Escape the unpredictable British summer weather and book a short haul adventure in search of some summer sun. Either for a romantic break or a family holiday, here are our pick of European destinations for travel over the coming months, all of which have some amazing savings on offer.

1. France

Charter your own barge for the ultimate holiday with family and friends or join like-minded travellers for a wonderfully relaxing break. France has it all, from beautiful rolling countryside to pretty medieval villages, charming local markets and some of the best food and wine in the world. Experience all of this whilst gently cruising the French waterways on board your luxury hotel barge.

Amazing savings on offer for selected dates in August, September & October.

2. Andalucia, Spain

Stay at the Hacienda de San Rafael, once an olive farm, now a boutique hotel. Relax around one of the three pools or sip a glass of wine and read a book under the shady bougainvillea covered courtyard. This peaceful retreat is also a short drive away from the fabulous city of Seville, the beaches of the Costa de la Luz or the charming white villages of Arcos and Vejer de la Frontera.

Save 20% on all bookings in August.

3. Losinj Island, Croatia

Just 20 miles long by 2 miles wide with crystal clear waters and uncrowded beaches, Losinj is a little known island that historically could only be reached by ferry. The recent introduction of the seaplane arriving from Split will soon put this hidden gem on the tourist map. Small in size, but home to a handful of lovely boutique hotels, there are savings to be made with stays at both Hotel Alhambra and Bellvue.

4. Tuscany, Italy

Stay at Castel Porrona Relais, a boutique hotel in a medieval village amidst the Tuscan hills or Castello del Nero, a converted 12th Century castle in the heart of the Chianti wine region. Tuscany is a beautiful part of the world with some excellent special offers for travel over the next two months.

5. St. Petersburg, Russia

Take a short break to the magical city of St Petersburg to explore some of the worlds grandest palaces and largest art collections. The fountains at Peterhof are at their most spectacular in the summer months and the parks, gardens and museums are at their peaceful best in September.

Thanks for reading

Kate Burnell, Swedish Lapland

Author: Kate Burnell