16th Jun 2012 12:18pm | By Laura Chubb
You could spend the summer of 2012 squished amid the person-pile of London during the Olympics. Or you could get the hell outta here
We’ve scoured the earth to bring you the best travel deals and discounts of the summer, so you can fly as far away from the long jump and the javelin as your wallet permits. No no, don’t thank us. It was nothing.
Tallinn to Vilnius
Get 10 per cent off tours from Tallinn to Vilnius with Busabout. Explore the emerging counterculture in the Estonian capital’s Kalamaja district (think warehouse parties and raves in disused prisons); then find Lithuania’s bohemian independent republic, Uzupis, deep within Vilnius’ Old Town – perhaps best described as a cross between a hippy commune and a refugee camp.
The deets: £449pp. Includes seven nights’ accommodation, seven breakfasts, two nights on a Baltic Sea Cruise. Excludes flights. Departs July 28 and August 11. busabout.com
Visit five countries on a 10-day trip around southern Europe with Topdeck, enjoying a 20 per cent discount. Travelling one-way from London to Rome, you’ll take in France, Switzerland, Monaco, Florence and the Vatican City. After all that sightseeing, you might need another holiday to recover.
The deets: £488pp, including food fund, including English Channel ferry crossing, camping, transport and sightseeing tours. Departs July 26. topdeck.travel
Europe from London
Save 10 per cent on an epic 29-day tour through Europe with STA Travel. Taking in 11 countries, you’ll stagger through France’s Beaujolais Wine Region, strike a pose on the French Riviera, catch some rays in Corfu and cheers your beers in Munich and Prague. You can then work off the booze pounds in the Swiss Alps and chill out at the tour’s end point in Amsterdam. And these are just a handful of the destinations along the way. Well, we did say warn you it was epic.
The deets: £2438pp, including food fund, accommodation and transport. Departs July 26. statravel.co.uk
Amsterdam and Bruges
Visit two of Europe’s most captivating cities with Anderson Tours. Check out the ‘café culture’ in Amsterdam and wander its notorious Red Light District, then take it down a notch with the fairytale beauty and Belgian beers of Bruges.
The deets: £189pp, including coach travel, two nights’ B&B accommodation, sightseeing tours. Departs July 27.
Hike the Alps
A summer hiking break in Tyrol, Austria, will immerse you in picture-book Alpine scenery, the perfect antidote to people-swamped London. Breathe in the country air, tackle tough climbs, and picnic with jaw-dropping views, leaving you refreshed from city slickness.
The deets: From £105pp, including three nights’ half-board accommodation, snacks, maps and backpacks. Valid throughout July and August. travelzoo.com