A change of emphasis in the coming year in that Nicholas will be collaborating with both Noble-Caledonia and Travel Editions. Not only will he be originating some of the holidays but he will be lecturing on those expeditions. The perennially popular Rothay Manor holiday held in the Spring and Autumn is solely organised by his company, Aspect Events.
We have a total of fourteen expeditions to tempt you to various parts of Britain for our short breaks and thrice to Europe for rather longer sojourns. Some of the holidays have been tried and tested and proved to be very popular, particularly to the hunting shires of Northampton and Leicestershire which being in the middle of the country seem to be overlooked by most people as they hurtle through them on the motorway. A mistake we try to remedy. Another forgotten corner is North Wales. Those who do know it tend to think of it terms of beach holidays at Abersoch, but this corner of the Principality offers some interesting architectural undertakings not least the brainchild of Clough Williams-Ellis at Port Meirion. New on the list are the Country Houses of Yorkshire, with the majestic pile of the Earls of Carlisle at Castle Howard in its Arcadian landscape and the Elizabethan pile of Temple Newsam on the outskirts of Leeds, housing a splendid collection of furniture by Thomas Chippendale.
If you are not averse to some splendour we would recommend the Rothschild tour to the Vale of Aylesbury. Waddesdon Manor with its staggering collections of French furniture, Sèvres porcelain, English portraits, textiles, armour and even French 18th century panelling is unsurpassed, but also in the programme is the elegant Ascott House another Rothschild house in the area.
In Europe, our thrice-yearly holiday in Menton continues to be very popular. Who would not be beguiled by that tranquil corner of the Cȏte d’Azur? Whether you chose to go in Spring or in Autumn the weather is kind, the gardens abundant, and the houses intriguing. New in the programme is the river-cruise, organised by Noble-Caledonia, from Berlin to Prague. Elegantly gliding along the rivers of central Europe we visit the dynamic capital of Germany, Berlin, and on to Dresden, and Meissen, where European porcelain was first discovered, ending up in the city of Prague, famous for its architecture, its music and its art galleries. Likewise organised by Noble-Caledonia is the river cruise on the Danube from the Black Sea to Budapest. This is the less familiar end of the mighty Danube, with the bird-life of the delta, a 12th century monastery, and the city of Bucharest along with our final destination, Budapest.
We look forward to you joining us!