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Explore the Best of the British Isles with Even More New UK Tours

New for 2022, we are delighted to add two new UK tours to our collection of hand-crafted UK breaks, offering the opportunity to visit many of the jewels of the British Isles whilst enjoying the same immersive Riviera Travel experience that we’re famed for. Alnwick Castle Edinburgh, St Andrews and the Royal Yacht BritanniaFrom picturesque ...

24 Hours in Ghent

Ghent, often in the shadow of its neighbours –  cosmopolitan Brussels, arty Antwerp and perfectly preserved Bruges – might get overlooked sometimes but this Belgian treasure is a delightful find in its own right with plenty of intriguing places to discover and enjoy if you’ve got a few hours to spare. Here’s our top suggestions ...

Congratulations to Our 2021 Photo Competition Winners

As we enter a new year of travel, we’re delighted with the calendar we have created with the 12 winning entries from our photo competition in 2021.  From African big cats to Austrian castles, Lake Bled to Lake Windermere, Como to Coimbra, we received some truly captivating and inspirational images that told the most delightfully insightful tales of your holiday experiences with us, and we would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone ...

Our Favourite Places to Travel: As Told by Our Tour Managers

From tucked away café spots in Provencal cities to incredible vistas painted forever in their memories, our tour managers have totted up hundreds of air miles, memories and of course stories along the way. In a time where we’re all longing to catch up on travel, we asked them about their favourite places, and where they can’t wait ...

Discover the Gardens of Japan on Our Exclusive Tour

From bonsai trees to cherry blossom, it’s no secret that Japan is a haven for horticulture. On our Japan Garden Discovery tour, we immerse ourselves in all things green and glorious, visiting 10 traditional and historic gardens across Tokyo, Hakone, Hiroshima, Okayama and Kyoto amongst other highlights of Japan. With a specialist Japanese gardener at ...

Why I Love French Tours, As Told By a Tour Manager

From the magic of Monet's garden to the delightful essence of ‘Douceur de Vivre’, Tour Manager, Evelyn Malcolm shares her favourite parts of France and why she loves hosting Riviera escorted tours there. Honfleur NormandyWhat springs to mind is the rich food: Courtesy of the contented Normandy cows in their bright green ‘paturages’, cream, butter, cheese, camembert and so many others; from the maritime side, fish and seafood, also cider, ...

A Group Holiday, Your Way

When you travel in a group, to us you’re still very much an individual, and whilst we include everything your group might need in our prices, there are still plenty of ways to ensure each member ends up with a very special holiday that’s just right for them too. From upgrading your cabin or hotel accommodation, ...

Displays to Dazzle – The Best Fireworks Across the Globe

November. Remember, remember….. Once again, it’s that time of the year again; the clocks have gone back, there’s a definite nip in the air and Guy Fawkes’ Night is fast approaching. This week many of us will be enjoying the traditional spectacle of a glittering pyrotechnical performance. Whether your excitement mounts at the prospect of ...

World Voyager: Explore the Hidden Gems of Europe by Small Ship

Ocean cruising has long been a popular choice for exploring the world, sailing while you sleep to new destinations and unpacking just once. But new for 2022, discover ocean cruising with a Riviera twist –  luxurious small ships with fewer than 200 fellow guests and immersive itineraries visiting smaller ports and lesser known gems, as well as classic destination highlights.   On our new, luxury ship World Voyager you ...

Experience the Floriade Expo With Us in 2022

Dutch tulips are famed the world over, but even if you’re not coming to the Netherlands during the legendary bulb season in April, when fields of dazzling blooms in glorious technicolour stretch into the horizon as far as the eye can see, you can enjoy the Dutch talent for horticulture in other months of the year too.  White JasminePhotography credit: Floriade Expo The climate is a big advantage of course: mild winters, very little snow, and a good combination ...