Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Cycling enthusiasts may be tempted by a week-long offering from a company recently set-up by Corkman Brian Canty in Girona, Spain. 

The deal, from October 22-29, is for full-board staying at the country estate of La Brughuera de Pubol. Guided cycling is part of the deal – but bike hire is extra. Prices start from €999 per person sharing or €1,199 for singles and transfers from either Girona Airport or Railway Station are included. 

Tailor-made packages at other times are also available on 

Emirates offers cut price air fares to Dubai, Thailand, Australia, the Philippines and South Africa up to July 25, the range of deals available through economy, business and first class fares out of Dublin.

Fares to Dubai start from €539, to Bangkok from €653, to South Africa from €718, the Philippines from €789, and Perth from €949.

Emirates fly twice daily from Dublin and offers connections to 155 destinations out of Dubai. 

Details on or from any local travel agent.

Shandon Travel has a three night package to Krakow on October 28 inclusive of a trip to the Wielczka Salt Mine, an UNESCO-listed monument of material and spiritual culture in Poland, and Auschwitz, where visitors take a harrowing and thought-provoking tour of the death camp buildings.

Accommodation is in the historic Francuski Hotel, dating back to 1912. Priced from €319 to include excursions, the flight is from Shannon. 


September and October deals are available from Tour America with a range of prices. Departing on September 1, €799 will buy flights to New York and four nights at the Downtown Marriott Hotel.

Five nights in Las Vegas on October 6 is on sale from €699, and seven nights all- inclusive in Cancun costs from €1,269 for an October 15 departure. On September 20, a 10 night Caribbean cruise and land package starts from €1,059, based on two adults and two children sharing. 

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Sunway offers a five-star river cruise on the Danube from August 28 with a special lead-in price that has been reduced.

The seven night cruise is onboard the ultra modern AmaSerena and is pitched at €1,899 inclusive of €165 port charges.

Flights, transfers, all meals on board, unlimited wine, beer and minerals with lunch and dinner, captains and gala dinners and shore excursions are included.

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