As the leaves start to turn from green to red to golden brown and frost dusts the grass with silver, we’d suggest you avoid any end-of-summer-blues with an escape to the picturesque English countryside, a sunny sojourn to Sicily or an adventure in the alien landscape of central Turkey.
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Pig out in the UK – £208.50 per person (3 nights, 7-10 October)
Autumn makes the English countryside glow; there’s nothing more romantic than a stroll across a golden field lit up by the warming evening sun, before curling up in front of a roaring fire. If that sounds appealing to you, look to the idyllic Somerset landscape that surrounds Bath.
Stay: in amongst the Mendip Hills at The Pig near Bath, a fabulous foodie hideaway with spoiling rooms and its own deer park. A 3-night mid-week stay in a Snug Room comes to £208.50 per person.
Travel: The Pig near Bath is a 2.5-hour drive from London, and 25 minutes from Bath and Bristol.
Total cost: £208.50 per person, including all taxes.
Switch off in Sicily – £626.30 (5 nights, 6-11 October)
Italy’s largest island – an ancient crossroads said to be the home of the Cyclops – has long been luring travellers. And thanks to its southern location, a visit in October is guaranteed to be exceptionally clement. Sicily is fascinating: its mountainous interior is bliss for hikers, its shores are paradise for beach bunnies, and those after historical wonder will be greeted by Byzantine churches, Baroque houses and Roman temples. So what are you waiting for?
Stay: at La Moresca, an Art Nouveau villa just a stone’s throw from Marina di Ragusa’s golden beach. Its current offer of 5 nights for 4 makes a 5-night stay in a Double Room just £443 per person, including all taxes.
Fly: from London Gatwick to Catania Fontanarossa, flying out with easyJet and back with Norwegian, for £155 per person, departing on Monday 6 October and returning on Saturday 11 October (direct flights).
From the airport: We’d recommend hiring a car in order to make the most of the island. Rental with Rhino starts from £28.30 per person.
Total cost: £626.30 per person, including all taxes.
Go underground in Turkey – £808 (7 nights, 5-12 October)
At first glance this lunar landscape appears abandoned, but look a little closer and you’ll see the spectacular towns of Uçhisar and Göreme, the heart of ancient Cappadocia, burrowed into the rocks. With a maze of subterranean streets, ancient churches and an impressive 5,000 years of wine-making knowledge, this beautiful region just keeps on giving!
Stay: at argos in Cappadocia, a gorgeous jumble of ancient stone houses and underground caves that scream style and sophistication. Hole up in front of your log fire, dine under the stars, and explore the flower-filled gardens. Thanks to the Best 7-day Advance Purchase Rate, a week-long stay in a Standard Room comes to £494 per person.
Fly: from London Gatwick to Nevsehir via Istanbul for £303 per person with Turkish Airlines, departing on Sunday 5 October and returning on Sunday 12 October (overnight flight arriving on Monday 13 October).
From the airport: The hotel will happily arrange transfers, and the shuttle bus service costs just £5.50 per person, one way.
*Please note that only the accommodation may be booked through i-escape.com. The information on travel is provided as a service to you, and must be booked through other websites, as indicated. All prices and availability are correct at the time of publishing. The per person prices are based on 2 people in a double/twin room or an apartment for 2. Published on 24th September 2014.