If you’re looking for a group experience but find the idea of moving from place to place a little too hectic, then our Unpack & Explore holidays are an ideal choice.

You’ll stay at the same carefully chosen hotel for the full duration of your trip, ranging from three to nine nights. This allows you the luxury to properly unpack, settle into your ‘home from home’ and enjoy a traditional warm welcome. Less time travelling means more time to unwind, delve deeper into your destination and really getting to know the area.

Our Unpack & Explore holidays offer comprehensive sightseeing programmes, with experienced local guides, as well as additional optional excursions for those keen to explore further. This allows you to choose the pace of your holiday from day to day. So whether you want to make the most of the lake-front location of the Grand Hotel on Lake Como, or prefer to explore the Atlas Mountains during your time at The VJV Riad, we are sure you’ll find a location that suits you perfectly!

Grand Hotel Menaggio, Italy

Grand Hotel on Lake Como

Follow in the footsteps of Flaubert and Tennyson, Julius Caesar and Queen Victoria, to enjoy the timeless elegance of Lake Como, where flower-filled gardens and pastel-painted villages punctuate the shore, set against the stunning backdrop of the Southern Alps

More 7 nights from £1355
View of Florence with the Duomo, Florence, Italy

Treasures of Florence

With five nights in Florence, a feast of art and architecture, an insight of medieval life under Medici rule, and every romantic, Renaissance monument within walking distance, this tour combines detailed discovery with ample time to enjoy the city on the Arno River

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View of Florence with the Duomo in the evening, Florence, Italy

Tales of Tuscany

Based in the beautiful spa resort of Montecatini, this tour takes in the treasure trove of art that forms resplendent Florence, the hidden gem of medieval Pistoia, and a Puccini concert in the place of his birth, Lucca

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In the Company of Angels

A few days in Rome at the Casa per Ferie of the Sisters of the Order of St. Joseph of the Apparition overlooking the Vatican or at a hotel close to the Vatican

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An Island Escape to Crete

Venture into the rural heart of Crete on this 7-night tour and explore picturesque mountain villages, delve into Cretan culture and sail to the fascinating island of Spinalonga on a journey to remember

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Jamaa El Fna Market Square, Marrakech, Morocco

The VJV Riad

A brilliant short break in magical Marrakech, this tour is based within the old medina, staying at the traditional Angsana Riad, where historic character is combined with contemporary comfort, and landmark sites, from souks to palaces, are all within easy reach

More 4 nights from £995
Symi Island, Greece

Island of Rhodes

On this relaxing and revealing tour, a blissfully beautiful acropolis, a Doric city-state, a hilltop church in a deserted monastery, and a sail to beguiling Symi, complement the castle citadel of the crusader Knights of St. John, forming the fabulous Old Town of Rhodes

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The Garden Isle of Madeira

A sub-tropical isle, where floral displays form kaleidoscopes of colour, traditional buildings blend seamlessly with bucolic landscapes and spectacular cliffs rise sheer from the Atlantic Ocean shore

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Gems of Cairo

A superb short-break in Cairo takes you to Egypt’s most iconic monuments, the Pyramids of Giza, a tour to ancient Memphis and Saqqara, and visits the hallowed halls of the Egyptian Museum

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A Week on Lake Garda

A wonderfully relaxing week, on and around Lake Garda, this beautiful ‘breather’ is a well-balanced blend of unhurried touring and time at leisure. Tranquillity reigns around the lake, and charming towns add culture and character

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Der Stern Obsteig Hotel in Winter, Tirol, Austria

Winter in Tirol

A winter wonderland week in Austria, this tour is based in the typically Tirolean village of Obsteig, staying in a family-run hotel, and revealing the region’s character with a snowshoe walk, horse-drawn sleigh ride, and visits to Seefeld, Stams Abbey, and Innsbruck

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Villas & Gardens of the Italian Lakes

In the scenic surrounds of Lakes Como, Lugano and Maggiore, beautiful villas and their bountiful gardens have inspired poets and painters, brilliant botanists, and dedicated designers. This is a week to enjoy the vibrant results of the visionary landscapers’ labours

More 7 nights from £2145