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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 12th October 2021

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I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals include last minute holidays, winter breaks, city breaks, cruise deals, early booking offers for next summer, and staycations for couples and families.

 

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

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements. If you are vaccinated, you will beed to bring your Digital Covid Certificate with you, and non-vaccinated people will need to produce a negative Covid tests on arrival. 
 
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Most countries require passenger locator forms to be filled out in advance of travel – in some cases these have to be done 24 hours in advance. I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

Luxury hotel deals in Greece

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

 

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

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

 
View hotel here €322pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

Dublin hotel deals at Christmas time

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

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

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

 

 

Best winter holiday:

 

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

 

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

See more here 
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

top picks for family holidays

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

 

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

 

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

Read: 20 Top Family Holidays in Greece for 2022

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

 

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

 

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

Read: Top 10 things to do in Wexford with kids

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Christmas lights in Malaga city

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

 

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

Search flights here €79pp

View hotel here €169pp
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

 

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

 

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

Read: My ultimate guide to Sani Resort

Search flights here  €110pp 

View Alia Palace €371pp B&B
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Uniworld's SS Antoinette

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

 

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

View offer here
 

 

 

Best seat sale:

Aer Lingus seat sale

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

 

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

See more here
 

 

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

 

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Family Holiday for October Mid Term in Lanzarote, 2ad & 2ch, 1 week, €2697

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Still searching for a family holiday for October mid term break? This deal to Lanzarote might do the trick.

With most families missing out on their annual overseas holiday this year, a family holiday for October mid term break will sound like a dream come true! With year round sunshine, great beaches and lots of facilities for children, Lanzarote has been a firm favourite with Irish holidaymakers for many years.
 

 

 
For fun family days out try the hugely popular Rancho Texas Park in Puerto del Carmen, or the waterparks in Costa Teguise or Playa Blanca. You can find lots more ideas in this post:

Read: Things to do with kids in Puerto del Carmen

winter family holiday in Lanzarote
Rancho Texas Park

The resorts of Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca cater really well for children and have some great family friendly restaurants. You can also enjoy duty free shopping, with prices on average 20% less than at home. Find out why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island here.

family holiday deal to lanzarote

I found return flights to Lanzarote from €548 on the 24th of October, and there are plenty of accommodation options still available for a family holiday for October mid term break.

The popular Bitacora Club apartments are a good value choice in Puerto del Carmen, priced at just €525 for a family of four. 
 

 

 
The 4-star Labranda Alyssa Suite Hotel in Playa Blanca is offering suites from €1096 with breakfast and evening meal included. You can also choose to upgrade to all-inclusive – with all drinks and meals included from €1271, based on two adults and two children sharing.
 

 

 
Families of five can enjoy a two-bedroom apartment in the Fayna Apartments in Puerto del Carmen from €655, or enjoy a three-bedroom villa in Playa Blanca for €980. I have links to all of these below.
 

 

 
View flights here €543pp

View Bitacora here €525

View Alyssa Suites €1096 Half Board

View Fayna here €655 

View Villa here €980

 

 

 

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

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 29th September 2021

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I’ve searched the web so you don’t have to! My best travel deals include last minute holidays, winter breaks, city breaks, cruise deals, early booking offers for next summer, and staycations for couples and families.

Holidays to Alvor in the Algarve for this year and next, city breaks to Barcelona, Iceland and New York, and an amazing Caribbean cruise all feature in my best travel deals this week. I also have a super deal to Belfast, and Halloween and Santa experiences in Laois. 
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements. If you are vaccinated, you will beed to bring your Digital Covid Certificate with you, and non-vaccinated people will need to produce a negative Covid tests on arrival. 
 
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Most countries require passenger locator forms to be filled out in advance of travel – in some cases these have to be done 24 hours in advance. I have some advice and tips in these posts that you may find useful, but please check the latest updates with your airline or travel agent before you travel.

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I’m just back from the sunny Algarve and can highly recommend the resort of Alvor for a relaxing break. Airfares have increased over the last few weeks, but I did manage to find return flights to Faro from €157 on the 16th of October for seven nights – although you can pay up to €254 depending on the flight times you choose.
 

 

 
A stay at the 4-star Prainha Clube apartments, (next to where I stayed), is just €193pp based on a studio apartment, or €245pp based on a one-bedroom apartment with sea view.

This gives the total price from only €350 for a seven-night stay. If you choose to opt for a shorter or longer duration, simply edit the links below to suit your requirements.

Search flights here 16th October from €157pp

View apartments from €193pp
 

 

 

Best overnight escape:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy an overnight stay with breakfast in the 4-Star Radisson Blu Hotel Belfast for just €40pp! This super deal is valid on selected stays until 31st December and includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival, and free parking. Stay for two nights for €75pp and enjoy a bottle of Prosecco to share 🥂.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

best family deals to the Algarve

I’ve had lots of requests for family accommodation in Alvor and I found a great deal to the 4-star Pestana Alvor Park Hotel (rated no 1 on TripAdvisor) in July. Price for return flights and a seven-night self-catering stay based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, is €2,098.
 

 

 
If you prefer to go All Inclusive, the 5-star Pestana Blue Alvor Beach & Golf Resort offers good value for a luxury hotel. It was purposely built for families and has a wide selection of activities on site, as well as three restaurants to choose from. Price for return flights in July and a seven-night stay with all meals and drinks included is €3,338, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

Search flights here 10th July from €173pp

View Alvor Park Hotel Self catering €1406

View Alvor Beach Hotel All Inclusive €2646
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

santa experiences at the Midlands Park Hotel

The 4-star Midlands Park Hotel has some great value family stays with Halloween and Santa Experiences included. Prices are available from €170 for a family of four, or €205 for a family of five, based on an overnight stay including breakfast, full access to the leisure centre, as well as a family pass to Castleview Open Farm with Santa Experience included.

See more here
 

 

 

Best City Break:

Park Guell, Barcelona

While flight prices may be high to sun holiday destinations, there is terrific value in city breaks at the moment. Enjoy a weekend in beautiful Barcelona for only €197 in November.
 

 

 
Return flights are available from Dublin for just €30 per person – yes you did read that right! You can stay in one of the most popular four-star hotels in Barcelona – Hotel Barcelona 1882, for just €167pp for a three-night stay.

This hotel offers views of La Sagrada Familia from its rooftop terrace, but if you prefer to stay close to the beach or on Las Ramblas, check out my Barcelona Travel Guide for lots more hotel recommendations.

Search flights here 6th November €30pp

View hotel here €167pp

Read: Barcelona Travel Guide – Where to stay in Barcelona, and top things to do
 

 

 

Best winter break:

winter break to Iceland from The Travel Expert

Looking for a snowy adventure this winter? Try a weekend in Iceland! Direct flights are available from Dublin airport to Reykjavik from just €176 return, and there is a wide selection of hotels and apartments available.
 

 

 
I found a good deal departing on the 6th of January – a nice way to beat the January blues, and might even be great Christmas gift idea 🤔. Price for flights and a three-night stay in a four-star hotel is just €439 per person. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

best cruise deals from The Travel Expert

Cruise the Caribbean on the Caribbean Princess! This amazing cruise departs from Florida and visits Grand Cayman, Mexico, Jamaica, as well as Princess Cruises’ own island in the Bahamas – Princess Cays.
 

 

 
Price for flights, airport transfers, checked baggage, an overnight hotel stay and a seven-night cruise with all meals, snacks, premier drinks, unlimited WiFi and gratuities included, as well as $50 on board credit, is only €1399 per person!
 

See more here
 

 

 

Best seat sale:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Aer Lingus has some super offers to the USA right now, and with the travel ban set to be lifted in November, now might be a good time to book a trip Stateside! I found return flights to New York from just €297 in February, and price for a three-night stay in the popular Moxy New York Times Square from just €225 per person.

If you want to stay longer or need to choose alternative dates, simply edit the links below to suit your requirements.

View flights here

 

View hotel here

 

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

 

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

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 3rd August 2021

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This weeks best travel deals include summer holidays at home and abroad, winter breaks, an amazing cruise deal, and early booking deals for 2022.

 

It is great to see all the posts on social media lately from people travelling, the reports and messages I have been getting have been so uplifting. But for those who haven’t booked a holiday yet, hopefully you will find something in this weeks Best Travel Deals post to tempt you.
 

 

 
I have a last minute deal to Portugal, Venice and Santorini in September, an amazing cruise deal, New Year in Iceland and a family trip to Orlando for next Easter. I also have a last minute deal to Cork for this weekend, and a family staycation in Killarney in August.
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements, and these can change at any time. Most countries require non-vaccinated people to produce proof of negative Covid tests on arrival. Some require PCR tests, others will accept Antigen tests, and child ages vary from country to country.
 
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It is also vital that if you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid that you have proof of this. If you have not yet received your Digital Covid Certificate, or need more information on testing or entry requirements, you can find out more in this post:

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

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

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Jet off to the Algarve this weekend and enjoy a seven-night stay at the popular Casa Mitchell apartments in Albufeira, for just €389 per person. These family-run apartments have just 19 rooms, and guests love their home away from home atmosphere and great location.
 

 

 
This is a package holiday deal, so not only are Aer Lingus flights and accommodation included in the cost, but transfers and checked baggage are too! You can save a further €100 off any summer holiday if you spend over €800 in total – use promo code SUMMER at the check out. TUI also include free Covid-Cover with package holidays.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best last minute staycation:

River Lee Hotel, Cork

The New York vibes in the River Lee’s River Club Bar is enough for me to get my wallet out, and its floral riverside terrace and 20m swimming pool look pretty good too! The River Lee Hotel is located in the heart of Cork City and is the perfect choice for a girly getaway, or for couples looking for a contemporary hotel with a vibrant social scene.
 

 

 
Price for a two-night stay arriving this weekend, the 8th of August, is just €195 per person including breakfast each day and dinner on one night. Use code TRAVELEXPERT to save €20 off the listed price of this or any 2-5 night Dinner B&B break. This hotel is rated as Excellent on Tripadvisor, is a Travellers Choice award winner this year, and is arguably one of the best hotels in Cork city.

See all travel deals in Ireland here

View Offer here
 

 

 

Best September sun:

santorini holiday

Escape to sunny Santorini in September and enjoy this magical island without the usual crowds. I found a hidden gem just 800 metres from the pretty town of Oia. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, the Kiklimino studios and apartments are super value for such a great location. 

Price for a seven-night stay in a sunset view studio on the 22nd of September is just €509 including flights with Ryanair.

Search flights here €157pp

View apartments €352pp – flexible rate
 

 

 

Best city break:

Weekend break in Venice

Enjoy a weekend break in Venice this September from only €275! I found flights for just €45 and some great value hotel options. This deal is based on staying in the popular Mercurio Hotel which is located beside St Marks Square, but I also have some four and five star options, including a stay in one of the Leading Hotels of the World, the Baglioni Luna for just €757! 

See all travel deals abroad here

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Best family holiday:

Easter in orlando

Make up for lost time and book a family holiday to Orlando for next year. Easter is a great time to visit, but prices won’t stay low for very long. I found a great deal flying with United Airlines via Washington, so you can clear immigration in Dublin airport before you leave. Price for flights and a ten-night stay in the Homewood Suites by Hilton, next to Universal Studios, is €3034 based on two adults and two children.  

See more here
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

Park Place Killarney

Treat your family to a staycation before the kids go back to school. Stay at the highly rated Park Palace apartments in the centre of Killarney town centre for just €341 for a two-night stay. These bright, modern two-bedroom apartments are just 500 meters from the Killarney National Park. With the Ring of Kerry and the Wild Atlantic Way on  your doorstep, the possibilities for day trips is endless.

See this and more self-catering breaks in August here

See 10 family hotel breaks in Ireland here

View offer here
 

 

 

Best winter break:

Ring in the New Year in Iceland! Chase the Northern Lights, swim in the Blue Lagoon and enjoy Winter Wonderland feels all day long 😃 Fly direct from Dublin with Icelandair on the 29th of December and enjoy a four-night stay in the four-star Icelandair Reykjavik Natura Hotel for just €484 per person.

See more here
 

 

 

Best cruise

 

 
 
 
 
 
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MSC is having a Flash Sale and offering amazing value to cruise the Emirates on their newest ship MSC Virtuosa. For only €1219 per person you can enjoy flights with Emirates and a seven-night cruise with all meals, premium drinks and gratuities included! You will be flying into Dubai and visiting Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas Island, Dammam and Doha, before returning to Dubai seven days later.
 

 

 
This price is based on two sharing departing on the 21st January, and also includes airport transfers and checked baggage. A deposit of €250 per person secures a booking – but you better be quick, this flash sale ends tomorrow night!

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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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 20th July 2021

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This weeks best travel deals include summer holidays at home and abroad, winter breaks, half price river cruises, and early booking deals for 2022.

 

With international travel back on the horizon, now might be the time to plan a trip abroad.  I have a last minute deals in Greece, flights to the South of France for just €50 in September, all inclusive in St Lucia for just €1099, half price river cruises, ski holidays, and family offers to Lake Garda and Disneyland Paris. I also have a last minute deal to Kerry for this weekend, and a family staycation in Cork in August.
 

 

 
It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements, and these can change at any time. Most countries require non-vaccinated people to produce proof of negative Covid tests on arrival. Some require PCR tests, others will accept Antigen tests, and child ages vary from country to country.
 
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It is also vital that if you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid that you have proof of this. If you have not yet received your Digital Covid Certificate, or need more information on testing or entry requirements, you can find out more in this post:

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered
 

 

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

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

best travel deals to Greece from Ireland

Jet off to the Greek Island of Corfu on the 30th of July, and enjoy a seven-night stay at the highly rated Tondoris apartments for just €336. This super deal includes flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage.

Save a further €100 off any summer holiday if you spend over €800 in total – use promo code SUMMER at the check out. TUI also include free Covid-Cover with package holidays.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best last minute overnight escape:

Slea Head Drive on the Wild Atlantic Way

Take advantage of this glorious sunshine and spend a night or two exploring the Ring of Kerry. The highly rated Bianconi Inn in Kilorglin is just €53pp including breakfast on Sunday the 25th of July. Price for a two night stay is €125 per person. The reviews are excellent on TripAdvisor, with the term ‘hidden gem’ being used on multiple occasions!

View offer here
 

 

 

Best September sun:

The South of France is always a good idea! Spend a week in Nice exploring the Cote d’Azur from just €380 per person. Ryanair is offering return flights on the 7th of September from just €50! The Vendôme Hotel is a good choice if you are looking for a good base without breaking the bank.
 

 

 
The hotel is well located, close to the beach and the town centre, and is very well priced at just €355 for seven nights. However, there are many more options to choose from depending on your budget and requirements.

Search flights here

 

View hotel here
 

 

 

Best luxury holiday:

best travel deals to St Lucia

Escape to St Lucia this winter and stay at the Soco House Boutique hotel on an all-inclusive basis for just €1099. This adult-only hotel is due to open on the 1st of September and is offering almost 50% savings! This super deal includes flights, transfers and all meals and drinks for seven days from September – December.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family deal: 

 best travel deals to Disneyland Paris

Bring the kids to Disneyland Paris for the February mid term break. Travalue is offering a three-night stay in Disney’s Santa Fe Hotel with flights, transfers and park passes included for just €484 per person based on two adults and two children sharing.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

best family staycation deal

Enjoy a two-night family break in the popular Carrigaline Court Hotel in Cork from just €416 in July or August. Price includes breakfast and dinner on one evening for adults, staying in a family room. Use code TRAVELEXPERT to save €20 off the listed price of this or any Dinner B&B deals on the SuperValu Getaway Breaks website. 

Read: 15 Dinner B&B Summer Deals with SuperValu Getaway Breaks

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Best cruise:

Uniworld River Cruise in Porto

Luxury river cruise specialists Uniworld are offering massive savings on their 2021 cruises to France, Italy and Portugal. A trip that is on my own wish list is a cruise through the vineyards and terraced hillsides of the Duoro Valley in Portugal. Enjoy this eight day river cruise on the 5-star S.S. São Gabriel from just €1679 – this was originally €3,999! Price includes meals, drinks and port taxes. Add on flights to Porto with Ryanair for €180 on the 1st of August.
 

 

 
This is just one of the many offers available on cruises from August to October 2021. Offers are not available online – please call your local travel agent or Uniworld direct on 01 9026585

See more here
 

 

 

Best winter break:

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Spend Christmas on the ski slopes in Italy. Crystal Ski is offering a seven-night stay in the Residence Villa Frejus from just €619 per person. Price includes flights, transfers and self catering accommodation. They also have a buy one get one free offer on Lift Passes across most of their holidays for the ski season.

See more here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Family holiday in Lake Garda

Secure massive savings now in the highly sought after Poiano Resort in Lake Garda for next summer. Price for flights, transfers, checked baggage, and a seven-night stay in the apartments is just €2546 based on two adults and two children sharing, departing July 16th. This is a saving of €852, and, you can secure a booking with a deposit of just €75pp!

See more here
 

 

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

 

Sarah

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance
 

 

 

Best last minute holiday:

best travel deals to Zakynthos from Ireland

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

 

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

View offer here
 

 

 

Best last minute overnight escape:

 

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

 

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

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

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Best September deal:

 travel deals to Menorca

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

 

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

View flights here €29pp 

View hotel here €284pp
 

 

 

Best luxury sun holiday:

holidays to Santorini from Ireland

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

 

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

View flights here €194pp

View hotel here €625pp
 

 

 

Best family deal:

 

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

 

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

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

Cliffs of Moher

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

 

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

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

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Best cruise:

 

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

 

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

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Best lisbon hotels for city break

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

There are lots more accommodation options in this post:

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

See more here
 

 

 

Best winter break:

Winter sun holidays in Gran Canaria

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

View flights here €121pp

View hotel here €245pp
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

the absolute guide to las vegas

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

See more here
 

 

 

 

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

 
Sarah

Best Travel Deals

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

Best travel deals

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

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

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It is important to be aware that each country has their own entry requirements, and these can change at any time. Most countries require non-vaccinated people to produce proof of negative Covid tests on arrival. Some require PCR tests, others will accept Antigen tests, and child ages vary from country to country too.
 

 

 
It is also vital that if you are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid that you have proof of this. We have been told that the Digital Covid Certificate will be available to us by the 19th of July, but have to wait a little longer to be able to access this information.
 

 

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

Latest travel updates on international travel – your questions answered

Top 10 tips for booking holidays during Covid-19

Top 10 tips for travelling during Covid-19

Travelling overseas? Make sure you fill out passenger locator forms in advance
 

 

 

Best value summer sun:

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

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

Check flights here €141pp

View apartment here €247pp
 

 

 

Best luxury summer sun:

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

 

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

View flights here €117pp

View hotel here €532pp
 

 

 

Best family deal:

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

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Best cruise:

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

 

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

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Best city break:

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

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

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

View flights here €338pp

View hotel here €278pp
 

 

 

Best winter break:

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

 

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

View flights here €120pp

View Agua Marina €159pp

View Gran Castillo €543pp All Inclusive

Read: 10 Winter holiday destinations with direct flights from Ireland
 

 

 

Best family staycation:

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

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Best Irish spa break:

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

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Best early booking offers:

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

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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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