The Emerald Isle

Dublin to Dublin tour

Ireland travel vacation - Dublin to Dublin - Small Group Tour
Travel Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on a 12 day tour, visiting smaller towns and large cities on the Emerald Isle. Belfast, Derry, Galway, Kinsale and more. From north to south, this is one Irish journey that delves into the Emerald Isle’s fascinating history, rich traditions and cultural heritage like no other. Starting with the legendary Giant’s Causeway, our road will lead us to Ireland’s rugged peninsulas, quaint villages and ancient landmarks  – all while drawing on local knowledge to transport you to the heart of this captivating country. Your Ireland tour awaits!


    Belfast | Galway | Dingle Peninsula | Cork | Kilkenny

    12 DAYS / 11 NIGHTS / UP TO 18 GUESTS


    Emerald Isle map


    • Discover Northern Ireland's history on a Black Cab Tour of Belfast’s street art and political murals
    • Set foot on the basalt columns of the legendary Giant’s Causeway
    • Discover the moon-like landscape of the Burren

    Warm, welcoming and unmistakably charismatic, Dublin is where we’ll meet the group and begin our adventure. But we won’t stick around for long – the fascinating Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is calling. After a history-filled day (a taste of what’s to come), we’ll move on to Belfast – where we’ll get to know each other a little better over a welcome dinner. (D)

    Accommodation: Malone Lodge Hotel (or similar)

    Dublin to Dublin tourDAY 2 BELFAST – LONDONDERRY
    You don’t have to delve deep into Northern Ireland’s past to see its influences on contemporary culture – and this morning’s Black Cab tour of Belfast’s street art and political murals will serve as proof. We’ll make another stop at the Titanic Museum, where we’ll discover the personal stories surrounding the infamous ship’s fateful journey, before continuing to Ballyscullion Park (a private country house) for lunch. Then: we’ll take some time to explore Ireland’s natural geological wonder, the Giant’s Causeway, before arriving at our accommodation in Londonderry. (B,L)

    Accommodation: Beech Hill Country House (or similar)

    After a morning spent strolling along Londonderry’s old city walls, we’ll board the mini-coach and head to the North Irish Coast for the day. At the Isle of Doagh, we’ll visit the Famine Village and Visitor Centre – where we’ll gain an insight into Irish life during the time of the Great Famine. (B)

    Accommodation: Beech Hill Country House (or similar)

    More fascinating history is on the cards today! After breakfast, we’ll kick things off with a visit to the Ulster American Folk Park, where we’ll learn why two million Irish people sailed away to start a life in the New World. This afternoon we’ll visit the Belleek Pottery Centre (the home of Ireland’s oldest working fine china pottery) before moving on to Roscommon, where we’ll regroup for dinner. (B,D)

    Accommodation: Kilronan Castle (or similar)

    The morning will see us taking a wander around the award-winning Connemara Heritage and History Centre – where we’ll learn a thing or two about the area’s culture and traditions from a local family. After visiting the homestead of Dan O’Hara (he of the famous ballad), we’ll hit the road to the harbour city of Galway for an evening of leisure. (B)

    Accommodation: Park House Hotel (or similar)

    Today we’ll see the likes of the Spanish Arch, Galway Cathedral and Eyre Square on a walking tour of the city. Then: the afternoon will be yours to spend exploring brightly coloured pubs, tasting local seafood and listening to the ever-present throng of tuneful street performers. Buzzing, bohemian and utterly charismatic, you’re sure to fall for Galway’s many charms! (B)

    Accommodation: Park House Hotel (or similar)

    Out of Galway and onwards to the karst landscapes of the Burren – where the exceptionally well-preserved Caherconnell Stone Fort awaits us. Here, we may be fortunate enough to witness the local sheepdog trials in action. Before we reach our accommodation in the Dingle Peninsula, we’ll round off the day with a visit to the magnificent Cliffs of Moher – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. (B,D)

    Accommodation: Dingle Benners Hotel (or similar)

    Today will begin at one of the Dingle Peninsula’s most famous landmarks: the Gallarus Oratory, a unique stone chapel that resembles an upturned boat. After that, there’s one more stop in store – the fascinating Blasket Centre, which celebrates the history of the beautiful Great Blasket Island – before we return to Dingle for the evening, where we’ll have plenty of free time to explore the quaint fishing port. (B)

    Accommodation: Dingle Benners Hotel (or similar)

    Peaks and lakes are on the menu today! First, we’ll take in the views across the stunning Lakes of Killarney as we travel to pretty Kenmare, the ‘head of the sea’. Then, we have an appointment to keep with a true Irish icon: Blarney Castle. Legend has it that you’ll be blessed with the ‘gift of the gab’ if you kiss the famous Blarney Stone – a block of limestone built into the castle’s battlements. Tonight, we’ll make the most of our new-found eloquence over dinner in Cork. (B,D)

    Accommodation: The Kingsley Hotel (or similar)

    After boarding the mini-coach in Cork, the port and fishing town of Kinsale will be our first stop of the day. Here, we’ll get the lay of the land on a walking tour before turning our attention to Charles Fort, one of Europe’s best-preserved star-shaped forts. We’ll return to Cork this evening – but before that, there will be plenty of time to soak up Kinsale’s laid-back atmosphere in the local pubs and restaurants. (B)

    Accommodation: The Kingsley Hotel (or similar)

    As we approach the final few chapters of the tour, we’ll find ourselves travelling through rural Tipperary on the way to Kilkenny – Ireland’s ‘most perfect’ medieval city. A walking tour will help us to orient ourselves before we come together for our last hurrah: a delicious farewell dinner (including an unforgettable hurling experience). We’ll even be lucky enough to spend the evening with a local musician, who’ll ring in the last night of the trip with some traditional Irish anthems. What an adventure it’s been! (B,D)  

    Accommodation: Kilkenny River Court Hotel (or similar)

    After breakfast, we’ll have two more stops to make before we say goodbye: the imposing Huntington Castle, where we’ll be treated to a guided tour, and the famous copper mining town of Avoca. After that, we’ll return to cosmopolitan Dublin – where our tour will come to a close. (B)


    • 11 nights in boutique accommodation
    • Experienced Lynott Tour Leader and Driver
    • Premium mini-coach transportation
    • Daily full Irish breakfasts (B), 1 lunch (L), 5 dinners (D)
    • Entrance included to all attractions in the itinerary, including: the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, the Titanic Museum, Ballyscullion Park, the Giant’s Causeway, Doagh Famine Village and Visitor Centre, Ulster American Folk Park, the Connemara Heritage and History Centre, Caherconnell Stone Fort, The Cliffs of Moher, the Gallarus Oratory, the Blasket Centre, Blarney Castle, Charles Fort, Huntington Castle

    This tour begins and ends at the Dylan Hotel. Pre and post stays are available.

    8-Mar 19-Mar    $        3,669.00
    15-Mar 26-Mar G  $        3,669.00
    22-Mar 02-Apr    $        3,669.00
    29-Mar 09-Apr    $        3,669.00
    14-Apr 25-Apr G  $        3,669.00
    16-Apr 27-Apr    $        3,669.00
    19-Apr 30-Apr    $        3,669.00
    21-Apr 02-May G  $        3,769.00
    26-Apr 07-May    $        3,769.00
    5-May 16-May    $        3,769.00
    7-May 18-May G  $        3,769.00
    9-May 20-May    $        3,769.00
    11-May 22-May    $        3,769.00
    17-May 28-May G  $        3,929.00
    24-May 04-Jun    $        3,929.00
    26-May 06-Jun    $        3,929.00
    28-May 08-Jun G  $        3,929.00
    31-May 11-Jun    $        3,929.00
    2-Jun 13-Jun    $        3,769.00
    4-Jun 15-Jun    $        3,769.00
    7-Jun 18-Jun G  $        3,769.00
    9-Jun 20-Jun    $        3,769.00
    11-Jun 22-Jun    $        3,769.00
    14-Jun 25-Jun G  $        3,769.00
    16-Jun 27-Jun    $        3,769.00
    18-Jun 29-Jun    $        3,769.00
    21-Jun 02-Jul G  $        3,769.00
    25-Jun 06-Jul    $        3,769.00
    28-Jun 09-Jul    $        3,769.00
    2-Jul 13-Jul G  $        3,769.00
    5-Jul 16-Jul    $        3,769.00
    7-Jul 18-Jul    $        3,769.00
    19-Jul 30-Jul G  $        3,769.00
    21-Jul 01-Aug    $        3,769.00
    29-Jul 09-Aug    $        3,769.00
    2-Aug 13-Aug G  $        3,769.00
    4-Aug 15-Aug    $        3,769.00
    6-Aug 17-Aug    $        3,769.00
    9-Aug 20-Aug G  $        3,769.00
    11-Aug 22-Aug    $        3,769.00
    13-Aug 24-Aug    $        3,769.00
    16-Aug 27-Aug G  $        3,769.00
    18-Aug 29-Aug    $        3,769.00
    23-Aug 03-Sep    $        3,769.00
    25-Aug 05-Sep G  $        3,769.00
    1-Sep 12-Sep    $        3,769.00
    3-Sep 14-Sep    $        3,769.00
    6-Sep 17-Sep    $        3,769.00
    8-Sep 19-Sep G  $        3,769.00
    10-Sep 21-Sep    $        3,769.00
    13-Sep 24-Sep    $        3,769.00
    17-Sep 28-Sep G  $        3,669.00
    20-Sep 01-Oct    $        3,669.00
    24-Sep 05-Oct    $        3,669.00
    27-Sep 08-Oct G  $        3,669.00
    1-Oct 12-Oct    $        3,669.00
    4-Oct 15-Oct    $        3,669.00
    6-Oct 17-Oct G  $        3,669.00
    8-Oct 19-Oct    $        3,669.00
    11-Oct 22-Oct    $        3,669.00
    Single supplement 820
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