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Last-minute: last of the summer

An update from Laura Summers on what's hot in the last-minute market...

While the UK weather may have taken an unseasonable downturn of late, Europe looks set to continue its sky-high temperatures well into October. If you're looking to leave our premature autumn behind and head for the sun, make sure you check out our recommendations first.

Combining a 4-star stay in historic Athens and a cruise around the eastern Med, this deal from Cruise Nation is now £499 person -- that's half the usual brochure price. Start the trip with two nights in Athens, before sailing to Katakolon (Greece), Kerkira (Corfu), Kotor (Montenegro), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Naples and Civitavecchia for Rome (both Italy). With all meals and return flights included, this fuss-free option is the perfect antidote to our current wet and wild weather.

A cut-price holiday to Turkey with an award-winning tour operator could be your ticket to warmer climes. From £399 per person, Anatolian Sky has all-inclusive holidays that include return flights, 20kg checked baggage, seven nights at your choice of accommodation, plus all meals, drinks and snacks. There are also a range of departure dates and airports, such as London Gatwick, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester, for your flexibility.

With an average of 320 days of sunshine a year, it's no wonder that Spain's Costa del Sol is a perennial winter favourite for British travellers. This 5-star stay at Kempinski Hotel Bahía Estepona is £133 per room, per night, until 31 October. The hotel's location, a short drive from the glamorous resorts of Puerto Banús and Marbella, and a short ferry ride from Tangier in Morocco, makes this a swanky off-peak break. And let's not forget the extras -- breakfast, dinner and a discount on spa treatments, plus access to the hotel's luxury facilities.

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Laura

Deal Expert, London
Thursday, 19 September 2013
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