Over 25 years' experienceExpressions 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
Personal and professional serviceWe 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.
Tours and touring holidaysThese
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 hotelsThe
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 helpIt
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 usWe
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.
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.
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