The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 11th October 2022

I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals from Ireland include last minute holidays, city breaks, winter breaks, cruises, early booking offers, and staycations for couples and families.

This week’s Best Travel Deals from Ireland include a last minute holiday to Lake Garda, a five-star city break to Porto, a pre-Christmas ski holiday, Malta for mid term break, a luxury cruise around the Emirates, an early booking offer to the Costa del Sol for next summer, and staycations in Galway and Wicklow.



Best last minute deal: Lake Garda, Flights & Hotel from €246pp

best travel deals to Lake Garda from Ireland

Escape to sunny Lake Garda where temperatures are still a balmy 23 degrees! I found return flights to Verona for just €50 on the 19th of October for seven nights, and if you fancy a shorter break – the price is the same on the 21st of October for five nights!


Sirmione is one of my favourite towns on the lake and the Hotel Porto Azzurro is a popular choice here. Price for a seven-night stay including flights is just €299 per person with breakfast included.

The transfer time from Verona airport by taxi is just 30 minutes, making this ideal for a short break too. Price for five nights on the 21st of October is just €246 including flights – La Dolce Vita! 

Search Ryanair 19 or 21 – 26 October €50pp

View hotel 5 Nights €196pp

View hotel 7 Nights €249pp



Best overnight escape: Brooklodge Hotel, B&B €70pp

best travel deals to Brooklodge

Treat yourself to an overnight escape in one of Ireland’s most loved hotels – Brook Lodge in Wicklow. Renowned for its Spa and Wellness facilities as well as its award-winning restaurant, this is a great value break at just €70 per person including breakfast. 

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Read: 20 spa breaks in Ireland, 20 overnight escapes from €45pp



Best city break: 5-Star break in Porto, €267pp


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Its been five years since I visited Porto and I still remember its beautiful historic centre and amazing food scene. Its such a great value city break too – you will be amazed at the low cost of transport, attractions and dining out.


I found a great five-star break over St Brigid’s weekend for three nights. Price for flights and a five-star hotel is just €263 on the 5th of February – what a fabulous Christmas gift idea! 

Read: Why you need to choose Porto for your next city break

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Best winter holiday: Pre-Christmas ski holiday in Austria , €372pp


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Kick off the festive season with a week on the slopes before Christmas. I found a super deal to the pretty resort of Saalbach in Austria.


Price for flights, a seven-night stay with breakfast at the popular Pension Fürstenhof, and return airport transfers, is just €372 per person on the 17th of December.

This price includes a discount of €150 per booking which is currently available for European ski bookings made online – use code SAVE150.

Read: Ski holidays for beginners – my top 10 ski tips

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Best cruise: MSC Europa with 2-night stay in Doha, €1469

Cruise the Emirates on the brand new MSC World Europa this winter. This ground-breaking ship (make sure to check out the video above) has amazing introductory offers, with prices from just €1469 including flights, a two-night hotel stay with breakfast in Doha,  a seven-night cruise with meals, entertainment and gratuities included, and all transfers and checked baggage!


You will also have the opportunity to explore Dubai over two days, as the ship overnights in the city. This price is based on departing the 11th of January, but there are many more dates available – just check with the cruise staff in Sunway.
Read: 15 Top things to do in Doha – Doha travel guide

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Best family holiday: Malta for Mid Term

best travel deals to Malta

Malta for mid term has a nice ring to it!  The latest Jurassic World movie was filmed in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Valetta, so why not combine some culture with family fun over a long weekend. 


Price for return flights from Thursday the 16th of February are €175 per person, and a three-night stay at the 4-Star boutique Hotel Palais Le Brun – the number 1 place to stay in Valetta according to TripAdvisor, is just €502 per family including breakfast and free cancellation.


If you prefer an apartment, the 4-star Camelita Valletta is highly rated too and is ideally located to explore this beautiful city. Price is €384 for a three-night stay.

Read: Top 10 reasons to visit Malta

Search Ryanair 16-19 February €175pp

View hotel €502

View Apartment €384



Best family staycation: Galway Christmas Market Saturday stay, €259

Connacht Hotel

Kick off the festive season with a trip to Galway for the Christmas markets. Price for an overnight stay at the centrally located Connacht Hotel is €259 for a family of four on Saturday the 17th of December. Prices for mid-week stays are less.

View hotel €259



Best early booking offer: July Holidays in Costa del Sol / Nerja 

family holidays to Sunset Beach Club over Halloween break

Return airfares to Malaga are just €125 per person in July! Let’s face it, these are only going to increase, so now is the time to bag yourself a bargain.


I have selected the 4-star Balcon de Europa Hotel in Nerja which is ideally located for a couple stay, and the Irish owned Sunset Beach apartments which are very popular with families. Of course many more hotel and apartment options are available, simply edit the search via the links below. 

Search Ryanair 25th July – 1st August €125pp

View hotel €470pp

Sunset Beach €1372


It is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions of the country you are travelling to. Boosters or pre-departure tests are required for travel to some countries if initial vaccination is over 270 days. Please check the latest travel restrictions on the DFA website before you travel.


Prices are correct at the time of issue but 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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