Monday, 28 November 2011

Andrea Bocelli 2012...

The perfect Christmas present!  Recently it was announced that Andrea Bocelli will perform once again in Tuscany in July 2012  We are currently taking pre-registrations for that package (click here).  In the meantime we have a wonderful trip to see Andrea Bocelli perform in Romeo & Juliet in Genoa in Februar 2012, see below for more details...

4 nights from £699 per person including flights, accommodation & more...
Depart 23rd or 27th February 2012

Andrea Bocelli is making an increasingly rare performance in a wonderful opera this coming February at the historic Teatro Carlo Felice (picture above) in Genoa in a production of Romeo and Juliet by Charles Gounod. As well as a top price stalls ticket to this wonderful event, the tour includes time to explore the very fascinating city of Genoa and two excursions – to the incomparable Cinque Terre villages and the chic harbour town of Portofino and Santa Margherita.

DAY 1 Fly from Gatwick to Genoa and transfer by coach to the hotel for check in for 4 night stay on bed and breakfast basis.

DAY 2 Morning guided walking tour of Genoa. Afternoon free before evening performance (at 8.30pm) of Romeo and Juliet, featuring Andrea Bocelli. Transfers not included to allow individual time in the city for dinner before the performance.

DAY 3 Full day tour to the magical harbour town of Portofino and elegant resort of Santa Margherita.

DAY 4 Full day tour to the stunning Cinque Terre villages by bus, boat (subject to weather) and train along the coast stopping off at the different villages (only four currently open but these are now completely recovered from the recent adverse weather).

DAY 5 Morning free until transfer from hotel to the airport for return flight to London Gatwick.

All tours subject to amendment according to local conditions and tour manager’s discretion and may vary according to weather conditions.

Return scheduled flights with British Airways from Gatwick to Genoa including all payable taxes
4 nights’ accommodation on bed and breakfast at the first class Starhotel President, Genoa, based on shared occupancy of twin room.
Airport transfers in Genoa and itinerary as detailed above
1st category stalls ticket in yellow sector (plan attached) for the opera performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa.
Tour manager throughout

Porterage, gratuities and personal items such as drinks, meals, laundry, telephone calls
Single room supplement: £128.00

Flights are confirmed with British Airways’ scheduled service from London Gatwick to Genoa
Departs GATWICK 10.10 Arrives GENOA 13.10 BA2688
Departs GENOA 13.55 Arrives GATWICK 14.50 BA2689

This short tour is based in the centre of Genoa at the modern, 4-star Starhotel President, located about 10 minutes’ walk from the opera house. This well-run hotel offers spacious public areas, bar, restaurant and well-appointed bedrooms with private facilities, TV, telephone, minibar and safe. Price based on shared occupancy of twin room.

Call us on 0845 003 2211 or 01543 258631

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Oliver's Venice photo albumn now online...

Arrival in VeniceVeniceVeniceVeniceVeniceAproaching St Marks Square Venice
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Infront of Doges Palace, VenicePaganelli & Londra Palace VeniceView from Londra Palace (Venice) roomView from Londra Palace (Venice) roomView from Londra Palace (Venice) roomTypical room at Londra Palace, Venice
Special ceiling detail room at Londra Palace, VeniceLagoon view room at Londra Palace, VeniceLagoon view room at Londra Palace, VeniceLagoon view room at Londra Palace VeniceRoom at Londra Palace, VeniceDoge's Palace, Venice

"Here is my collection of photographs taken during my visit to Venice last month. The sun came out and I was able to get some great shots! Also featured is the Londra Palace Hotel, look out for the room with the amazing ceiling detail!

Monday, 14 November 2011

Nathan visits South Africa, October 2011

Arriving into the KrugerThe view from the lodge at Tanda TulaOur first sighting of Elephant from our poolOur first game drive in the TimbavatiOur first game drive in the TimbavatiMagical sunsets in South Africa
Magical sunsets in South AfricaFirst encounter with the king of the jungle!The only other jeep we encountered on our first game driveOur luxury tentThe very rare wild dog
The lion pride after dinner!Drinks before bedtime!A surprise private dinner arranged by the camp
And they also decorated our room!Heards of Antelope sightings - this is the ImpalaTermite mound - taller than our 6ft 7'' ranger!KuduZebra heading towards the water hole

Photographs from our Director Nathan's recent visit to South Africa where he experienced the Rovos Rail, visited the Kruger National Park and Cape Town.

Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Nathan visits South Africa - part 2...

Continued from part 1...Robert Broad Travel Director Nathan Collins reports on his 2nd visit to South Africa

In Sabi Sands we had opted for a luxury lodge which gave a fantastic contrast with my tented experience in Timbavati. Wow! I was blown away with our choice. It was truly amazing. luxurious, but still maintaining that African feel. Our suite no 7 had a water hole 15 feet away from our own private plunge pool. On our second afternoon, after the morning game drive, we encountered a heard of elephant drinking from the water hole metres away from our suite. It was one of the memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life. Magical!

So after our 2 night stay it was time to leave the Kruger and embark on the next leg of our adventure - The Rovos Rail, one of the world’s most luxurious train journeys through the heart of South Africa.  

We had never travelled overnight on a train before, so were not quite sure what to expect. 

On arrival at Pretoria station, we really felt that we had been taken back in time to a bygone era; old fashioned luxury which can be hard to find in our modern world.  The train being steam hauled out of Pretoria was another unforgettable moment!

Our 3 day / 2 night journey was fantastic from start to finish, very relaxing after the long days spent on safari. We travelled through changing scenery that lead us on the 1600kms journey to Cape Town.

Stopping at Kimberley to explore the diamond mines was just another highlight, eating food that would be worthy of any of the worlds best restaurants and experiencing many different wines and of course plenty of cape classique - South Africa's version of Champagne!

Our arrival into the Mother City - Cape Town, started the last leg of our South African itinerary. I hadn't visited Cape Town since 2006. It was one of my most favourite cities in the world after my first visit, so I was hoping that my second trip would live up to expectations. It didn't let me down! It is a city with great contrasts. With the beautiful Table Mountain never far out of sight, you can explore some great sites. From the well known places such as the V&A waterfront, you are never more than 20 minutes away from the next experience; amazing beaches, vineyards, gardens and penguins are all on the doorstep.

My second visit to South Africa surpassed all my expectations.  There was such a vast array of different experiences in this one trip, it would prove hard to surpass in any other country in the world.

I look forward to being of assistance when planning your Southern Africa adventure here at Robert Broad Travel.  Call me on 01543 258631 or email me at

View Nathan's South Africa photos online here