Travelling with a group is a lot of fun. Don’t try to make your itinerary too complicated as this can be difficult to deal with people that probably have different interests. Here are seven brilliant destinations for a group holiday.
St Anton, Austria
Since the papers have been raving about the snow in the Alps this winter, I’ve increased this list to 7 with a seasonal addition. If your group is looking for a winter trip, St Anton is an excellent choice. I lived in Tyrol for a while, it is a stunning place at any time of year and this is by far the region’s most popular ski resort. You can ski or snowboard 305km of trails and 200km off-piste on top of that. And if, like me, you’re not a fan of being tied to wooden boards, you can explore cosy cafes, hiking routes and wellness centres. Be sure to visit the Museum which tells of local history. Even if you’re not keen on history, it is in a very picturesque chalet building, used in the film Chalet Girl and has a nice restaurant. You can book out your own chalet for the group to crash out in and enjoy cosy fireplaces, hot tubs and wonderful mountain views. Also be sure to check out the après ski in the Mooserwirt and Krazy Kanguruh, which are two of the most popular mountain bars in the world!
Split is a town that is located on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia and it is popular for its beautiful beaches and the Diocletian’s Palace, a fortress like complex at the center of the city. The Palace was erected in the 4th century by a Roman Emperor and is a popular tourist attraction. The palace has over 200 buildings within it including shops, cafes, bars, houses and hotels. Take a stroll along Riva, a seafront promenade lined with palm trees, restaurants and a square with white marble flooring. Spend a day at Marjan, a popular trekking attraction with trails, forests, and spectacular views of the city. The beaches are stunning so be sure to visit Bacvice Beach and Firule Beach to bask in the sun.
The Cotswolds, England
The Cotswolds is the largest AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) in England and is an excellent destination for a group holiday. There are many spectacular buildings that showcase different eras of architecture that you can visit. The Cotswolds are also known for fine cuisine for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. England is a vegetarian friendly country so if you have a vegetarian in your group, then they will be happy here. If your group enjoys walking and spending time outside in the countryside, then the Cotswolds is the perfect choice.
Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik is a popular destination for a group holiday with its stunning beaches and museums that trace the country’s Viking history. You can visit the Golden Circle which showcases the Gullfoss waterfalls, geysers and Thingvellir National Park. Reykjavik is also known for its pub culture and the parties begin around midnight after people have had their share of alcohol. The Nauthólsvík is a beach with a manmade hot spring and is a popular attraction to spend a day with a group. You can also visit Laugardalslaug, a large Thermal heated swimming pool that is heated all year round.
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans lies beside the Mississippi river and is a popular destination for a holiday due to its round the clock nightlife, fine cuisine and vibrant live music scene. It is popular for its late winter festivals: Mardi Gras and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. You can spend your time in Bourbon Street with lively bars and cafes and is also a home to Creole and Cajun restaurants. The Frenchman Street in Faubourg Marigny is a popular destination to watch live bands performing Jazz, rock and blues music. A few other attractions are the Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Zoo, Lake Pontchartrain and Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Sicily is an Italian Island that is popular for its historic site The Valley of Temples, ruins of 7 monumental Doric Styled Greek temples. Be sure to visit Mount Etna, an active volcanic mountain, where you can indulge in activities like trekking, skiing and exploring caves. Be sure to hang out at Scala dei Turchi Beach where you will see spectacular views of the surrounding cliffs. You can rent a large Sicilian villa for your group to relax in and enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding scenery.Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley is a wine region in California and has over hundred vineyards set with a background of rolling hills. It is also famed for its gourmet food and some of the finest wines to taste. You can visit the Robert Mondavi Winery which hosts several live events and also has wine tasting throughout the year. You can have a wine tasting on the Napa Valley Wine Train with views of the vineyards. You can visit the town of Calistoga popular for its mud baths and hot springs. You can also visit Castello di Amorosa which is a Tuscan inspired castle for a wine tasting and dining.
***Photo Credit for St Anton photo: Arlberger Bergbahnen AG