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Enchanting Emerald Isle

Dublin vacationBlarney CastleTrinity College in DublinCliffs of MoherKillarney LakesRing of KerryConnemara Park, GalwayKilkenny CastleKilkenny Castle
Guided vacation, with scheduled 2014 departures in April through October is round-trip, based on 2 travelers.
Packages are round-trip, per person, based on 2 people traveling, including all taxes & fees. Restrictions and additional bag fees apply.
Take a glimpse of Ireland’s best as you travel from Dublin towards Castlebar and Connemara, visiting the visually stunning Kylemore Abbey and Strokestown Park House. Then head south toward Limerick and Killarney, experiencing Ireland’s finest scenic landscape and natural beauty found throughout the Cliffs of Moher and Ring of Kerry. 
 
In Dublin, you’ll visit the gothic St. Patrick’s Cathedral (dating back to the year 1220), see stately Georgian squares with their doorways painted in hues or red, blue, black and even purple, and walk the cobbled courtyards to Trinity College to admire the 8th century Book of Kells. 
 
The old saying "getting there is half the fun" will apply to the rest of your vacation, as you experience Ireland’s picturesque beauty and varied landscapes all along the way!
 
If you'd like to book your vacation with any extra nights in Dublin pre-departure, please call our reservations team at 1-800-896-4600.
 
Your Enchanting Emerald Isle vacation includes:
  • Round-trip economy class airfare from New York (JFK) to Dublin (DUB)
  • Accommodations at hotels listed, or similar
  • Airport transfers in Dublin
  • 1 night at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin
  • 1 night at the Downhill House Hotel, Ballina
  • 1 night at the Connemara Coast Hotel, Connemara
  • 2 nights at the Killarney Towers, Killarney
  • 1 night at the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny
  • 1 night at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin
  • 7 breakfasts (B); 1 morning coffee at Rathbaun Farm (MC); 5 three-course dinners (D) with choice of entrée and coffee or tea, including a Welcome Dinner with wine (WD)
  • Services of a professional Irish Tour Director
  • Transportation by luxury motorcoach with air conditioning, extra legroom and onboard restroom 
  • Inside visits and special features as shown in the description, including admission charges when applicable
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges and porterage for one suitcase per person
 
 
2014 Departure Dates (from the U.S.):
  • May 10
  • June 12, 28
  • July 26
  • August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • September 4, 11,18, 20, 27
  • October 4, 18
  • November 8
 
2015 Departure Dates (from the U.S.):
  • March 14
 
Jointly operated by Great Value Vacations and Brendan Vacations.

 

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Package prices and availability are subject to change.  For the most current information please contact Great Value Vacations at 1-800-896-9600 for current prices and availability.
 
Escorted tour packages are per person based on two people traveling together and include hotel accommodations; private luxury motor coach with professional driver/guide; sightseeing as listed and most meals. Airport transfers are only included with purchase of airfare from Great Value Vacations. All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage of one (1) suitcase per person, due to limited capacity on motor coaches, are included. Space is limited and prices may be restricted to certain travel dates, length of stay or room type. Baggage fees may apply for flights; however, tour participants are limited to one (1) suitcase per person for the tour itself. All gratuities are the responsibility of the passenger. Offer applies to North American-originating passengers. Terms and conditions apply. Offer cannot be combined with any other discount/promotion. Travelers who are under 18 years old on the departure date must be accompanied by an adult throughout the vacation and must share an adult’s accommodation. If a child will be traveling with adults other than parents, or with only one parent, it is the passenger’s responsibility to contact the appropriate consulates and the applicable airlines to ensure children have the required documentation for traveling outside the U.S. child/infant discounts not available and children under 8 are not allowed on any escorted tour.  
 
Cancellations/Changes: Packages are nonrefundable. Substantial restrictions apply for cancellation/change and depend upon the package type.
 
Optional Travel Trip Protection will be offered during the booking process and if purchased you will be allowed to cancel for covered reasons up to the day of departure and receive a refund for the amount paid, less the amount paid for insurance and fees. Additional coverage for trip interruption; trip delay; accident and sickness medical expense; emergency evacuation/repatriation; baggage/personal effects; baggage delay; and 24 hour assistance services are also included. If you have not purchased Travel Trip Protection, all bookings are non-refundable. Go to http://www.greatvaluevacations/terms-and-conditions/ or call 1-800-896-4600 for full details on change/cancellation policy.
 
Package Excludes:
• Gratuities are NOT included. 
• Baggage and service fees may apply; please see individual airline website for details.
• Any items of a personal nature
 
Vacation package ID: PK-GC4P-EEI-DUBAIR

 

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Killarney Towers Hotel - Killarney, Ireland
Killarney Towers Hotel

LOCATION:

Located in the heart of Killarney Town, the Killarney Towers Hotel provides easy access to the ever-growing number of attractions that this popular area has to offer, and is an ideal base from which to explore Killarney and Kerry!

 

PROPERTY OVERVIEW:

This contemporary hotel offers guests an extensive array of onsite leisure facilities, dining options, bars and evening entertainment. All of the guestrooms are spacious and bright, furnished and decorated with your comfort and convenience in mind. Killarney Towers also features the Innisfallen Restaurant for a memorable dining experience, and the lively and atmospheric O’Donoghue's Public House. The extensive leisure facilities include a 50-foot swimming pool, newly refurbished fitness center, sauna, steam room and whirlpool, as well as access to the Sundari Spa at the hotel’s sister property, Killarney Plaza, just a 2-minute walk away.

 

Hotel Location
Connemara Coast Hotel - Furbo, Ireland
Connemara Coast Hotel

LOCATION:

Situated on its own extensive grounds with panoramic views of the bay in the distance, the Connemara Coast Hotel is the ideal place from which to enjoy the vibrant city of Galway or explore the magnificence of the surrounding countryside.

PROPERTY OVERVIEW:

This hotel is on the shores of Galway Bay, 10 minutes from the west’s most vibrant city, offering spectacular views over unspoiled sea, landscapes and the hotel’s own extensive grounds.

The 4-star Connemara Coast Hotel is renowned for its friendly and courteous staff, where quality and standards of service are of the highest order. There is a commitment to excellence and each guest is rewarded with a relaxing and enjoyable stay.

Hotel Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Grounds
  • Rooms/Facilities for Disabled Guests
  • Baggage Storage
  • All Spaces Non-Smoking (Public and Private)
  • Designated Smoking Area
  • Tennis Court
  • Sauna
  • Fitness Center
  • Golf Course (within 2 miles)
  • Massage
  • Hot Tub
  • Turkish/Steam Bath
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
Room Amenities
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Wake-up calls
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Makeup/shaving mirror
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Window opens
  • Trouser press
  • Iron/ironing board
Hotel Location
Downhill House Hotel Ballina - Ballina, Ireland
Downhill House Hotel Ballina

LOCATION:

Set within a haven of natural landscaped gardens, on the banks of the Brosna River and waterfalls, a tributary of the world-famous fishing river, the River Moy, the Downhill House Hotel is ideally positioned for touring Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Galway, Roscommon and further afield.

PROPERTY OVERVIEW:

The Downhill House Hotel is recognized as one of Ireland's longest established family-run hotels, and provides the ideal base for exploring the west of Ireland.  It boasts over 60 well-detailed and unique guestrooms equipped with modern amenities, a Leisure Club with fully equipped fitness center, a 50-foot swimming pool, children’s pool, sauna, Jacuzzi and steam room. 

 

Hotel Amenities
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • 24-Hour Front Desk
  • Newspapers
  • Grounds
  • Terrace
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Rooms/Facilities for Disabled Guests
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Heating
  • Baggage Storage
  • Designated Smoking Area
  • Sun Terrace
  • Golf Course (within 2 miles)
  • Services
  • Laundry
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Currency Exchange
  • Packed Lunches
  • Fax/Photocopying
  • Special Diet Meals (upon request)
Room Amenities
  • Premium bedding
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Wake-up calls
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Extra towels/bedding in room
  • In-room childcare (surcharge)
  • Electronic/magnetic keys
  • Satellite television service
  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Window opens
  • Desk
  • Rollaway beds available
  • Cribs/infant beds available
  • Smoking permitted
  • Connecting / adjoining rooms available
Hotel Location
The Ballsbridge Hotel - Dublin, Ireland
The Ballsbridge Hotel

LOCATION:

The Ballsbridge Hotel is located in the popular Dublin 4 area.  It sits beside Aviva Stadium and The RDS, and is just a 15-minute walk from Dublin City Centre – providing an ideal base from which to explore Dublin and the surrounding areas.

PROPERTY OVERVIEW:

This stylish and inviting hotel is renowed for its traditional Irish hospitality and quality service, providing fantastic value just minutes from Dublin City Centre. The Ballsbridge Hotel offers 392 spacious, classic guestrooms, two restaurants serving delicious food in relaxed surroundings, and a traditional Irish pub onsite.

 

 

Hotel Amenities
  • Babysitting or childcare
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Bar/lounge
  • Express check-out
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Parking limited (surcharge)
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Luggage storage
  • On-site car rental
  • Garden
  • Currency exchange
  • Multiple small meeting rooms
  • Restaurant(s) in hotel
  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Ballroom(s)
  • Banquet facilities
  • Business center
  • Coffee in lobby
  • Use of nearby fitness center (discount)
  • Complimentary newspapers in lobby
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Elevator/lift
  • Event catering
  • Laundry facilities
  • Medical assistance available
  • Number of restaurants - 2
  • Shoe shine
  • Photocopy machines
  • Wedding services
Room Amenities
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Voice mail
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Private bathroom
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron/ironing board
  • In-room safe
  • Television
  • Trouser press
  • Direct-dial phone
  • Wake-up calls
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Climate control
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Desk
  • Cable television service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Courtyard view
Hotel Location
Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel - Kilkenny, Ireland
Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel

Location:

The 4-star Killkenny Ormonde Hotel neighbors the beautiful Kilkenny Castle, St. Canice's Cathedral, the medieval Rothe House and a wide selection of Irish boutiques, theaters, bars and restaurants.  The city of Kilkenny is full of character and you will be able to explore it easily from the Kilkenny Ormande.  Be sure to visit the House of Waterford Crystal for an interesting tour as you will only be a 45 minute drive away.  You will be approximately an hour and a half drive from the city center of Dublin and Dublin Airport.  

Overview:

The Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel is an exceptionally beautiful hotel with 118 spacious guestrooms all complete with free Wi-Fi, comfortable accommodations and stunning views of the city. Although you will be within walking distance of a variety of restaurants and pubs in Kilkenny, the hotel also offers its guests the option to dine on site. Try out the Ormonde Lounge for a comfortable yet sumptous bite to eat paired with a cocktail. There is also O'Reilly's Restaurant for a more vibrant atmosphere and a more extensive menu, or Savour, where you can browse a creative dinner menu incorporating the best local produce. Enjoy the hotel's many other amenities including the KO Spa, fitness center and more!

Hotel Amenities
  • Sauna
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Coffee shop or café
  • Room service (24 hours)
  • Self parking
  • Multiple large conference rooms
  • Secretarial services
  • Total number of rooms - 118
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Audiovisual equipment
  • Business services
  • Babysitting or childcare
  • Banquet facilities
  • Elevator/lift
  • Bar/lounge
  • Beauty services
  • Free breakfast
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Event catering
  • Exhibit space
  • Designated smoking areas
  • Tours/ticket assistance
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free wired high-speed Internet
  • One meeting/conference room
  • Parking limited (surcharge)
  • Children's club
  • Luggage storage
  • Health club
  • Hair salon
  • Restaurant
  • Barbecue grill(s)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Massage - spa treatment room(s)
  • Secure parking
  • Parking garage
  • 24-hour business center
  • Smoke-free property
  • Spa services on site
  • Spa tub
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool - children's and indoor
  • Wedding services
  • Self parking (surcharge)
Room Amenities
  • Premium bedding
  • Hair dryer
  • Access via exterior corridors
  • Phone
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Private bathroom
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Shower/tub combination
  • Electronic/magnetic keys
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Window opens
  • Desk
  • Trouser press
  • Rollaway/extra beds available
  • Cribs/infant beds available
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Standard TV service
  • HDTV
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • In-room massage available
  • Climate control
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Pillowtop mattress
  • Plasma TV
  • City view
Hotel Location
DAY 1: ARRIVE IN DUBLIN
Welcome to Dublin! You will be met at the airport and transferred to your Dublin hotel, The Ballsbridge. This afternoon, on a guided tour, visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral and see the city’s Georgian Squares with their colorful doors. At Trinity College, admire the 8th century Book of Kells. Later, gather with your fellow travelers for a Welcome Dinner with wine. (WD) 
 
DAY 2: DUBLIN / BALLINA 
As you cross the Midlands, stop at Strokestown Park House, a grand 18th century estate with its original furnishings. Located in the estate’s former stables is the Irish Famine Museum, dedicated to the potato famine of the 1840s. Continue on to Ballina, where you will spend the night at the Downhill House Hotel. (B, D)
 
DAY 3:  BALLINA / CONNEMARA 
Travel to Connemara, Ireland’s historic western province, with its whitewashed cottages, mountains and rivers. Today’s highlight is a visit to Kylemore Abbey; strikingly situated on Lake Kylemore. This romantic 19th century mansion, now a Benedictine monastery, is a favorite of photographers and other artists. This evening, relax at your beautiful seaside hotel – the Connemara Coast Hotel. (B, D)
 
DAY 4: CONNEMARA / GALWAY / CLIFFS OF MOHER / KILLARNEY
Visit the impressive stone Galway Cathedral then stop in for morning coffee at Rathbaun Farm. Head to the rugged, spectacular Cliffs of Moher and stroll along the grassy trail, with endless views of the Atlantic. Continue across the Shannon Estuary, and on to lively Killarney, where you’ll spend the first of two nights at Killarney Towers. (B, MC, D)
 
DAY 5: RING OF KERRY EXCURSION
Travel the celebrated route that winds around the unrivaled Ring of Kerry. View scenic wonders and quaint towns, then stop at the beautiful Torc Waterfall; you’ll have the opportunity to join a leisurely guided hike. If you’d prefer to forgo this pleasant amble, the motor coach will return you to Killarney, where the remainder of your day is free. NOTE: The hike is approximately 3 miles, takes 2 hours and travels over wooded paths and lakeshore trails. While there are no mountains to climb, walkers need to be fit, and wear good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and rain gear.  (B)
 
DAY 6: KILLARNEY / BLARNEY / WATERFORD / KILKENNY
Your first stop today is Blarney Castle with a chance to kiss the famous Blarney Stone. Next is the House of Waterford Crystal, where you will see a myriad of sparkling treasures. Continue on to Kilkenny, a delightful town boasting quaint shops, medieval buildings and traditional pubs. Call in at Kytelers Inn – one of Ireland’s oldest, with a history dating back to 1263, where you’ll see the pub’s own Damien Walsh showcase the Irish Bodhran (one-sided drum), then perhaps join the band! Overnight at the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel.  (B, D)
 
DAY 7: KILKENNY / DUBLIN
Your day starts with a visit to Kilkenny Castle, the 13th century Anglo-Norman stone castle that sits majestically over the River Nore. The castle’s basement houses the Butler Gallery, one of Ireland’s most important art galleries outside of Dublin. Once you return to Dublin, the remainder of your day is free for last minute shopping, a stroll along the city’s bustling streets, or a relaxing pint in a pub. Overnight at the Ballsbridge Hotel.   (B)
 
DAY 8: DEPART DUBLIN
Slán abhaile or “safe homeward” as your Ireland sojourn ends following breakfast this morning. (B)