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If you prefer to stay within the UK, there are many destinations for you to choose from with Alfa Travel that will instantly transform your mood into holiday-mode. Soak up the atmosphere in the historical cities of Cambridge and York, famous for their iconic architecture including the York Minster and the Round Church in Cambridge. Or you can bathe in the sun at our seaside resorts such as Shanklin and Tenby, both offering miles of clean, sandy beaches perfect for relaxing and slow evening strolls. Alternatively, if you prefer a more active holiday, the Lake District offers plenty of opportunities to explore, surrounded by many idyllic places to take a rest break.
Try European coach holidays if you would like stronger sunshine and more consistent weather, coach holidays to Lake Garda and Dordogne would be the perfect resorts for you. Absorb the culture as you stroll through each town and introduce new tastes to your palate. Our European coach holidays are perfect for the adventurous souls looking to make new discoveries and explore new tastes.
Famous for housing one of the best universities in the world, Cambridge is a historical city you have to visit at least once in your lifetime. The college buildings of Cambridge are a wonder to behold, but the river, the Botanic Gardens and the excellent shops are also worthy of a visit.
Fort William - 'the Outdoor Capital of the UK'
Fort William, the “Outdoor Capital of the UK”, is not only an important tourist centre but also a splendid location from which to explore the magnificent Western Highlands. It is situated at the southern end of the Great Glen, on the shores of Loch Linnhe, beneath towering Ben Nevis, Britain’s highest mountain. For those who do not feel quite up to the ascent of Ben Nevis, nearby Aonach Mor offers Britain’s only alpine cable car, rising over 2000 feet to the Snowgoose restaurant, from where there are spectacular views of the Great Glen. The surrounding countryside has some of Britain’s most spectacular and romantic scenery and its torrid history has produced over 30 battlefields in the Lochaber area alone. As a touring centre, Fort William is unrivalled and our splendid excursion programme makes the best of this with coverage of many of the area’s most interesting places.
Discover one of the world’s most exciting cities from our 4* base near Windsor. Enjoy a day trip to Kew, with its famous botanical gardens and marvel at Windsor Castle which has been the home of British monarchs for over 900 years.
Dunoon is splendidly situated on the western shores of the Firth of Clyde, where Loch Long and Holy Loch join the sea. It boasts some lovely gardens, two bays, and a flat promenade – perfect for that most traditional of seaside occupations, strolling along the prom! There is a modern indoor swimming pool with solarium and sauna, bowling greens, squash and tennis courts and both 9 and 18 hole golf courses. There are two cinemas and, in the season, entertainment at the Queens Hall. Within just a few miles is some of Scotland’s most spectacular mountain scenery in the Argyll Forest Park. The journeys along Loch Eck and to Colintraive are amongst the most memorable anywhere in Scotland.
Situated amid the dramatic red sandstone cliffs of the Jurassic Coast, Sidmouth is a Regency coastal town with a peaceful, genteel ambiance. The wide flat promenade and shingle beach are framed by prominent headlands, one of which features a delightful walled garden. In the resort centre, many independent boutique shops rub shoulders with cafes and restaurants of the highest quality.
A fascinating ancient port with a myriad of narrow streets, Teignmouth became a popular resort with the coming of the railways. The busy port on the River Teign contrasts with the wide open sands and traditional pier of the sea-ward side of the town. Genteel pursuits such as bowls, crazy golf and open-air swimming at the Lido are popular with today’s holidaymakers.
Shanklin boasts a long, safe sandy beach which lies at the foot of the spectacular cliffs on which most of the town is situated. The two are connected by a cliff lift. The traditional seaside part of town blends into the picturesque thatched cottages of Shanklin Old Town at the head of the impressive Shanklin Chine. The delightful nature trail through the Chine is not to be missed and includes a surprising relic of the Second World War – a section of PLUTO, the Pipeline Under The Ocean, which was used to pump fuel under the sea to France for the Normandy landings. Although a quieter and more intimate resort than Sandown it nevertheless has its own theatre, lively pubs and entertainments.
Home to the new Turner Gallery, many unique and interesting shops and the official Hornby Toy Museum, Margate has undergone extensive regeneration in recent years. The quieter Cliftonville area is well known for its bowling greens which bring many people to the resort. It is an excellent base from which to explore east Kent, the “Garden of England”.
Canterbury & Chatham
Combine an exploration of the Roman and Mediaeval history of the county with a visit to the delightful seaside towns of Whitstable and Herne Bay, famous for their seafood.
York & Harrogate
One of the world’s great tourism cities, York boasts a wealth of places to visit including Roman walls, the famous Minster, the fascinating Jorvik centre and the National Railway Museum, as well as splendid shops down the rustic Shambles. Harrogate is a delightfully genteel Spa town surrounded by glorious scenery, famous for its elegant gardens and health-giving waters – and of course, Betty’s Tea Rooms! Take time to absorb the stunning scenery, historic buildings and delightful parks and gardens.
Picturesque Lake District
England’s largest National Park contains many of the most picturesque lakes in England making the landscape which inspired such famous poets as Wordsworth and Coleridge. This holiday is an opportunity to see that magnificent landscape from the best possible angle – from the water – with trips on the two largest lakes included in the price.
Located between Swansea and Cardiff, Porthcawl was originally a port for the iron and steel industries and still has some interesting features from that period, including the oldest maritime warehouse in Wales, an attractive harbour and the last coal and gas powered lighthouse in the country. It developed as a seaside resort after the Great War and the splendid Grand Pavilion dates from 1932. Nearby is Kenfig Nature Reserve, a site of national importance. This attractive seaside resort offers numerous facilities, including the world famous Porthcawl golf course, the finest course in Wales and one of several in the area, an expansive sandy beach and Coney Beach, a fairground with a variety of rides and amusements which was named after the famous New York venue. To the East of the town lies the River Ogmore and the beautiful Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
Tenby is a uniquely attractive resort. Its pastel coloured buildings, narrow streets, fortified walls and the quality of the light from its shimmering bays give it an atmosphere which is reminiscent of the Mediterranean. Its medieval castle was bombarded into submission by Cromwell using artillery on both land and sea and the feeling of a town whose history is much richer than most seaside resorts is very strong as one ambles around the narrow streets or stops for a drink in one of the many bars or cafés. The fifteenth century Tudor Merchants House gives an insight into life when it was a busy trading port. Tenby has four magnificent sandy beaches and a delightful harbour which is always busy with pleasure craft and the regular ferries which serve nearby Caldey Island monastery, a “must” to explore during your stay.
Ancient sites and symbols, mysterious standing stones, towering granite walls and legendary castles mark Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as a heartland of Scottish history. Old Aberdeen, with its cobbled streets and 15th century fortified cathedral is where Aberdeen’s first University was founded in 1495. Footdee – known locally as Fittie – is a quirky fishing quarter at the water’s edge, with squares of tiny cottages and brightly painted outhouses. Aberdeen’s marine and maritime heritage continues to play an important role today as ships dock against city-centre streets, and fresh seafood is still sourced daily from the two rivers and neighbouring fishing harbours all the way along the 165 miles of surrounding coast. This majestic part of Scotland has long been loved by monarchs too. Regal castles, estates, railway lines, producers, restaurants and landmarks all tell the story of Royal Deeside’s regal past, present and future.
Originating in the Puy district of extinct volcanos, the Dordogne flows West for almost 300 miles into the Garonne near Bordeaux. Its valley is one of spectacular gorges and frequent dams, marked with innumerable castles as one descends towards Aquitaine – the area fought over between England and France in the Hundred Years’ War. A setting rich in tradition, Pilgrims have been visiting the medieval city of Rocamadour for centuries. Defying gravity, Rocamadour is built onto the side of a cliff whose rocks protect the sacred shrines and Monastery.
Italy’s largest lake extends to over 140 square miles. The sparkling blue waters of the lake and the profusion of flowers – bougainvillea, cypress trees, geraniums and oleander are most notable – are the hallmarks of this warm sunny region.