RTÉ Travel's Ed Leahy rounds up the best late deals and holiday offers.
Excellent Everglades Hotel Offer
Enjoy overnight accommodation at the Everglades Hotel, a two-course evening meal with a glass of house wine per couple in the newly refurbished Grill Restaurant with a full Irish Breakfast the following morning for only £50pps.
The 4-star Everglades Hotel overlooks the River Foyle and the rugged hills of Co Donegal and is just five minutes from Derry City centre. It is a great place to relax in comfortable surroundings, enjoy good home-cooked food and have a pint by the roaring fire.
For more information, visit: www.hastingshotels.com/everglades-hotel or call: +44 48 7132 1066.
Climb Mount Kilimanjaro with Gohop.ie
Be on top of the world and undertake a once in a lifetime trip by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with Gohop.ie from only €2,390 per person.
Price includes: return flights ex Dublin, arrival transfer from Kili Airport to your Moshi Hotel, 9 nights' accommodation (hotel, two-person tents when trekking), camping equipment (except sleeping bags and insulation mats), services of guides and porters, all National Park entrance fees, all food - breakfasts, packed lunches and evening meals.
Gohop.ie, Ireland's leading online travel company, organises treks up the Machame route of Kilimanjaro, which is scenically the most beautiful route to take. It is longer and much gentler than the Marangy route and they will add on an extra day to ensure you reach the summit successfully. Your group will be no larger than 5-10 trekkers, and can be tailored to your own dates, abilities and preferences.
For more information: visit www.gohop.ie.
Belle Isle Cookery School Offer
Join Belle Isle Cookery School, Co Fermanagh, for the Wild About Game Cookery Course on November 17 and discover the joys of preparing and cooking with game. The chef guides students through the rudiments of plucking, drawing and filleting whatever is in season and will inspire with recipes for starters and main courses that can easily be prepared in advance at home. Belle Isle Estate has a wealth of game birds as well as rabbit, and venison from its sister estate, Barons Court, in neighbouring Co Tyrone. And you can turn your trip into a short break by taking advantage of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board's (NITB) special accommodation offer at the Manor House Hotel, Co Fermanagh, with two nights' accommodation, breakfast and one evening meal from £109pps. For more information, call: 1850 230 230 or visit: www.discovernorthernireland.com.
Escape to Madeira with Concorde Travel
Concorde Travel has just launched its Madeira 2013 programme, with flights starting on February 3 2013 and operating weekly until November 3 2013. If you are looking for somewhere a little off the beaten track that will provide the perfect backdrop to your Winter or Summer holidays, check out the hidden gem that is Madeira.
Offering a mild climate the year round, Madeira is ideal for those looking to kick back and enjoy beautiful scenery and activities such as walking, golf and whale watching, as well as stunning coastlines and a high standard of hotels.
Concorde Travel is currently offering:
3* packages from €699pp
4* packages from €764pp
5* packages from €844pp
For more information, visit: www.concordetravel.ie or call: (01) 775 9300.
Christmas Holiday Offers from The Travel Department
Algarve Coast and Country
Depart December 20 from Dublin to Faro with Aer Lingus. Luxury transfer on arrival to spend 7 nights at the 4* Vila Gale Cerro Alagoa in Albufeira on a half-board basis. Enjoy a half-day excursion to the beautiful towns of Silves and Monchique. Experience a tour that includes the beautiful, unspoilt and historical towns of Lagos and Sagres, taking in some of the Algarve's fantastic scenery. Finally, enjoy a trip to the colourful city of Loulé, famous for its market and quaint shopping streets. Christmas dinner will be served on Christmas Eve, December 24.
Cost: €749 incl. tax.
Depart December 21 from Dublin to Milan Linate with Aer Lingus. Luxury transfer on arrival to spend 7 nights at the 4* Hotel Atlantic in Arona on a half-board basis. Enjoy a half-day guided excursion to the village of Macugnaga lying at the foot of Mount Rosa, the second highest mountain in the Alps and a full day excursion and guided tour of Milan. Spend a half day on a guided excursion to Lake Orta to include the medieval village of Orta and a boat trip on the lake (weather permitting). Experience a full-day guided excursion by coach of Lake Maggiore and Lugano including a visit to Ascona, Switzerland's lowest lying town. Enjoy an evening aperitif in your hotel on Christmas Eve, December 24, and Christmas lunch with wine and music in your hotel on Christmas Day, December 25.
Cost: €899 incl. tax.
For more information, visit: www.thetraveldepartment.ie or call: (01) 637 1600.
Westport House Winter Wonderland
The stunning 18th-century Westport House in Co Mayo will be transformed into a magical Winter Wonderland from Saturday November 24 until Christmas Eve. Families can visit Santa and his elves at Santa's Grotto in the beautiful Drawing Room of Westport House where they will receive a special Christmas gift, join Mrs Claus for magical storytelling by the fireside in the Library, or take part in the Little Dummer Boy workshop in the Large Dining. All activities and gifts are included in the price of €10 for infants (under two years), €20 for children (2-15 years) and €10 for adults. Babies under one-year-old go free for their first Christmas. For more information, visit: www.WestportHouse.ie.
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