Sunday 20 August 2017

Christmas Breaks: Nine sun, sea and snow options for your holidays

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Northern Lights in Norway. Photo: Deposit
Northern Lights in Norway. Photo: Deposit
The Algarve
Pól Ó Conghaile

Pól Ó Conghaile

Want to skip Christmas entirely, or get away from the seasonal stress? Christmas breaks are selling fast...

Christmas on the Costa Brava

Travel Department ( has a seven-night package to Spain’s Costa Brava including flights, transfers, half-board accommodation at a 4-star hotel in Calella and tours of Barcelona and Montserrat from €799pp.

The trip  departs Dublin on December 21, but is selling fast.

Magical Malta... at several price points

Concorde Travel ( has seven-night Christmas breaks in Malta on special, starting at €399pp for 3-star accommodation and rising to €594pp for the five-star Corinthia St. George’s Bay in St. Julian’s.

The Algarve
The Algarve

The packages depart December 20, with flights and transfers included.

Northern Lights in Norway

Sunway ( has a five-night Northern Lights experience in Spitsbergen, Norway, departing December 21 from €949pp – including flights and 3-star B&B.

It’s fully dark in Svalbard at this time of year, and activities like dog-sledding, snowmobiles and ice-caving can be added.

Escape for some winter sun

Abbey Travel ( has an 11-night break in the Algarve departing December 23 from €380pp (3-star) to €462pp (4-star) and €747pp (5-star). It includes Ryanair flights.

Sunway (, meanwhile, is set to start its 2-star packages in Agadir, Morocco departing December 23 from €449pp.

 The Canaries are expensive over the holiday period, but currently has a 4-star break in Fuerteventura departing December 23 from €758pp.

On the Piste: Ski Holidays has several December 20 departures to Andorra, ranging in price from €343pp (2-star) to €999pp (5-star). It also has a sale on New Year ski breaks, and does vouchers.

Crystal Ski ( has 2-star breaks in Austria departing December 24 from €383pp. Topflight ( is another ski option.

Festive feeling on a River Cruise

Sunway ( has a half-price offer on a five-star river cruise from Budapest to Munich on the River Danube. It costs from €1,455pp departing December 24, so you’ll get the European festive atmosphere too.

NB: Check T&Cs for expiry dates. Prices subject to availability. Most of the package holidays above are based on four people sharing.

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