As May slides towards June it’s time to start thinking about summer holidays, if you haven't already made plans. You certainly don’t have to travel far for some cultured sun. The Basque Country's tapas menu of pretty beaches, medieval towns and artistic cities and the island piazzas and azure bays of the Amalfi Coast are just a short European hop away.
However, heading further afield rewards with twisting train journeys through the Canadian Rockies and holidays that start with leopard safaris in South Africa and end on Mozambique's white sands. There are even Burmese cruises that stop off at colonial sights on their way to ancient temple cities.
We've hand-picked our top summer destinations, including some classics as well as the more unusual. All offer an ideal time to travel and exceptional value.
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Explore the postcard-perfect coastlines, medieval cities and vineyards of this unique Spanish region, all the while staying in Renaissance palaces, seaside villas and thousand-year-old castles.
Let stays in world-class hotels and the services of private drivers showcase the best of Capri’s island paradise, the Amalfi Coast’s dramatic beauty and Sorrento’s clifftop views. In between, there's plenty of time for some beach-side relaxation and independent exploration.
Spend two nights in the majestic Palacio Do Freixo (Pousada do Porto) – an 18th century palace on the Douro River, just upstream from the historical old town of Porto and two nights in your choice of luxurious Douro valley hotel.
Stay 4 nights, pay 3 – Save up to £110 pp
Book by: 31 March 2018
This short break takes in all of the above and includes private guiding throughout, along with 5-star accommodation at the stunning Angleterre Hotel.
This indulgent getaway is the ideal combination of relaxation and exploration. Begin with a Big Five safari in South Africa and end by enjoying butler service on Mozambique’s white sands. Enjoy all-inclusive gourmet dining, private transfers and ultra-luxury stays throughout.
– Save up to £455 pp
Book by: 28 February 2018
An ultra-scenic road trip that showcases the best of New England, from the natural splendour of its coastlines and mountains to the region's revolutionary past.