Emerald Isle Small Group Tour

Overview for the Emerald Isle small group tour of Ireland

Discover Ireland’s north, south, east and west on this comprehensive tour of Ireland. Arriving in Dublin your driver/guide will take you directly to the 5000 year old tomb at Newgrange, from here travel to Belfast where among other things you will see the newly opened Titanic Museum. Discover the scenic Causeway coast and Giant’s Causeway before settling into the famous walled city of Derry for two nights, and then continue west to Sligo and Galway. Your tour will take you via the famous Cliffs of Moher to Kerry, where your home for two nights will be the lively traditional Irish music town of Dingle. After you have soaked up the atmosphere in Kerry, we travel east to Cork and visit the picturesque harbour town of Kinsale. Here you will find many superb restaurants, colourful cafes and a rich craft culture. In Ireland’s sunny South East your group will visit the Viking town of Waterford and the historic market city of Kilkenny. Finally travel to Dublin where you will visit Trinity College, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Guinness Storehouse to name but a few places.  

Included in This Tour

  • Transfers on arrival and departure
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary in a luxury coach with experienced Irish driver/guide
  • Accommodation in rooms with private facilities for 13 nights
  • Irish breakfast daily
  • 5 hotel table d’hote dinners
  • 1 lunch
  • Welcome breakfast (for arrivals prior to 9.00am)
  • Black Cab tour of Belfast
  • Walking tour of Derry
  • Jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park
  • Walking tour of Kinsale
  • Viking Triangle Walking Tour
  • Farewell Irish Night including dinner & show
  • Entrance fees to the following sites and attractions: Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre and Newgrange or Knowth Passage Tomb, Titanic Belfast, Giant’s Causeway, Ulster American Folk Park, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara History and Heritage Centre, Cliffs of Moher, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Blasket Centre, Blarney Castle, Cobh Heritage Centre, Jameson’s Old Midleton Distillery, House of Waterford Crystal, Rock of Cashel, Kilkenny Castle, Glendalough, Powerscourt House and Gardens, Trinity College Library and Book of Kells Exhibition, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Guinness Storehouse
  • Hotel service charges and tax (at current rate)

Overnights for this Tour

  • Belfast for 1 Night 
  • Derry for 2 Nights 
  • Sligo for 1 Night 
  • Galway for 2 Nights 
  • Dingle for 2 Nights 
  • Kinsale for 1 Night 
  • Waterford for 1 Night 
  • Kilkenny for 1 Night 
  • Dublin for 2 Nights 

Tour Highlights

Newgrange

Newgrange

One of the great wonders of the ancient world, Newgrange is older than Stonehenge, Mycenae or even the Pyramids of Egypt. Foremost among the passage-tombs of Europe, Newgrange has long evoked the wonder of archaeologists and laymen alike. The magnificent entrance slab - 'one of the most famous stones in the entire repertory of megalithic art' - is especially satisfying, the confidently executed spiral and lozenge motifs still crisply defined after 5,000 years. The triple spiral, found only at Newgrange, occurs both on the entrance stone and inside the chamber. The passage is long, over 60 feet (20m), and leads to a cruciform burial chamber with a corbelled roof which rises steeply upwards to a height of nearly 20 feet (6m). There are regular tours of the different sites, but adva...read more

Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast

Titanic Belfast is an unbelievable, unmissable experience. Located in the heart of Belfast, right beside the historic site of this world-famous ship’s construction, Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience. Housed in an iconic, six-floor building and extending over nine galleries, this state-of-the-art visitor experience tells the story of the Titanic, from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her famous maiden voyage and subsequent place in history. Titanic Belfast tells this world-famous story using contemporary interactive technology, special effects and even a thrilling shipyard ride where you will hear the sound of riveting and experience the smells of melting steel as you journey through what it was like to be a shipyard worker in Belfast more than 100 years ago....read more

Guinness Storehouse

Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Storehouse is located in the heart of the St. James's Gate Brewery in Dublin, and is, according to the Guiness Storehouse Web site, Ireland’s No. 1 international visitor attraction. Since opening in November 2000, Guinness Storehouse has attracted over 4 million visitors from every corner of the globe. The Storehouse is laid out over seven floors surrounding a glass atrium taking the shape of a pint of Guinness. On the ground floor the massive exhibit introduces you to the four ingredients; water, barley, hops and yeast, all of which combine together to make a pint of Guinness. Visitors are also introduced to the fifth and vital ingredient, Arthur Guinness himself. As the visitor moves up through the building, they next encounter an exhibition on the history of...read more

Cliffs of Moher

Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher (Irish: Aillte an Mhothair, lit. cliffs of the ruin, also known as the Cliffs of Coher from the Irish: Mhothair) are located in the parish of Liscannor at the south-western edge of The Burren area near Doolin, which is located in County Clare, Ireland. The cliffs rise 120 meters (394 ft) above the Atlantic Ocean at Hag's Head, and reach their maximum height of 214 meters (702 ft) just north of O'Brien's Tower, eight kilometres away. The cliffs boast one of Ireland's most spectacular views. On a clear day the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay, as are the valleys and hills of Connemara. O'Brien's Tower is a round stone tower at the approximate midpoint of the cliffs. It was built by Sir Cornelius O'Brien, a descendant of Ireland's High King Brian Boru, in 18...read more

Powerscourt House & Gardens

Powerscourt House & Gardens

Powerscourt Estate is located near Enniskerry, County Wicklow, Ireland, is a large country estate which is noted for its house and landscaped gardens, today occupying 19 hectares (47 acres). The house, originally a 13th century castle, was extensively altered during the 18th century by German architect Richard Cassels, starting in 1731 and finishing in 1741. A fire in 1974 left the house lying as a shell until it was renovated in 1996. The estate is today owned and run by the Slazenger family. It is a popular tourist attraction, and includes a golf course, an Avoca Handweavers restaurant, and a Ritz-Carlton hotel. The original owner of the 13th century castle was a man by the name of la Poer, which was eventually anglicised to Power. The castle's position was of strategic militar...read more

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle is a medieval stronghold in Blarney, near Cork, Ireland. It is near the River Martin. The castle originally dates from before AD 1200. It was destroyed in 1446, but subsequently rebuilt by Cormac MacCarthy, the King of Munster. It is currently a partial ruin with some accessible rooms and the battlements. There are many legends as to the origin of the stone, but some say that it was the Lia Fáil—a magical stone upon which Irish kings were crowned.The Blarney Stone is a block of bluestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney about 8 km from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of gab (great eloquence or skill at flattery). The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle ...read more