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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 28th March 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 week’s best travel deals I have an Easter holiday in Lake Como, weekend breaks to Bordeaux and Genoa, summer holidays in Tenerife, Cyprus, and Mexico, a 16-night transatlantic cruise, New Year in Iceland, and super staycations in Antrim.

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Best last minute: Easter week in Lake Como 

holidays to Lake Como, Italy

If you are still searching for an alluring Easter break, look no further! I found a super deal to Lake Como, departing on the 3rd or 5th of April.

Enjoy a seven-night stay with breakfast and evening meal included, as well as return flights, checked baggage, a full day tour to Milan, train journey on the Bernina Express and a half-day boat cruise on Lake Como, from just €869 per person!
 

 

 
Price is €869 on the 3rd of April and €939 per person on the 5th of April. These prices include a €60 per person discount when you use my promo code TTE60 – but hurry there is only 10 places left!

Read: 5 Holidays in Italy to take this year 

See offer here
 

 

 

Best overnight escape: 5-Star in Belfast, B&B +Dinner from €104

Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast

The 5-star Fitzwilliam Hotel in Belfast has a super Spring Awakening package from just £115 per person, which includes an overnight stay with breakfast, and a two-course evening meal in the hotel’s restaurant.
 

 

 
Price is available on various dates in April, but I spotted Good Friday from £140 per person. You can also save a further 10% by using code Direct.
 
View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:  A Weekend in Bordeaux for €247

Bordeaux

Explore the historic city of Bordeaux and its neighbouring winelands for just €247 per person. I found flights from €64 return from Dublin on the 20th of April and €73 from Cork on the 21st of April, and a three-night stay at the 4-Star StayCity apart-hotel is just €186 per person.
 

 

 
Located in the heart of the city and highly rated on TripAdvisor, this is a great choice for a weekend in Bordeaux.

If you prefer a little luxury in the medieval town of Saint-Émilion, the 5-star Château Hôtel Grand Barrail is €522 for a three-night stay with breakfast.

Search flights here 20th – 23rd April €61pp

View Hotel here €186pp

View Chateau €521pp
 

 

 

Best summer sun: A week in Cyprus from €459

holidays to Cyprus from Ireland

Combine a relaxing beach holiday with some history and culture thrown in, by spending a week in Cyprus this summer. I found great value flights from Dublin to Paphos for just €237 on the 25th of August.
 

 

 
A seven-night stay in the popular Pagona Holiday apartments is just €224 per person, or choose the beachfront Queens Bay Hotel from €368 per person including breakfast.

Search flights here 25th Aug – 1st Sept €237

View Apt here €224pp

Search hotel here €368pp
 

 

 

Best family holiday: All Inclusive in Tenerife

luxury family holidays

For families looking for a luxury all-inclusive holiday, the MaryLanza Suites & Spa should tick all boxes. This hotel boasts a fine dining restaurant and Teppanyaki, as well as a buffet restaurant with a terrace for al fresco dining. Chilled Cava, a chocolate fountain and themed evenings elevate the dining experience.
 

 

 
There are two pools, including one with in-water seats, as well as a luxury Spa. Children are well catered for too with a children’s pool, day and evening entertainment and a games room and play centre.

Siam Park – voted Europe’s best water park for seven years in a row is also close by, full day tickets are €40 per adult and €28 per child. Attraction Tickets have 7% off all theme park tickets (including Orlando) if you use code PAYDAY7.

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The MaryLanza Suites & Spa is one of the top rated hotels in Tenerife on TripAdvisor, and the location is great too, with Los Cristianos and Playa de las Americas just 15-minutes’ walk away.
 

 

 
Price for flights, transfers, baggage and a seven-night stay on an All Inclusive basis for 2 adults and 2 children is €3346 on the 11th of August. This includes a Free Child Place and a saving of €150 per booking when you spend €1250 with code HOL150.

Read: 10 Family holidays in July & August, 2 ad & 2ch from €2959

View offer here
 
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Best family staycation: Glamping for June Bank holiday  

Further Space glamping in Ireland

Glamping company Further Space has 11 sites across the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland, but what sets this site apart is that all pods come with stunning sea views. Further Space at Glenarm Castle is also ideally located for exploring the Causeway Coast.
 

 

 
The pods are located inside the grounds of Glenarm Castle so you enjoy plenty of onsite facilities including a choice of dining options, a Walled Garden and Woodland Walk, and a Mini Land Rover Experience for children. 

Price for a two-night family break over the June bank holiday weekend is £380, based on a family of four using the flexible booking option. 

Read: My top 30 picks for glamping in Ireland

View offer here £380
 

 

 

Best short break: A 4-star weekend in Genoa from €242

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy a long weekend in Genoa this summer. Explore the city or visit the nearby resorts of Portofino or Cinque Terre. I found great value flights from just €102 from the 9th of June.

A three-night stay in the 4-star Astoria Hotel is just €240 per person – which is one of the most popular hotels in Genoa and is rated no 1 on TripAdvisor.
 

 

 
There are many more options available including apartments in the nearby beach resorts on the Italian Riviera. You may wish to extend your stay…

Search flights here 9th – 12th June €102

View hotel here €240pp
 

 

 

Best cruise: Transatlantic cruise from the Med to the Caribbean

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This trip of a lifetime will see you embark on a 16-night trip from Barcelona to the Caribbean, visiting Tenerife and Lanzarote before crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean.

Your trip doesn’t end there though, you will visit St. Maarten, the British Virgin Islands and overnight in San Juan before you sail to Miami to catch a direct flight home to Dublin.
 

 

 
Price of €1999 includes direct flights from Dublin to Barcelona and home from Miami, airport transfers, checked baggage, and a 16-night cruise on MSC Seashore on a full board basis with gratuities included.

Upgrade to an oceanview cabin for an additional €200 per person or a balcony cabin for a supplement of €459 per person. Drinks packages available from €864 per person.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best long haul: All Inclusive in Mexico

holidays to Mexico from Ireland

Did you know there are direct flights to Mexico this summer? TUI has a charter flight to Cancun, which offers great value for anyone looking for all inclusive holiday deals from Ireland.
 

 

 
The 4-Star Bahia Principe Grand Coba is the most reasonably priced at €1380pp or you can choose the 4*+ Bahia Principe Grand Tulum from €1427pp. If you fancy 5-star treatment, the Bahia Principe Luxury Sian Ka’an is €1582pp.
 
Prices include flights, transfers, checked baggage and a 14 night stay on an all inclusive basis. They include a discount of €300 per booking when you use the unique code given to you online. 

See offers here
 

 

 

Best Early Booking Offer: New Year in Iceland 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you like getting away for New Year, you need to book early to get the best airfares. Play Airlines have flights on sale from Dublin to Reykjavik for €167 return for three, four or five nights. Price for a three-night stay in the centrally located City Centre Hotel is €345 per person.
 

 

 
I have also linked a Northern Lights tour for just €55 – what an amazing way to start the New Year! Attraction Tickets have 7% off all theme park tickets ( including Orlando ) if you use code PAYDAY7.

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Flights are shown via Skyscanner below, but as always, I suggest you book directly on the airlines website.

Read: Top things to do in Iceland

Read: Weekend in Iceland for New Year

View flights here €167pp

View hotel here €345pp

Northern Lights tour €55pp
 

 

 
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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