- Sightseeing by luxury coach
- Professional driver/guide
- Radisson Blu St Helens Hotel Dublin (1 night)
- Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway (2 nights)
- Old Ground, Ennis (1 night)
- Agahdoe Heights Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
- Celtic Ross Hotel (2 nights)
- Dunboyne Castle hotel, Dublin (1 night)
- Full breakfast daily except on day 1
- 8 dinners
- 1 Lunch
- Welcome get-together drink
- Visits, tours and admissions
- Headsets for walking tours
- Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person
9 Nights / 19 Meals
Starts in Dublin / Ends in Dublin
The Abbey Tavern Traditional Show
Lough Corrib Cruise with Irish Coffee
Cliffs of Moher
Jaunting Car through Gap of Dunloe
Kiss The Blarney Stone
Rock of Cashel
11 Day Elegant Ireland Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Dublin Arrival & Book of Kells
Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your Dublin hotel. Take a guided tour of Dublin to see the most prominent buildings and memorials. View rows of elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly painted doors. Drive past the Bank of Ireland and General Post Office as well as the modern financial district. Join a student guide on a brief walk through Trinity College’s campus to view the Book of Kells. In the evening join your tour director over a welcome drink and head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner with a lively show.
Day 2: Clonmacnoise Monastic & Galway
Journey across the rolling pastures of Ireland’s heartland to visit Clonmacnoise. This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. Stroll through the four-acre walled Victorian garden with its long herbaceous border. Drive to Galway city and take a walking tour with a local guide to explore the narrow medieval streets. See the Claddagh, once a fishing village, where the famous ring originated. Check in to your hotel in time to relax before dinner.
Day 3: Lough Corrib Cruise & Connemara
Near Galway embark on the Corrib Princess for a cruise on Lough Corrib to enjoy the scenery and sip an Irish coffee. Then drive through Connemara to admire granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs. Drive to Kylemore Abbey to tour elegant rooms in the mansion and the charming church, set beside a tranquil lake. Enjoy a casual lunch and savor more views of Connemara before returning to Galway where the evening is free to explore the city on your own.
Day 4: Cliffs of Moher & Ennis
Stop at Rathbaun Farm to see traditional farm animals and farming practices. Watch a farmer demonstrate how his trained dogs herd mountain sheep and then sit down to tea or coffee with some home baking. Travel through the Burren to view the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs stretch along the coast for five miles and reach heights of almost 700 feet. Continue to your hotel in Ennis and take a walking tour around this charming town and visit Ennis Friary.
Day 5: Flying Boat Museum & Killarney
Cross the wide River Shannon Estuary on a short ferry ride and drive along the river shore to Foynes. Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which recalls the early days of air travel, during the 1930’s and early 1940’s, when Pan Am Clippers used to land on the water. Walk through a replica of a Clipper and see memorabilia in the museum. Stop in Listowel for a look around and lunch on your own before heading to your hotel in Killarney, located a few miles outside the town in glorious scenery. Dine in Killeen House Restaurant, renowned for a warm welcome and excellent food.
Day 6: Dingle Peninsula & Blasket Center
Explore the scenic Dingle Peninsula to experience wonderful views of heathery mountains, sandy beaches and rocky headlands. Visit the Blasket Center in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands, inhabited until 1953 by hardy farming and fishing families. Stop in Dingle to browse around and choose a restaurant for lunch on your own. In Castlemaine stop at the charming, old-fashioned Murphy’s Pub to savor an Irish coffee before returning to your hotel in Killarney.
Day 7: Killarney's Jaunting Car & Cork Coastline
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the peaceful Killarney National Park and along the shores of Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes. Stop at the mighty Ross Castle to admire the unspoiled scenery. Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare for a look around on your own. Then head across the Beara Peninsula and through Glengarriff, renowned for its palm trees and mild weather. Relax as you continue along the lovely County Cork coast and through the towns of Bantry and Skibbereen before arriving in Rosscarbery.
Day 8: Charles Fort & Historic Kinsale
Travel along the coast to view Timoleague Franciscan Friary, founded in 1240 by two prominent families, MacCarthys and de Barrys. View the picturesque ruins of the church and living quarters. Then head to Kinsale, renowned for medieval sea trade, fishing and yachting. Join a local guide to visit the huge Charles Fort before taking a gentle stroll through the town to see many old buildings and learn about the long history of trade and shipping with mainland Europe.
Day 9: Blarney Stone & Dunboyne Castle
Drive north to visit the stately Rock of Cashel, a limestone outcrop containing church ruins that date back to the 12th century. See the huge skeleton of the cathedral as well as the tiny Cormac’s Chapel. Take a look around the town of Cashel before driving to your luxurious castle hotel, located on the outskirts of Dublin. This property blends the elegant old mansion with state-of-the-art designed guest rooms. Enjoy a farewell dinner with your travel companions.
Day 10: Tour Ends at Dunboyne Castle
Your tour ends after breakfast. The hotel is about 15 miles from either Dublin Airport or Dublin city center.