x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Here comes the sun: summer travel deals

From kayaking in Indonesia to lounging in your pool villa in the Maldives, summer's travel offerings are heating up.

See Romania's beautiful landscapes with Wild Frontiers' "walking along the enchanted way" trip. Courtesy of Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel Limited
See Romania's beautiful landscapes with Wild Frontiers' "walking along the enchanted way" trip. Courtesy of Wild Frontiers Adventure Travel Limited


Enjoy a kayaking holiday and Komodo dragon expedition in Indonesia with Pioneer Expeditions' 10-day trip. Highlights include a visit to the famous Komodo Park and Rinca Island, paddling in the waters off some of Indonesia's most remote beaches and snorkelling on coral reefs. The trip costs £1,450 (Dh8,688), excluding flights, with accommodation, meals as per the itinerary, transport including domestic flights, kayak and equipment, park fees and excursions. For more information and to book, visit www.pioneerexpeditions.com.


Explore Romania's landscapes with Wild Frontiers's "walking along the enchanted way" tour. The walks start in the foothills of the Gutai Mountains and take in the village of Breb, the hill of Maramures, Iza Valley and the highlands of Rodna Mountains National Park, and landscapes filled with wooden churches, monasteries, forests and remote Saxon villages that still retain a sense of feudal Europe. The nine-day trip leaves on July 16 and costs £1,165 (Dh6,980) per person with full board, and includes government passes and permits, entrance fees, and meals and transport as outlined in the tour itinerary. Visit www.wildfrontiers.co.uk for more information.


Cox and Kings's seven-day trip to Jordan is an adventure holiday for the whole family, with an itinerary that includes visits to Jerash, Madaba, Petra and Qala'at ar-Rabad in Ajloun, a city tour of Amman, including the ancient ruins of the Temple of Hercules, the Byzantine church and the archaeological museum. Visitors get to enjoy a Roman army and chariot show, a tour of the famous Kerak Castle, a drive through the desert of Wadi Rum and an afternoon exploring the valley of Wadi Mujib. The trip is priced at US$969 (Dh3,560) and includes hotel accommodation with breakfast, most meals, coach tours, transfers, entrance fees, excursions and sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary, plus the services of a manager or guide. Airfare is not included. Visit www.coxandkings.ae for more details and to book.


Mountain Walks is offering tailor-made, week-long walking holidays in Alicante, Valencia, with self-catering accommodation in beautifully restored cottages (sleeps four to six). Covering more than 1,600km of paths, there is something here for every ability of walker, from gentle strolls through the countryside to strenuous treks to satisfy serious hikers. Visitors can choose self-guided holiday packages or they can hire the services of a guide. The trip costs from €565 (Dh2,953) per person, excluding flights, with accommodation, dinner, breakfast and local transfers. Departures on April 9 and 17, and May 1. Visit www.mountainwalks.com for details.

The Maldives

Stay seven nights in a pool villa or a pool residence at Anantara Kihavah Maldives and pay only for five. The offer costs from US$1,633 (Dh5,998) per villa, per night, based on two sharing, including breakfast and taxes. One child under 12 can share their parents' room gratis, with a 50 per cent discount on all meals. The package is available until October 31. Visit kihavah-maldives.anantara.com for details and to book.