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Great Late Travel Deals, 29/09/2011

In Julia's footsteps, Gourmet Guernsey, Hamburg DJs and the Northern Lights

Written by . Published on September 30th 2011.

Great Late Travel Deals, 29/09/2011

Along the Rhine – 8 days from £535 pp (save £60 pp)
FOLLOW in BBC presenter Julia Bradbury’s footsteps on Walks Worldwide’s 8-day Along The Rhine self-guided holiday, available any day until the end of November. The "Rheinsteig" is a new, fully-waymarked trail following the course of the River Rhine upstream from Koblenz, through romantic countryside, famous for its castles, vineyards, culture, history, nature and landscapes. Each day there will be time to stop at inns and rural wine cellars with evenings spent in quality restaurants. The price of £595 pp (two sharing) includes 7 nights’ B&B, luggage transfers, maps and notes. Call 0845 301 4737 or visit www.walksworldwide.com. (image © BBC) 

Electronic music package at 25hours Hotel Hafencity Hamburg
CALLING all budding DJs and musicians! Christoph Hoffman, CEO of 25hours Hotels, and his team at 25hours Hotel Hafencity Hamburg, are offering a music extravaganza exclusively bookable through Design Hotel. The offer is part of Design Hotels’ ‘Original Experiences’, a collection of curated packages that give a local’s perspective at cities around the world. The experience kicks off with a DJ workshop in the hotel’s own Vinyl room with snacks and drinks, before guests are whisked off in a private MINI shuttle service to see Paul Kalkbrenner, one of Germany’s most famous electronic music producers and live acts, in concert. A late check-out is included in the package! 3452€ per night (double occupancy), 250€ (single). Valid only on October 15. To book visit www.designhotels.com/25hours_hafencity  or www.designhotels.com/specials/original_experiences_2011.

 St Peter Port, GuernseySt Peter Port, GuernseGuernsey’s tasty Tennerfest
MORE than 70 Guernsey restaurants are taking part in the Channel Islands’ annual Tennerfest fixed price menu promotion. Running from October 1 to November 12, restaurants across the island will offer special set menus, ranging from £10 to £17.50 per person. To find full details visit www.tennerfest.com. During the fest Guernsey (www.visitguernsey.com)  has many special packages. Spend four nights Channel Islands Direct for just £239 per person travelling by sea, or £315 per person travelling by air. B&B at the four-star St Pierre Park, on the outskirts of St Peter Port. Until 31 October 2011. This package is also available from Channel Islands Direct for travel in November – stay three nights for the price of two, for just £165 travelling by sea or £239 travelling by air. www.channelislandsdirect.co.uk or call 08444 937 486. 


Sun sand and sea on a Christmas break to Thailand with Amari
TRADE in your fur coats for flippers and stockings for a snorkel and dive into a tropical Christmas this year, with top Asian hotel brand Amari (www.amari.com). With 12 properties across Thailand and a sparkling new resort opening in November on Addu Atoll in the Maldives, Amari has a great range of options for some festive winter sun. On Koh Samui, seven nights at the Amari Palm Reef Samui, departing December 19, start from £1869 per person based on two people sharing a superior room. This price is with Kuoni (01306 747008 or www.kuoni.co.uk) and includes breakfast, flights with Thai Airways from Heathrow and transfers in the resort). Or try Pattaya on the east of the Gulf of Thailand. 8 nights at the Amari Orchid Pattaya departing December 20 starts from £1383 per person, based on 2 people sharing a superior room. This price is with Kuoni (01306 747008 or www.kuoni.co.uk) and includes flights with Jet Airways from Heathrow (via Mumbai) and private transfers in resort. 


Hawks CayHawks Cay

Winter sun in the Florida Keys
LOCATED halfway down the Keys on the 60-acre tropical island of Duck Cay is the premier Hawks Cay Resort. The resort offers a variety of guestrooms, suites and luxurious villas — as well as world-class sport fishing, other exciting water activities including the new James Bond-style Jetpack flight experience, dolphin interaction programmes, a saltwater lagoon and five swimming pools. Seven nights in the Florida Keys with Virgin Holidays, including scheduled flights with Virgin Atlantic from London Heathrow direct to Miami, accommodation at the 4V Hawks Cay Resort on a room-only basis and car hire, starts from £849. Prices are per person based on two adults travelling and sharing an island-view room. To book, visit www.virginholidays.co.uk, or call 0844 557 3859. 


Majestic Rockies – down from £1039 to £914pp
SITUATED in the majestic Banff National Park and surrounded by breathtaking peaks, the Canadian resort of Banff is a stunning destination for a New Year winter break. The resort is a perfect base to explore the three ski areas of Norquay, Sunshine and Lake Louise with almost 8,000 acres of skiable terrain. Inghams is offering 7 nights’ room only accommodation at the 4* Caribou Lodge, from £914 per person, based on four sharing, departing December 28. Price includes return flights from Manchester (+£95) to Calgary, resort transfers, free $25 per room voucher for use at meatball pizza & pasta restaurants and free Best of Banff discount booklet. To book visit www.inghams.co.uk or contact 0208 780 4447.


St Mawes, CornwallSt Mawes, Cornwall

Stay in a former bakery in Cornwall
The Gingerbread House, a former bakery above the harbour in the Cornish village of St Mawes, now a pretty south-facing cottage for four, is available for half-term week from Friday October 21 at £528 (£132pppw). Inside lots of character with an open fire, beams and an antique rocking chair to enjoy the sea view. To book call Helpful Holidays on 01647 434063, www.helpfulholidays.com ref S220.


Stay on an old almond farm in Majorca
C’AN Bovet, which translates as ‘The Little Oxen’s House’, is a really special Majorcan finca situated inland and just 30 minutes from Palma. Designed by a Norwegian architect, the gorgeous stone building is surrounded by pine, lemon and almond trees and has its own decked pool area and herb garden. Prices in May 2012 start from £1,293 per week for the property or £129 pp (10 sharing). To further details or to book, visit www.spain-holiday.com.

Stockholm and Kiruna – from £1,480 pp
CONTRAST the bright lights of sophisticated Stockholm with the wild environs of Camp Ripan in Kiruna, where a whole host of winter activities await – snowmobiling, dog sledding, horse-sled evening trips and an excursion to the Aurora Sky Station, one of the best platforms for viewing the Northern Lights. Includes three nights in Stockholm and four in Camp Ripan (both B&B), return flights (London), domestic flights, private transfers and a 48-hour Stockholm Card (provides free public transport and entry to attractions). The seven-hour Aurora Sky Station excursion costs £225 pp and includes dinner, transfers 
and warm clothes. For further information, call Sunvil Discovery on 020 8758 4722 or visit www.sunvil.co.uk.


Aurora Sky StationAurora Sky Station

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