Last Minute Flights and Deals
When it comes to booking last minute flights, it's still advisable to choose your destination according to the kind of holiday you're looking for. During the latter months of the year as the temperature in northern countries begins to fall, many travellers are tempted by the lure of more temperate climes. The vision of sunshine, warm sea and sand becomes ever more appealing. To help you choose the right destination, here are some of our favourites.
Things to see and do in our favourite last minute destinations
The sunny and ancient nation of Greece has much to recommend it, from bustling and historic Athens to its cluster of gorgeous islands. This is a country that combines beautiful weather and landscape with fascinating history and culture. If you're looking for beaches and blue sea you won't be disappointed, but there's always more to explore in Greece. Corfu is one of the most popular of the Greek islands, generally offering good weather even in October.
2. The Canary Islands
These popular Spanish islands off the coast of West Africa are a favourite destination, known for their year-round warm weather. The rugged volcanic landscape is stunning, and their beaches of black sand are famous. (If you prefer white sand there are plenty of those, too)! The island of Lanzarote is so spectacular, in 1993 it was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO.
Portugal is another country with enviable weather and a fascinating history. Its major cities are colourful places of culture and commerce, while its resorts have been delighting travellers for many years. The country's coastal capital of Lisbon is a fantastic place to immerse yourself on a last minute holiday. There are beaches if you want them, but there's so much to do and see in this vibrant city that you're sure to be spoilt for choice.
4. The Maldives
If you're searching for warm weather in an island paradise setting, the Maldives could be the perfect choice for you. Whether you're looking for a last minute holiday filled with thrills, or a quiet romantic break, this island nation in South Asia is the ideal setting. With only 200 of the 2,000 islands inhabited, the Maldives provides a perfect location for peaceful luxury resorts in a breathtaking setting.
Italy is a beautiful country, and one that is attracting a growing number of discerning visitors. This is a nation with a wealth of artistic and cultural history behind it, all set in a stunning natural landscape. You will also find some of the most colourful cities, attractive towns and picturesque villages here. Not far from the iconic Mount Vesuvius, the ancient city of Naples is famous for its art and architecture, and lavish Royal Palace.
5 of our best hotels for last minute holidays
This delightful resort on Corfu is set within luxuriant landscaped gardens close to a pretty pebble beach. The property has the atmosphere of an intimate and secluded village, with the lovely fishing village of Messonghi just a ten minute walk away.
If you're looking for a stylish adults-only escape, this luxurious resort could be the perfect choice. There are plenty of activities for those who enjoy them, and no shortage of pools, bars and restaurants to relax in afterwards. The marina at nearby Peurto Calero is also worth a visit.
The Portuguese capital has many delights to discover, and this award-winning hotel is the perfect base from which to explore it. Modern and stylish, the property offers stunning views across the city, a choice of restaurants, a pretty terraced garden and a spa.
Offering a choice of five incredible villas, this little piece of paradise in the Maldives is the perfect setting in which to relax and soak up the scenery. For the more adventurous, the crystal clear waters offer a range of water sports, including scuba diving. Breathtaking views add a sense of the exotic to this stunning resort.
The beautiful city of Naples has to be seen to be appreciated, and this grand historic building provides the perfect location. Its roof terrace offers panoramic views of Vesuvius, while the interior has been restored to its original 19th-century splendour.
When is the best time to go on a last minute holiday?
Although some of our destinations benefit from better weather during the summer months, all of them are well worth a visit at any time of the year. An advantage of travelling in spring or autumn is that busier resorts are generally quieter. In addition, travel and accommodation costs are often lower out of season, and with Voyage Privé offering deals of up to 70% off, they can be even cheaper.
Getting to your destination on a last minute holiday
All the resorts listed are served by international airports - and if you're travelling with a group it's worth checking if the airline is offering any discounts. It's generally advisable to organise transfers to your destination prior to departure, rather than leaving it until you arrive at the airport. If your destination is very close to the airport, however, public transport or taxi could be a less expensive option.
Making the most of your holiday
Different destinations offer different things to do and see, so knowing what to expect will always be an advantage. If you're planning to have a combination of relaxing days and busy days, perhaps leave some of the chill out days till later in your holiday. That way you're more likely to get home feeling revitalised rather than worn out!
The Voyage Privé expert's opinion on last minute holiday destinations
Even if you're booking a flight last minute, here at Voyage Privé there's no shortage of destinations to choose from. A city break can be ideal if you're interested in history, culture, local cuisine and nightlife. But even out of season there are numerous destinations that offer warm sunny weather, beaches and other outdoor pursuits. Choose your destination according to your tastes, plan ahead a little before you leave, and you have every chance of enjoying a wonderful last minute holiday.