Short Break (2-5 days) Athens & Evia
Steeped in history with some fabulous sites such as the Acropolis, Parthenon and Temple of Zeus. Why not satiate your tour history appetite and spend a few days in Athens, one of the oldest cities in the world, where the first Marathon was run?
I’m not saying you run a marathon - this is the spiritual home of the event and it’s a great place to see with temperatures a comfortable 10-18°C which is ideal for wandering around the sites.
Then head down to the beautiful Aegean island of Evia for some glittering beaches, mountains and fabulous food. A fantastic relaxing end to your short stay.
Evia is linked to the mainland by two bridges and a ferry service, so, it can be easily accessed by hire car from Athens and then back for your flight home!
At this time of year, this is generally a cheaper time to visit as it’s out of season.
Medium Break (7-10 days) Valletta, Malta
Malta has the most marvellous Mediterranean climate this time of year with temperatures still hovering around the 21°C mark. Again, this is out of season and with a resurgence of visitors to Malta, deals are to be had with Valletta and its surrounding areas much more in demand.
Valetta, with Baroque palaces, churches, narrow lanes and beefy fortifications there is so much to see and do.
Why not stay in a converted palazzo and hire a car to visit St Pauls Bay, The Blue Grotto, Marsaxlokk for great seafood, medieval Mdina and the Dingli cliffs.
All washed down with a ferry trip across to the beautiful beaches of Gozo, which of course in November will be less crowded!
Long Break (14 days plus) Costa Rica
We have many clients and their families travelling to Costa Rica at the moment to experience the amazing sights, sounds and culture that this beautiful country has to offer.
November is the end of the rainy season, although I would still suggest packing a light waterproof jacket, so the land looks lush and green with waterfalls in full flow.
There is so much to see and do, it would take me forever to list them all, but here’s a quick guide.
Often, a good first step is to choose one or two destinations, and then complementary locations can be found based on time constraints, proximity, and interest. Many travellers choose three or four destinations to visit in a 7-10 day period, with a relaxing beach break thrown in for your last few days.
There are currently two international airports in Costa Rica. The largest, Juan Santamaria Airport (SJO) in Alajuela, is located within the Central Valley region north of San Jose. The other airport, Daniel Oduber Airport (LIR) in Liberia, facilitates access to destinations in the Northwestern Guanacaste region.
Visitors enjoy a wide range of activities and accommodations and are captivated by the unique natural landscape and habitat, as well as the developed tourism infrastructure with tours, nightlife, and restaurant options.
I would say that the Guanacaste region and Marino Las Baulas National Park is one of the most important nesting sites for leather-back turtles.
Staying in the North, one of Costa Rica's most notable natural features is the Arenal Volcano. This fantastic sight rises above the rainforest that surrounds its base. Arenal frames the skyline with near perfect symmetry.
The immediate area hosts a wealth of activities – including white-water rafting, waterfall rappelling, hiking and canopy tours – as well as the friendly town of La Fortuna.
Whatever your choice, you are spoilt, with adventure activities such as Hiking, Rafting, Zip Lining or more sedate activities like, Bird Watching, Catamaran trips, Cable cars, Hot Springs or just relaxing, Costa Rica has it all!
Talking of which, the stunning beaches on either the Pacific or Caribbean side of Costa Rica from Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean side to the beautiful Tamarindo on Manual Antonio on the Pacific, there are 300 spectacular beaches to choose from!
Contact me on 0191 432 6570 to enquire about these magnificent destinations, or for more info.