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Dear Silver Travellers

225,000 votes have been counted, we’re getting ready to reveal the winners and we’d love you to be there with us!

Please join us at what is certain to be an uplifting, jolly online event – the virtual Silver Travel Awards on Tuesday 15 September at 3pm. The effervescent Gyles Brandreth will be the host for the ceremony and you can attend by registering here, free of charge. This is a wonderful opportunity to take a look inside the Wallace Collection too, and there’s no need to leave your home to enjoy the proceedings. Simply put the kettle on and open the biscuit tin. Or have a glass of something sparkling to hand. And we might even pop on a posh frock for the occasion!

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Win a short break at a Warner Leisure Hotel

Here’s your chance to win a ‘get away from it all’ break, in glorious comfort, staying in a country house hotel or castle, or at a coastal village. Warner Leisure Hotels are just for the over 21s and offer a great range of activities, including open air cinemas and entertainment. Our winner will stay for 3 nights over the weekend or 4 nights for a mid-week break. Robust hygiene protocols are firmly in place, so you can have every confidence. There are extra special offer savings when you quote PHCSILVER on booking, which makes everyone a winner!

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Self-catering with Pierre & Vacances

France is open for summer holidays and in just a few hours from the ferry ports, you could be enjoying a comfortable apartment in Normandy. Travel further to stay on the Atlantic and Mediterranean coasts, in the Loire Valley or the Alps. All with exceptional hygiene protocols. Give yourself the break you and your family deserve. Flexible prices make for peace of mind bookings. Benefit from special offers too.

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The magic of Ireland and Northern Ireland

With a quick hop across the Irish sea with Cosmos, you’ll be in another world in 2021. Dublin is a city that cannot fail to make you smile, its literary traditions, cheery hostelries and lively buzz or craic. Contrast that with the mysterious, rugged Giant’s Causeway and its remarkable geological features. Throw in Belfast, Galway, Athlone and rural Donegal for a taste of something different.

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German castles on the Romantic Road with Mercurio Bike Travel

Andre Volkel is an old friend who runs small group cycling tours in Germany and Austria. These are guided trips, along cycle paths with overnight stays in family-run establishments. The Romantic Road ride runs along the Tauber valley and main river, with fairytale palaces, fascinating small towns such as Dinkelsbühl and Rothenburg, with beautifully preserved medieval buildings. This is off-the-beaten-track Germany.

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Escape by car to quieter Europe

Eurocamp have over 100 quality parcs in France and Holland that are easily accessible by car, with many under a 2-hour drive from the ferry ports. Plus, with home-from-home accommodation, they’re a fantastic choice for holidaymakers looking to avoid the crowds. Discover their best parcs near ports.

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Join travel legend, John Carter, on a Fred. Olsen cruise in April 2021

Cruise from the UK to Europe with John Carter, former presenter of TV’s Wish You Were Here and The Holiday Programme, aboard Boudicca on a 9-night sailing from Dover to Spain and France in April 2021 and save up to 15% plus extra benefits. For details, call 0800 086 1935 (Open Mon–Fri 9am–5pm only) quoting the Silver Travel Advisor group account code GRP0294 and cruise code D2107.

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Australia’s Final Frontier

The Kimberley is a remote and immense region in Western Australia which spans 420,000 square kilometres. Take a 4WD adventure across unspoilt wilderness, bathe in the therapeutic pools of Zebedee Springs, cruise to the base of King George Falls and relax in the Purnululu National Park at the Bungle Bungle Lodge. The astounding, unique beauty, inspired cuisine and incredible sightseeing experiences all lead to extraordinary lifelong memories.

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Solos – a single traveller but not alone

Take yourself off on an adventure and enjoy the company of other solo travellers. There’s no pressure to do anything other than have the very best time, whether you pick a sporting holiday, tennis in Corfu anyone?, a tour to Northern Cyprus or a relaxing ClubSolos holiday. If you’d rather stay in the UK, Solos Holidays have a great selection of breaks, a weekend in Worcester perhaps? Not so busy and not at all dull.

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Silversea – double bonus luxury cruises

Book by 31 August 2020 to take advantage of Silversea’s Double Bonus promotion – you can secure your suite for £750 plus you will also receive $1,000 shipboard credit. This great offer is fully combinable with Silversea’s Early Booking Bonus, and for select sailings, qualifies for Silversea’s Cruise with Confidence policy.

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Splendid isolation

Simpson Travel specialise in luxury independent villas in uniquely lovely locations. So, whether you’re after a remote rural retreat or a secluded sea view sanctuary, you’ll find an award-winning selection of outstanding hideaways across Europe and the Mediterranean, with exceptional service every step of the way.

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Christmas is coming

And for a lifetime memory, why not consider taking your grandchildren and family to the Saariselkä wilderness of Finnish Lapland to meet Santa and his elves? Get away from the commercial hype of Christmas to truly magical snowy winter wonderland with Santa’s Lapland. With a range of accommodation, including cabins with a host to look after you, this unique experience can be reached from 18 UK airports. In Safe Hands you can travel with confidence.

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Fabulous exotic tours for 2021/22

Whilst the world has been in lockdown, Wendy Wu Tours has been busy working on their collection of brand-new brochures for 2021-2022! Featuring their most popular tours, introducing fresh itineraries and even some new destinations like the Middle East, pre-order yours today to start planning your next adventure. Options include China, Japan, Southeast Asia, India, Latin America & Antarctica, and Central & Middle East.

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Escape by train – how far can you go?

Railbookers cover 690 cities across 51 countries and offer maximum flexibility. You can reschedule or cancel up to 5 days prior to departure without any change or cancellation fees (T&Cs apply). Holidays by train can be a stress-free way to explore, whether aboard the Caledonian sleeper to Inverness, the Venice-Simplon Orient Express to the Italian Lakes or the Glacier and Bernina Express on a scenic journey through Switzerland.

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For all the family – the Caribbean with Tropical Sky

Think idyllic islands, warm, gentle seas, soft sand, outstanding service – in fact, a paradise for all members of the family whatever their ages. All-inclusive hotels in St Lucia, with its French tinged, laid-back lifestyle or the delights of Barbados, with superb sporting facilities are both excellent winter sun choices. Other islands offer similar pleasures. Swim with turtles, sip cocktails and let the grandchildren become beach babes.

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Ruby Wax highly recommends cycling!

“Our cycling holiday was seamless from the get-go and thoroughly enjoyable – every detail thought through. We stayed in boutique hotels and enjoyed the leisurely cycling in the Loire, I highly recommend booking a trip”, says comedian, Ruby Wax talking to The Telegraph. Flat trails along the rivers, stunning chateaux, villages untouched by time and fabulous food – get away from the hustle and bustle.

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Webinar for those living with dementia

During these challenging times, getting outdoors and engaging with the natural environment is good for all of us. Evidence shows it can also be hugely beneficial for people living with dementia. Join Debbie Anderson, one of Dementia Adventure’s trainers, in a free webinar Out & About with Dementia on Thursday 13 August 11:00 – 12:00 as she shares research which may help you live better with dementia.

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How to win a copy of Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure by Artemis Cooper

Walking the 1,400 miles from Rotterdam to Istanbul like Patrick Leigh Fermor is not everyone’s cup of tea. If your legs never got tired and you could walk forever, where would you choose to explore? Would it be the Silk Road? The entire Camino de Santiago? Lands’ End to John O’Groats? Sponsored by walking holiday specialists, HF Holidays, you could win a copy of this fascinating biography with the Silver Travel Book Club.

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Saga Holidays for solo travellers

The award-winning collection of solo holidays for 2021 is out now. Whether you're single, like a little independence, or simply want to explore a dream destination your partner may have already visited, you can enjoy the freedom and flexibility that makes travelling solo so appealing. View the e-brochure online.

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Wildlife Wonders in Asia

If you’re planning a trip to Asia next year to spot tigers, elephants and other wildlife or explore iconic sites, book with confidence with our partner TransIndus. They have introduced new and completely flexible booking guarantees that take the worry out of booking by allowing selected amendments, reducing group sizes to 8-10, ensuring stringent safety measures are in place.

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Walking and wellbeing

The benefits of walking on both physical and mental health are well documented and this year more than ever people have walked for their well-being. The team at Hedonistic Hiking lead small groups across beautiful near empty trails in Italy and over its borders into France, Austria and Slovenia. Hike in May 2021 in the gentle landscape of Tuscany from Lucca, to Volterra or head for the heights of the Italian Alps in July 2021 and feel on top of the world. All the tours feature fabulous accommodation and the best food and wine the regions have to offer.

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Silver Travel Cook Club samples Russian fare

This month’s Silver Travel Cook Club features a recipe for Syrniki,(yummy cheesy pancakes) inspired by sponsor Emerald Waterways' Imperial Charms of Russia holiday, travelling by water from St Petersburg to Moscow. And you could win an Emerald Waterways goody bag and a copy of The Russian Heritage Cookbook by Lynn Visson.

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Enable Holidays – Finalist at the Silver Travel Awards

Travel specialists for those with limited mobility, Enable Holidays are once again finalists at the Silver Travel Awards. As winners for the last four years of the coveted Best Accessible Travel Provider, you can be sure of fabulous service from this company. For holidays with audited accommodation so you know just what to expect and suitably adapted taxi transfers at your destination from the airport, look no further.

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Bulgaria for the Time of Your life

If you need something to look forward to next summer, why not try a ’Time of Your Life’ escape with Balkan Holidays. Based in the beautiful resorts of Bulgaria, these packages add a little extra to your stay. The four-star Hotel Globus package includes a bottle of champagne and fruit in your room on arrival, glass of wine with evening meals, free sightseeing tour of Nessebar and Bulgarian language course. For single travellers, no supplements are available on selected dates. Truly relax in a great value country with gorgeous sandy beaches.
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Jules Verne on Safari in Kenya

Here’s a trip well worth waiting for and indeed, a safari in Kenya takes you right into the bush in search of the Big Five animals. Experience unique moments as you dine under the stars in a luxury lodge, a memory you’ll remember for ever. Stay in a tented camp in the Masai Mara and take a guided walk on the plains. Kenya is unforgettable.

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River cruise with Saga

‘Spirit of the Rhine’, Saga’s first-ever purpose-built river ship, arrives in March 2021 offering their boutique cruise experience and premium value for money on the riverways of Europe: the stately Rhine plus selected itineraries on the Moselle, Main and Danube. Up to 5 excursions are offered free at each port of call and their VIP door-to-door travel service is included too. From £1,199pp for their Resplendent Rhine in Autumn 7-night sailing, with fly and no-fly options.

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Sardinia – a touch off the beaten track

Keen on ancient history? Tick. Love nature and beautiful scenery? Tick. A bit of a twitcher? Tick. Delight in a wander in charming cobbled towns? Tick. Happy on a beautiful beach? Tick. Fancy great food and wine? Tick. So there we have it – the island of Sardinia with Sardatur Holidays offers all these things, plus great accommodation and 10% saving for Silver Travel Club members.

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Scotland with Grand UK Holidays

There’s no better way to travel through the dramatic scenery in Scotland than by coach, marvelling at the picturesque vistas of the Sound of Bute, the stunning backdrops of Wester Ross, and the outstanding sights of the Grampian Mountains. Visit the Isle of Skye and look for the monster at Loch Ness, tour a whiskey distillery or find your family’s tartan. 10% discount for Silver Travel Club members and no single supplements.

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Croatia by rail – green and clean

Croatia has, in the main, kept its old-world charm and authenticity. And you’ll quickly see why this pretty country was the playgroup of European aristocracy last century. Travel with Great Rail Journeys on modern, high-speed tilting-trains which connect Croatia's capital, Zagreb, with other major cities whilst scenic regional routes provide pleasurable journeys which showcase Croatia's unspoilt landscapes, wonderful Adriatic coast and historic towns and villages.

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2021 European river cruises now on sale

Journey through Europe next year on an award-winning river cruise with Emerald Waterways. The 2021 collection is now on sale, including a brand new Springtime Delights river cruise, enhanced city stay extensions, and no-fly options on selected river cruises. Cruise with confidence and enjoy the exceptional EmeraldVALUE promise.

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Great open spaces, cosmopolitan cities

While travel to Canada from the UK might be on hold this summer, Frontier Canada are looking to 2021 and beyond and you can book with confidence, safe in the knowledge that whatever happens, your holiday and your money is fully protected. Talk to the Canada experts and let your dream Canada holiday plans become a reality.

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The waterways of the world with CroisiEurope

Choose from 170 itineraries around the globe: think as far-flung as the Ganges or the Chobe rivers, closer to home on the Danube or the Loire. CroisiEurope has a strengthened health protocol that has been validated by the Bureau Veritas Safeguard label and flexible booking conditions with free re -booking with the option to cancel, free of charge, up to 15 days before departure. With a special offer of 15% off all 2021 reservations and free child places (under 16 years old) on selected cruises.

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Alaska – get right away!

Holland America Line have a real passion for Alaska and also for knowledge: on board their ships you’ll find exceptional information about this remote state through the unique Explorations Central programme. Book now for 2021/22 to receive free drinks, free gratuities, free Signature Dining package, free Wi-Fi for suites and 50% reduced deposits.

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Isle of Wight – Royals and Rails

If it’s good enough for Queen Victoria, it’s surely good enough for us! The Isle of Wight is just a short ferry ride across the Solent however it truly feels like a trip to a very special place with Just Go! Holidays. Visit Osborne House and wander in the royal footsteps, step inside the Swiss Cottage and stroll around the gardens. Take a ride on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway at Havenstreet.

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From our friends at Gransnet: Dating tips for over 50s

Want to meet someone new but not quite sure where to start? Dating can seem daunting at the best of times, let alone during a pandemic, but if you're looking to get back out there (even if only virtually for now), we've compiled the best tips from gransnetters on how to date successfully - and safely.

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Discover Romania & Enchanting Transylvania

Travelsphere have created a superb tour to this remarkable part of Eastern Europe, where you certainly won’t be swamped by other tourists. Take in fairytale castles, medieval villages, enchanting forest landscapes and ancient monasteries, which all have their tales to tell as you journey through Transylvania. You'll get to explore the legendary Dracula's castle and discover centuries-old cultural traditions.

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Variety Cruises – Panama and Costa Rica

And now for something of an adventure … this small ship cruise, just 49 passengers on a state-of-the-art 3-masted motorsailer will take you to real-life tropical jungle brimming with amazing bird and animal life, lovely beaches, and off-the-beaten track ports of call. You’ll have the option of on land stays in Panama City and/or the rainforest in Costa Rica too. This is so much more than a holiday!

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Silver Travel Videos – new to the collection

One Traveller are a family-run company that pride themselves in creating the friendliest atmosphere on their holidays for single travellers, especially those holidaying by themselves for the first time. Watch the video

Travel Editions are back, with their preview of 2021 tours. Featuring interesting places and activities, such as Art Nouveau in Riga or the Industrial Heritage of The Black Country. Watch the video

Browse through Silver Travel Advisor Videos

New Features this month

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

A bemused Roger Bray ruminates on Covid-19, the FCO and travel.

Richard Villar is privileged to behold the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London.

Dave Harcombe is on the Explorers’ Road again in Grantham.

Bob Lyons gets arty in Lens, Northern France.

Mike Pickup relaxes in Cape Verde.

Jane Wilson espouses the joys of a holiday on her pink Vespa.

Godfrey Hall shares his tips for visiting New Zealand.

Solange Hando experiences Ethiopia with Saga (a few bumpy rides along the way!).

Rupert Parker rides the train in China.

Louise Hudson celebrates 50+ skiing in Sun Peaks, British Columbia.

Reza Amirinia explores Hamburg part 2.

Anna Selby visits paradise – islands in the South Pacific and on a staycation in the Cotswolds.

Roger Bray has mixed luck skiing in Champoluc.

Bob Lyons goes twitching at the Welney Wetland Centre, near Cambridge.

Michael Edwards enjoys the ‘new normal’ in the Lake District.

Natasha Blair takes the Mayflower Pilgrim’s Trail.

Gillian Thornton enjoys the Silverstone Experience.

Godfrey Hall stays at Singapore’s Goodwood Park Hotel.

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And finally ...

On a more sombre note, we are sad to say goodbye to our friends at Cruise and Maritime Voyages, we know that many of you have enjoyed wonderful cruises with them. And whilst there are many questions over travel at the current time, we would like to bring you a little certainty on refund credit notes.

And we would like to end with a super comment from MickeysMum: “All of this website is very inspiring - travel info and reviews for people who want to travel with their eyes and minds open."

That’s just what we had hoped Silver Travel Advisor would do! Thank you.

All good wishes, stay safe and well.
Silver Travel Advisor Team