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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 (jod.uk.com).

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 (utracks.com).

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 (hayesandjarvis.co.uk).

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 (stenaline.co.uk).