Easter city breaks 2016

If you want to escape the dodgy UK weather why not head to Europe on a short jaunt with the family this Easter1? Whether you’re looking for a sandy beach a la the Algarve or want to immerse yourself in a bit of history courtesy of our EU neighbours in Germany we’ve spotted some amazing value deals that will keep the whole family smiling ear to ear over the school holidays. Take a look at the best deals going right now – and get booking before it’s too late.

Travel Deals

1. Amsterdam

Easter City Breaks 2016 Explore the canals of Amsterdam

The deal: 3 days/2 nights hotel stay and London flights2. Prices start from 146pp.

Why you should visit: The best place to see this city is from the water, that’s why staying at the unique floating hotel, Amstel Botel, situated in the centre of Amsterdam’s river Lj is ideal for those wanting to kick back over the Easter holidays.

There’s a complimentary ferry to Central station for when you want to head off and explore the cultural hub of the city and a string of outdoor markets.

2. Rome

Getty Easter City Breaks 2016 Visit the iconic Coliseum in the romantic city

The deal: 3 nights stay at the 4 star Novotel Roma Eur and flights3. Prices from 192pp.

Why you should visit: Stay at the uber modern and stylish 4-star hotel, designed by the renowned Giannone Petricone architects. When you can pull yourself away from your hotel get out an explore the city’s rich artistic history and romantic atmosphere.

3. Brussels

Ken Gillham Easter City Breaks 2016 Grand Place deserves it’s UNESCO World Heritage Site title

The deal: 1/2 nights for two at 4-star hotel with optional breakfast. Price from 55pp4

Why you should visit: If you book this deal you’ll be a stone’s throw away from Brussel’s Magritte Museum and the Grand Palace. Modern art lovers can get lost in the city’s iconic Atomium structure before exploring one of several exhibitions in the museum.

4.

Barcelona

Easter City Breaks 2016 Warm welcome: Bask on Barcelona’s beaches

The deal: 2 nights stay and flights from 149pp5

Why you should visit: A mix on sun, sea and culture Barcelona is a great all rounder with a little something for everyone. If you like art head to the Picasso Museum or prefer savouring gourmet delights hang out at La Boqueria or the trendy Sant Antoni near the Gothic Quarter.

5. Portugal

Easter City Breaks 2016 The stunning Algarve coastline will make you want to stay forever

4 nights B&B accommodation and flights (departing from Luton)6 from 295pp.

Why you should visit: What better way to crack open you Easter egg than on the beach in the Algarve. This deal from Teletext Holidays7 won’t burn a hole in your purse and the whole family will enjoy staying at the Tivoli Marina Portimao hotel, situated next to the Portimao Marina – ideal for a spot of shopping or dining out.

6. Prague

Getty Easter City Breaks 2016 If you love Gothic architecture, you’ll adore Prague

The deal: 2 night B&B accommodation and flights (departing from various locations). Prices from 199pp8

Why you should visit: The Czech Republic’s stunning capital has more than enough to keep you occupied during a short break.

Lap up the city’s grand architecture and even grander palaces and castles. Explore the city’s Old Town while dining alfresco on a traditional rohl k (a Czech version of the hot dog).

7. Paris

Getty Easter City Breaks 2016 Be in the city of love in less just two hours

The deal: Eurostar tickets and hotel accommodation from 153pp9

Why you should visit: Take the two hour Eurostar to Paris and you’ll be left with plenty of time to uncover some new spots in one of the most adored cities in the world. Make your friends jealous with snaps of the outstanding historical buildings of Le Marais or head to the hip South Pigalle where you’ll find the hottest clubs and bars.

8. Budapest

Flickr Easter City Breaks 2016 Style AND substance is what Budapest has to offer

The deal: 2 nights stay at a 4-star hotel plus flights, from 99pp10

Why you should visit: Live like a king or queen for the weekend in Budapest with a stay at NH Budapest City hotel which boasts state of the art spa facilities and treatment rooms or relax at the sleek and stylish Eurostars Budapest Center. Both are located with the city’s best attractions at your doorstep.

9.

Berlin

Getty Easter City Breaks 2016 Berlin’s landmark Brandenburg Gate looks most impressive after dark

The deal: 3 nights stay and flights11 from 97.56pp

Why you should visit: Located in the famous Alexanderplatz Square, the Grand city hotel in Berlin is the ideal pit-stop after a day sightseeing around the German capital – be it on a city bike tour or on foot at your own pace.

10. Dublin

Easter City Breaks 2016 Dublin’s crowining glory is its castles

The deal: 4 star hotel and flights from 181pp12

Why you should visit: Not only is Dublin the perfect city break for those looking to discover nearby natural wonders like the Wicklow mountains.

And there’s also plenty on offer if you want to stay close to your hotel with iconic landmarks like St Patrick’s Cathedral standing like a beacon in the heart of the city.

Easter 2016

References

  1. ^ Easter (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ 3 days/2 nights hotel stay and London flights (www.lastminute.com)
  3. ^ 3 nights stay at the 4 star Novotel Roma Eur and flights (www.easyjet.com)
  4. ^ 1/2 nights for two at 4-star hotel with optional breakfast. Price from 55pp (www.groupon.co.uk)
  5. ^ 2 nights stay and flights from 149pp (www.lastminute.com)
  6. ^ 4 nights B&B accommodation and flights (departing from Luton) (www.teletextholidays.co.uk)
  7. ^ Teletext Holidays (www.teletextholidays.co.uk)
  8. ^ 2 night B&B accommodation and flights (departing from various locations).

    Prices from 199pp (www.groupon.co.uk)

  9. ^ Eurostar tickets and hotel accommodation from 153pp (www.superbreak.com)
  10. ^ 2 nights stay at a 4-star hotel plus flights, from 99pp (www.lastminute.com)
  11. ^ 3 nights stay and flights (www.easyjet.com)
  12. ^ 4 star hotel and flights from 181pp (www.superbreak.com)

UK hotel owner takes on global online agents

A UK hotel owner has launched its own UK accommodation site to stop global online agents monopolising the industry. Simon and Wendy Bennett, owners of Augill Castle in Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, have set up bestroomsdirect.com to encourage travellers not to use global agents. They claim the global online agents monopolize the travel industry, taking up to 25% commission from independent accommodation providers and often not paying tax in the UK.

The booking site urges consumers to join the ‘Fair Booking Movement’ and book directly with independent hotels, guesthouses and B&Bs to receive the best available rates and rooms, as well as supporting Britain’s economy. The Bennetts are inviting British accommodation providers to get behind the campaign. Wendy said: “To avoid a future choice limited to faceless, bland, corporate hotel chains, it is imperative that Britain’s independent hotels, guesthouses and B&B’s come together to raise awareness of the importance of direct booking and we are trying to harness this strength in numbers with Best Rooms Direct.

“Global booking sites are monopolizing the travel industry, taking a huge slice of our income and making it even harder for tourism businesses to stay afloat.”

Bestroomsdirect.com1 is not a booking site but has an extensive database of unique places to stay across the country and doesn’t charge commission on bookings.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


UK Hotel Owner Takes On Global Online Agents UK Hotel Owner Takes On Global Online Agents

References

  1. ^ Bestroomsdirect.com (www.bestroomsdirect.com)

4 glorious European holiday trips

Instead of spending nights online shopping and weekends in line at the mall, why not give your family and loved ones a gift they ll never forget this Discount Holidays © holiday season: A European vacation. So long as it s not in the style of Clark Griswold and company, a European Discount Holidays © holiday getaway can inspire the magic of the season by introducing travelers to centuries-old traditions and modern Discount Holidays © holiday merrymaking. Whether you plan it this year or give it as a gift for next, here are some enchanting European Discount Holidays © holiday escapes for all ages.

  • 1.&nbspTour the Alpine Christmas Markets

    If you re really looking to get into the spirit of the season, tour the Christmas markets of Switzerland, Austria and Germany. These markets, some of which date back to the 1700s, take you back to the time where locals bought ingredients for their Christmas dinner, the candles to light the table, and gifts to give at the village market.

    Insight Vacations1 offers a 10-day family-friendly trek through some of the most famous Christmas markets. Spend two or three nights at each stop, which include Munich, Salzburg, Innsbruck and Zurich, and stay in premium hotels, several with spectacular mountain views. Highlights include a horse and carriage ride through Germany s Black Forest, a visit to Europe s biggest indoor Christmas market –complete with a Swarovski Crystal Christmas tree in Zurich — meandering through Munich s Christkindlmarkt, and a stop at France s oldest market in Strasbourg. Count on the scents of cloves, gingerbread and spicy mulled wine following you back home to the U.S.

    If you re looking for more sightseeing combined with your Christmas Market tour, Go Ahead Tours offers a 14-day December trip through the Christmas Markets in Germany, Switzerland and Austria2, but it includes many other sights, as well. Their trip begins in Heidelberg, Germany, where you can tour Germany s oldest university and the Castle & Gardens of Schweztingen. Next, you head to Switzerland for stops in Lucerne and the Alpine town of Kapellbrucke, and then on to Innsbruck, Austria, to see the famed Golden Roof and Triumphbogen. Tour the castle of mad King Ludwig on your way to Munich, where you ll visit its traditional Christmas Markets and sip its famous beer. In Salzburg, tour the Mozart House and do your Christmas shopping on the old-fashioned Getreidegasse.

    Finally, conclude your vacation in beautiful Vienna, so named the capital of Christmas for its Christkindlmarktes.

  • 2.&nbspGet Adventurous With Disney

    For families with children, Adventures by Disney offers a 7-night trip to England and France3 over the winter break. The trip offers a taste of both big-city European life, as well as a trip back in time to the land of castles and cathedrals, the setting for many a Disney fairy tale. Kick off the trip in London aboard a classic red double-decker bus with stops at Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Kids get a history lesson at Stonehenge where they can see the mysterious ancient stones, up close and personal. Then it s off to Paris for a climb up the Eiffel Tower and other stops at key tourist attractions, such as Notre Dame Cathedral, where little ones can envision Quasimodo courting the beautiful gypsy Esmerelda.

    Also, stop in the Louvre Museum for a study in art during an interactive scavenger hunt. Disney recommends that children be no younger than 4 and ideally at least 6 to fully enjoy this European holiday.

  • 3.&nbspA Parisian Discount Holidays © Holiday for Singles

    For those with no kids in tow, Contiki Vacations, for adults 18-35, offers a 4-day Christmas in Paris4 holiday. Ideal for those who can t get away from work for long or who need a more affordable option (the trip starts at only $463/person), this trip takes travelers from London to Paris and back. Tour Paris by night on an Illuminations tour by coach, shop Parisian boutiques including its famous perfumeries, cruise down the River Seine, enjoy a festive Christmas feast with your fellow travelers and have plenty of time to explore the city on your own, choosing the sites you most want to see.

    To keep costs down, Contiki has guests stay two to a room and also allows you to pay in installments with their layaway plant.

  • 4.&nbspHit the Highlights of Europe

    Get all your top European bases covered with the December Essential Europe trip5 from Globus Journeys, which hits Rome, Florence, Venice, Lucerne, Paris and London all in the span of 11 days. Visit the Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, St. Peter s Square and the Colosseum in Rome. In Tuscany and Florence, shop the local stores and munch down a traditional Tuscan dinner, then arrive in Venice by boat, see the sights, watch the city’s famous glassblowers and indulge in a pasta party. Take in the beauty of the Alps in Switzerland, stroll the streets of Old Town Lucerne, shop for classic Swiss watches or knives, and sample delicious Swiss chocolate. In the City of Lights, you ll visit the top attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, of course.

    Then, head to London via high-speed train to watch the ceremonial changing of the guard at St. Paul s Cathedral and take in the River Thames, Big Ben and Buckingham Palace. Whether you choose a chic Discount Holidays © holiday to Paris or an old-fashioned Christmas in the Alps, Christmas clean-up back home will seem another world away.

  • Lyn Mettler is an Indianapolis, Ind.-based travel writer.

    You can find her at www.GotoTravelGal.com or on Twitter at @GotoTravelGal.

    References

    1. ^ Insight Vacations (www.insightvacations.com)
    2. ^ Christmas Markets in Germany, Switzerland and Austria (www.goaheadtours.com)
    3. ^ 7-night trip to England and France (www.adventuresbydisney.com)
    4. ^ Christmas in Paris (www.contiki.com)
    5. ^ Essential Europe trip (www.globusjourneys.com)