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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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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:

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.

See more here
 

 

 

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

View offer here
 

 

 

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. 

View offer here
 

 

 

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
 

 

 
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.

Best Travel Deals

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

View hotel here €183pp

I have lots more hotel options in this post:

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.

See more here
 

 

 

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.

View offer here
 

 

 

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.  

View offer here

 

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

View offer here
 

 

 

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.

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 – 1st 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 last minute holidays, easter breaks, summer holidays in Greece and Spain, a luxury cruise, New Year in Iceland and staycations in Killarney and Clare.

InstagramIt 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 before you travel.
 

 

 

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! 

View offer here
 

 

 

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!

View offer here
 

 

 

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. 

See more here
 

 

 

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.

View offer here
 

 

 

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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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 – 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.

InstagramIt is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions, and that they are subject to change. Boosters are required for travel to most countries if initial vaccination is over 270 days.  Please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Read: Latest travel restrictions
 

 

 

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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.

See more here
 

 

 

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!

See more here
 

 

 

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.

View offer here

 

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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It is important to be aware of the latest travel restrictions, and that they are subject to change. Boosters are required for travel to most countries if initial vaccination is over 270 days, and Italy and Portugal also require negative tests at present.  Please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.
 

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

Best Travel Deals

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
 

 

 

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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 – 12th October 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 I have a last minute five-star holiday for less than €400, Christmas lights in Malaga City, Christmas on the ski slopes, a luxury river cruise, and early booking offers to Greece for next summer. I also have a post-Christmas family break in Wexford, some Dublin hotel deals for your Christmas party this year, and an Aer Lingus seat sale.
 

 

 
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:

Luxury hotel deals in Greece

Fly off to Corfu this weekend and enjoy a seven-night stay in the 5-star, adult-only, Kairaba Mythos Palace Hotel, for just €385. Price includes return flights and hotel on a bed and breakfast basis, departing 19th October. I stayed very close to this hotel some years ago and there are some super restaurants and beach bars in the nearby resort of Messonghi.
 

 

 
If you prefer to travel at the weekend, the price is just €400 on Saturday 16th October.  Short stays of 3 and 4 nights are also available with Ryanair, just edit the search dates to suit your requirements on the hotel link below.

Search flights here 16th /19th Oct €63pp

 
View hotel here €322pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

Dublin hotel deals at Christmas time

Now is the time to start planning your Christmas party nights out, but why book a cheeky overnight stay too? When you think of the cost of taxi fares, and that you can enjoy a nice cooked breakfast the following morning, its a win-win…

Prices are available from €50pp in Dublin’s city centre, and I have a choice of 20 Dublin hotel deals in this post:

Read: 20 Dublin hotel deals – Overnight Stays in December from €45pp
 

 

 

Best winter holiday:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Spend Christmas on the ski slopes! Fly off to Sestriere in Italy on the 19th of December and enjoy a seven-night stay in the Residence Tabor in Bardonecchia from €508, based on two sharing.
 

 

 
Families can enjoy a skiing holiday at the Olympic Village Apartments in Sestriere from just €1532, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing – this includes a discount of €75 by using code TDRQ9LVDP. Prices include return flights to Turin, checked baggage and airport transfers.

See more here 
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

top picks for family holidays

Greece is proving very popular with families, and with airfares set to rise next year, now is the time to secure your family holiday for next summer. I have just published a post with 20 family friendly properties, but this one in Zakynthos caught my eye today, and there is a free child place available.
 

 

 
The All Inclusive Aqua Bay Suites Hotel is located near a waterpark, and if you book a package holiday you are granted free entry to the waterpark throughout your stay. You also have access to Kids Clubs, restaurants and pools at its two sister hotels, and airport transfers and checked baggage are included in the price.
 

 

 
Family Rooms are modern with sliding doors, and you can choose to upgrade to swim-up rooms, or rooms with private pools. Price for a family of 2 adults and 2 children for seven nights on an all-inclusive basis with flights, transfers, baggage, and water park access, is €3,870. If you upgrade to a room with a private pool, the cost is €4,728, departing 26th June.

Read: 20 Top Family Holidays in Greece for 2022

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy a post-Christmas break at the 4-Star Riverside Park Hotel in Wexford. I stayed here during the summer, and they have great value family breaks from just €188. With most schools not returning until the 6th of January, this is the perfect way to finish the Christmas holidays in style.
 

 

 
Price of €188 includes a two-night stay with breakfast, dinner on one evening, and a family activity pass to one of 8 family attractions, based on two adults and two children sharing, arriving the 3rd of January. Superior family rooms are available for families of five from €234. You may recall we visited Wells House and Gardens and loved it, this is one of the attractions that is included. 

Read: Top 10 things to do in Wexford with kids

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Christmas lights in Malaga city

Despite visiting the Costa del Sol many times, I have yet to spend some time in Malaga City. I have heard great things about this city and its Christmas lights are famous around the world. From Friday 26th November the city will be illuminated with 1000’s of lights and it is a great way to kick off the festive season. 
 

 

 
I found return flights to Malaga from €79 on Saturday the 27th of November, and a three-night stay at the 4-star Petit Palace Plaza Hotel is just €169 per person. Rated as Excellent on TripAdvisor, this is one of the most popular hotels in Malaga City.

Search flights here €79pp

View hotel here €169pp
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Flights to Thessaloniki in Greece are on sale for next summer. I just bagged myself cheap flights for my own family holiday, but this is an area that is suitable for couples and families alike. Flights are available from €55 each way in June, and there are numerous hotel or apartments to choose from.
 

 

 
The adult-only 5-Star Alia Palace Hotel is just €371 for a seven-night stay, and there are numerous self-catering options available for families. If you want to splash out, choose the 5-star Sani Resort.

Read: My ultimate guide to Sani Resort

Search flights here  €110pp 

View Alia Palace €371pp B&B
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Uniworld's SS Antoinette

Luxury river cruise specialists Uniworld are offering savings of €1,000 per person on selected European cruises in 2022. Enjoy an eight-day, five-star river cruise through Venice the Gems of Italy from €1,899, or trips through Bordeaux, Paris and Normandy, or along the Danube or Rhine from €1999.
 

 

 
Price includes all meals, unlimited premium drinks, shore excursions, gratuities and airport transfers. Excludes flights. Book by 31st October.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best seat sale:

Aer Lingus seat sale

Aer Lingus is having a 72 hour flash sale to Europe, with flights to Paris and Barcelona available from €19.99 each way. Book by midnight 14th October for travel between 1st November and 16th December 2021.
 

 

 
The North American sale has also been extended for sale until midnight 25th October, with flights from €149 each way, for travel between 1st November and 17th February 2022.

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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4-Star Holiday Deal to Malta, 23rd March, 1 week, €234pp

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Malta is steeped in history and culture, and is blessed with 300 days of sunshine. This holiday deal to Malta is the perfect way to experience it.

For a small island in the Mediterranean, just 17 miles long and 9 miles wide, Malta sure packs a few punches. Its natural beauty can be seen in the many limestone cliffs, turquoise waters and hidden coves that are dotted around the island, and it is also home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With average temperatures of 17 degrees in March and cheap airfares to get you there, this holiday deal to Malta is a great value spring break.
 

 

 
Take a boat trip to the famous Blue Lagoon, go snorkelling in its crystal clear waters or explore some of the many Game of Thrones locations.  There are so many things to do in Malta.

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The capital, Valletta is one of the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Malta. With 320 historic monuments and a stunning natural harbour, no holiday to Malta would be complete without visiting this incredible city. Built by the Knights of St. John, it is described as ‘one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world’ by UNESCO.
 

 

 
One of the advantages of being a ‘small’ city is that rather than being full of massive international hotel chains, you can expect to find chic boutique hotels within the city walls. You will also discover trendy shops, bars and restaurants, and a lively atmosphere.

Read: Top 10 reasons to visit Malta

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There are many holiday resorts on the island but I have chosen Mellieha for my holiday deal to Malta. It is home to one of Malta’s best beaches, and is generally considered one of Malta’s more relaxing resorts.
 

 

 
The 4-star Hotel Solana has a hill top location in the centre of the city and offers stunning views from its roof-top pool. I have based this price on a standard room with balcony, but there are many room types available, including junior suites and studio apartments.

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This holiday deal to Malta is based on flying from Dublin on the 23rd of March for seven nights. However, Ryanair are currently offering flights from Dublin to Malta three times per week, so if this date doesn’t suit, or you wish to stay for a shorter or longer period of time, simply edit the dates when you click on the links below. 

 

Search flights here 23rd March €77pp

View hotel here €157pp 
 

 

 
Prices and facilities are correct at the time of issue, but are subject to change. Note some of the links in this holiday deal to Malta contain affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

 

 
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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 22nd June 2021

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My best travel deals are back! I’ve got summer holidays to Greece and Croatia, a family holiday to Lake Garda, a super cruise deal in September, winter sun breaks, Christmas shopping breaks in New York, holidays in Ireland, and lots more.

With overseas travel finally returning on the 19th of July, I thought it was time I brought back my Best Travel Deals posts. I started publishing my weekly round up of the best travel deals over six years ago, and would you believe I never missed a week until last year! I include travel deals that I have sourced myself, as well as travel agent offers, cruise deals and Irish hotel deals.

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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 too.
 

 

 
It 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 will 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.

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered

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 value summer sun:

Enjoy a week in the sunny Greek island of Rhodes from just €388 this summer! The Stella View Studios are located in the pretty town of Pefkos and boast gorgeous sea views, a restaurant, outdoor pool and a poolside bar. The reviews from previous guests on TripAdvisor are excellent. Price includes flights and accommodation for seven nights, departing August 10th.

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

Check flights here €141pp

View apartment here €247pp
 

 

 

Best luxury summer sun:

The 5-star Hotel Croatia has been a firm favourite for many years. Its location in the pretty resort of Cavtat offers the best of both worlds – a peaceful resort with some super bars and restaurants, with the added advantage of being just a ferry ride away from the bustling city of Dubrovnik. We stayed in Cavtat a few years ago and loved it.
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Dubrovnik on the 22nd of August and enjoy a seven night stay with breakfast included for just €649 per person. This would normally be double that price for travel in August.

View flights here €117pp

View hotel here €532pp
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Enjoy a family holiday in Lake Garda over the October mid term break. Visit Gardaland, cycle the newly opened greenway along the lake, or visit the gorgeous cities of Verona and Venice nearby. Price for flights on the 23rd of October to Verona and a seven night stay in the Garda Village apartments is just €854 for a family of four.  

See more here  
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Sunway have some super cruise only offers with Norwegian this summer. You can cruise the Med from Barcelona on Norwegian Epic for just €753 on the 19th of September! Visit Pisa, Rome, Amalfi Coast, Sardinia and Palma before returning to Barcelona for your flight home.
 

 

 
Price includes seven-day cruise with all meals, unlimited drinks, WiFi, gratuities and shore excursion credit. Return flights are available with Aer Lingus from €181, but if you have a voucher you can use that too! Note all guests and crew must be fully vaccinated.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Enjoy a Christmas shopping break in New York for just €616 per person. Aer Lingus are offering direct flights from Dublin and Shannon from just €338 in December, with unlimited changes right up to two hours before departure! Price for a three-night stay is in the highly rated Moxy Hotel Times Square is just €278 per person, based on three sharing.

This hotel deal offers free cancellation so if your plans change, you can cancel free of charge.  Make sure to check out its cool roof top bar…

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

View flights here €338pp

View hotel here €278pp
 

 

 

Best winter break:

If you would love a winter sun break to look forward to – now is the time to book it, as it is likely that prices will increase closer to the time. I found a great deal staying in the Aqua Marina apartments in Lanzarote. Price for flights and a seven night stay on the 7th of December is just €279 per person.
 

 

 
Want to pamper yourself? Price for flights and the five-star Gran Castillo Tagoro on an all inclusive basis is only €663 on the same date!

View flights here €120pp

View Agua Marina €159pp

View Gran Castillo €543pp All Inclusive

Read: 10 Winter holiday destinations with direct flights from Ireland
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

Enjoy a three-night break in the highly rated Park Place apartments in Killarney from just €587 on the 15th of August. Located in the centre of Killarney town centre, these modern two-bedroom apartments are just 500 meters from the Killarney National Park. With the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way on  your doorstep, the possibilities for day trips is endless.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best Irish spa break:

As you may know I fell in love with the Inishowen Peninsula last week, and I think this deal in the 4-star Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa is superb value – the price for an overnight stay is just €50 per person in September! There is a swimming pool, spa, and the popular Jacks Bar and Restaurant on site, and it is ideally located to explore the Inishowen Peninsula. 

See my highlights from Donegal on my Instagram profile here

View offer here
 

 

 

Best early booking offers:

Secure your summer holiday for 2022 now, and enjoy your pick of free child places. Choose waterpark holidays, all-inclusive resorts, self catering apartments, or exclusive villas. TUI have a wide variety of free child places available for July and August now and a deposit of €75 secures a booking. 

Search 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.

 
Sarah
 
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My Top Picks For Autumn Holidays At Home and Abroad

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Fancy a break away before the end of the year? I’ve got staycations, cruises, city breaks and long haul holidays. Check out my top picks for autumn holidays and get planning!

 

Last minute European sun holidays:

Tour Operators, TUI and Sunway have lots of last minute autumn holidays available. They have already paid in advance for flights and accommodation, so if you are looking or a week in the sun, they should be your first port of call. I have picked some favourites below, but bear in mind prices may change, as these are last minute holidays.

Aer Lingus September sale is also worth a look. They are offering flights to Europe from €24.99 one-way for travel between the 1st October and 16th December.

Gran Canaria: 10th October, 7 Nights, inc Flights, Transfers & Baggage from €350 

View offer here

 

Sicily: 5th October, 7 Nights, inc Flights, Transfers & Baggage from €449

View offer here
 

Crete October Mid Term Break: 5* Anemos Luxury Grand Resort, Half Board, from €799; 2ad & 2ch from €3155

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I holidayed in this same resort during the summer with my family. The hotel has a superb beachfront location, and is close to the beautiful towns of Chania and Rethymno. 

View 2 sharing here View family offer here 

 

Read my review of Anemos Luxury Grand Resort
 

 

 

City breaks:

 

Vienna Weekend Break: 5th October, Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 3 Nights, €238

This is a super deal to see one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. You will be staying in the highly rated 4-star Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen Vienna hotel which is located in the heart of the city and close to all the attractions. Price of €238 per person includes flights and hotel accommodation for three nights, departing Saturday the 5th of October.

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Venice Short Break: 23rd October, Flights, Hotel & Gondola Ride, 2 Nights, €285

It is rare to see such a good special offer to Venice, and even more rare to see a gondola ride included! The price of €285 per person includes return flights with 10kg hand luggage per person, two nights in a 3* Hotel San Zulian and a free gondola ride. This hotel is superbly located close to St. Mark’s Square, and receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.

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Disneyland Paris, Halloween Festival, 2 ad & 2ch, 3 Nights inc Flights & Park Passes, €1473

Halloween and Christmas festivals at Disneyland Paris run almost consecutively from the end of September right up to the 6th of January, so it is a great time to visit. If your children are not in school yet you can get great value autumn holidays, departing September and October. I found a great deal over the October Mid Term Break, departing Friday the 1st of November for 3 nights. Price with flights, hotel and park passes is €1473, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

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Read: The best time to visit Disneyland Paris.
 

 

 

Cruises:

 

5* Celebrity Edge, 10 night Spain & Monaco Fly Cruise, €1820

Celebrity Edge is one of the world’s newest and most luxurious cruise ships. Its unique design includes the world’s first ‘Magic Carpet’ a cantilevered, floating platform that rises 13 stories above sea level, with a full bar, open-air dining area and space for live music. Edge also has an adults-only Solarium and a rooftop garden, as well as the usual facilities and dining options you would expect from a world-class cruise ship. This cruise sails from Rome on the 11th of October and visits, Naples, Santa Margherita, Monte Carlo and over nights in Barcelona. Price for flights, and cruise on a full board basis is €1820 per person. Upgrade to an oceanview stateroom for an additional €440, and receive a classic drinks package and $300 onboard spend per stateroom.

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October Mid Term Break: 9 Night Med Cruise, MSC Preziosa, €855pp

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This exclusive deal on MSC Preziosa is ideal for anyone who is tied to school holidays. Visit France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Morocco over 9 nights. Price of €855 includes flights, cruise with meals and entertainment and gratuities, staying in an interior cabin. Cost for 2 adults and 2 children is only €2730, staying in a balcony cabin.
 
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U River Cruises: 21st September & 8th October, Cruise only €899 – save €400

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Sail along the Danube from Regensburg to Budapest over eight days in a luxury 5-star river cruise ship. Price includes meals and excursions, flights are extra. Note the €400 savings will not show online – you need to call a U Specialist on 01 906 9408 or your local travel agent to avail of this special discount.  

Read my review of U River Cruises – luxury river cruises for younger travellers.
 

 

 

Rest of the World:

 

12 Nights Thailand holiday: Bangkok, Elephant Hills & Khao Lak, Inc Flights & Transfers €2099

I love when a holiday combines a beach stay with a little adventure. If I can manage to add a city to the mix too, that is even better. I have researched various Thailand holidays, as I would love to return, and this one ticks all boxes. This Thailand itinerary combines bustling Bangkok and an ethical elephant safari, with some relaxing beach time. If all of that isn’t enough to tempt you, there are luxury hotels included too. Your stay at Elephant Hills luxury tented camp also includes all meals and activities. 

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Read: The best Thailand Itinerary – Bangkok, Beach and Wildlife
 

 

 

Barbados: 4-star All Inclusive Resort inc Flights & Transfers, 7 Nights, €1399 

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Treat yourself to a week in the brand new Sands Barbados Hotel. There are savings of up to €690 per person if you book by the 30th of September. The hotel is currently undergoing a ‘soft opening’, hence the super prices. Some restaurants or facilities may not be in operation, see more details on the link below. Price for flights, transfers and a seven-night stay on an all-inclusive basis is only €1399, departing in September or €1439 in October/ November.

View offer here
 

 

 

G Adventures Costa Rica  Tour – 25th October or 1st November, €729 

This 8 day classic group tour is so on trend at the moment. Despite white water rafting, the wildlife safari and zipline activities, this tour is suitable from age 12, and there is no upper age limit. Enjoy swimming in waterfalls and natural hot springs as well as some chill time on Costa Rica’s amazing beaches. Group size are between 12 and 16 (max ) and it is suitable for most fitness levels. Price of €729 includes all accommodation, tours and some meals – sole travellers can share, or can pay a supplement for a single room. Flights with United Airlines via Newark are available from €701.
 
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3 Nights Dubai and  7 Nights All Inclusive Mauritius stay Inc Flights & Transfers, from €2519 

This wonderful two-centre holiday offers the perfect mix of city and beach. Spend three nights seeing the sights in Dubai while you stay in the luxurious 5* Hilton Dubai Creek, followed by seven nights relaxing in the all-inclusive 4* The Ravenala Attitude hotel in Mauritius.

See more here
 

 

 

Staycations:

 

SuperValu Getaway Breaks

SuperValu Getaway Breaks are great value for anyone looking for a last minute staycation. Contrary to what you might think, you don’t need to be a SuperValu shopper to purchase them, although if you are a Real Rewards member, you can accumulate valuable Real Rewards points. They have over 300 hotels on their website, including an Inspired Collection of four and five-star hotels. They are currently offering €20 off their 2-night stays for travel before the 31st of December. Luxury hotels like The Brehon in Killarney is €125pp for a two-night stay and the 5* Sheen Falls Lodge is only €150pp for a two-night stay.

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I am just recently back from Waterford and the Munster Vales, where we cycled the Waterford Greenway and enjoyed delicious food in Waterford’s foodie capital, Dungarvan. I found great deals staying in the Park Hotel or Gold Coast Resort, Dungarvan. Price for a two-night stay, with breakfast, is only €75 per person departing on various dates in September / October. There is a leisure centre and gym in both and the 18-hole championship Gold Coast Golf Course is adjacent to the Gold Coast Resort.  Dungarvan is also on the Waterford Greenway, so this is an ideal choice for anyone looking for an active break.

See more here

 

Read my top things to do in the Munster Vales.
 

 

 

Center Parcs

I was delighted to visit Center Parcs Longford Forest this summer – it really did live up to the hype! Prices during the summer months are high, so Center Parcs is an ideal choice for autumn holidays. Prices for a three-night weekend break in October are €559, based on a 2 bedroom Woodland Lodge. If you want to travel over the October bank holiday weekend, the price increases to €999, but the real value is departing on the 1st of November, the kids are still off school, and the price is only €699. Children are back to school on Monday the 4th, so you can choose to return on the Sunday night if you don’t want to take the kids out of school for a day.
 

 

 
Center Parcs will also have a Winter Wonderland theme starting on the 8th of November, where the forest will transform into a magical winter playground, with snow, lights and festive decorations. You can also visit Santa,  additional charge applies.

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See more here

 

Read my ultimate guide to Center Parcs Longford Forest.
 

 

 

Taste the Island promotion.

This year sees the start of a three-year initiative from Tourism Ireland to boost domestic and international tourists to Ireland, outside of the summer months. They have introduced a ‘Taste the Island’ celebration, where we are showcasing the very best of our food and drink culture. There are events on throughout the country, so if you are planning autumn holidays, find out what’s on here. Many hotels have embraced this theme and are offering stays with special ‘Taste the Island’ menus. Lough Rynne in Leitrim, which is available on SuperValu breaks, Actons in Kinsale and Clew Bay in Westport are just some of the hotels involved. There are events on throughout the country – you can see what’s on here.
 

 

 

Like holidays in Ireland? See more here.

 

Stenaline UK Breaks

Stenaline is offering two-night breaks to Scotland, England or Wales with return ferry travel by car included from €145 per adult sharing. Kids under 16 travel free by ferry, but there may be supplements for hotels. Take your pick from hundreds of hotels and apartments including Alton Towers and Legoland. This offer is available for autumn holidays and for travel until the 31st of March 2020, but needs to be booked by 30th November 2019.
 

See more here
 

 

 
Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of my top picks for autumn holidays include affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 
Sarah 

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10 Last Minute Holiday Deals As Discussed on Today FM

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Planning a last minute getaway? Check out my top 10 holiday deals that I discussed with Frank Greaney on Today FM.

 

Last minute sun holidays are not always easy to come by during school holidays, but if you can travel at the end of August or September you can pick up a great deal. There are cheap flights available to most European sun spots, city break destinations and even long haul holidays. Check out my top holiday deals below, hopefully there will be one here to suit you. 
 

 

 

Package holiday deals: 24th August, 1 week, Flights & Apartment €399pp

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Sunway have a wide selection of package holidays available departing the weekend of the 24th of August including Turkey and Lanzarote  from €399, Sicily from €449 and the Algarve from €499. All prices include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage for seven nights.

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Rhodes: 21st August, 1 week, Flights, Apartment, Transfers & Baggage, €444

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Rhodes is one of my favourite Greek Islands. Rhodes Town has a chic waterfront packed with trendy bars on one side and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Colossus of Rhodes, on the other. There is lots to discover outside the capital too, from the hilltop town of Lindos to the neighbouring islands of Simi. This apartment in Rhodes is rated number 1 on tripadvisor and is the perfect choice if you are looking for a relaxing break away. Price includes flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage.

View offer here
 

 

 

Cyprus: 21st August, 1 week, Flights, Apartment, Transfers & Baggage, €465

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With direct flights to Paphos reintroduced this year, now is the time to visit Cyprus’ prettiest resort. You will be staying in the popular Pagona apartments which are within walking distance to the beach, harbour and the old town. Want to bring the kids? Price for 2 adults and 2 children is only €1474. Price includes flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage.

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Family break to Alton Towers & CBeebies Land: 12th August, 3 Nights, 2 ad & 2 ch €605.

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Treat the kids to a short break to the UK’s largest theme park. Price includes ferry crossing from Dublin or Rosslare, 3 nights hotel accommodation at the Best Western Hotel Tillington and 2 day passes to Alton Towers and CBeebies Land, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

View offer here

 

 

 

 

Madrid city break: 19th August, 3 Nights, Flight, Hotel & Bus tour, €365 

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This is a great choice if you are looking to combine sightseeing with sunshine, and need to travel before the end of August. Price includes flights, hotel accommodation for three nights and hop on / hop off bus tour.

View offer here

 

 

 

Vienna Weekend Break: 7th September, Flights & 4-Star Hotel, 3 Nights, €298

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This is a super deal to see one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. You will be staying in the highly rated 4-star Austria Trend Hotel Savoyen Vienna hotel which is located in the heart of the city and close to all the attractions. 

See more here 
 

 

 

Barbados: 4-star All Inclusive Resort inc Flights & Transfers, €1449 

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Treat yourself to a week in the brand new Sands Barbados Hotel.  There are savings of up to €690 per person if you book by the 31st of August. Price for flights, transfers and a seven-night stay on an all-inclusive basis is only €1449, departing in August, September or October.

View offer here 
 

 

 

Thailand: Flights, transfers & 5-star Hotel in Koh Samui, €1289

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There is amazing value on luxury holidays to Thailand departing late August or September. You can save up to €1100 per person staying in the 5-star Sala Samui Resort & Spa hotel in Koh Samui. Price for flights, transfers and a seven-night stay with breakfast is only €1289! 

View offer here
 

 

 

All Inclusive Med Cruise on Norwegian Epic: 4th,11th, 18th September, €1299

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Cruise the Med on one of Norwegian Cruise Lines most popular ships and visit France, Italy and Spain over seven days. Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage, cruise, meals, drinks and a choice of internet or dining package where you can dine in 3 speciality dining restaurants!

View offer here
 

 

 

U River Cruises: 24th August, 7th & 21st September, cruise only €899 – save €400

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Sail along the Danube from Regensburg to Budapest over eight days in a luxury 5-star river cruise ship. Price includes meals and excursions, flights are extra. Note the €400 savings will not show online – you need to call a U Specialist on 01 906 9408 or your local travel agent to avail of this special discount.  

See more here

 

 

 

 

October Mid Term Break: 9 Night Med Cruise, MSC Preziosa, €945pp

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This exclusive deal on MSC Preziosa is ideal for anyone who is tied to school holidays. Visit France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Morocco over 9 nights in a balcony cabin. Price of €945 includes flights, cruise with meals and entertainment and upgrade to balcony cabin. Cost for 2 adults and 2 children is only €2531!
 
View offer here
 

 

 

Aer Lingus seat sale: 

Aer Lingus is offering up to 20% off European sun spots if you book by the 12th of August and travel between the 20th of August and 16th October 2019. 

 

Like travel deals? See more here.

 

Sarah
 
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Last Minute Holiday Deals – As Discussed on Newstalk FM, 7th June 2018

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Still searching for a last minute holiday deals? Check out my top tips for finding the best value holiday deals that I discussed with Ivan Yates on Newstalk FM.

 

As the peak holiday season approaches there is still time to secure a last minute holiday deal. Good news for holidaymakers is that capacity has increased greatly. Dublin airport has a staggering 14 new routes this Summer with 1.7 million extra seats added across it’s network. Everyone is talking about the new routes to China, Hong Kong and to the US but one million of those extra seats are to Europe. New destinations like Cyprus, Morocco and Turkey could prove to be great value for last minute sun holiday bookings. However don’t forget about package holiday deals….

Tour Operators like TUI and Sunway have paid in advance for flights and hotels so if they have availability left, they will have to sell them off cheaply. They also sell flight only so if you don’t want to book their accommodation, you still may get a good deal on return flights. Sometimes they include checked baggage too. A good travel agent will be able to tell you instantly what is available with Tour Operators, so make a quick phone call before trying to book everything independently.

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European Special Offers:

June in particular is a great time to travel so if you can get away this weekend or next, you are in for a treat. One week holidays to Lanzarote and the Algarve are only €299, Majorca is €349 and Sardinia is €469. They are all departing this weekend for seven nights including flights, accommodation and checked baggage with Sunway. TUI have flight only deals from €129 return to Majorca on the 6th and 13th of July. You could combine these with an Airbnb or apartment, however note that accommodation is limited in the most popular resorts.

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July and August is more expensive but there are still some great deals to be found.  Love Holidays is offering a seven night stay on the Lisbon Coast for €525 on the 25h of July. Price includes flights and a seven night stay in the Alvorada hotel, Estoril.

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If you are looking for a cheap deal you can fly to Turkey for €300 including flights and accommodation in the Ponz Boutique Hotel, Kusadasi, for seven nights, departing the 28th of August.

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TUI has just launched a September sale with up to €200 off selected holidays to Spain, Portugal and Greece. I particularly like their Greek offers. They have a package deal staying in the Stella Hotel, Rhodes for €473 departing the 12th of September and the Katarina Palace in Zakynthos from €471 on the 18th of September.

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Family deals:

Salou is one of the most popular destinations for families due to the short flights and proximity to Europe’s largest theme park, PortAventura. TUI have a good deal departing the 14th of August, staying in the Villa Romana Hotel. This is one of Salou’s most highly rated hotels ( no 2 on tripadvisor). Price for flights, hotel with breakfast and evening meal included is €2414 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

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Attraction Tickets Direct are offering 20% off selected tickets to Port Aventura. The 3 day, 3 park ticket to Port Aventura, Caribe Waterpark and FerrariLand is now only €68 adults and €56 per child = €248 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children.

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If you are looking for something a bit more low key, Donabate Travel has a great offer to Corfu on the 3rd of August. Price for flights and a seven night stay in the family owned Loulas Village apartments is only €1659 including transfers and checked baggage, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

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Long haul holiday deals

There is also great value in long haul travel and many travel agents and tour operators have been given preferential rates with long haul carriers. You may find that it is cheaper to book a package deal than book a flight and hotel separately. Sunway have a special offer of three nights in Dubai departing the 6th of September for €525 per person sharing. This includes return flights to Dubai and three nights accommodation in the Arabian Park Hotel. It is only a 3* hotel but it gets great reviews on tripadvisor and they even offer free airport transfers and a free shuttle bus to the beach. To book a flight only to Dubai is €533 at the same time.

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Tropical Sky have a week in the five star Centara Grand Beach Resort in Krabi, Thailand from €1,159 in September and €1,299 in August. This is an amazing hotel, on a paradise island, only accessible by speed boat. Flights alone would be close to €1000 on their own, if booking direct with an airline.

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TUI have direct flights to Cancun Mexico for two weeks in June and July. If you can get away on the 18th of June, the price for flights and a two week all-inclusive stay in the 4* Riu Dunamar Hotel is only €1234. This includes all meals, drinks, transfers and checked baggage too. You also get a free upgrade to extra leg room and extra space seats! Prices on the 9th of July for 2 weeks start at €1422 for a junior suite in the 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, also on an all-inclusive basis. If you would prefer to do your own thing, you can take a flight only for two weeks to Cancun from €299 on the 18th of June or €529 in July.

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Cruise Deals:

Marella Cruises is offering a seven-night cruise on Marella Dream from €969 on the 17th of July. Price includes flights from Dublin and cruise with all entertainment and meals included.

Itinerary: Palma, Seville, Portimao (Algarve), Gibraltar, Cartagena, Valencia, Palma

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Princess Cruises have a Med cruise offer on Crown Princess, staying in a balcony stateroom for only €1299 on the 4th of August. Price includes flights from Dublin and a seven-night cruise with all entertainment and meals included.

Itinerary: Barcelona – Gibraltar – Marseille – Genoa- Florence – Rome

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Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas is the largest cruise ship in the world and you could be on it from €1499, departing the 26th of August. Price includes flights from Dublin and a seven night Med cruise with all entertainment, meals and drinks included.

Itinerary: Barcelona – Palma De Mallorca – Provence – Florence – Rome – Naples –  Barcelona

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Sarah

 

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