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April 05, 2012 04:00 ET

Oar-Some Holiday's Inspired by the Boat Race

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - April 5, 2012) - With all eyes on the River Thames as the famous Oxbridge Boat Race launches on Saturday, why not cast your eyes over some boating bargains.

London 2012

And if this Saturday whets the aquatic appetite why not grab a chance to watch the pros in action? Thomas Cook still has tickets available to the rowing events at London 2012, and with a top notch team we have every chance of taking home gold.

Thomas Cook Games Break - 1 night, 2 event Volleyball and Rowing from £349 per person

Staying at the 4 star Novotel London Heathrow on bed and breakfast, package includes Category E tickets to Women's Volleyball Preliminaries and Category B tickets Men's and Women's Rowing - Men's and Women's Heats. Games Travel Card included - 28th July 2012. or visit your nearest Thomas Cook, The Co-operative Travel or Going Places.

Water-way to spend a package holiday

So if a life on the open water is beckoning, look no further than the Thomas Cook's round up of top sailing trips and cheap holidays.

Egypt - Felucca

Drift silently down the Nile on a wind powered Felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat then stop off for afternoon tea on the veranda of the Sofitel Old Cataract revisiting a bygone era that inspired Churchill and Agatha Christie. If that doesn't float your boat, then take a cruise down the Nile to explore Egypt's ancient wonders.

Thomas Cook - 7 night Egyptian Highlights Cruise from £1,189 per person

7 night cruise on full board, transfers and flights into Luxor with Thomas Cook Airlines from London Gatwick - based on departing between the 1st May - 16th May 2012.

08444 12 59 59, or visit your nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places.

Amsterdam - canal boat

Everyone from The Beatles, Nelson Mandela to royalty and Winston Churchill have explored this vibrant city by canal boat. Whether you want to 'hop on and hop off' at key sights or take a 'themed cruise', Amsterdam's waterways have something for everyone.

Cresta - 3 nights in Amsterdam from £272 per person

Staying at the 2 star The Nadia Hotel in Amsterdam on bed and breakfast, flying with Easyjet from London Stansted - 20th May 2012 0844 879 8014, or visit your nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places.


Canada offers a multitude of water based activities ranging from a tranquil trip through the Great Lakes in a Canadian Birch wood canoe, to a boat trip whale watching off Vancouver Island or an excursion to the edge of the mighty Niagara Falls aboard the Maid of the Mist. Experience Mother Nature at her best!

Thomas Cook Signature - 7 nights in Toronto from £743 per person

Staying at the 4 star Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto on room only, flying with Air Canada from London Heathrow - 27th May 2012.

0844 871 6650, or visit your nearest Thomas Cook, Co-operative Travel or Going Places.

Day trip to Niagara Falls from £100 per adult and £79 per child - Includes ride on the Maid of the Mist.

Turkey - Gulet Cruise

A Gulet is the perfect way to explore the Turquoise Coast taking in the Lycian coast lined with pretty towns, fishing villages and beautiful bays. Onshore explore Byzantine ruins and bohemian resorts then soak up the sunshine as you sail the Aegean Sea in this traditional wooden sailing boat as you rediscover life's simplest pleasures on a Turkey holiday.

Thomas Cook - 7 night Turkish Gulet Cruise from £451 per person

Lycian gulet cruise from Marmaris on full board, Gatwick - 9th July 2012., 0844 412 5970 or visit the nearest Thomas Cook, Going Places or Co-operative Travel.


Whilst visiting the iconic cities of China, why not take a trip on a Junk around Hong Kong harbour, or an evening cruise on the Bund in Shanghai. After the hustle and bustle of city life, relax and enjoy a cruise down the Yangtze River taking in the breathtaking gorges, bamboo groves and rice paddies along the way.

Thomas Cook Tours - 14 day Fully Escorted Treasures of China & Yangtze River Cruise from £2,795

3 nights in Beijing, 2 nights in Xi'an, 2 nights in Guilin 3 nights cruising the Yangtze River, package includes all accommodation on various board basis, transfers and flights with British Airways from London Heathrow - 5th November 2012.

0844 871 0667, or visit your nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places.

Venice - Gondola

Venice; a city famed not only for culture, romance and Gondolas - the most authentic way to explore this 'floating city'. Whilst it's customary for these iconic craft to be painted black, many are ornately decorated with comfortable seats and blankets. So make the most of your city break and sit back and relax whilst your Gondolier takes you on a tour of Venice's Grand Canal taking in historical sights including Piazzo San Marco and the Rialto Bridge.

Cresta - 3 nights in Venice from £373 per person

Staying at the 4 star Ai Mori D Oriente in Venice on bed and breakfast, flying with British Airways from London Gatwick - 12th May 2012.

0844 879 8014, or visit your nearest Thomas Cook or Going Places.

Gondola ride £42 per person.

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