Celebrate New Year in Edinburgh on a ‘Real Britain’ coach tour!

Book  Trafalgar’s ‘Real Britain’ coach tour in December 2015 and you could be in for a real treat. I’m not kidding, the tour takes you to Edinburgh on the 3rd day for two nights which means you will be there just in time to celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. Unbelievably, places are still available for this date and I’ve booked mine through Global Coach Tours.

I’ve double checked the itinerary and the small print and it definitely states that departures on the 29th December 2015 will celebrate New Year’s Eve in Edinburgh. You are provided with a delicious meal with champagne at your hotel before being given tickets for the Edinburgh Hogmanay. Apparently, this party below Edinburgh Castle is the largest New Year’s event in the world! It also advises that this special New Year’s Eve celebration dinner will replace the included dinner in the Lake District on Day 2, which reminds me to mention the other tour details on this wonderful ‘Real Britain’ coach tour.

Not only do you get to see Edinburgh in all its glory on New Year’s Eve, you also get to visit some of the most wonderful and fascinating places Britain has to offer.


The itinerary is amazing as you start your trip in London on day 1 before visiting Salisbury and its majestic Cathedral, the mysterious Stonehenge steeped in pagan history and the Roman baths in Bath, before finishing the day off at a Welcome Pub Reception in Bristol.

From Bristol on day 2 you go to see the Roman Walls at Chester before heading to the Lake District for dinner. Day 3 is also spent at the Lake district before embarking onto Grasmere and Gretna Green which historically is popular with eloping couples. Then it’s off to Edinburgh for two days for those all important New Years Eve celebrations.

After two days sightseeing in Edinburgh, the tour takes you to view the ruins of Jedburgh Abbey in the Scottish borders and the dramatic landscape of Northumberland National Park. Your journey then takes you to the ancient Roman City of York to see the famous Shambles and the majestic York Minster before enjoying a memorable farewell dinner.


It’s not over yet though because on the last day you will leave York to head to Coventry and then go on to visit Shakespeare’s birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon. A scenic drive through the beautiful and picturesque Cotswolds then brings you to the end of your holiday back in London.

Wow! Trafalgar’s ‘Real Britain’ coach tour does pack in a lot of miles and places to see, but personally, the highlight for me is going to be those New Year celebrations.

Explore Ireland and more with CIE Tours

When you travel with CIE Tours, you get an all-inclusive adventure that doesn’t have any fine-print expenses for extra side trips. From the moment you get to your start location, you’ll be escorted by an experienced tour director who has intricate knowledge of the local history while keeping your tour exciting.
With all the attractions to see in Ireland, it can be hard to plan a trip that is efficient while including as much sightseeing as possible. CIE’s 10- or 11-day trip packages are the perfect solution: step back in time in an ancient castle, discover old battlefields, and take in the breathtaking countryside views on the “Taste of Ireland and Scotland” tour, all for less than 100 dollars a day. On the “Taste of Wales and Ireland” tour, you get to kiss the famed Blarney Stone, visit the luxurious House of Waterford Crystal, and travel to extraordinary castles dating back centuries.
If it’s a shorter trip you’re looking for, there’s something for even the getaway traveler. Going by coach allows you to cover a lot of ground in a little time, so that you can soak in as much of Ireland and its surrounding areas as possible, all in only a week. From traditional Irish music and pubbing with the locals on the “Irish Fling” tour, to castle and peninsula exploration on the “Southern Gems” tour, you can’t go wrong no matter which option you choose.
Unlike other tour companies that charge hidden fees, with CIE Tours you won’t have to stress about getting to your location only to realize that you have to pay more to go on additional side trips. Get a discounted rate when you buy through Global Coach Tours.

Spanish holidays – Viva La España!

Oh, to holiday in Spain again would be a dream come true. My family and I had recently experienced a holiday in a lifetime at Tossa de Mar, an absolutely beautiful place on the Costa Brava in Catalonia.

Tossa de Mar

We’d been enjoying holidays in our touring caravan for years whilst the children were young and had travelled up and down the whole of Great Britain to explore the many wonderful and culturally rich places in our beautiful land.

Our caravan called Bubbles.

However, as the kids were growing up a bit, we decided to save for a holiday in the sun and finally made it this year to Spain and glorious sunshine. We had never been to Spain before and were not sure what to expect, but upon arrival, we knew we had made the right decision. The food was good, the weather fabulous and the culture was fascinating.

The kids looking cool.

Although we did enjoy a fair amount of exploring the cultural side of Spain, we did only stick to the region of Catalonia as the kids were more happy not to venture out too far and preferred the marvellous pool at the resort.

Enjoying the pool

This got me thinking about the possibility of just my husband and I embarking on a trip to explore the more cultural aspects of Spain. We could leave the kids with their grandparents (which they would love), and enjoy a break for just the two of us – happy all round I would say.   A friend had suggested going by coach as she had enjoyed a multi European coach tour recently and thoroughly enjoyed it. She had used a company called Global Coach Tours and had joined a Cosmos tour called  ‘A Taste of Europe’.

We weren’t sure what to choose but the user friendly website does make it easier ( some are a nightmare to browse). We eventually decided ( after much debating) on a Cosmos coach tour called the ‘Spanish Panorama’ which covers most of the regions we want to explore.

Tour Map

Map of the tour

The cost from £1175.00 per person is also excellent value for 15 days touring and exploring, and that includes return flights from London – Bargain! The large number of  destinations to visit are all culturally rich and there are optional excursions to choose from which are well worth the extra cost my friend advises with authority.

Dancing in Barcelona

All we have to do now is book the ‘Spanish Panorama Tour’ and look forward to a fabulous holiday –  Viva La España!