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Vast, stunning, diverse: Kenya safaris with Newmarket Holidays deliver a slice of the wild – alongside a big chunk of comfort.

This means you can be rugged and intrepid on a Kenyan grand safari , knowing later you’ll be in your luxury accommodation watching animals quench their thirst. If you want, you can combine a safari holiday with a beach holiday and spend some time by the cerulean Indian Ocean.

Once you’re on your Kenya safari holiday it’s easy to see why this African nation captures the imagination of so many. Not only is it home to some of the most incredible landscapes on earth, but the massive array of wildlife you’ll get the chance to see (and occasionally interact with) is nothing short of breathtaking. 

There are a fair few different spots that you can head to with a Kenya safari package, from the otherworldly lava flows of Tsavo West National Park to the beautiful plains and hills of the Masai Mara . And that’s not mentioning the stunning game reserves that sit just outside of major population centres like Nairobi and Mombasa , as well as the buzzing cities themselves, full of cultural highlights and some of the most incredible street food you’ll ever have the opportunity to sample. Safari holidays in Kenya really do have it all.

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Where to go on a Kenya safari holiday

The sky’s the limit when it comes to things you can do on your Kenya safari tour. From marvelling at mountainous landscapes to watching exotic animals in their natural habitat, with the help of your experienced tour guides you’ll forge memories that will last a lifetime. And with Kenya safari and beach holidays it’s not just about getting more in touch with your wild side – you can relax by the sparkling Indian Ocean, or enjoy thriving cities like Nairobi and Mombasa with their pulsing centres, where you can find out more about the people that make this country so special.

Go birdwatching on Lake Nakuru

Go birdwatching on Lake Nakuru

The number of bird species that call the area around this vast lake home is in the hundreds. With that said, their most famous (and easy to spot) residents are the striking pink flamingos, who dot the shores year-round. Other birds to look out for while crossing the glittering water are the Madagascar pond-heron, the Pallid Harrier, the Greater Spotted Eagle and the Grey-crested Helmet-shrike. The best time to see the creatures is morning, when you’ll also be treated to a marvellous musical performance.

Journey into Masai Mara and see an abundance of wildlife

Journey into Masai Mara and see an abundance of wildlife

Masai Mara is the safari destination. Teeming with a diverse array of wildlife, the reserve is a firm favourite of safari lovers of all kinds, from first-timers to seasoned animal watchers. With its exceptional populations of important animals like lions and elephants, and its rugged, varied terrain, it’s a truly wild place full of incredible things to do. If you’re lucky enough to be around in September, you might get to see the Serengeti migration of wildebeests and other animals.

Get in touch with Kenyan culture in farming villages

Get in touch with Kenyan culture in farming villages

Throughout your Kenya safari holiday you’ll get the opportunity to meet locals in the small villages that exist in the vast plains and rolling hills of the various reserves. While the main aim of safari is of course to see exotic animals in their natural habitat, learning more about the people who’ve called these lands home for generations will help you to gain a deeper understanding of Kenyan nature, and how they interact with it. Support them by buying local crafts, or just hear what they have to say – your life will be enriched for the better.

Things to see on a Kenya safari holiday

There’s no doubt that Kenya safari holidays are magical experiences all round, whether you’re lucky enough to catch  the thundering great migration of wildebeests in Masai Mara, or you get up close and personal with crocodiles and hippos in Tsavo West. Even your kenya safari lodges can form a part of your sightseeing, with some luxury accommodation overlooking watering holes, allowing you to watch animals congregate while you’re in complete comfort. And then there’s the awe-inspiring landscapes, thriving cities, and idyllic beaches. Kenya is truly an astounding nation, jam-packed with unbelievable things to see.

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Food and drink on a Kenya safari tour

Kenya is a foodie dreamworld. Vast acres of fertile farmland combine with an incredibly long shoreline teeming with life to ensure quality, local ingredients are bountiful and delicious. Kenya’s unbelievably diverse population also means that there’s plenty of different cuisines to dig into, with regional and tribal favourites aplenty. With that said, there are some national staples, like nayama choma, which is meat cooked over an open fire. Usually made from goat, this Kenyan classic is hearty, filling, and comes with a number of different sides that explore the country’s wonderful vegetable and grain options.

Ugali is another national treasure. A kind of thick, starchy corn porridge, it can be torn into chunks and used much like bread with a soup, leading to a delicious ball of flavour. In terms of snacks, there’s the sausage-like mutura, grilled over coal to give it that delightful smoky taste. Veggies and vegans are in luck, too, with incredible meat-free dishes like sukama wiki and irio. 

Kenya is famous for its tea and coffee, so you can’t visit without trying some of the local brews. Another must-drink is the famous dawa-cocktail. Sweet and refreshing, it’s one of the most popular drinks in the country for good reason – as is the famous Tusker beer, and both are perfect after a long day of safari.

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Where to go on a Kenya Safari Holiday

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Frequently asked kenya safari questions.

Here are a few questions you might have.

While on safari in Kenya you should wear long, loose clothing  that will both keep you cool and protect you from the sun. Make sure to bring bug spray too!

The best time for a Kenya safari is September as then you’ll have the opportunity to see the surging migration of the wildebeests in the country’s south. However, any time from June until October works well, as that’s when it’s a bit drier and animals congregate more.

Kenya is an excellent place for your first safari as the infrastructure is well honed, and it has all the animals you’d want to see, including the Big 5.

That really depends on you! We’d recommend at least five days for the actual safari element, if not more as there is so much to see and do. If you’re staying on the beach in Mombasa we think at least three days will help you to really unwind. And while Nairobi has plenty to see and do, three days is enough to get in the highlights.

It’s hard to say what the best safari in Kenya is as they all have their perks – even the Nairobi National Park, which is much smaller than most but iconic for its cityscape backdrop. With that said, Masai Mara and Tsavo West are two of the most popular and busy reserves for a good reason.

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Kenya’s capital Nairobi is a city like no other.

The buzzing metropolis is a centre of culture and commerce while also being home to just over four million Kenyans .

However, it’s not just a thriving urban jungle – Nairobi is well known for having Nairobi National Park just to its south, meaning that you can escape the bustle any time with a trip to see some endangered species in a pristine environment. It’s also handily placed to access several of Kenya’s other incredible national parks and safari locations, meaning a Nairobi safari holiday provides a wealth of cultural and culinary highlights as well as some of the most astounding natural scenery you’ll ever see and the chance to spot incredible wildlife .

With Newmarket Holidays all of the logistics will be planned ahead, so when you arrive in this bustling African city you can focus on diving right into the shimmering sea of street food, live entertainment, and wonderful cultural highlights. Your Nairobi safari is also hassle-free – once you’ve booked, all you need to do is prepare to have an unforgettable experience. 

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Things to do on a Nairobi safari tour

When it comes to things to do, nothing delivers like a Nairobi holiday. From the awe-inspiring natural highlights that encircle the city to its vibrant, fun core, you’ll be utterly spoiled for choice when you visit, and that’s just taking into account all the big highlights. There are countless unforgettable and authentic experiences dotted throughout the city and in the surrounding areas, meaning that the curious will be rewarded. With that said, there are certain things to do on a Nairobi safari holiday that simply cannot be missed.

Spot impressive animals with skyscrapers in the background

Spot impressive animals with skyscrapers in the background

Nairobi National Park might be the only place in the world where you can see incredible, rare animals grazing and hunting with the backdrop of a cityscape. Just a short hop from the centre of Nairobi, the park is fenced on three sides, allowing migrating animals to head out to the vast plains to the south of the city but still creating a boundary between civilisation and the wild. Unforgettable doesn’t even begin to cover the experience of visiting this place.

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Get some unique souvenirs

The Maasai aren’t Kenya’s largest group by a longshot, but these nomadic people are known far and wide for their unique lifestyle. A large proportion of them live in Kenya, and in the centre of Nairobi lies the sprawling, colourful Maasai Market, where tourists and locals alike can purchase everything from hand crafted jewellery to locally produced kitchenware, all with a distinctive East African flavour.

Take in the Rift Valley and Masai Mara

Take in the Rift Valley and Masai Mara

Rift Valley has to be seen to be believed. Not only does the natural feature remind you of nature’s awesome power, but it’s also home to Kenya’s most stunning scenery and wildlife. After driving through it you’ll reach Masai Mara, where you can spot the famous wildebeest migration. The list of unique animals you’ll be able to spot is near endless, and includes big cats, buffalo, ostriches, and even elephants. 

Things to see on a Nairobi safari holiday

Nairobi is positively bursting with things to see. As Kenya’s largest and most populous city, you’ll never be short of iconic attractions to explore, and with the surrounding wilderness you’re only ever a short drive away from seeing incredible animals like rhinos, elephants, and even lions. With that said, there are some must-visits that should be on everybody’s Nairobi holiday wishlist, whether you’re a culture vulture or more of an intrepid traveller.

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Food and drink on a Nairobi safari tour

Where to begin with the food you’ll discover on your Nairobi holiday? From the national staple of ugali, a dense maize porridge that you can tear like bread to use with stews and soups, to the flavourful greens like sukuma wiki, there’s plenty of unique and delicious dishes that you’ll wish you could bring back with you. 

Stews and grilled meats are a vital part of food culture in Nairobi, and while there is plenty of seafood it takes a backseat in the capital compared to the coastal regions. There’s also lots of Indian influence in many of the dishes thanks to the huge diaspora, meaning you’re never too far from a delicious chapati and curry. 

Although Nairobi has a lot of international venues, it’s best to eat local while you’re here, because then you’ll get the chance to sample the farm-to-table food culture of the country. On safari, you’ll be treated to barbeques, packed lunches, and enough local tea and coffee to never be wanting.

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Frequent Nairobi safari questions

Here are a few questions you might have.

Nairobi is an ideal base for safari for multiple reasons. Not only does it have Nairobi National Park right on its doorstep, but the capital’s relatively central location means you can get to the best safari locations in Kenya with ease.

Nairobi is around a five hour drive from Masai Mara National Park.

The best month to visit Nairobi is in July, as the city and area you’ll be going on safari in is at its coolest and driest. Any time during summer in the northern hemisphere should be fine, though.

Technically the closest safari to Nairobi is Nairobi National Park, just 4 miles from the city. However, if you’re looking for some real wilderness then Hells Gate National Park is around an hour away. Masai Mara, one of the most famous game reserves in the world, is around five hours away.

With so much to do in and around this thriving, bustling capital, you could spend weeks here. However, we’d recommend at least two full days to explore the city’s cultural highlights, and then another two or three to explore around the capital. 

Nairobi is mostly a safe city, as long as you are careful with your valuables and respectful of locals. Generally speaking the middle of the city is very safe and well lit, although like in many large population centres you may be at risk of pickpocketing.

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Escorted tours specialist Newmarket Holidays has expanded its range of African safaris with its first tour in Tanzania, its first dedicated tour in Botswana, and two new luxurious South African tours.

Great Safaris of Tanzania & Zanzibar Beach is a 12-day small-group tour that provides an unbelievable safari experience in Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara, followed by a relaxing beach break, in a combination that no other group specialist offers. The itinerary visits one of the world's most important prehistoric sites at Olduvai Gorge, known as the Cradle of Mankind, heads into the heart of the giant Ngorongoro Crater, and includes a variety of game drives to spot the fabled 'Big Five'. The final four days are spent relaxing on Zanzibar's east coast, where a luxury spa, swimming pool and white sand beaches become the focus of the break. Price start from £4482pp, saving £497, and include full board safari and all-inclusive beach accommodation, plus return flights and guided tours, with departures starting in April 2025 (newmarketholidays.co.uk, 0330 341 1927).

Tour details >> https://www.newmarketholidays.co.uk/holidays/africa/great-safaris-of-tanzania-zanzibar-beach

On Safari in Botswana – Chobe National Park is Newmarket Holidays' first dedicated tour in the country and provides another small-group itinerary that is unique to the operator. Guided throughout, the 10 day tour is outstanding value and takes advantage of Botswana's remarkable wilderness and wildlife, with morning and afternoon game drives, a double-decker boat cruise along the Chobe River, and a variety of optional activities that include guided fishing, a photography boat cruise, a visit to a Namibian village, and a trip to Kazungula Bridge, the only place in the world where the corners of four nations - Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Botswana - come together. The base for this tour is Chobe Safari Lodge, which has been recently refurbished and overlooks the river of the same name. Prices start from £3,230pp, saving £569, and feature half board accommodation, return flights and guided tours, with departures starting in November 2024 ( newmarketholidays.co.uk, 0330 341 1927) .  

Tour details >> https://www.newmarketholidays.co.uk/holidays/africa/on-safari-in-botswana-chobe-national-park

On Safari in South Africa – Luxury Safari Plains with Mauritius is a 15-day holiday that offers five-star comfort for guests as they search for the Big Five. This small-group holiday includes five nights at the five-star Safari Plains camp, followed by seven nights at the five-star Long Beach resort in Mauritius, where the guided itinerary includes optional tours of the island's historic and natural highlights, and a small-boat tour of some of Mauritius' most beautiful and uninhabited islands. Prices start from £5225pp, saving £580, with all-inclusive accommodation, return flights game drives and tours, with departures starting in March 2025 (newmarketholidays.co.uk, 0330 341 1927) .  

Tour details >> https://www.newmarketholidays.co.uk/holidays/africa/on-safari-in-south-africa-luxury-safari-plains-with-mauritius

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About Newmarket Holidays

Newmarket Holidays is a multi-award winning, independently owned British tour operator, providing a portfolio of escorted trips, resort-centred stays, and event-focused tours throughout the world. Founded in 1983, Newmarket Holidays has steadily grown and expanded to become one of the UK's leading and most respected travel companies. High standards of customer care and value are integral to Newmarket Holidays' operations, and this is reflected in the meticulously-designed tours, from accommodation to on-the-ground experiences. 

Offering a vast selection of escorted, air-inclusive tours within the UK, Europe, Americas, India and Southeast Asia, Newmarket Holidays also presents a range of ocean and river cruises. Additionally, the tour operator is a popular provider of concert and event experiences such as the Lapland Santa Experience, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships and performances by classical violinist and orchestra leader André Rieu.

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Tour overview.

Savour South Africa’s magnificent wildlife on this once-in-a-lifetime, full-board safari holiday, based in the locally-rated five-star Sebatana Lodge, with its own sweeping private game reserve. On this unique Small-Group Tour, you’ll get the chance to really settle into your breathtaking surroundings as you spend a week at South Africa’s distinguished Sebatana Rhino Lodge. Set amongst the malaria-free UNESCO-listed Waterberg Biosphere, the Sebatana Private Reserve covers almost 100,000 acres and is home to over 75 mammals, 300 species of bird and hundreds of different flowers and trees – the perfect place to connect with South Africa’s wildlife!  

Four game drives in the Sebatana Private Reserve

One game drive in the Welgevonden Reserve

Fascinating guided bush walk

Traditional African champagne brunch

Sundowner at Sunset Rock

Wildlife talk

Wine-tasting and welcome drink

Johannesburg and Soweto tour, including a visit to the Apartheid Museum

Optional game drives at Welgevonden Reserve and Pilanesberg National Park

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Day 1 : Fly To Johannesburg

Location: johannesburg, accommodation name: overnight flight to johannesburg, meals included: no meals.

Overnight direct flight to Johannesburg.

Day Two – Arrival

Location: johannesburg, lephalale, accommodation: lodge, accommodation name: sebatana rhino lodge, meals included: lunch, dinner.

Meet your local tour manager at Johannesburg airport for the scenic transfer to the Sebatana Rhino Lodge. Upon arrival, lunch will be served.  Afterwards, rest, relax and settle into your new surroundings, perhaps by taking a refreshing dip in the one of the pools. This evening, enjoy an included welcome drink, followed by dinner and a short briefing about the week ahead.

Day 3 : Sebatana Private Reserve Introduction, Including Game Drive

Location: sebatana private reserve, lephalale, meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner.

After breakfast, venture out in 4x4s into the reserve with your guides, who will tell you about the different animals and plants that inhabit the area. This afternoon, head out on a wildlife-spotting game drive to Christina’s Wallow, a hide with wonderful views of a waterhole. All game drives at Sebatana are done in open-air vehicles for maximum visibility. For a truly authentic wildlife-spotting experience, you’ll complete the journey on foot. Keep an eye out – and have your camera at the ready – for zebras, meerkats, giraffes, wildebeest and impalas. Return to the lodge to enjoy a complimentary wine-tasting before dinner.

Day 4 : Included Big Five Game Drive And Optional Night Safari

Location: lephalale.

After breakfast, venture out into the reserve on a game drive in search of the fabled Big Five – the lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant. Access to the reserve is subject to extensive restrictions, so it’ll feel like you have the whole place to yourself!  At dusk, you could join the optional night safari, giving you the unique opportunity to witness how the bush changes as the sun goes down, and a different animal kingdom emerges. Keep an eye out for caracals, bush babies, porcupines and ant bears!

Day 5 : Included Bush Walk, Game Drive And Optional Tribal Evening

Location: sebatana private reserve.

This morning, join your guide for a gentle included bush walk into the Sebatana Private Reserve. Listen intently as your guide points out animal breeding areas and local plant life. After the walk, return to the lodge for some well-earned lunch. After lunch, set out on your second game drive into the Sebatana Private Reserve for the chance to spot some spectacular wildlife, armed with the knowledge gained this morning..  This evening, you have the chance to join the optional tribal evening to learn more about South Africa’s indigenous cultures.

Day 6 : Optional Pilanesberg National Park Excursion

Today you have the choice of joining the optional excursion to Pilanesberg National Park, the third-largest of its kind in South Africa. The park covers over 135,000 acres and presents further opportunities to spot the Big Five as well as the endangered white rhino, giraffes and hippopotami.   Dinner will be served back at Sebatana, with a complimentary wine tasting beforehand.

Day 7 : Game Drive With Included Champagne Brunch

Rise and shine early this morning for a very special game drive, and the chance to spot herds of antelopes moving in the open. Antelopes and other prey animals tend to move around in the morning, to find the best protection from predators.   Around mid-morning, you’ll stop at Kudu Rock for a magnificent, traditional African brunch with champagne. Enjoy a well-earned meal as you soak up the fantastic views of the African bush.  Return to the lodge to rest and relax. If you want to carry on exploring, the guides will point out some gentle trails through the reserve. This evening, enjoy a complimentary wine-tasting before dinner.

Day 8 : Optional Big Five Game Drive With Included Sunset Rock Safari

This morning, you’ll have the chance to join one last Big Five game drive. Later, in the mid-afternoon, enjoy a fitting finale to your South African adventure, as you join the included safari to Sunset Rock. Sip champagne from this magnificent vantage point, looking out over the Waterberg Mountains as the sky turns a cascade of red and orange.  Return to the lodge for a farewell feast, no doubt reflecting on a wonderful break in the African wilderness.

Day 9 : Johannesburg And Soweto Tour, Followed By Departure

Location: johannesburg, soweto, johannesburg, accommodation: overnight flight to the uk, meals included: breakfast.

Say goodbye to your wonderful hosts as you depart for an included tour of Johannesburg and Soweto. Visit Johannesburg’s Apartheid Museum, which documents South Africa’s troubled past and racial segregation, before exploring fascinating Soweto, home to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Winne Mandela. After the tour, continue to Johannesburg airport for your overnight flight.

Day 10 : Arrive In The Uk

Accommodation: arrive back in the uk.

Early morning arrival.

What's Included

Accommodation

Seven nights’ carefully chosen full-board accommodation

Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager and wildlife specialist

International Travel

Return flights to Johannesburg

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Itinerary changes.

Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.

Hotel transfer times

The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately 2.5 hours.

Passports and visas

A visa is not required for UK citizens travelling to South Africa, but your passport must be valid for six months beyond the date of entry to the country and have two adjacent blank pages. Special entry rules apply for children under 18 years.

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Visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice to find out the latest Foreign And Commonwealth Office travel advice for your holiday destination, as well as information about passports and visas.

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You are permitted to take one suitcase per person on the aircraft, which should not exceed 23kg.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made. In many developing countries access is sometimes not as easy as at home. Should you have walking difficulties, getting around monuments and attractions may be harder and, in some cases, impossible. Should you have any concerns whatsoever please do contact us prior to travel.

Travel vaccinations

Requirements and advice can vary over time, and from person to person, so please contact your GP about eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or any other preventive measures.

Changes to your hotels

Should circumstances require, we reserve the right to accommodate you in alternative hotels, of a similar standard, nearby. Full details of your hotels will be sent with your Final Travel Documents.

Payments at the lodge

Please note that the lodge is cashless. The payment of the final bill in the resort will be in euros with a Visa/MasterCard credit or debit card. Only a small amount of local currency is required for purchases on the road and for tips to staff members (at your discretion) at the end of your stay.

Optional Excursions

The following optional excursions are available on this tour and are only bookable in resort and cannot be prebooked. Prices quoted are 'from' prices and subject to change without notice. Pilanesberg National Park – from 160 Euros Night safari – from 75 Euros Tribal evening – from 65 Euros Welgevonden Reserve game drive – from 135 Euros A package with all four tours is available in resort from 349 Euros. Children aged 0 – 11 are half price.  

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Are airport transfers included in this tour, are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour, is there a limit to luggage that can be brought on the tour.

Your luggage allowance is stated on your Confirmation Invoice. You will also receive details of your baggage allowance with your final travel documents, which we will send approximately one week prior to your departure date. We do not include any hold luggage on our Christmas Markets or Lapland breaks.

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

What is the standard of the hotels on this tour.

As detailed in the itinerary

Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

What is the maximum group size.

Maximum 24, but average group size is 16-20

Will I know the names and details of all the accommodation before I depart?

Is there any free time to explore places during the tour, are flights included in this tour, how long has the tour company been trading, vaccination requirements.

Your health and safety are pivotal to our operations, and every customer travelling on a tour with us must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Fully vaccinated means that you have had the full course of an approved vaccine a minimum of 14 days prior to your holiday. We also recommend that you travel with proof that you’ve been fully vaccinated.

What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

Our company’s mission is to enrich lives and improve wellbeing through travel. A big part of that is ‘Travel for Good’. Our ‘Travel for Good’ hub is our first step in a long journey to reduce carbon, offset anything we produce as a company and travel without harming the planet or the people of the destinations we go to.

What policies are in place for Covid-19?

Please contact us for latest Covid-19 policies

Fitness to Travel

We strive to give all our customers full care and attention, but we do need to know at the time of booking if there are any special needs or requirements. It is particularly important that we are advised of any disabilities and also if you intend to bring any specialist equipment such as a wheelchair with you. Please make sure that you make us aware of any requirements.

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Help is at hand at newmarket holidays.

I tried to book myself on line for an Andre Rieu concert in Vienna but I didn’t manage to complete the booking. I rang the next day & spoke to Sharon who was very helpful. I am a 76 year old pensioner & not totally au fa with the internet. However, Sharon went through it step by step & I felt more confident. She completed the booking for me & said she would also send a paper copy.

Newmarket Holidays…top dollar!

Having booked late the service we received from Newmarket staff has been excellent - helpful, friendly, painstaking and above all going further than we could really expect to ensure our requests were all satisfied. We would like to particularly thank Naima for her attention to detail and perseverance in following up our queries. This is the first time we have tried NH but it wont be the last

This is the third holiday I have taken…

This is the third holiday I have taken with Newmarket Holidays. They made it easy to change from the Holiday I originally booked to one in the UK. The tour leader was excellent as was our driver, both of whom went the extra mile to ensure we had a lovely holiday. There were difficulties at the hotel due to COVID but we were made very welcome and the staff went out of their way to help us. So I have no complaint about Newmarket's choice of hotel. I am a single traveller and normally do not like to travel in groups but the laidback atmosphere of Newmarket Holidays is fine.

Hurrah for Eddie and Simon, Newmarket's highlands duo!

Very happy time on an action packed trip to the Scottish highlands. Eddie as tour manager and Simon as driver. Eddie shared his passion for Scottish history and between them they treated us to many unscheduled cultural stops that enhanced our holiday. They went above and beyond all the time. Train trips were amazing and views unforgettable. Hotel was welcoming and food was good. Hot water aplenty for bath. We wanted to escape to another world for a few days and we truly did. THANK YOU. Chris and Caroline

Canada October 2021

We have returned from our long overdue trip to Canada Niagara Falls to the Rockies stating in Toronto and finishing in Vancouver. Well we happened to be the first trip back after the Coiid outbreak and it was so good to go. The company had made sure we were all safe and masks were worn where ever they had to be but this did not dampen the trip at all, the Tour directors ( guides ) were brilliant and we saw and did so much it was a fantastic trip which I would recommend to everyone, defiantly one for the bucket list.

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Fantastic holiday

Fantastic holiday, great sight seeing, staff at Ibis Cite Est could not do enough for us. A special thanks to Rosemary our tour guide in providing invaluable help when needed and sharing her wonderful knowledge of the area. Lisa

Date of experience : 05 June 2024

We had a great holiday at Lake Como…

We had a great holiday at Lake Como last week with New Market Holidays. Ellie our tour manager was excellent. She was very knowledgeable and whole tour was well organised. We found the travelling distance between Bazzoni hotel and Hotel Griso was rather tiring ( 1.5hrs ) and this was not revealed by the New Market Holidays when we booked our tour. Because of the distance between three hotels every day we had wasted our days by 3hrs in travelling.

Date of experience : 29 May 2024

Reply from Newmarket Holidays

Thank you very much for your feedback. We are so pleased to read how much you enjoyed your holiday and we appreciate your constructive comments which we very much take on board. Ian

Good service

Good service, but when we booked the holiday we asked the agent if the price is likely to reduce, the answer was no, then next day you had reduced the price as part of your monthly deals. However you did then reduce our price so we didn’t lose out. If the agent had said your do have some monthly reductions then that was all that was required.

Date of experience : 31 May 2024

Thank you for your comments. We take them onboard. Our pricing is dynamic and changes regularly based on cost and demand. We are pleased you got a great deal for your holiday and we wish you a very happy tour! Ian

Five stars are not enough

Five stars are not enough! Just returned from an unforgettable holiday in Puglia, - great hotel, excellent itinerary and the most caring and professional tour guide ever ! On the strength of this have already booked another holiday to Lake Como in October. Thank you Lucy and Alison for your help with the booking and for securing an extra room for us. Can't wait to return to Italy!

Date of experience : 13 May 2024

We could not be more thrilled to read your review, Ms Griffiths. Thank you so much for your feedback. We ae so grateful. We look forward to welcoming you back! Ian

Super Austrian Alps tour…

Our Salzburg and the Austrian Alps tour was superb. We loved our comfortable accommodation at Haus Andreas and the warm welcome we received - also the food was delicious thanks to chef Gabor. Tony was an experienced and efficient guide, who ensured that all our days out ran like clockwork and was keen that we should enjoy each outing. The Hintertux glacier day was especially memorable and well worth the extra spend. And I must mention our wonderful driver Christophe, who was with us all week.

Date of experience : 25 May 2024

Thank you so much for your fabulous review of your holiday. Tony is a wonderful & valued Tour Manager. He will be thrilled to have such a mention. We hope to see you again. Ian

Itinerary of holiday Lake Como was spot…

Itinerary of holiday Lake Como was spot on, 3 organised excursions included which were where we wanted to go, other optional tours we chose not to do preferring time to ourselves, hotel we chose Bazzoni in perfect position to tour lake. Our italian tour manager Ellie was amazing such a nice girl & so patient & helpful. Only criticism was evening dining in hotel, although waiter service it always rushed & sometimes food wasnt over hot. Our breakfast was great lots of choice

Date of experience : 15 May 2024

Thank you Linda. We are so pleased to read how much you enjoyed your holiday and are grateful for your constructive comments. We hope to see you again. Ian

Salzburg and the Austrian Tyrol

The holiday was exactly as advertised. Haus Andeas is a homely, comfortable guesthouse with excellent home made cuisine. The hosts are very welcoming and the waitress Latitia was lovely. Tony our tour guide was very professional, waiting for us and 4 other passengers when we were delayed a for significant length of time clearing passport control in Munich. He organised alternative transport so the other guests could get to the hotel while he waited for us. The excursions went like clockwork and our coach driver Christophe was amazing! We didn’t enjoy the Lakes excursions as each one was pretty much the same as the last. The weather was against on the last two days and I hated having to find something to do or somewhere to shelter for hours in the pouring rain while the coach was in a car park where we could have sheltered. The highlight of the tour for us was the optional Hintertux Glacier excursion. It was excellent! Highly recommend Newmarket Holidays.

Thank you so much for your fantastic review of your holiday. We are so pleased and grateful to read how much you enjoyed your tour. We hope to welcome you back again soon. Ian

Lake Como Holiday

Our holiday to Lake Como was made extra special by our tour manager Eleanora Cipollina with her knowledge of all the areas we visited, she was always charming and friendly. We stayed at Hotel Bazzoni which had beautiful views over the Lake and near to a Ferry Terminal for trips to various places around Lake Como. The hotel does need some updating especially the pool area. This is our 4th tour with Newmarket.

Thank you so much for your 5* review of your holiday. We really appreciate your loyalty and hope to welcome you again soon. Ian

Friendly advisor

Quick to answer the phone not like some travel companies that you then give up. Friendly customer advisor who answered relevant questions I had before booking my trip. Very competitive priced with good itineraries. I am looking forward to my trip.

Hi Wirral, Thanks so much for your review! We appreciate you taking the time to leave one, Have a wonderful holiday! Shannon

This is the 4th time I have been to…

This is the 4th time I have been to Austria and it will not be the last, I love it. I think overall this one was the best because we stayed 3250 feet up and near the trees in Alpbach couldnt get enough of it The lakes were very good with the Lunch added on the 3rd lake. Hintertux Glacier I loved it up there BUT I don,t like heights, may be its the clean air? Salzburg I love, will return. Even though we had rain on our last day or so I was still up at 6.00 walking about town before breakfast and topping up my water bottle. Will be back Yvonne Lovett 25 May to 01 June 2024

Thank you so much, Yvonne for your wonderful review. We agree, Austria is such a wonderful country and place to visit! We very much hope we can welcome you back again soon. Ian

Classical Spain May 2024

We had the best craic with Jude, our tour manager. This was our first experience of a group tour and didn't really know what to expect but from start to finish, Jude made the experience totally memorable. The base hotel at Antequera was excellent with friendly staff, great facilities and good food and in a lovely location. The tour itinerary is quite full on but gives just enough of a taste of Seville, Cordoba and Granada to want to revisit in the future. The whole experience was made extra special by Jude with her charm, constant wit and in depth information. Nothing was to much trouble. Thank you Newmarket and special thanks to Jude the magnificent!

Date of experience : 22 May 2024

We are thrilled to read your review of your holiday. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. We'd be delighted to welcome you back again soon. Ian

Andalucia with Jude

Andalucia, Classical Spain. It is an exhausting schedule with the unusual high temperatures we experienced, but this is a very good tour. Our Tour Manager Jude....well what can I say? Informative, funny, helpful, goes above and beyond for all her flock and kept us entertained on the coach as we travelled. She is really top notch and knows so much about the places we visited.

We are so thrilled to read your review. Jude is an exceptionally good Tour Manager and we are delighted to hear how much you enjoyed your tour. We hope to see you again! Ian

Lisa was very helpful

Lisa was very helpful I was worried as it was less than 7 days until I go on my much looked forward to trip to Spain and the Little Trains of the Pyhrenees and I had not received any communication from Newmarket so I phoned and spoke to Lisa. She sent me in email form, which I can open, my boarding pass and air ticket. I had the other information from when I paid my balance and for the extra boat trip. She was very patient, helpful and prompt with sending this to me. I thank her for her excellent service. Sara Morris

Date of experience : 06 June 2024

That's really lovely to hear. Lisa is a real star. Have a wonderful holiday! Ian

Smooth sailing!!!

I telephoned to arrange a holiday. The young lady who helped me was clear and direct. I managed, with her help, to book a holiday for October. The confirmation email came through in just a few minutes. I hope future arrangements will prove just as smooth.

Date of experience : 01 June 2024

Hi Jean, Thanks so much for your review! We appreciate you taking the time to leave one, Have a wonderful holiday! Shannon

Excellent help with my booking…

Musa was brilliantly helpful today in retrieving and amending a booking for me. Very polite and friendly. Excellent service and passionate about their work. Thank you so much.

Date of experience : 08 June 2024

Thank you very much for reviewing Musa's service. We are so grateful for your comments. Ian

Overall excellent booking experience.

Information clear and helpful. Lorraine was very helpful ad good to deal with when we booked.She alerted us to some discounts that we were not aware of. She was also very obliging when we asked follow-up questions. A good experience so far.

Date of experience : 12 May 2024

Thank you so much for your lovely feedback about the service from Lorraine. We hope you have a wonderful holiday. Ian

Our holiday was made by our tour manager Jude

Our holiday was made by our tour manager Jude Mahon. Cheerful, knowledgeable, helpful and so organised. The tour was great, giving us a taste of the historic cities of Andalusia. Perhaps the company could consider rescheduling the day in Seville away from the first trip of the week so there’s more time to recover from the journey( and the delays in passport control at Malaga airport).

Hi Ann, Thank you for your review, we're pleased to hear that Jude made your tour. This is great feedback and we'll be sure to pass this on. We'll also pass on your feedback re: Seville to our Product Team. Kind Regards Graeme

Our experience of visiting Lake Como and surrounding areas was enhanced by our tour guide Eleonora Cipollina. Her knowledge and enthusiasm was matched by her "nothing was too much trouble" attitude, pleasantness and sense of humour. Only disappointment was lack of tea/coffee making facilities in room and limited evening meal menu.

Thank you for your comments about your holiday. We are so pleased to hear how much you enjoyed it and we welcome your constructive feedback which we shall pass to our suppliers. We hope to welcome you again. Ian

Smooth Holiday Booking

This is a review for booking a holiday. Lorraine was a great help. Every question I asked, she knew the answer to, she was very knowledgeable and very professional. Thanks Lorraine.

Date of experience : 07 June 2024

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of Lorraine's service. We shall pass on your thanks. Ian

Great service from Bree

Bree was able to assist me in online check in for my holiday and sent both boarding passes to me after I was unable to check in. Bree also checked the assisted support was added for me and showers at both hotels. As always Newmarket staff are so helpful and I have enjoyed several holidays with them. Thank you.

Hi Mrs Atkinson, Many thanks for your kind review. It was lovely to read that Bree assisted you with checking-in and boarding passes etc. I'll pass on your kind feedback to Bree. Regards Graeme

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