Travel insiders reveal top places for group holidays

Date Posted: 27/03/2015

Old Budapest with St. Matthias church at night

Pictured: Old Budapest with St. Matthias church at night.

We asked the team at Success Tours to give us their picks for top group breaks and holidays. Here’s what they had to say…

Budapest

"One of my favourite destinations is Budapest, everything is close together and it’s so easy to get around. There is lots to see and do and the contrast between Buda and Pest are really interesting.

Buda, on one side of the Danube, is very historical and Pest, on the other side of the river, is more modern and commercial. Both look stunning at night when all the buildings are lit up.

The Great Market Hall is fantastic, it is the largest and oldest indoor market in Budapest and we spent hours wandering around looking at all the food and local crafts on sale.

But our absolute favourite was the visit to Szechenyi thermal baths. It was like stepping back in time; the building is amazing and we especially loved the funny little wooden changing rooms. There are 16 different pools to relax in, the best being outside. We visited Budapest in January, so to go outside in the freezing cold and then jump into a pool where the water is body temperature was just the best."

Picked by Jennie Willis, senior tour coordinator and Excellence Award Finalist 2013

Dolomites – Fai della Paganella

"The contrast of mountain ranges in the northern Italian Alps and lush green valleys is truly magical. This sunshine village with the backdrop of snow in the mountains is ‘Austria with an Italian twist', in my opinion - totally stunning."

Picked by Lesley McDermott, account manager

Kyoto, Japan

"One of the most wonderful cities I have ever visited. A blend of endless historical temples, colourful shrines and modern city living, visiting Kiyomizu-dera and Fushimi Inari-Taisha are two of the most beautiful structures I’ve ever seen."

Picked by Adam Farr, tour coordinator

Beautiful Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Pictured: Beautiful Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy.

Krakow, Poland

"My favourite destination is Krakow, Poland for many reasons. It’s great value for money, the people are lovely and there is so much to see, both on foot within the city itself and within a reachable distance using public transport.

The scenery to the south is stunning and Zakopane is also a great day trip with the massive market of Nowy Targ en route where you can find anything. It’s popular with our groups due to the history, price and good flight options."

Picked by Tracey Howes, tour coordinator

The Cinque Terre, Italy

"I’d have to say ‘The Cinque Terre’ which translates to ‘Five Lands’ - a stunning setting located along the Italian coastline south of Portofino and north of Viareggio. Here you’ll find five wonderful coastal villages accessible only by boat or train and it feels like you’re stepping back in time."

Picked by Tony Flanagan, general manager

Austria

"My destination of choice has got to be Austria (whatever the season). I worked there for eight years when I was a tour rep; skiing in winter and enjoying the lakes and mountains in the summer.

I love how the country is so clean and tidy, family knit communities with family run hotels. The scenery is so stunning whether you are in the Tyrol surrounded by mountains or heading east of Salzburg in my favourite area, The Salzkammergut (The Austrian Lake District). Check out images of Hallstatt, and the cities of Salzburg and Innsbruck are easy to get around on foot too."

Picked by Andy Wenham, operations and office manager

These ideas are from the team at Success Tours, a specialist group tour operator and winner of Best Group Tour Operator - Short Haul at the Group Leisure Awards 2014. Telephone 01225-764205 or e-mail sales@successtours.com.

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