Listed below are a small example of holidays currently appearing in the national press. All offers are fully tailor-made, please do call for further details.
The American Duchess, the first all-suite paddle wheeler on US rivers which will be launched in June 2017 by the American Steamboat Company.
This floating boutique cruiser - created from a 1995 hull - will carry up to 166 guests in luxury and will follow itineraries of her sister vessel, The American Queen, along the Lower Mississippi from Memphis to New Orleans. In a new move for the cruise line, the ship will also offer stays in port, notably in the heart of Nashville.
Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made River Cruising a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. One voyage and you’ll see why.
Lead in prices start at £4595 per person (twin share) for an 11-night holiday which include return flights from Heathrow, transfers on arrival, two nights in the historic Peabody Hotel in Memphis prior to cruise and seven nights’ full-board five-star accommodation – with gourmet meals - in an interior suite cabin. The holiday ends with two nights at The Montelone Hotel in the historic French Quarter of in New Orleans. Private transfers and tours in both Memphis and New Orleans are also include.
Also included is 24-hour room service, complimentary wine and beer with dinner (plus soft drinks throughout the voyage), excursions to riverside towns of note, daily lectures by a Riverlorian (an onboard history and culture expert) plus city tours in Memphis and New Orleans. For further details call the experts at Bon Voyage on 0800 316 0194, to order a brochure click here.
This 13-night California Family Fun Adventure will suit everyone in the family. From biking the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to camping under the stars in awesome Yosemite National Park. From whale watching along the scenic California coast to the thrilling theme park rides of southern California. For tailor made holidays to California call the experts at Bon Voyage.
Bon Voyage is highlighting its family-friendly Pacific Coast Highway itinerary for a February half-term getaway when, after two nights checking out San Francisco, families pick up a motorhome and travel along the most scenic part of the Highway – the Big Sur. It is a 250 mile journey between San Francisco and Los Angeles, so it’s a very leisurely trip which offers whale watching in towns such as Monterey and Santa Barbara (boat trips can be pre-booked), seaside towns such as Santa Cruz, Pismo Beach and Carmel by the Sea. The tour can be ended with time in Universal Studios or Disneyland (Bon Voyage can pre-book tickets here too).
This seven-night holiday departs Heathrow on 11 February and costs £869 per adult and £765 per child (aged between two-11 years). This price is based on two adults and two youngsters travelling together and includes return flights, two nights’ room-only at the four-star Prescott Hotel and five nights’ motorhome rental. Other dates/durations are available. Please call Bon Voyage for further details on 0800 316 0194.
The Kentucky Derby, Louisville
Nicknamed the “Run for the Roses” or the “Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports”, the Blue Riband of American thoroughbred racing dates back to 1875. Run in early May, this 1¼ mile flat race combines the excitement of Epsom with the fashions of Ascot. On Bon Voyage’s five-day Kentucky Derby extravaganza, you get VIP treatment and watch from the exclusive Stakes Room Balcony overlooking the finish line. From £7,465 per person. Call 0800 316 0194 for further details.
Route 66 is no longer an official highway, but it continues to loom large in the American psyche. You can still follow the original road, with its diners and gas stations – but driving the entire 2,448 miles takes weeks. So, Bon Voyage has a new holiday, called ‘Route 33’, that covers half the Mother Road. Start in Oklahoma City and 11 nights later, you are gazing over the Pacific in Santa Monica. From £1,795 per person. Call0800 316 0194 for further details.
The Florida Keys are the ideal destination for a winter sun road trip. Travel down through the sub-tropical paradise along the iconic Overseas Highway and across Seven Mile Bridge passing through the key districts of Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West. Activities available include snorkelling and diving, paddle boarding and kayaking, a visit to the Turtle Hospital in Marathon and a stop at Bahia Honda State Park where the beach has been voted one of America's Top 10 beaches.
Bon Voyage (0800 316 0194 ) offers 10 nights in The Florida Keys & Key West from £1,955 per person for travel in February 2017. The price includes direct American Airlines flights from LHR to Miami, convertible car hire for the duration and 10 nights' room only accommodation at newly opened properties (five nights at Key West's Oceans Edge Resort & Spa and five nights at Key Largo's Playa Largo Resort and Spa). The price is based on two adults travelling and sharing accommodation. Average February Temperature in the Keys: 22°C
Bon Voyage offers an eight-night Butch Cassidy Trail fly-drive from £1595 per person. The price includes flights to Salt Lake City with Delta Airlines, car hire, accommodation in the Hotel Monaco Salt Lake City, Butch Cassidy Hideout Cafe and Motel in Circleville, Torrey School House B&B, Whispering Pines Motel in Hanksville, Ramada Hotel in Price and Sundance Resort Mountain Resort in Sundance. For further details call 0800 316 0194.
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£1495 (saving 385): New Orleans/Caribbean cruise duo– for an 11-night wintersun holiday – combining four nights in the ‘Big Easy’ with a seven-night cruise on board the Norwegian Dawn cruising the Caribbean – with Bon Voyage. This twin share price, for departures between 1 December and 30 March (excluding the festive period), includes return Heathrow, Manchester or Glasgow flights, four nights’ room-only at the four-star Hilton Riverside in New Orleans (plus city tour) and a seven-night full-board cruise with beverage and gratuity package. Call 0800 316 0194 for further details.
£1125 (saving £125): The Guest House at Graceland opened at the end of October; the most anticipated hotel opening of the year – be one of the first to enjoy a stay at this luxurious new four-star hotel set in the grounds of Elvis’ beloved Graceland in Memphis – with US specialist, Bon Voyage. This twin share price, for departures between 29 October and 31 March (excluding the festive season), includes return Heathrow, Manchester or Glasgow fights, five nights’ room-only accommodation and a Memphis attraction pass which includes a VIP tour of Graceland, plus entrance into Sun Studios, the Stax Museum and the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Call 0800 316 0194 for further details, please quote Guesthouse Graceland.
£1595 (saving £359): All-inclusive Bahamas – for seven nights of sunshine at the prestigious Breezes Resort – situated on Cable Beach – with Bon Voyage. This twin share price, for departures between 1 January and 31 March - includes return Heathrow flights and all-inclusive accommodation. As a bonus, for those planning to ‘tie the knot’ this price also includes a free wedding ceremony! Call 0800 316 0194 for further details.
A wealth of luxury pampering treatments are available at SpaTerre, along with healing classes ranging from yoga to reiki. There’s also a freshwater lagoon pool, library, meditative garden, plus watersports such as diving, kayaking and sailing. Dining options include candle lit restaurants and tables on the terrace overlooking the beach.
A seven-night holiday starts from £2235 per person (based on two people sharing) including return flights from Heathrow to Key West, boat transfers and room-only accommodation in a beachside bungalow. For further details call Bon Voyage on 0800 316 0194.