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    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

Credit Card Charges at Experience Holidays

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There has been a certain amount of media interest about the charges raised for paying with a credit card. This has led us to renegotiate our charges levied against us by the Companies concerned and we are pleased to say that we have now reduced rates charged.

With immediate effect we would like to pass on these reduced charges to our clients.

As of last Friday, 26th. February 2016, our charges are:

All Credit Cards with exception of American Express (Visa, Mastercard etc) – 01.20%

American Express and Business Cards – 02.00%

We all look forward to the day when a charge for credit cards move to just a transactional charge and this is the first step towards this.

Visit Ningaloo Reef, Australia’s other Great Reef, in 2016

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We have just received some exciting news and a great addition to any bespoke, tailor made holiday. From June 2016 visitors will be able to swim with humpback whales at Ningaloo Reef as the West Australian government has granted licenses for a select number of operators. Western Australia’s humpback whale population had steadily recovered since the end of commercial hunting of this species in Australia in 1963. It is now the largest population in the world, with an estimated 30,000 whales migrating along the coast each year.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the safety of whales and participants was a key consideration of the programme and there would be strict operational guidelines and monitoring of in-water interaction with humpbacks. Tours will run until October.

Picture courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

Picture courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

Take a humpback whale or whale shark swim or guests also have access to stand-up paddle boards and kayaks on board the company’s Concorde cruiser – a purpose built, 14.5 metre expedition power vessel.

See stunning footage of two humpback whales as they swam alongside a paddle boarder in Western Australia earlier this year https://www.youtube/watch?t=3&v=g6U3VCneKfs

If you feel inspired by this and would like to incorporate it into your own bespoke, tailor made holiday then please contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk  where we can help with plenty more great ideas and accommodations.

Picture courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

Picture courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

 

Picture courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

Picture courtesy of Tourism Western Australia

 

Free Safaris for children under the age of 12

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SkySafari, one of the companies that we love booking with, provides once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experiences, for the young as well as for the young-at-heart.

Families find their 8-day SkySafari the perfect solution to avoid long transfers as their direct flights between the lodges & camps of the Elewana Collection allow you and your family to spend more time searching for The Big Five.

With the Easter Holidays just around the corner, why not take your children on an 8-day SkySafari in either Tanzania or Kenya?  And what’s more, children under 12 years of age will travel free of charge until mid-June 2016.

SKYSAFARI HIGHLIGHTS

  • Each of the Elewana Collection lodges & camps is geared for family groups and offers a unique perspective and diverse activities specific to each age group
  • Our passionate and informative guides will explain all about the flora & fauna encountered 
  • Your children (and you) have the opportunity to learn about the traditional values of some of East Africa’s oldest tribes
  • Small lodges or camps in private reserves – away from the crowds

ITINERARY IN BRIEF

  • KENYA – 1 night Hemingways Nairobi | 2 nights Tortilis Camp Amboseli  |  2 nights Elsa’s Kopje Meru  |  2 nights Sand River Masai Mara
  • TANZANIA – 1 night Arusha Coffee Lodge | 2 nights Tarangire Treetops | 2 nights The Manor at Ngorongoro | 2 nights either Serengeti Pioneer or Migration Camp
Elsa's Kopje Meru - Luxury Open Cottage - Courtesy of SkySafaris

Elsa’s Kopje Meru – Luxury Open Cottage – Courtesy of SkySafari

 

Tortillis Camp - Courtesy of SkySafaris

Tortillis Camp – Courtesy of SkySafari

 

 

 

 

 

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

  • No charge for children’s accommodation, meals, drinks, activities and transfers in our luxurious Executive-Class Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft
  • Park & Concession fees for children are payable (USD 155 in Tanzania and USD 370 in Kenya)
  • Only applicable to the 8-day Classic SkySafari itineraries. SkySafari Plus extensions are excluded. 
  • Valid for bookings made from today to the date of travel
  • Valid for any SkySafari  departures between today and 15 June 2016
  • Maximum 2 children under 12 years sharing a room with 2 adults

 Truly an exceptional offer and a wonderful introduction to Africa for the children.

Serengeti Migration Camp - Bedroom Tent - Courtesy of Skysafaris

Serengeti Migration Camp – Bedroom Tent – Courtesy of Skysafari

 

Tarangire Treetops - Courtesy of Skysafaris

Tarangire Treetops – Courtesy of Skysafari

Top Tips for New Zealand

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We’ve detailed below some of our top tips for New Zealand – useful points for anyone thinking of visiting this spectacular country.

 

  • Explore the North Island first, and the South Island second – the scenery will become better and more dramatic as you go.

 

  • Travel in New Zealand’s spring or autumn to avoid the crowds (the summer holidays there are usually throughout January and therefore visitor attractions tend to get busy).

 

  • Visit the far south of the South Island for great wildlife viewing opportunities such as fur seals, sea lions, albatross, yellow eyed penguin and little blue penguin all found in this region, and of course the elusive kiwi found on Stewart Island along with other endemic species.

 

  • Dig in the sand at low tide at Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula and enjoy your own personal spa pool.

 

  • Plan your time carefully – We suggest at least four weeks to see the key highlights, or six weeks if you’d prefer a more comprehensive trip. If you’re limited to a shorter duration, choose one region and explore it well.

 

  • Stay in a variety of accommodation – New Zealand is fantastic for B&B’s, farmstays and boutique lodges, which provide a chance to meet the locals and learn about their way of life, rather than simply providing a place to lay your head.

 

  • Put on your hiking boots and go tramping for a few hours, a day or perhaps one of New Zealand’s famous multi-day Great Walks – you’ll find fantastic scenery and well marked trails whichever you choose.

 

  • For train enthusiasts, the Tranz Alpine is a must – cutting through the Southern Alps from Christchurch to Greymouth, and providing stunning vistas along the way.

 

  • Take an overnight cruise on Milford or Doubtful Sounds for a chance to experience the region with fewer crowds.

 

For more information, and for assistance planning a holiday to New Zealand, call us on 01323 446550, email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk or see our website www.experienceholidays.co.uk.

Tailor Made Holiday Companies

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Tailor Made Holiday Companies

Wild about adventure? With 2016 already well underway, it’s around this time of year that people start planning this year and in some cases even next year’s holiday. Moreover, people are increasingly looking for tailor made holiday companies who can provide them with more bespoke and altogether more adventurous holiday offerings. We provide those holidays, but which are actually the world’s best adventure and experience holiday destinations in the first place? 

New Zealand: Our No.1 for Experience & Adventure    Globe

The self-proclaimed adventure capital of the world, New Zealand is a microcosm of almost all the world’s most spectacular scenery and natural surrounds. From skydiving over Glacier Country to jet boating and white water rafting through miles of bush and untouched mountain passes, New Zealand really is a multifaceted adventure holiday destination.

South Africa

Looking for tailor made holiday companies who can put you right at the heart of abundant wildlife, spectacular scenery and culture all at once? From safari tours to mountaineering and canyoning, South Africa is, without doubt, one of the world’s best adventure and experience holiday destinations. Even better, South Africa is only two hours ahead of GMT. This way, travelers don’t have to worry about having to recover from jet lag after arriving.

The USA

The USA is the country responsible for putting the ‘great’ in the idea of the Great Outdoors. With massive national parks spread over desert, glacier, mountain, and deciduous forest landscapes, the USA is all about experiencing some of the most impressive natural surrounds known to man. At the same time, travelers are never far from the bright lights of some of the world’s biggest and most impressive cities.

Australia

Thinking about heading down under? The natural beauty of Western Australia is simply unbeatable. Couple that with lush rain forest, extinction level event meteorite impact craters and some of the world’s best beaches and diving and you have one of the world’s best and longest serving adventure travel destinations. All you have to worry about is making enough time to really experience everything that Oz has to offer.

Tailor Made Holiday Travel USA

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Tailor Made Holiday Travel In The USA

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From stunning Rocky Mountain vistas to the white sand beaches of Malibu, the USA is host to some of the worlds most spectacular scenery. The only problem? To sample the USA in all it’s glory, people really need tailor made holiday packages designed around sampling all of the very best that America has to offer.

Of course, even tailor-made holidays can’t take in America in absolutely all its glory. However, there are a few unmissable places of interest in the USA which anyone who does plan on visiting would be wise to incorporate into their sightseeing schedule.

The Grand Canyon

At one mile deep, eighteen miles wide and over 227 miles in length, the Grand Canyon is just one of several of Americas must-see natural wonders. Often surprised by the sheer abundance of colour as well as the surreal contours which the Colorado River has left in the wake of its carving through the canyon, the area is a must for anyone in search of unmatched natural scenery and awe-inspiring panoramas.

Yellowstone National Park

Created as the world’s very first national park in 1872, Yellowstone national park is home to over half of all the worlds combined surface level geothermic features. This being the case, although ‘Old Faithful’ is perhaps the most iconic geyser in the world, many visitors are surprised to learn that Yellowstone is actually home to no less than 10’000 such geothermal water features. However, Yellowstone isn’t just home to spectacular geology. Black bears, grizzly bears, deer, elk, various bird species, bison, and wolves are all native to the park, inhabiting 3,500 square miles of untouched wilderness.

New York

Lastly, although big city life isn’t for everyone, New York is unarguably America’s (and perhaps even the whole world’s) most iconic urban center. From Time Square to the Stature of Liberty, it’s hard not to find a reason to take a bite out of the Big Apple, especially if you’re passing through the area anyway. However, New York State isn’t just about the Big Apple. From Bear Mountain State Park to Niagara Falls, New York State is actually just as scenic as Arizona and Wyoming and is definitely worth exploring as part of any and all kinds of American east coast adventure experiences.

Tailor Made Holiday Travel New Zealand

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Tailor Made Holiday Travel In New Zealand

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Covering an area equivocal in size to the United Kingdom, a full quarter of New Zealand is classified as protected wilderness. In the meantime, with New Zealand being home to just 4 million people (the equivalent population of central London), the country as a whole is still largely pristine and pollution free. This makes New Zealand resonate with a distinct untouched atmosphere of adventure and exploration. However, which New Zealand destinations should you absolutely not miss when planning your own New Zealand adventure holiday?

The Southern Alps

Running almost the entire length of New Zealand’s South Island, the Southern Alps are dominated at their center by Mount Cook, New Zealand’s highest mountain. However, while most will probably not choose to scale Mt Cook for themselves, at the base of the mountain lake tours can be undertaken which take in the full beauty of the area. In fact, inland icebergs from glaciers which terminate into the lake can even be encountered making touring the area truly breathtaking.

Milford Sound

Carved by since retreated glaciers in New Zealand’s ice age, Milford Sound is home to the most impressive fjords outside of Norway. In fact, Rudyard Kipling even went so far as to christen Milford Sound as the world’s eight natural wonder. Rising up to 1000 meters, guarding fjord cliffs make for spectacular sunrises and sunsets, something which makes an overnight cruise around Milford Sound a must for those in search of awe-inspiring scenery and natural fauna and flora.

Lake Taupo

Drained by the mighty Huka Water Falls, lake Taupo is new Zealand’s largest lake and renowned around the world for its turquoise waters. Home to a local fishing and boating paradise, Lake Taupo has everything from iconic scenery to jet boat and yachting attractions which make the area the quintessential place to unwind whilst right in the center of natural geothermal park land and iconic Maori culture.   

Family Holidays to Kenya just got a little bit cheaper

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There are many reasons to head to Kenya for a holiday – fantastic, wildlife, beautiful silver sand beaches, friendly people, history that goes back to the dawn of man and only 7/8 hours flying time away.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Now the Kenya Government has announced that it is waiving visa fees for children under 16. This will not make a huge difference but it certainly helps.

Kenya has always been a great family holiday destination and one of the best places for your first safari. It offers a mixture of experiences and children are always made a fuss of by the Kenyans. There is something magical in watching your youngster being taught about the nature around them by a tall Masai warrior.

There are still deals on offer for holidays to Kenya this year so give us a call to discuss your bespoke, tailor made safari and/or beach holiday.

Contact us on Tel: 01323 446550 or Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

 

Soft Adventure, Hard Adventure or Just Adventure?

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What counts as an adventure is as individual as you. For some seeing your first giraffe as you drive out of Nairobi Airport on the start of your safari holiday is an adventure; snorkelling over a reef in the Maldives and being dazzled by the colours of the fish and corals is an adventure; trekking in the Hindu Kush or the High Caucasus may excite you or an expedition to Antarctica could be your idea of a true adventure. It comes down to what excites you, challenges you or ticks one of those boxes that you have always promised yourself you would do.

There is no doubt in our mind that travellers now days are keen to experience their destination rather than just look at it. Very often they are looking to include another of their interests, such as horse riding. Combining a two or three day riding safari as part of your trip to South Africa, East Africa, South America, New Zealand and Australia just makes the whole adventure more intense. If walking is an interest that you have, then trekking in many different parts of the world could well be on your agenda. Being part of a small group allows you to relax about the planning; alternatively being independent frees you to go when and where you want. It is all possible – all you need to do is start the planning and to talk to someone who can make it happen for you.

Nor does being adventurous mean that you have to give up on travelling comfortably (unless that is what you want!). Many lodges and campsites located well off the beaten track have day excursions in to the wild with a local guide. Such trips give you an opportunity to learn about the environment in a very hands on way. Perhaps a more adventurous trip would be to be based on a deluxe sailing catamaran and then daily kayaking and exploring the Croatian Coast. Or for the serious kayaking fraternity, there is a 16 day trip that takes in Greenland’s Arctic Riviera.

Families are catered for as well, with adventures such as safaris through Yellowstone, Tanzania or Costa Rica as some of the option destinations. A wonderful time to be together while all enjoying and learning about the place you have chosen. The guides on these trips really enjoy passing on their knowledge to the next generation and entertaining the whole family.

The list is endless as to where, what and when you start your adventure; whether it is polar bear tracking, mixing culture and wildlife in Sri Lanka or driving the Outback in Australia. It all starts with the planning and ends with your adventure becoming a reality.

So lets get started!……….. contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

South Africa this summer – real value

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If you are still wondering about where to go this summer, then South Africa should be one at the top of your list. I know that it is their winter but for most parts of the country it is their most pleasant weather – not so hot that you lose your energy and clear sunny days. In addition, in Kruger and most other Parks where the rains come in their summer (our winter) the bush is drying out and therefore not so thick. This makes game viewing easier. Also the animals have to rely on the permanent water for their drinks, which means that they concentrate along rivers and waterholes.
It is also a great time to find bargains for your trip with prices reduced and rates at their lowest for the year. Specials are often to be found – such as stay for/pay for and additional extras like transfers, park fees etc being included.
Cape Town does have rain during this time but is mild and and the sun shines often. The city has plenty of indoor attractions such as museums, markets, aquariums, malls and excellent restaurants for those showery moments. And the rates in the hotels are excellent at this time of the year.
If your interests include wildlife, there are parks across the country with the Kruger being a major draw. For those with an interest in history, then the Battlefields in Kwazulu Natal are beautiful but haunting destinations.
Finally, why not finish your trip on the beach in St. Lucia in the north of the eastern seaboard. Here you will find long beautiful white beaches that are deserted. As this further north and in the Indian Ocean, you will find the water temperatures warm and inviting.
May to September are truly great times to be in South Africa and all the more attractive for prices being at their lowest.
To find out more please give us a call to arrange a suggested bespoke tailor made itinerary and quote on Tel: 01323 446550 or Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

 

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