Drive Through the Irish Countryside and Stay in Quaint Villages
On this eight-day vacation from Great Value Vacations, you have the freedom to explore four traditional Irish villages—Killenard, Kinsale, Adare, and Dublin—on your own. Once you arrive at Dublin Airport, hop in your manual-shift rental car and you’re set to cruise across the Irish countryside.
The vacation includes:
Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), or Chicago (ORD)
For more information about each village and hotel, click here.
Days 1–2: Killenard
Must-see attraction: Killenard is surrounded by horseracing tracks, including the Curragh Racecourse, which hosts the Irish Derby and other classic horse races from May–October. Stroll like a local: Many of Killenard’s neighboring villages have well-marked hiking trails that take you through the Irish countryside. The town of Stradbally, about 20 minutes south of the hotel, connects to six forest trails ranging from 2–12 kilometers. Hotel amenities: The 18-hole golf course at Heritage Golf & Spa Resort was rated one of the Top 10 parkland courses in Ireland by Golf Digest.
Days 3–4: Kinsale
Must-see attraction: Life in Kinsale revolves around the harbor, which you can explore on a harbor cruise. Yachting and fishing are particularly popular activities in town. Eat like a local: Kinsale is widely recognized as the Gourmet Capital of Ireland. Pull up a chair at Fishy Fishy Cafe for local oysters and pan-roasted cod. Hotel amenities: Actons of Kinsale, built in 1946 and renovated in 2012, features an indoor swimming pool and sauna, Irish restaurant, and nice views of the harbor.
Days 5–6: Adare
Must-see attraction: Built in the early 13th century on the banks of the River Maigue, Desmond Castle was an important fortress for hundreds of years. Tours of the castle run from June 1–September 30. Dance like a local: There are many bars in Adare that host live traditional Irish music most nights of the week. Hotel amenities: You can get a body treatment with multi-colored mud inside a rasul, or Turkish steam room, in the onsite spa at Fitzgerald’s Woodlands House Hotel.
Days 7–8: Dublin
Must-see attraction: The Book of Kells, a 9th-century religious manuscript known for its extravagant illustrations, is on display at Trinity College Library (the largest library in Ireland). Drink like a local: Grab a pint of locally brewed Guinness at one of the city’s nearly 1,000 pubs. The dry stout beer has been brewed at St. James’s Gate Brewery since 1759. Hotel amenities: Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel’s 20-meter pool and Scandinavian wood sauna and steam room are good spots to relax after a day of sightseeing.
Starting at $1,199, eight-day quaint villages of Ireland tour with round-trip airfare.
Six options with peak season dates available, including departures in June-November from JFK, BOS, or ORD.
Click here to see all options and departure dates.
Note: All options priced per person and valid for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required), or pay an additional $600 (options 1–3) or $450 (options 4–6) fee to travel solo. Read about package structures here.
Policies and Fees
For all options, book by: 6/3/13
Cancellation policy & fees: All cancellations subject to fee of Groupon price unless trip insurance purchased
1. What are 'Limited Availability' deals?
Limited Availability deals have a limited number of trips at a special price. Once these deals are sold out, there will be additional trips available to purchase at the regularly discounted price.
2. How much would it cost to fly from an airport not listed as part of this deal?
Call Great Value Vacations at 1-800-495-4903 for additional pricing options from any departure airport not listed on the Groupon Getaways deal page.
3. Can we extend our trip before or after the promotional dates for the deal?
Yes, you can arrange for that over the phone at the time when you redeem your vacation.
4. How do I find out if the dates I want to travel are available?
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5. Does my child need a Groupon, and can they stay in my room?
All travelers over the age of 2 are required to purchase a Groupon. Different occupancy arrangements can be requested with Great Value Vacations at the time of reservation.