Simon Gemmell


Simon Gemmell

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Packages including the famous Orient Express
Scenic 2 centre holidays
Star Clipper packages offering an informal cruise under sail
River cruising aboard the latest ultra-modern boats
I wish everyone a Happy Christmas.

Main Photo: Venice Simplon-Orient-Express en route to Venice (VSOE)

Two owls looking for homes!


CHRISTMAS FUN - a couple of fluffy owls as 'give aways' - see below

I am pleased to share some Christmas fun by offering a couple of fluffy Owls as 'give aways', ideal stocking fillers for the young ones or grandchildren. To enter the draw you only need to LIKE my Facebook Business Page  (follow the link) and then email me ( with ‘OWL’ in the subject box and your name by 19 Dec 17. A draw of those names received will be made by a Director of Designer Travel. I intend being more active with this page not only posting holiday & cruise offers but travel news items and links to blogs with information on destinations and holiday ideas.

​​​​​​​One of the luxurious Dining Cars on the VSOE Train (VSOE)

12 night Luxury Package - Venice – Luxury Cruise to Croatia & Italy – Journey on the Orient Express - Paris

Return flights & private transfers
2 nights at 5* Bauer Palladio Hotel, Venice
1 night on board Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Venice to Paris
7 night cruise on board Azamara Quest – Croatian Treasures Voyage
2 nights at 5* La Clef Tour Eiffel Paris Hotel, Paris
Cruise Ports of Call: Venice, Italy - Ravenna, Italy - Hvar, Croatia - Kotor, Montenegro - Dubrovnik, Croatia - Koper, Slovenia - Venice, Italy (overnight)​​​​​​​

Cruise is All Inclusive cruise - includes Drinks & Gratuities
Departs: Sep 18
Price based on 29 Sep 18 cruise departure.
Ask about other departure dates in 2018 & 2019.
Cost per person from £4129 for the whole package.

Why travel on The Famous Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
The quarter of a mile long continental Wagons-Lits Orient Express train awaits you at Venice Santa Lucia Station with its gleaming, royal blue paintwork topped by snow-white roofs, and lined with brass lettering. Enjoy a drink in the bar car to the sound of the baby grand piano, with soft lighting, art deco fixtures and rich wood panelling creating a scene and atmosphere straight from Agatha Christie. Most people make an effort to dress formally if not in 30s style! You have dinner in one of several sumptuous dining cars; service is attentive and unobtrusive, with incredible standards of food preparation. Continental breakfast is served in your cabin before you disembark at Paris.
Read my blog to find out about Azamara Club Cruises (follow the link)

​​​​​​​Emerald Liberte at the famous Saint-Bénézet Bridge Avignon (Emerald Cruises)

RIVER CRUISES with Emerald Waterways

Emerald Waterways offer comfort and innovation on-board their new state-of-the-art Star-Ships.

Emerald Waterways have been extremely successful in introducing a more affordable modern 4 star plus experience aimed not only at the ‘grey’ market but younger guests including families. The first 2 ships entered service in 2014, two more in 2015 and a further four in 2017.
Their modern fleet includes a unique dual-purpose area at the aft of the ship that transforms from an indoor, heated pool with retractable roof during the day, to a cinema at night. A second impressive state-of-the-art feature is the balcony cabins that transform into conservatories at the touch of a button.
You can enjoy five-course a la carte dining in the Reflections Restaurant as well as al fresco light bites in The Terrace which includes an open-air dining space (for breakfast and lunch only).
Coffee, tea and water, as well as wine, spirits and beer with lunch and dinner are included as well as free Wi-Fi connection.
On board you have five room grades to choose from: Emerald Panorama Balcony Suite, the Owner’s One-Bedroom Suite, the Riverview Suite, the Grand Balcony Suite or the Emerald Stateroom.
Shore excursions and transfers are included, although in-depth or unusual shore excursions are surcharged. The new Emerald ACTIVE excursions offer guided bicycle rides, expert led hikes and canoeing trips at no extra cost at selected ports. Their Emerald PLUS programme offers guests a more in-depth cultural experience at no extra cost.
Prices start at £1295 for 8 days per person
Destinations include the Christmas Markets, Secrets of the Duoro including Lisbon, several cruises on the Rhine and Danube, Legends of the Moselle, Rhine & Main, Sensations of Southern France including Nice and Enchantment of Eastern Europe (Budapest to Bucharest).

Star Clipper in full sail (Star Clippers)

Star Clippers - Enjoy an informal cruise and experience cruising under sail ​​​​​​​

The tall sleek Star Clippers are a recreation of the elegant 19th century clipper ships, offering guests the romance of a tall ship without sacrificing comfort. There is extensive deck space for sunbathing, plunge pools, intimate piano lounge, relaxed open seating dining and complimentary water sports equipment. Star Clippers often call at ports out of reach to larger ships. It is a relaxing, informal type of cruise, offering a sense of adventure but still providing everything a guest might need. The Star Clipper and Star Flyer carry 170 guests. The Royal Clipper carries 225 guests.

Star Clipper
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LATEST PACKAGES EX UK (ask about alternative dates if these do not suit)
Cienfuegos to Havana Stay & Sail
Departs 4th January 2018 | 14 nights | 11 nights aboard Star Flyer
Visiting: Cienfuegos | Cienfuegos | Cayman Brac | Montego Bay | George Town | Cayo Rico Cayo Largo | Punta Frances | Havana | Havana
Price includes return flights from London, 2 nights pre-cruise and 1 night post-cruise stay at Marques De San Felipe, 1 night pre-cruise stay in Cienfuegos aboard Star Flyer and 1 night post-cruise stay in Havana aboard Star Flyer, non UK transfers and port charges
From £3,099pp
Balearic Islands, the French Riviera & The Monaco Grand Prix Trials
Departs 19th May 2018 | 7 nights | 7 nights aboard Star Flyer
Visiting: Barcelona | Palma de Mallorca | Mahon | Cassis | Fontvieille (Monaco Grand Prix Trials) St Tropez | Cannes
Price includes return flights from London, non UK transfers and port charges
From £1,599pp
Rail and Sail from Cannes
Departs 1st June 2018 | 8 nights | 7 nights aboard Star Flyer
Visiting: Cannes | Portofino | L’ile Rousse | Calvi | Plage d’Arone | Porquerolles | Sanary-sur-Mer St Tropez Beach | St Tropez | Cannes
Price includes return standard rail from London to Nice, return non UK transfers, 1 night pre-cruise stay in Cannes and port charges
From £1,799pp
Northern Cyclades
Departs 18th August 2018 | 7 nights | 7 nights aboard Star Flyer
Visiting: Piraeus | Morning sailing through Samos Strait | Kusadasi | Patmos | Amorgos | Mykonos Monemvasia | Piraeus
Price includes return flights from London, non UK transfers and port charges
From £1,699pp

Bridge of Sighs - Venice (RG)


Looking for a different type of holiday or you may be wishing to celebrate a special occasion. . These examples below might whet your appetite. If these examples don’t fit your plans just let us know and we will put an itinerary together for you.
£1199 per person
Accommodation Details:
Sheraton Lake Como Hotel, Cernobbio
12 May 2018 3 Nights Superior (Pool or Garden) Bed & Breakfast
Hotel Simplon, Baveno
15 May 2018 4 Nights Twin or Double Bed & Breakfast
Flights from London – ask about regional airports if interested
Transfer Details:
Private Transfer
12 May 2018 Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) to Sheraton Lake Como Hotel
Private Transfer
15 May 2018 Sheraton Lake Como Hotel to Hotel Simplon
Private Transfer
19 May 2018 Hotel Simplon to Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
£3099 per person
Accommodation Details:
Venice-Simplon Orient Express - Twin Cabin
03 May 2018 London - Venice
Flights from London – ask about regional airports if interested
Return Private transfers included at Venice
£1399 per person
Accommodation Details:
Grand Hotel Suisse Majestic, Montreux
02 June 2018 3 Nights Comfort (City) Bed & Breakfast
Train between the two is part of the Golden Pass
02 June 2018 First Class Rail Transfers: Geneva-Combi-Zermatt-Lucerne
Hotel Des Balances, Lucerne
05 June 2018 4 Nights Standard (Old Town) Bed & Breakfast
Flights from London – ask about regional airports if interested
All these holidays can be quoted for numerous dates

All prices are subject to confirmation at time of booking

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