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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 10th 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 a bank holiday break in Prague for €198, Greek getaways from €319, summer sun in the Algarve, New Year in Orlando, a Celebrity Beyond cruise, Mexico for 2023, and staycations in Donegal and Sligo.

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Best last minute:

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Jet off to to the sun next week with this super deal to the Greek island of Kos. Price for flights, transfers, checked baggage, and a seven-night stay in the Hotel Bahamas is just €319 per person on the 18th of May. This adult-only hotel has just 30 rooms and is highly rated on TripAdvisor.

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With temperatures set to soar this weekend, why not treat yourself to an overnight stay at the 4-star Redcastle Hotel in Donegal. If you have been following me for a while you will know I fell in love with Inishowen last year. Price for an overnight stay is just €49pp on selected dates throughout May. Of course you can always choose to stay longer…

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Read: 20 last minute deals in Ireland – Overnight stays from €45pp
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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It’s hard to beat the Algarve for a summer sun holiday, but adult-only hotels are not always easy to come by. I found a great deal in the 4-star adults-only Falésia Hotel on the 25th of August. This popular 4-star hotel 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. 
 

 

 
Price for flights and a seven-night stay including breakfast is just €687 per person. Dates can be changed to suit your requirements, simply edit the dates via the link below.

Check flights here 25th Aug – 1st Sept €105pp

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Best city break:

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Plan ahead and secure a city break in Prague over the October bank holiday weekend for just €198. Price includes flights and a three-night stay in the highly rated 4-star Hotel Merkur. Located close to the Old Town Square and Prague’s historic centre, it offers great value for a city break over the October bank holiday weekend. 

Search flights here 30th Oct – 2nd Nov €92pp

View hotel here €99pp

See this and 10 more city break deals for €199 or less here:

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Treat yourself and the kids to a trip to Orlando for New Year. Traditionally it is an expensive time to visit, but I found good value flights on the 29th of December via Boston for €505 per person. Price for flights, together with a 10-night stay in Universal Studios Endless Summer Resort is €4026, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.  

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Best family staycation:

family breaks in Sligo at the Clayton Hotel

I’m off to Sligo next month and will be checking out the Clayton Hotel and Leisure Club. This 4-star hotel looks ideal for a family summer staycation. Price for a three-night stay in August is €697 in a two-bedroom family room, or €737 in a two-bedroom suite which boasts a kitchenette. These are based on a family of four, but selected rooms can accommodate up to five.

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Best cruise:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I had a great response to my Celebrity Beyond offer last week, and many of you asked if it could be extended. I have managed to secure another great deal for you on the same five-star luxury ship, cruising the Mediterranean from the 27th of August.
 

 

 
Price for a nine-night all-inclusive cruise holiday visiting Spain, France and Italy is just €1873. This includes flights, transfers, checked baggage, classic drinks package, WiFi and gratuities. 

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Best early booking offer:

all inclusive holiday deals to Mexico from Ireland

There was breaking news today with the announcement of direct flights from Dublin to Mexico next summer! TUI will be offering dircect flights in June and July to Cancun for two weeks, and you can secure your 2023 holiday now with a €150 deposit.
 

 

 
Prices for flights, transfers, checked baggage and a 14-night all-inclusive stay are available from €1710 per person. Upgrade to a 5-star holiday on an all-inclusive basis from €1995 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 – 4th January 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, early booking offers, and staycations for couples and families.

This week’s best travel deals include last minute holidays in the Canary Islands, summer holidays in Greece and the Maldives, a weekend in New York for €508, a family waterpark holiday in Tenerife, an early booking offer to Matera, a Celebrity Cruise, as well as staycations in Dublin and Cork.
 

 

 
It is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions. In Europe most countries only require you to show your Digital Covid Certificate if vaccinated, however there are exceptions, including Italy and Portugal where a negative test is also required. Currently a negative Covid test is also required when you return to Ireland.

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I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

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Best last minute holiday – I week in Canary Islands from €257

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Flight prices to the Canary Islands have never been so low, with return fares from €60 in January. I found a great deal to Fuerteventura, where it is a balmy 21 degrees at the moment. It is also one of the quieter islands with plenty of stunning beaches for you to relax in.
 

 

 
Price for return flights and a seven night stay in the highly rated Las Marismas apartments is just €257 per person on various dates in January.

Search flights here €60pp

View hotel here €197pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape – Last minute hotel deals from €40pp

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Want to make up for a quiet Christmas? Enjoy an overnight escape in January or February, with prices in many hotels across Ireland from €50 per person per night. The 8pm hospitality restrictions don’t apply to hotel residents, once you are vaccinated.
 

 

 
I stayed in the Trinity City Hotel in Dublin recently and loved its modern decor and relaxed dining options. The heated interior terrace is the perfect choice if you want to enjoy some al fresco cocktails, and the open plan restaurant boasts floor to ceiling windows. See this and lots more last minute hotel deals in Ireland here:

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Best spring / summer – 1 week in Rhodes from €297

Rhodes holidays - the best places to stay for couples, families and groups.

If you haven’t visited the Greek island of Rhodes yet, you need to put it on your list! Rhodes has it all, secluded beaches, pretty whitewashed villages and a stunning old town.
 

 

 
I found return flights on the 26th of April for just €128 – which happens to take in the May bank holiday weekend. A seven-night stay in the centrally located Elite Hotel in Rhodes Town is just €169 per person, making a one week holiday less than €300.

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You can also see lots more accommodation options in Rhodes in this post:

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

 

 

Best longhaul holiday – Discounts & Upgrades at Kuramathi Maldives

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Simply Maldives is offering 25% off room rates, plus an upgrade from Full board to All Inclusive in Kuramathi Maldives this summer. Price for a seven-night stay in a deluxe water villa is €2,998 – this is the same overwater villa that I stayed in recently.
 

 

 
Price includes flights, speed boat transfers and accommodation on an all-inclusive basis. Upgrade to the Dine Around “Select All Inclusive” package for an additional €455 per person. 

Read: My review of Kuramathi Island Resort

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Best family holiday – Free Child Place & €250 off Waterpark holiday in Tenerife

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TUI is not only offering free child places, but also up to €250 off summer holidays in their January sale. You only need a small deposit of €75 per person to secure a booking, and covid flexibility is available on all holidays. 

I found a great deal staying in the hugely popular Villa Mandi apartments in Tenerife, which allow complimentary access to one of Europe’s best waterparksSiam Park.
 

 

 
Price for flights and a seven-night stay with transfers and checked baggage included, as well as unlimited access to the waterpark, is just €2254, based on a family of four, on various dates in July and August. Use code SALE to save €250 off the listed price when you click on the link below.

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Best family staycation – Clonakility Park Hotel during Easter holidays

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This Clonakilty Park Hotel is a popular choice with families due to its superb facilities. The two-bedroom apartments tend to get booked out well in advance, but they currently have availability during Easter holidays.
 

 

 
There is an award-winning leisure centre, high ropes and zip wire adventure centre, and a three-screen cinema on site. The hotel offers family rooms as well as two-bedroom apartments and three-bedroom holiday homes. Price for a two-night break in one of the self-catering apartments during Easter holidays is €430, family rooms are just €390.

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You can see lots more family Easter breaks here:
 
Read: 20 Family hotel deals in Ireland for an Easter break.
 

 

 

Best city break – Weekend in New York with Direct Flights from €508

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Aer Lingus’ January sale offers up to 20% off flights to Europe and flights to the USA from €169 one way, for departures up to 31st May.

I found flights to New York on Saturday the 26th of March for €338 return and accommodation in the Holiday Inn Financial District for just €170 per person, making a three-night weekend stay just €508 per person. You can see many more hotel options in this post:

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

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Best early booking offer – Weekend in Matera from €310

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Matera in Italy is one of the most fascinating cities that I have ever visited. Located in Basilicata, it is easily reached from Bari airport and is also an ideal location if you want to explore neighbouring Puglia. It is not always easy to find accommodation in the heart of the old town of Matera, or Sassi as it is more commonly known, so you need to make sure to book well in advance.
 

 

 
I found cheap return flights to Bari with Ryanair on the 14th of October, and accommodation in the highly rated Il Belvedere Hotel for just €310 in total, including breakfast! Rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor and the 2nd best place hotel to stay in Matera, this is amazing value for such a stunning location.

Read: A magical weekend in Matera

Search flights here Bari €95pp

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Best cruise deal – 5-Star Celebrity Edge

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Cassidy Travel have a wide selection of cruise deals on their website, including a Mediterranean cruise on the 5-star Celebrity Edge.

Enjoy an eight-night cruise visiting Rome, Portofino, Cannes, Corsica, Barcelona and Majorca, with flights, transfers, baggage, a classic drinks package, tips and WiFi included, from just €1779 per person, departing September 24th. Upgrade to a balcony stateroom from just €250 per person.

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Prices of my best travel deals are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Travel restrictions may be in place at the time of travel, it is important you are aware of individual countries entry requirements.

Please note if you make a booking you do so via a third party. Some of my best travel deals include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.  See more in my privacy policy.

 

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Weekend Break in Amsterdam – 3 Nights in 4-Star Hotel & Flights – €254pp

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The New Year has arrived and with that comes a lust for new experiences and adventure. I have found a brilliant offer for a weekend break in Amsterdam that should fuel those urges even more.

 

Amsterdam is a city with an incredible aesthetic and history. The hotel for the offer I have found is the 4-Star Bilderburg Hotel Jan Luyken and this places you right in the historical heart of the city. Within walking distance of your hotel you will find the Riijksmuseum, The Van Gogh Museum, The Heineken Experience and the powerful Anne Frank Museum. The latter two are a good half an hour walk away but this is definitely manageable in Amsterdam on a nice day.
 
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Also close to your hotel you will find Vondelpark. If you’re looking to get the full Dutch experience, you simply have to rent out a bike and cycle around to explore every corner of this beautiful park.
 
The hotel has excellent ratings on Expedia; scoring 4.3/5 from over 1700 reviews. This offer is for March when the temperature starts to become nice and mild making it perfect for a city break. The flights for the offer are direct with Ryanair and the dates are from Thursday the 7th to Sunday the 10th, but if these dates don’t suit simply edit the search via the link below, to suit your requirements. The price of €254pp covers the cost of the hotel and flights.

 

 

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 The Travel Expert receives a small commission if a booking is made.

 

 

 

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Weekend in Rome, 21st March, 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 Vatican, Colosseum, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain – need I go on? I love admiring the stylish Italians on the Via Veneto, as well as spotting the locals hanging their washing on their side street balconies. There are Italian trattoria’s serving fresh pasta on every street and the aroma of fresh coffee fills the air – a weekend in Rome is a feast for the senses.

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I found a great deal flying out on Saturday the 21st of March, a great time to enjoy a weekend in Rome. Fly from Dublin and stay in the 4-star Hotel Milton Roma. Highly recommended on TripAdvisor and ideally situated to explore this marvellous city, it is a steal at €198 for flights and three nights accommodation!
 

 

 
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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.
 

 

 
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4 Star City Breaks in July and August for Less Than €299!

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I have teamed up with Click&Go, to bring you six, four star summer city breaks in July and August for less than €299! Which one will you choose?

 

Sometimes a few days leave is all we have, but sometimes a few days away is all we need, to forget about work and let the hair down. No need to worry about pool games and kids clubs, think nice food, wine and some sightseeing instead. I have six summer city breaks for you, all staying in recommended four star hotels in some of Europe’s top cities. The dates can be changed to suit you so if you want to stay longer or shorter, or travel at a different time to what I have listed, just check the Click&Go website, or call one of their dedicated sales staff on 01-5397777, and they will be able to help you.

 

 

 

Madrid, 10th July, Flights & 4 Star hotel, 3 Nights, €249!

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Madrid is the perfect option for those who want a sun holiday with some culture thrown in. Take a guided tour of the Royal Palace, enjoy a coffee on the Plaza Mayor, Madrid’s main square; and sample some of the amazing tapas bars and restaurants that the city is renowned for. Football fans will enjoy a tour of Real Madrid’s Bernabeu while fashionistas will shop till they drop on the Gran Via. Fly from Dublin on the 11th of July and spend three nights at the popular Chamartin hotel for only €259 per person.

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Amsterdam, 25th July, Flights & 4 Star Hotel, 2 Nights, €285!

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With airlines adding more direct flights to Amsterdam, there has never been a better time to visit. This ‘arty’ city is on trend at the moment with many opting to take a cycling trip along it’s famous canals. Amsterdam is full of culture and life. It is easy to navigate and is a great short break destination. Take a quick trip on the 25th of July for two nights and enjoy a four star stay at the modern Arena Hotel for only €293. Fly out early in the morning and come back late at night so you have three full days to explore his great city!

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Prague, 30th July, Flights & 4 Star Hotel, 3 Nights €275

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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. This compact city is one where you can see the most of the highlights in your three night break. If nightlife is what you seek, you will be hard pushed to find anywhere better, with the world’s best beer to go with it! Fly from Dublin on the 30th of July and stay in the highly rated Ametyst boutique hotel. This hotel is centrally located, within walking distance to Wensceslas Square and includes breakfast each day!

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Berlin, 30th July, Flights & 4 Star Hotel, 3 Nights, €283!

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The trendy city of Berlin is a great city break destination, I visited last year and loved it. There is history on every corner with some great night life too! Visit the Brandenburg gate, the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie. If museums are your thing, there are 175 of them! For more info on what to do, read my Berlin blog.  You will be staying at the highly rated 4* Ivbergs Premium Hotel which is close to the famous KaDeWe shopping centre and the Kurfürstendamm, Berlin’s equivalent to the Champs-Élysées.

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Paris, 18th August, Flights & 4 Star Hotel, 2 Nights, €272!

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Forget Paris in the Spring, choose Paris in the Summer instead!  The bright sunny weather makes the iconic architecture and the the seasonal blooms a pleasure to witness. Stroll around the artistic village of Montmartre,  cruise on the river Seine at sunset, or take a day trip to the Gardens of Versailles. There are so many things to do in Paris, but some are best seen during the summer! Fly with Aer Lingus to Paris on Friday the 18th of August and stay at the highly rated Best Western Premier 61 Paris Nation for two nights, for only €242. The flight departs early in the morning and returns late in the evening so you  have three days to explore this beautiful city.

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Lisbon, 28th August, 3 Nights, Flights & 4* Hotel, €292!

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This combination of the stunning coastline and colourful buildings makes Lisbon the perfect summer city break. Hop on one of the old trams and visit the Castelo de Sao Jorge or take the 20 minute train ride to Cascais, one the the areas prettiest holidays resorts. For a full day trip, visit the magical town of Sintra. Fly with Aer Lingus on the 28th of August and enjoy three nights at the highly rated 4* Turim Europa Hotel for only €292 per person.

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The above dates can be changed to suit you so if you want to stay longer or shorter, or travel at a different time to what I have listed, just check the Click&Go website, or call one of their dedicated sales staff on 01-5397777, and they will be able to help you. This city breaks in July and August post was sponsored by Click&Go but all views as always are my own 🙂
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5 Cities, 4 Stars, 3 Nights, ALL €199 Or Less!

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Thinking of city break but not sure where? I’ve got you covered! Take your pick from Prague, Rome, Berlin, Budapest or Barcelona. Thats 5 cities, 4 stars, 3 nights, ALL €199 or less!

Prague – €199

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One of Ireland’s most popular city break destinations and once you visit, you will understand why. Not only is it visually beautiful but it combines medieval with contemporary in the best possible way. Wenceslas Square, Charles Bridge, Prague Castle, every where you turn there is an architectural masterpiece. One of its gems is that it is so compact, so you should get to see most of the city in your three day break. Once you have seen the sights make sure you check out Prague’s fantastic night life and of course their world famous beers!

Fly from Dublin to Prague on the 19th of December and enjoy a three night stay at the Atos Hotel for only €199!

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Berlin – €199

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One of Europe’s culture capitals, Berlin’s modern history is evident on every corner.  Take a stroll along the Berlin Wall and marvel at the murals, see the soldiers at Checkpoint Charlie and catch the sunset at the Brandenburg gate. There are a staggering 175 museums to choose from and Berlin is home to some of the best nightlife in Europe! For more tips and advice on discovering this fantastic city, check out my blog here.

Fly from Dublin to Berlin on the 13th of December and spend three nights in the 4* California am Kurfuerstendamm for only €199.

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Budapest – €199

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The romantic Danube splits Budapest into two cities, Buda on one side and Pest on the other – so technically you get two cities for the price of one!  The Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue are all UNESCO world heritage sites so you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to sightseeing. The famous Christmas market at Vorosmarty Square is open from the 11th of November so you can enjoy the Christmas atmosphere with mulled wine and local crafts. Prices are very reasonable in Budapest too. Not only is this deal amazing value, but you should find that you won’t need too much spending money while you are there!

Fly from Dublin to Budpest on the 13th of December and enjoy three nights in the 4* Kings Hotel from only €199!

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Rome – €199

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The Vatican, the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Pantheon, need I go on?  You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate the stunning architecture that is all over. Rome is visually stunning and will blow you away no matter how many times you visit.  In between ancient buildings and UNESCO world heritage sites you will find designer shops and trendy restaurants. Rome is magical – go see it!

Fly from Dublin to Rome on the 30th of November and spend three nights in the 4* Delle Province hotel form only  €199 per person.

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Barcelona – €164

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Full of famous landmarks like the Sagrada Familia and Park Guell, but Barcelona is as much about the simple things as the world famous sights. Strolling along the Ramblas, watching the street artists and stopping off for some tapas and a glass of Rioja is pretty special too. Barcelona is buzzing. There is great shopping, great nightlife and of course great food! You can also spend a day at the beach, take a trip to Port Aventura, Europe’s largest theme park, or visit one of the world’s biggest football clubs. It’s safe to say, there is something for everyone in Barcelona.

Fly from Dublin to Barcelona on the 13th of December and enjoy a three night stay in the 4* Zenit Borrell hotel for only €188.

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So there you have it, 5 cities, 4 stars, 3 nights, all €169 or less! The only decision to make is which one to choose?  Please note that if the above dates don’t suit, check DEALFINDER to find the best possible prices for the dates you want to go.

 

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

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