Friday, 26 February 2016

Close to home

There’s no need to cross continents – Europe is the perfect destination for a short break

Written by Wendy Gomersall
JERSEY JAUNTS
Prestige Holidays has introduced multi-island stays in the Channel Islands into its 2016 Closer To Home brochure. Prestige can tailor itineraries to suit, and guests can transfer from island to island by ferry or air. Multiisland breaks, taking in Guernsey, Sark and Herm, start from £996 per person for an eight-night stay with private transfers and return flights from Southampton. Single-island breaks on Jersey include three nights’ B&B at the new four-star Hotel de France, where prices start from £446 per person, including private transfers and return flights from Southampton. The hotel features the awardwinning Ayush Wellness Spa.

01425-480600, www.toursprestigeholidays.co.uk

ITALIAN CRUISE
Kirker Holidays has joined forces with European Waterways to offer tailormade, eight-night holidays that blend canal cruising in France or Italy with a hotel stay. Each itinerary includes air or rail travel from the UK, two nights’ hotel accommodation with breakfast and a six-night, full-board cruise with excursions. For example, Venice to Mantua, from £3,549 per person, combines two nights at the four-star deluxe Londra Palace hotel in Venice with a six-night cruise to the Renaissance city of Mantua. Sailing aboard La Bella Vita, guests visit the Roman city of Chioggia before travelling through the Po delta (home to flamingos), visiting the Etruscan town of Adria, Renaissance Ferrara, and local vineyards en route.

020-7593 2283, www.kirkerholidays.com

travel-590-2Hardangerfjord

NORWAY WALKS

Discover the World’s Hike and Spa four-night break in Norway gives you the chance to walk the many trails surrounding the stunning fjord of Hardangerfjord, returning to a spa hotel with heated indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, whirlpool bath and Japanese foot-massage pool each evening. The trip, from £584 per person (for two sharing), includes a night exploring Bergen before travelling to the village of Lofthus. Rafting, kayaking, canoeing and fishing will also be available. The price includes return flights from Gatwick to Bergen, one night’s B&B at Clarion Hotel Admiral in Bergen, three at Hotel Ullensvang in Lofthus on half board and return train between Bergen and Voss.

01737-900670, www.discover-the-world.co.uk

FRENCH CHATEAU
Château de la Treyne, between Sarlat and Rocamadour in southwest France, is set high above the Dordogne beneath a wooded hillside. The romantic luxury château, which dates back to the 14th century, has 11 rooms and six suites, and the 300-hectare estate includes a formal French Garden, excursions. For example, Venice to Mantua, from £3,549 per person, combines two nights at the four-star deluxe Londra Palace hotel in Venice with a six-night cruise to the Renaissance city of Mantua. Sailing aboard La Bella Vita, guests visit the Roman city of Chioggia before travelling through the Po delta (home to flamingos), visiting the Etruscan town of Adria, Renaissance Ferrara, and local vineyards en route.

020-7593 2283, www.kirkerholidays.com

travel-590-3Château de la Treyne

NORWAY WALKS

Discover the World’s Hike and Spa four-night break in Norway gives you the chance to walk the many trails surrounding the stunning fjord of Hardangerfjord, returning to a spa hotel with heated indoor and outdoor pools, sauna, whirlpool bath and Japanese foot-massage pool each evening. The trip, from £584 per person (for two sharing), includes a night exploring Bergen before travelling to the village of Lofthus. Rafting, kayaking, perfumed rose gardens, secluded heated outdoor swimming pool and tennis court. Dining in the Michelinstar restaurant is al fresco when weather permits. Rooms costs from €440 (around £340) per night half board; flights to Brive-Souillac (a half-hour drive from the hotel) cost from £50 per person one way with Ryanair, or fly to Toulouse or Bordeaux. Airport transfers can be arranged by the hotel; car hire is recommended to give you the freedom to explore the beautiful Dordogne Valley.

+33 5 65 27 60 60, www.chateaudelatreyne.com

Contact Wendy at wendy.gomersall@lady.co.uk
Prices are correct at time of going to press.



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