Great Getaways: 02/09/12


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Saintly splendour

Feel the sand between your toes in St Lucia this autumn. Travelbag offers a week on the island in October for £699, including B&B at the Hotel Blu on Rodney Bay and Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick (

Moor for your money

Soak up the ancient sites of the Moorish empire on a cruise with Holland America Line. Departing from Civitavecchia (for Rome) on 7 October, the nine-night cruise calls at Barcelona, Valencia, Cartagena, Gibraltar and Lisbon, finishing in Rotterdam. The price of £349 per person includes full board in an inside cabin, but not flights to Rome or back from Rotterdam (

Greek retreat

As the searing summer heat starts to relent, Olympic Holidays is offering a week in Corfu for £285pp. The price includes flights from Gatwick on 10 September and seven nights' rental of a studio at the Olive Tree Apartments in Kavos (

Mexican marvels

Mexico City, Oaxaca, San Cristóbal, Palenque, Campeche and Cancun are some of the seductive locations on Virgin Holidays' 15-day Highlights of Mexico tour departing on 3 November. It costs £1,795pp, including flights from Heathrow via Houston, transport and mixed-board accommodation (