The ultimate bucket list trip

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Calgary in Alberta, one of a number of stops on a bucket list tour of Canada

Calgary in Alberta, one of a number of stops on a bucket list tour of Canada

 

The ultimate bucket list trip
Over 14 days, explore some of the world’s most luscious scenery from on board the Rocky Mountaineer train, travelling through spectacular scenery from Calgary to Vancouver. There will be time to explore Vancouver before taking a Celebrity cruise liner for seven nights though the inside passage and to Alaska. See spectacular scenery and wildlife from the ship. The trip costs from €4,189 pps in May mostly all inclusive, with sunway.ie, 01- 2311800.

Honeymoon flights with Emirates

Views from Phuket island
Views from Phuket island

Cambodia and Vietnam are the two hot spots for newlyweds, and two destination honeymoons is the new trend. The most popular destinations on Emirates include return flights to Dubai from €479, Phuket from €691, Bali from €748 and Ho Chi Minh from €749. 13 per cent of people book business class for their honeymoon, emirates.com.

Ski and shop in Andorra

The popular resort of Pas de la Casa in Grandvalira, Andorra.
The popular resort of Pas de la Casa in Grandvalira, Andorra.

The mountainous resort is ideal for beginners and improvers and one of the liveliest resort in the Pyrenees. It is also a low tax resort with lots of great shopping. Two for one lift passes in Arinsal and Pas de la Casa on some dates. A week in a self-catering based on four sharing from €499pps, crystalski.ie, 01-6533504.

January in the Canaries

Find a deal in January with TUI Holidays in one of four Canary Islands: Lanzarote, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura from Dublin from €329 to €599pps. Cork to Tenerife, Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, from €692 to €1,070pps. Accommodation is one week self-catering in a variety of locations, including flights and transfers, tuiholidays.ie, 1850453545 and your local travel agent.

Five-star in Limerick for €145pps

King John’s castle reflected on the River Shannon, Limerick, Ireland
King John’s castle reflected on the River Shannon, Limerick, Ireland

Why not shop for a five-star fashion fix at the Christmas sales in Limerick this year. The five-star Savoy Hotel in downtown Limerick has great shopping on the doorstep. A break with Prosecco afternoon tea, €30 Brown Thomas voucher, valet parking, late breakfast and late check out from €145pps, savoylimerick.com and 061-448700.

Good news for lone travellers

Bacharach and Burg Stahleck castle on the Rhine
Bacharach and Burg Stahleck castle on the Rhine

Uniworld luxury river cruises have reduced the price for solo travellers on a variety of cruises through next year. Open seating for every meal, small group excursions will make you feel welcome and ensure you see lots. Choose from Castles along the Rhine from €2,799, reduced by €1,700, Bordeaux Vineyards and Chateaux from €2,499, reduced by €1,600, Burgundy and Provence from €2,599, reduced by €1,800, book Uniworld.com, 1800 989898.

Six Nations in Paris

Ireland play France in Stade de France in February, 2018 for the Six Nations
Ireland play France in Stade de France in February, 2018 for the Six Nations

Make a booking for France v Ireland in the 6 Nations at Stade de France from Cork on February 3rd, 2018. Stay two nights B&B in the Novotel Tour Eiffel with flights from €644pps, tickets extra, travelcheaper.ie, 021-4274417.

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