London to Venice, Orient Express

Step back to the golden age of European train travel with this two day trip including one night aboard. The Orient Express spent €16 million restoring 35 sleeping cars to their original art deco sophistication. Passengers are expected to dress elegantly for dinner. At a minimum a suit and tie for men and the equivalent for women but black tie and gowns are encouraged.


Switzerland, The Chocolate Train

Only running in summer months, this train departs from Montreux overlooking Lake Geneva to the medieval town of Gruyères, home to the cheese of the same name. Here you can tour the cheese factory, enjoy lunch and explore the castle before continuing on to Broc to visit the Nestlé chocolate factory before making the return trip. The total travel time is 9 hours, 45 minutes.


The Bernina Express, Chur, Switerland to Tirano, Italy

If you like some excitment and thrills on your train journey, try this one. Over the course of this four hour trip this narrow-gauge train takes on some serious inclines, a 360-degree spiral, 55 tunnels, and 196 bridges reaching an apex of 7,391 feet and then descending 5,905 feet before coming to a stop. Part of the route is a UNESCO World Heritage site.


InterCity-Express (ICE), Munich to Nurenburg

If you want to go fast this high speed wonder zooms you between two historic Bavarian cities at speeds up to 199 miles an hour. The scenery outside changes so fast it’s not a trip recommended for those that want to admire the views but it is an essential European rail experience.


Trans-Siberian Railway, Moscow to Vladivostok, Russia

Over the course of this iconic 19 day trip you will cross eight time zones between the Russian capital and the port city on the Pacific Ocean. The on board experience is unique too with foreigners and locals, rich and poor, young and old all mingling. Lots of side excursions from city tours to scuba diving are also available to book along the way.


Danube Express, London to Istanbul, Turkey

Probably the best train experience to be had in Europe. This luxury private train will take you into the very heart of Transylvania, where you can explore the medieval town that was the birthplace of Vlad the Impaler, before approaching Istanbul along the Bosporus. The total duration of the trip is eight days including an overnight in Budapest and Istanbul.



Fantastic winter sun deal from Tour America. 7 nights at the 5* Dreams Puerto Aventuras in Cancun on an all inclusive basis from €1,299 per person. Price includes return flights plus all taxes and charges. Travel date Jan 15th 2013.

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Snap up some sun with this last minute offer from John Galligan Travel. 1 week in Tenerife departing on November 15th from €199 pp. 1 week in Lanzarote departing Nov 19th from €199.

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7 nights at the 5* boutique Six Senses Yao Noi, Phuket staying at Hideaway Private Pool Villa with breakfast included from just €1,679 per person. Price includes flights from Dublin to Nassau with British Airways, taxes and charges, transfers and an Atlantis Experience Pass.

Find out more www.trailfinders.ie

Disneyland, Paris

Save up to 30% on your Disneyland Paris visit with Abbey Travel now plus free hotel and park tickets for kids under 12. Family of 4 from €499 for 3 nights based on family of 4, 2 adults + 2 free kids under 12.

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7 nightsall inclusive at the 4*+ Couple Tower Isle Ocho Rios from €1,275 + €351 tax. Price is based on 2 sharing and includes flights with Virgin Atlantic from Dublin to Montego Bay (via London) and transfers.

Find out more www.classicresorts.ie

Budapest, Christmas Markets

Enjoy a 3 night 5* city break to Budapest and soak up the atmosphere of an authentic European Christmas Market. Departs November 25th and includes flights + 5* hotel accommodation. From €385 + taxes per person.

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Get some last minute sun with 7 nights in beautiful Sardinia starting at just €464 per person at Dawson Travel now. Departing September 23rd.

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Lake Garda, Italy – Solo Friendly Holiday

Solo travel is one of the fastest growing sectors in the travel industry and The Travel Department are the definite leaders in the market in Ireland with a range of superbly put together and priced solo options.

This multi detination trip takes in Lake Garda, Venice and Verona and includes 7 nights 4* accommodation including breakfast and 3 course dinner, direct flights from Dublin to Milan, transfers and guided day tours from just €695 per person + €104 tax.

Find out more www.thetraveldepartment.ie

Budapest Christmas Markets, Hungary

Enjoy a 3 night stay at the 5* Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal in Budapest exploring the famous Christmas markets. Prices from €385 per person + €84 tax and package include flights, transfers and a guided sight seeing tour of Budapest.

Find out more www.thetraveldepartment.ie

Riviera Maya, Mexico

7 nights all inclusive at the 5* Secrets Capri on an all inclusive basis from just €1,349 per person. The hotel offers a spa, multiple gourmet restaurants and endless activities, all in spectacular settings. Departure dates available between now and December 12th. Flights are with Virgin Atlantic from Dublin or Cork.

Find out more www.tropicalsky.ie

San Francisco

Look forward to a spring break in San Francisco with this 4 night package from Escape 2. From €629 per person including tax based on 2 adults sharing. Travel dates from Feb 1st 2013 – March 15th 2013 with return flights to Dublin.

Find out more www.escape2.ie


7 nights at the 5* Bali Hyatt Resort on a B&B basis from €869 + €431 tax. Prices are based on 2 sharing a Garden Room, flying from Dublin, Cork or Shannon with Malaysia Airlines via London between September 16th and December 11th. Upgrade to an Ocean View Room from €70pppw.


Las Vegas

4 nights at the 5* Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas from €859. You will be staying in a “Terrace One” room with sliding doors opening to a spacious private terrace with a deep Japenese soaking tub. Price includes return flights from Dublin to Las Vegas with US Airways and all taxes and charges.



10 nights all inclusive Havana and Beach combination from €1,299. Spend 3 nights at the Hotel Nacional in the capital city Havana before heading to the white sand beaches of the all inclusive Breezes Varedero Hotel for 7 nights of relaxation. Flights are from Dublin or Cork with Virgin Atlantic.



7 nights on an all inclusive basis staying at the Dreams Puerto Aventuras in Cancun from €1,169 (based on 2 sharing). Price includes return flights and all taxes and charges.


Prague, Vienna & Budapest

Experience the breathtaking Bohemian capital of Prague,
Vienna the beautiful Pearl of the Danube and Budapest the great Imperial capital of the Hapsburg Empire on this 8 day tour from €795 per person. All accommodation (4* hotels), flights and transfers included. Departure  dates August 10th and August 25th.


Greek Islands Cruise

7 night Greek Isles and Turkey fly cruise departing October Bank Holiday weekend from €679 per person. Fly Aer Lingus Dublin to Venice and enjoys ports of call including Corfu, Santorini and Olympia in Greece and Ephesus and Kusadasi in Turkey.