Get more for your money
Date Posted: 18/11/2010
After searching high and low, we’ve found some of the best value-for-money travel ideas currently available to the groups market.
Joint attraction days-out for under £50
Recently it seems that more local attractions are teaming up to offer group tickets which cover entry into multiple venues. Not only does this make life easier for GTOs putting together an itinerary, but it also means a discount is to be had over purchasing individual admission.
Two London English Heritage properties
This is a joint ticket to take in Apsley House, the stunning former home of the first Duke of Wellington, and Wellington Arch, bearer of his name, which stand facing each other in the heart of the capital at Hyde Park Corner. Until 31st March, entrance to both is £7.40 for adults, £3.70 for children and £6.30 for concessions, plus groups of 11 or more receive a further 15 per cent off the already discounted price.
A Midlands castle and aquarium
Immerse yourself in a thousand years of history at Warwick Castle (pictured), before marvelling at over 30 displays housing an array of fresh and sea water creatures at the National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham. Book online or by phone, and on selected dates, adult groups are entitled to the discounted price of £8.98 per person on entry to the castle. Then just add the aquarium to your ticket for an additional £5.
A historic site and modern icon
Parties planning a trip to the south coast will be interested to learn of a joint venture between two of the region’s most popular attractions. Exclusively for groups of 15 or more, one discounted ticket will buy entry into Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, home to some of the world’s most famous warships, and The Spinnaker Tower, which soars 170 metres into the sky and offers views at an altitude of 328 feet. Available to snap up at both sites, vouchers cost £17.50 for seniors and £20.50 for adults.
A royal garden and Thames boat trip
From March to November, groups can book The Royal Garden and River Boat Cruise on the Berkshire/ Surrey border. Consisting of a visit to The Savill Garden plus a two and a half hour boat trip along the River Thames with French Brothers, the cost is from £24.95 a person, including lunch and afternoon tea.
Two Yorkshire stately homes
For historic house connoisseurs, there is a package organised in conjunction with Scampston Hall, and the private property Birdsall House, from £30 a head. Only available to pre-booked groups, the day consists of a morning tour of Scampston Hall in the company of the owner, followed by an afternoon tour of Birdsall House given by members of the Willoughby family.
A West End show and river cruise lunch
A group day-out in the capital can be filled with complimentary visits to museums and galleries, but for something extra special, look no further than Group Line. The ticketing agency is offering the Float with Dreamboats package at a bargain price. Enjoy a trip back to the 50s with a midweek matinee performance of Dreamboats and Petticoats, combined with a three-course lunch cruise provided by Bateaux London. Prices start from £41.50 for senior groups or £43.50 for adult groups.
Short UK breaks for under £150
With the ‘staycation’ becoming more popular than ever, a trip within the British Isles doesn’t always guarantee the weather, but these tours do promise a substantial package at budget cost.
A sporting break
For something different, Newmarket Travel Service is offering groups the chance to visit London’s Olympic Park before it opens for the 2012 Games. The sum of £99 per person will buy a two-day break which includes a visit to Greenwich, a trip to the Olympic Park with access to the VIP Olympic Park Viewing Gallery, a guided walking tour of London’s historic East End and bed and breakfast in a comfortable Docklands hotel.
A magical mystery tour
Groups who enjoy a surprise should look at Simply Groups’s bargain mystery tours, priced from £99 a head. With departure dates running until March, just choose a region to visit in the UK, and from selected local pick up points, you’ll be whisked off to a secret destination for two nights half-board accommodation and a comprehensive tailor-made itinerary.
A seaside escape
Take a trip by train with Grand UK Holidays, staying at the classic English resorts of Torquay or Weston-super-Mare. Travelling from Paddington, a four-day half-board trip, available between March and October, will cost from £129 per person. With options for all group sizes, depending on availability, the accommodation is at the Hotel Richmond in Torquay or Daunceys in Weston-super-Mare.
An eastern England senior special
Pontin’s Gold is specifically tailored for the over 50s, and Pakefield Holiday Park in Lowestoft is offering a full-board, four-night break on 21st March. Originally priced at £218 per person, early birds can benefit from the special price of £131- a saving of 40 per cent if booked before 28th February.
A Highland fling
Tour operator just for groups! is running various UK Superdeals, for departures next spring. Top pick is the Highland Fling break, a coach holiday staying at the Bridge of Tilt Hotel in Blair Atholl. From £139 for four days based on a minimum of 35 people, the trip includes coach travel, excursions, a tour manager escort and a free place allowance.
Overseas holidays for under £400
If your group are considering travelling abroad in 2011, these breaks should be enough to convince everyone to snap up a bargain and pick up those extra passport stamps.
A Turkish delight
Visit Istanbul, the only city that spans two continents. On The Go Tours is offering a City of Sultans itinerary including the Blue Mosque and ancient Hagia Sofia, the Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar over a four-day excursion. A group of ten or more can secure this deal for £259 a person, with flights at an additional cost.
An Italian dream
Based upon a minimum of ten passengers, your group could be taking a three-night break to Desenzano, located on the south west of Lake Garda with Success Tours. With a typically Mediterranean feel, the accommodation is at the Splendid Mayer Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. Dates throughout next year are available, with prices from £279 a head.
Magical May holiday
Take advantage of a two night / three day Disneyland Paris package from £309 per adult and £199 per child with South Quay Travel & Leisure. Departing on 28th May, the cost includes bed and breakfast at the four star Radisson Blu Hotel, Eurostar travel, transfers, and a three-day Disneyland Paris Park Hopper Pass.
Provence by rail
Travelling by Eurostar and TGV trains to the French area of Provence, the six-day itinerary includes tours to Aix en Provence, Luberon, Pont du Gard, Oramge, Chateauneuf de Pape and Arles. Travelling out on 1st December 2011, Travel Editions offer groups of ten plus will receive a further ten per cent off the brochure price, for a cost of £359.10 per person.
Holland in bloom
On 25th April next year, your group can take a three night / four day Platinum Line trip to Amsterdam with InterChoice Holidays. Commuting via Eurostar, a new luxury coach with guide will introduce you to the local sights and sounds, with admission to the world-famous Keukenhof Park Gardens being the tour’s highlight. The package, including accommodation on a half-board basis, is £395 per person.
Seven days in the Cyprus sun
Pia Bella, one of the most popular hotels in northern Cyprus, is within walking distance to the ancient Kyrenia harbour. Through The Discovery Collection and available until the end of March is a seven-night, four-star holiday from £399 per person. The cost incorporates flights, private transfers, half-board hotel accommodation and free bedroom upgrades where available.