Great Getaways: Costa Rica, Egypt and North America


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Costa Rica

Bales Worldwide has cut the price of its 10-day "Natural Wonders of Costa Rica" tour to £1,995 per person for the 8 and 22 February departures.

It includes Continental Airlines flights from Heathrow via Newark, with accommodation, excursions and most meals. Highlights include the capital San José, Tortuguero national park, Arenal volcano and Monteverde cloud forest.


Spend the Easter school holiday in Egypt with Explore's nine-day "Land of the Pharaohs" tour. Departing on 31 March, it visits a host of ancient sites, from the Pyramids of Giza to the Valley of the Kings, with a camel trek to St Simeon's Monastery and a Nile cruise along the way. Flights from Heathrow to Cairo, most meals, accommodation and excursions are included for £1,077 per adult; £882 per child.

North America

Thomas Cook Tours has a 15-day escorted "Rockies by Rail and Alaska Cruise". The train portion takes in the majestic scenery of Banff, Jasper, Sun Peaks and Vancouver, from where you begin a week cruising the dramatic Inside Passage coastal route, from the fjords of British Columbia to the islands of Alaska. Includes accommodation, some meals, transfers and Air Canada flights from Heathrow on 24 May for £3,013 per person – or £201 per day.