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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.

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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
 

 

 

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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.

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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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Winter Week in Lanzarote, 30th November, Flights & Apartment, €309!

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Want something to look forward to? Check out this super deal for a winter week in Lanzarote. If you have airline vouchers to use, simply select the accommodation option below – this has free cancellation too!  

If your summer holidays didn’t go to plan, think about booking a winter week in Lanzarote instead. The year round sunshine and long sandy beaches are the perfect contrast to the cold wet winters at home.  It’s not all about sun and sand though, there is plenty of good sightseeing as well as some excellent duty free shops to choose from.

I like that their building regulations ensure that there are no high rise buildings – Lanzarote feels less commercialised than some of its Spanish counterparts.
 

 

 
With many resorts to choose from I think it is fair to say there is a place in Lanzarote for everyone to enjoy. I have stayed in both Puerto del Carmen and Playa Blanca, and loved them both. Although the largest resort on the island, Puerto del Carmen never feels over-crowded. The old town has some fantastic restaurants, and having a drink at one of the waterfront cafes as the sun sets over the harbour, is a lovely way to end your day. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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I found a great Lanzarote deal staying in the popular Bitacora Lanzarote Club in Puerto del Carmen for just €309 per person. Located close to the resort centre and the beach, this is superb value for a winter week in Lanzarote. They are highly rated on TripAdvisor and receive great reviews from repeat guests.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
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However, if you are looking for something more luxurious, the 5-star Gran Castillo Tagoro resort in Playa Blanca is one of Lanzarote’s best all-inclusive resorts. You can enjoy a seven-night stay in a superior double room for just €677 per person, including flights, all meals and drinks.

winter week in lanzarote

Fly from Dublin on the 30th of November and enjoy a seven-night self-catering stay in the Bitacora apartments for only €309 per person, or enjoy all-inclusive in the 5-star Gran Castillo Tagoro for just €677. Wouldn’t it be great to have a winter week in Lanzarote to look forward to? Click the links below for more details.
 

 

 

Search flights here €134pp

Apartment here €175pp  

See hotel here €543pp  

 

All prices are correct at time of issue but are subject to availability. Note some of the links in this post are affiliate links, where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.

 

 

 

Sarah

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5 Handpicked Christmas Market Breaks With 4-Star Hotels From €194pp

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Choose one of my handpicked Christmas market breaks to Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin or Krakow, from only €194!

 

Some cities are best seen in winter and Christmas market breaks provide the best excuse to visit. Market stalls have the perfect stocking fillers, aromas of roasted chestnuts and mulled wine waft through the crisp cold air, and if you are lucky you might even catch a Christmas concert. Many markets open late November and stay open until the New Year so you can choose a pre or post Christmas break.

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I have searched the web to bring you some of my favourite Christmas market breaks, so hopefully there will be a break here to suit you. All 4-star hotels are highly rated on Tripadvisor and all breaks are for three nights. If you want to travel at a different time, or for longer or shorter duration, just click on the links below and edit the search to suit your requirements.
 

 

 

Prague, 10th December, 3 Nights, €208pp

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Prague’s Christmas markets are the perfect picture postcard. The old town square, Charles bridge and Prague’s famous castle are all magically illuminated – it is a stunning sight to behold. The old town square and Wenceslas Square are transformed with market stalls selling local hand crafts, traditional hearty food and plenty of mulled wine.
 

 

 
Enjoy school choirs performing in traditional costumes, or better still go to a classical concert. Housed in ancient churches and grand concert halls around the city, it will add a touch of style to your Christmas market break. Prague’s markets are open from 30th November to 6th January.
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin on Thursday the 10th of December and enjoy a three-night stay at the 4-star Art Hotel for only €208 – with breakfast included! This hotel offers free amendments before the 5th of December and a €10 deposit secures a booking. The Art Hotel is highly rated on Tripadvisor and was awarded a Certificate of Excellence.

View flights here €130pp

View hotel here €78pp
 

 

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Budapest, 5th December, 3 Nights, €294pp

Budapest Christmas market

Budapest has several Christmas markets, but Vörösmarty Square is the most popular. Gerbeaud House is transformed into an enormous Advent Calendar and a new window opens daily at 5pm. Street artists perform, Santa makes an appearance and there are plenty of places to relax and take it all in.
 

 

 
St Stephen’s Basilica, is lit up at night time and resembles a Disney like castle – it is spectacular. Take time to visit the Banks of the Danube, the Buda Castle Quarter and Andrássy Avenue, which are all UNESCO world heritage sites. Most markets open from 22nd November until 1st January. 
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Budapest on the 5th December and enjoy a three-night stay in the 4-star La Prima Fashion Hotel, with breakfast included for just €294pp. Rated as excellent on Tripadvisor, this is a great choice to explore all that Budapest has to offer.

View flights here €142pp

View hotel here €152pp
 

 

 

Berlin, 6th December, 3 Nights, €199

Christmas market breaks in Berlin

Berlin has a staggering 50 Christmas markets! Winter World at Potsdamer Platz offers ice skating and tobogganing and is perfect for families, while Alexanderplatz and Charlottenburg have traditional wooden stalls and beer houses. Most open late November but some close before New Year. For a full list of Christmas market dates click here. Don’t miss the Spandau market where rock concerts are usually held every Friday and there are over 500 stalls.
 

 

 
Try to make time to see some of Berlin’s top sights too, the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate – the list is endless. 

Read my city guide to Berlin here.
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Berlin on the 6th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in the highly rated Heckers Hotel for only €199 per person. This hotel receives excellent reviews on Tripadvisor and is superbly located to explore this vibrant city. This hotel rate also allows for free cancellation. 

View flights here €96pp

View hotel here €103pp
 

 

 

Krakow, 8th December, 3 Nights, €194!

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The old town of Krakow has Europe’s largest market square, and is packed with market stalls selling local hand crafts and tasty food. The city comes alive at night time with live bands playing in trendy basement clubs.
 

 

 
Krakow is a great choice for a city break at any time of year. The historical centre is very easy to navigate and I loved its relaxed vibe. Take time to visit the stunning Wawel castle, walk through the Jewish quarter to see Oscar Schindler’s factory, and if you can bear it, visit nearby Auschwitz . Krakow’s Christmas Market is open from the 27th November until 26th December.
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin to Krakow on the 8th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in the highly rated Ostoya Palace Hotel. Centrally located with great reviews on Tripadvisor, this is superb value to enjoy a Christmas market break in Krakow.  

View flights here €113pp

View hotel here €81pp
 

 

 

Vienna, 11th December, 3 Nights, €279pp

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Christmas markets in Vienna have been a tradition since 1298. Would you believe there are over 20 different markets here? International choir singers perform free of charge and the Christmas atmosphere is truly magical. The Viennese Christmas Market in front of the City Hall is the most popular and even offers a specific children’s area, where they can learn how to make Christmas cookies and decorations.  
 

 

 
Vienna’s markets start a little earlier than most but most close on the 26th of December– see more here.  
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin on the 11th of December and enjoy a three-night stay in one of Vienna’s most popular hotels, the Zeitgeist Vienna Hauptbahnhof Zeitgeist Hotel. Rated as excellent on Tripadvisor this hotel will ensure a memorable stay in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities.

View flights here €104pp

View hotel here €175
 

 

 

Looking for more inspiration for Christmas market breaks? 

 

Read: Europe’s Top 10 Christmas Market Breaks 

 

This post contains affiliate links where I receive a small commission if a booking is made, but at no additional cost to you.
 

 

 
Sarah

 

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Early Booking Winter Offer to Lanzarote – Flights & 4* Izaro Club, Half Board, 1 week, €420!

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The early bird catches… the best early booking winter offer to Lanzarote! A week in one of Puerto del Carmen’s best apartments, is just what you need to beat the winter blues.

 

When the cold weather and dark nights return, a week in the sun is heavenly ☀ There is nothing like lying on your sun lounger and hearing about the wind and rain back home!  The past few years we have seen a shortage of accommodation in the Canary Islands, particularly during the winter, as all Europeans look to Spanish resorts rather than North Africa for their winter sun holiday. If you can plan early you will secure this early booking winter offer to one of the most popular apartments in Lanzarote. A week in the 4* Izaro Club is only €438, with breakfast and dinner included! Lanzarote is one of the most popular winter destinations. With year round sunshine, low rise buildings and a great selection of activities to suit all ages, it ticks all boxes. Puerto del Carmen is the largest resort on the island, and offers the widest selection of shops, bars and restaurants, but thankfully, manages to be lively without being rowdy!

early booking winter offer to Lanzarote

The Izaro Club are rated number 2 on tripadvisor and are owned by the same owners as the popular Gloria Palace Hotels in Gran Canaria. They are centrally located in Puerto del Carmen and are only 15 minutes walk to the beach. These modern apartments offer all the facilities of a four star hotel but with self catering facilities. Luxury touches include robes and slippers, satellite TV and even an espresso machine! The heated pool is impressive with luxury loungers and free WiFi and the restaurant and staff receive rave reviews from customers. After a long day at the pool, enjoy a cocktail at their chill out terrace 🍸

early booking winter offer to Lanzarote

Fly from Dublin on the 11th of December and enjoy a seven night stay in the Izaro Club, on a half board basis for only €420. Travel on the 22nd of November for only €520 or change the date by clicking on the link below to find the date that suits you.

 

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This post was sponsored by Budget Travel but all views as always, are my own 😀

 

Sarah

 

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