Ireland Uncovered

Terms & Conditions

Trip Date
Price from
$3999
Number of Days
8
Highlights & Inclusions
  • Explore Dublin, including the Book of Kells 
  • Travel by train through the countryside to Galway
  • Explore Connemara National Park and Killarney National Park
  • Stand atop the Cliffs of Moher and ferry to the Aran Islands
  • Visit the Titanic Museum and Jameson Distillery 
  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners 
  • 2 nights: Ashling Hotel City Centre (March) or Cassidy’s Hotel (September), Dublin
  • 2 nights: Jury’s Inn, Galway
  • 1 night: Falls Hotel & Spa, Clare
  • 1 night: Killarney Court Hotel, Killarney
  • 2 nights: Jury’s Inn, Cork
Itinerary

Encounter folklore and fairy tales as you explore Ireland’s breathtaking coastline and ancient cities. Journey over the green plains of Ireland, visiting medieval castles and ancient sites filled with folklore and whimsy. Take in the view’s of Ireland’s rugged coastline, explore its great history, and connect with the country’s friendly atmosphere on this cultural adventure. 

 

Day 1: Dublin

Great history, live music and friendly atmosphere welcomes you to Dublin today. Head out and explore, Guinness Storehouse and Kilmainham Gaol are a few iconic landmarks you might choose.  Our group will come together tonight for our welcome meeting with our Local Leader followed by dinner at a local restaurant. (d) 

 

Day 2: Dublin

We’ll take public transport through the city this morning to Dublin Trinity College, to see the Book of Kells. The afternoon is unscripted for you to write your own adventure. Perhaps explore the famous Temple Bar area for a pint! (b)

 

Day 3: Galway

We head west by train to Galway. This afternoon is yours to discover this lively city. Choose how you’d like to explore aboard local Hop On Hop Off bus, or visit a local horse farm. (b)

 

Day 4: Connemara National Park – Galway

Visit Kylemore Abbey this morning, wander through the 6 acres of gardens and historic abbey. Continue to Connemara National Park, where multiple trails are available for hikes of all levels.  Perhaps take a look back at the turrets of Kylemore Abbey from the top of Diamond Hill or spend your time spotting the local wildlife. We’ll head back to Galway for the evening. (b) 

 

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher – County Clare

The sheer rocks of the Cliffs of Moher rise from the deep blue sea and are topped with rolling green fields, making them an icon of Ireland.  We’ll visit the cliffs before we take a ferry across to Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands. You will have time at leisure to explore the tiny island.  Let the wind sweep through your hair as you walk or cycle through the valleys and hills or perhaps stop off at the local art center. (b, d) 

 

Day 6: Dingle Peninsula - Killarney

From Ireland’s westernmost point to deserted beaches, the Dingle Peninsula is stunning around every corner and bend in the road. Stop off in the tiny settlement of Adare - where artists, musicians and craftspeople have found their home. We’ll have lunch in a favorite local pub.  

Continue to Killarney. Perhaps join the locals for a few pints at a local pub as you will learn quickly that pubs are the heartbeat of Ireland and are a great place to get to know more about Irish culture and make new friends. (b, l)

 

Day 7: Killarney National Park – Blarney Castle - Cork

Killarney National Park is a photographer’s dream. After we visit the park, continue east to Blarney Castle, home of the Blarney Stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence. The story is that after kissing the stone, you will, what Irish people say, get ‘the gift of the gab’. Why not try it for yourself?  Our day will end in Cork. (b)

 

Day 8: Cobh – Midleton - Cork

Travel to the small town of Cobh, probably best known as the last port of call for the Titanic. Visit the Titanic Experience Museum and learn more about the fateful journey of the ship. Cross by ferry to Spike Island. Having been a monastery, a fortress and a jail, the island’s history is reflected in its wide range of residents: monks, rioters, captains and convicts have all called Spike Island home at some stage.

Our final stop of the day will be at Jameson distillery in Midleton. A short history less will be followed by a delicious whiskey tasting.  (b)

 

Day 9: Cork

Transfer back to Dublin this morning for your return flight home. (b) 

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