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Travel Inspiration: Where to spend your summer

Plan your Spring or Summer travels with these inspiring ideas

With spring now upon us, summer travel plans are on the minds of many.

Here, we have selected a collection of our favourite destinations all ideal for spring and summer holidays. Our suggestions might surprise you!

We hope this will inspire you to start planning your next adventure, but if you still need advice on your summer travels, please get in touch. We like nothing more than talking about travel!

Aegean Turkey: Coast, History and Cuisine

Harbour Behramkale Turkey
Behramkale Harbour in Turkey

First up is the Aegean coast of Turkey, a region which offers so much more than sandy beaches. This part of western Turkey is a treasure trove of natural wonders, cultural riches, and warm hospitality. Beyond popular destinations, like the impressive ruins of Ephesus and the spectacular travertine terraces of Pamukkale, are many lesser-known but equally captivating sights. Off-the-beaten-path archaeological sites, mouthwatering local cuisine, and colourful bazaars are just a few.

The weather in Aegean Turkey during summer is typically sunny, hot, and dry, with sea breezes to cool things down.

Ephesus & The Turquoise Coast: 10 days from £3445 DISCOVER MORE
Classical Turkey: 12 days from £2845 DISCOVER MORE

Ladakh: Mesmerising Indian Himalaya

Hemis Monastery Ladakh in India 5 (c) Kathmandu & Beyond
Hemis Monastery in Ladakh

Ladakh has many aliases. Little Tibet, the last Shangri-La, Roof of the World, the Land of High Passes and Moonland all describe a remote and rugged region of northern India that promises to capture your heart.

Visit the monasteries of Hemis, Thiksey, and Lamayuru, explore the stunning landscape of Nubra Valley, Pangong Tso, and Tso Moriri, and experience the unique culture of Ladakhi people. Hemis festival, a vibrant annual celebration of Tibetan Buddhism, is a highlight of the summer, with colourful masked dances, music, and traditional rituals. In 2023 it takes place in late June.

With pleasant daytime temperatures ranging from 15-30°C, cool nights, and clear blue skies, Ladakh’s striking blend of natural beauty, adventure, and spirituality will leave you transformed.

Ladakh & The Hemis Festival: 11 days from £2895 DISCOVER MORE
Ladakh – Roof of the World: 10 days from £2495 DISCOVER MORE

Sri Lanka: Cultural Triangle and the East Coast

Polonnaruwa UNESCO site in Sri Lanka
Polonnaruwa in Sri Lanka

Known for its stunning natural landscapes, rich cultural heritage, and warm hospitality, Sri Lanka is an excellent choice for a summer holiday to Asia.

The Cultural Triangle is home to several impressive ancient and historical sites including the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, the ancient city of Anuradhapura and the cave temples of Dambulla. In contrast, the East Coast boasts miles of pristine beaches, turquoise waters, and lush tropical greenery. It is a paradise for nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts.

During the summer, while the southwest is experiencing seasonal rains, Sri Lanka’s northern regions and east coast are typically dry and sunny, offering a favourable climate for a holiday combining culture and beach.

Sri Lanka Summer Family Holiday: 13 days from £1770 DISCOVER MORE
Sri Lanka – Jaffna & The East Coast: 13 days from £2575 DISCOVER MORE

Georgia: the Heart of the Caucasus

The Caucasus mountains in Georgia - an excellent choice for summer travels
The Caucasus Mountains in Georgia

Nestled in the Caucasus, Georgia’s well-rounded blend of culture, history, scenery and food makes it an excellent spring or summer travel destination. Explore centuries-old monasteries, sample the finest Georgian wines, feast on delicious local cuisine, and immerse yourself in the majestic beauty of the Caucasus mountains.

Georgia is a year-round destination, and in summer, you can expect warm weather, with temperatures ranging from the mid-20s to mid-30s. Keep in mind that Tbilisi can get hot in July and August, making the summer months an ideal time to head to the Caucasus mountains or the Black Sea coast.

Walking in Georgia: 10 days from £2595 DISCOVER MORE
Taste of Georgia: Food & Wine Tour: 8 days from £1995 DISCOVER MORE

Armenia: Ancient Cultural Heritage

Lake Sevan in Armenia - perfect for summer travels
Lake Sevan in Armenia

Captivating Armenia offers visitors a wealth of cultural heritage, stunning natural scenery, and warm hospitality. With a history dating back thousands of years, Armenia boasts an impressive array of ancient monasteries, churches, and fortresses, each offering a glimpse into its rich past. The rugged landscapes, plunging gorges, and sparkling lakes make it a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Discover Armenia’s fascinating history, natural beauty, and welcoming people, and be enchanted by this hidden gem of the Caucasus.

Similarly to Georgia, Armenia enjoys a continental climate, with hot and dry summers characterised by plenty of sunshine and minimal rainfall.

Classic Armenia: 10 days from £2275 DISCOVER MORE
Armenia Sojourn: 8 days from £1770 DISCOVER MORE

Egypt: Low-Season Luxury

Egypt - great low season value for summer travels
The River Nile in Egypt

Egypt is a destination that always offers excellent value. This is particularly true during the low season from May to September when the weather is hot and dry. Some travellers may be deterred by the heat, but those willing to embrace the warmth will reap many rewards from a summer holiday in Egypt.

With fewer crowds, the low season in Egypt is an excellent opportunity to experience this fascinating country in luxury very affordably. During this time, the weather is typically in the high 30s to low 40s, but with ample air conditioning, plenty of shade and cooling dips in the pool, or the sea, the heat is more than manageable.

Egypt Nile Cruise & Red Sea: 9 days from £1920 DISCOVER MORE
Egypt Family Holiday: Mummies & Red Sea: 9 days from £1795 DISCOVER MORE

Have we inspired your summer travels? Contact our destination experts to discuss your plans.


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