Ireland Vacation with Airfare - Laois

Six-Night Ireland Vacation from Sceptre Tours with Airfare, Hotel Accommodations, Rental Car, and Tour

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Six-Night Sampling of Centuries-Old Castles and a Country Estate

Few spots in Europe feel as timeless as the Irish countryside. The craggy, untouched coastline and rolling meadows dotted with herds of sheep and the occasional crumbling castle seem to belong to a faraway past, as though the Industrial Revolution never managed to jump the Irish Sea. Sceptre Tours' six-night luxury Ireland vacation package lets you explore the Emerald Isle in grand style by staying at four palatial hotels, including a 19th-century castle and an 18th-century estate. The package also includes roundtrip economy-class airfare to Dublin and an economy-size car rental with a manual transmission for the duration of your visit. Click here for more info on the trip and additional upgrade options available.

Day 1: After picking up your car at Dublin Airport, you'll drive to the rolling hills of Killenard in County Laois, home to the five-star Heritage Golf & Spa Resort. If you're a golfer, hit the par 72 Heritage course, which meanders past lakes and streams, with the Slieve Bloom Mountains looming in the distance.

Days 2–3: A 100-mile (162 km) drive westward will take you to the next stop, Dromoland Castle Hotel & Country Estate in County Clare. Housed in a 19th-century castle on grounds that were once home to Gaelic royalty, the hotel boasts interior design may remind visitors of Versailles (the property’s gardens are based on designs from Versailles landscape architect André Le Nôtre). A championship golf course designed by Irish legend J.B. Carr winds among woodlands, bogs, and a lake, where guests can fish or boat. The hotel also offers lessons in horseback riding, falconry, and subtly tipping your hat. For a scenic day trip, head to the Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic coast.

Days 4–5: Turning southward, you'll make your way to Muckross Park Hotel & Cloisters Spa in Killarney, where former guests include George Bernard Shaw. This five-star hotel borders the Cloisters Spa, a calm sanctuary named Ireland's Best Luxury Destination Spa at the 2011 World Luxury Hotel Awards. In nearby Killarney National Park, ride past lakes and glens in a horse-drawn jaunting car, a type of light carriage popular in 19th-century Ireland.

Day 6: On your way back to Dublin, take the included tour of the House of Waterford Crystal in the southeastern town of Waterford. Here, you'll see master artisans shape molten crystal using hand-carved wooden molds before passing it off to be polished, cut, and engraved. The Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Dublin will be the trip’s final hotel, where you can have a beer at the bar, which is located in the castle's original dungeon.

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Six-night Ireland vacation with airfare; all options are Travel with a Friend packages, priced per person (two Groupons required). Individuals may pay a single-supplement fee to travel solo ($900 for July–September departures; $800 for October–November departures).

Travel window: July 1–September 30

  • $1,999, departing from New York (JFK)
  • $2,024, departing from Boston (BOS)
  • $2,049, departing from Chicago (ORD)

Travel window: October 1–November 30

  • $1,399, departing from New York (JFK)
  • $1,424, departing from Boston (BOS)
  • $1,449, departing from Chicago (ORD)

Book by: 6/29/12 for all options

Included in all options:

  • Roundtrip airfare to Dublin (DUB)
  • Accommodations at castles, an estate, and a golf and spa resort (see itinerary for details)
  • Car rental (manual transmission)
  • 50-euro credit at Dromoland Castle valid October and November
  • House of Waterford Crystal tour
  • Taxes and fees

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

The Fine Print

  • Book by 6/29/12 or promo value expires
  • Valid during travel window on Groupon
  • Limit 1/person, 1 more as gift
  • Limit 1/visit
  • Valid for option bought
  • Fee up to Groupon price applies for canceling once reserved; may buy travel insurance from Sceptre Tours to cancel up to 72 hrs in advance w/out penalty (less insurance costs/fees)
  • 18+ to check in
  • Not valid w/reward points
  • $900 fee for people traveling alone for Options 1-3; $800 fee for Options 4-6
  • 50-euro credit at Dromoland Castle valid only Oct and Nov.

Other Details

Hotel Policies

  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: not available

What It's Worth

Six-night Ireland vacation with airfare; all options are Travel with a Friend packages, priced per person (two Groupons required). Individuals may pay a single-supplement fee to travel solo ($900 for July–September departures; $800 for October–November departures).

Travel window: July 1–September 30

  • $1,999, departing from New York (JFK) (up to a $2,799 value)
  • $2,024, departing from Boston (BOS) (up to a $2,824 value)
  • $2,049, departing from Chicago (ORD) (up to a $2,849 value)

Travel window: October 1–November 30

  • $1,399, departing from New York (JFK) (up to a $2,199 value)
  • $1,424, departing from Boston (BOS) (up to a $2,224 value)
  • $1,449, departing from Chicago (ORD) (up to a $2,249 value)

Included in all options:

  • Roundtrip airfare to Dublin (DUB)
  • Accommodations at castles, an estate, and a golf and spa resort (see itinerary for details)
  • Car rental (manual transmission)
  • 50-euro credit at Dromoland Castle valid October and November
  • House of Waterford Crystal tour
  • Taxes and fees

Getting There

  • By plane: airfare included
  • By car: car rental is included; the first hotel is about 52 miles (83 km) southwest of Dublin Airport (DUB).

Traveler's Tips

  • Before international travel, always check the State Department's website for important info on the destination and its entry/exit requirements.

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