5 slow holidays to take this year

5 slow holidays to take this year


Sometimes holidaying abroad can be stressful. We rush around trying to see ALL the sights and often forget to enjoy ourselves. I’m certainly guilty of it. Inn Travel, who call themselves ‘the slow holiday people’ have the perfect selection of journeys to help you slow down and really take in yours surroundings without having to worry about ticking things off your list. Here are five slow journeys to put on your bucket list this year.

1. Take the slow train through Asturias

Slow Train AsturiasCredit: InnTravel

I love a bit of train travel, so I would definitely consider this holiday. Travelling by train is the perfect way to truly un-wind. I don’t know if it’s the motion of the train but I always feel so relaxed when on one. Taking a peek at the glorious views whilst dipping into a good book is my ideal holiday. The train that will transport you in this journey is the FEVE; a very slow train which winds its way along the North coast of the Asturias in Spain, through rolling-green hills and lands of pasture. You’ll have the chance to get on a off the train to fully explore the lands yourself (such as the colourful fishing village of Cudillero) as well as the lovely beaches.

Price: From £625 pp (sharing)
Includes: 7 nights B&B and train travel on the FEVE
Available: 15 April – 23 July + 1st September – 31st October

Visit to InnTravel find out more about this holiday, including a full itinerary.

2. Three Nordic Cities in seven nights

CopenhagenCopenhagen. Credit: InnTravel

I’ve never visited any Nordic cities but it’s definitely somewhere I’ve considered for a long time. I think I’m always longing for a beach holiday, however i’m a changed person after reading about this holiday. You’ll get the chance to visit 3 Nordic cities in seven days whilst travelling by rail and taking a cruise. The Nordic Cities Explorer begin in colourful city of Copenhagen (above) in Denmark, where you’ll spend two nights. The perfect excuse to indulge in some fine food (Copenhagen is known for its red hot culinary scene). You’ll then hop on a train and ride across the Oresund bridge to Sweden and Stockholm, and then finishing off in Helsinki in Finland, a place full of galleries and workshops to explore.

Price: £1,190 pp (sharing)
Includes: 7 nights B&B + train travel and cruise + 24hr city card in each city
Available: 1st May- 30th September

Visit to InnTravel find out more about this holiday, including a full itinerary.

3. Follow the footsteps of Salvador Dali

Jewish Quarter in CataloniaThe historical Jewish quarter in Catalonia. Credit: InnTravel

I do love Spain. I haven’t been since I was 12, when I lived and went to school there. Despite living in such a tourist-y area, on the weekends we would often go off and explore lesser-known areas. Catalonia isn’t somewhere I’ve been but it’s now on my list! I don’t really hear a lot of people saying, ‘oh i’m off to Catalonia this year’, and that’s great because we all know, the least amount of tourists the better (despite being one ourselves!) This holiday is a self-driving one, where the hire car is included in the price. Why not search for Dali (Salvador) and follow in his footsteps, exploring the theatre-museum in Figueres, where Dali was born and then died; the castle of Pubol, an extragavent gift from Dali to his wife and finally, Port Lligat near Cadaques, a place where Dali enjoyed his youth.

Price: From £935 pp (sharing)
Includes: 7 nights B&B + 2 dinners + car hire
Available: 1st April – 31st October

Visit to InnTravel find out more about this holiday, including a full itinerary.

4. Tour the great Swiss lakes

Swiss LakesCredit: Peter Backhouse

I find visiting lakes, be it in Italy, Switzerland or the UK, very inspiring. It’s amazing how something so natural and free can inspire so many things. No wonder many writers have come out of the Lake District. Anyways, this holiday is about exploring the magnificent lakes of Switzerland, where you’ll begin the holiday on Lake Geneva, which is a specular city too. I’d highly recommend visiting (my fave city in Switzerland). You’ll head on to Lake Lucerne by rail, taking in the stunning views of the Chateau de Chillon, the town of Brienz and Europe’s oldest cog railway to Rigi Kulm, a Royal tour which was made famous by Queen Victoria 150 years ago in 1868.

Price: From £1,275 pp sharing
Includes: 7 nights B&B + 3 dinners + Swiss rail pass and transfers

Visit to InnTravel find out more about this holiday, including a full itinerary.

5. Cuisine and castles in the Dordogne

Rocamadour PalaisRocamadour palais de Evaques. Credit: InnTravel

Imagine a holiday where you would drive through the Dordogne in France, testing out the very best cuisine whilst pretending you’re a Princess by visiting the most beautiful castles and gardens? Well without sounding like an advert, all that is possible! I think this holiday is one of my faves purely because of the gastronomic aspect. You all know i’m a big foodie! During this self-drive holiday, as well as gorging on French delights, you’ll get the chance to explore: the medieval city of Sarlat with all its castles perched on cliffs above a river; Marqueyssac and Eyrignac (two amazing classical gardens and the pre-historic paintings of Rouffingnac, Les Eyzies and Lascaux.

Price: From £795 pp (sharing)
Includes: 7 nights B&B + 4 dinners + car hire

Visit to InnTravel find out more about this holiday, including a full itinerary.

Which of these holidays would you prefer? Let me know in the comments!

This post was not sponsored, I just freakin’ love InnTravel holidays and wanted to shout about them to you guys!

Need more inspiration on where to travel in 2018?
Have a read of Inside Laura’s Head’s 2018 Travel Bucket List


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