2017 Travel Sales: 36 of the best holiday deals, but be quick!
Travel tips & advice
Looking for the top 2017 holiday deals? Sorted. We've trawled the January travel sales for the very best offers.
1. Flights & airlines
Iceland direct from Cork & Dublin
WOW air has sale fares from Dublin and Cork to Reykjavik from €59.99 each way (Cork flights take off in May 2017). The fares apply to flights from January to May 2017, but exclude the Easter period. Transatlantic connections include Boston and New York from €155.99, and LA from €169.99 each way. wowair.ie
Fly away with Aer Lingus's Seat Sale
Aer Lingus has a January seat sale running from December 26 to midnight on January 16. It includes up to 50pc off summer and city break destinations in Europe, including its new routes to Porto and Split (from April). US fares start from €249... a slight rise on previous years. All fares valid from April 1 to October 31. aerlingus.com
Ryanair's rock-bottom fares
Ryanair is running a week of sale promotions after Christmas. Offers include 10pc off 2 million summer fares, package holidays from €150, and summer sun destination flights from €14.99 each way. Check ryanair.com for details.
2. Package Holiday Highlights
€1 deposits with ClickAndGo.com
You can secure all ClickAndGo.com summer holidays with a €1 deposit. It has the Algarve (3-star) from €229pp in May, and a seven-night family holiday in Majorca for 2+2 from €959 in May. A seven-night holiday for a family of four in the algarve starts from €1,139pp in June. 01 539-7777; clickandgo.com.
€299pp: Disneyland Paris deal
Navan Travel has a three-night offer bundling flights, transfers, three nights' full-board accommodation and four days of park passes from just €299pp. The trip is based on two adults and two children sharing (i.e. total price: €1,196), and departs on Saturday, January 28. 1890 289 255; travalue.ie; itaa.ie/offers.
Topflight's January sale
Topflight's sale kicks off on December 26, with summer holiday offers including a week at the 4-star Bella Italia resort in Lake Garda from €499pp (self-catering in May), and a five-star week in Madeira from €799pp (also in May). 01 240-1788; topflight.ie.
Return of Sardinia
Alghero is back by popular demand on the Sunway brochures next year, with 3-star June departures priced from €614pp. Sunway also has 3-star packages in the Algarve and Majorca from €399pp in May. 01 231-1888; sunway.ie.
€1,028: Family holidays in Portugal
Going to press, Cassidy Travel has a seven-night, 3-star package to Alvor in Portugal's Algarve from €1,028 in total, including Ryanair flights. The price is based on a June 17 departure (deals are available from €569pp in early May) and doesn't include baggage or transfers. 0818 332500; cassidytravel.ie.
€190pp off Croatian Holidays
Expect Croatia to steam ahead in 2017, as holidaymakers look for alternatives to increasingly crowded Spanish resorts. Concorde Travel has early booking discounts of up to €190pp off holidays to Dubrovnik, valid on bookings made this January. The charter season runs from March to October. Seven night packages start from around €425pp in June. 01 775-9300; concordetravel.ie.
3. Cruise & Ferry Deals
Royal Caribbean: Buy one, get one half-price
Buy one all-inclusive cruise with Royal Caribbean, and you can get a second for half-price (on select 2017 Mediterranean and Caribbean cruises). The offer also includes a deluxe drinks package and 50pc off kids' rates. You can secure with a deposit of just €30pp. 7-night Eastern Caribbean cruises from €847pp. royalcaribbean.ie.
15pc off Brittany Ferries
Book by 7 February and save 15pc on return sailings from Cork and holiday accommodation in France. Four people travelling from May 27 to June 9 can nab a holiday from €230pp, staying at Camping Les Brunelles. Contact 021 427 7801 or brittanyferries.ie/holidays.
25pc off Stena Line sailings
Stena Line is offering 25pc off sailings in 2017 to Holyhead and Fishguard. The offer applies to sailings from January 5, but must be booked before January 13. To avail, log onto stenaline.ie/sparkle and use the promo code SPARKLE.
Norwegian's Stephen's Day sale
Norwegian Cruise Line has a sale starting on St Stephen's Day. Tour America (touramerica.ie) has flights plus a 10-night Orlando and Caribbean cruise departing February 1 from €1,199pp. It includes three nights in Orlando, seven on Norwegian Epic, and car hire for the port transfers (Ref: 526328). See also ncl.com.eu.
€946: Family holidays with Irish Ferries
Irish Ferries has return ferry crossings for a car and a family of six, including a seven-night break in a holiday home at a Welsh holiday park from €946. It departs July 3, and can be booked with a €50 deposit. 0818 300 400; irishferries.com/haven.
Save up to €600 with Celebrity
Celebrity Cruises, set to home port in Dublin in 2018, is offering up to €600 off per stateroom on select 2017/18 sailings booked before February 28. The offer includes a free classic drinks package. See celebritycruises.ie.
€999pp: Dubai & Emirates Fly/Cruise
Departing March 6, Sunway has flights plus a seven-night cruise on Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas from €999pp. 01 231-1868; sunway.ie.
4. Long-haul & bucket list trips
€799pp: Seven days in South Africa
Trailfinders has a seven-day tour of South Africa's Garden Route, including flights, accommodation (3 & 4-star hotels) and five days' car hire from €799pp. The deal is based on select May and June departures. 01 677-7888; trailfinders.ie.
10pc off your Camino
Camino Ways is offering 10pc off all tours for anybody who books before the end of December. In January, it is also offering a free roof top tour of the Cathedral in Santiago for pilgrims. As a sample price, a six-night tour of from Sarria to Santiago costs from €560pp, excluding flights. 01 525-2886; caminoways.com.
€825pp: Take off to Thailand
Sunway has flights, transfers and seven nights at the 4-star Old Phuket Karon Hotel from €825pp, departing in May. The price is based on two adults and two kids aged under 12 sharing. 01 231-1800; sunway.ie.
€150 off with G Adventures
Adventure travel specialist G Adventures is growing its presence in the Irish market for 2017, and it's offering €150 off all small group adventure trips priced over €1,000 for travel before July 31, 2017. Use the promo code 17GA150ADV01EUR. Sample trips include with days sailing in Montenegro from €1,099pp, and a National Geographic 'Wonders of Namibia' tour from €2,399pp (ex. flights). gadventures.co.uk.
€1,399pp: 14 nights all-inclusive in Jamaica
Falcon Holidays has flights plus 14 nights' all-inclusive accommodation at Jamaica's 3-star Holiday Inn Montego Bay from €1,399pp, departing June 8. 4 and 5-star options are also available. 1850 45 35 45; falconholidays.ie.
€1,090pp: Northern Lights direct from Dublin
Project Travel has direct flights from Dublin, two nights in Tromso and a three-night Hurtigruten cruise from €1,090pps. It also has five-day packages to Tromso from €795pp (from February 23 to March 23). Other activities, such as dog-sledding, can be added on at additional costs. 01 210-8391; Project-Travel.ie.
€899pp: Santa's hometown in Lapland
Sunway is offering 2016 prices on 2017 trips to Lapland for a limited period only. The trips start from €899pp/€799pp for one night, including flights, tours, excursions and activities like husky sledding and Santa's village. sunway.ie.lapland
Santa's Kingdom: Watch a video of Lapland here.
5. US Holidays in 2017
Tour America has flights plus seven nights at the Avanti Resport from €579pp based on two adults and two kids sharing. The holiday departs June 6 (REF: 526324, touramerica.ie). Meanwhile, Sunway (sunway.ie) has a seven-night package staying at the 3-star Rosen Inn at Point from €525pp in May, based on four sharing, and American Holidays (americanholidays.com) has Orlando from €555pp.
New York on the cheap
January and February are the cheapest months of the year for hotel bookings in NYC, a time that also sees NYC Restaurant Week (Jan. 23 - Feb.10), NYC Broadway Week (Jan. 17 – Feb. 5) and NYC Off-Broadway Week (Feb. 27–Mar. 12).
2017 sees the first ever NYC Attractions Week (Jan.17 – Feb.5), which offers two-for-one admission on more than 70 tours, attractions and cultural events (including MoMA and One World Observatory). Ticket sales from January 5. nycgo.com.
6. Holiday offers in Ireland
€69pp: Flynn Hotels room sale
The Flynn Hotels room sale kicks off at midnight on January 6. Running for seven days, it has nightly B&B rates from €69pp, along with early check in or late checkout on a selection of dates. Hotels featured are The Imperial in Cork, The Old Ground Hotel in Ennis, The Newpark Kilkenny and The Park in Dungarvan. flynnhotels.com.
€99pp: Escape to Carton House
Kildare's Carton House is offering B&B with dinner and a €10 golf or spa credit from €99pp from December-March. 01 651-7720; cartonhouse.com.
GAA Jersey January at Croke Park
Wear your club or county jersey to Croke Park this January, and you get half-price on the stadium tour! The offer includes free entry to the GAA Museum with its Interactive Games Zone. The tour & museum combo usually costs €13/€8.50/€35. See crokepark.ie/jerseyjanuary (offer only available to those who buy their tickets at the GAA Museum on the day of the tour, and not to pre-purchased online tickets).
€99pp: Winter Escape at Castlemartyr
The five-star Castlemartyr Resort has a €99pp winter package including B&B, a two-course evening meal and a €20 spa credit each for a 50-minute treatment. Valid midweek from January to March. 021 421-9000; castlemartyrresort.ie.
NB: All prices subject to availability and change.
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