|Itinerary at a Glance
A Taste of Ireland
|4||Blarney Castle & Kerry|
|5||Ring of Kerry|
|6||Cliffs of Moher & Limerick|
|7||Tipperary & Dublin|
|Departures||January – October 2014|
|Departs||Los Angeles (LAX), Miami (MIA), Washington Dulles (IAD), Chicago O'Hare (ORD), Houston (IAH), New York: JFK or EWR (NYC); other gateways on request|
|Highlights||Kiss the Blarney Stone, Ring of Kerry, Muckross House, Cliffs of Moher, Medieval Kilkenny|
|Included in the Price||
|Travel Style||This moderately-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness.|
Just about everyone can find something to love about Ireland, from its stunning, emerald green countryside, its friendly, helpful people, its castles, pubs and so much more. Join us on our 8-Day Taste of Ireland and discover why it’s one of the world’s most visited destinations. Your tour includes visits to Dublin, Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Kilkenny Castle and Limerick. And you’ll even get to kiss the Blarney Stone for good luck! But don’t wait too long to reserve your spot as this deal will sell out fast.
This was my second trip to Ireland, but my first actual tour. I was very pleased with the tour. My sister had never been to Ireland, and this tour gave her a wonderful introduction to Ireland.
2013 departures follow a slightly different itinerary.
All prices, fees and deposits are per person. Prices below are subject to availability and confirmation. After we receive your booking, we will confirm all prices and availability within 1–2 business days. Prices are subject to change at any time and not guaranteed until we receive your final payment. More about our prices.
|Departures & Prices*|
|Sun||Jan 19||2014||Sun||Jan 26||2014||$1599||Available|
|Sun||Feb 9||2014||Sun||Feb 16||2014||$1999||$1699||Closed|
|Sat||Mar 15||2014||Sun||Mar 23||2014||$2399||$2099||Available|
|Sun||Apr 20||2014||Sun||Apr 27||2014||$2099||$1799||Available|
|Sun||May 18||2014||Sun||May 25||2014||$2259||$1959||Available|
|Sun||Jun 1||2014||Sun||Jun 8||2014||$2299||$1999||Available|
|Sun||Jul 6||2014||Sun||Jul 13||2014||$2559||$2259||Available|
|Sun||Aug 3||2014||Sun||Aug 10||2014||$2599||$2299||Available|
|Sun||Aug 31||2014||Sun||Sep 7||2014||$2199||$1899||Available|
|Sun||Oct 5||2014||Sun||Oct 12||2014||$2099||$1799||Available|
* Prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and include airfare and Airline Taxes, Fees & Sept. 11th Security Fee. Prices do not include excess baggage fees, extensions or optional items. Prices in orange reflect an early booking discount for bookings made by 2/04/2014.
Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to extend your stay later than the scheduled dates, subject to availability. Contact us about dates, prices and restrictions.
|Options & Upgrades|
|Single Room Supplement|
|All other departures||+$399|
|Day 6: Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle||+$79|
|New York: JFK or EWR (NYC)||included|
|Chicago O'Hare (ORD)||+$300|
|Washington Dulles (IAD)||+$300|
|Los Angeles (LAX)||+$350|
Departure airport prices subject to availability and may cost more based on flight availability at the time of booking.
Coming from somewhere else? Before you book, ask us about availability and prices for flights from other cities. Additional charges for flights from other cities are due within 24 hours of your booking.
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.
To make a reservation, we only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card. This non-refundable deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package. You can pay the balance due later by credit card, check or money order. Your final payment is due 75 days prior to departure, or within 72 hours of booking, whichever is later.
Ticketing: Airline tickets for this tour are usually issued within 24 hours of your booking, and once issued, cannot be changed, refunded or transferred. To issue tickets, we must receive photocopies of the signature and picture pages of your passport(s) within 24 hours of your booking, or your reservation may be subject to a higher airfare or cancellation.
2013 departures follow a slightly different itinerary.
Day 2: Arrive Dublin. Upon arrival in Dublin, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Today is yours at leisure to 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 (valid for 2 days), visiting a number of Dublin’s sightseeing highlights. If by the end of the day the touring has left you feeling parched, stop by the Brazen Head Pub for a complimentary pint, courtesy of Friendly Planet. Return to the hotel on your own for overnight. Accommodations: Ballsbridge Hotel or similar.
March 15, 2014 Departures: Enjoy an additional overnight in Dublin and day of leisure to enjoy the festivities of St. Patrick's Day (Monday, March 17, 2014).
Day 3: Dublin. Enjoy breakfast at the hotel at your leisure. Take advantage of the hop-on, hop-off bus tour voucher again today to uncover the wonders of this fair city. Later this evening, meet your fellow travellers, and enjoy dinner included at the hotel. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 4: Ireland's Midlands, Blarney Castle & Kerry. 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. This evening enjoy dinner with your travel companions at the hotel’s restaurant. Accommodations: Travel Inn Killarney or similar. Breakfast & dinner provided.
Day 5: Ring of Kerry & Muckross House. 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 Molls Gap and Ladies View with superb views of the famous Lakes of Killarney.
Visit Muckross House, which was built in 1843 by the Herbert Family, in Elizabethan style. This house is one of the most sumptuous residences of Ireland. Muckross, surrounded by beautiful gardens, is in the heart of the Killarney National Park, the first to be opened in Ireland.
This evening enjoy dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants or pubs in Killarney town. Breakfast provided.
Day 6: Burren & the Cliffs of Moher. 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”: in fact its name describes this impressive scenery perfectly well. 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-in at your hotel. Enjoy the balance of the day at leisure. Accommodations: Clarion Hotel or similar. Breakfast provided.
Optional Excursion: 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. ($79 per person)
Day 7: Cahir Castle, Ballyowen House, & Dublin. After breakfast, travel from Limerick to Dublin. Along the way, stop at Cahir Castle, set on a rocky island on the River Suir in County Tipperary. This impressive 15th century castle was considered impenetrable until the advent of heavy cannon. Once the stronghold of the powerful Butler family, the castle retains its keep, tower and much of its original defensive structure. After a tour of the castle and grounds continue eastward.
Next stop is the 16th century Ballyowen House. Enjoy a tour of the beautifully decorated main rooms, stables and grounds. Learn the history of this impressive estate and its role in Ireland’s sometimes turbulent past. Marvel at the elegant architecture and its numerous fine details. Guests will enjoy tea, coffee and fresh scones with local Irish butter and preserves in Ballyowen's main dining room at the end of the tour.
Continue to Dublin and check-in at your hotel. Enjoy your final evening in Ireland at leisure. Accommodations: Ballsbridge Hotel or similar. Breakfast provided.
Day 8: Dublin/USA. After a final Irish breakfast, bid farewell to Ireland as your journey comes to an end. Transfer to the airport for your return flight. You will arrive in New York later today. Breakfast provided.
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