BREATHE easy – with Brexit delayed there has never been a better time to book a bargain break for this spring or summer.
Tour operators are desperate to get us away after the chaos surrounding the EU deal put off many potential holidaymakers – with even long haul trips outside of the EU affected.
With the extension to October 31, we can travel safe in the knowledge everything remains the same – and there are some cracking deals to tempt us.
Mark Tanzer, chief executive of travel agents association ABTA, says: “The Brexit extension should give people total confidence to book their summer holidays.”
LISA MINOT rounds up her pick of the bargain deals for this summer.
ADMIRE the golden sands of the Algarve with this cracking deal from On The Beach. Seven nights’ self-catering at the popular 3H Balaia Sol Holiday Club in Albufeira is from £141pp, including flights from Southend on May 8. Or here is a bargain break to Turkey.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive at the 5H Side Crown Serenity Hotel is from £383pp, including flights from Manchester on June 12. Book either deal at onthebeach.co.uk or call 0871 474 3000. Thomas Cook has free hotel upgrades on selected summer holidays this weekend as well as extra savings.
Seven nights’ all-inclusive at the 4H SunConnect Los Delfines in Menorca is from £774pp, based on a family of four sharing and flying from Gatwick on July 20, saving up to £300. Or enjoy seven nights’ all-inclusive at the Cook’s Club Adakoy Marmaris from £882pp, flying from Manchester on July 19, a saving of up to £200.
Enter the code GETAWAY for these savings and a free room upgrade at thomascook.com. Discover Croatia’s gorgeous coastline with seven nights’ all-inclusive at the 3H Epidaurus Hotel in Cavtat from £380pp, based on two adults and two children sharing.
Includes flights from Stansted on May 2 and transfers. For details, or to book see firstchoice.co.uk. Villas don’t have to cost the earth. Seven nights’ at a lovely 4H one in the town of Adele on the island of Crete is from £490 in total. The holiday home sleeps six and has a shared pool.
With return flights from £240pp, six people can enjoy a break arriving May 24 from £321pp. Use property code GKR210 to book at novasol.co.uk or call 0333 012 4921. Save up to 62 per cent on seven nights’ self-catering at the 3H Lindos Gardens in Rhodes from £219pp. Flights Gatwick. May 2. See olympicholidays.com.
Or a short Ibiza break with four nights’ half-board at the 3H Hotel Abrat on San Antonio Beach from £159pp. Flights from Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, East Midlands or Leeds Bradford. Selected dates between April 27 and May 19 and October 6 to 14. See travelzoo.com.
Long haul trips
FOLLOW the stars and enjoy a week in sun-drenched Barbados with seven nights’ room-only at the 3H Time Out Hotel from £614pp, including Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick on May 8 and transfers. See virginholidays.co.uk or call 0344 557 3859.
Enjoy high-end adults-only luxury at the 5H Unico 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya in Mexico. Seven nights’ all-inclusive at the beachfront hotel is from £1,449pp, including a discount of up to £600pp and return British Airways flights on selected September departures and transfers. See holidayplace.co.uk/ holiday/special/2544 or call 020 7644 1770.
Save up to £847pp on a seven-night stay at the stars’ favourite, the 5H Casa De Campo Resort & Villas in La Romana, Dominican Republic. One week all-inclusive at the resort, which features eight restaurants, three golf courses and 13 tennis courts, is from £1,346pp including flights from Manchester on June 3.
A week room-only is from £890pp. See loveholidays.com or call 020 3870 6844. A Caribbean dream escape doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Seven nights’ all-inclusive at the 3H Starfish Halcyon Cove Resort in Antigua is from £879pp, including flights from Gatwick on selected dates in June. To book, see ba.com/antigua or call 0344 493 0120.
Guaranteed sunshine and luxury hotels don’t have to break the bank in the United Arab Emirates. Seven nights’ B&B at the 5H Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach is from £578pp, including Manchester flights on May 21. See teletextholidays.co.uk or call 020 30011 273.
Or visit the very different Emirate of Ajman for a great bargain break. Three nights’ half-board at the 5H Oberoi Beach Resort, Al Zorah, is from £765pp, based on two adults and two children sharing and including return flights from Heathrow or Stansted with Emirates on selected departures in August. See emiratesholidays.com or call 020 8972 8949.
ENJOY a river cruise through Portugal, Spain and the Douro Valley with Shearings. Seven nights on MS Infante Don Henrique costs from £999pp, sailing June 27 and including free drinks on board as well as visits to Porto and Reuga’s terraced vineyard.
Includes flights from selected UK airports. See shearings.com/douro-valley or call 01942 416123. Admire the astonishing scenery in the Norwegian Fjords without having to set foot on a plane. A seven-night no-fly cruise on board Princess Cruises’ Sapphire Princess is from £649pp.
Set sail from Southampton on May 18 and enjoy full board as you cruise to Bergen, Geiranger, Hellesylt, Olden and Stavanger. To book, visit cruise1st.co.uk or call 0800 953 4963.
Spain’s incredible islands are the highlight of Marella Cruises’ ten-night Iberian Delights cruise – and will set you back from just £692pp. Flying to Tenerife on April 27, you will board the Marella Dream and sail to destinations including Las Palmas, Funchal, Lisbon, Portimao, Cadiz (for Seville), Gibraltar, Ibiza and Palma.
Price includes full-board, flights, transfers, tips and service charges. See tui.co.uk/cruise or call 0871 230 2800. Get the best of both worlds with a three-night stay in Orlando, Florida, followed by a four-night Bahamas cruise on board the Carnival Liberty from £925pp.
The price includes three nights’ room-only at the Coco Key Hotel & Water Resort and four nights full-board on the Carnival Liberty, calling at Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas. The price also covers Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick on May 10 and transfers. See virginholidays.co.uk or call 0344 557 3859.
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EXPLORE three Italian gems in nine days with Shearings’ Lake Garda, Venice & Verona tour from just £699pp, departing between May and September and saving you £150.
The nine-night trip includes return travel by luxury coach, half-board at the Hotel Villa Mulino, overnight hotel stays on the outbound and return journeys and excursions to Venice, Verona and North Lake Garda. See shearings.com/villa-mulino or call 01942 416123.
Indulge yourself in a glam luxury stay in Miami with three nights, room only, at the beachfront gem Eden Roc from £601pp, including British Airways direct flights from Heathrow on selected dates in September. To book, visit ba.com/edenroc or call 0344 493 0124.
Show your support for Paris as it reels from the fire at Notre Dame with three nights, room only, at the 4H Holiday Inn Paris Gare de L’Est from £299pp, including flights on selected dates between May 1 and August 27, including British Airways flights from Heathrow. See ba.com or call 0344 493 0124.
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For a value base to explore Rome’s delights, the 4H Caravel is a good option on the outskirts of the Eternal City. Three nights’ B&B is from £177pp, including flights from Stansted on June 23, saving up to £124pp. See loveholidays.com or call 0203 870 6844.
Lisbon has been a huge hit with city-break fans in the past few years, with great-value food and drink and a burgeoning hipster scene. Three nights, room only, at the 4H Lutecia Smart Design Hotel is from £258pp, including Luton flights on April 30.
Or enjoy the bright lights of Barcelona with three nights, room only, at the 4H Barcelona Princess from £203pp, including flights from Luton on May 5. See easyjet.com/holidays.