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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. 

Our top itineraries for No-fly holidays

Wine Region France

Champagne to Bordeaux: Wine regions of France

7-day no-fly tailor-made itinerary

Explore France's fabled wine regions on this no-fly itinerary from Reims to Bordeaux. Taste Champagne and wine direct from the source with included tours throughout.

Glacier Express (© Glacier Express)

Switzerland On The Tracks

8-day tailor-made no-fly rail journey from £1,795 pp incl. flights

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.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Return to Venice

5-day luxury rail journey from £4,815 pp


Return fare discount – Save up to £750 pp
Book by: 31 December 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.

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Top offers for No-fly holidays

S.S Joie de Vivre, Paris

Seine River Cruise: the best of Normandy

8-day luxury river cruise from £2,515 pp incl. flights

cruise offer

Save 10% on 2020 fares
Book by: 30 November 2019

Take in northern France’s rural idyll, medieval jewels and chateau icons in all-inclusive luxury on this small-ship river cruise.

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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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