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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 20th June 2023

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

In this bumper Best Travel Deals post I have summer holidays to Greece and Portugal, a family deal to Gran Canaria, short breaks in Barcelona and Nice, a seat sale with Qatar Airways, amazing river cruise offers, a girls weekend away for 2024 and staycations in Galway and Meath.




Best last minute: Halkidiki, Greece


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Book a last minute holiday in Halkidiki. Famous for luxury hotels and stunning beaches, it may surprise you that I found return flights from Dublin to Thessaloniki for just €211 on the 5th of July.


A seven-night stay at the highly rated Hanioti Village Hotel is priced at €373 per person including breakfast. Located in the popular resort of Hanioti, this is a great choice for a relaxing sun holiday.

Search flights here 5th – 12th July €211

View hotel here €373pp



Best Irish escape: The 5-Star g Hotel, Galway


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Escape to The g, Galway City’s only 5-star hotel and enjoy a two-night stay with breakfast and one evening meal, from just €269 per person in July, August or September – this includes an exclusive 10% discount! 


The g has just had a €1 million makeover to its lounges, bar and restaurant. I stayed here last week and loved its new stylish look and relaxed atmosphere. You can see highlights and a hotel tour on my Instagram highlight.

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Best Summer holiday: Adult-Only getaway to the Algarve

travel deals to Portugal from Ireland
The 4-Star+ Tui Blue Falesia Blue is a super choice for an adult getaway. Its stunning clifftop location is enough to tempt me, but it also boasts a host of facilities on site including a Spa and wellness area. Breakfast and dinner is included in the price too, and the reviews of the food and hotel are excellent on TripAdvisor.


Price for a seven-night stay from Dublin with flights, transfers, checked baggage, and breakfast and evening meals, is €907 on the 31st of August, or €935 on the 24th of August. Price from Cork is €944 on the 24th of August.

This includes a saving of €100 when you use code Aug100. This can be used on all August holidays over €800 in value. I’ve got 12 more choices in this post, including Sorrento, Santorini and lots of Spanish and Greece options. 

Read: 12 holiday deals in August from €472 including flights, transfers and baggage.

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Best family holiday: Puerto Rico in July

Puerto Rico

Still struggling to find good value family holiday in July? I found a package holiday staying in the 4-star Revoli Playa apartments in Puerto Rico from €1699 for 2 adults and 1 child, or €2399 for 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

This includes flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage, departing on the 20th of July for seven nights.


The Revoli Playa have a pool, games room, entertainment programme, and a TUI Kids Club on site. They are well rated on TripAdvisor and offer good value for a family holiday in July.

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Best family staycation: Johnstown Estate’s luxury lodges

family breaks at Johnstown Estate

Treat your family to a spacious stay at Johnstown Estate’s two-bedroom lodges over the August bank holiday weekend. Take the kids to nearby Emerald Park, and relax in the luxury Spa on your return. Prices for a two-night stay in July and August are available from €578, based on two adults and two children sharing. 


At the time of issue, two-night stays are available on the 2nd, 13th, 26th, 27th, 30th of July (bank holiday weekend) as well as a wide selection of dates in August.

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Best short break: Weekend in Nice from €217

city breaks to Nice

The South of France is always a good idea and a short break Nice is a regular feature in my best travel deals. The flight time is only 2 hours 30 minutes from Dublin, and Nice town centre is only 4 miles from the airport, so you can be sipping cocktails on the Promenade des Anglais within a half hour of arriving in France🍸.


Nice has some gorgeous boutiques, amazing restaurants, and of course a fabulous long sandy beach – but that’s not all. Its location in the South of France is ideal for visiting Cannes,  St Tropez, Monaco, you can even pop into Italy on the train for your lunch!


This weekend break includes a three-night stay in the top rated Boutique Hotel Nice Côte d’azur. Located in the centre of Nice, and rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor, this is a great choice for a central stay in Nice. 

Search flights here 22 – 25 October €53pp

View hotel here €164pp

I’ve got lots more short break deals in this post:

Read: 12 September and October city break deals from €194



Best city break: Barcelona break from €236

Park Guell, Barcelona

I found return flights from Dublin to Barcelona for €66 in October – isn’t it time you explored one of Europe’s top city break destinations? There are flights to the nearby airports too, such as Reus and Girona, from Cork, Shannon and Knock.


There are many great hotels to choose from, but I have chosen the highly rated Grupotel Gran Via 678. Located just 700 metres from Plaza Catalunya with an outdoor pool and sun terrace, this is a great choice for a central stay in Barcelona. See lots more accommodation options in this post:

Read: Where to stay in Barcelona and the top things to do

Search flights here 16 – 18 October €66pp

View hotel here €168pp

I’ve got lots more city break deals in this post:

Read: 12 September and October city break deals from €194



Best cruise: Summer & Christmas Market River Cruises from €1195

Travelmarvel have amazing river cruise offers during the Summer months and the Christmas market season. Enjoy a seven-night Rhine or Danube cruise with meals, drinks with meals, excursions, entertainment, tips and taxes included for just €1195.


For a limited time you can get a FREE upgrade to a balcony cabin, and there are no single supplements! The only extra cost is flights, prices vary depending on when you want to travel. 

I can’t decide between the Delightful Danube which includes Budapest, Vienna and an overnight stay in Nuremburg, or a Christmas market cruise taking in Cologne, Strasbourg and Amsterdam! You can see them all here:

Read: 3 Amazing River Cruise offers from €1195 incl free balcony upgrade 



Best long haul: Save 20% on Qatar Airways flights


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Qatar Airways are offering 20% off flights if you join their Privilege Club – and it’s free to join! Use code PCJUN23 at the time of searching, for flights departing between the 1st of July 2023 and 31st March 2024.

Take advantage of the world’s best value stopover package and spend a few nights in Doha. Qatar Airways have hotel offers from $14 per person per night in a 4-star hotel, or $20 per person per night in a 5-star hotel.

Read: Top things to do in Doha


You must book by 30th June. Blackout dates apply outbound from 13 Jul – 5th August and 15th – 30th December and inbound 20 August – 10 September and 5th Jan – 20th Jan 2024.

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Best early booking offer: Girls weekend in Marbella 

girls weekend away

Get What’s App out and plan a girls weekend in Marbella for next year! There are many cheap hotels and apartments available, but why not stay at the luxurious Marbella Beach Resort and kickstart your Summer in style?

I have chosen early flights out on Saturday the 20th of April with Aer Lingus, returning on Tuesday night the 23rd, which will give you four fabulous days in Marbella, with the added benefit of having a 10kg checked bag included!


Price for flights, baggage and a three-night stay in the 4-Star Lima Hotel is €394 per person, based on two sharing. If you can get a few friends together, the 5-star Marbella Beach Resort is €445 per person, based on 4 sharing a two-bedroom luxury apartment. The price is only €350 per person, based on six sharing.

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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. I love your slot Sarah with all the deals.
    I have took some of your great recommendations from time to time .
    U are a minefield of travel info .

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