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Luxury in Ireland: 5-Star Resort Getaway

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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
5 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Revel in the Palladian elegance of Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa or the Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort in County Wicklow.
  • From your hotel, Dublin is just a stone's throw away, meaning you will have plenty of opportunities to explore the capital!
  • See the Book of Kells at Trinity College, pay your respects at Christ Church Cathedral, and sip a pint of Guinness at the Gravity Bar.
  • Explore spectacular scenery, rich history, archaeology and abundant wildlife in the mystical land of Glendalough.
  • With your rental car, enjoy the freedom of seeing Ireland at your own pace. See Newgrange, Kilkenny Castle, and Waterford!

Short Description

Stay at a 5-star luxury resort just a stone's throw from Dublin! Wrap yourself in the refined elegance of your County Wicklow resort and explore the surrounding natural beauty of Ireland's Ancient East.

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
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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 Dublin

Trip Includes

  • Round-trip economy class airfare into Dublin (DUB)
  • Manual, economy size rental car for duration - upgrade to automatic available
  • 4 nights in County Wicklow at the Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa or the Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort
  • Breakfast Daily

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Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Dublin!

Arrive at Dublin International Airport and pick up your rental car from Dan Dooley. Drive to your hotel in County Wicklow admiring Ireland's natural beauty along the way. Once you arrive and settle into your room, explore the hotel's spectacular grounds.

Day 2: County Wicklow

Take the short drive to Dublin and explore the vibrant capital city! Begin at the campus of Trinity College, Ireland's oldest university. At Trinity library, see the Book of Kells, one of the greatest artifacts of the Medieval era.

For an extra dose of history, pay a visit to the National Museum of Ireland that's home to a number of fascinating archaeological treasures. End the day with a pint at The Brazen Head, Dublin's oldest pub!

Day 3: County Wicklow

Today, explore County Wicklow, called the "Garden of Ireland" for it cliffs, sandy beaches, rolling mountains, hidden lakes and bogs. Visit Wicklow Mountains National Park, the largest national park in Ireland, and drive its scenic winding roads or take a walk through the breathtaking countryside.

In the national park lies Glendalough, a valley with ruins of an early Christian settlement (known as the Monastic City) founded in the 6th century by St. Kevin. Tour the historic ruins consisting of round towers, churches, a kitchen, and more.

Day 4: County Wicklow

Begin the day with a visit to Castletown House, a Georgian palace at the heart of Ireland's Ancient East. Tour the estate set among beautiful 18th-century parklands of Celbridge in County Kildare. 

Next, drive to Newgrange, a 5,200 year old passage tomb located in the Boyne Valley built by Stone Age farmers. Like England's Stonehenge, Newgrange is a designated World Heritage Site and is a fascinating monument of Ireland's ancient past.

Day 5: Depart Ireland

Take a last look at the beauty of County Wicklow before driving to Dublin airport for your flight home. Drop your rental car off then make your way to your departure gate.

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Luxury in Ireland: 5-Star Resort Getaway

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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.

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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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Accomodations

Powerscourt Hotel

The Powerscourt Hotel is located on the doorstep of Dublin City on the grounds of the 1,000 acre Powerscourt House and Gardens. County Wicklow, affectionately known as ‘The Garden of Ireland,’ is a favored spot for cyclists and hikers, offering many beautiful trails through the mountains.

This elegant hotel brings together natural beauty and dignified accommodations offering guests an unforgettable experience. This Palladian estate is tucked back in the woodlands of County Wicklow 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 5-star amenities and services include 200 spacious guest rooms, a world-class spa, 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.

Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort

The 5-star Druids Glen Hotel & Golf Resort combines the feel of a large resort in the midst of 400 acres of breathtaking scenery and rolling countryside. Located 30 minutes from Dublin, Druids Glen is the perfect place to experience the "Garden of Ireland." Enjoy the modern comfort from each of the 160 guestrooms, complete with L'Occitane products, complimentary WiFi and more. Sip a delicious afternoon tea at the Sycamore Lounge and savor a meal at Hugo's Restaurant. The award-winning Bijou Spa at Druids Glen is a pampering haven of calm and tranquility, providing a comprehensive selection of treatments and a truly restorative experience. Guests can also enjoy additional dining and drinks at the 17th-century Woodstock House, located a few minutes walk from the property.

For golfers, the resort features two championship courses that allow guests to enjoy playing over equally exhilarating landscapes. Once host to the Irish PGA Championship, Druids Heath is known as "nature's gift to golf" as it weaves its way around quarries, trees, lakes, and pot bunkers. Golfers can take advantage of breathtaking settings with views over the Irish Sea, on what was once the doorstep of the ancient Druids of Ireland.

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