The Jewels of Ireland

Two Week Tour of Ireland includes Sligo, Northern Ireland and more - Ireland bus travel

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To appreciate the astonishing diversity of this island, all you really have to do is to look around you. Time may stand still in Ireland, but whatever season you arrive, there's always time for a special moment. Ireland bus travel. This is our longst tour of Ireland. Hidden gems on this tour include the Dark Hedges, famous from Game of Thrones, and meeting the locals at unique farm visits.

A few departures on this tour have a senior discount available. Please ask for details. Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers.

Jewels of Ireland Itinerary

Irish music Day 1: Dublin Castle & City Tour

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. Tour Dublin Castle to see the magnificently furnished State Apartments and learn about historic events that have taken place there. Back at your hotel enjoy a welcome drink with your tour director and fellow travelers and dine independently this evening.

Day 2: Russborough House & Taylor’s Three Rock

Drive to Blessington for a guided tour around Russborough House, a Palladian mansion filled with interesting treasures, works of art and early photographic collections. Return to Dublin where the afternoon is free for an independent open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness or General Post Office. Head to Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for dinner with traditional music, songs and step-dancing. A strong heart is needed, as both the dancers and musicians involve the entire audience in this electric performance.  (B, D)

Bantry House Day 3: Cashel & Kinsale Walk

Get ready to depart Dublin and travel to Cashel for a great photo-op at the Rock of Cashel. Cashel is one of Ireland's most historic sitesThen it’s off to Blarney to visit Blarney Castle, where you can kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or walk through the landscaped grounds. There, you may want to pop into Blarney Woollen Mills for some quality Irish-made goods. After your visit, head south to Kinsale, a delightful old fishing town, which is now renowned for sailing and gourmet food. Join a local guide for a short walk around Kinsale’s historic streets. Then check into your hotel and take some time to settle in before dinner with your fellow travelers in the hotel restaurant. (B, D)

Day 4:Cork & Dingle

Journey along the rugged coastline of County Cork, passing picturesque coves and beaches. Then, travel to Killarney for a horse-drawn jaunting car ride through Killarney National Park to view Ross Castle. Enjoy a drive along the Dingle Peninsula and sip an Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn before continuing to your charming manor-house hotel in Dingle town center. After checking in, you may wish to relax at your hotel or take a short stroll before dinner. (B, D)
The well-known phrase ‘by hook or by crook’ originated from the place names Hook and Crooke when Cromwell vowed that his armies would take Waterford ‘by Hook or by Crooke’ (he never did!!!).  

Cobh Day 5: Scenic Dingle Peninsula & Blasket Centre

Explore the Dingle Peninsula to enjoy mountain and shoreline views. 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 Dingle and enjoy a light lunch. The rest of the day is free to browse around this charming town. (B, L)

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Knappogue Castle Banquet
Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which recalls air travel in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Drive to the Cliffs of Moher, a dramatic wall of rock that plunges to the Atlantic Ocean. Check in to your hotel in the marketing town of Ennis. Drive a few miles to 15th century Knappogue Castle for a medieval-style banquet with entertainment. (B, D)


 Did you know? The Connemara Pony is considered Ireland’s only native breed with origins that stretch back an incredible 2,500 years. You can see the biggest collection of this sturdy breed at the annual Connemara Pony Show in Clifden in August.

Irish National Stud Day 7: Sheepdog Trials & Galway
Travel through the rounded limestone hills of the Burren to Caherconnell and watch a farmer work with skilled dogs to round up sheep. Stop in the coastal village of Ballyvaughan and drive into Galway for a guided walking tour around the central attractions. .  It is said that Christopher Columbus stopped here en route to the New World(B, D)

Day 8: Connemara Catamaran Cruise & Farmhouse Visit
Head to Standun of Spiddal for coffee and a talk. Drive through Connemara to Leenane for a short catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour to view great scenery. Near Clifden is a monument shaped like an aircraft's tail fin. It marks the spot where Alcock & Brown crash landed in 1919.  From the air, the ground looks flat and firm, but it's not, and it fooled them. At Dan O’Hara’s Homestead, see traditional farming methods as well as Connemara ponies, donkeys and chickens. Savor a farmhouse lunch before returning to Galway. (B, L)

Donegal Day 9: Lissadell House & Donegal Bay
Drive north through County Mayo and in County Sligo tour Lissadell House, a magnificent country estate that has strong connections with the 1916 Rising. Tour the Belleek Pottery Factory to see craftspeople create the renowned fine china. Stop in Donegal town for free time before driving to your hotel two miles outside the town. This enchanted corner of Ireland lies off the beaten track and is an unexpected wonder to those who venture here.  (B, D)

Day 10: Slieve League Cliffs & Donegal Castle
Drive along the coast to view Europe’s highest sea cliffs at Slieve League, which make a sheer drop to the wild Atlantic waves. Enjoy coffee or tea with home-baked scones. Visit Triona Design in Ardara for demonstrations of spinning and knitting. Stop in Donegal town for a tour of Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century and return to your hotel. (B, D)

Day 11: Derry Walk & Giant’s Causeway
Take a walking tour with a local guide to see Derry’s medieval walls, the Diamond and St. Columb’s Cathedral. Pause for photos at Dunluce Castle before exploring the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. See where “Game of Thrones” was filmed along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim route and drive to your hotel in Belfast. (B, D)

Celtic Crosses Day 12: Titanic Belfast & Cabra Castle
Tour Belfast to see Victorian buildings and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Learn about Ireland’s patron saint in the St. Patrick Centre before driving to Kingscourt to your lovely castle hotel, built in 1760. After dinner, watch a step-dancing display. (B, D)This morning kicks off with a trip to Standun of Spiddal for an Irish coffee and a talk on Irish crafts. From Standun, wind through Connemara to Leenane for a catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour. After your cruise, it’s off to Dan O’Hara’s Homestead to see traditional farming methods as well as Connemara ponies, donkeys and chickens. Savor a farmhouse lunch before returning to Galway for a free evening. * NOTE for July 30 departure: In the morning, drive through Connemara to Leenane for a catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour, followed by Dan O’Hara’s Homestead as described above and return to Wesport.
(B, L)


Day 9: LISSADELL HOUSE & DONEGAL BAY
It’s time to head north of Galway, and travel through County Mayo to County Sligo for a tour of the Lissadell House, a magnificent country estate that has strong connections with the 1916 Rising. Next, continue to Belleek to tour the Belleek Pottery Factory. While here, take a close-up look at craftspeople creating their renowned fine china. Then stop in Donegal town for free time before traveling to your hotel just outside the town. In the evening join your group for dinner in the hotel restaurant.
(B, D)


Day 10: SLIEVE LEAGUE CLIFFS & DONEGAL
After breakfast, embark on a memorable coastal drive where you’ll view Europe’s highest, most dramatic sea cliffs at Slieve League. Enjoy homemade scones with coffee or tea before heading to a nearby woolen mill for demonstrations of spinning and knitting and shopping time. Then, it’s off to Donegal town to tour Donegal Castle before returning to your hotel in time for dinner.
(B, D)


Day 11: DERRY WALK & GIANT’S CAUSEWAY
Set off on a guided walking tour to see Derry’s medieval walls, the Diamond, and St. Columb’s Cathedral. Continue on to visit the majestic Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed over 60 million years ago. A short distance further will bring you to the site of filming for “Game of Thrones”–The Dark Hedges. Travel along the scenic Nine Glens of Antrim to Belfast. Upon arrival check into your hotel for dinner and your overnight stay.
(B, D)


Day 12: TITANIC BELFAST & CABRA CASTLE
Today, embark on a guided tour of Belfast to see Victorian buildings and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Stop to visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. In the afternoon, head to Kingscourt and check into your lovely castle hotel, built in 1760. Enjoy some free time before dinner with your group. This evening, enjoy a step-dancing display followed by an opportunity to talk with the performers.
(B, D)


Day 13: Neolithic Tombs & Drogheda
Departing Kingscourt, travel into County Meath to visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth, complete with the opportunity to walk through one of them. After your visit, continue to Drogheda for a leisurely stroll around the historic town and sample locally-brewed beer in a traditional pub. Check in to your hotel and take some time to relax before tonight’s farewell dinner. In the evening, live music is on the menu at Wm Cairnes Gastro Pub where you’ll meet members of Comhaltas, an organization that promotes the preservation of traditional Irish instruments, music and dance.(B, D)
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14 Day tour:
Day 14: Tour Ends in Drogheda
Group transfers are provided to Dublin Airport to arrive at 6:00 am, 9:00 am or 12:00 noon to check in for your flight home. (B)
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15 Day Tour:
Day 14: Dublin Independent Sightseeing
Drive to Dublin to spend an additional day as you wish. If you did not use your independent Dublin open-top bus tour and Guinness or Jameson voucher on the afternoon of day 2, you will have a full day to enjoy these features. (B)

Day 15: Tour Ends Dublin Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

B=Breakfast, CB=Continental Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


The Jewels of Ireland - Two Week Ireland Guided Tour Includes
GROUP AIRPORT TRANSFERS
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 tour director
  • 14 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 10 dinners (D) including
  • - Dinner and traditional show in Dublin
    - Knappogue Castle Medieval Banquet
    - Wm Cairnes Gastropub farewell dinner
    - 7 table d'hote dinners
  • 2 Lunches (L)
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tours of Dublin & Belfast
  • Walking tours of Kinsale, Galway, Derry and Drogheda with local guides
  • Horse-drawn jaunting car ride in Killarney
  • Irish coffee at the South Pole Inn
  • Sheepdog trials at Caherconnell
  • Coffee and talk on Irish life at Standun of Spiddal
  • Killary Fjord catamaran cruise
  • Dan O'Hara’s Homestead Farm
  • Slieve League sea cliffs followed by home-baked scones with coffee or tea
  • 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 Dublin Castle, Russborough House, House of Waterford Crystal, Bishop’s Palace, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Blasket Centre, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Cliffs of Moher, Lissadell House, Belleek Pottery Factory, Triona Design, Donegal Castle, Giant’s Causeway, The Dark Hedges, Titanic Belfast, St. Patrick Centre and 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):
    Stay at the following (or similar):
  • Gibson Hotel Dublin (2 nights)
  • Actons Hotel Kinsale (1 night)
  • Dingle Benners Hotel Dingle (2 nights)
  • Temple Gate Hotel Ennis (1 night)
  • Galway Bay Hotel Galway (2 nights)
  • Mill Park Hotel Donegal (2 nights)
  • Radisson Blu Belfast Hotel Belfast (1 night)
  • Cabra Castle Hotel Kingscourt (1 night)
  • The D Hotel Drogheda (1 night)

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