Six-Night Ireland Vacation - Ballsbridge Hotel

Six-Night, Self-Guided Tour of Ireland with Round-Trip Airfare from New York, Boston, or Chicago

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Drive Across Ireland with Stops at Dublin, 5-Star Hotel, and Historical Castles

Though Ireland is nicknamed the Emerald Isle for its lush vegetation and verdant pastures, the island is actually made up of several landscapes, ranging from the western causeway’s spectacular basalt columns to the towering Cliffs of Moher. On this six-night Ireland vacation from Sceptre Tours, you’ll get an up-close view of the unspoiled countryside as you travel through the country’s rural farmlands and historic cities. The package includes roundtrip airfare from New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), or Chicago (ORD), nightly accommodations, and a manual-shift rental car for the duration of the trip. Click here for more information and policies.

Day 1: After touching down in Dublin (DUB) and picking up your rental car, drive about an hour southwest to Heritage Golf & Spa Resort in County Laois. Fodor's called this five-star golf and spa resort "a haven of peace, calm, and elegance." Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Slieve Bloom Mountains, the resort is bathed in grandeur, from its lavish European-style decor to its pristine 18-hole golf course that was partially designed by golf legend Seve Ballesteros.

During your stay, roam the grounds at the nearby Rock of Dunamase, a stone fort that served as an important stronghold as far back as the 9th century.

Days 2–3: On your way from Heritage Resort, take a tour of Kilkenny Castle, a stone structure built in the early 13th century that housed the Butler family for nearly 600 years.

Venture farther southwest through the breathtaking countryside towards Killarney, a popular tourist town that lies just off the island's Atlantic coast. While in Killarney, guests settle in at Scotts Hotel for a two-night stay. While you’re here, explore Killarney National Park and its more than 25,000 acres of waterfalls, lakes, and deep green mountainsides.

You could also visit some relics from Killarney's 4,000-year history. The national park’s Ross Castle dates back to the 15th century and overlooks a supposedly haunted lake. The castle rests on the Ring of Kerry, a 110-mile road with so many picturesque vistas that it can take up to a day to explore. Along the way, you’ll see centuries-old forts, scenic bluffs, and ancient monoliths carved with early Celtic writings.

Days 4–5: Wind your way north to Galway, a charming bayside city that’s home to the National University of Ireland as well as plenty of Gaelic history and culture. Hit up one of Galway's pubs for a pint of Irish beer and some live entertainment, which ranges from fiddlers to folk dancers.

At Galway Bay, you can gaze on the waters that inspired works by James Joyce and John Lennon. The bay is popular for deep-sea fishing and sailing. In warmer months, the waters are filled with dozens of Galway hookers, the town’s traditional fishing boats. You can also take a ferry ride to the Aran Islands, where ancient walls gird seaside bluffs covered with wildflowers in springtime.

During your stint in Galway, you’ll spend both nights at the posh Clayton Hotel, a four-star hotel with an indoor pool and gourmet dining.

Day 6: On the way to Dublin, you can pause in Kildare Village to enjoy the sights and do some shopping.

Your final accommodation is at the Ballsbridge Hotel, located in downtown Dublin.

Day 7: Say farewell to the Emerald Isle as you board your flight back to the States.

What You Get

Seven-day, six-night, self-guided tour of Ireland with round-trip airfare from JFK, BOS, or ORD. Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required), or pay solo supplement fee to travel alone. Read about package structures here.

Options 1–3 are valid for Monday–Thursday departures from March 1 to May 12, 2013:

  • Option 1: $999, depart from JFK (up to a $1,399 value)
  • Option 2: $1,049, depart from BOS (up to a $1,449 value)
  • Option 3: $1,099, depart from ORD (up to a $1,499 value)

Options 4–6 are valid for Monday–Thursday departures from May 13 to June 24, 2013:

  • Option 4: $1,199, depart from JFK (up to a $1,699 value)
  • Option 5: $1,249, depart from BOS (up to a $1,749 value)
  • Option 6: $1,299, depart from ORD (up to a $1,799 value)

Options 7–9 are valid for Monday–Thursday departures from June 25 to August 24, 2013:

  • Option 7: $1,399, depart from JFK (up to a $1,999 value)
  • Option 8: $1,449, depart from BOS (up to a $2,049 value)
  • Option 9: $1,499, depart from ORD (up to a $2,099 value)

Book by: 10/19/12
Travel by: 5/18/13 (Options 1–3), 6/30/13 (Options 4–6), 8/30/13 (Options 7–9)

Solo supplement fee: $400

Included in all options:

  • Round-trip, economy-class airfare to Dublin from New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), or Chicago (ORD)
  • One-night stay at 5-star Heritage Resort in Laois
  • Two-night stay at Scotts Hotel in Killarney
  • Two-night stay at 4-star Clayton Hotel in Galway
  • One-night stay at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin
  • Car rental (manual transmission)

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

The Fine Print

  • Book by 10/19/12
  • Travel by 5/18/13, 6/30/13, or 8/30/13, depending on option bought
  • 1/person, +1 as gift
  • 1/visit
  • Valid only for option bought
  • Reservation required, subject to availability
  • All cancellations subject to fee up to Groupon price
  • Travel Trip Protection allows for cancellation up to 72 hours before departure at no fee (less insurance costs & fees)
  • Must be 21+ to check in & rent car
  • Credit card required at booking/check-in/car rental
  • $25 fee per person to depart Fri-Sun
  • $400 fee to travel solo.

Other Details

Hotel Policies

  • Parking: 10€ per car per night
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the properties
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed
  • Accessibility: handicap-accessible rooms are available upon request during booking.
  • Room upgrades: may depart Friday or Saturday for an additional $25 per person; may add four more breakfasts, one dinner, and tours of Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny Castle, and House of Waterford Crystal for $99 per person; may add an extra night at the Ballsbridge Hotel with extended car rental from $75 per person; may add an extra night at the Ballsbridge Hotel and an extra night at Heritage Resort with extended car rental from $150 per person.

Getting There

  • By plane: includes round-trip airfare from New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), or Chicago (ORD) to Dublin (DUB)
  • By transit: includes manual-transmission rental car for the duration of the trip

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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Lyndsey D. ·
5 ratings   2 reviews  
· May 12, 2018
1Star for GVV. The vouchers were never uploaded, I had to call the day before to request them.I purchased “high speed” but was given regular ferry tickets until I complained. Happened to lots of ppl. Hotels - the one in Athens was perfect, the rest were 2/3 star and 20 mins from towns. Check your hotel location b4 go or you will be stuck away in Santorini with no car! Transfers were great.


19 ratings   18 reviews  
· April 14, 2018
Beside the cost the best thing was the way the places we stayed were spaced throughout Ireland allowing us to explore and experience so many different things.


Laura F. ·
1 rating   1 review  
· March 29, 2018
Lots of avai
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