Free flights, cruises and walk awaydays

By Lucy Miller, September 4, 2008
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If you are planning a trip to Israel's Red Sea resort of Eilat this winter, Thomsonfly - which has just celebrated the 100,000th booking to Tel Aviv - is giving away free return flights from Tel Aviv onwards to Eilat if you fly with them to Tel Aviv and book your Eilat hotel with Thomson. To receive the offer, you must first book your Tel Aviv flight from Luton or Manchester and your Eilat hotel, and then submit your email confirmations to a specified email address, where the free transfer flights will be booked. Participating hotels include the Dan Eilat and Dan Panorama, Isrotel's Riviera and Ambassador, the Neptune, Golden Tulip and Prima Music (www.thomsonfly.com)

Guests staying in Tel Aviv at either the Dan or Dan Panorama hotels are being offered a free ticket for entry to the Nahum Gutman Museum located in the "Writer's House" in the city's charming and historic Neve Zedek area (www.danhotels.com; 00972 3 520 2552)

Top-of-the-range cruise line Regent Seven Seas is offering even more allure to their voyages, with free long-haul flights for a series of 14 and 21-night cruises aboard Mariner and Voyager in early 2009. The cruises include Fort Lauderdale to Buenos Aires in January; Sydney-Singapore and Shanghai-Singapore in March, Dubai-Istanbul in April and Osaka-Seward in May; (www.rssc.co.uk; 023 8083 9150).

More than two dozen jazz artists are set to dazzle music-lovers for Crystal Cruises' 2008 Jazz voyage on Crystal Symphony this autumn. Among musicians are the Harry Allen Quartet, Bob Wilbur Quintet and Johnny Varro. The cruise, which will depart on a seven-night round trip from Los Angeles on November 30 taking in Mexican ports costs from £2,375 per person including return UK flights (020 7287 9040; www.crystalcruises.co.uk).

The fabulous four-year-old Terminal Three at Ben-Gurion - effectively a brand new airport - and home base for El Al, has been voted best airport in the Middle East in the Skytrax World Airport 2008 awards. The winner in its regional category, the airport was assessed across 39 services, including check-in, arrivals, transfer and general environment. The awards are based on responses by 8.2 million airline passengers and cover more than 190 airports worldwide.

If you are want to see the British Museum's stunning Hadrian: Empire and Conflict exhibition, Eton Collection's five-star boutique Threadneedles and sister hotel The Academy in Bloomsbury are offering a Hadrian weekend package of one night's accommodation for two with breakfast, exhibition tickets and glossy book. Price from £250 at Threadneedles, £219 at The Academy (www.theetoncollection.com).

Keen walkers can join a Walkactive weekend, at either Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare, County Kerry, from October 5 to 7, or at Titanic Spa, Huddersfield from September 21-23. The packages include two nights' accommodation, hearty breakfasts, healthy lunches plus use of spa and leisure facilities. The Irish break costs £451, and the Huddersfield break £355, per person, based on two sharing (www.walkactive.co.uk).

If the gold-standard Olympic Games whetted your appetite for a visit to China, don't forget to pack China Chic, just published by Kuperard. It has all the information you need on dining, shopping, opera, museums, galleries, spas and nightlife as well as all the best in luxury travel in the China's capital and main cities. Illustrated with full colour photographs (£12.95, www.kuperard.co.uk for stockists).

Keith Prowse Tours is offering Manchester United fans a range of packages for United home games in all domestic and European competitions. Basic packages cost from £154 and include one night's accommodation, match tickets in the newest stand, snacks and programme (08700 66 15 60; www.KeithProwse.com/football).

Pittsburgh-based singles travel specialist Amazing Journeys, has a new programme of trips for autumn and winter, including a China Tour in November, a New Year's Cruise to Australia and New Zealand from December 21 to January 4, and the annual Jewish Singles Winter Caribbean Cruise from February 10 to 17 (001 412 521-8010; www.amazingjourneys.net).

Fans of mega-selling autobiography Angela's Ashes, can meet the author, Frank McCourt aboard ultra-luxe line Silversea's Silver Shadow during its 92-day Grand Pacific Voyage taking in 15 countries, 45 ports and six overnight stays including Bora Bora, Sydney, Singapore, Saigon and Tokyo. Other guest lecturers include astronaut Dr Kathryn D Sullivan; oceanographer Dr George Losey and adventurer, author and filmmaker, Jon Bowermaster. The full 92-day voyage costs from £32,655 per person based on two sharing, and segments cost from £3,740 (www.silversea.com; 0844 770 9030).

    Last updated: 3:25pm, September 10 2008