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Travel News: French Alps, Fuerteventura, Iceland, Athlone and romance in Donegal

Lough Eske Castle Hotel, Donegal

Two short Iceland breaks ex-Belfast

Jet2CityBreaks have launched two four-night trips, departing direct from Belfast International Airport. The breaks will take place from October 1-5 2020 and April 22-26 2021 – the best time to see the spectacular Northern Lights. Customers can pick from flight-only or package holiday options. Packages include a guided Northern Lights Tour, 22kg hold luggage, transfers to and from the airport, and a choice of three and four star hotels in central Reykjavik. For more visit Jet2.com

Old-school skiing in the French Alps

Ski Collection.ie has launched the Ski Collection Villages range, offering winter sports enthusiasts a chance to experience a winter holiday in traditional mountain village resorts with access to great skiing in the French Alps. Samoëns is an unspoilt historic ski village in the Grand Massif in the Haute-Savoie region; Les Gets is a charming village with plenty of character and a lively feel in the Portes du Soleil ski area; and St Martin de Belleville is an old farming village that forms part of the Three Valleys ski area. For ski breaks, including accommodation in four and five-star self-catered apartments, self-catered chalets and hotels, visit Skicollection.ie

Fuerteventura February deals

Alpharooms are offering seven nights in Fuerteventura from £644pp staying at the four-star Suite Hotel Atlantis Fuerteventura Resort (atlantisfuerteventuraresort.com) on an all-inclusive basis, flying from Dublin on February 29. Teletext Holidays are offering seven nights in Fuerteventura from £697pp, staying at the five-star Gran Hotel Atlantis Bahia Real (atlantisbahiareal.com) on a bed and breakfast basis, flying from Dublin on February 20. Price includes return shuttle transfers.

Half-term fun in Hidden Heartlands

Discover Ireland's Hidden Heartlands this February midterm with a family break at Radisson Blu Hotel Athlone, located on the banks of the River Shannon. The fun begins at check-in with a Global Explorers welcome pack and hot chocolate for the little ones. Your family will receive a complimentary family pass to your choice of activity, including Athlone Castle, Glendeer Pet Farm or bowling. Also included in your overnight stay is buffet breakfast and access to Synergy Health & Leisure Club. Midterm Madness is available from the February 14 to 23, from €285. More at Radathlone.com

Castle proposal a bit up in the air

If you are planning the perfect moment to pop the question, consider Lough Eske's romantic proposal package, which allows you to take to the air from the helipad located directly in front of the entrance to this Donegal castle. The 90-minute exclusive helicopter ride along the rugged north coast of Ireland also includes an indulgent picnic basket filled with Champagne and treats to enjoy while in the air. The package includes two nights in one of the hotel's castle suites which will be romantically decked out with rose petals, chocolates and Champagne and a three course dinner. To enquire contact Lisa.Marshall@lougheskecastlehotel.com

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