Ireland Explorer Escorted Vacation


Drive along the picturesque Ring of Kerry and the steep Cliffs of Moher, take a horse-drawn carriage ride in Killarney Park, view the limestone landscapes at the Burren and visit Galway, unspoiled Connemara, and the legendary Giant’s Causeway. Visit the birthplace of the legendary Titanic in Belfast and admire the lavishly ornamented Book of Kells at Trinity College in Dublin.   

ESCORTED VACATION – Guaranteed departures English only tour with max. 35 participants. Scheduled departures - 12-day/11-night tour visiting Dublin, Blarney Castle, the Ring of Kerry, Killarney National Park, the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Connemara, Donegal & Belfast. Includes accommodation at superior tourist and first class hotels with breakfast daily, 3 dinners, arrival & departure transfers, a ferry ride across the Shannon River, a Lough Corrib cruise, a ferry ride from Portaferry to Strangford, touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach, and guided sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary.

Includes

  • Transfers as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Taxes and service charges
  • Hotels mentioned in the itinerary or similar
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary by the code letters (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner
  • Sightseeing as described in the itinerary
  • Porterage
  • Ferry boat or hydrofoil tickets
  • ASTA TOP Tour operator travel funds protection program
  • Touring by modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Professional tour director throughout the tour
  • Entrance fees

Excludes

  • Personal expenses
  • Optional tours
  • Customary tips to your drivers, guides and escorts
  • Flights

Daily Itinerary

Day

1

Dublin – Arrival

Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day at leisure. Enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight. (D)

RIU Plaza The Gresham Hotel or Academy Plaza Hotel or The Grand Hotel Malahide or similar

Superior Tourist and First ...: RIU Plaza The Gresham Hotel or similar hotels

Day

2

Dublin – Blarney Castle – Kerry

Today, depart Dublin for County Kerry, stopping en route at Blarney for a visit to Blarney Castle, famous for the legendary Stone of Eloquence. Indulge in some shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills, the largest quality craft shop in Ireland. (B) 

Randles Hotel Killarney or Dromhall Hotel or similar

Superior Tourist and First ...: Randles Hotel Killarney or similar hotels

Day

3

Ring of Kerry & Killarney National Park

Today, enjoy a superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula which will give you the opportunity to discover the Ring of Kerry. Take in spectacular scenery such as mountains, peat, bogs, lakes, and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Leaving Killarney pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then on to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula and Dingle Bay. Arrive at the sea town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly colored houses, before arriving back in Killarney. Next, enjoy transportation of a different kind! A pony and trap (also known as a Jaunting Car) helps you discover areas of Killarney National Park that you might not otherwise visit. Relax aboard a Jaunting Car as your Jarvey (the driver) takes you through the magnificent scenery of the National Park. (B)

Randles Hotel Killarney or Dromhall Hotel or similar

Superior Tourist and First ...: Randles Hotel Killarney or similar hotels

Day

4

Kerry – Cliffs of Moher – the Burren – Limerick

In the morning, travel to Tarbert and take a short boat ride across the Shannon River to Killimer. Drive along the coast to the majestic Cliffs of Moher for a sublime view stretching to the Aran Islands and the mountains in Connemara. Tour the limestone landscape of the Burren, rugged and yet blessed with the most diverse flora in Ireland. Continue to Limerick. We recommend an optional medieval banquet dinner at Bunratty Castle. (B)

The George Boutique Hotel or similar

Superior Tourist and First ...: The George Boutique Hotel or similar hotels

Day

5

Limerick – Galway City

In the morning, depart for Galway City and visit the impressive Galway Cathedral. Embark on a leisurely cruise along the Corrib River, enjoying Irish coffee and scones as you drift past castles and monuments to picturesque Lough Corrib. Enjoy dinner at your hotel tonight. (B,D)

Clayton Hotel or similar

Superior Tourist and First ...: Clayton Hotel or similar hotels

Day

6

Galway City – Connemara

Today, travel through wild, romantic Connemara, a land of shimmering lakes, soaring mountains, and tiny hidden villages. You will have some time at leisure in scenic Connemara National Park and then visit tranquil Kylemore Abbey, originally a castle, with a miniature Gothic cathedral and Victorian walled garden. (B)

Clayton Hotel or similar

Superior Tourist and First ...: Clayton Hotel or similar hotels

Day

7

Galway – Donegal

Travel to wild, windswept Donegal, stopping en route at the Carrowmore Cemetery, the largest and oldest cemetery of megalithic tombs in Ireland. Continue towards Sligo via Belleek and visit the Belleek Pottery Factory for a behind-the-scenes view of the art of pottery making. Continue to Donegal for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Jackson's Hotel or similar

Superior Tourist and First ...: Jacksons Hotel or similar hotels

Day

8

Donegal – Belfast

In the morning, depart for the lively town of Derry for a walking tour of the Walled City. Founded in the 6th century by St. Columba, Derry is the 2nd largest city and port of Northern Ireland. Proceed to Belfast along the craggy Antrim coast. En route, visit the legendary Giant's Causeway, an impressive stretch of shoreline covered with basalt pillars of varying heights. The Causeway was formed more than 60 million years ago when redhot lava erupted onto the surface of the earth and was cooled by the sea to form the columns which make up the Giant's Causeway. Legend tells a di?erent story however. (B) 

Europa Hotel or similar

Superior Tourist and First ...: Europa Hotel or similar hotels

Day

9

Belfast & the Titanic Experience

This morning, enjoy a guided tour of Belfast, including the leaning Albert Memorial Clock Tower, the Opera House, City Hall, the Crown Bar, Queens University, the Botanic Gardens, the Harland & Wolfe Shipyard, where the Titanic was built and launched in 1912, and Shankill & Falls Road. Visit the Titanic Belfast Experience, where you will re-live the story of the doomed liner from its construction to its tragic end. The rest of the day is at leisure. (B)

Europa Hotel or similar

Superior Tourist and First ...: Europa Hotel or similar hotels

Day

10

Belfast – Strangford Lough – Dublin

Today, depart for Dublin. En route, tour the Ards Peninsula and arrive at Strangford after a short ferry ride from Portaferry. Continue to Kildare and visit the impressive Castletown House, nestled in pretty 18th century parklands. Continue to Dublin. We recommend an optional evening entertainment at Taylor's Three Rock. (B)

RIU Plaza The Gresham Hotel or Academy Plaza Hotel or The Grand Hotel Malahide or similar

Superior Tourist and First ...: RIU Plaza The Gresham Hotel or similar hotels

Day

11

Explore Dublin

After breakfast, enjoy an orientation tour of Dublin and see the General Post Office on the city’s main thoroughfare O’Connell Street, the Custom House along the quays, Merrion Square, where Oscar Wilde’s House can still be found, and Grafton Street and its quality shops. Visit Trinity College, home to Ireland’s greatest medieval treasure – the exquisite Book of Kells. Finally, visit the historic Christchurch Cathedral, Dublin’s oldest building and a place of pilgrimage for almost 1,000 years. The afternoon is at leisure. Consider joining a session of Gaelic Games. (B)

RIU Plaza The Gresham Hotel or Academy Plaza Hotel or The Grand Hotel Malahide or similar

Superior Tourist and First ...: RIU Plaza The Gresham Hotel or similar hotels

Day

12

Dublin – Return

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Dublin airport for your return flight home. (B)