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Tuesday, 28 April 2015 00:00

Amazing Dubai Time-Lapse Photos Video!

Saw this the other day and really wanted to share it - absolutely amazing video made by thousands of photos pieced together. If it makes you want to visit Dubai, contact us for some amazing offers!

 

Dubai Flow Motion from Rob Whitworth on Vimeo.

Of course, we’re referring to the rare 'Naked Man Orchid' (Orchis Italica) which grows in the foothills of the Five Finger Mountains at this time of year. This beautiful orchid, has flowers which look just like tiny men, hence its somewhat unusual name. This is just one of the 32 species of orchid which grow here and are native to North Cyprus. Spring is the perfect time to visit to explore the beautiful countryside, although Autumn is lovely too, once the heat of summer has died down.

 

Friday, 27 March 2015 11:45

Yosemite in the Spring

Yosemite in the Spring

Yosemite in bloom truly awakens the senses. Experience the stunning springtime sights – blossoming wildflowers and waterfalls flowing at their peak, a perfect landscape for budding photographers. The forests become a natural studio for endless bird song while hibernating wildlife return from their winter slumber. Events in the area are in high demand, while rock climbers can assess the best line to climb up Yosemite’s iconic granite features.

THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN VISITING YOSEMITE MARIPOSA COUNTY

Monday, 23 March 2015 00:00

Our "Insider Tips" Iceland Travel Blog

We've just come back from a visit to Iceland so wanted to share our thoughts and Insider Tips with you!

Iceland is an unusual and fascinating country to visit at any time of the year. It’s emerald green in the summer and snowy in the winter, it has fascinating geology; stunning scenery; interesting cuisine; cool architecture and a tiny population of warm, welcoming people. Best of all (for us visiting from the UK), is that what used to be a really expensive destination is now relatively quite cheap, after the Icelandic economic crash of a few years ago.

Friday, 13 March 2015 17:34

Our "Insider Tips" Bruges Travel Blog

 

Photo © Ian Bush Top Drawer Holidays - a typical scene in Bruges historic centre

Bruges in Belgium is an amazing place to visit: the historical architecture is stunning; there’s lots to do and great chocolate, beer and delicious Belgian food to enjoy. You can go at any time of the year: the weather is fine in the summer and cold and moody in the winter (you might get some snow if you’re lucky). In the summer it’s busy with hoards of tourists and day-trippers, taking photographs; riding round in horse-drawn buggies and browsing in the chocolate, lace and tapestry shops.

Tuesday, 10 February 2015 15:12

Our "Insider Tips" South Africa Travel Blog

 

South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries on Earth and has so many reasons to put it on your bucket list. From the amazing wildlife, to the diverse scenery, the delicious food & wine, the huge range of activities and adventure, the incredible history and culture and all great value for money. We’ve met with experts from South Africa’s tourist board and put together 5 brilliant reasons to visit South Africa and given some great insider tips too.

Ever wondered what one of the new mega-cruise liners looks like, the ones that cater for thousands of guests? Well now you can take a look at life on board using our interactive website for Quantum of the Seas, the new game-changer of a ship from Royal Caribbean.

I read a very interesting article last week about going on holiday as an extended family, or "gramping" as it's now called. This got me considering the many advantages of gramping.

Wednesday, 07 January 2015 10:21

Budapest, Hungary Travel Guide

 

We have created a brief travel guide to Budapest Hungary for one of our clients so thought we would share it. If you would like to go to beautiful Budapest as well please let us know!

If you fancy feeling like one of the celebrities on Strictly and being taught to dance by one of the Pros, then read on! We have selected some great ways to live the Strictly experience on holiday.

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 15:31

Top 5 Halloween Inspired Holidays

 

Halloween Pumpkin By 3268zauber (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

With Halloween fast approaching for this year, I thought we would look at our top 5 spooky inspired holidays for going away over this chilly time of year! These include visiting Dracula's Castle in Transylvania; visiting Mexico for the Day of the Dead Festival; being scared witless at Universal Orlando's Halloween Horror Nights; taking part in New York's Halloween Parade in the Village; and staying in a haunted Scottish Castle.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:40

Angkor Wat - Jungle Atlantis

In honour of the BBC's fantastic series looking at the death of Angkor Wat’s Megacity in Cambodia, we thought we would show you one of the amazing private tours we can arrange for you on a holiday to Angkor Wat.

Thursday, 18 September 2014 12:20

Incredible Hotel India

Have you been enjoying the BBC's documentary "Hotel India" about the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai? Vibrant, varied and like nowhere else on Earth, India is a land of passion, colour and adventure. From the foothills of the Himalayas to the tranquil backwaters of Kerala, a new experience awaits around every corner. Be inspired by the Taj Mahal while navigating India’s Golden Triangle, taking in bustling Delhi and the ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur, board a boat on the sacred Ganges, ride camels in the deserts of Rajasthan or taste spices grown in the hills of Kerala - the range of experiences is endless.

US Open Tennis Championships

August 25–September 8

Fans can catch the world's best tennis players as they square off for the final Grand Slam tournament of the year at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park—and the early rounds provide plenty of chances to see star players ply their trade at close range.

The Islands of Cape Verde

This new for 2014 cruise program will give you the chance to explore the archipelago of Cabo Verde with its intoxicating mixture of African and Portuguese heritage and its welcoming locals. Once a former colony and slave trade outpost, the Cabo Verde Islands of today offer a spellbinding blend of African and Portuguese influences in their architecture, food, customs and traditions. Being blessed with a pleasant year-round climate, the archipelago offers a diverse range of landscapes from verdant mountain ranges, lush hills and jungles to explore, to volcanic landscapes or wide deserted beaches. This cruise holiday will open up for you a vibrant and colorful world, all set to the gentle rhythms of West African music.

Treasures of South Italy Cruise Overview

Sailing from Salerno and Amalfi Coast, a Cultural Landscape by UNESCO, we pass through the Straights of Messina with Mount Etna dramatically looming in the background. There is no better way to discover this sunlit coast on board our air-conditioned vessel and passing by the fabled town of Taormina, clinging on the cliffs of the sea. Visit some of the Sicilian legacies; Phoenician settlements, Roman amphitheatres, Punic cities, Greek temples, Norman-Arab castles and Aragonese churches. This voyage is completed with a stopover Malta where you can see some of the pre-historic megalithic structures dating back 6000 years.

Friday, 16 May 2014 14:31

Jewels of the Cyclades Yacht Cruise

Jewels of the Cyclades Cruise Introduction

This is an historical and cultural adventure around the awe-inspiring islands of the Cyclades exploring both geographical and historical wonders.

Friday, 16 May 2014 14:29

Seychelles Mega Yacht Cruise

The Seychelles Cruise in the Garden of Eden

A mega yacht cruise has to be the ultimate way to really discover the unspoilt island paradise of the Seychelles cruise, hopping from island to island, visiting places which will captivate your senses with their amazing and unique fauna and flora. You can snorkel or dive to discover an amazing underwater world, or walk through centuries-old rain forests with unique species of wild life, including rare black parrots, the world famous ‘Coco de Mer’ palm trees or giant land tortoises.

Friday, 16 May 2014 14:22

Adriatic Odyssey Cruise

Variety Cruises in the Adriatic

Experience a harmonious balance between conventional cruising and private yachting, along with an exciting voyage of discovery, unravelling the wonders of the Ionian and Adriatic Seas. This unique cruise discovers the natural and historical treasures of the Greek Ionian, plus, Albania, Croatia and Montenegro. Each day you will discover a new port of call, a hidden cove with crystal blue waters to cool you, a glimpse of ancient, medieval and Renaissance history to amaze you and rich cultural diversity to intrigue you.

Friday, 16 May 2014 14:19

Cuba Sailing Cruise

Explore the Wonderful Coast of Cuba on a Sailing Cruise

Cuba is a fabulous place and this is your chance to discover its coastline

Friday, 16 May 2014 14:11

Aegean Odyssey Cruise

An adventurer’s cruise through the Aegean

Odysseus, also known as Ulysses, was a legendary King of Ithaca. His fate was bound up in that of the Trojan wars started by the abduction of Helen – the ‘face that launched a 1,000 ships’. Whether the stories are true Odysseus certainly had a reputation as an adventurer and he would have sailed back and forth across these beautiful Aegean waters.

Sunday, 13 April 2014 00:00

Accessible Holidays Blog

Having been a teacher in a fully-accessible primary school, accessible travel has always interested me. Recently I met Mary from accessible-travel specialists Enable at a travel event, she was very enthusiastic and passionate about the service her company offers and very knowledgeable about her products. So I'm pleased to say we are now agents for Enable and really happy to be working with them to offer fully-accessible holidays so contact us to book your next trip.

Thursday, 27 March 2014 14:30

Hip Hop Music Tour of New York

Hush Hip Hop Tours aims to educate and entertain guests in the history of hip-hop, showing the evolution of a truly New York art form through the perspective of artists. Each journey to seminal locations of hip-hop’s evolution is led by musicians involved with the genre's history; the guides share personal stories and anecdotes as only old-school rhyme masters could. The tours, which feature a classic hip-hop soundtrack, explore sites in Manhattan and the Bronx or Brooklyn and Queens.

To book your NYC trip please contact us for expert advice, internet busting prices, ATOL protection, and free extras and upgrades!

Photo credit: Debra Harris
Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:56

New York Pride Week 2014 June 24 - 29

New York City is home to one of the world's most vibrant, thriving gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. The City embraces its diversity as a source of strength, and that's never more evident than during Pride Week, when neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs celebrate the progress made in NYC and beyond since the Stonewall Riots of 1969 sparked the gay rights movement. The theme this year is "We Have Won When We're One," reflecting marriage-equality victories across the country. The week's activities include a family movie night, a rally on the Hudson River waterfront and a rooftop rave, all leading up to the massive march down Fifth Avenue, which takes place on June 29 at noon.

 

To book your NYC trip please contact us for expert advice, internet busting prices, ATOL protection, and free extras and upgrades!

Saturday, 01 February 2014 16:00

Tenerife events 2014

Tenerife packs 2014 with plenty of fiestas
Tenerife 
Not only does Tenerife boast spring-like temperatures all year round but it also hosts a wide range of events and traditional festivals every single month of the year. 2014 will see new editions of popular outdoor events such as the Arona Summer Festival, sporting competitions including the Tenerife Bluetrail and the Canarias Infinity Xtreme, and music festivals such as Fimucité. There are also plenty of local fiestas on the calendar, including Easter celebrations and the wacky ‘Boards of San Andrés’, without forgetting the unmissable Tenerife Carnival, the world’s second largest of its kind.
 
These are some of the key events and festivals that will take place in Tenerife in 2014:
Friday, 31 January 2014 14:28

Silversea Silver Discoverer Expedition Ship

Remote Atolls, Rich Ecosystems and Unknown Tribes -- The Breathtaking Expanse of the Pacific Ocean Can Now Be Explored with Silversea's Newest Expedition Ship

Silversea's eighth ship, Silver Discoverer, to sail in Micronesia, Melanesia, Polynesia, Russian Far East, Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand from March 2014

Silversea Silver DiscovererLeading ultra-luxury cruise operator Silversea, renowned for its prestigious ships and exotic locations, is to sail to even more remote and stunning destinations from 2014 with the arrival of its newest expedition ship, the 128-guest Silver Discoverer.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 12:39

Most and least tourist-friendly countries

The World Economic Forum surveyed 140 countries from late 2011 to late 2012, asking, "How welcome are foreign visitors in your country?" The WEF says the results of its Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013 are designed to "measure the extent to which a country and society are open to tourism and foreign visitors."

Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:28

Agriturismo of Sicily

Agriturismo was codified into Italian law in 1985 and means a holiday spent on a working farm or country estate. The small-scale cultivation of local produce and the traditional cuisines of the regions are valued highly by Sicilians, and since small farms have latterly become less profitable, many owners of land or smallholdings have restored their buildings to accommodate holidaymakers and augment their incomes. Many encourage their guests to take part in the farm’s activities while enjoying the rural life of the region, albeit in some comfort.

Thursday, 14 March 2013 15:08

Quintas of Madeira

Quinta hotels offer an authentic luxurious choice for those who prefer to stay in an intimate, boutique hotel. They are housed in grand country houses, which would have once been the manor houses of sugar cane plantations, now restored and renovated in unique style.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012 10:11

Winter Wonderland in Finland

"There's not much that can make a 40 year old grown man feel like a fairy princess but being driven through snow covered forests in a sled pulled by 6 eager huskies is about as close as you can get!"

Friday, 18 May 2012 16:27

Family Holiday Games

Many of our most treasured childhood memories come from family holidays. Which is why Top Drawer Holidays with our friends at Western & Oriental asked best-selling author Josie Curran to put together a selection of fun-filled holiday games - and the result is our Holiday Playbook! Whether it's by the pool, the beach or on the plane, gather round the family for delights such as Swimming Pool Olympics and Jamaican Dandy Shandy! Top Drawer Holidays are official agents for Western & Oriental so call us on 0121 270 2889 or send us an enquiry to book your next family holiday.

Friday, 24 February 2012 14:54

Diary of an Antarctic Cruise

FROM A PASSENGERS DIARY

IN THE ANTARCTIC, NO TWO DAYS ARE ALIKE. EVERY MORNING BRINGS THE PROMISE OF A NEW DAY RICH IN EMOTIONS AND DISCOVERIES.

What could be a more perfect holiday for the chocoholics amongst us than to stay at Hotel Chocolat in St Lucia!? Set in the grounds of a beautiful 18th Century cocoa estate, the luxurious Hotel Chocolat is Saint Lucia’s newest boutique hotel and a must-visit for all lovers of chocolate. The 140-acre Rabot Estate, dating back to 1745, is the oldest on Saint Lucia, but the accommodation is stylish and contemporary, and the hotel’s Engaged Ethics Programme is helping to revitalise the island’s cocoa industry.

Thursday, 27 October 2011 10:44

Special Christmas Gifts

Fantastic NEW way for friends and family to club together to buy a special gift!

Santa ClausWhy not do something different this Christmas with our fantastic NEW way for friends and family to club together to buy a special gift for their loved ones! By using the gift list service at our sister company www.TheBottomDrawer.co.uk (one of the most popular online wedding gift registries in the UK), you can all club together to contribute towards a really special gift rather than each getting something small. We've shown some examples below of the kind of things you might want, but as an example, if say 5 of you all gave £50 then your loved ones have £250 to spend towards a weekend away, or a champagne breakfast with snow leopards, or on a romantic boating day for 2.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009 16:17

Australia - best deal in the World!


As the lucky winner of the “Best Job in the World” enjoys a top salary soaking up the Australian sun, we’ve teamed up with Qantas Holidays so you too can go down under. With a variety of exciting itineraries it just might be the Best Deal in the World!

Visiting Australia is a dream of many people around the world, so when Tourism officials in the country launched a global search for candidates for the “Best Job in the World” - earning a top salary for lazing around on a beautiful tropical island for six months - it seemed too good to be true..

Wednesday, 16 September 2009 12:32

Sharm El Chic!


Due to the poor economic climate and declining value of the Euro, many people are looking for alternative holiday destinations to the usual European favourites. For scorching sunshine and great value for money mixed with a healthy dose of luxury, you can't get better than Egypt's Sharm el Sheikh...

Wednesday, 16 September 2009 12:23

A beautiful Italian Trilogy


A unique seven night holiday to 3 of the most beautiful hotels in 3 of the most beautiful cities in Italy - Rome, Florence & Sienna. The seven night holiday commences with scheduled flights to Rome from the UK and a private car transfer to the hotel. Experience the magic of Rome from the impressive ancient sites of the Forum and the Colisseum to the Renaissance art and sculpture of the Vatican Museum and the Sistine Chapel; all complemented by an exceptional array of boutiques and shops.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009 12:13

More to do in Orlando!


Florida is a playground for adults and children alike - but how do you get the most out of your holiday? The answer is simple... Orlando FlexTicketTM has it all. With access to Florida’s best theme parks, waterparks and much more...

Wednesday, 16 September 2009 12:03

Family Fun!


There are so many things to consider when booking a holiday for your family and it’s sometimes hard to keep everyone happy…

Whatever your taste or budget there is a wide variety of fantastic family holidays that will please the tiniest infant to the most stubborn of teenagers.

From fantastic summer sun packages to voyages of activity and discovery, exotic all-inclusive holidays and all the fun and excitement on our home shores, here we have picked some unmissable trips for your whole family..

Friday, 24 July 2009 16:00

Weddings & Honeymoons


Lavish rooms, calming oceans and stunning scenery, what more could you wish for? Your next romantic getaway could be over the next couple of pages… What better way to celebrate a special occasion from your wedding or honeymoon to a romantic getaway than with an idyllic holiday in one of the world's most romantic locations.

Friday, 24 July 2009 15:51

Taste the World


Whether its the ancient cities of Greece, the oriental gardens of Japan, spectacular beaches of Thailand, sacred monuments of China or the fresh sea air of the Spanish coastline, the one thing that all these destinations have in common is the appreciation of good food and drink.

Friday, 24 July 2009 15:39

Live UK Love UK


You don’t have to look far from your doorstep for holidays offering fantastic memories, great experiences and happy times. Just holiday in the UK with Hoseasons! Contact us for more details on holiday parks, cottages and boating holidays.

Friday, 24 July 2009 15:20

The perfect paradise...


In the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a tropical dream come true. The Island's colourful history has resulted in a cultural fusion of friendly, hospitable people, great beauty, architecture and cuisine. It’s clear warm waters and white sand beaches entice visitors back to its shores time and time again.

Friday, 24 July 2009 00:00

Step on to the Set!


If you enjoy going to the cinema or watching DVDs what could be better than combining a holiday with the evocative settings where your favourite films were shot or took place.

Some directors trawl through thousands of locations to find the perfect backrop for their masterpieces, but just imagine the buzz of picturing the scene and finding yourself there in real life!

Here are our top 5 movie destinations where you can feel as though you are on the set of a blockbuster.

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