Who’s for Opera?

You need to get your skates on and book what’s left of the Ticket packages on Activity Breaks. This summer sees a bumper package of concerts from the best artists around the world.

What are you into? So many music genres are covered. Rolling Stones, Pearl Jam for the rockers. One Direction and Lady Gaga for the pop music fans. Andre Rieu and Andrea Bocelli ( nearly sold out ) for the classical fans – there are even nights at the Opera.

But it’s the whole package here, you get to hear and see brilliant performing artists AND you get to experience it all abroad in Italy,Austria, Holland virtually every major city in Europe.

Ticket packages

Ticket packages

Opera fans will be impressed with the Romeo and Juliet show. Based on the famous play by William Shakespeare, the Opera is a dramatic and moving story with the most talented of singers. Fans can even go to see the real balcony where Juliet was wooed by Romeo! A real gem among the Ticket packages!

 

 

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Going off piste?

Ski breaks used to be for the hoi polloi. It seemed that these holidays were the domain of the well-heeled. Well now it seems that anyone can afford Ski breaks in Europe as there are so many good value bargains to find. Even young children are in on the winter craze!

France, Austria, Italy, Bulgaria, Slovenia – the list goes on as to where you can book the best Ski breaks in Europe.

Ski breaks

Ski breaks

There are so many great artificial ski slopes everywhere these days that you can start off skiing in the mountains with a bit of experience behind you. For the experienced skiier, going up high in the resorts is the ultimate thrill. Though not recommended due to its level of danger, experienced skiiers search out the areas of the mountains excluded to novices.

The views alone from the tops of the Alps and other mountain ranges makes the trek up there totally worth it. Some words of advice though – always ski with a friend when off piste, wear high SPF sunscreen and tell others where you plan to go. Yes it’s an exhilarating ride, but not worth it if there is a threat of an avalanche!

 

 

 

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Magical tour on the Bernina Express

You don’t have to be an anorak to be interested in booking a ticket on the Bernina Express. This is a very special train journey through northern Italy into Switzerland, which should appeal to anyone who loves to experience a very special train journey.

Bernina Express

Bernina Express

It’s a magical tour through the towering Alps, where you can expect to delight in the most incredible views in Europe.

The trip starts off in the pretty little village of Tirano, northern Italy. It climbs up the Alps reaching over 2000 metres before arriving in St Moritz. We think you will agree that this is a truly spectacular journey not to be missed. And wait until you experience the 360 degree turn on the Brusio Circular Viaduct. You will need to bring a big memory card to take all the photos!

The Bernina Express allows you to cross the border from Italy into Switzerland at its most picturesque point. This is an experience that is definitely not to be passed up, and will have you booking it year after year!

 

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Living it up in Krakow

Stuck for an idea when choosing your weekend breaks? If you’re looking for a European destination, it seems that Poland short breaks are becoming more popular with the holiday crowd.

Poland short breaks

Poland short breaks

Krakow is the capital city and is a thriving city full of young people eager to take part in the night life. So many people book  Poland short breaks for many different reasons.

There are the ever popular stag weekends, which lends a modicum of culture to an otherwise ‘busy’ weekend. Many travellers journey here to sightsee and soak up the history of the city, there are also tours to Auschwitz, which though harrowing, a lesson to all that history must not be forgotten.

Then there are the swarms of female shoppers descending on the commercial centre of Krakow. The sales in early Spring and Summer are legendary here, with keen shoppers scheduling their breaks just to coincide with the sales in the department stores.

Just a short flight away from anywhere in Europe, you can see why Krakow is an up and coming popular city break with the seasoned traveller!

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Rome, Paris and Edinburgh for rugby fans

Did you watch the rugby this year? It made me wish I had booked one of the Six Nations Packages with Activity Breaks. It was all so thrilling just watching on the television; friends told me the atmosphere at the grounds was unbelievable.

What the fans benefited from at the game was not just seeing their heroes in the flesh – they got to participate in cheering on their teams, that is a dream of mine and I will definitely book Six Nations Packages for next year.

Six Nations Packages

Six Nations Packages

The chance to go to Rome, Paris and the fairytale city of Edinburgh is something I can’t turn down. Being a rugby fan is a hobby, though getting to explore the best of Europe’s cities is the icing on the cake.

With each year the teams get better and stronger, competition is so tight, that’s what makes following a team so special. You know that if your team wins, they are the creme de la creme; how wonderful to watch that spectacle at a rugby ground!

 

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Shopping, wine-tasting or kayaking?

Taking the time off from work and flying out to the continent for a few days can be just what the doctor ordered. Some much-needed rest and relaxation from the hustle and bustle of urban life. So one of the short breaks in Europe is a great option.

What sort of holidays are you interested in? A weekend in Prague is perfect for a girlie weekend, shopping in the large commercial district during the day ( the summer sales are a big must-see ) and enjoying the night life later on – which can continue into the wee hours!

Short breaks in Europe

Short breaks in Europe

If you’re more into a cultured break then one of the best short breaks in Europe has to be Tuscany. Catch Andrea Bocelli’s concert in his home village, attend a wine-tasting event in one of the many vineyards or simply sample the local cuisine.

Should you be geared up for one of the more activity-based short breaks in Europe then kayaking around the Croatian islands is superb. What better way to explore the coast of this beautiful country than to kayak with a group of friends and stop off at the islands for lunch and some exploring.

That’s the great thing about short breaks, you get to see a little bit of a country, only to end up going back year after year for a longer holiday!

 

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