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

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

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


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


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

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Best last minute holiday:

best travel deals to Zakynthos from Ireland

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


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

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Best last minute overnight escape:


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


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

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

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Best September deal:

 travel deals to Menorca

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


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

View flights here €29pp 

View hotel here €284pp



Best luxury sun holiday:

holidays to Santorini from Ireland

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


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

View flights here €194pp

View hotel here €625pp



Best family deal:


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


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

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Best family staycation:

Cliffs of Moher

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


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

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

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Best cruise:


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


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

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Best city break:

Best lisbon hotels for city break

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

There are lots more accommodation options in this post:

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

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Best winter break:

Winter sun holidays in Gran Canaria

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

View flights here €121pp

View hotel here €245pp



Best early booking offer:

the absolute guide to las vegas

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

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


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