Best Travel Deals

The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 3rd August 2021

Best travel deals

This weeks best travel deals include summer holidays at home and abroad, winter breaks, an amazing cruise deal, and early booking deals for 2022.


It is great to see all the posts on social media lately from people travelling, the reports and messages I have been getting have been so uplifting. But for those who haven’t booked a holiday yet, hopefully you will find something in this weeks Best Travel Deals post to tempt you.


I have a last minute deal to Portugal, Venice and Santorini in September, an amazing cruise deal, New Year in Iceland and a family trip to Orlando for next Easter. I also have a last minute deal to Cork for this weekend, and a family staycation in Killarney in August.


It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements, and these can change at any time. Most countries require non-vaccinated people to produce proof of negative Covid tests on arrival. Some require PCR tests, others will accept Antigen tests, and child ages vary from country to country.

It is also vital that if you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid that you have proof of this. If you have not yet received your Digital Covid Certificate, or need more information on testing or entry requirements, you can find out more in this post:

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Most countries require passenger locator forms to be filled out in advance of travel – in some cases these have to be done 24 hours in advance. I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

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Best last minute holiday:


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Jet off to the Algarve this weekend and enjoy a seven-night stay at the popular Casa Mitchell apartments in Albufeira, for just €389 per person. These family-run apartments have just 19 rooms, and guests love their home away from home atmosphere and great location.


This is a package holiday deal, so not only are Aer Lingus flights and accommodation included in the cost, but transfers and checked baggage are too! You can save a further €100 off any summer holiday if you spend over €800 in total – use promo code SUMMER at the check out. TUI also include free Covid-Cover with package holidays.

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Best last minute staycation:

River Lee Hotel, Cork

The New York vibes in the River Lee’s River Club Bar is enough for me to get my wallet out, and its floral riverside terrace and 20m swimming pool look pretty good too! The River Lee Hotel is located in the heart of Cork City and is the perfect choice for a girly getaway, or for couples looking for a contemporary hotel with a vibrant social scene.


Price for a two-night stay arriving this weekend, the 8th of August, is just €195 per person including breakfast each day and dinner on one night. Use code TRAVELEXPERT to save €20 off the listed price of this or any 2-5 night Dinner B&B break. This hotel is rated as Excellent on Tripadvisor, is a Travellers Choice award winner this year, and is arguably one of the best hotels in Cork city.

See all travel deals in Ireland here

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Best September sun:

santorini holiday

Escape to sunny Santorini in September and enjoy this magical island without the usual crowds. I found a hidden gem just 800 metres from the pretty town of Oia. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, the Kiklimino studios and apartments are super value for such a great location. 

Price for a seven-night stay in a sunset view studio on the 22nd of September is just €509 including flights with Ryanair.

Search flights here €157pp

View apartments €352pp – flexible rate



Best city break:

Weekend break in Venice

Enjoy a weekend break in Venice this September from only €275! I found flights for just €45 and some great value hotel options. This deal is based on staying in the popular Mercurio Hotel which is located beside St Marks Square, but I also have some four and five star options, including a stay in one of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Baglioni Luna for just €757! 

See all travel deals abroad here

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Best family holiday:

Easter in orlando

Make up for lost time and book a family holiday to Orlando for next year. Easter is a great time to visit, but prices won’t stay low for very long. I found a great deal flying with United Airlines via Washington, so you can clear immigration in Dublin airport before you leave. Price for flights and a ten-night stay in the Homewood Suites by Hilton, next to Universal Studios, is €3034 based on two adults and two children.  

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Best family staycation:

Park Place Killarney

Treat your family to a staycation before the kids go back to school. Stay at the highly rated Park Palace apartments in the centre of Killarney town centre for just €341 for a two-night stay. These bright, modern two-bedroom apartments are just 500 meters from the Killarney National Park. With the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way on  your doorstep, the possibilities for day trips is endless.

See this and more self-catering breaks in August here

See 10 family hotel breaks in Ireland here

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Best winter break:

Ring in the New Year in Iceland! Chase the Northern Lights, swim in the Blue Lagoon and enjoy Winter Wonderland feels all day long 😃 Fly direct from Dublin with Icelandair on the 29th of December and enjoy a four-night stay in the four-star Icelandair Reykjavik Natura Hotel for just €484 per person.

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Best cruise


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MSC is having a Flash Sale and offering amazing value to cruise the Emirates on their newest ship MSC Virtuosa. For only €1219 per person you can enjoy flights with Emirates and a seven-night cruise with all meals, premium drinks and gratuities included! You will be flying into Dubai and visiting Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island, Dammam and Doha, before returning to Dubai seven days later.


This price is based on two sharing departing on the 21st January, and also includes airport transfers and checked baggage. A deposit of €250 per person secures a booking – but you better be quick, this flash sale ends tomorrow night!

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.





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