With its long, warm summer days, tradition dictates that August is the holiday month for the UK. We've got the knowledge and the inspiration, all you have to do is decide which destination suits you. What are you waiting for?
Croatia is a must-visit. Over a thousand tiny islands are strewn along its long coastline, surrounded by azure blue seas. Here you will find immaculately preserved Venetian-era settlements nestled around picturesque harbours, some presided over by hilltop fortresses. Overlooking the Adriatic, Dubrovnik and Split captivate with old squares and narrow streets. Split’s historic centre lies within the walls of Diocletian’s Palace and Dubrovnik, full of Mediterranean colours and scents, buzzes with vitality. Head inland for medieval towns, endless fields of lavender and national parks covered in primeval forest, dotted with lakes and waterfalls.
Regent’s Highlights of Moscow & St Petersburg Group Tour is the essential introduction to Russia’s two greatest cities and is perfect for first time visitors. Begin in Moscow and marvel at the sights of the iconic Red Square and the Kremlin before boarding a high speed train to St Petersburg where you will discover the world-renowned Hermitage Museum, serene canals and Parisian sophistication. This popular 8-day tour allows independent free time for independent exploration to discover the many museums and galleries, or relax over fresh blini and tea at an outdoor café.
Flung far into the Atlantic, the Portugese islands of the Azores enjoy balmy temperatures and kind weather year-round. Perfect for walking and island-hopping, this volcanic archipelago boasts astounding scenery and pristine, dramatic landscapes formed by tectonic activity. In August, the characteristic hydrangeas that line the hedgerows are in full bloom, drenching the countryside in colourful flowers.
Visit somewhere really off-the-beaten-track this year - Moldova and the self-declared independent state of Transdniestr. In August, celebrate the Independence Day of a technically non-existent country in Tiraspol, a capital city known as one of the last living relics of the Soviet Era, before spending a few days exploring Moldova and sampling local wine in Chisinau. During this tour, visitors have the opportunity to meet lots of local people over delicious meals.