Our Specialist holidays include:
We present our programme for 2022 and hope it is third time lucky having had to cancel the past two years!
We are optimistic that travel will return to normal this year and assume that no restrictions are going to be placed in the way of a trouble-free resumption. There is much pent up demand to once again visit favourite destinations and we feel that capacity will be stretched to its limit so , more than ever, we recommend early booking. We can't wait to see old friends and some new ones in the coming months!
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.
Our pick up points are rather limited because we prefer to meet travellers at the Ferryport due to the fact that the roads these days are becoming more and more congested and hold ups through road accidents and congestion are the rule rather than the exception. For this reason we are always concerned that the coach will make it to the port in time. It's easier and faster for a car to maneuvre through traffic congestion than a coach and allowing for this eventuality is making the pick ups at the extreme end of the route unacceptably earlier and affecting the Driver's hours at the wheel .Where we pick up is therefore limited and is stated under the tour details. Another reason for choosing sailings from Plymouth Ferryport is that it is less congested than elsewhere with only one ship being able to dock at any one time so passage through the Terminal is likely to be swifter. In the case of private groups i.e. 25+ passengers, we will pick up wherever you want. We can advise on parking, secure and paid or free at Plymouth or Portsmouth.
We are now taking bookings for next year but NO DEPOSIT is required at the moment (unless you insist!). If we are holding your deposit from a previously cancelled tour we will be in touch in due course to confirm your wishes for 2022.
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.
If you wish to download our 2022 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 2022 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 2022 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! Locations and dates are chosen to accord with wildlife activity in the air and at sea at the relevant time.
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 2022|
|TBA||Normandy Bounce Back Special|
|March 27th 2022||Santander Cruiser|
|April 10th 2022||Navarre Wildlife|
|April 17th Easter 2022||San Sebastian|
|April 24th 2022||Santander Cruiser|
|April 24th 2022||Jazz in Asturias|
|May 1st 2022||Ribera Del Duero Wine|
|May 5th 2022||St Malo Weekend|
|May 8th 2022||Steppes Wildlife Tour|
|May 22nd 2022||Costa Verde|
|May 22nd 2022||Santander Cruiser|
|May 28th 2022||Brittany Tour|
|May29th 2022||Asturias Wildlife Tour|
|May 29th 2022||Asturias Beach Holiday|
|June 2nd 2022||St Malo Weekend|
|June 4th 2022||Burgundy Wine Tour|
|June 19th 2022||Atlantic Cruise Drive|
|June 26th 2022||San Sebastian|
|June 26th 2022||Santander Cruiser|
|July 3rd 2022||Montana Palatina Wildlife Tour|
|July 3rd 2022||Jazz in Cantabria|
|July 9th 2022||Sancerre & The Loire Valley|
|July 17th 2022||Santander Cruiser|
|September 4th 2022||Costa Verde|
|September 11th 2022||Asturias Wildlife|
|September 11th 2022||Santander Cruiser|
|September 11th 2022||Asturias Beach Holiday|
|September 11th 2022||Asturias Wildlife Tour|
|September 25th 2022||Santander Cruiser|
|September 30th 2022||Paris. (Arc de Triomphe)|
|October 2nd 2022||Rioja Wine Tour|
|October 9th 2022||San Sebastian|
|October 23rd 2022||Santander Cruiser|
|October 27th 2022||Jazz in Concarneau|
|December 2nd 2022||Normandy Christmas Special|