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Late travel deals 20/04/2011

Neil Sowerby on sailing, racing, Antarctica and family Florida

Written by . Published on April 20th 2011.

Late travel deals 20/04/2011
Follow in the footsteps of Scott and Shackleton with Oceans Worldwide
IF the BBC2 documentary about Scott’s Hut (pictured above) and his adventures in Antarctica has stirred the explorer in you, then why not follow in his and Ernest Shackleton’s footsteps and visit this stunning wilderness with discovery voyages experts Oceans Worldwide’s on its 11-day Classic Antarctica trip? This departs regularly on a choice of five small expedition ships between November and March – beginning and ending in the southernmost town in the world, Ushuaia in Patagonia, Argentina. Among the wildlife you’re likely to encounter are Weddell, crab-eater and leopard seals, while you can often spot orcas, humpback and minke whales at close range. The trips cost from £2,879 per person (in a twin cabin with shared facilities) which includes voyage, guided shore and Zodiac excursions, all meals on board, transfers, and expedition jacket on selected trips. Does not include flights which can be booked through Oceans Worldwide on request (around £,1400 which includes overnight stops and transfers in Buenos Aires and Ushuaia). Call 0845 130 6760 (www.oceansworldwide.co.uk).
Save over £700 per family on a holiday to Florida this July with Travel City Direct 
THE EconoLodge Inn & Suites on International Drive is the perfect Orlando base. It offers a complimentary scheduled shuttle service to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Studios Florida® and SeaWorld® Orlando, together with a large outdoor pool and spacious rooms. Price from £735 per person, saving up to £736 for a family of four, based on two adults and two children sharing on a room only basis for 14 nights for departures July 11-15 and includes scheduled flights on Virgin Atlantic from Manchester and return transfers. Offer expires April 27. For more information call 0844 557 6965 or book online at www.travelcitydirect.com


Book one week with Sunvil Sailing and the second is half price for May departures 
YOU can book a week’s flotilla holiday in the Greek Ionian Sea with Sunvil Sailing departing Sunday, May 1, 8, 15 or 22 and enjoy the second week at half price. This early season accommodation only deal is priced from £435pp for the two weeks (brochure price £640) or for just one week its £290 (brochure price £340). Holidaymakers departing on May 22, and taking advantage of the second week at half price deal, can have the Whitsun spring bank holiday week at 50 per cent discount. Flight and transfer inclusive packages are also available from May 22 at £590 pppw reduced from £783. All offers are based on two sharing a live-aboard cabin. These early season trips are ideal for singles or couples wishing to share-a-yacht. Beginners, or those with limited experience, will literally learn the ropes under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor while experienced sailors will crew their own yachts in the flotilla. The social side can be lively in the evenings when all the yachts moor up in port together for dinner ashore. To book call Sunvil Sailing on 020 8758 4780 or visit www.sunvilsailing.co.uk.
Take the kids to Florida in June from just £639 per person!
THE Champions World Resort in Kissimmee is an ideal family hotel located just five minutes from Walt Disney World Resort.  Travel City Direct is offering 14 night holidays from just £639 per person, saving up to £184 for a family of four.  Price is based on two adults and two children sharing on a room only basis for 14 nights for departures June 9-16 and includes scheduled flights on Virgin Atlantic from Manchester and return transfers.  Offer expires April 27. For more information call 0844 557 6965 or book online at www.travelcitydirect.com
Horse Racing Abroad offers clients the chance to win back the cost of their holiday to the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Paris
FOR the first time Horse Racing Abroad (part of ITC Sports and the ITC Group) is offering clients the chance to win back the cost of their holiday to see one of the Europe’s most prestigious horse races, the Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe in Paris. The ‘Arc’ is being held on Sunday October 2 and should British-trained horses finish in first, second and third place clients will automatically be refunded the entire cost of their trip! The only proviso is that bookings are completed by close of business on Friday May 13.
A typical, lead-in, Prix de L’Arc de Triomphe Package from Horse Racing Abroad would include: return travel by Eurostar, two 2 nights’ accommodation at the 3* Novotel la Defense including buffet breakfast, fully escorted transfers between hotel/racecourse on Saturday and Sunday, admission to Longchamp on both days, complimentary race cards and racing papers plus entry to the Horse Racing Abroad Pavilion Grandstand on both days. Prices from £434 per person. Just one of many all-in packages available. Contact Horse Racing Abroad on 01244 355 527 or visit www.horseracingabroad.com for more details.
Pamper and comfort on the Moroccan coast – one week from £490 pp
FLEEWINTER has expanded its Moroccan portfolio with the addition of Riad Mumtaz Mahal, which is centrally located in the heart of Essaouira’s ancient Medina and just a short stroll from the beach and local fish restaurants. Over the last 4 years the hotel has been carefully restored and converted into a stylish boutique hotel.  All 10 bedrooms are the same price but completely different in style. Riad Mumtaz also has a spa, steam room; massage rooms, a large atrium with a heated plunge pool and a roof terrace.  A week’s stay costs from £490 pp per night (two sharing) on a B&B basis.  Fleewinter can book flights and transfers from Marrakech on request.  Call 020 7112 0019 (www.fleewinter.com). 


Unique Hemingway Days Festival Celebrates a Literary Legend and his Key West Lifestyle
THE spirit of American literary great Ernest Hemingway comes to life at the quirky annual Hemingway Days festival, scheduled this year for July 19-24 in Key West, Florida Keys. Events include Sloppy Joe's “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest, where stocky white-bearded men resembling Hemingway vie for top honours at one of the author’s preferred drinking spots. Other events include a three-day marlin fishing competition and a unique take on another Hemingway favourite called the Running of the Bulls. Hemingway called Key West his home throughout the 1930s. His house on Whitehead Street is now the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum (www.hemingwayhome.com). For this year’s event tour operator Hayes and Jarvis offer five nights at the four-star Crowne Plaza La Concha,  departing July 19 from £1,049 per person. Price is based on two adults sharing on a room only basis and includes scheduled flights on Delta Airlines from Heathrow to Miami.  To book, call 0844 855 4488 or go to www.hayesandjarvis.co.uk/hotel/115684.


Watch the Royal Wedding at a coastal boutique hotel in Norfolk
IF you want to get away from your local street party celebrate William and Kate’s big day (April 29) ton the stunning North Norfolk coast at Titchwell Manor, a Victorian farmhouse turned boutique hotel near Brancaster renowned for its AA two rosette cuisine. A special menu will be served from 11am until 2pm. There will also be a big-screen TV to watch proceedings, while you sip rose petal champagne. The menu will feature a variety of dishes created from English produce, many featuring local provenance such as roast Sandringham beef salad and Brancaster crab. Extend your celebrations and stay over the wedding night at Titchwell Manor from £100 per person based on two sharing including full breakfast, a £30 allowance towards dinner, plus a glass of champagne to continue the fun in style. To book call book call Titchwell Manor on 01485 210 221 or visit www.titchwellmanor.com. Pets welcome in selected ground floor rooms.


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