Irish Experience

Cliffs of Moher
12 Days from $1,935 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.

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  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.
  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.
    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.
  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.
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  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.
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  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.
  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?

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    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.
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  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.
    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.
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  12. 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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  • 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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  • Cultural Enrichment Cultural Enrichment
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
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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
Definite Departure
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15 Apr 17 26 Apr 17 $2,150$1,935pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,150 $1,935 pp
22 Apr 17 3 May 17 checkmark $2,175$1,958pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,175 $1,958 pp
29 Apr 17 10 May 17 checkmark $2,225$2,003pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,225 $2,003 pp
6 May 17 17 May 17 checkmark $2,275$2,048pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,275 $2,048 pp
13 May 17 24 May 17 checkmark $2,275$2,048pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,275 $2,048 pp
20 May 17 31 May 17 checkmark $2,275$2,048pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,275 $2,048 pp
27 May 17 7 Jun 17 checkmark $2,275$2,048pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,275 $2,048 pp
3 Jun 17 14 Jun 17 checkmark $2,275$2,048pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,275 $2,048 pp
10 Jun 17 21 Jun 17 checkmark $2,275$2,048pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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17 Jun 17 28 Jun 17 checkmark $2,275$2,048pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,275 $2,048 pp
24 Jun 17 5 Jul 17 checkmark $2,275$2,048pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,275 $2,048 pp
1 Jul 17 12 Jul 17 checkmark $2,225$2,003pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,225 $2,003 pp
8 Jul 17 19 Jul 17 checkmark $2,225$2,003pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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15 Jul 17 26 Jul 17 $2,225$2,003pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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22 Jul 17 2 Aug 17 checkmark $2,225$2,003pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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29 Jul 17 9 Aug 17 checkmark $2,225$2,003pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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5 Aug 17 16 Aug 17 checkmark $2,225$2,003pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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12 Aug 17 23 Aug 17 checkmark $2,225$2,003pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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19 Aug 17 30 Aug 17 checkmark $2,225$2,003pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
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26 Aug 17 6 Sep 17 checkmark $2,225$2,003pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,225 $2,003 pp
2 Sep 17 13 Sep 17 checkmark $2,275$2,048pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,275 $2,048 pp
9 Sep 17 20 Sep 17 checkmark $2,275$2,048pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,275 $2,048 pp
16 Sep 17 27 Sep 17 checkmark $2,275$2,048pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,275 $2,048 pp
23 Sep 17 4 Oct 17 checkmark $2,275$2,048pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,275 $2,048 pp
30 Sep 17 11 Oct 17 checkmark $2,195$1,976pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,195 $1,976 pp
7 Oct 17 18 Oct 17 $2,195$1,976pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,195 $1,976 pp
14 Oct 17 25 Oct 17 $2,195$1,976pp Early PaymentPay by Jan 12
$2,195 $1,976 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.

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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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