Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

10-day fly-drive LA packakge

Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

The deal comes in at €1,299 and includes 10 days car hire, three nights each in LA and Santa Barbara and four in Huntington Beach based on four sharing.

Tour America also has current offers to Orlando, Las Vegas and New York.

Details on www.touramerica.ie

Gourmet adventure to tickle taste buds

Tailored for the taste buds, a three-night, four-day gourmet and cooking adventure is almost on hand, taking place next week (May 17-19) in Cork, no less.

The adventure includes a feast of local produce to enjoy, and this gourmet adventure takes in the best of Cork’s cooking, from the fine-dining of the five-star Hayfield Manor, to the contemporary kitchens at Ballymaloe Cookery School.

The deal costs €646 per person sharing and full details are available now on: http://tours.goodfoodireland.ie/tour/gourmet-and-cooking-adventure-cork

Plenty of night-time action in Madeira

For years, Madeira has been a popular destination for the over 50’s, with unspoilt scenery, magnificent public gardens, a mild year-round climate and a laid back friendly people among its many charms.

But Madeira isn’t all about the sedate, it has plenty of night time action as well, with lively pubs and night clubs dotted around the centre of the island’s capital Funchal.

Topflight offers special deals on departures from Dublin on both May 19 and 26 with accommodation and packages ranging from €499 (€469 by booking online) and €599 (€569). Call 01 2401700, see www.topflight.ie or visit any travel agent.

Slow food week festival in the Burren

The rising popularity of the Slow Food movement in Ireland will be demonstrated in County Clare this month when Michelin Star chefs, food writers and food producers come together for the Burren Slow Food Week Festival 2016 taking place from May 27 to 29.

The 10th annual festival — the theme of which is ‘Surf & Turf’— includes dozens of food events, ranging from workshops and demonstrations to food sampling and a charity cycle for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland featuring some of Ireland’s best-known chefs as participants. Visit www.slowfoodclare.com

Project Travel expands escorted tours

Project Travel has expanded its programme of escorted tours for Summer 2016.

Ranging from four to 17 days, the new tours focus on the Scandinavian capitals but many itineraries also feature Bergen and the Norwegian fjords, while some include St Petersburg.

The highlight surely will be the 17-night Grand Tour of Scandinavia and St Petersburg which is priced at €5,095 but with flights costing extra. The departure date has been fixed for July 16.

Details on www.Project-Travel.ie  or call 01 2108391.

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