Travel digest by Barry Coughlan

Five-star deals
Classic Resorts has special deals at all times of the year, but they don’t come cheap. Then again, there are those with the money to buy. 

Mexico, on an all-inclusive basis for 14 nights and for a family of four, starts at between €7,129 and €7,399. 

They’re all five-star deals, and travel has to be availed of by August 26. 

Details are available online at www.classicresorts.ie or telephone 01 8745000.

Rockin’ festival

A food festival with a difference is happening next weekend (July 29 to 31) in Enniscorthy. 

These food events run right throughout the year and throughout the country, but some offer something outside of the norm and the Wexford organisers combine the foodie culture with a fair bit of music that will attract family groups. 

Tapas and drink trails are mixed with attractions for the younger set and also geared to those who love Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rockabilly, and Rhythm ‘n’ Blues. www.rockinfoodfestival.com 

All aboard!

Shandon Travel has announced details of the best Cunard cruise deals, with air fares and hotels as part of the package. 

The €90m refit of the Queen Mary 2 has attracted lots of interest and Shandon now has fares for the transatlantic cruise (one-way) from €1,545. 

This October 22 departure package includes three nights in the four-star Hilton Manhattan East Hotel. 

For more visit www.travel247.ie/cruise-holidays or call 021 4277094.

City escapes

Prague is one of a huge number of European cities offered for short breaks by Abbey Travel. 

The Dublin-based company has a three-night stay in the four-star Taurus Hotel from €229 per person or to Budapest staying in the Mediterranean Hotel for €259 per person. 

These deals include flights from Dublin in September. More on 01 8047150 or check-out www.abbeytravel.ie 

American dream

American Holidays can now offer exclusive fares/packages to take advantage of new and enhanced services by Aer Lingus to the USA. 

The US specialist tour operator point out that pre-clearing US immigration in Dublin is a huge benefit. 

The company offers a “Thanksgiving” package in Boston from €688 and stays in New York and Washington as well. 

Call 01 673 3804 or check out www.americanholidays.com 


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