Travel Christmas Present Inspiration from Your Travel Counsellor

There can be no greater gift for 2022 than travel, after the long period of disruption that we’ve all had to experience over the last 18 months. Travel gifts are perfect for Christmas, giving your friend or relative something to look forward to that will get them though the January blues. We’ve shared some of our favourite present ideas for the coming year, but don’t hesitate to ask for other inspiration.

Valentine’s Weekend in Paris

Departing from London Luton airport on 12th February for three nights, this trip includes Valentine’s Day in the City of Love, staying at the Hôtel Le Littré just a short stroll from the Luxembourg Gardens. Built in 1924, this very Parisian property retains the glamour of its spell as home to US Air Force service personnel and host to diplomatic meetings, complete with jazz and rhythm 'n' blues. The friendly concierge will happily make recommendations and reservations for romantic places to eat, as well as booking shows, museum passes and anything else to make a stay complete.

From £405 per person

A Northern Belle Vintage Train Journey

Restored to its former glory by the team behind the Venice Simplon–Orient Express, this iconic train is proof of the adage that the journey is as important as the destination. Think gorgeously decorated carriages with hand-crafted marquetry, murals and mosaics, gourmet dining ranging from classic afternoon teas to lavish five-course dinners, and top-notch service by handsomely liveried stewards. Popular journeys include Mother’s Day lunch trips, Days at the Races, and Steam Specials pulled by heritage engines, and there are full-day trips to castles, stately homes, gardens, seaside resorts and historic cities.

From £215 per person

A Harry Potter Film Locations Tour

Fans of the blockbuster movies delight in this three-hour chauffeur-driven jaunt in a restored classic Mini Cooper, taking in the locations where the most successful British film franchise of all time was filmed, from The Philosopher’s Stone to Deathly Hallows. They include Lambeth Bridge, the inspiration behind Diagon Alley, the place where the Leaky Cauldron was shot and Platform 9 3/4 at Kings Cross Station (ideal for travelling on to the Warner Brother Harry Potter Studios Experience in Watford should you wish).

From £399 per person

A Luxury Adult-only Glamping Pod

The Norfolk Broads is an idyllic spot to hole up in a pod made for two, complete with an outdoor hot tub for relaxing and canoe and SUP paddleboard hire for more active moments. The expansive site gives exclusive access to Broad Fen, a privately owned conservation reserve with fen meadows and woodlands with fascinating plant and animal life, some of it endangered. The retreat is part of a long-established family farm focused on conservation and sustainability, with carbon negative status, growing mainly maize and rye that produce enough green energy to power 6,000 homes every year.

From £130 per night

A London Theatre Trip

This exciting package combines tickets to Mary Poppins the Musical, with seats in the Grand Circle, with a one-night stay and breakfast at the sleek Bermondsey Square Hotel. The multi-award-winning Disney Theatrical and Cameron Mackintosh show has returned to its original home, London's Prince Edward Theatre, for another West End run featuring all the classic songs from the 1964 film, including 'Chim Chim Cher-ee’, ‘A Spoonful of Sugar’ and ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’. Within walking distance of The Shard and the Tower of London, in an area of trendy restaurants, bars and galleries, the 90-room family-friendly boutique-style Bermondsey Square Hotel has a lounge, library and restaurant space opening onto Bermondsey Square itself, plus a private outdoor terrace

From £89 per person

Travel Counsellors Gift Vouchers

If you’re still not sure which travel experience you should get, you can always give the gift of travel in the form of a Travel Counsellors gift voucher.

Gift vouchers can be purchased through your Travel Counsellor and will allow the recipient to put the value towards the cost of their next holiday. For more information on them, please feel free to get in touch.

To add some travel to your Christmas shopping, contact your Travel Counsellor today and take advantage of exclusive benefits including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your stay.

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