Holidays to Sicily

Sicily offers so much for everyone. The authentic Italian culture, the beautiful scenery; the ancient ruins and of course one of Europe’s tallest and most active volcanoes, Mount Etna. You can explore to your heart’s content, or sit back, relax and soak up the culture and sunshine, the choice is yours. Holidays to Sicily are the Jewell of the Italian crown.

Holidays to Sicily

Where to Stay.

Letojanni – More for those who want a more sedate atmosphere than a lively nightlife, this quaint coastal town just north of Taormina has all the beauty you could hope for. It lies just 20 minutes away from Taormina with the Old Town and medieval architecture, and just a short excursion away from Mount Etna.

Holidays to Sicily

Cefalu – This resort is on the North coast of Sicily and boasts perfect beaches, superb nightlife, and easy access to sites across Sicily.  This one is for those who want to experience the culture of typical Sicily without sacrificing the beaches and the nightlife.

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Taormina – One of Sicily’s biggest and well known resorts which sits at the foot of Mount Etna and is only a short ride from the main airport. It is a central base from which to explore the island. Taormina has medieval ruins, charismatic streets, great beaches and magnificent restaurants.

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When to go.

Sicily’s hottest months are July and August when temperatures regularly reach 30 plus degrees. If you are planning on doing a lot of siteseeing it is worth factoring the temperature in. The summer months are ideal if you want to relax and soak up the sun.

Spring and Autumn months are a little cooler and great for seeing the sites. Rainfall is more likely around October to November. Also bear in mind that during the cooler months, if you are planning a visit to Mount Etna, there may by lying snow during these months.

Winter is the coolest time of the year and great for seeing the sites. If you are up for it, Mount Enta has it’s own ski slope. Something different to tell the folks back home.

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All Inclusive Holidays to Bodrum

Bodrum is a holiday resort that lies on a peninsular in the South West of Turkey. Bodrum is popular with beach lovers and sightseers and there are plenty of things to do in Bodrum and the surrounding area. There are hotels to suit everybody, from the lively resorts of Altinkum and Didim, to the more relaxing resorts of Gundogan and Turgutreis. All Inclusive holidays to Bodrum mix the all inclusive lifestyle with something for everybody.

Read more about the holiday resorts in Bodrum.

Things to do in Bodrum.

The Beaches around Bodrum are famous for their beauty. No two beaches are the same. The main resorts surrounding Bodrum have the best beaches and many of these are great for families and watersports.

Things to do in Bodrum, Turkey

Bodrum Beach, Turkey. Photo by Ming-yen Hsu

Things to do in Bodrum, Turkey

Turkbuku Beach on the northern shore of the Bodrum Peninsular. Photo by Ozgur Atmaca

Things to do in Bodrum TurkeyKadikale Beach, Bodrum. Photo by Dodo Dodo

Things to do in Bodrum, Turkey

Kadikale, Bodrum. Photo by Dodo Dodo

Bodrum Old Town and Castle.

Bodrum itself is full of history and old world charm.

Things to do in Bodrum, Turkey

Photo by Ming-yen Hsu

Bodrum is a delightful place to take a day trip. Wonder through the streets of the city and look in the shops.

Things to do in Bodrum, Turkey

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Visit Bodrum Castle

Things to do in Bodrum, TurkeyPhoto by Yilmaz Oevuenc

Things to do in Bodrum, TurkeyPhoto by Yilmaz Oevuenc

Things to do in Bodrum, Turkey

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 Top All Inclusive resorts in Bodrum.

There are plenty of all inclusives in the Bodrum Area. the most popular hotes are the Palm Wings Beach Resort in Altinkum, the Bodrum Imperial in Akyarlar; and the Kadikali Resort in Kadikalesi. There are plenty more all inclusive holidays to Bodrum on the Thompson website.

Holidays to Turkey

All Inclusive Holidays to Turkey

Turkey has always been a great place to take an all inclusive holiday. There are more all inclusive hotels at affordable prices than anywhere else. It is also one of very few resorts that have hot temperatures and affordable prices during the October half term, so it is perfect for a last minute sun holiday.  There are all inclusive hotels in all four of the main resorts in Turkey.

All Inclusive Holidays in Bodrum.

Bodrum lies on the South Western point of Turkey. It is famed for its beaches, history and quiet resorts. There is plenty to see and do here, from day trips to Ephesus and Pammukale, lazing on the beaches, exploring quiet towns and marinas, and visitng the historic city of Bodrum; there is something for everyone.

Where to go in Bodrum.

There are a few resorts on the Bodrum penninsular and where to stay depends on what you are looking for. If you want nightlife and a bit on a busy atmosphere Altinkum and Didim are good bets. There are three wonderful beaches here and the bars and restaurants come alive at night. If you are into a bit of history, Altinkum has that as well.

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Beach at Altinkum, Turkey

Bitez is a small suburb of Bodrum, but it has a laid back lifestyle. If you want a relaxing atmosphere but do not want to venture too far from the delights that Bodrum has to offer, stay here.

The resorts of Gundogan and Turgutreis are located on the northern shores of the Bodrum pennisula. Here you will find peace and quiet among the almost deserted beaches and citrus groves.

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All Inclusive Holidays to Dalaman.

Dalaman is the area on the south coast of Turkey that inclused Marmaris, Olu Deniz, Sarigerme, Kalkan and Dalyan. It is one of the most popular areas of Turkey to take a holiday and has plenty of all inclusive hotels to choose from.

Where to stay in Dalaman.

Olu Deniz is a well established holiday hot spot and it isn’t hard to see why. The Blue Lagoon is one of Olu Deniz’s crown jewels, and holiday makers flock here just to see this spectacular area of water. The beach there is blue flag and the promenade is lined with bars and restaurants. The mountains that surround the Olu Deniz area are a backdrop for more white knuckle activities such as paragliding.


Marmaris is a quiet town with a marina, castle and narrow beach which offers plenty of watersports. The nearby town of Icmeler is a short bus ride away to their 10 kilometer beach. Mararis has plenty of this to see and do, and is suited to all groups who want and action packed and quiet holiday.

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Marmaris Marina

Sarigeme is the place to go if  you want a full chill out holiday. It’s laid back way of living, beautiful beaches, a couple of bars and restaurants, and magnificent scenery are all poise for a relaxing holiday.

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Sarigerme, Turkey

 All Inclusive Holidays to Antalya

Antalya is the place to go for beaches. The ‘Turkish Riviera’ has over 400 miles of white sand beaches and equally stunning scenery to boot. Antalya is the home of the upmarket Lara Beach, the Las Vegas of Turkey. Here, you will find casinos, outlandish hotels, and a gorgeous beach.

Side is further down the coast and hosts some roman ruins along the shoreline. If you like the mountains then Side also has this. It is a more cosmopolitan area than Lara Beach, but it does not compromise on luxury either.

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Side, Turkey

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All Inclusive Holidays Corfu

Corfu is one destination where you can get a great deal on an all inclusive holiday. It is a well established holiday destination and the choice of hotels and resorts only mean that there is healthy competition on prices. Here is a list of some of the best all inclusive resorts in Corfu.

All Inclusive Holidays to Corfu

Sensima Nissaki Beach by Atlantica

Mayor Verde Grand Resort – Adult Only Hotel

Hotel Louis Corcyra Beach

This family favourite four star all inclusive resort is a family favourite among holiday makers. Brimming with activity, this hotel offers a large and fun pool that includes waterfalls and fountains. Younger children can also enjoy their own pool. There is also a kids club, child friendly meal times, and family rooms sleep up to four and late check out rooms are also available.

LTI Louise Grand Hotel

The newly refurbished hotel is in a great location – it is literally on the beach. The new restaurant serves a variety of dishes, including Asian cuisine. The village of Pelekas is close by and is well worth a visit, and Corfu town is also close by. Children have their own pool, playground and kids club. Rooms sleep up to four people and special swim up rooms are also available.

There are plenty of all inclusive holidays to Corfu available at very reasonable prices. For all inclusive holidays to Corfu visit Thomson Holidays.


Family Holidays Corfu

Corfu has traditionally been a great place to take a family holiday. There are hotels that specially cater for families; some even have their own water parks. Corfu has no shortage of family friendly beaches and attractions. So, what are the best family resorts on Corfu?

Mitsis Roda Beach Village, Roda.

This hotel is centred around those who just want to have a little bit of fun. It is located on the beach and the swimming pool has its own children’s pool with slides. It also has a kids clubs and child friendly menu, and a playground. Family rooms are available that can sleep up to 2 adults and 2 children.

Nearby attractions are also family friendly. The main beach in Roda is shallow and the tides are gentle, making it a safe beach to visit with the family. Watersports are also on offer including water skiing and paragliding.

Boat trips are also available to other areas in Corfu, often stopping at sleepy quiet coves not accessible by land. Trips are available to Corfu town, Paxos and Anti Paxos and even day trips to Albania.

If horse riding is your thing there are plenty of tracks available along the shoreline and inland. Other family favourites include the Waterparks at Aqualand and Hydropolis. Aqualand is one of the biggest water parks in Europe and is extremely popular during the hot summer months.

Legends Apartments, Sidari.

This 3 star family run hotel is ideal for families who are looking for a child friendly resort that is quiet and not too big. It is a small and intimate complex, not too far away from the resort centre, but far enough to get the peace a quiet needed for a relaxing break.  Whilst the hotel does not have some of the facilities that the bigger all inclusives have, it caters well for children with their own swimming pool and splash pool. There is plenty to see and do outside the resort including the Canal D’Armour rock formations, beautiful and family friendly beaches; boat trips around the island and further afield, and of course the two waterparks that are close by, the closes being Hydropolis in Achavari.

Family Holidays Corfu

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There are plenty of family friendly resorts in Corfu, many with their own children’s pools and clubs. Some hotels are even attached to water parks. Either way, Corfu is a great destination for families.

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Corfu has always been a popular holiday destination. The wide variety of resorts, hotels and locations make Corfu a great place to get a top holiday at a competitive price. There is a mixture of hotels at every resort, from the 5 star all inclusive to the small and intimate self catering hotels – Corfu has something for everyone.

Where to go.

Corfu is a long island and the resorts can be found all over the island.


Kavos is the party capital of Corfu. It is located at the southern tip of the island. Aside from its famed nightlife, the beaches are beautiful and the resort is quiet during the day.

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Kavos is largely geared towards the younger generation. Kavos was once a pretty Greek village but much of its charm has been lost to the party scene.


Sidari is on the North coast of the island and has the party atmosphere of Kavos,  but with added charm and family appeal. Sidari has plenty of beautiful beaches and there is plenty of things to see and do around the resorts. If partying isn’t your thing, there are quieter resorts within a short distance of Sidari.

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Aghios Georgios

Aghios Georgios is a pretty, small and quiet resort in the North of the island. The area is absolutely breathtaking in May with the lush green landscape and inviting sea. Aghios Georgios is not the place for a lively nightlife and it is perfect for young families, couples; or those seeking a quiet and relaxing break.


This famous resort is set in stunning surroundings. The resort is ideal for families and those who want a quiet and relaxing holiday. One of the most beautiful beaches is the bay, with its warm waters and gentle sloping beach it is a safe place for families. There is also plenty of things to see and do in the immediate area including the Angelokastro – a beautiful castle built with panoramic views of the countryside. Package Holidays CorfuPhoto: One of may beautiful bays at Paleokastritsa. By Ben Salter.


Kassiopi is a lively but family friendly resort on the North East coast. The beaches in Kassiopi are either pebble or shingle, but the sea is safe for swimming. Aside from the beaches there is a lot to see and do in the immediate are and further afield. Boat trips are available from Kassiopi’s port and interesting destinations include the beautiful islands of Paxos and Antipaxos, day trips to Albania are also possible. Corfu town can also be visited by boat, stopping at secluded bays along the way.

Corfu has a lot to offer holiday makers. There is plenty of choice of resorts, from the party towns to the relaxing sleepy smaller resorts, the choice is endless. Prices are among the cheapest holiday destinations in Greece and much of Europe.

Cheap Holidays Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a favourite among bargain seeking holiday makers. It has a large choice of resorts and hotels, which means that competition is fierce to keep prices as low as possible. The Dominican Republic has four main resorts, La Romana, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and the Samana Peninsula.

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La Romana

La Romana is a small town that sits on the South coast of the island, about half way between Santo Domingo and Punta Cana. The hotels are mainly located around the beautiful beaches at Bayahibe. Bayahibe is famed for its diving and snorkelling, together with its top rated hotels. La Romana is ideally located if you want to enjoy the beaches, explore what the interior of the island has to offer; and visit the capital city of Santo Domingo.

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Punta Cana

Punta Cana is the tourist area on the South Eastern tip of the island. Punta Cana actually is a collection of smaller resorts, each with its own hotels and appeal. Punta Cana was the first major resort to be fully developed for tourism. As such, there are plenty of things to see and do around the resorts and further afield. The beaches along the Punta Cana resort are known for their beauty, and Punta Cana has the largest number of 4 and 5 star hotels in the Dominican Republic.

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Puerto Plata.

Puerto Plata is the Punta Cana of the north. The beaches here are just as you would expect in Punta Cana, but Puerto Plata has more to offer for more adventurous holiday makers. For example, there is white water rafting, kayaking, and mountain biking close by. Puerto Plata has a large selection of hotels available, and nearly all of them are on an all inclusive basis. Again, this choice means cheap holidays are often available all year round.

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The Samana Penisula

The Samana Peninsula is the new kid on the block. The peninsula is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean. It is a new and developing resort in the Dominican Republic and most of the hotels are classified as luxury. This does not mean that you cannot get a holiday in the Samana Peninsula for an affordable price.
Cheap holidays to the Dominican Republic.

Cheap Holidays Dominican Republic

Thomson holidays offer a wide range of cheap holidays to the Dominican Republic.

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Punta Cana All Inclusive Packages

Punta Cana is a popular resort on the South Eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. It is ideal for families and relaxing on the pristine and world famous beaches. Punta Cana is actually a collection of smaller resorts; each one with its own offerings.

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All Inclusive Resorts.

Punta Cana is geared towards the all inclusive market. Many hotels in the Punta Cana area are 4 or 5 star resorts; and many have their own access to the beaches. There are also plenty of things to see and do outside the hotels. The mini resorts in Punta Cana are Cap Cana, Punta Cana, Cabeza de Toro, Bavaro, El Cortecito, Arena Gorda, Macao and Uvero Alto.
Activities in and around Punta Cana.

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Aside from the beautiful beaches, there are plenty of watersports available at many of the hotels. These include banana boat rides, sailing and windsurfing. For diving enthusiasts the coat off Punta Cana is home to a rich coral reef. Introductory SCUBA diving lessons are also available in many hotels as part of the all inclusive package.

Golf is also available in Punta Cana and Punta Cana has a world class Golf course.  There are a number of Golf courses in Punta Cana and many of them have great views across the ocean. Some Punta Cana all inclusive packages include golf as part of the deal.

For nature enthusiasts the Mariah Park Bavaro is a wildlife park where you can also swim with Dolphins. It is a popular attraction for families holidaying in the area.

Punta Cana All Inclusive Packages

Special excursions are also available from many hotels in Punta Cana. These excursions appeal to a wide variety of guests and they include adventure trips such as zip lining through the jungle, 4×4 safaris through the Dominican Republic countryside and special diving and snorkelling trips to paradise islands. Further afield there is also the opportunity for horse riding, mountain biking, white water rafting and kayaking. It is also possible to visit Santo Domingo, the capital city, on a day trip.

A family friendly resort.

Punta Cana is particularly well suited to families. The all inclusive resorts cater well for children. Many have specially dedicated children’s pools, activity programs and playgrounds. The beaches are gently sloping, clean and safe; and there is a large choice of activities to do outside the resorts to keep even the most demanding children occupied.

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Punta Cana all inclusive packages are a great combination of value for money, family friendly, full of activity holiday that will suite everybody. Direct Line Holidays bring you the best deal by searching through all the major high street travel agents to look for the best price.

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Package Holidays Bodrum

Bodrum is located on a peninsula on the South Eastern coast of Turkey. Is is a popular resort among British holiday makers. The friendly resorts, great hotels and rich history make it an ideal place to take a holiday. The main resorts around Bodrum are Gumbet and Bitez. There are many package holidays on offer, including fantastic late deals for as little as £200 per person.

Package Holidays Gumbet.

Gumbet is just west of Bodrum and has a mixture of nightlife and daytime activities. Gumbet has a small village atmosphere and a safe beach which is great for families. Hotels in Gumbet are a mixture of all inclusive resorts and self catering apartments that meet every type of holiday budget.

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Things to see and do around Gumbet.

The Beach.

The beach is one of the best beaches in the area. It does get a little crowded in summer but the beach has great facilities including beach bars and restaurants. Water sports are often run from the beach which can be booked either from the hotel or locally.

Hiking and Mountain Biking

Hiking and Mountain Biking are fantastic excursions if you want a day away from the beach. Many hotels will have details of the best companies to book with, as well as the best trails to take. If gives you a chance to see some spectacular scenery.


Bodrum is just a 10 minute drive from the resort. It is a nice change from the beach and pool and has its famous castle and atmosphere.

Further Afield.

If you want to travel further afield there are often excursions to sites outside the Bodrum region. One site not to be missed is Ephesus. This ancient Greek city is a great day out for people who want to explore.

Pamukkale is also possible from Bodrum. These spectacular waterfalls are well worth a visit.

Book your package holiday to Bodrum with Thomson Holidays. You can search through a number of hotels and destinations for a great price.

Top Five Activities In Guardalavaca, Cuba

Holidays to Cuba promise much in the way of things to see and do. Besides the usual time around the pool and relaxing on one of Cuba’s amazing beaches, there are numerous activities suitable for everybody. Many of these activities are available as excursions from the resorts in and around Guardalavaca. Here is just a selection of things on offer.

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Overnight Tour to Havana – Cuba’s capital city.

There is perhaps no city in the Caribbean that has the atmosphere that Havana does. It is like the city is trapped in the past, with its beautiful architecture, culture, history and of course the vintage cars. Get the chance to experience this unique city as an overnight stay, after all, it is a city best taken slowly to soak up the atmosphere. Some excursions include the famous Tropicana musical, a must see if you plan on making the most of Havana.

Traveling to Havana is by plane from Holguin airport and overnight accommodation is included, as is the price of the Tropicana show in advertised excursion packages.

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Catamaran Cruise with Dolphins and Snorkelling.

Take a catamaran cruise through the tropical seas of Cuba to experience its rich sea life. Many cruises stop at several hot spots, including a dolphinarium for an opportunity to swim with dolphins. There are also several stops to allow for snorkeling and diving. Prices for most cruises include lunch, bar, and the Dolphin swim. Child prices are for children aged 2 to 12 years old.

Dolphin swims are also available as separate activity packages from many resorts.

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4×4 Safaris.

If you want to experience the real Cuba then the safaris will take you there. These safaris take you off the beaten track, away from the main tourist hubs and into the depths of the island. Not only that, but there is the opportunity to drive your own speedboat. There is also horseback riding which allows you to go where no cars are allowed.

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Visit Santiago de Cuba

Santiago de Cuba is Cuba’s second oldest and second largest city, and it has a lot to offer. It also has a deep history and is seated as the hot point of the revolution. Visit in July and experience the colourful carnival for which the city is famed. The Morro forts will be a favourite among children who will enjoy exploring these 17th Century ruins.

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Take the opportunity to drive your own speedboat along the shores of Guardalavaca and beyond. These two seater speed boats go in convoy, making scenic stops along the coast. Boat drivers must be over 18 years old and everybody must be able to swim. This adventure takes children as young as 5.

Holidays to Cuba offer a great deal in terms of relaxation and thrills. The beautiful island, combined with the top hotels and excursions and activities on offer makes Cuba a great choice for everybody, especially with all inclusive holidays. Cuba is an all year round holiday destination that has been largely under represented with the holiday crowd.


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