Thanks to the sunshine beaming down all year round, Egypt is a great choice of destination for a winter warmer or a summer suntan. Situated in North Africa, fringing on both the Red and Mediterranean Seas, you will find miles of beautiful white shores with turquoise calm waters, authentic cities and not forgetting the odd camel.
A trip to Egypt is brimming of historical treasures waiting to be explored. From visiting the magnificent Pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza in the capital city of Cairo, to sailing down the longest river in the world and taking in the sights on a Nile cruise, there are plenty of adventures to discover a little piece of ancient Egypt.
There are many beautiful beaches in the Red Sea to pick from for a relaxing time catching some rays of sun. Enjoy miles of golden sands and crystal clear waters, which create the perfect environment for sun seekers everywhere.
The sun always shines in Egypt, the hottest months to travel are June to September where temperatures reach up to 40 degrees Celsius. December to March are much cooler periods to travel, the average temps being around 20 degrees, this is also the time you might encounter the odd shower.
Resorts along the Red Sea such as Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada are perfect for getting up close and personal with the underwater world, diving centres cater for all levels of expertise. For those of you who prefer to stay above the water other activities include pedaloes, catamaran sailing or beach volleyball.
For a meal with a difference, book yourself dinner or lunch on a Nile river cruise, this short tour lasts around 2hrs on a luxury boat with a live show such as folklore or belly dancing.
Immerse yourself in all the best bits of the city of Cairo has to offer with a day trip to see the famous sights and even stop to pick up some bargain gifts in the bazaars.
Travellers often choose holidays to Spain because it is one of the most popular destinations in Europe and holidaymakers return year after year for sun-and-fun packed holidays. From the sun drenched beaches in Majorca
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Spain is ideal for holidaymakers of all ages.
The popular resorts of Marbella, Benidorm and Menorca are perfect for a beach holiday and offer excellent water sports.
For the more exciting nightlife visit Ibiza, Majorca, or Malaga.
If shopping is what you are looking for, try Barcelona and Madrid.
If you are looking for a holiday filled with sunshine and yet still adds a big splash of culture, look no further than a holiday to Morocco. Located less than four hours flying time from the UK, on the coast of North Africa and bordering the Mediterranean Sea, Morocco radiates a wonderful blend of spirited historical cities and relaxing beach resorts.
The city of Marrakech provide a welcome alternative to your standard holiday. A mix of both authentic and modern life, absorb the sights and sounds of the local markets, let the aromas of the countless food stalls in the medina entice you, then dance the night away in one of the many clubs in the town centre.
The resort of Agadir lies next to the Atlantic and is a fantastic family holiday destination. The long sandy beaches and shallow shores offer plenty of water-based activities.
Enjoying warm weather all year round, the hottest months to travel are from June to September. Rainfall on average tends to be highest between the months of November to March.
Water sports are plentiful in beach resorts such as Agadir and Essaouira for all types of experience levels. Popular activities include kite surfing, diving and windsurfing.
Most hotels offer an evening entertainment programme, but if you fancy venturing out into the resorts, there are various folklore nights, belly dancing and live shows on offer. Agadir is a livelier resort with bars and clubs to get you on the dancefloor.
Test your haggling skills at Djemaa el Fna, Morocco’s most famous square. The maze of alleys are filled with shops selling goods such as spices, carpets and jewellery. By sundown the centre comes alive with snake charmers acrobats and musicians to entertain you.
Jeep safaris tours across the Sahara Desert are a great way to discover the beautiful sand dunes and scenery of the country, don’t forget to pack your sunblock!
All you could possibly want from a holiday and more can be found in the United States of America and it’s not difficult to see why, with 50 states to pick from, this is a country who knows how to do everything so much bigger and better every year, which will keep you coming back for more!
For first time visitors, nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of Manhattan’s unforgettable skyline, your first ride in a New York yellow cab, the ubiquitous hamburger joints, the sweet strains of New Orleans jazz or the glamour of Las Vegas.
And to really experience true American spirit at its best, a holiday in Orlando to visit the main mouse himself, “Mickey” and his friends ticks all the boxes for an unforgettable family trip that you will look back on for years to come.
So whether you are looking for a city break to shop ‘til you drop, a beach resort to soak up some sun, a touch of culture or a theme park adventure to bring out the big kid in you, America is the place to be!
If your idea of a dream holiday conjures up images of soft powder white beaches stretching further than the eye can see, crystal clear waters lapping gently over your feet as you wonder along the calm shores and swaying palm trees in the backdrop creating a scene of tranquillity, then look no further than a holiday to one of the islands in the Caribbean.
Each island has its own sense of character and attractions but all share one common theme, a sense of pure luxury that you won’t ever want to go back home.
Perfect for long haul fun for all the family, you will spoilt for choice with our selection of holidays to the Caribbean featuring firm favourites such as Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Mexico.
For a romantic getaway, both St Lucia and Antigua provide a relaxing retreat from everyday life with miles of gorgeous beaches and lush rainforests.
For a superb choice of quality accommodation at low prices, cheap flights and all inclusive deals discover what the beautiful Caribbean islands have to offer you.
Situated on the northern coastline in the Persian Gulf, Dubai is fast becoming the holiday destination that has it all. From the scorching year round climate and gorgeous white sandy beaches to cosmopolitan city life where you will find the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tall building, top class restaurants and lavish shopping malls, there is so much to see and do here you will be planning your return trip before your tan has even started to fade.
For those of you who want to explore Dubai a little deeper, a desert safari will take you deep into the sand dunes where you can ride a camel or experience some dune bashing.
Jumeirah Beach is one of the most popular choices for visitors, made up of white sands and inviting crystal clear waters. Many of the hotels situated on the beachfront have sectioned off private areas for guests.
The weather in Dubai can get hot, hot, hot, with temperatures in June to September reaching up to 40 Celsius. Between November and March temperatures drop down to mid-twenties, this is also the season most like to encounter some rainfall.
The endless miles of sandy shores means the choices of water sports are plentiful in Dubai, including Jet Skiing, Scuba Diving, Wind Surfing and Kite Surfing.
Even though there are strict laws to adhere to concerning alcohol consumption in Dubai, this city still knows how to party with an excellent array of bars and clubs in the area, most of which are attached to the leading hotels.
Enjoy a family fun day out at Wild Wadi Waterpark. There is over 30 rides and attractions on offer from the 360 metres long Lazy River to Flood River creating waves over a metre high.
Shop ‘til you drop! The shopping opportunities are unlimited, boasting no less than 250 shopping malls to pick up designer goods, souvenirs and gifts to take back home.
Portugal boasts wonderful stretches of golden sandy beaches and hidden coves. In particular, the Algarve in southern Portugal has been a firm favourite with British holidaymakers and golfers for a very long time and draws in families, couples, singles and groups to its shores, year after year. About 535 miles from Lisbon is the region of Madeira which includes the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo. Madeira is a beautiful island with the most stunning scenery and fascinating levada walks.
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Enjoy the many sporting activities Portugal has to offer from; snorkelling, windsurfing, water-skiing and hiking.
From small beachside tavernas to trendy clubs Portugal has a varied nightlife.
Alternatively choose a city destination with great shopping & nightlife.
Portugal lies in the south west of Europe with the Atlantic Ocean hugging its south and west facing coasts and the Spanish mainland bordering it to the north and east.
Located in the blue, refreshing waters of the Atlantic Ocean, holidays to the Canary Islands offer superb beaches, beautiful landscapes, with year round sunshine. Just 100km off the coast of Africa and a short 4hr plane ride from the UK you could be on your Canaries holidays soaking up the sun sooner than you think.
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With more than 1500km of coastline, you'll find your dream beach on your holiday to the Canaries, be it in Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura or Gran Canaria.
The islands' volcanic history offers many exploring opportunities offering an alternative to the beaches. The Green Caves to the north of Lanzarote is a beautiful system of 5,000 year old underground caves.
For a different underwater experience, try BOB diving in Tenerife; an underwater scooter which eliminates the need for underwater breathing equipment.
Holidays to Italy are enchanting with its cities, steeped in architecture and art. Surrounded by the Alps and the Pennine mountain ranges, it is rightly nicknamed ‘Il Bel Paese ‘-The Beautiful Country. The iconic boot shaped coastline is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea with islands Sicily and Sardinia just a couple hundred kilometres off the shore. With a climate that varies from Hot to Cold in different regions, it is a perfect holiday destination with more to offer than some holiday locations. A vast coastline, picturesque beaches and an expansive history makes Italy one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations. You can leave feeling fulfilled no matter what your budget, with many activities to choose from with a range of costs.
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For those looking for a more active holiday, take advantage of Italy’s many great attractions, including:
Scuba diving- in the south, there are scuba diving’s schools, excursions and sites available for you to explore the fascinating Mediterranean sea life
Surfing – in many of Italy’s beautiful coastal areas, you can hire equipment and hit the surf. You could even take a lesson or two!
Boat Excursions – With the enchanting Islands Sicily and Sardinia nearby, you can take a boat rides out to the islands for a day trip.
Skiing – In the north of Italy you can enjoy skiing in the Alps and other peaks all year round.
Visit the vineyards – Book a tour of the vineyards and you’re able to get a taste of the fine wines of Italy, a meal and a fabulous view of the countryside.
Cycling- with narrow streets in the cities, the best way to travel is by foot or bike. Renting a bike will let you explore outside of the cities and there are biking guided tours available too.
The Amalfi coast in Italy has beautiful landscapes and beaches if you’re looking to relax. For a more secluded spot you can find private beaches that require an admission charge but are less populated and well looked after. Across the water, Sicily has its own white beaches and warm Mediterranean waters to enjoy too. If you’re not interested in a beach holiday, then Italy offers spas for a different setting.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's International World Heritage program (U.N.E.S.C.O), protects some of the country’s most beautiful landmarks such as the Leaning tower of Pisa (Piazza del Duomo) and the Botanical Gardens and they’re open for you to visit on your holiday. See Florence Cathedral (The Duomo or Santa Maria del Fiore) in Florence or The Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina) in Rome. The Chapel has a wonderful hand painted ceiling by Michelangelo Buonarroti depicting beautiful Renaissance art work of the book Genesis, The Last Judgement and other Renaissance artists contributed frescos on the walls making the Chapel an art gallery in its self.
Famous for its fashion, there is a plethora of choice in Italy. Beautiful jewellery, furniture, glassware, books and art are world renowned. From items large and small and with such a large choice in the Cities, you’ll only be restricted by the size of your suitcase.
In the bigger cities, with large student populations, the atmosphere can be young and energetic. Bars are civilised and have people of all ages socialising within. You can eat outside of restaurants on an evening and enjoy the good weather and street performers whilst enjoying your food and drinks too.
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Anyone with interests in culture, landscapes and attractions, a visit to Italy wouldn’t disappoint. There is tourism all year round in Italy, with people visiting in large numbers during the summer months for the good weather and the opportunity to explore.
Due to the mountainous terrain in Italy, the weather can change from place to place. The north of Italy may have snow in the winter months, but in the south, you will be pleasantly surprised by a milder climate between November and January. In summer months the temperature can be on average 15 – 32 Degrees Celsius.
Situated along the Mediterranean coast, on Africa's northernmost tip, a holiday in Tunisia is unforgettable. There's lots to see and do on holidays in Tunisia; miles of golden beaches, loads of golf, and lots to explore in the bustling bazaars and her ancient cities. The capital Tunis and historic Monastir are interesting places to visit on holiday in Tunisia and lie along the Mediterranean coastline to the north. Purpose-built holiday resorts include Hammamet, Sousse and Port el Kantaoui and are popular with tourists seeking sun and sand. Monastir and Skanes with their deep waters are especially popular for diving holidays.
A historic jewel hidden away at the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic packs a lot of punch for such a small country. No bigger than Scotland or South Carolina, it’s crammed with fairytale castles, medieval towns, elegant spa resorts and scenic national parks. And on top of all that, it’s the birthplace of the world’s finest beer. Almost everyone who visits the Czech Republic goes to Prague, with its imposing castle, great museums and galleries, jazz clubs and concerts and other attractions. Many day trips are possible from here, including the spa resort of Karlovy Vary, the historic towns of Mělník and Kutná Hora, and castles like Karlštejn and Konopiště.
Welcome to Abu Dhabi, where luxury and style are infused with traditional values of hospitality and respect. Where sunny weather, tranquil beaches, lush oases, vibrant city life, and a mixture of culture and traditions come together to create a holiday experience like no other. Explore the emirate’s old souqs, sip a fragrant Arabic coffee, ride the dunes on an exhilarating desert safari, or dive into a dazzling marine life - there is something for everyone in Abu Dhabi.
From the timeless tranquillity of the desert to the lively bustle of the souk, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) offers a kaleidoscope of attractions for visitors. In recent years, the country has rocketed to the forefront of the international tourism stakes. Dubai has led the way with phenomenal investment in opulent hotels and infrastructure and is now firmly established as one of the world’s top short break and holiday destinations. But Abu Dhabi is also developing fast, helped by its new airline, Etihad, and several other emirates are following suit.
Each year Thailand is discovered by millions of visitors, drawn to its pristine beaches and aquamarine seas, as well as its rich culture, glitzy shopping malls, chic boutiques and colourful markets crammed with bargains. With its enticing mixture of established destinations such as Phuket and Hua Hin, and out-of-the-way palm-fringed islands, Thailand appeals to the most varied of travellers, whether they are craving barefoot luxury or hippy chic. From staying on a converted rice barge, clambering into a jungle tree house or bedding down in a hill tribe village, Thailand offers a wealth of choice for every taste and budget.
Hong Kong deserves its reputation as one of the most exciting destinations in the world. East certainly meets West in this fascinating city, with the charm of China happy to sit alongside the hustle and bustle of what still feels very much like the heart of a western city. Scratch beneath the surface though and you’ll be amazed at what you can find. Nothing quite prepares you for the wonders that await you on the Chinese Market stalls at Mong Kok. The sights, sounds and smells are intoxicating.
Singapore is an unlikely success story. Once a simple fishing village, it was founded in 1819 by Sir Stamford Raffles, an official of the British East India Company, who decided it was the perfect location for a trading station. Since then it has become one of the world’s most prosperous cities. Singapore, known as the Lion City, is by far the largest and most significant island alongside the others that make up Singapore state. Here, especially at the mouth of the Singapore River, Asian tradition meets modern technology - gleaming skyscrapers tower over traditional architecture, while squat Chinese and Hindu temples stud the city.
South Africa is a treasure chest of beautiful scenery, from lofty mountains to sun-baked deserts and dramatic coastlines washed by the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Its game viewing is considered by many as the best in Africa and once you experience the natural beauty for yourself, you are sure to agree.
With its stunning location, tucked into the arms of a broad bay, surrounded by wild, white-sand beaches and set against the canvas of Table Mountain, Cape Town is one of the most captivating cities in the world.
Wild Coast beach is a charming stretch of coast in a picturesque setting, situated on the South Coast in the Eastern Cape, a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, great for relaxing in the sun.
The hottest months to travel depending on where you plan your holiday in South Africa is November to March, when the average heat reaches 30 Celsius, perfect if you are looking for a sunny Christmas escape. The wettest months tend to fall between May and October.
For water sports enthusiasts, head to Sun City’s Waterworld, open year round. Located on a man-made lake, visitors have the choice of various activities including jet skiing, canoeing and parasailing. And for kids not old enough to join in the fun in the water there is activities such as go-karting nearby.
Travelling to South Africa would not be complete without taking a wild adventure to spot the “big five” - lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and Cape buffalo and much more. Kruger National Park, the second largest reserve in Africa, has a range of trips suitable for all the family for an unforgettable experience.
If you are travelling between June to November, this is whale watching season along the south coast and can be done by land or by boat, with trips departing every few hours during high season.
Take in the breath-taking views of Cape Town on a sunset cruise. This 90 minute cruise takes in the local area as the sun goes down.
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