Travel your Dad will love for Father’s Day on VM1 Elaine

Elaine show Fathers Day Travel ideas Tuesday 4th June

This week we are taking a look at some top travel ideas that will appeal to Dad with father’s day around the corner – so if you’re feeling extravagant and want to spoil the gardener or football fanatic then there’s something here for everyone.

Starting off at home with a lovely Irish stay for the whisky drinker –

Whiskey Me Away to Castlemartyr Resort

Unwind, dine & experience

Castlemartyr Resort, located on the stunning grounds in East Cork, is offering guests a unique overnight stay this Father’s Day including a trip to the Jameson Distillery in Midleton for an unforgettable Jameson Experience Tour.

The Jameson Distillery Midleton offers you a range of unique whiskey experiences, with expert whiskey ambassadors to walk you through the process and craft of Irish whiskey making from grain to glass, complete with tales of the distillery’s early workers including John Jameson himself. All guided experiences end in the Jameson Bar to soak up the atmosphere with a complimentary Jameson Irish Whiskey.

Return to Castlemartyr Resort fully educated on Jameson and take in the warm and friendly atmosphere of the luxurious 5-star resort. The perfect chance to try another Jameson Irish Whiskey or Midleton Very Rare by the open fire in the hotel’s cosy Knight’s Bar before sitting down for a delicious dinner in Franchinis the authentic Italian eatery at the resort.

‘Whiskey Me Away Jameson Experience at Castlemartyr Resort is the perfect treatyou’re your dad this Father’s Day and includes an overnight stay in a Deluxe Room with a full Irish breakfast, a two course dinner in the Bell Tower Restaurant and entry into the Jameson Experience Tour in the Midleton Jameson Distillery, available midweek from €209.

To book call 0214 421 9000 or visit for more information.

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If your dad is a gardener then what better way to treat him than a visit to The Hampton Court Palace flower show

Lovely package from Keith Prowse – to Hampton Court Palace show July is the royal horticultural society and there is a full list of shows running throughout the summer.

Visit the fabulous the Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, one of the world’s biggest annual flower shows. There are over 300 stalls brimming with gardening products and delicious food. Listen to inspiring talks from the world’s most renowned gardeners and see the latest in gardening designs.

From €529 pps plus airlines

Return flight to London (fly from Dublin, Cork or Shannon), Two nights hotel accommodation with breakfast in the 4* Strand Palace Hotel and ticket to the Flower Show

For more information or to book this and other gardening holidays, Call 01 878 3500, email

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Magnificent Malaysia and Borneo

TD Active Holidays package

Malaysia and Borneo have so much to offer, from colourful urban centres, unspoilt landscapes, and interesting architecture, to beautiful beaches, biodiverse rainforests and native wildlife.

Sunset along the river in Kuching

In Malaysia, explore the diverse UNESCO Heritage Site of George Town on the island of Penang with a walking tour, learn about the local tea trade in the rural Cameron Highlands and jump on the saddle to discover the buzzing city of Kuala Lumpur by bicycle.

“Mother, baby and child orangutans from Sabah in Malaysian Borneo”

On the beautiful, rugged island of Borneo, you will visit an Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre, embark on night-time jungle walks and cruise along remote rivers in search of wildlife, before being fully immersed in the melting pot of cultures in the coastal city of Kota Kinabalu.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s vibrant capital city. ProPhoto RGB

This holiday combines the perfect mix of local culture, history, exciting wildlife excursions and independent discovery, staying in a combination of charming hotels and rustic lodges. Accompanied by a passionate local guide, you will discover the iconic highlights as well as the hidden gems, and see the sides of Malaysia and Borneo that are not often in the guide books.

Prices with TD Active start from €2,499pp for 12 nights including return flights, accommodation, transfers, daily breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners, and excursions with an expert local guide, departing 9th September 2019

To book, click HERE or call TD Active on 01-6371633

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If football is more his thing and he’s a Manchester city or Liverpool fan then why not get him a ticket and trip to the opening game of the season with John Cassidy Sports Department

Community Shield 2019 / 20 – Aug 04th 2019 – Wembley Stadium – Manchester City v Liverpool

  • Return Flights w Aer Lingus from Dublin to London Gatwick
  • 1 Night Stay in a 3* City Centre Hotel
  • Match Ticket
  • Prices from €399

Package from Cassidy Golf and sports department

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Formula one Dads

Keith Prowse Travel

Availability to the Italian Grand prix in Monza and The Austrian Grand Prix in Graz

Italian Grand Prix 2019

2-Night Special Offer €295pp                                                                                                                      

7th September 2019

Experience the famous Monza atmosphere and home to Ferrari. Spend a weekend in one of Europe’s most attractive cities and enjoy all the drama of Formula 1 as you watch the race unfolds.

Austrian Grand Prix, 28-30 June 2019

Red Bull Ring 

28 – 30 June 2019 from €319pps

Spend a weekend in one of Europe’s most attractive cities and enjoy all the drama of Formula 1 as you watch the race unfold. The thrilling Red Bull Ring is set against spectacular alpine scenery and made an instant impact with F1 fans when it arrived back on the race calendar in 2014 after an eleven year absence.   Fly into either Vienna or Graz airport.  An event bus operates service to the Red Bull ring from all over Austria.
Our packages include General Admission Ticket (Friday-Sunday) and 3-nights hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast in the 3* Novum Hotel Kaffeemühle – Vienna or similar.



Ensure your spot in Austria for this event and book your Formula 1 Hotel and Ticket package today.

Day 1 Arrive in Austria and make your own way to hotel for check-in
Attend the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix Practice Day

Day 2 Attend the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix Qualifying Day

Day 3 Attend the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix Race Day

Day 4 Depart

Please note that general admission viewing experiences may vary significant depending on the place you are able to secure; it does not guarantee a complete view of the track. We recommend that you arrive promptly to ensure a good viewing location.

Price includes

3 Night’s Accommodation in a 3* Hotel with breakfast

Weekend General Admission Ticket (Fri-Sun)
– Day 1: Practice
– Day 2: Qualifying
– Day 3: Race Day

Please note that the packages is on a request basis and subject to confirmation at the time of booking. We aim to reply to all bookings requests within 24-hours.

Ticket Upgrades are available on request.

Price does not includena or Graz airport.  An event bus operates service to the Red Bull ring from all over Austria.

For more information or to book this and other Grand Prix events, Call 01 878 3500, email

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Philadelphia city break with American Holidays for Thanksgiving from €745pp

What’s Included

  • Return flights from Dublin to Philadelphia in November
  • 1 checked bag pp roundtrip
  • 4 NIGHTS Doubletree Suites by Hilton Hotel, Philadelphia
  • Based on 2 adults sharing, travelling in November 2019
  • Quote Ref 51821133

Why not send him to Philadelphia for the weekend? It’s a great city for car fans as the someone museum has the best collection of vintage cars in the world. See link from their website

I’m here with Rocky another famous son of the city. There’s great food and the Philly cheesteak is a must treat. As an alternative city to New York or Washington it ticks the spot for shopping too – plus there is no tax on clothing!

Check out my post on my stay there two years ago.

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Kansas Oklahoma road trip

with Platinum Travel

Finally if your dad is like mine and thinks he’s a cowboy then why not go with him on a road trip or send him off on one to a ranch in the west. I’ve been on a few road trips and off beat America is becoming more and more popular – Our road trips have brought my dad and I through Kansas and Oklahoma and the northwest.

Oklahoma – “Island Guest Ranch” Experience

A Real Cowboy experience on a working ranch that is nearly 130 years old.  Vast activities include Horseback riding, fishing, swimming, paddleboat, wildlife exploring…the list goes on!

  • Return flights,
  • Airport Transfers
  • 3 nights Ranch accommodation
  • Full board basis
  • Daily Activities

Eur1499 per person

If you like the thought of a wild west adventure then Platinum Travel in clontarf are the specialists in doing bespoke packages for off-beat america. You can contact them here

Or call on +353 1853 5000


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