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No-fly holidays

Spectacular journeys by road, rail & sea

Introduction

More and more of us are opting not to fly for our holiday, and with good reason. Whether you want to avoid the hassle of the airport, take your time to enjoy the scenery or simply travel with fewer luggage restrictions, there’s a certain ease and romance to skipping the plane. And, if you thought that not flying meant not going abroad, think again.

No-fly rail journeys

We’re lucky, in Europe, to have some of the world’s finest trains right on our doorstep. Of course, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express remains the icon, bringing passengers out, via a short hop aboard the Belmond British Pullman, to a selection of Europe’s city greats in old-world opulence. And, while we’ve picked out a few of our favourite options on this page, all can easily be adapted into no-fly alternatives. What’s more, Belmond – the people behind the great train – have brought their signature luxury closer to home, offering equally impressive journeys in Ireland and Scotland. We also have a fantastic collection of Eurostar holidays to France, taking in everything from Bordeaux’s wine cellars to Avignon’s medieval wonders.

No-fly cruises

There’s something about the ease of unpacking once, departing and returning from the same place to explore exciting destinations in floating luxury. Perhaps that means winding leisurely along France’s great rivers, taking in the spectacular fjords of the Norwegian Arctic or simply hopping between the cragged beauty of Scotland’s Hebridean islands. Whatever interests, you can be certain to find a cruise to suit how you travel, enjoying boutique ships, exciting excursions in small ports and the finest in onboard dining.

No-fly road trips

Whether taking your own car or picking one up in destination, we often forget about the variety of the UK’s ferry connections. They offer the chance to explore some of Europe’s most spectacular driving routes. Perhaps hop over to Ireland for spectacular Causeway coastal drives in the north or the medieval treasures and thatched villages of the south. Alternatively, take a ferry over the Bay of Biscay to northern Spain, where Rioja and Navarra tempt with sprawling vineyards while beach-clad coastlines and Renaissance cities vie for your attention in the Basque Country. As always, if you don’t see exactly what you’re after, our expert consultants will be able to tailor-make an itinerary to suit your exact interests. 

Our top itineraries for No-fly holidays

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Return to Venice

5-day luxury rail journey from £4,610 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Return fare discount – Save up to £715 pp
Book by: 31 October 2019

Travel both ways on the world's greatest train, enjoying indulgent onboard dining, water-taxi transfers and a luxury stay in a Venetian palace.

Glenfinnan Monument, Loch Shiel

On the trail of Bonnie Prince Charlie

8-day no-fly cruise from £4,440 pp

Explore the Inner and Outer Hebrides and Scotland's remote west coast on this cruise which charts the legend of Bonnie Prince Charlie. It's the perfect blend of Scottish heritage and off-the-beaten-track beauty.

Portland, Dorset

British Circumnavigation on Seven Seas Splendor

13-day no-fly cruise from £9,230 pp

Discover the best of the UK on this no-fly luxury voyage around the coast of the UK and Ireland. Sailing in style aboard Seven Seas Splendor, you'll be treated to one of the world's finest all-inclusive cruise experiences.

Bordeaux

Royals, Castles and Crowns on Seven Seas Explorer

13-day ex-UK cruise from £5,995 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Special Offer Fares - Save £4,000 per suite
Book by: 31 October 2019

Enjoy this all-inclusive luxury cruise from Southampton that includes up to 48 free shore excursions and more!

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Top offers for No-fly holidays

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Return to Venice

5-day luxury rail journey from £4,610 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Return fare discount – Save up to £715 pp
Book by: 31 October 2019

Travel both ways on the world's greatest train, enjoying indulgent onboard dining, water-taxi transfers and a luxury stay in a Venetian palace.

Bordeaux

Royals, Castles and Crowns on Seven Seas Explorer

13-day ex-UK cruise from £5,995 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Special Offer Fares - Save £4,000 per suite
Book by: 31 October 2019

Enjoy this all-inclusive luxury cruise from Southampton that includes up to 48 free shore excursions and more!

Venice

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Venice to London

4-day tailor-made journey from £2,445 pp incl. flights

Exclusive
offer

Exclusive offer: 10% Spring departure discount – Save up to £250 pp
Book by: 18 October 2019

After a stay in a canal-side palace, reached by private water taxi, indulge with bar-car drinks and fine dining as you sweep over the Alps and through rural Europe.

Bridge Ponte Pietra, Adige River, Verona

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Verona–London

4-day luxury rail journey from £2,610 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

25% Companion Discount offer for Sept-Nov departures – Save up to £150 pp
Book by: 24 September 2019

Explore Verona’s medieval delights with a luxury stay and pair of tasting tours before the afternoon teas and white-gloved service of the most iconic train sees you home.

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Why book with Wexas Travel?

At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0610 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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