It could best be described as upmarket camping, the new Contiki link up with the famed Oktoberfest. It prices a three night trip to Munich at €445 per person to include return flights, three nights in a large tent (twin sharing), guided walking tour and services of a Contiki travel team. Call 01-7753838 or log on to www.contiki.com
Etihad Airways is to launch daily flights to Ho Chi Minh City in October. The flights will allow Irish passengers increased ease of access to Vietnam’s capital, adding to services already up and running to Southeast Asian destinations of Bangkok, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila and Singapore. Details on www.etihad.com.
For those wanting an exotic Maldives beach holiday for less, Tropical Sky is offering seven nights for the price of six at Vilu Reef Beach and Spa from €1,639 for selected departures in September. The half board deal includes flights from Dublin (via Dubai) with Emirates. Details www.tropicalsky.ie or 01-8077996/068-56800)
Fully insured and bonded online travel company Gohop.ie has a €1,719 deal to South Africa with Air France, embracing a five night safari at the world famous Kruger National Park. The trip includes a couple of days in Johannesburg and five nights full board on safari. Details from www.Gohop.ie
Year on year, Cork’s attractiveness as a tourism destination grows; Blarney Castle, Fota and Cobh, for instance, being joined by several attractions. The Lonely Planet Guide’s recommendation in 2010 was of huge benefit. To find out what’s currently happening and what’s new (ish), visit twww.discoverireland.ie/cork