Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

From fertile winelands and beautiful deserts to tranquil lagoons and dramatic canyons, one of the latest GoHop tours incorporates an array of landscapes aimed to provide the wow factor. 

Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

The 21-day tour embracing Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa comes in from e

1,550 on a near full-board basis. International flights are subject to price at time of booking. Details: or call 01-2412389.

There are ordinary holidays and those for special occasions. Hence the provision by the Travel Department of a range of breaks called Occasions, bringing to the market some extra special hotels and a bit of additional pampering for the customer, such as fast tracking to start off the trip at Dublin airport.

Packages to China are on offer from about €1,400 and there are many short breaks available, like to Cannes from €599. Call 01 6371650 or check  believe that you’re never too old for Disneyland — and the statistics are there to back them up — and so they have put together this great Parisian package with a twist — it’s just for adults!

Staying at the Kyriad Disneyland Resort the price from €215 includes three nights accommodation and return flights. Resort tickets must be purchased separately. Visit:

Grogan Travel has a deal to Berlin in late October from €286, staying in the four-star Park Inn by Radisson. Flights are from Shannon and Grogan offer travellers an option of booking the Berling Pass through them, costing €80 for a two-day adult pass granting holders free entry to over 50 museums and attractions, saving valuable time and money. See:

Meanwhile, these are the times to get out there on the highways and byways to explore the hidden Ireland.

Car hire company Enterprise prides itself in offering clients suggested itineraries, one of them being the Copper Coast route, taking in 25km of coastline between Dungarvan and Tramore.

The succession of jaw-dropping views makes it well worth a try before summer is out and the kids go back to school.

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