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Holiday deals under £500

By Mark Hodson, Sunday Times Travel Writer

Are you looking for holidays under £500? We regularly feature big discounts on holidays in our weekly deals newsletter. You can sign up here for your free subscription.

We have holidays under £500 for couples and families, mainly in the Mediterranean, but also across Europe and in the UK. It is rare to find good-quality long-haul holidays at that price.

Take a look below at some recent examples of holidays around £500 (a few are slightly over £500), but please bear in mind that these particular holidays may not be available. However, you can contact the companies using the links on this page to find their latest deals.

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25% off scenic rail break in Scotland

Scotland’s West Highland Line was recently voted the world’s best rail journey by readers of Wanderlust magazine. A three-night West Highland Line Experience including a family-run hotel in Spean Bridge and a first-class day trip on the Jacobite Express steam train from Fort William to Mallaig costs £290 pp in September and £275 pp in October, each saving £90 pp. Details from McKinlay Kidd.

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August: 30% off Italian Lakes

A week’s half-board at the 3-star Hotel Antonella in the picturesque Italian lakeside resort of Malcesine costs just £549 per person (saving £236 pp) including Gatwick flights on 10 August with Inghams.

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Late deal: 28% off unspoilt Greece

A week’s self-catering at Triantafilia Apartments in Sivota, a beautiful village in the unspoilt north west of Greece, costs just £519 pp (saving £208 pp) based on 2 sharing including Gatwick flights departing 21 July with Sunvil Holidays. The apartments are set in a hillside a short walk from the beach and village with a verandah overlooking the sea.


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33% off Italy’s Lake Garda

The Italian Lakes are perfect in July. A week’s half-board at the 3-star Hotel Palme in the resort of Garda costs £489 pp (saving £240 pp) including flights departing Gatwick on 13 July with Inghams. Flights also available from Bristol (+£89), Glasgow (+£99) and Newcastle (+£69). A night at the opera in nearby Verona costs from £22 pp.

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All summer: 20% off French chateau

Simply Chateau has 20% off a selection of large rental properties in France including Manoir De La Gauguinier in Normandy. It sleeps nine and costs £251 (saving £50) per person per week in July and August.

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