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Options and Attractions news continued...Group itineraries in Oxfordshire (UK)Experience Oxfordshire has launch two themed group itineraries: the Downton Abbey Experience, which includes visits to several film locations of the series and recreates life in England in the Downton Abbey Era. Included are visits to Cogges, which starred as Yew Tree Farm in the series, and the beautiful Cotswold Village of Bampton, which was used to film many outdoors scenes, and Truth is Stranger than Fiction, introduces visitors to crimes in Oxfordshire - both fictional and real.Oxfordshire is setting for the popular series Inspector Morse, Lewis, Endeavor and Midsomer Murders - but its true history also has a thing or two to report about crime and murder.Visit : New grouppackages - Isle of ArraThe National Trust for Scotland has an- nounce the launch of three new seasonal packages exclusively available to coach and tour operators. Developed in partner- ship with Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries, they offer unique experiences for group visits to the Isle of Arran and Brodick Castle during the 2015/16 season.Options include the nail-biting Ghosts & Ghouls, the festive Mistletoe & Wine and the magical Hidden Treasures. Each experience has been created to give visitors a rare in- sight into the 800-year history and precious collections of Brodick Castle, considered to be ‘the jewel in Arran’s crown’.Operators should contact CalMac directly to take advantage of a special introductory group rate of £17.95 per person which includes the return ferry crossing from Ardrossan to Arran (based on a 12.5m coach operating with 35 passengers), admission to Brodick Castle & Garden, a guided tour and refreshments. Email traveltrade@calmac. or telephone 01475 650355Houses of Parliament tours - 2015In 2015 two significant anniversaries on the theme of ‘Parliament in the Making’ are being commemorated; 800 years since the sealing of Magna Carta (1215) and 750 years since Simon de Montfort’s first parliament (1265).From 20 January until late November 2015, Westminster Hall will host a colour- ful banner exhibition that charts an 800 year history of rights and representa- tion. Nine artists have been commis-Truth is Stranger than Fiction - Inspector Morsesioned to create 18 large banners which will line the walls of this magnificent medieval space where numerous trials, banquets and important state occasions have taken place.Parliament offers more opening dates and tour options than ever before next year. In addition to the established opening in the summer and every Satur- day, tours will run on most weekdays in the February half term week and at Easter and throughout April during the dissolu- tion period preceding the General Election.Groups may choose between ‘Blue Badge’ guided tours and the popular self-guided audio option. Both tours include the Royal Gallery, Lords Chamber, Central Lobby, Commons Chamber, St Stephen’s Hall and Westminster Hall.From April 2015 Chinese visitors are of- fered guided tours in Mandarin as part of the daily tour schedule. (Other foreign language options are French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian (guided and audio tours) and Mandarin (audio tours) .The prices for guided tours remain un- changed for the year April 2015 to March 2016 and there is a small increase to the audio tours prices. Discounted group rates are available for groups of 10 or more.Bookings can now be made directly with the in-house bookings team by Tel: +44 (0)20 7219 4114 or online atäu Salzburg - complete renovationin Time for Sound of Music, the movie - 50th Anniversary in 2015The famous listed “Sternbräu” restaurant complex in Salzburg has had a complete renovation with new décor, catering and air conditioning. In addition a base- ment was constructed to create additional space. In total there are now 11 halls and parlours.This means The Sound of Salzburg Dinner shows will take place in newly renovated premises with enhances ambience, décor and catering from January 23rd 2015, the shows will be weekly until April and then almost daily from May to October 2015.In the meantime Sound of Salzburg Dinner Shows in December will be performed in the Hotel Stieglbräu, Salzburg Reservations and information T: +43 662 2310 5800 office@soundofsalzburg.infoPalma PassMade with contactless technology, the pass has just been launched, and gives visitors to the city free access to over 36 different museums, monuments and cul- tural sites, including Palma’s iconic gothic Santa Maria Cathedral, the Bellver Castle, the Joan Miró Foundation and the Es Bal- uard contemporary art museum.The card also includes up to 30% off in many shops and restaurants, as well as tourist services such as guided tours and the city sightseeing bus. The pass also allows visitors to get around the city with ease by including 10 free trips on city centre public buses and one return journey to and from the airport. Every Palma Pass comes with a free city guide in six different languages and maps detailing where all the attractions are located.The Palma Pass is available for 48 hours (€34) and 72 hours (€41) perfect for short breaks. Operators receive 20% commission on sales Global partners can sign up here register Partners/registerTheCentredesMonumentsNationaux holdsratesfor2015The Centre des monuments nationaux conserves, restores, manages and opens to the public nearly one hundred monuments owned by the French state including the château d’Angers, the château and remparts of Carcassonne, the Arc de triomphe, the Sainte Chapelle.... More than 9 million people visit the national monuments every year.GroupS and TourISM profeSSIonalSArc de Triomphe	7.50€Category 1	6.50€Category 3	4.50€You can find a list of all the monuments per category, as well as our detailed admission fees for the countries listed below by clicking here• FRENCH • GERMAN • DUTCH • ENGLISH • ITALIAN • SPANISH • RUSSIAN • CHINESE • JAPANESE • BRAZILIAN • PORTUGUESEThe entrance to sites is free for people under the age of 26: EU nationals and regularised EU residents (excepted for school groups).Save your time and money !Tourism professionals can purchase tickets in advance. They are available at group and tour- ism professional rates, and at full admission fee rates .Advance ticket purchases allow holders immediate access to monuments without having to queue at the ticket office!Tickets are sold per admission fee category and are valid for use in any of monument listed in the relevant category. A discount is offered according to the number of tickets purchased:3% for 100+ tickets	5% for 200+ tickets	10% for 500+ ticketsAbbey of Mont-Saint-Michel7€Category 26€Category 42.80€ the Road issue 217Page 20Sound of Salzburg Dinner Show

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