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Five under £50, 10 Sep

Five of our favourite deals for £50 or less

The history books will not record Marco Pierre White as one of the cuddliest men to ever walk the earth (the notoriously volcanic chef once reduced Gordon Ramsay to tears and called Jamie Oliver a "fat chef with a drum kit"), but there’s no denying that he rustles up a decent feed. A 4-course meal for two at Marco, his Stamford Bridge restaurant (a collaboration with Chelsea FC owner Roman Abromovich), would usually set you back £120, but with this offer, Travelzoo subscribers pay £49 – that’s less than £25 a head, for a choice of four courses from a specially designed set menu. Valid Tuesday-Saturday until 31 January.

Some people love cruising, some people less so. Then there are the others – those who can’t decide whether it’s for them, but don’t want to commit to a long itinerary, just in case they develop cabin fever/a hatred of all those around them after one day at sea. If you fall into the latter category, this 2-night sailing to Denmark from DFDS Seaways might be just the thing. The offer includes two nights in an Outside Cabin aboard the MS Dana Sirena and time to explore the Danish harbour town of Esbjerg, all for the equivalent of £47 each. Valid for departure from Harwich on 12, 16, 18 September; 3, 5, 10, 17, 24, 26 October.

Things we don’t like about autumn: the fact that it wasn’t preceded by summer; that evil, horrible moment when the clocks change; the inevitable bouts of illness that coincide with the new school year. The one thing we love about autumn: the fact that it’s the best time of year for a city break. As if to prove our point, Flybe has launched a sale, with flights between destinations all over the British Isles starting at £29.99. Alternatively, how about a 3-night break in Krakow for the equivalent of £46 a night? At £139 per person, this deal from TravelInteraction.com saves up to £100, and includes late checkout, a free bottle of wine in the room on arrival and free Wi-Fi. Valid for travel from 1-30 November; 7 January-20 March, 2013.

And here’s a juicy little bonus for you. When you arrive at your chosen city-break destination, you can pick up a rental car for £11 a day thanks to Hertz’s 33%-off sale. Rentals are available (based on a minimum 3-day booking) in more than 90 countries. The sale covers pick-ups until 31 December.

And if you really need to take the edge off the impending chill, how about lining up a luxury winter break in Marrakesh? This deal from Broadway Travel includes four nights’ B&B at a 5-star hotel for the equivalent of £37 per person, per night, an upgrade to an Executive Room, a free hammam treatment per person, plus free access to the gym and Wi-Fi. Travel on 10 December; 7, 12, 14, 20, 22, 27 January; 4, 23 February, 2013.

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Deal Expert, London
Monday, 10 September 2012
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