There is still time to join Astronomy Ireland’s Tour to Beijing from June 3 to 9, where huge numbers of tourists hope to witness the last transit of the planet Venus across the face of the sun for 105 years. The €1,795 per person (single supplement €325) includes guided tours to famous locations as well as return flights from Dublin, accommodation in a four-star hotel, all transfers and tours in China. www.Project-Travel.ie or 01-2108391.
Howth, considered the home of the Dublin Bay prawn, will play host to the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival from April 27 to 29. It will host a food village, cookery demonstrations, prawn shelling competitions and entertainment. For more info on food festivals: www.discoverireland.ie/food
Stena Line has a self-catering trip to Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire.
Return travel by car from Rosslare to Fishguard and stay for three or four nights in a cottage from €479 for two adults and from €569 for a family of four. Call: 01 2047733; or www.stenaline.ie/selfcatering or travel agent.
The Burlington Hotel is 40 years in business. For details of special offers see www.burlingtonhotel.ie. The hotel has a €55 per person sharing on a bed and breakfast basis, including cocktail offers during the stay. Call 01 618 5600, or email reservations @burlingtonhotel.ie.
The Travel Department has a 7-night trip to Lake Como, the Swiss Alps and Milan from Cork from next week, April 16, for €769 including taxes. Four-star hotel on a half board basis, with three guided tours featuring excursion to Milan. www.thetraveldepartment.ie or 01 6371600.