Bar­gains in the Summer sails

Book­ing late can some­times pay div­i­dends, as these deals would sug­gest

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

1. CRUIS­ING TO EPH­E­SUS

Begin­ning in Bo­drum, this tall-masted ship cruises from some of the pret­ti­est and most in­ter­est­ing sites in Turkey to the stun­ning ru­ins of Eph­e­sus.

It’s a cruise of con­trasts; from the small har­bour of Myn­dos to the an­cient, wealthy port of Ia­sos, once cel­e­brated for its blood-red and vivid white or­na­men­tal mar­ble and in­tri­cate mo­saics. In­land, there is the shrine to Zeus at Euro­mus, and at Didyma, the huge orac­u­lar tem­ple re­mains a stun­ning mon­u­ment to the god, Apollo. Then there is Eph­e­sus, cap­i­tal of Ro­man Asia, with its mar­ble streets, ago­ras and vil­las. The eight-day trip departs Au­gust 30 and costs from £2,125pp. www.pe­ter­som­mer.com Tel: 01600 888220

2. FAM­ILY BEACH HOUSE IN PAXOS

Sunvil Hol­i­days is of­fer­ing a 32 per cent dis­count (was £790 – save £256) on a week in the Mar­mari Beach House (sleeps four) on the minia­ture is­land of Paxos. There is a large out­door ter­race fringed by per­go­las, and the Lev- re­chio beach is a few short steps away. De­part­ing Au­gust 18, a seven-night stay costs £659pp (four shar­ing) in­clud­ing flights and trans­fers. www.sunvil.co.uk Tel: 020 8758 4758

3. GAR­DEN OF THE MOGHUL KINGS

Leave on Au­gust 21 with Wild Fron­tiers to un­wind for a three-day wa­ter jour­ney from Dal Lake to Manas­bal Lake, on a beau­ti­ful wa­tery trail first plied by the Moghul rulers in the 17th cen­tury. Stay in homely moun­tain camps, and walk in the Hi­malayan foothills. Visit the moun­tain vil­lage of Gul­marg and spend four nights on one of Srini­gar’s fa­mous house­boats. The 11-day trip costs from £1,665pp (was £1,850pp) Save £185 per person. www.wild­fron­tier­stravel.com Tel: 020 7736 3968

4. CY­CLE CHAL­LENGE COAST TO COAST, CUM­BRIA

Rid­ers sad­dle-up on the West Coast, pass over the Cum­brian Moun­tains and pedal south­wards through the Lake District Na­tional Park. Then it’s into York­shire, through the heart of

the Dales and fi­nally on to the East Coast. The climbs can be gru­elling but the mag­nif­i­cent de­scents and stun­ning scenery make it worth­while. De­par­ture date: Au­gust 28. The four-day trip costs from £519pp. www.dis­cov­er­ad­ven­ture.com Tel 01722 718444

5. EX­PE­DI­TION TO KYR­GYZS­TAN BISHKEK TO BISHKEK

This 15-day ex­pe­di­tion ven­tures off the tourist trail to Kyr­gyzs­tan, tak-ing in the stun­ning scenery of one of the last great un­touched wilder­nesses. You can swim in the mighty Lake IssyKul, hike to the edge of glaciers and stay in a yurt by the banks of Lake Song Kol. You can visit the border with China and see an an­cient Silk Road Car­a­vanserai, Tash Ra­bat. The trip costs from £511pp + USD425 (manda­tory lo­cal pay­ment). De­par­ture Date: Au­gust 21. www.oa­sisover­land.co.uk, Tel: 01963 363400

6. BEACH VILLA HOL­I­DAY IN SAR­DINIA

Lo­cated in the sought-af­ter re­sort of Can­ni­gione, Casa Rosa is only a few min­utes’ walk from sandy beaches, bars, restau­rants and the lo­cal mar­ket. This is a good op­tion for cou­ples and fam­i­lies look­ing for a tra­di­tional summer hol­i­day by the sea. De­par­ture date: Au­gust 30 for seven nights. Prices start from £499.

www.sar­dini­an­places.co.uk

Tel: 0845 330 2056

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