READERS of the A&T can now enjoy the benefits of a new travel club in association with Prestige Holidays – and it is being launched with the chance to win a Croatian holiday cruise for two worth more than £3,500.

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Prestige Holidays has teamed up with the A&T to bring this fantastic holiday on the Wonders of The Adriatic chartered cruise departing 27th June with a sailing round-trip from Split and return flight from London Gatwick.

Competition

The first holiday offer can also be won by picking up your Friday 2nd February edition of the A&T newspaper in a few weeks’ time.

The prize cruise is one of Prestige’s latest offerings with small-ship casual cruises such as this the perfect way to explore picturesque coastal towns and some of the many stunning islands along the historic coast of Croatia.

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The Agape Rose cruise ship

There are no strict dress codes and the casual feel is continued at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The winners take the return flight from Gatwick to Split to join the seven-nights’ cruise in a twin/double cabin on board the MS Yolo, which has a maximum of 36 guests escorted by a cruise tour manager from Prestige Holidays and with free Wi-Fi.

Travel Club

David Skillicorn, former MD of Palmair and now commercial director of Ringwood-based Prestige which last year celebrated its 30th anniversary, says the high street company enjoys a good rapport with those living in the New Forest area, offering a personal face-to-face service rather than online bookings.

All Prestige holidays are licensed by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and fully financially protected via the CAA’s ATOL scheme (Air Travel Organiser’s Licence). The company is also a full member of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).

To book call 01425 484222 or visit www.prestigeholidays.co.uk.

Prestige Holidays has something to suit all tastes and most pockets in and around the British Isles, throughout Europe, Bermuda, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – fly and flop, fly and cruise, multi-centre touring, and fully escorted group tours.

The Croatian coastal town of Hvar

David explained: “We have for some years sought to find a partnership to promote our holidays, and as a local company based in Ringwood what could be better than the most-read paper serving the Forest area – we very much look forward to working with the A&T team and its readers.

“The New Forest and surrounding area is a fantastic place to live but however lovely it is in spring, summer and autumn, you can’t get away from the fact it’s chilly here in winter – right now it’s 8C in Lymington and 26 degrees in Tenerife.”

To book call 01425 484222 or visit www.prestigeholidays.co.uk.

He added: “Our packages are being tailored to the preferences of the Forest’s ‘silver surfers’ and we appreciate that they do not like paying single supplements.

“We’ll be aiming to offer readers unique, relevant and interesting holiday ideas throughout the year, and some with local flight departures.”

Prize cruise

The Croatia cruise prize includes overseas transfers, welcome drink, breakfast, four buffet lunches and three evening meals on board, complimentary afternoon snack plus fresh fruit and tea/coffee throughout the day and a farewell dinner in a traditional restaurant ashore.

A highlight of coastal cruising is no overnight sailing, with ample opportunity to explore the port of call independently and to dine in a local restaurant or konoba (tavern). Swim stops are made in picturesque bays.

Croatia’s Adriatic Sea mainland coast is more than 1,100 miles long with more than 1,200 islands and islets.

The prize cruise on the MS Yolo starts from Split, one of the best-loved resorts in Croatia with a wide pedestrianised waterfront and stylish ambience offering the true essence of the Mediterranean.

Dubrovnik is famous for its old town where Game of Thrones was filmed

The stunning palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian sits at the heart of the city steeped in history, where visitors can shop in an underground palace complex or sip cocktails beside ancient columns.

The cruise goes on to visit Hvar, Korcula, Mljet, Slano and Dubrovnik before returning to Split via stopovers at Brac and Omis.

A selection of optional walking tours and excursions are available to provide an insight into the history of the ports visited, which include several Unesco World Heritage Sites along with Diocletian’s palace along the route with many features dating from Roman times.

However, if preferred, guests can just opt to relax on-board.

The normal fare from £1,799 is based on twin occupancy on a lower-deck cabin with return ­ flights from London Gatwick. Shared taxi transfers are available with a minimum cabin spend of £3,500 within 15 miles radius of the Prestige Holidays Travel Lounge in Ringwood. T&Cs apply.

To book call 01425 484222 or visit www.prestigeholidays.co.uk.

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