Wednesday 21st May to Monday 26th May
Prices from £315 per person
Single Room Supplement £15
We open our touring season with a stay at Tenby on the Pembrokeshire coast. Notable features of Tenby include 2.5 miles of sandy beaches; the 13th century medieval town walls, including the Five Arches barbican gatehouse; the 15th century St. Mary's Church; the Tudor Merchant's House (National Trust).. Boats sail from Tenby's harbour to the offshore monastic Caldey Island, while St Catherine's Island is linked to the town at low tide.
Excursions will include a visit to St. Davids. Granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II because of the presence of the cathedral St Davids is in reality a small attractive village. Situated within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, It is surrounded by spectacular coastal scenery renowned for its beauty and abundance of wildlife. We include Solva Woollen Mill, the oldest working woollen mill in Pembrokeshire, St. Govans Chapel, A tiny hermit’s cell built into the cliff-only suitable for the more active! There will be a chance to explore Pembroke Castle, birthplace of Henry VII; Castell Henllys, a unique Iron Age hill fort recreated with fantastic replica Iron Age roundhouses, built right on top of the excavated remains of an existing hill fort, dating back 2,400 years; St Dogmaels, The village contains the remains of a 12th-century Tironian abbey, which was in its day one of the richer monastic institutions in Wales.
The Cliffe Norton Hotel is a privately owned Grade II early 19th Century listed building. With a warm welcome by friendly staff, it offers a wonderful intimate atmosphere for guests.
Situated in an enviable position above lush cliff gardens, it enjoys panoramic views across the bay, including Goskar Rock, North Beach and Tenby’s Fishing Harbour, graciously carved into the promontory on which stands the majestic Prince Albert Monument.
It’s excellent position equally lends itself for exploring the Medieval/Tudor town of Tenby – 2 minutes walk away.
Sunday 29th June – Friday 4th July
Cost £380 per person
Single Room Supplement £40
For our second tour of the season we are going to Southsea on the South Coast. It is only 2 years since we last went but we received such positive comments we have decided to run it again. We will be staying at the same hotel, The Best Western Royal Beach Hotel in Southsea. Excursions will include a day at Chichester, Arundel and Brighton which offer plenty for both the tourist and the shopper. For 900 years Chichester Cathedral has stood at the heart of the city. Visitors encounter unique architecture spanning the centuries; ranging from original Norman features to the magnificent Victorian Spire. The Cathedral is especially famous for its art, both ancient and modern, with medieval carvings alongside world famous 20th Century artworks. Arundel captures the essence of heritage, urban chic and country pursuits. You will discover more than you’d expect, most of all it’s a place to return to and tell others about. Combining one thousand years of history with independent shops, contemporary art galleries, restaurants and pubs not to mention it’s castle. From the stunning heritage of the Royal Pavilion, Regency architecture and Victorian aquariums to the seaside fun of Brighton Pier, the Brighton Wheel and the famous pebble beach, Brighton offers something for every walk of life.
We will also be taking a ferry across to the Isle of Wight where you will have a choice of what to do. "It is impossible to imagine a prettier spot" - such were the words of Queen Victoria after her first visit to Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. No trip to the island would be complete without a visit to this royal seaside palace where Queen Victoria lived with her beloved Prince Albert and their nine children. Take an intimate glimpse into Queen Victoria’s family life as you tour the nursery and private rooms of Victoria and Albert. Marvel at the magnificence of the Royal Apartments including the sumptuous drawing and dining rooms and the richly decorated Indian-inspired Durbar Room. Alternatively you can remain with the coach for a quick tour of the island taking in The Needles. Another excursion will include Jane Austen is one of the most popular and important novelists that England has ever produced. The house at Chawton is where she spent the last eight years of her life. It is of international importance as the place where she did the majority of her mature writing, but at the same time retains the charm of a village home. A 17th century house, it tells the story of Jane Austen and her family. From there we will travel on to the historical cathedral city of Winchester. A place of worship for over 900 years, Winchester's world-famous cathedral is as remarkable for its hidden treasures - Anthony Gormley's Sound II, the Winchester Bible and Jane Austen's tomb, as it is for its spectacular architecture. Winchester is also famous for its legendary Arthurian Round table, a striking sight well worth visiting in The Great Hall - the only remaining part of Winchester Castle.You will also have one day free to explore Southsea and Portsmouth. Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant waterfront city bursting with great reasons to visit. From the pomp and ceremony of our proud naval and maritime heritage, to towering world-class visitor attractions, museums and galleries, unique shopping destinations, great places to eat and miles and miles of beautiful seafront, Portsmouth offers something for absolutely everyone.
BEST WESTERN Royal Beach Hotel on the promenade at Southsea, Portsmouth, is the perfect venue for both business and pleasure. Outside its doors guests can enjoy magnificent views over the Solent.
Quintessentially the hotel is Victorian England, draped in history and splendour, a hotel where you can relax and also experience all the traditional hospitality associated with a very proud hotel.
Thursday 31st July- Thursday 7th August
Cost £495 per person
We thought it was about time we revisited one of our favourite hotels, The Rosemunday House Hotel at St. Agnes in Cornwall. On the last four occasions we have used this hotel it has been in winter so hopefully you will see it in a totally different light.Trips will include a day visiting Landsend, Sennen and the world famous Minack Theatre. Landsend needs no introduction. You will have a chance to explore the world famous open-air theatre created from a cliffside at Porthcurno by Rowena Cade. Their sub-tropical gardens have become an established favourite, especially for gardeners with a taste for the exotic. The succulent plants thrive on the open cliffside providing an added dash of colour to the Minack all year round. Another excursion will take in St. Michaels Mount, where you will have the chance to see this amazing island (we don’t think there will be time to go on to the island dependent on tides etc). From there we cut across the Cornwall peninsula to St. Ives via the village of Pendeen. St. Ives is arguably the prettiest of Cornwall’s many seaside towns with plenty of harbourside cafes to relax at and let the world go by. We will also include a trip to Falmouth and Truro. Falmouth is steeped in maritime history as a consequence of it being one of the largest and deepest natural harbours in the world. Truro as well as being a cathedral city is also the administrative capital of Cornwall. As well as the cathedral there is a busy indoor market for you to see. We will also visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan, “the jewel in Cornwall’s crown”, with it’s mysterious gardens as well as it’s amazing history (entrance included). Then it is on to Mevagissey, a traditional Cornish fishing village, where you can wander the narrow alleyways, browse gift shops and art galleries or try the local ale in one of the many pubs! What trip would be complete without a visit to the Eden Project (entrance included). Made out of an old slate quarry the 3 giant biospheres are a wonder of technology in themselves. What they contain is truly amazing and we will allow you a full day to wander round at your leisure. Our final excursion will be a short trip to Padstow, another of Cornwall’s gems and, of course, the home of Rick Stein. His restaurant and café’s are not at all expensive as he sets his stall out by producing food affordable to everyone. He doesn’t want a Michelin star-“far too pretentious!”.
The Rosemundy House Hotel is a family hotel run by the Faulkner family. This elegant Georgian residence dates back to the 18th century and was opened as an Hotel in May 1967 with approximately seventeen bedrooms. Since extended, the hotel now offers forty-six tastefully appointed bedrooms. All bedrooms are centrally heated and have private bathrooms or shower rooms, with flat screen colour TV with Freeview, direct dial telephones, hair driers and beverage tray. The Hotel is set in over four acres of private secluded gardens and woodland and is within easy walking distance of the quaint and unspoilt coastal village of St Agnes and is less than a mile from the beach at Trevaunance Cove.
Tuesday 26th August – Tuesday 2nd September
Cost £565 per person
Single Room Supplement £161
We have gone back to an old favourite destination for our annual pilgrimage to Ireland. An overnight stop in Carlow is followed by 5 nights at the Killarney Towers Hotel in central Killarney. On our outward journey we will visit Limerick and Bunratty Castle. Bunratty has a living museum to life in Ireland 100 years ago as well as a pretty walled garden. We will have excursions round both the Dingle Peninsula and the Ring of Kerry. Both trips will offer some of the most beautiful scenery to be seen in Ireland as well as opportunities to spot dolphins swimming offshore. A visit to Kinsale, one of the prettiest fishing villages in Ireland, and Blarney, with an opportunity to kiss the stone. However, we are not sure whether need the “gift of the gab!”. You will also have a day to enjoy the delights of Killarney. The town has a history dating back to the 7th century and amongst it’s many accolades has recently been voted the tidiest town in Ireland. So no litter dropping! The return journey includes an overnight stop in Bray but not before we have visited Waterford. It is the oldest city in Ireland with it’s history dating back to the Viking invasion of 853AD. You will have time to buy your last minute gifts.
Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow.- The hotel is renowned for it’s excellent service, superb quality and tremendous experience, providing decades of excellence to it’s many guests. Don’t get too comfy, it’s only an overnight stop.
Killarney Towers Hotel- This hotel offers luxury 4 star accommodation for guests and is the perfect base to explore Killarney & Kerry. Each room offers guests all the modern conveniences that you would expect from a contemporary 4 star hotel. They are spacious & bright and designed, furnished & decorated with your comfort and convenience in mind.
The Wilton Hotel, Bray- Formerley the Woodland Court hotel which we have used on several of our Ireland tours. It never fails to disappoint and should provide a fitting finale for our stay in Ireland.
Sunday 21st – Friday 26th September
Cost £450 per person
Single Room Supplement £30
This is a first for us, a two island tour. For the first couple of nights we will be based in Irvine on the Ayrshire coast. The following day we will take the ferry across to the Isle of Bute. We will visit Mount Stuart House & Gardens (entrance included).This amazing gothic stately home is the result of one man's vision - and very deep pockets. John Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd Marquess of Bute was a cultured man, interested in art, astrology and mythology. From there we will travel round the island visiting some of the best beaches in Scotland before catching the ferry back. The following day it is over to the Isle of Arran after spending the morning in Largs. This pretty seaside town, although classified as being on the River Clyde, has a Victorian promenade and a history dating back to the 13th Century when Alexander the Third repelled a Viking longship invasion. Your three night stay on the island will include a tour of the Arran Whisky Distillers and the magnificent Brodick Castle and Gardens. You will see most of the island with “a remarkable diversity of landscapes and seascapes. The pretty villages on Arran's beautiful coastline are complemented by a rugged and mountainous interior in the north and green rolling hills and woodland in the south”.
Menzies Irvine Hotel- This four-star hotel offers a superb range of facilities and excellent value for money including Internet access in all bedrooms. It has comfortable, modern bedrooms, a contemporary Brasserie restaurant, a stylish cocktail bar and a spacious lounge.
Best Western Kinloch Hotel-Family owned & operated for 60 years, this beach front hotel on the sunset side of the Island offers comfort , value & service with a smile! An indoor heated swimming pool, sauna, squash court, snooker room & wifi throughout.
“ Happy staff make for happy guests and we deliver warmth, character & fab service, all wrapped up in a great big smile! Personality - we're bursting with it! Our aim is simple, to be the BEST. To lead the industry in superior customer care. With a service team full of trained and qualifed "I care" champions, we are all about meeting your expectations & exceeding them”.
Monday 8th – Friday 12th December
Cost £235 per person
Our final tour of the season is the popular and traditional turkey & tinsel. We have stayed at this hotel before but in the summer. Excursions will include a tour of the Isle of Purbeck taking in Wareham, Swanage and Corfe Castle. Wareham is an ancient town and former royal borough a veritable delight wherever you look at any time of the year. Between the rivers Frome and Piddle, the attractive gateway to the Isle of Purbeck, was a major port until the Middle Ages and is now a thriving market town. Swanage, originally a small port and fishing village flourished in the Victorian era, when it first became a significant quarrying port and later a seaside resort for the rich of the day. Today the town remains a popular tourist resort, this being the town's primary industry. Corfe Castle is much more than a village with a castle. Burial mounds can be found dating back to 6000 BC and there is evidence to show the area was inhabited by the Celts, Romans, Vikings, Saxons and the Normans! You will also have the opportunity to visit Stonehenge (entry included), Salisbury and Blandford Forum. It doesn’t need us to tell you about Stonehenge. Described as the City in the Countryside, Salisbury retains much of its historic past and makes an excellent short break destination. With timbered buildings, an Early English Gothic Cathedral home to the famous Magna Carta, a thriving market, a buzzing arts scene, museums and some of England’s finest historic houses waiting to be explored. Blandford Forum has a history dating back to the 13th century> It has been an important Dorset market town ever since and, despite four fires destroying the town over the years, is still thriving today. You will also have a day of leisure in Bournemouth. Although we won’t be recommending a dip in the sea there are several miles of seafront to explore. A good way to work up an appetite for a Christmas lunch!
The Suncliff Hotel- The hotel occupies a seafront spot on the eastern side of the town about a ten minute stroll from the town centre. There is access to the beach. It describes itself as a true three star traditional seaside hotel. They pride themselves with their “exceptional customer service” and being prepared to go that extra mile for their guests.