Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Perfect Getaways for under [Pounds Sterling]250; the Summer Holiday Rush Is on the Horizon, but You Can Still Get Fantastic Cheap Breaks

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Perfect Getaways for under [Pounds Sterling]250; the Summer Holiday Rush Is on the Horizon, but You Can Still Get Fantastic Cheap Breaks

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Byline: DERYA FILIZ;JO FERN NDEZ

On your bike

Pedal around Paris with STA Travel (0870 160 6070) for [pounds sterling]125pp B&B. The package is for two nights and includes a four-hour guided bike tour that whizzes to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Arc de Triomphe and delightful side-streets you might otherwise miss.

The deal includes two nights at the two-star Le Liege Strasbourg hotel - only five minutes from Gare de L'Est - plus return Eurostar travel.

Departures until end of September.

Now is a good time to visit the city: the Paris Jazz Festival started on Saturday and runs until 27 July at the Parc Floral; catch live performances by European and American artists, including the Wayne Shorter Quartet on 5 July. www.paristouristoffice.com

Mediaeval magic

Here is your chance to see one of Europe's best-preserved mediaeval cities: Bruges. Two nights with Kirker Holidays (020 7231 3333) cost [pounds sterling]228pp B&B staying at the three-star Jacobs Hotel, firstclass return travel on Eurostar, return rail transfer between Brussels and Bruges and a restaurant and sightseeing guide issued by Kirker. Daily departures from Waterloo until July.

Stuff of fairy tales Stay in the historic heart of Copenhagen at the three-star Comfort Hotel Osterport - a short walk from the Little Mermaid monument, fairytale castle Rosenborg Slot and Tivoli Gardens with picturesque lake, fair rides, restaurants and beer gardens.

Two nights B&B cost [pounds sterling]179pp, including return flights from Stansted with ShortBreaks by Air (020 8289 8800).

Thriceweekly departures until the end of this month.

Go Gothic

Med views and great Majorcan shops: Palma is yours for two nights at the three-star Hotel Almudaina, five minutes from the impressive Gothic cathedral; cost [pounds sterling]237pp B&B with return flights from Heathrow. …

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