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Experience the Beauty of Goa

The Leela Hotel in Goa

             The Leela Hotel in Goa

Tour operator Goa Experience, is proud to be able to offer its customers the opportunity to stay at a selection of hotels in Goa which are considered the 'best of the best'. Located across the state, many of these properties are close to Goa's glistening coastline, one of the destination's most alluring draws for tourists.

Now in its third year of operation, the company provides package and tailormade holidays across the northern, central and southern regions of the state, serving the discerning British traveller.

Among these top hotels are:

The Leela

The Leela Hotel in Goa

Considered the most luxurious hotel in Goa, the service is of the highest standard, and the grounds, boasting lily-filled lagoons are sublime.

Facilities include four fine-dining restaurants, two bars, free-form pool, tennis, yoga, golf and a spa. 7 nights from £1419pp.

Taj Exotica

Taj Exotica

Part of the renowned Taj group, the Taj Exotica is set directly on Benaulim Beach, boasting tropical gardens and extensive facilities including a large pool, four restaurants, two bars, Jiva spa, tennis, golf, archery and bicycle hire. 7 nights from £1299pp.

Ahilya by the Sea

Ahilya by the Sea

A striking luxury boutique, tucked away in a quiet corner of Dolphin Bay and enjoying spectacular views over the Arabian Sea. With just nine, individually decorated guest rooms, the hotel enjoys and intimate and romantic feel. See full facilities here. 7 nights from £1360pp.

These properties are part of the operator's Luxury Collection, where each hotel is meticulously hand-picked by in-house experts and must be of an exceptional standard to enter the category.

The Leela Hotel in Goa

To add to the superior holiday experience, the company also offers a Premium Class flight service, which customers can choose to upgrade to.

This service offers several perks, including access to the UK airport lounge, increased luggage allowances, priority boarding, premium on board seating and an enhanced meal service.

For more information about these properties or the Luxury Collection, call Goa Experience on 01489 866 986.

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Viking Launches
Third Ship in Norway

Viking Sky®

Viking Cruises® has announced that its third ship, the Viking Sky®, was officially christened during a public celebration in Tromsø, Norway. Located above the Arctic Circle on Norway's northwest coast, Tromsø is a popular destination for viewing the northern lights – and a key port of call on Viking's popular Into the Midnight Sun itinerary, which sails between Bergen and London, allowing guests to explore the northern-most reaches of Scandinavia.

Viking's ocean ships are classified as “small ships” by Cruise Critic, and the 930-guest, 47,800-ton Viking Sky navigated into the Tromsø harbour where she received a warm welcome with co-ordinated water cannons from Norwegian redningsskøyten boats, music from local bands and flag-waving Tromsø residents.

“This is a special time of year in Norway – these are the days of the midnight sun and the perfect backdrop for a celebration. All of our ships proudly carry the Norwegian flag, and it is an especially proud day to officially welcome our new ship in Tromsø, the arctic capital of the world,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking Cruises.

“Vikings were explorers, and our ships are built with their spirit of exploration in mind. We design every aspect of our ships and cruises so that our guests can spend more time immersed in their destination. Scandinavia is Viking territory, but as we continue to expand our fleet, we also look forward to introducing new travellers to the Viking way of travel around the world.”

After arriving in Tromsø, Viking Sky was positioned in the harbour adjacent to a concert stage constructed specifically for the celebration. Viking guests and residents of Tromsø were treated to a public concert, with performances from a variety of Norwegian musicians – including Arctic Philharmonic, Lisa Stokke, Violet Road, Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska and Jørn Hoel. During Viking Sky's christening ceremony, Marit Barstad, sister of Viking Chairman Torstein Hagen, served as ceremonial godmother and offered a blessing of good fortune and safe sailing for Viking Sky – a naval tradition that dates back thousands of years.

Norwegian heritage

Several elements of the christening ceremony paid homage to the Norwegian heritage of both the company and godmother. Instead of champagne for the traditional bottle-breaking, Viking Sky was christened with a bottle of Gammel Opland aquavit, which hails from the same county in Norway where Torstein and Marit's mother, Ragnhild – also lovingly known as “Mamsen” – was born. “Mamsen's,” the Norwegian deli onboard Viking Sky, was also named after Ragnhild, and Gammel Opland was her favorite brand of aquavit.

Additionally, in honour of the original Viking explorers, a gilded Viking axe was used to cut the cord for the aquavit christening. The particular axe used is a replica of a gilded Viking axe artifact discovered near Tromsø. Also, the chopping block used for the ceremony was brought from the Rotnes Farm in Nittedal, where the godmother grew up.

Immediately following the christening, Viking Sky set sail from Tromsø with a convoy of small boats and fishing vessels to spend the longest day of the year in Nordkapp (North Cape).

Onboard the ship, guests were also treated to a special christening dinner with Norwegian delicacies and musical performances by Lisa Stokke, Tor Jaran Apold and Mari Boine. The ship will now spend the summer season sailing Viking's popular itineraries in Scandinavia and the Baltic.

Viking Sky

Viking's ocean ships have a gross tonnage of 47,800 tons, boast 465 cabins and accommodate 930 passengers. Viking Sky is the third of eight ocean cruise ships currently planned for the fleet. The fourth and fifth ships, Viking Sun and Viking Spirit, are under construction and will be delivered in September 2017 and 2018, respectively.

By 2019 Viking will welcome its sixth ship and will become the largest small ship ocean cruise line. Two additional ships are on order for delivery in 2021 and 2022. Viking's ocean fleet features understated elegance and modern Scandinavian design.

Highlights include:

All Veranda Staterooms: Guests can choose from five stateroom categories, starting from a 270 sq. ft. Veranda Stateroom, all with private verandas and premium amenities that include king-size beds with luxury linens, large showers, luxury toiletries, heated bathroom floors and large interactive flat-screen LCD TVs with movies-on-demand.

Explorer Suites: The ships feature 14 Explorer Suites, which are two-room suites ranging from 757 to 1,163 sq. ft. that offer sweeping views from wraparound private verandas as well as the most amenities and privileges of any category onboard.

Two Pool Choices: In addition to the Main Pool with a retractable roof permitting any-season swimming, the ships feature a first-of-its-kind glass-backed Infinity Pool cantilevered off the stern, allowing guests to swim surrounded by their destination.

LivNordic Spa: In keeping with Viking's Nordic heritage, The Spa onboard is designed with the holistic wellness philosophy of Scandinavia in mind - from the centuries-old tradition of the sauna to a Snow Grotto where snowflakes gently descend from the ceiling through chilled air.

Explorers' Lounge and Mamsen's: Share a cocktail with friends. Linger over a Norwegian breakfast and a nautical history book. The Explorers' Lounge and Mamsen's gourmet deli are thoughtful spaces located at the bow and designed in the Scandinavian spirit, for complete relaxation and for marvelling at sweeping views through double-height windows.

The Wintergarden: Guests looking for serenity will find it in the Wintergarden. In this elegant space under a canopy of Scandinavian trellised wood, guests can indulge in afternoon tea service.

Dining Choices: Viking's ships offer multiple restaurant locations and food choices—from fine dining in The Restaurant, which serves three full meals and the widest choice of culinary options, and the World Café, which serves international fare and regional specialties - to intimate dining experiences at The Chef's Table, which offers a multi-course tasting menu complete with wine parings, and Manfredi's, which features freshly prepared pastas and Italian favourites.

Additionally, The Kitchen Table focuses on regional dishes from market to table; the Pool Grill specializes in gourmet burgers; afternoon tea and scones are available in the Wintergarden; and Mamsen's serves Norwegian deli-style fare. Furthermore, with multiple choices for outdoor seating during meals, Viking's ocean ships offer the most al fresco dining at sea.

Enriching Entertainment: Connecting guests to their destinations through authentic experiences is central to Viking in creating “the thinking person's cruise.”

Instead of casinos and water slides, guests are offered Viking's Culture Curriculum® including: world-class lectures on history and art; personalized opportunities for learning with the Viking Resident Historian program; tasting of vintage wines from their destinations; restaurant menus inspired by local cuisine; informative port talks; enriching Destination Performances featuring folkloric shows and musicians playing regional and classical music; an onboard cooking school allowing guests to learn how to prepare local specialties.

Sustainable Features: Designed with the environment in mind, Viking's ships feature energy-efficient hybrid engines, hydro-dynamically optimized streamlined hull and bow for maximum fuel efficiency and equipment that minimizes exhaust pollution and meets the strictest environmental regulations.

The Viking Difference

Designed for discerning travellers with interests in history, art, music and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person's cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises.

Ships are small to get guests closer to their destination, with more time in port and more overnights. Onboard, guests find serene Scandinavian spaces, where every room is beautiful and functional, quiet and filled with light.

All-veranda ships mean that guests experience every day with a new, expansive vista. With the most al fresco dining at sea, featuring regional cuisines and always-available classic dishes, Viking's guests can truly dine in their destination.

A focus on cultural enrichment brings immersive experiences onshore and onboard. And only The Viking Way brings guests itineraries that feature Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access experiences.

Viking Inclusive Value

In addition, Viking Inclusive Value provides a small ship experience at a big ship value with every cruise fare including a veranda stateroom, shore excursions in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes.

Viking guests can also enjoy many luxury complimentary amenities as part of their travel fare, including: beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; premium dining reservations; Wi-Fi; self-service laundry; access to the Thermal Suite in the LivNordic Spa; and 24-hour room service.

For additional information on Viking's River and Ocean offering, contact Viking Cruises 0208 780 7995

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Win a fabulous break to Thessaloniki in Greece

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     July 2017 Prize Draw

Win a fabulous break to Thessaloniki in Greece

   Win a fabulous break to
   Thessaloniki in Greece

This month’s winner and the partner are in for a real treat: a short break in the fabulous city of Thessaloniki, accommodation, flights and breakfast included.

This is Greece’s second city, and on the coast with views towards Mount Olympus across the bay, catch the sunset to get a fabulous photo.

Thessaloniki has a real depth of history

It has a real depth of history, with the twists and turns of fate showing from every street corner. It has been invaded, conquered, betrayed and badly burnt, yet still survived! It’s no wonder the city’s motto is ‘Many stories, one heart’.

If you love fresh food, Mediterranean with an African and Arabic twist, you’ll enjoy the many restaurants here. From the smartest establishments to stalls in the bustling markets, every mouthful is delicious. Fresh produce and locally caught fish are top of most menus.

Visit the bustling markets at Thessaloniki

Visit world-class museums, enjoy a stroll on the modern promenade, join a day cruise on the sea or sit with a coffee, beside an ancient ruin, and people watch.

Thessaloniki’s hotels are excellent, mainly situated centrally and all provide great service.

This prize offers a city break somewhere off the tourist trail, and once visited you’ll want to return for sure! 

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Spectacular Views  in La Gomera

Mirador de Abrante – Agulo

Regarded as the unspoilt Canary Island, La Gomera is home to some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet. From sandy coasts and deep ravines to laurel forests and volcanic mountains, there is no shortage of amazing vistas to behold. Each viewpoint has its own special charm, and their diversity is sure to leave even the most well-travelled sightseers impressed. Get started with five of the best 'miradors' (lookouts) in La Gomera that truly have to be seen to be believed.

Mirador de Abrante – Agulo

Have you ever wanted to experience the sensation of flying? Head to Mirador de Abrante to discover what it really feels like. Perched on a clifftop above Agulo, this glass observation deck provides visitors with breathtaking views over the Atlantic Ocean and the three town centres below: El Charco, Las Casas and La Montañeta. On clear days, the island of Tenerife can be seen bordering the horizon, capped by its highest volcano, and the highest in Spain, Mount Teide.

Mirador de Abrante also has a gastrobar, so you can take in the views while tasting Canarian-inspired international cuisine. It's also a great place to see daily exhibitions of the Silbo Gomero whistling language by the restaurant's staff in the afternoon.

Alto de Garajonay – Garajonay National Park

Alto de Garajonay – Garajonay National Park

Alto de Garajonay is the highest point of La Gomera at an altitude of 1,487 m. With a 360-degree view, it allows you to see almost the entire island on clear days, as well as the islands of La Palma, El Hierro, Tenerife and Gran Canaria. In the summer, usually in the evening, you can even see unforgettable views of the 'mar de nubes', which literally translates as a 'sea of clouds'.

What's more, there are many archaeological treasures to be found here as it was once an ancient site of worship for the pre-Spanish inhabitants. These original settlers would choose the island's highest points as symbolic sites, as indicated by the various remains that have been found in the area.

Mirador del Palmarejo – Valle Gran Rey

Mirador del Palmarejo – Valle Gran Rey

From this vantage point in Western La Gomera, you will find picture-perfect views of Valle Gran Rey's imposing rock walls, terraced hillsides, lush palm groves and pastel-coloured houses—all of which contribute to the valley's classification as a rural park and La Gomera's status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

This viewpoint is also known as the César Manrique viewpoint, named after the famous Canarian architect who designed it. The building blends in amongst the rocky terrain, and the surrounding gardens bloom with many native plants of the valley, such as Canary palm trees from which palm syrup is obtained.

Mirador Morro de Agando – San Sebastián de la Gomera

Mirador Morro de Agando – San Sebastián de la Gomera

From this viewpoint, accessible via a picturesque wooden bridge, you will find yourself surrounded by three protected natural areas: Garajonay National Park, the Monument of Los Roques and the Natural Reserve of Benchijigua.

Without a doubt, the main hallmark is the Roque de Agando, the most prominent formation of a group of volcanic plugs near the centre of the island. This giant stone pillar thrusts its peak 1,246 metres into the sky - the result of an old volcanic vent exposed to millions of years of erosion. From here, you can see the different microclimates of La Gomera by observing the different types of vegetation on each side of the viewpoint.

Mirador de Igualero – Vallehermoso

Mirador de Igualero – Vallehermoso

On the southern part of the island, Mirador de Igualero overlooks a wide area of the protected landscape of Orone. This stunning viewpoint offers panoramic views from the summit to the sea with the silhouette of the islands La Palma and El Hierro set on the horizon.

The main highlight to admire from this vantage point is the tabletop-shaped mountain known as La Fortaleza, a natural fortress considered a sacred site by the island's original inhabitants. There is also the Monument to the Silbo Gomero nearby. Declared by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, the age-old whistling language is still taught in the schools of La Gomera for tradition.

For more information visit La Gomera's official website at

Bag a Bargain in Lisbon this Summer


Budget-conscious travellers searching for a bargain city break need look no further than Portugal's capital, Lisbon. This sunshine city has again been named the best value capital city to visit in Western Europe, and the seventh cheapest European city, in the 2017 Post Office Travel Money City Costs Barometer. Meanwhile, Lisbon has also proved itself to be one of the world's best destinations for backpackers, with a number of the city's hostels receiving highly-acclaimed “Hoscar” awards.

Voted by the readers of, the “Hoscar” awards were based on one million reviews from the Hostelworld travel community. Among several Lisbon properties recognised were:

Goodmorning Lisbon, which won the coveted “Best Atmosphere” award. This bright and friendly property was praised in “review after review” for staff who go “above and beyond” to ensure guests enjoy their stay. Conveniently located and good value, Goodmorning Lisbon is a short walk to the Restauradores metro station, and offers guests complimentary breakfast and city walking tours.

Lost Inn Lisbon was voted in the top three within the “Best Medium Hostel” category. Located within walking distance of the Metro and Cais do Sodré train station, the Lost Inn Lisbon is also just 2km from the historical São Jorge Castle. This friendly hostel is based within an 18th-century building, but has modern amenities including air conditioning and a 24-hour kitchen.

Travellers House was voted in the top three in the “Best Small Hostel” category and can be found in Baixa, one of Lisbon's liveliest areas, with shops and restaurants on its doorstep. This relaxed hostel has simple, colourful mixed dormitories, and offers complimentary breakfasts and wine tastings.

The Post Office Travel Money annual City Costs Barometer surveys 12 typical city break costs – including accommodation, meals, sightseeing and transport - in 36 different European cities. At £162 for the basket of 12 items, Lisbon retained its position as Western Europe's best value capital and within the top ten overall.

Further proving that having fun in Lisbon doesn't have to break the bank, here are some gratis or inexpensive activities to help visitors enjoy Lisbon on a shoestring:

Art for Art's Sake: Some national monuments and museums have free entrance on the first Sunday of every month, including the recently-opened MAAT (Museum for Art, Architecture and Technology), which is architecturally stunning, as well as the National Museum of Ancient Art. The Berardo museum is also free on Saturdays; Gulbenkian on Sunday mornings and the Oriente Museum on Friday evenings – 7.00pm to 10.00pm.

UNESCO World Heritage: Head to the Belém district on the first Sunday of each month for free entry to two of Lisbon's most iconic sites. The picturesque Jerónimos Monastery is one of the most prominent examples of Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon, while the fortified Belém Tower was built to defend the mouth of the River Tagus.

Freeview: Lisbon's famous “miradouros” (viewpoints offer some of the best ways to see the beauty of the city from above, without spending a single Euro.

Famous tram, famous sites: The century-old Tram 28 travels through the city's main neighbourhoods, in just 40 minutes – all for just €2.85 for a single ticket.


Grab a bargain: Feira da Ladra (“Thief's Market”) is Lisbon's oldest flea market, dating back to the Middle Ages. Held in Alfama, Lisbon's oldest district, on Thursdays and Saturdays, visitors can find genuine bargains at a variety of stalls.

Life's a beach: Just 20 minutes to the south of Lisbon is the stunning coastline of Costa de Caparica, which extends for over 15km.

For more information, ideas and inspiration on visiting Lisbon, please go to

   Fairy Tales Come
     True in Moselle

Fairy tales come true in Moselle

British painter William Turner is regarded as one of the fathers of Rhine romanticism. Today, his paintings are still ambassadors for the Middle Rhine Valley, which, with its high density of castles, sloped vineyards and the various localities on the narrow banks, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Yet, Rhineland-Palatinate has so much more to offer: Moselle romanticism certainly has as many benefits as 'Father Rhine' – one more reason to introduce the popular Moselle-Saar holiday region.

Eltz Castle

      The Moselle is home to Eltz Castle,
          one of the most beautiful and
    photographed castles in Germany

Nostalgics from the Moselle region look at the DM500 note they may still possess melancholically. However, this is not only due to its former nominal value. Rather, they miss the vignette of the impressive Eltz Castle, which they were so proud of. Located in a side valley of the Moselle, Eltz Castle is reminiscent of Sleeping Beauty's castle to many a visitor in the area.

The stone and timber-frame structure, still in perfect condition, is a source of fascination, especially since it has never been destroyed. The castle has been the family estate of the Counts of Eltz for centuries. Many visitors consider it the Neuschwanstein Castle of Rhineland-Palatinate.

New, a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter provides a daily shuttle service to the medieval fortress for less mobile tourists from around the world. Identifying feature: the livery of the bus replicates the colours of the timber-frame structure of Eltz Castle.



Saarburg is reminiscent of Venice

Dolce vita on the Moselle – the city of Saarburg is mildly reminiscent of Venice: the Butter Market, which is partly built on oak stilts, leaves a lasting impression due to the bridges that connect it to the Horse Market.

The Leukbach, a babbling river whose gentle murmur rises to a pleasant crescendo as it drops 20 metres in a waterfall in the middle of the city, should also be mentioned. This ambience truly invites you to enjoy a delightful glass of Riesling in the local street cafés and restaurants.


              Take a detour to Bremm

How about a detour to the most famous bow in the Moselle at Bremm? Firstly, this small village is one of the most beautiful villages on the Moselle. Secondly, you can enjoy the magnificent view from Europe's steepest vineyard, the Bremmer Calmont, particularly in autumn, when the glory of Rhineland-Palatinate's Indian summer spreads to the shimmering golden vineyards.


       Beilstein is the 'Sleeping Beauty'
  of Moselle with timber-frame houses

In addition to fairy-tale castles, wonderful little towns dot the Moselle too. Beilstein is a perfect example. No wonder it is called the 'Sleeping Beauty' of the Moselle: it is cosy and looks somewhat sleepy, until it is kissed awake by visitors and reveals itself in all its beauty.

Bernkastel-Kues, another pearl on the Moselle,

            Bernkastel-Kues is another
                pearl on the Moselle

The alleys lined with timber-frame houses characterise this town, as they do Bernkastel-Kues, another pearl on the Moselle, creating a unique romantic atmosphere, especially when the Christmas market is held. Finally, Traben-Trarbach enchants its guests with the stark contrast between its stunning Art Nouveau architecture and its rustic cellars.

Arras Castle makes quite different dreams and wishes come true: to spend a night like a king or a princess in an authentic, romantic room in a castle. Stops at the romantic wineries and vintners characteristic of the area will perfectly round off any visit along the Moselle.

Further information about the Moselle romanticism

       Three Healing
  Activities in Liguria


Here are three healing activities in Liguria that will sooth your mind and soul:

Thermal Baths

The sulphurous thermal baths in Pigna, the ferrous water at Eira and the alkaline water at Acquasanta in the Western Riviera are the most famous thermal baths in Liguria.

The thermal establishments of the Pigna thermal baths exploit the semi-warm, sulphurous waters that gush out from the spring at 30-32°C.

Beauty treatments and every type of massage are available, including assisted underwater massages, plantar reflexology, stone therapy, Ayurvedic massages, lymphatic drainage and shiatsu massage.

You'll find the Eira Thermal Baths in Diano Castello. The water has an elevated iron concentration with anti-stress, anti-inflammatory and rehabilitative properties. The naturally occurring Eira clay is produced in the spring.

Just a stone's throw from Genoa are the Acquasanta thermal baths. There is a wellness centre and beauty farm, with hammam, calidarium and relaxation. The Acquasanta establishment has a covered swimming pool, Jacuzzi and a vascular run with a Kneipp bath, which is useful for venous and circulatory problems.

Wellness Centres

Spas and wellness centres in Liguria are a must. The Arnaldi Colony behind the Portofino Mountain was founded as a House of Health, in a splendid park where traditional treatments are practised alongside modern techniques of relaxation.

There are many wellbeing hotels in Liguria, such as the Grand Hotel del Mare in Bordighera, with a spa-living room, saunas and emotional showers. In Finale Ligure there is the green resort of Relais il Casale which boasts a Turkish bath in a cave.

The Hotel Caravelle in Diano Marina offers seaweed packs, massages and sea peeling. Visit the Grand Hotel's wellness centre in Arenzano. In Alassio the Grand Hotel Mediterranee has an avant-garde spa. In Lerici the Hotel Shelley has various treatments including Finnish sauna, and the Grand Hotel Portovenere has a tepidarium, Jacuzzi tub and various treatments are available.

Wellness Agritourism

Discover wellbeing in the valleys and parks of the Ligurian hinterland. Holiday farms with wellness centres, offer an organic holiday that blends nature with wellbeing.

Valcrosa, a holiday farm in Diano Aretino is just a few kilometres from the beaches, with a wellness centre and swimming pool. In the same village is the Ada Musso Farm, where you can bathe in the lake. In Garlenda, you can stay at Tre Case to enjoy nature, the sauna and relax in the swimming pool.

To the east there is the Anhydrous Holistic Centre in Borzonasca with the holiday farm Il Mulino, while in Varese Ligure, in the organic La Spezia, you can immerse yourself in the wellness centre of Risveglio Naturale, a holiday farm immersed in nature. In Levanto, Costa di Faraggiana has a wellness centre with a swimming pool; while in Riccò in the Gulf of Poets there is Cinque Terre tra il filo di Arianna, surrounded by greenery.

For more information about Liguria please visit


  Discover Samoëns
   In The French Alps
       This Summer

Samoëns in the French Alps


Located in the serenely beautiful French Alps, the charming village of Samoëns is an idyllic summer holiday destination. Brimming with outdoor pursuits and abundant in stunning alpine views, those looking to explore untrodden and beautiful territory this summer won't find a better match. What is more, being just an hour's drive from Geneva – a short flight from the UK - makes Samoëns the ideal location for a stress-free, high-culture break.

For adrenalin-junkie families and couples, the destination offers a broad range of adventurous outdoor activities. Travellers can take to the water with white-water rafting and water skiing, or explore the region's terrain with quad-biking and the latest activity to hit Samoëns - E-fat biking. Allowing cyclists to take to the challenging mountains smoothly, the E-fat bikes are equipped with extra wide and durable tyres to ensure riders traverse the mountain terrain with ease. To get the most out of the bikes and the stunning scenery, book a fun session with a guide and tour the mountains like a pro!

Go cycling in Samoëns

Samoëns isn't all about the fast-paced sports adventures though, since the destination's calm mountain provides the perfect setting for more relaxed pursuits too. Whether travellers are passionate about hiking, golfing, horse riding or playing classic French boules, Samoëns has something to suit. What is more, visitors can explore the relaxing offerings of the village after a day of fresh mountain air by indulging in a massage, enjoying a warming glass of local speciality Grolle after a delicious meal, or cosying up at the village's art deco cinema.

With 188 km of trails, 28 downhill slopes and 600 km of hiking tracks, Samoëns is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

For more information on Samoëns, visit


      DFDS Mini Cruise
Party at Sea Packages

DFDS Min Cruise Party at Sea Packages


Celebrations abroad make even the most special occasions more memorable for guests but why wait until you reach your overseas destination when you can start your celebration en route?

With DFDS' new 'Party at Sea' packages you can do just that, celebrating with friends, family or work colleagues when you book a group of ten or more. Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, baby shower or even just an excuse for a family get together, packages can be tailored to create a unique experience to make your celebration one to remember.

Included within the deal are two nights on board the Newcastle-Amsterdam mini cruise, a glass of champagne on arrival, a variety of meal options in a choice of the ship's four restaurants, a personalised cake and a cabin upgrade for the host.

Upon arrival in Holland, guests can enjoy a free transfer to Amsterdam city centre where they can explore the city at their own leisure and continue with their celebrations before heading back to the UK on the overnight sailing.

DFDS is also offering a brand new range of entertainment on board its ships, in partnership with top agency Excellent Entertainment. The programme now includes a range of themed shows, new live entertainment and DJs, as well as a 'welcome aboard' party.

Prices for the Party at Sea packages start from £94pp and bookings can be made through the dedicated group bookings team. For more information visit

DFDS provides daily overnight departures to Holland. The Newcastle-Amsterdam cruise ferries are equipped with four restaurants including the Explorers' Steakhouse, an all-you-can-eat world-food buffet in the 7 Seas, the Blue Riband à la carte restaurant and 'Little Italy', a pasta and pizza restaurant. Other on board facilities include a shop, a casino, a cinema and a Kidz club to keep children entertained.