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A Taste of Ireland

Beautiful & historic Dublin, the scenic Ring of Kerry, Killarney, the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, cultural Limerick & bohemian Galway

Overview

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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
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Group Size 29 travelers max
Themes History & CultureBucket List
Activity Level Recreational
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, Limerick and Galway. And you'll even get to kiss the Blarney Stone for good luck!

Package includes

  • Flights
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round-trip flights from JFK or Newark (EWR) to Dublin, including taxes & 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 add-ons

  • Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle

Why you'll love it

  • Kiss the Blarney Stone and gain the gift of eloquence.
  • Enjoy magnificent views of mountains, bogs and lakes as you pass through the Ring of Kerry.
  • Ride by pony and trap through scenic Killarney National Park, Ireland's first national park.
  • Gaze out over the mighty Cliffs of Moher for a magnificent view of the Aran Islands.
  • Tour the Burren, a historically rich region full of castles and monastic ruins.
  • Spend some free time at charming boutiques, delightful restaurants and bustling pubs in Galway.
  • Explore Dublin's highlights independently with an included hop-on, hop-off bus tour voucher.

Itinerary at a Glance

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices

Dates & Prices, with flights
per person, double occupancy*"Your Price" column already reflects discounts & Instant Savings
2020 DEPARTURES
Dates Price
Departs U.S.: Mon, Sep 14, 2020
Finishes: Mon, Sep 21, 2020
Sep 14 – Sep 21
$2099 Departed
Departs U.S.: Mon, Sep 28, 2020
Finishes: Mon, Oct 5, 2020
Sep 28 – Oct 5
$2099 Closed
Departs U.S.: Mon, Oct 12, 2020
Finishes: Mon, Oct 19, 2020
Oct 12 – Oct 19
$2099 Closed
Departs U.S.: Mon, Oct 19, 2020
Finishes: Mon, Oct 26, 2020
Oct 19 – Oct 26
$2099 Closed
Dates & Prices, tour only
per person, double occupancy*"Your Price" column already reflects discounts & Instant Savings
2020 DEPARTURES
Dates Price
Starts: Tue, Sep 15, 2020
Finishes: Mon, Sep 21, 2020
Sep 15 – Sep 21
$1699 Departed
Starts: Tue, Sep 29, 2020
Finishes: Mon, Oct 5, 2020
Sep 29 – Oct 5
$1699 Closed
Starts: Tue, Oct 13, 2020
Finishes: Mon, Oct 19, 2020
Oct 13 – Oct 19
$1699 Closed
Starts: Tue, Oct 20, 2020
Finishes: Mon, Oct 26, 2020
Oct 20 – Oct 26
$1699 Closed

Options & Fees

A Taste of Ireland
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Occupancy $599
Optional Excursions
Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle $75
Optional Early Check-in1
Early Check-in
Double Occupancy
$185
Early Check-in
Single Occupancy
$370

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. Why are single rooms more?

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York City (NYC)1

1. NYC departures will be from either JFK or EWR based upon availability.

This package includes round-trip flights from the city listed above.

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 (or after) 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

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA/Overnight Flight

  • Depart the USA on your overnight flight for Dublin

Day 2 Dublin

  • 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

Ashling Hotel, Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham, Academy Plaza Hotel or similar Dinner

Full Day Itinerary
Bridge over Liffey River, Dublin

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

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

Randles Hotel Killarney or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Blarney Castle Photo by Ryanhuntmuzik

Today, you will board your touring coach, depart Ireland's capital 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

  • Tour the Iveragh Peninsula
  • Enjoy a jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park

Randles Hotel Killarney or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Ring of Kerry Photo by Florian Fuchs

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

  • 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

George Hotel or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Cliffs of Moher at sunset

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, $75
Bunratty Castle

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

  • Visit Galway for independent exploration or shopping

Ashling Hotel, Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham, Academy Plaza Hotel or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
Galway Cathedral

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, who 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

  • Full day at leisure

Ashling Hotel, Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham, Academy Plaza Hotel or similar Breakfast

Full Day Itinerary
 Photo by Kacper Gunia

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

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

Breakfast

Hotels

Ashling Hotel
Ashling Hotel

The 4 star Ashling Hotel Dublin is an International Award Winning property located near Heuston Station, Dublin Zoo, Kilmainham Gaol, Collins Barracks and on the Luas red line. The hotel is also only a short stroll away from St. James’s Gate, making it the perfect choice for Guinness Storehouse Hotels.The property incorporates 225 beautifully appointed bedrooms, Chesterfields restaurant and the stylish Iveagh Bar. The combination of friendly, professional staff, spacious rooms and a warm, welcoming atmosphere make this your choice in Dublin.

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Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham
Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham
First Class

Located in the heart of Dublin, in a historic building close to places of interest like Trinity College and Temple Bar, the Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham is an ideal base for any exploration of the Irish capital. The hotel features a 24-hour fitness center.

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Academy Plaza Hotel
Academy Plaza Hotel
Tourist Class

The Academy Plaza Hotel is located in the center of historic Dublin. This modern seven-story hotel is just a short walk from shopping, Temple Bar, Trinity College, St. Stephen's Green, galleries and other famous city sights.

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Randles Hotel Killarney
Randles Hotel Killarney

With panoramic views of the Kerry Mountains, the Randles Hotel Killarney is ideally situated just a few minutes' walk from Killarney town center. Famous for its Irish hospitality, guests will enjoy the comfort and elegance of an era long since passed complemented by the most modern of facilities.For a bit of relaxation, a visit to the Zen Day Spa is an absolute must. Featuring Aurora Organic products, it is the ultimate spa experience. Visit the Club Slante Leisure Center for an invigorating dip in the pool or relax in the steam room or sauna.

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George Hotel
George Hotel

The George Hotel is conveniently located in Limerick city center, close to shopping and entertainment. The George Hotel boasts an eclectic mix of contemporary style and comfort in a premier central location.

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In the unlikely event that a particular hotel is not available, a similar or better hotel may be substituted.

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