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Search here for tailor-made touring holidays for individuals, for example, fly-drive touring holidays to France, Spain and Italy, or touring holidays by train to Eastern Europe and Switzerland.

Search here for tailor-made tours for individuals with a driver-guide for example in Sri Lanka, or partly with guide and driver, for example in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

Search here for small group tours, for example, wine tours and garden tours.

Then once you have had a look, speak to us and let us guide you using our knowledge and experience of luxury touring holidays.

Luxury touring holidays: tailor-made for individuals and small group tours

Expressions Holidays touring holidays offer you a suggested itinerary within a country or a combination of countries that has been put together based on our experience and knowledge as experts in the destination. A touring holiday is always an enriching experience, allowing you to witness the diversity of landscape and scenery, culture and architecture, language and way of life from one region or country to another. Expressions Holidays offers tailor-made touring holidays for individuals that are completely flexible in terms of dates and durations and tours for small groups with fixed departure dates. For individuals, Expressions Holidays has created suggested touring holidays and itineraries that can be modified to your requirements: perhaps by adding extra nights, changing hotels, upgrading rooms, adding in experiences such as theatre, wine-tasting, local events and sightseeing tours. The way you travel in one of our touring holidays varies from country to country. In France, Italy and Spain clients will usually self-drive or fly-drive or take the train and then use a hire-car to explore locally. In Switzerland, our clients almost always travel around by train, and arrive in Switzerland either by air or train. Touring holidays in Central and Eastern Europe are usually by train, but can be a mixture of air, train and hire-car. Further afield our touring holidays for individuals are usually a mixture of tours with driver-guide, for example as in Sri Lanka, or with guides and drivers as appropriate as in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In Australia and New Zealand, our touring holidays for individuals are a combination of city stay, flights, perhaps a train, car-hire and private transfers. Given the size of the countries and the variety of topography, all methods of transport usually feature in every holiday. For small groups, Expressions Holidays has created a set number of tours with fixed departure dates, that operate with a maximum of 14 passengers per departure. These tours have a special interest focus, such as wine or gardens.

Our bespoke, luxury hotel holidays can be

● Suggested itineraries that can be adapted
● Within one country or combining countries
● Mainly for individuals with some for small groups
● By a variety of travel modes: fly-drive, rail, self-drive
● Include our hand-picked hotels – with luxury and value options available

Included in all our holidays

● Concierge service
● Handcrafted helpful hints and local information provided with all our holidays
● Personal service by your sales consultant who looks after all aspects of your holiday
● Full financial protection with our ATOL (3076) for all holidays including a flight and our ABTOT for all non-air holidays

Call us on 01392 441245

Luxury touring holidays: tailor-made for individuals and small group tours

Expressions Holidays offers luxury touring holidays that include a range of suggested touring itineraries for individuals and some set departures for small group tours, all created from our knowledge of the destinations and the experience of tried and tested touring holidays over the last 30 years. All the individual tours can be adapted in any way or booked as you find them. Many of the tours offer both ‘luxury’ and ‘value’ options of hotels, or you can mix and match, to suit your budget and the style of hotel you like. All these tours include our hand-picked, specially selected hotels that can be booked for single centre stays, long or short, too. Here is a summary of the types of touring holidays we offer:

Fly-drive touring holidays

Fly-drive touring holidays include flights, hotel accommodation and car-hire. These holidays are popular in countries such as France, Italy and Spain, as well as in Australia and New Zealand. In some places, there may be additional services such as private transfers, ferries or hydrofoils and train travel too.

Self-drive touring holidays

Self-drive touring holidays include a ferry or Eurotunnel crossing for your own car and passengers, and hotel accommodation. These holidays are usually to France and Spain but also to Italy, where we arrange for you to have overnight stops out and back as required.

Rail touring holidays

A rail touring holiday includes most of the travel arrangements of the itinerary being by train, so either all the way from the UK by train and rail in between places. However, it is also possible to fly one way or both and then to tour in between only by train. Switzerland, Central and Eastern Europe as well as Spain and Italy are popular destinations for a rail touring holiday.

Rail-drive touring holidays

A rail-drive touring holiday is a variation on a rail holiday in that you tend you travel from the UK and back to the UK by train and have the use of a hire-car for a touring holiday in your destination. A typical example of this is taking the Eurostar to Avignon and back but having a hire-car to tour Provence and the South of France in between. Another example might be to take the sleeper train from Paris to Milan, and then a train to Florence, where you collect a hire-car for a touring holiday of Tuscany. France and Italy are both popular destinations for a rail-drive touring holiday.

Touring holidays for individuals with driver-guide

Our touring holidays for individuals accompanied by a driver-guide or a guide and driver, depending on the location, are ideal for when you want to explore a country independently yet with having local knowledge provided along the way by an expert or when you need private local transport. In Sri Lanka our tailor-made tours include the services of an English-speaking driver-guide. In Vietnam, for example, a guide service is included in the places of interest and a driver will take you from place to place as appropriate to the itinerary.

Small group tours

Our small group tours are for a maximum of 14 passengers only and these tours have set departure dates. Our small group tours have a special interest theme, such as wine appreciation or gardens of Italy. Some of these tours are accompanied by an experienced food and wine expert for example, others include the services of local guides for visits.

Our bespoke, luxury hotel holidays can be

● Suggested itineraries that can be adapted
● Within one country or combining countries
● Mainly for individuals with some for small groups
● By a variety of travel modes: fly-drive, rail, self-drive
● Include our hand-picked hotels – with luxury and value options available

Included in all our holidays

● Concierge service
● Handcrafted helpful hints and local information provided with all our holidays
● Personal service by your sales consultant who looks after all aspects of your holiday
● Full financial protection with our ATOL (3076) for all holidays including a flight and our ABTOT for all non-air holidays

Call us on 01392 441245

Luxury touring holidays: tailor-made for individuals and small group tours

Luxury holidays to Asia from Expressions Holidays aim to provide you with the opportunity to experience the real flavour of a country, to marvel at its culture and heritage, to absorb its scenery and to taste its way of life. The cities of Asia are vibrant and intoxicating, contrasting dynamic modernism with remnants of a more rustic past. The countryside echoes a more traditional way of life, particularly in more remote areas such as the Sapa in Vietnam, the rainforests of northern Thailand and the Cameron Highlands of Malaysia. There are dramatic seascapes at Ha Long Bay, Pangkor Laut and Koh Samui. There are ancient temples and palaces in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Hue, Hoi An and Angkor Wat. The countries of Asia hold countless delights that Expressions Holidays can help you to discover.

Countries of Asia

Cambodia has thrown its arms open the world, welcoming visitors with an enthusiasm and warmth and that makes holidaying here – even without its myriad attractions – an extraordinary joy. Cambodia’s people may be the country’s principle asset, their unbreakable spirit and infectious optimism prevailing against all odds, but it is Angkor Wat for which the country is probably best known – and understandably so. Siem Reap and Phnom Penh may be Cambodia’s main urban draws, but Cambodia’s spirit is essential rural, and the countryside is the best place to experience the rhythm of rural life and timeless landscapes of dazzling rice paddies and swaying sugar palms.
Hong Kong is teeming with people, cluttered with traffic, festooned in neon and dizzying with towering skyscrapers. It can be overwhelming at first, but swim with the current, navigate your way through its alleys and along its bay, and you’ll find a fascinating city that is endlessly enchanting. Perhaps Hong Kong’s most intriguing asset is its people, scurrying between offices and home, swarming its Central Market, gathering for dawn Tai Chi in the park, working the junks anchored in the harbour, flocking to the floating restaurants and bars after work.
Malaysia conjures up images of jungles brimming with exotic life, clippers cutting through the South China Sea and sultans sitting in opulent palaces, yet today is a place of thrusting, modern self-confidence. Two countries for the price of one, Malaysia is cleaved in half by the South China Sea, dividing the country into two distinctive worlds. The peninsula is a multicultural buffet of Malay, Chinese and Indian flavours, while Borneo hosts a wild jungle of orang-utans, granite peaks and remote tribes.
Singapore is a fascinating mix of cultures and temperaments, with immigrants from China and Malaysia, India and the West creating a rich, heady cocktail reflected in its architecture, with skyscrapers and subways sitting side by side with rickety riverside food stalls and colonial hotels. Home to the legendary Raffles Hotel, Singapore is equally famous today for its bustling Chinatown and Little India, with its mouth-watering cuisine drawing on influences from all round the Pacific. The Lion City is a superb, hi energy escape.
Thailand is visited by more people than any other country in Southeast Asia. With beautiful beaches and stunning cuisine, historic towns and colourful cities, it’s not hard to see why. Bangkok is the country’s spectacular gateway, a place of timeless wonder, with ancient markets and temples, centuries-old palaces and monks in saffron robes. In the north, Chaingrai province – aka the Golden Triangle – offers a wealth of river tours and hilltribe treks, ruined cities and cookery holidays, with Chiang Mai its stunning capital. In the south, idyllic islands are sprinkled into the Andaman Sea, with Koh Samui and Phuket merely the best known.
Vietnam is a land of extraordinary natural beauty. Soaring mountains and swaying rice fields, sweeping beaches and the mighty Mekong, Vietnam has it all, with Ha Long Bay and its iconic limestone towers the jewel in the country’s dazzling crown. Hanoi is its bristling capital, with elegant colonial buildings overlooking avenues buzzing with motorbikes; old, imperial capital Hue is the cultural heartbeat, with palaces and pagodas, tombs and temples, and a biennial arts festival worth the airfare alone; Ho Chi Minh City – or Saigon as it’s still universally known – is all hustle and bustle, an intoxicating blend of the old and the new, with teeming markets dwarfed by towering skyscrapers. The Mekong Delta provides an ancient, intoxicating foreverness of rice fields and sleepy villages, with river trips taking you along the country’s timeless lifeblood. Inland, peasant women in conical hats still tend to their fields, children ride buffalos along country paths and farmers scratch out a living from rice fields cascading down the sheerest of hillsides. But if Vietnam’s hilly countryside is beautiful, its coastline is simply stunning.

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Unmissable holiday experiences in Asia

Angkor Wat; river trips on the Mekong, particularly the stretch between Siem Reap and Battambag; ride the tram to The Peak for unbeatable harbour and city views in Hong Kong; take a Star Ferry at night from Kowloon to Central; take three-tiered high tea at The Peninsula; the night market at Kota Bharu, with traditional kite and shadow puppet stalls and displays; Cameron Highlands, where you can step back in time wandering the tea plantations amid leafy, verdant, cool surrounds; Singapore Sling at the Raffles Hotel; Little India, wall to wall in temples and food stalls, spices and saree shops; Hawker-centre, with simple but exquisite food stalls; the night safari at Singapore Zoo; rail trip to the original Bridge Over the River Kwai; Catuchak weekend market in Bangkok; the giant reclining Buddha in Wat Pho; the Skytrain to Bangkok’s glitzy shopping centre; boat trips on Halong Bay, historic, riverside Hoi An, with superb galleries, particularly Apricot and Mai Tai galleries in the Old Quarter, and Dong Phong Art Gallery in the French Quarter; full-moon ‘Legendary Nights’ in Hoi An, when vehicles are banned from the Old Town, which is transformed into a magical land of silk lanterns, traditional food, song and dance, and games in the streets; the beaches and unique Cham architecture of Quy Nhon; the rugged mountain retreat of Sapa, home to a plethora of minority tribes, and gateway to the Tonkinese Alps.

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