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Best of Ireland

10 Days from $2,286 per person

Style: First Class | Pace: Comfortable

Learn why the Irish say, “if you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough,” on this journey through Connemara, the stronghold of the O'Donnell Clan, and to beautiful Adare.

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Overview

Learn why the Irish say, “if you're lucky enough to be Irish, you're lucky enough,” on this journey through Connemara, the stronghold of the O'Donnell Clan, and to beautiful Adare.

Travel to Europe often requires an overnight flight. Please arrange for flights to arrive on or before Day 1.

  1. Write your own lively tale of legends and iconic landscapes during this epic encounter with Ireland's treasures. On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8:30 am, 11 am and 1 pm. Guests arriving later should make their own way to the hotel. We begin our journey in the whimsical capital of Dublin, joining a Local Specialist to see the sights. Irish history takes center stage this evening as we visit Glasnevin Trust for an informative and poignant tour with a Local Specialist. Our visit will make a difference to its efforts to preserve Irish history, and we'll hear stories about some of the country's bravest characters and enjoy a Welcome Reception of drinks and canapés with our fellow travelers and Travel Director.

    meal(s):Welcome Reception
    hotel:Maldron Parnell Square/Clayton Ballsbridge
  2. Journey through the scenic countryside of County Wicklow, The Garden of Ireland, and on to New Ross—the ancestral hometown of John F. Kennedy. Dive into culture and gain insights into the plight of the starving Irish emigrants who boarded the Dunbrody Famine Ship to flee the potato famine. We continue to Waterford, where we'll stay overnight. This afternoon, we celebrate the centuries-old craft of flint glass creations, as we dive into culture at the House of Waterford Crystal and witness talented master craftsmen at work.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Fitzwilton/Marina
  3. Journey via the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh, and pursue the ‘gift of the gab' at Blarney Castle, where you'll have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Arrive in Killarney for a two-night stay.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
    hotel:Killarney Towers/Hotel Killarney
  4. Ireland's soul-stirring Ring of Kerry takes center stage today as we embark on a scenic drive past its mountains, lakes and lush green countryside—unquestionably one of the most scenic routes in Ireland. We'll see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and Black Valley, whose remoteness saw it become the last area in Ireland to receive electricity.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
  5. We continue through the windswept countryside, arriving in Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. On arrival in Limerick, where we'll enjoy views of St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and the 13th-century King John's Castle during an orientation tour. Delve into an Ireland of old, as you discover the day-to-day life of the Irish during the 18th and 19th centuries on your included visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park this afternoon.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Maldron/Greenhills
  6. We journey to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher, which plunge over 200 meters into the Atlantic waters below. Gain insights into the history of these imposing sheer cliffs during a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Later, we arrive in Galway with some time at leisure to see its beautiful stone Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
    hotel:Connacht
  7. Connemara's 'savage beauty' is yours to explore today as we tread in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde who described its “wild mountainous splendor” as magnificent. Admire the views on the scenic drive to Kylemore Abbey, now a Benedictine monastery, where we will embark on an included visit to the country's most romantic castle and walk through its exquisite Victorian Walled Garden.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Dinner
  8. Our journey takes us to Westport House where we'll connect with locals and indulge in a memorable Be My Guest late morning tea with tales of the Pirate Queen, and enjoy Banoffee and Baileys flavors in the Drawing Room of this stately 18th-century home. Heading north, we stop in the pilgrimage town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine where villagers witnessed an Apparition of Our Lady in 1879. We arrive in Sligo this evening, our home for the night.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel:Clayton
  9. Our journey continues south to Dublin. Here we'll enjoy some free time to take a walk down Grafton Street or stroll along the Liffey. This evening, we close the chapter on an epic journey through Ireland, joining our fellow travelers for a memorable Farewell Dinner.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
    hotel:Clayton Dublin Airport
  10. After a hearty Irish breakfast, we bid our Travel Director and fellow travelers a fond farewell as our Irish vacation comes to an end.  Return transfers will arrive at Dublin Airport at 7 am, 9 am and 11 am. Conditions apply.

    meal(s):Full Breakfast
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Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $97 per person

Airport transfers: On arrival at Dublin Airport transfers will operate at 8:30 am, 11 am and 1 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 am, 9 am and 11 am.

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  • Professional Travel Director Professional Travel Director
  • 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
  • Most Meals Most Meals
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment

Meal Summary

15 meals: 9 Full Breakfasts, 1 Cream Tea, 5 Dinners. 

Insider Experiences

Connect with Locals

  • Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest High Tea hosted in the Drawing Room of a stately 16th century home near the charming town of Westport

Dive into Culture

  • Explore the tragic history of Ireland's famine emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, a replica of one of the original famine ships used in the 1800s. Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Dublin

Make a Difference

  • Visit the Glasnevin Cemetery Museum in Dublin where an expert historian will reveal the cemetery's importance to Irish history and explain how your visit helps fund its preservation

Sightseeing Experiences

  • City tour in Dublin
  • Orientation of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway
  • Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, Famine Ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab,' Adare, Bunratty Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, mystical Connemara, Kylemore Abbey
  • View St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick
  • See the Cathedral of Galway
  • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry
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Reviews

Thursday, October 11, 2018
Barbara Bauer
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Service rating : Very easy to work with to arrange a trip. This was our 2nd experience with GET and would definitely book with them again.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your loyalty and for sharing your experience. We're happy to know we help to make planning your travels as easy as possible and that you had a wonderful time in Ireland. Can't wait to see where we can take you next!
Friday, October 12, 2018
Vacation : Wonderful trip. Met so many wonderful people.
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Janice
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Service rating : We saw hidden gems off the beaten path. Our guide was knowledgeable and entertaining. Our coach was comfortable and the driver amazingly skilled. The food and hotels were excellent.
Vacation : They took care of our luggage and had it at our hotel when we arrived. The best way to travel ever!
Sunday, September 30, 2018
Arden Reusink
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Service rating : The Tour Director, Jill McDonnell, is a consummate professional.She went above and beyond expectations. I would love having her as tour director any time.
Vacation : My son did the research and your purchase won. I think he did a good job.
Monday, September 24, 2018
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Service rating : The booking process was very well organized and our agent was very responsive to all our questions when booking and leading up to our trip! Would definitely recommend them and use them for future travel.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're so glad to hear that we were able to make your travel experience as hassle-free as possible. Thank you for sharing and for the recommendations! Excited to help you plan your next trip...
Monday, September 24, 2018
Vacation : Trip was awesome, far exceeded my expectations! I would highly recommend the “extra” activities, they were some of the most memorable events. It’s an up early, go all day trip but you will see and do wonderful things. If you are looking for a slower paced, relaxing trip, this is not the one to choose!
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Janice White
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Service rating : This is my second trip with GET and once again it was amazing!
Vacation : Saw the entire country and had a great time.
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Michael Hemmen
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Service rating : Excellent! Great guide with relevant information both from the past and the present. Loved going off the main route to the little family restaurants and pubs.
Vacation : Saw so much everyday with a little something or someone different. Our travel guide had a great wealth of knowledge and even better sense of humor!
Friday, August 31, 2018
Barbara Molinari
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Service rating : The tour was as advertised. We were taken to every site. The food was very good for the most part. In fact, the restaurants were very good. The optional tours were great, but they cost extra. There are negatives to this tour. Several of the hotels were not as good as we expected. Only one - Killarney Towers - had air conditioning, and it was very hot in Ireland. The windows at the hotels only opened a few inches. The beds were comfortable, but the duvets were packed with blankets - for the winter - so you could either sweat all night or sleep with no covers or top sheets at all. The plumbing was average at best, but many of the drains were clogged. The Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin and the Maldron Hotel in Limerick should definitely be eliminated. At best, they are 2 star hotels for their rooms. We were on the bus for too long every day. We had two very long commutes daily with only an hour or two break in between. The welcome dinner was in the cemetery. There was little interaction because only 4 people could sit at a table, and the food was not as good as one would expect. Also, the man who gave the cemetery tour was very long winded, spoke very fast, and spent a great deal of time talking about one person. Trafalgar doubled our tour with another group, so there were 48 people. It was a very large group.
Vacation : I would rate this 31/2 stars. The tour showed us everything they promised, but it had many negatives.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Diane Bugay
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Service rating : The tour director, Alan, did not understand the seriousness of gluten-free and lactose-free food. He did not call ahead, as I requested, to food venues and as a result I was seriously ill during the Waterford factory tour. I was in the bathroom with serious pain the whole time. However, when I realized that Alan did not care about my pain, I went to each chef and head of food for each place I ate. I found these people very helpful and when I took the matter on my own hands I was given a lot of gluten-free and lactose-free food. Everywhere I went, I could eat the food without pain if I took care of the matter myself.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are very sorry to hear about your troubles with the meals. We do state in our terms and conditions that we are unable to manage dietary restrictions, but we are happy you were able to work things out at the restaurants and have enjoyable meals. Thank you for taking the time to write.
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Vacation : I felt that I got a lot for my money.
Thursday, August 16, 2018
Wayne Shannon
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Service rating : Will recommend to my friends and family.
Vacation : Great value for the money.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Kathleen Bowen
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Service rating : Their information was timely and complete. Any questions by telephone were answered completely and cheerfully. The only incorrect information was that extra excursion needed to be paid in cash. In fact, the tour guide kept track of them and we could pay for the aggregate by credit card. We ended up with more euros than we needed.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Wow! Thank you! We're so glad to hear you had an amazing time in Ireland and that we could be there to help make your vacation that much more care-free.
Monday, July 16, 2018
Vacation : See review above under customer experience.
Thursday, July 5, 2018
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Service rating : The tour director, Sally and the driver, Michael were the top in their field. Sally was very knowledgeable. She shared her knowledge of the history of Ireland along with stories as Michael drove us safely from stop to stop. The narrow Irish roads were masterfully maneuvered throughout the trip. My one suggestion would be that the bus straddle the median markers when possible. The constant rumble from driving over the side and median markers makes for a loud, repetitiously irritating noise. I understand that some of the narrow roads with wide oncoming trucks and buses makes the Irish roads very treacherous. The rhythmic bump, bump, bump, however lead to a pounding headache for my husband. Overall, Michael's driving was superb!
Vacation : The added excursions increased the cost of the trip significantly. I was very disappointed with the shortened jaunty horse drawn cart ride through the park. I didn't understand if the park was so huge why the driver exited the park and drove us through a residential and business streets to return to the start. I would have liked to have seen more of the beautiful Killarney National Park. Also, the time riding the cart was not a full hour. While in the park the driver Gerard and the horse, Daisy, made the ride very entertaining.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
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Service rating : Tour guide and driver were very helpful. Allie was very knowledgeable and provided good educational info as well as great stories.
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Friday, June 29, 2018
Vacation : :Locations and hotels were okay, food good but not great.
Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Service rating : Tour was well planned and executed.
Vacation : Very well planned and executed..
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Joyce and Robert Spencer
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Service rating : They provided a super Tour director, Allie (Alicia Quezada) who covered all details with "no effort" (although we know it took a lot of planning and time to do so). She also balanced the longer bus rides with history, stories, photos, and was careful to point out many statues and buildings that we did not have a chance to visit.She knew the best spots to stop for photo-ops. She got the group going early to avoid the biggest "rush hours" of tourists in the popular spots on our tour. The bus driver, Keiran, was also fantastic. Polite, helpful, and an incredible driver on those narrow roads! Our bus was new, and it even had the ability to recharge our cell phones. The hotels were very comfortable, with hearty breakfasts each morning. The tour included a good balance of visits to important tourist places, experiences with Irish Culture, and shopping time! We had beautiful warm and SUNNY weather in the beginning of June!
Response from Grand European Travel:
How wonderful! We're beyond happy that you had the most amazing time on your Ireland vacation! The Tour Directors certainly know how to make a trip that much more incredible and to make sure you and your group have the best of times. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and wonderful photos. We're happy to have you as a part of our travel family!
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Vacation : The base price for the tour was fair. The optional tours were excellent.
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Christine Cernekee
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Service rating : Very organized. Showed us so much of Ireland in the short time we were there.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your experience, we're so glad to know you had a wonderful time on your Ireland vacation.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Vacation : Very well organized. Saw so much in the short time there. Your Director very knowledgeable. Great personality.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : A beautiful, well-planned trip. A little disappointed in the tour guide as he was short and a little rude at times, but he did know Ireland.
Vacation : Well worth the money. Good hotels and local experts.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Timothy Coady
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Service rating : Our travel guide was a little condescending and not very personable. He was very knowledgeable and organized, and I feel like I learned a lot, but I do not feel as though he went "above and beyond" in any meaningful way.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We're sorry to hear about that. We know the Travel Director can make or break a tour and we apologize that this one somehow missed the mark.
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Vacation : An excellent tour overall. I would take a look at the quality of the hotels. Maybe that's just getting what we paid for, though!
Monday, June 4, 2018
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Our travel director Daren Xavier Blake was excellent. The Trafalgar coach drive Mike was a good driver and very professional.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for sharing! Ireland is an amazing vacation destination and we're so happy you enjoyed your trip!
Monday, June 4, 2018
Vacation : We liked everything about the tip!
Sunday, June 3, 2018
Shreedhar Shetty
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Service rating : Yes I would recomond and travel with them again.Tour at Ireland conducted excelantly.
Vacation : For the prize this is abest tour.
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Suzanne Stout
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Service rating : We saw so many beautiful places. Our trip was very organized, the food was delicious, and the bus was comfortable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thanks for sharing about your Ireland vacation! So glad to hear you had a wonderful trip. Our team will be happy to know your travels were comfortable and delicious. 
Friday, June 1, 2018
Vacation : Great trip at a reasonable price.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Michapel was knowledgeable, fun and spontaneous!
Vacation : Hotels were great; GET searched for best airline prices.
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Gail Mehalski
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Service rating : Tour Director Michael was excellent! Knew everything about all areas of Ireland and took us on several places along the way that enhanced the itinerary. Bus driver Pat also excelled at his job. Itinerary was fantastic and will go again with GET. This was our second trip in the past 18 maths.
Vacation : Fantastic value. Hotels and meals beyond expectations.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Randolph Edmundson
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Service rating : This is our second booking through them and the tours have been great. The tour directors have been entertaining and offered great insight into the places and people we were visiting. No need to look elsewhere.
Vacation : Beautiful country made even better by Mike and Darius the driver
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Doris Arnold
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Service rating : From day one of our plans were treated as special and always instant replies to our questions. Every detail was given in layman’s wording. Our trip was absolutely fabulous. Thank you!
Vacation : We were astonished at the thoroughness of entire trip. Definitely worth every cent. Nothing left out and the cost was below our thinking.
Monday, May 14, 2018
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Service rating : All aspects of our vacation were well planned making for a worry free, enjoyable, entertaining learning experience.
Vacation : This Best of Ireland was a very good value for all that we got to see and do.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
John O'Neill
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Service rating : I would absolutely recommend GET to anyone planning a vacation tour. The tour director along with being knowledgeable about every stop along the way made the entire trip seamless. Each hotel Check-in was easy with the bags waiting in your room.
Vacation : The cost of the trip was a great value,I couldn’t have imagined we would have as nice a trip for the cost.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
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Service rating : Very knowledgeble - I enjoyed the times that the Travel Director took to relate historical events and happenings. Food and lodging were wonderful.
Vacation : Tour package was well described.
Sunday, May 6, 2018
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Your tour director Valerie was wonderful as was your bus driver. My roommate was very incompatible and made the trip rather difficult. I had not expected this type of roommate. Had I been aware that I would be matched with someone her age and temperament I would have paid for a private room.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are sorry to hear that your roommate was not the best fit, but thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Monday, May 7, 2018
Vacation : For the price we seen a lot but the pace was fast and with 48 people crammed onto one bus was too much it was crowded.
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : On a short notice, Michelle put together an amazing carefree trip to Ireland. From beginning to end our flight all flight connections taken care of, In Ireland Trafalgar tour meet our flight and shuttled us to the hotel. Tour Director Peter Flood was captivating with his knowledge and stories, and driver, Mike was very skillful, pleasant and helped with the luggage.
Vacation : The Customer Service in the shops we visited were friendly and willing to help. So nice to visit a country that sells their own products and not made in China. Also nice to visit a country where people are friendly.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
James Burke
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Service rating : Great tour director and driver. Tour director was very knowledgeable and had a fine sense of humor. All of the hotels were very nice, but it would have been nice to be more centrally located in the towns. The provided dinner meals were very good. The driving time between stops was never very long. Over all, we thoroughly enjoyed the tour.
Vacation : The trip was moderate in cost for what we received.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
James Lupton Jr
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Service rating : Schedule was consistent and well planned. Accommodations were very good and meals excellent. Points of interest were well coordinated and provided a good overview of Ireland's history and culture.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. Ireland is a wonderful destination and we are glad you enjoyed your tour and learnt about the country's culture.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Vacation : I didn't purchase very much but greatly tempted especially with the glass, wool and porcelain offerings.
Sunday, October 22, 2017
Trusted Customer
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Service rating : Very responsive and helpful with advice regarding air travel and tour choice.
Vacation : Well-organized, local Tour Director was outstanding; we learned so much!
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Gary Tierney
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Service rating : Flawless service. Could not have been better.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for your review. We're delighted to hear you enjoyed your trip to Ireland and that you received excellent service from our staff. We look forward to seeing you on another tour again soon!
Friday, October 20, 2017
Vacation : Great value. Will use GE Tours again.
Sunday, October 15, 2017
Karen Haynes
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Service rating : The travel specialists are of great help helping me set up my trips through GET.....answering questions or getting back to me with info needed. The trips have been fun and informative.
Vacation : I have taken 6 trips now through GET.....to England, London & Paris, Italy, Spain, Scotland, & now Ireland. All the trips have been fun & informative, but since you have to hit so many locations in so limited a time you can feel a bit rushed. You wish you could stay at certain places a bit longer.
Monday, October 2, 2017
Judith Smith
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Service rating : Helpful and thorough staff with good communication and follow-up.
Vacation : Our very excellent tour director and driver provided an awesome experience. We learned so much about Ireland and thoroughly enjoyed the itinerary offered. Everything was well organized and flowed with no problem. Thank you Michael and Darrius!
Monday, October 2, 2017
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Service rating : My questions were answered promptly and efficiently. I would recommend this company to others and hope to book another tour with them again.
Vacation : Excellent tour guide and bus driver. Fun group of passengers. Awesome learning about and seeing Ireland.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
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Service rating : Everything was very well organized. Our only complaint was the rooms had no fans available.
Vacation : I don't care to shop as much but there were too many stops to shop but then the trade is what they count on.
Sunday, September 24, 2017
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Service rating : Very good itinerary. Very nice hotels except some were not well located.
Vacation : Good itinerary, nice hotels, too many optionals. I would prefer to have more included excursions..
Monday, September 18, 2017
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Service rating : Information about trip was explained well. Documents arrived on time.
Vacation : Trip was great and saw a lot of Ireland. Wish we could have had a bit more down time, as we came home exhausted. Our tour director was also great, and we enjoyed his knowledge of Ireland and his Irish jokes.
Sunday, September 3, 2017
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Service rating : Our guide and our driver were so knowledgeable, professional and downright fun. They made our trip to this beautiful country that much more enjoyable. I cannot wait for our next visit!
Vacation : This tour was a great way to plan our vacation to Ireland. While some in our family have visited parts of Ireland in the past, this experience was greatly enjoyed by all.
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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 24 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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Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Waterford

Irish Folk Fun

Adult Price: €27.00

During this evening of entertainment, you'll get the chance to experience Irish hospitality in the best folk tradition. Enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.

Explore Waterford's Viking History

Adult Price: €17.00

Join us in Waterford, where the history dates back as far as the Vikings. Your Local Specialist will bring the historic area to life through stories and anecdotes; one guest even described the trip as the "best history lesson ever".

Killarney

Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

Adult Price: €21.00

Enjoy a traditional pony and trap ride through the beautiful Bourn-Vincent National Park. During your journey, your Local Specialist will share fascinating anecdotes about the area and Ireland.

Visit Muckross House and its Gardens

Adult Price: €21.00

Come with us to Muckross House and its beautiful gardens. With a backdrop of oak-clad mountains, enjoy taking in the towering azaleas and rhododendrons as you meander along the shores of the lakes. The 18th century house contains some wonderful examples of furniture and paintings, including a portrait of King James VI, for whom Shakespeare wrote Macbeth.

Irish Folk Theater and Dinner

Adult Price: €69.00

Join us as we embrace the folklore and spirit of old Ireland’s life and times, when even the most everyday chore would be celebrated. Siamsa Tire players will cast a charm you'll remember forever.Beforehand, enjoy a hearty Irish meal in a local restaurant. This experience will be offered for those trips that stay at Tralee.

Gaelic Roots

Adult Price: €33.00

A tour de force of traditional Irish song, music and dance, Gaelic roots showcases Ireland at its best. Using traditional instruments, Irish dance and time-honoured folk songs, this energetic show will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.

Limerick

Irish Ceilidh Evening

Adult Price: €64.00

Come along and experience the craic at a special ceilidh evening. Enjoy a drink and some local specialities, watch some traditional Irish dancing, and sing along to some familiar Irish melodies.

Galway

Galway Castle Banquet

Adult Price: €67.00

Join us on a drive to Galway Castle where you'll begin your evening of medieval entertainment. This will be accompanied by a delicious dinner where wine will flow, and you’ll be treated to songs and the marvellous Irish art of story-telling.

City of the Tribes Walk and Dinner

Adult Price: €49.00

Join us on a stroll in the centre of the bustling medieval port of Galway. Then, we'll meet our local specialist who will enthral us with stories as we meander through the streets while taking in the main historical sights. Enjoy a hearty three-course meal with a choice of classic traditional Irish dishes. One drink will be included.

Trad on the Prom

Adult Price: €37.00

The best in Irish dancing from the most-awarded performers in Ireland. Combined with some of Ireland's best musical talent, this show is truly "can’t miss".

Sligo

Luxurious River Shannon Cruise

Adult Price: €30.00

The longest river in the British Isles, the River Shannon is immortalized in songs and legends. Come with us for a cruise on this majestic river, through the beautiful rolling countryside of counties Leitrim and Roscommon. You’ll also enjoy refreshments on the luxurious Moon River Pleasure Cruiser.

Scenic Drive And Dinner

Adult Price: €45.00

This evening you’ll discover the beauty of the land, as we take a scenic drive off the beaten track. Later, enjoy dinner in a local restaurant with a choice of drink included.

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  • 30 Day Refund Guarantee

    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.

  • Add air to your reservation

    Let our Air Specialists handle your air reservations. We have direct access to the most current airfare routes and prices, so you’ll get the best value available when we book your flights. We never charge a booking fee and you’ll enjoy the flexibility to pay for air 60-90 days prior to departure.

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