In this 6 part TV series, we feature holiday destinations that you can fly to directly from Ireland, both North and South. Each episode features one main foreign holiday destination and one short local break featuring an Irish destination.
Episode 1 Joe Lindsay and new presenter Mairead Ronan kick off the travel series in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. They’re on a mission to find out if there’s more to ‘sin city’ than just gambling. Mairead takes a romantic gondola ride along a Venetian canal – in a hotel, Joe takes to the skies on a helicopter ride over the stunning Grand Canyon, they marvel at the neon museum, fine dine at the Bellagio, and a construction site lends itself to an unusual and high octane activity. In this week’s short Getaway, Mairead and her son Dara take a self-catering break in Co. Fermanagh.
Episode 2 Mairead Ronan and Joe Lindsay travel north to the land of fire and ice – Iceland. They tour the golden circle, take a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, explore the architecture of Reykjavik and take to the seas in search of humpback and minke whales. And in our short Getaway Mairead takes a road trip around the Inishowen peninsula in Co. Donegal.
Episode 3 Joe Lindsay and guest presenter Vogue Williams head for a Mediterranean beach break in sun soaked Cyprus. They visit the famous party resort of Ayia Napa, explore the old town of Limassol and take a drive into the Troodos Mountains for a taste of village life. And in this week’s short Getaway Joe visits Sligo where he get his Wild Atlantic Way passport stamped and discovers the inspirational landscape of WB Yeats’ poetry.
Episode 4 This week Joe Lindsay and Mairead Ronan visit the Tyrol region of Austria to find out what’s on offer from a ski resort during the summer months. Joe takes to the skies and paraglides above St. Johann and he tries out the latest summer craze of mountain carting. Mairead takes a scenic drive around the mountains and they both take a daytrip around the historic sights of Innsbruck, Tyrol’s capital. And in this week’s short Getaway Joe heads to the village of Cong, Co. Mayo, made famous by the legendary film, ‘The Quiet Man’.
Episode 5 Joe Lindsay and Vogue Williams take a trip to the Algarve, in Portugal to find out why this area is a perennial family favourite for Irish holidaymakers. They explore the beaches of Albufeira, take in the famous coastline, discover why the Algarve is great for golfing and go wild at a waterpark. And on this week’s short Getaway Joe visits Wicklow to take in the sights of ancient Glendalough, explore the beautiful Powerscourt estate and he gets a rush of adrenaline on a stunt driving experience.
Episode 6 Joe Lindsay and Mairead Ronan fly to the ‘City of Angels’ – Los Angeles, famed for its year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches, and as the centre of the worlds’ film and television industry. They cycle along the famous Santa Monica coastal path, take in some iconic sights including the Hollywood sign and Griffith Park and of course, take a backstage studio tour. An on this week’s short Getaway Mairead goes on a culinary tour of Lough Erne in Co. Fermanagh.