IrishFerriesKidsGoFreeMay2015

A real mixed bag this week. A great offer for anyone travelling to Ireland by ferry (if you have children that is), Cornwall, Moldavia and more.

Irish Ferries

Book by midnight on 19 May and all children in the car (aged five to 15 years inclusive) will travel free of charge, saving £20 per child on a return journey. (Kids under five are free too.) The Kids Go Free offer is on all cruise ferry sailings on virtually all dates this year including:

Weekend sailings
Peak July & August holidays
October Half Term
The offer is on www.irishferries.com

European rail travel

Just in perfect time for summer comes a new special offer from Voyages-sncf.com on TGV Lyria services, from France to Switzerland. The offer goes on sale today and runs until 20th May 2015, with fares starting at £30.00 one way in standard class. The offer covers travel on Lyria’s high speed trains between 10th June and 31st August 2015, thus including the school summer holiday period

Reservations and information – To book or for more information, visit www.voyages-sncf.com, download the free app, call 0844 848 5848 or call into the Voyages-sncf Travel Centre at 193 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EU. You can also book through hundreds of appointed travel agents throughout the UK.

Devon Hotel
2nts, COMPLIMENTARY CREAM TEA IN DEVON, FROM £99 PP: Pride of Britain Hotels (0800 089 3929, prideofbritainhotels.com) offers a two-night break at Buckland Tout-Saints, a cosy and luxurious country house hotel, situated in the exclusive South Hams near the coastal town of Salcombe. The two-night ‘Springtime Break’ costs from £199 total/ £99 pp (two sharing) including accommodation in a Classic room, full English breakfast and a complimentary cream tea on arrival. Valid for stays until 31 May.

Cornwall

7nts, HALF-TERM IN CORNWALL, £124 PP – SAVE 20%: Classic Cottages (01326 555 555, www.classic.co.uk) has special offers for the May half term. There’s a 20% saving on Goonreeve House (sleeps six), an imposing property near Falmouth. Found at the end of a stately drive and set in fully-enclosed grounds, this is a wonderful place for children and dogs to run free. Arriving Saturday 23 May, a week’s stay now costs £124 pp (£744 total – was £930).

Brussels
3nts, SEE CHAGALL IN BRUSSELS, FROM £497 PP – SAVE £117 PP: AITO member Kirker Holidays (020 7593 2283, www.kirkerholidays.com) offers three nights for the price of two at five-star deluxe Hotel Amigo, conveniently located for visiting the Musée des Beaux Arts, where a major new Chagall retrospective runs until 28 June. The price is from £497 pp (two sharing) including return Eurostar, private car transfers, B&B, exhibition tickets, Kirker Guide Notes & Concierge Service.

Moldavia
7nts, SECRET MOLDAVIA – £925 PP: Voyages Jules Verne (0845 166 7035, www.vjv.com) offers a week combining the less-visited north eastern part of Romania with fascinating, and still relatively unexplored, Moldova. Secret Moldavia costs £925 pp (two sharing) including flights (Luton), transfers, seven nights’ B&B (two each in Iasi and Radauti, three in Chisinau), two lunches, two dinners, excursions and the services of guides & local representatives. Departs 20 June.

Lefkas

7 nts, A GREEN, PEACEFUL GETAWAY IN GENI, LEFKAS, £610 pp
Sunvil Holidays (020 8758 4758; www.sunvil.co.uk) is currently offering late availability on a week-long stay at the peaceful Ilios Gardens apartments on the woodland peninsula of Geni, located on the pretty east coast of Lefkas. Freshwater pool, attractive flower gardens and the chance to explore the peninsula’s hidden coves and beaches by boat (the property conveniently has its own moorings). Departing 24 May, seven nights’ B&B now costs £610 pp (four sharing a one-bedroom apartment) including flights (Gatwick) and transfers. Boat hire is payable locally.

Kefalonia

7 nts, LAID-BACK LIVING IN UNSPOILT KATELIOS, KEFALONIA, £652 pp
Sunvil Holidays (020 8758 4758; www.sunvil.co.uk) is currently offering late availability on a week-long stay at the family-friendly Anemona Apartments, with pool and gardens, located on the southern-most tip of Kefalonia. A mere 10-minute walk away lies the sleepy village of Katelios with its shingle/sand beach, a picturesque fishing harbour and rustic tavernas serving fresh fish. Departing 23 May, seven nights’ self-catering now costs £652 pp (four sharing a one-bedroom apartment) including flights (Gatwick) and transfers.