Travel deals for Croatia, Ireland, UK, Eastern Europe

Here is Taste for Travel’s recommended travel discounts for the month. Travel deals for Croatia, Ireland, UK, Eastern Europe,  a cheap few nights at the Ritz in Madrid, and a bargain price for Dubai. Enjoy!

TEMPO Holidays is offering three nights’ accommodation in Dubai from just $A63 per person twin share for travellers with return Emirates flights to the city.The rate applies to stays at the Howard Johnson hotel and also includes daily breakfast, meet and assist at Dubai airport, welcome pack on arrival and return coach airport transfers, valid for sale until August 2.  The ‘Hello Dubai’ accommodation special is only available to travellers with Emirates flights to and from Dubai (return/onward both sectors), and who complete their stay by August 4, 2013.

 Cliffs of Moher, Ireland
Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

SAVE 10% on selected UK and Ireland coach tours exploring everything from kilts and whisky to leprechauns and Guinness when booked by June 30. The discount applies to Tempo Holidays tours including the Irish Adventure, Irish Spirit, Irish Pub & Folk Tour, Scottish Dream and Taste of Scotland & Ireland. All include accommodation, daily breakfast, other meals and sightseeing. Soak up the cultural highlights of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland on the 8-day Irish Adventure now from just $A978 per person twin share, valid for Monday and Wednesday departures until October 31, 2013. Starting in Dublin, enjoy an afternoon tour of the city, learn about Irish emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship, visit Blarney Castle, take in the breathtaking mountains and coastal scenery of the Ring of Kerry, see the imposing Cliffs of Moher and the Giant’s Causeway and visit Titanic Belfast, a state-of-the-art attraction devoted to the ill-fated ocean liner.

DISCOVER the dramatic countryside of the Scottish Borders and Northern England and save up to 15% on selected departures with Back-Roads Touring. The 6-day Scottish Borders & English Lakes explores the lakes, hills and valleys which have inspired the works of poets and authors including William Wordsworth, Beatrix Potter and the Bronte Sisters. Departing Edinburgh, visit the mysterious Rosslyn Chapel which featured in the Da Vinci Code, the Scottish Borders passing through Peebles and Melrose, the dramatic moorlands of Liddersdale, the ruins of Hermitage Castle, Northumberland National Park and Beatrix Potter’s Hill Top Farm, where some of her most famous characters were created. Departures on July 1 and 29  discounted by 15 per cent from $A1866 per person twin share.  A 10 per cent discount applies to September 16 and 30 September from $A1976 per person twin share. Back-Roads Touring caters for mature travellers with small group tours of no more than 18 people.

Budapest in winter: Hungarian Parliament Building
Budapest in winter: Hungarian Parliament Building

SAVE $A142 on a 10-day winter adventure through Eastern Europe exploring the wonders of the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary with Back-Roads Touring. Visit cities brimming with culture and history including Prague, Brno, Krakow, Bratislava and Budapest on the Eastern Europe Winter Escape now from $A2693 per person twin share when booked and paid in full by mid-July. Cross the iconic Charles Bridge, walk through Brno’s wonderfully preserved medieval Old Town, visit the Wawel Hill Royal Castle and Auschwitz concentration camp in Krakow and take a cable car to the summit of Chleb mountain in Slovakia. The itinerary also includes a visit to Bratislava’s Presidential Palace and historical Old Town, a walking tour and river cruise in Budapest and visits to Christmas markets in Prague, Brno, Krakow and Budapest on select departures.


Lounge, Hotel Ritz, Madrid
Lounge, Hotel Ritz, Madrid

LIVE like a king and enjoy four nights for the price of three at the 5-star Hotel Ritz in Madrid when booking through Tempo Holidays. The deal includes 4 nights’ accommodation and breakfast daily now from $A677 per person twin share, valid for sale until December 27, 2013. Built in 1910 for King Alfonso XIII, this landmark luxury property is popular with visiting dignitaries and aristocrats and lies within walking distance of the city’s major cultural, shopping and dining areas. Tempo also has an earlybird special at the 4-star Hotel Waldorf Trocadero and Hotel Waldorf Madeleine in Paris, with one night’s accommodation with breakfast now from just $A174 per person twin share when booked by June 30. The Hotel Waldorf Trocadero is a 1920s residence near the Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower that features 44 elegantly decorated rooms.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Dubrovnik, Croatia

VISIT Croatia: Save up to 15 per cent on selected September departures of a 7-day small group tour exploring the coastlines of Croatia and neighbouring Montenegro. Croatia & the Dalmatian Coast from Back-Roads Touring journeys through Split, Korcula, Kotor and Dubrovnik from $A2291 per person twin share, 15 per cent off, for September 16 and 23 departures. A 10 per cent discount applies to the September 9 departure now from $A2426 per person twin share.

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