Top 10 travel destinations for 2019

 

Got wanderlust? If you need a little inspiration for your 2019 holiday, Emma Livermore, branch manager for Fred Olsen at Jarrold has put together the team’s top 10 places to go this year. Suitcase’s at the ready…

San Francisco, USA.

Accommodation Recommendation Fairmont San Francisco.

Flight Time Fly in 11 hours.

Three Key Places to See Take a ferry to explore Alcatraz / Take a stroll through Muir Woods / Walk the Golden Gate Bridge.

What to Eat / Drink Grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants along Fishermans Wharf.  Have a few drinks at one of San Francisco’s Comedy Clubs.

What to Buy Spend a day shopping in the many boutiques and malls at Union Square.

Offer 5 nights at the Fairmont San Francisco with direct flights from London from £1455 per person (based on 6 May 2019 departure)*

*Prices are subject to change

Bergen, Norway

Accommodation Recommendation Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.

Flight Time Fly in 2 hours.

Three Key Places to See Funicular Railway / Bryggen UNESCO world Heritage site / Fish Markets.

What to Eat / Drink Fårikål - mutton stew / Aquavit / fresh seafood from the fish markets

What to Buy Knitted clothing

Offer 2 nights at the Radisson Blu Royal with direct flights from London Gatwick from £445 per person (based on 8 June 2019 departure) *

*Prices are subject to change

New York, USA

Accommodation Recommendation Riu Palace New York

Flight Time Approx. 7.5 hours

Three Key Places to See Statue of Liberty and the Immigration museum on Ellis island. This can all be combined under one ferry ticket so both Liberty Island and Ellis Island can be done in the same trip. / Empire State Building – for the best views across Manhattan. I would recommend heading up just before dusk, that way you can see the city in both daylight and night as all the lights start to light up the city / Grab a coffee and talk a long stroll through Central Park, with many films being set in this magnificent park SO many spots will seem familiar and it is also a great place to sit and people watch. If visiting in the lead up to Christmas then the ice skating is a must.

What to Eat/Drink Grab and go – a visit to a New York deli, build your own bagel with lovely fresh ingredients. For something fun – Ellen’s Stardust Diner located on Broadway your waiters and waitresses are all budding Broadway stars waiting to be spotted, so throughout your meal there will be various well known and classic musical and Disney songs sung by the staff on the tables, bars and the diner floor. Serving your classic ‘diner’ food in a fun environment. Something Special – The View restaurant, New York’s only revolving restaurant with views over Time Square. Excellent cuisine, extensive wine list and of course fantastic views!

What to Buy Of course New York is known for its fashion, so anything from one of the famous department stores such as Macy’s, Zaks or Bloomingdales!

Offer 4 nights at the Riu Palace New York Times Square with direct flights from London Heathrow from £745 per person (based on 5 March 2019 departure)*

*Prices subject to change

Venice, Italy

Accommodation Recommendation Tivoli Hotel

Flight Time Approx. 2 hours

Three Key Places to See St Marks Basilica in St Mark’s Square, one of the most renowned buildings in Venice dating back to the 1094 / Doges Palace – take an internal tour to see the immensely decorated rooms that all have original details, furniture and artwork / A gondola ride – the most relaxing, romantic and best way to see the streets of Venice. Obviously in Venice all roads are canals so make getting around that extra bit special.

What to Eat Baccala Mantecato – a fish based antipasto creamed cod, is one of the maritime city's most iconic dishes. This preparation, a fixture in the city's bàcari or bars, is made by soaking, boiling and whipping stockfish with olive oil until mousse-like. The creamed cod is then spread on slices of bread or grilled white polenta and eaten as part of a cichetto, the city's typical, almost tapas-like ritual bite to eat and drink.

What to Buy Murano Glass – world famous and only manufactured in one place in the world, Murano. Which is only a few minutes boat ride from Venice island itself. Many of the local factories open itself up to visitors.

Offer  3 nights at the Tivoli Hotel with direct flights from London Luton from £170 per person (based on 11 March 2019 departure)*

*Prices subject to change

Sydney, Australia

Accommodation Recommendation The Sydney Boulevard Hotel

Flight Time 22 hours 10 minutes from London

Best Time to Visit October to March

Three Key Places to See Climb the Harbour Bridge / Watch a show at the Opera House and enjoy pre drinks in the Opera Bar, or take a guided tour and hear its story / Swap the city for the Blue Mountains, Hunter Valley or Manly Beach

What to Eat Grab a lunch at the World’s Third Largest Fish Market / Bourke Street Bakery (the queues are worth it) / Dinner with a view at the 360-degree Sydney Tower Buffett

What to Buy UGG boots / Opals (the National Gemstone of Australia) / Akubra Hats / Kangaroo Leather

Offer 7 nights at the 4* Sydney Boulevard Hotel with in-direct flights from London Gatwick from £1452 per person (based on 15 October 2019 departure)*

*Prices subject to change              

Thailand

Accommodation Recommendation Crest Resort + Pool Villas, Phuket

Flight Time 14 hours from London

Best Time to Visit November to April

Where to Stay Crest Resort & Pool Villas

What to Eat Coconut Curry

What to Buy Thai Silk / Spa Products

What to Do Visit a Floating Market / Explore a National Park / Relax on the beach

Offer 7 nights at the 5* Crest Resort & Pool Villas with in-direct flights from London Gatwick from £976 per person (based on 4 March 2019 departure)*

*Prices subject to change

Delhi, India

Accommodation Recommendation The Park Hotel, Delhi

Flight Time from London Just under 9 hours

What to Eat and Drink Kingfisher beer, lentil dahl, paneer and chicken tikka

What to Buy Silk wraps

Three Key Places to See Old Delhi / enjoy a rickshaw ride around the centre / India gate, the world heritage site Qutub Minar

Offer 9 days Golden Triangle Tour including 3 nights in Delhi, 2 nights in Agra, 2 nights in Jaipur with direct flights from London Heathrow from £1890 per person (based on 30 March 2019 departure)*

*Price subject to availability 

Amsterdam, Holland

Accommodation Recommendation The 5 Star Pestana Amsterdam Riverside Hotel

Flight Time from Norwich to Amsterdam Approximately 50 minutes

What to Eat and Drink A stroopwafle, a sweet sticky cookie made of batter and filled with syrup, Gouda cheese, Heineken

What to Buy Dutch bulbs, wooden clogs

Three Key Places to See  Anne Franks House, Dam Square, canal cruise

Offer 3 nights at the Pestana Amsterdam Riverside Hotel with direct flights from Norwich from £495 per person (based on 3 May 2019 departure)*

*Prices subject to change

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Flight Time 13hrs 50

Recommended Accommodation Pestana Buenos Aires Hotel

Top Things To Do Eva Peron’s Pink House / Mausoleum / Tango Dinner & Dance Show / Colourful La Boca / Iguazu Falls (Argentinian side) / San Telmo Sunday Market.

Things to Eat & Drink Steak / Malbec Red wine

What to Buy Local artisan stalls at San Telmo Sunday Market sell handmade local crafts, delicacies and antiques.

Offer 5 nights at the Pestana Buenos Aires Hotel with direct flights from London Heathrow from £830 per person (based on 25 March 2019 departure)*

*Prices subject to availability 

Bremen, Germany

Recommend Accommodation Fred Olsen Cruise aboard Balmoral

Top Things to Do City tour of Hamburg / visit Bremen cathedral / visit the UNESCO-listed Market Square

Things to Eat and Drink German bratwurst, German beer, mulled wine, German pastries in local cafes

What to Buy  Lots of stalls that sell traditional German delicacies

Offer  8 nights German Waterways cruise on the Balmoral sailing from Newcastle from £999 per person (based on 21 April 2019 departure)*

*Prices are subject to change

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