8 Day Ireland Fly & Drive (Shannon Special)

$399
Land Only
$899*
Air & Land
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Vehicle Options

  • Mini Manual - Ford KA or similar

    • 1-2 passengers
    • 1 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Manual Transmission

  • Economy Automatic - Opel Corsa or similar

    • 1-2 passengers
    • 2 Small Suitcases
    • Automatic Transmission

  • Compact Automatic - Opel Astra or similar

    • 1-3 Passengers
    • 1 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Automatic Transmission

  • Standard Manual - Opel Insignia or similar

    • 1-4 Passengers
    • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Manual Transmission

  • Standard Automatic - Opel Insignia or similar

    • 1-4 Passengers
    • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Automatic Transmission

  • Full Size Manual - Ford Galaxy or similar

    • 1-6 Passengers
    • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Manual Transmission

  • Full Size Automatic - Ford Galaxy or similar

    • 1-6 Passengers
    • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
    • Automatic Transmission


Featured Hotels

Plan B
Mespil Hotel
Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa
Randles Hotel
Ardilaun Hotel
Plan A
Mespil Hotel
Muckross Park Hotel & Spa
Ardilaun Hotel

Select a Departure Date

2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Aug 24  (Sold Out) $1169* $669
Aug 31  (Sold Out) $979* $579
Sep 07  (Sold Out) $959* $579
Sep 14  (Sold Out) $959* $579
Sep 21  (Sold Out) $1209* $579
Sep 28  (Sold Out) $1069* $509
Oct 05  (Sold Out) $1089* $509
Oct 12  (Sold Out) $1069* $509
Oct 19  (Sold Out) $1139* $509
2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Aug 24  (Sold Out) $1089* $689
Aug 31  (Sold Out) $1089* $689
Sep 07  (Sold Out) $1069* $689
Sep 14  (Sold Out) $1069* $689
Sep 21  (Sold Out) $1289* $689
Sep 28  (Sold Out) $1199* $609
Oct 05  (Sold Out) $1199* $609
Oct 12  (Sold Out) $1169* $609
Oct 19  (Sold Out) $1239* $609
2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
Aug 24  (Sold Out) $1529* $739
Aug 31  (Sold Out) $1219* $689
Sep 07  (Sold Out) $1289* $689
Sep 14  (Sold Out) $1279* $689
Sep 21  (Sold Out) $1249* $689
Sep 28  (Sold Out) $1249* $659
Oct 05  (Sold Out) $1249* $659
Oct 12  (Sold Out) $1219* $659
Oct 19  (Sold Out) $1289* $659

*Not Included:
Car rental fees, optional car rental insurance and parking.


Additional Information:
Drivers must be at least 25 years old to rent a vehicle. Additionally, drivers must be 28 years old in order to rent a Full Size (Car Categories FVMR and FVAR).

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This independent program allows the flexibility to explore on your own. We offer a selection of hotels to accommodate a variety of tastes and budgets. Drive times between the cities can vary, but average 1 - 4 hours in length and are dependent upon local conditions. Please note that this program is not escorted and therefore you will not have the services of a tour manager to assist with hotel check-in formalities and luggage handling. This program's unconstrained nature excludes group advantages associated with escorted tours.

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Itinerary

Please note that the following is a suggested itinerary. While the sites listed below may be visited independently, the package does not cover any applicable entrance or tour fees.

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Ireland
Depart for Ireland

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Dublin
Arrive in Dublin and pick up your vehicle at the airport. Balance of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Dublin

DAY 3, Saturday - Dublin
Today you have a full day in Dublin to see the city's contrasting architecture, from modern glass to grand neoclassical facades, along with lovely views of the River Liffey. Visit the famed Guinness Storehouse, where you might want to try a sampling of the brew. You can pull your own pint here in the Dublin tradition and browse the award-winning multimedia exhibits about Guinness - the city's best known export. At Trinity College, you can view the 8th century Book of Kells, a superb example of early Irish manuscript illumination that is on display in the Old Library. Wander leisurely along Temple Bar with its charming narrow cobbled streets and O'Connell Street, the city's main thoroughfare, home to the "Spire", the world's tallest piece of sculpture. This city is filled with friendly people, wonderful restaurants and cozy pubs on every corner
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - Drive to Blarney Castle En Route to Killarney
This morning, depart Dublin and drive through the scenic south of Ireland. Perhaps travel through County Kildare to Kilkenny, a small city located on the banks of the River Nore. Visit this historic town, and see the 12th-century Kilkenny Castle. Another suggested stop is the town of Blarney to visit the 15th-century Blarney Castle. Kiss the famous Blarney Stone and enjoy some free time for shopping at the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can buy Irish garments and souvenirs. Continue on to your hotel in Killarney
Drive Time: 4 hours*
Distance: 211 miles*
Overnight: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Monday - Killarney
Enjoy a full day to explore the town of Killarney. Sightseeing may include a visit to the three lakes, ruined castles, and Torc Waterfall all found within Killarney National Park. Travel through the world-famous "Ring of Kerry" and pass the small villages of Cahirciveen and Sneem, which are full of traditional colorful houses. This evening, take a jaunting car ride and view the sights of downtown Killarney
Overnight: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Tuesday - Drive to Cliffs of Moher En Route to Galway
Depart Killarney and travel north to Galway. Suggested sightseeing includes a visit to Bunratty Folk Park, which offers an insight into Irish life around the turn of the century. Also not to miss are the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that towers some 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Continue north to County Clare and travel through the vast limestone plateau known as the Burren. This unique and rugged environment has been compared to the surface of the moon. Then, on to your hotel in Galway, a bustling university city
Drive Time: 4 hours*
Distance: 165 miles*
Overnight: Galway
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - Galway
Enjoy a full day to explore Galway, a seafaring town steeped in tradition. Take a stroll through the narrow, winding streets downtown and visit the many shops and historic sights. Stop by Eyre Square and the lively Latin Quarter, where you can view Lynch's Castle. Head north to the Cathedral of St Nicholas, built out of Ireland's famous Connemara marble and limestone. Walk to The Quays and pass the Spanish Arch. Then, stroll down toward the river docks and view Galway's traditional wooden sailboats, known as hookers. Spend the evening in one of the many pubs and restaurants in this lovely city
Overnight: Galway
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8, Thursday - Depart Ireland
Drive to Shannon airport and return your vehicle prior to your departure flight
Drive Time: 1.5 hours*
Distance: 54 miles*
Meals: Breakfast

*Please consider that the driving times and distances are estimated and that they can vary because of many circumstances, such as, specific route taken, hotel location, traffic, weather, road conditions, etc.

Virgin Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.

Featured Hotels

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Killarney Plaza Hotel & Spa Image
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Muckross Park Hotel & Spa Image
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