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Great late travel deals 15/06/2011

Dracula, hippos and Ibiza in our latest round-up

Written by . Published on June 16th 2011.


Great late travel deals 15/06/2011

The Alps of Transylvania – 8 days from £715 pp
WALKS Worldwide has a new group trip to Romania entitled The Alps of Transylvania.  The trip traverses the mighty Fagaras in Romania's Carpathian Mountains, ranked amongst Europe's best ridge walks. Stunning views throughout are guaranteed and the hike culminates with an ascent of Moldoveanu (2544 metres), the highest peak in Romania. Two days are also spent trekking in Piatra Craiului National Park, home to wolf, bear and lynx, plus there will be a visit to ‘Castle Dracula’ (pictured) at Bran. Departing September 3, the trip costs from £715 pp which includes all ground transportation (including airport transfers), 7 nights’ full-board and the services of a guide. Walks Worldwide can also book flights on request.  Call 0845 301 4737, visit www.walksworldwide.com.

Mana Canoe Trail, Zambia
FOR adventurous travellers, allowing guests the closest possible encounters with wildlife on one of the greatest rivers in Africa. This thrilling experience traverses the Mana Pools National Park, through the heart of Mana Pools and along the Zambezi's shoreline, canoeing past countless hippos. Each of the three nights is spent camping on the banks of the Zambezi, ultimately finishing 65km downstream. The Trail is for reasonably fit guests and is led by an experienced guide. Support vehicles and staff assist guests and set up camp each day. A 3-night Mana Canoe Trail, a Wilderness Explorations trip, costs from £1,520 per person sharing on a full board basis including return domestic flight from Victoria Falls to Mana Pools. Book through Original Travel (www.originaltravel.co.uk, tel: 020 7978 7333)

Twin-destination Thai hotel offer
DESTINOLOGY are offering the chance of experiencing Amari Boulevard Bangkok and Amari Emerald Cove Koh Chang hotels on one unforgettable tour, from £1,169 per person, based on two adults sharing. Fly from London Heathrow to Bangkok with EVA Airways, and enjoy two nights at the beautiful Amari Boulevard Bangkok Emerald Cove Koh Chang in a superior room (room only basis). After experiencing Bangkok, fly with Bangkok Airways to Trat Airport, to relax for seven nights at the Amari Emerald Cove Koh Chang, in a superior room on a bed and breakfast basis. This includes an extra night; stay for seven nights, pay for six! Book by the June 30 and travel by July 10 to take advantage of this amazing package deal, from £1,169 per person. To book visit www.destinology.co.uk or call 0800 210 0427

Little Paddock (3 nights from £128 pp) wins TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
LITTLE Paddock, on the edge of the New Forest National Park has been awarded a 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for receiving consistently excellent ratings from its members. Little Paddock is an ‘adults only’ complex comprised of eight cosy, Scandinavian style lodges – each designed for two people. Shared use of two hot tubs, a tennis court and a swimming pool. Fully-equipped for self-catering, the complex’s owners will also deliver meals or breakfast hampers at a supplement. Three-night break in June is from £128 pp (two sharing).  To book call 01425 470 889 or visit www.little-paddock.com.

July is for cycling in the Italian Dolomites – from €240 pp (7 nights)
THERE are some great cycling events in the Ladin Valleys of Alta badia (www.altabadia.org) and Val Gardena (www.valgardena.it) high in the Italian Dolomites. July 2 sees the 2nd Sudtirol Sellaronda Hero, Europe’s most demanding mountain bike race - 82km and 4200 vertical metres of up and down or the and on July 3 roads of the 70km Sella Ronda circuit are closed to motor vehicles for  cyclists of all ages and standards to enjoy the perfect family fun day out.  Alta Badia offers a range of packages including the Mountain Pass package which is available from July to September 18.  Prices start from €240 pp (2 sharing) for 7 nights’ B&B or self-catering accommodation and including unlimited use of Alta Badia’s 12 chairlifts and the public buses around the Sella massif, for 5 days.  Also included is a mountain walk with a guide. For reservations visit www.altabadia.org or email info@altabadia.org.

Save £100pp at Son y Luna, Ibiza on June 25 departures (sleeps 10)
THE villa is an eclectic mix of styles, blending 70’s retro-chic with timeless Far-Eastern inspiration to create an original to create an original and sharp contemporary look. To maximise sea views, the main ground-floor rooms open onto a bougainvillea-draped terrace the length of the house. Book Villa Son Y Luna with Coastline Villas, from £71.5 per person, saving up to £100pp. Price based on 10 sharing. This includes welcome pack, twice weekly maid service, and change of linen, bath and beach towels daily bread, croissant and newspaper delivery and complimentary concierge service. Subject to availability. Visit www.coastline.co.uk or call 0844 557 1020.

Stay for a week in a top Sorrento hotel for just £699pp
CITALIA (0844 415 1956, www.citalia.com) is offering a 7 night stay at the 4* Grand Vesuvio in Sorrento for just £699pp. The hotel is one of Citalia’s most popular.  The deal includes half board, a free daily bottle of wine with dinner, transfers and flights from Gatwick. Departs July 8. Dates throughout June and July and regional departures available. To book now visit www.citalia.com, or for further information of other dates and breaks available, call 0844 415 1956.

New Sri Lanka luxury coastal eco spa hotel from £730pppw dinner B&B  
THE Unique Travel Company is offering seven nights dinner B&B at the Maalu Maalu Resort, Sri Lanka’s first luxury eco and family-friendly spa hotel at Passekudah on the tropical east coast, from £730 per person based on two sharing a deluxe chalet for departures during July. Following green guidelines, it’s based on the ethnic style of a traditional fishing village with 50 luxurious chalets designed in Sri Lankan style with cadjan roof covers and wood clad walls, but with elegant and up-to-date interiors and amenities. There are two restaurants, and three bars; chalets also have a private dining deck with 24-hour butler service. The Ayur Vie Spa provides traditional Sri Lankan Ayurvedic therapies. To book call the Unique Travel Company on 0845 417 9052, www.theuniquetravel.co.uk. (Price excludes flights).

Rent Devon Mansion for Big Summer House Party
AT just £57 per person based on 48 sharing for a week’s stay at Nethercott House during August, this must be among the best value places for a big summer family gathering. Owned by Farms for City Children, the huge, self-catering Victorian mansion is at Iddesleigh in the rural heart of Devon. During school terms Farms for City Children provides children from inner city areas with a week of farming, but Nethercott can be let through Helpful Holidays at other times. There’s a games room, seasonal vegetables and fruit can be picked from the walled garden. Near the Tarka Trail. Nethercott House is available for a week’s stay from Friday, August 5, 12, 19 and 26, priced at £2,716; for details call 01647 434063 or look and book online at www.helpfulholidays.com searching for ref J102.

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