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Join us on our Exclusive Small Group Tour to Borneo

Led by our very own Sarah Tichacek

After the success of our previous Norad led tours to Vietnam & India, Join Sarah on our exclusive and fully escorted Norad Travel 'Sights & Sounds of the Borneo Jungle' group tour, packed full of tailor-made wildlife and jungle experiences. From a once in lifetime Orangutan experience in Sandakan, to a traditional lunch cooked by Sukau villagers, this bespoke tour is certainly not one to miss.

Key Details

£2,875 per person

- Departing 2nd October 2020

- Flights from London Heathrow

- 9 nights, exclusive and bespoke Norad guided tour

- Led by Norad Senior Manager, Sarah Tichecek

- Escorted by experienced local Borneo guide

- Packed full of tailor-made wildlife experiences

- Secure your place for just £350 Deposit

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Explore the amazing sights of Borneo

The exclusive tour will be led by Norad Travel Senior Manager, Sarah Tichacek and escorted by an experienced local Borneo guide. The Sights & Sounds of Borneo tour will depart on Friday 2nd October and return Monday 12th October, allowing you time to explore the very best Borneo has to offer.

Call our holiday expert and Norad tour leader, Sarah today to find out more on 01730 892298 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Friday 2nd October:

Flight from London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur. Overnight on-board flight.


Day 1 - Saturday 3rd October: Sandakan

Flight from Kuala Lumpur to Sandakan (13:25 arrival) 

- Private transfer from the airport to the hotel with lunch and dinner served at the hotel.

- Flying squirrel platforms to see these incredible animals 

- Accommodation: My Nature Resort

Day 2 - Sunday 4th October: Sandakan

- Labuk Bay Monkey Sanctuary

- Rainforest Discovery Centre 

- Return to resort for dinner

Accommodation: My Nature Resort

Labuk Bay Monkey Sanctuary | Borneo

 Day 3 - Monday 5th October: Sandakan

- Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre

- Tropical Lowland Dipterocarp Forest of Borneo

- Bornean Sun Bear Conservation Centre 

- Cruise up to the Lower Kinabatangan River Sanctuary

Accommodation: Abai Jungle Lodge, includes lunch and dinner




Day 4 - Tuesday 6th October: Sukau

- River trip to Pitas Oxbow Lake to observe wildlife

- Breakfast at Abai Jungle Platform

- Lunch with the villagers at Abai Village which has been specially cooked by them

- River cruise to Sukau village

Accommodation: Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge 

Oxbow Lake River Trip 

Day 5 - Wednesday 7th October: Sukau

- River trip to experience the longest river of Sabah 

- Explore the Gomantong Bird nest caves on Sakau Lodge

- Transfer back to lodge and lunch at Sukau Villager's house or at Sukau Lodge

- Afternoon river cruise 

Accommodation: Kinabatangan Riverside Lodge

Gomantong bird nest caves

Day 6 - Thursday 8th October: Sukau

- Transfer from the hotel to the airport

- After breakfast, a private transfer from the lodge to the airport

- Flight from Sandakan to Kota Kinabalu, includes private transfers

Accommodation: Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa, 3 nights bed & breakfast


Day 6,7,8 - Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

With a private beach, views of the coral islands and just five minutes drive from the centre of Kota Kinabalu and ten minutes drive from the airport, Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru offers luxury and relaxation in a great location.

Facilities include an infinity and lap pool, health club, CHI Spa, sauna, Jacuzzi, nine-hole golf course, tennis, bike hire, watersports and choice of bars and restaurants.

Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa

Day 9 - Sunday 11th October

Flights from Kota Kinabalu to Kula Lumpur and then onwards to London Heathrow returning Monday 12th October


*Limited to 17 people with a minimum of 10 bookings required for the tour to go ahead.The above price is guaranteed subject to a minimum of 10 people in economy class. Priced at £2,875 per person based on a twin double room and economy flights, business class upgrades and extensions that can be quoted upon request. 


To find out more about the Sights and Sounds of Borneo Group Tour, speak to our travel expert Sarah Tichacek

T: 01730 892298 | E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are delighted to announce that Norad Travel Group has achieved Gold Level accreditation against the Investors in People Standard, demonstrating our commitment to realising the potential of our people.

As a top 40 travel company, our business is geared towards delivering an excellent and tailored service to all our customers, together with looking after our staff to maintain our high staff retention record. The Directors continually invest in both technology and our people to ensure we are able to live our values of excellent, integrity & innovation.

Investors in People is the international standard for people management, defining what it takes to lead, support and manage people effectively to achieve sustainable results. Underpinning the Standard is the Investors in People framework, reflecting the latest workplace trends, essential skills and effective structures required to outperform in any industry. Working with clients across the globe, Investors in People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale.

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate Norad Travel Group, Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, and an organisation committed to achieving success by realising the potential of their people. Norad Travel Group should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

Commenting on the award, Mick Gibbs, Chairman & CEO, said: “Once again the whole of our team from the directorate through to our new starters in our Academy surpass my expectations. The attainment of IIP Gold status is a testament to the collaboration understanding and the basic Human to Human respect we encapsulate within the group. In a world of digital and fake structures and news our spearhead has always been and will continue to be human lead in everything we do for our staff our customers and our industry partners. IIP is the foundation to our ethos in a service industry where People are your true differentiators.”

With the school holidays officially over, milder temperatures and cheaper off-peak prices, October is a great time to plan a holiday. Here are a couple reasons to book a holiday in October along with some destination recommendations to chase the last of the summer sun.

Advice for travellers before and after the Brexit deadline day on 31st October

Officially, the UK is due to leave the EU on 31st October 2019. Whether we leave with or without a deal is still yet to be confirmed and naturally holidaymakers and business travellers have questions about what Brexit will mean for travelling to EU countries. While the situation is evolving rapidly, ABTA has put together advice, answering common questions and explaining any steps travellers may need to take to avoid any unnecessary disruption due to a no-deal exit.

The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2019 was released last week, ranking 200 cities based on how many international overnight visitors they're set to receive this year, based on actual 2019 monthly data and the weighted average of national-level tourism forecasts. We have listed the top 20 below for you, can you guess which city is number one?

Have a December to remember with our top Christmas holiday ideas. Whether you want to indulge in the festivities of the season, seek snowy adventures or escape the winter weather and fly to somewhere warm; there are plenty of different ways to spend Christmas away from home with your loved ones.

City break holidays are the perfect way to escape everyday life for a few days and immerse yourself in new adventures and cultures. Whether you are travelling solo, as a group or going on a romantic getaway there are so many incredible cities to explore, each offering something different. Being based in Europe we have a host of great city break options reachable in under 4 hours. However, If you're willing to travel a little further there are some fantastic cities with affordable flight options that won't break the bank.


To make your next city break destination choice a little easier we have compiled a list of our favourite and 'must visit' cities for a city break holiday

Today (5th June 2019) is World Environment Day and the launch of ABTA's Make Holidays Greener Campaign. This year we are encouraging all our customers and staff to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle while on holiday. Managing our carbon footprint here at Norad Travel is a core part of the company's CSR commitments.

We are conscious about how we as a business can play an active role to reduce emissions and improve energy usage to ensure that we provide a continued safe and strong environment for our children and their children's children.

Working in partnership with The CarbonNeutral Company, the UK's leading climate change company, we assist our corporate customers to offset carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated by their domestic and international travel by supporting renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable projects around the world.

We recycle all paper matter, cardboard and plastics and ensure these are taken away by specialists. We also supply every Norad staff member with a reusable water bottle to discourage the use of single-use plastics in the work place.

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The theme for 2019's Make Holidays Greener campaign is Reduce, Reuse, Reycle

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is not a new concept, but it is more relevant than ever. Where possible we should all reduce and reuse environmentally costly resources as much as possible before recycling. These resources include everything from plastic to food waste and building materials to water.

How can I get involved?

This year we are encouraging all our customers and staff to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle while on holiday. To get involved all you need to do is take a look at the infographic below and make a pledge to make a difference. Click here to make a pledge on the Make Holidays Greener website and enter a prize draw to win a carry-on bag by sustainability leaders Patagonia.

Share your actions and get involved to help to ensure that people, wildlife and landscapes in your favourite destinations benefit from tourism as much holidaymakers do.


How to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle on Holiday

Click here to download a high res version of the infographic 

Norad Travel Group, the Hampshire-based travel agency, hosted their annual company conference at Hilton St. Anne’s Manor in Wokingham on Saturday 27th April.

The conference theme was ‘Getting to Know You: Reflections of an Industry’ with an agenda to further understand the industry and the company’s trusted suppliers. Several airlines and tour operators were invited as attendees to help stimulate industry discussion and supplier relationships throughout the day.

The trusted suppliers in attendance at the Norad Annual Conference were: African Pride, Air Canada, Etihad Airways, Kuoni, Lufthansa Group, Lusso, Travel 2 and United Airlines. All Norad staff attended the weekend event, in which Group Managing Director, Linda Foote outlined the conference theme together with an update on the business, which included congratulating Operations Director, Anna McGurk, on her recent appointment to the Norad board of Directors.

Norad Staff at Norad Travel Group Conference 2019

Company Chairman Mick Gibbs was unable to attend but left the following message for conference attendees: “As a Board we have always believed in what we do, not what others would have us believe and making those hard decisions when required. Choosing trusted partners along that journey is also another reason as to our success and this conference is the next step as we tackle the challenges ahead. I hope that each of you are proud of our collective achievements and that as we all work as a Group we start to really unleash the incredible acumen we hold as a team to deliver day in, day out the ultimate in customer services and travel related solutions.”

The supplier panel featured Kevin Young - Senior Account Manager at The Lufthansa Group, Matt Lane – Key Account Manager TMC at Etihad Airways, David Holland – Director & Co-owner at African Pride and Gareth Hulmston – Sales Director at Lusso. The panel discussed topics around supplier relationship building and each panelist described what a successful supplier relationship looked like to them, together with the challenges they face within the ever-changing travel industry.

Supplier Panel | Norad Travel Conference 2019

Speaking after the panel, David Holland – Director & Co-owner at African Pride said, “We have worked with the Norad Travel Group for a number of years and enjoy a mutually successful and beneficial relationship. The opportunity to be involved in their annual conference and engage with staff across all departments was too good to miss.”

David Holland and Team African Pride | Norad Travel Conference 2019

Kevin Young – Senior Account Manager at The Lufthansa Group was pleased with the outcomes of the conference and added “Working with the Norad Travel Group is a true partnership in so many ways. The openness and exchange from all members of the Norad Team is fantastic. Being asked to support and attend the 2019 Conference was an immediate ‘ Yes ‘  from myside. The theme of the conference ‘ Getting to Know You ‘ was absolutely perfect and the organization was seamless. I really got to know the Norad Team throughout the Conference, especially during the fun filled activities of the afternoon and evening! Great job Norad and thank you for allowing me to be part of your day.” 

The conference concluded with an annual raffle prize draw in which Norad staff won numerous prizes thanks to generous donations from our trusted partners, key hotel partners and the Directors of Norad.

Winning Team | Norad Travel Group Conference 2019

Group Finance Director Tara Foy was delighted with the results of the conference, which concluded with an evening dinner and party. “It’s truly energising to see our people so engaged with our brand vision and have the opportunity to be able to build personal and business relationships with some of our most trusted suppliers.”

Trusted Partners and Directors | Norad Travel Group Conference 2019

Saturday 18th May, 10:00-15:00 - Grange Centre, Midhurst

Free Entry . Tour Operator Stands . Local Vendors . Free Face Painting . Treasure Hunt . Colouring Competition . Refreshments

WIN £250 Holiday Voucher

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 01730 892298

After the success of our last few showcases, we are organising an exciting Family Holiday Show, taking place on 18th May.

Joining us in this fun and informative day will be representatives from a range of the UK’s best loved tour operators, specialising in all areas of expertise, from UK breaks to luxury holidays and cruises to fly drives. Local suppliers such as a traditional toy shop and a company that makes delicious cupcakes will also be attending.

The Family Holiday Show | Tour Operators

There will be raffle with £250 as the top price to go towards your next holiday to win on the day, along with many other prizes. The day includes free activities such as a treasure hunt, face painting, and a colouring competition to win a £10.00 book token. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided complimentary.

We do hope you can join us.

Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call on 01730 892298

Tour Operators:

Classic Collection Holidays

The Family Holiday Show | Classic Collection

Classic Collection Holidays, is an award-winning specialist tour operator.  We feature Luxury tailor-made holidays offering a friendly and knowledgeable service.  Our range of destinations include the Mediterranean, Italy, Croatia, North Africa and a great long haul programme to Antigua, Bermuda, Barbados, Grenada and NEW for this year, the stunning, St Lucia. Our newest Lakes and Mountains brochure, offers Austria and Switzerland, Swiss Rail travel and the infamous Orient Express.  


The Family Holiday Show | Lusso

At Lusso we believe you should demand more from your luxury travel company. Handpicked resorts in stunning surroundings? Of course. The highest levels of service? Naturally. Full financial protection for your holiday? Absolutely.


The Family Holiday Show | Superbreak

Super Break has been a short break specialist for over 30 years. And we pour all that knowledge, experience and passion back into creating your perfect escape. It powers everything we do.

Choosing Super Break allows you to book every element of your trip in one simple place; 2-5 star hotels, rail travel, Eurostar, flights and mini-cruises, plus all the little extras that help make each break really special.

From theatre tickets and events to sightseeing and attractions around the UK and overseas, we help tailor the entire package exactly how you want it.

So when you’re ready for your next much-needed escape, trust us to create a truly unique and unforgettable short break.

North American Travel Service

The Family Holiday Show | North American Travel Show

North America Travel Service has been expertly creating holidays to the USA & Canada for over 45 years. We have a wealth of specialist knowledge and a wide selection of holiday options across all 50 US states as well as all 13 Canadian provinces & territories.


The Family Holiday Show | Transun

Transun is an independently owned specialist tour operator with over thirty years’ experience in operating to the Arctic. We offer a selection of magical trips to meet the real Father Christmas in his time-honoured home, Lapland. Our specially-designed breaks for families show Lapland at its truest and our dedicated team will ensure that everything is taken care of along the way.


The Family Holiday Show | Travel2

Travel 2 has been committed to sending customers to an array of worldwide destinations for over 36 years. In that time we’ve worked hard to become the experts you can trust in building your clients’ dream holidays. We work with all of the world's top airlines, over 100,000 hotels, tours and rail suppliers, car hire companies, and more than 35 cruise lines to plan and book everything from flights, accommodation, cruises, tours and excursions, to luxury getaways and group travel.

African Pride

The Family Holiday Show | African Pride

Creating exceptional journeys requires an exceptional travel company. We believe our knowledge of southern and east Africa is unparalleled, that our creativity in designing itineraries is unrivalled and that our familiarity with the destination is unmatched.

Captivating Cuba

The Family Holiday Show | Captivating Cuba

Captivating Cuba is a totally independent and fully ATOL bonded boutique specialist tour operator, with more than 25 years’ experience providing high-quality tailormade travel to Cuba and beyond. Our friendly, experienced and approachable travel designers are passionate about providing authentic journeys throughout Cuba packed with personality, and we really do care that your holiday with us is special.

Visit Orlando

The Family Holiday Show | Visit Orlando

Start planning your dream vacation to Orlando! Find theme parks from Walt Disney World® Resort and Universal Orlando Resort™ to SeaWorld® Orlando and LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. Discover attractions you can’t experience anywhere else. Explore countless other things to do while you’re in town, and get trusted, complimentary trip-planning advice before and after your arrival.