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Luxury Holidays around the world

Zermatt, the snow and ski paradise

ZermattQuick get your skis out!

Forecasts are showing amazing snow fall for Zermatt next week.

The snow is falling throughout the Alps but forecasts show that Zermatt is going to very lucky indeed.

Zermatt is heaven for snow lovers. There are pistes for beginners, intermediate and advanced skiiers. Here in Europe’s highest-altitude ski area, snow is guaranteed 365 days a year.

Black pistes? They are everywhere in Zermatt or stay in the village and visit the ice rink. Hang out at the Zermatt Unplugged music festival outdoors on a sunny terrace and be part of the action when young stars are discovered. The entire family will certainly enjoy an outing to Gornergrat for sledding with a view of the Matterhorn.

Besides excellent skiing, there are a wealth of things to do in Zermatt – curling, tobogganing, electronic clay pigeon shooting, mountain excursions – these offer breath-taking views and wherever you go, you are always in sight of the mighty 4 thousand metre high Matterhorn. The Matterhorn Glacier Paradise is the highest cable car station in Europe. Have lunch in the restaurant and enjoy spectacular views of Italy, France and of course Switzerland.

Call Your Personal Travel Organiser and I will be delighted to arrange one of the most memorable winter sports holidays you will ever experience.

Happy Christmas from Your Personal Travel Organiser!

happyholidaysAnother year is drawing to a close with 2015 leaving both happiness and sadness in its wake.  My thoughts right now are with these poor people in Cumbria who have been flooded for the 3rd time in just a couple of weeks.

On a positive note, our very own Major Tim Peake has become the first Briton in space since 1991.  What a joy and an honour!  God bless him and his two companions and may they arrive home safely following a successful mission.

Your Personal Travel Organiser has been kept very busy this year and has had the privilege of working with some lovely clients and arranging extremely interesting and sometimes challenging itineraries for them.  The big companies are all very well and do a reasonably good job too but….Your Personal Travel Organiser provides top quality service which is second to none.

When the beginning of January is finally upon us with another year stretching ahead and your thoughts turn to holidays and travel, do please call me with your travel requirements.  It will be my pleasure to assist you.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2016.

The Longest Commercial Flight

Emirates airline has just announced the launch of flights from Dubai to Panama, their first destination in Central America. Covering the distance of 8588 miles non-stop in a Boeing B777-200LR will take a flying time of 17 hours and 35 minutes, the longest commercial flight, when it takes to the air on February 1 2016.

This will be the first ever connection to Panama City by any of the Gulf carriers and reflects Emirates’ relentless drive to connect the world out of Dubai. Panama is commercially important due to the Panama Canal, which is the country’s best-known feature and as such attracts a steady flow of shipping executives, traders, and other business professionals, besides a growing number of tourists.

The aircraft from Dubai to Panama is configured with 8 suites in First Class, 42 fully flatbed seats in Business Class, and 216 seats in Economy Class.

For more information, please call Your Personal Travel Organiser.

2022 Winter Olympics – Where?

Beijing in China has been confirmed as the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Surprised? While the capital may not be known for winter sports, there are a number of ski resorts in the surrounding suburbs; but the Games will rely heavily on a large amount of artificial snowmaking for the snow-based events.

Apparently there are 10 ski resorts in various locations and snowboarding is growing in popularity.

As always – Your Personal Travel Organiser can assist with travel arrangements should you wish to visit Beijing for this prestigious event.

New Website Live Today!

What a wonderful feeling it is when you see your new website go live!  My designer – Andy at Ardnet Online  and myself, have been working on this for a few weeks (Andy doing all the clever stuff!) and today, you are looking at the finished product.

Do please have a good look around and you will see what Your Personal Travel Organiser can offer you.  Even if you are not ready for a holiday right now, please do keep a note of my contact details and I will be delighted to hear from you in the future.

Thank you for visiting!

Amazing Australia

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Located in the Southern Hemisphere, south of Asia, the Australian coastline is 36,735km long and is lapped by three oceans and four seas. About 40% of the continent is in the tropics.

Australia is almost the same size as mainland USA and half as large again as Europe.  Excluding the former USSR, Australia is the only continent entirely occupied by one nation. The landscape has variety – from tortured red desert to lush green rainforest. Geologically, Australia is the oldest continent and is a vast storehouse of the world’s prized minerals and gemstones, including the
famous Black Opal. Australia is the flattest continent with the only mountains being in the southeast, where the
highest peak, Mt. Kosciuszko, rises above 2,200m.

If you are thinking about a trip to Australia, do allow a minimum of 2-3 weeks wherever you decide to go.  There are so many interesting things to do on the land, in or under, the water or in the sky.

You may have heard of the Blue Mountains which are located just outside Sydney.  They are indeed blue mainly due to being densely populated by oil bearing Eucalyptus trees. The atmosphere is filled with finely dispersed droplets of oil, which, in combination with dust particles and water vapour, scatter short-wave length rays of light which are predominantly blue in colour.  Just an interesting little fact that I wanted to share with you.

Australia is a truly amazing place to visit and I would be delighted to assist in planning your very special holiday to this very special destination.

Buenos Aires

Sexy, alive and supremely confident, this beautiful capital city of Argentina gets under your skin. Like Europe with a melancholic twist, Buenos Aires is unforgettable

Argentina’s famous dance is possibly the country’s greatest contribution to the outside world, a steamy strut that’s been described as ‘making love in the vertical position’. Folklore says it began in the bordellos of long-ago Buenos Aires, when men waiting for their ‘ladies’ passed time by dancing amongst themselves. Today, glamorized tango shows are supremely entertaining with their grand feats of athleticism. You’ll also find endless venues for perfecting your moves, from salons to milongas (dance events) to cafes. Just realise that some people become addicted – and can spend a lifetime perfecting this sensual dance.

Shopping

Buenos Aires is a shopper’s paradise. The city is laced with shopping streets lined with heaps of clothing and shoe stores, leather shops and nearly everything else you can think of. Large shopping malls are modern and family-friendly, offering designer goods, food courts and even children’s play areas. But perhaps the city’s best shopping is in Palermo Viejo, where countless upscale boutiques live.  These offer avant-garde clothing, unique housewares and fun souvenirs.   Let’s not forget San Telmo, where antiques aficionados flock; the Sunday fair here is famous and entertaining, and will easily fill up a long afternoon.

Nightlife

Take a cat nap, down your coffee and be prepared to stay up all night – this is a city that never sleeps! Restaurants open at 9pm, bars at midnight and clubs at 2am – at the very earliest. If you’re cool, of course, you’ll show up after 4am and dance till dawn. International DJs are the rage, spinning electronica and house to legions of hip, trendy and well-dressed crowds. But you can also enjoy live music such as rock, blues, jazz and even folk – just remember that you’ll be doing it all very late!

If you feel you would like to experience this alive and vibrant city that never sleeps, call today on 01279 871188

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Vail sets the standard that other resorts aspire to

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Vail sets the standard that other resorts aspire to. It is consistently voted as one of the world’s greatest ski resorts and boasts its fair share of famous faces amongst its clientele. Although the resort is considered expensive, it maintains a carefree, relaxed atmosphere and reasonable accommodation can still be found.

The resort runs along the base of Vail Mountain and is one and a half miles from east to west. There are two main base areas: Vail Village and Lionshead. Both are pedestrian friendly areas and movement around the resort is easy with the free and regular shuttle buses that run throughout the day. The resort provides a cocktail of luxurious hotels and smart boutiques, coupled with a superb selection of bars that provide a lively après ski scene, excellent restaurants and some of the best nightlife in Colorado. Vail rightly deserves its world-class reputation.

Its vast mountain is the single biggest ski area in North America with an extensive network of fast, modern lifts and an exceptional snow record. It has an endless terrain of huge groomed slopes and several self-service mountain restaurants. The region’s seven renowned back bowls provide some of the best powder available. Beginners and intermediates are able to ski the immaculately groomed pistes and there is still advanced terrain to keep seasoned skiers occupied. There are also a choice of three freestyle parks to suit all levels.

Adventure Ridge – at the top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola – provides an assortment of on-mountain but non-skiing activities including a tubing hill, a children’s’ snowmobile circuit, snow biking, snow shoeing and an ice rink. Or for something a little less taxing and perhaps more therapeutic there are great shopping opportunities or relaxing spas to enjoy.

To book your skiing holiday to Vail….or any other destination…..call today on 01279 871188.

Four State Tour of Australia

I have just returned from a truly amazing trip to Australia.  During the 3 weeks, my husband and I visited four states – New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia – commonly known as W.A.

We walked over the Sydney Harbour bridge, cruised under it, toured the Opera House and had dinner at the water’s edge directly below this magnificent construction. We were lucky enough to be able to visit the beautiful Blue Mountains and the Three Sisters, as the roads had only just re-opened following the recent bush fires.  There are so many quaint towns and villages on the way.

In Melbourne we went to the top of the Eureka Tower which is the highest vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere – the views were amazing and the Eureka Tower is something that appears to be a very well kept secret!

We then took a flight to Cairns in Northern Queensland and of course an absolute must is a trip to the Great Barrier Reef some 60km offshore.  The snorkelling was amazing as was the trip in the semi-submersible boat.

The last few days were spent in Perth under cloudless blue skies and temperatures of 30 plus degrees.  They are currently undergoing a massive project in the middle of the city that involves re-routing the Swan River to meander through the centre of Perth.  They are one year into this ten year project.  Watch this space!

A picnic in Kings Park, Perth is a must with beautiful views over the Swan River and the city.

It is incredible to say the least that you can fly for 8 hours and still be in the same country!

If you would like to visit this vast continent – Australia, call me – Joyce Kinniburgh, Your Personal Travel Organiser and I would be delighted to assist in putting together a tailor-made itinerary just for you!

Amazing South Africa!

South Africa is one of the world’s top destinations for intrepid travellers to discover everything they’re looking for and more. With over 21 National Parks, eight World Heritage Sites, 3,500 kilometres of pristine coastline, a phenomenal climate and awesome adventures ranging from shark-diving to surfing, historic trails to wine tasting, South Africa is guaranteed to provide you with the unforgettable journey of a lifetime.

In one day alone, you could come face-to-face with some of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world, experience a unique wildlife encounter, indulge into the fine foods on offer or simply kick back and enjoy the tranquillity of a country that thrives on the warmth of its people, culture and diversity

You’ve read the books, seen the movies and TV programmes, now encounter the famous Big 5 face-to-face – buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino.

Big 5 safaris in South Africa are a must-do for anyone fascinated by wildlife. Big 5 refers to buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard and rhino – the term comes from the animals considered most dangerous to hunt. Now the thrill comes from photographing them in their natural habitat.

If you’re looking for a Big 5 safari experience in South Africa you can go to almost any province in South Africa, but the Kruger National Park in Mpumalanga and Limpopo provinces remains an iconic tourism drawcard.
Combine the above with a relaxing beach holiday to follow or……..

Take the plunge!

You will never forget the thrill of a bungee jump in South Africa.

Bungee jump 216 metres from the Bloukrans Bridge on the Garden Route, it’s the world’s highest commercial bridge bungee!

One, two, bungee! Leaping off the Bloukrans Bridge, you plunge 216 metres into the gorge below. As far as adrenalin rushes go, you don’t get much better than a Bloukrans bungee jump, which also happens to be located in one of the most scenic corners of the country.

This attracts adventure-seekers from all over the globe. The bridge is found along the scenic Garden Route and has to count as one of the most spectacular bungee jumps in South Africa, if not the world.

Interested???  I would be happy to organise this for you.  01279 871188