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Follow the Great River Race 2017
A weekend on the glorious Thames, from Millwall Slipway, the Isle of Dogs to Ham, Richmond.
The Great River Race, a marathon of traditional rowing boats rowing or paddling for 21.6 miles.
Little ship, big trip
Not competing? Follow the Race from the deck of the MV Viscount our spectator boat. Built in 1908 and recently restored, she is the oldest Dunkirk Little Ship still in passenger service. The MV Viscount is ideally suited to follow the Race, with its good visibility, low freeboard, 2 fully stocked and licensed bars and friendly cooperative crew, the Viscount makes the ideal viewing platform for The Great River Race. A BBQ will be available on board. It‛s the ideal way to see the sights both on and alongside the Thames and cheer your teams, friends and loved ones…make a weekend of this, we have put together various exciting options.
The’ weekend’ includes: 2 night’s bed and breakfast at the Lensbury, a Friday evening guided walk, the shuttle to the start of the race and the spectator boat.
The Lensbury Hotel, Teddington www.lensbury.com
The Lensbury on the banks of the Thames by Teddington Lock is set in 25 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds, the four star Lensbury Hotel has indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, award-winning spa and more.
Friday 08/09/17 Check in at the Lensbury Hotel on the bank of the Thames.
17:45 assemble at the lobby for 18:00 departure on a walking tour led by Paul Jackson http://www.discoveryrichmond.com/
– Stretch your legs in historic Teddington town and Bushy Park
– See where the tidal and non-tidal Thames meet
– Visit the spot where General Dwight D Eisenhower planned the invasion of Europe
– Watch herds of wild-roaming deer in a Royal Park
– Discover the former home of a king dubbed ‘Silly Billy’
– See where radar was invented and modern computer science was born
End at the Kings Head on Teddinton the High Street http://kingsheadteddington.com/ a very good place to eat (booking essential). Return at your leisure the Lensbury for overnight
Saturday 09/09/17 Breakfast at the hotel
08:00 shuttle departs for the Isle of Dogs outside the hotel. Watch the boats and teams assemble. Before 12:00 you will need to walk to the Masthouse Terrace Pier, a 10 minutes short walk away to board the Viscount.
To maximise the viewing opportunities for passenger boat spectators the Viscount will follow the course as far as Hammersmith Bridge before mooring up and waiting until most of the Race has passed. Then it will steam through the fleet to Richmond, where it will tie up at Richmond Landing Stage to watch the Race pass by as crews summon up the energy for the final push to the finish. You then can disembark and enjoy a short stroll upriver along the towpath to join the crowds around the Great River Race bar. From there it is a short stroll to Teddington Lock and the hotel for overnight.
Sunday 10/09/17 Breakfast at the hotel. Check out.
Cost per person in a double/twin £195.00 Single Supplement £40.00; children under the age of 16 sharing with 2 adults £130.000
Cost includes 2 night’s accommodation with full breakfast, free car parking, shuttle transfer to the Isle of Dogs, a place on the MV Viscount and a walking tour guided by Paul Jackson as described above.
You may decide to take the following optional activities on Sunday.
Take a river boat from Teddington Lock to Hampton Court: www.hrp.org.uk/hampton-court-palace/
• Turk’s Rivers Boat departing 11:30 return to the Lensbury to collect your luggage 14:35 or 16:35 1 hour and 15 each way. Need to register with us (this is an unscheduled stop)in advance cost £9.00 one way return £10.80 paid on boat
OR With Merry Pedaller bike tours
• Richmond Royal Deer Park Bike Tour inc bike hire
• 10:00 Start The Lensbury Club
• Enjoy Richmond Park, the largest Royal Park of London
• See deer and the old royal hunting lodge
• Refreshments Pembroke Lodge or Pen Ponds (not inc)
• See Turner’s view of the Thames
• Cycle along the River Thames riverside
• Return to The Lensbury 2pm approx
£35 including bike hire, guided tour + bottle of water – book and pay us in advance
Enhanced package: add a night on Thursday the 7th of September, or Sunday the 10th – or indeed both. Accommodation at the Lensbury £40.00 per person per night in a twin/double and in a single room £65.00 per night.
Have time to visit the Poppy Factory in Richmond, Kew Gardens or just relax and enjoy the great facilities of the Lensbury.
Reservation: Contact Crusader Travel
Non-refundable deposit £25.00 per person
Balance: by the 4th of August
Additional information of excursions in the area will be supplied after reservation.
Enjoy Eilat This November – The Leonardo Plaza Hotel – Double or Twin Sea View from £884.00 per person on a Half Board basis.
Price includes flights from Luton and return transfers in Eilat.
The Leonardo Plaza Hotel Eilat is beautifully situated on the Red Sea right in front of the beautiful beach. The hotel provides a perfect location, close to the city center, which offers several attractions such as the scenic Dolphins Reef as well as an attractive shopping mall “Ha’Yam”.
This 4* Hotel offers 301 luxurious rooms with elegant design. Five restaurants and bars offer a variety of culinary delights and delicious drinks and spoil with exquisite Chinese, Italian and international cuisine. The hotel’s snack bar welcomes for smaller snacks whereas the poolside terrace restaurant with lounge.
The Leonardo Plaza Hotel Eilat offers a fantastic private beach and the exclusive health club with Spa facilities, sauna, large outdoor pools and a wide range of beauty treatments provides relaxation and recreation. Especially for families the kids club provides exciting activities and entertainment for the younger guests.
To book or for more information on Enjoy Eilat This November – The Leonardo Plaza Hotel, call us on 020 8744 0474.
Saigon to Siem Reap, Luxury River Cruise. An adventure on the Mekong, Book now and save £300.00 person
Prices from £3062.00 per person on 27 January 18, 10 February 18 and 24 February 18
13days/11 nights tour includes:
• Return airfare from London
• 7 night luxury cruise with soft drinks, local beer, spirits, and on board gratuities
• Deluxe accommodation: 2 nights at Raffles Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap and 2 nights at Caravelle Hotel, Saigon
• Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner as specified in the itinerary
Extensive sightseeing with expect local guides, all transfers and taxes.
Ports: Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Sa Dec, Cai Be, My Tho, Saigon
Day 1: London – Saigon
Fly from London to Saigon.
Day 2: Saigon
Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City Airport, meet with your local guide who will escort you to the Caravelle Hotel for your overnight stay.
Day 3: Saigon
After breakfast, enjoy a guided city tour of essential sights before lunch at a local restaurant.
Day 4: Saigon, My Tho, Cai Be
After breakfast, you will be transferred overland by coach to My Tho port to board Cruiseco Adventurer. Enjoy welcome drinks and lunch, then check in to your luxurious cabin. While cruising towards Cai Be, join the Captain‘s Cocktail party followed by a gourmet dinner and folk performances. Moor overnight midstream near Cai Be.
Day 5: Cai Be, Sa Dec
After breakfast, take a junk trip to the floating markets. Visit sights including the French Gothic Cathedral and rice paper manufacturers. Return to the ship for lunch while sailing towards Sa Dec, a quaint little city. Explore Sa Dec in the evening, including the Fujian Temple, local markets along the river banks, and pass the home of Marguerite Duras. We then set sail for Tan Chau with evening cocktails and dinner.
Day 6: Tan Chau, Border Crossing
Discover Tan Chau, a small town untouched by tourism. We sightsee by local boats, through narrow channels to visit an evergreen island and floating fish farm. Afterwards, enjoy a local tour by rickshaw (xe loi). Board the ship and set sail for the Cambodian border, enjoying lunch, a Vietnamese cooking demonstration by the executive chef, cocktails, dinner and a screening of the movie “The Killing Fields”. Overnight we cruise to Phnom Penh.
Day 7: Phnom Penh
Enjoy plenty of sightseeing and activities in Phnom Penh, including visits to the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. You may also choose to visit Khmer Rouge’s grim Toul Sleng (S21 Detention Centre) and the Killing Fields, providing an understanding of a crucial part of Cambodia’s history. In the evening enjoy Khmer folk dancing before dinner. You may like to relax in one of many bars ashore just opposite the dock as the ship will stay overnight in Phnom Penh.
Day 8: Chong Koh Village
Sail towards little known Chong Koh. After breakfast, we take a leisurely morning stroll through this silk-weaving village. Mid-morning we sail back along the Mekong, with a hearty lunch before cocktails, dinner and an onboard pianist in the evening. The ship overnights midstream.
Day 9: Oudong, Kampong Tralach*
After breakfast, set sail for Prek Kdam with an onboard lecture “Cambodia: The Past & Present”, before visiting Oudong, former Cambodian capital. Here we visit a Buddhist temple and attend a blessing ceremony, before a 45-minute bus trip to Kampong Tralach. Visit temples and take an ox-cart ride through the countryside and rice fields to the Tonle River. In the evening we cruise to Kampong Chhnang.
**As water levels on Tonle Lake vary it’s not always possible to cross if it’s too low and alternative itineraries may be followed
Day 10 : **High Water Kampong Chhnang
Kampong Chhnang is a rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, take a motorboat excursion into the lakeside wetlands at the mouth of the river. See a stunning variety of birds along with the intriguing local life in the floating village. Return to the boat and cast off towards Tonle Lake while enjoying farewell cocktails.The ship moors near Siem Reap.
Day 11:**High Water
Enjoy breakfast onboard before bidding farewell to the crew and guides. Disembark in Siem Reap and transfer by coach to Raffles grand Hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of Angkor Wat, the world’s largest temple. Enjoy the sunset over Angkor Wat before heading back to your hotel.
Day 10: **Low Water Kampong Chhnang
Moring mid – stream, take a boat excursion into the lakeside wetlands. Return to the boat for lunch. After lunch the ship sets off for Prek Kdam, the cruises final stop.Enjoy a farewell cocktail party this evening. The ship moors overnight in Prek Kdam.
Day 11:** Low water Disembark Prek Kdam- Siem Reap
Enjoy breakfast onboard disembark. Next, transfer by bus around the lake to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, check into Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor for the next two nights.
Day 12: Siem Reap
After breakfast, visit the magnificent Angkor Thom: the last capital of the Khmers, with its Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King, and the spectacular Bayon Temple. Enjoy lunch at Café D’Angkor Restaurant (Raffles Grand Hotel) before visiting Thommanon, Chau Say, Tevoda, Ta Keo and Ta Prohm temples.
Day 13: Siem Reap
After breakfast, be transferred to Siem Reap Airport for your flight to London
To book or for more information on Saigon to Siem Reap – Luxury River Cruise, call us on 020 8744 0474.
Simply take to the open road and tour around Israel with a Fly Drive Discovery tour at your own pace.
Travel 23 October for 10 Nights from £984.00 per person, including direct flights from Luton, accommodation and car hire.
We suggest your first stop is Vered Hagalil; within minutes of many attractions such as Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, the city of Rosh Pina and Safed. The Vered Hagalil Hotel is located high on the mountain, occupying huge grounds and offers excellent leisure facilities. This unique hotel is a great spot for those looking for an adventurous vacation.
The hotel has its own professional ranch for horseback riding, excellent hiking trails as well as a tour desk for active excursions on a 4-wheel-drive vehicle in the surrounding area.
The hotel has a much loved & well known restaurant with magnificent views of the Golan Heights, serving non-kosher cuisine.
Second stop is The Shoresh Green Hills, the surroundings of the Judean Hills provide a peaceful and relaxing base for your holiday. The close proximity of Highway 1 allows you to easily travel to Jerusalem which is 11.2 miles away.
And as a last stop head for sunny Eilat and enjoy the sun, sea and laze on warm sandy beaches. Prima Music hotel is a delightful hotel by the sea where you can find Eilat’s quietest beaches and top snorkelling/diving spots.
To book or for more information on Israel Fly Drive Discover, call us on 020 8744 0474.