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Taste of Ireland

 

Overview

Hotel description:

9 days / 7 nights

Hit the open road and explore Ireland at your own pace. Follow the suggested itinerary or make your own plans, but rest assured you'll have a place to lay your head each night, as hotels are pre-booked. Soak up cosmopolitan Dublin, meander through stunning Connemara, drive the iconic Ring of Kerry, and follow your own adventure, the Irish way!

If you love the freedom and adventure of the open road, then a Fly & Drive vacation is just what you need. Fly into Dublin and drive your way through the experience of discovering parts of Ireland one kilometre at a time. The car rental and hotel stays are included in the package, along with a bunch of other travel essentials that will help make this trip easy, fun, and unforgettable.


Location

Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Limerick



What's included

Package inclusions

  • Round-trip flights to Dublin (If flight and hotel package option is chosen)
  • 8-day car rental in selected category
  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • 7 Irish breakfasts
  • Heritage Island Touring Guide and Explorer Coupon
  • Earn Aeroplan Miles

Suggested Itinerary

The day-to-day locations are already set and hotel accommodations will already be booked, but what you do during the day in each location is completely up to you. Below is a suggested itinerary of things to do and see so you can get the most out of your adventure. The beauty of this trip is that you can explore the way you want to. Just make sure to get to the hotel on time!

Day 1     Depart Canada

Fly to Dublin.

Day 2    Welcome to Dublin
From the Dublin airport, pick up your rental car and head to your hotel to check-in. Enjoy the day to explore Dublin on your own, or book an optional tour, including a visit to the Book of Kells at Trinity College and the National Museum of Ireland.

Day 3    Dublin - Galway (210 km)
Take the morning to check out more of Dublin, including St. Patrick's Cathedral, or head to the Old Jameson Distillery for some whiskey tasting. In the afternoon, depart for Galway. Stay overnight Galway area.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 4    Galway - Connemara - Galway (155 km)

The western part of County Galway is known as Connemara, a stunning mass of granite mountains dotted with sheep and home to small farms and thatches cottages. You might hear the locals speaking Irish Gaelic, as Connemara boasts one of the largest native Irish-speaking populations in the country. Return to your hotel in Galway for the night.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 5    Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Kerry (268 km)
Meander through the hearth of County Clare, which features over 2000 species of plants and flowers. Continue along the Atlantic coast to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, then drive through the countryside of Limerick to Kerry. Stay overnight Kerry area.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 6    Ring of Kerry (200 km)

The Ring of Kerry is an unforgettable drive around the majestic Iveragh Peninsula. Admire the beauty of the rocky landscape, and visit Iron-Age forts and ancient monasteries. Drive through Sneem Village, famous for its brightly coloured houses, and explore the towns of Killorglin and Caherciveen. Return to Kerry for the night.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 7    Kerry - Dingle Peninsula - Limerick (205 km)

Today, it's off to the Dingle Peninsula and its numerous ring forts, high crosses and ancient monuments. The area west of Dingle offers dramatic landscapes with striking views of the Blasket islands from Slea Head. Stay overnight Limerick area.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 8    Limerick - Dublin (225 km)
Make the beautiful drive back to Dublin for one last day of Irish charm. Stay overnight Dublin area.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 9    Dublin - Return to Canada
Head to the airport to return your rental car and board your flight home.

Meal(s): Breakfast

Accommodations

Additional fees might apply

B&B Accommodation with Compact Car

Bed size(s): 2 twin beds or 1 double bed

Room occupancy: maximum 2 adults

Note: Check-in for hotel and B&B accommodation is no later than 6 p.m. Failure to notify accommodations of a late arrival could result in the cancellation of the reservation.

 

B&B Accommodation with Automatic Compact Car

Bed size(s): 2 twin beds or 1 double bed

Room occupancy: maximum 2 adults

Note: Check-in for hotel and B&B accommodation is no later than 6 p.m. Failure to notify accommodations of a late arrival could result in the cancellation of the reservation.

 

3-star Accommodation with Manual Compact Car

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip.

The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:

  • Dublin: Maldron Newlands Cross Hotel 3* or similar
  • Galway: Clayton Hotel 3* or similar
  • Kerry: Brandon Hotel 3* or similar
  • Limerick: Limerick City Hotel 3* or similar

Bed size(s): 2 twin beds or 1 double bed
Room occupancy: Maximum 4 persons (3 adults or 2 adults + 2 children, upon request only)
Child policy: Child policy applies when a maximum of two children between the ages of 3 and 11 share a room with two full-paying adults. A child sharing with a single adult will be charged the normal per-person rate. Children under two years of age stay for free and pay for meals directly.

 

3-star Accommodation with Automatic Compact Car

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip.

The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:

  • Dublin: Maldron Newlands Cross Hotel 3* or similar
  • Galway: Clayton Hotel 3* or similar
  • Kerry: Brandon Hotel 3* or similar
  • Limerick: Limerick City Hotel 3* or similar

Bed size(s): 2 twin beds or 1 double bed
Room occupancy: Maximum 4 persons (3 adults or 2 adults + 2 children)
Child policy: Child policy applies when a maximum of two children between the ages of 3 and 11 share a room with two full-paying adults. A child sharing with a single adult will be charged the normal per-person rate. Children under two years of age stay for free and pay for meals directly.

 

 

Manor House Accommodation with Manual Compact Car

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip.

The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Dublin: Fitzpatrcik Castle 4* or similar
  • Galway: Ross Lake House Hotel 4* or similar
  • Killarney: Parknasilla Resort Hotel 4* or similar
  • Limerick: Dunraven Arms Hotel 4* or similar


Bed size(s): 2 twin beds or 1 double bed
Room occupancy: Maximum 3 persons (3 adultes or 2 adults + 2 childre, upon request only)
Child policy: Child policy applies when a maximum of two children between the ages of 3 and 11 share a room with two full-paying adults. A child sharing with a single adult will be charged the normal per-person rate. Children under two years of age stay for free and pay for meals directly.

 

Manor House Accommodation with Automatic Compact Car

Unless otherwise indicated, guests will stay in a Standard Room at all hotels during the trip.

The locations and corresponding hotels are as follows:
  • Dublin: Fitzpatrcik Castle 4* or similar
  • Galway: Ross Lake House Hotel 4* or similar
  • Killarney: Parknasilla Resort Hotel 4* or similar
  • Limerick: Dunraven Arms Hotel 4* or similar


Bed size(s): 2 twin beds or 1 double bed
Room occupancy: Maximum 3 persons (3 adultes or 2 adults + 2 childre, upon request only)
Child policy: Child policy applies when a maximum of two children between the ages of 3 and 11 share a room with two full-paying adults. A child sharing with a single adult will be charged the normal per-person rate. Children under two years of age stay for free and pay for meals directly.

 

Important notes

Departures 2018:
Year Round

Tour operates: Daily

Not included in the package:
  • Meals
  • Parking fees
  • Transfers
  • Activites
  • For car rental exclusions, please see below

Car Rental

Option 1: Manual Category C Compact 5-person VW Golf or similar
Option 2: Automatic Category F Compact 5-person Ford Focus or similar
Option 3 (available on request through our call centre): Automatic Category T Standard 6-person VW Touran or similar

Inclusions: Unlimited mileage, third-Party Liability Insurance Coverage, Collision Damage Waiver and theft Protection.

Exclusions:
Super Cover (SDW), Non-waivable excess, GPS, Fuel, Personal Accident Insurance Plus (PAI Plus) and Personal Effects Protection (PEP), other optional services such as refuelling charges, applicable one-way service fees, extra additional driver's fee, baby seats, etc., extra additional

Credit card at commencement of rental is mandatory  to cover toll fees, speed cameras, parking offences, etc. Credit Card deposit required at destination (unless Super Cover SDW is purchased). Funds will be blocked but not charged to the credit card.
Damage Excess (Non waivable excess): For manual (C) and automatic compact (F) cars: 2000 EUR; for Standard automatic (T): 2,500 EUR. Subject to change without notice. The previous amounts will be blocked (not charged) on renters' credit card unless the Super Cover (SDW) is purchased at destination by credit card.
Minimum Age 25 years old for economy (C) and compact (F) car types. Minimum age 30 years old for standard automatic (T) car type. Please contact us for more information for customers over the age of 75 at time of rental.