Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Discover Brazil inspired by Michael Palin

The fifth largest country on Earth and fast becoming one of the 21st century’s superpowers, Brazil is set to host the World Cup in 2014 and the next Olympic Games in 2016, making it the hot place to be. 

Don’t miss the new four part series ‘Brazil with Michael Palin’ which promises to entertain and enthral us all. We can’t wait! The first episode is on BBC1 tonight, with each programme focusing on a specific and distinct part of Brazil.

We have summarised each episode below with examples of holidays we can arrange.  To discuss your holiday to Brazil simply call us on 01543 258631 or email

Episode 1 - The North East - 24th October
Exploring Lencois Maranhenses & Sao Luis
5 Days from £1,195 per person

Europeans settled here first and the subsequent heady mix of indigenous people, African slaves and Europeans helped to create many of the characteristics of modern Brazil – hot spicy food, music, festivals and dance. The region is known for its fantastic beaches and sand dunes and is home to historic towns and cities including Salvador and Sao Luis. A visit to the Lencois Maranhenses is a must on any visit to the North East.

Episode 2 - The Amazon - 31st October
Cruise The Amazon River
8 days from £1,695 per person

The Amazon and its tributaries make up the largest water system on the planet and Brazil’s Amazon is a paradise for bird watchers and nature lovers as well as offering opportunities to discover traditional ways of life still enjoyed by the tribes that call the Amazon rainforest their home. This 8-day itinerary offers the chance of cruising to remote areas of the river system aboard the MY Tucano, a modern ship designed in the style of old steamboats.

Episode 3 - The Road to Rio - 7th November
Vibrant Rio, Historical Salvador, Iguazu Falls
9 days from £2,595 per person

One of the world’s most vibrant cities is getting ready to host the Olympics in 2016. Rio de Janeiro offers a panorama of beaches, mountains and ocean, as well as the most famous carnival in the world. Take a cable car to the top of Corcovado Mountain and site of the Statue of Christ the Redeemer, where you can best appreciate the stunning setting. Rio is a 'must visit' place on any trip to Brazil and can be incorporated into many South America itineraries.

Episode 4 - The South and Iguazu Falls - 14th November
Rio & Iguazu Falls
10 days from £2,140 per person

Bordering Brazil and Argentina, the Iguazu Falls is one of South America’s most spectacular natural wonders comprised of 275 separate waterfalls including the roaring ‘Devil’s Throat’.  View the Falls on foot from one of many walkways, from a boat or take a helicopter flight above the water to witness the full scale and power. This Rio & Iguazu Falls holiday is perfect for those wanting to explore Brazil's two most renowned highlights.

We can book you onto an escorted tour or tailor make your holiday to suit your needs and requirements.  Let us suggest an itinerary for you, call us on 01543 258631 or email

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Vineyards of Chile Tour

This eight night wine tour meets the winemakers at a fascinating time in the country’s development as they explore new vineyard sites and the concept of regionality.
Explore ‘cutting edge’ wineries across the Casablanca Valley and San Antonio Valley for world-class white wines, head through the Maipo valley for stunning Cabernet Sauvignon, slightly south to the vineyards in Apalta to taste Syrah/Shiraz and finally to Maule for rediscovered vines and new plantings on slate soil.
These new regions are now producing exciting wines from Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, along with a plethora of other varieties. Staying on a peaceful wine estate to experiencing life on a traditional Estancia, enjoying exceptional local food with wide ranging wines whilst surrounded by wonderful bird-life, contrasting scenery and great weather!
This 8 night tour of Chile includes:
• 4 nights in 5* hotels and 4 nights private wine estates, breakfasts, twelve meals with wines
• Visits and tastings
• Coach for the duration of the itinerary
• First class train journey from Talca to Santiago
• Wine Guide & Tour Manager
• From £2,999 per person
Excludes flights. Side trips to Patagonia, Easter Island or Atacama desert also available at extra cost.
For further details contact Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631

Friday, 19 October 2012

John reports from Florida

John recently travelled to sunny Florida and below reports back on the latest developments...

 If you are thinking of visiting Florida contact us at Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or e-mail

What is it about Florida that makes you want to go back?
Florida has something for the whole family. Whether it’s visiting the world famous theme parks, exploring the fantastic coastline or even combining the vibrant Miami with a relaxing Caribbean cruise. I have been lucky enough to visit Florida a couple of times in the last few years and still find there is plenty that I have yet to see and explore. Another reason to visit is the large retail outlets located all over Florida, these are definitely cheaper than shopping in the UK.

Which new parks and attractions did you see?
On my recent visit I went to the new LEGOLAND theme andwaterparkI also visited Universal, home to 2 parks: Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. Universal Studios is going through a large transformation, this is due to the closure of the Jaws ride and investment of the new Transformers Ride (due to open Summer 2013) and the new Harry Potter Train Station (due to open 2014). Despite these works being carried out, there was no disruption and the world famous Universal Parade still amazed every single day!

What is the new highlight for families? 
LEGOLAND theme and waterpark, this is Orlando’s newest theme park this is a great alternative to visit. Although it is not to the scale of the more established theme parks, I would say this is great for those with younger children and this park will only get better with time. This is definitely worth a visit! 
Disney’s Magic Kingdom is still the most popular park for those with younger children. Many of the attractions here are family friendly, from the Disney Parade to the many Disney Character meet & greets all over the park.

Any money saving tips?
Walt Disney World offers the Disney Dining option. This is currently being offered on complimentary basis for all clients who book a Disney hotel for stays over Summer 2013. This is a brilliant offer and could save a lot of money on your trip; it is also available during the school summer holidays.
Whether you stay in a villa or in a hotel, there are plenty of ways to save money on eating out. Our clients enjoy the benefit of the 'kids eat free' card which can be used throughout selected restaurants in Florida. There are also plenty of discount booklets offering a wide variety of discounts.

If you are thinking of visiting Florida contact us at Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or e-mail

Friday, 12 October 2012

Swap the Autumn Chill for South African Spring

As we bid the British summer farewell, spring has arrived in South Africa and with it comes the magical whale-watching season (until November). To celebrate we are able to offer a "Wine & Whale" package; the perfect way to escape the British chill and experience two of South Africa's top attractions.

Available until 31 October 2012, the seven-night "Wine & Whale" package takes visitors to the spectacular whale and dolphin-watching spots of Hermanus, near Cape Town and Mossel Bay, Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Wilderness along the "Garden Route". The British autumn, which is South Africa's spring, is the best time to enjoy balmy temperatures whilst marvelling at these gentle giants.

Steenberg Terrace

The itinerary includes:

- 4 nights bed & breakfast at Steenberg, the oldest farm in the picturesque Constantia valley, with a history dating back to the first wine production in 1695
- A half-day private Constantia Winelands tour
- A full-day private Hermanus whale watching tour
- A three-course dinner at Steenberg's Catharina's Restaurant or tapas in BistroSixteen82
- Three nights' bed and breakfast accommodation at Fancourt, positioned on 613 hectares in the magnificent Garden Route, just outside George, South Africa's premiere lifestyle estate with mountains, indigenous forests and the warm Indian Ocean in close proximity. From Fancourt guests can take whale-watching day trips to spots such as Knysna and Mossel Bay and enjoy a different wine tasting experience from the Cape Winelands by touring vineyards along the "Garden Route" and Little Karoo.

Fancourt Manor House

Prices start from just £2,222 p.p., including international flights from London to Cape Town (via Johannesburg) and from George to London (via Johannesburg) with South African Airways, private transfers as well as complimentary transfers within a 5km radius of Steenberg. Plus, all accommodation, tours & food mentioned in the above itinerary.

For more information & to book contact Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or e-mail

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

World's Greatest Rail Journeys Event

What a fabulous evening we had last Thursday when we welcomed guests from 1st Class Holidays, Danube Express, Orient Express, Golden Eagle Luxury Trains and Great Rail Journeys to our 'World's Greatest Rail Journeys' event at Darnford Moors Golf Club.

We heard from each speaker about the incredible journeys that they offer and the unique appeal of rail holidays. We also enjoyed some short Cine film clips from local specialist John Colley, reminding us all of the golden age of rail travel.

Wherever in the world it is that you would like to travel there is a rail holiday for you, be it Canada, Russia, central Europe, the Orient or exploring some of the most beautiful parts of the UK. 

For more information about any of the companies or rail holidays we featured, and to book, call Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631 or e-mail

More photos of the event can be found on our facebook page

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Charley Boorman's African Adventure

Charley Boorman returns to television this autumn for Charley Boorman’s African Adventure, a new four-part series which sees the actor and adventurer pair up with seasoned producer and director Russ Malkin as they undertake an epic 6,000-mile motorbike adventure.

Starting with a journey around South Africa’s southernmost coastline the pair then traverse the whole country, exploring the frontier with Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia and ending with a journey down the West coast of the continent to complete an entire circuit of the South Africa border – having collected a bevy of fellow bikers along the way.

The series captures a journey of extremes. In the north, Charley learns to live off the parched land of the vast and remote Kalahari desert, staying among the bush tribesmen who survive there every day. He also gets to grips with the majestic - yet incredibly precarious - Sani Pass, where he has to navigate almost impassable roads to reach the icy peak. In the south, Charley and Russ take to the spectacular Garden Route along the coast, bash their way through the thick Kruger flora, and come face-to-face with awe-inspiring animals in the heart of the bush, including wild elephants and rhinoceros.

Throughout their journey, Charley and Russ experience the dangers, the wonders, the history and the life of South Africa. From cage diving with deadly Great White Sharks in the rough Atlantic seas to cooking a braai with local residents to celebrate Mandela Day, the six-week adventure provided Charley with some of his greatest challenges yet as he attempted to get under the skin of what makes this astonishing country so unique.

Charley explains how he "fell in love" with South Africa the very first time he went there. "The country is one of the most beautiful places on earth: rich in gastronomy, adventure opportunities  and fantastic people. I feel so privileged and excited to have been able to return to really explore it further and to spend time with the fantastic people. There's also no better way to end a trip than with a massive convoy of bikes as we rode into Cape Town!"

You can follow Charley's adventure on Channel 5 this autumn.

To plan your holiday to South Africa call Robert Broad Travel on 01543 258631.