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A walk with the hawks in Westport and family breaks in Menorca are among this week’s tips
Get up close and personal with falcons and hawks in Westport. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien
Go wild in Cork
The Ambassador Hotel in Cork has a family package for a trip to Fota Wildlife Park. Two adults and two children can enjoy an overnight in a large family room with a family pass to Fota and dinner in McGettigans Cookhouse. There will also be lunch for your trip to Fota. From €339. ambassadorhotel.com, 021-4539000.
Family friendly Menorca
Menorca has been a family friendly island for many years. Sunway will have direct flights from Dublin with great prices. A week in the Roc Lago apartments will cost from €649pp for adults and €199pp for children in June. Or stay in the Sunconnect Los Delfines Apartments from €699 for adults and €199pps in June. Free unlimited access into the Aquarock Waterpark for the duration of your stay. sunway.ie, 01-6811300.
Walk with hawks
Falconry is a sport that has fascinated people for thousands of years, and Knockranny House Hotel in Westport is offering and opportunity to get up close and personal with hawks and falcons. The private hour-long hawk walk is in the company of professional falconer Jason Deasy of Apex Falconry on the grounds of neighbouring Westport House. A two-night package with the hawk walk, bed & breakfast and dinner on one night in Knockranny House costs from €160 per person sharing, midweek. Available from Sunday to Thursday, April to October. knockrannyhousehotel.com, 098-28611.
Bari returns from April
Plan a three night trip to Puglia in the south of Italy in April. The direct Ryanair flights return next month. A trip includes return flights, private transfers, rickshaw tour of Bari and inner in a local restaurant from €439pps. italy.ie, 01-6111047
Big cruise discounts
Hard to beat this cruise from Celebrity Cruises for September in Silhouette to the Canaries and Azores. Buy one and get the second passenger for half price. Departing from Southampton for two week the price include a balcony suite, drinks package worth $55 per day. From €3,234 for the first guest, with the second guest sailing for just €1,755 staying in an Oceanview stateroom. In addition, both guests will each receive drinks package worth $55 a day each. Departing Southampton and calling at Ponta Delgada in the Azores), Madeira, , Tenerife, Las Palmas, Fuerteventura (Canary Islands), and Lanzarote. celebritycruises.ie, 1800-932611.
Are you up for the volcanic three-peaks challenge
Adventure travel specialist Explore will be doing a one-off trip to Sicily to expereince the summit of three of Europe’s most active volcanoes. Departing September 22nd, the eight-day trip with be accompanied by a volcanology guide and volcanologist. It costs from €1,900pps for eight days and includes flights, accommodation and guiding. explore.co.uk,