A Taste of Ireland
Dublin, Blarney Stone, Ring of Kerry, Killarney, Cliffs of Moher, Limerick & Galway
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37 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
|Highlights||Kiss the Blarney Stone, Ring of Kerry, Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney National Park, Cliffs of Moher, Galway|
|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.|
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|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.|
Just about everyone can find something to love about Ireland, from its stunning emerald green countryside, to its friendly helpful people, to its ancient castles and cozy pubs, and so much more. Join us on our 8-Day Taste of Ireland escorted tour and discover why it's one of the world's most visited destinations. Your tour includes visits to Dublin, Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Limerick and Galway. 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.
Dates, Prices & Options
Departure Dates & Prices
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Sun||Sep 18||2016||Sun||Sep 25||2016||$1999||Departed|
|Sun||Oct 2||2016||Sun||Oct 9||2016||$1949||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
|A Taste of Ireland|
|Single Room Supplement||+$399|
|Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle||+$60|
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 are due within 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.
How to Make a Reservation
To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.
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: 2 nights Academy Plaza Hotel or similar, Dublin.
- Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel
- Balance of the day at leisure
- Take advantage of included vouchers for a 48 hour hop-on, hop-off bus tour and pint of Guinness
Full Day Itinerary: 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 a traditional Irish pub for a complimentary pint of Guinness, courtesy of Friendly Planet.
Day 3: Dublin
Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.
- Full day at leisure
- Meet your fellow travelers for an included dinner at the hotel
Full Day Itinerary: 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. Dublin can trace its origins back over 1,000 years. From a small Viking settlement, it has evolved into the vibrant capital city of Ireland. Today, Dublin has it all: a charming mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture, a wealth of history, culture and literary tradition, and wonderful shopping and dining. Later this evening, meet your fellow travelers, and enjoy dinner included at the hotel.
Day 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: Galway & Dublin
Accommodations: 1 night Mespil Hotel or similar, Dublin. Included meals: Breakfast.
- Visit Galway for independent exploration or shopping
Full Day Itinerary: After breakfast, travel from Limerick to Dublin. Along the way, visit 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. Enjoy some free time in the city for independent sightseeing or shopping.
Continue to Dublin and check into your hotel.
Day 8: Dublin/USA
Included meals: Breakfast.
- Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.
My family and I just returned from the Taste of Ireland tour. It was our first trip with Friendly Planet and I was a little nervous as to whether or not it would live up to its advertising... Our driver/tour guide, Calvin, was fabulous and provided us with lots of information about Irish history and folklore. He made the trip so enjoyable for all of us! The bus was comfortable, the hotels were nice, the food delicious, and the overall experience was a very positive one. We had a wonderful vacation, and would definitely recommend this tour!
Pam Bickford, Foxboro, MA
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