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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 29th August 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 weeks Best Travel Deals from Ireland I have a last minute holiday in the Algarve, a short break to Sardinia, winter holidays in Tenerife and Barbados, Christmas market breaks, luxury for less in Gran Canaria, Santorini holidays for next summer, a Caribbean cruise, and staycations in Meath and Waterford. 


Best last minute: The Algarve


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The Aer Lingus sale is now on with up to 30% off selected flights to Europe from now until March 13th. I found a super deal to one of my favourite sun holiday resorts, Alvor in the Algarve.

Return flights are available on the 19th of September for €147 from Dublin and €218 from Cork on the 20th. There are also flights available from Shannon and Knock with Ryanair €238 and €392 respectively. 


A seven-night stay at the 4-star Wyndham Residences Alvor Beach is €392 per person. Recently reopened after extensive renovations (previously known as Luna Bay), this offers great value for a beach hotel in Alvor.

If you prefer to travel later, return flights are available from €89 on the 13th of October and a seven-night stay at the same property is only €300 per person. Simply edit the dates via the links below to suit your requirements.
View flights here 19 – 26 September €147pp

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Best last minute in Ireland: Cruise the Shannon


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Have you always wanted to cruise the Shannon? Now is your chance! Emerald Star is offering up to 30% off boat rentals in September and October. I found a three-night rental from €319 on the 13th of September from Carrick on Shannon or Portunma, but there are many more dates and durations available.

Read: My beginners guide to Shannon cruises, what to expect and how to book

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Best overnight escape: Johnstown Estate 

leisure centre at Johnstown Estate

Johnstown Estate has a great offer for an Autumn escape. For €120 per person, you can enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast, a welcome cocktail or beer, a two-course evening meal, and access to Johnstown Estate’s extensive leisure and Spa facilities. The Autumn Ease package is available from Sunday – Thursday in September. 

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Best Short break: Sardinia for €249!


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If you are looking for a quick break away but are short on annual leave, then Sardinia is the place to go! Just a short three hour flight and a 20 minute airport transfer will see you sipping cocktails in Alghero before you know it! 


I found return weekend flights for €100 on the 20th of October – departing early Friday morning and returning late Sunday evening – so you will have three full days to explore this beautiful island.

The 4-star Alma di Alghero Hotel is just €149 per person for a two-night stay or choose the 5-star Carlos V for €178 per person. Flights are also available from Cork for €204 for three nights  – simply edit the hotel dates via the link below.

Search flights here 20 – 22 October €114pp

4-Star Hotel €160pp

5-Star Hotel €178pp



Best city break: Christmas market breaks from €168

Christmas market breaks from Ireland

I had lots of requests for Christmas market breaks so I compiled a list of 14 different breaks to choose from. I have four and five star hotels for two and three night stays.

Most of the breaks are for two nights, departing early morning and returning late in the evening – which is what most of you asked for. However, if you wish to stay longer or change dates, you can edit the dates via the link in the post.

Some of my favourites are Malaga for €168, Rome from €185, Vienna for €230, a five star weekend in Zagreb for €339 and New Year in Cologne for €286!

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Best winter holiday: Tenerife 

Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Santa Cruz Tenerife, Image by Hans from Pixabay

I found a Tenerife holiday with, wait for it: flights, transfers, baggage, hotel with breakfast, lunch and dinner, and excursions, all for just €739! Explore Tenerife’s highlights including Mount Teide and Santa Cruz over seven days, as well as having plenty of time to enjoy its year round sunshine and sandy beaches. 


Price is €739 in October, November and January, or €789 in February or March. Use code EXPERT60 to save €60 per person on price listed via link below.

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Read: Top 10 Escorted Tours from Ireland in 2024



Best family holiday: Santorni


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Since my return from Greece I’ve had lots of requests for family holidays to Santorini. While it is not the cheapest place for summer holiday deals, I did find good value departing over the May and June bank holidays. My kids usually have some extra days off then so hopefully yours will too!


Most hotels are small is size so there may be only one or two family rooms available. I have listed a few options below incase they get booked out. However, I have lots more hotel and apartment suggestions in my Santorini travel guide:

Read: Top things to do in Santorini and Where to Stay

Return flights with Aer Lingus are €330 on the 1st or 29th of May, and a seven-night stay in a family suite in the Acqua Vatos is €846 or €1166 respectively.

I have listed more options here, including a family suite in the 5-star Aqua Blue Hotel from €1553  – all of these receive excellent reviews from previous guests.

View flights €330pp

Acqua Votos €846

5-Star Hotel €1553



Best family staycation: Waterford for Winterval


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If you are looking for a wonderful family Christmas experience this year, then look no further than Winterval in Waterford. We visited last year and loved it! It is Ireland’s largest Christmas festival and had everything from ice skating to puppet shows, a funfair with giant Ferris Wheel and of course plenty of Christmas market stalls.

Winterval festival runs from the 17th of November until the 23rd of December.

Read: 10 Christmas markets in Ireland to visit this year


We stayed in the family-owned Dooleys Hotel. It is located right in the centre of town and serves up tasty food and super service. Price for an overnight stay in a family room is €199 on the 24th of November. 

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Best long haul: Barbados

travel deals to Barbados

If you are looking for the long haul escape this winter, then check out this deal to Barbados. Enjoy a seven-night stay at the hugely popular Infinity on the Beach Hotel for just €1359 including flights.


This beachfront hotel is located just five minutes walk from the lively resort of St Lawrence Gap and was a Travellers Choice winner from Tripadvisor this year.

Price includes flights with seat selection, a seven-night stay in a suite, return airport transfers and 23kg checked baggage per person. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Barbados

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Best USA: New York for Brigid’s Weekend

Seeing the sights in New York.

The Aer Lingus sale is now on with one way flights to the USA from €159 on selected dates up to March 13th. I found flights for €317 return over St. Brigid’s weekend.

A three night stay at the Hilton Garden Inn is a steal at €175 per person, but if you prefer to stay in Midtown, then look no further than the top rated citizenM Times Square, which is only €247 for a three night stay, based on two sharing.


Want to bring the kids along? Book the Metropolitan Suite at the 4-star Manhattan Club – this comes with a kitchenette which is perfect for those early morning rises, and is priced at just €747 for three nights.

Read: Family trip to New York for St Brigid’s Weekend

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Best cruise:

best cruise deals from Ireland

Cruise the Caribbean on MSC Seascape this winter. I found a great deal including flights to Miami, an overnight stay in a hotel and a seven-night cruise for just €1499, departing the 10th or 24th of November.


Visit the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and MSC’s private island – Ocean Cay. Upgrade to a balcony cabin for just €150 per person.

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Best early booking offer: 5-Star Luxury for less

Lopesan Boabab, Gran Canaria

Lopesan Hotels, one of Gran Canaria’s leading hotel groups is currently offering a whopping 40% off selected Summer 2024 stays. The stunning 5-star Boabab Hotel is only €536pp in May or €609pp in June, including flights for seven nights! 


Want to bring the kids? Family rooms are discounted too, right throughout the summer. I found return flights with Ryanair from €160 on the 9th of  May and €193 on the 11th of June. Price for a seven night stay for a family of four is €1425 on both dates.

Search flights here 9 – 16 May €160 / 11 – 18 June €193

Search Hotel from €376pp


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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