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Best Travel Deals

The Best Black Friday Travel Deals From The Travel Expert

I have searched the web, travel agents, tour operators, airlines and cruise companies to bring you the Best Black Friday travel deals. All Black Friday travel deals are listed here and will be updated daily, so there is no need to look anywhere else 😊

 

City breaks:

 
I have picked my top three city breaks for 2020 – all of these Black Friday travel deals are travelling over the weekend, and staying in highly rated 4-star hotels for three nights. Fancy one of these under the Christmas tree this year? 🎁

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4-Star Weekend in Vienna, 29th February, €189

Enjoy a three night break in one of Vienna’s most popular hotels, with flights included for just €189. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Easter Weekend in Lisbon, 10th April, €278

Spend Easter weekend in Lisbon. This super 4-star deal departs on Good Friday and returns Easter Monday, so no extra annual leave is required. Grab it before the price increases!

View offer here
 

 

 

October Bank Holiday Weekend in Iceland, Flights & Hotel, €359

Is Iceland on your bucket list? Take advantage of this early booking offer and chase the Northern Lights next year.

View offer here

 

Dubrovnik Weekend from Cork, Flights & Hotel, €398

Visit one of Europe’s most spectacular cities, direct from Cork airport. Price for flights and a three nights stay with breakfast, in the highly rated Hotel Lapad is only €398 on the 16th of May.

View flights here €208pp

View hotel here €190pp

 

Interested in city breaks? You can see my top city breaks destinations here.

 

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Package Holidays:

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TUI have made it very easy for you 😊 Save €100 – €150 on departures up to the 31st October 2020.

 

Save €100 when you spend €1,000 – use code BF100

Save €125 when you spend €2,000 – use code BF125

Save €150 when you spend €3000 – use code  BF150

 

See more here

 

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My top family pick: 

Costa del Sol, All Inclusive Globales Playa Estepona, 9th August, 2ad & 2ch, €2852

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This Splashworld resort has a water park on site so a great choice for a family holiday. Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage, all meals, drinks, entertainment and water park access. Use code BF125 to reduce cost to €2852 from listed price.  

This deal is also available ex Cork. I found the best price departing the 19th of July. Price for 2 adults & 2 children is €3079 – use code BF150 to reduce cost to €2929 from listed price.

View offer here  ex Dublin 

View offer here ex Cork

 

Like waterpark holidays? See my top waterpark holidays for 2020 here.

 

 

 

My top pick for couples: 

Zakynthos, Potamis studios, 16th August, 1 week, €461

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This super deal to Zakynthos is staying in one of the Greek islands most popular resorts. You will be staying in the adult-only Potamis studios. Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor, this is a great choice for a summer holiday.  Use code BF100 to reduce cost to €461 per person from the listed price.

View offer here
 

 

 

Sunway have up to 33% off a broad range of destinations – these are my top picks.

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Lanzarote, 1 week, All Inclusive Paradise Island Hotel,  January – April, €499pp

See more here
 

 

 

New York weekend: Flights & Hotel, 6th February, 3 Nights, €499

View offer here

 

Cruise: 3 night cruise from Barcelona to Rome, with flights, all meals, drinks and WiFi included €599.

View offer here

 

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Cruises & Ferries:

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Royal Caribbean have launched a massive Black Friday sale for 5 days! When you buy one cruise fare you get the second 60% off on selected sailings and you can also save up to €275 per stateroom. My top pick is Allure of the Seas – the most awarded cruise ship in the world  (yes that’s true!), which is cruising from Barcelona next year. Price including flights and a seven-night cruise is only €1065pp in October and €1475pp in July. Click below or see your travel agent for more details.

See more here

 

Read all about Allure of the Seas here.

 

 

 
Uniworld Boutique River Cruises is offering 30% off luxury cruises in 2020 – there have savings of up to €1500 per person! 

 

See more here
 

 

 
Norwegian Cruise Line is offering 30% off ALL sailings! I like this all-inclusive taster cruise from Barcelona to Rome for €599 and the seven-night all-inclusive Med cruise for €1150. Both include flights, meals, drinks and a choice of speciality dining, WiFi or shore excursion credit.

See more here
 

 

 

Princess Cruises is offering free flights and airport transfers on selected Med cruises in 2020, plus a low booking deposit of €50 per person – valid Thursday 28th & Friday 29th November only. My top pick is the brand new Enchanted Princess Med & Aegean cruise, 12th September from €1099 – visit your local travel agent for more details.

 

Celebrity Cruises: is offering €200 discount per stateroom on all cruise ex Dublin and Southampton. See your local travel agent for more details.
 

 

 
MSC is offering a complimentary premium drinks package when booking a Fantastica Experience cabin on all cruises. Prices from €999 for a seven night cruise with flights and drinks included, departing October 2020.

See more here

 

Stenaline is offering up to 25% off sailings to Britain and France (or Holland via Harwich) for travel until 15th December 2020. Use code SUPER25 

View offer here

 

Like cruise holidays? Check out all my cruise reviews here 

 

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Long haul holidays:

black friday long haul deals

 

Tropical Sky is offering huge savings and FREE room upgrades on many destinations for Black Friday. Save up to €850 to the Maldives, €700 to Dubai and the Emirates and  €690 to Barbados.

See more here
 

 

 
Sunway is offering flights a seven-night All Inclusive stay in the Riu Cancun, Mexico from €1149 

View offer here

 

Topical Sky is offering flights and a seven-night All Inclusive stay in the Oleo Cancun Playa Boutique Resort, Cancun for €1389

View offer here
 

 

 
Travel Focus, the luxury long haul tour operator based in Cork, is offering €100 off per couple on long haul holidays booked in 2020 – mention The Travel Expert when booking. Highlights include a South Africa trip featuring Cape Town, Garden Route and safari, staying in the Amakhala Game Reserve (where I stayed last year), from €1895pp

See more here

 

Like long haul holidays? See more here

 

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Attractions:

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Attraction Tickets Direct have a super offer on theme park passes in Orlando for this year and next. They are offering adults tickets at kids prices in Universal Studios, DisneyWorld and SeaWorld theme parks, including their best value Orlando Combo Tickets. They also have a whopping 42% off Discovery Cove dolphin swim packages for 2020. You only have to pay a deposit of €25 per person to secure these deals, so if you are visiting Florida next year, now is the time to book your theme park tickets.

See more here

 

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Hotel Deals in Ireland: – Great Christmas gift ideas 🎁

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Select Hotels of Ireland, a group of 30 independent Irish hotels are offering 20% of bed & breakfast stays. Highlights include the Boutique Hotel Wyatt in Westport from €60, the Station House in Clifden from €72 and the Actons, Kinsale from €100. All prices are per room per night and include breakfast. 

See more here
 

 

 
Castle Leslie has an amazing offer that is less than half price! Price for an overnight stay for two with breakfast, an invitation to an evening bubbly and canapés reception, a €25 voucher towards spa treatments or equestrian activity, and a €25 voucher towards afternoon tea or dinner for two – is only €140 for arrivals up to the end of March, or €165 for a flexible option of dates available until the 10th of December 2020.  

View offer here

 

Read why I was captivated by Castle Leslie here. 

 

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Escorted Tours:

Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert talks about escorted tours

 

Insight Vacations, the luxury escorted tour company,  is offering 15% off trips to France Scandinavia and Russia for Summer 2020. Use code IVBlackFriday19 – or book via to your travel agent.
 

 

 
Travel Department and TD Active Holidays are offering €50pp off any holiday of 7 nights or more, use promo code: VP-BLACK50 and €25pp off any holiday of 6 nights or less, use promo code: VP-BLACK25
 

 

 
Camino ways is offering €25 off all self-guided walking and cycling tours, on top of their 10% early booking discount. Use code BlackFriday19

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Ski holidays:

black friday ski deals

 

Direct ski have ski holidays to Andorra from €369 and Livigno from €399, departing in January. They are offering a discount of €100 per person off all ski holidays booked online.

Crystal Ski is offering €50 off all ski holidays.

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Airlines:

 

Aer Lingus is offering €100 off return flights to America, for travel between the 6th of January and the 22nd of March and discounts on flights to Europe for ravel between 6th January and 29th February – book by 30 November 2019.

Ryanair is offering daily offers in it’s Cyber week sale, with a new destination or offer featured every day. Today Friday, 29th November they are offering up to 25% off 1 million flights for travel in December to March.
 

 
My best advice for airline sales is to check Skyscanner. Their website shows you the cheapest and easiest way to get to your destination, and they will be updating all airlines’ Black Friday offers in real time.

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Shopping & travel gifts:

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Collect TRIPLE Avios when you shop online

When you are shopping online this week make sure you shop via the AerClub eStore. You will collect Avios as well as discounts in many online stores. Apple, Arnotts, Asos, Brown Thomas, Marks & Spencer, Currys and Lifestyle Sports are offering triple Avios and many more stores are offering double Avios. This is a great way to boost your Avios balance.

See more here
 

 

 

Travel gadgets make nice stocking fillers –  you might like this post:

My Top Twenty Travel Gadgets

 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my Black Friday travel deals contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no extra cost to you.
 

 

 
Sarah

The Travel Expert

 
CruisesEurope

7 Uniworld River Cruise Deals – Save 30% Off Luxury River Cruises in 2020!

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Uniworld Boutique River Cruises- the world’s most luxurious river cruise line, is offering 30% off sailings for 2020! These top 7 river cruise deals include savings of up to €1500 per person. If you are planning on booking a luxury cruise – don’t miss this post!

 

Once you step onboard a Uniworld cruise ship, you get the feeling you are checking in to somewhere special. The lavish designs, outstanding service, spacious staterooms and mouthwatering meals, distinguish Uniworld from other river cruise lines. Uniworld is owned by international travel group, The Travel Corporation, who happen to own many of the top boutique hotels in the world, including Ashford Castle. Family-owned and debt free, means they can continually reinvest in their fleet and ensure Uniworld ships are the best in the industry. To celebrate The Travel Corporation’s 100th Anniversary, they are offering 30% off selected Uniworld voyages in 2020, if booked by 29th February. I have hand-picked my top 7 Uniworld River Cruise deals below, but there are many more available. Contact a Uniworld Specialist on 1800 98 98 98 or visit your local Travel Agent to find out more.
 
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River cruising is on the rise with savvy travellers, and for good reason. River cruising gives the opportunity to get an up-close view of the best sights and lesser-known locales, that are unreachable by an ocean cruise ship. However, it’s not just the destinations that make Uniworld River Cruises so special.

Every night you can look forward to a blissful sleep in a handcrafted Savoir® of England bed, a brand favoured by Elton John and the King of Morocco. Expect the finest quality linens, marble bathrooms stocked with l’Occitane and Hermès products, TVs built into mirrors, and a pillow menu featuring five options. You can also enjoy state-of-the-art gyms, yoga and TRX fitness classes, fully-equipped spas and heated swimming pools. “No request too large, no detail too small” is the motto of the Uniworld staff, so prepare to be pampered! I discovered this incredible service when I cruised with Uniworld two years ago. You can read all about my river cruise on Uniworld’s SS Antoinette here.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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World-class cuisine is also part of the Uniworld River Cruise experience. You will enjoy delicious 5-star farm-to-table cuisine, that is locally sourced from the destinations you visit. All Uniworld river cruises are all-inclusive with meals, unlimited premium drinks, excursions and tips included in the price. Uniworld’s excursions are curated so you can explore your destination exactly how you’d like. You can take active excursions like hiking or kayaking, or ‘do as the locals do’, where you will experience life like a local, from riding a subway to enjoying local delicacies at the corner café.
 

 
Uniworld are constantly being voted the best luxury river cruise line by trade and media professionals, as well as cruisers. If you’re going to embark on a river cruise next year, why not take advantage of Uniworld’s 30% off promotion and cruise with the best and most awarded luxury river cruise line?

These top 7 Uniworld River Cruise deals are just a sample of river cruises available. Note some of these deals are not live on their website, so please contact a Uniworld Specialist on 1800 98 98 98 or visit your local Travel Agent to avail of these amazing savings. 

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Uniworld River Cruise Deals – 30% Off Cruises  

 

1. Venice & the Gems of Northern Italy – Save €930 per person

8 Days Venice to Venice, 7th June. Price €2169 pps  – many more dates available.

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I am a big Italy lover and would love to try this cruise! You will be sailing on the brand new S.S. La Venezia Super Ship, exploring the outer-lying Venetian islands as well as the captivating city of Venice. You will also be treated to a special tasting of one of the world’s rarest and highest-quality white wines, Dorona. 

See more here

 

2. Enchanting Danube – save €810 per person

8 Days from Budapest to Passau, 22nd March, Price €1889 pps – many more dates available.

Uniworld river cruise deals

Ancient capital cities mixed with pretty towns and villages – you will visit Austria, Germany, Hungary and Slovakia on this 8 day Enchanting Danube cruise. One of Uniworld’s firm favourites, this cruises from the beautiful city of Budapest to Passau, the city where three rivers meet. This spectacular itinerary includes a morning tour led by an art historian at Vienna’s world-class Art History Museum  

See more here

 

3. Castles along the Rhine – save €810 per person

8 Days Amsterdam to Basel, 22nd March 2020, Price €1889 pps – many more dates available

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Visit four countries on this romantic Rhine cruise. Cruise from Amsterdam through France and Germany, before reaching Basel in Switzerland. Explore medieval castles in four UNESCO World heritage sites, as well as visiting the picturesque wine making town of Rüdesheim. It is no wonder that this is one of Uniworld’s most popular itineraries. Check out the 1338 five star reviews from clients for both service and product if you still need convincing!

See more here

 

4. Burgundy & Provence – save €810 per person

8 Days from Lyon to Avignon, 22nd March 2020, Price €1889 pps – many more dates available.

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Follow in the footsteps of Van Gogh, Cezanne and Gauguin on this exquisite journey through Southern France; the
same beautiful countryside and culture that inspired the masters will now inspire you. Enjoy six days of excursions including ‘Choice is Yours’ options, and embark on a Let’s Go hike through Hermitage Vineyards with wine tasting to follow. 

See more here

 

5. Brilliant Bordeaux – Save €1000 per person

8 Days from Bordeaux to Bordeaux, 7th June 2020, Price €2199 – many more dates available

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Sail along the Garonne, Dordogne and Gironde, on one magnificent journey. Marvel at historic landmarks and the stunning scenery. Take time to visit the many vineyards including Sauternes Vineyard, where you will be treated to a private artisanal wine tasting at Château de Cazeneuve.

See more here

 

6. Highlights of Eastern Europe – Save €1200 per person

10 Days from Budapest to Bucharest, 10th August 2020, Price €2699 pps – many more dates available

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Save a staggering €1200 on this 10 day Eastern European cruise. Travel from Budapest to Bucharest, stopping in Croatia, Bulgaria and Serbia. Serbia’s breathtaking Djerdap Gorge and its famed archaeological site are sure to be a highlight.

See more here

 

7. Highlights from China & The Yangtze – Save €1500 per person

11 Days from Beijing to Shanghai, 11th April 2020, Price €3499 – many more dates available.

See China’s magnificent highlights from the comfort of the luxurious Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer cruise ship. Visit the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Great Wall, and marvel at the beauty of the Yangtze River’s Three Gorges. You are also invited to a traditional teahouse in a 600-year-old Ming Dynasty-era Bell Tower, where you’ll partake in a traditional tea ceremony.

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See more here

 

Uniworld is the world’s most luxurious, all-inclusive river cruise line, with one of the highest staff-to-guest ratios in the business. Wake up to the view of a new city each day and enjoy your morning coffee from the comfort of your french balcony. With river cruises in twenty-four countries including China, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, and all across Europe – Uniworld will have a cruise to suit you.

 

Contact a Uniworld Specialist on 1800 98 98 98 or visit your local Travel Agent to avail of these amazing savings. 

 

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

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert

 
Holidays in IrelandTravel News and Reviews

Select Hotels of Ireland Launches New Website

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Tired of the large hotel chains with expensive room rates? Want a staycation filled with traditional Irish hospitality? From the Dingle Skellig Hotel to Actons of Kinsale, Select Hotels of Ireland is a group of 30 independent Irish hotels, bookable on one great website.
 

 

Select Hotels of Ireland are renowned for their great service, quality food and high standards of accommodation. You can also expect a warm Irish welcome and a full Irish breakfast. There are many different hotels to choose from, across various cities and counties in Ireland. Select Hotels of Ireland offer family breaks in self catering lodges, Christmas and New Year offers and group tours.

I have listed some of my favourite hotels from the Select Hotels of Ireland website below, but there are many more to choose from. If my personal picks don’t suit you, you can see all 30 hotels on Select Hotels of Ireland new website, or why not call the Central Reservations Office and let their expert staff find the perfect hotel to suit you.

 

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Actons Hotel Kinsale, Cork

With a yacht-filled harbour, cobbled-stone streets and delightful dining options, it’s not surprising that colourful Kinsale is one of Ireland’s most popular port towns. It was also voted Ireland’s top foodie town last year.

Kinsale’s landmark hotel, Actons, is an excellent place to stay according to TripAdvisor, and I second that! I love Actons’ home from home atmosphere – in fact this embodies what Select Hotels of Ireland is all about. This boutique hotel offers some excellent dining options, as well as a health and leisure club with a gym, a 15-metre swimming pool, sauna and steam room. 

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See more here

 

Dingle Skellig Hotel, Kerry

The Dingle Peninsula is full of exciting places to explore. The Slay Head Drive is probably one of Irealnd’s best coastal drives, with Gallarus Oratory and Coumeenole Beach just some of the highlights. You must also take time to see Fungi, the resident dolphin, and catch some traditional music in one of the many pubs that line Main Street. 

The Dingle Skellig Hotel is superbly situated overlooking Dingle Bay and is an ideal choice to explore this beautiful peninsula. The hotel also has a leisure club, swimming pool, spa, and outdoor hot tub – so if you just want to relax, you can do that too! Rated excellent on TripAdvisor, this must be one of the best places to stay in Dingle.

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See more here

 

Wyatt Hotel Westport, Mayo

Westport is a delightful town, so much so that you may not want to leave it! However, it is a shame not to explore Mayo’s beautiful coastline. Pay a visit to Achill Island and marvel at Keem Bay. If weather permits, why not cycle there on the Great Western Greenway bike trail?

I have chosen the boutique hotel Wyatt, which is superbly located in the heart of Westport. The Wyatt has a traditional Irish bar, an upmarket brasserie, an award-winning restaurant, and offers access to the 4-star Westport Leisure Park during your stay. It also happens to be Westport’s only Dog Friendly Hotel! Rated as excellent on TripAdvisor, a stay at the Wyatt is sure to please. 

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See more here

 

Clifden Station House Hotel, Galway

This unique hotel was once an old railway station. It has been beautifully restored and manages to combine the old brick and native oak with modern furnishings. Its location in the upmarket town of Clifden is ideal for anyone who wants shops, bars and restaurants close by, but also wants to get out and about and explore the rugged coastline of Connemara. Rated as excellent on TripAdvisor, you will also find a spa and leisure centre with an indoor swimming pool. Families are well catered for too, as children under 12 stay free when sharing with adults. There is also a free kids club throughout the school holidays. 

Select Hotels of Ireland

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Talbot Hotel Wexford & Talbot Suites Stonebridge, Wexford

The Talbot Hotel Wexford is located right in the heart of Wexford Town and boasts a fully equipped leisure centre and swimming pool. The Talbot Hotel Wexford is part of The Talbot Collection, which also includes Talbot Hotel Stillorgan, Oriel House Hotel and the Midleton Park Hotel. It has recently added the luxurious Talbot Suites at Stonebridge to its collection – a super choice for groups or families looking for large apartments in the heart of the city. There are 73 luxury two- and three-bedroom apartments available, with floor-to-ceiling windows, high gloss fully equipped kitchen, TV’s in all living areas and bedrooms, and all have access to the Talbot Quay Leisure Centre. Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor – these are a super addition to the Select Hotels of Ireland portfolio.

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See more here

 

Gift Vouchers

Still can’t decide which hotel to choose? Buy a Select Hotels of Ireland gift voucher. Gift vouchers are a great idea for Christmas, birthdays or a special thank you. What I love about Select Hotels of Ireland gift vouchers is that they can be used in ANY of their 30 hotels.

You can purchase gift cheques from €50, which can be used towards the cost of a hotel stay, or purchase one- or two-night Gift Voucher Specials for €150 and €295 respectively. These will cover the cost of a one- or two-night stay, in a luxury room a full Irish breakfast for two people, in ANY of the Select Hotels of Ireland. You will also receive a complimentary bottle of wine with the two-night stay. 

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If you are looking for the ultimate gift, choose the Select Hotels of Ireland Ultimate Gift Voucher. This includes a two-night stay for two people as above, plus a €100 Gift Cheque that can be used in the hotel for meals, spa treatments, etc. The total cost is €395.

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You can order Gift Vouchers online and they will be sent directly to your inbox, or order paper Gift Vouchers, which are beautifully presented and posted. 

 

Buy Vouchers here

 

This post was sponsored by Select Hotels of Ireland, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Best Travel Deals

The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 19th November 2019

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This week’s best travel deals include New Year in Lake Garda, luxury for less in Zanzibar, summer in Lanzarote, Sardinia and Porto, a Greek isles cruise and a luxury treat in the K Club.

 

Best last minute:

Enjoy a week at the 4-star Seashells Resort at Suncrest, Malta for only €293 on the 30th of November. This popular hotel is highly rated on TripAdvisor and is centrally located. The weather forecast is 20 degrees and sunny in Malta next week, and this deal also includes breakfast. Tempted?

View offer here
 

 

 

Best winter break:

Spend New Year in Lake Garda on this super trip from Travel Department. Fly from Dublin on the 27th of December and enjoy seven nights in the 4-star Grand Hotel Liberty, with breakfast and evening meal included each day. There are full day excursions to Venice, Verona and Bolzano included, as well as some free days to enjoy Lake Garda at your own pace. Price of €869 includes flights, hotel, meals, excursions, guides and transfers. Use promo code VP-BLACK50 to save €50 per person off the price listed below.

View offer here

 

You might like: My Guide to Lake Garda, Where to Stay and What to do
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Family holiday deals are not easy to find during peak summer holidays, but I spotted a great deal to Lanzarote in July. Price for flights and a seven night stay in the popular Jable Bermudas apartments in Puerto del Carmen is just €1554, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

See more here

 

You might like: Why Lanzarote is my favourite island
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Get free flights and cruise the Greek islands on Princess Cruises‘ brand new ship, Enchanted Princess next year. Price for flights and a seven night cruise visiting the Amalfi Coast, Athens, Mykonos, Crete, Corfu and Kotor (Montenegro) is only €1049 on the 12th of September. Upgrade to a balcony cabin for just €160 extra.

View offer here

 

You might like: My top 10 tips for booking cruise holidays
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

When you think of paradise islands, is there anywhere more exotic than Zanzibar? Surprisingly it doesn’t have to cost the earth… Price for flights, transfers and a seven-night ALL INCLUSIVE stay in the highly rated Diamonds Mapenzi Beach Hotel is only €1309! Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor – they are excellent. 👌

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

If you haven’t been to Porto yet, put it on your list! This charming city is perfect for a weekend break away. I found a great deal departing in May, staying in the BNapartments LoftPuzzle. Highly rated on TripAdvisor and located right in the heart of the old town, I challenge you to find a better located hotel or apartment in Porto! Price for flights and a three-night stay departing the 9th of May is only €198 per person.

View flights here €83pp

View apartment here €115pp

You might like: Why you should choose Porto for your next city break.
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Treat yourself to a Sleep, Shop and Savour experience at the 5-star K Club. This is timed perfectly for Christmas shopping and is available until 23rd December 2019. For just €149 per person sharing, you will enjoy an overnight stay with full Irish breakfast, a complimentary car valet & wash (must be pre-booked and is subject to availability) at Kildare Village, a 10% discount card for Kildare Village, and Afternoon Tea for two in The K Club with a glass of Laurent Perrier Champagne 😍. It doesn’t stop there! After a long day shopping, a 20% discount on spa treatments will be waiting in the award-winning K Spa.

See more here 

 

 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

I was delighted to hear that Aer Lingus are flying to Alghero in Sardinia next summer. I was there many years ago and loved it. Alghero airport is just 10km from the resort centre, so there are no lengthy airport transfers. Fly from Dublin on the 27th of May and enjoy a seven-night stay in the centrally located Soleado Hotel over the June bank holiday weekend for just €415 per person. 

View flights here €169pp

View hotel here €246pp

 

 

 
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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Travel News and Reviews

Collect Triple Avios via the AerClub eStore in Apple, Arnotts, Brown Thomas, M&S & More…

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Christmas shopping online? Collect triple or double Avios on over 100 retailers via the AerClub eStore right now!

 

I find shopping is the best way to boost my Avios balance, especially in the lead up to Christmas. I was so excited to learn that my favourite department stores Arnotts and Brown Thomas are now available to shop via the AerClub estore, and that I can collect 12 Avios for every €1 I spend!

The normal redemption rate is 4 Avios for every €1 spent with both retailers, but from now until the 22nd of December you will collect triple Avios from Brown Thomas, Arnotts and six other retailers – they are listed below. There are also over 100 retailers offering Double Avios via the AerClub eStore, including Eason, Boohoo.com, Nike, and AliExpress. Suffice to say, don’t do any Christmas shopping until you check the AerClub eStore first. 

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Why collect Avios?

Once you accumulate Avios, you can use these to pay for reward flights, hotels, car hire and travel experiences. You can also use them to part-pay for Aer Lingus flights. So even if you have only accumulated 400 Avios, you can use these to get a discount off your next Aer Lingus flight.  See more ways to spend Avios here. and my beginners guide to AerClub here.

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How to shop via the AerClub eStore

Shopping via the AerClub eStore couldn’t be easier. Once you are logged in to the AerClub eStore you can click through to your favourite retailers and shop online at no extra cost, but your purchases will be tracked, and your Avios account will be topped up with points. It really is that simple – you shop in exactly the same way as you would normally shop online, but the online shops will see that you came to their website via the AerClub estore. You can also see the stores you have clicked on in your history so you know your transaction is being tracked. And now with Christmas sales in full swing, you can collect DOUBLE or even TRIPLE Avios! 

 

Get TRIPLE Avios via the AerClub eStore in these retailers and click here to shop all stores.

 

Arnotts: 12 Avios for every €1 spent

From lingerie to Lego, beauty to bedding, you name it, it’s for sale in Arnotts! Iconic toy store FAO Schwarz has recently opened in Arnotts too, so why not collect triple Avios while Christmas shopping for the kids.

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Apple: 6 Avios for every €1 spent

Fancy a new phone, iMac or apple watch? Perhaps you are thinking of treating your loved one to a new iPad for Christmas? Collect 6 Avios for every €1 spent. 

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Brown Thomas: 12 Avios for every €1 spent

Fancy a new handbag or the latest Charlotte Tilbury must-have? I’ve had my eye on the Spanx faux leather leggings for some time. Now that I will collect nearly 1200 Avios, it’s the best excuse to shop!  


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Marks & Spencer: 12 Avios for every €1 spent

Marks and Spencer always have great Christmas gift ideas. I always get my children’s Christmas pyjamas in M&S and I love their Christmas decorations. At Christmastime there is always something to be bought in M&S.   

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 Asos: 9 Avios for every €1 spent

Looking to get some new clothes for Christmas? Get the latest winter looks from one the biggest online fashion stores, Asos, and collect triple Avios at the same time. Other fashion stores such as River Island, Pretty Little Thing, Nike, Gap, Boohoo.com and Topshop are all offering double Avios.

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Currys PC World : 3 Avios for every €1 spent

Cameras to coffee machines, phones to Playstations – if its electrical, shop it in Currys PC World. Collect triple Avios on all purchases when you shop via the AerClub estore. 

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Life Style Sports: 12 Avios for every €1 spent

Planning a healthier, fitter lifestyle in 2020? New sportswear is a great incentive to get exercising. It also makes for great Christmas present. Ireland’s favourite sports retailer Lifestyle Sports, is offering a generous 12 Avios for every €1 spent. 

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Feelunique: 21 Avios for every €1 spent

Not only have Feelunique up to 25% off selected beauty products, but they are also giving a whopping 21 Avios for every €1 spent! They have all the big brands listed including Murad, Elemis, Charlotte Tilbury, Anastasia Beverly Hills, E.L.F and Nars. I am a big fan of their travel size products, they have a huge selection, and the prices are great too. 

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Still haven’t joined AerClub? 

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New York & Orlando Holiday – Flights, Hotels & Car Hire, 10 Nights, Only €1499!

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Visit two of America’s most iconic destinations on one memorable trip! Spend three nights in New York, before flying to the theme park capital of the world for seven nights. This New York and Orlando holiday is amazing value and is a great choice for families or couples.

 

I have teamed up with American Sky to bring you this amazing New York and Orlando holiday deal. The price of €1299 includes all flights, 10-nights hotel accommodation, and car hire in Orlando – can you believe the price? This includes savings of €200 per couple for bookings made by the 30th of November.

This New York and Orlando holiday is just a sample of what American Sky offer – they can tailor make any holiday to suit your requirements. If you would prefer to stay longer in New York, add in some beach time, or perhaps stop in New York on the way home, just talk to the team in American Sky and they will design the perfect holiday for you. You can also choose to upgrade your accommodation in New York or Orlando, depending on your budget. 

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I am a huge fan of New York, in fact it is probably my favourite city. I have visited many times, but every time I go back there is something new to see. I have so many great memories from my trips over the years – with and without kids. Times Square never gets old, no matter how many times you see it. Neither does the view of the skyline from the Top of the Rock. But wandering around the West Village or having a quiet brunch in the Boathouse in Central Park, are just as rewarding.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is extremely moving and must be seen. Weather permitting, a boat trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is also some of my favourites. Of course no trip to New York would be complete without some shopping! I love that you can go designer shopping on Bloomingdales in the morning, and haggle for bargains in Chinatown in the afternoon. The outlets in Woodbury Common are also one of my favourite places to shop, but you need to allow a full day to visit it properly!
 
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New York is one of those cities that caters equally for adults and children, so this New York and Orlando holiday is a great choice for family holiday too. I visited New York with my children last year and they loved it. They spent the whole time recognising places from their favourite TV shows and as for the food – they still talk about the size of the New York pizzas! You can read more things to do in New York in these posts:

My Top 25 Things to do in New York

Top Things to do in New York with Kids

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After a three-night stay in New York it is time to move on to Orlando – the theme park capital of the world. There are over 20 theme parks in Orlando, so if you want an action packed holiday – you’ve got it! Universal Studios is my personal favourite. I love the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the simulator rides in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. If you are travelling with young children, you will have to bring them to Disney World. I will never forget the look on my daughter’s face when she saw Sleeping Beauty’s castle for the first time. Whether you are travelling as a couple or with kids, will probably determine what theme parks you visit. Talk to the experts in American Sky and they will advise you about the various theme parks to determine which best suit your family.

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This New York and Orlando deal includes a seven-night stay in Orlando, so you will have plenty of time to visit some of the neighbouring attractions if you wish. The Kennedy Space Centre is only an hour’s drive from Orlando, as is Daytona Beach. Remember this deal includes car hire in Orlando too. If you are travelling with children or extended family, you may wish to change your hotel to one of American Sky’s holiday homes. You can also choose to extend your stay in Orlando or add on a few nights at the beach – just talk to the team in American Sky and they will organise this for you. 

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The price of €1499 per person includes all flights, accommodation, car hire in Orlando, and a discount of €180 per couple if booked by the 31st March. This offer is based on two sharing, so prices will be even less if travelling as a family! This New York and Orlando holiday is valid throughout 2020, but prices will increase during peak season.  

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Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs – Why You Should Visit & My Top Tips

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With 57,600 fairy lights, 90 Christmas trees and 3 tonnes of snow, you can imagine the excitement when we arrived to Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs Longford Forest. 

 

‘It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas’ was on repeat on my Spotify playlist, and despite the fact that it was only the 8th of November, I was as excited as the kids! We were fortunate to be invited to Center Parcs Longford Forest for the opening in July, and after a fabulous few days we couldn’t wait to return. Temperatures in July were over 20 degrees. During Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs the average was only 4 degrees, but surprisingly that didn’t matter.

 

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The outdoor swimming pool reminded me of the Blue Lagoon – the combination of the hot pool (29.5 degrees) against the crisp cold air was invigorating. Cycling around the resort was just as enjoyable as it was during the summer time, once we were wrapped up with hats and gloves. Even the biodegradable snow suited the temperatures perfectly!
 
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All we could see from 5pm was thousands of fairy lights lighting up the resort. The whole village was illuminated – it was an amazing sight. Garlands filled with twinkling lights lined the lake, and massive Christmas baubles beamed in the village. The Christmas tree at Santa’s Woodland Workshop is 10 meters tall and has 4,450 lights! The whole experience was magical and one that all of us throughly enjoyed. It was, to coin the phrase from Center Parcs – Epic Family Time. As I write my my 12 top tips for visiting Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs, I am already planning my next visit…

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** Edit – Please note this review was written in December 2019. There may be restrictions to activities including the swimming pool due to Covid-19. Please check if there are any updates to activities with Center Parcs directly, before making a booking. 

1. If price is a factor, book a Woodland Lodge. 

All of the lodges in Center Parcs are modern, spacious and well equipped. We stayed in a Woodland Lodge during the Winter Wonderland experience and an Executive Lodge during the summer. I found very little difference between the two, especially if you are staying for a short break. The executive lodges have house-keeping services, TV’s in all rooms and all bedrooms are ensuite – but otherwise they are very similar. 

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2. Book a lodge close to the village centre

With rain being a common occurrence during Irish winters, I would recommend paying an additional €49 to stay in a lodge close to the village centre. Although we loved cycling, it is nice to walk to the village and the swimming pool if the rain is heavy – wet saddles are not very pleasant either! This is also a great solution for anyone who doesn’t want to rent bicycles.

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3. Enjoy a cosy night in

Pop down to the Parc Market when you arrive and pick up some supplies and some fire logs – you can buy three for €6. Treat yourself to dinner from the extensive Dining In menu and light the fire! We did this the night we arrived and it was a great success. We ordered four different types of cuisine: Pizza, Thai, Indian and Asian, and all meals were delivered to our lodge at the same time. The pizza was a big hit, and I loved the prawn rogan josh. Prices were reasonable too, you could even order a bottle of wine to your lodge for €13.95! Make sure you order early, as popular delivery times get booked out. 

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4. Book a Santa Visit

You need to book the Santa Experience separately. The cost is €18 per child and parents are free. Each child receives a gift and a free photograph afterwards. We thought this was great value. Envelopes will be left in your lodge, one for children to write their Santa letters, and another for parents to help keep the Christmas magic alive… There is a post box in Santa’s Woodland Village where the kids can post their letters before their visit.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Depending on the age of your children, try to book a Santa visit at night time. The Woodland trail is all lit up and it adds to the experience. If the night time slots happen to be booked out, don’t panic. Santa’s Woodland Village is lit up every night and you can walk through it anytime. The Santa visit lasts about 10 minutes, so if you are booking a restaurant, book the time for a half hour after your scheduled Santa visit.  

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5. Pre-book restaurants

I tried to book restaurants two-weeks in advance, and still only managed to get 9pm slots. You don’t have to pre-book the Sports Cafè, but it can be quite noisy and I didn’t think the food was as good there as it was in other restaurants. If you have young children it is vital you book restaurants in advance, especially if you want early sittings. The restaurants are extremely family friendly, with kids play areas and great kids menus.

There isn’t evening entertainment in the resort, with the exception of live music in Cara’s Restaurant every Saturday and Tuesday at 8.30pm. We booked Cara’s for Saturday night and really enjoyed listening to The Dixie Micks. The menu was limited, but the food was very tasty.

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We also enjoyed Bella Italia. We dined there twice and found the food great, and reasonably priced. There is a wide selection of pasta dishes, and not just the typical spaghetti bolognese. The Cacio e Pepe pasta: a mix of roast chicken, pancetta and pecorino cheese in a tasty wild garlic and black pepper sauce, is delicious. I had this during the summer too! I also love that they have a Piccolo kids menu for 3-6 year olds (€6.95) and a Grande kids menu for for 7-11 year olds, (€8.95).  I’ve been told that the Carbonara isn’t great so maybe avoid that! 

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6. Pre-book activities

Popular activities like the Aerial Adventure, where you Zipline across the lake at Center Parcs, get booked out very early. We did this during the summer and loved it – well it scared the hell out of myself and Cormac, but the kids loved it! Luke and Alex wanted to book it again but it was booked out throughout the weekend – I can’t say I was too disappointed…

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Festive activities like the Festive Pony Rides and Festive Chocolate Chefs (age 3-7) are particularly popular with younger children and also need to be booked in advance. You don’t need to pre book too many activities though, one or two activities should be ample on a short stay, as you will probably spend a lot of time in the pool.

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We really enjoyed the Festive Treasure Trail. It is a super family activity and one I would encourage all families to do. We were given a map with nine wooden markers to find around the forest. There were clues on each one and once we had all nine, we had to report back to the booking desk to collect our prize. We were competing against lots of different families and I was surprised how competitive we all were. However despite racing around the forest in just over an hour, we came 4th! It was a simple but very enjoyable family activity and a great way to explore the whole resort. Price is €5.50 for children under 12 and €6.50 for 12+years.

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Luke and Cormac loved the Laser Clay Shoot. It was Luke’s first time to try this and he was a natural. He not only came first place within the group, but he set a new record score for Center Parcs Longford Forest – he was delighted with himself. I have no doubt it was due to too much Fortnite, but it was a great achievement nonetheless! Price €27 per adult, €23 per child.

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Myself and Alex opted for the Festive Roller Skating. It is a handy indoor activity if the weather is bad. I didn’t find it particularly festive, but I was delighted that despite being 30 years since I has last on skates, I was able to keep up with Alex! Price €9.50 per person.

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See more info on activities and restaurants in my Ultimate Guide to Centre Parcs Longford Forest

 

7. Don’t miss the Light and Sound Show

The Winter Wonderland light and sound show takes place over the lake every Sunday and Wednesday evening during Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs. Unfortunately it was lashing rain during our visit, but nevertheless, the 9-minute animation was really impressive. There are animals, fish and even snowmen projected on to the water, with the North Pole and Santa Claus in the finale. It takes place right outside The Pancake House so it might be an idea to pop in for one of their delicious ice cream sundaes before it starts! I am told they have mulled wine and mince pies too.

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8. Check out the shops

I was really surprised by some of the prices in the shops. Luke picked up a Harry Potter Lego set in JustKids that was cheaper than Smyths. I bought a lovely Christmas decoration in The Store Room – it wasn’t particularly cheap, but was a lovely souvenir. You may not have considered it, but you may pick up some Christmas gifts in Center Parcs. Ask about the 10% off promotional evening – this is on twice per week.

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9. Come early and stay late

Although the official check-in time to your lodge is 3pm, you can access the resort from 10am. Similarly on the day you are leaving, you need to vacate your lodge by 10am, but are free to stay and enjoy the facilities as long as possible. We did the later and enjoyed a fabulous day at the pool…

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10. Spend your last day at the pool

We loved the subtropical swimming pool during the summer, but it was equally as good this time. We tried all the slides numerous times but our favourites were the Wild Water Rapids (need to be a competent swimmer), and Tropical Cyclone – a tube ride that we could all go on together, (minimum height 122 cm).

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Once you have checked out, you can leave your suitcases in your car, return your bikes and walk down to the pool. The pool is quieter on changeover days too. You can shower afterwards, dry your hair in the vanity room, and leave for home feeling refreshed. There is a cafe beside the swimming pool so you can even pick up lunch there. The chicken wraps and burgers were tasty – as fast food goes, it was pretty good. 

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There are large cabanas in the Subtropical Swimming Pool. These are equipped with TVs, towels and soft drinks. Priced from €50 for three hours, they can be a great help if you have a small child who needs a nap, and older children who want to stay at the pool. 

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11. Bring warm clothes and a back pack.

Remember just because you are on holidays, don’t forget you are in Ireland! Gloves and hats are a must if you are cycling, and don’t even think about wearing skirts on a bike…Most people tend to dress casually, even in restaurants. Backpacks are a Godsend for the pool and are easier than hand bags when cycling.

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12. Just book it!

If you haven’t already booked it – do it! Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs is an amazing family experience and one that all the family will love. If price is an issue, check out the prices for midweek (Monday – Friday) rather than weekend, (Friday – Monday).  Winter Wonderland short breaks start from €459 for a family of four in a 2 bedroom Woodland Lodge. Christmas and New Year short breaks are also available – you can dine in the resorts restaurants, or even cook a turkey in your own lodge! However if you are unable to go this year – all is not lost! You can book Winter Wonderland at Center Parcs for 2020 already. For availability and prices visit CenterParcs.ie

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** Edit – Please note this review was written in December 2019. There may be restrictions to activities including the swimming pool due to Covid-19. Please check if there are any updates to activities with Center Parcs directly, before making a booking. 
 
 
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Sarah

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Best Travel Deals

The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 12th November 2019

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This week’s Best Travel Deals include Winter Wonderland in Center Parcs, Christmas market breaks to Vienna, a Mamma Mia theatre break, a cruise on the brand new MSC Grandiosa, a trip to America’s Deep South, and Kos and Santorini for next summer.

 

Best last minute:

Did you know that Budapest’s Christmas markets are open alreadym and Vienna’s are opening this weekend? Enjoy a three-night stay in the 5-star Levante Parliament Hotel in Vienna for only €265! This super located in located right in the heart of Vienna and receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.

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You might like: Europe’s Top 10 Christmas Markets
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor, the Mayflower apartments in Kos are a great choice for a self-catering family holiday in Greece. Price for flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, is only €1877 on the 15th of July. And the best part? A deposit of €75 per person secures a booking!

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You might like: Top 10 Family Holidays in Greece for 2020

 

 

Best long haul deal:

Visit three iconic cities in America’s Deep South on one amazing trip! This nine-night trip to Nashville, Memphis and New Orleans will show you the best of American soul, country and jazz music, as well as some of America’s best cuisine. Visit Graceland, Beale Street and enjoy the night-time street party at New Orleans’ French Quarter. Price for all flights, baggage and hotel accommodation is only €1325!   

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Best cruise:

MSC Grandiosa is the world’s newest cruise ship – it was launched just a few days ago! Enjoy a week on this stunning cruise ship on the 3rd of April for just €1269. Price includes return flights from Dublin, airline baggage, transfers and wait for it… – an upgrade to a BALCONY cabin! This takes in the first week of Easter holidays so you could think about brining the kids too…

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Best city break:

I’m thinking this is the perfect mother and daughter break… Enjoy tickets to Mamma Mia in London and a two-night stay in the highly rated 4* Thistle Holborn Hotel with return flights and 10kg checked in luggage, for €365 per person. A nice Christmas gift idea perhaps?

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Best staycation:

I have received so many messages about my recent trip to Center Parcs – it seems you all want to see its Winter Wonderland Experience! I found some good deals on their website for four nights. Price for a two-bedroom Woodland Lodge arriving the 16th of December is only €459, or choose the 2nd or 9th of December for €499. Want to bring a few friends? Upgrade to a three-bedroom lodge for an additional €50.

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Best early booking offer:

Santorini is one destination you need to book in advance, if you want to secure a good deal. I found some great value flight prices via Athens for next summer, and the total journey time is only six hours. Enjoy a seven-night stay in a highly rated 4-star hotel, with flights included from only €398 in May.

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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 Picks For A Girls Weekend Away

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From Benalmadena to Berlin, Puerto del Carmen to Positano, designer shopping in Vilamoura, to outlet shopping in New York – check out my top picks for a girls weekend away.

 

A girls weekend away is something I personally love – in fact I’m pretty sure all girls do! Whether it’s lying on a beach, or shopping till you drop; add in some cocktails and no matter where you are – it’s paradise! I have places to suit all tastes, from city breaks to sun holidays, there is bound to be something here to help you plan your next girls weekend away .

 
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 1. Costa del Sol

This is one of the most popular destinations for a girls weekend away. There are flights available from most Irish airports and a wide choice of resorts to suit all budgets. Choose Benalmadena for the lively marina, Fuengirola for excellent value shopping and restaurants, or Marbella for glitz and glamour. 

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Check out this deal: Girls Weekend in Marbella, Flights & 4 Star Hotel, €299
 

 

 

2. London

London is not only one of the world’s greatest cities, but it is also an ideal choice if you are short on time. I went recently with my girlfriends – we flew out early Saturday morning and returned Sunday evening. Although we only went for one night, it felt like we had a girls weekend away. We shopped, had a delicious lunch in London’s oldest wine bar, and even managed to catch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Make sure you book the hop-on hop-off Big Bus Tour – not only will you get to see London’s highlights, but you will also get a cruise on the Thames for free! 

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3. Algarve

The Algarve is great value for short break. There are over ten flights per day from Irish airports, so you probably pick up a bargain, particularly if you travel off peak. Choose Albufeira for lively night life, Vilamoura for upmarket shopping and dining, or Alvor for a more relaxed vibe with great restaurants, and a beach that stretches for miles. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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4. Paris

Paris is always a good idea, and it doesn’t have to be springtime! Combine some sightseeing with boutique shopping, and take time out for a long lunch with some delicious French wine. Visit the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre – the list is endless. Of course no girls weekend away to Paris would be complete without a trip to famous department store – Galeries Lafayette!

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5. New York 

New York is on every girls holiday wish list! Shop till you drop, feel the buzz of Time Square, dine at celebrity hangouts, and dance the night away in some of the world’s best clubs. Of course there are also lots of sights to see too. Four is the perfect number to save on expensive hotel bills and cab fares, not to mention you will have the whole ‘ Sex and the city’ vibe going on…

Read: My top 25 things to do in New York
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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6. Lanzarote

If you are looking for a winter sun break, Lanzarote is the ideal choice. Expect year round sunshine, good value hotel prices and duty free shopping. Although a slightly longer flight than mainland Spain or the Algarve, the main resort of Puerto del Carmen is located less than 10 minutes from the airport – so you will be relaxing on a sun lounger in no time! Choose Puerto del Carmen for a lively (but not too rowdy) holiday, or Playa Blanca for a quiet more relaxed vibe. 

Read: Why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island

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 7. Berlin

Fancy a city break? Berlin is a great choice for a girls weekend away. Not only does it have some of the best nightlife in any European city, but you can also enjoy great sightseeing and shopping too. The Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the Berlin Wall are all located in the heart of the city, so you can combine some culture with cocktails, and get the best of both worlds. Berlin has some of the best basement nightclubs, cocktail bars and craft beer houses, so if nightlife and sightseeing is what you seek – look no further!

Read: My city guide to Berlin

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8. Dubai

A classy, or should I say expensive, choice for a girls weekend away – but if you have it, why not? With daily direct flights from Dublin Airport, you can choose to extend your stay to five, six or even seven nights. You can expect year round sunshine, deluxe hotels and the world’s largest shopping malls. Go to the top of the world’s tallest building, enjoy a desert safari, and if you really want to push the boat out, pop into the Burj Al Arab for Afternoon Tea. Dubai is expensive to dine out, my top-tip would be to book a hotel on half-board.

Read:  My top ten things to do in Dubai
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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What a first day in Dubai, talk about a city of contrasts! We had an amazing Arabic breakfast in the @arabianteahouse this morning and then went to the @burjkhalifa this afternoon. To go from old Dubai to new Dubai is quite startling – it’s really like two different cities. There is so much to do here, but a visit to the worlds tallest building, the Burj Khalifa is a must. I collaborated with @atdattractions who have tickets to the 125th floor for only €36! It’s located at the #DubaiMall and right beside the Dubai Fountain, which has displays every half hour from 630pm. We spent a half day exploring that whole area and had dinner there too. Check out my stories to see what we got up to. . . . . . . . #dubai #burjkhalifa #thingstodoindubai #travelblogger #travelgram #travelpic #wearetravelgirls #travel #wings #wingsofdesire #instadubai #dubailife #dubaimall #irishtravelblogger #dubaiinstagram

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9. Positano

Positano is one of those places that is ideal for a 30th, 40th or even 50th birthday treat. Grab a few friends together who are celebrating a birthday in the same year, and just book it! It has to be one of Europe’s most idyllic resorts. Take a day trip to Capri and marvel at the designer shops, enjoy some delicious Italian food and take in the Amalfi Coast’s stunning sea views.

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Top Tip: Check out some of the amazing villas on AirBNB – prices are alot less than you might think. It is also nice to have the place to yourself and maybe even have your own private pool. New to AirBnB? Sign up here and get €30 off your first stay.

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10. Ibiza

Contrary to what you might think, nightlife in Ibiza is not just for students. If you are looking for top class hotels and celebrity-style hangouts, Ibiza is where it’s at. Party all night in San Antonio and catch the best sunset in the original sunset bar, Café del Mar. If you want a more sophisticated choice, stay in the uber cool Ushuaia Beach Hotel, and dance the night away at Pacha. Ibiza town is also a good choice. It is a beautiful town and is ideal for shopping. Stop by Bar 1805 for some cocktails!

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