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Dear Silver Travellers

Dare I mention wetsuits and flippers? We’ve certainly got wellies ready at Silver Towers and all manner of water-proof gear. In the words of the great walker, Alfred Wainwright, ‘There's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing’. We have lots of ideas for getting away in this newsletter, with or without your galoshes and sou’wester!

We were saddened to hear of the closure of Thomas Cook recently, and we know that all our travel industry colleagues are working hard to help customers however they can. We strongly recommend anyone who has a holiday booked with Thomas Cook, or through one of their travel agents with a different tour operator, go to the ABTA website for the latest information.

Recently we’ve been working hard to ensure our accessibility and assistance information is up to date, and we’re delighted to announce that Traveleyes have joined us as a partner. A fantastic company, started by blind entrepreneur, Amar Latif, which pairs sighted travellers (who enjoy up to 50% discount) with those who are visually impaired, to share their eyes on the world during the holiday.

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Find your dancing shoes for this month's holiday prize

This month we have a short break to be won from our partners at HF Holidays. You could be spending 3 nights in the Southern Yorkshire Dales, dancing with Karen Hardy, from the fab-u-lous Strictly Come Dancing. This special interest holiday is for dancers of all standards, so prepare to learn and improve as you glide around the ballroom under Karen’s expert tuition. Situated in the stunning Dales, the recently refurbished, stylish Newfield Hall at Malhalm, offers country house hotel accommodation with full board dining for a solo traveller or take a partner if you prefer. This is bound to be a real treat – whatever your level of foxtrot or waltz!

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Warm welcome to Greatdays Holidays

We’re pleased to have a new group orgainser join our varied ‘stable’ of partners. Greatdays have been organising tailor-made tours for private groups for over 30 years. Whether you belong to an association or club, or have a large extended family and plan to travel by coach, air, rail or to self-drive, travelling as a group can be great fun and Greatdays offer a fascinating range of UK, European, Worldwide tour suggestions, which can be tailor made to meet your exact requirements.

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Escorted touring with Travelsphere

Enjoy smaller groups with Travelsphere’s tours: you’ll be seeing the world with a friendly group of no more than 35 people, which means you’ll have time and space to explore the destinations on your itinerary in comfort, enjoying bigger experiences! And if you book by 18 November 2019, there’s 10% discount on selected 2020 & 2021 Worldwide and European Flight Inclusive holidays. So more personal and better value – perfect!

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Indian dining – divine!

Join Pettitt Travel’s unique Indian culinary small group tour, which will be led by acclaimed Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar, in March 2020. This tour is eight days in length and incorporates food-focused walks, cookery demonstrations and memorable meals at some of the finest restaurants in India. Visits include Delhi, the Taj Mahal and Jaipur, with the finest restaurants of course.

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Win a short break to Guernsey

This is an enchanting island and the winner of our free prize draw will be flown to Guernsey for two nights in a 4-star hotel, with the added bonus of a hire car so they can explore the coast and countryside. Or you could take a ferry to Alderney or Herm for an adventure. Gentle and relaxed, with an air of sophistication. A super prize.

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Silver Travel Book Club on the Salt Path

This month the Silver Travel Book Club – proudly sponsored by Emerald Waterways – is reading The Salt Path by Raynor Winn. Just days after Raynor learns that Moth, her husband of 32 years, is terminally ill, their home is taken away and they lose their livelihood. With nothing left and little time, they make the brave and impulsive decision to walk the 630 miles of the sea-swept South West Coast Path, from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. You could enter the competition to win a copy of this inspiring book.

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The Classic Road Trip with Avis

A motor built for comfort and speed, the Chrysler 300, transported Steve Aldridge and his wife Lynda, across Death Valley, to Yosemite National Park, San Francisco, Monterey, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. They covered 1,500 miles, having started in Las Vegas with a quick helicopter trip around the Grand Canyon. A mega road trip which was thoroughly enjoyed!

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Head to Norway from Dover in 2020

Hurtigruten, famed for its unique cruises, with calls at ports no other cruise ship visits, along the Norwegian coastline, will be sailing from Dover in Autumn/Winter 2020/2021, which will give us all the chance to visit the fjords and search for the Northern Lights straight from the UK on hybrid-powered ships. Eco-tourism on the seas. Gillian Thornton reports on all the details, she took a bouncy RIB ride too!

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Win a Kindle Paperwhite with Gransnet

Our friends at Gransnet are giving away a Kindle Paperwhite, the ideal travelling companion for book lovers. It'll save you from using up your luggage allowance on a pile of heavy reading material and ensure you have plenty of space to bring back souvenirs from your travels.

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First Atlantic voyage – Norwegian Encore

On 2nd November NCL will be launching their newest, most exciting ship, Norwegian Encore, on her inaugural Transatlantic sailing! Onboard, you can look forward to the smash Broadway musical, Kinky Boots, the adrenaline-boosting, largest race track at sea, extending four metres over the side of the ship and the amazing views in the 180-degree Observation Lounge. Counting down...

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Silver Travel Cook Club – veramente delizioso!

HF Holidays have gone for an Italian flavour this month, with recipes from chefs (and brothers) Enrico and Roberto Bernardin, to highlight their walking and cooking holidays in the Cinque Terre or Puglia in 2020. Tell us which is your favourite part of Italy and why to win a copy of Gino's Italian Adriatic Escape: A taste of Italy from Veneto to Puglia.

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Alaska calling!

Holland America Line know the Alaskan coast like the back of their many hands, and travel the inside passage, allowing guests onboard to experience the wonders of icy, glacial scenery and the resident marine animals and wildlife: whales, seals, dolphins, otters, black and brown bears, wolves and moose along with eagles, eiders and owls. Visit Denali National Park and the Yukon for great nature moments, fabulous land and sea journeys.

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Exceptional villa and hotel holidays in the Med

Simpson Travel have been carefully selecting charming villas, in gorgeous locations as well as special, boutique hotels on islands and the coast around the Mediterranean in Italy, Greece, France, Turkey and Mallorca for many years. From hideaway, romantic cottages for couples to villas for extended families or groups of friends, through to hotels where your well-being is of the highest priority. Enjoy finding out all your options in their magazine On Travel.

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Coach travel is ever more popular

Have you ever wondered about finding your local coach company to see if there are day trips or short breaks that leave from close to your home? Handily, the Coach Tourism Association has a very simple way for you to access this information, via their useful map which gives you the name and contact details of the relevant company near you. Fantastic, now all you need to do is pick a journey to take! London for the theatre or museums? A flower show or a castle or two? Let the driver take the strain and travel practically door to door.

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Win a voucher for £350 towards an Original Cottages holiday

With 5,000 properties in England and Wales, Original Cottages offer the best in home from home holidays for year round staycations, where you’re free to do just as you please – the timetable (or not) is yours to decide. Large or small, cute or practical, quirky or rather grand, you’ll find them all. This month you could win a voucher for £350 towards your next holiday with Original Cottages, and there are £40 savings for all Silver Travellers too.

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It’ll soon be time for Jingle Bells in Santa’s Lapland!

Here at Silver Towers we can be a little late with Christmas preparations, however if you’re planning to take your grandchildren and family to see Father Christmas in Lapland, now’s the time to book for your chosen dates and the ideal accommodation for your ‘team’. Make life-long magical memories as you visit the snowy wonderland, replete with elves, reindeer and wintery activities as well as Santa himself.

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Sensational Safaris with Somak

Whatever you dream of on an African safari, Somak will help you make that dream come true! Real Africa specialists, with a company that started in East Africa over 50 years ago, they are experts at finding the right trips for each traveller. Whether you’re after a luxury lodge in Kenya, gorilla treks in Uganda and Rwanda or a more traditional jeep safari in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro region, they can help and maybe suggest a few days on Mozambique’s stunning coast as a post-safari treat.

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Emerald Waterways in Europe

Rivers take you through a country, indeed many European countries and offer you the chance to get into the heart of many historic cities as you voyage along the original trade and cultural routes. With gracious onboard living and dining, on ships taking less than 200 passengers, it’s easy to feel a sense of elegant travel, at a comfortable pace. That said, for the active, there are explorations on land with bikes and hikes, and opportunities to discover further afield.

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Roger Bray goes shopping for travel insurance

Journalist, silver traveller and our news editor, Roger has had one or two health issues over the years, and whilst an avid globetrotter, his travel insurance has become more complicated recently. He offers some very good advice and asks for your thoughts too.

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Win tickets to see 42nd Street The Musical

Telling the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway, this is the largest ever staging of 42nd Street The Musical and it was filmed live at the magnificent Theatre Royal in the heart of London’s West End. It will be screening in more than 650 UK cinemas on 10 and 12 November, for more information and to book tickets visit 42ndstreetcinema.com. More2Screen is giving you the chance to win one of three pairs of cinema tickets to see this fabulous show.

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Snow or sun – or maybe both – self-catering

Pierre & Vacances will take you away from it all: to summer sunshine, winter ski slopes or the joys of year round beaches and sun! Holiday villages for both seasons in France, for 12 months of sun in Mauritius or the Caribbean and for summer holidays across Europe, offer a choice of accommodation to suit all budgets, plus facilities and activities (swimming pools, beaches, restaurants, golf, tennis, fitness classes, spas, children’s clubs and entertainment) throughout the resorts. Please yourselves – the holiday is yours!

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Egypt – the Nile, cities and the beach

For historical magnificence and totally awesome archaeology, Egypt is your destination. Pyramids, temples and tombs which are breath-taking, these are ancient monuments which have fascinated the world for centuries. Cruise gently along the Nile, in splendid comfort, with Orbital Travel and absorb the juxtaposition of old and new. Cairo bustles with modernity, history peeks around most corners too. Beaches at the Red Sea are luxurious and relaxing, offering exceptional snorkelling and diving.

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Silversea offer solo sophistication

Luxury small-ship cruising (a butler for everyone!) to exciting destinations across all 7 continents, Greenland, Antarctica, American West Coast and South Pacific Islands, as well as European countries. Single travellers are most welcome and swiftly integrate into the group of guests onboard through drinks receptions, gentleman hosts and dance partners and onshore excursions. Silversea supplements for singles are from 10% extra.

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Very Villa Plus – for the finer moments in life!

From award-winning Villa Plus, comes the latest concept – Very Villa Plus! Perfect for Silver Travellers we think, the joy of these already super properties with a little extra… a perfect view, outstanding location, furnishings and finish a notch or two more tasteful. These holiday homes are spot on for larger groups and families, some with annexes and separate living areas, should the grandparents need a moment or two of calm!

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Escorted tours with National Geographic

As the epitome of world discovery and exploration, National Geographic has teamed up with adventure travel specialists, G Adventures to bring authentic and immersive journeys to us all. Travelling with international experts, and first class travel photographers, you’ll really find out what makes a place tick and why, especially when you meet local experts like historians, marine biologists, Buddhist monks and chefs.

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Sri Lanka – visit the island now and see!

Selective Asia are keen to help their friends and colleagues in Sri Lanka rebuild the country’s tourism. They are offering an unprecedented 20% discount on all new bookings for holidays here taken before 30 June 2020. (Terms and conditions apply). Selective Asia’s founder, Nick, travelled to Sri Lanka recently to meet with his local team. He found business is very much as usual, but with tourists continuing to stay away, hotels and attractions are less busy, offering fabulous choices for those who visit now.

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Self-drive in Canada

Head for the open road in this vast country which has so much to offer through Frontier Canada: visit a fabulous bear lodges on British Columbia’s west coast or drive through the magnificent Canadian Rockies. You can sleep on the tundra while polar bears stroll past, stay in a wilderness lodge in the Yukon and view the Northern Lights, feast on lobster in Atlantic Canada or enjoy a relaxed city break in Toronto or Montreal.

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Cruising with Riviera Travel

Writer, Jacqueline Jeynes, took her first river voyage, "Riviera Travel has an excellent reputation as a 5-star provider of river cruises, especially in Europe, and this one down the river Rhine is a perfect way to see beautiful medieval towns, castles and lush vegetation as we travelled through the spectacular Rhine Gorge. Did the trip meet our expectations? Yes, this is definitely a better sailing experience than on bigger sea/coastal cruises. It is much more intimate and less formal."

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Ceviche and llamas with Wendy Wu Tours

For visitors to South America, Wendy Wu Tours has taken their outstanding style of escorted tours from China and adapted them to this magical continent. Natural (Iguazu Falls) and manmade wonders (Machu Picchu) abound in Peru, Colombia, Chile, Argentina and Brazil, not to mention the wildlife and food. The Andes are unique, with rain and cloud forests, the Amazon and the Torres del Paine are breath-taking.

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New Features this month

Top picks from our fabulous team of travel writers!

Jeannine Williamson has a fabulous cruise on Saga’s Spirit of Discovery.

Chrissy Nason samples luxury at Marfield House near Dublin.

Anna Selby voyages to the Baltic with Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines.

Jennie Carr relaxes at The White Horse in Dorking.

Dave Harcombe is out on The Explorers’ Road in the UK.

Mal Tattersall steams ahead on Flying Scotsman and the Northern Belle.

Steve Aldridge spends the weekend at Warner Leisure Hotels’ Studley Castle.

Bob Lyons celebrates Honfleur, the belle of Normandy.

David Powell loves luxury barge cruising in Italy.

Glynis Sullivan is on the Danube with Shearings.

Petra Shepherd is wowed by Russia with Jules Verne.

Godfrey Hall shares his top tips for visiting the Cotswolds.

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Silver Travel Forum

Would you like to chat about holidays and travel? Why not join our welcoming forum and join in the discussions. It’s easy to get started too, if you’re a newbie!

This month we’ve been finding out about travel insurance and visas, the important matter of hotel towels and bedding (quality over quantity we suggest) and just how far you might reasonably be expected to walk at an airport.

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Silver Travel Video

Our partner, One Traveller, specialises in holidays for mature single travellers, and they have a fabulous reputation for friendly inclusive travel, especially for taking care of their first time singles. Take a look at their video, recorded in Puglia on a recent trip.

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Silver Travel Radio

CV Travel’s Tristan Symondson shares his favourite places in Mallorca and explains why a villa holiday there is a brilliant choice for silver travellers with their families. Times may change, however the tranquillity and appeal of this island remains.

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And finally ... our new logo for accessible travel

Look out for our updated Accessibility and Assisted information across the website, we’re keen to hear about your holiday experiences with these requirements too.

Happy travelling and best wishes
The Silver Travel Team
Silver Travel Advisor