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Smallest of the low countries, Luxembourg is an interesting and historically rich country to visit. Fancy heading east? Two of Europe's most historic and culturally rich cities are Prague and Sofia. Both are excellent weekend city break destinations.

Thinking of treating a loved one? Why not visit Antwerp; the diamond capital of Europe. Not only does Antwerp have the finest array of precious gems in the world, it is also a fascinating and historic city with a range of attractions for young and old.

Planning an exciting city break in 2016? Why not check out our new guide to the frenetic German holiday hotspot of Hamburg. Many people think Hamburg is just a sleazy town and think of the famous Reeperbahn when it is mentioned but there's much more to it than that.

Alternatively if you fancy something a bit quieter and you like your chocolate and beer, then Brussels might just be the very place for you for a short city break in 2016. Brussels and Belgium sometimes get some unfair criticism but read our guide to find out more about the place.

The Baltic states are becoming an increasingly popular holiday hotspot but you can still enjoy them in high summer without the massive influx of tourists that you may experience in other European destinations. Take a look at our Estonia and Latvia holiday guides and see what you think.

Ok we have some fantastic northern country holiday guides for you this month - check out our fantastic travel guide to Scotland featuring information on Edinburgh and Glasgow. Maybe you would like to sample the Brecon Beacons Jazz festival in Wales or see the northern lights in Finland.

How about seeing just what can be made out of plastic bricks in Legoland in Denmark or you might want to get away from it all in Donegal in Ireland. Whatever your plans, check out our guides before you make travel plans.

If you are planning on a city break this year then please take a look at our latest city break guides to Lisbon and Bruges. They are packed with helpful hints and ideas.

Thinking of going further afield? Then please take a look at our Maldives holidays guide or if you fancy a frenetic city break, please visit our Hong Kong holidays page where you will find a great guide to this destination.

What's YOUR Favourite Holiday Destination?

I'm often asked about my favourite holiday destinations. I'll admit I had to think long and hard about it, but after much consideration, I would have to say that the breath taking mountain vistas and beautiful countryside of Switzerland are hard to beat. Choose romantic Italy for a honeymoon holiday, or sultry Spain for a fantastic and relaxing beach holiday. Wherever you decide to go - have a great time and bon voyage! For holidays to Cuba, take a look at our neat guide.

Have You Booked?

So have you booked your holiday destinations for 2016 yet? What do you mean no? We have some excellent holiday destination ideas for you right here so please browse our site to be inspired!

Holiday Hotspots 2016

If you want something different this coming year, then why not try an unusual trip to Norway or Iceland. It may be a bit chillier than your usual holiday, but summer temperatures are reasonable and you are assured of a warm welcome. Want to try your luck a bit further south? Poland is an increasingly popular holiday hotspot and has numerous interesting cities and wonderful wildlife. Further south still and you could sample the snowy delights of the Austrian Alps or what about some old time rustic charm in beautiful Sicily? Even further away is the sensational Patagonia which is a dream for nature lovers and trekkers alike.

Holiday Ideas 2016

If the outdoors isn't your thing, then how about a city break. Popular and up and coming holiday destinations for 2016 are Dresden, Stockholm, Tallinn and Zagreb.

Other more traditionally popular city destinations include Dubrovnik, Florence and Copenhagen. Browse our site and read about these newly added destinations.


A phrase recently coined is 'staycation' which means a 'stay at home vacation'. If your budget won't stretch to expensive flights and overseas accomodation, don't fret. There are many fantastic places you can holiday within the UK. Why not try wonderful Edinburgh or the bard's birthplace, Stratford Upon Avon? Edinburgh is a treat during festival time, but accomodation can be hard to find and expensive.

Exotic Holidays

Want to really push the boat out? You could try a luxury Mediterranean Cruise and take in all the sites that has to offer. Or how about interesting and exotic Ras Al Kaimah? And if you want a plain old old fashioned beach holiday, then take a look at our Kefalonia guide and be inspired!

So what are you waiting for? Don't just sit there, get out there and see the world!

We have been busy this month and added two new destination guides. Thinking of visiting Germany or Oman? Then find out all about them with our fantastic holiday destinations guides. Also just added - super duper new city break guides to Cape Town, Cracow and Milan. Also added are up to the minute guides to Seville, San Francisco and New York.

Life's a Beach

We're pleased to announce our brand new dedicated beach holiday destinations section. Here you will find fantastic new guides to some of the hottest (quite literally mate) beach destinations throughout the world. We've kicked off with some Mediterrranean hot spots and have fresh guides on The Algarve, Canary Islands, Corfu, Crete, Gran Canaria, the party animal's favourite - Ibiza, Madeira and Majorca. If your next destination isn't listed here, don;t worry, our travel researchers are hard at work sunning themselves on some of the world's most beautiful beaches as I write, all in order to give you the best low down on the resorts and beaches to be seen at next summer. Stop the press - also added are a new Tenerife holiday guide as well as a superb Zante page.

What Else is New at Smashing Holidays?

Our travel writers have been busy building up their air miles whizzing around the globe to bring you the very latest up to date travel guides to some of the most exotic locations on the planet. It’s a dirty job, but someone has got to do it. (Not!).

But seriously, we have introduced a fantastic new city breaks section to the website which we hope you will find interesting. To kick off, we have brand new guides which are surely the hippest, most well informed city guides to the exciting metropolises of Barcelona, Budapest, London, Madrid, Paris and Rome.

It’s all go at Smashing Holidays!

Smashing Holidays 2016 hopes to give you an informative and exciting view on some of the most interesting and exotic locations throughout the world, including China, France, Holland, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand and the United States.

We bring you information on how to book tailor-made, luxury and exotic tours including multi-centre holidays to the above destinations.

It's important in these busy and stressful times to take some time out to relax. The memories you make on your holidays will stay with you for years. So take a look through our site and see what catches your eye. There's lots of exciting and exotic destinations.

Choose romantic Italy for a honeymoon holiday, or sultry Spain for a fantastic and relaxing beach holiday. Wherever you decide to go - have a great time and bon voyage!

Types of Holiday

All Inclusive Holidays

All inclusive holidays offer a hassle free option for the discerning holiday makers who really want to kick back and take things easy.

With all inclusive holidays, all the decisions are made for you. You can enjoy quality food, exciting nightlife and fabulous facilities while leaving your wallet in the hotel safe. Enjoy this peace of mind whilst also being safe in the knowledge that you won’t go over budget while enjoying yourself to the max.

Beach Holidays

What could be more relaxing than a fantastic beach holiday to the destination of your dreams. Sunny beach hotels are a great place to while away the hours snoozing in a hammock or a sun lounger with the tropical sun soothing all your worries away. While on a beach holiday you can truly leave your troubles at home.

Enjoy luxuriating on the golden sands of Australia while also enjoying the surf, or why not take in some Mediterranean rays on the sun kissed beaches of Italy or the South of France. Wherever you decide to go, make sure you book early to avoid disappointment. Life’s a beach - and you should be on it.

City Breaks

For a more fast-paced style of holiday, choose a city break to one of the world’s most exciting urban theatres.

Climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, or while away the afternoon in New York’s Greenwich Village. Witness the stunning architecture of Antoni Gaudi in the Catalan capital with Barcelona Holidays or why not try something really different with a trip to the Japanese capital, Tokyo.

Cruise Holidays

Cruises today aren’t just for the older generation - they represent a relaxing and luxurious option for the younger traveller. For a stress free holiday, a cruise is a great option.

There’s many different routes to choos from including Caribbean, Mediterranean, Nordic or Baltic. Which ever one you choose, you can be assured of a relaxing time on board and a fascinating and cultural time when you stop off at the fascinating destinations on offer.

From clubbing in Ibiza to the Great Wall of China, you're sure to find something here that's for you. Please browse through the site, it is filled with detailed reviews and travel tips relating to the world's top holiday destinations. There really has never been a better time to travel to exotic climes and with cheap international flights so readily available in the internet age, there's no excuse, so go on, have a Smashing Holiday!




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