NEW CRUISE DEALS, CAVIAR TASTINGS, VISITS TO THE PLANET NABOO FROM STAR WARS AND A CALMER COMMUTE

Cruise with Caviar through the Middle East

For the first time in the brand’s history, Scenic guests will be able to sample the splendours of civilisations dating back more than 3,000 years through the launch of Scenic’s luxury tours in Iran.

Starting and finishing in the capital, Tehran, the two-week itinerary takes in the best of Persian art, history, food and architecture. City highlights include the Sa’dabad Palace complex, which contains 18 palaces belonging to the royal families of Qajar and Pahlavi, the chance to see Iran’s prized Crown Jewels at the National Jewellery Treasury, and an optional caviar tasting experience.

The tour includes other major historical sites across Iran, including two days in Shiraz, famed for the ancient Vakil Bazaar packed with spices, antiques and carpets and the iconic Pink Mosque. Guests also visit the Silk Road city of Isfahan, known for its wide tree-lined boulevards and the incredible World Heritage-listed Jameh Mosque; one of the best examples of Islamic architecture in existence. Prices for the Persia Unveiled luxury escorted tour start from £4,895 per person based on a 6 September 2020 departure.

Other new destinations for 2020 include Oman and Israel. The new nine-day Oman Impressions escorted tour begins in the Sultanate’s capital, Muscat, before heading south to the desert region of Wahiba Sands for a taste of Bedouin life; the fabled Green Mountain of Jebel Akhdar and the ancient fort town of Nizwa. Prices start from £4,295 per person on all 2020 departures.

For more information or to book visit: https://www.scenic.co.uk 

Experience Rapska Cake tasting on the Dalmatian Coast

Set sail with Emerald Waterways on one of their two new yachts for 2020. The 18 cabin yachts will sail guests along the Adriatic coast in comfort and style, with 36 travellers able to explore everything the Dalmatian coast has to offer whilst enjoying the rooftop Jacuzzi, spacious sun deck, VIP salon and a swim platform for dips into the stunning azure waters. 

In addition to the eight-day Islands of Dalmatia itinerary, the yachts will be sailing the brand-new eight-day Pearls of North Dalmatia itinerary which guests can book from only £2,095 per person (based on 17 October 2020 departure), offering travellers included guided tours, excursions and extra-special EmeraldPLUS experiences to fully be immersed into the Croatian treasures. Sailing from Trogir, it is a world away from the big cities of Croatia as a small medieval isle town where guests can explore the marble streets with an incredibly knowledgeable local guide. Guests will then sail onto the Roman ruins in Zadar onto Rab, with a visit to the stunning Telašćica Nature Park, with excursions such as Rapska Cake tasting and wine tasting before cruising through the Kornati Islands to see the breathtaking uninhabited islets and reefs. The trip ends with the Romanesque yet contemporary architecture of Split where guests will fly home with long-lasting memories.  

Prices include return flights from London or Manchester, seven-nights on board MS Swallow or MS Lastavica, 15 meals and *selected drinks on board, shore excursions and experiences, on board events as well as all tipping and gratuities and complimentary WiFi whilst on board. 

*Drinks on board – 2 complimentary drinks are included with lunch and dinner on board. Complimentary tea and coffee is available throughout the sailing.

For more information or to book visit: www.emeraldwaterways.co.uk   

Explore the Star Wars planet Naboo 

The UK’s leading group tour company, Rabbie’s Tours is launching their first European tour offerings this year adding an exciting new range of tours to entice travellers off the beaten tracks. On a tour visit the Villa del Balbianello, a villa in Italy which overlooks Lake Como. The villa was built in 1787 on the site of a monastery and has been featured in a number of films, including Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones. The villa was shown as the Lake Retreat where Padmé and Anakin hid and where their clandestine wedding took place. 

Visit this breath-taking beauty on an Italian Lakes and Swiss Alps Explorer six-day tour from €1,299.00 departing from Rome. Prices include transport in luxury mini-bus, English speaking guide and driver and 5 nights in a three-star hotel with continental breakfast

For more information or to book visit: https://www.rabbies.com/en 

Excite your senses

Why not do something different this year and spend it in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Porto. All of your senses will be put to the test on the six-night trip from traditional music at sunset to the taste and smell of the world-renowned Port wine. Enjoy fantastic city views and even embrace your artistic side in the Tile Painting workshop, there is so much to keep you busy in this amazing city and why not see it all from a 5-star luxury hotel. This fantastic trip is only £805 per person! 

The price includes six nights stay in the accommodation of your choice in a Double Room with breakfast included, two Port Wine tastings, a Tapas Tasting, all activities and private guides, round-trips to Porto airport and all transports between activities and accommodations

For more information or to book visit: https://www.iberian-escapes.com/porto-art-and-architecture.html 

Commute calmer

Get 2020 off to a happy start, and change the way you commute to the happiest option. Research from the University of Greenwich looking into the links between commuting and wellbeing revealed that commuters who travel by river are the happiest. Make the most of Thames Clippers’ commuter service, and take in the sights of London on your way to and from work each day.

Thames Clippers is London’s River Bus service, the fastest and most frequent fleet on the river. Passengers can travel from Royal Wharf Pier directly to key central London piers such as Westminster, London Eye (Waterloo), Blackfriars, Embankment, Canary Wharf, Battersea Power Station and London Bridge City.

Weekly, monthly and annual season ticket options are available, with prices starting from £27.80 for a one week East Zone only pass. Commuting with Thames Clippers can work out as little as £1.54 per journey with an annual season ticket. For further details on pricing, route maps, timetables and to purchase tickets visit thamesclippers.com or download the Thames Clippers ticketing app.

For more information or to book visit: www.thamesclippers.com  

Fly high, ride the rapids and discover nature somewhere everyone can join in

If you’re looking for a new adventure for the New Year, the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain is packed with plenty of fun and accessible ideas. So, whether you’re keen to try out high-octane experiences like (indoor) skydiving and white water rafting, or want to discover more of the great countryside the UK has to offer, the Guide has lots of options.

Feel like you’re flying at iFLY Indoor Skydiving in Manchester. Suitable for people of all abilities, enter the vertical wind tunnel to experience the sensation of freefall and create lifelong memories. For a water-based adventure, Lee Valley White Water Centre in Hertfordshire is perfect for the inner thrill seeker. Created for the 2012 Olympic Games, the world-class venue now offers canoeing, kayaking and hydrospeeding activities on its 300m Grade IV rapids.

For something more relaxing, inspire a new hobby (or indulge an existing one) with a visit to the Scottish Seabird Centre in East Lothian. Spot puffins, gulls and gannets, and if you’re lucky, marine wildlife such as seals, dolphins and whales. Or, from the comfort of your car, take in the beauty of Snowdonia with a scenic drive. The Guide offers a 53-mile route between Machynlleth and Beddgelert through picturesque woodlands, valleys, mountains, beaches and more.

Packed with over 180 reviews of accessible and inspiring days out, there’s something for everyone in the Rough Guide to Accessible Britain. The Guide aims to inspire and support people with diverse needs in enjoying the best of Britain’s attractions – whatever their disability.

For details on these days out ideas and more visit: www.accessibleguide.co.uk  

Currensea: transforming how consumers spend abroad

Currensea, a brand new travel debit card that links directly to your high street bank account is launching on January 2nd but the waitlist is open now. Currensea eliminates the need to open a new bank account or prepaid card just for travel and will save customers up to 80% on charges or £1.2bn a year when spending abroad. It provides a highly competitive exchange rate and removes the bank fees, enabling customers to spend and save anywhere in the world. According to a spending survey by Nationwide, the average British family goes on holiday twice a year, spending more than £6,000, which represents a quarter of the household disposable income. 

Based on this, a Currensea card could save an average British family almost £200 in bank charges and at no monthly cost, finally, international spending made simple!

For more information or to sign up visit: https://www.currensea.com  

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