Exploring South Africa's beautiful Garden Route
27th May 2022
Everything feels better when you have something exciting to look forward to. That could be the completion of a kitchen extension, a loved one’s birthday party or… a holiday. While you may have been able to look forward to other things, holidays have been in rather short supply for us all recently. But not for much longer! After all the chaos of Covid-19 (we promise we’ll stop talking about it one day) it’s hard to know where to focus your attention. So, we’ve gathered some of the countries that we think should be on your radar for 2021 as great potential holiday destinations.
With its frenetic cities, delicious cuisine, stunning countryside and fascinating history, Japan is a truly unique destination. After getting to know our own backyards so well, this is a great way to go somewhere where everything is completely different, no matter where you call home!
Wander fragrant lavender fields, sample wines in the very vineyards they’ve been made in for centuries, lounge on the Riviera beaches and enjoy some city bustle in iconic Paris. There’s a good reason why France has been such a popular holiday hotspot for hundreds of years… And like its wine, it’s only improved with age.
Whatever kind of holiday-maker you are you will find something to please you in Argentina! The bustle of Buenos Aires is sure to please any culture vulture with its stunning architecture and fantastic night scene. Nature lovers can also get their fix in the vast wildernesses, from Salta to Patagonia, and wine lovers will be one step closer to heaven in the vineyards of Mendoza (and that’s not just because they’re at altitude!).
Whitewashed villages clinging to rocky hills above azure seas, olive groves providing shade from a Mediterranean sun, grand colonnaded ruins hinting at ancient splendour - Greece is a destination for the sunseekers, the romantics and the history lovers. Go to relax and unwind with a healthy dose of culture, and if you fancy a bit of a buzz you can always let loose on Athens’ nightlife scene.
South Africa is such a vast country that you can have many kinds of holiday within its borders. Do you want a cosmopolitan getaway exploring the cultural haven that’s Cape Town? Or a wine-lover’s experience in the winelands around Franschhoek? Or how about an outdoor adventure on the Garden Route with its mountains and wild shores? Or an immersive foray into nature on a Big Five safari? Or of course, you could do all of the above for a truly special holiday.
Get a taste of ‘la dolce vita’ in Italy! Discover glittering glacial lakes hemmed by snow-capped mountains and historic cities complete with ancient architecture. Learn how to make fresh pasta like a local, sip world-class wines amongst sprawling Tuscan vineyards or take a passeggiata through the winding streets of Positano. Italy’s appeal lies in its variety, allowing you to experience what feels like many different countries in a single trip!
Costa Rica is a feast for the senses! Volcanic slopes cloaked in rainforest echo with the calls of colourful birds, mammals and insects. You can breathe in the steam rising from a hot coffee that’s been grown, ground and roasted right in front of you. Dip your toes in either of the oceans that fringe its shores - the Pacific or the Caribbean? It’s your choice. Fantastic for families, groups and couples alike, Costa Rica should be high up on your holiday wishlist for 2021.
Rolling hills and valleys, gorgeous country pubs, a stunning and varied coastline, and oodles of history and culture. England is a fantastic destination in which to enjoy rural tranquility, great food and getting into the great outdoors, whether that’s in the parks of great country estates or the wilds of the many Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
If what you’re after is wide open spaces, beautiful beaches and bountiful birdlife then head to the Falkland Islands. You can wander for miles here and barely see a soul - but you will see penguins, albatrosses and enough endemic species to make Darwin do a little jig of pleasure.
Make it happen
Wherever you want to go in the world your trip will be in safe hands with our local partners. Even during the height of the pandemic that has rocked our world they have gone over and above to make sure that our travellers were safe and happy. You can read about their efforts here. If you to enquire about travelling to any of the countries listed simply click on the country title and it will take you to our enquiry form, or call +44 (0) 117 325 7898.