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The Allett RFID Passport Wallet from Stuffa
Prevent identity theft whilst travelling
The RFID Passport Wallet from Stuffa features a concealed RFID blocking lining that will protect against identity theft and credit card fraud. With credit cards, ID cards and passports all now having RFID chips embedded identity theft and fraud are on the rise, more so for unsuspecting travellers who generally have plenty of other things on their mind.
The Allett RFID Passport wallet has a soft Napa leather outer combined with a durable nylon interior. In addition to carrying a passport the wallet will hold up to 10 cards and currency of all sizes along with receipts and travel documents.
Made in San Diego, California, the wallet is designed to be slim even when full and weighs in at just 37 grams and measures 100mm x 142mm when closed.
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The author was fascinated with archaeology and spent 30 years travelling to Egypt soaking up its unique atmosphere and discovering its many ancient sites, many of which provide the backdrop to her fictional plots. Hotels such as the Old Cataract Aswan where Agatha Christie is believed to have written Death on the Nile continue to attract visitors for their old-style colonial charm of a bygone era.
Since the 1930s when Death on the Nile was first published there have been several major discoveries and restoration projects including the Sphinx Avenue in Luxor, the 3,600 remains of forgotten pharaohs King Senebkay in the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Golden Mummie, the giant limestone heads of royal priests and the 18th dynasty kin Amenhotep III and the lost tomb of Queen Nefertiti.
Archaeologists are continually uncovering ancient remains and monuments, burial sites and temples and Egypt continues to fascinate those who travel there with old and new discoveries. For those with an interest in history Egypt is unbeatable as a destination. One of the UK’s leading tour operators to Egypt offers a wide range of classic Nile cruises and tours to take visitors to some of the main sites.
The 14-night ‘Ancient Egypt’ package is the ideal way for seeing as much as you can on one trip and includes a 7-night Nile cruise, with 4-nights in Luxor followed by 3-nights in Cairo. Sites visited include the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens and the Temples of Luxor, Karnak, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan and the Temple of Philae, the Pyramids and the Sphinx.
Visitors will also get the chance to see the Sphinx Avenue in Luxor and newly opened mortuary temple of Pharaoh Amenhotep III which is set to become another major attraction in Luxor. The statue of the Egyptian king in Luxor was restored last year 3,200 years after it collapsed following an earthquake. It stands at 2.92 metres tall.
This holiday is currently on sale with up to £200 off the brochure price. The lead in price is from £1,349 per person, based on selected departures between now and June 2016. The price includes flights from Heathrow, transfers in resort, flight between Luxor and Cairo, 7-night full board cruise on the deluxe Royal Viking plus 10 guided excursions, 7-nights bed and breakfast accommodation in Luxor and Cairo.
This summer escape from the theme parks and discover the Original American Beach, Daytona Beach, 23 miles of glorious sandy beaches just an easy hour’s drive from Orlando and the perfect choice for a Florida beach holiday. Come and discover the ‘new’ Daytona Beach as it enjoys a new chapter in the destination’s history showcasing its racing heritage, idyllic East Coast oceanfront location and impressive arts affiliation. Enjoy the traditional boardwalk with restaurants and entertainment for all ages. During the summer the famous Bandshell puts on free evening concerts followed by a fireworks finale over the ocean.
Let’s not forget Daytona’s racing heritage, in January the world-famous Daytona International Speedway opened its doors after a $400 million re-imagining project. So, if you still want a few thrills and spills after a day on the beach you can get behind the wheel of a racecar at the Richard Petty Driving Experience and take a lap around this famous speedway.
Stay at the 4* Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites right on the beach for seven nights from just £559 per person based on two adults and two children (6&8 years) sharing on selected departures between 20 June – 17 July 2016. Flights from London Heathrow with Virgin Atlantic.
To book visit My America Holiday www.myamericaholiday.co.uk or call 020 3553 7378.
It’s A Right Royal Affair... William, George, and Prince Rupert?
With the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge touching down for their second Royal tour of Canada today, (22nd September) this is set to be one of the key destinations for 2017.
Celebrating 150 years of confederation next year, there are special events and activities being planned throughout the country. Be a part of the festive atmosphere by joining a Great Rail Journeys escorted tour.
Great Rail Journeys (www.greatrail.com / 0800 240 4470 / 01904 527 180) have a collection of 10 Canadian holidays, including the NEW 13-day Canada’s Wildlife and Wilderness, from £3,595pp. The exclusive departures are scheduled in June and September 2017.
The trip showcases the rugged beauty of Canada on a tour of the nation’s greatest natural features. One highlight of the holiday is a full-day excursion along the waterways of Tofino to spot black bears. Aboard a privately chartered boat, customers can enjoy watching the bears searching for food in their natural habitat. The cruise along the shorelines is a unique experience, giving the opportunity for wonderful photography and close encounters with a variety of wildlife such as eagles, seals and sea lions. Tofino, a small island in British Columbia – the province where Kate and Wills are spending most of their trip, including a bear-watching expedition of their own – is a popular destination for anyone looking to get close to nature.
This extraordinary itinerary also includes an orca-spotting cruise, a guided tour of Vancouver, and journeys on the iconic Canadian and Jasper-Prince Rupert trains. The Jasper-Prince Rupert train, formerly known as the Skeena, travels through some of the most sparsely-populated areas of Canada, taking in breathtaking views of the wilderness on its journey from Jasper National Park to Prince Rupert.
Natali Smith of VIA Rail said “This tour includes much of the very best Canada has to offer. The rail journey to Prince Rupert passes through some of the most beautiful landscape in the country”. She went on to say “the highlights must surely be black bear spotting and whale watching. The itinerary showcases why Canada delivers the ‘trip of a lifetime’”.
All tours include the services of a dedicated professional UK Tour Manager from start to finish, quality hotel accommodation, local guides, a comprehensive programme of excursions, many meals in the hotel and at local restaurants and first class service from specialist tour advisors.
Geneva Tourism launches "Forever Young", a bespoke offer aimed at senior travellers
Geneva, October 2016 – In response to sector undergoing constant growth, Geneva Tourism presents "Forever Young", a comprehensive and bespoke offer geared to short breaks for the over 55s.
As part of its launch of targeted campaigns, Geneva Tourism is extending its offering to senior customers. The "baby boomer" generation are active travellers. They are demanding, environmentally conscious customers with a keen interest in culture, art and gastronomy who are sensitive to journey distances. These customers have more time available to travel and generally do so without children. They tend to head off with friends on discovery holidays looking for unique experiences*.
After two back-to-back victories at the World Travel Awards, Geneva Tourism is working to promote the region's attractions to its target audiences. Riding high on the wave of its "1,000 free nights" summer campaign, Geneva Tourism is now targeting seniors with the launch of "Forever Young".
The "Forever Young" offer is delivered via the "Easy Pass" which gives visitors convenient and flexible access to a range of activities on offer at the destination, such as a guided tour by mini-train, entry to museums and a cruise, as well as a free walking tour of the Old Town led by a professional guide (available all year round, Saturdays 10am to noon).
"'Forever Young' is an initiative that forms part of our strategy of boosting weekend leisure activity - a sector with high growth potential", comments Vincent Dubi, Marketing Director of Geneva Tourism. "Geneva offers a wide array of activities that cater to senior adults. Our aim is to promote the region and get the message out there."
As part of this strategy, a dedicated page on the Geneva Tourism website offers various recommendations of places to visit, a host of gastronomic experiences and, most notably, the "Easy Package", a special range of 3*, 4*, and 5* accommodation together with the "Easy Pass" and the "Geneva Transport Card" (free public transport), valid throughout the visitor's stay.
· The comprehensive "Forever Young" offer is available from now on
· Price of the "Easy Pass" 29 CHF (valid for 2 days)
START 2017 IN STYLE WITH A GREAT VALUE EUROPEAN ADVENTURE
Eurostar flash sale starts 26th December with one way fares from £26
Eurostar, the high-speed passenger rail service linking the UK with mainland Europe, is offering great value sale fares from £26* each way.
Tickets are available to purchase from 26th December to 9th January 2017, valid for travel from 9th January to 27th March 2017.
Whether it’s sale shopping in the fashion capital of Paris or ditching the January diet to indulge in Belgian beer and chocolates, it’s the perfect time for a high speed trip under the channel with Eurostar taking travellers from Big Ben to bistro in time for lunch
Fares start from £26 each way in Standard class between London, Ebbsfleet or Ashford and Paris, Brussels, Lille or Calais. For those looking to treat themselves to an upgrade for less, Standard Premier fares start from £79 each way.
Travel further into Belgium is also on offer with an ‘Any Belgian Station’ ticket available from £31 each way in Standard class, and £86 each way in Standard Premier.
With quick and convenient check-in just 30 minutes before departure, a seamless city-centre to city-centre journey, and a generous baggage allowance with no weight restrictions, Eurostar is the ideal way to travel. Passengers on the new e320 trains can sit back and unwind in more spacious surroundings, with free wi-fi and over 300 hours of entertainment – all streamed straight to their phone, tablet or laptop.
Eurostar passengers can also take advantage of 2 for 1 entry to Europe’s top museums across Paris, Lille and Brussels by simply showing their Eurostar ticket.
For more information or to book Eurostar tickets visit www.eurostar.com or call the Eurostar contact centre on 08432 186 186.
*All prices based on a return journey
SANDALS RESORTS TO LAUNCH ‘12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS’ SALE ON BOXING DAY
Up to 60% off top-tier butler suites; up to an additional £200 off per couple and fantastic deals on flight upgrades
with BA and Virgin Atlantic
Sandals Resorts is launching its ‘12 Days of Christmas’ sale on the 26th December with fantastic deals and savings to be had. For a limited time only, couples can save up to 60% on Sandals’ ultra-luxurious Love Nest Suite collection, which includes some of the most innovative and unique suites in the Caribbean. These luxury accommodations all include Sandals’ unprecedented Butler Elite service, 24 hour room service, private transfers and check-ins, his and hers plush robes with bed slippers, in-suite bar restocked daily with premium brand spirits, and much, much more.
Additional savings include:
· An extra £150 off per couple on seven-nine night stays
· An extra £200 off per couple on stays of ten nights or longer;
· Plus, amazing deals on return and one way upgrades with Virgin Atlantic and British Airways.
If that wasn’t enough, these deals include dates for 2018, at 2017 prices.
Here are some of the best deals on offer:
· Save an extra £150 on a seven night stay at Sandals Halcyon Beach, Saint Lucia and pay just £1,299 pp.
Total savings per couple: £2,766.
Book by the 6th January 2016 and get seven nights in a Honeymoon Hideaway Luxury Poolside Room at Sandals Halcyon Beach from £1,299 per person. Price includes Luxury Included® (all-inclusive) accommodation, return economy flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick and resort transfers. Valid for travel on select dates from 1st May –22nd Oct 2017 and 1st May –-22nd Oct 2018. Price subject to availability at the time of booking and correct at time of print.
Save up to 60%, plus an extra £150 off per couple on a seven night stay in a Love Nest Suite at Sandals LaSource Grenada and pay just £1,939pp. Total savings per couple: £5,900.
Book by the 6th January 2016 and get seven nights in an Italian Bi-Level One Bedroom Butler Suite with Balcony Tranquillity Soaking Tub from £1,939 per person. Price includes Luxury Included® (all-inclusive) accommodation, Butler Elite Service, return economy flights with British Airways, from London Gatwick and resort transfers. Price is based on departures on the 6th September 2017. 2018 dates also available. Price subject to availability at the time of booking and correct at time of print.
Save up to 60%, plus an extra £150 per couple on a Love Nest Suite AND Upper Class return flights with Virgin Atlantic at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort from just £2,235 pp. Total savings per couple: £4,654
Book by the 6th January 2016 and get seven nights in a Butler Village Poolside One Bedroom Villa Suite from £2,235 per person. Price includes Luxury Included® (all-inclusive) accommodation, Butler Elite Service, return Upper Class flights with Virgin Atlantic, from London Gatwick and resort transfers. Price is based on departures on the 12th September 2017. 2018 dates also available. Price subject to availability at the time of booking and correct at time of print.
To book or for more information on Sandals Resorts visit www.sandals.co.uk, call 0800 597 0002 or pop down to the new sandals Luxury Travel Store at 135 Fulham Road, London.
It’s Onwards and Upwards for Thomas Land’s™ newest addition!
Europe’s only Thomas Land™ attraction is welcoming a brand new ride this season to mark further expansion to the thriving attraction at Drayton Manor Park, Staffordshire.
James and the Red Balloon, set to delight visitors from Saturday 1st April 2017, is based on the beloved Thomas and Friends™ character James and his naughty antics with a red hot air balloon. James will be joining the 20 other rides and attractions based on the popular series. Families can experience the magic of Sodor like never before as they fly up, up and away in their very own balloon.
The £250,000 ride, made by Italian manufacturer Zamperla, takes visitors on an adventure onwards and upwards to the lofty heights of 1.5 metres with a maximum speed of 5.5 RPM, a perfect ride for the whole family to enjoy. Families will get to enjoy extensive views of the park from the ride’s highest points, the perfect opportunity to plan which ride is next!
The successful multi-million pound Thomas Land was launched in 2008 and recently underwent a £2.5 million expansion, cementing its status in the hearts of UK families. The well themed attraction ensures visitors of any age are immersed in Thomas and Friends fun from the moment they step in the gates.
For those who want to plan a Thomas filled staycation, the Drayton Manor Park Hotel also extends the fun from Thomas Land into its halls with special themed rooms and a ‘Stay and Play’ package, perfect for those young and old locomotive enthusiasts!
William Bryan, Managing Director of Drayton Manor Park said: “This is another exciting step in Thomas Land’s progression. We are always looking for new ways to excite and entertain our visitors and James and his Red Balloon seemed the perfect addition to our family of rides.
“James is the ideal ride for the whole family to enjoy and will act as a great stepping stone for those little ones looking for their next, thrilling experience and we are looking forward to welcoming new and returning visitors once we open for the season.”
To book tickets, or for more information about the park, visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk or call 0844 472 1950. Reduced prices are available for tickets bought in advance. For regular updates and news about Drayton Manor Park join it on Twitter www.twitter.com/Draytonmanor and Facebook www.facebook.com/DraytonManorPark
Head for the Mecca of Cider! Two nights in the Wye Valley from £90
If you are partial to a glass or two of fermented apple juice, then why not head for The Pilgrim Hotel in the Wye Valley, in Herefordshire, the Mecca of cider production, to indulge in a proper cider break! Over half of all cider sold in the UK comes from Herefordshire and there are plenty of cider-themed experiences to enjoy locally, including a ‘must visit’ trip to the Hereford Cider Museum.
The museum tells the fascinating story of how cider production grew in the area and, after the self-guided tour, you can visit the shop which stocks over 100 different bottled varieties, or enjoy a tipple or two in the restaurant. The museum’s website also has three downloadable ‘orchard walks’ from 3 to 5 miles in length, and all within a short drive of Hereford. The maps also show where the nearest pubs are to the walks so that you can stop for a quick pint of cider!
Another option for visitors to the region is the Herefordshire Cider Route (leaflets available from the museum) which gives details of cider producers who have opened their doors to allow visitors to get a glimpse into the fascinating world of cider and perry production, and taste cider straight from the casks.
The leaflet also gives details on cider making workshops, which venues have cafes attached, and lists all the cider themed events and festivals that take place in the region throughout the year.
Naturally, many of the pubs in the area stock local cider and scrumpy, including the Yew Tree, just five minutes’ drive from the Pilgrim Hotel, which even has its own cider shop and sells crisps made using cider vinegar!
The Pilgrim Hotel’s own, country-pub-style-bar also stocks local ciders and ales, and traditional pub meals are also available.
Located at the rear of the hotel, the more formal Valley Restaurant has a wide choice of dishes, and diners can enjoy uninterrupted views over the Wales border towards the Black Mountains.
A two-night break in March costs from £90 per person (two sharing a room) on a B&B basis (some rooms also permit well-behaved dogs, £10 per night).
Call 01981 540 742 www.pilgrimhotel.co.uk
Tyddyn Llan Nominated for Top Restaurant Award
Bryan Webb, Head Chef and Proprietor of Michelin-starred Tyddyn Llan Restaurant with Rooms near Corwen in north Wales, has been shortlisted for Restaurant of the Year in the prestigious Great British Food Awards.
Other restaurants on the shortlist of 11 include Dinner (Heston Blumenthal), Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, Midsummer House (Daniel Clifford) and The Hand & Flowers (Tom Kerridge).
Comments Bryan Webb: “Of course it is flattering to be nominated and to be in such auspicious company. But for me it has always just been about cooking good, unfussy food, using excellent ingredients – local wherever possible.
“The Michelin star was never coveted, but we were awarded it all the same, and have held it now for seven years; so at least our consistency is solid. We are in a wonderful location, at the foot of the Berwyn Mountains and somewhat secluded.
“But, despite that, we have many regulars, some living locally, and others who travel from every corner of the UK to come and enjoy a short break with us in one of our comfortable rooms. Let’s hope they all vote for us!”
In addition to its reputation for excellent cuisine, Tyddyn Llan is also renowned for its incredibly diverse wine list, which was rated ‘Wine List of the Year’ in the 2016 Good Food Guide.
In addition to the standard lunch and dinner menus, Bryan also offers a six course and nine course tasting menu (£75 and £90 respectively).
Current dishes include artichoke soup, dressed crab and langoustine with avocado, fennel and radish salad, parfait of foie gras and chicken livers, griddled scallops with cauliflower purée, pancetta, caper and raisin dressing, leek risotto with truffles, Label Anglais chicken and venison with goat’s cheese gnocchi and creamed swede, and hake with laverbread sauce.
Dessert choices include pannacotta with blood oranges and grappa, prune and almond tart, and chocolate cheesecake.
There is currently a special offer of an overnight stay which includes homemade shortbread and tea on arrival, the six-course tasting menu in the evening, and full breakfast the following morning. The package costs from £115 per person (two sharing) with accommodation in a standard room.
Call 01490 440 264 (www.tyddynllan.co.uk).
Bryan’s latest book, Not Bad for a Taff, telling the story of his 40 years at the stove, with recipes from each decade, is available now from A Way With The Media (£25).
Hotel de France (+33 (0)2 43 44 40 16 / visit www.lhoteldefrance.fr), an ivy-clad Art Deco gem in La Chartre-sur-le-Loir – a town along the lesser-known Loir river, just to the north of the Loire Valley –
is offering a fantastic value wine tasting package, where guests get the chance to explore the Loir’s charming vineyards and caves.
The hotel’s two-night wine tasting package is just €130/£110 pp (30% off full price), two sharing, and includes:
• Two nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation in a deluxe room (en suite)
• A bottle of chilled ‘La Bulle Sarthoise’ sparkling rosé from local producer, Domaine de la Charrière, courtesy of the Gigou family, waiting in the room on arrival
• Dinner for two at the hotel’s restaurant, Le Relais de Ronsard, with a bottle of wine from local producer, Domaine de la Roche Bleue
The package is available from now until 30 April 2017…so only one month left.
Flights extra, but the hotel is easy to reach from Tours Airport; flights from Stansted with Ryanair cost from just £28 pp (at the time of writing) in March.
More info on the wine package with Hotel de France…
The meandering Loir’s climate, soil and grape varieties all favour fantastic wine production including Jasnières, Coteaux du Loir and Coteaux du Vendômois. One undiscovered winery well worth a visit is the Domaine de la Charrière, run by the Gigou family, who produce an excellent selection of red, white and sparking varieties. The Domaine de la Roche Bleue, another vineyard 10 minutes’ drive from Hotel de France, offers tastings in its cellars located in hillside caves.
As well as offering the pleasures of wine tasting, the Loir is perfect for an active spring break, with lots of activities to choose from including cycling, canoeing, riding, woodland walks and, of course, visits to the stunning local châteaux and gardens, such as Chenonceau and Amboise.
The Bahamas is hosting the Beach Soccer World Cup tournament from April 27-May 7, 2017.
Home to some of the world’s most breathtaking beaches and exciting events in entertainment and sports, Nassau is the perfect destination to host the Beach Soccer World Cup. Discover the excitement of the Beach Soccer World Cup while at Atlantis where sixteen teams from around the world will compete for the championship title. www.atlantisbahamas.com/beachsoccer
Seven nights at Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas with Kuoni costs from £2,041.50 per person. This price is based on two people sharing a Beach Tower Terrace View room on a room-only basis, scheduled flights from London Heathrow to Nassau with British Airways and in resort transfers. Price is based on a departure on April 27 2017. To book: visit 01306 747008 or www.kuoni.co.uk. For more information, visit www.atlantisbahamas.com.