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How To See The Northern Lights Through Your Own Glass Igloo

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Seeing the Northern Lights is pretty spectacular no matter where you are, but to see them from your very own glass igloo is the ultimate bucket list experience. 

 

I had a few requests from people asking how to get to ‘the place with the glass igloos’. It seems many people want to turn their dreams into reality, or spoil their partners for special birthdays or anniversaries. So I decided to do some investigating and find out how to see the Northern Lights through your own glass igloo. 

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Kakslauttanen is one of the best places to see the Northern Lights, during the aurora season from late August to late April. It is situated 250 km north of the Arctic Circle, so you can expect to find the cleanest countryside, the purest water (you can drink straight from the stream) and the freshest air from almost anywhere in the world.
 

 

 
However Kakslauttanen is not all about the igloos and the aurora. There are so many activities available, you will be spoiled for choice. Think snow mobiling, husky or reindeer safaris, ice fishing, tobogganing, cross country skiing and lots more. For a truly unique experience try their ice swimming and smoke saunas combination.

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There is a wide choice of accommodation, including log cabins, chalets, snow igloos and of course their famous glass igloos. They also have large glass igloos with a fireplace and sauna, that hold up to six people, if you want to bring a few friends or family along. 

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How to get there?

Kakslauttanen is located in Finland, but it is so far North that it is actually a 90 minute flight from Helsinki. Finnair fly from Dublin to Helsinki almost every day, but to get the connecting flight to Ivalo you need to take a morning flight which only operates three times per week. You will find alternative flights, but be careful, they will involve multiple stops with flying times over ten hours.

Another option is to spend a night or two in Helsinki before flying to Ivalo, this will give you more options with flights. Ivalo airport is only a short thirty minute transfer to Kakslauttanen and the hotel will arrange transport for you.

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I found a great deal on flights departing Patricks Day 17th March for four nights, for just €253 return. This should give you optimum time to see the Northern Lights and try some of the many activities available, including snow mobiling, cross country skiing etc.

There are various room types to choose from, but the price for four nights in a glass igloo is €1413 per person including breakfast and evening meal – this brings the total cost to €1666 per person for a four night stay, based on two sharing. Larger igloos for groups or families are also available.

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So now you know how to see the Northern Lights through your own glass igloo, the question is will you scratch one off the bucket list to experience a trip of a lifetime?

 

 

View flights here €253pp

View hotel here €2826

 

 

Like this post? You might like:

25 Bucket List holidays to inspire your next big trip.

 

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

 

Sarah

The Travel Expert Sarah Slattery

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Ten Autumn / Winter Breaks To Use With Aer Lingus Vouchers

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Looking to change Aer Lingus flights to later in the year? Perhaps you have an Aer Lingus voucher that you want to use? We all like to have something to look forward to, so hopefully one of these autumn winter breaks will suit you.

 

 

I, like many of you find myself with Aer Lingus vouchers that I have to use. I was never great with vouchers, they burn a hole in my pocket, and I feel compelled to use them straight away. I immediately started looking up autumn winter breaks, and thought how there must be so many people in a similar situation. I decided to compile a list of the best travel deals that I found which I hope you will find useful.

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I understand that we are still in uncertain times, so I have priced all hotels and apartments with refundable rates. You may see cheaper non-refundable rates when you click on the hotel links, but prices quoted all allow flexible changes or refunds.

All accommodation is highly rated on Tripadvisor with great reviews from previous guests. If the dates I have chosen don’t suit you, please click on the links below and edit the search to suit your requirements. I have sun holidays, city breaks and American Holidays, the only problem is which one of these autumn winter breaks will you choose?
 

 

 

1. A week in  Lanzarote, 16th September, El Dorado Apartments, €398

Lanzarote is a great choice for a week away. The year round sunshine and long sandy beaches have been attracting Irish visitors for many years. It’s not all about sun and sand though, there is plenty of good sightseeing, as well as some excellent duty free shopping. 

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The old town of Puerto del Carmen has some fantastic restaurants. Having a drink at one of the waterfront cafes as the sun sets over the harbour is a lovely way to end your day.

Read: Why Lanzarote is my favourite Canary Island 
 

 

 

I found a great Lanzarote deal staying in the El Dorado apartments in Puerto del Carmen. Highly rated on Tripadvisor and centrally located, they are an ideal choice to explore all that Lanzarote has to offer.

Fly from Dublin on the 10th of September and enjoy a seven night stay for only €398 per person. You can secure the accommodation for just €10 and there are free amendments before the 10th of September 2020.

View flights here €209pp  

View hotel here €189pp
 

 

 

2. New Year Skiing in Austria, 27th December, 2 adults & 2 children, €3189

I have always loved skiing and was delighted to bring my kids skiing to Söll in Austria over New Year. It was their first time to ski and they loved it. It is not a cheap holiday by any means, but if you are cooped up in your house for the next few weeks, can you think of anything better than a week in Alps to look forward to? 


 

 

 
Söll is a small resort, but it is bursting with energy. There are some excellent restaurants, lively bars and a great ski-school for kids. I found a great deal staying in the AlpenSchlössl. It is highly rated on Tripadvisor and is great value for what is arguably the busiest week of the year.

It is located outside the town, but the ski bus brings you to the lifts and the village centre. We used the ski bus every day and found it great – just make sure you use the lockers beside the gondola station, so you don’t have to carry your skis and boots every day. 

Read: Skiing in Soll, all you need to know and why you should go.

Read: Top tips for family skiing
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin on the 27th of December and enjoy a seven night stay with breakfast in the AlpenSchlössl for €3189. Ski school, lift passes and equipment hire are extra. I booked directly with the ski school, you can see more information here. A deposit of €166 is required to secure a reservation at the hotel, but you can cancel this accommodation for free before the 21st of November.

View flights here €162pp

View hotel here €2541
 

 

 

3. A week in the Algarve, 1st September from €365

With a stunning coastline boasting some of Europe’s best beaches, its not surprising that the Algarve is one of our most popular holiday destinations. There are many resorts to choose from, from the lively resort of Albufeira to the picturesque town of Carvoeiro, and I found great deals in both.
 

 

 
The Água Marinha is a small family-run hotel located in the pretty resort of Olhos de Agua. It is ideal for couples looking for a good value break, within easy access to the nightlife of Albufeira.

The Agua Marinha hotel gets great reviews on Tripadvisor and was awarded a certificate of excellence. You can secure a room here for €10, with free amendments allowed before the 26th of August.

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If you are looking for something more luxurious, the 5-star Vale d’Oliveiras Quinta Resort & Spa is an excellent choice. Rated number 1 on Tripadvisor and the reviews are excellent.

Located just five minutes from Carvoeiro, you can choose to enjoy its fine restaurants, or dine on site in the hotel’s Olive Tree Restaurant, which offers panoramic views over the gardens and pool. A deposit of €10 secures a booking with the hotel, with free amendments before 26th August.

View flights here €144 Aer Lingus

Agua Marinha here €231pp

Vale D'Oliveiras here €364pp
 

 

 

4. Christmas Shopping in New York, 4th December, 3 nights, €699!

I love visiting New York, regardless of the time of year, but there is something magical about visiting at Christmas time. Parting with your hard-earned cash on Christmas presents is also a lot easier when you are doing it in New York – and who knows, you might pick up some bargains for yourself too. I have posts on shopping in New York and things to do in New York so if you need any more inspiration be sure to check them out. 

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The Christmas tree at Rockefeller Centre is usually illuminated at the beginning of December, the proposed date for 2020 is December 2nd (yet to be confirmed).

With this in mind I have chosen flights with Aer Lingus to depart on the 4th of December and a three-night stay in the centrally located Yotel Hotel for just €699, based on 2 sharing a Premium Queen Double Room. Prices are even less if three or four share. Hotel can be secured with €10 and free amendments are allowed before 29th November.

View flights here €330pp  

View hotel here 2 sharing €369pp ( flexible rate )

Read: 5 More Christmas Shopping breaks to New York
 

 

 

5. October Bank Holiday Weekend in Lisbon, 3 Nights from €370pp

The October bank holiday weekend is always a good time to get away, and Lisbon’s balmy temperatures make it the perfect city break destination. There is so much to see and do in Lisbon, but you can also choose to take the train to the nearby resort of Cascais or visit the UNESCO World Heritage city of Sintra.

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I found a great deal staying in the centrally located São Bento Hotel, with breakfast included. Its modern décor and super service ensure excellent reviews from guests on Tripadvisor.

Aer Lingus flights are about €40 more expensive than other airlines at that time, but if you have a voucher or credit that you need to use, it is still good value for such a popular date.

View flights here €206pp
 

View hotel here €164pp (refundable rate)

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

 

 

6. Disneyland Paris with Park Tickets, 27th October, 3 Nights, 2 adults & 2 children, €1898

Halloween is a great time to visit Disneyland Paris. The parks are transformed for their annual Halloween festival. Scary attractions like Phantom Manor and Tower of Terror have some spooky surprises in store, while Main Street U.S.A is full of pumpkins, flickering lights and creepy sounds. The impressive Illuminations Show at Sleeping Beauty’s Castle takes on a Halloween theme, and will surely leave you feeling bewitched.  Read my dedicated blog post on this offer with more information.

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View offer here
 

 

 

7.  5-Star Weekend in Croatia, 9th October, 3 Nights, €390pp

If you are looking for a luxury weekend away in beautiful surroundings, look no further than this. The 5-star Hotel Croatia is located in the pretty resort of Cavtat, just a ferry ride away from the hustle and bustle of Dubrovnik. I stayed here a few years ago and loved it. Cavtat is located close to the airport too, so it is a great option for a weekend break.  

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Dubrovnik is very busy during the day time, but you can catch the ferry from Cavtat early in the morning or late in the afternoon when the crowds have dissipated.

Cavtat is also located close to the border of Montenegro. We visited the medieval town of Kotor during our stay. Normally I would highly recommend you do the same, but the Hotel Croatia is a beautiful hotel and offers stunning sea views from the terrace, so you may find it difficult to leave….

Read: Visiting Croatia and Montenegro
 

 

 
Fly from Dublin on the 19th of October and enjoy a three-night stay with breakfast for  just €390 per person. A deposit of €30 secures the hotel booking with flexible amendments available until 27th of September.

View flights here €168 Aer Lingus 

View hotel here €222pp
 

 

 

8. 4-Star Weekend in Prague, 10th September, 3 Nights, €295

It is hard not to fall in love with Prague. Not only is it visually stunning, but Prague has extraordinary cultural sights and great night life too. This super deal includes Aer Lingus flights and a three-night stay in the superbly located 4-star Linder Prague Castle Hotel.  Read my dedicated blog post on this offer with more information.

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View offer here
 

 

 

9.  Winter week in Gran Canaria, 21st January, Gloria Palace Amadores, €644

Perched on a cliff with stunning views of the sea, and only 300 meters from the beach, it is not surprising why the Gloria Palace Amadores Hotel and Thalasso is very popular with Irish holidaymakers.

Situated between Puerto Rico and Mogan, this hotel offers the best of both worlds – a relaxing holiday with the option to travel to nearby resorts if you fancy a livelier scene. Renowned for it’s high quality cuisine, attentive staff and for having one of Europe’s top thalassotherapy centres, can you think of a better way to beat the January blues?

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View flights here €143pp

View hotel here €501pp
 

 

 

10. Long weekend in Washington, 4 Nights, 24th September, €570

Washington is one of my favourite American cities. You don’t have to be a lover of politics to be impressed with Washington’s monuments and memorials, and I dare you not to be a little star struck when you see The White House for the first time. Washington has some great shopping options too, as well as vibrant nightlife and a lively atmosphere.

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I found a great deal staying in the university neighbourhood of Georgetown. The Georgetown Suites are great value and highly rated on Tripadvisor. Price of €244 per person includes breakfast and allows you to cancel with just a €46 fee before the 16th of September. 

View flights here €326pp

View hotel here €244pp
 

 

 
Prices are correct at the time of issue but are subject to change. Please note some of these autumn winter breaks include 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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Best Travel Deals

The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 10th March 2020

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This week’s best travel deals include April holiday deals from €249, a wine tasting weekend in Bordeaux, summer in Portugal and Mauritius, a Mother’s Day break in Westport, Christmas in Disneyland Paris and an early booking offer to Las Vegas.

 

Best last minute:

Jet off to sunny Puerto Rico in Gran Canaria on the 2nd of April, for just €285! Price includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-nights stay in the Tamanaco apartments.

View offer here

 

Missed last weeks Best Travel Deals post? See it here:
 

 

 

Best April / May deal:

Sunway have super deals to Turkey during the month of April, a country where no cases of coronavirus have been reported. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the 4-star Golden Day Wings Hotel is €299 during Easter holidays, and only €249 on the 25th of April. Prices include flights, hotel with breakfast, airport transfers and checked baggage.

See more here
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Visit Disneyland Paris for Disney’s Enchanted Christmas Festival. We visited at Christmas time a few years ago and it was magical. Price for flights, transfers, park tickets and a three night stay in the Disney Sequioa Lodge Hotel with breakfast and evening meal included, is just €515 per person, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. They will also give you a FREE Gift Card worth €100 to spend in the parks.

See more here

 

Read: My top tips Disneyland Paris at Christmas time.
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Treat your Mum to an overnight escape with breakfast included in the 4-star Westport Hotel, for just €30 per person! Choose to relax in the brand new Spa Veda, complete with swimming pool, jacuzzi and thermal suite or enjoy the vibrant city of Westport. This deal is available arriving on Mother’s Day, March 22nd. 

View offer here
 

 

Read: 10 Mother’s Day breaks that won’t break the bank
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

Finish off the summer with a week in the upmarket resort of Vilamoura on the Algarve. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the highly rated Vilamour Golf Aparthotel is only €374 on the 26th of August.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Can you think of anything better than a wine tasting weekend in Bordeaux 🍷? Flights are so cheap at the moment so why not escape the stresses of home for a few days in May. Price for flights and a three-night stay in the highly rated 4-star Best Western Plus Gare Saint Jean is just €219 per person. Note: when you click on the hotel link below the lowest rate is bookable via the hotel website – €107 per room per night.

View flights here€59pp

View hotel here €160pp
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Another country that has recorded no cases of coronavirus is Mauritius. Enjoy a seven-night all-inclusive stay in the highly rated Veranda Pointe Aux Biches Hotel for just €1469! Price includes flights, transfers and all-inclusive accommodation, based on travel in June. You can save up to €800 per person when travelling between 1st June and 31st August.

View offer here

 

Read: Where to stay in Mauritius
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Choose Las Vegas for your Christmas shopping break this year. Price for flights and a five-night stay in the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino is only €560 on the 24th of November. Price includes flights, 23kg checked baggage and hotel for five nights. Deposit of €50 secures booking. Many more hotels and dates available.

See more here
 

 

 
Missed last weeks Best Travel Deals post? See it 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 – 3rd March 2020

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This week’s Best Travel Deals include Easter offers in Lanzarote, a week in the Algarve for €199, all-inclusive deals to Greece and Mexico, a city break to Washington and super staycations for couples and families. 

 

 

Best last minute:

Escape the the Costa del Sol at the end of March – Aer Lingus have return flights to Malaga for just €100! Add on a seven-night stay in Marbella for €175pp in the San Cristóbal Hotel, or €230pp in the Princesa Playa aparthotel.

View flights here €100pp

 
View hotels here from €175pp

 

Missed last weeks Best Travel Deals post? See it here:
 

 

 

Best Spring /Summer deal:

Kick start the summer with a week in the Algarve for just €199 in May! Choose the Vale de Carros apartments in Albufeira or the Vilamor apartments in Alvor, both highly rated and both available for just €199 including return flights, departing the 5th of May. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

Go all-inclusive in Greece this summer. I found some great all-inclusive deals departing in August with flights, accommodation, all meals, drinks, transfers and checked baggage included! Price for the Rodos Star Hotel in Rhodes is only €584 per person, while the Cavo D’oro in Zakynthos is only €667 per person. Both deals are departing in August and a deposit of €75 secures booking. Use code PAYDAY to save €100 of the listed prices.

See Rhodes here €584pp

 

See Zakynthos here €667pp
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Enjoy a family holiday in Lanzarote this Easter. Prices are particularly good value if you fly on Monday the 13th of April. I found great family deals staying in Puerto del Carmen. Price for flights a seven-night stay in the Oasis apartments is only €230 per person, or choose the popular Rosamar apartments for just €258 per person. #StealOfTheWeek

View offer here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Plan ahead and secure a great deal to Mexico this winter. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the 5-star Ocean Riviera Paradise Hotel, with all meals and drinks included 🍹 is just €1017 per person! This super hotel is located right on the beach in Playa del Carmen and is rated excellent on Tripadvisor. Price includes flights and hotel on an all-inclusive basis for seven nights, departing the 12th of November.

View flights here €578pp

Note: This airfare has just one stop. I adjusted journey time to less than 17 hours to guarantee best connections.  

View hotel here €439pp
 

 

 

Best ferry / cruise:

Sail across the Irish Sea for just €7 one-way on the brand new Stena Estrid. This amazing deal is even valid during the summer months! You can also sail from Rosslare to Cherbourg in April, May and from 10th September – 18th December, for just €14! You must book these amazing deals before the 9th of March – so don’t delay.,

See more here
 

 

 

Best staycation:

The highly rated Lough Allen & Spa Hotel in Leitrim have superb deals available until the end of June. Price for an overnight stay with full Irish breakfast, unlimited leisure access, and a €20 spa voucher is only €35 per person! Stay for two nights for just €60 per person. Valid Sunday – Thursday until the end of June.
 

 

 
Want to bring the kids? Price for two adults and two children (under 12) in a standard family room from Sunday – Thursday is only €109 for one night, €199 for two nights and €249 for three nights – these prices are less than half price! If you want a weekend stay, the price is €199 for two nights and €249 for three nights. Prices includes breakfast, complimentary kids club for primary school children, and access to the leisure facilities.

See more here

 

See family deal here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Explore the wonderful city of Washington this summer. Price for flights and a three-night stay in August is only €699 per person based on 2 sharing, or €619 per person based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. 

See more here
 

 

 
Missed last weeks Best Travel Deals post? See it 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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Best Travel Deals

The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 25th February 2020

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This week’s best travel deals include short breaks in Prague and Dubai, a family staycation in Cork, a Camino walk, a Caribbean cruise, a wellness break in the Algarve and an Aer Lingus seat sale.

 

Best last minute:

Enjoy the St Patricks Day festivities in Dubai this year. Price for direct flights with Emirates, airport transfers, and a three-night stay on a half-board basis in the 5-star Anantara The Palm Dubai, is only €899 per person.

See more here

 

Missed last weeks Best Travel Deals? See it here
 

 

 

Best summer break

Walk the Camino with Roz Purcell this summer. Roz is taking part in the last stage of the French Way on the 2nd of July for seven nights. Price of €550 includes hotels on a bed & breakfast basis, daily baggage transfers, airport transfers and walking notes. Single room available from €145.

See more here
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Enjoy a family break in the highly rated Quality Hotel Youghal in Cork this summer. Choose one of their luxury self catering apartments (sleep up to 4), from €149 or a luxury house (sleep up to 6), from €159 for two nights. Price for three nights is €219 and €249 respectively – this is 40% off! Located right on the beach you can choose the open sea or the indoor swimming pool with leisure facilities. They also give you a €10 spa voucher per person towards a treatment costing €40 or above. Valid until the 30th of June.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Think a holiday in Zanzibar is out of your price range? Think again! I found an amazing deal departing on the 5th of September with flights and a 4-star hotel included for just €892!

See more here

 

 

 

 

Best cruise:

Enjoy a three-night stay in Miami before cruising the Caribbean on the world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas! Price for flights, hotel accommodation in Miami and a seven-night cruise in a balcony cabin is only €1699!

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Fancy a quick getaway? Book a weekend break to Prague. Price for flights and a three-night stay in the highly rated Lindner Hotel Prague Castle is just €196 on the 25th of April.

See more here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Treat yourself to a wellness break in the Algarve this winter. Spend four nights in the five-star Real Marina Hotel & Spa, with breakfast included, for only €225, departing the 1st of November.

See more here
 

 

 

Best seat sale:

Aer Lingus have launched a new seat-sale today, with up to 25% off flights to Europe and UK. Travel until 30th April and book by 2nd March. 

See more here

 

Missed last weeks Best Travel Deals? See it 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 – 18th February 2020

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In this week’s Best Travel Deals I have a spring break in the Amalfi Coast, all-inclusive deals to Crete and the Dominican Republic, a family holiday to Greece, a weekend break in Toulouse for €167, luxury escorted tours and a cruise and stay in New Orleans.
 

 

Best last minute:

Escape to the Amalfi Coast next month and enjoy a week in the highly rated 4-Star Grand Hotel Aminta in Sorrento, for just €390 per person. This hotel receives an Excellent rating on Tripadvisor and is superbly located in the resort centre. Price includes flights and hotel for seven nights with breakfast, departing the 22nd of March.

View flights here €80pp

View hotel here €310pp

 
Missed last week’s Best Travel Deals post? See it here.
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

Swap the Canaries for the Caribbean this summer and enjoy an all-inclusive week in 5-star Bahia Principe Grand Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic, for just €993! Price includes flights and hotel for seven nights, with meals and drinks included.

See more here

 

 

 

 

Best long haul offer

There are some great savings available on luxury tours in Asia and South America. You can upgrade to business class for €199 on tours to India, save €600 on South America tours, and get free VIP door-to-door chauffeur transfers on all tours. If you want to travel solo, avail of the no single supplements offer – saving a whopping €1140 on the Panoramic Peru tour. If you are looking for authentic escorted tours in Asia or South America, don’t miss this post.

See more here
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Looking for an all-inclusive family complex with a water park on site? I found a great deal to the Sun Palace in Rhodes this summer. Price for flights, transfers, checked baggage and accommodation with all meals and drinks included, is only €2476 on the 24th of June, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Use code SUN100 to save €100 off the listed price of this holiday or any holiday to Greece or Turkey over €1000 in value. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Enjoy a weekend break in the charming city of Toulouse. I visited Toulouse last year and loved it. Price for flights and a three-night stay in the 4-star Privilège Hôtel Mermoz Hotel is only €167 per person, departing Friday the 15th of May.

View flights here €49pp

View hotel here €118pp
 

Read: My Toulouse Travel Blog 
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Combine three nights in the vibrant city of New Orleans with a seven-night cruise around the Bahamas. You will even get the opportunity to visit Royal Caribbean’s private island, Perfect Day at Cococay. Price for flights, three nights in the 4-star Hilton Hotel in New Orleans,  and seven nights cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas, is only €1329 on the 26th of August. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Spend St Patricks Weekend in Belfast. The highly rated Malone Lodge Hotel is offering two nights for the price of one. Price is only €84 per person for a two-night stay with breakfast included, arriving the 15th of March.

Search offer here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Round off the summer with an all-inclusive week in Crete. Stay at the highly rated 4-star Hotel Dore, with all meals and drinks included for just €470, departing the 11th of October. This hotel receives an Excllent rating on Tripadvisor.

View offer here

 

Read: Top things to do near Chania, Crete
 

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.

 

Missed last week’s Best Travel Deals post? See it here.

 
Sarah
 
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Best Travel Deals

The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 11th February 2020

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This week’s best travel deals include Sardinia, Mexico, Iceland, Gran Canaria, Christmas markets in Cologne, an American road trip, an all-inclusive cruise deal and a staycation in Waterford.

 

Best last minute:

Escape the cold and book a week in Gran Canaria, where the temperatures are a balmy 23 degrees. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the Tisalaya Park apartments with transfers and checked baggage included, is only €378, departing the 5th, 12th, 19th or 26th of March. 

View offer here

 

Missed last week’s Best Travel Deals? See them here.
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

Alghero in Sardinia is one of the new Aer Lingus routes from Dublin airport for next summer. It happens to have a delightful old town, a beautiful sandy beach, and of course some great Italian restaurants. Alghero is located just ten minutes drive from the airport so it is an easy destination to book independently. I found a great deal staying in the 4-star Rina Hotel , departing the 10th of June. Price for flights and a seven-night stay with breakfast included is just €519 per person. Lots more dates are available, simply edit your search when you click on the links below.

Book flights here 10th June €184pp

View hotel here €345pp

 
Read: 10 new destinations from Dublin Airport for 2020
 

 

 

Best city break:

Cologne is one of Europe’s best Christmas market break destinations, and flight and hotel prices always increase closer to departure. I found a great deal staying in the highly rated 4-star Lyskirchen Hotel. Located right in the heart of the city, close to the historic centre and the Christmas markets, this is superb value for such a popular weekend. Price for flights and a three-night stay on the 12th of December is just €227 per person.

View flights here €86pp

View hotel here €141pp

 
Read Europe’s top 10 Christmas markets
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

I love a good road-trip and this one is right up my street! As well as visiting Los Angeles and Las Vegas, this amazing family itinerary includes rafting along the Colorado River, horse riding on a ranch in Tucson, and an exhilarating glamping experience near the Grand Canyon National Park. You will also have the opportunity to visit Universal Studios and Disney in California too..Price, based on a family of four with flights, accommodation and SUV car hire for 10 days is €1049 per person.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

If you haven’t tried cruising yet, you don’t know what you are missing! This all-inclusive deal on Marella Dream is only €969 in May, including flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-night all-inclusive Mediterranean cruise. This is a great option for first time cruisers, or for people looking for a great value cruise with drinks and tips included in the cost. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Enjoy some winter sun in Mexico next November. This great all-inclusive deal includes flights, 4-star hotel, return airport transfers, checked baggage, all meals and drinks, for just €1186!

View offer here
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Looking for a staycation but don’t want to drive? The 4-star Fitzwilton in Waterford is located just 300 meters from the train station, and five minutes from the Waterford Greenway. Price for an overnight stay with breakfast and main course evening meal, is just €50 per person, valid until the end of May. Use promo code TRAVEL15 to save a further 15% off this price, making it just €42.50!

View offer here

 

Read: 10 Great hotel deals in Ireland from €40 per person.
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Fancy ringing in the New Year in Iceland? This super deal includes flights and three-nights in a 4-star hotel from just €393 per person. Who knows, the Northern Lights might even light up the sky on New Years Eve!

See more here
 

Read: Top things to do in Iceland
 

 

 
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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 4th February 2020

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This week’s Best Travel Deals include Disneyland Paris, Barcelona, Abu Dhabi, Alvor, a cruise around the Emirates, New Year in Orlando and a staycation in Connemara.

 

Best last minute:

February is considered peak time for skiing, so when I saw that you can get a week in La Thuile, Italy for just €219 this weekend, I just had to post it. Price includes flights, apartment and transfers for seven nights, based on four sharing. If there is only two travelling, you can get seven nights in Austria, with breakfast included for just €344. 

See more here

 

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Best summer sun:

I’m a big fan of Alvor in the Algarve and have holidayed there on a few occasions. I found a super deal to the 4-star Pestana Alvor Park, which is rated number 1 on TripAdvisor. Price for flights and a seven-night stay is only €479 on the 30th of August. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family deal:

There are so many great Disneyland Paris offers available, the trouble is which one to choose? Breakaway.ie have excellent deals with flights included for the Frozen Festival in March, and the Enchanted Christmas season in December. Prices for flights, transfers, three-nights in a Disney hotel and four days park passes are from €1470 for 2 adults and 1 child, or €1739 for 2 adults and 2 children. You can upgrade hotel for just €25pp to get free Half Board, and they also have free dining offers with €100 spending money on selected dates.

See Frozen Festival here

 

See Christmas season here

 

See Free Dining offer here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Cruise Dubai and the Emirates on the stunning MSC Bellissima for just €1049! I was on this ship last year and loved it. Price includes flights and a seven-night cruise with drinks package and gratuities included, departing the 29th of February.

View offer here

 

Read: My review of MSC Bellissima
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Enjoy a five-night break in Abu Dhabi for just €479 including flights! This super deal departs on the 3rd of June and you will be staying in the 4-star Le Meridien Hotel. Highly rated onTripAdvisor, this is amazing value for a five night stay. Add on extra nights if required.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

Treat your loved one to a romantic break away for Valentines Day. Choose Lisbon from €254 or Barcelona for €319. Both prices include flights and a 4-star hotel for three nights, departing the 12th of February. Travalue have also included a hop-on hop-off bus tour in Lisbon and a Barcelona Express card in Barcelona. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Enjoy a healthy getaway break to the superb Delphi Resort in Connemara. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, but the thermal suite and yoga classes are a great alternative if you just want to relax indoors. This super deal for just €65pp includes an overnight stay in a one-bedroom suite with breakfast, one-hour thermal suite access, 10% off treatments and activities, and a two-course dinner at the 814 Restaurant. Want to stay for two nights? The price is just €95pp, and its valid until 25th June.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

If you want to get away for New Year, now is the time to book. This great family deal to Orlando is just €2598 including flights and hotel for ten nights, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

See more here
 

 

 
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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 28th January 2020

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This week’s best travel deals include a winter break to Malta, summer in the South of France, Majorca, Marbella and Kenya, a cruise on Allure of the Seas, Mother’s Day breaks in Ireland and an early booking offer to PortAventura.

 

Best last minute:

Explore the beautiful island of Malta in February. I found a great deal staying at the 4-star Seashells Resort at Suncrest, for only €230 including flights and hotel with breakfast, departing 8th February for seven nights. This popular hotel is highly rated on TripAdvisor and is centrally located. You will be away for Valentines Day so this could be a romantic break away…

View offer here
 
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Best summer sun:

Explore the South of France this summer with this great deal to Nice. Fly from Dublin to Nice on the 20th of July and enjoy a seven-night stay in the Victor Hugo Hotel for just €529. Nice is a beautiful town and the resort is full of style, but you can also choose to explore the coastline. Pop into the nearby towns of Cannes, Antibes or St Tropez, or go further afield and explore Monaco or the Italian Riviera. The choice is yours…

See more here
 

 

 

Best family deal:

The Protur Bonaire in Majorca is a super family complex. I stayed there when my kids were smaller and they loved it. It is rare to find a Free Child Place in the Bonaire during school holidays, but I managed to find one departing the 14th July! Price for 2 adults & 2 children including flights, transfers & baggage is only €2619 for seven nights. You better be quick though – there is only one room left at this price. Use promo code HOLIDAY150 to get €150 off the listed price 😎

View offer here
 

 

 

Best short break:

Planned your girls trip away yet? Jet off to Marbella over the May bank holiday weekend for just €267. Price includes flights and hotel for three nights, based on 2 sharing.

See more here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Looking to try somewhere new this year? Take a trip to Kenya and enjoy a seven-night stay in the highly rated Leonard Beach Resort and Spa. Located a short drive from Mombassa on the world famous Diani Beach, you will be surrounded by crystal clear waters and coral reefs. This super deal costs just €895 including flights, hotel on a half-board basis, checked baggage and airport transfers!

View offer here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas is one of the most talked about cruise ships this year. Allure is the worlds most awarded cruise ship and it is having a $165 million dollar makeover, before it cruises from Barcelona this summer. This super deal from e-travel is hard to beat: Enjoy a seven-night Mediterranean cruise with flights and transfers included from just €1195.  

View offer here

 

Read all about the newly amplified Allure of the Seas here.
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Treat your Mum to a spa break in one of Ireland’s 4-star hotels for Mothers Day. I’ve got 10 great deals from just €36 per person including breakfast!

See more here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Bring the kids to PortAventura and Ferrari Land over the October mid term break. This super deal includes flights, a four-night stay at the 4-star Dorada Palace Hotel, with breakfast and evening meal included, and 2 day passes to PortAventura & Ferrari Land! Total cost for all of this is just €1082, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing.

See more here
 

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 21st January 2020

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In this week’s Best Travel Deals I have a wellness break in the Algarve, a family holiday to Salou, a three-night Greek Islands cruise, summer sun in Croatia, amazing city break deals, luxury for less in Malaysia and a New Year in Lisbon.

 

Best last minute:

Treat yourself to a wellness weekend break in the Algarve at the start of February. Spend three nights at the 5-star Grand Real Santa Eulalia for just €251 – and that includes flights! Complete with a spa and wellness centre, this is the perfect choice for a winter break. I found this super deal departing Friday the 7th of February but many more dates are available. 

View offer here

 

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Best city break:

Want to plan a few trips abroad this year? With these 10 city breaks for €199 or less, you can do just that. All deals include flights and highly rated hotels for three nights. 

See more here
 

 

 

Best family holiday:

I have had a few requests for 10/11 day holidays, so I did some searching and came up with this great deal to Salou. Enjoy an 11-night stay in the 4-star H10 Mediterranean Village, departing 7th August for just €2514, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. This is one of the most popular family apartments in Salou and receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor. Price includes flights, accommodation, transfers, checked baggage and a €125 saving when you use the promo code SAVE125.

View offer here

 

Read: My family holiday in Salou
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

Cavtat in Croatia is one of my favourite destinations for a summer break. I loved the laid back atmosphere and the great restaurants, and also its proximity to Dubrovnik and Montenegro. The centrally located Hotel Cavtat is the most popular hotel to stay in, and it is usually booked out. However, I found a deal departing on the 26th of August for seven nights for just €536. Price includes flights and hotel with breakfast for one week. Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor if you still need convincing. 

View flights here €131pp

View hotel here €405pp

Read: My holiday visiting in Croatia and Montenegro
 

 

 

Best cruise:

This is the perfect taster cruise for anyone who is new to cruise, or for anyone (like me) with Santorini and Mykonos on their bucket list. Enjoy a three-night all-inclusive cruise visiting the Greek Islands of Mykonos, Patmos, Crete and Santorini, with a two-night stay in Athens for just €1069! Price includes flights, all meals, drinks and gratuities, departing 23rd July.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Pangkor Laut Resort has to be one of the best luxurious places to stay in Malaysia. Located on its own private island, surrounded by some of the world’s oldest rainforests, this is a resort like no other. Expect luxury, natural beauty and plenty of relaxation. I found an amazing deal for just €1099 including flights, transfers and a seven-night stay. I have seen this resort advertised at over twice this price, it really is an amazing deal for such a world-class resort.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Have you seen the new video from Sligo Tourism? It is bound to make you want to visit. I found a great deal to the 4-star Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa for just €89 per couple until the end of March, or €99 until the end of June! This price includes an overnight stay for two with breakfast, spa and dining credit and a late check-out. Two-night stays also available. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

Psst… Lisbon flights are on sale already for New Year! I’m tempted to book this myself. Price for flights and a three night stay in the 5-star Corinthia Palace Hotel is only €273, departing the 29th of December. Highly rated on TripAdvisor and with a wellness centre and pool onsite – can you think of a better bargain for New Year? #StealOfTheWeek

View flights here  €113pp

View hotel here €160pp
 
Want to stay somewhere else? Check out guide to Lisbon Hotels here.
 

 

 
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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 14th January 2020

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This week’s Best Travel Deals include a last minute escape to Puglia, summer holidays in Greece, Costa del Sol and South Africa, an Alaska cruise, Christmas shopping breaks to New York and lots more…

 

Best last minute:

Be spontaneous, and fly off to somewhere new next weekend. Spend three nights in Puglia, Italy, from the 25th of January for just €153!  You will be staying in the popular Boston Hotel in Bari, which offers free breakfast too. Explore the region of Puglia, visit the magical city of Matera or simply relax and enjoy all that Bari has to offer.

View flights here €50pp

View hotel here €103pp
 

Read: 3 places you must visit in Puglia

 

 

 

Best spring summer:

Kickstart the summer with a week in the beautiful island of Zakynthos. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the popular Giannis Studios is only €399, based on 2 sharing. Price includes flights, transfers and checked baggage, departing the 24th of May.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

With direct flights to Thessaloniki from Dublin Airport during the summer, why not visit the popular Greek resort of Halkidiki. I found a great deal in the 4-star Halkidiki Palace Hotel. Price for flights and a seven-night stay is only €466, departing 13th July. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, this is great value for a week in peak season.

View offer here

 

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Best family deal:

This is one of the best all-inclusive family deals I have seen for July! Enjoy a week at the highly rated Cortijo Blanco Hotel in the Costa del Sol for just €2328 on the 12th of July, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. This super deal includes flights, transfers, checked baggage, all meals and drinks! Use code SAVE125 to save €125 off the listed price.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Always wanted to cruise Alaska but thought it was too expensive? This great cruise deal from Princess Cruises makes it very affordable. Fly direct with Aer Lingus to Seattle on the 12th of September and enjoy a seven-night Alaska cruise, plus an overnight stay in Seattle – all for just €1499!

View offer here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

South Africa is one of my favourite countries so when I see cheap flights to Cape Town, I am always interested. Ethiopian Airlines is offering return flights to Cape Town from just €399 in September / October. There are two short stops involved of 1 hour each, but for €399 including taxes, I think its worth it. I flew with Ethiopian Airlines on my last trip to South Africa and found them great to fly with. If you prefer to fly a more direct route, flights with KLM via Amsterdam are €500 return on the same dates. 

View flights here €399 2 stops / €500 1 stop.

Check out my post on how to plan the perfect South African road trip here.
 

 

 

Best city break:

It’s never too early to talk about Christmas shopping, right? If you are thinking of a Christmas shopping break in New York, now is the time to book it. Airfares are at their lowest, and hotels are offering some great early booking discounts. I’ve got four-night breaks from €596 in this post.

See more here
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Select Hotels of Ireland is offering 2 nights for the price of 1 on a wide selection of hotels. Prices are available from €129 for a two-night stay for two people, with breakfast included, in the Falls Hotel & Spa, Co. Clare and the Clifden Station House Hotel, Co, Galway. Many more hotels are available.

View offer here
 

 

 
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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 7th January 2020

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In this weeks best travel deals, I have skiing holidays, spring breaks, summer holidays in Sorrento, Lake Garda, St Lucia and Santorini, cruise holidays and lots more…

 

Best last minute:

Kickstart a healthy New Year by skiing in Andorra –there are some amazing package deals available. Prices from €192 for 5 sharing an apartment, or €373 based on 2 sharing a hotel on a half-board basis. Both offers include flights, transfers and checked baggage.

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Best spring / summer deal

Treat yourself to some luxury for less on the Costa del Sol. Stay at the 5-star Senator Banus Spa Hotel on the 16th of April for just €282. Price includes flights and hotel for seven nights. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

Summer in Sorrento has a nice ring to it! Enjoy a week in the 4-star Alpha Hotel for just €566 on the 19th of August. Price includes flights and hotel with breakfast, for seven nights. Highly rated on TripAdvisor, this is great value for a holiday in Sorrento in peak season.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family deal:

The Bella Italia are one of Lake Garda’s most popular family apartments. Jam packed with activities for kids and located close to Garda Land, it is no surprise they get booked out early. I found a great deal departing on the 1st of August, staying in a 2 bedroom bungalow, with flights, transfers and checked baggage included. Total cost of €2802 is based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. Use promo code SAVE125 to save €125 off the listed price below.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Cruise the Greek Isles and Montenegro with Royal Caribbean for just €1268. This super deal includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and gratuities, departing the 3rd of October. A deposit of €165 secures booking.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best long haul deal:

If January has you thinking of detoxing, there is no place better than The Body Holiday Hotel in St Lucia. This 5-star all-inclusive resort is the ultimate wellness sanctuary. You can choose an active holiday with yoga, spin and abseiling classes or simply relax in the award-winning spa. Prices start from €2259 which includes flights, hotel on an all-inclusive basis and airport transfers. This includes savings of up to €900 per person if booked by the 5th February, and there are no single supplements when staying in a Single Garden Room. 

View offer here
 

 

 

Best city break:

March is a great month for European city breaks. Airfares are particularly good value and weather is starting to get a little warmer. I found cheap flights to Lisbon, departing Saturday the 7th of March, returning Tuesday the 10th, for just €48. Check out my post on where to stay in Lisbon to find the right hotel for you. 

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Like city breaks? You might like:

Top 10 city breaks for less than €199

Top city break destinations for 2020
 

 

 

Best early booking offer:

I posted a great deal to Santorini for May this week and many of you asked if it was available for later in the year – so I looked and I found a great deal departing in September too! Spend a week  in the 4-star Veggera Hotel for just €580 on the 19th of September. Price includes flights and a seven-night stay with breakfast included.  

View flights here €223pp

View hotel here €357pp
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Bring the family or friends to Fota Island Resort and stay in one of their 3-bedroom luxury lodges for just €299. Price includes a three-night stay for up to five people with two VIP spa passes, 2 x €20 spa credit for full-price treatment of €100 or more, €20 dining credit towards a three-course meal for 2 people, and €20 golf credit between two people towards a round of golf on any of the three championship golf courses.

View offer here

 

Check out my review of Fota Island Resort here.
 

 

 
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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 1st January 2020

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In this week’s best travel deals I have Crete, Cancun, Sardinia, Rome, a family holiday in Greece, a cruise on MSC Seaview and a luxury staycation in Sheen Falls Lodges.

 

Best last minute:

Beat the January blues by spending a week in sunny Fuerteventura. Stay at the popular 4-star Pierre & Vacance Origomare from only €280 on the 30th of January. Price includes flights and accommodation for seven nights, based on two sharing.

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Best spring / summer break:

Kick start the summer with a week in the beautiful resort of Rethymnon in Crete in May. I stayed nearby last summer and loved it. This super deal, staying in the 4-star Golden Beach Hotel is only €465 per person and includes flights, hotel with breakfast and evening meal included, transfers and checked baggage! Use promo code Save75 to save €75 off the listed price of this and any holiday over €1000 in value.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

Alghero in Sardinia is one of three new Aer Lingus routes from Dublin airport for next summer. It happens to have a delightful old town, a beautiful sandy beach and of course some great Italian restaurants. Alghero is located just ten minutes drive from the airport so it is an easy destination to book independently. I found a great deal staying in the 4-star Catalunya Hotel for just €576 in July. Price includes flights and hotel with breakfast for seven nights. Highly rated on TripAdvisor this is a great choice for a summer holiday in peak season.

View flights here €198pp

View hotel here €378pp

 

Read: 10 new destinations from Dublin Airport for 2020
 

 

 

Best family deal:

You can save up to €125 off summer 2020 holidays with TUI when you use promo code SAVE125in addition to any other offers such as Free Child Places etc. The Sidari Water Park Hotel in Corfu is a great choice for families looking for a good family resort in Greece, with breakfast and evening meal included. There is a water park on site and they offer spacious 2 bedroom apartments. Price of €2490 is based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing for seven nights and includes flights, accommodation on a half board basis, transfers, checked baggage and unlimited access to the waterpark, departing 17th July. Price for 2 adults and 3 children is €3262. Remember to use the promo code to reduce the cost from the listed price.

View offer here

 

Like Greece? You might like Top 10 family holidays in Greece.
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Cruise the Med on the spectacular MSC Seaview. I had the pleasure of cruising on this ship two years ago, it is a stunning ship. This great cruise deal includes flights, transfers, checked baggage and a seven-night cruise with meals and drinks included – all for just €1279.

View offer here

 

Read: My review of MSC Seaview here.
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

Sunway’s ‘Great Cancun Sale’ has up to 50% off rooms at Dreams, Secrets and Now resorts. Price for a seven-night, all-inclusive stay a the 5-star Now Sapphire is only €1139 including flights, transfers and checked baggage.

See more here

 

 

 

Best city break:

Rome has to be one of the best cities for a weekend break and this deal is just begging to be booked! Enjoy a three-night weekend break in this wonderful city for just €160 at the end of January. Price includes flights and the highly rated 4-star Art Deco Hotel. Your January paycheck will have arrived by then…

See more here

 

Like city breaks? You might like:

Top 10 city breaks for less than €199

Top city break destinations for 2020
 

 

 

Best staycation:

Finding luxury self catering accommodation in Irish hotels can prove to be expensive. I found a great deal to the 5-Star Sheen Falls Hotel in Kenmare. Enjoy a two-night stay for up to 5 People in a 3-Bedroom Luxury Townhouse including a welcome pack (bottle of red wine, chocolates, cereal, milk, bread and tea/coffee) from just €229. This deal is valid seven days a week until the 31st of March, supplement of €25 applies to Friday and Saturday nights.

View offer here

 

Like staycations? Check out all my post on holidays in Ireland here.
 

 

 
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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals – 27th December 2019

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It looks like the January sales have started already! This week’s best travel deals include winter breaks in the Algarve and Cyprus, summer holiday deals to Zakynthos, Tenerife and Zanzibar, an amazing cruise deal and the Aer Lingus January sale…

 
 

Best last minute:

A week in the Algarve for €99 – what a great way to kick start the new year! Temperatures are 17 degrees and sunny – the perfect weather for nice walks and outdoor activities. Price includes flights and accommodation for seven nights, departing January 11th.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best winter break:

Winter breaks in Cyprus are particularly good value and average temperatures are a balmy 20 degrees from late March to early April. I found a great deal staying in the popular Crystallo apartments in Paphos. Price for flights and a seven-night stay is €208 per person, departing the 30th of March. Upgrade to the 4-star Paphina Sea View Apartments for an additional €90 per person.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best family deal:

You can save up to €125 off summer 2020 holidays with TUI when you use promo code SAVE125, in addition to any other offers such as Free Child Places etc. Firm favourite, the All Inclusive Villa Mandi & Siam Park SplashWorld Resort in Tenerife is only €2870, departing on the 30th of July. Price is based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing for seven nights and includes flights, accommodation with all meals and drinks included, transfers, checked baggage, and unlimited access to Siam Park – Europe’s best water park.  Larger apartments are also available, simply edit the search to suit your requirements, when you click on the link below.

View offer here

 

Read: Top 10 Waterpark Holidays for 2020

Read: Top 10 Holidays for Families with 3 or 4 Children
 

 

 

Best summer sun:

This super deal to Zakynthos is staying in one of the Greek islands most popular resorts. Price for flights, accommodation, transfers and checked baggage, departing August 16th is only €468 per person! You will be staying in the adult-only Potamis studios. Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor, this is a great choice for a summer holiday. You will need to use Promo Code Save75 to reduce cost from €506 to €468 per person.

See more here
 

 

 

Best cruise:

Enjoy a 3-night stay in Las Vegas and an overnight stay in Miami, before cruising the Caribbean for seven nights on MSC Armonia – all for just €1350! Price includes return flights from Dublin, four nights hotel accommodation, and cruise with meals and drinks included, all taxes, fees and gratuities 😍.

View offer here
 

 

 

Best long haul offer:

When you think of paradise islands, is there anywhere more exotic than Zanzibar? Surprisingly it doesn’t have to cost the earth… Price for flights, transfers and a seven-night stay in the highly rated Indigo Beach Hotel is only €1129! Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor – they are excellent. 

View offer here 
 

 

 

Best seat sale:

I look forward to Aer Lingus’ January sale every year and this year it starts today, 27th December! With up to 30% off European destinations, and flights to North America from just €189 each way  – there are 3 million seats on sale! Travel between the 1st March and 15th June, book by 21st January.

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Best staycation:

Enjoy a one or two-night stay at the Titanic Hotel Belfast with breakfast and tickets to an attraction of your choice, (Titanic Belfast, W5 Science Park or HMS Caroline), for just €80 per person for one night or €143 per person for two nights.

View offer here
 

 

 
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 Sarah

 

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The Travel Expert’s Best Travel Deals -17th December 2019

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In this week’s Best Travel Deals I have Twixmas in Croatia, ski holidays in January, great deals on summer holidays to Menorca, Mauritius and the Costa del Sol, a staycation in Castle Leslie, and kids cruise fares for €99 with Royal Caribbean!

 

 

Best last minute:

Fancy jetting off to the slopes after Christmas? Topflight’s annual 12 days of Christmas sale features a different offer each day. Today, 17th December, you can get half-price lift passes if you book any ski holiday to Livigno. Price for flights, transfers and a seven-night stay at the Livigno Ski apartments, is available from €499 throughout the month of January.

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Best summer sun:

At the risk of repeating myself – you really need to book early to secure the best flight prices during July and August. I found flights from Dublin to Malaga on the 24th of August for €98 return. Add on a week in the fabulous 4-Star Balcon de Europa Hotel in Nerja, with breakfast included, and you have a wonderful summer holiday for just €498 per person!

View flights here €98pp

View hotel here  €400pp
 

 

 

Best family deal:

Did you know Ryanair are flying to Menorca next summer? Menorca is an ideal choice for a family holiday, particularly with younger children. I found a great deal departing the 6th of June. Price for flights and a seven-night stay in the 4-star Prinsotel La Caleta is only €1136 based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing. This aparthotel receives excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and was awarded a Certificate of Excellence. #StealOfTheWeek

View flights here €116pp

View Aparthotel here €672
 

 

 

Best city break:

Looking for a Twixmas break? How about the Croatian city of Zagreb? Fly direct from Dublin on St Stephens Day and enjoy a three-night break in the 4-star Hotel International, with breakfast and airport transfers included, for €471 per person.

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Best cruise:

The January sales have started early with Royal Caribbean Cruises, as their brand new WAVE deal starts today! When you buy one cruise fare you can get up to 60% off the 2nd cruise fare, save up to €140 off your stateroom and enjoy kids fares from €99!

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Read: 10 Reasons to Choose Royal Caribbean for Family Cruises
 

 

 

Best long haul deal:

 The All-Inclusive Veranda Pointe aux Biches in Mauritius is a regular favourite in my best travel deals. Imagine a hotel where you are encouraged to go barefoot 😍.  This laid-back luxurious hotel is highly rated on TripAdvisor, and with all meals and drinks included in the price – it is also superb value. Price for flights, transfers and a seven-night, all-inclusive stay is only €1369.
 
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Best staycation:

Many of you booked this half-price deal to Castle Leslie over Black Friday, but in case you didn’t – there is still time! Price for an overnight stay for two with breakfast, an invitation to an evening bubbly and canapés reception, a €25 voucher towards spa treatments or equestrian activity, and a €25 voucher towards afternoon tea or dinner for two – is only €140 for arrivals up to the end of March, or €165 for a flexible option of dates available until the 10th of December 2020.  

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Read why I was captivated by Castle Leslie
 

 

 

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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