No flies on these ...

Five of the best short breaks that bud­get air­lines can’t mess up

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Am­s­ter­dam

It takes just 4hr 40min to reach the Nether­lands by train, with a change in Brus­sels, from £99 re­turn book­ing with Eurostar or b-europe.com. P&O Fer­ries sails overnight from Hull to Rot­ter­dam, while DFDS Se­aways sails overnight from New­cas­tle to Ij­muiden, near Am­s­ter­dam.

Fam­ily re­sort near Paris

Eurostar links Lon­don, Ebb­s­fleet and Ash­ford with Marne La Val­lée for Dis­ney­land. But there’s now an­other re­sort near the same sta­tion: Vil­lages Na­ture Paris. This prom­ises fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties in five “im­mer­sive worlds” in­clud­ing Aqualagon, with a geother­mally heated wa­ter park.

Venice

The daily Thello sleeper whisks pas­sen­gers from Paris to Venice overnight for as lit­tle as €35 in a couchette or from €95 in a two-bed sleeper. Few train ar­rivals can beat rum­bling across the cause­way over the la­goon into cen­tral Venice. Book the Thello at loco2.com.

San Se­bastián, Spain

Donos­tia (in Basque) is easy to reach with­out fly­ing: take Eurostar to Paris from £58 re­turn and a TGV from Paris to Hen­daye on the French-Span­ish bor­der for as lit­tle as €25 each way at loco2.com. From here, metro trains run to San Se­bastián ev­ery half hour in 37 min­utes for €2.35.

Tang­ier, Morocco

Tang­ier is a two-day trip from Lon­don by train. Take Eurostar and TGV to Barcelona, stay overnight, then on to Al­ge­ci­ras. You ar­rive in time for the bus to Tar­ifa and last ferry to Tang­ier. The jour­ney costs from £149 each way.

• More de­tails at seat61.com

Mark Smith, the Man in Seat 61

See the full list of 10 no-fly trips on Mon­day at the­guardian.com/travel

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