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Includes air, taxes, hotel(s), and rail
Packages are roundtrip, per person, based on 2 people traveling, including all taxes & fees. Restrictions and additional bag fees may apply.

Experience the convenience and romance of rail travel on this vacation! For those who want to leave the driving to someone else, this is the perfect way to travel.

Enjoy round-trip airfare to Dublin, a night in Dublin at the North Star Hotel, and then a leisurely train ride from Dublin to Cork. Once in Cork you'll enjoy two nights at the Imperial Hotel. You'll then take in the sights while riding on a train from Cork to Killarney, where you'll spend two nights at the Scotts Hotel.

You'll return back to Dublin via rail for one more night at the Academy Plaza Hotel. Since both hotels are located within walking distance of the train stations - and we offer personal assistance at Dublin rail stations to get you started, this couldn't be a more hassle-free trip where all of your transportation is taken care of.

What's Included:

  • Round-trip economy class airfare from New York (JFK) to Dublin
  • 1 night at the North Star Hotel (Room only)
  • Rail from Dublin to Cork
  • 2 nights at the Imperial Hotel (Cork) (Room only)
  • Rail from Cork to Killarney
  • 2 nights at the Scotts Hotel (Room only)
  • Rail from Killarney to Dublin
  • 1 night at the Academy Plaza Hotel (Room only)
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges, carrier and government taxes/fees/facility charges on airfare. Meals (unless otherwise specified) and gratuities are NOT included.

For only $100 more per person add two extra nights at the Academy Plaza Hotel. Click Here.

For only $99 more per person add breakfast daily, a tour of the Guinness Storehouse, and admissions to Trinity College. Click Here.

Terms and Conditions:

Advertised package prices are based on select departures as noted on the booking calendar and were available via the Great Value Vacations website and may not represent current prices.
 
Packages include roundtrip economy class airfare on valid transatlantic services as noted in specific package inclusions and as indicated on booking engine calendar which may also include code share flight agreements between carriers as indicated during the booking process; carriers may vary based on city of origin.
 
Other departure dates and origins are available at slightly higher rates. Prices are per person based on two people traveling together (unless specified otherwise) based on 7 day advance purchase and include roundtrip economy class airfare including carrier and government-imposed taxes and fees including the September 11th Security Fee of $5.60 per enplanement originating at a U.S. airport. Fluctuations in exchange rates may affect some taxes or fees.
 
Packages are subject to availability and are capacity controlled and may not be available on every date or on all flights and may be restricted to certain hotel room and car categories. Fares apply to North American originating passengers only. Full payment is made at the time of reservation. Seats are limited and fares may not be available on all flights. Higher fares may also be available throughout travel period. Cannot be combined with any other discount/promotion. Not eligible for accrual of frequent flyer points/mileage. Child/infant discounts not available. Stopovers are not permitted. Valid for new bookings only. Offers may be changed or withdrawn at any time without notice.
 
Cancellations /Changes: Fares are non-refundable. Substantial restrictions apply for cancellation/change and depend upon the package type.
 
Travel Trip Protection (including Pre-departure Trip Cancellation Waiver) will be offered during the booking process and if purchased you will be allowed to cancel/change your trip once for any reason up to 72 hours prior to departure and receive a refund of your payments made, less Travel Trip Protection costs and fees. Additional coverage for trip delay; missed connection; baggage and medical protections; and 24 hour worldwide assistance services are also included. If you have not purchased Travel Trip Protection, all bookings are non-refundable

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North Star Hotel-Dublin - Dublin, Ireland
North Star Hotel-Dublin

LOCATION:

The North Star Hotel is conveniently located in the heart of Dublin City Centre, opposite Connolly Railway Station and the Irish Financial Services Centre (IFSC). Trinity College, The O2 Arena and the Temple Bar District are all within a 10-minute walk, and private parking is available at the hotel.

PROPERTY OVERVIEW:

With a tradition of friendly personal service, the North Star Hotel offers a fusion between contemporary and Heritage design.

The North Star features 175 bright, tastefully decorated and spacious guestrooms, with WiFi access and many other modern amenities. The award-winning McGettigans Restaurant offers a fine display of cuisine, including the best of both international and traditional Irish delights. Guests will also enjoy the hotel's traditionally styled Irish bar, McCoy's, as well as the new fully heated and covered beer garden, with plasma screens showing all the latest in sport. The hotel also features a fully equipped fitness center available to hotel guests exclusively (at no charge), and a Scandinavian-designed sauna.

Hotel Amenities
  • Bar/lounge
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Elevator/lift
  • Luggage storage
  • Parking limited (surcharge)
  • Restaurant
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Smoke-free property
  • Wireless Internet access - surcharge
Room Amenities
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Desk
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room safe
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Private bathroom
  • Window opens
  • Air conditioning
  • Premium bedding
  • Satellite television service
  • Wireless Internet access (surcharge)
Hotel Location
Imperial Hotel - Cork, Ireland
Imperial Hotel

LOCATION:

The Imperial Hotel in Cork City is ideally located in the premier shopping and commercial district of the city. An ideal base for a short weekend city break, or as focal point from where to tour the scenic South West of Ireland, this 4 star hotel Cork enjoys a near-perfect location. Consider this Cork City Hotel as your base when visiting the attractions and sites of Cork!

PROPERTY OVERVIEW:

The contemporary luxury of this 4-star hotel in Cork sits comfortably alongside the charm and opulence of a by-gone age. The 4-star Imperial Cork Hotel boasts luxury hotel accommodation in Cork offering guests 130 beautifully appointed hotel rooms which are spacious and inviting.
 
 
Hotel Amenities
  • Babysitting or childcare (surcharge)
  • Ballroom(s)
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop or café
  • Elevator/lift
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant
  • Smoke-free property
  • See more facilities
  • Luggage storage Offsite parking discounted rates available One meeting/conference room Parking nearby (surcharge) Self parking (surcharge) Smoke-free property (fines apply)
Room Amenities
  • Clock radio
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Desk
  • Electronic/magnetic keys
  • Hair dryer
  • Handheld showerhead Iron/ironing board
  • Trouser press
  • Welcome amenities
  • Window opens
  • Cable TV service
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Extra towels/bedding
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Makeup/shaving mirror
  • Pay movies
  • Premium bedding
  • Premium TV channels
  • Private bathroom
  • Sewing kit
  • Shower/tub combination
  • TV Internet access (surcharge)
  • Voice mail
  • Wake-up calls
Hotel Location
Scotts Hotel - Killarney, Ireland
Scotts Hotel

LOCATION:

Scotts Hotel is ideally located in Killarney town centre, perfectly suited for exploring all the beautiful sights and activities that Killarney and the surrounding area have to offer.   

PROPERTY OVERVIEW:

Scotts Hotel combines luxury and service right in the heart of Killarney, Co. Kerry. With a completely new, contemporary setting, extravagantly designed bedrooms, guests are sure to indulge in cozy comforts and enjoy a relaxing break during their stay in Killarney. 

Hotel Amenities
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Babysitting or childcare
  • Complimentary newspapers in lobby
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Elevator/lift
  • Fireplace in lobby
  • Free wired high-speed Internet
  • Area shuttle (surcharge)
  • Concierge services
  • Tennis on site
  • Luggage storage
  • Laundry facilities
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Restaurant
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Free guest parking during stay
  • Smoke-free property (fines apply)
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Suitable for children
  • Tour assistance
  • Use of nearby fitness center (discount)
  • Free Wi-Fi
Room Amenities
  • Phone
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Wake-up calls
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Turndown service (on request)
  • Private bathroom
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Electronic/magnetic keys
  • Desk
  • Window opens
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Cribs/infant beds available
  • Cable television service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Plasma television
  • City view
  • Mountain view
Hotel Location
Best Western Academy Plaza - Dublin, Ireland
Best Western Academy Plaza

LOCATION:

Set in the center of the historic city of Dublin, this modern seven-story hotel is located 150 meters from the Writers' Museum and a short distance from the lively nightlife of Temple Bar. All of the attractions of Dublin including, Trinity College, The Guinness Store House, St. Stephen’s green and Powersourt Design Center are all within easy reach.  Why not enjoy a walking tour of this historic city with the Free podcast download (visitdublin.com) which includes tours of the Croke Park Museum, Georgian buildings in Dublin, Viking and Medieval Dublin, St. Patrick's Cathedral and  Dublin Castle. 

PROPERTY OVERVIEW: 

The 310 air-conditioned contemporary guestrooms are all equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, LCD televisions with cable service, direct dial phones, 24 hour room service, laptop compatible safes and tea and coffee facilities.  Best Western Academy Plaza Hotel offers a bar and lounge and a coffee shop. This property features beauty services, fitness facilities, and spa services. Guests have 3 dining options on property, Abacus – a modern Chinese restaurant, Sir Harry's bar and brasserie and Giuseppe’s which specialized in traditional Italian fare.

Hotel Amenities
  • Parking nearby(surcharge)
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Bar/lounge
  • Beauty services
  • Coffee shop or café
  • Complimentary newspapers in lobby
  • Concierge desk
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Elevator/lift
  • Full-service health spa
  • Internet access - wireless
  • Arcade/game room
  • Luggage storage
  • Laundry facilities
  • Medical assistance available
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant(s) in hotel
  • Room service (24 hours)
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Suitable for children
  • Business services
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Tour assistance
  • Fitness facilities
  • Free Wi-Fi
Room Amenities
  • Cable/satellite television channels
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Wireless Internet access
  • In-room safe
  • Desk
  • Hair dryer
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Air conditioning
  • Climate control
  • Wake-up calls
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Private bathroom
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Makeup/shaving mirror
  • Clock radio
  • Window opens
  • Free local calls
  • Cribs (infant beds) available
  • Phone
  • Cable television service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • LCD television
Hotel Location

Dublin Activities

Chester Beatty Library: Consistently winning accolades as one of Dublin's best museums, the Chester Beatty Library contains a diverse array of manuscripts, books, calligraphies, miniatures paintings and more from countries all across the world. Located within the Dublin Castle, highlights of the collection include Egyptian papyrus texts, Buddhist paintings, stunningly elaborate versions of both the Koran and Bible, Chinese dragon robes, and other artistic treasures. Learn more 

Dublin Castle: In the heart of historic Dublin is the Dublin Castle, which dates to the 13th century and was built on a site previously settled by the Vikings. The castle has served as a military fortress, a prison, treasury, courts of law and the seat of English Administration in Ireland for 700 years. Where the present garden sits was once the site of the famous Black Pool or 'Dubh Linn,’ from which the city gets its name. Learn more 

Dublin City Hall: Pass through the neoclassical columns of Dublin City Hall and into the old vaults and become immersed in a multimedia exhibition that traces the evolution of Dublin City. In just one hour, interactive displays take visitors through over 1,000 years of history. Besides the exhibition, it is possible to take a tour of City Hall free of charge. Learn more 

Dublin Writers Museum: Opened in 1991 to celebrate the Irish literary tradition, the Dublin Writers Museum tells the stories of the lives and works of Dublin's literary celebrities. Portraits, books, letters and other personal items from famous names such as Wilde, Joyce, Swift and more are kept in this splendid 18th-century mansion. It's a must see for any book lover. Learn more 

Dublinia: Located in the center of the medieval city of Dublin, Dublina is a heritage center that takes visitors on a journey back to medieval and Viking times. A great attraction at any age, visitor walk through both a medieval and Viking street as you learn about crime, punishment, death and disease throughout the ages. Learn more

Dublin Zoo: The most visited family attraction in Dublin is this 60-acre zoological park that opened in 1831. Despite its age, this is actually one of the most modern zoos in all of Europe. See lions, tigers, bears and more as you travel through habitats that include the African savanna, the South American rainforest, and the fringes of the Artic. Learn more 

Guinness Storehouse: You simply cannot leave Dublin without stopping by the St James's Gateway brewery, the facility that has been pouring out the black stuff since 1759. The number one visitor attraction in the country, the Guinness Storehouse is located in a former Guinness fermentation plant. After learning everything there is to know about Guinness, visitors receive a complimentary beer in the glass-enclosed Gravity Bar at the top of the building, which offers a magnificent 360-degree view of the city. Learn more 

Ha'penny Bridge: This striking cast iron pedestrian bridge crosses the River Liffey, an iconic landmark and one of the most photographed sights in Dublin. Some 27,000 people walk across the bridge on a daily basis. The name comes from the halfpenny toll levied on all users of the bridge up until 1919.

Hugh Lane Gallery: Dublin's reputation as a world-class art city becomes immediately clear inside the Hugh Lane Gallery, home to modern and contemporary works by artists from around the world. The museum also houses the fascinating reconstructed studio of Irish-born figurative painter Francis Bacon. Learn more 

James Joyce Centre: Housed in a marvelously restored Georgian house, the James Joyce Centre tells about the life and times of one of the most influential writers of the 20th century. Although Joyce himself probably never visited the house, it is the former studio of the flamboyant dance instructor immortalized in Joyce's classic, “Ulysses.” Tons of items relating to the life and work of Joyce – including a copy of his death mask – are on display in re-creations of period rooms.  Learn more 

Kilmainham Gaol: A tour of this Victorian prison that dates to 1796 not only covers the penal history of the building, but also the heroic and tragic events that led to Ireland's emergence as a modern nation. Leaders of several rebellions were detained and executed here, and the dramatic audio tour is sure to fascinate any visitor (including Ireland history buffs and novices). Learn more 

National Museum of Ireland - Archaeology: This branch of the National Museum of Ireland takes visitors on a trip through the country's archaeological history starting way back in 7,000BC. The museum contains several outstanding examples of Celtic metalwork and medieval art, as well as a fascinating exhibition that details the recently found bog bodies that date back to the Iron Age. Besides the main museum, there are three other offshoots around Dublin that center on Natural History, Decorative Arts & History, and County Life. Learn more 

Saint Patrick's Cathedral: Built in honor of Ireland's patron saint, the imposing Saint Patrick's Cathedral is the largest church in the country. There are several interesting tombs and memorials to explore, as well as the grave of "Gulliver's Travels" author Jonathan Swift, who was once dean of the cathedral. 

The Spire of Dublin: One of Dublin's newest landmarks, this striking 398-foot needle is made of reflective stainless steel. The tallest work of public art in the world, the spire is an architectural marvel that starts with a base of less than 10 feet. At night, a beacon of light is sent skyward from the top.

Trinity College: Founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I, Trinity College was Ireland's first university. Today the campus dominates Dublin's city center, with the magnificent bell tower rising nearly 100-feet tall and the university's most famous landmark. Also notable is the college library, a building that contains over a million books, the main tourist draw being the Book of Kells, a gorgeously illustrated original manuscript from the 9th century. Learn more