‘To sit in the shade on a fine day, and look upon verdure, is the most perfect refreshment,’ writes a certain Jane Austen. But, whether it’s the terracotta culture of Sicily or the shimmering blue of Amalfi’s piazza-speckled coastline, refreshment is printed in all colours.
Or, head further afield for the great red of Australia’s centre; linking the twin delights of Perth and Sydney, it's best explored on an epic train journey. And, if the natural world excites, there’s the Great Barrier Reef’s unique biodiversity framed by picturesque islands and crystal clear waters while the cragged grandeur and wildlife of America’s national parks are no less impressive.
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With the flexibility to explore at your own pace, link Sicily’s highlights with spectacularly rural drives and stays in some of the island’s premier hotels. You’ll take in everything from Cefalù’s white-sand beaches to Agrigento’s temple wonders and Taormina's ancient grandeur.
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.
Experience the sheer beauty of western Norway on this weeklong holiday connecting Bergen – a city famed for its fjord-side setting and Hanseatic wharf – and Balestrand, one of the country's prettiest villages.
Famed for watches, cheese and chocolate, Switzerland is a country defined by its natural beauty and set against the majestic Alps. This four-day tailor-made tour of Zurich, Lucerne and Mont Titlis will introduce you to two of the country's most eclectic cities, along with its breath taking mountain…
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The national parks of Yellowstone, Grand Teton and Rocky Mountain comprise the bulk of this tailor-made self-drive, which combines some of America's most spellbinding scenery with the chance to see native wildlife and explore a rich, pioneering history.