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Best places to visit in July

Italy, Spain, France, Croatia, the Amalfi coast and Egypt are the best destinations for July. Here's why – and which trips to book for a sensational summer...

1. Croatia

Relax on the spectacular coast of Croatia on one of our exclusive private yacht cruises – whisking to the Dalmatian Coast’s best bits in comfort and style. With cabins for just 38-40 passengers, these stylish motorised cruisers are equipped with an on-board restaurant, sun-deck and spacious en-suite cabins – with a relaxed, barefoot-luxury atmosphere.

Our two exclusive itineraries include the atmospheric medieval walled cities of Dubrovnik and Split, both home to impressive UNESCO World Heritage sites and national parks; the buzzing resort of Hvar, on Croatia’s sunniest island; and Korcula, an island rich in olive groves and vineyards. Plus two wonderful excursions during each sailing are already included.

Why July? Sunshine is a consistent part of Croatia in July. The start of the month is overly generous on sunshine hours, with up to 15 to take advantage of.

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2. Amalfi Coast

Immerse yourself in the incredible food, world-famous sights and enchanting coastline of the Italian Riviera on our eight-day Amalfi Coast holiday. The azure sea, pretty houses and lush lemon groves will take your breath away: this 50-kilometre stretch of coastline running between Salerno and Sorrento is certainly one of the most beautiful in Italy – if not the world.

If you love Italian food, wine and culture, this small-group tour includes the best of the region with visits to Ravello, Positano and Pompeii. You will be based for seven nights in Hotel Bonadies, a wonderfully welcoming four-star property in Ravello, from where you will take day trips and excursions. 

Why July? Bask in Italy’s highest monthly temperatures without having to worry about getting booked on to excursions or dealing with huge tour groups in peak season.

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3. Andalucia and Seville

Venture into the heart of southern Spain to see some of its greatest Moorish cities, on our eight-day Andalucia cruise holiday – avoiding the typical tourist panic of trying to fit everything into a long weekend. You’ll wander the elaborate alcazars of Seville, see the magnificent architecture of Granada’s Alhambra Palace, and discover Córdoba’s world-famous Mosque-Cathedral.

Designed by award-winning cruise specialist Cosmos, this Guadalquivir river cruise includes an evening walking tour through Cadiz’s old quarter, perfect for the summer months, and wine tasting at El Puerto de Santa Maria. You’ll stay onboard river cruise ship, the MS La Belle de Cadix, and our exclusive offer includes a free upgrade from a middle deck cabin to an upper deck cabin with a balcony. 

Why July? Daytime temperatures can reach a maximum of 36°C, so you won’t be without long, sunny days.

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4. Egypt 

Our unique Egypt and River Nile holiday gives you the chance to experience one of the most hotly-anticipated museums in living memory before anyone else: the $1billion Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza. It will unveil the treasures of the ancient world like never before, and you can get the exclusive chance to go behind the scenes at the museum ahead of its grand opening.

This itinerary, designed by luxury travel specialists Abercrombie & Kent, begins in Cairo at the five-star Fairmont Nile City. You will take in the museum of Egyptian Antiquities, the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar, the Great Pyramid in Giza, and the Sphinx – all in the company of expert Egyptologists. You will then head to Aswan to set sail on a five-star luxury cruise to Luxor to experience this bucket list adventure in full swing.

Why July? While there’s no dry season in Egypt, just a mild winter from November to April and a hot summer from May to October, you’ll be travelling in air conditioned luxury.

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5. Italy, Spain and France 

Enjoy a luxurious villa escape with Oliver’s Travels, whose plush holiday properties are renowned for their excellent quality, wonderful locations, and five-star added extras. Our exclusive offer, available at 3,000 properties all over the world, includes complimentary airport lounge passes, a champagne reception on arrival, a deluxe welcome hamper filled with local delicacies on arrival, and complimentary fridge-stocking service.

You will have full access to a concierge, who can assist with everything from local tours to restaurant bookings, and additional services include babysitting, extra cleaning and catering.

Take your pick from from British stately homes, Italian boltholes and Balinese villas, to Spanish fincas and French fairy-tale chateaux. The Bastille Day celebrations are in full swing on the 14th of July and you’ll also find plenty of art and music festivals to dip into. 

Why July? The beauty of long summers in Europe mean that you don’t have to trek to thr Nothern Hermisphere for sunlight and can take advantage of the short flight times.

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Available from: January 11th 2019

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