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Irish Wonder

9 Day Ireland Tour to Dublin & Cliffs of Moher

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Irish Wonder Guided Tour
9 Days
2 Countries

Ireland, Northern Ireland

8 Cities

Dublin, Blarney Castle, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Cliffs of Moher, Limerick, Donegal, Belfast

10 Meals

8 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners


Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 45
Tour brand Costsaver
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Centuries of Irish culture and heritage are revealed on this adventure across the windswept valleys of Ireland, from Dublin to the breathtaking coastal landscapes of Connemara. Kiss the Blarney Stone, witness Mother Nature’s magic touch at the Cliffs of Moher and circle the Ring of Kerry. There’s much to celebrate on this grand 9-day journey across the 'Emerald Isle'.

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Day 1

Arrive Dublin – sightseeing

Ireland’s 'fair' capital kick-starts your exhilarating encounter with the 'Emerald Isle'. After check-in, don’t resist the youthful energy of Dublin and take to its streets in search of its characteristic craic. You’ll join your Local Specialist later for a sightseeing tour which includes views of St. Patrick's Cathedral and Trinity College. Tap into Dublin’s effervescent spirit and head to Temple Bar or Grafton Street on your own this evening. There’s a colourful pub on every corner, with happy locals and tourists spilling out on to the pavements. You could be one of them. Sláinte!

Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Travelodge Plus City Centre

Day 2

Dublin – Killarney

Today, we travel through County Cork and pursue the 'gift of the gab' at Blarney Castle, where you'll have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Arrive in Killarney where we will be staying for the next two nights. 

Blarney Castle in Cork, Ireland
Accommodation Killarney Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 3

Killarney - Ring of Kerry Scenic Drive

Ireland's soul-stirring Ring of Kerry takes centre 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 the Black Valley, whose remote location led to the area becoming the last in Ireland to receive electricity. Later head to a Local Restaurant for dinner. 

Sheep at The Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Accommodation Killarney Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

Admire the Cliffs of Moher, then off to Limerick

Today we journey to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. These sheer cliffs plunge dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean, providing endless ocean views and wonderful photographic opportunities during your experience at this UNESCO-listed highlight along the Wild Atlantic Way. You’ll be enchanted by its irresistible landscapes, and may delight in occasional wildlife sightings. Take an opportunity to explore the interactive visitor centre, which brings the whole experience to life from the perspective of the resident wildlife that find sanctuary here. Later, we arrive in Limerick for an orientation. 

Visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in Limerick, Ireland
Accommodation Castletroy Park
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 5

On to Donegal

Our journey takes us to Westport for an orientation. Heading north, we arrive in Donegal, a town home to one of Ireland's three fjords; Lough Swilly. This will be our home for the night.

Coastline of County Donegal, Ireland
Accommodation The Abbey Hotel
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 6

Onwards to Belfast

Head to Belfast where we will visit the Giant’s Causeway for a memorable experience. Tread in the footsteps of Finn MacCool – his geometric Giant's Causeway is more the stuff of legends than the result of ancient volcanic activity which left its mark on the northern Irish coast. Admire the 40,000 interlocking basalt columns that fade into the sea. This evening we will head to a local restaurant for dinner. 

Discover the legend of the Giant's Causeway with an expert
Accommodation Ramada by Wyndham
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Belfast Orientation

Join your Travel Director for an orientation of Belfast, view the historic murals that depict the city's historic struggles, and see the City Hall. Enjoy the rest of your day at leisure.

City Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland
Accommodation Ramada by Wyndham
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 8

Belfast - Dublin

Today it’s time to return to Dublin where you’ll put your silver tongue to good use during an evening optional dinner and Irish show that will have your toes tapping and taste buds craving another round of Irish coffee. It will be time well spent with new friends after a memorable holiday.

Hapenny Bridge in Dublin, Ireland
Accommodation Travelodge Plus City Centre
Included Meals Breakfast

Day 9

Depart Dublin

And just like that your enchanting exploration of the 'Emerald Isle' has come to an end. You’ve seen ancient churches, castles and towering cliffs, had your fair share of the craic and seen beautiful landscapes that many only encounter in pictures. All that’s left is to say a fond slán go fóill as you prepare for your return journey home.

The Temple Bar Pub in Dublin, Ireland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • The Republic of Ireland, also known simply as Ireland, is a sovereign nation located in the northwestern part of Europe. It occupies most of the island of Ireland and is an independent country separate from the United Kingdom, with its own government, institutions, and culture.
  • When referring to the two distinct regions on the island of Ireland, "Northern Ireland" is used to describe the region that is part of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland). This term specifically denotes the six counties in the northeastern part of the island.
  • Language of Ireland: Irish is the official language of the Republic of Ireland, and you'll hear it spoken in Northern Ireland as well.
  • Currencies used in Ireland: Euro (€) is used in the Republic of Ireland, the British Pound Sterling (£) is used in Northern Ireland
  • Capital Cities: Dublin (Rep. Ireland), Belfast (Northern Ireland)
  • Time Zone(s) in Ireland: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and Greenwich Mean Time +1 (GMT+1) during daylight saving time

Ireland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Ireland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to

The weather in Ireland is heavily influenced by its maritime location, resulting in mild, temperate conditions. The climate is characterized by frequent rainfall and changeable weather patterns throughout the year. Winters are generally mild, with average temperatures ranging from 4°C to 8°C (39°F to 46°F), while summer temperatures average between 14°C to 20°C (57°F to 68°F) in coastal areas. Rainfall is frequent throughout the year, with the western and northwestern coastal regions experiencing higher precipitation levels. The weather is often changeable, with a mix of sunny spells, rain showers, and cloud cover. The Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf Stream influence Ireland's climate, helping to moderate temperatures.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.


  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.


  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).


  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).


  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.


  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.


  • American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.
  • Type G outlets are used throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland.
    Adapters are used to change the plug style from American-style plugs with two flat prongs to fit into these outlets, which take three rectangular prongs.
  • You will need a plug adapter and voltage converter to use your appliances in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.
  • We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. Also, pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are standard accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in European and United Kingdom hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.
  • However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings.
  • Most hotels in Europe or the UK can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport Transfers for Europe flights not arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold 
  • Your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings

Airport Transfers for Europe flights arriving to or departing from London
Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days are complimentary only if:

  • You are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold
  • You booked your land tour and flights as a land/air package through GET. If you book your flights independently via London Heathrow, you can *purchase a transfer through us.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

Independent Reviews
Trusted Customer
Review date: Thursday, August 24, 2023
We had an excellent tour. We loved the locations and history along the way. We did have trouble upon arriving in Dublin - our booked shuttle did not arrive so we had to scramble for a cab while having phone troubles in a new country.
Response from Grand European Travel:
What is travel these days without a few hiccups? We are sorry to hear about all of them, but it seems like they did not keep you from enjoying Ireland. Your pictures are wonderful and we appreciate you sharing them.
Thursday, September 7, 2023
We loved the tour, the locations, the history along the way, and that everything was taken care of for us (transportation, hotels, many meals). Our tour guide, Jordana, and our bus driver, John, were experts. Being on a bus full of many people, personalities, and by the end, illnesses, was tricky, but what can you expect? There were a few hotels that were weird. One in particular in near Limerick had lots of bugs. Out shuttle upon arrival did not show up, and our flight out of Dublin was cancelled (nothing GET can control). But other than the travel hiccups, the tour itself was great and we would definitely recommend it to others. We hit the majority of the locations in Ireland I would want to see plus many many more I didn't know about. I feel so much more educated after the trip!
Ann Hardin
Review date: Thursday, July 27, 2023
Could have filled the day with other interesting places instead of leaving us in various places on our own Example 3 hours in Galway city
Could have included other places of interest . Should have vetted the hotels before using them as two in particular were sub standard ( unclean , dusty and food at breakfast was meagre )
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, July 9, 2023
They were helpful and answered all of my questions.
The tour was amazing. We saw more than I imagined to see while in Ireland. Our guide, Liam, was fantastic, as was Paul, the driver.
James Clemmer
Review date: Wednesday, June 21, 2023
It started off rough, but after calling them when my agent quit responding, it was great. My original agent no longer works there and that is why they weren't responding. The original agent had me on layover flights and one was for 6 hours After talking to someone and getting a new agent, they found me direct flights and saved me so much money on air fair. After that, any questions, they responded back very quickly and took great care of me. Thank you!!!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy that everything worked out well with your booking and trip. Thank you for your business and patience during this very busy travel season. We look forward to helping you plan that next trip.
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
We had a great host! Emma knew her history and was one of the most friendliest person you will meet. Beautiful country and I wished we could of stayed longer and learned more from Emma. Also the bus driver Mark was amazing as well. Very friendly and he could maneuver that large bus in such tight places you would think he was driving a 2 door car! If we go back, I would request to do another trip with the both of them. Had such an amazing experience visiting castles, Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, etc. The only "negative" feedback I would give is the hotel choices. All were great, but one was just showing its age and not the best kept up. I can't remember the name, but you are like you're in an apartment. You open your common door to stairs. Upstairs is two rooms (both have a lock and key), then downstairs is a common living area with couch and kitchen. Other than that, I would do this again and use GET and Cost Saver again!
Consetta Uchida
Review date: Sunday, August 28, 2022
I booked with a friend and the lady was very helpful and made the process very simple. She had answers to every question we asked. The whole process was a pleasure
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so glad you found our Travel Specialists helpful and that you had a fabulous trip to Ireland. We hope you came home with lifelong memories. Thank you for leaving a review. We appreciate your feedback.
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Wonderful trip. So many wonderful sites. Our guide was fantastic. Liam was full of information and fun and kindness. Perfect mix for a great vacation
Karen Santel
Review date: Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Bernard, our tour director, and Aidan , our bus driver were excellent. We had so much fun and every day was packed with amazing sights. I would recommend this tour to others! My family loved it!
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so excited that you and your family enjoyed exploring the Emerald Isle on your Irish Wonder tour. It's certainly an amazing place to visit and learn about. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your feedback.
Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Every day was packed with amazing sights and we got to explore all over the country.
Alice Hall
Review date: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
They were always helpful when we asked questions on the phone and they got us great airline transferss
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are thrilled you enjoyed your Irish Wonder tour. It sounds like you had a fabulous time. So happy we were able to help you arrange everything. Happy Travels!
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Love the tour guide and our driver. All the sites were wonderful. Great trip!
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, May 20, 2022
The trip was great fun! We loved our guide! Two of the hotels could have been better.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We appreciate your honest feedback and will share that with our partners in Ireland. Thank you!
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Two of the hotels were unprepared for us.
Ann Brienzo
Review date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
Michelle was really great. We had to rebook twice due to COVID and she took care of everything including flight schedules. She was very good about returning phone calls and emails.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy that you finally got to take this trip and it all went smoothly. Thank you for sharing your comments. We will be sure to pass them on to Michelle.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
James was a wonderful tour guide. He was knowledgeable, funny and very organized. Aidan was a fantastic driver. He impressed us all with his ability to navigate very narrow streets! I can’t believe how much we saw in just one week. Ireland was beautiful, the people were friendly, and I can’t wait to go again.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, September 26, 2021
The tour itself was amazing however my get tour agent did not book a direct flight when They could have.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed Ireland. The airlines have been changing and reducing flight schedules for for the past several months. We always book the most direct flights available at the time of booking your trip but often the nonstop options do coincide with our tour dates.
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
The vacation was great!! I loved my experience; however I wish they'd find more traditional experiences as well as foods in the area.
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