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Mon 29 Sep 2014

Tuscan truffle tasting

For three indulgent weekends between 15 and 30 November, the San Miniato National White Truffle Festival will welcome visitors from around the globe to come and sample these ultra-valuable delicacies, grown in the nearby hills. Truffle lovers can enjoy the many culinary events and stalls displaying a number of local gourmet creations. Stay in nearby Florence at the charming Hotel degli Orafi from £636 pp (two sharing) including three nights’ B&B and flights (Gatwick).

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Mon 22 Sep 2014

Autumn walking in Centro

Head to Portugal’s Serra da Lousa Natural Park in autumn, when the scorching summer temperatures have subsided, the leaves are turning ochre and walking conditions are spectacular. The Hotel Palacio da Lousa is a drop-dead gorgeous 18th century former palace with views over the park, ideally located for exploring the wooded valleys and wonderful schist (slate) villages in the surrounding area. A seven-night stay in October costs from £490 pp (two sharing) including B&B, flights (Gatwick) and car hire.

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Mon 15 Sep 2014

A sweet-toothed stay in Perugia

Each year in October, chocolate connoisseurs in their thousands flock to the Umbrian city of Perugia for Eurochocolate (17-26 October), a sugar-coated festival celebrating all things cocoa. There are tastings, cooking demonstrations and workshops, as well as stalls peddling all manner of treats, run by the world’s finest chocolatiers. Stay in the heart of the city at Hotel Fortuna, a carefully-renovated 14th century property with plenty of original features. A seven-night stay in October costs from £821 pp (two sharing) including flights (Heathrow) and car hire.

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Fri 12 Sep 2014

The sun’s still out in Cyprus

The Cypriot summer lingers languorously well into October, with temperatures still sticking dutifully to the high 20°Cs. Spend a sun-soaked week at Ktima 1937, a traditional village house now tastefully converted into five self-catering properties, set around a shared swimming pool and terrace. It’s located in the charming hilltop village of Droushia, which has heavenly views out to the sea plus some great little tavernas. A seven-night stay in October costs from £903 pp (two sharing) including B&B, flights (Gatwick) and car hire.

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Mon 08 Sep 2014

26% discount on 7 nights in the Azores

Sunvil Discovery is offering a 26% discount on a week’s stay at Quinta dos Curubas, a charming property on the lush Azorean island of São Miguel.  The property has its own chapel and fruit orchards, and the nearly bay of Vila Franca do Campo is brilliant for whale-watching, diving and boat excursions.  Departing 18 October, a seven-night stay now costs £606 pp (two sharing) with a saving of £213. Includes SC accommodation, flights (Gatwick) and transfers.

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Mon 08 Sep 2014

Feel the Frozen effect once more – Norway from £544 pp with Sunvil Discovery

Disney has announced that it will be making a sequel to its Oscar-winning, smash-hit film of 2013: Frozen. Queen Elsa, Olaf the sun-worshipping snowman and Sven the reindeer will be returning to our screens in 2015, with the action taking place in the mythical city of Arendelle. Enjoy your own icy fairy-tale holiday in the Norwegian town of Bergen – the inspiration for Arendelle. Explore the surrounding fjords, hike to the summit of Mount Fløyen and admire the brightly-coloured waterfront houses. A three-night stay at Hotel Augustin costs from £544 pp (two sharing) including B&B, flights (Heathrow) and transfers.

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Mon 08 Sep 2014

26% discount on 7 nights in the Azores

Sunvil Discovery is offering a 26% discount on a week’s stay at Quinta dos Curubas, a charming property on the lush Azorean island of São Miguel. The property has its own chapel and fruit orchards, and the nearly bay of Vila Franca do Campo is brilliant for whale-watching, diving and boat excursions. Departing 18 October, a seven-night stay now costs £606 pp (two sharing) with a saving of £213. Includes SC accommodation, flights (Gatwick) and transfers.

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Wed 03 Sep 2014

A sub-zero sleep at the ICEHOTEL – Sweden from £898 pp with Sunvil Discovery

Each year for the past quarter of a century, artists and craftsmen have whittled, chiselled and sculpted crystal-clear ice – harvested from the neighbouring river – to create the fantastic ICEHOTEL, which opens its impressive doors in winter and melts each spring. Events and live performances will take place throughout the season to celebrate this momentous anniversary. A three-night stay – including one night in the hotel’s ice-only ‘Snow Room’ costs from £898 pp (two sharing) including B&B, flights (Heathrow) and transfers.

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Mon 01 Sep 2014

Autumn cheese-making in Centro

Casa da Insua – a splendid baroque manor house located in the Centro region of Portugal – is full of atmosphere and rich in history. The hotel is also heaven for gourmands – there’s a fabulous restaurant, and wine, olive oil, jams and cheese are produced on site. In October guests can take part in cheese-making workshops, learning to make the delicious Serra da Estrela cheese produced in the region, and of course sampling the finished product afterwards. A seven-night stay in October costs from £584 pp (two sharing) including B&B, flights (Gatwick) and car hire. Cheese-making workshop €25 pp.

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Tue 26 Aug 2014

Relax in a secluded Tuscan haven

Tuscany is a joy in September – the scorching summer heat has abated, school holiday crowds have packed their bags and the hillsides buzz with activity as the grape harvest grinds into motion. Set in the heart of Tuscany between Montepulciano and Cortona, the atmosphericBorgo Tre Rose is a medieval hilltop hamlet that has been lovingly transformed into a serene country retreat. Cookery classes, wine tasting, hot air ballooning, horse-riding and mountain biking are all available locally. A seven-night stay in September costs from £777 pp (two sharing) including B&B, flights (Gatwick) and car hire.

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Wed 20 Aug 2014

Star-gazing in a “Starlight Tourist Destination” – from £472 pp with Sunvil Discovery

Visit the first site in the world to be given a Starlight Tourist Destination Award (in Dec 2011) by the UNESCO-supported Starlight Foundation: the Alqueva region in Portugal. The unpolluted night sky provides a pristine backdrop for clear viewing of constellations and stars with the naked eye. Spot the Milky Way whilst night-canoeing or get a closer look at the stars with a local night-sky expert. Seven nights at the Horta da Moura cost from £472 pp (two sharing) including B&B, flights (Heathrow) and car hire.

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Mon 18 Aug 2014

Stride out in the Azores in September – from £828 pp with Sunvil Discovery

The mild temperatures, spectacular scenery and untouched natural beauty of Sao Miguel – the largest Azorean island – make for an outstanding walking holiday. The guided walks on this seven-night trip will roam past placid lakes and tumbling waterfalls and through perfectly pastoral landscapes. Staying at the Hotel Vila Nova in Ponta Delgada, seven nights cost from £828 pp (two sharing) including B&B, flights (Gatwick), transfers, four full-day guided walks and four picnic lunches.

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Mon 11 Aug 2014

Countryside capers in Centro – Portugal from £740 pp with Sunvil Discovery

The historic village of Marialva – in Portugal’s unspoilt Centro region – perches on top of a wooded hill, close to the Spanish border, with magnificent views stretching for miles over the surrounding rural landscapes. Casa do Coro is an exquisite, owner-managed guesthouse at the heart of the village, made up of abandoned properties which have been lovingly converted to create stylish and welcoming guest rooms. There’s a large swimming pool, pretty gardens and outdoor terrace – perfect for enjoying al-fresco breakfasts and balmy evenings. A seven-night stay costs from £740 pp (two sharing) including B&B, flights (Gatwick) and car hire.

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Mon 11 Aug 2014

Baroque romance in Centro – Portugal from £584 pp with Sunvil Discovery

Wait until term starts and head off on a grown-up getaway to Portugal’s Centro region in September to enjoy the still-warm weather without a whiff of a crowd. Stay at the five-star Casa da Insua, a majestic 18th century mansion filled with spectacular original features and set within extensive grounds. Beautiful national parks, atmospheric historic villages and the buzzing city of Aveiro are all within easy driving distance. A seven-night stay in September costs from £584 pp (two sharing) including B&B, flights (Gatwick) and car hire.  

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Thu 07 Aug 2014

Use your loaf – Bread-making in Sicily from £683 pp with Sunvil Discovery

Baking skills a little crusty? Head to Azienda Agrituristica Bergi – a rural and family-run property close to the ancient village of Castelbuono – and activate your flour power on a ‘From Wheat to Bread’ baking course. An expert teacher will guide you through the entire bread-making process, providing wisdom on everything from flour varieties to kneading techniques. You’ll bake your own delicious loaf and taste it fresh from the oven the traditional way: with olive oil, cheese, salt and anchovies. A seven-night stay costs from £683 pp (two sharing) including B&B, flights (Gatwick) and car hire. Baking lesson payable locally.

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Thu 10 Jul 2014

Walk on Sunshine in Puglia with Sunvil Discovery

This summer’s brightest feel-good Brit flick, ‘Walking on Sunshine’ is an unapologetically sugary story of whirlwind romance, family secrets and showdowns at the altar. To raise spirits an extra notch, the action is peppered with roof-raising 80s belters and exuberant dance routines, and set against the glorious background of Puglia – the heel of Italy’s boot. Italy specialist Sunvil Discovery offers a variety of trips to the movie’s spectacular filming locations in Puglia, with its iconic cone-roofed trulli cottages, never-ending slices of soft sandy beach, lively port towns complete with historic palaces and churches, and the remarkable baroque city of Lecce.Sunvil Discovery’s Highlights of Puglia itinerary spends ten days in the area, beginning in the atmospheric city of Trani, with its meandering medieval streets and ancient port. Head north to the Gargano National Park to soak up the wildlife found in the beautiful highlands, and then move on to the Hotel Borgo San Marco, a fortified farmhouse dripping with charm and well placed for visiting the beaches of the Adriatic coast. From here, pay a visit to Alberobello, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List for its fascinating streets of hat-like trulli cottages. The final stop is the city of Lecce, home to splendid Baroque buildings, a Roman amphitheatre and plenty of upscale boutiques.

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Mon 23 Jan 2012

Alentejo Reviews

The Alentejo region is largely unknown and unspoilt, in comparison to much of the rest of Portugal. If you’re interested in a holiday to the Alentejo region, you can take a look at our Alentejo Holiday Ideas section, or why not read some of the reviews below?

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Mon 15 Aug 2011

Go (gr)ape in Chianti – from £411 pp with Sunvil Discovery

Tantalise your tastebuds at the atmospheric Chianti Grape Festival – Tuscany’s well-known and historical harvest homage set in Impruneta, a tiny village between Florence and the Chianti region. Held on the last Sunday of September, the festival offers wine-tasting (featuring almost 800 wines!), artisan food-sampling, music and dancing. The locals even dress in medieval and traditional costumes. A three-night break in Florence in September costs from £411 pp (two sharing). The price includes return flights (Gatwick) and accommodation with breakfast at the three-star Hotel Paris located in the heart of the city

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Thu 04 Aug 2011

Cultural calling in Stockholm – £635 pp with Sunvil Discovery

Each year in August, Stockholm pulsates with an eclectic mix of theatre, dance, music, literature, film and art. Its annual cultural festival sees streets and squares come alive with around 500 different events, including the world’s biggest book table and unusual street art. Admission is 99% free, too. A three-night stay costs from £635 pp (two sharing) including flights (Heathrow), private transfers, three nights’ B&B at the contemporary Hotel Hellsten and a Stockholm pass, offering free travel on public transport, sightseeing tours and entry to attractions.

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Thu 04 Aug 2011

Peloponnese Over Bank Holiday - £579, save £97

 Sunvil Holidays is offering £97 per person savings on a seven-night stay at the modern Panorama Cottages on the Peloponnese, with sea views and an adjacent beach. Restaurants and shops are a ten-minute walk away in pretty Chrani. Price of £579 pp (two sharing) includes flights (Gatwick), transfers and self-catering. Departs 28 August.

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