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Team on Tour – Amsterdam

Group Travel World headed to Holland this month for a short Amsterdam city break. Travelling with easyJet, flights can be as little as £60 return. With such a Read More »

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Prague

02-old-town-square An architectural gem, Prague is a city of dreaming spires and hidden treasures ranging from an animation museum to underground bomb shelters. It is a city associated with Einstein, Mozart, Kafka, Alphonse Mucha, Dvorak and Johannes Kepler and has much to offer travellers no matter what type of activity is being sought. With direct flights taking less than two hours from UK airports, it is a very accessible location. Travelling within Prague is very easy, as there are reliable, fast underground and tram systems. Read More »

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Venice

History has seen it dominate the maritime world, sit as a staging area for the Crusades and play an important role in the rise of Europe’s cultural movement, but today Venice sits – or rather floats – as a major tourist attraction, drawing families, honeymooners and groups keen to explore its unique network of waterways.

Of course, central to the city’s scene are its boats, but first-time visitors are often wowed by the fact that literally everything is carried by water, from fish, meat and fruit to the local police force and fire men. “It’s certainly unique,” says Group Travel World editor Sue Parslow, who’s sampled the sights and sounds of Italy’s best-known islands. “You can arrive from the airport by bus or train, and then suddenly you’re met by a sea of boats, be it a vaporetti (water bus), water taxi or gondola. It’s great to escape the cars, and as you go everywhere on foot it doesn’t really matter if you get lost. Read More »

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Lisbon

A City for All Seasons

IMG_8547Lisbon is a vibrant city whose streets and winding alleyways beg to be explored. Angela Youngman offers a taster of what you can expect in this Portuguese destination with year-round appeal. Read More »

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Treasure islands Malta

Often described as the Mediterranean’s best-kept secret, Malta, Gozo and Comino have much to offer groups seeking relaxation, culture, sports and adventure, as Angela Youngman discovers.

 

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Marsaxlokk a traditional fishing village in the South East

Malta’s location is ideal – just 60 miles south of Sicily, it is less than three hours by air from the UK, while Malta’s International Airport is only 20 minutes from the capital city of Valetta. Several airlines offer regular flights including Air Malta, Easy Jet, Ryanair and British Airways. Read More »

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Rome

Group visits to Rome

If your group chooses to travel to Rome by air, there are several choices of airline travelling to the city’s two airports – Fiumicino or Ciampino. Ciampino is closer to the city, but Fiumicino is served by rail. Both airports have regular shuttle coaches travelling to Termini railway station, which is right in the heart of Rome.

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Palatine Hill

Ciampino is largely monopolised by Ryanair, and therefore a great choice for those on a budget. We found the airline to be very good, in spite of some of the negative press it has received over the years. Read More »

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French Connections

France has far more to offer than just Paris. Look further than the capital city to discover a wealth of destinations that offer plenty in terms of history, stunning architecture and other attractions. Naomi MacKay takes a look at seven of the best

Marseille, Bordeaux, Caen, Lourdes, Avignon and Lille offer plenty for touring groups.

Marseille, Bordeaux, Caen, Lourdes, Avignon and Lille offer plenty for touring groups.

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SIX OF THE BEST: GERMAN BEER FESTIVALS

In Germany, it is estimated that five billion litres of beer is produced each year, therefore it’s no surprise that hundreds of festivals have popped up to celebrate it. Naomi MacKay highlights some of the best

(1)Waitresses hefting massive beer steins are a common sight at a German beer festival

Waitresses hefting massive beer steins are a common sight at a German beer festival

OKTOBERFEST

September 19 – October 4, 2015

Oktoberfest in Munich is the biggest and most famous of all the German beer festivals. It kicks off with a grand parade of the Munich breweries and beer tent proprietors at 1045hrs on September 19. No trip to Oktoberfest would be complete without observing the horse carts decorated with flowers, waitresses hefting massive beer steins, the big brass bands and the beer wagons decorated with garlands, and carrying the huge wooden beer barrels. Monday to Thursday and Sunday evenings are the least busiest times to visit and will allow space in the more popular beer tents. Read More »

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Focus on France

Home to the famous Brie de Meaux, this easily accessiblearea of France harbours a rich wartime history, alongside a wealth of entertainment venues

 

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A recent familiarisation trip to Seine-et-Marne. (L-R) Annabel from Travelbound, Diane from Richmond Coaches, Chris Wales from Coach Tourism Council, Brian from Wayahead Travel and Sue from Albatross Travel

The vast county of Seine-et-Marne in France – named after the Seine and Marne rivers – covers Marne & Ourcq, Disneyland Paris, Brie & Morins, Provinois Bassee Montois, Centre Brie and Fountainebleau. Crossed by the Marne River, Meaux is a historic town situated within Seine-etMarne, and is over 2,000 years old. Meaux is known for its flavoursome mustard and mild Brie de Meaux, with a detailed and informative exhibition about the famous cheese housed in the heart of the city. Read More »

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Winter Cruises

Sail away GTW explores special interest, family-friendly and new ‘virtual’ cruise experiences open to group travel organisers ahead of the autumn and winter season

Azamara

Azamara

Cruises are becoming even more luxurious and varied as demand calls for better packages on sophisticated ships sailing to the far-flung corners of the world. Whether your group fancies a week’s wine tasting in Bordeaux or a Disneyinspired break for younger family members, there’s something to suit everyone, with cruise companies using the latest technology to both entertain holidaymakers and tempt them on board. Azamara Club Cruises offers cultural voyages to Asia, South America and the West Indies, as well as Central and North America. New in 2015 is the company’s series of 360-degree virtual reality experiences, known as Azamara 3DI. Azamara Club Cruises is the first company in the cruise industry to bring ‘destination immersion’ to life in 3D, allowing GTOs to experience a cruise virtually without even hitting the water. Read More »

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