18 Places to Visit in 2018

18 Places to Visit in 2018

18 Places to Visit in 2018



Summer holiday 2018 and beyond. Here's our guide to travel this year.

1. Pacific Coast Highway, United States of America

Drive part or all of this amazing coastline, stopping in pretty seaside villages (think Big Sur and Carmel-By-The-Sea) and iconic cities (think San Francisco and Los Angeles) along the way. We have prices from €839 per person based on 2 adults & 2 children travelling April 2018, flying to/from Los Angeles and renting an RV for 10 nights. Or we can do car hire instead.  A convertible would be so much fun!








2. Rome

Less than a 3 hour flight from Dublin and very affordable, the Eternal City is perfect for a summer break. Follow our suggested itinerary to make the most of your time in this wonderful city.




3. Vietnam

Vietnam has become extremely popular in the last few years and with bustling cities and stunning pastoral scenery, it is not hard to see why. Book a 10-night Vietnam tour with us travelling in May 2018 from €1889 and visit Hanoi, Halong, Ho Chi Minh and Hoi An. Price includes visa, flights, transfers, accommodation, the services of a tour guide, entrances into tourist sites and some meals.



4. Budapest

Set on the banks of the river Danube and boasting a rich architectural, historical and culinary heritage, yet with a youthful atmosphere thanks to its large student population, Budapest has something to offer travellers of all ages. Prices start from €179 per person for flights and 2 nights accommodation in the Agape Aparthotel or Nova Apartments (price is based on travelling 8 October 2018). You can easily combine Budapest with Vienna (see below) as they are only 2.5 hours apart by train. 2 nights in each city would be a fabulous holiday!




5. Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon

Las Vegas is a hedonistic mixture of gambling, entertainment, shopping and nightlife that simply must be experienced! Accommodation is not expensive and if you can get well-priced flights there, it can be a very reasonably priced longhaul city break. For example we have a 3 night break to Las Vegas in April 2018 including flights, luggage and accommodation for just €452 per person. While you're there, make sure to visit the Grand Canyon (by car hire, bus, plane or helicopter - we have loads of ways to get there. Just ask us for pricing).





6. Vienna




The gorgeous Schonnbrun Palace, pictured above, has more than 1,400 rooms and is in the beautiful city of Vienna, just a short flight from Dublin. We have 2 night breaks to from €259 per person based on travelling 14 May 2018 and staying in the centrally located Ibis Wien City Hotel. You can easily combine Vienna with Budapest (see above) as they are only 2.5 hours apart by train. 2 nights in each city would be a fabulous holiday!



7. The Maldives

If you are looking for a taste of paradise in summer 2018, then look no further than The Maldives; a chain of 26 atolls like a string of pearls in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Try your hand at snorkelling or scuba diving or just relax on the glorious beaches; the choice is yours. The Maldives combines very well with Dubai as most flights go via Dubai. Ready to start planning your summer holiday yet?





8. Dubai

Rising from the sands of the Arabian desert, Dubai in 1990 was very different from what it is today!


It has fast become a world-class city, with luxury shopping, accommodation, dining and modern architecture! 4 nights in Ramada Plaza Jumeirah including direct flights with Emirates and a full luggage allowance is €692 per person on 10 June 2018. Dubai makes a brilliant place to ring in the New Year as you can see on the video below. Prices for December 2018 will be available from February 2018.




9. Hong Kong

And while we're on the subject of world-class cities, Hong Kong is in a league of its own! As you'll see from our blog, it's not just a concert jungle, but is a multifaceted place with beautiful beaches, hiking trails and plenty of cultural experiences to be had...




The longest running light and sound show in the world takes place in Victoria Harbour each evening at 8pm and is a sight to behold:



10. Scotland

We now have direct flights to Scotland, flying into Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, allowing you to explore our highland neighbour with ease. Edinburgh is renowned for its vibrant nightlife and engaging atmosphere, making it perfect for a city break. Extend your stay and explore further, taking in the Lowlands, the Highlands or one of the 790 Islands in the Shetlands, Orkneys or Hebrides groups.




11. Lake Garda

Situated in the north of Italy, scenic Lake Garda is the largest lake in Italy and is surrounded by pretty towns and villages. Throughout the years, Lake Garda has been one of our more popular tourist destinations. With breaktaking scenery and a peaceful setting, this is definitely one for the bucket list. 7 nights in Garda, the largest of these towns, in a hotel including breakfast each morning, flights, luggage and airport transfers start at €540 per person on 2 June 2018. Make your summer holiday a stree free, carefee, peaceful time in this magical destination.



12. Bilbao

If you've read "Origin", Dan Brown's latest Robert Langton novel, Bilbao will be on your radar. If you haven't, you might have heard of the Guggenheim museum where much of the novel's action takes place. The Guggenheim in Bilbao is one of four Guggenheim museums worldwide (the others being in New York, Venice and Abu Dhabi) and it has put Bilbao, the capital of the Basque country, on the world map. 2 nights in Bilbao on 1 March 2018 comes in at €195 per person for flights and 2 nights accommodation in the Bilbao Jardines hotel. Summer holidays in Spain always deliver and Bilbao is no different. 




13. New York

New York needs no introduction! Outside of Europe, New York is our number one best-selling city break destination and with good reason. The city that never sleeps has something for everyone with shopping and shows, dining and tourist attractions. If you need some inspiration before your trip, click here. On 2 March 2018, we have an offer of €659 per person for direct flights from Dublin, full luggage allowance and 4 nights in the Days Inn New York City. If you fly into Stewart International Airport (90 mins by bus from Manhattan), bringing cabin baggage only, the price drops to €545 per person.




14. Prague

On 7 March, 2 nights in beautiful Prague, home of the iconic Charles Bridge and Wenscelas Square will cost €173 per person. This includes flights and accommodation in the Prague Centre hotel with breakfast.






15. South Africa

Often called "A World in One Country" (have a read of our blog here) thanks to its diverse landscapes and cultures, there is a world to explore in South Africa. With 3000km of coastline, you can lie by the beach or visit Cape Town with its famous backdrop of Table Mountain. Soak up some history and visit Robben Island where Nelson Mandela served his prison sentence and drive the beautiful Garden Route taking in the Winelands along the way. South Africa's safaris are famous worldwide; this is a summer holiday which will create lifelong memories. Prices start at €899 per person.





16. Zakynthos

If you want a taste of paradise closer to home, then the Greek paradise that is Zakynthos is for you. From May to September 2018, you can fly direct from Dublin to the Greek island, famed its the shipwreck beach pictured below. If you've been there already, direct flights from Dublin to Rhodes, Kos, Crete and Corfu are also available. If you're thinking about booking a summer holiday in Greece, check out our Zakynthos offers here.




17. Thailand Island Hopping

Relax under swaying palm trees then jump into crystal-clear waters – spend time island-hopping through the best of Southern Thailand's islands. The itinerary changes seasonally but you'll get a memorable experience no matter what time of year you visit. Snorkel the warm waters and meet the friendly locals while enjoying this tropical paradise. Get geared up for exploring or unwind on the islands’ beaches – it’s your choice. 9 days, from €849 plus flights.




18. Cruise

Have you always dreamed of going on a cruise? Of being able to explore a new destination when you wake up each morning, but only having to unpack once? How about being able to kick back and relax on a beautiful blue sea aboard a state of the art cruise ship? Make 2018 the year you make your dream a reality and finally go on a cruise of a lifetime! From the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, Alaska to Antarctica and China to Scandinavia, we have an itinerary and a price to suit everyone! Check out our latest cruise offers here



Written by Samantha Gavigan.



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