x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Travel Deals: Autumn trips, from Manchester to the Bahamas

Take a football weekend in the UK, explore Dracula's homeland, take a musical cruise to the Bahamas, and Emirates Airline resumes Tripoli service.

Football fans should book a long weekend

Sports fans mourning the end of the Olympic Games may take heart from the fact that the Barclays Premier League kicks off tomorrow. A sponsor of Manchester City FC, Etihad Airways, is offering flights and accommodation, as well as match tickets to the home games for dates in September, October and November. A package costs from Dh6,590 per person, including return economy-class flights to Manchester, two-nights bed and breakfast in a standard room at the four-star Park Inn (based on two people sharing), match tickets, transfers, taxes and one Manchester City football shirt per person. Book at least 60 days in advance for only Dh5,340 per person.

Visit www.etihad.com.

Explore the mountain landscape of Dracula

The specialist tour operator Walks Worldwide is offering a challenging eight-day walking tour of the Fagaras Alps in Transylvania. The trip, which neatly coincides with the centenary of the death of Bram Stoker, takes in "Castle Dracula" at Bran and the city of Brasov, north of Bucharest, as well as two-days trekking through Piatra Craiului National Park, home to wolf, bear and lynx, and one of Europe's most beautiful ridge walks, before ascent of Moldoveanu, the highest peak in Romania at 2,544 metres. The trip departs on September 8 and costs from £655 (Dh3,770) per person, land only, including three nights' accommodation in mountain huts and four nights in pensions, meals, guides and transfers.

To find out more, visit www.walksworldwide.com.

A cool way to cruise the ocean waves

Forget camping out, the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival, which takes place at the Empire polo Club in Indio, California, has launched a festival on the waves. The SS Coachella will set sail out of Fort Lauderdale for Nassau in the Bahamas for a three-night cruise on December 16. On-board entertainment will be provided by the likes of Yeasayer, Pulp, the Rapture and Simian Mobile Disco. Tickets cost from US$500 (Dh1,836) per person, based on four people sharing an inside stateroom.

To find out more, visit www.sscoachella.com.

Emirates to resume regular Tripoli service

Emirates has announced that it will recommence its four-times weekly service to the Libyan capital on October 29. "We have been closely monitoring the situation in Libya and feel that the time is right to relaunch our services, which will help to support business, international trade and passenger travel to and from Tripoli, as well as strengthening the country's overall infrastructure," Jean Luc Grillet, the senior vice president commercial operations for Africa at Emirates, said in a press release announcing the new flight schedule. A return flight from Dubai to Tripoli costs from Dh3,820, including taxes.

Book at www.emirates.com.