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Special Offers for Solo Travellers

Special offers for solo travellers from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

To make cruising with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines even more attractive to solo travellers, it has introduced some great 'twin-for-sole occupancy' discounts. These special deals mean that a solo guest, occupying a twin room, will pay no single-supplement on bookings made from 1st February 2017 until 1st March 2017.

Neil Herbert, Head of Sales for Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines says, “We know how difficult it can be to find great holidays that don't have prohibitive single supplements. That's why we have put together these great offers on selected twin rooms for solo travellers. Enjoy a twin room all to yourself – with no supplement!"

Fred. Olsen is offering no single-supplements for solo travellers on a range of cruise itineraries in 2017/18, including (on selected grades, subject to availability):

Boudicca's eight-night D1708 'Lochs of Scotland' cruise, ex Belfast on 8th May 2017 (adult-only) – no single-supplement for a Superior Ocean View Room / Ocean View Room. Prices start from £1,499 per person for a Superior Ocean View Room / from £1,199 per person for an Ocean View Room.

Ports of call: Belfast, Northern Ireland – Tarbert, Loch Fyne – Fort William – Cruising Loch Linnhe – Cruising Loch Shieldaig – Cruising Loch Torridon – Cruising Sound of Raasay – Portree, Isle of Skye – Cruising Sound of Raasay – Invergordon – Kirkwall, Orkney Islands – Ullapool – Cruising Loch Broom – Cruising Little Loch Broom – Tobermory, Isle of Mull – Cruising Sound of Mull – Cruising by Duart Castle – Belfast, Northern Ireland

For further information about the cruise click on

Balmoral's 11-night L1722 'Scandinavian Waterways & Capitals' cruise, ex Newcastle on 17th September 2017 – no single-supplement for a Superior Ocean View Room / Ocean View Room. Prices start from £1,899 per person for a Superior Ocean View Room / from £1,709 per person for an Ocean View Room.

Ports of call: Newcastle, UK – Copenhagen, Denmark (overnight stay) – Cruising Stockholm Archipelago – Stockholm, Sweden (overnight stay) – Cruising Stockholm Archipelago – Cruising Oslofjord – Oslo, Norway (overnight stay) – Newcastle, UK.

For further information about the cruise click on

Black Watch's 16-night W1719 'Landscapes of Portugal & the Canaries' cruise, ex Rosyth (Edinburgh) on 14th October 2017 – no single-supplement for an Ocean View Room. Prices start from £2,099 per person.

Ports of call: Rosyth (Edinburgh), UK – Oporto (from Leixoes), Portugal – Funchal, Madeira – Santa Cruz, La Palma – Santa Cruz, Tenerife – Arrecife, Lanzarote – Lisbon, Portugal – Vigo, Spain – Rosyth (Edinburgh), UK

For further information about the cruise click on

Braemar's nine-night M1707 'French River Cruising' sail, ex Dover on 1st April 2017 – no single-supplement for a Superior Ocean View Room / Interior Room. Prices start from £1,449 per person for a Superior Ocean View Room / from £1,049 per person for an Interior Room.

Ports of call: Dover, UK – Cruising River Seine – Rouen, France (overnight stay) – Cruising River Seine – La Pallice (for La Rochelle) – Bordeaux (overnight stay) – Lorient – Dover, UK.

For further information about the cruise click on

Prices shown include accommodation, all meals and entertainment on board, and port taxes.

With 10% of all rooms in the Fred. Olsen fleet being dedicated to solo travellers, it has one of the highest proportions of dedicated accommodation for solos within the industry. Overall, the Fred. Olsen fleet has 190 dedicated rooms for solo guests: Braemar offers 40, Black Watch and Boudicca each have 43, and Balmoral has 64.

Fred. Olsen has a number of room options available on each of its four ships, covering all grades, from 'Single Interior' and 'Single Ocean View' cabins, to 'Single Balcony Suites'.

Once on board a Fred. Olsen ship, solo travellers will find exclusive gatherings for them to get to know each other, and staff on board will seat them together for dinner, and arrange companions for solo travellers when going ashore, if required. There are also Gentleman Hosts and Dance Couples on board the ships to provide dancing partners for solo guests.

The relatively small size of Fred. Olsen's fleet of ships – Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch – and the relaxed and friendly atmosphere on board make Fred. Olsen cruises especially attractive for those travelling alone.

For further information about Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, please visit the website at

Book online, call Reservations on 0800 0355 242 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm; Saturday, 9am to 5pm; Sunday, 10am to 4pm), or visit an ABTA travel agent.

New Brochure from Sardinian Places

New brochure from Sardinian Places

Sardinian Places is delighted to launch its new 2017 brochure, which continues to feature a wide range of self-catering and hotel-based holidays across Sardinia's 1800km of stunning coastline and mountainous interior.

Offering direct flights from seven UK airports into Alghero, Olbia and Cagliari, the tour operator is proud to be able to give customers the options of flexibility and easy travel, and Sardinian Places continues to offer competitive pricing with holidays available from as little as £490pp. Child discounts of up to £170 per child are also offered on a selection of self-catering holidays (terms and conditions apply).

Following the success of its 2016 season, the tour operator advises customers to book early in order to secure their preferred accommodation and travel dates.

Highlights of Sardinian Places' 2017 programme include:

The 2017 Collection Sardinia Brochure

· Over 90 villas, apartments, residences and hotels.

· Two NEW properties, including Le Dune Resort & Spa - an impressive family resort with lots of children's facilities, a large spa, a Piazzetta with shops and entertainment and opposite a large sandy beach.

· Choice of charter, low cost and scheduled flights from seven UK airports.

· Self-drive touring itineraries including a Sardinia and Corsica twin-centre option.

· Choice of packages and accommodation-only options.

·  Free child places at selected hotels.

For more information. call Sardinian Places on 01489 866 959 

Or visit

Download a copy of the brochure here

Create Your Own Adventure in The Lake District

Lane Head at The Lake District

With an array of activities on offer for all guests, Lane Head is a Lake District home like no other. A fantastic & unique base to come together and enjoy outdoor education courses, activities, celebrations and much more. Perfect for corporate and independent groups, friends and families alike. In essence a large and versatile space in an amazing setting....

Standing in an elevated position overlooking Coniston Water, the village and the dramatic fells beyond, Lane Head, an exceptional period property, is superbly situated for those who wish to explore the delights of the local area.

Historically this impressive home was once owned by William Collingwood, secretary to John Ruskin and a renowned artist in his own right. Furthermore it is believed that Arthur Ransome, a close friend of Collingwood and author of the world famous Swallows & Amazons, spent much time at Lane Head and taught Collingwood's grandchildren to sail on the lake.

Now lovingly refurbished to offer its guests simple, spacious, comfortable & practical accommodation, this magnificent home can adequately sleep up to 35 within eight roomy bedrooms, the majority of which enjoy breath-taking lake and mountain views.

Outdoor enthusiasts will revel in endless water based activities available on Coniston Water whilst cyclists both road and mountain, will relish the varied routes available straight from the front door, including Grizedale Forest and its renowned North Face trail.

Culture lovers will find solace in the nearby Brantwood House, the historic home of John Ruskin which now encompasses a museum, delightful gardens and vibrant arts scene.

Lane Head's setting alone should be enough to inspire any visitor and allow creative juices to flow, whether by painting the surrounding landscape as Collingwood did many years ago, or enjoying blissful yoga classes on the front lawn. If you want to run a course from knitting to paragliding, Lane Head is the ideal base.

Working with local company Adventure 21 we are able to offer fantastic, flexible, educational and active stays in the heart of England's adventure capital. Tailor make your stay to suit your group's wants and needs. All activities are immediately onsite at Lane Head or not far from the doorstep.

These bespoke adventure packages can be arranged during your stay from as little as £35 for half a day. Activities on offer range from hill walking and bush craft to gorge scrambling and open canoeing. As the activities are carried out by a reputable provider, all you and your friends, family or colleagues have to do is simply show up.

A 3 night weekend stay at Lanehead the 5th May 2017 costs a truly valuable £2508, that's just £23.88 per person/per night, based on 35 staying. Astonishingly the price per head still remains under £50 per person/per night (£46) if only 18 bed spaces are filled!

With an array of activities on offer for all guests, Lane Head is a Lake District home like no other. A fantastic & unique base to come together and enjoy outdoor education courses, activities, celebrations and much more. Perfect for corporate and independent groups, friends and families alike. In essence a large and versatile space in an amazing setting.

Coppermines and the Lakes Cottage have a huge range of accommodation to suit all tastes and wallets – perfect for places for adventure weekends.

For information about Coppermines properties visit 

Travel & Holidays

Silver Travel Prize Draw


Win a 7 night Rhine River Cruise

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.

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  February 2017 Prize Draw

Visit Amsterdam as part of your holiday

This month our prize winner and partner will win a 7 night Enchanting Rhine river cruise, including flights and transfer to/from the ship, from award winning
AmaWaterways. Travelling from Amsterdam to Basel (or the other way about), you’ll pass through some of Europe’s most interesting and important towns and cities, not to mention the charming countryside. You’ll be able to join informative tours on shore, or take bicycles off to explore.

Not only will you visit Amsterdam, which is a continually fascinating city, you’ll take in Koblenz and Cologne along with Heidelberg and Strasbourg too – each full of history, a charming old quarter and many unique secrets, all to be explained by exceptional tour guides.

On board, you will enjoy luxurious cabins, with first class linens and robes, full board with superb dining and a selection of fine wines, a gala evening and Captain’s dinner, free Wifi and beautiful public rooms and of course, the sun deck! In fact, everything and more you’d expect from a fabulous hotel, with the benefit of a new destination each day.

Read more about the prize holiday here

  Enter the Prize Draw

Win a 7 night Enchanting Rhine River Cruise

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Let your Pounds go Further this Spring on Britain's Sterling Rock

The Rock of Gibraltar

The Rock of Gibraltar is a true gem for holidaymakers this year. Set in the heart of the Mediterranean, it is just 2.5 hours from home while its sterling currency guarantees that there will be no costly conversion rate in your holiday planning.

The Rock's VAT free status means plenty of tempting shopping in the Main Street shopping district. Familiar high street retailers are interspersed with small shops offering a broad selection of goods, including a wide range of popular cosmetic and perfumery brands at agreeable prices.

Food is an important part of Gibraltarian life. Over generations it has become engrained into the fabric of the destination. Gibraltar's historic diversity is perfectly illustrated through its annual gastronomy festival 'Calentita' which takes place on June 17th as part of the Spring Festival.

See the Barbary Macaques which roam freely in the Gibraltar Nature Reserve

There are a wealth of restaurants and bars to choose from on the Rock. Casemates Square is an historic location with restaurants and bars for all. Queensway Quay is a great option for seafront dining and Ocean Village Marina is home to an international casino club together with a buzzing fusion of eateries for all the family.

The Rock is often characterised by its Barbary Macaques which roam freely in the Gibraltar Nature Reserve. During WWII Winston Churchill increased the number of resident Macaques to protect Gibraltar's British legacy – it was believed that if the Macaques left Gibraltar so would the British.

Less known, is that during WWII, servicemen assembles Spitfire planes from inside the limestone Rock ready to assist the war effort. Gibraltar's tunnel's and caves are open to explore and for many resemble a living history book.

For thrill seekers The Windsor Bridge, will provide a welcomed challenge as part of Gibraltar's Thrill Seekers Trail

Gibraltar's Gorham's Cave complex was recently granted UNESCO World Heritage Status. Gorham's Cave, known as the last site of Neanderthal survival, some 28,000 years ago can be visited by boat,

For thrill seekers The Windsor Bridge, will provide a welcomed challenge as part of Gibraltar's Thrill Seekers Trail. Positioned in the Upper Rock at 71 metres long, it is located between two batteries and constructed over a 50 metre gorge.

Dolphin watching is a popular activity accessible from Gibraltar's marinas

Less known are Gibraltar's beaches, small and extremely popular with residents in summer, but with the warmer spring months soon upon us there is plenty of opportunity for walks along the beach on a sunny day.

Dolphin watching is a popular activity accessible from Gibraltar's marinas together with diving and sailing activities.

For more information

Budget Friendly Family Packages
to Philadelphia

Travelbag is offering a four-night stay in Philadelphia this February half term

With its abundance of rich history, diverse neighbourhoods, unique activities and tax-free shopping, there is something for the most discerning of teenagers and curious of grandparents in Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love – and America's First World Heritage City.

Even during the cooler months of February, there is a wealth of incredible things to see and do, such as world-class dining and top museums, so choose from a range of special offers for a family-friendly break to the birthplace of the United States.

Travelbag is offering a four-night stay in Philadelphia this February half term, including accommodation in the all-new 3* Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square, ensuring families are located within moments of the city's major attractions. From here, guests can walk to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute and the Barnes Foundation, to name but a few. Back at the hotel, up to two children under the age of 12 can stay for free when sharing a room with two adults, explorers can relax in spacious rooms, indulge in delicious food at the ArtBar or steak house, and enjoy local art in the gallery.

The Package includes return flights with British Airways and four nights' accommodation at the Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square. Package is available for travel between 13 and 17 February 2017 and must be booked by 31 January 2017. Prices start from £469 per person on a room-only basis. For more information or to book visit 

America As You Like It is offering a three-night city break this February, including bed and breakfast accommodation at the Embassy Suites Center City and a three-day Philadelphia Pass. With this, over 40 of the former capital's tourism hotspots can be explored, including the dizzying heights of One Liberty Observation Deck, the Adventure Aquarium and the 42-acre Philadelphia Zoo. Of course, no visit to this city would be complete without a dose of history, and the pass also allows access to myriad iconic spots, such as the National Constitution Center, where kids and big kids alike can revel in fun learning activities, such as taking the Presidential Oath of Office and voting for all-time favourite Presidents. Package includes return flights with British Airways from London Heathow, three nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at the Embassy Suites Center City and a three-day Philadelphia pass. Package costs from £2,095 for a family of four (comprised of two adults and two children aged 2 – 11) and is subject to availability.

For more information or to book visit

Bon Voyage is offering a five-night package including accommodation at The Point At Rittenhouse Row, allowing families to enjoy the comfort of an apartment while staying right in the heart of the city. Based close to the shopping hub of Walnut Street, where famous shops including Barnes & Noble, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters are just moments away, visitors will be perfectly placed for tax-free shopping. While the accommodation is equipped with self-catering facilities, travellers can also satiate eager appetites at the endless foodie hotspots found nearby.

Just a 15 minute walk away is Reading Terminal Market, where vendors selling local and exotic dishes will satisfy the fussiest of eaters, while there are also restaurants and cafιs right on the apartment's doorstep offering America's most famed dishes, from donuts to lobster. Package includes return flights from London Heathrow and five nights' self-catering accommodation at The Point At Rittenhouse Row, based on two adults and two children sharing. Package costs from £865 per adult and from £759 per child (under the age of 12), and is available for travel in February 2017.

For further information or to book a holiday visit

For more information on Philadelphia, visit the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau's website,


   Italy4Real Ultimate
 Italian Foodie Breaks

Take a culinary holiday with Italy4Real's Ultimate Italian Foodie Breaks

Take a culinary journey this February with European travel specialist Italy4Real's Ultimate Italian Foodie Breaks Collection. Italy4Real's experts gathered the region's top restaurants, chefs and tours to honour Italy's rich heritage.

February is a special month in Italy as the country celebrates its many culinary delights including National Fettucine Alfredo Day on February 7th, National Pizza Day on February 9th, and National Tortellini day on February 13th.

February is a special month in Italy as the country celebrates its many culinary delights

The Ultimate Italian Foodie Breaks Collection is handpicked by Italy4Real's expert owners, ranging from one-day experiences to longer guided tours - including country cooking classes in the Abruzzo Mountains, a romantic wine tasting afternoon in Rome and an 8-day fully-guided food and wine tour of Tuscany.

Italy4Real are experts in their field and have over 20 years' experience of providing authentic Italian experiences.

Enjoy a romantic wine tasting afternoon in Rome

“Food is such an important element of the Italy experience, and we have always offered a wide range of gourmet experiences for our clients - whether that's vineyard tours, cooking lessons from professional chefs or simply providing our personal recommendations of the best restaurants in each region,” says Rem Malloy, Italy4Real president and owner.

"The upcoming national food days are the perfect opportunity for us to round up our expert knowledge and fantastic product offering into one ultimate foodie collection.”

The Ultimate Italy Foodie Collection includes one-day experiences which can be added to any Italy break, or longer guided tours covering Rome and Tuscany. Italy4Real offer bespoke Italian holidays and can customise any tour to extend your stay in Italy before or after the tour.

Take a vineyard tour with Italy4Real

Contact Italy4Real to book your ultimate foodie break, prices available upon request. Italy4Real can provide expert advice and tailor-make your Italy break.

Browse the Ultimate Italy Foodie Breaks Collection


  Soak up the Sun &
   Sea at La Gomera

La Gomera

For its petite size of just 146 sq. miles, La Gomera offers plenty of places to unwind, and nature lovers will find no shortage of secluded bays and quiet beaches off the coast.

Kick things off with an easy swim by heading to the crescent-shaped beach of Playa de Santiago, with calm waters and a protective jetty that doubles as a diving platform. Alternatively, you can enjoy a relaxing evening on the gently sloping, fine black sands of Playa de Alojera, where you'll also find several restaurants offering a true taste of Canarian cuisine, such as traditional specialties of fresh fish.

In the west at the town of Valle Gran Rey, whose name means “Great King Valley”, you'll find some of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It's also a prime spot for surfing when the the waves are good for it, so you'll definitely want to drop by with your board in tow.

March to the Beat of Your Own Feet

Explore the landscape at La Gomera

La Gomera has one of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet, so you'll definitely want to bring your hiking gear if you want to fully explore the island's wonders.

For starters, Garajonay National Park offers varied trails through romantic forests and deep ravines. A real treat lies in the heart of the park at El Cedro forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to El Chorro - the tallest waterfall on the island.

In the capital of San Sebastian, history lovers can retrace the footsteps of Christopher Columbus, who stopped there on his journey to discovering the Americas. On La Gomera's northern coast, winding streets lead the way though the pastel-coloured colonial buildings of Agulo. Meanwhile in the southwest, Valle Gran Rey serves as a great starting base for hikes through diverse natural terrains.

For less experienced hikers and those new to La Gomera, you can always count on guided tours through La Gomera's most scenic routes for picture perfect views and informative lessons about local plant and animal life.

Spread Your Wings & Fly

Explore the landscape at La Gomera

Not only a paradise for nature lovers, La Gomera is also a hub for flying enthusiasts. In fact, it isn't unusual to see the sky in Agulo and Hermigua painted with colourful paragliders flying between the mountains and coast.

There, you can take off from a height of 450 metres above sea level, take in incredible bird's eye views, bask in the unbeatable weather and ride thermal currents that will keep you airborne for hours. From the view point of Abrante, you can even connect Agulo and Hermigua in a single flight.

Getting There

Thomson offers La Gomera holiday packages starting at just £320pp for three nights

Thomson offers La Gomera holiday packages starting at just £320pp for three nights, including return flights to select UK airports. See the latest deals at

For more information, please visit the website at

About La Gomera

La Gomera is renowned for being one of the most rural, authentic and visual of the Canary Islands. Flights run regularly from the UK to Tenerife, where visitors can then enjoy a sort ferry ride to the island within 50 minutes.

Alternatively, flights to Tenerife North are also available from the UK, where guests can then board a 30-minute connecting flight to La Gomera.

For La Gomera's Official Tourism website visit

 Princess Cruises Offer
 New Shore Excursions
  on UK-Based Sailings

Princess Cruises offer new shore excursions on UK-based sailings

Princess Cruises will offer 20 new shore excursions to guests sailing on Crown Princess, one of its Southampton-based ships for this spring and summer. Crown Princess will sail to the Mediterranean and northern Europe from May to September 2017 on seven or 14-night cruises.

The new excursions are in addition to hundreds already on offer, which encompass all destinations the ship will visit and a wide range of activities.

For holidaymakers heading to the Mediterranean these include:

In Italy, guests can tour the UNESCO-protected Cinque Terre, which houses five villages that cling to the rocky Ligurian cliffs. The tour includes a scenic coastline cruise by motorboat

In Spain, explore medieval Bilbao followed by learning cooking secrets from a Michelin star chef, Daniel Garcia, at his Zortziko restaurant

In France, a full-day visit to Bordeaux, with wine-tasting in a French chateau, sightseeing, a tour of the Medoc wine region and a classic regional lunch, or tour the new interactive wine museum, the Cite du Vin

There are three unique visits for guests in Scandinavia and the Baltics:

In Helsinki, Finland, a narrated walking tour of the city concluding with a live concert in the Sibelius music centre

In Tallinn, Estonia, a tour of the historic old town followed by a visit to a brewery and the chance to sample six local beers

Finally, in Russia, guests can be transported to Moscow by high-speed train, before visiting sights including the Kremlin, Cathedral Square and Red Square. A Russian visa is not required for any of Princess Cruises' shore excursions

For those visiting the Norwegian Fjords, new shore excursions will be:

In Honningsvag a 'king crab' tour has been arranged, with giant crabs cooked in a traditional campfire setting

In Trollfjord, a boat tour will head through its narrow entryway and on to steep mountain caverns, which boast the largest sea eagle population in the world. The area is also home to a variety of wildlife including puffins and otters

And in Bergen there's a narrated walking tour followed by a visit to a local ice bar for a sub-zero cocktail

Tony Roberts, Princess Cruises' vice president UK and Europe says,
“We're continuing to enhance our shore excursions as we recognise how important it is for our guests to have a wide range to choose from.

“Our new excursions offer something to cover everyone's taste and budget, from foodies to culture vultures, from those looking to sit back and relax to those who want to stay active.”

Shore excursions are available to purchase from around 120 days before a cruise.

For more information or to book visit

Call 0843 374 2402

Or speak to your local travel agent.