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Taste the best of Sicily this September at La Foresteria, near Menfi in western Sicily. This luxury winery resort is both chic and authentic; it’s run by a family of winemakers with a five-hundred-year history of traditional farming. The beaches nearby boast 20 Blue Flags and guests of La Foresteria enjoy complimentary access to the beach club of Lido Fiori. A wine tasting experience under the guidance of a ‘wine personal trainer’ in the estate’s extensive cellar is the ideal way to cool down after a day in the sun. Seven nights’ B&B cost from £844 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Gatwick) and car hire.
Explore Ecuador’s rainforest from an exciting new angle on the highly anticipated 940-ft long canopy walkway, now open at Sacha Lodge. Situated on tranquil oxbow Lake Pilchicocha, part of the Napo River in the Amazon Basin, you will spend three nights (full board) here, two nights (B&B) at the homely Casa Aliso in Quito – the first city in the world to be declared a UNESCO World Heritage site – and three nights (B&B) at the Hacienda Piman near Otavalo, close to the scenic Ibarra railway line. The eight-night Kaleidoscopic Ecuador costs from £2,751 pp (two sharing) including accommodation as detailed, return flights (London) and private transfers
In northern Norway you can catch the rays of the Midnight Sun almost a month longer than anywhere else. In the summer there’s an increased chance of seeing wildlife, such as Svalbard reindeer, sea birds and on longer cruises, polar bears, and this trip takes in nature reserves and national parks only inhabited by wildlife. The itinerary ends in Tromsø with time to explore the city and its archipelago. August departures start at £1,548 pp (two sharing) including return flights from Heathrow, transfers, seven nights B&B split between Svalbard and Tromsø and a range of excursions.
Uncover the fascinating geology of the beautiful Azorean isle of Sao Miguel on this volcanic-themed hiking holiday. Explore startling emerald-green crater lakes, bucolic villages and exotic vegetation from all five continents, with opportunities to swim in natural waterfalls. Stay in the charming four-star Terra Nostra Garden Hotel, situated next to the impressive botanical park. Departing August, the Walking Inside Volcanoes tour costs from £914 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Gatwick), seven nights’ B&B, transfers, and six half-day self-guided walks with trail descriptions and maps. Graded medium.
Sunvil Traveller is offering £1,300 off for a family to enjoy a 10 night Costa Rica Family Escapade. Waterfalls, volcanoes, hot-spring-swimming, bird watching, walking, horse riding and zip-lining followed by some R&R by the beach. The cost for a family of four is from £5,985 (two adults and two children under 12 sharing) and includes 10 nights’ B&B accommodation, local transport and flights (Heathrow). Departs July – Oct 2016.
Latin America is now even more accessible with the exciting introduction of direct flights from London to various cities throughout the sought after region! The following flights are now available. Argentina London Heathrow - Buenos Aires (British Airways) Brazil London Heathrow - Rio de Janeiro (British Airways) London Heathrow - Sao Paulo (British Airways) London Heathrow - Sao Paulo (LATAM Airlines) Chile London Heathrow - Santiago (British Airways) Colombia London Heathrow - Bogota (Avianca) Costa Rica London Gatwick - San Jose (British Airways) Mexico London Heathrow - Mexico city (British Airways) London Gatwick - Cancun (British Airways) London Heathrow - Mexico city (AeroMexico) Peru London Gatwick - Lima (British Airways)
Sunvil now offers the chance to walk amid the natural beauty of the Nestos river valley in Greece’s scenic north on a new guided excursion, departing from the verdant island of Thassos. The tour includes a visit to the old tobacco capital of Xanthi, with its Byzantine architecture and intriguing House of Shadows – a unique art gallery showcasing original shadow installations by a local artist. Participants can also sample local wines at the nearby cellars of Dialecto. Seven nights’ self-catering at the Thassos Dolphins Studio cost from £639 pp (two sharing) including flights (Gatwick) and transfers in August. The excursion costs €50 payable locally.
Explore the intriguing and little-known region of Southern Albania with Sunvil’s week-long Private Cultural Tour of Albania, including three fascinating UNESCO World Heritage sites. Visit medieval Gjirokaster, the riverside citadel of Berat and ancient Greco-Roman city, Butrint. Discover 12th century monasteries, ancient castles and Apollonia’s famous archaeological site, and relax on the golden sands of Himara beach. Departing July, seven nights’ B&B costs from £1,365 pp (two to three sharing) including flights (Gatwick), private guide/driver, entrance fees and most lunches. An add-on stay in Greece is possible.
The unspoiled Atlantic archipelago of the Azores is a fabulous destination for an adventurous family holiday this summer. Canoe amid sleeping volcanoes surrounding Lake Furnas, pedal along volcanic trails and experience natural rock climbing. An exhilarating whale and dolphin watching trip (the Azores is a prime spot for seeing cetaceans) is included, while a jeep tour to the twin lakes of Sete Cidades reveals dramatic landscapes of unique beauty. Departing in August, the new seven-night Sao Miguel family itinerary costs from £1,059 pp (four sharing) including B&B, return flights (Gatwick), car hire and excursions. Minimum age is six.
The Azores’ largest island, São Miguel is a nature-lover’s paradise, dotted with public gardens that overflow with tropical fruits, colourful flora and rare plants. The Art Deco Hotel Terra Nostra Garden is a recently renovated property, perfectly positioned next to the beautiful Terra Nostra botanical park (owned by the hotel), and many bedrooms – along with the restaurant and indoor pool – enjoy fabulous views over the lush gardens. Travel in June and enjoy the profusion of hydrangeas as they start to bloom across the island. A seven-night stay costs from £1,052 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Gatwick), B&B and transfers.
Foodies may not immediately think of the Azores for gastronomy, but over recent years these unspoilt, mid-Atlantic isles have started to receive the recognition they deserve for their unfussy, delicious cuisine. In 2011, the islands launched 10 Fest, a celebration of Azorean food that showcases 10 chefs and 10 extraordinary dinners. Now in its fifth year, the festival starts on 23 June. Departing 25 June, a seven-night Azores 10 Fest itinerary costs from £992 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Gatwick), B&B, transfers, tickets to 10 Fest (offering a six-course tasting menu including wines), plus a cozido lunch (a traditional dish cooked underground in a volcanic spring).
David Attenborough has made TV about the Galapagos since 1957, culminating in a 3D series about the archipelago in 2013. But who could forget the poignant meeting with Lonesome George in 2012, 10 days before the giant tortoise died? You can see these and the many unique species on the archipelago yourself with Sunvil Latin America, aboard the custom-built 20-passenger yacht, MV Origin. A 10-night trip costs from £6,462 pp (two sharing) including seven nights’ full board on the boat, two nights in Quito and one night in Guayaquil (B&B). Also includes internal transport, guided tours and flights (London).
The Atlantic Road in Norway zig zags five miles over eight low bridges and islets between the pretty fishing village of Bud and the scenic town of Kristiansund, and is considered to be one of the best road trips in the world. The dramatic scenery along this five-mile stretch is second to none – fishing communities nestle next to dramatic fjords on a craggy archipelago of tiny islands. Even the road itself is an engineering feat, and numerous car adverts have been shot here. A seven-night, three-centre Northern Fjords fly-drive that takes in this iconic route costs from £1,167 pp (two sharing) including return flights (Gatwick), B&B and car hire.
4,000 years of Sicily at the British Museum – uncover this seductive isle from £1,142 pp with Sunvil
On 21 April, the British Museum will open Culture & Conquest, the first exhibition in the UK to explore over 4,000 years of history on the island of Sicily. Perfectly placed at the heart of the Mediterranean, this beguiling island has a turbulent past and offers contrasting cultural and culinary influences around every corner. Couple that with natural wonders like Mount Etna and a mild year-round climate, and Sicily boasts a heady mix that few countries can offer. A seven-night, three-centre Sicily and Aeolian Islands itinerary costs from £1,142 pp (two sharing), including flights (Gatwick), B&B and all transfers.
Save 43% (was £630pp) on a holiday to the centrally-located George Studios in Paleochora on Crete’s scenic southwest coast. The charming main street is a minute’s walk, and the sandy beach is a five-minute stroll. The price of £359 pp (two sharing) includes seven nights’ self-catering, return flights (Gatwick) and transfers. 14 nights is from £459 pp. Departs 24 May.
Save 40% – full price was £876 pp – on the recently upgraded Marmari Beach House, just steps from the beach and a five-minute walk from the picture postcard bay of Loggos, Paxos. The price is from £529 pp (two sharing) including 14 nights’ self-catering, return flights (Gatwick) and transfers. Departs 23 May.
Save 45% (£296pp) on a holiday to the fully refurbished, modern Sotiris Apartments, set in a quiet location in Lemnos' capital of Myrina and convenient for both beach (three minutes’ walk) and town (10 minutes). The price of £359 pp (two sharing) includes seven nights’ self-catering, return flights (Gatwick) and transfers. 14 nights is from £449 pp (save £331 pp). Departs 26 May.
Save £552pp with our new Costa Rica Blend itinerary – a trip combining wildlife, scenery and beaches. Explore volcanic peaks, jungle waterfalls, plunging gorges and cloud forests, look for turtles on Tortuguero, go bird watching, walking, horse riding and zip-lining, swim in hot springs and then relax on the beach. The cost, from £2,309 pp (two sharing), includes 11 nights’ B&B, three nights’ full board flights (Gatwick) and local transport.
Enjoy affordable luxury this Easter at the luxurious Westin Resort Costa Navarino in the scenic Peloponnese. Boasting impressive sustainability credentials and a prime spot by the sea, activities range from climbing, golfing and scuba diving to cycling and cooking workshops (subject to season; check with Sunvil first). The facilities, including swimming pools, a wide choice of restaurants, two kids’ play areas and aqua park, are second to none. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience this premier resort when it's quieter. Departing 29 March, a family room is from £579 pp (four sharing) including return flights (Gatwick), seven nights' B&B and transfers.
Enjoy up to £100pp per week savings on the beachfront Thassos Dolphins Studios in pretty Kinira on Greek island Thassos’s verdant east coast. Book before 31 March and receive an additional £50 pp per week early booking discount. The price is from £451 pp (two sharing) including seven nights’ self-catering, return flights (Gatwick) and transfers. 14 nights from £484 pp. Departs 13 and 20 May.