If you are looking for the perfect Irish escape then you cannot go wrong with this amazing 7 night, 4 city trip across the lovely Emerald Isle.
Upon arriving in Dublin you'll pick up your rental car and take a quick drive to the 4-star Croke Park Hotel near the center of this beautiful European Capital. Here you will spend your first 2 days & nights exploring and enjoying all that Dublin is famous for. Stroll through Temple Bar, visit Trinity College and see the Book of Kells or stop into one of the many pubs you will pass along the way. In the evening sample the vibrant nightlife after dining at one of the local restaurtants or bistros.
On day three, travel west to Galway and your 4-star hotel, The Clayton Hotel. Your two days in Galway will allow you to explore the wonderful culture of arts that has made this city a beacon for fans of music, poetry and the stage - and travel to Connemara if you desire. For the fans of James Joyce, be sure to stop by the Bohemore Cemetery and pay your respects to this greatest of Ireland’s authors.
On day five you'll head south to Killarney for two nights at the 4-star Scotts Hotel, conveniently located in the town centre. From here you are free to explore the Kerry area and such local sites as the Ring of Kerry, the Gap of Dunloe and Muckross House. In the evening you can explore the local restaurant scene or stay in at the Courtyard Restaurant, where seasonal fresh local produce has made it a favorite for both locals and travelers.
Finally, drive east to Wicklow for your night at the 5-star Ritz–Carlton Powerscourt, located just 16 miles south of Dublin. You can visit the Irish capital (a stop at Temple Bar or Trinity College to view the Book of Kells should be on your bucket list for this city) during the day and then enjoy the 30,000 ft. luxury spa before dining in the Gordon Ramsay signature restaurant in the evening.
Advertised package prices are based on select departures Sep 1 to Dec 15 as noted on the calendar and were available via the Great Value Vacations website on Apr 5, 2013 and may not represent current prices.
The Powerscourt is situated amidst one of the most scenic and historic estates in Ireland. Located on the doorstep of Dublin City on the grounds of the 1,000 acre Powerscourt House and Gardens, its location traces its origins back to the 12th century, and offers you the very best of Irish town and country. The estate is one of the most frequently visited attractions in Ireland and is situated beside the picturesque village of Enniskerry - a wonderfully authentic Irish village that is the ideal place to stroll to local cafes, bars, antique shops and boutiques. From Enniskerry, visitors can quickly venture into the capital of Dublin for superb shopping, world-famous visitor attractions or a taste of Irish nightlife. County Wicklow, known affectionately as ‘The Garden of Ireland,’ is a favored spot for cyclists and hikers, offering many beautiful trails through the mountains. The estate and surrounding area offer the ideal opportunity for hotel guests to explore the great outdoors and pursue many of the area activities favored by the country gentry such as horseback riding, fishing and shooting.
The sumptuous surroundings of The Powerscourt combine the luxury and tranquility of country living, with city chic. This elegant hotel, located near Dublin, brings together natural beauty and dignified accommodations, to offer guests an unforgettable experience. This Palladian estate is tucked back in the woodlands of County Wicklow on Ireland's east coast, and allows guests to take an enchanting stroll amidst the gentle green hills and sparkling lakes of Powerscourt Gardens, then head into Dublin for some cosmopolitan flair. Its luxurious five-star amenities and services include 200 spacious guestrooms (many with panoramic views), the world-class spa ESPA at Powerscourt with 20 treatment rooms, a 20-meter Swarovski crystal-lit pool and fitness center, 36-holes of championship golf, and three exceptional dining facilities, including Gordon Ramsay at Powerscourt, a signature restaurant from the world-renowned chef.
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.
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.
Enjoy the unique local charm of Galway at the Clayton Hotel, located minutes from Galway City Centre and all major routes, near St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church and Galway Cathedral.
Clayton Hotel Galway guarantees a warm welcome and professional service delivered with a friendly smile, throughout your stay! The hotel was impressively designed to incorporate a lot of glass and light - and each of the 195 bright and airy contemporary guestrooms carries this through, with fabulous fixtures and fittings, pillow-topped mattresses, plasma screens, rainforest showers and under-floor heating. Dining options include the casual Enclosure Bar & Bistro, and the sumptuous cuisine of Tribes Restaurant. The Clayton Hotel also features a state-of-the-art leisure center with a 65-foot indoor pool, steam room, sauna, fully equipped fitness center and health and beauty spa.
Located just across the street from Croke Park Stadium, GAA’s home of Gaelic sport, the Croke Park Hotel is just 10 minutes from Dublin’s city center. With a great standard of service, a variety of state-of-the-art facilities and a great location, this hotel provides an ideal base for visiting Dublin and surrounding areas.
The Croke Park Hotel offers resplendently modern design, stylish bedrooms, an open-kitchen restaurant, fully equipped fitness center, and impeccable service. The incredible staff at this popular hotel make it more than an inviting place to stay – with a passion for providing perfect service, they aim to make just being there a pleasure.