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Crookham Travel provides day tours and longer holidays with Brewery Visits, Pub Tours, Preserved Railways, Tram Systems, Christmas Markets, River Trips, Coastal Cruises, City and Country Breaks in the UK and abroad. See the pictures above for some of our past activities. Established since 1977, we have, so far, organised more than 360 trips for over 35,000 participants! Please check our "Tours" link above. All tours start from London (unless stated otherwise) but some may be joined en-route

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8th May 2015

Crookham TraveL NEWS

by Gerald Daniels

 

TOURS UPDATE, AND NEW ONES FOR 2016

 

It’s been a while since my last official CT News. It seems that every day at home requires attention to one event or another. However, just before I leave for my own holiday on 21st May, I wish to update you on our future plans. Virtually all is in place for the remaining tours this year; on-site research for Prague being arranged for September when there is a great 150thanniversary of their tram system – followed by a similar event in Vienna the following weekend!

 

For 2016 Monday 29th Feb to Sat 5th March, our first tour will take you to a destination not within our usual operational sphere, although in the late 70s we did visit a couple of former Colonies. This time the island of Cyprus will be offered as a five-night “rounded” tour based in Paphos. This was spawned by a trip I took last November when we stayed in the large, but still personal, family-run Amethyst Beach Hotel (4 stars). It lies less than one mile from the town itself; is extremely well appointed, with excellent food. Scenery is nice too.

 

Apart from the attractions of late winter Mediterranean sun, the island has lots of wineries which are worth visiting and the thing which clinched my decision, a great micro-brewery on the slopes of the Troodos Mountains. In addition to some leisure time we shall have two coach tours, one around the Mountains for wineries and brewery, plus a couple of the island’s many archaeological sites thrown in. The second will show you more of the island by heading to Nicosia with the intention of giving you the facility of crossing The Green Line into North Cyprus to “tick” that disputed territory. TFG has good knowledge of the place having been there recently. I too have memories of staying there (in Kyrenia) in the 60s! At the hotel we shall take advantage of their bowling green and have a competition. I did and it’s surprisingly fun and addictive.

 

Our weekend Explorer tours continue to be very popular and very good value for money. Because there is always so much to do in the area of our city base, there is occasionally insufficient time to enjoy the delights of the city itself. Free days are also well appreciated for the well-travelled, but we must look after those who come and wish to be generally guided. In late May we shall be offering our first specific City Explorer in Bradford, a city which is quickly climbing up the must-visit ladder for real ale, many in their very traditional pubs. Consideration has been given to a Thursday evening to Sunday event, or Saturday am to Monday one to see if that would enable brewery visits to be made when they are only possible on weekdays. Thursday would offer cheaper rail fares but they would be nullified by dearer ones on Sunday evening and, in some areas Sunday means no trains! Having considered all those possibilities I am of the view that the Friday-Monday format is probably the more convenient and cost effective. Public transport is so good in almost all northern cities that we should make more use of it to reach our goals that are near bus stops and stations; by so doing it reduces the tour price by avoiding daily coaching.

 

Continuing this theme for our second UK tour of the year, the suggestion of a base in Carlisle will be taken up, but it seems sense to include the Northern Lakes area as well, having covered very thoroughly the West and South Lakes Districts. Early September is a likely date for this tour.

 

Despite some hiccups in our service by Maritim Hotels last year, (all of which were robustly pursued during which both I and they learnt new things), they do offer great value for the product, not least in high summer when businessmen are in short supply. I met the very “can-do” manager from their large hotel in the Saxony-Anhalt Land capital Magdeburg (which is about an hour south west of Berlin) who has offered really great rates for a short break based in this former East German riverside (Elbe) city. River trips, the 800-year old cathedral, trams. Beers too, naturally. Its proximity to Berlin makes it sense to offer a short weekend there to allow visits to the famous Beer Festival. Building on the general satisfaction of using rail for longer distances in Germany, this tour will be rail-based throughout from London, using the A&O hotels for one night stopovers. A flight option will also be available. Departure will be from London on 3rd August; two nights Berlin, three at Magdeburg, back in London 11th August. By air two fewer days are required.

 

Finally for now, but certainly not the least, please keep Saturday 1st October 2016 clear in your diary. This famous day and date in the year is a notable one in the life of Crookham Travel and I am planning to offer you a unique stopover tour to celebrate the start of our 40th year of “Quality Tours with Taste”. More soon. It always helps to have expressions of interest (or even stronger indications) for future events so please do feel free to let me know of your desired intentions for the above events. Comments and suggestions too, are welcome.

 

Gerald Daniels,

ably assisted by Tony Fox-Griffith and with thanks to Mike Andrew for the website

 

 

 

NOW OPEN FOR BOOKINGS

The Xmas Markets Explorer 12 – Prague

THURSDAY 3rd TO MONDAY 7th DECEMBER 2015

Brewpubs, Tram Tour, Xmas Markets and plenty of free time for city sightseeing

 

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Although our trips to Xmas Markets in their country of origin have been very popular, we have visited almost all those German cities which have tram systems and markets worth seeing, so we are venturing a little farther away, to the beautiful capital of the Czech Republic. Prague is currently considered to be the best value city at this popular time of year. Markets aside, the city is very attractive, with its castle atop a hill, the famous Charles’ bridge and the iconic Wenceslas Square with all its history. The journey by rail may well be a ride too far for most of you but it is certainly not difficult for the hardened rail enthusiast. The main tour group will, though, be flying to Prague.

 

GETTING TO PRAGUE

The style of air flight pricing now in use really means that to obtain the best value fares early booking is desirable. For this reason this Prospectus is published now to enable you to do just that. Fares currently seem to range between £120 and £180 return from London airports by EasyJet and BA. With some early a.m. departures and others at a more reasonable hour it may not be viable to have a group transfer per se. The research trip is planned for early August or late September. Following that the programme will be “fleshed out” with our normal tour ingredients.

 

THURSDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2015

Our ground tour begins at Prague airport. The transfer by bus and Metro is very simple with a dedicated bus (119) to the terminus of the newly-extended metro, which is edging (rather slowly) towards the airport. A welcome dinner will be held in the hotel or a beer restaurant.

 

FRIDAY 4th DECEMBER

A visit is planned to a brewery (or two) in the city. There are now many brewpubs in the city, so it will be a matter of which welcomes visitors inside the brewery.

 

SATURDAY 5th DECEMBER

Today will be free for you to do your own exploring. There are now a lot of brewpubs around the city, certainly sufficient to keep the keen ones busy! For sightseeing, there is a wealth of places to enjoy.

 

SUNDAY 6th DECEMBER

As has now become a tradition, there will be a tour by heritage tram around the city passing many of the famous sites. The Tramway museum will also be visited at the beginning or end of the tour. Afternoon and evening free.

 

MONDAY 7th DECEMBER

Whilst this is going-home day you will have the morning and early afternoon free to pick up those bargains which may have previously escaped you – and yes, time for a last few pints too. Transfer to the airport is again very simple by Metro and bus.

 

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

The final programme cost for this ground tour should not exceed £258 per person twin/double and £280 single occupancy, based on 30 members. Exchange rates used will be £1.00 = €1. 25, £1=35Kc.

 

Items included are:

 

·        Airport transfers if practicable

·        Four nights B&B at the four star Penta Hotel, Prague city

·        Hotel evening meal on Thursday

·        3 day City transport ticket

·        Prague Tram tour with glühwein

·        Up to £23 for beer –related activities

·        Service and VAT at current rate

·        Crookham Travel courier throughout.

 

NOT included: fares from UK to Prague

 

HOW TO RESERVE YOUR PLACE

Please complete the booking form and send it with your deposit of £80 per person, payable to Crookham Travel, or send it by bank transfer to a/c No. 87825884 sort code 09-01-27 at Santander using reference Xmas. The balance will be required about six weeks before departure.

 

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Sokolovska 112, Karlin, Prague 8

Tel: +420 222 332 800

 

Situated very close to the Metro and trams, each room has a desk, telephone, 42-inch flat screen TV, rainfall shower, iPod connection, safe, air conditioning, hair dryer and bath. WIFI internet access in the lobby, restaurant and every room. Free late check out until 3 pm

 

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