In the Press
Discover the latest travel articles and find out what professional travel writers have to say about our Travel Department holidays.
Slovenia and the Coast of Trieste with Travel Department
October 2023. Over The Hilda Blog
Before we went there with Travel Department, I knew very little about Slovenia except that it was part of the former Yugoslavia (it was one of the first to declare independence 32 years ago). Yes, I had heard it was a beautiful country and was fast becoming a popular holiday destination.
The Amalfi coast draws tourists with stunning scenery, spectacular food and laid-back life
August 2023. Sunday World
Our holiday, which included flights, transfers, hotel accommodation and excursions, was organised through Travel Department in Dublin and our group of just over 20 lovely people.
River of dreams – relaxation and luxury on a wonderful Rhine cruise
June 2023. Irish Independent
The Travel Department’s chaperone, Sean Crean, was also invaluable in keeping the group informed of what was going on, where we were due to meet and depart. He was well informed and available at any time of day or night if anything was required.
Berlin is the Perfect City for a City Break
April 2023. Over The Hilda Blog
If you have not been to Berlin, put it on your list. GG and I had a wonderful three days there in March with Travel Department. We left a wet and damp Ireland behind for a cold, but sunny German capital.
Wonderful Holiday with Travel Department on a Danube Cruise
July 2022. Over The Hilda Blog
We will not forget our Danube Cruise for our 40th Anniversary with Travel Department. If you want a relaxing holiday with excellent food and drink, then this is the perfect break. If you want to visit different places with minimal effort, then this is the holiday for you.
Its La Dolce Vita as Italy Tops the Travel Hot List… and Solo Trips are on the Increase
July 2022. NI Travel News
“Inevitably, Italy remains the top spot for our customers, with so many different types of destinations and experiences, there is something for everyone – from culture and history and amazing food and wine to stunning landscapes and beaches.."
Costa de la Luz: It’s Spain but not as we know it
July 2022. Irish Times
It is beautiful, too, and Travel Department is adept at giving you just enough guiding and non-obligatory excursions to let you feel you’ve got under the skin of a region. There is also plenty of relaxing time to do as much or as little as you choose.
Porto with Travel Department
May 2022. Over The Hilda
Porto is the perfect city for a short break. We travelled with Travel Department in mid-May and it proved to be the perfect time to visit. I was delighted to accept Travel Department’s offer of a press trip.
A whistle-stop trip to Istanbul isn’t nearly enough to uncover its many treasures
April 2022. Irish Independent
My plus one and I travelled with the Travel Department, an Irish-owned and operated guided group tour provider. “Is this your first trip with the Travel Department?” several of our group enquired. For many of our travel companions, this was not their first outing with the company. One couple had even met years before on another of the tours.
Who needs the Northern Lights? Iceland is utterly enchanting anyway
March 2022. Irish Independent
Europe’s most northerly capital should be on everyone’s bucket-list, for its uniquely epic landscapes.
Embrace La Dolce Vita Again!
August 2021. ITTN
Group holiday specialist Travel Department welcomed its first customers back to Italy this week on its Lake Como, Milan and St Moritz tour including the Bernina Express.
City and country escapes for August and September
July 2021. Irish Times
You may be more familiar with Travel Department for their escorted trips to far-flung spots, but they’ll also bring you to some Irish gems, where you’ll find yourself in a happy group of explorers, with everything taken care of.
Sun spots: 7 European favourites you can visit from July 19
July 2021. Irish Independent
One way of feeling super secure about foreign travel is to take an escorted tour to glamorous spots in the south of France. And that’s where The Travel Department comes in.
Tourism to get massive financial boost as Ireland craves end of lockdown
March 2021. Irish Independent
Travel Department chief executive Sara Zimmerman said bookings for 2022 have shattered all expectations – but summer 2021 bookings hinge on holidaymakers knowing precisely what the Government plans.
Explore Best of Ireland with Travel Department
March 2021. ITTN
Irish owned and operated Travel Department, which is celebrating 25 years as leaders in guided holidays, have some fantastic Homegrown Irish holidays available to book now.
2022 Bookings on the Rise
March 2021. ITTN
Sara Zimmerman, CEO of Travel Department said: “It’s so important to have something to look forward to while we are in lockdown, and for many people that means a well-deserved holiday. We have been encouraged by the demand not only for late 2021 holidays but also for our 2022 range over the last few weeks..
Confidence in Travel Returning Amongst the Over-60s
January 2021. NI Travel News
Travel Department is celebrating 25 years of designing holidays for the curious in 2021 and has already seen positive travel trends for this year among its customers.
More Over 60’s Good News From Travel Department
January 2021. ITTN
Confidence in travel is returning in the over-60s age group primarily due to the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine programme, according to a recent survey of Travel Department customers.
Travel trends for 2021: What you can expect from your holidays this year
January 2021. The Irish Times
Claire Doherty is the product director at the Travel Department, which specialises in guided holidays all over the world, and while she is not brimful of misplaced optimism about the year ahead, she is at least hopeful that as the year goes on there will be more people travelling to and from Ireland.
Pensioners lead drive for foreign holidays after virus
June 2020. Irish Independent
Travel Department chief executive Sarah Zimmerman said her holiday firm was, like others, adapting to a changing market. "Our survey shows an optimism and confidence in returning to travel which is really reassuring," she said.
Exploring the blacked lava fields of Tenerife
November 2019. RTE
I was standing at a fresh 2,300 meters and surrounded by blacked lava fields with Spain's highest peak towering overhead. This Martian-like landscape couldn’t have been more different to the sprawling holiday resorts that I’d expected to find in Tenerife.
Irish people are three times more likely to travel alone than their UK counterparts
November 2019. NI Travel News
The rise in solo travellers and growing numbers of females now holidaying alone has prompted the launch and recent expansion of options for solo traveller tours by Travel Department.
Using a travel agent: peace of mind or needless expense?
May 2019. The Irish Times
It is harder to get off the beaten track when relying solely on travel agencies, although some agencies such as the Travel Department and Trailfinders can actually make it easier to do this.
Top tips for visiting Lisbon
April 2019. Over The Hilda Blog
We travelled with Travel Department and stayed in the 3-star Hotel Roma. It is conveniently situated about two minutes walk from the Metro which brings you into the centre in less than ten minutes...our guide Margaret gave us some of the history and showed us the main sights, was excellent.
Sweet Slovenia: A beautiful, budget-friendly option for your next break
January 2019. Independent
Long strips of quayside restaurants, with no cars driving by as you wine and dine, are fairly rare in a capital city. But open markets and quays full of locals and tourists in 'relax' mode...this is the essence of Ljubljana.
Tenerife: finding gold on the Canaries' treasure island
May 2018. Independent
I had been to Tenerife some years before when the weather had been beautiful, and I spent most of the long hot days basking beside the pool, or making the occasional trip to a nearby bodega to sample some of the local brew. This time, I was determined to explore more of the island.
Travel Department trip to Salamanca
May 2018. Over The Hilda Blog
When I was invited by Travel Department to go on a press trip to Salamanca in north-western Spain, I jumped at the chance. In the past, GG and I have travelled to South Africa, Beijing and several European cities with the online agency and have always been delighted with its service.
Going with the flow on the Danube
February 2018. Independent
The Danube is remarkable. Rising in the Black Forest mountains of western Germany, it joins the waters of the Black Sea, after winding its way through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine
MML invests €12m in controlling stake in Travel Department
February 2018. Ireland's Travel Trade Network
“We are backing a market leading business led by an experienced team with a very strong understanding of the market and their customers, and with significant ambitions for the future,” said Neil McGowan, Investment Director, MML.
Irish operator Travel Department secures ‘significant’ funding for expansion
February 2018. Travel Weekly
Emmett Neeson, director at AIB specialised finance, said: “AIB is delighted to partner with MML on another transaction and support Sara and the Travel Department team. “We look forward to working with the management team to further support the business over the coming years”.
Travel Department turns to private equity
February 2018. Biz Plus
Headquartered in Dublin, Travel Department is one of Ireland’s biggest tour operators for guided group holidays, organising tours to more than 100 destinations around the world. It was founded in 1996 and recorded revenue of €40m last year.
Travel broadens the mind so our bucket list keeps growing
September 2018. Over The Hilda Blog
We admit we are a little lazy about our holidays and like the feeling that someone is looking after us. Others like booking their own flights, planning their own itineraries and finding their own accommodation. We like using trusted, specialist holiday travel agents.
See Naples and sigh
July 2018. Business Post
On first approaching the Bay of Naples, my minds's eye conjures up the sirens beckoning Ulysses and his sailors to their downfall against the rugged cliffs that hug the Sorrento peninsula.
Following the leader: is a guided holiday right for you?
August 2018. Irish Examiner
The true advantage of booking a guided holiday is the fact that once you book it you are off the hook when it comes to planning. Once you arrive to your destination, your guide becomes your personal holiday concierge of sorts.
Get planning – it’s never too early to fuel your wanderlust and plan your 2019 adventure
August 2018. The Taste
According to new data, Irish people are becoming more adventurous, with a 22% increase in long-haul travel and solo travel. Some of 2018’s most popular destinations included China, India, South Africa and Vietnam.