Explore historic sites such as Durham Cathedral Discover Britain's most scenic sights STAY & EXPLORE Uncover the best a city, region or island has to offer, all from one perfectly placed hotel On a Stay & Explore holiday your hotel will have been handpicked for its unbeatable location. Often small and friendly or family-run, these hotels provide an ideal base from which to explore and gain an authentic cultural experience the way you want to. Our local expert will be on hand, when needed, to share their hints and tips, and experience local life. Whether it's the hidden little restaurant that serves the best seafood, or a sight the guidebooks have overlooked, you'll be able to discover something new every day. And for those days you don't feel like exploring independently, you can join a choice of excursions available from the hotel. GO FOR IT A holiday for the truly adventurous. Explore off the beaten track for a richer cultural experience In a group of no more than 20 fellow adventure-seekers, and in the safe hands of one of our local expert guides, you could be exploring off road amid some incredible landscapes as you head off the tourist trail. Your local expert guide will help you immerse in the local culture, while your carefully chosen accommodation will reflect the authentic experience you'll have as you ignite your spirit of adventure. We've rated each holiday based on how active they are, so you can choose a level that feels right for you. 1. Relaxed pace, likely to involve travel in 4x4 vehicles. 2. More demanding, with longer trips over uneven terrain, possibly involving several hours of walking per day. 3. Most strenuous, likely to involve a lot of walking over more difficult terrain such as mountains, perhaps at altitude.