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French breaks are best value as holiday prices in rest of Europe rise

Posted on 13 January 2009 by Dan Johnson

Families worried about their finances should turn to France as their best value choice for holidays in 2009 because the price of package breaks to other European countries is rocketing.

A recent survey from the Co-Op Travel group shows that holiday prices to Turkey, Spain, Egypt and the US are increasing by up to 40% (and an average of 20%). At siblu, we have seen a rise in bookings because families are choosing lower prices in France.

For example, a seven-night family holiday to siblu’s Le Bois Masson holiday parc in the Vendée, on the west coast of France, starts from just £999 departing 26 July. The price includes Dover to Calais ferry travel, swimming pools, children’s clubs, sports facilities and evening entertainment. The same break cost from £1,007 in 2008.

A stay on a holiday parc in France is outstanding value for money and the activities and facilities are included, so there’s no need to pay extra to keep the kids entertained.

Prices to other package holiday destinations are increasing because the big holiday companies have reduced the number of breaks they are selling.

Those price rises in full:

  Summer 08 Summer 09 % rise
Bodrum (Turkey) £1,095 £1,538 40.4%
Ibiza (Spain) £1,116 £1,466 25.4%
Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt) £1,772 £2,073 17%
Orlando (US) £2,551 £2,943 15.4%
Larnaca (Cyprus) £1,691 £1,931 14.2%

These figures are based on research by the Co Op Travel group and based on 2 adults and 1 child for a 7-night holiday at  half board

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