From Venice to the Shetlands and Talinn to Bohemia, check out this week’s selection of holiday offers, late availability and ideas from our friends at Travel PR.
Go now: Venice
Three nights in Venice from £788 pp: AITO* member Kirker Holidays (020 7593 2283) offers three nights for the price of two at the four-star Londra Palace. The price is from £788 pp (two sharing) including flights (London, regional airports available), water taxi transfers, B&B in a lagoon-view room, Doge’s Palace tickets, Kirker Guide Notes & Concierge Service. Valid throughout Feb. (excludes Carnival). Stay four nights for the price of three in March, from £1,109 pp, saving £30 pp.
New – Visit Bohemian Paradise as featured in TV series Britannia
Visit the mystical landscape of Bohemian Paradise in the Czech Republic, where scenes for Jez Butterworth’s new blockbuster TV drama Britannia were set. With its otherworldly landscape of pine forests, castles and extraordinary labyrinths of sandstone rock formations through which to wander, it’s not difficult to see why it was chosen as the backdrop to the epic drama which is set in 43AD. Bohemian Paradise costs from £510 pp (two sharing) including six nights’ B&B, luggage transfers between hotels and route information. Departs April-October. Flights extra. Contact AITO* member On Foot Holidays on 01722 322 652.
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New – Scotland’s Shetland Isles
The fourth series of ‘Shetland’, the crime drama set in the stunning Scottish Shetland Isles, starts next week. Explore the dramatic natural landscape and historical sites of Britain’s most northerly islands on a week-long trip which includes the ancient settlement of Jarlshof, Mousa Broch (an Iron Age tower) and Unst, the most Northerly island. See Shetland Differently costs from £885 pp (two sharing), including eight nights’ B&B, a day trip to Unst, return ferry Aberdeen-Shetland, a tour with a local guide and a boat trip around Noss to spot seabirds and seals. Departures April-October. Three-night Shetland Fly-drive available from £575 pp. Call AITO* member McKinlay Kidd on 0141 308 8009.
Cupid’s menu at Outlaw’s at The Capital
Five-star boutique hotel The Capital in Knightsbridge, is a stylish London bolthole and the closest hotel in the world to Harrods. Treat your loved one to a romantic evening at the hotel’s intimate Michelin-starred fish restaurant Outlaw’s at The Capital which is offering guests a lavish six-course tasting menu (£135 pp) with an optional Wine Flight (£85 pp). Begin with a glass of chilled Champagne followed by a delicious West Country-sourced fish menu – from the freshest oysters and scallops to the tastiest turbot and bass – devised by Head Chef Andrew Sawyer. Extend your stay overnight from £255 per room (two sharing). Call Pride of Britain Hotels on 0800 089 3929.
Seaham Hall, one of the UK’s Best 25 Luxury Hotels: County Durham
Seaham Hall, on Durham’s glorious Heritage Coast, has been awarded Tripadvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Award 2018 for one of the Best 25 Luxury Hotels in the UK. Beyond the comfort and indulgence we’ve come to expect from a five-star property, Seaham Hall has Bath Butlers and sea-view slipper baths, sleep enhancement techniques and a 44,000 sq ft spa with outdoor hot tubs, champagne and sushi. Add to this the intimacy of just 21 suites, it’s a hot property for 2018. A one-night stay in a Junior Suite costs from £195 (two sharing) including full English breakfast and full use of the spa facilities. Call Seaham Hall on 0191 516 1400.
The architectural delights of the Baltic Capitals
Discover the distinctive heritage of the capitals and royal residences of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on this seven-night escorted tour. Explore Gothic, Baroque and former KGB buildings in the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vilnius, marvel at the Art Nouveau-decorated mansions in ‘Paris of the Baltics’, Riga, and explore the charming medieval city of Tallinn. You’ll also learn how to make Cepelinai (potato dumplings) in Vilnius, and sample other Lithuanian delicacies. Departing 7 April, Baltic Capitals costs from £995 pp (two sharing) including flights (Heathrow) to Vilnius from Tallinn, transfers, B&B, three lunches, excursions, and the services of guides & local reps. Call Jules Verne on 020 3553 3722.
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