10 amazing no-fly holidays for 2021

Roshina Jowaheer
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Photo credit: JacobH

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Hate flying? Want to travel greener? Or simply try something different in 2021? No-fly holidays are worth considering when it's safe for us to travel again, and if you've always wondered what it's like to visit Europe by train or sea, you're in for a treat.

We've selected the very best no-fly holidays for you to escape abroad and to new UK spots without the hassle of flying. With no airport stress, no chance of flight delays and no waiting around for your luggage at the other end, flight-free travel is ideal for post-pandemic getaways.

Whether you fancy visiting somewhere pretty in spring or discovering the beauty of the Alps in winter, there's a whole host of no-fly holidays departing in 2021.

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From a delightful trip to Carcassonne with author Kate Mosse, to discovering the magic on Switzerland's mountains, these are the best no-fly holidays for 2021.

Ride the magical Glacier Express in Switzerland

Hop on the Eurostar before taking the high-speed train to Interlaken in Switzerland for the winter no-fly holiday of dreams. Staying in a hotel with character close to the emerald waters of Lake Thun, you'll be in a great position to get to know the Swiss Alps.

Photo credit: Glacier Express
Photo credit: Glacier Express

The iconic Glacier Express is the perfect way to do this and will take you to wintry scenes through beautiful forests and over amazing bridges. You'll also visit the walkable cities of Bern and Lucerne.

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Browse the gorgeous gardens of the Cotswolds

From Hidcote Manor to Highgrove House, the Cotswolds are home to an abundance of places that gardeners will fall in love with and summer is the ideal time to visit. Joining The One Show's gardening expert Christine Walkden, you'll not only have a celebrity guide to take you around Hidcote, but the TV star will give you gardening tips for your own outdoor space along the way.

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Photo credit: Shutterstock

During this no-fly staycation, there'll be visits to Sezincote, Rodmarton Manor and Batsford Arborotum too, plus you can enjoy a stylish stay at a hotel in Witney, the historic market town just a few miles away from Oxford.

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See how Carcassonne inspired author Kate Mosse

For a no-fly holiday that's inspired by one of our favourite authors, you can join Kate Mosse on a magical trip to France, where you'll get to know the location that influenced her best-selling book Labyrinth. She'll accompany you on a tour of French hilltop town Carcassonne and answer your questions about her popular trilogy.

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Photo credit: Pakin Songmor - Getty Images

There will also be a chance to go beyond Carcassonne and visit more places that feature in her books, including the tiny village of Rennes-le-Bains, known for its natural hot springs. You'll travel by Eurostar and take the TGV in France on this no-fly holiday from the UK.

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Take to new heights in North Wales

When it comes to outstanding natural beauty, you really don't need to venture far as North Wales has it all - the mountain scenery, views and plenty of space to isolate. On a rail trip to North Wales in spring, you can get to know the region's delights during a Snowdon Mountain Railway ride as you travel up Mount Snowdon to be rewarded by the magnificent view, which is known as one of the best in Britain.

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Photo credit: Edward Haylan - Getty Images

Then there's the Ffestiniog Railway, the world's oldest narrow-gauge railway, and the Welsh Highland Railway, which takes you past the foothills of Snowdon and the Aberglaslyn Pass to Porthmadog. While here, you won't want to miss pretty Portmeirion, which looks like it could be Italy, and quaint Betws-y-Coed, one of the UK's loveliest villages.

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Be impressed by the spring floral displays of Holland

We can't think of a more beautiful place to visit in spring than the Netherlands, where you can witness epic tulip displays up and down the country, and soak up the Dutch culture on a wonderful mini-break. In 2021, you can join Gardeners' World star Adam Frost on a once-in-a-lifetime no-fly holiday to Amsterdam.

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Photo credit: Soccrates Images - Getty Images

Travelling on a mini-cruise after arriving by coach or train, you'll visit the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens with Adam. Open for just a few weeks each year, this special garden is a place you need to see to believe. There will be time to ask Adam for gardening tips and you'll explore other parts of Holland, including Harlingen and Hoorn.

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Witness the incredible midnight sun in Norway

One for your travel bucket list, Norway's midnight sun is a truly magnificent event to experience. On a cruise from Southampton to the Arctic Circle in June, you'll be able to see Norway's endless daylight for yourself. Over 15 days, you'll take in some of Europe's most picturesque destinations, from UNESCO-protected Bergen to the breathtaking Lofoten Islands.

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Photo credit: Andrea Perotti - www.andreaperotti.ch - Getty Images

Some of the highlights of the cruise include a visit to the uninhabited island of Skjoldungen, where you might see bearded seals, killer whales and rare birds. You'll also take a memorable trip to the Jostedalsbreen Glacier. There'll be time to relax and enjoy the impressive facilities onboard the Regal Princess cruise ship, too.

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Get crafty on a knitting staycation in Northamptonshire

Love knitting? Join like-minded Prima readers on a fabulous short break in the country, where you'll soak up the rural beauty of Northamptonshire while practising the craft you adore most. Knitting experts Frederica Patmore and Sarah Hazell will be on hand to teach you new skills and share their top tips during the two-night break.

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Photo credit: Anthony James / EyeEm - Getty Images

There'll be morning and afternoon workshops as you work on two different projects. The setting is the lovely Sedgebrook Hall, which has 13 acres of gardens for you to relax and explore while you're there.

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Another superb experience for 2021 is a day trip to Northamptonshire, which allows you to meet Earl Spencer at his incredible home Althorp and ride the amazing British Pullman.

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Cruise to the unique charms of Iceland

For a truly special no-fly holiday in May 2021, head for otherworldly Iceland in the company of TV and Prima cover star Kate Humble. This unique escape not only takes in one of the world's most magical places, but allows you to experience brand new eco-cruise, Golden Horizon.

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Photo credit: Christoph Wagner - Getty Images

The impressive Golden Horizon, which happens to be the world's biggest square-rigged ship, is 70% powered by nature. There was no scrimping on the luxuries either and you can expect three swimming pools, five bars, a fabulous spa and more. Once in Iceland, you'll have a thoroughly good time, stepping inside a lava tunnel with Kate, bathing in the Blue Lagoon and visiting jaw-dropping volcanoes.

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Spend time in Kent's gardens with a top designer

Lucky for us Brits, no-fly holidays don't have to mean travelling to other countries by land as we have many beauty spots of our own. In Kent, for instance, you can get to know some quintessentially English gardens with visits to marvellous Sissinghurst Castle Garden and Great Comp Garden.

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Photo credit: National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

On a fabulous garden-themed staycation in the summer, you'll be joined by top garden designer Sarah Raven, who will invite you into her garden at Perch Hill in nearby East Sussex. There'll be afternoon tea, flower arranging and even an after-hours dinner at Sissinghurst on this short break.

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Make like Harry Potter in the Scottish Highlands

The Scottish Highlands is as breathtaking as Britain gets. Its wild, untamed beauty has made it a hotspot for adventure and you can experience an exciting trip by riding the Jacobite steam train across the epic Glenfinnan Viaduct, just like Harry Potter in the movies.

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Photo credit: Shutterstock

During a no-fly holiday in June, you'll experience the Falkirk Wheel, Loch Katrine, the Jacobite and more.

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