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New York & Orlando Holiday – Flights, Hotels & Car Hire, 10 Nights, Only €1499!

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Visit two of America’s most iconic destinations on one memorable trip! Spend three nights in New York, before flying to the theme park capital of the world for seven nights. This New York and Orlando holiday is amazing value and is a great choice for families or couples.

 

I have teamed up with American Sky to bring you this amazing New York and Orlando holiday deal. The price of €1299 includes all flights, 10-nights hotel accommodation, and car hire in Orlando – can you believe the price? This includes savings of €200 per couple for bookings made by the 30th of November.

This New York and Orlando holiday is just a sample of what American Sky offer – they can tailor make any holiday to suit your requirements. If you would prefer to stay longer in New York, add in some beach time, or perhaps stop in New York on the way home, just talk to the team in American Sky and they will design the perfect holiday for you. You can also choose to upgrade your accommodation in New York or Orlando, depending on your budget. 

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I am a huge fan of New York, in fact it is probably my favourite city. I have visited many times, but every time I go back there is something new to see. I have so many great memories from my trips over the years – with and without kids. Times Square never gets old, no matter how many times you see it. Neither does the view of the skyline from the Top of the Rock. But wandering around the West Village or having a quiet brunch in the Boathouse in Central Park, are just as rewarding.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The 9/11 Memorial and Museum is extremely moving and must be seen. Weather permitting, a boat trip to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island is also some of my favourites. Of course no trip to New York would be complete without some shopping! I love that you can go designer shopping on Bloomingdales in the morning, and haggle for bargains in Chinatown in the afternoon. The outlets in Woodbury Common are also one of my favourite places to shop, but you need to allow a full day to visit it properly!
 
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New York is one of those cities that caters equally for adults and children, so this New York and Orlando holiday is a great choice for family holiday too. I visited New York with my children last year and they loved it. They spent the whole time recognising places from their favourite TV shows and as for the food – they still talk about the size of the New York pizzas! You can read more things to do in New York in these posts:

My Top 25 Things to do in New York

Top Things to do in New York with Kids

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After a three-night stay in New York it is time to move on to Orlando – the theme park capital of the world. There are over 20 theme parks in Orlando, so if you want an action packed holiday – you’ve got it! Universal Studios is my personal favourite. I love the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the simulator rides in Universal’s Islands of Adventure. If you are travelling with young children, you will have to bring them to Disney World. I will never forget the look on my daughter’s face when she saw Sleeping Beauty’s castle for the first time. Whether you are travelling as a couple or with kids, will probably determine what theme parks you visit. Talk to the experts in American Sky and they will advise you about the various theme parks to determine which best suit your family.

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This New York and Orlando deal includes a seven-night stay in Orlando, so you will have plenty of time to visit some of the neighbouring attractions if you wish. The Kennedy Space Centre is only an hour’s drive from Orlando, as is Daytona Beach. Remember this deal includes car hire in Orlando too. If you are travelling with children or extended family, you may wish to change your hotel to one of American Sky’s holiday homes. You can also choose to extend your stay in Orlando or add on a few nights at the beach – just talk to the team in American Sky and they will organise this for you. 

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The price of €1499 per person includes all flights, accommodation, car hire in Orlando, and a discount of €180 per couple if booked by the 31st March. This offer is based on two sharing, so prices will be even less if travelling as a family! This New York and Orlando holiday is valid throughout 2020, but prices will increase during peak season.  

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The Top Family Road Trips & Tours in USA & Canada

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The California Coast, Canada’s West Coast, Niagara Falls, New England and America’s Wild West  – these are some of the top family road trips in USA and Canada. Which one will you choose?

 

I love a good road trip and my kids do too. We drove the California Coast, the Garden Route in South Africa, and along Northern Spain with our children, and we loved them all. Road trips and tours are a great way to explore many places on one trip – you will never hear the words – “I’m bored!”. I have teamed up with American Sky, who specialise in trips to America and Canada. I have chosen five of their top family road trips and tours in USA and Canada, that take in some of North America’s most remarkable cities and National Parks. American Sky has many more on its website and can tailor-make any trip to suit you, so if you fancy a trip to Chicago instead of California or New Orleans instead of Niagara, talk to the team in American Sky and they will design the perfect itinerary for you.

 

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10 Nights Experience California Tour – Family Self-Drive from €1029pp Inc. Flights, Hotels & Car Hire

We did this exact trip with our children a few years ago and loved it. We cycled across the Golden Gate Bridge, visited Universal Studios and managed to get some beach time in too!  This itinerary starts in San Francisco where you will enjoy a two-night stay. Alcatraz is surprisingly great for kids, they will love going in and out of the jail cells and completing the treasure hunt to get junior ranger badges at the end.

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After a busy few days, you will move on to Monterey, where you will stay for two nights in the 5-star Intercontinental The Clement Monterey. The pretty town of Monterey has an historic seafront with a miniature Fisherman’s Wharf. It is also home to one of the world’s best Aquariums.

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You will then drive the Central Coast to Cambria. Drive through the Big Sur, over Bixby bridge and see the seals at the elephant seal rookery at San Simeon. There are thousands of seals playing right in front of you, it’s an amazing sight. From there you will drive to the upmarket town of Santa Barbara, where you will overnight, before moving on to Anaheim.

Anaheim is a great reward for the kids after the long drive along the coast. Disney has two parks here, Disneyland Resort and California Adventure, and don’t miss Universal Studios and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. If you have more time, talk to the team in American Sky about adding on some nights in one of the beach resorts. San Diego is a great option and it is also home to Legoland and SeaWorld. Read my blog for more info on things to do with kids in California.

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Price includes flights, car hire, hotel accommodation, welcome pack with maps, and a day-to-day itinerary.  Above itinerary is based on San Francisco 2 nights – Monterey 2 nights – Cambria 2 nights – Santa Barbara 1 night – Anaheim 3 nights, but this can be altered to suit your requirements.
 

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13 Nights Family Self-Drive Canadian Western Wonders Tour, €1679pp Inc. Flights, Hotels & Car Hire

I can’t wait to drive along Canada’s west coast, it has been on my bucketlist for some time now, and I think it is a trip that is ideally suited to adults and children. The Rocky Mountains, Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper National Parks are all world-class attractions in their own right, but to see them all together on one trip would be spectacular. This trip isn’t all about National Parks though, your journey starts and ends in two of Canada’s great cities, Calgary and Vancouver. 

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Your first stop is Kananaskis Valley, a place synonymous with adventure. Try white-water rafting, kayaking or paddle-boarding on the lakes, or explore the hiking trails on foot, horse back or with a mountain bike. You will then move on to the pretty town of Banff where you an take the gondola to the top of Sulphur Mountain, or enjoy many other outdoor activities, before driving Route 93 to Lake Louise, one of Canada’s most spectacular drives, through Banff National Park.  

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Lake Louise will surely be one of the highlights, its turquoise colour combined with snow capped mountains makes it one of the most photographed lakes in the world. Make sure you visit the Icefields Parkway and book an excursion to the Glacier Sky Walk too.

The UNESCO World Heritage town of Jasper is your next stop, where you have the opportunity to take a boat ride on Lake Moraine. Travel south to Harrison Lake before travelling on to Victoria, and possibly take a whale-watching trip. Your journey ends with a two-night stay in vibrant Vancouver. 

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9 Nights Family Self-Drive Exhilarating Ontario Tour €889pp Inc. Flights, Hotels & Car Hire

What child wouldn’t want to see Niagara Falls? Taking the boat ride to the foot of the falls will surely provide lifetime memories. What I love about this itinerary is that, unlike most road trips, you are only staying in three different hotels over nine nights, so there is plenty of time to enjoy each destination. Your journey starts in the lively city of Toronto, your home for three nights. 

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After a busy few days in the city, it is time to move on to the Blue Mountains for some outdoor family adventures. Take a gondola ride up the mountain, enjoy the Aquatic Centre and the Ridge Runner Mountain Coaster, or rent kayaks or paddle boards on Lake Huron. The beach is only a ten-minute drive away, so if you just want to relax and enjoy the sunshine, you can do that too.

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Your trip ends with a two-night stay at Niagara Falls. There are so many different tours available. You can choose to play it safe with a cruise or go through the famous Whirlpool Rapids on the Wet Jet tour – suffice to say you will get soaked and plenty of family fun is guaranteed.

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8 Nights Wild West Cowboys & Buffalos Tour from €2999pp Inc Flights, Hotels, Excursions, Meals.

Release your inner cowboy on this fantastic family adventure. Visit Yellowstone National Park, see Mt Rushmore and the native black bears. This is a premium guided tour with first-class accommodation and selected meals and excursions included.  Your trip starts in Salt Lake City where you will overnight before travelling to Wyoming. Marvel at the Rocky Mountains and stop at the Oregon Trail Centre, before crossing into Jackson and Grand Teton National Park. Journey down Snake River, take a wagon ride and enjoy a traditional homestead.

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Your next stop will surely be one of the highlights of the trip, Yellowstone National Park, where you will stay for two nights in the National Park Lodges. Both adults and children will love exploring one of America’s best-loved National Parks. Enjoy horse riding, visit the Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Centre or try white water rafting.

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The Wild West town of Cody is your next stop, home to the legendary Buffalo Bill. From there you will move on to Keystone where you can view the Crazy Horse Memorial. You will end this family adventure in the Black Hills of South Dakota, home of Mount Rushmore, where a farewell dinner is organised with an American Indian dancer. 

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Price includes flights, hotel accommodation, tour guide throughout, eight breakfasts, two lunches and five dinners. Visits to the Oregon Trail Centre, Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks; stay at the 320 Guest Ranch; view of the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore; visit to the Buffalo Bill Centre of the West and witness black bears in Bear Country USA wildlife park.

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8 Nights Self-Drive Family Summer in New England: Mountain Tops to Lobster Pots from €2159 per Person Including Flights, Hotels & Car Hire

Combine the bright lights of Boston with the White Mountains of New England, over nine glorious days. Boston is the starting point for your family adventure. Take the world-famous Boston Duck tour. Kids will love this because instead of walking for hours to see the sights, the Duck Tour visits the city’s most popular sights on a WW2-style amphibious landing vehicle. If temperatures are high, why not take a boat trip from the harbour and go whale-watching – many different species of whales frequent these waters. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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After two nights in Boston, drive to New Hampshire’s White Mountains. You will be staying in American Mountain Club’s rustic Highland Center Lodge, where all meals are included for the next three nights. Enjoy hiking, rock climbing or swimming in this superb family holiday destination. 

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Your last three nights will be spent in the Sebasco Harbor Resort in Phippsburg. Visit some of America’s pretty coastal towns and sandy beaches. The kids will love the hotel’s summer camp, which includes wildlife demonstrations, hikes, golf and tennis clinics with a pro. Adults are well catered for too, with an onsite spa, a choice of water sports available and the wide selection of dining options.

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Before you depart for home, American Sky has built in a shopping stop in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, into the itinerary. This is the ideal place to stop on your way to Boston Airport. One of America’s oldest cities also happens to offer tax-free shopping and some great waterfront restaurants. 

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Prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change. This post on the top family road trips and tours in USA and Canada  was sponsored by American Sky but all views, as always, are my own.
 

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Where to Stay in Orlando

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For anyone going to Orlando for the first time, choosing the place to stay can be a little daunting. International Drive, Kissimmee and Lake Buena Vista are all great places to stay, but how do to know which one is right for you? I teamed up with American Sky, the Florida holiday specialists, to get their view on where to stay in Orlando.

 

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Walt Disney World covers 47 square miles on its own and there are over 20 different theme parks and attractions in Orlando – that just gives you an idea of how vast Orlando is. The good news is that despite receiving 50 million tourists a year, it is quite easy to get around Orlando.

It is actually the busiest car rental market in the world, so roads and infrastructure need to be good – and they are. So when choosing your base in Orlando, the first thing you should ask yourself is: do I want to hire a car? If the answer is no and you want to visit a lot of different theme parks, then the answer is simple – stay on International Drive.
 

 

 

International Drive

International Drive or ‘I-Drive’ as the locals call it, is best described as Orlando’s ‘Vegas Strip’. There are hundreds of hotels, restaurants, shops and attractions lined up beside each other for eleven miles. Top theme parks like Universal Studios, SeaWorld and Aquatica are here, as well numerous attractions including The Orlando Eye.
 

 

 
The ‘I-Ride’ bus service is excellent and runs from 8am to 10.30pm so there is no need for a car. Many hotels that are located here also offer free shuttle services to the main theme parks.

If you do decide to take a taxi to Walt Disney World, what you pay in cab fare you save in parking, so despite many people saying you have to have a car in Orlando, I think if you stay on International Drive, you can easily do without one.

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There are many accommodation choices to choose from on International Drive. It is important to remember that when holidaying in Orlando, most of the time you are not in the hotel – you are out visiting theme parks or attractions instead. This makes International Drive an ideal location if you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel. I have chosen two hotels that are excellent value, receive great reviews and are centrally located.
 

 

 

$ The Rosen Inn at Pointe: 7 nights from €549pp including flights.

This is an excellent budget hotel on International Drive. Formerly the Quality Inn Plaza, this now offers three swimming pools, free WiFi and a free shuttle service to Universal Studios, Aquatica, and SeaWorld.
 

 

 
There are three restaurants on site and children (9 and under) eat free when dining with an adult, (one child per adult). Situated across the road from the Pointe shopping centre and cinema, this hotel receives great reviews on tripadvisor.

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$ The Avanti Resort: 7 nights from €509pp including flights.

A firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers, the recently renovated Avanti resort is located in a prime position on International Drive. There is a large swimming pool, bar and restaurant on site and there are free shuttle buses available to Disney, Universal, Wet ‘n Wild, SeaWorld and Aquatica.
 

 

 
They also offer interconnecting rooms which are ideal for large families.  Highly rated on tripadvisor and awarded a certificate of excellence, this is the perfect choice for anyone looking to stay in the heart of International Drive, without breaking the bank.

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If you plan on spending a lot of time in Universal Studios’ three theme parks, it might be a good idea to stay in one of the Universal hotels. Not only are they exceptionally good, but you will also have access to the parks earlier than the general public. This is particularly beneficial if you are a Harry Potter fan, as the Wizarding World of Harry Potter can be extremely busy in peak season.
 

 

 
There are eight hotels to choose from, including the famous Hard Rock Hotel and the popular Cabana Bay Resort, which have large family suites. If you stay in one of their five star resorts, the Hard Rock, Lowes Royal Pacific or Lowes Portofino, you will also receive complimentary express passes which will save you valuable queueing time!

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$$$ Loews Portofino Bay Hotel: 7 nights from €799pp including flights and Universal express passes

I was fortunate to be able to stay in this hotel and it was fantastic. Designed by Steven Spielberg to replicate Portofino in Italy, this hotel has outdoor bars and cafes that are identical to the Italian resort.
 

 

 
They even have tenors singing at various times during the day. Situated on a lake, there are times when you forget where you are. The interior is luxurious too and it also offers a unique way to get to Universal Studios – a free water taxi service!

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Lake Buena Vista

Lake Buena Vista is the ideal place to stay if you are planning on spending most of your time at Walt Disney World. Remember there are five different Disney Parks so if you are travelling with young children, you may spend a lot of time here.
 

 

 
Lake Buena Vista is also good for golf and outlet shopping. Choose to stay in one the Disney hotels or one of the many hotels, homes or villas in the area.

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There are 25 different Disney hotels to choose from which come in four categories, value, moderate, deluxe and deluxe villa resorts. By staying in any of the Disney hotels you can avail of extended theme park hours, free transportation to all the parks and the airport, as well as free parking and free WiFi. For a limited time only you can also receive FREE dining on selected 2020 holidays – ts & cs apply.
 

 

 

$$ Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: 7 nights from €729pp including flights

This hotel is in the moderate class and is perfect for families looking for the ultimate Disney experience, without the expensive price tag. Designed to replicate a Caribbean resort, there are seven pools, including one with water slides, as well as Caribbean style beaches. Kids will love the pirate adventure cruise and there are also pirate themed rooms available at a supplement.

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$ Solterra Resort Homes: 7 nights from €629pp including flights

The Solterra Resort Homes offer the best of both worlds, luxury homes with a resort feel. Situated only nine miles from Walt Disney World Resort and minutes drive from shops and restaurants, the location is superb.
 

 

 
They offer five, six and seven bedroom homes, all with private pools and either a games room or spa. The facilities on site include a communal pool with a water slide, and a club house with a fitness centre and tennis courts.

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$$ Sheraton Vistana Resort: 7 nights from €679pp including flights

The luxury Sheraton Vistana Resort comprises of one and two bedroom villas in 135 acres of land. There are numerous facilities on site including seven swimming pools, a fitness centre, mini-golf, tennis courts and free WiFi. Let the kids enjoy the kids club or Wii tournaments, while you have a massage on your poolside cabana.
 

 

 
There is a wide selection of restaurants and bars within the grounds, so there is no need to venture out at night time. Highly rated on tripadvisor and awarded a certificate of excellence, this is a great choice for a family holiday. The Sheraton Vistana is ideally located, only 10 minutes from Sea World, 15 minutes from Universal and only 5 minutes from Walt Disney World.

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Kissimmee

If you fancy something away from the hustle and bustle of the parks, Kissimmee is a good choice. Although only a fifteen minute drive to International Drive and even less to Disney, there are many homes and villas with private pools here, creating a country feel, which is ideal for large or extended families.
 

 

 
If you want to visit other parts of Florida and don’t plan on spending your entire time visiting theme parks – chose Kissimmee. A trip to the Kennedy Space Centre or Busch Gardens, both less than 90 minutes drive, are perfect day trip options.
 

 

 
There are many different neighbourhoods within the Kissimmee area and each have a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants.  Here are my top three places to stay in Kissimmee

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$ The Highland Reserve Executive homes: 7 nights from €629pp including flights

These homes are exceptional value. and are  only a fifteen minute drive to Walt Disney World. There are four, five and six bedroom homes available. Choose the simply furnished executive homes or upgrade to the executive plus, which offers a modern décor, more living space, free WiFi and a games room or spa.

The development overlooks the nearby golf course and there is a communal pool, tennis courts and play area on site.

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$ The Calabay Parc homes: 7 nights from €599pp including flights

Complete with their own private pool and outdoor loungers, these homes are perfect for lazy days in the Florida sunshine. Located in the pretty countryside of Kissimmee they are approximately 30 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort and 40 minutes from International Drive.
 

 

 
They offer a choice of four, five and six bedroom villas. Choose to upgrade to the executive plus homes which offer modern décor, more living space, free WiFi and a games room or spa.

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$$ Windsor Hills: 7 nights from €679pp including flights

These executive five and six bedroom homes are ideally located only five minutes drive from Walt Disney World and fifteen minutes from International Drive. The have excellent facilities on site include a large swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness centre and multi sports.
 

 

 
Children will love the games room, pool slide, the 58-seat cinema and free WiFi! The Windsor Hills homes are also next door to the Mystic Dunes golf course.  They also offer executive plus homes which have modern décor, more living space, free WiFi and a games room or spa.

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$$ Magic Village Yards Trademark Collection by Wyndham: 7 nights from €689pp including flights

If you want to stay beside Walt Disney World but still want the comforts of you own home, then look no further than the Magic Village Yards. These luxury three and four bedroom villas are right in the heart of Disney. The Club house offers activities for children, an outdoor heated pool, a play room and free WiFi.
 

 

 
There is also a restaurant on site where you can dine or order food to your villa. If you don’t want to drive to the Disney Parks, take the free shuttle bus available and save on the parking!

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Top Tips when visiting Orlando:

 

        • Remember to get your ESTA application before you fly. An ESTA is mandatory for non-US citizens when travelling to the USA. You can apply for an ESTA online.

       

        • Travel off peak if you can, prices will be lower and temperatures will cooler. If you have to travel during school holidays Easter can be a better option to summer, as American schools only have one week off at that time. Check the Spring Break dates here.

       

        • Book your theme park tickets in advance. Not only will this save you money, but also valuable queueing time. You will also find that you can purchase combo tickets to visit multiple parks at a lower rate, than purchasing them when you arrive.

       

        • Choose a hotel with a free shuttle bus to the parks, or one that is close to the iRide – International Drive’s affordable public transport option. You may or may not rent a car in Orlando, but even if you are driving, the cost of parking at theme parks is quite high. If there is a free shuttle bus or iRide available, use it. Read my top tips and tricks for visiting theme parks.

       

        • Allow down time. Queueing in hot temperatures, as well as the increased adrenaline can leave children exhausted. Try to plan some quiet days to laze by the pool between visits to the park.

       

     

     

     
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Top 5 American Road Trips – With Prices from €929 Including Flights, Hotels & Car Hire!

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The California Coast, Route 66, America’s Canyonlands, scenic New England and America’s music trail  – these are some of the best American road trips. Which one is your favourite? 

 

What I love about these American road trips is that you are completely free to explore as you wish. You can go off the beaten track, dine where you like, yet still have the peace of mind of having hotels pre-booked and an itinerary mapped out for you. Believe me you don’t want to waste valuable vacation time searching for motels every night. You can manage to see ALL the places on your ‘list’ with these classic self drive itineraries!

I have teamed up with American Sky who offer a wide selection of self drive holidays and city breaks to America and Canada. I have chosen five of my favourite American road trips, that take in some of America’s most remarkable cities and National Parks. American Sky have many more on their website and can tailor make any trip to suit you, so if you fancy a trip to Chicago instead of California or New Mexico instead of New Orleans, talk to the team in American Sky and they will design the perfect itinerary for you.

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Best of the West – 13 Night California & Las Vegas Self Drive, inc Flights & Hotels & Car hire, €1759!

The Best of the West road trip not only includes California and the iconic Pacific Coast Highway, but also Arizona and Nevada too. It combines the coastal towns of Santa Barbara and Monterey with the jaw dropping cities of LA and San Francisco, as well as the natural landscape of Death Valley with the dazzling lights of Las Vegas. Visit Alcatraz, cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge or hang out in Hollywood. You can go designer shopping in Palm Springs and take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. This trip also allows you to see the spectacular rock formations in Yosemite National Park. This has to be one of the top American road trips!

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Price from €1759 includes flights, fully inclusive car hire, 2 nights Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco, 1 night in Palm Springs, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite, Monterey and Ventura. You will also receive a welcome kit with maps and a day-today itinerary.

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15 Night Route 66 Drive Incl Flights, Hotels & Car hire, €1799!

Considered one of the best road tips in the world, this is a bucket list adventure for sure. Spend 15 nights driving iconic Route 66, from Chicago to Los Angeles. Stops include Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Alburqueue and Las Vegas before spending two nights in Santa Monica, where Route 66 officially ends. Add on some extra nights in Los Angeles or chill out on the beach in San Diego before catching your return flight home.

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Price of €1799 includes flights, fully inclusive car hire, 3 night stay in Alburqueue, 2 night stays in Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles and over-night stays in St Louis, Springfield, Oklahoma City, Amarillo, Holbrook and Grand Canyon.

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13 Night Self-Drive American Music & Movie Trails, Inc Flights, Hotel & Car hire, from €1669!

I absolutely love this itinerary! The combination of legendary music cities with iconic movie trails, is right up my street! Spend two nights in the windy city of Chicago before embarking on a two week circular itinerary around some of America’s fascinating cities. Go walking in Memphis, visit the Delta Blues Museum, walk Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame and have a coffee in the Whistle Stop Cafe, in ‘sweet home Alabama’! You will also spend two nights in the birthplace of Jazz – New Orleans and get a chance to visit Graceland! Tempted? ‘It’s now or never’ ….. 

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Price of €1669 includes flights, full inclusive car hire, 3 night stay in Chicago, 2 nights in Memphis & New Orleans and overnight stays in Louisville, Nashville, St. Louis, Vicksburg, Birmingham. You will also receive a welcome kit with comprehensive maps and day-to-day itinerary 

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7 Nights Self-Drive Canyon Adventure, Incl Flights, Hotels & Car hire, from €929!

I would love to see America’s Canyonlands and this American road trip seems like the perfect way to see it. You will visit Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Arches National Park, Zion National Park and of course the Grand Canyon. This seven-night itinerary also includes a three night stay in Las Vegas, but you can add on extra nights if you wish. This itinerary showcases how a varied American road trips can be. Spend five days with nature in America’s magnificent National Parks before living it up in the city of lights!

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Price of €929 includes flights, fully inclusive car hire, 3 night stay in Las Vegas and overnight stays in Bryce Canyon,  Moab, Mesa Verde and Grand Canyon. You will also receive a welcome kit with maps and day-to-day itinerary.

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11 Nights, Self-Drive Best of New England, Incl Flights, Hotels & Car hire, from €1469!

From the majestic mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire, to the beautiful beaches of Cape Cod. This is another one of the top American road trips as it highlights the diversity of the East Coast. Walk the Freedom Trail in Boston, get creepy in the scary town of Salem and explore Acadia, one of America’s most beautiful National Parks. Drive to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the US Atlantic seaboard, this will surely be one of the highlights, along with a leisurely two night stay in Cape Cod.

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Price of €1469 includes flights, fully inclusive car hire, two night stays in Boston, Bar Harbor and Cape Cod and overnight stays in Kennebunkport, White Mountains, Stowe, The Berkshires and Newport. You will also receive a welcome kit with maps and day-to-day itinerary.

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I have only listed five of the best American road trips above, there are many more on the American Sky website. Click here for more tours or call one of their dedicated sales consultants on 01-6649900 for more details.

 

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Luxury Caribbean Cruise & Stay Holidays, Flights, Accommodation & Cruise, From €1749!

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Take your pick from these luxury Caribbean cruise and stay holidays with flights, accommodation and a five-star Celebrity Cruise included.

 

I have teamed up with American Sky to bring you my top three Celebrity Caribbean cruise and stay holidays. I was fortunate enough to be on board one of Celebrity Cruises Solstice class ships, Celebrity Silhouette recently and I absolutely loved it! All of the holidays below include a seven night cruise on a Solstice class ship, either Celebrity Reflection or Celebrity Equinox. You can expect five star luxury with a wide choice of dining and entertainment on board. Interiors are bright and modern and they even have a real grass lawn! This gives a country club feel, I found it hard to believe that I was on a cruise ship.

But that’s not all…

As well as a fabulous seven day Caribbean cruise you can also choose to add on a few nights in Miami or the Florida Keys, or even both! I have also chosen a cruise holiday with a stay in Orlando, which should satisfy any thrill seekers. Check out my top three Caribbean cruise and stay holidays below and get planning your next cruise holiday!

 

 

3 Nights Miami, 7 Nights Western Caribbean Cruise: Flights, Accommodation & Cruise, €1749!

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This is such amazing value, I am tempted to book it myself! Miami has been on my bucket list for a long time and this amazing offer includes a three night stay in Miami and a seven-night Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Equinox. You will be staying at the highly rated Grand Beach Hotel, which is centrally located to explore the vibrant city of Miami. Shop till you drop, visit chic Little Havana or chill out on the beach right in front of your hotel. After three days in Miami you will board Celebrity Equinox for a Western Caribbean cruise. Visit the lively town of Key West, Puerto Costa Maya and Cozumel in Mexico, and then swim with sting rays in the Cayman Islands! You will also have two full days at sea to enjoy the facilities on this luxurious cruise ship.

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7 Nights Orlando &  7 night Eastern Caribbean Cruise: Flights, Accommodation, Car hire & Cruise, €1829! 

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Spend a week in the theme park capital of the world and enjoy the thrills of Disney World, Universal Studios and lots more. You will be staying at Westgate Palace which is right in the heart of Orlando, close to International Drive and all the theme parks. After a week of non stop action, drive to Miami and board Celebrity Reflection for a seven night Eastern Caribbean cruise. Your first stop will be Puerto Rico where you can visit the old town of San Juan or take a trip to the rainforest. You will also visit the small Caribbean islands of St. Maarten and St Kitts, where you can chill out on some of the Caribbean’s white sandy beaches, or go off the beaten track and zip line through the jungle. There are also three days at sea so you can enjoy all of the fantastic facilities that Celebrity Reflection has to offer.

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3 Nights Miami, 7 Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise, 4 Nights, Florida Keys: Flights, Accommodation, Car Hire & Cruise, €1899!

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Start this holiday of a lifetime with three nights in the trendy Albion Hotel on South Beach, Miami. Explore this cool city or just chill out and people watch, it is that sort of place! You will then board the luxurious Celebrity Equinox for a seven day Eastern Caribbean cruise. Visit San Juan, St. Maarten and St. Kitts, where you can enjoy some of the Caribbean’s white sandy beaches, or seek adventure in their tropical rainforests. You will also have three full days at sea to enjoy this luxury cruise ship.

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Your holiday doesn’t end there… When you disembark in Miami, you will pick up a hire car and drive to Key Largo, for a four night stay at the Ocean Pointe Suites. You can snorkel, go kayaking or chill out on the beach. Of course no trip to the Florida Keys would be complete without driving the ultimate road trip, from Key Largo to Key West, and with five days car rental included, you will have plenty of time!

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I hope you enjoyed my top picks for Caribbean cruise and stay holidays and that this inspires you to book a Caribbean cruise. If you want to change the above itineraries, add on extra nights, or choose to combine with different city, contact American Sky, they will tailor make a cruise holiday to suit your requirements.

 

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by American Sky  but all views, as always, are my own.

 

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Top 6 USA Holidays for 2019 With Direct flights From Ireland

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Did you know that Aer Lingus fly direct to fifteen different airports in North America? There has never been a better time to visit the USA! Check out my top 6 American holidays with direct flights from Ireland, and get planning your next trip Stateside!

 

I have teamed up with American Sky who offer a wide selection of city breaks, self drive itineraries and escorted tours, to America and Canada. I have chosen six of holiday options below, all with direct Aer Lingus flights included. Drive one of the world’s best road trips along the Pacific Coast Highway, combine the city of Seattle with an Alaska cruise or the sunshine state of Florida with a Caribbean cruise. American Sky also offer some great American tours so if you want to sit back, relax and let someone else do all the driving – I have some options there too!

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Like all American Sky holidays you can choose to add on extra nights, make itineraries shorter or alternate cities to suit you. These are just some of the American holidays with direct flights from Ireland available, visit American Sky to see more or talk to their expert staff and they will tailor make any holiday to suit you.

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Best of the West – 13 Night California & Las Vegas Self Drive, inc Flights & Hotels & Car hire, €1499!

The Best of the West road trip not only includes California and the iconic Pacific Coast Highway, but also Arizona and Nevada too. It combines the coastal towns of Santa Barbara and Monterrey with the jaw dropping cities of LA and San Francisco and the natural landscape of Death Valley with the dazzling lights of Las Vegas. Visit Alcatraz, cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge or hang out in Hollywood. You can go designer shopping in Palm Springs and take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. This trip also allows you to see the spectacular rock formations in Yosemite National Park.

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Price from €1499 includes direct Aer Lingus flights, fully inclusive car hire, 2 nights Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco, 1 night in Palm Springs, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite, Monterey and Ventura. You will also receive a welcome kit with maps and a day-today itinerary.

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Great Eastern Cities Tour, 7 Nights inc Flights, Hotels & Excursions, €1249

New York, Niagara Falls and Washington are just some of the highlights on this Great Eastern Cities tour. Visit the 9/11 museum in New York, marvel at the monuments in Washington and witness the site of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. As well as some of America’s great cities, you will also spend time in Amish Country and wonder how they manage to live without electricity, in the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside. Niagara Falls is sure to take your breath away as will the visit to the site of the Gettysburg Address.

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Price from €1,249 pp includes direct Aer Lingus flights, hotels, internal travel by coach, city tours of New York, Washington and Philadelphia, wine tasting in the Finger Lakes District, Tour of Gettysburg National Military Park and tour guide throughout.

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Western Caribbean Cruise & Miami: 7 nights, Flights, Hotel & Cruise €1435!

Fly direct from Dublin to Miami and spend two nights in glamorous South Beach, before cruising the Caribbean for five nights on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas. You will love all the facilities on board as well as the West End style shows and wide variety of dining options. This five night cruise combines stops in Nassau and Labadee with three days at sea to admire the Caribbean sea views and to enjoy all that this ship has to offer. You can also upgrade to an ocean-view stateroom for only €55!

Spend the day in the Bahamas and enjoy snorkelling in the crystal clear waters or lazing on a white sandy beach. If you fancy stepping outside your comfort zone try some of the adrenaline filled activities in the private paradise resort of Labadee. With jet boating, kayaking, parasailing and zip-lining all available, you will be spoilt for choice.

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Price of €1435 includes direct Aer Lingus flights, two nights accommodation in the Albion Hotel, South Beach and a five night Western Caribbean cruise with all meals, taxes and gratuities.

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Explore California & the Pacific Coast, Self-Drive, 11 Nights inc Flights, Hotels & Car hire, €2289

I drove the Pacific Coast Highway two years ago and loved it! It is one of the world’s best road trips and this 11 night itinerary will show you all the highlights from San Francisco all the way to San Diego. Fly direct to San Francisco with Aer Lingus and enjoy a three night stay in this iconic city. Visit Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge and check out its great nightlife. Follow that with a drive along the California Coast, through Monterey, the Big Sur, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles and finally to San Diego. You will be spoilt for choice for things to do, from wine tasting in Santa Barbara to celebrity spotting in Los Angeles. Finish off your trip with a relaxing few days in sunny San Diego.

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Price from €2289 includes direct Aer Lingus flights, hotels, fully inclusive car hire, 3 nights San Francisco, 2 nights Monterey Peninsula, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and San Diego. You will also receive a welcome kit with a personalised road book.

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Seattle & Alaska Cruise: Flights, 4 night stay in Seattle and 7 night All-Inclusive Alaska cruise, €2739

Fly direct with Aer Lingus to Seattle and enjoy four nights in the centrally located four star Kimpton Alexis Hotel, before setting off on a seven-night cruise through Alaska, on Norwegian Bliss. This is Norwegian’s newest cruise ship and she is stunning! Meals, drinks and gratuities are included in the cost of your cruise so you will need very little spending money.

Visit the Icy Strait Point and go whale watching; stop at Skagway and witness its famous sunsets, and spend time at the World Heritage Site of Glacier Bay. Home to mountains, rainforests, fjords and wonderful wildlife, this will definitely be one of the highlights of your Alaskan adventure. Other cruise stops include Ketchikan and Victoria, the vibrant capital of British Columbia.

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Price from €2739 includes direct Aer Lingus flights to Seattle, 4 nights hotel stay in Seattle and a seven night premium all-inclusive Alaska cruise.

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Eastern Discovery Tour: 10 nights including flights, hotels & excursions, €1879

New York, Niagara Falls, Washington and Quebec are just some of the highlights on this best of Eastern USA and Canada tour. Visit the 9/11 museum in New York, walk the Freedom Trail in Boston, marvel at the monuments in Washington and check out the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia – and that’s before you visit Canada! On the journey to Canada you will pass through pretty villages in Vermont and New Hampshire and on the return you can see the traditions of the Amish people and how they manage to live without electricity, in the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside. Niagara Falls is sure to take your breath away as will the old town of Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you need any more convincing, this tour also includes visits to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and the Gettysburg site.

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Price from €1,799 pp includes direct Aer lingus flights, hotels, internal travel by coach, city tours of Washington, Philadelphia, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, walking tour of Boston and Old Quebec, visit to the Gettysburg site, admission to the Amish Museum and tour guide throughout.

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So whether you want to party all night in Las Vegas, drive Route 66, or go walking in Memphis, American Sky can organise it for you. They can tailor make many American holidays with direct flights from Ireland and guide you on the best hotels to suit your requirements.

Contact American Sky on 01 6649900 or visit their website for more details:

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Prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change. This post on American Holidays with direct flights from Ireland was sponsored by American Sky but all views, as always, are my own.
 

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Premium All Inclusive Cruise & Stay Holidays To Alaska, Caribbean & Mexico on Norwegian Bliss

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I have three of the best premium All Inclusive cruise and stay holidays in Alaska, Caribbean & Mexico below! These amazing cruise deals come with flights and hotels included, all meals and drinks on the cruise and a free upgrade to an oceanview stateroom!

 

Did you know that Norwegian Cruise Line have been cruising for over 50 years and have been voted Europe’s leading cruise line for the tenth year in a row! What I love about Norwegian’s cruises is that they are premium all-inclusive. And I don’t just mean local beers and cheap spirits. I mean premium branded drinks, as many as you like, any time of day, in all bars, lounges and dining areas – with tips included! Norwegian’s ‘free style cruising’ means everything on board is relaxed, with flexible dining and casual dress – you can leave your cocktail dresses and dinner jackets at home!

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Norwegian have really ‘pushed the boat out’ with their newest ship – Norwegian Bliss. This ship has been custom-built to cruise the Caribbean and Alaska and offers jaw-dropping views from it’s revolutionary Observation Lounge. Located at the front of the ship, this offers the same views seen from the bridge and has the most expansive views at sea. Complete with a full service bar, remember all drinks are included in the price of your cruise, you may not want to leave! There are eighteen different dining options including exclusive speciality dining restaurants. The Waterfront is the place to go with thirteen restaurants and bars to choose from, many offering alfresco seating  – how cool is that? Texas Smokehouse – Q is new to Bliss and the first full-service Starbucks at sea, is here too.

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The award-winning entertainment on board includes Broadway musical, Jersey Boys and the facilities on board are incredible. Ride at speeds of 30mph on their two-deck Go-kart track, race your mates on high speed water slides or test your stealth skills in laser tag. If this all sounds like hard work – try the Mandara Spa. There are over 50 speciality treatments available as well as a Thermal Suite, Salt Room and Vitality Pool. If I still haven’t convinced you, check out this video!

I have teamed up with American Sky to bring you three of their top all inclusive cruise and stay holidays on Norwegian Bliss. These luxury cruise holidays bring you to exotic locations without the expensive price tags – remember all drinks and meals are included in the price! They also have an exclusive offer whereby if you book any Norwegian cruise before the 30th of September you will receive an upgrade to an oceanview stateroom! So if these dates or destinations don’t suit you, please contact one of American Sky’s dedicated cruise team and they will tailor make a trip to suit you.

Vancouver, Seattle & Alaska Cruise
11 nights from €2,799 per person including flights

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Alaska, a place most of us only ever dreamed of visiting, has suddenly become more affordable. This eleven-night holiday includes two-night, pre-cruise stays in the modern cities of Vancouver and Seattle. This is followed by a seven-night, all-inclusive, Alaskan cruise on Norwegian Bliss. Witness some of the world’s most dramatic scenery as well as some stunning wildlife as you cruise into the wilderness of Ketchickan. Visit the Juneau Icefields, go kayaking or dogsledding or spend the afternoon marveling at Glacier Bay National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. When you stop in Skagway you can enjoy a ride on the White Pass Scenic Railway or enjoy the Glacier Point Wilderness safari. Your last stop is Victoria, the vibrant capital of British Columbia where you can visit the stunning Butchart Gardens or simply enjoy a stroll around Bastion Square.

Price of €2799 includes flights, four nights hotel accommodation, Amtrak train from Vancouver to Seattle, premium all-inclusive seven-night cruise in an oceanview stateroom with all meals, drinks and tips included.

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 Direct flights to Miami & Eastern Caribbean Cruise
10 days from €1,809 per person including flights

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Another winning combination! Enjoy a three-night stay in Miami before cruising the Caribbean on a seven-night, premium all-inclusive cruise. You will be staying on the world-famous South Beach – a perfect spot for people watching! Stroll around the historic streets in Little Havana, admire the art-deco architecture and dance to the small hours in some of Miami’s vibrant nightclubs. After an action packed three days, what better than a Caribbean cruise? Visit the duty-free island of St Thomas and shop till you drop, chill out on the white-sandy beaches of Tortola or swim with their resident turtles. When you stop in the Bahamas make sure to visit Atlantis, the world’s largest open-air marine habitat, for a day filled with fun and adventure.

Price of €1809 includes direct flights to Miami with Aer Lingus, a three night stay at the Albion South Beach hotel and a premium all-inclusive seven-night cruise, in an oceanview stateroom with all meals, drinks and tips included.

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Los Angeles & Mexican Riviera Cruise
10 nights from €2069 per person including flights

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Combine a three night stay in Los Angeles with a seven-night luxury all-inclusive cruise to Mexico. Go in search of the movie stars homes and mingle with the rich and famous in Beverly Hills. Visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios or explore some of LA’s trendy beaches. Follow this with a cruise along the Mexican Riviera. You will visit Puerto Vallarta, Mazatlán and Cabo San Lucas where you can sip margaritas and enjoy some authentic Mexican cuisine along Mexico’s stunning coastline.

Price of €2069 includes flights to LA with Aer Lingus, a three night stay at the Kimpton Everly Hotel and a premium all-inclusive seven-night cruise in an oceanview stateroom, with all meals, drinks and tips included.

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Note all of the above cruises are just a sample of the many cruises that American Sky offer with Norwegian Cruise Line and other cruise lines. If the above dates or itineraries don’t suit you, contact one of their expert cruise staff and they will find a suitable cruise for you. This post was sponsored by American Sky, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

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Sarah

 

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3 American Tours You Need To Take – Prices from €1,799 Including Flights.

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Take advantage of the wide variety of direct flights to the USA and experience some of America’s iconic cities and breathtaking National Parks. Enjoy the security of a group tour with the freedom to explore on your own. Here are three American tours you need to take!

 

I have teamed up with American Sky who offer a wide selection of escorted tours, self drive itineraries and city breaks to America and Canada. I have chosen three iconic tours, that take in the some of America and Canada’s most remarkable cities, towns and National Parks. What I love about these tours is that you have free time to explore at your own pace. You can dine out where you like, when you like and add on nights at the start or end of the tour. However if you fancy a trip to Chicago instead of California or New Mexico instead of New York, American Sky can tailor make any itinerary to suit you. For a limited time, they are also offering ‘early booking’ savings of €100- €120 per person off many of their 2019 holidays!

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Southern Explorer, New York to Miami, 12 nights 2018 & 13 Nights 2019, from €2,049 pp including flights.

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This amazing tour combines America’s most iconic cities with the music and culture capitals of Virginia, Nashville, New Orleans and Memphis. Visit Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, marvel at the great monuments in Washington DC and hang out in South Beach, Miami. Music fans will loving checking out America’s music capital, Nashville, before ‘walking in Memphis’ and getting the opportunity to visit Graceland. This tour also includes a two-night stay in the food and festival city of New Orleans and a journey through the blue ridge mountains of Virginia. Your final destination is Florida where you will overnight in Orlando and visit the Kennedy Space Centre.

Price from €2,049 pp includes flights, hotels, internal travel by coach, city tours of Washington, Memphis and Bellingrath Home, admission to the Kennedy Space Centre and tour guide throughout.

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Eastern Discovery, USA & Canada, 9 nights 2018 & 10 nights 2019 from €1,799 pp including flights.

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New York, Niagara Falls, Washington and Quebec are just some of the highlights on this best of Eastern USA and Canada tour. Visit the 9/11 museum in New York, walk the Freedom Trail in Boston, marvel at the monuments in Washington and check out the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia – and that’s before you visit Canada! On the journey to Canada you will pass through pretty villages in Vermont and New Hampshire and on the return you can see the traditions of the Amish people and how they manage to live without electricity, in the Pennsylvania Dutch countryside. Niagara Falls is sure to take your breath away as will the old town of Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If you need any more convincing, this tour also includes visits to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa and the Gettysburg site.

Price from €1,799 pp includes flights, hotels, internal travel by coach, city tours of Washington, Philadelphia, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, walking tour of Boston and Old Quebec, visit to the Gettysburg site, admission to the Amish Museum and tour guide throughout.

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Western Discovery, California Coast with Las Vegas, Canyons and National Parks, 14 nights from €2,359 pp including flights.

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Many people travel the California Coast but don’t travel inland to see Arizona and the National Parks. I am guilty of this as I visited California a few years ago and didn’t venture off the Pacific Coast Highway. This tour manages to combine both and really is the ‘Best of the West’! It combines the iconic cities of LA, Las Vegas and San Francisco with America’s most famous National Parks. To see the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Death Valley and Yosemite National Park in one trip would be a dream come true for me! But it’s not all about the National Parks. You will enjoy a two-night stay in San Francisco where you can visit Alcatraz or bike the Golden Gate Bridge, which was one of my favourite things that I did in San Francisco, (additional charge applies). You will also spend two nights in Las Vegas and end your tour in Los Angeles, where you will enjoy a tour of Hollywood and Beverly Hills.

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It is possible to add on many extras with this tour, including a breakfast plus package (€264) which includes 14 breakfasts, 1 all you can eat buffet in Las Vegas and a gondola ride (summer) or San Francisco Bay Cruise (winter). Why not scratch a few experiences off the bucket list and book a helicopter tour over the Grand Canyon ($199) take in dinner and show in Vegas ($95) or enjoy a Sonoma and Napa Valley wine tour from San Francisco ($85). Fancy some beach time at the end? Why not add on a few nights in San Diego or better still add on four nights in the iconic Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, from €799 per person including flights!

 

Price from €2359 pp includes flights, hotels, internal travel by coach, city tours of Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego; walk along the edge of Bryce Canyon National Park, drive through Oak Creek Canyon, Navajo Indian Reservation & visit Monument Valley, optional sunrise breakfast at the rim of the Grand Canyon, escorted walk to Yosemite Falls in Yosemite National Park, visits to Death Valley, Carmel, Monterey, and Santa Barbara. Tour guide throughout.

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I have only listed three American tours above but there are many more on the American Sky website. Click here for more tours or call one of their dedicated sales consultants on 01-6649900 for more details. This post was sponsored by American Sky but all views, as always, are my own.

 

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The Worlds Best Road Trips – Prices from €1429 Including Flights, Hotels & Car Hire.

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From California to Cape Town, Christchurch to Canada, check out the worlds best road trips and get planning your next adventure.

 

I spent a month driving through France and Italy, drove the PCH from San Francisco to San Diego, the Garden Route in South Africa and even drove Sydney to Byron Bay – as you can see, I’m a big fan of road trips! I love visiting different places. Having a car ensures you go off the beaten track and experience places you may not have seen otherwise.

However, while I like the freedom a car brings, I also like to pre-book accommodation so I don’t have to spend my valuable vacation time searching for somewhere to stay. Having your itinerary mapped out and hotels booked also ensures you actually get to all the places on your ‘to do list! I have teamed up with Tropical Sky who through their various brands including, American Sky, Canadian Sky and Australian Sky, offer a wide selection of self drive road trips and escorted tours to destinations all over the world. Here are five of their best road trips, all with flights, hotels and car hire included.

 

 

South Africa: Cape Town, Winelands and Eastern Cape Safari

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We went to South Africa for our honeymoon and loved it so much we went back at Easter with the kids! On this trip you will stay in one world’s greatest cities, visit the magnificent wine region and hopefully see the Big 5 in one of South Africa’s best Game Reserves. In between all this you can be adventurous and paraglide off the top of Table Mountain or go shark diving! If that’s not your thing, just spend a day chilling out on one of South Africa’s amazing beaches.

This luxury road trip includes flights, car hire, a four night stay in Cape Town and a three night stay in Stellenbosch, before catching a flight to Port Elizabeth for a three night stay in the five star Shamwari Game Reserve. You will be staying in luxury hotels throughout and on safari you will have two game drives per day and meals included. You can add on extra nights if you wish, Tropical Sky will tailor make an itinerary to suit you.

Price from €4209 – click here for more details:

 

 

 

13 Night Great Parks Of  Western Canada

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Vancouver, the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Jasper, Whistler – this road trip is firmly at the top of my bucket list! Hike, cycle, try white water rafting or kayaking, Canada will make you want to get active and bring out the nature lover in you. You begin your holiday in Vancouver before setting off to explore the magnificent Canadian National Parks. Explore the Okanagan Valley and Glacier National Park before spending two nights in the resort town of Banff. Visit Lake Louise, one of the world’s most spectacular lakes. Stay in the UNESCO World Heritage town of Jasper and explore the largest National Park in the Rockies. Go hiking, white water rafting or check out the Japer SkyTram for stunning views from the top of the mountains. Drive through the Yellowhead Pass and enjoy a host of outdoor activities in the celebrity town of Whistler. This 13 night road trip will allow you experience the best of Western Canada. Price includes flights, car hire, 3 nights in Vancouver, 1 night in Penticton and Revelstoke, 2 nights in Banff, Jasper, 100 Mile House, and Whistler.  You will also receive a personalised Canada Roadbook, containing essential travel information featuring overview notes, local sightseeing and attractions, daily itinerary highlights, provincial maps with city guides and customised day-by-day routing maps.

Price from €2129  – click here for more details.

 

 

 

13 Night California & Las Vegas – Best of the West

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I drove the Pacific Coast Highway from San Francisco to LA last year and loved it, but this trip is even better! The Best of the West road trip includes Arizona and Nevada too. It combines the coastal towns of Santa Barbara and Monterrey with the jaw dropping cities of LA and San Francisco, the natural landscape of Death Valley with the dazzling lights of Las Vegas. Visit Alcatraz, cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge or hang out in Hollywood. You can go designer shopping in Palm Springs and take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon. This trip also allows you to see the spectacular rock formations in Yosemite National Park. This 13 night trip includes flights, car hire, 2 nights Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and San Francisco, 1 night in Palm Springs, Phoenix, Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Yosemite, Monterey and Ventura. You will also receive a welcome kit with maps and a day-today itinerary. Add on extra nights or make the trip shorter by flying home from San Francisco. Like all of these road trips, Tropical Sky can tailor make an itinerary to suit you.

Price from €2059 – click here for more details.

 

 

 

22 Night, Grand New Zealand Road Trip

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Spend over three weeks exploring the islands of New Zealand on this once in a life time road trip! Explore the vibrant city of Auckland before setting off to to see the magnificent Bay of Islands. Travel through the wilderness of Waipoua Forest and Rotorua, the heart of Maori culture. Marvel at the geysers, waterfalls and overall thermal activity and enjoy a traditional Maori dinner. En route to Wellington you can visit the Lord of the Rings territory before taking a scenic boat trip to the South Island. Go whale watching in Kaikoura and enjoy some wine tasting in the Waipara Valley before arriving in Christchurch. Take the Milford Sound Nature Cruise, cutting through the fiords in search of dolphins, seals and penguins. Drive south past wineries, glaciers and breathtaking scenery to the adventure capital of the world, Queenstown, your home for two nights. Skydive, bungee jump, go white water rafting, you name it, it’s in Queenstown. Visit the Franz Josef Glacier before ending your trip on the iconic Tranz Alpine Scenic Train back to Christchurch. The price below includes flights, car hire including insurance, GPS, ferry / terminal fees, motel accommodation and a tour pack with detailed driving instructions, maps and guide books. When you click on the link the price will show at €2699, which is excluding flights. If you wish to add or reduce the number of nights on this itinerary, talk to the staff in Australian Sky and they will tailor make an itinerary to suit you.

Price from €4589 – Click here for more details.

 

 

 

 

11 Night, Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road, Kangaroo Island & Adelaide.

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The Great Ocean Road is no doubt one of the world’s most iconic coastal drives and many say is was the inspiration for our own Wild Atlantic Way. You will begin your journey in the dynamic city of Melbourne where you can soak up Australian city life for three nights before embarking on your road trip.  Your first stop will be Torquay, the surfing capital of Australia before driving onwards to famous Bells Beach and spending a night in Apollo Bay. Drive along the Great Ocean Road to Port Campbell passing the iconic Twelve Apostles and discovering the London Bridge. You can then choose the short route to Robe or choose to drive via the Grampians National Park, both options offering stunning scenery and interesting attractions. Drive along the coast to Coorong National Park past Lake Alexandria and Lake Albert before arriving at the seaside town, Victor Harbour. Walk across the Causeway and explore Granite Island. Take the car ferry to the unique Kangaroo Island and enjoy two days with the native kangaroos, koalas and sea lions! You will finish your journey in Adelaide where you will have two days to explore this city of culture. The price below includes flights, accommodation and car hire but when you click on the link the price will show at €1299, which is excluding flights. If you wish to add on stays in other Australian cities, talk to the staff in Australian Sky and they will tailor make an itinerary to suit you.

 Price from €2299 – click here for more details.

 

This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky but all views, as always, are my own.
 

 

 

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October Mid Term Break at Universal Studios Cabana Bay Resort Orlando, 2ad & 2ch from €2316

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Early access to three amazing theme parks, staying in top quality accommodation and free entrance to some of Orlando’s best night life – spend the October Mid Term Break at Universal Studios Cabana Bay Resort!

 

I was fortunate to stay in one of Universal Studios’ hotels a few years ago. I felt like a VIP most of the time, to be able to access the parks early, to have free entrance into the nightclubs and when I bought anything in any of the shops, it was delivered back to my room free of charge! Universal Studios have five hotels in Orlando, varying from three to five star. If you fancy staying in one of their luxury hotels, you also get a free Universal Express Unlimited pass, worth up to $89 per person, per day. This allows you to skip the regular lines at participating rides and attractions at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Island of Adventure. You can see offers on all Universal Studios’ hotels here.

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Universal Studios now have three parks, Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and their newly opened waterpark, Volcano Bay. Whether you are a massive movie fan or want exhilarating rollercoaster rides, Universal Studios offers both in abundance. My personal favourite is the The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™.  Even if you have never seen the movies, you cant help but be blown away by the attention to detail and the technology behind the scenes. Board the Hogwarts Express from Universal Studios to Islands of Adventure and visit Diagon Alley and Hogwarts, trust me you will not be disappointed. There are lots of cool simulator rides too, Transformers, Despicable Me and Spiderman are just some of the favourites. If you are visiting during the Summer, try some of the water rides at the Islands of Adventure or better still visit the brand new waterpark, Volcano Bay. For more details check out my blog on Universal Studios.

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I found this amazing deal staying in Universal Studios Cabana Bay Resort. I stayed in this hotel and loved it. Although only rated three star, I would say it probably deserves a four star rating. It’s cool retro design resembles beach resorts from the fifties but with a modern twist. The standard rooms are spacious but they also have large family suites that sleep six, with a privacy partition and a kitchenette.

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The facilities on site are pretty cool too. There are two swimming pools, a lazy river and a large water slide so it might be hard to get the kids to actually leave the pool area! If you fancy chilling out after a day at the parks, you can rent a private cabana for up to six people. It comes with a phone so you can order pizza and have it delivered! The onsite food court has a cool diner offering all the American classics and in keeping with its retro theme, they even have a ten lane bowling alley and an arcade!

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If staying in Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort wasn’t enough you also get early park admission to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, complimentary shuttle buses to Universal Orlando® Theme Parks, Universal CityWalk®, Volcano Bay®, SeaWorld®, and Aquatica™, resort-wide charging privileges with your room key, complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to the hotel and my personal favourite, Universal Orlando® character appearances in the hotel.

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Fly from Dublin to Orlando and enjoy a seven night stay in the Cabana Bay Beach Resort from only €579 over the October Bank holiday weekend, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. If you want to travel during the Summer months? Prices in June are only €529 per person! If you want to stay longer just talk to the dedicated staff in American Sky and they will tailor make a holiday to suit you.

 

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by American Sky but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

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5 Top Long Haul Holiday Picks in 2018

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I have teamed up with Tropical Sky, the long haul holiday specialists, to bring you five top long haul holiday picks for 2018.

 

If you are looking to try somewhere new, and in search of adventure, then go long haul in 2018.  From South Africa to Sri Lanka, Alaska to Australia, Tropical Sky will have a holiday to suit you. I have selected five of their top long haul holiday picks for 2018, all are recommended hotels and great value. Note all of these holidays are based on seven nights but you can extend your stay or even combine them with another destination. All prices include flights, hotels and transfers so there is no need to worry about adding on extra expense!

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Maldives – Meeru Island Resort & Spa, 1 week, Full Board, €1499!

The Maldives are the islands associated with barefoot luxury, over water bungalows and incredible diving and snorkeling. Meeru Island Resort is the only resort found on the island of Meerufenfushi. Accessible by speed boat from Male (included in the price), you will be surrounded by picture perfect beaches and stunning lagoons. You can choose to spend your days lazing on the beach, take boat trips or even go island hopping. There is a spa and fitness centre in the resort as well as regular beach volleyball, in case you find lazy beach days too relaxing! There are five restaurants to choose from including the Hot Rocks where your meal is cooked in front of you on volcanic rocks.

Tropical Sky is offering a seven night stay on a full board basis, including flights and speed boat transfers from only €1499. If you are looking for some action at the beginning or end of your trip, why not combine this with a few days in Dubai.

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Nashville & New Orleans Tour, 6 Nights, €1279!

Looking to try something different in 2018, check out two of America’s most fascinating cities, New Orleans and Nashville. You will start your tour in Nashville and visit the famous recording studios where Elvis and many famous artists recorded. You will also have the opportunity to see a live country music gig on Broadway.  You will then fly to New Orleans and experience one of the best jazz scenes. Visit the historic streets in the French Quarter, take a boat trip along the Mississippi on a traditional paddle steamer, and enjoy some delicious creole cuisine.

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American Sky is offering a six night tour of Nashville and New Orleans from €1399 including all flights and hotels. Book before the 31st of January and you will save €120 making this only €1279! This tour can also be combined with other American cities. Why not visit Memphis or Chicago and complete the iconic music trail?

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Dubai, 5* All Inclusive at Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate, 4 Nights, €1299!

The worlds tallest building, the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s only seven star hotel and now the world’s largest indoor theme park! Dubai never settles for anything less than the best! However bars and restaurants in Dubai can be expensive, so this all-inclusive deal in the luxurious 5* Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate is the perfect way to enjoy this great city. Centrally located with free access to the Riva Beach Club, you can enjoy city life, with the benefits of Dubai’s beaches. There is also a rooftop lap pool if you are not a beach lover. There are nine restaurants to choose from so you don’t need to worry about dining in the same restaurant each night. Families are catered for too with a kids club and play area. If you want to get out and about, the hotel offers a free shuttle bus to the Riva Beach Club and Dubai Parks. For more info on things to do, read the top ten things to do in Dubai.

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Tropical Sky is offering a four night all-inclusive stay at the Movenpick Ibn Battuta from only €1299 including flights and transfers. This includes a staggering €500 discount and a room upgrade if booked by the 15th of January!

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Mexico – All Inclusive at the 5* Moon Palace Cancun, 1 week, €1629 with $750 Resort Credit per person

Dine in any of their fifteen restaurants, have cocktails in any of their twelve bars or if you fancy a nightcap on your balcony – enjoy a drink from your well-stocked minibar. All of these are included in the price of your stay! And that’s not all … for a limited time you will get $750 resort credit per person, absolutely free!

The Moon Palace has everything you need on site for an action packed holiday, with numerous sports and entertainment options to choose from. All rooms come with a private balcony and a hammock as well as a double Jacuzzi in the bathroom. Families are well catered for too with family rooms, kids clubs, a kids waterpark. If you fancy a night out, Cancun is only a half hour away and you can also explore the nearby islands of Cozumel and Isla Mujieres. The Moon Palace also happens to be sitting on a stunning white sandy beach, facing the Caribbean Sea, so it’s fair to say you might not want to leave it.

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Tropical Sky is offering a seven night, all inclusive stay including flights and transfers from €1629 per person, which includes a €550 discount per person. For a limited time, you will also receive $1500 resort credit per room. Fancy bringing the kids? They have a ‘kids go free’ offer valid from the 22nd of June to 18th of August.

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5* Luxury at Kata Rocks, Phuket, 1 week, B&B, €2049

Kata Rocks has been voted one of the top 25 resorts in Asia by Conde Nast and it is often classed as Phuket’s best luxury resort. Each villa has its own infinity pool with a outdoor sun deck and stunning sea views. Dining is superb with some of the best Thai food on the island as well as an excellent Mediterranean restaurant, which offers a romantic sunset dinner over looking the Andaman sea. The award winning spa offers 30 unique treatments and even children are catered for with a kids club, children’s menu and a choice of two, three and four bedroom villas. If you can manage to tear yourself away from the hotel, the town of Kata is only a short walk away, while Phuket Town or Patong beach are about 20 minutes by taxi.

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Tropical Sky is offering 30% off room rates if booked 60 days in advance as well as children ( under 12 ) dining free when accompanied with a full paying adult. Prices for a a seven night stay on a bed & breakfast basis from €2049 including flights and transfers.

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Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by Tropical Sky but all views, as always, are my own.

 

Sarah

 

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Family California Fly Drive, Flights, Car Hire & Hotels, 2ad & 2ch, €4116!

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Driving the California Coast is probably the most iconic road trip in the world. You will experience classical cities, pretty towns, pacific coast beaches and incredible national parks. Take the kids on a California fly drive and have a holiday of a lifetime!

 

Our California fly drive holiday was one of our best family holidays to date! I originally thought I would drive it in a convertible, with Tom Petty playing loudly on the stereo, instead we had an SUV, the Zootropolis soundtrack and two kids in tow! What struck me the most though was how well the whole experience suited children. I recall in San Francisco how we had to have ‘the talk’ with the kids, about how a visit to Alcatraz was something Mum and Dad really wanted to do. We just assumed it wouldn’t be ‘their thing’. On the contrary, they were in and out of jail cells, enjoying treasure hunts and they got junior ranger badges at the end of their visit. This was typical of most attractions in California, even the ones that were not supposed to be child friendly!

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Since our trip last year, I have had numerous emails from families asking me how to book it. It seemed that most California fly drive holidays are priced for couples, but I found this great deal with American Sky for a family of four, which includes flights, SUV car hire and hotels. This is an eight-night itinerary but you can add nights on at any time throughout your stay. Include a few days in San Francisco, the National Parks or have more beach time at the end,  just ask one of the dedicated sales staff and they will organise it for you.

This itinerary starts in San Francisco where you will enjoy a two-night stay. Visit Alcatraz and bike the bridge, two of our favourite things to do in San Francisco with kids! After a busy few days, you will move on to Monterey, where you will stay for two nights in the 5-star Intercontinental The Clement Monterey. The pretty town of Monterey has an historic seafront with a miniature Fisherman’s Wharf. It is also home to one of the world’s best Aquarium – my kids loved it.

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You will then drive the Central Coast to Cambria. Drive through the Big Sur, over Bixby bridge and see the seals at the elephant seal rookery at San Simeon. There are thousands of seals playing right in front of you, it’s an amazing sight. We also visited Hearst Castle which is located just minutes from your hotel in Cambria, a fascinating tour, that the kids enjoyed too. From there you will drive to the upmarket town of Santa Barbara, where you will overnight before moving on to Anaheim for your remaining three nights.

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Anaheim is a great reward for the kids after the week long drive along the coast. Disney has two parks here, Disneyland Resort and California Adventure and don’t miss my personal favourite, Universal Studios. See the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Transformers and the Minions – this truly is a kids paradise!  If you have more time you can drive further south to San Diego and visit Legoland, SeaWorld or enjoy some more beach time. Read my blog for more info on things to do with kids in California.

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This package price of €4116 includes flights to San Francisco and return from Los Angeles, an SUV car rental with fully inclusive insurance, and ten nights hotel accommodation, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Want a longer trip? Talk to the expert staff in American Sky and they will tailor make an itinerary to suit you.  Remember the kids wont be going on holidays with you for long, take them on a California Fly drive and you will have a holiday of a lifetime!

 

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