Golden Years Travel on Newstalk

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Listener Query

I’m retired so can travel anytime. I’d like to take a break with my husband to Madrid as we have never been. Can you recommend a good way to travel without having to do too much research or exploration Thanks in advance Pat


  • There are lots of great reasons to make the most of off-peak travel and this is where those who are retired can benefit….the main one is the value.
  • A euro spent off peak can equate to as much as four euros during peak travel times such as school holidays.

There are also many reasons to travel to Madrid this year and for more detailed information see the Spanish Tourist Board at

The Prado Museum’s bicentenary, the final of the UEFA Champions League, the Davis Cup Madrid Finals, 400th Anniversary of Madrid’s Plaza Mayor

A “unspensive idea” for a Sunday in Madrid, go to el RASTRO (open air/flea market), stay in that aerea and go tor Tapas in LA LATINA neigbourhood. Go for a stroll in el RETITO park. Royal palace and Opera house are alson near Plaza Mayor

Prado Museum celebrates its 200th birthday and to commemorate such a big event it presents this exhibition that will inaugurate an ambitious program of activities for the Bicentennial.

The exhibition proposes a chronological journey, articulated in eight stages, through the history of the museum, revealing the evolution of the institution and how it has been a reflection of the history of Spain.

A total of 168 original works of art (of which 134 are from its own collections and the remaining 34 are on loan from different national and international institutions) to understand the Prado Museum in relation to the European political heritage and  see the importance that the museum has played in successive generations of national  (Rosales, Saura or Picasso) and international artists (Renoir, Manet, Chase, Sargent, Arikha or Pollock).

Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano, the new home of Atlético, has been selected to host the 2019 UEFA Champions League final on June 1st in the biggest continental competition next season.

It will be the first big international final held at Wanda Metropolitano stadium, which opened on September 16th 2017. Madrid has had plenty of experience with European Cup and Champions League finals, as it will become the second city to have hosted the event five or more times (Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu has previously staged these events four times).

400th Anniversary of Madrid’s Plaza Mayor

Festivities will be going on all year.

Here are some packages and options for Pat from different operators:

GTI- Ireland have a special Spanish Civil War Guided Tour

Available Dates – ?Irish Tour guide living locally and passionate about Madrid

  •  17 Oct 2019 – 20 Oct 2019
    € 779

    Price Includes

    • Return flights from Dublin to Madrid including taxes & charges
    • Tour Manager, professional historian guide & executive coach transfers
    • 3 nights at hotel in Madrid including breakfast plus 1 lunch
    • Guided sightseeing tour of Montaña Barracks (now the Temple of Debod) where the Civil War could be said to have started, Parque del Oeste (West Park) and University City
    • Visit to the Jarama Battlefields and Charlie Donnelly Monument
    • Guided tour of El Escorial – a grandiose construction designed by Philip II to commemorate the victory of Armada
    • Visit to Valle de los Caidos – a controversial mausoleum and Benedictine monastery
    • Guided tour of the Air Force Museum. This museum boasts an impressive array of Civil War aircraft, including the Heinkel He 111, the Messerchmitt BF 109, the Polikarpov I-16 and I-32 among others
    • Free time for sightseeing and shopping at leisure


    Insight Vacations have a luxury tour that includes all the highlights of Spain

    Highlights of Spain

    True to its name, this escorted journey showcases the best that Spain has to offer: the Alhambra, the modernist architecture of Barcelona, Madrid’s Prado Museum, the Andalucian capital of Seville and Cordoba’s Mezquita, to name but a few.

    9 Days | 27 July | €1,866pp

    Visit: Barcelona (2N), Valencia (1N), Granada (1N), Seville (2N), Madrid (2N)

    8 Breakfasts | 5 Dinners | 13 Included Experiences

    Full Itinerary:

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Click and Go offer great value weekends to Madrid. Do call them at their call centre if you’ve queries…

All Madrid city breaks include:

Return flights and 3 nights hotel.


Best Value – €219pp –

5* –  329pp –


Best value – €229pp –

Staff Pick – €239pp –

5* – €389pp –

Click and Go

27–32 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, Ireland

Main: +353 (0)1 539 7777

Check out the MyClick&Go facility on our website!

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Another benefit for Golden years travellers is being able to stay longer at your destination and enjoy some winter sun.

Three weeks in Vilamoura, Portugal

Travel Agent: Rathgar Travel

  • 3 weeks in the Pinhal da Marina Studios
  • Self Catering studio
  • €690 Per Persons
  • Between March – April (excludes Easter)
  • Includes flights, transfers and accommodation


Contact Rathgar Travel on 01 490 9311 for more info or visit

Escape to Vilamoura for 3 weeks of beauty and heat this spring with this offer from Rathgar Travel! Tucked away in a quiet corner of Vilamoura, the Pinhal da Marina Studios are an ideal location for those seeking tranquillity on their holiday. The centre of Vilamoura, blessed with a glorious beach and a splendid marina area is only a 15 minute walk away from your accommodation. The area has multiple golf courses, all guaranteeing a beautiful landscape to practice your swing on!

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Some great value for Golden Years with stays in Ireland – If you are staying in an Irish hotel don’t be afraid to ask if they have a golden years or over fifties package – it could save you money

Reeling in the Years at Faithlegg

with a Golden Getaway


Lucky for some, days spent slumped in front of a computer screen in a dark office are a thing of the past. The golden years are all about putting your feet up and enjoying some much-deserved relaxation time – and there’s no better place to do so then in the midst of the beautiful countryside at Waterford’s picturesque Faithlegg.


Offering the ultimate in luxury accommodation and delicious cuisine with a tranquil spa and an award-winning golf course all surrounded by luscious green woodlands, ideal for a leisurely stroll or heart racing trek, Faithlegg is the perfect destination for a golden getaway.

The Golden Years package at Faithlegg includes two nights of luxurious midweek accommodation with a fresh and hearty breakfast each morning along with two delicious evening meals prepared especially by head chef Jenny Flynn on the evenings of your stay in the opulent surroundings of the award winning 2AA Rosette Roseville Rooms Restaurant recently awarded ‘Best Hotel & Guesthouse Restaurant in Waterford’ at the Irish Restaurant Association Munster Regionals and ‘Best Restaurant in Munster’ at the Good Eating Guide Awards.


During your stay take advantage of a complimentary pass to The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in the beautiful seaside town of Tramore or complimentary pass for a tour of the famous Waterford Crystal Factory, both approximately 20 mins from Faithlegg, €20 off spa treatments at the Faithlegg Treatment Suites, daily use of the golf clinic with the resident pro at 11am each morning, complimentary newspapers,  aqua-aerobics, music, bridge, walks and much, much more all in a picturesque setting.


Ideal for a golden getaway with your life partner, friends or ex-colleagues the Golden Years over 50 midweek package at Faithlegg is available from €159 per person sharing over 50yrs. To book, call 051 382000 or visit asprior booking is essential. Minimum 2-night stay.


Saviour your senior years in the sunny south east at Faithlegg!

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Afternoon Tea at the Manor House at Mount Juliet Estate

Enjoy Tea, Love & Seeing Mount Juliet Estate with a fabulous TLSee Afternoon Tea Package.
The package includes:
•Overnight accommodation at Manor House
• Afternoon Tea in the Manor House
•Complimentary glass of Prosecco
•Breakfast the following morning
•Complimentary car parking
•Complimentary Wi-Fi throughout
*20% credit for Spa Treatment per person

*This offer only applies to midweek dates (Sunday/ Monday/ Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday). TLSee Afternoon Tea at Mount Juliet Estate starts from €270.

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Mount Wolsley in Carlow has specials  and great value for Golden Years

Mount Wolseley Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort is a magnificent 4-Star Deluxe country Resort offering an idyllic escape to a centrally accessible location. Fredericks Award Winning Restaurant is beautifully appointed and serves imaginative cuisine in a stylish and intimate setting. The Aaron Lounge is the ideal place to savor a morning coffee, a light lunch, pre-dinner cocktails, a relaxed dinner or a leisurely drink.  Guests can also enjoy a signature Wolseley Afternoon Tea in the serenity of the Library where peace abounds. The breathtaking Christy O’Connor Jnr designed championship golf course, home to the European Challenge Tour for 3 consecutive years, offers guests the opportunity to play in the footsteps of the world’s greatest golfers.   The award winning Wolseley Spa offers a wide range of exclusive Elemis treatments and an extensive Thermal Suite, complete with the renowned Sabia Med Indoor Beach light therapy experience, only one of a few in the country. A treat for body, mind and soul.  Mount Wolseley is also the perfect location for a family break, offering an action packed Woolie Bear Kids Club, complete with an outdoor playground with zip wire, a teen zone, a soft play room, family den and extensive Leisure facilities.  In addition to all of this the Resort boasts a purpose built self-contained Conference and Banqueting Centre.   All requirements, tastes and needs beautifully catered for, / 059 9180100.

From €139 pps for two nights including dinner on both evenings


FREE cancellationBreakfast included

2 Nights Accommodation in a Deluxe Room Including:

– Full Irish Breakfast- Morning Newspaper
– 4 course Dinner in Frederick’s Restaurant on both evenings
– 20% discount off Spa Treatment booked over €90.00
– 20% discount off a Game of Golf
– 20% discount off Afternoon Tea
– Package also includes 10% Discount Card for Rathwood Garden & Lifestyle Centre 

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  • Kinnitty Castle Hotel offers luxury accommodation in the picturesque village of Kinnitty Co. Offaly. Nestled in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, the 4*Castle Hotel offers the perfect relaxing break for everyone.
  • The warm ambience of the Sli Dala Restaurant offers an elegant fine dining experience; enjoy this gourmet cuisine experience created by Executive Chef Alan Harris. Their well-appointed restaurant offers guests the perfect setting to enjoy a candlelit evening overlooking the beautifully manicured gardens.
  • The atmosphere of the Library Bar is an ideal surrounding to sit back and relax in with a book, or enjoy your favourite drink, relax, unwind and sink into deep luxurious couches.
  • With its idyllic countryside setting, Kinnitty Castle Hotel is the perfect location for all outdoor pursuits which the hotel staff will be more than happy to provide information on.

1 or 2 Nights Fairytale Castle Escape for 2 people 
The package includes:
•1 or 2 Night Luxury Stay for 2 people in an Abbey Court Room
• Full Irish Breakfast or Continental Each Morning
•A Delicious 2-Course Dinner for 2
• Castle Cream Tea for 2- (Cream Tea includes Tea, Coffee, Scones & Preserves)
•Complimentary car parking

  • A Special gift enjoy €10 discount in the Gift Shop when you spend €50 or more
  • •A Late Check out at 1 pm subject to availability

*€20 Treatment Credit-€10 per person Massage credit towards 60 minutes full body massage
*€10 Activity Credit -€5 per person Activity Credit towards clay pigeon shooting, archery or horse riding

*€20 Treatment Credit-€10 per person Massage credit towards 60 minutes full body massage

* Pricing €159 for 1 night and €230 for 2 nights.

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