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May and it’s beginning to feel more like summer

Dear Fellow Motorhomer,

May and it’s beginning to feel more like summer in the UK. For those on our early spring tours, summer has already arrived with both the Greece and Spain/Portugal tour groups having enjoying lots of warm sunshine. The Greece tour, currently at it’s last campsite on the island of Corfu, has now almost finished as temperature this far south begin to get hotter than most motorhomers comfortably enjoy.


Scenic coastal driving in Greece

Already looking ahead to next year our 2020 tour programme is now complete and a summary of this follows. Full tour itineraries are available on our website or by clicking on any of the tour names below. Already some tours have attracted a lot of interest and are now fully booked. As you decide which tour(s) you would like to join it’s better to make a reservation at that time so as to secure your place, bookings can be made online or by telephone, and as always if there is anything you wish to ask feel free to contact us, we are always happy to answer any questions.

2020 Tours

Jan/April – Canary Islands 70 Nights – Get away from the after Christmas cold, take you and your motorhome on an adventure for 70 nights of warmth and exploration.

April/May – Greece 19 or 33 nights – Fully booked for 2020, reserve list available – Spring warmth, History and Easter Celebrations for the first part, followed by Micro climates, Islands and not to be missed sights for those staying on.

May/June – Balkan Gems 29 Nights – Explore contrasting Balkan countries as we travel through Slovenia, southern Hungary and Serbia. Great mix of coast & cities, rivers & nature, and an above average number of group meals included.

May/June – Grand Duchy to the Cote d’Azur 28 Nights – From Luxemburg’s forests & nature parks through Switzerland’s lakes & mountains to the glamourous resorts of the Cote d’Azur, all in a relaxed manor.

June – Delightful Denmark 19 Nights – Enjoy the light nights of this intriguing country as we travel through its many regions. Guided visits in Ribe, Aarthus, Roskilde & Copenhagen are all included.

June – Italy down to the heel – Discover the charming southern regions of Italy as this tour takes you all the way to the heel.

July – Rhine in Flames 10 Nights – A wonderful short summer tour through stunning regions of Germany, cumulating with a river dinner cruise on the evening of the ‘Rhine in Flames’.

Aug/Sept – Croatian Highlights 27 nights – Explore the stunning Adriatic coastline whilst traveling south to Dubrovnik.

Sept/Oct – Western Turkey 39 nights – Fully booked for 2020, reserve list available – Discover the spectacular coastlines, archaeological wonders and historic cities of Ankara and Istanbul as we travel through this wonderfully friendly country.

Sept/Oct – Sicily 31 nights – Mediterranean warmth and twenty five centuries of mixed rule await you on this tour; along with great African influenced Italian cuisine.

Dec – Magical Christmas Markets 7 nights – Enter into the Christmas spirit taking in the best of the Christmas markets and parades.

All our tours are equally suitable for both couples and single travellers alike. Often before joining a tour single people ask how it will be for them. A recent review from our 70-night Canary Islands tour sums this up.

‘My first time with GB Motorhome Tours. I’m a single person and was made to feel very welcome, not only by Nurcan and Kevin who were superb tour leaders but by everyone on the tour. If you’re single don’t be afraid ‘Go For It’, you will not regret it. Roll on the next one.’ Ken Starmer – Canary Islands – Jan to April 2019

For all travel abroad, of course a valid passport is required. Until recently when renewing passports this could be done up to 9 months in advance and the unexpired period of the old passport would be added to the new one. However, recent changes have stopped this, all renewed passports are now issued with a straight 10-year life span, regardless of when applied for. It now makes sense to renew near the time of expiry rather than too far in advance. When renewing your passport please also send us the new details upon receipt for updating to your bookings.

We look forward to escorting you and your motorhome to great places in Europe and beyond.

Kindest regards,

Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Chris & Alan, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John

Your GB Motorhome Tours Team
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
0044 7481 479 057

April and the Spring sunshine is beginning to combine with motorhome travel

Dear Fellow Motorhomers,

April and the Spring sunshine is beginning to combine with motorhome travel. Currently there are three GB Motorhome Tours taking place and another starting in a couple of weeks. Already underway is our Springtime in Holland tour where participants are enjoying the wonderful colours of the bulb fields at this time of year. Also on route from the UK are the Greece tour participants who can expect to find fine Spring weather throughout their time in Greece. And now on their way home are the participants from this year’s winter Canary Islands tour, where for them the Spring temperatures are well below those encountered throughout the 10 weeks spent touring in the islands.


Camping in Gran Canaria March 2019

If you would like to get away next winter there is no better place for weather between January & April than the Canary Islands, and bookings for next year’s tour are now available to be made on our website

A couple of customer reviews from this years Canary Islands tour.

‘Kevin and Nurcan have really looked after us, they were always there to help if needed and to give guidance as required but never pushy. The trip took us to places we would never have seen on our own and to places we never wanted to see. We have really enjoyed the trip and would not hesitate to book another trip with them. So many thanks.’
Howard and Yvonne Hogton – Canary Islands – Jan to April 2019

‘A thoroughly interesting tour comprising warm weather, seasides, rain forests, mountains, cities, amazing landscapes, history and much more. Led by friendly, experienced and knowledgeable guides. A good mixture of free time and organised days out. A great experience.’
Jane and Douglas Marsland – Canary Islands – Jan to April 2019

Back in the UK in just over a weeks’ time sees the largest of the outdoor motorhome shows taking place in Peterborough (26 – 28 April), where we have our stand at location P9, if you’re at the event do come along and see us. There will be a number of our Tour Directors on hand to chat and answer any questions you may have.

If you can’t make Peterborough then in May we will be at the Cheltenham Motorhome Show (10 – 12 May) where again a number of our Tour Directors will be on our stand (A16)

Brexit has been a subject on many motorhomers minds and in particular how this will impact on foreign travel. Prior to this week it has not been possible to obtain much accurate guidance, but now with an extension of the process agreed until the end of October, or withdrawal earlier only with a deal, it means there is currently no additional  documentation required for foreign travel. This gives a degree of certainty for all those taking their motorhome abroad throughout the next 6 months and covers all our Spring, Summer & Autumn tours.

For a late Spring holiday there are still some places available on our Southern Bavaria tour (11 June to 3 July – 22 nights) and our An Atlantic Coast Adventure tour (13 June to 4 July – 21 nights). And for a summer holiday linked with an adventure a cancellation has recently been received on our sold-out Baltic States tour (25 June to 23 July – 28 nights). Bookings for the Southern Bavaria and the An Atlantic Coast Adventure tours can be made direct on our website. For the one place on the Baltic States tour this can be booked on a first reserved basis by sending us an email in reply to this newsletter.

A reminder for all crossing to France with their motorhome. Fuel prices remain relatively high in France with Diesel at around €1.45 in the supermarkets and €1.69 in motorway service stations, at these prices it can be cheaper to fill up in the UK. Also whilst driving on French roads remember, that apart from motorways & dual carriageways, the maximum speed limit is now 80km (50 mph).

If there is anything you wish to ask about our tours feel free to contact us, we are always happy to help and we look forward to escorting you and your motorhome to many great places throughout the coming seasons.

Kindest Regards,

Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Chris & Alan, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John
Your GB Motorhome Tours Team
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com
info@gbmotorhometours.com
0044 7481 479 057

March and how is your motor-homing weather?

Dear Fellow Motorhomers,

March and for those on our winter Canary Islands tour the sunshine remains. Now well into the second half of their 70-night tour the participants continue enjoying great weather with almost endless blue skies and warm sunny temperatures.


Camping in Tenerife 4/03/2019

On each of our tours as well as arranging all of the campsites a lot more is included, in every tour are many daily excursions with private transport and local tour guides, plus many group meals for lunches & dinners together in the company of like minded travellers. On the Canary Islands tour one such excursion is to the wonderful annual carnival parade that takes place in Tenerife’s capital of Santa Cruz. Here the streets are closed to accommodate dancers and bands of all ages, in one long procession of colour and music running for over 4 hours.


Tenerife Carnival March 2019

If you would like to enjoy all the sunshine and excursions of the Canary Islands, this very popular tour has just been confirmed as taking place again next winter from mid January to April 2020. Full details can be found by clicking on Canary Islands 2020 tour itinerary

Thinking of getting away in your motorhome much sooner, then if you are quick we could still include you for our Springtime in Holland 2019 tour, this 9-night holiday starts on 9th April this year and packs a lot into the time away; including visits to Amsterdam, Delft and the wonderful bulb gardens of Keukenhof, which are full of spring colours at this time. Full details available by clicking on Springtime in Holland 2019 tour itinerary.

Also next month (26th – 28th April) we are exhibiting at the Peterborough motorhome show, and with our stand (number P12) being indoors no matter what the weather is in the UK at that time do come along and see us. It’s always great to meet with everyone at the shows and Peterborough is just about the largest of these events.

As it’s still cold in the UK, whilst away in your motorhome at this time of year insulated windscreen covers are a great way of reducing heat loss from inside your van whilst also assisting in keeping internal condensation to a minimum. But have you thought that these same covers can be equally effective when touring in hot countries, for keeping excessive heat out. On hot sunny days put in place your screen covers and you’ll find your motorhome retains a more comfortable internal temperature.

We hope to be soon travelling with you and until then if there is anything you wish to ask about any tours feel free to contact us, we are always happy to answer questions.

Kindest Regards,

Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Chris & Alan, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John
Your GB Motorhome Tours Team
www.GBMotorhomeTours.com
Info@gbmotorhometours.com
0044 7481 479 057

 

February and some motorhomers are already in warm places

Dear Fellow Motorhomers,

For those lucky enough to be motorhoming on our winter Canary Islands tour they have been enjoying great sunny weather with temperatures close to 30 degree’s most days. They have so far spent 10 days on Tenerife and are now on the smaller island of La Palma, before returning to Tenerife at the end of the month for the start of the Canary Islands carnival season, a festival that only Rio de Janeiro does bigger.

If you’re wishing to soon get your motorhome moving to some sunshine one of our spring tours could be for you. Our Springtime in Holland, Southern Bavaria or An Atlantic Coast Adventure are all exciting opportunities. Additionally all the 2019 tours are now available to view on our website and for a real treat towards the end of this year the Christmas Extravaganza tour has stays in Paris and Epernay. In Paris we include a champagne dinner & show evening at the Moulin Rouge and in Epernay, the heart of the champagne region, dinner at the famous ‘Bank’ restaurant & an evening at the ‘Habits de Lumiere’ festival; full details of the tour are available by clicking on the tour name above.

For motorhome owners travelling in Spain you will probably be aware Spanish motorways are tolled. However this is changing; in some regions as motorways shift from private to state operation tolls are being removed. Our Canary Islands tour directors report back, that whilst recently passing through northern Spain tolls on the AP1 have now been completely removed and you may use the motorway free of charge.

We hope to be travelling with you soon and until then if there is anything you wish to ask about any tours feel free to contact us, we are always happy to answer questions.

Kindest Regards,
Nurcan & Kevin, Sue & Ron, Chris & Alan, Liz & Dave, Cheryl & John

January and motorhomes are on the move

Dear Fellow Motorhomers,

Happy New Year and with Christmas behind us we look forward to many great motorhome travels in 2019. Our 2019 tour programme began at the very start of the year with a special Switzerland for New Year tour. This weekend see’s the tour participants returning from Switzerland and the tour didn’t disappoint; with a great New Years eve celebration and Switzerland provided that wonderful winter feeling that a covering of snow produces.


Switzerland January 2019

In a weeks time the second 2019 tour gets underway with the departure from the UK of those travelling to the Canary Islands for the winter, where tour participants can expect sunshine rather than snow.

For planning a get away for yourself in the spring take a look at our

  • April Springtime in Holland tour which packs a lot into 9 days
  • June Bavaria tour is an extended 22 days relaxed tour of southern Germany including travelling much of the Romantic Road
  • June Atlantic Coast Adventure tour which is a relaxed journey along the French west coast and includes a 2 day visit to Puy du Fou along with secured tickets for the magnificent Cinescenie Show

The above three tours have availability and can be booked on our website. Also there is one space shortly becoming available on this years June Southern Norway tour . If you are interested in the opportunity of joining this fully booked tour please email us as the place cannot be booked via the website.

Looking beyond 2019 we have begun making some 2020 tours available to view and book on the website. Motorhome numbers on all tours are restricted to around 15 vans and many tours do become fully booked, so as you decide which tour(s) you would like to join it’s better to make a reservation at that point. Additional tours for next year will be added to the website over the coming few weeks including tours to Turkey and Denmark for 2020.


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December and some motorhomes become very festive

Dear Fellow Motorhomers,

With the festive season just around the corner all of us at GB Motorhome Tours wish you a Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2019. Thank you for travelling with us throughout 2018; on GB Motorhome Tours this year over 6,000 motorhome nights have been spent at 150+ different campsites in 17 countries: From Denmark in the north to the Canary Islands and Sicily in the south, from Ireland in the west across to Poland & Slovakia in the east, and in-between – France, Belgium, Holland, Luxemburg, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Slovenia and Croatia. For next year we add to this list with tours covering GreecePortugalNorwaySardiniaLatvia, Lithuania and Estonia – click on each name to view the itineraries.


Camping at Valkenburg in Holland – December 2018

Our last tour for 2018 finished this week with guests returning back from a Magical Christmas in Bruges, Belgium and Valkenburg in Holland. Some good dry weather was experienced; allowing plenty of sightseeing, visits to Christmas markets and ideal for watching the Christmas parades. Each year we arrange just one festive tour and next year there is a wonderful Christmas Extravaganza Tour to look forward to which includes a fantastic Champagne Evening at the Moulin Rouge in Paris. Full tour details have just been released on our website and bookings are now possible.

On our website you can also see some 2020 tours beginning to appear and those shown are available to book now, thus allowing you to plan ahead. One brand new addition for 2020 is the Serbia, Slovenia & A Little Hungary tour.


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November and winter can be fun to motorhome in

Dear Fellow Motorhomers,

November and we are moving towards winter. However, don’t hibernate your motorhome, instead keep on using it which is an excellent way of ensuring everything remains in good running order throughout the cooler months. Winter can be a lovely season to be away in, particularly in the clear sunny conditions often found in the Alpine regions at this time of year. At the end of October our Tour Directors on their return from Sicily, along with a couple travelling with them, went over the Gotthard Pass in Switzerland on what was a gloriously clear day with far reaching views.


Coffee break at the top of the Gotthard Pass – End of October 2018

To keep your motorhome moving and to enjoy great Alpine views why not go to Switzerland for New Year. Our New Year in Switzerland tour combines great relaxed Alpine daily excursions using the local network of trains and cable cars, along with ‘Après Ski’ evenings of group drinks and a full New Years Eve group dinner. Departing from the UK on 28th December gives time to enjoy your Christmas at home and follow this with New Year in the motorhome. Full details can be viewed by clicking on the tour name above and there is still the possibility of booking a place on the tour. Wanting a closer to home pre-Christmas winter trip, then our Magical Christmas Markets tour has two extra places available. On this years trip two of our Tour Director couples (Nurcan & Kevin and Chris & Alan) are also guests, if you would like to join with them two more bookings can be taken on a first reserved basis.

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October and it remains sunny for some

Dear Fellow Motorhomers,

October and the weather is changing in the UK; for those lucky enough to be away on our Sicily tour they continue to enjoy many warm sunny days.


Camping in Sicily – October 2018

September saw two central European tours come to an end and from these some customer comments.

‘Fantastic tour, far exceeded our expectations. Our hosts, Sue & Ron did a great job looking after us all, nothing was ever too much trouble’ Caroline & Ally Noble – Croatian Highlights – September 2018

‘Sue & Ron are two tour directors who are dedicated to their work. Their patients, humour and understanding during the tour made it a pleasure to travel with them. Thank you’ Sheila & Bob Stewart – Croatian Highlights – September 2018

‘We have really enjoyed the Croatian Highlights tour and would recommend it. We have seen wonderful places and have met a lovely group of people. Tour guides Ron & Sue have been marvellous’ Arlene & Kevin Wilde – Croatian Highlights – September 2018

‘Another great tour, our 12th, well done and thank you Ron & Sue for guiding us around Croatia’ Judith & Richard Gembarski – Croatian Highlights – September 2018

‘What a Tour for First Timers. Alan & Chris’ knowledge of the areas was fantastic and on our own we would never have seen and done so many wonderful things. Thanks for everything and bring on the next tour’ Val & Phil Steel – Czech Republic, Slovakia & Hungary – September 2018

‘A well researched trip. We enjoyed seeing and doing things that would not be easy (if at all) to organise yourself.  Action packed but with time to relax too.  Alan & Chris made everything work with good humour and a wealth of experience’ David & Jo Radford – Czech Republic, Slovakia & Hungary – September 2018

‘We particularly enjoyed the “Surprise Events” and thank you both for looking after us all so well’ Maddie & Carl Fuller – Czech Republic, Slovakia & Hungary – September 2018

For many people a highlight of travelling in a motorhome is the ability to stop for a break in stunning locations. One such opportunity is along the African Coast of Sicily, over-looking the salt pans, and here last week a number on the Sicily tour took advantage of enjoying a coffee in this great scenery.


Sicily coffee stop

To express an interest in joining the next Sicily tour (September 2020) send us an email and as the tours itinerary is finalised we will email this to you in advance of it being made available generally; giving you first opportunity of reserving a place on the tour if you so wish at that time.

Whilst the summer season is coming towards a close it doesn’t mean an end to touring for 2018, we still have two great tours remaining for getting away in your motorhome before the end of the year. (more…)

September is a popular time for motorhome travel

Dear Fellow Motorhomers,

September is a very popular time for motorhome travel and GB Motorhome Tours have 60+ motorhomes travelling with them enjoying continental tours throughout the month. The first of these, the ‘Rhine in Flames’ has just come to an end with many highlights including a wonderful evening dinner cruise along the Rhine to see the night sky come alive with fireworks. Customer comments from the tour

‘Having had our motorhome only 8 weeks, never taken it abroad we were a little worried but this was an excellent tour with first class Tour Directors. Thank you so much, we enjoyed our Rhine in Flames Spectacular tour which did end in a spectacular firework display. We now look forward to our next tour with GB motorhome Tours to the Canary Islands in January’ Jennie & Pete Clipstone – Rhine in Flames – September 2018

‘This was our first GB Motorhome tour and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Our Tour Directors Nurcan and Kevin were fabulous, friendly and knowledgeable. We met a lovely group of people and had loads of fun. We will definitely use GB Motorhome Tours again’ Linda & Peter Ross – Rhine in Flames – September 2018

‘We had an enjoyable 10 days with excellent company. A well organised tour with a good balance of excursions and rest days. Well done to our Tour Directors Nurcan and Kevin, we look forward to seeing them again on another tour’ Paul & Zoe Bennett – Rhine in Flames – September 2018

Croatian Highlights 2018 tour

Other tours well underway are the central European tour of Czech Republic, Slovakia & Hungary and the Croatian Highlights tour along the Adriatic coast with visits to Mostar & Plitvice Lakes. Also just getting started is the Mediterranean tour of Sicily where tour participants can expect to keep enjoying good weather through to the end of October. (more…)

August and its time to take-off

Dear Fellow Motorhomers,

After the summer break August is the month we start touring again with groups taking off to the Czech Republic, Slovakia & Hungary, Croatia, the Rhine in Flames and Sicily over the next few weeks.

It was also take-off time at the Bristol Balloon Fiesta motorhome show last weekend, where on Saturday morning over 100 balloons launched off. It was the first year the fiesta featured a motorhome show and whilst being a small show it was enjoyed by those attending.


Bristol Balloon Fiesta Motorhome Show 11/08/2018

Also now ready for launch is our Southern Norway 2019 tour. This is a completely new tour, fully researched by our Tour Directors throughout this summer, who personally visited many campsites, restaurants and places of interest to select only the best for the tour. With a lot of inclusive content this tour of Norway will provide a real feel of the country, and in addition offers the prospect of extending your holiday with the add-on of an extra weeks stay in Northern Denmark at the end. Full details of the tour are available on our website
where bookings are now possible.


One of the Norway campsites included in next years tour

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