Festive treats for single travellers

Posted On October 17, 2006

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If you are a single traveller who likes the idea of getting away for the festive season, the good news is there is still time.

“Just You” has an extensive selection of Christmas and New Year breaks, both at home and abroad, exclusively for single travellers in their dedicated Christmas & New Year brochure.

The brochure gives you the option to spend Christmas, New Year or indeed the whole festive season away from home with other like-minded people. In addition, you pay no single supplements and although you travel as part of a group, you won’t find yourself sharing a room with a stranger, instead you will be allocated a spacious double room all to yourself on a full or half-board basis.

If travelling from Heathrow and Gatwick, there is a nice option where you can get to know your fellow travellers the night before you jet off on a ‘pre-tour get-together’, it’s a great way to break the ice and put to rest any fears you may have. Travellers to distant shores also get the use of an executive airport lounge for free.

With it being the season to be merry, you can expect an abundance of festive fare from drinks and dinner parties, to group activities and an excellent selection of excursions, plus of course a festive dinner on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

A 5-day break in the charming lakeside resort of Annecy in France on a half-board basis on December 22 costs £529 and features trips to the stylish resort of Talloires, the market town of Thônes and the picturesque Alpine ski resort of La Clusaz. The Hungarian capital, Budapest, is fast becoming one of the most popular destinations in Europe. The 5-day, 4-star break from £559 departs Heathrow with British Airways on December 24 and features accommodation on a half-board basis at the centrally situated Hotel Budapest and includes a city tour and trips to the baroque towns of Szentendre and Esztergom.

A 5-day break in Tuscany, departing Gatwick with British Airways on December 23 includes half-board accommodation and excursions to Florence, Pisa, beautiful Siena and the quaint hilltop town of San Gimignano from £589.

Fine art, Renaissance architecture, piazzas, palaces, luxury shops and famous cafés are all the ingredients on a stunning 5-day, 4-star festive break in Venice which departs Heathrow on December 24 and includes accommodation on a half-board basis at the 4-star Hotel Principe, conveniently located on Venice’s Grand Canal, plus a guided walking tour of the city and a lagoon trip to the islands of Burano, Torcello and Murano from £799.

Fly from Gatwick or Birmingham airports on December 22 for a sun-soaked 8-day break in Andalucia, Spain from £799. Accommodation is on a half-board basis at the 4-star Hotel Riu Ferrara in the idyllic resort of Torrox Costa. Highlights include a scenic coastal drive to Nerja, the stylish resorts of Marbella and Puerto Banus and a visit to the world-famous Alhambra Palace. This holiday is also available as a 6-day break over New Year from £679.

Discover the idyllic Costa Verde region, an unspoilt corner of Portugal with rich green valleys and sweeping beaches on a 5-day break from £669. The trip departs Heathrow on December 24 and includes accommodation on a half-board basis at the 4-star Novotel Porto Vermar in the beach resort of Póvoa de Varzim. Excursions take you cruising on the River Douro, to Viano do Castelo, known as the folklore capital of Portugal and to Oporto, the home of Port wine.

Journey to the far north of Finland for a fun-packed 5-day break in Lapland on December 23 from £1249. The price includes flights from Heathrow, accommodation on a half-board basis at the 4-star Holiday Club Spa Hotel in Saariselkä, reindeer sleigh ride on Christmas Day, Husky Sledge Safari and a farewell dinner party at a mountain top restaurant.

See in the New Year in style on a 4-night break in the historic city of Rome from £699. Flights depart Heathrow with British Airways on December 30 and accommodation is at the 4-star Hotel Mercure Roma Delta Colosseo, centrally situated just around the corner from the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. New Year’s Eve highlights include a morning city tour taking in all the major sights followed by an evening dinner party.

Getting away for the entire festive season need not cost an arm and a leg! A memorable 12-day tour of China and Hong Kong departing Heathrow on December 22 features stays in Beijing and Xian on a full board basis, with a final four nights’ over New Year in Hong Kong on a room only basis. The price from £2,040, includes lots of festive treats, such as a city tour, visit to the Great Wall on Christmas Day, banquet with live entertainment and visit to the Terracotta Army in Xian.

Prepare to be enchanted on a fascinating14-day tour of Vietnam over Christmas and New Year, departing Heathrow on December 22 and including all travel, meals and sightseeing from £2295. The tour journeys from Hanoi in the north to Ho Chi Minh City in the south and features a special Christmas Eve dinner with carol singing, a party night on New Year’s Eve and a full day trip to the legendary Mekong Delta.

For more information, please visit > www.justyou.co.uk

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