In this new series of the travel review show, presenters Tommy Bowe, Vogue Williams, Mairéad Ronan and Joe Lindsay return to review destinations that can be flown to directly from the island of Ireland.
They venture west with a stateside trip to Seattle, test a couple of winter sports resorts in Bulgaria, hit the beach on Turkey’s Turquoise Coast, take a weekend city break in Porto in northern Portugal, visit the year-round favourite, the volcanic island of Lanzarote, and journey to the Far East to explore Hong Kong.
Episode 1 The new series kicks off in the USA, in the city of Seattle in Washington State. Tommy gets his bearings from the top of the iconic Space Needle, before taking to the skies on a seaplane for the very best view of the city. The Chihuly Garden with its glass sculptures captures Vogue’s imagination, as does MoPOP, the very cool Museum of Popular Culture. The duo head out to sea on a whale watching trip, grab a coffee at the original Starbucks store, throw fish (!) at Pike Place Market and visit the city’s stickiest attraction, the Gum Wall. In this week’s short Getaway Joe Lindsay visits Dungarvan’s farmer’s market with local chef Paul Flynn, and takes in the majestic Mahon Falls with its magic road en-route!
Episode 2 This week Joe and Sinéad head to the Bulgarian mountains to test one of the best value winter holidays. They kick off in Pamporovo, an ideal ski resort for beginners, where they try snowboarding, a husky ride and a thrilling ski-doo safari. They take an excursion to nearby Plovdiv (European City of Culture 2019) to check out the Old Town and its exceptionally well-preserved Ancient Theatre. They travel onto the bigger and busier ski resort of Borovets, and from there journey into Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, to take a tour of its historical city centre. In this week’s short Getaway Mairéad Ronan’s in County Wicklow to explore Russborough House, fondly known as: “Ireland’s longest, most beautiful and most robbed house!”.
Episode 3 Mairéad Ronan and Joe Lindsay are in Turkey exploring some of the most popular resorts along Turkey’s turquoise coast including Oludeniz, Marmaris and Bodrum. They check out the best beaches, explore the historical sites, sample the flavours of the region and get out on the water to take in the beautiful coastline. And Tommy Bowe discovers some of Armagh’s best-kept secrets on this week’s Short Getaway.
Episode 4 Mairéad Ronan and Tommy Bowe are checking out a city break in Porto, Portugal’s second largest city. They cruise on the River Douro, visit a magical bookshop, sample its famous port and explore its historic heritage. And on this week’s Short Getaway Joe Lindsay is inspired in Heaney Country.