Tailor Made Rail adds first-class upgrades

Tailor Made Rail is offering complimentary first-class upgrades on 10 holidays to destinations now welcoming UK visitors. The upgrades are on trips in France, Germany, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Poland and Italy, and start from £629 for a six-day Prague Without Flying trip. i No-fly holidays: Destinations, page 30

New coach operator Tartan Travel targets agents in Scotland

A start-up coach operator is looking to work with agents in Scotland. Tartan Travel has been set

up by six former Caledonian Travel staff, including ex-general manager Chris Bond. The operator, which started

trading at the end of June and has its first departure on August 3, is offering short breaks in the UK and Ireland from across Scotland including Glasgow, Hamilton, Paisley, Edinburgh and Dundee. The range of departures

represents an expansion of the former Caledonian Travel offering, which did not feature the east coast of Scotland. Bond said: “We have been

overwhelmed by the initial response and demand. “I’m keen to develop

relationships with agents, particularly on the east coast. “I fully appreciate the benefits

of a strong working relationship with agents and am keen for agents to contact us to work together on local joining points.”

Floating Gardens of Xochimilco, Mexico City

Andante Travels adds tours in Mexico, Thailand, Laos, UK

Juliet Dennis

Andante Travels has added 29 tours for 2021 in destinations including Thailand and the UK. The operator, which offers archaeological and

cultural tours, has brought out its latest brochure following the launch of its Covid-19 action plan. This features 11 steps on how clients can start travelling again in confidence. The 2021 programme includes a range of new

itineraries, from archaeological adventures to art history tours, led by expert guide lecturers, to destinations such as Thailand, Mexico, Morocco, Germany and the UK. A new 18-day twin-centre trip to Thailand and Laos

visits World Heritage Sites and includes a cruise along the Mekong River, and costs from £5,995. A new 14-day Conquering the Aztecs, from £5,695,

includes the Floating Gardens of Xochimilco and the Aztecs’ ruined Great Temple; a nine-day Face of Evil

Belmond unveils Exclusive Places

range of privacy-focused holidays Belmond has launched a worldwide collection of private train and cruise escapes. The Exclusive Places range is designed for families and small groups and is in response to demand for breaks with greater privacy. The programme spans suites on luxury sleeper trains and villas in the Caribbean to river barge charters in France. Belmond Afloat in France offers luxury barges for multi- generational families, with six-night charters in Burgundy from August 16, for up to 12 passengers, from €30,000.

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tour, from £3,525, charts the rise and fall of the Third Reich in Germany; and an 18-day twin-centre Morocco & Andalucia itinerary, from £4,795, visits the Unesco- listed medina in Fez and Alhambra palace in Granada. Additional art history tours for 2021 cover the lives

and works of artists such as Piera Della Francesca and Caravaggio, French impressionists and Dutch painters. A host of new UK-based tours for 2021 include

itineraries themed on Agatha Christie, wartime Britain and TE Lawrence. A four-day Agatha Christie & the English Riviera

trip, from £695, tours Devon with visits to Greenway House, the Victorian mansion home of Christie and Max Mallowan for many years, and the only permanent exhibition on the writer, in Torquay, as well as visiting many of the places that inspired her books. Early bookers can save up to £500 and low deposits

of £99 are available until September 30, 2020.

G Adventures extends suspension

of most tours until September 30 G Adventures has just 21 itineraries going ahead in Europe in September after suspending all other tours globally for departures up to and including September 30. It has also cancelled the October 21 departure of its Expedition ship. Clients can rebook for a future date, book an alternative, or receive a refund credit note for the full amount plus a 10% travel credit. The 21 tours going ahead include sailing and activity tours in Spain, Croatia, Greece and Italy.

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