Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

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Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Christmas markets

Christmas markets abound throughout Europe. Click and Go has a two night deal in Copenhagen throughout December from €219, while offers three nights in Cologne out of Dublin on December 9 for €260. visit: or, in relation to the Cologne deal, check out

Ski packages to Andorra

Dawson Travel offers Christmas ski packages in Andorra, departing December 20 for seven nights. The deal features accommodation in the popular and lively resort of Arinsal based in the Sant Roma apartments.

Luxury river cruise

It doesn’t come cheap, but there will be those out there who bite for the luxury river cruise currently on offer from Sunway. The five star seven night Danube cruise comes in about €2,230 (including port charges) per person for a December 23 departure and the deal includes flights from Ireland, all meals on board and unlimited wine and beer with lunch and dinner, on top of a daily sightseeing programme.

US shopping spree

Shopaholics regularly make the US a mandatory break away, taking advantage of the huge range of shops available in the major cities, not least New York. American Holidays is one of the specialists and has some winter offers. The company offers four nights in the Edison Hotel in New York for around €700 with flights ex Dublin on Delta Airlines. Flights out of Cork and Shannon also available.

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