Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Thompson Holidays has the Greek destinations of Rhodes, Kos and Zakynthos on offer in August at decent prices.

anything between €419 and €449 for a week, either self-catering or, in one case, bed and breakfast.

Flights operate out of Dublin and departures are at the back end of the month when the weather is still there to be enjoyed but the resorts are unlikely to be over-crowded. 

Check out call 1850 45 35 45 or visit any travel agent.

GTI has highlighted a selection of interesting escorted holidays available this autumn to European destinations and worldwide, amongst them some WW1 and WW2 Battlefield tours.

The company offers fully inclusive deals and sells exclusively to the Irish market. They offer small group sizes that are suitable for couples or solo travellers.

Departing in September, the company has trips to Basque Bilbao and Romania, with prices in or around €1150. Battlefield prices come in cheaper, starting at €670.



Belmond has announced the launch of South America’s first luxury sleeper train, the Andean Explorer in Peru.

The new train, expected to launch in May 2017, is set to travel along one of the highest rail routes on earth traversing the Peruvian Andes from Cusco to Lake Titicaca and Arequipa, exploring natural wonders and ancient kingdoms on journeys of different duration.

Prices start from US$462 per person for the one night, ‘Spirit of the Andes’ journey, fully inclusive with all meals, an open bar, and scheduled excursions. 


India has become the latest long-haul destination to push on with honeymoon packages and Go Hop is one of the Irish companies offering married couples the chance to do something different.

It’s not cheap, of course, a 15-night adventure spent discovering Northern India and Rajasthan comes in at €3,399, but it will undoubtedly appeal to some. A deal to include 14 nights in Kerala comes in from €2,260. 

Details on or call 01-2412389.

Eight nights starting August 18 is up for grabs from €1899 for a family of four camping in France from Shandon Travel.

The getaway offer with Irish Ferries and Vacansoleil Holidays is on for travel from Rosslare to Roscoff before hitting the road to the not-too-distant Camping Les Mouettes campsite. 



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