Press release

Saga Travel sparkles as it hits its Diamond Anniversary

Wednesday 2 November 2011

In November 2011 Saga Travel celebrates its Diamond anniversary and sixty years of creating holiday memories. Below we have handpicked some very special holidays at our most intimate and individual hotels. Read on to discover our “gems” for 2012.

18th Century Retreat  - Villa Hotel Kastelet, Tucepi, Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
7 nights, half board from £449 per person, departures from 9th April 2012
Kastelet means “little castle” in Croatian and the Villa Hotel Kastelet, with its 28 rooms is a beautifully built, baroque-style villa, perfect for independent travellers. Ideally located, just a 10 metre walk from the beach, guests can relax and enjoy their surroundings or can easily travel to Split or Dubrovnik to explore the rest of the Dalmatain coast.  Authentic Dalmatian cuisine is also on offer and eating al fresco in the hotel’s courtyard or restaurant is a daily pleasure.
To book visit or call 0800 300 500.

Hear the church bells chime - Hotel Franceschi, Tuscany
7 nights, half board from £479 per person, departures from 4 April 2012
This small and friendly, family owned hotel is tucked away in the Tuscan mountain village of Gavinana. Located at the heart of the village, opposite the church, visitors can immerse themselves in Tuscan culture. The family running this hidden gem offer home-cooked Tuscan cuisine in their restaurant, which previous Saga guests have rated as outstanding. An ideal location for visiting Florence, Luca and Siena.
To book visit or call 0800 300 500.

Discover Sardinia’s Roman roots - Hotel Costa dei Fiori, Santa Margherita di Pula, Sardinia
7 nights, half board from £749 per person, departures from 26 April 2012
The Hotel Costa dei Fiori is a traditional country retreat offering peace, relaxation, beautiful gardens and an infinity pool. It is the perfect base to explore southern Sardinia. Pula with its narrow winding streets, restaurants and beaches is just three kilometres away and adjacent to Pula is Sardinia’s oldest settlement, Nora, famed for its Roman Amphitheatre.
To book visit or call 0800 300 500

Walking with wildlife in Kruger National Park - Mjejane River Lodge, South Africa
9 nights, all inclusive from £1,799 per person, departures from 9 January 2012
Exclusive to Saga, the lodge has 10 chalet-styled rooms, each with its own outside terrace offering views over the waters of the Crocodile River. Guests can get close to nature with wildlife hikes through Kruger National Park, Shangaan storytelling and Birding walks. There is also the opportunity to visit the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden, Skukuza Rest camp and daily game drives through the Mjejane Reserve.
To book visit or call 0800 414 383.

Saga Travel’s Chief Executive, Susan Hooper commented “Our Holiday Creators are dedicated to researching destinations and all types of accommodation, for us to offer our customers, to create perfect holiday memories. The hotels that we’ve picked as our “gems” are perfect for people that are looking for a holiday where they can switch off, in some of the smaller, intimate and relaxed retreats. They also offer excursions if travellers are keen to explore their surroundings.

At Saga, we do like to offer our customers a mixture of intimate and individual hotels, as well as larger, contemporary hotels, so that there’s something for everyone. All of our holidays are outstanding value for money and at a time where other travel companies are making cutbacks, we’re constantly reviewing our holidays and trying to offer our customers more!”


For further information please contact the Saga press office on 01303 771118

All holidays include travel Insurance and cancellation cover, return scheduled flights and transfers Meals and drinks as stated. Long haul holidays from 2012 will also include VIP door-to-door travel.

VIP door-to-door travel service
Saga Travel has added a complimentary travel service for its long-haul customers. For all holidays departing from the 1st January 2012, Saga’s VIP door-to-door travel service is now included in every Travellers World holiday, taking the worry out of getting to and from the airport and potentially saving customers hundreds of pounds. VIP door-to-door travel service is available to anyone in mainland England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands. We are not currently able to offer the service to those in the Scottish islands, Isle of Man, Sark or the Isles of Scilly. Saga reserves the right to select the most appropriate form of transport and/or domestic airport for your journey, and the right to refuse the chauffeur service is at our discretion. In cases where it is more convenient to take a domestic flight to Heathrow or Gatwick, customers are taken to their local airport for an included flight to the international departure airport.

Saga Travel is part of the Saga Group, which is the UK’s leading provider of holidays, products and services specifically designed for people aged 50 and over.   With over 2 million customers Saga provides insurance, financial services and holidays and publishes the monthly Saga Magazine.

Saga Holidays are available exclusively for people aged 50 and over, with a travelling partner of 40 or over. There are single rooms available at no extra cost on many hotel stays and tours.  If we reduce the price of your holiday once it has been confirmed, we will automatically pass the value of the saving on to you which ensures that early bookers never miss out. We also guarantee that the price of your holiday will not be subject to any surcharges, regardless of what may happen to fuel prices or exchange rates.