USEFUL WEBSITES & INFORMATION

INDEX

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1. Airports - Airlines and Eurostar
2. Consolidators
3. Golf
4. Health & Government/Foreign Office Information
5. Holiday Guide Books
6. Holiday Websites
7. R
oute Planner and Traffic Update
8. Shopping + French Champagne direct from France
9. Time Share
10. Tour Operators and National Companies including National Trust

11. Weather Forecast, World Time & International Dialing Codes
12. Miscellaneous

The Following Recommendations and Information are Provided for Further Research

1. AIRPORTS - AIRLINES AND EUROSTAR

BRISTOL Airport - click here Excellent website providing all airport information including arrival and departure times.
Parking at Bristol Airport click here Prices quoted in June 2005, £29.00 for eight days when you book more than seven days in advance.Forge Car Park click here close to Bristol Airport has been recommended by groups of friends. Tel. 01275 472587 or 01275 474710

BIRMINGHAM INTENTIONAL AIRPORT Click here

CARDIFF Airport Click here

GATWICK Airport click here

Meet and Greet Website

Holiday Extras Website Airport Hotels with Parking + link buses to Airports

HEATHROW Airport - click here LEAVE YOUR CAR BEHIND if you have easy rail access to Reading, then consider buying an inclusive rail and coach ticket. Airport buses run regularly from Reading Station to Heathrow and the fare is reasonably priced at approximately £55.00 for two passengers, otherwise train to Paddington and connect to the Heathrow Express. Worth leaving the car at home!

Airport Parking - Purple Parking providing easy parking click here available at various Airports. Staff meet travellers at the airport terminal, drive the car to secure parking and return car to the terminal at the end of the holiday. Purple Parking at Heathrow is the airport facility recommended. Purple Parking also operates at other airports. Recommended by 4 friends as one of the most hassle free facilities available for airport parking.

Airport Parking - VIP provides good value and easy parking at Heathrow. Staff meet travellers at the airport terminal and drive the car to secure parking for the duration of the holiday and pick up as required click here Recommended by two friends.

OTHER Airports click here

Other Airports and Information click here

AIRLINES
Numerous websites are available. Popular Airlines:
EasyJet

Ryanair
Emirates
British Airways
Flybe

Tour Operators and Travel Companies Section 10 Below

Airlines - Recommended for long haul flights friends are highly recommending Royal Brunei (two separate recommendations) followed by Emirite (three recommendations). They are both good value airlines providing good service. A number of friends are not so keen on BA or Quantas! An Australian friend has recommended JAL - and this airline is being researched further.

IMPORTANT - LONG HAUL FLIGHTS particularly on BA. Ensure that you book your FLIGHT and your SEAT at the same time. We have received a number of complaints telling us that seats can be allocated to other travellers if they have not been booked in advance. If you are unable to book a seat then arrive at the airport in plenty of time (4 hours is recommended!) to guarantee a place on your flight. It may be possible to book your seat 24 hours in advance of the flight if you have been unable to book earlier.

If you are able to provide more airport parking details please contact us. 

EUROSTAR

Eurostar Website

As from 14th November 2007 Eurostar Services will be moving from London Waterloo to London St. Pancreas. The average journey on the new high-speed line is expected to be reduced by approximately 25 minutes.

2 CONSOLIDATORS

Additional Sites under Section 10 Below

Don’t always assume that all hotel discount websites will come up with the very best price.  If you are satisfied with your price then do no more.  If you would prefer to make a final price comparison, then you should make two further checks before you can be sure you have hit rock bottom.  First, check direct on the hotel’s website.  Several hotel chains including Inter Continental, Marriott and Hilton are now offering best-price guarantees on their own websites.  Secondly, bear in mind that in many cases, you can actually save money by buying a package. This is because tour operators buy hotel rooms and airline tickets in bulk, negotiating lower rates.

Consolidators have access to inclusive tour (IT) rates, such as rock bottom fares offered by airlines to certain tour operators on condition that they are sold as part of a package.  That usually means flights and a hotel or flights and a hire car. You can find IT rates advertised on the net and book them online.  You cannot access them by booking flights on one site and a hotel on another.

Both tour operators direct and internet holiday sites can provide good service. They both offer similar services although prices can vary. In many case the internet is the favourable cost option. Personal preference is very much the option.

Ferries a wesbite sourcing best ferry deals click here

Flight Comparison Ideal site for best fight rates click here

Holiday Website - Holiday 4 less.com arrange and recommend all aspect of holidays travel and source out best value holidays. This efficient internet service has been used at least four times by a friend for arranging holidays further afield. They are really helpful arranging transfers, hotels, and transport from airport to hotel. If you have already found your hotel then they will include this in your itinerary and will book it on your behalf if you so wish. In the case of the recommendation, holiday 4 less.com was able to book the preferred hotel at a reduced rate and was able to provide a considerable saving click here

Long-Haul Holiday information, check prices first with a consolidator such as Ebookers Tel. 0870 010 7000  click here or Trailfinders Tel. 020 7938 3939 click here

Luxury Market Tour Operators offer value because many five-star hotels do not sell rooms through Internet discounters.  For instance book independently at Sandy Lane in Barbados and you will probably pay the hotel’s top-end rack rate. You would get a better deal buying a bespoke package with a specialist such as Carrier, Tel. 01625 547020   click here

Opodo Site for sourcing out cheap flight, hotels, city breaks, car hire, etc click here

TV Travel Shop Website for best deals from high street prices click here

These sites have potential to save Internet users vast sums.  In some cases holiday quotes can differ by up to 60%.

The above information was taken from a National Newspaper and is well worth bearing in mind.

3.GOLF

3 D Golf click here Used very successfully for golf holiday bookings and golf course listings.  Recommended by more than one friend.

Golfbreaks click here Excellent site for golf advice, booking hotels and golf tee times in UK.  Presumably advice and booking is available for other countries   Very helpful indeed.

Golf Europe Website

Whites World A superbly designed website for ‘White’s World’ Golf Holidays.  Alternative itineraries are also arranged for partners who prefer not to play golf.  There are fabulous golf courses and great photographs. The holidays are the height of luxury and highly recommended if funds permit Whites World    

World Travel This is an informative site providing information on many golf courses throughout the world click here

4. HEALTH AND GOVERNMENT/FOREIGN OFFICE TRAVEL INFORMATION

Help For Britons Abroad Government Travel Advice including Travel Advice by Country Essential travel advice and tips.

Government/Foreign Office Travel Information click here includes the following information:

E111 Form and European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) 
The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) now replaces the E111.

The EHIC entitles you to reduced cost (or sometimes free) healthcare where treatment becomes necessary during a temporary visit to other countries of the European Economic Area or Switzerland. The card is only valid for treatment offered under the state healthcare schemes operating in these countries; it gives you access to treatment under the same terms as people living in the country you are visiting.

The EHIC is not a substitute for travel insurance. Since it may not cover all health costs and never covers repatriation costs, you are advised to take out a travel insurance policy in addition to the EHIC. Further information including a full list of countries covered along with details of their 'health systems' is available from the Post Office or for information on line click here

5. HOLIDAY GUIDE BOOKS

Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay A well set out and beautifully illustrated guide.  A joy to read and provides concise but adequate detail.  British Hotels, Inns and Other Places are a good example of this recommendation. There are numerous other Alastair Sawday guidebooks available and they are excellent click here This websites is a great site. Just click on 'site contents'. The map section is also useful.

Michelin Guide ‘The Michelin guide is light years of ahead of its rivals.  Michelin employs approximately 100 inspectors in Europe who travel throughout the continent and achieve unparalleled level of coverage.  The Fat Duck, for instance, was visited 25 times by different Michelin inspectors before the restaurant received its award.  Only Michelin, can, and does carry out inspections on this scale.  The proof of the pudding, as you might say, is in the eating.’  This article was taken from a recent Sunday Magazine Supplement. There have also been articles to the detriment to Michelin, but overall Michelin are one of the best guides.

6. HOLIDAY  WEBSITES 

(Some notes may overlap with 'Consolidators')

Many of the sites below are now competing with airline websites including ryanair and ryanair hotels The Easyjet website click here now transfers the Internet user to the cheapest hotel link website via click here

Kelkoo This site covers holidays as well as shopping.  It is simple to use.  You specify a hotel or ask the site to make its own selection.  National Newspaper recommendation click here 

Last Minute Bookings click here One of the best websites for great savings on accommodation. Also useful for theatre bookings, restaurants and other good deals.  A room booked in a luxury hotel through last minute com, can often cost as little as £60.00, whereas normal charges could be £145.00 or more. Must be good.  The restaurant guide is quite useful for finding restaurants in given areas of London.  This site is highly recommended by numerous friends.

Late Rooms Another useful website booking last minute holiday accommodation click here

Lonely Planet click here Informative site which is reasonably popular.

Tiscali deal for bargain holiday click here

To Book is a good site worth considering for booking accommodation  click here

Trip Advisor This is an American site that promises unbiased reviews of hotels, resorts and vacations, as well as price comparisons.  A very useful site and recommended by numerous friends click here

Paradores This is a super site for the luxury Parador hotels in Spain.  The hotels are quite often converted palaces, fortresses, convents, monasteries and other traditional buildings.   Also Pousada Hotels in Portugal. The site also lists golf courses in Portugal   website

Paradores - Keytelis another good site connected to the Parador Hotels. We have been informed that travellers over the age of 60 may be entitled to reductions (about 15%) if you stay in their hotels for a required number of visits.  Worth considering if you are eligible keytel

Visit Britain A useful site for travel in Britain click here

7. ROUTE PLANNER and TRAFFIC UPDATES

AA Route Planner click here

AA Travel Updates click here

RAC Route Planner click here

Car Hire Insurance Back-Up Sunday Telegraph recommendation. 'Charges for minor damage can be avoided by paying 'Super CDW' insurance. This is expensive if bought from car hire firms - perhaps £10-12per day. Insurance4carhire (020 7012 6300) offers an annual policy for under £50 to cover any insurance excess in Europe.' click here

Trains - First Great Western

8. SHOPPING

Champage - Champagne Yves Lallement 3 rue de l'Eglise, 51390 Villedommange, Nr Rhimes. Tel 00 33 (0)3 26 83 90 95. 4 hr drive from the Tunnel. Reserve Brut 75 cl Assemblage: 100% Pinot Meunier is highly recommended. At time of recommendation the price was 11,20E Website - not an official Website but it provides useful information. We are not aware of a website for Yves Lallement. 2 Recommendation and 100 happy wedding guests!!

Amazon click here   You can browse on this site without signing up.  Almost any item can be bought - not just books. This site is used by a number of friends.  The friend recommending this has found Amazon very efficient and reliable and has not encountered any problems to date.

Kelkoo click here  This site is recommended by a National Newspaper.   The site is well known to shoppers.  It is good for finding cheap household appliances

Pricerunner click here Useful website for ‘best buy’ price comparisons.

9. TIME SHARE

RCI A time-share exchange organisation, which has been recommended. Time-shares can be exchanged, often at the last minute, for other time-shares all over the world. We understand the standard is excellent.. click here

Please let us have more time-share recommendations if you have them.

10. TOUR OPERATORS AND NATIONAL COMPANIES

All Companies have been recommended by Friends

Alastair Sawday Website Alastair Sawday's website. A great website for accommodation at home and abroad click here

ABTA A useful website for click here

Andante An organisation used for Turkey and other destinations by friends on numerous occasions and is highly recommended clickhere

First Choice Travel has also been recommended particularly the Bath Office.  Tel. 0870 6096200. Most helpful when advising and booking a flight and accommodation for a trip to Australia.  On this occasion, the flight booking was made with Royal Brunei Airline click here

Keytel International is the officially appointed UK representative for the following groups:  Keytel Hotels, Spanish Paradors, Portuguese Pousadas, Chateaux and Hotels of France.  For travellers over the age of 60, we have been told that the company gives discounts of around 15% when staying in their luxury hotels for a given number of nights.  If you are eligible and you like a little luxury at a reduced price, this site is worth considering click here

Kirker Tour operator has been highly recommended by many friends. Two friends in particularly were not only extremely pleased with their Kirker holiday, but very grateful to Kirker for helping them out when experiencing flight delays due to bad weather.

National Trust Website click here

National Trust self-catering holiday cottages click here

Titan Coach Tours Titan Coach Tours + List of Destinations Pick up and Return door to door

Voyage Jules Verne Highly recommended by at least two sets of friends click here 

First Choice in Bath Highly recommended. Extremely helpful advising and booking long haul trips.Bookings and advice also available for short breaks. Recommended by 6 Friends.

World Market Travel in Bath This is a name that keeps cropping up when speaking to friends click here

Private Specialist Holiday Consultants

Denise White lives and works in Valderrama, Spain, and is the ideal contact if you would like to rent luxury accommodation. She deals with the best properties in the Sotogrande area of Spain. denisewhite@whitesworld.com (e-mail address)  

Madrid and Beyond click here  A great web site run by a friend of a friend.  A helpful website dealing with holidays in Spain. The company will help find appropriate hotels to suit the pocket and assist in holiday itineraries.

11. WEATHER FORECASTS, WORLD LOCAL TIME & INTERNATIONAL DIALING CODES

Weather Forecasts click here

Weather Forecasts click here

World Time & Dialling Codes click here

Current time in UK (if overseas!) click here

12. MISCELLANEOUS

Next of Kin Cards This is a new idea which is still in its infancy.  It came about as a result of a parent finding herself unconscious and seriously ill in hospital with no details of next of kin.  It turned out to be malaria, but the illness was only diagnosed after the hospital staff had spent many hours tracing her son.  The illness was diagnosed when the son informed them that she had recently been in Africa.  Her son is now developing the card and they can be obtained free of charge.  The card will be useful for contact numbers and to record medical problems.  Could be very useful for a lot of people – worth considering click here 

Hennabecca Travel Bags This is the website for a friend who has two daughters responsible for this terrific compact travelling bag. This is not just a baby bag! It has various compartments including three detachable internal compartments. The bag can virtually store most holiday items and is ideal as a flight or overnight bag. The bag is ideal for most purposes, even for transporting a laptop! Highly recommended as a bag to find items quickly and to make travelling easier.  Unfortunately, the website only shows Hennabecca striped fabric bags.  The bags are all great, but the travelling bag particularly recommended, is brown and made of beautiful soft leather  click here

New Book - Mr. Brouard's Odyssey Friends' have many talents and Diana Winsor is no exception. If you would like to learn about her father's challenges to man's origin or Diana's latest book, Mr. Brouard's Odyssey (fiction), based on these exciting theories, details can be found on click here Interesting holiday reading!

Unfortunately we can only recommend a small selection of websites. If you are able to add additional information or provide good websites please contact us.

Whilst we try to ensure details on this site are acurate, we cannot guarantee that this is the case. If any information is incorrect or the links are not operating correctly please contact us and we will endeavour to amend details accordingly

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