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Ireland Your Way: B&B Vacation

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
From: $ 986 $ 141 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Arrive in Shannon, County Clare - the gateway to Western Ireland!
  • From County Clare, make your way to Galway, Ireland's picturesque city by the sea that's famous for its oysters.
  • Make sure your camera is charged as you reach the Cliffs of Moher. Take lots of pictures standing by the majestic landscape.
  • Discover Blarney Castle in Cork and kiss the Blarney Stone, said to grant the gift of eloquence.
  • See modern Irish life in motion in Dublin, and don't forget a pint of Guinness before you depart Ireland.

Short Description

Fly into the heart of Ireland to begin your personal Irish vacation! From Shannon, pick up your rental car then explore this green country at your leisure. See the Cliffs of Moher, Killarney, and Cork before ending near Dublin.

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 Ireland
End City Ireland

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Shannon (SNN), out of Dublin (DUB)
  • Manual, economy size rental car for duration - upgrade to automatic available
  • 1 night in County Clare at Hotel Woodstock or similar
  • 5 nights in your choice of B&B's throughout Ireland
  • Breakfast Daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Shannon!

Arrive at Shannon International Airport and pick up your rental car which you will have for the remainder of your vacation. Drive to your first destination in County Clare and settle into your hotel. Enjoy your first pint of Irish beer as you prepare for the next few days of sightseeing

Day 2: Ireland Bed and Breakfast

After breakfast, it's time to travel to your next destination. The remaining nights of your vacation will be spent at the Irish Bed and Breakfast of your choice! Be sure to book your stay prior to your departure date to ensure you are accommodated at your first choice Bed and Breakfast. Your local hosts can also help you with directions, or suggest different places to visit around their home!

Consider a visit to Galway, a city in Western Ireland bursting with culture and incredible coastal cuisine! Once a small fishing village, Galway has transformed into a vibrant metropolis with annual festivals, bohemian cafe culture, and colorful shop fronts.

Day 3: Ireland Bed and Breakfast

From your B&B in Galway, make your way down south to County Clare, home to the rugged Cliffs of Moher. Encounter nature in its wildest, purest form as you drive along the Wild Atlantic Way to Ireland’s most spectacular natural wonder.

On a clear day, you will be able to see the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, the Twelve Pins and the Maum Turk mountains in Connemara as well as the Dingle Peninsula and Blasket Islands in Kerr.

After you've soaked in the beauty of the Cliffs of Moher, check into a B&B in Clare.

A Tip For Your Trip: Allow a minimum of two hours for a visit to the Cliffs of Moher.

Day 4: Ireland Bed and Breakfast

Leave your B&B in the morning and drive to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. Built in 1425, Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in Ireland. Explore 15th and 16th century furnishings, tapestries, and works of art that capture the mood of the times. Then get a taste of medieval life at Bunratty Folk Park, complete with a school, post office, doctors house, hardware shop, printers and pub!

From Bunratty, continue your drive south to Killarney. Check into a B&B then explore this lively city.

Day 5: Ireland Bed and Breakfast

Today, drive to the Ring of Kerry, a road taking you through 10,000 years of Irish history! On this 111-mile route, you will pass landmarks like Skellig Michael, Muckross House, Derrynane Beach, the stone forts of Cahergal and Leacanabuaile, and more.

Once you've completed the circular route, check into a B&B near Kenmare and rest up for your next day of adventure.

Day 6: Ireland Bed and Breakfast

In the morning, drive east to Blarney Castle near Cork. Explore the grounds of this famous medieval castle dating back to 1446 and don't forget to kiss the Blarney Stone, which is said to give each kisser the gift of eloquence.

Then make your way to the city of Cork, considered Ireland's third city after Dublin and Belfast. Walk the compact city center and make stops at the English Market, St Fin Barre's Cathedral, and Cork City Gaol.

Make your way toward Kilkenny for your final evening in Ireland.

Day 7: Depart Ireland

Say goodbye to Ireland as you drive to Dublin airport. Drop off your rental car then transfer to your departure gate for your flight home.

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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Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Intimate Group - 12 max

Accomodations

  • Hotel Woodstock
  • The Inn at Dromoland (formerly Clare Inn)
  • Bunratty Castle Hotel
  • Ireland Bed & Breakfast

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