Deal 1: Cruise
Hebridean Cruises is offering excellent savings on its Explorer cruises at the moment. The cruise line is known for its traditional, Scottish flavour but this summer it is sending Hebridean Princess off to France to explore the Normandy coastline. The 8-night Taste of Normandy cruise leaving Tilbury on August 22 costs £3,800 per person (two-bed inside cabin) which notches up a saving of around £1350 each for a couple. The trip starts with a welcome gala dinner in Dover after a cruise down the Thames then a look around the secret wartime tunnels before heading off to Dieppe, Honfleur then Rouen and Le Havre via the Seine. With just 50 cabins on board, this trip is the antithesis of megaship cruising.
Book: tel. 01756 704704; www.hebridean.co.uk
Deal 2: All-Inclusive
All-inclusive operator Club Med has a raft of cut price holidays this Easter. Frommers.com likes the 7-day deal departing April 28 at the operator's resort in Opio en Provence in France -- adults stay for £666, kids for £483, which is a saving of £690 for a family of four. Set in the hills above glamorous Cannes, the resort is dead handy for popping into Grasse's world famous perfume factories and Nice's chic shops or just ogling the mega yachts at Antibes. Club Med's prices include return flights from London and transfers, a Club Room, all meals with wine, beer and soft drinks plus open bar and snacks, sports tuition and group classes plus kids' clubs for 4 to 17 year olds.
Book: tel. 08453 676767; www.clubmed.co.uk
Deal 3: Camping
Camping and mobile home holidays operator Keycamp is offering 2-night taster stays in 40 of its parcs across Europe for just £65 per family. Ideal for either those who have never tried the operator's product (the offer is only open to new customers), the deal means a family of two adults and up to four kids can stay in a Villanova two-bedroom mobile home at, for example, Castell Montgri at the foot of the Montgri mountain range in Catalonia.
Parcs are stuffed with pools, tennis courts, spas, gyms, restaurants, bars and all manner of family entertainment. And you even get a welcome pack including a bottle of red. There are restrictions on certain parcs over May half-term. Customers can stay for up to 6 nights between April 24 and June 22.
Book: tel. 0844 406 0319; www.keycamp.co.uk
Deal 4: Cruise
DFDS Seaways is offering travel to and from Amsterdam, plus a night's accommodation in a city hotel for £93 per person for early bookers.
The deal, a 30% saving on regular prices and a steal considering what a flight to Amsterdam plus a night's hotel accommodation usually costs, requires you to book at least 60 days ahead. The overnight cruise means you can have a meal and drink in the bar, watch some live entertainment and head to your ensuite cabin then wake up to find yourself in the Netherlands. Transfers to and from Amsterdam is included in the price, as is a coach sightseeing tour of the city.
Book: tel. 0871 882 0885; www.dfdsseaways.co.uk
Deal 5: Caribbean
Upmarket operator Kuoni is offering 7 nights, standard room accommodation-only holidays at Antigua resort Halcyon Cove for £599 per person, a saving per couple of £528. Customers must travel out to the destination on May 25. All rooms have air-con and a balcony or terrace. The three-star Halcyon Cove sits on the popular Caribbean beach Dickensian Bay and has two restaurants, a beach bar, a barbecue area, watersports facilities, tennis, golf and horseriding (payable unless you upgrade to all-inclusive). There's also a kids' club.
Book: tel. 01306 747002; www.kuoni.co.uk
Deal 6: UK Stay
The boutiquey Bingham Hotel, which sits discreetly by the Thames in pretty Richmond, southwest London, is offering a luxurious Chelsea Flower Show package for £525 per couple (available May 26 to 28). The deal means couples can arrive at the hotel, dump their own car and luggage, pick up their complimentary tickets and be whisked off by car to the annual floral extravaganza in Chelsea. After the show, they will be picked up, returned to the hotel to relax with an aperitif on the riverside balcony before sitting down to a three-course meal at the hotel's Michelin-starred restaurant. The day ends when you retire to your Riverside bedroom, looking forward to a cooked breakfast and the papers the next morning to end your treat.
With Chelsea Flower Show tickets costing £50 each, normal rates for a room at the Bingham around £190, breakfast at £15 a head, a Michelin-star quality meal coming in at around £180 for two and a car to take you to Chelsea from Richmond and back, we think this makes a good deal.
Book: tel. 020 8940 0902; www.thebingham.co.uk
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6 Stunning Deals for UK Travellers
By Dinah Hatch