Thursday, 24 February 2011

More space released for Faith Watson's Singing holiday to Gozo

If you thought you had missed your chance to join Faith Watson's singing trip to Gozo this October, well don't worry you haven't - we have managed to secure extra rooms with the Hotel Ta Cenc so additional places are now available and waiting to be booked.

As the interest for this trip has already been high, you may want to reserve your place now as we are sure their will be a lot of enquires and you do not want to miss this opportunity.

As with all our holidays, we can book your flights for you (for a small administration fee) so that you are fully financially protected.

For more information, just give us a call on 01453 823328.

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Walking in Kerala - Now taking place on the 18th November 2011, why not join us?

Have you ever fancied rambling along the paths of tea plantations high in the Indian spice hills of Kerala, India? Well now could be your chance to join us, as we do just that.

We have introduced a new walking date to our calender for 18th November 2011, as so many clients who want to join us to paint or take photographs want to bring a friend or partner (and avoid the single supplement in the process!)

For just £2545 per person including flights with Emirates via Dubai you could be taking part in this amazing 13 night journey. (If you are an existing customer you will automatically get a 10% discount off the selling price).

The holiday consists of four nights' accommodation in the Backwaters, three nights in the region of the Periyar Tiger Reserve, three nights in the Western Ghats and three nights in the ancient and historic Fort Cochin. 8 days of walking with a local guide, all food, a half day boat trip and all (air conditioned) transport is included.

Monday, 21 February 2011

Cath Read to lead our Painting trip to Alpujarras in September

Cath Read
Cath Read, a former AA tutor is set to return with us to the beautiful sunny hills of the Alpujarras Natural park for a one week painting adventure this September. Cath has written articles for The Artist magazine, most recently on page 54 of the February 2011 issue.

The one week holiday will be taking place from Sunday 11th September for 7 nights. Included in the price of the trip is 7 nights en suite accommodation, all breakfasts, 5 lunches and 6 dinners (including wine). 5 full days tuition with this excellent tutor will be provided as well as a local back up, transport throughout the holiday (flights not included but can be provided from various local airports) and a personal welcome at the airport.

Alpujarras Famed Almond Trees
So why not join Cath as she teaches amongst the region's famed flora and fauna, unspoilt villages and stunning vistas.

Prices for this 7 night trip start from £1119 excluding flights based on 2 people sharing. Single supplements do apply to single occupancy rooms and flights can be booked for you for a small administration fee.

An Example of Cath's work

Friday, 18 February 2011

Don't Miss Sheila Hancock's Brushes Up: The Art of Watercolour on the BBC this weekend

Must see viewing for any keen watercolourist or art lover - this Sunday (20th February) one of Britain's best loved actresses, Sheila Hancock,  a passionate fan of watercolour, undertakes a journey from the Alps, to Venice and on to India to discover the story's of some remarkable professional and amateur watercolourists.

During her adventures she meets up with some amazing local artists including Milind Mulick in the grounds of the Taj Mahal, India and the wonderfully talented Nicola Tenderini. in Venice.

So don't miss Sheila Hancock's Brushes Up: The Art of Watercolour this Sunday (Sunday 20th February at 18:00 BBC 1).

If you are not available on Sunday the programme will be repeated on Monday 28th February at 03:00 also on BBC 1 and will be available on BBC iplayer for a limited time.

You never know this wonderful programme may just inspire you to join one of our Holidays in 2011 & 2012.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Come and visit us at this year's Focus on Imaging, at Birmingham's NEC

Come and visit us at this year's Focus on Imaging exhibition at Birmingham's NEC from 4-7th March. Stand H12.

The show is open 10am - 6pm Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & 10am - 5pm Wednesday.

All visitors to our stand can enter our prize draw to win a place on our 7 night Photography trip to Taroudant, Morocco in October 2012 with Chloe Hall, as well as the opportunity to meet the team including our senior photography tutor, Paul Sansome and see some of our tutors amazing work.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

New additions to the Authentic Adventures family !


John's beautiful dog, Coco who is often a resident in the office and has been featured in some articles about the company became a proud mum just before Christmas to Six lovely pups.

All Six pups have now been re-homed but we wanting to share some images of the new additions to the Authentic Adventures family. 

Last few places available on 13th March, Bosham Day Workshop, so why not book your place now.


Due to the demand for places on Paul Sansome Bosham Day Workshop on Saturday 12th March, we decided to introduce a second date on Sunday 13th March, however this date has also proved to be incredibly popular therefore we only have a couple of places still available.

So if you want to spend the day with Paul, perhaps as a test run for one of his holidays or would just like to spend a day with a professional photographer and a small group of like minded people why not book a place now.

This may even be the perfect valentine's day gift for the person in your life who is a keen photographer or has always aspired to be one.

An update from Senior Photography Tutor, Paul Sansome in India !

Paul and the latest group of Authentic Adventures' Indian Photographers are mid way through their second week exploring the stunning region of Kerala.

From high in the Munnar hills, Paul and the group have captured some amazing images of dawn over the plantations and tea hills below.

If this image inspires you, why not book onto our November departure and see this amazing landscape for yourself.

For more information on our Photography in Kerala, India trip, call us on 01453 823328

Monday, 7 February 2011

New Painting Date this summer to the Scilly Islands !

We decided (reluctantly) to remove the beautiful Scilly islands from our programme in 2011 because we were unable to obtain accommodation at the Island Hotel on Tresco, which we have been visiting for many years, due to the hotel being developed into time share apartments.

We have now been advised that some rooms will actually be available this summer for us and we are now able to offer the following painting date:

18th June (6 nights)
Maggie O'Brien will be our tutor for the course and we are able to offer two single rooms supplement free.

You can reach these stunning islands by boat, fixed wing plane or helicopter, so why not follow in the footsteps of Prince William and Kate Middleton who are rumoured to be spending their honeymoon on these stunning islands.

Places are limited, so if you would like to reserve a place, please give us a call.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Where shall we go next?

We've already started looking at where we are going to take Painters, Photographers, Walkers and Singers in 2012.

On the long haul front, we have three front runners - Cuba, Vietnam and Nepal, all of which we are sure will make ideal locations for us.

Cuba, for example would be an amazing location as we can Paint, take Photos, Walk and of course Sing so every client can be catered for and we are hoping that John will shortly be taking a trip to Cuba to finalise all the details.


For European destinations, due to the popularity of the trips this year to the islands of Lanzarote, Gozo, Sicily and Santorini, we are sure to be returning to these wonderful locations, where the sun shines, the people are welcoming and the food is fresh and local. These island locations have proved so popular with our clients that we are already looking for other islands to explore in 2012.

If any of these locations appeal to you, why not register your interest now and as soon as more details are available, we will let you know. Alternatively, if there is anywhere that you think we should be offering but aren't currently, let us know and we could be off there next year !