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Great late travel deals 27/06/2011

Basque surfing, Rugby World Cup, Mills & Boon in Italy

Written by . Published on June 29th 2011.

Great late travel deals 27/06/2011

Lareservesaintjeandeluzexterior-LRLa reserve, saint jean de luzNew surf package launched by La Réserve, St Jean de Luz
BOUTIQUE hotel La Réserve has introduced a new surf package in the cosmopolitan Basque seaside resort of St Jean de Luz, South West France. Surf enthusiasts can hone their skills, while beginners can learn the basics of balance, positioning and paddling. Base is the newly-refurbished, family-run hotel, which boasts spectacular clifftop views, an infinity pool and acclaimed Basque cuisine. Three night surf package — from £384 per person (subject to availability), including 3 nights half board in a Standard Room (based on 2 adults sharing),  surf tuition for 3.5 hours a day. Upgrade to a sea view room from £44 per night. For reservations call +33 5 59 51 32 00 or visit www.hotel-lareserve.com.

Last minute villa holiday?
FRENCH villa rental specialists Pure France are offering guests a 15 per cent saving at Maison Adour in the Pays Basque – available from July  2-9 and July 16-23 2011. This eight bedroom holiday home (sleeping up to 18) costs £334 per person per week (an overall saving of £1,061).  Set in 15 acres and with its own private swimming pool, Maison Adour, is also just a short drive from Tarnos Plage, a stunning sandy beach offering surfing and windsurfing. To book visit www.purefrance.com or call 0203 514 2359.

Special deal on Sorrento with Citalia
FOR a last minute Italian getaway, Citalia (0844 415 1956, www.citalia.com) is offering reduced price trips to Sorrento this July and August. A 7 night stay at the 4 star Hotel Grand Vesuvio, Sorrento on half board costs £765 per person with flights from  Manchester. The special price includes a complimentary bottle of wine with dinner each evening, saving £175 per couple. Departs July 15. Other dates available throughout July and August. Looking ahead, Citalia are offering a fantastic deal to Lake Garda, staying at the 4* Grand Gardone, overlooking the water. A one week stay in October costs £749pp, and includes 7 nights’ half board a huge saving of up to £350 per couple.

Luxury for less in Mallorca
BARCELO Hotels & Resorts are offering a special summer sale with 20 per cent discount on one of their 5 star hotels, Barceló Formentor in Mallorca, valid for stays until October 14.  Past VIP guests at this iconic hotel on a natural reserve overlooking one of Mallorca’s most exclusive beaches include Agatha Christie, Grace Kelly and Winston Churchill. Book online at www.barceloformentor.com.

A villa on Ibiza at a terrific price
VILLA  Ana, with its kidney-shaped pool and three terraces, is set in beautiful countryside but is only a few minutes drive from the cosmopolitan town of Santa Eulalia. Book this perfect retreat with Coastline Villas, from £625 per person, saving up to £200pp. Price based on 6 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. Valid for June and July departures. Book by the end of June 2011. Visit www.coastline.co.uk or call 0844 557 1020.
Fantastic deals in Leeds for Yorkshire Day
CELEBRATED on August 1 each year, Yorkshire Day trumpets the best the county has to offer, and www.Octopustravel.com is getting in on the action with a fantastic selection of hotels in  Leeds, the ideal base from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales, visit York Minster or have afternoon tea in Harrogate. Visit the site to see what’s on offer. Top of the hotel range must be the 5* Residence 6, a contemporary hotel with a fitness centre and self catering facilities. Rooms from £165.
Inviting Igls – from £249 per person, saving £376
IGLS in the Austrian Tirol is an ideal base to explore the stunning Inn Valley or the cultural delights of Innsbruck. Inghams is offering seven nights half board accommodation at the 2* Gruberhof Hotel from £249 per person, departing July 9 & 13. Price includes return flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck and resort transfers. Flights are also available from  Manchester (+£59) and Leeds-Bradford (+£65). For more information and bookings visit www.inghams.co.uk or contact 0208 780 4454.

InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel, Cyprus
SOVEREIGN Luxury Travel (0844 415 1936; www.sovereign.com) is offering a 15 per cent  discount, a complimentary upgrade to half-board plus a free child place and an online booking discount – 7 nights from £1,999 per family of 3 on a half-board basis, departing  July 20. Price includes flights from Manchester and private transfers. Saving up to £1,324 per family.

Luxury cottages in Pembrokeshire reduced by 20 per cent in July
ADMIRAL’S Mews cottages in Pembrokeshire are available for week-long holidays starting on July 9 and 16, with prices starting at £995 for a two bedroom cottage – a discount of over 20 per cent in some cottages. This five-star self-catering accommodation with stunning balcony views is set on the cliffs of historical shipping village Saundersfoot in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Admiral’s Mews is a ‘sister resort’ to the Celtic Haven  resort a few miles down the coast and guests have free access to its facilities which include an indoor swimming pool, nine hole golf course, all weather tennis courts, hot tub and sauna. For bookings, call 01834 870000 or visit www.celtichaven.co.uk.

Travel City Direct launches holidays to Las Vegas from just £549
THE new programme from July 1 features 10 hotels, seven of which have an in-house casino, ranging from the great value Best Western Mardi Gras to the glamorous Trump Hotel.  Prices start from just £549 per person for a three night break and there are a variety of add-on excursions offered, including the Grand Canyon. Flights are direct from Manchester with Virgin Atlantic.Call 0844 557 6965 or book online at www.travelcitydirect.com.

Summer savings in Morocco with Fleewinter
MOROCCO villa holidays specialist Fleewinter has some great deals for the coming summer months with savings of up to 25 per cent. Typical is a two centre holiday with four nights at the Rebali Riads in Sidi Kaouki near Essaouira on the Atlantic coast combined with three nights at the newly opened Kasbah Angour in the Atlas Mountains. The newly opened Riads beach complex offers swimming pools, tennis course and its own Hammam,  with nearby activities including quad biking, camel safaris and cookery lessons. The super-smart Kasbah Angour hotel, 30 minutes’ drive from Marrakech, offers guided walks, mule treks and city tours. Price for a couple: normally £420 pp, now £320 pp (2 sharing), until  August 31. The price includes private transfers and 7 nights’ B&B accommodation. Call 020 7112 0019 (www.fleewinter.com).

Idyllic Italy – from £499 per person, saving £176 per person
COMBINE a visit to the glorious resort of Tremezzo on the shores of Lake Como with its quaint harbour and fascinating old town with a day trip to the bustling city of Milan. Inghams is offering seven nights half board accommodation at Tremezzo’s 3* Bazzoni Hotel, £499 per person, departing July 13. Price includes return flights from Gatwick or Heathrow to Milan, free drinks from 10am-midnight and free daily lunch packs. Flights from Manchester (+£49). For more information and bookings visit www.inghams.co.uk or contact 0208 780 4454.

Perfect your watercolours or pen a romantic novel in Italy
THE Watermill at Posara is set in a beautiful Tuscan valley in the picturesque village of Posara. The painstakingly restored 17th century grain, chestnut and olive mill hosts a wide-variety of painting and creative writing courses at all levels. There are four new painting courses for 2012 plus tuition in romantic fiction from a MIlls and Boon author – booking now. Courses start from £1,116 pp, and include transfers (Pisa), all tuition, seven nights’ accommodation (price is based on two sharing, all meals, local travel and a midweek sightseeing tour to either Lucca or the Cinque Terre (five villages) on the Italian Riviera. Flights (Pisa) are extra and start from around £45 return with easyJet/Ryanair.  All 2012 courses booked by December 31 will enjoy a £75 pp reduction. Some late availability for this year. For more details, visit www.watermill.net.
Cycling in France with Utracks
INSPIRED by the Tour de France? European activity holidays’ specialist UTracks offers a selection of cycling holidays to discover the very best of that country on two wheels – and at your own pace. A new trip for 2011 is the eight-day Gardens of the Loire by Bike. From the chateau of Chenonceau where the rival gardens of Diane de Poitiers and Catherine de Medici are proudly displayed, this cycle tour is designed to inspire gardening and cycling enthusiasts. But e many other attractions of the area complement the experience, including the Sunday markets in Amboise, the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci at Close de Luce and the vineyards of Montlouis.  Departs: Daily until October. The £890 price includes accommodation, most meals, equipment rental, experienced guides, luggage transfers between hotels (where applicable) and clear maps with images. Flights from the UK are not included but can be booked on request. Visit www.UTracks.com or call 0845 241 7599.

Etihad’s summer sale – bargain August fares from Manchester
FARES include - Abu Dhabi and Dubai from £389 return, Thailand from £592 return and the Philippines from £686 return in Coral Economy class from Manchester. For more details and to book, visit www.etihadairways.com.

Rugby World Cup jobs in New Zealand with Working Holiday Visa
RUGBY fans who want to be at the centre of the World Cup action while earning some money can benefit from Immigration New Zealand’s Working Holiday Visa. This allows UK citizens between the 18 and 30 to work and travel in the country. Casual workers will be needed in the country as visitors flock to New Zealand’s major cities to watch the matches  from September 9-October 2.  Available job opportunities  include hospitality work, event security and scaffolding to help construct temporary stadiums and seating. Visit www.newzealandnow.govt.nz  and click on the ‘Rugby World Cup 2011’ tab.

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