The trip is a whirlwind of Irish highlights. You'll pick up the rental car at the airport and head south to Kilkenny, with its cool architecture -- don't miss Rothe House, Black Abbey and Kilkenny Castle. Stay in a standard double room at Newpark Hotel, located just outside the city center but still within walking distance. From Kilkenny, head south to Cork, and stay at the Imperial Hotel, situated close to Beamish Brewery, St. Finbarr's Cathedral and lots of shops and restaurants. From Cork as a base, you can head further south for easy jaunts to foodie paradise and fishing village Kinsale, or just southeast a bit to the port town of Cobh (and the departure port of the Titanic). After a couple days in Cork, head northwest to Galway, arguably the most traditional of Ireland's cities, where live music is impossible to miss at pubs. You're also close to the Connemara region, known for its beautiful mountains (yes!) and indigenous green-swirled marble. The last two nights are spent in the capital -- Dublin -- at the Academy Plaza Hotel, just off O'Connell Street and really close to just about everything, from the James Joyce Cultural Center to Temple Bar and Trinity College -- and lots of pubs and restaurants.
Why is this a deal?: Round-trip airfare from New York-JFK to Dublin, Ireland, starts from $639 for a nonstop flight on March 4. The standard double occupancy rooms, with breakfast included, at the hotels in this package, come to $1,114.24, or $557.12 per person. The weekly manual shift car economy car, a two-door hatchback, averages $95-$113, or about $47.50-$56.50 per person. If you booked this package's components independently, it would cost you $1,243.62-$1,252.62 per person. Reserving the trip with Sceptre would save you $224.62-$233.62 per person.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive, independent.
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip international airfare between New York (gate?) and Dublin; one night at Newpark Hotel in Kilkenny; two nights at Imperial Hotel, Cork; two nights at Clayton Hotel, Galway; two nights at three- Academy Plaza Hotel, Dublin; accommodations at 4-star hotels (check); weekly manual transmission car rental with unlimited miles; daily breakfast; airline fuel surcharges; government taxes and fees; hotel taxes and fees.
What Else You Will Have to Pay: Gratuities.
Book By: November 30.
When: March 4, 6, 18 & 19, 2013.
Single Supplement: $400.
Other Departures: Boston from $1,094; Chicago from $1,119; Los Angeles from $1,333; Atlanta from $1,678..
Other Details: This package is available at lower price points in January and February 2013, from just $966, but we liked the March departures for Ireland, when it's just a little bit warmer. All of the hotels are four-star properties, except Academy, which is a three-star hotel. Car rental upgrades are possible, too; inquire upon booking.