Travel Diaries

From personal trips to work-related jaunts – here,
you can read about our travel experiences.

We really do our homework: the team are constantly
exploring the places we think you'd like to go.

It's a tough job, but someone's got to do it...

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Girona, Spain – a tapestry of architecture & history

Flâneur /flaˈnəː (feminine: flâneuse) From the French ‘flâner’ – to saunter or lounge. Flâneurie is a concept that emerged in the 19th century, and is loosely defined as someone who saunters and strolls around, observing society and exploring the minutiae of city life. Associated with the writing of Baudelaire, a...

Kirsty Holmes

By Kirsty Holmes

12th Mar 2020

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3 minute read

9 photos

Christmas at Blenheim: the Illuminated Light Trail

As I have family living near to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, I couldn’t resist a festive visit to the annual Illuminated Light Trail at this spectacular, baroque stately home. Christmas at Blenheim is an event that incorporates several different elements, both inside and outside the palace. Each year, the rooms...

Jo Blair

By Jo Blair

17th Dec 2019

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4 minute read

10 photos

Longleat Festival of Light

A magical winter vision 🎄 The Longleat Estate is found in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the western edge of Wiltshire. At its centre, the stunning Longleat House is a grand Elizabethan construction surrounded by wonderful, ‘Capability’ Brown-designed landscapes, yet Longleat offers much more than historical splendour. It...

Kirsty Holmes

By Kirsty Holmes

18th Nov 2019

Iseolago-entrance

5 minute read

10 photos

Spotlight on: The Iseolago Hotel, Lake Iseo

It’s a key part of my job to match my clients and their groups with the perfect hotel, so in addition to understanding my client’s needs, it is also important for me to understand exactly what facilities and services a hotel can offer, and how good its location is within...

Jo Blair

By Jo Blair

31st Oct 2019

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4 minute read

8 photos

The beauty of Bodnant Garden

In July, Laura and I had the pleasure of visiting the beautiful Bodnant Garden in North Wales. Maintained by the National Trust, this world-class garden is found near the River Conwy, not far from Snowdonia. A lot of our groups visit Bodnant when they are in North Wales, but I...

Lisa Starr

By Lisa Starr

30th Oct 2019

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5 minute read

14 photos

From the City of Light to the Coast of Flowers: river cruising on the Seine

My first experience of river cruising was a 5-day trip down the Seine with CroisiEurope. From the centre of Paris, the ship travelled to Honfleur on the Normandy Coast and back, via Les Andelys and Rouen. Boarding the cruise proved quite easy – a little over two hours after my...

Jo Blair

By Jo Blair

29th Oct 2019

County Donegal

5 minute read

7 photos

Ireland: what’s the craic?

As you may know, Success Tours is part of the Albatross Group, a multi-award winning collection of group tourism businesses. One of the benefits of being part of the Group is that their team of contractors work hard to secure competitive hotel rates for us. We’re really excited to be...

Kirsty Holmes

By Kirsty Holmes

23rd Oct 2019

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4 minute read

9 photos

Spotlight on: The Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon

During the summer, I embarked upon a trip to Mid and North Wales to explore the attractions and hotels there that are popular with our clients. I personally find these recce trips really useful in my role as Tour Coordinator, because it means I know more accurately what I am...

Laura Edwards

By Laura Edwards

10th Oct 2019

Kyrenia Castle North Cyprus

4 minute read

10 photos

Vistas and history in northern Cyprus

The month of May saw me head out to the northern part of Cyprus in search of fresh itinerary ideas for our clients. I love to be able to offer more off-the-beaten-track destinations to our groups so that they can enjoy wonderful areas of the world without the crowds, and...

Tony Flanagan

By Tony Flanagan

20th Sep 2019

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