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    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

It is not too late!

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With the longest day just about to arrive and the true summer weather with us, you may think that it is too late to book a holiday for this year, but you could well be wrong! Many regions still have the capacity to take good numbers of travellers and still feel un-crowded.

Parts of Canada and the USA fit this bill well and do have the option of medium and long haul flights on offer. Atlantic Canada is just 6-7 hours flying time away and offers a huge variety of experiences, scenery and excellent food and wine. Eastern USA also has much to offer and is only a little longer on the plane. September is a particularly good time for these regions, as the fall colours begin to show.

If you are willing to be more adventurous in your destinations and avoid the really popular locations, then you have time to book your holiday for this summer or autumn.

It starts with a call – Contact us / 01323 446550 and you could be on your way.

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One to add to your bucket list…

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Gaya Island, Malohom Bay, is set within the Tunku Abdul Marine Park, a group of 5 islands located off Kota Kinabalu.  Fringed with coral reefs, they pride themselves on the marine wildlife and coral reef restoration.

The endangered Sea Turtle is one of the marine wildlife animals that Gaya Island are keen to help and to date they have helped and released four turtles back into the sea – Bobby, Ninja, Carman and Nick Jr all of which have undergone rehabilitation and research.

Guests recently staying on the island were lucky enough to be joined by a gentle green turtle on their Coral Garden snorkelling excursion with the resorts Marine Biologist – This sounds like an amazing experience.

If this is something that you would like to add to your bucket list, why not get in touch to enquire about how you can put together your own holiday and look forward to making amazing memories on an amazing island getaway. Please contact us for more details .

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels, Gaya Island Resort

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels, Gaya Island Resort

Picture courtesy of YTL Hotels, Gaya Island Resort

September – the perfect month to explore America’s beautiful South-West…

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If you are still thinking of a holiday for later this year then consider a drive taking in some of North America’s most spectacular National and State Parks.  Without the summer crowds and with perfect temperatures for walking, October is a great time to explore the mountains, canyons, deserts, lakes and rivers of Arizona and Utah. Begin your adventure in Phoenix or Las Vegas. With stops for 1 or 2 nights at the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Zion, Bryce, Capitol Reef, Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly and Sedona, this will be a truly memorable journey through some of the most dramatic and breathtaking landscapes imaginable.

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on booking your tailor made, bespoke holiday contact us now.

You can also take a look at our website at www.experienceholidays.co.uk where you will find tailor made, bespoke itineries to suit all tastes.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

When you are in Victoria Falls

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For something extraordinary to do while staying at Victoria Falls, consider catching the Bushtracks Express. This is a step back in time as you board the steam train and travel out on to the famous bridge that links Zimbabwe to Zambia.

The train stops on the bridge to allow you to enjoy a 5 course dinner as the sun sets and the African night closes in – with the sound of the Victoria Falls in the background. You will have time between courses to step off the train to take photos of the Batoka Gorge and the stunning scenery about. Around 9.30 the train steams back to the Zimbabwe station and a short walk or drive will have you back at your hotel.

The same company provides river safaris on the Zambezi above the Falls. As they use shallow drafted boats with jet propulsion you can venture closer to the Falls than any other boat can – quite safely. A wonderful way to see the African sundown with a chance of an elephant or two coming down to drink their sundowner at the same time.

To find out more about these amazing tours and making them part of your own bespoke tailor made holiday please contact us

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Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Heathfield Agricultural Show

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This year Experience Holidays shall be exhibiting at the Heathfield Agricultural Show in Heathfield, East Sussex on Saturday 26th May 2018 8am – 5:15pm occupying trade stand H124.

So why not come along to this fantastic show that offers a whole day of family fun and pop in to see us to discuss any travel plans you have in mind or just looking for ideas.

Tickets purchased in advance are cheaper than on the day, so why not purchase here.  We look forward to seeing you.

New Train to Machu Picchu, Peru

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Catch the new Inca Rail to Machu Picchu from either Cusco or Ollanta and experience the “extra” view now available. The carriage high, wide, domelike windows give you panoramic vistas as you climb towards this amazing World Heritage Site. The seats are roomy and comfortable, with device charging points and gourmet meals made from local produce are on offer.

 For even better views, make your way to the open air Observatory Lounge which offers fresh air as well as the very best of views on this iconic train journey.

For those who don’t know, Machu Picchu is an Incan citadel that is set high in the Andes Mountains in Peru, above the Urubamba River valley. It was built during the 15th century then later abandoned, it’s renowned for its sophisticated dry-stone walls that fuse huge blocks without any use of mortar, with intriguing buildings that play on astronomical alignments and panoramic views. Its exact former use still remains a mystery.
  
If you would like more information then please contact us.

Picture courtesy of Jackie Appleton

Picture courtesy of Jackie Appleton

Balloon Safaris Take off in Ruaha, Tanzania

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Until now, balloon safaris in Tanzania have only been possible in Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks, with the beautiful landscapes and the possibility of a bird’s eye view of the great migration.

We are delighted to inform you that in 2 months time, from 15th June 2018, balloon safaris will be operational in the Ruaha National Park for the first time.

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Covering some 20,000 sq km in Southern Tanzania, Ruaha National Park is the country’s biggest National Park. Ruaha is a far cry from the busy tourist circuits of northern Tanzania and it boasts a baobab-studded landscape and excellent game viewing by vehicle or on foot and as such, will soon offer a very different flying experience to the Serengeti.

The Balloon flights operate from 15 June to 31 October and would be a real bonus to your holiday in South Tanzania.

Information on Tanzania and suggested itineraries that can be made bespoke to you and incorporate this amazing trip please see our Tanzania pages or contact us.

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

Picture courtesy of Angie Watson

 

Escape to Canada’s Maritime Provinces

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Think of visiting an area of Canada that is really quite close to the UK – a 6 hour flight from London brings you to the compact little city of Halifax Nova Scotia and from here opens up a wealth of just about everything one possibly want of a holiday.

Nova Scotia is one of four Atlantic Provinces – the others being Newfoundland (and Labrador), New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.  Each Province has its own trademark and its difficult to decide which is the best!

The overwhelming feature that binds all four together are their people – there are few places in the world where one would feel truly comfortable talking to anyone and everyone, from the assistant in the fuel station, to the waiter at your table, from the fisherman tending his nets, to the keeper of the little craft shops that line the roadside, from the casual passer by, to the person sitting on the next table in the pub.

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Let’s add in a second feature – music! These Maritime Provinces were settled in the 17th Century by the Scots, the Irish, the English and French.  There were ensuing battles between the French and the English, mostly it seems to secure the fishing rights of the Grand Banks. The Scots and the Irish brought with them their very distinct brand of Celtic music, bagpipes, fiddles – the whole nine yards – and today, ceilidhs and concerts abound in most villages.  Music is the very life blood of these areas, and its not uncommon to see a fiddle casually laid on the side just in case someone fancies a little tune.

The seafood in the Maritimes is, without doubt, the best in the world. So fresh, and so delicious.  If you have never tasted lobster – this is the place to do it.  In the early days of these Provinces, lobster was caught in such abundance that it was eaten much as we might eat mince. It was not regarded as a delicacy or a treat at all.

One of the key features is the landscape itself. From the richly wooded interior with Autumn colours to rival anything New England can offer, to the rugged Highlands of Cape Breton Island, from the quaint farmlands and gorgeous beaches of Prince Edward Island to the fly-fishing opportunities of the Miramichi River in New Brunswick and the Margaree River on Cape Breton Island.  From the extraordinary geology that has created Gros Morne National Park in Newfoundland, to the extraordinary sight of icebergs the size of apartment blocks.  This is an ancient land, sculpted by the forces of plate tectonic movement, ice and the mighty ocean.  What remains is a variety and depth of experiences that rivals anything in the world.

Explore Canada’s best kept secret for yourself, and return a reformed and enlightened being, with the ability to smile at everyone, chat with anyone that cares to chat back.

A quick call or email starts your journey to Atlantic Canada please contact us.

Picture courtesy of Kelley Keefe Atlantic Canada Holiday

NL Western Brook Pond Fjord.

Picture courtesy of Kelley Keefe Atlantic Canada Holiday

A Hidden Gem in Botswana

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The Mashatu Game Reserve, in the Tuli Block, Botswana has a wealth of experiences to offer the adventurous traveller and has just become easier to get there. They now sponsor connecting flights from Johannesburg and Maun every Wednesday and Saturday. Just one hour from Johannesburg has you landing in “the Land of the Giants”.

The name comes from the locally revered Mashatu Tree that frame the Limpopo River, the big herds of elephants and iconic baobab trees. You have the choice of staying in a lodge or tented camp, both with active waterholes that will keep you entertained. The guides also offer you different ways of experience Africa unchanged.

 

Picture courtesy of Jackie Appleton

Picture courtesy of Jackie Appleton

 

You can opt for the traditional game drive in 4×4, take to a mountain bike for a closer contact with the wild or perhaps go for the walking safari with sleep outs. Whichever way you choose your guide will ensure your safety, comfort and tailor the safari to the fitness of those involved. For those that are competent horse riders then there is the chance to ride along with the plains animals.

For lovers of history then there is evidence of pre-historic man, the Great Zimbabwe period and the more modern times of colonial rule through to now. Find out from the locals with a trip to a nearby village to learn about life in the Tuli Block.

A different African experience within an hour of one the hub airports of Africa, Johannesburg. For more information please contact us.

Picture courtesy of Jackie Appleton

Picture courtesy of Jackie Appleton

Picture courtesy of Jackie Appleton

 

The Best of Madagascar….

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Madagascar is the Earth’s fourth largest island, geographically isolated for some 80 million years. It is known to Westerners today as one of the most species-rich places on the planet, it is also one of the world’s most humanly impoverished countries. Madagascar holidays are best spent exploring the island, visiting the attractions, shopping and trying the many activities available here such as snorkelling, fishing, kayaking, bird watching and so much more…..

Some of the must do’s are………………

 

 

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Whale Watching
Every year between July and September, Baie d’Antongil, just south of Maroantsetra, is the site of the migration of hundreds of humpback whales. The whales make their way from the Antarctic northward to the warmer waters around Baie d’Antongil, where they spend the winter months breeding and birthing before the long journey back to Antarctica.

Underwater Beauty
Diving in Madagascar is a real treat; the warm Indian Ocean is attractive to both people and marine life. In these turquoise waters diver can see up to 30m ahead. And what a sight awaits you! A dazzling variety of pristine coral reef, as well its many colourful inhabitants like tropical fish and the rare turtles are a definate highlight. The best times are between December and April. For snorkelling, Nosy Tanikely is great and for diving Tulear, Nosy Be and Sainte Marie are ideal! Either way snorkelling or diving in Madagascar is something that shold not be missed.

Exploring on Foot
Hiking is one of the best ways to explore any area, and in Madagascar it’s probably one of the best ways to experience the magic of this often overlooked holiday destination. The Andringitra Mountains, located in the South East of Madagascar, are a breathtaking feast for the eyes. When hiking you can expect to see many natural wonders. The Andringitra National Park boasts an impressive assortment of wildlife. Over 100 species of birds, 54 species of mammals including lemurs and bats, as well as many reptile species call this area home. The higher lying areas of the park are blanketed by tropical rainforest. The lower lying areas are home to some local settlements. Hiking is the only way to reach the more remote areas of the Andringitra national park. Few hikers attempt to summit the impressive 2600m peak, but the surrounding area is so beautiful its well worth a try!

 

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Glimpsing the flying beauty

Madagascar’s uniqueness is legendary and this is well reflected in its birds. Of the 280 species known from the island, an incredible 100 plus are entirely endemic to Madagascar and a further 20 or so are shared only with neighbouring South West Indian Ocean islands. Some of the best spots to observe the water birds are along the remote areas of the western and south western coast such as Lake Tsimanampetsotsa. For anyone who loves bird watching then this is an amazing getaway and a truly fantastic destination.

So if Madagascar sounds like that place for you or you would like to build your own bespoke, tailor made holiday with any of the above included, please contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

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