Travel Challenge: Last-minute family getaways

view gallery VIEW GALLERY

Each week, we invite companies to offer us their best deal for a specific break. Today, a special edition: last-minute family summer holidays. All prices include a week's stay for four (two adults, two children), with start dates from 21 July to 25 August.

Turkey

£1, 418

Airtours

Includes Thomas Cook Airlines flights from Gatwick to Dalaman on 26 July, transfers and a self-catering studio at the Lunamar Apartments in Marmaris. "This relaxed, family-run establishment in the Armutalan area of Marmaris offers spacious apartments close to the sandy beaches, bars and restaurants," says Trish Hughes of Thomas Cook (0844 412 5970; thomascook.com).

French camping

£799

Canvas Holidays

Includes return Dover-Calais ferry on 23 July and a two-bedroom mobile home at Camping la Pointe St Gilles, Bénodet in Brittany (self-catering). "The campsite is ideally located close to the centre of Bénodet. There is a fantastic swimming pool on site, plus wonderful spa centre for some relaxation," says Margaret Robertson of Canvas Holidays (0845 268 0827; canvasholidays.co.uk).

Tenerife

£1,796

easyJet Holidays

Includes flights from Gatwick to Tenerife North on 22 August and all-inclusive accommodation at the Isla Bonita Hotel in Costa Adeje. "All-inclusive holidays are a great way to plan your budget and offer excellent value for money. The Isla Bonita offers a wide range of activities on site, such as a childrens' club and playground, tennis, squash, badminton and four swimming pools," says Mandy Round of easyJet Holidays (0843 1041000; easyjet.com/holidays).

Italian Dolomites

£1,999

Inghams

Includes easyJet flights from Gatwick to Innsbruck in Austria on Saturday 4 August, as well as transfers and a fully-catered stay at Chalet Hotel Al Pigher in La Villa. "This traditional Italian resort is the perfect base for a family holiday set in the beautiful Dolomite mountain range. There are plenty of outdoor activities to choose from including mountain biking and walking. There are also climbing tours and via ferratas to explore more isolated areas," says Lisa Tyrrell of Inghams (01483 791111; inghams.co.uk).

Cornwall

£990

Looe & Polperro Holidays

Includes the rental of Foxglove Barn, near Liskeard, from 28 July, 11 or 25 August. "This is a true Cornish gem – just 25 minutes from the fishing village of Fowey, 10 minutes from Bodmin and just a mile from a fabulous pub with great food and ales," says Marie Carnell of Looe & Polperro Holidays (01503 265330; looeand polperroholidays.co.uk).

British boating

£1,215

Waterways Holidays

Hire of a 49ft Grebe boat, for Friday to Monday departures between 21 July and 25 August from Wrenbury on the Llangollen Canal, for a boating holiday around Cheshire and North Wales, with tuition. "Narrowboat holidays represent a great activity break without having to spend extra on daily excursions and amusements for the kids. Each boat offers full self-catering facilities and is ideal for first timers and experienced boaters alike," says Nigel Richards of Waterways Holidays (01252 339023; waterwaysholidays.com).

Greek villa

£1,380

CV Travel

Includes rental of the two-bed St Thomas Beach House on the island of Kefalonia from either 22 or 29 July, and 5, 12, 19 and 26 August. Includes car hire but not flights. "A beach with a taverna five minutes away and a villa with a private pool – what more could anyone want? This wonderful, air-conditioned stone villa in the south of Kefalonia also has lovely coastal views and sun-terraces," says Carolina Brooke of CV Travel (020-7401 1026; cvtravel.co.uk).

The Azores

£2,592

Sunvil Discovery

Includes SATA flights from Gatwick to Sao Miguel on 11 August, transfers and B&B in two rooms at the Hotel Royal Garden in Ponta Delgada. "August is wonderful in the Azores. You can swim in natural rock pools, spot whales and dolphins, or take a 4x4 safari to see spectacular volcanic scenery," says Rosanna Melaragni of Sunvil Discovery (020-8758 4722; sunvil.co.uk).

Active Spain

£3,356

Families Worldwide

Includes B&B at the Casa Rural farmhouse near the Catalan town of Sant Pere Pescador from 28 July, with activities such as high-rope walking, abseiling, archery, riding and mountain biking. Flights extra. "This trip is centre-based, so Mum and Dad don't have to keep packing and unpacking. The activities are all optional, so people can do as much or as little as they like," says Mark Wright of Families Worldwide (0845 051 4567; familiesworldwide.co.uk).

California

£3,755

Virgin Holidays

Includes Virgin flights from Heathrow to Los Angeles on 21 August and room-only at the Knotts Berry Farm Hotel in Anaheim with car hire. "Anaheim is the perfect destination for families combining all the thrills of the theme parks, such as Knotts Berry, Legoland and Disney, with gorgeous beaches just a drive away," says Paul Lennard of Virgin Holidays (0844 557 3859; virginholidays.co.uk).

Miami

£3,756

BA Holidays

Includes BA flights from Heathrow to Miami any day between 21 July and 25 August and room-only at Days Inn Oceanside. "Miami is perfect for families looking for a beach break combined with lots of fun activities, such as The Everglades nearby. The hotel is in a great central location with direct access to Miami Beach's famous boardwalk and minutes from South Beach's Art Deco district," says Caroline Smith of BA Holidays (0844 4930758; ba.com/miami).

West Sweden

£4,490

Simply Sweden

Includes SAS flights from Heathrow to Gothenburg Landvetter on any day of summer holidays, with car hire and B&B in Gothenburg, Lysekil, Dalsland and South Koster island. Activities include sea kayaking, guided cycling and horseriding. "Summertime in Sweden is magical," says Chris Graham of Simply Sweden. "Families can enjoy the great outdoors and the lighter days, while seeing the cities, coast and lake district." (0845 8900300; simplysweden.co.uk)

Cyprus

£4,249

Sovereign Luxury Travel

Includes easyJet flights from Gatwick to Paphos on 24 July, transfers and half-board at InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel. "This stunning hotel allows families to really relax and enjoy quality time together. The childrens' club has plenty of activities to keep the family entertained, such as trampolines and an adventure playground, all included in the price," says Stephanie Pritchard of Sovereign Luxury Travel (0844 415 1936; sovereign.com).

Portugal

£6,502

Prestige Holidays

Includes easyJet flights from Gatwick to Faro on Monday 30 July, transfers and half-board at the Sheraton Algarve in Praia da Falesia. "This resort offers a spectacular location as it's set on a cliff, overlooking a wonderfully sandy beach. It has its own golf course, a great choice dining options and excellent childrens' club, making it perfect for families with kids of all ages," says Nicky Shafe of Prestige Holidays (01425 480400; prestigeholidays.co.uk).

The Independent travel offers: Discover a world of inspiring destinations

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Extras
indybest
Travel
Flocking round: Beyoncé, Madame Tussauds' latest waxwork, looking fierce in the park
travelIn a digital age when we have more access than ever to the stars, why are waxworks still pulling in crowds?
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Arts and Entertainment
Judi Dench appeared at the Hay Festival to perform excerpts from Shakespearean plays
tvJudi Dench and Hugh Bonneville join Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC Shakespeare adaptations
Sport
Is this how Mario Balotelli will cruise into Liverpool?
football
News
Ronahi Serhat, a PKK fighter, in the Qandil Mountains in Iraqi Kurdistan
i100
Travel
ebookHow to enjoy the perfect short break in 20 great cities
Arts and Entertainment
Poet’s corner: Philip Larkin at the venetian window of his home in 1958
booksOr caring, playful man who lived for others? A new book has the answer
Arts and Entertainment
Exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in Metz - 23 May 2012
art
News
Matthew McConaughey and his son Levi at the game between the Boston Red Sox and the Houston Astros at Fenway Park on August 17, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
advertisingOscar-winner’s Lincoln deal is latest in a lucrative ad production line
Life and Style
Pick of the bunch: Sudi Pigott puts together roasted tomatoes with peppers, aubergines and Labneh cheese for a tomato-inspired vegetarian main dish
food + drink
Arts and Entertainment
Alfred Molina, left, and John Lithgow in a scene from 'Love Is Strange'
film
Independent Travel Videos
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Amsterdam
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in Giverny
Independent Travel Videos
Simon Calder in St John's
Independent Travel Videos
Independent
Travel Shop
the manor
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on city breaks Find out more
santorini
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on chic beach resorts Find out more
sardina foodie
Up to 70% off luxury travel
on country retreats Find out more
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Travel

    Oracle 11g SQL 2008 DBA (Unix, Oracle RAC, Mirroring, Replicati

    £6000 - £50000 per annum + Bonus+Benefits+Package: Harrington Starr: Oracle 11...

    Recruitment Consultant (Graduate Trainee), Finchley Central

    £17K OTE £30K: Charter Selection: Highly successful and innovative specialist...

    SQL DBA/ C# Developer - T-SQL, C#.Net

    £45000 - £55000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Working with an exciting ...

    Sales and Office Administrator – Sports Media

    £23,000: Sauce Recruitment: A global leader in sports and entertainment is now...

    Day In a Page

    Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

    Air strikes? Talk of God? Obama is following the jihadists’ script

    The President came the nearest he has come yet to rivalling George W Bush’s gormless reaction to 9/11 , says Robert Fisk
    Ebola outbreak: Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on the virus

    Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

    A Christian charity’s efforts to save missionaries trapped in Africa by the crisis have been justifiably praised. But doubts remain about its evangelical motives
    Jeremy Clarkson 'does not see a problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC

    Not even Jeremy Clarkson is bigger than the BBC, says TV boss

    Corporation’s head of television confirms ‘Top Gear’ host was warned about racist language
    Nick Clegg the movie: Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise

    Nick Clegg the movie

    Channel 4 to air Coalition drama showing Lib Dem leader's rise
    Philip Larkin: Misogynist, racist, miserable? Or caring, playful man who lived for others?

    Philip Larkin: What will survive of him?

    Larkin's reputation has taken a knocking. But a new book by James Booth argues that the poet was affectionate, witty, entertaining and kind, as hitherto unseen letters, sketches and 'selfies' reveal
    Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?

    Waxing lyrical

    Madame Tussauds has shown off its Beyoncé waxwork in Regent's Park - but why is the tourist attraction still pulling in the crowds?
    Texas forensic astronomer finally pinpoints the exact birth of impressionism

    Revealed (to the minute)

    The precise time when impressionism was born
    From slow-roasted to sugar-cured: how to make the most of the British tomato season

    Make the most of British tomatoes

    The British crop is at its tastiest and most abundant. Sudi Pigott shares her favourite recipes
    10 best men's skincare products

    Face it: 10 best men's skincare products

    Oscar Quine cleanses, tones and moisturises to find skin-savers blokes will be proud to display on the bathroom shelf
    Malky Mackay allegations: Malky Mackay, Iain Moody and another grim day for English football

    Mackay, Moody and another grim day for English football

    The latest shocking claims do nothing to dispel the image that some in the game on these shores exist in a time warp, laments Sam Wallace
    La Liga analysis: Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

    Will Barcelona's hopes go out of the window?

    Pete Jenson starts his preview of the Spanish season, which begins on Saturday, by explaining how Fifa’s transfer ban will affect the Catalans
    Middle East crisis: We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

    We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

    Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
    Neanderthals lived alongside humans for centuries, latest study shows

    Final resting place of our Neanderthal neighbours revealed

    Bones dated to 40,000 years ago show species may have died out in Belgium species co-existed
    Scottish independence: The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

    The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

    Scotland’s immigrants are as passionate about the future of their adopted nation as anyone else
    Britain's ugliest buildings: Which monstrosities should be nominated for the Dead Prize?

    Blight club: Britain's ugliest buildings

    Following the architect Cameron Sinclair's introduction of the Dead Prize, an award for ugly buildings, John Rentoul reflects on some of the biggest blots on the UK landscape