5 Unique Summer Holiday Destinations: Exploring the Hidden Gems

As summer approaches, wanderlust beckons us to explore the world and seek out extraordinary destinations. While popular tourist spots have their allure, there is something truly magical about discovering hidden gems off the beaten path, those unique summer holiday destinations that deliver the unexpected.

In this post, we will embark on a journey to unveil five remarkable and unique summer holiday destinations that promise unforgettable experiences and a sense of adventure, all offered by Not In The Guidebooks, so that you can start ticking off those bucket list places you didn’t even know existed.

1. Bulgaria

Nestled in southeastern Europe, Bulgaria offers a surprising blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. From the ancient Roman ruins of Plovdiv to the majestic Rila Mountains, Bulgaria has something for everyone. Explore the charming capital city of Sofia, with its vibrant street art and fascinating architecture. Discover the Black Sea coast with its picturesque beaches and coastal resorts. Immerse yourself in the quaint towns of Veliko Tarnovo and Koprivshtitsa, where medieval history comes to life. With its diverse landscapes and rich heritage, Bulgaria is a hidden gem waiting to be explored.

With Not In The Guidebooks, you can escape to the heart of Bulgaria on wellness retreats that get you far off the beaten track so that you can truly unwind and feel as though you have gotten away from it all.

2. Norway

two people kayaking in reine lofoten norway

Norway is a land of breathtaking landscapes, fjords, and captivating cities. Witness the stunning beauty of the Norwegian fjords, such as the iconic Geirangerfjord or the majestic Sognefjord. Embark on scenic hikes in the Norwegian mountains, including Trolltunga or Preikestolen, offering panoramic views that will leave you speechless. Explore the vibrant capital city of Oslo, with its blend of modern architecture and rich Viking history. Norway’s natural wonders and cultural treasures make it an extraordinary summer holiday destination.

Whether you want to hire yourself a car and explore the mighty fjords of the west coast, or sea kayak amongst the coastal mountains and fishing villages of Lofoten, Not In The Guidebooks offers all this and more in this Scandinavian wilderness.

3. Montenegro

beach and mountains in montenegro

Located along the Adriatic Sea, the fortified town of Kotor in Montenegro is a hidden gem of medieval charm and breathtaking natural surroundings. Wander through the labyrinthine streets of the old town, marvel at ancient churches, and soak in the panoramic views from atop the city walls. Cruise along the stunning Bay of Kotor, often compared to a fjord, and visit the neighboring picturesque coastal towns of Budva and Perast. Montenegro’s blend of history, scenic beauty, and coastal allure make it an enchanting summer destination.

With Not In The Guidebooks you can immerse yourself in the rugged natural beauty of Montenegro on active holidays that get you off the beaten track, and hands on the mountains, gorges and forests that grace this little hidden gem.

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4. Cambodia

For a cultural immersion like no other, Cambodia beckons with its ancient temples, lush landscapes, and warm hospitality. Explore the iconic Angkor Wat complex near Siem Reap, a UNESCO World Heritage site that showcases the grandeur of the Khmer civilization. Discover the floating villages of Tonle Sap Lake and witness the unique way of life on the water. Experience the vibrant city of Phnom Penh, with its captivating blend of colonial architecture and bustling markets. Cambodia’s rich history, vibrant culture, and natural wonders make it an extraordinary summer holiday destination.

Discover the authentic, local side of Cambodia with Not In The Guidebooks. When travelling in a country that is as famed for its hospitality as Cambodia is, it really pays to enjoy excursions that get you in touch with the local people, which is what an NITGB holiday is all about.

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5. Kenya

Prepare for an adventure-packed summer in Kenya, a land of diverse landscapes, wildlife, and cultural experiences. Embark on a safari in the world-renowned Maasai Mara Reserve and witness the great migration of wildebeest. Discover the breathtaking landscapes of the Great Rift Valley, home to Lake Nakuru and Lake Naivasha, where you can spot flamingos and encounter unique birdlife. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, and explore the traditional Maasai villages to learn about their ancient way of life. Kenya offers a thrilling blend of wildlife, natural wonders, and cultural encounters.

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On a Not In The Guidebooks holiday in Kenya, you’ll not only spend time on safari in the most iconic national parks, but you’ll also get your adrenaline pumping with activities like white water rafting and mountain biking, as well as taking time to relax on golden sand beaches that Kenya, despite boasting some of the most beautiful in Africa, isn’t exactly renowned for.

As you plan your summer getaway, consider venturing off the beaten path to explore the hidden gems of Bulgaria, Norway, Montenegro, Cambodia, and Kenya. Each destination offers a unique blend of history, culture, natural beauty, and adventure. From the serene beauty of Bulgaria to the untouched wilderness of Norway, the medieval charm of Kotor in Montenegro, the cultural richness of Cambodia, and the awe-inspiring landscapes of Kenya, these hidden gems promise a summer holiday experience unlike any other. With Not In The Guidebooks you can embrace the spirit of exploration, step off the well-trodden path, and let these remarkable destinations captivate your heart and create lasting memories.

Here at Not In The Guidebooks, it is our aim that on all our holidays and experiences, we get you off the beaten track to discover the beating heart of the destination you are visiting, so that you leave with meaningful experiences that we believe are the entire point in travel. So whether it’s a wildlife holiday in Costa Rica or a family holiday in Lapland, you can be certain that by the time you leave, you will have experienced the very best of the country you have visited.

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