Great getaways: From cycling in the Basque Country to National Ferry Fortnight


Upmarket India

Journeys of Distinction has launched a one-off tour of India that departs on 30 October for a 19-day trip around the country by private jet. As well as visiting Calcutta, Chennai, Cochin and Mysore, you'll also stay in top-notch Taj Group hotels. The price of £8,999pp, includes meals, sightseeing and international flights from Heathrow, into Delhi and back from Bangalore (

Basque in glory

On 1 April, Utracks is launching a cycling holiday in the French and Spanish Basque Country. The self-guided trip starts and finishes in seaside Biarritz, pedals south to Hondarribia and Ainhoa, and stops off in St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and Bayonne. The week's holiday costs £890pp, with accommodation, most meals, bike hire and transfers, but not travel to Biarritz (

Caribbean sunshine

If you can pack your bags and be off by 25 March, Hayes & Jarvis has a week-long dose of spring sunshine in Barbados for £949pp, including Virgin Atlantic flights from Gatwick. The holiday is based at the three-star Coconut Court Beach Hotel, on the south-west coast in Hastings, close to the capital Bridgetown. Meals are not included (

Ferry good

National Ferry Fortnight got under way yesterday, with companies offering special discounts and deals. One example is Stena Line's promise of free travel for children on its Harwich-to-Hook of Holland service, for bookings made by 31 March. The deal is valid for car crossings until 5 January, 2015. Single fares start from £59 for a driver and vehicle, with additional adults charged at £12 one way (