Travel tips from our resident explorer, Barry Coughlan

Family value

For an all-in price of upwards of €460, the five-star InterContinental Dublin offers accommodation in a spacious family suite for two adults and two children under 12.

This package is available from June through to August, and the hotel adds in complimentary parking, a family day pass to Dublin Zoo, picnic treats to enjoy at the zoo and complimentary access to the heated indoor pool, Thermal Suite and Health Club. See

Winter bargains

The summer hasn’t even arrived, but tour operators are already planning for winter sales. American Holidays is selling three-night deals to New York for travel in January 2018 from €549, seven-night combo holidays to New York and Las Vegas from €825 in February, and an earlier 10-day trip (in November) to New York, and a Bahamas cruise from €1,425.

Call 01-6733804 or go to

Tours of Italy

Through Sunway, Trafalgar Tours offers a seven-day escorted tour of Italy for upwards of €1,359 with a September 2 departure date out of Dublin. The package includes visits to Venice, Florence and Rome and takes in many of the usual sights.

Audio headsets are provided to enhance the sightseeing experiences.

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Viva Mexico

Tropical Sky has cut €660 from the price of Mexican inclusive packages between November 27 and December 10 next.

Bookings for seven nights at the five-star Hard Rock Riviera Maya now costs from €1,929.

The hotel features 10 restaurants and a number of bars as well as several swimming pools.

Call 01-6649999 or visit

Visit Malta

A lovely climate and a wide variety of attractions are just some reasons to visit the Mediterranean island of Malta. And as further incentive, this June there will be a range of extra events. Budget Travel has packages from €586 and Concorde Travel offers five star hotels from upwards of €915.

The Victoria International Arts Festival and the Valletta Film Festival are two of the special events next month.

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