What a marvellous summer we are having, though the lawns are brown and we hear too many people complaining about the heat. A brief thunderstorm and downpour (as we rowed a boat ashore against tide and wind last week!), and now we are back to warm summer. Mind you, the only dull, cold day with a bit of drizzle (17 June) was the day of our summer barbecue and theatre!!! Of course the excellent show went on and we had an audience of about 130 – a bit smaller than most years, but the event was very much enjoyed by everyone. Both open air concerts (3 June and 15 July) were in brilliant warm weather, with picnics and dancing on the grass. We don’t yet know the dates of our summer events in 2019, but will let you know as soon as possible.
We returned from another lovely trip Morocco in March and revisit SOUTH MOROCCO 30 October – 17 November this year. There are just two vacancies for this tour if anyone is looking for an autumn visit to Marrakech, Essaouira and the Atlas mountains. And we can announce a return to NORTH MOROCCO from7-29 March 2019. We will be visiting at a lovely time of year: last year’s tour in March was a great success with the great bonus of the spring flowers in the Rif Mountains and valleys. Many of the valley floors were carpeted, literally carpeted with colours – blue, orange, dark red – all set against the dark mountain slopes and the blue of the sky. Of course the places we visit are fascinating – the souks of a variety of exciting towns and cities: Tangier, Chefchouan, Fes, Meknes, Rabat and others, and we will be staying in small characterful riad hotels in the centres of ancient medinas rather than faceless modern hotels. And best of all, we will have the company of the delightful Omar, our friend and guide for many years now, who has become the friend and favourite guide of so many Travellers. Do join us for an exciting tour with the bonus of an early spring.
Our tour to SOUTH INDIA – Kerala and Tamil Nadu back in January was another great success and our next tour, which focusses on small remote places in KERALA (19 Jan – 9 Feb 2019) is already fully booked. We hope to plan further tours to India in 2020. Please let us know if you may be interested.
John Osborne’s tour to IRAN was reportedly his most enjoyable ever, despite, or perhaps because we had refused President Trump who wanted to join us. So many of the group contacted us to tell us of their appreciation of John and Karen and the wonderful tour. John’s next tour to IRAN: A PERSIAN SPRING will be 11-25 April 2019. There are already a number of bookings for the tour which is bound to fill up quickly.
The list below includes escorted tours offered by our colleagues at Prestige Holidays. Jill and I joined the Sicily tours a year or two ago which was just excellent. The whole programme looks exciting and Prestige will offer a modest discount to Travellers’ Club members!
Please remember that we can plan a private tour for you, your family or friends, or your clubs & societies - to suit your dates, your pocket and your pace. We have recently planned private tours in BURMA, LAOS & CAMBODIA, INDIA and other destinations. Please spread the word about all the tours - tell all your friends and invite them to next year’s summer party.
With best wishes,
*Tours operated by Prestige Holidays ** New itineraries, Full details from: Prestige 01425 480600; www.toursprestigeholidays.co.uk. Talk to David, Lee or Alex mentioning The Travellers’ Club to obtain a modest discount!
**AN IONIAN ODYSSEY (Island hopping) 7-15 Sept £1845
**MACEDONIA – Land of Alexander & Aristotle 17 -24Sept £1795
*THE DURREL’S CORFU TOUR (with Lee Durrell) 1-6 Oct £1649
*MONTENEGRO 25 Sept – 5 Oct £1749
*GEORGIA & ARMENIA 6-15 Oct £2379
**ALBANIA & MACEDONIA 20-30 Oct £1749
**JORDAN 26 Oct – 3 Nov £1949
*CRETE Off the Beaten Track – 7-14 October £1549
*SICILY Off the Beaten Track – 6-15 Nov £1645
GROUP TOURS NEXT YEAR 2019
SOUTH INDIA: Kerala 19 January -9 February with Richard Hunt
NORTHERN MOROCCO 17-29 March with Richard Hunt and Omar Nid
Tangier, Chefchaouan, Fes, Meknes (with Volubilis), Rabat, Asilah
IRAN: THE PERSIAN TRAVELLER 11-25 April with John Osborne
MOROCCO: GRAND TOUR OF THE SOUTH 31 Oct-18 Nov with Richard Hunt & Omar Nid
Marrakech, Atlas Mountains, deserts, kasbahs, gorges, souks; visiting Skoura, Tinerhir, Zagora, Taroudant, Essouira
*More tours in preparation by Prestige Holidays in April, May & June 2019: Please ask for details, mentioning The Travellers’ Club, Tel 01425 480600or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*ALBANIA & MACEDONIA, SCILLIES, CHANNEL ISLANDS, PELOPONNESE , ROME, SICILY , UMBRIA, POMPEII and more!