Very inexpensive driving tour of Ireland

In this list of vacation deals, we have one that sounds truly amazing:

Sceptre Tours is offering an eight-day Ireland Coast-to-Coast independent vacation package with rates starting at $499 per person. Travelers must book by Wednesday for travel from September through February 2008. The package includes round-trip airfare on Aer Lingus from New York to Shannon or Dublin; six nights’ hotel accommodations, including two nights at the Clare Inn (Clare), two nights at the Breaffy House (Mayo) and two nights at the Green Isle Hotel (Dublin), and weekly standard car rental.

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  1. miles mcmahon says:

    info on advertised package “Sceptre Tours is offering an eight-day Ireland Coast-to-Coast independent vacation package with rates starting at $499 per person. Travelers must book by Wednesday for travel from September through February 2008. The package includes round-trip airfare on Aer Lingus from New York to Shannon or Dublin; six nights’ hotel accommodations, including two nights at the Clare Inn (Clare), two nights at the Breaffy House (Mayo) and two nights at the Green Isle Hotel (Dublin), and weekly standard car rental.”

  2. tom says:

    we just recently returned from a driving trip in Kerry and Cork counties in southern Ireland. There was more than enough to see in just that small area to fill a week. We rented our car through Europcar (I think). Anyway they are a consolidator who work with several rental companies and their rates were much better than the big U.S. rental companies. Make sure you either rent or take your GPS with you. The roads are not as well marked as in the U.S. and it saves you from being lost half the time.

  3. James Trotta says:

    Thank you Tom – I hate being lost on vacation so that’s good advice!

  4. Beverly says:

    My family and I spent 2 wonderful weeks in Ireland on a combo golf/drive yourself to our preferred destinations.We spent time in Lahinch, Killarney, Kinsale and Dublin. We were able to visit several other cities, villages and popular tourist venues as we drove from our arrival in Shannon to our departure in Dublin including side trips to golf courses.

    It was an unforgettable experience thanks to our travel agent and our 30 year old son who was willing to do all the driving. Travel on the roads of Ireland is somewhat different especially driving on the opposite side of the road, some very narrow roads and roundabouts( yikes!). I would happily do the trip over and over again!

  5. txdette says:

    I a similar tour a couple of years ago…Left US the day after Christmas and returned after New Years.

    For same price…flew into Dublin and spent the weekend, picked up a car, drove across Ireland and flew out of Shannon.

    Picked up a car…check to see if your insurance covers you in Ireland or if you need to rent there. Some credit cards give the coverage, but not all. When you book the trip ask for automatic transmission…it’s well worth the extra. I found driving on the left not a problem after the first day and felt the roads were well marked, except in towns and some back road intersections. However, if you are willing to knock on doors and ask…you get the correct answers and make new friends.

    Too, for more options explore the drive with B&Bs of your choice. Too, for about $200 you can upgrade to include Manor Houses and Hotels. These are wonderful options.

    Go, enjoy. You will have a blast and meet interesting people everywhere.

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