Christmas Breaks: Nine sun, sea and snow options for your holidays
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Want to skip Christmas entirely, or get away from the seasonal stress? Christmas breaks are selling fast...
Christmas on the Costa Brava
Travel Department (traveldepartment.ie) 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 (concordetravel.ie) 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 packages depart December 20, with flights and transfers included.
Northern Lights in Norway
Sunway (sunway.ie) 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 (abbeytravel.ie) 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 (sunway.ie), 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 ClickAndGo.com currently has a 4-star break in Fuerteventura departing December 23 from €758pp.
On the Piste: Ski Holidays
Directski.com 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 (crystalski.ie) has 2-star breaks in Austria departing December 24 from €383pp. Topflight (topflight.ie) is another ski option.
Festive feeling on a River Cruise
Sunway (sunway.ie) 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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