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Marvelling At Malta

12th March 2019
Melanie Cope sees Malta in a different light after her recent visit. She tells us why this beautiful destination is more than just somewhere to relax or enjoy some winter sun.
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Savouring The Flavours Of New Orleans

27th February 2019
Lorna Neale got the chance to spend a few days in the lively city of New Orleans. Here are some of the things she got up to and how she found the trip.
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Independence Days

19th February 2019
Last April, Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas sailed into dry dock for a multi-million pound refurbishment. Having emerged a month later with brand new facilities and updated décor, Kerry Sabberton climbed on board to see what’s new.
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Searching For Santa But Finding So Much More

12th February 2019
Claire Bradford, Assistant Manager at our Colchester travel agents, took a magical trip to Lapland just before Christmas. The main aim of the trip was to search for Santa but, as you will see, she discovered a world of fantastic adventures.
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Lots Of Lochs With Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines

29th January 2019
Melissa Hammond took a cruise for the first time on board Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines’ Black Watch. After enjoying an itinerary that revealed some hidden gems closer to home, she tells us why a cruise is a fantastic holiday option.
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Game Drives And The Big Five

22nd January 2019
Clare Ruffell took a walk on the wild side when she toured South Africa. Her trip included game drives in the Massai Mara Game Reserve and some time at the jaw-dropping Victoria Falls. Here’s a closer look at what she got up to.
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Say Yas To Abu Dhabi

15th January 2019
Towards the end of last year, Zoe Holmes, received the opportunity to travel to Abu Dhabi. After four nights experiencing exclusive resorts, riotous rollercoasters and vast deserts, here’s why she would recommend this Emirate to anyone.
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Revelling In River Cruise Praise

8th January 2019
Here at Fred. Olsen Travel Agents, we are extremely proud to have ended 2018 on a real high note with award wins and nominations.
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Views From Up High In Dubai

11th December 2018
Sam O’Connor had a taste of Dubai luxury on a recent trip to the UAE. As well as seeing some of the opulent hotels that the city can offer, she enjoy some fantastic experiences. Here is how the trip went in her own words.
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Discovering The Natural Beauty Of Croatia

4th December 2018
Tom Holland has just returned from a trip to Croatia where he discovered the beauty of this amazing country. After spending some time on the mainland and the island of Hvar, he reveals his personal highlights and some reasons where this sho…
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A Taste Of The Sandals Lifestyle

27th November 2018
Leah Johnson received a taste of the Sandals all-inclusive life when she got the chance to travel to Antigua and St. Lucia. Here is the low down from the amazing resorts she visited and things she got up to.
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The Deccan Odyssey From Mumbai

20th November 2018
Charlotte Robson travelled to India to experience the luxury train known as the Deccan Odyssey. On a round-trip from Mumbai, she got to see some of the more rural areas in places such as Goa, meeting some inspiring people along the way. Her…
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Discovering Paradise In Mauritius

13th November 2018
Madeleine Mayes recently had an experience she will never forget in Mauritius. After visiting some of the most luxurious hotels that the island has to offer, she enjoyed some fantastic activities. Here is how the trip went in her own words.…
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Roaring Through The Rockies

6th November 2018
Kerrie Lake spent eight days exploring the west coast of Canada. The trip included some time aboard the fanatic Rocky Mountaineer, an experience that Kerrie would recommend to everyone.
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Wandering And Waffles In Amsterdam

30th October 2018
Jamie Mullard spent 24 hours in the lively city of Amsterdam. It was her first time in the Netherlands’ capital and she has plenty to share from her short trip.
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Scandinavian Sights With Saga Sapphire

23rd October 2018
Susanne Sutton was given the opportunity to experience a cruise with Saga. Having been impressed by what she found on board the ship, she is now ready to recommend a sailing to her customers. Here are some highlights from the trip.
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Northern Lights On All Five Nights

2nd October 2018
Back in March, Emma Livermore had the chance to cruise through Norway with Hurtigruten. Her report features some spectacular highlights, including a memorable show from the Northern Lights.
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Serenaded On The Rhine

25th September 2018
Emma Livermore, Manager of our Norwich travel agents in store at Jarrolds, travelled along the Rhine River on board Titan’s Serenade 1. Here is how she found the ship and the highlights from the wonderful towns and cities she got to visit.
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Chamonix In The Summer

21st August 2018
Mark Scrivener recently visited the French resort of Chamonix, famed for being a winter paradise for skiers. However, with the trip taking place during the summer months, Mark discovered what else is on offer at this adventure destination.
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Gaining Some Independence At Sea

31st July 2018
Lucy Bexfield was on board Independence of the Seas for her recent relaunch after a multi-million-pound refit. Here is what she got up to on a ship that has become a firm favourite for cruises from the UK.
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Camping In The Maasai Mara

24th July 2018
Elodie Pethybridge was lucky enough to experience a true African adventure with Intrepid Travel. Here’s her report about the highlights of a trip that included camping with the Maasai tribe.
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Unforgettable India

17th July 2018
Vicky Bell was lucky enough to experience a once-in-a-lifetime trip to India. This included a tour of the Golden Triangle and the chance to spot tigers in their natural habitat. Here is her report from what was a truly memorable holiday.
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Island Hopping In Greece? Tell Me More

11th July 2018
Sam O’Connor took a trip to Greece’s Northern Sporades Islands. She tells us about some great hotel options on Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos and also gives plenty of reasons to visit this part of the world.
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Sampling Symphony of the Seas

5th June 20018
Donna Hardwick was lucky enough to be one of the first people to sail on board the brand new Symphony of the Seas. Here is what she made of the world’s largest cruise ship.
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Cape Town Travels

29th May 2018
Madeleine Mayes, Senior Travel Consultant, at our Felixstowe travel agents, had the opportunity to explore the sights and sounds of Cape Town. Here are some of her favourite moments form a memorable trip.
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Venturing To Venice

15th May 2018
Assistant Manager of our Dorchester Travel branch, Wendy Dowe, travelled to Venice to enjoy the sights and then returned via the iconic Orient Express. Here are the things she enjoyed most about her trip.
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All-Inclusive Skiing In Val Thorens

30th January 2018
Vicky Bell took a pre-Christmas ski trip with Club Med. Here’s why she would recommend Val Thorens to both beginners and experienced skiers.
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All Aboard For The Norwegian Fjords

23rd January 2018
Emma Livermore took a cruise on board Magellan. Having been impressed with the Cruise and Maritime Voyages staff, she can recommend the cruise line along with this fantastic destination.
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Delectable Dining In Dubai

16th January 2018
Claire Bradford had the opportunity to enjoy a luxurious stay in two of Dubai’s best hotels. During her stay, she enjoyed dining at some amazing restaurants and relaxing on the beach. Here is her full report.
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Spectre On The Slopes

9th January 2018
Keen skier, Elodie Pethybridge, followed in the footsteps of Daniel Craig when she headed off to Austria’s resorts of Solden and Obergurgl for a few days. Here is how she found life on the slopes.
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Sampling Saga Cruises

19th December 2017
Christine Caldwell got the chance to experience Saga Cruises for the first time on a trip to some of the German Christmas markets. Here’s why her preconceptions of the brand were completely shattered.
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Three Countries In Three Days

12th December 2017
Jane Spinks received a taste of a Rhine River cruise when she sailed from Basel to Strasbourg with Riviera River cruises. Here’s what she thought of her trip and the elegant MS Oscar Wilde.
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My Week As A California Girl

5th December 2017
Clare Ruffell had the chance to visit California’s lesser-known destinations. Here are her highlights from Palm Springs, Temecula, Hunting Beach & Oakland.
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A Whirl Around Wurzburg

28th November 2017
Lucy Bexfield visited Nuremberg & Wurzburg earlier in the year. Here’s how she fell in love with the history & culture of these fascinating destinations.
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An Amazing Argentinian Adventure

21st November 2017
Charlotte Robson had the amazing opportunity to travel to Argentina. Her trip included the chance to discover the Perito Moreno Glacier and Iguassu Falls.
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Macau Heights and Hong Kong Nights

14th November 2017
Gemma Hopkins got to experience the bright lights of Hong Kong and Macau on this fantastic trip. Here’s what she thought.
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New-Found Experiences On Canada’s Coast

7th November 2017
Leah Johnson was lucky enough to spend some time on the east coast of Canada. Along the way, she went in search of whales & discovered intriguing local rituals.
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A Moving River Cruise Through Normandy

31st October 2017
Helen Apps got the chance to sail along the Seine on board the beautiful Avalon Tapestry II. She visited the Normandy Beaches and Monet’s house.
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The Hustle And Bustle Of Ho Chi Minh

24th October 2017
In March, Nicola Atkinson took a trip to Vietnam for 5 days to explore Ho Chi Minh City & the Mekong Delta. Here is what she got up to in this amazing country.
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Havana Great Time In Cuba

17th October 2017
Samantha O'Connor spent 7 nights on the beautiful island of Cuba. After falling in love with the place & its people, here is what she has to say about her trip.
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Five-star Luxury Is Sardinia’s Forte

10th October 2017
Kerry Sabberton spent an amazing three nights at one of Sardinia’s best resorts. With a whole host of activities available onsite, here is what she got up to.
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Sampling Food and More At Club Med’s All-Inclusive

26th September 2017
Last week, 14 members of the team were lucky enough to be winging their way to La Rochelle in South-West France for the annual Managers’ Conference.
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Skiing The Slopes Of Val Thorens

8th August 2017
Avid skier, Karen Jones, recently enjoyed a few days in the famous Val Thorens resort. Her all-inclusive experience means she’ll never go back to self-catering.
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A Wild Time In Costa Rica

25th July 2017
Melanie Cope took a walk on the wild side in Costa Rica. Her tour included stays at some of the best hotels & chances to spot wildlife. Here’s what she thought.
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A Caribbean Island With Something For Everyone

4th July 2017
Lisa Robinson spent some time looking at the luxurious hotel options in Barbados. Here’s why she would recommend this holiday to a range of different people.
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A Conference In The Cypriot Sun

20th June 2017
We recently held our Assistant Manager’s Conference in Cyprus. Group Retail Manager, Paul Hardwick, shares why Paphos is fantastic for a relaxing holiday.
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A Great American Adventure

13th June 2017
Lizzie Parkin recently enjoyed an American adventure. Between Atlantic City & Chicago, she visited some fantastic destinations. Here are the highlights.
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Luscious And Luxurious St. Lucia

6th June 2017
Alison MacCarty took a visit to the glorious island of St. Lucia at the end of last year. Here are some of her recommendations for a trip of your own.
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Exploring Eastern Canada

16th May 2017
Kerrie Lake travelled to Canada to explore the cities along the east coast. Here are all the wonderful things she managed to squeeze into her week away.
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Living The High Life On The Las Vegas Strip

9th May 2017
Zoe Holmes took an amazing trip to the Las Vegas Strip. She visited some of the many famous hotels available & even got the chance to experience a show or two.
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Rum and Relaxation In Mauritius

2nd May 2017
Melissa Strayton was lucky enough to experience a fantastic trip to Mauritius. She checked out some of the best hotels on the island & here is what she thought.
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Coast To Coast With Stories To Boast

18th April 2017
Bethany Pearce recently visited destinations on both coasts of America. Here’s what her wonderful trip entailed.
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Discovering What Shaped The United States

11th April 2017
Stacie Harvey recently enjoyed a fantastic trip to America’s east coast. Here’s what she thought of her visit to New York, Gettysburg and Philadelphia.
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Dock Me, Amadeus – In Amsterdam

28th March 2017
Martine Pearce took a short trip to Amsterdam to experience Amadeus Silver II, a vessel from Amadeus River Cruises. Here are the highlights of her weekend.
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A Gem Of A Cruise On Board Saga Sapphire

21st March 2017
Jane Kolowski, recently enjoyed a cruise to the Canary Islands and Madeira with Saga. Here are the highlights from her trip.
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Searching For Santa In Sweden

7th February 2017
Emma Livermore went in search of Santa in Swedish Lapland. Here’s everything she managed to cram into a magical day.
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Singapore And Sentosa – The Island Of Fun

22nd November 2016
Back in March, Bethany Shearing jetted off for a look around Singapore. As you can see, her trip included Shangri-Las, shopping and Singapore Slings.
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A Southern USA Tour That Hit All The Right Notes

15th November 2016
Earlier this year, Vicky Bell took a trip to southern America. She visited Memphis, New Orleans and Nashville on a magical, musical tour.
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An Authentic Taste Of Sicily

8th November 2016
Melanie Wells spent a few days on the island of Sicily. She got to experience the history and cuisine of this fantastic destination.
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The Beaches and Bays of Bermuda

18th October 2016
Claire Bradford recently went to Bermuda to see the island’s best beaches, hotels & things to do. Here's how she ended up falling in love with this destination.
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Fred. Olsen Travel Continues Expansion

11th October 2016
Recent success has enabled us to continue our expansion along the south coast and add a fourth travel shop to our growing portfolio.
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Celebrate 10 Years Of Fred. Olsen Travel

2nd August 2016
This month marks 10 years since Fred. Olsen Travel opened its branch inside the Jarrolds store in Norwich.
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A Diverse Canadian Adventure

26th July 2016
Charlotte Robson spent a week travelling through the Canadian Rockies on a journey she will never forget. Here are some of the highlights of her epic trip.
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Reaching New Heights In Switzerland

19th July 2016
Lorna Neale took a short trip to explore the scenic landscapes of Switzerland. Her tour took her to Davos and Grindelwald.
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Sunsets In Santorini

5th July 2016
Christine Caldwell took a trip to the island of Santorini. Famous for its whitewash buildings, this destination is perfect for various kinds of holidaymakers.
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Indulgent Ischia

21st June 2016
Annie Clougherty travelled to the Italian island of Ischia for a relaxing two-day trip. Here’s what she got up to.
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A Magical Moment In Lapland

14th June 2016
Towards the end of last year, Susanne Sutton enjoyed a spellbinding day in Lapland. Here's why she would recommend a visit to anyone looking for a festive trip.
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From Amsterdam With AmaWaterways

7th June 2016
Stacie Harvey took her first river cruise with AmaWaterways. Here is how she found her short trip from Amsterdam to Cologne.
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An April Achievement

31st May 2016
As our giveaway continues, we can announce that Mrs Amey from Norwich was April’s winner of £250 worth of travel vouchers to spend at any of our travel shops.
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Discovering The Vineyards Of Victoria

24th May 2016
Lindsay Cutting took a tour of Victoria. Along the way, she got the chance to sample some fantastic local wines and check out some of the adorable wildlife.
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Fred. Olsen Travel At The Agent Achievement Awards

17th May 2016
It was announced last week we had made the shortlist in not one but two categories at the 2016 Agent Achievement Awards.
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Explore The Rhine Valley On An Escorted Rail Tour

3rd May 2016
If you have always wanted to explore the Rhine Valley, we are giving you the perfect opportunity to do just that.
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One Heli Of A Trip

26th April 2016
Sarah Leach travelled in style to Monaco and France. Her trip allowed her to experience the romance of the ‘city of love’ as well as Monte Carlo.
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Icelandic Insights

5th April 2016
In March, Nicola Atkinson went on holiday to Iceland for 3 nights. She had an amazing time and this is what she got up to.
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February Fortune For One Lucky Winner

29th March 2016
We are pleased to announce February’s winner as Mrs Pearson from Felixstowe.
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Pandas, Palaces and A Packed Itinerary

15th March 2016
Kerrie Lake took a tour of China which included many of the country’s tourist highlights. Here’s how she found the trip.
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Cruising Croatia’s Coast

8th March 2016
Kerry Sabberton took a cruise along the Croatian coastline and around the country’s islands in the Adriatic. Here’s what she got up to during her trip.
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Competition Winners Looking Fjord To Norway Cruise

1st March 2016
The winner was chosen at random by the team at Radio Norwich and the lucky name picked was that of Emma Gibbs from Wroxham.
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A Wild Welcome In Kenya

23rd February 2016
Vicky Bell took the trip of a lifetime to the Kenyan Massai Mara. Here’s a look at the wild adventures she got to enjoy.
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Mystery Shopper Success For Our Lymington Branch

9th February 2016
Last week’s Travel Weekly featured a familiar face, as Samantha O’Conner from our Lymington branch was crowned winner of the Mystery Shopping feature.
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Lapping Up The Festive Cheer

2nd February 2016
Just before Christmas, Rachel Aldred went on a festive search for Santa in Lapland. Here is what she got up to on her trip.
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Fred. Olsen Travel Repeats Record Year For Sixth Time

26th January 2016
Fred. Olsen Travel is pleased to announce another record-breaking year.
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Discovering Treasures On The Danube

19th January 2016
Alison Maccarty sailed the Danube on board MS Treasures. Find out if the ship lives up to its name and learn about the fantastic places along this waterway.
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Gazing Out Along South Africa’s Garden Route

12th January 2016
Lisa Robinson travelled to South Africa to experience her first game drive and some beautiful hotels.
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Start 2016 In Style With Our Holiday And Cruise Sale

5th January 2016
January 2nd 2016 saw the start of our fantastic holiday and cruise sale, offering the chance to grab a great deal and start the year off in style.
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First Time Experiences In Bermuda

15th December 2015
Melissa Strayton recently took a trip to Bermuda. She enjoyed some excellent outdoor activities and got a sneak peek at some of the best hotels on the island.
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Fred. Olsen Travel Makes Awards Shortlist

8th December 2015
We are pleased to say that Fred. Olsen Travel has been shortlisted in the category of High Street Travel Agent of the Year.
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Take The Stress Out Of Christmas With Our Gift Ideas

1st December 2015
There is no need to worry about what to get your loved ones for Christmas, as our gift ideas are here to save the day.
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Warriors And Walls With Wendy Wu

24th November 2015
Emma Regis recently took a tour around some of the main cities of China. With visits to Beijing, Chengdu and Xian; here is how her trip panned out.
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A Titan Tour Of Canada

27th October 2015
Vicki Wood took a tour across the Canadian Rockies with tour operator ‘Titan’. Here are the highlights of her action-packed trip.
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Floating Through France

20th October 2015
Leah Johnson & Nicola Atkinson recently took a river cruise along the Rhone with Scenic Tours. Here is how they found it.
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To Bilbao And Basque Again

13th October 2015
Bethany Shearing recently took a trip to the Basque region of Spain. She visited Bilbao and San Sebastian, learning about the local culture as she went.
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India’s Golden Triangle

6th October 2015
Jane Kolowski spent 10 days in India, checking out some of the best hotels in which to stay when you visit cities such as Jaipur, Agra and Delhi.
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Four Fantastic Arabian Nights

29th September 2015
Stacie Harvey travelled to Dubai for four nights. Here are her highlights and a few recommendations for other planning a visit to this part of the world.
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Fred. Olsen Travel’s Holiday & Cruise Showcase

22nd September 2015
This event gives people of Cambridge and the surrounding areas the chance to come and talk to representatives from the cruise and holiday industry.
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Fred. Olsen Travel’s Norwich Cruise Showcase

15th September 2015
September 21st sees Fred. Olsen’s Cruise Showcase come to Norwich. It’s your chance to meet the cruise lines, discuss any deals & book your next holiday.
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Bountiful Barbados

8th September 2015
Kerrie Lake, manager at our travel agents in Felixstowe, was lucky enough to spend four nights on the stunning island of Barbados. Here is the summary of her trip as well as her personal highlights…
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Beautiful Bermudan Beaches

1st September 2015
Madeleine Mayes visited the breath-taking island of Bermuda and reports back on the best places to stay, as well as what to see & do in this beautiful place.
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Coasters And Creatures In Orlando

25th August 2015
Emma Regis spent five nights riding the rollercoasters of Orlando. Here is how she found the experience.
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A Mystery Mauritian Itinerary

18th August 2015
Zoe Holmes spent six nights on the amazing island of Mauritius. Here is what she got up to during her visit to this blissful place.
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