Great getaways: Northern Lights in Lapland, hot seat in Turkey, Bordeaux wine time, head east to China
Saturday 15 February 2014
There's still time to try and glimpse the Northern Lights this winter. Specialist tour operator Aurora Zone has one trip based at a spa hotel near Luosto in Finnish Lapland, which departs on 2, 9, 16 and 23 March. The price of £1,225pp includes Finnair flights from Heathrow via Helsinki, transfers, four nights' half-board accommodation, activities, cold-weather clothing and guided Aurora hunts (theaurorazone.com).
On 26 April, Exclusive Escapes has a week at Deniz Feneri Lighthouse, a waterfront hotel on the Kas Peninsula of Turkey. Set above a private beach, it offers a waterside restaurant, pool and spa. The price for seven nights is £750pp including flights from Stansted or Manchester to Dalaman, transfers, a day's gulet cruise and Turkish bath (exclusiveescapes.co.uk).
Kirker Holidays has a gourmet break to the commune of Bouliac, just outside Bordeaux, for £688pp. The three-night jaunt is based at the five-star Le Saint James hotel, an 18th-century farmhouse with its own vineyard and gourmet restaurant. Valid for stays until 9 April, it includes BA flights from Gatwick, private transfers, breakfast and a free cooking class or wine-tasting session (kirkerholidays.com).
On 3 May, Journeys of Distinction has an 11-day "Adventures in China" tour which takes in Beijing, the Great Wall, Xian, the Terracotta Army and Shanghai. The price of £2,070pp includes Air France flights from Heathrow via Paris, B&B hotels, some other meals, excursions and guiding (jod.uk.com).
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