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8 Day Irish Castle Fly & Drive


Independent Package Includes

  • Round trip flights NYC-Dublin
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 6 nights accommodations at Cabra Castle, County Cavan
  • 7 day car rental: Mini Manual. Upgrade to other categories available
  • Car rental includes: Unlimited Mileage, Third Party Liability Insurance, Collision Damage Waiver (C.D.W.), local taxes (VAT)
  • Breakfast daily


Vehicle Options
Ford Ka

Mini Manual - Ford KA or similar

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

Economy Automatic - Fiat Panda or similar

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

Compact Automatic - Ford Focus or similar

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

Standard Manual - Ford Mondeo or similar

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

Standard Automatic - Ford Mondeo 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 - Mitsubishi Grandis or similar

  • 1-5 Passengers
  • 2 Large & 2 Small Suitcases
  • Automatic Transmission

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 - Depart the USA
Depart the USA for Ireland. Your flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment for your journey

DAY 2 - Arrive in Dublin, Drive to Cabra Castle
Welcome to Ireland! Arrive in Dublin; pick up your reserved vehicle at the airport’s Car Rental Facility and drive to County Cavan. Travel through 100 acres of beautifully manicured gardens and parklands to the 4-star Cabra Castle Hotel set deep in the lush countryside with the magnificent backdrop of Dun a Ri Forest Park. From the moment you arrive you’ll feel totally welcomed. Remainder of the day is at leisure to explore your new surroundings
Drive Time: 1 hour*
Distance: 50 miles*
Overnight: Cabra Castle

DAY 3 - Drive to Dublin
Spend a full day at leisure in the castle area enjoying the old-world charm. Or, on to Dublin, Ireland’s spirited capital city, only a 90-minute drive. Here, you’ll 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
Drive Time: 3 hours*
Distance: 55 miles*
Overnight: Cabra Castle
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4 - Drive to Belfast
Today, we suggest a drive into Northern Ireland to the energetic city of Belfast with its rich history, architecture and culture. The city rests at the mouth of the River Lagan and on the western shores of Belfast Lough; to the northwest, mountains rise to the Antrim Plateau. This lovely setting has given the city a microclimate that nurtures its green spaces. Its location on calm waters has also made it ideal for shipbuilding. The colonnaded façade and towering dome of the Edwardian City Hall is a good place to begin your exploration. Visit the newly renovated Ulster Museum, a repository of historic and artistic treasures before continuing to the impressive Titanic Experience Museum, in the dockyard where the doomed ship was built. The museum, built the same size as the height of the ship, has nine galleries spread over six floors telling the story from "rivets to requiem." You can also tour a nearby neighborhood today where the buildings are still scarred from the troubles, which ended with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Stop at one of the bustling local restaurants or pubs before returning to the castle area
Drive Time: 3 hours*
Distance: 45 miles*
Overnight: Cabra Castle
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 - Newgrange, Drive to Malahide Castle
Spend leisure time in the castle area, or, drive to County Meath to discover the mysterious burial mounds at Newgrange, built along a bend of the River Boyne. This passage tomb, which some say was an ancient temple, was constructed over 5,000 years ago (3200 B.C.) making it older than Stonehenge in England and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. The area has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Following this visit, perhaps head to the scenic coastal town of Malahide, with its newly restored historic castle, unique walled garden with exotic species of plans from all over the world. In the picturesque village and marina, you’ll find a diverse selection of boutiques, bars and restaurants, all within a stone’s throw from the castle grounds. You can end the day in nearby Howth - try the fresh-caught fish or a pint of Guinness in one or the many restaurants
Drive Time: 3 hours*
Distance: 60 miles*
Overnight: Cabra Castle
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 - Mourne Mountains, Drive to Downpatrick
Perhaps a drive north today to see the spectacular Mourne Mountains, one of Ireland’s most scenic areas. This granite mountain range in County Down has long been immortalized in song and poems and is said to have inspired C.S. Lewis’ magical world of Narnia. If you’re feeling adventurous, the combination of sea and mountains offers many outdoor activities including discovering the Mourne Mountains by foot - there are walks to suit everyone. Afterwards, continue to the reputed burial place of St. Patrick at the Down Cathedral in the town of Downpatrick, majestically standing on Cathedral Hill overlooking the town. Return back to the castle area via County Armagh, the smallest of Ireland’s six counties, a fine specimen of Georgian elegance. Known for its rich Christian heritage, it is the spiritual capital of Ireland since St. Patrick founded its first church and is the seat of both Churches of Ireland
Drive Time: 3 hours*
Distance: 50 miles*
Overnight: Cabra Castle
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 - Drive to Dublin
Return again to Dublin - there’s so much more to see! The rich literary heritage of Dublin is always present in the Irish capital. As you stroll along the Grand Canal, see the statue of poet Patrick Kavanagh, and along Merrion Square is the childhood home of Oscar Wilde. Visit the Dublin Writers Museum, a restored Georgian mansion, with displays of Samuel Beckett’s first editions and personal letters written by W.B. Yeats. As you walk on O’Connell Street, stop at the statue of James Joyce. Continue to the impressive National Library, home to an interactive exhibit on the life and times of Nobel Prize winning poet W.B. Yeats. Finish your walk (and sip a pint) at the famous Davy Byrne’s Pub, mentioned in the works of James Joyce. No visit to Dublin is complete without a stop at the National Gallery, to view the significant collection of Irish and European art. At the end of the day, drive through Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed city park in Europe. This urban park is the official residence of the President, Dublin Zoo and Ratra House, boyhood home of Winston Churchill. Celebrate your last night in Ireland with a wonderful dinner at one of Dublin’s fabulous restaurants
Drive Time: 4 hours*
Distance: 55 miles*
Overnight: Cabra Castle
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 - Depart for the USA
Farewell to Ireland. Drive to Dublin Airport and return your vehicle at the Car Rental Facility before the departure flight home
Drive Time: 1 hours*
Distance: 50 miles*
Meals: Breakfast

*Please note that this is a suggested itinerary. Driving times and distances are estimated and can vary due to many circumstances, such as, specific route taken, hotel location, traffic, weather, road conditions, etc. GPS devices are recommended and can be rented locally.

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    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:
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