It’s easy to forget the wealth of cultural and historic heritage that is on our own doorsteps. Abbeys and cathedrals, dramatic moorlands and rugged coastlines, fishing villages, and quintessential English Gardens are just some of the attributes worth celebrating.
Brighten up those bleak March days with a luxurious four star early-spring getaway in Sidmouth, where you can spoil yourself at the spa, absorb spectacular scenery and seaviews, and indulge in elegant dining experiences accompanied by the sounds of a resident pianist & quartet
A combination of Sandy Beaches, huddled cliffs, sheltered coves, ports and harbours stitch together the patchwork quilt of Cornwall; Coastal frills surrounding an intricate latticework of countryside hedgerows, wild inspirational scenery, rustic villages and gorgeous gardens.
The sea views from Sidmouth are second to none,and where best to enjoy these views than from the sensational, four star Belmont Hotel where you can spoil yourself at their spa, all before perusing the wonderful Forde Abbey and Bicton Park Botanical Gardens.
A seabound kingdom with many stories to tell, the Isle of Man’s history is said to have started from Ireland when Finn McCool threw a chunk of land at Scotland. Whilst it must have been quite some throw, considering the island’s 33 mile length, the giant’s punt fell short, creating an idyllic retreat that truly has something for everyone.
Set like a diamond off the South Coast of mainland Britain, the Isle of Wight glitters with great days out and places to visit. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert established their, ‘Palace by the Sea’, at Osborne House, which boasts grand displays of opulent extravagance. Having a Royal Residence attracted many fashionable Victorians and their influences can be seen on a circular coach tour that travels the Isle’s sixty-mile circumference, a journey that overspills with unspoilt scenery.
According to legend, the monks of Lindisfarne discovered Durham after following a cow that led them to a site high on a hill. This was to be the resting place of St Cuthbert and it wasn’t long before the sound of masons’ hammers and chisels rang out over the countryside. Towers of stone rose in the sky, forming a fine Romanesque cathedral that became a beacon for religious pilgrimage.
The pleasant town of Blackpool is well-known for a multitude of reasons, from it’s Blackpool Tower which houses a circus and a viewing platform, to the tasty sticks of rocks it produces. Begin humming the iconic" Oh I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside", of which Reginald Dixon the resident organist of Blackpool enjoyed playing as we begin our adventures to the beach!
Discover Scotland in style as steam delivers the locomotive experience of a lifetime. Relax as the rhythm of the railway whistles through the highlands, coursing carriages along 3 premier routes through picturesque surroundings and unspoilt countryside. Enjoy the romance of Victorian travel, the triumph of engineering and feats of endurance that moved mountains to make such journeys possible.
The charm of the Irish is one of the many qualities evident in this SwanTour that enjoys exploration of quaint locations and beautiful destinations. The 2020 European Capital of Culture and Athlone Castle are just a sample of the excursions on offer.
It’s not a mystery that Scotland features some of the most stunning sceneries that can be found throughout the UK. Relax and unwind as we enjoy a ferry towards The Isle of Mull, excursions to Duart Castle, free time in Oban and Fort William and much more…
Exploration is the key ingredient to any special holiday and this tour is no different. Adventuring awaits as we experience the awe-inspiring Snowdonia National Park in a tour that experiences everything Gwynedd has to offer. Scale Mount Snowdon on the Snowdon Mountain Railway, take a wander around Plas Newydd House and Gardens, enjoy excursions to Beddgelert and Porthmadog and unwind at the coastal towns of Llandudno and Caernarfon.
Steeped in history and culture, Yorkshire is a beautiful area to tour. Travel through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, ride along 73 miles of railway on the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway and enjoy quaint market towns in this mid-summer getaway.
Excursions to a victorian country house and a boat trip on the river Fowey await as travels to South East Cornwall lead to the working fishing port of Looe. Calm blue waters and golden sandy beaches combine to give this harbour-town it's charm and tranquility
With more trees than you could shake a stick at, Scotland’s landscape represents one of Europe’s last remaining wildernesses. Whilst natural elements have sculpted the nations topography, heaving mountains towards louds and sinking lochs into valley hollows.
Relaxation and exploration accompanied with a glass of bubbly await on this tour that explores the outskirts of London. Enjoy tours around a working vineyard, an impressive Edwardian house and a trip on a heritage railway, there will also be free time at Portsmouth and Henley-on-Thames.
There's nothing better to do on a warm summer's day than to sit back and enjoy the smell of freshly bloomed flowers; pair this with a beautiful excursion to the North Devon Coast which arrives at the stunning Arlington Court and you'll have a holiday set to please.
Chatsworth Country Fair is this week, with spectacular grand ring displays in the air and on land. The House itself has something to offer everyone, including contemporary and classic art, gorgeous grounds, a farmyard and familiar scenes from Pride and Prejudice, involving a certain Mr Darcey...
Ireland has a certain charm about it - it always has. Enjoy the journey as we pass through the amazing Wild Atlantic Way, gazing across coast and cliff edge.Venture along the south coast discovering medieval strongholds and pristinely presented gardens surrounded by luscious greens and a curious array of wildlife, and each day holds a leisurely adventure.
Discover Scotland in style as steam delivers the locomotive experience of a lifetime from the heart of the Cairngorm National Park. In 1837, few railway lines had been opened in Scotland and these mainly transported raw materials between Edinburgh, Dundee, and Glasgow. By the turn of the 20th Century, Scotland’s rail network neared completion, linking major towns and small villages throughout the Highlands. Now you can relax as the rhythm of the railway whistles through stunning landscapes....
Mid-Wales is an area rich in heritage from the Middle Ages to the present time, and this fine tour brings to life the best of it. We experience the scene of Owain Glyndwr’s rebellion at Llandovery, the spa town at Llandrindod Wells, Powis Castle, and inspirational Aberglasney, the garden ‘lost in time’, commemorated by the poet John Dyer.
There are few better places to enjoy the last dash of autumn than Sidmouth and fewer places that capture changing times better than Plymouth with its fascinating history and tales of trade that have been responsible for a fair few pickles around the world....
Back in the 1500s, only those of the highest importance stayed in manor houses. Fast forward to present day, guests can enjoy a spot of golf on the putting green of a Grade I listed Tudor manor house hotel after enjoying excursions to Oxford and Marlborough.
Christmas comes early to Great Yarmouth this year in a pre-seasonal spectacular where the sleigh’s loaded with the glamour, glitz, razzle and dazzle of show business. The Wurlitzer’s cranked up, the carousel’s turning, and the stage’s set for making merry.
Exceeding expectations equals the perfect gift and according to clients, this SwanTour delivers more than Santa’s sack load of presents. From first class service to excellent entertainment, we’re delighted to offer once again, the perfect Christmas holiday.