Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Venice, Italy is part of Norwegian Jade’s eight-night cruise.
Travel digest with Barry Coughlan


Irish-based Adventure Holidays is to expand its programme with the introduction of guided walking holidays to the Basque Country.

The activity holiday specialist has a €1,900 deal to include seven nights accommodation based in San Sebastian at the four-star Hotel Zenit with breakfasts and lunch included, and there is an eight-night up-market package to include visits to museums, vineyards and more but at a costly €4,290.

Details on


Tropical Sky has cut the price of a seven-night Mexican package by over €700 to bring the price down to €1,799.

The deal is available for a stay at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya between August 17 and September 30.

The resort is located on the shores of Puerta Aventuras and comes with a selection of restaurants, adult only pools, and private beach.

Flights are from Dublin with Virgin Atlantic.

Visit or call 01 664 9999.


Falcon has late deals from Dublin to Turkey departing on May 30 with prices pitched at €349 for a week.

The company has priced a May 14 break in Majorca (ex-Cork), staying in the Deya apartments in Santa Ponsa at the low level of €239, but also offers the More Hotel in Alcudia (half board) for about €500 based on a May 17 departure.

Details: or call Falcon Direct on 1850 45 35 45.


The cruise liner Norwegian Jade hosts an eight-night cruise of the Greek Isles and Croatia (from October 8) and Cork-based Shandon Travel has a deal priced from €985 that includes a drinks package.

Ports of call include Venice, Corfu, Santorini, Mykonos, Piraeus, and Split. Details of this and many other packages are available on or 021 4277094.


Good deals are available for those willing to travel to Turkey slightly outside of peak season.

Sunway offers 14 nights in the four-star Golden Day hotel in Kusadasi with prices starting from €599 on May 28.

The golden Day Wings Hotel is a favourite with Irish holidaymakers and suitable for singles, couples, and families.

Sunway clients can avail of a full check-in baggage allowance of 20kg. Details on 01-2311800 or check online at

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