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Irish Wonder

Cliffs of Moher
9 Days from $1,125 per person

Centuries of Irish culture and heritage are revealed on this adventure across the windswept valleys of Ireland, from Dublin to the charismatic seaside villages along the Dingle Peninsula and the Blarney Stone, where you'll acquire the gift of the gab.

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  1. Board your overnight flight to Europe (not included).
  2. Welcome to Dublin. Relax after check-in. Later your Local Specialist takes you on a panoramic sightseeing tour, which includes views of Dublin Castle, Trinity College, St. Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park. It's a great introduction to your Irish journey.
    hotel:Maldron Newlands Cross
  3. View the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey at Boyle, dating back to the 12th century. Visit the pilgrimage town of Knock in County Mayo, where the Virgin Mary appeared to villagers in 1879. Dine tonight at your hotel in Ballina.
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    hotel:Twin Trees
  4. Travel to the beautiful County Donegal after a stop at Drumcliffe to view the grave of renowned Irish author, W.B. Yeats, and see the harbor town of Mullaghmore. Visit traditional weavers in Ardara before heading to the town of Donegal where you view the 15th century castle. Then head across the border into Northern Ireland for a visit to the Belleek Pottery center before returning to your hotel in Ballina.
  5. This morning travel via Westport and the beautiful region of Connemara to Galway on the banks of the Corrib River. View the cathedral, built on the site of the old prison and stroll around Eyre Square. Tonight why not join your Travel Director and companions for a medieval banquet in an Irish castle?
    hotel:Travelodge Ennis Road
  6. This morning drive to the western coast and the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. Bring the history of the cliffs to life with a visit to the ‘Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Return to Shannon for free time exploring on your own or perhaps join your Travel Director for an Optional Experience to Bunratty Folk Park.
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  7. This morning in Limerick your orientation drive includes views of St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle. Enjoy a scenic drive along the Dingle Peninsula. See the unspoilt and colorful villages and fishing harbors of Ireland's most westerly point. Later, arrive in the town of Tralee, famed for its annual ‘Rose of Tralee' festival and beauty pageant before arriving at your hotel.
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    hotel:Earl of Desmond
  8. Visit Blarney Castle and don't forget to kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the ‘gift of the gab'. Arrive later in the capital, Dublin, for the final night of your vacation.
  9. Say farewell to your Travel Director and new-found friends as your memorable vacation in the Emerald Isle comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

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  • Sightseeing with Local Experts Sightseeing with Local Experts
  • WIFI on Coach and in Hotels WIFI on Coach and in Hotels
  • Expertly Selected Hotels Expertly Selected Hotels
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  • Breakfast Daily Breakfast Daily

Meal Summary

7 full breakfasts, 3 three course dinners.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • With your Local Specialist see St. Patrick's Cathedral, Phoenix Park, the glorious Georgian Squares, and Trinity College on your panoramic sightseeing tour
  • View the Cistercian Abbey
  • Visit the pilgrimage town of Knock
  • Visit this picturesque area
  • Visit the famous pottery factory
  • View Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square
  • View the stunning seascape from the cliffs and visit the Atlantic Edge exhibition in the eco-friendly Visitor Center
  • View St. Mary's Cathedral and King John's Castle
  • Enjoy the beautiful countryside along the Dingle peninsula, Ireland's most westerly point
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone during your visit of Blarney Castle and acquire the gift of the gab

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.


Fine Dining in a Stately Home

Adult Price: € 55

We’ll travel by coach to an award-winning restaurant in a quirky, 19c neo-gothic manor house. Here you’ll be served authentic locally-sourced food in an elegant setting.

Irish Traditions and Song

Adult Price: € 27

Tonight, you'll enjoy Irish hospitality in a cosy local pub. Experience the folk tradition and enjoy a drink while locals sing and play music for you.


Dinner in Dublin City

Adult Price: € 45

Come to one of Dublin's most locally-loved restaurant-pubs. You'll enjoy dinner and charming hospitality that this part of the world is renowned for.

Dublin Dinner and Cabaret

Adult Price: € 71

Enjoy an evening of fine food and non-stop fun as Ireland’s history unfolds in a cabaret of comedy, song and dance. The cast will have you tapping your toes and joining in the show, all in the spirit of Irish humour. And you’ll even be served an Irish coffee to round off your dinner.


Medieval Castle Banquet

Adult Price: € 69

Enjoy a banquet and medieval entertainment in the great hall of the castle. The court jester will make an appearance, as will the castle’s musicians and the ladies and gentlemen of the medieval court – giving you an evening you won’t forget.

Bunratty Castle And Folk Park

Adult Price: € 20

Come on a visit to the 15th-century Bunratty Castle and admire its fine furnishings, antiques and paintings. With your local specialist, you’ll experience an Ireland of the past, as you wander through the folk park with its thatched cottages and smoky turf fires. In the village, we'll have free time to explore the quaint shops and relax in the local tea room.


Luxurious River Shannon Cruise

Adult Price: € 30

The longest river in the British Isles, the River Shannon is immortalised 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.

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27 May 17 4 Jun 17 checkmark $1,125pp
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$1,150 pp
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29 Jul 17 6 Aug 17 checkmark $1,150pp
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5 Aug 17 13 Aug 17 checkmark $1,150pp
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19 Aug 17 27 Aug 17 checkmark $1,150pp
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26 Aug 17 3 Sep 17 checkmark $1,150pp
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2 Sep 17 10 Sep 17 checkmark $1,125pp
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16 Sep 17 24 Sep 17 checkmark $1,125pp
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23 Sep 17 1 Oct 17 checkmark $1,125pp
$1,125 pp
30 Sep 17 8 Oct 17 checkmark $1,125pp
$1,125 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 $260.

Gratuities: Option to pre-pay gratuities for Travel Director and Driver $57 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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  • 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 Ireland is the Euro (€). While it’s a good idea to bring some money for when you first arrive, you’ll usually find a better exchange rate in your destination.  The most convenient way to obtain cash is to use your ATM card at local banks. 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.

  • Irish national specialties including Irish stew, coddle, potato bread, corned beef and whiskey cake. Be sure to try an Irish breakfast, visit a chip shop for fresh fish and chips, and enjoy hearty lunch at a good local pub. 

  • The climate in Ireland is temperate, with regular rainfall throughout the year. 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.  A few 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 out, some restaurants will add a service charge of 12.5 percent to your bill, especially for groups.  If a service hasn’t been added, it’s appropriate to leave 10 – 15 percent gratuity.

    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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