Travel deals on small-group tours to Europe


LIBERTYVILLE, Illinois – TourCrafters is offering a series of small-group exclusive tours. This is the time to book them and save USUS$200 or more on the discounted departures. For example, a 7-day/6-night Small-Group Escorted Ireland Tour normally starts at US$1,099. If the April 22 tour is booked before April 15, however, it’s only US$999, a saving of US$100 per person or US$200 per couple.

The land-only tour, which departs from Dublin on April 22, May 27, June 17, July 22, August 12, and October 7, includes the services of a professional Irish driver/tour director, airport transfers, 6 nights’ accommodation in deluxe 4-star hotels, daily Irish breakfasts, 3 dinners, luxury motorcoach transportation, all entrance fees, hotel taxes, and service charges.

The tour spends 2 nights at the smart modern Ashling Hotel in Dublin and provides a panoramic tour of the capital, a visit to the celebrated Book of Kells, welcome tea and scones, and a free afternoon. Then it’s 2 nights at the Ardilaun, a traditional garden-surrounded hotel in Galway, with a stop at the Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey Distillery; a tour of Connemara’s wild and evocative scenery; and a visit to the beautiful and peaceful Kylemore Abbey and Gardens. After a journey to the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher, and Bunratty Castle and Folk Park (which recreates 19th-century Ireland), the tour stays 2 nights in Killarney at the elegant, family-run Dromhall Hotel. Here, the highlight is a trip through the picturesque villages and spectacular coast and mountain scenery of the Ring of Kerry. And, finally, on the way back to Dublin, there’s a visit to Blarney Castle and a chance to kiss the famous stone.

All prices quoted are per person, double occupancy, are subject to availability, and do not include transatlantic air fare (though TourCrafters reservationists are happy to arrange affordable flights). For additional information on this and other discounted tours, visit . For reservations, call 800-482-5995.