Travel digest with Barry Coughlan

Visit Santa
Online travel company www.VisitSanta.ie reports heavy bookings for family trips to Lapland this Christmas, up by a third from last year. 

The company offers three-day trips from €1,199 but those on short time and tighter budgets can avail of one- or two-day trips from €429. 

The packages include flights, accommodation, thermal clothing and a range of activities. Departure days run between December 5 and 20. Check out the website or call 01-6111048.

Conquer Cornwall

Poldark Country (Cornwall) is opening up to Irish visitors and travellers have the option of flying directly from Dublin to Newquay with Aer Lingus commuter, from €29.99, although more likely to come in around €100 return. 

Aspects Holidays offers a week at Pleasant Cottage in St Just, a traditional village with a history of mining, fishing and farming. A week this autumn is from €480. 

www.aspects-holidays.co.uk and www.aer.lingus.com 

Hop to Hawaii

Millions of tourists can’t be terribly wrong, and www.GoHop.ie is banking on the traditional attraction of Hawaii as a special destination.

But the company offers a bit more than the normal run-of-the-mill packages and features combinations to include Vancouver, New York, Las Vegas and San Francisco, with prices running from between €2,300 and €3,700, the latter a 17-day honeymoon package. Flights are mostly ex-Dublin. 

www.GoHop.ie or 01-2412389.

Christmas in China

Spending Christmas Day on a full day excursion of the Great Wall of China could be some people’s idea of something really different, and packages are now available priced between €1,999 and €2,199 for 12-night-stays in either four or five-star hotels with a December 22 departure out of Dublin. For details, visit www. traveldepartment.ie or call 01-6371600.

On land and sea

American Holidays offers the flexibility of combining any US city with a cruise. Miami and the Bahamas (three nights on land and four on a cruise) is selling from €1,150 and a southern Caribbean fly/cruise deal is on offer from €1,475 for 12 nights in total. 

Clients can also avail of a 10-night package taking in Vancouver and a seven-night cruise in May 2017 on board Disney Wonder from €2,450.

Visit www.americanholidays.com 


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