15 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, cuisine and climate really is one of life’s great pleasures.
I am a strong believer that life is to be grasped and experiences wherever, and whenever, possible and special milestones in life should be marked by creating an equally special memory. This is the corner stone of our motto that a ‘Unique Occasion deserves a Unique Experience’.
We organise a significant number of special occasion weekend breaks. planning birthday, anniversary, retirement or wedding proposal trips are all part of our daily life in the office!
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 journeys and web sites fun to explore, our team helpful to work with, and above all that the break you choose provides a lasting memory.
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.
When pushed as to which are his favourite 3 destinations from the myriad that are offered on our web sites he chose South Luangwa National Park in Zambia for the ultimate authentic safari, Abisko in Swedish Lapland where he has never failed to see the northern lights on countless visits and finally Venice where attending a Venetian Ball at Carnival is an ultimate experience!
Kevin loves dealing with clients and his speciality is Northern Lights Holidays!
Abigail has spent 20 years in Marketing and Product Development, and over 25 years avidly travelling around the globe.
She has personal highlights that range from staying in the stunning desert and watching turtle egg- laying in Oman, to the diversity of Jordan with the dramatic Wadi Rum landscape and Petra and the roman ruins of Jerash.
She loved the energy and vibrancy of Istanbul, as well as the wilderness and breath-taking beauty of Iceland and Greenland. She found Russia to be a fascinating and culturally very different experience, whilst Vienna was a lovely romantic short break.
Weekend a La Carte is very much Abigails domain having been lucky enough to travel extensively, and on many breaks will be your consultant.
Hannah has had quite a few trips to Europe including Italy; her real passion, Slovenia and Swedish Lapland. In Italy her particular highlight was being swept away by the beauty of Florence, in Slovenia, Portoroz and Lake Bled were top of her list, and in Swedish Lapland there were quite a few special memories. Husky sledding in Lulea and witnessing a fantastic display of the northern lights in Abisko, were definitely hard to beat!
Outside of photographing these incredible experiences, Hannah enjoys putting together tailor-made trips to suit each individual client, and always has a few helpful tips on how to make your experience even better!
Katharine’s love of Africa began 18 years ago with a night time crossing of the Limpopo River in the cable car at Pont Drift in South Africa. It was a journey into the unknown bush of Botswana and one that revealed the sightings of a leopard successfully hunting and the thrill of being surrounded by a herd of 300 elephants. She was hooked! Having lived in France, Amsterdam and Dubai and travelled extensively worldwide, her passion for Africa draws her back year after year allowing her to combine her twin passions for conservation and photography. Her extensive experience has taught her what makes a good safari and she enjoys developing itineraries for our clients to give them the same great African experiences that have thrilled her over the years.
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 both the Northern Lights and whale watching) was too hard to resist joining us in 2014.
Since then Jan has travelled to Sweden to see the Northern Lights, Norway for the stunning autumn landscapes, Romania and Iceland for the Geological drama.
Jan is also likely to the be the lady that puts your travel packs together for Weekend a La Carte
Shirley spent over 20 years working in the education sector before joining Weekend a la Carte so has lots of experience whipping people into shape!
She has always been interested in travel and in September travelled to Sweden. She found Sweden to be a stunning place and some of the experiences they offer truly outstanding. She saw the Northern Lights whilst staying at the IceHotel 365, an experience she would not have missed for the world.
Shirley is likely to be the first person you talk to when you phone the company. Her warm manner will have you already dreaming of your next holiday!
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.
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
This ethos and focus on creating special occasion breaks is carried across all of our four websites and is reflected in the reams of feedback we have received as to how much our personal caring service has resulted in the perfect trip.
A select range of Northern Lights holidays presenting you with the best of Sweden, Iceland, Greenland and Norway. Our 14 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 journeys.