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AA Membership – Don’t miss a match!

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AA Membership covers you, whether you’re a driver or a passenger in any car. And more than 80%* of the time we fix our Member’s cars right there – on the roadside.

Just recently, an AA Member’s son had their car break down while on the way to an Ireland match – the panic! See what she had to say below:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1443110856681{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-right: 40px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;padding-left: 40px !important;}” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” parallax_content_width=”in_grid” angled_section=”no” angled_section_position=”both” angled_section_direction=”from_left_to_right” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern” background_color=”#efefef” css_animation=”element_from_fade” transition_delay=”200″][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]This is just a short note to thank you for your assistance to my son when his car broke down in Wales, on the way to the Ireland Rugby Match.

Your efficiency towing the car back to Holyhead, arranging a replacement car for him to drive to Cardiff and then organising the safe return of the car along with himself to Holyhead and on to our house in Castleknock from the ferry in Dublin was brilliant. He found the Irish branch of The AA were on top of the situation straight away and were instructing the Welsh branch on all things.

His trip had not started out well when the B&B booked was closed when they arrived and would not answer the contact numbers. As the World Cup was on, there were no rooms available in hotels and so they slept in the car.

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Anne Garrigan, Dublin

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1443110450297{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}” row_type=”row” use_row_as_full_screen_section=”no” type=”full_width” parallax_content_width=”in_grid” angled_section=”no” angled_section_position=”both” angled_section_direction=”from_left_to_right” text_align=”left” background_image_as_pattern=”without_pattern”][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]All our personal Members are covered anywhere in Ireland and the UK. If you’re driving in the UK and you happen to breakdown, all the benefits you have on your package here applies in the UK. If you have AA Roadside Rescue, we will tow you locally and if you have Rescue Plus, we can arrange to recover your vehicle back to Ireland if it’s beyond repair.

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Whether you bagged a last minute deal or have been dreaming of sand and sea since Christmas, there’s no doubt that you’re excited to take to the skies. In between making sure you’ve packed the essentials (passport, flight tickets, iPod – check), it’s easy to forget things like taking out proper insurance or to just neglect it altogether. So what’s it good for anyway? We’ve listed 5 reasons why it’s best to get covered.

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Murphy’s Law

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By now you’re probably a seasoned enough traveller to know that whatever can go wrong, will. So many people leave it to the last minute when, amongst the flurry of sun cream and togs, not only it is it more difficult to shop around for the best deal, but you could be forfeiting a host of benefits. Countless events such as bereavement, illnesses or an accident can potentially derail your whole holiday well in advance of travel, which is why it’s best to take out cover immediately after booking your trip. Protect against the unknown and get yourself and your family covered for up to €6,000 for an abandoned holiday.

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Flight Cancellations and Delays

[/vc_column_text][vc_separator type=”normal” position=”center”][vc_column_text]If an airline fails to notify its passengers of a delay it could mean the difference of being covered for up to €600, depending on your flight duration. The amount of compensation you’re entitled to will depend on whether your flight is short, medium or long haul as classified below:

Short haul: 1500km or less the amount payable is €250 pp
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Medical Emergencies

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Are you planning any strenuous activities such as hiking or surfing? If you’re venturing Stateside know that you’re risking hundreds of thousands of dollars in the event of an accident or medical emergency without travel insurance.  Even in Europe, where it’s wise to carry your EHIC card, you won’t be covered for things like needing an air ambulance if someone is in serious trouble, potentially costing you up to €20,000. AA Travel Insurance can cover you for up to €10,000,000 inclusive of any emergency assistance services you receive.

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Theft

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Knowledge truly is power when venturing abroad, particularly when it comes to knowing where the best places to visit are. It also pays to know your way around and with a bit of research ahead of time you can ensure you and your family don’t end up in the wrong place at the wrong time. Familiarise yourself with your destination online before you go if you can help it, and exercise caution when lugging around shopping bags and storing your valuables. If you are the unlucky recipient of a theft or mugging whilst abroad, AA Travel Insurance can cover you for up to €500.

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Cost

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Back in 2012, over 1 in 5 people told us that they were prepared to eschew taking out travel insurance altogether if it meant that they could enjoy a cheaper holiday. Bear in mind that 2012 was one of the worst years for the Irish economy, with the amount of overseas Irish trips taken down nearly 20% in comparison to 2008. However, travel insurance is nearly never as expensive as you envisage it to be; remember you’re being covered for all of the above and more. To cover a family of 4 for any number of trips within Europe for 12 months costs as little as €47.19 for an AA Essentials Policy.

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France France Attractions

Palace of Versailles

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Palace of Versailles, or Château de Versaille in French, is a royal house in the Île-de-France region of France, just outside of Paris.

What started as a hunting lodge for Louis XIII in 1624, was developed into the palace we know today by his predecessor Louis XIV, with work to convert the small lodge to royal accommodation beginning in 1668. It was the last major project of the architect to the kind at the time, Louis Le Vau.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

Price

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You can go for the ‘Passport’, allowing you access to the Palace, the gardens, and any exhibits on at the time. This is available for the day, or for 2 days if you want to delve into more detail.

One day ‘Passport’ (all day pass): €18

Two day ‘Passport’ (2 day pass): €25

 

If you’re in a hurry you can get a ticket to just see the palace itself for €15 euro, which also includes a multi-lingual audio guide.

 

In all circumstances it’s best to book in advance. You can do so on the official website here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”How to get there” title_align=”separator_align_left” border=”no”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1430234145332{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]If you are driving to the Eiffel Tower you need to park in one of the underground car parks nearby to the tower, as there is no parking at the tower itself.

The Quai Branly car park is the closest to the Eiffel Tower so that would be the first choice, but it may fill up quickly as it will probably be first choice for many others.

We’d recommend booking your parking in advance if possible. You can do that through the the Saemes website (Saemes is the parking system operator for the City of Paris). Here’s the link for the Quai Branly Car Park. Up to date prices are also available through their site.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Opening Hours” title_align=”separator_align_left” border=”no”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1430234156117{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]The Eiffel Tower prides itself on being open every single day of the year, with accommodating opening hours.

From mid-June to early-September it opens from 9am until midnight, and the rest of the year from 9.30am until 11pm.

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Top 5 theme parks to take your kids to in france

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Germany Germany Attractions

Neuschwanstein Castle

This palace was built with a vision of creating a place of retreat and private refuge for the late King Ludwig II of Bavaria. However, several weeks after the death of the shy king it was open to the public. It now welcomes about 1.4 million visitors every year and in peak summer months this popular sight can reach as high as 6,000 visitors per day.

Tickets

Tickets can be reserved online and purchased in the ticket centre in Hohenschwangau, a village below the castle.

Free admission applies for children and young adults under 18 years of age. Special discounted group and student rates are available. Standard admission charges start at €12. If you choose to avail of bundle offers of viewing neighbouring castles can cost €23/ €24. If you plan an extended stay you can buy a 14 day pass that permits you to see some of the most beautiful sights that Bavaria has to offer.

Image: Wikipedia

 

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France France Attractions

Arc de Triomphe

The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile (French pronunciation: ​[aʀk də tʀiɔ̃f də letwal], Arch of Triumph of the Star) is one of the most famous monuments inParis. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle (originally named Place de l’Étoile), at the western end of the Champs-Élysées.[3] It should not be confused with a smaller arch, the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, which stands west of the Louvre. The Arc de Triomphe (in English: “Triumphal Arch“) honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

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The Eiffel Tower

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Eiffel Tower (French: La tour Eiffel, [tuʁ ɛfɛl]) is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. Erected in 1889 as the entrance arch to the 1889 World’s Fair, it was initially criticised by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but has become both a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world.[1] The tower is the tallest structure in Paris and the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.98 million people ascended it in 2011.[2]The tower received its 250 millionth visitor in 2010.[2]

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Price” title_align=”separator_align_left” border=”yes”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1430234215548{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]Of course it’s free to wonder over to have a look from afar, but if you want to go to the base of the tower you will need to buy a ticket. There are a few types;

  • Ticket with stairs access to the 2nd floor
  • Ticket with lift access to the 2nd floor
  • Ticket with lift access to the top

 

Tickets with access to the top of the tower are obviously the most expensive, but there are discounts available for those under 25, those under 11, disabled persons (and those accompanying them) and for groups.

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The Quai Branly car park is the closest to the Eiffel Tower so that would be the first choice, but it may fill up quickly as it will probably be first choice for many others.

We’d recommend booking your parking in advance if possible. You can do that through the the Saemes website (Saemes is the parking system operator for the City of Paris). Here’s the link for the Quai Branly Car Park. Up to date prices are also available through their site.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_empty_space height=”32px”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_text_separator title=”Opening Hours” title_align=”separator_align_left” border=”no”][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1430234156117{padding-top: 20px !important;padding-bottom: 20px !important;}”]The Eiffel Tower prides itself on being open every single day of the year, with accommodating opening hours.

From mid-June to early-September it opens from 9am until midnight, and the rest of the year from 9.30am until 11pm.

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Northern Ireland

Giant’s Causeway

The Giant’s Causeway is an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.[1] It is also known as Clochán an Aifir or Clochán na bhFomhórach in Irish[2] and tha Giant’s Causey in Ulster-Scots.[3]

It is located in County Antrim on the northeast coast of Northern Ireland, about three miles (4.8 km) northeast of the town of Bushmills. It was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986, and a national nature reserve in 1987 by theDepartment of the Environment for Northern Ireland. In a 2005 poll of Radio Times readers, the Giant’s Causeway was named as the fourth greatest natural wonder in the United Kingdom.[4] The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea. Most of the columns are hexagonal, although there are also some with four, five, seven or eight sides. The tallest are about 12 metres (39 ft) high, and the solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 metres (92 ft) thick in places.

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Germany Germany Attractions

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate was built in the 18th century and is located on the border between East and West Berlin. Particularly in the Cold War era and due to its close proximity with the Berlin Wall, it represented a divide between the East and West. However, since the Berlin Wall was knocked it is now hailed as a monumental symbol for German unity.

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