Amazing Ireland

Temple Bar, Dublin
15 Days from $2,475 per person

Enjoy a leisurely exploration of Ireland, from the medieval city of Waterford in the south to the northern mythical land of Finn MacCool, the giant whose ‘causeway' enjoys World Heritage Site status. 

Dance your way through the cities of Belfast and Dublin, learn about Ireland's traditional Smithwick's beer, and explore the country's most famous food market serving Cork since 1788.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Dublin. Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin. Later, meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception aboard a canal boat and cruise along Dublin's 200-year-old Grand Canal.
    hotel:Ballsbridge/Rochestown Park
  3. This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist including views of Trinity College, the grand Georgian Squares and Phoenix Park. Spend the rest of the day as you please. Why not explore Temple Bar or Grafton Street, famous for its street performers? This evening consider joining an Optional Experience to an Irish cabaret.
  4. Head north to the bustling city of Belfast in Northern Ireland. See Queen's University, City Hall and the Titanic Quarter on your included sightseeing tour with a Local Specialist. Later visit the Titanic Belfast Visitor Center for a Cultural Insight into the world's most famous ship which was built in this city. Dine tonight at your hotel.
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  5. This morning visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Giant's Causeway. View the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns located on the dramatic and beautiful coastline. Enjoy a free afternoon in Belfast.
  6. Travel across Northern Ireland to Londonderry. Walk along the 17th century city walls with your insightful Local Specialist and see the street murals of the Bogside. Known as the People's Gallery, these murals depict the history of the ‘troubles'. Later arrive in County Donegal where you dine tonight at your hotel.
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  7. Explore the town of Donegal located at the mouth of the River Eske and Donegal Bay. See the castle which was once the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan. During your free time explore the center of town, known as ‘The Diamond', famous for music, poetry and cultural gatherings.
  8. Travel south and stop in Belleek where you will enjoy a Cultural Insight into Irish handcraft. Watch local craftsmen create its famous pottery before stopping to view the impressive Marian Shrine at the pilgrimage town of Knock. Finally continue your journey to Galway. Enjoy some free time to see the Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square. Dine tonight at your hotel.
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  9. Take in the beauty of rugged Connemara with its loughs and mountainous landscape. The region was captured in the film ‘The Quiet Man' with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Later arrive at Kylemore Abbey, where you will visit the restored rooms and walk through the Victorian Walled Garden.
  10. Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and see the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Travel through County Clare along a scenic coastal route before arriving at your hotel in Killarney. This evening, why not take in the ‘craic' at a traditional Irish ceilidh?
  11. This morning enjoy a scenic drive along Ireland's most dramatic coastline, the Ring of Kerry. Stop at Moll's Gap and take a moment to view the marvelous natural scenery. This evening is at leisure.
  12. Today visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous stone that will bestow the 'gift of the gab'. Travel to the city of Cork and enjoy some free time to explore the English market which is Ireland's most famous food market serving Cork since 1788. Later arrive in Waterford for a two-night stay.
  13. Travel through County Wexford this morning to visit the John F. Kennedy Arboretum. Dedicated to the memory of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, President of the United States from 1960 to 1963, the Arboretum is a plant collection of international standing. See the beautiful lake and plants and the exhibition in the Visitor Center. Later visit the three-masted Famine Ship Dunbrody and gain a Cultural Insight into the tragic plight of Irish emigration during the 1800s. Return this afternoon to Waterford.
  14. After a leisurely start visit the House of Waterford Crystal and enjoy a Cultural Insight demonstration watching skilled craftsmen produce wonderful decorative objects. Travel to the quaint town of Kilkenny where you will visit the Smithwick's Experience. Gain a Cultural Insight into the medieval origins of brewing and the history of Smithwick's, Ireland's oldest beer brand. Later enjoy a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner at Glenealy Farm with your fellow travelers and Travel Director.
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    hotel:Roganstown Hotel and Country Club
  15. Bid a fond farewell to your fellow travelers at the end of this wonderful Irish experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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We promise you’ll enjoy a stress-free travel experience from the minute you start your vacation planning or we’ll refund your deposit. Make your reservation with a $350 deposit. If you change your mind for any reason within 30 days of booking, we’ll offer you a full refund.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • VIP Access VIP Access
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Personal Flight Options Personal Flight Options
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  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

13 nights, 13 full breakfasts, 5 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Traditional Irish fare with an Italian twist is served up at Glenealy Farmhouse near Dublin with the charming Fulvio family on hand to share their story

Cultural Insight

  • Discover the full story of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast visitor attraction and monument in Belfast. See traditional craftsmen at work at the Belleek Pottery Visitor Center, one of the oldest working potteries in the world, and the House of Waterford Crystal. And visit Smithwick's, Kilkenny's medieval brewery, to learn about the origins and brewing of Ireland's oldest beer brand

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Dublin, Belfast, Londonderry
  • Orientation of Donegal, Galway, Cork, Waterford
  • Visit the Titanic Belfast, Giant's Causeway, Belleek pottery, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, the English market in Cork, the John F. Kennedy Arboretum and the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross, Waterford Crystal
  • View Trinity College, the Georgian Squares and Phoenix Park in Dublin, the Antrim Coast, W.B. Yeats grave at Drumcliff, the Marian Shrine in Knock
  • See City Hall in Belfast, the Cathedral of Galway
  • Enjoy a scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry
Definite Departure
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21 Apr 17 5 May 17 $2,750$2,475pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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30 Jun 17 14 Jul 17 $2,775$2,498pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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25 Aug 17 8 Sep 17 $2,795$2,516pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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1 Sep 17 15 Sep 17 checkmark $2,795$2,516pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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29 Sep 17 13 Oct 17 $2,750$2,475pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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Price is per person and is based on two people sharing a twin bedded room. Single rooms are available at a supplement.

Single Room Supplement: from $590 p.p.

Triple Discount: $20 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $100 per person.

Airport transfers: On arrival to Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8:30 am, 11:00 am and 1:00 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. Return transfers on the last travel day will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7:00 am, 9:00 am and 11:00 am.

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  • U.S. citizens traveling to Ireland must have a current passport that is valid for six months beyond the conclusion of their trip. You can find information on how to apply for a passport here, and how to renew a passport here. No visa is required for U.S. citizens entering Ireland.

  • The currency in the republic of Ireland is the Euro (€) and in Northern Ireland is the Pound (£). While it’s a good idea to bring some money with you, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate when you arrive at your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks in Ireland. We recommend you also bring a valid credit card for purchases while you are traveling.  It is important that you inform your financial institutions of your travel plans before you leave home so they don’t flag your purchases as potentially fraudulent charges.

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of traveling is sampling the local cuisine.  Culinary experiences to try include a full Irish breakfast, a visit to a chip shop, and hearty lunch at a good local pub.  And be sure to sample Irish national specialties including Irish stew, coddle, potato bread, corned beef and whiskey cake.

    Ireland is famous for its stout and beer, the most famous being Guinness. Other popular brands include Murphy’s Irish Stout, Beamish, and Kilkenny beer. Whiskey is also renowned with the most famous distilleries being the Old Midleton Distillery in Cork, the Old Jameson Distillery in Dublin, and the Bushmills Distillery in Antrim.

  • The weather in Ireland is mild, moist, and quickly changeable. We suggest packing a variety of lightweight clothing items that can be layered to save space in your suitcase and give you more options for how to dress. Important items to bring include sturdy walking shoes and a waterproof jacket with a hood. For more helpful information please refer to our Packing Tips & Packing List.

  • Tipping in Ireland is less common than in the U.S. When dining in a restaurant, it’s appropriate, although not required, to leave a tip of up to 5-10 percent.  Leave your gratuity on the table rather than adding it to your credit card receipt to ensure that your waiter receives it.

    At the end of your guided vacation, it’s customary to offer your motor coach driver and Travel Director a gratuity. We recommend €3.00 per person/per day for your driver and €5.00 per person/per day for your Travel Director.  Recommended gratuity for a Local Host and Local Specialist is 1-2 euros per person, paid at the conclusion of each guided visit.  A convenient option is to prepay your tips before your departure.

  • Baggage on our trips is restricted to one large suitcase per person with dimensions not exceeding 30x19x10 inches and a maximum weight of 50 pounds. You are also permitted one piece of hand luggage, which should be small enough to fit under your coach seat or on the small overhead shelf compartment. Please note that luggage with an adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartment of the coach. Hotel porterage is included in your vacation.

  • You will need to be comfortable on your feet, walking and standing for up to three hours in various weather conditions.  All of our vacations involve walking, often on cobblestone and uneven surfaces in historic city centers.  In order to get the most out of your vacation you need to be able to comfortably walk 1-3 miles unassisted in one day, be in good condition and be able to keep pace with the group. 

    If you need any medications, it is important that you bring enough to last you the whole trip and keep them in your carry-on bag while you travel.

  • We highly recommend our optional Travel Protection Plan, which allows you to cancel for any reason up to 48 hours before departure. The plan also includes trip interruption, baggage loss or delay, and medical and emergency assistance. Click here for a summary of coverage details, terms and conditions.


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