Green retreat: Madrid's Parque del Retiro / Turespana


Get me out of here...

Now... City and coast in Italy

On 6 July, Citalia is offering a 10-night holiday to Italy that combines three nights at the Starhotel Metropole in Rome with a week at the Imperial Tramontano in Sorrento for £1,129pp, including breakfast, transfers and BA flights from Gatwick.

Soon... A summer tour of Vietnam

Adventure Worldwide has a 16-night “Classic Vietnam” trip departing 19 July or 2, 16 and 30 August for £2,395pp. It packs in stops in Ho Chi Minh City, Dalat, Nha Trang, Hoi An, and Hanoi, with flights, hotels and some meals.

Later... Mississippi cruise over Christmas

Book by 5 July and Bon Voyage will take you on an eight-night cruise over Christmas or New Year for £2,695pp, with flights on 19 or 26 December, a night in New Orleans and seven nights’ full-board.

Deals of the week

Less than £200... A boutique hotel in Britain

For £199, you can get a double room at any one of Malmaison’s 13 boutique hotels until 31 August. With properties from Liverpool to London, the “Mal Inclusive” package comes with breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks.

Less than £500... Jet off to the Spanish capital

Spend three nights soaking up the sunshine and shopping of Madrid with Virgin Holidays for £499pp. Departing between 4-25 August, it includes flights from Heathrow, private transfers and B&B at the ME by Melià hotel.

Less than £1,000... Go luxe in the Algarve

Classic Collection has a week at the five-star Ria Park Hotel & Spa in Vale do Lobo for £749pp. Departing on 8 July, it includes a garden-view room with breakfast, private transfers and flights from Gatwick.