Holiday prices slashed by 65% as Spain and Greece prepare for tourists – but experts warn they are unlikely to go ahead

TOUR operators are slashing holiday prices by as much as 65 per cent as countries including Greece and Portugal prepare to welcome tourists this weekend.

Travel experts have warned of the risks, however, that not only will the trips not go ahead, but will also leave you out of pocket.

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Despite this, travel companies are selling bargain deals to destinations including Spain, France and Bulgaria later this year.

TUI is offering three nights in Bulgaria for just £296pp, down from £543pp, next month.

A week in Gran Canaria in July has dropped from £606pp to £394pp, according to the Daily Mail.

Two nights in Paris in September is just £79pp with TravelZoo, a reduction of 64 per cent.

Greece hotels are also offering bargain rates as they aim to encourage tourists to visit.

The five-star Eagles Palace in Halkidiki is offering 25 per cent off when booking 14-night stays, while four-star hotels in Lefkada are £133 per night – half the cost of what they usually are.

However, Which's Rory Boland has warned Brits against being too hasty in booking a bargain deal abroad this summer.

He explained that while consumers will be given a refund if the holiday doesn't go ahead, they will be "waiting a long time" to get it.

The UK government currently advises against all non-essential travel abroad, which isn't set to change any time soon.

Not only that, but anyone entering the country from June 8 will be forced to quarantine for two weeks.

TravelSupermarket's Emma Coulthurst added: "There is a risk booking now as there is no guarantee the holiday will go ahead."

Destinations in Europe are hoping to see British travellers ahead of the summer.

Portugal has said it is ready to welcome back Brits as early as this Saturday as officials in Lisbon believe the UK has coronavirus "under control".

Greece also hopes to see British travellers again by July.

However, with quarantines and travel bans still in place in the UK, as well as the risk of last-minute changes and border closures, families will need to weigh up the risk against the offers.

You may not even get a refund at all – with the government looking to allow travel companies to offer credit notes instead.

The Department for Transport is expected to announce that credit notes or vouchers given by airlines and tour operators and travel agents will be covered by the ATOL scheme.

We've explained how to get a refund from TUI with holidays cancelled until the end of June.


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