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The Travel Expert’s Best Tavel Deals 6th July 2021

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This weeks best travel deals include summer holidays, winter breaks, cruise holidays, summer holidays in Ireland, and early booking deals for 2022.

 
I have some amazing offers in my best travel deals this week! I have summer holidays in Santorini and Spain, the October bank holiday weekend in Lisbon, adult-only winter breaks in Gran Canaria, New Year in Lanzarote for families, overnight escapes in Dublin and family staycations in Clare – for this summer, and early booking deals for 2022 – including an amazing cruise offer and a weekend Vegas!
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements, and these can change at any time. Most countries require non-vaccinated people to produce proof of negative Covid tests on arrival. Some require PCR tests, others will accept Antigen tests, and child ages vary from country to country.
 
InstagramIt is also vital that if you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid that you have proof of this. We have been told that the Digital Covid Certificate should be available to us by the 19th of July, but have to wait a little longer to be able to access this information.
 

 

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

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

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

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

best travel deals to Zakynthos from Ireland

TUI is offering last minute package holidays from €313 after the 19th of July, and a further €100 off if you spend over €800 in total – use promo code SUMMER at the check out. They also include free Covid-Cover in all of their holidays departing before 31st October. There is a wide selection of offers to choose from but I found a great deal staying in the highly rated Potamitis apartments in Zakynthos.
 

 

 
Price including flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven night stay is just €349 per person, departing July 25th. The Potamitis is rated no 1 onTripAdvisor and the reviews are excellent. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best last minute overnight escape:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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While restrictions remain on indoor dining, perhaps now is a good time to book an overnight escape in a hotel. I had the pleasure of staying at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire recently, and I loved its seaside location and its superb facilities – there is a spa and swimming pool on site.
 

 

 
Enjoy a boat or kayaking trip with Dublin Under Sail and if you can manage to get a table, Hartleys outdoor dining is superb! I have lots more Dublin hotels in this post, including city centre locations in July and August from €50 per person.

Read: 20 Dublin hotel deals, overnight stays from €49 in July and August

See more here
 

 

 

 

Best September deal:

 travel deals to Menorca

Enjoy a week on the beautiful island of Menorca for just €313 on the 14th of September. Ryanair have return flights from just €15 each way, so even if thought of travel restrictions or changing flights is putting you off booking – its worth the risk for €30!
 

 

 
There is a host of accommodation options to choose from, but I found a good deal in the highly rated Grupotel Club Menorca which is located just 200 metres from the beach.

View flights here €29pp 

View hotel here €284pp
 

 

 

Best luxury sun holiday:

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Santorini is still on my bucket list, and I’m finding this deal to the 5-star Cavo Bianco Boutique Hotel and Spa very tempting! Enjoy a seven-night stay in this stunning hotel from just €819 on the 27th of September. Price includes Aer Lingus flights from Dublin, and breakfast each day.
 

 

 
Note Aer Lingus allow free changes up to two hours before departure, and I have priced the hotel on a free cancellation basis.

View flights here €194pp

View hotel here €625pp
 

 

 

Best family deal:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Fancy spending the New Year in Lanzarote? TUI is offering €100 off when you spend over €800 by using code HOLIDAY100 and they offer good value to the Canary Islands on their own charter flights, compared to other airlines.
 

 

 
Price for flights, checked baggage, airport transfers and seven-nights in the popular San Marcial apartments in Lanzarote is only €2830 based on two adults and two children sharing. Price includes saving of €100 when you use promo code on this or any TUI winter holiday over €800 in value.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

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Clare’s Hotel Woodstock is a family run country house on the grounds of Woodstock Golf and Country Club. Located just 4km from Ennis and a short drive to the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren, the possibilities for day trips are endless.
 

 

 
The onsite Leisure Club with pool, sauna and jacuzzi will be a warmly welcomed after spending a day along the Wild Atlantic Way. Price for a two night stay in a superior family room is just €288 on the 8th of August.

Read: 15 Family breaks in August – 2 Night stays from €288

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Best cruise:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Cruise Italy and the Greek Isles on Royal Caribbean’s Odyssey of the Seas next summer. Fly from Dublin to Rome on the 17th of July and spend six nights on this extraordinary cruise ship, visiting Santorini, Mykonos and the Amalfi Coast – all while staying in a balcony cabin! 
 

 

 
Price of €1469 includes flights, return airport transfers, cruise on a full-board basis with upgrade to balcony cabin.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

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Spend the October bank holiday weekend in Lisbon. I found a great deal staying in the popular Sao Bento Hotel, departing Saturday the 23rd of October for three nights. Price is just €283 per person, including flights and hotel with breakfast.

There are lots more accommodation options in this post:

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

See more here
 

 

 

Best winter break:

Winter sun holidays in Gran Canaria

The Adults-Only Sol Mogan Suites is one of the most sought after properties in Gran Canaria. The modern suites have a kitchenette and a barbecue, and its location is ideal for couples looking for winter sun holidays in a relaxed surrounding. Enjoy a seven-night stay here with flights from just €366 on the 25th of November.  

View flights here €121pp

View hotel here €245pp
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

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Live it up in Las Vegas, with this super deal departing in April. Price of €489 includes flights and a four-night stay in the highly rated Luxor Hotel, based on 2 sharing. 

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

 
Sarah

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 22nd June 2021

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My best travel deals are back! I’ve got summer holidays to Greece and Croatia, a family holiday to Lake Garda, a super cruise deal in September, winter sun breaks, Christmas shopping breaks in New York, holidays in Ireland, and lots more.

With overseas travel finally returning on the 19th of July, I thought it was time I brought back my Best Travel Deals posts. I started publishing my weekly round up of the best travel deals over six years ago, and would you believe I never missed a week until last year! I include travel deals that I have sourced myself, as well as travel agent offers, cruise deals and Irish hotel deals.

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

 

 
It is also vital that if you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid that you have proof of this. We have been told that the Digital Covid Certificate will be available to us by the 19th of July, but have to wait a little longer to be able to access this information.
 

 

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

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

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

 

 

Best value summer sun:

Enjoy a week in the sunny Greek island of Rhodes from just €388 this summer! The Stella View Studios are located in the pretty town of Pefkos and boast gorgeous sea views, a restaurant, outdoor pool and a poolside bar. The reviews from previous guests on TripAdvisor are excellent. Price includes flights and accommodation for seven nights, departing August 10th.

Read: Rhodes holidays, the best places to stay for couples, families and groups

Check flights here €141pp

View apartment here €247pp
 

 

 

Best luxury summer sun:

The 5-star Hotel Croatia has been a firm favourite for many years. Its location in the pretty resort of Cavtat offers the best of both worlds – a peaceful resort with some super bars and restaurants, with the added advantage of being just a ferry ride away from the bustling city of Dubrovnik. We stayed in Cavtat a few years ago and loved it.
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Dubrovnik on the 22nd of August and enjoy a seven night stay with breakfast included for just €649 per person. This would normally be double that price for travel in August.

View flights here €117pp

View hotel here €532pp
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Enjoy a family holiday in Lake Garda over the October mid term break. Visit Gardaland, cycle the newly opened greenway along the lake, or visit the gorgeous cities of Verona and Venice nearby. Price for flights on the 23rd of October to Verona and a seven night stay in the Garda Village apartments is just €854 for a family of four.  

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Best cruise:

Sunway have some super cruise only offers with Norwegian this summer. You can cruise the Med from Barcelona on Norwegian Epic for just €753 on the 19th of September! Visit Pisa, Rome, Amalfi Coast, Sardinia and Palma before returning to Barcelona for your flight home.
 

 

 
Price includes seven-day cruise with all meals, unlimited drinks, WiFi, gratuities and shore excursion credit. Return flights are available with Aer Lingus from €181, but if you have a voucher you can use that too! Note all guests and crew must be fully vaccinated.

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Best city break:

Enjoy a Christmas shopping break in New York for just €616 per person. Aer Lingus are offering direct flights from Dublin and Shannon from just €338 in December, with unlimited changes right up to two hours before departure! Price for a three-night stay is in the highly rated Moxy Hotel Times Square is just €278 per person, based on three sharing.

This hotel deal offers free cancellation so if your plans change, you can cancel free of charge.  Make sure to check out its cool roof top bar…

Read: My ultimate guide on where to stay in New York

View flights here €338pp

View hotel here €278pp
 

 

 

Best winter break:

If you would love a winter sun break to look forward to – now is the time to book it, as it is likely that prices will increase closer to the time. I found a great deal staying in the Aqua Marina apartments in Lanzarote. Price for flights and a seven night stay on the 7th of December is just €279 per person.
 

 

 
Want to pamper yourself? Price for flights and the five-star Gran Castillo Tagoro on an all inclusive basis is only €663 on the same date!

View flights here €120pp

View Agua Marina €159pp

View Gran Castillo €543pp All Inclusive

Read: 10 Winter holiday destinations with direct flights from Ireland
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

Enjoy a three-night break in the highly rated Park Place apartments in Killarney from just €587 on the 15th of August. Located in the centre of Killarney town centre, these modern two-bedroom apartments are just 500 meters from the Killarney National Park. With the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way on  your doorstep, the possibilities for day trips is endless.

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Best Irish spa break:

As you may know I fell in love with the Inishowen Peninsula last week, and I think this deal in the 4-star Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa is superb value – the price for an overnight stay is just €50 per person in September! There is a swimming pool, spa, and the popular Jacks Bar and Restaurant on site, and it is ideally located to explore the Inishowen Peninsula. 

See my highlights from Donegal on my Instagram profile here

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Best early booking offers:

Secure your summer holiday for 2022 now, and enjoy your pick of free child places. Choose waterpark holidays, all-inclusive resorts, self catering apartments, or exclusive villas. TUI have a wide variety of free child places available for July and August now and a deposit of €75 secures a booking. 

Search here
 

 

 

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

 
Sarah
 
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Girls Weekend In Marbella, Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 3 Nights, 7th May, €288!

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Get a few friends together and plan a weekend in Marbella for next summer, and make up for lost time!

Marbella has been a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers for many years and it’s not difficult to see why. It’s got sun, fun and a little glitz and glamour to boot! With short daily flights from Dublin, Cork and Shannon you can however, manage a weekend in Marbella without breaking the bank. 
 
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Marbella has great nightlife, shopping and beaches so it is probably the perfect choice for a girls weekend away. It’s not only about the bling though, the backdrop of the mountains and the beautiful old town, ensure it keeps some of its original charm. There are numerous great restaurants and shops too, so it is safe to say Marbella caters for everyone.

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I have chosen the 4-star Princesa Playa apartments which are located right beside the beach and just five minutes walk from the old town of Marbella. The roof-top pool with sea views is particularly popular with guests. Highly recommended on TripAdvisor, this is a super choice for a girls weekend in Marbella.
 

 

 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Malaga on Saturday the 7th of May and enjoy a three-night weekend in Marbella for just €288, based on two sharing. If these dates don’t suit, simply click on the links below and edit your search to suit your requirements. Go on, get a few friends together and plan a weekend away – you deserve it!
 

 

 
Search flights here €126pp

 

View hotel here €162pp

 

 

Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

 

 

Sarah

 

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Summer Holiday in Marrakech, 9th July, 1 week, Flights & 5 Star Riad €339!

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Are you looking for a holiday with a difference? Want a break away that won’t break the bank? Try a Summer holiday in Marrakech!

 

The city of Marrakech is a feast for the senses and is a place that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Even David Beckham thought it was cool enough to celebrate his 40th birthday there – so why not give it a whirl! Contrary to what you might think the average temperature is 29 degrees in July so as well as exploring this unique city you can also chill out by the pool and catch some rays 😎

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Stroll through the Medina and admire the traditional private mansions, or ‘Riads’ as they are more commonly known. These house some of Marrakech’s top hotels now and are definitely worth exploring. Go bargain hunting in the souqs and spend some time on the main square, Djemaa el-Fna. Street artists are everywhere, from snake charmers to cookery shows  – this square is the heart and soul of Marrakech. Don’t worry though, if you are craving some modernity in this old city you can explore the new town, with it’s modern shops, bars and art galleries.

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Fly from Dublin to Marrakech on the 9th of July and spend seven nights in the 5 star Riad Le Jardin d’Abdou for only €339. Superbly located inside the Media, this luxury Riad combines offers a traditional Moroccan stay with the comforts of a five star hotel. This nine roomed Riad has an outdoor pool, spa, bar, a rooftop terrrace, free WiFi and offers free breakfast! Check out the great reviews on tripadvisor – it was also awarded a certificate of excellence.

 

 

View flights here €144pp

View hotel here €195pp

 

Price is correct at the time of issue but is subject to change. Please note some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

 

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10 Brilliant Getaways For Under €200 With Flights & 4 Star Hotels Included.

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Spoil your nearest and dearest with the prospect of adventure this Christmas. Here are ten Christmas holiday gifts for less than €200 per person. All prices include flights and 4-Star accommodation!

 

1. Rome

Dates: 06.02.2019 – 09.02.2019

Price: €188pp

As Robert de Niro famously once said; “Italy has changed, but Rome is Rome!” This city has a timeless beauty that will never fade. Experience it for the bargain price of €188pp in a four star centrally located hotel.

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2. Porto

Dates: 25.01.2019 – 28.01.2018

Price: €181pp

Porto would always be high on the list of recommendations for a fabulous city break. Read The Travel Expert’s blog about her previous trip to Porto here. Enjoy a three night stay in January in the highly rated House Ribeira Porto Hotel for only €181 per person.

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3. Algarve

Dates: 03.04.2019 – 10.04.2019

Price: €182pp

Give yourself an early sense of summer with a springtime trip to the Algarve. Fly from Dublin on the 03rd of April and enjoy a one week stay in the highly rated Agua Hotels Riverside, Lagoa for only  €182 per person.

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4. Madrid

Dates: 02.03.2019 – 05.03.2019

Price: €159pp

A city break to Madrid is a fantastic Christmas gift! Girls will love the shopping on the Gran Via while the lads can take the tour of Real Madrid’s stadium!  Fly from Dublin on the 2nd of March and enjoy a three night stay in the well located 4*  Sercotel Álcala 611 for only €153pp.

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5. Marrakech

Dates: 10.03.2019 – 14.03.2019

Price: €195pp

Marrakech is a feast for the senses and should be on everyone’s bucket list.  Fly from Dublin on the 10th of March and spend four nights in a highly rated 4* Ayoub Hotel & Spa for only €195 per person.

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6. Prague

Dates: 03.02.2019 – 06.02.2019

Price: €149pp

Treat your loved one to a romantic getaway in Prague. Stay at the 4* Salvator Boutique Hotel, for three nights, for only €149 per person, departing the 3rd of February.

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7. Athens

Dates: 30.01.2019 – 03.02.2019

Price: €143pp

Culture vultures will love Athens. The combination of the ancient Acropolis and the modern new town makes Athens is a great city break destination. This deal is superb! Stay four nights in the four star Athens Lotus Hotel for only €143 departing Wednesday the 30th of January.

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8. Lisbon

Dates: 09.03.2019 – 12.03.2019

Price: 159pp

Spend a weekend in one of Europe’s favourite city break destinations, Lisbon. Enjoy a three night stay in a four star hotel for only €159, departing the 9th of March. #LoveLisbon

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9. Paris

Dates: 01.03.2019 – 04.03.2019

Price: 179pp

Treat your loved one to a romantic three night break in Paris next Spring.  The price of €179 includes flights and a three night stay at a highly rated four star hotel.

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10. Zadar

Dates: 18.10.2019 – 21.10.2019

Price: €181pp

Go somewhere new in 2019 and travel to Zadar in Croatia. Enjoy a three night stay in the 4* Apartments Villa Karla  from €181, departing the 18th of October.

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All prices 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.

 

Martin McKenna – The Travel Expert Team

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May Holiday Sale – My Top 10 Picks, All Less Than €399!

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I have teamed up with TUI, who have so many amazing holiday deals in April and May. I thought I would pick some of my favourites and share them with you!

 

As usual, I only recommend places that I have personally been to or have received good reviews. All the prices below include flights, transfers and checked baggage, based on two sharing – with NO HIDDEN EXTRAS! Hopefully there will be something to suit you in the big May holiday sale!

 

 

1. Algarve, 20th May, Casa Mitchell Apartments, 1 week, 2 sharing €349

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The Algarve is always a good choice for a getaway. Only a short flight away, with wide sandy beaches, great restaurants and just the right amount of nightlife, it ticks all boxes. Stay at the Casa Mitchell apartments in Albufeira which receive excellent reviews on tripadvisor and were awarded a certificate of excellence. This family-run apart-hotel is set in a converted old townhouse in Albufeira and is only a short walk to the old town and Fisherman’s Beach.

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2. Lanzarote, 29th April, 8 Nights, Cinco Plaza Apartments, 2 sharing, €334

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Although technically late April, you will be away for the first week in May! This amazing deal to one of Lanzarote’s most sought after apartments, is superb. Not only will you be staying in the heart of Puerto del Carmen but you will also have the benefit of an extra night free. The icing on the cake – this eight day trip returns back on the bank holiday Monday, so you will only need to take five days annual leave. Highly rated on tripadvisor, the Cinco Plaza apartments are the perfect choice to kickstart your Summer.

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3. Crete, Stefania Apartments, 27th May, 1 week, 2 sharing, €379

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One of Crete’s most popular apartments, the Stefania have been a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers for many years. Situated in the heart of Stalis and beside the beach, everything you need is on your doorstep. There is a wide selection of shops, bars and restaurants in Stalis so you could happily spend a week here without leaving the resort. Check out the excellent reviews on tripadvisor and you will see what I mean! If however, you want a change of scene, the lively resort of Hersonissos is only a short taxi ride away.

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4. Puerto Rico – 26th April, 1 week, Puerto Plata apartments, 2 sharing, €259!

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I know this is also late April, but the price is so good I couldn’t leave it out!  Puerto Rico is one of Gran Canaria’s most popular resorts with plenty of bars and restaurants that open until the small hours. By day it is more relaxing, with most apartments offering plenty of places to enjoy the spectacular sea-views. Stay at the popular Puerto Plata apartments, which are very highly rated on tripadvisor for only €282 per person. Need to go in May?  I love the 4* Terrazmar suites apartments, they have a huge pool area on the roof and the apartments have large balconies, ideal for sunbathing. Price is only €399 on the 10th of May.

Click here for more details: Puerto Plata €259

Click here for more details: Terrazamar €399

 

5. Majorca, Alcudia, 1st May, 1 week, BB €296; All-Inclusive €386!

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Enjoy a week in the beach resort of Alcudia over the May Bank holiday weekend for only €296. One of Majorca’s most sought after resorts, with miles of white sandy beaches and a distinctive old town, there is plenty of things to do here, by day and night.  You will be staying at the popular Lagotel Hotel on a bed & breakfast basis. Well rated on tripadvisor, this is a steal at less than half the original price! Want to go all-inclusive? The popular Condes de Alcudia Hotel is only €386!

Click here for more details: Lagotel €296

 Click here for more details: Condes de Alcudia, All Inclusive, €386

 

6. Zakynthos, 22nd May, St Denis Apartments, 1 week,  2 sharing, €392

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Visit Shipwreck beach, the most photographed beach in the world, take a boat trip to see the famous loggerhead turtles or go island hopping and visit the neighbouring island of Kefalonia. I have chosen the highly rated St Denis apartments, which receive great reviews on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence. Located in the heart of Tsilivi, you are just minutes from the beach and the main strip.

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7. Tenerife, Harbour Club Apartments, 25th May, 1 week, €331

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Set in the pretty seaside town of Los Gigantes, stay in the modern Harbour Club apartments and enjoy a week of sunshine and seaviews. This apartment complex looks out over the Atlantic and the dramatic cliffs of Los Gigantes. There are plenty of shops, bars and restaurants nearby as well as a stylish marina. Highly rated on tripadvisor, this is an ideal choice for a relaxing holiday. Note rooms are on a steep slope.

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8. Kos 26th May, Smaragdi Apartments, 1 week, 2 sharing, €399

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Kos has some of the best beaches in the Greek islands. It has a cosmopolitan capital, Kos town, but is also full of medieval columns and castles at every corner! What’s great about this deal is that it offers the best of both worlds. You will be staying at the highly rated Smaragdi apartments in Lambi. This is a quiet resort so it’s the perfect place to chill out by day. However if you fancy the buzz and nightlife of Kos town, it is only five minutes away by taxi, or a twenty minute walk. You can sip a cocktail overlooking some mega yachts at the harbour, or wander through the old town and enjoy some shopping or some great night life – the choice is yours!  

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9. Rhodes, 30th May, Cosmos Maris Apartments, 1 week, 2 sharing, €399!

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I love Rhodes. it’s simply stunning and if you haven’t already visited – well, you just have to go!  Rhodes town is magical, the chic waterfront with trendy bars on one side and the Colossus of Rhodes in the old town on the other. You couldn’t ask for more! There is lots to discover outside the capital too, from the hilltop town of Lindos to the neighbouring islands of Simi, the only problem is, you will wish you booked for two weeks! Stay at the highly rated Cosmos Maris Studios which were awarded a certificate of excellence and have received rave reviews on tripadvisor, for only €399.  

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10. Bulgaria, Trakia Garden Hotel, Half Board, 29th May, 1 week, €396

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One of the cheapest places to holiday, if you want to getaway without breaking the bank, Sunnybeach in Bulgaria is the spot. I have chosen the popular Trakia Garden Hotel which is very highly rated on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence. Sunnybeach is a lively resort but this hotel offers the best of both worlds. Located just ten minutes walk from the wide sandy beach and a little further to the main strip, you can have quiet time during the day and easily pop into the resort centre at night time. The mini-train stops right outside if you want to rest your legs!

 

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So there you have it, my best buys from the big May holiday sale. I hope I have managed to find one that might suit you! If so, let me know, I would love to hear from you. Leave your comments in the box below. This post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own 🙂

 

Sarah

 

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Weekend in Iceland, 30th March, Flights & Hotel, 3 Nights, €297!

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Scratch one of the bucketlist and enjoy weekend in Iceland! This super deal includes direct flights and three nights in the city centre hotel.

 

I went to Iceland in last year and I loved it. It was everything I hoped it would be and so much more! The scenery, the people, everything about the trip was amazing, even though we had crazy snow storms! We saw the Northern Lights, something that was on my bucket list for years. Winter time is the optimum time to see them, so fingers crossed you will too. 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! You can read all about my adventures in Iceland here.

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I found a great deal staying in the popular City Centre Hotel. Situated in the heart of Reykjavik, this is a great option for weekend in Iceland Fly direct from Dublin on the 30th of March and enjoy a three night stay for only €297 per person.

View flights here  €127pp

View hotel here  €170pp

 

Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Note that some of the links in this post are affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

 

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Amazing Deal to Zakynthos, 13th August, 1 week, Flights, Apartment, Transfers & Baggage, €465!

Zakynthos

Looking for a great summer holiday that wont break the bank? Getaway in August with this amazing deal to Zakynthos for only €465.

 

I spent a week in Zakynthos a few years ago and loved it. There is so much to see and do you will spoilt for choice. A visit to Navagio or ‘Shipwreck Beach’ is a must, it is one of the most photographed beaches in the world! A boat trip to see the Loggerhead turtles is also a great day out and appeals to all ages. If you are feeling really adventurous you could take a ferry to some of the neighbouring islands, Kefalonia is a ideal for a day trip.

For me though, the beauty lies in just chilling out on Zante’s beaches and enjoying some tasty Greek food in local tavernas. There is a great laid back atmosphere on the island and although developed for tourists, it still feels authentic.  For more information on Zakynthos you can read my blog by clicking here.

Navagio beach, Zakynthos

I found a great deal staying at the popular Katerina Palace Aparthotel. Enjoy a one week stay for only €465 on the 13th of August. Centrally located in the beautiful resort of Argassi, it is also close to the beach and receives great reviews on tripadvisor. The price includes flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage – with no hidden extras!! Use code SAVE100 to save €100 off the listed price shown.

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Price is correct at the time of issue but is subject to change. Please note some of the links in this post contain affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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Last minute deal to Crete, 1 week, Flights & Apartment, 2nd October €265,

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With temperatures still in the late twenties, Crete is the perfect place to catch the last of the Summer sun. And with this last minute deal to Crete, there should be nothing stopping you!

Crete is Greece’s largest island so you can expect lots of things to see and do! You will find sun-drenched beaches with stunning mountain backdrops, pretty villages as well as bustling resorts, and of course some of the best Greek food 👌 A trek through the Samaria Gorge, the longest canyon in Europe, and a visit to the Venetian harbour town, Rethymnon are a must. History lovers will appreciate the ancient Minoan palace of Knossos and beach lovers will love the famous pink and white sandy beach of Elafonisi. Whether you are a culture vulture or a party animal, Crete will satisfy all your holiday needs – and then some.

Last minute deal to Crete

I have chosen the popular resort towns of Stalis and Hersonissos. Both situated 20 – 30 minutes from the airport and both have an abundance of bars, shops and restaurants. Hersonissos is the livelier of the two but Stalis is close by so you can easily pop in for a wild night anytime! Stalis, once a small fishing village, is now a cosmopolitan resort. You will find one of Crete’s best beaches here as well as pretty streets lined with great restaurants and local shops.

Falcon Holidays are offering return flights to Crete from only €199 on the 2nd of October. I have found some great deals in the highly rated Ariadni Palace apartments in Hersonissos and the Stalis Bay apartments in Stalis. This means that this last minute deal to Crete is only o€265 on the 2nd of October – it doesn’t get much better than that!

Click here to book flights:  €199

Click here to book Ariadni apartments: €131

Click here to book Stalis Bay apartments: €179

 

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

 

Sarah

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Last minute holidays on Today FM’s The Last Word

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Looking for last minute holidays? Read my top picks and tips as discussed with Matt Cooper on Today FM’s The Last Word today.

 

The threat of ISIS and the cancellation of flights to places like Egypt and Tunisia has meant that Spain, Portugal and Italy are the most sought after holiday destinations this year. This trend is the same across most European countries. Although the extra capacity with Ryanair and Aer Lingus has seen no shortage of flights – the problem is accommodation to go with them. Think off the beaten track and you will find accommodation to go with the cheap flights, that are available. Greece is also good value, as are city breaks across Europe.

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Mid – Late July:

For people looking for Spain, the Canary Islands are the best value. Prices are available from €550 including flights and accommodation for seven nights from most travel agents. There are cheap flights available to the Algarve and the Costa del Sol, from €170 return with Ryanair but finding good accommodation at a reasonable price is the problem. If you look at towns, villages away from the beach resorts you can get much better value.

The Travel Expert discusses last minute holidays on Today FM's The Last Word

Lake Garda is good value too. Crystal Holidays are offering a week in the Miravalli Hotel for €468 on the 23rd of July for seven nights. This is a basic 2 star hotel, but very centrally located in Garda and has good reviews on tripadvisor. If you want to upgrade your accommodation, Sunway are offering the 3* Meridiana Hotel from €734. This is located in Sirmione, in my opinion, the nicest resort on the lake. All prices include transfers and checked baggage.

The Travel Expert discusses last minute holidays on Today FM's The Last Word

If you are looking for a cheap all inclusive holiday, ClickandGo.com have Fuerteventura on the 28th of July from €675 in the Globales Costa Tropical. Price for 2 adults and 2 children is €2399. Average 3* accommodation but good facilities including a gym, kids entertainment etc.

If you will go somewhere further afield Cobalt air have introduced flights to Cyprus twice weekly for July and August. These were only announced last week so prices are very low. There are plenty of resorts to choose from, lively Ayia Napa or quieter resorts like Protaras.

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Long haul / Luxury:

Mexico has been one of the most popular long haul destinations from Ireland this year and there is still availability in July. Tropical Sky are offering Secrets Silversands, a luxury 5* property for €1899 for seven nights. This includes flights from Dublin, transfers, baggage, and a junior suite on an all inclusive basis – a massive saving of €720 from the brochure price.

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Late August:

If you are flexible on dates and are not concerned about kids going back to school, the best time to find a bargain is late August. Many people choose the 1st two weeks in September or the last two weeks of August but the middle week, 27th / 28th of August is a good weekend to pick up a bargain holiday. At the moment Rhodes is available from €351 on the 31st of August and Zakynthos from €420 on the 30th of August. Both prices include flights, accommodation, transfers and baggage with Falcon Holidays. Click here for more details.

Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert, Zakynthos, Zante

5 Tips to find a last minute deal:

1. ClickandGo.com have a ‘dealfinder’ on their website where you can select sun holidays or city breaks within 30 days, 60 days etc and it will list all holidays that they have available.

 

2. Use Ryanair’s fare finder’ and Skyscanner’s ‘everywhere’ searches for any destination under a specific price range. Use hotel aggregators such as Trivago & Tripadvisor to search many accommodation websites for the same hotel.

3. The Irish Travel Agents association’s website combines top travel agents offers so you don’t need to search lots of different websites. And I offer my best last minute deals in my best travel deals post which is published every Tuesday on thetravelexpert.ie 🙂

 

4. Compare like with like. Remember a package holiday with a Tour Operator such as Falcon Holidays or Sunway includes airport transfers and checked baggage. A 20kg checked bag to the Canary Islands with Ryanair is €100 during July and August, so that ‘cheap deal’ you thought you found, might not be so cheap after all.

 

5. And finally always check with your local travel agent – they are searching late offers day in, day out and will probably know immediately what is the best value at any given time.

 

All prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change.

 

Sarah

 

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Greece Holiday Sale!

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I love booking a sun holiday at the end of the Summer. The evenings start to get darker, people are talking about going back to school and the 15 weeks until Christmas posts start to appear in your Facebook feed! There is no better way to banish the winter blues than flying off to the sunshine for a week. Check out the Falcon Holidays Greece holiday sale, there are plenty of holidays to suit all tastes and budgets below!

 

Kos: 27th August, Nirides Beach, €374 per person

Enjoy the best of both worlds by staying in the popular Nirides Beach apartments in Psalidi. Situated just outside Kos town you can enjoy a quiet relaxing holiday with the lively resort of Kos town less than 2km away. Located close to the beach and the town centre, it is not surprising that the Nirides beach apartments receive excellent reveiws on tripadvisor.

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Fly direct from Dublin on the 27th of August and enjoy a seven night stay for only €374 including, transfers and checked baggage. Use code ‘AUGUST ‘ to save €25 per person at the checkout.

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Zakynthos: 30th August,  Katerina Palace Studios, €420 per person.

Visit Shipwreck beach, the most photographed beach in the world, take a boat trip to see the famous loggerhead turtles or go island hopping and visit the neighbouring island of Kefalonia. I have chosen the popular Katerina Palace hotel, which receives excellent reviews on tripadvisor. Situated in Argassi, this is one of my favourite resorts on the island. There is a great selection of bars and restaurants here to suit all tastes, but without being rowdy.

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Fly direct from Dublin on the 30th of August and enjoy a seven night stay for only €420 including, transfers and checked baggage. Use code ‘AUGUST ‘ to save €25 per person at the checkout.

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Rhodes: 31st August, Cosmos Maris apartments, €351 per person

Rhodes has so much to offer, particularly if you are looking to do lots of sightseeing.  Rhodes Town is a UNESCO world heritage site and the old town is a fantastic place to explore.  The white washed town of Lindos is perched on top of a hill, and is another place that has to be seen. Rhodes has a cosmopolitan city, lively resorts for students and quiet resorts for couples. It really offers something for everyone.  I have chosen the Cosmos Maris which are popular apartments in the resort of Lardos.  Highly rated on tripadvisor and awarded a certificate of excellence, they are the perfect choice for a relaxing break.

The Greece Holiday Sale by The Travel Expert

Fly direct from Dublin on the 31st of August and enjoy a seven night stay for only €351 including, transfers and checked baggage. Use code ‘AUGUST ‘ to save €25 per person at the checkout.

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Crete: 28th August, Mika Villas, €399; Stefania apartments €456 per person

If you are looking for a lively holiday with non stop party action, then the Mika Villas are for you. Situated in Piskopiano, you are very close to the lively resort of Hersonissos. I must point out that these are ONLY suitable for people looking for a lively holiday! If on the other hand you fancy a beachfront property in the pretty resort of Stalis, then check out one of the resorts most popular apartments, the Stefania. Rated very highly on tripadvisor, they offer the best of both worlds. You can enjoy a relaxing day by the beach and enjoy the resort’s ample nightlife later on 🙂

The Greece Holiday Sale by The Travel Expert

Fly direct from Dublin on the 28th of August and enjoy a seven night stay from only €399 including, transfers and checked baggage. Use code ‘AUGUST ‘ to save €25 per person at the checkout.

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No matter which option you choose remember there are no hidden extras! All prices include flights, accommodation, taxes, transfers and checked baggage! So what are you waiting for, book a holiday in the Falcon Holidays Greece holiday sale today!

Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored in part by Falcon Holidays but all views, as always, are my own 🙂

 

Sarah

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The Big June Holiday Sale!

The Big June Holiday Sale

Falcon Holidays have so many amazing deals in June that I thought I would pick some of my favourites and share them with you!

 

As usual, I only recommend places that I have personally been to or have received good feedback from guests. All the prices below include flights, transfers and checked baggage – with NO HIDDEN EXTRAS! Hopefully there will be something to suit you in the big June holiday sale!


 

1. Rhodes, 15th June, 1 week, €299!

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I love Rhodes. it’s simply stunning and if you haven’t already visited – well, you just have to go!  Rhodes town is magical, the chic waterfront with trendy bars on one side and the Colossus of Rhodes in the old town on the other. You couldn’t ask for more! There is lots to discover outside the capital too, from the hilltop town of Lindos to the neighbouring islands of Simi, the only problem is, you will wish you booked for two weeks! Stay at the highly rated Cosmos Maris Studios which were awarded a certificate of excellence and have received rave reviews on tripadvisor, for only €299! Want to bring kids? Choose at the excellent 4* Lindia Thalassa apartments for only €1425, based on 2 adults and 2 children in a 2 bedroom apartment.

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2. Algarve, 12th June, 2 adults and 2 children €1,225

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The Algarve is a great choice for a family holiday. Only a short flight from Dublin, with wide sandy beaches and plenty of family friendly resorts, it ticks all boxes. Stay at the popular Janellas do Mar apartments which are close to the Albufeira and are a good choice for a family looking for a holiday on a budget. The on site facilities include two swimming pools and plenty of sports activities to choose from.

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3. Puerto Rico – 16th June, 1 week €499, 2ad & 2ch €1,720

The Big June Holiday Sale

Puerto Rico is one of the Canary Islands most popular resorts and has been a firm favourite with Irish holiday makers for many years. It is a lively resort with plenty of bars and restaurants that open until the small hours. By day it is more relaxing with most apartments offering plenty of places to enjoy the spectacular sea-views. Stay at the popular Cala D’or apartments which are very highly rated on tripadvisor for only €499 per person. Want to bring kids?  I love the 4* Terrazmar suites apartments, they have a huge pool area on the roof and the apartments have large balconies, ideal for sunbathing. Price is only €1,720 based on 2 adults and 2 children.

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4. Kos 18th June, 1 week, €382; 2ad & 2ch €1,241

The Big June Holiday Sale

Kos has some of the best beaches in the Greek islands. It has a cosmopolitan capital, Kos town, but is also full of medieval columns and castles at every corner! What’s great about this deal is that it offers the best of both worlds. You will be staying at the highly rated Nicon apartments in Psaldi. This is a quiet resort so the perfect place to chill out by day. However if you fancy the buzz and nightlife of Kos town, it is only five minutes away by taxi. You can sip a cocktail overlooking some mega yachts at the harbour, or wander through the old town and enjoy some shopping or some great night life – the choice is yours! Want to bring kids? Price for 2 adults and 2 children is only €1.241!

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5. Jamaica, 2 Weeks ALL INCLUSIVE, 12th June €903 ; 19th June, €954!

The Big June Holiday Sale

Step on board the modern dreamliner aircraft for your direct flight to the Caribbean! How great does that sound? I was on this aircraft last year and loved it. It is so airy and comfortable, the time will fly in ( excuse the pun!). It is hard to believe you could be enjoying a two week holiday with all meals and drinks included for less than €1000! You will be staying at the highly rated Holiday Inn Resort in Montego Bay. Sitting on a 2km stretch of white sandy beach, complete with it’s own private island and four á la carte restaurants, it’s paradise but without the price tag! Want to bring kids? Price for 2 adults and 2 children is €3,426. Use code Jamaica to save €50 per adult at the check out 🙂

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So there you have it, my best buys from the big June holiday sale. I hope I have managed to find one that might suit you! If so, let me know, I would love to hear from you. Leave your comments in the box below. This post was sponsored in part by Falcon Holidays but all views, as always, are my own 🙂
Sarah

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Holiday deal to Majorca, 7th September, Flights & Hotel, 1 week, €449!

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I found an amazing holiday deal to Majorca, in the beautiful resort of Cala D’or. Enjoy a seven night stay in September including flights for €449!

 

Majorca has always been a favourite holiday destination of mine. There is something to suit all ages here, from the young and lively resorts of Santa Ponsa and Magaluf to the Northern resorts of Puerto Pollensa and Soller. I particularly like Cala D’or, situated on the east coast of Majorca, it offers the best of both worlds. There is plenty of lively bars and restaurants without ever being rowdy, and there is a stunning marina but without the corresponding price tags. You will also find a wide choice of picture perfect cove beaches along the coastline.

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I found a great deal in the Cala Gran Resort. Here you can stay in an apartment but with full use of the hotel facilities. It is situated beside the beach and only minutes from the town centre. Facilities in the hotel include four swimming pools, three bars, restaurant, gym, entertainment and many sports activities. Fly from Dublin on the 7th of September and enjoy a seven night stay for only €474. Save a further €50 by entering code LCHJ50 at the checkout 🙂

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Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change.

 

Sarah

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