Your small escorted public luxury tour of beautiful Ireland

Ireland castles, scenic landscapes and luxury accommodations for a trip to remember.

Tour Description

Enjoy luxurious hotels, inns or castle room accommodations with all the amenities you expect from your Ireland vacation.

An 8 day Classic escorted group tour of Ireland.

Transportation, breakfast and of course nightly accommodations in the castles and hotels of Ireland are included.

Tour Details

Your Distinguished Tour Includes:

  • Professional Blue Badged Certified Irish Driver Guide with Luxury Mercedes midi coach with leather seating from Day 2 depart Dublin till arrive Dublin Day 8
  • Accommodations for 7 Nights as follows or similar:
  • Full Irish Breakfast Daily
  • Admission to the following:
    • Cobh Heritage Center
    • Titanic Experience
    • Blarney Castle
    • Cliffs of Moher
  • Clonmacnoise
  • 3 Dinners, (1) Cork, (1) Killarney (1) Galway
  • Fully escorted sightseeing as per itinerary
  • All Driver’s Expenses and Hotel taxes

Not Included:

  • Any items of a personal nature.
  • Dinners and suggested optional sightseeing that are not mentioned as included in itinerary
Pricing

An escorted off-season tour beginning and ending in Dublin

Classically Ireland Spring 2018 land tour dates and rates

Departure date from USA is first date (Airfare Additional)
DatesRates per person sharingSingle supplement
February 10-18, 2018$1499$549
February 24 - March 4, 2018$1499$549
March 18-26, 2018 *this tour starts on a Sunday$1499$549
April 7-15, 2018$1659$599

Example small escorted public group itinerary

Day 1 - 2

USA – arrive in Dublin.
Overnight flight from the US to Dublin.

Day 2
Dublin
Arrive Dublin Airport from your overnight flight. After clearing customs make your way via taxi to your hotel, The Camden Court. You will have the rest of the afternoon free to explore Dublin.  You may want to stop and see St. Patrick’s Cathedral where writer Jonathan Swift gave his sermons, The G.P.O. on O’Connell Street scene of the 1916 Easter Uprising where the bullet holes still remain to this day.  Drive through famous Phoenix Park where the Pope said Mass in late 70’s and finally Trinity College to view the 8
th century manuscripts, The Book of Kells, still preserved as they were when the Monks produced them all those centuries ago.  Why not visit Guinness Storehouse for a peek at the makings of this world famous brew.   Make sure to visit Dublin’s oldest Pub this afternoon, The Brazen Head.  You might enjoy a Literary Pub Crawl this evening after dinner. Overnight Camden Court Hotel. 

 

Day 3

Dublin-Cork
We enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast this morning.  After breakfast we meet our Driver Guide in the lobby of the hotel @ 9:00AM. Traveling south through Kildare, where some of Ireland's best grazing farmland has made County Kildare (Cill Dara) prime agricultural real estate, especially for the horse-racing set: the county is dotted with stud farms where champion racehorses are reared and trained as a matter of course. Then it’s onto Cobh a charming waterfront town on a glittering estuary, dotted with bright houses and overlooked by a splendid cathedral. We visit the Cobh Heritage Center. Learn about Irish Emigration story, hear about the ill-fated Titanic and the Lusitania, and immerse yourself in Irish history. The howl of the storm almost knocks you off-balance, as you feel your right on the deck of the Titanic. Housed in the old train station This beautiful, informative and sometimes emotive cultural Centre is situated within Cobh’s beautifully restored Victorian railway station, a building with its own historic story. While in Cobh we will also visit the Titanic Experience. The visitor experience is presented in two parts. The first is an exciting immersive audio visual tour retracing the steps of the 123 passengers who boarded Titanic from Queenstown on April 11th 1912. With Officer Boxall as your virtual guide, innovative audio visual technology and the replica interior ship set, experience the anticipation of the long journey ahead. The Titanic Trail is the only guided walking tour of Cobh exploring in depth the last hours of Titanic. During the walk the visitor is brought to see the original buildings, streets and piers that Titanic’s last passengers used. Although delivered in an engaging and enjoyable format, the tour embodies a great deal of authentic historical research undertaken by the historian, author and creator of the Trail, Mr Michael Martin. Dinner and overnight Imperial Hotel Cork.

Day 4

Cork- Killarney
We enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast this morning. We start our journey with a visit to Blarney Castle home to the blarney stone. If you need proof of the power of a good yarn, then join the queue to get into this 15th-century castle, one of Ireland's most popular tourist attractions. They're here, of course, to plant their lips on the Blarney Stone, which supposedly gives one the gift of gab. The Blarney Stone is perched at the top of a steep climb up claustrophobic spiral staircases. On the battlements, you bend backwards over a long, long drop (with safety grill and attendant to prevent tragedy) to kiss the stone; Time to visit and shop the famous woolen mills. This shop shouldn't disappoint, with a particularly wide range of cut crystal, porcelain presents and its trademark woolly things. Overnight in Killarney International Hotel.

Day 5

Killarney- Dingle- Killarney
After breakfast we depart Killarney for the Dingle Peninsula. The journey begins with some of the most magnificent scenery in all of Ireland.  The little town of Dingle is straight out of a story book.  The fishing boats in the harbor and tiny brightly painted pubs portray a time that has continued to stand still. The population of 1500 people and only 52 pubs are ready to welcome you this afternoon. Worth the wait is the native seafood chowder served up at lunch time with freshly baked brown bread.  We continue on to Slea Head.  Along the way, we will see bee hive style huts, originally inhabited by 12
th century monks, which overlook the rugged Blasket Islands.  The awe inspiring beauty of this particular area is unmatched.  There is no other landscape in western Europe with the density and variety of archaeological monuments as found on the Dingle Peninsula. Dinner and Overnight Killarney International Hotel.

Day 6

Killarney-Galway
Today after breakfast we may take a tour of Ireland’s stony place – The Burren, You can find villages abandoned since famine times and green roads on which you can walk for miles without ever seeing a car. This is not the green Ireland of postcards. But there are wildflowers in spring, giving the 560-sq-km Burren brilliant, if ephemeral, color amid its ascetic beauty. Continuing on to the Cliffs of Moher are stupefying impressive and staggeringly beautiful. The entirely vertical cliffs rise to a height of 203m, their edge falling away abruptly into a ceaselessly churning Atlantic. A progression of vast heads, the dark limestone marches in a rigid formation that's gob-smacking, no matter how many times you look at it. On a clear day you'll channel Barbra Streisand as you can see forever; the Aran Islands stand etched on the waters of Galway Bay, and beyond lie the hills of Connemara. As you leave the cliffs you’ll travel through the little village of Liscannor and just across the bay, you’ll see the beautiful seaside village and golfers’ mecca, Lahinch. Overnight at Park House Hotel in Galway.

Day 7

Galway. Aran Island (optional tour)
After a full Irish Breakfast, we enjoy an optional tour of The Aran Islands. Inis Mór is the largest of the three Aran Islands and is the most developed in terms of tourist facilities. There are about 900 inhabitants on Inis Mór making it by far the most populated of the islands. The main village on the island is Kilronan, which has a quite large harbour that accommodates a vast amount of tourist travel to the island. There are minibuses as well as horse and carts to take people around.  We return to Galway. Those not taking the Aran Islands tour will have a free day in Galway. For those not taking the optional tour enjoy Galway.  Dinner and Overnight at Park House Hotel in Galway.

Day 8 - 9

Galway-Dublin
After a hearty Irish breakfast we leave Galway and make our way to Dublin. Along the way stopping at Clonmacnoise. With a nearby ruined castle for company, the setting is quite sublime at Clonmacnoise – one of Ireland's holiest and most significant monastic sites. Right alongside the River Shannon, an enticing air of sacred mystery pervades the remains, with its wealth of early church architecture, some of Ireland's finest high crosses and most ancient round towers, all arrayed closely together within the confines of a walled field. We continue on our way to Dublin. This evening in Dublin you may want to make your way to Grafton St. Dublin's most famous street is pedestrianized Grafton St, the bustling heart of the city centre. You'll find the biggest range of pubs, shops and restaurants in the busy hive that surrounds it, a warren of side streets and alleys that is almost always full of people. Many of the city’s most important sights and museums are here, as is Dublin’s best-loved city park, St Stephen's Green. Overnight Camden Court Hotel.

Day 9
Dublin Airport on own via taxi.

 

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