Travellers are increasingly looking towards the unique and unusual to get more out of their summer break. Perhaps move out from China’s Forbidden City onto the meandering oxbows of the Yangtze River to discover China’s dramatic scenery and ancient temples. Or, there’s one of the world’s most scenic train rides between Oslo and Bergen bringing you over Europe’s highest mountain plateaus and past Norway’s spectacular gneiss-walled fjords.
Superlatives also abound for Massachusetts’s picturesque Cape Cod where pretty fishing villages dot vast, sandy beaches. Of course, there are always the European classics. Find a cliff top perch, island getaway or piazza bistro on Italy’s Amalfi Coast or head to the private beaches and frescoed cities of Tuscany for fine wines and finer views.
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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.
Stay 4 nights, pay 3 at Baglioni Cala Del Porto – Save up to £440 pp
Book by: 16 September 2018
Combine the white sands of the Tuscan coast with the Renaissance excess of Florence, enjoying stays in two of the country’s finest hotels; contrast private-beach access with Michelin-starred dining. In between, the use of a hire car will afford you the flexibility to explore the Tuscan countryside.
With a stay in historic Boston as its prologue, this self-drive winds south, via the Pilgrim settlement of Plymouth, to Cape Cod's dune-fringed idyll. Then, after day trips to Provincetown and the cobblestones of Nantucket, you'll end amid Martha's Vineyard's golden sands and gingerbread houses.
Enjoy a five-day coastal voyage of Noway's most scenic fjords, mountains as you sail with Hurtigruten from Tromso in the arctic north to Bergen, gateway to the country's Western Fjords.