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Personalise Your Holiday

Personalise Your Holiday

We have created a series of experiences you can add to your holiday, making it more personal to your tastes. See our selection below.

   

Travel offers not just a chance to see new sights, but the hope of encountering new moments of wonder. While our itineraries include so much, we also offer a wide range of additional experiences to ensure you have every opportunity to embrace the places we visit. From feasting on authentic local cuisine to marvelling at the world’s myriad wonders from exhilarating perspectives, these rewarding experiences can make your trip one to remember forever.

Skip to: Arts, Culture & History | Travel with a Twist | Gastronomy | Worldwide | Solo Travellers | Upgrades | Airport Extras

To book any of these experiences, please call our Reservations Department on 01283 742 300
Please see each individual escorted tour page for full details of what's included, applicable fees and additional information.


 

Europe

Arts, Culture & History

 

Immerse yourself in fascinating cultures around the world. Be moved by the melodramatic masterpieces of Mozart in a Baroque palace, or skip the queues and discover some of the world’s finest art on a guided tour of the jaw-dropping Sistine Chapel. Perhaps follow in the footsteps of Catherine the Great and enjoy a world-class performance in St Petersburg, a city synonymous with classical ballet.
  

Travel with a Twist

 

There’s nothing quite like a fresh perspective to take your trip from fine to phenomenal. Soar to the skies in a helicopter to fully appreciate the majesty of the Alps, or gaze in awe at the mind-boggling magnitude of the Grand Canyon. Perhaps learn about the diverse wildlife of South Africa on an eye-opening bush walk with a ranger. Take a well-deserved break and relax with a traditional hammam spa experience.
   

Art in the Sistine Chapel Rome

Early Entrance to the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel with an Expert

Enjoy exclusive early morning access to the Vatican before the crowds arrive, while the museums are still quiet. Discover some of the world’s greatest art collections on a reserved tour with an authorised guide with entrance before the museum opens to the general public. Marvel at the frescoed chambers painted by Raphael and the beautiful Sistine Chapel featuring astonishing masterpieces by Michelangelo. 
See our escorted tour of Classical Italy | See our escorted tour of Rome - Ancient & Baroque

Enjoy a Classical Performance in Vienna
Attend a recital by the world-class Schönbrunn Palace Orchestra in the beautiful orangery, the world’s largest where Mozart himself performed in 1786 and many festivities took place during Habsburg reign. Call us to pre-book your tickets.
See our escorted tour of Prague, Vienna, Bohemia & the Danube Valley

String musician playing from sheet music

Authentic flamenco show in Seville

Witness a spectacular flamenco performance filled with passion and energy in a charming theatre. Enjoy a complimentary drink while you admire the superb artistry of world-class dancers, singers and musicians, who bring to life classics like ‘Carmen’. 

See our escorted tour of Classical Spain

Classical Concert in Salzburg

Catch a classical performance by the renowned Salzburger Schlosskonzerte in the world-famous Mirabell Palace in Salzburg. You’ll feel like royalty soaking up the romantic ambience of a very special evening. Don’t miss the opportunity to attend this wonderful concert.
See our escorted tour of the Lakes & Mountains of Austria

Immerse Yourself in Culture at The Russian Ballet
Follow in the footsteps of Catherine the Great and enjoy a sophisticated evening of world-class performances in Moscow, a city synonymous with outstanding classical ballet.
See our escorted tour of Moscow & St Petersburg

Pair of pink ballet shoes on wooden surface

Experience the Atmospheric Verona Opera Festival
Attend the world’s oldest open-air opera festival in an atmospheric Roman amphitheatre. When the lights dim, the magic begins and the most ethereal voices fill the dusky air.
See our escorted tour of Lake Garda, Venice & Verona

See the Legendary Paradis Latin Cabaret in Paris
Experience the world’s oldest cabaret at Gustave Eiffel’s historic theatre. Enjoy a three-course dinner with vintage wine, then take in the visual masterpiece that has wowed countless celebrities.
See our escorted tour of Paris

Discover Versailles with an Audio Guide and Timed Entry

Make the most of your time in Versailles and pre-book a timed-entry visit, which provides admission to the magnificent palace – where you’ll find the royal apartments and Hall of Mirrors – and the outstanding gardens. You’ll receive an audio guide so you can explore at your own pace.

See our escorted tour of Paris

Cable car at snowy summit of Schilithorn Alps

Relive the 007 Experience in the Bernese Alps
Follow in James Bond’s footsteps up to the Schilthorn summit for stunning views of the Alps. Visit the Bond World exhibition and perhaps dine at the revolving restaurant.
See our escorted tour of Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland

Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride in Seefeld

Enjoy the romance of a bygone era in style with a private carriage ride for two across Seefeld’s captivating plateau. It’s an enchanting way to take in the magnificent scenery, and the leisurely pace ensures a comfortable ride.

See our escorted tour of Austrian Tyrol & Innsbruck See our Walk & Discover tour of Austrian Tyrol

Bear-Watching in the Carpathian Mountains

Journey into the beautiful Carpathian forest with a local ranger for a chance to see the tremendous brown bears of Brașov in their natural habitat. If you’re lucky you might also spot lynx, wolves and other incredible wildlife native to the area.

See our escorted tour of Transylvania & Bucharest

Experience the Amazing Alps by Helicopter
Enjoy the dramatic view of magnificent Mont Blanc, one of the most awe-inspiring displays of Mother Nature’s treasures.
See our escorted tour of Mont Blanc, Lake Geneva & Annecy

Helicopter flying over the alps

Sunset cruise on Lake Maggiore

Enjoy a relaxing cruise on Lake Maggiore, made even more magical when illuminated by the sunset across the Alps and the twinkling lights of Stresa. You'll see the beautiful Borromean Islands and call at one of the neighbouring lakeside villages to admire its elegant waterfront.

See our escorted tour of Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn

A Private Tuk Tuk for Two

Enjoy a one-hour ride around Lisbon seeing the sights from a different perspective! A fun way to get around the city.

See our escorted tour of Lisbon, Porto & the Douro Valley

See Florence by Night in a Classic Fiat 500
Take a ride in a Fiat 500 to the hills of Florence and watch the city come alive when night falls. During this 2-hour tour, your guide will share stories of the places you see and you’ll stop for some delicious gelato.
See our escorted tour of Florence & Tuscany

Whale and Dolphin Watching in The Azores

The Azores islands are some of the most popular whale-watching destinations, as the nutrient-rich waters here attract a third of the world’s cetacean species. Take a boat trip to spot these majestic creatures – depending on season, you may see migrating species, such as blue whales and striped dolphins.

See our escorted tour of The Azores

Whale tail entering water in Azores

The world is a melting pot of mouth-watering flavours waiting to be savoured. Try your hand at mastering the culinary delights of the Mediterranean with local cooks or simply indulge in a sumptuous afternoon tea in an iconic luxury hotel. We also offer a choice of dining options on some tours, so you can have dinner in your hotel or dine independently to unearth the area’s gastronomic treasures.
    

Bottles of oil and wooden bowl of olives Crete

Country Walk and Olive Oil Tasting

Take a relaxing walk through the charming villages of Gavalochori and Douliana, visiting a folklore museum and an olive oil factory for a tour and tasting. A light lunch is included at a traditional taverna.

See our escorted tour of Western Crete

Paella cooking class in Valencia

Visit the Central the Market, a jewel of Valencian modernist architecture and the source of fresh ingredients for our cooking class, where a chef will teach you to make the perfect paella. Afterwards, enjoy your creation with a Valencian salad, traditional dessert and drinks.

See our escorted tour of Valencia & the Orange Grove Coast

Traditional Afternoon Tea in Madeira

Indulge in a sumptuous afternoon tea at Belmond Reid’s Palace,overlooking the Atlantic. Enjoy delicious freshly baked scones, pastries and dainty sandwiches with your choice of tea or a glass of refreshing champagne.
See our escorted tour of Madeira, the Pearl of the Atlantic

Cakes, scones and strawberries afternoon tea Madiera

Hotel Dining Options

Many tours are bed and breakfast, allowing you the opportunity to dine locally each evening. However, we do recognise that it may be more convenient to dine at the hotel. Hotel diding options are available to pre-book on the following tours:

Madeira, the Pearl of the Atlantic | Venice: Classic & Undiscovered | Lake Como, St Moritz & the Bernina Express

Late Check-Out and Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a relaxing, late check-out and afternoon tea in the Tropicana Bar at the Borei Angkor Resort in Siem Reap.

See our escorted tour of Vietnam & Cambodia

An Authentic Home-Dining Experience in Bologna

Savour an authentic home-cooked meal of Bolognese classics in the 16th-century apartment of your local host, a passionate traveller and wine expert. You’ll discover Bologna’s rich culinary tradition, help with the preparation and dine together.

See our escorted tour of Bologna, Parma & Ravenna

Dine in Berlin TV Tower’s Revolving Restaurant
Skip the queues and ascend straight to your reserved table in Berlin’s tallest building. Soak up the incredible vistas while enjoying your delicious two-course dinner, accompanied by three glasses of wine. 
See our escorted tour of Berlin, Dresden, Meissen & Colditz.

Berlin TV Tower

Savour the Flavours of Rome
Enjoy more than 10 tastings at some of Rome's favourite foodie locations. On this 4-hour walking tour of the vibrant Trastevere region, sample the finest cheeses, the freshest pasta, wines in a cellar older than the Colosseum, and much more. 
See our escorted tour of Rome - Ancient & Baroque | See our escorted tour of Classical Italy

Traditional Polish food tour 

Sample over a dozen types of traditional and authentic Polish and Krakow specialities, including Polish vodka and craft beers, with a local guide. Discover places loved by locals and explore the historic neighbourhood of Kazimierz. 

See our escorted tour of Krakow

Enjoy a Moroccan Gastronomic Experience

Attend La Maison Arabe’s world-renowned cooking workshop, where a professional chef will teach you how to create a delicious and authentic Moroccan dish. Then you’ll feast on your culinary creations with your fellow cooks.

Marrakesh & the Atlas Mountains | Imperial Cities of Morocco

Tagines, vegetables and spices at cooking class Marrakech

Stay at the 5-star Taj Lake Palace, Udaipur
Indulge in a stay at the five-star Taj Lake Palace, featuring white marble and set in the middle of Lake Pichola. A stay in this luxurious hotel is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
See our escorted tour of Rajasthan, The Taj Mahal & Amritsar’s Golden Temple

Oak Alley Plantation & Louisiana Swamp Tour

Tour the stunning 'Big House' with a guide, and hear the stories of its compelling history. Complete your experience with a 1.5-hour-long boat tour of the Louisiana bayou to discover the wetlands.

See our escorted tour of Deep South USA Plus Texas

Experience the Grand Canyon by Helicopter

Perhaps the most exciting way to experience the Grand Canyon is by helicopter. You’ll be treated to spectacular views of one of the USA’s greatest wonders.

See our escorted tour of California & the Golden West
Inside helicopter over Grand Canyon

The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville

Dedicated to honouring country music’s rich history and dynamic present, the Grand Ole Opry is Nashville’s number-one attraction. Catch one of the weekly live shows featuring country music's greatest talents, who in the past have included stars such as Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton.

See our escorted tour of Deep South USA Plus Texas

Stay in a Tented Camp
Spend a night in a tented camp and enjoy an exhilarating bushwalk led by a ranger in Kruger National Park.
See our escorted tour of South Africa

Stay at the five-star Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort

Whilst in Nizwa, you have the option of staying one night in the five-star Anantara Al Jabal Al Akhdar Resort. You’ll stay in a premier canyon-view room, with breakfast and the price includes a 4x4 vehicle transfer to/from the hotel.

See our escorted tour of Oman

Couple clinking drinks on Rocky Mountaineer train gold leaf carriage

Rocky Mountaineer Gold Leaf Upgrade

Upgrade to the double-decker Gold Leaf Dome carriage on the Rocky Mountaineer train, with panoramic wrap-round windows, plus access to the open-air observation vestibule and a 3-course gourmet dining experience.

See our escorted tour of Canada's Rocky Mountaineer or Canada's Rocky Mountaineer and Alaska Cruise

Las Vegas by Night with a Local Guide

See its glittering revue theatres, night clubs, bars and, of course, the lavishly decorated casinos that dominate the skyline. 

See our escorted tour of California & the Golden West

Woman on zip line through rainforest Costa Rica

Take a Zip-Line Tour Through the Rainforest
See the extraordinary Monteverde Cloud Forest from a different perspective with a thrilling zip-line tour!
See our escorted tour of Costa Rica - from the Caribbean to the Pacific

Stockyards Rodeo VIP seats, Fort Worth

See some of the best rodeo athletes perform thrilling feats of bull-riding, tie-down roping, team-roping, barrel-racing, bronc-riding and breakaway-roping.

See our escorted tour of Deep South USA Plus Texas

Spend a Night in a Traditional Japanese Inn
For a traditional experience, stay in a wonderful ryokan, where you’ll sleep on a Japanese-style futon and enjoy a beautifully prepared kaiseki dinner.
See our escorted tour of Japan - Land of the Rising Sun

Experience Traditional Japan
Dress in a luxurious kimono and discover its rich history, enjoy the origami art of paper-folding, learn to prepare sushi or teriyaki chicken, or try your hand at calligraphy.
See our escorted tour of Japan - Land of the Rising Sun

Table of traditional Japanese cuisine at Ryokan

General Jackson Showboat, Nashville

The graceful showboats of the south have long been a colourful part of America's history, so what better way is there to experience Nashville than on the grand General Jackson Showboat? Admire stunning views of the city while 'rollin' down the river', and enjoy a delicious meal and toe-tapping entertainment in the two-storeyed Victorian Theatre on board. 

See our escorted tour of Deep South USA Plus Texas

Indulge in a Moroccan Hammam Spa Experience

Enjoy a traditional steam bath in the heart of Marrakesh. A cleansing soap made from olives and eucalyptus is applied to your skin then scrubbed away with an exfoliating kessa glove. You’ll feel energised for the rest of your Moroccan adventure.

See our escorted tour of Marrakesh & the Atlas Mountains

San Diego Harbour Cruise with Narrated Tour

Take in San Diego's stunning waterfront sights on a 2-hour cruise through the North and South Bays seeing more than 50 landmarks, such as the sweeping Coronado Bay Bridge. 

See our escorted tour of California & the Golden West

Monument Valley 4x4 tour with a Native American guide

Enjoy nature's marvellous sandstone creations and see the places where ancient Anasazi families once lived among the enormous red buttes, with expert Navajo guides sharing insights into the history, culture and plants.

See our escorted tour of California & the Golden West

Phare, The Cambodian Circus

Phare, The Cambodian Circus tells of Cambodian folklore, historic and modern society stories through modern circus arts, dance, live music and theatre.  More than just a circus, the young performing artists will enthral you with their talent incorporating emotion, enthusiasm and energy. Watch the video below for a glimpse of what you'll see.

See our escorted tours: Vietnam & Cambodia or Vietnam & Cambodia for Solo Travellers

See our river cruise: A Journey on the Mekong

 

Artistic Highlights of Saint-Paul de Vence

Discover Saint-Paul de Vence, the beautiful medieval village that seduced numerous artists with its exceptional light, and perhaps visit one of the many galleries here. Then witness a glassblowing demonstration by artisans at nearby Biot, renowned for its artistic heritage. 

See our escorted tour of The Côte d’Azur & Italian Riviera

Greek food market

Greek food tour in Thessaloniki

Take a culinary stroll through Thessaloniki’s bustling market district tasting over a dozen different delicacies along the way: from locally grown olives, sheep’s milk cheeses and crumbly savoury pies, through to sesame and honey desserts, Turkish delight and strong, sweet coffee. Come with us and explore Greece’s many influences through the medium of taste

See our escorted tour of Thessaloniki, Meteora & Alexander the Great’s Greece

An Day in Montepulciano

Spend a day in medieval Montepulciano, a beautifully preserved hilltop town with an imposing cathedral, Gothic town hall and lovely mix of eateries. It’s most famous for its formidable Vino Nobile wines, which you can taste at the town’s many wine cellars or wine bars. 

See our escorted tour of Walking in the Tuscan Hills

Fado Performance in Lisbon

Nothing captures the mood of Portugal more than the haunting sounds of fado, the unique song style that tells tales of tragic love and maritime adventures. Come with us for an unforgettable night of music at one of Lisbon’s most renowned fado houses in the heart of the Alfama district, complete with 3-course menu and drinks.

See our escorted tour of Portugal’s Douro Valley to Lisbon

Berlin Food Tour

Discover Berlin’s exciting street food scene with an evening stroll through the bustling bohemian quarter, tasting a multitude of Berlin classics such as currywurst and buletten, before continuing to a variety of delicious cakes and candies. Wash it all down with a selection from the city’s burgeoning craft drinks scene.

See our escorted tour of Berlin, Dresden, Meissen & Colditz

Flour sprinkled over jam dooughnuts on wooden surface

Rome Aperitivo Stroll

Spend 3 hours enjoying the gastronomic delights of Trastevere, the historic Jewish quarter. The tour includes a tasting of local wines and cheeses, iconic Roman pasta dishes, modern street food and, of course, gelato. Along with the food come some lesser-known stories and insights from the Eternal City.

See our escorted tour of Classical Italy


Our holidays include scheduled flights and carefully chosen accommodation, but you also have the freedom and flexibility to choose an upgrade to make your experience absolutely unforgettable. Simply let us know when making a booking.

Hotels

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or prefer a room with a balcony and sea view, why not elevate your experience and upgrade your hotel room?

Fast Track Pass

Skip long airport security queues with a Fast Track pass.

Airport Lounges

Once airside, relax in peace away from the bustle of the terminal in a comfortable airport lounge.

Airport Parking & Hotels

If you need to book a parking space or hotel overnight near your UK airport, please visit www.rivieraextras.co.uk or call 0871 360 1018.

Air & Rail Travel

Upgrade to first class on rail journeys within the UK or to Standard Premier Class when travelling by Eurostar. On longer flights, you may prefer to travel in Premium Economy or Business Class for the extra space and that touch of luxury.

First class cabin seats on aeroplane

Airport lounge with chairs and large windows


To book any of the above experiences, please call our Reservations Department on 01283 742 300
Please see each individual escorted tour page for full details of what's included, applicable fees and additional information.

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