A perfect tick-list of dramatic destinations is on offer with the Swan Hellenic St Petersburg and the Baltic cruise, which departs on 22 May. The Minerva will leave from Portsmouth, and the 16-day trip will include calls at Ronne (Denmark), Visby (Sweden), Stockholm, St Petersburg, Tallinn, Gdansk and Copenhagen. An inside cabin starts at £1,245 per person, includings excursions and gratuities (swanhellenic.com).
Get to The Games
If you haven't secured tickets for the Olympics, there's still the option of booking with Thomas Cook, which is offering short breaks at the games. Packages range from £129 for the beach volleyball preliminaries at Horse Guards Parade on 1-2 August, with a night at the Jury's Inn Heathrow; to £1,899 for the closing ceremony at the Olympic Stadium on 12 August and a night at the Holiday Inn Mayfair. Travelcards included (thomascooklondon2012.com).
Sunvil Discovery is offering a half-term holiday in the Azores for £612 per person. Based on the island of Sao Miguel, it includes a seven-night B&B stay at the Hotel Vila Nova in Ponta Delgada, flights from Gatwick on 2 June and transfers. Activities might include swimming with wild dolphins, surfing or 4x4 tours (sunvil.co.uk).
Explore this wild isle with Bamboo Travel. Its 18-day Wild Borneo trip takes in a six-day trek in Pulong Tau National Park with a nomadic tribe, a visit to the Semonggoh orang-utan sanctuary, exploration of the wildlife-rich waterways of Sabah and a beach break in Kota Kinabalu. The price of £2,695 includes flights in June, accommodation, transfers, guides and most meals (bambootravel.co.uk).
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