Come away for half term!

We’re not quite sure how it happened, but we’re already one week into September, and patches of yellow and orange have begun appearing ever so subtly on the trees here in Kent. Fortunately, this doesn’t mean that the Oak Hall summer is over – we have several more months of exciting destinations lined up for you (if you are interested in a last minute trip before autumn is here properly, please see the bottom of this post).

Travelling to Europe at half term means you can avoid the crowds of the peak season, while catching the end of the summer warmth. Many of us are back in the office or the classroom by now, but if you haven’t managed to come away just yet, or if you’re looking for a mid-term getaway, we thought we’d introduce you to our half term destinations!

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Italian Adriatic, 20-27th Oct

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy.” – Giuseppe Verdi

First out is our expedition to the Italian east coast on the Adriatic Sea. Cesenatico is a picturesque town situated between Ravenna and Rimini. Part of its character and charm is derived from the ancient harbour, which was reworked at the beginning of the 16th century by da Vinci himself. With an excursion package taking you to Bologna, Ravenna, San Marino and San Leo this trip has something for everyone. Whether your idea of a holiday is immersing yourself in the sea or in Italian culture, you’ll love Cesenatico.

Find out more here.

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Montenegro, 20-27th Oct

“At the birth of the planet the most beautiful encounter between land and sea must have been on the Montenegrin coast.” – Lord Byron

A bit further south, on the other side of the Adriatic Sea lies the Oak Hall favourite town of Denovici in Montenegro. Just further down the coast from Croatia, Montenegro occupies some of the prettiest shorelines of the Adriatic. Our hotel is situated on the edge of the Bay of Kotor, right on the waterfront. Montenegro is ideal if you love a holiday with lots to do as we offer an excursion package that takes you on two boat cruises, as well as a coach journey to the ancient town of Budva and a day trip beautiful Dubrovnik in Croatia.

Find out more here.

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Spain, 19-27th Oct (coach) or 20-27th Oct (air)

“Allow me to state here how much I love Barcelona, an admirable city, a city full of life, intense, a port open to the past and future.” – Le Corbusier

Costa Brava in Catalonia in north eastern Spain is one of the places we’ve been going to for years and are always happy to go back to! The town we’ll be staying in, Pineda de Mar, was originally a fishing town and is ideally situated some way north of Barcelona by a sandy beach, which stretches as far as you can see. You can take part in our excursion package, take the train into Barcelona or lie on the beach all week – opportunities abound. Our October group will be staying in Hotel Stella, a 4-star hotel situated around 250 metres from the beach. This is the only half term holiday where we have the option to travel by coach.

Find out more here.

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Jordan, 20-27th Oct

Go to Mount Nebo in Moab. It is across from Jericho. From there look out over Canaan. It is the land I am giving the Israelites to take as their own. – Deuteronomy 32:49

Jordan is slightly further afield than the rest of our half term destinations, and it is an unusual destination that will live long in the memory. The territory of modern Jordan includes areas that in Biblical times belonged to the Israelite tribes of Reuben and Gad, alongside nations like Moab, Edom and Ammon. The itinerary includes fascinating places like the rock cut city of Petra, Mount Nebo, the Dead Sea (swimming, of course!), and more! Experience the Bible come alive as you see the places for yourself. Be quick, though – there are only 4 spaces left!

Find out more here.

… and if you can’t wait until half term we also have a some spaces left for Greece (independent travel), Italian Adriatic (in September), Montenegro (early October), Nepal, Scotland and Santorini.

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