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Best of Ireland Tour

From $1499

12 Days

Includes 16 meals on tour

Passport Required

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Introduction

The lush green countryside, notable castles and heritage of the nation will amaze you on our Best of Ireland Tour.  Divided between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, you will spend 12 unforgettable days touring cities from Dublin to Belfast.  Along the way, spectacular landscapes and the charm of the people will be sure to win your heart. Traditional folklore, local pubs to sample your favorite stouts and lagers, plus the expertise of our driver guides will complete this ultimate vacation.  As the Irish say, “an té a bhíónn siúlach, bíonn scéalach,” meaning “he who travels has stories to tell.”

Fly from your hometown to Dublin, the capital of Ireland.  Filled with history, you’ll see the 18th century Bank of Ireland, Leinster House and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  Trinity College, home to the Book of Kells is a must see, or taking a leisurely walk on Grafton Street where you’ll be entertained by street performers and musicians.  From Dublin, head south to the Rock of Cashel and Waterford where you’ll tour the famous crystal factory.  Next is Cobh and the Blarney Castle.  Found at the top of the tower is the legendary Stone of Eloquence.  Kiss it and you’ll never again be lost for words.

Looking forward is the vibrant town and surrounding area of Killarney.  Drive the photographic Ring of Kerry and stop at the medieval fortress, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park.  Incredible views of the Atlantic await at the Cliffs of Moher before some time in Galway.  Travel north through the mountainous Connemara region to Kylemore Abbey and Sligo.  The estate and grounds of the Abbey will leave you in admiration of its beauty and peacefulness.  Your journey continues to Belfast, with stops at Belleek Pottery and the Ulster and American Folk Museum along the way.

Two nights will be spent in the Victorian city of Belfast.  A special excursion to the North Channel of the Irish Sea and “The Giant’s Causeway” will be a dramatic highlight.  This UNESCO World Heritage Site is made up of over 40,000 hexagonal stacks and other puzzling rock formations.  Also included is a visit to Titantic Belfast, the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience.  Here you can explore the shipyard, interactive galleries or uncover the myths and legends surrounding her story.  It's then back to Dublin for the last night of the tour before you bid farewell to the Emerald Isle.

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Trip includes

  • Hotel Accommodations:  Includes 10 nights of hotel accommodations based on twin/double occupancy in moderate hotels.

  • Sightseeing:  and special events as listed in the tour itinerary.

  • Meals: Ten breakfasts and six dinners.

  • Service:  Your tour is accompanies throughout by a professionally trained Irish driver guide who is knowledgeable on the local area and will provide you with a wealth of information.  Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.

  • Baggage Handling: To and from your hotel room throughout your land tour for one piece of checked baggage per person.

Activity Level

Moderate
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Trip highlights

  • Visit Waterford and Waterford Crystal
  • Kiss the Blarney Stone and acquire the "Gift of Gab" at Blarney Castle
  • Dublin sightseeing including St. Patrick's Cathedral, the largest in Ireland
  • Take one of Europe's most famous drives, the Ring of Kerry, with its spectacular scenery of lakes and rivers
  • See the incredible Cliffs of Moher and Giant's Causeway
  • Visit Titanic Belfast - the world's largest Titanic experience