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  • The Romantic Rhine River Lights

    The picturesque Rhine Valley has grand castles and sprawling vineyards clinging to the hillside plus charming towns and villages and is an idyllic destination. A superb experience awaits you as our visit also showcases a unique annual event.

    During the autumn there are celebrations and firework displays to mark the new wine season. Staying in the delightful spa town of Boppard, the highlight of this holiday will be the Rhine River Lights Spectacular where we celebrate the Golden Wine Festival in the Rhine Gorge on our special included evening boat cruise. Join us as we soak up the atmosphere and take in some of the wonderful scenery and sights of this delightful region.

    Rhineland Wine & Black Forest Gateaux


    DAY 1 : After joining your holiday coach, we make our way for the short Eurotunnel crossing to Calais. We then continue via the auto-routes of France, Belgium and Germany to arrive at our stunning hotel in Boppard late afternoon / early evening. Your bags are taken to your room and you can relax in the hotel bar or lounge areas and sip a glass of Rhineland wine before sitting down to dinner in the elegant restaurant.

    DAYS 2-4: Spend all of your time in Boppard or join us on our included excursions.

    DAY 2: Enjoy a day at leisure in Boppard with its excellent promenade and panoramic views of the river on one side and the Hunsrück hills on the other. Why not take a stroll alongside the Rhine or relax in Boppard as there are many shops to browse and a wide selection of cafés. You can also discover the Roman Fort, the 12th Century St Severus Church, the 14th Century Carmelite Church, the baroque Church of St Pankratius, the Provestry in Hirzenach and, in the town centre, the Electoral Castle of Boppard.


    We have an early dinner today before we board our boat for a cruise along the river, accompanied by music and dancing. Step on board for your front row access to one of the brightest events in the river’s calendar. Sit back and relax and soak up the atmosphere of this wonderful spectacle as a fantastic firework display sets the Rhine ablaze with colour. This dazzling organised display is a sight not to be missed and we return to our hotel late evening after an exhilarating night.

    DAY 3:  After a relaxed breakfast this morning we experience the tranquillity of the Moselle Valley and visit the charming old town of Cochem affectionately known as ‘the Pearl of the Moselle’. Overlooked by magnificent Reichsburg Castle, it has narrow streets and twisting alleys with half-timbered houses, medieval gateways and a historic market place.

    DAY 4: Today we have a scenic drive along the Rhine Valley seeing the world-famous Loreley Rock and St. Goar, home to the world's largest cuckoo clock. Enjoy time in the picturesque riverside 'wine town' of Rüdesheim located in the heart of the Rhine Gorge. Explore the lively Drosselgasse, a narrow street with cosy cafes, shops and bars. You can visit the National Monument, take a cable car ride, enjoy a river cruise, or even tour the unique Self Playing Music Museum.

    DAY 5: After breakfast, we travel back through Germany, Belgium and France to Calais for our return to England, arriving back mid-evening.

    Fri 09 October 2015

    5 Days

    £489 per adult

  • Pairi Daiza Park

    Only in Belgium could you find a globally themed botanical garden and zoo, with over 4,000 animals, on the site of a former Cistercian Abbey. Our only question is why didn’t we discover Pairi Daiza sooner? One of Belgium’s ‘Hidden Gems’, Pairi Daiza in Brugelette, is a vast 55-hectare (140-acre) park and is one of Wallonia‘s top attractions

    As it is a 2hr motorway journey from Calais to our destination we leave early and return fairly late, but be assured the journey will prove well worthwhile. Check the on-line reviews!

    Normal pickup points are available throughout Kent.

    Normal tunnel times will be 0820/0850 outbound and 2020 (local time) leaving Calais

    Costs including entry tickets:

    Adults and Children aged 11 upwards £58

    Children aged 3-11 £50

    Children under 3 £35

    Includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing.

    For further information on Pairi Daiza, please click here.


    Sat 10 October 2015

    1 Day

    £56 per adult

  • Ghent, Belgium

    Visit the wonderful and often overlooked city of Ghent for the quaint cobbled streets, and speciality restaurants tucked away in back streets in this delightful medieval town. Take a stroll through Ghent’s history with its backdrop of tiny houses overhanging the River Lys with their intricately carved stonework or climb 90 meters to the belfry of the Cloth Hall and see the whole of the city in one go.

    Under the watchful eye of Gravensteen Castle or Castle of the Counts, the city boasts an Opera House, 18 museums, 100 churches and over 400 historical buildings. The most visited site in Ghent is the famous polyptych, The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb, painted by the brothers Jan and Hubert van Eyck in 1432. It still hangs in its original location, the St. Bavo Cathedral.

    For more information, please click here

    Includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing.

    Sat 10 October 2015

    1 Day

    £38 per adult

  • RAF Museum London - Defying Gravity

    Opened in 1972 by Her Majesty the Queen and situated on the historic site of Hendon's London Aerodrome in Colindale, the Royal Air Force's North London Museum is London’s only attraction to house over 100 aircraft from around the world including some very early aircraft designs through to the latest modern day jets and military aircraft.

    At the RAF Museum London there is so much to intrigue, thrill and educate. You can visit the First World War in the Air exhibit, listen to Winston Churchull giving his ‘Battle of Britain’ speech and discover the amazing heroes, heroines and trailblazers who have contributed to the development of flight and the RAF.

    You’ll also be able to visit the RAF Museum’s temporary exhibition Defying Gravity. Inspired by the ‘Fums Up’ lucky charm commonly given to servicemen and on display in the First World War in the Air exhibition, Defying Gravity is an immersive experience exploring lucky charms and superstitions. Amazingly, the exhibit has been curated by students of all ages: from primary school right up until university and is not to be missed.

    For more information, please click here

    Our day trip includes return travel by coach. This may be a shared departure with another day trip. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination in the same general area. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.

    Sun 11 October 2015

    1 Day

    £26 per adult

  • The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace

    Visit the Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London.

    This flagship event at Alexandra Palace has been running annually since 1991 and has become the largest and most highly regarded textiles and craft event in the UK.

    The Knitting and Stitching Shows are the definitive and best exhibitions for lovers of textiles in the UK and Ireland. As the name suggests, it covers knitting and stitching but SO much more; crochet, embroidery, patchwork and quilting, felt-making, shibori dyeing, jewellery-making, card-making, felt, embossing… the list goes on! There is so much to see and do you’ll find it hard to fit everything into one day; hundreds of exhibitors selling specialist supplies that you can’t find in the shops, galleries from leading artists and groups, plus hundreds of workshops to introduce you to lots of new subjects! There are lots of initiatives for anyone who wants to get started with crafts, so whether you like to cross stitch in your spare time or you’re a mixed media artist with a studio, The Knitting and Stitching Show is not to be missed.

    For further information on the show, please click here.

    Price includes return travel by coach and entrance ticket to the show.

    The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination in the same general area. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.

    Sun 11 October 2015

    1 Day

    £38 per adult

  • Bournemouth, Dorset Delights and The New Forest

    Renowned for its seven miles of golden beaches and lovely parks and gardens, Bournemouth remains high on the list of the top resorts to visit in the UK. Add to this an interesting programme of excursions in the surrounding area and you will see why we have selected to return to this popular destination, without doubt one of Britain's best loved seaside resorts.  Bournemouth is a lovely destination with its outstanding coastline, acres of colourful parks and floral gardens, excellent shopping and all year round entertainment. Whatever your interests, ever-popular Bournemouth offers something for everyone. With long, level promenades and a pedestrian shopping precinct area, Bournemouth is an ideal resort to visit at any time of the year. You can spend all of your free time to enjoy our picturesque base or join us on our included excursions. Its location, close to the New Forest and the wonderful Jurassic Coast, makes if perfect for our trips out.

    This delightful coach holiday gives us a real taste of the beautiful Dorset coast.


    Day 1: A nice relaxed departure with our door to door service as we make our way towards Dorset and the south coast. We will stop en route to break our journey before arriving at our hotel, ideally situated on the East Cliff. Have time to settle in before evening dinner.

    Days 2 - 4: At leisure in Bournemouth or join us on our included excursions.

    Bournemouth is the South coast’s premier resort with a tradition of all-year round hospitality. Standing on 100 foot chalk cliffs, you will find a town that is full of charm and character with a superb array of attractions. Set amongst the pines and the shelter of Poole bay, Bournemouth enjoys a mild climate and the benefit of a traffic free promenade. With the beautiful Dorset countryside, two thousand acres of lovingly tendered parks and gardens, and the breathtaking natural beauty of the coast, Bournemouth is certainly a very special holiday venue.

    POOLE  With its bustling historic quayside, beautiful beaches and stunning natural harbour, nearby Poole is a wonderful town to discover. Enjoy free time in this delightful harbour town, explore the attractive Quayside waterfront which offers views across the harbour and is lined with stylish old buildings, old pubs and small shops.  The waterfront museum telling the history of the port and town and the renowned Poole Pottery are also well worth a visit.   ISLE OF PURBECK & SWANAGE RAILWAY  We enjoy a scenic journey around the Isle of Purbeck, the inspiration for many of Enid Blyton’s novels. We visit the pretty, riverside market town of Wareham, the gateway to Purbeck. We head to Norden and take to the tracks with a nostalgic steam train ride on the Swanage Railway through six miles of beautiful scenery and passing the ruins of historic Corfe Castle onto the popular seaside town of Swanage. Like all of England's Victorian and Edwardian seaside towns, Swanage is very much a creation of the railway era, and you have some time to explore the bustling quay and popular town centre. Our return journey is by way of the unique Sandbanks “Chain Ferry” which allows us to enjoy the short crossing from Shell Bay to Sandbanks (weather and other circumstances permitting).


    NEW FOREST A scenic drive through the New Forest, taking in some of its beautiful towns and villages such as Lymington, Lyndhurst and Burley. Delightful to visit at anytime of the year but especially so in Autumn when the woodland can look at their colourful best, trees begin to blaze with golden hues and there is still warmth in the Autumn sun. Originally a hunting forest for William the Conqueror, this glorious area is home to unusual flora and fauna with ponies that roam free. 

    Day 5: After a leisurely breakfast, we leave the hotel and make our homeward journey back to Kent with a suitable stop on the way.

    The itinerary is subject to change and days and visits are interchangeable.

    Sun 11 October 2015

    5 Days

    £359 per adult

  • BBC Broadcasting House Tour London W1A

    You have been inviting the BBC into your homes for many years, and now it's your turn to visit them!

    Join us for a new tour of BBC Broadcasting House and step inside the exciting world of broadcasting! At BBC Tours we're invited to peek behind the scenes of the dynamic live broadcasting hub and hear what goes on at the beating heart of the BBC!

    We start the day with some free time around the museums in Kensington before we drive you over to Broadcasting House for our timed entrance in the afternoon. The entertaining and informative guides on this tour will bring to life the work of the BBC’s brand new, state of the art, multimedia broadcasting centre in the heart of London. Some of the things you are likely to experience on the tour include a camera’s eye view via the big screen into some of the studios broadcasting to the nation such as the Six o’clock News and Radio 1. As well as hearing about the rich history of the building and the BBC. You’ll look down on the new state of the art newsroom and there will be the opportunity to have a go at reading the news and weather yourself on the interactive news set. The guides will also tell you about how BBC Radio Drama is made and you’ll be able to have a go at making your very own radio play complete with music and sound effects! On some but not all tours, you may get the chance to peek into the newly restored Radio Theatre (production schedules permitting) where Radio 2 concerts and popular radio comedy shows such as Just a Minute, the News Quiz and The One Show have recently been recorded. There is a large public café on site where the tours start and finish, serving light meals and soft drinks so there will be chance to get some refreshments before we begin our journey home. There is also a small BBC Shop in the café selling BBC Branded items.

    Your BBC tour will last approximately one and a half hours. Please remember that Broadcasting House is a working building so no two tours are the same, but they will always be informative, interesting and fun.

    DISABLED VISITOR ACCESS - As BBC Broadcasting House is a large building, the tour covers a fair distance. If you are a wheelchair user or have any other disability related needs, please contact us prior to booking.


    Please be advised that there are security checks before and during the tour – please do not bring large bags. Sharp or pointed objects including nail files, scissors, knives and cutlery are not permitted on BBC premises and any unsuitable items will be confiscated by BBC Security. There are no cloakroom facilities available. Due to copyright and security reasons, photography at BBC Broadcasting House is restricted. Please do not bring long-lensed cameras on the tour. There will be several photo opportunities on the tour. This is a working building, so there is no guarantee who or what you will see. Please be aware there is a fair amount of walking involved. This excursion is unsuitable for babies or children under 9 years of age.

    Price includes entry, free time in Kensington and return coach travel

    This may be a shared departure with another day trip. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination in the same general area. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.

    Tue 13 October 2015

    1 Day

    £39 per adult

  • Cambridge

    Enjoy a visit to Cambridge. Sometimes described as the loveliest city in Britain, you will be captivated by the great beauty of the college and university buildings, the magnificent courtyards, the bridges and 'Backs' along the River Cam and the wealth of architectural styles to be admired.

    Cambridge is a compact city with a wonderful choice of shops. From the hustle and bustle of the city’s market where you can rub shoulders with the locals in Market Square, to an abundance of boutiques and independent shops as well as high street brands, designer labels and shopping centres; Cambridge has it all. The colourful and historic open air market in Market Square in the heart of the City, offers a wide range of produce, goods and services, from superb quality fruit, vegetables, meat and fish, to books, clothing, sweets, a tailoring service, flowers, crafts and refreshments.

    For more information on what to see and do in Cambridge,and further visitor information including maps please click here.

    This may be a shared departure with another day trip. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination in the same general area. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.


    Wed 14 October 2015

    1 Day

    £28 per adult

  • War Horse - West End Show

    The record breaking hit show based on the celebrated novel by Michael Morpurgo. Actors, working with astonishing life-sized puppets, take audiences on an unforgettable journey through history.

    At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert's beloved horse, is sold to the cavalry and shipped to France. He's soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary odyssey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man's land. Albert cannot forget Joey and, still not old enough to enlist, he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home. Suitable for ages 10 and over. Price includes return coach travel and matinee show ticket. Subject to travel time, there should be some free time to enjoy prior to the show. For more information, please click here.

    Warhorse must end its West End stint in March 2016. So our 3rd March date will be the last chance for you to ravel with Buzzlines to see this breathtaking show.

    This show is also available to book on our regular London Showtime day trips on selected Saturdays throughout the year. Prices vary, contact us for details.

    Thu 15 October 2015

    1 Day

    £69 per adult

  • Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward Theatre

    Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production makes its highly anticipated return to the West End. Since Miss Saigon’s sensational record-breaking run at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane 25 years ago, it has played in 300 cities in 15 different languages, winning awards around the world.

    Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon night club owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as 'The Engineer'. John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night. That night will change their lives forever.

    For more information on the show, please click here.

    SHOW STARTS AT 230pm.

    Price includes return coach travel and matinee show ticket. Subject to travel time, there should be some free time to enjoy prior to the show.

    This show is also available to request on our Saturday London Showtime day trips.

    Thu 15 October 2015

    1 Day

    £69 per adult

  • Mystery Tour

    Our Mystery Tours have been a favourite for many years, travelling to different secret destinations across the country and staying at some of our highest rated hotels. 2015 will be no different; we have a selection of Mystery Tours planned for you to enjoy.

    We include our longstanding 3-day trips, plus weekend breaks. In addition to these, we have our special 4-day Easter, Christmas and New Year Mystery Tours and a 5-day Mystery Turkey & Tinsel break.

    We continue to follow the same principles on all of our Mystery Tours. Accommodation will be of a very high standard with included excursions along the way and, as usual, they continue to represent great value for money. Each date will feature a different hotel and destination.

    Where will our new departures take you - Up North? Way out West? Could it be in the country, in a city centre or by the sea?

    Please note: Never take a bet with your driver about your destination.... he will always win!

    Alongside our existing mystery travellers, we look forward to welcoming anyone joining us to try these out for the first time. Enjoy one of the best regions in the UK, whilst staying at a super hotel with bed, breakfast and evening meal, and with daily excursions also included all for one great price.

    Fri 16 October 2015

    3 Days

    £185 per adult

  • Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre

    As Europe's largest urban shopping centre at 1.9 million sq ft, Westfield Stratford City includes a dynamic and targeted mixture of over 300 brands anchored by John Lewis, Waitrose, Marks & Spencer and a 17-screen Vue cinema.

    An innovative fusion of different brands, experiences and formats will grace the three-level curved mall (with M&S and John Lewis at either end) and beautifully designed 24-hour lifestyle street.  Art and culture will be integral to the experience - from the striking architecture of individual retail districts and new retail concepts to cultural collaborations, events and installations that enhances the next generation of retail space. 

    From the shopping centre, you can even view the Olympic Stadium which can be seen in the distance.

    Westfield Stratford City has transformed London's retail landscape and provides the ultimate opportunity for the world's most stimulating and interesting brands. 

    Includes return travel by coach.

    May be a shared departure. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination in the same general area. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.

    For more information on Westfield, please click here

    Sat 17 October 2015

    1 Day

    £24 per adult

  • Greenwich with National Maritime Museum and more

    Set in the heart of the Greenwich World Heritage Site, the National Maritime Museum comprises three sites of architectural and historical significance: the Royal Observatory, the Queen's House and the Maritime Galleries. World Heritage Site status was awarded to 'Maritime Greenwich’ by UNESCO in 1997. Set on the banks of the River Thames just four miles downstream from Tower Bridge it is particularly noted for its magnificent architecture, beautiful parkland and a lively town centre not far away.

    You can enjoy a walk along the River Thames or in Greenwich Park before eating in one of Greenwich’s restaurants. Greenwich shopping is excellent, and you can walk everywhere and easily enjoy the fascinating combination of historic Greenwich Market and quirky, independent and designer shops. Also close by, you could visit the Cutty Sark which has relaunched, opening a new chapter in the extraordinary life of one of the world’s most famous ships. The last surviving tea clipper and the fastest and greatest of her time, she is a living testimony to the bygone, glorious days of sail and, most importantly, a monument to those that lost their lives in the merchant service.(Admission costs apply)

    Includes return travel by coach. This may be a shared departure.

    Admission charges may apply to some special exhibitions and events at the Museums and these are not included unless otherwise stated

    For more information on Greenwich, please click here

    Sat 17 October 2015

    1 Day

    £24 per adult

  • Bruges

    This wonderful coach day trip takes you to one of Europe's most beautiful and best-preserved medieval cities, with something to see at every turn.

    Not many people realise that the historic Belgian town of Bruges, or Brugge in Flemish, is in fact within easy driving distance from Calais to make an ideal day trip destination. Bruges has been called "The Venice of the North" due to its canal-lined streets and stunning architecture. It is easy to explore on foot, by horse-drawn carriage or canal cruiser. Tempting Belgian chocolates, beautiful hand-made lace and world-famous beers make Bruges one of our most popular destinations.

    Bruges boasts a rich cultural heritage. The majestic past of Bruges lives on in the many works of art that can be seen in the many museums, often housed in historic buildings. The many places of interest, too, are silent witnesses to the city’s rich heritage. Bruges has a lot to offer from a culinary perspective too. Many restaurants, cafes and bars offer typical regional dishes of Bruges as well as exotic delicacies for different tastes and budgets. Trip Advisor may be able to help you choose a suitable venue.

    Normally a minimum of 4 hours in Bruges subject to travel time. So as to preserve its unique heritage for locals and visitors alike,coaches are not allowed into the inner city. We therefore park at the coach park which is a flat, leisurely 20 minute walk to the main city centre or closeby there is a bus stop where a frequent bus service runs to and from the city centre.

    Price includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing.


    For our other trips to Bruges, please click here

    For more information on Bruges including maps and other practical information plus city highlights and places of interest, please click here

    Sun 18 October 2015

    1 Day

    £38 per adult

  • Warners Cricket St Thomas Hotel Somerset

    Cricket St. Thomas Hotel is a beautiful English country house in South Somerset. Having been host to the filming of daytime TV show "To the Manor Born", the hotel lends itself to having star quality with impressive sweeping staircases, beautifully landscaped gardens and vast history. Designed in the Regency manner by the famed neo-classicist Sir John Soane, it was once frequented by Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton. Stretch your legs and explore the 160 acres of peaceful lakes, vibrant gardens and secluded woodlands with mature cedars, maples and yews which have been lovingly preserved. Spend all of your time in the resort or join us on our included daily excursions – you can do as much or as little as you choose!

    Our daily excursions include a visit to one of Somerset’s hidden gems - the amazing Forde Abbey and Gardens, a Cistercian Monastery filled with many treasures and surrounded by 30 acres of carefully tended gardens. We’ll also be heading on an excursion to Dorset’s world famous Jurassic Coast taking in the backdrop to ITV's popular and gripping crime thriller - 'Broadchurch'. 

    Additional Highlights:

    • 160 acres of lakes, cascades and gardens including a Water Garden, Woodland Walk and all year round colour
    • Surrounded by Somerset countryside
    • Historical links to Lord Nelson
    • As seen on TV's To The Manor Born
    • Somerset Skittles, disc golf, short mat bowls, archery, table tennis, putting green, tennis, croquet and boules, air-rifle and pistol shooting

    Warner Leisure Hotels offer the ideal surroundings for a break, each with its own unique atmosphere and appeal. As the holidays are exclusively for adults, you’ll find it easy to relax and unwind, with a wide range of leisure and activity programmes by day as well as superb entertainment each evening. All breaks are based on stylish standard rooms but if you prefer a little more luxury then please check with us about the other options available and pricing for upgrading your accommodation.

    For details of our other Warner holidays, please click here.

    Mon 19 October 2015

    5 Days

    £409 per adult

  • A High Old Time in the Low Countries

    Buzzlines is pleased to offer this lovely late-season short break, based in Valkenberg in Holland and taking us into both Belgium and Germany.

    Our itinerary includes free time in both Valkenberg and Maastricht, a visit to the Eifel National Park and onwards to the fine German city of Aachen, and also a trip to the Belgian City of Liège which we reach via a cruise on the scenic River Meuse.

    We stay half-board at the well-rated Hotel Walram in Valkenberg, where we enjoy a package which provides for a four hour free bar every evening and one music night. Our evening meal includes a choice of main course with tea or coffee to follow.

    Valkenburg is a delightful little Dutch hill town built around a romantic ruined castle and sits at the 'Crossroads of Europe' between Germany and Belgium. Whether a first time visitor or if you have been before, Valkenburg and the surrounding area is a wonderful place to visit.


    On our first day we take a Eurotunnel crossing and head onwards for the splendid Belgian city of Ghent, where we allow ourselves a couple of hours for lunch and a bit of sightseeing. In the afternoon our coach continues eastwards, skirting Brussels and Maastricht before we reach our hotel in Valkenberg late in the afternoon.

    Our 3* hotel is situated close to the centre of Valkenberg and alongside the River Geul, The hotel, which earns consistently good Trip Advisor reviews, has a lift, swimming pool, sauna and solarium, and its rooms have en-suite facilities, TV, hairdryer and telephone. Our hotel package includes breakfast and evening meal, with a choice of 3 main course and tea or coffee to follow. We also enjoy free use of the bar for four hours each evening, and on one evening the hotels puts on a music night for us! Spend all of your time in Valkenburg or join us on our included excursions.

    Tuesday is our day in Gemany, and we spend the morning in scenic mood as we journey into the Eifel National Park, well known to many of us for our winter visits to the famous old town of Monschau.   At this time of year we would expect the woodlands of the national park to be ablaze with Autumn colour, so we will make for the delightful setting of Lake Rur with its wooded hillsides and lakeside trails.

    Then, for the afternoon, we head back towards Valkenberg and to the westernmost of all German cities, Aachen. This lovely city offers us plenty of choice. Its compact city centre is a delight for shopping and sightseeing, with key visitor attractions including the UNESCO-listed cathedral, whose history dates back to the 8th Century; and the city hall which dates from 1330. You can visit its Coronation Hall, the Hall of the Emperors, and replicas of the Imperial Crown Jewels.

    The Cathedral in Aachen (acknowledgements to Wikipedia)

    The Cathedral in Aachen (acknowledgements to Wikipedia)

    Then there is the Grashaus, a late medieval house at the Fisch Markt, one of the oldest non-religious buildings in the old town of Aachen. It was the former city hall before the present building took over this function.   The Elisenbrunnen is one of the most famous sights of Aachen. It is a neo-classical hall covering one of the city's famous fountains. It is just a minute away from the cathedral, and nearby is also situated the 19th-century theatre.   Those happy to hike a bit further will also find two of the surviving city gates and remains of the medieval city walls.

    Among the many other notable buildings is the the Jewish synagogue, reinaugurated in May 1995 after being destroyed in the notorious Kristallnacht Nazi-led destruction of November 1938.

    For Wednesday we relax for the morning in Valkenberg to enjoy this uniquely undulating part of the Netherlands. The town’s many attractions include its famous castle, museums, marlstone caves, chair lift, and the South Limburg Steam Train, and there are some delightful parks and gardens in which to wander and take in the Autumn colours. Then for the afternoon we join the coach for the short journey into Maastricht, the southernmost city in the Netherlands. The afternoon is then free to stroll the the old city centre including the Stokstraat Quarter, the Basilica of Our Lady, the Ramparts and the spacious parks. You can also explore the network of underground passageways and vaults where many Netherlands' art treasures were safeguarded during World War II.

    If you feel more adventurous, there are regular trains from Valkenberg into Maastricht, and from there you can easily get to Eindhoven, about an hour away, or Cologne which requires a further change of trains in Liège.

    Liège itself is then our destination on Thursday as our attention switches to Belgium. In recent years this mighty industrial city has redeveloped as one of the great cultural and heritage centres of Belgian Wallonia, of which it is capital. To reach Liège we first return to Maastricht where we join one of the regular passenger ferry craft operating on the River Meuse, and we can then sit back to enjoy 3 hour, 28km cruise on the river and its associated Albert Canal.

    On arrival in Liège we rejoin the coach quayside and after a brief pass by the railway station to see its remarkable new roof, we set down for some free time in the city centre and its delightful maze of pedestrianised shopping streets. Amongst many worthy museums here are the Museum of Modern & Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Walloon Life, and not far away you can find the bottom of the 400 steps of the spectacular Montagne de Bueren. There’s an even better view from the top if you want to take on climbing them!

    Come Friday we bid farewell to our hosts in Valkenberg , but we have an interesting first port-of-call on our homebound journey just north of Liège as we make a guided visit the historic devastated first World War Fort de Loncin. One of a string of forts built by the Belgians in the 1880s to guard Liège, this was the scene of heroic Belgian resistance in the early days of the First World War and was highly important to the allied efforts on outbreak of war as it helped to give the French and British forces further west time to stabilise the western front before the German Army could overwhelm it. In the event the Fort was disabled by a single blow – a German “Big Bertha” howitzer shell penetrating the Fort’s magazine. Over three hundred Belgian soldiers were killed and may of them remain buried there. The site is therefore not only a museum, but also a war grave.

    From Loncin we continue our journey home, with a planned hypermarket stop at the Auchan centre, just outside Dunkirk, before we continue for our early evening crossing.

    Mon 19 October 2015

    5 Days

    £315 per adult

  • Bluebell Railway & Sheffield Park Gardens

    The Bluebell is a heritage Steam Railway running through the glorious Sussex countryside and we enjoy a fantastic return journey on the UK’s first preserved standard gauge passenger railway.

    The magnificent informal landscape garden at Sheffield Park was laid out in the 18th century by 'Capability' Brown and further developed in the early years of the 20th century by its owner, Arthur G. Soames. The original four lakes form the centrepiece. There are dramatic shows of daffodils and bluebells in spring, and the rhododendrons and azaleas are spectacular in early summer. Autumn brings stunning colours from the many rare trees and shrubs, and winter walks can be enjoyed in this garden for all seasons. Visitors on the coach day trip can now also explore South Park, 107 hectares (265 acres) of historic parkland, with stunning views.

    Includes return travel by coach with entrance to Sheffield Park Gardens and a 90 minute return journey on the train at the Bluebell Railway.

    A reduced price is available for National Trust members which can be selected during the booking process or please contact us for details.

    Tue 20 October 2015

    1 Day

    £42 per adult

  • Cite Europe & Belgium Continental Shopper

    Visit Cite Europe; a vast shopping mall with around 250 shops to choose from. A paradise for serious shoppers and save money at the same time to buy wine, beer, spirits and food.

    The coach will drop at Cite Europe first for those who want to spend all their time there. We then travel over to Belgium to Adinkerke for any passengers wishing to make a visit here before returning to Cite Europe for limited time.

    Includes return travel by coach and scheduled Eurotunnel crossing. Subject to travel, we drop at Cite Europe first around 1pm local time for customers wishing to spend all of their time there. We then head to Adinkerke for a visit of around an hour around before returning to Cite Europe. We depart from Cite Europe around 515pm. Our return tunnel crossing arrives back in the UK around 630pm.

    For more information on Cite Europe, please click here.


    Wed 21 October 2015

    1 Day

    £34 per adult

  • Apsley House, Wellington Arch & Afternoon Tea

    Commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Duke of Wellington’s triumph at the Battle of Waterloo by visiting two new exhibitions from English Heritage .

    Start your day at Apsley House, the London home of the Duke of Wellington which has remained in the family to this day. The interior of the house boasts splendid Regency-era rooms, little changed since the duke’s glory days and filled with fine paintings, sculptures and gifts to Britain’s greatest military hero. Here you will be able to view their new exhibition recreating the Waterloo Banquets held to commemorate the Duke of Wellington’s great victory along with new visitor information and updated displays of memorabilia.

    Follow this up by making the short trip to Wellington Arch, standing opposite Apsley House. This arch was originally intended as a grand outer entrance to Buckingham Palace as well as a commemoration to its name-sake. It also features a statue of the angel of peace descending on a four-horsed chariot of war. This spectacular piece is the largest bronze sculpture in Europe! Here you’ll be able to see the new temporary exhibition telling the story of the Battle of Waterloo, of the people involved, and the battle’s legacy.

    Finally, we will travel to The Grosvenor Hotel to have a delicious afternoon tea in their Victorian tea rooms before making our return journey home.

    Price includes return travel to London by coach, entrance to Apsley House and the Wellington Arch exhibition and afternoon tea.

    Thu 22 October 2015

    1 Day

    £49 per adult

  • The Crime Museum Uncovered

    A coach day trip to the Museum of London, one of the outstanding museums often overlooked when visiting the capital. We include entry to its temporary exhibition featuring never-before-seen objects from the Metropolitan Police’s Crime Museum going on display for the first time.

    The Metropolitan Police’s Crime Museum was established in 1875 and has previously only been accessibly to police professionals and invited guests. Now, for the first time, the public will be able to view original evidence from real-life notorious cases.

    Exhibition features:

    • View case files from the crimes of Dr Crippen, The Krays, the Great Train Robbery, the Millennium Dome diamond heist and more.
    • Look at the changing nature of crime and advances in detection techniques.
    • Examine the challenges faced by the police force in London such as terrorism, drugs and riots.
    • Explore the impact of crime through personal stories.

    The Museum of London is located close to the Barbican Centre, as part of the striking Barbican complex of buildings created in the 1960s and 70s as an innovative approach to re-development within a bomb damaged area of the City. It is a few minutes' walk north of St Paul's Cathedral, overlooking the remains of the Roman city wall and on the edge of the oldest part of London, known as the City, now the financial district. The museum itself stands on the site of a Roman fort. It is one of the largest and probably the most comprehensive urban museum on the planet, with nine permanent free galleries, which explore the story of London from prehistoric times to the present day. Hot and cold meals, sandwiches, cakes and fair-trade tea and coffee are available at the Museum of London's excellent cafés providing the perfect pit stop. Explore this great city through a programme of exhibitions throughout the year.

    Spend all of your time at the Museum of London or possibly explore the area with both The Bank of England Museum and St Paul's Cathedral close-by (separate admission charges apply if wishing to visit St Paul's). 

    This may be a shared departure. The coach for this excursion may serve more than one destination in the same general area. Please note that this may mean that the journey to your destination could involve a slightly indirect route. If you are at all concerned about this the Buzzlines sales staff will be happy to advise further.

    Sat 24 October 2015

    1 Day

    £34 per adult