Top 10 Summer Destinations to spend your holidays in 2013

Every year before summers people plan out their vacations in order to have a change of heart and mind , everyone looks for a way out of the regular routine and plans to go somewhere they can relax and forget all the usual stuff and can have fun .so in summers people find excuse to just leave for some place they can have the time of life , these are the most popular destinations with our readers, along with our own personal recommendations.

10. Thailand

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Thailand, the Land of Smiles, continues its meteoric rise from backpackers’ haven to mainstream holiday favourite. The appeal is obvious beautiful countryside and beaches, great food, friendly people and low prices. But Thailand also has a fascinating unique cultural heritage, infused by Buddhist ideals. And Bangkok, the capital, fizzes with energy.
It’s the islands that attract the most attention, however, with Phuket bringing in most visitors. Most of its hotels are world class. Not far away, in the Gulf of Siam, the idyllic island of Koh Samui has some delightful small luxury hotels, and its neighbor Koh Phangan is on the up.

9. Egypt

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Think holidays in Egypt and you’ll probably imagine blazing sunshine, multicolored coral reefs and sands softer and whiter than you could ever believe. Oh, and some fascinating days staring at some spectacular 4,000 year old treasures and royal tombs as well. If that’s what you’re thinking, then you’re pretty much right. Holidays to Egypt are mainly about chilling on beautiful beaches, immersing yourself in the equivalent of an underwater theme park and thrilling at the world’s most eye-popping collection of historic relics. There are the magical, mystifying tombs of the pharaohs and mighty temples of the Nile Valley – a spellbinding ancient parade that reaches it peak in the sightseeing heaven that is Luxor. Then as if deliberately organized by nature for your convenience comes the perfect contrast – the beaches of the Red Sea. Most notably, the idyllic sands and amazing diving on offer at glitzy Sharm El Sheikh, the crystal-clear waters of lively Hurghada, the family-oriented charms of Makadi Bay or even the luxurious seclusion of Taba. Then there’s the Mediterranean Coast to think about. Head to up-and-coming Marsa Matruh, and you’ll find footprint-free sands, untouched desert and some of the best weather in the country. It’s like a little slice of yesteryear Egypt.
When it comes to choosing a base, they’re all well worth chewing over, whether you’re considering a last-minute bargain holiday to Egypt, an all inclusive holiday or just a classic sun-soaked summer holidays.

8. Croatia

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The pristine coastline of Croatia is among the most beautiful in the world – and one of the most un-spoilt in Europe. It’s also good value compared to other Mediterranean countries.
Either stay in one of the beautiful resorts that dot the coastline, or head out to one of the many stunning islands that lay off the coast. The island of Hvar is a real stunner, easily reached by ferry from Split. It has fabulous beaches and a great selection of budget and luxury hotels.
The historic city of Dubrovnik has been beautifully restored in recent years. Originally built by the Venetians, the Pearl of the Adriatic has some great food and is a wonderful base from which to take the ferry to surrounding islands.

7. Turkey

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Turkey has benefited from its exclusion from the Euro zone. Although it suffers from inflation and isn’t as cheap it was 20 years ago, it still compares favorably to its western neighbors.
With its endless Aegean coastline, Turkey has some of Europe’s finest beaches, many of which remain relatively un-spoilt. And you’re rarely far from a slice of ancient culture. Although most summer sun seekers head straight to the coast, a short break in Istanbul should not be missed, ideally in spring or autumn.

6. Italy

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Ancient culture, great beaches, fantastic food and beautiful weather – it’s no surprise that so many of us decide to holiday in Italy. Our editors consistently rate it is one of the best summer holiday destinations in Europe. For a taste of la dolce vita, head to the wonderful cities of Rome, Florence and Venice – for an extra dash of old-school glamour, you can even travel to Venice on the Orient Express. For a relaxing stay in the countryside or close to a beach, rent a pool. Umbria is a beautiful area of Italy, boasting medieval market towns, wonderful vineyards and great works of the Renaissance – and is largely untouched by tourists. Beach lovers will be blown away by the 500 miles of coastline in stunning Puglia, not to mention the traditional architecture and terrific food and wine. The Italian Lakes attracted some of the first package tourists from the UK and they continue to be popular for their beautiful setting, mountain views and great transport links for visiting local sights.
The lesser-known area of Le Marche offers everything you would expect from Italy – great beaches, historic palaces and galleries stuffed with masterpieces. The island of Sicily combines historical sites with a gorgeous coastline, while Sardinia has the country’s best beaches, and the Amalfi Coast is a fantastic base from which to visit Sorrento, Capri, Mount Vesuvius and Pompeii.

5. Great Britain

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No list of holiday destinations for UK travelers would be complete without mentioning our own great country not just England, but Wales, Scotland, Northern Island and some of our lesser known islands such as the Scilly Isles and the Wight. The UK’s most popular tourist destinations include Devon and Cornwall, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, Dorset, East Anglia and Scotland. Britain offers many interesting holiday experiences. You can rent a lighthouse keeper’s cottage, sleep in a log cabin in a secluded forest or a luxury tent on a working farm, take a tour of the UK’s finest gardens or a boating holiday on one of its many canals and rivers.
In Scotland you could join an intimate small-boat cruise around the Highlands and Islands, take a whisky tour, ride a steam train on the West Highland Line or take a tour of Mull to see mink whales, otters, seals and porpoises. You can even rent a Downtown Abbey-style historic house sleeping 6 – 60 people. Perfect for birthdays or anniversaries.

4. USA

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America is the most popular long-haul destination for British holidaymakers and it’s not hard to see why. The USA has an impressive diversity of landscapes, iconic cultural sights, friendly people and great food. See our full recommendations at 101 USA holidays.New York is an obvious starting point, a 24/7 hit of street-level thrills and high culture. Stay in a stylish boutique hotel or an affordable midtown address. You can arrive on a Transatlantic cruise, combine the Big Apple with Las Vegas, or escape the city to the tranquil countryside of Upstate New York (where you can even stay on a farm).New England is charming. Whether you opt for a classic 2-week fly-drive, a coach tour or big road trip, you’ll see a lot without covering too many miles. Most trips start and finish in Boston and include a visit to Cape Cod, a classic American seaside resort where you rent a summer house. The Mid West is the heartland of America. Las Vegas is the popular highlight, easily combined with the Grand Canyon on a fly-drive or by helicopter with the Resort. Chicago is one of the world’s great cities and the jumping off point for classic driving routes in Michigan and the Great Lakes. You can also combine the Windy City with the Rockies and Alaska.
The West is a great region for road trips: you could tour the great National Parks, explore the Wild West in Wyoming, take a trip down Route 66 or explore the wide open spaces of Utah and Colorado. Classic rail journeys include Seattle to LA, Chicago to the Grand Canyon and a tour of capitals. America’s cultural impact on the 20th Century can be celebrated on a Music & Movies Trail, a tour of Nashville and Memphis or by visiting a music festival such as Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Adventurers can raft down the Grand Canyon, camp in the Northern Rockies, track wolves in Yellowstone or stay on a working ranch. America has superb skiing, particularly in Colorado and Wyoming.

3. Greece

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Holidays in Greece are all about simplicity. Despite the recent economic crisis, it is the whitewashed villas, the friendly taverns, the hot sun and blue seas that keep us coming back year after year. Even Greek food is a masterpiece of simplicity, both traditional and healthy.
It is the islands that attract the most visitors. Corfu’s villas never lose their appeal. If you’re looking the quintessential small Greek island, we recommend Paxos, which has no airport and is a great place for lazy days, boat trips and lovely villas. If you fancy being slightly more active, the Lakitira Beach resort on Kos, just off the Turkish coast, offers a wide array of water sports. Or learn to sail in the Aegean.

2. Spain

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Spain has long been a favorite of British holidaymakers, and it remains the UK’s number one holiday destination. In particular, the Balearic islands of Mallorca and Ibiza are perennial big-hitters (not forgetting Menorca), along with Canary Islands such as Tenerife and the beautiful lesser-known La Gomera and La Palma. Other great beach destinations include the Costa de la Luz and Catalonia.
Northern Spain is overlooked by most tourists, even though it combines magnificent empty beaches with rolling countryside, mountains, medieval towns and buzzing cities. It’s authentic, great value and the food is superb.
There’s a lot more to Spain than beaches. There are great walking holidays in the north and cycling in Catalonia. The rise of low-cost airlines has benefited city breaks in places like Palma and Seville – both of which are rich in culture.
For sporting holidays you can’t beat La Manga Club which has world-class tennis facilities and three championship golf courses. You can also explore Spain on board a state-run luxury train such as the Transcantábrico and La Robla.

1. France

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The relationship between the British and French may have had its ups and downs over the years, but our love of all things French shows no signs of abating. From the Channel ports to the islands of the Mediterranean, Francophiles are never short of new destinations to discover. Among our favorite holidays in France are the beaches of Corsica and Ile de Ré. You can go cycling in the French countryside, play golf, take a cooking course or visit First World War battlefields. Or why not spend a few days in Paris. If you’re looking for an excuse to crack open a few bottles, take a wine tour or a champagne weekend. Or relax and watch the countryside roll by on a luxury hotel barge with gourmet meals, fine wines and excursions all included. Destinations include Burgundy, the Canal du Midi, Provence and Gascony. In the French Alps you can ski on a budget, or with a family, plus they make a great destination in summer. You can visit Disneyland Paris with the kids or rent a French chateau. Even in winter you’ll find long days of sunshine on the Cote d’Azur, where you can enjoy the timeless beauty of Nice.

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