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 deal and staycations for couples and families.
This week’s best travel deals include Easter breaks to Croatia, summer in Tuscany, Majorca and Madrid, a California road trip, an Alaska cruise, glamping in Donegal and an overnight escape to Wicklow.
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Best last minute:
Spend Easter in Croatia! This five-star deal is amazing value, and you can choose a three or seven-night stay. Fly to Dubrovnik on Easter Sunday and enjoy a three-night stay in the fabulous 5-star Hotel Croatia for just €399 per person, or relax and enjoy a seven-night stay for just €569. And that’s not all – breakfast and dinner are included!
Best overnight escape:
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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 with prices from €66 per person including breakfast, €104 per person including a three-course dinner in the Fia Rua Restaurant, or enjoy a round of golf with breakfast and dinner for just €129 per person. A glass of Prosecco is also included if you book directly on the hotel’s website.
I priced this deal on the 24th of April arrival, but many more dates are available.
Best summer sun:
There has never been a better time to visit Tuscany – the airfares to Pisa from Dublin and Cork airport are great value 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.
I have priced this trip based on a seven-night stay in San Gimignano – one of my favourite Tuscan towns, an overnight in Pisa and car hire. Total cost for this eight-day trip is €725pp in June. Prices are similar from Dublin or Cork, and durations can be shorter or longer – simply edit the dates via the links below to suit your requirements.
Search flights here 15-23 June €90
View Pisa here €76pp
San Gimignano €384pp
Check car hire €175pp
Best city break:
With Aer Lingus, Ryanair and Iberia Express all flying to Madrid from Dublin, there has never been a better time to grab a city break deal to the Spanish capital.
I found great value flights departing on the 12th of June. The price for flights and a two-night stay in the centrally located 4-star Hotel Mayorazgo is only €191 per person. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, this is great value for a summer city break.
Best family holiday:
With many schools offering an extended break over the June bank holiday weekend, that might be a good time to book your family holiday this year. I found a good deal to the Splashworld Resort, Globales Bouganvilla in Majorca. This All Inclusive resort has its own waterpark on site, and all meals and drinks are included in the cost.
Price for flights, checked baggage, transfers, and a seven-night stay from the 2nd of June is €2481 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Use code SUN150 to save €150 off the listed price of this, or any holiday departing in May or June – minimum spend €1000.
Best family staycation:
Treat the kids to a glamping stay before they go back to school. I’ve got the lakeside Lough Mardal Lodge in Donegal on my own wish list – just check out the yurts with king-sized beds, wood burning stoves and a veranada overlooking the lake!
Price for a two-night stay in a Skydome yurt is €360 based on a family of four sharing on the 19th of August.
Alaska, a place most of us only ever dreamed of visiting, has suddenly become more affordable, thanks to direct flights to Seattle from Aer Lingus, and some great cruise deals.
Sunway has a super September offer that includes direct flights with checked baggage, an overnight stay in Seattle, and a seven-night Alaska cruise on Crown Princess, all for just €1699. Add on a premium drinks package, WiFi and gratuities for just €245.
Best long haul
Is a California road-trip on your bucket list? With Aer Lingus now flying direct to San Francisco and Los Angeles, you can fly into San Francisco, pick up a car, drive the Pacific Coast Highway and fly home from LA. I’ve put together a great itinerary, based on a similar trip we did a few years ago.
Price for direct flights, 14 days hotel accommodation and car hire is €2354 in September. You can see this and lots more USA holiday ideas in this post:
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.