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HERE'S an offer to wash away your winter blues - bargain breaks abroad from as little as pounds 99 per person.

Your super-value Sunday Mirror has teamed up with Lunn Poly to fly you and your family to a relaxing resort in the magnificent Med or fabulous Florida.

The starting price of pounds 99 covers flight and accommodation in April.

All you need to do is choose a destination, pick a price that's right, and you're away. The holidays are with First Choice and Virgin Holidays - who lead the field in top-quality breaks. They are exclusive to Sunday Mirror readers and are available only through Lunn Poly.

With us you can head for the Med and stay on one of six delightful Greek islands...go to Turkey...or let Spain take the strain in Ibiza or on the Costa Brava. And if you and your family fancy Florida, a 14-day Virgin break in Orlando and Miami can be yours from just pounds 299 a head.

Wherever you go it's bound to be fun and sun all the way.

Fill the days with watersports, sight-seeing, shopping or simply lazing in the sun, saving all your energy for a wild night in the clubs and discos. With First Choice or Virgin Holidays organising your stay you can be sure everything will turn out fine.

And if you're hoping to venture a little further afield this summer, we've got another fantastic offer.

For a limited period only, you can save up to 20 per cent off a First Choice Tropical Holiday, departing before June 30, 1996. Relax on the beaches of Margarita, visit the historical treasures of Bangkok or enjoy the the clear, blue seas of Cuba for a fraction of the normal price.

Turn over the page to see what the resorts have to offer - then turn to Page 34 for details of Florida and Tropical Holidays and for full details of how to book your holiday bargain.

With the Sunday Mirror as your passport to the sun you know you're onto a winner.



Dive in for a terrific time

CORFU is home-from-home for British visitors - it is the number one Greek destination for families from the UK.

The island is so British it even has a cricket pitch in the centre of Corfu town.

Since it was bombed in the Second World War, Corfu has grown into a major tourist destination and has all the resources you could wish for.

Lying off the west coast of Greece, the seas around sparkle brilliant blue, the sun seems to shine almost non-stop and the beaches are fantastic.

Many young people head to this second largest of the Ionian islands for the busy nightlife.

One of the most popular resorts is Bassia, seven miles north of Corfu town.

At night the tavernas, bars and discos are teeming with young party- goers. In the day they relax with sports on the beach. Palokastritsa is one of the island's great beauty spots. Its five bays offer clear diving waters and for real tranquility there are boats ready to take visitors to secluded bays.

For a terrific holiday you need look no further than Corfu.


Stars shine in your eyes

STAR-GAZERS can look forward to an added bonus on their holiday visit to Rhodes. For spotting an international showbiz celebrity getting away from it all is a popular pastime on the island.

Rhodes is located just 12 miles from the Turkish coast and its surprisingly lush shores are popular, with young tourists seeking sun and fun.

But there are also plenty of sights to delight lovers of historic Greece. At the foot of a rocky headland, Lindos is the top celebrity haunt and the most beautiful spot on the island.

There are no cars in the old town. The best way down to the beach or up to the acropolis is by donkey or Shanks's pony

The islands once boasted one of the Seven Wonders of the world - the Colossus of Rhodes, a 100ft statue of the sun God Hellos.

Today Rhodes is better known as a young, lively destination with many shops, open-air cafes and bars.

Down the coast, St Paul's Bay, where the Apostle is said to have landed, is a postcard paradise. The nearby resort of Pefkos is ideal for those who like the entire beach to themselves for that magical early-morning swim.


You really are in Paradise

A PIECE of paradise could be yours for the asking in the bargain- price break in the sun on the dream island of Kos, which is closer to Turkey than mainland Greece.

The vast majority of visitors agree that the most attractive beach on the island is the aptly-named sandy stretch called Paradise on the south- east coastline.

The main town of Kos is bustling with a beach choc-a-bloc with pedalos and sun umbrellas.

Elsewhere on the island things are a little less hectic, although you are never really alone.

Inland the villages around the Diekos Mountains are unspoiled and make a welcome and relaxing change from the fry 'n' bake regime on the coast.

Your ears will certainly appreciate the silence after the non-stop bombardment from the music of the discos and beach bars.

But if bopping through the night is your thing, the superb Playboy Disco has one of the most spectacular laser light shows in the entire Med.

And should you be unlucky enough to fall foul of a dodgy kebab, it will come as no consolation to remember that Kos is the birthplace of Hippocrates, the founder of modern medicine.


Touch of the Caribbean

THIS is the largest of the Greek islands, stretching more than 160 miles from east to west and has something for every taste.

Its coastline is long enough to encompass a variety of scenic surprises, from rocky, secluded coves to huge swathes of sandy beach complete with palm trees that make you feel you could be in the Caribbean.

In fact, the whole island is a world in miniature. Inland, there are even snow-capped mountains and just for a moment you expect the echo of distant yodelling and selections from The Sound Of Music.

It is steeped in legend - the Greek god Zeus is supposed to have been born here - and at Knossos there is a world-famous archaeological site.

If flowers are your passion, Crete is a wondrous destination. Exotic wild plants and blooms dazzle from every field and slope. After dark, at the bigger resorts the Mediterranean night throbs with music as the young holidaymakers take over and drink and dance until dawn.

A quarter of all visitors who choose Greece for a holiday come here, so parts of the island can be heaving with people. But the west coast is a peace-seekers''heaven.


Watch out for beach turtles

SOUTH of Corfu in the Ionian islands is the lush island of Zakynthos, carpeted with wild flowers in spring and with excellent golden sandy beaches around the coastline.

This is the southernmost main island of the Ionians and you can fly there direct from the UK.

Zakynthos (also called Zante) is rich in history. It was used by Athens as a naval base in the 5th Century BC and was ravaged a thousand years later by Gaiseric, king of the Vandals.

The island capital, Zakynthos town, features one colonnaded street and open squares.

It is a busy port - and a great place to sit and people-watch with a Greek coffee.

At Laganas, the bay on the south coast, endangered loggerhead turtles lay their eggs in August on the tourist beaches with sometimes disastrous consequences. There are ferries between the island and Killini and in summer there are also services between Pessada on Kefallonia and Skinari.

The island is fairly developed and some say even livelier than Corfu - so pack your party gear for a week of fun in the sun.


Anything goes

in fun town

THIS major holiday resort is known as Isla Blanca, the White Island. Its beauty was first discovered by writers and artists and then by the Flower Children of the Sixties.

Now it is popular with fun-seekers of all ages, most of them concentrated in the beach resorts on the south-east and north-west coasts.

The rest of the island is still a charming blend of sleepy villages, shady olive groves and pine-clad mountains. Beaches and coves abound with all the usual watersports.

After dark, the resort centres swing in to action in a big way. And the discos and clubs are as sophisticated as anywhere in the Mediterranean.

In Ibiza town, anything goes - and it's not for the prudish. But if you're looking for a lively sun and fun-filled holiday, Ibiza certainly takes some beating.

The resort of San Antonio is as lively as they come, full of young Brits dancing till dawn.

At sundown, outside the seafront cafes, men stroll arm-in-arm with girls who could have come straight off the catwalk.

It's a parade of chic unbeatable outside Paris or Monaco.


Sangria on the rocks...

PICTURE a beautiful stretch of coastline with steep, rocky cliffs, hidden coves and lovely beaches and you have the Costa Brava.

The whole area has developed to become a thriving and popular destination.

Its busy resorts and small, pretty villages offer a host of fabulous amenities, facilities and attractions, including funfairs and waterparks.

The lively towns are teeming with great shops and boutiques, cafes, bars and dozens of nightclubs as well as excellent restaurants serving the most exquisite fresh seafood.

Explore a little further and you'll find historic towns, traditional fishing villages and wonderful pine-covered hills.

Santa Susanna, for example, is situated in the hills and has beautiful countryside. It meets at a point along the gloriously sandy coast with Malgrat.

And Malgrat itself has a really stunning promenade and a coastal railway connecting it with the other seaside resorts.

In the town you'll find a typically Spanish atmosphere in the intriguing old quarter.

And for beach lovers there are wonderful stretches of sand.


It really is a sheer delight

EXOTIC and unspoilt Southern Turkey makes an unforgettable Mediterranean holiday.

Whether you are looking for glorious beaches bathed in clear blue waters, the chance to explore a unique culture where Europe meets the mysterious East, or indulge in superb cuisine - Turkey is the place for you.

Experience monuments from the distant past and catch your breath at the magnificent ruins of ancient temples and cities.

Turkey is also a paradise for keen shoppers and bargain-hunters. Barter with the friendly locals for leather goods and jewellery or take a visit to the markets and bazaars, heady with the aroma of exotic spices.

The country has many exciting resorts. Alanya ia a lively resort situated beneath a large fortress rock rising 800ft out of the sea.

From the top there are superb views over the long sandy beaches below. Incekum, meaning fine sand, is an excellent sun-lovers' destination, with a small selection of good hotels with excellent beaches surrounded by lush countryside with beautiful mountains rising in the distance.

Your holiday to Turkey could be in one of these or similar resorts.


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THE wonders of the Sunshine State are yours for the tasting.

You can enjoy a fabulous 14-day break to Florida thanks to our special passport to paradise.

Sun-drenched Florida is the perfect destination for a dream holiday - the temperature is tropical, the sea is warm, the beaches stretch forever and the locals welcome you with open arms. Your Virgin holiday offers a full fortnight in Orlando - your gateway to Disney's Magic Kingdom - or a two-centre break split equally between Orlando and the excitement of Miami, both offering free, self-drive car hire.

Your Orlando base is the Ramada Westgate Hotel, a fantastic modern hotel with a games room, cable TV in every room and a free shuttle bus to Disney parks. A heated Olympic-size swimming pool adds to the attraction of Orlando - and there's the fabulous Epcot Centre and the Disney/MGM Studios Theme Park.

If you like sea, sand and sun, then Miami is paradise. You'll stay at the Chateau resort, Sunny Isles. Sailing, windsurfing and jet-skiing are all available or you can simply laze in the endless sun.

All prices quoted are per person based on minimum of two adults sharing a room and are subject to availability. Basic price includes return flights from Gatwick to Miami, 14 nights' accommodation and car rental. Not included are insurance and taxes for rental car and flight supplements between Manchester and Orlando. There is a 50 per cent reduction for children under 16 sharing a room with two full-fare-paying adults on Gatwick to Miami flights and 25 per cent off for under-12s on Manchester to Orlando flights.Infants pay pounds 80.

IF you've always dreamed of visiting the Caribbean or the Far East, First Choice can make those dreams come true - with a fabulous discount, thanks to the Sunday Mirror.

Book a holiday from the First Choice Tropical brochure departing before June 30, 1996 and you will receive 20 per cent off the cost of your holiday.

The brochure features 10 fantastic destinations including The Dominican Republic, Margarita, Mexico, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Antigua, St Kitts, Cuba.

The Dominican Republic is one of the most popular of the Caribbean destinations and it is easy to see why. The capital, Santo Domingo and the port of Puerto Plata have fascinating old streets and buildings to explore. Inland, there are rolling hills and spectacular mountains and lakes, while the clear blue waters surrounding the island offer the chance to swim amongst the coral reefs and tropical fish.

Sun worshippers will enjoy relaxing on the sandy beaches and in the evening there is fun for all in the restaurants and bars or you can try your luck in the casino.

But whichever destination you choose, you are sure to have a holiday to remember.

To receive your discount, simply quote the Sunday Mirror Offer when you book before February 25, 1996, only at Lunn Poly.


BOOKING your bargain sunshine break couldn't be easier. First, check the tables shown on this page that show dates, destinations and prices for the holidays on offer and choose the one that suits you and your family.

Simply call Lunn Poly TODAY on 01203 225 888 and pay by debit card or credit card. In addition, some lines are available on 0161 832 4500. Credit card bookings incur pounds 1 surcharge.

You can also take this page to your local Lunn Poly Holiday shop. If you would prefer to visit Lunn Poly today, the following shops are open as a minimum between 12 noon and 4pm: Market Street, Manchester; Merryhill Centre, Dudley; St Enoch Centre, Glasgow; Lakeside Centre, Thurrock; Metro Centre, Gateshead; Meadow Hall, Sheffield and The Forge Centre, Glasgow.

Readers from Ireland can book over the phone using a credit or debit card, but will need to make their own travel arrangements to the UK mainland airport. Lines are open today from 8.30 am to 5pm and 8.30 am to 8 pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 9am to 6pm.

Please read the holiday price tables carefully - some breaks are NOT available in April, for instance.

In order to qualify for these super, low-cost deals you must take out holiday insurance through Lunn Poly. This will vary depending on the length of holiday, but a typical week's stay in the Mediterranean resort will cost pounds 28.95 per person. Two weeks typically costs pounds 31.95 per person.

Insurance for American holidays is pounds 53.45 per person for two weeks. For children under 12 years, there is a 25 per cent reduction. Infants under the age of two will be insured free of charge. For Long-haul holidays only, the insurance premium for over-65s is pounds 80.20 for two weeks.

The basic holiday cost as shown includes: Return flights from London Gatwick with in-flight refreshments or meals according to time of day; airport/accommodation transfers in Greece, Turkey and Spain; for Florida free self-drive car hire to be collected at Miami Airport; accommodation and meals as confirmed on your invoice; baggage allowance of 15 or 20kg, as confirmed on your ticket. Plus all obligatory airport taxes and security charges; air passenger duty; services of a representative; all obligatory hotel services charges and taxes and VAT on all holidays to EC countries.

The basic holiday cost as shown does NOT include regional flight supplements as shown in the First Choice Summer 96 and Tropical brochure; excursions and other personal expenditure; overseas departure taxes payable at the overseas airports for the return journey; visas for Turkey (payable on arrival, pounds 10 per person); holiday insurance; any applicable supplements for rooms or under-occupancy in apartments; charges made for facilities such as sunbeds, sauna, tennis courts, etc. made by some hotels or deposits some apartments or villa owners request on arrival.


THE organiser of the package holiday offer to Greece, Turkey and Spain is First Choice, a trading division of First Choice Holidays and Flights Limited, ATOL 230. The organiser of the package offer to Florida is Virgin Holidays Limited, ATOL 2358. All holidays must be booked before February 25,1996.

These offers may not be combined with any other special promotional discounts. Holidays and offers are subject to availability. For your own protection the purchase of Lunn Poly insurance is compulsory. The full terms of your contract with either First Choice or Virgin Holidays are featured in their 1996 brochures available at Lunn Poly.

Passport and visa requirements as well as details of health matters may be found in the First Choice Summer Sun and Tropical brochures or Virgin Holidays Florida brochure. Where free car hire is included in the offer, collision or damage waiver insurance and local taxes must be paid in the resort. Mirror Group does not accept liability for any complaints you may have with your holiday. Offers do not apply to employees of Mirror Group, Lunn Poly, First Choice and Virgin Holidays.
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