Touring with Travel Editions

Offering a wide range of extended tours and cultural short breaks for the discerning traveller, Travel Editions was established in 1994 and is now one of the leading specialist independent escorted tour operators in the UK. The company started with the idea of creating itineraries that were not readily available on the high street, and the team still remains focused on offering escorted tours that appeal to travellers rather than tourists.

Over the years, Travel Editions has developed and diversified its range of escorted tours to include rail tours, air tours, history tours, Christmas tours and even specialist interest tours that have specific appeal for walkers, foodies, art lovers, music addicts and flower enthusiasts. From enjoying wonderful walks and tasty local cuisine in Crete to visiting the art nouveau buildings of Milan and exploring the architectural gems of the Netherlands, Travel Editions creates amazing tours to suit every budget and interest.

As rail transport is one of the most environmentally friendly ways to travel, the company has carefully developed nearly 30 exciting escorted rail tours that include trips to France, Spain, Brussels, Arnhem, Luxembourg and the Italian Riviera. Travel Editions believes that the journey becomes part of the holiday, and is why this specialist tour operator also offers a range of tours by air, such as Delphi and Mount Pelion in Greece, the beautiful Italian city of Florence, and Paphos, Nicosia and the Troodos Mountains in Cyprus. Whatever the escorted tour or the destination, Travel Editions provides holidays that are packed full of cultural and historic treasures, as well as plenty of free time to relax and soak up the local atmosphere and the regional food and wine.

One of the best things about Travel Editions is that the team can tailor-make all tours to your group’s budget and specification, be it shopping till you drop in New York or tasting the most delicious gastronomic delights of Sicily. Not only can the activities be tailored to meet your requirements but so can the travel options, hotel selection (three, four or five-star hotel) and the whole itinerary. Alternatively, you can simply pick one of the many carefully curated escorted tours listed on the Travel Editions website.

In almost all cases, daily excursions are included in the price of a trip, and all excursions are taken by private coach. The size of the group varies depending on the escorted tour, and Travel Editions limits some holidays to lower numbers to suit the nature of the specific holiday. Walking, culinary and special interest tours are limited to approximately 20-30 passengers, and the Europe by Rail and Europe by Air holidays are limited to a maximum of 35 passengers. Then there’s the UK British Heritage Tours with a maximum capacity of 49, however, some are much less than this. No matter which tours you choose, you will never feel as though you are in a big group.

Travel Editions is passionate about delivering a personal service every step of the way, and its team of experts will arrange your holiday with minimum fuss and maximum effort. Customer service and attention to detail are at the heart of everything they do, plus you will always be treated as an individual and get the benefit of affordable prices by travelling as a group. Another bonus is that Travel Editions is ABTA and ATOL protected, which means your money and your holiday will be protected from the moment you book.

In addition to offering extended tours and cultural short breaks, Travel Editions offers a large range of special events in the UK that bring the culture and history of the United Kingdom to life. These events can be found in the Art & History Abroad programme and include expert speakers, entertaining concerts and impressive dinners in historic locations.

 

 

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7 Nights

Aeolian Islands

You'll love this tour if you like:

  • Island hopping 
  • Active volcanoes - Stromboli can be spectacular 
  • Atmospheric, family-run hotel with wonderful sea views from the terrace restaurant
  • Charming old-fashioned atmosphere 
  • Lovely Mediterranean climate

The seven Aeolian islands off the north coast of Sicily comprise an area of 1,216km squared and make up one of the most traditional regions of Italy, with a pace and way of life little altered for centuries. Unsurprisingly it was chosen as the location of the charming film Il Postino. The Aeolian archipelago is of important volcanic origin having fascinated volcanologists and tourists alike for years. The island of Stromboli contains one of the most active volcanoes in the world and presents an almost-daily show of red hot rocks. The archipelago's importance is evident from the life that has existed on the island since the Neolithic age, while approximately 900 plant species have been recorded on the islands, including four endemic species. 

The largest island of this UNESCO World Heritage Site is Lipari, and this is where you will be based. You will stay at the Rocce Azzurre Hotel, which commands a panoramic position and a sea-view terrace restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean, and is walking distance from the town centre and main harbour. The hotel boasts free Wi-Fi and a private sun deck that practically floats on the sea, plus there is also a public beach next to the hotel. 

Your days are free to either explore independently or join one of the reasonably priced local tours, which our representative can arrange for you. This is a fasinating, unique region of Italy, just waiting to be discovered.  

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3 Nights

Art & Architecture of Ravenna and Bologna

Emilia-Romagna's Bologna and Ravenna boast wonderful but different artistic and cultural landmarks. Bologna is a medieval tour de force - a jumble of atmospheric streets, lined with red brick and arcades, leading to magnificent Renaissance palazzi and medieval piazzas. Ravenna, once an important city at the heart of the Roman Empire, has quiet antique lanes lined with an eclectic mix of late Roman and early Byzantine architecture, and a crowning glory in the finest set of Byzantine mosaics in the world. Join Clare Ford-Wille to discover the art and architecture of these glorious cities. 

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention. 

 

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7 Nights

Authentic Crete

If you are something of a Grecophile who loves the more traditional side of Greek life, this tour is for you, as it has been designed specifically to introduce the very authentic side of Cretan life and culture. Crete is blessed by nature, fertile and wild, everything grows here, and this agricultural side of life will very much be a focus of our tour along with some excellent local food. We will visit small villages, sample tasty local and very traditional cooking, get involved in some of the islands agriculture and visit some excellent tavernas, well-visited by locals but rarely discovered by visitors. In Spring we also experience some of the traditional celebrations of Greek Easter, the biggest religious festival in the Orthodox calendar.

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8 Nights

Wild Flowers of the Peloponnese

Offering a rich culture and an inherent natural beauty, the Peloponnese bursts into life in spring, its landscapes awash with colourful wild flowers. Explore areas steeped in myth and legend with botanist Dr Alan Harrington seeking out some of the over 2,300 species of flora, 350 of which are found nowhere else in the world, amongst the historical sites and lush scenery.

The stunning Peloponnese, the southernmost region of mainland Greece,  comprises high mountains to an altitude of 2500m and lowlands that include some of the hottest and driest parts of Europe as well as important wetlands. Joined to the mainland by a narrow isthmus until the building of the Corinth Canal, this historic connection allowed plant migration from all over Greece. However, its relative isolation along with natural mountain barriers has enabled it to evolve a unique and rich flora that has resulted in more than 2300 species, of which 350 are found nowhere else.

The region offers a timeless rich culture and an inherent natural beauty that is at its very best in spring when the landscape is reborn with a dazzlingly display of new plant life. Ancient and fascinating, this area offers a spectacular natural landscape of towering mountains, verdant rolling hills and rugged coastlines that settle around a dramatic ancient history.

Our tour is two-centre which provides the opportunity to explore a variety of habitats and include a little bit of history too.  We start our tour in the attractive town of Nafplio, the first Capital of the Modern Greek state and one of the prettiest towns in the Peloponnese with a beautiful setting and an understated elegance. We spend 3 nights here exploring the flora of this historic region before heading across the hills to the seaside town of Gythio where our second accommodation, the Pantheon Hotel, is located.

During our stay we expect to find a huge variety of flora including cyclamen, stachys, campanula, asphodels, phlomis, anemones, cotinus, ferula, euphorbia, limonium, muscari as well as a diversity of orchids – tongue, bee, giant, provence and naked man.

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7 Nights

Flowers and Wildlife of Menorca

The most easterly of the Balearic Islands, Menorca is made up of two very different geological areas. Tramontana in the north and Migjorn in the south are separated by a fracture line that runs from the harbour town of Mahón. The Northern region is ancient; its rocks are fractured and folded, and are made up of mainly palaeozoic conglomerates, sandstones and clays. The South side is much newer, dating from the Miocene period, and is made up of mainly limestone. It forms an almost horizontal platform carved out with numerous gullies (Barrancos) which outflow into beautiful coves.

Menorca is rich in wild flowers with over 1400 species of plants recorded. On the island the orchid family is represented by around 30 species, most of which flower in late March to early May. 25 different species of butterfly have also been recorded. In the spring many bird species can also be seen as the island lies on their migration route with a good number of passage migrants resting on the island as they travel enroute to more temperate climes. The Menorcan habitat is unique, hardly surprising then that the birdlife here is unique and abundant. Winters here are wet – so shallow wetlands dot the island – perfect habitats for wading birds and birds of prey.

The island is circumvented by the Cami des Cavalls, (‘The Horse Road’), first built for defensive purposes by the British, but recently renovated and marked so one can walk, ride or bike the perimeter of the whole island in 20 stages.

Our tour is designed with the focus on the wonderful spring nature of the island but, at the same time, offers some insight into the historical highlights too.

Our Guide - Javier Méndez
Your guide for this tour is a professional ornithologist and naturalist. Javier is a co-founder of Menorca Ornithologist Society and a member of Menorca Research Institute. He was born and bred in Menorca and knows the island intimately. He has been a keen birdwatcher and nature lover all his life and he has done many studies about Menorcan birds population and wildlife. Javier speaks good English and has a natural and infectious enthusiasm for birds and the unique wildlife of Menorca. He has been guiding groups of birdwatchers, walkers and nature enthusiasts on the island since 2001. Javier also has an excellent knowledge of the Menorcan wild flowers having also led many botanical tours.


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9 Nights

The Glory That Was Greece

An opportunity to explore the varied and rich history of Greece by visiting some of its greatest and most beautiful sites. We start at the breathtaking ruins of Delphi, hidden in the folds of Mount Parnassus. We then move south, crossing one of Greece's most recent marvels, the Rio-Antirrio Bridge, our destination Olympia, the site of the ancient Olympic Games and its great museum. We visit the lonely but impressive temple of Bassae set among marvellous mountain scenery and then travel on to Sparta to explore the extraordinary deserted Byzantine town of Mystras. The rest of our stay is based at Nafplio, the most charming of Greek towns from where we visit the palaces of the ‘Golden Age’ of Mycenaean Greece at Tiryns and Mycenae and the exceptional sites of Roman and Acrocorinth.

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that all sites are accessible and that you get a high level of attention at all sites visited.


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8 Nights

Wild Flowers of Epirus

You'll love this tour if you like:

  • Spectacular nature
  • Stunning scenery
  • The great outdoors
  • History and tradition
  • The wondrous colours of Spring

The little known region of Epirus, situated on Greece's north west mainland, is home to the traditional Zagoria Villages and the Northern Pindos National Park, where more than 1800 plant species flourish, many endemic, in a vast temperate ecosystem. 

This region is spectacular and unlike any other part of Greece that we have encountered!  It is located, as the crow flies, almost directly opposite the Ionian island of Corfu. Visiting the area for the first time in June 2013 we were delighted to find a remarkably timeless and traditional region with a wonderfully vibrant and impressive nature! The main focus of our tour is the region of the Zagoria Villages, which consists of 46 traditional villages, some of which have been declared national historical monuments. The National Park is not just a nature reserve, it is a cultural monument to the mountain villages and their traditional lifestyle. It is an area with an extraordinary natural beauty, a vast temperate ecosystem, a distinctive architecture and an ancient way of life that will captivate the imagination of any visitor. 

Because of the altitude of this region, Spring comes much later than the southern regions of Greece, which means the best time to visit this region is between late May and late June. 

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5 Nights

Zundert Flower Parade

The pretty town of Zundert comes alive each year to celebrate the oldest flower parade in Europe featuring huge, elaborate and impressive sculptures made by around twenty competing hamlets while music and street theatre add to the carnival atmosphere. The impressive creations, often mounted on lorries, use only dahlias and each of twenty hamlets cultivates its own blooms and creates a float with skills which are handed down from generation to generation. 

Enjoy the show and take this wonderful opportunity to enjoy full day tours to picturesque Bruges, ancient Antwerp and historic Ghent.

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7 Nights

Minoan Crete & stunning Santorini

You'll love this tour if you like: 

  • Archaeology - there are many fascinating sites to discover
  • History - there is 4,500 years of it to explore 
  • Spectacular scenery, and lots of it 
  • Relaxed island atmosphere
  • Authentic Greek cuisine

Crete is known for its wonderful scenery and its fantastic climate but it is also a fascinating destination for a cultural and historic tour, offering a wealth of sites that reflect its ancient Minoan culture, which dates back some 4,500 years or more!
 
This ancient history is a prominent focus of our tour but the island has seen numerous invaders in its long history so we will also discover some more recent historic periods, particularly the Byzantine and Venetian eras, which led to two of the islands most beautiful towns, Chania in the west and, our base for the week, Rethymnon, both of which are situated right next to the sea. We also visit the spectacular island of Santorini, where a volcanic eruption is believed to have contributed greatly to the demise of the Minoan Civilisation in Crete some 3600 years ago.
 
Our visits include the two most prominent of the Minoan Palaces found on Crete, Knossos and Phaestos, and the late Minoan Cemetery of Armeni. We will explore on foot the exceptionally charming towns of Rethymnon and Chania, where narrow cobbled lanes, lined with quaint and beautifully preserved Turkish, Venetian & Byzantine buildings, enticing tavernas, cafes and small shops, meander picturesquely behind glorious harbours. And of course, we visit, by boat, ‘stunning Santorini’, one of the most spectacular islands in Greece, with its white-washed houses, string of picturesque villages and stunning views!

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7 Nights

Christmas on the Italian Riviera

You'll love this tour if you like: 

  • Seaside resorts - Alassio is a delight 
  • Glamour - enjoy the glitz of Monte Carlo 
  • Historic ports - Genova is fascinating 
  • Typical Italian towns - quaint, laid back and gorgeous

A popular tourist destination since the early 19th century after its beauty was much extolled by the Romantics, this dramatic coastline is a delight to explore with small coves crowded by villages tumbling down their cliffs, colourful harbours full of yachts and fascinating, historic cities. Your base is the charming Alassio, a peaceful yet atmospheric seaside resort with visits to Genoa, Santa Margherita and Monaco.
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7 Nights

Christmas in Languedoc by Rail

You'll love this tour if you like: 

  • A Mediterranean escape
  • Ancient citadels - Carcassonne and St. Guilhem are beautiful 
  • Superb Mediterranean cuisine
  • Spectacular engineering - the Millau viaduct is amazing

Home to the heartlands of Occitan, with its turbulent history and cultural distinctiveness, Languedoc-Roussillon is a region of mystical castles, ancient towns and culture-filled cities. Based in the lively city of Montpellier, where Christmas is celebrated with a huge market of local artisans, visits include the magnificent Millau Viaduct, magical Carcassonne, ancient Saint- Guilhem-le-Désert and charming Narbonne.


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7 Nights

Villas and Gardens of Rome and Lazio

Discover the hidden emeralds of the eternal city visiting the Villas and Gardens of Rome and Lazio. Some are calm oases hidden behind the walls of Rome’s busy streets, others are rural retreats where the emperors and cardinals went to escape the congestion and bustle of the city. All are famous for their beauty and are a joy to explore.

Visits include the hill town of Tivoli, Villa d’Este, Hadrian’s Villa, the Gardens of Ninfa, Rome, the Vatican Gardens, Villa Medici, plus a tour of the Alban Hills including a typical Italian lunch.

 

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7 Nights

Italian Riviera by Rail

You'll love this tour if you like: 

  • Seaside resorts - on this coast they are particularly atmospheric
  • Glamour - enjoy the glitz of Monte Carlo
  • Lively markets - Ventimiglia's is particularly good
  • Historic ports - Genova is fascinating 
  • Typical Italian towns - quaint and gorgeous

This lovely tour, now into its third year, is based at the delightful Hotel Torino in the pretty resort of Diano Marina, and explores the wonderful coastline and towns of the Italian Riviera.

Tour highlights include the chic seaside resort of Santa Margherita, achingly beautiful Portofino - playground of the rich and famous, the historic port of Genova, famed as the birthplace of Columbus, the pretty seafront village of Cervo, Alassio and the market at Ventimiglia. An added bonus is a trip over the border into the principality of Monaco.

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3 Nights

Art Nouveau in Riga

Explore romantic Riga, the largest of the three Baltic capitals, often described as a metropolis of Art Nouveau. A powerful industrial city in the 19th century, Riga was home to a newly wealthy Latvian bourgeoisie who embraced the new style based on naturalistic designs and forms. These motifs are found in the period’s architecture, interior design, jewellery, furniture and textiles and the movement’s philosophy which saw ‘art as a way of life’ quickly caught on in the ancient Hanseatic city. The ‘Jugendstil’ lifestyle of wealthy patrons is beautifully preserved and waiting to be discovered in the company of architectural expert Mike Hope on this three-night tour based at the Hotel Monika.

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7 Nights

Christmas in San Sebastian by Rail

You'll love this tour if you like: 

  • Rich unique culture and history 
  • Delicious regional cuisine 
  • Spectacular scenery - rugged coastline and mountainous interior 
  • Historic cities - with both a French and Spanish flavour
  • Mordern art at the Guggenheim 

Experience the festive celebrations of the Basque Country where, as well as enjoying a unique Christmas experience, you can submerge yourself in the rich history and vibrant culture of this beautiful region. Based in the foodie capital of San Sebastián, the itinerary includes guided tours in Bilbao, plus entrance to the Guggenheim, Pamplona, Vitoria- Gasteiz and Biarritz with plenty of free time to soak up the local atmosphere.


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3 Nights

Monet & the Impressionists in Normandy

Normandy is synonymous with the Impressionist movement, thanks largely to Monet's involvement in and love of the area.

This wonderful short lecture tour, based in Rouen, visits his house and garden in Giverny as well as a host of other places associated with Impressionism in the area including Rouen's superb Musee des Beaux Arts, Honfleur and the Parc de Bois des Moutiers near Dieppe, all in the incomparable company of Prof. Anne Anderson whose knowledge and enthusiasm will enlighten and entertain.

The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention.

 

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5 Nights

Christmas in Bruges by Rail

You'll love this tour if you like:

  • Picture postcard medieval cities
  • Wonderful festive atmosphere
  • Cosy and charming hotel
  • Traditional Belgian architecture
  • Museums and galleries - Bruges, Ghent and Antwerp have plenty

Bruges is a picture-perfect example of a medieval city, made even more atmospheric by the trimmings of the season; its cobbled streets are festooned with lights, its towering belfry illuminated and the magnificent Markt square replete with towering tree. This six day festive break is based at the central, cosy and charming Aragon Hotel, includes two dinners at excellent local restaurants, free time and visits to Ghent and Antwerp.
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3 Nights

William The Conqueror and Medieval Normandy

Medieval Normandy is our first tour abroad to be led by historian Julian Humphrys, who has led many of our UK tours over the past half a dozen years. It looks at the early life of William of Normandy and the subsequent invasion of England in 1066 and his rule as the first Norman king of England until his death in 1087. This wonderful new tour visits key locations associated with his life as well as the incomparable Bayeux Tapestry that tells the story of the invasion in a unique pictorial style.


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6 Nights

Alsace & the Black Forest by Rail

You'll love this tour if you like: 

  • Character hotels - stay in a 16th century converted coaching inn
  • Regional cuisine - Alsatian food it delicious 
  • Wine - sample the local produce 
  • Medieval streets - Strasbourg's are particularly atmospheric
  • Picturesque villages - the traditional wine villages are beautiful 

Highlights include the beautiful city of Strasbourg, which boasts a stunning Cathedral, atmospheric “Petit France” district and a wealth of sights.  Elsewhere we visit the wine town of Riquewihr, the quintessentially Alsace town of Colmar and venture into neighbouring Germany to visit Freiburg and the Black Forest and the spa town of Baden-Baden.

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6 Nights

Christmas in Alsace by Rail

You'll love this tour if you like: 

  • Lively Christmas markets
  • Distinctive local cuisine
  • Exploring cities on foot - Strasbourg's Petite France is a delight
  • Fragrant white wines - the local Riesling is delicious 
  • Ancient, picturesque villages

The beauty of Alsace is in its timberclad wine towns, vast stretches of vineyards and forest cloaked mountains. At Christmas, though, there is an added magic with vibrant Christmas markets selling decorations and gingerbread, the chilly air laced with the scent of glühwein. This lovely six day break is based in the centre of beautiful Strasbourg, new for 2017.

Highlights of the itinerary include relatively unknown (but one of France's most beautiful cities) Strasbourg, Colmar, Riquewihr, Obernai and the beautiful city of Freiburg.

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