People planning to travel abroad after the end of March 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 October 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 October 1, 2009.

Dutch Bulbfields

Our base for this excellent tour is the city of Arnhem, probably best known for the battle here in 1944 and immortalised in the film “A Bridge Too Far”.  Arnhem today is a peaceful, medium sized city that sits on the banks of the Rhine and is the capital of the Gelderland Province.  Ass to this the picturesque and beautiful field of flowers of Keukenhof, Het Loo Palace and the excursion to the Netherlands Open Air Museum and this is a fantastic tour.
8th – 12th April 2019 4 nights Bulbfields Tour £435pp
Half Board.  Single Supplement £96pp
The Arnhem Best Western Plus Hotel
The 4 star Arnhem Best Western Plus Hotel is located in the city centre of Arnhem, opposite the central train station.  In the nearby area you will find shops, bars, restaurants and other delightful attractions.  At the hotel you can enjoy excellent facilities and top-level service.  The hotel boasts a restaurant, bar, conference rooms and fitness centre.  All 118 rooms are equipped with bath or shower, toilet, hairdryer, safe, telephone, LCD television and free internet access which all enable you to enjoy a memorable stay in Arnhem.
    DAY 1 – Travel via ferry from Dover to Calais and continue onto our destination arriving in the afternoon.
    DAY 2 – The highlight  of the trip is a visit to Keukenhof known as the ‘Garden of Europe’ it is the largest flower garden in the world.  As 7 million flower bulbs bloom over 32 hectares, the park is awash with the scent of blossoming flowers.  See the flower shows or maybe take a boat trip (not included) and delight in the statues dotted around.
    DAY 3 – Today we visit the gardens of Het Loo Palace which have been fully restored to a Baroque Dutch style garden dating back to the first residents King Stadtholder Willem III and his wife Mary Stuart II.  The gardens are home to many sculptures of Gods and Goddesses from Greek Mythology which reflect the theme of growth and flowering of the gardens.  The gardens are most famous for the magnificent fountains especially the Koningssprong fountain which spurts 13 metres high, the highest in Europe.  We then go onto the beautiful market town of Apeldoorn.
    DAY 4 – today we visit the Netherlands Open Air Museum situated in woods local to Arnhem.  The museum is housed in 44 hectares of land and includes buildings of differing historical periods, and demonstrates different ways of life from years gone by.
    DAY 5 – After breakfast we leave our hotel and make our way back home via the Calais to Dover ferry Crossing.



    3 Countries Christmas Markets

    The fairytale setting of Valkenburg is the base for our trip to three countries and their Christmas Markets.  With its distinctive illuminated caves and passageways, Valkenburg in Holland is quite unique.  We also visit spectacular venues in Monschau, Germany and the beautiful Venice of the North, Bruges in Belgium.

    7th – 10th December 2018 Deluxe Tour 3 nights Christmas Markets Tour £349pp
    6th – 9th December 2019 Deluxe Tour 3 nights Christmas Markets Tour £385pp

    Half Board.  Single Supplement £42pp.


    The Valkenburg Walram Hotel

    Hotel Walram is a stone building which is typical of the South Limburg region.  The hotel enjoys a perfect location on the banks of the River Geul, a 2 minute walk from the centre of Valkenburg.  A family run hotel offering a very warm welcome to all guests.  All bedrooms for this holiday are fully en-suite superior rooms.


    Day 1 – Ferry from Dover to Calais then onto Valkenburg for your 3 night stay.

    Day 2 – A day at leisure in Valkenburg, a fashionable and fortified town situated in the unusually hilly Dutch province of Limburg.  Valkenburg’s attractions include a castle, museums, numerous bars, cafes and the highlight of the tour – the Valkenburg Christmas Market.  The little spa town of Valkenburg comes alive with the advent of its Christmas Markets with stalls uniquely located inside caves (please note there is a small entrance charge to enter the caves) which are protected from the elements and open late into the evening.

    Day 3 – The Monschau Christmas Market is small but beautiful.  In December 1999 the town received an award for being one of the most beautiful Christmas Markets in Western Germany.  Throughout the weekend there are free and exciting programmes including live brass band concerts, a living manger at 3pm and 5pm and Santa Claus who visits Monschau’s Christmas Market in the afternoons and evenings.

    Day 4 – Depart the hotel after breakfast and make your way into Belgium with a stop at Bruges.  Medieval Bruges known as the Venice of the North has a beautiful setting and is host to one of the most famous Christmas Markets in Belgium, offering the best of winter products, Christmas gifts and warn gluhwein and snacks.  We then continue onto Calais for your early evening ferry and home.