The best places for a holiday in 2022

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Photo credit: Mathew Roberts Photography – www.matroberts.co.uk

Looking for ideas for your next getaway? Well we’re here to help and have searched high and low to bring you the best places to go on holiday in 2022.

Our pick of top travel destinations to visit provides you with the only holiday ideas you need for country getaways in the UK, cold-weather winter escapes, cruises with TV stars and more.

Whether you’re searching for the best places to go on holiday in September, or idyllic seaside hotels for a coastal escape, Prima’s pick of the best places to go on holiday is your ultimate travel guide for 2022.

It’s a big year for Britain again after the pandemic helped us fall in love with the beauty spots on our doorstep. With staycations being a great way to travel sustainably too, we think you’ll like our selection UK holiday destinations to help you do it in style.

Our love of European escapes continues in 2022 and this year, we’re ready to get a closer look at the Swiss Alps by train and Holland’s horticultural highlights by visiting the country during one of the world’s greatest garden festivals. And now is the time to go further afield on a bucket-list adventure too, perhaps to Canada’s fantastic Rockies?

Here are the best places to go on holiday in 2022…

Costa Brava

For a more picturesque and authentic authentic alternative to the Costa del Sol, one of the best places to go on holiday in Spain is the Costa Brava. Here, you’ll find unspoiled coves, lovely seaside towns and terrific restaurants. Roses, close to the French border, is a town in a unique natural environment that’s close to some of the most gorgeous beaches in the region.

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Photo credit: Damocean – Getty Images

With its wonderful location on the Mediterranean Bay of Roses and close to the mountains of the Pyrenees, it’s ideal for walkers, too. In September, you can explore the best of the Costa Brava with Prima while staying in Roses. You’ll travel by Eurostar and coach, before exploring the Cap de Creus National Park, riding scenic railways and enjoying a guided walk from Cala Montjoi to Punta Falconera.

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Snowdonia

An adventure playground for lovers of Britain’s wild beauty, Snowdonia will take your breath away. If you want to walk the largest mountain in Wales, witness impressive waterfalls or take a leisurely train ride on the Mount Snowdon train, this is the destination to add straight to your bucket list.

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Photo credit: Alan Novelli – Getty Images

It’s packed with woodland, beaches and rolling valleys, with some of the top experiences including a visit to Harlech Castle, zooming across the zipline at Zipworld and discovering Betws-y-Coed, the gateway to Snowdonia. Prima has an exclusive rail adventure that takes in the scenic Snowdon Mountain Railway, Betws-y-Coed and Portmeirion over five days.

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Swiss Alps

The Swiss Alps are delightful in winter and they’re not all about the skiing. There are wonderful snow-covered towns and cities for day trips, such as Bern, Lucerne and Interlaken, as well as hikes and cruises on lakes that provide magical winter views.

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Photo credit: Shutterstock

You won’t want to miss a spectacular ride on the iconic, red Glacier Express either. Known as the ‘slowest express train in the world,’ it will take you past picturesque woodland, over impressive viaducts and through helical tunnels. Prima has a five-day Glacier Express rail trip departing this autumn and next winter.

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Rhone River

This marvellous part of France takes in all the things we love about the country – the delicious food, wine and beautiful places. It offers a varier experience for travellers, too. The Rhone River is where you can take in the buzz of Lyon, soak up the history of Arles and experience the romance of Avignon.

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Photo credit: Sugere Loic / EyeEm – Getty Images

When it comes to gastronomy, you’re in for a treat and will want to sample Lyonnaise cuisine, enjoy the wine and vineyards of Tournon, as well as the delectable cheeses on offer as you make your way to Beaune. For a unique Rhone river cruise in 2022, you can join TV chef James Martin in October for a foodie escape, where you’ll get to meet James, take part in his exclusive cooking demonstration and enjoy a gala dinner cooked by the man himself.

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Holland

The perfect location to visit if you love stunning floral displays, Holland‘s colourful tulips are a breathtaking sight everyone should see. Luckily for us, it’s close to home too, making a trip here ideal if you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint and travel by train. In 2022, the amazing Floriade Expo will take place, bringing six months of floral exhibitions, events and workshops.

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Photo credit: Francesco Riccardo Iacomino – Getty Images

You can travel by Eurostar to the Netherlands with Prima to experience the once-in-a-decade Floriade Expo during a memorable stay in Amsterdam. You’ll also take a scenic drive away from the city to see charming villages with traditional wooden houses and windmills.

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Lake Como

The Italian Lakes are one of the loveliest corners of Europe, where you can soak up all the glamour, views and delicious food you expect from a trip to Italy. A superb location to combine with an array of travel experiences, such as a day trip to Milan or crossing into Switzerland to browse the luxury alpine town of St Moritz (without the expense of staying there), Lake Como is a real treat.

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Photo credit: by marin.tomic – Getty Images

Another highlight of visiting this chic spot loved by George Clooney is a ride on the amazing Bernina Express. This UNESCO-protected railway ride, which is easy to access from Como, will take you through the verdant landscapes of Switzerland on a summer break like no other. You can experience Lake Como and the Bernina Express in whichever season you like thanks to Prima’s exclusive eight-day break.

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Norfolk Broads

See British countryside at its very best in 2022, with a trip to the Norfolk Broads, where 125 miles of waterways, wildlife and Norfolk’s iconic mills await. The village of Wroxham, the Bure Valley Railway and the grey seals of Horsey are just a few of the highlights in this stunning county.

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Photo credit: George W Johnson – Getty Images

This year, you can experience an extra-special staycation in Norfolk by joining Delia Smith on a celebrity-led escape. Or, if June’s wonderful Jubilee has left you craving more royal moments, explore where the Royal Family come to unwind and tour their famous country retreat, Sandringham, with historian Lucy Worsley.

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Scottish Highlands

To experience Britain at its wildest and most breathtaking, you won’t find a better spot than the Scottish Highlands. Its stunning lochs, majestic peaks and beautiful wildlife are just a few reasons to visit in 2022.

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Photo credit: Shutterstock

Join everyone’s favourite weather presenter, Carol Kirkwood, to journey through the Highlands and islands of Scotland aboard Lord of the Glens, a private yacht that’s reminiscent of the Royal Yacht Britannia. You’ll explore the glorious landscapes over eight memorable days with Carol on hand to share stories of her family’s proud Scottish heritage.

Canadian Rockies

The cinematic scenery of Canada must be seen to be believed. In the country’s westerly British Columbia and Alberta provinces, the Rockies dominate the landscape, creating peaks and valleys that are simply sensational.

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Photo credit: Brian Kennedy – Getty Images

One of the best ways to appreciate the region is on the Rocky Mountaineer, a world-class train journey that carves a route through the mountains on a two-day journey, stopping overnight in Kamloops. You can experience the Rocky Mountaineer as part of a longer trip to Canada, visiting top highlights including Vancouver, Banff, Calgary and the glittering Lake Louise.

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Austria

After relaxing some of the world’s strictest Covid restrictions, Austria is fully open to visitors. Once again, the elegance and grandeur of Vienna can be enjoyed, from its museums and galleries to its coffee culture and world-class performance venues.

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Photo credit: Sergey Alimov – Getty Images

This year, you can visit Vienna on a cruise along the glorious Danube River and discover the setting of The Sound of Music. To set the scene, you can watch an exclusive cabaret performance of Julie Andrews classics from West End hit Julie Madly Deeply.

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Slovenia

Too often overlooked in favour of better-known destinations, Slovenia packs a punch when it comes to picture-perfect scenery. Clear, glacial waters reflect the emerald-green forests in the Julian Alps, and on the Adriatic coast, there are gorgeous beach resorts and towns, including Portorož and Piran.

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Photo credit: Jeremy Woodhouse – Getty Images

To make it even more appealing, you can get to Slovenia without flying. By travelling by rail to Germany before taking a scenic railway through the Austrian Alps, the journey becomes part of the experience. Once there, relax on the shores of Lake Bled and take a traditional wooden pletna boat to the lake’s tiny islet. Then combine the best of the mountains with a couple of days on the beach simply relaxing and admiring the glittering Adriatic. You can explore Slovenia on a 10-day tour with Prima this September.

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Douro River

While we all love to head to the gorgeous beaches of Portugal, the charms of Porto and the Douro River in the north promise an abundance of charm, good food, and excellent wine. Swap the Algarve for the delights of the Douro River in 2022 and experience a different side of Portugal.

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Photo credit: LuisPortugal – Getty Images

Spend time exploring the narrow streets of Porto, then join a river cruise for a wine tasting journey, hopping from port to port and trying your hand at grape harvesting in Pinhão. You can experience the wines of the Douro and more during an October river cruise with Prima.

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