Tour Overview

Your Escorted Tour of Ireland Includes

9 Days/8 Nights/15 Meals 

  • Airport transfers at start and end of tour
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • 8 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 6 dinners (D) including
  • - Welcome dinner at Clontarf Castle Hotel
  • - Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and traditional show
  • - 4 table d'hote dinners
  • 1 Lunch (L) at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Dublin with a local guide
  • Slieve League sea cliffs followed by home-baked scones with coffee or tea
  • Killary Fjord Catamaran Cruise
  • Sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry
  • Visits and admissions to Glasnevin MuseumBoyne Valley Visitor Centre & Newgrange or Knowth Tomb, Donegal Castle, Triona Design, Belleek Pottery Factory, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Museum of Country Life, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of MoherFoynes Flying Boat MuseumSkellig ExperienceBlarney Castle and Blarney Woollen Mills
  • 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

  • Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
  • Mill Park Hotel, Donegal (2 nights)
  • Hotel Meyrick, Galway (2 nights)
  • Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin (1 night)

Tour highlights

  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Conor Pass
  • Dublin Castle
  • Dublinia
  • Kilmainham Gaol
  • Ring of Kerry
  • National Museum of Ireland - Collins Barracks
  • Skellig Islands
  • Belleek Pottery Factory
  • Connemara National Park
  • Blarney Castle
  • Donegal Castle
  • Glasnevin Cemetery & Museum
  • Newgrange
  • Rock of Cashel

Tour itinerary

Route map

B= Breakfast; L= Lunch; D= Dinner

Day 1 : Dublin Touring & Glasnevin Museum

Start your tour at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. If your flight arrives later than noon, transfer to the hotel at your own expense. Your hotel is luxurious Clontarf Castle, which traces its origins to 1172. At 2:00 pm tour the city with a local guide to see elegant Georgian squares, public buildings and monuments such as the Famine Memorial. Visit Glasnevin Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history as the final resting place of Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Brendan Behan and other prominent people. Enjoy a welcome drink with your tour director followed by dinner in your lovely castle hotel. (D)

Day 2 : Boyne Valley Neolithic Tombs & Donegal Castle

This morning visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the passage burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, both of which are over 5,000 years old. Visit one of the tombs to see how primitive people managed to align these buildings precisely with the sun or the moon. Drive through the central lakeland region of Ireland to Donegal town for a tour of Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century. The castle was expanded in the 17th century and today is furnished throughout. Check in to your nearby hotel. (B, D)

Day 3 : Slieve League Cliffs & Glengesh Pass

Head to the fishing port of Killybegs and on to Teelin to view Slieve League sea cliffs, where the highest point reaches 1,972 feet making them the highest in Europe. Enjoy breathtaking vistas as they drop to the wild Atlantic waves below. Sample home-baked scones with coffee or tea before continuing to Malinbeg for great views and through the majestic Glengesh Pass. In Ardara visit Triona Design to see demonstrations of spinning, weaving and knitting. Enjoy free time in Donegal town before returning to your hotel. (B, D)

Day 4 : Belleek & Museum of Country Life

Visit the Belleek Pottery Factory to see how the craftspeople shape and decorate clay, creating the world-famous fine china. Pause at Drumcliffe Churchyard to view the grave of W. B. Yeats, the Nobel prize-winning poet, who based many poems on the delightful countryside around Sligo. Continue through County Mayo to Castlebar to visit the Museum of Country Life. See collections of domestic goods in daily use from 1850 to 1950. Exhibits and a movie explain how rural people made a living from the soil. Drive to Galway and check in to your hotel. (B, D)

Day 5 : Connemara Life & Catamaran Cruise

Today explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly-changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Travel alongside Galway Bay and stop at Standun of Spiddal for coffee and a talk on various aspects of Irish life and traditional crafts. In Leenane embark on a short cruise of Killary Harbour, a 9-mile fjord. Enjoy views of hills where traces of “lazy beds” of potato ridges from the 19th century and earlier can still be seen. Enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant and savor more views of Connemara before returning to Galway. (B, L)

Day 6 : Cliffs of Moher & Foynes Flying Boat Museum

Travel around Galway Bay to view the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to Bunratty for a brief stop at Durty Nelly’s Pub or the Bunratty Woollen Mills before driving through Limerick and along the Shannon Estuary. Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which recalls the early days of air travel, during the 1930’s and early 1940’s. Arrive in Killarney, check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. (B, D)

Day 7 : Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience

Drive the Ring of Kerry and stop at scenic points for photos. Meet a local farmer for a sheepdog demonstration and visit the Skellig Experience, which explains wildlife on the nearby rocky islands. After a pub lunch drive back to Killarney via Moll’s Gap and Ladies’ View and dine on your own. (B)

Day 8 : Blarney Castle & Merry Ploughboy Pub

Drive through County Cork to Blarney Castle to climb to the ramparts and kiss the famous stone. Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where quality Irish-made products are gathered under one roof. Drive north and pause for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel, a limestone outcrop with picturesque ruins and continue to Dublin. In the evening head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for Irish cuisine and a lively session of traditional songs. (B, D)

Day 9 : Depart for Home

Group transfers are provided to Dublin Airport to arrive at 6:00 am, 9:00 am or 12:00 noon. (B)

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Tour Prices

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Accomodation Type Land only
Sun Mar 09 2014 to Mon Mar 17, 2014 €1,298
Sun Mar 16, 2014 to Mon Mar 24, 2014 €1,298
Sun Mar 23, 2014 to Mon Mar 31, 2014 €1,298
Sun Mar 30, 2014 to Mon Apr 07, 2014 €1,438
Sun Apr 06, 2014 to Mon Apr 14, 2014 €1,509
Sun Apr 13, 2014 to Mon Apr 21, 2014 €1,509
Sun Apr 20, 2014 to Mon Apr 28, 2014 €1,509
Sun Apr 27, 2014 to Mon May 05, 2014 €1,698
Sun May 04, 2014 to Mon May 12, 2014 €1,894
Sun May 11, 2014 to Mon May 19, 2014 €1,894
Sun May 18, 2014 to Mon May 26, 2014 €1,894
Sun May 25, 2014 to Mon Jun 02, 2014 €1,894
Sun Jun 01, 2014 to Mon Jun 09, 2014 €1,894
Sun Jun 08,2014 to Mon Jun 16, 2014 €1,894
Sun Jun 15, 2014 to Mon Jun 23, 2014 €1,894
Sun Jun 22, 2014 to Mon Jun 30, 2014 €1,894
Sun Jun 29, 2014 to Mon Jul 07, 2014 €1,894
Sun Jul 06, 2014 to Mon Jul 14, 2014 €1,894
Sun Jul 13, 2014 to Mon Jul 21, 2014 €1,894
Sun Jul 20, 2014 to Mon Jul 28, 2014 €1,894
Sun Jul 27, 2014 to Mon Aug 04, 2014 €1,894
Sun Aug 03, 2014 to Mon Aug 11, 2014 €1,894
Sun Aug 10, 2014 to Mon Aug 18, 2014 €1,894
Sun Aug 17, 2014 to Mon Aug 25, 2014 €1,894
Sun Aug 24, 2014 to Mon Sep 01, 2014 €1,894
Sun Aug 31, 2014 to Mon Sep 08, 2014 €1,894
Sun Sep 07, 2014 to Mon Sep 15, 2014 €1,894
Sun Sep 14, 2014 to Mon Sep 22, 2014 €1,894
Sun Sep 21, 2014 to Mon Sep 29, 2014 €1,894
Sun Sep 28, 2014 to Mon Oct 06, 2014 €1,745
Sun Oct 05, 2014 to Mon Oct 13, 2014 €1,698
Sun Oct 12, 2014 to Mon Oct 20, 2014 €1,698
Sun Oct 19, 2014 to Mon Oct 27, 2014 €1,509
Sun Oct 26, 2014 to Mon Nov 03, 2014 €1,509
Sun Nov 02, 2014 to Mon Nov 10, 2014 €1,298

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