Dooley Vacations (tel. 877/331-9301; www.dooleyvacations.com) bundles airfare, six nights' lodging, and a car rental -- all from $999 per person.
Explore the countryside, cities, and towns at your leisure. Start off with one night at the four-star Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa, about 20 minutes from Dublin's city center. From there, you can travel north and west to spend two nights in County Donegal at five-star Lough Eske Castle, in the woods near the Blue Stack Mountains. Spend two nights in Galway at the five-star Glenlo Abbey. Spend your last night at the 18th-century Fitzpatrick Castle, overlooking Dublin Bay.
Why this is a deal? According to a Kayak search, round-trip nonstop fare from New York-JFK to Dublin starts at $687 per person for early April departures. The lodging would cost about $1,343 (or $671.50 per person) if you were to book each castle and abbey on your own. A six-day economy car rental would cost about $200 to $280 for six days, or $100-$140 per person. If you booked this trip independently for April departures, you'd pay $1,458-$1,498 per person. Booking the package with Dooley saves you $459-$499 per person.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive, independent
What the Quoted Price Gets You:Round-trip airfare from New York-JFK to Dublin; six nights' lodging (one at Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa; two at Lough Eske Castle; two at Glenlo Abbey; one at Fitzpatrick Castle); a six-day economy car rental with unlimited mileage and a manual transmission; airline fuel surcharges; and government and hotel taxes and fees
Book By: As soon as possible for best availability
When: April 1, 4, 15, 19, 22, 24, 25, 29, 30; May 1-3, 6-10, 16, 20-24
Single Supplement: $515
Other Departures: Boston (from $1,025); Orlando (from $1,069); Chicago (from $1,099)
Other Details: This package is available through the summer and into the fall. The price creeps up to $1,099 for travel June 7-15; $1,399 for travel June 16-30 and July 9 through August 22; $1,149 for Sept. 7-Oct. 22.
For an additional $99 per person, you can purchase a package that gives you six days of breakfast, upgraded rooms, visits to Belleek China Visitor Center, the Cliffs of Moher, a 30-minute spa treatment at Dunboyne, and more. You can also upgrade to an automatic car from $50 per person for April and May departures and a seventh night at Fitzpatrick Castle in Dublin from $99 per person.
All prices are per person and, if lodging is a component of the package, based upon two people traveling together (unless otherwise noted). The prices listed are general starting rates; see "What Else You'll Have to Pay" for details about associated taxes and fees. Base-prices, taxes, and fees can vary based on point of departure and time of travel. Blackout dates may apply. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways. The single supplement is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.