Our Specialist holidays include:
We are pleased to present our programme for 2021 and do so in the hope that as soon as the Covid-19 problem is behind us we can quickly get on with normal life which includes holidays. This is our 47th successive programme though in view of the entire cancellation of the 2020 programme it's really the 46th! There is a great build up of pent-up demand right now and we recommend early consideration as the prospects for a resolution are now much brighter. We are working towards a resumption of travel at Easter.
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. In due course a Global Health card will replace it. 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.
We feel that coach holidays will come back into their own in 2021 for various reasons.An important 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 often lunch rather than dinner on the chosen estate or at a nearby restaurant.
We are now taking bookings for 2021. WE DO NOT REQUIRE A DEPOSIT BUT IF YOU WISH TO MAKE ONE WE WILL ACCEPT IT. Holidays will ONLY go ahead if we can travel as normal and with no restrictions whatsoever.
Payment Making a booking has never been easier. Paying for your holiday , however, is a different matter. With so many scams around the ease of making a payment is fraught with risk. We offer an on-line facility which is as safe as we can make it. We have had no problems with this facility in the past and have no reason to assume that we will do so in the future. However, we are very happy to accept that old fashioned document called a cheque! Safe as houses! If you wish to pay by card our advice is to phone and you'll speak to a human. If you use our on-line facility its final action/application is by human touch not automation. In almost 50 years, nobody has ever lost money dealing with us.
We hope you'll come with us in 2021 and we'll do our level best to make up for 2020's disappointments. 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|
|March 19th||Normandy Bounce Back Special|
|April 2nd (Easter)||St Malo Weekend|
|April 25th||Jazz in Asturias|
|May 2nd||Ribera del Duero|
|May 14th||Concarneau Weekend|
|May 16th||Navarre Wildlife Tour|
|May 23rd||Costa Verde Portugal|
|May 28th||St Malo Weekend|
|May 28th||Brittany Tour|
|May 30th||Steppes Wildlife Tour|
|June 5th||Burgundy Wine Tour|
|June 13th||Asturias Widlife|
|June 13th||Asturias Beach Break|
|June 19th||Tour Germany|
|June 20th||Atlantic Cruise Drive|
|July 4th||Montana Palatina Wildlife Tour|
|July 9th||St Malo Weekend|
|July 17th||Burgundy Wine 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 10th||Brittany Christmas Special|