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A favorite vacation package that allows you to experience the best of Ireland on your own terms!. Spend a pleasant stay in Dublin (home to a rich literary tradition, stunning scenery, and fantastic food). On your last morning, pick up your rental car and head for Cork (the `Rebel City,` where you can see the charming Blarney Castle, whimsical sculpture gardens, and moody Drombeg Stone Circle); continue to Killarney (the unforgettable Muckross House and Gardens are a must see as is the breathtaking Ring of Kerry) and Galway (Connemara and Kylemore Abbey are simply stunning). Finish your stay in lively Limerick (a bubbling, revitalized city that honors its past as it looks to the future). Please note, your return flight will be out of nearby Shannon Airport. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

Included:

  • Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon
  • Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin
  • Rental Car for 7 days
  • Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport
  • Hotel for 1 night in Cork
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Galway
  • Hotel for 1 night in Limerick
  • Driving Time
    Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
    Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
    Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
    Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
    Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.

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A fantastic opportunity to see glorious Ireland with this Self-Drive package. Spend your desired stay in Dublin (rich literary history, quaint authentic pubs and trendy coffee houses amid lush backdrops); then pick up your car and drive to Galway (Connemara, Kylemore Abbey). Then, continue to the stunning medieval city of Limerick (King John`s Castle, Lough Gur Neolithic Settlement and Stone Age Centre); and return to Dublin for one last night stay. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

Included:

  • Flight into and out of Dublin
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Dublin
  • Rental Car for 6 days
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Galway
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Limerick
  • Hotel for 1 night in Dublin
  • Driving Time
    Dublin - Galway: 2 hrs. 20 mins. approx.
    Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
    Limerick - Dublin: 2 hrs. 15 mins. approx.



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This Self-Drive, independent vacation package will introduce you to all the most breathtaking aspects of Ireland. Pick up your car in Shannon and drive to Medieval Limerick (King John`s Castle, Lough Gur Neolithic Settlement and Stone Age Centre); then proceed to Killarney (Muckross House and Gardens, Ring of Kerry); and finally, visit the Irish capital city Dublin (rimming with tradition; old pubs and trendy coffee shops). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

Included:

  • Flight into Shannon and out of Dublin
  • Rental Car for 7 days
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Limerick
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Dublin
  • Driving Time
    Shannon Airport - Limerick: 30 mins. approx.
    Limerick - Killarney: 2 hrs. approx.
    Killarney - Dublin: 3 hrs. 45 mins. approx.



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With a Rental Car you have the flexibility to visit several of the most beautiful destinations in Ireland, on your terms!. Begin your desired stay in Dublin (centuries of literary tradition, intimate pubs and trendy cafes all set among lush green backdrops); then, pick up your car and visit Waterford (home to famous Waterford Crystal; clear, pristine beaches and pretty villages perched on the edge of beautiful bays). Continue to Killarney (Muckross House and Gardens, Ring of Kerry); then, to Galway(Connemara and Kylemore Abbey are stunning and not to be missed places to discover). From here, you continue to Westport, in county Mayo (a quaint Georgian Estate town); and finally, visit Sligo (Yeats County) before returning to Dublin for one last stay . This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

Included:

  • Flight into and out of Dublin
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Dublin
  • Rental Car for 9 days
  • Hotel for 1 night in Waterford
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Galway
  • Hotel for 1 night in Westport
  • Hotel for 1 night in Sligo
  • Hotel for 1 night in Dublin
  • Driving Time
    Dublin - Waterford: 2 hrs. approx.
    Waterford - Killarney: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
    Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
    Galway - Westport: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
    Westport- Sligo: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
    Sligo - Dublin: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.



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A self-drive vacation package through Ireland allows you the flexibility to explore at your own leisure. Start, in Dublin (where intimate, authentic pubs and trendy coffee houses will surely delight) then, pick up your car and drive along the country visiting: Kilkenny (full of large castles and beautiful abbeys) , then, Waterford (the world famous home of Waterford Crystal; splendid clear, pristine beaches and charming villages) and Cork (Blarney Castle, Old Midleton Distillery, Drombeg Stone Circle). Continue to Killarney (Muckross House and Gardens, Ring of Kerry) and the beautiful medieval city Limerick (King John`s Castle, Lough Gur Neolithic Settlement and Stone Age Centre). Drive to Shannon to catch your flight back home. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

Included:

  • Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Dublin
  • Rental Car for 9 days
  • Hotel for 1 night in Kilkenny
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Waterford
  • Hotel for 1 night in Cork
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
  • Hotel for 2 nights in Limerick
  • Driving Time
    Dublin - Kilkenny: 1 hr. 30 mins. approx.
    Kilkenny - Waterford: 45 mins. approx.
    Waterford - Cork: 1 hr. 50 mins. approx.
    Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
    Killarney - Limerick: 1 hr. 35 mins. approx.
    Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.



Ireland suggested vacation packages

  • Live Like a Lord

    7 nights from $2,306* 61 Customer Reviews

    A self drive through Ireland in style! Spend your days traveling across rich midland pastures and spend your nights in castle (or manor home) style hotels, ranging from the 11th century to the 18th century. An unrivaled experience! Visit Dublin (a city rich in literary history; trendy cafes and intimate pubs with authentic regional food), Galway (famous for its castles) Connemara (wild and rugged; famous for its unparalelled beauty) and Clare; lastly visit the charming medieval city Limerick.

    This is a pre-set, independent, SELF DRIVE package. You may choose to visit any, all, or none of the suggested sites.
    Please note: Castles are not open during Christmas Season. This package is available between February and November.

    Included:

    • Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin
    • Rental Car for 7 days
    • Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport
    • Hotel for 1 night in Cork
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Galway
    • Hotel for 1 night in Limerick
    • Driving Time
      Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
      Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
      Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
      Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
      Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.

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  • The Leprechaun Golden Cities (Self Drive)

    8 nights from $2,090* 11 Customer Reviews

    Explore cities that form part of the Irish folklore during your vacations in Ireland with a Rental Car. Begin, with a stay in Dublin (with its castles, pubs and stunning scenery); then, pick up your car and visit Cork (Blarney Castle, Old Midleton Distillery, Drombeg Stone Circle); then, continue to Killarney (Muckross House and Gardens, Ring of Kerry); and finally, spend nice moments in the medieval Limerick (with King John`s Castle, Lough Gur Neolithic Settlement and Stone Age Centre). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

    Included:

    • Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin
    • Rental Car for 7 days
    • Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport
    • Hotel for 1 night in Cork
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Galway
    • Hotel for 1 night in Limerick
    • Driving Time
      Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
      Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
      Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
      Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
      Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.

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  • Legends and Charm (Self Drive)

    7 nights from $2,658* 8 Customer Reviews

    Escape to Ireland with this Self-Drive Package!. Immerse yourself in an incredible experience, spending amazing days in Galway (Connemara, Kylemore Abbey) then, continue south to Dingle; after that, visit Cork (with Blarney Castle, Old Midleton Distillery and Drombeg Stone Circle). Continue to historic Kilkenny (with its large number of castles and abbey`s). Drive back to Dublin to finish this fantastic trip!. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

    Included:

    • Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin
    • Rental Car for 7 days
    • Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport
    • Hotel for 1 night in Cork
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Galway
    • Hotel for 1 night in Limerick
    • Driving Time
      Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
      Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
      Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
      Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
      Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.

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  • London and Dublin by Air

    6 nights from $869* 477 Customer Reviews

    Experience two fascinating cities in England and Ireland with this customizable vacation package. Visit London (a world center of theatre, art, music, literature and culture) and then, fly to Dublin (a delightful mix of history and culture, with medieval, georgian and modern architecture). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

    Included:

    • Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin
    • Rental Car for 7 days
    • Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport
    • Hotel for 1 night in Cork
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Galway
    • Hotel for 1 night in Limerick
    • Driving Time
      Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
      Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
      Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
      Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
      Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.

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  • London - Edinburgh - Dublin by Air

    9 nights from $1,129* 182 Customer Reviews

    An exhilarating vacation package leading you through beautiful cities in England, Scotland and Ireland. Begin in London (a city rich in history, pubs, shopping, food and nightlife); then, continue Edinburgh (a cozy capital city with a fairytale feel); and finally, visit Dublin (mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture, a wealth of history and culture). These destinations are connected by flights. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

    Included:

    • Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin
    • Rental Car for 7 days
    • Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport
    • Hotel for 1 night in Cork
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Galway
    • Hotel for 1 night in Limerick
    • Driving Time
      Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
      Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
      Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
      Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
      Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.

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  • London - Paris and Dublin

    9 nights from $1,185* 65 Customer Reviews

    An inspiring vacation package leading you through beautiful cities in England, France and Ireland. Begin in London (a city rich in history and encompassing modern conveniences; pubs, shopping, food and nightlife); then, continue by train to Paris (the romantic City of Lights, incomparable shopping and dining) and finally, fly to Dublin (mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture, with a wealth of history and culture). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

    Included:

    • Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin
    • Rental Car for 7 days
    • Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport
    • Hotel for 1 night in Cork
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Galway
    • Hotel for 1 night in Limerick
    • Driving Time
      Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
      Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
      Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
      Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
      Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.

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  • Dublin and Amsterdam by Air

    6 nights from $1,262* 71 Customer Reviews

    This is a once in a lifetime vacation package, to discover Ireland and The Netherlands. Start with a stay in Dublin (a vibrant city with old castles and trendy pubs) and then, catch a flight to Amsterdam (a diverse, historic city charmingly perched on a series of canals). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

    Included:

    • Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin
    • Rental Car for 7 days
    • Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport
    • Hotel for 1 night in Cork
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Galway
    • Hotel for 1 night in Limerick
    • Driving Time
      Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
      Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
      Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
      Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
      Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.

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  • Dublin - London - Paris - Rome by Air

    12 nights from $1,639* 18 Customer Reviews

    See Europe and some of its most fascinating cities visiting Ireland, England, France and Italy with this customizable vacation package. Combine Dublin (overflowing with tradition and majestic countryside); London (a bustling city with fabulous shopping and culture); Paris (the romantic City of Lights) and Rome (a city rich in history and artistic achievement); all of them with intercity flights. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

    Included:

    • Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin
    • Rental Car for 7 days
    • Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport
    • Hotel for 1 night in Cork
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Galway
    • Hotel for 1 night in Limerick
    • Driving Time
      Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
      Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
      Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
      Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
      Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.

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  • Dublin - Amsterdam - Barcelona by Air

    9 nights from $2,054* 14 Customer Reviews

    A wonderful escape to Ireland, Netherlands and Spain awaits you in this multi-country vacation!. Visit these fascinating cities beginning in Dublin (brimming with tradition; old pubs and trendy coffee shops offer places to stop while exploring the city`s history); continue in Amsterdam (lively nightlife, diversity and rich culture) and finally, visit Barcelona (on the biting edge of fashion, food, music and culture). These destinations are connected by intercity flights. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

    Included:

    • Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin
    • Rental Car for 7 days
    • Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport
    • Hotel for 1 night in Cork
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Galway
    • Hotel for 1 night in Limerick
    • Driving Time
      Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
      Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
      Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
      Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
      Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.

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  • Dublin and Glasgow - Edinburgh

    6 nights from $1,377* 41 Customer Reviews

    Witness Ireland and Scotland with this spectacular adventurous vacation package. Start in Dublin (a delightful mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture, a wealth of history and culture, a legendary literary tradition) then, catch a flight to Glasgow (with an amazing portfolio of over 20 museums and galleries). After that, take a train to Edinburgh (a cozy capital city with a fairytale setting, castles and gorgeous countryside). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

    Included:

    • Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin
    • Rental Car for 7 days
    • Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport
    • Hotel for 1 night in Cork
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Galway
    • Hotel for 1 night in Limerick
    • Driving Time
      Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
      Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
      Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
      Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
      Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.

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  • Dublin - Edinburgh - London and Paris

    12 nights from $1,895* 19 Customer Reviews

    A fascinating multi-city vacation package with four exciting countries in Europe; Ireland, Scotland, England and France. Visit Dublin (overflowing with tradition; old pubs and trendy coffee shops among castles and majestic countryside) then, catch a flight to Edinburgh (a fairytale setting with gorgeous architecture) and next, to London (a world center of theatre, art, music, literature and culture). Finally, take a train to Paris (the romantic City of Lights). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

    Included:

    • Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin
    • Rental Car for 7 days
    • Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport
    • Hotel for 1 night in Cork
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Galway
    • Hotel for 1 night in Limerick
    • Driving Time
      Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
      Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
      Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
      Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
      Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.

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  • Dublin - Amsterdam - Paris - Rome

    12 nights from $1,633* 2 Customer Reviews

    A wonderful escape to Ireland, Netherlands, France and Italy awaits you in this multi-city vacation!. Visit fascinating cities beginning in Dublin (brimming with tradition; old pubs and trendy coffee shops offer places to stop while exploring the city`s history); Amsterdam (lively nightlife, diversity and rich culture); Paris (the romantic City of Lights) and Rome (full of art, tradition and history). Travel between these cities by flight, and the Thalys train from Amsterdam to Paris. This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

    Included:

    • Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin
    • Rental Car for 7 days
    • Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport
    • Hotel for 1 night in Cork
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Galway
    • Hotel for 1 night in Limerick
    • Driving Time
      Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
      Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
      Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
      Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
      Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.

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  • Dublin and Barcelona by Air

    6 nights from $1,668* 15 Customer Reviews

    These popular cities in Ireland and Spain are combined to offer you an incredible vacation in Europe. Start with a stay in Dublin (a vibrant city with old castles and trendy pubs) and then, catch a flight to Barcelona (a city with fascinating architecture and fabulous food). This is a flexible vacation package. Select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities.

    Included:

    • Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon
    • Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin
    • Rental Car for 7 days
    • Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport
    • Hotel for 1 night in Cork
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney
    • Hotel for 2 nights in Galway
    • Hotel for 1 night in Limerick
    • Driving Time
      Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
      Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
      Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
      Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
      Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.

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What is Ireland known for?

First and foremost, people think of Ireland as `the Emerald Isle`, and its verdant beauty can be best seen in its many private and public gardens. It is also known for its castles, of which there once numbered over 30,000. They dot the Irish countryside, ranging from large stone fortifications to crumbling ruins. The latter castles are just the newest of Ireland`s ruins, which are famous in their own right, and stretch back to the time of the Celts. Coupled with backdrops of green fields, mountains, and even cliffsides, is it any wonder why people think Ireland is one of the most picturesque places on Earth, with fantastic views?

Ireland is fiercely proud of its culture, traditions, and native language (Irish Gaelic, or simply called Irish today). Included in Ireland`s cultural tradition are very strong literary roots, and the founding fathers of Irish prose and poetry are among the greatest minds of all time. You can also see Irish culture on display in the heritage towns as well as in the Gaeltacht (a predominantly Irish-speaking area of the country) where you can take Irish language lessons or even learn about traditional Celtic music? If you don`t get a chance to learn much about it, at least take some time to listen to it, either at one of a myriad of festivals or in one of Ireland`s many pubs. (It isn`t an Irish experience without a pint of Guinness!)

What are the best places to visit in Ireland?

Most people who come to Ireland arrive in Dublin, its capital; even if you arrive in the country through another city, you should make time to spend at least three days here. We recommend that you drive so you can explore absolutely everything Ireland -- urban and rural -- has to offer. One of the most popular tourist drives is the Ring of Kerry, a 111-mile route which starts in Killarney (home to a picturesque and serene national park) and passes through many towns, including Kenmare, located on the ring`s southeastern edge. If you want to travel north from Dublin instead, be sure to visit County Meath on your way across the border to Northern Ireland, where we definitely recommend stopping to visit in Belfast, the capital, and vibrant Derry (Londonderry). Derry is just a hop, skip and a jump away from County Donegal, across Northern Ireland`s western border in the Republic, which offers some of the most beautiful views in the country, from mountains to cliffsides in mere minutes.

For those going to explore the Ring of Kerry, drive up the coast of Western Ireland afterwards and make some time to explore the beautiful and vibrant cities and towns such as Limerick, Shannon, and Galway. Galway, known for its festivals and seafaring traditions, is a great place to explore for a few days before moving on to see more of the country. If more of the coastal Irish life is what you`re after, head south again to South West Ireland and spend some time in Cork and Kinsale. Take a day trip to Blarney Castle, northwest of Cork, and kiss the Blarney Stone! Then head east to South East Ireland, where Waterford, known for its shimmering crystal and Viking traditions, is the region`s largest city.

When is the best time to visit Ireland?

The Emerald Isle of Ireland, with its lush green fields, rocky coastlines, and historic towns and villages, can be enjoyed year-round. However, there are more advantageous times to visit when compared to others. It is recommended to visit in the shoulder season, when accommodations and airfares are not as high as the summer high season, but temperatures are still mild and the rainy season has finally ended. Ideal times to visit Ireland are the latter part of April, May, September, and the early part of October. If you visit between late fall and early spring, note that you will most likely get caught in rain showers. It`s very Irish -- but it can be very dreary for a holiday. For more information, check out: Best Time to Visit Ireland.

How many days should I spend in Ireland?

We recommend 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in larger cities.

What is the best way to get around Ireland?

The best way to experience everything that Ireland has to offer, from the big cities to the small, charming villages in the Gaeltacht and even further afield, is to travel by car. Trains in Ireland link large and medium-sized population centers, but do not always travel to smaller villages.

By Car: The road network in Ireland has grown to become one of the most developed infrastructures in Western Europe, due largely in part to the `Celtic Boom` of the 1990s. National highways criss-cross the country and expressways link major cities to the suburbs. As you explore the countryside, you will find quaint country lanes that may be as small as a single lane! There are many popular driving routes that connect tourists directly with the culture and landscape of rural Ireland, such as the Burren Loop and the Ring of Kerry, among others. There are minor differences between driving in the Republic and driving in Northern Ireland, mostly confined to signage. (For example, speed limits are posted in miles per hour in the North and in kilometers per hour in the Republic.) For more information on getting around by car, check out: Driving in Ireland.

By Train: Rail travel in Ireland is administered by Irish Rail. Rail lines connect nearly every provincial capital, although they do not stop at many villages, especially in the west and north of the country. A rail line connects Dublin and Belfast; Irish Rail offers daily trains from Dublin Connolly train station to Belfast Central; and National Rail offers the same in the other direction. The Republic of Ireland`s hubs for rail transportation are Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Cork, Limerick, and Galway, with Belfast and Derry being the hubs for rail in Northern Ireland. Train service connects to, or is directly adjacent to, ferry ports in Drogheda, Dublin, Dun Laoghaire, Ringaskiddy (Cork), and Rosslare Europort.

What is the currency of Ireland?

The Republic of Ireland uses the Euro (€). Northern Ireland, like the other constituent nations of the United Kingdom, uses the pound sterling (£). US dollars are not accepted. You will need to exchange Euros for pounds if you enter the North from the Republic, and vice versa, you must exchange your pounds for Euros when entering the Republic from Northern Ireland or any other nation of the United Kingdom. Please be sure to have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars upon arrival. Currency exchange desks can be found at the airport and many locations throughout Ireland. For more detailed information, consult our guide by clicking here: Tipping in the Republic of Ireland Tipping in the United Kingdom.

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Includes: Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon, Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin, Rental Car for 7 days, Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport, Hotel for 1 night in Cork, Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney, Hotel for 2 nights in Galway, Hotel for 1 night in Limerick,

Driving Time
Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.

What are the best deals to travel to Ireland?

Central Ireland (Self Drive) (7 nights)

A fantastic opportunity to see glorious Ireland with this Self-Drive package. Spend your desired stay in Dublin (rich literary history, quaint authentic pubs and trendy coffee houses amid lush backdrops); then pick up your car and drive to Galway (Connemara, Kylemore Abbey). Then, continue to the stunning medieval city of Limerick (King John`s Castle, Lough Gur Neolithic Settlement and Stone Age Centre); and return to Dublin for one last night stay.

Includes: Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon, Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin, Rental Car for 7 days, Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport, Hotel for 1 night in Cork, Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney, Hotel for 2 nights in Galway, Hotel for 1 night in Limerick,

Driving Time
Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.


Limerick - Killarney - Dublin (Self Drive) (6 nights)

This Self-Drive, independent vacation package will introduce you to all the most breathtaking aspects of Ireland. Pick up your car in Shannon and drive to Medieval Limerick (King John`s Castle, Lough Gur Neolithic Settlement and Stone Age Centre); then proceed to Killarney (Muckross House and Gardens, Ring of Kerry); and finally, visit the Irish capital city Dublin (rimming with tradition; old pubs and trendy coffee shops).

Includes: Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon, Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin, Rental Car for 7 days, Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport, Hotel for 1 night in Cork, Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney, Hotel for 2 nights in Galway, Hotel for 1 night in Limerick,

Driving Time
Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.


Completely Irish (Self Drive) (10 nights)

With a Rental Car you have the flexibility to visit several of the most beautiful destinations in Ireland, on your terms!. Begin your desired stay in Dublin (centuries of literary tradition, intimate pubs and trendy cafes all set among lush green backdrops); then, pick up your car and visit Waterford (home to famous Waterford Crystal; clear, pristine beaches and pretty villages perched on the edge of beautiful bays). Continue to Killarney (Muckross House and Gardens, Ring of Kerry); then, to Galway(Connemara and Kylemore Abbey are stunning and not to be missed places to discover). From here, you continue to Westport, in county Mayo (a quaint Georgian Estate town); and finally, visit Sligo (Yeats County) before returning to Dublin for one last stay .

Includes: Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon, Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin, Rental Car for 7 days, Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport, Hotel for 1 night in Cork, Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney, Hotel for 2 nights in Galway, Hotel for 1 night in Limerick,

Driving Time
Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.


Irish Charms (Self Drive) (10 nights)

A self-drive vacation package through Ireland allows you the flexibility to explore at your own leisure. Start, in Dublin (where intimate, authentic pubs and trendy coffee houses will surely delight) then, pick up your car and drive along the country visiting: Kilkenny (full of large castles and beautiful abbeys) , then, Waterford (the world famous home of Waterford Crystal; splendid clear, pristine beaches and charming villages) and Cork (Blarney Castle, Old Midleton Distillery, Drombeg Stone Circle). Continue to Killarney (Muckross House and Gardens, Ring of Kerry) and the beautiful medieval city Limerick (King John`s Castle, Lough Gur Neolithic Settlement and Stone Age Centre). Drive to Shannon to catch your flight back home.

Includes: Flight into Dublin and out of Shannon, Hotel for 3 nights in Dublin, Rental Car for 7 days, Pick Up: Dublin Downtown/Drop Off: Shannon Airport, Hotel for 1 night in Cork, Hotel for 2 nights in Killarney, Hotel for 2 nights in Galway, Hotel for 1 night in Limerick,

Driving Time
Dublin - Cork: 2 hrs. 50 mins. approx.
Cork - Killarney: 1 hr. 20 mins. approx.
Killarney - Galway: 2 hrs. 40 mins. approx.
Galway - Limerick: 1 hr. 25 mins. approx.
Limerick - Shannon Airport: 30 mins. approx.


Can I combine a vacation package for Ireland with other countries?

Yes, you can combine with: Spain | Scotland | Netherlands | Italy | France | England

Where can I go for $2000 in Ireland?