Summer is the season we all look forward to - but there is something special about summer in Ireland. To understand that you have to experience it - and with this new package from Great Value Vacations you can delve into this glorious land.
Upon arrival you will collect your car and make the short drive west to Enfield where you will spend your first night at the 5-star Heritage Golf & Spa Resort. This magnificent marriage of hotel and spa is the perfect place to unwind from your flight and plan out the rest of your adventure. On day two you will make your way west to Galway, staying at the Clayton Hotel in the center of this magnificent city. For two days and nights you can explore the city and all that is beyond, such as the Cliffs of Moher and Connemara. In the evenings you can experience the Galway nightlife or stay close to home and dine in the Our Tribes Restaurant, one of the finest in the city.
On day four you will head due south to County Cork and the Actons Hotel Kinsale, spectacularly located overlooking the harbor in Kinsale County Cork. Set in landscaped gardens, this Kinsale hotel offers tastefully furnished guestrooms and award-winning dining at the Captain's Table Restaurant. For the next two days you will have this amazing property as your home base from which to explore the surrounding region. Be sure to check out the Charles Fort, which has stood guard over the Kinsale Harbor since 1677. Also, look for the RMS Lusitania monument erected for the victims of that disaster, some of whom were brought to Kinsale.
For the final leg of your journey you will travel back north to Wicklow for two nights in the magnificent Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt. While in Wicklow be sure to check out the many Bronze Age monuments around the city. Or head over to Wicklow Head, the dominant geographic feature on this rocky stretch of coast, where on a clear day you can see the Snowdonia Mountain Range across the Irish Sea in Wales.
Advertised package prices are based on select departures June 15 to Aug 31 as noted on the calendar and were available via the Great Value Vacations website on Mar 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.
Situated in the heart of Kinsale, Actons Hotel is spectacularly located overlooking Kinsale Harbor, close to Desmond Castle, Charles Fort, James Fort and Kinsale Golf Club.
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.
The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort is located in the quaint village of Killenard, one hour southwest of Dublin, and within easy access to all parts of Ireland. Walk one of the many official Glenbarrow walks in The Slieve Bloom Mountains, from a family-friendly 1.5km walk to a more challenging 12km walk. Visit The National Stud and Japanese Gardens or shop till you drop in Kildare Village Outlet Shopping, located within 10 minutes from the resort.
The Heritage Golf & Spa Resort offers luxury accommodation with every air-conditioned guestroom designed using soft muted colors, luxurious bedding and separate soaking tub and shower. Other amenities include hairdryer, tea or coffee tray and internet access. Dining is available at one of the resort's three restaurants - The Arlington Room, Sol Oriens and Greens. The Slieve Bloom Bar is perfect for a night of history and flavor from all the Irish Whiskey Brewers on the Irish Whiskey Trail. This luxury resort also offers Championship Golf, an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms, tennis court, 5km walking track, children's game room, fishing and trim trail.