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Michael Kelly

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My name is Michael Kelly, I have worked for over 30 years in the travel industry, and I am hugely passionate about the business.

I specialize in Honeymoons, family holidays, tailor-made bespoke luxury and long-haul holidays, and cruise holidays. Personally, I would welcome the opportunity to arrange your holiday, so it is a memorable trip. I am proud to offer a high level of customer service and commit to sharing my knowledge and expertise with you right throughout the booking process and beyond. I would be delighted to arrange whatever trips you have in mind from a special honeymoon, family sun holiday or camping holiday to France, Spain, Italy or Croatia, a Ski or sun holiday, city breaks and if you need to book flights on their own for business or to visit friends and family, I am happy to discuss your requirements and provide you with a quote and process your booking.

During my career in the travel business, I have had the opportunity to travel to many parts of the world, including Europe (cities, sun, and ski resorts), USA, Canada, South Africa and KwaZulu Natal, North Africa, Hawaii, Thailand, and I have been lucky enough to experience various Cruise lines. This has helped me increase my knowledge so I can offer my customers first-hand experience of all the places I visited, far and wide. South Africa is my favorite holiday destination and I have been there twice on holidays to experience this fantastic country and thoroughly enjoyed all my experiences there including safaris.

Travel Counsellors are licensed and bonded here in Ireland by Irish Aviation Authority (IAA), so your money is completely safe. As a professional Travel Counsellor, I am available at a time that best suits your needs. I am always there for my clients right throughout the booking process before you travel, and this continues after you get back home from your holiday also. I am proud to give excellent customer service to all my clients and I very much value the opportunity to speak to you and share my destination knowledge with you so that you can get the best out of your trip.

If you would prefer a face-to-face meeting rather than communicating by e-mail or over the phone that can also be arranged by teams, and I would also be happy to meet you at a time that suits you and together we can plan your dream holiday. I can also arrange team meeting appointments at a mutually suitable time.

Feel free to contact me to discuss your next trip on 065 6823771 or 086 3104022 or send me an email

I very much look forward to hearing from you.


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Rivercruise conference Amsterdam

13 May 2024

The popularity of river cruising is booming. Having cruised on larger cruise ships myself, the opportunity to experience a river cruise ship first hand was a very welcome opportunity for me. I was invited to attend the CLIA River Cruise conference in Amsterdam on 11th March 2024 to learn and expand my knowledge of what exactly is a river cruise and to experience the dynamics of these smaller, more intimate vessels. Plus, the opportunity to visit not one but multiple river cruise ships at the same time was a superb way to compare the products from each individual company. A river cruise is a unique way of cruising. Relaxed, enriching and the only way to get up close and personal with multiple bustling cities and hidden gems on your chosen itinerary. Travel in exceptional comfort and style with likeminded people while unpacking only once. The experience is immersive, authentic, scenic, and very safe. Wake up each morning in a new location to which you can walk or cycle straight into. Enjoy hand crafted excursions at each destination. In a nutshell it is a floating hotel. Typically, a river cruise ship will hold a small number of guests from approx. 120-180 passengers. Compare this to anything from 3500–7000 guests on a large ocean cruise ship, the word intimate is exceptionally prominent, therefore the service on board is immensely more personal and concierge style. Each river cruise ship I boarded was quite similar in layout, yet unique to each brand. On board the 3-deck ship you will enjoy a welcome reception area, a large main lounge with bar, comfortable seating, and large windows to view the rivers and sights as you leisurely sail by. Long top solarium deck with seating and bar, some have pools or jacuzzi pools on top deck. Dining is offered in the main restaurant with A La Carte menu or casual dining in the bar or on-board café. Most will have a spa on board for massage and treatments, a gym, and all offer Bicycles for free or to rent to explore the city at hand. Depending on your chosen river cruise, accommodation can range from lower deck rooms with small window, mid deck rooms with larger windows, top deck staterooms with balconies or picture windows to suites, junior suites, and owners’ suites. Each brand will offer a different variety of accommodation options. One of the main aspects as to why river cruising is booming is due to the sustainability aspect with each company’s emphasis and approach to protecting the rivers in Europe and further afield. From single use plastics, recycling, lower emissions on the rivers and noise reduction. River Cruise is available throughout the rivers of Europe including The Rhine, The Danube, The Moselle, and The Main, to The Douro in Portugal, The Venice Lagoon in Italy, The Dordogne, Garonne, Rhône, Saóne and Seine in France. But that is not all, you can also river cruise further afield in Egypt, India, Vietnam, and Cambodia even South America. The main differences in the brands range from décor onboard, where one might be minimal and modern the next will offer traditional luxury to the in between, so there is a brand to suit everyone. One company may offer fully All Inclusive where another will offer Full Board with drinks. My experience of the culinary side was exceptional on all. Service was professional, welcoming with an emphasis on the guests experience at all times. In recent years passengers are looking for “that something different,” “a cultural experience,” “new experiences” therefore a river cruise provides exactly all this and more for them. Families are starting to request the above also and guess what there is a perfect company who encourages and welcomes families on board of all ages. There is also a range of activities on and off board to enjoy from games to wellness to live entertainment each evening provided by local acts. Excursions from walking, cycling, kayaking, golfing, museums, ancient ruins and much more. River Cruise brands I was lucky to experience included: Uniworld Boutique River Cruise AmaWaterways APT Travel Marvel Riviera Travel Emerald Cruises A-ROSA – (Perfect family option with younger guests) Viva Cruises Amadeus River Cruises Riverside Luxury Cruises Avalon Waterways Is river cruise for you? Absolutely. Solo passengers, Couples, Friends, Multi-Generational family, Groups, this product is just amazing. If you would like to discuss this further or have any questions regarding my experience, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you for taking the time to read my personal blog and look forward to hearing from you. Regards Michael.

Nashville - home of country Music

14 June 2023

I had the pleasure of visiting Nashville which gave me a great insight of all the wonderful attractions that Nashville, Tennessee has to offer. Broadway in downtown Nashville has live music playing each day in all the bars and venues from 11am to 3am (15 hours per day) if one has the energy to stay going. It is an amazing experience for music lovers with all the live gigs there is to see. It is just “electric” and “awesome.” We sampled some of the honky tonky and the wonderful atmosphere while there. We flew with American Airlines from Dublin to Nashville via Philadelphia in premium economy class. I would highly recommend upgrading to premium economy class as you get a much wider seat and loads of leg room and the meals served on board were amazing. Supplements start from just €200 per person per journey to upgrade to a premium cabin on board American airlines (subject to availability at time of booking). We stayed for 3 nights at the Hutton Hotel which was a lovely 4-star hotel boutique style hotel situated a short drive approx. 6 minutes from Broadway in downtown Nashville where all the action happens. There was music in the lobby each afternoon and the atmosphere was very relaxing at this hotel. The bedrooms were really comfortable and nicely decorated. During our stay in Nashville, we used the Lyft app, which is just like the Uber taxi system, you request a pickup on the app from your location and your driver is there within a couple of minutes to take you to your destination. It is a really good value way of getting around Nashville. On Tuesday morning after a leisurely breakfast, we went for a tour to the RCA studio, home to musical titans such as Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and many more. This studio was once one of the world's most famous recording facilities. Today it serves as a popular cultural attraction and as a classroom for students who visit the country music hall of fame and museum. We then continued on for a tour at the country music hall of fame located in downtown Nashville. It has been called the “Smithsonian of country music” celebrated for its brand cultural impact, educational mission and unrivalled collection of historically important artifacts. The country hall of fame was launched in 1967 on Nashville’s music row. The museum opened its current downtown location in 2001 and in 2014 unveiled a $100 million expansion that doubled its footprint in size. The country music hall of fame and museum now includes 350,000 square feet of dynamic galleries, archival storage, retail stores and event space, performance space in the CMA theatre and Ford Theatre which regularly host nationally recognized live music and cultural events. After a leisurely lunch in downtown Assembly food hall, we enjoyed another tour at the Ryman Auditorium, rich in history and built in 1892, well known as the mother church of country music. It was also revered as a long-time former home of Grand Ole Opry from 1943 to 1974. On Tuesday night, we had the most amazing experience at a live show at the Grand Ole Opry radio show which began broadcasting back in 1925. Today, it is an entertainment phenomenon showcasing a mix of country music greats, new stars, superstars, and legends. Before the show we got access to the Grand Ole Opry VIP lounge in the Auditorium called the Circle which I would highly recommend as you get drinks and get to meet a star in person who will perform at the live show on the night. We met Jennie Seely who performed that night. She has played at the grand ole Opry over 5,000 times during her career. Wednesday morning after breakfast we embarked on a tour to Belle Meade Historic Site and Winery situated a short drive outside of Nashville. The 1853 Greek revival mansion was home to English Derby winner Iroquois and renowned as a thoroughbred stud farm. As one of the premier thoroughbred racing and breeding farms in the south, Belle Meade was always the centre of hospitability, today that tradition continues. In 2009, Belle Meade opened the only winery in Nashville and they offer complimentary wine tastings after each tour. After the tour of Belle Meade mansion we enjoyed a lovely lunch. I found the venue a lovely relaxing experience, steeped in history. I would highly recommend Belle Meade as a must do tour to experience the culture and history of the past associated with horse breeding. That afternoon we enjoyed a great tour of the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum. The musician’s hall of fame is a premiere Nashville attraction and the one and only museum in the world that honours the talented musicians who actually played the greatest recordings of all time like Johnny Cash and many more. On Wednesday evening we went for dinner and a live music gig at the Listening room café. The Listening Room Café hosts up and coming artists and the star song writers behind Nashville’s biggest hits. It reminded me of an open mic event and the food, drinks and atmosphere was excellent while we listened to lovely music being played live. I would highly recommend this as a must do for visitors to Nashville. If you wish to plan your next getaway to Nashville please get in touch and I can share my experience with you and put together a bespoke itinerary to suit your requirements.

Family fun in magical Lapland

18 August 2022

I had the pleasure of treating my 4 nieces and nephews to a magical trip to Lapland for 2 nights / 3 days on 3rd December 2019. The trip started off with an early morning Aer Lingus charter flight from Dublin to Rovaniemi airport in Lapland, the official airport of Santa Claus. The flight was fun packed, we got a light breakfast on board and the elves on board the flight kept the children entertained with singing, colouring and drawing pictures. All of the children really enjoyed themselves. On arrival in Lapland we were met by more elves who were our guides for the 2 nights / 3 days action-packed itinerary. After we cleared passport control and collected our checked in luggage we headed off to the depot to get kitted out with our thermal gear to wear during the trip which was included in the cost of the package. We then set off for a short snow mobile safari though the snow covered forests. It is dark pretty much all day long except for a few hours during the day which makes the experience wonderful. The adults travel in the snow mobiles and the children travel in the sledges pulled by the guides. Afterwards, we headed to our accommodation at the Ouscharvarna chalets and checked in to our two bedroomed chalet with a buffet dinner and breakfast included in our stay. The accommodation was really cosy and warm and felt like a real home from home. Day 2 started off with a lovely early morning buffet breakfast before we headed off on our adventures for the day. First we headed to the husky farm where we learned all about the life of the husky dogs and enjoyed a short speedy ride in sledges pulled by the artic huskies. Afterwards we were treated to a hot drink and biscuits in the warmth of one of the cabins. We then boarded the coach to head to the reindeer farm where we experienced the magical ceremony of crossing the Artic Circle in a kota-teepee. We then got to enjoy a magical reindeer ride pulled by reindeers. The children were all in amazement at the experience. We boarded the coach after this visit to the reindeer farm and were taken for a well-deserved lunch break in a nice cosy restaurant served by a number of elves. All the children loved the experience of being served their lunch by elves. After a relaxing lunch we boarded the coach to head to the middle of the deep forest in Joulukka where the magic of Christmas comes alive. We visited the elf school and Santa’s command centre and even got a private audience with the man himself and he gave each of my nieces and nephews a very generous gift. We then headed back by coach to the Ouscharvarna chalets where we had some free time to relax before meeting up to go to a festive dinner and show in Santa park, the evening even consisted of a surprise visit by Santa and his cheeky elves. The children all had great fun and there was wooden train rides at Santa park for them to enjoy after dinner and drinks and entertainment before we headed back to the hotel by coach. Day 3 started off with breakfast and checking out of our accommodation and we headed to a shopping centre where we had free time to explore and buy some souvenirs. The children even got the opportunity to play outside in the snow as they still had their thermal gear. We headed back to the airport and dropped off our thermal gear on route to the airport. I would highly recommend this trip as it’s a once in a life time experience for both adults and children alike. Get in touch early in the year to plan your magical trip for your family to Lapland and I can share my experiences and knowledge.

Camino de Santiago

18 August 2022

I had the pleasure of travelling with some friends to Bilbao in Spain on 15th November 2019 to do part of the Camino de Santiago walk or the way of St James from Pamplona to Burgos over 5 days. We spent 7 days overall in Spain. We flew with Aer Lingus from Dublin to Bilbao. We were extremely lucky as the weather was mild each day, we just experienced some rain and snow on our last day of walking. It was a great experience walking the Camino with the peace and quiet of the paths. We were blessed to meet up with other pilgrims each day and shared our experiences over lunch and relaxing pilgrim dinners each evening before we retired for the night in our private rooms at each of the hotels we stayed at after walking an average of 25 kms each day. May-June and September are the best time to walk the Camino de Santiago, as the weather is lovely, downpours less likely, and you'll have plenty of company along the way – but it won't be quite as crowded. Each day consisted of an early start at 7am walking and we took regular coffee breaks along our walk in lovely quaint villages which were dotted with beautiful churches, simple restaurants, cafes and lovely gothic buildings dating back for hundreds of years. There is pretty much a little village every 5 kms which gave us the opportunity to take a break and have a coffee and experience the peace and quiet of these lovely villages. I did not find the walking difficult, I recommend anyone to have a good pair of hiking boots or comfortable walking shoes with a good grip and light rainproof jacket also. We had no problem staying well hydrated each day as the opportunity to stop and take regular breaks was wonderful. Our last night finished in the lovely town of Burgos which is home to the famous Cathedral of Burgos, its architecture is very Spanish and Gothic. The town hosts many historic and religious buildings. The old town is lovely and we enjoyed pinchos or tapas as they are known with some beers. The company was brilliant and we met up with a lot of other fellow pilgrims and shared our experiences about our wonderful trip. Everybody was so friendly. Our last night was very memorable in this lovely town of Burgos before we took a bus back to Bilbao the following day to fly home to Dublin. I really recommend this trip as it is a great life experience for walking enthusiasts. I would be delighted to plan and tailor make a trip for anybody that wishes to walk this pilgrimage route which goes back hundreds of years. Please get in touch to plan your experience. I look forward to hearing from you.

Luxury camping holiday in Playa Montroig Cambrils.

02 November 2022

I had the pleasure of spending 7 nights with my sister and my nephews and nieces at the 5-star camping Playa Montroig Campsite on the outskirts of Cambrils Spain for a week from the 27th of April 2019. We flew from Shannon to Reus which was very convenient. We then took a taxi transfer for the 15-minute journey from Reus airport to Playa Montroig. The campsite is definitely a 5-star campsite and has a vast range of facilities to keep all ages from young children up to teenagers happy and content. The fact that we were right on the beach was a huge bonus. The campsite has four swimming pools and waterslides for all ages. Down at the kiddie’s pool there are small waterslides and waterfalls, and the parents can sit, relax, and have a coffee or cool drink while watching their children play safely in the kiddie’s pool section. There are plenty of sports facilities to keep the family busy, from mini golf, boules and paddle tennis to beach volleyball, basketball, and kayaking. There is even a spa on the campsite to take some time out to relax. We hired bikes on one of the days and cycled into Miami Platja the neighbouring village and had some lunch. We took a day trip to Port Aventura theme park which was only 25 minutes away and accessed Ferrari land, the aqua water park and the theme park. It was a very enjoyable day out. The campsite offers evening entertainment at the new entertainment complex, although this was not fully open during our stay at the end of April as it was of season. We still found loads to do after dinner in the evenings such as walks on the beach and my nephews and nieces went in to play with other children near the restaurant and bar. I was amazed at the range of options on site to purchase food. The bakery opened early each morning and there were queues to get fresh breads and pastries. We ate at the campsite bar a few evenings and there were lots of nice options on the menu. They also had an ice cream stand where the children could purchase an ice cream after dinner. We treated ourselves on two evenings to a meal at Friends restaurant right on the beach, I would highly rate this restaurant to be like a Michelin star restaurant. The service and food were excellent. I would highly recommend this 5-star campsite right on the beach for a family holiday. Please feel free to contact me to plan your next luxury mobile home family holiday in France, Spain, Italy, or Croatia. I would only be delighted to share my knowledge having experienced this style of holiday first hand.

My customer stories

Sent by Anne Broderick

I can rely 100% on Michael Kelly to get us to a wonderful destination. He takes all the misery out of trying to plan holidays. The service and efficiency is outstanding. I would highly recommend Michael and Travel Counsellors to everyone. An absolute pleasure!

Sent by David Ryan

Michael was recommended to me by a friend and I can see why! Rarely have I received such excellent service and I have already recommended Michael to others! The attention to detail and time taken by Michael was second to none, I have booked holidays with a travel agent before and honestly would have been better booking myself, but I could never have booked this holiday if not for Michael’s help!

Sent by Sarah Carney

Michael couldn’t help us more with our upcoming family trip to USA, he provided great recommendations and worked tirelessly to have all members of our family on the same flights. He’s very approachable and was very welcoming of any suggestions we had. It’s always a pleasure dealing with Michael and I look forward to booking with him again in the future.

Sent by Kimberley Leddy

Michael was extremely helpful from the minute we contacted him. He made suggestions on how to plan our trip and as a result we are looking forward to a trip we've had on our bucket list for years. Thank you.

Sent by Declan Fitzgerald

Michael was so professional and thorough from the start to the end. He has gone above and beyond regarding every little detail we had and was so punctual with his responses. I would highly recommend Michael to my family and friends and will definitely be using him again in the future. Thank you again Michael!

Sent by Emer Connell

Michael was extremely professional and has a wealth of knowledge of the Travel Industry. We booked our honeymoon with Michael and he ensured that we got the best experience for the best price. He gave great advise as he had visited some of the places we will be visiting. He was so pleasant and helpful from the beginning. I would definitely recommend Michael.

Sent by Claudine Higgins

Michael couldn't do enough for us. He had good suggestions and guided us with his knowledge. We were very happy and looking forward to our holiday!

Sent by Christina McHugh

Michael at Travel Counsellors is so helpful and goes out of his way to make sure everything is arranged to perfection. A true honest gentleman who has enormous knowledge of so many holiday destinations.

Sent by Una Grenham

I could not recommend Michael highly enough. He is just so professional at his job and nothing is ever too much trouble. He is a always a total pleasure to deal with.

Sent by Ann Marie Corcoran

Michael is so professional, helpful & knowledgeable. His customer service is excellent. I would highly recommend him to everyone as he really knows his stuff! Thank you Michael.

Sent by Evelyn Burke

Michael is a true gentleman to deal with and he was so dedicated to finding the perfect holiday to accommodate all my requirements.

Sent by Alan Collins

Michael Kelly could not have been more helpful. He responded to all of my requests and exceeded my expectations. I'll be back again and I'll be sure to recommend Michael (and Travel Counsellors) to my friends and family.

Sent by Ben Brunton

Super super service. Michael was so quick in getting back to us and made this whole experience so easy.

Sent by Laurence McCormack

Very helpful and knowledgeable about his job. I would highly recommend him. Thank you Michael!

Sent by Genevieve Higgins

Michael was very fast and efficient in dealing with my booking to Australia. He gave me lots of options and great recommendations!

Sent by Chloe Tubridy

Michael is very helpful and definitely puts you the customer first. He is very attentive. All in all, a great experience!

Sent by Mary Reilly

If there was an 11, I would scored that. We have already recommended Michael & Travel Counsellors to two other families! Highly, highly recommend ye!

Sent by Marie Brannelly

We would highly recommend Michael. He was very professional in his job. He did an excellent job in putting a package together for our holiday to Canada. He advised us on all things to do to prepare for our trip i.e. tourist visas, flight transfers, places to see etc. He sent us links and kept us up to date. Michael is very professional in his job.

Sent by Laura Monaghan

Great service! Michael was very helpful and professional. I would definitely book with Michael again.

Sent by Linda Fahy

Michael is a very helpful and knowledgeable person. I couldn’t have asked for a more professional Travel Counsellor. I have full trust in him that my trips will be wonderful and stress free as he has everything planned out to the letter. 10 out of 10!

Sent by Antoin Macuilliam

Michael was excellent! He was patient, informative and helpful throughout our planning. I would have no issue in referring anyone to him to plan their holiday.

Sent by Katie Pender

Michael is always a pleasure to deal with and gets you good deals! Always recommend him to my family and friends!