The best travel deals for 2021

Time to get planning!

We know that the travel hopes of many have been dashed by this tumultuous year. But with positive vaccine news buoying everybody’s spirits, we’re looking forward to next year’s travel potential.

To help you get your planning off to a flying start, we’ve scoured the internet to find some of the best deals on the market right now. Go on – start booking!

Half-price entry to Uganda’s national parks

To show their gratitude for visitors’ continued support throughout this difficult year, the Uganda Wildlife Authority has halved entry fees to a number of the country’s national parks until 31 March 2021. 

The 50% entrance fee discount applies to the following: Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth, Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Semliki, Katonga Wildlife Reserve, Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve and Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve. 

Tree Climbing Lion Ishasha Plains Queen Elizabeth National Park by Maarten van den Heuvel Unsplash
Ishasha’s tree-climbing lions are famous in Queen Elizabeth National Park © Maarten van den Heuvel, Unsplash

And there’s yet more good news for wildlife lovers. Not only have birding fees been slashed by 50%, but gorilla and chimpanzee tracking fees have also been considerably reduced.

10% early bird discount for 18–29s with Intrepid Travel

Worrying that your epic adventure will break the bank? Intrepid Travel is here to help. Their 10% early bird discount has been set up to aid the younger generation to get back out there and discover their dream destinations. 

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On the epic Everest Base Camp Trek, you’ll get your first look at the mountain when you reach Namche Bazaar viewpoint © Sebastian Pena Lambarri, Unsplash

To claim your discount, simply book on to an 18–29s trip at least nine months in advance and you’ll receive 10% off the listed price. And with road trips through Central America, tours of Sri Lanka and even a trek to Everest Base Camp on offer, there’s sure to be something to tempt you. 

While the trip itself may seem like a lifetime away, you’ll have plenty of time to get organised and, most importantly, save up! To browse the tours currently on offer as well as the full terms and conditions, click here.

5% off a Private Group Adventure with Exodus Travels

Are you looking for a tailor-made adventure with your friends or family? With Exodus Travels’ Private Group Adventures, you can choose from hundreds of trips in their collection, and most importantly, choose who you want to share those adventures with. 

Whether you’d like to discover Costa Rica’s fascinating wildlife with your family, explore the wine regions of Georgia with friends, or challenge yourself with a circumnavigation of Madagascar by bicycle, these Private Group Adventures give you the freedom to travel with those who matter the most. With flexible departure dates to suit you and options to extend your stay at the end of your trip, it’s never been easier to start planning your tailor-made getaway.

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Marvel at Costa Rica’s stunning wildlife with their aptly named Natural Highlights tour © Exodus Travels

And you can enjoy 5% off per person when you’re travelling with six people or more. Just use promotional code BOOK6 (valid on new bookings only). Book now and look forward to travelling in your own bubble next year.

7 night Kenyan safari for the price of 5 with Safari Consultants

Spend seven nights in Kenya’s Masai Mara combining the exclusive conservancies of Mara North and Naboisho, enjoying some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa. 

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The intimate Offbeat Mara have an incredible special for travel in March 2021, with a reduced nightly rate and free night offer. In combination with Hemingways Ol Seki you are only paying for five nights on safari.

Save up to 30% on Sanctuary Lodges across Africa with Cox & Kings

The Sanctuary Retreats portfolio of luxury safari lodges provide travellers with an authentic travel experience in some of the world’s most spectacular locations. Each property is individual in its design and operates around the philosophy of “Luxury, naturally”. 

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The luxurious Sanctuary Swala is set within Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park © Cox & Kings

For savings of up to 30% you must stay more than three consecutive nights in one or any combination of Sanctuary Lodges across Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia. Savings increase with duration and vary between seasons and lodges.

To take advantage of this limited-time offer, reserve a lodge online, email or speak to a specialist travel consultant at Cox & Kings on 020 3733 1097. 

7 nights for the price of 6 in Madeira with Kirker Holidays

Struggling to find a hassle-free, quality winter sun destination? Look to Madeira. Not only is this Portuguese archipelago still on the UK’s travel corridor list but Kirker Holidays is also offering some fantastic hotel deals. Chief among them is their special offer on stays at Belmond Reid’s Palace.

Located on the cliffs overlooking Funchal Bay and set within 10 acres of landscaped gardens, Reid’s Palace is one of the world’s most famous hotels. And now you can get seven nights for the price of six and a complimentary upgrade to a Deluxe Ocean View room when you book with Kirker. You’ll save a whopping ÂŁ680 per person.

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The price of the trip includes: return flights, private car transfers, accommodation with breakfast, Kirker’s Guide Notes to restaurants, museums and sightseeing, the services of the Kirker Concierge and a Vintage Madeira Tour & Tasting. This offer is available until February 28 2021, so long as you confirm your booking by 31 January.

4 nights for the price of 3 in St Petersburg Regent Holidays

Everyone deserves a little luxury now and again. That’s why Regent Holidays are offering four nights for the price of three at the five-star Astoria Hotel. Opened in 1912, this iconic Art Nouveau hotel occupies an unrivalled setting in St Isaac’s Square in the very heart of St Petersburg’s vibrant city centre. 

Hotel Astoria St Petersburg by Regent Holidays
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This special offer is available from 1–30 April 2021, 1 August–29 December 2021 and 3 January–31 March 2022, saving you £150 per person. Included in this trip is a private city tour, with special emphasis on the Peter and Paul Fortress as well as the State Hermitage Museum.

Hurtigruten’s Northern Lights Promise

The team over at Hurtigruten know that no trip to the Arctic Circle is complete without witnessing Mother Nature’s ultimate light show at least once on your journey. So, if the northern lights do not appear at any point on your cruise to Norway, Hurtigruten will give you another 6- or 7-day Classic Voyage free of charge. 

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© Arvid Høidahl, Unsplash

This offer applies to all Classic Round Voyages, until 31 March 2021. Should you then qualify for an additional cruise free of charge, you will be able to book onto one departing between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022. You will be eligible for a twin cabin on a full-board basis, although you may upgrade your cabin subject to additional costs and availability. Click here for more information.

It’s worth noting that one of the routes covered by the Northern Lights Promise currently has a 20% off early bird offer attached to it. Full details of these cruises can be found here

7 night Tanzanian exploration for the price of 5 with Safari Consultants

Take advantage of northern Tanzania at its quietest, combining Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Travel through northern Tanzania with a private guide/vehicle staying at a fantastic combination of camps operated by Nomad Tanzania (Kuro Tarangire, Entamanu Ngorongoro and Serengeti Safari Camp). 

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Sunrise over the Serengeti © Safari Consultants

Witness the great migration on the southern plains of the Serengeti at low season rates as well two free nights and reduced private vehicle fee. This incredible offer extends to travel up until the end of March 2021.

Save ÂŁ50pp on an Iceland fly-drive with Regent Holidays

Experience the stunning and diverse landscapes of Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the west and explore the must-see attractions of the south on this popular fly-drive adventure with Regent Holidays.

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The famous Strokkur geyser is one of many fascinating stops along this fly-drive route © Wojtek Chmielewski, Shutterstock

Discover mountains, waterfalls, glaciers and hot springs and uncover the rich history and scenic beauty of some of Iceland’s most famous national parks before completing the journey in the country’s quirky, colourful capital. 

The special offer of ÂŁ50 off per person on this eight-day tour stands until 31 March 2021. To find out more, enquire online or speak to a Regent Iceland specialist on 020 7666 1290. 

ÂŁ50 deposits with Lupine Travel

The folks at Lupine Travel understand that not everyone will be ready to travel again in the new year. So, if you’re looking ahead to 2022 but are concerned you’ll miss out on the best travel deals, this UK-based tour company is offering £50 deposits on any of their 2022 tours.

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With over 30 destinations to choose from, including the likes of Socotra, Uzbekistan, Sierra Leone, Gabon and Lebanon, you’re sure to be spoilt for choice. But hurry, this exclusive offer ends 31 December 2020.

Save up to 30% on Polar Voyages

As the pent-up demand for polar cruising rises, polar travel specialist Discover the World has expanded its expedition cruise collection to include several new ships for Antarctica and the Arctic. With inaugural 2021 season departures, they are offering discounts of up to 30% on selected voyages and a flexibility promise

Gentoo penguins are just one of the animals you might see on an Antarctic cruises © iStock

Cruises for the 2021 and 2022 Arctic seasons and 2021/22 and 2023 Antarctica seasons are on sale with a string of new voyages available, including trips which take in the solar eclipse in November 2021, a new vessel (the Ultramarine) offering an Antarctic Peninsula and South Georgia journey, and a special 22 December departure to celebrate the Shackleton anniversary (100 years since his death) and follow in the footsteps of his Trans-Antarctica expedition.

To book a small-ship polar voyage, call the Discover the World Polar experts on 01737 218800 or visit their website.

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Want to get exclusive access to the best travel deals each month? Then join The Travel Club – it’s the perfect resource for adventurous travellers.

There are three tiers of entry, and from just ÂŁ5 you can enjoy a digital magazine delivered to your inbox each month along with a whole host of fantastic member benefits. Click here for more information.