If you're in the mood for travelling farther afield, The Travel Department is offering an escorted tour of South Africa. The tour starts in the beautiful city of Cape Town before exploring the dramatic Cape of Good Hope and local vineyards. A full day excursion takes you along the famous Garden Route for a chance to see the stunning natural beauty of the Western Cape coastline, and a further half-day excursion takes you to the beautiful Featherbed Nature Reserve. In Johannesburg, you will visit Soweto, once home to Nelson Mandela, and journey onwards to view the wildlife of the Kruger National Park. This tour leaves on October 9 and November 14. Accommodation is in 3- and 4-star hotels on a B&B and half-board basis and costs €2,499. Price includes flights and charges. For more information, visit: www.traveldepartment.ie or call: (01) 637 1600.
St Patrick's Day in the US
There is nowhere that does St Patrick's Day quite like the United States, and American Holidays is offering a selection of packages to some of the US' most exciting destinations:
4 nights at the 3* Doubletree Metropolitan, New York City from €905pp.
4 nights at the 3* Chicago Hilton and Towers from €885pp.
4 nights at the 4* Royal Sonesta Hotel Boston from €929pp.
4 nights at the 3* Inn at Mulberry Grove, Savannah from €1,219pp.
All prices include return flights ex Dublin, 4 nights' accommodation as stated, taxes and charges. For more information, visit: www.americanholidays.com.
Top Gear in Barbados
The 2008 Formula One Champion, Lewis Hamilton, will be joining the line-up of the inaugural Top Gear Festival in Barbados. The event takes place on May 17 and 18 in Barbados' Bushy Park and will feature a fantastic line-up of incredible cars, world famous presenters and top motor sport legends. Travelmood has put together an offer to Barbados to coincide with the festival:
Spend 7 nights in the 3* Butterfly Beach Hotel from €959pp. Price includes: return flights ex Dublin, 7 nights' accommodation, taxes and charges, discount of €50pp, based on two sharing.
Upgrade to the 4* Bougainvillea Beach Resort from €1,359pp.
Upgrade to the 4* Barbados Beach Club, all-inclusive from €1,405pp.
Upgrade to the 4*+ Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels, all-inclusive from €2,065pp.
Those who wish to attend the Top Gear Festival are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. General admission tickets are priced at BBD$75 (approx €27). Children's tickets are also available. Visit: www.topgearfestivalbarbados.com for more information. To book with Travel Mood, visit: www.travelmood.ie, or call: (01) 433 1063.
St Patrick's Weekend in The West
The Twelve Hotel in the pretty seaside village of Bearna, Co Galway is offering a three-night stay over St Patrick's Weekend. The package is available from €250 per person and includes three nights' accommodation in a king room, full Irish breakfast each morning, one evening meal in West and another in The Pins. For more information, call: 091 597000 or visit: www.thetwelvehotel.ie.
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