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

Three for Two Offer at Knockranny House Hotel, Westport
Take a trip to the AA Hotel of the Year, Knockranny House Hotel, in Westport, Co Mayo. Enjoy a third night free when booking two nights midweek. During October the three-night midweek package rate is €118 per person sharing, and the midweek rate is €110 per person sharing in November. Knockranny House boasts a great spa, a terrific bar with great food, luxurious rooms and the outstanding skills of chef Seamus Commons in the kitchen of La Fougère. With lavish bedrooms, elegant lounges with crackling log fires overlooking Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay, and the good old-fashioned service guaranteed at Knockranny House Hotel, unwind in absolute comfort and luxury.

For more information, call: +353 98 28600 or visit: www.knockrannyhousehotel.ie.


Thomson Holidays Latest Sunshine Deals
Departing Dublin

November 18, Lanzarote, Natura Palace, Playa Blanca, 4T+, 7 nights HB, 2 sharing from €709pp

December 1, Gran Canaria, Maspalomas Princess, Maspalomas, 4T+, 7 nights HB, 2 sharing from €639pp

Departing Cork
November 25, Lanzarote, Hotel H10 Timanfaya Palace, Playa Blanco, 4T+,
7 nights Half Board, 2 sharing from €590pp

December 8, Gran Canaria, Maspalomas Princess, Maspalomas, 4T+, 7 nights HB, 2 sharing from €649pp

Departing Shannon
December 2, Lanzarote, Coronas Playa, Costa Teguise, 4T,
7 nights All Inclusive, 2 sharing from €549pp

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

Christmas Getaways with Crystal Ski
Crystal Ski has just released a host of offers for the Christmas season to destinations such as France, Austria and Italy.

Andorra - Depart December 22
Stay at the 2* Frontera Blanca Apartments, Pas De La Casa, on a self-catering basis, from €499pp

Stay at the 4* Euro Ski Hotel, El Tarter-Soldeu, on a half-board basis, from €659pp

France - Depart December 22
Stay at the 2* Cybel Apartments, Brides Les Bains,
on a self-catering basis, from €439pp

Stay at the 2* Val Claret Apartments, Tignes, on a self-catering basis, from €579pp

For more information, call: (01) 433 1055 or visit: www.crystalski.ie.

Scandinavian Christmas Markets with SAS
Experience the Christmas spirit at some of the oldest and largest Christmas markets in Scandinavia. You will find everything from handcrafted gifts to an abundance of mouth-watering traditional Scandinavian delicacies; whilst at night enjoy ice-skating under the stars.

Copenhagen
Arguably the most popular Christmas market in Copenhagen is at Tivoli Gardens amusement park with its unique central location. The setting is out of Hans Christian Andersen, with hundreds of Christmas trees and over half a million lights illuminating the stalls and park. Close to the hotels in Copenhagen and cultural hot spots of the old city, this is one of the best Christmas markets in Europe.

Stockholm
Christmas markets in Stockholm are popular with both locals and tourists, and highlight the many Swedish Christmas traditions, including the consumption of glögg which is a hot, spicy wine. Stockholm offers many Christmas markets within the city area, including Skansen Christmas Market on the island of Djurgården, and Gamla Stan, commonly known as the Old Town, just south of the Royal Palace.

For more information, visit: www.flysas.com.

Enjoy Christmas in China with The Travel Department
Depart December 23 from Dublin, Cork or Shannon to Beijing with British Airways and Aer Lingus (via London Heathrow). Luxury coach transfer on arrival with guide assistance to the hotel in Beijing with a visit to The Temple of Heaven en route.

Spend 5 nights at the 5* The Four Points By Sheraton Hotel in Beijing on a B&B basis. An evening meal is included every night in all three cities. Enjoy a full day excursion to the Palace Museum (known as Forbidden City) and Tiananmen Square and a full day excursion to the Great Wall of China, Jade Carving Factory and the Sacred Way leading to the Ming Tombs.

Spend 3 nights at the 5* The Howard Johnson Ginwa Plaza Hotel in Xi'an on a B&B basis. Spend 2 nights at the 5* The Intercontinental Shanghai Expo Hotel in Shanghai on a B&B basis.
Cost: €1,999.

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

Sunshine Offers from Falcon Holidays
From Dublin
December 2, Lanzarote, Los Zocos, Costa Teguise, 3 Falcons,
7 nights, 2 sharing from €369pp

December 8, Gran Canaria, Suns Gardens Apts, Maspalomas, 2 Falcons, 7 nights, 2 sharing from €329pp

From Cork
November 18, Lanzarote, Los Zocos, Costa Teguise, 3 Falcons,
7 nights, 2 sharing from €419pp

November 25, Lanzarote, Hyde Park Lane, Los Pocillos, 3 Falcons, 7 nights, 2 sharing from €369pp

From Shannon
November 25, Lanzarote, Los Zocos, Costa Teguise, 3 Falcons,
7 nights, 2 sharing from €369pp

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

Christmas Break to Portugal from Concorde
Portugal is a favourite with Irish holidaymakers throughout winter thanks to its mild weather, tasty cuisine and vibrant nightlife.

Depart December 20 for 7 nights
Stay at the 3* Baia Hotel, Cascais, on a b&b basis from €769pp

Stay at the 3* Sana Estoril, Estoril, on a b&b basis from €599pp

Stay at the 4* Pestana Cascais, Cascais, on a b&b basis in a classic inland view room from €729pp

For more information, visit: www.concordetravel.ie or call: (01) 775 9300.

Ed Leahy
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