Winter Getaway Deals

Posted on: 20 November 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Jersey, Switzerland, Iceland, Cape Verde and Hong Kong, all feature in this month’s selected travel deals, which depart from November onwards.


If you are thinking of getting away before Christmas, during the festive period or in the New Year, we may have the perfect break for you. 

These holidays depart from now onwards, and some of the deals are valid for travel up until next March, so why not grab a slice of sunshine, adventure and sightseeing to kick-start your 2009.

UK & Ireland

Cardiff
2 nights for £69pp

Stay at the three-star Quality Hotel & Suites in Cardiff and enjoy a complimentary dinner on one of the nights. Ideally located for exploring Cardiff and the Brecon Beacons, guests can enjoy free use of the leisure club comprising indoor swimming pool, spa bath, sauna, steam room and gymnasium.

The price is valid any day of the week until 31st January, and is based on two people sharing.

Available through Superbreak: 0871 222 3055

Jersey
3 nights for £175pp

Why not check out Jersey for a spot of duty-free Christmas shopping? This is a three-night break with breakfast for Friday arrivals up to 20th December at the three-star Revere Hotel in St Helier, within an easy walk of the town centre's many shops.

The price includes return flights from Gatwick and transfers. Flights are also available from other regional airports.

Available through Channel Islands Direct: 08444 937 486

Edinburgh
3 nights for £259pp

EdinburghTake a long weekend, Friday to Monday with breakfast at the four-star Norton House Hotel, two minutes from Edinburgh airport and AA's Hotel of the Year 2008/09. The hotel is set in 55 acres of grounds and is home to a luxurious spa and health club.

The price includes return flights, departing before 20th December (excluding Christmas/New Year), from Birmingham, Belfast, Cardiff, Manchester or Norwich and transfers. Hotel only price is £188.

Available through Premier Holidays; 08444 937 777

Peak District
7 nights for £305

Conifer Cottage is a traditional stone property with a wood-burner and stripped floors set just 200 metres from the centre of Youlgreave, one of Derbyshire's prettiest villages, and within easy walking distance of three pubs. It is also close to the Tissington Trail and on a lane leading down to Lathkill Dale.

This is the price when two stay in the two-bedroom cottage from 22nd November for seven nights. Add £70 if four share.

Available through holidaylets.net: 0207 108 1133

Cornwall
7 nights for £451

Snuggle in front of the open fire as you listen to the waves crashing on the shore of the sandy beach just yards away at the four-star Kalundu at Constantine Bay, near Padstow in Cornwall.

The house sleeps eight, has sea views, a championship golf course nearby and a choice of celebrity chef restaurants within a short tax ride. Pets are also welcome. Offer available from 27th November.

Available through Cornish Horizons: 01841 533 331

Europe

Geneva, Switzerland
2 nights for £169pp

If you are a James Bond fan, visit Geneva, where 007 escaped from Goldfinger in his famous Aston Martin. The lakeside city, Switzerland's second largest, is surrounded by mountains but has a cosmopolitan, international flavour.

The deal includes B&B at the Trente Trois and return flights departing 2nd December from Luton.

Available through The Co-operative Travel: 0845 600 3063

Basel, Switzerland
2 nights for £215pp

If you have had enough of Oxford Street, try out Basel's Christmas market to find the perfect presents. The market, which takes place in the Old Town, is home to more than 100 illuminated chalets selling arts and crafts, decorations and local speciality food and wine.

The price includes return flights from London City departing between 25th November and 20th December and accommodation with breakfast at the three-star Minotel Steinenschanze. There are also flights available from regional airports, supplements may apply.

Available through Switzerland Travel Centre: 0207 420 4900

Cyprus
7 nights for £229pp

This less than half-price offer is ideal for escaping the UK weather at Christmas time.

Included are return Luton flights on 23rd December, transfers and seven nights at the self-catering three-star family run Paphiessa Hotel Apartments, with all the facilities of the hotel available, at Paphos.

Available through Olympic Holidays: 0844 576 2386

Rhine Cruise
5 nights for £269pp

Rhine cruiseThis tour includes shore excursions and visits to the colourful Christmas markets of Rudesheim, Koblenz and Cologne.

The deal includes four nights' accommodation on board MS Rhine Princess, return travel by Executive coach departing 28th November, and shore excursions and visits as detailed above.

Available through Leger Holidays: 0845 458 5599

Zurich, Switzerland
2 nights for £269pp

Check out the numerous Christmas markets Zurich is hosting between 28th November and 22nd December when this deal is valid. Not to be missed is a visit to the Singing Christmas Tree located on Werdmuehlplatz!

Included are return flights from Heathrow or London City, taxes and accommodation with breakfast at the three-star Hotel Bristol.

Available through Switzerland Travel Centre; 0207 420 4900

Reykjavik, Iceland
3 nights for £330pp

ReykjavikAs the world's most northerly capital Reykjavik is the perfect venue for a winter city break with a difference, and as we now get more Icelandic Kronur to the pound, there are some amazing bargains to be had.

This deal includes flights from London Stansted departing November 2008 to March 2009 (excluding 15th December to 3rd January), three nights accommodation at a range of hotels and a visit to the world famous Blue Lagoon. Airport transfers and airport taxes are also included.

Available through Discover the World: 01737 218800

Zermatt, Switzerland
7 nights for £349pp

Forget overcrowded hotels and stay in the four-star Chalet Aeschorn with this offer, which includes seven nights accommodation on a chalet board basis and return flights from Gatwick departing 3rd January.

Available through Teletext Holidays.

Swiss Alps
2 nights for £418pp

For a romantic winter break join this Mini Winter Rail Tour of the Swiss Alps. The highlights include a journey by cogwheel train to the summit of Mount Rigi, with 360º mountain and lake views, and a cable car ride to the summit of the Schilthorn, as seen in the James Bond film, On Her Majesty's Service.

Included are return flights from Heathrow departing 6th December to 31st January (excluding the festive period), rail transfers, three-star hotels with breakfast and excursions as above.

Available through Switzerland Travel Centre: 0207 420 4900

Mediterranean Cruise
11 nights for £599pp

Barcelona portSpend 11 nights on board MSC Cruises' most recent ship, MSC Poesia. Departing on 7th December from Genoa, she travels to Barcelona, Casablanca, Tenerife, Funchal, Malaga, Civitavecchia and returning to Genoa.

The price includes flights from London Gatwick. Children under 18 cruise free when sharing with two full fare-paying adults.

Available through MSC Cruises: 0844 561 1955

Worldwide

Orlando, United States
14 nights from £419pp

Fourteen nights at the Best Western Lakeside, located minutes from Walt Disney World Resort, costs from £419 per person, based on two adults and two children, aged 2-11yrs, sharing a standard room between 10th January - 31st March 2009.

The price includes return flights with Virgin Atlantic from either London Gatwick or Manchester and must be booked by the 30 November 2008.

Available through Complete Orlando: 0800 294 8844 

Dubai, UAE
3 nights for £445pp

For all the golfers out there: save £110 per person on a three-night B&B stay in Dubai at the four-star Al Hamra Golf Resort.

The price includes return flights from London Heathrow with British Airways and transfers. The deal is valid until 9th December and needs to be booked by 30th November.

Available through key2holidays: 020 7963 6697

Hong Kong
3 nights for £499pp

Hong KongHead to Hong Kong for a New Year's shopping spree and save £125 per person on this break.

The price includes return scheduled flights from London (Heathrow or Gatwick) and Manchester to Hong Kong departing 31st January to 28th February 2009 with Qatar Airways, via the airport duty free shopping haven of Doha.

Also included are three nights (room only, based on two adults sharing) in a deluxe room at 3.5-star Regal Oriental Hotel in the heart of Kowloon, and all taxes, fuel surcharges and return airport/hotel transfers. Extra nights are £18 per person, per night. Booking deadline is 30th November.

Available through Funway Holidays: 0844 573 5880

Cape Verde
7 nights for £459pp

A winter sun offer that won't break the bank: the 2.5-star Hotel Pontão in Sal, close to the centre of Santa Maria, offers simple accommodation for couples or families with older children.

The swimming pool and surrounding sun terrace provide the perfect spot to relax and the nearest beach is only 300 metres away.

The price is based on two sharing and includes breakfast, return flights from Gatwick departing 1st December, transfers and all taxes. You can also go on 8th December for 14 nights for £699pp.

Available through The Cape Verde Experience: 0845 330 2071

Gambia
7 nights for £599pp

Save £434 while staying at the Kombo Beach Hotel which is set on the beachfront and benefits from a swimming pool, three restaurants and an entertainment programme suiting adults and children.

The price is based on two sharing an air-conditioned room and includes breakfast, return flights from Gatwick departing 19th December, in-flight meals, transfers and all taxes. It also includes a complimentary Gala dinner on Christmas Eve. Regional UK departures are also available.

Available through The Gambia Experience: 0845 330 2087

Egypt
7 nights for £670pp

Stay in two different places in Egypt with this offer. First there are three B&B nights at the four-star superior Luxor Sonesta St George in Luxor, and then four B&B nights in the four-star superior Hilton Resort, Hurghada.

Included are return flights with Egyptair from Heathrow to Luxor, returning from Cairo, and transfers. Valid from 5th to 11th December.

Available through key2holidays: 020 7963 6697

Arizona, USA
7 nights for £799pp

ArizonaEnjoy the winter sun in Phoenix, Arizona, while staying at the four-star Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, home to pools, a championship golf course, spa, fitness centre and tennis courts.

The price includes return Gatwick, Manchester and Heathrow flights departing before 15th December, all-inclusive car hire and seven nights room-only accommodation.

Available through Bon Voyage: 0800 316 0194

Are you going on holiday over Christmas or New Year? Where are you heading? Do you have any top travel tips to pass on?

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