Sale! Beat the Blue Monday Blues with a holiday for less!

Did you know that today is Blue Monday? Whether or not you notice its effects, it's said to be the gloomiest day of the year - determined by factors such as miserable weather considering the time of year as well as lack of money following Christmas (and still being a week or so from the first payday of the year).

With this in mind, we want to remind you that our January sales offers are still live! So, if you're dreaming of bluer skies, you're in luck. Explore more, for less if you book before 2nd February. To view the available discounts, just head to each tour's page. 

Need a recap on what our January sales offers are? Here you go:




If you’re looking to book a holiday now and pay it off in instalments over the coming months, then our very special low deposit offer is for you. For UK and European holidays without flights, you’ll pay just £50pp to secure your place. For UK and European holidays with flights, you’ll pay £125pp. And, finally, on our range of memorable long-haul tours, you’ll pay just £350pp instead of our usual 10% arrives.


However, if you’d rather pay for your holiday up front and in full at the time of booking, you’ll be rewarded with a 5% discount on the basic holiday price (not including extras). Whichever offer you choose, you'll be getting more of the world for less if you book during the month of January!

Grand Tour of the Outer Hebrides

This holiday is so popular that we have both 5-day and 6-day itineraries available for you to choose between!

With departures throughout the year, all that's left to do is decide how long your Scottish adventure should be – and then book, of course! Highlights on this week-long holiday range from a chance to walk among 5,000-year-old standing stones to a visit to the Norse Mill at Shawbost, which is a reconstruction of the type of grain mill used originally by Viking settlers and then by islanders until as recently as the 1930s. History, archaeology and stunning landscapes await on this beautiful grand tour of the Outer Hebrides. 

Click here to view our Outer Hebrides holidays now. 

Highlights of Orkney and Shetland

Another destination in Scotland filled with unique history and heritage awaits, this time the Highlights of Orkney and Shetland. Starting from just £1,095pp and with departures dotted throughout the coming seasons, the choice of when you visit is yours! Enjoy views from the spectacular sea cliffs at Eshaness, observe seabirds if you choose a May - July departure, and explore the archaeology on offer in the heart of Neolithic Orkney, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Another highlight is this tour's visit to the little Italian chapel, built on the site of a former prisoner of war camp. Several hundred Italians, captured during the North African campaign of World War II, were sent here to work on the causeways and converted two huts into a chapel. The marvellous paintings in the interior were done by Domenico Chiocchetti, one of the prisoners who returned several times to restore and repaint parts of it.

Click here to view the tour's full itinerary. 

A Classic Scottish Steam Break

Embrace the golden era of travel and embark upon a Scottish steam holiday this year. What better way to admire the stunning countryside than from the comfort of a classic carriage, as steam billows from the racing train's funnel? Starting from just £595, this four-day tour is a real treat for the steam enthusiasts among us. Highlights range from a unique boat journey on the Falkirk Wheel (the world’s first rotating boat lift) and a boat trip among the majestic surroundings of Loch Lomond where we learn of the life and times of the outlaw Rob Roy and also visit Inveraray Castle, to a captivating sailing on Loch Katrine aboard the SS Walter Scott. The main attraction, of course, is our journey on the Jacobite steam train as it travels the Fort William to Mallaig route, passing over the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct and more. 

Click here to view the tour's full itinerary. 

The RHS Chelsea Flower Show

Departing on 21st May, this week-long tour offers a chance to attend the legendary RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London. New for 2020 is a special new garden category – Urban Gardens – as well as a pavilion filled with colour. Whether you're a Chelsea first-timer or a veteran visitor, this year is a great one to go! Other visits on this flower-filled holiday include the RHS Garden Wisley, Hestercombe Gardens (a real horticultural masterpiece from Gertrude Jekyll and Edwin Lutyens) and the fantastic Stourhead, where temples, urns and grottoes await discovery. From our hotel in the West Country we visit the ancient Bishop’s Palace in Wells, the Harold Peto-designed garden at Iford Manor and the city of Bath, which is deservedly famous for its Roman baths and elegant Georgian terraces. 

Click here now to view the itinerary. 

Seasonal Gardens of Japan

Departing on 25th March or 11th November, take advantage of the stunning seasons in Japan on our special gardens tour. So, if you were as obsessed with Monty Don's Japanese Gardens programme as we were, treat yourself and discover them in person. The itinerary is broad, starting in Kyoto at the gardens of the Imperial Palace and moving onward through the historic town of Omi Hachiman, Nara (where we explore the Todai-ji Temple and can wander among the incredibly tame deer at Nara Park) and Tokyo. Elsewhere, there's a full-day excursion to Hakone and Mount Fuji. This is a fantastic introduction to Japan and its mesmerising gardens, and at 13-days long, it certainly packs a lot in. 

Click here to view the tour's full itinerary.

Villas and Gardens of the Italian Lakes

One of the most awe-inspiring views in all of Italy has to be the little islands that appear to float on its lakes in the north. Dotted with little houses and churches, these are stunning to look at and charming to visit. This tour explores a succession of beautiful villas and their gardens, ranging from Villa Cicogna (which we tour privately in the company of its owner) to Villa Balbianello, with its impeccably maintained garden. This tour's highlight, perhaps, is the visit to the private garden of the President of the Italian Camellia Society, which is home to a remarkable collection of over 500 plants. During our stay on Lake Maggiore, we will also pay visits to a fascinating wholesale specialist plant nursery, Villa Taranto and Villa Pallavicino.

Click here to view this tour's full itinerary. 

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Sale! Beat the Blue Monday Blues with a holiday for less! was published on 15 January 2020