Enjoy a Gathering Cruise this Summer
Have you invited your family and friends home this summer in the spirit of the Gathering, and are you looking for something different to do with them? You don't have a boat but would love to see Ireland's beautiful coastline from the sea and join in the camaraderie of other like-minded adventurers? Why not join the Gathering Cruise by chartering a boat or joining a charter. You can charter a boat in Dún Laoghaire and sail to Kinsale from as little as €219pp based on 8 people sharing. Or join the party in Kinsale and set sail for 2 weeks from €335pp based on 8 people. For more information, visit: www.thegatheringcruise.ie.

California-themed Trips with American Holidays
From wine tasting in Sonoma and Santa Rosa and sightseeing in San Francisco to surfing in San Diego and star-spotting in Los Angeles, American Holidays can tailor your trip to your every need.

Universal Studio Hollywood & SeaWorld San Diego
Spend 4 nights at the 3* Hilton Los Angeles at Universal Studios Hollywood and 4 nights at the 4* Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina from only €959pp

California Wine Tasting Holiday
Spend 2 nights at the 4* Serrano Hotel Union Square, San Francisco, 2 nights at the 4* Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel & Spa Santa Rosa and 3 nights at the 4* Silverado Resort & Spa, Sonoma from only €1,179pp

The Golden Triangle
Spend 3 nights at the 3* Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas, 3 nights at the 4* Serrano Hotel, San Francisco and 3 nights at the 4* Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach, Los Angeles from only €1,269pp

For more information, visit: www.americanholidays.com or call: (01) 673 3804.

Enjoy a Father's Day Boat Trip in County Down
Celebrate Father's Day in Co Down this June 16 with a scenic boat trip on Strangford Lough when the whole family can discover seals, seabirds and other wildlife in their natural habitat. The area is an internationally important wildlife reserve and offers the perfect venue for some outdoor family fun. Booking for each of the two-hour voyages, departing from Mount Stewart House, is essential and suitable outdoor clothing and footwear is advised for all. Why not turn your visit into a short break and avail of the great accommodation offers available including one night's accommodation in a family suite (sleeping two adults and two children) with breakfast at the Old Inn, Crawfordsburn, Co Down, from £155 per room. For more information, call: 1850 230 230 or visit: www.discovernorthernireland.com.

New York Beaches Re-Open after Sandy Clean-up
If you're planning a trip to New York this summer, take a day-trip out to the coast to enjoy the 14 miles of New York City's beaches. These beaches – Coney Island/Brighton and Manhattan Beaches in Brooklyn; Rockaway Beach in Queens; Orchard Beach in the Bronx; and Midland, Wolfe's Pond, Cedar Grove and South Beaches in Staten Island – were badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy and underwent a $270million-plus restoration to open them this summer. For more information about New York City, visit: nycgo.com or call the Irish office in Dublin on: (01) 631 9604.

Enjoy a Cuban Escape with Travelmood
Spend 3 nights at the 4* Nacional De Cuba Havana on a room-only basis and 4 nights at the 3* Iberostar Tainos Varadero on an all-inclusive basis from only €1,043pp. Cuba holidays offer more than just a quirky sense of the past. Aside from the iconic capital Havana, discover pristine beaches and wild strands of jungle on holidays to Cuba. By day swim in a lake under the waterfalls of Topes de Collantes and then stop off at Cien Fuegos, Trinidad and Santa Clara for a different Cuban experience. At night see an exuberant mixture of professional Cuban dance and folk stories at the world famous Tropicana Night Club, or simply relax poolside with a delicious mojito. Travel: September 2013. For more information, visit: www.travelmood.ie or call: (01) 433 1063.

Gourmet Mini Break at Slieve Donard
Enjoy a Gourmet Mini Break at the stunning Slieve Donard Resort & Spa in Newcastle from only £130pps for two nights' luxurious overnight accommodation, full Irish Breakfast each morning and dinner in the Oak restaurant on the first evening of your stay. Residents also have complimentary use of the spa active facilities, complimentary WIFI in the public areas of the hotel and free car parking. For more information, go to: www.hastingshotels.com or call: +44 48 4372 1066.

Ed Leahy

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