Holidays and Travel Group

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The purpose of this group is to facilitate and organise holidays and travel opportunities for our members.

This works in two ways –

  1. The bringing together of like minded people to arrange their own holidays so that if someone has an idea of a holiday they want to go on, and seeks one or more companions to go with, they ask for details to be circulated around the group. 
    That person will then be the contact point for anyone else who would like to go.
    It will be up to that group of people to do their own research and make their own bookings.
    These holidays will not be official U3A holidays but a group of friends going away together.
  2. An organised trip for members to book into such as the 4 night coach visit to Northumberland and the two night visit to Bletchley Park, Cambridge and Duxford.

Important - here is the serious stuff !

The Group Leaders Handbook contains certain rules which must be adhered to.  In particular -

Personal Travel/Accident/Cancellation Insurance is obligatory for trips abroad, and advisable for UK Trips  and  must be arranged personally by individuals going on any of our trips/holidays. The Organisers are not responsible for your insurance nor for any losses incurred by you if you fail to take out insurance before paying your deposits.

Cancellations – no refunds will be given unless a replacement can be found. Refunds will be limited to the amount paid by the replacement and cancellation charges imposed by the tour/coach company may apply for which you will be liable.

As organisers we cannot accept cash payments or cheques made out to us.

Free places given by the tour /coach operators are shared amongst the participants or used to defray incidental expenses such as the drivers’ gratuity.



General meetings – are for members to socialise and share holiday ideas and experiences - 6pm at The Owl, Hambleton – normally every 2 months.

YAHR Travel - This is the website of the Yorkshire and Humber Region’s travel network. The aim of the travel network is to-

    1. Provide Travel Group Leaders the opportunity to offer their events to other U3A members outside their own U3A
    2. Offer U3A members in Yorkshire and the Humber a wider range of travel opportunities.

Click here to check out the latest destinations on offer


Forthcoming Events -

Friday, 23 February 2018 - Scotland Again! - Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie

Due to cancellations, there still a few rooms left.
Book now to avoid disappointment BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE BEATS YOU TO IT.

Kingussie Duke of Gordon Hotel

Why not treat yourself and come and enjoy the unique "Cairngorm Experience"

This will be our third group visit to the Duke of Gordon Hotel at Kingussie in the Cairngorms

It must be good if we are going back for the third time!

There are opportunities for photography, walking, bridge, whiskey tasting, visiting interesting places and dancing in the evenings.

The hotel boasts a very friendly atmosphere, with log fires, great food, fabulous buffet on the final evening and a piper to lead us into dinner on one evening.

The dates: Friday 23rd to Tuesday 27th February 2018

The cost: £130.00 per person sharing a twin or double room and £162.00 for a single room.

Deposit: £30.00, payable now. Cheques MUST be made payable to "Cairngorm Travel" and given or sent to June Sams.

There is limited availability as rooms are selling out fast.

Reserve your room now by emailing either: lorna@sherburnu3a.org or junesams@talktalk.net

Take a look at the fun we had during the past two visits at these links.

Cairngorms 2015

Cairngorms 2014

23-02-2018 00:00:00 23-02-2018 02:00:00 Europe/London Holidays And Travel - Scotland Again! Due to cancellations, there still a few rooms left.Book now to avoid disappointment BEFORE SOMEONE ELSE BEATS YOU TO IT. Why not treat yourself and come and enjoy the unique "Cairngorm Experience" This will be our third group visit to the Duke of Gordon Hotel at Kingussie in the Cairngorms It must be good if we are going back for the third time! There are opportunities for photography, walking, bridge, whiskey tasting, visiting interesting places and dancing in the evenings. The hotel boasts a very friendly atmosphere, with log fires, great food, fabulous buffet on the final evening and a piper to lead us into dinner on one evening. The dates: Friday 23rd to Tuesday 27th February 2018 The cost: £130.00 per person sharing a twin or double room and £162.00 for a single room. Deposit: £30.00, payable now. Cheques MUST be made payable to "Cairngorm Travel" and given or sent to June Sams. There is limited availability as rooms are selling out fast. Reserve your room now by emailing either: lorna@sherburnu3a.org or junesams@talktalk.net Take a look at the fun we had during the past two visits at these links. Cairngorms 2015 Cairngorms 2014 Duke of Gordon Hotel, Kingussie

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Friday, 23 March 2018 - Quarterley Meeting 10.30am - To be confirmed

Review recent holidays and plan ahead including final details for May holiday.

23-03-2018 10:30:00 23-03-2018 12:30:00 Europe/London Holidays And Travel - Quarterley Meeting Review recent holidays and plan ahead including final details for May holiday. To be confirmed

Thursday, 10 May 2018 - Oxford & Blenheim Palace - Oxford, Longleat, Blenheim Palace and/or Cotswolds

Oxford, Longleat, Blenheim Palace and/or Cotswolds. Holiday details & tours to be finalised and will be sent out in the coming weeks. Thursday 10th May to Monday 14th May 2018. Cost: £310 per person (dinner, bed and breakfast).   Single supplement £80. Spaces are still available, so to avoid disappointment please email Hazel Elderkin   h.elderkin@btinternet.com   asap to register your interest Thank you to all those who have booked so far. Here is a provisional itinerary (to be finalised later)   Day 1 – Journey to hotel with a stop at the National Arboretum on the way.  Day 2 – Longleat park  Day 3 – Blenheim Palace or Scenic Tour exploring the Cotswolds. Day 4 – Explore Oxford the City of Spires  Day 5 - Return home

10-05-2018 00:00:00 10-05-2018 02:00:00 Europe/London Holidays And Travel - Oxford & Blenheim Palace Oxford, Longleat, Blenheim Palace and/or Cotswolds. Holiday details & tours to be finalised and will be sent out in the coming weeks. Thursday 10th May to Monday 14th May 2018. Cost: £310 per person (dinner, bed and breakfast).   Single supplement £80. Spaces are still available, so to avoid disappointment please email Hazel Elderkin   h.elderkin@btinternet.com   asap to register your interest Thank you to all those who have booked so far. Here is a provisional itinerary (to be finalised later)   Day 1 – Journey to hotel with a stop at the National Arboretum on the way.  Day 2 – Longleat park  Day 3 – Blenheim Palace or Scenic Tour exploring the Cotswolds. Day 4 – Explore Oxford the City of Spires  Day 5 - Return home Oxford, Longleat, Blenheim Palace and/or Cotswolds

Friday, 22 June 2018 - Quarterley Meeting - To be confirmed

Review recent holidays and continue planning ahead

22-06-2018 00:00:00 22-06-2018 02:00:00 Europe/London Holidays And Travel - Quarterley Meeting Review recent holidays and continue planning ahead To be confirmed

Friday, 14 September 2018 - Quarterley Meeting 10.30am - To be confirmed

Review of recent events and final planning for Barcelona holiday, plus continue forward planning

14-09-2018 10:30:00 14-09-2018 12:30:00 Europe/London Holidays And Travel - Quarterley Meeting Review of recent events and final planning for Barcelona holiday, plus continue forward planning To be confirmed

Thursday, 4 October 2018 - Barcelona Holiday with Jet2 - Hotel Aranea

Based on popular feedback we are planning a holiday to Barcelona 4th - 8th October 2018. 4 nights/5days. Flying from Leeds/Bradford airport. Costs likely to be £395.25 per person (sharing Double/Twin Room. Single supplement £150 - so we would encourage sharing where possible to keep costs low. More details to follow once we have sufficient numbers to confirm the holiday with Jet2 with information about when we require the £60 deposit. In the meantime, please email asap Hazel Elderkin to register your commitment to this holiday. h.elderkin@btinternet.com

04-10-2018 00:00:00 04-10-2018 02:00:00 Europe/London Holidays And Travel - Barcelona Holiday with Jet2 Based on popular feedback we are planning a holiday to Barcelona 4th - 8th October 2018. 4 nights/5days. Flying from Leeds/Bradford airport. Costs likely to be £395.25 per person (sharing Double/Twin Room. Single supplement £150 - so we would encourage sharing where possible to keep costs low. More details to follow once we have sufficient numbers to confirm the holiday with Jet2 with information about when we require the £60 deposit. In the meantime, please email asap Hazel Elderkin to register your commitment to this holiday. h.elderkin@btinternet.com Hotel Aranea

December 2018 - Quarterley Meeting & Christmas Lunch - To be confirmed

Review of 2018 and plan ahead for 2019 following by Christmas lunch

07-12-2018 00:00:00 07-12-2018 02:00:00 Europe/London Holidays And Travel - Quarterley Meeting & Christmas Lunch Review of 2018 and plan ahead for 2019 following by Christmas lunch To be confirmed

May 2019 - Spring 2019 holiday (April/May) - Amsterdam & Keukenhof Gardens

Advanced Planning: At our recent meeting we briefly mentioned a visit to Holland in the Spring of 2019 (yes 2019). The Keukenhof Gardens at the time of the bulb festival will be the focus and hope to include a visit to Amsterdam in the 4 night/5day holiday schedule. In the coming months we will keep you updated as the date and plans for this Dutch visit develop. We feel that the Gardening Group would also like to share this holiday with us and have invited them to gather interest. We hope you will find this interesting too.

01-05-2019 00:00:00 01-05-2019 02:00:00 Europe/London Holidays And Travel - Spring 2019 holiday (April/May) Advanced Planning: At our recent meeting we briefly mentioned a visit to Holland in the Spring of 2019 (yes 2019). The Keukenhof Gardens at the time of the bulb festival will be the focus and hope to include a visit to Amsterdam in the 4 night/5day holiday schedule. In the coming months we will keep you updated as the date and plans for this Dutch visit develop. We feel that the Gardening Group would also like to share this holiday with us and have invited them to gather interest. We hope you will find this interesting too. Amsterdam & Keukenhof Gardens

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Reports on past visits -

Holiday Group Meeting and Christmas Lunch - December 2017 (report by Marilyn Richardson)

Thursford Spectacular - November 2017 (report by Lorna Pope)

Budapest - May 2017 (report by Lorna Pope)

New Year in Scarborough - December 2016

London 26th August - August 2016 (report by Lorna Pope)

London 25th August - August 2016 (report by Lorna Pope)

London 24th August - August 2016 (report by Lorna Pope)

London 23rd August - August 2016 (report by Lorna Pope)

London 22nd August - August 2016 (report by Lorna Pope)

Holiday Group Meeting - May 2016 (report by Lorna Pope)

Sci-Tech Group Visit to Edinburgh and Falkirk - April 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Skiing Holiday in Livigno, Italy - March 2016 (report by Lorna Pope)

Scarborough at New Year - January 2016 (report by Alex Svenson)

Autumn Gold Break 2015 - October 2015 (report by Lorna Pope)

Prague - June 2015 (report by Lorna Pope)

Pembrokeshire Coastal Path - March 2015 (report by Carol Marvin)

Paris in the Springtime - May 2014 (report by Carol Marvin)

Crazy Scottish Holiday - February 2014 (report by Lorna Pope)

London Adventure by U3A members - August 2013

Bletchley Park, Cambridge and Duxford - Day3 - March 2013 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Bletchley Park, Cambridge and Duxford - Day2 - March 2013 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Bletchley Park, Cambridge and Duxford - Day1 - March 2013 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Northumberland - October 2012 (report by Lorna Pope)

Lake Maggiore - April 2012 (report by Wendy Harvey)

Impressions of Mayrhofen, Austria, in the Zillertal Valley - February 2012

Holme Lacey - November 2011

Winter Wonderland Break at Holme Lacey - November 2011 (report by Robina Hodgson)

Oxford, Longleat and Stratford on Avon - October 2011 (report by Robina Hodgson) Back to Top