Press release


Friday 31 August 2012

Over 50s specialist, Saga Holidays, has launched its range of 2013 holidays to Europe, introducing new holidays and escorted tours to the undiscovered Balkan region, the Greek Islands, Italy’s coast and culinary & wine tours through the heart of Spain. All offer great value with no hidden extras and are backed by Saga’s Price Promise.

Europe’s undiscovered Balkan region has an increased focus for 2013, and Saga’s new holidays include escorted journeys to the hidden historic gems and dramatic scenery of Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro. Other exciting holidays explore Spain’s award-winning vineyards and tapas bars, whilst in the Greek Island’s adventure seekers can explore historic sites, caves and crystal clear waters.

Ancient Trails of La Mancha – follow in the footsteps of Don Quixote
This enchanting 7 night escorted holiday features the medieval heart of traditional Spain, explores cities lost in time and uncovers rural towns associated with Don Quixote’s literary adventures. Explore a magnificent 13th century cathedral in Toledo, discover the ‘hanging houses’ of Cuenca over the Huécar ravine and explore the city’s Old Town and cathedral. Take in the main sights, parks and museums of Madrid including the Royal Palace.
Prices start from £599 per person.

Tastes and Flavours of Spain – enjoy authentic regional cuisine
This 13 night journey will take guests on a mouth-watering trip to discover the culinary delights and wines of Spain, stopping off at the Castile and León, La Rioja, Ragon and Catalonia. Explore the medieval cities of the central plains, discover the tapas-lined plazas of Logroño and award-winning vineyards with wine tasting in the renowned Rueda, La Rioja and Ribera del Duero wine regions.  Journey through snow capped mountains, experience the cosmopolitan buzz of Barcelona and relax on the Catalan coast.
Prices start from £899 per person.

Naples to Apulia: Colours of the South
This 9 night escorted holiday will take guests on a journey to discover Southern Italy’s vibrant landscapes and charming history. Stay in 5 star luxury with views of the Bay of Naples and enjoy a panoramic tour of the city. Stop off in Alberobello and discover the unique architecture and the charming UNESCO World Heritage-listed trulli dwellings. An optional excursion on the Isle of Ischia also takes in beautiful thermal spas and subtropical gardens.
Prices start from just £899 per person.

Undiscovered Balkan Treasures – perfect for history lovers
Unearth rich treasures with a 10 night escorted journey to the Balkan region’s enchanting cities and historic villages. Take in stunning architecture from the Ottoman and Austro- Hungarian empires in Sarajevo, the Old Town of Ljubljana and the old city walls of Osijek. Sample the local wines and on the way to Belgrade, take in the Romanija Mountains before exploring the Serbian capital and cruising on the Danube.
Prices start from £1099 per person.

Kefallonia and Zakynthos – all-inclusive value and single rooms at no extra cost
Experience the serenity of two of Greece’s most beautiful islands. This 14 night journey, takes guests on a journey to the crystal blue waters of the Melissani Caves and the breathtaking sights from Argostoli. Discover ruins of the Venetian Fortress and sample wine on a charming vineyard in Zakynthos. An optional excursion to Shipwreck Bay takes in the high mountains, lush plains and beautiful coastline.
Prices start from £1099 per person, departing in May 2013.

All holidays include the benefit of travel insurance and cancellation cover, return economy flights, all airport fees and taxes, accommodation and meals, return transfer between your overseas airport and selected excursions.

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Editors Notes:

Saga Travel is part of the Saga Group, which is the UK’s leading provider of holidays, products and services specifically designed for people aged 50 and over. With over 2 million customers, Saga provides insurance, financial services and holidays and publishes the monthly Saga Magazine.

Saga Holidays are available exclusively for people aged 50 and over, with a travelling partner of 40 or over. Single rooms are available at no extra cost on many hotel stays and tours and include welcome drink, porterage of luggage and cancellation cover. If Saga Holidays reduce the price of a holiday once it has been confirmed, the value of the saving will automatically be passed on to customers, which ensures that early bookers never miss out.  This is the Saga promise. Saga Holidays also guarantee that the price of a holiday will not be subject to any surcharges, regardless of what may happen to fuel prices or exchange rates.

August 2012