Image: Pedestrians in Dublin
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Pedestrians crowd Grafton street in Dublin. The street is a major shopping and tourism hub.
updated 3/16/2007 12:26:16 PM ET 2007-03-16T16:26:16

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Travel by: Various through 2007

The deal
You know the saying: On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone is Irish! While you can certainly sip your Guinness on this side of the Atlantic, why not check out the Emerald Isle for yourself? Few places are as enchanting as Ireland, with its lush green landscapes and friendly natives. We’ve found packages that will let you experience the real thing for less this spring and summer — call it the luck of the Irish! Fly and drive vacations with B&B stays are priced from just $689, which means going to Ireland this year will only cost you a wee bit of green.

Fly & Drive with B&B Stays from $689
Prefer to savor the beauty of the Emerald Isle at your own pace while saving a bundle? Brian Moore International Tours has an unbeatable special. Their fly & drive deal with B&B stays starts at $689, for travel March 26 - April 29. Included is air from New York or Boston (or your preferred getaway at low extra cost); a six-day Hertz car rental with unlimited mileage and tax; and five nights at your choice of cozy B&Bs, with Irish breakfast daily. Lodging works on a voucher system that allows you to choose between 1900 B&Bs with en-suite rooms. If you prefer to wait for warmer weather and don’t mind the high season crowds, book the summer jaunt for $1089, good for travel between June 25 and August 30. Note that a Saturday-night stay is required and you must book at least 21 days in advance to get the quoted prices.

Seven-day self-drive package from $407
It’s the ultimate road trip: The open roads of gorgeous Ireland and you behind the wheel. Book this self-drive vacation from myguide Ireland and you’ll get a rental car (including all taxes and fees), a handy road map to make getting around a cinch, and six nights in family run B&Bs across the country (there’s nearly 2,000 to choose from), and more. With the flexibility of this trip, you can see as many or as few of the hot spots as you want — Dublin, the Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle, and the Aran Islands are just a few of your choices — for as little as $407 per person.

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Luxury Ireland from $1,695
Pamper yourself — you deserve it! You can really sit back and relax on your Ireland vacation with this package from Warren Tours. Priced from just $1,695, you’ll get airfare from New York, Boston, Chicago, or Los Angeles (other gateways available, supplement applies); six nights in deluxe accommodations — luxury castles or country houses including Adare Manor, Glin Castle, Dunbrody Country House, or Ballymaloe House; full Irish breakfast daily; three gourmet dinners; and automatic car rental. Really want to travel in style? Opt for a chauffer-driven car for an additional cost.

Royal Summer Treat in Ireland for $2080
For a veritable royal treat, we recommend a deluxe fling at Ireland’s castle hotels. Lynott Tours has a stellar six-night holiday that covers lodging at some of Ireland’s most stunning historic hotels. Priced from an incredibly low $2080 for peak-season departures in July and August, this deal includes midweek air from New York or Boston as well as car rental for your length of stay and accommodation at your choice of select properties. The list ranges from an elegant Georgian mansion that houses the Dundrum House Hotel to the four-star Kilkea Castle, claimed to be the oldest inhabited in Ireland. Other perks include an Irish breakfast daily and a Heritage Island Pass with 2-for-1 admissions to many attractions and sights. Earlier departures feature lower prices but the operator requires an advance booking of at least 95 days.

The dollars
All quoted pricing is based on double occupancy and may exclude air taxes and fees.

The catch
Watch those pints of Guinness!

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