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Where and when to go on holiday

Deciding on where to go on your next luxury holiday might not always be down to the weather. We have put together some inspirational travel ideas that encompass festivals, celebrations, wildlife and seasonal phenomena’s that only happen during certain times of the year. Deciding on a holiday destination due to the weather could be misleading, sometimes the sun maybe shining, but it could be too humid, or their might be a chance of a few showers. On the other-hand the this may bring a refreshing relief and the chance of excellent prices to visit the country or island you have been dying to see.

Whenever you want to go, The Private Travel Company can recommend the right place for you at the right time of year that can include everything you want to see and do during your luxury escape.

European Churches

Christmas Traditions Across the Globe

Although strictly speaking Christmas is a Christian festival, celebrations take place the world over in both Christian and non-Christian communities. Here are just a few of our favourite Christmas traditions that are just that little bit unique.

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Tuscany Landscape

Truffle Hunting in Tuscany

Searching the Italian woodland for this rare and exciting culinary delight is a fun family activity. Being led by a hunter and his dog they scour the floor in search of the rare gem. The best place for Truffle hunting is Alba, in the province of Cuneo, near to Florence.

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Running of the Bulls Pamplona

Running of the Bulls in Pamplona

Every year from 6th until 14th July the fiestas of San Farmin are celebrated in the town of Pamplona in Northern Spain; these have now become renowned internationally due to the running of the bulls which takes place through the streets of the town culminating at the bull ring.

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Abu Dhabi Ramadan


In 2016 Ramadan will start on Monday 6th June and continue for 30 days until Tuesday 5th July. During this time, observant Muslims refrain from eating or drinking between dawn and dusk therefore it is certainly worth bearing in mind if you are planning to travel to any Muslim countries during these dates as there will be noticeable changes.

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Reggae Sumfest Jamaica

Reggae Sumfest Jamaica

Reggae Sumfest spreads across Montego Bay in Jamaica, it has been coined ‘The greatest reggae show on earth’. Each night of the event is themed differently with a colourful array of parties in different locations, all close to Montego Bay.

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Palio Sienna

Palio in Siena, Italy

The crazy and famous horse race Il Palio takes place in the ancient city of Siena in Tuscany twice a year, once in July and again in August. The race is between the 17 ‘contrade’ which are the various areas which the city of Siena is divided into: Eagle, Snail, Wave, Panther, Forest, Tortoise, Owl, Unicorn, Shell, Tower, Ram, Caterpillar, Dragon, Giraffe, Porcupine, She-Wolf, Goose.

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Horse Racing World Cup Dubai

Horse Racing in Dubai

  The thriving metropolis of Dubai is a sight to behold, an extraordinary high-rise entity full of possibility, miraculously stemmed from a vast and mystical desert and fringed by a stunning coastline – an entirely unique destination to explore. This famous emirate is a veritable spectacle of futuristic architecture, a global pioneer of fine dining

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Anguilla Beach

Anguilla Literature Festival

The Anguilla Lit Fest takes place from 19 – 23 May on the beautiful island of Anguilla, specifically Paradise Cove. It is a great opportunity to meet and converse with bestselling authors and publishers. Not only restricted to books, Anguilla lit fest represents a community of writers: poets, editors, historians and debut authors.

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Tomatina Festival

La Tomatina, Spain

La Tomatina is held in the Valencian town of Bunol in Eastern Spain on the last Wednesday in August every year. The festival, which dates back to 1945, is billed as the world’s biggest food fight and draws in visitors and participants from far and wide.

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Bottom Bay beach Barbados

Sunshine In Barbados

The sun is shining, the sea is twinkling - if it is the European winter, then it must be the perfect time to escape to the Caribbean, especially Barbados.

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Whale Watching

Whale Watching in Hermanus

Recognised by the World Wildlife Fund, Hermanus is one of the 12 best places in the world to watch Whales. This can be done from, land, boat or even plane to catch an aerial view.

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Spicemas Festival Grenada

Grenada Spicemas Festival

The Grenada Spicemas festival is an event packed with a variety of shows and displays. For example they have a Queen Pageant show, Soca displays, calypso and a carnival. They also have a range of children’s events.

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