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October 13, 2018

New Winter Sun Break for Solo Travellers: Friendship Travel

New in Friendship Travel’s 2018/2019 winter sun programme of sociable holidays for single travellers is the Moroccan resort of Agadir, with direct flights from Dublin for an all-inclusive week at the Iberostar Founty Beach Hotel from just €1155 – including sole occupancy of a double room with no single supplement to pay.

That’s for seven-night holidays departing Dublin on 24 November and also includes transfers and the support of a Friendship Travel Host throughout. Other dates are at Christmas (22 December), New Year (29 December) and 2 March 2019.

The hotel is set directly on Agadir’s long sandy beach, and has been completely renovated this season to create a contemporary coastal haven with freeform pool, Moroccan and international menus in the restaurant and stylish bars.

As on all Friendship Travel holidays, travellers are free to be as independent or sociable as they wish: the anchor points of each day being mealtimes – especially dinner – when the group comes together to eat around one large table.

Other winter sun highlights include:

  • Tunisia – also new to the programme – from €850 for a week’s All-inclusive at the Iberostar Diar El Andalus in Port El Kantaoui, flying via Gatwick.
  • Six departures to the five-star Sea Breeze Beach House in Barbados, from €2595 for seven nights’ All-inclusive in St Lawrence Gap, with flights via Gatwick.
  • Kenya, which now has five departure dates for this small group escorted tour which combines a safari in Tsavo East National Park with down-time on the coast at Mombasa. Prices from just €1895 for eight nights, via Heathrow.

Dial direct from Ireland: 048 9446 2211,

Prices and availability correct at date of issue.

October 13, 2018

October half-term in Picardy from just £199 per family

It needn’t cost an ‘arm and a leg’ to take the children away to France at October half-term is the message from mobile home specialist, Venue Holidays.

The company is featuring seven-night holidays from just £199 for a family of up to six, saving £133, at Camping la Croix du Vieux Pont near the small town of Berny Riviere in Picardy.

This price is for arrivals on 20 October, with accommodation in a two-bedroom mobile home with decking.  The same holiday, but in a three-bedroom mobile home with decking, is now priced at £251, a reduction of £167.

The campsite offers a wealth of facilities – many all-weather – including a superb swimming pool complex with indoor and outdoor sections, indoor and outdoor sports pitches, 10-pin bowling and tennis.  Visitors can also enjoy fishing, cycle hire, canoeing and mini-golf.  The campsite also runs weekly excursions to Disneyland Paris and the capital.

Ferry crossings can be arranged by Venue Holidays on request and cost from £84 for a return weekend P&O Dover/Calais sailing for car and passengers.

01233 629950,

October 13, 2018

New for 2018/19 ‘Fatbike on Snow Adventures’ from Zenith Holidays

For winter sports fans looking for something a little different, ski and board specialist, Zenith Holidays, is offering for the first time  ‘Fatbike on Snow’ adventures.

These seven-night holidays are based in the spa village of Ramsau at the foot of the Dachstein mountain range in Austria, with routes of varying degrees of difficulty on offer, suitable for leisure cyclists to downhill pros.

The tours are under the guidance of a qualified guide and include material and driving technique enrollment, hire of a Fatbike Norco Bigfoot cycle – with broad balloon tyres specially for riding on the snow – plus use of a helmet, knee protectors and shin guards.

As an example of price, a seven-night holiday starting on 15 December or 23 March costs from £748 per person (twin share) inclusive of return Dover/Calais crossing for car and passengers, half-board accommodation at the Hotel Knollhof at the foot of the mountains, two guided fatbike sessions (between three to four hours each), plus a day of snow shoeing (including hire of snow shoes and sticks).

Facilities at the hotel include an on-site spa with a Finnish sauna, steam baths, an infra-red cabin and sunbeds.  Massages are also available.

Reservations:  0203 137 7678,


October 13, 2018

The Christmas collection from Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire

For a Christmas in the glorious scenery of West Wales, Coastal Cottages of Pembrokeshire is highlighting a wealth of properties, each snug and cosy and many with open fires or woodburning stoves.

Properties on offer include Rhosson Farmhouse, a detached thatched cottage dating back to the 15th century and just yards from the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path and a short walk from the sea at St Justinians.  It sleeps eight in four bedrooms (two en suite) and is full of character with beams, exposed walls and slate-flagged floors.  It has two sitting rooms – one with an inglenook fireplace and a woodburning stove – a dining room, a beautifully equipped kitchen, plus a relaxation room with a sauna.  There is also a conservatory which overlooks an acre of garden.  A seven-night holiday from 21 December costs £1678.

Smaller families could opt to spend Christmas in The Cheese House, a detached stone cottage originally used for the storage of mature cheeses.  This beautifully renovated property – situated in the hamlet of Lochvane near the seaside village of Solva – sleeps four in two bedrooms and its open-plan living area has a log burning stove.  The Pembrokeshire Coastal Path is a short stroll away and a few minutes’ walk leads to the beach of Porthmynawyd.  A seven-night holiday from 21 December is priced at £950.

Or for couples, Sycamore Barn is a romantic retreat for two, set in National Trust land not far from the village of Bosherton.  This quality cottage has a stylish kitchen/dining room and two steps lead up to the sitting room with exposed beams, the original inglenook fireplace and exposed stone walls.  Its location is perfect for keen walkers with the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path leading to hidden sandy beaches and stunning clifftop scenery.  Seven nights from 21 December cost £535.

Reservations: 01437 772760,

September 24, 2018

Introduce Children to PGL this Half Term and save £££

A three-day/two-night PGL Introductory Adventure at October half term is the perfect opportunity for unaccompanied children to discover their independence – and have fun!

The cost for one child is £169, but an offer – book three children and only pay for two – encourages three siblings or friends to try PGL together, at a reduced price. With the offer, the cost per child is reduced to £112.

The discounted breaks are for children aged seven to 13, start on Tuesday 23 October and are offered at PGL’s Boreatton Park adventure centre in Shropshire, Liddington in Wiltshire, Marchants Hill in Surrey, Windmill Hill in Sussex and Osmington Bay in Dorset.

“Every child on an Introductory Adventure is experiencing PGL for the first time,” says head of holidays Steve Hougham, “and we know that for many children, it is also the first time they’ve been away without a parent, so our Group Leaders are trained to give additional support.”

PGL’s website is packed with information helpful to parents of ‘first-timers’, from its Parent Guide to several videos illustrating life at a PGL centre.

Parents can deliver their children to the centre on Tuesday morning, see the amazing facilities for themselves and meet PGL staff who are ‘in loco parentis’ during the break. (All meals from Tuesday lunch to Thursday dinner are included.)

During the three-day break, children enjoy up to eight activity sessions, ranging from fun ball sports to thrilling rope and zip wire activities. Evenings are fun too, with ‘winding down’ sessions before supervised bedtime.

Parents should quote INTRO342 when booking this ‘3 for 2’ offer.

Additionally, if parents subsequently book a child’s four- or seven-night multi-activity stay at February half term, Easter or May half term 2019, before the end of this year, PGL will refund the cost of the Introductory Adventure!

0333 321 2114,





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