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Tour Sicily with Newmarket Holidays

Steeped in centuries of history, Sicily, the largest island in the stunning Mediterranean Sea, offers visitors a wide range of travel experiences and unforgettable sights. This tour enchants holiday-goers with the warm waters of the region and the world-famous hospitality of the Sicilian people. With seven nights of either bed and breakfast or half-board accommodation options, as well as several excursion options, Newmarket Holidays offers unique travel packages to this popular destination in Italy.

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Cefalu

The tour begins with the pristine beaches of Cefalu on the Tyrrhenian Sea, a short distance from the Sicilian capital city of Palermo. An active fishing port, here travellers will find numerous shops and dining options, as well as the 12th century Cathedral-Basilica of Cefalu beautifully juxtaposed against “La Rocca”, a rugged rocky outcrop. Accommodation options offer sandy beaches, remarkable views and lush settings.

From here, an optional half-day excursion is available which takes travellers to Sicily’s capital of Palermo, where guests will discover vibrant culture and architecture. A Landmarks are the Royal Palazzo dei Normanni, which stands upon the highest point in the capital city, and the Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Regionale Antonio Salinas) which has one of the richest collections of Punic and Ancient Greek art. Well worth the visit, this excursion is also available from Santa Nicola.

Taormina Mare

On the east coast of Sicily on the Ionian Sea, the small town of Taormina offers customers spectacular beaches, accessible by aerial tramways or buses from the cliff-side town known for its romantic flower bedecked terraces and alleys. The Taormina Mare resorts feature delightful seaside or hillside accommodations, with numerous dining delights and shopping options. The various resorts offer charm galore Optional excursions bring guests into the quaint and historic town of Taormina, Mount Etna or Syracuse. Visit the active volcanic Mount Etna and its scarred, rugged landscape, or take in the rich Greek history and ancient temples of Athena and Apollo in Syracuse.

Make the Most of Travel with Newmarket Holidays

With the professional customer service team at Newmarket Holidays, planning the perfect Sicilian holiday is simple and enjoyable. Take advantage of the knowledgeable Newmarket Holidays Tour Managers and enjoy the benefits of comfortable accommodation, great excursions and unforgettable beauty that only Sicily can offer to the discerning traveller.

Newmarket Holidays | Coaches Regain Holiday Popularity

Once considered to be the holiday of choice for older generations, coach excursions have enjoyed newfound popularity in the wake of the UK financial crisis. Luxury lifestyle items such as designer clothes, expensive cars and, now, vacations to far-away places have taken a back seat as fiscally responsible individuals look for ways to make their money stretch further.

Companies such as Newmarket Holidays are demonstrating that in a time of financial instability, value for money takes precedence over visiting a far flung destination, making cost-effective coach trips, pre-arranged itineraries and decent hotels far more favourable than overpriced long haul flights to exotic locations.

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Previously most often enjoyed by the over 50s, coach trips offered a certain level of security to the more vulnerable, with experienced tour managers ensuring that every aspect of a trip ran smoothly and on schedule. In the wake of wages not rising in accordance with inflation and causing a significant collapse of the banking backbone of the UK, households are in possession of significantly less money with which to enjoy holidays and luxuries, making ‘bargain’ vacations the option of choice for an increasingly younger market.

It would be shortsighted to assume that coach excursions only occurred throughout the UK. For those without access to money for flights, coach tour operators such as Newmarket Holidays offer a far more affordable way to travel into Europe, and take full advantage of the fast and convenient Eurostar service departing from London throughout the week.

With many low-cost travel operators now forging beneficial relationships with major hotel chains, there is no longer a fear that sitting on a coach for long periods will be followed with an uncomfortable stay in budget accommodation; rather, the coach is seen as a comfortable chauffeur service which transports customers to good quality, comfortable lodgings. Experienced, expert Tour Managers are also a unique selling point for coach trips, allowing travellers to learn about their destination from an industry professional, ensuring that they are immersed in the culture and gain as much from their holiday as possible.

Those embarking on coach trips have commented that it is refreshing to really experience a holiday with their family or group, with nobody being more responsible or in charge than anybody else. Relaxation and recuperation are top of the agenda, as is cost-effectiveness.

Newmarket Holidays / Olympia Christmas River Cruise

Newmarket Holidays have spent the past thirty years putting together some of the very best value-for-money holidays for their customers. Each of the carefully selected Newmarket Holidays includes the services of a tour manager throughout the duration of the trip to ensure everything runs smoothly and a number of included and optional  excursions to allow travellers to experience and appreciate the very best that their chosen destination has to offer, as well as plenty of free time for exploration or relaxation. This Christmas, Newmarket Holidays are offering a festive period with a difference, with a five-day cruise holiday down the picturesque Rhine taking place from December 23rd until December 27th.

Newmarket HolidaysThe Olympia Christmas River Cruise begins with coach travel from a variety of selected UK pick-up points to the ship docked in Boppard, the ‘Jewel of the Rhine’. Guests will be able to explore the historic town with its Roman fort and beautiful architecture before boarding ship in time for a welcome buffet. Early on Christmas Eve the Olympia sets sail, heading down the Rhine towards Rudesheim and passing many wondrous sights along the way, including the Lorelei, where legend has it that sirens used to wait on the rocks to lure sailors to a deadly end. Travellers are invited to spend time discovering Rudesheim, or take part in an optional excursion to a wine tasting before returning to ship for a Christmas Eve dinner.

Christmas Day itself, the Olympia sails into Cologne for a short stop and then on into Konigswinter, where guests are invited to stretch their legs and view two of the most delightful cities on the banks of the Rhine. A traditional Christmas dinner is served in the evening, followed by drinks and dancing to live music to finish off the day. Boxing Day takes in several more picturesque towns and the option to attend a further wine tasting at Cochem, before returning to the Olympia for the final evening. On 27th December, travellers disembark and set off on the coach journey home, following a magical and unusual Christmas which will be remembered fondly for years to come.

Activities and dining on the Olympia cruise ship | Newmarket Holidays

The cruises arranged by Newmarket Holidays are ideal for those who want a truly memorable break. The cruise manager creates a programme of activities for each day of the holiday, and there will usually be a number of optional excursions that you can go on, if you so choose. Most passengers like to spend at least a few hours relaxing in the lounge and bar area of the ship. Here, they can chat with their fellow passengers, curl up in a chair and read a good book, play a game of cards or simply sit back and bask in the beautiful scenery.

While the atmosphere in the lounge is very relaxed and informal during the day, at night this area becomes a more glamorous space, with the crew and a professional pianist providing some sophisticated, fun entertainment. After dinner, if you’re feeling energetic, you can even take to the dance floor with your travelling companion. Although the lounge is the perfect spot for some cosy card games or reading during the day, the top deck of the cruise ship is the best place for sun worshippers and sightseers. Equipped with outdoor chairs and sun loungers, it’s a lovely place to soak up the sun and get some fresh air.

Newmarket HolidaysFood lovers will adore these holidays; many say that the dining experience on this cruise is one of the highlights of their trip. The sumptuous food, attentive waiting staff and crisp white linen tablecloths make for a wonderful meal. The food itself is a combination of traditional British fare, international dishes and regional specialities, all of which are carefully prepared by professional chefs, and served in relaxed, comfortable surroundings. There is no dress code for the evening meals, but guests are welcome to dress up if they feel inclined to do so. Breakfasts and lunches are equally enjoyable, with the former made up of a generous buffet that includes hot dishes, as well as cereals, pastries, breads and jams, and the latter of light main dishes and a salad buffet.

While all of the dinners served on the Newmarket Holidays cruises are delicious, the Welcome Party and Farewell events include a particularly decadent four-course meal. You’ll have the chance to sample some of the local dishes, as well as a number of locally brewed wines, beers and brandies.

Newmarket Holidays | Most Popular Holiday Destinations

In a recent study completed by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, France has come out on top as the world’s favourite holiday destination. A huge 83-million people visited the country in 2012. That’s 17 million more than actually live there. The country is a popular destination for tour operated holidays such as those on offer from Newmarket Holidays. (Mastercard have also produced estimated figures for the most popular capital cities in the last year. In these, Bangkok ranked first followed closely by London).

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The country’s success is largely due to three factors: to the southeast lie the ski resorts on the Alps, the south of the country enjoys warm temperatures for most of the year, and the capital city – Paris – is popular with romantics. This combination has ensured that France has remained the world leader for every year in which statistics have been produced by the UN.

Despite the large volume of visitors, many of whom come from Britain taking advantage of good-value tours from companies like Newmarket Holidays, not a lot of money is spent in the country. France’s GDP owes seven per cent to the tourism industry, but the average visitor spends a total of £423 every visit. This is a long way behind the likes of the USA, where visitors making an average spend of £1230, and Macau, the Vegas of South East Asia, which boast a huge £2100 average spend.

The disparity between the number of visitors and the amount of money spent in France is largely to do with the distance the visitors have travelled. An overwhelming majority of France’s visitors are from neighbouring countries: British holidaymakers are fond of coach tours to the country with companies like Newmarket Holidays. As a result, these visitors are content to only stay for a short amount of time; the average duration is 2.7 days, often just visiting a campsite and using supermarkets for their provisions. In America, by comparison, a mere fifty-five per cent of visitors come from either Mexico or Canada, the remaining forty-five per cent are long-haul travellers. Because of the distances involved, these travellers stay for much longer periods, often more than two weeks, and as a result they drive a lot more cash into the American economy. The French tourism board however, is making the effort to organise large events such as the Olympic Games in order to convince visitors to stay a little bit longer and attract many more people.

Newmarket Holidays offer a Variety of Vacation Ideas

Newmarket HolidaysSome people have a fixed idea of where they want to go on holiday, whereas others need a little inspiration. With Newmarket Holidays, customers can choose from a variety of travel options with the help of the dedicated Newmarket Holidays’ Customer Services Team.

Customers wishing to stay within the UK can opt for a scenic trip to the Scottish Highlands or explore the Giant’s Causeway in Belfast. For people looking for a relaxing summer break, Newmarket Holidays also offers travel to a range of European destinations including Croatia, Italy, Portugal, Prague and Vienna.

Long-distance travel is available for customers looking for that once-in-a-lifetime trip. Newmarket Holidays offers trips to China, India, Canada and the USA, all of which include travel, accommodation and a comprehensive day-by-day itinerary.

However, when booking a holiday, it’s not just the destination that needs to be taken into consideration, but the size and requirements of the travel party, and the transport options. Newmarket Holidays is made up of several different divisions to cater for the varying requirements of its customers.

The Study Experiences division specialises in arranging educational trips for school and college parties, while the Sports Experiences team organises trips for teams and fans to visit major sporting events.

Newmarket Holidays also organises live entertainment breaks to a range of popular theatre shows and concerts. Customers can catch a live music concert by the likes of Daniel O’Donnell and Andre Rieu or even visit the capital for a musical. Newmarket Holidays has access to some of the most in-demand tickets, which means that customers are guaranteed a seat at their chosen event.

Customers travelling as a large group can also enjoy additional benefits from their trip including a discount for bookings of more than 10 people and a discount for repeat bookings. Newmarket Holidays has team dedicated to group travel, and can advise on the best options according to the size and requirements of the party.

Newmarket Holidays aims to take some of the stress out of arranging a holiday, and provides support to its customers from start to finish. The company has been helping customers arrange their holidays for 30 years and, during that time, has developed a strong reputation for quality and customer service, as recognised by the industry awards which Newmarket Holidays has received over the years.