Travel Tuesday Looks at Snow and Sun Deals for 2018

As Christmas descends upon us it can only mean one thing – Ski season is well under way and with terrific weather reports of early snowfalls all over Europe this may be the best winter to go on a ski holiday for years! I’ve been researching some resorts in one of the best countries to ski, Austria. Starting off in the sophisticated Salzburgland, I spent two nights in the beautiful Gastein area which encompasses the towns of Dorf Gastein, Bad Hofgastein and Bad Gastein. When you hear the word Bad in front of a place name it means that this is a spa town and wellness centre. Many of these pop up all over the region and with public thermal baths in the centre of Bad Hofgastein but linked by underground tunnels it really is easy to enjoy the warm waters filled with medicinal and healing properties. The pools and treatment rooms are also perfect after a day on the piste for all those wanting to soothe sore muscles and bones.

I was staying at the 4* hotel Norica which has its very own thermal spa. If you’d like to try this luxury hotel with a great location then see this offer from topflight. https://www.topflight.ie/ski-breaks/pkg/austria/soll/gasthaus-bichler?data_filter_travcount=4&select_week=null&data_filter_airport=DUB&data_currency=EUR If you would like a little privacy but be prepared, most spas offer a commando option between the hours of 15-1900hrs. If you do venture into the Alpentherme (public baths) at about 1700 hrs it may be worth getting into your birthday suit as a display of sauna expertise is followed by a beer for all those enjoying the experience. After a while you won’t know what you are wearing!

The town also boasts an outdoor ice-rink and with pretty baubles hanging from the pine trees

 

you will feel like you are walking through a living postcard. However a couple of hours on the slopes at Angertal will leave the most avid skier with no doubt that they are in ski heaven. I visited here several years ago with the kids and can vouch for the expert tuition and attentive full days ski school where little ones as young as 3 are taken care of while parents can enjoy the mostly red and black slopes.

 

I moved through some pretty towns as I ventured into the Tirol and Kitzbuhler Alpen. The Tirol is picture postcard pretty and many of the hotel properties and guesthouses are several hundred years old. I checked-in at the hotel Metzgerwirt in the town of Kirchberg. It’s only a few kilometres from Kitzbuhel and the pretty Christmas Market that is in its fourth year.

With so much snow, Gluhwein and my new favourite, Rum in Hot Chocolate, it’s the very place in the world to enjoy a winter wonderland. I picked up a couple of hand made decorations for the tree and explored the opulent shops.

Kirchberg is a more reasonably priced resort but with all the super views and amenities of the Kitzbuhler region. Enjoy some all-inclusive apres-ski at Heidi and Peter pub for only €19.95 and stop off at the Ice Bar where the apres-ski goes on and on. Food is another favourite ad with warm restaurants offering all the local favourites of schnitzel and strudel. Be warned the free schnapps digestive given by most restaurants can be lethal! I enjoyed snow shoeing and sledging so you don’t have to be an expert skier t make the most of a ski holiday – and don’t forgot those spas!

If you would like to dip your toe into the world of snow then I’ve gathered together some super ski deals. Even if you haven’t skied before or feel a little nervous there’s still lots to do and let’s face it….everyone can apres-ski!!!

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Here’s a range of offers from Topflight. Experts in Ski Travel from Ireland.

Topflight

Prices include return flights from Dublin, accommodation for 7 nights on board basis as stated, transfers, taxes and services of the Topflight representative in resort.

To book or for more information call Topflight on 01 240 1700, visit www.topflight.ie or contact your local travel agent.
 
Keep an eye out for Topflight’s 12 days of Christmas which continues. Tuesday’s deal is 1/2 price lift passes in Austria on lots of dates.There will be further deals on 20th & 21st December.

Gasthaus Bichler’s, in the heart of Söll. Only a 7-minute walk from Söll’s town centre, the Gasthaus Bichler boasts an ideal location for those who wish to explore this Austrian resort after a fun day skiing. You can take a stroll in the village and sample delicious traditional food in the many restaurants that line the streets. Convenience is key, with the ski bus stops just 50m from the guesthouse which takes you to the Wilder Kaiser Brixental ski area. https://www.topflight.ie/ski-breaks/pkg/austria/soll/gasthaus-bichler?data_filter_travcount=4&select_week=null&data_filter_airport=DUB&data_currency=EUR

March 3rd for one week from only €499 pp.

 
10th March – 3* Landhaus Roscher, B&B, Mayrhofen was €729 now €579pps
Italy
 
6th January – 3* Hotel Teola, H/B, Livigno was €829 now €649pps
 
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France
 
20th January – 4* Chalet Fleur de Neige, Catered Chalet, Plan Peisey, Les Arcs was €1019 now €899
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 Andorra with Direct Ski

2* Apartments Crest Pas
Pas de la Casa, Andorra
18th February was €524 now €299 (based on 6 share)
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4* Hotel Himalaia Soldeu, Soldeu & El Tarter, Andorra

14th January was €864 now €709pps

See:

https://www.directski.com/ski/andorra/soldeu_and_el_tarter/hotel_himalaia_soldeu?data_filter_travcount=2&select_week=null&data_filter_airport=DUB&data_currency=EUR

All prices are per person sharing (unless otherwise stated). Prices include return flights from Dublin, accommodation for 7 nights on board basis as stated, transfers, taxes and services of the representative in resort.
For further information, visit www.directski.com or call 01 2546300

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Sun Holidays

 If you are feeling a little chilly and want to soak up some winter sunshine then I’ve some great offers from these operators. Remember booking through a reputable travel agent secures your holiday against unforeseen cancellations. Check out the http://itaa.ie Irish Travel Agents Association for updated deals weekly

Cassidy Travel have these offers

Cassidy Travel

01 873 5000 | www.cassidytravel.com

Winter Season Holidays to Algarve from €119 per person

16th January from €119pp

30th January from €119pp

6th February from €135pp

20th February from €135pp

20th March from €145pp

27th March from €215pp

All the above are 7 nights & include flights & Hotel

Weekend City Breaks – Amsterdam from €209pp

🙌 Staying in Central Amsterdam Hotel 🙌

19th January 2 nights from €215pp

26th January 2 nights from €215pp

2nd February 2 nights from €215pp

16th February 2 nights from €225pp

2nd March 2 nights from €209pp

9th March 2 nights from €235pp

Winter Season Holidays to Fuerteventura from €235 per person

09th January from €255pp

16th January from €255pp

13th February from €235pp

27th February from €239pp

6th March from €239pp

20th March from €249pp

All the above are 7 nights & include flights & Hotel

 

February Midterm Family Holidays to the Canaries from €1505 Per Family

Get away while the kids are off school for their February Midterm.

2 Adults + 1 Child
Lanzarote from €1505 Per Family
Tenerife from €1915 Per Family
Fuerteventura from €1539 Per Family
Gran Canaria from €2069 Per Family

2 Adults + 2 Children
Lanzarote from €1939 Per Family
Tenerife from €2539 Per Family
Fuerteventura from €1979 Per Family
Gran Canaria from €2659 Per Family

2 Adults + 3 Children
Lanzarote from €2719 Per Family
Tenerife from €3109 Per Family
Fuerteventura from €2785 Per Family
Gran Canaria from €4265 Per Family

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Travelescapes

01 2941000 | www.travelescapes.ie

Malaga Winter Sun from Shannon

http://itaa.ie/2017/10/31/malaga-winter-sun-from-shannon/

7 Nights in Torremolinos in the 4* Puente Real Apartments, half board, with flights from Shannon. February to March 2018. From €449pp.

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Kanes Travel

043 33 34500 | www.kanestravel.ie

MOROCCO

13 January 2018, 7 nights, €381 per person

Tilila Studios Suite Hotel, Agadir, Morocco

Price includes flights, 20kg checked luggage each, airport transfers and 7 nights self-catering accommodation

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TUI Holidays

TUI specialises in holidays tailored to suit the needs of modern Irish families. We offer package holidays from a range of Irish airports to destinations throughout the Mediterranean, where you can stay at our SplashWorld resorts, Holiday Villages or SuneoClub hotels. They’re exclusive to TUI, so you won’t be able to book them with anyone else in Ireland. Choose from up to 18 destinations during the summer, with direct flights from Dublin, Cork, Shannon and Ireland West Airport Knock. In winter, meanwhile, grab some sunshine in the Canaries or whisk your family on a daytrip to Lapland. With TUI, the choice is yours.

Cick here to visit online TUI Holidays

Telephone:

Telephone: 1850 946 164 (ROI)

  • 11-Jan-18, Dublin to Gran Canaria, Servatur Waikiki, Playa Del Ingles, 3*, AI, 7nights from €609pps.
  • 19-Jan-18, Dublin to Tenerife, Catalonia Punta del Rey, Las Caletillas, 3*, AI, 7nights from €409pps.
  • 14-Jan-18, Dublin to Lanzarote, El Trebol, Costa Teguise, 3*, AI, 7nights from €599pps.
  • 01-Feb-18, Dublin to Gran Canaria, Cay Beach Princess Bungalows, Maspalomas, 3*, SC, 14nights from €649pps
  • 01-Feb-18, Dublin to Gran Canaria, Monte Feliz, Playa Feliz, 3*, HB, 7nights from €539pps.
  • 01-Feb-18, Dublin to Tenerife, Catalonia Punta del Rey, Las Caletillas, 3*, AI, 7nights from €389pps.

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Saving the best sun for last –

5* Algarve Sun from €299pp in January 2018

From €299pp for the 5 star Real Marina Hotel & Spa. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in January 2018.

Price includes:

  • 7 nights in the 5 star Real Marina Hotel & Spa, Olhao, The Algarve
  • Double Standard room on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Direct Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Faro
  • Airport Transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges

Link to offer: https://www.clickandgo.com/design-your-own-holiday/details/2018-01-13/7/2::0/BB/DUB/0/1556/12386/299?search=all/The_Algarve/2018-01-13/7/2::0//DUB/0

5* City break to Rome from €279pp in January 2018

From €279pp for the 5 star Navona Palace Residenze di Charme. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in January 2018.

Price includes:

4* Croatia in April 2018 from €479pp including breakfast and dinner

From €479pp for the 4 star Kornati Hotel.  Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing in April 2018.

Price includes:

 

4* Winter sun in Lanzarote in January 2018 from €369pp

From €369pp for the 4 star Sands Beach Resort. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in January 2018.

Price includes:

  • 7 nights in the 4 star Sands Beach Resort, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
  • Studio apartment on a self catering basis
  • Direct Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Lanzarote
  • Airport Transfers

Visit www.clickandgo.com today or call (01) 539 7777 to talk to one of our experienced reservation agents today.

 

* Prices are ‘from’ prices, based on select departure dates from Dublin. Price includes return flights, specified accommodation and airport taxes and charges where stated. Prices are per person, based on 2 adults sharing. Prices for cruises exclude gratuities. Offers are subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Prices exclude check-in luggage unless stated. Click&Go is fully licensed & bonded by the Commission for Aviation Regulation T.A 0700.

 

I hope these deals will inspire you to get the new year off to a great start.

Happy Holidays in 2018!

Michelle x

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