Journal: TWUKSection:
Title: Issue Date: 23/04/01
Author: Page Number: 43
Copyright: Other

Other options

Outside of the traditional areas, lakes and mountains options still abound as operators rush to introduce the next big thing.

For activity holidays, Neilson offers a comprehensive range of biking, surfing, sailing, diving, yachting and walking holidays in the Alps, the Caribbean and the Mediterranean. Seven nights at the Riviera Beach Hotel in Grenada lead in at £660; activities include golf, sailing, mountain biking and diving.

Greece is emerging as an alternative for walkers who fancy a bit of sun. Halkidiki on the Greek mainland opened 110 miles of waymarked trails recently. Thomson offers Halkidiki as part of a 14-night twin-centre break from £768.

Slovenia is fast becoming a scenic alternative to more expensive central European destinations, such as Austria. For sightseers, it offers a similar level of tours to other central European destinations (for example, excursions to the capital, Ljubljana, Venice and the Istrian peninsula). For active types, the Julian Alps and Lake Bled are ideal for hiking and water sports. Inghams offers seven nights’ self-catering in the mountain resort of Kranska Gora from £212.

For those seeking an off-beat option, First Choice offers Iceland. The country is never cheap with a seven-night tour leading in at £1,129 for July 1-14. Highlights include the blue lagoon hot thermal pools, the hot springs at Geysir, the Gulfoss waterfall and a one-day excursion to Greenland available as a pre-bookable add-on.

Away days: the high standard of Swiss trains makes touring a pleasure. Meanwhile, Thomson offers clients a dedicated Alpine walking option, inset