York U3A Travel UK and Travel Abroad


* Trips organised by the Travel "Group" are open to ALL York U3A members.  Simply apply using the Booking Form for a particular trip.


* After a short waiting period to allow responses to come in following the announcement of a trip, the Bookings organiser allocates places on a "random draw" basis. Further bookings received are then treated on a "first come first served" basis.


* If a trip is fully booked, you will be contacted by phone and put on a waiting list. If a place then becomes available, you will be contacted again.

                    Forthcoming Events

Visit to Robert Fuller Gallery, Thixendale

Wednesday 14thNovember 2018 £15 per person.

Coach pickups: Fulford {opposite The Pavilion Hotel) 09.30 am, Memorial Gdns 09.45am, Middlethorpe Grove (junction with Tadcaster Rd) 10 00am. 

Robert Fuller is one of Britain’s foremost wildlife artists. Last year his gallery in Thixendale was voted online as the best art gallery in Yorkshire. We will be welcomed with mulled wine, tea or coffee and have a chance to view his autumn exhibition in the art gallery, decked out for Christmas with lots of gifts for sale.

 Afterwards we go to the Fleece Inn in nearby Bishop Wilton where we will have a buffet lunch included in the cost of the excursion. On the way back to York, we will make a stop at The Balloon Tree Farm Shop at Gate Helmsley which has the motto “Fewer food miles - more farm yards” and super-fresh, home-grown produce for sale.

Please complete the booking form at the back of the newsletter and send it with a cheque for £15 made payable to “U3A Travel” in an envelope marked “Robert Fuller” to Jennie Pugsley, 2 Church Close, Wheldrake, York, YO19 6DP uktravel@yorku3a.com

Organiser: Lis Jackson  Phone number on the day: 07432793641


U3A Christmas Lunch  The Hawkhills, Easingwold, York. 

1.30pm for 2.00PM Thursday December 6th 2018 

Depart Fulford 12.30pm Memorial Gardens 12.45pm Middlethorpe Grove/corner of Tadcaster Road 1.00pm 

The Hawkhills estate has had a chequered history. It was built in 1874 by Captain J.W.M. Walker. In 1937 the Ministry of Works bought the house and it became an Anti-Gas Training School. After the war the building was used by the Home Office Police Training School, then the Civil Defence Corps and today is known as The Emergency Planning College which provides training in emergency preparedness. Groups from all over the world attend these courses as well as hosting conferences, and social gatherings. 

The dining rooms are part of the original elegant Queen Anne house. 

All York U3A members are invited to the lunch even if you haven’t travelled with us. We do hope that you will join us for a very pleasant and sociable time. 

The cost for the meal, coach travel and gratuities will be £24.00pp. which is subsidised by the Travel Group There is a choice of dishes on the menu and as usual a pre-booked choice is necessary. Please make your choices on the booking form and send it together with your cheque to Maureen Barter. If there are two people named on the form please ensure that you tick the choices for each person for each course. 

It would also be helpful if it is made clear which choice is for which person. Please keep a record of your choice. 

The hotel needs the pre-order choices two weeks prior to the event together with full payment, therefore any cancellations after this date will not receive a refund. 

Organizer and Booking to :- Maureen Barter 36 Anson Drive, Fulford York YO10 4LH 

Tel: 01904 628598 uktravel@yorku3a.com 


1 Parsnip Soup garnished with Cumin Croutons & Herb Crème Fraiche 

2 Roasted Pear with Blue Cheese & Walnut Salad & Raspberry Dressing. 

3 Smoked Haddock Tartlet with Poached Egg and Hollandaise Sauce. 


1 Traditional Thyme Roasted Turkey Breast with Christmas Stuffing, Pigs in Blankets and Roast Jus. 

2 Grilled Seabass Fillet & Puy Lentil Cassoulet 

3 Field Mushroom Tart topped with Herb Cheese Crumb 

All dishes are served with Roast Potatoes and a Medley of Vegetables 


1 Traditional Christmas Pudding & Brandy Sauce 

2 Chocolate Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream 

3 Fresh Fruit Salad and Cream 


Telephone number on the day 0743279364

Save The Date! June 23 To 27 2019

Based in Hereford the Travel Group’s next 5day trip will tour the beautiful unspoilt countryside, including visits to Hereford cathedral and the Mappa Mundi, Ludlow and Ross on Wye.

                                U3A Travel Abroad Group

Advance Notice

Southern Caucasus

The U3A Travel Abroad group propose to run a trip to the Southern Caucasus-Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia - from 6 October to 21 October 2019.

Cost around £2,500, single supplement £630.

Full details and booking form to be published in Dec U3A newsletter.

BALTIC CAPITALS 1stJUNE - 10thJUNE 2019 10 Days.

We are delighted to announce our next U3A tour to the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. The capitals of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn are all highly individual with a wealth of historical buildings, linked by their communist past.

Saturday June 1st2019: We travel from York to Stansted by coach to catch a late afternoon Ryanair flight to Vilniustransferring to the three star Hotel Rudninkai for three nights, chosen for its closeness to the old centre and excellent web reviews.

Sunday June 2nd2019: After an introductory tour of the city, the afternoon is free with an optional tour to the medieval capital of Trakai and its famous 14thcentury castle set in the centre of a lake. In the evening we have a welcome dinner. 

Monday 3rdJune: This day is free but I hope to arrange an optional trip to some local handicraft workshops. The KGB Museum would be interesting to do on your own or perhaps the funicular up Castle Hill for spectacular views.

Tuesday 4th June: We travel by coach to Riga through Lithuanian and Latvian countryside with a guide. We stop at the Hill of Crosses, an atmospheric place of pilgrimage, and Rundale Palace, a sumptuous display of aristocratic excess designed by the same architect as the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg. We arrive in Riga to check in at the Hotel Hanza for three nights, another three star hotel chosen for its location and reviews.

Wednesday 5thJune: We meet for a guided tour of the “Paris of the North,” with the afternoon free to wander. Riga is known for its wooden houses, art nouveau buildings and medieval old town and has plenty of museums and churches to visit as well as the Latvian Ethnographic Museum.

Thursday 6thJune: A free day though I am arranging an optional boat tour of the canals and Daugava River for us all for an overview of the city from a different angle. Cameras ready!

Friday 7thJune: We travel by coach to Tallinn with a guide aboard. We make a stop at the interesting Ligatne Bunker, nine metres below ground, intended as a retreat for the Russian communist elite in the event of a nuclear attack. After a tour, we will be treated to a typical “worker lunch.” We also visit the Baltic coastal resort of Parnu before arriving in Tallinn and checking into the three star St. Barbara Hotel, close to the cobbled and walled old town, for three nights. 

Saturday 8thJune: A guided city tour in the morning with the afternoon free and dinner at the hotel in the evening. 

Sunday 9thJune: A free day for you to explore the many art museums or the Estonian Open Air Museum. I hope to arrange an optional tour of a Dominican monastery which has operated only by candle light since its medieval beginnings. That evening we have our farewell dinner in a local restaurant. 

Monday 10thJune: We transfer to Tallinn airport for the flight back to Stansted arriving back in York early evening.

The tour is organised through Regent Holidays whom we used for our trip to Poland and subject to their terms and conditions.https://www.regent-holidays.co.uk/content/booking-conditions/Flights and hotels may be liable to unavoidable change. Please make sure you have your own insurance. The price for this tour is based on 30 to 35 members. 

Included:Return transfers from York to Stansted airport, one piece of checked baggage, flights to Vilnius and return to Stansted (taxes etc.) from Tallinn, 9 nights bed and breakfast, airport transfers, three half day city tours with English speaking local guides, coach transfer between cities with a local guide, bunker tour and lunch, welcome dinner, farewell dinner, extra hotel dinner in Tallinn, gratuities, pre-travel meetup at the Pavilion Hotel. Not included:Insurance, optional tours, all meals not stated.

Price £795 Based on two sharing, Single Supplement £250 Balance payable by 25th March 2019.

Deposit £350per person by cheque payable toYork U3A Travel Abroad and sent with a completed booking form a completed booking form (see link below) to the organiser: Lis Jackson, 80, Main Street, Riccall, YO19 6QD. Tel. 01757 248801   listravel@yorku3a.com

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