Wednesday 7 April 2021

Greek Island Holidays

Greece holidays offer such an iconic landscape full of rolling cliffs, turquoise blue waters, historic ruins, dramatic volcanic landscapes and lovely locals. There are many Greek Islands to visit, and many visitors love to combine multiple islands and ‘hop’ around to make the most of their Greek get-away! The mainland, Mykonos, Santorini, Zakynthos (Zante), Corfu, Crete and Kos are some of the most popular destinations within the Greek Islands and offer so much beauty and culture that you’ll find something new and amazing to do on each island. 

What to expect in Greece / the Greek Islands:

  • The Greek islands offer a very laid back and relaxing lifestyle/ culture with plenty of amazing food and sights to soak up.
  • Locals in the touristy areas of the island’s will likely speak English, though if you choose to hire and car and travel inland to some of the amazing idyllic local villages (which we really recommend you do) then learning a few Greek phrases may come in handy. 

Getting around Greece / the Greek Islands

  • Many of the Greek Islands will have their own airports that accept international / internal flights with Corfu being one of the largest with in the Greek Islands.
  • Travelling between the islands may not be most economical by flight and those who want to hire a car, and those who don’t, can travel between the islands via ferry.
  • Tip: Scheduling these flights/ ferry journeys can get confusing and that is where booking with our expert consultants here at Charter Travel will become essential. We will be able to navigate the flights/ ferry journeys and their scheduling for you and craft an amazing itinerary so your holiday to Greece is hassle free! 

Best bits of the Greek Islands:

  • Best beaches: Naxos and Paros
  • Best natural beauty and dramatic landscapes: Crete
  • Best romantic setting: Santorini
  • Best nightlife: Mykonos and Ios
  • Best known and most iconic accommodation: Santorini
  • Best place for a luxurious stay: Corfu
  • Best for culture and historic finds: Rhodes, Crete and Kos, Athens (Mainland) 

Navigating the Greek Islands, of which there are over 600, can be difficult on your own and knowing which island is best for what you are looking for can be a challenge. That is where our Travel experts here at Charter Travel come in: our travel team can help to narrow down your choices based on your budget, expectations and requirements. Our consultants will plan you your perfect itinerary based on your requirements creating you a fabulous, hassle free, holiday to Greece.


Paris Holidays

Paris Holidays offer so much to see and do, there is something for everyone to enjoy in the city of love! No trip to Paris would be complete without a trip to the iconic Eiffel Tower – whether you choose to go up or admire the Eiffel Tower from afar stopping by this amazing monument is the best way to kick-off your Paris city break! France holiday lovers will want to visit the Louvre Museum – with a variety of art works (including the Mona Lisa), sculptures and installations this Museum is full of wonders just waiting for you to marvel at! Be sure to also snap a picture outside the iconic Louvre glass Pyramid! 

If you’re wanting to get out of the city for a bit, we recommend hopping on Paris’ amazing Metro to the Palace of Versailles where you can see the amazing architecture of the French royal residence from 1682! The Palace of Versailles is an architectural wonder with fabulous rooms, gardens and macaroons to sample whilst you walk around! Be sure to get the audio guide to truly soak up all the history and information about the palace! Paris is an amazing city to walk around, but they also have a unique travel feature that is perfect for zipping around the smaller streets and square – the electric scooter!! Download the app and whizz around Paris – we recommend taking the scooter up the Champs-Élysées to the Arc de Triomphe to avoid the traffic but take in the surrounding beauty of Parisian architecture! The best thing about the electric scooters is you can hop on and off – meaning you can hop-off whilst on the Champs-Élysées and enjoy a day of amazing shopping and food! Speaking of food, foodies will adore Paris – even the simplest of bakeries will be producing out-of-this-world bread, baguettes and pastries! 

When in Paris, it’s vital to live like the Parisians and lounge in cafés sipping coffee and dining on mid-day croissants! We recommend trying a new café each day to find your favourite as no two will be the same! Paris is the city of love, shopping, culture, food and so much more – there is truly something for everyone to enjoy in Paris. Contact us today and see how we have help you plan your next city break to Paris!

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Florida holidays 2023 - Orlando Villas – Rental and Vacation Villa Homes


Waking up and starting your day with a swim in the pool at your own Orlando Villa will allow you to start your day with peace and quiet, enjoy a yummy breakfast in your own kitchen before packing up and heading out for an action-packed day at Disney or Universal. When you return to your own Orlando Villa home you will be able to cook, relax and watch T.V together as a family and enjoy the peace and quiet of your evenings before heading out to enjoy all Orlando has to offer again the next day! 

Our Orlando Villa Holidays are situated in ideal Orlando locations! Emerald Island Resort contains amazing Villa’s that are located just minutes away from Walt Disney World. Champions Gate Resort contains the ultimate club house for you to visit whilst you stay in your Orlando Villa- the resort also features a huge resort-style pool with water slides, lazy river, splash park, state-of-the-art fitness centre, tiki bar and movie theatre along with a playground and volleyball courts. The luxurious cabanas are air-conditioned and are perfect for spending the entire day at the pool. Windsor at Westside Resort has an extraordinary clubhouse as its centrepiece and includes a huge resort-style pool complete with a water slide – perfect for families to enjoy for hours. Windsor at Westside Resort has luxurious and spacious Orlando Villa’s for you to rent whilst on holiday! 

Many Orlando Villas are located on gated communities that also include golf courses! Golf enthusiasts will love this aspect of renting an Orlando Villa as it provides them with the convenience and access to amazing golf courses right at their doorstep! 

Our Florida holidays 2023 staying in an Orlando villa provide a base for many day trips you wish to take! Recently, our Orlando villas were fully booked due to many guests visiting Tampa for the Superbowl! Orlando Villas also allow you to hire multiple cars and park them outside your rental home! Day trips to cape Canaveral, Coco Beach, NASA, Tampa and many more locations are ideal when staying in an Orlando Villa as you are able to come and go as you please! Set your own pace when staying in an Orlando Villa; relax by the pool, visit Disney, drive to Tampa, visit the Orlando Premium outlets and shop till you drop!

Monday 4 January 2021

Perfect time to start planning that 2022 trip of a lifetime


The New Year might be the perfect time to start planning that trip of a lifetime you have always been meaning to take your family on. 2020 proved very difficult for most of us and what we are seeing is a growth in families booking that most desired trip, whether as a special treat, something to look forward to or just a celebration of exploration and family time together, but not within your own walls. We hear it every day a special birthday, a graduation trip, an anniversary that could not take place in 2020 so we are looking to go bigger and better in 2021 and 2022. With an ever increasing pent up demand for international travel in 2021 and 2022 having that countdown clock ticking gives you something to plan and aspire towards over the coming months.


A few of our top destinations :

Florida holidays 2022 is on every families wish list, to see the sparkle and delight of the children as they make smiles with Mickey, Minnie and their friends at Walt Disney World Orlando is a pure tearful moment, hop across to Universal and Harry Potter is a sure must do, seeking thrills and adrenaline then Busch Gardens needs to be covered and if your travelling during school holidays can also provide a day away from the usual crowds, always quieter and queuing for rides is often no on the days agenda, for the younger children there are some amazing climbing areas and general fun places for the children to play and run around with parents keeping a close eye. Our Twin centre holidays are really popular for October 2021 and beyond see the sights of New York or Boston in the fall before heading down to the sunshine state of Florida.


The Maldives holidays 2022 what more do we need to say other than, seeing is truly believing, picture perfect in every way, often considered as the dream honeymoon destination yet has now become the ideal beach location for families. The Maldives has to be on everyone’s bucket list and now is the perfect time to tick that destination off your list. Whether couples or families the islands cater for both but choosing the right island is a key consideration, most islands now offer all-inclusive which is perfect for the families and usually with a choice of restaurants, for families we think its important to look at the facilities the island has to offer, such as water sports and the house reefs (every island is unique), the snorkelling around the islands and on the house reefs is some of the best in the world, the days will be spent on the water or on the beach – most children’s dream holiday.


The Caribbean holidays 2022 the home of the all-inclusive holiday, the Caribbean islands have opened their doors and opened their routes due to the extended demand for that all so important family holiday, whether choosing a base for your beach holiday or choosing a 5 star luxury hotel you will not be disappointed, beautiful beaches, warm seas and entertainment for the family. Barbados, St Lucia, Antigua, Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines are some of the most popular all of which from the UK you can fly on direct flights which maybe for families is a preference.


If your thinking of closer to home then the beautiful Greek Islands and the Island of Cyprus have some stunning beaches and resorts and blue azure waters, also offering all-inclusive resort options, the islands are dotted with quaint fishing villages full of history and intrigue from the past. Satorini a spectacular island along with Crete and Corfu are all often considered the most picturesque with stunning beaches and scenery, Crete also rich in culture and ancient myths, Naxos and Samos all blessed with ancient and natural wonders. Fun loving and sun worshipping then Mykonos is the island for you with lively tavernas and often famed for its beach clubs plentiful choices of accommodations to suit all requirements. Truly unforgettable holidays in the Greek Islands your only thoughts will be which island to choose.


In need of some inspiration, we are here to help and to talk through and narrow down your choices for you next adventure, every holiday is your very own adventure no matter where you choose to take your well-deserved holiday.