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Great Late Travel Deals October 27 2011

Vietnam, Gourmet India and Christmassy treats

Written by . Published on October 27th 2011.

Great Late Travel Deals October 27 2011

Pre-Christmas cruise in Vietnam – save £500pp
IT’S the perfect time of year for both weather and prices to visit South-East Asia and Bamboo Travel is offering a 12-night trip to Vietnam – Saigon to Angkor, The Lost Civilisation (www.bambootravel.co.uk/tours/saigon-to-angkor-the-lost-civilisation/brief), which includes a 7-night river cruise. Jayavarman, a boutique cruise boat with   27 spacious cabins takes you from Saigon across the Mekong Delta into Cambodia to stop at Phnom Penh and Lake Tonle Sap, to discover hidden temples and villages along the way. There will also be a full-day private tour of Angkor Wat (pictured above) and Bayon, and a half-day tour of Ta Prohm and Banteay Srei, including an elephant ride, before returning to the UK via Bangkok. Departing November 30, the holiday costs from £2,995pp, a saving of £500 pp off the same trip departing December 14. This includes international flights, hotel accommodation, a 7-night Jayavarman Cruise in a Superior Cabin (full-board), shared excursions and a private English-speaking guide in Saigon & Siem Reap. To book call 020 7720 9285 (www.bambootravel.co.uk). 

Shangri-La At ChristmasShangri-La At ChristmasFestive season at Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort and Spa, Maldives
THE luxury resort has unveiled a bust programme of over 50 activities and dining events from December 24 until January 14 2012. Highlights include a Christmas tree lighting ceremony complete with Shangri-La carollers, a salsa cocktail party on the beach, massage classes for couples, a Santa Claus gift giving party and a Venetian-themed New Year’s Eve gala evening under the stars. Water sports enthusiasts can choose to kayak, water ski, scuba dive, parasail and snorkel – be it for a turtle quest or a guided night exploration of the house reef.  Or perhaps a sunset yacht trip. During this festive period rates start at US$2,000 per night for a Pool Villa including daily buffet breakfast. Ring (960) 689 7888 or e-mail reservations.slmd@shangri-la.com. 

Hoseasons LincolnHoseasons LincolnStay in lovely Lincoln at Christmas Market time
THISt is one of the biggest of its type in Europe – with around 250 stalls in the city’s medieval square between the impressive Norman castle and the magnificent gothic cathedral. Reputedly the first German-style traditional market in the UK, it features an array of hand-crafted goods, gifts, locally produced specialist foods and entertainment.  The 2011 market runs from Thursday December 1 to Sunday December 4. Make a weekend of it by staying in a Hoseasons self-catering property a stone’s throw from the market in the heart of the historic town. These new stylishly-furnished two-bedroom apartments feature gorgeous kitchens, modern bathrooms and luxurious bedrooms.  They are equipped with flatscreen TVs, DVDs, and CD players and cost between £129 and £149 per night, including free parking. Full details of all 28 cities where Hoseasons apartments are available can be found at www.hoseasons.co.uk/city-breaks. 

Bustling Streets Of New DelhiBustling streets Of New DelhiLuxury 18-day India culinary tour
STAYING at beautiful heritage hotels, the journey will encompass master classes with well-known Indian chefs along with dining in specialty restaurants across the country – from the relaxed pace of Kerala in the south to the bustling streetscapes of New Delhi. The tour includes an overnight train journey, superb wildlife sightings at Periyar National Park, home stays and a cool drink overlooking the sands of the Rajasthan Desert. Price: £3,790 per person, departing March 5 2012 For more information and bookings visit www.worldexpeditions.co.uk or call 0800 0744 135. World Expeditions’ all-inclusive policy ensures there are no local payments. Prices do not include international flights, but these can be arranged on request. 

Inviting Italy – was £609, now £399pp
PASSO Tonale, Italy, situated on the border of Trento and Lombardy, offers excellent snow-sure skiing with stunning scenery. Surrounded by the breathtaking Brenta Dolomites, the resort is perfect for first time skiers looking to improve their technique with gentle nursery slopes and excellent ski schools. The brand new two-stage gondola gives easy access to the tree-lined runs of Ponte di Legno – ideal for intermediates. The village boasts a good selection of outdoor activities including tobogganing, ice-skating, snowtubing and husky rides. Inghams is offering seven nights half board accommodation at the 3* Hotel Eden from £418 per person, departing January 7 2012. Price includes return flights from Manchester to Verona, resort transfers and reduced entrance fee to the Hotel Miramonti Spa. For more information and bookings visit www.inghams.co.uk or contact 0208 780 4447.


Durham LumiereDurham Lumiere

Spectacular LUMIERE festival lights up Durham
ARTICHOKE, producers of extraordinary live events, have unveiled the full programme of artworks, installations and events for this year’s LUMIERE festival in Durham from November 17-20 2011. This is the UK’s largest world-class light festival, bringing together more than 30 British and international artists working with light in every conceivable way. From dramatic installations, vast animated projections and human rivers of light, to quieter, more subtle interventions on buildings, streets and bridges, the artworks in LUMIERE will re-invent the familiar in a city-wide nocturnal trail that will surprise, delight and stop people in their tracks. www.lumieredurham.co.uk. It’s a night-time event, so essential to stay in the town. For options visit: www.lumieredurham.co.uk/visitor-info/accommodation.



The Lake HouseThe Lake House

Enjoy a gourmet Christmas with Gilpin Hotel & Lake House
GUESTS staying over Christmas at the AA’s new Hotel of the Year will enjoy memorable nights of gastronomy, hospitality and entertainment with plenty of time for relaxation. Starting on Friday, December 23, the four-night festive package, at this much-loved Lakes base costs from £280 per person per night based on two sharing and including all festive activities, five-course dinner, full English breakfast and VAT. On Christmas Eve, hotel guests will be taken to nearby Lake Windermere to enjoy a wonderful lunch with wine selections on a private boat. The “Christmas Day Feast” begins with a celebratory champagne reception and proceeds at a leisurely pace throughout the afternoon, finishing with a light supper later in the evening. For reservations or for further information visit www.gilpinlodge.co.uk or call 015394 88818.  


Winter sun bargain at Hotel Volcan, Lanzarote
SOVEREIGN Luxury Travel (0844 415 1936; www.sovereign.com) is offering a 15 per cent  early booking discount and an online discount – 7 nights from £699 per person on a B&B  basis, departing on November 13. Price includes flights from Manchester and private transfers. Saving up to £210 per couple. 


Prague In Winter %26#8211%3B Charles BridgePrague in winter, crossing the Charles Bridge

Make merry at the Mandarin Oriental Prague
WINTERTIME Prague is a magical holiday destination. Charming Christmas markets, holiday music programmes from The Nutcracker to Old World Christmas carols, and the beauty of the architecture sprinkled with snow make for an unforgettable atmosphere for  adults and children alike. The Mandarin Oriental’s two-night Christmas in Bohemia package (with additional nights available for B&B) is an ideal way to sample the city’s delights with everything from sight-seeing tour and cookie-cutting classes. Rates start from £334 per night based on a two nights’ stay for two in a Deluxe Garden room. Available November 26 to January 8 2012. For more information or to book ring +420 233 088 888, or visit www.mandarinoriental.com.

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