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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 13th June 2022

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

My Best Travel Deals post looks a little different this week. I’ve had lots of requests for summer holiday deals in July or August so I have included a selection of offers that should suit couples or friends trips, as well as some great deals for families at home and abroad. I also have a super Med cruise deal and a city break to New York.

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Best summer holidays:

 

Spanish Delight: Nerja, Flights & Hotel, €699pp

Nerja

Nerja is one of the Costa Del Sol’s prettiest resorts, and usually demands higher prices than its neighbours. However, I found some great value flights with Aer Lingus to Malaga on the 27th of July and combined it with a seven-night stay at the popular Perla Marina Hotel for just €699 per person.

View flights here €249pp 

View hotel here €440pp
 

 

 

Tuscany Explorer: Flights, Hotel & Car hire €737pp

short breaks to Tuscany from Ireland

There has never been a better time to visit Tuscany – with flights to Pisa from Dublin and Cork airport this summer. Some of the flights arrive in late at night, so I suggest spending a night in Pisa, exploring the Leaning Tower and its surrounding Cathedral Square, and then hiring a car and leaving the city for some of Tuscany’s more interesting towns and villages.

Read: Top towns and cities to visit in Tuscany
 

 

 
I have priced this trip based on a one-night stay in Pisa, followed by six night stay in the 4-Star Da Vinci Hotel Montecatini. I have also priced car hire, while it is expensive, I think it is necessary.

Total cost for this seven-day fly-drive is €737pp in July but durations can be shorter or longer – simply edit the dates via the links below to suit your requirements.

Search flights here 25th July €155pp

View Pisa hotel €76pp

Montecatini Hotel €226pp

Check car hire €280pp
 

 

 

Croatian Charm: Flights & 4-Star Cavtat Boutique Hotel, €706pp

Cavtat is one of those picture perfect Croatian towns that is close to Dubrovnik city as well as Montenegro, and I found a boutique hotel located right at the seafront – the 4-Star Boutique Hotel Villa Pattiera. This 12 roomed family run hotel appears to be a hidden gem, offers complimentary breakfast, and is the top rated hotel in the area on Tripadvisor.

Price for flights to Dubrovnik and a seven-night stay on the 24th of August is €699 per person from Cork or €719 from Dublin.

Read: The best places to stay in Croatia, Dubrovnik, Istria and the islands

View Cork flights €183pp 

View Dublin flights €196pp 

View hotel here €530pp
 

 

 

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Walk or cycle the Blessington Greenway followed by an overnight escape in Tulfarris Hotel and Golf Resort. We stayed here recently and loved its location overlooking Blessington Lakes.
 

 

 
There are many offers to choose from, but I love their Sunday Sleepover which includes a full Irish breakfast, a 4-course meal with a bottle of wine, a glass of Prosecco on arrival, and a late check-out until 1pm,  all for just €114.50 per person! I priced this deal on the 19th of June and 10th July arrival, but many more dates are available.

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Best family holidays:

A week on the Algarve, Flights & 4-Star Apartment: €2675

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s hard to beat the Algarve for a family sun holiday and I found some great value return flights with Aer Lingus on the 27th of July for €202 per person from Dublin or €211pp from Cork. Combine these with a seven-night stay at the 4-star Luna Sol Aqua in Albufeira for €1867. Total price for flights and accommodation is €2675 based on a family of four.   

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

Dublin flights here €202pp 

Cork flights here €211pp  

View Apt here €1867
 

 

 

Theme Park Holiday in Salou: Flights, Apartment & Theme Park passes, €2483

best travel deals to PortAventura

Salou is one of this year’s most popular family destinations and prices are still quite reasonable in August. There are many airports that service Salou but Barcelona Reus is the closest. Ryanair have return flights on the 12th of August from €175 from Cork, €223 from Dublin or €265 from Shannon.
 

 

 
I combined these with the 4-Star Dorada Palace apartments in Salou for €1530. You can add on 2-day park tickets to PortAventura, one of Europe’s best theme parks, for €66 per adult and €58 per child – see here.

 

Alternatively stay at the 4-star Gold River Hotel which is located on site at PortAventura theme park. Price for a seven-night stay including unlimited entrance to PortAventura, and admission to Ferrari Land once during your stay is €2472.

Read: Top 10 reasons to visit PortAventura
 

 

 
If there are more than four in your party, the 4-Star Golden Avenida Suites is a great choice. Large family suites sleep up to five and breakfast and evening meal is included in the cost of your stay. This is based on a package deal with TUI, so the link below includes flights, transfers, baggage and accommodation for seven nights. 

Search flights here 12th August from €175pp

View Apt here €1530

View hotel here €2472 

Golden Avenida Package holiday (2ad & 3ch) €4112  
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I have just returned from a family trip to Sligo and the Clayton Hotel have very kindly offered me a 5% discount off all stays. Prices for a three-night family stay is €499 for a family room or €699 for a large 2-bedroom family suite on 26th June, or €556 for a family room and €756 for a family suite on the 7th of August. Many more dates are available.

Family stays include breakfast, access to the Leisure Centre with swimming pool, discounted family passes for local attraction, and welcome treats for kids on arrival.

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Best city breaks:

Bordeaux weekend ex Cork, 25th August, 3 Nights €295pp

city break deals to Bordeaux from Ireland

Explore the wine lands and historic city of Bordeaux this summer for just €295 per person. Ryanair is offering flights from just €85 return from Cork to Bordeaux at the end of August. I found a great deal in the 4-Star StayCity apart-hotel which is located right in the heart of the city and is highly rated on TripAdvisor.

Search flights here 9th October €85pp

View hotel here €210pp
 

Read: 20 city break destinations from Ireland for 2022
 

 

 

Venice weekend ex Cork – 27th August, 3 nights, €325pp

best travel deals to Venice from Ireland

The unique floating city of Venice simply has to be visited at least once in a lifetime, and with return flights from just €80pp in August, now is your chance! I teamed this up with the superbly located Hotel Mercurio, which is located just 5-minutes from St Mark’s Square. Price for flights and a three-night stay is just €325 per person.

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

Search flights 27th-30th August €80pp 

 
View Hotel here €245pp
 

 

 

New York in September, 4-nights, €924pp

this weeks best travel deals to America

To celebrate that you no longer need pre-departure tests to enter America, Aer Lingus are offering €100 off return flights to the USA. I found return flights to New York from Dublin and Shannon for €336 on the 10th of September, and a four-night stay in the 4-Star Club Quarters Hotel Times Square is €588 per person based on two sharing.

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

See flights here €336pp

View hotel here €588pp
 

 

 

Best cruise:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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While airfares and hotel prices might be higher than usual this summer, there are still some great value cruise holidays available. This 10-night luxury cruise on Norwegian Escape sails from Rome and visits the Greek islands of Corfu, Mykonos and Santorini, as well as Malta, Sicily and various Italian ports – there is only one full day at sea! 

I cruised on its sister ship, Norwegian Encore, you can read my review here.
 

 

 
Price of €1432 includes flights, checked baggage all food and entertainment, departing Dublin on the 23rd of August. You can add on premium drinks, shore excursion credit, speciality dining and Wifi for just €199 per person. This cruise is also sailing on the 24th of July at €1610 per person.

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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 many 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 – 24th May 2022

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

This week’s best travel deals include holidays to Spain, Greece and Morocco, an all-inclusive cruise, early booking winter offers to Genoa, Lanzarote and South Africa, and staycations in Derry and Wexford.

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Best last minute:

best travel deals to Morocoo

Jet off to sunny Agadir over the June bank holiday weekend. Choose a three-night weekend break or stay longer, the prices are less for seven nights! I found a great deal staying in the 4-Star Tildi Hotel & Spa, which is located close to the beach and marina in Agadir.
 

 

 
Price for a three-night stay including flights and breakfast is €335, but there is even better value for a seven-night stay as the flight cost is only €81 for seven nights – the total cost including flights and the Zephyr Agadir apartments is just €238 per person. 

Search flights here 3rd – 10th June €81 

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Best summer sun:

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Save a whopping 35% on this summer holiday to the Greek island of Rhodes. You will be staying at the highly rated (no 1 on TripAdvisor) Lindos Horizon apartments which are peacefully situated and offer stunning views of Lindos village and the sea.

Price for flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-night stay on the 27th of August is €514 per person.

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Best overnight escape:

summer hotel deals in Ireland in Derry

Derry is one of the world’s best preserved walled-cities, and is the only remaining completely walled city in Ireland. The landmark 5-star Bishop’s Gate Hotel is located within the historic city walls and offers amazing value for an overnight escape. Priced at Just €82pp on the 31st of July, isn’t it time you discovered Derry?

Read: 10 five-star hotels Ireland, overnight stays from €80pp

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Best family holiday:

best travel deals for families

This is one of the best all-inclusive family deals I have seen for this summer. Enjoy a week at the highly rated Cortijo Blanco Hotel in the Costa del Sol for just €2673 on the 13th of August, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.
 

 

 
This super deal includes flights from Cork airport, transfers, checked baggage and all meals and drinks. Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor if you still need convincing.

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Best family staycation:

summer hotel deals in Ireland at the Riverside Park Hotel

The Riverside Park Hotel in Wexford always offers great value family summer breaks, and this year is no exception. Enjoy a two-night family stay with breakfast each day, dinner on the evening of your choice and a family pass to one of Wexford’s top attractions for only €445 in July or August.

Read:  Top 10 things to do in Wexford with kids

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Best cruise:

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 amazing value, and I found a super deal on the 4th of September.

As well as a Mediterranean cruise for seven-nights, this package includes flights, checked baggage, all meals, a premium drinks package, WiFi, shore excursion credit and a speciality dining package – all for just €1364!
 

 

 
Set sail from Barcelona and visit Corsica, Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Florence, Cannes and Majorca, before returning to Barcelona for your return flight home. 

Read: My review of Norwegian Encore

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Best city break

best travel deals to Italy

Discover somewhere new in 2022! Ryanair have announced direct flights to Genoa this winter. Why not treat yourself to a five-star city break in the Grand Hotel Savoia. Visit nearby Portofino and the Cinque Terre or explore Genoa in this luxury hotel.
 

 

 
Price for flights and a two-night stay from Friday 11th November is €221 per person. It is worth mentioning that flights start on October 30th – which is the October mid term break. Price for return flights for 7 nights over the mid term break are only €160 per person….

Read: Top 10 city breaks for less than €199 this Autumn

Search flights here 11th-13th November €77 

View Hotel here €144pp
 

 

 

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Scratch one off the bucket list and visit South Africa this winter. With return flights from just €500 in November, there has never been a better time to travel. I’ve been twice and loved it, and have lots of posts on my website about it, including this one:

Read: How to plan a South African road trip

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Secure a winter-sun break now, with return flights to Lanzarote just €120 in January! The popular Tisalaya apartments are only €163 per person for a seven-night stay, making the total just €283 for a week.
 

 

 
Fancy a little luxury? The 5-star Dreams Lanzarote Playa Dorada Resort & Spa is only €545 including breakfast and evening meal for seven nights.

Read: Why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island
 
Search flights here 10th-17th January €120

Apartment here €163pp

View hotel here €545pp
 

 

 
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 many 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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