Best for Snow Bunnies

People lured to stay in the UK by talk of a ‘barbecue summer’ this year may now be rueing their decision and considering a winter holiday instead. The Adventure Company has some fantastic winter trip suggestions to suit all budgets and requirements.

Best for Snow Bunnies: High Peaks Snowshoeing in Bulgaria

For one of the best value winter getaways, head to the snowy mountains of Bulgaria for a winter trekking holiday – on snowshoes. This week-long adventure explores the dramatic snow-clad forests, peaks and valleys of the Rila Mountains. Daily hikes of four to five hours take walkers to sights including the 70m Skakavitza waterfall, which is often frozen solid in the winter; the historic Rila monastery; Mount Maliovitza; and the celebrated Seven Lakes area. 
 
Departures are available between December and March with prices starting from £569 plus €125 per person local payment. Prices include flights, transportation, accommodation, activities as per the itinerary, the services of a local guide, plus most meals (seven breakfasts, five lunches and six dinners).  For full trip details, go to Adventure Company.

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Slovenia: Ideal Location for First-time Skiers

Looking for a first-time skiing holiday that offers more than just the slopes?  Slovenia could be the perfect choice.  Just a two-hour flight from London, Slovenia is one of the cheapest skiing destinations in Europe. Its ski resorts are world class but include plenty of gentler slopes suitable for beginners.  What’s more, as one of Europe’s most compact countries, it’s easy to escape the pistes and combine a ski trip with a distinctive city experience in the picturesque capital, Ljubljana.

Krvavec
Krvavec

About 40 per cent of Slovenia is mountainous so skiing is a national sport. The country hosts the men’s and women’s World Cup slaloms every year (at Kranjska Gora and Maribor-Pohorje respectively) and offers dozens of other ski areas.  From the award-winning Krvavec (identified by one UK national newspaper as ‘the best ski short break resort in Europe’) to the charming little resort of Cerkno, Slovenia is becoming renowned for its beautiful alpine settings and its skilled ski instructors.

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