People planning to travel abroad after the end of January will be required to have six months left on their passport in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The edit comes in a government notice to the travel industry over passport validity changes should the UK fall out of the European Union without a deal on January 31st.

The key call to action is for customers to visit the HM Passport Office online passport checker on the government’s GOV.UK website to see if they are affected and renew their passport early if necessary.

For example, UK residents wanting to travel on November 1st – the day after the UK is due to leave the EU if there is no deal – must have a passport issued on or after August 1, 2010.

Austria – Lakes & Mountains

The last few years our Austrian holiday has been in the Salzkammergut region of North West Austria, after many requests, this year we are returning to the Tyrolean region of the town of St Johann in Tyrol.  The town is the main hub of the Kitzbüheler Alpen region.  The baroque town has a beautiful centre, with the impressive church at its core, with many shops, cafes and restaurants for relaxation.  The town is overlooked by the impressive Wilder Kaiser Mountain Range on one side, and the famous Kitzbüheler horn on the other, the perfect location for a stunningly scenic holiday.
Boutique Hotel Bruggwirt
Previously called the Hotel Bruckenwirt, the charming 4 star boutique hotel Bruggwirt is in a central location in the heart of St Johann in Tyrol.  The rooms, each individually designed, reflect the cheerful character of the building and the caring attention of the family owners.  In touch with nature and in love with design, the hotel is full of charm.  A delightful garden for guests, a spa area for inner tranquility and a cosy bar all play their part in creating a friendly ambience.  Long ago this enchanting boutique hotel was a simple farmhouse, which was later converted into a guest house.  Over time, the building has grown to its current size.  It preserves its regional heritage in its remarkable blend of styles, which lovingly combine period details with contemporary art and the boldness of modern design.  Each room is designed individually, and well appointed with various artefacts collected over the years.
Half Board (BB & EM) en-route and at resort
21st – 29th August 2021 8 nights £739pp

Half Board.  Single Supplement £99pp.

    DAY 1 – Travel in style to our overnight hotel in France, France via the ferry, where a set dinner is included.  OVERNIGHT BAG REQUIRED
    DAY 2 – After breakfast we travel through Germany and cross the border into Austria and make our way up into the Tyrol and to the town of St Johann.
    DAY 3 – A free day to enjoy and explore this beautiful town.
    DAY 4 – After breakfast, we head to the town of Jenbach where we board a steam train.  The train climbs the mountain with awesome views of the valleys below and some of the most spectacular scenery you will see.  From here, we take a cruise on the stunning Tyrolean Lake, Achensee.  Time is spent here before heading back.
    DAY 5 – Another stunning day as we firstly take the scenic drive to Zell am See, a lovely town on the lake, after time here, we then drive up to the incredible Grosslockner High Alpine Road, a wonderful feat of engineering, where we negotiate the 36 hairpin bends and reach a height of nearly 7,000ft, and visit the Pasterze Glacier, the largest in the Eastern Alps.
    DAY 6 – Today we visit the capital of the Tyrolean region, the impressive city of Innsbruk, famous for fine architecture, amazing churches and wonderful shopping.
    DAY 7 – A half day excursion to the chic town of Kitzbuhel, the famous ski resort where world championship races are held.  The medieval town is full of charm and the streets are adorned with many up market boutiques and lots of cafes and bars.  We return to the hotel for more time in St Johann.
    DAY 8 – Unfortunately, we depart and head to our overnight hotel in France where evening meal is included.  OVERNIGHT BAG REQUIRED
    DAY 9 – After breakfast, we head to Calais for our ferry back to Blighty and then home.