Travel Digest with Barry Coughlan

Travel advice and ideas from Barry Coughlan


Those who dislike flying can avail of a cruise starting and finishing in Cobh in September of next year. Travelfox offers the 15 night deal departing on September 21, 2018 priced from €2,599 per person – but the second adult goes free. The cruise takes in Bristol, Lisbon, Barcelona, Cannes, Rome and Gibraltar. Details on


Blackpool Travel is selling a river cruise on the Danube for later this year. The seven night Great Danube Cruise runs between November 6 and 13 and is on sale for €1999 to include return flights, transfers, excursions and meals. It all starts in the Hungarian city of Budapest and finishes in Germany. Visit or phone 021 439 8742.


Citywest Hotel has launched a family fun activity programme that runs up to August 27. It follows an €8.5m investment and is aimed at boosting an already impressive occupancy ratio. Kids are catered for in a variety of ways throughout the day and into the evening. For prices and full timetable of activities, visit or telephone 01 4010500.


Bookings for an eight day small group tour of Vietnam on September 15 will be taken by Discover Travel in Midleton up to July 21. The tour takes in Saigon, Hoi An, Halong Bay and Hanoi. Flights are ex Dublin and also included are internal flights, a couple of lunches and dinners and some more for the fixed price of €1999. Details on or 021 4635440.


The newly inaugurated service from Cork to Providence has already given local tour operators/travel agents an opportunity to offer enticing packages. Shandon Travel offers eight nights in Providence and South Kingstown on October 5 from €999. The company offers ten nights in Providence, Cape Cod and Boston starting on September 12 costs from €1499. Details on or 021 427 7094.


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