Tour Overview

Your Escorted Coach Tour of Ireland Includes

5 Days/4 Nights/8 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
  • 4 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 3 dinners (D) including
  • -  Merry Ploughboy Pub dinner and traditional show
  • -  Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
  • -  1 table d’hote dinner in Killarney
  • 1 lunch (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Dublin with a local guide
  • Sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry
  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • Visits and admissions to Dublin Castle, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher
  • Headset 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):

  • Bewley’s Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin (1 Night)
  • Killarney Towers Hotel & Leisure Centre, Killarney (2 Nights)
  • Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (1 Night)

Tour highlights

  • Bunratty Castle & Folk Park
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Dublin Castle
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Skellig Islands
  • Blarney Castle
  • Rock of Cashel

Day 1 - Dublin & Merry Ploughboy Pub

Your tour starts at 2:00 PM from the hotel lobby with a local guide for a tour of ancient and modern Dublin. Drive through the main streets to see historic buildings such as Trinity College; rows of Georgian houses with colorfully painted doorways; and the new buildings around the Financial Centre beside the River Liffey. Take a guided tour through parts of Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries and today plays a leading role in European Union activities. Return to your hotel for a welcome drink with your group. In the evening, head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish songs and intricate step-dancing. (D)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 2 - Blarney Castle & Killarney

Depart Dublin and travel through the midlands of Ireland, which has many mixed farms. Stop for photos of the stately ruins on the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding plain. Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” 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)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 3 - Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience

Embark on Ireland’s most popular 100-mile scenic drive – the Ring of Kerry. This winding route reveals breathtaking views of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks as well as the scenic coast of beaches and cliffs. There will be plenty of stops for photos at the best vantage points. After a casual lunch in a cozy restaurant, you’ll continue your scenic drive to Valentia Island where you’ll visit the Skellig Experience. Learn about the island of Skellig Michael where early Christian monks lived in austere conditions and how it was used as one of the locations for the film “Star Wars VII.” Pause for a stroll around Sneem, with its brightly painted houses, and at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains and deep valleys. Get a taste of farm life with a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks, a shearing demonstration (seasonal), and see different breeds of sheep. Return to Killarney and enjoy a free evening for independent dining or exploring the many pubs in the town. (B, L)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 4 - Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet

Leave Killarney and drive north to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Your tour continues along the coast of County Clare to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Drive past Lahinch Golf Course, one of Ireland’s most famous, and through the marketing town of Ennis to Bunratty. Check into Bunratty Castle Hotel, which is located close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. In the evening head to Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a memorable experience in a wonderful historic setting with good food and entertainment. Take your place in the Great Hall for a medieval-style feast of excellent dishes and plenty of wine. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music evocative of the Middle Ages. (Please note that January departures may offer a different dining experience.) (B, D)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Day 5 - Tour Ends in Shannon

Your tour ends after breakfast today. (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

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Tour Prices

The Taste of Ireland 4 night tour is one of the best ways to see the highlights of Ireland. Ask your dedicated travel advisor about our Price Promise - you can avail of the guaranteed lowest bus tour prices available.

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