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all aboard - railbookers

ALL ABOARD - RAILBOOKERS

Reunite with the places you miss most with savings up to £350 on your next rail holiday with Railbookers!

With Railbookers, you can book your holiday up to 24 months in advance, and you can book with confidence with Railbookers Maximum Flexibility policy.

Save £150 per couple on any 3-6 night rail holiday
Save £250 per couple on any 7-9 night rail holiday
Save £350 per couple on any 10+ night rail holiday

Hurry - this offer expires on 30th July 2021!

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winter wonderland - major travel

WINTER WONDERLAND - MAJOR TRAVEL

Enjoy a Pre-Christmas Winter Wonderland in Iceland with Major Travel!

Midgardur is the newest member of the CenterHotels family. It is ideally located in short walking distance from all the main attractions in the city center. The hotel offers comfortable and modern rooms, a Nordic fusion restaurant and meeting facilities. The Lobby Lounge is your casual place to hang out and offers minimalist lighting and plants that creates a soft and cozy ambience. The modern U-shaped design of the hotel features a tastefully decorated secluded garden, accessible for guests both from the lobby as well as from the restaurant. The garden includes an outdoor hot pool which is a part of the exquisite Miðgardur Spa located on the bottom level of the hotel.

CenterHotel Midgardur
Reykjavik Iceland, Iceland
Departure Airport: London, United Kingdom
Airline: British Airways
Travel: 13th December 2021 - 17th December 2021
Book by: 31st July 2021

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low deposit with hoseasons

LOW DEPOSIT WITH HOSEASONS

Book a 2022 Hoseasons break for just £25!

Beat the rush & get next year's break in the bag! Secure your 2022 holiday today with a £25 low deposit.

Featured Breaks

Tilford Woods Lodge Retreat
Tilford, Farnham, Surray
Romantic retreat, hot tubs, 1 hour drive from London, explore quintessential villages
3 nights from £325

Landal Piperdam
Fowlis, Liff, Dundee, Southern Highlands
Hot tubs, indoor pool and gym, golf & activity programme, lounge bar and restaurant
3 nights from £349

Wide Horizons Holiday Park
Ceredigion, Mid Wales
Coastal walks, sea views, peaceful surroundings
3 nights from £135

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Uniworld -  Freedom to travel sale

UNIWORLD - FREEDOM TO TRAVEL SALE

Save 50% on French River Cruises!

Take advantage of this great offer:
8 Day Brilliant Bordeaux
Uncover the proud legacy and heritage of Southwest France. Set sail along three stun- ning rivers, the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde, on one fascinatingly historical and invigorating journey, whilst indulging in quintessentially French experiences. You will cruise Bordeaux on the stunning Super Ship Bon Voyage.
Bordeaux - Bordeaux
Was £3,499 - NOW £1,749

Book by 5th August, 2021 to Save!

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LA to the Bay - contiki

LA TO THE BAY - CONTIKI

Tours exclusively for 18-35 year olds - Save up to £207!

Contiki presents: The one that breezes through California, National Parks & The Grand Canyon!

Tour includes:
•11 days
•12 places
•10 meals
•From £2,399
•Flights included

From price based on 10th October 2021 departure!

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Iceland inclUDING THE BLUE LAGOON - Trafalgar Tours

ICELAND INCLUDING THE BLUE LAGOON - TRAFALGAR TOURS

Fantastic tour from Trafalgar from £2,445 PP

Embrace adventure on this Iceland journey and Blue Lagoon trip featuring all the natural and manmade highlights of this ethereal world of fire and ice...

Package includes
• 6 DAYS
• 1 COUNTRY 3 CITIES
• 9 MEALS
• FROM £2,445 PP
• FLIGHTS INCLUDED

Price based on 17th October 2021 departure. Book Soon!

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Treasures of Turkey from costsaver

TREASURES OF TURKEY FROM COSTSAVER

Unbeatable value from £110 a day!

From the lavish palaces of Ottoman sultans to Roman ruins along the Turquoise coast, you’ll delve into the diversity and colourful multicultural experience that Turkey serves up in spades.

Offer includes:
•15 days
•8 cities
•21 meals
•From £1,649pp
•Flights included

Price based on 12th, September 2021 Departure

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Historic Cardiff, Royal Mint and more - Leger Holidays

HISTORIC CARDIFF, ROYAL MINT AND MORE - LEGER HOLIDAYS

Unmissable 5 day Tour From £439pp from Leger Holidays!

A fantastic tour to the very best sights of south Wales, taking in history and heritage, castles and coasts, green hills, beautiful gardens and breathtaking mountains! Discover the beauty of the Gower Peninsula with Leger Holidays' local guide, before enjoying a stop at the delightful village of Mumbles. You will spend a full day in the capital of Cardiff where you will see a unique blend of historic landmarks and cosmopolitan attractions, including Cardiff Castle, Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Bay, topped off with a visit to the Royal Mint Experience where you can discover how coins are produced. You will also learn about the Welsh coal industry at the fascinating Mining Experience, as well as how the award-winning single malt whiskey is made at Penderyn Distillery. Filled with unique excursions, this 5-day tour is a must!

Departs – Mon 4th October 2021 - £439pp (£50 deposit)
Also Departs – Mon 16th August 2021 - £459pp (Full balance required at booking stage)

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Shearings - Royal Yacht Britannia – 5 days from £329

SHEARINGS - ROYAL YACHT BRITANNIA – 5 DAYS FROM £329

One of the most famous ships in the world and travelling over a million nautical miles, the Royal Yacht Britannia has provided the stunning setting for glittering state visits, official receptions, Royal honeymoons as well as intimate, relaxing family holidays!

Various 2021 and 2022 departures (£329pp Dep Mon 11th April 2022) £25 Low deposits for departures Sept 21 onwards. Full balance required for July/August 2021 departures.

TOUR INCLUDES
·4 nights hotel with Scottish breakfast
·4 evening meals
·Return coach travel
·Porterage at the hotel
·Excursions to Royal Yacht Britannia, Edinburgh and Jedburgh (optional)
·3 - star Waverley Castle Hotel in Melrose.

Book Soon to Save!

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Red Sea Holiday's Sharm El SHeikh package

RED SEA HOLIDAY'S SHARM EL SHEIKH PACKAGE

7 nights, Bed & Breakfast from £499 pp!

Sharm El Sheikh
One of the Red Sea's most cosmopolitan resorts, Sharm el Sheikh is located at the south end of the Sinai Peninsula, between the Gulf of Suez and Gulf of Aqaba. Sharm el Sheikh holidays are perfect for year-round sunshine and pristine beaches, and the huge choice of All Inclusive hotels means it's easy to have a cheap holiday to Sharm el Sheikh, too, with all your food, drink and entertainment all taken care of.

Visitors to Sharm el Sheikh will find it is a beautiful place to explore – from its breath-taking mountain backdrop to the picture perfect views and crystal clear seas. Sharm el Sheikh's warm water and amazing coral reefs are home to myriad brightly coloured fish, making this a top destination for snorkelling and diving. Beginners needn't feel left out – there are plenty of dive schools offering cheap lessons from starter dives, to full PADI qualifications.

Book soon to Save!

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hoseasons - august bank holiday

HOSEASONS - AUGUST BANK HOLIDAY

Make the most of the long weekend in August with Hoseasons!

Featured Breaks

Thanet Well Lodge Retreat
Greystoke, Nr Ullswater, Cumbria
Tranquil setting with stunning panoramic views
Lake District backdrop
Perfect for walkers and dog owners

3 nights from £715

Brunston
Girvan, Ayrshire, Southwest Scotland
Hot tubs
Newly refurbished facilities
Great for exploring

3 nights from £655

Finlake Holiday Resort
Chudleigh, Newton Abbot, South Devon
Hot Tubs & Indoor pool
Bar and restaurant & Health and leisure club
Array of activities
3 nights from £855

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virgin voyages - summer soirees

VIRGIN VOYAGES - SUMMER SOIREES

Enjoy limited edition Virgin Voyages sailings from the UK!

Virgin Voyages is offering a selection of 3 or 4 night itineraries from Portsmouth.

Central Sea Terrace Cabins
Various dates in August - From £499
Includes $100 spending money per cabin
Plus 20+ Eateries, WiFi, Tips, Soft Drinks, Fitness Classes, Adult Only, Brand new ship

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local, immersive, responsible - not in the guidebooks!

LOCAL, IMMERSIVE, RESPONSIBLE - NOT IN THE GUIDEBOOKS!

From quirky accommodation and wellness retreats, to foodie tours and language courses, Not In The Guidebooks has got something for everyone looking to try something new and exciting!

Featured Breaks

Day Experiences
Secret London Bike Tour - Find the spots most tourists miss - From £24 per person
Hot Air Balloon Ride in Majorca - Enjoy the sensation of floating through the air - From £150 per person

Mini Breaks
Iconic Campervan Adventure - Have an adventure in an iconic VW campervan - £120 per night
Italian Cooking Break - Stay in Lake Garda for 2 nights and learn Italian cooking - From £221 per person

Longer Adventures
Local Trail Walking in Vietnam - Trek in the breathtaking mountains with locals - From £1,203 per person
Highland Railways & Hills - Hidden glens, lochs, beaches and mountains await - From £1,075 per person

Quirky Accommodation
Luxury Treehouse Experience - Stay deep in the Welsh forests suspended in the canopy - From £379
The Northern Lights Above Saariselkä - Stay in a luxurious Aurora Cabin & find the Northern Lights - From £1,199 per couple

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5 DAYS IN WARWICKSHIRE WITH LEGER HOLIDAYS

5 DAYS IN WARWICKSHIRE WITH LEGER HOLIDAYS

Enjoy Leger Holidays featured tour The Charms of Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle and Cotswolds for 5 days from only £439 per person!

Discover medieval architecture and pretty countryside on this fantastic short break! Explore Warwick Castle, originally built by William the Conqueror and with over 1000 years of jaw-dropping history, before visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of England's more famous playwright, and filled with beautiful timber-framed architecture. This tour ends in the stunning Cotswolds as you admire the scenery of its picture-postcard villages.

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save on amawaterways 2021 cruises

SAVE ON AMAWATERWAYS 2021 CRUISES

Save up to £200 per person on 7-night 2021 river cruises plus Free Flights and Transfers with AmaWaterways!

European River Cruises transport you to the best of worlds - fascinating history, art and culture, stunning landscapes, and fine wine and food. Sail the blue Danube, romantic Rhine River, or another storied European river and come away with a new perspective on this incomparable land.

Featured Voyages

Best of Holland & Belgium
7-night cruise from Amsterdam to Amsterdam
From £2,498

Blue Danube Discovery
7-night cruise from Budapest to Nuremberg
From £2,016

Christmas Markets on the Rhine
7-night cruise from Basel to Amsterdam
From £2,191

And More!

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olympic holidays - save 30% in crete

OLYMPIC HOLIDAYS - SAVE 30% IN CRETE

Save up to 30% on Summer 2021 stays in Elounda Blu by Domes Resorts in Crete!

Step into an adults-only paradise with access to a secluded beach offering views over the Mirabello gulf and Unesco protected Spinalonga islet. Join fun and social activities, focus on wellness including alfresco yoga and Pilates or simply laze by the inviting pools.

Four-star plus Elounda Blu by Domes Resorts is an adults-only holiday paradise with access to a gorgeous beach and shimmering pools. For guests staying in the hotel’s Cool Living Selection there is exclusive access to Greco Levante, a private rooftop pool deck. Panoramic views of the Mirabello gulf and mountains create an unforgettable setting for guests who enjoy air-conditioned suites with a private pool or hot tub and offering half board, All-inclusive and Premium All-inclusive options. Free wifi and a poolside service add to the comforts and opportunities to join cocktail mixologist classes and wine tasting create a fun, social atmosphere.

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shore excursions group - savings in alaska

SHORE EXCURSIONS GROUP - SAVINGS IN ALASKA

Save up to 40% on Multi-Port Alaska Excursion Packages with Shore Excursions Group!

Alaska is one of the most awe-inspiring places on earth. The largest state in the United States, Alaska is home to 17 of the 20 highest peaks in North America, more than 100,000 glaciers, 3 million lakes, 6,640 miles of coastline, 33,904 miles of shoreline, and more than 70 potentially active volcanoes. From Alaska's majestic beauty to its staggering array of wildlife, it is truly a unique destination. Sailing on a cruise ship is just the beginning of any Alaskan Tour Adventure. The absolute magnificence and splendor of Alaska can only be fully realized by experiencing an Alaska shore excursion. Whether it's by air, land or sea, exploring the wonders of Alaska Tours and excursions will be a once in a lifetime experience.

Shore Excursions Group offers an extensive selection of exceptional Alaska cruise excursions providing customers with reasonably-priced opportunities to experience the best of Alaska. They've even made it easier for you to design your Alaska shore excursion itinerary by creating a selection of Multi-Port Packages that include three of their most popular excursion tours at a discounted price. Shore Excursions Group offers three different varieties of Alaska shore tour packages - value, active and adventure - tailored to your personal travel style. Or feel free to create your own itinerary by choosing individual Alaska cruise excursions for each port that you visit based on your specific interests and budget.

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skiing in bulgaria! with tui crystal ski

SKIING IN BULGARIA! WITH TUI CRYSTAL SKI

Spend 7 nights at the Hotel Mura in Bansko, Bulgaria from £438 per person!

Bansko is Bulgaria's premier ski resort - it has the largest ski area, has a great deal of historical significance and has a real working mountain-town feel. Plus, it’s very easygoing on the wallet. What sets Bansko aside from its Balkan neighbours is the selection of fantastic hotels (mostly built in the last 15 years or so) that wouldn't look out of place in some of the world's most prestigious resorts - here is the chance to soak up some seriously affordable luxury. This is the best resort for snow making in Bulgaria too, with plenty of snow cannons on hand to top up the slopes throughout the season if the weather isn't on your side. To top it all off there’s a great ski school - as you’d expect in Bulgaria - voted as one of the top ten in Europe. Whether you’re a first-timer or even a competent intermediate, the level of instruction is superb.

The town itself is massive. The UNESCO-protected old town centre has cobbled streets and distinctive, ancient architecture - think stone clad buildings with terracotta tile roofs, and one of the largest churches in Bulgaria, The Holy Trinity Church. The new town though, is extremely lively - it has a main strip thriving with bars, nightclubs, restaurants and, of course, lots and lots of shopping. Everywhere is very inexpensive, whether you’re having traditional Bulgarian Shishche (meat skewers), burger and chips, or just a drink or two – the tiny amount you pay for a round is staggering. A large ski area, diverse skiing, quality tuition and a vibrant town - Bansko is a great value alternative to other well known Alpine ski resorts.

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Transun  - Wonderful Christmas Time FINNISH LAPLAND

TRANSUN - WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS TIME FINNISH LAPLAND

SPEND CHRISTMAS OR NEW YEAR IN LAPLAND ON THIS 3 OR 4-NIGHT HOLIDAY PRICED FROM £1109

Christmas Day never arrives quickly enough. The counting down of days, the anticipation, the peeling of advent calendar doors – it’s an exciting time, culminating in the big day itself.
So when the big day arrives, you want it to be as memorable as it can be. Christmas is a special time, when family memories are made that will last a lifetime; it should be exceptional.

And what could be more special than spending Christmas in Lapland itself? The magical home of Santa is the perfect place to awaken on Christmas Day!
Whether over Christmas Day, New Years’ Eve, or the intervening period between, a short stay in Lapland is a guaranteed way of making festive family memories that will last for a lifetime. Driving snowmobiles down frozen rivers, riding a reindeer sleigh through snow-capped forests, and mushing a team of husky sleds through crunched paths of pristine snow are all part of the fun!

Of course, Lapland is the home of the REAL Father Christmas, so it would only be fitting to search for him in his cabin deep in the snow-capped forest to personally say ‘thank you’ for the gifts he kindly brought whilst you were sleeping!

Book Soon to Save With Transun!

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Direct Ferries - savings on Grandi Navi Veloci Sailings

DIRECT FERRIES - SAVINGS ON GRANDI NAVI VELOCI SAILINGS

Get up to 30% OFF by booking now your next GNV sailings to Sardinia or Sicily!

Sail to these gorgeous Italian islands, at the best price: you can save 30% when travelling between 1st June 2021 and 31st March 2022.

Do not wait any longer and book by the 7th June 2021 to save!

BONUS! On all journeys until the end of December 2021, GNV will allow amendments and cancellations free of charge, up to 4 days before departure!

Book By 31st December, 2021 to Save!

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Couples Save On European Travel in 2021!

COUPLES SAVE ON EUROPEAN TRAVEL IN 2021!

SAVE £1700 PER COUPLE ON SELECTED 2021 AVALON WATERWAYS EUROPE CRUISES

Enjoy one of these great cruises:

DANUBE DREAMS (EASTBOUND)
Was from £2,235 pp - Now from £1,385 pp
8 Day River Cruise Deggendorf to Budapest 8 dates available
Deluxe Stateroom - was £2,235 pp - now from £1,385 pp
Panorama Suite was £3,134 pp - now from £2,284 pp

ROMANTIC RHINE (NORTHBOUND)
Was from - £2,372 pp - Now from - £1,522 pp
8 Day River Cruise Basel to Amsterdam 17 dates available
Deluxe Stateroom was £2,372 pp - now from £1,522 pp
Panorama Suite was £3,271 pp - now from £2,421 pp

ROMANTIC RHINE (SOUTHBOUND)
Was from - £2,509 pp - Now from £1,659 pp
8 Day River Cruise Amsterdam to Basel 18 dates available
Deluxe Stateroom was £2,509 pp - now from £1,659 pp
Panorama Suite was £3,408 pp now from £2,558 pp
Royal Suite was £4,258 pp - now from £3,408 pp

Book Soon for 2021 Travel!

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Bridgerton and Regency Royals - Shearings

BRIDGERTON AND REGENCY ROYALS - SHEARINGS

5 days - from only £359pp

Bridgerton and Regency Royals

The new Netflix series Bridgerton has captured audiences across the nation since its much-anticipated release on Christmas Day. Filled with fantastic costumes and glamorous backdrops, it transports us to another world and provides the perfect escapism from the reality of lockdown life and has allowed us all to live vicariously in high society. Join Shearings as you visit some of the filming locations, such as Historic Dockyard Chatham, Hatfield and Ranger's House, and walk in the footsteps of both the actors and actresses as well as many real historical figures.

TOUR INCLUDES

• 4 nights hotel with English breakfast
• 4 evening meals
• Local Joining Points
• Porterage at the hotel

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james villa holidays - up to 25% off in portugal

JAMES VILLA HOLIDAYS - UP TO 25% OFF IN PORTUGAL

Receive up to 25% off at the Amendoeira Golf Resort in Algarve, Portugal with James Villa Holidays!

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, this striking golf resort takes full advantage of its elevated position with breathtaking views over lush valleys of almond, olive and carob trees and the magnificent Monchique mountains beyond. The blush pink Moorish architecture, with its elegant arches and shady terraces, contrasts beautifully with the vibrant greens and emerald fairways of no less than two thrilling championship golf courses. The peaceful surroundings and impressive range of additional sport and leisure facilities within the resort make this an ideal choice for both a relaxing, peaceful holiday.

Book by: 1st October 2021
Travel by: 1st November 2021

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globus - 10% in 2022

GLOBUS - 10% IN 2022

Save 10% on selected 2022 Globus Europe, North & South America vacations!

Planning your 2022 tour to Europe, North or South America? Book early and you'll save 10% on your tour price. Plus, if you book your flights with Globus you'll be fully ATOL-protected, and Globus will take away all the hassle of checking airline on-sale dates, recommended arrival times, and all the stressful details. As soon as your flights are available for sale, Globus will be in touch with a recommendation.

Featured Tours
Hawaii Stopover - 4 days from £512
Bonnie Scotland - 7 days from £1,169
Highlights of Croatia - 7 days from £1,322
Hidden Treasures of Southern Italy - 9 days from £1,367
Highlights of Spain and Portugal - 9 days from £1,421
And more!

Book by 6th December 2021!

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Unlimited Prosecco + magic mike live with London Theatre Direct

UNLIMITED PROSECCO + MAGIC MIKE LIVE WITH LONDON THEATRE DIRECT

Channing Tatum presents Magic Mike Live! Enjoy unlimited fizz with your squad.

Following a critically acclaimed launch in Las Vegas back in 2017, Channing Tatum is bringing sexy back to London with his brand-new production of Magic Mike Live at the Hippodrome Casino. Featuring masterfully sculpted bods, irresistable dance moves, perspiration, and more six-pack abs than you can count, you can be sure London's Leicester Square has never been so steamy! The perfect West End show for your Hen Night (or Stag Party if you swing that way), Magic Mike Live was conceived and co-directed by the big man Tatum himself. It is based on both the popular film Magic Mike (2012) and its box-office smash-hit sequel, Magic Mike XXL (2015). Put on your saucy red-leather pants and get ready for some thrill!

Booking until 19th December 2021.

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avalon waterways - 2021 mekong cruise savings

AVALON WATERWAYS - 2021 MEKONG CRUISE SAVINGS

Save £1,600 per couple on selected 2021 Mekong cruises with Avalon Waterways!

Featured Cruises

Mekong Discovery
8 day river cruise from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh City
From £2,325

Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River
13 day river cruise from Siem Reap to Ho Chi Minh City
From £3,451

Fascinating Vietnam, Cambodia & The Mekong River with Hanoi, Ha Long Bay & Bangkok
19 day river cruise from Hanoi to Bangkok
From £5,032

Book by December 31st, 2021.

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