Heart of Switzerland & Glacier Express, 30 June 2021 x 6 Days

Day 1 - Wednesday 30 June 2021 Make your way to Manchester Airport for your flight to Basel Airport. Upon arrival, a coach will be waiting to transport you to your hotel in Basel where you will spend the first night of your trip, including evening meal

Day 2 - Thursday 01 July 2021 After breakfast in the hotel, why not head out into Basel and begin your Swiss experience? Spend some time exploring this beautiful city, located on the River Rhine and close to the border with both France and Germany. After some free time to explore, the coach will transfer you to Lucerne. When you arrive, check in to your hotel and begin settling into what will be your home for the next 4 nights.

Day 3 - Friday 02 July 2021 Today is the day to explore Lucerne and really become familiar with your surroundings. The city is fairly compact and sits upon the shore of Lake Lucerne. What's more, it is surrounded by stunning snow-capped mountains. The city boasts a colourful Old Town and one of the most famous sights in the city is the Chapel Bridge, a wooden bridge erected in the 14th century. A 2 hour guided walking tour of the city will familiarise you with all the main sights and attractions that the city has to offer. Then why not take a ride the cog railway from the shores of Lake Lucerne to an elevation of 1,798 meters on Mt Rigi

Day 4 - Saturday 03 July 2021 Today we take the train to Interlaken. The 2 hour train journey connecting the 2 cities takes you through the famous Brünig Pass, offering beautiful scenery in every direction. Interlaken itself is the capital of the Bernese Oberland region and the town is situated between the lakes of Thun and Brienz. The town is very traditional with old timber houses and lots of parkland. Spend the afternoon strolling through the picturesque town or along the lake. Or why not take the funicular up Interlaken's own mountain? The journey only takes around 10 minutes.

Day 5 - Sunday 04 July 2021 Today, a coach will take you out of Lucerne and to Andermatt where you will take the Glacier Express to Chur. The journey will take around 2 and a half hours and whilst on board the train you will get to experience spectacular views of Switzerland. The Glacier Express is a famous train and this part of the journey takes you over the Oberlap Pass to the highest point of the entire route, a descent along the Rhine Valley and the river carved deep in to the white rocks. Sit back, relax and take in the beautiful sights. Afterwards, the coach will meet you in Chur to take you back to Lucerne.

Day 6 - Monday 05 July 2021 It's time to bid farewell to Switzerland today but not before enjoying one final bit of sightseeing. This morning, spend some time relaxing on a cruise on Lake Lucerne. The cruise will travel from Lake Lucerne to Vitznau and back again. The delightful scenery and leisurely pace of the cruise will be the perfect way to end your time in Switzerland. After heading back to shore, the coach will be waiting to take you back to Basel Airport for your flight back to Manchester.

Package includes: ·

  • ATOL protection ·
  • Return flights between Manchester Airport and Basel Airport
  • Coaching for transfers as per itinerary above 
  • 1 night accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis (dinner is a 3 course set menu)  at the Hotel Stücki, Basel
  • 4 nights accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis (dinner is a 3 course set menu) at the Hotel Monopol, Lucerne 
  • 2 hour guided walking tour of Lucerne 
  • Return train journey between Lucerne and Interlaken, free time in Interlaken
  • 1 way journey on the Glacier Express between Andermatt and Chur 
  • Lake Lucerne cruise from Lucerne to Vitznau and return

 

 

Price Per person: (Based on twin/double 2 adults sharing) -

  • Member Plus -  £1399   
  • Member - £1419
  • Non Member - £1449
  • Single supplement £199                                                                                          

* Deposit £200 per person, non refundable

For further details and bookings, you can either use the Reservation Form or contact Colin Cathcart 07592 980533

Please include your Name, Home Address, Contact Telephone Number, Membership Number and the Number Places Required (Member/Non-Member) 

 

 

 

 

17th - 22nd September 2021

 

Normandy has a remarkable history and heritage, from the magnificent Mont Saint-Michel Island and the 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry to the D-Day beaches and don't forget the food. Normandy is famous for its delicious cheeses, terroir cider and Calvados. Our base for the tour is Caen – capital of the Basse Normandie region and founded by William the Conqueror in the 11th century. The city was massively damaged during the 1944 Battle of Normandy, but considerable history and heritage survives to make it a very good-looking city, especially in its central areas. Visitors will discover the imposing bastions of a superb medieval château, two ancient abbeys and a clutch of excellent museums, including an outstanding and enthralling museum of war and peace, largely dedicated to D-Day, WWII and its aftermath.

Friday
A morning departure from the Manchester. We will be visiting Jane Austen’s House in Chawton, Hampshire, the picturesque country cottage, where Jane Austen lived. It is the most treasured Austen site in the world. It was here that Jane’s genius flourished and where she wrote, revised and had published all her novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.

After our visit we travel on to Portsmouth for some free time before boarding our overnight sailing to Caen.

Saturday - Arrive in Caen, with a visit to the Tapisserie de Bayeux (admission and audio guide included).

The Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres long and 50 centimetres tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings.

After our visit you free time in Caen and check in at your hotel.

Sunday - A full day guided D-Day Landing tour including the visits to the Arromanches Landing Museum (admission included) and the Arromanches 360 Cinema (Admission included).

D-Day Museum - Musée du Débarquement: this central museum focuses on the D-Day landings and the crucial months of Allied action afterwards. It goes into fascinating detail about the setting up of the Mulberry Harbour here via models and displays. There are also powerful videos to view.

Arromanches 360°: images bombard you from all sides in this circular cinema opened for the 50th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The clips take you racing through the 100 days of the Battle of Normandy to liberate the region before the Allies moved on to free the rest of Europe from Nazi occupation. During the day guide will take you through some of the history of the D Day landings and surrounding area.

Monday - Full day to Mont St Michel including the visit to the Abbey.

The Mont-Saint-Michel is one of Europe’s most unforgettable sights. Set in the mesmerising bay where Normandy and Brittany merge, the island draws the eye from great distances.

The staggering location has long inspired awe and the imagination. The story of how the mount turned into a great place of Christian pilgrimage is colourful. Aubert, bishop of the nearby hilltop town of Avranches early in the 8th century, claimed that the Archangel Michael himself pressured him into having a church built atop the island just out to sea.

From 966 onwards, the dukes of Normandy, followed by French kings, supported the development of a major Benedictine abbey on the Mont-Saint-Michel. Magnificent monastic buildings were added through medieval times, one vertiginous section being nicknamed The Marvel. The abbey became a renowned centre of learning.

Tuesday - Excursion to visit Fromagerie Graindorge for a cheese factory audio guided tour & tasting of cheese. Also a visit to Chateau du Breuil for a tour and tasting of Calvados.attracting some of the greatest minds and manuscript illuminators in Europe. Vast numbers of pilgrims visited, despite warring cross-Channel royals. However, the ramparts at the base of the island were built to keep English forces out. Other fine buildings went up along the steep village street, now converted into museums, hotels, restaurants and boutiques for today’s tourists to discover and enjoy.

Fromagerie Graindorge - Since 1910, E. Graindorge Cheese Dairy has been passed down from father to son. The company specializes in the production of the four Norman Protected Designations of Origin or PDO cheeses, Livarot, Pont-l’Eveque, Camembert de Normandie, Neufchatel. The milk is collected from a hundred producers. Historically, it ensures high quality raw milk, the Norman race and manufacturing in compliance with the rules established by the Protected Designations of Origin.

Château du Breuil - Be fascinated by the activity at the Château du Breuil distillery and discover thedistillation process for Calvados Pays d’Auge, a genuine symbol of the gourmet heritage of our region, Normandy. Our experts will share their knowledge and introduce you to the distillation process for Calvados Pays d’Auge Château du Breuil. Fill your senses with the beauty of the stills, the sound of the distillation and the fragrance of the freshly created nectar…

After our excursion we will make our way back to the Caen for our departure on the overnight ferry back to Portsmouth.

Wednesday – Arrive in Portsmouth and take an en-route free flow visit to Kenilworth Castle. With time to explore and have lunch.

From medieval fortress to Elizabethan palace, Kenilworth Castle has been at the centre of England's affairs for much of its 900 year history. Today, you can scale the heights of the tower built to woo Queen Elizabeth I and marvel at the mighty Norman keep. Explore the exhibition in the Gatehouse, and imagine the majesty of the Great Hall playing host to medieval monarchs and early Tudor kings.

After lunch we will continue the journey home, arriving in Manchester early evening.

Your Hotel: The Ibis Styles Caen Centre Gare Hotel is located close to the city centre and Caen train station. The hotel features a fitness room and bar. Each of the hotels en suite modern bedrooms come equipped with TV, telephone and hairdryer in the bathroom. Hotel Website: https://all.accor.com/hotel/9086/index.en.shtml?

Price Per person: (Based on twin/double 2 adults sharing) -

  • Member Plus (Members with Lottery Shares) - £659
  • Members (No Lottery Shares) - £669
  • Non-Member - £679
  • Single Supplement £200
  • Insurance - £POA

Look What's included:

  • Executive coach travel
  • 3 Nights bed & cold buffet breakfast at Ibis Styles Caen Centre Gare Hotel
  • City Tax
  • 2 Nights Inside Cabin (2 sharing) accommodation on board Brittany Ferries Portsmouth – Caen sailing
  • Entrance to Jane Austen’s House Museum and Kenilworth Castle
  • Admission to La Tapisserie de Bayeaux including audio guides
  • Full day with guided to Arromanches and area, including guided visit to the Arromanches Landing Museum admission included) and admission Arromanches 360 Cinema.
  • Full Day visit to Mont St Michel, including admission into the Abbey with Audio Guide
  • Excursion to visit Fromagerie graindorge (local cheese factory) for audio guidd visit, including a tasting of the cheese, followed by a visit to Chateau Breuil for a tour and tasting of calvados served with Normandy Apple Pie

What's NOT included:

  • Meals and Entrance to attraction fees other than those stated in the itinerary
  • Any Items of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs etc

For further details and bookings, you can either use the Reservation Form or contact Bob Walker 

Please include your Name, Home Address, Contact Telephone Number, Membership Number and the Number Places Required (Member/Non-Member)

 

A Short Break in Athens - 21th - 24th November 2021

 

For this 3 Night break in the Greek capital you will be based in the centrally located Dorian Inn Hotel.

Athens breaks are an ideal mix of traditional and trendy. You’ll find modern bars and shopping centres sat in the shadows of thousand-year-old ruins.

Greece and history go hand-in-hand. And in Athens, this is amplified at every turn. With over 3,400 years of recorded history on the books, each neighbourhood and city sector’s like an individual exhibit at a museum. Ancient Greek temples rub shoulders with Byzantine-era churches from the 4th century, and signs of the Second World War still linger around the capital.

Sunday: Flying Easyjet direct from Manchester to Athens, arriving early afternoon. 

 

From the airport we will transfer to the hotel for check-in. Once settled in, there will have free time to explore the city at leisure.

Monday: After breakfast we will have a half day tour of Athens which includes admission to the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum.

You’ll find the Acropolis on a hill in the centre of Athens. Dating back to the 5th century BC, this giant marble ruin’s seen as one of the world’s greatest cultural monuments. Its home to the Parthenon, an ancient temple originally built to worship the Goddess Athena, who the city’s named after. These days, it’s a favourite with history lovers and photographers, thanks to the well-preserved state of the ruins and the 360-degree panoramic views.

After the tour we will have the rest of the day at leisure.

Tuesday: Full day at leisure in Athens.

The Plaka district a must-see on any tour of Athens. It’s the oldest

neighbourhood in the city, and serves up a slice of Athens a lot of people don’t know exists. The cosy cobbled roads have a Greek-island feel to them, with souvenir shops, family-run cafés and plenty of blooming trees for

decoration. And the entire place sits in view of the Acropolis, which you can get to in a 10-minute walk.

Wednesday: After breakfast we will check-out and make the transfer back to the airport for the flight back to Manchester.

Hotel: The Dorian Inn is centrally located in Athens, from its top floor, guests can enjoy views of the Acropolis and the Saronic Islands. The hotel features a restaurant and pool situated on the top floor, along with a bar and each of the modern en suite bedrooms come equipped with safe deposit box, telephone, TV and hairdryer.  Hotel Website: https://www.dorianinnhotel.com/

Price Per person: (Based on twin/double 2 adults sharing) -

  • Member Plus (Members with Lottery Shares) - £489
  • Members (No Lottery Shares) - £499
  • Non-Member - £509
  • Single Supplement £69

Look What's included:

  • 3 Nights Accommodation including Buffet Breakfast
  • ½ Day Guided City Tour including entrance to the Acropolis and Acropolis Museum
  • Direct Easyjet return flights from Manchester to Athens
  • Return Airport transfers in Athens

What's NOT included:

  • Meals and Entrance to attraction fees other than those stated in the itinerary
  • Any Items of a personal nature such as drinks, souvenirs etc

For further details and bookings, you can either use the Reservation Form or contact Bob Walker 

Please include your Name, Home Address, Contact Telephone Number, Membership Number and the Number Places Required (Member/Non-Member)