Tempting new routes for summer 2017
You can almost hear the collective sigh of relief as the summer holidays approach. For many of us, it's time to take a well-earned vaycay somewhere more exotic than our own back garden, where we put aside our everyday duties to indulge ourselves a little. The more organised may already have their destination planned, but if not, it's not too late.
A whole rake of new routes come into service this summer, offering flights to a broader range of far-flung places. And best of all, new flights often mean introductory prices, making last minute holidays potentially bargainous.
The Flexicover team has picked just five of the many routes that will make holidaying easier and more interesting than ever - see if any could make summer 2017 one to remember.
Manchester to San Francisco, USA
It's quite surprising that it's taken until 2017 for the first direct flight between Manchester and the West Coast haven of San Francisco, but that's all the more reason to take advantage of this new offering. For decades, San Fran was known as the leftfield city of the States, partly because of its hippy roots in the 70s that created its psyche, and more recently because of its liberal outlook. But nearby Palo Alto is currently the beating heart of the tech world, so its draw has only increased. Virgin Atlantic now fly there three times a week.
Birmingham to Rhodes, Greece
England's second city benefits from a number of new flights this holiday season, but we're particularly interested in Monarch's direct flights to Rhodes. In four hours, holidaymakers will touch down in the Greek island that contains as many ancient delights as rugged beaches that greet the sparkling waters of the Aegean Sea. It holds the option of both active holidays (with plenty of hikes, explorations and water sports) or lazy battery-recharging holidays, making it ideal for generations of families to holiday together. Return flights begin at £68.
London Gatwick to Limoges, France
Just in time for those long hot summer days, British Airways has kicked off a new route from London Gatwick to Limoges. The city in southwest France is the ancient capital of Limousin, famous for the shepherds' cloaks that gave name to the luxury car, as much as its ubiquitous porcelain. Just an hour and a half from Gatwick, this quaint city offers authentic Gallic charm away from the tourist trail. Amble to the Quartier Historique du Chateau which is famed for its pretty church, rustic courtyards and bustling market, or stroll through its many well-kept parks that are the pride of the city. Flights start from £36 one way.
Glasgow to Iasi, Romania
Scottish adventurers will be thrilled about Blue Air's twice-weekly flights to Iasi from 17 June. The historic Romanian city began as an Eastern European trade route and quickly grew to become the epicentre of Moldovian culture. That means today, visitors are treated to a city heaving with meticulously-maintained churches, monuments and national buildings - and one which boasts some of the best Romanian art and cuisine. With a vibrant population, thanks to its university, and competitive prices to boot (an average three-star hotel is around £30 per night) it's certainly one to consider.
Cardiff to Rome, Italy
FlyBe's new route means the Welsh can enjoy the pleasures of Rome without the pain of indirect flights or treks to an English airport. Arguably, the Italian capital is one of the world's most important destinations. Around every cobbled corner lies a magnificent ancient ruin that seems unreal until approached. And let's not even discuss the food in Rome - it puts the tourist traps of capital cities to shame as almost every eatery hits the high bar you'd expect from the home of pizza, pasta and Prosecco. Add in some chic Italian hotels and cosmopolitan bars and all the ingredients of a first-class city break are present and plentiful.
Wherever you plan to head to this year it’s good to know that Flexicover Travel Insurance is committed to providing you with the highest level of protection to ensure you are safe and secure 24 hours a day when away.
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