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Since 2012 we have had the pleasure of booking many customers on cruises by many of the biggest lines in the world & have created a social media forum via Facebook, with over seven thousand members & picking up multiple travel accolades along the way.
With that in the forefront of our mind, over the last six months we have been putting the foundations in place to create a new forum running parallel to our solo cruise forum by Passion for Cruises.
Our new community Solo Holiday Forum by PFC will connect our independent cruisers with fellow single travellers looking at air & land based holidays inclusive of Escorted Touring.
At our Cardiff Headquarters both Passion for Cruises & Cartwirght Travel pride themselves on their strong relationships with product & purchasing teams at many of the UK’s ABTA & ATOL bonded tour operators, who are currently helping us secure zero & low priced single supplements for our followers & future travellers.
Our Tour operating partners include Carrier Luxury Holidays, Titan Travel, Cosmos Just You, Travelsphere, Wendy Wu, Jet 2 Holidays, Newmarket Holidays, Classic Collection, Prestige Holidays, Leger, Exodus, Intrepid Travel, If Only, Kuoni, Abercrombie & Kent, Cox & Kings, Beachcomber, Trafalgar & many more.
Fly From Heathrow
Solo Classic Group Tour
4 Star Accommodation
14 September 2022
Savour the natural grandeur of the Three Gorges on a relaxing Yangtze River Cruise – just one part of a wonderful tour that also includes China's enthralling cities of Shanghai, Xian, Beijing, and of course the unforgettable Giant Pandas of Chengdu.
Fly overnight to the cosmopolitan city of Shanghai, also known as the 'Paris of the East'. Depending on your time of arrival, the rest of the day is yours to start soaking up the local culture.
Shanghai is China's great metropolis, where east and west collide on streets lined with futuristic skyscrapers and 10th-century temples. Today's explorations include the classical Yu Garden, a stop in the old town and learning about the age-old silk production process at a silk factory. Later admire the magnificent colonial architecture with a stroll along the Bund and view the city from the Huangpu River on a panoramic cruise. The skyscrapers and glimmering lights are a sight to behold, Shanghai is unlike any other city in the world. Tonight, sample some traditional Shanghainese cuisine.
Spend the morning seeing the sights of the ultramodern Pudong area, also known as the financial district of the city with its skyscraper buildings. Later, fly to Yichang where you will board the Yangtze River cruise vessel.
A man-made marvel, the Three Gorges Dam showcases a massive feat of engineering. But as you cruise upstream nature takes over, revealing some of the world's most dramatic scenery including the Three Gorges themselves. Over the next three days, take a side trip to the attractive Shennong or Goddess Stream and enjoy various shore excursions.
Disembark the cruise vessel in Chongqing, explore old Ciqikou, a district known for its porcelain production during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Ciqikou's narrow streets are perfect for a morning stroll to admire the historical, traditional architecture. Transfer to Chengdu and enjoy a delicious Sichuanese meal for dinner with the option of a performance of Sichuan Opera, famous for its 'face-changing'.
Begin this morning with a visit to Chengdu's famous Panda Conservation Centre, which allows you to see and learn about China's celebrated bears up close in surroundings that mirror their natural habitat. A look around the informative museum gives an overview of the reserve's breeding programme. Later, take a bullet train to the former imperial capital of Xian. This evening a delicious feast of traditional Shui Jiao dumplings and a performance of Tang Dynasty dancing awaits.
After their fortuitous discovery in the 1970s, the Terracotta Army of China's first Emperor Qin Shi Huang has intrigued visitors ever since. Spend the morning viewing the enigmatic ranks of life sized warriors. Visit the workshop of the craftsmen who recreate Terracotta Warriors in the style of their ancient counterparts. Watch the skilled production process and buy a souvenir warrior to take home. Later stroll on the beautifully preserved 14th century city walls that enclose Xian's old town, then join the optional tour to see Xian lit up at night.
Today, visit the Little Wild Goose Pagoda and walk through the lively atmospheric alleys of the Muslim Quarter which are lined with Islamic food stalls. Later, fly to Beijing, China's capital city.
Head to Tiananmen Square, Beijing's symbolic heart, and into the sprawling magnificence of the Forbidden City. Entering through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, you will find a complex full of imperial riches. Also soak up the harmonious ambience of the Temple of Heaven, an orderly oasis in a bustling urban landscape, and end the day watching a Chinese acrobatic show.
This morning is dedicated to China's most iconic sight – the Great Wall. Taking a walk on this incredible structure is the best way to appreciate both the sheer magnificence of the wall itself and the dramatic scenery that it crosses. In the afternoon, visit a jade factory then enjoy the idyllic landscapes of the Summer Palace as you wander through traditional Chinese gardens and view the exquisite architecture. This evening, savour Beijing's best-known delicacy - Peking duck.
Fly to the UK, arriving home the same or following day.
The 'China New Visa' is available on this tour . This means a simplified Visa process and no embassy visit is needed. All you need to do is provide us with is a full colour copy of your passport and a passport style photograph and we'll take care of everything else.
The pleasant early autumn is great weather for touring. The Great Wall of China in September. In Beijing the average temperature is 16°C–26°C (61°F–79°F).
• Book with just a £99 deposit per person
• Pay in full just 6 weeks before you go
• One free date change should your plans change for any reason
• International flights and current taxes
• 4* accommodation
• Domestic transportation
• Touring with guides and entrance fees
• All meals
• Visa fees for UK & Irish passport holders
Airports: see below
3* Plus Oasis Papagayo Resort
1 bedroom sole use apartment
20 / 21 November 2021
Prices: see below
• 500m from the nearest shops, bars and restaurants
• 1km from Corralejo resort centre
• 1.8km from the beach.
Approximate transfer time 1 hour
Stansted - 21 November 2021 - £1,599
Birmingham - 21 November 2021 - £1599
Manchester - 21 November 2021 - £1,649
Glasgow 20 November 2021 - £1,729
Ediburgh 20 November 2021 - £1,669
Newcastle 20 November 2021 - £1,649
Leeds Bradford 20 November 2021 - £1,649
Belfast 20 November 2021 - £1,649
East Midlands 20 November 2021 - £1,649
Bristol 20 November 2021 - £1,649
Deposit just £60 to book your winter long stay break!
Fly from Heathrow
Dedicated Solo Tour
24 May & 25 October 2022
• 11 excursions and visits
• 2 guided tours of Tashkent (including the Khast-Imam Complex and the Museum of History of Uzbekistan)
• Visits to Chilpyk and Ayaz Kala (with lunch in a traditional yurt camp); and Bahouddin Nakshbandi Mausoleum
• City tours of Khiva, Bukhara, Shakhrisabz and Samarkand
• 2 folklore shows
• Traditional Bukharian cooking master class
• Afrosiyab Museum and the Mausoleum of Daniel, Samarkand
• 9 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
• International and internal flights as detailed. Prices are based on return flights with Uzbekistan Airways from London Heathrow
• 23 meals: 9 breakfasts (days 3-11) 5 lunches (days 2-5 and 9) 9 dinners (days 2-10)
• VIP door-to-door travel service
• Local tour manager
• Travel in destination by coach
• Deposit £49
Fly from London Heathrow
Dedicated Solo Tour
10 May 2022
Door-to-door travel service collects you from home for your flight to Havana. Iberostar Parque Central, Havana (4-star).
Culture lovers will be charmed by Havana, Cuba’s bustling, atmospheric capital with the ambience of a bygone era. Our walking tour begins through the Old Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the faded Spanish colonial architecture is slowly being restored to its former glory. Discover the beautiful streets with elegant plazas, and stop by the legendary Floridita Bar, where Ernest Hemingway famously drank daiquiris. We visit a rum factory or museum and the rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight, we witness the cannon firing at La Cabaña Fortress, a daily tradition to announce the historical closure of the city gates at 9pm. Iberostar Parque Central, Havana (4-star).
We head to Finca Vigia, Ernest Hemingway’s home - the setting in which he scribed many of his best-known works. Now preserved as a museum, it provides a wonderful insight into the author’s life. We also visit Cojimar, where Hemingway gained the inspiration for ‘The Old Man and the Sea’. Enjoy a Cuban cocktail lesson and spend a relaxed afternoon at your leisure. Iberostar Parque Central, Havana (4-star).
We travel by coach to Las Terrazas Eco Mountain Resort, an ‘eco-village’ created in the 1960s, and take a tour of a 19th-century coffee plantation. We then continue to the lush Viñales Valley. Hotel Los Jazmines, Viñales Valley (3-star).
The inspiringly beautiful Viñales Valley is interspersed with dramatic rounded limestone formations known as mogotes. We visit a farmer’s tobacco plantation, before continuing to the Cuevo del Indio (Indian Cave), where we board a boat to sail on an underground river. We see the Murial Prehistorica and end our day with a visit to a cigar factory or museum. Hotel Los Jazmines, Viñales Valley (3-star).
Continuing our adventure, we arrive in Santa Clara, the site of the last battle of the guerrilla war in 1958. This town is the final resting place of Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, with a museum and mausoleum dedicated to the revolutionary leader. Here you can see Tren Blindado, the famous military train that was carrying soldiers and weapons when it was derailed by Che and a group of rebels, paving the way for the Revolution. We drive on to Cayo Ensenachos, where we’ll enjoy some of Cuba’s best white-sand beaches. Iberostar Ensenachos Resort, Cayo Ensenachos (4-star).
Two full free days at leisure, with all food and drink included, to relax and enjoy the facilities at our beachfront hotel. Iberostar Ensenachos Resort, Cayo Ensenachos (4-star).
Our journey continues to Trinidad, a World Heritage Site which has been hailed as one of the best-preserved colonial cities in the world. We’ll visit either the Trinidad History Museum, where history buffs will be in their element, or the Museo Romantico, a sumptuous mansion displaying the decorative arts of the Trinidad aristocracy. We then continue to Cienfuegos. Melia Jagua Hotel, Cienfuegos (3-star).
Soak up the history of Cienfuegos, known affectionately as the ‘Pearl of the South’. Characterised by palaces overlooking a beautiful Caribbean bay, star attractions include Parque Jose Marti with its imposing cathedral. Melia Jagua Hotel, Cienfuegos (3-star).
We return to Havana Airport for your return flight to the UK.
Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home. Arrive Home **This tour contains areas of rough terrain and customers are advised that a significant amount of walking is involved. • Cuba is a unique and beautiful country; however, due to the political situation and restrictions on trade, the tourism infrastructure can be basic, especially outside major tourist areas**.
Visa is not included
Includes VIP return door to door transfers
11 excursions & visits
☑️Tours of Havana, Viñales Valley and Cienfuegos
☑️Visits to cigar factory or museum; rum factory or museum; Finca Vigia; Las Terrazas Eco Mountain Resort; Santa Clara; and Trinidad
☑️9pm cannon ceremony
☑️Cuban cocktail lesson
✅10 nights in hotels and 1 in flight (accommodation as specified or similar)
✅International flights. Prices are based on return flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow or Gatwick. Supplements may apply from other airports
✅29 meals: 10 breakfasts (days 2-11) 10 lunches (days 2-11) 9 dinners (days 2-10)
✅VIP door-to-door travel service
✅Tour manager and local guide
✅Travel in destination by coach
Heathrow: 11 May 2021 £2,849.
Heathrow: 19 October 2021 £2,699.
Fly Stansted / Manchester / B'ham
3 Star Orca Praia
B&B Basis Sea View
4 January 2021
Set in a tranquil location, Hotel Orca Praia overlooks a small sand and shingle beach and has beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel is perfect for those looking for a great value hotel offering a wonderful service and atmosphere. There's a relaxed evening entertainment programme and great little cocktail bar where you can drink in the views of the amazing horizon. Alternatively, venture out to Funchal resort centre, where heaps of history, botanical gardens and delicious local cuisine await!
Fly Stansted or Manchester & Birmingham all dates £399
8,11,15,18, 22 January 2021 plus 8 & 26 February 2021
Regional flights available from:
✈️ EAST MIDLANDS
400m from the nearest bars and restaurants.
2km from a small fishing village.
6km from Funchal resort centre.
Complimentary bus to Funchal.
Approximate transfer time 50 minutes.
2 bars including a cocktail bar and pool bar serving a range of local and international drinks.
À la carte restaurant serving a range of international and local cuisine Room facilities include.
Fly from Birmingham
25 September 2021
After you’ve been picked up from the airport, you’ll head to the marina in Marmaris to board a small, traditional cruise ship – known as a gulet (Dinner).
After getting to know your boat and meeting the skipper, you’ll spend the morning cruising along the tree-cloaked Ekincik Gulf towards Dalyan. There are small boats to get you ashore if you want to explore Dalyan in the evening. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
The clear waters of the Gocep Gulf are on the cards today, followed by swimming in a peaceful bay and time exploring a chain of islands. Cleopatra Bay’s a great spot to drop anchor. You can swim in clear waters, where sunken ruins known as ‘Cleopatra’s Bath’ peek above the surface. Tersane Island gives you a snapshot into Turkey’s history. Now deserted, it was once home to Greek settlers and a First World War shipyard. You’ll have free time to explore Tersane Island. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Continue along the coastline to the city of Fethiye, with swimming stops along the way and dinner at the stylish Ece Saray Marina. With the bustling Fethiye seafront in eyeshot, you’ll stop off the coast of secluded Samanlik Bay for lunch and a swim in quieter climes. You’ll have free time in the morning when you arrive in Fethiye. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Natural scenery takes centre stage, as you weave through uninhabited islands. You’ll see the sun set over the mountains as you drop anchor among them. Snorkel in the aquarium-like waters that surround the beach-brushed Yassica Islands. You’ll have free time to swim and snorkel as you make stops among the islands. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
Hidden gems like Bedri Rahmi Bay, sand-skirted Sarsala Bay and Aga Limani Bay ramp up the relaxation even more. You’ll spend the night in the latter. Today’s a swim day, so there’ll be plenty of opportunity to cool off in the hard-to-reach coves that punctuate this stretch of coast. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
This swim and sailing day includes breakfast in a scenic bay, plus a stop on an idyllic island, before you stay overnight in Marmaris’ harbour. You’ll tuck into breakfast in the picturesque bay of Kumlubuk, with limestone mountains jutting skywards in the foreground. Cennet Island, dubbed Paradise Island, is like a piece of the tropics brought closer to home. Afternoon tea will be served in a bay off its shores. You’ll have some free time when you arrive at Cennet Island, and in the evening when you visit Marmaris. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
After breakfast on the boat, you’ll spend the day at a Marmaris hotel before your flight home. You’ll be able to enjoy all the facilities, plus All Inclusive drinks and snacks, at the Grand Azur, before your flight. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner).
8 May 2021 £769 based on Gatwick, Bristol & Doncaster for an extra £55, 5 June 2021 from £785 based on Gatwick, Manchester £90 - Birmingham supplement £50 - Bristol supplement £70 - Doncaster supplement £180.
You will stay onboard your gulet boat Hestia, a traditional gulet boat or similar on this week-long cruise which sails between Turkey's sandy coves, cities and uninhabited islands.
There will be a chance to book trips along the way too.
✅ 7 nights on board a traditional gulet boat
✅ 21 meals: 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners
✅ Return flights and transfers
✅ English speaking guide
✅ Includes 8 experiences
Secure your place with a £200 deposit
Fly From Heathrow + See below
14 Day Tour
3* & 4* Hotels
11 nights in hotels + 2 in flight
26 September 2021
Fly to Bankok (4 days) - PHITSANULOK - LAMPANG - CHIANG MAI (3 days) - CHA-AM (4 days) - Fly home
• Discover Bangkok at night by tuk-tuk
• Bangkok city tour
• Thai classical dance show
• Visit the ruins of Ayutthaya
• Boat trip in Uthai Thani
• Admire the Wat Yai temple in Phitsanulok
• Discover UNESCO-listed Sukhothai
• Discover the art of Sukhothai Noodles and create your own lucky charm
• Tour of Lampang including visit to textile weaving
• Chiang Mai tour including visits to a local family & the Wat Palat & Doi Suthep temples
• Receive a blessing from a monk
• Visit the Elephant Nature Park
• Enjoy an authentic Thai dinner at Kinnaree Gourmet Thai by Vanessa Wu
Also departs 7 November, 2021
Extend to 17 days from £529 Departures from: September 2021 - November 2021
Extend your stay at the beach resort of Cha-Am. Includes 3 nights bed and breakfast at the Regent Cha-Am Beach
Please contact us for further details
Fly from Heathrow
Dedicated Solo Tour
21 September 2021 - £3,499
9 November 2021 - £3,699
• Uncover South Africa’s Many Highlights - On This Solo Exclusive Tour
• 15 Nights viewing fascinating Wildlife and Spectacular Landscapes from £3,499
• Full-day Panorama Route tour with Blyde River Canyon and Pilgrim’s Rest
• Full day of game viewing in Kruger National Park
• Tsitsikamma Forest and Storms River
• Cruise on Knysna Lagoon
• Ticket for Franschoek Wine Tram Tour
• Trip up Table Mountain
• Cape Point, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Boulders Beach
• Simon’s Town visit
• VIP door-to-door travel service from anywhere on the UK mainland
• 27 meals: 13 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 10 dinners
• Return flights and transfers
• Tour manager
• Welcome drink reception
• Porterage at all hotels
• Fast track security and airport lounge UK*
• Welcome drink and dinner
• Drinks party
• Farewell dinner
• Meet and greet at the airport
• Social activities
Fly From Gatwick / Manchester
8 Day Tour
6 June 2021
Fly to Catania - Ontalbano- Elicona, Cefalu - Palermo - Erice - Piazza Armerina - Siracusa - Taormina - Fly home
Tuck into Sicilian delicacies surrounded by scenic olive groves.
Try street food specialities that only the locals know about in Palermo.
Take a boat trip to see the beautiful city of Siracusa from the water.
Extend your stay for another week at a taormina hotel on bed & breakfast basis from £699
5 September, 2020 - Gatwick & Manchester - £1,050
24 October, 2021 - Gatwick - £1,179 & Manchester - £1,198
Fly From Stansted
Skiathos Palace Hotel
7 / 10 / 11 / 14 night options
May 2021 - see dates below
Prices - See below
Join other PFC guests at the Skiathos Palace & benefit on the free upgrade to half board for 2021
Includes flights based on London Stansted departures, regional airports at a supplement -Bristol - Birmingham - Manchester - London Gatwick - Newcastle - All available - dates may slightly alter & duration depending on airport
• All overseas transfers
• Free Upgrade to Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
7 Night Prices
5 May 2021 - £479
8 May 2021 - £475
12 May 2021 - £629
15 May 2021 - £665
10 Night Prices
5 May 2021
22 May 2021 - £849
11 Night Prices
8 May 2021 - £629
15th May 2021 - £859
14 Night Prices
8 May 2021 - £810
12 May 2021 - £949
Deposit Only £89