FARE: Isle Inn Tours is featuring
what it calls the "new highlights" of Ireland on its annual travel
agent fam trip to the Emerald Isle, from March 31 to April 7. The fam -- which
takes in Adare, Killarney, Dingle, Kinsale, Waterford, Kilkenny,
Birr, the Aran Islands, Galway City, and Connemara -- is priced at
$659, plus departure tax. The companion and single supplements are
$199 and $235, respectively. The land-only rate, meanwhile is $425
Rates include roundtrip
air on Aer Lingus from New York (Kennedy) or Boston; 6 nights'
accommodation; breakfast daily; five evening meals and one castle
banquet; one evening's entertainment; a flight to and ferry back
from the Aran Islands; a jaunting car ride in Killarney; sightseeing; and site inspections. Contact
Fiona Lydon at (800) 237-9376, ext. 18 for
information and/or registration. Or visit www.isleinntours.com.
IRELAND: Italy and Europe
specialist operator TourCrafters is
offering Ireland product -- from independent and fly-and-drive to
escorted and hosted tours -- for the first time ever in 2005.
TourCrafter's four six-night escorted tours are: the film-themed
Action, Ireland tour of movie locations, priced from $709; the
North Coast Tour, from $799, and Northern Insight
Tours, from $806, of both the Republic and Northern Ireland; and
the Cultural City Selection Tour, from $824.
Ill.-based firm pays commissions of 10% to 15% on land (based on
volume) and 9% on air. The Ireland brochure is available for
download at www.tourcrafters.com. Or, call (800)
PUTTERS: Golfing specialist
operator AtlanticGolf, based in Stamford, Conn., published its 2005
brochure, consisting of 28 pages of information on all major golf
courses in Ireland, Great Britain and Iberia. For copies, call
(800) 542-6224 or (203) 363-1003, or visit www.atlanticgolf.com.
'05: Brian Moore International
Tours (BMIT) unveiled "modernized" tours for 2005 featuring more
free time, less "hand-holding" and more competitive prices. Accommodations-wise, BMIT now offers a mix of
centrally located three- and four-star
hotels; when tours spend two nights in one place, second evenings
are set aside for free time. Price-wise, the 10-night Unforgettable
Ireland now starts at $1,299, which BMIT claims is $250 to $350
below competitors' prices for similar product,
while the 6-night Irish Spree is priced from $699, some $100 less
than similar competing product. For more, call BMIT, which pays
commission of 10% and up, at (800) 982-2299 or visit www.bmit.com.