Tour Overview

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Tour highlights: Dublin Pub Dinner, Bunratty Castle, Blarney & King John's Castles, Dingle & Killarney, Jaunting Car Ride, Newly-Opened Inn at Dromoland.

Your Escorted Coach Tour of Ireland Includes

7 days/6 nights/11 meals

  • Roundtrip group airport transfers when you book our flights - $30 per person fee applies to land only bookings
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • 6 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 4 dinners (D) including
    - Taylor's Three Rock Pub dinner and traditional show
    Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
    - 2 table d’hote dinners
  • 1 lunch (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Dublin with a local guide
  • Farmhouse tea and scones with sheepdog display
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Walking tours of Trinity College and Galway
  • Storytelling session in Newmarket-on-Fergus
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office
  • Visits and admissions to Dublin CastleBlarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

Your hotels

Stay at the following (or similar)

  • The Talbot Hotel Stillorgan (formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel), Dublin (2 nights)
  • Scotts Hotel, Killarney (2 night)
  • The Inn at Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus (2 nights)

Tour highlights

  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Dublin Castle
  • Dublinia
  • Guinness Storehouse
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Trinity College & Book of Kells
  • Aras an Uachtarain
  • National Museum of Ireland - Collins Barracks
  • Skellig Islands
  • Valentia Island
  • Bunratty Medieval Banquet
  • Blarney Castle
  • Phoenix Park
  • General Post Office
  • Glasnevin Cemetery & Museum
  • Leinster House

Day 1 - Dublin Tour & Book of Kells

Meet your guide at 2:00 PM in the hotel lobby and set off on an orientation tour of Dublin city center. Enjoy a walking tour of Trinity College with a local guide. Proceed on to view the Book of Kells, the famous 9th-century illuminated manuscript that contains four Gospels. Next, visit the Little Museum of Dublin; located in a Georgian townhouse, it tells the fascinating story of the city. Your after-hours visit is a CIE Tours Exclusive – you’ll enjoy a welcome drink there with your group before dinner.  (D)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 2 - Blarney Castle & Killarney

Relax and enjoy the farmlands of the picturesque midlands. Get a taste of farm life at a nearby sheep farm. Enjoy scones with tea and watch trained dogs herd sheep. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Travel through Macroom and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in the charming town of Killarney.  (B, D)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 3 - Dingle Peninsula & Traditional Irish Dinner

Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous in the movies “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away,” which showcased the wonderful scenery found here. Travel to Slea Head at the westernmost tip of the peninsula for awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish entertainment over dinner.  (B, D)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 4 - Jaunting Car Ride & Limerick Panoramic Tour

Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through the Killarney National Park to tour the scenic Ross Castle and Kenmare Estate. Head to the village of Adare, famous for its main street lined with thatched cottages and colorful gardens. Proceed to Limerick and take a panoramic tour.  (B, D)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 5 - Cliffs of Moher & Galway

Travel along the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which soar almost 700 feet above churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Take a guided walking tour of the old city of Galway. In the evening, head out for a medieval-style feast, where lords and ladies will serenade you with music and songs from days of yore.  (B, D)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 6 - Irish National Stud & Dublin

Enjoy the scenic Irish countryside on your way to Kildare where you’ll visit the home of equine royalty, The Irish National Stud. Here you’ll see impeccably-bred stallions alongside protective mares, frolicking foals, and athletic yearlings. Stroll around the delightful grounds to explore St. Fiachra’s Garden, including its miniature Japanese Gardens. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure and dine at your choice of one of the many restaurants or pubs scattered throughout Dublin.  (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 7 - Tour Ends in Dublin

Your tour ends after breakfast today.(B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Route map

B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner

Day 1: Arrive Dublin & City Sightseeing

Welcome to Dublin. Today you may use your independent open-top bus tour voucher to see all the major sights in the city center. You may stay on the bus or get off and on at various attractions. Also included is a visit to Guinness or Jameson for a tour and tasting – these features are valid for 48 hours. Dine independently.

Day 2: Dublin & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub

Clients on Tours C & D arrive in Dublin. Those on Tours A & B enjoy a free morning in Dublin for further sightseeing with the included vouchers. Your tour starts at 2:00 pm when all participants join a local guide for a tour of ancient and modern Dublin. Drive through the main streets to see historic buildings such as the General Post Office in O’Connell Street where the 1916 Uprising started; the evocative figures of the Famine Memorial; and rows of Georgian houses with gaily-painted doorways. Walk through the campus of Trinity College with a student guide to view the illuminated manuscript of the 8th century Book of Kells. Return to your hotel for a get-together with your tour group and a welcome drink. In the evening head to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for a great dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish music, songs and displays of step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 3: Blarney Castle & Killarney

Drive through prime agricultural country and pause for photos at the impressive Rock of Cashel with medieval ruins. Visit a nearby sheep farm for freshly-baked scones with tea and watch trained dogs herd sheep. Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish made goods of all types, conveniently displayed under one roof. Drive through Macroom, built around a fine castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. (B, D)

Day 4: Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Bay Cruise

Today discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula, made famous by two movies, “Ryan’s Daughter” and “Far & Away”, which showed a lot of the wonderful scenery. Drive to Slea Head at the westernmost tip for awesome views of the Atlantic Ocean. Embark on a short cruise around Dingle Harbour and Bay for great panoramic views all around (Apr 2 - Oct 29 departures) and enjoy a casual lunch in Dingle town. Return to Killarney where the rest of the afternoon and evening are free for independent activities and dining. Killarney has a lot of great pubs where impromptu and planned music sessions take place so you might like to check out some of them.(B, L)

Day 5: Jaunting Car Ride & Bunratty Castle Banquet

Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through the Killarney National Park to scenic Ross Castle, set on the shores of Lough Leane,
Killarney’s largest lake. Enjoy local stories by your jarvey and take in the great views of the mountains. Drive north and stop in the village of Adare, famous for its main street lined with thatched cottages and colorful gardens. In Limerick visit the mighty King John’s Castle, which has guarded the River Shannon and access to the interior of the country for over 800 years. The stunning exhibition brings dramatic local history to life. Check in to your hotel and spend some time relaxing. In the evening travel to 15th century Bunratty Castle for a medieval-style feast with lots of food, wine and song to carry you off to the Middle Ages in spirit. (B, D)

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Galway

Travel along the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which rise to heights of almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands, provided that the weather is clear. Drive through the hills of the Burren and around Galway Bay to Galway. Join a local guide for a brief stroll through the twisting streets of the old city and spend time on your own. Return to your hotel in Newmarketon-Fergus for dinner in your hotel and, afterwards enjoy the tales of a local storyteller. (B, D)

Day 7: Shannon Airport

Your program ends after breakfast (B)

Day 8: Tour ends at Dublin Airport

Your program ends after breakfast today. (B)

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