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No-fly holidays

Spectacular journeys by road, rail & sea

Tailor-made no-fly holidays


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, reduce your carbon footprint, 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. For an expert's view, read our article on why you should take your next Europe holiday by rail.

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. 


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No-fly holiday ideas

Cairngorms National Park, Scotland

Discover Scotland: Highland Wildlife & Majestic Mountains

10-day no-fly holiday from £1,095 pp

A superb introduction to the Scottish Highlands, this no-fly holiday includes train travel from London aboard the Caledonian Sleeper as well as car hire and stays in Inverness, Cairngorms National Park and Fort William.

Glacier Express (© Glacier Express)

Switzerland on the Tracks

9-day no-fly rail journey from £2,510 pp

This tailor-made no-fly journey combines the best in Swiss rail travel with the delights of some of Europe's favourite regions. From Zurich to the Alps and even one of France's wine-making capitals, Dijon, you'll enjoy spectacular views, charming city culture and great food and wine.

Aerial view of Bordeaux vineyard in France on the River Garonne

No-fly Bordeaux: Garonne River Cruise

8-day no-fly cruise

Explore Bordeaux and its picturesque surrounds on this all-inclusive Uniworld river cruise, enjoying the likes of bicycle tours among the vineyards and visits to local farmers markets.

Avignon Bridge with Popes Palace in Provence, France

No-fly Paris, Lyon and Provence with Tauck

10-day no-fly cruise from £4,180 pp

Pair a luxury stay in Paris and an indulgent Rhône River cruise with gourmet dining, drinks and included touring. Bookended by convenient rail connections, there's no need to fly.

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No-fly holiday offers

Stockholm, Sweden

No-fly Scandinavia on Celebrity Silhouette

13-day luxury no-fly cruise from £1,950 pp

cruise offer

Up to 75% off 2nd guest plus up to £300 pp savings
Book by: 03 April 2023

Skipping the airport, this cruise pairs the many luxuries of Celebrity Silhouette with the charming old towns and fascinating history of Scandinavia.

Rathlin Island, Northern Ireland

British Isles: Remote Islands, Natural Wonders & a Diverse Coastline

13-day no-fly cruise from £2,495 pp

cruise offer

No single supplement on selected departures
Book by: 03 April 2023

An appreciation of UK coastal life, from the Scilly Islands to the Outer Hebrides, with adventure cruise specialists, Hurtigruten.

Saint-Malo in Bretagne France

Circling The Bay: No-fly France and Spain

11-day no-fly cruise from £3,535 pp

cruise offer

Olife Choice offer
Book by: 02 April 2023

Skip the airport as you sail south to the French and Spanish ports on the Bay of Biscay with Oceania, filling up on crêpes and cider in Brittany and sampling pintxos in the Basque Country, paired with fine wines.

The SS Joie de Vivre in front of the Eiffel Tower

No-fly Paris & Normandy on Uniworld

8-day no-fly river cruise from £2,895 pp

cruise offer

Save up to £800 pp on selected 2023 departures
Book by: 31 March 2023

Cruise the countryside of northern France with Uniworld, uncovering Richard the Lionheart’s Chateau Gaillard, the medieval capital of Rouen, Monet’s beloved home in Giverny and the famed beaches of Normandy.

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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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