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Dear Silver Travellers

We certainly live in interesting times! And so to divert your thoughts from current potential concerns, we bring you the latest, new-look edition of Silver Traveller, filled with articles and interviews for future holidays and travel. If you’d like to receive a free printed copy through the post, just let us know here. And if you simply can’t wait, then there’s an online version too!

New cruise ships, both ocean and river, are planned for next year and 2023, with exceptional spa facilities and restaurants. Plus we’ve an update on what terrific voyages you can take this Autumn/Winter from expert, Gill Haynes, as international cruising returns.

And if you’re thinking ahead to Christmas, we confess we have started to, why not take a trip to the Advent Markets in Europe and the UK? They bring a smile to everyone’s face and are the ideal way to prepare for the festivities. A glass of mulled wine or hot spiced apple juice can never go amiss in a Christmas Market.

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Win a voucher worth £1,000 for a Cornish holiday

Our prize this month is a real treat – think self-catering in an idyllic cottage, or cosy shepherd’s hut, that is not only located by the River Fal amidst plum orchards, but also superbly well-appointed with stylish touches and all the practical items you need to ensure your holiday is a very comfortable success. The Tregothnan estate, a short distance from Truro, is a rural getaway to totally relax in.

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Budapest with Silver Travel Explorers Club

Win a copy of the Lonely Planet Travel Guide to Budapest and Hungary this month, with the Silver Travel Explorers Club, sponsored by river cruise specialists, Avalon Waterways. Explore the stunning city of Budapest built on both banks of the River Danube, a favourite port of call for many river cruises with its iconic ‘Chain Bridge’, glorious Parliament Building and UNESCO listed city centre. It’s magnificent.

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Antarctica – up to 40% reduction, no single supplement

Savings of up to 40% on Swan Hellenic’s voyages this winter to Antarctica, on bookings made by 31 October 2021. In addition, guests will receive $300 pp to spend on board ship. For solo travellers, there’s no single supplement, subject to availability. Prices from £6,094 pp based on voyage 12-22 December 2021, including return flights from Buenos Aires or Santiago to Ushuaia, pre-cruise hotel stay, drinks, shore excursions, Wi-Fi and gratuities.

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Glynis is at Littlecote House Hotel from Warner Leisure Hotels

What do you want for a short break? A warm-welcome, lovely rooms, with comfortable beds, good food and good entertainment, wide-open spaces, an adult only hotel? And a ghost or two!! All this can be found at Littlecote House Hotel. Glynis Sullivan is thrilled to be enjoying the pleasures of this remarkable hotel, with beginnings going back to the 1250s, beautiful formal gardens and an original Roman villa within its grounds too.

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Win tickets to see 'Romeo and Juliet’ in Plymouth

Kenneth MacMillan’s passionate choreography and Prokofiev’s glorious score set hearts alight in this enduringly popular interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. Love at first dance, forbidden passions and dangerous secrets combine in this exhilarating classic ballet. The Birmingham Royal Ballet with be performing at Theatre Royal Plymouth from 27 to 30 October 2021. You could win a pair of tickets to see the show.

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Adventures in Scotland

St Hilda Sea Adventures is a small-scale cruise specialist that gives guests the best of the Highlands and islands of West Scotland, as well as the Outer and Inner Hebrides. With no more than 11 passengers on board, this is a really personal adventure: visit remote sheltered harbours and beaches, spot rare wildlife, including cetaceans, enjoy a local dram.

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Caribbean Cooking – win Ainsley Harriott’s recipe book

Tradewind Voyages are setting off for Barbados, Antigua and Saint Lucia, where exquisite beaches, national parks and historical treasures await you. Arrive on Golden Horizon, the world’s largest square-rigged ship. Sample the delicious local cuisine by trying our recipe for Tilapia in chorizo salsa and saffron sauce at home. You could win a copy of 'Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen' too.

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Next generation river cruising with A-ROSA

Launching in May 2022, A-ROSA Sena will set a new standard for river cruising, with sustainability high on the agenda through the use of an innovative electric and diesel hybrid engine, keeping rivers and ports cleaner and quieter. A-ROSA Sena will also be the first ship on the Northern Rhine with four decks of spacious public areas and cabins plus a stunning al fresco sun deck. Children under 15 travel free.

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Win Gillian Flynn’s 'Gone Girl' with Silver Travel Book Club

We’re rather excited to find out about Avalon’s Waterways’ new Storyteller Series: cruises where you’ll be accompanied by well-known authors who share their tales with you as you cruise along Europe’s rivers. In September 2022 you could be sailing with Gillian Flynn along the Danube. And to get you in the mood, this month we’re reading her novel Gone Girl, you could win a copy too.

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Guided and Escorted Tours – how do you decide?

Try Tourhound! You’re ready to pick your longed-for holiday and the choice can be overwhelming, especially if you’re looking for a guided tour. Tourhound will help you narrow down your options by considering your budget, time and length of travel, plus the type of tour you’d prefer. If you like to yomp from dawn to dusk, terrific, or if you prefer a gentler pace, with an early evening G&T, that’s fine too.

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Azamara Onward℠ sails in spring 2022

Scheduled to set sail in Europe in spring 2022 for its inaugural season, Azamara will offer guests the opportunity to join their fourth ship, Azamara Onward℠, on her maiden and christening voyage, starting in Monte Carlo and concluding in Venice. With just 702 passengers on board, this ship reaches smaller ports, offering late night sailings for Country-Intensive℠ itineraries, as well as exciting post and pre-cruise land stays.

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Luxurious treat in Puglia with Citalia

Borgobianco Resort & Spa is situated in the heart of the peaceful Puglian countryside, with Alberobello not far away. It’s just right for a tranquil getaway, combining rural seclusion with the facilities and level of service expected at a 5-star hotel. Whitewashed rooms are decorated in the local style, around a large courtyard with plenty of nooks to sit and relax. Private balconies look out over ancient olive trees and groves, or over the countryside towards the sea. Let Citalia take you there!

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Emerald Cruises

Discover the World with Emerald Cruises in unrivalled comfort in 2022. Book your 2022 European River Cruise today to enjoy fantastic savings of up to £1,600 per couple, plus an extra 10% Super Earlybird saving. You’ll also be treated to €200 per cabin to spend on board.

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Sicily, an island with villas for everyone

As Sicily welcomes back visitors, Scent of Sicily’s characterful collection of villas are ready to open their doors to you. There is a property to suit every taste from contemporary, like Villa Brucoli – a delightful 3-bedroom seafront villa to the more traditional Villa Maraus – a spacious seafront villa with two separate halves that together sleep up to 14 people, ideal for an extended family get-together, with a pool, Jacuzzi and gym.

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Alaska – Land and Sea Cruisetours from Holland America Line

Explore Alaska’s rugged wilderness and glacial waters: step off the beaten path and into the Yukon frontier on a Yukon & Denali Cruisetour that combines an Alaska cruise and two to three nights at Denali with the majesty of the Yukon territory, staying at the premier McKinley Chalet Resort. See the famed Inside Passage from your ship’s wraparound decks.

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Sri Lanka with Selective Asia

Winter is a great time to visit this enchanting country, which has a rich heritage, covering Buddhist relics, remarkable temples and fortresses, along with wildlife, such as tigers, in the National Parks and a beautiful coastline, offering picture postcard scenes. Hotels range from the boutique ultra-luxurious to value-for-money. It’s an island that is truly captivating.

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Northern Lights with Hurtigruten

Take this unique and iconic small ship cruise along the Norwegian coast, from Bergen to Kirkenes, crossing the Arctic Circle on the way. For cool scenic beauty, small ports and to experience how the way of life here is defined by the sea, whilst travelling with an expert expedition team. The 12-day Classic cruise comes with an Aurora Borealis promise to, if you don’t see the lights, you’ll be offered a free repeat trip. No single supplement on selected voyages.

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Scenic Tours to Australia and New Zealand

In the vast spaces ‘down under’ a Scenic escorted tour is a fabulous way to get the best from your trip, handing all the logistics to the experts, so you can get right into the journey. And whilst you’re going to be exploring cities and well-known natural wonders, there’ll be some more rugged moments, getting away to secret spots. Evenings are spent in superb hotels, with fine dining and luxury. Great savings and upgrades until 31 October.

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Namibia – a stark and beautiful wilderness

Outside the big towns, and there are just a few, this country is endless and sparsely populated. Space is not an issue here, there is acres of it, and at night the sky seems intensely dark, thick with stars and planets. Walking the sun-baked desert dunes, feeling the lash of the Atlantic on the Skeleton Coast or watching wildlife at the Etosha pan in the Kalahari are experiences you’ll remember forever.

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New features this month

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

John Carter considers Venice and its conundrum.

Jeannine Williamson learns to scuba dive on tall ship Golden Horizon.

Gill Haynes shares her reasons to sail solo with Viking.

Carole Tidball strides out in Whitby and the Yorkshire coast.

Richard Villar seeks out snacks for hiking, including Kendal Mint Cake.

Alan Fairfax sails on Bolette, Fred. Olsen’s fabulous new ship.

Meet Robert Shaw, who absolutely loves coach holidays.

CV Villas has Italian Dream holidays with service that goes ABOVE and beyond.

Lynn Scrivener on gardens and Victor Hugo in Guernsey.

Gillian Thornton heads to Winne the Pooh country and a stay at Ashdown Park Hotel.

Richard Villar is amazed by Arnside Bore, a natural wonder.

Chrissy Nason stays at The Greenway Hotel & Spa.

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Silver Travel Podcast

Meet Huw Nurse from Just Sardinia, he has 20 years’ worth of insider knowledge about the island and tells a tale of life as a windsurfing instructor in his youth.

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