Friday, 24 August 2012

Luxury Sri Lanka private tour: Buy 1 get 1 half price

The island nation of Sri Lanka, formerly Ceylon, is rich in cultural, archaeological and natural treasures. This comprehensive tour visits both the popular and some of the lesser-known sites in northern, central and southern Sri Lanka, offering a full flavour of the rich diversity of this enchanting island.

Full itinerary...


Day 1 – To Colombo: Overnight flight from London to Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines. (N)

Day 2 – Colombo: 
Afternoon arrival and transfer to the Taj Samudra (or similar) for 1 night. Evening welcome dinner. (D)

Day 3 – To Kandalama: 
Morning transfer to Sigiriya / Kandalama via Pinnewala elephant orphanage. Stay 3 nights at the Jetwing Vil Uyana / Heritance Kandalama. (B)

Day 4 – Anuradhapura & Mihintale: 
Drive to the ancient city of Anuradhapura. For 1,400 years, this city was the capital of Sri Lanka and contains fabulous Buddhist shrines and relics. Afternoon visit to Mihintale, where Buddhism originated in Sri Lanka. (B)


Day 5 – Sigiriya & Polonnaruwa: 
Morning visit to the rock fortress town of Sigiriya. Continue to the 11th-century medieval capital of Polonnaruwa. (B)

Day 6 – To Kandy: 
Morning visit to Dambulla, home to Asia’s most impressive cave temples. Continue to the beautiful hill station of Kandy and stay 2 nights at the Earl’s Regency / Mahaweli Reach Hotel. In the evening, watch a cultural performance and visit the Temple of the Tooth. (B)

Day 7 – Kandy: 
Kandy is set on the shores of a beautiful man-made lake and the area abounds with rich and varied plant life. Morning visit to the Royal Botanical Gardens. Afternoon at leisure. (B)

Day 8 – To Nuwara Eliya: 
Early morning drive to the hill station of Nuwara Eliya via a tea plantation. Situated at 2,000 metres, Nuwara Eliya attracted the British in the 18th century and their legacy can be seen in the Victorian houses, parks and trout-stocked streams. Stay at the Tea Factory / Grand Hotel for 2 nights. (B)

Day 9 – Horton Plains: 
Early morning visit to Horton Plains, situated on Sri Lanka’s highest plateau (this excursion involves a two-and-ahalf- hour trek). Horton Plains is home to large populations of monkeys and sambars. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Day 10 – To Yala: 
Transfer to Ella, where the view through the Ella Gap – a break in the hills – is one of the finest in Sri Lanka. Visit the Rawana Ella Falls before continuing to Yala. Stay 2 nights at the Chaaya Wild Hotel (or similar). (B)

Day 11 – Yala: 
Today, there will be a morning wildlife safari in Yala National Park. Covering 1,300 sq km, Yala National Park encompasses a diversity of jungle habitats, including scrub jungle, brackish lagoons and riverside locations. Creatures that may be seen include elephants, leopards, sloth bears, spotted deer, sambars, wild pigs, jackals, marsh crocodiles and a great variety of birdlife. (B)

Day 12 – To Bentota: 
Drive to Bentota. Stay 2 nights at the Vivanta by Taj – Bentota, with superb views of the Indian Ocean. (B)

Day 14 – To London: 
Transfer to Colombo and fly to London with Sri Lankan Airlines. (B)

Meal Basis: (B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals


From £6,238 per couple, saving £2,073 per couple.  

Valid for travel between 1st - 30th November 2012.  Price includes flights, accommodation, transfers, breakfast daily and 3 dinners.  Must be booked by 30th September 2012.

For more details and to make a booking please call Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or email vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk

Cruise Cairo to Luxor for first time in 15 years!


Did you know that following a gap of 15 years you can now cruise from Cairo all the way to Luxor!



The  concerns over water levels which meant that it has only been  possible to cruise along the Upper Nile has been lifted and you can now travel on a 14 nights cruise along the length of the navigable Nile in Egypt.



Visiting lesser known archaeological sites of the lower Nile, including the pyramids at Hawara and Mydom, the tombs at Beni Hassan, and the necropolis of Tuna el-Gebel. The classic sites of the Valley of the Kings, pyramids, and the Karnak and Luxor temples are also included on this comprehensive Nile cruise - an ideal way to make a full exploration of the river and Egypt's history, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the pace of life on the river.

Highlights:
- 14-night cruise on the 4-star MS Hamees- Travel the length of the navigable Nile in Egypt- Little visited ancient Egyptian temples in the lower Nile

Full itinerary


Day 1 – To Cairo 
Fly from London to Cairo on British Airways. Transfer from Cairo airport to the Nile to board the MS Hamees. (D)

Day 2 – Cairo: 
Full-day tour of the Egyptian Museum and the pyramids at Giza. (B, L, D)

Day 3 – Beni Suef: 
Morning sail towards the city of Beni Suef, a journey of 12 hours, allowing time to relax and enjoy the Nile scenery for the first time. (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Fayoum: 
Early morning breakfast before a visit the archaeological sites at Fayoum, a city founded in 4000BC and one of the oldest continuously inhabited sites in the world. Visits here include the Hawara Pyramid and Mydom Pyramid. Stay overnight in Beni Suef. (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Minya: 
Full-day sailing towards Minya, a city 245km south of Cairo and a journey of 12 hours. (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Beni Hassan: 
Morning drive to the ancient Egyptian burial site of Beni Hassan. Four of the 39 tombs here are open to the public: the tombs of Baqet III , Khety, Amenemhet and Khnumhotep II . After lunch, visit the necropolis of Tuna el-Gebel, where visits include the tombs of Petosiris and Isadora, and the catacombs of Thoth. After lunch, drive to El Ashmunein to visit the museum, the Temple of Thoth and the sanctuary of Amun. Stay overnight in Minya. (B, L, D)

Day 7 – Asyut: 
Sail to el-Amarna. Arrive after lunch, then visit the el-Amarna site, including Akhenaton’s tomb and palace. Sail to Asyut. (B, L, D)

Day 8 – El Balyana: 
Sail to Sohag, then on to El Balyana and stay overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 9 – Quena: 
Early morning to Abydos to visit the Great Osiris Temple. Afternoon sail to Qena. (B, L, D)

Day 10 – Luxor: 
Early morning visit to the Temple of Hathor at Dendera. Return to the boat and sail to Luxor. Stay overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 11 – The West Bank: 
Full-day tour of the west bank, including the Valley of Kings, Colossi of Memnon and Hatshepsut’s Temple. Stay overnight in Luxor. (B, L, D)

Day 12 – Edfu: 
Morning visit to the east bank. After lunch, sail to Edfu. (B, L, D)

Day 13 – Aswan: 
Morning visit to Edfu. Sail to Kom Ombo and visit the double temple there, dedicated to the Gods of Sobek and Haroeris. Afternoon sail to Aswan. (B, L, D)

Day 14 – Aswan: 
Morning visit to Aswan Dam, and the Philae temple complex on Agilkia Island. Afternoon visit to the Nubian Museum. (B, L, D)

Day 15 – To Cairo: 
Optional early morning visit to Abu Simbel by plane (see page 28 for details). Disembark after lunch and fly to Cairo. Stay at the Intercontinental CityStars Hotel for 1 night. (B, L)

Day 16 – To London: 
Early morning transfer to the airport and fly to London with British Airways. (B)

Excursions: 
Sightseeing in Cairo, all transfers, and excursions on board the boat will be shared with other passengers on a nonexclusive basis, accompanied throughout by a local English-speaking tour guide. If you would like to have your own personal guide to accompany you from Cairo to Cairo, please contact us for details.

Cruise: 
We can offer a reverse cruise itinerary that operates from Aswan to Cairo, please contact us for more
information.

Meal Basis: 
(B) = Breakfast, (L) = Lunch, (D) = Dinner, (N) = No Meals

From £2125 per person.

For more details and to book please call Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or email vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk.



Thursday, 23 August 2012

Inspired by the Olympic Cycling?


Inspired by the Olympics?  Are Bradley Wiggins, Chris Hoy or Laura Trott your heroes?  Ever considered a cycling holiday...albeit at a more leisurely pace?

France & Spain - Then how about an 8 day mountain biking experience in the Pyrenees. This 8 day tour departing on 23rd September to Toulouse visits both France & Spain.  It is a moderately challenging tour provides vehicle back up on most days and starts from £879 per person including flights.

Full itinerary...




Day 1

Fly to Toulouse, transfer to Luchon.
Day 2
Warm-up ride above Luchon. After lunch we join some excellent easy singletrack taking us down to Oo for a refreshment stop.
Day 3
After heading down to Montauban, we get a lift to the Grange de Herran (1400m) to join a gently undulating track. A further climb gets us to some rewarding views over the valley before a glorious descent to Luchon.
Day 4
Today we head to Spain where we get as high as 2500m. Great views and exciting tracks await us around the Core de Varrados.
Day 5
Free day for optional activities including walking, tandem-paragliding or visit the thermal baths.
Day 6
Starting in the Vallée d'Oueil, we climb up to the Crete d'Antenac where we enjoy a ridge-top ride to the Port de Bales. We then get to cycle down on one of the Tour de France road descents before heading back to Luchon.
Day 7
A second trip across the border takes us to the Val d'Aran. For our biggest climb of the week are rewarded with wonderful views of the Aigues Tortes National Park. Tapas and beers await us at the end of the exhilarating descent.
Day 8
Transfer to Toulouse; fly to London.



Sri Lanka - Alternatively why not consider a fantastic 15 day tour cycling the back roads of Sri Lanka. Departures are from September to March with prices ranging from £1929 to £2359 per person. This delightful tour taking in many of the highlights of this delightful country is a fantastic way of exploring Sri Lanka’s rich heritage and also perhaps spotting some of its amazing wildlife or even taking in a train ride to Nuwara Eliya.



Full itinerary

Day 1
Depart London.
Day 2
Arrive Colombo; transfer to Sigiriya.
Day 3
Ride to Dambulla cave temple, afternoon climb Sigiriya Rock.
Day 4
Ride to Polunnaruwa, cycle tour of ruins.
Day 5
Ride through foothills of spice growing region.
Day 6
Ride to Kandy.
Day 7
Free day in Kandy.
Day 8
Ride through tea estates to Nuwara Eliya.
Day 9
Hill country ride to Ella.
Day 10
Descent of 1000m, stopping at the impressive rock-cut Buddha statues at Buduruvagela; to Tissamaharama.
Day 11
Optional morning safari in Yala N.P.; late afternoon ride to Kataragama Temple for the evening Pooja ceremony.
Day 12
Ride through Bundala National Park and the lagoon for spectacular birdlife; continue riding on coast to Hambantota; transfer to Anghama.
Day 13
Free day on beach; optional afternoon ride to Koggala.
Day 14
Free morning on beach; transfer to Colombo via Galle.
Day 15
Fly to London.


For more details of either of these tours, check costs and make a booking call Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or email vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

City & Ski USA Special...


We are pleased to offer an incredible twin centre offer combining New York and Vail to create the perfect all American winter break. Shop until you drop on Fifth Avenue, ice-skate at the magical Rockefeller Centre and indulge in some of the world's best restaurants before heading to the picture perfect mountains of Vail; one of the world's most glamorous skiing destinations which this year is celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The Peninsula New York & The Arrabelle at Vail Square
Save up to £440 per couple
From £2,305 per person

Stay 8 nights and receive reduced rates (based on departure 3 December 2012) including 3 nights at The Peninsula New York in a Superior Room, 5 nights at The Arrabelle at Vail Square in a Superior Room with breakfast, return flights with United Airlines from London Heathrow and private transfers. Offer valid from 15 November 2012 to 14 April 2013. Book by 1 October 2012.



The Peninsula New York (pictured above) is located on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 55th Street, a perfect location to start your Christmas shopping. The Peninsula New York not only offers gourmet dining at Fives restaurant, there is also Salon de Ning; a modern rooftop restaurant that serves classic Chinese and international cuisine. In addition, the hotel has a stunning rooftop pool and houses one of the biggest spas in Manhattan.




The Arrabelle at Vail Square, in the midst of Colorado's magnificent Rocky Mountains, creates the ideal setting for the ultimate ski lover. Just steps from world-class skiing, this sumptuous five-star hotel in the heart of Vail Square captures the romance of Vail's alpine legacy. The Arrabelle offers 25 stunning private residences, ranging from one to five bedrooms to rent for your ski getaway. Each come with gourmet kitchens featuring granite counter-tops, gas fireplaces, hardwood floors, contemporary alpine furniture, full entertainment systems, balconies, WiFi, and jetted soaking tubs.

To check availability and make a booking call Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or email vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

BA offer new Sri Lanka flight...

Dave in our office discovers something interesting about Sri Lanka, the latest destination for British Airways to announce a new service for 2013.


Watching the athletes parade around the stadium at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games carrying flags from countries with barely recognisable names started me thinking about countries whose names have changed over the years.  Since 1990 29 new nations have come into being and looking through an old stamp album it is amazing to see how many countries are now known as something completely different.

Sri Lanka is a prime example, known formerly as Ceylon it changed its name when it became a republic in 1972 but to me the name Ceylon bring back memories of  school days learning about tea plantations, jungles, elephants  and palm fringed beaches.

Today Ceylon or rather Sri Lanka is a fantastic tourist destination situated just off the toe of India and is one of the most beautiful and exotic islands in the world. Holidays there can combine a stay at one of the many excellent beach hotels together with a tour taking in some of the many highlights. A ‘must’ for most visitors is the Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage (pictured below) home to around 80 elephants and you can also take the opportunity to watch them bathe in the river and even help feed them.  



A visit to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy (pictured above),  the spectacular Danbulla cave temple and a visit to the Unesco World Heritage site of Sigiriya ( with its 1200 steps !) also feature highly as does a visit to Nuwara Eliya, a picturesque colonial town 6000 feet above sea level and the centre for the production of Sri Lankan Tea.  If time permits visit  Yala National Park (pictured below) or Galle another Unesco World Heritage the list goes on an on.


British Airways resume their service to Sri Lanka from 31st March 2012 and will operate a 777 on the route offering a 3-grade cabin.

To book your holiday to Sri Lanka call Robert Broad Travel now on 01543 258631 or email vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk.

Friday, 10 August 2012

All eyes on Brazil for the next 4 years!




As the end of the Olympics in London approaches all eyes will move to Brazil who will host the games in 2016.  With this in mind we have a great suggestion below if you are thinking of visiting this wonderful country...

Save £615pp on this fantastic 8-day holiday

From Only £1,145 per person


Escape to the dreamy palm-fringed beaches of Brazil’s northeast on this romantic holiday for two. The holiday starts in the capital of Bahía in the musical city of African-influenced Salvador. Then, jet off in true James Bond fashion in a 4-seater plane to the Maraú Peninsula.

The holiday includes:
• Domestic flights in Brazil
• Airport transfers in Brazil
• 7 nights in superior hotels with air-conditioning and private facilities
• Breakfast daily and dinner days 3,4,5,6 and 7
• Included excursions: Walking tour of Salvador
• Summary of nights: Salvador 2n at Casa do Amarelindo, Maraú Peninsula 5n at Kiaroa
International flights from the UK are extra and start at £985 (includes pre-payable taxes)
Valid for travel from 01 -31 August 2012.

** Complimentary Brazilian caipirinha cocktail upon arrival in Brazil** when booking before 31st August 2012.

To check availability, prices and make a booking please call Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or email vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk 

Thursday, 9 August 2012

NEW Northern Lights Exploration Tour of Iceland


Fancy walking between two tectonic plates? How about a visit to Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland’s famous ‘ash cloud’ volcano? Perhaps you want to relax with a bathe in the Blue Lagoon or enjoy a special hot spring tasting with geothermally cooked bread and eggs?  If this isn’t enough, you can spend your evenings learning about and chasing the phenomenal aurora borealis. All of this is now possible thanks to a brand new ‘Northern Lights Exploration’ tour to Iceland on sale now through Robert Broad Travel.

Experts predict another fantastic winter for solar activity and the seven-night escorted trip, which takes in Reykjavik and southern Iceland, is designed to maximise the chance of seeing the Northern Lights. As well as guided searches, guests can also learn more about this amazing natural phenomenon in a series of evening lectures.

In addition to chasing the Northern Lights, the tour provides an excellent opportunity to experience the best of Iceland during the popular winter months. Other highlights include the chance to climb a volcano crater, a visit to a traditional shark-curing farm where those feeling brave can sample fermented shark, and a trip to the lava beaches near Vik with their black sand.

Prices start from £1193pp and include flights from Heathrow, transfers, accommodation with breakfast, a fully escorted six-day coach tour with an English-speaking guide and a packed programme of activities and excursions. These include:

· Fjord cruise with lunch
· Visit to a traditional shark-curing farm where you can try fermented shark
· Hot spring tasting (lunch of geothermally cooked bread and eggs)
· Visit to Icelandic horse stables
· Visit with multi-media presentation to the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Centre
· Entrance to the Skógar Folk Museum
· Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
· Visit Gulfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls
· Visit to the UNESCO –listed Thingvellir National Park where the rift between the European and Northern American plates, upon which Iceland sits, is clearly visible
· Trip to the lava beaches near Vik with their black sand
· Northern Lights Academy Programme with six evenings of lectures, guided searches and midnight refreshments.

Based on two sharing. Departures are on selected Sundays from 30 September 2012 to 24 March 2013.

To check availability and make a booking call Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or email vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Bermuda: Buy one get one FREE offer


What a fantastic saving! Call now to take advantage of this offer on 01543 258631.
Book by 6th September 2012 for travel between 23 August and 15 December 2012 and when you buy one British Airways Economy Class ticket get a second return ticket with no air fare charge.

Bermuda is the place to be in August. There’s so much going on. And on an island that’s just 22 miles by 2 you’re bound to get caught up in the holiday spirit.
This jewel of an island is the sort of place where everyone gets two days off to watch a game of cricket. This year the traditional Bermuda Cup Match takes place 2 & 3August where east meets west in the battle of willow and leather.

The Bermuda Cup Match is the beginning of a four day weekend which commemorates the end of slavery in 1834, one of the most significant events in the island’s history. Entertainment abounds: food stalls, calypso singers and local gambling games that are only legal during the match weekend.
The last few days of August see the International Sand Sculpture Competition on Horseshoe Bay. Anyone can enter and everyone has a chance to win: families, teenagers and children alike.

We can offer a flexible service for holidays to Bermuda offering fights and hotels to suit your budget and tastes.  Why not stop over in New York or Boston on the way for some retail therapy?  

Kirsty in our office has visited the island 3 times and is on hand to offer first hand knowledge and experience when booking with us.

We will include this saving in your personalised quotation, simply call us on 01543 258631 or email vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk.