Benefit from a holiday in the autumn half-term break

Children returning to school and older siblings heading off to college and university doesn’t spell the end of the holidays.

For families who haven’t managed or wanted to get away yet, October half-term could be the perfect solution.

The weather, although cooler, doesn’t have the harshness of winter. As it’s the off-season, prices are quite often cheaper and less people are travelling.

Here are a few suggestions for a short break in October:

Enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery of the Scottish Highlands this autumn half-term and save 10% with Le Boat.

During a Caledonian cruise in northern Scotland, holidaymakers can start at Le Boat’s base at Laggan, opting to cruise to Fort William, Loch Oich, Fort Augustus and beyond. Much of their time will be spent admiring the spectacular fall colours of the Highlands and on lochs nestled in the rugged valleys along the Great Glen.

Hilltop castles

Perfect for families, hilltop castles, quiet waterside towns, cosy pubs, whisky tastings and beautiful Highland scenery await. And for those in search of something a little more active, there are plenty of opportunities to moor up and to go mountain biking or white-water rafting.

A seven-night self-catered cruise, on your own private boat that sleeps up to four and starts and finshes at Le Boat’s base at Laggan, arriving October 24, 2020 is priced from £763 per boat / £190.75 (was £843, saving nearly 10%). Transport to and from the base is not included.

Call Le Boat on 023 9280 9124 or go to the www.leboat.co.uk website.

Croatia enjoys average temperatures of 21degC in October, making it the ideal location for anyone seeking an autumn getaway.

One such option is the four-star Premium residence Sun Gardens Dubrovnik which is operated by the leading accommodation provider Pierre & Vacances. Located 11 km from the historic centre of Dubrovnik, this beachfront residence benefits from three outdoor swimming pools, a state-of-the-art wellness centre and a mouth-watering 16 restaurants.

A seven-night stay at the Premium residence Sun Gardens Dubrovnik, arriving October 24, 2020, is priced from £790 (£263 pp) for an apartment sleeping three people. EasyJet offer direct return flights from London Gatwick to Dubrovnik from £57 pp.

Call Pierre & Vacances at 0870 0267 145 or visit the www.pierreetvacances.co.uk website.

The October half term is the perfect time to visit the Austrian Tirol with your family. The weather is mild (reaching highs of 16 deg C), the resorts are quieter and the prices are cheaper.

For families who like palaces, views, history, shopping and food, Innsbruck - the capital of the Alps - is the place to be.

A week’s stay, from October 24, 2020, at Basic Hotel: Innsbruck, costs from €1,512 /£1,360 total for a family of four sharing a suite. Flights, transfers and meals extra. Go to www.visittirol.co.uk website.

(photo: Enjoy a leisurely Caledonian cruise with Le Boat).