Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Walking in Madeira - New Holiday Launch

Authentic Adventures are pleased to announce that we will be introducing Madeira as a new Walking location in Autumn 2012.

In the safe hands of Stefano Spinetti, one of our excellent walking leaders, our walking group will explore this stunning Portuguese Island which is famed for its miles of coastline, high mountain peaks and abundant plant life.

Staying in the Hotel Pousada dos Vinháticos, a rural hotel situated high in the mountains away from the normal tourist resorts of Funchal and Machico, you will be able to make the most the hotel's facilities and relax at this mountain retreat.

The first Madeira walking holiday will take place on 26th November 2012. Places are likely to be limited so book now to avoid missing getting a place on this trip.

We hope to be able visit Madeira for Painting too so if this is something that is of interest to you, please let us know and we will make sure that you are one of the first to receive the dates and information when available.

AA Christmas and New Year Opening hours - 2011

This festive season, the AA team will be here in the office as usual to answer any questions that you have right up until 5pm on Friday 23rd December.

The office will also be open daily between Christmas and New Year (28th, 29th and 30th December from 10am till 3.30pm). The office will then reopen on the 3rd January as normal.

During this period, you can always drop us an email at info@authenticadventures.co.uk and one of the team will contact you as soon as possible when the office re-opens.
On behalf of everyone here in the AA office, our field staff and tutors and suppliers around the world, we would like to wish you a wonderful Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

Monday, 12 December 2011

Alpujarras, Spain replaces Santorini as our 2012 European Singing location with Faith Watson

Alpujarras National Park, Spain
Sadly due to the already high prices of flights to Santorini in June 2012, we have decided that the planned Santorini trip should be replaced with a singing holiday to the stunning Alpujarras National Park, Spain.

Whilst the change from Greece to Spain may mean you get to learn some Spanish songs rather than Greek ones, we can assure you that you won't be disappointed with our arrangements or the holiday. Due to our strong connections with this region, we have some wonderful experiences and plans up our sleeves.

The Pool and Gardens at the hotel.
Your accommodation for this trip will be the family run Hotel de Mecina. With much Moorish influence, this very attractive and comfortable hotel lies at the heart of the Tahá. The rooms are spacious, there is a delightful swimming pool and Victor's hospitality is remembered by all.

To top it all off, we are honouring the price quoted for the Santorini trip - that's £1089 per person excluding flights and offering this holiday single supplement free !

This should mean that for the price you were looking at paying to join the trip in Santorini (if travelling alone) you can have an all inclusive trip to Spain.  

What more could you ask for, an inspiring tutor, Faith Watson, charming back up staff in the form of Andrew Goldsworthy, a friendly family run hotel and stunning scenery to sing around .

Places will be limited and we expect this holiday to sell out quickly due to the excellent value for money it represents, so book your place early.

Andrew Goldsworthy

Faith Watson

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Roger Jones wins the Menena Joy Schwabe Memorial Award at the ROI

We are pleased to be able to congratulate our own, Roger Jones for winning the Royal Institute of Oil Painters (ROI), Menena Joy Schwabe Memorial Award for outstanding oil painting.  The painting that won the prize was Roger's Shrimp Fishermen, Morecombe Bay.

The award was presented to Roger by Michael Portillo at the exhibition's preview on 6th December.

Roger says he was inspired by the times when he worked with these fishermen on a film series he helped produce and direct about the natural history of the British Isles. The programmed called, The Living Isles was presented by Julian Pettifer.

 You can see Roger's painting and many other artist's work at the Royal Institute of Oil Paintings annual exhibition which will be taking place from 7th - 18th December at the Mall Galleries, London.

Shrimp Fisherman, Morecombe Bay - Roger Jones

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Looking for a unique Christmas present - how about a 1 day photography workshop in London?

Do you have a friend or family member who loves photography and either wants to develop their camera skills or perhaps learn how to use a new Christmas present they may have received? Or perhaps you want to treat yourself? 

Well why not buy them a place on our one day photography workshop in London on either Saturday 25th Feb or Saturday 31st March 2012.

Both will be based around the banks of the River Thames and be led by Jonathan Perugia, one of our most popular photography tutors.
The price for the course is just £85 per person.

If you are buying this place on the workshop as a gift, we will send you an Authentic Adventures gift voucher with details of the trip so you can present it on Christmas Day.

For more details or to book a place, please give us a call.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Visit Paul Sansome at this year's Winchester Christmas Markets !

Paul Sansome will be exhibiting at this year's Winchester Christmas Markets which will be taking place in the stunning grounds of Winchester cathedral from the 24th November - 21st December.

So if you were looking for a day trip to one of Europe's most recognised Christmas markets why not pop along and see some of Paul's amazing photographs.

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Greetings from Kerala 2011 !

Jonathan Perugia & Maggie O’Brien have headed back to Kerala for another Authentic Adventure.

On the 18th November, Maggie and a group of Painters, Jonathan and his gang of Photographers and some ever prepared walkers headed out to Cochin to being their 14 night Keralan adventure.

Staying in 4 amazing locations and a authentic Keralan houseboat as a special treat for this departure only, this trip has been run many times before and along with our local guides, this holiday has already proved to be a memorable one. Here are just two photographs sent back to office by Jonathan which demonstrate how stunningly beautiful this region of India is and what a good photographer he is !

In 2012 we hope to return one more time to paint, take photographs and walk but if Kerala isn't to your tasting we are also looking at other long haul destinations including a visual extravaganza in Rajastan. If you would like to know more details when we have them, please let us know.

Monday, 21 November 2011

Our First group of Walkers and Photographers depart for Cuba !

On sunday, our first group of Walkers and Photographers departed for our Havana and Trinidad adventure to Cuba. Lead by Clive Jarman (one of the original founders of the company) and Keith Cardwell, the group is set to experience everything that Cuba has to offer and then some.

With Keith's contacts and local knowledge, having visited this location over 42 times, the friendliness of the locals and the sunshine, everything is in place for a trip of a lifetime.

Keith and Clive will both be returning in January (as well Christine Russell with our Painters) and a few places are still available. So if you are interested in joining this wonderful new holiday, please let us know.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Alice and Ali are expecting !

We are pleased to be able to announce that Alice Barnsdale and husband Ali Ibnouadda who are our fantastic back up's in Morocco are expecting their first child.

As everyone who have met them knows they are going to be wonderful parents and we wish them every success as their new adventure ! 

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Faith sings with Gozitan's in beautiful Sannat, Gozo

Faith Watson has lead another fantastic singing trip, this time to the beautiful island of Gozo. Based at the 5 star Spa Hotel, The Hotel Ta Cenc in Sannat the group spent their days Singing, Swimming and making use of the spa facilities before exploring the island with the assistance of our local staff.

Next year, Faith will be leading groups to another beautiful island - Santorini in June and then in November further afield to the spectacular Caribbean island of Cuba.

Both trips still have availability but places are filling up fast. So if you did want to join Faith, call and reserve a space now. 

Saturday, 22 October 2011

2012 Authentic Adventure Dates have been released and a new design brochure to follow !

Its that time of year again, when we are releasing our plans for trips in 2012 and beyond, so whether you are a Painting with dreams of visiting the Spanish region of Aracena, a photographer wanting to journey to Nepal, a walker looking to explore the outstanding beautiful Italian clifftops of Cinque Terre or a Singer wanting to emerge yourself in the rhythm and vibe of the unique island of Cuba - we have something for everyone!

Full details of our plans for 2012 will soon be showing on our website and we would urge you to move quickly to secure places on some of our new locations, as last year some holidays filled up almost immediately and despite adding on an extra week to accommodate demand, some people sadly were not able to join us.

All our long haul destinations (Nepal, Cuba, Iceland and India) include flights from the UK, so you can rest assured that every element of the trip has been taken care of (and you are financially protected by our ATOL bond). In addition, our friendly office staff are on hand to book any European or domestic flights for you and to help with any visa or tourist cards that may be needed. 

If you are interested in joining us on any of our new adventures or tried and tested classic locations and want to know more information, why not give us a call on 01453 823328.

I can also announce that we have decided to re-vamp our brochure for 2012. Gone is the 64 page brochure that incorporates all of our activities and in its place will come 4 separate mini-brochures. Each dedicated to one of our specific activities. This decision to change the format of the brochure has been made as we feel that a lot of our clients don't want to received a brochure with pages of information about other holidays and we wanted to save a few trees in the process !

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Roger Jones was featured in the October edition of The Artist Magazine !

Our senior painting tutor, Roger Jones was featured in the October edition of The Artist Magazine

The article titled - Two Brushes One Painting talks about how you can use just two brushes for your oil painting masterpieces.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Jersey calling ! Join us to Paint or take photos in 2012

Paul Sansome, and Roger Jones our two senior tutors will be taking a group of keen photographers and Painters to Jersey in 2012.
This wonderful island situated just of the coast of Normandy, is just a short plane flight or ferry from the UK and is an idea base for a short 4 night break. Perfect for those wanting to dip their feet into a photography holiday or are short on spare time.

Our base for both the photography and painting trips will be the stunning St Brelades Bay Hotel. Originally founded in the 19th century the hotel is situated in 5 acres of stunning gardens and has a truly breathtaking view over one of the most beautiful beaches in the Channel Islands.

A break not to be missed !

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Love singing? Why not join Faith Watson in Autumn 2011 or 2012 !

Faith Watson
Faith will be leading one singing holiday in 2011 and two trips in 2012 with Authentic Adventures.

In 2011, she will be visiting the beautiful island of Gozo to sing amongst the hilltop villages, rugged coastline and rural pastures.

In June 2012, she will be visiting the stunning Island of Santorini, famed for its white buildings with blue roofs, cliff top towns and wonderful Greek hospitality.

In November 2012, Faith will travel to Cuba (flight included), to sing and immerse in the music and atmosphere that is unique to this Caribbean paradise. Music really is the sole of this wonderful country and what better way to experience it than with Faith as your guide.

Demand for Faith’s trips are always high, so if you would like to know any information about any of these holidays or you would like to reserve a place, please give us a call on 01453 823328 or email us.



Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Linda visits Santorini with Jonathan Perugia and some of our Authentic Photography clients.

Windmills in Oia

In June, I was lucky enough to visit the outstandingly beautiful island of Santorini with Jonathan Perugia, to make the final arrangements for our first trips to this Greek Oasis.

As a relatively new photographer and equipt with a brand new (my first digital SLR purchased on the advice of Paul Sansome) and lots of sun cream I arrived in Santorini, four days ahead of the photography group.

Friends had told me how beautiful Santorini is but I wasn't prepared for the beauty that this island holds. The famed blue domes of the Churches, whitewashed walls and perfect blue skies are only half of the story. The other half is the character, charm and warmth of the local population.  Of all the places I have visited in the world, I can honestly say that Santorini is one of the most beautiful.

Demand for the September 2011 Holidays have been so great that we had to add a second week which also so out.

With this in mind, we can confirm that we will be visiting Santorini in 2012 on the following dates:

If any of these holidays are of interest to you, please call and reserve a place now. Once again we expect demand to be high and so places will sell out quickly.

But don't take my word for it, let the photographs speak for themselves (remember it's a complete beginner taking these photos)

Come and visit us at this year's Frampton Country Fair - Sunday 11th September 2011

Why not come along and see us at this year's Frampton Country Fair taking place on Sunday 11th September. This year is the 26th time the show has taken place and it is set to be as exciting and popular as ever.

The gates open from 9.30am. events start at 10.00a.m. Dogs are very welcome, on a lead please.
There are water points around the Showground and also a Dog Creche - pre-bookable and on the day 07769 818275

Watch live painting demonstrations from some of our most experienced tutors
Tickets can be bought on the day at the gate and costs are:-
Ticket Type Price

Adult £9.00

Child (5-12 Yrs) £3.00

No concessions are sadly available.

Car Parking is free in the public car parks.

So why not come along with all the family and meet the team !

Great savings to be had this Autumn with Authentic Adventures !

We are running some great special offers this Autumn due to some last minute availability and the generosity of many of our wonderful hotels.

For Walkers, you could take part in the amazing 14 night trip to Kerala, India departing on 18th November. Special offer - Buy one place and get the other half price ! 

For Photographers, Our Senior Tutor, Paul Sansome will be travelling to Jersey for a 4 night break. Staying at the stunning St Brelades Bay Hotel on the 26th October. Paul will demonstrate first hand how he took this amazing photograph. On this departure there will be no single supplement charged.

In addition, Chloe Hall's Taroudant trip will also be single supplement free.

Painters can benefit from a number of single supplement free options, including Alpujarras, Spain with Cath Read, Gozo with Roger Jones and Taroudant with Kevin Scully.

All those potential singers wont miss out, we're offering single supplement free spaces on Faith Watson's trip to the Spa Hotel on Gozo.

On top of these wonderful savings, repeat clients can make use of their loyalty discount, saving 10 or 15%.

If you would like any additional details of any of the above mentioned trips, please do let us know.

Friday, 1 July 2011

Special Autumn offers for Solo Travellers - there has never been a better reason to join us !

As a very special offer for this Autumn, due to the generosity of some of our hoteliers we have managed to secure several exciting locations with no single supplement charges for solo travellers.

Our holidays are perfect for people travelling alone. Not only will you be cared for by our guides, but you are sure to enjoy the bond created by the sharing of common interests with others.

Places are limited on each holiday, so why not book now to take the most of this very special offer.

Walking – Gran Paradiso with Stefano Spinetti – 10th September
Single supplement free saving of £175 - join this holiday for just £1139*

Painting - Alpujarras with Cath Read – 11th September
Single supplement free saving of £147 - join this holiday for just £1119*

Painting – Gozo with Roger Jones – 9th October
Single supplement free saving of £175 - join this holiday for just £989*

Enjoy delicious meals with likeminded new friends
Painting - Taroudant with Kevin Scully - 29th October
Photography - Taroudant with Chloe Hall – 29th October
Single supplement free saving of £175 - join this holiday for just £1189* for Painting and £1169* for Photography

Photography - Cuba with Keith Cardwell - 20th November
Walking - Cuba with Clive Jarman – 20th November
Single supplement free saving of £285 - join this holiday for just £2945 for Photography and £2785 for Walking (including flights from London Gatwick with Virgin Atlantic).

If you would like to know any more information about these dates or to reserve a place, please give us a call on 01453 823328.

* This is the basic holiday price and doesn't include flights. We can of course book flights for you, however a booking fee of £50 per booking applies for this service.

Friday, 3 June 2011

New Photography Day Workshop in London with Jonathan Perugia available Now !

Photography Tutor, Jonathan Perugia

A new dates have just been released with Jonathan Perugia's `Tales of the the Riverbank` Day workshop in London.

The new date will be Saturday 6th August 2011.

Based on the banks of the River Thames, Jonathan will guide you around one of the most beautiful cities in the world, inspiring you to get fired up about Photography and the images that you can take.

The price for these day workshops remains at £85 per person and due to the popularity of our courses so far this year, we expect places to sell out fast.

So whether you are a beginner with your first Digital SLR or a more advanced photographer on the cusp of booking a photography holiday, this really could be the day for you.

Places are limited to 10 students per date, so reserve your place now to avoid disappointment.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Ms Keady wins our Photography holiday to Taroudant Competition !

Photography Tutor, Chloe Hall
We are pleased to announce that the winner of our "Win a photography holiday to Taroudant, Morocco competition" which was run on our website and also at the Focus on Imaging Show at the NEC is Caroline Keady from London.

Caroline was the entrant picked at random from the hundreds of entries received and she will win a place on our 7 night Photography holiday with Chloe Hall from the 29th October 2011 worth £1,344. 

We still have a few places available on this trip if you are interested in joining us and don't forget that a Painting holiday will be taking place at the same time, so if you know someone who is a painter - why not bring them along and avoid the single supplement !

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Frequently Asked Questions - Cuba Tourist Card / Visa information

If you are joining one of our exciting new holidays to Cuba in late 2011 or 2012, make sure that you have the correct documentation to travel.

All you need to have to participate in this amazing holiday is:

1) A passport which is valid for at least two months after your return from Cuba
2) A Tourist card  (this must be obtained, completed and validated before travelling).

Tourist cards can be obtained for £15 from the Cuban Embassy in London or for just £25 (including P&P) we can arrange these for you.

You must make sure that you have adequate health insurance, so please make sure that your insurance company specifically covers Cuba. Hospital stays can cost up to £200 a day for basic treatment !

As for vaccinations, the FCO currently recommends that travellers should be up to date with Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus and Polio inoculations before travelling, however, please consult your GP, who knows your medical history best so will be best placed to advise you.

If you would like any more information, please do let us know.

Monday, 9 May 2011

Roger Jones' Exhibitions this Spring / Summer - why not see one of our tutors work for yourself !

Our Senior tutor, Roger Jones is exhibiting as part of three wonderful shows over the next three months – so if you are in the area, why not take a minute to pop by and have a look at some of Roger’s wonderful work.

The first exhibition will be taking place at the Dolphin Hall, Tetbury, Gloucestershire over the bank holiday weekend (Saturday 28th May – Monday 30th May)

The exhibition will be open from 10am – 5pm

The second exhibition will be taking place at the Old Passage Inn, in Arlingham, Gloucestershire, between 14th June and 31st July. Whilst the exhibition will be closed on Mondays, it will be open from 11am – 11pm from Tuesday to Friday, 11.30am – 11pm on Saturdays and 12 noon – 3pm on Sundays.

If you are a resident of Gloucestershire or planning a visit over these dates, Roger's work can also be seen from Friday 20th May until Christmas at a permanent exhibition at the Davina Phillips Gallery, Whitchurch Hants.

For more details contact Roger at info@roger-jones.co.uk  or the Gallery directly at davina@wellsinthefield.co.uk