Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

The Taj Mahal is part of Sunway's India package

Adventurous travellers may be interested in an offer from Sunway that provides something different to experience the diversity of India and Nepal. 



The 15-day trip comes in from €2,209 and includes flights from Dublin. 

This July 15 offer includes a Hawa Mahal tour (Jaipur), entrance to the Taj Mahal, a visit to the Orchha Palace, sunrise and sunset boat trips on the River Ganges, a Kathmandu orientation walk and much more. 

Contact 01 231 1800 or go to 


Imagine one small street less than a quarter mile long in a tiny Spanish town packed with over 20,000 people preparing to spend a solid hour hurling tomatoes at each other. 

It’s La Tomatina time in the town of Bunol near Valencia. Of the varied offers from Shandon Travel this is probably the most unusual. 

For three days on August 29, Shandon will be charging around €350 for ground package to include two nights B&B, festival entrance ticket, orientation walk of Valencia and more. 

Details on 


Tropical Sky offers savings of up to €350 on seven-night stays at the three-star Jolly Beach Resort and Spa in Antigua for bookings made before May 31 and for travel up to June 2. 

The holiday now comes in from €1,299 and features a stay in a tranquil setting on 40 acres of gardens and white sandy beach. This all-inclusive holiday includes return flights from Dublin. 

Check it out on 01 664 9999 or visit www.tropical 


Thomson Holidays features an all-inclusive 14-night trip to Mexico out of Dublin on June 7. 

This offer comes in from €1,329 but there are some shorter trips available from Cork, Shannon and Ireland West airports over the coming weeks. The May 19 and 20 deals out of Cork and Shannon to Majorca and Salou start at €489. 

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J Barter Travel is the only travel agency in Ireland to offer the S3 Zero G experience, which is contained in a 90-minute flight in a private modified Airbus 340 aircraft.

The experience takes off from 15 destinations worldwide including Spain, China and the UAE, with over 50 dates. 


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