Posted by: StonehengeNews | October 5, 2014

Backpacking Travel Tips: Top 5 ways to save money on your travels

We all love holidays and travelling, but our bank balances rarely thank us for it.

There are ways to cut costs, however, and still have a brilliant time, without compromising on your overall experience.

Here are a few handy tips to bear in mind when heading off on your travels, to save some of your hard-earned cash…

1. Drop a star or two

If you normally favour 5* luxury, consider searching for accommodation with slightly lower ratings. 3* and 4* hotels, villas and apartments will often offer a very similar experience for a fraction of the price of more luxurious boltholes.

Don’t let snobbery get in the way when booking holidays or travel, because the money you could save by being less picky could go towards your spending money and you can use it to create some fantastic memories.

2. Set a daily budget

 It’s all well and good setting yourself a spending budget of 10 Euros per day, but unless you want to starve in 30 degree heat, it’s not always the best idea. Be realistic and make sure your daily spending money budget meets your wants and needs. Unless those “wants and needs” are champagne excursions on a super yacht and lobster every night. That’s just daft.

3. Don’t be greedy

 Yes, I’m sure you would like to spend three weeks travelling around South America, but ask yourself whether or not you could see everything you wanted to see in less time. Careful planning and setting a daily itinerary may sound dull, but by allocating time slots to different trips and sights you’d be surprised how much you can get done in much less time.

So, if you carefully cram, you could well fit everything from that originally desired three week trip into two weeks or less. If your travels are about sightseeing rather than r&r, don’t expect to be able to kick off your flip flops and unwind. It’ll be tiring, but totally worth it.

4. Be a bargain hunter

 If you book your travels on a whim, chances are you won’t have got the best deal. Some people are put off trying to save money due to how time consuming it can sometimes be, but thanks to the wealth of comparison sites out there and discount codes on websites like, you can easily find a way to knock money off your booking. Let’s face it, not saving money when you actually have the chance to, is like not eating that free slice of chocolate cake that’s being handed to you. You just have to do it.

5. Get a group together

 Solo travel is the next big thing and you’re bound to look pretty cool posting actual “I’m all by myself on this mountain top” selfies on your Instagram account, but if you have no one to split the travel costs with then you end up forking out much more.

These great travel saving trips were brought to us my the fab TNT Travel Magazine: Top 5 ways to save money on your travels – TNT Magazine

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Posted by: StonehengeNews | November 13, 2013

Looking for great value Bank Holiday breaks in 2014?

UK Weekend Breaks

Whether you love short breaks, an Easter getaway, weekend breaks in England or cheap city breaks, we have them all, handpicked and selected by our expert backpacker team so that you can create the perfect break away.

What a difference a day makes. A bank holiday turns a weekend into something very different: an opportunity for a proper  backpacker adventure. Where better than Cornwall?

Newquay Weekend Party Tour

Spend three nights in the party town of Newquay, Cornwall and celebrate in style – Newquay -Europes surf capital – offers Newquay Surf beach partyone of the biggest street parties in England.Step this way. For those with the will and the stamina, Newquay never stops. The Radio One roadshow started here. There are fun pubs and great clubs; ten-pin and games arcades, fast food, fine weather and fabulous company. If you ‘re looking for the spot that’s hot for 2014 new Year celebrations, every summer, Newquay is IT!

Discover England’s best kept secret! Miles of sandy beaches, turquoise waters, dramatic coastline, pretty fishing villages and the best surf in the UK. Relax or party – we do both!

Newquay can be all adrenalin: frenetic, vibrant, action packed. But it can also be quiet, secluded and very romantic. If you want to, it’s easy to slip away from the crowd and enjoy a leisurely stroll, an uninterrupted drink or a candlelit dinner for two in a quiet restaurant. Whether your idea of a party is a twosome and a piano or two hundred in a disco, the word on the street is Newquay.

Why Newquay?
newquay-surfThe Jewel in Cornwall’s crown and an all round favourite party destination. Newquay boasts fantastic beaches, great surf, watersports and bustling nightlife.

Beaches are at the very heart of any holiday to Newquay. Infact there are 8 different beaches within walking distance of the town centre – all of them with golden sand and atlantic breakers offering a different beach experience for every day of your stay!

It’s easy to see why Newquay is such a firm favourite with backpackers. Added to the many attractions and of course the magnificent beaches Newquay is also a bustling town with pedestrianised shopping area featuring many high street names alongside the usual seaside stores. There is also abundant nightlife for all tastes whether it be a traditional seaside pub or the opportunity to dance into the small hours Newquay has the answer.

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Posted by: StonehengeNews | October 22, 2013

European Winter Express Trip: Early Bird Offer

Visiting 6 countries: France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium

Europe has so much to offer, so much to see and do and one of the best things about travelling Europe in winter is that there are far fewer crowds and you can fly through the queues! But that is not the only advantage; to travel Europe in winter also means to see this fascinating region in a whole new light as it wraps itself in season cheer to keep warm during the chilly months. And don’t forget the chance to see elegant old capitals under a blanket of snow!

Amsterdam Winter Tour

Book and pay in full by 15 January 2014, we’ll give you an ‘Early Bird’ discount of 10% off!

Day 1: Paris

Our Topdeck trip begins early this morning in London. We depart and drive to Dover, where we cross the English Channel to France by ferry. Upon arrival in Calais we drive to Paris, capital of France and the world’s most popular city break destination. After checking in to our accommodation we have an included dinner at a local French restaurant. Later we head into the city for a spectacular ‘City Lights’ driving tour with our Topdeck Crew. We’ll get to marvel at the renowned beauty of Paris as we pass many famous sights along the River Seine, including the Eiffel Tower, Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde and much more!

Travelling Europe in winter means no long queues

Day 2: Paris

Our free day in Paris gives us a chance to explore the city at our own pace. Among the city’s most famous attractions are the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, Pompidou Centre, Napoleon’s Tomb and the impressive Musée d’Orsay. For a different perspective of Paris, an optional ‘Fat Tire’ bicycle tour could see us cycling the streets of the French capital. This evening we enjoy a delicious French dinner in a local restaurant. Afterwards, we can complete our Parisian experience with a choice of two great optional activities – a Seine River Cruise or a show at one of the oldest cabarets in Paris, the famous Paradis Latin.

Day 3: Swiss Alps

A long but scenic drive today as we make our way to the stunning country of Switzerland and the gorgeous Swiss Alps. We pass incredible landscapes and fairy-tale villages as we draw closer to our accommodation. Our base in the village of Lauterbrunnen is set in a deep valley, flanked by towering cliffs from which waterfalls tumble, framed by the snowy peaks of Europe’s great mountain range, the Alps – we’re confident you’ll fall in love with it! Tonight we enjoy a fantastic Swiss dinner.

An unforgettable winter travel adventure…..

Day 4: Swiss Alps

A free day in the snowy Swiss Alps! This morning there is an option to ride the historic Jungfraubahn railway to the highest station in Europe, which sits atop the Jungfrau Mountain. At over 12000ft high it deserves its nickname, the ‘Roof of Europe’. For those who think that being 12000ft high whilst having your feet on the ground is too boring – why not throw yourself out of a helicopter instead?! An optional (weather permitting) tandem skydive over the Swiss Alps is truly memorable. The rest of the day is free to explore the numerous mountain walks. Later we enjoy another delicious dinner.

Day 5: Venice

Benvenuti in Italia! Our Topdeck adventure continues as we enter Italy. Today we take a long but beautiful drive to Venice, the city of canals and gondolas. Our accommodation is located on the mainland across the lagoon from Venice’s main islands. After checking in, tonight we enjoy a tasty Italian dinner.

Day 6: Venice

A free day to explore extraordinary Venice – a maze of canals, bridges, squares and incredible artworks. An included walking tour with our Topdeck Trip Leader will unveil some of the city’s amazing architecture, including the striking St Mark’s Basilica in St Mark’s Square. We also enjoy a ’Totally Topdeck’ included vaporetto ride on the Grand Canal, and our optional gondola ride is the perfect way to see the city.

Day 7: Munich

Our Topdeck adventure moves on to Bavaria in southern Germany. We drive to the brilliant city of Munich, where a walking tour with our Topdeck Trip Leader will take in the main sights including Marienplatz (Mary’s Square), the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) and the huge Frauenkirche (Cathedral of Our Lady). We’ll also have time to uncover the pretzels, roasted pork knuckles and the famous beer halls of Munich. Don’t leave Bavaria without sampling a German beer or two whilst being entertained by a traditional ‘Oompah’ band!

Day 8: Rhine Valley

We depart and make for the delights of western Germany and the famous Rhine Valley region, where we discover medieval castles, vineyards and the mighty Rhine River. The Rhine Valley is an area of picture-book towns and majestic views, and we can even take an optional cruise along the Rhine to savour its natural beauty and character.

Day 9: Amsterdam

This morning we visit a Rhine Valley beer steins centre and a cuckoo clock shop to find out more about these typically German products, and possibly pick up some souvenirs. Our drive to the Netherlands then gives us chance to conserve our energy for Amsterdam! The ‘Dam is a city of contrasts where bicycles, clogs, tulips and the infamous Red Light District live side by side in harmony. Just outside the city we stop at a traditional farm to see how Dutch cheese and clogs (wooden shoes) are made. After checking in to our accommodation, this evening we head into the heart of Amsterdam to see Dam Square with our Topdeck Trip Leader, and we can even investigate the Red Light District itself!

Day 10: Amsterdam

A full free day to enjoy Amsterdam. Our included ‘Totally Topdeck’ bike ride is the perfect way to tour the city, just like the locals. We’ll also have time to wander the canals or visit attractions such as Anne Frank House, the Van Gogh Museum and the Heineken Experience. This evening we can look forward to an included dinner in a local restaurant, followed by an optional canal cruise on a private boat along Amsterdam’s waterways.

Day 11: London

We make our way to the Belgian city of Brugge this morning, where a walking tour with our Topdeck Trip Leader takes in the city’s excellent Gothic architecture. We’ll have free time here to seek out some Belgian specialities – chocolate, waffles and beer! Afterwards we drive to Calais in France to catch our ferry across the English Channel. Our trip finishes upon arrival in London this evening, when it will be time to say fond farewells to our  Crew and travelling companions.

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Posted by: StonehengeNews | October 1, 2013

Budget Travel: Day trips from London

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Bath time: relax in a Roman spa

Want to get away but can’t afford a hotel stay? All you need is a train  ticket and a day to spare

One of the beauties of England is that it’s so teeny tiny. Simply jump on a  train for a maximum of two hours and you can spend the day in one of these  top spots.


Get there: The 8.57am train from London Bridge gets into  Brighton at 9.55am. Advance Saturday return fare, £10.

Morning: Take a stroll up the Victorian-era pier, pausing to  shoot some zombies or win loads of 2p coins in the arcade. Next up, scream in  the haunted house or on a ride that turns you upside down 40ft above sea level,  literally.

Afternoon: Get a take-out of vinegar-soaked fish and chips,  make a ‘bum nest’ in the pebbles on the beach and enjoy – just beware of the  food-stealing gulls. Take an obligatory ride on the Ferris Wheel and then enjoy a tour of the  stunning, if confused (Indian on the outside, Oriental on the  inside) Royal Pavilion.

Evening: Dodge the hen parties roaming the streets clutching  inflatable penises and head for the cool and quirky Black Dove for a chilled-out drink before you  head home.

Get back: Last train is at 11.37pm, arriving in LBR at  12.51am.


Get there: Get the 8.59am train from King’s Cross, arriving  in Cambridge at 10.03am. Advance Saturday return fare, £16.

Morning: Meander around the pretty town and see how the rich  folk live. Admire the university campus buildings – and its students. These  teens look like they’ve stepped straight out of an Abercrombie & Fitch ad  (surely they can’t be that hot and English).

Afternoon: Hire a punt (try and take turns standing on the end  to push it along the riverbed with a long pole. If you would like to learn a bit  about what you’re seeing – or you reckon your mates will push you in if you punt  – you can do a guided tour, but wait until the last trip at 5.30pm, when they  halve the cost to £10pp.

Evening: Sip sundowners at the rooftop bar at The  Varsity before eating steak at The River Bar. It’s expensive  but so worth it.

Get back: Last train is at 11.15pm, arriving in KGX at  1.09am.


Get there: Get the 8.30am train from Paddington,  arriving in Bath Spa at 10am. Advance Saturday fare, £28 for two singles.

Morning: See Bath from a unique angle and stop off wherever you fancy by  hiring a narrowboat. Try Bath Narrowboats, which offers half-day hire on a  boat that holds up to six for £85.

Afternoon: After returning your narrowboat, be sure to  check out Britain’s only hot spring (Bath ain’t called Bath for nothing). The  temple that the Romans built around it still remains; take a tour before  grabbing afternoon tea in the 18th-century Pump Room.

Evening: The water at the Roman Baths is considered unsafe  for bathing, but Thermae  Bath Spa has siphoned off the hot waters for its pools,  including an amazing one on the rooftop. Go for a twilight session to watch the  sun sink over Bath’s rooftops while you bathe.

Get back: Last train is at 10.43pm, arriving in PAD at  12.33am.


Get there: Get the 8am train from Marylebone, arriving in  Birmingham Snow Hill at 10.09am. Advance Saturday fare, £12 two singles.

Morning: With more miles of canals than Venice, take a  stroll along the water’s edge, stopping for a spot of early lunch at  bustling Brindley Place.

Afternoon: It’s not often we’d send you to a shopping  centre but The  Mailbox, formally a Royal Mail sorting office, is a great  spot, plus it houses the BBC Public Space, where you can watch live broadcasts  and even have a go yourself (not live, though).

Evening: Catch a flick at the retro Electric, the oldest working cinema in the UK – it even has  an interval organ.

Get back: Last train is at 9.34pm from Birmingham New  Street, arriving in Euston at 12.40am.

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Posted by: StonehengeNews | August 29, 2013

Spanish town charges for La Tomatina food fight

The town hosting Spain’s annual tomato-throwing festival, La Tomatina, on Wednesday is charging a fee for the first time.

TOMATINASome 20,000 people from across the world – mostly Australians, Japanese and Britons – will pack the eastern town of Bunol, many wearing goggles to protect their eyes from the stinging juice, before launching into a gigantic one-hour food fight.

This year, for the first time, they are paying a minimum of €10 (£8.60) for the privilege of pelting each other with tomatoes in streets that end up flooded in red juice.

The price rises to €750 (£647) to get up on one of the six trucks that will bring in a record 130 tonnes of tomatoes.

Some 5,000 free tickets have been set aside for Bunol residents.

Organisers have cut the number of participants by half citing safety concerns over the size of crowds.

This year, the festival will count on 180 safety officials, 50 private security as well as police and organisers. Emergency services will have nine ambulances, and several helicopters.

“This is the first year we are charging for access to this popular festival due the need to limit the crowd for safety reasons,” Bunol town hall said in a statement.

“We have had a problem for the past eight or 10 years: the Tomatina is not controlled, we don’t know how many people are going to come,” Bunol Mayor Joaquin Masmano Palmer told Spanish media.

But the town also says organising the food fight represents a “heavy cost” for public finances.

For the first time, a private company, SpainTastic, has been charged with selling entry tickets to the Tomatina, sparking concern that recession-hit Spain’s town festivals may be on the path to privatisation.

Days before the festival, almost all tickets offered by SpainTastic were sold out.

Among the top ticket buyers were Australians with 19.2 per cent of the total, Japanese with 17.9 per cent, Britons with 11.2 per cent, Spaniards with 7.8 per cent and Americans 7.5 per cent.

About 60 per cent of the tickets went to people aged between 18 and 35. The oldest was 82.

Tourists also will be able to buy official Tomatina T-shirts, caps and coffee mugs.

Spain’s leading daily El Pais said Bunol town hall had a debt of 4.1 million euros and the tomato fight would cost 140,000 euros.

The mayor has reportedly said the town hall hopes this year’s food fight will bring in economic benefits exceeding last year’s estimate of €300,000 because paying for entry “changes the level” of participant.

Though the origins of the event are unclear, it is thought to have its roots in a food fight between children during a parade in the mid-1940s.

It has grown in size as international press coverage has brought more and more people to the festival.

After the fight, many of the revellers head to the local river to wash off the pulp.

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Posted by: StonehengeNews | June 2, 2013

Travel diary: Summer Solstice at Stonehenge – June 21, 2013

Into magical, spiritual, cosmic unity? Peace and love?  Yeah?

Then join the 20,000 like-minded souls who are expected to descend on  Stonehenge to watch the sun rise on the longest day Stonehenge Summer Solstice Celebrationsof the year. This is also  the once-a-year occasion when the the central Altar stone aligns with the Heel  stone, the Slaughter stone and the rising sun to the northeast.

Why: The Summer Solstice festivities have had their ups and  downs over the years with numerous clashes between authorities and revellers.  Nowadays everyone’s welcome to celebrate, but there’s a hard line taken on drugs  and loud music and large quantities of booze are forbidden.

Do it because: Stonehenge is believed to have been used as a  religious site by early Britons 4000 years ago – that’s quite a tradition to be  a part of. There’s going to be an amazing atmosphere, and no end of brilliantly  barmy characters to hang out with.
June  21

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Posted by: StonehengeNews | May 11, 2013

Cheap Travel to London

Planning your journey to London? Budget travel options are available whether you’re arriving by plane, train, ferry or bus

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Backpackers on the Tube © VisitBritain/Eric Nathan

Driving to London is often costly, time-consuming, and stressful. So why not let someone else take the strain? Here are our top tips for cheap travel to London.

Travel by Plane

Stansted Airport is the main hub for budget airlines, but they also operate from Gatwick and Luton. Read more about London Airports. Some of the larger carriers such as British Airways offer great deals so it’s well worth shopping around.

Budget operators serving London include:

  • easyJet is one of the main budget airlines serving the UK and Europe
  • RyanAir this major, low fare airline flies to the UK, Europe and other popular holiday destinations
  • Air Berlin connects Stansted and Gatwick to airports in Europe, the UK and beyond
  • German Wings fly from Stansted and Heathrow to a range of European destinations
  • WizzAir links Luton to Central and Eastern Europe
  • Monarch Airlines fly into Gatwick and Luton from popular holiday destinations in Europe and beyond
  • Aer Lingus fly into Gatwick, Heathrow and Luton from Ireland, Northern Ireland and the US
  • Flybe is one of Europe’s biggest regional airlines, serving UK and European destinations from Luton and Gatwick

If you can book well in advance, and avoid peak times such as Christmas, you’re more likely to get a cheap flight to London. Keep an eye out for airline sales and special deals from travel agents such as FlyThomasCook and Expedia.

Travel by Coach

Although slower than other transport methods, coaches offer one of the best value routes to London. Try the following companies for the best fares:

  • National Express Cheap fares to London are available from more than 30 UK cities, with prices from £1
  • Megabus offers cheap travel to London from UK destinations from £1 plus 50p booking fee
  • Berry’s Coaches run frequent services between the West Country and London
  • Oxford Tube and the X90 are cheap coach services between Oxford and London.
  • Green Line Coaches connect the Home Counties to London.

Find out more about coach options and journey times on our Coaches to London page.

Cheap Train Travel

Booking in advance and travelling off-peak help to keep fares to London down. Two single tickets may work out cheaper than a return. To plan your route and book rail travel try these websites:

Eurostar to London

Eurostar is a fast and economic rail service linking London to continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel. Book in advance for the best prices and look out for train and hotel deals. Visit the Eurostar website

Ferry Deals

The UK is well connected to the rest of Europe by ferry and sea ports have excellent transport links to London. The best ferry deals can often be booked online. Again, advance booking is crucial. See our page on Ferry Connections to London.

Budget Travel Within London

Walking is one of the best ways to take in London’s breathtaking sites. And, like cycling, it’s free! Find out more information on our Walking in London and Cycling in London pages. If you decide to use public transport, Oyster cards are a cheap, fast and easy way to access the public transport network.

For more advice on affordable London see our Budget Day Out page, browse Budget Hotel Chains or get a local’s perspective with our Budget London feature.  Budget adventure tours

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Every year, thousands of Kiwis and Aussies make the journey from their sun-soaked homelands to the freezing former battlefields of Gallipoli.

For many, a night spent camping in the bitter cold, remembering the Australian and New Zealand forces who perished here during World War One, is the ultimate tribute on Anzac Day (April 25) – and a once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you want to be a part of this huge coming-together, there are plenty of ways to do it.   You can join a whistlestop tour, which includes all the commemorative events held in Gallipoli, or take the time to explore the rest of Turkey on a longer trip to learn more about the history and pay tribute to the soldiers who lost their lives 98 years ago. Here’s everything you need to know to be part of this amazing annual pilgrimage.


Gallipoli:  We will remember them: the history

“The beach was piled up with ammunition, stores, among which lay dead and  wounded, and men so absolutely exhausted that they had fallen asleep in spite of  the noise and excitement around them.

“Other parties were wandering about in the darkness and being directed up the  hills by their officers. On the hills above there was a perfect inferno of rifle  fire, and shells bursting. In fact, the air was buzzing with bullets, like a  drone in a bee on a hot summer’s day.”

This stirring account of April 25, written by war correspondent Ellis  Ashmead-Bartlett, gives a glimpse into what Anzac forces experienced at  Gallipoli in 1915. Sent as part of the Allied expedition that set out to capture  the peninsula, the troops landed to find the resistance from the Turkish  defenders far stronger than had been anticipated.

But rather than accept defeat, and in spite of casualties and sickness, they  hung on, making small, hard-fought advances and enduring endless setbacks over  the next eight months. At the end of the year, the remaining forces’ retreat was  as courageous as the fighting that had resulted in the deaths of more than  11,400 Anzacs.

The campaign may not have been a military success, but the efforts of the  soldiers have been a symbol of great national pride since

On the battlefields: what to expect

Most visitors spend two to three days in Gallipoli before continuing exploring the rest of Turkey – enough time to see the main memorials, scattered at various sites.

These include the Canakkale Martyrs’ Memorial and British Memorial at Cape Helles, the Australian Memorial at Pine Ridge, and the New Zealand Monument and Ataturk Statue at Chunuk Bair.

Traditionally, campers pitch up on the eve of Anzac Day on the main battlefields at Anzac Cove, where documentaries are shown on big screens and bands play renditions of WW1 songs until late in the evening. Most people then stay awake all night. It can be a gruelling experience, but many say they wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

The following day, a bugle sounds at first light ahead of the Dawn Service – a simple but poignant ceremony. Prayers are said and the Turkish, New Zealand and Australian national anthems are sung by the 10,000-strong crowd huddled together at the foot of the hill known as the Sphinx.

Aussie Kris Chegwidden visited in 2009: “It was freezing and incredibly uncomfortable. We were unprepared for the cold, sleep deprived and emotional. When the Dawn Service began, we at least had almost an inkling of how unprepared [the troops] must’ve been for the whole situation. The best part is that the Turks, Aussies and Kiwis all respect the day.”

Soon after, the crowds make their way up the same path the troops themselves took nearly 100 years ago, more than 3km up the steep hill from the cove to Lone Pine for the Australian national ceremony, then heading to Chunuk Bair for the Kiwi tribute. At both sites, wreaths are placed, emotional letters from soldiers are read out and heart-wrenching stories about great acts of bravery are told.

Fran MacKenzie, also from Australia, went to Gallipoli for Anzac Day in 2010. “It was the most amazing experience of my life … Anzac Cove and Lone Pine were just filled with every emotion – pride and heartache that you could only sample by being there,” she said.“I felt so in unity with everyone around me. It was completely amazing.”

Exploring Turkey; Istanbul

Since alcohol has been banned at commemorative sites out of respect for the occasion, most people get their partying in early. This means there’s one a hell of a piss-up in Istanbul in the nights before Anzac tour groups head to Gallipoli. But when you’re not hitting Istanbul’s late-night bars and clubs, there’s plenty of sightseeing to do.

The Grand Bazaar is an incredible sight, whether you’re shopping or not. The covered market, which is more than 500 years old, is a labyrinth of narrow alleys lined with silver jewellery stores, sacks of pungent spices, bright lanterns, embroidered carpets and fabulously carved antique furniture.

There are more than 5000 shops along the 60 streets inside the huge two-domed building, the first of which dates back to 1455.

Also, don’t miss a walk around the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque, which is probably Istanbul’s most iconic sight. It’s nicknamed because of its 20,000 handmade blue Iznik tiles, but these are on the inside, so don’t be confused by the white and grey exterior.


The ancient city of Troy is a Unesco site, renowned for being the site where the legendary Trojan War – made famous by Homer’s Iliad – took place.

Enough ruins, such as the Roman amphitheatre and eminent walls, remain to give you a sense of what the city might have looked like in its heyday. And, of course, there’s a reconstructed giant wooden horse much like the one in the Hollywood movie – sadly, there’s not a shirtless Brad Pitt in sight.

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Turkey Adventure

Want to squeeze as much out of your trip to Turkey as possible? Opt for  Busabout’s tour, which takes in cultural Istanbul and the Anzac events at  Gallipoli, followed by excursions to Troy, outdoorsy activities in Saklikent  Gorge and more, all topped off with a three-day Aegean Sea cruise.

Length: Nine days

Price: From £549pp

Anzac Express

Short on time? First Festival Travel offers a super-speedy whistlestop trip,  which starts with a pre-tour drinks session in Istanbul before heading to  Gallipoli the following day to take part in all the Anzac Day events.

Length: Two days

Price: From £109pp


Anzac Digger

On The Go Tours also offers a trip taking in Istanbul and Gallipoli, but it’s  spread out over five days to give you more time to explore the Old City and  nightlife. Optional bolt-ons include an ‘Istanbul by night’ extra with a  bellydancing show and dinner: great for getting to know your fellow  travellers.

Length: Five days

Price: From £329pp

Essential Turkey

If you have the days to spare, it’s worth taking the time to go deeper  into Turkey on a lengthy tour. You can really get under the skin of the country  with Travel Talk’s package, which includes a visit to the “fairy chimney” rock formations of Cappadocia and the hot springs of Pamukkale. The  Anzac events fall at the end of the holiday.

Length: 12 days

Price: From £529pp

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Posted by: StonehengeNews | March 9, 2013

The Backpacker Tour Company. Let the adventure begin !

The Backpacker Tour Company is now under new management and delighted to launch their new website and will soon have over 500 budget adventure tours to choose from:

We will find the best current deal and as we have pre-paid allocation for most tours we can often release tickets when others can’t. Our close working relationships with all local tour operators mean we can negotiate the best prices and exclusive deals for our customers— exclusive discounts not available on any other websites!

UK travel and tours can vary a great deal and, whilst it’s important that you are getting good value for money, it is equally important that you are choosing the right tour to suits your needs.

The Backpacker Tour Company is an established British company (1995) operating in London. We are commited to offering the most extensive range of quality backpacker tours of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. British Owned and Operated!

See the very best of England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Europe on a budget with our Backpacker Travel Network. Choose from a wide selection of scheduled excursions including day tours to Britain’s top attractions, extended tours, jump on, jump off tours, short break weekend packages and activity /adventure tours.

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Fun filled 18-35’s adventures for all budgets

Most of our tours are ‘small groups’ tours – the perfect size for the best experience. We use only recent model vehicles and our guides will ensure a memorable visit of the ‘real’ England. We challange you to travel Britain cheaper by public transport ! We offer a full telephone support service once a tour reservation is confirmed. Many of the tours on offer are recommended in the popular guide books including ‘Lonely Planet’ and ‘Rough Guides’.

Save time and money by booking in advance – don’t risk waiting until the last minute – remember most of the tours are ‘small groups’. Our ever increasing extensive links page is designed to help you save time and money in our country and our U.K Facts page is designed to offer an insight into ‘whats happening’.

Make your choice from the widest range of backpacker budget tours on the web offered by the best British Backpacker Tour Company.

The ‘Backpacker Tour Team’

Here at ‘Backpacker Tours’ we have the ultimate team to find and arrange your perfect budget tour or special event. In addition to operating our own tours we spend our days scouring the UK and Europe to find stuff that otherwise just doesn’t get discovered so there are always heaps of amazing, one of a kind trips to choose from, all available on line and on one site. We offer more tours of the UK and Europe at the best possible prices than any other tour operator.

The guys and gals here all play a huge part in finding fantastic experiences for you to enjoy and each member has his specialist area, which means you get the best experience possible from a getaway put together by someone who really knows about it! Needless to say we offer full telephone telephone support once your tour is booked should you have further enquiries or need to make any alterations.

Amazing Small grop adventures across the U.K and Europe

Ben – Travel Team

Posted by: StonehengeNews | March 2, 2013

St. Patricks Day. Celebrating all things Irish

In 2012, the St Patrick’s Day Festival (March 16-20) in Dublin is celebrated in style, with music, street theatre, family carnivals and up to 4000 performers joining the fun. The theme for this year’s quizzical parade is ‘How? What? Why?’, exploring the wonder and curiosity of science (we’re intrigued already!).

3-Irish-Music-NightsLimerick’s hot on Dublin’s heels with a, ahem, spring in its step with SpringFest, while over in Galway, things really hot up with performers taking part in the city’s fabulous leg-stretching wonder – the walking parade. In Northern Ireland, Armagh and Downpatrick pay tribute to St Patrick with the largest celebrations of the patron saint, plus those looking to embrace the countryside can also take part in the annual St Patrick’s Day walk around the part of County Down known as St. Patrick’s Country. Cork goes wild with excitement, with a fiesta of colours and flights of fancy; while Belfast becomes a captivating carnival city for the duration.

Celebrations big and small happen all over Ireland, turning the island into one, big, awesome, party, so no matter where your St Patrick’s Day takes you you’ll be treated to a delightful dose of Irish tradition and festive spirit. All in green of course.

St Patricks Day

St Patrick was an ordinary man who did extraordinary things in Ireland

The Story of Saint Patrick

  • Born in Wales to wealthy parents at the end of the 4th Century, at the tender age of 16, young Patrick was taken prisoner by a group of Irish raiders and whisked across the Irish Sea, where he spent the next six years in captivity working as a lonely shepherd. His religion was his solace, and so he became a devout Christian.

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