This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.
This tour is conducted at a medium-fast pace. Some long travel days may be required to complete this itinerary and you will typically spend two nights at each destination, with some one night stays required. This trip includes a mix of sightseeing and free time to explore at your own pace. You will be required to move about unassisted, including getting on and off vehicles, walking up and down stairs and some activities will be conducted on uneven or steep terrain. You will be required to handle your own luggage.
Group Tour - Classic
These tours allow you to experience the destination at unsurpassed value. You'll travel with between 40-50 other guests depending on your selected tour*. Enjoy features such as a wide range of included sightseeing, comfortable accommodation and a range of optional activities to choose from to best suit your travel style.
*Note: group size may exceed this. Please refer to the important information section of the Fine Print to view maximum group size for your selected tour.
✓ Incredible sightseeing including Dublin, Giant’s Causeway, Belfast, Ring of Kerry, Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Galway and more
✓ Join a sheepdog demonstration, take a lake cruise with scones and Irish coffee and visit the famous Titanic Belfast Experience
✓ 11 nights in selected 3 and 4-star hotels
✓ Irish Breakfast daily and 3 dinners
✓ Fully escorted by an expert, English-speaking tour guide
✓ Comfortable, dedicated private transportation throughout
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Day 1 Dublin
Welcome to Ireland! Upon arrival, make your own way to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, and you are encouraged to explore the city from your centrally located accommodation.
Check in: Passengers will be arriving at various times throughout the day. If arriving prior to standard check-in time, which is generally 3pm local time, you are welcome to leave your luggage with hotel reception and explore your surroundings until check-in becomes available, as there are generally no scheduled activities on Day 1 of the itinerary. The hotel may grant early check-in, however this is strictly subject to availability and at the hotel’s discretion.
Tonight, enjoy dinner at your hotel.
Riu Gresham Plaza or Similar
Day 2 Dublin Derry
Meet your driver and English speaking tour guide today and depart for County Derry. Along the way stop at Ulster American Folk Park open-air museum and learn about Irish emigration. Board a full-scale emigrant sailing ship, wander bustling streets and farmhouses and understand how Irish migrants created new lives in a new land.
Continue to Derry City and join a walking tour on arrival. Gaze upon majestic cathedrals and churches in Ireland’s only remaining fully walled city. Explore famous attractions, some of which include The Bogside, the Tower Museum and the Guildhall, before enjoying the evening at your leisure.
Everglades Hotel or Similar
Day 3 Derry Giant’s Causeway Belfast
After breakfast, travel the Antrim coast to Belfast. Visit Giant’s Causeway during your trip, a fascinating collection of basalt columns formed over 60 million years ago as a result of volcanic eruption. Legend tells another story that we invite you to find out.
Enjoy a guided tour of Belfast City on arrival, taking in the leaning Memorial Clock Tower, Opera House and original shipyard where the Titanic was built, among other highlights. Learn about life’s challenges during ‘The Troubles’ as you visit the Shankill & Falls roads before ending the day at leisure.
Hampton By Hilton or Similar
Day 4 Belfast Dublin
Visit the famous Titanic Belfast Experience today, previously awarded the World’s Leading Tourism Attraction. Trace the steps of the ill-fated Titanic, with highlights including the slipways where it was launched, as well as the Ocean Exploration Centre inviting you to the bottom of the sea.
Board your comfortable bus back to Dublin, and enjoy a panoramic city tour. Admire several monuments including the General Post Office, and visit Europe’s largest public park. From there, move to the city’s southern side to appreciate grand Georgian squares, the famous Trinity College, Dublin Castle and two Anglican Cathedrals.
Riu Gresham Plaza or Similar
Day 5 Dublin
You have the full day to explore Dublin’s rich history today, sample delicious food and simply relax. We recommend a trip to Jameson Distillery or the Irish Whiskey Museum with their interactive displays and Whiskey sampling opportunities.
Enjoy a hearty dinner at your hotel this evening.
Riu Gresham Plaza or Similar
Day 6 Dublin Blarney County Kerry
Depart for County Kerry after breakfast today. Visit Blarney Castle along the way, where you have the unique opportunity to kiss the legendary Stone of Eloquence, rewarding you with the “gift of the gab.” It is said that you will never again be lost for words!
Indulge in some shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills, famously shielding the population from the worst effects of the famine. Today it also ranks amongst Ireland’s largest quality craft shops. Spend the evening in Kerry at your leisure.
Randles Court or Similar
Day 7 Ring of Kerry
Tour the Iveragh Peninsula today, and more prominently the Ring of Kerry, home to majestic mountains, bogs, lakes and incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean. Be inspired by panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Bay before arriving at the sea town of Waterville. Be sure not to miss the coloured houses at Sneem Village before returning to Killarney. You will also stop at a local farm for a sheepdog demonstration. Learn all about the farmer’s tools and witness sheep herding in motion.
OPTIONAL TOUR - JAUNTING CAR RIDE IN KILLARNEY NATIONAL PARK
Enjoy transportation of a different kind! A pony and trap (also known as a Jaunting Car) helps you discover areas of Killarney National Park that you might not otherwise visit.
Randles Court or Similar
Day 8 Kerry Burren Cliffs of Moher Limerick
You may look forward to a boat ride today across the River Shannon, before disembarking on Clare’s shore at Killimer. Continue to the Cliffs of Moher, arguably the most scenic cliffs in Ireland, which rise from the Atlantic Ocean and extend for over 7 km. Spot the Aran Islands and Connemara Mountains, weather permitting. From here, participate in a tour of the Burren Region, a limestone plateau in Northern Clare.
OPTIONAL TOUR - MEDIEVAL BANQUET AT BUNRATTY CASTLE
Bunratty Castle was built in the 15th century by the Earl of Thomond and stands on the banks of the Raite River in County Clare. The Earl was known for his generosity and his lavish entertainment and banquets. The entertainment today is provided by the superb Bunratty Singers & is a fitting compliment to the lively mead reception, a four-course meal and of course good wine.
George Hotel or Similar
Day 9 Limerick Galway
Continue on to Galway this morning, an artist’s haven. See Galway Cathedral, an imposing building that ranks among the largest in Galway. Next board a cruise along Lough Corrib, providing spectacular views of nature and monuments alike. This truly is one of the most impressive waterways and a must-see for any visitor.
Enjoy a hearty dinner at your hotel to round off the day.
Clayton Hotel or Similar
Day 10 Galway Connemara Galway
Even more stunning scenery awaits as you travel the incredible Connemara Region. Marvel at the famous miniature Cathedral at Kylemore Abbey - home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns since 1920 - before visiting a traditional Irish drum maker. Learn more about the manufacturing process of Ireland’s oldest instruments in a former Franciscan monastery, then spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Clayton Hotel or Similar
Day 11 Galway Dublin
Return to Dublin today, where you will visit EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. This is a highly interactive experience unlike anything you have done before, and a fantastic way to understand this nation. Immerse yourself in some of the greatest achievements across various disciplines, and learn all about what it means to be Irish. Your last evening is at your leisure.
OPTIONAL TOUR - EVENING ENTERTAINMENT AT TAYLOR’S THREE ROCK
Visit this lively pub in Rathfarnham for an excellent night of music and dance.
Riu Gresham Plaza or Similar
Day 12 Dublin
Today marks the end of your magnificent and unforgettable tour through Ireland. We hope you have thoroughly enjoyed your inspiring trip. At the appropriate time please make your way to the airport for your onward journey.
Tour itinerary - 12 DAY WONDERS OF IRELAND
11 nights in selected 3 and 4-star hotels
Comfortable, dedicated private coach transportation throughout
Incredible sightseeing including visits to Ulster American Folk Park, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher, Galway Cathedral, Kylemore Abbey, Roundstone Music & Crafts, and EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Guided tours of Derry City Walls, Belfast, Dublin, Ring of Kerry and the Burren Region
Boat ride across the mouth of the River Shannon
Sheepdog demonstration in Kerry
Lough Corrib cruise with scones and Irish coffee
11 breakfasts and 3 dinners, as per itinerary
Fully escorted English-speaking tour guide throughout
All entrance fees to sites listed (except optional activities)
All activities listed in the itinerary unless a paid optional
Porterage x 1 piece of luggage per person in and out of hotels
En route to Derry - Ulster American Folk Park, an outdoor museum of emigration which tells the story of millions of people who left Irish shores
Derry City - Ireland’s only remaining completely walled city
En route to Belfast - Visit Giant’s Causeway and marvel at uniquely shaped basalt columns dating back 60 million years when red-hot lava erupted onto the surface of the earth and was cooled by the sea
Belfast - Spend time at renowned Titanic Belfast, recreating the story of the world’s most famous liner
Blarney - Find the legendary Stone of Eloquence at Blarney Castle
Kerry - Visit a local farm for a detailed sheepdog demonstration
En route to Limerick - Travel along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher, the most majestic cliffs in Ireland
Galway - Enjoy a cruise along Lough Corrib with unsurpassed views, including scones and an Irish coffee
Connemara - Visit Kylemore Abbey and see its most famous feature the miniature Cathedral
Dublin - Visit EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, a state-of-the-art interactive experience located in the original departure point for many of Ireland’s emigrants
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As a general rule, porterage is not included, therefore at all times you are expected to handle your own luggage where help may not be available.
This particular tour is categorised as a”3”
3 – Moderate Tour: A good level of fitness and mobility is required, as this tour includes a moderate level of physical activity and is considered a medium-fast paced tour. You should be able to walk up and down stairs, get on and off the coach and able to walk reasonable distances of approximately 2 kilometres per day or more with ease. Any physical ailments you may have must be disclosed at the time of booking to determine your suitability. If you have any form of walking aids, other than a walking stick or hiking poles, then this tour is not suitable.
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Accommodation The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences, however, any changes are beyond our control.
Single Supplement Single supplement is $937.00 per person, in addition to the twin-share price.
Triple Share Not available.
Tour Length The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land.
Travel Insurance Travel insurance is recommended to protect yourself against the unexpected. In addition to the support that a policy may provide, you may be asked to present a copy of your travel insurance documentation while traveling.
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Tour Documentation Final documentation including e-tickets and hotel details will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.
Group Size 2-29 people
Children Children must be 5 years old or above and share a room with parents at all times. Children are charged the same price as adults.
Tour Style To meet the needs of various types of travelers, we choose to operate various types of tours, and depending on your selected package will mean different services are provided throughout your trip. The following descriptions of each tour style we hope will ensure that each traveller has appropriate expectations before they start their travels:
Fully Escorted - This tour is fully escorted by an expert English-speaking guide who will accompany you throughout the tour.
To enhance your journey, we are offering guests a choice of the following optional activities (prices are per person):
Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney National Park (Day 7) - $17 per person
Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle (Day 8) - $92 per person
Evening Entertainment at Taylor’s Three Rock (Day 11) - $92 per person
Optional tours can be selected once you have finalised your tour purchase and paid your deposit. When completing your Passenger Booking Form, you will be asked if you would like to add Optional Tours, where any applicable cost will be added to your final balance. If you choose not to select them at this time, you can choose to add them later by logging in to your Account online.
Please note that you must select your Optional Tours no later than 70 days before departure, after which you will be required to purchase them on tour. Please keep in mind that anything purchased on-tour is subject to availability and prices may vary as you will be paying in local currency. We appreciate your understanding.