Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Make the most of the early summer with Audley Travel


Make the most of the early summer with Audley Travel

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Bespoke tour operator Audley Travel’s country specialists recommend vacations for clients able to travel in early summer, with suggestions for destinations with pleasant temperatures, fewer crowds and memorable experiences in May and June.


Central Vietnam is a great choice for a May or June trip, avoiding the high season prices of April and before the European school holidays begin. The central region is an ideal destination as the sun shines with very little rain expected, and Hoi An serves as a lovely beach choice for clients wanting a relaxing trip.

A 13-day bespoke trip to Central Vietnam costs from $8,100 per person (based on two sharing) and includes accommodation, transfers, and excursions. Clients explore Hoi An’s UNESCO recognised Old Town, unearth Vietnam’s modern and ancient history in Hue including a night’s stay in a traditional garden house, spot Langur and birdlife in Son Tra Nature Reserve and relax on the idyllic beach of Lang Co. 855 435 1768 audleytravel.com/us/vietnam

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Across Greece’s mainland and islands, June is an ideal time to visit as everything is fully open and the temperatures start to rise, but the real heat hasn’t yet set in.

June is also when many festivals take place across the country. For example, the Athens and Epidavros Festival gives clients a chance to see ancient Greek plays performed in historic venues in both cities, including the Theatre of Epidavros.

An 11-day bespoke Mainland Greece tour costs from $8,230 per person (based on two sharing) and includes accommodation, transfers and excursions. Clients join a private food walking tour sampling different snacks from local eateries, explore the stunning

Meteora monasteries with a private guide (from Kastraki), learn about the life of bees on an afternoon with a local beekeeper and kayak and snorkel around underwater ruins and visit a deserted beach from Nafplio in the heart of the Peloponnese. 855 435 1768 audleytravel.com/us/greece

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Sri Lanka

The east coast of Sri Lanka is a good value option in early summer. The different seasons on the country’s coastlines mean that although the south west is wetter, the cultural sites around Sigiriya

and the beaches of the east coast (for example, Passikudah, a small coastal village famous for its golden bay and clear, shallow waters in which visitors can wade 50 metres out to sea) are in sunshine.

A 13-day bespoke Sri Lanka tour costs from $5,330 per person (based on two sharing) and includes accommodation, transfers and excursions.

Clients explore some of Sri Lanka’s cultural treasures in Sigiriya, spot elephants on safari and enjoy the sunshine and snorkel over coral formations and schools of reef fish on the beaches. 855 435 1768 audleytravel.com/us/sri-lanka

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Temperatures in Spain continue to rise in May, and is a great time for outdoor activities such as hiking or heading to the beaches before they’re overrun with visitors.

An eight-day bespoke Culinary Tour of Seville & San Sebastián costs from $7,670 (based on two sharing) and includes accommodation, transfers and excursions.  Clients enjoy tours and tastings of two varieties of Spanish small plates – pintxos and tapas, they learn to

cook a traditional Basque meal in a cooking class and spend a day exploring the vineyards of La Rioja. In Seville, they visit the cathedral and Real Alcázar and experience a traditional Andalusian horse show. 855 435 1768 audleytravel.com/us/spain

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For more information on Audley’s bespoke trips, and recommendations for travel by month, visit Inspiration Search | Trip Finder | Audley Travel