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B&B Ireland with Ashford Castle

Great Value Vacations
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
7 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • After your chosen Bed & Breakfast destinations, you’ll enjoy luxurious stays in Mayo and Wicklow.
  • Indulge in homemade specialties at Cork's historic English Market, which has been in operation since 1788.
  • Irish Bed & Breakfasts of your choice offer you complete flexibility with a personal Irish touch.
  • Enjoy the freedom to see it all, from the Cliffs of Moher to the Blarney Castle. The choices are all yours.
  • Treat yourself to a drink at Dublin's oldest bar, The Brazen Head, which has been pouring pints since 1198.

Short Description

Embark on a journey through the Emerald Isle and experience the best of both worlds - the warmth of bed & breakfasts and the luxury and glamour of 5-star castles and resorts. Begin in Dublin, then pave your own path! Explore the vibrant cities and stunning landscapes of Galway, Clare, Cork, Wicklow, and more.

A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Trip Type Self-guided / Independent Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Dublin
End City Wicklow

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare to Dublin (DUB)
  • Manual shift economy car rental for duration, upgrade to automatic available
  • First 4 nights in your choice of B&Bs throughout Ireland
  • 1 night in County Mayo at the Ashford Castle
  • 1 night in County Wicklow at the Powerscourt Hotel or Druid's Glen Resort
  • Breakfast daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Dublin!

Accommodation: Ireland Bed & Breakfast

Feel the luck in the air as you land in Dublin! Pick up you rental car and take off to your first destination. You're free to roam far and wide, so choose a bed & breakfast in one of Ireland's many beautiful areas.

You may want to stay close to Dublin and spend your first evening getting to know this vibrant city. Stroll through Grafton Street, see Dublin Castle, and treat yourself to a well-deserved first-night pint at Temple Bar.

Day 2: Ireland Bed & Breakfast

Today, suggest a stay in Cork, the sunny city in the south. Find old world charm as you stroll through this historic city. Chat with famously friendly locals, spend a morning exploring the English Market, then relax in the quaint port town of Cobh Harbor. Treat yourself to an authentic Irish meal and watch fishing bloats float by as you watch the sunset.

Cork is also home to Blarney Castle, and of course, the famous Blarney Stone. Consider visiting these iconic landmarks!

Day 3: Ireland Bed & Breakfast

Add some sparkle to your trip and spend the day in the Crystal County, another fantastic destination in the southeast. Founded by Vikings, Waterford has a lovingly-preserved heritage coupled with a modern flair. Stroll through pedestrian-friendly streets that are filled with shops, restaurants, traditional Irish pubs and more!

If time allows, consider visiting the famous House of Waterford Crystal. Did someone say gift shop?

Day 4: Ireland Bed & Breakfast

Grab your camera and make your way to County Clare, one of Ireland's most popular destinations. With a stunning coastline and a wealth of activities, this is the perfect spot for a B&B stay. See the majestic Cliffs of Moher in person, discover Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, and explore the Burren, a fascinating landscape made up of wild plants, animals and caves. You won't be able to stop taking photos all day!

Day 5: Ireland Bed & Breakfast - Mayo

Accommodation: Ashford Castle

After breakfast, say goodbye to your local host and head to the 5-star Ashford Castle. This breath taking castle is set on a 350 acre estate, about 30 minutes from Galway’s city center and neighbors the picturesque Connemara Park. Settle into your luxurious accommodation, then immerse yourself in Galway's eclectic atmosphere and lively spirit!

Day 6: Mayo - Wicklow

Accommodation: Powerscourt Hotel and Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort

Continue east to the gorgeous 5-star Powerscourt Hotel, where you will spend your final night. This remarkable resort property will surround you with picture-perfect gardens and allow you to easily explore the highlights of Wicklow. Be sure to hike through the majestic Wicklow Mountains, and take photos in front of the Powerscourt Waterfall!

Day 7: Depart Ireland

Squeeze all your souvenirs into your luggage, wave goodbye to Wicklow, and head for the airport. After returning your car, board your plane and spend the flight dreaming about your next adventure.

Fly home!

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When I booked with Great Value I was nervous because it seemed too good to be true. Nope, just a really great deal. I was able to take my dream trip to Ireland and Scotland and it was within my budget. Everything was covered, my lodging, flights, and rental car. There was no hidden fees, or fine print that would nickel and dime me later on, as "good deals" usually have. I also had to change the date of my trip and the customer service was excellent and this change was simple. Thank you Great Value, I'll be using you every time I travel from now on
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Everything on the trip was excellent. The only concern with any services from GVV was initial communications ahead of the trip regarding when and how we'd receive all our travel vouchers, as some were available online, and some were to be picked up in country upon arrival. It took no less than 5 phone calls to learn some vouchers would be picked up in country. The trip was outstanding, exhausting, but gloriously beautiful. It was exhausting from the perspective of moving around the country and only a few places were 2 nights. But, we knew that going in, and we wanted to see ALL of Switzerland and this certainly checked those boxes. We saw majestic mountains, we saw countless waterfalls and glaciers. The trains in Switzerland were all clean and we felt safe. The hotels were good with delicious breakfasts each morning. Overall, I would recommend GVV to a friend or family member and I would personally book another vacation with GVV.
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This was my first time planning a trip out of the country. I read previous reviews who had a good experience with Great Value Vacation. Our trip was amazing! The booking and reservations were easy to use with the vouchers provided. The staff was helpful. The only downside was I upgraded to have an automatic vehicle and they gave me a stick shift. It took a while to get sorted out but other than that I loved my trip! I will definitely use great value vacations again when I book my next trip. I opted for the additional wine tasting package and I did not regret it! I recommend adding those additional tours to get a more complete experience.
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My wife and I recently booked our vacation through Great Value Vacations. We were a bit nervous to travel to Europe for the first time, but we are glad we did. Great Value Vacations took care of us. Great customer service. Seamless transactions. They booked the hotels and flights for us. All we had to worry about were the daily activities! I would highly recommended them. The hotels offered through the package were as advertised: nice and in great locations. The flights times were also convenient. The best part was the price. I am thankful for the experiences Great Value Vacation was able to provide for us!
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Really enjoyed both of my trips through Great Value Vacations. I went on one family trip to Ireland (Adare villa, rental car with trips out to Dublin, Cliffs of Moher and more) . The villa was very comfortable with a kitchen, three bedrooms, and proximity to the local shops /restaurants. We were able to upgrade to an automatic car and had fun navigating to each location on our itinerary. The trip as planned by the agency still leaves time for exploring on your own and since we picked a trip with our own transportation, we had flexibility on which tours we wanted to do and when.

My second trip was a solo trip to Scotland. I like to go on vacation by myself sometimes, but it can be hard to find ones where you aren’t penalized for being on your own. This train trip to Edinburgh, Inverness, and Glasgow worked out really well for me. The hotels were all near the train stations and in safe areas (good lighting, plenty of people, etc.). I got a good mix of options for sightseeing in each city. The hop-on, hop-off bus circuit was especially useful for getting around Edinburgh. I also added an extra tour on in Glasgow to see nearby castles and a distillery and was very glad to have done so as the views of the countryside were amazing!

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Just got back from our trip to Italy booked through Great Value Vacations & was our dream come true! We could not have gone if it were not for their unbelievable rates. Each 4 Star Villa we stayed at was above and beyond our expectations...I cried after leaving each part of our journey. I am so glad I took a leap of faith and would HIGHLY RECOMMEND booking with them. Besides the Villas being beautiful, great locations, clean, and great staff; each place we arrived at actually said, "They said to give you a very nice room." (with a rate of just under $1,900 a piece for 9 nights not counting travel days at 4 stars Villas in Rome, Tuscany, & Venice including airfare and rent a car... a few friends told us to expect the worst rooms at the places we were staying ~ NOT the case! Our rooms had the best views...I could go on and on. Every step of the way was smooth with no worries whatsoever. Thanks again GVV! LOVED IT!
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