Welcome

10 years ago I set up Weekend a La Carte as a way for people to experience one of life’s great pleasures: Travel. the contrast of cultures, architecture, scenery, activities, cusiine and climate really is one of lifes great pleasures.

I am a strong believer that life is to be grasped and enjoyed and special milestones should be marked by creating an equally special memory.

This is where we come into our own as we organise a significent number of special occasion weekend breaks; Birthdays, Anniversaries, Retirements and Proposals are all part of our daily life.

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At Weekend à la Carte we offer you a highly personal approach to travel as we strive to exceed your expectations, work with the best local people in each destination and offer you a detailed tailor-made service delivered with passion from people who care.

I hope you will find our programme fun to explore, our team helpful to work with and above all that the break you choose provides a lasting memory.

Kevin Collins 

FOUNDER

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Kevin Collins on Elephant at Camp JabulaniKevin with Abigail at Doges Ball Venice
Kevin Collins on Elephant at Camp JabulaniKevin with Abigail at Doges Ball VeniceHusky Dog Sledding in Swedish Lapland

What we do

We don't just do weekends but the bias of our programme is destinations typically no more than 5 hours flying time from London.

Everything is tailor-made to your requirements and our in depth knowledge of all our destinations is invaluable in assisting you to get the most out of your break.

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We spend a great deal of time keeping in touch with developments in the countries in our programme so that we can continually refine what we offer you. You may only visit some of these places once in your life so we want to ensure that you always remember it!

We work with the best local people in each destination and therefore are able to offer you a detailed service delivered with passion from people who care.

We organize a significant number of trips for clients celebrating a key milestone! Whether it is your wedding anniversary, birthday or you wish to get married abroad we have a range of special experiences to help turn your day into something very memorable.


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Open Air Opera at the Arena di Verona in VeronaWaltzing at the Imperial Ball, Vienna
Open Air Opera at the Arena di Verona in VeronaWaltzing at the Imperial Ball, ViennaPalmyra ruins, Syria

Our Breaks Explained

We have grouped our experiences together under broad themes that will hopefully Help you in searching out a break that might suit

Northern Lights Holidays

 

Northern Lights Holidays bring a range of short breaks designed to offer the very best experiences available in Lapland and Iceland for viewing the Northern Lights; one of the most exhilarating natural phenomena on the planet. Combine this with activities such as wilderness Snowmobiling, Husky dog sledding through forests,  Glaciers, Geysers & Volcanoes and the Ice Hotel and you have a range of exciting and inspiring short break. Read the feedback from our clients - its says more than we can.

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Romantic Escapes

Sometimes the possibilty to escape and indulge in a new experience  is essential. Whether this is for a wedding anniversary or key birthday or just a short escape we have a series of romantic weekend breaks designed to allow you to relax and  experience something you may have always wanted to do! From Vienna and Venice with a twist, to the Amalfi Coast, Istanbul Verona Opera and Grape Treading in Portugal. Read the feedback from our clients - it says more than we can.

Unique Events

There are some annual events that are on many people's list of things to do in a lifetime. In many cases these events are difficult to do well. We have tried in all cases to get privileged access to exclusive events such as the Siena Palio, Verona Opera, Ballo Del Doges Masked Ball at the Venice Carnival, the Tsars Ball in St Petersburg and more. Read the feedback from our clients.

Discovery and Adventure 

This fantastic and wide ranging choice of breaks offer you adventure and private tours in countries as diverse as Oman, Jordan, Morocco, Iceland, Romania, Turkey, Egypt & Greenland. If you are looking to explore some of the more unusual places in the world, with your own private guide and driver or in very small groups (Iceland, Greenland) then there is a break here for you! You only live life once so experience it to its ful. Read the feedback from our clients.

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Snowmobiling across the frozen Sea in Finnish LaplandRed Square with St Basils cathedral floodlight in Moscow
Snowmobiling across the frozen Sea in Finnish LaplandRed Square with St Basils cathedral floodlight in Moscow Northern Lights in IcelandChurch on Island on Lake Bled in SloveniaBareback Palio race in Siena, ItalyTreasury at Petra, Jordan

Meet The team

Weekend a La Carte is headed up by Kevin and Abigail Collins. Kevin set the business up 10 years ago and Abigail joined to support him 5 years ago . Both have travelled extensively , enjoying many an adventure.

Our philosophy is that life is an adventure to be experienced through travel. We are supported by a small team of highly motivated and experienced individuals who care greatly about giving you a special break packed full of experiences.

The values of our small family-run company permeate through everything we do; Personable, Caring, Conscientious and Approachable with a strong service ethos where no question is too much and we  go the extra mile. In these days of foreign call centres and inflexible large companies we think you will find it a joy to find a company where people, and your individual needs, are at the heart of every conversation.

These values are underpinned with  professionalism and a rapid speed of response. Based on the superb feedback we get we seem to have got it right. 



 

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Kevin Collins

Kevin grew up in the wilds of Africa and with family scattered all over the world was introduced to long haul travel from an early age. This turned into a lifelong passion which he has been fortunate to turn into a successful career. Having spent 20 years in marketing roles in a variety of business environments Kevin set up Weekend a la Carte to provide the kind of experiential breaks that are increasingly being sought after by clients eager to find enriching ways of spending valuable leisure time. 

Abigail Collins

Abigail has spent 20 years in Marketing and Product Development, and over 25 years avidly travelling around the globe. New experiences are her passion and as a result her travel has been as varied as partying at the Carnival in Brazil, Hiking in the Yukon, diving in the Cocos Islands and living with an Aboriginal community in Australia. Creating unique new breaks with new experiences is her forte!

Hannah Netting

Hannah has travelled widely, and learning about the local culture is a key part of travel for her. Her highlight has been her visit to Swedish Lapland where her love of dogs went into overload as she stayed on a husky farm . 

Jan Oborn

Jan lived in Hong Kong and Cyprus during her childhood as part of an RAF family which inspired the travel lust which has taken her to Iceland, Europe and Swedish Lapland in the last year!

Most of her working life has been spent in administration including time with the MOD but the prospect of travel (and seeing the Northern Lights) was too hard to resist joining us in 2014. 


 

 

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Kevin on an elephant safari from Camp Jabulani in South Africa
Kevin on an elephant safari from Camp Jabulani in South AfricaAbigail at the Doges Ball at the Venice CarnivalHannah visiting Swedish LaplandJan with the Husky Dogs in Lapland

Atol Protected

Weekend a la Carte Ltd is an ATOL bonded travel operator, ATOL NO: 6578. Most firms who sell air travel in the UK are required by law to hold such a bonded licence with the Civil Aviation Authority. ATOL protects you from losing money or being stranded abroad when a tour operator goes out of business.

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ATOL is a protection scheme for flights and air holidays managed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CCA). £2.50 per passenger is added onto the cost of your trip and is paid into the ATOL insurance protection scheme


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Our Range of Websites

 

As well as Weekend a La Carte the family run company also have 3 other websites to offer you a wide range of destinations and experiences to choose from

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Our Aurora Nights website has our full range of Northern Lights destinations in Sweden and Iceland. 10 years of offering trips to some of the best places on earth for Aurora Hunting has enabled us to create a portfolio of Once in a Lifetime journey.s

Our Italian Short Breaks website offers tailormade travel in Italy combining one of Italys great events such as the Palio, Verona Opera, Venice Carnival with seeing one or more of Italys beautiful cities.

Our Big 5 Safari Company offers a unique range of African Safaris in some of the most original and most spectacular wilderness areas of Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe as well as indulgence in Malawi and Mozambique.

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Northern LightsAncient RomeLeopard in South Luangwa in Zambia
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