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The Best Black Friday Travel Deals – Flight Sales, Cruise Deals, Holiday & Hotel Discounts

I have searched the web to bring you the Best Black Friday travel deals. Return flights to the Maldives from €759, up to €200 off package holidays, Aer Lingus sale as well as great Christmas gift ideas.

I publish a Black Friday travel deals post every year, and its always a great success! I compile a list of the best flight sales, and holiday deals abroad as well as hotel offers, attraction tickets and car hire deals. I also have some nice travel gifts, which are ideal for anyone who loves to to travel 🎁.

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Note all of these Black Friday deals are subject to availability, but in most cases dates and durations can be changed via the links provided. I will be updating this post throughout the week as I receive more offers – so make sure to check back regularly so you don’t miss any Black Friday travel deals.

Some of the links contain affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 
 

Seat Sales:

Aer Lingus: €100 off USA & up to 25% off Europe

Aer Lingus is offering €100 off all return flights to North America, €200 off return business class travel, and up to 25% off many European destinations such as Canary Islands, Lisbon, Malaga etc.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Travel: 1st December to 28th March 2023 for Europe, and 1st January and 28th March 2023 for USA. Book from 22nd to 29th November 2022.

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Ryanair: Various offers throughout Cyber Week

Ryanair has a different offer each day during this week’s Cyber Sale. New offers are unlocked every 24 hrs starting midnight Sunday 20th Nov on Ryanair.com and running for eight days until 29th November. Today’s offer is has Saturday flights from €19.99 until the 15th of February. 

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Qatar Airways: Cape Town €659, Maldives €759 & lots more

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Qatar Airways is offering return flights to Cape Town from €659, Tokyo from €729 and the Maldives from €759 return. Book from 22nd November to 30th November (online exclusive 22-23rd November, all channels 24-30th November), for travel 1st January – 30th November 2023. Peak blackout dates apply.

Read: Qatar Airways Black Friday Sale Offers
 
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British Airways Black Friday sale includes discounts on return flights to USA and Mexico. Highlights include return flights to  Orlando from €282 and Los Angeles from €320. Sale valid all dates excluding June, July and August. Book by 30th November.

View offers here
 

 

 

Attraction Tickets.com: Adults at Kids prices, 5% off selected attractions, & lots more

black friday sale from Attraction tickets.com

Attraction Tickets.com has a wide range of offers for Black Friday including:

  • Adults at Kids Prices on major Orlando attractions
  • 5% off most attractions when you use code BLACKFRIDAY5. Includes London, New York, Dubai, excludes Orlando.
  • 5% off Orlando Hotels when you use code BLACKFRIDAY5
  • FREE Disney Magic Band with 2023 Disney Magic tickets or Disney combo tickets – worth $19.99 each
  • Up to 49% off Discovery Cove Packages – valid in 2022 and 2023
  • Kids go free at Dubai Parks and Resorts

 
View offer here
 

 

 

Package Holidays:

Sunway Holidays: 

 
Sunway is offering discounts across a wide range of holidays in their Black Friday sale. Highlights include the Tildi Hotel, Morocco from €345, and Gloria Palace Hotel Gran Canaria from €519.

All prices are per person and include flights, 10kg carry-on bag, return airport transfers for seven nights.

View offer here
 

 

 

TUI Holidays: Up to €200 off per booking

TUI is offering up to €200 off holidays departing up to 30th April 2024. Book by 29th November 2021.  Use the following codes at the check out:

Use code BLKFRIDAY and save €100 when you spend €750
Use code BLKFRIDAY and save €200 when you spend €1500

Blackout dates and Ts & Cs apply.

Read: My top picks for family holidays in Greece for 2023

Read: 12 top waterpark holidays in Europe for families

Read: 25 Summer holidays for families with 3 or 4 children
 
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Travel Department: Up to €75 off per person

Group tour specialists Travel Department has offers across ALL holidays from 1st January to 31st August 2023. 

Enjoy €75 per person off holidays of 8 nights or more and river cruises using the code BF75

Enjoy €50 per person off 7-night holidays using the code BF50

Enjoy €25 per person off holidays of 6 nights or less using the code BF25

Book by 28th November 2022.

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TD active Holidays has offers across all holidays from 1st January to 31st August 2023.
Enjoy €75 per person off holidays of 8 nights or more using the code BF75

Enjoy €50 per person off 7-night holidays using the code BF50

Enjoy €25 per person off holidays of 6 nights or less using the code BF25 

View offer here
 

 

 
Cassidy Travel is offering 5% off package holidays booked from 25th – 28th November – excludes cruises and sports tours and events.

View offer here

 

Crystal Ski is offering €100 off per booking using code BLKFRI100. Minimum spend €1000 excluding ski extras.

View offer here

 

G Adventures is offering up to 30% off over 700 group tours travelling before 30th April 2023. International flights are excluded.

View offer here

 

Love holidays has up to 15% off selected hotels and low deposits of €25 per person.

View offer here
 

 

 

Cruise deals:

sunway cruise deals for black friday
 

 

 
Sunway has exclusive offers with Norwegian Cruise line for Black Friday. As well as 50% savings on selected cruises, they are offering €100 on board credit per cabin for all Norwegian cruises booked before 30th November. 

Highlights include an 11 night winter cruise on Norwegian Sun for €965, a five night Italy and Croatia cruise next summer for €785 and a luxurious Alaska cruise for €1745. All prices include flights, transfers and checked baggage, Drinks, WiFi and speciality dining packages available from €99. Check out the Sunway website for more details:

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Princess Cruises is offering free flights up to €350 per person on selected 2023 cruises.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Highlights include a four-night taster cruise from €299 in April and a six-night Spain and France cruise from €571 in March including flights, transfers and checked baggage.
 

 

 
There is also a seven-night culinary cruise to Spain and France on Sky Princess from €811 in September. Enjoy cookery demonstrations from celebrity chefs as well as stopping off in destinations renowned for their great food. Book through your local cruise specialist.

Read: My review of Sky Princess
 

 

 
Tour America is offering a selection of Black Friday offers to the USA as well as cruise holidays. Highlights include a 7-night Norwegian Fjords on the 5-Star Celebrity Apex. Price of €1369pp includes flights, transfers, meals, entertainment and $400 on board credit. See more offers on Tour America and quote ref 695691 for this deal.
 

 

 
Royal Caribbean International has savings of up to €860 per stateroom, free balcony upgrades, plus kids sail from €99. Highlights include a seven-night Caribbean cruise from €1379 in March, and a family Med cruise from €4709 next summer – both include flights, baggage and transfers. Book by 30th November through a cruise specialist.
 

 

 
Celebrity Cruises is offering up to 75% off second guest fares and up to $800 on board credit per stateroom. Highlights include a seven-night Caribbean cruise on Celebrity Reflection, staying in The Retreat with premium drinks, WiFi and gratuities from €2529 per person, with an additional $1000 on board spend per cabin. Book by 5th December through a cruise specialist.
 

 

 

Hotel booking sites:

Booking.com

Booking.com always have some of the best Black Friday deals, and this year is no exception. Save 30% on selected hotels in Ireland and around the world where you see the Black Friday deal banner.
 

 

 
This offer is valid for stays up to 31st December 2023. Book by 1st December 2022. I have selected some hotel deals in Ireland below, but you can view all hotel deals here:

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Lopesan Hotels is offering up to 40% off their luxury hotels in the Canary Islands and Domincan Republic.

View offer here

 

Radisson Hotels is offering up to 30% off hotel stays right around the world  up to 31st December 2023 — you need to sign up to Radisson Rewards to become a member.

View offer here
 

 

 
H10 Hotels is offering up to  30% off selected stays until 23rd December 2023. Book by 28th November 2022 and use code BW22

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Zafiro Hotels is offering up to 25% off selected stays up to 5th November 2023. Book by 29th November.

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Pestana Hotels is offering exclusive discounts on selected hotels before 31st October 2023. Book by 28th November.

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Hostelworld is offering up to 50% off the world’s best hostels. Book by 1st December for travel up to 30th April 2023. The full list with all participating hostels can be downloaded here

View offer here
 

 

 

Car hire and transfer companies

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Holiday Taxis is offering 20% off all transfers booked and travelling before 31st December 2022. Use code WINTERSUN20. Book by 30th November 2022.

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Hoppa is offering 15% off all transfers site wite – no codes necessary. Book by 27th November.

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Europcar is offering up to 30% off car hire for pick-ups before March 31st 2023 as well as an extra 5% discount on electric cars in many destinations.

View offer here
 

 

 

Black Friday Hotel Deals in Ireland:

5-star Mount Juliet Estate, B&B from €77pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This super deal is based on staying in Mount Juliet’s Hunter’s Yard and includes breakfast. Why not treat yourself to a meal in the Michelin-starred Lady Helen restaurant, and make it a stay to remember. I stayed in Mount Juliet recently and loved it, you can read all about my stay here:

Read: My review of Mount Juliet Estate
 

 

 
I have selected a few dates below but if the dates don’t suit, simply edit the search to suit your requirements. Supplements apply for Friday / Saturday nights. 

Book 23rd April 
 
Book 28th May 
 
Book 10th Sep 
 

 

 

5-star Intercontinental Hotel, Dublin: 20% off

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The luxurious InterContinental Dublin is offering 20% off the best flexible rate when booking between the 22nd of November and 2nd of December for stays between 22nd November and 28th February 2023. There is also a 7 days cancellation policy and no deposit is required to book.

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Trinity Hotel, Dublin: 20% off selected stays

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy 20% off selected stays at the Trinity City Hotel until the 28th of February, if you book by 29th November. I stayed here last Christmas and loved its superb location and festive atmosphere.

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Hardiman Hotel, Galway: 20% off selected stays

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The centrally located Hardiman Hotel is offering 20% off the following stays for Black Friday:

  • An overnight stay with bed and breakfast
  • A two-night stay with breakfast included each morning and an evening meal per person on an evening of your choice.

Book by 28th November for stays Monday to Thursday and selected weekend dates while staying between 10th January – 31st March 2023.

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5-star g Hotel, Galway: 20% off selected stays:

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The 5-star g Hotel is offering 20% off the following stays for Black Friday:

  • An overnight stay with breakfast
  • An overnight stay with breakfast and dinner in gigi’s restaurant 
  • A ‘Pamper Me at the g’ overnight, with breakfast and a treatment at the award winning ESPA Spa.

Book between the 25th and 27th November for stays in December, January, February and March. I also have an insider tip – sign up to the g Hotel’s newsletter and receive a pre-Black Friday 48 hour sale which is not available to the general public.

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5-star Lough Erne Resort, Fermanagh, B&B & Prosecco: £119

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Lough Erne is offering savings of up to 50% for Black Friday! Enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast and a bottle of Prosecco for just £119 midweek or £159 weekend. Lough Erne is also offering discounts on self catering lodges, spa treatments, meals and golf.

Read: Living it up at Lough Erne Resort

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Clayton Hotel Limerick: 20% off selected stays


The Clayton Hotel Limerick is offering 20% off  bed & breakfast stays up to 31st March. Overnight stays are available with breakfast included from €61 per person.
 
Book here
 

 

 

Travel gifts:

Give the gift of travel this Christmas. From travel bags to travel themed jewellery and prints, Ive got plenty of travel gift ideas in this post: 

unique travel gifts
 
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The Perfect Christmas Gift Box –  Hotel Stay & 4 Irish handmade products: from €160

Christmas gift boxes from Select Hotels of Ireland

This fabulous Christmas Gift Box includes a gift voucher in the amount of your choice, which can be used in any of the 20 Select Hotels of Ireland, as well as four handmade Irish products.
 

 

 
This gift is beautifully presented in a presentation Christmas gift box that can be simply placed under the tree. It can be delivered anywhere on the Island of Ireland and delivery is included in the cost. Not only are you supporting four Irish businesses, but also  independently owned Irish hotels too.

Buy here
 

 

 

Travel Themed Candles

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ruby Sue’s travel themed candles and diffusers are a staple in our house, I love the scent from my Portofino diffuser when I walk into my hall, and it is great to support small Irish businesses. If you spend €79 this week you will receive a free gift from their collection.
 

 

 
Choose a complimentary 45 hour burn time scented candle, or a 125ml fragrance reed diffuser – just state Candle or Diffuser in the comments box – no codes required. Offer valid from 21st to 28th November, 2022. Postage and packaging included.

Buy here
 

 

 

Collect Double Avios when you shop online

When you are shopping online this week make sure you shop via the AerClub eStore. Collect bonus Avios on selected retailers, plus collect 20% extra Avios on your favourite brands. Apple, Marks & Spencer, ASOS, Currys and Brown Thomas are participating in the event.

shop via the aerclub estore

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Prices and information is correct at the time of issue but is subject to change. It is important to note that some of the facilities / activities listed may not be operating to full capacity. I have taken the facilities, location and reviews from third party websites, these are subject to change so please check with individual hotels for clarification.
 

 

 
Please note some of my Black Friday travel deals contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no extra cost to you. When you make a booking, you do so via a third party website  Read more in my privacy policy.

 

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Qatar Airways Black Friday Sale Includes Cape Town from €659 and Maldives from €759!

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Fly to Cape Town from €659, Tokyo from €729 and the Maldives from €759 return in the Qatar Airways Black Friday Sale.

Save on dream destinations with the world’s best airline! Qatar Airways Black Friday offers include amazing prices to Maldives, South Africa, Japan and lots more. Sale fares are available to book from the 22nd of November until the 30th of November, for travel from 11th January to 22nd November 2023 – note peak blackout dates apply. 

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I have flown with Qatar Airways on a few occasions and I am not a bit surprised that they have been voted the world’s best airline seven times – an achievement held by no other airline. Read my review of Qatar Airways service here and you will see why.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Economy class passengers can enjoy a generous baggage allowance, free seat selection and unlimited drinks on board – all included in the cost. And that’s not all – Qatar Airways has over 4,000 entertainment options to choose from.

Children are well catered for too, with kids traveller packs and children’s meals available. Wi-Fi is available on selected flights and lounge access is available to purchase – see more here.

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Qatar Airways fly to 150 different destinations. I have chosen a few destinations to highlight from the Qatar Airways Black Friday sale below, but many more are available on their website, with all-inclusive return fares starting from €599.

 

 

Male, Maldives: from €759 return 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Maldives is on most travel bucket lists, but it may surprise you that it can be affordable, especially with airfares such as these. I have been fortunate to visit three islands in the Maldives, and I am already planning a return visit – it is paradise!

Enjoy a morning dip from your over water bungalow, relax on pristine white sand beaches, go snorkelling or diving in the Indian Ocean, and witness some of the best sunsets in the world.

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Cape Town, South Africa: €659 return

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Cape Town is another favourite destination of mine. I went there on honeymoon and returned in 2018 for a family holiday. We stayed in Cape Town, visited the wine lands, travelled the Garden Route and finished off with a safari at Amakhala Game Reserve. Home to one of the best cities in the world, amazing wildlife, stunning beaches and plenty of adventure, South Africa is a superb holiday destination.

How to plan the perfect South Africa road trip

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Zanzibar, Tanzania: from €839 return

Zanzibar Rock Island

Tanzania is home to some of the best safari adventures in the world. Whether you choose luxury tented camps in the Serengeti, or eco-friendly lodges at Ngorongoro Crater, you are bound to see some incredible wildlife. A few days on safari followed by a beach holiday in Zanzibar is the ultimate holiday for honeymooners, and those looking to combine adventure with a beach holiday.

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Tokyo, Japan: from €729

black friday sale offers to Japan

Visitors are flocking to Japan after it re opened to tourists recently, so I was surprised to see such good value airfares in the Qatar Airways Black Friday sale. Packed with culture, adventure and amazing cuisine, it is a country that is firmly on my own wish list.

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Add a stopover in Qatar from $14:

Why choose one destination when you can have two? Qatar Airways offer some of the world’s best value stopover rates, with luxurious hotels available in Doha from just $14 per night in 2023.

Visit the National Grand Mosque of Qatar, enjoy a desert safari, shop till you drop, and take in the waterfront views at La Corniche walkway. 

Read: My Doha travel guide featuring 15 top things to do in Doha
 
See more here

 

 

 

 

And that’s not all…

You can collect Avios when you fly with Qatar Airways. To coincide with the  FIFA World Cup™ you can collect a bonus of 5,000 Avios when you join Privilege Club using the code WC22JOIN.

See more here
 

 

 

Black Friday Sale Terms and conditions:

  • This promotion applies to Qatar Airways operated flights only.
  • Sales period: 22nd November – 30th November 2022 ( online only 22-23rd November, all channels 24th-30th November)
  • Travel period: 11th January – 22nd November 2023. 
  • Minimum stay: 3 days.
  • Maximum stay: 1 month.
  • Seasonal surcharges, weekend surcharges, and blackout dates apply. Please review at the time of booking.
  • Fares shown are the lowest fares for a specific route in the next 6 months from today.
  • Fares are refreshed daily and may change.
  • Fares shown include taxes, fees, and airport surcharges, and are subject to availability.
  • Specific fare rules apply. Please review at the time of booking.
  • Check out full Ts & Cs here.

 

Search and book here

 

I hope this post on Qatar Airways Black Friday offers will inspire you to book a trip soon. This post was sponsored by Qatar Airways, but all views, as always, are my own.

 

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Weekend in Rome, 20th January, Flights & 4 Star Hotel, 3 Nights, €198!

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A weekend in Rome is a great idea at any time of year. No matter how many times you visit you can’t help but marvel at its beauty. 

You would want to be made of stone if Rome did not impress you. There are ancient wonders at every corner – The Colosseum, Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, I could go on and on. You could spend a week here and not see everything, but a weekend in Rome should allow you to see many of the highlights and soak up the atmosphere of this great city.
 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Rome is a walkable city and many of the top attractions are close together, however, it is important that you pre-book entrance tickets to the top attractions in advance. I also recommend pre booking a city tour on your first day to get your bearings – the Vespa tour or golf cart tour are just some of my favourites.
 

 

 
You can see lots more top tips in my Rome travel guide:

Read: Top things to do in Rome and restaurant recommendations

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Winter or Spring is a great time to book a weekend in Rome  – temperatures are ideal for sightseeing and there are less crowds around – airfares and hotel prices are cheaper too! Aer Lingus and Ryanair fly twice daily on most days from Dublin airport, and there is a twice weekly flight from Cork airport with Ryanair.
 

 

 
I found return flights from Dublin for €708 from Dublin and €158 from Cork, departing Friday the 20th of January for three nights. A three-night stay at the 4-star Hotel Principessa Isabella is only €128 per person including breakfast – so you can enjoy a weekend in Rome for less than €200 per person! 
 

 

 
There are many other hotel choices to choose from. The popular Hotel Capo d´África – Colosseo is €214 per person for a three night stay, or the 5-star NH Collection Palazzo Cinquecento is €294. Check out some of my recommendations on where to stay in Rome here:

Read: Where to stay in Rome, my top picks fo 3, 4 and 5-star hotels
 

 

 

Search Ryanair 20 – 23 Jan €70
 
Hotel Isabella €128pp

Htl Capo d'Africa €214pp

NH Collection Htl €294pp
 

 

 
Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Some links in this post are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made. While every effort is made to ensure accuracy, facilities and standards are subject to change.

 
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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 8th November 2022

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I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals from Ireland include last minute holidays, city breaks, winter breaks, early booking offers, and staycations for couples and families.

 
This week’s Best Travel Deals from Ireland include city breaks to Rome from €188, a spa break in the Algarve, flights to Barbados for €390, a weekend in Disneyland Paris, an early booking offer to Lisbon for next year’s October bank holiday, as well as staycations in Cabra Castle and the Clonakilty Park Hotel. 

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Best last minute: 5-Star Spa break in the Algarve, €274

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy a spa break in the Algarve where the temperatures are currently 21 degrees! Return flights are just €60 on the 25th of November and a five-night stay in the best rated hotel in Carvoeiro – the 5-star Vale d’Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa, is just €214 per person including breakfast.

Search Ryanair 25 – 30 November €60

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Best overnight escape: Cabra Castle, B&B, €69pp

Cabra Castle Hotel in Ireland

This 17th Century castle hotel is part of the ‘Romantic Castles of Ireland’ Collection and receives excellent reviews from previous guests  Priced at just €75 per person including breakfast, this is amazing value for a castle stay in Ireland.
 

 

 
Price is based on Sunday the 13th of November or 27th of November, as well as selected dates in January.

Read: 25 castle hotels  in Ireland for romantic stays or group getaways

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Best city break: Rome – Flights & 4-star Hotel €188pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you were following my travels last week you will know we had a fabulous time in the Eternal City. Flight prices are so reasonable this winter you simply can’t afford not to go! I found great value return flights from €62 from Dublin airport or €158 from Cork airport. 

Watch out for my post on the top things to do in Rome coming soon!

Read: Where to stay in Rome, my top picks of 3, 4 and 5-star hotels

Read: Top 10 things to do in Rome – Rome travel guide

Return fights ex Dublin:

Ryanair: 14th – 16th December €62, 29th – 31st January €73 / 20 – 23 January €68

Return flights ex Cork: Ryanair: 20-23 January €158

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View Duca d'Alba 14-16 December €126pp

View Barberini 29 – 31 January €101pp

View Capo d'Africa 6 – 9 January €230pp

View Delle Nazioni 20 – 23 January €220pp
 

 

 

Best long haul offer: Barbados flights from €390!

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Did you know Aer Lingus fly to Barbados via Manchester ? I found return flights for just €390 on the 1st of February! A deluxe suite in the popular Atlantis Historic Inn is €832 per person for a seven-night stay.
 

 

 
If you want meals, water sports and unlimited cocktails included in the cost then the beachfront Mango Bay Resort should do the trick – price for a seven-night all-inclusive stay is €1700 per person.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Barbados

Read: Where to stay in Barbados, my top picks for couples, families and groups

View flights here €390pp

Atlantis Historic 1st- 8th February €832pp

Mango Bay Hotel 1st- 8th February €1700pp
 

 

 

Best family holiday: Disneyland Paris Weekend

Best Disneyland Paris Hotels on-site and nearby

Treat the kids to a weekend in Disneyland Paris next year – wouldn’t this be the best Christmas gift? 🎁 I found return flights to Charles de Gaulle airport from just €107 in May including 12kg cabin baggage.

To minimise days off school I chose flights out on Friday morning the 12th of May, returning Sunday night the 14th of May for €160 per person. This will give you three days to enjoy the parks.
 

 

 
A two-night stay at the Hotel Cheyenne is €1153 including 3-day park tickets, €25 Disney spending money and 10 holiday prints. The guys at Disneyland Paris Tips for Irish have lots more great tips on the best places to stay in this post:

Read: The best Disneyland Paris hotels, top picks on site and nearby

View flights here from €107

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Best family staycation: Clonakilty Park Hotel

Clonakilty Park Hotel

Take advantage of the late Christmas holidays this year and plan a short break in the Clonakilty Park Hotel before the kids go back to school.

It has an award-winning leisure centre, a three-screen cinema, high ropes and zip wire adventure centre, and family friendly dining options. There is also a separate area for teens.  Price for a two-night family stay from the 2nd of January is €400.

Read: Where to holiday in Ireland with teenagers – my top 20 picks

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Best early booking offer: Lisbon October bank holiday 2023

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sssh… don’t tell anyone but flights to Lisbon are on sale for the October bank holiday weekend next year! I posted this last year and had a huge response. Flight cost on Saturday the 28th of October for three nights is just €98 return with Air Portugal, including 10kg cabin baggage.
 

 

 
There are many hotel and apartment options to choose from, including the top rated 5-star Iberostar Lisboa, which is €235 per person for a three night stay.  See lots more hotel and apartment options in this post: 

Read: Where to stay in Lisbon, my top picks of 3, 4 and 5-star hotels and apartments

Read: Top 10 things to do in Lisbon, with our without kids

View flights here €98pp

View Hotel here 28 – 31 October €235pp
 

 

 
It is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions of the country you are travelling to. Boosters or pre-departure tests are required for travel to some countries if initial vaccination is over 270 days. Please check the latest travel restrictions on the DFA website before you travel.
 

 

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

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 25th October 2022

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I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals from Ireland include last minute holidays, city breaks, winter breaks, cruises, early booking offers, and staycations for couples and families.

This week’s Best Travel Deals from Ireland include a last minute holiday to Fuerteventura, a city break in Malaga, a luxury break in Sani Resort, a family holiday to Orlando, a Royal Caribbean cruise around the Greek Isles, an early booking offer to the Croatia for next summer, and staycations in Dublin and Sligo.

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Best last minute:

best travel deals to Fuerteventura

Escape the winter blues with a sunny week in Fuerteventura. I found return flights for seven nights for just €121 on the 4th of November!

The 3-star Broncemar Beach Suites are just €341 per person for a seven-night stay, or the All-Inclusive Riu Olivia Beach Resort, where all meals and drinks are included is €455 per person. Many more hotel and villa options are available.

Search flights here 4-11 November €121pp

Broncemar Beach €341pp

All Inclusive €455pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

Dublin hotel deals over Christmas

Plan your Christmas night out now. Get a few friends together and organise an overnight escape – its easier (and sometimes cheaper) to stay in a hotel than get a taxi home! The highly rated Harrington Hall in Dublin’s city centre caught my eye.
 

 

 
Located on Harcourt Street, and just a short stroll to the buzz of Grafton Street and Stephen’s Green, this Georgian Townhouse is just €55 per person for an overnight stay. Price is based on the 11th of December arrival, but many more dates are available.

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I’ve got 20 more Dublin hotel deals in December in this post:

Read: 20 Dublin hotel deals, overnight stays in December from €55pp
 

 

 

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Many of you will know I have just returned from a fabulous weekend in Malaga city. I think it is the perfect destination for a winter break, with flights from Dublin, Shannon, Cork and Knock available from as little as €20 each way.

Read: Top things to do in Malaga and where to stay – Malaga travel guide
 

 

 
The Christmas lights are particularly impressive – in fact many flock to the city just to see these each year.

I found return flights for just €54 on the 26th of November from Dublin, and a three night stay in the highly rated Apartments Pinar Malaga Centro is just €110 per person. This price is based on two sharing price but it even less if more share! I also have some options for four and five star hotel stays. 

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Best cruise:

cruise deals from Ireland

Cruise the Greek Islands next summer on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas for just €1299 per person! Price includes return flights with checked baggage, a seven-night cruise with meals, entertainment and gratuities!
 

 

 
Visit Corfu, Kefalonia, Mykonos and Athens, as well as the stunning port town of Kotor in Montenegro. Price is based on two sharing departing the 28th of May, but many more dates are available.

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Best family deal: Summer Holiday to Orlando 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Orlando is one of the best family holiday destinations in the world, and this offer places you right in the heart of it! Fly direct to Orlando with Aer Lingus and stay at Universals Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites for 12 nights next summer.
 

 

 
We stayed here at Easter time and loved the benefits of early park access to Universal Studios. Price of €1149 per person is based on two adults and two children sharing and includes Aer Lingus flights with checked baggage. Price is based on June departure, but dates and durations can be changed to suit your requirements.

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Read: 10 great American holiday deals in 2023
 

 

 

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Dust off the cobwebs with a post Christmas stay in the Ocean Sands Hotel in the heart of Enniscrone in Sligo. Overlooking one of Ireland’s best beaches, the location couldn’t be better for brisk winter walks. 
 

 

 
Children will love the nearby Waterpoint Aqua Park and make sure to take a trip to DownPatrick Head – its less than an hours drive away, and one my favourite locations in Ireland. Price for a two-night family stay from the 29th of December is €328. 

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Now that flights have finally gone on sale to Thessaloniki for next summer, are you tempted to book Sani Resort? I’m sure you all know how I feel about it at this stage, but incase you don’t, you can read my review here:

Read: The ultimate guide to Sani Resort

July and August prices are expensive, but I found good value travelling over the May bank holiday weekend – and average temperatures this year were a balmy 76 degrees!
 

 

 
Price for flights and a seven-night stay in Sani Beach Hotel, with breakfast and dinner included, is €893 per person based on 2 sharing.

There are direct flights from Dublin to Thessaloniki every Wednesday and Saturday from April to October, so if the dates don’t suit below simply edit the dates to suit your requirements.

Search flights here 26 April – 3rd May €138pp

View hotel €755pp
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

amazing deal to croatia

The early bird catches cheap flights to Dubrovnik for €135 return in August! I found great value return flights for €154 in July too. With airfares being so low, why not stay in a luxury five star hotel?

Price for flights and a seven-night stay with breakfast in the 5-star Hotel Croatia is €835 in August, or €952 in July.

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It is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions of the country you are travelling to. Boosters or pre-departure tests are required for travel to some countries if initial vaccination is over 270 days. Please check the latest travel restrictions on the DFA website before you travel.
 

 

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

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 11th October 2022

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I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals from Ireland include last minute holidays, city breaks, winter breaks, cruises, early booking offers, and staycations for couples and families.

This week’s Best Travel Deals from Ireland include a last minute holiday to Lake Garda, a five-star city break to Porto, a pre-Christmas ski holiday, Malta for mid term break, a luxury cruise around the Emirates, an early booking offer to the Costa del Sol for next summer, and staycations in Galway and Wicklow.

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Best last minute deal: Lake Garda, Flights & Hotel from €246pp

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Escape to sunny Lake Garda where temperatures are still a balmy 23 degrees! I found return flights to Verona for just €50 on the 19th of October for seven nights, and if you fancy a shorter break – the price is the same on the 21st of October for five nights!
 

 

 
Sirmione is one of my favourite towns on the lake and the Hotel Porto Azzurro is a popular choice here. Price for a seven-night stay including flights is just €299 per person with breakfast included.

The transfer time from Verona airport by taxi is just 30 minutes, making this ideal for a short break too. Price for five nights on the 21st of October is just €246 including flights – La Dolce Vita! 

Search Ryanair 19 or 21 – 26 October €50pp

View hotel 5 Nights €196pp

View hotel 7 Nights €249pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape: Brooklodge Hotel, B&B €70pp

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Treat yourself to an overnight escape in one of Ireland’s most loved hotels – Brook Lodge in Wicklow. Renowned for its Spa and Wellness facilities as well as its award-winning restaurant, this is a great value break at just €70 per person including breakfast. 

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Read: 20 spa breaks in Ireland, 20 overnight escapes from €45pp
 

 

 

Best city break: 5-Star break in Porto, €267pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Its been five years since I visited Porto and I still remember its beautiful historic centre and amazing food scene. Its such a great value city break too – you will be amazed at the low cost of transport, attractions and dining out.
 

 

 
I found a great five-star break over St Brigid’s weekend for three nights. Price for flights and a five-star hotel is just €263 on the 5th of February – what a fabulous Christmas gift idea! 

Read: Why you need to choose Porto for your next city break

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Best winter holiday: Pre-Christmas ski holiday in Austria , €372pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Kick off the festive season with a week on the slopes before Christmas. I found a super deal to the pretty resort of Saalbach in Austria.
 

 

 
Price for flights, a seven-night stay with breakfast at the popular Pension Fürstenhof, and return airport transfers, is just €372 per person on the 17th of December.

This price includes a discount of €150 per booking which is currently available for European ski bookings made online – use code SAVE150.

Read: Ski holidays for beginners – my top 10 ski tips

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Best cruise: MSC Europa with 2-night stay in Doha, €1469

Cruise the Emirates on the brand new MSC World Europa this winter. This ground-breaking ship (make sure to check out the video above) has amazing introductory offers, with prices from just €1469 including flights, a two-night hotel stay with breakfast in Doha,  a seven-night cruise with meals, entertainment and gratuities included, and all transfers and checked baggage!
 

 

 
You will also have the opportunity to explore Dubai over two days, as the ship overnights in the city. This price is based on departing the 11th of January, but there are many more dates available – just check with the cruise staff in Sunway.
 
Read: 15 Top things to do in Doha – Doha travel guide

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Best family holiday: Malta for Mid Term

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Malta for mid term has a nice ring to it!  The latest Jurassic World movie was filmed in the UNESCO World Heritage City of Valetta, so why not combine some culture with family fun over a long weekend. 
 

 

 
Price for return flights from Thursday the 16th of February are €175 per person, and a three-night stay at the 4-Star boutique Hotel Palais Le Brun – the number 1 place to stay in Valetta according to TripAdvisor, is just €502 per family including breakfast and free cancellation.
 

 

 
If you prefer an apartment, the 4-star Camelita Valletta is highly rated too and is ideally located to explore this beautiful city. Price is €384 for a three-night stay.

Read: Top 10 reasons to visit Malta

Search Ryanair 16-19 February €175pp

View hotel €502

View Apartment €384
 
 

 

 

Best family staycation: Galway Christmas Market Saturday stay, €259

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Kick off the festive season with a trip to Galway for the Christmas markets. Price for an overnight stay at the centrally located Connacht Hotel is €259 for a family of four on Saturday the 17th of December. Prices for mid-week stays are less.

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Best early booking offer: July Holidays in Costa del Sol / Nerja 

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Return airfares to Malaga are just €125 per person in July! Let’s face it, these are only going to increase, so now is the time to bag yourself a bargain.
 

 

 
I have selected the 4-star Balcon de Europa Hotel in Nerja which is ideally located for a couple stay, and the Irish owned Sunset Beach apartments which are very popular with families. Of course many more hotel and apartment options are available, simply edit the search via the links below. 

Search Ryanair 25th July – 1st August €125pp

View hotel €470pp

Sunset Beach €1372
 

 

 
It is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions of the country you are travelling to. Boosters or pre-departure tests are required for travel to some countries if initial vaccination is over 270 days. Please check the latest travel restrictions on the DFA website before you travel.
 

 

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

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 27th September 2022

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I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals from Ireland include last minute holidays, city breaks, winter breaks, cruises, early booking offers, and staycations for couples and families.

This week’s Best Travel Deals from Ireland include a weekend break in Sardinia for €191, a luxury wellness break in the Algarve, Norwegian cruise deals, New Year in Bruges, ski holidays at Easter, early booking offers for next summer, and staycations in Wexford and Kerry.

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Best last minute deal: 5-Star Wellness Hotel in the Algarve €499

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Flights to the Algarve offer the best value if you are looking for a last minute holiday. I found return flights to Faro from Dublin for just €110 on the 14th of October with Aer Lingus, or €83 on the 19th of October with Ryanair. Flights are also available from Cork, Knock and Shannon airports.
 

 

 
The relatively new (opened in 2019) 5-Star adult-only Longevity Health & Wellness Hotel has received excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and offers a wide selection of health and wellness holiday programmes on-site.

A state of the art fitness centre with yoga and pilates classes, as well as a spa and wellness centre are also available if you don’t wish to partake in any of the dedicated programmes available.
 

 

 
If this date or hotel doesn’t suit you simply edit the dates on the links below. There are many other cheaper hotel options available as well as beach front hotels in this post:

Read: The best beach hotels on the Algarve

Search Ryanair 19-26 October €83pp

View Aer Lingus 14-21 October €110pp 

View hotel €416pp

Read: 10 October holiday deals – city breaks, sun holidays and cruise deals
 

 

 

Best overnight escape: Spa break in Wexford

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Treat yourself to a spa break in Wexford for just €125 – yes you read that right! This exclusive offer includes a cocktail on arrival, an overnight stay with breakfast at the Clayton Whites Hotel, one-hour access to the thermal suite, a choice of 30-minute Spa treatments, complimentary access to the Club Vitae Leisure Centre and shopping discounts.  
 

 

 
This offer is valid on selected dates from October to March, so enjoy a pre-Christmas shop and spa break, or perhaps give it as a Christmas present 🎁.

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Best city break: 4-Star Weekend in Sardinia from €191!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I am to provide the Best Travel Deals to all my readers and this one must be up there with the best of them! Ryanair is offering return flights to Alghero in Sardinia for just €55 return on the 4th of November!
 

 

 
Enjoy a three-night weekend stay in the 4-star Alma di Alghero Hotel for just €191 including flights! Located beside the beach, and 15-minutes walk from the historic centre, it offers the best of both worlds. I visited Alghero this summer and loved it. It is just 10 minutes from the airport so it is ideal for a short break

Search Ryanair 4th-7th November €55pp

View hotel €136pp
 

 

 

Best winter break: New Year in Bruges

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I visited Bruges for the first time last week, and was knew instantly I wanted to return. The historic city centre is UNESCO World Heritage Site and is packed with medieval buildings, colourful squares, as well as countless Belgian chocolate shops!
 

 

 
The city is often described as Little Venice due to its pretty canals, and I can only imagine how magical Bruges is at Christmas time. Its Christmas markets open until the 8th of January, making it ideal for a post-Christmas break.
 

 

 
I found flights to Brussels for €110 return on the 29th of December and the train to Bruges takes approximately 90 minutes. The Hotel Navarra Brugge is one of Bruges top rated hotels and is only a 3-minute walk from the central Market Square. It offers free access to a spa area, an indoor swimming pool, a sauna and a gym.

Price for flights and a three-night stay is €389 per person. Prices are even less if you travel on the 28th of December and return for New Year.

View flights here €110pp

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Read: 13 Christmas market breaks, flights and hotels included from €224
 

 

 

Best Cruise: Norwegian Cruise Line offers

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Following on from my recent adventure on Norwegian Prima, Sunway have lots of cruise offers across various Norwegian cruise ships to a wide choice of destinations. There are Canary Islands cruises during the winter from €999, Mediterranean cruises for next summer from €869 and even cruise and stay holidays in Bermuda, Mexico and the Caribbean.

Read: The Cruise Guide – How to choose the right cruise

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Best family holiday: Skiing at Easter

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Looking for something different to do next Easter? Take the kids skiing! The upmarket resort of Tignes in France is open until the end of April and I found great value in the highly rated L’altaviva Apartments 1800, where you can ski and out of the apartments via a Blue run. 

ski holiday dealsPrice for a family of four for seven nights including flights and transfers is €2272 on the 1st of April for seven nights. This includes a Free Child Place and an extra saving of €150 when you use the promo code SAVE150.

Read: Top 10 tips for family ski holidays

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Best family staycation: Ballyseede Castle for mid term break

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All kids want to stay in a castle, right? Kerry’s only authentic castle hotel is surrounded by 30 acres of private gardens and woodland and is steeped in history. Ballyseede Castle is also known for its traditional Irish cuisine and fine dining, as well as its much loved resident, an Irish Wolfhound. 

 

 
The Lodge family room has two double beds and offers great value for a family castle stay in Ireland over the Halloween break, You are also ideally placed to explore the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way.

Read: 12 staycations over Halloween break, 2 night stays from €330

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Best early booking offer: Amalfi Coast in July

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Some of the airfares for next summer are expensive, but if you look closely you can find some bargains – like return flights to Naples for €110 in July.
 

 

 
Combine them with the popular 4-star Prestige Hotel in Sorrento, and you can enjoy a week on the Amalfi Coast for just €659 next July! This super deal includes breakfast too. See lots more hotel options in this post:

Read: Travel guide to the Amalfi Coast, where to stay in Sorrento, Positano, Ravello & Capri.

Search Ryanair 19th-26th July €110pp

View hotel €549pp

 

And that’s not all… Watch out for more early booking offers in Tour America’s Red Cow Virtual Sale Day which takes place on 29th & 30th September!
 

It is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions of the country you are travelling to. Boosters or pre-departure tests are required for travel to some countries if initial vaccination is over 270 days. Please check the latest travel restrictions on the DFA website before you travel.

 

 

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

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 30th August 2022

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I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals from Ireland include last minute holidays, city breaks, winter breaks, cruises, and staycations for couples and families.

This week’s Best Travel Deals from Ireland include a last minute holiday to Spain, a weekend in Vienna, a Christmas market break to Zagreb, family holiday deals for Easter and next summer, an MSC cruise, and staycations in West Cork and Dingle.

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Best last minute deal: Costa Dorada, Flights & 4-Star Hotel Half Board, €458pp

 

Explore the city of Barcelona while staying in the pretty seaside resort of La Pineda. This super deal includes flights to Barcelona on the 14th of September and a seven night stay in the beachfront Best Terramarina Hotel, with breakfast and dinner included.
 

 

 
Return flights are €129 to Barcelona, or €165 to Barcelona Reus which is closer to La Pineda. Why not choose to combine a city and beach stay –  two nights in Barcelona and five nights on the beach perhaps?

Simply edit the dates via the links below to suit your requirements, and I have lots of suggestions in this post:

Read: Where to stay in Barcelona and the top things to do

Search flights 14-21st September €129pp

View hotel €329pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape: Liss Ard Estate

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The newly refurbished Liss Ard Estate is a place that is firmly on my own wish list, and I was surprised to learn that the 5-star Georgian Country Manor has overnight stays available from just €90 per person including breakfast. Located in the heart of West Cork, this an escape that will appeal to many I am sure.

I found prices from €179 per room on the 25th of September, but many more dates are available.

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Best city break:  Vienna: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 3 nights, €244pp

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Elegant, historical, noble – when you consider booking a weekend break to Vienna, you may think it will be expensive. Not anymore. With low priced airfares from Aer Lingus and Ryanair, a city break to one of Europe’s fashionable cities is much more affordable.
 

 

 
I found weekend flights with Ryanair from just €67 return, departing on the 24th of September, but there are many more dates available.

The 4-star Schani Wien Hotel is great value too. It is highly rated on TripAdvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence this year.  It centrally located just 300 metres from the main train station. 

If you prefer something more luxurious, the 5-star Hilton Vienna Park is also great value at just €267 for a three-night stay.

Search flights 24 – 27th September €67pp

View hotel €177pp

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Read: 10 Autumn holiday deals – city breaks, sun holidays and cruise deals
 

 

 

Best family holiday: Easter in Gran Canaria, Flights & Apartment, 1 week, €1925

Amadores, Gran Canaria

I found great value fights from Dublin to Gran Canaria for just €327 per person on the 5th of April!  These won’t be around for long, so now is the time to book if you want a family break at Easter time. 
 

 

 
There are many accommodation options to choose from, including the popular Terazza da Amadores which is just €617 for a seven-night stay based on four sharing.

Search flights 5th-12th April €327pp

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Best family staycation: Dingle Holiday Homes

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Good value holiday homes in Dingle are like hens teeth during the summer holidays, but it may surprise you to learn that they are good value for the October mid term break. A 3-bedroom holiday home, located just minutes from the village centre, is just €695 for a week from Saturday the 29th of October. 

These are also available during Easter holidays, priced at €910 for Easter week.

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Best winter break: 5-Star Christmas market break to Zagreb, €205

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Did you know that Croatia’s capital, Zagreb, is renowned for having one of Europe’s best Christmas markets? I must confess I wasn’t aware until recently! There are 25 different markets in the city and it was named “Best Christmas Market” by European Best Destinations three years in a row – the maximum number of times for any city.
 

 

 
With return weekend flights from just €78 and low cost hotel prices, it also makes Zagreb a great value destination for a Christmas market break. 

The 5-star Westin in Zagreb is just €126 per person for a three-night weekend stay, and Ryanair have flights from Dublin airport from December 1st to 4th for €78 return.

Search flights 1st-4th December €78pp

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Best cruise: Med cruise on MSC Seaview including flights, €999pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I cruised on MSC Seaview a few years ago and loved its bright modern design and variety of outdoor spaces. This offers superb value for anyone looking to cruise the Med this year. MSC Seaview sets sail from Barcelona and visits Marseille, Genoa, Naples, Messina and Valletta, before returning to Barcelona for your return flight home.
 

 

 
Price of €999 includes flights from Dublin on the 7th of October, checked baggage, meals, and entertainment. 

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Read: My review of MSC Seaview 

Read: 10 great cruise deals from Ireland with flights included
 

 

 

Best early booking offer: Return flights to the Algarve in July from €144pp

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We all know how expensive airfares are during July and August, but if you plan ahead you can secure great deals now. Return flights to Faro are available on the 24th of July from €144, if you want to come back on an afternoon flight the flights are just €162 return.
 

 

 
Did you know you can pay a 50% deposit now with Ryanair, and pay the balance 60 days before departure? Note you need to select the Family Plus fare in order to avail of the 50% deposit option. 

Read: Book Ryanair flights for 2023 with 50% deposit

There are many accommodation options to choose from. The 4-star Areias Village Beach Suite Hotel is great value at just €1175 for a family of four for seven nights, while the Aquashow Park Hotel with on-site waterpark is just €2005. 

Search flights 24th – 31st July 2023 €144pp

Areias Village €1175

Aquashow Hotel €2005

Read: Family holidays to the Algarve, my top picks on where to stay
 

 

 
Couples can take advantage too – the highly sought after Pestana Alvor Park apartments are available from €558 with free cancellation. 

Alvor Park €558pp
 

 

 
It is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions of the country you are travelling to. Boosters or pre-departure tests are required for travel to some countries in Europe if initial vaccination is over 270 days. Please check the latest travel restrictions on the DFA website before you travel.

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

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 26th July 2022

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I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals from Ireland include summer holidays, city breaks, winter breaks, cruises, and staycations for couples and families.

This week’s Best Travel Deals from Ireland include a summer holiday deal to Rhodes, October in Croatia, winter breaks in Rome, Iceland and New York, Halloween break in PortAventura, a Caribbean cruise and stay, and staycations for adults and families.

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Best last minute deal: 1 week holiday to Rhodes, €468pp

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Who said there are no cheap holiday deals in August? Not only is Rhodes one of the largest Greek islands, but it has a UNESCO world heritage site as its capital. As well as a stunning old town, there are so many great places to explore in Rhodes, including Lindos – pictured above.
 

 

 
This deal includes a seven-night stay in the adult-only Nimar Villagio apartments. These are the perfect choice if you are looking for a quiet relaxing resort with a beach nearby. They are located about 15 minutes walk from the village of Afandou and the apartments have a pool and snack bar on-site. 
 

 

 
This is a package holiday deal with TUI, so you also have the added benefit of having checked baggage and transfers included in the cost. Price for a seven night stay with flights from Dublin is just €468 on the 27th of August.
 
Read: 12 holiday deals in August for adult-only escapes and family holidays

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Best overnight escape: Mount Juliet B&B, €92pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Mount Juliet Estate consists of two residences, the original Georgian Manor House and the chic Hunter’s Yard. This super deal is based on staying in Hunter’s Yard on the 31st of August and includes breakfast.
 

 

 
Why not treat yourself to a meal in the Michelin-starred Lady Helen restaurant, and make it a stay to remember. I stayed in Mount Juliet recently and loved it, you can read all about my stay here:

Read: My review of Mount Juliet Estate

Read: 20 last minute hotel deals in August, overnight stays from €58pp

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Best October offer: 5-Star Holiday in Croatia

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One of my most popular travel deals is back! Enjoy a week in the fabulous 5-star Hotel Croatia for just €549 including return flights and breakfast each day!
 

 

 
I stayed in the pretty town of Cavtat many years ago and loved it. You can take a water taxi into Dubrovnik, enjoy a day trip in nearby Montenegro, or just relax and enjoy the Hotel Croatia’s beautiful surroundings!

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Best family holiday: Halloweeen break to PortAventura & Ferrari Land 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Treat the kids to a trip to PortAventura and Ferrari Land over the Halloween break. I have two great options – a five night stay in Cambrils with park passes included, or a three-night break staying on-site at PortAventura with daily access to the park. See more details in this post:

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Best family staycation: Johnstown Estate 2-Bedroom Lodges 

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Johnstown Estate is the ideal choice if you want a luxury family break in August. Set within 120 acres of stunning parkland, this 1750’s Georgian residence has extensive leisure and spa facilities, golf and horse riding, as well as a choice of dining options. 

 

 
The two-bedroom self-catering lodges are perfect for families who want to enjoy all the hotel’s facilities but enjoy the benefits of spacious self catering homes. Each lodge has a separate dining and relaxing area and a terrace that opens onto a green with a small children’s play area.

Read: 20 family holiday deals in Ireland, 2 Night stays from €353

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Best city break deal: Rome 

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Rome is always a great choice for a city break and with airfares from €69 return in November, maybe its time to think about a cheeky winter break. I found a great deal in the 4-star Condotti Palace Hotel, which is superbly located in the heart of the city, right beside the main shopping area and the Spanish Steps. 

 

 
I have chosen a morning flight out from Dublin and an evening flight back to make the most of this short break, but dates and durations can be changed to suit your requirements – simply edit the search dates via the links below.
 

 

 
Return flights are available from Dublin airport and Cork airports this winter. There are many more hotel choices, as well as some top tips for visiting Rome in this post:

Read: Where to stay in Rome, my top picks of 3, 4 and 5-star hotels

Search flights here 13th-15th November €69pp

View hotel here €103pp
 

 

 

Best winter break: Christmas shopping in New York 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Aer Lingus has launched a Flash Sale to the USA with flights from €199 each way from 1st September to 30th November. A host of new attractions have opened up over the past few years, so even if you have been here before, I guarantee you there is lots more to see!

Read: Top 30 things to do in New York
 

 

 
November is also the perfect time to start some early Christmas shopping, and I found a great deal to the 4-star World Center Hotel to let you do just that! Price for Aer Lingus flights on Friday the 18th of November and a three-night stay in this highly rated hotel is just €697 based on two sharing.
 

 

 
Get a few friends together and the price including flights is only €623 staying in a one-bedroom suite! See lots more hotel options in this post:

Read: Where to stay in New York, from great value apartments to luxury hotels

View flights here €395pp

View hotel here €302p

Read: Top 10 American holidays from Ireland
 

 

 

Best cruise: Universal Stay & Caribbean Cruise 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Treat yourself to a three-night stay at the 5-star Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Studios, before cruising the Caribbean on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas for seven nights! Visit the Bahamas, Royal Caribbean’s private island – Coco Cay, Jamaica and Labadee over seven days.

This luxury cruise deal includes flights, checked baggage and all meals and entertainment on board the cruise.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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By staying in one of Universal Studios premium hotels you will also receive early park admission and an Express Pass to Universal Studios, so you can skip the queues at almost all of the top attractions (valid theme park admission required).

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Read: 10 cruise deals from Ireland with flights included
 

 

 

Best early booking offer: Weekend in Iceland with Northern Lights Tour 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Beat the January blues with this super weekend in Iceland. I found great value flights to Iceland in January, which is the optimum time to see the Norther Lights.  Price includes direct flights, four nights in a centrally located hotel, and a Northern Lights night tour is just €496! Would this not make the perfect Christmas present?
 
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12 Holiday Deals in August for Adult Getaways and Family Holidays

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From beachfront apartments to luxury hotels, adult-only escapes to all-inclusive family resorts, these last minute holiday deals in August cater for all tastes and budgets.

Still hoping to get away on a summer holiday this year? While prices are higher than previous years, there are still some good holiday deals in August, particularly if you can travel towards the end of the month. In many cases I found it better to book a package holiday where transfers and baggage are included, and sometimes it is even cheaper to go away for two weeks instead of one!

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TOP TIP: Prices are correct at the time of publication (25th July), but in some cases the availability is limited. If lots of people are trying to access flights or holiday deals at the same time, the prices will increase. If this happens, or the hotel shows unavailable, check back again later and you may find the holiday is available after all. 
 

 

 
I have a selection of last minute holiday deals in August for adult-only getaways as well as family holidays below. I have hand-picked various dates, but if these dates or durations don’t suit, simply edit the dates via the links below to suit your requirements.
 

 

 

Last minute holiday deals in August for adults

 

1. Lanzarote: Flights & 4-Star Hotel Half Board, 25th August, 7 Nights, €877

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Rated as one of top hotels in Playa Blanca, the Hipotels Natura Palace is the perfect choice if you want a relaxing holiday in top quality accommodation. It’s two lagoon pools are a firm favourite with guests, as are the stunning sea views from the hotel’s terraces.

This deal includes breakfast and evening meal each day and the buffet restaurant has show-cooking stations and themed evenings.
 

 

 
This is a package holiday deal with TUI, so you also have the added benefit of having checked baggage and transfers included in the cost. Price for a seven night stay with flights from Shannon is just €927 per person. This includes a saving of €100 when you use the unique promo code that you see on screen at the time of booking. 

Read: Why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island

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2. Tuscany: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 12th August, 7 Nights, €995

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The luxurious Grand Hotel Francia e Quirinale Hotel is situated in the Tuscan town of Montecatini Terme, and is ideally located to explore Tuscany’s rolling hills and walled towns.  

There is an outdoor swimming pool and restaurant on-site, and you are just a few minutes walk from the Thermal Park, should you decide to just stay put and enjoy your surroundings. 
 

 

 
This package holiday deal is available with Topflight, so you have the added benefit of transfers and checked baggage being included in the cost. Price of €995 includes flights from Dublin on the 12th of August for seven nights and hotel on a bed & breakfast basis. 

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3. Sorrento: Flights & 5-Star Hotel B&B, 18th August, 7 Nights, €1079

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Sorrento is always a popular choice so I was surprised to find return flights to Naples from just €354 in August. I was even more surprised to find the 5-star Grand Hotel La Pace just €725 per person for a seven night stay!

The Grand Hotel La Pace is a suitable name for this grand hotel with sweeping staircases and marble floors. It is located on the outskirts of Sorrento in the quiet village of Sant’Agnello, but you can catch the complimentary shuttle bus to the centre of Sorrento when you fancy a livelier scene. 
 

 

 
Price for flights from Dublin and a seven-night stay on a bed & breakfast basis is €1079 on the 18th of August. Airport transfers and checked baggage are extra. 

Read: My Ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast, where to stay and the top things to do

Check flights here 18th-25th August €354

View Hotel here €725pp
 

 

 

4. Rhodes: Flight & Apartment, 27th August, 7 Nights, €468  

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Who said there are no cheap holiday deals in August? Not only is Rhodes one of the largest Greek islands, but it has a UNESCO world heritage site as its capital. A day exploring the old town of Rhodes is a feast for the senses. The hill top town of Lindos (pictured above), is another ‘must see’ – suffice to say you will be spoilt for choice if you holiday in Rhodes.
 

 

 
This deal includes a seven-night stay in the adult-only Nimar Villagio apartments. These are the perfect choice if you are looking for a quiet relaxing resort with a beach nearby. They are located about 15 minutes walk from the village of Afandou and the apartments have a pool and snack bar on-site. 
 

 

 
This is a package holiday deal with TUI, so you also have the added benefit of having checked baggage and transfers included in the cost. Price for a seven night stay with flights from Dublin is just €468 on the 27th of August.  

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5. Morocco: Flights & Hotel, 12th August, 7 Nights, €735

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Morocco is a popular destination for culture vultures, but Agadir also has a great beach holiday vibe – its beach is 12km long! It also boasts a marina area with duty free shops, a host of dining options, and the cost of living is much lower than what you will find at home. 
 

 

 
The Argana Hotel in Agadir has been a popular choice with Irish holiday makers for many years. Price for flights and a seven-night stay on a bed & breakfast basis is just €735 on the 12th of August from Dublin. Transfers and checked baggage are extra. Sunway are the holiday specialists to Morocco and have many more accommodation options to choose from.

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6. Majorca, Flights & 4-Star Hotel Half Board, 24th August, 7 Nights €755


This super getaway will see you on Majorca’s beautiful north coast. You will be staying in the adult-only Globales Don Pedro Hotel which boasts stunning sea views and two small pretty coves on its doorstep.

It’s quiet location ensures you won’t have the honky tonk bars that you will find in Majorca’s southern resorts, but there a few shops, bars and restaurants with walking distance. One of my favourite resorts in Majorca, Puerto Pollensa, is just a 10 minute taxi ride away if you fancy a change of scene.
 

 

 
This is a package holiday deal with TUI, so as well as having breakfast and evening meal included in the cost,  you also have the added benefit of having checked baggage and transfers included.

Price for a seven night stay with flights from Cork is just €755 per person. This includes a saving of €100 when you use the unique promo code that you see on screen at the time of booking. 

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7. Lake Garda, Milan or Bergamo from Ireland West Airport

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Lake Garda is one of those fabulous destinations that appeals to all. With stunning scenery and lake views, as well as endless activities available, you will be spoilt for choice. You can also enjoy day trips to nearby Verona, Venice or Milan.
 

 

 
I found great prices on flights to Bergamo from Ireland West / Knock Airport. Return flights are just €212 with Ryanair on the 15th of August for seven nights. Bergamo is located 50 minutes from Milan and 1 hour 20 minutes from Lake Garda, making a city break or lakeside retreat both possible. 

Check flights here 15-22nd August €212

 

Read: Top 10 holidays from Ireland West Airport for 2022
 

 

 

8. Lisbon Coast: Flights & Hotel, 24th August, 7 Nights, €825

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The Lisbon Coast a favourite destination of mine. As well as having one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, the resorts of Estoril and Cascais are perfect for a summer break. The train service is excellent so you can easily combine a city and beach break here, and don’t forget to visit Sintra – one of Portugal’s top attractions.
 

 

 
I found flights with Aer Lingus from Dublin to Lisbon and a seven-night stay in the adult-friendly Vila Gale in Estoril for €825 with Sunway Holidays. There are daily flights to Lisbon from Dublin so flights and durations can be changed to suit your requirements. Transfers and checked baggage are extra.

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9. Portugal: Flights & 4-Star Aparthotel, 21st August, 7 Nights, €867

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Airfares to the Algarve are still quite reasonably priced in August. I found return flights from Dublin airport for €177 on the 21st of August, and €239 from Cork on the 17th of August. While there are some good value family properties available, ( see holiday deals in August for families below), good value hotels for adults are hard to find.
 

 

 
However, I did manage to find a room in the Alvor Jardim in Alvor – a resort I visit regularly. Price for a seven-night stay on the 21st of August is €690 per person. I also found a package deal to Albufeira on the 21st of August for €571 – but be careful there was only one room left at the time of publication!

Check flights here 21st-28th August €177

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10. Norwegian Epic Cruise, Flights & 7-night cruise, 21st August, €1381

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Cruise the Med on the award-winning Norwegian Epic. Voted Europe’s leading cruise line for 13 years in a row, Norwegian’s Freestyle all-inclusive cruises offer great value and a relaxed informal atmosphere. I had the pleasure of cruising on Norwegian Encore – you can read my review here:

Read: My review of Norwegian Encore

This Mediterranean cruise sails from Barcelona and visits Corsica, Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, Cannes and Majorca, before returning to Barcelona for your return flight home.
 

 

 
This cruise deal includes flights, checked baggage, all meals, and entertainment. Add on two of the following: premium drinks package,  WiFi, shore excursion credit or speciality dining package for an extra €149! Gratuities and transfers are extra.

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11. Gran Canaria: Flights & Apartment, 22nd August, 14 nights, €875pp

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Why go for one week when you can have two at the same price! This super deal to Gran Canaria is staying in the popular Gran Amadores apartments. Located beside the beach, with two pools and a solarium with whirlpool bath, there are plenty of places to relax and soak up the sun. 

 

 
This is a package holiday deal with TUI, so you also have the added benefit of having checked baggage and transfers included in the cost. Price for a two week stay with flights from Dublin is just €593 per person. This includes a saving of €100 when you use the unique promo code that you see on screen at the time of booking.

There are many other hotel and apartments to choose from on the same date, some at lower prices than this one. Make sure to change the search from box from Low to High ( when you click on the link below), for the best prices. 

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12. Menorca: Flights & Apartment, 24th August, 7 Nights, €2039

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Still relatively unspoilt, Menorca retains all the charm and character you would expect from a Spanish island, without the high rise blocks. The laid back atmosphere makes Menorca the perfect choice for a relaxing family holiday.
 

 

 
I found great value flights to Menorca from Dublin on the 24th of August, priced at just €135 for seven nights. There are various hotel and apartment options to choose from, the Carema Club Resort being one of the most reasonable, priced at just €1399 for seven nights for a family of four. There is a waterpark on-site which will surely keep the kids happy!

Check flights here 24-31st August €135

View Apt here €1499
 

 

 

13. Portugal: Flights & Apartment, 21st August, 7 nights, €2197

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The Algarve is one the most sought after family holiday destinations. With return flights just €177 on the 21st of August from Dublin or €239 on the 17th of August from Cork, it is still possible to find holiday deals in August to the Algarve without breaking the bank.

The 3-Star Balaia Sol Holiday Club near Albufeira are good value at €1449 per family, while the 4-Star Luna Solaqua is priced at €2065 for seven nights.
 

 

 
If you prefer something a little more spacious and in a quieter area, the 4-Star Vale d’El Rei Hotel & Villas in Carvoeiro might suit you. They have two-bedroom villas that sleep up to five available from €2602 for seven nights.

Check flights here 21st-28th August €177

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I hope one of these holiday deals in August will suit you, and you will be jetting off on that well deserved holiday soon. Remember dates and durations can be changed to suit your requirements in most cases. Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.
 

 

 
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Weekend in Iceland, Flights, Hotel, & Northern Lights Tour, 19th January, 4 Nights, €496!

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Beat the January blues with this super weekend in Iceland. Price includes direct flights, four nights in a centrally located hotel, and a Northern Lights night tour!

We spent a weekend in Iceland a few years ago and loved it. It was everything I hoped it would be and so much more! The scenery, the people, everything about the trip was amazing, despite having crazy snow storms…

We saw the Northern Lights, something that was on my bucket list for years. October to April is the best time to see them in Iceland, so fingers crossed you will too.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We also swam in the Blue Lagoon. Bathing in the steamy waters of the Blue Lagoon with snow all around us was something really special. In fact the whole island looked like a Winter wonderland. There are so many things to do in Iceland – check out some of the top tours from Viator here and see more in this post:

Read my top things to do in Iceland

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I found a good deal staying in the 4-star Vintage Hotel. This is a superbly located townhouse hotel in the heart of the city, and all rooms have a kitchenette, which can be handy in Iceland if you are trying to economise!  

 

 
I have based this weekend in Iceland on a four-night stay departing January 19th, but if you are looking for a shorter or longer stay, or wish to travel at a different time, simply edit the dates on the links below to suit your requirements.
 

 

 
I have added direct links to Skyscanner below to show you the cost of the flights, but when you click through to the list of providers, I suggest you book directly on the Icelandair or Play airlines websites. You will see the price is slightly more expensive to book directly on the airlines website, but I have included that in the cost below.
 

 

 
I also included a Northern Lights night tour with pick-up from your hotel. If you don’t see the aurora on this tour, you can do it again at no additional cost. TOP TIP: Make sure you book the Northern Lights tour for the first night you arrive. If it is cancelled due to poor visibility (which happens regularly), this will give you time to re schedule for another night.

 

 

 
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View hotel here €257pp

 

Northern Lights tour €57pp

 

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Sarah

 

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20 City Break Destinations for 2022

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With new routes announced from many Irish airports, as well as some old favourites, I have hand-picked some of the best city break destinations for 2022. 

I’m a big fan of city breaks. I love how much you can discover in a new city such a short space of time. However, if you’re not one for pounding the pavements and covering an entire city on foot, settling down with a coffee and people watching in a town square can be just as enjoyable. We are fortunate to have many of Europe’s top city break destinations available from a variety of Irish airports this year. I have picked my top 20 to inspire your next break away. 

 

 

 

1. Matera – Italy

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This Italian gem might be an unknown quantity for some of you, but believe me it needs to be on your radar. Some may have seen it in the opening scene of the new James Bond movie – No Time To Die, but it is even more impressive in person.

Located close to Bari in the heel of Italy, it is one of the most fascinating cities I have visited. The old town or ‘Sassi’ is full of boutique hotels, Airbnb’s and restaurants, built inside ancient caves.
 

 

 
It has a remarkable rags to riches story – to go from being Italy’s poorest city to the European Capital of Culture for 2019 is quite a feat. Located just 50 minutes from Bari Airport, which is serviced from Dublin with Ryanair, it is easily accesible. This is one of my top city break destinations for 2022.

Check out my travel guide to a weekend in Matera here.

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2. Copenhagen – Denmark

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I am always surprised by the amount of people who haven’t visited Copenhagen, and with Ryanair, SAS and Norwegian all flying to Copenhagen from Ireland, the competition is rife for cheap flights!
 

 

 
Copenhagen’s compact size makes it easy to navigate, and it is perfect for a short city break. The colourful Nyhavn canal is sure to impress you, as will Copenhagen’s great food scene. Tivoli Gardens is a beautiful year-round attraction that children will love, making Copenhagen one of the most popular city breaks for families.

Check out my guide to Copenhagen for some more info about this great city.

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3. Pisa, Tuscany – Italy

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While Pisa is not one of my favourite city break destinations, it is superbly located to explore the rolling hills of Tuscany – one of my favourite places to visit. Pisa is served from Dublin and Cork airports this summer, and airfares are great value.
 

 

 
There is usually a bus service to Florence following a Ryanair flight, but I recommend hiring a car to make the most of your trip.  San Gimignano is one of Italy’s most beautiful walled towns and is located just over an hour from Pisa.

There are many more towns and villages to discover in Tuscany, but make sure you save time to visit the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It is located close to the airport so it is best seen when you arrive, or before you leave to fly home.

Read: Top towns and cities to visit in Tuscany

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4. Palma – Majorca

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The cultural city of Palma ticks all boxes if you are looking for city break destinations from Dublin, Cork, Shannon or Ireland West. Don’t miss a trip to Palma’s cathedral, and a stroll along the marina is a must in the evenings. Palma is also a great choice for a shopping break, and is an ideal launchpad to explore the rest of the island.
 

 

 
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If you are looking for something a little more exclusive, take the tram to the port of Soller or enjoy a day trip to Valldemossa – it is one of the prettiest villages in Majorca.

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5. Alghero, Sardinia – Italy

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Sardinia is a great choice if you are looking for a beach / city combination. With cobbled stone streets, trendy boutiques and a great food scene, Alghero is a pleasure to stroll around. And if you are lucky with the weather, there is a gorgeous sandy beach on your doorstep! Alghero has its own airport, and the town is  just 10 minutes from the airport, making it ideal for a short break.
 

 

 
Alghero can be reached directly from Dublin and Cork airports with Ryanair.

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6. London – England

 

 
 
 
 
 
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London is one of our top city break destinations. With numerous flights from most Irish airports, it can easily be enjoyed as an overnight escape or a longer city break.
 

 

 
London is extremely popular with families too, as there is a host of family attractions to choose from, including the London Eye, Legoland and the Harry Potter experience.
 
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7. Nice – France

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The South of France is always a good idea, and Nice certainly deserves a place on this top city break destinations post. The flight time is only 2 hours 30 minutes from Dublin airport, and the town centre is only 4 miles from the airport, so you can be sipping cocktails on the Promenade des Anglais within a half hour of arriving in France🍸.
 

 

 
Nice has some gorgeous boutiques, amazing restaurants, and of course a fabulous long sandy beach – but that’s not all. Its location in the South of France is ideal for visiting Cannes,  St Tropez, Monaco, you can even pop into Italy on the train for your lunch!

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8. Porto – Portugal

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I loved our trip to Porto and would highly recommend Porto for a city break. As well as being home to a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is packed with colourful buildings, delightful streets, and has a great food and wine scene.  

Check out my guide to Porto to see why it is one of the best city break destinations for 2022.

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9. Greek Islands getaway

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Up until a few years ago you had to book a package holiday for one or two weeks if you wanted to visit the Greek Islands. We are so fortunate now to have a selection of Greek islands to choose from, with most flights operating two or three times per week.

Corfu is served from Dublin and Shannon airports, while Santorini, Crete, Rhodes are served from Dublin airport. There are also flights to Thessaloniki and Athens from Dublin airport.
 

 

 
Corfu Town and Rhodes Town are ideal city break destinations, they both offer pretty old towns with gorgeous sea views.

Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands in Greece and boasts a rich historical past mixed with modern resorts and luxurious hotels. Rhodes Old Town is a UNESCO World Heritage City and the Colossus of Rhodes is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Don’t miss a trip to the whitewashed, picture perfect village of Lindos too.

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If you prefer a more low key vibe, the old town of Chania in Crete might suit you. Famous for its 14th century Venetian harbour and its waterfront restaurants, it has an Italian feel, but without the crowds.  There are numerous boat trips departing from the harbour too, including day trips to Santorini. We holidayed here a few years ago and loved it.

Read: Top things to do near Chania

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10. Edinburgh – Scotland

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Edinburgh is a super choice for a city break, and it is accessible from Cork, Shannon, Dublin and Ireland West airports. It’s medieval old town and stunning castle are a pleasure to explore.
 

 

 
Edinburgh is easy to navigate and is one of those cities that you can’t help but love. Don’t miss Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park for the best views, and make sure to visit the pubs on Rose Street for the ultimate Edinburgh experience. 

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11. Lisbon, Portugal

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Lisbon is one Europe’s top city break destinations, and after my recent visit I now know why. It has a beautiful old town, with pastel-coloured buildings with terracotta rooftops as far as the eye can see. Lisbon is best explored on foot, but if you don’t fancy walking, there are delightful old trams and tuk tuks available to help you enjoy this great city. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Lisbon

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12. Rome – Italy

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Rome is always a great choice for a city break. There are ancient wonders at every corner, amazing shopping on the Via del Corso, and let’s not forget the food. The home of pizza, pasta and gelato, Rome is a feast for the senses.

Rome is served from Dublin airport with Aer Lingus and Ryanair.

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13. Split – Croatia

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I am a massive lover of Croatia. I have visited many times, but have yet to visit the seaside city of Split, which is actually the second largest city in Croatia.
 

 

 
The old town is home to numerous historical sites, including the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Diocletian Palace, and there is a sandy beach within walking distance if you fancy a swim or some dining options with sea views.

Aer Lingus fly to Split from Dublin airport.

Read: The best places to stay in Croatia

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14. Barcelona – Spain

Park Güell, Barcelona

It’s no surprise that Barcelona is one of the world’s best city break destinations. It’s got amazing architecture, mouthwatering cuisine, buzzing nightlife and excellent shopping, and let’s not forget its location on the Mediterranean Sea. 
 

 

 
Barcelona can be reached from Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Ireland West airports.

Read: Where to stay in Barcelona and the top things to do

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15. Amsterdam – Netherlands

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With Aer Lingus, Ryanair and KLM all flying to Amsterdam from Dublin, and Aer Lingus also flying from Cork, there has never been a better time to visit. City breaks in Amsterdam are very much on trend in 2022, from top class museums to cycle trails along its canals, you will be spoilt for things to do.

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16. Bordeaux – France

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Bordeaux is France’s sixth largest city and boasts a massive World Heritage site, stunning architecture as well as being one of France’s top gastronomic and wine capitals. 

You could easily spend a few days here and not leave the city. However, it would be a shame not to explore the picturesque villages and charming Châteaux on the Bordeaux wine trail, Saint-Emilion in particular is a little piece of heaven.
 

 

 
Bordeaux can be reached from Dublin and Cork airports or you could choose to take the ferry and bring home some wine!

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17. Dubrovnik – Croatia

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The medieval city of Dubrovnik should be on everyone’s wish list. It is so well preserved and looks like something straight out of a fairytale.

There are many great hotel choices both inside and outside the walled city. I like to stay on the outskirts and catch a water taxi to the centre in the evening time, and watch the sun set over the city walls.
 

 

 
Dubrovnik can be reached direct from Dublin airport with Aer Lingus and Ryanair, and from Cork airport with Aer Lingus.

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18. Venice – Italy

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The unique floating city of Venice has to be visited at least once in a lifetime. There are so many iconic sights, that simply wandering around its streets and canals will captivate you. However, sipping a latte on St Mark’s Square and taking a gondola ride through the canals have to be done too!
 

 

 
Venice can be reached from Dublin airport with Aer Lingus and Ryanair, and from Cork airport with Ryanair.

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19. Athens – Greece

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Athens is a place that is on my own wish list this summer. I can’t wait to see the Acropolis, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world – I am told it is visible from all over the city.
 

 

 
Athens is a tale of two cities, with a modern city below offering trendy shops, top class restaurants and a cosmopolitan vibe. If you fancy a stroll along the beach, there are plenty outside the city to choose from, just a short bus ride away.

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20. Washington – USA

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Washington’s monument trail is like an open-air museum. You would want to be made of stone if the Lincoln, Jefferson and Vietnam Veterans Memorials didn’t impress you. The silence at Arlington Cemetery is one of those experiences you never forget, and of course there’s always The White House…
 

 

 
Washington is also home to the Smithsonian Institution, which is the world’s largest museum, and arguably the most interesting. You will find the National Air & Space Museum here too, and what I love about Washington is all of these are free. It is rare to find a city break where you don’t feel obliged to fork out for entrance tickets to top attractions. 

Washington can be reached from Dublin airport with Aer Lingus and United Airlines.
 

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We are blessed with the amount of cheap city break destinations from Ireland at our disposal. A few days away and a change of scenery can make all the difference, and many of the above options shouldn’t break the bank. Go somewhere new in 2022 and choose one of these top city break destinations for your next adventure.
 

 

 
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12 Winter City Break Deals for less than €199 – Flights & Highly Rated Hotels Included

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From Madrid to Marrakech, Prague to Porto, I’ve got 12 great city break deals for less than €199 – the perfect Christmas gifts! 

With airfares to European cities so low this winter, why not give the gift of travel this Christmas? I’ve found some great city break deals for you to enjoy. All deals include flights and top rated hotels in central locations.
 
Most city break deals are for two or three nights, however, dates can be changed to suit you requirements – simply edit the search links below. Like city breaks? Check out my top 20 city break destinations for 2022.
 

 

 

1. Rome: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 22nd January, 2 Nights, €190

city break deals to Rome from Ireland

Rome is always a great choice for a city break. There are ancient wonders at every corner, and let’s not forget the food – the home of pizza, pasta and gelato, Rome is a feast for the senses. 

 

 
I found a great deal in the 4-star Hotel Capo d´África – Colosseo, priced at just is €127 per person for a two-night stay. I have chosen a morning flight out from Dublin and an evening flight back which will give you three full days in this magnificent city.  Dates and durations can be changed to suit your requirements – simply edit the search dates via the links below.

Return flights are available from Dublin airport and Cork airports this winter. There are many more hotel choices, as well as some top tips for visiting Rome in these posts:

Read: Where to stay in Rome, my top picks of 3, 4 and 5-star hotels

Read: Top things to do in Rome and restaurant recommendations

Search flights here 22nd – 24th January €63pp

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2. Porto: Flights & 4-Star Aparthotel, 15th January, 3 Nights, €185

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I loved our trip to Porto and would highly recommend Porto for a city break. As well as being home to a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is packed with colourful buildings, delightful streets, and has a great food and wine scene. 
 

 

 
Enjoy a three-night stay at the highly rated Reis de Gaia Aparthotel. Superbly located on the waterfront, next to Porto’s cable car and Porto’s famous Port wine cellars,  it is also just minutes from the Dom Luis Bridge. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, this is one of the best value city break deals from Dublin.
 

 

 
Read: Why you need to choose Porto for your next city break

Search flights here 15 – 18 January €70pp

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3. Madrid: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 14th May, 2 Nights, €199

City break deals to Madrid from Ireland

Visit the Royal Palace, shop the Gran Via, take the tour of Real Madrid’s stadium, or enjoy a tapas trail around the city – there is so much to do in Madrid. 

 

 
I found great value weekend flights departing early December. Flights and a three-night stay in the highly located 4-star Hotel Sardinero Madrid is only €199 per person. See lots  more hotel options in this post:

Read: Where to stay in Madrid and the top things to do – Madrid travel guide

Search flights here 14th – 16th May €83pp
 
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4. Marrakech: Flights & 4-Star Riad, 14th January, 3 Nights, €199

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Marrakech may not be the first place you think of when looking for city break deals from Ireland. However, there are direct flights every Saturday and Tuesday from Dublin during the winter. Marrakech is a great choice if you want to sample the sights and sounds of this fascinating country, and catch some sun at the same time!
 

 

 
For the most authentic experience, a stay in one of Marrakech’s Riads is a must. I found a great deal in the highly rated Riad Aymane, which is located in the heart of the Medina.This super city break deal is €199 based on three sharing or €208 based on two sharing, and it includes breakfast!

Search flights here 14th-17th January €113pp

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5. Venice: Flights & 4 Star Hotel, 7th February, 2 Nights, €170

city break deals to Venice from Dublin or Cork airport

The unique floating city of Venice has to be visited at least once in a lifetime, and wouldn’t it make the perfect Christmas gift? There are so many iconic sights, that simply wandering around its streets and canals will captivate you. However, sipping a latte on St Mark’s Square and taking a gondola ride through the canals have to be done too! 

 

 
Venice can be reached from Dublin airport with Aer Lingus and Ryanair, and from Cork airport with Ryanair this winter. I found great value flights with Ryanair in February for just €68 return from Dublin or €93 from Cork.

The superbly located Mercurio Hotel  is superb value at just €102 per person for a two-night stay. You can find lots more hotel options in my Venice travel guide here:

Read: Top things to do in Venice and where to stay

Search flights here 7th – 9th February €68pp

 
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6. Budapest: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 28th January, 3 Nights €192

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 There are flights available to Budapest from Dublin and Shannon airport this winter. Price for flights with Ryanair and a three-night stay at the highly rated Boutique Hotel Budapest is just €192 on the 28th of January. The same package from Shannon departing 27th of January is €205 per person.

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7. Nice: Flights & 3-Star Hotel, 24th April, 3 Nights, €187

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The South of France is always a good idea and Nice certainly deserves a place on this city break deals post. Flight time is only 2 hours 30 minutes from Dublin airport and the town centre is only 4 miles from the airport, so you can be sipping cocktails on the Promenade des Anglais within a half hour of arriving in France🍸.
 

 

 
Nice has some gorgeous boutiques, amazing restaurants, and of course a fabulous long sandy beach – but that’s not all. Its location in the South of France is ideal for visiting Cannes,  St Tropez, Monaco, you can even pop into Italy on the train for your lunch!
 

 

 
This weekend break includes a three-night stay in the popular Hotel Esprit d’Azur. Located just five minutes walk from the Old Town and fifteen minutes from the beach, this hotel is highly rated on TripAdvisor and offers super value for a short break away.

Search flights here 24th – 27th April €78pp

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8. Lisbon: Flights & 3-Star Hotel, 4th January, 2 Nights, €197

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Beat the January blues with this super city break deal to Lisbon. Lisbon is one Europe’s top city break destinations, and after my recent visit I now know why! It has a beautiful old town, with pastel-coloured buildings with terracotta rooftops as far as the eye can see.

Lisbon is very easy to navigate too, but if you don’t fancy walking it, there are delightful old trams and tuk tuks available to help you explore this great city. 

Read: My Top 10 things to do in Lisbon
 

 

 
The modern Ibis Styles Marquês de Pombal is ideally located close to Avenida da Liberdade. It also receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and is great choice for anyone looking for great value city break deals to Lisbon.

I chose flights out early on the 4th and returning late on the 6th which will give you three days to explore this great city. If you are looking for a four or five star hotel, check out my post on the best places to stay in Lisbon here:

Read: Where to stay in Lisbon – my top 10 Lisbon hotels

Search flights here 4th – 6th January €107pp

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9. Barcelona: Flights & 3-Star Hotel, 5th March, 2 Nights, €186

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It’s no surprise that Barcelona is one of the world’s best city break destinations. It’s got amazing architecture, mouthwatering cuisine, buzzing nightlife and excellent shopping, and let’s not forget its location on the Mediterranean Sea. 
 

 

 
I have chosen early flights out on Sunday morning, returning Tuesday evening to give you three days to explore this great city. There are many great hotels to choose from, but for this city break deal I have chosen the highly rated Ciutat de Barcelona Hotel.

Located in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter, just minutes from Las Ramblas, it boasts a rooftop pool, a tapas-style restaurant, and a popular bar. See this and lots more accommodation options in this post:

Read: Where to stay in Barcelona and the top things to do

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10. Prague: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 30th January, 3 Nights, €138

city break deals to Prague from Ireland

Prague must rival Paris for the title of Europe’s most beautiful city. Wenceslas Square, medieval Charles Bridge and Prague Castle are just some of the architectural masterpieces and a Christmas market break is a great way to appreciate them. 

This compact city is one where you can see the most of the highlights in your three night break. And if nightlife is what you seek, you won’t be left wanting, with arguably the world’s best beer to go with it!
 

 

 
I found great value flights with Aer Lingus on Sunday the 30th of January for €71. The Hotel Merkur is a highly rated 4-star hotel located close to the Old Town Square and Prague’s historic centre.  

Search flights here 29 January – 1st Feb €71pp

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11. Malaga City: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 2 Nights €189pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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After many years of visiting the beach resorts on the Costa del Sol, I finally got around to enjoying a Malaga city break and can’t believe what I have been missing for the last 30 years! Despite  being the six largest city in Spain, Malaga feels more like a vibrant town. Its colourful streets are a delight to explore and it is packed with history and culture, as well as tasty tapas bars.
 

 

 
Many of the top things to do in Malaga are located close together so you can see most of the highlights in a Malaga city break. My Malaga travel guide has all you need to know about discovering this great city:

Read: Top things to do in Malaga, where to stay and eat

The 4-Star Soho Boutique Hotel Colón is just €90 per person for a two-night stay. I chose early flights out on Sunday the 26th of February with Aer Lingus, returning on Tuesday evening to give you three days to explore the city.
 

 

 
Flights are also available with Ryanair from Shannon and Cork and there is a weekly from Ireland West Airport – Knock. Simply edit the search dates via the accommodation links below to suit your requirements. 

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12. Edinburgh, 8th January, Flights & 4-Star Suite, 2 Nights, €150

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Are you looking for city break deals from Cork, Shannon or Ireland West airports? There are direct flights to Edinburgh from all of these airports this winter, as well as Dublin. 
 

 

 
Edinburgh is easy to navigate and is one of those cities that you can’t help but love. It’s medieval old town and stunning castle are a pleasure to explore. Don’t miss Arthur’s Seat in Holyrood Park for the best views, and make sure to visit the pubs on Rose Street for the ultimate Edinburgh experience. 

I found great value return flights from just €30 from Dublin on the 8th of January. Similar airfares are available from Ireland West, Shannon and Cork airports.
 

 

 
The 4-star Princes Street Suites are a superb choice to explore Edinburgh. The location couldn’t be better – they overlook Edinburgh Castle!

With stylish decor, fitted kitchens and a small dining area its no surprise they are rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor. Many apartments have floor-to-ceiling windows and there is also shared rooftop terrace.

Read: Top 10 holidays from Ireland West Airport

Search flights here 8th – 10th January €30pp 

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10 Short Breaks Over Easter Holidays, Flights & Hotels From €298pp

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From city breaks to seaside resorts, I’ve hand-picked some great short breaks over Easter holidays with flights and highly rated accommodation included.

Walk along the medieval walls in Dubrovnik, take a road trip through Tuscany, or laze on the beach in Sardinia – these are just a sample of my favourite short breaks over Easter holidays. All deals are priced with flights and highly rated hotels or apartments.
 
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1. Croatia: Flights & 5-Star Hotel, 3 Nights, Half Board – €428pp

easter weekend in Croatia

The medieval city of Dubrovnik should be on everyone’s wish list. It is so well preserved and looks like something straight out of a fairytale. There are many great hotel choices here, but I found a superb deal in the 5-star Hotel Croatia, which is located in the pretty resort of Cavtat, an hour’s water taxi ride away from the city. 

Read my top tips on discovering Dubrovnik

 

 

 
As well as the benefit of staying in a luxury 5-star hotel, there is a Wellness Centre with heated indoor pool. This deal also includes breakfast and evening meal each day! 

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2. Tuscany: Flights & 4 Nights in San Gimignano – €349pp

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Pisa is not one of my favourite city break destinations, but it is superbly located to explore Tuscany. Pisa is served from Dublin and Cork airports with Ryanair, and it is one of my top 20 City break destinations for 2022. I recommend hiring a car, as there are many towns and villages to discover in Tuscany.
 

 

 
The Leaning Tower of Pisa is located close to the airport so it is best seen when you arrive, or before you leave to fly home – depending on your flight times.

Read: Top towns and cities to visit in Tuscany
 

 

 
Return flights are available from Dublin for €123 on the 12th of April for four nights. I have chosen the highly rated three-star Hotel Colline just outside the walled city of San Gimignano, this is one of Tuscany’s prettiest and most famous towns. You could also choose to stay in Florence, which is located about 90 minutes drive from Pisa.
 

 

 
Search flights 12th – 16th April €123pp

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3. Menorca: Flights & Apartment, Family of 4 – €1168, Family of 6 – €1388

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Still relatively unspoilt, Menorca retains all the charm and character you would expect from a Spanish island, without the high rise blocks. Although very popular with families, Menorca would also suit a romantic getaway. With beautiful landscapes and gorgeous cove beaches, there is lots to explore, and plenty of pretty towns and villages to enjoy a nice meal.
 

 

 

For families, the 4-star White Sands Beach Club by Diamond Resorts offers great value. Located beside a secluded cove in Arenal d’en Castell, it boasts an infinity pool, children’s pool and Spa. This two bedroom apartment will sleep up to six. 
 

 

 
I have priced these short breaks over Easter weekend from the 13th to 17th of April, but many more dates and durations are available – simply edit the search dates via the links below.

 

Search flights 13th – 17th April €110pp

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4. Sardinia: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 3 Nights – €458pp

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With a direct three-hour flight from Dublin Airport and a ten-minute airport transfer, you can be enjoying nice Italian food in the old town of Alghero, with one of Italy’s best beaches beside you.

Sardinia is perfect for a short break over Easter weekend. With cobbled stone streets, trendy boutiques and a great food scene, Alghero is a pleasure to stroll around. And if you are lucky with the weather, there is a gorgeous sandy beach on your doorstep!
 

 

 
I have chosen the 4-star Alma di Alghero Hotel which is only €280 per person including breakfast, based on a three-night stay from the 14th of April. Many more dates and durations are available – check out this post for more information:

Read: Sardinia holidays from Ireland, weekend breaks and summer holiday deals

Search flights 14th – 17th April €178

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5. PortAventura: 3-Night Family Break Including Passes, 2ad & 2ch – €954

Easter holidays in Portaventura

Take the kids to PortAventura during Easter holidays and they will thank you for it! Not only is it one of Europe’s largest theme parks, but it’s also one of the best. I visited twice, and loved it and was amazed at how many rides and experiences are available for children of all ages.
 

 

 
I have a choice of accommodation  to choose from. Stay in a two-bedroom apartment at the popular Pierre & Vacances Salou, or stay at the PortAventura Hotel, where you can walk in and out of the park as many times as you like. You can also enjoy a complimentary family pass to Ferrari Land, which is located nearby.

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6. Majorca: Flights & 5-Star Hotel 3 Nights ex Dublin – €298pp; 7 Night ex Shannon – €435pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Palma ticks all boxes if you are looking for short breaks from Dublin, Cork, Shannon or Ireland West. Don’t miss a trip to Palma’s cathedral, and a stroll along the marina is a must in the evenings. Palma is also a great choice for a shopping break, and is an ideal launchpad to explore the rest of the island.
 

 

 
There are many different resorts to choose from, but I found a superb deal in the 5-star CM Mallorca Palace. This luxury beachfront hotel is located about an hour from Palma, however the reviews are so good, you may not want to leave!

Price for a three-night break from Dublin is €298 per person, or a seven-night break from Shannon is €435 per person.

Search flights 14th – 17th April ex Dublin €169pp, 15th – 22nd April ex Shannon €150pp

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7. Algarve: Flights & 4-Star Adults-Only hotel, 4 Nights, B&B – €392pp

4-star beach hotels in the Algarve

The Algarve is always a popular choice, and I was surprised to find good value flights still available with Aer Lingus during Easter holidays. I have chosen a four-night break but simply change the dates on the links below if you wish to extend your stay.
 

 

 
The adult-only Falesia Hotel receives excellent reviews and offers direct access to the beautiful 8km beach of Praia da Falesia. Located in the pretty town Olhos de Agua,  yet close enough to the lively resort Albufeira, it offers the bets of both worlds. There is a choice dining options and bars if you prefer to stay on site, as well as an indoor pool and Spa.

Read: The best beach hotels on the Algarve

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8. Toulouse: Flights & 4-Star Aparthotel, 3 Nights – €338pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Otherwise known as ‘The Pink City’, Toulouse is a colourful, vibrant city that is a pleasure to ramble around. Although one of France’s largest cities, it doesn’t feel like it when you are lost in the Old Town or relaxing by the Garonne River.
 

 

 
Constantly voted as one of the top places where French people want to live, this University town offers a lively atmosphere as well as some outstanding museums, including the Space and Aviation museums. I enjoyed a weekend in Toulouse a few years ago and loved it – Toulouse is also ideal for solo travellers.

Read my Toulouse travel blog – why you should visit and what to do when you get there.

 

 
I have chosen the Privilège Appart Hôtel Saint Exupéry for its central location and superb views.  Priced at only €158 per person based on a three-night stay from the 16th of April, it offers excellent value for a short break during Easter holidays. Many more dates and durations are available.

View flights here 14th – 17th April €158pp

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9. Biarritz: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 7 Nights – €538pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Biarritz is one of those cities that is often overlooked, but it shouldn’t be! We stayed here a few years ago while visiting northern Spain and loved it. Its got a fantastic beach, gorgeous restaurants and great shopping. There is everything from designer boutiques to surf shops, and a daily food market that you won’t want to miss.
 

 

 
Speaking of food – Biarritz is only 45 minutes drive from San Sebastian, so if you fancy hiring a car for the day, it might be a good opportunity to visit one of Europe’s best food destinations. 

I priced this trip on a three-night stay in the highly rated Best Western Plus Hôtel Littéraire Jules Verne Hotel. Located in the heart of the town, it offers superb value for a short break during Easter holidays.

Search flights 14th – 21st April €108pp

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10. Gothenburg: Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 3 Nights – €334pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Sweden is a country that is on my own wish list, and this super deal to Sweden’s second city is a great introduction. With return airfares from €163, this must be one of the best value short breaks over Easter weekend.
 

 

 
Despite its seaside location, Gothenburg is known as the Green City. It has an abundance of green spaces, and its work on sustainability has made it one of Europe’s leading cities in this field. Gothenburg is an inviting city renowned for its friendly seaside charm, as well as its great food and craft beer scene. Thrill seekers might also like to try the many rides and rollercoasters at Scandinavia’s largest theme park – Liseberg.
 

 

 
The Radisson Blu Riverside overlooks Gothenburg’s harbour and the Göta River. It also boasts a wellness centre and a rooftop terrace with a hot tub.

Search flights 16th – 19th April €163pp

View hotel here €171pp  
 

 

 
All of these short breaks over Easter weekend are correct at time of issue, but are subject to change. Please note that these links are affiliate links where we receive a small commission if a booking is made.

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New York for New Year – Direct Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 4 Nights, €1190pp

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Plan ahead and enjoy a New Year to remember! Check out this super deal to New York for New Year and get planning a festive break away.

New York is one of the few places that I have re-visited many times, but the wow factor never goes away. I always feel like I am part of a movie set, and even the most simple thing like hailing a yellow cab, gives me joy. New York is definitely one of my favourite cities in the world, and being in New York for New Year is about as good as it gets! 

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Few cities capture the magic of Christmas better than New York. The city is covered in lights, Department Stores bring a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘window shopping’, and is there a more famous Christmas tree than the one at Rockefeller Centre? Last year’s 85 years old Christmas tree was 79ft tall and covered in 50,000 lights!

And let’s not forget ice skating in Central Park – another iconic winter scene.

New York for New Year

The annual ‘Ball Drop’ in Times Square is a free event, although expect to queue for a few hours to catch this famous celebration. However, entertainment starts at 6pm so there will be live music and celebrity chats while you wait.
 

 

 
If the Ball Drop isn’t your thing, don’t worry, there will be plenty of events on in New York for New Year. We spent New Year’s Eve in New York many years ago and never went to Times Square – we enjoyed an amazing night in a Soho restaurant bar instead! Ask your hotel for nearby events and be sure to book in advance. 
 

 

 
Of course a trip to New York for New Year is not just about New Year’s Eve. You will have four days to explore New York’s highlights. The Empire State Building, Top of the Rock and One World Observatory have been the favourites for taking in the skyline, but thrillseekers might like to try New York’s newest attraction – Summit One Vanderbilt.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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One of New York’s tallest buildings, visitors can stand over the glass sky boxes that jut out of the massive skyscraper – although its probably not for the faint hearted! You can see lots more of New York’s top attractions here:

Read: Top 25 things to do in New York
 

 

 

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I found flights with United Airlines, flying direct from Dublin to Newark. Contrary to what you may think the transfer time from Newark to Manhattan is similar to JFK.

Return airfares start at just €542 per person on the 28th of December. This price is based on the Basic Economy fare, but I recommend opting for the Economy fare of €652 which includes checked baggage, seat selection and free changes if required – don’t worry I have based this €899 offer on this fare.

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The highly rated Lucerne Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is great value, priced at just €538 per person based on two sharing. Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor here.

Want to bring the kids along? A four-night stay is just €1284 for a family of four. 

Read: Top things to do in New York with kids.

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The Iberostar Park Avenue is located closer to Mid Town if that’s your preference. Priced at €636 per person for a four night stay, and also highly rated on TripAdvisor, this is another super choice. Price for a family stay for four nights is €1363

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There are many more hotels in New York for New Year – see my top picks here:

Read: Where to stay in New York – from great value apartments to luxury hotels

Where to stay in New York with views 

 

 
I hope my post on New York for New Year will help you plan a trip to the Big Apple for the festive season. It is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions for entering the US and book hotels and flights that offer flexibility. 

Every measure is taken to insure that information is accurate at the time of issue, and hotels have received good reviews from previous guests. However, attractions, hotel facilities and service are subject to change.
 

 

 
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