EXPLORE – Family Activity Holidays!

 

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EXPLORE  family adventure holidays are designed for families looking for unforgettable  fun and adventure on a fantastic holiday. Their wide range of family adventures includes family activity holidays, cultural holidays and wildlife spotting holidays, as well as special holidays for families with toddlers or teenagers.

 

 

Searching for the perfect family summer holiday can be a mammoth task – especially when you have so many different tastes to cater for. If your family has a thirst for activity or adventure, or just wants to see the world as it really is, EXPLORE  family holidays are the ideal getaway. They are perfect for giving children a memorable holiday packed with exciting activities, unforgettable adventures and the chance to make new friends.

 

Family Destinations

 

With an Explore family holiday you will travel as part of a small, informal group made up of two or three other families just like you. With the children all keeping each other amused, and the Tour Leader taking care of everything, it allows parents to just relax and enjoy their surroundings. What’s more, to make it even easier to plan your holiday during the school holidays, Explore have created a calendar that lists all the tours that run during July and August.

Explore Adventure holidays for families allow you to explore more exotic and unique destinations, while all the planning, implementation, and coordination of the details is taken care for you. Travelling in a small group with other families allows children to make new friends and adults to relax . Many families even continue to enjoy Explore holidays again and again, often meeting up with other families they have made firm friends with on previous holidays.

 

EXPLORE! The travel Adventure Experts.

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Explore are the specialists in small group adventure holidays. Their wide range of adventure travel options include  walking and trekking holidayscycling holidayspolar adventuresfamily adventure holidays and much more…

Explore offer the widest variety of small group adventures available, with tours in over 130 countries.

 

Walking and trekking holidays allow  passion for walking combined with love of adventure in the company of experienced guides and walking companions.
A small group format also offers an activity level to suit you.

There are  easy walks with sightseeing or wine tasting, through to iconic challenges such as trekking the Inca Trail or hiking to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

 

Small group cycling holidays allow you the flexibility to ride with others, or simply go your own pace. A back-up  support vehicle is also available if you need it.

Whether you’re a casual cyclist looking for a leisurely trip or a challenge seeker looking for something more demanding, you’re sure to find something to fit the bill.

 

Discovery and culture tours allow you to focus on the local culture, past and present, and discover the true essence of any country .

These  tours uncover different ways of life a and help you learn about the people and their culture.

Whether Visiting the remote tribes of Ethiopia’s Rift Valley or living the nomad life in desert camps, there’s no better way to get to the true heart of a country than through its people.

 

Whatever your passion, there is a wide selection of wildlife tours available worldwide.

Travelling in small groups allows you to get you into the heart of the animal kingdom for a thrilling wildlife encounter.

These tours give you the opportunity to witness Norway’s killer whales, the Azores sperm whales and dolphins, Uganda’s rare mountain gorillas to Madagascar’s reclusive lemurs.

 

A voyage to the Arctic or Antarctic is the trip of a lifetime where you can be encircled by penguins or witness your first polar bear.

Travelling with Explore on one of their Polar Voyages,  you’ll see the regions on a small, informal expedition ship where you can view them responsibly in accordance with environmental guidelines.

 

The journey is as important as the destination with Explore’s new range of inspiring journeys by rail.

They’ve created a wide selection of tours worldwide where you can soak up the ever changing landscapes as they roll past your window.

 

  Boat Journeys – take to the water and the world can be seen from a brand new perspective.

Options combining cruising on some of the world’s most beautiful rivers and shorelines with vessels varying from the traditional to the unique.

 

Try activity holidays for something a bit different.

If you love sport or are purely seeking adventure, and want to try it in as many forms as possible, a multi-activity holiday would be your ideal choice.

 

These specialist History Tours include unique routes and itineraries accompanied by experts ready to provide additional information and more in-depth  background knowledge.

Experience major sites of antiquity and little known gems all across the globe.

 

 

An annular eclipse gives the look of a ring of sunlight around the solar disc whilst a total solar eclipse is a dramatic showpiece as the earth plunges into darkness.

To witness any type of eclipse is a magical moment in itself so you can be guaranteed that both types of this natural phenomenon will never disappoint!

 

Translating ‘Itinerary Jargon’ on a Coach Tour!

Have you ever booked a coach tour and then wondered what on earth the difference is between ‘VISIT’, ‘VIEW’ and ‘SEE’ in the itineraries? To be honest I had no idea when first asked this question so decided to find out a bit more on the meanings of words or phrases used in ‘Travel Speak’ for want of a better word.

Trafalgar Tours offer some good translation, so please take a look at the list below and let me know if you can find any more travel jargon out there!

 

Everything else you wanted to know but were afraid to ask – including “itinerary speak”

Visit

This means the tour bus will stop and the groups will visit a specific site. You will then get in-depth sightseeing with a Local Guide or your Travel Director. This includes VIP entry and will vary based on the venue itself.

View

An opportunity to stretch your legs, take in the sights and capture photos with a brief stop.

See

See the sight and its surroundings while driving by on the coach.

Sightseeing tour

A local city guide will accompany passengers on a tour of a city or site.

Orientation tour

Places of interest are pointed out, allowing passengers to then explore on their own.

‘Why not see’ or ‘perhaps enjoy’

These phrases usually refer to optional excursions not included in the tour package, but available for an additional fee at competitive prices. Payments are usually made to the Travel Director by credit card or cash whilst on the tour.

Time to explore and discover

Free time to do as you please.

A day to relax

No planned activities. Time for optional excursions or other independent activities.

Transfers

Motor coach or train transportation from the airport to your hotel or city centre.

Local Guides

Professional guides with specialised expertise in a specific city or region that guide you on a sightseeing tour. They will show you specific sights in more detail while providing vast knowledge on the local area.

Tour Director

Tour escort, responsible to see that your tour runs smoothly. He or she travels with you, helping with everything from co-ordinating hotel check-in, language translation, to advice on best restaurants and sights to see.

 

Hope this comes in handy for some of you travellers out there! Please don’t forget to let me know of any other travel jargon wondering the earth!

 

 

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.

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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.

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!