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Great Late Travel Deals 07/09/2011

Down Under by train, Art in Berlin and Eco-holidays

Written by . Published on September 8th 2011.


Great Late Travel Deals 07/09/2011

Ultimate rail journey across Australia and New Zealand
FFESTINIOG Travel’s Antipodean Tour (February 11 to March 4) combines the best rail journeys in both countries: across Australia on The Ghan with the comforts of a Gold Service sleeper; the legendary 'Puffing Billy' steam railway through the Dandenong Ranges; the 'TranzCoastal' past the Kaikoura mountain ranges bound for Christchurch; and the 'TranzAlpine' (recognised as one of the world’s most scenic railway journeys) following spectacular gorges and river valleys up to Arthurs Pass, and lush beech rain forest down to Greymouth. And in New Zealand visit Auckland, the Agrodome Sheep Show, Rotorua and the fascinating Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves by underground boat. The 23-day tour costs £5,680 pp (two sharing) including international flights (into Singapore, back from Hong Kong), first class rail travel in Australia, quality hotel accommodation with breakfast, some meals, transfers, excursions, expert guiding and visa. For further information, or to book ring 01766 772030 (www.ffestiniogtravel.com).

It’s murder in a haunted Irish castle!
BALLYGALLY Castle in Northern Ireland has one permanent guest… the ‘Ghost of Ballygally’. Now this 17th century pile turned 44-bed hotel hotel on the Antrim coast 26 miles north of Belfast is hosting a Murder Mystery experience on Saturday, October 29. For fearless visitors, a night can even be booked in the turret room of the ill-fated Lady Isabella. The package includes welcome, drinks, dinner, ovenight stay and “if you make it through the night a full Irish breakfast. Cost £95 per person. To book call 028 2858 2066 or visit www.hastingshotels.com.

Sri Lankan winter sun from £530pppw
THE Unique Travel Company is offering winter sun holidays in Sri Lanka from £530pppw. Choose from the 8-day Highlights or 15-day Discover Sri Lanka escorted tours, which take in cultural historic sites, wildlife watching and lush scenery from jungles and waterfalls to tea plantations, plus optional fun activities such as elephant riding and time to relax by the beach. Prices are based on two sharing and include airport transfers, guides, air-conditioned transport, B&B in all hotels and entrance fees to sites; flights extra. To book call the Unique Travel Company on 0845 417 9052 or visit www.theuniquetravel.co.uk.

Organic farm break for £25 a night during September
THE Michelin-recommended Royal Oak pub, restaurant and organic farm, in Bishopstone on the Oxon/Wilts border is offering savings of 50 per cent during ‘Organic September’.  Rooms are available from £25 – whether one or three sharing a room – and the saving applies when using the restaurant for dinner and breakfast at £8.50/£10 per head. The ancient pre-Roman road, The Ridgeway, traverses the middle of the farm, which is close to the famous Uffington White Horse. To book call 01793 790481 or visit www.royaloakbishopstone.co.uk.

Ghirlandaio's PortraitRenaissance gemCheck our Renaissance art in Berlin city centre
CITADINES Kurfürstendamm Berlin Residence is offering 2 nights’ studio apartment accommodation in the heart of the city from £48 pppn (€54) including entry to Berlin’s newly opened ‘Faces of the Renaissance’ Exhibition (pictured Ghirlandaio’s most famous picture) at the Bode-Museum. The price, based on 2 sharing a studio for a minimum of 2 consecutive nights, is valid from September 8 to October 31 and includes a pair of tickets to the exhibition, complimentary WiFi and VAT. For reservations, subject to availability, ring 0800 376 3898 or visit www.royaloakbishopstone.co.uk.

Half-Term Cornish eco cottage £528pw for 4/5 plus pet
CONVERTED from 18th century stone barns on a 15 acre smallholding (sheep, friendly collie dogs, chickens) near Germoe, in South West Cornwall, Mazeys Cottage is just over a mile from the coast and within easy reach of Michael’s Mount and St Ives. Solar panels, a small wind turbine and modern insulation make this beamed cottage very comfortable and ecologically friendly. Sleeping four/five plus the family pet its £528 for half-term week from Friday October 21 through Helpful Holidays. Ring 01647 434063 or visit www.helpfulholidays.com.

Spend 7 nights on the Red Sea and save £186 per person!
FLY from Manchester on September 26 to enjoy 7 nights of five star luxury at the Grand Resort Hotel, in the Red Sea Coast resort Hurghada from just £499pp (a saving of £186 each) on a B&B basis. Access to a private beach and its own dive centre. Price includes flights from Manchester to Hurghada, in-flight meal, resort transfers and a 20kg luggage allowance. For more information or to book, call 0845 026 5973 or visit www.redseaholidays.co.uk.

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