Customized Tours for Groups of all Sizes!

Are you a family that knows exactly what you want on a holiday?

Do you have other family and friends you would like to share that ideal holiday with?

Well look no further as your dream holiday could be just round the corner!

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For friends, families and groups small and large, we offer a tailor made tour service.

We work with groups of all standards, from student groups on a very limited budget……….. through to a more deluxe type of programme, and everything in between.

On a UK tour, for example, we could arrange an exciting trip to the National History Museum in London.

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National History Museum in London.

 

You could spend a day shopping in York.

Bettys Shop full of delicious looking treats!

The wonderful Betty’s Shop full of delicious looking treats in York!

How about a day exploring Hadrian’s Wall and the amazing Roman Fort!

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Hadrian’s Wall and the amazing Roman Fort!

 

For your European tour the choice is vast!

Include Venice in your holiday and enjoy dressing up!

Plenty of people push the boat out and hire expensive costumes

Hire costumes for the Venice Carnival!

 

Go to Spain and visit the the salamander in Parc Güell and other Gaudi delights!

The salamander in Parc Güell

The salamander in Parc Güell

Include Rome, Italy in your trip and experience the breathtaking Colosseum fireworks!

The choice is outstanding wherever you want to explore .

Special prices because of volume discounts in many hotels in major British and European cities can also be  passed onto you.

Please contact us on 0800 612 8288 for a costing for your British and European groups. We make no charge for providing you with creative ideas for some wonderful itineraries, and would welcome the opportunity to show you what we can do.

Grand Group Getaways!

Ever fancied taking the whole family away on a big grand European tour?  Not just immediate family, but whole generations of relatives as well! Be it your own parents, grandparents or uncles and aunties, travelling and experiencing some of the wonderful and facinating countries waiting to be explored.

 Travelling in a group can also save you money. For example, if you travel with Trafalgar Tours or Insight Vacations, you could save 5% for a group of  5 – 8 people on the LAND-only portion of your holiday. Even better, if nine or more guests travel together,  one traveller qualifies for a 50%* discount off the LAND-only portion of the holiday. In a group of 16 guests, one traveller qualifies for 100%* discount off the LAND-only portion of the holiday- WOW!

If you want to try visiting a few European countries or just stick to one, the choice is amazing as there are numerous travel companies wanting to make your wish come true – without all the hassle of having to plan things yourself! Take in a glimpse of Europe on a tour that lasts a week or try something longer for a much grander holiday.

The choices are endless and it’s not only Europe that wants your company, America and Canada also call for some extensive exploration in their vast landscapes of diverse cultures, breathtaking National Parks and stunning Canadian Rockies.

 

5 Reasons to Tour with Expat Explore!

Expat Explore are the tour operators of the moment and it’s not hard to see why!

SO WHY BOOK WITH EXPAT EXPLORE?

  • Guaranteed departures: Their tours are guaranteed to operate, so you never have to worry about your tour being cancelled at the last minute.

 

  • Early bird savings: Expat Explore offers the most competitive prices out there.  Tour prices with Expat Explore are structured in the same way as budget airlines. The first seats are the cheapest but the prices will increase as bookings are made – so it’s best to book early!

 

  • Wi-fi in our hotels: All our Europe hotels now feature free wi-fi, so you can stay connected while you’re on the road.
  • 10% deposit on all our tours: Secure your seat with just a 10% deposit at the time of booking. Once you have paid, your price is guaranteed.
  • Great value tours: See Europe for less with Expat Explore Tours! They see their passengers are part of a global community, gathering together to enjoy some of the world’s most fascinating attractions and landmarks. They have a passion for sharing their knowledge of the places they know so well with their travellers. Their 7-day tour of Great Britain is also something else! 

 

Contiki Holidays – an excellent choice for young adventure seekers!

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Do you seek adventure and have a hankering for all things British?

Want to explore the amazing sights and sounds of England, Scotland and Wales?

Does the thought of Ireland make you want to leave everything and go there now?

Well look no further as Contiki tours has one of the widest choices available, from quick breaks to epic journeys, Contiki trips cover the world from all angles for 18-35 year old adventure seekers!

From Contiki tours Europe to Contiki tours UK, you cannot fail to find something especially for you.

Contiki tours UK combines the most picturesque countries in Europe – England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

From short and date specific tours such as ‘St. Patrick’s Day (Ends in London)’ 4 day tour to more extensive tours such as their ‘Great Britain & Ireland (Ends in London)’ 16 day tour, Contiki holidays has the adventure you are looking for.

 

Contiki tours also offer an amazing ‘England & Scotland’ 9 day tour which can either end in Glasgow or London. This tour has the lot and includes a whirlwind of sightseeing, amazing medieval history & culture , and of course legends – watch out for the Loch Ness monster. 

What’s more, although there are some cheap places to stay in the UK, Contiki trips also offer a way of extending your stay with their ‘London Explorer (2 nights) (Imperial Hotel, Ends in London)’ short tour. It’s more like a  self-guided package which you can add onto your other Contiki holidays. Having said that, there are Contiki tours UK Representatives in central London  on hand to help you out with sightseeing info and tips on getting around. There are also plenty of day trips from London to choose from if you want to go further afield.

 

You can book a Contiki tour plus all Contiki  tours Europe with BIG SAVINGS all year round. Book with Global Coach Tours and they will give you an extra 8% DISCOUNT off most Contiki tour prices listed on their website that are 8 days or longer.

This is additional to other Contiki savings, including group savings when 4 or more friends book together and last minute deals – wow!

Book a Contiki holiday for the most amazing experience of  your life and the best holiday deal to match!!

Give the family an adventure to remember this summer with Explore

Give the family an adventure to remember this summer with Explore!

Give the family an adventure to remember this summer with Explore  – 

Instead of booking a week on the beach this summer, how about taking the family on an adventure they’ll never forget? Whether you’re chasing the thrill of zip wiring, canyoning and whitewater rafting, or the more relaxed pursuits of kayaking, cycling, and boat cruises, an active break is just the way to keep the whole family entertained over the holidays. With over 16 different family tours departing to Europe alone this summer – from the Azores, to Tuscany, Croatia, Turkey, Greece, Spain, Portugal and Italy  – there’s an Explore adventure to suit all interests.

Below are a selection currently on offer in Europe:

 

Family Active Andalucia!

Cycle, kayak and walk through some of southern Spain and Portugal’s most remote areas. In this rural corner of Western Europe, discover a landscape of forested hills, mountain villages and shimmering lakes. Later, cruise along the scenic Guadiana River, travel to the coast and relax among its beautiful sand dunes. Departing in August 2013, this eight day family adventure starts from £739 per adult and £696 per child including return flights; seven nights hotel with breakfast; transport; and the services of a tour leader and driver. Minimum age is six.

 

Tuscan Active Adventure

This energetic holiday explores Tuscany’s hidden gem – the Garfagnana Valley. Combine outdoor activities such as canyoning, climbing, kayaking, and riding zip wires with time to relax by the pool at a beautifully restored Tuscan villa. Walk the ‘Cinque Terre’ coastal path, and cycle on the ancient city walls of Lucca. At the end of each day, return to a homely farmhouse and enjoy home-cooked Tuscan cuisine. Departing July and August 2013, this eight day adventure starts from £1,064 per adult and £967 per child including return flights; seven nights hotel with breakfast; eight other meals; local transport; and the services of a tour leader and driver. Minimum age is 11.

 

Croatian Active Adventure

Join this week of exciting activities in stunning Croatian landscapes. Based in a rural hamlet with access to the Dalmatian Coast, enjoy the thrills of whitewater rafting, go sea kayaking and ‘canyon’ through caves and waterfalls. There is also time to discover Croatia’s historic sights or relax, making this an ideal trip for all the family. Departing in August 2013, this eight day holiday starts from £1,099 per adult and £1,034 per child including return flights; seven nights pension accommodation with breakfast; eight other meals; transport including bus, kayaking and raft; and the services of a tour leader, driver, instructor and support staff for all activities. Participation in canoeing, kayaking, or rafting (including whitewater) requires the ability to swim 25 metres unaided. Minimum age is eight.

Azores Adventure

Bathed by the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, these little-known volcanic islands rise dramatically from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Spend time on two of the nine islands, Sao Miguel and Terceira, exploring their jagged landscapes and deep lava caves. Take a boat to search for elusive whales and dolphins and try local cuisine cooked in natural ovens cut out of the ground. Departing in July and August 2013, this eight day tour starts from £1,330 per adult and £1,234 per child including return flights; seven night’s hotel with breakfast; two lunches; local transport; and the services of a tour leader, drivers and boat crew. Minimum age is five.

 

 

Packing guidelines for a Contiki Winter tour!

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EXPERIENCE EUROPE IN WINTER!

 

Going for a Contiki European tour in the winter?

Not sure what to take with you?

Well worry no more as below there is an extensive list of the ideal items to take!

 

Winter packing:

 

  • The following is a suggested packing list for a Contiki winter tour to Europe. People are individuals though and often have personal preferences and opinions as to what to bring. The following then is not a definitive list, but should give you a good guide as to what you should pack for your European winter tour.
  • Clothes

  • 1 rainproof jacket/small umbrella

  • 1 or 2 shorts/skirts

  • 1 thick sweater

  • 1 swimwear (some hotels may have pools)

  • 2 or 3 pairs of jeans

  • 2 or 3 T-shirts

  • Underwear (lots)

  • Socks (lots)

  • 2 or 3 casual shirts

  • Trousers

  • Dresses

  • 1 set of smart clothes (eg tie, blazer, jacket or suit for evenings out while on tour)

  • 1 thick, warm jacket

  • scarf, gloves and warm winter hat

  • Shoes

  • Comfortable walking shoes – waterproof if possible – snow is cold and wet

  • Thongs/flipflops/sandals

  • ‘Going out’ shoes

  • Toiletries

  • Toiletry bag

  • Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Deodorant

  • Make up, moisturizers and hair products

  • Suntan lotion – just because it’s cold doesn’t mean there is no sun

  • Handkerchiefs/tissues

  • Insect repellent

  • Lip balm

  • Miscellaneous

  • Travel Clock

  • Sunglasses

  • Plastic bags

  • Washing powder

  • Sewing kit

  • Aspirins/medications

  • Pens and writing materials

  • Rechargeable phone card

  • Power adapters

  • Day bag

  • Overnight bag

  • (An overnight bag is simply a small backpack-sized bad that you bring yourself and you pack with clothes, toiletries and anything you think you may need for the next day. This can often make your travel experience easier as it is more practical than carrying a large bag or suitcase up small hotel stairs where there is no elevator, onto a ferry or onto a cable car up a mountain).
    Overnight bags are a good idea on some one night stops or for other overnight stops on tour where it is more practical to have a small bag rather than a large piece of luggage.
  • Label your suitcase inside and out with your name and your home address and perhaps attach a sticker, ribbon, patch or other unique identifier to your luggage to make it easier to spot.

  • Carry a copy of your passport, visas, travel and other important documents as well as your travellers cheque numbers (if you use them) with you in your luggage. You should also leave a copy of all this information at home with someone trusted and contactable while you are away.

  • Don’t pack your travel documents and passport in your luggage, rather take it with you in your carry luggage.

  • Remember to bring more than enough of any medication you might need along with you and carry prescriptions for any medications that you carry with you.

What to pack for a Contiki European Summer Tour!

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EXPERIENCE EUROPE IN SUMMER!

Going for a Contiki European tour in the summer?

Not sure what to take with you?

Well worry no more as below there is an extensive list of the ideal items to take!

 

Summer packing:

 

 

  • Keep in mind this is not a definitive list – everyone has individual fashion tastes, preferences, opinions, and styles in terms of what they want to wear and bring along! This is meant to be a good guide to help you in packing for your European vacation.   

Clothes

• 1 rainproof jacket/small umbrella 

• 2 or 3 shorts/skirts 

• 1 thick sweater 

• 1 or 2 Swimwear and beach towel 

• 1 or 2 pairs of jeans 

• 2 or 3 T-shirts 

• Underwear 

• Socks 

• 2 or 3 casual shirts 

• Trousers 

• Dresses 

• 1 set of nice clothes (eg going out dress, tie, blazer, jacket or suit for evenings out on tour) 

Shoes

• Comfortable walking shoes 

• Thongs/flipflops/sandals 

• ‘Going out’ shoes 

 

Toiletries

• Toiletry bag and contents 

• Aspirins/medications 

• Suntan lotion 

• Handkerchiefs/tissues 

• Insect repellent

Miscellaneous

• Travel Clock 

• Sunglasses 

• Plastic bags 

• Washing powder 

• Sewing kit 

• Pens and writing materials 

• Rechargeable phone card 

• Power adapters 

• Day bag

• Overnight bag

  • (An overnight bag is simply a small backpack-sized bag that you bring yourself and you pack with clothes, toiletries and anything you think you may need for the next day)
  • Label your suitcase inside and out with your name and your home address and perhaps attach a sticker, ribbon, patch or other unique identifier to your luggage to make it easier to spot. Carry a copy of your passport, visas, travel and other important documents as well as your travellers cheque numbers (if you use them) with you in your luggage. You should also leave a copy of all this information at home with someone trusted and contactable while you are away.
  • Don’t pack your travel documents and passport in your luggage, rather take it with you in your carry luggage. Remember to bring more than enough of any medication you might need along with you and carry prescriptions for any medications that you carry with you.

Camping and Concept/Budget Tours

 

If you are traveling on a Camping or Concept/Budget Tour you should also pack:
• Towel – perhaps a quick dry towel if you like to shower on the departure mornings so you won’t have to pack a wet towel in your luggage
• Sleeping bag
• Toilet tissue
• Flashlight Laundry Facilities Information regarding Laundry Facilities as you travel through Europe.

For the lowest price accommodation, try Hostelbookers 
 

We also have a number of London tours/companies to suggest for London activities

 
 
 
London in one day and other tours  
 
Enjoy your trip to Europe!

Make your life count with Contiki!

Massive Contiki Savings

IT’S ALL ABOUT MAKING EVERY MOMENT COUNT AND HAVING NO REGRETS!

They say that one day your life will flash before your eyes. So you’d better make sure it’s worth watching.

A Contiki tour will take you on the most amazing journey that will last with you for a lifetime. Come and experience some extraordinary moments as you delve into the  most diverse and incredible places on earth.  

These tours are about a journey of discovery – a time to discover your dreams and a time to discover yourself along the way.

 Imagine a travel buddy who knows the world inside out and upside down – where to eat, sleep, party, shop and find authentic local experiences. The people at Contiki are more than just walking, talking guidebooks, they’re lifelong travellers whose sole passion is to make sure you have the time of your life – so let the journey begin……….

Contiki offer global coach tours in over 46 countries and 6 continents, from quick breaks as short as 3 days to epic journeys as long as 6 weeks. You can choose short or longer journeys for your global tour, just remember – don’t count the days but certainly let the days count on any trip you do!  

 

With Contiki, there is even more choice now with some exciting new tours for 2016! Go beyond in Europe, China and Thailand and experience even better itineraries – if that’s possible!

New Asia tours

Tours are now available to see the likes of the Great Wall, impressive Terracotta Warriors and bustling cities of China ‘China Adventure’ . Also, take in Thailand’s amazing beaches made famous in the  film ‘The Beach’ Thai Island Hopper West and  Thai Island Hopper East.

 

New European tours

 There are now even more amazing sights than ever before to see in Europe, as well as more options to cruise around the stunning Med and Greek Islands  

 Get a discounted rate when you book through Global Coach Tours.

Travel in the lap of luxury with Cox & Kings!

Luxury Tours and Tailor-Made Holidays from Cox & Kings:

You may have heard of Cox & Kings as being the  longest established travel company in the world! You may also have heard that they  offer the  highest quality global tours which include group tours, private journeys and tailor-made holidays to many of the world’s most fascinating regions.  But do you actually know how they actually came about in the first place?

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The year 2008 marked the 250th anniversary of the foundation of Cox & Kings, confirming it as the  longest established travel company in the world. The company’s history stretches back to the summer of 1758 when Richard Cox was appointed as regimental agent to the Foot Guards by his mentor, Lord Ligonier, the Commanding Officer of His Majesty’s Armed Forces.
Richard Cox is appointed as regimental agent to the Foot Guards by Lord Ligonier

The role of agent included arranging  payment and providing clothing to officers and men. Regimental agents did not have a very good reputation before Cox, but such was his honesty, reliability and organisational ability that he made it a respectable business and Cox & Co soon became the agent for the majority of British regiments. The company’s business grew hand in hand with the British Empire, becoming involved in banking and shipping.

In the late 19th century, Henry S. King & Co was a rival bank and shipping agency, started by Henry Samuel King and subsequently run for over 45 years by his son, Henry Seymour King, an MP and renowned mountaineer. The company had particularly strong links with India. After the First World War the two companies merged as Cox’s & King’s and moved into grand premises on Pall Mall. In 1923 the business was sold to Lloyds Bank and whilst the banking arm stayed with Lloyds (becoming the Cox & Kings branch, as it is still known), the shipping agency became a separate company, running tours and organising the passage of people and their belongings around the world, notably to Egypt, India and South Asia.

In 1970, Cox & Kings Agency was bought by Grindlays Bank as part of a deal with the Indian Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, to develop tourism into the country, and so the modern history of the company began.

The company is now privately owned and has extended its travel expertise to cover more global tours including the Indian Subcontinent, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, Europe and Australasia.

 

Luxury Tours and Tailor-Made Holidays to Indian Subcontinent

 

 

Where and when to go for perfect weather!

Have you ever wondered what the weather conditions are going to be like when booking your holiday of a lifetime?
Have you ever wished you could know which month would be the best time to travel?
Well wonder no more as below you will find examples of some of the best times to travel on some of the finest destinations you could ever encounter:

Antarctica

Antarctica is best to visit between November and March when the ice starts to break up due to the arrival of summer. It is also  breeding season for most animals during this time with January and February being the warmest months. Penguin chicks hatch during January and February while February and March provides the best chance to encounter  humpback and minke whales.

Belize

Although Belize is warm all year round the best time to visit Belize is from November to May when the temperatures are warm and  rainfall low.
October to June is the best time to visit Cuba which is during the dry season bringing warm temperatures and low rainfall.

Argentina

The best time to visit Argentina is between November and  March when the weather is warm and dry. If visiting Patagonia, the best times for wildlife viewing are between October and March, during this time the weather is also at its best.

Brazil

From September until March is the best time to visit Brazil when the weather is warm and sunny. If visiting Salvador and the north-east, November to February is the best time to visit as sea breezes cool down the warmer days and rainfall is low.

India

The monsoon hits different regions at different times, affecting north and central India from May to September and the south  until October.

Burma

The best time to visit Burma is from November to March, when it is not so hot and rains the least. April is very hot and dry and the rainy season is from May to September, during which time some resorts close.

Thailand

Thailand has a tropical monsoon climate, divided into a wet and dry season. For the central and northern areas, including Bangkok and Chiang Mai, the best times to visit are between November and March, since it is very hot in April and rainy between May and October. The south-west bordering the Andaman Sea, including Phuket and Krabi, is driest between November and March, while the south-eastern coast bordering the Gulf of Thailand is best between May and October.

Mexico

The best time to visit Mexico is between  November and  April when the weather is warm and dry. Mexico City and the central plateau experience a mild spring-like climate due to the altitude. During this time the Yucatan Peninsula is much warmer than the central plateau region but sea breezes cool the warmer days. This is also when this part of the country experiences low rainfall.

Laos

The weather in Laos is usually hot and humid all year whilst the rain season falls between late April and September. The best time of year to visit is during the winter months between November and March, when it is cooler and drier.

Australia

Australia can be visited all year round. Seasons in the southern half of Australia are usually the opposite of those in the northern hemisphere: spring comes in September, summer is from December to February, autumn from March to May, and winter starts in June. The north coast has a wet season from November to April and a dry season from May to September. Central Australia has little heavy rain and is best between March and May.

New Zealand

New Zealand’s weather can be very changeable  with cold fronts or tropical cyclones arriving quickly. Visitors should be prepared for sudden changes in weather and temperature, particularly if planning any outdoor activities. In summer, the average maximum temperature ranges between 20C and 30C and in winter between 10C and 15C. The warmest months are December to February. The north of New Zealand is subtropical, while the south has a more temperate climate.
So there you have it – you now have a good  idea of the perfect weather conditions for the places you wish to visit.