The Jazz FM Destination Guide in partnership with Saga Holidays

With a passionate and knowledgeable team behind every unforgettable holiday Saga Holidays are the holiday experts, so who better to partner the Jazz FM Destination Guide?

The best way to banish the post-Christmas blues is to book a holiday, and over the next month Jazz FM will provide some great destination ideas in partnership with Saga Holidays. Travel writer Jane Cornwell will be describing some spectacular Saga Holidays all of which are featured within the tabs on this page.  Trips include Croatia, Douro, Albania, Vienna and the Danube, the Trans-Siberian Express, Japan and the Amazon.
 
Keep listening to Jazz FM to discover more about Saga Holidays, with more from Jane Cornwell and the Jazz FM Destination Guide, in partnership with Saga Holidays, or search Saga Holidays online.

Trans-Siberian Railway Adventure

Experience a real sense of achievement as you embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey aboard the world’s longest railway, which has captured the immigration of travellers since it was founded over a hundred years ago. Bond with new found friends on this small group tour travelling abroad local trains for an authentic Trans-Siberian Railway experience interspersed with comfortable hotel stays. As you travel across two contintents from Moscow to Beijing, crossing the Siberian hinterland and Gobi Desert en route, witness life in remote communities, and even stay in a traditional Mongolian ger!

Including...

12 nights in hotels and 6 nights aboard train.

31 meals: 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 11 dinners

  • Return flights and transfers
  • Saga Tour manager
  • Poterage at your hotels
  • Optional travel insurance provided by Cigna Insurance Services (Europe) Limited and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)

Excursions and visits

  • Moscow city tour
  • Tretyakov Gallery visit
  • Moscow’s Metro station tour
  • Kazan city tour
  • Ekaterinburg city tour
  • Lake Baikal museum visits
  • Ulaan Baatar monastery visit
  • Overnight stay in a traditional Mongolian ger
  • Beijing highlights tour
  • Visit to the Great Wall of China

Travel insurance included so you don’t have to miss a thing 
From the moment your chauffeur picks you up, you’ll be in charge
Low deposits from £49pp when you book by 31 January 2018.  

Amazon, Tribes and Volcanoes

Discover Ecuador's Andean peaks and live volcanoes and cruise a tributary of the mighty Amazon.
Ecuador is one of South America’s smallest and most diverse countries. Your holiday starts high in the Andes in the capital of Quito, exploring the culture and landscape and meeting the local people. Next you head for the River Napo – a tributary of the Amazon – to spend four nights cruising and exploring aboard a river boat…

Including...

5 nights in hotels, 4 nights on board ship, and 2 in flight.

25 meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners

  • VIP door-to-door travel service
  • Optional travel insurance provided by Cigna Insurance Services (Europe) Limited and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Local expert guide
  • Sundowner drink at a memorable location
  • Porterage at all hotels

Excursions and visits

  • City tour of Quito
  • Visit to a rose plantation
  • Visit to Otavalo craft market
  • Visit to a Quechua family who make pan flutes
  • Attend a shaman ritual
  • Trip on the Tren de la Libertad train
  • Evening forest walk
  • Ecuadorian cooking class
  • Walk in the tropical rainforest
  • Visit to a Kichwa home
  • Canoeing in a black water lake
  • Visit to a canopy tower
  • Forest hike
  • Visit to see Amazon turtles
     

Travel insurance included so you don’t have to miss a thing 
From the moment your chauffeur picks you up, you’ll be in charge
Low deposits from £49pp when you book by 31 January 2018.  

Into the Heart of Japan

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture from the bright lights of Tokyo to the haunting beauty of Hiroshima’s Memorial Peace Garden. See Mount Fuji and snow monkeys, sleep in a ryokan, explore historic temples, make sushi, and meet a charming and courteous people.

Including...

VIP door-to-door travel service

11 nights in hotels and 2 in flight

16 meals: 11 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners

Excursions and visits

  • Coach tour of Tokyo
  • Sushi making experience
  • Kimono wearing experience
  • Owakudani cable-car ride
  • Cruise on Lake Ashi
  • Marquetry experience
  • Visit Mount Fuji’s 5th Station
  • Explore a wasabi farm
  • Overnight stay in a traditional Japanese Inn
  • See the Snow Monkeys of Hell Valley
  • Tour of Kanazawa
  • Explore the mountain village of Shirakawa-go
  • See traditional architecture in Takayama
  • Artisan gold-leaf demonstration
  • Sightseeing tour of Kyoto
  • Authentic teahouse visit and tea ceremony
  • Dine in a ‘Ninja’ themed restaurant
  • Walking tour of Tomonoura
  • Sake tasting
  • Visit Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park
  • Explore the historic Senko-Ji temple
  • City tour of Osaka


Plus all this…

  • Optional travel insurance provided by Cigna Insurance Services (Europe) Limited and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Saga tour manager
  • Welcome drink
  • Porterage at all hotels.

Travel insurance included so you don’t have to miss a thing 
From the moment your chauffeur picks you up, you’ll be in charge
Low deposits from £49pp when you book by 31 January 2018.  

Jewels of Croatia

Discover Croatia's architectural treasures and relax on the picturesque Dalmatian Coast as you explore more of this beautiful country on a range of excursions, taking you to charming historic towns, exploring spectacular scenery and offering an insight into the unique culture of Croatia.

Including...

14 nights in hotels

41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches and 14 dinners

Free bar open 12 hours a day in the dedicated lounge

  • Optional travel insurance provided by Cigna Insurance Services (Europe) Limited and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50's, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Saga tour manager
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at all hotels

Excursions and visits

  • Tour of the ruins of Salona
  • Guided tour of UNESCO-listed Trogir
  • UNESCO-listed city of Split guided walk
  • Scenic ferry crossing
  • Island tour of Brac

Use of audio headsets on selected guided tours

Travel insurance included so you don’t have to miss a thing

Low deposits from £49pp when you book by 31 January 2018.  

Land of the Eagle


This comprehensive tour of Albania is brand new and exclusive to Saga. You have the opportunity to explore the length and breadth of the country from the crystal-clear waters of the Ionian coast to the national parks of the Cika Mountains and even across the border into Macedonia on an unmissable optional excursion. On the way you will discover unspoilt areas of outstanding natural beauty, ancient cities and their sights as well as relics of the Cold War. And you will come away with the feeling that you are trail-blazing a new frontier in European tourism as Albania truly feels like an eagle rising from the ashes.  

Including...

11 nights in hotels 15meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 3 dinners

  • Optional travel insurance provided by Cigna Insurance Services (Europe) Limited and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50s, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Saga tour manager
  • Welcome drink reception
  • Porterage at all hotels 

Excursions and visits

  • City tour of Tirana, including a visit to Bunk’ Art I
  • Tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site Gjirokastra
  • Explore UNESCO World Heritage Site of Butrint
  • Visit Llogara National Park
  • Dinner in a restaurant overlooking the city of Sarande
  • Tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site Berat - ‘city of a thousand windows’
  • Sightseeing tour of Elbasan

Travel insurance included so you don’t have to miss a thing
Low deposits from £49pp when you book by 31 January 2018.  

Vienna and the Blue Danube

A full day in the vibrant city of Budapest provides a memorable start to your holiday, before you embark on an enchanting cruise through the tranquil riverscapes of Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. End your holiday with a three-night stay in the musical city of Vienna, giving you the chance to explore its many sights and enjoy an included city tour and concert with works by Strauss and Mozart. Please note, some departure dates follow a reverse itinerary.

Including...

3 nights in a hotel, 7 aboard the ship

26meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 10 dinners

  • Optional travel insurance provided by Cigna Insurance Services (Europe) Limited and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50's, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
  • UK travel service
  • Return flights and transfers.
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner on the ship
  • Cocktail party and Saga dinner
  • Cruise director
  • Saga cruise escort on board
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship

Excursions

  • Sightseeing tour of Vienna
  • Concert at Auersperg Palace
  • Tour of Budapest

Travel insurance included so you don’t have to miss a thing
Low deposits from £49pp when you book by 31 January 2018.  

Douro Discovery

Admire the beautiful landscapes and quaint towns of the Douro Valley on this cruise through Portugal and Spain, which includes a visit to Salamanca.

Including...

20 meals: 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 7 dinners

  • Optional travel insurance provided by Cigna Insurance Services (Europe) Limited and additional cancellation rights on overseas holidays for over 50's, or a price reduction if not required (cover is subject to medical questions)
  • UK travel service
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Cocktail party and Captain's dinner
  • Entertainment and activities on the ship
  • Cruise escort

Excursions and Visits

  • Dinner at a local quinta
  • Tour of Lamego
  • Visit Figueira Castelo de Rodrigo
  • Sightseeing in Salamanca
  • Casa de Mateus Palace
  • A tour of beautiful Oporto including a port wine cellar visit

Travel insurance included so you don’t have to miss a thing
Low deposits from £49pp when you book by 31 January 2018.