Tour operators have reductions of around a third on many peak summer holidays, as they attempt to woo back post-pandemic customers. But Britain’s leading travel company, TUI, warns that the cheapest holidays may not last long if higher fuel costs and other forms of inflation have to be taken into account later in the year.
The clear message is: there is no need to sacrifice your summer holiday plans… but don’t hang around. With this in mind, we’ve checked out what’s on offer and picked 30 of the best package holidays covering the summer period. We’ve sorted them into three categories to suit different budgets: under £600 per person for seven nights, under £800pp and under £1,200pp – and thrown in some long-haul bargains for less than £1,200 for a week, too. All prices have flights and accommodation included.
By booking a package holiday you will be protected under the Package Travel Regulations and due a full refund within 14 days in the – let’s hope – unlikely event of a cancellation. So here’s our round-up, ranging from £183pp a week in Corfu to £1,199pp in Mauritius.
This chart show that it’s Marmaris in Turkey that offers the cheapest prices for holidaymakers in Europe
UNDER £600 A WEEK
Stay at the Colon II Apartments in Playa de las Americas in Tenerife and enjoy the long curving pool as well as being near restaurants and bars in the centre of the resort. Studio rooms are compact but come with pleasant balconies or terraces.
How to do it: From £508pp self-catering in July for a week including Manchester flights and transfers – 37 per cent off (tui.co.uk).
CORFU FOR A SONG
Through Tui it’s possible to book a week in Corfu (pictured) for just £183pp B&B, including flights and transfers
The family-run Hotel Theo is set in the resort of Agios Georgios North, just a ten-minute stroll from a Blue Flag beach and charming village. The hotel has a large outdoor pool at its rear and offers traditional home-cooked cuisine.
How to do it: £183pp B&B in May for a week including Cardiff flights and transfers – 68 per cent off (tui.co.uk).
KOS IT’S CHEAP
On the edge of the beautiful hillside town of Kefalos on the Dodecanese island of Kos in Greece, the Peros Mayflower apartments are in a quiet spot. There’s a little pool bar, plus a restaurant. Rooms are plainly decorated and comfortable, with balconies.
How to do it: From £374pp self-catering in July for a week, with flights from Leeds Bradford and transfers (jet2holidays.com).
Just a ten-minute drive from the fine sandy beaches of Olu Deniz on Turkey’s south-west coast, the Green Valley Hotel offers exceptionally good value rooms, plus a large pool and peaceful setting surrounded by hills. Temperatures regularly touch 30c in July.
How to do it: Seven nights from £297pp B&B, with Luton flights and transfers in July (thomascook.com).
Seville (above) in Andalucia makes a fabulous base for a long city break
Seville in Andalucia makes a fabulous base for a long city break with its endless tapas bars, splendid cathedral, Alcazar (an old Moorish palace) and many first-class flamenco shows.
Rent a room for a week at the comfortable Hotel Sevilla Center, which has a rooftop pool, and slip into southern Spanish life.
How to do it: Seven nights from £416pp room-only in July with Gatwick flights (easyjet.com).
RHODES FOR LESS
Enjoy a stay at one of the colourful Marietta Apartments in the quiet village of Pastida for a knockdown price this summer. The apartments surround a decent-sized pool with a restaurant overlooking the water. The busy nightlife of Faliraki and Rhodes Town is a short drive away.
How to do it: Seven nights from £449pp self-catering in July, with Manchester flights and transfers (jet2holidays.com).
MAKE IT MAJORCA
Alcudia is a peaceful town with medieval walls and narrow, labyrinthine streets in the north of Majorca. Prices in late June are a third off at the bright and breezy, family-friendly Bellevue Club hotel, which comes with eight pools and is a 15-minute walk from the beach.
How to do it: Seven nights from £237pp self-catering including Manchester flights. To upgrade to half-board is just £50pp extra (firstchoice.co.uk).
Check in to the TUI BLUE Riu Tikida Beach spa hotel close to Agadir and Taghazout on Morocco’s south-west coast and enjoy as much as 37 per cent off in July. There are two large pools, a shuttle to a local golf course and a gym at this popular hotel for couples.
How to do it: Seven nights from £554pp all-inclusive in July with Gatwick flights and transfers (tui.co.uk).
GREAT VALUE SPAIN
The Costa de Almeria is often overlooked, so there are regularly good deals to be had. Stay at the beachside Best Sabinal hotel in Roquetas de Mar, with its huge pool, spa and rooms facing the sea. There are plenty of good restaurants and bars close by.
How to do it: Seven nights with Gatwick flights and transfers from £571pp room-only in July (easyjet.com).
NOT DEAR IN MADEIRA
Bargain hunters can snare a seven-night holiday in Madeira with flights for £495pp, staying at Dom Pedro Madeira Hotel at Machico Bay (above)
Dom Pedro Madeira Hotel is at Machico Bay on Madeira, on the east coast of Portugal’s charming Atlantic Ocean island. It’s a great base for walking trips and it’s just a 50-yard stroll to a white-sand beach. There’s a huge pool and a cosy cocktail bar.
How to do it: Seven nights with Stansted flights from £495pp B&B in July (thomascook.com).
Stay in style at the Renaissance Tuscany II Ciocco Resort and Spa, set on a hilltop in rolling Tuscan countryside, for a steal in August. Enjoy views of Italy’s Apennine Mountains, visit local vineyards and try out the restaurants in the nearby medieval town of Barga.
How to do it: Seven nights from £490pp with UK flights in August (expedia.co.uk).
UNDER £800 A WEEK
Elias Beach Hotel faces a sandy beach close to the city of Limassol (above) on the southern coast of Cyprus. You can stay there for seven nights in July from £719pp full-board with Stansted flights included
Elias Beach Hotel faces a sandy beach close to the city of Limassol on the southern coast of Cyprus. There’s also a pool set in pretty gardens, plus a spa offering massages and facials. Tempting full-board offers are available this summer.
How to do it: Seven nights from £719pp full-board with Stansted flights in July (mercuryholidays.co.uk).
EGYPT FOR A SONG
There are seven pools and six bars (including a swim-up bar) at the Grand Waterworld Makadi Hotel overlooking the Red Sea in Egypt. This is a family-friendly choice with waterslides and an artificial wave machine for learning to surf.
How to do it: Seven nights for a family of four from £676pp all-inclusive (a total of £2,704) with Gatwick flights (redseaholidays.co.uk).
LA GOMERA OFFER
A ferry crossing from Tenerife to the smaller Canary island of La Gomera, just to the west, is included in package prices for stays at Hotel Jardin Tecina, on a peaceful stretch of La Gomera’s coastline. The hotel has a selection of pools, a spa and its very own golf course.
How to do it: Seven nights from £799pp half-board with Luton flights and transfers in July (fredholidays.co.uk).
Book into the Velamar Boutique Hotel in Albufeira on Portugal’s Algarve coast to enjoy the nearby golden sands or relax on a lounger by its little kidney-shaped pool. Rooms are minimalist in style, with the occasional splash of modern art.
How to do it: Seven nights with Edinburgh flights from £756pp B&B in August — 29 per cent off (jet2holidays.com).
FUN IN FUERTEVENTURA
With two pools, a gym, a spa, windsurfing and sailing, Barcelo Corralejo Sands suits sporty types. It’s a short walk from a beach and two miles from Dunas de Corralejo Natural Park. There are some enticing half-board offers this summer.
How to do it: Seven nights from £684pp half-board with Gatwick flights at the end of June (tui.co.uk).
COUNT ON KALKAN
The Samira Resort Hotel and Apartments in Kalkan on Turkey’s south-west coast has a big pool with a cocktail waiter service. The tavernas and restaurants of the centre of Kalkan are a ten-minute stroll away. Rooms are clean and modern.
How to do it: Seven nights from £614pp B&B with Glasgow flights on June 30 (firstchoice.co.uk).
Benidorm’s concrete tower blocks may not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy the resort’s brash style, plenty of bargains are to be had. The Presidente is one of the big hotels, based around a large pool with a bar. Rooms are large and comfortable.
How to do it: Seven nights from £692pp half-board with Manchester flights and transfers in July (travelrepublic.co.uk).
The JS Miramar hotel is by the beach at Can Picafort (above) on Majorca. Easyjet has a seven-night deal for a holiday there from £682pp
Fly from Belfast on EasyJet in the summer and book a room through its sister company, EasyJet Holidays, to keep costs down. The JS Miramar hotel is by the beach at Can Picafort on Majorca, with colourful rooms with balconies. Bikes can be hired for exploring the coast.
How to do it: Seven nights from £682pp half-board with Belfast flights in July (easyjet.com).
A CORKER IN MENORCA
Surrounded by pretty gardens, the MenorcaMar Apartments make a pleasant spot to stay on Menorca; they are rated by Thomas Cook as the best value accommodation in the little beach resort of Cala en Bosc. There’s a charming pool with a snack bar at the centre.
How to do it: Seven nights from £649pp self-catering with Luton flights in July (thomascook.com).
UNDER £1,200 A WEEK
GRAN CANARIA IN STYLE
Tucked away by Playa Taurito on a quiet stretch of Gran Canaria’s south-west coast, the TUI BLUE Suite Princess has comfortable rooms decorated with modern art. Best rooms have balconies facing the ocean. There’s a massive pool and a spa with a sauna.
How to do it: From £851pp all-inclusive with Newcastle flights in July (tui.co.uk).
£500 OFF IN MAGALUF
Tropical Sky Europe has slashed £500pp off the price of seven-night stays in July and August at the Dreams Calvia Resort and Spa. It’s by a beach and 150 metres from the centre of the popular (and often quite lively) resort. There’s an Asian fusion restaurant and a burger bar.
How to do it: Seven nights from £979pp in August with Gatwick flights and transfers (tropicalsky.co.uk).
Book a family room at Seaside Los Jameos Hotel in Lanzarote (above) and one child travels free in July
Book a family room at Seaside Los Jameos Hotel in Lanzarote and one child travels free in July. It’s part of the Luxe Collection offered by Jet2Holidays and comes with an excellent pool and spa, plus tennis courts and a mini-golf course. It’s also beside a fine sandy beach.
How to do it: Seven nights from £870pp B&B for a family of four (or £2,610 per family, with kids aged 2-12) with flights from Leeds Bradford in July (jet2holidays.com).
60% OFF RHINE CRUISE
Grab a cabin on Avalon Waterways’ week-long Romantic Rhine with Amsterdam and Strasbourg sailing departing in July and save £1,712pp. The cruise departs from Amsterdam and calls at Cologne, Strasbourg and Mainz, ending in Basel, with excursions at each port.
How to do it: Seven nights from £1,159pp full-board, with drinks with meals, and flights from airports across the UK on July 10; 60 per cent off (cruise.co.uk).
Olympic Holidays, the Greek travel specialist, has reduced the cost of stays at the plush Marpunta Resort, on the island of Alonissos in the Northern Sporades, by a quarter this July.
It’s a peaceful hotel with rooms scattered among buildings based on fishermen’s cottages.
How to do it: Seven nights from £989pp B&B with Luton flights on July 4 (olympicholidays.com).
SAVE IN SORRENTO
Indulge in a week’s stay at the Imperial Hotel Tramontano, once a favourite haunt of 18th and 19th-century grand tourists including the poets Shelley, Byron and Keats. Rest by the tranquil pool, take a stroll around the lush gardens, or sip a limoncello at the terrace bar.
How to do it: Seven nights from £1,150pp B&B with Gatwick flights this summer (citalia.com).
… and far-flung favourites under £1,200
Bluebaytravel.co.uk is offering seven nights in Mauritius at Coral Azur Beach Resort, close to Trou aux Biches beach (above), from £1,199pp all-inclusive with Heathrow flights and transfers
Enjoy a rum punch or two as the sun sets across the Caribbean while staying at the good-value Timothy Beach Resort in the heart of Frigate Bay on St Kitts (above)
Set in tropical gardens close to the beaches of Mont Choisy and Trou aux Biches, Coral Azur Beach Resort is home to Wildwind, the only sailing centre in the Indian Ocean that’s approved by the Royal Yachting Association. Expect fine dining and sumptuous rooms.
How to do it: Seven nights in July from £1,199pp all-inclusive with Heathrow flights and transfers, plus an upgrade to an ocean-view room and a free spa treatment (bluebaytravel.co.uk).
TAKING THE MICKEY
See Mickey Mouse at Disney World and visit the many other theme parks in Orlando, Florida. Base yourself at the Ramada by Wyndham Kissimmee Gateway hotel, which has a pool and a Smokehouse Grill restaurant.
How to do it: Seven nights in July from £789pp room-only with Gatwick flights (britishairways.com/orlando).
Enjoy a rum punch or two as the sun sets across the Caribbean while staying at the good-value Timothy Beach Resort in the heart of Frigate Bay on St Kitts. The resort is right by a golden sandy beach and has its own pool.
How to do it: Seven nights in July from £806pp with Gatwick flights (britishairwaysholidays.com/kitts).
Push the boat out at the five-star Hilton Phuket Arcadia Resort And Spa next to Karon Beach on the Thai island. It’s in a peaceful spot with great sunsets, but also within walking distance of the area’s busy bars and restaurants.
How to do it: Seven nights in July from £1,124pp B&B in a deluxe plus garden view room with Gatwick flights and transfers (travelzoo.com).
TOBAGO FOR ALL
Relax by the white sandy beach of the welcoming — and sporty — Magdalena Grand Beach And Golf Resort in Tobago for a bargain this summer.
It offers a range of activities, with tennis courts, championship 18-hole golf course, spa, two swimming pools and a nature trail so you can go on hikes. Perfect for active souls as well as those who just want to relax.
How to do it: Seven nights in July from £1,169pp B&B with Gatwick flights (britishairways.com/tobago).
DON’T MISS THE UAE
Stay at the Hampton by Hilton Marjan Island hotel in Ras Al Khaimah, in the United Arab Emirates, and enjoy 25 per cent off in August — all-inclusive.
It features a pool, a charming restaurant and, crucially, air conditioning: the average daily temperature is 35c, with highs touching 39c.
How to do it: Seven nights in August from £1,149pp all-inclusive with Heathrow flights (britishairways.com/dubai).
Firstchoice.co.uk is offering seven nights in Boa Vista (above), part of the Cape Verde archipelago, in August from £917pp all-inclusive with Manchester flights
Get away from it all by jetting off to the tropical islands of Cape Verde in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean — without it costing a packet.
The family-friendly Hotel Riu Touareg in Boa Vista has pools facing a white sandy beach, plus tennis courts and a gym.
How to do it: Seven nights in August from £917pp all-inclusive with Manchester flights (firstchoice.co.uk).
OFF TO ABU DHABI
The Radisson Blu Hotel And Resort in Abu Dhabi is plush and modern with nine restaurants, a health club and a pool with a waterslide. There’s a bar at the nearby beach, as well as a swim-up pool bar.
How to do it: Seven nights in July from £1,100pp half-board including Gatwick flights (travelrepublic.co.uk).
Margaritaville Resort in Orlando, Florida, is just minutes away from Disney World, and close to Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld, too. It’s a fun, party-orientated place (as the name suggests), with live music and the Salty Rim bar.
How to do it: A family of four can stay for seven nights in July from £1,049pp (or £4,196 in total for a family with children aged two to 17) with Gatwick flights (ba.com).
Note: Remember to check the latest Covid entry requirements for each country by visiting gov.uk.