Travel and Holidays

Spanish Walking Holidays

Walking to Be Enjoyed
Not Endured!

Thought that your walking holiday days were over? Then maybe think again!

Balearic Outdoor Holidays are Europe’s leading specialist for walking holidays “to be enjoyed not endured” on the Spanish Balearic Islands of Mallorca and Menorca. We organise holidays for couples, singles and groups alike.

We’ve been organising fully guided walking holidays on these 2 islands for 16 years and have always aimed ourselves at the easier end of the walking holiday market.

Our walks are fully guided, backed up with a vehicle tracing the route and are all of around 6 miles in distance. Great accommodation plus wonderful food and wine are also very much a part of our holiday package.

Having said that, people who first enjoyed our holidays 15 years ago when they were in their 60’s are now in their mid to late 70’s and many have told us that even walking 6 miles a day has become a daunting proposition. Balearic Outdoor Holidays is a family business that’s always viewed its guests as friends and nobody likes to lose a friend.

For this reason and without wishing to alienate any of our customers who enjoy our existing walking holidays, we’ve decided to launch a softer walking product for 2019. For these holidays, we’ll be walking between 3 and 4 miles a day on generally flat or downhill terrain and these holidays will include some sightseeing.

Other than this, the content of our softer walking holidays will be more or less the same. The walks will be fully guided with 2 guides and a backup vehicle should anyone need a ride along the way.

The holiday accommodation is always handpicked and of a high level. It goes without saying that as with any of our holidays, the food and wine is fantastic as well. Also, with the walks being shorter, you’ll have an extra hour in bed!! 

Our “softer” walking holidays for 2019 will take place during the following weeks:

Friday 15th March – Mallorca

Friday 31st May – Menorca

Friday 13th September – Menorca (singles only)

The holiday price of £989.00 includes the following:

7 nights bed and breakfast.

6 wonderful meals (These will be a combination of lunches and suppers. On the days where our meal is in the evening, a picnic will be provided. All wine is included with our meals).

5 fully guided walks.

Airport transfers and all other required transport.

Tea, coffee and biscuits during each walk.

Drinking water.

If this type of holiday appeals to you, then why not send us an email to: sales@menorcawalkingholidays.com

Or call us on freephone 0800 072 4832. We’re always happy to help with any questions!

We look forward to hearing from you.

John and Carolyn

Balearic Outdoor Holidays
www.balearicoutdoorholidays.com

Easter Break in Suffolk

Choc Full Easter Weekend Break at Crown and Castle 

The three-night Easter weekend break at the Crown and Castle in Orford, Suffolk is ‘choc full’ of delicious things to eat and delightful places to explore.

Arrive on Good Friday, 19th April and tuck into a welcome afternoon tea with toasted hot cross buns and Black Velvet cake.

Full English breakfast is included every morning, with a glass of Bucks Fizz on Easter Sunday, as well as your choice from a two-course à la carte dinner each evening in the AA two rosette restaurant. Take home a box of Niko B’s soft chocolate caramels when you depart on Easter Monday.

With the onset of long-awaited spring, the Easter package includes tickets for a boat trip over to the nearby Orford Ness coastal nature reserve.

As dogs are not allowed on the Ness (but made most welcome at the Crown and Castle), dog owners and their pets can take a boat trip on the River Ore instead.

A few steps from the 12th century castle keep, the Crown and Castle has just 21 rooms. Expect oak beams, stylish décor and a traditional bar; the walls are adorned with interesting artwork and there’s a large terrace for outdoor eating and drinking.

The three-night Easter weekend starts at £750 for two sharing.

To book call The Crown and Castle at Orford on 01394 450205

Or email info@crownandcastle.co.uk 

For details about The Crown and Castle visit www.crownandcastle.co.uk

Restore Britain's Waterways

Enjoy Restoring a Canal This Summer with The Waterway Recovery Group

Price is just £70 Per Person for
Seven Days Full Board

The Inland Waterways Association’s Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) is looking for volunteers to help restore Britain’s lost waterways this summer. Without the support of volunteers, these canal restoration projects cannot be completed and valuable history will be lost forever.

In 2019, the Waterway Recovery Group (WRG) has 25 canal restoration projects, or Canal Camps, all around England and Wales that need support. Working outdoors, volunteers can find themselves carrying out various activities such as clearing vegetation and bush-whacking, or learning new skills such as bricklaying, stone walling, restoring locks, re-lining canals or creating towpaths.

Each Canal Camp is one week-long, costs £70 and includes three meals a day plus endless tea and cake. Basic accommodation is provided, usually in a village hall or scout hut. Volunteers will need to provide their own camp bed or sleeping mat.

All of your transfers to and from the accommodation to the work site are included but volunteers will need to make their own way to the Canal Camp. If travelling by public transport, volunteers can also be collected from the nearest railway station.

Mike Palmer, Chair, Waterway Recovery Group says, “We are looking for volunteers from all walks of life to help us with our canal restoration projects. Our canal camps, offer a week-long volunteering holiday for anyone who loves being outdoors and enjoys meeting new people.

“In return for helping to preserve our industrial heritage and restoring our beloved canals, we can offer volunteers a fantastic chance to restore a flight of locks, build a new section of canal or even rebuild a bridge.

It’s also a great opportunity to have fun and mix with different people who all share a common goal – to bring our waterways back to life.”

The aim of the Canal Camp programme is to support the admirable work of local canal restoration societies. The largest projects that need support in 2019 are based on the Grantham Canal in Nottinghamshire, the Cotswold Canals and the Wey & Arun Canal in Surrey and West Sussex.

If you’re interested in volunteering on a Canal Camp, visit the website www.wrg.org.uk to see a full list of all 2019 dates and locations.

You can also email enquiries@wrg.org.uk or call Telephone: 01494 783 453 to order a new brochure.

Camps are open to anyone aged 18 and above and no experience is necessary. All personal protection equipment is supplied. You just need a pair of steel toe cap boots.

Waterway Recovery Group is part of Inland Waterways Association, a national charity dedicated to supporting and restoring the country’s canals and rivers. Over the past 70 years WRG volunteers have managed to restore hundreds of miles of canals.

Most of Britain’s canals were built over 200 years ago to help move goods around the country, but many fell into disrepair after the railways were built. Today, the canals are busier than ever providing a place to enjoy waterways by foot, bike or boat.

For more information about Volunteering to Restore a Canal please visit the website at www.wrg.org.uk

Sixtyplusurfers Competition

Silver Travel
April Prize Draw

At Silver Travel Advisor you can find a wealth of information, impartial reviews written by people like you, as well as suggestions, ideas and destination reports about travel for the over 50’s.

If you have any questions, a team of experienced Advisors who are retired travel professionals are ready to assist at no charge. And you can share your own experiences too by writing reviews. 

You can read about the latest special offers and holiday discounts too. 

April Prize Draw

Win a Hamper of Easter Treats
with Holland America Line in the
April Prize Draw with Silver Travel

This month we’re delighted that our partner, Holland America Line, has an indulgent Easter hamper to give away in our April prize draw.  Spring is sprung, the clocks have leapt forward and – oh joy – the evenings are lighter, spring flowers are popping up everywhere and leaves are returning to the trees. 

So it’s time for treats to coincide with Easter and our hamper’s full with a delicious Easter egg, a bottle of champagne, spoil-yourself Elemis toiletries, a Holland America Line stylish beach bag, commemorative MS Koningsdam plate and art book plus more! 

Enter Now

You can still vote for the Silver Travel Awards, to celebrate and name those companies and cruise lines which are providing exceptional service to mature travellers. 

And by voting you’ll be entered into our free prize draw to win one of a trio of prizes – a week’s holiday in Italy for two, a three night stay in a UK hotel for two or car hire for three days almost anywhere in the world.

Vote now

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Visit www.silvertraveladvisor.com for more details as well as terms & conditions and  to take a look at the growing list of holiday prize winners!

Africa Safari Holidays

Abercrombie & Kent Luxury Africa Holidays

Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent was born in Kenya and has been internationally recognized as the first name in luxury adventure travel for more than 55 years. Founded by Geoffrey Kent, A&K has always strived to deliver experiences, not just ‘humble holidays.

With ground-breaking mobile refrigeration and the first luxurious tented camps in Africa, we revolutionised the travel industry in the early 1960s. Today, our outstanding travel and tour operations explore 100 countries on all seven continents. They have curated some fabulous experiences and itineraries. From cheetah conservation to private jet journeys, they’ve got Africa covered.

Southern Africa

Cape Adventure, Meerkats & Madikwe

Your South Africa itinerary ticks off the best of the country’s cities and natural wonders. Start your adventure in cosmopolitan Cape Town and enjoy the panoramic views from Table Mountain. After two days exploring the city, depart for the bewitching Kalahari Desert.

In one of the largest reserves in Africa you can go in search of meerkat, dine on the dunes or simply visit the world’s oldest rock art. End your holiday in style with an African safari in the Madikwe. Here you’ll see the Big Five on game drives from your lavish lodge.

Discover South Africa

South Africa shines bright. Its outstanding beauty balanced by cool creative endeavours. Experience it all on this holiday in the Rainbow Nation’s west. Fall for cool Cape Town’s many charms. Wander the winelands from a base in Stellenbosch, where you’ll go on a Foodies by Foot experience.

Jump on a Wine Tram for a hop on/hop off tour of some of the most revered wine estates in the Franschhoek Valley. Take to the open road on the Garden Route, cradled between the winding coast and the mountains. Your final stop is Knysna, perched on a forest-enclosed lagoon, with its cafés, bars and micro-breweries.

Classic Zambia

These tailor-made itineraries and personal Zambia travel guides will ensure your safari is packed with adventure, romance and thrilling wildlife encounters. We’ll also make sure you enjoy it in comfort and style. Walking safaris will take you to the heart of the renowned South Luangwa National Park.

There will be canoe trips along the mighty Zambezi River in search of hippo and elephant. Wherever you are our experienced Zambia travel guides know precisely where to find the best viewing spots. You’ll stay in luxurious bush camps and idyllic riverside treehouses for a memorably authentic holiday in Zambia. And capping the trip in the best way possible will be the iconic Victoria Falls.

Skeleton Coast Flying Safari

Namibia’s Skeleton Coast is one of the most remarkable natural landscapes on Earth. Our Skeleton Coast flying safari immerses you in its stunning geological formations and unique wildlife.

Towering red sand dunes rise from the desert sheltering animals who have adapted over time to survive here. Moving among wildlife, such as the desert elephant, are the nomadic Himba people. Combining flights in light aircraft with land-based 4×4 excursions, you’ll witness all the staggering landscapes of the Skeleton Coast and the remarkable life it contains.

From the Eduard Bohlen shipwreck at Conception Bay to the surreal, marooned whalebones, a visit here is utterly unique.

Iconic South Africa to Mozambique

Visit South Africa’s Cape Town and the rural Winelands. Then fly to Botswana’s Okavango Delta. Cross over the border to Zambia and Victoria Falls before journeying to Mozambique’s coastline.

Get swept up in Cape Town’s cosmopolitan scene and sip superlative shiraz in the Winelands’s rolling vineyards. For prime predator viewing, there’s nowhere better than Botswana’s emerald Okavango Delta from where you can explore rich wildlife in a dugout canoe. Experience the awesome sight of Victoria Falls and its thundering sheets of water and unwind on Mozambique’s sun-drenched beaches lapped by azure waters.

Private Jet Journey – Wings Over Southern Africa

Experience the best of Southern Africa on this epic adventure: Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta, Sossusvlei and Cape Town. Enjoy luxurious accommodations throughout your journey, tree houses, bush pavilions, elegant private villas and chic hotels.

Catch some of the region’s finest game viewing in the Okavango Delta’s Moremi Game Reserve, the predator capital of Africa. Explore Sossusvlei, where the terracotta-coloured sand dunes rise 1,000 feet or more, and visit Nakatindi Village’s school and clinic, supported by A&K Philanthropy.

Customise your travel experience in Cape Town with our Design Your Day® options. See full tour details.

East Africa

Go on A Cheetah Conservation Watch – Tanzania

Sanctuary Kusini and its southern plains are famous for their high cheetah population. But partly because of habitat loss and partly because of human conflict, cheetahs are now designated as Vulnerable to Extinction.

Today there are very few of these sleek, majestic animals still roaming free in the wild. The Serengeti Cheetah Project compiles vital information in the fight to protect the species. When a cheetah is seen, it is photographed and identified by its unique spot patterns. Its location, condition and reproductive status are entered into a database to map, monitor and protect the movement of cheetah populations.

Guests can go cheetah-spotting on safari at Sanctuary Kusini, or another of our Serengeti camps. You can submit your photographs of cheetah, along with information about where and when they were seen, to the Serengeti Cheetah Project. They will be entered into the database and provide valuable information to researchers.

Ultimate East Africa safari

Visit Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, and the Masai Mara. Then journey to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti in Tanzania. Experience a safari-trip like no other, combining Africa’s iconic wildlife destinations. Drive through Kenya’s picture-perfect savannahs with a roster of big game.

Explore the famed Masai Mara where you can witness the great migration and its mass movement of wildebeest. The three-million-year old Ngorongoro Crater is a wildlife utopia full of silvery-cheeked hornbills, spotted hyena and huge herds of Grant’s gazelles. Then head to Tanzania’s Serengeti grasslands, teeming with legendary creatures. You’ll camp in classic safari-style.

Classic Ethiopia

Ethiopia offers rich history, fascinating culture and many dramatic landscapes. In the atmospheric markets of Ethiopia’s eccentric capital, Addis Ababa, you can bargain for baskets before meeting Lucy, one of our earliest human ancestors.

A guided cruise across Lake Tana brings you to the hallowed source of the Blue Nile. The UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Axum and Lalibela contain pilgrims trailing through the labyrinthine passages of rock hewn churches. And there’s always buna to sip, Ethiopia’s famously strong coffee.

Classic Kenya

Tailor made Kenya tours offer the opportunity to experience classic Kenyan sights on safari, on foot, by helicopter, and on a camel trek. The striking Lewa Downs guarantee an exciting safari experience and enjoy exploring the landscapes as there is wildlife to encounter.

Having mastered the bush, you’ll be whisked off to the verdant plains of the magnificent Masai Mara. Here you can discover the culture and traditions of the Maasai people and experience thrilling dawn and dusk game drives on the search for Africa’s Big Five.

For more information about Abercrombie & Kent visit www.abercrombiekent.co.uk

Travel Insurance Advice

Travel Insurance
Tips for Pre-existing Medical Conditions

With all this talk of Brexit, booking a holiday is tempting. But while travel insurance is often the last thing on your mind when booking a holiday, it’s probably the one essential for every holiday destination, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition. And even more so with the uncertainty around Brexit. So how do you buy the right cover at the right cost? And how do you avoid a holiday dream becoming a holiday nightmare?

AllClear Travel Insurance, a specialist in travel insurance for people with pre-existing medical conditions, has put together its six top tips on how to buy smart:

1. Don’t rely on EHIC – The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) should not be considered an alternative to travel insurance because it only provides access to the state healthcare available in any given country (this may be a considerably lower standard than what you are used to with the NHS), and it does not cover repatriation. Repatriation, especially when a doctor or nurse is required as an escort, can easily cost thousands of pounds, even when travelling in Europe.

2. Research before you go – The cost and what you are covered for will vary considerably by destination. For example, the high cost of medical treatment in the US (which can be as much as $10,000 per night in hospital) will mean higher premiums. Closer to home, the cost of private medical treatment in Spain is greater than anywhere else in Europe, so don’t be caught out and do your research. 

3. Compare prices – Various specialist sites are available to help you compare prices, including the AllClear Travel comparison site which compares up to 56 prices to meet a wide range of budget and cover options, with every policy specifically designed to cover travellers with medical conditions, their travelling companions, families and carers.

4. Declare all medical conditions – It’s essential your insurer understands your medical situation in order to provide comprehensive cover. Failing to declare all conditions may cost you more in the long run if you need to make a claim and it is rejected or only partially paid. If in doubt, spell it out!

5. Consider what you need cover for – You can save money on your premium by opting for a larger excess, or restricting activities you might not need, such as winter sports. If it’s a last-minute holiday then cancellation cover may not be appropriate, so excluding this could also lower your premium.

6. Be wary of packaged bank account travel insurance – Cover within ‘bundled’ packages may not cover pre-existing medical conditions, and therefore if a related claim arises you would not be covered. These packages can be a false economy, so it’s vital to check the details of your policy, and ensure you are happy with the level of cover provided.

7. Cover your travelling companions – If you are travelling with friends who have their own travel insurance policy, it is highly unlikely that they would be covered for cancellation if they also chose to cancel their trip when you did because of your medical condition. It’s worth looking into add-ons such as AllClear’s ‘Travelling Companion cover’, which will cover their cancellation costs without a specialist policy.

Chris Rolland, AllClear CEO, says finding travel insurance for people with pre-existing medical conditions can be daunting.  

“We work with numerous heart, cancer, stroke, kidney and disability charities and understand there is considerable confusion about what to do when mainstream insurers will not provide cover, or people feel they have been priced out the market.

“We know that no one is uninsurable, and passionately believe everyone has the right to travel. It is our duty as an industry to provide travellers with pre-existing medical conditions with advice and the necessary support.”

About AllClear

Award winning AllClear has helped cover more than 2.8 million policyholders, with customers in the UK, Ireland and Australia. It is passionate about providing cover to the over 50s and those with medical conditions who may struggle to find cover elsewhere.

AllClear offers quality insurance policies with five-star Defaqto ratings matched with best-in-class customer service and claims handling. 97% of customers have rated AllClear as ‘Excellent’ or ‘Great’ on independent trust website Trustpilot.

Our specialist comparison website for medical travel insurance compares over 56 prices to provide customers a wide choice of cover. AllClear won Personal Lines Broker of the Year 2018 voted by industry peers and was nominated for nine industry awards in 2018. AllClear is also the ‘Official Scheme Provider’ to the British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) and rated Number 1 by 5,500 consumers on Smart Money People.

Utilising over 25 billion data points collected over 20 years It has created the most robust risk rating and pricing platform for medical conditions in the market.

For further information about AllClear Travel Insurance please visit the website at www.allcleartravel.co.uk

Or call Freephone: 0808 281 0653

Red Carnation Hotels

The Perfect Mother’s Day With Red Carnation Hotels

Have the perfect Mother’s Day with Red Carnation Hotels. 

Picnic amongst the daffodils in Kensington Palace Gardens

As the first signs of spring begin to bloom, a picnic in the park is a wonderful way to spend quality time with Mum. Throughout spring and summer, The Milestone Hotel & Residences, located opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens, will arrange a traditional wicker basket filled with the most delicious and generous al fresco fayre. Sit amongst the daffodils, sip on Champagne and feast on five star picnic dishes in one of London’s most renowned royal parks – the perfect way to show your Mother how much you care.

The Milestone Hotel’s Picnic in the Park is priced from £150 per basket (for two sharing) and includes delicate finger sandwiches, crispy sesame crusted corn-fed chicken with coleslaw, a prawn and crayfish cocktail, smoked salmon and cheese platter, a selection of freshly baked pastries and a half bottle of Lanson Champagne to share.

For more information, please visit www.milestonehotel.com  

It’s teatime for all the family by Buckingham Palace

To spoil Mum and treat her like a Queen, invite all the family and indulge in a traditional Royal Afternoon Tea at The Rubens at The Palace opposite the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace.

The hotel is perfectly located to watch the palace horses, carriages and the Queen’s Guard while enjoying delicious fresh sandwiches, warm scones and sweet cakes inspired by the hotel’s regal neighbours. The Little Prince and Princess Tea for young visitors comes with bite-size sandwiches, freshly baked scones, tasty cupcakes, pastries and a choice of a milkshake or hot chocolate.

Afternoon Tea is served at The Rubens at The Palace from 12:00pm – 5:00pm Sunday to Friday and 12:00pm – 6:00pm on Saturday. The Royal Afternoon Tea is priced from £45 per person, and the Little Prince and Princess Tea at £19 (for children under 12 years). Vegan and gluten free afternoon teas are available.

To make a reservation, please visit www.rubenshotel.com  

Dior and a designer hotel stay in Knightsbridge

Just moments from the V&A and Harrods is The Egerton House Hotel, a boutique townhouse which sits on a quiet street overlooking private gardens. The five star hotel offers its guests VIP access to the V&A Museum, including its latest exhibition “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams.”

Spoil Mum (and yourself!) this Mother’s Day with a luxury hotel stay in Knightsbridge and guaranteed entry to the otherwise sold-out exhibition. The exceptional hotel team will ensure you feel spoilt and pampered by welcoming you with a glass of Champagne and settling you in to a beautifully appointed double room with a full English breakfast. 

Accommodation at The Egerton House Hotel is priced from £290 per room per night this spring, and includes two tickets to the “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams” V&A exhibition. For more information  visit www.egertonhousehotel.com  

Mix Your own Cocktails in Bloomsbury

Get a little creative this Mother’s Day with a new experience at Bloomsbury luxury hotel The Montague on the Gardens. The Montague is transforming its beautiful al fresco Garden Terrace area into a pop up cocktail bar for a two months this spring. Over two hours, cocktail-enthusiasts can create their own drinks using the hotel’s selection of spirits, mixers and garnishes, with the guidance of their expert bartender.

The Montague’s Mix It cocktail experience is £39 per person. For more information visit www.montaguehotel.com

Outdoor escape in the Irish countryside

Mothers with a passion for the outdoors will love the new experience at The Lodge at Ashford Castle in the West of Ireland. Treat your Mother to a luxury weekend escape with off-road driving! Situated on the Ashford Estate are two new off-road courses. Enjoy the rugged landscape of the Connemara hills in a Land Rover, before returning to the warm hospitality and open fires of the elegant country house hotel.

A 1.5 hour introductory off-road driving experience is priced at €425 for two people. An overnight stay at The Lodge at Ashford Castle is from €250 per room per night. For details visit www.thelodgeac.com

For details about Red Carnation Hotels visit www.redcarnationhotels.com

Princess Cruises Offer

Free Spending Money or Flight Savings on Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises is offering up to $250 per person onboard spending money on 15 Europe-based sailings or up to a £400 flight discount on 140 Caribbean and North and Central America voyages. All cruises depart in 2019 and 2020 with the deal running from March 1st – April 30th, 2019.

The onboard spending money applies to first and second guests sharing a stateroom and is available across a variety of Mediterranean cruises in 2020 on the 3,080-guest Crown Princess. Voyages range in length from seven to 21 days and cover destinations such as Greece, Italy, Spain and France. A low deposit of £50 is included in the offer.

Alternatively, up to £400 per person flight discount is on offer for America-based voyages in 2019 and 2020, ranging from 7-28 days. Destinations include Canada & New England, the Caribbean, Panama Canal, Hawaii and Mexico.

The flight offer comprises several sailings on the newest addition to the line’s fleet, Sky Princess. The 3,660-guest ship launches in October 2019 with an inaugural season in the Mediterranean, before heading to the Caribbean from December 2019 – April 2020.

For more information about Princess Cruises visit www.princess.com

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