Breathtaking, lush landscapes combined with vibrant cities and historic attractions—all of this and more await you on this Irish Explorer tour, including Northern Ireland. Starting and ending in Dublin, explore Ireland in depth and hear exciting stories of its rich history, legends, and myths.
- 8 night guided vacation
- 8 nights in Superior Tourist Class accommodation below or similar
- 11 Meals: 8 Full Irish breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with choice of menus
- Sightseeing to the iconic must-see sights
- Expert Tour Directors and Local Guides
- Private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi
Book by Jun 30!
|Jul 20, Aug 10,31, Sep 24, 2023||from $2229 tax included|
|Sep 10,17, 2023||from $2299 tax included|
|Sep 28, Oct 15,29, 2023||from $2189 tax included|
|Single Room Supplement||add $383|
|Airport Transfers||add from $120 per person|
Round trip airfare to Dublin not included but can be added
Note: Passport and emergency contact information needed with final payment.
Upgrade your tour package to First Class Vacation (Globus): Emerald Isle or Scenic Ireland
- DUBLIN – Orientation drive
- DOWNPATRICK – See the burial place of St. Patrick
- BELFAST – Visit Northern Ireland’s capital
- GIANT’S CAUSEWAY – See the amazing basalt columns
- DERRY – Visit the walled city
- DONEGAL – Visit the coastal town
- DRUMCLIFF – Visit W.B. Yeats’ burial place
- GALWAY – Visit the port city
- CLIFFS OF MOHER – Savor the spectacular views
- ADARE – Admire the thatched cottages
- DINGLE PENINSULA DRIVE – See the Blasket Islands
- KILLARNEY – Visit the popular resort town
- RING OF KERRY – Scenic peninsula drive
- BLARNEY – Visit the famous village
- WATERFORD – Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal
- AVOCA – Visit the handweaving mill
Day 1: ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND
Check into your hotel. At 3 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street and elegant Georgian squares to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College. End the day with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse.
Accommodation: The Bonnington Dublin Hotel (or similar)
Day 2: DUBLIN–DOWNPATRICK, NORTHERN IRELAND–BELFAST (B)
On your northbound route today, pass Drogheda, scene of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, then through the fertile landscape of the Boyne Valley, known for its prehistoric passage graves. Cross the border into Northern Ireland, and drive past the Mountains of Mourne to Downpatrick, the burial place of Patrick, Ireland’s Patron Saint, and on to the vibrant city of Belfast, where the Titanic was built. Later, why not join a Local Guide on a “living history” tour, including a visit to the fascinating Titanic Experience? Accommodation: Jurys Inn Belfast (or similar)
Day 3: BELFAST–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–DERRY–DONEGAL, IRELAND–DRUMCLIFF–SLIGO (B/D)
First stop this morning is awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, let the province’s story unfold as you head for the city of Derry before returning to the Republic to visit Donegal, the ancient town founded by Danish Vikings and home of the O’Donnell Clan. Drive along Donegal Bay with its small fishing ports and hidden beaches, and stop in Drumcliff to see the grave of W.B. Yeats before arriving in Sligo.
Accommodation: Southern Hotel Sligo (or similar)
Day 4: SLIGO–GALWAY–CLIFFS OF MOHER–LIMERICK (B)
Travel farther south to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops, and a busy café and bar culture. Cross the limestone plateau of The Burren to visit the spectacular 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER. Tonight, you might like to join an optional medieval banquet.
Accommodation: Limerick City Hotel (or similar)
Day 5: LIMERICK–ADARE–DINGLE PENINSULA–KILLARNEY (B)
Start your day with a stroll through Adare, a village known for its prize-winning thatched cottages. Then, take in the breathtaking scenery of the Dingle Peninsula, where the 32-mile Slea Head drive affords magnificent vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. See the Blasket Islands, and hear about the way of life and unique literary achievements of its inhabitants prior to their evacuation in 1953. The next two nights are spent in the popular resort of Killarney. Tonight, enjoy the optional outing to Tralee for dinner and a performance at Siamsa Tire, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre.
Accommodation: The Parkavon Hotel (or similar)
Day 6: KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION (B/D) At Killorglin, join the RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile coastal panoramic drive featuring sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Back in Killarney, a special optional adventure: take a horse-drawn jaunting car along the national park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle.
Day 7: KILLARNEY–BLARNEY–WATERFORD–TRAMORE (B/D) More scenic splendor as you head over the Kerry Mountains into County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time at your leisure to see the castle and shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. After lunch, drive past Cork, the country’s second-largest city on the way to Waterford, where a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL is included. Spend the night at the nearby seaside resort of Tramore. Later, consider an optional pub tour.
Accommodation: Majestic Hotel (or similar)
Day 8: TRAMORE–AVOCA–DUBLIN (B)
On the last leg of your journey, visit Ireland’s oldest HANDWEAVING MILL at Avoca, and enjoy views of the Wicklow Mountains on your way to Dublin. An optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter would be an exciting finale to your vacation.
Accommodation: The Bonnington Dublin Hotel (or similar)
Day 9: DUBLIN (B)
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.