Like many other top destinations, it can pay to book an Ireland vacation through a packager as they are able to negotiate further discounted rates at hotels, inns and B&Bs and work with designated airlines to buy in bulk to bring down the price. Because Ireland is a destination that has so much appeal from older travelers and less experienced travelers, dozens of companies provide comprehensive tour packages departing from North America.
In Ireland, the most pleasant months and longest days are May, June and July -- for travelers who can afford the higher price-tags. July and August are also extremely popular times to visit; waits at some of the biggest attractions can be long and hotel rates are at their highest. Shoulder season (the weeks and months surrounding peak dates) runs first in March and April and then September through November.
For people visiting for less than a week: choose what kind of experience you hope to have. You can explore historic cities and visit museums, spend time in the countryside and just about everything in between. About two days in each city is usually enough to see most sites.
Families play a big role in Irish culture so kids would be welcome just about anywhere. And don’t forget to pack your raincoats and up-to-date GPS devices if you’re planning on driving.