Travel: Holiday Luxury Travel From NYC

Pictured: Adare Villa, Ireland


I am back and New York City and the summer is definitely over! It is time to exchange the sundresses and sandals for winter coats and tights. If you are like me, then an escape from NYC winter is inevitable. Check out some of these great trips from my friends over at Sceptre Tours. Spend the holidays in Europe on a 5 star luxury getaway in a castle, villa or luxury boutique hotel.

Here are some sample trips available:

Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year’s Availability

Dublin City Stay from $701pp
4 nights in Dublin, roundtrip air and 4-star accommodations

Luxury Tuscany Holiday from $1300pp
6 nights in Tuscany including roundtrip air, car, and 5-star accommodations in a two bedroom Tuscan farmhouse

Thanksgiving Only

Adare Villa Vacation (Ireland) from $744 pp (based on 4-6 people)
Includes roundtrip air, car and 6 Nights in a 3 bedroom villa at the 5-Star Adare Manor. (Christmas dates just released and available – check website for pricing)

9 Night Rome & Tuscany from $1280pp
Includes roundtrip air, car and 9 nights in 4-star accommodations near Rome, Tuscany and Venice
Christmas Only

Ultimate Ashford Christmas from $4048pp
Includes roundtrip air, rental car, 7 night’s accommodations and holiday activities as follows:
•       2 nights (12/21 and 12/27) at the 4-Star Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin
•       2 nights (12/22, 23) at the 4-Star Absolute Hotel, Limerick
•       3 nights (12/24, 25, 26) at the 5-Star Ashford Castle, Cork

Christmas Eve Activities:
Mulled Wine and Mince Pies served upon arrival; Afternoon Tea Service in the Drawing Room; Welcome Cocktail Reception in the Drawing Room; Christmas Eve Dinner in the George V Restaurant; Santa Claus’ arrival with gifts for all guests; Carol Singing by St. Mary’s Church Choir; Jazz Entertainment after Dinner

Christmas Day Activities:
Breakfast in the George V Restaurant; Morning Activities include Golf at Stableford over 9 holes or Cruise on Lough Corrib with traditional music and hot whiskeys; Festive Buffet lunch in the George V Restaurant; Afternoon Activities including Treasure Hunt on the Grounds or Golf; Cocktails with the Ireland West Orchestra in the Drawing Room, Gala dinner in the George V Restaurant; Dancing with the Keith McDonald & the Show Band Show; Midnight Mulled wine and mince pies before bed

St. Stephen’s Day Activities:
Jazz Brunch in the George V Restaurant with The Larry Hingerton Jazz Band;
Cruise on Lough Corrib with music on board; Cookery demonstration in the castle kitchen; Guided historical walking tour of the grounds and gardens with Mick Maye, local historian; St. Stephen’s Day dinner in the George V Restaurant with entertainment by The Molloy Brothers; Evening entertainment in the Dungeon

27th December:
Full Irish Breakfast followed by a fond farewell

New Year’s Eve

Ultimate Ashford New Year’s from $2399pp
Includes roundtrip air, car, 6 night’s accommodations and holiday activities as follows:
•       2 Nights (12/28 and 1/2) at the 4-Star Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin
•       2 Nights (12/29, 30) at the 4-Star Absolute Hotel, Limerick
•       2 Nights (12/31, 1/1) at the 5-Star Ashford Castle, Cork

New Year’s Eve Activities:
Mulled Wine on arrival;  Treasure Hunt;  Welcome Cocktail Party in the Drawing Room hosted by Niall Rochford, General Manager, with entertainment;  Gala Banquet Black tie Dinner in the George V Room; New Year’s Eve Midnight celebrations with champagne & liqueurs, Dancing followed by entertainment in the Drawing Room.

New Year’s Day
Brunch with Bucks Fizz; Golf competition; Boat trip on the Lady Ardilaun with local musicians; Dinner at leisure with music by the Molloy brothers; Sing-a-long & entertainment in the Dungeon Bar

Hogmanay in Edinburgh  from $1686pp
One of the world’s great New Year’s Celebrations! This package includes roundtrip air, accommodations for 6 nights at the Holiday Inn – Corstorphine, full Scottish breakfast daily, Edinburgh city sightseeing tour, and tickets for the Edinburgh Street Party. Departures available December 25-29, 2012

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