Exploring Portugal | Newmarket Holidays

Portugal is a distinctive travel destination within Europe. As the continental European country that is farthest west, it provides visitors with the chance to see miles upon miles of beautiful Atlantic coastline. Moreover, as a result of its strategic location, Portugal has absorbed many cultural influences over the years, resulting in the presence of a variety of architectural and cultural landmarks. It has also developed a  modern culture all it’s own, and visitors can explore that as well.

Portugal’s major cities and top resorts are known for elegant sophistication, while the country also features abundant natural beauty. Its many UNESCO World Heritage Sites also make for a big draw, attracting travellers from all around the world. Lisbon is the capital city of Portugal, and is perhaps the best known to foreigners. Standing on the River Tagus, the famous launching point for many of the world’s greatest voyages of discovery, Lisbon has become one of Europe’s most enthralling major cities. The city is widely known and well-regarded for its fascinating blend of old and new, of historic and modern.

Newmarket HolidaysAside from the major tourist draw that is Lisbon, Portugal does have a lot to offer. The elegant resort of Estoril features a lovely seafront that makes for a great place to stroll, or enjoy the cafes and bistros. For those travellers looking for a bit more excitement, the resort is known for having the largest casino anywhere in Europe. Overlooking the Atlantic, this top resort town has become a popular holiday base that combines the relaxation and the thrill perfectly, while being a good place to make day trips and excursions from.

Alentejo, meanwhile, is a Portuguese province featuring cities well worth visiting – such as UNESCO-listed Evora – as well as olive farms, wineries and numerous architectural and historical marvels reminders of the Renaissance.

Portugal can be one of Europe’s best destinations if travellers have a good idea of what they want to see. The country features stunning landscapes as well as urban centres that are well worth visiting. With a high quality of life and a great history and culture, Portugal can make for an excellent holiday. Leading UK specialist tour operator Newmarket Holidays offers escorted holidays to the country. Customers will benefit from the services of a Tour Manager as well as comfortable accommodation and travel, leading to genuine value for money.

Exploring France | Newmarket Holidays

France is a country that not only provides travellers with a top travel destination featuring Newmarket Holidaysmany notable sights, but can also surprise and delight with the unexpected but surely welcome. France is the third most populated country in Europe and the largest in the European Union. As a result, it can offer virtually everything a traveller could want. The Parisian lifestyle and atmosphere is world famous – visitors can dine at fine restaurants and bistros or enjoy the well-known French cafes. However, what will delight travellers about France is that it offers all that and more. There is a reason, after all, that many of France’s regions are top draws for visitors from Europe, the UK and across the world. France is one of only three countries in Europe that has coastlines on both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. This is significant because it means that climates and landscapes in the country range from Alpine to Mediterranean, with rural vineyards and quaint towns as rewarding to travellers as major cities like Paris.

Of course, France also has an enthralling cultural and artistic history. In fact, it continues to be a centre for culture and the arts in Europe. One does not even need to go into a museum or gallery to experience this. Remarkable architecture ranging from the historical to the visionary lines the streets throughout France, and the atmosphere of the country is full of life and invention. Travellers sometimes forget that France is indeed quite large for a European country and has so much to offer that one trip is really not enough to take it all in. There is a significant level of diversity among the French regions, and one region can have a completely different character from another – a character that needs enough time to be appreciated.

A Parisian holiday is a must do for many people and is certainly justifiable. Especially in the summertime, visiting Paris can be an experience people remember for the rest of their life. Meanwhile, the French Riviera offers a completely different, though still distinctly French, experience. From the famous resort of Cannes to exceptional food and lovely views, the Riviera offers opportunities to rest and relax as well as much to explore.

Leading UK specialist tour operator Newmarket Holidays offers a number of escorted holidays to France, to various regions of the country.

Andalusia in Spain | Newmarket Holidays

Newmarket Holidays is offering its customers the chance to explore the fascinating, autonomous Spanish community of Andalusia. These journeys feature comfortable travel arrangements and accommodations and come complete with the services of a professional Tour Manager, as well as the company’s expertise in putting together itineraries that cover a destination’s real highlights. Moreover, customers can experience all this while getting real value for their money.

Andalusia is a particularly beautiful region of Spain, well-regarded as a travel destination. It is home to some of Spain’s greatest historical and cultural riches as well as some of its finest architecture. Granada’s Alhambra, Seville’s Gothic cathedral, and the famous Newmarket HolidaysMezquita in Cordoba are all stand-out structures that have delighted visitors for a very long time. Andalusia is also home to opportunities for rest and relaxation at coastal beach resorts like Malaga. The autonomous community is Spain’s most highly populated, and features several remarkable cities that are very unlikely to disappoint most travellers. The capital city, Seville, and the city of Granada are the most well-known, but other cities in the region are pleasant and fascinating as well.

This Spanish region is especially well-known for having been a Moorish stronghold in Spain’s Islamic past. While it ceased to be one centuries ago, the influences remain visible and have left behind fascinating history and incredible architecture that give a taste of historic Arabia without having to leave Europe. Numerous other cultures and empires have influenced the region as well. These include Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Phoenician histories as well as Romani and Iberian influences. Despite, or perhaps because of, this long and varied history, Andalusia is home to one of Spain’s strongest and richest cultural identities. In fact, when one thinks of Spanish culture, one is often thinking of Andalusia. From particular architectural styles to flamenco and bullfighting, Andalusia is about as Spanish as a visitor can expect.

The Alhambra Palace may just be the most famous of Andalusia’s many famous destinations. The palace dates back to the Islamic period and remains one of the world’s top architectural marvels. The region also features ancient Dolmen caves. The city of Seville is known for serving as inspiration for Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ and Mozart’s ‘The Marriage of Figaro’. The city also has one of the largest Christian Gothic structures in the world in its famed Cathedral. Visitors can also enjoy the Plaza de Toros, an ancient bullring.

New Zealand | Newmarket Holidays

As one of the last places on the planet to be settled, New Zealand is a place unlike any Newmarket Holidaysother. The unique, famous Maori culture permeates the islands that now also feature minorities of Asian and Pacific Islander descent as well as a European majority. This cultural mix makes for a cultural vibrancy that adds to the appeal of the stunning, unspoiled natural beauty of the islands. The country is particularly appealing to travellers because it combines the idyll of the Pacific and its one of a kind beauty with modern and developed infrastructure and cities. The geographical and cultural character of the North and South islands differ, but each region of New Zealand, let alone each island, has many sights to see and experiences to be had.

Although it is a modern and highly developed country, New Zealand is far from overpopulated. This is good news for travellers as it means that the country is not overdeveloped and has not had its natural beauty spoiled. Still, it retains urban appeal as well as rural; man-made fascinations as well as natural ones. As part of its long isolation, New Zealand developed vegetation and wildlife distinct from that found in the rest of the world. The topography of the country is also distinct, notable for rugged natural beauty as well as a wide diversity of terrain. It should come as no surprise that New Zealand was so isolated from the rest of the world and for so long –  it is, after all,  around 1,000 kilometres south of the Pacific islands of New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga.

Because New Zealand was first settled by the Maori and only a few centuries later by Europeans, travellers will find that they will encounter interesting and unique culture on the islands. They will also feel at home as Westerners while being able to witness and experience the unique culture of the Maoris, and also of the Asian and Pacific Islander minorities, and what they have contributed to the modern country that is New Zealand.

Leading UK travel specialist Newmarket Holidays offers escorted holidays to New Zealand that enables travellers to experience the best New Zealand has to offer culturally and in terms of nature. Customers will experience safe and comfortable travel, quality accommodations and enjoy the country itself, where bustling resorts and major cities are never far from beautiful natural landscapes.

Newmarket Holidays | Value-for-Money Escorted Holidays

Newmarket Holidays has become one of the United Kingdom’s top specialist tour operators, and the largest independently owned company of its kind in the country. As part of the Newmarket Group, Newmarket Holidays has been providing escorted travel arrangements that offer customers real value for money since 1983. This means that Newmarket Holidays can claim to have over three decades of experience in arranging satisfying, memorable and comfortable holidays to some of the top travel destinations in the world. Newmarket Holidays provides customers with escorted holidays to destinations in the UK, in Europe and farther away.

Newmarket HolidaysNewmarket Holidays has recently unveiled a collection of holidays called the Faraway Collection. These holidays are notable for taking customers to once in a lifetime destinations like Japan, India, New Zealand and China (among others). Newmarket Holidays has plenty of experience as a specialist tour operator and knows full well the real, personal value such a journey can have. The chance to explore such fascinating, beautiful and complex destinations should not be spoiled by inexperienced, poor planning, and that is why it is important to select an experienced tour operator such as Newmarket Holidays. The company knows that travellers want to see world famous places like the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, the Terracotta Army in China or the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It also understands the value of bringing such places to life with the help of a professional and friendly Tour Manager, so travellers get the most out of their holiday.

All of Newmarket Holidays’ escorted holidays, regardless of whether they are short coach trips within the UK, slightly longer coach holidays to countries like Belgium or longer journeys by plane, provide comfortable travel arrangements. Moreover, the company has excelled in partnering with well-established and well-regarded hotels in order to offer comfortable and relaxing accommodation. On top of that, Newmarket Holidays uses its experience to select the top highlights of a destination and create itineraries that allow customers to see the best a destination has to offer.

The faraway holidays collection provided by Newmarket Holidays includes non-stop direct flights when that is possible, and return flights at the very minimum. Newmarket Holidays works with widely known and reputable airlines to ensure the safety and comfort of customers. The Economy Class tickets come with meals and comfortable seats, ensuring that travellers reach their dream destination safely and comfortably.

Cruise to Vienna & Budapest – Newmarket Holidays Style

The beautiful Danube River begins in the Black Forest mountains of Germany and courses its way over 2,850 km, through nine countries, to empty into the Black Sea. Newmarket Holidays offers river cruises through several regions of this river’s course. Join the cruise to Vienna and Budapest, taking in the sights of some of Europe’s most fascinating cities.

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MS Olympia Amenities

The MS Olympia offers 49 cabins, each featuring a large picture window, allowing travellers a spectacular view of the Danube any time of day. Enjoy a full breakfast before each day’s organised activity, whether onboard or on shore. Each eight or 10 day river cruise includes full meals, afternoon tea and evening snacks, onboard evening entertainment, and the services of a Newmarket Holidays cruise manager.

Getting Started

Newmarket Holidays brings travellers to the intriguing Austrian city of Linz, where all will board the Olympia in time for an evening meal. Often there is time for guests to go ashore for a brief visit in this beautiful city, where the Danube curves and changes direction, before the Olympia slips away for an overnight voyage.

Along the Way

The Danube flows through some of Europe’s most stunning landscapes and remarkable cities, accompanying this cruise with sights that are definitely not to be missed. Some of the more remarkable stops include:

  • Captivating Vienna
    Vienna, considered the world’s capital of music[na2] , was home to some of the most famous composers of all time, such as Beethoven, Brahms, Haydn and Mozart. Here, an optional guided tour introduces guests to the former imperial residence, Hofburg Palace, St. Stephan’s Cathedral and other historic sites, allowing time for shopping.
  • Unforgettable Budapest
    Every guest will want to be on deck as the Olympia pulls into Hungary’s “twin” capital of Budapest. This beautiful city straddles the Danube, with lavish architecture on one side of the river and  commercial interests on the other. An optional guided tour takes guests on a romantic journey to enlightening museums and historical sites, as well as more modern stores, coffee houses and restaurants.

The Best of Days
This Newmarket Holidays cruise of the Danube offers a view of many stunning sights, taking the time to visit some of the most intriguing cities. On the sunniest days, guests will have a dramatic view as the Olympia sails along the river, from the ship’s Top Deck. The ship finally returns to Linz, where passengers disembark and board ground transportation for the return trip home, taking a boatload of memories with them.