Our Travel Editor in Ireland dishes on the culture and sites that will be within reach if you book this travel deal that stops in Dublin, Galway, and Limerick.
The Emerald Isle is famed for its rolling green hills and natural beauty. In fact, there are so many scenic locales in Ireland that it can be hard to settle on just one. But our team of deal sleuths — particularly those who actually reside in the old country — can help you with that.
We discovered this Ireland 6-night flight, hotel, and car rental package for two (from $1719.46, a low by $479; expires November 15), which includes stays in three of Ireland's most iconic cities: Dublin, Galway, and Limerick. Plus, this deal includes roundtrip flights and a 5-day car rental, so you can head to ancient sites like Newgrange, the 5,000-year old temple predating the pyramids! With February departures saving you over $470, this Editors' Choice deal also comes in at the best price we've seen for any 6-day Irish vacation with car rental this year.
10 Reasons Why You Should Book This Irish Vacation Package
Stay in the Heart of Dublin
Spend two nights in Ireland's capital city, Dublin, at the top-rated Cassidys Hotel. The hotel is located at the top of Dublin's main street (O'Connell St.), putting you within perfect walking distance of Dublin's historic landmarks like the GPO, Trinity College, Grafton St., and more.
Guinness is Good for You!
Go straight to the source for your first pint with a trip to the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin. Head to the top floor's Gravity Bar to sup on a pint of "the black stuff" and enjoy panoramic views across the city. You can also learn to pour the perfect pint and receive a certificate for your efforts.
Traditional Music in Temple Bar
Cross the river Liffey at the historic Ha'penny Bridge and enter Dublin's cultural quarter — Temple Bar. This pedestrian, cobble-stone quarter is brimming with iconic pubs like the Palace Bar, Oliver St. John Gogarty's, and of course the Temple Bar Pub. Most places feature live traditional music with Irish instruments like bodhran (drum), tin whistle, and even uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes).
Explore the Emerald Isle by Car
This package includes a 5-day car rental so you can get out on the open road and explore. Although it's theoretically possible to drive to just about anywhere in Ireland, you should expect to encounter unique problems like roads that lead to nowhere, one-way systems that defy the laws of physics, and competition for lane space from sheep.
Visit the Ancient Celtic Temple of Newgrange
A 45-minute drive from Dublin brings you to one of Ireland's most sacred and historic sights. Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago, making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt.
Kylemore Abbey & Victorian Walled Garden
Kylemore Abbey is a romantic neo-Gothic castle that protrudes from the foot of a barren mountain in a remote corner of Connemara. Today it is home to Benedictine nuns and boasts an enchanting 6-acre Victorian walled garden dating from 1867.
Head West for Two Nights in Galway
Spend two nights in the Clybaun Hotel in Galway and experience the rugged and artisanal atmosphere of this west coast city. Immerse yourself in history with a walk to the Spanish Arch (dating from 1584), watch the "hookers" (it's a type of boat!) on the bay, and "play the boot" at a traditional Irish music session in one of the city's many pubs.
Connemara's Cliffs of Moher
Standing 702 feet and stretching for 5 miles along the Atlantic coast, the Cliffs of Moher provide spectacular views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay, as well as the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara, Loop Head to the south, and the Dingle Peninsula in Kerry.
Two Night Stay in Limerick
In a country with no shortage of culture, Limerick was designated Ireland's first City of Culture. Located along the ancient river Shannon, Limerick is full of art, theater, and music — not to mention history. Make sure you visit the 13th century King John's Castle.
A Full Irish Breakfast to Start the Day
Breakfast in Ireland is a serious affair, with every cafe, bistro, and pub in the country boasting that theirs is the "best Irish breakfast in the country." Prices vary greatly from around $5 to $15, but luckily you won't have to pay, since breakfasts are included. Expect to receive fried eggs, sausages, bacon, toast, black and white pudding (a type of blood sausage), and more often than not baked beans.
Still not convinced that this Irish vacation is right for you? Then check out our other vacation deals for something that's a better fit with your specific brand of wanderlust.
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