In the Press

Discover the latest travel articles and find out what professional travel writers have to say about our Travel Department holidays.

Irish Times
In Bruges, step back in time in the Venice of the North
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February 2024 Irish Times

The striking medieval city of Bruges offers a contrastive experience to the much-visited southern cities of Europe. 

Irish Times
Taking the environmental guilt out of travelling
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January 2024 Irish Times

Claire Doherty is product and operations director with Travel Department, which offers guided group holidays. The company has a detailed and transparent sustainability policy, although Doherty notes this journey only began three years ago “and there is much more we can do”.

Irish Times
Top destinations for Irish travellers in 2024: The experts give their opinions
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January 2024 Irish Times

Egypt is a hugely popular destination for Travel Department’s customers, who see the pyramids as one of the ultimate bucket list experiences.

The Travel Expert
Top Things To Do in Vienna and Where to Stay – Vienna Travel Guide
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December 2024 The Travel Expert

We went at the end of November on a group tour with Travel Department and it was the perfect time to visit.

Over The Hilda Blog
Slovenia and the Coast of Trieste with Travel Department
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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.

Sunday World
The Amalfi coast draws tourists with stunning scenery, spectacular food and laid-back life
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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.

Irish Indepentent
River of dreams - relaxation and luxury on a wonderful Rhine cruise
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June 2023 Irish Indepentent

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. 

Over The Hilda Blog
Berlin is the Perfect City for a City Break
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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.

Over The Hilda Blog
Wonderful Holiday with Travel Department on a Danube Cruise
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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.

NI Travel News
Its La Dolce Vita as Italy Tops the Travel Hot List… and Solo Trips are on the Increase
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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.."

Irish Times
Costa de la Luz: It’s Spain but not as we know it
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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.

Over The Hilda Blog
Porto with Travel Department
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July 2022 Over The Hilda Blog

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. 

Independent
A whistle-stop trip to Istanbul isn’t nearly enough to uncover its many treasures
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April 2022 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.

Independent
Who needs the Northern Lights? Iceland is utterly enchanting anyway
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March 2022 Independent

Europe’s most northerly capital should be on everyone’s bucket-list, for its uniquely epic landscapes.

Ireland's Travel Trade Network (ITTN)
Embrace La Dolce Vita Again!
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August 2021 Ireland's Travel Trade Network (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.

The Irish Times
City and country escapes for August and September
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July 2021 The 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.

Independent
Sun spots: 7 European favourites you can visit from July 19
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July 2021 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.

Independent
Tourism to get massive financial boost as Ireland craves end of lockdown
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March 2021 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.

Ireland's Travel Trade Network (ITTN)
Explore Best of Ireland with Travel Department
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March 2021 Ireland's Travel Trade Network (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.

Ireland's Travel Trade Network (ITTN)
2022 Bookings on the Rise
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March 2021 Ireland's Travel Trade Network (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.

NI Travel News
Confidence in Travel Returning Amongst the Over-60s
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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.

Ireland's Travel Trade Network (ITTN)
More Over 60’s Good News From Travel Department
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January 2021 Ireland's Travel Trade Network (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.

The Irish Times
Travel trends for 2021: What you can expect from your holidays this year
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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.

Independent
Pensioners lead drive for foreign holidays after virus
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June 2020 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.

RTE
Exploring the blacked lava fields of Tenerife
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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.

NI Travel News
Irish people are three times more likely to travel alone than their UK counterparts
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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. 

The Irish Times
Using a travel agent: peace of mind or needless expense?
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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. 

Over The Hilda Blog
Top tips for visiting Lisbon
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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.

Independent
Sweet Slovenia: A beautiful, budget-friendly option for your next break
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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.

Independent
Tenerife: finding gold on the Canaries' treasure island
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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.

Over The Hilda Blog
Travel Department trip to Salamanca
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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.

Independent
Going with the flow on the Danube
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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

Ireland's Travel Trade Network
MML invests €12m in controlling stake in Travel Department
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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.

Travel Weekly
Irish operator Travel Department secures ‘significant’ funding for expansion
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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”.

Biz Plus
Travel Department turns to private equity
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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. 

Over The Hilda Blog
Travel broadens the Mind so our Bucket List keeps Growing
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September 2018 Over The Hilda Blog

We like using trusted, specialist holiday travel agents and have travelled in groups both large and small, with some incredible trips in recent years, including holidays in Vietnam and Cambodia, China and South Africa.

Business Post
See Naples and sigh
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July 2018 Business Post

On first approaching the Bay of Naples, my mind's eye conjures up the sirens beckoning Ulysses and his sailors to their downfall against the rugged cliffs that hug the Sorrento peninsula.  

Irish Examiner
Following the leader: is a guided holiday right for you?
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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. 

The Taste
Get planning – it’s never too early to fuel your wanderlust and plan your 2019 adventure
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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.

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