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Honeymoons
& weddings
  
Honeymoons and weddings abroad are tailor-made by Expressions Holidays. Contact us for a range of honeymoon and wedding destinations around the world and an amazing choice of honeymoons from island-hopping to visiting cultural sites.
Authentic
Experiences
  

With Authentic Experiences from Expressions Holidays you enter a world of genuine holiday and travel experiences within the framework of one of our tailor-made holidays, be its significance culture, gastronomy, wine appreciation, wildlife, sports or special occasions.
Spa
holidays
  

Expressions Spas opens a world of tailor-made spa holidays that allows you to choose according to region, type of treatment desired, product type and recommends for your party type, whether it be for couples, singles or perhaps mothers and daughters travelling together.
Family
holidays
  

Expressions Families affords you an amazing choice of sophisticated resorts ideally suited to families in selected destinations worldwide. You can also choose according to required facilities in resort and we suggest holidays for families with grandparents and single parent families too.
Rail
holidays
  

Expressions Holidays offers you tailor-made rail holidays and journeys by train, including luxury trains, scenic journeys and classic rail tours.
Worldwide
journeys
  

Tailor-made journeys and tours for individuals and small groups to selected destinations around the world from Burma to Italy, from Vietnam to India.
  • Europe luxury holidays

    Expressions Holidays - luxury tailor-made hotel holidays to Europe - for Australians and New Zealanders visiting Europe

    We are pleased to welcome our Australian clients to our holidays. This page has been designed to give you a few pointers about how we work, how we arrange holidays in Europe for Australians and New Zealanders and who we are with all the benefits this brings you. Then you have the world of our website available for browsing.

    Over 25 years' experience
    Expressions Holidays has over 25 years’ experience in arranging tailor-made luxury hotel holidays in Europe. Our company dates from 1989 and we specialise in luxury bespoke holidays for individuals with some tours for small groups in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland.
    We specialise in country destinations and special interest holidays
    In addition to these country destinations, Expressions Holidays offers tours of Italian villas and gardens for small groups of up to 14 people, wine tours of Italy for up to 14 people per group, cookery course holidays in Italy, France and Spain and rail holidays to France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland.
    Personally-selected luxury hotels
    A special feature of our holidays is the combination of stays in personally-selected luxury hotels in each country, which might be grand hotels, boutique hotels or rustic country hotels with local activities according to your interests with wine-tasting, cookery, truffle hunting, olive oil tasting, garden visits, cycling, walking, golf, spa, opera and music festivals and local feasts and festivals that offer a fascinating insight into the life of the country and region you are visiting.
    Touring and multi-centre holidays
    We also provide a wide range of touring holidays and multi-centre holidays for individuals which are the sort of thing most of our Australian clients want to do. With these we pre-book hotels for a tour for you to do by hire-car or by rail or a mixture, we give you directions and can include cultural activities such as theatre or opera tickets, pre-booked dinner reservations, entrances to museums and galleries and private guided tours. These itineraries, also by rail, are for individuals and you do not join a group. The only group ones we operate are the garden tours and cookery holidays (although even some of the cookery courses can be arranged for a minimum of 2 people).
    Benefit from our personal knowledge and experience
    With Expressions Holidays you benefit from our 25 years plus experience of putting together tailor-made holidays staying in luxury hotels in France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland. We know the landscape, we know the driving times or rail timetables, and we know the best places to stay. Our holidays for individuals are entirely flexible in that there are no set departure dates; you choose to travel when you want and you can either follow one of our suggested itineraries or you can ask us to adapt one and add in nights or places to suit your interests. We are based in the UK (we were in London for 20 years and now we are based in the university city of Exeter in Devon) but our staff are Italian, French, Portuguese, German and Spanish speakers who have a great deal of knowledge of these countries from studying, living and working there over the years.
    We offer travel-inclusive from the UK or land arrangements only 
    Our holidays can be travel-inclusive from the UK, including flights from the UK into France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Switzerland. Or we can include the Eurostar service from London to Lille or Paris and then onward train travel from there.
    Or, alternatively, we can offer you land-only arrangements in the country destination of your choice, combining hotel stays, activities, excursions, transfers and local transport.

    Last updated 24 January 2017

    Expressions Holidays is an independent specialist tour operator which was established in 1989 and offers tailor-made luxury hotel holidays to selected destinations around the world, providing personal service with a professional approach.

    We pride ourselves on interpreting your demands and requirements to create a solution for you which provides the holiday that you want, ensuring a successful match between client and holiday.

    Personal and professional service
    We know personally the majority of the hotels that we feature, and we put together our holidays with our clients in mind. Contact with Expressions Holidays means contact with the people who know the holidays, who will share their knowledge and experience with you. Our team of sales consultants know the countries and their culture very well, and operate a concierge service that helps you to explore every aspect of special interest or activity that fits with your holiday.
    All aspects of your holiday are personalised, from the itinerary to your holiday confirmation and documentation which provides you with information that is relevant to you. From the point of initial contact with us, you will deal with the same sales consultant, who will handle all aspects of your booking and ticketing.
     We approach your holiday in a way that offers you the arrangements you want, not to slot you in to pre-existing arrangements. This might mean juggling dates, securing the last available room at a hotel or tailoring a complex itinerary involving numerous components. Your holiday is as individually fashioned and tailor-made as you want it to be.

    How we price your holiday
     All prices mentioned on our website and in our brochure are simply guides, as there are many variations that might affect the price including exchange rates, flight costs and special offers. To find out exact prices for the holiday that you are interested in, contact us for a tailor-made quotation.
     All our holiday arrangements have been designed to afford you maximum flexibility and freedom of choice. We include travel arrangements, whether it be flight, ferry or tunnel crossing or rail travel as well as many nights' hotel accommodation as you want, in as many different places.

    Our Price Guarantee
     We guarantee that once you have made a firm booking with a deposit payment, there will be no increases in the price of your holiday due to currency movements. If, for any reason, there have been changes in the price of the holiday you want, you will be advised at the time of booking.

    Full Financial Protection
     Full financial protection is offered when you book a holiday with us. Our air holidays are ATOL protected, and we are a member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited to protect non-flight packages. We are also members of ABTA and AITO (the Association of Independent Tour Operators), an organisation of some of Britain’s best specialist tour operators.

     

    It is very easy to work with Expressions Holidays

    The Expressions Holidays website also gives you our full range of holidays, including single centre stays, touring and multi-centre holidays for individuals and special interest holidays, including small group tours. All these are suited to Australians and New Zealanders visiting Europe, and it works whether or not you want to use London as your base or just fly in and out of one of the European cities.

    Tours and touring holidays
    These are for individuals as private arrangements, you don’t joint a group but if you are a small party, of 6 to 12 people wanting to travel together then we can certainly do that for you. We offer you suggested itineraries that we book for you as they are or we can adapt to add in extra nights and places. You travel by hire-car or by rail, perhaps with a car where necessary at the final destination or we can arrange private transfers for you.

    Special interest holidays
     A selection of holidays around a theme from cookery to opera, from garden visits to wine-tasting. These holidays can be extended and combined. Book them as they are or let us help you to adapt them.

    Small group tours
     These are primarily tours of the gardens and villas of Italy and wine tours of Piemonte, Italy for small groups of up to 14 people. We offer the Italian Lakes of Como and Maggiore, Tuscany, the Rome area, the Amalfi coast and the Veneto. Each tour is 6 nights and includes local transport and guided visits of a number of outstanding gardens including the Villa d’Este, Ninfa, La Mortella and Isola Bella. Again, we can leave out the flights from the UK and you can meet and leave the group in Italy. Our wine tour of Piemonte is a 4 night tour accompanied by a wine expert which introduces you to the wines of Barolo and Barbaresco. Other small group holidays are our cookery holidays in the Bordeaux region of France and Sicily, Tuscany and Umbria in Italy.

     Countries, regions and hotels
    The website gives you details of the countries, regions and excellent hotels we work with, divided region by region. Each hotel holiday gives an idea of the basic price for a 7 night stay including flights from London and transport – usually a hire-car if the hotel is in a country location. Private transfers can be arranged instead in all instances. Or we can take out the flights and do land-only arrangements. It may be that you want to arrive in Paris and leave from Rome. That’s not a problem at all. We can do all the arrangements in between for you.

    How to let us help
    It is really simple. Let us know roughly where you want to go, how long for, perhaps how long in each place (or let us advise on that), the sort of things you want to see, how you want to travel (hire-car, rail, private transfers or chauffeur-driven car) and the sort of hotels you want to stay in. Email us a rough outline and then we will work on the holiday with you. Remember that you don’t have to start and end the holiday in the UK. We can pick up land-only arrangements for you in Europe, perhaps arriving in one airport and departing from another. Our European sales consultants will look after your enquiry and holiday from beginning to end. Ensuring continuity of service is important at all times but is particularly important when you are trying to communicate from different time zones without easy access by phone. We will send you a written quotation and then if you book you receive a written confirmation and invoice as well as other important information.
    Tickets and holiday documentation including suggested driving directions for our touring itineraries are either sent to you electronically or as hard copies to a UK address if that helps.

    How to pay us
    We will quote the prices in Sterling but payment can be made by credit card in Sterling or you can transfer us the funds in Australian Dollars, New Zealand Dollars, Euros or US dollars.
    You pay us a deposit of usually 10% plus perhaps the cost of some non-refundable elements such as rail tickets, opera tickets or certain flights if we have to ticket them at once to confirm the holiday and then the balance is due 10 weeks before departure.
    Our booking conditions can be viewed on the website.

    Financial protection
    All our holidays are 100% protected financially through our ATOL licence (which covers all holidays that include a flight) and our ABTOT bond (which covers all holidays excluding flights). This is extended to all holidays we sell.

    What to do next
    Email us for further information and help. Just let us have an idea of what you want and we will respond with suggestions.

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    Luxury holidays in France to high quality hotels of charm and character. Tailor-made holidays by air, car or r

    Italy

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    Luxury holidays in Italy to high quality hotels with an array of travel options and personalised authentic exp

    Spain

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    Luxury holidays in Spain to high quality hotels of charm and character. Tailor-made holidays by air and rail.

    Portugal

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    Bespoke luxury hotel holidays to the Douro Valley and Lisbon area.

    Switzerland

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    Luxury hotel holidays to the cities, lakes and mountains of Switzerland. Tailor-made by air and rail.

    Rail holidays to France

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    Rail holidays to France, tailor-made to luxury hotels

    Rail holidays to Italy

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    Luxury rail holidays to and within Italy, including scenic journeys through the Alps.

    Rail holidays to Spain

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    Luxury rail holidays to Spain, tailor-made rail tours

    Rail holidays to Switzerland

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    Rail holidays and tours to Switzerland, tailor-made to luxury hotels

    Garden tours in Italy

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    Choice of four different Italian garden tours.

    Wine tour of Piemonte

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     A superb 4 night tour for up to 14 people accompanied by an experienced wine and food expert, discov

    Cookery holiday in Sicily

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    Learn about traditional Sicilan cuisine and recreate delicious recipes using the finest organic ingredients.

    Cookery holiday in Tuscany

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    Hands-on cookery holiday and learn to cook at boutique country villa in Chianti, Tuscany.

    Cookery holiday in Umbria

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    Sumptuous cookery courses in Umbria Italy for small groups.
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