant spaces. Continue to

scenic Mullerthal, known as the ‘Little Switzerland

of Luxembourg’ due to its hilly landscape

and beguiling rock formations reminiscent of

Switzerland itself. Visit the delightful, regional

capital, Echternach, a wonderfully atmospheric

gem of a town.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Vianden Walking Tour & Castle (5 Days only)

A leisurely morning in bewitching Vianden with a

guided walking tour to explore the narrow streets

and Gothic architecture. Entrance is included to

the strikingly photogenic Vianden Castle, towering

above the historic town.

Return Day After breakfast, travel back to

Calais for the return to England.

Special live entertainment weekend

in November

PRICES & DEPARTURES

15 March (Special) 4 days £299

19 April (Easter) 4 days £319

3 May 4 days £309

27 May 5 days £419

24 June 5 days £429

4 August 5 days £429

8 September 5 days £429

1 November (Music) 4 days £299

SUPPLEMENTS

Single 4 days £55

Insurance 4 days £35

Single 5 days £70

Insurance 5 days £37

GRAND HOTEL DE VIANDEN,

VIANDEN

• Popular, family run 3* hotel, centrally

located in the town

• Warm welcome from the owners, the

Peverelli family

• Bar, restaurant, lounge and lift

• Evening entertainment is sometimes

organised for groups staying in the hotel

• Please note that single rooms are

very compact

• Double rooms for sole use available at

additional charge

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4 & 5 DAYS

FROM £389

DUTCH BULBFIELDS

& KEUKENHOF

FAVOURITE

NETHERLANDS

Every flower enthusiast and green fingered gardener is sure to

appreciate the rainbow carpets of flower fields and the dazzling display

of tulips, daffodils and hyacinths which are so distinctive in Holland in

the Spring. You can tip toe through the tulips at the world famous

Keukenhof Gardens, the breathtaking park which opens for just eight

weeks a year to show off the millions of bulbs planted annually. Your tulip

time holiday stays either at Zoetermeer or Rotterdam airport, ideally

situated near the heart of the bulb growing region and all holidays include

a visit to Amsterdam and Volendam.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to Calais

and continue to your holiday hotel in Holland.

Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 (or 4) At leisure in Holland with two

included excursions. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Bulbfields & Keukenhof Gardens Tour the

glorious bulbfields of Holland and enjoy an

included visit to Keukenhof Gardens. This is the

Dutch Master Growers showpiece and rightly draws

visitors from all over the world to marvel at this

spectacular sight. Optional cruise on Lake Kaag.

• Volendam & Amsterdam Visit the quaint and

picturesque old fishing village of Volendam and

the former Zuider Zee where many of the local

inhabitants still wear the traditional costumes. Visit

a local clog maker and a cheese farm and then

continue onto Amsterdam, with its compact centre

packed with art museums full of masterpieces,

historic scenic canals, atmospheric lanes, crooked

merchant buildings, house boats, bikes and inviting

cafes. Optional guided city tour and canal cruise.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Delft & Scheveningen (5 day only) Drive to

the picturesque historic town of Delft, known for

its blue ceramics and delicious pancakes. Visit will

the world famous Delft Pottery and Showroom

before you continue on to Holland’s most famous

seaside resort, Scheveningen. A much loved North

Sea resort, you will find superb beaches and

dunes, a gigantic and very striking pier with its

many attractions.

Return Day Back to Calais for the return

Channel crossing and the journey home.

See page 30 For details of our special

Dutch Bulbfields Cruise

PRICES & DEPARTURES

5 April 4 days £389

8 April 5 days £499

12 April 4 days £389

14 April 5 days £499

19 April (Easter) 4 days £399

26 April 4 days £389

29 April 5 days £499

SUPPLEMENTS

Single 4 days £100

Insurance 4 days £35

Single 5 days £175

Insurance 5 days £37

• Hotel for 3 or 4 nights with buffet

dinner & breakfast

• 2 included excursions

• Entrance to Keukenhof Gardens

• Welcome drink on arrival

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

TOUR REFERENCE CDB

GOLDEN TULIP ZOETERMEER

(4 DAYS)

• Located in the heart of Zoetermeer

within reasonable distance of the centre

• All comfortable en suite bedrooms have

TV and tea / coffee making facilities

WORLDHOTEL WINGS

ROTTERDAM AIRPORT

(5 DAYS)

• Contemporary hotel at Rotterdam

airport with easy access to terminal

facilities and public transport to centre

• Comfortable, modern guestrooms are

soundproofed and offer walk-in shower,

TV and tea / coffee making facilities

• Restaurant and sports bar

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4 DAYS

FROM £279

4 DAYS

FROM £369

AMSTERDAM

WEEKEND

DUTCH STEAM

& SAIL

One of Europe’s top short-break destinations, Amsterdam

is a compact and likeable city. It has loads of appeal with its

intriguing mix of small-town character and cosmopolitan

savvy. Amsterdam is a youthful city and a heavy weight in

the world of art with more than its fair share of masterpieces

at the Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum.

This great little Dutch getaway weekend takes you to

Holland’s Historic Triangle where you will be transported

back in time aboard a museum ship and a steam ‘tram’ ride

through the Dutch countryside. Experience the vibrant city

of Leiden as well as the prominent coastal resort of

Schveningen on the North Sea. Discover a few hidden

Dutch gems!

Day 1 Cross the Channel to Calais and

continue to your hotel in Holland for your

3-night stay. Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in Amstelveen /

Amsterdam with a programme of optional

excursions.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS

• Guided Amsterdam City Tour Transfer

into the centre of Amsterdam to explore at

your leisure. Alternatively take the optional

guided city tour to see the Royal Palace, the

Rijksmuseum and the former Jewish quarter.

There is also an optional canal cruise.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights

with breakfast

• Selection of optional

excursions available

TOUR REFERENCE CAM

DEPARTURES & PRICES

15 Mar £279

24 May £319

21 Jun £319

23 Aug £299

4 Oct £279

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £90

Insurance £35

• Volendam & The Polders The quaint

‘Old Holland’ fishing village of Volendam is

a popular destination, known for its perky gables, picturesque harbour and

local residents dressed in traditional costume. Visit a cheese farm and watch

the skilled craftsmen making Dutch clogs before ending the day at Zaanse

Schaans, an unrivalled collection of windmills, barns and historic wooden

houses reconstructed as an 18th century Dutch village

Day 4 Back to Calais for the return Channel crossing and the

journey home.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover

to Calais and continue to De Rijp in

Holland for your 3-night stay. Dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in De Rijp with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Dutch Steam & Sail – Historic Triangle

Journey through time between the historic

Zuiderzee towns of Enkhuizen, Medemblik

and Hoorn. The museum ship ‘Friesland’

cruises along the coast of Lake IJsselmeer

to Medemblik before you continue on

the steam ‘tram’ through the West Frisian

countryside to Hoorn with its pretty harbour.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights

with breakfast &

buffet dinner

• Two included excursions

as shown

• Museum boat cruise

with coffee & apple pie

• One packed lunch

• Steam tram ride

TOUR REFERENCE CHS

DEPARTURES & PRICES

3 May £369

23 Aug £379

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £95

Insurance £35

• Leiden & Scheveningen Lively Leiden,

birthplace of Rembrandt, has a complex

network of picturesque canals weaving

passed wonderful 17th century buildings and a maze of narrow lanes,

bursting with a multitude of bars and cafes. Continue to the North Sea

coast to blow the cobwebs away in Schveningen with its superb beaches,

attractions and gigantic pier.

NETHERLANDS

Day 4 Travel back to Calais for the return to England.

GRAND HOTEL AMSTELVEEN,

AMSTELVEEN

• Modern 4* hotel located in

Amstelveen

• Conveniently located for public

transport to Amsterdam

• Hotel facilities include bar, an adjacent

restaurant and lift to all floors

• All 97 bedrooms have en suite

facilities and TV, tea/coffee making

facilities and hairdryer

HOTEL DE RIJPER EILANDEN,

DE RIJP

• Large, riverside hotel in a rural location

• Consists of three buildings (lift

available)

• Spacious, comfortable rooms with

wooden floors, bright décor and TV

• Restaurant, bar and terrace

• Quirky collection of nostalgic

memorabilia

• No porterage available

www.crusader-holidays.co.uk Free Joining Points see pages 138 & 139

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4,5 & 7 DAYS

FROM £299

GREAT LITTLE TRAINS

OF THE RHINE

GERMANY

Take a journey through picturebook scenery of fairytale castles, terraced

vineyards and picturesque villages to discover the spectacular Rhine

Valley, steeped in history and legend. Not just for rail enthusiasts, this

break is for anyone who appreciates wonderful landscapes, old world

charm and a friendly welcome. Based on the left bank of the mighty River

Rhine, Remagen is the perfect base to explore this lovely region and its

Rhine promenade is ideal for a stroll to watch the endless flow of busy

barges and pleasure boats pass by.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to Calais

and continue to Remagen. Light supper awaits due

to late arrival. Half board.

Day 2-3 (4 days) In Remagen with one

included excursion.

Day 2-4 (5 days) In Remagen with two

included excursions.

Day 2-6 (7 days) In Remagen with three

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Konigswinter & Drachenfels Railway (all

tours) From the lovely riverside resort town

of Königswinter, take a 1.5km ride up to the

legendary Drachenfels on Germany’s oldest rack

railway. Enjoy the comfortable ascent up an incline

of (in parts) 22% to admire the breathtaking

views from the 321m summit. Continue to Linz,

the ‘colourful town on the Rhine’ with its cobbled

alleyways and pretty timbered houses.

• Vulkan Express & Koblenz (5 & 7 day tours) A

ride on the narrow gauge Vulkan Express is a very

special experience. Although named ‘express’, it is

actually takes 90 minutes to travel 11 miles up the

Brohl Valley into the Eifel mountains. From Engeln

continue by coach to Koblenz, famous for its

‘German Corner’, the confluence of the Rhine and

Moselle rivers. The mighty Ehrenbreitstein Fortress

towers above the town at 118m above the river.

• The Valley of the Red Grape by Train (7 days

tours only) Enjoy a train ride from Remagen

station through the steep wine terraces along the

pretty Ahr Valley. Stop in the picturesque town of

Altenahr continuing to Mayschoss. A horse-drawn

covered wagon takes you through vineyards before

a tour of the wine cellars with a tasting and light

lunch. Continue by train to the lovely medieval

walled city of Ahrweiler.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Rhine River Cruise Details available locally.

Return Day Travel back to Calais for the return

to England.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

19 April (Easter) 4 days £299

2 June 5 days £389

28 July 7 days £589

22 September 5 days £389

SUPPLEMENTS

Single 4 days £60

Insurance 4 days £35

Single 5 days £80

Insurance 5 days £37

Single 7 days £110

Insurance 7 days £41

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3, 4 or 6 nights with breakfast

& dinner (light supper on Day 1 due to

late arrival)

• Excursions and train fares as stated

(depending on duration)

• Return fare on Drachenfels railway for

all tours

TOUR REFERENCE CRV

HOTEL PINGER,

REMAGEN

• Family run in the heart of Remagen

• Opposite the railway station (some

noise can be expected)

• Restaurant, beer bar, rustic wine cellar

and café with sun terrace

• Bright guestrooms with shower, TV

and hairdryer

• There is a lift

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4 DAYS

FROM £349

5 DAYS

FROM £399

A TASTE OF THE

VINE ON THE RHINE

MOSELLE

MAGIC

NEW

The scenic valleys of the mighty Rhine river with its

steeply terraced vine-clad slopes, delicious wines,

and charming towns is a perennial favourite with

Crusader customers. Based in delightful Boppard,

this new tour gives you a ‘taste of the Rhine vine’ with

tastings of local wine and brandy and a boat cruise to

explore the very best bits of this popular region.

The Moselle Valley is a land of picturesque riverside

towns and villages, fairytale castles, steep vine

covered hillsides and delightful half-timbered

historic houses. The wine making village of Lösnich

and the friendly Hotel Heil make a great base to tour

this beautiful region… complete with wine tasting,

of course!

Day 1 Cross to Calais and onto Boppard

for your 3-night stay. Light supper due to

late arrival. Half board.

Day 2 - 3 At leisure in Boppard with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Panoramic Rhine Cruise, Rüdesheim &

Asbach Cruise from Boppard to Sankt

Goar enjoying views of the famous Loreley

Rock and the spectacular scenery. Continue

by coach to pretty Rüdesheim with a

guided walking tour around the cobbled

streets. Visit the famous Asbach Brandy

Distillery with an included tasting. Enjoy

Germany’s answer to Irish coffee with a

delicious ‘Rüdesheimer Kaffee’ and cake in

a local café.

• Boppard Wine Tasting A day at leisure to

relax in pretty Boppard with its wonderful

riverside promenade just waiting to be

explored. Enjoy an included tasting of

several wines with a local wine producer

showcasing his wares.

Day 4 An early start to travel back to

Calais and the crossing back to England.

HOTEL RHEINLUST,

BOPPARD

• Centrally located on Boppard’s Rhine

Promenade

• Bedrooms split across two buildings

• Restaurant serving regional and

international cuisine

• Bar plus lift to all floors

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 3 nights with

breakfast & dinner (light

supper on day 1)

• Welcome glass of

Boppard wine

• Porterage

• Glass of wine and tea /

coffee with dinner

• Entertainment on one

evening

• Wine tasting in Boppard

• Panoramic Rhine Cruise

Boppard – St. Goar

• Walking tour of

Rüdesheim

• Tour of Asbach Distillery

with tasting

• Rüdesheimer Kaffee

and cake

TOUR REFERENCE CWR

DEPARTURES & PRICES

26 Apr £349

30 Aug £369

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £65

Insurance £35

Day 1 Cross the Channel to Calais and

continue to Lösnich. Welcome glass of wine,

dinner bed & breakfast.

Day 2 - 4 At leisure in Lösnich with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Cochem Ancient Cochem offers many

medieval squares, beautifully restored

houses and a dramatic castle, perched

precipitously on a rock.

• Cruising The Moselle Join a panoramic

Moselle cruise in Traben Trarbach for

magnificent views of the stunning

viticultural landscape. Pass by Lösnich

and through the Moselle lock at Zeltingen

before disembarking in the atmospheric

700 year old town of Bernkastel-Kues with

its medieval old town.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Roman Trier Germany’s oldest city, Trier, is

home to northern Europe’s finest ensemble

of Roman monuments including the

magnificent UNESCO protected Porta Nigra.

Day 5 An early start to travel back to

Calais and England.

HOTEL HEIL,

LÖSNICH

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 4 nights with

breakfast and dinner

• Welcome glass of wine

• Porterage

• Dance night with live

music on one evening

• Wine tasting in

the hotel

• Two included excursions

• Moselle boat trip from

Traben-Trarbach to

Bernkastel-Kues

• Single rooms are double

for sole use

TOUR REFERENCE CMV

DEPARTURES & PRICES

2 Jun £399

30 Jun £399

8 Sep £399

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £65

Insurance £37

• Family run hotel in a village location

with views over the river and vineyards

• Historic main building plus a modern

extension

• Rustic style restaurant, cosy bar and

an outdoor terrace. There is a lift

• Bedrooms have TV and hairdryer

GERMANY

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4 & 5 DAYS

FROM £299

BLACK FOREST

& ALSACE

© GNTB Gundhard Marth

GERMANY

The Black Forest is one of the most picturesque areas of Germany.

The forest is a carpet of tree-lined hills, laced with beautiful villages of

unique charm, nestling in lush green valleys. The village of Kehl-Kork is

flanked by the Black Forest and Vosges Mountains on either side. Nearby,

are the Alsace wine villages, set along the ‘Route des Vins’. All this and

a Crusader favourite hotel makes for a superb short break. The special

November 4 day tour visits the spectacular Chrysanthemum Festival in

historic Lahr (special itinerary applies – see also page 28).

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to Calais

and continue to Kehl-Kork for your 3 or 4 night

stay. Evening snack and welcome drink on arrival.

Day 2 - 3 (or 4) At leisure in Kehl-Kork with

two included excursions. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Lake Titisee & Freiburg Visit the stunning Lake

Titisee, one of the most picturesque areas of

the Black Forest region, with time for leisurely

sightseeing. Continue to the olde worlde city of

Freiburg, capital of the Black Forest.

• Alsace Wine Trail Travel along the ‘Route des

Vins’ through vine covered slopes and many

picturesque villages. Visit Kayserberg with its

ancient medieval fortifications and the walled

village of Riquewihr and Ribeauville.

November Departure Only –

Chrysanthemum Festival - Lahr

Head to picturesque Lahr, in the heart

of the Black Forest for the annual

Chrysanthemum Festival. Discover the

historic centre with an included guided

walking tour and see the thousands of

chrysanthemum arrangements that

show off Autumn’s colours to their

finest. The picturesque German town

becomes a sea of colour, decorated

with more than 10,000

chrysanthemums, worked into

fascinating and creative arrangements.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Strasbourg A day out in Strasbourg, a city of

many surprises – historic architecture, hidden

canals and waterways, and superb shopping. There

will be an opportunity to join an optional guided

city tour.

Return Day After an early start it is back to

Calais for the return crossing to England.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

19 May 5 days £349

24 June 5 days £359

4 August 5 days £359

22 September 5 days £359

1 November (Chrysanthemums) 4 days £299

• Hotel for 3 or 4 nights with breakfast, 2

or 3 dinners and a snack on

arrival evening

• Welcome drink on arrival

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

• 2 included excursions

• Special itinerary for November included

guided walking tour of Lahr

TOUR REFERENCE CBF

HOTEL GASTHOF OCHSEN,

KEHL-KORK

• Family run hotel located in the village

of Kehl-Kork

• There is a bar, restaurant and a lift

• 56 en-suite bedrooms with TV

and hairdryer

SUPPLEMENTS

Single 5 days £45

Insurance 5 days £37

Single 4 days £35

Insurance 4 days £35

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9 DAYS

FROM £789

FAIRYTALE CASTLES

& TYROLEAN ALPS

NEW

© GNTB Andrew Cowin

This tour combines iconic Bavarian castles with spectacular Tyrolean

Alpine scenery, all based in Lermoos, one of the most picturesque

villages in Austria. Typically Tyrolean, the village is positioned in the

shadow of the mighty Zugspitze Mountain, surrounded by forest. It is

well positioned close to the German border, ideal for touring the scenic

delights of Bavaria and the Austrian Tyrol - one of our drivers’ favourite

tours and one of our clients top rated European hotels.

Day 1 Travel from Dover to Calais and onto

overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Head south towards the mighty Alps

onto your holiday base in Lermoos for 6 night stay.

Welcome drink plus one night’s live entertainment.

Buffet dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 3 - 7 At leisure in Lermoos with three

included excursions. You may like to enjoy a day

of wonderful sightseeing to Germany’s highest

mountain, the Zugspitze. By cable car to the

summit and descend on the German side to

board the cog railway to lovely Garmisch-

Partenkirchen. Return to Lermoos by train. Details

available locally.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau & Füssen

Visit King Ludwig II’s fairytale Neuschwanstein

Castle, the inspiration for Walt Disney’s Sleeping

Beauty Castle. Onto King Ludwig’s nearby

childhood home, Hohenschwangau Castle, with its

richly furnished interiors (NB both castles involve

an uphill walk and steps so present challenges for

those with mobility difficulties). Explore the old

monastic town of Füssen with its brightly coloured,

typical Bavarian architecture.

• Scenic excursion to Solden Drive through the

beautiful Tyrolean valley to Obergurgl and the

mountain resort of Solden. An optional drive takes

you up the spectacular Glacier Strasse to some

2,800 metres above sea level.

• Linderhof Palace,

Ettal Abbey &

Oberammergau Visit

the beautiful Rococo

palace and gardens of

Linderhof as well as the

elaborate Ettel abbey,

a stunning Benedictine

Monastery. Onto

Oberammergau, home

of the famous ‘Passion Play’, to see the pretty

houses with their mural paintings.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Innsbruck - Tyrolean Capital Historic Innsbruck

to explore the old quarter with its charming

arcades and famous Golden Roof. Join the optional

guided city tour.

Day 8 Travel back through Germany to your

overnight hotel. Bed & breakfast.

Day 9 Back to Calais for the return to England.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

21 June £789

30 August £789

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £135

Insurance £45

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 6 nights with breakfast &

buffet dinner, tea / coffee

• Welcome drink on arrival & porterage

• Entertainment on at least one evening

• Overnight hotel for 2 nights with

breakfast

• 3 included excursions as stated

• Entrance to Neuschwanstein,

Hohenschwangau, Ettel Abbey &

Linderhof Palace

TOUR REFERENCE CBV

HOTEL EDELWEISS,

LERMOOS

• Situated close to the centre of Lermoos

with stunning mountain views

• Large bar, restaurant and lovely

mountain view terrace. Lift

• Leisure facilities include indoor

swimming pool, jacuzzi & sauna

(mixed)

• Spacious en-suite bedrooms with TV,

safe and hairdryer

www.crusader-holidays.co.uk Free Joining Points see pages 138 & 139

AUSTRIA & GERMANY

97


8 & 9 DAYS

FROM £599

AUSTRIAN LAKES –

‘SOUND OF MUSIC COUNTRY’

FAVOURITE

AUSTRIA

This is a favourite of many Crusader Holidays’ customers. Pretty as a

picture, the Austrian Lake District, is a glorious region. You visit the

‘Sound of Music’ city of Salzburg, picturesque St Wolfgang and photogenic

Hallstadt. Your holiday base is the ever popular Tirolerhof Hotel in

St Georgen im Attergau, a quiet village in the Salzkammergut region

approximately 4km from Lake Attersee.

Day 1 Travel to Dover and Calais. And onto your

overnight hotel stop. Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Drive on via scenic Austrian countryside

to St. Georgen im Attergau for 5 or 6-nights.

Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 3 - 6 (or 7) At leisure in resort with included

excursions as stated. A guided walk through the

village and a presentation on the area will help you

to get to know your surroundings.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Salzkammergut, Mondsee, St Gilgen & St

Wolfgang Journey through the Salzkammergut

to beautiful Mondsee surrounded by lush forests.

See the church Maria and the Captain married and

then it’s on to St Gilgen, which was an inspiration

for Mozart.

• Salzburg & The Sound of Music Salzburg -

famous as the birthplace of Mozart and the setting

for ‘The Sound of Music’. A charming Baroque

city with its magnificent Hohensalzburg Fortress,

church steeples and magnificent buildings.

• Hallstatt – Pretty as a Picture Hallstatt on the

banks of the Halstättersee is a photographer’s

delight.

• Berchtesgaden (9 days only) Berchtesgaden is

one of the most romantically scenic places in the

Bavarian Alps. Take an optional local bus up the

mountain to ascend by lift to the tip of Kehlstein,

the site of Adolf Hitler’s infamous Eagle’s Nest (9

days only). (NB Entrance fees are not included).

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Lake Attersee By train to Attersee village and

then by boat on Lake Attersee, the largest of the

Salzkammergut lakes.

Day 7 (or 8) Today it’s farewell to Austria.

Final overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

Return Day To Calais and return to England.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

24 May 9 days £669

16 June 8 days £599

14 July 8 days £609

16 August 9 days £679

13 September 9 days £679

SUPPLEMENTS

Single 8 days £125

Insurance 8 days £43

Single 9 days £140

Insurance 9 days £45

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 5 or 6 nights with breakfast

& dinner

• Overnight hotel for 2 nights

with breakfast

• Glass of flaming liqueur one night

• 5 course candlelit farewell dinner

one night

• Folklore or dance evening one night

• Presentation of the area plus guided

walk through the village

• Included excursions as stated

TOUR REFERENCE CAL

TIROLERHOF HOTEL, ST

GEORGEN IM ATTERGAU

• Located in a tranquil area, only a

few minutes from the town centre

• Popular hotel amongst regular

Crusader Holidays’ customers

• Fine food and friendly atmosphere

• There is a lift

• Facilities include a bar, restaurant

and outdoor swimming pool

• All bedrooms are comfortably

furnished and feature satellite TV

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ERL PASSION PLAY &

TYROLEAN TRAVELS

8 DAYS

FROM £789

9 DAYS

FROM £839

TYROLEAN TRADITIONS

COWS DOWN FESTIVAL

NEW

NEW

© Peter Kitzbichler

Don’t wait until 2020! 2019 sees the return of the Erl

Passion Play which takes place every 6 years in a

picturesque Tyrolean village. Erl is less

commercialised than its more famous counterpart

but is no less dramatic with 600 village residents

involved. Combine this with the very essence of all

things Alpine Austrian for a tour of Tyrolean highlights.

Every autumn, the Alpine valleys chime with the

clang of cowbells. The ‘Almabtrieb’ cattle drive is a

highlight of the Tyrolean festival calendar and marks

the closing of the alpine pastures. Experience this

time-honoured tradition in Reith im Alpbachtal as

herds of cows, beautifully decorated in lavish floral

headdresses, form a spectacular procession.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover

to Calais to the overnight stop. Bed

& breakfast.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 5 nights with

breakfast & dinner

Day 1 Cross the Channel from

Dover to Calais to the overnight stop.

Bed & breakfast.

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 6 nights with

breakfast & dinner

Day 2 To the Kufstein area in Austria

for your 5-night stay with arrival welcome

drink. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 3 - 6 At leisure in the Tyrol with four

included excursions.

Sunday 9th June Included local lunch

before the moving Passion Play begins

(13.00 – 16.00 with 30 min interval).

Day 7 Farewell to Austria and head

north for final overnight stop. Bed

& breakfast.

Day 8 Back to Calais and return

to England.

• 2 overnight hotels with

breakfast

• Porterage at main hotel

• Local 3-course set lunch

and Erl Passion Play

Category 1 tickets on

Sunday 9th June 2019

• Entrances, fares and

excursions as stated

TOUR REFERENCE CRL

DEPARTURES & PRICES

7 Jun £789

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £220

Insurance £43

Day 2 To the Kufstein area in Austria

for your 6-night stay with arrival welcome

drink. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 3 - 7 At leisure in the Tyrol with four

included excursions.

Saturday 28th September Join in the fun

of the Almabtrieb in Reith im Alpbachtal.

There are hand-made craft stalls, a lively

farmers’ market, traditional Tyrolean folk

music and locals dressed in traditional

Lederhosen and pretty Dirndl dresses.

Day 8 Head north to overnight stop.

Bed & breakfast.

Day 9 Back to Calais and return to England.

• 2 overnight hotels

with breakfast

• Porterage at main hotel

• Entrance to the

‘Almabtrieb’ in Reith im

Alpbachtal

• Entrances, fares and

excursions as stated

TOUR REFERENCE CCO

DEPARTURES & PRICES

22 Sep £839

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £230

Insurance £45

AUSTRIA

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS (FOR BOTH TOURS)

• Innsbruck The charming Tyrolean capital is full of cultural treasures. Guided city tour included with entrance to Hofburg Imperial Palace plus return trip on

Hungerburg funicular to Seegrube at 1905m.

• Achen Lake Boat & Tratzberg Castle Enjoy a boat cruise from Achenkirch to Pertisau before discovering the magnificent Tratzberg, castle (some steps).

• Mayrhofen & Krimml Falls Scenic drive to the breath-taking Krimml Falls, the highest waterfalls in Europe. Over the Gerlos Pass to popular Mayrhofen and a

ride on the Zillertalbahn steam train!

SPORTHOTEL SONNENUHR,

KRAMSACH

• Traditional Tyrolean style hotel in quiet village location

• All bedrooms have TV, hair dryer, WiFi and balcony

• Twins are continental twins (one bed frame)

• Restaurant and outdoor pool (seasonal)

• There is a lift (some rooms accessed via internal steps)

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GREAT RAILWAY JOURNEYS

OF SWITZERLAND

AUSTRIA & SWITZERLAND

Relax and enjoy the journey of breathtaking scenery aboard three of the

most famous train rides in Switzerland. The first ride takes you from Chur

to Arosa aboard the Arosa Express followed by the Bernina Express

journey from Tiefencastel to Poschiavo or Tirano. Save the best ‘til last

with a ride in a panoramic carriage aboard the world famous Glacier

Express travelling between Andermatt and Chur. Each day brings even

more spectacular scenery than the last - this is surely a holiday where

memories are made that will last a lifetime.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to Calais and

continue to your overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Lots to see today as the journey takes

you past the Rhine Falls in Switzerland en-route

to your holiday base in Feldkirch for a 5 night stay

with a welcome drink on arrival. Dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 3 - 6 At leisure in Feldkrich with three

included excurisons.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Bernina Express and St Moritz Board the

Bernina Express in Tiefencastel to capture

photogenic views of the Alps and the impressive

alpine valleys, lakes and waterfalls along the way.

From Poschiavo or Tirano the awaiting coach takes

you through the Engadin, a sunny high valley in the

Southern Alps to world famous St Moritz.

• Arosa Express Rail Journey Head to the

highest Swiss mountains on the journey to Chur,

the oldest city in Switzerland, to board reserved

compartments on the Rhaetian Railway. The

railway will wind around many curves and travel

over deep ravines through magnificent mountain

scenery and onto the famous ski resort of Arosa.

original Glacier-Express. This incredible rail journey,

one of the most famous and spectacular in the

world, is sure to make a lasting impression with

memories to last forever.

Day 7 Today depart Austria, heading north for an

overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

Day 8 Back to Calais to England.

The holiday and our driver could

not be faulted.

MR & MRS B

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 5 nights with breakfast

& dinner

• Tea/coffee after dinner

• Porterage and a welcome drink

on arrival

• Overnight hotel for 2 nights

with breakfast

• Entertainment at main hotel

• Guided tour of Feldkirch

• Bernina Express and St. Moritz

with guide

• Arosa Express Rail Journey

• Glacier-Express Train and Lake Lucerne

with guide

TOUR REFERENCE CTS

HOTEL WEISSES KREUZ,

FELDKIRCH

• A warm welcome from the Herburger

family who run the hotel

• Conveniently located about a mile

outside Feldkirch

• Bar, terrace, steam room and solarium

• Restaurant serves regional dishes

• All rooms are tastefully furnished

and feature all mod cons including TV

and hairdryer

• Glacier-Express Train & Lake Lucerne Past Lake

Walen to Lake Lucerne and onto Andermatt to

board the panoramic carriages (2nd class) of the

PRICES & DEPARTURES

2 June £899

11 August £899

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £175

Insurance £43

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GOLDEN PASS

SWISS EXPLORER

REVISED

Based in the Swiss resort village of Leysin, set high in the Vaud Alps of

Switzerland, you will enjoy magnificent views in all directions. This area

of Switzerland has it all – snow-capped mountains, rolling green pastures

and the gentle sound of cow bells. The 360° panorama of the Alpine peaks

is unforgettable - Eiger, Mont-Blanc, Matterhorn & Dents du Midi. One

of the many highlights of this tour is a ride on the Golden Pass train to

glamourous Gstaad. Ride in comfort with stunning views of the vineyards

surrounding Montreux and fabulous Alpine scenery viewed from the

special panoramic train.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to Calais

and continue to your overnight stop in Central

France. Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Enjoy rural France today, pass through the

Belfort Gap and cross into Switzerland. Wonderful

mountain scenery on your way to Leysin for your

4-night stay. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 3 - 5 At leisure in Leysin with two

included excursions.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Golden Pass Panoramic Train to Gstaad Board

the Golden Pass Panoramic Train in Montreux to

wind your way through magnificent scenery to the

pretty mountain resort of Gstaad in the Bernese

Oberland. This charming chalet village, with its

timber-lined car-free heart, is known for its glitzy,

celebrity visitors and its luxury ‘shopping mile’.

There will be some time to explore this little Swiss

gem of a resort before an included 2-course lunch

at a local restaurant.

• Wine tasting at Lavaux Vineyard’s Vinorama

and Lake Geneva A day of more splendid

mountain scenery as you head first to elegant

Montreux, home of the famous jazz festival, for

time at leisure before continuing along the lakeside

to the renowned Lavaux Vineyards. Enjoy an

included wine tasting - the perfect opportunity to

sample the ‘Chasselas’, Switzerland’s typical grape

variety. Onto the Swiss ‘Riviera’ town of Lausanne

with its floral lakeside quays. Subject to schedules,

your driver may offer an optional lake cruise to the

picturesque town of Vevey.

Day 6 Farewell to the Vaud Alps as you

return northwards to the final overnight stop. Bed

& breakfast.

Day 7 Continue through France to Calais for

the return to England.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

28 July £689

8 September £679

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (limited) £70

Insurance £41

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 4 nights with breakfast and

buffet dinner

• Overnight hotels for 2 nights

with breakfast

• Two included excursions

• Golden Pass Panoramic Train

Montreux – Gstaad

• 2-course lunch in Gstaad

• Wine tasting at Lavaux Vinorama

TOUR REFERENCE CSW

HOTEL CENTRAL RESIDENCE,

LEYSIN

• 3* superior modern hotel, situated in

Leysin, a mountain village at 4100

feet altitude

• Amenities include a spa & fitness centre

with indoor pool, restaurant, lobby bar,

outdoor terrace & garden

• All bedrooms come with en-suite

bathrooms, flat screen TVs and great

view. Many with balconies

• There is a lift to all floors

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GARDA GETAWAY -

ALL INCLUSIVE

ESCORTED

ITALY

Spring and Autumn are great times of year to visit Lake Garda. There

may be snow on the mountains but the mild climate offers a relaxing

atmosphere to enjoy the wonderful sights of Lake Garda’s southern

shores. This holiday has numerous added extras in the resort including a

drinks promotion between 1200-2200 including tea & coffee, soft drinks,

house wine and local spirits. Lunches daily except departure day and two

included excursions.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to

Calais and continue to your overnight stop.

Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Relax and watch the rural French scenery

unfold as you continue southwards to Lake Garda

for your 5 night stay in Toscolano Maderno.

Welcome drink on arrival and porterage included.

Day 3 - 6 At leisure in Toscolano Maderno with

full board and two included excursions.

its larger neighbours. Expect spectacular views,

natural beauty and air of tranquillity around the

local towns and lake. Iseo town is renowned for

its authentic, historical centre and attractive cafes

and wine bars.

Day 7 It’s farewell to Lake Garda as you head

north to your final overnight hotel.

Day 8 After breakfast, continue through France

to Calais for the return crossing to England.

• Hotel for 5 nights in Toscolano Maderno

with breakfast and dinner (incl candlelit

set dinner on one night)

• Welcome drink on arrival

• Porterage in Italy

• 4 light lunches (packed lunch on

excursion day)

• Free bar - 12.00 - 22.00 (8 drinks

vouchers per day)

• Live entertainment on one evening

• Overnight hotels for 2 nights

with breakfast

• Two included excursions

• Fully escorted

• Italian Tourist Tax

PRICE INCLUDES

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Desenzano Market Day & Sirmione Explore the

beautiful little market town of Desenzano with

its calm, friendly atmosphere and a wonderful

lakefront - an ideal place to spend free time at the

Tuesday Market. Onto popular Sirmione, located

on a narrow peninsula of cypress and olive groves.

An optional boat trip may operate from Desenzano

to Sirmione subject to availability.

• Salo – Half Day Visit the nearby resort of Salo,

famed for having the longest promenade on Lake

Garda. The resort is a delight, with its marina,

attractive buildings and pretty piazzas. The

promenade is lined with restaurants, café-bars and

the mild climate here makes it ideal for watching

the world go by.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Lake Iseo Explorer One of the lesser known

lakes in Italy, Lake Iseo is just as captivating as

PRICES & DEPARTURES

19 May £699

4 October £679

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £155

Insurance £43

TOUR REFERENCE CLG

HOTEL ADRIA RESORT,

TOSCOLANO MADERNO

• Traditional, friendly, family-run hotel in

the resort of Toscolano, just 100m from

the lake

• Surrounded by attractive gardens

• All rooms come with en-suite facilities,

TV and air-conditioning

• There is an outdoor pool (during the

main season), typical Italian restaurant

and bar

• There is a lift in the main hotel but not

in the garden annex

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4* BEAUTIFUL BARDOLINO -

LAKE GARDA

ESCORTED/

REVISED

Located on the Eastern shores of Lake Garda, the lovely town of

Bardolino is one of the prettiest on the lake, surrounded by breathtaking

scenery. It is best-known for the wine made from the grapes grown in

the surrounding hillsides. This spectacular 4* holiday includes THREE

fabulous excursions including a wonderful day out to fabulous Venice. An

included excursion to Romeo & Juliet’s Verona is back by popular demand.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to

Calais and continue to your overnight stop.

Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Watch the rural French scenery unfold

on the way to Switzerland for an overnight stop.

Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 3 Travel through Alpine Switzerland into Italy

to Bardolino, your holiday base for the next 5 nights.

Welcome drink on arrival plus daily afternoon tea

is included.

available. (NB Due to the historic nature of the

city, this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair

and mobility vehicle users).

• Malcesine and Scenic Lake Drive A scenic

drive along the lakeside to Malcesine, nestled in

the shadow of Monte Baldo. Malcesine is one of

the prettiest towns on the whole lake, attracting

writers and artists for decades.

• Romeo & Juliet’s Verona A day in the

magnificent old city of Verona, famous for

Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, bordered on

three sides by the River Adige. Explore the city on

your own or join the optional guided city tour by

coach and then on foot.

• 5 nights in Bardolino with buffet dinner

& breakfast

• Afternoon tea at the hotel

• Entertainment some nights

• 1 overnight hotel in Switzerland with

dinner and breakfast

• 2 overnight hotels with breakfast

• Three included excursions

• Fully escorted

• Porterage in Italy

• Italian Tourist Tax

PRICE INCLUDES

TOUR REFERENCE CGG

ITALY

Day 4 - 7 At leisure in Bardolino with three

included excursions. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Venice, City of Canals A full day in Venice, the

ancient and famous city of canals, to view St.

Mark’s Square, the Doge’s Palace, the Bridge of

Sighs and much, much more. An optional guided

tour of Venice and optional gondola ride will be

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Lake Cruise to Sirmione Enjoy Lake Garda by

boat to Sirmione in the southern waters of the lake

on a narrow peninsula.

Day 8 Today head north for an overnight stop.

Bed & breakfast.

Day 9 Back to Calais and Dover and then

head home.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

7 June £999

13 September £979

SUPPLEMENTS

Single

£POA

Insurance £45

PARC HOTEL GRITTI,

BARDOLINO

• Set in beautiful gardens and a short

walk to the old centre of Bardolino

• Indoor pool, large outdoor pool with

sun terrace and pool bar

• Restaurant, piano bar and included

afternoon tea served daily between

16.00 – 17.00

• Good quality bedrooms with TV, hair

dryer and tea / coffee making

• There is a lift

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DRAMATIC DOLOMITES

& LAKE GARDA

FAVOURITE

ITALY

They may not be Italy’s tallest mountains but the jagged Dolomites are

surely the most spectacular. This beautiful part of Northern Italy is all

about the magnificent mountain scenery, picturesque lakes and pretty

alpine style hamlets. Your base is the Fai della Paganella where you will

feel at home with Fausto and his family at the pretty chalet style hotel.

There is a free bar for 6 evenings, wine with dinner, wine tasting and the

chance to try the multi-spouted ‘grolla’ cup. There is an included day to

Riva del Garda on stunning Lake Garda.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to

Calais and continue to your overnight stop

Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Travel

through Austria over

the Brenner Pass to

Fa della Paganella

for your 6-night

stay. Welcome drink

on arrival. Dinner,

bed & breakfast.

Day 3 - 7 At

leisure in Fai della Paganella for 5 days with three

included excursions. During your stay enjoy a walk

and picnic in the surrounding countryside with

compliments of your resort hotel as well as several

activity evenings.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Merano & Lake Caldaro Head to pretty

Merano with its ‘Mediterranean meets the Alps’

atmosphere, medieval centre, leafy boulevards and

art nouveau villas. Return via the famous wine

route of Alto Adige with a stop at Lake Caldaro.

• Riva del Garda The resort of Riva del Garda, at

the north point of stunningly beautiful Lake Garda,

is an atmospheric town, full of appeal with its

beautifully preserved, pedestrianised Citta Vecchia,

lakeside promenade and waterfront squares. There

may be an optional boat trip to nearby Limone

sul Garda.

• Brenta Dolomites for a Day A day touring

the region as you head to Lake Toblino, with its

Mediterranean vegetation and fairtytale 12th

century Toblino Castle. Continue to Pinzolo, a tiny

jewel with its ancient church of S. Virgilio before

ascending to the popular ski resort of Madonna di

Campiglio at 1550m.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Bolzano & Renon Head to Bolzano with the

chance to Ötzi, the famous Ice Man, naturally

mummified in ice for over 5,000 years (Museum

entrance not included). Continue to Renon, a

spectacular area of peaks and plateaus.

Day 8 Bid farewell to this lovely region and

head to overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

Day 9 Return to Calais for the return crossing

to England.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

24 May £729

21 June £739

30 August £749

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £150

Insurance £45

• Hotel for 6 nights with breakfast

& dinner

• Overnight hotel for 2 nights with

breakfast

• Welcome drink on arrival

• Porterage in Italy

PRICE INCLUDES

• Unlimited water & wine with dinner

• Tea/Coffee after dinner

• Free bar 6pm-10.30pm (selected drinks)

• Evening activities in the bar

• Picnic lunch and village walk

• Three included excursions

TOUR REFERENCE CID

HOTEL PAGANELLA,

FAI DELLA PAGANELLA

• Small and friendly chalet-style

Hotel Paganella

• Personal and family run with Fausto

ensuring warm welcome

• Cosy bar, a traditional restaurant,

comfortable lounge area, small spa

• 26 comfortable bedrooms with

hairdryer and telephone

• There is a lift

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ITALIAN LAKELANDS - ORTA,

MAGGIORE & COMO

ESCORTED

© Distretto Turistico dei Laghi-Stresa (VB)

Andrea Lazzarini Editore

Perhaps the most romantic of the Italian lakes, tranquil Lake Orta is

separated from its bigger, busier and better known neighbour, Lake

Maggiore, by Monte Mattarone. The quiet beauty of the landscape and

its captivating medieval village ‘capital’, Orta San Giulio, make this a

wonderful retreat. This tour spends time around the idyllic Lake Maggiore

where magnificent mountains plunge to the lake shore and a day on Lake

Como to make the perfect Italian Lakeland Trio!

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to

Calais and continue to your overnight stop.

Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 A day of ever changing scenery via

Switzerland and the Gotthard Tunnel before

crossing into Italy and the beautiful lakeside resort

of Pettenesco for 6 nights. Welcome drink on

arrival. Dinner, bed and breakfast.

Day 3 - 7 At leisure on Lake Orta with three

included excursions. Medieval Orta San Giulio is just

2km away. Your tour manager may be able to offer

an optional tour.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Lake Como for the day Travel to the southern

end of Lake Como and the historic city of Como.

A scenic drive take you up the ‘outside leg’ to

exclusive Tremezzo with its opulent villas and

stunning views. From here you may like to take the

ferry (fare not included) over to charming Bellagio.

• Stresa Enjoy a leisurely visit to elegant Stresa,

the charming tourist resort on the shores of Lake

Maggiore with captivating views across to the

Borromean Islands. Your tour manager may be able

to offer an optional trip to the Borromean Islands.

• Anzasca Valley & Macugnaga Stop at Omegna

on Lake Orta for market day (Thursday) and head

up into the wild mountain scenery of the Anzasca

Valley to the pretty Alpine village of Macugnaga, at

1327m, overlooked by Monte Rosa (2600km high).

Day 8 Arrivederci Italian Lakes and head to

overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

Day 9 Return to Calais for the return crossing

to England.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

24 May £899

30 August £869

SUPPLEMENTS

Single

POA

Standard Lake view (on request) POA

Other room upgrades available on request

Insurance £45

HOTEL GIARDINETTO,

PETTENESCO (AUGUST)

• Situated directly on Lake Orta with

ferry service to Orta San Giulio directly

from hotel

• Attractive guestrooms with TV and

hairdryer

• Comfortable lounge and bar with

spacious lakeside terraces

• Open air swimming pool

• Restaurant with lake views

• 6 nights with dinner & breakfast

• Italian Tourist Tax

PRICE INCLUDES

• 2 overnights with breakfast

• Porterage at main hotel

• Welcome drink on arrival

• Tea / coffee after dinner

• Three included excursions

• Escorted throughout

TOUR REFERENCE CLM

HOTEL L’APPRODO,

PETTENESCO (MAY)

• Set in gardens, right on Lake Orta, with

its own beach

• Excellent facilities include an outdoor

pool (main season), tennis court

& sauna

• Large lakeside restaurant, coffee shop,

snack bar, lounge & terrace

• Lakeside path to the village and public

ferry stops at the hotel pier

• All rooms are air-conditioned

• Not all rooms are served by the lift

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ITALIAN RIVIERA

3* AND 4*

FAVOURITE

ITALY

A Crusader favourite, Diano Marina is your base to enjoy the year round

warm climate, wonderful palms and exotic plants which have given rise

to the name Riviera dei Fiori – The Riviera of Flowers. This lovely resort is

perfect for touring the Italian and French Rivieras, set in a wide sweeping

bay edged with sandy beaches and with an old town full of character and

charm. The elegant, palm fringed promenade provides the perfect spot for

leisurely watching the world go by. Choose from 3* Nettuno ‘All Inclusive’

or the excellent 4* Bellevue et Mediterranée.

• 6 nights in resort (either all-inclusive or

half board)

• Italian Tourist Tax

PRICE INCLUDES

• Porterage at main hotel

• 2 overnights with breakfast

• Three excursions as stated

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to

Calais and continue to your overnight stop. Bed

& breakfast.

Day 2 Continue your journey south into Italy and

head to Diano Marina for 5 or 6 nights.

Day 3 - 7 At leisure in Diano Marina.

Santa Margherita. Optional afternoon boat cruise

to neighbouring Portofino (subject to availability).

Day 8 Bid farewell to Italy and head to

overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

Day 9 Return to Calais for the return crossing

to England.

TOUR REFERENCE CDM

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Alassio Half day scenic drive along the Ligurian

coastline to elegant Alassio with its 4 kilometres of

fine sandy beach.

• Monaco & Monte Carlo (Escorted by local

guide) Visit legendary Monaco, spectacularly

nestled between the mountains and the Med.

Vibrant Monte Carlo is the epitome of glamour

and extravagance with its pretty Old Town and

famous Grimaldi Palace, residence of Prince Ranier.

Also includes a visit to a ‘Parfumerie’.

• San Remo & Dolceaqua (Escorted by local

guide) Enjoy the spectacular Italian coastline to

San Remo, Italy’s own Monte Carlo, with plenty of

Riviera-style grandeur before continuing on to the

old stone village of Dolceaqua, the serene medieval

gem, immortalised by Monet.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Santa Margherita & Portofino (Escorted by

local guide) Enjoy the atmosphere of delightful

HOTEL NETTUNO, DIANO

MARINA (JUL & AUG)

• ‘All Inclusive’ Package – full board, free

bar on selected drinks, entertainment

• In an elevated, quiet part of Diano

Marina close to town centre and beach

• Family run offering personal service and

value for money

• Guestrooms are small and compact and

split between and building and

adjacent annex

• TV and tea / coffee making in

the rooms

PRICES & DEPARTURES

10 May - Mediterranée £789

5 July - Nettuno £819

30 August - Nettuno £819

27 September - Mediterranée £799

HOTEL BELLEVUE ET

MEDITERRANÉE, DIANO

MARINA (MAY & SEP)

• Half board arrangement

• Traditional, family-run hotel backing

onto the beach with views of the Gulf

of Diano Marina

• Comfortable rooms with satellite TV,

safe and free WiFi. Many with balconies

• Seasonal outdoor pool, seaview

restaurant, lounge and bar

• There is a lift

SUPPLEMENTS

Single - Nettuno £190

Single - Mediterranée £205

Insurance £45

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TRULY

TUSCANY

NEW

Tuscany is undoubtedly one of Italy’s most beautiful regions with an

enviable reputation for delicious cuisine, glorious wines, rolling hills,

olive groves and vineyards, historic cities and medieval hilltop towns.

This holiday explores many of the classical sights and cities – marvel at the

treasures of Florence, the gems of Lucca and mystical Pisa. Your holiday

base is the charming spa resort of Montecatini Terme.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to Calais to

your overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Journey through magnificent Alpine

scenery to your overnight hotel in lovely Innsbrück.

Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 3 On through Northern Italy for the first

sight of the rolling Tuscan hills. Arrive at Montecatini

Terme for your 7-night stay with a welcome drink

on arrival. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 4 - 9 At leisure in Montecatini Terme with

four included escorted excursions.

INCLUDED

EXCURSIONS

• Florence – ‘City

of Art & Cradle of

the Renaissance’

Truly one of Italy’s

most beautiful

cities – utterly

irresistible! Take

the train (station

approx. 10 mins

walk from the hotel)

to Florence. A local guide will show you the best of

the main sights (no entrances included) from the

magnificent Duomo Cathedral to the shop-lined

Ponte Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria.

• Pisa & Lucca World famous for its medieval

bell tower, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is one of

Italy’s most iconic images (entrance not included).

Continue to the lovely walled city of Lucca, with its

cobbled streets and stunning piazza.

• San Gimignano The well-preserved medieval

walled city of San Gimignano still retains much of

its charm and character. The climb to the centre

is worth it if only for the splendid views of the

surrounding countryside.

• Tuscan Riviera Head out to the Tuscan coast

for a visit to Viareggio, the popular beach resort.

A short distance along the coast is Marina di

Pietrasanta, with its historic old town and the chic

resort of Forte dei Marmi.

Day 10 Arrivederci Italy as you travel north to

your overnight hotel in Austria. Dinner, bed

& breakfast.

Day 11 Continue to the final continental

stopover. Bed & breakfast.

Day 12 Travel back through France to Calais for

the return crossing to England.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

9 June £1199

1 September £1229

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £220

Insurance £49

• Hotel for 7 nights with breakfast &

dinner with wine, water & tea / coffee

• Gala dinner one night in the hotel

• Porterage

PRICE INCLUDES

• Welcome glass of Prosecco on arrival

• 2 overnight hotels with bed & breakfast

• 2 overnight hotels with dinner, bed

& breakfast

• 4 included excursions with local guide

• Return train from Montecatini

to Florence

• Guided walking tour of Florence

• Local Italian tourist tax

TOUR REFERENCE CTT

HOTEL ERCOLINI & SAVI,

MONTECATINI TERME

• Located in the heart of the town

• Privately owned and run by the

charming Signor Luciana

• Combines modern amenities with

elegance and grandeur

• All rooms are air-conditioned

• There is a restaurant, lounge & bar as

well a lift

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LITTLE BOATS OF THE

MEDITERRANEAN

NEW

SPAIN

Get your sea legs on for a maritime adventure, based in Roses, the

largest resort on the rugged northern stretch of Spain’s Costa Brava.

Take to the water on three special boat trips to Cadaqués, along the

Barcelona coastline and a fabulous lunch cruise on the stunning Canal du

Midi. Enjoy the year-round climate in Roses which is particularly popular

for its splendid west facing beaches where you can experience spectacular

sunsets across the Gulf of Roses.

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to Calais

and continue to your overnight stop in central

France. Bed & breakfast.

Day 2 Head south to Roses on the Costa Brava

for your 5-night stay with buffet dinner, bed &

breakfast. Glass of wine & water with dinner.

Day 3 - 6 At leisure in Roses with three included

excursions and one full free day.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Cadaqués By Boat With a local guide, take a

boat trip along the coast to Cadaqués, a favourite

of both Picasso and Salvador Dalí who were

drawn to the area’s incredible light. Cadaqués is

right on the edge of the Cap de Creus Peninsula,

where the Pyrenees Mountains meet the sea

which still makes it a favourite spot for artists.

Explore the town with your guide before reboarding

the boat to return to Roses to arrive

back around lunch time.

• Canal Du Midi Head to Beziers in France for

a trip on the extraordinary Canal du Midi. This

UNESCO World Heritage stunning piece of

engineering links the Mediterranean with the

Atlantic via a network of navigable waterways.

Originally created over 3 centuries ago to

facilitate trade, it now enjoys a new lease of life

as a leisure waterway. A typical French lunch is

served on board.

• Barcelona A full day to enjoy the enchanting

Catalan capital, Barcelona, known for its

wonderful seaside location, fantastic architecture

and world-class restaurant and café scene. A

boat trip along the city coastline and around

Barcelona’s harbour is included as is a short

guided tour of the main highlights.

Day 7 Adios to Spain as you head northwards

to the final stop in the Central France area. Bed

& breakfast.

Day 8 After breakfast, travel back through

France to Calais for the return to England.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

16 June £699

8 September £749

PRICE INCLUDES

• Hotel for 5 nights with buffet dinner,

bed & breakfast

• Glass of wine & water with dinner

• Porterage at main hotel

• Overnight hotel for 2 nights with

breakfast

• Three excursions with local guide

• Return boat Roses – Cadaqués

• Boat trip in Barcelona

• Boat trip on the Canal du Midi with

lunch

TOUR REFERENCE CSP

HOTEL PRESTIGE VICTORIA,

ROSES

• Located on the seafront overlooking

Santa Margarita beach, approx. 2km

from the centre of Roses

• Facilities include an outdoor pool, spa

with indoor heated pool plus beauty

treatments (extra charge)

• All rooms have TV, hairdryers, airconditioning

and wooden floors plus

balcony or terrace

• There is a bar, terrace and buffet

restaurant

• There is a lift

SUPPLEMENTS

Single (June) £150

Single (September) £180

Insurance £43

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9 DAYS

FROM £659

COSTA BRAVA –

SANTA SUSANNA

FAVOURITE

What could be better than a glorious week of sea, sand and sunshine on

Spain’s glorious Costa Brava? Santa Susanna and its neighbour, Malgrat,

are set on a long golden beach overlooking the sparkling blue waters of

the Mediterranean. Lively and modern Santa Susanna has plenty to keep

you entertained whilst Malgrat is an old Catalan town with narrow cobbled

streets, closely packed houses and a busy weekly market. This tour also

includes a day in ever popular Barcelona. Christmas and New Year on the

Costa Brava based at the same hotel (see page 129).

Day 1 Cross the Channel from Dover to

Calais and continue to your overnight stop. Bed

& breakfast.

Day 2 Continue through France across the

Pyrenees and into Spain to arrive early evening

at Santa Susanna for your 6-night stay. Dinner,

bed & breakfast.

centre, it has kept its distinctive personality and

fiery spirit, apparent today in its vibrant nightlife.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Girona (Half Day) Northern Catalonia’s largest

city, Girona is a jewellery box of museums,

galleries and Gothic churches, strung around a

web of cobbled lanes and medieval walls.

• Hotel for 6 nights with breakfast

& dinner

• Welcome drink with first night dinner

• Farewell aperitif & tapas

• Porterage in Spain

PRICE INCLUDES

• Overnight hotel for 2 nights

with breakfast

• Visits to Tossa de Mar & Lloret de Mar

• Beautiful Barcelona

TOUR REFERENCE CCB

SPAIN

Day 3 - 7 At leisure in Santa Susanna with two

included excursions.

Day 8 Back through France today for the final

overnight stop. Bed & breakfast.

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS

• Barcelona A day in the Mediterranean capital

of Catalonia, steeped in history and tradition,

culture and the arts and the distinctive style of

Gaudi, Spain’s most famous architect. You’ll find

magnificent architecture and excellent shopping in

the famous Ramblas. A city of unique character!

• Captivating Costa Brava Enjoy a change of

scenery along the coast to Tossa de Mar, full of

appeal and golden good looks of a classic Spanish

beach resort – fun and friendly, you can chill-out

on the beach or meander through the atmospheric

old town, ‘Vila Vella’, with its cobbled streets

and ancient castle. Just along the coast a stop

at Lloret de Mar is a must. It may be one of the

Costa Brava’s largest and liveliest holiday hotspots,

but Lloret de Mar’s history goes back more than

a thousand years. Throughout its transformation

from fishing village to dynamic regional tourist

Day 9 Head to Calais for the return crossing

to England.

PRICES & DEPARTURES

7 June £659

5 July £729

30 August £669

22 September £659

SUPPLEMENTS

Single £249

Insurance £45

FLORIDA PARK HOTEL,

SANTA SUSANNA

• Situated in Santa Susanna’s

promenade area with the beach close

by (access via an underpass beneath

the coastal railway)

• 360 bedrooms, all well-appointed

with balcony, telephone and

tea / coffee making

• Attractive bar lounge, sun terrace, large

swimming pool with children’s section

plus jacuzzi, sauna, gymnasium and

tennis courts (extra cost)

• There is a lift

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7 DAYS

FROM £899

GRAND TOUR OF

DENMARK

NEW

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SCANDINAVIA & EASTERN EUROPE

Once the land of the notoriously brutal Vikings and home to the fairy-tale

writer, Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark is now a country that flourishes

in a modern society where old-fashioned charm embraces forward-looking

design and a stylish way of life. Denmark is regularly quoted as one of the

happiest nations on earth and you won’t have to look far to find hygge, the

uniquely Danish state of contentment. This new tour takes in Wonderful,

Wonderful Copenhagen plus the lesser visited towns of Odense, Silkeborg

and Aarhus, European Capital of Culture 2017.

Day 1 Cross the Channel to Calais and continue

to your overnight stop in the Dortmund area. Bed

& breakfast.

Day 2 Travel to Denmark via a short ferry

crossing from Germany for your 2 night stay in

Copenhagen. Dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 5 A full day in Aarhus with an included

walking tour. Compact, photogenic and friendly,

Aarhus is a city on the up. Perhaps visit the ARoS

art museum with its fantastic panoramic rainbow

roof. Free time in the afternoon. Why not experience

living history at Den Gamle By (the old town) openair

museum (entrances not included).

PRICE INCLUDES

• 4 nights in Denmark with dinner, bed &

breakfast

• 2 nights in Germany with bed

& breakfast

• Porterage in Denmark

• Copenhagen City tour with local guide

• Aarhus City walking tour with

local guide

• Entrance to Silkeborg Museum

TOUR REFERENCE CCH

Day 3 Full day in Copenhagen with an included

city tour to see the best of the sights from the Little

Mermaid and picturesque Nyhavn to the hippy

freetown of Christiania and Amalienborg Palace.

Time at leisure in the afternoon or join the optional

excursion.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

• Medieval Roskilde Just 30km away from

Copenhagen, Roskilde is famous for its iconic

UNESCO World Heritage cathedral, the burial site

of Danish Kings and Queens as well as the superb

Viking Ship Museum (entrances not included).

Day 4 Travel today over the world’s second largest

suspension bridge to the island of Funen with a stop

in Odense, the birthplace of writer Hans Christian

Andersen. Continue on to the Danish mainland

of Jutland to the town of Silkeborg, home of the

incredibly well-preserved Tollund Man, a 4th century

BC man who was discovered in a peat bog in 1950.

Continue to Denmark’s second city of Aarhus, modern

and vibrant with a relaxed pace. Check into your hotel

for 2 nights with dinner, bed & breakfast.

Day 6 After breakfast, drive into Germany for

your overnight stop in the Dortmund area. Bed &

breakfast.

Day 7 Back to Calais and the UK.

SCANDIC AARHUS HOTEL,

AARHUS

• Modern, design hotel in the centre of

Aarhus, close to the pedestrianised

shopping street

• Bedrooms offer contemporary décor, TV,