If youâ€™re looking for a break to remember, why not organise a group holiday to Europe!Â Groups (20+ people) may seem like a lot to take on, especially when youâ€™re organising to go abroad. No worries, as our Groups team have had years of professional experience on bringing you an array of ideas and an itinerary jam-packed with activities for everyone!
Here are some great group holidays to Europe!
Lake Maggiore, Milan and Italian Lakes!
New for 2016 is our Italian Lakes tour with an excursion to one of the capitals of fashionâ€”Milan! Â This tour is great for group holidays, as it offers picturesque sights and a taste of the metropolitan Milan. Itâ€™s no surprise that this region has attracted big celebrities all over the world (George Clooney loves it there!) with the beautiful Lake Como and Lugana close by!
It isnâ€™t just for the kids! We all love a bit of Disney magic and thatâ€™s why this is on our list of the best group holidays to Europe. Obviously, this is a great trip if you have a few thrill seekers amongst your group, but of course the park also offers plenty of gentler rides for those who donâ€™t want anything too extreme. Disneyland Paris is also famous for having excellent live shows and parades throughout the year, so have a look before you book!
This trip doesnâ€™t just have to be theme park focused, as you can plan to have a couple of days in Paris, where you can see the famous Eifel Tower, enjoy a cruise on the Seine or visit the impressive Palace of Versaillesâ€”and donâ€™t forget the ample shopping opportunities!
Dublin is buzzing with colour and culture and is one place everyone will be sure to enjoy! The capital of Ireland is most famous for its Guinness and a visit to the brewery is definitely one to put on the to-do list. There is also the Irish Whisky museum which is great if youâ€™re a whisky novice wanting to know more about the drink!
Dublin is Â also home to Phoenix Park; one of the largest parks in Europe–great if you’re looking for some green surroundings. There are also tonnes of museums, such as the Little Museum of Dublin that is packed full of Irish history (and even has a U2 room!).
I havenâ€™t even mentioned the electrifying nightlife; it’s a city that is always jumping with live bands, home to great beer and fantastic, homely pubs! Make sure to put Dublin on your group holidays to Europe list.
Next on the list, weâ€™ll be going to the Netherlands where you can spend some time in the town of Valkenburg! The town is situated in South Limburg and is surrounded by hills and beautiful Netherlands scenery. When it comes to group holidays in Europe, Valkenburg promises a mix of history with attractions such as the Velvet Caves, the Castle Ruins and the famous coalmines. Valkenburg also offer amusements such as a toboggan run and there are two theme parks close by, Familypark Valkenier andÂ het SprookjesbosÂ (enchanted forest).
Ostend & Bruges
Take a coach holiday to Ostend and Bruges with your group! Fall in love with Bruges, the medieval city that is paved in cobblestones and filled with artistic and historical wonders. This fairtytale city offers the Flanders Fields Battlefield day tour, an attraction that has been award TripAdvisors certificate of excellence. This tour is lead by experienced and professional guides, who have all been complimented on their wealth of knowledgeâ€”definitely a must if youâ€™re interested in war history. Bruges also offers the enchanting Basilica of the Holy Blood; a phenomenal looking church that is known to be home to a vial of Christâ€™s blood.Â
You can also spend time in Ostend. This city is situated on the coast, so you can enjoy what the city has to offer and have some beach time! Whether you want to spend your day walking along the Albert I promenade and spending time of the beaches, or wander around the many museums, such as Atlantikwall Open Air Museum–there is plenty for everyone.
If youâ€™re interested in these tours or any of our other European destinations on our website, get in touch with Vicky on 0044 288 1106 or use the call back facility in the Groups Section of our website.
Check out our European breaks for 2016, because itâ€™s never too early to book! Whether you want sun, sea or a dose of culture, we have plenty of breaks around Europe!
European Breaks you cannot miss…
Italyâ€™s Lake Garda & Venice
Explore the wonders of Italyâ€™s Lake Garda, a place well known for its stunning scenery and tasty cuisine! Picture yourself enjoying Lake Gardaâ€™s temperate and luscious environment, surrounded by lemon and olive groves, palm and orange tree, cypresses and majestic backgrounds. Itâ€™s an experience not to be missed, as this European break is filled with excursions to Garda Town, Malcesine and a full day tour to the romantic city of Venice!
Florence Pisa & the Treasures of Tuscany
Take a coach holiday around the treasures of Tuscany! Here, you can visit the buzzing city of Florence–known as the birthplace of the Renaissance. Itâ€™s a city you should visit purely on the breathtaking architecture, such as the Florence Cathedral with its famous terracotta dome. There will also be an excursion into Pisa where you can take your photo with the famous leaning tower (extra points if your friend takes a photo of you pretending to lean on it). You can also visit the medieval town of Lucca, the beautiful seaside at Viareggio, Â the city of Siena and Montecatini Terme.
Dutch Bulbfields and Amsterdam
The Dutch Bulbfields see thousands of tourists each year who travel to see the Netherlandâ€™s flower, the Tulip. You can see this flower in many dazzling shades and colours, giving you some beautiful views that you wonâ€™t be forgetting anytime soon! It truly is a spectacle to see and you donâ€™t have to be a garden enthusiast to enjoy the experience.
We will also be visiting the colourful Amsterdam! Here, you can visit the cityâ€™s world class galleries, buzzing nightlife and many one-of-a-kind shops.
Austrian Tyrol: Natural Wonders
Maybe for your next European break you can witness the picturesque scenery of the Austrian Tyrol! Think fresh air, stunning mountain landscape and shimmering lakes. This coach holiday offers an excursion to Grossglocker to see Austriaâ€™s highest mountain. There will also be trips to St Johannâ€”an attractive market townâ€”and there will an excursion to Zell am See and Kitzbuhel.
Lloret de Mar, Barcelona & Costa Brava
Golden sands and a characteristic coastlines, Lloret de Mar has been a favourite amongst tourists for years! This old fishing town has plenty to do and is by far one of more relaxing destinations with its notorious sunny weather and beaches! While on this European break, you can enjoy the Catalan Heritage Tour where you can visit Figueras and Cadaques. There will also be full day excursions to Girona and the seaside resort of Tossa de Mar. Plus, there will be a full day trip to the wonderful Barcelona; a vibrant city full of art and culture and home to the Sagrada Familia.
East Germany & A Taste of Poland
A brilliant European break if youâ€™re looking for something a little cosmopolitan! You will have the opportunity to experience the colourful Dresden, where you can witness the classic architecture and the stunning Versailles inspired Zwinger palace. You will also be able to visit the capital, Berlin, home to fantastic art galleries and museums and plenty of WWII history and cold war history, and of course you must visit the Berlin Wall memorial! You will also get to spend two nights in the buzzing city of Krakow. Other excursions are the Auschwitz museum and memorial and admission into Colditz Castle.
Brussels Carpet of Flowers & Valkenburg
Once every two years, The Grand-Place (Brusselsâ€™ main square) holds a breathtaking festival of flowers! You will be able to take in the sight and the atmosphere while enjoying the Gothic architecture of the square. Also on your coach holiday is the time to explore the town of Valkenburg. This medieval town has historical museums, plus you must visit the castle ruins (which is supposedly one of the highest in the Netherlands!) and the mysterious Velvet Caves.
Razzle dazzle your group tour with a spectacular theatre break! Whatever you fancy next year, get in touch with our groups department, so we can make sure your goes smoothly without you having to face any hassle. Â Here are some of the shows you can be seeing next year…
Group Tours: Theatre Breaks
See Miss Saigon for one last time before it leaves the West End for Broadway! This award-winning show is not to be missed as it follows the story of orphan, Kim, who takes a job as a bar girl and eventually falls in love with an American GI called Chris, but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. Itâ€™s a real tear-jerker and is known for its outstanding sets!
Rumoured to be replacing Miss Saigon at the Prince Edward theatre, Aladdin is now transformed into an exciting stage musical based on the 1992 film. As everyone knows (and I judge you if you donâ€™t), the story follows a poor young man who finds a lamp that is home to a genie, who grants him three wishes, which he uses to marry Princess Jasmine. The show will be using the popular songs from the Disney film such as the famous â€śA Whole New Worldâ€ť — it will be a popular one for 2016, so don’t miss this one out of your group tour!
Based on the Kinky Boots film, the Grammy and Tony winning show (music written by the brilliant Cyndi Lauper) will no doubt leave you feeling happy! Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his Father expectations as heâ€™s now in charge of the family firm, Price and Sons. Not to fear, help arrives from the unlikely Lola; a fabulous performer on the search for a pair of sturdy stilettos!
Guys and Dolls
A classic that is always worth to revisit, Guys and Dolls will be brought by to the stage next year! This is a limited run booking until March the 12th, so hurry to get your tickets to see the famous musical about desperate gamblers, gangsters, night club singers and love in Havana! Make sure you book a group tour early so you can revisit all your favourite show-stopping tunes.
Motown: The Musical
Next February, Motown: The Musical will be hitting Londonâ€™s iconic Shaftesbury Avenue theatre. A must for any Motown fan, this musical tells the story of how the music genre all began as we follow the footsteps of Berry Gordy as he launched the careers of icons such asÂ Diana Ross and the Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Smokie Robinson and the Miracles, Michael Jackson and Jackson 5 and many more. This will be a great addition to your group tour, as the show will be boundÂ to make you jump off your seats and dance!
Â If youâ€™ve not seen Wicked yet, there is still time! The phenomenal Wicked is a fabulous show that your group tour will be sure to love. A show that promises to give the â€śother sideâ€ť of Wizard of Oz, Wicked reveals the story of the Wicked Witch and how she earned her name! Lots of tears and laughter as you revisit the imagination of Oz!
Bend it like Beckham
Another fantastic addition to your group tour will be Bend It Like Beckham, based on the film starring Parminda Nagra and Keira Knightly. Bend It Like Beckham tells the story of Jess, who has an important choice to make: follow her parents expectations of university and marriage or become like her football idol David Beckham. Definitely a feel good show that everyone in your group tour will enjoy!
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
See the untold story of Carole King; documenting her life she when she was a school girl to the rise of her being a superstar, this show is not one to be missed. Not just for fans, Beautiful will have anyone laughing, crying and dancing!
Let our team know what shows and additional activities/attractions you’re interested in and we will try our best to accommodate you. All you need to do is contact Vicky on 0044 288 1106 or use the call back facility in the Groups Section of our website.
Welcome back to group holiday corner! Weâ€™ll be looking at some of the many events that you and your group can visit to in 2016. Group events are great if youâ€™re wanting something special and we have plenty of festivals, shows and musicals for you and your group to enjoy!
Group Events for 2016!
Haworth 1940â€™s Weekend
A popular event for 2016! Haworth annual weekend recreates the 1940â€™s in aid of charities who support the forces and their families. You will see plenty of vintage costumes, military vehicles, steam locomotives at the station, RAF vintage flypasts, bands, street performers and much more! This is a fantastic festival if you are looking for something different!
Royal International Air Tattoo
The Royal International Air Tattoo is back for another year! This is a great group event as the Tattoo is a true spectacle to behold. This annual festival is held at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire and is known as the worldâ€™s largest military airshow. There will also be a visit the RAF Cosford where over 70 aircraft and missiles are on show. Definitely not to be missed!
Chelsea Flower Show
One of the most famous gardening shows, the Chelsea Flower is a beautiful festival that produces some stunning sights. Youâ€™ll also be able to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, which is now a world heritage site.
Enjoy a Musical!
A musical is always good fun and you could organise a group events to see Mamma Mia or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Mamma Mia will be stopping off at the Palace theatre in Manchester, where you can enjoy some of ABBAâ€™s biggest hits to this favourite show! You can also spend time in the historical city of Chester.
Our Chitty Chitty Bang Bang date is available to watch at the Birmingham Theatre. There will also be opportunity to visit Shakespeareâ€™s birthplace, Stratford-Upon-Avon. Remember that all tours can be amended to suit your groupâ€™s tastes!
Exhibitionism:Â The Rolling Stones
Next year, you can find out about the Rolling Stones 50 year history!Â â€śExhibitionismâ€ť will be two floors of the Saatchi gallery, where you can see over 500 original artefacts plus cinematic and interactive technology to give you an insight into the band’s history. A must for all fans! You will also have free time in Londonâ€™s West End where you can explore and shop.
Red Bull Air Race World Championships
Another great idea for group events is the Red Bull Air Race World Championships, which will be held at the iconic Ascot Racecourse! See the British leg of the world championships where you can marvel at some of the world best pilots as they battle it out in speed and precision. Apart from the races, there will be other activities for you to do across the site. Plus, you will be able to visit a nearby attraction on the second day, such as Oxford where you can see the cityâ€™s architecture and visit the Oxford colleges!
Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival
This year, go on a group mini-break to Ramsbottom Chocolate Festival! Definitely one for the chocoholic amongst you, the Ramsbottom festival is filled with chocolate themed street markets, entertainment, alfresco dining, coffee and grocery stalls. There will also be a steam train for you and your group to ride on between Bury and Ramsbottom.
Manilow â€“ One Last Time
For next year, see music legend Barry Manilow on his â€śOne Last Timeâ€ť tour! Â This is one group events idea you won’t be forgetting, as you will travel directly to the hotel for an early dinner and then visit Birmingham Genting Arena. Barry Manilow will be accompanied by his band of 13 musicians and singers asÂ part of an excellent show!
Beamish Georgian Fair
Beamish has long been a popular tour with all Travelstyle customers and is fantastic for group events, especially their Georgian Fair! The award-winning museum recreation of an authentic Georgian fair and includes a traditional Punch and Judy show, traditional live music and dancing, a fire eater, a Georgian Falconer and his birds as he explains what the birds of prey were used for in the 1800′s and much, much more!
We have plenty more special tours that would be perfect for one of your group events! Remember that some of these tours may be amended if you have a preferred nearby activity/attraction. Let our team know and we will try out best to accommodate you. All you need to do is contact Vicky on 0044 288 1106 or use the call back facility in the Groups Section of our website.
The Most Haunted Places in Britain
The Tower of London
This comes as no surprise, as the tower has long been a key part of some of Englandâ€™s most horrific history.
Wakefield Tower is said to be haunted by the figure of Henry VI. This tower is thought to be the place where he was murdered by the Duke of Gloucester. Supposedly, on the anniversary of his death, he is known to pace around the tower a few minutes before midnight.
There has also been reports of sightings of figures and unexplainable sounds from the Bloody Tower, such as giggling which is speculated to be from the two young Princes, which Richard III supposedly had executed. Plus, itâ€™s thought that Sir Walter Rayleigh haunts the tower, as he was imprisoned there sometime after Queen Elizabeth I death because he was thought to be involved in the main plot against King James I.Â
Hampton Court Palace
Hampton Court Palace is known to be haunted with royal guests, such as Henry VIII wives Catherine Howard and Jane Seymour plus Edward VI nursemaid, Sybil Penn. Catherine Howard is the most notorious resident ghost, as at Hampton Court she was under house arrest for committing adultery by Henry VIII. Some believe you can hear her screams at night.
Yorkshire is known as one of the most haunted places in Britain! The county has the most paranormal reports filed in Britain with Devonshire coming in second. York, however, is known as the most haunted city in Englandâ€”if not Europe.
York Cathedral has many ghostly stories! One famous story is of the two women who were split from their tour group. As they were finding their way back, one of the women spotted a man in a naval uniform who walked up to the woman, whispered something in her ear and left. The man was apparently the womanâ€™s brother and they both had a pack that whoever passed away first would prove to the other that the afterlife exists. Spooky!
The Treasurers House
The Treasurers House also has a long history behind it as the site is thought to date back to Roman era. The building and its furniture is from the 16/17th century, so there’s no doubt that there have been a few paranormal reports around the building. Most famously, most of the paranormal activity is associated with the building’s cellar. There have been plenty of stories of Roman legionnaires being heard and seen marching through the cellar. Later excavations found that where the Romans would have been seen marching was old Roman road. It is speculated that this apparition could belong to the 7th Roman legion who went missing without a trace.
Weâ€™re not leaving Yorkshire too soon, as another one of the most haunted places in Britain is Scarborough!
The Black Lion
An old local pub called the Black Lion is known for strange sounds and moving objects. The Black Lion used to be two 17th century houses that were merged together, but the local rumour is that the pub used to be a mortuary. A few customers and staff members have been left petrified as a ghostly old woman roams the place!
St Mary’s Church
Have you heard of St Markâ€™s Eve (24th of April)? Local folklore believe that at St Mary’s Church on this day, a procession of apparitions march through the graveyard, but these aren’t no ordinary ghosts. This apparitions are of people who will die in the next year. The tale is that a young woman and her friend decided to go to the church yard at midnight and see if they recognised anybody who is on “deaths list”. To her terror, she recognised herself in the procession. Apparently, it scared her so much she collapsed and later on died. Of course, this is all folklore, but St Markâ€™s Eve is an old English superstition that was believed to have been stemmed from the time of the Black Death. It is thought that if a person witnesses the procession, they would be a figure of respect and power…well, at least for the next year.
Tintagel is filled with mystery and is associated with some of Britain’s famous legends, such as King Arthur! It isn’t at all surprising that you would bump into a ghost down there. Â It is said there is a â€śghost of Tintagelâ€ť who famously lives in a cottage 500 yards from the castle ruins and is rumoured to be one of the old owners of Camelot Castle hotel. Itâ€™s said that the ghost can be seen in the morning on its walk to work. Sounds like quite a friendly ghost then!
Another place with the most paranormal activity in Cornwall is Bodmin Moor. Bodmin Moor has its fair share of myths and legends with the ghosts of the Hapless Tregeagle who you can hear howling over the moors and of Charlotte Dymond who was murdered by her lover.Â However, there have been over 60 reports of big, black panther that roams the moor named the â€śBeast of Bodmin.â€ť Sceptics think that the “beast” Â could just be a large house cat, however there are many believers who think there is something out there catching farmer’s livestock. Could Bodmin Moor be on of the most haunted places in Britain?
Whether or not you believe in ghosts, you canâ€™t deny that these places are home to some beguiling British history! If you know of any “ghostly” hotspots that you think should be a part of the most haunted places in Britain, let us know in the comments!