• Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton
    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

Wyoming’s Wind River Country – Home of an authentic Western Experience

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If you have ever yearned to experience the real Western way of life, then this destination should be on your travel agenda. Located with a stunning mountain backdrop it will not be long before they will have your horse saddled up ready to ride in to the Old West. Within a few minutes you will be forgetting the stress of modern life and concentrating on the scenery, wildlife and the huge horizons.

The real cowboys will be looking after you, telling tales of cowboy wisdom and way of life and improving your riding and cowboy skills. All done with the legendary Western hospitality.

Make sure you are there for a Friday and go along to the regular Friday Night Rodeos in the town of Dubois. The rodeos originated as a fun gathering to practice and show off ranching skills and have now developed into entertaining, competitive events. A night to remember.

Picture courtesy of Wind River Country

Picture courtesy of Wind River Country

For those of you that enjoy mountain climbing Wind River Country hold an International Climber’s Festival every July celebrating the climbing lifestyle. With speakers, competition, food, music and competitions it is a fun way to enjoy the sport and meet like minded people from around the world.

Finally, visit the Wind River Wild Horse Sanctuary to see these wild animals and to learn of their story in North America – particularly how the Native Americans lived and used them.

Start planning now to ensure your bespoke, tailor made holiday in this amazing and adventurous place is confirmed.

 Contact one of our expert team on Tel: 01323 446550 or email:  info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

 

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

 

Yvonne’s USA Trip

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I have just been sent these fantastic pictures from Yvonne that I wanted to share!  I cant wait to hear all about here travels and experiences.

‘Having just returned from my trip to the USA here are just a few pictures from my travels through Wyoming and Montana – this area is stunning with incredibal scenery, wildlife and plenty of adventure.  Heres a few pictures’ – more information to follow.

Grand Teton Mountains - Credit Yvonne Dann

Grand Teton Mountains – Credit Yvonne Dann

 

Jackson, Wyoming - Cr Yvonne Dann

Jackson, Wyoming – Credit Yvonne Dann

 

Old Faithful - Credit Yvonne Dann

Old Faithful – Credit Yvonne Dann

 

Atlantic Canada

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Nova Scotia

You will be receiving our Spring Newsletter in the post over the next few days and you will see we are promoting Atlantic Canada once again. If you are not on our mailing list and would like a copy of our Newsletter, contact us (see details below) and we will send it to you.

Atlantic Canada remains one of our favourite destinations for all sorts of reasons – stunning scenery, wonderful places to stay, fresh seafood, an abundance of wildlife and marine life but best of all the friendly welcome that you will receive from the people who are living there. Atlantic Canada is made up of the Provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, each of which has its own unique highlights. Over the next few days, we will blog about these in more detail. We love working with the tourism representatives of these Provinces who are enthusiastic, friendly promoters, keen to see more tourists from the UK visiting them. As are we!

Atlantic Canada

Picture courtesy of Atlantic Canada

Getting there has never been easier with Air Canada flights daily to Halifax, Nova Scotia year-round and St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador in peak season. Halifax also has weekly charter flights operated by Canadian Affair in the summer months. With flight times from 5-6 hours this is really a destination within easy reach and well-suited for a short break with a difference, as well as a main holiday.

Atlantic Canada has the 4 seasons that we experience but usually with warmer summers, colder winters and stunning autumn colours.

Keep an eye on our blog over the next few days as we look at each Province in more detail or get in touch now.

For more details, contact us on telephone – 0 01323 446550 or email –  info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Tigers Tigers Tigers…

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Tigers

Being a huge fan of the African bush, when the opportunity came along to get into Central India in the hope of spotting tigers, I was right there. And so I find myself in searing temperatures in the mid 40′s (centigrade that is), sitting in an open safari vehicle in Kahna National Park, long lens attached hoping to spot one of these elusive creatures. Tigers are solitary animals, with males commanding their territory and rarely coming out into the open, so when word got around that there had been a kill, our expert Tajsafari’s guide lost no time in getting to the site. We were rewarded with the sight on a young male tucking into the kill – a young bison that had been brought down earlier that day.

The bison are the kings of this particular jungle and it is rare to see a tiger kill one. Our guide correctly deduced that this male tiger was one of a family still together and it is likely that it took two or three of the family to bring the bison down. This particular family is also quite rare – it is a mother and four cubs, two male and two female, all of whom have survived to nearly a year old. A young litter of this size is difficult for the mother to protect, but she is an experienced mother and has clearly done a superb job!

Tigers

 

As the young male fed, he was joined by one of his sisters and as they filled their bellies and wandered off to a nearby waterhole to drink, the second sister joined in the feast. We did not see mother – she had probably had her fill earlier and was resting up close by while her family ate, keeping a close eye on them and ready to protect them if necessary. At one point, another bison came onto the scene, clearly disturbed at the sight he saw and ready to take on the young male. He was angry, as well he might have been, and we watched quietly as the two had quite a stand off before the bison rightly decided that he was not going to take them on!

Tigers

 

We returned the next morning to the same site, but this time, only the bare bones of the carcass remained – the tiger family had stripped it clean. At the neighbouring waterhole, three of the five tigers lazily wallowed in the water, full bellies and resting up as the heat of the day increased.

We felt truly honoured to have witnessed Mother Nature at her magnificent best. To learn more about tigers in India, call and speak to Jackie on 01323 446550 or emailJackie@experienceholidays.co.uk

Little Gem’s in New England

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Little Gem's in New England

Picture courtesy of Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn

As the stunning fall colour season of New England comes to an end for another year, now is a great time to start planning your visit next year. Combine the beautiful Maine Coast and the mountain backdrops of New Hampshire and Vermont – of course not forgetting a city stay in Boston and/or New York, a visit to Connecticut, the beautiful mansions of Rhode Island and a stay at Cape Cod.

Every now and then, a particularly outstanding property appears, Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn is one such property. Located in the village of Harwich, Cape Cod, Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn have recently been recognised by BedandBreakfast.com in their 2014 international award for “Top 10 Modern B&Bs”.

“Celebrating ten sleek and sophisticated bed and breakfasts known for their clean, minimalist aesthetic and modern design. These properties offer discerning travellers a unique boutique inn experience and state-of-the-art amenities in luxurious one-of-a-kind settings.”
The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn is an 8 room upscale Bed & Breakfast located close to the beach in the picturesque harbour village of Harwich, Cape Cod. Luxuriously renovated, it boasts a unique contemporary interior design that stands it apart from other traditional Cape Cod inns. It offers style, elegance and luxury within an historic 1870’s sea captain’s house. All 8 rooms have large custom designed en-suite bathrooms, air-conditioning, free Wi-Fi, TV/DVD players and iPod docking stations. Larger rooms have soaking tubs, fireplaces and separate outdoor space. The inn is set on a quiet wooded lot and has a large 20’ x 40’ swimming pool. Harwich is a mid-Cape town located on Nantucket Sound next to the town of Chatham. It has three harbours from one of which runs the high-speed ferry to Nantucket Island. Harwich was the original home of cranberry production in the US and prior to that was a leading shipping location and home to many of Cape Cod’s sea captains.
This is the perfect end to a busy New England itinerary and we offer our congratulations to Simon and Annabelle Hutton on this and their many other achievements
To plan your holiday now, contact us on 01323 446550 or emailinfo@experienceholidays.co.uk and we can give you expert advice on making the most of your bespoke tailor made holiday.

Nova Scotia – Canada

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Nova Scotia

This Province is ideal for the self drive that will take you to so many different kinds of scenery and experiences. Your journey starts in Halifax and at least 2 nights should be spent here to explore and, if you love music, find out what is on while you are here. Halifax has a world reputation for bringing all kinds of live music to the public and you may want to plan your trip around experiencing a music festival.

Culture features strongly throughout Nova Scotia with 650 different festivals that reflect the history and multicultural nature of the Province. One of the most popular is the Celtic Colours International Festival held on Cape Breton Island every autumn but you need to book early as the venues and accommodation fill quickly. However you will be assured a very warm welcome and fun filled, musical evenings.

Nova Scotia

Halifax Harbour. Picture courtesy of Atlantic Canada

 

The tour around the Province takes you pretty little coastal villages, university towns, the Bay of Fundy and the wild regions with bear and moose to be sought out. Add in the freshness and quality of the food on offer everywhere in Nova Scotia and you will be thinking of coming back to renew your new friendships and to see the Province at a different time of the year. The good thing is that it is not too far away.

Nova Scotia

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Get your tailor made planning started by contacting us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Atlantic Canada – Fall Colours

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Atlantic Canada

If you have yet to book your summer holiday or are thinking about an autumn get away, then Atlantic Canada should be at the top of your list. Whether you are looking for a family get away, hiking, biking or kayaking active holiday or just somewhere that will welcome you warmly, then the four Provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island (listed alphabetically) are the answer. This is a year round destination for music lovers with all different types of sound on offer.

Atlantic Canada - fall colours

Picture courtesy of Helen Wibley

 

For those of you thinking about seeing the Fall colours then head for Atlantic Canada – the same spectacular colours without the crowds. In about the same time it takes to fly to Turkey you could be picking up your vehicle in Halifax, Nova Scotia or St John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador.

Speak to the team that have been there, love it and want to send you to a place we know you will fall in love with.

A call to the office (01323 446550) or email info@experienceholidays and your holiday to Atlantic Canada will become a reality.

Hong Kong…

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Cathay Pacific

With effect from 8th December 2014, Cathay Pacific are launching their new route from Manchester to Hong Kong. This opens up all sorts of Far Eastern and Australasian options for those for whom Manchester is their closest airport. With some excellent fares in economy, premium economy and business class, not only to Hong Kong, but using their connections to Bali, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Phuket, Singapore, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland this news is a welcome addition to their already excellent services from London Heathrow.

Hong Kong

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

The Far East and Australia/New Zealand are high on many peoples wish list and with exchange rates currently in our favour, this could be the time for you to start planning your next adventure.

Call us on 01323 446550, or email us on info@experienceholidays.co.uk to find out more.

American Queen Steamboat Company

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American Queen Steamboat Company

Pictures courtesy of The American Steamboat Company

In March last year, on a self drive holiday to the deep south, I was lucky enough to step aboard the gorgeous and elegant American Queen Steamboat. An authentic paddlewheeler, American Queen plies the waters of the Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee rivers throughout the year.

Lower Mississippi River
The lower stretch of the Mississippi from carefree New Orleans, Louisiana to vibrant Memphis, Tennessee is the river of legends. Inhale the sweet fragrance of magnolia blossoms and watch the essence of the South unfold around you…

Upper Mississippi River
The upper reaches of the Mississippi River from dynamic St. Louis to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul reveals hidden gems around each bend and fuels your sense of discovery as you journey through the very best of America’s Heartland…

Ohio & Tennessee Rivers
Discover America’s cultural quilt in the cities and towns of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers. From Civil War battlefields, forts and homesteads to quaint main streets and friendly smiles, this region will welcome you with open arms and enrich you with its storied past…

American Queen Steamboat Company 

 American Queen Steamboat Company

American Queen Steamboat Company 

 American Queen Steamboat Company

 

Last year, a second vessel – American Empress – joined the fleet, cruising the waters of the Columbia and Snake Rivers in the US North West.

Columbia & Snake Rivers
Nowhere is the timelessness of rivers more apparent than aboard the exquisite American Empress in the pristine Pacific Northwest. From Portland’s lovely International Rose Test Garden to the hallowed artifacts on the Nez Perce Reservation, the Pacific Northwest region comes to life…

 

American Queen Steamboat Company

 

What better way to explore the shores of ‘Ol’ Man River’ in the Deep South and other great American river systems.

If you would like to make this wonderful cruise part of your USA bespoke, tailor made holiday then please contact us on 01323 446550 or email  info@experienceholidays.co.uk

Good News For Locals!

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Picture courtesy of Cathy Pacific Airways Ltd

Picture courtesy of Cathy Pacific Airways Ltd

Good News – Cathay Pacific has announced that they will be launching a new service offering direct flights from Gatwick to Hong Kong four times a week. This is in addition to their longstanding routes between Heathrow and Hong Kong, and between Manchester and Hong Kong.

This new route is great news for those living in the South East wishing to visit Australia and New Zealand, as there will be connections through to key hubs in both countries from Hong Kong.

The new service is due to commence in September 2016 with Cathay Pacific’s new Airbus A350-900 with refreshed Business Class cabin and new Premium Economy Class seats.

Hong Kong makes a great stopover location, as well as a holiday destination in its own right. For more information on this, and how these flights could work well for your future holiday plans, give us a call on 01323 446550, or email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk.

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

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