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.

Dutch Bulbfields

We Have taken on board feedback from our customers who travel on our annual trip to Holland and the Dutch Bulbfields.  The general consensus was it is a wonderful trip but the hotel was too far from Keukenhof, so for 2020, we have selected the Apollo Hotel in Lelystad, which is only about an hour’s drive from the Bulbfields.  Lelystad is a relatively new town, located on the coast and is the capital of the Flevoland Province.  Although only decades old, Lelystad has lots of things to see and do, with a lovely marina area, Walibi Fun Park, Dolphinarium, excellent shopping, vibrant night life and plenty of parks and open spaces.  The town is a perfect base for our long weekend in Holland.
3rd – 6th April 2020 3 nights Bulbfields Tour £395pp
Half Board.  Single Supplement £73pp
PASSPORT REQUIRED
CURRENCY: EUROS
The Apollo Hotel
This excellent 4 star hotel is perfectly located in the city centre of Lelystad, a short walk from most of the attractions.  The hotel has 86 contemporary style en-suite rooms which are very spacious, comfortable all with a seating area plus air conditioning, tea/coffee making facilities, satellite TV, free WiFi and safe.  The hotel offers a varied choice of dishes for dinner and a large selection from the buffet for your continental breakfast.
Itinerary
DAY 1 – We cross the Channel by ferry from Dover to Calais, then head through Belgium to Lelystad.
DAY 2 – After breakfast, we drive to the highlight of the weekend, Keukenhof, where you will experience the gorgeous views of blooming Dutch tulips and other flowers for which Holland is famous.  Keukenhof is the most famous and largest flower park in the world, where more than 7 million flower bulbs are planted every year.  Gardens and four pavilions show a fantastic collection of: tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, orchids, roses, carnations, irises, lillies and many other flowers.  You will be overwhelmed by a spectacle of colours and perfumes.
DAY 3 – After breakfast, we head into the Dutch capital, Amsterdam, which we are sure, needs no introduction.  With miles and miles of canals, a plethora of attractions, cafes and bars, Amsterdam has a fantastic ambience and is a must visit city.
DAY 4 – After breakfast, we head off to Calais for the ferry back home.

 

 

3 Countries Christmas Markets

The rumour goes that Santa actually comes from Valkenburg.  You see, as the days get shorter, the fairytale setting of Valkenburg in the south of Holland transforms into a cosy and delightful Christmas town.  This beautiful small town situated on the River Geul, can call itself the European city of Christmas.  In Valkenburg, immersed in a magical atmosphere with a paradise of twinkling lights and beautifully decorated Christmas trees, you see, smell, hear and taste everything Christmas.  Underground, you can visit the unique Christmas markets in the Gemeentegrot (municipal cave) and Fluweelengrot (velvet cave).  In winter wonderland, at the Wilhelminagrot (Wilhelmina cave) be amazed by beautiful sand sculptures by artists from all over the world.  Be sure to be back above ground in time to witness the fascinating Christmas parade with its illuminated floats and beautifully costumed dancers as they stroll through Santa’s village.  Add to this the wonderful Christmas markets we visit in neighbouring Belgium at Bruges and in Monschau in Germany, this is a highly recommended seasonal holiday.

6th – 9th December 2019 Deluxe Tour 3 nights Christmas Markets Tour £385pp
4th – 7th December 2020 3 nights Christmas Markets Tour £385pp

Half Board.  Single Supplement £48pp.

PASSPORT REQUIRED
CURRENCY: EUROS

The Valkenburg Walram Hotel

The Walram hotel is an original 18th century farmhouse that rests on the remains of the old city walls, a location that offers a source of inspiration.  Combined with modern facilities, a unique combination has been created where past and present meet.  The hotel offers 106 comfortable rooms all characterised by a contemporary ambience in an atmospheric, nostalgic setting.  Along with the wide range of contemporary amenities including an infra red sauna, a heated swimming pool and free WiFi, Hotel Walram treats its guests to the best of both worlds.  Partly due to its central location on the edge of the town centre and flanked by unique nature reserves, the hotel is the perfect base for enjoying the Christmas town.

ITINERARY:

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 warm gluhwein and snacks.  We then continue onto Calais for your early evening ferry and home.