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Escorted Tours 2018

 

A selection of Escorted Tours that we can offer you during 2018.

We have many more destinations on offer in Europe and Worldwide.

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Basque, Bilbao and La Rioja from €1149.00 p.p.

Basque, Bilbao and La Rioja

Depart   31 Oct 17

Duration   8 days

Explore the culture and the cuisine of the Basque Country of Northern Spain.

You will spend 5 wonderful days enjoying the sights and sounds of this most remarkable region.

Highlights:

Guided excursions to Bilbao, San Sebastian, the historic River Nervion region and medieval Burgos.

Take a 6km walk along the Pilgrim’s Road.

Enjoy a Rioja Winery Tour with some wine tasting included.

 

 

 

 

Bruges Tour from €439.00 p.p.

Bruges Tour

To book this tour please contact us for availability.

Prices from €439.00 per person

Duration  5 days

Bruges is renowned for being one of the most picture-perfect towns in Europe, propelled to the spotlight by the dark comedy starring Colin Farrell.  Winding canals, atmospheric cobbled streets, an array of wonderful cuisine and famed art collections make this town a destination that will make you want to revisit time and again.

This captivating city is famous for its artisan chocolate, smooth Belgian beers, and classic chips with mayonnaise – but there is far more to savour beyond that, and there will be plenty of opportunities to sample some of the delicious cuisine on offer at the numerous excellent restaurants and cafes that dot the city.  Bruges is also home to some significant cultural artefacts, including the paintings of Rembrandt and Van Eyck, as well as Michelangelo’s beautiful sculpture of Madonna and Child.  Bruges is a wonderful choice for a tour, whether it’s your first time or if you’re one of the many returning visitors who fill its bustling streets.

 

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Bologna, Parma & Ravenna Tour from €939.00 p.p.

Bologna, Parma and Ravenna Tour

Departure dates: 28 Aug 18

Prices from:  €939.00 pp

Duration:  5 days

Italy stretches from the lofty Alps almost to Africa and nestling pretty much in its heart, sandwiched between the two cultural gems of Venice and Florence, is the Emilia-Romagna region.

Our base for this fascinating Italian short break is the understated yet truly historic city of Bologna, known in Italy as “La Dotta, La Rossa, La Grassa”: The Learned – home of Europe’s oldest university, The Red – after its deep-red medieval bricks and roofs, and The Fat – being at the centre of a rich agricultural region since Etruscan times and evolving into the capital of Italy’s revered culinary heritage. Once Roman and home to Pope Gregory who bequeathed us the Gregorian calendar, the city is imbued with a wonderful optimistic ambience, and is acknowledged as one of Italy’s finest and wealthiest. The Bologna’s face today though, dates from medieval times – its series of atmospheric squares are linked by twisting alleys and tiny streets with the occasional brick “Pisa-style” leaning tower! However what strikes you most are the portico-lined thoroughfares sheltering stylish shops – these ornate covered walkways make a vivid first impression especially when illuminated.

Nearby, lovely Modena with its 12th century cathedral – one of Italy’s finest Romanesque buildings – imposing and austere, its frescoes and artwork covering the entire interior leaving a lasting impression. Then Parma, with its sublime cathedral home to the famed Palazzo della Pilotta, a huge complex of brick buildings housing works by Correggio among others.

Finally, Ravenna is nothing short of a masterpiece! After ancient Rome fell, Ravenna became capital of what remained of the Western Roman Empire. Subsequently coming under Byzantine influence, a huge building programme commenced – the resulting host of religious buildings are wonderfully adorned with superb early Christian paintings and the world’s finest mosaics, Ravenna is acknowledged as the high point of Byzantine art. There are a staggering eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites here and as you explore building after building, their detail, colour and sheer beauty will astound you.

Naturally, food and wine is revered throughout Italy but here it takes on an almost religious fervour, producing some of the world’s most iconic culinary delights. Home to the magnificent sweet prosciutto hams from around Parma, you’ll visit a traditional family producer learning how the legendary taste is imparted. We also sample Modena’s exquisite balsamic vinegars visiting another traditional artisan. Parmesan cheese originates here as do some superb wines. Wild boar and truffles emanate from the Apennine hills and in the maze of streets nesting around Bologna’s cathedral you find some outstanding food emporiums – to call them merely shops would be an injustice! “Foodie” cathedrals indeed – shelves laden with exquisite hams, salamis, fresh pasta, truffles and wild seasonal mushroom. Counters groaning under the weight of fish of every shape and size, fresh with the sea’s crisp aroma; vibrant plump vegetables abound – as do knowledgeable staff eager to share their expertise with you. Blended together, this recipe for a stunning platter of delights is yours to sample and enjoy on this easy-paced and relaxing tour.

 

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Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn Tour from €1249.00 p.p

Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn Tour 

Departure dates:   22 May   05 Jun    18 Sept

Prices from:  €1249.00 pp

Duration:  8 days

It is very difficult to describe the sheer stunning beauty of the Italian Lakes and it is hardly surprising that so many composers like Verdi and Rossini, plus countless poets and writers have sought peace and inspiration here. Its heady mix of serene, deep waters, fragrant orange blossom and verbena lend their delicate scents to the warm air, whilst forest-clad hillsides, typical Italian medieval villages, mouth-watering fresh food and an effervescent people unique on the planet make it hard to beat.

Lake Maggiore straddles both Italy and Switzerland, and we stay in Stresa, a stylish typical Italian town. We explore not only Lake Maggiore, but also the equally beautiful Lake Como, plus the hidden gem: Lake Orta. With the arc of the majestic Alps stretching out along the horizon, you will enjoy probably the finest mountain scenery in the world during your visits to Switzerland, chic Locarno and dramatic Zermatt, nestling famously at the foot of the mighty Matterhorn, the world’s most charismatic peak. Then there are the delightful lost valleys, tumbling glacial streams and classic chalet scenes all blended together to offer a truly inspirational tour.

 

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Timeless Provence Tour from €1199.00 p.p

Timeless Provence Tour 

Departure dates:  07 May   19 Jun    11 Sept

Prices from:  €1199.00 pp

Duration:  8 days

Provence is a most irresistible land of striking natural beauty and great diversity, fields of lavender, interspaced with vineyards and olive groves, crowned by the hills of the Luberon.The desolate wilderness of the Camargue is fascinating, with its white horses galloping across flat wetlands, herds of black bulls and striking flocks of pink flamingos.

Historically the Greeks visited, the Phoenicians traded, the Saracens looted, but most of all the Romans settled; they have all left their legacies. Aix en Provence, Paris-like in stature and style yet village-like in pace and ambience, its old quarter is street upon colourful street of traditional shops with quiet and hidden squares. The majestic Mont St. Victoire, immortalised by Cézanne, towers over it all. This is the real France so beloved by Van Gogh, Renoir and countless other artists who worked here, finding inspiration in the colour and luminosity of light.

All the fragrances and colours of this sunburnt land are found in its cuisine and it is all washed down with some of the finest wine in the world.

 

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Lisbon, Oporto and the Douro Valley Tour from €1189.00 p.p

Lisbon, Oporto & the Douro Valley Tour

Departure dates:   06 May   03 Jun   01 Jul   12 Sep

Prices from:   €1189.00 pp

Duration:  8 days

You’ll discover the real Portugal on this tour – a rich and varied country with a proud history that’s admirably reflected in the many fascinating places we visit. Inland Portugal, long overlooked on European itineraries, has only recently been brought to the discerning traveller’s attention. It’s one of the world’s oldest countries, Britain’s longest ally and has been ruled by the Romans, Visigoths, by the remarkable Moors and almost every other race of invaders ever since, with all leaving their legacies. Without doubt the country’s most defining period was the Middle Ages. A succession of maritime explorers pioneered by Henry the Navigator and Vasco da Gama discovered the sea route to India, thus passing the Ottoman Empire. They created hugely profitable links with today’s Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and even Japan – then the most closed of societies. Returning with gold, silks, spices, fine furniture and exquisite porcelain, selling it to Europe’s aristocracy for a fortune they created the world’s richest country.

Set on the very edge of Europe, its scenery is just as stunning and dramatic. You’ll experience it in full – from its coastal forests, wild seascapes, fertile fields and dramatic valleys to sweeping biscuit-coloured hillsides covered with olive trees, fragrant pine forests and lush meadows.

 

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Dubrovnik,Dalmatian Coast and Montenegro Tour from €1209.00 p.p

Dubrovnik,Dalmatian Coast & Montenegro Tour

Departure dates:  03 May  24 May 16 Aug

Prices from:  €1209.00 pp

Duration: 8 days

Croatia is simply one of Europe’s best kept secrets, however, with the scars of its recent history very much healed, this interesting country with its Mediterranean ambience and truly stunning natural beauty is on the discerning traveller’s map once again.

Dubrovnik is a delight, almost a living museum, medieval in character with numerous baroque churches and where life spills spontaneously onto its pedestrianised marble streets. The Dalmatian coastline is legendary: one of the most dramatic in Europe and extending for hundreds of miles. Whilst this is a unique country, the Croatians appear very much Mediterranean in character: effervescent, friendly and open. The cuisine really is superb too, heavily influenced by nearby Greece and Italy; you will find exquisite fish like fresh sea bass, tuna and bream, excellent meats and Mediterranean vegetables. Then we visit Montenegro, one of the world’s newest countries yet reminiscent of the Mediterranean 30 years ago: stunning coastline and centuries old fishing villages with tiny streets, Byzantine churches and market squares with stalls creaking from the weight of colourful local produce. Still so wonderfully undiscovered, it is a journey back in time.

 

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Classical Spain Tour from €889.00 p.p

Classical Spain Tour

Departure dates: 17 Apr 10 May 21 Jun 20 Sep 14 Oct

Prices from:  €889.00 pp

Duration:  7 days

Immortalised by the writings of Ernest Hemingway and beloved by Orson Welles, Spain’s southernmost region is a tapestry of rugged, fragrant and sun-kissed countryside, covered by green olive groves stretching into the distance under a perpetually azure-blue sky. With biscuit-coloured plains, untamed rivers, deep gorges and the spectacular snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains providing the backdrop, there are few places on earth boasting such a wealth of natural wonders in such a small area.

Tiny whitewashed villages perch on the hilltops, with narrow winding streets where every house has window boxes crammed with colourful flowers, adding touches of vitality to these sleepy hamlets little changed since the days of Christopher Columbus.

Andalucía has a long and violent past stretching from the dawn of civilisation. The Phoenicians and ancient Greeks traded, whereas Julius Caesar fought here, as did Hannibal. The region is crammed with legacies of different cultures from throughout the centuries, especially the Moors whose architecture adds such magical appeal. Without doubt, the jewels in Andalucía’s crown are the cities of Seville, Córdoba and Granada, which have some of the most important monuments anywhere in the world, many of which are designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites and are protected accordingly. Seville, home of Carmen and Figaro, boasts the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. It was from here that first Columbus and then the conquistadors set sail to explore and plunder the New World, and from the 16th century unimaginable wealth poured in, building the city we see today. Córdoba has a bridge with 16 arches spanning the river, built by the Romans and amazingly still in use, and the Mezquita, built by the Moors and so architecturally dazzling and thought provoking it is beyond words. Granada has the magnificent Alhambra, the fortress-palace of Moorish rulers, dramatically situated, richly decorated and putting to shame almost anything we can conceive today.

So, for an inspirational blend of timeless countryside, iconic monuments, romantic and vivacious cities, fragrant flowers and orange blossom, wonderful art and superb cuisine, all set in a region that welcomes visitors as honoured guests, welcome to Andalucía.

 

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Classical Italy Tour from €1099.00 p.p

Classical Italy Tour

Departure dates:   14 Jun,  17 Sept

Prices from:   €1099.00 p.p

Duration:  8 days

For centuries Italy has drawn visitors in search of culture and romance with few countries comparing with its enormous Classical origins: its art, architecture, music, design, scenery, food or wine. Indeed Tuscany alone has more classified historical monuments than any other country, let alone province on earth.

Italy’s contribution to European painting and sculpture far surpasses that of any other nation being home to the most extensive ancient civilisation, the Renaissance, the Roman Catholic Church and the Vatican. Blend this with the striking natural beauty of the Tuscan countryside, the vitality of Rome, the effervescence inside every Italian and you have an unbeatable destination for a tour.

 

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Verona, Florence, Cinque Terre and Elba from €1079.00 p.p.

Verona, Florence, Cinque Terre and Elba

Departure date  23 Sept 17

Prices from €1079.00 per person

Duration  08 Days.

Itinerary

Day 1.   Arrive Verona.   Overnight

Welcome drink and Evening meal.

Day 2.   Verona to Montecatini Terme    4 nights

Day 3.    Day trip to Florence.

Experience the city of the Renaissance

Day 4.    Day trip to Cinque Terre in Liguria

The Ligurian coast between Cinque Terre and Portovenere is a cultural landscape of great scenic and cultural value.

Day 5.    Wine tasting in Chianti countryside

Day 6.    Transfer  to Elba.    Overnight

Best known as the island prison for Napoleon

Day 7.     Farewell to Elba and travel to the Versilia Coast    Overnight

The Versilia is the area right along the Tuscan coast in the northwestern edge of the province of Lucca and it is widely known and popular for the fashionable resorts.

Day 8.     Fly Pisa to Dublin

 

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Exploring Northern Thailand and Laos from €2675.00 p.p

Exploring Northern Thailand and Laos

Departure date   12 Feb 18

Prices from €2675.00 p.p

Duration  12 nights

Visit – Bangkok, Luang Prabang and The Golden Triangle.

Explore the exotic Bangkok & visit the laid-back city of Chiang Mai nestled amongst forested foothills on this incredible holiday. Travel through the famous Golden Triangle to Laos & drift along the fascinating Mekong River to experience the atmosphere, sights & smells of vibrant Luang Prabang

 

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Classic India Tour from €1429.00 p.p

Classic India Tour

Departure dates  Daily departures until Sept 2018 from Dublin

Prices from €1429.00 pp

Spend seven days exploring India with this fantastic tour.

Enjoy a combined full day guided sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, including the Red Fort, the Jama Masjid – the largest mosque in Asia- and the Raj Ghat– the simple but moving memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.

Drive to Agra, visit Akbar’s mausoleum at Sikandra, enjoy a tour of the Agra Fort and then continue onto the famous Taj Mahal.

Visit the intriguing Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and continue your visit to the ancient capital of the Kachhawaha RajputsAmer. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the City Palace Museum with its collection of paintings, carpets, weapons and costumes.

Carry on to the Jantar Mantar Observatory with its 90 ft. sundial and explore the bustling and colourful markets of the old city.

If you wish to extend your stay, we can recommend suitable accommodations etc.

 

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