The Real Deal Vacation package to Ireland includes airfare from New York City to Dublin on Delta Airlines; two nights at the Mespil Hotel in Dublin (the first and last night); one night at Dooley's Hotel in Waterford; two nights at the Dromhall Hotel in Killarney; one night at the Carlton Hotel Galway City; all transfers; eight meals including six breakfasts and two dinners; sightseeing in an air-conditioned bus with English-speaking tour guides; guided tours of Trinity College, Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher, and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park; and all entrance fees; from $1,419 per person including all hotel and air taxes and fees.
When Feb. 9, 23, Mar 2, 2013 ($1,419); add $10 for Nov. 3, 2012; add $60 for Nov. 17, 2012; check Gate 1 Travel's website for more dates.
Gateways New York City ($1,419); additional gateway cities also available.
The Fine Print Airport taxes and fees are included in the package price. Based on double occupancy; the single supplement is from $254. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.
Book By Jun. 22, 2012; (add $200 for bookings past Jun. 22, 2012).
Contact Gate 1 Travel, 800/682-3333, gate1travel.com.
Why It's a Deal A recent Kayak search shows the lowest round-trip airfare between New York City and Dublin starts from $773 in early February (Aer Lingus). Add to that $218 per person including taxes for two nights at the Mespil Hotel, $43 per person without taxes for one night at Dooley's Hotel, $101 per person including taxes for two nights at the Dromhall Hotel, $124 per person including taxes for one night at the Carlton Hotel Galway City, and you're spending $1,259 for airfare and accommodations alone. For $160 more than that, this travel package gives you airfare and six nights' accommodations in four Irish cities, plus transportations, escorted tours and entrance fees at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry, the Cliffs of Moher, and Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, some meals, and all taxes, and fees.
More Take a traditional horse and carriage ride through the Muckross Estate and Killarney countryside for $29 per person.
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