A Taste of Ireland

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per person, double occupancy* based on Sep. 30, 2019 departure from NYC
$300 Early Bird Discount. Expires Aug. 23, 2018.*   All prices reflect savings.

Overview

Featuring Beautiful & historic Dublin, the scenic Ring of Kerry, Killarney, the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, cultural Limerick & bohemian Galway
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 11 open departures, April – October 2019
Price Includes
  • Flights
    Flights
  • Coach
    Coach
  • Transfers
    Transfers
  • Hotel
    Hotel
  • Meals
    Meals
  • Guides
    Guides
  • Round-trip flights from JFK or Newark (EWR) to Dublin, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • All ground transportation and transfers
  • Accommodations in Tourist Class hotels
  • 7 Meals: Irish breakfast daily, plus 1 dinner
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Professional, English-speaking driver/guide
Optional
  • Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle
Highlights
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Explore the Ring of Kerry
  • Enjoy a Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney National Park
  • Marvel at the Cliffs of Moher
  • Discover Galway
Departs New York City (NYC); other gateways on request (flight schedule)
Themes History & CultureBucket List
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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A Taste of Ireland itinerary

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

Early Bird Discount: Save up to $300 per person if you book by Aug. 23, 2018!
Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
2018 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Your
Price
Departs: Mon, Aug. 6, 2018
Returns: Mon, Aug. 13, 2018
Aug 6 – Aug 13 $1999 Departed
Departs: Mon, Aug. 27, 2018
Returns: Mon, Sep. 3, 2018
Aug 27 – Sep 3 $2499 Closed
Departs: Mon, Sep. 17, 2018
Returns: Mon, Sep. 24, 2018
Sep 17 – Sep 24 $2199 Closed
Departs: Mon, Oct. 1, 2018
Returns: Mon, Oct. 8, 2018
Oct 1 – Oct 8 $2049 Closed
2019 DEPARTURES
Depart / Return Package Price Early
Bird
Early Bird
Good Thru
Your
Price
Departs: Mon, Apr. 1, 2019
Returns: Mon, Apr. 8, 2019
Book by Thu, Aug. 23, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 1 – Apr 8 $1999 –$300 Aug 23 $1699 Select
Departs: Mon, Apr. 22, 2019
Returns: Mon, Apr. 29, 2019
Book by Thu, Aug. 23, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Apr 22 – Apr 29 $1999 –$300 Aug 23 $1699 Select
Departs: Mon, May 13, 2019
Returns: Mon, May 20, 2019
Book by Thu, Aug. 23, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 13 – May 20 $2099 –$300 Aug 23 $1799 Select
Departs: Mon, May 27, 2019
Returns: Mon, Jun. 3, 2019
Book by Thu, Aug. 23, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
May 27 – Jun 3 $2199 –$300 Aug 23 $1899 Select
Departs: Mon, Jun. 17, 2019
Returns: Mon, Jun. 24, 2019
Book by Thu, Aug. 23, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jun 17 – Jun 24 $2199 –$300 Aug 23 $1899 Select
Departs: Mon, Jul. 1, 2019
Returns: Mon, Jul. 8, 2019
Book by Thu, Aug. 23, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jul 1 – Jul 8 $2249 –$300 Aug 23 $1949 Select
Departs: Mon, Jul. 15, 2019
Returns: Mon, Jul. 22, 2019
Book by Thu, Aug. 23, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Jul 15 – Jul 22 $2299 –$300 Aug 23 $1999 Select
Departs: Mon, Aug. 5, 2019
Returns: Mon, Aug. 12, 2019
Book by Thu, Aug. 23, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Aug 5 – Aug 12 $2049 –$300 Aug 23 $1749 Select
Departs: Mon, Aug. 26, 2019
Returns: Mon, Sep. 2, 2019
Book by Thu, Aug. 23, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Aug 26 – Sep 2 $2049 –$300 Aug 23 $1749 Select
Departs: Mon, Sep. 16, 2019
Returns: Mon, Sep. 23, 2019
Book by Thu, Aug. 23, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 16 – Sep 23 $1999 –$300 Aug 23 $1699 Select
Departs: Mon, Sep. 30, 2019
Returns: Mon, Oct. 7, 2019
Book by Thu, Aug. 23, 2018 (midnight ET) to get the current early bird discount!
Sep 30 – Oct 7 $1949 –$300 Aug 23 $1649 Select

If you want a few extra days to explore on your own, we may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates, including extra hotel nights and separate airport transfers, for an additional charge. Ask us about prices and availability when you reserve. More information Want to extend your trip?

Options & Fees

A Taste of Ireland
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$499
Optional Early Check-in1
Early Check-in
Double Occupancy
+$140
Early Check-in
Single Occupancy
+$280
Optional Excursions
Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle +$70

1. Regular check-in time is at 3pm.

So that we can offer you the best deals, our packages are, like most hotels and cruises, priced based on double occupancy rooms or cabins. We charge solo travelers an extra fee to cover the extra costs of single occupancy rooms or cabins. (Consider: if you booked a $200/night hotel room solo, you would pay the $200 yourself; but if a couple booked the same room, each one would pay only $100.) But you only pay extra for the rooms or cabins, nothing else, including meals, sightseeing, tips, etc.

Want to find a roommate and avoid single occupancy fees? We can help! Learn more
Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York City (NYC)1 included
Land Only (no flights)2 –$400

1. 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.

2. If selecting Land Only, arrival and departure transfers are included provided your flight details are provided in advance, or make your own arrangements to join the tour in Dublin on Day 2 and to depart from Dublin on or after Day 8.

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Want to fly from another city? We can arrange flights from most major cities. Ask us for a quote for flights from your preferred city when you reserve, and we'll get back to you with the price and availability within 3 business days. Of course, you can also book your own flights. More information

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. 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. 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.

Deposit
Deposit $1200

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA/Overnight Flight

  • Depart the USA on your overnight flight for Dublin

Day 2: Dublin

Accommodations: 1 night Ashling Hotel, Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham, O'Callaghan Mont Clare Hotel 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

Bridge over Liffey River, DublinFull Day Itinerary: Upon arrival in Dublin, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Most flights arrive early in the morning, but your hotel will allow you to safely store your luggage while you explore the city on your own. 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 Hotel Killarney or similar, Kerry. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the Blarney Stone
  • Time for shopping at Blarney Woolen Mills

Blarney CastleFull 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

Ring of Kerry Photo by Florian FuchsFull 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

Cliffs of Moher at sunsetFull 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.

BurrenLater 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, $70 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 & Dublin

Accommodations: 2 nights Academy Plaza HotelAshling HotelHotel Riu Plaza The Gresham, O'Callaghan Mont Clare Hotel,  or similar, Dublin. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Visit Galway for independent exploration or shopping

Galway CathedralFull 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 7: Dublin

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Full day at leisure

Full Day Itinerary: 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, 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 8: Dublin/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the USA.

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