Looking for great-value summer holidays and unforgettable adventures? From sunny crowd-free beaches to exciting city breaks, here’s where to holiday in June 2018…
Best June holiday for: An early summer staycation
Quick! Catch Cornwall before the kids break up from school, when there’s still the chance of finding an idyllic beach all of your own. In just a few weeks, these sunkissed coves will be heaving under the masses of summer staycationers, but for now you’ll have them mostly to yourself – with a Cornish ice cream and a few rays of sunshine for company.
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Best June holiday for: An epic bucket list trip
It’s time to tick Machu Picchu off your bucket list! Travelling through Peru’s Sacred Valley to this hilltop Inca stronghold is a truly spine-tingling travel experience – and June is one of the best months to visit.
No travel buddy? No problem! Unlike most tours to Peru, our Woman & Home holiday to Machu Picchu has no single compulsory supplement – so you won’t have to pay extra if you’re travelling alone. You’ll share a room with a group member of the same sex for the duration of the trip (or an optional £378 if you want your own room), and we use an experienced local female guide.
You’ll travel to Machu Picchu in five-star style on board Belmond’s Hiram Bingham train, plus explore the Sacred Valley, learn how to make the perfect Pisco Sour cocktail in Cusco, visit the beautiful islands of Lake Titicaca and more. See the details
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3. Guernsey, Channel Islands
Best June holiday for: Foodie minibreaks
The Channel Islands are a real foodie hotspot: the sunny micro-climate is perfect for fresh fruit and vegetables, the local seafood is sublime, and who could forget the famous local butter, cream and potatoes? Thanks to its close proximity to France, the archipelago’s cuisine is rich and beautifully simple – letting those top-notch ingredients speak for themselves.
We have four exclusive Guernsey hotel offers that include lots of fabulous foodie perks – including bottomless brunch, three-course dinners and lots more – such as a two-night B&B mini break with free gin tasting and a bottle of gourmet gin. See the details
4. Lake Garda, Italy
Best June holiday for: A fabulous fitness break
In Italy’s beautiful Lake Garda region, Lefay Resort & Spa combines a stunning location with tailor-made fitness programmes – with an emphasis on outdoor pursuits such as bike riding, yoga and nature walks.
There are personal trainers on hand to take you through your paces, plus sociable group classes such as circuit training and core strengthening. After a full day of fitness, soothe your senses with indulgent spa therapies, or a rigorous sports massage to put the spring back in your step.
Our exclusive three-day Lefay Resort & Spa offer includes return flights, daily activities and one-to-one fitness consultations and classes, and full board accommodation in a Prestige Junior Suite – from £1,269pp.
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5. Santorini, Greece
Best June holiday for: Sun, sand and seafood
This sun-drenched island in the Cyclades is iconic for its cascades of white-washed houses and lapis lazuli-coloured waters – but it’s even more impressive in the flesh. This is a slice of traditional Greece – where the food is fine, the vineyards are bounteous, and the welcome is always warm.
Santorini is a key port of call for cruise ships, but its bay is best experienced from a sailing ship or small boat. Finish with a seafood supper, and a nightcap on a clifftop taverna.
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Best June holiday for: Midsummer adventures under the midnight sun
Though famed for its snow scenes and northern lights in winter, Finland is also a sterling summer destination – especially at Midsummer, in June. At this time of year, the sun only sets for a couple of hours per night, so you can squeeze maximum adventure into just a short break.
And oh, what adventures they are! Think forest walks, bear watching, wild camping and sea swimming, while just a short drive from Helsinki (the capital) you’ll find whale watching and thousands of islands to discover…
7. Basel, Switzerland
Best June holiday for: A weekend break with a difference
The Swiss city of Basel makes for a fine summer minibreak, with long sunny days at this time of year. Head straight to the River Rhine which runs right through this picturesque city, flanked by magnificent Gothic architecture – all spiky towers and looming stone turrets – and public gardens.
All along the river, a string of pop-up bars and cafes serve cocktails and wine on sun-drenched terraces, while plucky locals bob along in the river’s current with their belongings in inflatable bags. Try it if you dare! Then dry off in the sun with an elderflower and Prosecco cocktail – a local favourite, which makes for a fine reward.
8. The Rockies, Canada
Best June holiday for: Wild adventures
After a long winter, the Rockies are thawing, and wild spring flowers are blooming in the lower elevations. Beneath the snow-capped mountains, the tourism season is beginning – with boat tours launching on Lake Minnewanka and Maligne Lake, plus hiking, canoeing, horse riding and fly fishing.
June is also a fantastic time for wildlife watching, as the elk, deer and grizzlies descend from the upper reaches to graze on the flowers and grasses. While this is a wet month, rain showers rarely last all day – and of course the summer crowds are yet to arrive. If you like your landscapes dramatic and crowd-free, the Rockies is the ideal place for June holidays.