Dear Fellow Motorhomer,
May and touring is once again underway. This week is the start of the GB Motorhome Tours’ Scotland Highlands and NC500 tour, with tour participants meeting in a well appointed campsite at Loch Lomond.
This tour is fully socially distanced allowing all to enjoy a safe holiday whilst travelling in their own motorhome. The scenery is simply stunning, which only the Highlands of Scotland can provide as part of UK touring. A repeat of this tour has just been confirmed for September this year, and this is now available on the GB Motorhome Tours website. The full itinerary is at https://www.gbmotorhometours.com/tour/scotland-highlands-nc500 with bookings available via the GB Motorhome Tours website.
In the next couple of weeks, the GB Motorhome Tours’ A Journey Around Ireland starts. This tour makes a complete circle of Ireland sticking mostly to the coastal areas and following much of the Wild Atlantic Way along the dramatic west coast. The tour is now fully booked so we are unable to offer any further opportunities for joining this.
A tour which currently does offer an opportunity to join, is the Exmoor Coastal Fleeces to Flamingos tour. Starting near Taunton on Monday 21 June this tour gives an opportunity to explore much of the Exmoor national park and the stunning coastline around this area.
Stays at quality campsites in Combe Martin and Porlock on the north Devon and Somerset coasts, provides ideal opportunities for relaxing whilst taking in excellent scenery all around you. From the Exmoor coastal areas the tour travels to Slimbridge and another well appointed campsite on the banks of the Gloucester-Sharpness canal, close to the River Severn. From our campsite the amazing Slimbridge Wetlands Centre is just 800m walk away and it is also possible from here to visit the fascinating Purton Ships’ graveyard. The tours full itinerary is available at https://www.gbmotorhometours.com/tour/uk-exmoor-coastal-fleeces-to-flamingos with bookings via the GB Motorhome Tours website. This tour includes all the GB Motorhome Tours’ benefits of travelling with like minded people whilst having everything arranged for you, along with having the support of our great Tour Directors throughout.
For foreign touring, from Monday 17 May this is no longer subject to any UK Government legal restrictions, making it possible for those who wish to leave the UK for leisure purposes able to do so. There does however remain a number of requirements for both entering other countries and for returning to the UK. GB Motorhome Tours continues to monitor all aspects of foreign travel and keeps fully up to date with all the current regulations and requirements for foreign touring. Where planned foreign tours are safe and sensible to proceed, these will be offered for those who wish to travel at that time. All booked tour participants are kept fully updated on the position for their tours and whilst Covid-19 continues to impact on foreign travel, all tour participants are offered the chance to delay their travel to a later date if they choose travel at that time is not for them. GB Motorhome Tours commitment to providing maximum flexibility and choice for all tour participants will remain for as long as foreign travel is being impacted by Covid-19. Further tours for 2022 will continue to be added to the GB Motorhome Tours website, so keep an eye out for these. Bookings can be made in the confidence of knowing that should Covid-19 have an impact on your tour then you will have flexibility in choosing for yourself if travel is right or not for you at that time.
For September this year there are two recently re-arranged foreign tours with some availability, both offer foreign travel in ‘closer to home’ destinations. The Grand Duchy to Cote d’Azur tour offers 28 nights of travel from Luxemburg, through Switzerland to the south coast of France. Whilst Gentle Germany offers 11 nights of relaxed travel along the River Rhine. Both tours can be viewed and booked on the GB Motorhome Tours website.
One aspect of future foreign travel that we are being asked about, which seems to be causing confusion, is exactly how the EU implements its 90 days out of 180 day rule for third party nationals being in the Schengen visa area. A reminder of the issue around this. Since Brexit at the start of 2021 British citizens are no longer EU members, so do not have the free movement rights or rights of stay within EU countries as previously. British citizens are now third party nationals for travel in EU member countries, this allows for visa free stays of up to 90 days within the last 180 days. This is calculated as a total of 90 days for all visits made to any EU country in an ongoing rolling period covering the previous 180 days. It can be difficult to accurately calculate this backwards, particularly where multiple trips are involved. An easy check of your own plans can be made using the Schengen visa checker at https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/visa-calculator. Remember days spent in Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus and Ireland, or in countries outside of the EU (e.g. Turkey) do not count towards the permitted 90 days.
Back in the UK and looking towards this summer, GB Motorhome Tours will be attending the Norfolk and Malvern outdoor shows, where we will have our stand at both. At each show will be a number of our Tour Directors who will be happy to discuss all aspects of any tour and travel in general with you. Do come along and see us.
Until we next see you, we hope you can enjoy some time away and make the most of the return to some normality for travelling in our motorhomes.
Anything you wish to ask about any of the GB Motorhome Tours feel free to contact us.
Tel. 0044 7481 479 057