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We have been closely monitoring the latest travel advice relating to BREXIT from both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and from our tour operator partners as well, and as such wanted to update you accordingly.

As we assume you are aware, there is still a great deal of uncertainty as to what will happen but we feel that there are currently a few steps you can take to avoid any disruption in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal.

Passport validity

Currently your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay; you do not need any additional validity period on your passport beyond this. If we secure the proposed transition period, this won’t change.

However, if the UK leaves the European Union with NO DEAL the passport validity rules for travel to most countries in Europe will change from 29th March 2019. As a precaution, the UK government recommends that you have six months left on your passport on the date of return travel from an EU country. These six months should not include any extra months that may have been added to your passport’s expiry date at the time of renewal (i.e. if you renewed prior to the expiry date of your document). You can check whether your passport is/will be valid by visiting the below website:

https://www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport

Driving aboard on holiday

Currently you only need your Great Britain or Northern Ireland driving license to drive in Europe when on holiday. You can use a photo card license, or a valid paper-only license issued before 31 March 2000, if you still have one. This situation may change and so, if you are planning to hire a car whilst on holiday you might also consider purchasing an international driving permit (IDP).

Permits can be purchased from the Post Office for £5.50 and will be valid for 3 years from the date of issue. For further information on this visit the below website:

https://www.postoffice.co.uk/international-driving-permit

Please remember as always you need to make sure you have adequate travel insurance in place to cover all aspects of your trip.

Should you have any concerns or further questions please do no hesitate to contact the office.

Jackie spent last weekend in Krakow – Poland. It was a very reasonable package deal flying from LeedsBradford on Friday morning, returning on Monday afternoon.

She booked private transfers which worked perfectly. Someone was waiting with her name on a card as they exited arrivals and immediately took them off to a very comfortable car for the half hour journey.

The 3.5* hotel was situated just off the main square so was in a perfect location.

Krakow is just how you imagine with old buildings full of character and a tram system throughout the city. The locals are friendly and the food & drink extremely cheap – what more could you ask of a city break!

Obviously there is more to Krakow with its awful history and a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial and museum is a must. You must book this in advance which we can do for you and Jackie booked a double tour for the Saturday which included the famous Saltmines in the afternoon. She would definitely recommend that you do not do these both in the same day if at all possible. It was a very long day, beginning at 6.15am and they didn’t get back until 7pm.

The memorial & museum are as expected, a tough few hours but a definite must-see. A good guide makes all the difference and you leave there lost in thought.

The Saltmines in the afternoon were a huge contrast and are well worth seeing. You need to be pretty fit though as there are around 1000 steps down to a depth of 135metres. Luckily, there is a lift back up! It is a fascinating couple of hours and not too far from the city either.

Because they bought the double excursion ticket they got a free walking tour the following day which was described as a Schindler Walking Tour but was more about the Jewish history of the city. Again, worth doing. All in all they walked & walked over the course of the weekend (approx. 20,000 steps per day) but learned so much about the sad history of this very interesting city.

Top tip – eat in the Jewish quarter rather than the main square for incredibly cheap & authentic polish food. Try the dumplings!  

We had a really great night last night at Hazlewood Castle for our cruise event. Thank you to Silversea Cruises, Star Clipper Cruises & Uniworld cruises for joining us and of course our lovely clients who came out on a cold Tuesday night!

We’ve had lots of calls today from clients to say how much they enjoyed it!

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