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If you are looking for guidance for a big trip abroad or you’re an experienced traveller looking for inspiration on your next getaway, Travel Tales will help you find the answer. Offering the latest travel advice, stories of adventure, travel reviews and uncovering hidden gems for you to explore, we answer all your travel queries to make sure you experience the best when travelling the world!

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Top 5 highlights of Dubrovnik

  • TD Team
  • 01 July 2020

Dubrovnik boasts stunning architecture, spectacular views, beautiful weather and fantastic food and Lord Byron referred to it as the "Pearl of the Adriatic." Here are five reasons why the Croatian ci ...

Top gardening tips

  • Frances MacDonald
  • 11 May 2020

Frances MacDonald from The Bay Garden, has some fantastic tips to make our gardens look extra pristine! ...

Easter traditions around the world

  • TD Team
  • 08 May 2020

This year we’ll be celebrating Easter unlike any other year in these unusual circumstances. Many traditions may be curtailed but it is interesting to see what Easter Traditions happen around the world ...

Top Christmas market picks

  • TD Team
  • 01 April 2020

We have chosen the Europe’s top Christmas markets to help you decide which markets are right for your festive escape. ...

Taking a river cruise holiday - a tour leader’s perspective

  • TD Team
  • 25 February 2020

A river cruise holiday is the perfect way to discover multiple destinations. Our tour leader Rhona O'Connor has detailed her experience and provided insight on leading our Travel Department customers ...

8 interesting facts about China

  • TD Team
  • 21 January 2020

The number 8 is considered to be the luckiest number in Chinese culture, so we’ve decided to outline eight interesting facts about China! ...

Highlights of our South African holidays

  • TD Team
  • 13 January 2020

Discover the highlights you can experience with us during our guided holidays to South Africa. ...

12 New Year's Eve celebrations around the world

  • TD Team
  • 31 December 2019

Discover how people celebrate and ring in the New Year around the world. ...

Top 20 must-see destinations in 2021

  • TD Team
  • 16 December 2019

Discover our top 20 must-see destinations to give you some inspiration for where you might travel to in 2021. ...

5 reasons to visit Poland

  • TD Team
  • 06 December 2019

Visit Poland, it is rich in culture and history, has wonderful architecture and stunning scenery; it is a truly unique country. ...

Top activities to do in India

  • TD Team
  • 29 November 2019

India is the exotic, the unknown and the outstandingly beautiful. It is the home of the Taj Mahal, the Royal Bengal tiger, bustling cities, lively markets, palm-fringed beaches, quiet inland waterways ...

Irish and UK Holiday Habits Revealed

  • TD Team
  • 14 November 2019

Recently, Travel Department surveyed over 500 people in Ireland and the UK on their travel habits and how they like to holiday. ...

10 Interesting Facts about Berlin

  • TD Team
  • 05 November 2019

The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 was a momentous moment in history, it marked the end of the Cold War and the Soviet Union rule. The wall was built in 1961, it literally and metaphorically was the ...

13 Scariest Places in the world to visit

  • TD Team
  • 31 October 2019

Whenever you travel to a new destination or visit an old favorite place, you're bound to have heard a few notorious stories and legends about haunted sites. So are you brave enough to visit some of th ...

Diwali - Everything you need to know

  • TD Team
  • 21 October 2019

The ‘Festival of Lights’, Diwali is a colourful and vibrant religious festival celebrated every year by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and even some Buddhists around the world. ...

5 reasons to fall in love with Vienna

  • Travel Department
  • 14 October 2019

Capital of Austria, Vienna has majestic monuments and palaces, elegant avenues, splendid museums and much more… Here are just a few of the many reasons to fall in love with this city. ...

Why you need to visit Lisbon

  • TD Team
  • 01 October 2019

The 'city of the seven hills,' Lisbon has a unique look and personality, making it one of Europe's most attractive capitals and it's a must see destination during your holiday to Portugal. ...

7 activities you should definitely do when visiting Iceland

  • TD Team
  • 24 September 2019

The Land of Fire and Ice is filled with natural wonders and stunning sights. Check out the seven activities you must do during your trip to Iceland, which will leave you with memories to last a lifeti ...

10 Fascinating Facts about Japan

  • TD Team
  • 17 September 2019

The Land of the Rising Sun, Japan offers a unique blend of ancient traditions, contemporary culture, modern technology and diverse cuisine. ...

Seville - top five attractions

  • TD Team
  • 12 September 2019

Seville is a beautiful city located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, with a strong Moorish heritage and was a busy port in the past carrying out trade with the Americas. ...

From the Nile to the Mekong: 5 river cruises you must experience in your lifetime

  • Travel Department
  • 03 September 2019

A gentle, meandering river cruise is one of the best ways to see and understand a new place. The rivers are always the lifeline of the cities they flow through - the beating heart. It’s on the banks o ...

Five best places to spend Christmas

  • TD Team
  • 26 August 2019

Make Christmas memorable and experience the festive season in a new destination this year. Check out our selection of Christmas Getaways and discover the best places to spend Christmas, the most wonde ...

Why you need to escape to Tenerife

  • Travel Department
  • 19 August 2019

If you’re looking for a holiday that combines amazing scenery with a relaxing stay by the sea, then look no further than Tenerife. ...

7 reasons to visit Puglia region in Italy

  • TD Team
  • 13 August 2019

There are many reasons to visit Puglia and it should be your next holiday destination in Italy. The heel of Italy, Puglia, also known as Apulia, is often overlooked by many and unfairly so as it has s ...

Top 8 highlights of an Istanbul city break

  • TD Team
  • 29 July 2019

Formerly known as Constantinople and was once seen as the capital of the world, Istanbul is the fusion point of where East meets West. ...

Experience the Fjords of Norway

  • Guest Post
  • 08 July 2019

In April 2019 Nenagh photographer Bridget Delaney took a Travel Department holiday to Norway, where her stay exceeded all expectations. ...

Top 5 Foods of Sorrento

  • TD Team
  • 06 July 2019

One of the best things about Italy is that you’re guaranteed to eat well! Discover our top 5 favourite dishes that can be found in Sorrento. ...

11 Unforgettable experiences to do in the USA

  • TD Team
  • 04 July 2019

With cosmopolitan cities, stunning coastlines, incredible scenery and some of the best driving routes in the world, the USA has so much to offer and we have fantastic holiday options. ...

Discover the unmissable destinations you must visit in Canada

  • TD Team
  • 01 July 2019

A holiday in the 'Great White North' offers the perfect blend of natural attractions, culture and history. ...

8 enjoyable activities to do in Cuba

  • TD Team
  • 19 June 2019

Cuba is the Caribbean destination that has it all; beautiful weather, friendly locals, diverse culture and rich history, there is something for everyone in this incredible country. Here’s our pick of ...

Top 10 highlights of China

  • TD Team
  • 14 June 2019

Combining ancient traditions, a fascinating culture and centuries of history, a visit to the unique country of China will leave you with memories to last a lifetime. We've compiled our top 10 highligh ...

India - Splendours of Delhi, The Taj Mahal & Rajasthan

  • Travel Department
  • 10 June 2019

Nenagh photographer Bridget Delaney recounts her recent, memorable trip to India ...

Nine fascinating facts about Madrid

  • TD Team
  • 28 May 2019

The biggest city in Spain and the third largest in Europe, the Spanish capital Madrid is the perfect choice for a short break or a quick getaway. ...

Top ten European countries you must visit

  • TD Team
  • 17 May 2019

Europe has undoubtedly the greatest choice of holiday destinations in the world and most can be reached within a couple of hours. From the romance of Italy, the splendour of France and the beautiful b ...

5 Reasons to travel to Cannes

  • TD Team
  • 14 May 2019

Travel Department’s Cannes & the Cote d’Azur holiday provides total relaxation in picturesque surroundings. ...

Top 5 places to visit in Greece

  • TD Team
  • 16 April 2019

Greece is a country that could easily overwhelm first-time visitors thanks to its sheer volume of historic or archaeological sites and there are so many places to see and experience. ...

Top five Game of Thrones locations in Europe

  • TD Team
  • 11 April 2019

This remarkable series used various stunning locations around the world as filming backdrops, many of which can easily be visited. Here are the top five Game of Thrones locations in Europe to inspire ...

7 amazing reasons to visit Northern Cyprus & Cyprus

  • Travel Department
  • 11 April 2019

Cyprus and Northern Cyprus are unique, rich in history, culture and are just waiting to be explored! Here are 7 Reasons to visit Northern Cyprus & Cyprus for your next holiday. ...

Why you should take a solo traveller holiday

  • TD Team
  • 08 April 2019

Discover the most incredible destinations on our solo traveller holidays, made especially for independent travellers. ...

Top travel destinations for couples 50+

  • TD Team
  • 04 April 2019

There are myriad reasons to travel with your partner later in life: financial security, a deeper understanding of the world, more time, etc. But perhaps the best reason to see the world is the experie ...

A foodie guide to Italy

  • TD Team
  • 01 April 2019

Italy is renowned for its glorious food. Authentic Italian pasta, glossy home-grown olives, the freshest Alpine fish and mouth-watering desserts are just some of the dishes the region boasts. ...

Top 5 reasons to visit Spain

  • TD Team
  • 27 March 2019

Spain is a country that continues to surprise…and let us tell you it’s not all sunbathing and shopping! There are so many reasons to visit Spain, so many in fact, that it may actually be difficult to ...

The Algarve - so much more than breathtaking beaches

  • Travel Department
  • 25 March 2019

While most people know the Algarve for its breathtaking beaches, there is so much more to this stunning Portuguese Coast. It is a region full of fascinating culture and history, superb cuisine and ple ...

7 worldwide wonders for your wishlist

  • TD Team
  • 16 March 2019

Are you looking for some travel inspiration for your holidays? Travel has never been more accessible and now is the time to experience some of the most iconic attractions in the world. ...

5 Excellent reasons for taking a river cruise

  • Travel Department
  • 06 March 2019

Check out the advantages and our reasons for going on a river cruise for your next holiday. ...

7 inspiring Mediterranean destinations for your next break

  • TD Team
  • 06 March 2019

When deciding where to go for your next short-haul holiday, the same places probably spring to mind. ...

Explore the Italian Lake District

  • TD Team
  • 26 February 2019

If you’re looking for a holiday full of relaxation, beauty and culture, amid a stunning natural backdrop, then the Italian Lake District is the place for you! ...

Compelling Croatia – 30 things to know before you go!

  • TD Team
  • 22 February 2019

Whether you are considering visiting Croatia or already packed to go, the more you can know about a country before taking the leap, the better. Not everyone has the time to read up before they set off ...

11 Famous Film Locations to inspire you to travel

  • TD Team
  • 20 February 2019

We have selected 11 films, featuring incredible sites and scenery, which may inspire you to travel the world and create your own adventure better than any Hollywood film. ...

5 Reasons to take a city break with Travel Department

  • Travel Department
  • 18 February 2019

Check out the five reasons why you should go on a city break with the Travel Department. ...

Top nine romantic destinations in the world to explore

  • TD Team
  • 12 February 2019

There are so many incredible places to visit in the world, which epitomize romance. Whether you're looking for a quick escape or a leisurely holiday, we have selected some top destinations where you c ...

Holiday in China, the land of dragons and emperors

  • TD Team
  • 04 February 2019

From rickshaw tours around the streets of Beijing to cycling on the Old City Wall of Xi’an, there is never a dull moment in China. Travel Department’s Senior Product Executive Lucy Maher, has lots of ...

Best attractions in Portugal

  • TD Team
  • 24 January 2019

Portugal truly has it all for that unforgettable holiday- a fascinating history, warm, friendly people, great weather and incredible beaches. ...

Six sensational Spanish sights

  • TD Team
  • 22 January 2019

Explore Spain and see its top sights. ...

Top sights in Italy

  • TD Team
  • 15 January 2019

If you’re planning a holiday to Italy, then check out our suggestion of some of the top sights you should see in this stunning country. ...

Choose a guided tour for your next escape

  • TD Team
  • 14 January 2019

Discover the benefits of going on a guided tour for your next escape. ...

Top tips for handling a long haul flight

  • TD Team
  • 07 January 2019

Check out our top tips for handling a long-haul flight. ...

Top 20 lifetime travel experiences

  • TD Team
  • 01 January 2019

We’ve selected just some of the top places and travel experiences for you to tick off your travel list. ...

From Russia with love

  • TD Team
  • 28 November 2018

Learn about the best sights and activities to do in St. Petersburg and Moscow. ...

Top ten activities in Sri Lanka

  • TD Team
  • 16 November 2018

Sri Lanka has stunning landscapes, pristine beaches, incredible wildlife, historical cities and ancient temples. ...

Sizzling Sorrento

  • TD Team
  • 08 May 2018

The Sorrento Peninsula offers some of southern Italy’s most famous sights. The unique landscape of hills and valleys is adorned with scented lemon orchards and silvery olive groves, with dramatic clif ...

From Limone with love...

  • TD Team
  • 01 February 2018

Located along the northern end of Lake Garda, Limone is set along a backdrop of rocky cliffs with stunning lakeside scenery. It is one of the most picturesque places to stay in Lake Garda, and is a gr ...

Architectural wonders of India

  • TD Team
  • 25 January 2018

The Taj Mahal was built in 1560 by Shah Jahan in memory of his Queen, Mumtaz Mahal, to enshrine her mortal remains. ...

Top destinations for food & drink

  • TD Team
  • 07 July 2017

From Spanish tapas and wines to Italian gelato, Brazilian barbecue or Peking Duck, the world is full of flavours just waiting to be discovered. ...

4 vital Indian travel experiences

  • TD Team
  • 02 December 2016

India is a dynamic nation with a deep cultural history that needs to be experienced with your own eyes. Wonderfully different, a feast of sounds, smells and colour, there is nothing quite like India! ...

Highlights of India’s Golden Triangle

  • TD Team
  • 05 October 2016

The Golden Triangle is a classic introduction for any visitor to India. However nothing could have quite prepared me for the fascinating array of sights, smells and colours I would experience on my wh ...

Why Visit Porto On Your Holiday To Portugal

  • TD Team
  • 02 March 2016

An up-and-coming city break destination, Portugal’s second largest city is filled with undiscovered beauty, culinary delights and world famous wines. ...

Undiscovered Italy - Le Marche

  • Travel Department
  • 21 December 2015

One of the great things about Italy is that you can holiday there year after year, and still come across wonderful new places to discover and enjoy. ...

Take a day trip to Sergiev Posad

  • TD Team
  • 21 October 2015

If you are looking for a unique opportunity to be immersed in Russian day-to-day life then look no further than a day trip to Sergiev Posad. ...

Ciao Italia! - our favourite snippets of Italian history

  • Travel Department
  • 07 July 2015

Few countries in the world have such a variable, diverse and colourful history as Italy. Every time we visit, we learn new facts about Italy’s wonderful past. ...

Rome – My Favourite European City

  • Caroline Gallagher
  • 21 April 2015

From the Vatican to the Spanish steps, there are plenty of sites and attractions to see in Rome. ...

5 Reasons to visit St. Petersburg

  • TD Team
  • 09 October 2014

Caroline, our Senior Sales Executive, visited St. Petersburg a couple of years ago and had an amazing experience. Check out her top five reasons why you should visit this beautiful and historical city ...

5 Reasons to visit Lake Garda

  • TD Team
  • 07 October 2014

Our guide Renate Tielman shares her reasons why you should book a holiday to Lake Garda. ...

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