- Sightseeing by luxury coach
- Professional driver/guide
- Ashling Hotel or The Gibson Dublin (1 night for Thursday departures.) or Radisson blu street (1 night for Saturday departures)
- Dooley's Hotel Waterford (1 night)
- Killarney Towers Hotel (2 nights)
- The Lodge at Ashford Castle (2 nights)
- Grand Canal Hotel Dublin (1 nights)
- Full breakfast daily except on day 1
- 5 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
7 Nights / 13 Meals
Starts in Dublin / Ends in Dublin
Irish Evenings in Dublin & Killarney
Ring of Kerry & Connemara
Cliffs of Moher
House of Waterford Crystal
Kiss The Blarney Stone
8 Day Irish Spirit Tour Itinerary
Day 1 : Dublin Tour & Glasnevin Museum
Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your guide at your Dublin hotel and set out on an introductory tour of central Dublin. See fashionable shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, view Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares and drive along the wide O’Connell Street. Visit Glasnevin Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history and a fascinating insight into life in Ireland. It is the final resting place of Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Brendan Behan and other prominent people. Back at your hotel meet with your tour guide and travel companions for a welcome drink and discuss your itinerary. Dine independently this evening.
Day 2 : Kilkenny Castle & Waterford Crystal
Drive through the Irish countryside to County Kilkenny for a stop at a farm in Jerpoint for tea and home-made scones. Chat with the owners about farming and also see one of Ireland’s best examples of a deserted 12th century town. Continue south to visit the famous House of Waterford Crystal to see how molten glass is transformed into elaborate and shimmering trophies by the skilled blowers and cutters. Also view a huge array of stemware in the showrooms. Check in to your hotel in the center of the compact city and, after dinner, take a gentle Waterford Walking Tour with a local guide to learn about local history.
Day 3 : Jameson Experience & Blarney Castle
Travel along the County Cork for a tour of the Jameson Experience. Learn about the 123 Irish passengers who embarked on the ill-fated RMS Titanic bound for New York. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” If you do not wish to climb to the top of the castle, take a walk through the lovely grounds with magnificent trees and colorful borders. Shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills for quality Irish-made souvenirs. Drive into County Kerry to Killarney, a small town that’s big on glorious scenery. Check in to your hotel in the center, close to the many shops and pubs. After dinner you may like to sample some of the lively pubs.
Day 4 : Ring of Kerry & Pub Night
Start your day with a leisurely jaunting car ride through the Killarney National Park to Ross Castle for wonderful views of Lough Leane and the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks Mountains. Then set out on the famous Ring of Kerry scenic route. The road winds between mountains on one side and the Atlantic coastline on the other. Stop for photos at great locations all along the route. Take the bridge to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience. Here learn about the rocky island of Skellig Michael where monks lived under austere conditions in early Christian times and where part of “Star Wars VII” was filmed in 2014. Stop in the attractive village of Sneem and at Moll’s Gap for panoramic mountain views. In the evening head to an Irish Night for dinner with a fun traditional show.
Day 5 : Cliffs of Moher & Galway Bay
Drive north to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Your tour continues along the Clare coast to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of limestone that reaches to almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for great views. Drive through the heart of The Burren to watch a demonstration of the incredible skills of a border collie rounding up sheep. Travel around the shores of Galway Bay for a short tour of Galway city before checking in to your hotel.
Day 6 : Lough Corrib Cruise & ”Quiet Man” Walk
Today embark on the Corrib Princess for a scenic cruise on Lough Corrib (Mar 28 – Oct 21 departures) and watch demonstrations of Irish coffee-making and step dancing. Then explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly-changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. While visually stunning, this area is not good for farming and only suitable for the sturdy mountain sheep that survive on the steep hills. In Cong take a walking tour with a local guide to see locations for “The Quiet Man” movie, made in the village in 1952. Head to a traditional pub for a casual lunch. Stop at Standun of Spiddal for an Irish coffee and a talk on various aspects of Irish life and traditional crafts before returning to Galway where the evening is free.
Day 7: Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Abbey Tavern
Head to the center of the country 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. See elaborate high Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes. Continue your journey to Dublin and check in to your hotel. Finish up your tour at the famous Abbey Tavern Dinner/Show with a hearty dinner and an Irish coffee followed by a lively show of traditional music, songs and step-dancing.
Day 8: Depart for Home
Your tour ends after breakfast.