This year Alfa have been working hard to bring you lots of new and exciting holidays and excursions, simply look out for the NEW symbol as you browse through the brochure.
If you still haven’t had chance to take a look at our new 2015 brochure then here are a few highlights from some of our new 2015 tours that we hope just might tempt you to take a look and get you just as excited as we are about the latest edition of our brochure…
Experience the 1940’s atmosphere of some of the pivotal locations of the Second World War. One of our favourite parts of the Wartime Britain tour is the visit to Bletchley Park where visitors can explore some of the iconic World War Two Codebreaking Huts and Blocks, as well as marvel at the astonishing achievements of the Codebreakers whose work is said to have helped shorten the war by two years.
The Duchess of Cambridge opened the newly restored park in June 2014 where she found out more about her paternal grandmother who was a Codebreaker during World War Two.
The code-breaking that Bletchley Park achieved was an astonishing demonstration of the power of collective intelligence and determination in a quest to defeat the gravest threat that this country had ever faced.
Bletchley Park is also the birthplace of the computer. The world’s first programmable, digital, electronic computer: Colossus was invented and built at Bletchley Park during World War Two to speed the reading of encrypted German messages.
Bletchley Park is certainly unique, playing a key role in modern history. This is a place that should never be forgotten and definitely worth a visit!
Highclere Castle – ‘Downton Abbey’
Highclere Castle is one of the most magnificent Victorian stately homes in Britain and has lately become famous as the location for filming ITV’s ‘Downton Abbey’. If you are a fan of this hit ITV series then a visit to Highclere means you can experience what it is really like behind the scenes on Downton Abbey and follow in the footsteps of some of your favourite characters.
However, even if you are not a fan of Downton Abbey, this beautiful castle and landscape still has a lot to offer. In addition to exploring the Castle, there is also an Egyptian Exhibition which fascinates adults and children; Highclare was home to Lord Carnarvon, who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun.
Entrance to Highclere Castle and the Egyptian Museum are included in the tour cost.
Long a favoured retreat of the Royal Family, the beautiful Dee Valley is home to Balmoral Castle. Although Balmoral Castle is not part of the Crown Estate, it remains a private property of the monarch.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert first came to Scotland in 1842, five years after she became the queen and two years after their union. It was in February 1848 when Prince Albert decided to acquire the lease on Balmoral castle, complete with the staff and furniture. When the Queen purchased the castle, she found it too small so it was demolished and a new building was constructed and completed in 1856.
The castle is an example of Scots Baronial architecture and is classified by Historic Scotland as a category A listed building.
Visitors can enjoy an audio tour which guides them through the grounds, garden and exhibitions at Balmoral.
Every summer many thousands of visitors travel to see this magnificent Scottish castle, fine formal and vegetable gardens, woodlands and wildlife.
Entrance to Balmoral Castle is included in the tour cost when the castle is open which is April-July only.
The Deep is one of the most spectacular aquariums in the world and is home to a whopping 3,500 fish including a stunning pair of green sawfish, spectacular sharks and rays as well as a colony of penguins.
The Deep tells the amazing story of the world’s oceans through stunning marine life, interactives and audio-visual presentations making it a fun-filled day out for all ages.
Probably one of the best parts of a visit to The Deep are the underwater tunnels – the deepest in the world – which permit you to walk inside the tank within a transparent tunnel to view the marine life up close. Or you can ride up through the deepest tank in a glass elevator.
To understand more about our oceans and its inhabitants there are daily talks and demonstrations as well as a 3D cinema and regular events.
Entrance to The Deep is included in the tour cost.