Jump on board & Explore 2016!

There is never the best time than the present to live your life to the full.

Don’t dwell on the past and certainly don’t worry about the future, live your life for what it is now and not what it might be!

Good advise, if I say so myself, but that won’t stop me from looking forward to a family wedding, an upcoming festive event or a well deserved future holiday.





 Why should it? A positive goal is also what life is about, and without these goals, we have lost a purpose in this vast world of ours.

A purpose in life is what makes us, as human beings, thrive and prosper. Without it, we may feel disillusioned and depressed and just want to fade away.

That is why I am determined to book that holiday that may be more than a year away. 

I’ve already confirmed some great breaks this year, including a great Expat Explore trip, and boy, does it feel good.


I now look forward to the many shopping trips for the vast amount of shoes and clothes I may need!


Necessary accessories such as bags, hats, sunglasses etc, etc……!!


 Maybe even a new hairstyle!



If you are looking to book a Europe holiday for 2016, Expat Explore have an amazing selection of fantastic deals that offer you a great value way to see the continent at its best! 

All of Expat tours include quality accommodation plus transport in modern, comfortable coaches with one of their friendly tour leaders to guide you on your journey.

All their tours are superb value full stop, so these extra special rates will not last forever. Jump on board quick like me, they won’t last long!



Europe Taster

 Europe Highlights
10 Days from £649

Europe escape

Europe Escape
12 Days from £779

best of europe

Best of Europe
22 Days from £1399

Easter Extravaganza!



Easter, which always falls on a Sunday, is a Christian festival celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

 In countries where Christianity is a state religion or has a large Christian population, Easter is often a public holiday. Good Friday, Easter Sunday and

Easter Monday are public holidays in many countries with many businesses having an extended Easter break.



In places like Europe and America, Easter is also a cultural festival whereby many

cherished Easter traditions and symbols have been around for many centuries.

Easter eggs are just one popular cultural symbol of Easter.

The tradition of Easter eggs dates back centuries whereby eggs are specially decorated to celebrate Easter.

The oldest tradition is to colour chicken eggs,

although in more recent times, chocolate or candy is used to make eggs.


In Poland and other East European countries, eggs are seen as a symbol of new life.

In Russia, you can find beautifully created eggs made from precious jewels in their Imperial Court.

The United States celebrates Easter by holding an annual Easter egg roll on the White House lawn for children.



The Easter Bunny is also a prominent secular symbol of the Christian festival, and probably dates back to when German immigrants brought to America

their stories of an egg-laying hare called “Osterhase” or “Oschter Haws.” . Rabbits are also known to be prolific procreators, so as well as eggs, another

symbol of fertility and new life.




Again, as with eggs,  spring chicks are a fertility and new life symbol dating back many thousands of years.




The spring lamb is also a prominent Easter symbol in Central and Eastern European countries.

Christians believe that the lamb represents Jesus and relates to his death to that of the lamb, sacrificed on the first Passover.

Notably, Christians also traditionally refer to Jesus as “the Lamb of God”.




Hot Cross buns are another edible tradition eaten on Good Friday.  Although the Christian symbolism is quite evident in the bread, spices and cross, there

are many theories related to the hot cross bun.

These include references going back to Roman times and also to Saxon times. Some believe that they are a pagan rather than Christian tradition.

Theories also date back to 12th or 14th century monks and even that the Easter tradition relates to the Elizabethan era.

When all is said and done, it doesn’t really matter where the origins come from – they are absolutely delicious anyway!


Hot cross buns


Discover CIE Tours Big Advantage!

Did you know that most other tour companies sell optional extras to clients while on tour?

That policy can cost couples up to £350 per week for options such as medieval banquets, dinner/shows, walking tours and more.

The good news is CIE Tours coach tours are different – they don’t charge for any extras and everything is included in the cost of your tour.


With the CIE Tours 350 pound Advantage, your holiday money goes a lot further!

CIE Tours include airport transfers, daily sightseeing programs with prepaid admission fees, full breakfasts, table d’hote dinners, medieval banquets and cabarets. In other words, everything to make your holiday perfect and truly unforgettable! CIE include these features so that you are free to enjoy your holiday without daily sales pitches or unexpected additional costs. Tour directors are not required to sell optional tours so that they can focus 100% on your enjoyment and interests.


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CIE Tours urge you to compare their included tour features to those of other tour companies and check their optional tour costs to understand why they have earned their excellent reputation for quality and value. 


For example, let’s compare the CIE Tour Irish Heritage & Dromoland Castle Tour with the Trafalgar ‘Irish Highlights Tour’ which are both commencing travel in April 2016.

The CIE 8 day ‘Irish Heritage & Dromoland Castle Tour’ costs £1019.00 starting on the 18 April 2016, and the Trafalgar 7 day ‘Irish Highlights Tour’ costs £975.00 starting on the 17 April 2016.

The tours are very similar in price although the CIE tour is an 8 day tour compared to the Trafalgar 7 day tour, so good value from the start.



 CIE  Irish Heritage & Dromoland Castle Tour’ 




Tour Includes:

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • 6 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 3 dinners (D) including
    –  Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and traditional show
    –  Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
    –  1 table d’hote dinner in Killarney
  • 1 lunch (L) on Ring of Kerry
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Dublin with a local guide
  • Sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry
  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • Tea and scones at Connemara Marble Factory
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery
  • Visits and admissions to Dublin Castle, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person




Trafalgar ‘Irish Highlights Tour’. 





Tour Includes:

  • Scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry
  • City tour of Dublin
  • Orientation of Waterford, Limerick and Galway
  • View St Patricks Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, King John’s Castle and St. Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick and the Cathedral of Galway
  • Visit the famine ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Youghal, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab’, Cliffs of Moher and Bunratty Folk Park
  • 6 full Irish breakfasts.
    3 dinners (including Welcome Reception, Be My Guest and three course dinner).
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Hand-picked 4 or 5 star accommodation
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights





 Irish Food and Folk Fun   Included in tour price  Adult Price: €25.00
 Explore Waterford’s History and Local Pub   Included in tour price  Adult Price: €22.00
 An Evening of Irish Music and Culture  Included in tour price  Adult Price: €59.00
 Visit Muckross House and its Gardens   Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens included in price  Adult Price: €17.00
 Jaunting Carts and Cruise Jaunting Carts included in tour price  Adult Price: €34.00
 Medieval Castle Banquet  Included in tour price  Adult Price: €65.00


 This table shows that you save a whopping £444.00 with CIE Tours compared to Trafalgar when you take into account the optional extras you would have to pay on the Trafalgar tour if you wanted to enjoy the same amount of similar activities available with CIE Tours! Granted, you may not want to take part in all the optional activities with Trafalgar, but it does highlight the great value that CIE have to offer.

So there you have it, you can save hundreds per couple with CIE Tours in comparison with other tour operators.

Why choose CIE Tours for Ireland & Britain? Well it has:

83 years of Experience
Over 40 Different Coach Tours
Itineraries 5-24 Days
Fully Inclusive Tours

It also has some fantastic reviews:

My wife and I traveled on one of your Ireland tours. What a glorious trip!! Everything was wonderful, the hotels were first rate and the food was delicious. Best of all was our guide, Harry C. who made sure we experienced the best of Ireland. Thank you, CIE Tours!

– Al and Ronnie M., Hightstown, NJ


Doesn’t get much better than this!!


Awesome Amsterdam Weekend!

Amsterdam is the sort of place you just have to experience in a lifetime. It’s also a destination you can enjoy for a long weekend to celebrate any kind of life event or just for a long, lazy break from work.


However, if you only visit Amsterdam once in your life, try and make sure your visit coincides with April 27 which is where the Dutch people celebrate King’s day – the worlds largest street party!


Expat Explore offer a 4 day tour of Amsterdam and the Dutch country side where you can explore the Dutch capital and enjoy the world’s largest spring flower garden, the Keukenhof, in full bloom. Even better, the dates coincide with the King’s day celebrations!

You start the weekend extravaganzas by travelling from London to Amsterdam. Arriving in the evening, you then get to enjoy a complimentary Amsterdam canal cruise before having the chance to explore the canals and Dam Square, browse the many boutiques and enjoy your time in this fascinating city.



 The following day, head for the Dutch countryside and stop at Keukenhof, the world’s largest spring flower garden, where around 7 million flower bulbs explode in a riot of colour.


The next stop is Zaanse Schans, a beautiful Dutch windmill village as picturesque as a postcard and ideal for those fabulous photos. 


Further along the day, you will visit a cheese farm, where cheese is still made using traditional methods,  see a clog-making demonstration, detailing the processes behind the manufacture of traditional Dutch clogs or ‘klompe’ and then off to the famous Dutch fishing village of Volendam, where you’ll see old fishing boats and locals wearing colourful traditional dress.



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  Back in Amsterdam, why not visit some museums such as the Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House which is a historic house and biographical museum dedicated to Jewish wartime diarist Anne Frank. Why not also visit the Heineken Museum which has an interactive tour through the beer giant’s history in its former brewery, with a tasting room finale.




On day 3, soak up the atmosphere as Amsterdam gears up for a massive party as it’s officially King’s Day and the celebrations will continue well into the night! Head into the centre of town to catch the party in full swing where locals and visitors alike will be enjoying themselves in the city, celebrating this Dutch holiday. Hire a bicycle or board a barge to explore the city further, every corner of this vibrant city has a story and can be a truly rewarding city for those who seek out its best bits. Explore the bars and the street-party atmosphere of Amsterdam – this is the biggest party of the year!




What’s more, the ‘Amsterdam King’s Day Weekend’ tour travels back to London via the Belgian city of Bruges! This popular medieval city has delightful historic old churches and lofty towers to admire and explore. It is also famous for its beer, waffles, chocolate and moules et frites, so take to the cobblestone streets and find exactly what you are looking for!