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Enchanting landscapes and a culture rich in legend

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20212022
9 days From £1,595 per person

2022 Tour code: IRS22

About the tour

Rugged coastlines, stunning rolling hills, dramatic castles, and a culture rich in legend; the Emerald Isle is as beautiful as it is fascinating, and we see the best of it on this holiday. Explore vibrant Dublin, see the iconic Blarney Stone, and admire the natural beauty of the dramatic Cliffs of Moher.

Highlights

What’s included

Itinerary

Day 1 - Holyhead and Dublin

Our holiday begins as we meet in Holyhead for the ferry to Dublin, spending the night at a hotel just outside the vibrant capital city.

*Please note: your luggage will travel on the ferry with you, rather than via our luggage
service.

Includes
  • Dinner
Day 2 – Cork

We transfer into Dublin for the train to Cork, where there's time to explore. Lively Cork is officially Ireland's second city, and its beautiful centre is surrounded by pretty waterways, creating an island of elegant Georgian streets, ornate architecture, and a tangle of old alleyways. The streets are packed with exciting shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants, along with some fantastic museums and monuments, making Cork a delight to explore. This afternoon, we head to the Jameson Distillery where we enjoy an authentic taste of Ireland with a tour and whiskey tasting.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 3 - Blarney Castle and Killarney

We begin the day at Cobh, the last port of call of the Titanic in 1912. We continue, making our way to Blarney Castle. One of Ireland's greatest treasures and internationally famous, the impressive Blarney Castle was built in 1446. We see the iconic Blarney Stone here. Legend has it, if you hang upside down and kiss the stone, you'll become extremely eloquent. There's time to explore the castle and gardens, including the poison garden, where you'll find wolfsbane, ricin, and opium. We continue to our hotel in Killarney ahead of tonight's entertainment: an authentic Celtic Steps show.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 4 - The Ring of Kerry

Today we soak up the dramatic beauty of Ireland as we embark upon a scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry, an area of tumultuous sea, windswept cliffs and mountains. Next, we visit Kerry Bog Village Museum, exploring the recreated thatched cottages for an insight into what life was like in 19th-century rural Ireland. Later, we enjoy a ride on the Jaunting Cars of Killarney, a traditional mode of transport here. To round off our day of explorations, we call at a local pub where we have the chance to pull our own pint of Guinness - Ireland's iconic stout.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 5 - The Cliffs of Moher

We make our way to Galway via the dramatic Cliffs of Moher - Ireland's most iconic natural attraction and a UNESCO Global Geopark. Here, towering cliffs rise up out of the sea as the wild ocean, home to dolphins and sharks, crashes against the jagged rocks below. We arrive at a local smokehouse for a smoked salmon masterclass, enjoying a demonstration before a tasting of the delicious smoked salmon, accompanied by a glass of wine. Continuing, we visit the Burren Centre in Kilfenora, for a fascinating insight into local history. We then make our way to Kinvara, near Galway for the night.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 - Connemara

We start our day with a visit to the Celtic Crystal Factory in Connemara, where we learn about glass cutting. We continue to Glen Keen Farm where we watch a sheep dog trial, before we sit down to a delicious lunch accompanied by traditional entertainment. This afternoon, we visit Kylemore Abbey, a spectacular waterside Benedictine nunnery that's a truly striking sight. Originally built in 1867, the stunning abbey is surrounded by dramatic mountains and lakes. Next, we pay a visit to the 'Quiet Man' Cottage, a replica of the cottage used in the 1952 film of the same name.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 7 - Dublin

We return to vibrant Dublin by rail and check into our hotel. With its myriad of cultural offerings, historical monuments and famed entertainment scene, Dublin is truly one of Europe's finest cities. The city is steeped in history and tradition, with every turn revealing historic architecture, welcoming locals, and lively music.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 8 - Dublin

Our day begins with a private, pre-opening tour of EPIC The Irish Emigration museum, where we discover how the Irish people have helped shape the world. We continue on a guided tour of vibrant Dublin, seeing the Book of Kells, an ancient codex written in around 800 AD. We visit Trinity College before a guided tour of Kilmainham Gaol, a former prison notorious in the 19th century. Later, we enjoy dinner at 'The Merry Ploughboys', one of the best traditional pubs in Dublin and the perfect way to end our explorations of Ireland.

Includes
  • Breakfast, Dinner
Day 9 - Holyhead and home

We return to Holyhead by ferry, where our holiday comes to an end.

*Please note: your luggage will travel on the ferry with you, rather than via our luggage service.

Includes
  • Breakfast

Additional information

Departure times

Provisional departure and return times, where available, can be found together with our dates and prices by clicking on the 'Prices & Availability' button. We write to all booked customers approximately 10 weeks prior to the start of their tour to advise the exact departure and return time for their particular group.

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Midleton Park Hotel

Midleton Park Hotel, Cork

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Roganstown Hotel & Country Club

Roganstown Hotel & Country Club, Dublin

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Belvedere Hotel, Dublin

Belvedere Hotel, Dublin

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Eviston House, Killarney

Eviston House, Killarney

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Merriman Hotel, Kinvara

Merriman Hotel, Kinvara

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Reviews

3.9 stars3.9 / 5 · 16 reviews

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M Anderson

4 stars

Submitted 20/Oct

Had only been to Dublin before so enjoyed seeing and visiting some of the interesting places Ireland has to offer.

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Gerry Ridgley

3 stars

Submitted 4/Oct

A very interesting and well conducted holiday. However, the first, Bonnington Hotel, was very poor indeed and the very early starts were accumulatively very tiring.

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Brenda Sheldrake

4 stars

Submitted 27/Sep

The Irish landscape is beautiful and we covered a huge area on our trip. The hotels were good and our guide and driver were excellent. The only reason I have given 4* rather than 5* is it was exhausting. The trip packed so much in and we didn't have any free time. If the holiday had been extended by a few days it would have been so much better. We didn't have any time to sightsee.

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Mrs Cheryl Townsend

2 stars

Submitted 22/Sep

Not enough trains! Far too much by coach. Too many early mornings and not enough free time. One of the tour managers was passed the sell by date. Hotels not up to 4 star, food was poor. Bathrooms not clean enough. Dublin tour guides didn't turn up. Two or three events cancelled. Saved by lovely scenery throughout, and a brilliant Irish driver full of local knowledge.

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Jean Hook

4 stars

Submitted 22/Sep

A busy but very comprehensive tour of Ireland. Mostly good hotels and a very good coach driver and tour manager.

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Elizabeth Bowerman

4 stars

Submitted 22/Sep

The tour had long days with some early starts. If you were able to accept the pace you saw a lot of Southern Ireland in a short time. The county is full of history and has plenty of lovely countryside. I have marked my tour down as our tour guide was not the best, we had to rely on our wonderful coach driver Mike for a great commentary in the coach in regards what we were seeing and visiting. The second tour guide from GRJ who was running the same trip with another group, in the end had oversea our group as tour guide seemed not capable of doing it.

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