We love deals like this. Great Value Vacations, a longtime partner of ShermansTravel that specializes in affordable vacation packages — especially to Ireland — has come up with a deal to end all deals. Right now, they’re offering a three-night vacation package to Ireland for $499, including air from New York City or Hartford, Connecticut.
If you booked the components of this package — flights, plus a stay at the Regency Hotel in Dublin — separately, you’d pay about $720 per person, giving you a total savings of $220 per person.
So, is there a catch? Let’s take a closer look.
In order to travel for $499, you’ll need to take your trip in January or February of 2017 — not exactly prime season in Ireland, which has chilly, rainy winters. But consider this: this trip is to Dublin only — a city that thrives in winter — and offers its guests a host of excellent museums, restaurants, and other indoor sights. (Check out our list of Dublin restaurants that work hard to keep you cozy off-season for some ideas.) The Book of Kells and the Trinity College Library are no less beautiful when it’s gray outside. Plus, you can spend some quality time in Temple Bar, pondering the atmosphere that inspired James Joyce and Oscar Wilde over a pint.
Great Value Vacations is also offering a different, more inclusive deal through ShermansTravel this week, which lets you travel in November, when the weather is slightly better. At $899 per person with flights (when you use promo code SAVE100), it offers significantly more than the $499 package, including stays at four luxury hotels — two of which are castles. You’ll stay for six nights, and a rental car is also included. For less than $1,000, this is still a great deal.
Whether you go for the shorter Dublin trip at a rock-bottom price, or the longer, more luxurious trip for more, it’s clear that the trend toward ultra-affordable Ireland trips is strong as ever.