10 best summer holidays for 2021

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Summer holidays[1] at home and abroad could start from 17th May if the government’s roadmap out of lockdown continues to go to plan.

The government has said it will set the date for when foreign holidays can resume “by early May,” with a new traffic light system of countries on a red, amber and green list.

After Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that people in England can now start thinking about booking foreign trips again, we thought we’d bring you some inspiration for the best summer holidays in the UK and abroad.

Travellers looking to make the most of the season are in for a treat after 21st June, when lockdown restrictions are expected to be fully lifted, as there are some superb holidays to enjoy – from Yorkshire to Crete.

This summer, there are a whole host of incredible new cruises around Britain, epic rail tours in the Alps and delightful garden-themed staycations[2] with top experts.

What’s more, Prima’s range of exclusive, financially protected getaways allow you to travel with like-minded readers and see the world by train, cruise and coach this summer.

Here are the best summer holiday ideas for 2021.

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1 See the UK’s breathtaking islands by cruise

British Isles cruises are all the rage this year, with cruise lines launching UK sailings to keep up with demand for staycations and offer more holidays for Britons while international travel is uncertain.

If you’ve always wanted to see the Isles of Scilly, the Isle of Man and Anglesey on a cruise in England, Wales and the Isle of Man, this summer is the time to do it.

During Prima’s 11-day sailing on stylish cruise ship Golden Horizon, you’ll explore Fishguard, Douglas, Holyhead and St Mary’s while taking in nature and pretty ports from £1,999 per person.

When? July 2021


2 Have fun at the seaside at a grand hotel in Brighton

For a thoroughly British beach break, look no further than Brighton and its aptly named imposing hotel, the Grand, which sits right on the seafront.

Offering sweeping views of the English Channel, a fantastic location for you to explore the pubs, restaurants and boutiques of the city, plus beautiful spaces for you to enjoy, this grande dame hotel is the perfect place for a mini-break.

This summer, you can spend two nights in a room with a sea view, enjoy dinner, afternoon tea, breakfast and prosecco on arrival from £214.50 per person.

When? Throughout summer 2021


3 Relax and restore on the Greek island of Crete

If sunning yourself on sandy beaches, strolling around old towns and feasting at local tavernas are your thing, you’ll want to visit Crete when restrictions allow.

This gorgeous Greek island is home to the boutique Olive Green Hotel, where you can have a stylish stay in the capital Heraklion and easily reach the sites of Knossos and Phaistos.

During a summer holiday in Crete with Prima, you can spend four nights at the four-star hotel with flights and transfers, relax with a spa treatment, enjoy an escorted walking excursion and complimentary room upgrade from £799 per person.

When? Between 21st June and 31 October 2021


4 See Norfolk’s charming scenery by steam train

The windmills, sandy beaches and glorious Norfolk Broads – Norfolk is a beautiful part of the UK to visit and especially pretty in the summer when the unspoilt countryside is bursting with colour.

It’s here that you can visit the Queen’s beloved Sandringham Estate, ride the delightful trains of the Bittern Line, Poppy Line and Bure Valley Railway, and visit the quintessential English villages of Wroxham and Horning, which are a joy to see in the hottest months.

Prima’s five-day rail tour allows you to experience all the above and more as you also cruise along the River Bure and get exclusive access to Felbrigg Hall from £495 per person.

When? August 2021


5 Sail to Portugal, Spain and Morocco on a stylish cruise

When we can travel to Europe again, one of our first stops will be the Mediterranean, where we can soak up the laidback lifestyle, gorgeous sunshine and wonderful food.

The best way to see Europe on a summer holiday is with an elegant cruise on new eco-ship Golden Horizon, which will take you on a late season sailing to the likes of Lisbon, Tangier and Cadiz, before you travel through the Mediterranean to Almeria and the sun-kissed Balearic Islands.

During a late summer holiday with Prima, you’ll spend eight days visiting Portugal, Morocco and Spain while enjoying the luxuries of the largest square rigged sailing vessel in the world from £1,449 per person.

When? September 2021


6 Walk to spectacular views and charming villages of the Yorkshire Dales

A summer holiday in Yorkshire offers the perfect opportunity to get back to nature, stretch your legs after months of being cooped up at home and discover beautiful new places.

Exploring the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales, taking scenic rail journeys and getting to know quaint market towns is an invigorating way to celebrate the end of travel restrictions.

During Prima’s five-day walking and railway staycation, you can ride the Embassy and Bolton Abbey Railway, embark on a Bronte-themed walk across Yorkshire’s wild moors and be treated to more stunning scenery on a Penine Bridleway walk from £549 per person.

When? August 2021


7 Ride the enchanting railways of Somerset and Devon

Somerset and Devon are simply delightful in the summer, when you can spend days by the coast and in the country while soaking up the rays. Their railways are a great way to make the most of the counties, as you ride the likes of the Dartmouth Steam Railway, the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway and the Victorian funicular cliff railway up to lovely Lynmouth.

During a five-day trip with Prima, you can get to know the quaint Devonshire market town of Tiverton, capture photos of the outstanding Quantock Hills in Somerset and enjoy the natural beauty of Dartmouth.

When? June, July, August and September 2021


8 Glide through the Swiss Alps and be mesmerised by Lake Como

When it comes to visiting beautiful European destinations, the Swiss Alps and Italian lakes are two places that are hard to beat.

With their natural scenery, slow pace, glamorous towns and fresh air, we’re always happy to spend a few days in St Moritz and Lake Como.

On an eight-day holiday to Italy and Switzerland this summer, you’ll ride the brilliant Bernina Railway through alpine forests, relax at a fabulous lakeside hotel in Como and visit the glitzy Swiss town of St Moritz from £799.

When? June, July and September 2021


9 Visit Kent and Sussex’s lovely gardens with Sarah Raven

Green-fingered travellers, this one’s for you! If the pandemic inspired you to love your garden and you’re keen to pick up tips from a top expert, then you can meet Sarah Raven to chat all things horticulture during a garden tour of Kent and Sussex.

You’ll visit Sissinghurst Castle Garden after hours and enjoy dinner and drinks here, tour picturesque Pashley Manor and enjoy tea, cake and flower arranging in Sarah’s own garden, Perch Hill.

There’ll be four days of exclusive events, visits to spectacular gardens and the chance to chat to one of Britain’s top gardening experts from £1,295 per person.

When? June 2021


10 Ride the Harry Potter train through the Scottish Highlands

Head for Scotland’s jaw-dropping Highlands this summer for a magical ride on the Jacobite, aka the Hogwarts Express.

Star of the Harry Potter films, this spectacular steam train is the perfect way to see Scotland’s wild, remote scenery as you make your way from Fort William to Mallaig and across the amazing Glenfinnan Viaduct.

Spend four days in Scotland with Prima and you’ll enjoy a ride on the Jacobite and the incredible Falkirk Wheel, as well as a Loch Katrine cruise from £1,195 per person.

When? June, July and August 2021


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