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Affordable luxury travel deals – how to travel smart this season

Discovering luxury travel deals for less is at the heart of what we do on LiveShareTravel. We believe we should all be able to liberate a little luxury on our travels. Here’s the latest affordable luxury travel deals we’ve sourced for smart travellers like you – UPDATED JUNE 27, 2018.

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Escorted Tours

Barcelona Art and Architecture Tour with The Ultimate Travel Company


Barcelona is a modern and cosmopolitan city, where its people are fiercely proud of their Catalan culture. Dripping with dramatic buildings and a selection of fine restaurants, it's the ideal place for culture vultures to tour.

Art Nouveau architecture has left its mark on the city, with a great number of buildings now designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This five-day tour with The Ultimate Travel Company begins with browsing the works of Antoni Gaudí to whom the city is inextricably linked, including a visit to the unfinished La Sagrada Family church.

You will also explore the Gothic Quarter's imposing medieval buildings, before dipping into the city’s impressive art collections at the Picasso Museum and the Miró Foundation.

With over 25 years' experience, The Ultimate Travel Company has curated a unique range of tailor-made holidays and escorted tours centred on luxury. And their 40+ experts have all been there and done that, so are able to recommend based on their own experiences. Indeed, they 'use their experiences to create yours' and we like the sound of that premise.

All their packages include personalised planning, on the ground guides and are built on the principles of responsible travel.

Barcelona Tour dates: 12-16 September 2018.




Unique Escorted Tours in Australia with Audley Travel


Far from being off the shelf, Audley Travel carefully plan the finest details around your holiday interests and tastes. Their travel experts design your trip around you, and will even recommend some highlights in a different light, and introduce you to some lesser known sights worthy of a visit.

Choose from:



Myths and Mountains Southern China Tour


Join Myths and Mountain's knowledgeable guides for a truly unique view of Southeastern China, meeting its people, holiest mountains, and unearthing its history.

You’ll start in Shanghai, visit the birthplace of Confucius, visit Tai Shan, the most famous of the five Taoist mythological mountains and the symbol of Chinese culture.

While there, you’ll join the many pilgrims who come to this area and walk to the top of the mountain. This journey through Chinese history and philosophy includes visits to parts of China only just opened to tourists. And you’ll finish up your tour in Shanghai, the most modern of China’s cities.

NOTE: This trip visits areas where 5* hotels do not exist but your stay will include very simple and clean hotels to give you that localised experience.

Departures in 2018: 4 and 20 November.



Northern India Tour with Exodus Travels

Why not travel India's desert state in style with Exodus Travels. Staying at exclusive heritage hotels, this tour delves into the history of the many forts and palaces around the region.

At every turn Rajasthan bombards the senses - from moments of serenity in the holy town of Pushkar to an exhilarating jeep safari through desert countryside.

Of course your trip would not be complete without a stop off at the magnificent Taj Mahal at sunrise, hopping on a train ride with the locals or slipping into one of the many bazaars.

If it's your first time in India, this is the perfect introduction with 14 nights staying in comfortable hotels which include breakfast each morning. Group sizes range from 5 to 16 people plus you'll have a local guide too as you travel around the northern region by air-conditioned private bus. Tour participants must be at least 16 years old.



Spend Christmas in Paris with Paris Personally

Yes it is rather early, but if you have ever dreamt of spending Christmas in Paris, now is the time to start planning your winter city break.

Be dazzled by the sparkling lights along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and the spectacular decorations in the windows of Paris's famous department stores. Or simply enjoy the festive tradition of wandering the Christmas markets, with a hot mulled wine or fresh roasted chestnuts in hand.

This group tour is limited to ten people for a more personalised experience, and it is led by full-time Parisians who are fluent in both French and English so you'll have the chance to discover Paris like a local, eating in charming Parisian restaurants, and visiting some of the smaller museums and attractions.

Tour dates: 23-29 December 2018.



Highlights of Vietnam

This fascinating introductory small group tour includes the main attractions of Vietnam from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City. Discover captivating cities, intriguing cultures and wondrous landscapes while enjoying the views from the seat of a traditional three-wheeled bicycle, as well as two cruises: an overnight cruise in beautiful Halong Bay and a Mekong Delta river cruise.

Highlights include a cooking class in Hoi An, a scavenger hunt in the Old Quarter of Hanoi to get to know the local area and visits to a range of temples.

Departures from London Heathrow on 2 October, 6 November and 4 December 2018. More dates are available in 2019.




Luxury escapes with Abercrombie & Kent


Abercrombie & Kent's approach combines singular service - small group sizes, with insider-access opportunities unlike any you have experienced before. Abercrombie & Kent consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty - and no A&K journey is complete without that extra, unexpected and that makes your experience unique and unforgettable.

Choose from their Luxury Small Group Journeys, which offer authentic boutique-style travel; A Marco Polo Journey to an exotic locale or local festival; or a custom tailor made luxury journey created just for you. When it comes to discovering the world, the possibilities are endless.

Consider these remarkable journeys...


Italian Food and History Tour of Bologna


Foodies and culture fans will love this 4-day tour from Cox & Kings, travelling to the heart of Emilia-Romagna with art historian Andrew Spira.

The diverse city of Bologna is laden with medieval towers and colonnaded streets.

Aside from its artistic and architectural gems, the university’s ancient operating theatre and collection of botanical specimens reflect the city's roots in science. And then there's the infamous Italian cuisine to be sampled from Bolognese sauce to mortadella and parmesan.

Cox & Kings' signature experiences include:

- A tour of the eclectic mix of architecture, from medieval streets to Romanesque cathedrals.
- The chance to discover fine works of art by local artists in the National Art Gallery of Bologna.
- Dining in restaurants specialising in regional cuisine.
- A food tour from small inns to artisan producers.














































































































































 

Package Deals and Cruises

Burgundy Cruise 2018

This is one for the wine lovers. Rich and refined, Burgundy is as elegant and enticing as the wines it’s world-famous for. Drift past vineyards, stop at storybook towns and stroll grand palaces – all from on board a luxury vessel with Back-Roads Touring.

Cruise on a floating boutique hotel along a peaceful, vineyard-fringed canal and get
a taste of Burgundy’s wine-making heritage at Château du Clos de Vougeot.

Trip includes six nights on board MS Jeanine and selected drinks are included.

Jungle Chic in Costa Rica


Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the rainforest, just steps from the Gulf at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge in Costa Rica.

With spacious suites and lifestyle treats, the jungle inspired decor will indulge your senses and leave you craving nature. Each retreat is separate from the main lodge, and features private entrances, beautiful hardwood floors, private open air showers with rainforest views, as well as wrap around terraces with louvered doors and windows for the best views of nature at its finest. 

Stay three nights and receive one free night on regular rate bookings. Valid for travel until 30 September 2018. 

African Safari Experience


We all have our own travel dreams and wishes when it comes to a trip of a lifetime.

At Kanyezi Safari the team have spent over 30 years helping people realise their dreams of a luxury African adventure in the wilds. This safari reveals the very best of South Africa with the chance to spot elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo and rhino as they roam free.

Experience the most plentiful wildlife anywhere in Africa at Kruger National Park, and revel in your own high specification lodge built for comfort, style and opulence to make the most of your travels. And most importantly, all lodges here are positioned for excellent game viewing.

Sale Price Was: $5,995 Now: $5,495

Australia and New Zealand Grand Tour


You can begin this exciting 19-day trip in Auckland, New Zealand, to experience the very best of the big city – museums, galleries, zoos and amusement parks.

From there fly to Queenstown, New Zealand’s alpine adventure capital and pass through the glacier-hewn Eglinton Valley, before enjoying a cruise on the fjord, with scenic views of the temperate rainforest, peaks and falls. 

Other tour highlights include visits to the Kawarau Gorge wine region, Mount Cook, Christchurch - New Zealand's garden city, while highlights in Australia include Melbourne - the heart of Australia’s classic south, the Great Barrier Reef and Sydney to name just a few.

And with the option to modify your trip to suit your needs, this is the chance to create your grand tour of a lifetime.

Sunshine Spain and the Canaries


Searching for an affordable beach getaway to Spain or the Canary Islands but don't want to compromise on luxury? Then look no further: here is our selection of hand-picked deals from Hays Travel.

Spain is a classic destination for a very good reason. It offers beautiful stretches of coastline, sunshine, tasty cuisine and a distinctive culture.

Holidays to the Canary Islands also offer year-round sun and fun, perfect for a short break with friends, family or a romantic holiday for two - there is something for everyone.

Hidden Retreat in the Maldives


If you're searching for your next big trip, you should check out this Maldives offer from Zeldiva Luxury. This hidden, tropical-inspired retreat is both alluring and unforgettable. 

Hideaway Beach Resort & Spa is located in the northern Haa Alifu Atoll. This exclusive, all-suite Maldives resort, is made for those who demand luxury and the utmost in privacy.

Choose a beachside or overwater villa at Hideaway Beach which boasts some of the largest beachfront villas in the Maldives.

Foodies can indulge in an award-winning culinary experience, while spa lovers can cater to their wellbeing needs at the divine Hideaway Spa. Or simply indulge in some snorkelling and scuba diving to while away some lazy days.

Your own crewed yacht holiday


If you're looking for something different, it's time to get a unique take on some amazing destinations, as you sail between islands, discover hidden coves and soak up the vibes of bustling harbours.

Sovereign Luxury Travel has partnered with sister company The Moorings, to offer exactly that to finesse the fine art of holiday making with bespoke experiences.

Spend a few days relaxing in a stylish five-star resort, then hop aboard a sailing catamaran with your own personal captain to whisk you away, while the professional chef and steward whip and serve up gourmet food for the very best dining at sea.

Either follow a recommend itinerary, or choose where you would like to go in the area. Sailing options include Croatia, Greece and the Italian islands. 

Wildlife Tour of Borneo


Borneo evokes exotic and wonderful images of rainforests, beaches and wildlife - the most famous being the orangutan of course. This small group tour in 2019 is an excellent choice for wildlife enthusiasts, covering west to east Borneo and includes a visit to an orangutan rehabilitation centre, as well as the Mulu Caves, Kinabalu National Park and the Sukau Rainforest.

Spend 11 nights on this non-stop adventure, with accommodation ranging from jungle lodges to a beach resort.

Kuoni is all about delivering exceptional service, offering a range of handpicked hotels and tours, and with over 200 travel and service awards to date, you know you're in safe hands.

Morocco's Mountains and Cities


Enjoy a fast-paced journey through Africa's northern kingdom with time to stop and soak up the peace of the Atlas mountains, and immerse yourself in the chaotic mix of spices, perfume and local chatter around the cities.​​​​

Exodus Travels presents this ten-day tour including your flights, accommodation and meals with the chance to visit imperial Marrakesh, Meknes and Fez, explore Roman ruins as well as the lesser known Bin el Ouidane and Midelt.

For more than 40 years the travel company has offered a range of adventures with over 500 itineraries across 90 countries to give you the flexibility and choice to tailor your travels.​​​​​​​


Greece villa break with Excelle Travel


If you're searching for a get-away-from-it-all retreat, check out Excelle Travel's latest offer with 7 nights at Villa Helena in Ithaca in the Ionian Sea near Kefalonia. 

Sleeping two to five people, prices start from just £799pp on a self-catering basis based on dates between 5 May and 6 October 2018. It even includes flights from London Gatwick and car hire to explore this glorious Greek island.

The villa has a shaded pergola area, an open-plan living, kitchen and dining area which leads onto an elevated terrace with a stunning panorama. For a relaxed family holiday, a week away with friends or even a romantic retreat for two, this scenic location is made for sunshine and relaxation.

Set in the Ithaca hills with views of a valley of vineyards and olive groves, this gorgeous property is perfect for solitude, while being just ten minutes south of Vathy for some local life.





















































































 

All Inclusive Holiday Savings

All Inclusive Luxury in Crete


Get a true taste of luxury at Daios Cove Luxury Resort and Villas with this Greek all-inclusive break. Complete with its own private white sandy beach and sea views from every room, this resort exudes plenty of space and style to retreat to in between your Crete island explorations.

Take a dip in the impressive infinity pool and adults-only pool, complete with a wet bar, to relax in the sun. And there are even servers on hand to ensure you needn’t leave your sun lounger, or enjoy a spa treatment at the water’s edge from one of the plush beach cabanas.

The Inspiring Travel Company deliver exceptional holidays to some of the world's best places and spaces, with unrivalled experiences which are tailored to your needs.




Middle Eastern Delights with Mercury Holidays


Enjoy a different side of the Emirates life in Fujairah, resting on the east coast of the UAE. Marvel at the spectacular mountain views while lapping up the five-star luxury on your beach break at the Miramar Al Aqah Beach Resort.

For more than 36 years, Mercury Holidays has delivered customers with award-winning holidays at affordable prices. And with their price match guarantee, you're assured of great value for your next break.



Maldives Indulgence with Destinology


For Maldivian luxury at its very best, Atmosphere Hotels offer three of the island's finest luxury retreats.

Relax in the beautifully furnished villas, partake in plenty of activities and delicious cuisine for a memorable escape. You have a selection of villas and suites with direct beach access and stylish Maldivian interiors to enjoy.

And with a lush spa, sports centre, two swimming pools, evening entertainment and themed nights - you won't run out of things to enjoy.



Luxury in Mexico with Voyager Travel Direct


Book a romantic break for two in Mexico with this fabulous offer from Voyager Travel Direct.

Seven nights all-inclusive includes flights, resort transfers and FREE upgrade to a River Suite at Hotel Xcaret Mexico.

Opened just six months ago, now is the perfect time to visit to sample the ten restaurants, eight bars, adults-only areas and enjoy FREE entry to a number of local attractions, which includes a tour of Chichen Itza.

This offer certainly seems to put the all in all-inclusive.






























 

Rail offers

Trans-Siberian Rail Journey


Journey from Moscow through Mongolia to Beijing with this unforgettable 18-day adventure along the Trans-Siberian Railway this September. The unique and fully inclusive rail travel experience includes excursions, private guides and lectures, all meals (except two dinners in Beijing), taxes, fees and gratuities. Click here for more information. 

Dates: September 6, 2018 to September 23, 2018 
Book by March 29, 2018 and save $200 per person​​



Discover the US by rail and save 20%


See where the train can take you, with one of these saver offers from Amtrak.

Save 30% on SmartFares
End Date: December 31, 2019.

Book early and save 20% on many routes
End Date: December 31, 2019.

Earn up to 300 Amtrak Guest Rewards Points per day with Hertz
End Date: December 31, 2018.

Savings made simple: up to 25% off across the country
End Date: December, 31 2019.



















 

Hotel Offers

Zen out at the Four Seasons


The contemporary Four Seasons Resort The Nam Hai has a zen-like quality about it with a centrepiece of beautiful pools, lotus-filled lagoons and outdoor showers in private gardens.

Set on the legendary China Beach, the Vietnamese resort in super stylish with draped beds on raised platforms for the height of opulence and glass walls which open onto your own private terrace. 

Eden Luxury Travel believes that holidays should be as special as their customers are, and are committed to not only offering great value, but some added extras too.​​​​



Beach cottage stay in Cornwall with Beachspoke


If you're looking for a romantic beach break, look no further than the Black Moon cottage in St Ives, Cornwall, in the southwest of England. The coastal cottage boasts an open plan kitchen and living room with two large sofas, and all the mod cons. The living room also features floor to ceiling glass doors that open out onto stunning views over St Ives Bay and a glass floor that overlooks a private cave snug area.

Beachspoke provide a curated collection of design-led accommodations in the prettiest parts of Cornwall, Devon and the Cotswolds, offering places to stay which are unique, stylish and memorable. 













 

Airport Essentials

Holiday Extras - up to 60% off selected airport lounge access

Saving you up to 60% off the price of a lounge pass, Holiday Extras sell lounge access to 22 UK airports. Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks up to three hours before your flight and enjoy a little peace away from the crowded terminal.
 




Airport lounge access with Lounge Pass

 

Car Hire and Resort Transfer Offers

Save 15% when you hire a car with Hertz

Book your car hire with Hertz and pre-pay online to enjoy 15% off car hire rentals. Rental prices include theft and damage cover and with selected collection ranges, you get a Make and Model Guarantee too.

Discounts are applicable to certain pick-up locations and don't apply to additional extras - check full terms before you book.
 



Save 20% on resort transfers with Hoppa and pay just £1 deposit

Book your transfer with just £1 deposit and with the balance due just 7 days before travel it's a great way to holiday and reserve some money for the more luxurious things to life as you receive 20% off your booking too.
 
Save with Hertz

 

Travel accessories

Skyroam Solis


Skyroam is a global wi-fi hotspot and power bank that allows you to travel smart, safe and secure as you journey around the world.

One touch wi-fi gives you unlimited online access in more than 100 countries - without the need for sim cards, and with lightning fast 4G speeds and the ability to share with up to five devices - it's the companion you definitely want for international travel.

Click here to see how it works.



NIOD Set No. 1


With products named Low Viscosity Cleaning Ester, Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate, Multi-Molecular Hyaluronic Complex and Photography Fluid, this travel set means business, and we think we ought to give this one a try.

These products work to cleanse, plump, hydrate, reduce ageing (and signs of jetlag we hope!), and create a radiant, photo-ready glow.






Round the World Travel Adaptor


This is potentially one of the sleekest adaptors we have seen on the market, perfect for streamlining your suitcase and ensure you have the convenience of power wherever you are in the world.











































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4 Responses to Affordable luxury travel deals – how to travel smart this season

    • That’s one that piqued our interest too, Agness. Cruises can be such a food fest at the best of times, so one with all that good French food and wine will be more so!

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