Sunday 25 February 2018

Five last-minute deals

Gemma O'Doherty

1. San Fran made easier

The west coast of America will be within easier reach from next April, when Aer Lingus starts a new service between Dublin and San Francisco.

If you can't wait that long, Trailfinders (01-677 7888; trailfinders.ie) is offering a south-coast fly-drive between San Fran and Las Vegas.

The eight-day stay, which costs €899, takes in Death Valley and Yosemite en route to the Pacific, and includes flights from Dublin via London, three-star hotels and car hire.

2. family-friendly france

If you're taking the children to France this summer but have put booking on the long finger, Pavillon de la Reine, a luxury hotel in the Marais, Paris, is a haven for families. It's set in a quiet residential area, with a playground across the road.

Guests staying in August receive a 50pc discount on the price of a second room. Doubles normally cost €400pn, but take two and you pay €200 for the second. Tel: 0033 140 291 919; pavillon-de-la-reine.com.

3. rustic getaway

If you're after something more rural, The Gascony Secret has a selection of stunning yet affordable self-catering properties across this ancient region of southwest France.

Pasterou is a four-bedroom farmhouse in a hamlet in the Gers, with views of the surrounding countryside, a swimming pool, and many lakes and sandy beaches nearby.

A week's stay costs about €1,468 or €183pp, based on eight sharing.

4. prague for less

Sunway Holidays have slashed the price of flights to Prague. Return fares cost from €112, including taxes. A four-night package starts at €219, including air fares and hotel. Visit sunway.ie or call 01-288 6828.

5. five-star madeira

There's still time to snatch a budget-friendly break away to the sun. Concorde Travel has a seven-night package to Madeira, staying in the new five-star Melia Mare, from €799, including flights. The hotel is situated in the lido overlooking the Atlantic. Tel: 01-775 9300; concordetravel.ie.

By Gemma O'Doherty

Irish Independent

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