From walking for singles along the Catalan coast and mountains, to white-water rafting for families in Croatia, check out these offers and holiday ideas.

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Cascais – Portugal: AITO* member Kirker (020 7593 2283) offers four nights for the price of three at the five-star Grande Real Villa Italia in coastal Cascais, perfect for spring sunshine and as a base for day trips to Lisbon. The price is from £598 pp (two sharing) including flights (London), private transfers, and Kirker Guide Notes & Concierge Service. Valid on stays until 28 March. Stay five nights for the price of four in April from £748 pp, saving £95 pp.

The Grande Real Villa Italia in Cascais
The Grande Real Villa Italia in Cascais

Catalan coast & mountains – Spain: Solos (0844 371 8860) offers a sociable week (seven nights) of walking for singles, based in the charming Spanish resort of Callela de la Costa, with time to explore nearby Barcelona and Girona. Departing 20 March, the price is from £999 pp including BA flights (Heathrow) to Barcelona, transfers, B&B in a twin or double room for sole use at the four-star Hotel Volga, four guided walks, one lunch and Solos Tour Leader.

Amazon – Peru: Jules Verne (020 3553 3722) offers a cruise on the remote upper reaches of Peru’s mighty Amazon River, plus time in Lima. Amazing Amazonia (10 nights) costs from £4,195 pp with no single supplement (where available) including BA flights (Gatwick), two nights’ B&B in Lima, seven nights’ full board (drinks with meals) on the RV Amazon Star, and the services of expert naturalists & local guides/reps. One overnight flight. Departs Apr. to Dec.

Amazing Amazonia
Amazing Amazonia

Holiday ideas:

New – Champagne bar at The Chester Grosvenor: Five-star hotel The Chester Grosvenor, based in the heart of historic Chester, is the epitome of glamour and elegance. The hotel, famous for its Michelin-starred restaurant overseen by Simon Radley, has recently re-opened ‘La Brasserie’ following a £350k refurbishment, now with a striking Art Deco-inspired interior and a decadent new Champagne bar. ‘Brasserie Treat’ is priced from £110 pp (two sharing), including an overnight stay in an individually designed Classic bedroom, a delicious two-course meal at the new La Brasserie restaurant and full English breakfast. Valid Tuesday to Friday. Call Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929.

The new champagne bar at The Chester Grosvenor
The new champagne bar at The Chester Grosvenor

New – Colourful Croatian family adventure: Close to Krka National Park, a veritable playground of rivers, lakes, hills and forests, Skradin is the ideal family adventure location. The flexible itinerary features a variety of optional activities, including cycling, white-water rafting, sea kayaking and canoeing through Zrmanja River’s steep-sided canyons.


For more on Croatia, join Mark Bibby Jackson in the Dalmatian Riviera.


This seven-night trip, from £945 per adult (age 13+, based on two adults sharing a one-bedroom apartment) / £885 per child (8-12 years, based on one child sharing with two adults), includes flights (London), transfers, seven nights’ half board and one lunch. Guided activities extra. Departs 26 May, throughout July and August, and 20 October. Call AITO* member Activities Abroad on 01670 789 991.

White-water rafting in Croatia
White-water rafting in Croatia

Enjoy a warm welcome in Wales: As Wales celebrates St. David’s Day this week (1 March), what better time to plan a trip to the Principality? Based in beautiful North Wales, its profits supporting the world famous Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways, Ffestiniog Travel offers tempting holidays on its doorstep, as well as worldwide. Departing 13 September, Wales: From North to South costs from £1,810 pp (two sharing) including 12 nights’ B&B, four lunches, 11 dinners, rail travel and excursions as per the itinerary, and the services of a tour leader. Alternatively, take a Wales Mini-Break, from £210 pp for a two-night stay. Call AITO* member Ffestiniog Travel on 01766 512400.


*AITO is the Association of Independent Tour Operators: more than 120 specialist travel companies providing an unrivalled collection of holiday ideas that cover every corner of the world. Consumers booking with AITO can be assured of high-quality holidays and excellent personal service. Visit www.aito.com for further information.