Travel Tuesday Goes Active


This week I’m looking at some active holidays and great prices for the over 55’s.

Golf is a sport I’ve been considering taking up for some time and I finally think I’m hooked. While spending a glorious few days in the eastern Algarve I took a visit to Castro Marim Golfe club and with expert tuition from golf pro Peter O’Connor, yes he is the son of the famous Christy O’Connor Snr and is running a hugely successful golf academy on this beautiful course.

After only a thirty minute lesson I was rather pleased that I could hit the ball like this.

The variety provided by the three nine hole courses – The Guadiana, The Atlantic and The Grouse – means you’ll never get tired of playing golf here.

Castro Marim is well known for its practice facilities and often plays host to visiting groups who come on Learn-to-play-Golf holidays. There are two driving ranges near the Clubhouse, one for woods and another for warming up with short irons.

Tokens for a bucket of 25 balls are available from reception for €3. The short game practice area includes a putting green and chipping area with flags, as well as a bunker to practise from.

On course playing lessons, as well as individual or group lessons at the Academy, are available from Castro Marim Golfe & Country Club’s.

Visiting groups are welcome to use the teaching facilities at Castro Marim Golfe & Country Club when coming for practice weeks with their own teacher. For more information see here

The great news is that it’s possible to stay at the resort in one of the beautifully fitted villas. There are also facilities to cater for weddings and events.

The luxury of our linked villas has to be seen to be believed and all come with their own pool or Jacuzzi.

The fittings and furnishings are of the highest standard with granite work surfaces and quality appliances in the kitchen. Although the villas are semi-detached, each property has its own individual pool and private patio well shielded from any neighbours. A lot of thought has gone into the design of the linked villas, making them perfect for easy living. They have many little touches that you wouldn’t necessarily expect.

Bearing in mind that holiday homes often need to accommodate more than one group of people, the master bedroom is situated upstairs with its own private terrace for when you want time on your own. The villas are easy to lock up and leave, with just one front entrance to the property and secure patio doors at the back. They have air conditioning units that cool in summer and switch to warm air in winter – with an open fire for cosy evenings in the winter.

The beautiful town of Vila Real do Santo Antonio is only five minutes away and it boasts fabulous value – only a stones throw across the river from Spain and the town of Ayamonte.

Vila Real do Santo Antonio

If you want to play Golf or watch it even and you don’t want to travel too far then I’ve got some other ideas for you.

The Travel Broker

Golf Offer, 1 November 2018 , 5 nights, from €765 pps  

5 nights’ accommodation B&B & 3 rounds of golf on Castro Marim (including a buggy) – €765 per person based on 2 sharing or €639 per person based on 4 sharing

Price includes flights, transfers, hotel and 3 rounds of golf

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Grandstand tickets released for Dubai Duty Free Irish Open

Fans hoping to get an exclusive front-row view of the action for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation can now ensure they see the drama unfold at close quarters at Ballyliffin Golf Club after 18th grandstand tickets were released today for the prestigious Rolex Series event.

The island of Ireland’s national Open makes its debut at the stunning County Donegal links course from July 5-8 and, with early tournament ticket sales going faster than expected, limited tickets for grandstand access are now available at

Spectacular views are guaranteed from the 18th grandstand on Ballyliffin’s Glashedy Links, which is regularly rated amongst the best links golf courses in the world.

Last year, fans were treated to an historic spectacle at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open as Spanish superstar Jon Rahm tore up the record books with an incredible final round 65, which included a hole-out eagle at the fourth hole.

Emotions were high on the final green at Portstewart as the gifted young player soared to a record six-stroke victory courtesy of a 24 under par total, also a tournament record.

“Not just to win this event but to win it at the place I just won it, and with the fans supporting me better than I’ve ever seen anybody support me. It’s been unbelievable.”

Organisers are expecting another world-class Rolex Series field to descend upon Ballyliffin this July with some exciting announcements in store in the coming weeks and months. On top of that, fans can also expect outstanding food, entertainment and a wide range of activities in the spectators’ village. Music will once again bring a festival feel to the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and, combined with the world class golf, it is sure to be a memorable experience.

“This is a week not to be missed in one of Ireland’s most idyllic locations, recently voted the ‘Coolest place on Earth’. With ticket sales already ahead of schedule, we are looking forward to an electrifying atmosphere at Ballyliffin in the first week of July.”

Jon Rahm last years winner

Tickets for the 18th grandstand for the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation begin at €10 for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, while fans can secure their seat for Sunday’s final day action for €15.

From chic to boutique, budget to B&B, on the coast or in the heart of a town, find an accommodation option to suit your individual travel style for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on Donegal’s Wild Atlantic Way, packages available from €35 pp.

From VisitDerry (good alternative for accommodation)…
Stay in the historic Walled City of Derry – the city with the “shortest drive” to the Irish Open! – a fantastic base for golfing enthusiasts to enjoy a buzzing cultural experience, offering a wide choice of accommodation, plenty to see and do and a vibrant restaurant scene – make Derry your 19th hole and check<>  for great value breaks from £99pps !

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Rediscover Transylvania

The name “Transylvania” may instantly conjure images of spooky castles, swarms of bats and bloodthirsty vampires, but the dark past that has inspired this picture is just one of the many reasons to visit this fascinating and beautiful region of central Romania.

Bran Castle, Romania

Set amidst the magnificent Carpathian Mountains, Transylvania is home to breathtaking scenery, imposing fortresses and even an abundance of native wildlife. Its medieval and Saxon towns are wonderfully preserved, and are the perfect place to uncover the essence of Romania as you wander through their charming cobbled streets and characterful squares, stopping to visit quaint cafés and old churches.

On this five-night small group tour, get to grips with the real Transylvania, as you explore the historic towns of Sighisoara, Viscri & Brasov, hike through incredible natural rock formations, visit Dracula’s Castle, and even come face to face with some rescued native bears! Stay in colourful local hotels and spend one night getting to know a Romanian family in a traditional homestay. You will end your journey in the cool and modern capital of Bucharest with time to explore the city at your own pace.

Prices start from €759pp for five nights including return flights from Dublin, 3* B&B hotel accommodation, transfers, and guided tours with flight departing May and October 2018.

To book, click HERE or call 01-6371633

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Yoga Holiday to Austria with Topflight

– Very good value single supplement
– The Area, it’s a beautiful region for yoga
– During the week Yoga is in different locations giving participants the opportunity to see lots of the area
– Hospitality, the Hotel Sonnenburg is exclusive to Topflight, it is a Topflight run and owned hotel so you are guaranteed to be well looked after

Escape to the captivating Tyrolean village of Ehrwald for a restorative and cleansing yoga retreat. Surrounded by beautifully sculpted mountains and picturesque alpine valleys, Ehrwald’s landscape lends itself wonderfully to the peace, calm and serenity that daily yoga amongst nature can bring.

Yoga sessions on this retreat are a synthesis of Flow, Hatha, Somatic movement and Qi Gong. There will be a mixture of seated meditation, active meditation and walking meditation. All sessions will be suitable for all levels of abilities and there are modifications and levels throughout to suit every body.

Prices IncludeReturn flights from Dublin Return airport transfers by luxury coach 20kg baggage allowance All airport taxes 7 nights accommodation in the Sonnenburg Hotel with Breakfast and evening meals 5 days of guided Topflight’s expert tour manager Topflight Yoga Offer

Travel on 24 Jun 2018 €769 per person


Cycling in Riccione with GTI Ireland

Tour the Beautiful Adriatic Coast

Join us on this fantastic 8 day holiday to the beautiful cycling region of Emilia Romagna in Italy. Accompanied by local cycling guides our tours include a variety of itineraries to suit all levels. From €899 travelling

 26 May 2018 – 02 Jun 2018
 20 Oct 2018 – 27 Oct 2018

Price Includes

  • Return flights from Dublin to Bologna including airport taxes and charges

  • Return executive coach transfers from the airport to your hotel

  • 7 nights accommodation in a 3* Superior Dory, specialist cyclist hotel in Riccione

  • Full board basis – breakfast, buffet on return from your cycle and evening meal daily

  • 5 days guided cycling accompanied by professional cycling guides

  • Various routes and distances options available

  • Packed lunch for each cycle provided

  • Daily briefings on the tours from the guide before you set off

GTI Ireland cycling Italy


These terrific value offers are for Over 50s.

4 star Half Board Lanzarote from €499pp in May 2018

From €499pp for the 4 star Beatriz Playa & Spa Hotel. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in May 2018.

Price includes:


4 Star Top Selling over 50’s Lanzarote in May from €699pp

From €699pp for the 4 star VIK San Antonio Hotel. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in May 2018.

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