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June and there is much motorhome touring taking place

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

June and there is much motorhome touring taking place. Over the last month our tours of Greece and Sicily have been completed, with both groups having enjoyed warm spring weather.

Camping Sabbiadoro, Sicily May 2024 –  Drone photo supplied by Paul Turner
Customer feedback from completed tours can be viewed on the GB Motorhome Tours website at www.gbmotorhometours.com/reviews, one review from each of the two recently completed tours

‘Our first Tour with GB – but certainly not our last. Tour Guides Dave & Sue were exceptional. They ensured that we all enjoyed and made the most of our time in Greece. A big Thank you from Will & Angela.’ Will & Angela Tuxworth – Greece – April/May 2024

‘Comprehensive tour to see what Sicily has to offer, which is a lot! Very enjoyable with great Tour Directors.’ David and Jo Radford – Sicily – April/May 2024

Both the Greece and Sicily tours also feature in next years tour programme. The Sicily tour moves from the Spring to Autumn, with the tour taking place throughout September and October. Three Autumn 2025 tours have just been released to the GB Motorhome Tours website, these are Croatian HighlightsSwiss Magic and Sicily. Having just been released all three tours currently have availability with bookings possible on the booking page of our website.

The spring Greece 2025 is now fully booked. If you are interested in this tour for the future, send us an email to be registered to receive the itinerary for the next Greece tour in advance of it being made generally available. This gives you first opportunity of requesting a tour place, if you wish at that time.

Over the last month tours to Norway and Poland have started, where both groups are enjoying their respective countries.

Camping Bio Grimstad, Norway June 2024
Camping Krakow, Poland June 2024

Next week also sees the start of the Austrian Alps tour, with tour participants currently making their way from the UK to Innsbruck.

Once the summer months arrive, our tours stop for a short period to allow for the school holidays to pass. During this time, GB Motorhome Tours have stands at two of the large outdoor motorhome shows; where a number of our Tour Directors will be on hand to chat and answer travel questions you may have. If you are at either of these shows, do come along and see us.

With summer approaching and less continental touring taking place, it is a good time to check your passport remains valid and renew if needed. Following the UK’s exit from the EU, the Schengen zone countries (which encompass most of the EU countries) have tightened their rules for UK citizens to enter. For many years, the UK Government issued passports upon renewal, for the normal 10 year life period plus any remaining months left on the old passport. Some passports were issued with an expiry date up to 10 years & 9 months after issue. The Schengen zone countries will not recognise any passport that is over 10 years old at the time of travel. So it is possible to have a valid UK passport but find that it is not accepted for entry into many countries. Make a check of your own passport. GB Motorhome Tours advice is to renew any passport that is going to be over 10 years old before the time of return to the UK from any trip. It is also necessary to have 3 months validity remaining on the passport at the date of entry to the Schengen zone. Going forward the situation will be simpler, with the UK government no longer issuing passport’s for longer than 10 years from the date of issue. When renewing your passport allow good time for its return. Current advice from the UK passport office is to allow as much time as possible, which can be up to 8 weeks at the busiest times.

Enjoy your summer touring and we look forward to travelling with you again soon. Feel free to contact us if there is anything you wish to ask about a tour.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

May and there is plenty of motorhome touring taking place in the sun

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

GB Motorhome Tours currently have two tours underway, taking place in Greece and Sicily; with three more starting throughout the next month to Poland, Norway and Austria. The Greece tour is enjoying great motorhome weather for touring, whilst travelling throughout the country including celebrating the Greek Orthodox Easter last weekend. In Delphi, their campsite has wonderful pitch views over far reaching mountains and all the way down to the coast.

Camping at Delphi in Greece, May 2024

The Sicily tour has also been enjoying lovely spring warm weather as they tour around this fascinating island of stunning architecture and traditions from 2,500 years of mixed Spanish, Roman, Greek, African and Italian occupation. In Sicily, if you’re expecting something much the same as Italy you’ll be disappointed, if you’re looking for surprises Sicily will deliver, along with many campsites being directly located next to the beach.

Camping at Selinunte in Sicily, May 2024
The Sicily tour will be running again during the Autumn of next year (Sept/Oct). If you would like to register your interest in this tour, send us a simple email and this will be done for you. The full tour itinerary will then be emailed to you in advance of if being released generally, giving you first opportunity of requesting a tour place if you so wish at that time.

Our 2025 tour programme is beginning to get released, with most of the 2025 spring/summer tours now available to view and book on the GB Motorhome Tours website. There are some great destinations available for next year and a number of these tours are to countries we have not featured for a few years. If there is something you fancy, do make a booking as tours are already becoming fully booked for next year.

With our tours being popular and becoming fully booked quickly, we are often asked, why don’t you increase the group sizes on each tour. Quite simply, tour quality linked with a high level of customer service is the number one priority for GB Motorhome Tours on all its holidays. Allowing group sizes to become larger affects the standard at which tours can be arranged and delivered. So all tours are limited to around 15 guest motorhomes.

The programme of tours for 2025 is below, with links to those currently available on the website. Those not yet on the website will be added over the next few months. If you wish to pre-register your interest in a tour not yet available, drop us an email and this will be done for you. The itinerary is always sent to those with pre-registered interest a few days prior to being released generally.

2025 TOURS

(With some further tours to be added)

Jan/April – Canary Islands (70 nights)

April/May – Greece (34 nights)

June – Southern Ireland (18 nights)

June – Sardinia (23 nights)

June – Denmark (20 nights)

June/July – Discover Iceland (36 nights)

Aug/Sept – Croatia (27 nights)

September – Swiss Magic (22 nights)

September – Scotland Highlands and Royal Deeside (20 nights)

September/October – Sicily (32 nights)

December – Amsterdam at Christmastime (7 nights)

Dec 2025/Jan 2026 – Scottish Hogmanay (10 nights)

In preparation for taking your motorhome out for some spring touring, it is a good time to check the age of your tyres. Typically, motorhome tyres do not get worn out due to the lower mileages most motorhomes travel, however, once a tyre gets to around 6 years old it begins to reach its recommended safe working life. On each tyre is a date stamp, this is in the form of four numbers. The first two numbers are the week of manufacture and the second two the year of manufacture. A date stamp of 21/18 equates to week 21 of 2018, meaning the trye was produced at the end of May 2018, making it 6 years old as of now. The date stamp is located on the side wall of each tyre, however it is usually only put on one side, so it can sometimes involve looking at the tyre from the inside.

If you would like to soon get away on a tour to enjoy picturesque spring scenery combined with some stunning driving there has just been a cancellation on the Austrian Alps tour, starting in June this year. The full itinerary for this 16-night tour is available by clicking on the name above and the available place will be reserved on a first requested basis. Booking requests can be made by emailing us or by completing the booking form online.

Enjoy your spring touring and we look forward to travelling with you soon. Feel free to contact us if there is anything you wish to ask about a tour.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

April and it’s the month when many locations open up for touring

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

GB Motorhome Tours have two tours currently underway, one on-route to Greece and the other to Sicily.  Both tour groups are now in Italy for the start of their tours; the Greece tour is meeting at Bologna and the Sicily tour at Paestum in southern Italy. The two groups are already enjoying lovely warm sunny days, ideal for touring.

Camping at Pompeii 13/04/2024 on the Sicily optional package
Whilst our tours start in destinations all over Europe they also offer an optional package for starting and traveling out from the UK. This flexibility allows tour participants to choose which works best for them. If selecting the optional travel from UK with Tour Directors package, this offers the opportunity of having everything arranged for you, including cross-channel ferries. The starting point in this instance is a campsite in Kent, the day before the ferry to France. The Tour Directors meet there with those on the optional package and look after everything on route to the tours starting point. Included within the optional package are your return cross-channel ferries, which are fully flexible and include full access to the ships club lounge both ways; the outward on-route campsite nights and usually a group dinner at one of the campsites. Full details of each optional package are contained at the end of the tour itinerary.

If you would like to soon get away on a tour to enjoy picturesque scenery combined with some stunning driving there has just been a cancellation on the Austrian Alps tour, starting in June this year. The full itinerary for this 16-night tour is available by clicking on the name above and the available place will be reserved on a first requested basis. Booking requests can be made by emailing us or by completing the booking form online.

Since last months newsletter another tour for next year has recently been released, this is the Discover Iceland 2025 tour. Iceland is a real diverse destination and a wonderfully fascinating place to travel, for full tour details click on the name below. The list of 2025 tours so far released is

•    The Canary Islands – Jan/April 70 nights
•    Greece – April/May 21 or 34 nights
•    Sardinia  – May/June 22 nights ‘Now full for 2025, reserve list available’
•    Southern Ireland – May/June 29 nights
•    Discover Iceland – June/July 36 nights

Click on any of the names above for the full tour itineraries. These tours are all for the first half of next year, there will be one or two more added, plus a full programme of tours the second half of 2025. These will be released in the next couple of months, some of the chosen destinations can already be seen on the 2025 tours page .

Before next year there is a full programme of tours for 2024. Those with some remaining places available are

•    Southern Norway 23 nights in June
•    Rhine in Flames Spectacular 12 nights June/July
•    Northern Italy’s Treasures 23 nights in September
•    Scotland Highlands & NC500 24 nights in September
•    Southern Bavaria 16 nights in September
•    Paris at Christmastime 6 nights in December

With spring arriving and many motorhomes now being made ready for use after a winter break, it’s a good time to clean the fresh water tank, pipework and taps with a solution of sterilising water. This can be achieved by adding some sterilising tablets/fluid to your main fresh water tank, allowing them to dissolve/mix in and then pumping the water through to all locations, by opening each of the taps for a couple of minutes. Leave the sterilising solution in the system for 24 hours and then drain down before refilling with clean fresh water. Your motorhome water system will then be ready for your next outing.

Happy touring to everyone. If you would like to ask anything regarding our tours feel free to contact us, we are always happy to answer any questions.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

March and soon the clocks go forward

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

As the clocks go forward it feels like spring is arriving, at this same time two of our tours are starting. Both are heading to the Mediterranean, where early spring sunshine should be found. One is traveling to Greece, the other to Sicily. As well as sunshine and warmth, an advantage of travelling to the Mediterranean early in the year is in finding everything fresh before the heat of the summer, with an abundance of wild flowers to be spotted as you travel.

Spring wild flowers

For next year there will again be two spring Mediterranean tours; the Greece tour is being repeated along with a tour to the wonderful island of Sardinia. Both of these are now available on the GB Motorhome Tours website to view / book by clicking on their name above. Another spring tour for next year, to Southern Ireland is also available along with the winter Canary Islands tour.

Before 2025 there are all the tours prepared for 2024 to enjoy. There now remains only limited availably on just 6 of this year’s 16 tours. The full itineraries for these are available by clicking on the tour name below.

•    Southern Norway 23 nights in June
•    Rhine in Flames Spectacular 12 nights June/July
•    Northern Italy’s Treasures 23 nights in September
•    Scotland Highlands & NC500 24 nights in September
•    Southern Bavaria 16 nights in September
•    Paris at Christmastime 6 nights in December

Back to looking ahead to next year, with a number of the early 2025 tours covering winter and spring now available on the GB Motorhome Tours website, next to be added will be two summer tours covering Denmark and Iceland. The Iceland tour is a unique chance to explore a location even more diverse than you can imagine before arriving there. If you would like to register your interest in this tour, to receive the itinerary in advance of it being made generally available send us a simple email, the itinerary will then be emailed to you in the next couple of weeks.

Remember, all GB Motorhome Tours are a lot more than us just booking campsites for you; they include group excursions with transport, a number of group meals, services of our Tour Directors travelling with the tour in their own motorhome, full printed tour information pack, all GPS co-ordinates for your Sat Nav and of course all the campsites are pre-booked for you. Additionally, complete flexibility for you to decide to meet us at the start of the tour (which will be in/near the country of destination) or to have everything arranged for you all the way from the UK by including the ‘optional travel from UK with Tour Directors package’. Within this package are included additional campsite nights between the UK and the start of the tour, your fully flexible return cross channel ferry with entry to the ships Club Lounge and the services of our Tour Directors travelling with you from the UK. Where will your travels take you?

A recent development that is likely to be of interest to a good number of motorhomers, is the passing in the European Parliament of a proposal that is looking to make a significant change to EU driving licence categories. The proposal was launched by the EFC (European Caravanning Federation) to increase the motorhome weight limit that can be driven on a car licence (category B) from 3,500kg to 4,250kg (2 years after passing the driving test). With the proposal having passed through the European Parliament there is potential for it to come into effect later this year. Of course, with the UK no longer an EU member then the change will not automatically apply in the UK, unlike it would have done pre-Brexit. It will be down to the UK government if it wishes to align with the EU and pass the necessary domestic legislation to put the change into UK law. If it does, it will be beneficial to a lot of UK motorhomers and will mean
•    All licence holders after 2 years of passing their test would be able to drive a motorhome up to 4,250kg, which covers a lot more motorhomes than the current 3,500kg limit
•    It would no longer be necessary to renew a C1 licence category once reaching age 70, unless the motorhome is over 4,250kg
•    Over 70’s would no longer be forced to change their motorhome if the plated weight is between 3,500kg – 4,250kg following the failing of a medical for renewal of a C1 licence
•    It would allow motorhomes currently plated at 3,500kg to be up-plated to a higher weight, without the need to have a C1 licence. This would allow many motorhomes to have an improved pay load whilst keeping others within their legal weight

GB Motorhome Tours will keep monitoring how this interesting development progresses. In the meantime, we look forward to great travels with you throughout 2024.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

February and it’s very winter like in the UK

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

February and it’s very winter like in the UK. However, it is possible to find warm and dry conditions for good motorhome touring at this time of year. The Canary Islands, being 2,000 miles south of the UK means touring there at this time truly leaves the winter behind, with spring/summer like conditions awaiting you. The itinerary for this very popular winter tour has just been released, ready for next year. This is available to view and book on the GB Motorhome Tours website. Take yourself and your motorhome away next winter for 70 nights of warmth and adventure.

February Camping in Tenerife – Canary Islands tour

For something closer to home and during this year, another tour has just been added to the 2024 tour programme. This is the Scotland Highlands and NC500 tour taking place throughout September. For scenic touring, the Highlands and NC500 (North Coast 500 miles) are simply stunning. Join us for 24 nights of relaxed touring, good company and some great Scottish food. This tour is now available to book on the GB Motorhome Tours website.

Isle of Skye Camping – Scottish Highlands and NC500 tour

Behind the scenes at GB Motorhome Tours, work is currently taking place on the 2025 tour programme. As always, being the UK’s largest motorhome tour company, there will be many exciting destinations to choose from spanning the whole year, all expertly organised. For an overview of some of the tours to look forward to, click on the 2025 tours programme. The itineraries for these tours (plus some more) will be added to the GB Motorhome Tours website over the next few months.

Two spring 2025 tours that are close to being released, are the Greece 2025 tour and the Sardinia 2025 tour. If you would like to receive an advance copy of these, send us an email requesting this. The itineraries will then be emailed to you in the next couple of weeks and prior to them being released generally, giving you first opportunity of requesting a tour place should you wish.

We are often asked by motorhomers considering a GB Motorhome Tours for the first time, why do people choose to join a GB Motorhomes Tours holiday. This is probably best answered by some of the thing’s customers say they like about our tours.

•    We travel knowing your Tour Directors are on hand to offer any assistance required
•    Our motorhome pitch is awaiting us upon arriving at the campsite, usually with little check-in procedure as you have looked after this in advance of our arrival
•    We make one booking with you and everything else on the tour is looked after for us
•    Your tours are much more than just taking us to a campsite and leaving us there. Included in every tour are organised excursions with local transport, tour guides and entrance fee’s all included – no need to move our motorhome off site
•    Each tour includes a number of quality group meals, a chance to enjoy local cuisine and wines in like-minded company
•    A comprehensive printed tour pack is sent at least one month prior to departure, containing all the information for the tour – campsite details including GPS co-ordinates, route planning, excursion programme, group meals and general information for continental touring, making planning for our holiday easy
•    You include Michelin maps covering the area of the tour within the tour pack, and for most tours, also the DK Eyewitness guide book for the country being visited

Reviews from our tours can be read on our Reviews Page.

If before next getting away, your motorhome is going to be left unused for a period over winter, consider parking it with the internal & cupboard doors left open to allow circulating air to reach all areas and avoid damp forming. Likewise for the fridge door, leave this open to keep the fridge nice and fresh inside. If it’s safe to do so, also park the vehicle in gear with the handbrake off to prevent the brake becoming stuck during a period of non use.

All of us at GB Motorhome Tours look forward to many great travels with you throughout 2024 and beyond.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

January and last year’s tours come to an end

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

January and last year’s tours came to an end this week, with the Scottish Hogmanay 2023 tour finishing. This tour was appreciated by 15 motorhomes for its included content of exploring central Scotland, whilst enjoying some fine Scottish cuisine and celebrating the New Year in, Scottish style.

Ashmill Caravan Park January 2024 – Scottish Hogmanay 2023 tour
Some customer reviews from the tour.

‘Our first trip with GB Motorhome Tours and it didn’t disappoint, thoroughly enjoyed it. Tour Directors Jane and Douglas have done an excellent job, very accommodating and kept us well informed throughout the tour. We would also like to thank everyone at GB Motorhome Tours.’ Yvonne and Gary Green

‘Thoroughly enjoyed our Hogmanay trip to Scotland. Thank you to our tour leaders Jane and Douglas for making it such a wonderful tour.’ Cath and Paul Bendall

‘This was our first GB Motorhome Tour and we found it to be very well organised and run exceptionally well by Jane and Douglas, who went the extra mile every day to make sure we all had a great experience.’ Peter and Denise Ford

‘Enjoyed the tour, for us it made a change not to be catering on New Year’s Eve and to have it all catered for us. A good group of people, we enjoyed their company. We were lucky with the weather enabling us to see the sights, and Jane & Douglas looked after us well.’ Pauline and Robert Hughes

If you are interested in the next Scottish Hogmanay tour and would like to pre-register your interest in this, send us an email and it will be done for you. You will then be sent the full tour itinerary in advance of it being made generally available, giving you first opportunity of requesting a tour place, if you so wish at that time.

Another festive tour that has just been released to the GB Motorhome Tours website, is the Paris at Christmastime 2024 tour. Spend time during December in the wonderful city of Paris, where Christmas Markets decorate many of its streets. Also enjoy an excursion to the Palace of Versailles for an insight into the French aristocracy, and a real highlight of Paris – A Champagne dinner evening at the world-famous Moulin Rouge. Bookings for this tour can now be made on the GB Motorhome Tours website.

For touring throughout the spring/summer of this year, there currently remains availability on the following tours

•    Southern Norway – June for 23 nights
•    Rhine in Flames Spectacular – June/July for 12 nights
•    Northern Italy’s Treasures – September for 23 nights
•    French Atlantic Coast – September for 17 nights
•    Southern Bavaria – September for 16 nights

The above tours are all available for viewing by clicking on the above names and booking on the GB Motorhome Tours website.

For all holidays, GB Motorhome Tours offers the option for participants to start a tour on the continent or from the UK. This gives flexibility for individuals to choose which works best for them. If you have a 2024 tour booking which currently doesn’t have the optional travel from UK with Tour Directors package included and you would like to add this, it remains possible to do so at this stage. Send us an email requesting the optional package be added to your booking and this will be done for you. Full details of each tour’s optional package can be viewed at the end of each tour itinerary on the GB Motorhome Tours website.

Tours for 2025 will begin to be released over the next couple of months; these will be added to the GB Motorhome Tours website. There is another great programme of destinations to look forward to, spanning all across Europe. Also keep an eye on the monthly newsletters where some of these will be featured.

With winter here in the UK, a tip for your motorhome whilst it spends longer periods parked up, is to keep the diesel tank full of fuel. Diesel engines do not like water in their fuel. Water can build up inside the diesel from condensation forming on the inside of the tank in cold conditions; by keeping the fuel tank full it leaves no space for condensation to form.

All of us at GB Motorhome Tours wish you a Happy New Year and we look forward to many great travels with you throughout 2024.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

December and as the year draws to an end

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

December and as the year draws to an end, all of us at GB Motorhome Tours wish you a Merry Christmas and all the very best for the coming New Year, with lots of great motorhome travels to look ahead to. Whilst the year is almost finished, we still have one more tour to start. The Scottish Hogmanay 2023 tour begins at the end of the year with a Gala Dinner to celebrate the arrival of the New Year. This is then followed with 9 days in Scotland visiting Edinburgh, Loch Lomond and Stirling. Recently the Wonderful Christmastime 2023 tour took place, with tour participants returning home this week. The tour spent time in Paris and Epernay, including an evening at the Moulin Rouge.

Moulin Rouge – Wonderful Christmastime 2023 tour

Some customer reviews from the tour.

‘This was our first GB Motorhome Tour and we were well looked after by Ron & Sue our Tour Directors. A thoroughly enjoyable itinerary with excellent food and good company. Better than we expected.’ Anne & John Rodriguez

‘Another excellent tour with GB Motorhome Tours, well organised. Paris Christmas markets were very good, Moulin Rouge very enjoyable. Epernay also very good especially dinner in the local restaurant. Thank you Ron & Sue for once again giving us a great tour.’ Helen & Alistair MacFadyen

‘An aptly named tour – Paris, Christmas Markets, Moulin Rouge, then Epernay with the Habits de Lumiere. A great tour, thank you Ron & Sue for all your efforts.’ Carolyn & Roger Metcalfe

An evening at the Moulin Rouge also features in next years ‘Paris at Christmastime’ tour. If you would like to pre-register your interest in this tour, send us a simple email and this will be done for you. The tour itinerary will then be emailed to you in advance of it being made generally available, giving you first opportunity of requesting a tour place if you so wish at that time.

2023 has been a stable year for travel; after the turbulent previous 3 years of Covid interrupted tours. This has been much appreciated by all, with all tour plans having been fulfilled. During the year, GB Motorhome Tours escorted over 200 motorhomes on 15 very varied and exciting tours, ranging from 8 to 70 nights in duration. These tours covered destinations as diverse and far away as the Canary Islands and Cyprus, to the home countries of Ireland and Scotland; with all of continental Europe being covered in-between. The full range of our 2023 tours can still be viewed on the GB Motorhome Tours website Tour History page

Also on the website are all of the 2024 tours. Where there is another great selection of destinations for travel, including a new tour that has just been introduced for September 2024, the French Atlantic Coast. This is a 17-night tour taking in the picturesque coastal areas of Benedet, Pornichet, île de Ré and Côte Sauvage; also with time at ‘Puy du Fou’ and in Cognac. With this tour having just been released, places currently remain available to book.

Many of our 2024 tours are now fully booked; however, there is still some availability on the following tours for next year

•    Southern Norway – June for 23 nights
•    Rhine in Flames Spectacular – June/July for 12 nights
•    Northern Italy’s Treasures – September for 23 nights
•    French Atlantic Coast – September for 17 nights
•    Southern Bavaria – September for 16 nights

The above tours are all available for viewing by clicking on the above names and booking on the GB Motorhome Tours website.

Back at home and with some cool damp weather around, it is recommended cushions and bedding be removed from motorhomes and stored indoors to keep them from becoming damp. However, often the practicality of doing this is not easy, so an alternative can be to periodically run a de-humidifier inside the motorhome to keep moisture levels down. Also doing this for 24 hours before taking your motorhome on a winter trip can be particularly beneficial, ensuring you set off in a cosy & damp free van, perfect for the start of your winter time break.

With Christmas just a week away, we hope you have a wonderful festive period and we look forward to seeing you in 2024 for lots of great motorhome travel.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

November and travel at GB Motorhome Tours continues

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

November and with winter approaching it can be a quiet time for travel; however, at GB Motorhome Tours travel continues. With the Wonderful Christmastime and Scottish Hogmanay tours still to take place before the end of this year. Also, those on the Cyprus and More 2023 tour are still away as they make their return to the UK, crossing Europe having now left Cyprus. This tour is a real adventure, covering 6,000 miles UK to UK, passing through 10 countries whilst touring the Black Sea coast of Turkey and the whole of Cyprus.

Camping Aphrodite, Southern Cyprus 23/10/2023
Cyprus is a divided Island, separated in 1974 between North and South where it has only more recently become possible to cross between the two sides, particularly so with your own vehicle. With the organisation of GB Motorhome Tours, tour participants were able to take their motorhomes across the ‘Green Line’ freely and without many formalities, meaning both sides of this fascinating island could be explored, and all in great weather. Being the Mediterranean’s eastern most island it enjoys a summer climate extending into late autumn. Some reviews from this years tour

‘The Cyprus and More tour was truly an adventure and we enjoyed every day of it, seeing much more of both Turkey and Cyprus than we could possibly imagine. Kevin and Nurcan were excellent guides who went out of their way to make the tour an enjoyable experience, even organising an optional trip to Istanbul. We would recommend the tour to anyone who wants to truly learn about the sites, life and customs in both Turkey and Cyprus.’ Howard and Margot Smith

‘A mixture of cultures, history and adventures on this tour. Taking your motorhome to places you never imagined you would go. Very much a driving adventure with beaches, forests and mountains thrown in. It’s definitely a tour to tick off your bucket list.’ Kim and Allan McKelvie

‘What an incredible adventure, surpassed all expectations. Not for the faint hearted but Kevin and Nurcan led us on a trip of a lifetime; travelling to places not many motorhomes go. We loved it.’ Carolyn and Nick Griffiths

‘Our second adventure with Kevin and Nurcan that took us out of our motorhoming comfort zone. We would not have ventured into Turkey or Cyprus without the support & guidance of GB Motorhome Tours. Highly recommended.’ Mike and Sheila Brooks

‘Once again Kevin and Nurcan have gone out of their way to look after us. They gave 100% all the time and never seem to be off duty. This tour is not for everyone, but if you want to see the non-tourist side of Turkey and Cyprus it’s not to be missed. Many thanks.’ Howard and Yvonne Hogton

The Cyprus and More tour is being planned again for 2025, if you would like to express an interest in this tour, send us an email and this will be done for you. The tour itinerary will then be emailed to you in advance of it being made generally available, giving you first opportunity of requesting a tour place if you so wish at that time.

For next year there is a new tour that is yet to be made available, this is the French Atlantic Coast 2024 tour, which will take place throughout September. The tour will travel along the Atlantic Coast of France and includes a 2-night stay at the wonderful Puy du Fou, where we have just secured tickets for the magical Saturday night Cinescenie performance. The full tour itinerary will shortly be emailed to those with pre-registered interest, followed with being placed onto the GB Motorhome Tours website towards the end of this month.

November is a time when many people make plans for travel in the forthcoming year. It is worth remembering when travelling in the EU that post Brexit, British citizens can no longer be in the EU for more than 90 days out of 180. This rule can take some understanding, as it is assessed over an ongoing rolling 180 day period. In the simplest of definitions, it means British citizens can spend within the EU, up to any 90 days out of the previous 180 days. These days do not need to be consecutive and can be accumulated over any number of trips. For the purpose of the rule, reference to the EU refers to those countries who are members of the Schengen visa scheme, which are most EU member countries plus a few others of Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein. However, there are a few EU countries who are not currently in the Schengen visa scheme, namely; Ireland, Cyprus, Romania and Bulgaria, so time in these countries does not count towards the 90 days. Also, time in non-EU countries like Turkey and Morocco is not included. Further details on the scheme can be found on the EU’s official website.

For calculating the 90 days you go back 180 days from the time you wish to check your entitlement for being in a Schengen country and add up all the days you have already spent within Schengen countries within that period. If this is less than 90 days you are fine to be there for that day. To assist with making the check there are a number of apps/calculators available on the internet. Our recommendation for accuracy is to use the one contained on the official EU website, this is found at Short-stay Visa Calculator (europa.eu). If you are looking to join a tour and would like us to also make a check for you, then feel free to contact us and we’ll happily assist with this.

We have been asked if there is a way around the rule, so more than 90 days out of 180 can be spent in the EU. The simple answer is not really. Maybe over time the situation will change, but for now it is best for British Citizens to stick within the permitted time, so as to not face a fine and possible restrictions for re-entering a Schengen country. For most people it will not be a problem as they will not get close to the permitted time, but do be aware and check yours if you are spending longer periods out of the UK.

If there is anything you wish to ask about our tours, or motorhome travel in general, feel free to contact us; we are always happy to assist.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

October and four tours have recently come to an end with one still away.

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

October and four tours have recently come to an end with one still away. The 2023 Croatian Highlights tour, the Rhine in Flames tour, the Swiss Magic tour and the Romantic Strasse tour have all been completed over the last month. The weather throughout all was very favourable, allowing for lots of outdoor time. One customer review from each tour follows, with further reviews on the GB Motorhome Tours reviews page.

‘This was our first GB Motorhome Tour and we thoroughly enjoyed the whole trip. Some lovely sites, meals and good facilities to make the tour a pleasure. Excellent tour leaders, Ron & Sue ensured our group was well looked after. Roll on our next.’ Penny & Trevor Pinder – Croatian Highlights – Aug/Sept 2023

‘Excellent tour with brilliant lively hosts, Jenny and Brian. Lots to do, shame it wasn’t longer!’ Selwyn and Joan Green – Rhine in Flames – Sept 2023

‘A very enjoyable and well organised tour led by Sue and Dave. The tour included many excellent trips that had been well researched and enabled us to explore the beautiful and fascinating country of Switzerland.’ Rosemary and Alister Watt – Swiss Magic – Sept 2023

‘Favourite place on the whole trip was Fussen, Neuschwanstein Castle and the surrounding area, well worth staying. Our fellow travellers were all friendly and fun. Hopefully we’ll all meet up again on another GB tour. Thank you.’ Bill and Gell Knight – Romantic Strasse – Sept 2023

The tour that remains away is the Cyprus and More tour, where the group arrived in Northern Cyprus last week. On route to reaching Cyprus, the tour has travelled across Europe; through Greece and along the Black Sea coast of Turkey, before crossing the central Anatolian plain. During this time, stops were made in the important Ottoman city of Amasya, in the heart of the Hittite empire of Hattusa and at the geographical wonderland of Cappadocia. With no campsites in or around Amasya, in conjunction with the local tourist ministry, the group were granted permission to park outside one of the museums in a very central spot, perfectly positioned for easy access to all the major sites of the city.

Amasya, Turkey – 03/10/2023 Cyprus and More 2023 tour

Being around 3,000 miles from the UK, the weather in Cyprus at this time of year is wonderful for touring, with daytime temperatures of high 20’s combined with plenty of sunshine for swimming, sightseeing and relaxing, whilst night time is a little below 20, ideal for sleeping in a motorhome.

Camping in the Karpas National Park, Northern Cyprus 14/10/2023
This week the Cyprus and More tour crossed the ‘Green Line’ which divides the island, as they moved from the Islands north to its south side. Crossing the ‘Green Line’ with vehicles has only been possible in more recent times, and for crossing with a foreign registered vehicle this has only become possible more recently. An interesting feature of travelling in Cyprus is that all the driving is on the left, this being a throwback from the British involvement with the island over a very long period.

For a closer to home tour in December this year, a cancellation place has just become available on the Wonderful Christmastime tour. This is an 8-night tour, taking in Paris and Epernay.  In Paris a night at the Moulin Rouge is included and in Epernay an evening at the Champagne festival. For the full tour itinerary click on the link above; if you would like to join the tour, send us an email and we will reserve the one available place to the first received request.

A new tour for 2024 has just been released onto the GB Motorhome Tours website. This is Southern Norway in June next year. Be there for the long light nights and see a land of scenic and cultural wonders with so much to experience and enjoy. This tour will take you to the cities of Oslo and Bergen, to the pristine landscapes of Norway’s dramatic coastline and takes in many beautiful scenic drives en-route. Get ready to be captivated by all the wonderful views and Fjords that make Norway such an attractive destination. The full tour itinerary is available by clicking on the tour name above and bookings can be made on the GB Motorhome Tours website.

On many of our tours we are beginning to now see motorhomes fitted with Lithium batteries to power their habitational area. These batteries offer some real advantages over traditional lead acid batteries, in that they provide far superior capacity for the same physical size and at around half the weight. They also offer a longer life span compared to lead acid batteries and can charge much faster. With costs of Lithium batteries coming down, they are becoming an attractive option for more people. However, we are also seeing instances where Lithium batteries have simply been dropped into motorhomes in place of an original lead acid battery. In many cases this gives some problems, with the charging structure for Lithium being different to lead acid, and in the fact that they can draw much larger charging currents. When switching from lead acid to Lithium batteries, some changes to the charging and wiring arrangements is usually required, to make things work correctly. When taking advantage of the benefits Lithium batteries provide, it is worth seeking professional advice from a company that specialise in this relatively new technology of powering a motorhome. One company that can assist is Offgrid Power Solutions. They are based near Oxford and can provide you with advice, all the suitable products for switching to Lithium and offer a full fitting service if required.

Despite winter approaching, do keep enjoying your motorhoming. Feel free to contact us at any stage with anything you wish to ask. GB Motorhome Tours is open 12 months of the year, with tours operating all year round.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com

September is a really good time to be touring

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

September is a really good time to be touring. With the school holidays finished, campsites are less busy and excellent weather is still to be found in many regions of Europe. Our tours currently taking place in CroatiaSwitzerland and Germany are all enjoying great weather.

Camping Mostar, Croatian Highlights 2023 tour
Camping Luzern, Swiss Magic 2023 tour
Camping Koblenz, Rhine in Flames 2023 tour
This week also see’s the start of the Romantic Strasse tour and the Cyprus and More tour. Being the Mediterranean’s eastern most island and located around 3,000 miles from the UK, travelling overland to Cyprus is a real adventure. Look out for reports from this tour in the next couple of newsletters.

For a far more relaxed tour and a lot closer to home holiday next year, our September 2024 French Atlantic Coast tour is currently being finalised. If you would like to pre-register your interest in this tour, send us an email and this will be done for you. People with pre-registered interest receive the tour itinerary in advance of it being made generally available, giving them first opportunity of requesting a place if desired.

Bookings for our tours are often made 12 months in advance. In addition to securing a place by booking early, a benefit of having a tour booked is the excitement that comes from the planning of a holiday. This gives a positive energy and realisation of what starts as just an idea is becoming a travel reality. For all bookings, GB Motorhome Tours guarantees that the price you pay for your holiday will be the cheapest that the tour is ever offered at. You can book early in full confidence of knowing the tour will never be available cheaper than the price you pay. Whilst many 2024 tours are now fully booked, there currently remains some availability for the following tours. To see the full tour itineraries, click on the tours name. Bookings for these tours can be made on the GB Motorhome Tours website.

  • Dec 2023/Jan 2024 – Scottish Hogmanay 10 nights – Welcome in the New Year Scottish style. We start with a traditional Hogmanay Gala New Years Eve dinner and follow this with stays in Edinburgh, Loch Lomond and Sterling. Being winter the tour has a lot of indoor content and group meals included.
  • June/July 2024 – Rhine in Flames 12 nights – Take a picturesque late spring getaway along the River’s Mosel and Rhine. The highlight of this tour will be an evening cruise with supper to see the magnificent Rhine in Flames spectacular firework display.
  • Sept 2024 – Northern Italy’s Treasures 23 nights – Stays in Lake Garda, Pisa, Rome, Florence, Bologna and Venice are all included in this tour of Italy’s north. Many excursions and group meals are included to give you the most from your time in this wonderful country.
  • Sept 2024 – Southern Bavaria 16 nights – Enjoy a relaxed tour of beautiful Bavaria. Travel through magnificent countryside being captivated by Castles and country Palaces, including ‘Schloss Neuschwanstein’ with its fairy-tale turrets and a visit to Berchtesgadener for the ‘Eagles Nest’.

As well as the above tours, there is also a new summer tour of Southern Norway currently being finalised.

For all touring abroad, it’s good practice to carry sufficient prescription medication with you to cover the duration of your trip. Getting these in advance of your tour does not generally give a problem; advise your GP of your needs and they should provide the required prescription in advance of your departure. What we are hearing however, is that for some medications there is a shortfall in supplies, resulting in delays to some prescription medicines being supplied. Do keep this in mind for your forthcoming trips and ensure you obtain the required amount in good time of your departure.

If there is anything you would like to ask about a tour or motorhoming in general, feel free to contact us as we are always happy to answer any questions. We look forward to travelling with you to many great places soon.

Kindest regards,

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team

Tel. 0044 7481 479 057
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com