Irish Highlights Winter 2016-2017

Ring of Kerry
8 Days from $1,250 per person

The fast-track to Ireland – this insight into the southern side takes you from Dublin and back again, stopping at Limerick, Waterford and the scenic Ring of Kerry along the way.  

You'll enjoy Insider moments like… smelling slow-baked apple and carrot cake as you join the Fulvio Family, in the heart of their home and try treasured family favorites like soda bread.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Spend the morning relaxing or exploring this vibrant, friendly city. 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 enjoy a Welcome Reception at a traditional Irish pub – the perfect introduction to Dublin.
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  3. This morning head towards Galway. View the Cathedral and enjoy some free time in the city. In Limerick view King John's Castle, St. Mary's Cathedral and the Treaty Stone during your orientation.
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  4. Start your day with a visit to Bunratty Castle and explore the Folk Park, a living museum dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries. Then continue to the Cliffs of Moher. See the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge' exhibition. After a picturesque coastal drive through the villages of Lahinch and Kilrush, take the ferry across the Shannon estuary. Arrive tonight in Killarney, your home for the next two nights.

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  5. 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. We will also see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap. Watch mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breathtaking beyond words.

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  6. Leave Killarney this morning and cross the Kerry Mountains. Travel through the colorful market town of Macroom and see the impressive Castle Arch, which was once the gateway to Macroom Castle but is now almost all that remains. Next stop is Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab'. Later visit the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh before arriving in Waterford. Dine tonight at your hotel.

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  7. This morning visit the House of Waterford Crystal for a Cultural Insight demonstration. Watch the master craftsmen at work during your tour of the workshop, and see the exquisite completed pieces in the showroom. Later stop in the town of 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. Continue through County Wexford and the lush countryside of County Wicklow. Join your companions and Travel Director this evening for a Be My Guest Farewell Dinner, before continuing to your Dublin hotel.

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  8. Say goodbye after your unforgettable journey through the friendly Emerald Isle. Airport transfers are available. Conditions apply.
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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

6 nights' accommodations, 6 full breakfasts, 3 dinners.

Your included sights

  • City tour in Dublin.
  • Orientation of Galway, Limerick and Waterford.
  • Visit Bunratty Folk Park, the Cliffs of Moher, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the ‘gift of the gab', Youghal, the crystal showroom at Waterford and the famine ship in New Ross.
  • View Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, the Cathedral of Galway, King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick.
  • Scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry.

Your Insider Experiences

  • Local Specialist: For included sightseeing in Dublin.
  • Cultural Insight: Visit the three-masted barque Dunbrody, a replica of one of the original famine ships used during emigration from Ireland in the 1800's. Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop.
  • Be My Guest: In the lush countryside surrounding Dublin we visit a beautiful old farmhouse. Wander through the herb garden or take in the breathtaking scenery around this unique home. Enjoy traditional Irish dishes.
  • Hidden Treasure: Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.
Definite Departure
Depart Date Return Date Price Discount AvailabilityPrice
11 Mar 17 18 Mar 17 checkmark $1,250pp
18 Mar 17 25 Mar 17 checkmark $1,250pp
25 Mar 17 1 Apr 17 checkmark $1,275pp
$1,275 pp

St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated in Ireland on this departure.

undefinedSpecial Rate Solo Rooming: These departures include 40-100% discount on our standard single supplement. 


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 $70.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $54 per person.

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

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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.

  • 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.

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