Lake & Mountains of Austria
Flying from Dublin
7 nights Half Board. 
24 Jun 2019 £1139
09 Sept 2019  £1139

Over 150 years ago, Austria became one of the very first countries to attract visitors travelling for sheer pleasure and when you join us on this tour, you will see the reasons why - it is as near to perfection as you can get! Travellers came for the pristine alpine scenery unavailable at home, crisp clean air, the distinctive fragrance of the pine forests and the mirror-like lakes, their reflections magnificently amplifying the visual effect of these stunning vistas.

  • Guided tour of baroque Salzburg, the birthplace of Mozart and known as the “Rome of the North”
  • Visit to St Wolfgang, a perfect lakeside Austrian village, plus a scenic tour of the Salzkammergut – the stunningly beautiful Austrian Lake District
  • Visit to Europe’s highest waterfalls at Krimml National Park and see the Grossglockner, Austria’s highest mountain range, on a panoramic tour of the Alpine Road
  • Tour of Hellbrunn Palace with its beautiful gardens and ‘trick fountains’ - entrance fees included
  • Services of our experienced tour manager
  • Seven nights in four-star accommodation, including all local taxes, with breakfast and dinner
  • Return travel from a selection of airports and transfers to and from your hotel included

Offer updated 10/11/18 tsa-riv

Northern Cyprus, History in the present,
Flying from Belfast to Larnaca
2019 Departures: 
08 May   £1097pp
22 May    £ 971pp
12 June     £1091pp
19 June     £1147pp
04 Sept   £1176pp
18 Sept    £1146pp
16 Oct      £1108pp

  • 7 nights in a 4*hotel (accommodation as specified or similar)
  • 17 meals: 7 breakfasts (days 2-8) 3 lunches (days 2 and 4-5) 7 dinners (days 1-7)
  • VOX portable audio headset system on excursions

Plus all these benefits

VIP door-to-door travel service,  Services of a tour manager , from Belfast Intl in Thomas Cook Airlines
Best available coaches with experienced drivers,  Porterage,  All airport taxes, duties and surcharges

3 included excursions and visits: Tour to Nicosia with local guide, Excursion to Saint Hilarion Castle and Bellapais Abbey, Full-day tour of Famagusta with local guide

Day 1 The VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Larnaca. On arrival we transfer to the north of Cyprus and Kyrenia, where we stay at the Oscar Resort Hotel (4T) and are welcomed with a refreshing drink.

Day 2, Nicosia. After breakfast we drive to Nicosia to visit the divided capital of Cyprus, where a guided tour will introduce us to the highlights, including the Arab Ahmet and Selimiye Mosques, the latter being housed within the grand Gothic Cathedral of Saint Sophia. We also see the Dervish Pasha Mansion and the 16th century Great Inn (Büyük Han), the largest of the island’s historical roadside inns, known as caravanserai. Here there may be an opportunity to witness the dizzying spectacle of a whirling dervish.

Day 3, Kyrenia. Today is free to enjoy in the surroundings of your hotel. Or you may choose to take an optional excursion into the Karpas Peninsula, sometimes referred to as the panhandle. From your hotel, you will travel into the past through old villages set in the shadow of the Five Finger Mountains. In the beautiful coastal village of Bogaz, you can watch the fishermen at work and a stop at the archaeological site of Sipahi will allow us to view the spectacular, intricately patterned mosaics of the Basilica of Agia Triada. Our last stop is the Monastery of Saint Andrew, a peaceful site where both Greek and Turkish Cypriots come to worship. During this optional excursion you may be lucky enough to spot some of the local wildlife, including many wild donkeys.

Day 4, Kyrenia. This morning, we embark on an excursion in Kyrenia, to explore two remarkable sites. Saint Hilarion, dramatically sited on a rocky crag overlooking the glittering sea, was once a monastery and is also one of the best preserved of the Crusader castles. We have time to wander and take in the beautiful views, before continuing to Bellapais Abbey. This 13th century Gothic monastery grew rich with the gifts and donations offered by crusading knights and pilgrims. The impressive sanctuary may be in ruins, and the frescos of the life of Christ faded and fragmented, but the abbey has retained an air of tranquillity and beauty.

Day 5. Famagusta. Today, we enjoy a full-day tour to Famagusta, stopping first at the 5th century Monastery of Saint Barnabas, which is now a museum exhibiting magnificent Cypriot artefacts. Our tour continues with a scenic drive to the ancient city of Salamis; roam the extensive ruins here including the marble columns, ancient baths and Roman theatre. Later, we arrive in the old city of Famagusta with time at leisure to wander the streets of charming shops selling silver and copperware amongst others.

Day 6. Kyrenia. Enjoy a day at leisure; perhaps relax in the hotel or discover some of the surrounding sites including Kyrenia’s historic harbour and grand castle. Alternatively, join an optional excursion to Larnaca in southern Cyprus, calling first at Lefkara Village where you can explore the alleyways of white stone buildings and discover the area’s famous hand-made lace (Lefkaritika) and also visit a silverware store. Next, enjoy wine tasting in the small traditional village of Kato Drys characterised by narrow valleys of vineyards, and then continue to the 9th century Saint Lazarus Church, and the Hala Sultan Tekke, a beautiful mosque on the west bank of Larnaca Salt Lake.

Day 7 Kyrenia. Take today at leisure, or join an optional excursion to see the west coast of Cyprus. Begin by exploring the region of Güzelyurt, commonly referred to as the ‘Fruit Garden of Cyprus’ being located in a fertile alluvial plain. Visit the 18th century Saint Mamas Monastery and the Güzelyurt Museum located next door. Continue to Soli, an ancient city kingdom with many Roman remains to independently explore.


Offer updated 1/10/18 tsa-ttn

Norway Flying from Dublin
2019
13 June £1479
15 July £1479
16 Aug £1479
13 Sept £1419

Highlights:

  • Sightseeing tour of Oslo plus a visit to the famous Viking Museum - entrance included
  • See the wild Telemark region and visit the power station at Rjukan and the country’s largest ‘stave’ church at Heddal, built entirely of wood
  • Walking tour of Bergen visiting the UNESCO site of Bryggen Hanseatic Wharf
  • Travel on the famous Oslo-Bergen rail line and one of the world’s steepest standard-gauge railways to Flåm – rail tickets included
  • Cruise across both the UNESCO listed Naeroyfjord and through the stunning open waters of the Hardangerfjord
    Visit to Voringfossen, Norway’s most spectacular waterfall
  • ‘Oslo Pass’ allowing free entry to more than 30 museums and attractions, as well as free travel on all local public transport
  • Services of our experienced tour manager
  • Seven nights in four-star accommodation, including all local taxes, with breakfast and three dinners including one at a local restaurant
  • Return travel from the UK and transfers to and from your hotel included

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Updated 12/8/18 tsa-riv

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