Unlike a good chunk of North America during the summer, people in Ireland luckily do not typically have to suffer through sweltering heat or humidity. This week's Smart Deal comes from Aer Lingus Vacations (tel. 800/495-1632; www.aerlingusvacationstore.com), which offers up something for anyone looking for a short but jam-packed Irish vacation this summer. This Dublin deal includes airfare and four nights' hotel for a mere starting price of $599 per person.
There's never a shortage of things to do in Dublin, whether it means meandering past buskers on Grafton Street, visiting the famous Book of Kells, or popping into a pub for a pint of Guinness, comfort food, and traditional music. Chatty locals are happy to tell you what you should and shouldn't do while you're in town. Don't overlook the Dublin Writers Museum; Ireland is, after all, the land of Joyce, Shaw, Yeats, and Wilde.
To get a sense of what you're likely to save with this package, I searched for flights from Boston and New York-JFK to Dublin. For round-trip airfare alone, expect to pay at least $800 for mid-June, mid-week departures.
Trip Type: Air-inclusive; independent
What the Quoted Price Gets You: Round-trip airfare from New York-JFK to Dublin (Wednesday or Thursday departures); four nights at the Regency Hotel; hotel and air taxes; and fuel surcharges.
What Else You'll Have to Pay: Government taxes and fees may add $180; traveling on other days of the week will likely be a bit higher.
When: Through June 15, Aug. 23-Sept. 30 (from $599); June 16-Aug. 22 (from $799).
Book By: As soon as possible to ensure availability
Other Details: The package price jumps up to $799 for travel in the height of summer for June 16-Aug. 22, and dips to a low $399 for travel in part of November and much of the winter. Other gateways are available, including departures from Boston (from $619) and Chicago (from $719).
You can upgrade to the Burlington Hotel for an additional $79 per person for the four-night stay (which will also include breakfast daily). Other add-ons are possible, including a three-day Dublin pass (a reduced $69 rate per person), and a fifth or sixth night, from $50 per night.
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. Trip add-ons like sightseeing tours and meal plans may also increase the price. Check with the tour operator for additional gateways and any single supplements, which is the extra cost that a solo traveler would pay to book the deal.Talk with fellow Frommer's travelers on our Ireland Forum.