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Professional artist Maura O’Rourke has teamed up with the Travel Broker for a seven night art holiday in the South of France on October 29 next, priced from €1,099. 


The Cote d’Azur deal is ideal for solo travellers and people of all ages and abilities with an interest in unleashing – or improving – their creative abilities. 

Accommodation is at the Irish owned Mimozas Resort in Cannes. 


Surfers have been taking increasingly to Fuertaventura because of its laid back island culture, year round consistent waves and 350 plus days of sunshine. 

Surfing holidays are available with the Wallace Travel Group from July and prices start at €445. 

Clients will stay in shared villa beach front accommodation and the deal includes a five-day surf course. 

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You’ll get to visit four countries if you travel with GTI on September 25 to Lake Constance. 

GTI’s escorted holidays include flights, English speaking guides, executive coach transfers, accommodation and cultural excursions; the above special costs from €1,149, taking in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Liechtenstein all in the one short trip. 


Irish Ferries has an early booking offer that could see savings of up to €150 at a selection of UK Haven resorts. 

Valid for reservations made by May 31, a seven day break is on offer for €1247 for up to six people staying in a two bedroom holiday home at Hafan Y Mor in North Wales on July 15. The Welsh resort has recently undergone a £3 million overhaul. 

Bookings on 0818 300 400 or visit 


Travelfox is selling a “no fly” cruise package to suit those who prefer life in the slow lane. Already, though, bookings are heavy for a down the line 2018 September 21 cruise offering out of Cobh. 

The cruise also returns to the Cork port town on October 6. Before then passengers will have visited Bristol, Lisbon, Barcelona, Cannes, Civitavecchia (for Rome) and Gibraltar. Prices start at €2,539. 

Details on 021-4976293 or 

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