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AMAZING VALUE HOLIDAYS FROM SHANNON Brought to you by the Irish Independent and The Travel Department

We have just returned from Majorca and wish to express our sincere thanks for providing us with a wonderful holiday. We enjoyed every part of it, from the accommodation to the tours and entertainment. A magnificent holiday and we will travel with you in the future.

Tom & Betty

Mary, one of our guides from Majorca

from

HIGHLIGHTS OF MAJORCA

€649

FROM

€535 + TAX

IN THIS ISSUE ISSUE NUMBER: II28042012

TENERIFE COAST & COUNTRY ONLY

€699 (INC TAX)

INCLUDING PALMA & LLUC

7 NIGHTS

20 MAY (€649), 17 JUNE (€699) & 28 SEPTEMBER (€689) 2012 7 NIGHTS HALF BOARD 3 *** HOTEL FROM SHANNON

SHANGHAI, XI’AN & BEIJING FROM

€1959 (INC TAX)

11 NIGHTS

CALIFORNIA, LAS VEGAS & THE GRAND CANYON BY RAIL 1 ONLY

This superb price includes: • Direct return flights from Shannon to Palma. • Luxury coach transfer on arrival to your hotel in Alcudia. • 7 nights 3 *** hotel accommodation at the Hotel Sol de Alcudia on a half board basis (Breakfast and evening meal included each day). Beach towels are provided for use during your stay. www.jshotels.com • Full day excursion to the beautiful city of Palma with a guided city tour and some time at leisure, followed by an evening meal in a local restaurant in Binissalem, drinks included. • Half day guided excursion to the beautiful monastery at Lluc. Entrance into the monastery and lunch included. • Half day guided excursion to the spectacular Caves of Drach, including a short concert and light show at the lake. Lunch included.

€2349 (INC TAX)

3 NIGHTS

• Free time for sightseeing and shopping of your choice. • Return transfer to the airport for your flight to Shannon. • Flight departs Shannon at 0705hrs and departs Palma at 1115hrs*. * Flight times vary on different departure dates. Notes: Single room supplement €99. Optional insurance €25 available (conditions apply).

Great guided holidays including flights, airport transfers, hotel accommodation and fantastic tours and excursions – in one amazing value price!

PLUS LOTS MORE INSIDE!

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GREAT VALUE HOLIDAYS IN EUROPE only

TENERIFE COAST & COUNTRY

€699

ONLY

€579 + TAX

INCLUDING SANTA CRUZ & MOUNT TEIDE 18 OCTOBER 2012 FROM SHANNON 7 NIGHTS FULL BOARD 4 **** HOTEL This superb price includes:

• Direct flights from Shannon to Tenerife return. • All transfers included from airport to your hotel. • The scenic town of Puerto de la Cruz is situated on the north coast of Tenerife. With its black volcanic sand beaches, cobbled streets and picturesque harbour it is a traditional Canarian style town with a charming atmosphere. • 7 nights 4 **** hotel accommodation at the Gran Hotel Turquesa Playa on a full board basis (Breakfast, lunch and evening meal included each day). www.hotelturquesa.com • Half day guided excursion to the spectacular volcanic Mount Teide, the highest peak in Spain. • Half day guided excursion to the island’s capital Santa Cruz including a visit to the Basilica de la Cadelaria to view the statue of the Black Madonna.

• Full day guided excursion taking in the sights of Tenerife including the ever-green valley of La Orotava, the spectacular cliffs of Los Gigantes, the village of Icod de los Vinos, famous for the Canary Islands Dragon Tree, and plenty more (Only breakfast & dinner included in your hotel on this day). Notes: Single room supplement €129. Optional insurance €25 available (conditions apply).

CALIFORNIA, LAS VEGAS only €2349 & THE GRAND CANYON BY RAIL

ONLY

€1989 + TAX

INCLUDING SAN FRANCISCO, LAS VEGAS & YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK 26 SEPTEMBER & 01 NOVEMBER 2012

13 NIGHTS*

FROM SHANNON

This superb price includes:

• Return flight from Shannon to San Francisco and Los Angeles to Shannon with Aer Lingus and British Airways (via London Heathrow). • All transfers included to and from airports, hotels and rail journeys. • 2 nights Superior Tourist Class hotel accommodation in San Francisco at the Holiday Inn San Francisco Golden Gateway Hotel on a bed and breakfast basis. www.holidayinn.com • Half day guided city tour of San Francisco. • Luxury coach transfer to Oakland train station where you will depart for Merced via the San Joaquin route through California’s Central Valley, bordered on the west by the coastal mountain ranges and on the east by Yosemite National Park. • On arrival in Merced, transfer by luxury coach to Yosemite National Park for a guided tour of the Valley Floor, taking in views of the Half Dome and the spectacular Bridal Veil Falls. • 1 night Superior Tourist Class hotel accommodation at the Best Western Yosemite Gateway Inn, on a bed and breakfast basis. www.bestwestern.com • Train from Merced to Bakersfield. Visit to the Sequoia National Monument where you will walk the Trail of 100 Giants, a paved, easy to walk one mile interpretive trail. • 1 night Superior Tourist Class hotel accommodation in Bakersfield, at the Doubletree Bakersfield Hotel, on a bed and breakfast basis. www.doubletree.com • Luxury coach transfer eastwards through California and across the Mojave Desert into Nevada, before arriving at your hotel in Las Vegas.

• 2 nights Superior Tourist Class hotel accommodation in Las Vegas at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino on a bed and full American breakfast basis. www.troplv.com • Depart Las Vegas and cross Nevada to Arizona. On entering Arizona, you will arrive on the legendary Route 66 and the railroad town of Williams where you will overnight at the Grand Canyon Railroad Williams Depot, the southern terminus of the Grand Canyon Railway. • 2 nights Superior Tourist Class hotel accommodation at the Best Western Williams Hotel, with breakfast. www.bestwestern.com • Depart from Williams train station in the vintage carriages hauled by historic locomotives on the Grand Canyon Railway, to see one of the world’s most awe-inspiring sights, the Grand Canyon. • Full day excursion to include a guided tour of the Cosmopolitan cowboy city of Flagstaff, before continuing onwards to Sedona, famous for its red rock landscape. • Transfer to Williams train station where you will join Amtrak’s overnight Southwest Chief Train service to Los Angeles. • 3 nights Superior Tourist Class hotel accommodation at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, with breakfast. www.millenniumhotels.com • Morning guided city tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood. * 13 nights – 11 nights hotel accommodation, 1 overnight train and 1 night on flight. Notes: Single room supplement €649. Optional insurance €55 (conditions apply). Prices are subject to fuel surcharges imposed by airlines.

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EGYPT (INCLUDING CAIRO, VALLEY OF THE KINGS, NILE CRUISE & HURGHADA) 05 SEPTEMBER 2012

9 NIGHTS*

€1179

ONLY

€939 + TAX

FROM SHANNON

This superb price includes: • Flights from Shannon to Cairo return with Aer Lingus and British Airways (via London Heathrow) • Luxury coach transfer from the airport to your hotel on arrival with the assistance of our local representative. • 1 night 4 **** hotel accommodation at The Shepheard Hotel, Cairo, on a bed and breakfast basis. www.shepheard-hotel.com • Half day excursion to visit the Pyramids of Giza. • Dinner in local restaurant before boarding your overnight train • Transfer to Cairo station for your overnight train journey to Aswan on a single or twin share basis. www.sleepingtrains.com • Breakfast is served before your arrival into Aswan. • On arrival you will be met by our local representative for a guided sightseeing tour of the Temple of Philae and the High Dam. • Afternoon transfer with guide assistance to Aswan port to commence boarding for your 3 night cruise on the Nile from Aswan to Luxor. Lunch included on board. • 3 nights cruising aboard a 5 ***** Nile Cruise on a full board basis. Cruise vessel to be advised (breakfast, lunch and dinner included each day). • Afternoon felucca sailboat excursion around Elephantine Island (Agha Khan Mausoleum and Botanical gardens viewed from the outside). • Full day excursion including visits to the riverside temple at Kom Ombo and the Temple of Horus. • Full day excursion to visit the Valley of the Kings, The Temple of the Queen Hatshepsut, Colossus of Memnon and the Temple of Karnak. • Disembark from your cruise ship in Luxor for your luxury coach transfer to your hotel in Hurghada with guide assistance.

• 2 nights 4 **** villa accommodation at the Hilton Hurghada Resort on a half board basis (breakfast and evening meal included). www.hilton.com • Free time for shopping and sightseeing of your choice. • Luxury coach transfer to Cairo. • 2 nights 4 **** hotel accommodation at The Oasis Hotel, Cairo, on a bed and breakfast basis. www.oasis.com.eg • Half day excursion to the Egyptian Museum and Khan El Khalili Market. Lunch included. • Professional guide for all transfers and excursions while in Egypt. • Luxury coach transfer with assistance to Cairo Airport for your return flight to Shannon (via London Heathrow). • Flight departs Shannon on Wednesday afternoon (1310hrs) and arrives into Cairo on Wednesday evening at 2355hrs. Flight departs Cairo on Friday morning at 0750hrs and arrives into Shannon on Friday afternoon at 1645hrs. Notes: Single room supplement €229 for the duration. Optional insurance €45 (conditions apply). EU Citizens require a tourist visa for Egypt; a cost applies and details will be sent to you well in advance of your departure. Upgrade to internal flight from Hurghada to Cairo with transfers in place of coach transfer €99 per person. Upgrade to one night accommodation in Cairo, transfers and internal flight from Cairo to Aswan in place of overnight sleeper train €159 per person.

SIMILAR HOLIDAYS AVAILABLE: NO SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT FOR THIS HOLIDAY!

EGYPT SOLO FRIENDLY HOLIDAY FROM SHANNON 12 SEPTEMBER 2012 – 9 NIGHTS – €1179 (INC TAX)

General Booking Notes: Prices are per person, based on two sharing and subject to availability. Prices include tax and baggage fees for 1 standard piece of luggage. Booking conditions apply. A non-refundable/non-transferable deposit of €200 (Europe) or €300 (outside Europe) pp is required to book by credit card, debit card or cheque. 2% credit card charge on balance payments only, due 10 weeks before departure. Prices, tax, flight times and availability are subject to change. E&OE. Optional insurance available, conditions apply. Operated by The Travel Department Ltd, ATOL Protected No. 9373, a company wholly independent of Independent News & Media plc. When you respond to offers we may use your information to contact you with offers/services we believe will be of interest. Please give your mobile or email details if you wish to receive offers by sms or email. We will not give your data to other companies without your permission; please let us know if you are happy for us to do so. E&OE.

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CANADA & NEW ENGLAND

€1969 €1659 ONLY

+ TAX

INCLUDING NIAGARA FALLS, TORONTO, BOSTON & MONTREAL 11 OCTOBER 2012

11 NIGHTS

FROM SHANNON

This superb price includes:

• Flights from Shannon to Toronto and from Boston to Shannon with British Airways (via London Heathrow). • All transfers included to and from airports and hotels. • 3 nights Superior Tourist Class hotel accommodation at Niagara Falls in the Radisson Hotel Niagara Falls with breakfast. www.radisson.com/niagarafallsca • Full day excursion to Toronto to include guided sightseeing tour of the city. • 1 night Superior Tourist Class hotel accommodation in Kingston at the Ambassador Kingston Hotel Ontario with breakfast. www.ambassadorhotel.com • Morning guided 1000 Islands Cruise along the St Lawrence River. • 3 nights Superior Tourist Class hotel accommodation in Montreal at the Le Nouvel Hotel Montreal with breakfast. www.lenouvelhote.com • Half day guided sightseeing tour of Montreal. • Transfer by luxury coach to your hotel on the shores of Lake Champlain, Vermont, stopping en route in the town of Montpellier to visit Morse Farm, a Maple Syrup farm. • 1 night Superior Tourist Class hotel accommodation at the Basin Harbor Club on a bed and breakfast basis. www.basinharbor.com

• Transfer by luxury coach to your hotel in Marlborough, 40 km west of Boston, with a stop in Salem, historic site of the ‘witch trials’, en route. • 2 nights Superior Tourist Class hotel accommodation at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough with breakfast. www.rplazahotels.com • Full day excursion to Boston to include guided city tour. * 11 nights – 10 nights hotel accommodation and 1 night on flight. Notes: Single room supplement €529. Optional insurance €55 (conditions apply). Prices are subject to fuel surcharges imposed by airlines.

from

SHANGHAI, XI’AN & BEIJING

€1959 €1559 from

+ TAX

18 OCTOBER (€1999) & 01 NOVEMBER (€1959) 2012 11 NIGHTS* 5 ***** HOTELS FROM SHANNON This superb price includes:

• Flights from Shannon to Shanghai and Beijing to Shannon with British Airways and Aer Lingus (via London Heathrow). • All transfers included to and from airports and hotels. • Transfer on arrival by the world’s fastest train to Shanghai. • 2 nights 5 ***** hotel accommodation in Shanghai with breakfast at The Radisson Pudong Century Park Hotel. www.radisson.com • Evening meal included every night in all three cities. • Half day excursion to the Pudong Development Zone and take a lift to the top of Oriental Pearl Tower to have a bird’s eye view of Shanghai. • Half day excursion to The Yu Garden, the old town of Shanghai, Xintiandi Street and Shikumen Open House Museum. • Internal flight to Xi’an. • 3 nights 5 ***** hotel accommodation in Xi’an with breakfast at The Howard Johnson Ginwa Hotel. www.hojo.com • Half day excursion to visit the Old City Wall of Ming Dynasty and the Wild Goose Pagoda. • Full day excursion to visit the Terra Cotta Warriors & Horses. • Internal flight to Beijing. • 5 nights 5 ***** hotel accommodation in Beijing with breakfast at The Four Points By Sheraton Hotel. www.starwoodhotels.com

• Full day excursion to Tian An Men Square and the Palace Museum (known as Forbidden City). • Full day excursion to the Great Wall of China, Jade Carving Factory & the Sacred Way leading to the Ming Tombs. • Full day excursion to include the Lama Temple and a rickshaw tour through local narrow lanes (Hu Tong Tour). • Full day excursion to the Imperial Summer Palace and the Pandas in Beijing Zoo. * 10 nights accommodation in China and 1 night on the flight. Notes: Single room supplement €339. Optional insurance €49 (conditions apply). EU citizens require a tourist visa; a cost applies and details will be sent to you well in advance of your departure. Prices are subject to fuel surcharges imposed by airlines. On the 01 November departure itinerary operates in reverse.

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