Thursday, January 31, 2013

What is a Cruise and Stay Holiday?

Cruise holidays are loved the world over for their luxury onboard lifestyle, which blends a range of great evening entertainment with top-notch cuisine, excellent facilities and of course, superb itineraries that take in some of the world's most beautiful destinations. But sometimes a day isn't quite enough to enjoy each destination to the full. So what better way to enjoy a cruise holiday than to combine this opulent lifestyle with an additional week or two on land, based in the location of your choice?

That's what cruise and stay holidays are all about, and it's the perfect way to enjoy a cruise holiday to the full. So, how does it all work?

Nile at Aswan
The structure varies depending on which operator you book with, and what you want out of the trip. You might choose to take an action-packed Nile cruise, getting up early every day to take organised excursions to some of Egypt's most spectacular and awe-inspiring treasures. Whether you discover the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx with a tour guide, or opt for a hot air balloon ride over some of these most famous sites, sometimes these non-stop itineraries can be pretty exhausting.

So if you feel like you might need an extra holiday just to get over the exertion of the first one, a cruise and stay holiday could be right up your street. Once you've finished your cruise and returned to your original point, you can then spend a further week based in a hotel, just like a normal package holiday. Or you might just want a few days to round off the experience before flying home. You can also switch it by taking a holiday first, followed by a cruise.

Whatever you want, most established holiday agencies such as Thomas Cook are able to organise the trip from end to end, and can help to combine your cruise with your flight and hotel arrangements to make sure it all flows seamlessly.

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