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Time to start thinking of your next summer holiday…

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USA and Canada

Everyone’s situation is different as to what they need to think about when booking a holiday. Do you have children at school, are you in a job that restricts you from taking time off when you like?

Early planning is a must to avoid disappointment in these situations. Booking early also means you can take advantage any early booking discounts, which can save significantly sums for your holiday.

We are here to assist you make those plans and to help take the stress out of organising your trip. Once booked you can simply sit back and look forward to a wonderful holiday!

We are experts in the USA and Canada priding ourselves on the fact we have stayed in and visited many of the places we send our clients, helping you to make the best choices. The USA and Canada are well worth booking early in high season and they both offer something for everyone, from big city glamour to small town charm but can have limited availability.

 

USA – first thoughts

For the USA ‘big city glamour’ try the city of Chicago in Midwestern USA, a metropolitan hub for dining, shopping and entertainment. The Magnificent Mile is one of Chicago’s most famous shopping districts, and you’ll find flagship stores — from high street favourites to high fashion stores — along the stretch of shops. Nearby, wander along State Street, where you can visit the original Marshall Field’s, now Macy’s. For boutique shopping, head to Chicago’s 77 neighbourhood, where you’ll find unique, one-of-a-kind items you simply won’t want to leave without.

Chicago is bursting at the seams with theatrical talent. Broadway in Chicago and many Tony Award winning companies bring in big names and blockbuster shows, while more than 200 storefront, experimental and neighbourhood theatres bring you pioneering contemporary performances. Chicago is also a city that loves to laugh —after all Chicago invented improvisation comedy. See where Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell performed at world-famous ‘The Second City’. If stand-up comedy is your thing, grab your tickets for The Laugh Factory or Zanies. It is also a hub for all kinds of music and well worth experiencing.

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For small town charm, we would recommend Jackson in Wyoming USA, sitting 15 miles from the Idaho border and approximately 12 miles from the entrance of Grand Teton National Park and 60 miles from the famous Yellowstone National Park. Offering you an adventure holiday exploring the wildlife and immersing in the local culture. You can explore on skis (in winter), mountain bikes, rafts, horse drawn stagecoaches. Add in exquisite cuisine, world-renowned art, and unique shopping to make a holiday to remember.

 

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Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Canada some places to consider

For ‘big city glamour’ consider a visit to the vibrant city of Vancouver, British Columbia with its skyline of glass buildings and the surrounding ocean and coastal mountains. Here you can swim from the beach and then go off to explore a mountain all in one day.  This is such a versatile city with so much to do. The city is the largest in British Columba, but manages to hold on to its rustic charm and natural beauty nonetheless. Visitors can enjoy bike riding, shopping, visiting a local museum or just relaxing in Stanley Park. Take the free shuttle service out to Capilano Suspension Bridge Park. Originally built in 1889, Capilano Suspension Bridge stretches 450 feet (137m) across and 230 feet (70m) above Capilano River. Cliffwalk is the park’s newest attraction – a cantilevered walkway clinging to the granite cliff high above Capilano Canyon. Treetops Adventure, seven suspension bridges through the evergreens taking you up to 100 feet (30m) above the forest floor, offers a unique squirrel’s eye perspective of the forest. See the jaw-dropping majestic nature of British Columbia unfold as you ascend via aerial tram to the summit of Grouse Mountain. Rising 4,100 feet (1,250 metres) above Vancouver and just 15 minutes from the city’s downtown.

You can dine at a world class restaurant or join a Vancouver foodie tour which allows you to visit a wide variety of highly recommended restaurants trying varied cuisine and enjoying the nightlife. A visit to Granville Island is a must for true foodies looking to sample the best of this coastal city. This gastronomic-focused district offers everything from elegant waterfront restaurants to small ethnic eateries. The Granville Island Public Market is a must see, an indoor market featuring a fascinating assortment of food and produce, displaying handcrafted products and unique gifts.

 

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

Picture courtesy of Yvonne Dann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For small town charm in Canada, we suggest Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan – an attractive town with an underground network of bootlegging tunnels connecting buildings. The tunnels were created in 1908 for a steam system that never happened, but it is rumoured that Al Capone gambled and made deals in them. You can get around this historic town on trolley buses and guided tours, stopping to visit one of the many attractions and museums, or you can simply relax in one of the many spas around the town. Summer in Moose Jaw is always bustling with activities such as Sidewalk Days, Park Art, the Motif Multicultural Festival, Farmers’ Markets, events in Crescent Park and much more.

 

Picture courtesy of Tourism Saskatchewan Greg Huszar Photography

Picture courtesy of Tourism Saskatchewan Greg Huszar Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information and help with organising and booking your holiday please contact us.

Another and Quieter side to Tanzania

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Most people know about the plains of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater and the wildlife spectacle to found there. But there is so much more to explore in Tanzania and much of it is untouched and incredibly diverse.

If you would like to see and hear Africa at its unspoilt best then consider heading to places like the Gombe Stream National Park and walk in the footsteps the British primatologist, Jane Goodall, in search of the descendants of her favourite chimps – Frodo, Merlin and David Greybeard.

On the banks of Lake Tanganyika, the deepest lake in Africa, is Mahale National Park, another place to see primates such as chimps and Colobus monkeys in their natural habitat. End up on your own private beach to cool down and then around the camp fire with more stars above you than you could imagine.

Katavi National Park, Tanzania’s third largest Park, is ideal for the traveller looking for a truly remote experience away from regular tourist routes. In this park, you will find animals curious and unfamiliar to human contact. Herd sizes of buffalo and other plains animals are massive, often in the thousands and this in turn brings in good numbers of predators. With hardly anyone else around and a great lodge to retire to, you will feel like a true explorer.

For more details please contact us.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Kenya – the ultimate safari destination!

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The word ‘safari’ is synonymous with Kenya, and with good reason. Not only was it the first safari destination for tourists, but it’s also one of the best with phenomenal game viewing opportunities, breath-taking landscapes and fascinating people. Combine this with the soft white sands and turquoise seas of the coast, and you have the perfect recipe for an unforgettable holiday.

With such a fantastic reputation, it’s easy to think that Kenya would be expensive and in truth, there are certainly some luxurious, exclusive options that don’t come cheap. However, there are also options for those keen for the exclusive experience, but without the exclusive price tag.

Our partner in Kenya offers two excellent Adventure Camps, which bring all the benefits of staying in a Wildlife Conservancy teeming with animals but at a small fraction of the price that you’d normally pay to stay at the main, more luxurious camps. All activities are included and conducted at the same standard as is in the main camps.

Their conservancies are vast areas of pristine wildlife-filled terrain where you enjoy day and night game drives in 4×4 vehicles, bush meals and guided walks and stay in comfortable small and exclusive camps. Here guests can observe the wildlife – including elephants and all the Big Cats – where the animals are completely safe, in their natural environment and in a near exclusive setting. No Crowds.

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The Adventure Camps are designed for those for whom the wildlife safari experience is more important than the accommodation and who are prepared to sleep in basic tents – 10 feet square and 6 feet tall – with sleeping bags and a foam mattress on the floor. (Private safari shower and flush wc are behind each tent). All meals are included, prepared by the camp cook. Mineral water is provided in camp and on game drives and the camp bar has wine, beer and soft drinks available for sale at reasonable prices. The Adventure Camps ensure you get all the premium activities and game-viewing normally associated with only the most expensive camps and lodges but at a fraction of the price.

A six night safari with three nights in Selenkay Conservancy (Amboseli region) and three nights in Ol Kinyei Conservancy (Maasai Mara) starts at £1755.00 per person sharing in the peak season for 2018. The single tent supplement is just £108.00. Prices include Full Board accommodation, flights from and back to Nairobi, day and night game drives in 4×4 vehicles, a visit to Amboseli National Park or the Maasai Mara National Reserve, all Conservancy fees and educational nature walks with Maasai guides. These camps are open between July and October – spaces are limited as the camps are small and personal, so please do give us a call to enquire!

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Prices are subject to availability and change. International flights are not included – there are plenty of airlines offering flights between London and Nairobi, some direct and others with a stop en route. For information on international flights, please do let us know your preferred dates and we can provide a price for the most appropriate option.

Consider also spending time in Nairobi prior to the tour, and perhaps time on the coast at the end to relax – anything is possible!

For more information on putting together your own bespoke tailor made Africa Safari please call us on Tel:01323 446550 or email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

 

Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks

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Travelling through stunning countryside, with opportunities for wildlife watching and plenty of outdoor activity, this itinerary covers the best parts of these two stunning national parks in the USA over a two week itinerary.

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Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks

Travelling through stunning countryside, with opportunities for wildlife watching and plenty of outdoor activity, this itinerary covers the best parts of these two stunning national parks in the USA over a two week itinerary.

 

Day 1: Salt Lake City

Day 2: Jackson

Day 3: Grand Teton National Park

Day 5: Yellowstone National Park

Day 7: Cody

Day 9: Yellowstone via the Beartooth Highway

Day 11: Helena

Day 12: Glacier National Park

Day 15: Depart Kalispell or Missoula

 

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Day 1: Salt Lake City

Arrive into Salt Lake City today, overnight here before starting your road trip tomorrow.

Salt Lake City 1 night

 

Day 2: Jackson

Collect your car and head north into the cowboy State of Wyoming; The wonderful village of Jackson is a great stop with excellent shops, restaurants, bars and galleries.

Jackson 1 night

 

Day 3: Grand Teton National Park

Continue your drive today heading into Grand Teton National Park. Stunning scenery includes the summit of Grand Teton and the plains of the valley floor here.

Grand Tetons 2 nights

 

Day 5: Yellowstone National Park

Today you head into stunning Yellowstone National Park through the south entrance for the first of two stays in the area. Abundant wildlife, rugged peaks and wilderness make up much of this incredible area.  The amazing geysers and thermal hot spots throughout Yellowstone are a big draw for visitors.

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Day 7: Cody

Depart through the Eastern Entrance of Yellowstone to the little town of Cody – this is a stunning drive through the Shoshone National Forest. Home to Buffalo Bill, no visit to Cody is complete without a tour of the famous Buffalo Bill Centre of the West which features five museums under one roof. In the evening take a drive to the edge of town to watch a rodeo.

Cody 2 nights

 

Day 9: Yellowstone via the Beartooth Highway

For todays drive head along one of the most spectacular alpine highways in North America, the Beartooth Highway. With sweeping views of snow-covered mountains and crystal clear alpine lakes as you wind your way to the summit and back down.  Return into Yellowstone through the Lamar Valley – a great wildlife viewing area.

Yellowstone 2 nights

 

Day 11: Helena

Leaving Yellowstone via the north entrance, drive on into the state of Montana. The drive takes you past rolling hills and mountains and on to Montana’s State Capital, Helena. Take a trolley tour through the Last Chance Gulch, the bustling and vibrant historic downtown area has great restaurants, micro breweries, bars and shops.

Helena 1 night

 

Day 12: Glacier National Park

Continue to Glacier National Park. This gorgeous park, straddling the US/Canada border boasts pristine forests, alpine meadows, rugged mountains, and spectacular lakes. With over 700 miles of trails, Glacier is a paradise for walkers and adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude.  Drive the 50 miles along the stunning Going-to-the- Sun Road and spend three nights spent at two different areas of the park.

Glacier National Park 3 nights

 

Day 15: Depart Kalispell or Missoula

Say goodbye to Montana and head to the airport for the onward or homeward journey.

Yellowstone & Glacier

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Yellowstone & Glacier

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Yellowstone & Glacier

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Yellowstone & Glacier

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Algonquin Park Wolf Howl Canoe Trip

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Have you ever thought of combining a canoe trip with camping in the pristine nature of a National Park? Well Algonquin Park in Ontario, Canada has a 2 night/3 day trip that is proving popular. Nor do you have to be a canoeing expert – this is a beginner friendly experience.

Your trip starts with an overnight stay in one of the Park’s unique forest cabins and then you set off. Imagine paddling through the early morning mist on the lake and then taking a walk through the forest on one of the numerous forest trails looking out for the animals and birds that live here.

After setting up camp and getting the fire going, you all gather by the lakeside and send out a group wolf howl. This is very often answered by the nearby wolf pack, which should send a tingle down your spine.

Wolves at Yellowstone

Picture courtesy of Helen Wibley

If you go in the autumn you will have the extra benefit of seeing the beautiful fall colours as well.

To make this part of your bespoke tailor made holiday to Eastern Canada please give us a call on 01323 446550 or email  info@experienceholidays.co.uk or if you would like information on other tailored holidays to Canada.

 

Kenya – the home of the safari and still one of the best places for wildlife viewing

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It was good news at the end of last week when the Foreign and Commonwealth Office revised its views on travel to Kenya. Apart from those regions abutting the border with Somalia, the rest of the country is considered safe for travellers.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Being one of the first to take advantage of this news could ensure you have a wonderful safari in iconic African surroundings, finishing with time on one of the world’s best beaches and all at very reasonable prices. Provided you do not want to go in school holidays or when the wildebeest migration is in the Masai Mara then you could very well be going for a 4 night safari followed by 5 nights on the beach and including your flights for under £2,500 per person.

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Nor are we talking about large hotels and crowded minibuses. We are thinking of small tented camps in some of the best locations in Kenya. Because you will be in a Conservation area or Game reserve that exists alongside the National Parks, you will have a feeling of safaris as it was when it all started. Then there is time to relax on a stunning silver beach and the warm Indian Ocean to swim in. Relax, snorkel, dive or deep sea fish – it is all up to you.

Direct flying time is just over 8 hours and usually overnight allowing you to start your safari soon after you arrive.

Act soon and contact us on: Tel: 01323 446550 or Email: info@experienceholidays.co.uk

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Getaway on Safari in Tanzania – Now

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On Safari in Tanzania – If the latest cold front and the rain is getting you down and you can get away from work for a week or so, then why not settle for something completely different (and 20%cheaper).

Our ground handler in Tanzania has a few places available on safaris of either 6 or 5 days duration. Both take in the World famous Ngorongoro Crater and then you have the choice of either seeing the large herds of elephant in Tarangire National Park or watching the wildebeest migration as it concentrates in the south of the Serengeti National Park.

Both tours start with a night in Mount Meru National Park which gives you a different type of experience with the forest of the mountains all around.

If you have time, add in a week on the beaches of Zanzibar or Pemba if you want to get away from the crowd and go somewhere well off the usual route.

The places on the safaris will go fast so please call as soon as possible to book this bespoke tailor made holiday.

 Please contact Peter on Tel: 01323 4465500 or email peter@experienceholidays.co.uk

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