Deirdre Mullins rounds up the best holidays deal this week!
Explore Bangkok’s Chinatown
The Bangkok Chinatown Food Discovery is a 5 - 6 hour late afternoon tour that explores the Chinese side of the Thai capital, from food and culture to architecture and markets. The tour costs €44 and includes a local coffee, samples from the food bazaar, and an English-speaking local guide. Book at www.urbanadventures.com or call +66 (0) 81 842 3554.
Last Minute Deals Sunny Spain
Get your last blast of sun before the summer ends with gohop.ie last minute packages.
5 nights in Alicante on a B&B basis from €287pp. Travel the 28th of August.
5 nights in the Algarve on a B&B basis from €316pp. Travel on the 27th August.
5 nights in Lanzarote on B&B basis from €335pp. Travel on the 28th of August.
7 nights in Fuerteventure on a self catering basis from €343pp. Travel 30th of August.
6 nights in Malaga on a room only basis form €360pps. Travel 30th August.
All offers include accommodation as stated, return flights ex.Dublin, taxes and charges.
For more information visit www.gohop.ie or call 01-2412389.
Wine and Walk
Autumn is the time for wine harvesting in Europe and the Camino de Santiago and the Via Francigena trails take walkers through some of the most important wine producing regions in France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Switzerland. September and October are the ideal months to visit these wine producing regions to experience the tradition and culture of the harvest season. They have on offer over 9 different camino routes for wine lovers including; across La Rioja on the French Way, Porto on the Portuguese Way, Champagne on the Via Francigena and the Terraced vineyards of lake Geneva on the Via Francigena. Prices start from €480pps for 6-nights on section 2 of the French Way from Pamplona to Logroño in high season (September-October). €679pps for 6-nights on the Via Francigena walking from San Miniato to Siena. If you book 2 months in advance you get 5% off. Price includes half-board accommodation as standard, luggage transfer from hotel to hotel, holiday pack with walking notes and practical information. For more information or to book visit www.caminoways.com or calling 353 (0)1-525-28-86.
The Travel Department Tours
Lake Garda, Venice & Verona
Based in the charming town of Riva del Garda, over this 7 night holiday you will visit the pretty towns and attractions dotted around the lake; travel to the romantic city of Verona, the setting for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet; and visit the fascinating city of Venice, with its mesmerizing architecture, art, and countless bridges over the famous canals. Spend your free days relaxing in the lakeside setting with its breathtaking Alpine backdrop and exploring the surroundings of Italy’s most famous lake. This tour leaves on the 21 Aug, 02, 04 Sep. 7 nights B&B in a 3*Hotel from €649.
Last Minute deals to Lake Como & Dubrovnik
This package comes at a good price of €579 for 7 nights in a 3* hotel on a B&B basis. Base yourself at Como town, and enjoy walks around the lake and discover pretty traditional towns and villages. Lake Como has been a popular tourist destination for centuries, due to its unique atmosphere and picturesque setting. The main towns around the lake are easily reached by hydrofoil, ferry or water taxi, as well as by road. A visit to the town of Bellagio is the highlight for many tourists. Trip leaving on the 25th of Aug. Or head to Dubrovnik, which boasts stunning architecture and spectacular views. Add in the beautiful weather, great food and friendly locals it is easy to see the draw of this corner of Croatia’s Adriatic Coast. Take some time to explore Dubrovnik Old Town, you can climb the city walls for magnificent views, or sit outside one of the countless restaurants and bars to people watch. This trip leaves the 27th of Aug and starts at €669.
For more information on the above tours visit traveldepartment.ie or call 01 6371600