Ireland's Ancient East and the Wild Atlantic Way

Offer

New for 2018

Price per person
from £1,542

Price based on
London Heathrow
23rd Sep 2018 departure

Key inclusions

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • 9 days

  • UK and Ireland

  • Steady pace

  • Platinum escorted tour

From Dublin's heady mix of music, pubs and cobbled streets to Limerick's lively waterfront, thriving food scene and medieval buildings, this Ireland tour takes in the history, culture and rugged climate of the Celtic people. See the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, drive the panoramic Ring of Kerry and take a private boat trip out to Garinish Island for beautiful gardens and colonies of seals.

At a glance


Dublin Orientation drive, visit to the GPO Witness History, time at leisure to explore, optional cabaret dinner outing.

Waterford Ride the Waterford and Suir River Railway, take a guided walking tour of the 'Waterford Treasures' sites of historical interest, and visit the House of Waterford Crystal.

Kinsale Walking tour with time at leisure to enjoy the pretty town, overnight stay.

Limerick Orientation tour, free time, optional dinner outing at a medieval castle with music and storytelling, excursion to the Cliffs of Moher and Rathbaun Farm.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • All airport taxes
VIP home pick-up service

Our VIP home pick-up service is included up to 50 miles to your departure airport. Your driver will happily load and unload your luggage, and drive you to your departure terminal. At the close of your trip, you'll be welcomed by your driver in the arrivals hall and returned home again. A supplement is payable per mile over 50 miles.

Overview

From Dublin's heady mix of music, pubs and cobbled streets to Limerick's lively waterfront, thriving food scene and medieval buildings, this Ireland tour takes in the history, culture and rugged climate of the Celtic people. See the spectacular Cliffs of Moher, drive the panoramic Ring of Kerry and take a private boat trip out to Garinish Island for beautiful gardens and colonies of seals.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 4 dinners

UK - Dublin

Day
1

Céad mile fáilte - a hundred thousand welcomes! Check into your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax in the Irish capital. This evening, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Dublin

Day
2

This morning’s orientation drive in the 'Fair City' includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares with their tall, red-brick townhouses, colourful doors and wrought iron-decorated windows; Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College and St Patrick’s Cathedral. Then, the tumultuous events of the Easter Rising in 1916 will come to life as you visit the GPO Witness History and experience how Ireland dramatically changed. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy the vibrant city. Tonight, why not join an optional cabaret evening with dinner, followed by dance, song, and laughter?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Dublin - Kildare - Kilkenny - New Ross - Waterford

Day
3

Horse-racing country awaits this morning. Drive across the Curragh to the Irish National Stud at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses around the world. Then, south to Kilkenny for a guided tour of Smithwick's Experience. Your guide will show you how the art of mixing four simple ingredients evolved over 300 years to produce the ruby-red ale now enjoyed all over the world. Next, at the Dunbrody Famine Ship, hear the story of famine emigration from those who left Ireland - the brave, desperate, ordinary people who chose to leave everything they knew for an uncertain future abroad. Spend the next two nights in Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Waterford

Day
4

Start your day with an exciting ride on the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway, a heritage narrow-gauge train that runs along the Suir River through beautiful rolling farmland and woodland gardens. Then, your local guide will take you on a walking tour covering the Waterford Treasures: the massive stone fortress Reginald’s Tower, which houses Waterford’s Viking treasures; Ireland’s only medieval museum, featuring spectacular treasures from the Middle Ages; and the elegant 1743 Bishop's Palace - the home of the treasures of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. In the afternoon, enjoy a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal and watch as craftsmen transform glowing balls of molten crystal into elegant shapes. Later, you’ll have time at leisure to discover the town on your own. For your optional dinner experience, drive to Dunmore East, a popular tourist and fishing village. Spend some time with the locals over a drink at the village pub, followed by dinner.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Waterford - Youghal - Blarney - Kinsale

Day
5

This morning, follow the scenic road known as the Copper Coast to the ancient port town of Youghal. On to Blarney, where you will have time to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts, or perhaps walk up to the castle. This afternoon, arrive at your overnight destination of picturesque Kinsale, where your local guide will take you on an illustrated Heritage Town Walk, and give you unique insight into the history of this port and fishing town. Let yourself be captivated by the long waterfront, yacht-filled harbour, winding streets and brightly painted galleries, shops, and houses, and marvel at the fortifications of Charles Fort and James Fort, guarding the narrow entrance from the sea.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Kinsale - Garinish Island - Killarney

Day
6

This morning, board a private boat for the short crossing to Garinish Island in Bantry Bay, whose warm waters attract colonies of seals. Follow the meandering paths between the fragrant flowering trees and shrubs of this lush, tropical garden. Afterwards, head over the mountains into County Kerry. At Kenmare, join part of the Ring of Kerry and stop for spectacular photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View before arriving in the popular resort of Killarney.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Killarney - Adare - Limerick

Day
7

There is time this morning to explore on your own, or to take a jaunting car ride through the national park. Then, drive to quaint Adare, one of Ireland’s prettiest villages, beautifully set in woods along the Maigue River, and with thatched cottages lining its wide main street. In Limerick, an orientation drive acquaints you with St Mary’s Cathedral, King John’s Castle, and the stone where the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691. A suggestion for a very special night out: an optional medieval banquet at a historic castle. After your three-course meal, sit back and let the hosts entertain you with music and storytelling during an unforgettable evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Limerick - West Coast Excursion

Day
8

The last day of your tour brings you to the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher, with breathtaking views of the Clare coast. Then, travel across the glacial-era limestone plateau of The Burren to the port city of Galway for a walking tour through this colourful seaside destination and buzzing cosmopolitan centre. Next, experience Irish country life at Rathbaun Farm. Try your hand at scone baking, and learn from the farmer about sheep shearing and herding. To complete your Irish journey, enjoy a traditional farmhouse dinner. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Limerick - UK

Day
9

Transfer to the Airport for your flight to the UK

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Accommodation will be as stated or a similar standard

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus 

Hotels

Tour hotels will be as specified or alternatives of a similar standard.


  • Dublin: Clayton Cardiff Lane 
  • Waterford: Waterford Tower
  • Kinsale: Trident 
  • Killarney: Scotts
  • Limerick: Clayton 

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