35 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
|Departures||Scheduled Dates: Select a departure from October 2015|
|Departs||New York City (NYC); other gateways on request (flight schedule)|
|Highlights||Kiss the Blarney Stone, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Medieval Kilkenny|
|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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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, Kilkenny 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.
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
|Mon||Aug 17||2015||Mon||Aug 24||2015||$1999||Departed|
|Mon||Aug 31||2015||Mon||Sep 7||2015||$1799||Departed|
|Mon||Sep 21||2015||Mon||Sep 28||2015||$2199||$1899||Closed|
|Mon||Oct 5||2015||Mon||Oct 12||2015||$2099||$1799||Closed|
|Mon||Oct 19||2015||Mon||Oct 26||2015||$2099||$1799||Available|
Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers. Contact us about prices and availability.
|Options & Excursions|
|Single Room Supplement||+$399|
|Day 6: Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle||+$79|
|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.
To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call us 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. Your exciting trip to Ireland begins today as you depart for Dublin.
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. Later this evening, meet your fellow travellers, and enjoy dinner included at the hotel. Accommodations: North Star Hotel or similar for May 18 departure; Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge or similar for all others. Dinner provided.
Day 3: 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 4: Ring of Kerry. 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.
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. Breakfast provided.
Day 5: 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", and its name fits this impressive scenery perfectly. 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: Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle, $79. 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: 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. Accommodations: Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge or similar. Breakfast provided.
Day 7: 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. Dublin has it all, a charming mix of medieval, Georgian and modern architecture, a wealth of history, culture and literary tradition, wonderful shopping and dining. 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. 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.
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