Ireland, Air/Car/6 Nights, From $699

Affordable spring and summer rates for a self-guided fly-and-drive tour of the Emerald Isle.

Dublin skyline.


The Real Deal Round-trip airfare on Aer Lingus, arriving in Shannon and departing from Dublin; one night at the Limerick Strand Hotel in Limerick; four nights at your choice of standard bed and breakfast establishments; one night at the Ritz-Carlton Powerscourt, a 45-minute drive from Dublin; breakfast at the B&Bs; a full-size manual-shift rental car for seven days with unlimited mileage from Dan Dooley; fuel surcharges; and hotel taxes; from $699 per person—plus an estimated total of $183 for both airport taxes and rental car taxes.

When Mar. 21–Apr. 30, 2011; add $60 for May 1–31; $100 for June 1–15; $200 for Sept. 1–30; $300 for June 16–30; $400 for July 1–Aug. 31.

Gateways New York City; add $20 for Boston; $40 for Orlando; $70 for Chicago; $150 for Denver; $220 for Atlanta; $300 for Seattle; $350 for Houston, L.A.; additional gateways available.

The Fine Print Taxes are about $183 extra. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $75. Read these guidelines before you book any Real Deal.

Book By No deadline; based on availability.

Contact Sceptre Tours, 800/221-0924,

Why It’s a Deal The lowest multicity fares from New York City to Shannon and from Dublin to New York City for travel in mid-April start from $766 with taxes (Delta). For an additional $116, this Sceptre Tourspackage covers airfare, as well as six nights’ accommodations at hotels and B&Bs, four breakfasts, a rental car for a week with unlimited mileage, and all taxes.

More Optional activities include visits to King John’s Castle and Bunratty Castle, both in Limerick; and Trinity College, Dublin Castle, and Guinness Storehouse in Dublin.  Prices for most of these activities depend on season and availability. Upgrade to an automatic rental car for an additional $50 per person. Additional nights at the Strand Hotel in Limerick are $75 per person per night.

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Note:This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.

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