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.


One of the best ways to explore a new country is through it’s cuisine. Short breaks and longer holidays based around enjoying the food and wine of the area are becoming increasingly popular with travel consumers. If you like the idea of immersing yourself in a culture through taste read on for our selection of best foodie breaks available from Ireland.


Venetian cuisine has a centuries long history, and it is significantly different from the other cuisines of North Italy as well despite having something in common with all these. Explore the city’s osterie, tavernas and trattorias with a bite sized break (4/5 days) from Intrepid Travel.



Tuscany is a treat for all the senses and the genius of Tuscan cuisine is it’s simplicity. It’s a matter of record that it was the Tuscans who taught the French how to cook. French cuisine as we know it was founded in the court of Henry II, whose kitchen was staffed by Tuscan cooks imported by his Florentine wife, Catherine de’ Medici.

Immerse yourself in the magic of this regieon with a 4 day hands on cooking and tasting break at the beautiful Villa Casagrande available through Irish Times Travel now.



If you’re looking to increase your appreciation and understanding of wine there is probably no better place to start than the iconic Bordeaux. Walk amongst the vines, meet the winemakers, taste their wine in their cellars and enjoy matching the best local foods with your wines. The tours are generally for 3/4 days (Friday to Monday) with between 8 – 16 people.


Northern Spain

In addition to “Bite Sized Breaks” Intrepid Travel also offer longer “Real Food Adventures” which typically include travelling across an area, imersing yourself in the culture and having some great food experiences along the way. Travel from Barcelona, through Logrono and finish up in San Sebastion experieng the best in Northern Spanish cusines along the way.

Highlights include the chance to bottle your own wine in the famous La Rioja region, explore the ancient tunnels and wine cellars in medieval La Guardia and a traditional “txikiteo” where devouring Basque-style tapas is the night’s agenda.



If you’ve ever had the urge to get back to basic (while still requiring a touch of luxury) this is the weekend break for you. At the Summer Lodge, a Georgian country estate in southwestern England, guests can treasure hunt and gather their own meals with expert forager John Wright of the UK’s River Cottage television series. Spend your days on a fasinating food adventure and every evening the award winning hotel kitchen will use some of the products collected throughout the day to create a sumptuous feast.


Dominican Republic

7 nights all inclusive at the NOW Larimar in Punta Cana from just €579 per person + €510 tax.

Prices are based on 2 adults sharing in a Deluxe Tropical View room travelling between now and June 30th. Flights are with Air France via Paris.

Find out more and book www.classicresorts.ie


Miami & Barbados

Enjoy some of the best shopping and nightlife in the world with 3 nights in Miami and top it off with a 7 night stay in Barbados with it’s beautiful golden beaches.

Offer includes 3 nights at the 3* Ocean Five Hotel in Miami, 7 nights at the 4* Bougainvillea Beach Resort in Barbados including flights and transfers from €1,729 per person sharing.

Find out more and book www.trailfinders.ie



Enjoy a 2 night stay in Amsterdam from June 12th – 14th from just €243 per person.

Price includes return flights from Dublin and 2 nights B&B at the Trianon Hotel. Subject to availability at time of booking.


Find out more and book www.arrowtours.ie


San Francisco

Summer in San Francisco from only €999 per person sharing!

Offer includes 5 nights at the Renoir Hotel in the city and return flights from Dublin. Price is based on 4 sharing. Travel date August 31st.


Find out more and book www.touramerica.ie



A suberb 3 centre Italian holiday taking you from Roman ruins to a floating city from €859 per person including taxes, flights and all transfers.

Offer includes 9 nights in Rome staying at the Hotel Luce in the centre of Rome, 3 nights in Florence at the 4* Fenice Palace and 3 nights in Venice at the 4* Hotel Bonvecchiati. All accommodations are on a B&B basis.

Find out more and book www.travelmood.ie


South Africa

12 nights in South Africa taking in Cape Town, the Garden Route and Safari  from €1,350 + €490 tax per person.

Offer includes 4 nights at the Southern Sun Waterfront Hotel in Cape Town, 5 nights 4* accommodation along the Garden Route, 3 nights at the Kariega Private Game Reserve, 9 days car hire plus return flights.

Find out more and book www.travelfocus.ie



An 8 day, 7 night Mediterranean cruise aboard the MSC Splendida from just €529 per person.

Ports of call include Italy, Sicily, Malta, Tunisia and Spain.

Find out more and book www.topflight.ie



Very special family holiday deal to Orlando from just €479 per person based on 2 adults and 2 children.

Price includes return flights and 7 nights accommodation at the International Drive Hotel.

Find out more and book www.touramerica.ie