Eight last-minute breaks you can book for the Jubilee long weekend

With the June bank holiday fast approaching, we’re being treated to an extra day off this year to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. But instead of street parties, Victoria sponge cakes and Queenie memorabilia, tour operators like Trafalgar Travel and Costsaver are reporting a huge surge in bookings from Brits looking to make the most of the 4-day weekend by blasting off to sunny European hot spots.

It’s prompted organizers to release the definitive list of the best last-minute trips to book for the anniversary weekend – all with sun guaranteed.

Donna Jeavons, Sales and Marketing Director, said: “We have seen an increase in interest in last minute travel for the upcoming bank holiday and it is clear that Brits are keen to swap the Buckingham Palace balcony for one in sunnier climates . With the nation making the most of the 4 day weekend – and the UK weather continuing to prove unpredictable – it’s the perfect time to take a break and experience some of the delights of Europe.”


This Greek adventure with Costsaver begins in Athens and explores two glittering island jewels in the Aegean Sea – the long stretch of the Mediterranean Sea between Europe and Asia. Discover the treasures of an ancient world before spending a glorious week getting lost in the labyrinthine streets and scorching sun of Santorini and Mykonos. You’ll combine your love of history with laid-back island living, visiting secret coves, seaside cafes and sprawling ruins built to honor gods and goddesses. These remain testament to the central role that ancient Greece once played in shaping western civilization as we know it today.


A short but jam-packed Trafalgar adventure filled with European highlights like a cruise down the Rhine, a banquet in a castle and a breath at the sight of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. You’ll also have the chance to mingle with locals at a medieval castle high above the Rhine Valley and enjoy an exclusive ‘Be My Guest’ lunch while being transported back to a time of kings and knights. Or immerse yourself in the culture and watch as experienced craftsmen capture the unmistakable sound of the cuckoo and demonstrate the centuries-old watchmaking craft of the Black Forest.


Visit the Vatican before the crowds, travel through Tuscan countryside, cruise along the canals of Venice and encounter the Renaissance highlights of Florence and the Leaning Tower of Pisa on this sun-soaked Italian vacation with Trafalgar. You’ll also have the opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about eight generations of history rich in stories. Enjoy a traditional “Be My Guest” dinner with the Landi family at their home near Florence, set in a garden of oak trees with a backdrop of Tuscan vineyards and olive groves. Or immerse yourself in the culture and make your trip an affair by learning about the exquisite craft of glassblowing, a delicate tradition that generations of Venetian artisans have perfected over the centuries, and play your part in making the To ensure the survival of this traditional craft through your visit.


You could spend ages exploring the enchanting Italian capitals of Venice, Florence and Rome, but this exciting 7-day trip with Costsaver will provide you with a multitude of unforgettable experiences that will stay with you long after you return home. Take a stroll down memory lane – one that encompasses centuries of tradition, heritage and culture as you encounter such iconic sights as the mighty Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the spectacular Florence Cathedral. Your exploration of this true open-air museum will enrich and inspire you.


Roll up your sleeves for an adventurous encounter with Europe through Costsaver. On this exhilarating journey, expand your mind in free-thinking Amsterdam, crane your neck to see the soaring spiers of Prague, and kick back on the canals of Venice. A particular highlight is your romantic cruise on the Rhine, where fairy tales come to life and medieval castles reveal a time when feuding lords surveyed their kingdoms. Become part of your own story as you weave your way through Europe with new friends.


This is for those of you who are short on time but have a big appetite to see all the highlights from London to Rome. This 8-day Costsaver trip is perfect for you, taking in the iconic Italian cities of Venice, Florence and Rome. You’ll see the Eiffel Tower in Paris, admire the tranquility of Lake Lucerne, the snow-capped Swiss Alps, Burgundian vineyards and moving Tuscany, until the “Eternal City” crowns your epic encounter with Europe.


A journey to the ancient lands through Greece and Turkey with Costsaver that allows you Pursue the splendor of ancient empires and traverse the Aegean from the land of gods and goddesses to the sun-kissed seaside villages of the Cyclades islands. Lace up your sandals to explore the Acropolis on foot, toast to a sundowner overlooking Little Venice in Mykonos, and soak up the laid-back island vibes of Crete and Santorini.


Immerse yourself in cathedrals, castles, cobbled streets and the mighty Danube on this stately 10-day journey through the imperial capitals of Europe with Costsaver. You’ll visit bohemian Prague, the diverse Slovak capital of Bratislava and Mozart’s Vienna and Salzburg. Encounters with a multicultural hub in Budapest, the medieval treasures of Regensburg and “Do-Re-Mi” sounds in the Mirabell Gardens.

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