It is perhaps no accident that Theresa May chose to holiday in Switzerland, a non-EU country, while her political rival, Jeremy Corbyn, picked Croatia, the newest member of the European Union.
However, what both party leaders have in common is that they chose to take activity holidays this summer, something which is growing in popularity, particularly among the over 50s.
Jeremy Corbyn cycled along the Adriatic coast and was pictured in Dubrovnik, the Prime Minister and her husband Philip took to the Swiss Alps on a walking holiday.
So whether you’re a cyclist or a hiker, there’s still time to book a trip to Europe this year and enjoy the stunning scenery off the beaten track.
Late summer is one of the best times to enjoy Europe’s great outdoors. freewheel holidays offers 150 self-guided cycling tours and 45 self-guided walking holidays and demand has never been stronger.
You too can ride like Corbyn and explore the Istrian Coast on freewheel Holidays self-guided cycling holiday through three countries - Italy, Slovenia and Croatia. The tour starts in Trieste in Italy and you cycle southwards through Slovenia and into Croatia. Your route follows the Istrian Peninsula past picturesque sea views, national parks and ancient towns and villages full of Romanesque and Medieval architecture.
Visit Porec, Pula, and Piran and explore the Brijuni Islands, the summer residence of Tito. The tour ends in Pula where you can visit the incredible Roman amphitheatre. https://freewheelholidays.com/croatias-istrian-coast-cycling-holiday?search=croatia freewheel Holidays offers this seven night self-guiding cycling holiday for £709pp until 14 October staying in 3 and 4-star accommodation and luggage transferred to the next hotel.
Why not pack your hiking boots and walk the Austrian Salt Route? Priced at £519pp from 11 September until 8 October, the seven-night self-guided walking tour includes half board accommodation, luggage transfer, cable car rides, a train journey and a boat trip. Walking on average five hours a day, the tour takes the old salt-paths, steeped in legends, starting from the incredibly beautiful Lake Königssee, set amidst the national park Berchtesgaden, all the way to the World Heritage-region of Dachstein. Meander on high-altitude paths and trails, follow the river paths and the mighty rock faces of the mountain ranges and enjoy the authentic Bavarian-Austrian atmosphere. https://freewheelholidays.com/austrian-salt-route-walking-holiday?search=austria
Steven Rittey, product manager for freewheel Holidays said: “After a tough election and a gruelling schedule of campaign stops around the country this year, we love the fact that Britain’s two most powerful political figures relaxed by doing something active by bike or on foot. At freewheel Holidays we have carefully selected a wide variety of trips that are specially designed to ensure you get the most out of your holiday and see as much of the region as possible. We’d be happy to use our expertise to advise both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn on some of the best places to go on a cycling or walking holiday next year.”