Holiday News



Short winter breaks in the UK
Bookdirectrooms.com, featuring over 3000 B&Bs, guesthouses, farm houses, restaurants with rooms, inns and small hotels across the UK, currently has hundreds of great offers for those seeking a short winter break.
More choice for holidays in Canada and Alaska
Independent luxury tour operator, Prestige Holidays (prestigeholidays.co.uk) has launched its first brochure to Canada and Alaska featuring a diverse selection of holidays ranging from city breaks and self drive itineraries to wildlife tours, wilderness lodge stays and Alaska cruises.
Cornish Cottages expands portfolio for 2010
Cornish Cottages (formerly Mullion Cottages), the specialist in self-catering coastal and rural properties in south-west Cornwall, has announced substantial expansion in 2010.
Take a multi-activity trip this winter and do more for less
Travellers are realising that snow is good for a lot more than just skiing, according to The Adventure Company. The adventure tour operator has seen its winter multi-activity trips rise in popularity this season as travellers look for more varied and unusual ways to embrace the European winter.
Skydivers reach new highs in Nepal
Explore Himalaya Travel & Adventure, a Nepal based adventure company, organized the highest skydiving event in the Everest region of Nepal on 28th October.
More choice for private villa holidays in Rhodes and Croatia
Vintage Travel – specialising, exclusively, in hand-picked houses with private pools in areas of local tradition and culture – has introduced the Greek island of Rhodes into its 2010 programme as well as significantly expanding its portfolio in Gozo and Croatia.
The ‘Primrose’ makes its debut at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks
Save up to £280 on a 2010 holiday in a brand new luxurious ‘Primrose’ caravan holiday home – complete with central heating and French doors leading onto decking – courtesy of Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks in North Devon.
Luxury cruising on the Nile
Egyptian holiday specialist, Red Sea Holidays, has added luxury Nile cruises to the portfolio of holidays in its 2009/10 brochure. Red Sea Holidays works exclusively with Grand Cruises which operates nine five-star cruise ships and is one of the Nile’s most modern fleets.
All inclusive with guaranteed winter sun in the Red Sea
Guaranteed sun less than six hours away, plus all-inclusive value from £369 – that’s the promise from Olympic Holidays beside the Red Sea.
Glenton’s bookings boom sparks recruitment drive
Scottish holiday operator Glenton Holidays has seen bookings over the peak summer months soar by more than 100%, thanks to booming demand for tours in the UK. The Glasgow-based coach tour specialist expects to see bookings for the whole of 2009 rise by at least 35% as holidaymakers defy the recession.
New eco-lodge and campsite opens in Montserrat
Travellers to Montserrat now have a wider choice of value accommodation with the opening of the island’s first campsite and new eco-lodge.
Sailing on a waves of success
Cruise ferry operator, DFDS Seaways, is celebrating after winning the Oscar of the travel industry for the third successive year – Europe’s Leading Long Sea Ferry Operator 2009 – at the World Travel Awards.
Thomson Tailormade offers new BA routes
Tour operator Thomson Tailormade is to offer new British Airways routes to 3 fantastic destinations - Las Vegas, the Maldives and Sharm El Sheikh – each with a convenient direct flight from the UK.
Half term travellers risk holiday cash hangover
New research from First Rate Exchange Services has revealed that less than half (48 per cent) of UK holidaymakers calculate how much cash they will need for their for overseas holiday spend, resulting in many paying far more for their holiday money through costly cash withdrawals from ATMs whilst overseas.
Going loco in Portugal
Britain’s leading guided walking holiday specialist, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, has just launched an exciting choice of new holidays to Portugal. They include an unusual 10 day rail and walk holiday which leisurely meanders through some of the country’s most stunning countryside and cities.
Long-haul sunshine at short-haul prices
If you think a long-haul break to enjoy the sunshine this winter is prohibitively expensive, think again, says Premier Holidays. The tour operator is urging travellers to make use of the fabulous long-haul deals available to maximise their enjoyment of the winter sun.
Stress free rail journey planning at your fingertips
Rail travellers who’ve missed their usual train home can avoid the stress of not knowing when the next one is, or even if there is a next one, thanks to the new journey planning iPhone app from thetrainline.com.
Cut the cost your nuptials with a wedding in Greece
What could make your wedding more memorable than hiring your own boutique hotel overlooking the Mediterranean Sea? Ionian Weddings offers couples the opportunity to hire luxurious boutique hotels in the Greek islands on an exclusive basis so they can enjoy the ultimate in privacy and pampering for their wedding day.
Families head to Egypt for cheap sun
UK families in search of sunny bargains this October half term are heading to Egypt according to one of the UK’s largest holiday providers, The Co-operative Travel.
Winter hotspots – Where to go to top up your tan
To coincide with Flight Centre’s October sale, the travel retailer has put together its predictions for the top five destinations for winter 2009 – perfect for Brits who want to experience some sunshine on a budget.
Around the world in 80 fays for Children in Need
The Adventure Company is supporting this year's Children in Need campaign by donating £5 for every one of its adventure tours booked to destinations featured in the new celebrity BBC series Around the World in 80 Days.
Thomson Tailormade launches new Worldwide Value Collection
Following the success of last year’s brochure, Thomson Tailormade has just launched their new Worldwide Value brochure offering savings of up to £650 per person.
New direct flights open up Iceland’s next ‘must see’ destination
In Iceland the old idiom ‘it’s grim up north’ does not apply and with the launch of new direct flights next summer to Iceland’s second city, Akureyri, UK visitors can now find out why.
Aruba reports record growth for cruises
The Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba is becoming increasingly popular with cruise holidaymakers, with the Aruba Cruise Tourism Authority reporting a record growth in numbers of cruise passengers for the months of July and August.
New website offers a guide to Britain’s finest
Looking for a memorable hotel – perhaps a former Castle complete with battlements? Maybe you need a Dog-friendly inn for a country weekend? Or a romantic retreat with a four poster bed?
Winter sun is just the ticket for credit-crunched Britons
A selection of new winter sun city break destinations – such as Benidorm, Faro and Fuengirola – have been added to city break specialist, Cities Direct’s programme with departures available from the beginning of November through to the end of March.
Holiday hikes hit half term
Parents planning to treat their kids to a last minute family holiday during autumn half term will be hit by massively inflated holiday premiums, according to the latest study from Santander Cards.
Hikers walk to the moon – and back
HF Holidays has calculated that guests on the company’s British walking holidays have been to the moon and back this year! Between them, the 19,000 guests on guided walking holidays at the company’s country houses in the UK have walked 523,494 miles in spectacular countryside as diverse as the Scottish Highlands and the Cornish coast.
Rock the Kasbah this winter
With the nights drawing in and the clocks changing this weekend, head for some heat this Christmas. Journey into the heart of the “real” Morocco for sightseeing with gentle rambling and visit Morocco’s ancient palaces, bustling souks, medinas and Kasbahs.
Enjoy the action, on and off the rugby pitch, in Las Vegas
You’ve heard of the Dubai and Hong Kong Sevens - well new for next year is the first ever Las Vegas Sevens. Famous for glitz, glamour and casinos, the city that never sleeps has now added the IRB Sevens World Series to the list of spectacular events.
Escape the winter blues with a trek through Patagonia
With longer days and a warmer climate, Patagonia offers escapism from the cold of the UK this winter. Journey into the mountains from the southern shores of Lake Argentina to the ‘trekking capital’ El Chalten.
Make a winter discovery in the dolomites
On the edge of the Brenta Dolomites, high above the beautiful Renaissance town of Trento, lies Monte Bondone, an awe inspiring landscape of silver birch forest, rocky peaks and frozen rivers.
Explore the Himalayas this autumn
Get fit this autumn, the perfect time to visit Nepal, with clear, mild days and cool nights. Home to some of the most breathtaking treks in the world, the Annapurna foothills in Nepal lead to Kopra Ridge is an ideal vantage point to explore the Himalayas.
Voluntourism wins out with today’s adventurers
Voluntourism is still one of the major buzzwords when it comes to holidays, but according to Acacia Africa, a softer version where charitable pursuits are juxtaposed with adventure is winning out with today’s travellers.
MSC Cruises offers free spa treatments at Luxury Travel Fair
MSC Cruises is offering visitors at the Luxury Travel Fair, 5-8 November at Olympia London, a free SPA treatment worth £250 for all new bookings made with MSC Yacht Club between the 5-30 November 2009.
Last minute holidaymakers count the cost of delay
With half term just around the corner, over 4.8 million people (10 per cent) are set to go abroad, but many of these will leave the planning and purchasing of holiday essentials until the very last minute according to new research from Post Office Travel Services.
Eat, drink and be merry in Slovenia
It’s not all gloom and doom on the money front when travelling to eurozone destinations is the message from Slovenia specialist, Holiday Options. Despite the country’s currency being the euro, local costs are considerably cheaper than in the UK and eating out doesn’t cost ‘an arm and a leg’.
UK "summer of love" will return, says Parks Group
With advance bookings for 2010 up by 66 percent on last year's figures, Park Holidays UK has announced a major investment in new accommodation, facilities and jobs at its 25 centres.
2010 ‘early bird’ savings at Woolacombe Bay
Early season holidays reduced by up to £400 – for reservations made by 30 November – is the mega early booking offer for 2010 at Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks.
Turkey set to sizzle with Brit tourists this half-term holiday
Turkey - one of the most popular destinations for Brits in 2008 - was a firm favourite again this summer. The Turkish lira was the third most popular selling currency in Q2 and Q3 behind the Euro and US dollar, according to the M&S Q3 Travel Money Report.
The Croatian villa collection from Holiday Options
A wide choice of luxury villas in Croatia – sleeping between four and 12 and situated in a choice of locations throughout the country – is on offer in 2010 from specialist operator, Holiday Options.
Enjoy a hotel break in Wicklow with Stena Line
Leading ferry company Stena Line is offering customers the opportunity to enjoy a mid-week hotel break in Wicklow from only £67* per person, per night (minimum 2 nights) which includes return travel, accommodation and the kids go free.
Dog-sledding, gastronomy or gauchos – the choice is yours
Learn how to be a husky musher in Finland or a gaucho in Argentina on one of the 13 new trips launched by The Adventure Company.
Enjoy more Asia for less with Qantas Holidays
Qantas Holidays has launched its second Asia dedicated brochure offering a whole host of new tours, cruising options and great value for money holidays.
On your bike for a colourful tour of the Scottish Borders
This autumn take in the changing colours of the landscape on two wheels by enjoying a cycling break in the Scottish Borders. As well as the long distance routes of Border Loop, Tweed Cycle Way and The Four Abbeys Cycle Route there are also some little known shorter routes which are available on visitscotland.com/autumnborders.
British Holidays are here to ‘stay-cation’
2009 has undoubtedly been an outstanding year for UK holidays, but it isn’t going to be a flash-in-the-pan according to Hoseasons, the UK’s leading self-catering operator, as they announce advanced bookings for 2010 are already up by 61%.
‘There’s still time to book a half term break’ say Haven
Whatever the weather Haven’s 35 family holiday parks offer plenty to do so it’s worth making the most of the last school holiday break before Christmas. Facilities include heated indoor leisure pools, indoor sports, play areas and kid’s clubs with arts and crafts, music and dancing, games and competitions.
Bournemouth is number one for ‘staycations’
Bournemouth is celebrating winning top spot for ‘staycationers’ as the UK’s most holiday-friendly destination. Beating 65 other popular getaways Bournemouth triumphed in a survey, undertaken by Virgin Money Travel Insurance, aimed at finding the best places to holiday in the UK.
Head to the Sahara this half term for the adventure of a lifetime
You can have an adventure of a lifetime this October half term by taking a 4x4 trip across the Sahara desert with Small Families, the UK’s leading operator for single parent holidays, and visit the location of one of the most famous films ever made.
Get green and active in Lancashire this half term
Families can enjoy a range of active and environmentally friendly days out in rural Lancashire this October half term. The newly opened, purpose-built mountain bike trails at Gisburn Forest, near Clitheroe are a must for any mountain bike enthusiast, whatever their ability.
Wicked witch is nation’s top leading lady
Elphaba, the green-skinned witch from hit musical Wicked, has been voted the nation’s favourite leading lady in a poll from leading London theatre breaks website Show-and-Stay.co.uk.
Travel Indochina goes back to the future
Leading Asia specialist, Travel Indochina has announced the launch of its latest Small Group Journeys brochure. Focusing on its area of specialism - Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos – and now expanding further into India, Thailand, China and Japan, the tours featured in the 2010/11 brochure are better value than ever.
Book now for 2010 holidays at 2009 prices
Book your 2010 holiday before 30 November and enjoy savings of £50 on 2009 prices, courtesy of Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks.
Prestige Holidays adds new special interest tours for 2010
Independent luxury tour operator, Prestige Holidays, has revealed its programme of escorted tours for next year featuring 13 special interest holidays, four of which are new for 2010.
Last-minute European city breaks offer value for money
Those still looking for a great value break this October half-term should check out the special offers – including free night deals – available on selected European city breaks courtesy of city break specialist, Cities Direct.
More holiday options for walking enthusiasts
HF Holidays – the UK’s largest specialist walking and leisure activity holidays company – has launched its expanded Walking & Outdoor Holidays 2010 brochure which features 20 new itineraries including nine new European and Worldwide guided walking tours and six new trail holidays in the UK and Europe.
Last minute half term holiday bargains
Savings of £150 on October half-term multi-activity holidays for children have been announced by PGL, the market leader in residential adventure breaks for children.
Ibiza is on the map as a spa break destination
Autumn and winter are perfect for those looking to discover Ibiza’s unique identity away from the crowds. The island offers a year-round mild climate, long sunny days and with two new state-of-the-art spas, Ibiza has now emerged as a firm contender as a top spa break destination.
Halloween at Disneyland Paris - without the scary price tag
Only the bravest of families would go looking for Minnie and Mickey during the Halloween season at Disneyland Paris – as they might find themselves coming face-to-face with Cruella de Vil or Captain Hook instead.
A Portuguese double treat - Madeira and Porto Santo
Britain’s leading guided walks operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, is offering a one week tour combining the wonderful Portuguese islands of Madeira and Porto Santo.
Jetsetting Beckham boys are flying high
As Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz Beckham continue to lead the kiddy jetset, ebookers.com, one of Europe’s leading online travel agents, today reveals that four out of five (81%) British children under the age of three have been on at least three holidays outside of the UK since birth.
In the footsteps of David Attenborough
As of last week many of Sir David Attenborough’s most memorable TV moments are available online for the first time ever – and if you feel inspired to follow in the footsteps of Britain's best-known wildlife filmmaker, World Expeditions offers a selection of trips all over the world where you can get up close and personal with some of the most amazing creatures on earth.
Love football or hate football - Visiting South Africa in 2010
South Africa is ready to welcome the world in June 2010 as it prepares to host a World Cup like no other, and this will provide an ideal opportunity for many fans to combine sport with a trip to a truly world class travel destination.
Enjoy a sailing holiday this autumn with Dream Marine
Dream Marine is offering a range of great deals on sailing holidays this autumn, with choices available throughout the Caribbean, Europe, Seychelles and Thailand.
Forget the winter blues with Keycamp
Forget the winter blues – with selected apartment resorts offering extended opening and savings of up to 25%, families can escape the humdrum of home and experience stunning locations across Europe from only £305 per party with Keycamp.
Gap Adventures improves payment options
The Great Adventure People announced simpler payment options for their 1,000 globally-renowned tours this week. Starting 1 October, new Gap Adventures bookings will no longer require travellers to pay a portion of their tour price locally on the first day of a trip. This ‘local payment’ is now being included in the pricing displayed on the Gap Adventures website.
TripAdvisor's flight search takes off in the U.K
TripAdvisor, the world’s most popular and largest travel community, today announced the launch of its award-winning flight search engine in the U.K., offering British travellers a vast selection of flight itineraries and the best available deals on the Web.
Royal Caribbean opens a sea of dreams for budding reporters
Royal Caribbean International is teaming up with Daily Mail Online’s Travel Mail to launch the “Reporter at Sea” contest in search of the UK’s most aspiring reporter to cover one of the biggest stories of the year – the unveiling of Oasis of the Seas, the world’s largest and most innovative cruise ship.
UK holiday makers seek out ‘mid-term’ breaks for 2010
Leading tour operators Thomson and First Choice are increasing the number of ten and eleven night holidays available for customers travelling next summer, to reflect a reported 64% increase in demand throughout this summer season.
Holiday Options introduces Malta and Gozo
Holiday Options has introduced Malta and Gozo to its line-up of Mediterranean and Atlantic Islands for 2010. To celebrate the launch of this year-round programme, the company is offering – for bookings made by 31 October – a discount of £50 per person on all flight-inclusive packages taken between 1 November 2009 and December 2010.
Five of the best winter holidays
As the nights draw in and the days get shorter, it is no wonder that many of us start to feel a little down, knowing that we won’t see the sun for another six months! Our lack of sunshine only makes us crave it even more and it should therefore be no surprise to hear that the UK has the highest occurrence of self-reported Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in the world.
Book now for the best deals on Scottish boating breaks
Book a 2010 Caley Cruisers boating holiday on Loch Ness/Caledonian Canal before 24th October, 2009, and secure the reservation at 2009 rates.
UK weddings to Aruba double
The sun-kissed Dutch Caribbean island of Aruba is becoming a favourite for loved-up UK couples looking to tie the knot, with bookings for wedding packages for 2010 already at twice the number sold this year.
See the image of spring in Holland
After a long and dark winter what better way to welcome in spring than seeing spring itself, thousands of flowers bursting in to bloom in the Tulip fields of Holland.
Head east for a sizzling winter break
For a sizzling winter break, why not head east this winter? Goa and Sri Lanka both combine stunning beaches, a fascinating culture and delicious food, as well as delivering a suitably exotic winter sun experience.
Elvis returns to Las Vegas
The brand new Cirque du Soleil’s production of Elvis – taking place at the brand new five-star Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas – is the winning combination from US specialist, Bon Voyage.
Cosy cottages for autumn breaks
Minimalist chic is all very well, but it is good to come home to a cosy cottage after a day on the fells. And if you can dry your socks– as well as the dog – in front of a roaring fire, it is even better!
Exciting packages to Durban for fun seekers
Emirates Holidays is offering a range of tailor-made packages to Durban, to mark the launch of Emirates airline’s new direct flights from Dubai to the fun seekers’ capital of South Africa, which started on 1st October.
Outdoor UK holidays are the new ‘staycations’
New research just published by the Outdoor Industries Association (OIA) has revealed that even in the ongoing economic downturn, the demand for outdoor recreation is growing and the outdoor industries, from equipment manufacturers to retailers to holiday providers, have a good future.
Credit-crunch busting hotel breaks in Kinsale with Stena Line
Leading ferry company Stena Line is offering customers the chance to enjoy a hotel break in the Carlton Hotel Kinsale from only £64.50* per person, per night including return travel from Holyhead to Dublin Port or Fishguard to Rosslare.
Britain’s holiday gems revealed
The Farmers Arms, Miretti patissier and Tilly’s Tea room - these are just some of the 1,200 recommended pubs, restaurants and attractions which make British staycations truly memorable, according to a new online guide launched this week.
Indulgent self-catering in a Cornish cottage
Barclay House, Looe, offers guests a restful base from which to explore the wild winter of the Cornish coast with cliff path or woodland walks followed by relaxing evenings in a luxury lodge.
Sweet travel ideas for chocoholics
Chocoholics rejoice! To celebrate Chocolate Week (12-18 October 2009) specialist tour operator Journey Latin America offers some sweet travel ideas linked to the real home of chocolate.
A safari with a difference
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get really close up and personal with the wildlife of the African bush? Did you avidly follow the adventures of Emma in Vet Safari on the BBC, and wish you could trade places with her for a day? Well, now you can!
Caribbean savings for singles
Whopping savings of up to £480 per person on Caribbean getaways – plus lots of complimentary goodies – is the offer to singles in Grenada this autumn from specialist operator, Friendship Travel.
Holiday Options introduces Malta and Gozo
Holiday Options has introduced Malta and Gozo to its line-up of Mediterranean and Atlantic Islands for 2010.
2010 holidays to France at 2009 prices
Book your independent walking or cycling break with Belle France before 30 November and enjoy 2010 holidays at 2009 prices.
October offers on the Amalfi Coast
The Villa Book has some great offers for Amalfi Coast villas for the remainder of this season. Still warm, with clear blue skies in October, the Amalfi coast is the perfect destination to catch the last of the summer sun.
Discover the beauty of North Cyprus this Autumn
Autumn is the perfect time to discover the historic sites and cultural delights of the beautiful region of North Cyprus. Direct Traveller (directtraveller.com), the first and leading UK tour operator providing direct flight holidays in North Cyprus, offers a range of fantastic value packages throughout the winter season.
Embark on your own rock star tour
The rock-star on tour: astonishing locations, the best hotels, wild nights, broken strings and hearts, and great music. For many, the celebrity road-trip is a dream, but with Flight Centre’s Round The World Experts, it’s a reality.
The Gap Year challenge is on
The Gap Year is back! This year the ground breaking reality TV show will follow five lucky Bebo users on an unforgettable journey to the adventure capital of the world - New Zealand.
Great Rail Journeys boosts UK programme for 2010
Great Rail Journeys, the tour operator for escorted holidays by rail, has added five new British itineraries for 2010 to bring its choice of UK holidays to ten.
Last chance to see Asia’s endangered wildlife
In response to a rising demand for wildlife experiences in the Far East, Bamboo Travel is launching a special tour of China and Borneo to see some of the planet’s most endangered animal species.
The early holiday booker catches the deal
Purse-friendly prices from Eurocamp mean that you can set your sights on next year’s spring/summer holiday, without worrying about the pennies.
Sterling recovery and winter sun deals boost long haul prospects
The Far East looks unbeatable value for winter sun trips according to the latest annual Long Haul Holiday Report from Post Office Travel Services.
Jetsave’s ‘top 10 sights to see before you die!’
Once the realm of the intrepid traveller, many of the world’s must-see sights – like the Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore and the Great Wall of China are now included in touring itineraries, making it easier to visit these global wonders.
Tread your own path in the Falkland Islands
With Autumn fast-approaching, it’s the perfect time to start planning your adventure to the Falkland Islands, located 400 miles off the south-eastern tip of South America.
Travel the Dominican Republic in style
The Dominican Republic is shrugging off its ‘poor man’s Caribbean’ image. Previously associated with mass market tourism and low-budget package holidays, in recent years much has changed to counter this impression.
All shook up in Donegal
Travel to Ireland’s remote, north-west coast this November and get ‘all shook up’ at the Bundoran Elvis Festival where some of the world’s best tributes to ‘The King’ will be competing in the final of the All Ireland Elvis competition.
Year round ranching for a range of cowboys in Arizona
Temperatures in Arizona might exceed 100 degrees fahrenheit in the height of the summer, but from October to May the year round ranching state has a more amenable climate.
Explore brave the London Great Gorilla Run
Explore, a leading small group adventure holiday company, is painfully aware that the mountain gorilla - an extraordinary, almost human, species - is slipping into extinction.
Island hopping the world’s most romantic destinations
New for 2010, the privately-owned luxury yacht Cookielicious is hosting Romantic Getaway Cruises over five separate weeks in four different and exotic locations.
Families tucking in to more on holiday
UK holiday company Haven has seen a big increase in bookings this year as many families opt for “stay-cations” rather than going on holiday abroad. And once they check into the holiday park, many families are taking the easy option of hanging up their car keys and enjoying all the facilities on offer.
Newquay amongst top destinations for camping holidays
Newquay’s position as one of Cornwall’s most popular destinations for camping holidays has been further strengthened with the news that ten of the town’s holiday parks are in the running for a prestigious ‘Top 100 Sites Award’ by Practical Caravan for 2010.
Gastronomic festivities on Mauritius
To mark the 10th anniversary of Alain Ducasse’s ‘Spoon des Iles’ restaurant at the One & Only Le Saint Géran in Mauritius, Bailey Robinson is offering visitors the chance to meet the chef and join the culinary celebrations, saving £645 per person on a seven-night trip.
Get rambling and discover Tuscan treasures
Gentle rambling and sightseeing is the ideal way to see the very best of Tuscany, with it’s relaxed villages, farmers working on vine terraces and easily accessible funicular railways.
Marvellous Menorca
With more beaches than Mallorca and Ibiza combined, Menorca exudes peace and tranquillity.
Gymtastic sporting breaks for kids
With many children looking towards the 2012 Olympics and wanting to be part of the action, what better way to start getting involved than by watching the professionals in action.
Enthralling Ethiopia
Walking through the dramatic mountains of Ethiopia, visiting the Blue Nile Falls and taking a boat trip on Lake Tana provides some of the best scenery in Africa, and the cities are just as fascinating.
Libya revealed
As Libya celebrates 40 years since Colonel Gaddafi came to power, there is no better time to discover the history and culture of this ancient country.
A gourmet’s delight in the Lake District
A superb all-inclusive Food and Wine holiday is on offer this November at a national award-winning hotel in the Lake District.
MSC Cruises launches new regional flights
MSC Cruises has launched new regional flights from Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh airports between April and September 2010.
Top Ohio golf course extends season with value packages
Longaberger Golf Club, Ohio – recognized by Golf Digest, GolfWorld, Golfweek and GOLF Magazine as one of the best courses in the country – has announced value-laden stay-and-play packages throughout the remainder of the 2009 season.
The summer of love for Prestige Holidays
British travellers continue to look abroad for a relaxing holiday despite the recession. Premier Holidays, the leading independent tour operator, has seen an increase in both passengers and revenue over the summer.
Footie madness for fans in South Africa
After England’s 5-1 victory over Croatia at Wembley, the team and fans are looking towards the start of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa kicking off on 11th June 2010.
Retreat to the country with a rural stay in the West Country
Farm & Cottage holidays offer the finest selection of hand-picked properties in superb rural and coastal locations throughout Cornwall and the West Country.
Up close and personal with Exmoor red deer
Porlock’s Rutting Weekend, Friday 16 – Sunday 18 October, which gives visitors an opportunity to get close to the magnificent Exmoor red deer in their natural surroundings, has now been reduced to £195 per person for double or single room occupancy.
Those in the know head for Ibiza this October
With temperatures still up in the mid 20 degrees centigrade and water temperature warmer than in May and June, Ibiza is a popular spot in October for those in the know.
Bewitched in Ireland this Halloween
Families can celebrate Halloween in style this year at Ireland’s leading golf and spa resort, The K Club, and enjoy a half-term holiday to remember at this luxurious hotel within easy reach of Dublin airport or Dun Laoghaire ferry port*.
Discover the South West of Ireland with Natural Retreats
For a truly unforgettable family break this October half-term why not visit the picturesque Ring of Kerry in the South West of Ireland, where the mild climate ensures palm trees grow year round.
Cosy cottages for October half term
For the first time since it launched its British collection in January 2009 CV Travel has half term houses and cottages available for the October half term weeks, including cosy Cornwall cottages for 4, a farm set amid 37 acres of pastureland for up to 8 guests and a gorgeous Enid Blyton style cliff-top family home near Land’s End.
A walk through history and culture in Chania, Crete
Britain’s leading guided walks operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, is offering a week’s holiday based in Chania, Crete with a history dating back to the Venetians. Its old harbour ‘captures’ the Mediterranean lifestyle with its vibrant tavernas.
Classical music meets nature on a musical sea voyage
In January 2010, MV Trollfjord will transform into a musical stage as she travels south from Tromso to Oslo with onboard concerts and a performance in Oslo’s newly built opera house.
A golden opportunity for last minute sun
The nights may be drawing in but October’s starting to look a little brighter with outdoor holiday company Keycamp offering up to 20% off accommodation at selected parcs for arrivals throughout the month.
Qantas Holidays expands to offer 75 fly cruise options
Qantas Holidays is offering 75 cruise options as part of their new fly cruise programme with prices starting from £999 for a 14-night tour of the Far East.
Living history at Ingleby Manor
Ingleby Manor, a stunning Grade II*, 16th Century Manor House, was built from the generosity of Henry VIII to the powerful Eure family in the early 1500s, possibly with some of the riches from the Dissolution of the Monasteries.
Explore Papua New Guinea - Lost land of the volcano
If you have been blown away by the breathtaking views of Papua New Guinea’s landscapes shown on BBC’s Lost Land of the Volcano, World Expeditions offers you the opportunity to experience one of the least explored countries in the world.
Daredevil holidaymakers beware
British holidaymakers are giving in to their daredevil impulses and taking part in extreme sports while on holiday, according to moneysupermarket.com.
Days out in Dublin
Stena Line is offering customers the chance to travel to Dublin and enjoy a great day out in October with a fantastic day trip by foot travel fare from only £27* per adult and £18* per child.
Discover Anitgua’s laid-back beach life without breaking the bank
Take one look at the exclusive range of Antigua hotels offered by Thomson Tailormade, and you'll see Antigua holidays are all about laid-back beach life.
History lovers can take a voyage of discovery to St Helena
History lovers and intrepid travellers can celebrate the life and death of one of the most influential men in history – Napoleon Bonaparte – on a new voyage introduced by St Helena Line to the far-flung South Atlantic Island of St Helena on one of the world’s last working Royal Mail Ships – the RMS St Helena.
Try Wiltshire for an alternative short break
VisitWiltshire is positioning the county as an alternative destination for shopping/city breaks.
Nautical but nice halt-term adventures
If you’re after a value-for-money family break this October half-term, look no further than Italian cruise line, Costa Cruises.
Keycamp early birds catch some great deals
The fastest way to shake off the onset of the winter blues is to choose a summer holiday, and with Keycamp offering up to 25% off the base price of 2010 holidays booked by 30 September with a deposit of just £50, now’s the time to book; especially as early birds will get the pick of the outdoor holiday company’s very best parcs.
Slovenia’s oldest town to host unusual folklore festival
Slovenia’s oldest town, Ptuj (pronounced Petooey), will host the annual Kurent Festival between 6th and 16th February. The ten-day traditional event is intended to banish winter and to welcome the arrival of spring.
Experience the spectacular autumn colours of Scotland
Instead of flying to New England to witness stunning autumn foliage, VisitScotland is inviting lovers of gardens and the outdoors to choose the environmentally-friendly option as well as making the most of their holiday budgets by exploring home-grown autumn highlights.
Find a home from home this halt-term holiday
For October half-term, Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire is highlighting 10 per cent savings on the rental of four beautiful barn conversions – all with exposed stonework and beamed ceilings – set around a courtyard just a few miles from the coastal village of Little Haven.
Hotel breaks in Co Wexford with Stena Line
Leading ferry company Stena Line is offering customers the chance to enjoy a hotel break in the Carlton Millrace Hotel and Spa in Bunclody, Co Wexford from only £67* per person, per night including return travel from Holyhead to Dublin Port or Fishguard to Rosslare.
Wine, gastronomy and safari in South Africa
Native Escapes, specialist operator to Southern Africa, has announced a new 15 day Wine, Gastronomy & Safari itinerary perfect for anyone who enjoys the good things in life.
The world’s most popular beaches
Summer has nearly ended and the days are getting shorter and cooler. What remains are the best memories from the last beach vacation.
Late summer camping discounts in Devon
Bring your tent, touring caravan or motorhome to North Devon for a late summer break and enjoy savings of 25%. This special deal, on offer from Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks, applies to stays of a minimum of three nights in duration for breaks completed by 24 October at all four of the company’s Parks in the seaside village of Woolacombe.
Amazon adventures in Peru
Study the four icons of the Amazon; jaguars, pumas, parrots and peccaries (pig like creatures) this winter with Biosphere Expeditions – the award winning, non profit making conservation specialist which is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
Stay on your bike with Headwater
This autumn grab the opportunity to get up close and personal to your holiday bike. Headwater, offers independent cycling holidays to France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Austria and Britain.
A winter voyage around the Cape Verde Islands
Early bookers can pay just £49 per person per night – and save up to £28 per night - when booking and paying for a winter voyage by 30 September with Tall Ships Adventures.
Tourists will take a pounding in New York
New York is the most expensive city in the world for British tourists after topping a league table of standard costs based on a two-day break, according to the Virgin Money Weekend Break Survey.
Sicily named top travel destination
Readers of Conde Nast Traveller voted Sicily as their favourite island holiday destination, beating rivals such as the Maldives and Barbados.
Swashbuckling Champagne tours for wine lovers
Swashbuckling wine lovers can master the Napoleonic Art of Sabrage – uncorking a champagne bottle with a sword - on an exclusive five-day Champagne-tasting tour with specialist operator Grape Escapes.
Celebrate ‘Grandparents’ Day’ with Eurocamp
When holidaying abroad it is becoming more popular for families to bring grandparents along for the ride.
Guided walking holidays in Roman Provence
The UK’s leading guided walking holidays’ operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, is offering a one week tour of Avignon in Roman Provence – with its reputation as one of France’s major artistic centres.
Celebrate Halloween with Mickey and friends
Nobody does Halloween quite like the Americans, so what better place to head on holidays for some terrific thrills this All Hallows’ Eve than Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando?
Set sail for adventure in Thailand
From November Gap Adventures travellers can sail by catamaran around the waters surrounding Thailand’s world renowned beaches. Each shipmate can learn the ropes by actually skippering the comfortable 8-person catamaran.
Holiday Options to feature Albania for 2010
Tour operator, Holiday Options, is featuring Albania for the first time in 2010 with highlights of the programme including small group tours and, for more independent clients, the lively beach resort of Durres.
Moctezuma and the Aztecs in Mexico
Specialist tour operator Journey Latin America has launched a new ‘Moctezuma and the Aztecs’ tailor-made tour to coincide with the opening of the British Museum’s latest exhibition, Moctezuma: Aztec Ruler.
Autumn escapes in Mallorca
For all those sun-starved Brits who have stayed at home this summer and are now desperately seeking some warm rays and relaxation before winter, the island of Mallorca is enjoying temperatures of around 28°C.
Jaguar sightings and luxury Galapagos cruising
Reef & Rainforest Tours (reefandrainforest.co.uk) is offering savings on two incredible wildlife encounters this autumn and winter.
Thomson Tailormade launches new Africa brochure
Tour Operator Thomson Tailormade has launched the Africa brochure, offering an extensive selection of quality hotels and unique experiences tailored to suit every need.
New holiday options to the Adriatic
Holiday Options has launched its 2010 Adriatic brochure dedicated to Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro and has introduced escorted small group tours of
Jordan and Syria or Venice – The choice is yours
Independent luxury tour operator, Prestige Holidays, still has availability on two of its specialist interest tours this autumn/winter.
Authentic cultural adventures in Kenya
For a truly unique family travel experience, join Wrestling the World in Summer, 2010 at the International Village in Nakuru, Kenya and spend 13 unforgettable days touring the area and making a real difference in the lives of the local community.
Uplifting autumn getaways
The three and a half months between September and Christmas are bleak and Bank Holiday free. But look on the bright side: the kids have gone back to school, temperatures in southern Europe are still warm, holiday prices in Autumn are considerably lower.
MSC Cruises launch thermal spa package
MSC Cruises’ MSC Yacht Club guests can now enjoy a complimentary Thermal SPA package during their cruise which includes one sauna and one Turkish bath session on board in the MSC Aurea SPA.
Top tips for trekking the Inca Trail
The Inca Trail is on the wishlist for many avid travellers, but how much do people actually know about what the trek involves?
Halloween horror at Universal Studios
Short breaks in Florida – with a catalogue of horror on the menu - is the offer this Halloween from US operator, Bon Voyage.
Head for winter sun and enjoy free nights
‘Free night deals’ on selected winter sun breaks taken between November 2009 and March 2010 – with four nights starting from just £199 per person – are being highlighted by city break specialist, Cities Direct.
Young explorers go from strength to strength
The Ker & Downey Botswana Young Explorers programmes are specially designed safaris offering families the opportunity to discover the wonders of the African wilderness together.
Camping with a difference in Botswana
Ker & Downey Botswana has upgraded the tents at Kanana enabling it to achieve five star grading to keep it in line with its other two luxury camps, Shinde and Okuti.
Short break ideas for Autumn
Save up to £116 on a late-summer holiday in Croatia – staying at the three-star Hotel Villas Kolocep on the small, laid-back island of Kolocep – courtesy of specialist operator, Holiday Options.
Marrakech for singles
For an exotic, exciting and cultural city break – with pleasantly warm temperatures to boot – leading singles specialist, Friendship Travel reckons that Marrakech is hard to beat.
Autumn guided walking breaks in the UK
For a great value autumn break, HF Holidays – the UK’s largest specialist walking and leisure activity holidays company – suggests staying at one of its UK Country Houses and enjoying a guided walking break amid the autumnal hues of the UK countryside.
Half term deals at Haven
Haven Holidays are offering breaks during October half term from as little as £179 for four nights for a family of up to six people. First class facilities and a wide range of activities and entertainment are included in the price.
Thomson launches excursions website
Booked your holiday but not sure what to do when you get there? Travelling on a budget and want to get your “extras” accounted for before you travel? Visit the new excursion website from leading travel company Thomson, thomsonexcursions.co.uk to research and book activities across the globe.
Cayman Islands welcome first ‘ladies only’ dive trip
The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism has welcomed the initiative by tour operator DiveQuest to put together a ‘ladies-only’ holiday for 2010.
With kids back at school, holidays for adults rule
It’s official – the summer holidays have ended, the kids are back to school and it’s the perfect time to take a relaxing, child-free holiday.
Perfect your technique with surf camp in Cornwall
Using the latest coaching techniques such as video analysis, nutritional advice, body conditioning and surf theory, the Surf Academy will ensure that individual performance and all round enjoyment of the sport is taken to the next level.
Head to Gumbet for 2010’s biggest summer party
If you’re still reeling from the sun’s no-show this summer then now’s the perfect time to make sure summer 2010 is hot in more ways than one. With a 2wentys holiday you’re guaranteed warm, sunny weather, and steamy clubs and parties every night.
Kamili unveils new African gems
Kamili (kamili.co.uk ), a portfolio of over 40 independent lodges, camps and operators across East and Southern Africa, has unveiled four new additions.
Olive picking breaks in Slovenia
New from specialist tour operator, Just Slovenia, is Villa Lavanda, a traditional Slovene property perched on the outskirts of Fijeroga, an unspoilt hilltop hamlet just a short drive from the historic coastal towns of Koper, Izola and Piran, close to Croatia.
Walking in rustic Sicily
The UK’s leading guided walking holidays’ operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, is offering a week walking tour in one of the most rustic and historical parts of Sicily.
Oceania launches first cruise to Africa
One of the most successful new cruise companies of the past decade, Oceania Cruises, this week launches its 2010 / 11 Winter Collection.
Brits rush to book last of the summer sun
Britain’s wet summer has led to fed-up Brits rushing to book a last minute holiday in the sun, new research has revealed.
South Africa calling - World Cup holiday ideas
With England officially qualifying for next year’s World Cup, now is the time to start organising your trip to South Africa as flights are selling fast.
No "staycation" in cruising with record year predicted
Cruising is on the upswing: bigger ships, new destinations, more deals, a wider variety of choices and more passengers.
Artemis Travel slashes autumn holiday prices
Artemis Travel has released its lowest ever autumn accommodation prices, meaning a week-long stay in Turkey may now be even cheaper than the train fare to the airport.
Tailor-made holiday options in the US and Canada
Tour operator Thomson Tailormade has launched a new America & Canada brochure, offering a widespread selection of quality hotels and holidays to the USA and Canada. From cosmopolitan cities to stunning scenery, the extensive programme guarantees the perfect holiday for every taste and budget.
Top long-haul trends for 2010
As 2009 becomes the year of the credit-crunched traveller, specialist long-haul tour operator, Tropical Sky, has seen some interesting changes to the habits and trends of customers.
A walk in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
The UK’s leading guided walking holidays operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, is offering a 19 day adventure, combining vibrant Ecuador, with a cruise around and stay on the amazing Galápagos Islands much in focus in this celebratory year of Darwin’s monumental discoveries.
Sardinia for late summer sunshine
September is a great time to visit the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia - the water is warm from the long hot summer, the beaches are less crowded, the countryside is becoming green again and the price of accommodation has dropped significantly to make it an ideal late summer holiday destination.
Tourists return to Mexico enticed by winter deals
Holidaymakers are returning to favourite destination Mexico in their droves, and there is no better time to go than this winter with some of the best deals around to entice customers to visit.
A guided tour of Andalucia's Grazalema
The UK’s leading guided walking holidays’ operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, is offering a week’s tour of Grazalema, Andalucia – a jewel in its own natural park surrounded by beautiful mountains and rolling sierras – one of the most ecologically important in Spain.
The Crème de la Crème of culinary travel
Culinary travel is a growing trend, and with good reason. You can have your gâteau and eat it - and when you return home, you can make it for your friends too.
Travel back in time with Libra Holidays
Have you been following Kate Humble’s Frankincense trail and wanted to step back in time and discover ancient lands and traditions?
Holiday Options launches 2010 Adriatic Brochure
Holiday Options has launched its 2010 Adriatic brochure dedicated to Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro and has introduced escorted small group tours of Albania.
An A-list holiday destination on a shoe-string
The Côte d’Azur has more than earned its reputation as ‘playground to the rich and famous’ this summer, with the likes of Kate Moss, Lily Allen, J-Lo and Tom Cruise flocking to St Tropez.
A new cruise for music lovers
If you have a passion for orchestral music and would like to experience one of the world’s premier orchestras in some of the most stunning settings in Europe, then look no further.
Enjoy picturesque Turkey this half term
‘Escape to the sun this October half-term’ is the message from specialist operator Vintage Travel which is highlighting its hand-picked collection of houses with private pools on two of Turkey’s most picturesque coastlines – the southern Aegean and the Mediterranean.
More choice for Corsican travel
A leading UK tour operator and specialist to Corsica has added 14 new properties to its 2010 collection of villas, apartments and hotels on the island, catering for increased capacity following the announcement that no frills' airline Bmibaby is commencing a new service to Bastia, from East Midlands Airport.
Boost your career – take a year out
For those graduating from university this year the job market certainly looks daunting, with the UK’s leading graduate employers having reduced their recruitment targets for 2009 by nearly 20 per cent and unemployment amongst the 16-24 age group at a record high*.
Enjoy a half-term hotel break in Dublin with Stena Line
Leading ferry company Stena Line is offering customers the chance to enjoy a 3 night half-term hotel break in Dublin from only £135* per person.
Families that play together, save together
Families that play together, save together, with PGL’s October half-term Family Active offers. Savings of up to 25 per cent are available on Family Active October half-term holidays and short breaks at six PGL adventure centres around the UK.
Jet2holidays launches new brochure
Yorkshire based tour operator, Jet2holidays, has launched its brand new Winter 09/10 into Summer 2010 brochure, and is available to all agents now.
Budget friendly half term breaks in Ireland
Irish Ferries Holidays has special prices on self-catering breaks throughout October, including the half-term holiday weeks, with prices from as little as £85 per person based on a family of two adults and two children.
Prestige Holidays reveals 2010 Bermuda programme
Prestige Holidays has revealed its 2010 Bermuda programme featuring a lead in price of just £886 per person for seven nights at Grotto Bay Resort, the newly opened Reefs Club Suites, a range of fantastic money saving offers and regional connecting flights to London from just £17.
Head East for holiday bargains
A great British holiday may have seemed like the best option for many families this year. However, those who have held back on their holiday plans would be wise to look further afield to make their money go further according to research from Tesco Travel Money. That is before the weather is even taken into consideration.
Sea dogs head for Irish shores
With the ‘No Dogs on the Beach’ restrictions now lifted across Ireland, autumn is a great time for dogs – and their families – to head across the Irish Sea and enjoy some bracing ‘walkies’ along miles of golden sands.
A complete spa experience in Malvern
Natural resources and modern art join in harmony at MalvernSpa where guests can enjoy the benefits of bathing in natural spring water in one of the country’s original spa towns.
Thomson Sport - In for the long haul
After Team England’s 5-1 drubbing of Croatia at Wembley this week, Fabio Capello’s squad members now face nine months of maintaining sufficient form and fitness to make sure they are the ones lining up for England’s opening match in South Africa next June.
Stress-free self catering breaks for half term
Whatever the weather at Half Term, the Lake District is a great family getaway with a host of outdoor activities for fine weather and top-notch indoor attractions for rainy days.
Adventure Company launches new family trips
Tour operator The Adventure Company has launched its new Family Adventures brochure for 2010/11.
Over-50s travel rush set for September
As the kids go back to school, it will be the over-50s' turn to pack their sun hats and cream as they head off for their summer break. According to research from Saga Travel Insurance, September is the most popular month to go away among the over 50s. Almost two thirds (61 per cent) of over-50s holidays were taken in September 2008. This Saturday, 12th September is going to be the busiest day for the over 50s to travel, so they may in fact find themselves caught up in a ‘silver rush' at the airport
Rise of the Grey Gapper
New research by Halifax Unsecured Personal Loans reveals it's not just students who'll be taking time out to go traveling. For many working Brits it seems there aren't enough hours in the day and to escape, they are choosing to take a gap year at a later stage in life.
See a wilder side of Scotland
Aurora Expeditions is offering adventurers the opportunity to explore the magic and mystery of the Scottish Isles, with a new voyage onboard the Polar Pioneer departing in June 2010.
Tour operator launches ‘Last Chance To See’ itineraries
To coincide with the new series of ‘Last Chance to See’ which hits our screens on Sunday (6 September), tour operator Bales Worldwide has created the ‘Last Chance to See Collection’.
Embark on your own ‘American Road Trip’
Jamie Oliver begins his American Road Trip on Channel 4 this week - a journey to discover the real heart of America through its people, landscapes, culture, music and food.
Gap year gatecrashers
With many young adults expected to take a gap year to avoid the credit crunch, research from Post Office Travel Insurance reveals they could be receiving some unexpected guests. A fifth of parents (21 per cent) aged 50+ with children that have lived or holidayed abroad, said they had visited their child to broaden their own horizons.
Harvest a true taste of Tuscany
Savour the true taste of Tuscany on a harvest-time holiday celebrating the autumn’s wine and olive oil crop.
Tropical Sky expands Down Under
Long-haul tour operator, Tropical Sky has added a new brand to its portfolio. Launched this week, Australian Sky will offer competitively priced holidays from self-drive and escorted tours across the Australian states to beach breaks, city stays and special interest or activity-based holidays.
Holidays to inexpensive Europe
Value for money has always been a priority for Regent Holidays, which takes away the tedium of watching the pennies on holiday thanks to its selection of unusual, accordingly-inexpensive destinations, including the vast majority of Europe’s top 10 least expensive countries, as revealed by Eurostat in July.
Enjoy a Sicilian September
With its wonderful climate, Sicily is a top holiday destination all year round and each season has its own distinctive charm. September is a great time to visit the beautiful island, as the weather is pleasant, the beaches are peaceful and the sea is still warm from the scorching August sun.
Walking in rustic Sicily
The UK’s leading guided walking holidays’ operator, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, is offering a week walking tour in one of the most rustic and historical parts of Sicily.
Salsa in Sardinia
'Sardinia in Salsa' is an International Salsa Event which offers 3 days of dancing and fun with 23 Latin dance workshops on the beautiful Italian island of Sardinia.
A holiday on West Virginia’s country roads
Hammocks and rocking chairs on wrap-around porches, cosy quilts, antiques and memorabilia, lace tablecloths and warm, hearty, old fashioned American hospitality add to the ingredients of a driving holiday along the country roads of West Virginia.
Magical Morocco gets under the skin
‘Magical Morocco’ explores every aspect of this diverse country from the labyrinthine souks of the imperial cities to the windswept heights of the Atlas Mountains. This 14 night small-group tour with local guides gets right under the skin of Morocco, says adventure travel specialist Kumuka Worldwide.
An extra week in the sun for single travellers
Singles specialist Friendship Travel says strong demand for sunshine breaks means they are extending the season at their hotel in Turkey.
September holiday savings in Italy
Specialist camping and mobile home tour operator Venue Holidays has announced savings of 50% on holidays to Venice for arrivals on site after 19 September.
Criminal holiday offerings in Philadelphia
For those with a slightly suspect taste in entertainment, US specialist, Bon Voyage, has created short breaks to Philadelphia which include ‘Terror behind the Walls’.
A horrifying Half Term and Halloween
As school summer holidays draw to a close, it’s time to start planning fun for Halloween and October Half Term.
Fine food and fine walks in Provence
Pan-fried foie gras, turbot slow cooked with ceps, pear poached in Chardonnay… food too good to resist – but what about the waistline?
Autumn sun and big savings for empty nesters
Summer lingers longer in the Greek islands, making October holidays not only relaxing but also great value for couples whose kids have flown the nest, according to Olympic Holidays.
Cruise holidays - beating the credit crunch
Socruise.com, the online travel agency, community and news source for cruise lovers is gearing up for National Cruise Week, September 20-27 2009. Having recently gained more than 1000 new members, socruise.com is reaping the benefits of the increased interest in cruise holidays.
Ultra-exclusive blow out escapes for winter
This winter families and groups are spoilt for choice with an exceptional collection of secluded suites and private villas that combine stylish safari and barefoot beach extravagance in Kenya and Mozambique.
A far eastern odyssey with Bamboo Travel
Inspired by Rick Stein’s recent series, Bamboo Travel have put together a special 3-week private tour “A Far Eastern Odyssey”, which follows his epic culinary journey through Indochina and Thailand.
Autumn offers from European Waterways
European Waterways have some great offers on a number of their luxury 'floating boutique hotel' barge cruises in the autumn, meaning prices start from just £1,550 per person for a 6 night cruise.
St Ives September Festival getaways
If you are looking for an entertaining getaway this September, the annual St Ives September Festival gives you an added reason to visit the picturesque Cornish town.
Cruising into the Thames’ rich past
Winston Churchill – inspiring politician, leader, soldier, orator, writer and artist. ACE Study Tours’ new cruise along the River Thames on board the magnificent Spirit of Chartwell, offers a truly unique insight into this great man.
Durham hosts UK Peace And Tranquillity Week
Durham is hosting UK Peace and Tranquillity week for the third time from September 7-13 and has unveiled a calendar of 18 free and affordable events including open air picnics, classical music recitals, Tai Chi, yoga and Chi Kung, photography and painting workshops, candlelit gardens and baby owl walks.
Cycling adventures in South Australia
Active, bike loving travellers will be impressed by the range of cycling tours available in South Australia through Adelaide-based operator The Adventure Collective, with options including an epic 30-day Gulf to Gulf trip, five-day food and wine lovers tour as well as something for Tour Down Under race fans.
Explore the wonderland of the Galapagos
Experience the unique natural wonderland that inspired Charles Darwin - and save more than £340 per person in this special last-minute deal with World Expeditions.
Go wild on the Isles of Scilly
Looking for the perfect end of summer or autumn short break getaway? If you are and don’t want to travel too far afield, then you could go wild on the Isles of Scilly - the UK’s own Island Archipelago, warmed by the Gulf Stream and lying 28 miles off Lands End.
Back to school for a Lake District holiday
As children glumly get ready for school, families with toddlers or couples without encumbrances can look forward to the new term – by renting a former school!
Chocoholics paradise in the Italian city of Perugia
Chocoholics should head to the Italian region of Umbria between 16 and 25 October for the popular ‘Eurochocolate festival of Perugia’ and enjoy the exhibitions, cooking classes, tastings and celebrations of all things chocolatey!
Authentic road trips in California
Travellers are being offered the opportunity to drive an iconic, convertible Ford Mustang from Los Angeles to San Francisco, staying in some of California’s best beach resorts along the way.
Autumn holiday savings in North Devon
Save a massive 50% on an autumn holiday in North Devon, courtesy of Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks. This extra special offer applies to holidays taken in September and October (excluding half-term period) in their two and three-bedroom centrally-heated luxury Lodges.
Free B&B nights with Irish Ferries in October
One of the best ways to get ‘under the skin’ of Ireland is by staying in some of the country’s renowned B&Bs where the welcome is warm, the local knowledge second-to-none and the breakfasts memorable.
Half term fun at Kelling Heath Holiday Park
Kelling Heath Holiday Park in north Norfolk is the perfect Half Term escape for families set in natural, surroundings.
Turkey - The cool choice for savvy autumn travellers
Savvy travellers can experience Turkey’s Aegean coast at its very best with Artemis Travel this autumn. With guaranteed sunshine at temperatures that are warm but not scorching, September and October are the perfect months to visit the region.
Credit-crunch Brits opt for late summer breaks
Late summer holiday bookings are on the up as Brits cut back on other areas to ensure that they can still take a family trip abroad, says research released today by HolidayExtras.com.
Take a hike for September holiday savings
Stay in the UK this September and enjoy a special 20% discount – saving up to £130 – on selected fully-inclusive UK walking breaks courtesy of HF Holidays, the UK’s largest specialist walking and leisure activity holidays company.
Half-term is for camping, camel trekking and volcanoes
There’s no need for children to be ‘kicking their heels’ during the half term holidays, with this selection of great holiday ideas from the UK’s leading guided walks specialist, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays.
Luxury for less along Australia’s humpback highway
The 2009 whale watching season is gearing up to be a big one in Western Australia. Combine a trip to see these majestic giants and their newborn calves with a special luxury package that won’t cost the earth.
Staycation breaks for Autumn
The vivid colours of autumn trees reflected in the still waters of a mountain-ringed lake…no, not New England but Lake Vyrnwy in Powys near Snowdonia.
Save money on Autumn sun in Crete
Villa specialist Freelance Holidays is highlighting September and October stays on the island of Crete, when the sun still shines for up to nine hours a day, the average temperature is a comfortable 20°C, and the sea is equally warm.
Louis Majesty - the single cruiser’s friend
Louis Cruises’ new ship, the 1,790-passenger Louis Majesty, is the single traveller’s friend this winter, with no single supplements to pay on any of its sailings between January and March 2010.
MSC Cruises launches new microsite dedicated to groups
MSC Cruises, the most modern fleet in the world, has launched a new microsite dedicated to group travel called MSC Groups. To celebrate this new online service, MSC Cruises is offering a special launch deal.
Brits back great British holiday
Ninety-five per cent of Brits are choosing to spend the August Bank Holiday in the UK, despite previous predictions of a mass holiday exodus to warmer climes in attempt to escape the no show ‘barbeque summer’. Over half of these (56%) will be jumping in their cars to get to their chosen UK destination, meaning there will be more vehicles than ever on the roads.
Laidback holiday companions highly sought after
As millions of Britons prepare to get away today for the bank holiday weekend, new research by Abbey Reward Bank Account reveals that while two thirds of people (65 per cent) would choose their partner as their ideal holiday companion, one million Britons would choose their favourite celebrity and nearly half a million (477,880) would choose a work colleague.
Cruise your way to serious fun
If you are looking for a fun filled break away with family, friends or a loved one, DFDS Seaways’ collection of themed mini cruises offers you the perfect break.
Wine ace to lead exclusive ‘Grape Escapes’ tour
Award-winning wine expert Chris Scott will add extra piquancy to an exclusive tour to the Champagne region in October, being offered by specialist operator Grape Escapes.
Ultimate autumn adventures
September and October is the perfect time to book an overseas adventure, for a whole host of reasons, not just because you will miss the crowds of the Summer months.
New savings on holidays to Disneyland Paris
Leger Holidays is offering savings of over 300 per family with the launch of its new Disneyland Resort Paris brochure for 2008. The specialist brochure, which includes all of Legers great new savings and deals, aims to make it even easier for families to experience the magic of Disneyland Resort Paris.
Take-off this summer with hot offers to top destinations with key2holidays
Online luxury tour operator key2holidays has put together a selection of tantalising offers to hot and sunny destinations.
Short breaks in stunning Norway with DFDS Seaways
Norway really is remarkably beautiful and a short break with DFDS Seaways to the picturesque Fjord region and its cities of Bergen and Stavanger is the perfect way to whet your appetite for this Scandinavian country.
Eurocamp goes Haute Couture
Europes leading camping operator, Eurocamp has teamed up with eco designer Bill Brown to develop an exclusive eco beach bag for holiday makers. The Bill Brown beach bag is exclusive to Eurocamp and fashioned from only natural products; hand loom cotton and coconut shell, making it the perfect travel companion for a trip to the beach or supermarket.
Easter suprises from easyJetHolidays
With Easter just over a week away, why not pack a bag, head for your local easyJet airport and escape to a choice of cultural or relaxing destinations. Whatever your reason for needing a break, easyJetHolidays can help you jet off with fantastic Deals of the Week.
Canada for Singles on Holiday
Frontier Canadas tours are proving popular with single travellers. The opportunity to visit Canadas wonders with likeminded individuals is a great attraction and with tour groups formed of singles, couples and friends there is no emphasis on dating at all, so solo travellers can relax and enjoy the sights in good company.
Interhome rental properties throughout Europe
Rental specialist, Interhome has an impressive portfolio of privately owned quality residences across Europe, ranging from castles and chateaux to villas and apartments. Interhome is renowned for offering properties that are bursting with character and individual charm and now the company is proud to present the most unusual residences in its collection those that will ensure a truly memorable holiday.
Make the most of family time this Easter
This year with Easter coming early and in many areas the school holidays occurring at different times, there are now two opportunities to get away for a family break a short break over the Easter Weekend and a holiday or a short break in the school holidays.
Discover wine in Bordeaux with Gourmet Touring
Bordeaux specialists, Gourmet Touring, have unveiled their Vignobles wine touring itinerary. Targeted predominantly at people who know what wines they like, but arent sure why, Vignobles unravels many of the mysteries of Bordeaux wine.
Easter breaks with Haven Holidays from 5 per night
For many people the Easter Holidays is the first weekend of a summers travelling - the time when you take the covers off your caravan, hitch up and hit the open road. Dont be put off that Easter is early and that the weather still hasnt made up its mind book a pitch on a Haven Holiday park and get all the benefits of your own home from home combined with everything that Haven has to offer.
South Africa short breaks with a difference
Native Escapes, specialist tour operator to Southern Africa, has come up with a solution to meet the demand for shorter breaks combined with destinations that are culturally interesting, out-of-the-way and which offer unique activities and experiences.
Learn to write about your travel in Spain
On May 18 - Travel writer Daniel Scott, a regular contributor to the travel sections of several top Australian newspapers including the Sydney Morning Herald, Sun Herald and Melbourne Age, is offering the rare opportunity to learn the tricks of his trade in the captivating Alpujarra Mountains in southern Spain.
Travel to Asia this Easter
Any families still not sure what to do with the kids for Easter? Leading Asia specialist, Travel Indochina have some amazing deals on a selection of Easter breaks for the entire family spaces are limited so places should be reserved as soon as possible.
Round the world sailing holidays
The ultimate in activity sailing holidays on Round the World ocean-going yachts are being offered for the first time this summer with the launch of a 4-yacht Challenger Fleet by Tall Ships Adventures.
Jet2.com offers package holidays for less
In a move designed to attack the heart of traditional tour operating. Low cost airline Jet2.com has teamed up with leading dynamic packager the On Holiday Group to create Jet2holidays.com a tour operator with a difference.
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