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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!

Spain, Portugal, Sicily.

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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Top 10 Holidays for Families with 2 adults and 3 children in July!

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I have had many emails and messages from people asking me for a post on holidays for families with 2 adults and 3 children, so I teamed up with ClickandGo.com and searched their website to bring you my top 10!

 

All prices include flights, accommodation and transfers with a maximum deposit of €50 per person.  Holidays are priced from Dublin but in many cases they can be changed to fly from Cork or Shannon.

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Algarve – 20th July, €2596

Albufeira is an ideal choice for a family holiday in the Algarve. The combination of the old and new town and its stunning beaches make it a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers. Stay in the 4* Clube Albufeira Resort which is highly rated on tripadvisor and has plenty of large apartments set in spacious grounds. There are four swimming pools as well as tennis courts and mini golf on site. Fly from Dublin on the 20th of July and spend seven nights in a 3 bedroom apartment for only €2596. Price will show €2765 but when you input my promo code TRAVELEXP10 you will see the total changes to €2596!

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Majorca – 26th July, €2574

The Nova apartments in Palma Nova are ranked number one on tripadvisor and are one of the most sought after apartments in Majorca. Situated across the road from the beach and with excellent facilities, they are an ideal choice for families who like to be in the heart of the resort.  There is an entertainment program for adults and children as well as a kids club on site. Fly from Dublin on the 26th of July and enjoy a seven night stay in a one bedroom apartment for only €2575. Price will show €2750 but when you input my promo code TRAVELEXP10 you will see the total changes to €2574!

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Marbella – 12th July, €3244

Marbella is another favourite with Irish holiday makers and the 4 star Sultan Club will not disappoint. Highly rated on tripadvisor and awarded a certificate of excellence, the Sultan Club is a excellent value for a family holiday in such an upmarket resort. They are ideally situated only a few minutes walk to the beach and a fifteen minute stroll to the old town of Marbella. Fly from Dublin on the 12th of July and enjoy a seven night stay in a two bedroom apartment for only €3244. Price will show €3477 but when you input my promo code TRAVELEXP10 you will see the total changes to €3244!

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Salou – 19th July, €2181

The opening of Ferrari Land at Port Aventura World in April has made Salou one of the top family destinations for 2017.  Salou is close to theme parks, water parks and Barcelona, so its a great choice for families looking for an action packed holiday. You will be staying at the popular Cye Holiday Centre, which is situated in the heart of the resort. Highly rated on tripadvisor and with a host of facilities for kids on site, this is a great choice for a lively family holiday. Fly from Dublin on the 19th of July and enjoy a seven night stay in a one bedroom apartment for only €2181. Price will show €2314 but when you input my promo code TRAVELEXP10 you will see the total changes to €2181!

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Lanzarote – 25th July, €2478

The 2 bedroom Casas del Sol bungalows in Lanzarote’s fashionable resort of Playa Blanca, are exceptional value.  Centrally located in the resort and close to the beach, they are ideally suited to families who are looking for a relaxing holiday. There is no entertainment or kids club on site but there is a swimming pool, tennis courts and spacious grounds. Fly from Dublin on the 25th of July and enjoy a seven night stay in a 2 bedroom apartment for only €2478. Price will show €2577 but when you input my promo code TRAVELEXP10 you will see the total changes to €2478!

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Crete – 31st July, €3086

Fancy trying somewhere different, mixing a beach holiday with some culture? Crete might just be the place. The Georgioulpolis beach hotel is very highly rated on tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence. It is situated right beside the beach and very close to the pretty town centre. The resort lies midway between the cosmopolitan towns of Chania and Rethymnon which are steeped in culture and history. This is a great choice for families looking for a more authentic holiday experience, without high rise blocks and disco bars. Fly from Dublin on the 31st of July and enjoy a seven night stay in a 2 bedroom apartment for only €3086 including breakfast. Price will show €3265 but when you input my promo code TRAVELEXP10 you will see the total changes to €3086!

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Gran Canaria – 12th July, €2648

Playa del Ingles is Gran Canaria’s largest resort. With miles of sandy beaches and a host of bars and restaurants, this is also one of Gran Canaria’s liveliest resorts. The four star Barbacan Sol however is somewhat of an oasis within the resort. Although centrally located, these large bunglows manage to attract mostly families. Highly rated on tripadvisor with excellent onsite facilities, including three swimming pools, extensive entertainment program, free WiFi, mini golf, tennis and a children’s club, they are a great choice for families looking for high quality accommodation in a lively resort. Fly from Dublin on the 12th of July and enjoy a seven night stay in a 2 bedroom bungalow for only €2648. Price will show €2770 but when you input my promo code TRAVELEXP10 you will see the total changes to €2648!

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Malta – 18th July, €2875

Situated in Qawra and close to the lively resort of Bugibba, the Sunny Coast Resort is ideal for families who are looking for a change from Spain and Portugal but still want access to a typical holiday resort with plenty of bars and restaurants. Situated beside the beach these spacious apartments are one of the most popular in the area for larger families. Fly from Dublin on the 18th of July and enjoy a seven night stay in a 2 bedroom apartment for only €2875. Price will show €3066 but when you input my promo code TRAVELEXP10 you will see the total changes to €2875!

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Fuerteventura – 11th July, €2810

For a relaxing family holiday with some of Europe’s best beaches, look no further than Fuerteventura. The Maxorata beach apartments are ideally located in a quiet area yet only 10 minutes walk to the centre of Correlejo, where you will find a large selection of shops, bars and restaurants. They are situated only five minutes walk to the beach and within walking distance of the National Park where the islands’ famous sand dunes are located. Fly from Dublin on the 11th of July and enjoy a seven night stay in a family suite for only €2810. Price will show €2892 but when you input my promo code TRAVELEXP10 you will see the total changes to €2810!

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Tenerife – 17th July, €2850

Tenerife has had a resurgence of late. There are luxury hotels opening constantly, including the new Hard Rock Hotel, only the second one of its kind in Europe. It is also home to one of the world’s best waterparks – Siam Park. Stay at the popular Aguamar apartments in Los Cristianos. Highly rated on tripadvisor, it is ideally located in the heart of  Los Cristianos and also close to the neighbouring resorts of Playa de las Americas and Costa Adeje. Fly from Dublin on the 17th of July and enjoy a seven night stay in a 2 bedroom apartment for only €2850. Price will show €3009 but when you input my promo code TRAVELEXP10 you will see the total changes to €2850!

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All prices include flights, accommodation and transfers with a maximum deposit of €50 per person.  Holidays are priced from Dublin but in many cases they can be changed to fly from Cork or Shannon. Search the website or call the dedicated sales team on 01-539 7716.  All prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change. This post was sponsored by ClickandGo.com but all views, as always, are my own 🙂

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Puerto Rico For New Year, 29th December, 1 week, €584!

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Bag yourself an early booking bargain to Puerto Rico for New Year with this amazing deal including flights and transfers for only €584!

 

Puerto Rico is one of the sunniest resorts in the Canary Islands, so if you are hoping to get some sun at Christmas time, then this is your best bet! Originally a small fishing village, it has been transformed into a lively holiday resort which offers all you need for a fun filled holiday. Purpose built, Puerto Rico is set into the hillside so sea-views are available from most apartments. There is a stylish marina, a sandy beach, two shopping centres and a wide choice of bars and restaurants. It is not all about the sun. You can go dolphin watching, try surfing, scuba diving or take a stroll along the coast to the upmarket resort of Amadores.

Terrazamar Suites, Puerto Rico holiday deal

The resort comes alive at night time with a wide selection of bars and clubs. If you fancy a quiet night, you can always try Europe’s only permanent open-air cinema. Enjoy the latest movie with wood-fired pizza and a selection of drinks, as you relax in their comfy sofas. Water taxis are available to the nearby town of Mogan. Often described as ‘little Venice’, this is a must see while you are there.

Terrazamar Suites, Puerto Rico holiday deal

I found a great deal to the popular Puerto Plata apartments. These spacious apartments are centrally located and only a ten minute walk to the beach. Fly from Dublin on the 29th of December and enjoy a seven night stay for only €611 per person including airport transfers! Use my exclusive discount code and enter TRAVELEXP10 in the promo code box and you will receive a further €30 off the price, making the total just €584 per person!

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

 

Sarah

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Sorrento, 13th May, 1 week, Flights & 4* Hotel, €559!

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What better than a week in stunning Sorrento to start of the Summer! Chill out, relax and enjoy the stunning scenery or explore the Amalfi Coast and neighbouring islands.

The Amalfi Coast is one of those places that if you haven’t seen it, you just have to go! The views from the coastline combined with colourful hilltop towns make it a bucket list favourite. Sorrento is one of the biggest resorts along the coast and also one of the liveliest. The streets are crammed with al fresco eateries and plenty of designer shops. Sipping a cocktail as you watch the stylish Italians pass you by, is a nice start to the evening. And a nice meal in one of Sorrento’s fantastic restaurants is a nice way to end it. It is not all about Sorrento though, you simply have to explore the neighbouring resorts too. Take a water taxi to Positano, Amalfi or Ravello and admire the local villages. Visit the isle of Capri or if you are feeling adventurous, take a trip to Pompeii or even climb Mount Vesuvius!

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I found a fantastic deal in the 4* Grand Hotel Flora.  This is situated in an excellent location, only ten minutes walk to the centre of Sorrento. Highly rated on tripadvisor this hotel is not only a great choice to explore the Amalfi Coast, but is great value too! Fly from Dublin to Naples with Aer Lingus on the 13th of May and spend seven nights here for only €559 per person.

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Click here to book flights to Naples: €127pp

Click here to book hotel: €432pp

 

Prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to change.

 

Sarah

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