1-877-622-9109

Call Toll Free for Questions 

and Reservations

Save 5% + AARP Members Save $200 on Airfare to Europe – Ends April 27

Irish Experience

Cliffs of Moher
12 Days from $2,085 per person

With a spring in your step and a little Irish zest for life, this journey traversing north and south will introduce you to such natural wonders as Giant's Causeway and the Cliffs of Moher. 

Learn all about Belfast's tumultuous history from a local Cabbie, visit Ireland's most romantic castle, Kylemore Abbey, and travel through the lush Garden of Ireland, County Wicklow.

Operated By:
Tour Pace: Comfortable
Need help? call toll free 1-877-622-9109or
Request a Quote
  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin. Meet your Travel Director and fellow travelers this afternoon and view Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park and the stately Georgian Squares with your Local Specialist. This evening visit Glasnevin Trust for an informative and poignant tour with a Local Specialist where you will hear stories about some of the brave characters from recent Irish history. Enjoy a Welcome Reception of drinks and canapés and get to know your fellow travelers.
    meal(s):WR
    hotel:Mespil
  3. Head northwards to Northern Ireland and the bustling city of Belfast. Meet your Local Specialist 'Cabbie' for a trip through the city's living history in a Black Cab.
    meal(s):FB
    hotel:Park Inn
  4. This morning, visit the birthplace of the Titanic at the Titanic Belfast Visitor Center for a Cultural Insight into the world's most famous ship. Then continue your journey along the beautiful Antrim coast road past scenic glens and rugged beaches. Visit the Giant's Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and one of the most iconic natural wonders in the United Kingdom.
    meal(s):FB
    hotel:Everglades
  5. Walk along the 17th century city walls with your Local Specialist and see the street murals of the Bogside. Known as the People's Gallery, the murals depict the history of the ‘troubles'. The afternoon is free to explore on your own. Consider joining an Optional Experience to the beautiful Inishowen Peninsula. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):FB, D
  6. Travel south through lush countryside to visit the Belleek Pottery visitor center for a Cultural Insight demonstration to see the craftsmen at work. Arrive later in Galway where you have free time to view the Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square. Dine tonight at your hotel.
    meal(s):FB, D
    hotel:Maldron
  7. 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, visit the country's most romantic castle and walk through the Victorian Walled Garden.
    meal(s):FB
  8. Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and see the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Enjoy a unique Be My Guest lunch located on the world famous Wild Atlantic Way. Our local friends will take you foraging for plants and seaweed before serving a delicious lunch made from local produce. Enjoy spectacular views of the dramatic coastline before boarding a ferry to cross the tranquil River Shannon estuary. Travel through beautiful Co. Kerry to your hotel in Killarney. This evening, why not take an excursion to enjoy the 'craic' at a traditional Irish ceilidh?

    meal(s):FB, BG
    hotel:Killarney Towers
  9. Today we experience Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographer's delight. On your journey we will see Killorglin set on Dingle Bay, which was the location for the film, Ryan's Daughter. We will also see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap. Here mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words.
    meal(s):FB, D
  10. Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous Blarney Stone to attain the ‘gift of the gab'. Pass Youghal en route to Waterford where you visit the house of Waterford Crystal and watch the master craftsmen at work during your Cultural Insight demonstration. Arrive later in Kilkenny and see the imposing 12th century castle.
    meal(s):FB
    hotel:Hotel Kilkenny
  11. Visit New Ross and see the monument to John F. Kennedy, who visited his ancestral family hometown in 1963. Visit the three-masted Famine Ship Dunbrody and gain a Cultural Insight into the tragic plight of Irish emigration during the 1800s. Travel through the lush Irish countryside of County Wicklow known as the Garden of Ireland. This evening in Dublin, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and newfound friends.
    meal(s):FB, FD
    hotel:Ballsbridge
  12. Bid a fond farewell to your fellow travelers at the end of this wonderful Irish experience. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.
    meal(s):FB
Umbraco.Web.PublishedCache.XmlPublishedCache.XmlPublishedProperty

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.

  • 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
  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
  • Hotel Tips Hotel Tips

Meal Summary

10 nights, 10 full breakfasts, 1 lunch, 5 dinners, On-trip transport.

Included Highlights

Be My Guest

  • Go scavenging with Oonagh and enjoy the fruits of of what you've found for lunch at the O'Brien's homely Barrtra Seafood restaurant overlooking beautiful Liscannor Bay

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. Explore the tragic history of Ireland's famine emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, a replica of one of the original ships used in the 1800s

Local Specialist

  • For included sightseeing in Dublin, Belfast and Londonderry/Derry

Hidden Treasure

  • Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour in Dublin, Belfast, Derry/Londonderry
  • Orientation of Galway, Waterford
  • Visit the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin, the Titanic Museum, the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Giant's Causeway, Belleek to see how the famous pottery is made, Kylemore Abbey, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab', the Crystal Showroom at Waterford, the Famine Ship in New Ross
  • View St Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, Queens University in Belfast, the City Walls and Murals of Londonderry, mystical Connemara, the Cathedral of Galway
  • Scenic drive along the Ring of Kerry

Optional Add-Ons

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.

Belfast

Belfast Walk with Fish and Chips

Adult Price: £38

What better way to soak up the atmosphere of this lively city than to join a local specialist for a stroll through its hidden side streets? We'll have an included drink in a historic pub and continue to a local restaurant for a quintessentially traditional meal; fish and chips.

Galway

Galway Castle Banquet

Adult Price: € 67

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.

Kilkenny

Sports and Music - Irish Style

Adult Price: € 27

Take advantage of this opportunity to learn about the ancient sport of hurling over a drink at the pub. Moving outside, you’ll enjoy a live demonstration by village locals and even have a chance to try your hand at this game, said to be the oldest and fastest field sport in the world. Later, a drink and live music will greet you on returning to the pub.

Killarney

Irish Ceilidh Evening

Adult Price: € 65

The Irish Ceilidh epitomises how music and dance were enjoyed in rural Ireland, especially on festive occasions. The craic - welcoming, jolly, fun and informal - is accompanied with plenty of food and drink. There's no more enjoyable way to understand Irish culture.

Experience a Jaunting Cart Ride

Adult Price: € 21

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

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.

Londonderry

Dinner and Drinks in Derry

Adult Price: £42

Join us and the the rest of the group for a cosy and relaxing evening of dinner and a drink in a locally-loved restaurant.

Experience the Inishowen Peninsula

Adult Price: £19

Enjoy a guided visit to the Inishowen Peninsula. This spectacular circuit will take you on a journey to the most north-western tip of Ireland. Here you'll visit Grianan Aileach, a circle stone fort which was the royal seat of the O'Neill clan, situated amongst spectacular views.

Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
29 Apr 17 10 May 17 checkmark $2,225$2,114pp Early PaymentPay by Apr 27
6 May 17 17 May 17 checkmark $2,275pp
13 May 17 24 May 17 checkmark $2,275pp
20 May 17 31 May 17 checkmark $2,275pp
27 May 17 7 Jun 17 checkmark $2,275pp
3 Jun 17 14 Jun 17 checkmark $2,275pp
10 Jun 17 21 Jun 17 checkmark $2,275pp
17 Jun 17 28 Jun 17 checkmark $2,275pp
24 Jun 17 5 Jul 17 checkmark $2,275pp
1 Jul 17 12 Jul 17 checkmark $2,225pp
8 Jul 17 19 Jul 17 checkmark $2,225pp
15 Jul 17 26 Jul 17 checkmark $2,225pp
22 Jul 17 2 Aug 17 checkmark $2,225pp
29 Jul 17 9 Aug 17 checkmark $2,225pp
5 Aug 17 16 Aug 17 checkmark $2,225pp
12 Aug 17 23 Aug 17 checkmark $2,225pp
19 Aug 17 30 Aug 17 checkmark $2,225pp
26 Aug 17 6 Sep 17 checkmark $2,225pp
2 Sep 17 13 Sep 17 checkmark $2,275pp
9 Sep 17 20 Sep 17 checkmark $2,275pp
16 Sep 17 27 Sep 17 checkmark $2,275pp
23 Sep 17 4 Oct 17 checkmark $2,275pp
30 Sep 17 11 Oct 17 checkmark $2,195pp
7 Oct 17 18 Oct 17 checkmark $2,195pp
$2,195 pp
14 Oct 17 25 Oct 17 checkmark $2,195$2,085pp Early PaymentPay by Apr 27
$2,195 $2,085 pp

 

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 $500 p.p.

Triple Discount: $10 p.p.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $79 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.

Early Payment Discount: Pay in full to save the amount listed above. For details, click here.

AARP Members are entitled to an exclusive Member Benefit Discount on all Grand European Travel vacations. Plus receive a free travel gift!  Call Toll Free: 1-866-847-3858 for details.

Frequent Travelers: Save an additional 5% off the price of the vacation.

  • 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.

Reviews

Trip not yet reviewed

Similar Trips

Country Roads of Ireland
Premium

Country Roads of Ireland

13 Days from $2,684
Best of Ireland
First Class

Best of Ireland

11 Days from $1,876
Irish Elegance
Premium

Irish Elegance

9 Days from $2,114
Amazing Ireland
First Class

Amazing Ireland

15 Days from $2,613
Trip not yet reviewed

Sign up for Special Offerings

Receive the latest news, announcements, special offers, and more on Grand European Travel vacations! Simply fill in the form below and submit to be added to our mailing list.