Your Italian Summer Holiday
Spring is in the air and people are looking ahead to their spring and summer holidays. This month we’re featuring Italy, one of Europe’s most beautiful and diverse countries, and one of my personal favourites!
We’d love to show you Italy’s artisanal excellence first hand. Italy is home to over 60% of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, beautiful scenery and mouth-watering gastronomy. It easy to understand why the country is loved by so many people. Italy has endless travel possibilities all year round. Whether you’re looking for an exclusive villa for a family holiday, entertaining clients on a food and wine tour or planning a special celebration with family and friends, we can arrange an extraordinary Italian experience to stimulate your senses and leave you refreshed and relaxed.
We’ve included details of some of our favourite experiences in Italy to whet your appetite. Please contact us to discuss your next trip, we’re always happy to hear from you!
FOOD AND WINE IN PUGLIA
Explore the fascinating region of Puglia. With over 800km of sandy beaches and millions of fruit trees, this beautiful area of Italy will captivate you with its impressive baroque heritage, turquoise sea and gastronomic delights. Puglia is paradise for food and wine lovers, from the rich and robust red wines, mouth-watering cheese (burrata is my favourite!), fresh seafood to fantastic extra virgin olive oil. Stay in a private villa or a family friendly Masseria (farm house) and experience Apulian hospitality at its best.
Imagine yourself in a vintage Italian convertible driving through the charming Tuscan countryside with the wind in your hair. Spend your days in Medieval villages sampling local delicacies such as truffles and cheese and dining in sublime trattorias. Tuscany is the perfect destination for a romantic road trip!
For adrenaline junkies, the Dolomites represent the ultimate thrill. The Dolomites are home to some of the world’s most beautiful mountains where you can enjoy activities such as heli skiing, downhill biking, rafting, rock climbing and fishing. For those looking for a more relaxing trip, hunt for wild mushrooms and enjoy a farm-fresh meal in a local malga (alpine home) to experience true “Italian mountain food”.
ART AND CULTURE IN SICILY
No trip to Italy is complete without visiting Sicily. Sicily is the largest island in the Mediterranean and has many different cultural influences. This makes it the perfect destination for lovers of art and architecture. From the Baroque villages and towns of Siracusa and Noto to some of the most impressive Greek temples in Agrigento, embark on a journey back in time to smell and taste the powerful heritage of this island.
AMALFI COAST VILLA
We have access to a fantastic selection of glamorous villas in the Amalfi Coast and Capri. Enjoy the beauty and privacy of these villas and spend quality time with your loved ones. We can arrange great in-house experiences such as cooking and yoga classes, or painting and Italian lessons. It’s truly the relaxing break you’ve been dreaming of!
Verona is considered the city of lovers, but few know that the nearby lake offers fantastic activities for nature and sports lovers. Whether you’re looking for water sports or biking and hiking, Lake Garda has it all. On those quieter days you can explore the quaint towns around the Italian Lakes, and who knows, when exploring the Lake Como region you may just bump into the area’s most famous resident, George Clooney! The Italian Lake District’s pretty lakeside towns, breath-taking views and charming waterfront restaurants make it the perfect location for a road trip.
Let us know what inspires you and what you love to do and we’ll put together a unique tailor-made trip personally designed for you. If you’d like to find out more about Italy or any of our other destinations please get in touch.
Our activity recommendations for Mozambique
We often get asked, other than lie on the beach, what else is there to do in Mozambique? The answer is, there is an abundance of activities to keep you busy if lying in the sun is something you can’t do for more than a day or two.
These are some of our favourite activities along the Mozambique coast:
There are great dive centres and dive sites along the Mozambican coast. The area is famous for whale sharks and manta rays so if you’ve always wanted to see these rare ocean giants, then this is the dive destination for you!
For the slightly less adventurous, join an Ocean Safari and see whale sharks, whales, dolphins and other sea life from the comfort of a boat. If the conditions permit, you may also be able to snorkel and get up close and personal with the ocean life on offer.
As with all sandy locations, there are plenty of quad biking opportunities in Mozambique. From endless stretches of quiet beach and sand tunes, to adventurous quad biking trips through local villages, there’s something for everyone.
Go horse riding in the morning or early evening along deserted stretches of beautiful beach and over endless sand dunes. Horse riding doesn’t come more rustic than this!
Enjoy a relaxing sailing trip aboard a traditional sailing boat in one of Mozambique’s many estuaries. Swim or snorkel, or just sit back and relax while the sun sets in the distance.
Deep Sea Fishing
Mozambique has many exception deep sea fishing locations, so you’re guaranteed to find a charter that’s right for you. They’ll include the rods and bait so it’s then up to you to catch something good for dinner!
For experienced surfers, Mozambique has endless coastline and wonderful, uncrowded waves. For beginners, Mozambique is a wonderful place to learn to surf and many of the beaches have surf schools.
These are just a few of the activities on offer along Mozambique’s beautiful coastline. Contact us to find out more or to arrange your tailor-made trip to Mozambique.
Have you been to Iceland yet?
Iceland is the must-see destination of 2017! The good news is that it is not too late to go on a last minute trip to see the northern lights this winter! Iceland is only a 3 hour direct flight from London and 5 hours from the US making this exotic destination easier to reach than most people realise.
Iceland is not only home to the spectacular and unique northern lights, but also amazing glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and adventure activities.
My Iceland highlights were the adventure activities – I loved snowmobiling on a glacier and snorkelling between the continents. Two very memorable experiences!
These are the Top 5 attractions in Iceland that the Lekker team recommends.
The bright dancing lights of the Aurora borealis (dawn of the north) should be on all serious traveller’s bucket lists. There is nothing more memorable than booking into a wonderful countryside lodge and watching this natural phenomenon from your outdoor hot tub.
The capital of Iceland and the northern most capital city in the world, Reykjavik is Iceland’s cultural centre which boasts excellent cuisine as well as an internationally recognised music and arts scene. It is also very well known for its night life and is the starting point to any trip to Iceland.
No trip to Iceland would be complete without visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa with its warm, healing, mineral rich waters. You can even order and enjoy a cocktail in the spectacular turquoise lagoon!
The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is an incredible day trip that includes some of Iceland’s unique attractions. During this trip you will walk around the world-famous Geysir area, a geothermal field where hot springs are in abundance, geysers explode and pools of mud bubble. You will visit the Gullfoss waterfall, the queen of Iceland’s waterfalls.
You will also visit the Thingvellir National Park where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. There is a fissure created by the Mid Atlantic Ridge, and it’s possible to dive or snorkel over the gap between the continents in this clear spring water. We’ve braved the cold waters during winter and loved it, it was a once in a lifetime experience never to be forgotten!
Travel through the South Iceland farming lands to the black sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, powerful volcanoes and majestic glaciers on the south coast. The adventurous can spend a few hours driving snowmobiles on a glacier, go off road in a super jeep or enjoy a glacier hike.
Happy new year! We hope your year is off to a successful start.
If you’re like us, you’re already thinking about your 2017 travel plans. Many customers have asked us for our 2017 travel recommendations, so this month we are show-casing our top ten recommended destinations for 2017. Please contact us to discuss your next trip, we’re always happy to hear from you!
If relaxing on a private beach is your idea of the perfect holiday, then this is the ideal destination for you. With some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, crystal clear warm water, magnificent accommodation options and fantastic scuba diving and snorkelling, this destination is perfect for a quiet secluded romantic getaway.
Japan has so much to offer visitors – from modern frenetic cities to majestic mountains, scuba diving to snow skiing, high-tech bullet trains to traditional onsen and tea ceremonies, this country is as varied as any. The combination of outstanding exotic cuisine, friendly people, modern hi-tech cities and extraordinary natural beauty make this country a must see.
Vietnam is a wonderfully rewarding and incredibly varied destination that ensures an unforgettable holiday. It has beautiful coastlines, limestone islands, diverse mountains, fascinating cities and architecture, dynamic culture, timeless charm and delicious food.
Canada is the second largest country in the world and full of wonders that few travellers are aware of. Canada is well know for Niagara Falls, maple syrup & ice hockey but also has fascinating & diverse cities as well as spectacular landscapes. We especially love the outdoor activities and majestic scenery in British Columbia’s National Parks that can be enjoyed in both summer and winter.
Croatia has a complex history as well as a diverse culinary scene, perfect for any traveling foodie. Sample the region’s excellent products like seafood, olive oil, mushrooms, truffles and prosciutto, washed down with wine & spirits. Hire a yacht and skipper and sail around the Adriatic Sea visiting some of Croatia’s 1,000 islands or go inland to the lush hillsides and participate in the numerous adventures activities on offer.
Cuba is arguably the most fascinating island in the Caribbean. It is guaranteed to exceed all expectations. Being so culturally rich it offers magnificent architecture, breath taking landscapes and a people who exude a love for life through their musicality and rhythm. It is famous for its classic cars predominantly from the 1950’s, salsa dancers and live bands, cigars and rum, and beautiful beaches.
Botswana offers beautiful scenery and plentiful wildlife. Ride in a mokoru (dugout canoe) in the Okavango Delta’s maze of waterways, see Southern Africa’s largest elephant population in the Chobe National Park, or visit the Kalahari Desert.
New Zealand is a nature and adventure lover’s paradise. The country has magnificent landscapes and coastlines, and there are endless opportunities to get your heart racing whether you’re a thrill seeker or prefer softer adventure such as hiking, kayaking, or swimming with dolphins. New Zealand is home to volcanoes, glaciers, geothermal activity, endless stretches of beach, and abundant wildlife and forests.
Madagascar is described as “a naturalist’s promised land”. This large, magnificent island is home to lemurs, baobabs, rainforest, beaches, desert and coral reefs. Having been isolated in the Indian Ocean for over 80 million years, the biggest island in the world is home to many plants and animals that can be found nowhere else on earth.
Enjoy a long soak in the mineral rich geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, snorkel over the gap
between the continental plates, explore the tube caves formed by lava flowing below the earth’s surface, and look to the skies in the hopes of witnessing one of nature’s greatest spectacles – the Arora Borealis or the Northern Lights.
Let us know what inspires you and what you love to do and we’ll put together a unique tailor-made trip personally designed for you. If you’d like to find out more about our top picks for 2017, or any other destination, please get in touch.
Wherever you go people are talking about Iceland, and for good reason! From the majestic northern lights, to the calming waters of the Blue Lagoon, to glaciers and natural wonders, and to the multitude of exciting adventure activities on offer, Iceland has it all.
If you’re looking for some inspiration and you only have a few days to spare, here’s a sample high level itinerary that covers the must see activities we recommend for any first-time visitor to Iceland:
Day 1: Arrive in Reykjavik
Arrive and transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik. Rest of the evening at leisure to explore the many culinary gems in Reykjavik.
Day 2: Golden Circle Tour
Walk around the world- famous Geysir area, a geothermal field where hot springs are in abundance, geysers explode and pools of mud bubble. One of many highlights of the tour is the Gullfoss waterfall, the queen of Iceland’s waterfalls. Finally, but no least visit the spectacular Thingvellir National Park where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet.
Day 3: South Iceland Tour
Travel through the South Iceland farming lands to the black sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, powerful volcanoes and majestic glaciers on the south coast.
Day 4: Blue Lagoon and Depart Home
The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and Sulphur. From the Blue Lagoon, transfer to the airport for your return flight home.
The above itinerary starts at £850 per person and includes accommodation, airport transfers, entrance to the Blue Lagoon and tours of the Golden Circle and South Iceland.
Lekker Boutique Travel can put together a bespoke trip to Iceland personally designed for you. Please contact us to discuss the many options available. We’re always happy to hear from you.