What’s hot for summer

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What’s hot for summer

Still deliberating over where to spend your precious time off this summer?

Don’t waste it flopping on a Mediterranean beach somewhere with your nose in the latest trashy novel, or beside a swimming pool in a Caribbean all-inclusive resort, make more of your time away and get under the skin of the country you are in.

You don’t have to head off to far-flung lands to trek amidst sky-piercing peaks, witness wildlife in its natural habitat or have your senses overloaded by a new culture.

If you are looking to get away and do something different but want to avoid lengthy flights and jet lag, here are a few ways to make the most of your summer…

SPRING INTO ACTION ON THE TURQUOISE COAST

Kas is a lively port town on Turkey’s idyllic Turquoise Coast, and your springboard for a week of summer adventure! Hit the trails to discover three millennia of history as you pass by a Roman aqueduct and numerous ruins, grab a paddle and kayak over an ancient sunken city, and dive beneath the waves into an underwater world teeming with life on a scuba dive. Thrill-seekers can even take to the skies and paraglide over this spectacular coastline, while those looking to relax under the warmth of the sun’s rays can enjoy a cruise on board a traditional gulet boat.

Taking you there:
The Turquoise Coast - Book now and get £100pp OFF June departures

FULL BLOOM ALPINE TREKKING

Summer is the perfect time to get out on the trails and stretch the legs and where better than on the glorious Mont Blanc Circuit?

At this time of year the Alpine meadows flanking the lush Chamonix Valley are awash with floral colour; delicate Edelweiss, vibrant primroses and wild poppies all scatter the mountainside. With cow bells gently jangling and marmots scarpering in the distance, ascend the massif via zig-zag paths, traverse high passes, cross babbling brooks and pass cascading falls. Enjoy breathtaking views of the snow-capped giant with every step along Europe’s most iconic trek.

Taking you there:
Mont Blanc walking holidays

GET A CULTURE SHOCK IN MOROCCO

Although Morocco’s so close to Europe, it feels like a million miles away as you walk around Marrakech’s bustling bazaars and intoxicating souks. Exotic fragrances curl around cobblestone corners, brightly coloured scarves flutter in the breeze and stallholders rival for your attention. Away from Morocco’s magnetic hub, intricately designed mosques, remote mountain treks, desert sands and sweeping beaches await.

If you are looking for a long haul culture shock with a short haul price tag this summer, look no further than Morocco.

Taking you there:
Highlights of Morocco

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GET CLOSE TO NATURE

Few people know that the coast of Northern Cyprus is one of the largest nesting sites for Green and Loggerhead turtles in the Mediterranean. Between May and July, these shelled reptiles clamber ashore to lay their eggs. The hatchings will emerge from their protective clutches approximately 50 days later and the best place to witness this marine marvel is near Ayios Philon.

From fauna to flora, this part of the island is home to over 50 species of endemic orchids, and the early summer months are the perfect time to see the hills above Kyrenia in full bloom.

After a day out on the trails, tickle the taste buds with the region’s fusion cuisine inspired by mainland Turkey. Highly recommend are manti; often described as Turkish ravioli, these pinched parcels filled with meat and served with lashings of garlic and yogurt, are flavour explosions.

Taking you there:
Walking In North Cyprus

MARA SAFARI ON THE FLY

Too short on time to take a safari? Think again. Our Masai Mara Long Weekend flies you into the game reserve to maximise your time in this wildlife haven. And with little time difference, European travellers needn’t worry about battling jet lag. Choose the summer months (July to November) and you’ll bear witness to one of the nature’s greatest spectacles – The Great Migration. As the ruminant herds are on the move heading north from Tanzania, you could catch a treacherous river crossing where menacing crocs await the unwitting, witness a heart-pounding cheetah chase, or for the really privileged, lay eyes on a lounging leopard.

Head out under the glow of the early morning rays to catch the Mara as it awakes; as lion prides yawn and stretch to a sunrise soundtrack of birdsong, vultures punctuate the dawn sky in search of their breakfast before you have even eaten yours! We can think of worse ways to spend a long weekend away.

Taking you there:
Masai Mara Long Weekend

Got more time? Try these summer safari holidays: Classic Kenya Safari | Gorillas & Masai Mara

OFF-ROAD THRILLS ON TWO WHEELS

Swap well-trodden tourist tracks for off-road trails through aromatic forests, around glistening lakes and little-known mountain ranges – the perfect terrain for a summer mountain biking adventure. Challenging ascents, exhilarating downhills and tranquil lakeside rides characterise this thrilling point-to-point tour on two-wheels. Our ride starts in Plitvice Lakes National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. The sixteen lakes are renowned for their distinctive colours, ranging from azure to green, grey or blue depending on the minerals in the water and the angle of sunlight. From here we head deep into the Velebit National Park, named after Croatia’s largest mountain range.

Taking you there:
Mountain Biking In Croatia

A SPANISH SOJOURN

Discover a region of timeless charm as you walk through undulating olive groves, meander around meadows of wild flowers and stop off in sleepy whitewashed villages – welcome to Andalucia.

The Cortijo Rosario, a traditionally renovated Andalucian farmhouse set within miles of rolling countryside, is your tranquil retreat for the week where you can indulge with home-cooked local specialities, relax by the pool and enjoy views as far reaching as Seville and Cadiz.

Walk around the imposing granite peaks of the Sierra de Grazalema, spend a day soaking up the culture of Seville and visit the abandoned Caños Santos Monastery.

Taking you there:
Walking in Andalucia

FJORD-ING THE WAY

Crystalline skies, jade fjords and glaciers glistening like crushed diamonds; what’s not to love? Get a real sense of the awe-inspiring raw power of nature as you walk Norway’s fjords on a small group walking holiday with Exodus. This is a landscape born from the violence of nature; yet this artistry leaves a world etched with beauty, carved by centuries of grinding glacial arms. The thunder of cascading waterfalls remains a constant companion as you set off on foot to explore birch forests, climb to staggering panoramic views and immerse yourself in one of the most beautiful and tranquil places on the planet.

Taking you there:
Walking the Fjords

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