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based on Aug. 14, 2017 departure
|Featuring||Explore Ireland in depth: Dublin, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, Killarney, Connemara, Galway, Lough Corrib Cruise & Clonmacnoise|
|Style||Value VacationTravel in larger groups than our Small Group tours, but at fantastic value prices. These group tour packages are operated by our carefully selected partners and may be shared with other English speaking passengers ensuring guaranteed departures. More of these packages
37 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
|Departures||Scheduled Dates; select from 2 open departures, June – August 2017|
|Departs||New York City (NYC); other gateways on request (flight schedule)|
|Themes||History & Culture|
|What to Expect||This moderately-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness.|
|Already Booked?||Find everything you need to know before you go, including how to pay your balance due, passport & visa requirements, flight information, weather, and more.|
Join us on our 10-day tour package to Ireland and take the time to savor exploring this beautiful and charming country, where people are friendly, service is great and the places to discover just go on and on. You'll kiss the Blarney Stone for good luck, see the Cliffs of Moher and cruise on the River Corrib. Travel through the Connemara Region, one of the most picturesque in all of Ireland, where Gaelic is still spoken, and enjoy the sites of Dublin, Ireland's lovely, intimate capital. Enjoy tourist class hotels, included sightseeing and more, all for an incredible price. Take your time when traveling around the country. Although it's possible to drive the length of Ireland in less than a day and to traverse the width of the country in a few hours, we prefer to settle in and explore a particular region, whether on foot, on horseback or behind the wheel—mindful, of course, of wandering sheep on small back roads.
Dates, Prices & Options
Departure Dates & Prices
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Mon||Apr 17||2017||Wed||Apr 26||2017||$2059||$1759||Closed|
|Mon||May 15||2017||Wed||May 24||2017||$2299||$1999||Closed|
|Mon||May 29||2017||Wed||Jun 7||2017||$2299||$1999||Closed|
|Mon||Jun 19||2017||Wed||Jun 28||2017||$2799||$2499||–$100||$2399||Available|
|Mon||Jul 3||2017||Wed||Jul 12||2017||$2799||$2499||Closed|
|Mon||Jul 17||2017||Wed||Jul 26||2017||$2849||$2549||Closed|
|Mon||Jul 31||2017||Wed||Aug 9||2017||$2849||$2549||Closed|
|Mon||Aug 14||2017||Wed||Aug 23||2017||$2549||$2249||–$100||$2149||Available|
|Mon||Sep 4||2017||Wed||Sep 13||2017||$2299||$1999||Closed|
|Mon||Sep 18||2017||Wed||Sep 27||2017||$2549||$2249||Closed|
|Mon||Oct 2||2017||Wed||Oct 11||2017||$2199||$1899||Closed|
Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.
Options, Excursions & Fees
|Single Room Supplement||+$499|
|Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle||+$60|
|Music & Dinner at a Pub||+$55|
Flights & Departure Cities
|New York City (NYC)||included|
This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.
Coming from somewhere else? Ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities. Additional charges for flights from other cities may be due within 24 – 24 hours of your reservation.
Note: NYC departures will be from either JFK or EWR based upon availability when you make your reservation. Your flight itinerary showing which airport that you are departing from will be emailed to you in 24-48 hours.
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We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.
Day 1: Depart USA/Overnight Flight
- Depart the USA on your overnight flight for Dublin
Day 2: Dublin
Accommodations: 1 night Grand Hotel Malahide or similar, Dublin. Included Meals: Dinner.
- Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel
- Balance of the day at leisure
- Meet your fellow travelers for an included dinner at your hotel
Full Day Itinerary: Upon arrival in Dublin, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Malahide, a sea-side resort near Dublin. Today is yours at leisure to discover Dublin independently, or relax at your hotel. This evening, join your fellow travelers for dinner at your hotel.
Day 3: Ireland's Midlands, Blarney Castle & Kerry
Accommodations: 2 nights Randles Court Hotel or similar, Kerry. Included meals: Breakfast.
- Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone
- Time for shopping at Blarney Woolen Mills
Full Day Itinerary: Today, you will board your touring coach, depart Ireland's capitol and travel to County Kerry. En route, stop in the town of Blarney for a visit to Blarney Castle. Dating from 1446, the castle is a tower house built on solid limestone. At the top of the Tower you will find the legendary Stone of Eloquence (Blarney Stone). Kiss it and you will never again be lost for words.
Enjoy some time for shopping at Blarney Woolen Mills. The existence of the Woolen Mills during the famine shielded Blarney from the worst effects of the great famine, due to its employment of local workers. The success story at the mills continued until a disastrous fire in 1869. By August 1871, the mill was once again operational with a labor force of over 200 and in 1976 Chris Kelleher, himself a mill worker, bought the old mill property. Within a short period of time Chris and his family transformed the mill into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland.
Continue through Ireland's Midlands to your hotel in the Kerry region.
Day 4: Ring of Kerry
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Tour the Iveragh Peninsula
- Enjoy a jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park
Full Day Itinerary: Today you can enjoy a superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula, which will give you the opportunity to discover the Ring of Kerry, taking in the spectacular scenery: mountains, peat bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Leaving Killarney, pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair and Glenbeigh, where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay. Passing through the peat bogs, arrive at the sea town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous because of its brightly colored houses. The road continues through the mountains to Moll's Gap and Ladies View with superb views of the famous Lakes of Killarney.
Next, enjoy a ride through Killarney National Park by pony and trap, also known as a jaunting car, to discover areas of the park that you might not otherwise visit by foot. Relax aboard the jaunting car as your jarvey (driver) takes you through the magnificent scenery of Ireland's first National Park.
This evening enjoy dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants or pubs in Killarney town.
Day 5: Burren & the Cliffs of Moher
Accommodations: 1 night George Hotel or similar, Limerick. Included meals: Breakfast.
- Take a short ferry ride across the mouth of the river Shannon
- Explore the Cliffs of Moher and the Atlantic Edge Interpretive Center
- Tour the Burren Region
Full Day Itinerary: Travel northwards to Tarbert and take a short boat ride across the mouth of the river Shannon, landing on Clare's shore at Killimer. Travel along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher. The most majestic cliffs in Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher rise 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean and extend over four miles in length. On a clear day, you can admire the Aran Islands, the Connemara Mountains and the many sea birds that colonize this place to nest in spring. Visit the Atlantic Edge Interpretive Center built into the natural landscape. The center is a huge domed cave that contains various exhibits showcasing the mighty Cliffs of Moher.
Later enjoy a tour of the Burren Region, a strange and unique region in Europe. "Burren" means "large stones", an apt description for this impressive scenery. Often described as lunar, the Burren is a high plateau of porous limestone situated in Northern Clare, between Ballyvaughan and Kilfenora. No trees grow here and no soil covers the stone, but the Burren is not deserted, as different types of flowers grow from the cracks all year round. The Burren Region is also historically rich, with many castles and monastic ruins.
Continue to Limerick and check into your hotel. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.
Optional Excursion: Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle, $60. Take advantage of an optional Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle on the banks of the Raite River including entertainment, a four-course meal and wine.
Day 6: Galway & Lough Corrib
Accommodations: 2 nights Clayton Hotel or similar, Galway. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.
- Enjoy an orientation tour of Galway
- Visit Galway Cathedral
- Embark the Corrib Princess and cruise the River Corrib and experience an Irish coffee demonstration
Full Day Itinerary: This morning, travel to Galway, a delightful city of narrow streets, old stone and wooden shopfronts, good restaurants and busy pubs. The city has attracted a bohemian crowd of musicians and artists, whom add much to its character.
Upon arrival enjoy an orientation tour of the city. Start at the Galway Cathedral, built between 1958 and 1965 on the site of the old city jail. One of the largest and most impressive buildings in the city, its architecture draws on many influences. The dome and pillars reflect a Renaissance style, and other features, including the rose windows and mosaics, echo the broad tradition of Christian art. The cathedral dome, at a height of 145 feet, is a prominent landmark on the city skyline. The exterior design may not be to everybody's taste, while the interior, with its high curved arches and central dome, has a simple but solid elegance.
Later, embark the Corrib Princess and cruise the majestic River Corrib. The journey offers wonderful views of the historic monuments and scenery, which make this one of the most spectacular waterways in Ireland. While you cruise along, enjoy an Irish coffee demonstration sampling this classic beverage and freshly made scones.
Continue to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Later this evening enjoy dinner at the hotel.
Day 7: Connemara & Kylemore Abbey
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Visit Connemara National Park
- Explore Kylemore Abbey
Full Day Itinerary: Today, travel through the beautiful Connemara Region. Connemara is a land of lakes and rivers, bogs and mountains. In this area of small villages Gaelic is still the spoken language and little has changed since the beginning of time. It is without a doubt the wildest and the most romantic part of Ireland. Connemara is a vast peninsula bordered by the arid and rocky coastline of Galway Bay in the south, a land characteristic for its stone walls and thatched cottages. On its northern shore the land is harsher and more secret, with spectacular views of the ocean, the fjord of Killary Harbour, as well as the steep mountains overlooking numerous lakes and large bog areas.
Enjoy some leisure time in the Connemara National Park, which encompasses 11 square miles from Letterfrack in the west to the peaks of the Twelve Bens Mountains. Stop at the visitors' center and learn about the park's unique landscape and wildlife.
Next visit Kylemore Abbey in the Kylemore Pass in Connemara. Mitchell Henry built the House in 1868, after having spent his honeymoon in the area. The architecture is best described as neo-gothic and the house still displays all the characteristics of that period. One of Kylemore Abbey's most famous features is its miniature cathedral, built in 1870 and known locally as the Gothic church. Today, the Abbey is home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns. They bought the house in 1920, having fled their convent in war-torn Belgium in 1914.
Day 8: Clonmacnoise & Dublin
Accommodations: 2 nights Academy Plaza Hotel, or similar, Dublin. Included meals: Breakfast.
- Visit 6th century Clonmacnoise and view the original Celtic crosses
- Set out on a panoramic tour of Dublin
- View the Book of Kells in the ancient library of Trinity College
Full Day Itinerary: Depart Galway for Dublin via Clonmacnoise. Situated in the wilds, on the banks of the Shannon, 6th century Clonmacnoise is nowadays partly in ruins. Stop at the Visitor Centre where the original Celtic crosses are exhibited, followed by a tour of the site where you will see high towers, the 11th century cathedral and the wonderful reproductions of the High Crosses.
Continue to Dublin and set out on a panoramic tour to discover the fair city of Dublin. The north side of the River Liffey offers great striking monuments such as the General Post Office (GPO) on the city main thoroughfare, O'Connell Street, or the Custom House along the quays, as well as the Phoenix Park, one of the largest public parks in Europe. The south side appears more sophisticated with its vast Georgian squares, such as Merrion Square where Oscar Wilde's House can still be found, its colorful doors, along with Grafton Street and its quality shops. Not so far from St. Stephen's Green, in Kildare Street, you can see the house of Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula.
Visit Trinity College, the oldest University in Ireland, founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I. Within its walls, you will be able to admire Parliament Square and its 18th century edifices. The visit of the ancient library, containing over twenty thousand manuscripts, is often surprising by its splendor. The 9th century Book of Kells, famous for its precious illuminations, is exhibited in these premises. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure.
Optional Excursion: Music & Dinner at a Pub, $55. Take advantage of an optional evening of festive entertainment at a local pub including a 3-course dinner & live music. Price excludes beverages.
Day 9: Dublin
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Full day at leisure
Full Day Itinerary: After enjoying a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, discover Dublin independently. Make your way to one of its most famous sights and continue exploring the city at your own pace with an included hop-on, hop-off bus tour voucher, visiting a number of Dublin's sightseeing highlights. If by the end of the day the touring has left you feeling parched, stop by a traditional Irish pub for a complimentary pint of Guinness, courtesy of Friendly Planet.
Day 10: Dublin/USA
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA
Loved experiencing the land of Ireland and its people. A great taste. Food was good, hotels were great, bus was roomy and comfortable. The tours were well planned and truly a taste of Ireland. There was so much done...that we could not have managed on our own.
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