Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

GoHop has seven nights in Vietnam with visits to Hanoi, Halong Bay and Ho Chi Minh City.

Early booking deals

Cassidy Travel offers deals for early bookings from €299 and advises the best deals are to be had in May before the mass summer exodus.

The top value holidays in Majorca and the Algarve with May 14 departures out of Dublin, while deals to the Canary Islands and mainland Spain start from €369.

The company also has mid-May deals to Sicily and Madeira from €399. Call 0818 332500 or visit 

China calling

Nine-night packages to China are now on sale with, taking in the three most famous cities in that vast country, Shanghai, Xian, and Beijing.

There’s a lot packed into a short time and the deal costing from €1,990 includes all airfares and domestic transportation, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides, daily tours and visa fees for EU passport holders. More information: 

Lovely Liverpool

The Albert Dock in Liverpool has unveiled a huge programme of free events for the remainder of the year, bringing a cultural explosion and celebration of music, fashion, steamboats, trains and pirates to the North West’s most-visited free tourist attraction.

Highlights on the 2016 programme include Steam on the Dock (May 6-8), LightNight on the Dock (May 13), Vintage on the Dock (July 9-10), Folk on the Dock (August 27-29) and Pirates on the Dock (September 10-11). For information on all upcoming events visit 

Experience Vietnam

Vietnam is loaded with white sandy beaches and charming cities, and the country is becoming increasingly popular with Irish travellers dipping into the long-haul market. GoHop offers a seven night deal allowing visits to Hanoi, Halong Bay, Ho Chi Minh City, and the experience of the Cu chi tunnels priced from €1,080 but with return flights to be additionally costed at time of booking. Visit  or call 01-2412389.

Getaway to Galway

Galway hotels are busy taking advantage of the city’s favourable mention in Lonely Planet’s “Top 21 things to do in Ireland”.

One of them, the Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa has just published details of special deals available in the property to allow visitors discover the city for themselves.

The Galway Getaway package is available from €175 per person sharing for a two-night stay, breakfast on both mornings and one dinner. Visit or call 091538521.


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