RTÉ Travel's Ed Leahy rounds up the best late deals and holiday offers.

Luxurious Painting Retreat at Lisloughrey Lodge
For budding artists who would like to develop their skills and have some expert hands-on tuition, Lisloughrey Lodge is hosting their first ever luxury artists’ retreat during the second week of October this year.

The break that involves painting and art instruction from locally-based artist, teacher and gallery owner John Dinan in his own nearby studio, the Art at Lisloughrey Lodge package is an opportunity to spend three days painting, learning, exploring, relaxing, dining and making new friends in wonderful surroundings, all set against the luxurious backdrop of Lisloughrey Lodge and the pretty village of Cong.

Costing €495 for the total package including 3 nights’ b&b, welcome lunch, final group dinner and the 3 days with John in his studio, attendance is strictly limited to just 12 participants to allow for plenty of individual attention, so early booking is advisable.

For more information, contact Lisloughrey Lodge on 094 9545400.

Sunshine Offers from Thomson Holidays
Departing Dublin
Sep 21, Bulgaria, Hotel RIU Helios, Sunny Beach, 4T, 7 nights All Inclusive, 2 sharing from €674pp
Sep 22, Majorca, Protura Sa Coma Playa Hotel & Spa, Sa Coma, 4T, 7 nights Half Board, 2 sharing from €737pp
Sep 23, Cyprus, Atlantica Aeneas Resort & Spa, Nissi Beach, 5T, 7 nights Half Board, 2 sharing from €674pp

Departing Cork
Sep 30, Lanzarote, RIU Olivina Hotel, Playa de los Pocillos, 4T, 7 nights All Inclusive, 2 sharing from €750pp

For more information, visit www.thomsonholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Sunshine Offers from Falcon Holidays
Departing Dublin
Sept 20, Lanzarote, San Marcial Apts, Matagorda, 2 Falcons, 11 nights, 2 sharing from €639pp
Sept 22, Turkey, Golden Gate Studios., Izmir, 3 Falcons, 7 nights, 2 sharing from €486pp
Sept 28, Corfu, Theodosia Studios, Sidari, 2 Falcons, 7 nights, 2 sharing from €361pp

From Cork
Oct 07, Lanzarote, Hyde Park Lane Bungalows, Playa de los Pocillos, 3 Falcons, 7 nights, 2 sharing from €468pp
Oct 13, Gran Canaria, Miriam Apts, Puerto Rico, 2 Falcons, 7 nights, 2 sharing from €480pp

From Shannon
Sept 25, Majorca, Lagotel Hotel & Apts., Playa de Muro/Alcudia, 3 Falcons, 7 nights, 2 sharing from €344pp
Oct 01, Lanzarote, Hyde Park Lane Bungalows, Playa de los Pocillos, 3 Falcons, 7 nights, 2 sharing from €536pp

For more information, visit www.falconholidays.ie or call 1850 45 35 45.

Head to Cavan for the Virginia Pumpkin Festival
Over 20,000 festival goers are expected to descend upon Virginia, over the October bank holiday weekend for the annual Virginia Pumpkin Festival. The weekend will kick off with the premiere of Seamus O’Rourke’s new play For Club & County on Thursday 25th October at the Pumpkin Dome. On Saturday night, iconic Irish band The Hothouse Flowers will headline the Pumpkin Dome. Sunday afternoon will see the ever popular pumpkin weigh-in take place with pumpkin growers from across the world travelling to Virginia in a bid to scoop the title for the heaviest pumpkin.

For more information, visit www.pumpkinfestival.ie.

Top Tips from Celebrity Chef in Fermanagh
The Belle Isle Cookery School, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, is hosting an exclusive Evening with Jenny Bristow on Thursday 20 September. The cookery demonstration will take place in the Grand Hall of Belle Isle Castle, where Jenny will prepare some of her autumn favourites, using produce from the castle’s very own walled garden. Visitors will also be given the opportunity to taste all of the dishes at the end, as well as a chance to ask Jenny for any extra tips in the kitchen. While attending the exclusive demonstration why not avail of Northern Ireland Tourist Board’s (NITB) special accommodation offer at Mahon’s Hotel, Irvinestown, Fermanagh, with two nights’ accommodation, breakfast and one evening meal from £69pps.

For more information, call 1850 230 230 or visit www.discovernorthernireland.com.

Long Stay Winter Holidays with ClickAndGo

The Algarve - Albufeira
Enjoy a 21-night stay in the 3* Club Praia da Oura in Albufeira on a self-catering basis. €499pp based on 2 people sharing. Add an extra week for €99.

Costa del Sol – Torremolinos
Enjoy a 21-night stay in the 2 key Buensol in Torremolinos on a self-catering basis. €529pp based on 2 people sharing. Add an extra week for €99.

Gran Canaria – Puerto Rico
Enjoy a 21-night stay in the 1 key Mayaguez in Puerto Rico on a self-catering basis. €799 pp based on 2 people sharing. Add an extra week for €169.

Prices include return flights with Aer Lingus, airport transfers, accommodation as specified, 1 checked in bag and all taxes & charges. Supplements will apply for travel during Christmas and New Year.

For more information, visit www.clickandgo.com or call 01 637 1699.

Cologne, Koblenz & Mainz along the Rhine
Depart 27 September from Dublin to Dusseldorf with Aer Lingus. Transfer on arrival to spend 2 nights at the 4* Park Inn Belfortstrasse Cologne Hotel on a B&B basis. Enjoy a half day guided city tour of Cologne. Luxury coach transfer with guide assistance to Cologne Port to commence a cruise journey along the Rhine River to Linz.

Luxury coach transfer on arrival in Linz to the hotel in Koblenz with a walking city tour of Koblenz included en route. Spend 3 nights at the 4* Hotel Contel in Koblenz on a B&B basis. Enjoy a full day excursion by luxury coach along the Moselle River to include Bielstein and Cochem with wine tasting included. Luxury coach transfer with guide assistance to Koblenz Port to commence a cruise journey along the Rhine River to Rudesheim with lunch included on board. Enjoy some free time at leisure on arrival in Rudesheim followed by coach transfer to the hotel in Mainz. Spend 2 nights at the 4* Hotel Intercity Mainz on a B&B basis. Enjoy a half day guided city tour of Mainz including a visit to the Gutenberg Museum with entrance included. Experience a half day guided excursion to Eltville, the city of ‘wine & roses’ and the oldest town in the Rhine District.

Cost: €1,069 incl. tax

For more information, visit www.thetraveldepartment.ie or call 01 637 1600.

Four Seasons Offers from Trailfinders
5-star Four Seasons Resort, Nevis, St. Kitts & Nevis, 7 nights from €1,699
5+ star Four Seasons Resort Bali At Jimbaran Bay & 5+ star Four Seasons Resort Bali At Sayan, Ubud, 7 nights from €2,399
5+ star Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malaysia, 7 nights from €2,499
5+ star Four Seasons Koh Samui, Thailand, 8 nights from €2,659
5-star Four Seasons Resort Maldives At Kuda Huraa, 7 nights from €2,999

For more information, call 01 677 7888/021 464 8800 or visit www.trailfinders.ie.

Ed Leahy


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