Travel Challenge: Late availability this summer

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Every week we invite competing companies to offer us their best deal for a specific holiday. Today: a week's holiday anywhere in Europe during the school summer holidays. Prices are for two adults and two children.

Sunvil Discovery

£1,631: São Miguel, Azores

This remarkable price includes direct flights from Gatwick or Manchester to Ponta Delgada on 30 July or 6, 13 and 20 August, plus transfers and a triple room with an extra bed, and breakfast, at the Hotel São Miguel Park. "Ponta Delgada on the main island of São Miguel is a great base for whale watching, walking trails and exploring these lush, untouched isles," says Rosanna Melaragni, of Sunvil Discovery (020-8758 4722;

Mark Warner

£3,745: Kardamena, Kos

Includes Tor Airlines flights from Gatwick to Kos on 30 July and transfers. Accommodation is in a junior suite on a half-board basis at the Lakitira Beach Hotel. "This is one of our larger resorts with excellent watersports, top-quality tennis and plenty of space to relax in beautiful surroundings," says Chloe Rumfitt, of Mark Warner (0844 884 3800;

Sovereign Luxury Travel

£3,069: Paphos, Cyprus

Includes Monarch flights from Gatwick to Paphos on 11 August with transfers and a shared junior suite at the InterContinental Aphrodite Hills Resort Hotel with breakfast. "This hotel is a true sanctuary, with an extensive range of facilities for all the family, including a new Pirates Village kids' club located at the heart of the resort," says Ricky Wason, of Sovereign Luxury Travel (0844 415 1936;


£928: Berny-Rivière, France

Includes return Dover to Calais ferry crossings on 4 August and a two-bedroom self-catering mobile home at La Croix du Vieux Pont. "This lakeside park is ideally located by the CompiègneForest with a host of activities waiting in the surrounding woodland, such as cycling and pony trekking," says Dave McKenna, of Keycamp (0844 406 0319;

ITC Classics

£3,840: Abama, Tenerife

Includes Monarch flights from Gatwick to Tenerife South on 9 August with transfers and B&B accommodation in separate rooms at the Abama Golf Resort and Spa. "Abama has a crèche and kids' club making it a fantastic choice for children," says Joanna Davenport, of ITC Classics. "It has a range of restaurants offering a variety of cuisine and a sheltered beach, with imported golden sand, where children can canoe and sail as part of the kids' club." (01244 355 527;

Directline Holidays

£1,516: Kremasti, Rhodes

Includes Viking-Hellas flights from Gatwick to Rhodes on 24 August with transfers and a family room at the Bayside Hotel, half board. "With the old town of Rhodes nearby, half-board gives families the freedom to eat in or explore local restaurants," says Maria Whiteman, of Directline Holidays (020-8239 3399;

Real Holidays

£2,464: Umbria, Italy

Includes easyJet flights from Gatwick to Rome on 28 July and half-board in a family room at La Casella hotel, left. Transfers are excluded. "This country estate hotel has two pools, great walking, a horse-riding centre and a pony club for ages four to 10," says Annabel Jones, of Real Holidays (020-7359 3938;


£6,980: Santa Margherita di Pula, Sardinia

Includes a charter flight with BA from Heathrow to Cagliari on 6 August and a shared family bungalow at Il Villaggio, half board. Transfers are excluded. "Il Villaggio is part of the renowned Forte Village Resort in Sardinia, which offers exceptional facilities to meet every family's needs in a first-class beachside setting," says Louise Williams, of Cresta (0844 879 8014;


£1,421: Pollença, Mallorca

Flights and transfers cost extra. The price includes a self-catering stay in the Oliver villa from 12 August. The property has two bedrooms, a private swimming pool and a barbecue area. "Just a short walk from the beaches and many amenities of Puerto Pollença, this villa provides the ideal base for a family wanting to explore Mallorca," says Nick Smith, of Hoseasons (0844 847 1170;

The Adventure Company

£3,616: Croatian River Adventure tour

Includes Croatia Airlines flights from Heathrow to Split on either 13 or 20 August with transfers and half-board accommodation throughout this guided tour. Children must be over eight. "This multi-activity tour of Croatia is ideal for families who love water, with the chance to go white-water rafting, canoeing down rivers and island-hopping by kayak along the Adriatic coastline – all of which is included," says Claire Wilson, of the Adventure Company (0845 287 1198;

£1,356: Costa Teguise, Lanzarote

Includes flights with a low cost airline from Gatwick to Lanzarote on 10 August and a self-catering room at Las Colinas Apartments. "This holiday will suit families looking for somewhere peaceful and relaxing. The accommodation in Costa Teguise is close to a golf course and an aqua park," says Eva Bojtos, of (0871 222 5969;

Elegant Resorts

£8,700: Florence, Tuscany

Includes Meridiana flights from Gatwick to Florence with transfers on 20 August and separate double rooms at the Villa San Michele hotel, above, with breakfast. "Enjoy the luxury of two separate rooms atVilla San Michele," says Tara Taylor, of Elegant Resorts. "It's close enough to the centre of Florence to enjoy all the culture, but far enough away to give you the peace and space of the countryside." (01244 897 538;

Club Med

£4,190: Antalya, Turkey

Includes flights from Gatwick to Antalya on 30 July with transfers and shared all-inclusive accommodation at the Club Med Beldi. "Summer is a great time to visit the Turkish Riviera with Club Med's all-inclusive package, the weather is great and all activities are included," says Laurent de Chorivit, of Club Med (08453 676 767;