19th Oct 2012 10:21am | By Helen Elfer
Want to travel to far-flung lands for next to nothing? Of course you do. Visit TNT’s Travel Show for holiday discounts galore
What are you up to this Saturday? Come and join us for a day of bargains at the TNT Travel Show.
We’ve done some ringing around on your behalf and herded up anyone who’s anyone in the world of travel for the sole purpose of scoring you freebie hotel stays, discounted flights and cheap-ass tours. Really, no need to thank us.
Insiders, from tour operators to travel agents, will be eagerly awaiting you at the Business and Design Centre, Islington, on October 27.
They’ll be manning stands packed with info about the hottest new destinations and offering expert advice on exactly where you should be planning your next holiday to and, of course, how to do it as cheaply as possible.
Fact is, if you like travelling, then you really can’t afford to miss this. Not that it’ll cost you anything – entry is free if you pre-register at tnttravelshow.com.
Still not convinced it’s worth getting out of bed for?
Well, we’ve asked some top holiday providers to give you a sneak preview of some of the tremendous deals that will be available only at the TNT Travel Show.
And these offers are just a taster of what these companies and many more will be offering.
Free hotel stays in Venice, half-price skiing holidays and bargain festival jaunts are just a few of the deals here to whet your appetite for much more.
You know what to do. Just show up. See you Saturday!
What's the deal? Get 50 per cent off trips to Scotland with MacBackpackers. All you have to do is drop by their Travel Show stand and buy a two-, three- or five-day tour of Scotland.
They’ll knock 50 per cent off, which means you could be paying from as little as £34.50 for your trip.
If you’re more of a last-minute kind of traveller, however, you don’t have to miss out on a deal.
Just buy a ‘freedom ticket’, which allows you to book whatever trip you like whenever you feel like it and you still get 25 per cent off.
Ooh, tell me more: The tours include venturing over the Glenfinnan Viaduct (aka the bridge out of the Harry Potter movies), searching for the elusive Loch Ness Monster, sipping a wee dram at a whisky distillery, exploring ancient castle ruins and soaking up the scenery on the stunning Isle of Skye.
What's the deal? Free drinks, a free guided pub crawl and a free night’s stay for two people in a Venice hotel – get all this when you book accommodation to any destination for at least five nights through hostelsclub.com (dorm beds from about £15pppn).
If a free room in one of the world’s most romantic cities doesn’t win you over, the pub crawl around Venice worth £25 should do the trick.
Ooh, tell me more: The Original Venice Pub Crawl starts at 9pm at the Cafe Al Fontego on Campo Santa Margherita, where you can kick things off with an aperitivo.
You’ll then be taken by a tour guide – it’ll be a professional, so of course they can hold their liquor – to five more authentic Venetian bars, with a free drink thrown in at each venue.
What's the deal? Skiing holidays can be eyewateringly pricey, but not if you book with Travel Talk. The company is offering a 30 per cent discount.
Ooh, tell me more: How does a skiing holiday in one of the best ski resorts in France sound?
One minute you’ll be dreaming of the snowy slopes of Chamonix, Contamines, Les Deux Alpes, La Plagne, Tignes, Val d’lsere or Val Thorens (all of which are included in this deal) and next thing you’ll be careering down one of them at top speed.
All tours, which cost from £321pp with the discount, include accommodation at the heart of the action, lift passes, ski and snowboard hire, full-time ski and board instruction for all levels, and all your meals. Now that is a pretty sweet deal.
What's the deal? Get up to 50 per cent off European travel and top festivals this year and next with Busabout.
Ooh, tell me more: Nab some awesome TNT Travel Show-only savings on European hop-on hop-off passes and exclusive discounts on some of the best European festivals.
Among these is a half-price trip to Valencia’s Las Fallas fiesta, where you’ll see fireworks displays, live music and the famous ninots ceremony.
This unique custom involves making papier-night of the festival. With this deal, £129.50 gets you four nights’ B&B accommodation, lashings of free sangria, a tour of Valencia and a commemorative Busabout festival T-shirt.
What's the deal? Check out fascinating Iceland’s glaciers, waterfalls and geysers over a weekend for 25 per cent less.
Ooh, tell me more: This four-day tour, just £209pp with the discount, includes three nights’ guesthouse accommodation and takes in the natural wonders of the Golden Circle, freedom to choose your own adventure in Reykjavik and a dip in the stunning Blue Lagoon.