Irish Odyssey 12 Day - Dublin to Dublin Group Tour

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One of our most requested Ireland trips, perfect for those travelling to Ireland for the first time. See ever-changing landscapes, splendid seascapes, purple moorlands, monastic ruins, enchanting lakes, towering fortresses, and patchwork of fields spread in every shade of green.

Ireland Tour

Your Day-by-Day Itinerary

Ireland logoIreland castle Day 1: Dublin City Tour & Kilmainham Gaol
Ireland travel books extol the virtues of Dublin, an you experience it first hand. Your Dublin trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour guide at your Dublin hotel. Dublin has retained its aura of Georgian elegance with many examples of fine architecture.  Tour Trinity College, founded in the sixteenth century, where you will certainly want to spend some time in the library viewing the famous Book of Kells.  You'll see the curved Bank of Ireland Building which was once the Parliament House.  Visit Kilmainham Gaol where many of Ireland’s leaders, including Robert Emmett, Eamon DeValera and Padraig Pearse, were imprisoned during the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the evening meet your tour guide and travel companions over a welcome drink.

Day 2: Russborough House & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub

This morning drive through the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains to Blessington for a guided tour of stately Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with interesting treasures of art and photography. The afternoon is free so that you may use your independent open-top bus voucher with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office. Head to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub. Just outside Dublin, in a relaxing farmhouse setting, Taylor’s Three Rock features traditional ballads, music and dance, authentic Irish entertainment including a hand-picked Irish dancing troupe.  A strong heart is needed, as both the dancers and musicians involve the entire audience in this electric performance. (B, D)

County Cork Day 3: Farmhouse Visit & House of Waterford Crystal

Travel through Kildare to visit a traditional farmhouse to meet the owners and learn about country living while enjoying tea and freshly-baked scones. Drive south to Waterford to tour the House of Waterford Crystal. Watch experienced craftspeople create all the various stages of production, from glass blowing and cutting to the final polishing of magnificent trophies. Visit the nearby Medieval Museum, a modern building which incorporates a 13th century Choristers’ Hall and the 15th century Mayor’s Wine Vault. Continue along the south coast to Cork for an overnight stay. (B, D)

Day 4: Blarney Castle & Killarney

Start your day with a local guide on a brief walking tour of the city and the English Market. A few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle and climb to the battlements to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish-made goods of all types. Drive through Counties Cork and Kerry to the colorful town of Kenmare. Stop at Moll’s Gap for great views of part of the Ring of Kerry and watch trained dogs herding sheep. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. (B, D)

King Johns Castle Day 5: Jaunting Car Ride & Dingle Peninsula

Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle to view Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes. Explore the scenic Dingle Peninsula to experience views of heathery mountains, sandy beaches and rocky headlands. Dingle is a native Gaelic speaking area and the lilt of this ancient tongue adds an element of mystery to this hauntingly beautiful place.  Visit the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands, inhabited until 1953 by hardy farming and fishing families. Return to the town of Dingle and enjoy a light lunch before returning to Killarney. The evening is free. (B, L)

Trim Castle Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Galway
Sample tea and scones in a pub in Listowel, associated with the writer, J. B. Keane. Travel north and cross the wide River Shannon Estuary by ferry and drive along the coast of County Clare. Here view the famous Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that rises 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower to get views of Connemara and the Aran Islands. Continue to Galway for a walking tour and check in to your hotel, which overlooks Galway Bay. Galway is one of the most interesting of Irish towns with its narrow winding lanes, antique shops and quaint pubs.  (B, D)

Day 7: "The Quiet Man" & Connemara
Drive to Cong where "The Quiet Man" movie was made in 1952. A guided walk will show you places featured in the production. Travel through Connemara for sweeping views of misty mountains and shimmering lakes. Stop at Kylemore Abbey for a walk through the elegant mansion, set beside a tranquil lake. Enjoy a casual lunch and watch crystal cutting at Connemara Celtic Crystal before returning to Galway. (B, L)

Giant's Causeway Day 8: Country Life Museum & Belleek China

Travel north to Castlebar to the Museum of Country Life which displays articles used in everyday life during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Continue to County Sligo and pause in Drumcliffe Churchyard at the grave of the writer, W. B. Yeats. Visit the Belleek Pottery Factory where craftspeople shape and decorate clay into delicate pieces and stop in Donegal town. Continue your drive through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry. (B, D)

Day 9: Derry Walk & Giant’s Causeway
Join a local guide for a walking tour around the ancient city of Derry to see the Guildhall, St. Columb’s Cathedral, the Diamond and the 16th century walls. Stop for photos at the ruined Dunluce Castle and explore the Giant’s Causeway, huge hexagonal basalt columns formed over 60 million years ago. The oversized rocks have given rise to many legends. See turf cutting at Shean’s Heritage Farm and return to Derry for free time. (B, D) {short description of image}

Day 10: Titanic Belfast & Cabra Castle Stay
Drive to Belfast for a panoramic city tour followed by a visit to Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Travel to Kingscourt and your castle hotel, built in 1760. Its halls and courtyards once echoed to the footsteps of Oliver Cromwell and James II.  Arrive mid-afternoon so that you can enjoy this lovely property and maybe play the 9-hole golf course. After dinner in the Court Restaurant, enjoy a display of Irish step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 11: Megalithic Tombs & Historic Drogheda Walk
Visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. Tour one of them to see how primitive people managed to align huge boulders precisely. Continue to Drogheda to join a local guide for a walking tour to see the head of Oliver Plunkett, the first Irishman to be canonized in 700 years, and 14th century St. Laurence Gate in the medieval walls. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner with live music at Wm Cairnes Gastropub, located in a former brewery. (B, D)

Day 12: Tour Ends in Drogheda
Your tour ends after breakfast. Drogheda is 30 miles north of Dublin Airport so ensure you have appropriate transfer arrangements made. (B)

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

One of our most requested Ireland trips includes:

12 days/10 nights/19 meals
When we book your flights together with a coach tour, we include complimentary group transfers on the starting and ending date of tours at times specified on each itinerary-a $30 per person fee applies to land only bookings.
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • 11 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 8 dinners (D) including
  • - Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
    - Wm Cairnes Gastropub farewell dinner
    - 6 table d'hote dinners
  • 2 Lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of Dublin and Belfast
  • Farmhouse visit for tea and scones
  • Walking tours of Cork, Galway, Derry and Drogheda with local guides
  • Sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • J. B. Keane’s Pub in Listowel for tea and scones
  • Ferry ride across the River Shannon
  • “The Quiet Man" walking tour of Cong
  • Sheans Heritage Farm turf-cutting, tea and scones
  • Step dancing display in Cabra Castle Hotel
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness Storehouse or General Post Office
  • Visits and admissions to Kilmainham Gaol, Russborough House, House of Waterford Crystal, Waterford’s Medieval Museum, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Blasket Centre, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory, Museum of Country Life, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Belleek Pottery Factory, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Belfast, Boyne Valley Visitor Centre & Newgrange or Knowth Tomb
  • 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
  • Free Wi-Fi on coaches and in hotel lobbies

  • Your Hotels Stay at the following (or similar):

    -Herbert Park4 star hotel Dublin (2 nights)
    -The River Lee Hotel 4 star hotel Cork (1 night)
    -Killarney Plaza Hotel 4 star hotel Killarney (2 nights)
    -Galmont Hotel 4 star hotel Galway (2 nights) or Knockranny House Hotel 4 star hotel Westport for July 25 departure
    -City Hotel, Derry 4 star hotel Derry (2 nights)
    -Cabra Castle Hotel 4 star hotel Cavan (1 night)
    -Knightsbrok Hotel and Golf Resort (1 night)
    Did you know? A full seven percent of the entire Irish barley crop goes to the production of Guinness beer. 


    12 days Dublin to Dublin    
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    DUBLIN DUBLIN Departure
    Fri Aug 31, 2018 Tue Sep 11, 2018 US$2900
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    12 days Dublin to Dublin
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    Single room supplement: $800

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