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Tour Overview

Your Escorted Coach Tour of Ireland Includes

13 days/12 nights/23 meals

  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • 12 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 9 dinners (D) including
  • - Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner/show
  • - Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
  • - 7 table d'hote dinners
  • 2 Lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Day tour to Achill Island
  • Tours of Belfast and Dublin
  • Walking tours of Galway, Derry, Dublin’s Trinity College and Cork with local guides
  • Sheepdog trials
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn
  • Dingle Bay Cruise
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office
  • Visits and admissions to Cliffs of Moher, Westport House, Museum of Country Life, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Donegal Castle, Glenveagh Castle & National Park, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Down Cathedral, St. Patrick Centre, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Rock of Cashel, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Foynes Flying Boat Museum and Bunratty Folk Park
  • 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
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

Your Hotels

Stay at the following (or similar):

  • Old Ground Hotel, Ennis (1 night)
  • Hotel Westport, Westport (2 nights)
  • Kees Hotel, Stranorlar (2 nights)
  • Stormont Hotel, Belfast (1 night)
  • Ashling Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
  • Kingsley Hotel, Cork (1 night)
  • Dingle Skellig Hotel, Dingle (2 nights)
  • The Inn at Dromoland, Newmarket-on-Fergus (1 night)

Tour highlights

  • Belfast
  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Dublin
  • Giants Causeway
  • Galway
  • Achill Island
  • Bunratty Medieval Banquet
  • Glenveagh National Park & Castle
  • Blarney Castle
  • Dingle
  • Old Jameson Distillery
  • Trinity College Dublin & Book of Kells
  • St. Patrick's Grave
  • Walls of Derry
  • W.B. Yeats Grave

Tour itinerary

Route map

B= Breakfast; L= Lunch; D= Dinner

Day 1: Shannon Arrival & Cliffs of Moher

Your Irish trip starts at 2:30 pm when you meet your tour guide at your hotel in Ennis, which is 16 miles from Shannon Airport. Take a short ride to the Atlantic Coast to view the Cliffs of Moher, rising above the foaming Atlantic breakers. Meet your tour director over a welcome drink to discuss your trip before dinner in your hotel. (D)

Day 2: Galway & Connemara

Head to Galway for a walking tour to see the medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle and the narrow streets of the city center. Journey through Connemara with its hills, lakes and open country where mountain sheep roam freely. Stop in Leenane, where the movie, “The Field” was made. Continue to Westport, an attractive estate town built in 1780, with lots of interesting shops and traditional pubs, many with live music. Check in to your hotel where dinner is served. (B, D)

Day 3: Achill Island & Westport House

Cross by bridge to Achill Island and follow the Atlantic Drive for great mountain and ocean scenery. See the Deserted Village, 100 stone cottages abandoned around the time of the 1840’s Famine. Enjoy a casual lunch before returning to Westport for a tour of Westport House, an 18th century mansion, set in superb parkland with magnificent views. See stunning rooms with priceless furnishings and paintings. (B, L)

Day 4: Country Life & Donegal Castle

Visit the Museum of Country Life which features exhibits of domestic goods in daily use during the 19th and early 20th centuries. In Sligo view the grave of one of Ireland’s Nobel Prize-winning writers, W. B. Yeats. Stop in Donegal town for a tour of Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century and expanded in the 17th century. Drive through the Bluestack Mountains to your next hotel in Stranorlar. (B, D)

Day 5: Glenveagh Castle & Grand Atlantic Drive

Travel into the heart of Donegal to Glenveagh National Park where Captain Adair evicted 225 tenants to build Glenveagh Castle in 1870. Learn about the history of the mansion as you tour the rooms and walk around the extensive gardens filled with exotic plants. Then experience the glorious natural beauty of the Grand Atlantic Drive, which winds around the coastline through Downings and Rosapenna. Stop to admire views and take photos. Return to Stranorlar and relax a little before dinner. (B, D)

Day 6: Derry & Giant’s Causeway

In Derry join a local guide for a walking tour to see medieval city walls, the Diamond and St. Columb’s Cathedral. Drive along the north coast, pausing for photos at Dunluce Castle. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Experience wonderful scenery along the coastal Nine Glens of Antrim route and continue to Belfast. (B, D)

Day 7: Titanic Belfast & Dublin’s Abbey Tavern

Take a panoramic tour around central Belfast followed by some time at Titanic Belfast to learn about the famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Visit Down Cathedral to see the reputed burial place of St. Patrick, Ireland’s patron saint and learn about his life and times at the St. Patrick Centre. Travel to Dublin and check in to your hotel. Head to the popular Abbey Tavern with a hearty dinner and a lively show of traditional music, songs and step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 8: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells

Tour Dublin city to see elegant Georgian squares with brightly-painted doorways; pass St. Stephen’s Green and shopping areas around Nassau Street; cross the River Liffey to O’Connell Street and see the General Post Office where the 1916 Rebellion started. Take a guided walking tour through the campus of Trinity College to view the 8th century manuscript of the Book of Kells. In the afternoon use your independent vouchers for an open-top bus tour all around central Dublin and a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office. (B)

Day 9: Rock of Cashel & Cork

Drive through prime agricultural country and visit the stately Rock of Cashel, a limestone outcrop containing church ruins that date back to the 12th century. See the huge skeleton of the cathedral as well as the tiny Cormac’s Chapel. Continue south to Cork, the principal city on the south coast and set on many hills. Check in to your hotel and then drive around the principal streets and join a local guide for a short walk around the historic streets and visit the English Market. (B, D)

Day 10: Blarney Castle & Killarney’s Jaunting Car

A short drive will take you to Blarney where you may climb Blarney Castle and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills or take a look around the village green. Continue to Killarney and see some of the region by horse-drawn jaunting car. At Ross Castle admire views of Killarney’s largest lake, Lough Leane, before enjoying a casual lunch. Drive out along the Dingle Peninsula and stop at the South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee before continuing to your hotel in Dingle town. (B, L)

Day 11: Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Bay Cruise

Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula with heathery mountains and sandy beaches. Drive to Slea Head at the westernmost tip of the peninsula for lovely vistas and watch skilled dogs herding mountain sheep. Return to Dingle to embark on a short cruise around Dingle Harbour and Bay for great panoramic views all around. Spend the afternoon at leisure in Dingle and dine in your hotel. (B, D)

Day 12: Foynes Flying Boats & Bunratty Banquet

Learn about the early days of flight, during the 1930’s and early 1940’s, at the Foynes Flying Boat Museum. Irish coffee was first created here. Drive to Bunratty and visit the Bunratty Folk Park to see traditional cottages. You may like to spend free time in Durty Nelly’s Pub. Head to 15th century Bunratty Castle for a medieval-style banquet to carry you to the Middle Ages in spirit. (B, D)

Day 13: Tour Ends at Shannon

Your tour ends after breakfast this morning. (B)

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