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Save up to 31% (was £676 – save £207) on a week-long stay at the peaceful Magdalena Studios set in country surroundings between the coast road and the sea on the sophisticated, compact island of Skiathos. Next door is an inviting swimming pool with bar, which Magdalena guests are welcome to use, and there are two fine sandy beaches and a handful of tavernas just five minutes’ walk away. Departing 17 July, seven nights’ self-catering now costs £469 pp (two sharing) including flights (Gatwick) and transfers. Prices from £589 pp (was £720 pp – save £131 pp) departing Manchester on the same basis.
Sunvil Holidays offers 40% savings (was £679 pp – save £270 pp) on a relaxing week-long stay at the Lourdas Beach Apartments in South Kefalonia, perfectly positioned just steps away from the long sandy beach, which shelves gently into the sea. There is a magnificent freshwater infinity pool and the apartments are just a few minutes’ walk from a selection of authentic beachfront tavernas. Departing 11 July, seven nights’ self-catering costs from £409 pp (two sharing) including flights (Manchester) and transfers. Departing Gatwick, the price is from £489 pp on the same basis (was £634 pp – save £145 pp).
Sunvil Holidays offers 40% savings (was £686 pp – save £277 pp) on a week-long stay at the modern Melograno Apartments in peaceful Kala Nera, Pelion. Relax in the semi-rural surroundings, or take a four-minute stroll down a country lane to the atmospheric seafront and sandy beach. This friendly fishing village is a firm favourite with Greek holidaymakers, and is ideally located for exploring the little-known Pelion peninsula. Departing 26 June, seven nights’ self-catering accommodation now costs £409 pp (two sharing) including flights (Gatwick) and transfers.
Sunvil Holidays is offering 40% savings (full price was £686 pp) on a week-long stay at the modern Melograno Apartments in peaceful Kala Nera, Pelion. Relax in the semi-rural surroundings, or take a four-minute stroll down a country lane to the atmospheric seafront and sandy beach. This friendly fishing village is a firm favourite with Greek holidaymakers, and ideally located for exploring the little-known – and dramatically beautiful – mountainous Pelion peninsula. Departing 26 June, seven nights’ self-catering now costs £469 pp (two sharing) including flights (Gatwick) and transfers.
This summer, the world-famous film director, Steven Spielberg, will be travelling to the Faroe Islands to shoot his forthcoming live action film, ‘The Big Friendly Giant’, based on Roald Dahl’s much-loved children’s book, ‘The BFG’. Follow in Spielberg’s footsteps to this unique 18-isle archipelago of dramatic, wild scenery where, somehow, a giant wouldn’t look out of place. A four-night stay at Hotel Torshavn costs from £804 pp (two sharing). The price includes B&B, return flights (Heathrow via Copenhagen) and private transfers.
Area of Expertise: Roger has been named the best guide in Cusco by Peru’s Ministry of Tourism. Fluent in five languages, he has an unparalleled knowledge of Cusco and the Andean history and culture. He has also guided for Princess Anne and Spain’s Prime Minister.Sunvil Traveller offers Highlights of Peru, a 10-day tour exploring Cusco’s wealth of archaeological and historical sites, awe-inspiring Machu Picchu and the world’s highest navigable lake and refuge for the wildlife of the high Andes, Lake Titicaca. The price is from £2,698 pp (two sharing), including nine nights’ B&B, flights (London), entry fees, and local ground and air transport.
The untouched Atlantic archipelago of the Azores is a nature-lover’s paradise with a plentiful spread of colourful wild flowers, a verdant landscape, populous marine life and spectacular hiking routes around dormant, (still) smoking volcanoes. Heralded as a key destination for sustainable tourism, this is a perfect option for eco-friendly travellers who enjoy walking. The seven-night Walking inside Volcanoes trip costs from £911 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Gatwick), B&B, all transfers and six half-day, self-guided walks, complete with trail descriptions and maps. Graded easy to medium.
An hour from Mexico City, Xochimilco (meaning a ‘garden of flowers’) is a time-honoured weekend destination for locals and visitors alike. In this UNESCO World Heritage site, trajineras (flat-bottomed boats) travel canals as they have for hundreds of years. Also, floating on the waters, in a festival atmosphere, are cane structures housing flowers, fruits and vegetables. Visit these chinampas (floating gardens) on Highlights of Mexico, a 16-night tour which costs from £3,658 pp (two sharing) including B&B, internal transport, excursions and internal flights (Flights ex-London from £820 pp).
This sub-tropical isle is famous for its lush vegetation including bananas, bougainvillea and its national flower, the Bird of Paradise. Such diversity is showcased in the spectacular 35-hectare Monte Palace Botanical Gardens. Conveniently, Monte is also the start of the famous ‘toboggan’ ride to Funchal, where the elegant Quinta Jardins do Lago offers delightful accommodation. Horticulturalists will be in heaven here: it’s set within 2.6 hectares of gardens with rare trees and exotic flowers. A seven-night stay costs from £850 pp (two sharing), including flights (Gatwick) and transfers.
The temperatures are ramping up in Greece’s most southerly isle, and for a spot of luxury (and sun), the boutique Avli Lounge in Rethymnon’s historic old town is hard to beat. The rooms are beautifully furnished, spacious and elegant, and the award-winning restaurant offers outstanding Cretan cuisine, as well as one of the most extensive wine cellars on the island. Rethymnon’s pretty Venetian harbour is just a few minutes’ walk away. Departing 5 May, seven nights’ B&B is from £790 pp (two sharing), including return flights (Gatwick) and transfers.
Enjoy the warmer climes of Greece this April and celebrate two Easters on one holiday (ours and theirs are just a week apart this year). Villa Zoe Hotel, in pretty Gialova, offers a wonderful insight to the lively – and world-renowned – Easter festivities in Greece. On Good Friday, the church holds an atmospheric candle-lit procession and Holy Saturday Mass concludes with fireworks. On Sunday, the hotel provides a traditional feast, including painted eggs, Greek Easter bread and mouth-watering spit-roast lamb. Departing 4 April, 10 nights’ B&B is from £644 pp (two sharing), including Easter Feast, return flights (Gatwick) and transfers.
On Costa Rica’s Pacific coast, a 1965 Boeing 727 sits on a hill, its nose jutting out through the trees. And you can sleep in it. Fitted out with two air-conditioned, luxury bedrooms, each with its own private bath, dining area and an ocean-view terrace, this is one of the most unusual bedrooms around. Give it a go on Sunvil’s tour of Costa Rica taking in San Jose, Tortuguero, Arenal, Monteverde with four nights in Manuel Antonio – home of the bedroom Boeing. Price is from £2,889 pp (two sharing) including flights (London), transfers and 14 nights’ B&B.
The mild temperatures in this Portuguese archipelago make it a fabulous destination for a spring holiday. Head to ‘the Blue Island’ of Faial with its nautical atmosphere, learn about the islands’ volcanic origins at the Capelinhos museum, walk alongside its vast volcanic crater – or experience some of the best whale and dolphin watching in the world. In the evening, drop in for a beer at the legendary Peter’s Cafe and listen out for sailing stories. Seven nights’ B&B (two nights on Sao Miguel and five at the harbour-side Pousada Santa Cruz, Horta) cost from £1,065 pp (two sharing), including flights (Gatwick) and all transfers.
Experience culture, wildlife and nature in comfort on this tour that stays at luxurious lodges, hotels and spas on a Costa Rican exploration. Take in San Jose’s historic neighbourhoods, Tortuguero for sea-turtles, Arenal for its beautiful lake, active volcano and tropical forest, Manuel Antonio National Park, for marine activities and the thirteen ecosystems of the Osa Peninsula for some of the nation’s best wildlife viewing. This 15-day holiday costs from £3,955 pp (two sharing), and includes flights (London), 14 nights’ mixed-board accommodation, private transfers and excursions.
Shake off the winter fug and delight in the many museums and music of this magical city. Experience the impressive Calouste Gulbenkian Planetarium and the Ajuda National Palace, be moved by the sorrowful Fado music and, on a lighter note, be sure to try the world-famous, irresistible custard tarts. The Heritage As Janelas Verdes Hotel, a late 18th century aristocratic mansion which was once the home of the Portuguese novelist Eca de Queiroz, is next door to the Museum of Ancient Art. A three-night stay costs from £491 pp (two sharing), including flights (London) and transfers.
During March, to herald the beginning of spring, Rome’s famous Spanish Steps are given a pink-tickled makeover, and covered with thousands of vases of azalea flowers. The blushing blooms remain in place throughout the month, adding an extra flush of colour to this iconic landmark. Stay close by at the Modigliani Hotel, a small, family-run property tucked away on a quiet side street. A three-night stay in March costs from £463 pp (two sharing) including flights (Heathrow) and B&B.
The historic Convento do Espinheiro Hotel in Portugal’s Alentejo region is one of the country’s national monuments – a majestic former monastery now transformed into an uncompromisingly luxurious hotel. Deserving mums can kick back and bliss out in the award-winning spa, with Turkish bath, sauna, Jacuzzi, indoor pool and a wide selection of spa treatments. Over Mother’s Day a three-night trip costs from £494 pp (two sharing) including B&B, flights (London) and car hire.
Avoid summer’s scorching temperatures and tourist crowds and visit Tuscany in early spring, when prices are lower, the weather is warm and beautiful bright flowers are beginning to fleck the countryside. Borgo Tre Rose is a medieval hilltop hamlet that has been converted into a peaceful countryside retreat, complete with an excellent restaurant, three wineries and views to die for. A seven-night stay in March costs from £727 pp (two sharing) including flights (London), B&B and car hire.
The new seven-night From Coast to Mountains itinerary focuses on the region of Jokkmokk, deep in the heart of Swedish Lapland. The journey begins in the coastal town of Luleå before striking out north to Jokkmokk, home to a 400 year-old Sámi winter market (held every February), and where winter activities include dog sled tours and snowmobile rides. The price of £1,944 pp (two sharing) includes flights (Heathrow via Stockholm), transfers, B&B and activities.
2015 sees the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor – one of Britain’s most beloved travel writers. Mani and Roumeli are his twin odes to Greece, a country where he spent a large portion of his life. Mani documents Fermor’s travels around the Southern Peloponnese and the Mani peninsula, focusing on the charming village of Kardamili, which he made his home. See the inspiration behind the work with a stay at Anniska Apartments, set right in the heart of the village. A seven-night stay costs from £645 pp (two sharing) including flights (Gatwick) and transfers.