Deirdre Mullins looks at the deals, home and away.
Back to School September Offers
WingsAbroad, the Turkish holiday specialists, has just released some September offers.
Stay in the 4* Golden Day Wings Hotel, Kusadasi on a B&B basis from €379pp.
Stay in the 3* Melissa Apartments, Kusadasi on a self-catering basis from only €409pp.
Stay in the 4* Pine Club, Kusadasi in a one-bedroomed apartment on a self-catering basis from only €409.
Stay in the 3* Sami Beach Hotel, Bodrum on a B&B basis from only €468pp.
Prices are per person and based on two sharing and include flights ex Dublin, 7 nights' accommodation as stated, all taxes and charges. For more information or to book, visit: www.wingsabroad.ie or call: (01) 871 9444 or contact your local travel agent.
Camino from Lourdes to Santiago
Camino Ways, the walking and cycling holiday specialists, is now offering a walking holiday which combines a pilgrimage that takes in both Lourdes and Santiago. Along this route, you will have the opportunity to visit ancient churches and chapels, huge cathedrals and monasteries. Participants have the option to walk for 30 days or cycle for two weeks.
Among the highlights is crossing the central Pyrenees, where you can visit Gavarnie and Pic du Midi and Vignemale peak (over 3,000 metres). Once you have crossed the Pyrenees, the trail will then lead you onto the 'Aragonese Way', which joins up with the French Way in Puente de la Reina, 20km south of Pamplona. The route follows the valley of the river Aragon, on scenery dominated by the mountains to the north, and rolling hills to the south.
This route is easy to follow, making it a very good option for either experienced walkers or for people less accustomed to adventurous holidays. Experience this pilgrimage from €3,440pp. This price includes breakfast and dinners for the duration of the trip. Please note it does not include flights. To book, or for further information, visit: www.caminoways.com or call: (01) 525 2886
The Travel Department - Holiday Deals to Majorca and Bantry
Majorca Walking Holiday
Depart October 4 from Dublin to Palma for 7 nights at the 4* Globales Pionero Hotel in Santa Ponsa on a half-board basis.
Enjoy a day scenic walking tour of Na Burguesa Mountain. Spend the next day on a scenic walking tour of Sa Dragonera Island Nature Reserve. Also, experience a walking tour of Sa Trapa. This track takes you along the coast road from Puerto Andratx to the village of Estellencs and onwards downhill to the ruins of an old Trappist monk monastery and the unspoilt village of San Telmo.
Visit the fishing village of Puerto Andratx and a beautiful countryside winery. Experience a full day excursion to include the mountain village of Valldemossa, once home to the famous composer Chopin. There will be free time for lunch before travelling on an electric tram to the old town of Soller, to board a train from 1912 across the centre of the island, through mountain tunnels back to Palma. Cost: €799 including tax.
Bantry Photography Holiday
On September 26 meet the tour leader, Dave McKane, Principal of the Institute of Photography, at the Alexander Hotel in Dublin city centre. The tour departs at 9:00am by coach transfer from Dublin to Bantry. Spend 2 nights at the 3* Westlodge Hotel in Bantry on a half-board basis. Each day there will be a photo tutorial in how to get the best out of your particular camera, a Photoshop/Elements tutorial on how to squeeze more quality out of the shots taken and a critique of the previous day's pictures. Photograph opportunities include sunset at Sheep's Head at 19:22hrs, sunrise at Gougane Barra at 06:55hrs, sunset at Crookhaven at 19:20hrs and sunrise at Healy Pass at 06:57hrs. Luxury coach transfer back to Dublin with a stop for lunch in Clonmel en-route. Cost: €199.
For more information, visit: www.thetraveldepartment.ie or call: (01) 637 1600
Last Minute Sun Deals
ClickandGo.com has some last minute sun deals for September and October.
Costa Dorada, Salou - Departing September 18 from Dublin to Barcelona with Aer Lingus. 7-night stay in the 3 key Los Peces in Salou on a self-catering basis. €329pp based on 2 people sharing.
Gran Canaria, Maspalomas - Departing September 18 from Dublin to Las Palmas with Aer Lingus. 7-night stay in the 2 key Visa Oasis in Maspalomas on a self-catering basis. €389pp based on 2 people sharing.
Fuerteventura, Caleta de Fuste - Departing September 22 from Dublin to Fuerteventura with Aer Lingus. 7-night stay in the Suite Hotel Castillo de Elba in Caleta de Fuste on a self-catering basis. €419pp based on 2 people sharing.
Costa del Sol, Torremolinos - Departing September 28 from Dublin to Malaga with Aer Lingus. 7-night stay in the 2 key Buensol in Torremolinos on a self-catering basis. €379 pp based on 2 people sharing.
The Algarve, Albufeira - Departing September 26 from Cork to Faro with Aer Lingus. 7-night stay in 4* Orada de Marina on a self-catering basis. €349pp based on 2 people sharing.
October under €300
Salou, Cambrils - Departing October 2 from Dublin to Barcelona with Aer Lingus. 7-night stay in the 3 key Costa Verde in Cambrils on a self-catering basis. €269pp based on 2 people sharing.
Majorca, Santa Ponsa - Departing October 9 from Dublin to Palma with Aer Lingus. 7-night stay in the 2 key Holiday Centre in Santa Ponsa on a self-catering basis. €289pp based on 2 people sharing.
Costa Blanca, Calpe - Departing October 10 from Dublin to Alicante with Aer Lingus. 7-night stay in the 3 Key Esmeralda in Calpe. €299pp based on 2 people sharing.
Costa Dorada, Salou - Departing early October from Dublin to Barcelona with Aer Lingus. Enjoy an all-inclusive 7-night stay in Salou for 2 adults and 1 child (under 12). Great holiday destination for families due to its proximity to Port Aventura Theme Park and Costa Caribe water park. €1,029
All prices include Aer Lingus flights, accommodation, airport transfers and all taxes and charges.
For more information, visit: www.clickandgo.com or call: (01) 637 1699.
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