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Where will you go this year? Experts pick 2013's top destinations...

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Escapades, a brand new experience from Thomas Cook, offers perfect holiday packages for couples and friends looking for a memorable summer.

Designed to offer the perfect balance of gorgeous sunsets, beautiful beaches, days by the pool and unforgettable nights out, with Escapades you’ll have the edge of inside information thanks to the all new entertainment concierge service. Escapades concierges meet and greet their guests at the hotel and are there to give the low-down on the resort and the local area, all intended to make sure that you make the most of every minute of your holiday.

The Escapade experts have given us their top tips for travel destinations this summer...

Cyprus 

With Cyprus, you can go for an all-out party or a relaxing break – or something comfortably in between. There are plenty of coastal walks with opportunities to explore, and remnants of lostcivilisations scatter the island for those with an interest in history. The Ayios Lazarus church can also add an excellent spot of culture to any break. For those more inclined to adventuring, Waterworld is one of Europe’s largest water parks, and Nissi beach is perfect for those that party all day as well as all night, with crystal clear waters and music from sunrise to sunset. Head to Bazaar for some excellent urban music and the chance to spot any celebrities visiting the island in their favourite hang-out, before eating some of the island’s best seafood in The Ocean Basket on the seafront the next day.

Crete 

One of the hottest places in Greece, Crete is also one of the most popular. Despite its reputation as an excellent tourist destination, the towns and villages of Crete manage to retain a lot of their local, old-world charm. Travelling to the Minoan palace on the outskirts of Malia is a one-of-a-kindexperience, the closest you’ll ever come to taking a step back in time. Continuing the cultural education a holiday to Crete can provide, a visit to the San Giorgio restaurant in the Malia Old Village will provide you with the best Cretan food available, all for a reasonable price. For friendly staff and a great spot for a few drinks, head over to the Wembley bar. The staff are always helpful and full of ideas for how to spend your week, and it’s probably the best place for a lad’s holiday to sit back with a few beers to watch the football.

Rhodes

Unparalleled sunshine records and another perfect combination of history and adventure, Rhodes is one of the top holiday destinations in the whole Mediterranean. The beaches are some of the safest and cleanest in Europe, with Elli beach being a particular stand out as somewhere beautiful, chilled out and with all the necessities close at hand. Faliraki is the place for anyone at all to try their hand at water sports, and the west of the island has some of the best wind-surfing conditions in the world. Escapades recommends To Steno in the new town as the perfect place to eat, with the Baccala (salted cod) being a particular highlight. Before leaving the island, be sure to visit the casino in Rhodes town. Regardless of whether you want to gamble or not, you can revel in the 1920’s Italian architecture, the James Bond vibe, and the feel of somewhere gloriously and unashamedly decadent.

Sharm El Sheikh

Your holiday to Sharm will benefit hugely from the inside information Escapades can offer. The majority of Sharm’s beaches are surrounded by coral and protected – so rather than walking straight into the sea, there are jetties where you can jump straight into the water. If that doesn’t float your boat, try Terrazzina; you’ll be able to walk straight into the sea, enjoy funky house music dawn ‘til dusk and experience huge sunbathing decks in the sea and a beach foam party. As far as unique experiences go, it doesn’t get much better than quad-biking across the desert as the sun rises. The Ras Mohammed national park is one of the best possible places to do it from. As well as that, following in the footsteps of Moses and taking in the desert from the peak of Mount Sinai is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Escapades offers unique holidays to be remembered forever from £249pp. To find out more and to book your unique experience, visit www.escapades.co.uk or visit your nearest travel agent.

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