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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 29th March 2022

Best Travel Deals

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:

The Travel Expert, Sarah Slattery on the old walls of Dubrovnik

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!

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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.

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Best summer sun:

short breaks to Tuscany from Ireland

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.

Read: Top towns and cities to visit in Tuscany
 

 

 
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:

city break to madrid

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.

Read: 10 city break deals less than €199

Search flights here 12th – 14th June €71pp
 
View hotel here €120pp
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

Globales Bouganvilla family holiday deal from Ireland

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.

Read: 12 Top waterpark holidays for families

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Best family staycation:

glamping family deals in Ireland

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.

Read: 20 Top picks for glamping in Ireland

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Best cruise:

Alaska cruise holiday deal

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. 

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Best long haul

american holiday deals

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:

Read: Top 10 American holidays from Ireland
 

 

 
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Summer City Break Deals From Ireland – Three Night Breaks from €234pp

Chania, Crete

From Crete to Croatia, Sardinia to San Gimignano, I’ve hand-picked some great Summer city break deals to inspire your next adventure.

I know many of you are busy planning summer holidays, but with airfares to some European cities very low, you might be able to plan a sneaky city break too! I’ve found some great Summer city break deals to tempt you. All deals include flights and highly rated hotels or apartments in good locations.

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Most of these summer city break destinations are located by the sea, to maximise the summer holiday feeling, however I have lots more city break deals throughout the year in this post:

Read: 10 city break deals for €199 or less.
 

 

 
All Summer city break deals are priced three nights, and hotels have free cancellation. However, if you wish to change your dates or extend your stay, simply edit the search links below. And if you need any more inspiration, check out this post:

Read: Top 20 city break destinations for 2022
 

 

 

Greek Islands Getaway from €512pp

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Remember when you had to book a package holiday for one or two weeks if you wanted to visit the Greek Islands? We are so fortunate now to have a selection of Greek island destinations from Irish airports, with most flights operating two or three times per week.

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

 

 
I holidayed in Chania in Crete a few years ago and loved it. It has a completely different feel to the other side of Crete, where all the lively resorts are located. Famous for its 14th century Venetian harbour and its waterfront restaurants, it has an Italian feel, but without the crowds.

There are numerous boat trips departing from the harbour too, including day trips to Santorini.

summer city break to Chania in Crete

Ryanair fly directly to Chania from Dublin, making it a great choice for a short break. I found a deal in the 4-star Hyperion City Hotel, which is rated excellent on TripAdvisor and boasts a heated pool with sun terrace, and offers a complimentary breakfast with your stay.

Price for flights and a four-night stay on the 6th of June is €512 per person.

Search flights here Chania 13-16 May €292pp

View hotel here €220pp

Read: Top things to do near Chania
 

 

 
I also found cheap flights to Santorini in August – which are like hens’ teeth this summer. A three-night apartment stay in the popular Nectarios Villa is just €285pp. I don’t expect this summer city break to be around for long…

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View flights here 17-20 August €400pp

View Apt here €489pp

Read: Amazing Airbnbs in Santorini, Caves, Windmills and private pools
 

 

 

5-star break in Croatia from €476pp

city breaks to Dubrovnik

The medieval city of Dubrovnik should be on everyone’s wish list. It is so well preserved and looks like something straight out of a fairytale. There are many great hotel choices both inside and outside the walled city. I like to stay on the outskirts and catch a water taxi to the centre in the evening time, and watch the sun set over the city walls.

Read my top tips on discovering Dubrovnik
 

 

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

Hotel Croatia, Cavtat

Airfares are good value throughout the summer, and I have selected the seafront 5-star Hotel Croatia in Cavtat which is a great choice for a Summer city break. Cavtat is located just 10 minutes from Dubrovnik airport and is a pretty upmarket resort with great restaurants and a relaxed vibe. There are regular water taxis available from Cavtat to Dubrovnik.
 

 

 
I found great value airfares from the 14th – 17th of June, flying outbound with Aer Lingus and home with Ryanair. A three-night stay in the 5-star Hotel Croatia on a bed and breakfast basis is €476 per person, including flights. The price over the August bank holiday weekend is good value too – €577 per person, including return flights with Ryanair.
 

 

 
View outbound 14th June €70pp

Search Inbound 17th June €56pp

View hotel here 17th June €350pp

View hotel here 31st July €358pp
 

 

 

Summer city break in Sardinia from €327pp

sardinia holidays

Sardinia is another great choice if you are looking for a beach / city combination. With cobbled stone streets, trendy boutiques and a great food scene, Alghero is not only a pleasure to stroll around, but there is a gorgeous sandy beach on your doorstep too. The town is just 10 minutes from the airport, making it ideal for a Summer city break.

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

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Airfares are great value throughout the summer but I choose a weekend break on the 5th of May from Dublin, and the 22nd of June from Cork, where the airfares are particularly low – €108 and €116 respectively.

The 4-star Alma di Alghero Hotel is located just 50 metres from the beach and a 15-minute walk to the Alghero’s old town. There is a swimming pool and rooftop terrace, and this deal includes complimentary breakfast.
 

 

 
Price for flights and a three-night stay from Dublin on the 5th of May is €327pp, and €448 on the 22nd of June from Cork.

Search flights 5th May Dublin €108pp 

View hotel here €219pp

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Tuscan escape from €234pp

short breaks to Tuscany from Ireland

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

 

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

Read: Top towns and cities to visit in Tuscany
 

 

 
Return flights are available from Dublin for €100 on the 17th of May and €146 on the 14th of June for three nights, and only €75 return from Cork on the 20th of June for a four-night trip. 

I have chosen the highly rated three-star Hotel Colline just outside the walled city of San Gimignano, this is one of Tuscany’s prettiest and most famous towns. You could also choose to stay in Florence, which is located about 90 minutes drive from Pisa.
 

 

 
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View hotel here 14th June €160pp

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Barcelona family trip in August from €1360

family break to PortAventura

Barcelona is a great choice for a family summer city break. Hotel prices are quite reasonable during July and August, as most tourists and residents flock to nearby beach resorts.
 

 

 
There are plenty of things to do with kids in Barcelona, including tours of the Nou Camp for football fans. PortAventura, one of Europe’s best theme parks is an hour away by bus or train.  

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

 

 
There are lots of options for cheap flights as there are numerous flights to Barcelona from Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Ireland West airports.

I chose flights with Aer Lingus from the 10th of August for three nights, there are cheaper airfares available, but these include a 10kg checked bag per person and depart early morning from Dublin and return in the evening, to make the most of your short break.
 

 

 
The apartments Barcelona & Home Deco Eixample are a great choice for a family stay. Located in the heart of the city, these spacious four-bedroom apartments are only €672 for a three nights in August.

View flights here €172pp

View Apts here €672
 

 

 
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20 City Break Destinations for 2022

Split, Croatia

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

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

 

 

 

1. Matera – Italy

 

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

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

 

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

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

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2. Copenhagen – Denmark

Sarah Slattery, The Travel Expert, takes a cycling tour of Copenhagen

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

 

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

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

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3. Pisa, Tuscany – Italy

weekend break in Tuscany

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

 

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

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

Read: Top towns and cities to visit in Tuscany

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4. Palma – Majorca

 

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

 

 
Read: Majorca holidays – how to choose the right resort for you

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

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5. Alghero, Sardinia – Italy

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

 

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

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6. London – England

 

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

 

 
London is extremely popular with families too, as there is a host of family attractions to choose from, including the London Eye, Legoland and the Harry Potter experience.
 
Read: Top things to do in London with kids and where to stay

 

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7. Nice – France

Best City Break Destinations for 2019 - Nice

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

 

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

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8. Porto – Portugal

weekend in Porto

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

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

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9. Greek Islands getaway

 

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

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

 

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

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

Lindos, Rhodes

Read: Rhodes holidays, where to stay for couples, families and groups

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

Read: Top things to do near Chania

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10. Edinburgh – Scotland

Edinburgh from Ireland West Airport

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

 

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

Read: Top 10 holidays from Ireland West Airport

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11. Lisbon, Portugal

 

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

Read: Top 10 things to do in Lisbon

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

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12. Rome – Italy

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

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

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

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13. Split – Croatia

Split, one of the best city break destinations for 2022

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

 

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

Aer Lingus fly to Split from Dublin airport.

Read: The best places to stay in Croatia

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14. Barcelona – Spain

Park Güell, Barcelona

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

 

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

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

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15. Amsterdam – Netherlands

city breaks in Amsterdam

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

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16. Bordeaux – France

Saint-Emilion close to Bordeaux in France
Saint-Emilion

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

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

 

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

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17. Dubrovnik – Croatia

Dubrovnik

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

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

 

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

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18. Venice – Italy

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

 

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

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

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19. Athens – Greece

Best City Break Destinations - Athens

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

 

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

Athens can be reached from Dublin airport with Aer Lingus and Aegean Airlines.

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20. Washington – USA

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

 

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

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

Read: Top 10 American holidays from Ireland

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

 

 
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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 15th March 2022

Best Travel Deals

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 city breaks in Rome and Porto, summer holidays in Greece, Spain, Morocco and Mexico, a Med cruise, a family break at Easter, and Day Spa ideas for Mother’s Day.

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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 most countries in Europe if initial vaccination is over 270 days.  Please check the latest travel restrictions on the DFA website before you travel.
 

 

 

Best last minute:

Colosseum at night

Always wanted to fly off to Rome at a moments notice? Aer Lingus is offering €20 off return flights to Europe in April, so you can enjoy return flights to Rome from just €75. A three-night stay in the 4-star Best Western Hotel Artdeco hotel is just €176 per person, making the total cost just €258. 

View flights here €75pp

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

 

 

Best Day Out:

Aqua Sana Spa day

With Mother’s Day just round the corner, now is the perfect time to consider treating yourself or your Mum to a Spa day.  I’ve compiled 8 great Day Spa deals in one post, including a full day at Center Parcs’ Aqua Sana Spa from €110 per person, Chill at the Ice House Hotel for €115 per person, and a Mom and Me Spa package at Dublin’s Day Spa from €135 per person.

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Best value summer sun:

best travel deals to Morocoo

Want to try somewhere new this year? Ryanair’s direct flights to Agadir, Morocco offer superb value, with return airfares from only €63 on the 20th of June! 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 seven-night stay including breakfast is just €183 per person, making the total cost for a week’s holiday €246!
 

 

 
Note: Currently only fully vaccinated visitors can enter Morocco, and a negative test taken 48 hours before departure is also required. This may change – see DFA.ie for up to date restrictions.

Search flights here 20th-27th June €63pp

View hotel here €183pp
 

 

 

Best luxury summer sun:

Atrium Palace Thalasso Hotel, Rhodes

Its rare to find a luxury hotel that has over 4,000 reviews on TripAdvisor and still retains a 5-star / Excellent rating. The Atrium Palace Thalasso Spa Resort in Rhodes is one of them, and I challenge you to find a hotel of this standard for this price in August! 

I found a great deal for seven-nights from the 20th of August. The price including flights, transfers, checked baggage, and hotel on a B&B basis is €917 per person. 
 

 

 
When you click on the link below you will see a price of €983 per person. If you upgrade the room to a partial sea-view it will bring the total cost over €2000. You can then use the promo code HOLIDAY to save €200 off the total price, making the total just €917 per person.

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Best city break:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I loved our trip to Porto and would highly recommend it for a city break. As well as being home to a UNESCO World Heritage site, it is packed with colourful buildings, delightful streets, and has a great food and wine scene. I found a great deal on flights over the May bank holiday weekend.
 

 

 
Enjoy a three-night stay at the highly rated Reis de Gaia Aparthotel. Superbly located on the waterfront, next to Porto’s cable car and Porto’s famous Port wine cellars,  it is also just minutes from the Dom Luis Bridge. 
 
Read: Why you need to choose Porto for your next city break

Search flights here 1st – 4th May €83pp

View hotel here €104pp

Read: 10 city breaks for less than €199 – Flights & highly rated hotels included
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

self catering family holiday to Menorca

For families looking for great value this summer, its hard to beat Menorca. Airfares are particularly low, compared to other Spanish hotspots, and it is an ideal family friendly destination.
 

 

 
I found a great deal staying in the Blancala apartments on the 27th of July. Price for flights and a seven-night stay is just €1608, based on two adults and two children. I also found some great all inclusive and villa options in this post:

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Best family staycation:

Family breaks in Wexford at Riverside Park Hotel at Easter

Still searching for an Easter break? The 4-Star Riverside Park Hotel in Wexford has a super family offer for a two-night break over Easter holidays.

Price for a family of four with breakfast each day, a 4-course evening meal on the evening of your choice, a family activity pass to one of Wexford’s top attractions, and full access to the Leisure Club, is just €420.  

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Read: Family breaks at the Riverside Park Hotel over Easter holidays
 

 

 

Best cruise:

best cruise deals
 

Cruise the Med on the fabulous MSC Seaside this summer with complimentary drinks included in the cost! I cruised on its sister ship MSC Seaview a few years ago and loved it. This cruise departs from Rome and calls to Sicily, Ibiza, Valencia, Marseille, and Genoa, before returning to Rome for your flight home.
 

 

 
Price for flights, transfers, checked baggage, all meals, snacks, gratuities and Premium drinks package is just €1369 on May 15th. Add on two speciality dining options including Asian Market Kitchen and Butchers Cut for €60 per person.

Read: My review of MSC Seaview

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Best long haul:

best travel deals to Mexico

Go all-inclusive in Mexico this summer. Spend seven-nights at the 5-star Grand Sunset Princess Resort for just €1329 in June. Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-night stay with meals and drinks included.

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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.

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 1st March 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, easter breaks, summer holidays in Greece and Spain, a luxury cruise, New Year in Iceland and staycations in Killarney and Clare.

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Best last minute:

best travel deals to Malta

Treat yourself or your Mum to a week in Malta for Mother’s Day. With prices from €234 for a seven-night stay in a four-star hotel, you can’t deny it is superb value! This deal departs on March 23rd for seven nights but duration can be changed to suit your requirements.

Read: Top 10 reasons to visit Malta

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Enjoy an overnight escape at the popular Falls Hotel in Clare. We stayed here last summer and as you can see above – I enjoyed the spa! For only €90pp you can enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast, dinner, chocolates, and discounted spa treatments. Price is €120pp for a two-night stay and €125 for a three-night stay! 

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Best Easter deals:

short breaks over Easter holidays

I have had lots of requests for Easter breaks this year, so I searched the web and found 10 great short breaks to tempt you. All deals include flights and four-star hotels for three or four nights, and prices start at only €254.
 

 

 
Ive got city breaks and seaside escapes in Spain, Italy, France, Sweden, Croatia, Germany and lots more. Deals include Biarritz from €291, Menorca from €360, and Sardinia from €379.

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Best summer sun:

the travel expert has the best travel deals to Zakynthos

Struggling to find a summer holiday that won’t break the bank? Check out this amazing deal to Zakynthos in August. Price for flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-night stay in the popular Katerina Palace apartments is just €399!

Use code HOLIDAY to save €100 off the listed price. But you better be quick – this is one of my best travel deals this week!

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Best short break:

girls weekend in Marbella, staying in a luxury apartment

It’s never too early to plan a girls trip away! I found a stunning 3-bedroom penthouse in Puerto Banus on the Costa del Sol that would be perfect for a weekend away. Price for flights and a three-night stay in September is €436 based on four sharing, or €327 based on six sharing. 

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Best family holiday:

TUI Magic Life All Inclusive resorts for families

Did you know there is a 5-star All Inclusive resort in Greece with 24 hour service? TUI Magic Life holidays take All Inclusive resorts for families to another level. As well as drinks and snacks available 24/7, they have a wide range of entertainment and activities available, including fitness classes, sports programmes and nightly shows.
 

 

 
Enjoy a seven-night stay in the TUI Magic Life Plimmiri by Atlantica, Rhodes from €3807 on the 10th of August. Price includes flights, transfers, baggage and hotel on an all-inclusive basis, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. See this and 9 more all-inclusive holidays here:

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Are your children off for an extra day or two over the June bank holiday? If so, why not plan a little staycation in Killarney. The hugely popular Park Palace Apartments are available from Sunday the 5th of June for two or three nights. Price for a two-night stay in a two-bedroom apartment is €394.

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Best cruise:

holidays to Santorini from Ireland

Spend three nights exploring the ancient city of Athens, before cruising the Greek Isles and the Med for seven nights on the brand new Regal Princess! This fabulous trip departs on the 26th of August and includes stops in Santorini, Naples and Montenegro, before sailing to Barcelona for your flight home. 
 

 

 
Price of €1375 includes flights, checked baggage, a three-night stay at the Wyndham Grand Athens Hotel on a B&B basis, and seven-night cruise including meals, premium drinks , WiFi and gratuities!

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If you want to getaway for New Year then now is the time to start looking. I found flights to Iceland for €239 and a four-night stay in the 4-star Icelandair Reykjavik Natura Hotel is just €280 per person, making the total cost €519 for four nights. So, why not scratch one off the bucket list and chase the Northern Lights in Iceland over New Year.

Read my top things to do in Iceland

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

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

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

easter weekend in Croatia

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

Read my top tips on discovering Dubrovnik

 

 

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

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

short breaks to Tuscany from Ireland

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

 

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

Read: Top towns and cities to visit in Tuscany
 

 

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

 

 
Search flights 12th – 16th April €123pp

View hotel here €226pp

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

Search flights 13th – 17th April €110pp

View Apt here €728
 

 

 

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

sardinia holidays

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

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

 

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

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

Search flights 14th – 17th April €178

View hotel here €280pp  
 

 

 

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

Easter holidays in Portaventura

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

View hotel here €129pp  3-Nights

 

View hotel here €285pp  7-Nights
 

 

 

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

4-star beach hotels in the Algarve

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

 

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

Read: The best beach hotels on the Algarve

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

View hotel here €180pp  
 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

Search flights 14th – 21st April €108pp

View hotel here €430pp 
 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

Search flights 16th – 19th April €163pp

View hotel here €171pp  
 

 

 
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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 15th February 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 to the Algarve, spring breaks in Nice and Croatia, summer holidays in Sorrento and Menorca, Lanzarote for New Year, and staycations in Galway and Roscommon.

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Would you believe the forecast in the Algarve is 20+ degrees and sunny next week? Take advantage of low airfares and discounted 5-star hotels and book a luxury spa break for just €230 per person. Price includes flights and a four-night stay with breakfast at the 5-star Vale d’Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa.
 

 

 
This is the best hotel in Carvoeiro according to TripAdvisor and the reviews from previous guests are excellent. If you prefer to stay longer, a seven-night stay is available from €392 per person including flights.

Check flights here €69pp 28th February  

View hotel here €162pp

See lots more hotel options here:

Read: The best beach hotels in the Algarve
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

special offers to g Hotel

Treat yourself to an overnight escape at the 5-star g Hotel in Galway for just €80pp including breakfast. This Five Star Steal is valid on selected dates in February and March, booked directly on the hotel website.

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Best spring break:  

croatia for Easter holidays

I’m a big fan of Croatia, and the pretty town of Cavtat in particular. I love to see offers coming in for the 5-Star Hotel Croatia as its one of those hotels that everyone seems to love.
 

 

 
I found a great deal over Easter weekend, where breakfast and dinner is included in the cost of your stay. Price for flights and a three-night stay on a half-board basis is just €439!

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Best summer sun: 

best travel deals to the Amalfi Coast from Ireland

I had to do a double take when I saw the prices of flights to the Amalfi Coast this summer. Ryanair is offering return flights to Naples for €130 on the 19th of July! There are so many great hotels to choose from but I found a good deal in the 4-star Hotel Prestige. Price for a seven-night stay including breakfast is €503 per person, making the total cost only €633 for a week’s holiday in July!

Check flights here €130 19th July

View hotel here €503pp

You can find lots more hotel options here:

Read: The ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast and where to stay
 

 

 

Best family holiday:  

family deal to Prinsotel La Caleta, Menorca

Did you know that Ryanair are flying direct to Menorca this summer? It seems many did not, because unlike most destinations in Spain, flights to Menorca are still relatively low – return flights from Dublin are just €114 on the 3rd of August for seven nights.

The highly rated Prinsotel La Caleta is €1874 for a seven-night self-catering stay. I have some more accommodation options for July in this post:

Read: Family holiday to 4-star Zafiro Menorca, 6th July, €2500

Check flights here €114pp 3rd August

View hotel here €1874
 

 

 

Best family staycation:  

Lough Key Forest Park

Self-catering breaks in Ireland are always popular during July and August, so if you are looking for a holiday home over the summer months its best to book in advance. I found a good deal staying in a 3-bedroom house beside Lough Rynn Castle. Price for a 3-night stay in July or August is €450.
 

 

 
With Lough Key Forest Park, the Blueway Waterpark and the Wild Atlantic Way within easy reach, it is a great base for a staycation in Ireland this year.

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Read: 10 self-catering breaks in Ireland this summer
 

 

 

Best city break:  

city break in Nice

Nice isn’t always the first place you think of for city breaks, but I urge you not to overlook it. Flight times are only 2 hours 30 minutes and the town centre is only 4 miles from the airport, so you can be sipping cocktails on the Promenade des Anglais within a half hour of leaving the airport🍸.
 

 

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

 

 
I found great value flights for only €44 on the 2nd of April for three, five or seven nights. A three-night stay in the top rated Palm Hotel Nice is just €197 per person, making the a city break just €241 including flights.

Search flights here 2nd April €44

View hotel here €197pp
 

 

 

Best early booking offer: 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Flights are on sale now for post Christmas breaks, and the earlier your book, the better price you will get. I found a good family deal to Lanzarote departing early morning on New Year’s Eve and returning the following Saturday, 7th of January. FYI Schools reopen after Christmas holidays on Thursday, 5th of January…
 

 

 
Price for return flights and a seven-night stay at the popular Hyde Park Lane apartments is €2087 for a family of four. Alternatively choose flights and a two-bedroom villa with private pool from €2748, or the five-star all-inclusive Dreams Tagoro Family & Fun Hotel, with all meals and drinks included for just €3691.

Search flights here  31st Dec €360pp

View Apartment €647

View Villa €1308

View All Inclusive €2251

I have lots more hotel and apartment choices in this post:

Family holidays to Lanzarote – My top 20 picks on where to stay
 

 

 
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 – 1st February 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 to Lanzarote and Rome, summer holidays in Greece and Majorca, New York for New Year, and staycations in Sligo and Kilkenny.

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Jet off to sunny Lanzarote and enjoy a seven-night stay at the Villa Canaima apartments for just €387 per person. Price for return flights on the 7th of February are just €155, and a seven-night stay in a one-bedroom apartment with pool view is €232 per person.

Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor for speciality lodging in Puerto del Carmen, this is great value for a spring break in the Canary Islands.

Check flights here €155 7th February

View hotel here €232pp
 

 

 

Best city break:

Colosseum at night

Always wanted to fly off to Rome at a moments notice? Well now is your chance! Surprise your loved one this Valentines Day and enjoy a two-night break in Rome for just €177! 
 

 

 
Return flights from Dublin to Rome are just €50 on the 13th of February, and a two-night stay at the 4-star Liberty Boutique Hotel is just €127pp.

Check flights here €50pp 13th February

View hotel here €127pp

See this hotel and lots more hotel options in this post:

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

 

 

Best overnight escape

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Many of you already know I am a big fan of Mount Juliet, but its not just the setting and service that I love, it is also so handy for an overnight escape. Kilkenny is accessible from most counties, so if you fancy a luxury break away that won’t break the bank, I found it!
 

 

 
Price for summer stays in June are available from €90pp including breakfast – a nice Valentines Day gift perhaps?  See this deal and more five-star hotel offers here:

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Best family holiday:

family holiday deals from Ireland

The Protur Bonaire in Majorca is one of the most highly sought after family properties in Spain. Its kids clubs, splash park and overall family friendly facilities have seen it become a firm favourite with Irish families. However, it is rare to find Free Child Places still available in peak season, but I found some available in early August.
 

 

 
Price for flights, transfers, checked baggage, and a seven-night stay on a Half Board basis is €2,972, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Note price will show at €3,222 when you click on the link below, but if you use the promo code SALE you will save a further €250 off the price.

See more here
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

family breaks in Sligo at the Clayton Hotel

Plan your Easter break now and enjoy a three-night stay with breakfast at the Clayton Hotel Sligo from just €437. This super hotel has great family friendly facilities including a fully supervised kids club, swimming pool, kids pool, mini-golf course, and fairy trail. Large family suites are also available that can accommodate families of five.

See more here
 

 

 

Best luxury holiday:

best travel deals to Rhodes

The Sentido Asterias Beach Resort is a brand new 5-star beachfront hotel in Rhodes that offers great value for a luxury holiday in Greece this summer. The reviews on TripAdvisor are excellent and prices are sure to increase.
 

 

 
I found return flights to Rhodes with Ryanair from €163 on the 27th of August, and a seven-night stay here on an All-Inclusive basis is €804 per person.

Check flights here €163pp 27th August

View hotel here €804pp

I have spent the week ogling over the best luxury five-star hotels in Greece for my latest post,  you can find lots more options here:

Read: The best luxury hotels in Greece for adults – my top 20 picks
 

 

 

Best cruise:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The brand new Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Wonder of the Seas is cruising the Med this summer, and you can enjoy a seven-night cruise from Barcelona from just €1325 in September. Price includes return flights, cruise, meals and activities.

See more here
 

 

 

Early booking offer:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ring in the New Year in New York! Direct flights are on sale to Newark with United Airlines and return airfares start at just €442 per person for the Basic Economy fare, but I recommend opting for the Economy fare of €532 which includes checked baggage, seat selection and free changes if required. 

There are numerous hotels to choose to suit all tastes and budgets, but you can find my top picks here.

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

Check flights 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.

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 18th January 2022

Best travel deals

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 a last minute holiday to Gran Canaria, spring breaks in Venice and Iceland, summer holidays in Croatia and Amalfi Coast a Med cruise, and early bookings offers to Miami and Portugal.  I also have staycations in Belfast and Kilkenny.
 

 

 
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 no pre-departure tests are required returning to Ireland, as long as you are fully vaccinated.

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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.

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

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

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

Gold by Marina hotel, Gran Canaira

Want to stay in the best rated hotel in Gran Canaria? This amazing deal to the Gold by Marina Hotel is just €471 for seven nights, including flights, transfers and checked baggage – this is almost 50% off the original price.
 

 

 
Ranked number 1 out of 134 hotels in Gran Canaria by TripAdvisor, this adult-only hotel is just what you need to beat the January blues. Price will show €521 below, but if you use code WINTER you will save a further €100 off the total price. Price is based on 24th January departure, but travel January 31st or February 7th for a supplement of €72 per person. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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To coincide with the 50th birthday of the historic Europa Hotel in Belfast, you can enjoy a Golden Moments package from €66 per person sharing, which includes an overnight stay, full Irish breakfast, signature cocktail in the Piano Lounge, signature truffles in your room, and an exclusive golden Hastings duck!
 

 

 
The Europa is a world famous hotel that welcomed the numerous celebrities as well as The Clintons and the Dalai Lama. There has never been a better time to visit!

View offer here
 

 

 

Best spring break:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Chase the Northern Lights, swim in the Blue Lagoon and marvel at the Iceland’s Golden Circle. This super weekend in Iceland includes flights and a four-star hotel from just €386, departing March 26th.

See more here
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

best travel deals to the Amalfi coast

A summer break on the Amalfi Coast doesn’t have to cost the earth. Check out this deal to Sorrento, departing June 8th. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the 4-Star Hotel Prestige is just €585 including breakfast.

See more here

 

See more accommodation options here:

Read: My ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast, where to stay in Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi & Capri
 

 

 

Best city break:

best travel deals to Venice

Aer Lingus’ sale has been extended to January 24th so why not take advantage and plan a cheeky city break. With up to 20% off European destinations up to 31st May, cities such as Venice, Bilbao, Vienna and Madrid, are available from less than €100 for return flights – see more here.

I found a great deal to Venice departing March 28th. Price for flights and a three-night stay at the superbly located Mercurio Hotel is just €235 per person.

View flights here €82pp

View hotel here €153pp

 

See lots more accommodation options in Venice here:

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

 

 

Best family holiday:

zaton holiday resort, Croatia

Looking for something different for your family holiday this year? Try Croatia! The highly rated Zaton Holiday Resort is a huge resort with a wide selection of mobile homes and self-catering apartments to suit families of all shapes and sizes. Located by the sea, with a waterpark, slides and kids clubs on site, it has everything you need for a fun-filled family holiday.
 

 

 
I found a great family deal from €1411 including flights from Dublin for seven nights on the 8th of June, based on a family of four. Price for return flights are €142 per person from Dublin to Zadar, and self-catering apartments are available from €843. The Zaton Holiday Resort is located just 20km from Zadar airport.

Superior apartments and larger two-bedroom homes are also available. If this date doesn’t suit, simply edit the dates below to suit you.

Check flights here €142pp

View Apts here from €843

 
Read: The Best Family Campsites in Europe – Top 20 Picks
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

family hotels in Ireland - Newpark Hotel Kilkenny has a pet farm.

The Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny is often regarded as one of the best family hotels in Ireland – I have no doubt your kids will agree. It was voted Family Friendly Hotel of the year in 2020, and the fact that there is a wildlife park and a go-karting track (8+) on site might have something to do with that.
 

 

 
It tends to get booked out quickly during school holidays, so if you are planning a family break during Easter holidays, now might be a good time to book. Price for a two-night stay is €500 for a family of four, or €540 for a family of five, including breakfast. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Kilkenny with kids

Read: 20 family hotel deals in Ireland during Easter holidays

See more here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

all inclusive holiday deals

Can you think of a better combo than Miami and Mexico? Enjoy a three-night stay in the 4-Star Gates Hotel on the world famous South Beach, before flying to Cancun for a seven-night stay at the 5-star Grand Sunset Princess Hotel on an all-inclusive basis – and all for just €1429 in September! Price includes all fights and checked baggage.

See more here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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You may recall I flew to Lisbon and the Algarve over the October mid term break, and managed to bag cheap flights with TAP Air Portugal by booking in advance. Well these flights are on sale now for next October…
 

 

 
You can choose a city break in Lisbon during school holidays, with return flights from €80 per person, (3rd – 6th November), or fly to the Algarve (via Lisbon) for seven-nights from €147 per person (29th October – 5th November).

I have linked flights to Skyscanner below, and based flight prices on convenient flight times (not the cheaper 0450 departure!), but regardless of which flight you choose, I recommend clicking through to the TAP Air Portugal website to make a booking.

View Lisbon here €80pp

View Faro here €147pp

 

You can see a wide selection of hotel and apartment choices in these posts:

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

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

 

 

Best cruise:

Princess Cruises

Cruise the Med with Princess Cruises this summer, with all-inclusive cruise deals from just €1249 including flights, meals and drinks on board. There is a wide selection to choose from, including a seven-night cruise on Regal Princess from Athens, visiting Santorini, Montenegro, Sicily and Naples, before returning to Barcelona for your flight home.

Price for this itinerary is from €1299, departing June 4th, and includes return flights, airport transfers and cruise on an all-inclusive basis.

See more 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.

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 14th December 2021

Best travel deals

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

This week’s best travel deals includes a city break in Lisbon for €181, winter sun in Gran Canaria, Easter in Madeira, a family holiday to Boston and Cape Cod, an all-inclusive deal to Mexico,  a cruise around the Emirates, as well as staycations in Mayo and Laois.
 

 

 
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 some exceptions. In some cases testing will also be required, and currently a negative Covid test is 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.

Latest travel restrictions for entry into Ireland

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

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

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

holiday deals to Gran Canaria

Want to beat the January blues? Jet off to Gran Canaria and enjoy a seven-night stay at the Bahia Feliz apartments for just €300 including flights, transfers and checked baggage! Highly rated on TripAdvisor and a Travellers Choice award winner this year, this is incredible value for a week in the sun.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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We have just returned from an overnight stay in the Midlands Park Hotel and were really impressed with its contemporary style and choice of dining options. Located just an hour from from Dublin, it is the perfect place for a quick getaway. 
 

 

 
I found this great Winter Indulgence deal available on selected dates from this Sunday right up to March. For only €99 per room you can enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast, Irish Coffee or Baileys Hot Chocolate, €10 off Jule Day Spa when you spend €50, and a 10% discount card for Kildare Village Outlet!

Top Tip: Make sure to pre-book Kellys Steakhouse, the food is superb! 

View offers here
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

Boston and Cape Cod Holiday

I love a good road trip, and Boston to Cape Cod is firmly on my family holiday bucket list. I spotted this luxury deal with Platinum Travel and it looks very tempting!
 

 

 
Price for flights, a three night stay in Boston, followed by a seven night stay in Cape Cod, with car hire and a Boston Trolley Tour included, is only €4,399 per family. This price is based on travel in May, but other dates can be arranged.

View offer here

 

Read: Boston and Cape Cod travel guide, top things to do and where to stay 
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

twixmas breaks in Ireland

Treat the family to a Twixmas break in Breaffy House Hotel in Mayo. We stayed here twice now and love its family friendly facilities and proximity to Mayo’s gorgeous coastline.
 

 

 
Price for a two-night stay on the 29th of December is just €408 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, or €486 for a family of six sharing a family bunkbed room.

Read: 15 family Twixmas breaks, 2 night stays from €338

View offer here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Ryanair have just announced a year round service from Dublin to Madeira, and now is the time to book to get the best value. A holiday over Easter holidays including flights and a seven-night stay in the 4-star Savoy Signature Hotel, is just €394 per person, based on two sharing. Prices are even less if you travel outside of peak times.

Search flights here 13th April €152pp

View hotel here €242pp
 

 

 

Best city break

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Lisbon is super city break destination. There is so much to see and do, its on the coast, and it has a great food scene! I found weekend flights departing on the 2nd of April for just €56 return, and a three-night stay in the popular Ibis Styles Marquês de Pombal with breakfast included is only €125 per person. A weekend in Lisbon for just €181 is a super Christmas gift idea 🎁

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

Search flights here 2nd April €56pp

View hotel here €125pp

See more Lisbon hotel options in this post:

Read: Where to stay in Lisbon, my top picks of Lisbon hotels
 

 

 

Best long haul holiday:

Best travel deals to Mexico

Want to dance like nobody’s watching? Enjoy a week in the lively RIU Cancun Hotel, where the all-inclusive arrangement is available 24 hours a day, for only €1095 including flights! Yes you read that right!
 

 

 
This amazing deal includes flights to Cancun Mexico and a seven night stay on in the beachfront RIU Cancun an all inclusive basis, departing May 2022. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

image of Dubai from above

Cruise Dubai and the Emirates on the brand new MSC Virtousa for just €1229 per person. This super deal includes flights to Doha with Qatar Airways, an overnight stay in Doha, return airport transfers, and a seven night cruise with meals and gratuities included. 

View offer 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.

 

 

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 9th November 2021

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

This week’s best travel deals include a last minute holiday to Lanzarote, Christmas market breaks to Munich, a city break to Boston, family holidays in Portugal and Clare, a summer offer to Sorrento, a Royal Caribbean cruise and an overnight escape to Cabra Castle.
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements. If you are vaccinated, you will beed to bring your Digital Covid Certificate with you, and non-vaccinated people will need to produce a negative Covid tests on arrival. 
 
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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 check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

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:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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With temperatures a balmy 21 degrees in Lanzarote, why not enjoy a winter sun break before Christmas? Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the highly rated La Penita apartments in Puerto el Carmen, is just €379, departing the 28th of November. 

Read: Why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island

Search flights here €171pp

View hotel here €208pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

hotel deal to Cabra Castle

Enjoy an overnight escape in the luxurious 18th Century Cabra Castle for just €65 per person including a Full Irish breakfast – this is a saving of 47% off the standard room rate. Price is available on selected dates until 31st  March 2022.

View offer here 
 

 

 

Best winter break:

Christmas market break in Munich

Kick start the festive season with a Christmas market break in Munich. Bavaria’s capital has over 20 markets to choose from and is covered in twinkling lights and market stalls.
 

 

 
Price for a two night break, flying out early morning on the 8th of December and returning late on the 10th of December including Aer Lingus flights and the highly rated Bold Hotel Munich Centre, is just €226 per person. See more hotel choices in this post:

Read: The best Christmas markets in Munich and where to stay

View flights here €92pp

See hotel here €134pp
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I had many enquiries about staying at Martinhal Sagres since my recent visit and I found a good deal on the hotel’s website for the end of June.
 

 

 
Flights from Dublin to Faro with TAP Air Portugal are just €140 per person including hand luggage – you can choose to stop in Lisbon if you wish, or continue on to Faro. A seven-night stay at a 2-bedroom Mimosa Townhouse is €2222, making the total cost including flights €2,782, arriving the 24th or 25th of June.

Search flights here €140pp

Search hotel here €2222
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

Cliffs of Moher

Dust off the cob webs with a post-Christmas stroll along the Cliffs of Moher. This super deal staying in Clare’s Woodstock Hotel is just €325 per family, based on a two-night stay, arriving December 28th.
 

 

 
The onsite Leisure Club with pool, kids pool, sauna and jacuzzi will be a warmly welcomed after spending a day along the Wild Atlantic Way.

View offer here

 

See more festive family breaks here:

Read: 15 Family breaks between Christmas & New Year, 2 Night Stays from €310
 

 

 

Best city break:

Weekend in Boston

With the USA back open to international visitors, I simply had to include a city break Stateside this week. Aer Lingus if currently offering €100 off return flights to the USA for travel up to 31st December, however I chose a spring weekend in Boston instead – for just €482 including a 4-star hotel!
 

 

 
Return direct flights to Boston are available in February (including Valentine’s weekend) for just €298 per person, and a three-night stay in the 4-star Staypineapple, South End is available from just €201 per person.

See more here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

The ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast, where to stay in Positano, Sorrento, Amalfi and more

I found some great deals from Dublin to Naples in August from just €123 return. Enjoy a week in sunny Sorrento, staying in the 4-star Hotel Prestige for just €547 per person, making the total cost for a seven-night stay on the 12th of August, with flights included, just €670 per person. This hotel rate includes breakfast and free cancellation too!

View flights here €123pp

View hotel here €547pp

I have lots more hotel choices along the Amalfi Coast in this post:

Read: The ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast and where to stay
 

 

 

Best cruise:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The brand new Royal Caribbean cruise ship, Wonder of the Seas will be launching in March 2022. What will be the world’s largest ship will have even more award-winning facilities and dining options available.

It will be cruising the Med next summer, and you can enjoy a seven-night cruise from Barcelona from just €1489 in June. Price includes return flights, cruise, meals and activities.

See more 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.

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 27th October 2021

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

 

This week I have a last minute wellness break in the Algarve, winter sun in Fuerteventura, city breaks to Lisbon, a cruise around the Emirates, and a family holiday to Lake Garda for next summer. I also have a post-Christmas family break in Sligo, and an amazing offer to Mount Juliet. 
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements. If you are vaccinated, you will beed to bring your Digital Covid Certificate with you, and non-vaccinated people will need to produce a negative Covid tests on arrival. 
 
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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 check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

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

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Treat yourself to a luxury Wellness break in the Algarve. Flights and luxury hotels are superb value in November – like this deal to the 5-star Real Marina Hotel, with indoor pool and luxury Spa. Price for flights and a five-night stay is just €284 per person.

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Best overnight escape:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Why not treat yourself or a loved one to an over night stay at Mount Juliet Estate? I found a super deal for a Sunday night stay in January. Price including breakfast at Hunters Yard is just €80 per person – the perfect Christmas gift perhaps? I stayed in Mount Juliet last summer and loved it – you can read my review here.

Read: My review of Mount Juliet 

Read: 10 Five-Star hotel deals in Ireland

View offer here

 

 

 

Best winter sun:

Get some sun before the festive season, with a week in Fuerteventura. Price for flights and  a seven-night stay in the highly rated Las Marismas apartments is just €298 per person, departing December 2nd. 

Search flights here €95pp

View hotel here €203pp
 

 

 

Best city break:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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If you were following me this week, you will know that I had a fabulous time in Lisbon. I have some great Lisbon deals available on my website at the moment, including a 5-star break for Valentines weekend from €278, and an Easter weekend offer from €372 per person.
 

 

 
I also have a family break over Easter weekend from €1084 including flights and a 4-star apartment – the price is even less if you can travel midweek during school holidays.

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Best family holiday:

Sirmione, Lake Garda

With airfares set to increase, now is the time to secure your family holiday for next summer! Flights to Verona are surprisingly good value – with return flights from just €190 per person on the 15th of July or €150 per person on the 10th of August.
 

 

 
There is a host of accommodation options available, from mobile homes to luxury apartments. I have selected two below that might be of interest – simply edit the dates to suit your requirements.

Search flights here 10th August €150pp

See Poiano here €1400

See FamilySPA Resort €2352
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

Enniscrone Beach.

Brisk walks along Enniscrone beach are the perfect way to kick start the New Year. The Ocean Sands Hotel is ocated in the heart of Enniscrone, overlooking one of Ireland’s best beaches, the location couldn’t be better. Children will love Waterpoint Aqua Park too, which is only a few minutes walk away. 
 

 

 
Price for a two-night stay on the 28th of December is €422 per family – this is a large family room and sleeps up to five.

Read: 15 family breaks between Christmas and New Year

View offer here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Always wanted to visit Las Vegas? I spotted flights with British Airways for just €335 return next September! With prices like that, why not treat yourself to a deluxe suite at Signature at the MGM Grand Hotel? Price for a four-night stay is just €375 per person.

View flights here €335pp

View hotel here €375pp
 

 

 

Best cruise:

MSC Virtuosa

I spotted MSC Virtuosa in Lisbon yesterday, so thought it timely to include it in this weeks Best Travel Deals post. It is cruising around the Emirates this winter, and you can enjoy a seven-night cruise with flights, checked baggage, all meals, drinks and gratuities included, from just €1289 in February!

Visit Dubai, Sir Bani Yas Island, Dammam and Doha, before returning to Dubai for your flight home.

See more 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.

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 14th September 2021

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

A last minute deal to Greece, a Royal Caribbean cruise, and a family trip to Dubai feature in my best travel deals this week. I also have winter sun in Lanzarote, a city break to Venice, an early booking offer to the Algarve in July, a girls night away, and a family break between Christmas and New Year.
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements. If you are vaccinated, you will beed to bring your Digital Covid Certificate with you, and non-vaccinated people will need to produce a negative Covid tests on arrival. 
 
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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 check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

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

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

the travel expert has the best travel deals to Zakynthos

Jet off to the beautiful island of Zakynthos this weekend, and stay at the popular Alykes Garden Village for just €308 per person – yes you read that right! Highly recommended on Tripadvisor, you can’t beat this price for a week in the sun. Price includes flights, apartment, return airport transfers and checked baggage for seven nights.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

Girls night away in Ireland hotel

Due to popular demand, this exclusive offer from the Clayton Hotel Limerick is back for a second time. From a mere €80 per person you can enjoy a night away with breakfast, a 4-course à la carte dinner, a complimentary cocktail, and Prosecco in your room on arrival – can you believe the price? You also have full access to the Club Vitae swimming pool, health and fitness centre.
 

 

 
This exclusive deal is valid right up to the end of the year, even on Friday nights. Price of €80pp is based on three sharing, and is aimed a ‘girls night away’, but you can of course bring your partner, mother etc. Price for two sharing is €95 per person. Supplements apply for Saturday night stays. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best winter break:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Beat the January blues with a week in Lanzarote for just €293. Aer Lingus’ Seat Sale is now on with return flights from just €120 per person on the 27th of January. I found a great deal to the Bitacora apartments in Puerto del Carmen for just €173 per person.
 

 

 
Alternatively choose the 5-star All Inclusive Gran Castillo Tagoro for just €577 (refundable rate), making a total stay here just €697 per person.

View flights here €120pp

View Bitacora €173pp

View Gran Castillo €577pp
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

family offer to Dubai in the travel experts best travel deals

Emirates holidays has a superb family offer in the 4-star Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts from 4th January – 30th September 2022. Enjoy a free upgrade from bed & breakfast to half board, as well as complimentary park tickets to Dubai Parks and Resorts – home to Legoland, Legoland Waterpark, Motiongate and Bollywood Parks. 
 

 

 
I looked at the June bank holiday weekend and price for direct flights with Emirates to Dubai with 25kg checked baggage per person, and a seven night stay with breakfast, evening meal and park tickets included, is €3,645 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Offer is available throughout the year – price seven nights over Easter holidays is €4,529.

Read: Top tips for a family holiday to Dubai

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Best family staycation:

irish hotel deals for families in wexford

Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor  the luxurious Talbot Suites at Stonebridge, Wexford is a super choice for families looking for a break between Christmas and New Year. There are two and three-bedroom apartments available, and all have access to the swimming pool and Talbot Quay Leisure Centre and the facilities of the Talbot Hotel Wexford.
 

 

 
Price is €360 for a two-bedroom apartment and €500 for a three-bedroom apartment, arriving on the 28th of December for two nights.

Read: Top 10 things to do in Wexford with kids

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Best city break:

City guide to Venice, best things to do, and where to stay

Now is the time to explore Venice – get there before the crowds arrive! Aer Lingus is offering great value airfares from just €39.99 each way in October, and there are super hotel deals available too.
 

 

 
Price for flights on the 19th of October and a four-night stay in the Hotel Dell’Opera is €362 per person. Highly recommended on TripAdvisor, this hotel is located just five minutes walk from St. Mark’s Square.

Read: Venice travel guide – top things to do and where to stay

View flights here €80pp

View hotel here €282pp
 

 

 

Best cruise:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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The value on cruise holidays at the moment is second to none! Did you know you can cruise the Med for seven days on Royal Caribbean’s Harmony of the Seas for just €899 in October? This amazing offer includes flights, 20kg checked baggage, all meals and entertainment on board, gratuities, and an upgrade to a neighbourhood balcony cabin!
 

 

 
Visit Barcelona, Palma, Florence/Pisa, Rome and Naples before returning to Barcelona for your return flight home. I had the pleasure of cruising on this ship many years ago – you can read my review here. See this and lots more cruise offers here:

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Best early booking offer:

Algarve beach

If you believe Michael O Leary’s comments this week, airfares for next summer are set to increase! If you you are in a position to book now, you can secure return flights to the Algarve from €152 in July.
 

 

 
The beachfront Santa Eulalia Hotel & Spa near Albufeira is also offering early booking discounts, so you can secure a week in this popular holiday resort for just €510 per person on the 7th of July.

Search flights here €152pp

View hotel here €358pp 
 

 

 
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 – 31st August 2021

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This weeks best travel deals include a last minute sun holiday, city break and cruise deal, winter breaks, early booking offers for next summer, and staycations for couples and families.

Last minute deals to Gran Canaria and Bordeaux, as well as a super Greek Isles cruise in September feature in my best travel deals this week. I also have staycations in Sligo and Wexford, a short post-Christmas ski trip, and early booking offers to Sorrento and Lanzarote for next summer.
 

 

 
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.
 
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It is also vital that if you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid that you have proof of this. If you have not yet received your Digital Covid Certificate, or need more information on testing or entry requirements, you can find out more in this post:

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 
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 check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

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:

Puerto Mogan

Treat yourself to some five-star luxury and enjoy a week in Gran Canaria, staying at the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa Mogan for just €579. This hotel is located close to the seafront in the pretty fishing village of Mogan.
 

 

 
There are two swimming pools, as well as a Spa and fitness centre with running track and climbing tower. This hotel has been on my wish list for some time, I have personally had great feedback from previous guests. 

This price is based on flying from Dublin on the 14th of September, and includes a seven-night stay with breakfast, in a superior room with balcony. This price is similar throughout September, so if this date does not suit, simply edit the search dates on the links below.

Search flights here €140pp 

View hotel here €439pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

Special Offer at Riverside Park Hotel, Wexford

Looking for a quick getaway that won’t break the bank? This super deal of just €50 per person from the 4-star Riverside Park Hotel in Wexford includes breakfast, as well as a bottle of Prosecco and chocolates in your room on arrival! I stayed here in July – this is fantastic value for an autumn break. 

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Best winter break:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Always wanted to try skiing, but not sure if it is for you? This short post-Christmas break to France is the perfect way to try it, and beat the January blues at the same time!
 

 

 
Price of €366 per person includes flights, a four-night stay in the 4-star Le Belmount Arc 1800 apartments, 20kg checked in baggage and return airport transfers, departing January 4th.

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Best family holiday:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I had many requests from people asking about luxurious family hotels for next summer – it seems you want to make up for lost time! I found a great deal in the 5-star Gran Castillo Tagoro in Lanzarote in July. This all-inclusive resort is hugely popular with Irish visitors and currently has a discount of €568 on the 17th of July.
 

 

 
Price of €3640 includes flights, transfers, checked baggage, and all meals and drinks throughout your stay, based on a family of four. The best part – you don’t need to pay in advance for the flights. As this is a package holiday so you only need a deposit of €75 per person to secure a booking.

Read: Why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island

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Best family staycation:

The Diamond Coast Hotel is one of the best hotels with large family rooms on the wild atlantic way.

Located close to one of the best beaches in Ireland, the Diamond Coast Hotel in Sligo is one of the most popular places to stay on the Wild Atlantic Way. Families love its large family rooms, and it is a great choice for a staycation over the October mid term break. Price of €480 is based on a family of four for three nights, and includes breakfast too!

Read: 20 family staycations over the October mid term break

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Best city break:

Saint-Emilion close to Bordeaux in France
Saint-Emilion

Explore the wine lands and historic city of Bordeaux for just €203 per person. Ryanair is offering flights from just €26 return from Dublin to Bordeaux in September and October. I found a great deal in the highly rate StayCity apart-hotel which is located right in the heart of the city for just €354, making a three night stay just €207 per person including flights.

I have linked the 9th of October below but simply edit the search dates if this date doesn’t suit.

Search flights here 9th October €30pp

View hotel here €177pp
 

 

 

Best cruise:

holidays to Santorini from Ireland

Cruise the Greek Islands on Norwegian Jade this September from just €788! Set sail from Athens on September 26th and visit Crete, Rhodes, Mykonos, Corfu, Olympia and Santorini, before returning to Athens for your flight home.
 

 

 
This amazing cruise deal includes flights and a seven-night cruise with meals and entertainment included. For an extra €99 you can avail of an unlimited drinks package as well as WiFi or two speciality dining meals. 

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Best early booking offer: 

The ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast, where to stay in Positano, Sorrento, Amalfi and more

Secure a week on the Amalfi Coast next summer with this super deal to the 4-star Hotel Prestige. Flights to Naples are available from €69 return in June, and a seven-night stay with breakfast is just €425 per person, making the total cost just €494 per person for a one-week holiday in Sorrento on the 8th of June.

The Prestige Hotel is rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor and was a Travellers Choice Award Winner this year. Read my ultimate guide to the Amalfi Coast for more ideas on where to stay and which resorts to visit.
 
Search flights here 8th June €69pp

View hotel here €425pp
 

 

 
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 – 17th August 2021

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This weeks best travel deals include last minute holidays to Italy and Greece, family deals at home and abroad for the October mid term break, a luxury cruise, and a girls weekend in Marbella.

It is great to see so many people travelling overseas again, but for those who haven’t booked a holiday yet, hopefully you will find something in this weeks Best Travel Deals post to tempt you.
 

 

 
I have last minute deals to Sorrento and Belfast, amazing value to Zakynthos in September, a Celebrity cruise, winter sun in Lanzarote, family holidays to PortAventura and Clare during the October mid term break, and a girls weekend in Marbella for next summer.  
 

 

 
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.
 
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It is also vital that if you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid that you have proof of this. If you have not yet received your Digital Covid Certificate, or need more information on testing or entry requirements, you can find out more in this post:

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 
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 check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

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:

last minute deal to the Amalfi Coast in Italy

Ryanair is having a Flash Sale to Italy, with airfares from €19.99 each way. Book by 20th August for travel from 17th August – 31st October 2021. I found flights into Naples on the 28th of August for just €83 return, and a seven night stay in the 4-star Hotel Cristina in Sorrento is just €504 including breakfast.
 

 

 
Located just 700 metres from the beach and within walking distance of the town centre, this is rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor.

Search flights here €83pp

View hotel here €504pp
 

 

 

Best last minute staycation: 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy an overnight stay in the heart of Belfast city this weekend. Stay at the highly rated Maldron Hotel ( rated 5 out of 55 hotels in Belfast on TripAdvisor ), which is located just 500 metres from the popular Cathedral Quarter and within walking distance of Belfast’s top attractions. Price is just €58pp for an overnight stay this Sunday.

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Best september sun:

Shipwreck Beach, Zakynthos

Gran some September sunshine in the beautiful island of Zakynthos in Greece. Visit the world famous Shipwreck beach, take a boat trip to see the Loggerhead turtles, and enjoy some delicious Greek food. I found a great deal to the highly rated Danny apartments for just €330 on the 19th of September.
 

 

 
Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven night stay in this gorgeous island – this is less than half price!!

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Best family holiday

Best travel deals to PortAventura theme park

Treat the kids to a short break in Salou over the October mid term break. Visit one of Europe’e best theme parks, PortAventura, explore the vibrant city of Barcelona, or chill out at the hotel’s indoor or outdoor pool.
 

 

 
Price for flights, a four-night stay at the highly rated Villa Romana hotel with breakfast and evening meal included, and two-day park passes to PortAventura and Ferrari Land is just €1496, based on two adults and two children sharing.

Read: Top 10 reasons to visit PortAventura

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Best family staycation

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy a two-night break in the Falls Hotel in Clare for just €377 during the October midterm break. Price includes bed and breakfast in a family room, and an evening meal on the night of your choice – kids eat free from the kids menu. Price is based on the 26th of October arrival, but other dates are available.  

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Best winter break:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Fancy some winter sun? Spend a week in Lanzarote for only €309 on the 30th of November! Price includes flights and a seven-night stay in the highly rated Bitacora apartments in Puerto del Carmen. Want to go All-Inclusive? The 5-star Dream Gran Castillo Villa Tagoro is just €677 for seven nights, including flights.

Read: Why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island

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Best cruise deal:

Search The Travel Expert for the best travel deals, including cruise deals.

The term ‘best cruise deal’ is very apt considering this cruise ship is one of the most luxurious cruise ships sailing the Mediterranean right now. Treat yourself to a five star all-inclusive cruise on Celebrity Apex, with mouth watering food and unlimited drinks on board, return flights, 20kg checked in baggage, return transfers, tips, port taxes & all ship entertainment, all for €1750 per person.
 

 

 
Set sail from Athens on the 5th of September and visit Santorini, Rhodes, Mykonos and Dubrovnik before returning to Athens for your return flight home.

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Best early booking offer:

Search The Travel Expert for the best travel deals for a girls weekend away.

Missing your girly getaways? I think it is time to bring back one of my most popular Best Travel Deals! Plan ahead and secure a weekend in Marbella for just €288 next May. Price includes flights and a three-night stay at the highly rated Princesa Playa apartments. This is one of my most popular Best Travel Deals 

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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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