Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Easter in Venice
Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

The break, with flights from Dublin, will cost from €1049 per person and it includes a walking tour of the city as well as entry to St Mark’s Basiilica, Doge’s Palace and a visit to Murano, accompanied by an experienced tour manager. Accommodation is in a four star hotel.


Alton Towers family deal

In partnership with Staffordshire’s Alton Towers Resort, Irish Ferries has announced a family-friendly deal to mark the reopening of Britain’s theme park for the 2017 season on March 25.

The offer, valid for travel until May 20, allows two adults and two children under 10 avail of a three-night stay with breakfast at the nearby Holiday Inn Express for €439 inclusive of return car ferry crossing and one full day at Alton Towers. Bookings on 0818 300 400 or visit

Lake Garda calling

Crystal Summer has combined hotels and excursions to give more varied holidays this year. The Discovery Packages includes flights, transfers, accommodation but also excursions.

Crystal has chosen Peschiera in Lake Garda as their destination of the week, noting the town has rail access to Venice, Verona and Milan.

The company has a family package on offer for June 3 from €2,548. Call 01 4331080 or visit

Canada, New England cruises

Shandon Travel offers something of a different style cruise with Canada and New England featured this autumn. The company has a choice of dates for nine-night packages through September and October priced from €1695.

The price includes flights from Dublin or Shannon, two night’s accommodation in New York and seven nights onboard the cruise ship Regal Princess.

For more information visit:

Water park resort package

Falcon has focused on water parks to offer a range of holidays with a difference from this summer and has an offer specifically for Cork passengers on September 12 to the Aquasplash Estival Resort, Costa Dorada (the golden coast).

The four-star resort comes in at €1939 for two adults and one child or €2599 for a family of four.

Visit or call Falcon on 1850 45 35 45

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