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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 

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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.
 

 

 

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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.
 

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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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! 

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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!

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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.  

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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!
 
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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. 

 

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Sarah
 
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30th October 2018 – The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals

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In my best travel deals this week I have last minute holidays from €95, luxury Irish hotel stays from €54, all-inclusive in Lanzarote, luxury for less in Borneo, a cruise and stay in Italy, a Route 66 road trip and a family deal to Greece for next summer.

 

Best last minute:

Gohop.ie have a great selection of last minute holidays including Portugal from €95, Costa del Sol from €140 and the Canary Islands from €194. Prices include flights and accommodation for seven nights.

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Best Winter deal:

Beat the winter blues with an all-inclusive holiday to Lanzarote. Price of €498 includes flights, accommodation with all meals and drinks, transfers and checked baggage, staying in the Morromar apartments on the 3rd of February. Save a further €50 off this and all TUI winter holidays over €900 in value, by using code WINTER at the check-out.

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Best short break:

Fancy a quick staycation? Take your pick from 11 Irish five-star hotels, from €54 to €99 per person! per person!

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Best family deal:

Enjoy a family holiday in Greece next year. Secure a free child place with this great deal to the highly rated (no 1 on tripadvisor) Loulas Village apartments in Corfu, for only €1474 on the 16th of August, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. This family run property is great for families and brings Irish visitors back year after year. Price includes flights, transfers and checked baggage.

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Best long haul:

Book a seven-night stay in the 5* Shangri La Tanjung Aru Resort & Spa in Borneo and receive a FREE two-night stay in the 5* Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur. Price for both is only €1399, including flights! I stayed in the Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, it is superb. And the Shangri La is one of Borneo’s best hotels! #StealOfTheWeek

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Best cruise:

Absolutely love this idea! Spend two nights in Venice, four days cruising Italy and Croatia and return to Sorrento for a two-night post cruise stay – all for only €1379 including flights!

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Best early booking offer:

Always wanted to drive Route 66? Now is your chance. Grab this early booking offer and enjoy a 15 night trip with all flights, hotels and car hire included from only €1829!

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.

 

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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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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Last Minute Holiday Deals From The Marian Finucane Show

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Looking for last minute holiday deals? Check out my top choices that I discussed with Marian Finucane.

This summer is quite surprising in terms of last minute holidays as there is still lots of availability. Usually in July we see accommodation shortages in Spain and Portugal but that is not the case this year. That combined with extra capacity with Ryanair and Aer Lingus means that for anyone hoping to secure a last minute deal – you are in luck!

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Sunway Holidays in particular have lots of availability in July and August and because they are a package holiday company, they have paid for accommodation in advance and are able to offer package deals at low prices. Next weekend, the 15th of July you can go to the Canary Islands and Sicily for €399 for 1 week, including checked baggage and transfers. When you think that a checked bag to the Canary Islands is normally €110, it is exceptional value to have everything included in the price.  Click here for more details. They have some great family prices too. A  week in the Algarve is €1576 on the 15th of July in the popular Estrella do Vau apartments and you can go to the family island of Menorca from €1676 on the 23rd of July. Both  prices are based on 2 adults and 2 children and include transfers and baggage. Click here for more details.

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Click&Go are also promoting last minute deals and are offering families the chance to pay 50% now and the remainder 2-4 weeks before departure. Usually with last minute holidays, you have to pay the full amount at the time of booking so this will help families looking to go in August who can pay half now and half when they get paid at the end of July.  They are offering deals to Salou in July and August, one of this years top family destinations. Prices for 2 adults and 2 children is €2338 in the popular four star Regina Gran hotel including breakfast and evening meal. This departs the 21st of July and includes flights and transfers. Click here for more details. They also have an all-inclusive deal in the Villamarina Club from €2554 on the 4th of August, based on 2 adults and 2 children. Click here for more details

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Some of the UK travel giants have joined the Irish market this year. In particular Teletext holidays, who have been selling holidays for over 25 years. Their prices are very competitive and they have a wide selection of accommodation available so their website is definitely worth checking out.  I found a great deal to the Algarve departing the 20th of July. Price for 2 adults and 2 children is €1516 including flights and accommodation in the Eirasol apartments, Albufeira. You can add on transfers and checked baggage if required. Click here for more details.

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Greece, Croatia

Donabate travel is offering a week in one of the most sought after family apartments in Corfu, the Loulas Village. Price for flights, transfers and a seven night stay on the 4th of August is only €1695, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Click here for more details
For families looking for something a little different, I found a 2 bedroom apartment near Dubrovnik, Croatia, departing the 19th of July. I stayed near here with my kids and we loved it. Price for 2 adults and 2 children for seven nights is €2520. Click here for more details.
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Cancun

Fancy going further afield? The five star Moon Palace all-inclusive resort is only €1519 per person on the 28th August. Price includes  flights, transfers, baggage and a massive $1500 resort credit! You can dine in any of their fifteen restaurants, have cocktails in any of their twelve bars or if you want a night a nightcap on your balcony – you can have a drink from your well-stocked minibar. All of these are included in the price of your stay.  All rooms come with a private balcony with a hammock and a double Jacuzzi in the bathroom! Click here for more details

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City Breaks

For anyone looking for a quick getaway, Click&Go have some great 5* city break available. Choose Prague on the 15th of August for €333 or Lisbon for €370 on the 29th of August. Both prices include flights and a five star hotel on a B&B basis for three nights. Click here for more details on Lisbon or here for more details on Prague.

 

Sarah

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Last minute deal to Crete, 1 week, Flights & Apartment, 2nd October €265,

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With temperatures still in the late twenties, Crete is the perfect place to catch the last of the Summer sun. And with this last minute deal to Crete, there should be nothing stopping you!

Crete is Greece’s largest island so you can expect lots of things to see and do! You will find sun-drenched beaches with stunning mountain backdrops, pretty villages as well as bustling resorts, and of course some of the best Greek food 👌 A trek through the Samaria Gorge, the longest canyon in Europe, and a visit to the Venetian harbour town, Rethymnon are a must. History lovers will appreciate the ancient Minoan palace of Knossos and beach lovers will love the famous pink and white sandy beach of Elafonisi. Whether you are a culture vulture or a party animal, Crete will satisfy all your holiday needs – and then some.

Last minute deal to Crete

I have chosen the popular resort towns of Stalis and Hersonissos. Both situated 20 – 30 minutes from the airport and both have an abundance of bars, shops and restaurants. Hersonissos is the livelier of the two but Stalis is close by so you can easily pop in for a wild night anytime! Stalis, once a small fishing village, is now a cosmopolitan resort. You will find one of Crete’s best beaches here as well as pretty streets lined with great restaurants and local shops.

Falcon Holidays are offering return flights to Crete from only €199 on the 2nd of October. I have found some great deals in the highly rated Ariadni Palace apartments in Hersonissos and the Stalis Bay apartments in Stalis. This means that this last minute deal to Crete is only o€265 on the 2nd of October – it doesn’t get much better than that!

Click here to book flights:  €199

Click here to book Ariadni apartments: €131

Click here to book Stalis Bay apartments: €179

 

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

 

Sarah

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Last Minute Holidays As Seen On TV3’s SundayAM, 24th July 2016

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Looking for a break in July or August? Check out my top picks for last minute holidays as seen on TV3’s Sunday AM.

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Availability to the popular destinations (Spain & Portugal mainly) in July and August is always scarce, and this year is no exception. However, there is increased capacity with Aer Lingus and Ryanair so airfares are quite low. In fact Aer Lingus have a seat sale with up to 25% off European flights during August & September, if booked by midnight on Monday, 25th July. If you are prepared to go off the beaten track and stay somewhere further from the resort centre, you can pick up good deals on last minute holidays. I found that Italy is better value than Spain and Portugal at the moment, here are my top picks.

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Italy Deals:

Crystal Holidays are offering a  2* Hotel in Lake Garda, the Miravalli, from €340 per person on the 6th of August. This is a basic hotel but located in the heart of Garda, so it’s perfect for anyone who just wants to use the hotel as a base. If you want to upgrade your hotel, Topflight have a Summer sale until the 29th of July with savings of €420 per person. They have Sicily, Lido di Jesolo and Sorrento on sale in August as well as Lanzarote, the Algarve and Madeira.

I like the 3* Astoria Hotel, Sorrento, it’s €789 on the 7th and 14th of August. It is situated right in the heart of Sorrento, it is great value for such a fantastic location. All of Topflight’s prices include flights, transfers and checked baggage. Click here for more details.

Last minute holidays as seen on TV3's Sunday AM

Family Holiday:

Menorca is surprisingly good value for the next few weeks. With short day time flights and very family friendly, it is an ideal choice for a family holiday. Sunway are offering package deals where transfers and checked baggage are included, staying in the popular Binimar apartments. They are a nice low rise complex, close to the town centre and the beach and have a small splash park on site. The price for 2 adults & 2 children on the 31st of July and 7th of August is €1876. Click here for more details. Last minute holidays as seen on TV3's Sunday AM

Mid to late August:

With some kids back in school as early as the 24th of August, the last week of August is best time to pick up a bargain holiday. The Aer Lingus sale has some great airfares so you should be able to pick up a package deal to Spain or Portugal for less than €400. If you fancy Greece, Falcon Holidays are offering a week package deal to Zakynthos from €399 on the 30th of August, staying in the popular Katerina Palace Hotel. Click here for more details.

Last minute holidays as seen on TV3's Sunday AM

ClickandGo.com have matched the low airfares with some good city breaks too. I like this one in Madrid, it combines sightseeing, sun and shopping all in one! Fly with Aer Lingus and enjoy a three night stay in a four star hotel for only €247 on the 15th of August. Click here for more details.

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5 Tips to find a last minute deal:

1. ClickandGo.com have a ‘dealfinder’ on their website where you can select sun holidays or city breaks within 30 days, 60 days etc and it will list all holidays that they have available.

2. Use Ryanair’s fare finder’ and Skyscanner’s ‘everywhere’ searches for any destination under a specific price range. Use hotel aggregators such as Trivago & Tripadvisor to search many accommodation websites for the same hotel.

3. The Irish Travel Agents association’s website combines top travel agents offers so you don’t need to search lots of different websites. And I offer my best last minute deals in my best travel deals post which is published every Tuesday on thetravelexpert.ie 🙂

4. Compare like with like. Remember a package holiday with a Tour Operator such as Falcon Holidays or Sunway includes airport transfers and checked baggage. A 20kg checked bag to the Canary Islands with Ryanair is €100 during July and August, so that ‘cheap deal’ you thought you found, might not be so cheap after all.

5. And finally always check with your local travel agent – they are searching late offers day in, day out and will probably know immediately what is the best value at any given time.

 

All prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change.

 

Sarah

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In The Media

Last minute holidays on Today FM’s The Last Word

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Looking for last minute holidays? Read my top picks and tips as discussed with Matt Cooper on Today FM’s The Last Word today.

 

The threat of ISIS and the cancellation of flights to places like Egypt and Tunisia has meant that Spain, Portugal and Italy are the most sought after holiday destinations this year. This trend is the same across most European countries. Although the extra capacity with Ryanair and Aer Lingus has seen no shortage of flights – the problem is accommodation to go with them. Think off the beaten track and you will find accommodation to go with the cheap flights, that are available. Greece is also good value, as are city breaks across Europe.

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Mid – Late July:

For people looking for Spain, the Canary Islands are the best value. Prices are available from €550 including flights and accommodation for seven nights from most travel agents. There are cheap flights available to the Algarve and the Costa del Sol, from €170 return with Ryanair but finding good accommodation at a reasonable price is the problem. If you look at towns, villages away from the beach resorts you can get much better value.

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Lake Garda is good value too. Crystal Holidays are offering a week in the Miravalli Hotel for €468 on the 23rd of July for seven nights. This is a basic 2 star hotel, but very centrally located in Garda and has good reviews on tripadvisor. If you want to upgrade your accommodation, Sunway are offering the 3* Meridiana Hotel from €734. This is located in Sirmione, in my opinion, the nicest resort on the lake. All prices include transfers and checked baggage.

The Travel Expert discusses last minute holidays on Today FM's The Last Word

If you are looking for a cheap all inclusive holiday, ClickandGo.com have Fuerteventura on the 28th of July from €675 in the Globales Costa Tropical. Price for 2 adults and 2 children is €2399. Average 3* accommodation but good facilities including a gym, kids entertainment etc.

If you will go somewhere further afield Cobalt air have introduced flights to Cyprus twice weekly for July and August. These were only announced last week so prices are very low. There are plenty of resorts to choose from, lively Ayia Napa or quieter resorts like Protaras.

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Long haul / Luxury:

Mexico has been one of the most popular long haul destinations from Ireland this year and there is still availability in July. Tropical Sky are offering Secrets Silversands, a luxury 5* property for €1899 for seven nights. This includes flights from Dublin, transfers, baggage, and a junior suite on an all inclusive basis – a massive saving of €720 from the brochure price.

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Late August:

If you are flexible on dates and are not concerned about kids going back to school, the best time to find a bargain is late August. Many people choose the 1st two weeks in September or the last two weeks of August but the middle week, 27th / 28th of August is a good weekend to pick up a bargain holiday. At the moment Rhodes is available from €351 on the 31st of August and Zakynthos from €420 on the 30th of August. Both prices include flights, accommodation, transfers and baggage with Falcon Holidays. Click here for more details.

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5 Tips to find a last minute deal:

1. ClickandGo.com have a ‘dealfinder’ on their website where you can select sun holidays or city breaks within 30 days, 60 days etc and it will list all holidays that they have available.

 

2. Use Ryanair’s fare finder’ and Skyscanner’s ‘everywhere’ searches for any destination under a specific price range. Use hotel aggregators such as Trivago & Tripadvisor to search many accommodation websites for the same hotel.

3. The Irish Travel Agents association’s website combines top travel agents offers so you don’t need to search lots of different websites. And I offer my best last minute deals in my best travel deals post which is published every Tuesday on thetravelexpert.ie 🙂

 

4. Compare like with like. Remember a package holiday with a Tour Operator such as Falcon Holidays or Sunway includes airport transfers and checked baggage. A 20kg checked bag to the Canary Islands with Ryanair is €100 during July and August, so that ‘cheap deal’ you thought you found, might not be so cheap after all.

 

5. And finally always check with your local travel agent – they are searching late offers day in, day out and will probably know immediately what is the best value at any given time.

 

All prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change.

 

Sarah

 

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Best Travel Deals

3rd September, One week package deal to Fuerteventura, only €334!

Fuerteventura, is blessed with year round sunshine, stunning beaches and a great laid back atmosphere. Enjoy a one week package deal to Fuerteventura for only €334 in September, and finish off the Summer in style!

 

It is less developed than the other Canary Islands but that is part of it’s charm. If you are a beach lover you will love Fuerteventura. You will find picture postcard white sandy beaches here – some would say as good as the Caribbean! Watching the wind surfers and kite boarders and pottering around the many surf shops you can’t help but notice that it has a sporty feel to it. For more information on Fuerteventura you can read my blog post by clicking here.

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I found a fantastic deal departing on the 3rd of September from Dublin staying in the popular Villa Florida apartments. They have been a firm favourite with Irish holiday makers for many years. They are centrally located in the resort of Caleta de Fuste, close to plenty of bars and restaurants and only 200 meters from the sandy beach. They also receive great reviews on tripadvisor!

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Fly direct from Dublin on Saturday the 3rd of September and enjoy seven nights in a spacious one bedroom apartment for only €334 per person, based on two sharing. This price includes flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage, with NO hidden extras!

 

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

 

Sarah

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Travel Tips

Top Tips To Find A Last Minute Deal To The Sun

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Trying to find a cheap week away and wonder where you are going wrong? Check out my top tips to find a last minute deal to the sun and wave goodbye to expensive holidays!

 

1. Be flexible on your dates

This is probably the most deciding factor. Do not expect to get a week in Marbella’s top hotel in August for half price, just because you booked it last minute. You need to be flexible on where and when you go. If you don’t have kids and don’t have to go during July or August – don’t! Choose the middle two weeks of a month or the last week of one month and the first of another. People tend to book annual leave in blocks, i.e the first two weeks of July or the last two weeks of July. Travelling during midweek can also be less expensive than weekends, and the airports are less crowded!

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2. Choose typical times when deals are available

There are times in the year when last minute deals are more readily available so if you have plenty of annual leave, are retired or simply a good planner, these would be my suggestions for optimum times to get the best deals. During the summer season, most sun destinations are reduced in May, June and late September. The last week of August can also be a good time to take a two week holiday. In fact sometimes two weeks are cheaper than one at this time. During the winter time holidays from late November until Christmas time are always very reasonable and holidays also tend to reduce in price in April after Easter holidays. ClickandGo.com have a very useful special offer search where you enter the date you wish to travel and it will give you a list of what is available, in many destinations, at the lowest prices. Use my exclusive promo code TRAVELEXP10 to save 10% on your accommodation on any sun holiday or save €20 on any city break using TRAVELEXP20

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3. Be flexible on your destination

Spain, Portugal and the Balearic islands are popular with families so if you want to travel during the peak summer months, look at alternative destinations. The Canary Islands, Greece and Turkey will offer better value at that time, as will city break destinations. If you are looking to get away in September, Greece, Croatia and Italy are very popular with couples. You will find Spain and Portugal better value at that time of year, as children are in school.

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4. Fly out with one airline and back with another

In many cases Ryanair and Aer Lingus fly to the same destinations. You will find that sometimes it is cheaper to fly out with one airline and home with the other. Not only might this save you money, but the flight times might suit you better too.

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5. Use comparison hotel sites.

Trivago and Tripadvisor will offer you prices for hotels or apartments across many different websites. You will be surprised at the price differences for the same property, between one hotel website over another.

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6. Use Ryanair’s fare finder and Aer Lingus ‘anywhere’ search

These are really useful tools if you are just looking for a break away and don’t care where you go. You can select specific dates or a particular month and narrow the search to beach, city break, nightlife, family etc. You will see a list of the cheapest prices for the time you wish to travel. Aer Lingus’ search is clear on the home page but Ryanair’s is not as easy to find, so click here. Skyscanner’s everywhere search is also great, particularly if looking to go somewhere further afield.

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7. Compare like with like

Remember many package holidays include transfers and checked baggage. This can save you a lot of money over all, particularly if your accommodation is a long distance from the airport. All inclusive holidays may appear more expensive but when you consider all your food and drink is included, it might be worth paying the extra money before you travel. If you see a cheap holiday online, ask yourself what is included and compare the price with a package holiday to the same destination.

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8. Think longhaul

Sometimes longhaul holidays can be better value than short haul, particularly in the summer months when families are looking for short flights. A week in a luxury hotel in Thailand for instance might cost less than a similar hotel in Spain. And when you factor in the low cost of living, you may find overall there will be a significant saving. Tropical Sky have deals to Asia and the Caribbean from €999. With the introduction of direct flights to Jamaica and Mexico this year, there is incredible value for package deals with prices from €1199 for two weeks staying in a luxury hotel on an all inclusive basis.

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9. Use a Travel Agent

Travel agents are constantly checking travel deals. That is what they do, day in day out. Chances are they will know instantly what the best value is for a particular time of year. Call your local travel agent or check out the top deals by travel agents on the ITAA’s ( Irish Travel Agents Association) website. They will save you time and money searching various websites.

Top tips to find a last minute deal to the sun

Top tips to find a last minute deal to the sun

 

10. Read Reviews

And finally remember a deal is not a deal if you have a terrible holiday! If you are not booking with a travel agent, make sure you check hotel reviews on tripadvisor and check transfer times etc. If travelling further afield make sure your cheap flight to Thailand doesn’t take you three days to get there!

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I hope you found this post helpful and you find a last minute deal to the sun. Where ever you go – enjoy!

Sarah

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