Island hopping adventures - delve deeper with Saga

Tuesday 6 February 2007

Island hopping adventures - delve deeper with Saga

Almost four in ten (37 per cent) of today's tourists are no longer satisfied with settling in one location when they go on holiday instead they prefer to tour and visit many destinations. In response to this Saga's new Europe and Mediterranean brochure contains a variety of island hopping itineraries, which are perfect for those that want to experience culture and contrast and a feeling of exploring beneath the surface of a destination.

The itineraries take visitors off the beaten track and unveil the Azores, Canary Islands and Croatia like never before.

Azores Island Hopping

This 12 night itinerary to the fascinating island archipelago takes in the stunning and rugged scenery whilst giving visitors the chance to relax and even enjoy a round of golf or two - the perfect holiday combination. Nature lovers will be bowled over by the wealth of flora and fauna the islands have to offer and since the Azores are one of the best places for whale watching, this really is a holiday for those who want to get back to nature.

Guided visits to the caldeira of the Capelinhos Volcano in Faial start the itinerary followed by a whole day optional excursion to see humpback, sperm and even blue whales. Next on the agenda is the islands of Terceira - where culture vultures will be charmed by the architecture and history Praia da Vitoria. Sao Miguel is the last island visited where the village of Furnas is the base for four nights. Highlights include the ascent of the extinct volcano Sete Cidades and a visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Angra do Heroismo on the island or Terceria. Optional excursions include the mythical Fire Lake at Ribeira Grande ; a lake set in a volcanic crater and a trip to the beautiful island of Pico.

The price includes all breakfasts, three lunches and six dinners and prices start at 1,099 per person departing March 20.

Canary Islands

Long famed as the islands of guaranteed winter sun and endless beaches the Canaries have so much more to offer with vibrant scenery and a charming culture which enchants visitors. The 14 night itinerary takes in the islands of Tenerife, the unspoilt villages of La Palma and even the chance to walk above the clouds in La Gomera, home of the unique whistling language, Silbo Gomero. Flying to Tenerife visitors can enjoy free time in Los Cristianos before visiting the national park and ascending Mount Teide, Spain's highest mountain at approximately 3700 metres, affording a panoramic view of the whole island. An optional day tour of the Mercedes forest - one of the homes to the Canaries largest collection of flora and fauna is a nature lovers delight.

On La Palma - the 'Isla Bonita' where the pace of life is slower, guests can relax in the hotel, visit the Capital, Santa Cruz or the verdant North of the Island on a guided tour. Those up for the challenge can take a hike in the national park spotting species of flower and plant life - many indigenous to the Canaries. Lastly La Gomera brings the chance for a cloud forest walk in the El Cedro forest, guided by a botanist who will bring to life the unique flora and fauna of this island.

The price includes all breakfasts, dinners and two lunches and prices start at 899 per person departing June 20.

Clients can choose to extend their holiday at the four star Hotel Jardin Tropicale, Tenerife, seven nights costs from 499.

Croatia Island Hopping

The Adriatic coast is one of the most impressive, and still undiscovered, stretches of coastline throughout Europe. Famed for its crystal clear waters and 1,185 islands dotted romantically off the coast this new tour is a fantastic introduction to the region - or a great way to return and explore further.

Over ten nights the itinerary takes in the islands of Korcula and Brac and the walled city of Dubrovnik.

Starting in Korcula there is a guided walk to explore the medieval architecture of Marc Polo's birthplace before an optional excursion to the island of Mljet; an island national park with 10,000 year old salt lakes. Dubrovnik is no doubt one of the highlights of this itinerary - the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is famed for its old cobbled streets, relaxed atmosphere and architectural gems such as the Sponza Palace and St Blaise's Church. Moving on from Dubrovnik the tour winds it way to the wine tasting region of Peljesac where no visit would be complete without the chance to try the local brew! From here the tour moves North to the island of Brac, the base for the next five nights, where an island tour of Brac, a visit to Hvar - Croatia's largest island and famed for its lavender - and the exploration of the prehistoric settlement and Roman ruins of Solta are all easily accessible.

The price includes all half-board accommodation and one lunch. Prices start at 599 per person departing April 16. Customers can choose to extend their stay in Croatia, seven nights all inclusive at the three star Hotel Kaktus Supetrus, Brac starts from 249


Editors Notes:

Saga holidays are exclusively for people aged 50 and over, a travelling companion may be aged 40 or over.

Saga holidays are only available direct and not through travel agents.

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