Christmas is almost upon us and before we know it, we will be counting down to the New Year. I always think it’s a great time of year to get away so when I heard that Travel Department is offering an extra special start to 2024 I had to share it with you. To experience different customs and traditions to commemorate the end of 2023, like eating 12 grapes in Spain or throwing old things out the window in Italy check out these offers! With Travel Department’s New Year’s Eve holidays, all flights, transfers and accommodation are included, as well as a selection of fantastic excursions with professional, friendly and knowledgeable local guides. Three stunning and affordable options are available departing Dublin on 27th, 28th and 29th December for a week.
Celebrate the New Year in the pretty spa town of Montecatini in beautiful Tuscany. Surrounded by picturesque winter scenery and immersed in Italian culture you will celebrate the festive season with delicious cuisine, freshly prepared from local produce, including a sumptuous Christmas lunch and candlelit dinners. On your 7-night guided holiday to Italy, you’ll visit several UNESCO World Heritage Sites throughout Tuscany as part of the day trips and excursions included with your holiday. You’ll explore the Renaissance masterpieces and monuments of Florence, the medieval tower houses of San Gimignano, and Siena’s remarkable sloping square, Piazza del Campo. A highlight for many is the trip to Pisa, which is home not only to the leaning tower, but also to magnificent cathedrals and baroque buildings. You’ll also have plenty of leisure time to explore on your own or with your fellow travellers, take in the stunning surroundings of Montecatini and experience Italy like a local. Join Travel Department on this Italian Christmas adventure for the perfect mix of culture, relaxation and history. Departs on 29th December from €1,199pp including return flights, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation on a half-board basis in the four-star Grand Hotel Plaza Locanda Maggiore and expert guide. New Year Breaks – Guided Group Getaway to Tuscany (traveldepartment.com)
Luxurious Lake Garda
Ring in the New Year in Lake Garda and immerse yourself in an Italian holiday full of relaxation, beauty and culture amid a stunning natural backdrop. While Lake Garda is renowned for its magnificent landscape it also has a rich culture and intriguing past. History enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the quaint medieval villages that dot the lake and there are many attractions of both historical and cultural significance to visit in the region. You’ll enjoy a New Year’s Eve dinner in your hotel with live music.
On this fantastic 7-night Italy tour, you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the relaxing, tranquil atmosphere of Lake Garda, experiencing the charming towns of Riva del Garda, Limone and Malcesine. You will also enjoy full day excursions to explore the enchanting warren of canals and squares that make up the city of Venice and the beguiling UNESCO World Heritage Site of Verona. Departs on 27th December from €1,399pp including return flights, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation on a half-board basis in the four-star Hotel Sole and expert guide.
Travel with Travel Department to celebrate the New Year and fall in love with Andalucía, its people, history and traditions. Successive invasions and influences from the Romans to the Moors have left their imprint on the landscape and culture of Andalucía, making for a fascinating journey through time. On this unforgettable holiday to Spain, you’ll discover this sunny, vibrant region, while staying in the authentically Andalucían towns of Loja. Surrounded by dramatic mountains and green valleys, this area is known as Andalucía’s heart and is the perfect base from which you’ll take day trips to explore Seville, Córdoba and Granada, three of southern Spain’s most remarkable cities. On this trip, you’ll also enjoy plenty of leisure time. Enjoy the whitewashed plazas and narrow streets of Loja, and explore the medieval architecture of Granada, all while soaking up the atmosphere of the real Spain.
Departs on 28th December from €1,399pp including return flights, transfers, 7 nights’ accommodation on a half-board basis in a four-star Hotel and expert guide.