Give the Gift of Travel this Christmas
Stuck for Christmas present inspiration? This festive season, why not treat friends and family with the promise of a much longed-for holiday? Indulge your nearest and dearest with these Gift Voucher suggestions from Travel PR:
No greater gift than a holiday – from £50 with holidaycottages.co.uk
Christmas has a habit of creating clutter. This year, why not give something which can only take up space in someone’s mind and not their drawers? Intangible and inspiring, a holidaycottages.co.uk Christmas Voucher is a thoughtful gift: an invitation to a loved one to plan and be excited about some time away. Available in any value from £50, vouchers are valid for two years. St Pete’s Nest (sleeps two, plus one dog), for example, is a stylish sail loft, perfect for a couple looking for a cosy base to explore the fishing town of Brixham and the surrounding South Devon coast. A three-night self-catering stay costs from £147 pp (£294 total). £20 supplement for a dog. Visit holidaycottages.co.uk (www.holidaycottages.co.uk).
Give the gift of a Blue Badge Tourist Guide this Christmas – from £185
Whether planning a holiday somewhere new in the UK next year, or simply keen to find out more about the area where you live, an entertaining and enlightening tour with a highly qualified, professional Blue Badge Tourist Guide will bring your chosen experience to life. The perfect Christmas present for travel fans with staycation aspirations, Blue Badge Tourist Guide Gift Vouchers can be used towards guided walking tours, visits to heritage sites, museums and galleries, and much else besides. Priced from £185 for a half-day private tour and from £295 for a full day. Visit www.britainsbestguides.org/voucher.
The gift of adventure – campervan gift cards from Yescapa
Give your loved one the promise of an epic road trip with campervan gift vouchers. Peer-to-peer rental platform Yescapa has over 10,000 vehicles across every corner of the UK and Europe – from vintage VW campers to luxurious coach-built motorhomes. Enjoy the freedom of the open road with nights spent sleeping under the stars, breath-taking views of coast and country, campfire treats and ghost stories, and off-grid living. The lucky recipient has a whole breadth of adventures to choose from – will it be driving the North Coast 500 in Scotland, cruising along the dramatic coastal roads of eastern Mallorca, taking in the beaches and cream teas of Devon and Cornwall, or loading on the mountain bikes for an adrenalin-fuelled tour of Snowdonia? Gift cards can be purchased for whichever value you choose and can be redeemed against any booking. All bookings include insurance, breakdown cover & two insured drivers. Valid for one year. Visit www.yescapa.co.uk.
Luxury hotel gift vouchers – Pride of Britain Hotels
Pride of Britain Hotels Vouchers make the ideal gift for your loved ones. Redeemable at Pride of Britain Hotels’ collection of the finest, privately-owned hotels in the UK – including The Goring in London, The Headland Hotel & Spa in Cornwall and Whatley Manor in the Cotswolds – they can be used as full or part payment on either overnight stays, spa treatments or a range of other activities and experiences such as horse-riding, cookery classes, and whisky tastings. Valid for two years, vouchers can be purchased in denominations of £50 and £100 and are beautifully presented in a gift box with a directory (free delivery) or digitally, and a message or greeting of your choice. Visit www.prideofbritainhotels.com/gift-vouchers.
The very finest hotels & country clubs across the South East – Elite Hotels Gift Vouchers
Elite Hotels offers experiences and stays to suit everyone with personalised gift vouchers. There are four distinctive luxury hotels in glorious settings across the south of England: choose from the iconic seafront Grand Hotel in Eastbourne; historic Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa set in over 1,000 acres of Bedfordshire countryside; Ashdown Park Hotel & Country Club, with its woodland trails and free-roaming deer, in East Sussex; and Tylney Hall Hotel & Gardens, Hampshire, with its immaculate gardens. Each family-friendly hotel provides high-quality service and distinct experiences, stunning grounds and views, award-winning dining, indulgent spa treatments, and a chance for some much-needed escapism. Vouchers can be purchased in denominations of £10, £25, £50 and £100 for part or full payment against hotels stays or experiences, or tailored to specific items such as delectable dining, spa treatments, cocktails, golf, leisure and more. Visit www.elitehotels.co.uk/gifts.
The gift that keeps on giving: Experiences over things – Seaham Hall gift vouchers
Sample the best of modern British fare in Seaham Hall’s Dining Room, with a menu of seasonal, regional produce. For winter, think venison from Highlands Game, roots, brassicas and truffles from the Wiltshire Truffles and fish from local day boats. Don fluffy robes and slippers and head to the Serenity Spa for a full day or ‘Twilight’ experience, with full relaxation guaranteed with its choice of treatments, including Rasul for two, ishga seaweed body wrap, Temple Spa facials, and a range of holistic therapies. Choose an indulgent getaway, with vouchers available to be used as full or part payment for overnights stays in one of the hotel’s individually-designed 21 guest suites. Valid for 12 months, vouchers can be purchased for specific experiences, seasons or in denominations of £25, £50, £75 and £100. Visit seahamhall.wearegifted.co.uk/vouchers
Open up a World of Wonders for loved ones with a Gift Voucher from Jules Verne
Available year-round and in any denomination, Jules Verne’s Gift Vouchers provide the perfect present solution for family members, friends and colleagues with wanderlust. And, with a worldwide programme of small group tours from which to choose – ranging from UK holidays, European short breaks and river cruises to Grand Tours of destinations such as Costa Rica, South Africa and South America – it’s sure to be a gift that keeps on giving. By way of a taster: Grand Hotel on Lake Como costs from £895 pp with No Single Supplement on selected departure dates, making it a great option for solo travellers too. The price includes flights (Heathrow), B&B at the lakeside Grand Hotel Menaggio, excursions and the services of local reps. To order your vouchers, call Jules Verne on 020 3131 5187, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.vjv.com.
Discreet indulgence for discerning travellers – Christmas Gift Vouchers from Kirker*
There can be few better ways to treat the discerning traveller in your life – this Christmas, or for any special occasion – than with a Kirker Gift Voucher. Beautifully presented in a Kirker document wallet alongside complimentary luggage labels, these personalised vouchers can be created either on a bespoke basis for a particular holiday, or for a specific sum that can be used towards a Kirker trip in the future. Why not help a loved one tick off their travel wish list with a journey on board the legendary Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, to revisit a much-loved classic destination (five-star Paris with opera tickets perhaps?) or to chase the Northern Lights in Iceland or Scandinavia on an unforgettable winter escape? To order your gift vouchers, call AITO* member Kirker on 020 7593 1899, email email@example.com or visit www.kirkerholidays.com.
*AITO is The Specialist Travel Association: more than 120 specialist independent holiday companies and 80 specialist independent travel agents, together providing an unrivalled collection of holiday ideas covering every corner of the world. Consumers booking with AITO members can be assured of high-quality holidays, excellent personal service and full financial protection. Visit www.aito.com for further information.
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