Deirdre Mullins rounds up the best travel offers out there this week.

Spirit of Folk Festival
Celebrate the harvest season in style amongst the stunning backdrop of Dunderry Park, Co. Meath at the Sprit of Folk Festival. The festival was shortlisted for Best New Festival in the 2011 European Festival awards and is a mixture of folk, history, spirituality, alternative therapies and storytelling.

Music acts include Lisa O’Neill, John Spillane and The Hot Sprockets. Festival organisers are eager to stress that the event is much more than your average music festival. Festival manager, Emily Duffy said the festival is about, “bringing people of all ages together to create, learn interact and have fun, we want to create a playground, for kids of all ages”.

An eccentric array of activates will be on offer all weakened such as drumming circles, battle re-enactments and shamanic healing. Spirit of Folk takes place on the 21st to the 23rd of September. Weekend camping tickets from €85. Day tickets from €45, under-14s free.

For more information visit spiritoffolk.com

Late deal for Ryder Cup
Be there to support our own McIlroy and McDowell throughout the Ryder Cup and experience the thrill of the competition in the flesh from €653pp. Price includes return flights to Chicago, 4 nights’ accommodation, taxes and charges. Prices based on 2 adults. Stay in the Sleep Inn in Naperville, Illinois, a town selected for its easy entry to Medinah Country Club. Travel dates 27 September to 1 October 2012. Call American Holidays to book on 01 673 3804 or call into their office just off Grafton Street - 18- 19 Duke Street, Dublin 2.

Choo Choo
Rail lovers will be glad to hear that The Travel Department has added a new rail trip to their line-up rail holidays. The Lake Geneva, Montreux & Lake Lucerne by Rail departs on 10th October from Dublin to Geneva with Aer Lingus. Stop off highlights of this 8 night action-packed tour include Montreux, Chatelard, Mont Blanc, Lucerne, Lake Geneva, Gstaad, Zweisimmen, Interlaken, the Bernese Alps, the Bruenig Pass and so much more. It costs €1,599.

Other trips include; Madrid, Seville and Guadalquivier River journey departing on 3 October for €999. Or head to California, Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon on the 1st of November for €2,389. For more information visit www.thetraveldepartment.ie

Malta
It’s all happening in Malta this October and November; musical festivals, exhibitions, historical events, theatre and opera. Concorde Travel offers flexible packages to suit different budgets. Prices starting from €319pp for a 3 night weekend break in November in the 3* St. Georges Park, based on 2 sharing a studio apartment, or for €389 for a 7 night package. Or have a luxurious break in the 5* Corinthia St. George's Bay from €399 for a 3 night weekend break, on a b&b basis, or €549 for the 7 night option. Price per person based on 2 sharing accommodation and includes return flights.

For more information visit www.concordetravel.ie or phone (01) 775 9300.

Last Minute Deals to the Sun

Thomas Cook Ireland
7 nights in Corfu from €515 per person -Staying in the 2* Garnavos Apartments in Sidari, self catering basis, departing Dublin on the 28 September.

7 nights in Gran Canaria from €525 per person - Staying in the 3* Corona Blanca in Playa Del Ingles, self catering basis, departing Dublin on the 29 September.

7 nights in Cyprus from €559 per person - Staying in the 3* Marlita Beach in Protaras, self catering basis, departing Dublin on the 30 September.

To book call 01 514 0328 or log on to www.thomascook.ie
Direct Holidays

7 nights in Tunisia from €399 per person -Staying at the 3* Residence Golf in Port Kantaoui, half board basis, departing Dublin on the 29 September.

7 nights in Corfu from €419 per person -Staying at the 2* Irini Apartments in Moraitika, self catering basis, departing Dublin on the 5h October.

7 nights in Lanzarote from €515 per person -Staying at the 3* Club Sirocco in Costa Teguise, self catering basis, departing Shannon on the 6 October.

To book call 01 514 0341 or log on to www.directholidays.ie (price includes on-line discount)

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