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Dear Silver Travellers

Greetings from Silver Towers and may we offer a very warm welcome to all our new subscribers. Here at Silver Towers we endeavour to bring you useful and interesting information about the world of travel, specifically pertinent to the slightly more mature traveller (mature in the sense of a fine wine of course!). Each month there is a variety of prizes to be won, including a holiday prize which this month is a Norwegian cruise for two with Cruise & Maritime Voyages, see more below.

Do take a look at our Facebook page, and if you like and follow us, you’ll receive updates of special offers and discounts in your news feed as well as prize draws from us and our carefully selected partners.

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What have we been up to?

Gill’s been making Waves at the ‘cruise Oscars’, and you can see her here (far left) handing over the prize to Emma Wadhams (in red), and Karen Pomery of Saga Cruises for Best Value-for-money Cruise Line, sponsored by Silver Travel Advisor. Gill is being ably assisted by Hugh Cruttenden, the comedian MC.

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Win a cruise for two

This month’s free prize draw is a Norwegian cruise onboard Cruise & Maritime Voyages’ Columbus, leaving from Tilbury in September 2020. The lucky winner and partner will travel to the spectacular fjords, with shore excursions to Bergen, Flam and Bergen being wow’d by magnificent views from the mountains.

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Boutique & Wildlife Twin-Centre Experience with Serenity Holidays

Blend relaxation and tranquillity with memorable wildlife encounters during a tailor-made escape across The Gambia and Senegal. Start your experience along burnished clifftops at Ngala Lodge, an adult-only boutique hotel overlooking the Atlantic, before hopping across the Senegalese border to Fathala Wildlife Reserve, which played a large part in helping to save the Lord Derby Eland antelope from extinction.

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The 12th Monaco Historic Grand Prix

This biennial, 3-day motor racing extravaganza is run on the famous Formula 1 circuit with authentic, famous Grand Prix and sports cars competing in several short races. 9 – 11 May 2020 for a relaxed, friendly and accessible, though very exciting, event. You can get close to cars and drivers on a stroll through the paddock, share in the action with GN Holidays & Voyages.

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Accessible voyages with Princess Cruises

If you have limited mobility and require an adapted stateroom, Princess Cruises offer the answer. With roll-in showers for wheelchairs and space to turn around, plus other essential aids, you’ll have no trouble on these ships. There’s a useful access office where you can discuss which vessel is best.

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Win theatre tickets for The Comedy About A Bank Robbery

Breaking into its fourth year, Mischief Theatre’s smash-and-grab hit The Comedy About A Bank Robbery is a fast, fabulous comedy caper and the funniest show in the West End. You could win a pair of tickets for the show on 4 July. Warning: lots of laughter guaranteed!

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Bolivia with Journey Latin America

The phrase ‘experts in off the beaten track’ is often bandied about however Journey Latin America truly live up to expectations when taking you to Bolivia – bio-diverse rainforest, snow-capped mountains, cloud forest, lush valleys, gushing waterfalls and a traditional way of life outside the cities. A specialist journey!

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Treasures of France with Trafalgar

Ian Bate won the fabulous April 2018 prize from Trafalgar on the Treasures of France tour. He and his wife had a marvellous time, visiting Paris, Rouen, the D Day landing beaches, Mont St. Michel and the Loire Valley. A great review from a real prize winner!

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NEW - The Silver Travel Cook Club

Fancy a little cooking from your holiday destination? We’re selecting recipes that you might enjoy from our partners’ chefs. This month CV Villas have shared a scrumptious pasta by Piero Capriotti. Win a copy of The Tuscan Sun Cookbook by telling us about your favourite Italian meal.

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Cambodia, Vietnam and the Mekong with Scenic

Gillian Thornton was captivated by the people on her city and cruise holiday in Asia, ‘This is a trip for the curious Silver Traveller, the person who wants a holiday that combines education, experience and entertainment. And to do it in style.’ That fits the bill for us!

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Silver Travel Book Club

This month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Emerald Waterways – is reading The People We Were Before by Annabelle Thorpe. The book tells the heartbreaking story of the Balkan conflict from 1979 to 1995 through the eyes of Miro Denkovic. A fascinating story, full of history and human interest. Win a copy of Annabelle’s book.

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Happy Retreats in Spain

This new partner offers the opportunity to get away from it all, in gorgeous, tranquil seclusion in rural Murcia, pleasingly only an hour away from Murcia or Alicante airport. The focus is on well-being with yoga, walking, cycling, meditation and mindfulness offered to restore, refresh and rejuvenate you.

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The African Queen on the Thames

And closer to home, you can enjoy authentic South African cooking onboard the charming hotel boat, The African Queen as she sails along the Thames. Leaving from quaint Mapledurham for either a weekend or a 5-day cruise, you’ll be privy to countryside seen only from the river. Thameside towns to visit too.

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Romance blossoms and continues on holiday

Accessible and care-assisted holiday provider, Revitalise have shared three uplifting stories with us about their guests who all have marvellous stays at their three UK locations. Silver Travel Club members receive 10% discount. And this extra article has further information on accessible travel.

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Calling all aspiring travel writers!

Jon Lowrie of Travellers Tales has written a marvellous book, giving amazing insights from some of the world’s best travel writers, The Travel Writer’s Way, and you could win a copy! Jon has also shared his easy to follow top tips for writing reviews with us.

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Extraordinary walking destinations

Ramblers Walking Holidays’ new itineraries include spring walks through Andulucia’s Sierra de las Neves, hiking the Himalaya on The Annapurna’s & Chitwan holiday and being immersed in one of the world’s true remaining wildernesses in Alaska – Wilderness, Walking & Wildlife. There are also opportunities to partake in spectacular safari experiences whilst Walking in Zimbabwe and Botswana and discover the delights of Oman staying in a desert camp under the stars.

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Perfect for a UK coach tour

Alfa Travel is one of the UK’s largest coach holiday companies covering the North West, North East, Midlands, South East and Yorkshire & Humberside. Established for over 25 years and offering quality value for money holidays in the UK, Ireland and Europe, this company provides exceptional service. From the beautiful views of Ben Nevis in Fort William to the spectacular cliffs of the Isle of Wight, there is a destination for everyone. Discounts for Silver Travellers.

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A river cruise with hikes!

Sally Dowling cruised along the dramatic Douro river in Portugal and Spain, with CroisiEurope, enjoying fine French cuisine, local wine and port, and glorious hikes "through mountains, deep valleys and remote villages. It was bliss to soak up the peace and quiet, the beautiful views and a myriad of spring flowers. White broom and fragrant wild lavender covered the hillsides."

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Italian walking for all tastes

Enjoy Sherpa Expeditions’ new trip – Cilento & Amalfi Highlights. A mixture of the best bits of the Amalfi Coast and Cilento walking holidays combined into one trip. So you can enjoy the variety of both coastal and mountain/forest walking. This is a self-guided walk that takes you through pristine natural areas and attractive countryside, with all its cultural treasures like rural chapels, ancient farm houses, old water mills and charming medieval villages on to the sea.

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Driving in Europe - what’s happening?

Our partners, Avis, who are gold sponsors for this year’s Silver Travel Awards, have been preparing for whatever permutation of events occurs with regard to Brexit. Yes, we’re a tad fed up with it too, however, let’s all be prepared and then we can be sure of having the correct documents if needed. Let’s get motoring! Avis offer discounts to Silver Travellers too.

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Exceptional Oman

Travel a fabulous route from TransIndus stringing together Oman’s highlights into a superbly varied fortnight of travel, skirting deserts, vast, empty beaches, ancient ruins and traditional market towns deep in the mountains. Shop for frankincense in the souqs of Nizwa. Experience the dunes of the Empty Quarter. And stop for a spot of wild swimming in the turquoise pools of the great ‘wadis’ inland.

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Solos in Mallorca

Take the plunge and head for a ClubSolos holiday on this lovely island. The hotel you stay in is exclusively for ClubSolos and has a resident tour Leader for information and group outings. Venture out to discover the local delights or take a trip to Palma, just 30 minutes away. Enjoy company when you want it, have your own time too.

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Travel Editions celebrates its Silver Anniversary

Set up 25 years ago to take discerning travellers on their journeys, Travel Editions specialises in culturally interesting and at times, unusual, places of interest, often accompanied by erudite guides and speakers to bring the experience alive and add unique insights. Art, architecture and archaeology plus UK dinners.

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Thailand – the land of smiles

Take a cruise in Bangkok, visit Chiang Mai with its legendary temples, take a cooking class and make Pad Thai, stroll through street markets, stay with a rural forest tribe and enjoy their culture, meet the gentle giants at the world’s first elephant hospital and wonder at the ruins in Sukhothai. With Tropical Sky, you’ll be astounded.

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Re-defining river cruising - AmaWaterways

The long-awaited AmaMagna will set sail this month on the Danube, with even greater luxury and more space than any river cruise ship before. A vision manifest by Rudi Schneider, the CEO, the facilities onboard are worthy of an ocean liner with additional dining choices, a Zen Wellness Studio, larger staterooms and a water sports platform with Sundowner 14 -seater boat.

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Cycling for Softies in Italy

Can you be tempted? A self-guided cycling tour from Bologna to Parma through a stunning region of Italy where history, art, culture combine with fantastic food - to provide an unforgettable taste of Italy. Pasta, cheese, ancient history and UNESCO sites - who could ask for more! Ah yes, there's wine too! Discount for Silver Travellers.

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Tailor-Made Journey through India with Selective Asia

Discover India in all its vast extraordinary glory with Selective Asia. The majestic country is a treasure-trove of travel experiences waiting to be discovered. Open your senses, your heart, and your sense of adventure - it’s time to let India in.

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Wales - mountains, dragons and breath-taking beaches

Original Cottages challenge you to escape to Alpine-esque ascents and Carribean-style shores in Croeso i Cymru, The Land of the Dragon. Superb cottages, replete with home comforts welcome you in idyllic locations. Sadly, we can’t promise you’ll find dragons – it could be fun to look! Silver Travel Club discounts apply.

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Pride of Africa

Dinah Holland exchanges her usual small ship expedition for a journey by train from Cape Town to Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania. She travelled with Noble Caledonia on the Rovos Rail train ‘Pride of Africa’, covering over 3,500 miles across 5 countries in 14 days. It was truly the trip of a lifetime. We are just a little bit green …

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All the Generations

Order our new mini-guide For all the Generations - Great British Days Out and Holidays Worldwide. It’s jam packed with travel and attraction ideas for all ages to enjoy together. Order it through the post.

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Bonny Scotland with Cosmos

Why not take an escorted tour to get the best of Scotland? Visit Edinburgh and Glasgow with their famous sights, tour the lochs and highlands with dramatic scenery, as well as with a chance to possibly see the Loch Ness monster! Look closely. These new tours will ensure you appreciate the natural beauty that is just a short distance away from home.

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The Canadian Rockies

Judith Quiney visited this spectacular part of North America in winter, she took a whirlwind tour of Banff and Jasper, with tours arranged by Travelsphere. With luxurious hotels and fine dining, the contrast with ‘raw’ wintery nature was inspiring!

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Opera, ballet and music with Travel for the Arts

Remarkable opportunities for those who love the arts to sample the delights of carefully selected performances all over the world with particular emphasis on premieres, new productions, exceptional cast names and award-winning festivals. Watch firm favourites and perhaps performances of new or forgotten pieces. Travel as an accompanied group.

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Adults only in Menorca

We do adore our little darlings however there are times when an adults only holiday is just the ticket! Pierre et Vacances have a charming hide-away in Menorca, set on a cliff-top, where you can relax in the pools and spa, or try out the sporting activities close by. Tennis, golf and the beach are within easy reach.

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What floats your boat?

Gently meander along European waterways, taking all the time in the world, setting your own pace onboard a Nicols motor cruiser. Fear not, these are exceptionally well-equipped boats, complete with guide books on the river, wildlife and most importantly, restaurants and bars en route. Life in the slow lane.

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India - memorable in every way

Jacqueline Jeynes summed up her journey to India with Explore like this, “You cover a lot of ground, and every day brings a new sight and experience. It is tiring sometimes but never boring, and always lives up to its promise of being memorable, whether you want to explore the food, art and architecture, history and/or culture of this incredibly diverse region.”

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Florence is Renaissance heaven

A short break in Florence is balm to the soul, it transports you to another world, of art, of impossibly beautiful churches and history which cannot be escaped. Modern life somehow squeezes itself around the historic city. Kirker will help you plan a rewarding trip with hotels and restaurants to suit all.

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New Features this month

David Powell is in the New Forest at the Balmer Lawn Hotel.

Our esteemed Patron, John Carter resolves a later life crisis.

Steve Newman lives it up on a Hurtigruten cruise in the Caribbean and Central America.

Roger Bray finds Charleston elegant and ironic.

Jeannine Williamson takes a Saga Northern Lights cruise.

Bob Lyons shares a hidden gem in Paris - Butte Bergeyre.

Dave Harcombe considers three Italian gems.

Beverly Watts is enchanted on the Mekong.

Michael Edwards finds another side to Dubai.

Ravina Talbot explores the Isle of Man.

Accessible Holidays - Questions asked and answered!

Andrew Morris discovers Tunisia and is surprised.

Sally Dowling says goodbye to Saga Sapphire in the Canaries and Morocco.

Godfrey Hall offers his top tips for visiting Bulgaria.

Gillian Thornton returns to The Swan at Lavenham.

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Silver Travel TV

Watch this mesmerising video and become spellbound by the dancing lights of the Aurora Borealis. For trips to the wilderness north where you have the chance to watch the Northern Lights, The Aurora Zone will create a journey that’s unique in every way.

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And finally ...

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Happy travelling and best wishes
The Silver Travel Team
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