We’ve waited long enough to jet off into the sunshine so for your next Europe escape you could raise the bar and take two holidays in one. Our experts can tailor-make exceptional multi-centre itineraries that are far from a traditional ‘fly and flop’ holiday. Here are a handful of our favourite Europe twin centres.

Italy - Sicily & the Aeolian Islands

There’s something irresistibly alluring about Sicily, with its evocative ruins, time-worn towns and scattering of pretty pebble beaches (not to mention the mouth-watering Italian cuisine). Take a romantic drive through the countryside where you’ll find fragrant citrus groves, rosemary-scented hills and towns steeped in history; don’t miss a visit to Agrigento, one of the oldest cities in Sicily and home to a remarkable array of well-preserved Greek temples.

Sicily

One of our favourite places to stay is Hotel Villa Diodoro. This chic villa hideaway is perched above the island’s most glamorous resort, Taormina. Dine on fresh Sicilian dishes such as pasta alla norma and soak up the spellbinding views of Mount Etna from the poolside terrace.

Therasia Resort Sea & Spa, Vulcano

Easily reached by hydrofoil or ferry from the ‘mainland’, a stay on the spectacular Aeolian Islands is worth tagging on to a Sicily holiday. There’s a far more rustic vibe on this volcanic archipelago – the buildings made from local materials such as lava and pumice stone, there are rugged black-sand beaches and untouched natural landscapes. Rest your head at the five-star Therasia Resort Sea & Spa, Vulcano, one of the newest additions to the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World portfolio. It has a Michelin-starred restaurant and a rejuvenating spa with treatments exclusive to the region; we especially love the hot volcanic stone massage.

Malta & Gozo

Malta is an island packed with bygone treasures, from ancient walled cities, medieval towns and impressive forts, so it’s not surprising that it was chosen as a filming location for the hit-book-turned-television-series Game of Thrones. But it’s not just a destination for Daenerys Targaryen fans or keen historians, beyond the labyrinth of cobbled laneways, movie set locations and Renaissance cathedrals, there are fabulous beaches and top-dive sites. There’s also a good chance of blue skies as Malta has over 300 sunshine days per year on average. We recommend staying at The Phoenicia Malta, an iconic Valetta address overlooking the sparkling harbour. Although the oldest hotel in Malta, there’s not a crumbling wall in sight; this grand building has recently been restored with bright colour-pop rooms and modern touches to complement the elegance of this historic landmark.

Valetta, Malta

After sightseeing in Malta, change the tempo and swap to the sleepier sister island, Gozo. Characterful Gozo has a more laid-back ambience, prettier countryside and fewer tourists and it’s just a short ferry ride away. Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz is the perfect base to explore the island. It’s an elegant old-world hotel surrounded by rural scenery, yet it is just a short drive from Victoria, the island’s capital. Despite its small size, there’s plenty to do on the island. Visit Ramla Bay to see the mythical Calypso cave and enjoy a spot of sun-soaking on the unusual red-sand beach which looks incredibly striking against the cobalt blue sea. Or visit Xlendi Bay which has a small sandy cove and a cluster of waterfront restaurants with traditional Gozitan fare on the menu. Try the Ftira (a dish resembling pizza), washed down with a glass or two of locally produced wine, and round off your meal with a regional liqueur.

A tale of two sides: Crete

Experience the best of Greek island life with a taste of two sides of Crete. Traditionally holidays to Crete were all about the thriving northeast coast, but over time the more peaceful charm and uncrowded beaches of the west have generated a growing buzz.

Crete, Greece

It's no wonder the northeast coast is the most visited area of Crete. It has a stunning stretch of coastline and plenty of historical sites like the iconic palace of Knossos and Spinalonga. Head to the celebrity-favourite hangout of Agios Nikolaos to stay at nearby Elounda Gulf Villas & Suites, a collection of sultry suites and villas with private pools and spellbinding views over glittering Mirabello Bay.

Elounda Gulf Villas

When you’re ready, we’ll whisk you away in a private transfer along the stunning serpentine coastal roads to your west coast resort. Western Crete is peppered with Venetian ports and harbour towns, and the loveliest of them all is Chania. Backed by the snow-topped White Mountains, this charming town is a delight to explore with its quaint narrow streets that are jammed with boutique shops. From Chania, you can go hiking in wildflower-strewn gorges, dine in snug village tavernas, and visit two of the world's most breathtaking pink-sand beaches: Elafonisi and Balos Bay. But if life on the open road isn't your thing, you can still have a glimpse of local life with a stay at Domes Zeen Chania, A Luxury Collection Resort. This new bohemian beachfront bolthole has a collection of authentic local experiences to enjoy such as ceramic workshops, walking tours and wine tasting.

Canary Islands - Tenerife & La Gomera

Tenerife may be known for its lively resorts, blue-flag beaches and family-friendly hotels, but step beyond the tourist trail in the south, and you’ll uncover there’s more to this volcanic island than sun, sand and sangria. Tucked away on the dramatic northern coast of the island is Boutique Hotel San Roque. This honeycomb-hued haven folds around a quaint courtyard swimming pool and a sun terrace fringed with fanning palms. Spend days strolling around the tiny artisan shops and tapas restaurants on your doorstep, swimming in volcanic coves or stargazing in Teide National Park.

Tenerife

The tiny island of La Gomera is even further off the beaten track – it’s only accessible by ferry – and is a wonderful addition to a Canary-hopping holiday. This wild and rugged island shies away from the British pubs and high-rise hotels of its more famous counterparts and instead spoils its visitors with near-deserted black-gold beaches and hikes through fairytale-like forests. We love Hotel Jardin Tecina, a wonderfully romantic retreat perched on a cliff edge with panoramic views of the sparkling Atlantic Ocean. Venture out on hiking in Garajonay National Park or check out the giddying views from the glass-floored platform at Mirador De Abrante. On a clear day, you’ll see a stunning vista of Tenerife with Mount Teide towering over the horizon.

Croatia & an island-hopping cruise

With thousands of islands scattered along the scenic coastline of Croatia, this Eastern European gem has become an island-hopping hotspot. Tick off the highlights of Croatia in one holiday, with our twin-city stay and island-hopping cruise itinerary. Start your adventure with a few nights at The Pucić Palace, Dubrovnik, a centuries-old mansion in the heart of the walled city of Dubrovnik.

Croatia Island Hopping Cruise

After a couple of days exploring Dubrovnik, set sail for seven nights onboard the MS Splendid to traverse the idyllic Dalmatian Coast. This yacht-like small ship resembles a floating luxury hotel; there are just 18 white-washed cabins, a cosy restaurant and a rooftop sundeck dotted with plush loungers and a Jacuzzi. Discover islands such as Hvar, Vis and Mljet, with guided walking tours included plus plenty of free time. As the ship docks overnight, spend evenings tucking into Croatian cuisine in local eateries. Your journey ends in the beautiful city of Split, where you can restore your land legs at the iconic Hotel Park Split, just a 10-minute walk from the old town. As the sun sets on your last evening in Croatia, raise a glass in the Art Deco Imperial Bar, where skilled mixologists conjure up creative cocktails – ask for a Maritime Martini – and you’ll have the perfect end to your Croatia adventure.

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This feature was updated on 10 June 2021. The information within this feature is correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of publishing.