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Introducing Gary Manners, your Canal St travel Expert.Online booking has changed the industry tremendously, but the personal touch can always provide added confidence together with many added value aspects to your trip.

Contact him today and ask about your plans.Happy to oblige and share many years of experience.

Friday Night in Manchester at The Pendulum including Bubbly and 3 Course Meal  and VIP Clubbing from £75.00 each person. Read more;

Superbly located in Manchester’s vibrant centre – a short walk from Manchester Piccadilly Station – the Pendulum Hotel is an excellent choice for your short break in the city. Hotspots including the Northern Quarter and China Town are within easy reach, and the hotel is in a great position to take advantage of Manchester’s many trendy bars and restaurants and excellent shopping. 

The Pendulum Hotel’s 117 guestrooms offer a comfy retreat after a long day in the city; with super cosy duvets, fluffy towels, a flat screen TV and tea & coffee making facilities, you’ll feel right at home. The hotel also offers a 24hr reception and room service, and Wi-Fi access is available in public areas.

Guests at The Pendulum Hotel can benefit from several onsite dining options. The Hub Restaurant offers a wide range of light meals and family favourites, all made with the best local produce. Contemporary and chilled-out, the Conservatory Bar is an ideal meeting place for friends to enjoy a few drinks, and offers a fantastic alternative dining option too. The Coffee Bean, located at the front of the hotel, is open from 8am – serving up coffees, tea, hot chocolate and a range of sweet cakes and savoury snacks.

This Manchester Friday Night Out package includes a bottle of Prosecco or beers in your room upon arrival, a 3-course evening meal at the Italian-inspired Zizzi, as well as exclusive VIP guestlist entry to the Tiger Tiger Manchester nightclub.

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Published on - Fri, 10 May 2019

Why you should cruise to your next break...

Sit back, relax, and set sail with a mini cruise break. For a unique and no hassle journey, travel with Travel Counsellors/Canal Streets Mini Cruises to Europe. On board facilities include a private room, a variety of dining options, and plenty of entertainment. Catch some live music, a movie at the cinema, or unwind at the wine bar, and don’t forget to get some sleep before you arrive at your destination the next morning.

My breaks depending on destination start from £165 per person and sail From Hull include 2 nights on board, coach transfers, and 1-2 nights in your city of choice - all you have to do is show up!
Amsterdam has become a European break hotspot thanks to its picturesque canals, laid back café culture and world class museums and galleries. The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and the Anne Frank House are among the most popular attractions for visitors on short breaks to Amsterdam, drawing in art lovers and history buffs from around the globe.

mini cruise breaks from £165per person

Brugge Renowned as being one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe, made up of cobbled market squares and preserved medieval buildings that stretch out from the city’s canals. Spend a day soaking up the culture in the city’s many galleries and museums containing works by the Flemish masters before exploring the bustling main Markt square which houses the iconic Belfry tower.

mini cruise breaks from £145per person
Call now for more details Gary - 0161 826 7430

Published on - Sun, 05 May 2019

Canada From £2,975 Per Person

Vancouver and Rocky Mountaineer, Canada

Departing 26 September 2019 for 7 nights

Staying Bed & Breakfast in Vancouver and Silver Leaf on Rocky Mountaineer

Flights from Manchester with KLM

Based on 2 sharing

Vancouver to Lake Louise with an overnight stay in Kamloops

Kamloops to Lake Louise with a stay in Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise

Including two nights in Banff

Or maybe;

Ancient Empires
From £1,829 Per Person

Italy and Greece with Holland America

Departing 07 July 2019 for 12 days

Staying full board in an Inside Cabin

Flights and transfers included

Based on 2 sharing

Summer savings included

Sights include Rome, Mykonos and Santorini

Much more here





Published on - Fri, 26 Apr 2019

Venice. ‘Like no place on the planet’

Venice is magical and unlike any other place you will visit, built on water, dominated by canals and bridges with stunning architecture. So no such thing as just getting a cab, you will either walk or take a vaporetto (small ferry).  You can also get a water taxi but this is an expensive way of getting around and not that convenient depending on where you are located.

We stayed on Venice Lido and used a private launch (courtesy of Gary Manners, see below) to get into the city.  Line number one begins at Venice Lido and it takes 15 minutes to get to San Marco and 40 minutes to the Rialto Bridge.  It takes just over an hour to get to the top of the Grand Canal where the train station is.  A good way of getting your bearings is to go the full length of the Grand Canal. Buy vaporetto tickets from shops marked as “Tabacchi” and always validate your ticket in the machine before you travel. You may want to consider buying a pass for a few days depending on what your plans are.These are not over expensive, at just 43 Euro’s for 4 days, with unlimited usage.
Main attractions are San Marco, the Rialto Bridge, the Basilica, the Bridge of Sighs, the Doge’s palace and the Camponile which is the city’s tallest building. The view is superb, taking in the Lido, the whole of the lagoon and on clear day the Dolomites in the distance.
These will be on most people’s lists to visit and all sorts of tourist information is readily available.  If you book organised tours you will skip the long queues at the Basilica for example.We chose not to and enjoyed just strolling around the city discovering it’s piazza’s and alley ways full of real bars and restaurants occupied by venetians rather than visiting tourists.
Whilst it is expensive to drink in St Mark’s Square, you should do it at least once – sit outside the cafés/bars and listen to the orchestras playing and just soak up the atmosphere.  A new phenomenon that appeared on our most recent trip was people selling bird seeds to feed the many pigeons – we politely declined!Be aware that the larger,  famous venues (Florian) will cover charge you 6 euro’s pp just to sit down and listen to the live orchestra.Drinks are also very expensive.
A unique experience however, and we loved our time there.
Generally Venice is not a city with lots of nightlife such as clubs and late bars. We found that the city closes around midnight. However over the years and on more recent trips we have noticed that it is becoming more like other destinations with people eating and drinking later in the evening.  We saw a “hen do” when we last went – not something  seen regularly in Venice.
There is the main core of the city in the centre of the lagoon.  The islands - Murano, Burano (personal favourite), Torcello and Cimitero di San Michele are to the north. Venice Lido is on the southern side of the lagoon and Giudecca is just to the south of the main core.
We enjoyed an Aperol Spritz (or two – the Venice Cocktail) at the Skyline Rooftop Bar at The Hilton (amongst several others) on Giudecca which has a panoramic view of the city of Venice. 


Check out (google) where to eat the best Cicchetti in Venice – these are local finger foods served in small local bars (Bacari) in the Lagoon frequented by locals.  Usually early evening – Apperitivo time.
The famous Harry’s Bar is perhaps the most overrated place in Venice, having said that it doesn’t do well in any current reviews.  This is because it is quite an ordinary looking bar, with disdainful waiters and the celebrated Bellini is over priced at 22 euros for a small glass. It isn’t the best – certainly not that I’ve ever tasted. They also insist on a dress code so no cut off pants or trainers for gents.  However we wanted to experience it and we’re happy that we can say we’ve been to Harry’s Bar in Venice but wouldn’t rush to go back.
We have not got any favourite restaurants in Venice, our hotels have been in all different parts of the city and therefore we have eaten in different parts of the city, we’ve tended not to take note of the names even although we’ve sometimes ended up in the same place on other visits.  We’ve found that wandering and finding the places as you go is the best way to experience the eateries of Venice.  If you do want a list of best restaurants it’s easy enough to google and your hotel is likely to recommend places.
It’s worth mentioning The Hard Rock Café in Venice, whilst you may think - why go there when in Venice.  It’s an alternative to traditional Italian fayre and it’s in a great building in a great location overlooking Bacino Orseolo which is one of the main Gondola gathering points. The restaurant has a unique Venetian stamp with a very impressive Murano glass chandelier. Good if you can get a seat overlooking the canal.
You’ll struggle to find poor quality food anywhere in Italy and Venice is no exception even food to go is in abundance and of very good quality.  In the very central tourist streets around St Mark’s Square there is good quality food to be had whilst more expensive than in areas further away.  Also you may find it is served by disdainful tourist weary waiters or ones that are keen to get you in but equally keen for you to go once they have got your business.  It is a judgement call!  There is lots of variety and there are plenty of vegetarian options although not designed to cater specifically for vegetarians, it’s just that plenty of Italian dishes don’t contain meat.
It is a treat to have a meal in a restaurant along the banks of the Grand Canal, prices vary and be mindful that some meat or fish dishes are priced per 100g not per course.
The island of Burano is famous for its lace and the coloured houses that were originally homes of fishermen and painted in different bright colours so that the fishermen could pick out their own homes when returning from fishing trips.  This is a good place to visit and to have lunch there, there are nice restaurants including good seafood ones.


Pictured is our favourite spot. which ‘reached out’ to us with its sunny aspect, and lazy feel as we gently strolled around.


The island of Murano is where the glass furnaces are and shops selling Murano glass jewellery and other goods like vases and lamps etc. If you do a tour of one the furnaces, you will see how the glass is blown etc. which is really interesting however expect to be bombarded by a hard sell – for very expensive items. Your hotel may offer a trip as part of their arrangement with a factory on Murano.
Torcello is a small island with few residents.  Tourists go to visit the Basilica di Santa Maria Assunta. There are views of Burano from the bell tower and a few places to eat along the canal.
Cimitero di San Michelle is a small island where the cemetery is and is between Venice and Murano.  It is a nice place to visit if you’re seeking a few moments of quiet and solitude.


There will be free maps available at your hotel, wherever you are it’s easy to get around by walking or taking a vaporetto. The train station is at the Northern end of the Grand Canal, Rialto bridge crosses the Grand Canal about half way along and San Marco is at the Southern end of the Grand Canal.  These are useful landmarks as they are signposted from many parts of the city and this will help you navigate your way around.
The Peggy Guggenheim Collection, it is an interesting collection and the museum is easy to get to by walking across the bridge at Accademia. If you like modern art, even if you’re not an aficionado it’s worth a visit.
There are some waterside bars with good reviews including Al Chioschetto which is not far from The Guggenheim and is on the Zattere which is a promenade that runs along the southern shore of Venice’s Dorsoduro district.
Whilst there is the usual tourist tat on offer in Venice, there are loads of wonderful shops with amazing window displays selling genuine quality Venetian goods. If you are buying glass make sure it is genuine Murano glass because there are lots of Chinese imports.  The masks are amazing and some places offer mask making workshops.  There is a high end fashion area selling top designer gear this is quite close to San Marco.  There is also the usual high street names like Zara, H &M and even Clarks shoes.
Lots to see and do, you won’t do it all in this one trip. Part of the charm of the city is letting it reveal itself as you wander around and frequently end up in dead end streets but always with something to see.
Our travel expert Gary Manners organised the entire trip (including gratis lounge access as #canalstcard holders) and showed exceptional expertise and service, before, during and after our return.
We highly recommend a chat whatever your travel plans or ideas.

Published on - Sat, 20 Apr 2019