Our Specialist holidays include:
We present our revised 2021 programme of holidays for your perusal despite the fact that it is not clear when foreign travel will resume. The vaccination roll out is very encouraging but the main concern is when borders will re-open. In this respect, your guess is as good as ours! If a tour has to be cancelled we'll offer an alternative departure date . However, whereas recently the Govt were dismissing the idea of a Vaccine Passport or similar confirmation of vaccination, now they appear to be discussing such an item and other Governments are thinking along the same lines. Logically, one would assume that if everyone has been vaccinated by the end of July they would not be passing on or being infected by the virus and documentation would not be necessary but as long there are folks who won't have it we can see no alternative to such a system.However , this gives us some encouragement to believe that foreign holidays will be available some time in late Summer or Autumn.
BREXIT will not affect our holidays in any way except that your passport must have at least 6 months validity remaining on the day of your departure. Insurance is advised but not mandatory. The European Health card remains valid until your personal expiry date. A Global Health card will replace it and it's available now if you don't have a valid EHIC. No visas are necessary to destinations we visit.
We have an interesting range of breaks and holidays and although most of our patrons are from the Westcountry you'll note that our specialist tours appeal to a national audience. As ever, our policy is "no-hassle" trips and value for money. A big part of the "no-hassle" concept is that there is easy parking at Plymouth Ferryport.
Another reason why we prefer to meet travellers at the Ferryport is that traffic these days is becoming more and more congested and hold ups through road accidents are quite frequent. Even if we could choose a number of accessible pick up points we are always concerned that the coach will make it to the port in time. For that reason where we pick up is limited and is stated under the tour details. We can advise on parking, secure and paid or free. If you travel by train we recommend that you alight at Newton Abbot Railway Station as the coach picks up immediately outside the entrance.
If you wish to download our 2021 brochure click here.
In addition to our regular programme of breaks we are planning a series of retro holidays this year in which we are delving back into the archives to select a few of our best trips from bygone years.
We dropped these holidays in recent years because the progress of cheap flights from Provincial airports made them appear expensive in comparison. However, the cheap flights rarely turned out to be so cheap when adding the extra costs involved and were certainly a lot more inconvenient than just stepping on a coach near your home or driving to the port of departure where there is easy parking.
We feel that coach holidays will come back into their own in 2021 for various reasons and one of the main reasons is no-hassle! Another point to consider is that we have never told our hotel partners what to charge. We have always accepted their price with no argument whatsoever. We use 3* and 4* hotels offering rooms with private facilities; breakfast and dinner with wine though on Wine Tours we take lunch rather than dinner on the chosen estate or at a nearby restaurant.
We are now taking bookings for 2021 under our usual conditions. However, if a tour is cancelled for whatever reason we guarantee to refund your payment in cash and not by voucher.
Above all, we have strived to bring value for money. Doing holidays at the lowest cost inevitably means cutting corners which is never in the passengers’ interest. Our job is to do the work, yours to enjoy and relax and we will go all out to maintain that ethos.
Our nearest Continental neighbours are just 120 miles across the Channel, closer than travelling to Wales if you live in the South West but you will need a passport! For a complete change of scene and an interesting break ,French-style, come with us to Brittany for a relaxing travel experience, some good food and new sights. Nothing too complicated there!
Our modest programme of tours is based solely in Northern Spain . A Minicruise from Plymouth to Santander starts and ends the tour with an interesting variety of locations in Green Spain in between. Good company, nice hotels and good food are guaranteed!
We’ve been running Wine Tours for over 40 years to France, Spain and Portugal. Mostly they are for private organisations such as firms, associations, wine societies but we have also had a public programme each year. Our aim is to provide an interesting holiday with friendly company and featuring an appreciation of wine, mental and physical! Importantly, it gives you the opportunity to bring back plenty of “samples” , a feature denied to air travellers!
Apart from the wine, we know that fine cuisine is an essential part of a wine tour and without making a song and dance about it we incorporate this aspect within all the tours.
We don’t pretend that these are intensive and educational forays into the world of wine appreciation though if you want to learn about the winemaker’s art there will be plenty of opportunity to do so as you’ll be talking to the winemakers themselves. We are always at pains to mention that these are working vineyards not theme parks and from time to time, though not very often, we may have to amend our programme in light of prevailing circumstances.
Leading the groups will be Andy McLarin who not only studies and enjoys wine but advises local chefs. These are above all, holidays, with a special interest in wine. They’re not stuffy and we always attract agreeable clients – you’ll enjoy it!
|Travel Programme for 2021|
|TBA||Normandy Bounce Back Special|
|June 5th||Burgundy Wine Tour|
|July 4th||Montana Palatina Wildlife Tour|
|September 5th||Costa Verde Portugal|
|September 10th||Brittany Tour|
|September 12th||Beach Break Asturias|
|September 12th||Asturias Wildlife Tour|
|September 19th||Atlantic Cruise Drive|
|September 25th||Germany Tour|
|October 3rd||Rioja Wine Tour|
|October 8th||St Malo Weekend|
|October 22nd||Concarneau Weekend|
|October 24th||Jazz in Spain|
|December 3rd||Normandy Christmas Special|
|December 10th||Brittany Christmas Special|