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Audley Travel Tailor-Made Trips to Colorado for Outdoors Enthusiasts – Silvija Travel Tips

Audley Travel has launched a new sample itinerary for its tailor-made trips to Colorado that is perfect for lovers of the outdoors. Covering a new area for Audley, the suggested itinerary is a fantastic mix of city exploring, beautiful scenery, outdoor activities and wildlife spotting and is a great choice for couples, families and honeymooners alike.

The trip starts in Denver, America’s mile-high city, with time to explore the many art galleries and famous botanic gardens.  Clients then spend a day in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains enjoying sights such as the Red Rocks Amphitheatre, a natural rock formation that has been home to many music performances.

Clients then drive themselves to Colorado Springs to ride the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. This excursion takes in the highest train in the country with an ascent of 8,000ft to enjoy stunning panoramic views before driving back down the mountain in a 4×4. Audley’s specialists also recommend a visit to the Garden of the Gods to view the striking red rock formations.

The trip continues with a drive west into the Rocky Mountains to the gold rush town of Breckenridge to wander along the high street sporting authentic 19th century shop fronts. Audley’s specialists recommend spending an extra day here – it is the ideal place to satisfy the adrenaline rush with zip-lining, cycling and hiking, before driving on to the historic mining town of Aspen. The journey takes guests over the Independence Pass with beautiful scenery to enjoy. Time in Aspen is spent relaxing in a spa or hiking, with a white-water rafting tour and gondola ride popular choices for visitors.

The penultimate drive takes clients over Trail Ridge Road, climbing to heights of 12,000 feet through the Rocky Mountain National Park with grazing wildlife including elk, moose and bighorn sheep a regular sight. The itinerary then includes a few nights in Estes Park to enjoy some of the 300 miles of hiking trails. Film buffs will want to visit, or perhaps stay in, the spooky Stanley Hotel, the inspiration for Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’ before returning to Denver.

Will Scott, Product Manager for the USA, says: “This is a great new sample itinerary and we are delighted to be able to offer it to our clients. As with all of Audley’s suggested itineraries, it gives a basis on which our specialists can develop a client’s own personalised trip to Colorado, taking into account their interests, tastes and budgets.”

A 15-day tailor-made trip, Colorado Rockies Explored, costs from £3,425 per person (based on two sharing) and includes flights, car hire, accommodation and excursions. For more information or call UK +441993 838755.

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The Beauty of the Black Sea, Bulgaria – Silvija Travel Tips

Well known as one of Eastern Europe’s premier beach resorts, Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast also holds a wealth of historic and cultural treasures which attract visitors from across the continents.

On this unique Travel Department holiday, you will be based in the coastal town of Nessebar, within walking distance of a glorious stretch of golden sandy beaches, as well as the UNESCO-listed Old Town of Nessebar, which is located on a small peninsula and home to charming cobbled streets, churches and ancient ruins.

From here, you will explore some of the coastline’s most notable towns and cities, including the ancient city of Sozopol, the former Greek trading port of Varna, and the charming town of Balchik, with its palace and botanic gardens. You will also have the opportunity to experience the Black Sea from the water, with a boat trip to the rocky island of St. Anastasia.

There will be plenty of time to explore this beautiful region at your own pace, with three full days to spend at your leisure.

Prices start from €749pp including seven nights’ 4* half-board hotel accommodation, return flights from Dublin, transfers, excursions and all taxes & charges, with flights departing May & September 2018.

To book, click HERE or call the Travel Department in Dublin on:     01-6371600

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Need a last-minute Christmas gift? Here are 8 cheap flights from €50 return. – Silvija Travel Tips

Don’t panic. There’s no need to buy anyone a Christmas jumper. Give a return flight to one of these buzzing cities instead, and you’ll be top of the gift-giving tree on December 25th.

1. Amsterdam from €50

Amsterdam by night

Both night owls and culture vultures will love you for this gift. The party animals will relish a journey through Amsterdam’s club scene, with Encore’s hip-hop Saturday nights at Melkweg, and electro-flavoured Brainwash at Escape on the itinerary. And if they’ve got the stamina, they can fill the daylight hours with the visit to the Heineken Brewery or a craft beer boat tour.

Meanwhile, anyone with an eye for art will be straight into the Rijksmuseum to wonder at its Rembrandts and Vermeers – with the Van Gogh Museum nearby offering a dazzling post-Impressionist dessert of energy and colour. Both sets of travellers will also love whizzing alongside the canals on a bike – either renting their own, or joining one of Mike’s Bike Tours. Though the party animals probably shouldn’t try it straight after they’ve been round the Heineken Brewery…

2. Berlin from €50

Norman Foster’s Reichstag dome

After a rather serious 20th-century hiccup, Berlin is back on the map as one of Europe’s most dynamic cities. Every street seems to mix scary history and youthful culture, with a dash of cutting-edge design thrown in – and it’s the perfect place to send your hipster friends and relatives.

The Reichstag should be their starting point. Once the battered symbol of national catastrophe, it’s now topped with Norman Foster’s beautiful glass dome, and hums with a renewed sense of purpose and power (register first for entry). Meanwhile, a trip to the Bauhaus Museum will remind them of Germany’s profound influence on modern design and architecture – before they head to the Kreuzberg district for its bars, streetfood and nightlife. Club Tresor should be their final stop – a nightclub in a disused power station.

3. Prague from €86

Prague’s astronomical clock

Prague’s mix of dreaming spires and cobbled streets comes straight out of a fairy-tale, and it’s never more magical than on a snowy January morning. Take a walk across the medieval Charles Bridge, and up to the hilltop cathedral and castle, and you’ll think you’ve wandered out of the 21st century altogether. For incurable romantics, it’s the dream destination.

Just make sure they don’t get sucked into the usual touristy bars and restaurants. Instead, point them in the direction of up-and-coming Dlouha, a street at the eastern edge of the Old Town. Nearby, Italian restaurant Divinis is the place for a slap-up celebratory meal, but it’s the wine-bar Bokovka they’ll remember longest. Set in a crumbling Renaissance courtyard, its vaulted, candlelit rooms are packed with the city’s fashionistas – and a few of its ghosts too.

4. Barcelona from €58

Barcelona’s Nou Camp stadium

Got any football fans in your circle? Give them return flights to Barcelona as a present. The thought of a stadium tour of the Nou Camp – one of the greatest cathedrals of the modern game – will have them buzzing all the way to New Year’s Eve.

Footie aside, the Catalan capital offers a very seductive version of seaside life. A Devour Barcelona tapas and wine tour will give them a taste of the city’s world-class cuisine, before they dive into the Gothic Quarter; a warren of small streets that bleeds cosmopolitan cool. Top-class bars here include laid back Sub Rosa Cocktail Bar and Bar Lobo.

5. Rome from €87

The Vatican, seen from the Pincio Hill

This one’s for the art lovers and time-travellers. No other city is piled quite so high with history, and if all they’ve ever seen of the Romans is an indecipherable pile of rubble somewhere in northern Europe, they’ll be blown away by the magnificence and density of the remains. The Pantheon – which has been in continuous use for nearly 2,000 years – is the most remarkable single building. But the great sweep of ruins, from the Forum to the Colosseum and up to the Palatine Hill is what really dazzles. The ordinary lives of Romans seem almost within touching distance when you walk there.

The food is memorable, too. For lunch, point your historians in the direction of l’Asino d’Oro, in the fashionable Monti district: an inexpensive restaurant with a serious gastronomic edge. But they must book ahead, to be sure of table. Tell them to eat well, and catch their breath. Next stop is the Vatican.

6. Reykjavik from €128

The Aurora Borealis in Iceland

Got a wannabe Bear Grylls in your circle? Give them cheap flights to Reykjavik. Iceland’s pricier than the other destinations on our list, but for anyone who yearns for big landscapes and jaw-dropping geology, it’s an unforgettable experience.

For a day of adrenaline-edged adventure, join a snowmobile safari that takes groups blasting across stunning glaciers and through natural ice caves. Or try a Golden Circle Tour, which includes a night in a see-through bubble hotel, purpose-built for watching the Northern Lights. The Icelandic capital is an essential stop too – for both the Viking World Museum and the city’s legendary nightlife.

7. Oslo from €63

Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo

Give them flights to Oslo in February, and they’re getting two breaks in a single trip. First is a snowy taste of winter, courtesy of ski lessons at the Oslo Vinterpark – followed by the even bigger thrill of zip-lining down the ski jump at the Holmenkollen Ski Museum.

Then, it’s time to explore a wealthy, harbourside city that’s been raising its cultural and gastronomic game in recent years. Art lovers will want to pay their respects to Munch at the Munchmuseet, as well Anselm Kiefer, Damien Hirst & Co at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art. Meanwhile, foodies will love snacking through the streetfood at Vippa, and the sharing plates at Sentralen. Afterwards, drinks and live music at Café Mono are a must.

8. Faro from €68

The Algarve coastline

Know any golfers or surfers? In Faro the daytime temperature averages 13C, and the sea’s at 16C – perfect for a vigorous sporting break while everyone else is huddled up at home. The golf is world-class, courtesy of courses such as the Quinta Do Lago ‘North Course’ or the Jack Nickalus-designed Monte Rei. Meanwhile surfers will want to hire a car and head to Sagres – which offers everything from beginner-friendly surf schools to fun beach breaks and bigger, expert-only waves.

After the fairway or the sea, your sports stars can then dive into the frenetic pace of Faro’s university-fuelled nightlife. For an atmosphere that’s a little more chilled, order at cocktail at Columbus – home to some of the most highly-rated mixologists in Portugal.



Special Offer USA to Europe from $349 Round-Trip – Silvija Travel Tips

Fly non-stop to Europe from NYC, Boston, DC, and Chicago, and make travel your New Year’s resolution. Fares include gate-to-gate Wi-Fi access, personal in-flight entertainment, and all taxes & fees.


Economy Light only includes hand luggage.

Copenhagen 349 349 479
Stockholm 349 379 499
Oslo 349 349 499 549
Helsinki 449 379 499
Glasgow 549 569 549 569
Amsterdam 399 449 399 449
London 449 449 549 579
Paris 499 449 449 449
Frankfurt 499 449 449

SALES PERIOD: December 14th – December 17th, 2017

Don´t forget to visit and look out for specials.

What can you do during a STOPOVER in Iceland?

Wind-down with a few hours in the ethereal waters of the Blue Lagoon. Take a day tour to the famous Golden Circle, go whale watching or enjoy the Icelandic countryside under the midnight sun during the summer months or the northern lights beginning in mid-September, or simply explore Iceland’s bustling, yet cozy capital city of Reykjavik. There’s plenty of options to book with the tours & add-ons available from Icelandair. Plus, be sure to check out the hotel and car hire rates available throughout Iceland, from economy-size cars to vehicles with room for the whole family.

* Fares quoted are round-trip including all taxes and fees, based on availability, and on sale until supplies last.

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Click&Go holiday deals, including 5* Algarve sun €299pp January 2018 – Silvija Travel Tips

 Some great holiday deals from Click&Go this week, including 5* Algarve sun from just €299pp in January 2018.

5* Algarve Sun from €299pp in January 2018

From €299pp for the 5 star Real Marina Hotel & Spa. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in January 2018.

Price includes:

  • 7 nights in the 5 star Real Marina Hotel & Spa, Olhao, The Algarve
  • Double Standard room on a bed & breakfast basis
  • Direct Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Faro
  • Airport Transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges

Link to offer:

5* City break to Rome from €279pp in January 2018

From €279pp for the 5 star Navona Palace Residenze di Charme. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in January 2018.

Price includes:

  • 3 nights in the 3 star Navona Palace Residenze di Charme, Rome, Italy
  • Suite on a room only basis
  • Direct Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Rome
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Link to offer:

4* Croatia in April 2018 from €479pp including breakfast and dinner

From €479pp for the 4 star Kornati Hotel.  Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing in April 2018.

Price includes:

  • 7 nights in the 4 star Kornati Hotel, Biograd na Moru, Zadar Coast, Croatia
  • Superior Room Sea View on a Half Board basis
  • Direct flights from Dublin to Zadar
  • Airport transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
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4* Winter sun in Lanzarote in January 2018 from €369pp

From €369pp for the 4 star Sands Beach Resort. Price is per person based on 2 adults sharing for travel in January 2018.

Price includes:

  • 7 nights in the 4 star Sands Beach Resort, Costa Teguise, Lanzarote
  • Studio apartment on a self catering basis
  • Direct Aer Lingus flights from Dublin to Lanzarote
  • Airport Transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Link to offer:

Visit today or call (01) 539 7777 to talk to one of our experienced reservation agents today.

* Prices are ‘from’ prices, based on select departure dates from Dublin. Price includes return flights, specified accommodation and airport taxes and charges where stated. Prices are per person, based on 2 adults sharing. Prices for cruises exclude gratuities. Offers are subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Prices exclude check-in luggage unless stated. Click&Go is fully licensed & bonded by the Commission for Aviation Regulation T.A 0700.

Click&Go is Ireland’s fastest growing online travel company. They are a one-stop online travel shop making it quick and easy for you to book the holiday you want.  Click&Go are holiday partners with Aer Lingus.  Click&Go are the home of the €1 holiday deposit – book now and pay later with Ireland’s only genuine €1 deposit for holidays.

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Christmas in Manchester – Silvija Travel Tips

Now is the perfect time to start planning your festive break to Manchester. During the winter months the city of Manchester becomes a magical wonderland, full of seasonal smells, sights and sounds. From the bustling Christmas markets where shoppers can indulge in foodie delights or buy one of kind gifts to experiencing an enchanting theatre production.

Book your festive short break to Manchester now.

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Christmas Tax-Free Shopping Break In Philadelphia – Silvija Travel Tips

With the UK high streets becoming increasingly busy with shoppers on the hunt for the perfect gift, now is the time to escape the Christmas chaos with a well-timed winter shopping break to Philadelphia. The city of Philadelphia is offering a festive selection of shopping experiences for travellers this winter, including browsing the outdoor market stalls at the 10th annual Christmas Village in the recently re-opened LOVE Park and tax-free shopping at the festively decorated Macy’s. Or travellers looking for carols, cocoa and roasted chestnuts on fairy-lit streets can explore the quaint neighbourhood of Chestnut Hill, which will host lively Stag and Doe Shopping Nights throughout December 2017.

Alongside tax-free shopping on clothes and shoes, Philadelphia is also consistently citied as one of the most walkable cities in the US – the perfect combination for a stress-free shopping break. The city is renowned for its excellent shopping districts, including the centrally-located Rittenhouse Row which is brimming with independent shops and national retailers alike. Travellers looking to find a one-off gift for a loved one back home can also find a great selection of vintage and thrifted items in the various boutiques located in the Old City of Philadelphia and those eager to ‘shop until they drop’ should head to the nearby King of Prussia Shopping Center or the Philadelphia Premium Outlets in Limerick, Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia Celebrates The Christmas Village’s 10th Anniversary at LOVE Park
Following an official opening ceremony by the Christkind from Nuremberg on Thanksgiving (23rd November), the city’s recently renovated LOVE Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland with the return of the 10th annual Christmas Village. Inspired by the traditional German Christmas markets, Philadelphia’s very own open-air Christmas Village will play host to more than 80 vendors from across the world until Christmas Eve. From the wooden booths, local and international merchants will sell traditional gifts and treats, including ornaments, toys, jewellery and artwork. Following a browse of the stalls, holidaymakers are invited to warm up with a glass of mulled wine or hot chocolate under twinkling lights, while enjoying the festively-themed and mouth-watering food. Admission to the Christmas Village in Philadelphia is free, with food, drink and shopping available to purchase. For more information, visit

Enjoy the Christmas Light Show and Tax-Free Shopping at Macy’s
Dating back more than half a century, the Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert at Philadelphia’s Market Street Macy’s is not to be missed during a family break in the city. During the show, 10,000 LED lights will create falling snowflakes, dancing ballerinas and reindeer against a four-storey-high velvet curtain in the store’s atrium, all to a soundtrack provided by the largest playable instrument in the world, the Wanamaker Organ. After the show, bargain-hunters can enjoy over 157,000 square feet of shopping space, take a stroll through the store’s wonderland of holiday window displays, or head to the third floor to explore the Dickens Village, which will include over 100 animated figures re-enacting 26 of A Christmas Carol’s most memorable moments. The Christmas Light Show and the Macy’s Dickens Village will run from 24 November – 31 December, excluding Christmas Day. For more information and for store opening hours, visit

Stag and Doe Shopping Nights in Chestnut Hill
Each Wednesday throughout December, Philadelphia’s charming north-western neighbourhood of Chestnut Hill will celebrate the season with Stag and Doe Shopping Nights, one of the areas oldest and most loved holiday traditions. Located just 25 minutes from Center City, travellers visiting the historic district of Chestnut Hill can enjoy extended opening hours of many stores on the festively decorated and tree-lined streets of Germantown Avenue, with many hosting holiday sales and promotions. Along with a chance to purchase unique gifts for loved ones back home, the nights will also provide revellers with live entertainment, seasonal treats, dazzling lights and carollers. For more information on Christmas events in Chestnut Hill, visit

A package for a last-minute shopping break to Philadelphia includes:

Four-Night Package To Philadelphia From £843 Per Person
America As You Like it is offering a four-night package to Philadelphia from £843 per person. Package includes direct return flights from London Heathrow to Philadelphia with Virgin Atlantic and four nights’ accommodation at the Wyndham Philadelphia Historic District. Price is based on selected departure dates in December 2017 and is based on two people sharing. For more information or to book, call 020 8742 8299 or visit

For more information on Philadelphia, visit the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau’s website,

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Tips for the perfect American Holidays Road Trip – Silvija Travel Tips

While the USA is home to some of the most famous routes in the world, only a modest number of Irish have actually undertaken an all-American road trip.

A recent survey by American Holidays showed that only 12% of their customers have taken a USA road trip.

Considering how accessible the United States are to Ireland, with more direct flights than ever to cities across the USA, and how iconic some of the road trip routes, such as the Pacific Coast Highway and Route 66, there has never been a better time to take the ultimate road trip.

To inspire Irish travellers to undertake a road trip for their next adventure, American Holidays have put together these tips for planning the ultimate road trip experience.

Get inspired – If you can’t decide which route you want to take, give the new Road Trip Recommender tool from American Holidays a test drive. Unique to American Holidays, this tool gives you tips from the already existing itineraries worked up by the experts or helps you put together your own tailor made trip.

Plot your route – The last thing you want is to get to the end of your route and realise that you missed something amazing along the way. Talk to the experts beforehand to make sure you have a comprehensive list of what to see en route.

Don’t forget your drivers license – Try to have more than one qualified driver on board. There is so much to see along the routes with such stunning scenery that it’s only fair – not to mention safer – to share the driving and allow everyone equal time to take it all in.

Why not start planning your own Route 66 adventure today? The newly launched Road Trip Recommender tool – unique to American Holidays – lets you plan the perfect road trip itinerary to suit you.

Take a Route 66 Fly/Drive from only €1999pp
Price includes: Return flights ex. Dublin, 15 nights’ accommodation in selected hotels, compact car rental with fully inclusive insurance, taxes and charges.
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Call American Holidays to book on +353 01 673 3804 or call into their office just off Grafton Street – 18- 19 Duke Street, Dublin 2 where the expert staff will help you plan your holiday of a lifetime.

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