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Highlights Of Cuba Guided Tour Including 3 Night Extension in Toronto

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Enjoy the best of both worlds with Travel Department’s new long haul extension holidays. See the highlights of Cuba and enjoy a three night stay in Toronto.

 

Cuba and Toronto – not your typical two centre holiday! But thanks to Travel Department’s new ‘long haul extensions’ you can combine one of their award winning guided tours with an independent extension. This is the latest offering from Irish owned, Travel Department, the market leaders in guided group holidays – and I love it! You can enjoy all the benefits of a group tour with free time to explore independently at the end of your holiday. This particular tour to Cuba includes an extension to Toronto, but if you want to see a different city or stay a bit longer in Cuba, Travel Department can tailor make a trip to suit you.

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Cuba has been on my bucket list for years and I can’t wait to go! My husband went on a charity cycling trip to Cuba about 10 years ago and came back raving about it. Cuba is one of those countries that is not easy to travel alone. My husband travelled with a group and when I talk to other people who visited Cuba, they all say the same thing – book a guided tour! Group holidays are a great choice for people who don’t want to travel to far flung destinations alone. No language barriers and no difficulties navigating strange cities – visiting Havana might be a lot easier than you think! It is great to have all the planning and organising done for you and excursions to top attractions included in the price. Trust me I know – sometimes I could spend days organising holidays for people when I was a travel agent!

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Yes you can easily book a package deal to an all-inclusive resort in Varadero beach, but that’s not the REAL Cuba. You need to experience the classic beauty of the vintage cars of Havana close up, take a walk in the footsteps of Ernest Hemingway and travel the tobacco route to the western part of the island, taking in the panoramic views of the Viñales Valley. That’s why a guided tour makes all the difference. A guided tour gives you a chance to see the REAL CUBA, discovering hidden secrets like the underground river through the ‘Cueva del Indio’ cave, filled with hanging vines and a prehistoric wall depicting the history of evolution.

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Expert local guides will bring you on a real adventure and share their in-depth knowledge of Cuba, giving you insight that you couldn’t possibly learn if you were travelling alone. Enjoy all the highlights Cuba has to offer along the way, such as authentic Cuban food in local restaurants, like the famous Café del Oriente in Old Havana for dinner. Of course Cuba is not only about culture and history – you are in the Caribbean after all! No trip to Cuba would be complete without enjoying some beach time! Varadero is the resort to do just that. Snorkel, scuba dive, take a boat trip or just chill out on its magnificent beaches.

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Would you believe all of the above is included in Travel Department’s 14 night Highlights of Cuba tour with Toronto extension! On this particular trip, you will enjoy a three night stay in Toronto at the end of the Highlights of Cuba tour. On arrival in Toronto, you will be met by a guide who will give you a short tour of Toronto’s famous landmarks and leave you with leisure time to sightsee and enjoy all that Toronto has to offer. Visit the Flat Iron Building, the CN Tower or take a day trip to Niagara Falls – the choice is yours!

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A price of €3599 includes all flights, hotels, transfers, excursions and guides in Cuba for ten nights as well as a three night stay with breakfast in Toronto. In Cuba many lunches and dinners are included and the five night stay in Varadero is on an all-inclusive basis. This tour is available on selected dates in 2019.

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Why Choose Travel Department?

For more than twenty years Travel Department have been organising tours to over 100 different destinations and offer 200 different itineraries from Dublin, Belfast and the UK. They are the experts! Nothing is left to chance as all details are arranged by their specialist team before departure, ensuring you receive an authentic guided experience from local experts. Whilst Italy is Travel Department’s most popular destination, long haul destinations like China, India and Cuba are becoming more and more popular. They also offer a wide selection of specialist holidays, such as garden holidays, opera holidays, cruise holidays and solo travel – without single supplements! Some worldwide tours already have extensions included, you can see them here. However if there is a specific destination that you would like to add at the beginning or end of your tour, just talk to the sales team at Travel Department and they will arrange it for you.

 

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

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert

 

 

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My Top 10 Highlights For Summer Holidays With TUI

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Did you know that TUI have added flights to eight more destinations including Cyprus and Turkey this year? I have teamed up with TUI to let you know some of the highlights for Summer holidays with TUI.

 

TUI have their best ever selection of family holidays with lots more luxury hotels and one of my personal favourites – more 10 and 11 night stays in new destinations. There are more properties added to firm favourites such as Holiday Villages, SplashWorld resorts and Sensatori and there are some new concepts too! Here are my top ten highlights for Summer holidays with TUI.


1.NEW Destination  – Paphos in Cyprus

One of Cyprus’ most authentic holiday resorts, Paphos, offers the perfect mix of a traditional town with cobbled stone streets and a modern harbour with lively bars and restaurants. I have no doubt TUI”s exclusive Holiday Village and SplashWorld resorts will be a huge draw for Irish families but couples will love their adult-only Sensimar hotels and the luxurious Sensatori Resort Atlantica Aphrodite Hills too.

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2. Lots more 10 and 11 night holidays:

Sometimes a week away is too short. However two weeks can sometimes be too long! I think its great that TUI is offering lots more 10 and 11 night holidays. The 10 night and 11 night holidays to Majorca, Lanzarote and Salou proved so popular this year that TUI decided to add some more destinations for Summer 2019 holidays. I particularly like the option of 10 nights on the Greek Islands of Zakynthos and Rhodes which are exclusively available, direct from Ireland, with TUI!

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3. Best ever selection of family holidays

TUI’s wide selection of family resorts are packed full of activities for all the family. There are nine Holiday Villages to choose from for Summer 2019 holidays, each offering clubs for kids of all ages, expert run swimming academies, stage schools and football camps and ’round the clock’ entertainment. There are also eighteen SplashWorld  properties with unlimited access to a first-rate waterpark as well as thirteen Family Life by TUI properties, which offer spacious rooms, teen hangouts, baby clubs and ‘Les Mills’ fitness classes. It doesn’t stop there either, TUI also have loads more properties that are family focused, with kids clubs and entertainment on site.

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4. Have you heard about TUI BLUE?

Are you looking for an authentic experience when you travel, but still want the security of a package holiday? TUI Blue might just be what you are looking for. TUI have selected four contemporary, premium hotels in Majorca, Algarve and Turkey with an emphasis on local culture and cuisine. Download the BLUE app where you can get face-to-face tips with local guides or book excursions to places beyond the typical tourist traps. If you want to stay fit on holidays, the BLUEfit programme lets you design your own exercise plan too!

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5. NEW Destination – Dalaman in Turkey.

Another new destination for Summer 2019 is Turkey’s stunning turquoise coast. Choose the lively resort of Marmaris or picturesque Olu Deniz, famous for the Blue Lagoon.  TUI has a wide selection of its exclusive hotel range throughout the turquoise coast including a Holiday Village, TUI Family Life, TUI Sensatori and TUI Blue.

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6. Lots more luxury hotels

TUI is best known for offering great value package holidays but this doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style! TUI has a wide selection of luxury hotels and resorts to suit all tastes. TUI have seven all-inclusive Sensatori Resorts with an emphasis on sweeping pools, spas and sophisticated dining, as well as eighteen TUI Blue for two properties and ninety-two Platinum hotels and apartments, that are hand picked for their outstanding feedback from guests.

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7. They are flying direct to Mexico!

TUI have been flying direct to Mexico since 2016 but I think it is always worth another mention! This seven week programme runs from the 3rd of June and offers great value package holidays to luxury all-inclusive hotels. They operate a modern TUI Dreamliner aircraft which has mood lighting and improved cabin pressure, which helps to reduce jet lag. You can even upgrade to premium seats (similar to business class) for €300 return!

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8. You can book exit seats, late check-out and private taxi transfers.

I was asked many times if I could book exit seats when I as a travel agent and it was almost impossible to guarantee it! Now if you choose to pay for extra legroom seats with TUI you can enjoy up to a 34-inch seat-pitch from only €40 return for short-haul flights or €50 for mid-haul flights. These are available for purchase for adults and children! You can also select exit-seats for the same price, which are suitable for adults only.  TUI also offers a late check-out and interconnecting rooms in selected hotels as well as private airport transfers.

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9.  There are no hidden extras!

I can’t stress the importance of this enough. Many people book flights and hotels separately but rarely add in the cost of baggage and transfers when comparing prices. When you book a TUI holiday, the total price includes flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. Where most airlines are charging an arm and a leg for checked baggage, TUI are still including it in the cost of your holiday! There is no need to try to squash everything into hand luggage – you can bring those extra pair of shoes! TUI also include return airport transfers too, which can prove costly to arrange independently.

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10. Your holiday is secure!

In these days of airline strikes and climate change, booking a package holiday with TUI can give invaluable peace of mind. Once you pay the low booking deposit of €75 per person, your flights, hotel and transfers are confirmed. By booking Summer 2019 holidays with TUI, you have the added security of booking with a bonded and licensed Tour Operator and having a representative available 24/7 in your holiday resort if required.

 

This post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made but at no cost to you.

 

Sarah

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Top 10 Family Holiday Deals In July – 2ad & 2ch From €1648!

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I have teamed up with TUI, the family holiday specialists, who have some amazing family holiday deals in July. Here are my top ten picks!

 

***UPDATE – USE PROMOCODE HOLIDAY100 AND SAVE A FURTHER €100 OFF ALL OF THESE PRICES***

 

Whether you want self-catering in Greece or an All Inclusive holiday in Salou, a water park holiday in Tenerife or a relaxing break in the Algarve, I have something here to suit everyone! All holidays are hand-picked, have great reviews and are ideal for family holidays. Another added bonus is that there are no hidden extras. All TUI holidays include flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage. I have priced these holidays for two adults and two children for seven nights in July, but you can change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, by selecting ‘EDIT SEARCH’, once you click on the links below.


 

Salou: Villa Dorada, All Inclusive, €2384!

One of the most popular family holiday destinations, the Costa Dorada, ticks all boxes. Whether you want to stay in the lively resort of Salou or the quieter towns of Cambrils and La Pineda, there is something here to suit all families. With Europe’s largest theme park, Port Aventura on your doorstep and Barcelona only an hour away, the Costa Dorada combines, fun, sun and culture in one family holiday.

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While TUI have numerous choices of accommodation in Salou, I thought the Villa Dorada was particularly good value. Highly rated on tripadvisor, the Villa Dorada has an entertainment programme, kids club and sports activities on site. This is an ideal choice for families looking for a lively holiday in the heart of Salou, with all meals and drinks included in the price.

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Lanzarote: All Inclusive, 4* TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach, €3072 ex Shannon; €3194 ex Dublin

Lanzarote has been a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers for many years, in fact it is constantly voted best sun destination at the Irish Travel Trade Awards. You can expect warm temperatures, sandy beaches and plenty of entertainment options. I have chosen an All-Inclusive resort but TUI also have a wide selection of self-catering apartments available.

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Formerly known as the Holiday Village, the TUI Family Life Flamingo Beach is super family complex with kids clubs for children, teenagers and even babies. With three pools, three restaurants, a host of sports activities and nightly entertainment, there is something here for kids of all ages.

Click here for more details: €3072 ex Shannon

Click here for more details: €3194 ex Dublin

 

Tenerife: All Inclusive, Splashworld, Villa Mandi & Siam Park, €3454

One of the main reasons families flock to Tenerife each year is to visit one of the world’s best water parks – Siam Park. There is a wide choice of slides here for kids of all ages. The Tower of Power and The Dragon will keep adrenaline junkies happy, while the Mhai Tai River and the huge wave pool, are great for all the family. Younger kids will love the Lost City – a fortress teeming with bridges, waterfalls, tipping buckets and 9 slides!

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This popular All-Inclusive resort offers free access to one of the world’s best waterparks, Siam Park, throughout your stay. Located off the beaten track, you can enjoy some quiet time but are also within easy reach of the lively Playa de Las Americas and Los Cristianos. This large complex resembles a Mediterranean village and comes with four swimming pools, two playgrounds, a kids club and plenty of activities for adults and children, including a football pitch and live music shows.  The beauty of staying here is that not only are all meals and drinks included, but you have added advantage of staying in a 2 bedroom apartment, and not a small hotel room. Of course you also have free access to Siam Park which is accessible by a free shuttle bus. Highly rated on tripadvisor, this is sure to please an active family.

 

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Majorca:  Self Catering Mariners Club Apartments, €1861

Majorca is very popular with families. With short flying times and family friendly resorts, it’s not surprising Irish holidaymakers flock here during the Summer months. The Mariners Club is a highly rated self-catering apartment and is ideal for families looking for a relaxing holiday, without pool games and parties! There is a water park beside the complex for those who fancy some adventure and there is a large swimming pool, kids pool, playground and pool table on site. The complex also hosts shows twice a week with mini discos.

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Majorca: All Inclusive, Splashworld, 3* Saturno Hotel, 2 ad & 2ch from €3008

The Saturno Hotel is part of a complex of 3 hotels known as the Club Mac. Complete with a water park, 8 swimming pools and a host of sports and entertainment facilities, if you are looking for a lively holiday with non-stop action, then this is for you. All meals and drinks are also included in the price, making it a great value family holiday.

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Costa del Sol: All Inclusive, Globales Cortijo Blanco from €2300 ex Cork, €3095 ex Dublin

TUI have a wide range of holiday options along the Costa del Sol and Marbella is one of their most popular resorts. The beautiful old town of Marbella is full of shops bars and restaurants and you are also close to the stylish marina in Puerto Banus, if you fancy a change of scene.

The Globales Cortijo Blanco’s white washed exterior has a villa style appearance, with pretty courtyards and plenty of family friendly facilities on site. There are three main swimming pools, two childrens pools, a brand new outdoor play-zone, daytime entertainment programme, mini discos and a large open-air entertainment stage for evening shows. Located just 10 minutes walk to the beach and a shuttle bus ride from Puerto Banus (free of charge), this is a great value property, with all meals and drinks included

Click here for more details: €2300 ex Cork

Click here for more details: €3073 ex Dublin

 

Algarve: Self Catering Alvorferrias Apartments, €2144 

One of my favourite family friendly resorts, Alvor is the picture perfect Algarve village. With white washed buildings and narrow streets, expect a small selection of bars and restaurants, but all good! The long sandy beach here is superb with plenty of rock pools for kids to explore.  The Alvorferrias have been welcoming Irish holiday makers for many years. Although basic, they are ideal for families looking for good value accommodation within walking distance to the pretty resort of Alvor and the beach. The on-site facilities include a kids club, two swimming pools and an à la carte restaurant.

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Algarve: All Inclusive, 4* Alvor Baia, €3389

The Alvor Bahia is a four star All Inclusive property which is highly rated on tripadvisor and offers something for all the family. The kids club, entertainment programme, sports facilities and pirate themed play area, will keep the kids amused all day long. If you fancy some quiet time, why not chill out in their spa!

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Lake Garda: 4* Poiano Hotel, Half Board, €2982

Lake Garda is becoming more and more popular with families. Not only is it visually beautiful, but there are many activities on the lake for families to enjoy. Gardaland theme park is  also close by which is a great day out for all the family.

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The Poiano Hotel is a great choice for a family holiday. There is an Olympic-size swimming pool on site as well as a kids pool and a host of activities such as tennis, archery, beach volleyball and yoga. There is a kids club (5-12 years), restaurant and a spa as well with live music a few nights each week. You can hire bikes and cycle into nearby Garda or take the free shuttle bus, it is only 2km away. You will be staying in a junior suite which has lake view and balcony, with breakfast and evening meal included each day.

 

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Corfu, Self-Catering, Loulas Village Apartments, €1968

I brought my children to Corfu a few years ago and stayed in this very resort! The scenery, laid back pace, low cost of living and superb restaurants, make a winning combination. So if you are looking to try something different this year, Corfu might just be it!

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Rated number 1 on tripadvisor, the Loulas Village has been receiving Irish holidaymakers for many years. Kostos will be sure to give you a warm welcome and make you enjoy this laid back, family run apartment complex. Ideally located with some excellent restaurants and bars close by, this is a family property with traditional Greek charm.

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I hope one of these family holiday deals will suit you. However if you need to change dates, durations, or number of people travelling, just click on EDIT SEARCH’ on the TUI website and change your requirements there.

All prices are correct at the date of issue, 12th April, but are subject to change. This family holiday deals post was sponsored by TUI but all views, as always, are my own. Note the links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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Rhodes, 24th May, 1 week, Flights & Apartment, €375!

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Check out this amazing deal to Rhodes at the end of May! Enjoy a one week package deal in a highly rated apartment for only €375!

Rhodes probably has more to offer than any of the other Greek islands. Not only is it one of the largest islands but it has a UNESCO world heritage site as it’s capital! Wandering around the Colossus of Rhodes is like stepping into a fairy tale, but once you step outside the old city walls, you will find a modern town, full of designer shops and trendy waterfront cafés. The hill top town of Lindos is another ‘must see’. Complete with whitewashed buildings and winding alley ways, it is a photographers dream. There are also quieter resorts like Lardos and Pefkos as well as the lively resort of Faliraki. If all of this isn’t enough, why not try some Greek island hopping to some of the neighbouring islands.

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Fly from Dublin on the 24th of May and spend seven nights in the Cosmos Maris studios in Lardos for €375 per person. Ranked number 1 on tripadvisor and awarded a certificate of excellence, this is sure to please. The icing on the cake – there are no hidden extras! The price include flights, accommodation, taxes, transfers and 20kg baggage!

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Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. Note that some links above are affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made.

 

Sarah

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