Spring Breaks from Across Europe
Stuck for an idea of where to go this Spring? Our friends at Travel PR have put together a list of offers than might just be the ticket for you, ranging from the beaches of Corfu and Sardinia to the trams of Portugal and the Swedish Riviera.
A Luxury Corfu Villa
CV Villas (020 7261 5400, www.cvvillas.com) offers 15% off seven-night stays at the hilltop Villa Rosa (sleeps 12) near the vibrant resort of Kassiopi. Luxuriate in the newly-renovated villa’s stylish furnishings, enjoy its two pools and fitness area, and admire the glorious azure sea views. A week’s stay is from £267 pp (£3,201 total), including maid service. Flights extra. Book by 30 April. Valid on stays until 22 October.
Explore Malmö and the Swedish Riviera
For an unforgettable Scandinavian summer holiday, the south western corner of Sweden offers pastel-painted beach huts, miles of white sandy beaches and relaxed coastal towns. On this seven-night trip, explore the vibrant city of Malmö and its boutiques, restaurants, harbour and historic sights, relax on the beautiful beaches along the Swedish Riviera, and discover Sweden’s culture at the Foteviken Viking Museum and the Viking Fortress of Trelleborg. The price is from £934 pp (two sharing), including flights (London), seven nights’ B&B hotel accommodation, four days’ car hire and a 48-hour Skanetrafiken Pass. Call AITO* member Sunvil on 020 8758 4722 (www.sunvil.co.uk).
Early Summer on the Trams & Trains of Portugal
Enjoy a ride on a steam-hauled train through the Douro Valley, a scenic rail journey along the Portuguese coast and the seasonal narrow-gauge tram from the hills of Serre de Sintra to the pretty coastal town of Praia das Maçãs during this nine-day escorted tour that’s been tailored to rail enthusiasts. There’s ample time to explore the delightful Iberian cities of Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra, too. Departing 22 June, Trams & Trains of Portugal costs from £1,640 pp (two sharing) including flights (London), eight nights’ B&B, all rail travel and excursions as per the itinerary, public transport tickets for Porto, Lisbon & Coimbra, and tour leader. Call AITO* member Ffestiniog Travel on 01766 512 400 (www.ffestiniogtravel.com).
Sea and Sardinia
Retrace the footsteps of author DH Lawrence, who visited Sardinia in 1921, on this seven-night discovery of the island’s wild mountains, dramatic coast and rich cultural heritage. From the capital, Cagliari, head inland to visit fascinating Phoenician, Carthaginian, Roman and Byzantine sites. Enjoy time in charming Mandas, travel through the mountains to Oliena, take in the folk museums of Nuoro, sample traditional Sardinian cuisine and much more. Departing 7 June, Sea and Sardinia costs from £1,595 pp (two sharing) including BA flights (Gatwick), transfers, seven nights’ B&B, one lunch, one dinner, excursions, and the services of local guides and reps. Call Jules Verne on 020 3553 3722 (www.vjv.com).