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Press on: the Saga newsletter

Wednesday 25 April 2007

Saga Holidays delves deep into the destination

Saga Holidays, the specialist tour operator for the over 50s, has a wealth of exciting holidays on offer in their new Travellers World brochure for 2007/8 for people wanting to delve deep under the skin of their destination.

The company's latest long-haul brochure offer a fantastic opportunity for customers looking to discover the hidden or less explored side of their chosen destination - whether it's in Africa the Far East, Latin America and the Caribbean, or the Indian Ocean.

In the Far East, Saga Holidays offers a taste of traditional Vietnam in the ancient town of Hoi An on the northern coast of the country. The enchanting and unspoilt town combines an unusual mix of Vietnamese, Chinese and European architecture - and offers an exciting alternative to the more popular Ho Chi Minh City. Prices for a fortnight at the Hoi An Trails Resort, a boutique hotel-style hotel near the Thu Hoai River, start from 1319 per person. Customers booking before February 28th are eligible for Saga's hassle free UK travel service.*

In the Indian Ocean, discover Sri Lanka's fascinating cultural heritage and historic temples on a 13-night journey around the island. Visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Polonnaruwa, the Dambulla Cave Temple, the Temple of the Tooth and the Katharagama Skanda temple are combined with the South Coast beaches. Prices for the Sri Lankan Adventure start from 1249 per person. Saga's UK travel service* available on all departures after 1st September.

Or in the Caribbean, stray from the beautiful beaches and become immersed in the culture of the islands of Tobago, Grenada and Bequia. Highlights of the Islands of the Caribbean 14-night** tour include a visit to the River Antoine Rum Distillery in Grenada, a tour of the colonial history of the Tobagan capital Scarborough, and a tour of Bequia's seafaring heritage in Port Elizabeth. Prices start from 1719 per person. Saga's UK travel service* available on all departures after 1st September.

Contact Saga Holidays: 0800 056 5880- all calls are free

For further information contact the Saga Holidays press office using the details on page 3.

HOLIDAYS OF THE MONTH:

Our hand-picked selection of top deals for this month are all from Saga Holidays' Europe and the Mediterranean brochure:

CROATIA: Enjoy a thrilling 14-night tour of Croatia with Saga Holidays with prices starting from 674 Per person. The all-inclusive Jewels of Croatia tour includes a relaxing stay on the traditional island of Brac, an exploration of the stunning Dalmatian Coast, and visits to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Dubrovnik and Split. The holiday leaves Gatwick on 2 April with the price including a free bar open 12 hours daily, the services of a tour manager, return scheduled flights, insurance and cancellation cover. Details www.saga.co.uk/travelshop or 0800 056 6099.

TENERIFE: Spend a relaxing seven nights at the Gran Hotel Turquesa Playa in Tenerife with Saga Holidays with prices starting from 484 per person. Set in the subtropical north of the island, the modern four star hotel is in a quiet location a short stroll from the beach. The lively town centre of Puerto de la Cruz is 800 metres away. The holiday leaves Garwick on March 16 with the price including a free bar open 12 hours daily, two included excursions, the services of a representative, return flights, insurance and cancellation cover. Details www.saga.co.uk/travelshop or 0800 300 500.

MADEIRA: Enjoy a superb seven night break at the Pestana Bay Hotel in Madeira with Saga Holidays with prices starting from 499 per person. The modern four-star hotel on the outskirts of Funchal offers superb views over Cabo Girao, the second highest sea cliff in the world. The holiday leaves Gatwick on March 27, with the price including a free bar open 12 hours daily, two excursions, the services of a tour manager, return scheduled flights, insurance and cancellation cover. Details www.saga.co.uk/travelshop or 0800 300 500.

SOUTH AFRICAN ADVENTURES:

Saga Holidays has launched its new South Africa brochure for 2007. Here are three highlights from the exciting new offering:

OUT OF AFRICA:This exciting new two-centre holiday showcases the delightful contrasts of KwaZulu-Natal. Venture into the African bush and enjoy some of the country's best wildlife viewing on traditional game drives in Hluhluwe National Park and Greater St Lucia Wetland Park before retreating to the coast for a stay at the luxurious Zimbali Lodge and Country Club. Prices for the 12-night*** adventure start from 1669 per person including all breakfasts, three lunches and all dinners, excursions as described, the services of a tour manager, return scheduled flights plus insurance. Details www.saga.co.uk/travelshop or 0800 414 383.

THE GLORIOUS GARDEN ROUTE:This superb tour takes guests on a thrilling journey around South Africa's legendary silver lagoons, emerald forests and dramatic coastal scenery. Beginning in Cape Town, the 14-night*** holiday includes visits to the Tsitsikamma National Park and a memorable train journey through the Wilderness National Park aboard the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe train. Guests also visit Knysna, the "jewel" of the Garden Route and spend three nights in Cape Town. Prices for the trip start from 1719 per person including all breakfasts, five lunches and 12 dinners, excursions as descibed, the services of a tour manager, return scheduled flights plus insurance. Details www.saga.co.uk/travelshop or 0800 414 383.

CRESCENT COUNTRY HOUSE HOTEL:This charming hotel is set in eight hectares of gardens on the banks of the Piesong River and offers breathtaking mountain views. Prices for 16 nights*** start from 1469 per person including half board, return scheduled flights plus insurance. A trip on the Outeniqua Choo Tjoe train and a visit to Knysna Town are included among the five free excursions. . Details www.saga.co.uk/travelshop or 0800 414 383.

Saga's hassle free UK travel service is also available on many departures for these destinations*

COMING OF AGE:

PIN-UP OF THE MONTH: Ray Winstone

The celebrated British actor Ray Winstone turns 50 this month. Among his most famous lead performances was as Gary Dove in the hit gangster film Sexy Beast, based in the Costa Del Sol. Seven years after the film was screened, Winstone could now return to the region with Saga Holidays for a stay at the four-star Hotel AGH Estepona. Prices start from 464 per person for seven nights at the secluded hotel, which has two outdoor swimming pools and, of course, plenty of sun loungers. The price includes half board, a free bar open four hours daily, return flights, insurance and cancellation cover. Details www.saga.co.uk/travelshop or call 0800 300 500.

NOTES TO EDITORS

* Saga's UK travel service includes either door-to-door chauffeur service if you live within 75 miles by road from your nearest airport, included airport parking, included UK connecting flights or included travel by coach.

** includes one night aboard aircraft

*** includes two nights aboard aircraft

Saga is the leading provider of holidays and financial services for people over the age of 50

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