You don’t need to catch a plane to enjoy some of Europe’s best breaks.
Whatever you’re looking for from a holiday: bright sun, great walks or fantastic food, the best of travel can be enjoyed without your feet leaving the ground!
No baggage fees or check-in queues, flight delays or cancellations, with no-flying you can enjoy loads of attractions without worry.
What’s more it’s a greener, more guilt-free way to travel, so here are some of the best recommendations for ‘no fly’ holidays in the UK, Ireland, France and Italy.
1. Walking in the Cotswolds
A good walk can be enjoyed at any time of the year, but if you want the best routes in the loveliest locations then look no further than the Cotswolds.
The Cotswold Way is the main attraction; 100+ miles of trail winding through valleys, villages and historic sites with gorgeous views galore!
Whether frost-covered fields or golden grassland, there’s no bad time to enjoy a ramble in the Cotswolds, and it’s no further than a few hours’ journey from most of the UK.
2. Boating in Venice
Few locations beat Venice for romance and relaxation, but you don’t need to take to the air to enjoy the waterways.
Catch the Eurostar to Paris, then you can get a high-speed TGV train to Venice. It takes about 10 hours and travels at speeds of around 200mph, so you’re basically flying with greater leg room a more scenic view!
A gondola down the Grand Canal, beautiful art and architecture and events throughout the year, Venice is a treat for the senses in 2018.
3. Roman holidaying
Few understand ‘the good life’ better than the Italians, and with a train to Rome from Paris you can ease yourself into an amazing holiday amongst some of Europe’s most beautiful scenery.
Whether taking a more leisurely overnight train or a high-speed TGV, once you’ve arrived in Rome by rail you can soak up the palazzos and the fountains, enjoy entertainment into the evening and explore some of the city’s dazzling ancient wonders.
4. Exploring Dunkirk
If the film of Dunkirk left you stirred in 2017, then a visit to the real-life location is a must.
A ferry from Dover allows you to retrace the journey that the British boats made in the evacuation of 1940.
Once there you can visit the town and beaches that featured in the evacuation and the film, as it used many real-life locations. The Musée Dunkerque 1940 is also essential for researching the story.
A long weekend is perfect for exploring the locations in and around Dunkirk. From there continue your journey into Northern France or head back over the Channel feeling rested and enlightened!
5. Cycling in Scotland
You’ve never experienced a landscape like Scotland’s wild north. Not just perfect for a cycle ride, it’s also ideal for a spot of rest and relaxation. And if you do fancy a spell in the saddle then there are plenty of routes for riders of all abilities.
Explore the Hebridean Way across the Outer Hebrides island chain, or take a jaunt over the low-lying causeways that link the mainland of Orkney to a series of stunning small islands.
The Highlands and Islands are very cycle friendly with glorious views galore!
6. Lazing on the Cote d’Azur
Active breaks are definitely of the moment, but there’s still lots to be said for unpacking your bags and then doing nothing for the rest of your break!
Catch a Eurostar to Lille, then head south on the high-speed TGV train to Nice. The journey takes in some of France’s most wonderful scenery, and when you arrive on the Cote d’Azur and the real holiday begins!
7. Falling in love with Paris
With the Eurostar you can enjoy the romantic charms of Paris in just a few hours.
The Basilique du Sacré-Cœur, Eiffel Tower, dinner for two on a rooftop terrace whilst the City of Lights glows beneath you, Paris isn’t short of cosy charms for couples.
With great transport links to the rest of France, and easy access to Disneyland, Paris is a great ‘no-fly’ option for groups of friends and families too!
8. Painting in Ireland
The Irish countryside is the perfect inspiration for artists, but if your idea of capturing a landscape doesn’t go further than selecting the right Instagram filter then fear not, holiday help is at hand!
There are holiday painting schools all over Ireland with short break, day and weekend classes all available. And since admiring your surroundings is one of the best ways to enjoy Ireland, it won’t feel like time wasted.
Catch the ferry from Liverpool or Heysham, Cairnryan in Scotland or Holyhead in Wales amongst others. Crossing times vary from 2 to around 8 hours.