Summer Travel Deals

STORY BY Debbie 17th March 2021

Escape to the mountains and save 20% in the Portes du Soleil this summer with Pierre & Vacances

The Alps may be closed to holidaymakers right now, but when the mountains burst back into life, the Portes du Soleil will be the perfect place to get active and to unwind. The world’s oldest cross-border ski and mountain biking destination, the Portes du Soleil is located between Lake Geneva and Mont Blanc, covering the neighbouring Alpine regions of French Chablais and Swiss Valais, encompassing two countries and 12 resorts. Although the region is less travelled outside of the ski season, it has just as much to offer in the summer, with hundreds of hiking and biking trails set against the spectacular Alpine scenery. There are around 600km of marked trails in the area with varying degrees of technical skill required, as well as countless mapped road cycling itineraries to explore. In addition, holidaymakers can choose from a range of climbing, trekking and fishing excursions or an array of more transformative experiences, like horse-back rides in the mountains or taking to the skies over the Alps via helicopter, light-aircraft, or a hot air balloon. Leading accomodation group Pierre & Vacances has several properties in the region and is currently offering up to 20% off summer stays.

For example, a seven-night self-catered stay, at the four-star Residence Atria-Crozats in the Portes du Soleil resort of Avoriaz, arriving 14 August 2021, in an apartment that sleeps up to five people, is priced from £475 / £95 pp (was £594 per apartment, saving 20%). Return flights and transfers extra.

Portes du Soleil:
Pierre & Vacances (0870 0267 145,


Travel to Northern France with Al Fresco Holidays and enjoy peace of mind with cost free changes to bookings

Al Fresco Holidays provides great value self-catering breaks at Europe’s best holiday parks, spanning six countries and 25 regions. With access to superb dining options, excellent kids’ clubs and the very best sports facilities, an Al Fresco Holidays getaway is the perfect family option. During these uncertain times, the UK based tour operator is waiving its amendment fees, allowing guests to change their holiday arrival date or destination without charge. What’s more, every Al Fresco Holidays trip is ABTA and ATOL protected and the company has introduced more financial flexibility, meaning final holiday payments are now required six weeks before departure rather than 12 weeks before.

A seven-night, self-catered stay this summer, at the five-star La Croix du Vieux Pont park in Northern France, arriving 28 August 2021, is priced from £682 for a two-bedroom Comfort Vista mobile home, which sleeps up to six. (was £810.60, saving 15%). Price excludes travel although ferry transport can be arranged with Al Fresco Holidays.

Al Fresco Holidays (0161 332 8900,

Experience mouth-watering Megève, France

The French Alpine village of Megève has long been associated with world-class dinning and has an eclectic food scene, unrivalled anywhere in the region. The resort’s rich gastronomic heritage was born out of its agricultural past, with 45 working farms still in operation to this day and an impressive 75 eateries offering a range of cuisine types and catering to just about every budget. Megève’s year-round market has now resumed after a period closure during the lockdown, here local food producers and artisans sell all manner of fresh produce, including specialist cheeses, handmade chocolate and fine meats. The jewel in the crown is the resort’s four Michelin-starred restaurants, boasting an unprecedented seven stars between them.

A seven-night stay at the four-star Coeur de Megève in a comfort room, arriving 16 July 2021, is priced from €648 pp (£555) based on two adults sharing. Return flights and transfers extra.


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