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Get Exclusive Offers on Award Winning SKI AMIS Ski Chalets This Season

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Superb locations in snow sure resorts, top quality food and unlimited wine with meals. There are ski chalets, and there are SKI AMIS ski chalets…

 

The multi award winning SKI AMIS ski chalets are now available to book from Ireland! I have teamed up with O’Hanrahan Travel, the ski specialists, who are offering exclusive rates on SKI AMIS ski chalets for the coming ski season.

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With more and more people looking for authentic holiday experiences, ski chalets have become extremely popular over the last number of years. Holidaymakers love the home away from home atmosphere, the ‘living with locals’ trend and the nice home cooked meal after a day on the mountain. One issue however, that crops up time and time again, is the overall standard of ski chalets. Traditionally they are basic, family run properties with average food. It can also be difficult to know how to find the right one, consistency can be a problem. That’s why SKI AMIS ski chalets are so exciting…

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A family business for over 30 years, SKI AMIS set really high standards and nothing is left to chance. All staff are highly trained, you won’t find the owner’s 16 year old nephew in the kitchen…  In fact SKI AMIS are renowned for their high culinary standards. The same menus are set across all of their ski chalets, by an award winning catering company. Staff and chefs receive intensive training at the start of the season on how to prepare all meals. Meals are catered for the UK / Irish pallet so you won’t receive typical French cuisine, but instead, delicious home cooked food and unlimited quality wine, that you will relish after a day on the mountain. If you don’t fancy their infamous traditional cooked breakfast ( they even fly in the sausages and from the UK ) you can opt for the ‘healthy start’ with cereals, natural yogurts and fruit.  Their afternoon tea is pretty special too with French bread and lots of cakes, waiting for you after your afternoon ski. Did I mention all of this is included in the price of your stay?

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It’s not only the food that differentiates SKI AMIS ski chalets from it’s competitors, their locations and facilities are excellent too. Couples, families and large groups are all catered for. In fact one of SKI AMIS ski chalets, Les Menuires can accommodate a group of 75 people in the same building! All of their chalets are in the French Alps, in snow-sure resorts, and most of them offer the facility to ski directly to and from the chalet. I was able to ski in and out of my accommodation on my last ski trip and it was fantastic. Once you try it, you will never want to ski any other way. No more lugging skis and boots up and down the mountain, it is bliss. Other things that should never be underestimated after a long days skiing, are a log fire, hot tub and a comfortable bed! SKI AMIS chalets have all three. HYPNOS beds are in all chalets and are one the world’s most comfortable beds. And you can expect a hot tub or jacuzzi in all chalets except Chalet Christine. They also have free WiFI, so you can instagram your holiday to your hearts content! Between the tasty meal, unlimited wine and the comfortable bed, you may find it hard to actually get to the ski slope in the morning! SKI AMIS make it easy for you though, they even have electric boot warmers! In fact they make everything easy, they will leave your lift passes in your chalet on arrival and arrange lessons, transfers or car hire, if desired.

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For those who like the finer things in life, check out their premium service chalets. You will find the the same top quality chalets but with some extras thrown in. Expect aperitifs before dinner and a cheeseboard and liqueurs afterwards. You will also have bathrobes, a choice of pillows and premium bed and bath accessories.

“It always amazes me that these guys are not trained chefs but can produce such amazing food so consistently” 

 “quite simply the best hosts we’ve had in 20 chalet holidays”

These are just two of the many testimonials SKI AMIS have received and if you look up tripadvisor, there are countless excellent reviews.

 

Where to book:

O’Hanrahan Travel, Travel Agent of the Year winners and all round ski specialists, have exclusive offers on SKI AMIS chalets.  With prices from €745 including flights and seven nights accommodation with meals and wine included, they are exceptional value. They can offer flights from Dublin or Belfast or if you want to arrange your own flights, they can also arrange accommodation only. Call them on +3534781133 , email them at sales@oht.ie or visit their website 

 

This post was sponsored by O’Hanrahan Travel but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

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Easter Holidays in 4* Sanguli Resort, Salou, Incl Flights & 2 Day Tickets to PortAventura, 2ad & 2ch €1098!

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Thinking of getting away for Easter? I found this amazing deal to spend the Easter holidays in Sanguli Resort Salou, with tickets to PortAventura included. You need to check this one out!

With the kids off for two weeks over Easter, a week away is just what’s needed. I found a great deal to Salou, staying in the superb Sanguli resort. This is one of Spain’s most popular campsites and is always booked out during the Summer months. Situated beside the beach, in the heart of Salou and only minutes from Port Aventura Theme Park, the location just couldn’t be better. I included a two day pass to PortAventura in this deal because I went there this year with my kids and loved it. Read my review of PortAventura for all the highlights, tips and tricks. You can also take a day trip to Barcelona, the Roman city of Tarragona, or the harbour town of Cambrils, a food lovers paradise! Suffice to say you will be spoilt for things to do. Sanguli is equipped with pool slides, an entertainment program and beautiful gardens, so it’s not surprising that it is one of the most sought after complexes in the area.

A three bedroom Rossini mobile home is only £341 ( approx €390 ) on the 28th of March, this is incredible value for such a busy time of year. If you have three or four kids you will only pay for the extra flight flight cost, which is €130! All mobiles come complete with decking, an outdoor table, parasol,  chairs, sun Loungers, & reclining chairs. You will need to pay extra for bed linen and towels. Don’t worry, a family pack that consists of 1 double linen pack, 2 single linen packs, 2 beach/bath towel packs and 2 bath mats is only £55! If travelling with a baby, you will receive a travel cot, high chair baby bath, socket covers and baby gate on the terrace all free of charge, just pre book it before you go.

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Flights depart from Dublin on the 28th of March for seven days. In fact they depart every day over the Easter Holidays and prices are not much more for weekend departures. Make sure you select Barcelona Reus airport as it is only 6 miles from Salou, Barcelona main airport is much further away.

Click here to book mobile home: £341 3 bedroom mobile home.

 

Click here to book flights: €130pp ( Select Barcelona – Reus airport )

 

Click here to book tickets to PortAventura: 2 Day Ticket, Adult €50, Child €44.

 

Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Please note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links where I will receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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5 Star LUX* Grand Gaube, Mauritius, Reopens With Prices From €1279 Including Flights!

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Looking for informal luxury in one of Mauritius’ best hotels? Check out the newly refurbished LUX* Grand Gaube hotel and prepare to be captivated!

 

LUX* Grand Gaube was one of Mauritius’ best hotels before they decided to refurbish it, but now it is even better! LUX* Resorts & Hotels engaged iconic designer Kelly Hoppen to add her signature look of neutral palettes and beautiful textures, with a retro-chic style. Check out this short slideshow, it reminds me of a luxury beach house and it is clear that Kelly has delivered a sophisticated, yet informal look with lots of open spaces. ❤

 

It’s not only the decor that will captivate you, it’s location is pretty special too. Situated in the pretty town of Grand Gaube, LUX* Grand Gaube combines stunning Indian Ocean views with lush tropical gardens. Your hardest decision will be which of the two beaches or two swimming pools to spend your days in. Of course if you fancy some shade, just chill out in one of the many hammocks around the grounds.

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LUX* Resorts & Hotels are renowned for their sensory experiences, and you will find plenty of these at LUX* Grand Gaube. With a wide selection of restaurants and bars, you will find dining experiences throughout. Favourites like the Creole Smoke House and INTI – Mauritius’ first Peruvian-Argentinian restaurant, offer a feast for the senses. Even the buffet restaurant, Palm Court, offers live cooking stations and an ocean view from every seat. The bars are pretty special too. Try one of the 88 varieties of rum at the Rum Treehouse or enjoy a sundowner at the G&T 100 Club, their Gin bar.

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The sensory experiences don’t end there. The LUXMe Spa offers bespoke treatments, a hydrotherapy pool, sauna and steam room, as well as plenty of wellness facilities and inspirational classes to keep you feeling good throughout your stay. Sports enthusiasts will love the tennis academy, golf and complimentary non motorised water sports.

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All rooms are spacious with gorgeous views and modern decor. Couples will love the romantic junior suites which have a four poster bed, an outdoor double bath and chill out loungers.  The staggering 35% discount available for honeymooners is an amazing offer and is sure to prove popular. You can also choose to get married at LUX* Grand Gaube, where they guarantee to only have one wedding per day. For more details click here.

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LUX* Grand Gaube also has a three luxury villas which have with a private pool and garden, and a 24 butler service. With a kids club and activity program on site, these villas will no doubt prove to be the most sought after villas for families in Mauritius.  Hmmm, now there is a thought…..

 

How to book:

Tropical Sky is offering up to €800 off holidays to LUX* Grand Gaube. With prices starting at €1279 for a seven night stay including flights and transfers, this is incredible value for one of Mauritius best hotels.

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This post was sponsored by TropicalSky but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

 

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Win Business Class Tickets to New York for 8 People with Avios Points

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Imagine flying business class to New York with seven of your friends….It could be you, if you convert your Real Rewards to Avios points!

 

SuperValu and AerClub have launched an amazing competition to win one million Avios points! As an Avios millionaire you could treat yourself to a host of holiday destinations or fly business class to New York, Boston, Chicago or Toronto with seven of your friends! (T&Cs apply). There are also 100 prizes of 10,000 Avios points and one lucky AerClub member will also win 2 return tickets to New York.

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What I love about this competition is that you can enter as many times as you like. All you need to do is convert a minimum of 50 SuperValu Real Rewards points to Avios points to enter. Every time you convert 50 points, this counts as 1 entry. If, like me, you are a regular shopper in SuperValu, the chances are you have hundreds of Real Rewards just sitting in your account. Just make sure you convert them to Avios points before the 31st of October 2017, and convert 50 at a time to get as many entries as possible. If you haven’t already converted SuperValu points to Avios points, it literally takes minutes on the SuperValu website.

Still not joined AerClub? Just click here.

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Why should I join?

As an AerClub member, Avios points are so easy to accumulate; you don’t have to be a frequent flyer to collect them. In fact you will collect much more by simply shopping. You can collect points in stores like SuperValu, Kildare Village and Appleby and in top highstreet stores online at the Avios eStore. You can collect a staggering 30,000 Avios points by subscribing to the Irish and Sunday Independent or 500 Avios points by making a restaurant reservation online by using Restaurant Circle. Of course you can also collect points every time you fly with Aer Lingus or their partner airlines such as British Airways, Iberia and United. I’ve been collecting points for 10 months now and I almost have a business class upgrade to New York. Almost all of these points were collected by shopping. Still not convinced? Read my no nonsense guide on how to get flights and upgrades with Avios points or check out this short video.

Still not joined SuperValu Real Rewards?

Just pick up a Real Rewards card in your local SuperValu and log onto the SuperValu website. Add your AerClub membership number and convert your Real Rewards points to Avios points in minutes. Just remember to convert 50 at a time to get as many entries as possible.

 

Good luck!

 

This post was sponsored by Avios but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

 

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Weekend In Bilbao, Flights & 4 Star Hotel, 13th October, 3 Nights, €299!

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One of the world’s finest art museums, some of the best Spanish cuisine and a bustling old town, spend a weekend in Bilbao and enjoy one of Spain’s best kept secrets.

 

We spend a weekend in Bilbao last year and loved it.  The city is so easy to navigate on foot but there are trams, buses and a metro too. The old town is full of character with pintxo bars (similar to tapas) on every corner. Locals spilled out of bars enjoying a glass of Rioja and light bites, the buzz was electric. Prices are great too, with a glass of wine from €1 – €2 and pintxos from €1 – €5.

For a great view of the city, take the three minute funicular to Mount Artxanda at a cost of only €2!  If like us, you manage to get nice blue skies, you can also pop down to one of Bilbao’s many beaches. Shoppers will love the Gran Via and make sure you visit the Plaza Neuva to chill out when you are done. This old square is packed with tourists and locals enjoying the Spanish culture. Of course no visit to Bilbao would be complete without a trip to the famous Guggenheim museum. Even if you are not an art lover you can not help but be impressed with the stunning architecture. For more details on my weekend in Bilbao, read my blog, 48 hours in Bilbao.

If you fancy going further a field you could rent a car ( prices from only €40) and visit the wine lands of Rioja (75 minutes away) or the Game of Thrones stunning location, San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, 50 minutes away.  We visited both as we took a week long road trip of the basque country, visiting Rioja and San Sebastian too.

I found a great deal to the highly rated 4* Barcelo Bilbao Nervion. Ideally located in the heart of Bilbao, only a ten minute walk to the old town and the Guggenheim, this is an excellent choice to explore this great city. Fly from Dublin to Bilbao with Aer Lingus on the 13th of October and enjoy a three night stay for only €299 per person.

Click here to book flights: €119 per person

Click here to book hotel:  €180 per person

 

All prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to availability. Note some of the links in this post are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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Top 10 Holidays From Shannon Airport In 2018

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From a weekend in New York to all-inclusive in Mexico, a train ride on the Rocky Mountaineer or cruising the Caribbean. There are so many holidays from Shannon airport to choose from, here are some of my favourites.

 

Shannon Airport has been grabbing all sorts of headlines lately, including winning five years in a row at the World Routes Marketing Awards, the only Irish airport to do so. They are attracting lots of new routes too, including direct flights to Toronto for next Summer as well increasing capacity on many American destinations. Did you know you can fly direct to Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Providence Rhode Island from Shannon? And all with the added advantage of being able to clear immigration before you leave –  so no need for lengthy queues when you arrive! I have teamed up with Sunway Holidays who offer holidays to worldwide holiday destinations, across the globe, from Shannon airport.  I have handpicked some of my favourites but note dates and durations can be changed to suit your requirements, just contact Sunway for more details.

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Boston: Flights & 3 Nights Hotel, February €665!

Plan a short Boston break after Christmas and beat the winter blues. Stay at the centrally located Boston Park Plaza Hotel and enjoy all that Boston has to offer. Take in the view from the Skywalk Observatory, walk the Freedom Trail, go on a whale watch cruise or take in a Red Sox game. Price for flights and a three night stay, based on 2 sharing is only €665 per person.

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New York: Flights & 3 Nights Hotel,  February, €649!

A weekend in New York is always a good idea. Shop till you drop, wander through Central Park,  get lost in Time Square or relax on the High Line. Make sure to visit to the One World Observatory! For tips on more highlights, check out my blog on the top 25 things to do in New York. You will be staying at the highly rated Stewart Hotel (formerly Affinia) which is located right in the heart of Midtown. Price for flights and a three night stay, based on 2 sharing, is only €649 per person.

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Toronto: Flights & 4 Nights Hotel, June €699!

Take advantage of the new direct service from Shannon to Toronto and spend four nights in this vibrant city for only €699! Check out the view of the city from the CN Tower, take in a hockey game or take a day trip to visit Niagara Falls, only 90 minutes away. You will be staying at the boutique style Bond Palace hotel, which is centrally located to enjoy all that Toronto has to offer. Price for flights and a four night stay, based on 2 sharing is only €699 per person.

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Rocky Mountaineer Train: Flights & 6 Nights Stay, April, from €2099!

Tick one off the bucketlist and experience a trip of a lifetime on the Rocky Mountaineer Train. Travel from Banff to Vancouver and enjoy breath-taking scenery on this world class train. Price of €2099 includes flights from Shannon, an overnight stay in Calgary, one night in Banff and three nights in Vancouver.

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Mexico: Cancun, Flights & All-Inclusive Hotel, 7 Nights, June, €1355!

Thinking about Summer holidays already?  Enjoy unlimited meals, drinks and activities, 24 hours a day, in the 4* Riu Cancun. This is one of Cancun’s most popular hotels and is located in the heart of the tourist centre. Highly rated on tripadvisor, this is a steal at only €1355 per person, including flights, all meals and drinks, throughout your stay.

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Dubai: Flights & 3 Night Stay, May, €689!

Looking for a short break with a difference? Try Dubai. This amazing price of only €689 includes flights and a three night stay at the centrally located Arabian Park Hotel. Shop at the world’s largest mall, climb the world’s tallest building or simply chill out on some of the world’s best beaches. What ever you want to do, you can do it in Dubai. For more tips and highlights, check out my blog on the top ten things to do in Dubai.

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Kenya: Flights & 7 Nights Hotel & Safari, May, €2199!

There is nothing like seeing wild animals in their natural habitat. My African safari holiday is still one of the best travel experiences I have had, and one I always recommend. Over night in Nairobi before setting off on safari to see the big 5, visiting three of Kenya’s top National Parks, Amboseli, Masai Mara and Lake Nakuru. This six night safari from Sunway is excellent value as all meals and game drives are included in the price. Price of €2199 includes flights and a seven night full safari tour.

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Thailand, Phuket: Flights & 7 Nights Beach Hotel, May, €1329!

Laze on the beaches of Kata or Karon, take a boat trip to Phi Phi Islands or explore the rainforests. You will be staying at the luxurious Novotel Phuket Arista Kata Resort and Spa which is highly rated on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence. Price for flights and a seven night stay on a bed and breakfast basis, is €1329.

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CRUISE

 

 

Miami & Caribbean Cruise: Flights & 8 Nights, May, €1469!

Cruise the Caribbean on one of the newest and most innovative cruise ships, MSC Seaside. Enjoy an overnight stay in Miami before spending seven nights on this luxurious Eastern Caribbean cruise. Price of €1469 includes all meals and entertainment on board, based on 2 sharing.

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Hong Kong to Vietnam Cruise: Flights & 7 Nights, May, €1429!

Experience the orient next year for this amazing price of only €1429. Spend three nights in Hong Kong before cruising to Vietnam on Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas. I had the pleasure of experiencing this ship last year and it is amazing! Try skydiving, take in world class shows and dine in some top class restaurants. Read my review on Ovation of the Seas for more details.

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These are just my favourite holidays from Shannon airport, but Sunway have many more offers available. If the above dates don’t suit, call their sales team 01- 2311800 and they will be able to organise a holiday for the time that does suit you.

 

This post was sponsored by Sunway Holidays but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

 

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Why You Need To Add Travel Disruption Cover To Your Travel Insurance Policy

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Last year massive travel companies like Thomas Cook and WOW Air ceased trading, thousands of flights were cancelled over strikes, and currently the Coronavirus is causing havoc for travellers in 2020. If you don’t already have Travel Disruption Cover – get it now!

 

Insurance is one of those purchases that unfortunately you only really value when something goes wrong.  I always book my travel insurance with Multitrip.com and just renew it each year without asking any questions. However in light of recent events, I like many of you, found myself asking what exactly am I covered for?
 

 

Read: What to do if you have booked a holiday and are worried about Coronavirus
 
Most insurance policies will not cover you for ‘acts of God’ like hurricanes or volcano eruptions, or for airline strikes or closures. Remember the Icelandic ash cloud? 100,000 flights were cancelled and many people were left stranded for weeks. Multitrip.com however, have a Travel Disruption Cover which can be added to all policies from as little as €10 (single trip policy) and €17 (annual policy) and will provide you with additional cover in the event of adverse weather conditions, airline cancellations and even strikes.

 

Book here

 

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Like all insurance policies however, you can’t purchase Travel Disruption Cover after something goes wrong… Once you have added it to your policy it will be effective seven days later. So don’t wait until you hear that a case of Coronavirus has been reported in the country you are going too – add it to your policy now.  Note: new bookings will not be covered against Covid-19 if there is a travel advisory in place advising ‘all but non essential travel’ – i.e Spain or Italy.

Travel Disruption Cover offers extended cover under delayed departure, missed departure and accommodation sections, should your flight be cancelled or delayed as a result of strike or adverse weather conditions.
 

 

 

    • If your flight is cancelled or delayed for more than 12 hours it covers additional accommodation and travel costs up to €1,000.
    • If your flight is cancelled or delayed for more than 12 hours then you can claim back up to €1,000 for irrecoverable unused travel and accommodation costs should you cancel.
    • Claim back up to €1,000 for accommodation if you have to be moved from your current location or cut your trip short because of flood, earthquake, volcanic eruption etc
    • Covers cancellation or curtailment charges should the Foreign & Commonwealth Office or World Health Organisation advise against travel to the country or specific area you are travelling to.
    • Gives you control of the situation and the added security that you have sufficient cover should an airline cancel, delay or redirect your flight after take-off.

 

 

 

 
Book Travel Insurance Here

 

Note some of the links in this post contain affiliate links,where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

Related articles on the blog:

Cancelled Flight? – What to do when things go wrong.

Flight cancelled with Ryanair – You may be entitled to compensation and expenses.

Top tips for booking travel insurance.
 

 

 
Sarah

The Travel Expert

 

 

 

 

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Discover Authentic Asia With Wendy Wu Tours

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Face the Terracotta Army, kayak on Halong Bay, explore Angkor by rickshaw and uncover the mysteries of Tibet. These are just some of the amazing experiences you can expect with Wendy Wu Tours.

 

I have been a big fan of Wendy Wu Tours since they first started operating in Ireland a few years ago. I love the authentic experiences they offer and that everything is included in the price of their tours. Their fully inclusive tours include flights, transfers, hotels, sightseeing and entrance fees, all or most meals and all visas! Organising visas is a pet hate of mine, to have this done for you is a massive bonus!

With over 20 years experience, Wendy Wu Tours are one of the leading Asia specialists and are the largest operator to Japan. They have won numerous awards and a staggering 98% of people rated their tours good or excellent. All of their staff have travelled extensively throughout Asia and their slogan “no one knows Asia like we do” is extremely apt.

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Wendy Wu Tours Offer Tours to Suit All Tastes

Their Classic Tours cover all the highlights in China, Japan, Southeast Asia, India & Sri Lanka. Although called ‘classic’ tours, don’t expect to see only the well known highlights. Wendy Wu Tours pride themselves on the authentic experiences they offer, even in their Classic Tours so they will bring you off the beaten track to discover the ‘REAL’ Asia. Cruise along the Yangtze river and see giant pandas up close in China, travel by bullet train in Japan or by ox cart in Burma, enjoy an elephant safari in Sri Lanka or take a cookery lesson in Thailand. All of these are included in their Classic Tours.

Their Best of Borneo Classic Tour where you can see orangutans in their natural habitat, head out to the wilderness in a Iban longboat and witness a performance of a traditional war dance.

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If you are looking to discover an even more active and cultural experience, try their Discovery or Immerse Yourself Tours. Travel through remote parts of Asia as well as seeing the classic sights in small groups of 18 or less (24 in Japan). Conquer Jinji Rope Bridge in China, tour Saigon by vespa, discover Tibetan temples and gaze on Mount Everest, these are all experiences you can expect on a Wendy Wu Immerse Yourself tour.

If you want to experience adventure but still want five star luxury, Wendy Wu Tours have that box ticked too. Their Exclusive Collection allows you to sip Champagne as the sun sets over Angkor Wat and meet the discoverer of the Terracotta Warriors in Xian. All of this with luxury cruises, five star hotels and fine dining included.

Wendy Wu Tours Asia brochure for 2017 / 2018 on sale now

All Wendy Wu Tours are categorised into Comfortable, Moderate, Active, Flexible and Altitude. If you want to immerse yourself into the real Asia but don’t want a tour that is too active, you can easily find a tour that will suit you. They offer some super add on packages to cities such as Dubai or Hong Kong, historical sites like Hiroshima or remote islands in Malaysia or Thailand. So if you fancy finishing off your trip by chilling out on a paradise island, you can do that too.

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China, Tibet, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia, Borneo, Thailand, India & Sri Lanka  are now all available flying From Dublin, Cork and Shannon. Wendy Wu Tours love solo travellers too, so if you are willing to share, you will pay no single supplement. Remember all Wendy Wu Tours include flights, meals, tours, entrance fees and even visas!

Their dedicated sales team are available on 0818 776380, to help you with group, private or bespoke tours. Alternatively visit wendywutours.ie today, or see your local travel agent.

 

Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by WendyWu Tours but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert

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The Definitive Guide to Booking Lapland Holidays

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Bringing the kids to see Santa in Lapland is a once in a life time opportunity, you only get one chance! Check out my definitive guide to booking Lapland holidays, and make sure you get it right!

 

Without a shadow of a doubt, Lapland was one of the best family experiences we had. We went for two nights, three years ago and it is still the most talked about trip in our house. Every Christmas the photos come out, our video is watched over and over and the kids are constantly reminding their friends how they met the ‘REAL’ Santa. People often remark on the cost and yes, I know it is expensive, but when I say you will have lifetime memories, I really mean it. It may cost the same as a week in the sun but ask yourself, which holiday will you remember more?  I am sure my children will pass on their memories to their own children, it’s not something that will be forgotten about in a few years time. Of course seeing Santa is the highlight and the reason you book it in the first place, but the winter wonderland experience is incredible too. Snowmobiling into snowy forests, husky and reindeer rides, all add to the experience. Check out my short video of our trip and you will see what I mean…

There are different Lapland holidays for different tastes. Some people may be short on annual leave and want to keep the cost down, while others may decide to blow the budget and stay for five days. I have teamed up with VisitSanta.ie, the Lapland specialists, who offer a wide selection of Lapland trips to suit all tastes and budgets. What’s great about VisitSanta.ie is that they will do all the research for you. Whether you like Sunway, Canterbury Travel or Falcon packages, VisitSanta will offer you independent advice and recommend the right package to suit your requirements. And the best part, they provide this service for free. In fact VisitSanta.ie sell so many Lapland packages, they may even be able to source a better price for you!

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Day Trip

VisitSanta.ie offer two different day trips, Enchanting Lapland and Santa’s Secret Grotto, which are ideal if you are short of time and or have a limited budget. Enchanting Lapland offers a sleigh transfer from the airport and a visit to a snow igloo, while Santa’s Secret Grotto will bring you to Elf School in Santa Park. Both are action packed with a choice of snowmobile, husky and reindeer rides, with lunch and thermal clothing included.

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2 Day Trip – Santa’s Sleepover

Overnight in Santa’s hometown and experience snowmobile, husky and reindeer rides. You will also have time to enjoy time at Santa’s village in the Arctic Circle, where you can visit Santa’s official Post Office. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included as well as thermal clothing. This trip also gives you some free time in the evening to enjoy the winter wonderland.

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A trip to see Santa in Lapland by The Travel Expert

3 Day Trip – Idyllic Lapland

This gives you the opportunity to really immerse yourself into the winter wonderland of Lapland. Although still action packed, each activity is allocated a longer duration. You will have a full 90 minute husky and reindeer experience, deep in the snowy forest as you ‘search’ for Santa. This really is a different experience to the shorter trips because the search for Santa feels real and you don’t actually find him until the third day. Can you imagine the excitement? There are also extra snowmobile rides with dedicated children’s snowmobiles. Enjoy tabogganing, meet the Elves at home and visit Santa’s post office. Thermal clothing and all meals are included, including a Festive Gala dinner.

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4 Day Trip -Lapland Lullaby

This trip offers a similar experience to the 3 day Idyllic Lapland trip, but with a little more free time to enjoy your surroundings. Enjoy the 90 minute husky and reindeer experience as you search for Santa and meet the elves and visit Santa’s post office. On this trip you will have extra time to build a giant snowman, go tabogganing or even try skiing!

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 A trip to see Santa in Lapland by The Travel Expert

5 Day Trip –  Festive Frolicking

Experience magical Lapland with this four night adventure. Go deep into the arctic wilderness as you search for Santa and enjoy some husky and reindeer rides, tabogganing and a snowmobile safari, along the away. Visit Santa’s workshop and go to Elf school, where you can decorate your own gingerbread man to bring home. Help the elves in the toy factory and in the post office before having a private meeting with Santa. The following day you will visit the Snow Village which includes a Snow Hotel, an Ice Restaurant. Chapel and an Ice Bar. Unlike most Lapland trips, this gives you lots of free time to explore the surrounding area or try some skiing.

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So there you have it, the definitive guide to booking Lapland holidays, the only question is which one to choose?  

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by VisitSanta.ie but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

 

The Travel Expert

 

 

 

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