In the past, the airport lounge was considered to be only available to high rollers or business travellers with expense accounts. Those days are happily gone and the airport lounge of today offers the chance to escape the stress and bustle of the terminal and relax in a calm environment prior to takeoff.
Airport lounges vary in the services provided but all will have comfortable seating and refreshments. Most will include free Wi-Fi and device charging whilst some will offer massages, cinema access and a host of other services as airport lounges continue to evolve.
At Tasteful Travel we believe that an airport lounge pass is a great choice and so we are including free passes with all holidays booked with a value of at least £1,500 per party. Any holiday with a lower value we will offer 25% off the lounge pass so nobody misses out.
Here are our top 5 reasons for getting a lounge pass:
Prepare for your flight on a full stomach with complimentary hot and cold food. Packages in lounges vary but there is always access to snacks or meals, soft drinks and a bar. This is particularly good news if you have a long wait or want to share a drink with your travelling companion(s).
2. Freshen Up
Many airport lounges have showers and changing facilities for the use of their customers. Good lounges will be equipped with towels and all the essentials you need to wash the travel grime off and feel like yourself again. This is especially wonderful if you are in transit between flights - it makes the second flight so much more bearable if you feel fresher.
3. Connect & recharge
Need to stay connected to the internet world whilst you travel? Run out of battery on your mobile? Airport lounges offer Wi-Fi facilities and some may have PC stations to logon whilst in transit. Most lounges will have sockets where you can power up your devices and may also have USB ports if you need a wired connection to the internet. No competition in the busy terminal for either computers or Wi-Fi, how great!
4. Be entertained
While away the hours of boredom waiting for a flight in the airport lounge where you can watch TV, listen to music or read their newspapers and magazines. It's a good alternative to shopping. Some lounges even have cinemas to help to speed up the pre-flight wait.
5. Peaceful surroundings
The ambience of an airport lounge is designed for relaxation. Chill out on comfy chairs and sofas and even nod off away from the seething crowds outside. Business people can get work done and leisure travellers can get a great start - or end - to their holiday.
Unwind in an airport lounge with a complimentary pass when you book a tour with Tasteful Travel.
Let's dispel the myth that Greek wine is all Domestica and Retsina. These days Greek wine offers award-winning, quality drinking. The 'Wine Roads' are routes through the wine regions of Greece, brought to you by an association of wine makers. The idea is that you can explore your chosen region by travelling in a logical way from winery to winery.
One of these routes is the Wine Road of Northern Greece. Actually it is a collection of routes with suggestions of beauty spots, historic places and museums to visit, as well as the best vineyard tours and tastings. Try the 'Wine Route of the Olympian Gods', 'Wine Route of Naousa' or, as we did, the 'Wine Route of Thessaloniki'. There are plenty to chose from and you can find full details on the association's website here.
Thessaloniki is one of the world's eternal cities. With its roots in Classical Greece, it thrived during the Byzantine era and lived through the Turkish occupation, as can be seen by the historic monuments, castles and churches scattered throughout the city. Excellent museums, particularly the Archaeological Museum which houses relics from Alexander the Great and the Byzantine Museum with its fascinating insight into more than a thousand years of history. Don't forget to swing by the White Tower, the symbol of the city which dominates the coastal landscape.
But Thessaloniki is not just a city living in the past. It has a beating heart of markets, bars and restaurants, as well as exciting night life. It also has access to nearby seaside and mountain resorts making it the ideal hub for a holiday or tour.
One of the highlights of this wine route for us is a visit to the Geravassiliou winery and museum. Take a tour around the vineyard and taste the award-winning wines in the cellar, set amongst ancient amphora and Venetian chandeliers. Your wine expert is informative about the grape varieties or blends in each wine. As part of your tour your guide will take you around the museum, mainly consisting of Vassili Geravassiliou's (the owner) collection of wine bottle openers. This gives a fascinating insight into the history of this humble tool, from ancient to elaborate. Other exhibits explain the wine maker's art.
A visit to Geravassiliou is a complete celebration of wine. And you might even meet Mr Geravassiliou!
England is a beautiful, surprising, historic and wonderful place. Why go abroad when there is so much to see here? From historic castles to lush green countryside and activities galore.
Following the Brexit vote there is even more reason to stay in the UK, what with rising prices and the falling value of sterling. Get more bang for your buck in dear old Blighty on a Tasteful Travel bespoke tour. Visit extraordinary historic castles and towns, such as Hever, Canterbury, Bath and York. Get off the beaten track in the charming villages that abound in Britain.
Don't forget to introduce some foodie experiences into your trip. Drink in the atmosphere and the local brews in Kent, where not only is there the oldest brewery in England but also a multitude of vineyards and cider producers.
Choose to sample excellent local produce in West Sussex with a trip to a dairy to learn how to make cheese. Artisan producers of all types of gourmet foods abound, as do award winning vineyards. Take a trip into East Sussex and tour a quaint old brewery in Lewes.
There are so many amazing sights to see away from the obvious tourist attractions in Britain. Take a trip on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal and learn the history of the longest canal tunnel in the UK at Standedge in Marsden, West Yorkshire. Taste remarkably good wines at one of the most northerly vineyards in the country, whilst you take a break from touring the breathtaking moorland scenery.
Now is the time to book your UK tour for the autumn or next spring. Whether you love sightseeing, history or eating and drinking, Great Britain is the place to go. Stay a few days, a week or more. If you need assistance to plan and book your trip get in touch with our UK experts and they will be happy to help.
If you want to experience a traditional bakery in Rhodes, then a visit to the Apolloniatisses is essential. Set in a village on the slopes of Profitis Ilias mountain, the road is winding but oh so worth travelling, with stunning views en route.
Why should you visit?
Set in a village on the slopes of Profitis Ilias mountain, the Appollonia Bakery is well worth a visit.
A women's co-operative, the nine ladies are dedicated to using local produce in their bread, jams and liqueurs. The road is winding but oh so worth travelling, with stunning views en route. In the bakery they also make a selection of the traditional biscuits 'koulouraki' of all shapes.
Their members keep bees, make jam and liqueurs, grow herbs and olives, and ensure that the Appollonia Bakery is stocked with lots of delicious products for their customers.
They will let you try before you buy, so make a trip to this artisan bakery as part of your holiday to Rhodes. Let Tasteful Travel arrange your discovery of Greek cuisine for you.