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It's time to... Stay & Explore

Get to know a destination in depth – the way you want to.

On a Stay & Explore holiday your hotel will have been handpicked for its unbeatable location within easy reach of a variety of sights. Our local expert will also be on hand, when needed, to share their hints and tips, and give you an insight on how to live like the locals.

Whether it’s the hidden little restaurant that serves the best tapas, or a sight the guidebooks have overlooked – there’s really nothing to stop you going out and discovering something new each day. And for those days you don’t feel like exploring independently, you can join a choice of excursions available from the hotel.

You can Stay & Explore in a variety of destinations, including Spain, Madeira, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Hampshire, St Vincent & the Grenadines and much more…

Fishing boats and chairs of local cafe bar in Sutivan port, Brac island, Croatia

Travel guides

Let Saga's Local Experts share their knowledge of Stay & Explore holiday destinations with these travel guides - complete with a printable version.

Explore the world

Green turtles can be seen swimming in the sea

See the sights of Europe

Picturesque Lake Bled

Villa Hotel Kastelet, Croatia

Enjoy tranquil sunsets
Just ten metres from the beach and Adriatic Sea beyond, this private villa retreat is in a great position for heading into the medieval heart of Split, the walled city of Dubrovnik and the stunningly beautiful Krka Waterfalls. With just 28 bedrooms, this ‘little castle’ is the ideal place to recharge ready for the next day’s exploration.

Mahekal Beach Resort, Mexico

El Castillo at Chichen Itza
If you want to discover the real Mexico, then a stay at the Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen will provide the perfect base for those busy days exploring and lazy days relaxing. Hop in a hire car and head to the Mayan ruins of Chichen Itza, snorkel alongside turtles at Akumal, or whizz through the jungle canopy on a zip-line at Aktun Chen. The choice is yours!

Juan de la Cosa, Spain

Sample Spanish delicacies
With views stretching out across a golden beach and a variety of scenic walking trails with plenty of birdwatching opportunities nearby, the family-run Juan de la Cosa provides authentic Spanish cuisine and an ideal base from with to explore. The perfect place to uncover the treasures of Green Spain

New Forest Discovery

Meet the New Forest's wild horses
Beautiful woodlands, rolling heaths and picturesque villages encapsulate the New forest, so a stay at the Moorhill House Hotel – just on the doorstep of this famous National Park – is an excellent choice. You can follow walking trails directly from your hotel, visit the village of Burley, or head to the seaside town of Bournemouth, and more.

Embark on an incredible Silk Road adventure

An Indian woman drying a colourful saree under the sun

We're delighted to sponsor Joanna Lumley’s Silk Road Adventure. Follow in her footsteps with this collection of incredible journeys…

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