Looking for travel ideas. How about one of these, for starters?
Arts & Gardens of London and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show – 5 days from £1,075pp
This new tour combines the colour, prestige and excitement of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show with a stimulating blend of some of London’s finest gardens, art galleries and historic houses. These include the National Gallery, home to countless art treasures; Eltham Palace, which marries medieval gardens with an Art Deco style; Syon Park, one of the last great houses of London with a wealth of art and Hampton Court Palace, one of London’s must-see attractions.
This tour will be led by horticulturalist, garden design consultant and broadcaster Trevor Edwards, who is one of Brightwater Holidays’ busiest and most popular tour managers and has led many garden tours around the world.
Departs 21st September 2021, 5 days from £1,075pp.
Million Pound Motorhome inspiration – from £186 per night with Yescapa
Channel 5 recently broadcast ‘Million Pound Mega Motorhomes’, which celebrated the UK’s plushest motorhomes, with some even having central heating, 42-inch plasma TVs and washing machines.
Once lockdown eases, why not take to the open road in style with Yescapa, Europe’s leading peer-to-peer campervan and motorhome rental platform? Explore the glorious Kent and Sussex countryside and coastline in Simon’s coach built motorhome (based in Kent), ideal for up to five people and receives rave reviews.
Departing on 23 May, a three-night rental is priced from £558 total including breakdown cover and mileage – 100km per day. (www.yescapa.co.uk).
Crete – Villa with pool, 7 nights self-catering, £1,128 pp with GIC The Villa Collection
Crete has always been a popular holiday destination and Villa Anastasia in Kalives is proving popular. This spacious villa has three bedrooms, a private pool and is within walking distance to a charming seaside village, is perfect for families looking for an authentic Greek escape, away from the crowds of the main resorts.
Departing 24 August, a seven-night self-catering stay costs from £1,128 pp (six sharing), including flights (Gatwick), 23kg luggage each and private transfers. Available from The Villa Collection (www.gicthevillacollection.com).
Dreaming of Venice? Save up to £290 pp on a five-star stay – from £1,098 pp with Kirker
For discerning travellers seeking a restorative short break, there can be few destinations more sublime than La Serenissima. At its glorious best from mid-summer, a visit this year also offers a tantalising chance to experience Venice before the return of the madding crowd.
Stay at the five-star Bauer Palazzo, where opulence, exquisite service, elegant dining and an outdoor Jacuzzi – with mesmerising views of St Mark’s Square and the city – await. Stay four nights for the price of three from £1,098 pp (two sharing), including a complimentary room upgrade, flights (Heathrow), private water taxi transfers, B&B, guaranteed entrance to the Doge’s Palace, Kirker Guide Notes and Concierge Service. Valid all year, excluding special event dates. ABTA and ATOL financially protect all Kirker holidays. www.kirkerholidays.com.
Lefkas, Greece in June – from £940 pp with Sunvil
You’ll receive a warm welcome at the Palm Trees Hotel on the laidback island of Lefkas. Sunvil has seen an upturn in bookings for this family-run hotel with 16 rooms, which attracts return guests year after year thanks to its friendly service, brilliant sea views and quiet location near the waterfront of Nidri.
Dine each morning on the ground floor terrace and enjoy the hotel’s pretty gardens, leading to the beach. A short stroll takes you to Nidri, where you can choose from a wide choice of restaurants and café-bars and peruse the local shops. Departing 27 June, a seven-night B&B stay costs from £940 pp (two sharing), including return flights (Gatwick), 20kg luggage each and shared transfers. (www.sunvil.co.uk).
India Special Offer with No Single Supplement – from £995 pp with Jules Verne
If lockdown’s left you with an ever-stronger resolve to tackle that travel wish list, where better to start than India’s incredible Golden Triangle? This seven-day small group escorted tour takes in Delhi, Agra and the Taj Mahal, with an optional excursion to princely Jaipur and the chance to spot tigers in Sariska National Park. Jules Verne’s New India Special Offer costs from £995 pp, including flexible booking, BA flights (Heathrow), B&B, five dinners, excursions, and the services of guides and local reps. Departs January to May, and October & November 2022. No Single Supplement places available on 28 January, 14 October and 11 November 2022 departures. (www.vjv.com).
A privately guided tour – Blue Badge Tourist Guide Gift Vouchers from £185
This could be the perfect present for the curious el – whether to learn more about the delights on their own doorstep or to venture further afield in the UK – Blue Badge Tourist Guide Gift Vouchers will bring their chosen experience to life.
They’re available for guided walking tours, visits to heritage sites, museums and galleries, and much else besides. Priced from £185 for a half-day private tour and tailor-made. www.britainsbestguides.org/voucher.
Spain: Wellness Clinic Healthy Ageing Women (women only)
This tailored female-only healthy programme is designed to take away the fear and negative impacts that come with ageing, particularly amongst women. Focusing on the physical and emotional issues of Menopause, SHA uses western wellness approaches and holistic treatments to specifically target and reduce sleeping problems, weight gain and hormonal imbalances. SHA provides ample support through experienced consultants to help women adjust to bodily changes and preserve youthfulness and vitality.
Health and Fitness Travel healthandfitnesstravel.com offers 7 nights at SHA Wellness Clinic for £8,675pp. Price includes full board and a wellness programme.
A night in London’s Mayfair – from £125 pp with Pride of Britain Hotels
Plan a summer treat for you and someone you love. Once restrictions ease, enjoy shopping in the West End, walks in Green Park and the chance to dress for dinner.
Based in the heart of Mayfair, the five-star hotel The Athenaeum is an Art Deco-style haven offering contemporary dining at 116 at The Athenaeum, a REN Sp, including an exclusive top floor private lounge with panoramic views of London.
The Weekend Special is £250 per room per night (£125 pp) and includes one night’s B&B, £25 food allowance and access to The View. Valid weekends and Bank Holiday Mondays. (www.prideofbritainhotels.com).