The Real Deal: Four nights' accommodations, airport transfers, some meals, sightseeing tours, the services of a tour director, entrance fees, and all taxes — for $579 per person.
When:Nov. 4 and 11, 2008. Add $100 for Feb. 10, 17, March 3, 2009; add $110 for Nov. 4, 11,18, Dec. 2, 2009.
The fine print:Price includes four nights' accommodations, Irish breakfast each morning, two dinners, airport-hotel transfers, sightseeing by luxury bus, entrance fees, and hotel taxes and fees. Based on double occupancy; single supplement is $210. Group size maxes out at 48. Does not include airfare. U.S. citizens need a valid passport for travel to Ireland; a visa is not required. Read before you book any Real Deal.
Book by: No deadline; based on availability.
Contact: Brian Moore International Tours, 800/982-2299, .
Why it's a deal: This package provides hassle-free, authentic Irish experiences. For about $145 per person per night, you'll have accommodations, a few meals, transportation, and entrance fees (a $32 value) covered — all in one booking. Plus, you'll benefit from the services of your Irish tour guide.
Trip details: begins with a transfer from the Dublin airport to your hotel for the night, the .
The 239-room hotel has a bar and a restaurant and is located close to the shopping district between O'Connell and Grafton Streets. After checking in, you'll set off on an afternoon sightseeing tour of Dublin. Highlights include , the centuries-old , and the Bank of Ireland, the former site of the Irish House of Parliament. You'll wind up at at the , where you'll take a tour and enjoy a complimentary pint at Gravity Bar, on the storehouse's roof.
Next, you'll head about 200 miles southwest to Killarney. On the way, you'll see the Rock of Cashel, a well-preserved majestic cathedral remains that dates back to the 4th century. You'll also visit the Old Midleton Distillery for a guided tour. You'll get a crash course in the whiskey-making process and sample some Jameson Irish Whiskey before checking in to the , your base for two nights. You'll eat dinner at the 105-room hotel, whose pub hosts live music every night.
You'll hit the towns of Glenbeigh, Cahirciveen, Waterville, and Sneem along the Ring of Kerry, a circular scenic route on the Iveragh Peninsula. Expect views of rolling hills and misty beaches — and plenty of encounters with Irish locals (and of course, local Irish pubs).
Then, you'll head back north. One must-see is the Cliffs of Moher. These iconic cliffs tower over the Atlantic on five miles of Ireland's western shore. You can explore various towns along the way before checking into the in Ennis, near Shannon. The next day, you'll eat breakfast before departing for the Shannon airport.
Temperatures will be in the mid-40s, so be sure to pack in layers. And a poncho might be a good investment — Ireland is rainy this time of year.
For more tips on what to do, see Ireland's .
Getting there:This tour begins in Dublin and ends in Shannon. A recent search on Kayak for multi-city fares in mid-November produced these fares: $485 from New York City (Aer Lingus), $586 from Chicago (U.S. Airways/Aer Lingus), $725 from Atlanta (United/Aer Lingus), $823 from Houston (Continental), and $945 from Seattle (United/Aer Lingus).