Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Big savings on French river cruise
Uniworld offers savings of almost €1700 on an all-inclusive river cruise departing on October 30. 


Instead of €3567, the price has now been reduced to €1869 for a trip that will be exploring Bordeaux, Cadillac, Blaye, Libourne and Pauillac.

The eight-day deal which must be booked by September 30 is on board the River Royale and it includes daily excursions, three meals daily, all alcoholic drinks, entertainment and cultural lectures. Flights can be arranged at an extra cost.

Bookings can be made through any travel agent, freephone 1800 98 98 98 or visit 

Lake Garda family park deals

Crystal Al Fresco has last minute deals to spend a week in the Altominico Family Park in Lake Garda.

This park is well-geared towards children and it includes a variety of playgrounds dotted around the large property.

Prices for a September 10 departure start from €259 per person and includes flights from Dublin, seven nights in a two-bedroom mobile home, transfers, taxes and charges.

Call (01) 4331056 or visit 

Start planning mid-term breaks in Orlando

Abbey Travel features mid-term breaks for both Disneyland Paris and Orlando.

Those booking quickly can avail of a 25 per cent discount on hotel and park tickets for Disneyland Paris.

A family of two adults and two kids will pay from €1875 including return flights, transfers, 4 nights B&B in Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe and 5 days’ park tickets.

Heading further afield, ten nights in Orlando will cost from €2516 for a family of four with return flights and accommodation in the three-star International Palms Resort. Call 01 8047150 or visit 

Plenty laughs for the right price in Bantry

Tommy Tiernan and comedy trio Foil, Arms & Hog take to the stage in the Maritime Hotel in Bantry for one weekend of fun on Friday and Saturday, November 11 and 12.

Tiernan performs his show, Under the Influence, on the Friday followed by Foil, Arms and Hog after their sell-out runs at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, at which Tiernan enjoyed a month-long residency.

Tickets for Tiernan cost €28 and €15 for the Saturday offering.

A special weekend comedy package is also available at the hotel. It costs €155 per person sharing and includes two nights B&B, one evening meal and a ticket to each show. Visit 

Fly-cruise package to the Adriatic

With return flights from Dublin, Sunway offers a surprisingly reasonable fly-cruise package to Italy, Croatia, Greece and Turkey with a November 12 departure.

The seven-night deal with inside cabin is priced from €965 per person and comes with a free drinks package and free onboard spend of $52 (€47) per cabin.

The Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas will call to Venice, Dubrovnik, Rhodes, Kusadasi and Split and offers a varied entertainment programme on board. Excursions are available at an extra charge. 


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