STAY on the banks of the Nile, where Cleopatra wooed Mark Antony and Agatha Christie’s characters took their ill-fated voyage. The Iberotel Luxor guarantees a rather gentler break, set in exotic gardens, with spectacular views of the river. It’s perfect for the historic sites, just ten minutes’ walk from Luxor Temple. There are also excursions to the Valleys of the Kings and Queens. Stay seven nights from £397 pp, including flights, transfers, B&B. Leaving July 12 or 19 (0845 166 7035, vjv.com).
FROM smouldering Salsa steps to Tai Chi, gain a new skill, shed a few pounds and embrace a feeling of wellbeing with the new Dance and Movement Workshop. Stay on the charming Greek Island of Lefkas from £549 pp for a week including beachfront hotel accommodation, flights, transfers and the activity programme (0844 499 2909,