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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 12th September 2023

I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals from Ireland include last minute holidays, short breaks, early booking offers, cruise deals, and super staycations.

In this week’s best travel deals I have last minute holidays to Italy and Ibiza, family deals to Salou and Westport for Halloween break, winter breaks in Cyprus, Lisbon and Kilkenny, an amazing early booking offer to Thailand and a Norwegian Fjords cruise.


Best last minute: Lido di Jesolo Resort, Venice from €492pp

travel deals to Venice from Ireland

Book a last minute holiday to Lido di Jesolo and enjoy the best of both worlds – a fabulous beach resort to chill out on, with the added benefit of being so close to Venice and Verona for the ultimate day trips!

The Hotel Eden is a popular boutique hotel is located in the heart of Lido di Jesolo. It boasts a rooftop pool and access to a private beach 2 minutes walk away. Rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor, this offers superb value for an Italian break.

Read: Top things to do in Venice – Venice travel guide

Price is €622 on the 29th of September or €492 on the 17th of October including Aer Lingus flights, hotel on a bed and breakfast basis for seven nights, transfers and 10kg checked baggage. See lots more October offers here:

Read: 10 October Offers, 1 week holidays from €492

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Best overnight escape: Mount Juliet from €77pp

When it comes to luxury overnight escapes that won’t break the bank, its hard to beat the 5-Star Mount Juliet Hotel. They key to getting the best value is to stay on Sundays and to book early! Price for an overnight stay with breakfast is €95 per person on the 22nd of October, €90pp on the 5th of November or €87pp on the 10th of December.

If you are thinking of Christmas gifts already 🎁 – why not book a stay for 2024? Price is only €81 per person on the 7th of January or €77 per person on the 18th of February.

Many more dates are available – when you click on the link below  click on ‘See Availability’ and search the calendar for your preferred dates.

Read: My review of Mount Juliet

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Best short break: Ibiza from €262pp

best travel deals from Ireland to Ibiza
Sol Beach House

Chase the sun and book a short break to Ibiza next month. Flights are great value in October, with prices from €104 per person on the 15th of October or €168 on the 18th of October for three nights. There is availability over the October bank holiday weekend too, prices are €148 for five nights from the 26th of October.

Choose the adult-only AxelBeach Ibiza Suites Apartments Spa and Beach Club if you want to be close to the clubs in San Antonio, or a sea view room with breakfast at the adult-only Sol Beach House, if you fancy a more relaxing stay.

Both are rated Excellent on TripAdvisor with great reviews from previous guests – I’m tempted to book this myself!

Price for a three night stay is €158 or €247 per person respectively. If you want to stay longer simply edit the dates via the links below to suit your requirements.

Search flights here from €117pp

Sol Beach House €247pp

Axel Beach €158pp

Best city break: Lisbon flights from €81pp

Aer Lingus seat sale has up to 30% off flights to Europe from 1st October to 13th March. I found return weekend flights to Lisbon from €81 including 10kg checked baggage on the 18th of November for three nights.

There are many hotels to choose from but the 4-star Turim Marques is great value at just €133 per person for a three-night stay. See lots more options in this post:

Read: Where to stay in Lisbon, my top 20 picks

View flights here €81pp

View hotel here €133pp 

Best winter break: Cyprus from €254pp

holidays to Cyprus from Ireland

Combine relaxing beach walks with some history and culture thrown in, by spending a week in Cyprus this winter. I found great value flights from Dublin to Paphos for just €88 on the 26th of November.

A seven-night stay in the Paphos Gardens Holiday Resort is just €166 per person including breakfast, making the total cost including flights just €254 per person. Alternatively choose All Inclusive in the top-rated Mayfair Hotel, with all meals and drinks included for €402 per person.

Search flights here 26 Nov – 3rd Dec €88pp

View Apartment €166pp

All Inclusive 26 Nov – 3rd Dec €402pp

Best family holiday: Halloween holiday in Salou

best travel deals from Ireland for families

Are you still hoping to get away over the Halloween break? This super deal to Salou might do the trick. Enjoy a seven-night stay at the newly opened 4-Star Alannia Hotel for just €1490 including flights and breakfast, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, departing the 29th of October.

As well as a pool with slides on site, it is located in the heart of Salou and just 10 minutes from PortAventura World. PortAventura will have exclusive spooky events for Halloween week and you can book tickets to PortAventura and Ferrari Land from €56 per person.

Read: Top 10 things you must do in PortAventura

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Best family staycation: Westport for Halloween Break

If you have been following me for a while you will know I fell in love with Mayo’s stunning coastline a few years ago, and this two-bedroom apartment is ideally located to explore it.

Located right in the heart of Westport, The Helm overlooks the harbour and has a restaurant and bar, with complimentary breakfast included in your stay. Price for a two-night break in a two-bedroom apartment is €380 on the 30th of October or 1st of November, this is great value for a self catering stay in one of the Wild Atlantic Way’s most vibrant towns.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Mayo

Read: 15 Family staycations over Halloween break, 2 night stays from €270

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early booking travel deals to Thailand for 2024

Tropical Sky has a super early booking offer to Thailand for 2024. Stay at the 5-star Pavillions Phuket from just €1179 including flights, transfers and hotel on a bed & breakfast basis. This includes up to 30% saving and a further €250 per person discount if booked by 30th of September.

This dream resort comprises of 95 luxury villas and suites overlooking Layan Beach and receives an Excellent rating on TripAdvisor. If you stay between the 1st of April and 31st of October next year kids up to 11 years stay free in a suite and you will also receive a complimentary room upgrade.

Price of €1179 is based on May departures but discounts are valid until 20 December 2024. Contact Tropical Sky via the link below for quotations on alternative dates.

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Best cruise: Norwegian Fjords

Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert on which cruise to choose

Cruise the Norwegian Fjords with 5-star Celebrity Cruises for just €1195 next summer. Price includes flights, checked baggage, airport transfers and  a seven-night cruise on Celebrity Silhouette, departing 17th of June.

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While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, descriptions and prices are taken from third party websites and are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals from Ireland include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

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  1. Have you any nice family breaks over the Christmas holidays (not in Ireland) for a family of 4, we have two teenagers.

    1. Hi Kim

      Christmas is a busy time so it’s best to talk to a travel agency to discuss your requirements. Unfortunately I am unable to check availability or give individual quotations.

      Best of luck


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