Press release

Follow Michael Palin's footsteps

Thursday 20 September 2007

  • Michael Palin is one of today's over 50s favourite travel companions
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Michael Palin's New Europe sees the former Monty Python star and adventurer uncovering the secrets of Eastern Europe, almost two decades after the collapse of the Berlin Wall. From Slovenia to Ukraine, Bulgaria to Russia, countries and their little-known attractions are coming to light.

As one of today's active over 50s it should come as no surprise that a recent Saga poll* saw fellow over 50s voting Palin one of their preferred travel companions and it appears that it is not just his sense of humour that people want to share, but his choice of destination too. Saga Holidays continue to see much growth in the number of people travelling to the heart of Europe, so much so that they have added to their portfolio of holidays and river cruises to the region for 2008. These include:

European Tours

Charms of the Czech Republic - This original 10-night tour combines the beautiful spa towns and ancient castles of Bohemia with the Czech capital, Prague and the glorious scenery of "Czech Canada". Other highlights include a tour of the old town of Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a cruise on the River Vltava. From 869 based per person on departures on April 5, 2008 (other dates April-October 2008). The price includes all breakfasts, eight dinners return flights, insurance and cancellation cover.

Sarajevo, Mostar and Dubrovnik - experience the diverse culture and amazing scenery of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia on this unforgettable 9 night tour of the region's key cities. Highlights include the rich culture and architecture of Sarajevo with it's mosques, churches and synagogues, some dating back to the 1400s; the UNESCO protected old town of Mostar, including it's 14th century Turkish bridge and the medieval walled city of Dubrovnik. A trip to Montenegro is also on offer as an optional excursion. From 649 per person, half board, based on April 15 2008 (other departures between April and October 2008).

Other available holidays to this region include:

Kranjska Gora and Opatija – This 14-night two-centre trip includes a week in the Julian Alps at Kranjska Gora in Slovenia, followed by a week by the stunning seaside in the Croatian resort of Opatija. Prices from 649, based on 30 March 2008 departure.

Legends and Landscapes of Romania - This nine-night tour reveals Romania's heritage and highlights, visiting Bucharest, Sinaia, Sovata – where you visit Bistrita, the setting for Bram Stoker's Dracula, Bucovina, Poiana Brasov – from where you visit Bran castle, made famous as being Dracula's castle. Prices from 749, based on 22 April 2008 departure.

Historic Heart of Turkey - This fascinating nine-night tour to the heart of Turkey takes in some of the world's most important and unique sites of ancient Turkey, including Troy, Ephesus, Antalya, Perge and Aspendos and see the breathtaking calcified pools at Pamukkale. Prices from 699, based on 2 April 2008 departure.

Polish Capitals – This two-centre tour, based in Warsaw and Krakow introduces the country's cultural and scenic heritage with visits to four UNESCO World Heritage Sites including Warsaw old town and Krakow's Wawel cathedral and castle. Prices from 699 based on 24 April 2008 departure.

New River Cruises for 2008

Great Empires of the Danube – This epic cruise takes in seven fascinating countries along the Danube – Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria and Germany. Highlights include the stunning capital cities of many of the Eastern European countries, including Belgrade, Budapest, and Bratislava. Optional excursions will take you to visit beautiful castles and palaces of the region and fascinating tours of the towns and cities give a real insight into the history of the people and places visited. This holiday includes one night hotel stay in Bucharest on day one and two nights at a 5-star hotel in Prague on days 16 and 17. This 17 night holiday is available from 1799, based on August 9 2008 departure.

Russian Rhapsody – This cruise journeys from Moscow to Volvograd, taking in historic towns and cities as well as beautiful scenery of the upper Volga region. On day 13 you fly from Volvograd to St Petersburg where you stay 3 nights at a hotel. As well as the highlights of Moscow – Red Square, St Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin, visit Stalin's bunker in Samara, see Lenin's childhood home in Ulyanovsk and explore the Kremlin of Kazan. Prices for this thrilling 15 night holiday start from 2649, based on October 5th 2008 (other departures available in September 2008).


Editors Notes:

* Saga holidays are exclusively for people aged 50 and over, a travelling companion may be aged 40 or over.

* Saga holidays are only available direct and not through travel agents.

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