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A Couple of Perfect European Summer Destinations

With summer fast approaching, it’s now less than six weeks until the season of sunshine. If you have yet to book a summer holiday for you and your loved ones, then here are two European destinations that we think are perfect for the time of year.


Bordeaux, France


If you aren’t a big fan of seaside holiday resorts and are looking for a cultural city to visit this summer then Bordeaux will certainly fit the bill.

Located in the south west of France, Bordeaux is best known for being an area that produces some of the finest wine in the country. Aside from this, it also has much more to offer visitors.

Bordeaux has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2007 and was the first urban district of its size to be designated as such. There are sprawling boulevards, more than 300 historic monuments, three lovely churches and plenty of amazing 18th century architecture to admire during your visit.


If you are interested in the fine wines of the region then a visit to the Bordeaux Wine Museum, which is set to open at the beginning of next month, will surely be of interest. Find out more about the evolution of the winemaking process in this region at this ultra-modern museum.

There are several luxury hotels in Bordeaux where you can rest your head after a long day of sightseeing. For sumptuous décor and beautiful rooms check into Grand Hotel de Bordeaux and Spa or Yndo Hotel, both of which are located within the city centre. If you prefer to stay somewhere a little quieter, then Chateau le Thil, just outside the city, will delight with its intimate feel and Michelin-starred restaurant.


Sorrento, Italy

Sorrento is a relaxed coastal town located in the south west of Italy, around an hour from the hustle and bustle of Naples.

The town has been carefully built on high cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples and the imposing figure of Mount Vesuvius in the distance, giving it a commanding and enchanting position.


Sorrento is the ideal base from which to do some explorations of the nearby areas. It is known as the gateway to the Amalfi Coast, and the picture-perfect town of Positano is just a short drive or boat ride away. Visitors can also catch the hydrofoil over the bay to the islands of Capri and Ischia, or can opt for more historical sightseeing and visit the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum – cities that were destroyed when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD.

There are several high-end hotels located within Sorrento itself that discerning travellers will love. Take a look at Bellevue Syrene a former palace, Capo la Gala, Grand Hotel La Medusa and Maison La Minervetta for unforgettable hotel experiences.


Travel to Bordeaux or Sorrento this summer by chartering a private jet with Chapman Freeborn. We can help find the right aircraft type to suit you and your fellow passengers and would be delighted to provide your travel solutions this summer.