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Click&Go launch new city breaks to Lourdes – Silvija Travel Tips

Click&Go launch new city breaks to Lourdes. The leading online travel agent has added Lourdes to it’s range of destinations

19th November 2018 Click&Go, Ireland’s fastest growing online travel company, has announced new city breaks to Lourdes running from June to October 2019. The new offering from Click&Go comes as Lourdes celebrates the 160th anniversary of the first apparitions.

Welcoming five million visitors each year, Lourdes continues to be a must-visit for those in search of a religious experience. Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, this acts as a picturesque backdrop to the Basilique Notre Dame du Roasaire with the Gavee de Pau river separating the Sanctuary from Lourdes main town.


Beginning on June 3rd 2019, Click&Go are offering twice weekly Ryanair flights operating on Fridays and Mondays, with accommodation guaranteed within walking distance of the Sanctuary. Situated just a 15 to 20 minute drive from Lourdes/Tarbes, airport arrivals have the choice of taxi (€35 each way) or local bus for just €2 per person.

Once in Lourdes, travellers seeking physical, mental and spiritual healing can immerse themselves in a range of activities. These include daily 9am mass in the Chapel of St Cosmas and St Damian, a vigil mass every Saturday, and daily confession on the Chapel of Reconciliation. Those looking to participate in prayer and devotion can join in the Stations of the Cross and hear the Rosary said in the Grotto at 2.30pm daily.

Pilgrims can also look forward to the Eucharistic Procession, also known as the Procession of the Sick, each evening around the Sanctuary area or part take in an escorted tour. With a choice of a one or three day pilgrimage, and guided tours of the Sanctuary, there’s something for each visitor to explore and enjoy. Beyond the religious experience, there is plenty of history and nature to uncover such as Chateau fort de Lourdes, the fortified castle and botanical gardens, or take in the stunning 360 degree views of the Pyrenees from the observatory.

Paul Hackett, CEO of Click&Go, said, “We’re excited to be adding Lourdes to our wide range of city break destinations. With such an astounding history of visitor numbers, we hope the addition of this package will make the pilgrimage much easier and cost effective for those looking to travel.”

Hackett continued, “Lourdes is such a unique destination, particularly considering the healing and comfort it offers so many. Click&Go hope that even more Irish visitors can experience it’s incredible appeal next year.”

Prices for 3 night weekend breaks to Lourdes for June to October 2019:

June & October – B&B – €199
July – B&B – €249
August – B&B – €239
September – B&B – €209

Upgrade to full board available for €100pp

For more information on Click&Go’s new city break to Lourdes, please visit: www.clickandgo.com

Source: Click&Go

Ryder Cup 2018, France – Silvija Travel Tips

France is  host country for the Ryder Cup in 2018. Le Golf National course, near Paris, will be the host venue. It will be the first time France has hosted the biennial Europe versus United States match and only the second time to be played on mainland Europe. The first was in 1997, when the late Seve Ballesteros captained Europe to a narrow victory at Valderrama in Spain. Ryder Cup 2018, France www.rydercup2018france.fr

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Hotel Villa Rivoli, Nice, France – Silvija Travel Tips

The boutique Hotel Villa Rivoli, is located in the heart of the historical town center of Nice, France. It is 100 meters away from the beaches and the famous Promenade des Anglais with the Museum Massena. Only 3 min. walk away from the pedestrian shopping area and its numerous trendy bars and restaurants. The square Massena, leading to the old town of Nice with its flower market, quaint lanes and the opera is also close by. The beaches and the Promenade des Anglais are only 100 meters away from the Hotel Villa Rivoli. Also nearby is the enthralling Museum Massena, the pedestrian zone with its boutiques, restaurants and bars. The square Massena leading to the old town of Nice with its flower market, quaint lanes and opera is also not far away. Close by is the Central Railway Station in Nice. Not far away is the Russian church, the Museum of Beaux Arts where the old masters of Nice are exhibited.

The hotel was built around 1890 by the architect Monsieur Blanchi, born in Nice. He is renowned for his constructions of the Belle Epoque. The former Hotel “Pavillon de Rivoli” was built for a clientele “bourgoise” who came several months to stay during the winter time. A that period Nice was mostly know for its winter season and only few hotels had opened during the summer month.The “Belle Epoque” of the French Riviera. In 1888, Stephen Liegeard invents the name “French Riviera”. It becomes then the inescapable and popular meeting of the world elite, the winter, then the summer. It From these brilliant years, we still have testimonials to a life-style that will always remain an illustrious part of the Côte d’Azur’s heritage.

Nice is located between Cannes and Monaco, only 45 minutes away from Italy. It’s the heart of one of the most visited regions in the world : the Cote d’Azur or French Riviera. This central position is a majour asset for discovering the region through different aspects: gastronomy – art – nature – sport. Nice itself, offers a great choice of museums and galleries: Matisse, Chagall, Modern Art. The best known places to visite along the coast and in the hillside are within a radius of 60 miles at most from the Place Massena. The diversity of the mountain areas surrounding Nice is ideal for sports such as hiking, pony-trekking, mountain-biking, canyonning, para-gliding, golf, “via ferrata”, speleology, fishing .

Hotel Villa Rivoli  www.villa-rivoli.com

Hotel Villa Rivoli 10, rue de Rivoli, 06000, Nice, France Tel. +33 (0)4 93 88 80 25 Fax +33 (0)4 93 88 96 28

How to get to the Hotel Villa Rivoli by car: Promenade des Anglais, straight on, turn left before the Hotel Negresco into street Cronstadt, go straight on, 2nd on your right = Maréchal Joffre, take next on your right = Rue de Rivoli.

Train station: Cross the street, go into rue Berlioz always straight on = 10 min. walk

Nice’s Airport Shuttle bus from the airport : Please, take the bus number: 98 (terminal I and terminal II) in direction of city center, Go of stop: Gambetta, then walk along the Promenade des Anglais to the hotel Negresco, Beside the main entrance the rue de Rivoli starts: straight on, around 100 m, on your right: Pavillon de Rivoli, Nr. 10 rue de Rivoli.

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Reporter: Silvija Zalepugiene

Allianz Riviera Stadium Tour, Nice, France – Silvija Travel Tips

Allianz Riviera stadium (Stade de Nice) was one of the venues for the UEFA Euro 2016 event and hosted the following soccer matches:

12 June 2016 – 1800 Poland v Northern Ireland (Group C)
17 June 2016 – 2100 Spain v Turkey (Group D)
22 June 2016 – 2100 Sweden v Belgium (Group E)
27 June 2016 – 2100 Runner-up Group B v Runner-up Group F (Round of 16)

The multi-use stadium in Nice, France is used mostly for soccer matches of host team OGC Nice and also for occasional home matches of rugby union club Toulon. The stadium has a capacity of 35,624 people but it is capable of accommodating up to 45,000 spectators for concerts, operas and large-scale shows. The stadium’s opening was on 22 September 2013. The stadium also houses the Musee National de Sport a collection of greatest sporting exploits from each era displayed through an innovative and immersive indoor display. See the football used in the World Cup 1998 final, Marcel Cerdan’s gloves, Jean-Claude Killy’s skis, Yannick Noah’s racket and the Olympic torches. The exhibition includes atmospheric sound installations, film projections and interactive challenges included an F1 car to test your driving skills.

Allianz Riviera http://www.allianz-riviera.fr/en
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