July 19, 2011 04:00 ET

Monarch Expands Its Exotic Goa Holidays Programme

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - July 19, 2011) - Hugging India's western coastline, Goa's white sands and sparkling Arabian waters attract 2 million sun-seeking visitors each year. In direct response to the growing popularity of this idyllic destination, Monarch is expanding its Exotic Goa Holidays programme to allow even more British holidaymakers to explore its balmy shores.

Swaying palms are abundant in this tiny Indian getaway, amongst which lie crumbling ancient ruins waiting to be explored. Goa was a Portuguese outpost for 450 years and the culture and cuisine are packed with both Eastern and Western influences. Whether you're looking to enjoy a delicious spice-laden vindaloo by a bustling beach, or sip on coconut milk whilst enjoying a susegad, the Goan version of a siesta, holidays to Goa offer special memories for visitors of all tastes.

Monarch will be doubling its flight capacity to Goa over the 2011 winter period from both London and Manchester. Flights from London Gatwick will leave weekly on a Thursday and Saturday, with Manchester Airport offering a Friday departure. Upgrades to Monarch Premium are available on all flights to Goa, allowing you to travel in luxury to this exotic destination.

Monarch will also be introducing 14 new properties in Goa, all offering excellent value for money across the North, South and Central areas of the region. Holidaymakers will now be able to choose from a wide range of Goa accommodation, from affordable and modern bed and breakfasts through to boutique hotels.

Furthermore, visitors will be able to tailor their Goa holiday with a choice of boards, from bed and breakfast, to full and half board and all-inclusive. Adding to the popular tour and stay Exotic holidays programme, The Essence of Kerala is a brand new holiday experience, which offers visitors the opportunity to take a 7 night tour through the lush greenery of Kerala and then complete their holiday to Goa with a relaxing 7 night beach stay. Culture vultures can also take advantage of Monarch's popular Golden Triangle Tour, which offers 4 nights touring the major tourist sites of India and then a leisurely 9 night stay by Goa's white sands.

Kim Barber, Product Manager for Monarch, comments: 'Our Goa programme has been growing steadily over recent years and with the range of properties now available there offering excellent value for money, in North, South and Central Goa.'

With 66 beaches to choose from and a colourful array of bazaars and markets, majestic architecture and stunning scenery to be discovered, Goa holidays offer an irresistible and laid-back mix of sand, sea, culture and fiery cuisine. Book early to take advantage of great winter 2011 offers to Goa now, which include up to £300 off per couple.

About Monarch

Monarch, the scheduled leisure airline, operates flights to Spain, Gibraltar, Portugal, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt and Greece from Birmingham, London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester airports. In addition to year-round low fares, Monarch also offers a bespoke "build your own class of travel" range of products and services both on the ground and inflight. All customers are allocated a seat at check-in but for those wishing to select where in the cabin they sit to ensure that families and groups are seated together, seats can be pre-booked from £4.99 per one-way flight. For customers looking for added comfort, extra legroom seats are also available offering up to six inches of extra space from only £9.99.

Customers travelling on scheduled flights can also avoid booking charges by paying for their flights using a debit card or for a fixed £10 fee, can pay by credit card – regardless of the value of the transaction or the number of people travelling.

They can also take advantage of online check-in, which is available between 18 days and four and a half hours prior to departure. With a great range of tasty hot and cold meals that can be pre-booked or purchased onboard, flying with Monarch really couldn't be simpler.

In addition to flights, Monarch also now offers a huge range of great value holidays, accommodation options, car hire and travel insurance.

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