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

Tapas with Tullio in Barcelona
If you're a foodie, lover of Spanish tapas and all things Catalan then Travel Department's five-night holiday to Barcelona and the Catalonia region in October is for you.

Travel to Barcelona with well-known food writer, presenter and author Paolo Tullio where you will sample some of the best tapas the Catalan capital has to offer. Departing Dublin on October 9, this great holiday will take in a panoramic tour of the city, a visit to the Park Güell and Gaudi's masterpieces along the Paseo de Gracia boulevard and, of course, the stunning Sagrada Familia.

Cost: €779pps (5 nights B&B, Aer Lingus return flights to Dublin, staying at the 4-star Hotel Abba Balmoral)

For more information, visit: www.traveldepartment.ie.

Concorde Travel Offers to Croatia and Montenegro
Concorde Travel has some great offers on package holidays and flights to Croatia and Montenegro, departing from Dublin.

Departing July 2013 for 7 nights from Dublin Airport
Croatia
Stay at the 3* Old Town Antuninska Apartments in Dubrovnik, on a self-catering basis, 4 sharing a 1 bed apartment, was €630pp, now from €499pp

Stay at the 4* Hotel Uvala, in Dubrovnik, on a B&B basis, was €1,124pp, now from €749pp

Stay at the 5* Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, in Dubrovnik, on a B&B basis, was €1,360pp, now from €999pp

Montenegro
Stay at the 3* Slovenska Plaza, in Budva, on a self-catering basis, 4 sharing a 1 bed apartment, was €674pp, now from €499pp

Stay at the 4* Hotel Max Prestige, in Budva, on a B&B basis, was €964pp, now from €669pp

Stay at the 4*+ Avala Resort, in Budva, on a B&B basis, was €1,120pp, now from €799pp

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

Late Summer Discounts from Crystal Alfresco
Crystal Alfresco has announced discounts of up to 30% off a selection of departures to destinations such as Sanguli in Costa Dorada, Spain. Sanguli has become very popular with Irish holidaymakers in recent years thanks to its reputation as an excellent family destination. The nature of the Costa Dorada allows visitors the option of taking relaxing walks, whilst also offering a wide range of activities and adventure sports for youngsters.

Get up to 30% off departures on July 18 – August 10

Get up to 20% off departures on August 11 - August 24

July prices start from €999 per mobile – spending 7 nights in a 2-bed Puccini mobile.

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

Visit the Dalriada Festival at Glenarm Castle
The Dalriada Festival, taking place at Glenarm Castle and the surrounding area, from July 13–20, aims to highlight the unique historic cultures of both Ireland and Scotland, reflecting the shared heritage which extends back in time to the ancient kingdom of Dal Riada and beyond. The festival has something for everyone including highland games, fine foods, celebrity chef demonstrations and live music. And you can turn your visit into a short break by availing of the accommodation offers available including a two-night break with breakfast and one evening meal in the Londonderry Arms Hotel, Co Antrim, from only £85pps. For more information, callsave: 1850 230 230 or visit: www.discovernorthernireland.com.

Club Sandwich Survey Highlights Expensive Destinations
Geneva has overtaken Paris as the most expensive city in the world in which to order a Club Sandwich, at an average of €23.35, according to research released by Hotels.com. Using the classic hotel staple of a bacon, chicken, egg, lettuce and mayonnaise sandwich as a barometer of affordability, the Hotels.com Club Sandwich Index (CSI) offers holidaymakers an indication of the cost of living associated with their destination of choice.

In the Swiss city, prices ranged from a whopping €39.78 to a more modest €12.87 for the humble 'Club'. Meanwhile in foodies' paradise and last year's chart-topper Paris, the average Club will set you back a mouth-watering €21.05.

India's New Delhi remained the cheapest destination to buy a Club Sandwich, with an average price of just €7. Few holiday favourites appeared under the €10 threshold, but those who did included Buenos Aires (€9.11) and Bangkok (€9.08).

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

A Smart Solution for Travel Insurance
Blue Insurances has launched a smartphone travel insurance site in Ireland. The Multitrip.com travel insurance website can now take bookings on all platforms from computer to tablet to smartphone.

The new website should provide a simplified booking solution on smartphones for travel insurance. With over 30% of people travelling without travel insurance, there is now no excuse for holidaymakers and business people to travel without insurance.

For more information, visit www.multitrip.com or call: (01) 247 8900.

Ed Leahy

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