Welcome Wessex Continental Travel 2020

Wessex Continental Travel

Our Specialist holidays include:

We present our 2020 programme for your perusal and, we hope, approval. A few words about how we do things and about our methods. Known in current parlance as our “Mission Statement”.
We have been operation since 1974 and have established an enviable reputation with Customers and Suppliers alike. We don’t borrow money and therefore have no debt. We don’t belong to ABTA because the cost of membership brings us no benefit and we don’t sell through Travel Agents (thus immediately saving you 10%!). We know most of the hotels we deal with personally and have built up an excellent rapport with them over many years. We don’t tell them what we are prepared to pay, we accept their rates without quibble so they are never struggling to keep within a low budget. Our reputation and length of operation should re-assure you that we are as sound as a bell.
Joining us as traffic on Britain’s roads reaches gridlock we ask clients to come and join our tours at the two ports we use, Plymouth and Portsmouth, where there is always parking available. All coach pick ups are now fraught with difficulty in getting to the port on time and to eliminate the possibility of 30-50 people being stranded behind a road accident, too much traffic etc etc, this is our chosen policy. This does not apply to every holiday, only some of our Spanish tours. If we are picking up en route, it is indicated at the foot of the tour details. Check out some new proposals for 2020 in Wine Tours, Spanish Jazz Tour, Spanish Beach Break, Brittany and Wildlife Tours.
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For the first time we have added our 2020 brochure which can be downloaded or printed if you so wish. The link is here

I regret to advise that we will not be involved with the Spanish Minicruise in 2020. You will need to contact Brittany Ferries.

Wine Tours

Our wine tours are based in Spain and France. We have an 8-day visit to Ribera del Duero, Spain and and 9-day visit to Beaujolais & Macon in France. This year we include short tours to Northern Spain where there are two up and coming regions offering interesting wines. The well developed Basque Country and the expanding Cantabria region. We’d like to express our appreciation and thanks to the following who have contributed immensely to the programme and execution of our wine tours over the past few years - Andy McLarin, Derek Cheesbrough and Ron Williams.

Brittany Breaks

The Bretons are our nearest Continental neighbours and we’ve been travelling there since 1974 and enjoying all the pleasures of the Province - a rugged coastline interspersed with sandy beaches, pleasant countryside and lack of industrial degradation, friendly locals and excellent cuisine. Our experience is at your disposal and the region is tailor-made for a relaxing no-hassle break. Come and see for yourselves at Concarneau ; Quiberon or Lannion for a Steam Train Special?

Wildlife Tours

We are offering two trips to Northern Spain, our Asturias Wildlife Express and Navarre Bardenas. We’ve been able to combine two interests, pelagic and terrestrial bird watching, and package a short visit to encompass both. Of course, we can’t guarantee that the advertised wildlife will appear on cue but no doubt this is something you’ve lived with for years. However, our expert Guides are confident that the dates selected are quite propitious for our purpose. Next year we are visiting:- Asturias, Navarre, Montana Palentina and we have an 8-day tour to Picos de Europa and Spanish Steppes.

Jazz in Spain

Our visit to Brittany last year was intended to be our final jazz tour but the response was so positive,and we were turning travellers away , that we have decided to retrospectively rename that trip “Farewell Tour to France” and make another tour in 2020, this time “Farewell Tour to Spain”. Well, why not??

Accordingly we are going to return to the popular Hotel Mirador de la Franca in Asturias where we had our first Spanish jazz tour in the 90’s.

Spanish Beach Breaks

This Province is undoubtedly one of the most scenic regions in all Spain. Golden beaches are backed by meadows and orchards, criss-crossed by tumbling streams and rivers which bring down fresh, clear waters from the mountain range behind the coast known as the Picos de Europa. Dairy farming and fishing are major industries resulting in superfresh produce at all times. Beach break in Asturias Spain. The 4* Hotel Mirador de la Franca is our base and we know you’ll be very comfortable here. The hotel sits on a secluded, sandy beach which gives out to the Atlantic Ocean beyond.

Quiberon Brittany Breaks

Located on the Bay of Morbihan, Quiberon is a small fishing port and popular resort.
Thursday - We set off on and sail overnight from Plymouth to Roscoff. A 2-berth cabin is provided. Friday - We reach France at 0800 and when we are all aboard the coach we’ll set off south-westwards to Quimper to spend the morning. In the early afternoon we resume our drive to Quiberon where we check into the Hotel Europa by the beach for two nights. Dinner at the hotel. Saturday - After breakfast we drive to Vannes for sightseeing. We return to Quiberon to spend the rest of the afternoon. We return to the hotel for dinner. Sunday – We leave after breakfast and make our way back to Roscoff where we spend the remaining time. We catch the 1500 sailing to Plymouth.

The 2020 Tour Programme
April 26th Jazz in Spain
April 26thAsturias Wildlife
April 26thAsturias Beach
May10thWine Tour Cantabria
May 17th Navarre Wildlife Tour FULL
June 9th Picos de Europa & Spanish Steppes
June 20th Wine Tour Beaujolais & Macon, France
July 5thWildlife Montana Palentina
Sept 3rd Lannion and the Steam Train
Sept 6th Wine Tour Euskadi
Sept 13th Asturias Beach Break
Sept 13th Wildlife Asturias
Sept 24th Brittany Breaks Quiberon
October 6thWine Tour Ribera del Duero FULL
October 22ndBrittany Breaks Concarneau
December 11thChristmas Special Break