Pack your snow shoes - it's the only way to see Bulgaria
Monday 19 February 2001
Exodus Travel (tel: 020-8772 3834; net: www.exodus.co.uk) is offering an eight-day snow-shoeing holiday in Bulgaria, among the beautiful peaks, lakes and forest scenery of the Rila National Park. The trip includes six days' walking with vehicle support, visits to the capital Sofia and the Rila Monastery. Prices start from £629 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights and b&b accommodation in hotels, hostels and chalets. There is a $90 (about £60) fee for meals, while those in Sofia cost extra.
For world-class opera and ballet and world-famous attractions such as St Basil's Cathedral and the Kremlin, look no further than Moscow. A two-night city break in the Russian capital costs from £419 per person, based on two sharing, until 31 March with Sovereign (tel: 08705 768373). The price includes return flights, transfers and b&b accommodation at the three-star Hotel Cosmos. For £595 you can get the same deal at the five-star Baltschug Kempinski.
Guerba (tel: 01373 826611; net: www.guerba.co.uk) offers a nine-day tour of the Julian Alps in Slovenia, which includes two days' hiking in the Karavanke Mountains and three days' trekking in the Triglav National Park. It also provides the opportunity to see Lake Bled and its medieval castle, the Slovenian capital Ljubljana, and the Skocjan caves. Prices start from £692 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights and b&b accommodation in hotels and hostels.
Martin Randall's (tel: 020-8742 3355; net:www.martinrandall.com) new seven-day tour of Prague includes a comprehensive programme of Czech music from the 14th to the 20th century, performed in some of the city's finest historical sights. The package includes nine concerts, seven of which are exclusive to the festival tour audience. Themed walks are also available. The package starts from £1,560 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights and b&baccommodation in a hotel. Departs 17 September.
Inntravel (tel: 01653 629010; net: www.travelscene.co.uk) is offering long weekends to Tallin, the capital of Estonia. The two-day trip starts from £317 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights and b&b accommodation in a five-star hotel converted from a 13th-century merchant's house in the centre of town. Extra nights cost from £32 per person.
Riga, the ancient Latvian capital, is celebrating its 800th anniversary this year and Regent Holidays (tel: 0117-921 1711; net: www.regent-holidays.co.uk) has organised four-day breaks to the city to join in the celebrations. Prices start from £337 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights and b&b accommodation in a hotel.
Travelscene Cities (tel: 020-8427 4445) has a three-day break to Krakow, the original capital of Poland until the 17th century. Its market square is the biggest in Europe and is a designated a World Heritage site. Prices start from £351 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights and two nights' b&b accommodation in the two-star Hotel Polara.
Naturetrek (tel: 01962 733051; net: www.naturetrek.co.uk) is offering an all-inclusive nine-day tour led by experienced guides and ornithologists covering the hills, plains and wetlands of the Aggtalek and Hortobgy national parks of Hungary. Prices start from £895 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights and full-board accommodation. Departs 5 May.
Kempinski Hotels (tel: 00 800 426 313 55, net: www.kempinski.com) is offering a special deal for the Easter break to the Hungarian capital Budapest. The offer costs DM541 (about £184) per person, based on two sharing, and the price includes two-nights' accommodation at the luxurious Kempinski Hotel Corvinus, breakfast and a four-course dinner, tour of the city, complimentary use of the swimming pool and fitness area. Flights are not included. The offer runs from 14 to 28 April.
Steppes East (tel: 01285 651010; net: www.steppeseast.co.uk) is offering a five-day guided tour of St Petersburg to explore the city's many attractions, such as the Peterhof, the former summer residence of the Russian tsars, the Hermitage museum, the Mariinsky Theatre and the Philharmonic Hall. The tour is led by a descendant of Catherine the Great and includes a boat trip along the city's canals. The price is from £1,195 per person, based on two sharing, for return flights and b&b accommodation.
Prague is the starting point of a 15-day Explore Worldwide tour (tel: 01252 760 100; net: www.exploreworldwide.com). Taking in Prague, Budapest and northern Hungary by bus and train, the trip includes walking in the mountains in Slovakia. Prices start from £735 per person, based on two sharing, for b&b in shared accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Flights cost extra.
Explore Armenia on Sunvil's (tel: 020-8568 4499; net: www.sunvil.co.uk) eight-night guided tour. With the main focus on the country's ancient and religious history, this tour includes a sightseeing trip to Yerevan, the Armenian capital, as well as trips to Lake Sevan, its 9th-century monastery, and Dilijan to see the 4th-century cave monastery. There is also an excursion to see the twin peaks of Mount Ararat. Prices start from £1,540 per person, based on two sharing, including return flights and half-board, hotel accommodation.
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