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

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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.
 
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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:

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 
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.

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance
 

 

 

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.

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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! 

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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.

 

Sarah

 

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 20th July 2021

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This weeks best travel deals include summer holidays at home and abroad, winter breaks, half price river cruises, and early booking deals for 2022.

 

With international travel back on the horizon, now might be the time to plan a trip abroad.  I have a last minute deals in Greece, flights to the South of France for just €50 in September, all inclusive in St Lucia for just €1099, half price river cruises, ski holidays, and family offers to Lake Garda and Disneyland Paris. I also have a last minute deal to Kerry for this weekend, and a family staycation in Cork 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.
 
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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:

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 
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.

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

best travel deals to Greece from Ireland

Jet off to the Greek Island of Corfu on the 30th of July, and enjoy a seven-night stay at the highly rated Tondoris apartments for just €336. This super deal includes flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage.

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.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best last minute overnight escape:

Slea Head Drive on the Wild Atlantic Way

Take advantage of this glorious sunshine and spend a night or two exploring the Ring of Kerry. The highly rated Bianconi Inn in Kilorglin is just €53pp including breakfast on Sunday the 25th of July. Price for a two night stay is €125 per person. The reviews are excellent on TripAdvisor, with the term ‘hidden gem’ being used on multiple occasions!

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Best September sun:

The South of France is always a good idea! Spend a week in Nice exploring the Cote d’Azur from just €380 per person. Ryanair is offering return flights on the 7th of September from just €50! The Vendôme Hotel is a good choice if you are looking for a good base without breaking the bank.
 

 

 
The hotel is well located, close to the beach and the town centre, and is very well priced at just €355 for seven nights. However, there are many more options to choose from depending on your budget and requirements.

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Best luxury holiday:

best travel deals to St Lucia

Escape to St Lucia this winter and stay at the Soco House Boutique hotel on an all-inclusive basis for just €1099. This adult-only hotel is due to open on the 1st of September and is offering almost 50% savings! This super deal includes flights, transfers and all meals and drinks for seven days from September – December.

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Best family deal: 

 best travel deals to Disneyland Paris

Bring the kids to Disneyland Paris for the February mid term break. Travalue is offering a three-night stay in Disney’s Santa Fe Hotel with flights, transfers and park passes included for just €484 per person based on two adults and two children sharing.

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Best family staycation:

best family staycation deal

Enjoy a two-night family break in the popular Carrigaline Court Hotel in Cork from just €416 in July or August. Price includes breakfast and dinner on one evening for adults, staying in a family room. Use code TRAVELEXPERT to save €20 off the listed price of this or any Dinner B&B deals on the SuperValu Getaway Breaks website. 

Read: 15 Dinner B&B Summer Deals with SuperValu Getaway Breaks

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Best cruise:

Uniworld River Cruise in Porto

Luxury river cruise specialists Uniworld are offering massive savings on their 2021 cruises to France, Italy and Portugal. A trip that is on my own wish list is a cruise through the vineyards and terraced hillsides of the Duoro Valley in Portugal. Enjoy this eight day river cruise on the 5-star S.S. São Gabriel from just €1679 – this was originally €3,999! Price includes meals, drinks and port taxes. Add on flights to Porto with Ryanair for €180 on the 1st of August.
 

 

 
This is just one of the many offers available on cruises from August to October 2021. Offers are not available online – please call your local travel agent or Uniworld direct on 01 9026585

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Best winter break:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Spend Christmas on the ski slopes in Italy. Crystal Ski is offering a seven-night stay in the Residence Villa Frejus from just €619 per person. Price includes flights, transfers and self catering accommodation. They also have a buy one get one free offer on Lift Passes across most of their holidays for the ski season.

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Best early booking offer:

Family holiday in Lake Garda

Secure massive savings now in the highly sought after Poiano Resort in Lake Garda for next summer. Price for flights, transfers, checked baggage, and a seven-night stay in the apartments is just €2546 based on two adults and two children sharing, departing July 16th. This is a saving of €852, and, you can secure a booking with a deposit of just €75pp!

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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.

 

Sarah

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