Discovering China with Newmarket Holidays

Newmarket HolidaysOne seventh of the entire population of the planet are born in China. As far removed perhaps as it is possible to be from the UK, China has an Eastern exoticism which makes it a truly exciting destination. Experience a culture completely different from our own, an age-old civilization encompassing thousands of years of history. From bustling modern Shanghai to the ancient Forbidden City, from the Great Wall to the Beijing Zoo – take an escorted trip to China with Newmarket Holidays and all these sights and more are yours for the taking.

The Best of China tour from Newmarket Holidays takes in some of the most famous and most impressive sights this huge and historic nation has to offer the traveller. Flying into Shanghai, your trip begins with a guided introduction to the wonders of this city which so dramatically combines colonial grandeur with soaring modern architecture. Take in the Pearl TV Tower and the bustling bazaars, relax by the tranquil pools of the Yuyuan Garden, which has remained largely unchanged for centuries, and enjoy quality accommodation before heading off on the next leg of your journey.

A three-night stay in the Chinese capital, Beijing, gives you time to visit Tiananmen Square, resting place of communist leader Chairman Mao, the complex and intricate palaces of the Forbidden City, and the famous Great Wall of China, known for being the only man-made structure that can be seen from space. Opt for an excursion to Beijing Zoo or the Peking Opera and enjoy a Peking Duck dinner, before heading off to the Guangxi province on the Li River. Here travellers can explore a traditional farmer’s market, the mysterious caves and carved grottoes of Fubo Shan and enjoy a river cruise culminating in a fantastic light show.

Combining the Best of China tour with a trip to Chengdu provides travellers with the opportunity to witness some of the rare Giant Pandas of China. A day excursion to the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre lets you see these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat before watching or even joining in with the impromptu dancing in the People’s Park. A further option allows you to add a three-day Yangtze River cruise, taking in the many dramatic gorges and indulging in on-board activities such as Tai-Chi and story-telling sessions revealing the legends of the Three Kingdoms, culminating in a farewell dinner with the ship’s captain.

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.

The American West | Newmarket Holidays

The American West is, simply put, the stuff of legend. California’s cities, from lovely San Diego to the glitz of Los Angeles to gorgeous San Francisco, offer travellers a variety of pleasures, all with the Pacific as an unbeatable backdrop. Travelling inland and across the desert will lead travellers to the unique city of Las Vegas, with its glamorous atmosphere and themed casino hotels, many with remarkable architecture and spectacular attractions. Further on, travellers can witness what is truly one of the world’s most startlingly beautiful and stunning natural landmarks, the Grand Canyon. They can even take helicopter rides over the Grand Canyon.

The American West differs in character from the rest of the country. It is quite unlike the more historic areas in the Northeast and the Southern states. The West is a place to dream big and think big, but is also a beautifully rugged place where one can encounter the American dream brought to life in so many different ways. The Pacific is a constant backdrop for the West Coast, while the desert landscapes of Nevada and Arizona show the American character, both geographic and cultural, in a different light.

Newmarket HolidaysSan Francisco is a must for any traveller to the American West, with such well-known landmarks as Chinatown, Fisherman’s Wharf and even the infamous Alcatraz. San Francisco is a remarkably easy city to get around, with various public transit options including the famous cable cars that traverse the city’s hilly streets. A guided tour is a good way to see the best of San Francisco. Many guided tours will even give people the chance to enjoy being taken for a drive over the world-famous Golden Gate Bridge.

Journeying down the West Coast is incredibly rewarding to travellers as they will not only see the natural beauty of the coastline but also places like Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey County, the latter of which is of particular interests to fans of John Steinbeck. In Los Angeles, Hollywood remains a major draw for travellers and movie lovers. The West Coast offers many opportunities to see major attractions, but the desert of Nevada and Arizona remains magnetic and fascinating both to Americans and travellers from abroad. While different, it is no less enthralling than the West Coast.

Newmarket Holidays offers escorted holidays that cover many of the top destinations in the American West.

Newmarket Holidays | Escorted Holidays at Genuine Value

Newmarket Holidays has been offering customers quality escorted holidays at genuine value for their money since 1983. Experience is an important element in choosing the right company for an escorted holiday and Newmarket Holidays‘ 30 years of experience means that it can offer everything needed in a quality escorted holiday. Newmarket Holidays has an exciting lineup of holidays planned for 2014, including fascinating journeys of discovery to beautiful and exotic faraway places. Newmarket Holidays is a name that means customers can travel in comfort and learn more about the destination country thanks to the services of a professional Tour Manager. Newmarket Holidays only uses reputable airlines and hotels.

Newmarket Holidays30 years of experience indicates that Newmarket Holidays is entirely capable of planning escorted holidays well. A crucial aspect of an escorted holiday is its itinerary and Newmarket Holidays know where to go and what to see in order to cover a destination’s most exciting and beautiful highlights. Many of the company’s  holidays feature included excursions and optional excursions, giving travellers the choice of some free time at a destination or going on an optional excursion to explore the destination even more, at a reasonable price. The services provided by Newmarket Holidays include those of a professional Tour Manager. This is essential to make sure that these escorted holidays are truly memorable and comfortable, and to really help bring a destination to life.

As one of the largest independent tour companies in the United Kingdom, Newmarket Holidays not only has wide experience, but has also received industry recognition in the form of several industry awards in the UK. Customer care is important to Newmarket Holidays and the quality of its holidays is reflected by the awards it has won over the years.

The Newmarket Holidays Faraway Worldwide Collection is truly exciting, featuring escorted holidays to destinations every traveller dreams of exploring. Countries covered in the Faraway Collection of holidays include Japan, New Zealand, Brazil, China and Argentina. All of these countries are noted for remarkable cultures and natural beauty as well as for compelling history. Exploring new cultures and places is easy and comfortable with Newmarket Holidays. Newmarket Holidays also offers trips by coach to destinations in the United Kingdom and in Europe as well as beautiful river cruises in Europe. The company aims to offer quality service and real value for money in all its escorted holidays, ensuring a comfortable and enriching experience for travellers.

Newmarket Holidays | Specialist Tour Operators

Newmarket Holidays has built up a reputation for the quality and value of its holidays, as well as for its customer service. Every year, tens of thousands of customers depart from the United Kingdom to enjoy tours arranged by Newmarket Holidays. The company, a specialist tour operator, is one of the largest independent companies of its kind in the country.

Industry awards have recognised the quality of services provided by Newmarket Holidays. The company has been honoured for its quality tour operator services at the 2011, 2012 and 2013 British Travel Awards. The first of these awards was for best UK coach operator,  the 2012 award was for best tour operator to Italy and Malta, and 2013’s award was for best large holiday company escorted tours. The company can claim to have been recognised for services of a distinctive quality in more than one specialised area. It can also claim to be the leading provider of Reader Holidays to the newspaper industry in the United Kingdom.

Newmarket Holidays has had the further honour and privilege of partnering with the Royal British Legion to provide a programme of escorted tours of a commemorative nature. The programme is known as Remembrance Travel.

Newmarket HolidaysNewmarket Holidays has been providing travellers with real value for their money since 1983. The company cares for its customers and this care shows in the travel arrangements it provides. The knowledgeable and helpful Travel Consultants at Newmarket Holidays will do their best to answer the questions customers have before they travel.  Newmarket Holidays  offer escorted tours that are well-planned, due to years of experience. During the holiday,  a friendly Tour Manager can answer any questions a traveller poses. The Tour Manager is also knowledgeable and can make a wonderful destination even more interesting than it would otherwise be.

Group travel arrangements are among the services offered by Newmarket Holidays. Indeed, the company has become a major UK provider of arrangements for group travel. A variety of associations and societies have had travel arrangements made by Newmarket Holidays. The company’s Group Travel Specialists offer dedicated service to these groups.

Newmarket Holidays is able to provide travellers with well-planned and expertly arranged escorted holidays. The company’s years of experience in the field and its industry awards point to the quality and value of its services.

Newmarket Holidays | Escorted Holidays to Amazing Destinations

Taking a trip to the sort of destination featured in the faraway holidays collection from Newmarket Holidays is a once in a lifetime experience. Newmarket Holidays fully understands that visiting India, Japan, or New Zealand, for example, is the stuff of dreams for many of the travellers who opt for an escorted holiday with the company. These are special destinations and they deserve special holidays. That is why Newmarket Holidays so carefully operates and organises these holidays.

Newmarket HolidaysNewmarket Holidays has 30 years of experience in operating tours. The company has been around since 1983, so it knows the tour business and knows what matters with respect to an escorted holiday. An escorted holiday should provide real value for money in addition to comfort, professional tour managers, comfortable coaches and of course an exciting itinerary. Sights such as the Terracotta Army and the Taj Mahal should not be spoiled by a poorly organised trip. Instead, Newmarket Holidays is able to offer customers well-organised, well-planned escorted holidays. These are holidays that, with the help of professional and friendly tour managers, will bring  remarkable countries to life for travellers with Newmarket Holidays.

The emphasis at Newmarket Holidays is on providing an enjoyable, comfortable, escorted holiday of genuinely good value. All of their escorted holidays to faraway places include return flights –non-stop direct flights if at all possible. Since customer care is a top priority at Newmarket Holidays, all flights will be with reputable, widely known airlines. A comfortable seat and included meals in the Economy Class on such an airline will get you to the dream destination safely and comfortably.

One of the distinguishing features of Newmarket Holidays is the quality of the accommodation that is included. Each hotel chosen is a trustworthy name that adds to the tour’s quality and to the traveller’s level of enjoyment. After an exciting day of seeing remarkable sights or travelling, a hotel of a good standard is necessary and vital. Each hotel has been selected carefully by Newmarket Holidays, even if it is for a one-night stay. The hotels chosen by the company are selected because they offer the crucial combination of comfort, location and value. Some hotels are individual, while others are from established chains that are well-known. Newmarket Holidays ensure that travellers have a relaxing experience with a variety of amenities and a comfortable night’s rest. Dining is available at most of the hotels, or nearby.

South India | Newmarket Holidays

South India is a region of India with its own character. Anyone who imagines that the crowded streets of Delhi seen on television encapsulate India as a whole will be surprised by the relaxed far south of India. The region is also known for its unique architecture and culture, with dance and literature that differ, often quite dramatically, from that of other regions in the country. The independent literary traditions of the region stretch back as far as 2,500 years. Culinary traditions are also distinct from other parts of India, with many types of food being prepared, both traditional and more recent inventions. The Malabar coast’s higher proportion of non-Hindu groups means that non-vegetarian cuisine is more popular, for instance.

Newmarket HolidaysSouth India may not yet be as widely known as some other regions of India. However, the region’s tropical, idyllic and remarkable beaches are just two of the reasons why the natural beauty and fascinating culture of South India is drawing more travellers to explore this region of India. Kerala’s backwaters stretch through that South Indian state like labyrinths. Traditional houseboats that have been navigating those waters for a long time have become increasingly attractive to tourists as a way to explore the state’s gorgeous environment. Tea and spice plantations are everywhere, including South India’s famous hill stations.

South India does offer its urban pleasures as well. Kochi, the city formerly known by the colonial name of Cochin, lies between Kerala’s restful backwaters and the legendary waters of the Arabian sea. In old Kochi there are many historic colonial buildings with distinct European flavour. For a taste of more uniquely South Indian culture, one may take in a Kathakali dance. This performance is a traditional South Indian experience like no other. Further encounters with the remarkable tradition of Hinduism as practiced in South India can be found in Madurai, which features temples with distinctly South Indian architecture. As in any sacred city, there are opportunities to see Hindu ceremonies as well.

To explore the beauty of nature, few better choices exist than the Kettuvallam houseboats that float along the backwaters. The Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary features such exotic and magnificent animals as tigers, leopards, and elephants, and the idyllic quality of the Munnar hill station, where tea-growing is abundant, will not be easily forgotten.

Newmarket Holidays is offering escorted holidays to the region, covering many of the highlights mentioned above.

 

Ireland | Newmarket Holidays

Irish culture has spread around the world. It has influenced many, especially through literature. The island remains remarkably attractive to visitors for its stunning natural beauty and amazing scenery. Indigenous Irish culture is still visible and thriving thanks to continuing cultural traditions. Ireland has many historical architectural sites of interest from various periods. As the Romans did not conquer Ireland at any point, Greco-Roman architecture is generally not seen in Ireland. However, many Iron Age architectural landmarks exist on the island, with many exquisite examples being easily accessible to tourists.

Newmarket HolidaysAn escorted holiday offered by Newmarket Holidays can be a very good way for travellers to explore the Emerald Isle, as such holidays cover many highlights of Ireland in a comfortable and secure fashion. Further, the company of guides can assist visitors to Ireland in better understanding the island’s unique and exciting culture as well as its landscapes. The Dingle Peninsula in south western Ireland is a place where one can find some of Ireland’s best scenery. Explore Slea Head to see the most westerly point in Europe before cruising on Lough Leane to enjoy the pleasures offered by the Killarney National Park and by the famous Killarney Lakes. In order to better understand historic Irish life, one may choose to visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. At this medieval site brimming with authenticity, one can explore the meticulously restored castle. An ideal journey through this region will also surely include the beautiful vistas of the Ring of Kerry.

One should also explore the various villages and idyllic port cities in the region and along the south coast of County Cork. Clonakilty, near Cork, is a small town but widely known for being the place where the famous Irish hero Michael Collins was born. One may explore the historic port of Kinsale, a fishing village and popular tourist destination.

The north of Ireland also offers travellers many pleasures. Letterkenny is one of the major towns in the region, with shopping and culinary options that draw many visitors. In Letterkenny, one will also find the remarkable cathedral of Saints Eunan and Colomba. Venturing a short distance away from Letterkenny will take travellers toLough Swilly, a beautiful glacial fjord. Also in the region is the astonishing Giant’s causeway, on County Antrim’s coast, in addition to numerous historic architectural sites.

France | Newmarket Holidays

As the largest country in the European Union and the third most populated country in Europe, France features an endless number of opportunities for visitors. They might indulge gourmet tendencies in the famous Riviera region, enjoy some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery, or explore the remarkable cities and culture that has made France a top tourist attraction for so long. Everywhere in France has that distinctive French flavour, but travellers to France will quickly learn that France has more to offer than the Parisian stereotype. It is a country with abundant rural pleasures as well as urban ones. Further, as one of only three countries in the world with both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines, France features a diversity of scenery and climates ranging from Mediterranean to Alpine. If culture is one’s interest, few places are more fascinating than France, a cultural and artistic leader in the world for many centuries. Architecture throughout France is also remarkable, ranging from the historic to the modern and visionary.

Newmarket HolidaysGiven the diversity of the various regions in France and all they have to offer, it is a good idea to select a holiday that captures the essence of one or two regions of the country and not try to fit too much in. An attempt to encapsulate France in all its beauty during one trip will likely have the effect of failing to take in the distinct character of various French regions.

One of the most beautiful and simply enjoyable holidays to France is surely a holiday to the Riviera region. The region can offer both excitement and exploration as well as rest and relaxation. The food in this region, often sourced from the freshest local ingredients, is renowned around the world in gourmet circles. The region of the French Riviera, including the famous resort town of Cannes, is simply a distillation of the good life in all its senses.

Another option is to explore the French countryside in Provence and also in the Languedoc region. Such a journey would include remarkable historical sights, such as the world heritage site of Pont du Gard, in addition to a glimpse of rural French life. Few cities are more visually remarkable in their setting than Carcassonne, a historic walled fortress town, and papal Avignon is also a highlight of a visit to this region.

Newmarket Holidays offers various escorted holidays to France.

Istanbul and Historic Turkey | Newmarket Holidays

Turkey is one of the world’s most fascinating and diverse countries, combining the European with the Asian and featuring astonishing historical sites, most notably from the Byzantine and Ottoman eras. The capital city of Istanbul exemplifies Turkish history, traditions and culture, while also highlighting the country’s unique status at the crossroads between Europe and Asia. The country has been home to great empires and has absorbed the cultural influences of many different peoples and regions, leading to a modern Turkey that is developed and sophisticated while retaining its unique cultural identity. Considering the country’s geographical position, it is hardly surprising that Turkey’s climate, especially along the coast, is widely regarded as a pleasant escape for many travellers. The country is also home to numerous beautiful natural areas.

Newmarket HolidaysIstanbul enchants travellers with its historical landmarks, built while the city was capital of first the Byzantine and then the Ottoman empires. However, the city is also remarkable for its vitality and vibrancy. One may simply wander around after touring the historical sites of the city, but Istanbul also offers visitors high-quality dining and cultural experiences. Travellers may then leave Istanbul and travel through the notable Gallipoli peninsula, across the Dardanelles strait, reaching the centre of Aeolia – filled with historic landmarks such as ancient Troy. Bergama is the place to go to see the ruins of Pergamon, a major historical city noted for its ancient acropolis.

Of course, the Aegean Sea, with its blue waters, is a famous feature of Turkey and the Aegean’s coast has numerous resort towns such as Kusadasi. Kusadasi is one of the bustling resorts at which travellers can absorb some of Turkish coastal life in addition to resting and relaxing. Travellers may also want to venture to Pamukkale to enjoy the area’s wonderful and unique thermal cascades. To complete a good tour of the region, they might explore the ruins of the once great city of Ephesus, which have been preserved extremely well.

Newmarket Holidays offers escorted holidays to Turkey, covering Istanbul and many of the other delights described above. An escorted holiday will include comfortable accommodation, some with half-board arrangements, and will enable travellers to Turkey to become better acquainted with the history and culture of the country by means of a tour manager and local, knowledgeable guides.