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9 far-flung destinations for under £500 return

I know many of you reading like to save on your flights and splurge once you get to your destination. If you’re thinking of heading somewhere exotic this year, but would like to make the most of a great deal on flights, then take a look at KLM Royal Dutch Airline’s Pack & Go super deals promotion. I’ve been through their current offers with a fine toothcomb and identified 9 far-flung locations you can reach from London Heathrow for under £500 return. Here they are: London Heathrow to Entebbe from £429 return Head for this peaceful city on the shores of Lake Victoria and you will be well positioned for visits to the Kibale National Park, the Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where you’ll have the opportunity to come face to face with the critically endangered mountain gorilla. Mountain gorilla London Heathrow to Nairobi from £429 return From Nairobi, you’ll be well positioned for the Masai Mara and its diverse wildlife and culture. Meet the nomadic Masai people and learn from them, and marvel at the flora and fauna of the region. Masai London Heathrow to Accra from £449 return The vibrant capital of Ghana is no stranger to luxury, with Kempinksi opening a five star hotel there later this year. The beaches to the west of the city are also a major draw. Accra London Heathrow to Dar es Salaam from £459 return Fly to Dar es Salaam to catch a connecting flight to Zanzibar, or stay on the mainland to explore the city itself – including its harbour, beaches and markets – before heading out to the Serengeti for the ultimate safari experience. Serengeti London Heathrow to Beijing from £459 return Beijing needs little introduction and is a great base for many major tourist attractions from the Forbidden City to the Great Wall. But take some time also to explore what life in the city is really like by taking in some local food markets or visiting some older parts of the city such as Qianliang or Bao Chao. Forbidden City, Beijing London Heathrow to Chengdu from £460 return The capital of Sichuan province in south-west China is famous for its pandas, spicy food and opera. There’s also plenty of luxury in the city, including hotels from Shangri-La, Ritz-Carlton, Sofitel and more. Chengdu London Heathrow to Kuala Lumpur from £489 return Malaysia’s bustling capital is also no stranger to luxury and mixes the old and new worlds, combining home-grown influences with those from China and India. Kuala Lumpur London Heathrow to Bangkok from £489 return The City of Angels offers the perfect getaway. Take a long-tailed boat along the Chao Phraya River to get under the skin of the city and pay a visit to Wat Arun. Bangkok London Heathrow to Jakarta from £489 return A return trip of more than 14,000 miles for less than £500? That takes some beating but is exactly what you’ll get when flying to the capital of one of the most culturally diverse countries on the planet – Indonesia. Jakarta For these and more offers, visit the KLM Pack & Go super deals page. *Return fares including tax from London Heathrow. Book now until 27/01/15. Prices are correct at 08/01/15. Images: Shutterstock Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by KLM.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. This is all well and good but flights vary hugely on a day to day basis. They also change loads depending on what time of the year you want to travel. I think it would have been more helpful to put specific dates and airlines that these journeys are possible with.

  2. Hello Marta… and thank you for dropping by with a comment. All these flights are with the same airline – KLM Royal Dutch Airline, as referenced in the introduction.

    And you are right, prices change from one day to the next (both from the point of view of when you want to travel and the date you choose to book). It’s for that reason that I haven’t entered specific dates, although I do mention that the quoted rates were correct as of 8th January 2015.

  3. Hah! I was just looking for flights to Accra this morning…glad l found this blog via twitter. All these look great. I am originally from Africa, and l want to explore it more. Thanks for this.

  4. Hooray, I love seeing China, and especially Sichuan on any list. Unfortunately these prices don’t hold true to my home, but people should definitely make it to Chengdu- Its my favorite city

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