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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 1st October 2019

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This week’s Best Travel Deals include Croatia, Sri Lanka, the Algarve, Nashville, a cruise sale, skiing holidays, an early booking family offer for July and some great staycations.

 

 

Best last minute:

Enjoy a week in the 5-star Hotel Croatia in the beautiful resort of Cavtat. I stayed here a few years ago and loved it. Price for flights and a seven-night stay on a B&B basis, is only €498 on the 18th of October.

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Best winter break:

Skiing is best when you have a group of friends with you, and with prices from €399 to France in January, now is the time to book that ski holiday you always talked about. Direct Ski have some great value ski holidays, with flights, accommodation and transfers included from €399. 

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Best family deal:

Thinking about next summer already? If you want to travel in July or August, it is best to book now to secure a FREE CHILD PLACE. Enjoy a week in the highly rated all-inclusive Cortijo Blanco Hotel in the Costa del Sol from only €2418, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, departing the 19th of July. This price includes flights, hotel with all meals and drinks included, transfers and checked baggage – this is superb value for July!

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Best long haul:

I loved Sri Lanka, it really is Asia’s best kept secret. As well as 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, stunning beaches, amazing wildlife and mouthwatering food – it is also great value for money! Where else would you find a 4-star all-inclusive resort including flights and transfers for €1239?

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Best cruise:

With many cruise sales ending, MSC Cruises’ flash sale is just beginning. Enjoy winter cruises in the Caribbean from €279, Mediterranean from €399 (on the brand new ship MSC Grandiosa) and the Emirates from €419. Prices are cruise-only for seven nights and include all meals and entertainment. Flight cost is extra – see your local travel agent and they will organise a package deal for you.

 
 

 

 

 

Best city break:

Release your inner Shania Twain and enjoy a city break to Nashville. Price for flights and a four-night stay at the popular Nashville Millennium Nashville Hotel, is only €539 per person! 

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Best staycation:

I’m a bit of a foodie, so I’m loving the Taste the Island promotion that is taking place across Ireland from now until the end of November. Ireland’s Blue Book has some great special offers in many of their hotels, including two of my favourites, Marlfield House and Dunbrody House in Wexford. Prices from €129 in Marlfield House and €135pp in Dunbrody House, includes overnight accommodation with breakfast and evening meal included.

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Best early booking offer:

Ryanair released their summer 2020 schedule this week and there are some great early booking bargains. I found a great deal to the Algarve, departing on the 1st of June, so you can take full advantage of the June bank holiday weekend. Price for flights and a seven-night stay at the 4-star Luna da Oura apartments is only €350 per person, based on 2 sharing. Grab a few friends and the price is even less!

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.
 

 Sarah

 

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My Top 5 Luxury Multi-Centre Holidays to Thailand, From €1769 Incl Flights!

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Want to see bustling Bangkok, charming Chiang Mai, or catch sight of James Bond Island dramatically emerging from the Andaman Sea? Book one of these multi-centre holidays to Thailand and perhaps you will see all three!

 

Thailand is so diverse, you simply can’t come to Thailand and experience just one place. Its hilltop temples, cosmopolitan capital, tropical rainforests and lush rice paddies are all worth exploring in their own right. Add 1400 tropical islands and tantalising Thai food, and you have a country that appeals to everyone. With this in mind I have teamed up with luxury long-haul tour operator Hayes and Jarvis, who offer many multi-centre holidays to Thailand and beyond. These are just a sample of what they offer, and these, like all of their holidays, can be tailored to suit your requirements. Hayes and Jarvis offer a staggering 36 different holiday styles in 60 destinations around the world. Read my blog post about Hayes and Jarvis luxury long haul holidays from Ireland if you want to know more.

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In the meantime, let me show you my top five multi-centre holidays to Thailand, all priced with flights, accommodation and transfers included.

 

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13 Nights: Bangkok and Koh Yao Yai, €1769

When you are planning multi-centre holidays to Thailand, Bangkok is probably going to be your first port of call. Bangkok is a city of contrasts. It manages seamlessly to preserve its magnificent Buddhist temples and cultural heritage among modern skyscrapers and vibrant nightlife. You will have four nights in Bangkok, which should give you enough time to get a true feel for this remarkable city. A tuk tuk is a great way to get around – and you can even hire your own driver for the afternoon. Don’t miss a trip to the floating markets. This is a unique way to purchase local food, as it is prepared on a market boat.

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You will be staying at the luxurious Amari Watergate which is conveniently situated close to the heart of the city. This feels more like a resort than a hotel. Take time to relax in its 1,600-square-foot of landscaped gardens complete with a 100-foot swimming pool, overlooking the city. There are six different dining options too, so if you just want to relax after a day’s sightseeing, this is the perfect choice. 

After four action-packed days in Bangkok, it is time to experience the polar opposite – with a nine-night stay at the Santhiya Resort & Spa in Koh Yao Yai. The fact that you need to get a 20-minute speedboat transfer to get there (included in cost), says it all. This is a piece of paradise – a Robinson Crusoe-type island in the middle of Phang Nga Bay. Although within easy access of lively Phuket, this will feel worlds’ apart. Explore the island by bicycle, its shores by canoe, and take an excursion to nearby James Bond Island. The Santhiya Resort has a luxury spa on site, two restaurants, and a host of watersports to choose from. The words ‘hidden gem’ spring to mind. 

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Price of €1769 includes all flights, hotels, and boat and land transfers. Quote ref: 52085512 when calling Hayes and Jarvis to discuss your requirements.

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12 Nights: Bangkok, Krabi and Koh Lanta, €1899 

Why visit just one of Thailand’s glorious beaches when you can visit two? After a three-night stay in Bangkok you will take a short flight to Krabi, home to dramatic limestone cliffs, stunning beaches and crystal clear waters. Many visitors choose Krabi as a base for island hopping, so you can expect a lively vibe with activities a-plenty. Visit Koh Phi Phi, Koh Yao Nai or James Bond Island, or simply stay put and appreciate all that Krabi has to offer, including lively entertainment and superb street food.

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You will be staying in the 5-star Centara Grand Beach Resort Krabi – it doesn’t get much better than this! The view of the limestone formations alone is enough to tempt me, but the pristine white sandy beach and Thai-style buildings complete the perfect tropical resort. Swim in its multi-level swimming pool, dine in any of its four restaurants, take advantage of the superb watersports available, and relax in its award-winning Spa Cevaree. 

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After five fabulous nights in Krabi, take a short boat transfer to Koh Lanta for your last four nights. Fall in love with the long stretches of beach and authentic Thai way of life for which Koh Lanta is renowned. Koh Lanta is now a Mecca for couples looking to escape the hustle and bustle of some of Thailand’s lively resorts. Don’t miss a visit to Saladen Market – its seafood is supposed to be delicious.

You will be staying at the adult-only Layana Resort & Spa. This won the ‘Top Hotel in Thailand’ and ‘Best Luxury Hotel in Thailand’ awards from TripAdvisor in 2017. They offer cooking classes, so you can try to replicate authentic Thai food when you go home. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the resort, explore the island by kayak and snorkel or dive offshore. 

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Price of €1899 includes all flights, hotels and boat and land transfers. Quote ref: 52088520 when calling Hayes and Jarvis to discuss your requirements.

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12 Nights Thailand Adventure: Bangkok, Elephant Hills Safari & Khao Lak, €2159 

This is the itinerary that I long to try myself! I love when a holiday combines a beach stay with a little adventure. If I can manage to add a city to the mix too, that is even better. This Thailand itinerary does all three, with the added bonus of staying in top-class hotels. 

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Your first stop is the 5-star Avani Riverside Bangkok, which overlooks the city’s Chao Phraya River and Bangkok’s dramatic skyline. After a three-night stay in Bangkok, it is time for a jungle adventure in Elephant Hills Jungle Safari Camp. This is an ethical tented camp for rescued elephants, where tents are equipped with double beds and bathrooms. Your two-night stay will grant you the opportunity of a lifetime, as you interact with Asian elephants. All meals are included in the Elephant Hills Jungle Safari, including lunch in a tree house, during a guided trek through the rainforest. 

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Don’t worry, your adventure doesn’t end there. After a short one-hour drive, you will arrive at the idyllic beach resort of Khao Lak, for a seven-night relaxing stay. In true Hayes and Jarvis style, you will be staying in luxurious villas, in the Beyond Resort Khao Lak. With a superb setting on the white sandy beach of Pakweep, this adult-only resort will surely feel like a piece of paradise. 

See more about this superb Thailand holiday in this post: The Best Thailand Itinerary.

Price of €2159 includes all flights, hotels, meals and activities in Elephant Hills camp and all land and boat transfers. Quote Ref: 52085385 when calling Hayes and Jarvis to discuss your requirements.

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12 Nights: Bangkok, Chiang Mai & Krabi, €2159 

It’s 5-star all the way on this terrific multi-centre holiday to Thailand. Combine city, culture and beach on one memorable trip. Your first stop is Bangkok, where you can enjoy a three-night stay in the 5-star Avani Riverside Bangkok, which overlooks the city’s Chao Phraya River and Bangkok’s dramatic skyline.  

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This will be followed by a three-night stay in the more laid-back, ancient city of Chiang Mai. Explore the historic centre, its lush green countryside, tropical rainforests and elephant sanctuaries. You will be staying in the 5-star Anantara Chiang Mai Resort, which is a five-minute walk from the Night Bazaar and a 10-minute walk to Chiang Mai’s many attractions. 

The best multi-centre holidays to Thailand would not be complete without some well-deserved beach time! After combining city with culture, it’s time to fly south to the paradise island of Krabi, for a six-night stay in the luxurious 5-star Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas. 

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The view of the limestone formations alone is enough to tempt me, but the pristine white sandy beach and Thai-style buildings complete the perfect tropical resort. Swim in its multi-level swimming pool, dine in any of its four restaurants, take advantage of the superb watersports available, and relax in its award-winning Spa Cevaree. 

Price of €2159 includes all flights, hotels and boat and land transfers. Quote Ref: 52087830 when calling Hayes and Jarvis to discuss your requirements.

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13 Nights Island-Hopping Adventure: Koh Samui, Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao, €2489

Multi-centre holidays to Thailand don’t have to included Bangkok… Discover the best of Thailand’s beaches, rainforests and nightlife on this island-hopping adventure. Spend two weeks exploring Koh Samui, Koh Phangnan and Koh Tao. Go scuba diving, snorkelling, enjoy full-moon parties or just chill out on the beach. 

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Koh Samui is your first stop, where you will stay at the luxurious Silavadee Pool Spa Resort. Located on Koh Samui’s most exclusive beach, this feels like a hideaway, but is only a short drive to the lively centre. A boutique hotel, built to blend in perfectly with its surroundings, with a cliff-top infinity pool, unique dining options and luxury spa – your stay here will ensure an unforgettable experience. 

After a five-night stay in Koh Samui, you will take a boat transfer to nearby Koh Phangnan, for a four-night stay at the 5-star Anantara Rasandra Phangan Resort & Spa. Relax on the beach, or in your spacious villa or suite, which come with a private swimming pool and outdoor terrace. Expect fine dining, a world-class spa and superb snorkelling and scuba diving possibilities. 

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Your final stop is the Beach Club & Haad Tien Beach Resort in Koh Tao. This eco-friendly resort offers barefoot luxury in an idyllic setting. All rooms come with one king-sized bed, (twin beds are not catered for) so you can expect the perfect romantic getaway. 

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Price of €2489 includes all flights, hotels and boat and land transfers. Quote ref: 52087951 when calling Hayes and Jarvis to discuss your requirements.  

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This is just a sample of the multi-centre holidays to Thailand that Hayes and Jarvis feature. They can tailor-make any holiday to suit your requirements. Talk to the expert staff and tell them whether you like fine dining or barefoot luxury, a family safari or an adult-only escape. No matter what your holiday style, Hayes and Jarvis will source the right holiday for you.

Contact Hayes and Jarvis on  (01) 697 1590, call into their office at 16 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2, or visit HayesandJarvis.ie  for more details.

 

This post was sponsored by Hayes and Jarvis but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

 
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Easter Weekend in Stockholm, Flights & 4 Star Hotel, 3 Nights, €392!

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Looking for somewhere different for your next city break? Take advantage of this great offer and spend Easter weekend in Stockholm.

 

Considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Stockholm is on the cutting edge of design, fashion and nightlife. Multicoloured buildings are next to sleek modern skyscrapers, it really is such an impressive sight. Stroll though the old town filled with cobbled stone streets, quirky shops and art galleries, or experience the buzzing nightlife in the main city centre. Live like a local and take some time out for a ‘fika’, and enjoy chatting over a coffee and some Swedish cake!
 

 

 
The 48-hour Stockholm card gives you access to lots of attractions and is great value. Why not take a hop on hop off boat tour and explore all the sights – it beats the bus! One of the top attractions is the Abba Museum, a must for any ABBA fans or wannabe singers… Forget about selfies, here you can be the 5th member of the band, dress up and sing in the Polar Studio, and your material is recorded under your personal ID number!

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Easter is a great time to visit this remarkable city, as the city is less crowded. I found a great deal in one of Stockholm’s hip hotels, the Story Hotel. Originally an old fire station and former City Hall, and is now a modern design worthy of Swedish architects Koncept. This hotel is rated as one of the top hotels in Stockholm on trip advisor and it receives great reviews.
 

 

 
Fly direct from Dublin on the 10th of April and spend Easter weekend in Stockholm. The flight departs on Good Friday and returns on Easter Monday so no time of work is needed 😉. This three-night break is only €392 and includes flights and hotel with breakfast! Note: click through to hotel website on the link below, it has the lowest rate of €63 per room per night.

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please this weekend in Stockholm offer contains affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.
 

 Sarah

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 24th September 2019

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In this week’s best travel deals, I have a last minute deal to Alvor, New Year in Lanzarote or Morocco, Easter weekend in Stockholm, luxury for less in Thailand, a 5-star Med cruise for next summer & lots more…

 

 

Best last minute:

Alvor is my favourite resort on the Algarve, and the 4-star Prainha Clube offers some of the best sea views. Enjoy a seven-night stay on the 16th of October, with flights included for just €244.

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Best winter sun:

Ring in the New Year in Morocco! Spend a week in a beach resort of Agadir, where temperatures are a balmy 21 degrees 😎. Prices for flights and a seven-night stay with transfers and checked baggage included, start from only €498, departing the 28th of December.

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Best city break:

The early bird catches the best city break deals for Easter weekend! Stockholm is a city I would love to visit – so this deal is very tempting! Stay at the highly rated 4* Story Hotel with breakfast included for only €214 including flights. Originally an old fire station and former City Hall, it is one of the coolest places to stay in Stockholm. Flight departs on Good Friday and returns on Easter Monday so no time of work is needed 😉.

View flights here €106pp

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Best family deal:

Bring the kids to Lanzarote for New Year. Stay in the all-inclusive El Trebol resort in Costa Teguise for €3289, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and accommodation with all meals and drinks, departing the 30th of December.

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Best cruise:

You may have already seen this Celebrity Cruise offer going direct from Dublin port, but Celebrity Cruises have offers in the Mediterranean too, with free drinks packages and on board credit included, when you opt for an oceanview stateroom. I particularly like this one: cruise to Spain, France and Italy on the 20th of June, on the brand new 5-star Celebrity Apex for only €1929 including flights, transfers, all-inclusive cruise and $300 onboard spend per stateroom. Tempted?

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Best long haul deal:

I am currently writing a post about multi-centre holidays in Thailand (watch out for it this weekend), and came across this little gem! Combine four nights in the 5-star Amari Watergate Hotel, Bangkok with a nine-night stay in the fabulous Santhiya Resort & Spa in Koh Yao Yai. The fact that you need to get a 20-minute speedboat transfer to get there (included in cost), says it all. Price for all flights, transfers and hotels on a B&B basis is €1769. 

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Best staycation:

It’s rare to see Irish holiday homes on special offer, especially the Doonbeg Holiday Homes in Clare. These three-bedroom cottages sleep up to six, so grab a few friends or bring the kids, and explore the Cliffs of Moher and Clare’s colourful towns. Take your pick of two, three, five or seven-night stays, with prices from only €159. This deal is valid until the end of March, so you have no excuses – get out and explore the Wild Atlantic Way.  

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Best early booking offer:

There are loads of early booking offers available for Orlando 2020, but watch out, many have to be booked by the end of September. I alike this Orlando deal from American Sky, staying in the highly rated staySky Suites on International Drive. Prices available from €619 per person, based on 4 sharing and include free nights, free breakfast and a $25 dine and play card.

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.
 

 Sarah

 

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Holidays in Ireland

SuperValu Getaway Breaks Inspired Collection: Luxury Hotel Deals in Ireland From €62.50!

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Did you know that SuperValu Getaway Breaks have an Inspired Collection of 4 and 5-star hotels? To be able to get luxury hotel deals in Ireland from only €62.50pps, from one of Ireland’s leading brands, now that’s a game changer! 

 

Fancy an overnight stay in The g Hotel & Spa in Galway for €75pps, or a two-night break in the fabulous Aghadoe Heights in Killarney from €140pps? These are incredible deals for such top-class hotels. I am delighted to team up with SuperValu Getaway Breaks to tell you about their Inspired Collection of Ireland’s finest luxury hotels. These premium 4 and 5-star hotels are hand-picked and are sure to please even discerning travellers. I am a regular SuperValu shopper, and I was aware of SuperValu Getaway Breaks, but I did not realise that they offered so many luxury hotel deals in Ireland. 

Contrary to what you might think, you don’t need to be a SuperValu shopper to purchase one of their Getaway Breaks. However, if you are a SuperValu Real Rewards member, you can collect Real Rewards points when you purchase a Getaway Break. Every €1 you spend on SuperValu Getaway Breaks will earn you one Real Reward point. There are over 300 three, four and five-star hotels on their website, including family fun breaks and holiday homes.
 
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How to book SuperValu Getaway Breaks:

Booking your SuperValu Getaway Break couldn’t be easier! Simply log on to SuperValuGetawayBreaks.com and select one of their luxury hotel deals in Ireland, or call their dedicated travel experts on 0818 22 00 88 who will find you the perfect break at the best possible price. You can also add a 3-course dinner to your break from only €20 per person. Simply tick  B&B + Dinner at the top of the page after your search, to browse the best dinner break deals.

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My top picks from SuperValu Getway Breaks’ Inspired Collection of luxury hotel deals in Ireland

 I have picked some of my favourite two-night breaks to tempt you. There are over 40 different hotels in the Inspired Collection, so choosing only five was not easy! I have chosen hotels in Cavan, Cork, Galway and two in Kerry to show you that there is a wide variety of luxury hotels deals in Ireland available in the Inspired Collection. You don’t need to just take my word for it though, all of the hotels I have chosen have received the top rating of ‘excellent’ on TripAdvisor. All of the prices below are available and are based on travelling in October, November and December.
 
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4-Star Montenotte Hotel, Cork: 2 Nights B&B from €125pps

I have heard so many great things about the Montenotte Hotel. It has been recently refurbished and offers stunning views of Cork City. This boutique hotel is one of the most popular places to stay in Cork. With a state-of -the-art leisure centre, an in-house cinema, and this cosy outdoor terrace – you may not want to leave!  

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4-Star Brehon Hotel & Spa, Killarney: 2 Nights B&B from €125pps

Who doesn’t love Killarney? The National Park, Killarney Lakes, Torc Waterfall, Muckross Abbey – there is so much to see and do here. I brought my Mum to Killarney last year and she loved it. The luxurious Brehon Hotel overlooks Killarney National Park and is Ireland’s best 4-star hotel according to Fáilte Ireland! It is also renowned for its great cuisine and the luxurious Angsana Spa, whose Thai therapists have been extensively trained at The Banyan Tree Academy in Thailand.

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4-Star Slieve Russell Hotel, Golf & Country Club, Co. Cavan: 2 Nights B&B from €139pps

The Slieve Russell Hotel has it all – set in 300 acres with lakes, a 20-metre swimming pool and a luxurious spa. However, I included this on my list for another reason. Not only is the Slieve Russell Hotel home to an 18-Hole, PGA National Ireland Championship golf-course, but you will also find a nine-hole par 3 Academy Course, and adventure golf here. For experienced walkers, one of Ireland’s best Instagram locations, the ‘Stairway to Heaven Walk’ on the Cuilcagh Mountain trail, is only a 30-minute drive from the hotel. 


 

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5-Star The g Hotel & Spa, Galway: 2 Nights B&B from €150pps

Galway City’s only 5-star hotel & spa, The g Hotel is the best place to stay if are looking for luxury and easy access to Galway’s vibrant city centre. Designed by Philip Treacy, you will love the modern decor in its three signature lounges: the Grand Salon, Pink Salon and the Blue Lounge. Choose to dine in its award-winning restaurant, or enjoy a leisurely 20-minute stroll to Eyre Square to sample Galway’s lively bars and restaurants. Whatever you do, don’t miss the luxury spa – Espa at The g. Situated over two floors, you will find a large thermal suite, as well as 12 treatment rooms and a fitness studio. 

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5-Star Sheen Falls Lodge, Co. Kerry: 2 Nights B&B from €160pps

One of my favourite hotels in Ireland, Sheen Falls Lodge enjoys an idyllic location overlooking Sheen Waterfalls, as well as being within walking distance to the picturesque town of Kenmare. A Relais & Chateaux Hotel, it boasts fine food and wine and a host of activities including kayaking, paddle-boarding, archery, fishing, horse riding, clay pigeon shooting and falconry. If you prefer to relax, spend some time in the spa or indoor heated pool. Kenmare is ideally situated on the Ring of Kerry and on the Wild Atlantic Way, so a two-night break is an ideal choice.

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Prices above were based on 16th October arrival but many other dates in October, November and December were available at the same cost. See full list of Ts&Cs here. This post on luxury hotel deals in Ireland was sponsored by SuperValu Getaway Breaks, but all views, as always, are my own. 

 

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Sarah

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The Top Family Road Trips & Tours in USA & Canada

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The California Coast, Canada’s West Coast, Niagara Falls, New England and America’s Wild West  – these are some of the top family road trips in USA and Canada. Which one will you choose?

 

I love a good road trip and my kids do too. We drove the California Coast, the Garden Route in South Africa, and along Northern Spain with our children, and we loved them all. Road trips and tours are a great way to explore many places on one trip – you will never hear the words – “I’m bored!”. I have teamed up with American Sky, who specialise in trips to America and Canada. I have chosen five of their top family road trips and tours in USA and Canada, that take in some of North America’s most remarkable cities and National Parks. American Sky has many more on its website and can tailor-make any trip to suit you, so if you fancy a trip to Chicago instead of California or New Orleans instead of Niagara, talk to the team in American Sky and they will design the perfect itinerary for you.

 

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10 Nights Experience California Tour – Family Self-Drive from €1029pp Inc. Flights, Hotels & Car Hire

We did this exact trip with our children a few years ago and loved it. We cycled across the Golden Gate Bridge, visited Universal Studios and managed to get some beach time in too!  This itinerary starts in San Francisco where you will enjoy a two-night stay. Alcatraz is surprisingly great for kids, they will love going in and out of the jail cells and completing the treasure hunt to get junior ranger badges at the end.

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After a busy few days, you will move on to Monterey, where you will stay for two nights in the 5-star Intercontinental The Clement Monterey. The pretty town of Monterey has an historic seafront with a miniature Fisherman’s Wharf. It is also home to one of the world’s best Aquariums.

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You will then drive the Central Coast to Cambria. Drive through the Big Sur, over Bixby bridge and see the seals at the elephant seal rookery at San Simeon. There are thousands of seals playing right in front of you, it’s an amazing sight. From there you will drive to the upmarket town of Santa Barbara, where you will overnight, before moving on to Anaheim.

Anaheim is a great reward for the kids after the long drive along the coast. Disney has two parks here, Disneyland Resort and California Adventure, and don’t miss Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you have more time, talk to the team in American Sky about adding on some nights in one of the beach resorts. San Diego is a great option and it is also home to Legoland and SeaWorld. Read my blog for more info on things to do with kids in California.

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Price includes flights, car hire, hotel accommodation, welcome pack with maps, and a day-to-day itinerary.  Above itinerary is based on San Francisco 2 nights – Monterey 2 nights – Cambria 2 nights – Santa Barbara 1 night – Anaheim 3 nights, but this can be altered to suit your requirements.
 

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13 Nights Family Self-Drive Canadian Western Wonders Tour, €1679pp Inc. Flights, Hotels & Car Hire

I can’t wait to drive along Canada’s west coast, it has been on my bucketlist for some time now, and I think it is a trip that is ideally suited to adults and children. The Rocky Mountains, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper National Parks are all world-class attractions in their own right, but to see them all together on one trip would be spectacular. This trip isn’t all about National Parks though, your journey starts and ends in two of Canada’s great cities, Calgary and Vancouver. 

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Your first stop is Kananaskis Valley, a place synonymous with adventure. Try white-water rafting, kayaking or paddle-boarding on the lakes, or explore the hiking trails on foot, horse back or with a mountain bike. You will then move on to the pretty town of Banff where you an take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, or enjoy many other outdoor activities, before driving Route 93 to Lake Louise, one of Canada’s most spectacular drives, through Banff National Park.  

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Lake Louise will surely be one of the highlights, its turquoise colour combined with snow capped mountains makes it one of the most photographed lakes in the world. Make sure you visit the Icefields Parkway and book an excursion to the Glacier Sky Walk too.

The UNESCO World Heritage town of Jasper is your next stop, where you have the opportunity to take a boat ride on Lake Moraine. Travel south to Harrison Lake before travelling on to Victoria, and possibly take a whale-watching trip. Your journey ends with a two-night stay in vibrant Vancouver. 

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Price includes flights, car hire, hotel accommodation, welcome pack with maps, and a day-to-day itinerary.

 

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9 Nights Family Self-Drive Exhilarating Ontario Tour €889pp Inc. Flights, Hotels & Car Hire

What child wouldn’t want to see Niagara Falls? Taking the boat ride to the foot of the falls will surely provide lifetime memories. What I love about this itinerary is that, unlike most road trips, you are only staying in three different hotels over nine nights, so there is plenty of time to enjoy each destination. Your journey starts in the lively city of Toronto, your home for three nights. 

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After a busy few days in the city, it is time to move on to the Blue Mountains for some outdoor family adventures. Take a gondola ride up the mountain, enjoy the Aquatic Centre and the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, or rent kayaks or paddle boards on Lake Huron. The beach is only a ten-minute drive away, so if you just want to relax and enjoy the sunshine, you can do that too.

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Your trip ends with a two-night stay at Niagara Falls. There are so many different tours available. You can choose to play it safe with a cruise or go through the famous Whirlpool Rapids on the Wet Jet tour – suffice to say you will get soaked and plenty of family fun is guaranteed.

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8 Nights Wild West Cowboys & Buffalos Tour from €2999pp Inc Flights, Hotels, Excursions, Meals.

Release your inner cowboy on this fantastic family adventure. Visit Yellowstone National Park, see Mt Rushmore and the native black bears. This is a premium guided tour with first-class accommodation and selected meals and excursions included.  Your trip starts in Salt Lake City where you will overnight before travelling to Wyoming. Marvel at the Rocky Mountains and stop at the Oregon Trail Centre, before crossing into Jackson and Grand Teton National Park. Journey down Snake River, take a wagon ride and enjoy a traditional homestead.

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Your next stop will surely be one of the highlights of the trip, Yellowstone National Park, where you will stay for two nights in the National Park Lodges. Both adults and children will love exploring one of America’s best-loved National Parks. Enjoy horse riding, visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Centre or try white water rafting.

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The Wild West town of Cody is your next stop, home to the legendary Buffalo Bill. From there you will move on to Keystone where you can view the Crazy Horse Memorial. You will end this family adventure in the Black Hills of South Dakota, home of Mount Rushmore, where a farewell dinner is organised with an American Indian dancer. 

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Price includes flights, hotel accommodation, tour guide throughout, eight breakfasts, two lunches and five dinners. Visits to the Oregon Trail Centre, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks; stay at the 320 Guest Ranch; view of the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore; visit to the Buffalo Bill Centre of the West and witness black bears in Bear Country USA wildlife park.

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8 Nights Self-Drive Family Summer in New England: Mountain Tops to Lobster Pots from €2159 per Person Including Flights, Hotels & Car Hire

Combine the bright lights of Boston with the White Mountains of New England, over nine glorious days. Boston is the starting point for your family adventure. Take the world-famous Boston Duck tour. Kids will love this because instead of walking for hours to see the sights, the Duck Tour visits the city’s most popular sights on a WW2-style amphibious landing vehicle. If temperatures are high, why not take a boat trip from the harbour and go whale-watching – many different species of whales frequent these waters. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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After two nights in Boston, drive to New Hampshire’s White Mountains. You will be staying in American Mountain Club’s rustic Highland Center Lodge, where all meals are included for the next three nights. Enjoy hiking, rock climbing or swimming in this superb family holiday destination. 

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Your last three nights will be spent in the Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg. Visit some of America’s pretty coastal towns and sandy beaches. The kids will love the hotel’s summer camp, which includes wildlife demonstrations, hikes, golf and tennis clinics with a pro. Adults are well catered for too, with an onsite spa, a choice of water sports available and the wide selection of dining options.

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Before you depart for home, American Sky has built in a shopping stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, into the itinerary. This is the ideal place to stop on your way to Boston Airport. One of America’s oldest cities also happens to offer tax-free shopping and some great waterfront restaurants. 

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Contact American Sky on 01 6649900 or visit their website for more details:

 

Prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change. This post on the top family road trips and tours in USA and Canada  was sponsored by American Sky but all views, as always, are my own.
 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 17th September 2019

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This week’s Best Travel Deals include last minute holidays from €122, Halloween break in Disneyland Paris,  Fuerteventura, Venice, Tobago, a Royal Caribbean cruise for next summer, and a FREE upgrade to business class on China & Japan tours. 

 

 

Best last minute:

Can’t decide between Spain or Portugal, Gran Canaria or Lanzarote? Gohop have all their late deals listed in one place, with flights and accommodation included from €122 per person.

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Best winter break:

Fly off to Fuerteventura in February and enjoy a seven-night stay at the 4* Pierre & Vacance Origomare, for just €298! Price includes flights and accommodation, departing the 20th of February. 

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Best family deal:

Still searching for the perfect Halloween break? I found a great deal to Disneyland Paris departing Friday the 1st of November for 3 nights. Price with flights, hotel and park passes is €1473, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

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Best long haul:

I was at a Tobago event recently and it is now firmly on my bucketlist! Its slogan, ‘Unspoilt, Untouched, Undiscovered’ had me sold, even before I learned that it is one of the best places in the world for snorkelling and diving. I found a great all-inclusive deal to the highly rated Coco Reef Hotel. Eric, the hotel manager, was voted Best Hotel Manager in the Caribbean – so a warm welcome is guaranteed. Prices for flights, transfers, accommodation with all meals and drinks included, from only €1799.

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Best city break:

It is rare to see such a good special offer to Venice, and even rarer to see a gondola ride included! The price of €285 per person includes return flights with 10kg hand luggage per person, two nights in the 3-star Hotel San Zulian and a free gondola ride. This hotel is superbly located close to St. Mark’s Square, and receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.

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Best cruise:

Cruise the Med on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas from just €1279 on the 26th of July. Price includes flights and a six-night cruise visiting Spain, Italy and France. Add the all-inclusive drinks package for just €169, and receive $25 per person onboard credit.  

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Best staycation:

Did you know that SuperValu Getaway Breaks have an inspired collection of 4 and 5-star hotels? They are currently offering €20 off their 2-night stays for travel before the 31st of December, when you use the promo code INSPIRED20. Luxury hotels like The Brehon in Killarney is €125pp for a two-night stay, and the 5-star Sheen Falls Lodge is only €150pp for a two-night stay.

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Best early booking offer:

This is an incredible deal! Get a FREE business class upgrade on selected Japan and China tours, with multi-award winning Wendy Wu Tours. Fly from Dublin via UK for travel up to 30th March or fly direct from Dublin from 1st April – 30th June. You can also travel from Cork or Shannon, just pay a supplement of €100. This amazing offer has to be booked by the 7th of October so don’t let this one pass you by!

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 
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Cruise Direct From Dublin to Iceland On 5* Celebrity Reflection, 18th May, 10 Nights, only €1399!

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Cruise on one of the world’s best cruise ships, to one of the world’s top destinations, with no need for flights – could this cruise deal be any better? Cruise direct from Dublin to Iceland in 2020, and enjoy ten relaxing days on luxurious Celebrity Reflection.

 

To be able to cruise direct from Dublin without having the hassle of connecting flights and lengthy lay overs, is massive bonus for cruise fans, and for anyone who doesn’t like flying – this is a game changer! As well as being a convenient way to travel, you will also be cruising on Celebrity Reflection, a 5-star luxury cruise ship. I have teamed up with Irish owned, cruise specialists, Sunway, who are offering this amazing 10-night cruise direct from Dublin, on the 18th of May, for only €1399.

But that’s not all….

If you book and upgrade to an oceanview stateroom before the 30th of September, you will receive a Classic Drinks Package absolutely free, as well as $500 on board credit per stateroom! 

 

About Celebrity Reflection:

Multi-award winning Celebrity Cruises fully deserve their 5-star rating. From the moment you step onboard, their ships feel more like country-clubs than massive cruise ships. The bright, contemporary decor boldly breaks away from the stereotypical dark wood and plaid carpets. There is even a manicured grass lawn in the Lawn Club, which you can enjoy by day or night. Relax on one of their cabanas during the day, or treat yourself to a cinematic night under the stars. 

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You will also find one of the largest spas at sea, Canyon Ranch, on Celebrity Reflection. Complete with hot stone loungers, it is the perfect amenity to get you prepared for the hot springs in Iceland. Relax by the pool and let the pool-butlers deliver your drinks, or visit the World Class Bar for some creative cocktails.

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Celebrity Cruises are renowned for their superb dining options. Make sure you try the sophisticated French cuisine at Murano, the traditional Italian food at Tuscan Grille as well as the famous Sushi Lollipops and Disco Shrimp at innovative Qsine. I had the pleasure of touring Celebrity Silhouette while it was docked in Dublin recently, and I loved it. Celebrity Reflection is the younger sister of Celebrity Reflection, with similar decor and facilities onboard. You can read my full review of Celebrity Silhouette here.

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Itinerary:

You will have to tear yourself away from the wonderful Celebrity Reflection, as Iceland is a country that is just waiting to be explored. Stay overnight in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik as well as visiting the northern town of Akureyi. I loved exploring Reykjavik, it is packed with vibrant cafés and bars, as well as cultural and historical attractions. Make sure you visit Hallgrímskirkja church – you can’t really miss it, it is visible from almost every angle of the city! It has a panoramic viewing platform at the top, where you will catch the best views of the city.

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Reykjavik is also close to the one of the world’s wonders, The Blue Lagoon. Don’t miss the opportunity to bathe here, it is a wonderful experience. If you are feeling a bit more adventurous, try Ben Fogle’s full day white water rafting and Golden Circle tour, just one of the many excursions that Celebrity Cruises offer.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You will also have the opportunity to visit the world’s most northerly botanical garden when you stop in Akureyi. Only 100km from the Arctic Circle, this surprisingly, has a warm microclimate, and is filled with exotic plants. If gardens are not your thing, Akureyi also happens to be the whale watching capital of Europe, and it is also only 30 minutes from the magnificent Godafoss Waterfall.

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While Iceland may be the big attraction of this cruise, you will also have the opportunity to visit Liverpool and Belfast. Visit the Titanic Museum or take a trip to the Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland, and visit the legendary Penny Lane in Liverpool.

How to book:

Sunway, are offering this amazing cruise direct from Dublin on the 18th of May, for only €1399. If you upgrade to an oceanview stateroom, you will receive a Classic Drinks Package absolutely free, as well as $500 on board credit per stateroom. The supplement for an oceanview stateroom is €500 per person, making the total cost only €1899, including all beers, spirits, wines and cocktails, up to $9 in value.  So enjoy mimosas for breakfast, let the pool-butler bring you a cocktails in the afternoon and enjoy a nice Chardonnay with dinner – all included in the cost of your cruise!

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My Top Picks For Autumn Holidays At Home and Abroad

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Fancy a break away before the end of the year? I’ve got staycations, cruises, city breaks and long haul holidays. Check out my top picks for autumn holidays and get planning!

 

Last minute European sun holidays:

Tour Operators, TUI and Sunway have lots of last minute autumn holidays available. They have already paid in advance for flights and accommodation, so if you are looking or a week in the sun, they should be your first port of call. I have picked some favourites below, but bear in mind prices may change, as these are last minute holidays.

Aer Lingus September sale is also worth a look. They are offering flights to Europe from €24.99 one-way for travel between the 1st October and 16th December.

Gran Canaria: 10th October, 7 Nights, inc Flights, Transfers & Baggage from €350 

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Sicily: 5th October, 7 Nights, inc Flights, Transfers & Baggage from €449

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Crete October Mid Term Break: 5* Anemos Luxury Grand Resort, Half Board, from €799; 2ad & 2ch from €3155

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I holidayed in this same resort during the summer with my family. The hotel has a superb beachfront location, and is close to the beautiful towns of Chania and Rethymno. 

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City breaks:

 

Vienna Weekend Break: 5th October, Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 3 Nights, €238

This is a super deal to see one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. You will be staying in the highly rated 4-star Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen Vienna hotel which is located in the heart of the city and close to all the attractions. Price of €238 per person includes flights and hotel accommodation for three nights, departing Saturday the 5th of October.

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Venice Short Break: 23rd October, Flights, Hotel & Gondola Ride, 2 Nights, €285

It is rare to see such a good special offer to Venice, and even more rare to see a gondola ride included! The price of €285 per person includes return flights with 10kg hand luggage per person, two nights in a 3* Hotel San Zulian and a free gondola ride. This hotel is superbly located close to St. Mark’s Square, and receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.

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Disneyland Paris, Halloween Festival, 2 ad & 2ch, 3 Nights inc Flights & Park Passes, €1473

Halloween and Christmas festivals at Disneyland Paris run almost consecutively from the end of September right up to the 6th of January, so it is a great time to visit. If your children are not in school yet you can get great value autumn holidays, departing September and October. I found a great deal over the October Mid Term Break, departing Friday the 1st of November for 3 nights. Price with flights, hotel and park passes is €1473, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

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Read: The best time to visit Disneyland Paris.
 

 

 

Cruises:

 

5* Celebrity Edge, 10 night Spain & Monaco Fly Cruise, €1820

Celebrity Edge is one of the world’s newest and most luxurious cruise ships. Its unique design includes the world’s first ‘Magic Carpet’ a cantilevered, floating platform that rises 13 stories above sea level, with a full bar, open-air dining area and space for live music. Edge also has an adults-only Solarium and a rooftop garden, as well as the usual facilities and dining options you would expect from a world-class cruise ship. This cruise sails from Rome on the 11th of October and visits, Naples, Santa Margherita, Monte Carlo and over nights in Barcelona. Price for flights, and cruise on a full board basis is €1820 per person. Upgrade to an oceanview stateroom for an additional €440, and receive a classic drinks package and $300 onboard spend per stateroom.

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October Mid Term Break: 9 Night Med Cruise, MSC Preziosa, €855pp

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This exclusive deal on MSC Preziosa is ideal for anyone who is tied to school holidays. Visit France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Morocco over 9 nights. Price of €855 includes flights, cruise with meals and entertainment and gratuities, staying in an interior cabin. Cost for 2 adults and 2 children is only €2730, staying in a balcony cabin.
 
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U River Cruises: 21st September & 8th October, Cruise only €899 – save €400

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Sail along the Danube from Regensburg to Budapest over eight days in a luxury 5-star river cruise ship. Price includes meals and excursions, flights are extra. Note the €400 savings will not show online – you need to call a U Specialist on 01 906 9408 or your local travel agent to avail of this special discount.  

Read my review of U River Cruises – luxury river cruises for younger travellers.
 

 

 

Rest of the World:

 

12 Nights Thailand holiday: Bangkok, Elephant Hills & Khao Lak, Inc Flights & Transfers €2099

I love when a holiday combines a beach stay with a little adventure. If I can manage to add a city to the mix too, that is even better. I have researched various Thailand holidays, as I would love to return, and this one ticks all boxes. This Thailand itinerary combines bustling Bangkok and an ethical elephant safari, with some relaxing beach time. If all of that isn’t enough to tempt you, there are luxury hotels included too. Your stay at Elephant Hills luxury tented camp also includes all meals and activities. 

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Read: The best Thailand Itinerary – Bangkok, Beach and Wildlife
 

 

 

Barbados: 4-star All Inclusive Resort inc Flights & Transfers, 7 Nights, €1399 

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Treat yourself to a week in the brand new Sands Barbados Hotel. There are savings of up to €690 per person if you book by the 30th of September. The hotel is currently undergoing a ‘soft opening’, hence the super prices. Some restaurants or facilities may not be in operation, see more details on the link below. Price for flights, transfers and a seven-night stay on an all-inclusive basis is only €1399, departing in September or €1439 in October/ November.

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G Adventures Costa Rica  Tour – 25th October or 1st November, €729 

This 8 day classic group tour is so on trend at the moment. Despite white water rafting, the wildlife safari and zipline activities, this tour is suitable from age 12, and there is no upper age limit. Enjoy swimming in waterfalls and natural hot springs as well as some chill time on Costa Rica’s amazing beaches. Group size are between 12 and 16 (max ) and it is suitable for most fitness levels. Price of €729 includes all accommodation, tours and some meals – sole travellers can share, or can pay a supplement for a single room. Flights with United Airlines via Newark are available from €701.
 
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3 Nights Dubai and  7 Nights All Inclusive Mauritius stay Inc Flights & Transfers, from €2519 

This wonderful two-centre holiday offers the perfect mix of city and beach. Spend three nights seeing the sights in Dubai while you stay in the luxurious 5* Hilton Dubai Creek, followed by seven nights relaxing in the all-inclusive 4* The Ravenala Attitude hotel in Mauritius.

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Staycations:

 

SuperValu Getaway Breaks

SuperValu Getaway Breaks are great value for anyone looking for a last minute staycation. Contrary to what you might think, you don’t need to be a SuperValu shopper to purchase them, although if you are a Real Rewards member, you can accumulate valuable Real Rewards points. They have over 300 hotels on their website, including an Inspired Collection of four and five-star hotels. They are currently offering €20 off their 2-night stays for travel before the 31st of December. Luxury hotels like The Brehon in Killarney is €125pp for a two-night stay and the 5* Sheen Falls Lodge is only €150pp for a two-night stay.

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I am just recently back from Waterford and the Munster Vales, where we cycled the Waterford Greenway and enjoyed delicious food in Waterford’s foodie capital, Dungarvan. I found great deals staying in the Park Hotel or Gold Coast Resort, Dungarvan. Price for a two-night stay, with breakfast, is only €75 per person departing on various dates in September / October. There is a leisure centre and gym in both and the 18-hole championship Gold Coast Golf Course is adjacent to the Gold Coast Resort.  Dungarvan is also on the Waterford Greenway, so this is an ideal choice for anyone looking for an active break.

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Read my top things to do in the Munster Vales.
 

 

 

Center Parcs

I was delighted to visit Center Parcs Longford Forest this summer – it really did live up to the hype! Prices during the summer months are high, so Center Parcs is an ideal choice for autumn holidays. Prices for a three-night weekend break in October are €559, based on a 2 bedroom Woodland Lodge. If you want to travel over the October bank holiday weekend, the price increases to €999, but the real value is departing on the 1st of November, the kids are still off school, and the price is only €699. Children are back to school on Monday the 4th, so you can choose to return on the Sunday night if you don’t want to take the kids out of school for a day.
 

 

 
Center Parcs will also have a Winter Wonderland theme starting on the 8th of November, where the forest will transform into a magical winter playground, with snow, lights and festive decorations. You can also visit Santa,  additional charge applies.

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Read my ultimate guide to Center Parcs Longford Forest.
 

 

 

Taste the Island promotion.

This year sees the start of a three-year initiative from Tourism Ireland to boost domestic and international tourists to Ireland, outside of the summer months. They have introduced a ‘Taste the Island’ celebration, where we are showcasing the very best of our food and drink culture. There are events on throughout the country, so if you are planning autumn holidays, find out what’s on here. Many hotels have embraced this theme and are offering stays with special ‘Taste the Island’ menus. Lough Rynne in Leitrim, which is available on SuperValu breaks, Actons in Kinsale and Clew Bay in Westport are just some of the hotels involved. There are events on throughout the country – you can see what’s on here.
 

 

 

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Stenaline UK Breaks

Stenaline is offering two-night breaks to Scotland, England or Wales with return ferry travel by car included from €145 per adult sharing. Kids under 16 travel free by ferry, but there may be supplements for hotels. Take your pick from hundreds of hotels and apartments including Alton Towers and Legoland. This offer is available for autumn holidays and for travel until the 31st of March 2020, but needs to be booked by 30th November 2019.
 

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my top picks for autumn holidays include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 
Sarah 

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