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.
When does the turkey need to be in the oven? When does the veg need peeling? When are the guests arriving? Will there be enough to go around? Who’ll be doing the washing up? None of this concerns you on a break away this Christmas.
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.
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.
Join us on a grand tour that encompasses the well rounded maritime city of Porstmouth. We'll enjoy high tea up the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth's Historic Dockyard, an excursion to The Isle of Wight with a trip to the Royal Residence and much more.
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.
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.Duration: 6 Days
Rich culture and gorgeous food paired with spectacular, rugged views on offer as we venture to the culture-rich, awe-inspiring Scotland. We’ll be exploring on and off the mainland as we visit the small isles of Bute, Mull and Iona which all feature individual viewpoints fit for royalty! We’re sure once you’re back on to the mainland you’ll be planning which island to move onto to call your own, as each of them are equally as gorgeous.
Surrounded by delight, class and beauty, Kent has a lot to offer. Visit castles, cathedrals and towns and venture into an underground hospital, operating back in WWII. All this with the added bonus of a visit to a brewery and a charming steam train ride.
Separated from the North Wales mainland by the Menai Straits, the Isle of Anglesey is surrounded by a coastline declared an Area of Outstanding Beauty. This might explain why Druids, Vikings, Saxons, Normans and the English gravitated here over the centuries and why, in 1295, King Edward I erected the magnificent Beaumaris Castle with grand views presiding over the land. Considered technically perfect, this state-of-the-art construction is an example of medieval practicality and aesthetic beauty
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.
Enjoy relaxation, tranquility and blissful days as we escape to the country in this summer getaway. Discover the history and heritage that surrounds Barnstaple and Bideford, travel by steam on the West Somerset Railway and discover what makes Devon so irresistable.
Scotland is spectacular. Surrounded by rugged scenery and beautifully still lochs.Enjoy a visit to Gretna Green, well known for its runaway weddings and experience the beautiful Clyde Valley, rich with culture and great Scottish sceneries. Delve into the history of Sir Walter Scott, browsing through his ancestral home at Abbotsford House before we, ‘Look back, and smile on perils past’, to continue our adventure towards the Queen of Scottish Lochs...
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.
Steeped in history & culture, Yorkshire is a beautiful area to tour. Travel through the Yorkshire Dales National Park, ride across 73 miles of railway on the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway and enjoy quaint market towns in this mid-summer getaway.
The rich intricacies of Gothic architecture, Kings College Chapel seen from across the River Cam and punts ferrying from Silver Bridge Street to Magdalene Bridge, all confirm that there’s something special about Cambridge. We visit Europe’s largest man-made lake in Britain’s smallest county, the winding thoroughfares and the, ‘Ship of the Fen’, at Ely and also The Queen’s private retreat at Sandringham on this memorable tour.
Home to the iconic Durham Cathedral and Castle World Heritage Site, Durham celebrates its past and the people who played their part weaving a rich tapestry of heritage that’s waiting to be discovered. Set within surrounding countryside of moors, hills, valleys and meandering rivers that have since been declared an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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.
Once a kingdom in its own right, Snowdonia features a landscape like no other in England and Wales. Wild and rugged mountains range from Candair Idris (Giant Idris’s Chair) in the south to Eryri (Abode of Eagles) in the north. An area of scenic natural beauty, lofty peaks, verdant valleys and cascading waterfalls, surrounded by fertile flatlands and a gorgeous coast, it’s a great escape from summer crowds.
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....
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 ports of Looe. Calm blue waters and golden sandy beaches combine to give this harbour-town it's charm and tranquility
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.
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....