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Gwyliau 2018 Holidays




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Dear Friends                                                Annwyl Ffrindiau
We have great pleasure on presenting our 2018 holiday               Mae’n bleser gennym yng Nghwmni Bysiau Cwm Taf i gyflwyno
brochure. Taf Valley Coaches is very much a family                  dewis helaeth arall o wyliau ar eich cyfer am 2018. Mae Bysiau
concern and we feel that we have a winning formula. Our             Cwm Taf yn fusnes teuluol lleol sydd wedi bodoli ers 1990, a
touring knowledge is invaluable and because we are a                diolch i gwsmeriaid ffyddlon fel chi yn eahangu yn flynyddol ac
family business which has been serving Carmarthenshire              yn mynd o nerth i nerth. Mae gennym ddewis ddiddorol arall o
and Pembrokeshire since 1990, we go the extra mile to               wyliau ar eich cyfer eleni eto a thrwy blynyddoedd o brofiad yn
ensure that you have a first class experience. We pride             y maes, teimlwn fod gennym y fformiwla delfrydol ar gyfer
ourselves in offering top quality holidays to all parts of the      gwneud eich gwyliau yn rhai cyffrous a chofiadwy. Mae ein
UK along with holidays to Europe. You will be staying in            gwybodaeth teithio yn amhrisiadwy ac oherwydd ein bod yn
excellent hotels with tours and excursions included to              fusnes teuluol lleol, awn gam ymhellach er mwyn sicrhau eich
make your holiday memorable and special. All of our                 bod yn cael y gwyliau yr ydych yn ei haeddu. Rydym yn
holidays are affordable and great value for money. Our              grediniol ein bod yn cynnig gwyliau o ansawdd uchel i bob
holidays are operated by our own fleet of top quality and           rhan o Brydain yn ogystal â nifer o wledydd yn Ewrop.
modern executive coaches with professional tour drivers             Byddwch yn aros mewn Gwestai o safon uchel, a byddwn yn
who have many years of experience.                                  ymweld â nifer o lefydd diddorol a theithio heibio a thros
We offer convenient pick up points throughout                       golygfeydd godidog. Mae ein gwyliau i gyd yn fforddiadwy ac
Carmarthenshire, Cardiganshire and Pembrokeshire.                   yn werth yr arian. Mae gennym fflyd fodern sydd yn cael ei
We offer short transfers which ensure that you are able to          ychwanegu ati yn flynyddol ac yn cael eu gyrru gan yrrwyr
board our luxury tour coach as quickly as possible in order         sydd â blynyddoedd o brofiad yn y maes. Rydym yn casglu
for you to relax and enjoy your holiday.                            mewn nifer o lefydd cyfleus ledled Sir Benfro, Sir Gaerfyrddin a
Last year, we welcomed many new customers who have                  Cheredigion ac yn aml iawn yn cynnig trosglwyddiadau byrion
already returned and booked with us again this year. Our            fel na fydd rhaid i chi fod ar fwrdd yn ddiangen. Y llynedd,
thanks go to all of those customers along with our faithful         croesawyd nifer o gwsmeriaid newydd, sydd eisioes wedi
clients, who have become friends of Taf Valley over the             dychwelyd atom neu archebu gwyliau arall eleni, diolch iddynt
many years.                                                         ac wrth gwrs, y ffyddloniaid sydd yn teithio gennym ers
                                                                    blynyddoedd, a hyfryd yw eich croesawu.
As you can see we offer a wide range of holidays to suit
everybody from short breaks to extended holidays. It                Ymfalchuwn yng nglendid a safon eithriadol uchel ein coetsys
would be a real pleasure to welcome you aboard a 2018               a’n bysiau diolch i holl weithwyr y cwmni sydd yn gweithio fel
Taf Valley Coach holiday. Our experienced sales staff are           tîm i sicrhau gofal a diogelwch ein holl gwsmeriaid.
waiting and happy to discuss your requirements and                  Cymerwch olwg drwy’r llyfryn yma sydd yn cynnig rhywbeth at
answer any questions you may have.                                  ddant pawb, boed yn wyliau byr dros y penwythnos, wythnos
We also, specialise in group travel, from school day trips,         gyfan neu wyliau estynedig i Iwerddon, yr Alban neu wlad
social groups and extended private tours. We can cater for          Dramor. Mi fydd yn bleser pur eich croesawu chi atom
any requirement you may have, so please                             flwyddyn nesaf eto.
call our experienced staff for your                                 Cofiwch ein bod hefyd yn medru trefnu teithiau preifat ar
free private hire quotation.                                        eich cyfer boed yn daith undydd, penwythnos neu am wythnos,
Please have a look through                                          felly os ydi eich Clwb chwaraeon, Côr, Merched y Wawr,
our 2018 brochure and if                                            Sefydliad y Merched, Clwb Garddio, Clwb Hŷn, Ysgol neu barti
anything takes your fancy,                                          preifat am fynd I ffwrdd ond ddim eisiau gwneud y gwaith
please telephone or email                                           trefnu eich hun, cysylltwch â’r swyddfa. Bydd ein staff profiadol
us and our staff will be happy                                      yn fwy na hapus i drafod eich anghenion ac i gynnig pris
to help.                                                            cystadleuol i chi.
Many Thanks and Happy Holidays                                      Edrychwn ymlaen i glywed wrthych ac i’ch croesawu ar fwrdd
                                                                    Fws Cwm Taf unwaith yn rhagor. Pob hwyl i chi gyd,
Clive, Heather and all the staff                                    mwynhewch eich gwyliau.

at Taf Valley Coaches                                               Clive, Heather a’r staff yn bysiau cum Taf
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Contents
            DATE                DESTINATION                                     DAYS      PAGE

            Fri 19th Jan        Weekend Special - Paignton                      4 Days     4
            Fri 9th Feb         Babbacombe - Weekend Break                      4 Days     4
            Thur 22nd Feb       Rugby Six Nations Ireland v Wales               4 Days     5
            Mon 12th Mar        Bideford Early Spring Break                     5 Days     5
            Fri 23rd Mar        Torquay - Cabaret Weekend                       4 Days     6
            Fri 30th Mar        Chester Easter Break                            4 Days     6
            Fri 6th Apr         Llandudno Welsh Themed Weekend                  4 Days     7
            Thur 12th Apr       Holland Bulb Fields and Windmills               5 Days     7
            Fri 27th Apr        April Mystery Tour                              3 Days     8
            Mon 7th May         Lake District Steam & Cruise                    5 Days     8
            Tue 15th May        The Charm of Cantabria – Spain                  8 Days     9
            Sun 27th May        Crowns & Cruise                                 5 Days     10
            Thur 31st May       Men and Motors II – Williams Grand Prix
                                Collection & Beaulieu Motor Museum              2 Days     10
            Thur 7th June       RHS Chatsworth House Flower Show 2018           3 Days     11
            Mon 11th June       West Country Delights                           5 Days     11
            Mon 25th June       Eastbourne & The Bluebell Railway               5 Days     12
            Sun 1st July        Severn Steam & Cruise                           5 Days     12
            Fri 13th July       Summer Weekend Special Paignton                 4 Days     13
            Fri 13th July       The Royal International Air Tattoo & Concorde   3 Days     13
            Wed 18th July       Grand Tour of Ireland                           11 Days   14/15
            Sun 29th July       Cadbury World & West Midland Safari Park        2 Days     16
            Tues 31st July      Llandudno Summer Break                          5 Days     16
            Sat 18th Aug        Scotland - Troon, Arran & The Ayrshire Coast    6 Days     17
            Fri 10th Aug        Torquay Summer Weekend Break                    4 Days     18
            Wed 22nd Aug        The Dorset Steam Fair and Bournemouth           4 Days     18
            Wed 5th Sept        Tyrolean Alps ‘Cows Down’                       8 Days     19
            Sun 2nd Sept        September Mystery Tour                          5 Days     20
            Mon 17th Sept       Ploughing Championships
                                Machinery & Livestock Exhibition, Ireland       3 Days     20
            Mon 17th Sept       Blackpool Illuminations                         5 Days     21
            Mon 24th Sept       Warners Leisure Break Littlecote House Hotel 5 Days        21
            Sun 30th Sept       Peak District & Chatsworth House & Gardens      5 Days     22
            Fri 5th Oct         Rolling Back the Years Criccieth                4 Days     22
            Sat 13th Oct        WW1 Battlefields In Flanders Fields 1918
                                Peace at Last                                   4 Days     23
            Fri 12th Oct        October Mystery Weekend                         4 Days     24
            Fri 19th Oct        Bath, Longleat & the Cotswolds                  4 Days     24
            Sat 27th Oct        Bristol and Bath Weekend                        2 Days     25
            Fri 2nd Nov         Paignton ‘Christmas Cracker’                    4 Days     25
            Mon 12th Nov        Mystery Turkey & Tinsel                         5 Days     26
            Mon 19th Nov        Fizz & Fayre Harrogate                          5 Days     26
            Fri 23rd Nov        Torquay Turkey & Tinsel                         4 Days     27
            Sat 24th Nov        Birmingham & Gloucester Christmas Markets       2 Days     27
            Fri 28th Dec        Matilda - The Musical Cardiff Millennium Centre 1 Day      28
            Sun 30th Dec        New Year In Criccieth                           4 Days     28
            Fri 11th Jan 2019   Reunion Torquay                                 4 Days     29
            Fri 18th Jan 2019   Weekend Special Paignton                        4 Days     29
            Fri 1st Mar 2019    Clive and Guests Entertain                      3 Days     30
            Thur 7th Mar 2019   Six Nations Special Scotland v Wales (Rugby)    4 Days     30
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           Reservations: 01994 240 908                                                            3
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Weekend Special -                                                             Babbacombe -
Paignton                                                                      Weekend Break
This is an ideal weekend to meet some of the staff of Taf Valley              Babbacombe boasts a number of great tourist attractions to visit
Coaches, re-acquaint with old friends and a chance to make                    including the Cliff Railway, Babbacombe Model Village and
new friends.                                                                  Bygones Museum all only a short walk away and the Babbacombe
                                                                              Theatre is just up the road. Babbacombe itself is full of lovely
Paignton, is a resort popular for its arcaded shopping street,                shops, restaurants and cafés and a pedestrianised shopping
harbour, promenade and busy town centre.                                      precinct is only a few hundred yards away, so there is plenty to do
                                                                              during your visit.
Our Hotel - The Queens is a big favourite with passengers and is
sure to make your stay comfortable and memorable. It is a family              Hotel De La Mer – has been owned and run by the Tillen family
hotel and enjoys a flat level position just 200 yards from Paignton           since 1976. They pride themselves on giving guests a great
town centre and seafront.                                                     holiday experience from the moment we arrive to the moment we
                                                                              leave. Set in the beautiful Babbacombe Bay the beach and cliffs
Itinerary                                                                     are right on the doorstep and situated on the South West Coast Path.
Day 1 A leisurely journey to Paignton with suitable comfort stops en route.
Day 2/3 A day excursion exploring memorable landmarks in                      Itinerary
Devon/Free day to enjoy at your leisure.                                      Day 1 After a morning departure, we will travel to Babbacombe, arriving
                                                                              at our hotel early afternoon.
Day 4 After a leisurely breakfast, we will start our journey home, with
comfort stops en route.                                                       Day 2-3 A day excursion/Morning excursion to Dartmouth and the
                                                                              afternoon at leisure in Babbacombe.
                                                                              Day 4 After a leisurely breakfast, we will start our journey home, with
                                                                              comfort stops en route.




            DEPARTURE                          DAYS          PRICE                        DEPARTURE                          DAYS          PRICE

    Friday 19th January 2018                   4 Days      £165                   Friday 9th February 2018                   4 Days      £165
                                                          PER PERSON                                                                   PER PERSON
 Single supplement £0 (Limited Availability)                                   Single supplement £0 (Limited Availability)

 Hotel: The Queens Hotel                                                       Hotel: Hotel De La Mer
 Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast                                              Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast


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Rugby Six Nations                                                          Bideford
Ireland v Wales                                                            Early Spring Break
The Esplanade Hotel 3*- Located on the seafront Promenade on               Durrant House Hotel – is situated near the historical old port of
the Dublin Wicklow coast, this magnificent hotel is surrounded by          Bideford with views over the Torridge estuary and beyond to the
breathtaking views yet within walking distance to the main street          sandy beaches of Instow, this hotel is perfectly located to explore
shopping, amenities, nightlife and restaurants. The Hotel is also          the beautiful rugged coastline, glorious sandy beaches and rolling
within easy walking distance to the DART Rail Line to Dublin               countryside of North Devon.
City Centre.
                                                                           Itinerary
Itinerary                                                                  Day 1 Depart West Wales in the morning and travel to Bideford for our 4
Day 1 Morning departure for our afternoon ferry to Ireland, arriving at    nights stay, with comfort stops en route.
our Hotel in BRAY late evening.                                            Day 2 After a leisurely breakfast you can explore the winding narrow
Day 2 Free day to explore the town of Bray or travel on the DART Rail      streets of Bideford, down to the little fishing quay at the heart of the
Line to Dublin for the day.                                                town. In the afternoon a short excursion to the Dartington Crystal Factory
Day 3 Match Day - travel on the DART Rail Line to Dublin for the big day   (entry included).
or stay local in Bray to experience the local CRAIC!                       Day 3-4 Day excursion to Bude – a small seaside resort in North
Day 4 Afternoon departure from Bray to Rosslare Harbour, stopping on       Cornwall. Then we will make our way to Clovelly (entry included). Clovelly
route for an evening comfort stop before boarding our ferry for home.      is a small village and a major tourist attraction, exceptional in its history
                                                                           and beauty, its extremely steep car-free cobbled main street, makes it a
                                                                           unique village to visit.
                                                                           Day excursion to Boscastle and Tintagel.
                                                                           Day 5 Sadly we leave Bideford, making our way home with comfort
                                                                           stops en route.




           DEPARTURE                      DAYS              PRICE                      DEPARTURE                       DAYS               PRICE

 Thursday 22nd February 2018              4 Days           £340                Monday 12th March 2018                 5 Days            £250
                                                         PER PERSON                                                                   PER PERSON
 Single supplement £80                                                      Single supplement £0 (First 3 guests)

 Hotel: The Esplanade, Bray                                                 Hotel: Durrant House Hotel
 Basis: Bed and Breakfast                                                   Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast


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Torquay                                                                      Chester
Cabaret Weekend                                                              Easter Break
A wonderful weekend of entertainment being the theme in the                  If you are looking for something special this Easter, then this tour
afternoons and again in the evenings, along with excursions of               is for you. Based at the Hallmark Hotel The Queen, in the centre
the local area, making this the ideal weekend break and not too far          of Chester, you will be guaranteed an unforgettable Easter with
to travel.                                                                   4 Star Luxury.

Itinerary                                                                    Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester is a luxurious four-star hotel
Day 1 A leisurely journey to Torquay with suitable comfort stops en route.   set in the heart of Chester. This Victorian hotel is a beautiful stately
Day 2/3 A day excursion exploring memorable landmarks in                     building with vaulted ceilings, spectacular staircase and regal
Devon/Free day to enjoy at your leisure.                                     public areas. It has been fully refurbished to retain the finest of its
                                                                             historic architecture, mixed with every modern convenience. Each
Day 4 After a leisurely breakfast, we will start our journey home, with      of the spacious, comfortable rooms at The Queen, are fitted with
comfort stops en route.                                                      the finest of facilities. All boast satellite TV, 24-hour room service
                                                                             and some are even afforded the luxury of a magnificent four-
                                                                             poster bed. Complimentary Wi-Fi access is available throughout
                                                                             the hotel. There is a fitness suite and bar. There is a lift.

                                                                             Itinerary
                                                                             Day 1 After a morning departure, we make our way to the Hallmark
                                                                             Hotel The Queen with suitable comfort stops en route.
                                                                             Day 2 A free day to enjoy the city of Chester. Why not - stroll around
                                                                             the city walls, relax by the River Dee or enjoy retail therapy in the
                                                                             shopping precincts.
                                                                             Day 3 After a morning excursion we return to our hotel and enjoy a
                                                                             3 course Easter Sunday lunch followed by an afternoon at leisure.
                                                                             In the evening a light 2 course buffet dinner will be served.
                                                                             Day 4 After a leisurely breakfast we will make our way home with
                                                                             comfort stops en route. We arrive back into our local area early evening.

                                                                                        DEPARTURE                       DAYS              PRICE
            DEPARTURE                           DAYS         PRICE
                                                                                 Friday 30th March 2018                4 Days           £315
     Friday 23rd March 2018                     4 Days     £215                                                                       PER PERSON
                                                         PER PERSON           Single supplement £90
 Single supplement £30 (Limited Availability)
                                                                              Hotel: Hallmark Hotel The Queen, Chester
 Hotel: Derwent Hotel                                                         Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
 Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast                                             (Includes 2 course Sunday lunch)



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Dutch Bulb Fields
                                                                              & Windmills
Llandudno                                                                     Holland is known as the land of flowers, famous for its tulips that
                                                                              blossom in an explosion of colour each year. A springtime visit to
Welsh Themed Weekend                                                          the Dutch bulb fields is a great addition to our tour program.

The Tynedale Hotel has developed this break for all the food lovers           Apollo Hotel is a 4 star hotel and is located a short walk from the
amongst us and it really is going to be something different. A more           centre of the city, which is full of history, architecture, bars,
laid back weekend than their other theme breaks with the                      restaurants and shopping areas. All 88 bedrooms have been
emphasis on the use of Welsh products from local producers, their             furnished in a traditional Dutch style and are equipped with
Welsh weekend aims to give a unique taste of Wales experience.                hairdryer and TV. The stylish bar offers a perfect place for a
                                                                              relaxing drink before dinner in the light and airy restaurant.
The Welsh Weekend will include a Welsh afternoon tea with home
baked cakes. 8 course Welsh tasting menu on Saturday night.                   Access to the hotel is gained via 6 steps. Hotel has a lift.
Special Welsh breakfast menus. Great Orme Brewery Talk and
Tasting. Cabaret style entertainment with local artists.                      Itinerary
                                                                              Day 1 With a morning start we will make our way, for our channel
The Tynedale Hotel is a firm favourite with customers and is                  crossing to Calais and on to Apollo Hotel, Breda for our 4 night stay.
situated on the promenade, and within walking distance of the                 Day 2/4
shopping centre. All bedrooms are en-suite and has a lift to all              • After breakfast we will make our way to Amsterdam, for a guided
floors. Each night you will be treated to a 3 course dinner, followed           tour. Amsterdam is an amazing city to visit at any time of year. From
by entertainment. Afternoon tea is also available every day.                    17th century canals to stunning architecture, the compact Dutch
                                                                                capital city is overflowing with world-class attractions, charm,
Itinerary                                                                       friendliness and plenty of character. In the afternoon you will have
Day 1 With a morning departure, we will travel North with comfort stops         time to explore Amsterdam in your own time.
en route, arriving at our hotel with time to relax before our evening meal.
                                                                              • The ever popular Keukenhof is one of the world’s largest flower
Day 2 After our special Welsh breakfast we will make our way to nearby          gardens with over 7 million tulips, daffodils and hyacinths creating a
Conwy. Its circuit of walls, over three quarters of a mile long are guarded     spectacular display in the so-called ‘Garden of Europe’, covering an
by no less than 22 towers – it is one of the finest in the world. You may       area of over 32 hectares. The park is awash with the sight and scent of
wish to visit the smallest house in Britain. In the afternoon we visit          blossoming flowers. A fabulous day out!
Bodnant Gardens (entry included). Think of any style of garden you can
                                                                              • We will have a half day excursion to Kinderdijk, which will include
imagine - Bodnant Garden has it all. From grand lawns and terraces to
                                                                                entry to a windmill and a short boat trip. Kinderdijk is a UNESCO
small quiet corners, there's something new at every turn.
                                                                                heritage site and is home to one of the largest collections of windmills
Day 3 A day at leisure to relax or explore Llandudno, with its varied           in Holland (19 in total), all dating back to the 18th century and kept in
shops, trams and promenade.                                                     working order. We return to Breda allowing you free time to explore
Day 4 After a leisurely Welsh breakfast, we will make our way home,             the city.
calling at Bodnant’s Welsh Food Centre and comfort stops en route.            Day 5 After breakfast we make our way to Calais for our channel
Arriving home early evening.                                                  crossing for home.

            DEPARTURE                      DAYS               PRICE                       DEPARTURE                      DAYS               PRICE

       Friday 6th April 2018              4 Days            £295                  Thursday 12th April 2018               5 Days           £475
                                                          PER PERSON                                                                    PER PERSON
 Single supplement £0 (First 6 guests)                                         Single supplement £83

 Hotel: Tynedale Hotel, Llandudno                                              Hotel: Apollo Hotel, Breda
 Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast                                              Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast


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                                                                     Lake District
                                                                     Steam & Cruise
April Mystery Tour
                                                                     Cumbria Grand Hotel, Set in 20 acres of private gardens and
                                                                     woodlands and overlooking Morecambe Bay, you will receive a
 “Can’t decide on where to go? Then let us decide for you!”          warm and friendly welcome at this charming AA 3-Star Victorian
                                                                     Hotel. The hotel has something for everyone:- There is an outdoor
The ‘Mystery’ weekend will appeal to those of you who have a         garden area, tennis court, putting green, children’s play area and
‘Spirit of Adventure’ and the sheer fun of simply not knowing, all   woodland/fitness walk. While indoors there is a full sized snooker
we can divulge is the date and the price. We can guarantee an        table, table tennis table and dart-board. A lift is also available to
excellent hotel, 3 course dinners, good company and one of our       all floors.
excellent tour drivers! There will be a full day excursion! A warm
welcome awaits at our hotel.                                         Itinerary
                                                                     Day 1 We will leave early morning and travel to Grange-Over-Sands for
Itinerary                                                            a 4 night stay with comfort stops en route.
Day 1 Morning departure arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon.
                                                                     Day 2 After breakfast, we will take a trip through the heart of the Lake
Day 2 A full day mystery excursion. You won’t know where you are     District to the ever popular town of Keswick, before continuing to
going until you are there!                                           England’s most beautiful lake, Ullswater, for a cruise on a steamer from
Day 3 After a leisurely breakfast depart for home. Who knows what    Pooley Bridge. (Due to the Historic nature of the boats, wheelchair
might happen on the way?                                             access will not always be possible).
                                                                     Day 3 Today we will enjoy a one-way steam train journey through the
                                                                     beautiful Leven Valley on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway, before
                                                                     boarding a delightful cruise along Lake Windermere from Lakeside to
                                                                     Bowness–on-Windermere.
                                                                     Day 4 After a leisurely breakfast, it will be full steam ahead to the
                                                                     Western Lakes for a nostalgic trip back in time on the Ravenglass &
                                                                     Eskdale Railway. Enjoy a return trip on Lakelands oldest and longest
                                                                     railway to the foot of England’s highest mountains. (Although most trains
                                                                     are scheduled to be operated by steam engines, diesels are also
                                                                     operated and may replace steam at short notice for operational reasons).
                                                                     Day 5 Like all great adventures, they must come to an end, so sadly we
                                                                     depart for home with comfort stops en-route.

                                                                                 DEPARTURE                           DAYS        PRICE
           DEPARTURE                     DAYS             PRICE
                                                                           Monday 7th May 2018                       5 Days    £375
     Friday 27th April 2018             3 Days          £225                                                                  PER PERSON
                                                      PER PERSON      Single supplement £60 (Limited Availability)
 Single supplement £30
                                                                      Hotel: Cumbria Grand Hotel,
 Hotel: ??? Now that would be telling!                                       Grange-Over-Sands
 Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast                                     Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast


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The Charm of Cantabria – Spain
Based in Suances and famous for its stunning beaches, our tour                Santander. Today, we will travel to the engaging capital city of
will take in the highlights of Cantabria. Located in the North of             Cantabria, Santander. Full of fine beaches, shops, cafes and some
Spain, this region is more unspoilt and is the proud home to some             intriguing cultural attractions, there is plenty to take in here. The Palacio
of the jewels of Spain, with amazing landscapes, charming                     de la Magdalena, once the royal summer residence, lies at the mouth of
beaches, exciting cities and cultural treasures.                              the Bay of Santander on the rocky La Magdalena Peninsula whilst the
                                                                              city centre is home to Santander Cathedral, with its octagonal cupola
Gran Hotel Suances – is located 700m from the beach and is an                 and Gothic cloister, or just enjoy exploring and strolling along the nearby
impressively grand, brilliant white Victorian style building. This elegant    Paseo de Pereda promenade which runs along one side of the Jardines
hotel is incredibly fresh and bright throughout, with marble flooring and     de Pereda gardens.
is decorated in stylish fabrics. Each of the 99 air conditioned bedrooms
                                                                              Picos de Europa. Today, we make our way west through the Spanish
is decorated in light colours with traditional furniture and is equipped
                                                                              countryside and stop at the Picos de Europa National Park’s Sotama
with a TV, hairdryer, fridge and safe. Two lifts service all floors and all
                                                                              Visitor Centre, close to the village of Potes. We spend some time here
rooms have views either of the sea or the beautiful countryside. You can
                                                                              before we travel on to Fuente De, where we can enjoy lunch or travel on
unwind in the stylish bar area before a buffet dinner is served in the
                                                                              the Fuenta De cable car up the sheer mountain slope to enjoy
spacious restaurant or have use of the outdoor swimming pool at the
                                                                              spectacular views from the top.
sister hotel next door.
                                                                              Day 7-8 After a leisurely
Itinerary                                                                     morning in our resort,
Day 1 With a morning departure, we will travel to the ferry port to board     sadly we will make our
the Brittany Ferries cruise ferry to Santander. Relax and enjoy a night on    way to Santander to board
board ship. Taking just 24 hours, the route is the fastest direct ferry       our overnight ferry back to
service to northern Spain. On board you can enjoy award-winning               the UK and home.
service and top-class facilities, including gourmet restaurants, stylish
lounges and comfortable cabins.                                                           DEPARTURE                        DAYS               PRICE
Day 2 We arrive in Santander in the afternoon ready to make the short
journey to our hotel, arriving in time for dinner.
                                                                                   Tuesday 15th May 2018                  8 Days            £750
                                                                                                                                          PER PERSON
Day 3-6 We have included the following excursions:-                            Single supplement £179
Santillana del Mar & Comillas. This morning we head west along the
coast to the pretty village of Santillana del Mar to explore its cobbled       Hotel: Gran Hotel Suances
                                                                               1st Night Accommodation in 2 Berth Inside Cabin (bunks)
streets and admire the honey coloured churches. Continue on to the
visitor centre at the Altamira Caves, which boasts a spectacular               (No Meals Included)

reconstruction of its remarkable pre-historic cave paintings. In the           2nd – 6th Nights - Gran Hotel Suances, Cantabria, Spain
afternoon, we continue to Comillas which is home to many types of neo          Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
classical buildings and a beautiful cemetery which was declared a Site         7th Night Accommodation in 2 Berth Inside Cabin (bunks)
of Cultural Interest.                                                          (No Meals Included)
Suances. Today we will spend at leisure, relaxing in our resort, perhaps       £750.00 Per Person Sharing (2 berth inside cabin - bunks)
heading to the lovely sandy beach for which Suances is famous for.             INSIDE LOWER BERTH CABIN: EXTRA £47.00 per person sharing



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Windsor & Blenheim Palace
Crowns & Cruise                                                              Men and Motors II
The Bull Hotel – was opened in 1688 as a coaching inn and is now             Williams Grand Prix
a 4-Star hotel which combines warm hospitality and modern
comforts. It has 150 bedrooms, free Wifi and a lift.                         Collection & Beaulieu
Itinerary                                                                    Motor Museum
Day 1 We depart West Wales and travel to Gerrards Cross in
Buckinghamshire for our 4 night stay, making comfort stops en route.         DoubleTree Hilton Hotel – is conveniently situated for our short
                                                                             break away. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, a 32 inch TV, tea/coffee
Day 2 Today we visit the stunning Windsor Castle. The largest and            making facilities. It also has a 15 metre heated indoor pool
oldest inhabited castle in the world and official residence of Her Majesty   and whirlpool, a sauna and steam room and a fully equipped
The Queen. This afternoon, we enjoy a relaxing two hour cruise along the     fitness centre.
River Thames, with excellent views of Windsor Castle and Eton.
Day 3 Today we visit Blenheim Palace, home to the 12th Duke of               Men & Motors II is a follow on from last year’s successful trip, only
Marlborough and his family and the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill.     this year we are going to visit Williams Grand Prix Collection and
John Churchill, first Duke of Marlborough, was given the Park,               Beaulieu National Motor Museum, Palace House & Gardens.
Woodstock Manor and £240,000 to build the Palace as a gift from
Queen Anne and a grateful nation for winning The Battle of Blenheim          Itinerary
in 1704.                                                                     Day 1 We depart West Wales and make our way to Beaulieu National
                                                                             Motor Museum. Beaulieu Estate has been in the Montagu family since
Day 4 Today we will
                                                                             1538 and the Palace House has been open to visitors since 1952,
enjoy a guided tour of
                                                                             making it one of the first stately homes to be opened to the public. The
London and some free
                                                                             motor museum was added in 1956. The car collection, which started as
time at Covent Garden.
                                                                             a small display in the front hall of Palace House, and is now the National
Day 5 After breakfast we                                                     Motor Museum with over 250 historic and modern vehicles.
will travel to the Georgian
                                                                             Day 2 After breakfast we will make our way to Williams Conference
City of Bath, where you
                                                                             Centre. This is Sir Frank Williams’ private Williams Grand Prix Collection,
will have time to enjoy
                                                                             the largest of its kind in the world, spanning the history of the Williams
the sights or enjoy for a
                                                                             F1 Team since 1978.
bit of retail therapy before
making our way home.                                                         After the tour we will journey back to West Wales with comfort stops
                                                                             en route.

            DEPARTURE                           DAYS        PRICE                        DEPARTURE                      DAYS               PRICE

     Sunday 27th May 2018                       5 Days     £395                  Thursday 31st May 2018                 2 Days           £155
                                                         PER PERSON                                                                    PER PERSON
 Single supplement £56 (Limited Availability)                                 Single supplement £30

 Hotel: The Bull Hotel, Gerrards Cross,                                       Hotel: DoubleTree Hilton Hotel
        Buckinghamshire
                                                                              Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
 Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast                                             N.B. Evening Meal is included



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                                                                                                  West Country
RHS Chatsworth House
                                                                                                  Delights
Flower Show 2018                                                                                  The Best Western Tiverton Hotel - is located on the edge of the
Each year we decide to include a flower show in our holiday                                       Exmoor National Park. The en suite bedrooms are comfortable and
program and this year we have chosen RHS Chatsworth Flower                                        have satellite TV, free Wi-Fi and tea/coffee making facilities. The
Show. It is only the second year the RHS Flower Show will be held                                 Gallery Restaurant offers regional cuisine. There is no lift, but low
at Chatsworth Estate, set in 1,000 acre parkland in the heart of the                              floor rooms are available.
rolling Derbyshire countryside.
                                                                                                  Itinerary
RHS flower shows are always a spectacular day out and never                                       Day 1 With a morning departure, we travel to Tiverton for 4 nights half
disappoint, with the floral marquee, talks, demonstrations, trade                                 board accommodation at the Best Western Tiverton Hotel.
stands and exhibitors, all wrapped up in a vibrant carnival                                       Day 2 A morning free, to explore the lovely town of Tiverton. In the
atmosphere. This is a show not just for plant lovers but for friends                              afternoon we will take the relaxing Horse Drawn Barge Trip along the
and family too.                                                                                   canal & enjoy a Cream Tea.

Itinerary                                                                                         Day 3 We will head north this morning to Bishops Lydeard, near
Day 1 After a morning departure, and a pleasant refreshment break on                              Taunton. Here we join the West Somerset Railway for a scenic 20 mile
route, we make our way to our hotel, arriving late afternoon.                                     ride to Minehead, taking in the sights and sounds of the golden age of
                                                                                                  rail travel. The scenery is ever changing, from Quantock Hills country. In
Day 2 Doors open at 10.30am, so we depart early for our full day visit                            Minehead we have time for lunch and a look around before we make our
to Chatsworth Estate for the 2018 RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.                                     way south across the Exmoor National Park to Tiverton and the hotel.
The spacious grounds showcase an exciting range of flowers, plants and
gardening accessories, giving you the opportunity to both browse and buy.                         Day 4 Today we will drive through the stunning scenery of Exmoor to the
                                                                                                  twin coastal villages of Lynmouth and Lynton. In the afternoon we visit
Day 3 After breakfast we will head for home, with comfort stops on                                the ancient village of Dunster, which has a wealth of historic buildings,
route, arriving home early evening.                                                               from the National Trust’s 11th Century Castle to the Old Yarn Market in
                                                                                                  the middle of the High Street,
                                                                                                  which was a focal point for the
                                                                                                  old Exmoor wool and cloth trade.
                                                                                                  Day 5 Sadly, we leave after
                                                                                                  breakfast and make our way
                                                                                                  back home.
            DEPARTURE                          DAYS         PRICE

    Thursday 7th June 2018                     3 Days     £235                                                DEPARTURE                     DAYS              PRICE
                                                         PER PERSON
                                                                                                      Monday 11th June 2018                 5 Days           £395
 Single supplement £0 (Limited Availability)                                                                                                               PER PERSON
                                                                                                   Single supplement £87 (First 6 guests)
 Hotel: Wortley Hall Hotel
 Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast                                                                  Hotel: Best Western Tiverton Hotel
 Entry: Entry Included to Flower Show                                                              Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast


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Eastbourne
                                                                                                   Severn
& The Bluebell Railway
                                                                                                   Steam & Cruise
Eastbourne - is one of Britain’s most elegant and popular resorts,
with its lush rolling landscapes, stunning beaches and iconic chalk                                Hallmark Hotel Stourport Manor – is a luxurious 4-star property set
sea cliffs. Why not join us and enjoy a coastal break, admire the                                  in a 23 acre estate in Stourport-on-Severn. The hotel has an indoor
sights of the seafront on a stroll along Beachy Head, or enjoy                                     swimming pool & leisure facilities, garden and tennis court. It has
soaking up some rays at the seaside.                                                               68 bedrooms, 30 of which are ground floor bedrooms accessed via
                                                                                                   3 steps or a chair lift. Please note the hotel does not have a lift.
The Langham Hotel - is situated along the Royal Parade on
Eastbourne’s magnificent seafront with spectacular views across                                    Itinerary
the bay towards the pier. The Langham is an AA Four-star hotel                                     Day 1 We will travel to Stourport-on-Severn making comfort stops en
with 77 bedrooms, many of which have a sea view. The team at                                       route and arrive in time to enjoy tea/coffee with scone and jam.
Langham looks forward to welcoming you.                                                            Day 2 We head to Worcester and visit the Elgar Birthplace Museum,
                                                                                                   with an introduction to the museum and exhibition. Then enjoy time to
Itinerary                                                                                          explore the City of Worcester, with its magnificent cathedral, before
Day 1 We depart West Wales and make our way to our hotel making                                    experiencing the city from a different perspective on an included cruise
comfort stops en route.                                                                            along the River Severn.
Day 2-4                                                                                            Day 3 Today we enjoy a memorable Severn Valley Railway steam train
• A day excursion to the historic town of Lewes, which boasts a castle                             from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth and journey through beautiful scenery
  and the Anne of Cleves House. This afternoon, we enjoy a nostalgic trip                          and over Victoria Bridge, which featured in the famous film ‘The Thirty-
  back in time on the famous Bluebell Railway.                                                     Nine Steps’. Spend some time in Bridgnorth, which is actually two towns,
• Free day to explore Eastbourne, with its award-winning seafront,                                 High Town and Low Town, connected by the steepest inland funicular
  famous Carpet Gardens, Napoleonic fortress, harbour, boat trips or                               railway in Britain, before returning via Bewdley and Stourport-on-Severn.
  enjoy the shops, bars and restaurants. There are lots to see and do.                             Day 4 After breakfast we travel to the picturesque medieval market
• A day excursion to the Cinque Port Town of Rye, with enchanting                                  town of Tewkesbury on market day, where you will have time to discover
  cobbled streets and beautifully preserved buildings from medieval,                               its timber-framed buildings, long and fascinating history and famous
  Tudor and Georgian times. This afternoon we visit Pashley Manor                                  12th century Abbey. Stroll along the riverside, its network of alleyways
  Gardens, which is an award-winning, quintessential English garden,                               and explore the medieval Old Town, before enjoying a relaxing cruise
  with a sumptuous blend of romantic landscaping, fountains, springs                               along the River Severn.
  and a dazzling array of colourful displays.                                                      Day 5 After a leisurely breakfast we will make our way home, making
Day 5 Sadly, we depart for home, with comfort stops on route.                                      comfort stops en route.

            DEPARTURE                     DAYS              PRICE                                              DEPARTURE                           DAYS        PRICE

     Monday 25th June 2018               5 Days           £389                                           Sunday 1st July 2018                      5 Days    £385
                                                        PER PERSON                                                                                          PER PERSON
 Single supplement £0 (Limited)                                                                     Single supplement £64 (Limited Availability)

 Hotel: The Langham Hotel                                                                           Hotel: Hallmark Hotel Stourport Manor
 Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast                                                                   Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast


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The Royal International Air
Summer Weekend Special                                                        Tattoo Fairford & Concorde
Paignton                                                                      One of the UK’s premier outdoor events at RAF Fairford in
                                                                              Gloucestershire, with an extravaganza of entertainment for all the
Paignton, is a resort popular for its arcaded shopping street,                family. From static displays to spectacular air displays this makes
harbour, promenade and busy town centre.                                      a wonderful family event.
The Queens Hotel is a big favourite with passengers and is sure to
make your stay comfortable and memorable. It is a family hotel                Angel Hotel Chippenham - Is a delightful 17th century coaching
and enjoys a flat level position just 200 yards from Paignton town            inn, with 50 en-suite bedrooms all with tea/coffee making facilities
centre and seafront.                                                          and a television. The hotel also has a bar lounge, restaurant along
                                                                              with leisure club facilities including an indoor swimming pool.
Itinerary
Day 1 A leisurely journey to Paignton with suitable comfort stops en route.   Itinerary
                                                                              Day 1 Our first day will take us to Aerospace Bristol (entry included)
Day 2/3                                                                       and a chance to travel through the decades, and amazing exhibits -
• A day excursion exploring memorable landmarks in Devon.                     including aeroplanes, helicopters, missiles, satellites, engines and more
• Free day to enjoy at your leisure.                                          - and immerse yourself in a story of ordinary people achieving
Day 4 After a leisurely breakfast, we will start our journey home, with       extraordinary things. The stunning centrepiece of your visit will be
comfort stops en route.                                                       Concorde Alpha Foxtrot: the last of the iconic supersonic passenger
                                                                              jets to be built and the last to fly. So step aboard the Last Concorde and
                                                                              experience how ‘the other half’ travelled.
                                                                              Day 2 A full day visit to the Royal International Air Tattoo (entry
                                                                              included) – the aviation event of the year! During a thrilling flying
                                                                              display, you will see fast jets, giant transporters, historic aircraft and the
                                                                              world’s top international flying display teams including the world famous
                                                                              Red Arrows, which will set your pulse racing! On the ground, there is a
                                                                              full program of events, also flight simulators, cars, shopping and a
                                                                              fairground.
                                                                              Day 3 After breakfast, we head for Great Western Dockyard, Bristol,
                                                                              where you will have free time at your leisure. Why not visit the SS Great
                                                                              Britain or take a boat trip around the harbour or just relax in one of the
                                                                              many cafes, bars or restaurants. We arrive home early evening.
                                                                                          DEPARTURE                        DAYS               PRICE
            DEPARTURE                      DAYS              PRICE
                                                                                    Friday 13th July 2018                 3 Days            £265
      Friday 13th July 2018               4 Days           £280                                                                            PER PERSON
                                                          PER PERSON           Single supplement £30
 Single supplement £0 (First 7 guests)                                         Hotel: Angel Hotel, Chippenham
 Hotel: The Queens Hotel                                                       Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast
 Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast                                              Entry: Entry Included


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Grand Tour of Ireland
Itinerary                                                                     Day 5 Depart Killarney after breakfast and make our through Co.
Day 1 We take the afternoon ferry from Fishguard to Rosslare, then on         Limerick and visit the unique Foynes Flying Boat Museum (entrance
to Waterford for an overnight stay at Dooley’s Hotel located on the           included) a unique chapter in the country’s aviation history. Enjoy the
quayside in the centre of the town.                                           attached Maritime Museum and if it’s to your taste why not sample a
                                                                              traditional Irish Coffee, invented here at Foynes. In 1942, the chef at
Day 2 Today we will travel on to Co. Cork, home of the legendary
                                                                              Foynes airbase, Joseph Sheridan, served whiskey in his coffees to help
Blarney Woollen Mills with its extensive range of clothes, crafts and
                                                                              revitalise a group of weary passengers delayed by bad weather and a
classic Irish souvenirs; the more energetic might fancy a climb up the
                                                                              legend was born! From here it’s a short journey to nearby Tarbert to take
nearby castle steps to kiss the Blarney Stone (entrance not included).
                                                                              the 30-minute ferry journey across the River Shannan to Killimer. From
Continue to one of Ireland’s most popular towns set amidst spectacular
                                                                              here continue to Ennistymon, to the Falls Hotel for our next 2 nights stay.
mountains and countryside. Enjoy a 3 night stay at the Killarney
Towers Hotel.                                                                 Day 6 First stop is the Burren Visitor Centre (included in tour price),
                                                                              where the natural history of this enchanting region is revealed. Continue
Day 3-4 A tour around the famous ‘Ring of Kerry’. Savour 100 miles
                                                                              with a drive through the park to discover prehistoric limestone
of spectacular scenery as you travel along the narrow coastal road of the
                                                                              landscapes sheltering rare species of flora and fauna. Continue north to
Iveragh Peninsula. The journey begins at Killorglin, home of the world’s
                                                                              Ballyvaughan Bay and around Black Head and take the wonderful ocean
oldest market, the famous Puck Fair, through Glenbeig. Continue through
                                                                              drive past the Aran Islands as we continue onto the official Cliffs of
the villages of Rossbeigh and Kells, with their beautiful golden beaches
                                                                              Moher Visitor Centre (included in tour price) for breath-taking views
to Caherciveen for lunch. Travel through Waterville and Derrynane,
                                                                              700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean.
overlooking Ballinskelligs Bay to Caherdaniel, hometown of political hero
Daniel O'Connell. Continue through Sneem, a quaint town with its own          Day 7 Take a quick look at the city of Galway, known as the City of
village green, and Kenmare to Moll's Gap, a cutting between bleak             Tribes, and famous today for a calendar crammed full of festivals and
bogland and mountains. The winding road passes Ladies View, aptly             events celebrating everything from oysters to opera. Perhaps take a walk
named after Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting who were so impressed          along the Old Quays to visit the Spanish Arch and the Claddagh, which
with the view of the lakes and the entrance to Muckross, finishing            pay testament to Galway’s maritime history, or visit Eyre Square, a
in Killarney.                                                                 relaxing spot, amongst the maze of streets offering a variety of stores,
A free day to enjoy Killarney, set in the Irish Lake District and
internationally renowned for its scenic beauty with a myriad of pastimes
to ensure you will never be left at a loose end. The most popular way to
learn about the town and its lakes is to take a traditional Jaunting Car
ride (included in tour price). The Tangney family has been running these
excursions from the centre of Killarney for five generations. The tour runs
through the Killarney National Park and along the edge of Lough Leane
to Ross Castle. From here we catch the “Lily of Killarney” to cruise
across the lake (included in tour price) a memorable way to view the
surrounding mountains. This afternoon there’s free time to explore
Killarney town.

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pubs and restaurants. Then head north via Claremorris and Knock,
home of the famous Knock Shrine which once saw ½ million people
greet Pope John Paul II. We continue on to Sligo on the banks of the
River Garavogue, before completing the journey to Donegal for a 2 night
stay at the Central Hotel.
Day 8 Free day in Donegal. Visits can be made to Donegal Castle, the
abbey ruins or Magee’s home of Donegal hand-woven tweeds.
Alternatively enjoy a cruise around Donegal Bay (not included in tour
price): the cruise is subject to tidal restrictions, takes approximately
80 minutes. All the attractions for this day are within walking distance of
the hotel.
Day 9 Leaving Donegal today, travel across the border into Northern
Ireland and over to the mighty Giants Causeway (included in your tour
price). Created by volcanic activity a more romantic legend is that the
giant Finn MacCool laid a path across the sea to his lady-love in
Scotland. A regular shuttle bus escorts visitors from the visitor centre
down to the shore. Following lunch travel along the Antrim Coast Road
built in the 1800's to provide employment for famine-stricken workers,
passing the spectacular scenery centred round the nine Glens of Antrim.
Continue onto Belfast for a 2 nights stay at the Stormont Hotel Belfast.
Day 10 We begin our day with a Guided Tour of the city sights (guide
included in your tour price) taking in the Botanical Gardens, Queen’s
University, the Waterfront Hall and the famous leaning Albert Clock. Close
to City Hall and the Belfast Opera House is the Crown Liquor Saloon, a
beautifully preserved Victorian public house with gas lamps and drinking
snugs, owned by the National Trust. In the afternoon we will visit the
new Titanic Belfast Visitor Centre (admission included in your
tour). This iconic attraction opened in April 2012 in the heart of the city
beside the slipways where RMS Titanic was built, and where visitors can
re-live the entire Titanic story from her birth in Belfast to the fateful
maiden voyage and her eventual discovery on the seabed. Return to the
hotel for dinner.
Day 11 Leaving Belfast today, head down the East Coast to discover
Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. It’s many attractions include the cathedral,
castle, Trinity College, Ha’penny Bridge and Phoenix Park, plus a
collection of museums and art galleries, cafe's, restaurants and many
excellent shops. For a perfect finale to your holiday, you could even visit
the Guinness Storehouse, home to Ireland's famous stout and the
country’s number one visitor attraction; visitors are treated to a free
drink in the rooftop Gravity Bar with its panoramic views of the city.
From here continue south through Wicklow and Wexford and onto
Rosslare port for your return journey home on the early evening sailing
to South Wales. On arrival in Fishguard we complete the journey to your
home area.

            DEPARTURE                       DAYS               PRICE

   Wednesday 18th July 2018               11 Days           £1100
                                                           PER PERSON
 Single supplement £220

 Hotel: Dooley’s Hotel, Waterford (1 Night)
 (Overnight Bag Required)

 Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (3 Nights)
                                                                               © Tourism Ireland photographer Chris Hill




 Falls Hotel, Ennistymon (2 Nights)
 Central Hotel, Donegal (2 Nights)
 Stormont Hotel, Belfast (2 Nights)
 Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast


                                                   Reservations: 01994 240 908                                             15
© Cadbury



School Holiday Special                                                               Llandudno
Cadbury World &                                                                      Summer Break
West Midland Safari Park                                                             The Tynedale Hotel – is centrally located on Llandudno’s iconic
                                                                                     Victorian promenade and is a modern, bright and welcoming
Why not take the family away for a couple of days during the school
                                                                                     seafront hotel. It is just 20 metres from the beach and a short walk
holidays, to 2 of the UK’s top attractions, Cadbury World & West
                                                                                     from the high street and the pier.
Midland Safari & Leisure Park. With travel, entrance to 2 brilliant
attractions and dinner, bed & breakfast this is a bargain break for all              Itinerary
of the family.                                                                       Day 1 With a morning departure we will make our way to Llandudno
                                                                                     with comfort stops en route arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon.
Park Inn by Radisson Hotel Birmingham West has 168 vibrant
rooms with free Wireless High-speed Internet and 24-hour room                        Day 2-4
service. Guests have complimentary access to Pace Health &                           • Today we will cross the Menai Straits to Anglesey and visit Halen Môn
Fitness Club, offering customized massage treatments, an indoor                        for a guided tour, in what makes their salt the world’s finest seasoning,
swimming pool and a variety of exercise equipment.                                     the behind the scenes tours are one of a kind. After we will make a
                                                                                       short stop in Llanfair PG and then continue our way to the historic town
Itinerary                                                                              of Beaumaris, with its medieval castle and its pier.
Day 1 We depart West Wales making comfort stops before we arrive to                  • A day excursion to Liverpool. We will have a guided tour of the city,
the world famous Cadbury World, where entry is included for you to                     followed by some free time for you to enjoy the city for yourself.
discover chocolate’s origins, try out the magical “Cadabra Ride” or                    Either relax in the bars and restaurants or visit the largest Cathedral
indulge in some freshly made chocolate. After which we continue onto                   in Britain.
our hotel for an overnight stay with dinner, bed & breakfast.
                                                                                     • A day of leisure to relax and explore Llandudno at your own pace.
Day 2 We depart our hotel and travel to West Midland Safari Park &                     Llandudno is bursting at the seams with things to do and see. Why not
Leisure Park. We will go on Safari and come face to face with some of                  take the San Franciscan-style tramway or alpine cable car to the
the fastest, tallest and cutest animals on the Safari Drive-through. Then              summit of the Great Orme Country Park
you will have time to enjoy the Leisure Park before we depart for our
                                                                                     Day 5 After a leisurely breakfast we make our way home with comfort
journey back to West Wales.
                                                                                     stops on route.
            DEPARTURE                        DAYS              PRICE

     Sunday 29th July 2018                  2 Days        FROM  £130                             DEPARTURE                          DAYS           PRICE
                                                            PER PERSON
                                                                                          Tuesday 31st July 2018                    5 Days       £370
 Single supplement £30                                                                                                                          PER PERSON
 Adult £130 Per Person Sharing. Child £110 (Up to 12 years).                          Single supplement £0 (Limited Availability)

 Hotel: Park Inn by Radisson Birmingham West                                          Hotel: The Tynedale Hotel, Llandudno
 Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast                                                     Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast


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Scotland, Troon, Arran & The Ayrshire Coast
The Ayrshire Coast has one of the finest panoramic coastlines in          Day 2 After breakfast we will continue our journey to Troon, with comfort
the British Isles. Our visits include the Robert Burns Birthplace         stops en route.
Museum, Culzean Castle and New Lanark World Heritage Site as              Day 3 After a leisurely Scottish breakfast we will make our way to the
well as a full day on the fabulous Isle of Arran, known as ‘Scotland      Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, which offers a unique encounter with
in Miniature’!                                                            Scotland’s favourite son. Set in 10 acres of the poet’s cherished
                                                                          countryside, the museum includes the famous Burns Cottage where the
The Marine Hotel – is set in a beautiful location overlooking the
                                                                          poet was born.
golf course and across the Irish Sea to the Isle of Arran. It has an
elegant reception area with a chandelier and a formal but cosy bar        In the afternoon we continue our way to Culzean Castle, one of
that extends into a lounge area where guests can relax and                Scotland’s best loved castles. Here, we enjoy a guided tour of the castle
socialize. All 89 bedrooms are tastefully decorated in neutral            and free time to explore the gardens, deer park and swan pond before
colours and include TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities.       returning to our hotel for dinner.
Guests have complimentary access to the leisure club which                Day 4 Today, we board the ferry at Ardrossan and sail to Brodick on the
features a fitness suite, indoor swimming pool that overlooks the         Isle of Arran, known as ‘Scotland in Miniature’. Arran is like a condensed
sea, spa bath, sauna and steam room.                                      version of the rest of Scotland; it has mountains, lochs, rolling hills,
                                                                          meadows and is surrounded by a stunning coastline.
Itinerary
                                                                          Day 5 This morning we visit the award winning New Lanark Heritage
Day 1 With an early morning start from home, we travel to our overnight
                                                                          Site and discover the impressive cotton mill village and the life and times
hotel for dinner, bed and breakfast.
                                                                          of mill manager and social pioneer Robert Owen. There is time for lunch
                                                                          at the Heritage before returning to our hotel, where we will have time to
                                                                          relax or enjoy a stroll into the charming town of Troon.
                                                                          Day 6 Sadly, it is time to leave and make our way back home, with
                                                                          comfort stops en route.
                                                                                     DEPARTURE                       DAYS              PRICE

                                                                             Saturday 18th August 2018              6 Days            £560
                                                                                                                                    PER PERSON
                                                                           Single supplement £110

                                                                           Hotel: 1 Night – Hallmark Hotel, Preston
                                                                           Overnight Bag Required

                                                                           4 Nights – Marine Hotel, Troon
                                                                           Basis: 5 Nights - Dinner, Bed and Breakfast


                                               Reservations: 01994 240 908                                                                       17
Torquay
Summer Weekend Break                                                         The Dorset Steam Fair
Torquay is a seaside resort town on the English Channel in Devon.
Known for beaches such as Babbacombe and cliffside Oddicombe,                and Bournemouth
its coastline is nicknamed the English Riviera. Torquay Harbour              If you are looking for an excellent fun and action packed day out
near the town centre offers shops, cafes and a marina. Torre                 for all the family, you'll love the Great Dorset Steam Fair.
Abbey, a monastery founded in 1196, has art galleries and                    Traditionally this English fair is held at the village of Tarrant Hinton,
extensive gardens featuring plants from local native Agatha                  near Blandford Forum in the heart of the beautiful Dorset
Christie's novels.                                                           countryside.
The Headland Hotel & Spa – this elegant Torquay hotel is situated            Itinerary
in one of the most beautiful parts of Torquay on the English                 Day 1 Depart West Wales in the morning and travel to Bournemouth,
Riveriera, sitting majestically on the headland looking out to sea. It       arriving at our hotel late afternoon and in time for our evening meal.
is set in 2 acres of magnificent grounds and offers stunning views
across Torbay. With this in mind it is hardly surprising the hotel is        Days 2/3 Two days at leisure in Bournemouth or coach transfer to The
Torbay’s highest rating 3 star hotel.                                        Great Dorset Steam Fair, leaving the fair at approx. 7:30pm on the first
                                                                             night. Evening meal is included on both nights at the hotel (but it may be
Itinerary                                                                    served too early for those of you who are visiting the Steam Fair).
Day 1 With a morning departure we will make our way to Torquay with          (Entry not included, but please enquire for our reduced rate)
comfort stops en route arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon.
                                                                             Day 4 After a leisurely breakfast we will leave for home, with comfort
Day 2/3                                                                      stops on route.
• Today we visit Dartmouth, which is a tourist destination set on the
  western bank on the estuary of the River Dart, with its famous Naval
  College, fine 18th century architecture and glorious riverside location.
  You may like to browse the narrow shopping streets or take a stroll
  alongside the busy river. In the afternoon we will visit Buckfast Abbey,
  which offer visitors a tranquil refuge from the hectic pace of everyday
  life. The Abbey is a working Monastery where a community of
  Benedictine Monks live self-sufficiently, welcoming visitors from
  around the world.
• A day of leisure to relax and explore Torquay at your own pace.
Day 4 After a leisurely breakfast we make our way home with comfort
stops on route.

            DEPARTURE                      DAYS              PRICE                       DEPARTURE                      DAYS                 PRICE

     Friday 10th August 2018              4 Days           £290               Wednesday 22nd August 2018               4 Days           £290
                                                          PER PERSON                                                                  PER PERSON
 Single supplement £0 (Limited)                                               Single supplement £0 (first 5 guests)

 Hotel: The Headland Hotel, Torquay                                           Hotel: The Suncliff Hotel, Bournemouth
 Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast                                             Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast


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Tyrolean Alps ‘Cows Down’
Hotel Edelweiss – is a 4 star hotel and enjoys a good touring           Day 3-6 We have included the following excursions:-
location, only 5 minutes’ walk from the pretty village of Lermoos.      • Today we will visit the most romantic castle in the world, King
There is plenty of space for you to relax around the hotel, including     Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein. Used as a film location in ‘Chitty Chitty
the beautiful mountain-view terrace. This includes a large bar and        Bang Bang’ and as Walt Disney’s inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s
separate lounges as well as the large restaurant offering an              Castle, the mock-medieval architecture and stunning views have to be
excellent choice of food. Each of the 145 bedrooms are spacious           seen to be believed.
and have hairdryer and TV. There are some steps to reach the
bedrooms but these can be avoided using alternative routes. The         • A day of leisure in Lermoos and hopefully a chance to see the ‘Cows
hotel has excellent leisure facilities with an indoor swimming pool       Down’. Why not take advantage of the hotel’s extensive leisure
and sauna.                                                                facilities.
                                                                        • We will travel to the pretty town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and
Itinerary                                                                 board a train bound for the summit of the Zugspitze, Germany’s
Day 1 An early morning start from home for our channel crossing to        highest mountain, which straddles the border between Germany
Calais and onto our overnight hotel.                                      and Austria. After enjoying the amazing views, we can enjoy free time
Day 2 After breakfast we will make our way to Austria, for 5 nights,      in the town before returning to our hotel
dinner bed & breakfast at the Edelweiss Hotel Lermoos.                  • A visit to the Tyrolean capital city of Innsbruck to enjoy a guided tour.
                                                                          We will see the famous, ornate 15th Century ‘Golden Roof’, designed
                                                                          as a royal box for the Emperor to sit in state above the square below.
                                                                          We can then explore the Tyrolean Folk Art Museum, housed within a
                                                                          Franciscan monastery and arcaded Renaissance courtyard. Enjoy the
                                                                          rest of your day exploring this fascinating city at your leisure.
                                                                        Day 7 Sadly, it is time to leave Lermoos and retrace our steps back to
                                                                        our overnight hotel.
                                                                        Day 8 After breakfast we make our way to Calais for our channel
                                                                        crossing for home.

                                                                                    DEPARTURE                      DAYS               PRICE

                                                                        Wednesday 5th September 2018               8 Days           £750
                                                                                                                                  PER PERSON
                                                                         Single supplement £52 (First 4 guests)

                                                                         Hotel: Hotel Edelweiss, Lermoos (5 Nights)
                                                                         TBC (1 Night) – Overnight Bag Required

                                                                         Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast


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                                                                     Ploughing Championships
                                                                     Machinery & Livestock
                                                                     Exhibition, Ireland
                                                                     The very first inter county ploughing contest took place in 1931 as
September Mystery Tour                                               a result of an argument between two lifelong friends, Denis Allen
                                                                     of Gorey, County Wexford and JJ Bergin of Athy, County Kildare.
                                                                     Each argued that their respective counties had the best
     “Can’t decide on where to go? Then let us decide for you!”
                                                                     ploughmen. This resulted in a challenge being called for. So on
The ‘Mystery’ weekend will appeal to those of you who have a         Monday 16th of February 1931, the first National Ploughing
‘Spirit of Adventure’ and the sheer fun of simply not knowing; all   contest took place in Mr W.K. Hosie’s field at Coursetown in Athy.
we can divulge is the date and the price. We can guarantee an        Since then, the National Ploughing Championships has grown in
excellent hotel, 3 course dinners, good company and one of our       size, year on year. It has expanded from requiring a small field of
excellent tour drivers! There will be a full day excursion! A warm   26 acres to needing over 700 acres of land today.
welcome waits at our hotel.                                          The National Championships is no longer just for ploughing or
                                                                     machinery enthusiasts, the modern event now features something
Itinerary                                                            for just about every member of the community. These include a
Day 1 Morning departure arriving at our hotel mid-afternoon.         Tented Trade Village, a Food Fair, Craft Village, Livestock, Forestry,
                                                                     Education, Lifestyle, Motor Show, Financial Services, Bio Energy
Days 2-4 Mystery excursions. You won’t know where you are going
                                                                     and Agri Service. There are also many entertainment and special
until you are there!
                                                                     events taking place, which include: Fashion Shows, Sheep Dog
Day 5 After a leisurely breakfast depart for home. Who knows what    Trials, Lamb Shearing & Craft & Cookery Demonstrations. With all
might happen on the way?                                             this happening, the yearly Championships usually attracts in
                                                                     excess of 1,700 exhibitors and up to 290,000 visitors.

                                                                     Itinerary
                                                                     Day 1 Morning departure from Pembroke Dock for the afternoon ferry.
                                                                     Arriving at the hotel for evening meal.
                                                                     Day 2 After breakfast, coach transfer to Screggan for The National
                                                                     Championships. Arrive back at the hotel for evening meal.
                                                                     Day 3 After breakfast, load the luggage on the coach. Coach transfer to
                                                                     The National Championships. Depart The National Championships at
                                                                     3.00pm and make our way back to Rosslare for the evening crossing,
                                                                     stopping on route for refreshments (additional charge).

                                                                                DEPARTURE                      DAYS             PRICE
            DEPARTURE                     DAYS            PRICE
                                                                        Mon 17th September 2018               3 Days          £250
 Sunday 2nd September 2018                5 Days        £375                                                                PER PERSON
                                                      PER PERSON      Single supplement £36 (Limited Availability)
 Single supplement £80 (first 2 guests)                               Entry Tickets: €20.00 Euros Per Day (not included)

 Hotel: ??? Now that would be telling!                                Hotel: Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow
 Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast                                     Basis: Dinner, Bed and Breakfast


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