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8 Trips to make your bank holidays go further

Take a trip during a bank holiday and you'll find yourself saving valuable days of annual leave. Here are some fantastic small group trips to help make your bank holidays go further.

 

Friday 7 April 2023

New Zealand Explorer

How many days off will you need?: 14

Take advantage of the southern hemisphere’s pleasant weather in April, as you explore New Zealand’s north and sound islands. The adventure begins in Auckland, visiting the iconic set of The Lord of the Rings, and enjoying a traditional Te Po Maori banquet, usually comprising meat and sweet potato cooked in an underground oven. Later, venture into a glowworm grotto across at Te Anau, and cruise through the rugged wilderness of Fiordland National Park. Wake up in Christchurch on this April bank holiday before ending your New Zealand trip with a sumptuous breakfast.

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Monday 10 April 2023

Classic Egypt

How many days off will you need?: 5

Taking in the very best of Egypt, this 10-day Classic Egypt tour coincides brilliantly with an April bank holiday. After arriving in the lively city of Cairo you’ll quickly head on to Giza, home of the pyramids and Sphinx. Hop on an overnight train to Aswan - Egypt’s most southerly city - before embarking on the cruise element of this journey. Onboard the Princess Sara II M, you’ll sail in style along the Nile River, taking in the scenic views and exploring the Edfu and Luxor cities. After taking in the majesty of the Valley of the Kings, end your all-encompassing trip on the bank holiday.

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Monday 1 May 2023

Transylvanian Long Weekend

How many days off will you need?: 2

Use your first May bank holiday to escape to Transylvania for a long weekend. Romania’s largest city, Bucharest, is an excellent starting point, introducing you to the history of Romania through its Old Town, art galleries, and multitude of museums. After an evening of bear watching explore the opulent Peles and Pelsior Castles, complete with richly-decorated interiors. A Transylvanian adventure is also incomplete without a visit to Bran Castle. Unravel the mystery at the museum before the trip finishes on the 1 May bank holiday.

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Monday 8 May 2023

Coastal Jewels of the UK

How many days off will you need?: 9

Spend your bonus Coronation bank holiday on a 14-day voyage of the Coastal Jewels of the UK. Onboard M/S Greg Mortimer, you’ll set sail from Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home to the Mary Rose and HMS Victory, before arriving in Fowey, Cornwall. The Isles of Scilly will welcome you with scenic sand beaches and delectable seafood, and you’ll have a choice of a number of half-day excursions. In Scotland, keep your eyes peeled for elusive seal and even otter as you explore the wind-beaten coastline, pausing to sample the peatiest whiskey in Islay.

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Monday 29 May 2023

Active Turkey

How many days off will you need?: 5

Round off the May bank holiday with an Active Turkey adventure. Meandering along the Mediterranean coastline, you'll make stops at charming seaside towns including Kas, Simena, and Kastellorizo. Explore the foothills of the Taurus Mountains, taking in the ancient cedars and stunning views, meeting local shepherd families along the way. Swap hiking for kayaking on the Xanthos River, arriving at the golden Patara Beach. As well as a relaxing spot for swimming, it's also home to protected giant loggerhead turtles.

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Monday 28 August 2023

Rome to Venice - Highlights of Northern Italy

How many days off will you need?: 9

Kickstart your August bank holiday by embarking on a journey from Rome to Venice. Beat the crowds on an early guided tour of the city, taking in the impressive Colosseum and the ancient Roman Forum. Catch a train to the charming town of Orvieto, scenically perched on protruding volcanic rock and abundant with narrow streets. Here you’ll also head underground to the maze of tunnels and chambers beneath the town, built 2,500 years ago by the Etruscans. Then it’s on to Siena, Florence, Milan and Venice for walking, museums, and lakeside scenery.

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Monday 25 December 2023

Family highlights of Sri Lanka

How many days off will you need?: 5

Spend the Christmas day bank holiday on a family adventure to Sri Lanka, immersed in the vibrant wildlife and beaches of the south west coast. Whether you’re camping at an eco lodge suspended among the trees, or are searching for leopard and sambar deer in Wilpattu National Park, the whole family will love every minute of this exhilarating tour. You’ll also enjoy an action-packed rafting experience down the Kelani Ganga River, and take a canoe out onto a serene lake.

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Tuesday 26 December 2023

Vietnam and Angkor in Comfort

How many days off will you need?: 8

Enjoy the Boxing Day bank holiday in Angkor on a Vietnam adventure tour. On this 14-day trip you’ll get to know the history of Hanoi, wandering through winding streets in the Old Quarter, and taking in the aromatic scents of street food kiosks. After a breathtaking cruise of Halong Bay’s limestone islands, and a flight to Da Nang, explore the UNESCO listed town of Hoi An, once a merchant port and now a charming hub of vibrant culture, local cuisine and traditional wooden architecture.

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