Last minute holiday ideas on TV3’s Elaine this Travel Tuesday!

If you haven’t booked your summer holiday yet don’t fear as I’ve rounded up some last minute ideas that might appeal for travel in July and August. If you want to avoid the airport and like travelling by sea then Stena Line, has come to the rescue with the launch of a new offer for travel in July for only €209* return for car and two passengers from Dublin to Holyhead or Rosslare to Fishguard.


Travel to Britain in July for only €209 return for car & 2 and KIDS GO FREE

This fantastic offer is available on all sailings Tuesday to Thursday and on selected weekend sailings. In addition to this fantastic offer, you can also take advantage of Stena Line’s KIDS GO FREE offer which gives under 16s the chance to travel for free*. What’s more, the family pet can also travel for free, so no-one will be left behind. Once onboard the kids will have a ball with play areas, computer games, entertainment, free movies and free WiFi.

Visit Wales and enjoy the breathtaking beaches, magnificent buildings and little havens of beauty that could be out of a fantasy novel including Southerndown in the Vale of Glamorgan where scenes for Doctor Who have been shot. Or if you have a little girl who dreams of meeting a fairy, Fairy Glen near Betws-y-Coed in Conwy is definitely worth a visit. See for some ideas on where to stay! This sun-sational summer offer is available for travel until 31 July when booked by 12 July. 

For more information or to book go to or visit your local travel agent.

If you really love the sea and would like a top class cruise with the modern Luxury Celebrity Cruises then what about this great price for sailing in August. The summer months are perfect for travelling north with bright nights and chance to see countryside normally covered with snow. This cruise includes all transfers and is fully inclusive and hugely popular for those who enjoy a leisurely holiday taking in some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

Join Celebrity Cruises’ (; 1800 932611) Celebrity Eclipse on an eight-night Norwegian Fjords fly/cruise from €2,319 per person (based on two people sharing a balcony stateroom).

Price includes return flights from Dublin, transfers and an eight-night cruise departing from Southampton (UK) and calling at Bergen (Norway), Flam (Norway), Geiranger (Norway) and Ålesund (Norway) before returning to Southampton for the flight home; meals and entertainment on board the ship and all relevant cruise taxes/fees. Price based on 26 August 2017 departure.

For more information or to book call 1800 932611* or visit


I’ve got three incredible offers from Topflight who are the experts in Italy and travelling out this weekend at bargain prices. For more information ring them directly on tel 01-2401784 or go on line  to their website.

A stay at Residence Paradise will set you back only €469 this weekend

15 July – Lake Garda, Riva
3-star Residence Paradise
Family of 2+2 – €1876 (€469 per person)
Includes: return flights, transfers, taxes and 20kg bag per person
14 July – Tuscany Countryside
4-star Fattoria Castiglionchio
Family of 2+2 – €2196 (€549pp)
Includes: return flights, car hire for the duration of the trip, taxes and 20kg bag per person
15 July – Lido di Jesolo
3-star Hotel Harrys
Half board basis (breakfast and evening meal)
2 sharing – €549 per person
If you would like to go to Portugal there are still properties available. Vilamoura is hugely popular with the Irish and especially golfers. Click and Go have this deal at the Rio Apartments

Algarve summer holidays from €519pp

3* Rio Apartments, Vilamoura, The Algarve

7 nights room only accommodation

Return flights from Dublin/ Airport Transfers/Airport taxes and charges

Go online to get this great offer. 


Pool at the Rio apartments

Another great deal to the Algarve flying from Shannon this time is from for only €367 pp five nights in lovely Albufeira. Click here to get the deal

eirasol in Albufeira
Shannon – Faro
2 hrs 45 mins
Departs: Fri 21 Jul 2017 10:20
Arrives: Fri 21 Jul 2017 13:05

GoHop have a five star deal to the Algarve staying at the beautiful Pestana Apartments and flying from Cork at super value of only €545 pp that’s leaving on Thursday 20th July. You can pick up this deal by clicking here

I recommend hiring a car for this as you will be away from the beach but it really is a lovely complex.

Cork – Faro
2 hrs 40 mins
Departs: Thu 20 Jul 2017 17:10
Arrives: Thu 20 Jul 2017 19:50

Holiday Guru is a great site for picking up last minute bargains and I found this one for the end of August to Mallorca. Staying at Ola Timor Hotel and coming in at only €423 pp

Majorca Holiday Deal: 1 Week in Modern Apartment incl. Flights, Luggage & Transfers only €423

  • Travel period: 29/08/2017 – 05/09/2017
  • Length of stay: 1 week
  • Airport of departure: Dublin
  • Destination: Palma de Mallorca
  • Airline: Air Europa
  • Hotel: Ola Tomir
  • Rating: 74/100 on Trivago
  • Location: Portals Nous, Majorca
  • Board basis: Self-catered
  • Airport transfer: Transfers included
  • Lonely Planet Travel Guide: Get one here
  • Travel Insurance: Get it here
  • Price: only €423 per person based on two adults sharing

Another great site is the Irish Travel Agents Association and they often upload deals to travel agents all over the country catering for those travelling from Cork and Shannon too.

Click on their website to be brought to great last minute deals

This offer is especially attractive for travel in August to Salou…with Travalu in Navan.

Our price of €2140 is based on a family of 2 adults & 2 children flying from Belfast on the 10th August to Barcelona transferred down to the resort of Salou and spending 7nts in the 3* Belvedere Hotel on a half board basis.

Why not add on PortAventura & Ferrari Land 2-Day/2 Parks

Ticket Only €65 Adult €56 Child

Click here for more details

Contact us on 1890 289 255  / 046 9068600 or email

Or what about this great offer to Madeira from the Travel Broker

Special offers to Madeira this July from €479 pp 

Madeira is known as the ‘The Island of Eternal Spring’, because of its mild climate; the temperatures rarely fall below 17°C or rise above 24°C, giving it pleasant year-round weather.
It’s the perfect destination for families, couples or any holidaymaker looking for quality hotel accommodation at affordable prices.


Departure from Dublin
13 July – 7 nights – flight only from €479
20 July – 7 nights – flight only from €499


13 July – 7 nights – 3*Dorisol Estrelicia, B&B from €499
13 July – 7 nights – 3*+Jardins d’Ajuda, B&B from €599
13 July – 7 nights – 4*Lince Lido Atlantic, B&B from €699

If a guided tour appeals then GTI Ireland have a full escorted tour ideal for the single traveller. It’s a great way to meet people and get to see the hottest destinations

Splendours of Slovenia – 29 Aug 2017 – 05 Sep 2017 – from €1219pps.  (Single room supplement €219pp)

Also available 03 – 10 Oct 2017 – from €1179pps.

  • Return flights from Dublin to Venice Treviso
  • Professional tour manager and executive coach transfers
  • 7 nights 4* hotel accommodation in Bled with breakfast & dinner
  • Great guided tours to include an excursion exploring picturesque Bled including its remarkable medieval castle and Lake Bohinj situated in a beautiful valley of Triglav National Park. Experience the magnificent Julian Alps & the horseshoe-shaped Trenta Valley. Also visit Ljubljana – the nation’s capital & the famous Postojna Caves

For all details go to the GTI website or call on

or Telephone on 01-8434734

Finally…If you would like to go to the big apple for a shopping trip in August then Tour America have an unmissable off this October for only €469 to New York State

Tour America have a fabulous weekend shopping offer at Woodbury Common

Location in Hudson Valley in New York State

Direct flights with Norwegian Air Ireland to Stewart International 2 Nights Hotel

Based on 4 sharing

Date of departure: Oct 17

Ref: 604582

From €469 pp

Call their offices in Dublin or Cork or go to their website

DUBLIN: 01 8173535

I’ve gathered these deals from reliable sources and all are up to date at time of publishing – but as always the way with last minute deals they do sell out fast so get on to the agent to help you. I don’t deal directly with any bookings as I’m a travel writer and reviewer but not an agent

Thanks for stopping by


The Novel Traveller



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