UP: CIE Tours International,
which reports a 12% jump in bookings this year over 2004, is
offering commission of 15% on land programs when agents make six
separate reservations (for at least 12 passengers) on motorcoach
tours. The firm is also offering its escorted seven-night Irish
Adventure tour from $1,050 with airfare from New York (Kennedy) or
Boston, and $1,072 from Chicago. Land-only is available from $798.
Twice-weekly departures on Tuesdays and most Sundays will run Feb.
15 to Dec. 11. Rates include air; superior and first class hotel;
full Irish breakfast daily; six dinners; and more. For more
information, call (800) CIE-TOUR or visit www.cietours.com.
AER: TNT Vacations will launch
new seasonal non-stop charter flights via Ryan International
Airways from June 19 through September from Boston to Dublin and
Shannon, Ireland. Priced from $249 per
person, the flights to Shannon will depart Boston on Sundays and
Thursdays, with return service on Mondays and Fridays; similarly
priced service to Dublin will be offered on Saturdays and will
return on Sundays.
TNT also plans to
offer three escorted motorcoach tours of Ireland; dates and pricing
will be announced later this spring. Call (888) GO-TNT-GO or visit
PAX: The Merrion hotel in
Dublin is offering two St. Patrick's Day packages March 11 to 20
that offer up to 40% in savings. First, the St. Patrick's Day
Festival Special Offer is priced at 130 euros (or about $170) per
person, double, and includes one night in a double or twin room in
the Garden Wing, cocktail on arrival and full Irish
breakfast. The St. Patrick's Day
Shamrock Package, at 195 euros (or $254) per person, offers the
same, plus two grandstand tickets for the St. Patrick's Festival
Parade and a snack box. Either stay can be extended at 125 euros
(or $162) per person, per night. To book, contact the Merrion at
(011) 353-1-603-0600 or [email protected], or Leading Hotels of
the World (800) 223-6800. For information, visit www.merrionhotel.com or www.lhw.com.
DEALS: Boston-based adventure
travel company Bike Riders added new family and walking product to
Ireland. Children who bike now can join their parents on the firm's
six-night Ireland's Mystical Western Shore cycling trip, running
July 17 to 23 and again Aug. 14 to 20.
Depending on age and accommodations, children travel at 15% to 20%
off the adult fare of $3,080 per person. Bike Riders which pays
commissions of about 10% to agents also is offering a Town and
Country Pleasures in Ireland trip for walkers, priced at
$2,780. For more, go to www.bikeriderstours.com.
FIT: Brian Moore International
Tours is offering a new twist on independent packages for Ireland:
car-free independent packages. According to BMIT president Ronan
Ryan, an increasing number of customers want to travel
independently, but aren't ready to take on driving on the left side
of the road. To solve the problem, BMIT devised special itineraries
using two properties Jurys Custom House in Dublin and Tower Hotel
in Killarney and transfers between the two hotels with a visit to
Waterford Crystal Factory en route. Pricing starts at $479 per
person, double, for a seven-night package. Details are available on
the Web at www.bmit.com or by calling (800) 982-2299.