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No-fly holidays

Spectacular journeys by road, rail & sea

Tailor-made no-fly holidays

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, 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 incl. flights

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

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

La Maison Estournel Vineyard

Champagne to Bordeaux: Wine regions of France

7-day no-fly tailor-made itinerary from £1,730 pp

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.

Aerial view of Bordeaux vineyard in France on the River Garonne

No-fly Bordeaux: Garonne River Cruise

8-day no-fly cruise from £1,895 pp

Special
cruise offer

Early booking offers for 2021 - save up to £1000pp
Book by: 16 November 2020

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

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No-fly holiday offers

Aerial view of Bordeaux vineyard in France on the River Garonne

No-fly Bordeaux: Garonne River Cruise

8-day no-fly cruise from £1,895 pp

Special
cruise offer

Early booking offers for 2021 - save up to £1000pp
Book by: 16 November 2020

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

Ponte Pietra in Verona

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Verona to London No-fly

5-day tailor-made no-fly luxury rail journey from £3,320 pp

Special
offer

2021 departures early booking discount – Save up to £70pp
Book by: 31 October 2020

As an alternative to the classic Verona to London route, this tailor-made no-fly itinerary brings you to one of Italy's most treasured cities followed by an iconic rail journey on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express.

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express: Return to Venice

5-day luxury rail journey from £4,720 pp

Special
offer

Return fare discount plus Metropole Early booking discount – Save up to £940pp
Book by: 30 November 2020

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

Northern Lights in Tromso

No-fly Northern Lights and Fjords Expedition

15-day tailor-made cruise from £2,879 pp incl. flights

Special
cruise offer

Save up to £720 per person
Book by: 31 October 2020

Experience a special winter expedition cruise under the Northern Lights. See the best of Norway’s coastline with guided tours and enrichment lectures to help you discover Norway's authentic heart.

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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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