Simon Gemmell


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Book Now For 2019 

Welcome to my latest newsletter. I have included examples of more unusual holidays and cruises. This is only a small section of the vast portfolio of travel experiences Designer Travel can offer. With long haul flight holidays, it is normally better to book well in advance to gain access to the best air fares, particularly the seats in premium classes. Many of the best value properties in popular destinations fill quickly, as do river cruises and smaller cruise ships due to their limited size. I look forward to hearing from you.​​​​​​​

Photo: Bow River at Banff 

Milford Sound 

Explore New Zealand’s Beautiful South Island

‘The South Island hosts the purest natural landscapes you’ll ever experience’ according to New Zealand tourism.

Enjoy the mountains, lakes and glaciers of New Zealand’s South Island. The dramatic Southern Alps, which includes famous Mount Cook, stretch the full length of the island. You will find the wonderfully picturesque Milford Sound and the Fiordland National Park in the southwest.
13-day South Island Spectacular escorted tour from £3,599 per person.
Return flights to New Zealand with Air New Zealand
London Heathrow departures
Travel by modern air-conditioned coach
Professional Coach Captain
Professional Tour Guide
9 nights accommodation
9 breakfasts, 8 dinners including 3 speciality dinners and 1 picnic lunch
TranzAlpine Rail Journey
Cruise Lake Wakatipu
Milford Sound Cruise & Lunch
Larnach Castle
Haggis Ceremony & Gift
City sights tour of Dunedin & Christchurch
Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing and subject to availability.
This example for travel on 02 May 2019.

Halong Bay 

Vietnam and Cambodia Escorted Tour - 16 Days from only £2159 per person

Experience the captivating blend of French colonial history, unique local culture and beautiful rural scenery of both these countries.

You will be overwhelmed by the extraordinary natural beauty of Vietnam with its mist-shrouded mountains, green forests, the patchwork of rice paddy fields and its pristine white beaches.
You’ll also visit Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, beautifully located at the confluence of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers, with its vibrant riverside ambience. It is one of the ‘hidden gems’ of Asian cities. A short flight away is the town of Siem Reap, the gateway to the incredible complex of temples within the ancient city of Angkor.

Experience more with so much included

Enjoy a tour by cycle rickshaw in Vietnam’s beautiful capital Hanoi visiting the Temple of Literature, colonial belle-époque villas and Ho Chi Minh's thought-provoking mausoleum.
Take a leisurely cruise on Halong Bay aboard a converted Chinese junk
Stay in Hue, Vietnam’s last royal capital. And visit its Citadel and Forbidden City
Visit the famous Cu Chi tunnels while staying at the heart of Saigon
Enjoy a full-day trip on the mighty Mekong delta
Stay and tour in Phnom Penh one of the most beautiful of Indochina's French colonial cities
Stay in Siem Reap and visit the UNESCO-listed temple complex
Return direct scheduled flights with premium economy upgrades at a supplement
Tour includes hand-picked 4- and 5-star hotels including breakfast and five other meals
The services of an experienced tour manager
Selected departures up to November 2018 and January to November 2019

Rocky Mountaineer - Canyon Bridge - Fraser River BC 

Canadian Rockies – The Famous Rocky Mountaineer Train – Alaskan Cruise

Travelling aboard the privately-owned Rocky Mountaineer is an unforgettable experience, the trip of a lifetime. The train journey takes place during daylight hours to ensure you enjoy every minute of the breath-taking scenery, retracing train routes constructed over 100 years ago through the Canadian Rockies and Canada West

15-day holiday rail, coach & cruise tour from £2,999 per person
Price includes:
London Heathrow departures
Return flights to Canada
Transfer from Calgary airport to Banff
3 nights accommodation in Banff
2-day Rocky Mountaineer rail journey in SilverLeaf between Banff and Vancouver
1-night accommodation in Kamloops
2 nights accommodation in Vancouver
7 night full-board Alaska cruise on Holland America Line
Prices are per person based on 2 people sharing and subject to availability.
Example 12 May 2019 Departure – several others dates offered
Other Regional departures can be arranged

Silverleaf Service on-board
Silverleaf’s single-level dome service is a unique way to experience the legendary Rocky Mountaineer. Delicious hot breakfasts and lunches are served at your seat as well as complimentary drinks, beverages and snacks.

Emerald Liberte - Avignon 

Experience Modern River Cruising at an affordable cost 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. 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. Emerald’s river cruises include all on-board dining and gratuities and a selection of alcoholic and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, all transfers plus flights ex UK.
One of Emerald’s numerous European itineraries is the popular Danube & Prague 11-day departure – 7-night cruise calling at Bratislava, Vienna, Durnstein, Passau and Regensburg plus a 3-night stay in Prague. Prices start from £1845 per person (based on an October 2019 departure) – several dates are available.
Other Destination served include:
Cruise & Tours of Vietnam & Cambodia as well as Egypt and Jordan.
Emerald’s new Dalmatian cost luxury cruises

MV Aegean 

Voyage to Antiquity – aboard MV Aegean Odyssey (a small unique premium ship)

17 days Renaissance Italy and Historic Islands Cruise - 23 May 2019

This cruise includes a 2-night stay in Rome and then cruising onto Florence, Pisa, Elba, 2 ports on Corsica, and onto Cadiz finishing with 2 nights stay in Seville including a day trip to Cordoba – from £3250 per person.

Voyages to Antiquity is a one ship line launched in 2010. The line contracts professional lecturers to assist and inspire guests onboard to explore the cultural and historical background of the places they visit. Most shore excursions are included, as well as flights from the UK, transfers, wine with dinner and gratuities. The company offers open seating dining and at many ports the ship docks overnight.
Other interesting itineraries are available: Land of the Midnight Sun (North Cape Norway) Baltic Capitals and St Petersburg, Iceland, Faroes and Shetlands.
Good News for Single Cruisers
Low single supplements (or none) apply on numerous voyages – ask for details.

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