Kirker Short Breaks 2009 - New Year destinations include Cyprus and Iceland - Specialist tour operator for discerning travellers, Kirker Holidays, has launched its latest collection of short breaks. Featuring over 140 destinations in Europe and beyond, exciting new additions to the popular programme include Cyprus and Iceland as well as a number of new city, coast and countryside options in Italy plus the world-famous Paradors of Spain. The new brochure includes over 500 hand-picked hotels, ranging from characterful three- star simplicity to deluxe five-star settings in some of the world’s most sought-after locations across Europe, Scandinavia, North Africa, the Middle East, the Far East, the UK, the USA and Cuba. New for 2009, the spectacular scenery, breathtaking wildlife and warm welcome of Iceland offer an intriguing alternative to the mainstream short break. Rest awhile in Reykjavik and enjoy the city’s striking architecture, opera house and excellent restaurants and bars, or strike out north to the small town of Akureyri, from where a visit to Lake Myvatn, bubbling mud pools and a walk across steaming lava are essential experiences. Perfect for a sun-filled short break or longer holiday, the charming island of Cyprus has also been added to Kirker’s Mediterranean portfolio for 2009. With a choice of four or five-star accommodation and acres of unspoilt countryside and fascinating historic sites to explore, it’s an option that’s sure to appeal to walkers and culture-vultures alike. With over 22 years of expertise in creating tailor-made itineraries to Italy, Kirker’s 2009 Short Breaks brochure offers even more opportunities to experience this perennially-popular country. Alongside Lucca and Turin, both new for 2009, the Art Cities of Northern Italy - Bologna, Parma, Padua, Mantua and Ravenna - provide a perfect complement to the more well-visited delights of Florence, Venice and Rome. Off Sicily’s sapphire coast, the Aeolian Islands offer an idyllic escape while new properties on the Ligurian Riviera, Lake Iseo and in Santa Maria di Castellabate and the Veneto countryside give even the most ardent Italophile a plethora of possibilities. Kirker’s new Short Breaks brochure also includes a number of new properties in classic city, coastal and countryside locations. Amongst these are: ANDALUCIA: Finca Cortesin - Excellent facilities combined with Southern Spain’s agreeable climate make this deluxe five-star golf/spa resort a perfect choice for year-round breaks. Prices from £686 pp*. CATALUNYA: Le Meridien Ra Beach Hotel & Spa, Catalunya - This luxurious five-star hotel offers outstanding spa facilities on one of Costa Dorada’s most beautiful beaches. Prices from £670 pp*. ESTONIA: Pädaste Manor – A unique spa hotel with excellent gastronomic restaurant on the pristine forested island of Muhu, a 2½ hour drive from Tallinn. Prices on request. FLORENCE: The Four Seasons – Two beautifully-restored palazzi, set either side of a spectacular eight-acre park, just a short walk from the heart of the city. Prices from £1,598 pp*. PRAGUE: Kempinski Hybernská – Just steps from the bustle of Prague’s Old Town, this deluxe five-star property boasts a tranquil courtyard garden. Prices from £632 pp*. ROME: Leon’s Palace, Rome – Stylish and comfortable, this superior four-star property sits close to the Via Veneto with a wellness centre offering massage and beauty treatments. Prices from £683 pp*. SEVILLE – EME Fusion: Chic and fashionable, this contemporary five-star hotel boasts a spectacular outdoor swimming pool overlooking Seville’s famous Cathedral. Prices from £598 pp*. SICILY: Verdura Golf Resort, Sciacca – New to the prestigious Rocco Forte Collection, this luxurious resort offers two 18-hole golf courses, a health club and numerous restaurants. Prices on request. SPAIN: Paradors – a unique collection of some of Spain’s most characterful properties, all of which are now offered by Kirker for single or multi-centre stays. Prices on request. VERONA: Il Sogna di Giulietta (‘Juliet’s Dream’) – Perfect for a romantic celebration, this luxurious private residence in the courtyard of Juliet’s home faces her celebrated balcony. Prices from £1,042 pp*. *Prices are based on two sharing and include three nights’ accommodation with breakfast, return flights or first-class rail travel, and private transfers to/from the hotel. Unsurpassed in offering an attentive and well-informed service to its clients, Kirker Holidays’ reservations team is on hand to help create unique tailor-made short breaks and multi- centre itineraries. Ranging from single city sojourns to trips traversing several countries or continents, the team’s detailed knowledge and network of contacts in each destination ensures an unforgettable experience, making Kirker the perfect choice for holidays, birthdays and other special occasions. Choose from one of the sample itineraries featured in the new Short Breaks brochure – including An Italian Trilogy, St Petersburg & Moscow, and Discover Ancient Egypt – or go bespoke, using the services of Kirker’s Concierge to secure opera and ballet tickets, reserve restaurant tables and organise a private guided tour of the chosen destination/s. As well as a tempting selection of new destinations and hotels – many with special offers on selected properties and departure dates - the 2009 Short Breaks brochure also contains plenty of choice for anyone wishing to visit one of the great classical cities of Europe, where Kirker clients enjoy added benefits. These include pre-arranged tickets for the Doge’s Palace in Venice, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence or, in Madrid, free entrance to the Thyssen and Prado Museum and a 48-hour Cultura Card. See Paris from the Seine on a river cruise, included in all short breaks to the French capital as well as a carnet of Metro tickets. Kirker’s popular Guide Notes to Restaurants and Sightseeing are also included with many of the holidays featured in the new brochure, helping clients to get the very best from their chosen destination. For reservations and further information about Kirker’s new Short Breaks programme, please call 020 7593 2283 or visit www.kirkerholidays.com. For a brochure, please call 020 7593 2282.