Ireland Tours & Trips 2020

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Style Style Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.
Retreats Similar to a self guided tour but staying in one location only with activities and day outings included as a part of the stay.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Travel Style Travel Style Flexible schedule A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full schedule For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Balanced schedule You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

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Solo Friendly Solo Friendly Good for Singles Trips that specifically cater to travelers looking to meet other singles.
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Shades of Ireland - 2023

Collette
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10 days
$ 277 / day
$ 2,769
From : $ 3,406
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Enjoy a hearty dinner and night of traditional Irish entertainment.
  • Taste the "water of life" during an Irish whiskey tasting.
  • Be treated to a farewell dinner at a castle.
  • Overnight on the grounds of a regal castle.
  • Experience the Ring of Kerry, one of the world's great coastal roads.
  • See Irish sheepdogs in action during a traditional demonstration.
  • Jump into Ireland's vibrant capital city — Dublin.
  • Stand in awe of the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher.
  • Kiss the famed Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle.
Visits:
Dublin, Galway, Kilkenny, Ring of Kerry, Ireland
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Walk the Wicklow Way

Intrepid Travel
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6 days
$ 287 / day
$ 1,721
From : $ 2,323
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Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Hike through the hills and valleys of the Wicklow Mountains National Park, discovering fields that once housed potato farms, and emerge from lush green forests to peer towards deep coloured lakes.
  • Descend into Glendalough and visit a monastery, where a local folklorist will explain some of the histories and mysteries of the trails. Ireland is much more than leprechauns and four leaf clovers!
  • If you ask us, some of the best views are a little off the main trail. Take a rest stop on top of Luggala, overlooking the Guinness-coloured Lough Tay, and consider summiting Derrybawn and Mullcor peaks.
  • The small sleepy towns in the Wicklow Mountains are arguably as charming as the countryside itself. Rest and recoup in comfort as you stay in handpicked bed and breakfasts along your journey.
Visits:
Dublin, Ireland
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Memorable Ireland

8 days
$ 234 / day
$ 1,870
From : $ 2,525
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
    Day 1: Welcome To Ireland
  • Arrive at Dublin Airport. Transfer to your Dublin hotel. You are free to explore the city at your leisure this afternoon. Your hotel will be within walking distance of the city centre. (D)
  • Day 2: Blarney Castle & Kerry
  • Today meet with your coach & English speaking driver/ guide & depart Ireland’s Capital traveling to County Kerry. En route, stop in the town of Blarney to visit Blarney Castle. Here you will find the legendary Stone of Eloquence. Kiss it & you’ll never again be lost for words.Enjoy some time for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills. The presence of the Woollen Mills during the famine shielded Blarney from the worst effects of the famine, due to its employment of local workers. In 1976 Chris Kelleher, himself a mill worker, bought the old mill property. Within a short period of time Chris & his family transformed the mill into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland. (B)
  • Day 3: Ring of Kerry
  • Today you can enjoy a superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula, which will give you the opportunity to discover the Ring of Kerry. Taking in spectacular scenery such as mountains, peat, bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Leaving Killarney pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Bay. Passing through the peat bogs one arrives at the sea town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly coloured houses, before arriving back in Killarney. Along the Ring of Kerry stop at a local farm for a sheepdog demonstration. Your visit starts with an overview of the different breeds of sheep, followed by an introduction to the farmer’s most important tools, his border collies. Next you will see a superb demonstration of sheep herding as the farmer with his dogs demonstrate how, by working together, he can take a flock of sheep from the mountain top to the sheep pen close to the farmyard.OPTIONAL: Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney National ParkEnjoy transportation of a different kind! A pony and trap (also known as a Jaunting Car) helps you discover areas of Killarney National Park that you might not otherwise visit. Relax aboard a jaunting car as your Jarvey [driver] takes you through the magnificent scenery of the National Park. Today enjoy dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants or pubs in Killarney town. (B)
  • Day 4: Burren & Cliffs of Moher
  • Travel northwards to Tarbert & take a short boat ride across the mouth of the River Shannon to land on Clare’s shore at Killimer. Travel along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher, the most majestic cliffs in Ireland which rise from the Atlantic Ocean & extend for over 7km. On a clear day, you can admire the Aran Islands & Connemara Mountains. Enjoy a tour of the Burren Region. The Burren is a strange & unique region in Europe; it is a high plateau of porous limestone situated in Northern Clare. The limestone is bare, with no trees growing here or land covering the stone. But the Burren is not as deserted as we believe: the cracks allow different types of flowers to grow all year round. The rocks hide many caves like Ailwee.OPTIONAL: Medieval Banquet at Bunratty CastleBunratty Castle was built in the 15th century by the Earl of Thomond and stands on the banks of the Raite River in County Clare. The Earl was known for his generosity and his lavish entertainment and banquets. The entertainment today is provided by the superb Bunratty Singers & is a fitting compliment to the lively mead reception, a four-course meal and of course good wine. Guests are invited to enjoy an unforgettable evening in the splendour of this magnificent castle & take a true step back in time to Medieval Ireland. (B)
  • Day 5: Galway City & Cruise
  • This morning travel to Galway City & get oriented with this beautiful place which has attracted many musicians & artists. Visit Galway Cathedral, one of the largest & most impressive buildings in Galway built between 1958 & 1965. Next enjoy a cruise along the Corrib River to Lough Corrib including scones & an Irish coffee. This journey on the Corrib Princess takes passengers along the majestic River Corrib and onto the lake. Visitors will see unsurpassed views of the historic monuments & natural amenities that make this one of the most spectacular waterways in Ireland. Overnight: Galway (Dinner & bed & breakfast)
  • Day 6: Connemara
  • Today travel through the beautiful Connemara Region filled with lakes, rivers, bogs & mountains. Visit Kylemore Abbey, built in 1868 by Mitchell Henry, and see its most famous feature the miniature Cathedral. It has been home to the Irish order of Benedictine nuns since 1920. Next you will visit a bodhrán maker (traditional Irish drum). Roundstone Music and Crafts is located in a former Franciscan monastery in Roundstone, in the heart of Connemara. It is here that you will find the workshop of Malachy Kearns, better known as Malachy Bodhrán, who is famous for the manufacture of bodhráns, the oldest instruments that accompany traditional Irish music. Malachy makes bodhráns for the world famous Riverdance troupe and he is currently the only full-time bodhrán maker in Ireland. (B)
  • Day 7: Dublin’s Fair City
  • Depart Galway for Dublin today. On arrival in Dublin, you will first explore the north side of the city which offers striking monuments such as the GPO (General Post Office) on O’Connell Street & Phoenix Park, the largest public park in Europe. The city’s south side appears more sophisticated with its vast Georgian squares & is home to Trinity College, Dublin Castle & two Anglican Cathedrals. Visit EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. This is a stateof-the-art interactive experience located in the beautiful vaults of the 1820 Custom House Quarter building in Dublin’s Docklands, the original departure point for so many of Ireland’s emigrants. It will inspire and guide you on a journey to discover the stories of Irish emigration around the world, from early times to the modern day.OPTIONAL: Evening Entertainment at Taylor’s Three Rock or similarVisit this lively pub in Rathfarnham for an excellent night of music and dance. A ballad group will regale visitors with ballads both happy and sad and will (after a few pints) have visitors singing along with them. The music is interrupted for a short while to enjoy the best of Irish Dancing guaranteed to get feet tapping. Visitors will later be sent into the night with fond memories of a memorable night in a Dublin Pub. (B)
  • Day 8: Farewell
  • After a final Irish breakfast, transfer to Dublin Airport for your departure flight home. (B)
Visits:
Ireland
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Active Scotland & Ireland

Contiki
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13 days
$ 243 / day
$ 3,583
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair accessible
Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic (2*)
Highlights
  • Try and spot 'Nessie' on a cruise along the spectacular Loch Ness
  • Guided Hiking Afternoon - Glencoe
Visits:
Dublin, Edinburgh, Galway, Glasgow, Kilkenny, Scottish Highlands, Ireland, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Exploring Britain & Ireland featuring England ...

Collette
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15 days
$ 277 / day
$ 4,149
From : $ 5,103
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Delve into Scottish culture with a whiskey inspired dinner.
  • Explore Wales’ rich cultural heritage at an evening of Welsh music, poetry and cuisine.
  • Experience a traditional afternoon tea in London.
  • Enjoy Yorkshire’s famous ales during an interactive tasting.
  • Behold the sights of Killarney on a traditional jaunting car.
  • Overnight within the medieval walls in York.
  • Meet the Shank family on their 500 acre-farm in the Scottish Borders.
  • Enjoy an evening of traditional Irish song and dance in Dublin.
  • Ponder ancient mysteries at Stonehenge.
  • Experience the Ring of Kerry, one of the world’s great coastal roads.
  • Explore the Roman Bath Museum's 2,000-year-old elaborate spas.
  • Tour York’s incredible Minster, the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe.
Visits:
Bath, Cardiff, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, York, Lake District, Ring of Kerry, Stonehenge, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales
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Northern & Southern Ireland

Intrepid Travel
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8 days
$ 305 / day
$ 2,437
From : $ 3,290
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Walk through Ireland’s unspoilt natural wonders of the Rings of Kerry and see shepherds in action, with a sheep farm visit and herding demonstration for your small group.
  • Scramble about the clustered pillars of Giant's Causeway and decide for yourself if it’s a natural phenomenon, or the work of giants, as legends may say.
  • Explore the rugged coastline of the Aran Islands, with time to explore ruins and remains from the Bronze and Iron Age with your local leader.
  • Stroll through Belfast's city centre and learn about recent historical events brought to life in their monuments and buildings – one most notably being the story of the Titanic.
  • Revel in Dublin's energetic nightlife – it’ll feel like there’s a pub on nearly every corner, and its creative neighbourhoods are teeming with hip bars and eateries.
Visits:
Belfast, Dublin, Galway, Ireland, United Kingdom
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Ireland Discovery

12 days
$ 248 / day
$ 2,975
From : $ 4,016
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
    Day 1: Welcome To Ireland
  • Arrive at Dublin Airport. Transfer to your Dublin hotel. You are free to explore the city at your leisure this afternoon. Your hotel will be within walking distance of the city centre. (D)
  • Day 2: Blarney Castle & Kerry
  • Today meet with your coach & English speaking driver/guide & depart Ireland’s Capital traveling to County Kerry. En route, stop in the town of Blarney to visit Blarney Castle. Here you will find the legendary Stone of Eloquence. Kiss it & you’ll never again be lost for words. Enjoy some time for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills. The presence of the Woollen Mills during the famine shielded Blarney from the worst effects of the famine, due to its employment of local workers. In 1976 Chris Kelleher, himself a mill worker, bought the old mill property. Within a short period of time Chris & his family transformed the mill into what is perhaps the largest quality craft shop in Ireland. (B)
  • Day 3: Ring of Kerry
  • Today you can enjoy a superb tour of the Iveragh Peninsula, which will give you the opportunity to discover the Ring of Kerry. Taking in spectacular scenery such as mountains, peat, bogs, lakes and magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean. Leaving Killarney pass through Killorglin, famous for its Puck Fair, then to Glenbeigh where the cliff road affords panoramic views of the Dingle Peninsula & Dingle Bay. Passing through the peat bogs one arrives at the sea town of Waterville. Continue to Sneem Village, famous for its brightly coloured houses, before arriving back in Killarney Along the Ring of Kerry stop at a local farm for a sheepdog demonstration. Your visit starts with an overview of the different breeds of sheep, followed by an introduction to the farmer’s most important tools, his border collies. Next you will see a superb demonstration of sheep herding as the farmer with his dogs demonstrate how, by working together, he can take a flock of sheep from the mountain top to the sheep pen close to the farmyard.
  • OPTIONAL: Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney National ParkEnjoy transportation of a different kind! A pony and trap (also known as a Jaunting Car) helps you discover areas of Killarney National Park that you might not otherwise visit. Relax aboard a jaunting car as your Jarvey [driver] takes you through the magnificent scenery of the National Park. Today enjoy dinner on your own in one of the many restaurants or pubs in Killarney town. (B)
  • Day 4: Burren & Cliffs Of Moher
  • Travel northwards to Tarbert & take a short boat ride across the mouth of the River Shannon to land on Clare’s shore at Killimer. Travel along the coast to the Cliffs of Moher, the most majestic cliffs in Ireland which rise from the Atlantic Ocean & extend for over 7km. On a clear day, you can admire the Aran Islands & Connemara Mountains. Enjoy a tour of the Burren Region. The Burren is a strange & unique region in Europe; it is a high plateau of porous limestone situated in Northern Clare. The limestone is bare, with no trees growing here or land covering the stone. But the Burren is not as deserted as we believe: the cracks allow different types of flowers to grow all year round. The rocks hide many caves like Ailwee.
  • OPTIONAL: Medieval Banquet at Bunratty CastleBunratty Castle was built in the 15th century by the Earl of Thomond and stands on the banks of the Raite River in County Clare. The Earl was known for his generosity and his lavish entertainment and banquets. The entertainment today is provided by the superb Bunratty Singers & is a fitting compliment to the lively mead reception, a fourcourse meal and of course good wine. Guests are invited to enjoy an unforgettable evening in the splendour of this magnificent castle & take a true step back in time to Medieval Ireland. (B)
  • Day 5: Limerick to Dublin
  • After a final Irish breakfast transfer to Shannon Airport for your flight home. (B)OR Travel to Dublin via Galway City, with its narrow streets, old stone and wooden shop fronts, good restaurants and busy pubs. The city has attracted a bohemian crowd of musicians and artists, which add so much to the character of the city. Enjoy some free time in the city for some personal sightseeing or shopping. En route back to Dublin stop at a local country pub for a pint pouring experience. Here you will enjoy a detailed history talk on reputedly the oldest pub in the world as well as a chat on the history of drink in pubs through the years together with the origin of whiskey all before learning how to pull the perfect pint! Continue to Dublin, arriving late afternoon – transfer to Dublin Airport for departure flight home. Alternatively we can book hotel accommodation for you in Dublin.
Visits:
Ireland
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Country Roads of Ireland - End Belfast, Classic G ...

12 days
$ 254 / day
$ 3,050
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair accessible
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Choose between two carefully selected activities
  • Killarney: Enjoy a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys as you explore the lush scenery of Killarney National Park.
  • Killarney: Join a gentle hike with a nature guide in Killarney National Park and admire stunning mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls. Stroll along the lake shore and past the impressive 15th Century Ross Castle and the famous Muckross Estate, a charming 19th Century mansion and grounds. Alternatively, enjoy a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys.
  • : Our Well-Being Directors take a proactive approach to your welfare ensuring all well-being regulations are met (available on tours with 21 or more guests).
  • : Enjoy the comfort of Insight's luxurious, air-conditioned, 40-seat coach with double the standard legroom and onboard washroom. Our customized luxury coaches are sanitized before the start of your tour and are maintained to very high standards. Physical distancing measures have been implemented on our customized luxury coaches.
  • : Experience enhanced hygiene protocols to align with the latest guidance following COVID-19.All Travel Directors, Well-Being Directors and Drivers have completed training in enhanced well-being and hygiene protocols.
  • : We only work with establishments we are confident will consistently adhere to our high well-being standards, which include hotels, restaurants and sight-seeing venues.
  • : Hand sanitizer is freely available on board for you to use throughout the day.
  • : "One person my guests love to meet is a real musician because they love Irish music and love to experience it in its own land."
  • : "The trick to really connecting with Ireland is not taking the Irish weather too seriously. If you don't like it, give it a few minutes and it's bound to change."
  • Dublin: Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, an opportunity to get to know each other over a meal with wine.
  • Ballygalley: The Irish call it 'craic' - the warm feeling resulting from the confluence of music, drink, good food, laughter, and conversation. And after circumnavigating the Emerald Isle, there's bound to be a fair share of craic at your grand finale Celebration Dinner. Sláinte!
  • Dining Summary: 11 Breakfast (B), and 5 Dinner with Wine (DW)
  • Dublin: A stunning combination of cobblestone walkways, emerald-green lawns and 18th-century architectural gems, Trinity College is one of Europe’s elite universities and counts poet Oscar Wilde among its alumni. Tour the enchanting college campus with a Local Expert and discover insights into its impressive history. Enjoy access to view the famous Book of Kells, an exquisite manuscript of the four gospels of the Christian New Testament, renowned for the intricacy, detail and majesty of the illustrations.
  • Kilkenny: Meet James, an experienced player, for a fun session to discover the skills involved in hurling. Learn about this 3,000-year-old discipline, a proud legacy of Ireland's heritage, and have a go for yourself on the pitch.
  • Killarney: Join a gentle hike with a nature guide in Killarney National Park and admire stunning mountains, lakes, woods and waterfalls. Stroll along the lake shore and past the impressive 15th Century Ross Castle and the famous Muckross Estate, a charming 19th Century mansion and grounds. Alternatively, enjoy a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys.
  • Londonderry: There's no better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland's best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls. See the Gothic Guildhall and the Georgian houses of Shipquay Street.
  • Dublin: During your orientation with your Travel Director, see Custom House and travel along the River Liffey. See the Guinness Brewery, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick's Cathedral.
  • Cahir: See one of the largest castles in Ireland.
  • Cork: Your Travel Director will show you the Grand Parade and South Mall, along with City Hall and the Opera House.
  • Blarney: It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ramparts! Visit Blarney Castle and see the famous Stone of Eloquence. 
  • Killarney: Enjoy a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys as you explore the lush scenery of Killarney National Park.
  • Ring of Kerry: Venture into a world of towering cliffs, lush lakelands and remote villages, as you journey the magical Ring of Kerry.
  • Killarney: Enjoy hearing of the history of Killarney during your city orientation.
  • Dingle Peninsula: Enjoy a scenic drive to Slea Head.
  • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
  • Cliffs of Moher: Stop by the Exhibition Centre and look out over the Wild Atlantic Way from these majestic cliffs.
  • Galway: Enjoy an orientation tour of the many landmarks in Galway such as the Lynch Memorial, Church of St. Nicholas, Spanish Arch and Eyre Square.
  • Ballygalley: Explore this seaside town with your Travel Director.
  • Carrickfergus: See the immense Castle as your drive around it.
  • Belfast: Meet Hilda, a true Belfast local, having lived in the same house her entire life. During your panoramic tour, hear the history of the city and learn why Hilda is proud of its progress and current prosperity. You'll also see the City Hall, Queen's University, Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents.
  • Killarney: Meet passionate restaurant owners John and Freda at their beautiful guesthouse in Killarney, where you'll hear more about their farm-to-table concept, while enjoying a delicious meal made from fresh ingredients sourced within a five mile radius. John and Freda have a policy that all food is sourced locally from farms and the coach of the Emerald Isle. On the farm they also grow and harvest all their own fruit and veg. They educate their visitors about sustainable consumption and the benefits of eating fresh homegrown produce. This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production.
  • Giant's Causeway: Visit the legendary Giant's Causeway, site of wonders. At the visitor centre, learn about the efforts to protect biodiversity and ecosystems, participating in habitat restoration. The National Trust charity has been undertaking replanting activities in Innisfree Farm, adjacent to the Causeway. By sowing a field of Herbal Ley seed mixes containing up to 17 different species, they have prioritized biodiversity and quality food production leaving a low carbon footprint. This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 15: Life on Land.
Visits:
Dublin, Galway, Ring of Kerry, Ireland, United Kingdom
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Explore Ireland & Scotland

Great Value Vacations
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11 days
$ 206 / day
$ 2,268
From : $ 3,062
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 15 days!
Visits:
Dublin, Ireland
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Treasures of Ireland End Dublin

6 days
$ 288 / day
$ 1,725
Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Discover Waterford, Cork and Killarney
  • Explore Dublin, Titanic Story in Cobh and Killarney National Park with a Local Specialist
  • Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry
  • See Dublin's Georgian Squares
  • View St. Kevin's Cross in Glendalough and King John's Castle in Limerick
  • Visit Trinity College, Glendalough, Waterford Crystal, Blarney Castle, Torc Waterfall, Foynes Flying Boat Museum and the Cliffs of Moher
  • Connect With Locals
  • Dive into Culture
  • Dive Into Culture
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®
  • Stays with Stories
Visits:
Dublin, Ring of Kerry, Ireland
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Ireland: Ring of Kerry & Dingle Peninsula

Intrepid Travel
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5 days
$ 524 / day
$ 2,620
From : $ 3,223
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Travel Style : Array Full on
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Explore the rugged coast of the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula, with plenty of time spent walking by the clifftops and stopping at scenic viewpoints. This is the best of Europe’s most westerly reaches.
  • Gain an insight into the O’Donoghue clan and historical significance of the Killarney region with an included private visit to Ross Castle, situated on the banks of Lough Leane.
  • Be treated to a traditional Gaelic experience, joining with a custodian of Sean-nós singing in Dingle town. They will explain the importance of their music and show you their craft, sung in the Irish language.
  • Meet with a seaweed expert on your way along the Ring of Kerry, taking a walk along the beach and discovering the region’s history, as well as the importance of seaweed foraging. Seaweed-based snacks included!
  • An Irish adventure wouldn’t be complete without some hearty pub visits. Enjoy an included meal at a traditional pub in Killarney. You'll have plenty of time to keep exploring – or eating – at your own pace.
Visits:
Dingle Peninsula, Dublin, Ring of Kerry, Ireland
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Exploring Scotland & Ireland - 2022

Collette
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13 days
$ 265 / day
$ 3,449
From : $ 4,242
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Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included. Moderate
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Comfort (4*)
Highlights
  • Sample the "Water of Life" at a Scottish whisky distillery.
  • Taste apple cider at a family-run farm.
  • Join in the fun during a night of traditional Irish food and entertainment.
  • Explore the ruins of historic Urquhart Castle on the banks of Loch Ness.
  • Be transported to a bygone era during a traditional “night on the town” in 20th-century Ulster.
  • Embark on one of the world’s most breathtaking rail journeys along the Causeway Coast.
  • Tour the "Fair City" of Dublin with a local guide.
  • Embark on a scenic cruise on beautiful Loch Ness.
  • Set out on a walking tour of Derry featuring its medieval city walls.
  • Spend two nights at a historic Irish castle.
Visits:
Belfast, Derry, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Loch Lomond, Loch Ness
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Irish Extravagance

Great Value Vacations
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 283 / day
$ 1,980
From : $ 2,673
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 9 days!
Visits:
Dublin, Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry, Ireland
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Irish Highlights: Dublin, Killarney & Galway

Great Value Vacations
Premier
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
7 days
$ 334 / day
$ 2,337
From : $ 3,155
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Travel Style : Array Relaxed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Want to stay longer? You can extend this trip up to a total of 8 days!
  • Dublin Big Bus Premium Hop-on/Hop-off - 48-hour
  • Ring of Kerry Guided Bus Tour
Visits:
Dublin, Galway, Ireland
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10 Day Taste Of Scotland & Ireland

10 days
$ 148 / day
$ 1,477
Travel Style : Array Mixed
Physical Level : Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
Highlights
  • Enjoy a true Scottish Evening
  • Enjoy a Dublin Canal Cruise Dinner
  • Visit Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
  • Embark on a Loch Ness Scenic Cruise
  • Visit the Cliffs of Moher
  • Enjoy a jaunting car ride to view Ross Castle set on Lough Leane.
  • Visits and admissions to Provand’s Lordship, Spean Bridge Woollen Mill, St Andrews, Edinburgh Castle, Titanic Belfast, Book of Kells at Trinity College, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience, Cliffs of Moher
Visits:
Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Killarney National Park, Loch Ness, Nassau, Ireland, Scotland, United Kingdom
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Top Ireland Attractions & Experiences

Top Ireland Experiences

    Touring Dublin with its mansions and townhouses, not to mention impressive literary legacy (home of James Joyce, Brendan Behan, and Oscar Wilde)

    Hiking through rolling green hills at the Ring of Kerry on the Iveragh Peninsula, overlooking the craggy outcroppings, ancient ruins, and the sea and islands beyond

    Kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle, near Cork (hint: it requires some effort)

    Drinking a Guinness – with foam expertly shaped into a shamrock -- in an Irish pub, while gabbing with the locals for hours and listening to toe-tapping music

    Sailing with the amazing Irish coastline in view

    Taking a short cruise to places like remote Skellig Michael Island, eight miles off the coast of southwest Ireland, and climbing 600 stone steps to the top for a picnic lunch and incredible views

    Stepping across the thousands of basalt columns of the Giant’s Causeway, remnants of an ancient volcano that extends into the North Channel in Northern Ireland

    Exploring the incredible ruins and archaeological sites 

    Enjoying water adventures such as surfing or fishing in opal-blue waters of the Dingle Peninsula

2,271 Ireland Tour Reviews - Summary 91% Recommend

4.5 out of 5
Excellent 1,543
Great 487
Average 131
Disappointing 34
Terrible 76
Value
4.5
Guide
4.5
Activities
4.5
Lodging
4.5
Transportation
4.5
Meals
4.5

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Abandoned

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 3.0

I’m writing a review of what really happens on Trafalger tours. My husband and I were on a 14 day Trafalger tour of Ireland called “Amazing Ireland”. We were on a bus with a number of people who were coughing and were repeatedly assured that it was just allergies. On the 6th day, I fell ill and tested positive for Covid-19. In Ireland, testing positive means that you are supposed to self-isolate for 7 days. Trafalger then pretty much abandoned us. The hotel Trafalger had booked for us refused to keep us saying they were full, meanwhile advertising vacancies online. Trafalger would not go to bat to help us. Their so called Trafalger Guest Support first emailed a great sounding note confirming our hotel room number, offering to help find other accommodations, and suggesting that we get in touch with our insurer and the airline. When we spoke directly with the Trafalger guest support person, he said that he wasn’t familiar with the area and would just be looking online for places and that we could do that ourselves. Trafalger said we should get a cab on the down low and quietly transfer to another hotel. They did not help us relocate or find a hotel. They suggested not to speak to the other Trafalger guests, even others who had tested positive (with whom we might have been able to problem solve). The Trafalger trip director said he would tell the group the next day, that there was no need to upset them before then. Trafalger was very happy to accept the substantial payment for our trip of a lifetime, that ended after only 6 days, but ensuring no refunds would be issued. So we are now abandoned by Trafalger, left to our own devices, isolating in a hotel room (that we had to find ourselves), on the opposite side of Ireland from our final destination. No arrangements were made by Trafalger to support us or help house, feed, or transport us. We have also not heard a further peep from the Trafalger Guest Support person, nor the Trip Director (since he replied to a text asking him to give the other Covid guests our phone number). We’re very disappointed in Trafalger, to say the least, and recommend never to sign up for a Trafalger tour. Trafalger simply wants your money, and don’t really care at all about supporting their guests.

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Operator Trafalgar

Not worth the money

3.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Guide 3.0
  • Activities 2.0
  • Lodging 2.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 2.0

Me and my best friend went on the London/Dublin tour. The tour guide was great but I honestly don’t see where the money went. We only got one meal per day and it was terrible. Rooms were shared and not private. No tour was actually included. They dropped us off at various landmarks and we had to pay and wait in line on our own if we wanted to tour them, there was nothing scheduled for us. The final goodbye dinner was laughably bad, like the portions were small, food was cold, and ice cream was dessert but…it was literally all melted. Yes they served everyone bowls of liquid ice cream, I am not exaggerating in the slightest. Before booking the trip, it was extremely difficult to get anyone at EF on the phone to answer questions, and emails usually went unanswered. I do not recommend this service at all. The only positive was that we got to meet some other cool people.

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Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

Do not book with this company!

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

I booked a trip to Ireland in January 2020 before Covid restrictions went into effect. It was supposed to take place in December 2020, but they canceled it because of covid. I paid over $2700 and purchased travel insurance in case of an emergency, yet they refuse to give me a refund. I have been contacting them multiple times over the past few months, only to receive no response which is increasing my frustration. I do not want a voucher for a future trip - I want a refund for the money they stole from me.

They are liars and thieves, and I hope they get sued.

I would give them negative stars if I could.

DO NOT BOOK WITH THIS COMPANY.

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Operator EF College Break (EF Ultimate Break)

Our Guide was awesome. John did an amazing job

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

I took my 80 year old Dad and he bragged about it every day till he passed 5/2020. It was the best thing I have ever done. Wish I could do it again with him.

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Operator CIE Tours

A fradualent company to do business with, customer service is non-existenent

1.0
  • Value 1.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 1.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Transportation 1.0
  • Meals 1.0

Booked summer travel and then they cancelled the trip. They gave me a travel voucher to use by end of December, no bookings available and any comparable travel is $1000.00 more, with no guarantee when they will accept the voucher. The right thing for them to do is refund the money now. Anyone who books travel with them now will lose their money.

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Operator Great Value Vacations

Well-Planned Tour

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

This is a well-planned tour by any measure. The sights and local guides were chosen with care, and the comfortable Mercedes bus allowed easy viewing of the countryside over the hedgerows, an asset denied those in a car. But the main feature was the driver/guide Peter Murphy. Beyond his paced history lessons and commentary, his unique sense of humor was the glue of our tour. He got to know each of us and drew our diverse group together. In very little time his muted, premonitory laugh had the entire group laughing like Pavlov’s dogs...before he told a story or a joke. We knew something hilarious was in the offing. All of this reflects his high intellect and great people skills. Best tour I’ve ever taken. If you go, you should DEMAND Peter Murphy.

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Operator SmarTours

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