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Festivals of the world

Celebrate during your next vacation by tying in with one of the many vibrant festivals around the world.

All prices include international flights and transfers unless otherwise stated and are subject to availability. T&Cs apply.

Buddhist festival in Bhutan

Head to Bhutan and experience a mesmerising Buddhist festival with each dance depicting Buddhist tales with light relief provided by medieval-style jesters. Each festival has its own intricacies, from a Fire Dance to a Naked Dance where men from Jama Lakhang perform to ward off evil and honour their all-important life-giving organ. We can incorporate a Buddhist festival into a customized itinerary.

From £4,995pp for a 12 day customized itinerary on a full board basis.

Celebrate Easter with the family in Guatemala and Belize

Semana Santa is celebrated with colorful celebrations in the colonial splendour of Antigua. The residents decorate the streets with carpets of flowers and there are processions consisting of big floats bearing statues of Christ carried by hundreds of purple-robed men. Continue on to Tikal, an impressive Mayan site and then cross the border into Belize where you base yourself at a stunning lodge with plenty of outdoor activities.

From £2,895pp and £2,515 per child for 5 nights at El Convento, 2 nights at La Lancha and 3 nights at The Lodge at Chaa Creek. All on a B&B basis.

Crop Over Carnival, Barbados

Bajans love Crop Over; the “sweetest summer festival” takes place every August and brings parades, music, food and fun to Barbados in respect of the Barbadian historical past. Head to the island and take part in this multi-cultural and multi-generational celebration. Stay at the newly refurbished The House, if you book by 01 December you will enjoy a 40% discount.

From £1,975pp (total saving £1,400) based on 2 adults sharing a Garden View suite for 7 night on a B&B basis.

Festivity of St Rosalia, Sicily

The Festivity of St Rosalia in Palermo is a major social and religious event in Palermo with its procession, led by a triumphal cart with the statue of the Saint. Full of gold jewels and flowers, it passes through the streets of the city. There is also a wonderful fireworks display at the end.

From £2,760pp based on 2 adults and 2 children for 10 nights in Verdura on 12 July 2013 in a Junior Suite connecting to a Deluxe Room on a half board basis, includes one free place in the Scott Dunn Explorers children’s club and return private transfers from Palermo (no flights).

Fire Boat Festival, Laos

This colorful festival in Luang Prabang is celebrated by illuminated boat processions along the mighty Mekong River. More than 20,000 boats make their way down the river during the night, each made by a local family wishing for good luck and paying their respects to the spirit of the waters. During the day, locals adorned in their traditional clothing sing and dance their way through the UNESCO world heritage town.

From £7,995pp based on 2 sharing on a half board basis for 3 nights at Amantaka and 3 nights at Amansara in Siem Reap.

Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, South Africa

The Franschhoek Uncorked Festival falls in September and is the celebration of the start of spring in the picturesque Franschhoek valley. Franschhoek wineries in and around the valley welcome the new season and showcase their exciting new vintages and releases. For food and wine lovers, this is the perfect festival to enjoy and experience this food and wine capital; famous for the array of superb restaurants and vineyards.

From £1,900pp on a B&B basis for 7 nights at Le Quartier Francais in a Auberge Room.

Hokitika Wild Foods Festival, New Zealand

Head to New Zealand’s west coast in March for the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival. Try some gourmet "bush tucker" and native New Zealand food. It is a unique celebration inspired by some of the more weird and wacky produce from New Zealand’s bountiful landscape. Popular delicacies include New Zealand whitebait fritters, gorse flower wine, ponga fern pickles and huhu grubs.

From £11,540pp for 20 nights based on 2 sharing, visit the Wildfoods Festival as part of a customized itinerary through New Zealand. Includes all flights, private transfers and most meals.

Kumbh Mela, India

2013 is the year of the Kumbh Mela which occurs every 12 years in Allahabad North India. The festival is expected to be the largest ever gathering of humanity in the whole of history. It is a pilgrimage of faith for millions of Indians who come to bathe in the sacred waters of the Ganga where it meets the Yamuna. We can incorporate a visit to this spectacular event staying at the luxury camp of Lakshmi Kutir as part of a customized itinerary in January or February.

From £3,500pp for 10 nights as part of a customized itinerary of North India incorporating Lucknow and Varanasi.

Medieval football tournament in Piazza Santa Croce, Florence

In the third week of June every year Florentines celebrate their Patron Saint’s day with a medieval football tournament in Piazza Santa Croce, a stone’s throw away from the beautiful Relais Santa Croce Hotel in the heart of the city. Visit at this time and enjoy the electric atmosphere around this event, which has taken place every year since the 16th century.

From £1,050pp, saving £300 per couple, for 4 nights on B&B.

Quebec Winter Carnevale, Canada

From 01-17 February Quebec City plays hosts to a magical winter event, Carnevale! Watch international snow sculpturers at work, take part in sleigh races on the frozen river and delight in evening parades as this beautiful snow wrapped city comes to life. Spend 7 nights at the historic Auberge St Antoine right in the heart of the action.

From £1,365pp based on 2 people sharing a double room for 7 nights on a room only basis.

Rio Carnival, Brazil

With Rio hosting the World Cup in 2014 and the Olympics in 2016 we recommend traveling in 2013 before prices go up. The carnival is the year’s hot ticket, however we recommend going a week later for the Winner’s parade where you can witness the year’s best samba school strutting their stuff. After your stay in Rio, head to the glamorous beach resort of Buzios for some R&R.

From £2,749pp for 3 nights at the Porto Bay Internacional and 4 nights at the Vila D’Este in Buzios (Superior Oceanfront room) both on a B&B basis, tickets to the winners parade and transfers throughout.

St Marina’s day, Crete

The festival of St Marina in Limnes takes place in Crete in mid January. It is infamous and not to be missed if you are on the island. It is organized by the taverna’s of the village and there is live Cretan music with wonderful performances and a fantastic atmosphere.

From £3,100 for 2 adults and 1 child staying for 7 nights at the beautiful Daios Cove in a one-bed Suite with Sea View on a half board basis, with private transfers, one complimentary place in the Scott Dunn Children’s Club and 33% early booking discount (expires on 20th Jan 2013).

The Malipenga Dance Festival on Likoma Island, Malawi

A tradition of dance, dating back many years, the Malipenga Dance Festival takes place on Kaya Mawa’s pristine beach – a whirlwind of color and rhythm, drawing visitors from far and wide. To experience this wonderful event, stay at Kaya Mawa Lodge, an intimate and beautifully designed lodge in the middle of Lake Malawi’s crystal clear waters.

From £2,665pp sharing on a full board basis for 7 nights in a cottage at Kaya Mawa, including non-d watersports.

Venice Carnival

Venice is at its most lively on Carnival weekend, which this year falls in early February. We are proud to offer a free night at the fabulous Luna Baglioni just by the Grand Canal for any stay of 3 nights or more over the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd February.

From £850pp for 4 nights including private transfers by water taxi.

Zermatt Unplugged

Time your visit to the slopes to tie in with the Zermatt Unplugged festival 9th-13th April this.year. This five night festival attracts major international acts such as Seal and David Gray, as well as many up and coming musicians. Stay in one of our luxury chalets and your chef will prepare mouth-watering food while your host makes sure your glass stays topped up with Laurent Perrier.

From £1,825pp for 7 nights in Chalet Paradies, Zermatt, from 7th April (based on 6 sharing). Includes flights and Scott Dunn transfers.

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