TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement April 3 2016: 170,000 reasons to worry about your passport



Toulouse evening at l’Espace EDF Bazacle, April 1 2016

Toulouse evening at l’Espace EDF Bazacle, April 1 2016


Things to know about travel this week:

  • 170,000 reasons to worry about your passport
  • 43 strikes not out: 2 solutions to the cyclical French ATC grievance
  • Bookabed business up 40pc in Ireland
  • Iberia Express will bring your dog to Spain

Travel Extra TV

video of the week april 3 2016Our video of the week is very moving: Expedia showed the world to the children of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital through 350 degree virtual reality because they are too sick to travel. Watch here.

  • This GoPro footage shows the shocking moment two skydivers collidedWatch here.
  • This dad celebrated his 70th birthday in style—by jumping out of an aircraftWatch here.
  • Aer Lingus uploaded a promo for the College Football Classic between Boston College Football and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Watch here.
  • Airbus uploaded incredible footage of an exploding star. Watch here.
  • See highlights from Airbus’ week at FIDAE 2016. Watch here.

More video on Travel Extra’s YouTube channel.

Behind the Headlines

sean o brienIrish rugby international Sean O’Brien, the pride of Tullow (alongside Pat Dawson of course) will be guest of Aer Lingus at the Travel Industry Business Show at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin 4, this Thursday, April 7 2016. With 117 exhibitors, including a Portuguese Pavilion made up of 21 companies, this will be the biggest travel trade show ever held in Ireland. Click here to register and click here for a place at the BBQ and entertainment sponsored by Aer Lingus. 

dublin airport skybridgeSince Friday, all Irish people travelling to the US via the Visa Waiver Programme need an electronic passport. As electronic passports have been issued since October 16th 2006 in Ireland, this affects 170,000 Irish passport holders worldwide. The electronic symbol is visible at the bottom of the cover of the passport booklet.

royal caribbean eventRoyal Caribbean sent three teams out to visit 160 Irish travel agencies over four days this week, running up 11,500km each as they cross crossed the country. The cruise line says it has regained market share after a drop-off in 2013 (listen here) and wanted to deliver the news about their two new ships to launch in the same month, a first cruise industry and offer the last cabin on Harmony of the Seas that is up for grabs. Picture shows Jenny Rafter, Jennifer Callister, Holly Wilkinsonand Michaela BanksWatch here interview with Ben Bouldin as the roadshow set off. In an extended interview Ben Bouldin said that Royal had so much to talk about this year the road show was moved to an earlier month (listen here), new to cruise was still central to Royal Caribbean’s growth plan (listen here) cruise was a good alternative to land based holidays (listen here) with higher service levels (listen here), Harmony had boosted Barcelona bookings which were now, alongside Venice, 60-70pc of the total cruise market from Ireland (listen here), Ireland is now 10pc of Royal Caribbean’s business (listen here), he enjoyed a great response from agents in Ireland (listen here) explained how they did not originally plan an event on Ovation of the Seas (listen here) but as a result of the extra sailings Royal were now putting an unprecedented 4,000 agents on ships (listen here), and that he was considering another roadshow in August (listen here). Following discussions in Fort Lauderdale last week direct pick-ups from Ireland were up for grabs in 2018 (listen here). Niki Stanfordfrom won the first spot prize of a Spa day for two). See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook

adam bev lee_0583 copyPicture shows Adam McKnight of A2B transfers with Beverleigh Fly and Lee Osborne, of Bookabed who hosted 30 members of the trade in the Dean Hotel on Thursday. Lee Osborne said Bookabed’s Irish business was up 49pc in the first quarter, and business from the trade overall up 40pc in the four markets where Bookabed operate. New additions include a mix and match facility for low cost airlines out and back, and an email quote system with the agency logo, and the bottom of the home page will have printable special offers. He says that the move towards dynamic packaging by agents seems to be gathering pace rather than slowing and may be past 80pc. Adam McKnight said that A2B Transfers business is also growing, and that his company was 98pc focussed on the trade. Listen here to Lee Osborne, listen here to Adam McKnight and listen here to Martin Skelly replying on behalf of the trade. Watch here our video report from the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook. 

iberia eventCarlos Pinacho of Iberian Express says that he expects more than 80pc of the traffic to be point to point on the new 2w Cork to Madrid route to launch on June 18, but that the route also offers connections on Iberia’s extensive South American network and to popular destinations such as South Africa. Gonzalo Ceballos said Irish tourism traffic to Spain is up 17pc so far in 2016 and outlined the competitive advantages Iberia will offer (listen here), the only business class service out of Cork and a facility for carrying pets (€120, but cheaper than leaving them at home given kennelling costs). The French Air Traffic Control strike prevented Ana Alvares Sostres of Madrid Destino and Paloma Utrera of Iberia Express reaching the event but Gonzalo Ceballos deputised with the Madrid presentation. Listen here to Kevin Cullinane’s hilarious opening to his speech on behalf of Cork Airport. Listen here to Gonzalo Ceballos’s Madrid presentation and listen here to Carlos Pinacho. Gonzalo paid tribute to Iberia’s man in Ireland all of 51 years ago when it offered the first non westbound jet service out of Dublin, Con Horgan at the event (listen here). See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

keith butler_0524 copyKeith Butler of Aer Lingus said that his airline is now the airport of choice for Bostonians and almost a home service carrier in Boston because of the number of connections through Dublin (watch here). An Aer Lingus aircraft will cross the Atlantic 30 times a day this summer, the airline’s busiest summer ever, reflecting Aer Lingus position as the fastest growing airline over the Atlantic in the aer lingus three_0576 copypast four years and the fastest growing international airline at Logan Airport. He was speaking at Trinity College to mark the launch of ticket sales for the Boston College v Georgia Tech colleges football match at the Aviva stadium next September. Tickets, from €35 go on general sale next Wednesday, April 6 at 9am via Ticketmaster. Trinity College, Dublin. Listen here to Ambassador Kevin O’Malley, listen here to Warren Zola of Chief Executives Club, listen here to Adrian Neilan of Trinity College and listen here to Padraic O’Kane speaking at the event. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The 43rd French Air Traffic Control strike was a bit more complicated than its predecessors, a multi-union strike related to French employment policy rather than the usual shopping list of staffing, wage and equipment upgrades (French unions are loathe to even mention the impending single European sky which is the real target of their disdain). A4E, the new five-airline group headed up by Willie Walsh and Michael O’Leary issued their strongest yet condemnation of the tag-team strikes. The two pronged demanded is to require French ATC unions to engage in binding arbitration instead of strikes to resolve their claims, or allow Europe’s other ATCs to operate overflights over France while ATC unions are on strike. The air and midi prail strikes disrupted the arrivals for the pre-fams in advance of next week’s Rendez Vous de France in Montpelier. Only 30 were missing on Thursday night, one Toulouse tourism representative explained, which was a better outcome than had been the case earlier in the day. Travel Extra is among 12 journalists being hosted by Midi Pyrenees this weekend. Midi-Pyrenees tourism hosted 15 separate groups of tour operators in advance of Rendez Vous de France in Montpelier next week. Watch here Marine Gil speaking to Travel Extra outside Albi cathedral. Watch here Jerome Homiere  Canal di Midi. See pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Ana Celina Tavares Antonio PadeiraIreland is the fastest growing market to Portugal in 2016: visitor numbers to Portugal were up 41.8pc in January and overnights up 25.9pc with Algarve visitors up 45.2pc and overnights up 35.6pc. The Irish market is now the fifth largest to the Algarve, with visitors up 8.6pc to 185,400 in 2015 and overnights up 4.7pc to 1,000,500. Visitor numbers from Ireland to Portugal in 2015 were up 9.2pc to 255,500 and overnights up 5.6pc to 225,300. Porto and Northern Portugal were up 25.3pc (overnights were up 21pc) and Central Portugal up 12.4pc. Lisbon hosted 44,600 visitors and 138,300 nights stays. Thanks to increased air capacity Madeira visitor numbers were up 120.9pc and overnights up 113.6pc. Portugal’s overall visitor numbers were up 9.7pc and overnight stays up 7.3pc. Picture shows Ana Celina Tavares and Antonio Padeira of the Portuguese Tourist Board.

aer lingus business class_0034Aer Lingus upgraded business class seats, launched on the A330 last year, are now available on their 757 services, and there is a surprise advantage: 757 passengers get four throne seats instead of just two, two each on rows 1 and 3, while the seats to get on the A330 are 3k and 5k . Picture shows Aer Lingus demonstrating their business class seat at the last Travel Industry Trade Show.

Travel Trade

audrey group_3255Picture shows Emma Lane of Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, Audrey Headon of Headon Representation and Celine Kenny of Cruisescapes on board the Balmoral for the Fred Olsen 2017/18 Worldwide brochure.

Topflight are looking forward to their first ever Ski Away Day on Wednesday, April 6. They will be joined by agents from all over the country and members of the travel trade press.

SuperBreak expanded its America short break programme.

National AGM of the SKAL Clubs of Ireland is being held on Thursday April 7 in the Radisson Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick 10.30am followed by lunch with tea and coffee at 12.30pm, cost of the lunch is €25pp.

spanish tb group copyAgents hosted by the Spanish tourist board in Almeria pictured yesterday: Gary Byrne from Sunway, Bettina Haltmeyer and Zita Fordde from ClickandGo, Brenda Roche from Travelfox, Kathryn McDonnell from the Spanish Tourist Board, Tony and Sheila Brazil from Limerick Travel and Robert Moran from EuTours.

Sad news: the death of Mona, the wife of John Brown’s (past PR director for Fáilte Ireland and Hon Secretary of the Skål Club of Dublin) and a familiar face at travel events and good friend of Travel Extra. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

Cabforce was appointed taxi and transfer provider to OTA Etraveli.


  • Galway’s five-star Glenlo Abbey Hotel launched its new website in conjunction with Bookassist.
  • rachel walkerRachel Waker was appointed corporate sales manager for Hayfield ManorKillarney Royal and The Malton Killarney. She will be based in Dublin.
  • Riu Hotels & Resorts inaugurates its first hotel in New York City, Riu Plaza New York Times Square.
  • AccorHotels renewed its partnership agreement with
  • Hilton Worldwide guests can book a ride with Uber through the HHonors app.


Introducing Oribiter of the Galaxies copyRoyal Caribbean promised to go where no cruise line has gone before with its April Fools gag—Orbiter of the Galaxies, a state-of-the-art spaceship, was confirmed for 2030. Other jokes from the industry: Holiday park operator Darwin Escapes announced plans to open a holiday resort exclusively for pets, no humans allowed. Contiki launched virtual reality toursVirgin America unveiled a new logoHooters restaurant bought a tropical islandHipster Aira new boutique airline, launched—if you like it, then they probably won’t. Alamo Rent A Car offered classic woodies station wagons.

  • Global blue acquired dynamic currency conversion business from Travelex.
  • National Car Rental’s Priority Service was extended to frequent business renters at 25 European Airports
  • A survey for VisitScotland found that holidays with pets had an average spend of an extra £126 compared to holidays without pets, while over two thirds consider their dogs as family members when booking holidays.

Food and Wine

  • A BBQ—claiming to be the “first barbecue centre of excellence”—opened at The Orchard Garden Centre in Celbridge. It was part of an initiative by Weber World in England.
  • RTÉ food entrepreneur show The Taste of Success opened entries for the competition to find a new product to be stocked in Lidl stores around the country. Closing date May 5.


The ERA Regional Airline Conference 2016 takes place on 6–7 April in Prague, Czech Republic.

Dublin Airport teamed up with Skyscanner to provide a suite of data technology services.

Aer Lingus will use a BA Embraer 190 98-seater to boost capacity to France and Spain on weekends between May 28 and September 4, providing an additional 12,000 seats to Lyon, Nice and Perpignan in France and to Bilbao and Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The aircraft was used by Sunway on charter last summer.

2014 Winners Castletroy college copyIrish Technology Leaders Group Young Innovators return to Shannon on Wednesday next, April 6 when students will compete for their schools in groups of eight to ten to imagine the world in 2066 in an event backed by tech companies such as Dell, Intel, Analog, Johnson and Johnson, Cook Medical, Zagg and Logitech.

SAS_3 copy 2SAS celebrated 50 years flying at Dublin Airport this week. The airline has carried 4.5m passengers on its three routes between Dublin, Copenhagen, Stockholm and Osla since it started services on April 1 1966.

flybe 2 new routes1Flybe commences new year round services to Birmingham and Edinburgh from Ireland West Airport, 70,000 new seats.

Etihad Airways signed up for Amadeus rich content.

Virgin Atlantic launched new services through Manchester to Boston and San Francisco.

Zaventem airport partially reopened this week after Belgian officials agreed to unions’ request for passengers to be checked before they enter the terminal. The provisional reopening mean the airport can receive 800 departing passengers per hour, roughly 20pc of the normal capacity for the airport.

American Airlines resumes its seasonal A330-200 Dublin to Chicago O’Hare and Charlotte Douglas International Airport routes from May 6. This will be the first year an A330 operates the Chicago service.

Thomas Cook Cancun PR copyThomas Cook Airlines announced that it will fly Belfast–Cancun in 2017.

  • Ryanair took delivery of a B737-800, serial 44728.
  • Emirates is to extend its online checkin to 48 hours before departure. US flights are the exception—online checkin is available 48 hours before departure but boarding passes will only be issued 24 hours in advance.
  • Acumen Aviation appointed Eamonn Cronin as global head of trading and re-marketing.
  • The 72nd IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit takes place in Dublin, June 1–3.
  • AWAS delivered an A320-200 to IndiGo, an A320 to VivaAerobus and an A320 to Aegean Airlines.
  • Avolon delivered an A320-200 to Vietjet Air and an A330-300 to Garuda Indonesia.
  • Poor weather conditions at Dublin Airport resulted in dozens of delayed flights on Friday. Runway 16/34, the crosswind runway, was in use in the morning.


ncl pride of americaNorwegian Cruise Line’s Pride of America returned to her homeport at Honolulu after a three and a half week dry dock where she was fitted with newly designed public spaces, new venues and decor in all staterooms.

  • Irish Ferries launched a 25pc spring sale entitled Epic on Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Pembroke, excluding the 11:50 & 14:30 Swift sailings and 14:15 Epsilon sailings in July and August, book before April 15, sail before December 18 0818 300 400.
  • Celebrity Cruises announced ‘Ben Fogle’s Great Adventures’ Abu Dhabi excursion.
  • Celebrity Cruises will premiere A Taste of Film on two more ships, Celebrity Summit and Celebrity Millennium this spring.
  • As previously reported by Travel ExtraBrittany Ferries confirmed early bookings were up 19pc YOY. The operator started its new season yesterday with the return of its Cork-Roscoff route, which continues until November 4.
  • Carnival Cruise Line announced a partnership with Miami’s Concrete Beach Brewery, which will see the opening of the Red Frog Pub and Craft Brewery on board Carnival Vista.


Rathlin IslandRathlin West Light Seabird Centre on Rathlin Island reopened to the public recently having undergone major refurbishment.

The Burren Way warden project won a Greenlife Fund.

British Tourism & Travel Show are saying they want Ireland to be very much a part of their show and they use the tag line. The decision to change the name from the Best of Britain and Ireland (BoBI) to the British Tourism & Travel Show involved consultation with the industry and it was felt that the new name better explained the type of event that this is with a focus on tourism and travel.

  • doolin folk festivalThe Hothouse Flowers, Jerry Fish, Finbar Furey, Dervish and Luka Bloom were confirmed for the line-up of this year’s Doolin Folk Festival, June 10–12.
  • Dublin hosted the Japan Karate Association European Championship at Tallaght’s National Basketball Arena yesterday. Fáilte Ireland’s Events Ireland team is looking to win the bid to host the 2018 world championships.
  • CSO figures show that overseas visitors to Ireland were up 17pc YOY from December to February.
  • Titanic Belfast visitor centre saw visitor numbers up 2pc in 2015 to 625,000, but profit before tax fell by almost a third.

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Deal Watch

tourism ni deal watchTourism NI offers: 3 nights B&B Dunsilly Hotel, Antrim from £135pps incl. evening meal on two nights of your choice, available until April 17, call (028) 9446 2929, quote Spring Offers when booking. 1 night B&B Culloden Estate and Spa, Holywood, Co Down from £155pps incl. 55-minute Espa spa treatment, available until April 17, call (028) 9039 3000, quote Spring Offers when booking. 2 nights B&B 4* Killyhevlin Hotel, Enniskillen from £109pps incl. 4 course meal on each night and use of health club, available until May 31, call (028) 6632 3481.

Sunway offers: 12 night Mediterranean cruise on board Norwegian Spirit from €1,159pp incl. drinks package, depart May 19. 7 nights Western Med cruise on board Norwegian Epic from €649pp, depart April 17. 8 nights Western Caribbean cruise on board Norwegian Cruise incl. 1 night pre stay in Miami and drinks package, depart May 1. 8 nights Norwegian Fjords cruise on board Norwegian Star from €949pp incl. 1 night pre stay in Copenhagen and drinks package, depart April 30. 7 nights Paris and Normandy river cruise from €1,599pp, depart July 7. 10 days Imperial Europe escorted tour from €2,149pp, depart July 1. 10 days Imperial Highlights escorted tour from €1,510pp, depart May 13. 7 nights all inclusive Sicily from €899pp, depart September 8. 16 days Inland and Amazon G-Adventure tour from €2,139pp, depart June 25. 7 nights half board 3* Cotillo Beach Hotel, Fuerteventura from €669pp, depart June 4. 7 days Jewels of Italy escorted tour form €1,299pp, depart May 29. 7 nights 5* Paris to Normandy river cruise from €1,589pp, depart July 8. 7 nights self catering 3* Happy Aparthotel, Kusadasi from €259pp, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 2* Acqua Maris Balaia Apartmens from €2,269pp, depart May 14 or 21. 7 nights self catering 2* Deya Apartments, Majorca from €279pp, depart May 14 or 21. 7 nights self catering 2* Acurio Sol 2 Apartments, Lanzarote from €299pp, depart May 7, 14 or 21. 7 nights self catering 3* Puerto Plata Apartments, Gran Canaria from €299pp, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering 2* Binimar Apartments, Menorca from €299pp, depart May 22. 7 nights self catering 2* Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €349pp, depart May 14 or 21.Visit or call 01 231 1800.

Click and Go offers: 7 nights 4* Hotel 252, Los Alcazares, Costa Calida Murcia Region from €399pp incl. return flights, airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel April. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, the Algarve from €269pp incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel April. 7 nights Verdemar Apartments, Santa Ponsa, Majorca from €399pp incl. airport transfers, taxes and charges, travel May. 3 nights 4* Best Western Hotel Franklin Feel the Sound, Rome from €299pp incl. return flights, taxes and charges, travel April. Visit or call 01 539 7777.

thomson deal watchThomson offers: 7 nights full board Med Medley Thomson cruise from €919pps, depart May 17. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Montego Bay, Jamaica from €1,499pps, depart June 12. 7 nights half board Grecotel Kos Imperial Thalasso, Psalidi, Kos form €769pps, depart June 4. 7 nights half board Hotel Guayarmina Princess, Costa Adeje, Tenerife from €599pps, depart May 13. 14 nights all inclusive Riu Tequila, Playacar, Mexico from €1,789pps, depart June 20. 7 nights all inclusive Hotel Haita, Majorca from €459pps, depart Cork May 21. 7 nights half board Hotel Belvedere, Costa Dorada from €689pps, depart Knock July 19. 7 nights half board Sol Tenerife, Playa de las Americas from €519pps, depart April 15. 7 nights all inclusive Maspalomas Princess, Gran Canaria from €669pps, depart April 16. Visit

falcon deal watchFalcon offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Sun Beach Apartments, Santa Ponsa, Majorca from €199pps, depart Cork May 10. 14 nights all inclusive 4* Grand Bahia Principe Coba, Mexico from €1,689pps, depart June 20. 7 nights all inclusive 4* Holiday Village, Sagirme, Dalaman from €1,939 2+1, from €2,689 2+2, depart June 13. 7 nights all inclusive 5* Holiday Village, Cala Millor, Majorca from €2,859 2+1, from €3,779 2+2, depart June 8. 5 nights all inclusive 3* Dunas Mirador, Maspalomas, Gran Canaria from €549pps, depart April 30. 8 nights B&B Hesperia Lanzarote, Puerto Calero, Lanzarote from €699pps, depart April 24. 7 nights half board 4* Grupotel Los Principes & Spa, Majorca from €489pps, depart Cork May 14. 7 nights half board 3* Best Cambrils, Costa Dorada from €669pps, depart Cork June 14. Visit or call 1850 45 35 45.

Tour America offers: 4 nights Excalibur Hotel, Las Vegas from €649pp, depart May 18. 5 nights Elara Hotel, Las Vegas from €739pp, depart October 20. 4 nights Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas from €779pp, depart October 27. Visit

Lowcostbeds offers, based on 7 nights 2 sharing, depart June 10: 4* Cesar’s Bodrum Hotel, Gumbet, Turkey from €22pppn B&B. 3* Club Paloma Apartments, Gumbet, Turkey from €6.50pppn self catering. 4* Vile Gale Village, Cascais, Lisbon from €72pppn B&B. 4* Pestana Cascais Ocean, Lisbon from €48pppn B&B. 4* Windsor Hotel, Sillema, Malta from €23pppn B&B. 4* Hotel Santana, Qawra, Malta from €26pppn B&B. Visit

Royal Caribbean offers: 7 nights Experience Norway cruise on board Navigator of the Seas from €1,089pp, depart Shannon May 30. 7 nights Explore Europe cruise on board Independence of the Seas from €1,139pp, depart May 28. 7 nights Discover the Greek Isles cruise on board Vision of the Seas from €1,279pp, depart August 13. Visit or call 1800 555 604.

IRISH FERRIES - ULYSSES Pic: Miki BarlokIrish Ferries is offering 25pc off sailings from Dublin to Holyhead and Rosslare to Pembroke routes, excluding the 11.50 and 14.30 Swift sailings and 14.15 Epsilon sailings in July and August. Book by April 15, travel by December 18. Visit or call 0818 300 400. 

travel department deal watchTravel Department offers: 9 nights solo-friendly B&B St Petersburg and Moscow from €1,789pp incl. flights, taxes, charges, guides and excursions, depart September 15. 3 nights B&B Cannes from €499pp incl. flights, transfers, taxes, charges and excursions, depart November 10.

Topflight offers: 7 nights self catering 2* Aparthotel Puerto Carmen, Lanzarote from €349pps, depart April 9. 7 nights B&B 4* Barcelo Lanzarote Resort, Costa Teguise from €599pps, depart April 16. 7 nights B&B 5* Hotel Princesa Baiza, Playa Blanca, Lanzarote from €999pps, depart May 7. 7 nights self catering 5* Victoria Residences, Vilamoura, the Algarve from €569pps, depart May 14. 7 nights self catering 4* Vila Petra Aparthotel, Albufeira, the Algarve from €499ppa, depart May 7. 7 nights B&B 4* Dorsal Mimosa, Funchal, Madeira from €399pps, depart May 12. 7 nights B&B 5* Melia Madeira Mare, Funchal from €749pps, depart May 26. 7 nights self catering 4* Bella Italia Bungalows, Peschiera, Lake Garda from €429pps, depart May 7. 7 nights 3* Hotel Albatros, Letojanni, Sicily form €569pps, depart May 28. All princes include return flights, transfers, taxes and €30pp online discount. Visit or call 01 240 1700.

wendy wu tours deal watchWendy Wu Tours is offering 2-night extensions to Cambodia on select Vietnam tours and free 2-night extensions to Hong Kong on group tours to Japan, China or Burma, inclusive of the current price. Offer ends April 30. See or call 0818 776 380. For trade support, contact

ITAA offers: 7 nights full board 3* Club Valamar Hotel, Dubrovnik from €669pp incl. half day tour of Dubrovnik, full day tour to Montenegro, taxes, charges and 15kg baggage pp, travel May and October. 7 days guided tour of Madrid, Salamanca and Toledo from €809pp incl. flights, accommodation, guided tour of Toledo, sightseeing tour of Madrid, walking tour of Salamanca and castle visit to Aranjuez, depart May 18. 9 nights China Experience from €1,990pp incl. international flights, domestic transportation, departure taxes, fuel surcharges, accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, guides, daily tours and visa fees.

Cassidy Travel offers: 7 nights self catering Deya Apartments, Majorca from €299pps, depart May 14. 7 nights self catering President Apartments, Portugal from €299pps, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering Acurio Sol Apartments, Lanzarote from €349pps, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering Vistalmar Apartments, Costa del Sol from €369pps, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering Puerto Plata Apartments, Gran Canaria from €369pps, depart May 7 or 14. 7 nights self catering Carmen Apartments, Sicily from €399pps, depart May 14. 7 nights B&B Greco Residential Hotel, Madeira from €399pps, depart May 12. All prices include flights and resort transfers. Visit or call 0818 332 500.

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