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Dear Silver Travellers

How wonderful it is to be able to see friends and family in the garden and open spaces again. Our world is gently opening up and from 12 April we are able to enjoy self-catering accommodation here at home. Hurray!

For those who love to cruise, seacations and UK cruises are the new trend. However, these are not brand-new holiday ideas as John Carter humorously reports. Find out how calling at a local port, Liverpool indeed, provided the added benefit for one lady of visiting her own local hairdresser and getting her discount too!

We've put together a comprehensive guide to travelling around the UK's spectacular coastline.

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Win a UK coach package holiday for two from Lucketts Group

This month’s prize will be the perfect tonic for everyone who’s keen to get away and enjoy the delights of a UK break. Worth up to £1,000, which includes coach travel, accommodation, half-board and excursions, our winner will decide which destination on offer from Lucketts Group they’d like to visit with their companion. There’s even the option to be bold and choose a mystery tour!

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Win a hotel stay with afternoon tea in London, from Travelzoo

Are you ready for a treat in the capital? An overnight stay for two in a deluxe room at Grade II listed Amba Hotel Grosvenor, including full English breakfast, late check-out and a sumptuous afternoon tea at The Goring nearby are the prize in this free draw from Travelzoo. The perfect opportunity to enjoy London in luxury this summer.

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Luxury and unique experiences with your adventure travel

Intrepid Premium is a carefully crafted collection of tours spanning across 40 countries that will give travellers a more sustainable choice for high-end adventures. These new tours from our new partner Intrepid Travel feature hand-picked accommodation, private transportation, inspiring train journeys and an array of signature experiences exclusively available on Premium tours. For example, their 15-day Premium Morocco in depth includes a traditional feast in Casablanca, a picnic at the ruins of Volubilis, cheese tasting in Chefchaouen and a camel ride across the Sahara from just £2,480pp.

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Italy Bike Tours – Slow cycling

An unhurried meander in charming Bella Italia with a well-informed guide, who’s happy to pedal at a leisurely pace, taking pleasure in the sights and sounds on the journey has to be a glorious way to spend time. Balmy evenings, a glass of Chianti whilst gently exercised muscles relax, delicious suppers and friendly company round off each day. Risotto and Ride sounds very tempting indeed. Take us there soon please!

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Our mesmerising history with Promenades Travel

If you have a passion for the past and would love to learn more with expert historians and authors, then Promenades Travel’s short breaks will take you around England and provide all the insights and knowledge you could wish for. Whether it’s battles of The Middle Ages, Tudor Reformation or Thomas Hardy’s Wessex or castles of every century that interest you, there’s a tour certain to enlighten you. Delve deep into the real stories.

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Israel for spas, well-being and healthy cuisine

Famous for the Dead Sea resorts and the coastal holiday town of Eilat, you’ll be spoilt for choice when choosing a spa hotel, which range from 5-star luxury to more intimate boutique. And if you’re looking for tranquillity and natural beauty, head for the mountains and desert of the Negev or fertile national parks in Galilee. Wherever you are, mouth-watering cuisine, with vegan dishes a speciality, will boost your well-being.

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Find your ideal Eurocamp holiday parc

Freedom and flexibility across Europe are offered by 150 holiday parcs with Eurocamp. If you’re after locations that are all singing, all dancing, full of sports facilities and spas, look no further. Or if a smaller, more intimate parc is your bag, these are available too. You can also save up to 40% off a Eurocamp holiday in June.

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The Silver Travel Book and Cook Clubs

Join us reading Santa Montefiore’s Flappy Entertains, a tale of village life in Devon, a popular choice for singles who holiday with One Traveller. And their new 10-day tour of Wales is proving to be another real success too. Win a copy of Flappy Entertains, perfect for reading on your travels!

Our Cook Club takes us to Italy this month with Citalia on their Authentic Puglia Small Group Escorted Tour. You could win a copy of Gennaro's Pasta Perfecto! The essential collection of fresh and dried pasta dishes by Gennaro Contaldo. And enjoy a recipe for genuinely Italian homemade pasta.

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Get away in the UK with so much included

Alfa Travel’s holidays are such great value with so much included: free return travel from your local joining point, no charge for seat reservations (including front seats), lots of single rooms available without supplements between October to April (T&Cs apply), tickets and luggage labels as well as fascinating excursions. And with a 10% discount for silver travel club members and a deposit of just £50 pp, why delay? There are also new pick-up points, for 2021. Request your free brochure today and start planning your escape.

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Singapore’s UNESCO Hawker Culture and street food

Part of the fun of a holiday is trying out new food and drink, getting to understand the culture and traditions of a place through the cuisine. Singapore has a unique Hawker Culture, which refers to the many food centres across the city where stallholders cook and sell affordable meals. It has recently been inscribed by UNESCO. What would you like to taste? Take a look at our suggestions.

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2022 European Emerald river cruises

2022 is your time to travel to Europe. Book your 2022 river cruise with Emerald Cruises to enjoy savings of up to £1,200 per couple, unlimited drinks on board, and an extra 10% Super Earlybird saving. Your journey will be one of award-winning EmeraldVALUE with so much included. Voyage in style and great comfort on spacious ships. Flexible booking policy.

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Free webinars from Railbookers – great inspiration

Join these popular, informative online sessions to find out more:

13 April – Top 5 Destinations that are better by train. More details
20 April – Exploring the UK with Railbookers. More details

There’s a train journey for everyone and rail travel is eco-friendly and green, so even better!

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The UK, Ireland and Iceland with Hurtigruten

Hurtigruten has launched a series of adventurous new itineraries to explore the beauty and nature of the British Isles and Iceland, with departures from Liverpool and Portsmouth aboard state-of-the-art hybrid powered ship, the MS Fridtjof Nansen: Historic Ports of the English Channel and Irish Sea. 4 days visiting Portsmouth, Fowey, Waterford & Liverpool from £590 pp departing 2 May 2022. From Liverpool to Iceland: Ancient Ties and Natural Wonders. 15 days from £4,921 pp departing 10 May 2022. From Liverpool to Iceland: Half circumnavigation of the Land of Ice and Fire. 9 days from £2,890 pp departing 24 May 2022.

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Go Worldwide with Titan Travel Tours and River Cruises

Titan Travel have just released their exciting new Worldwide Tour brochure for 2022, including an 8-day Contrasts of Ischia and Sorrento that explores two distinctive tastes of Italy and a 10-day Undiscovered Portugal escorted tour from Lisbon to the Algarve. New river cruises include an 8-day cruise Dutch Waterways & the Beauty of Keukenhof and a 15-day Cruise Eastern Europe Explorer and Danube Delta. There are also departures for Autumn/Winter 2021. See all their brochures here.

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Our friends at Gransnet discuss relationships

Over on Gransnet, they're discussing retirement and what effect it can have on relationships. After money, the single most common worry about retirement is how it will affect your marriage. Perhaps you miss a job you loved, or you're trying to get used to having someone else around the house all day. So, how do you address these issues, and what are the solutions?

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Long haul flight savings

If you’ve a yearning for far-away places – Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, China, Peru, India or Uzbekistan, for example – you could save up to £900 per couple as one of you flies free or save 50% off solo airfares. Wendy Wu Tours are offering this great deal on all escorted group tours worldwide, on all 2022 and 2023 departures. Book by 30 April 2021.

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New on the river with Saga

Designed exclusively for Saga guests, with balconies or windows in every cabin and using the latest in engine technology, Spirit of the Danube will be one of the cleanest, greenest river ships in Europe. Be the first to sail on her inaugural cruise in March 2022 – Dutch & Belgian Waterways – from £1,349 pp. Highlights from her inaugural season include the Danube Delta, Vienna and Prague as well as less visited gems such as Tulcea and Transylvania.

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UK beach bonanza, irresistible!

Are you longing to feel the sand between your toes and the sun on your face this summer? Original Cottages have a wonderful selection of coastal hideaways and beach-front boltholes across the UK, many of them pet-friendly. Choose from cosy cottages, quirky shepherd’s huts, beautiful barn conversions or larger properties for family reunions after all this time. The site is well-laid out and easy to use with all the amenities and local info to hand. Just add sunshine!

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Shop local in Barbados

Need a spot of retail therapy? Nestled in the heart of Holetown, Barbados is Chattel Village – a charming area where you’ll find local fashion, art, craft, souvenirs and a café. Adorned with lovely gardens, the shops here were designed to reflect traditional Barbadian wooden homes known as Chattel Houses. Next time you’re visiting this lush tropical island, take a break from beach life with a stroll through the Village.

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Mega yachts with Variety Cruises

These are the ideal boats on which to sail in these days of small groups. The atmosphere onboard is friendly and relaxed, with evenings often spent in traditional ports, so you can explore gently and then dine where you please. Greece and her islands are favourites as are Croatia and Turkey. For more exotic locations, try Costa Rica, West Africa and Tahiti.

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Get active, be inspired and discover the world

TD active Holidays are the perfect small group exploration adventure holidays, full of unique activities including walking, yoga and photography holidays accommodating every skill level, taking you to some of the globe’s most beautiful locations led by award-winning teachers. Explore holidays are great for those looking to truly immerse themselves in a new culture. Book with confidence knowing you can change your holiday for free on any of their new ‘Make Your Own Way’ convenience options launched for 2021 and 2022 departures. Plus, Silver Traveller members receive an exclusive extra £50 off their booking.

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Villas in France from Simpson Travel

You may prefer to drive to your holiday home in France, taking the ferry or Eurotunnel. Simpson Travel are offering their French properties as accommodation only. Whether you are after a romantic getaway for two or a larger property, with gorgeous grounds to share with family and friends, there are choices galore from the glamorous Côte d'Azur, sun-kissed Provence, The Dordogne & South West, Vendée, surfers’ delight Aquitaine Coast and the traffic-free Ile de Ré.

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Tallship sailing around the UK

Tradewind Voyages’ Golden Horizon is a magnificent tall ship that will be based in the UK for July 2021, before heading to the Mediterranean. You’ll have the choice of short 4-day sailings or a whole week on board. This is an utterly authentic experience, under canvas where possible, on the world’s largest square-rigged vessel. Fine dining and 21st century cabins add luxury.

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New features this month

Our collection of articles by trusted travel writers continues to grow.

John Carter considers "Events, dear boy, events".

Roger Bray weighs up the risks of going on holiday.

Richard Villar is never alone on a mountain.

Ian Cooper explores palaces and castles on the Elbe with Viking River Cruises.

Solange Hando discovers the soul of Bhutan in traditional arts and crafts.

Reza Amirinia takes a look at the Jehan Numa Palace in Bhopal.

Deborah Cameron updates on Ireland and Northern Ireland post-Brexit.

Bob Lyons wanders on Portland Bill.

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Silver Travel on Boom Radio

Sally’s Cottages have beautiful and varied self-catering properties in Cumbria, including the Lake District. Kim Bough tells the Silver Travel podcast about the region and the attractions on offer.

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Silver Travel Video

The island of Sardinia is filled with magical moments and breath-taking natural sights, as well as superbly appointed hotels. Specialists Sardatur Holidays offer 10% discount for Silver Travellers booking a trip here.

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