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Ireland Explorer

Offer

New for 2019

Price per person
from £933

Price based on
London Heathrow
13th Oct 2019 departure

Key inclusions

  • Private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers

Book by 31 October to secure your place for just £99, and to benefit from our early booking Price Pledge - we guarantee that if you find your 2019 holiday being sold directly by us at a better value between 1 Nov 2018 and up to 12 weeks of your tour, we will refund the difference.

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  • 7 days

  • Europe

  • Leisurely pace

  • Cosmos Lite

Cosmos Lite

Bundling freedom, flexibility, and affordability like never before, Cosmos Lite presents the world’s first à la carte tour package. While offering all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos tour, Cosmos Lite provides a blank canvas at each destination for custom tailoring, leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you.

Why is Ireland such a special place in the hearts and minds of travellers? Sure and begorrah, the answer is the stuff of Irish legend and lore. From Limerick to Killarney to Dublin—take plenty of free time to connect with Ireland at your own pace (with the wind at your back). Choose à la carte optional excursions on MyCosmos to help you explore the Emerald Isle, with your Tour Director‘s tips and your CosmosGO app keeping you on the right path to find that wee bit of Irish in us all. Your escorted vacation in Ireland with Cosmos Lite is an Irish blessing of abundant free time, optional excursions, your CosmosGO mobile app, and a hands-on Tour Director ready to assist with directions, suggestions, and local lore.

Start with two nights in Limerick, known for its warm, authentic Irish personality—as well as the famed poetry of the colourful Limerick. An ideal walking city, Limerick is the perfect place to explore with your CosmosGO app to discover the sites—from castle to cathedral to museum to pub. There’s an optional opportunity to visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher and the lively city of Galway. Next, set off for one of Ireland’s loveliest towns, Adare, with stone buildings, thatched cottages, medieval ruins, and the real treasure—freshly baked scones. Spend a night in Killarney—the Town in the Park—and enjoy the Irish shops, Killarney National Park, or any of your MyCosmos optional activities including the beautiful Ring of Kerry drive. Pass through the splendid scenery of the Kerry Mountains on the way to County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its “Stone of Eloquence” that promises the Irish gift of gab. Share photos of your Irish adventure with your friends and family back home with your CosmosGo app so they won’t think you’re full of Blarney!

On to the fair city of Dublin with its statue-lined O’Connell Street, Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. You’ll soon discover that Dublin is as intimate as a village and as friendly as your favourite pub. Walk the streets that gave us the literary works of Yeats, Beckett, and Joyce. Maybe reserve a spot on MyCosmos for a tour of the Guinness Storehouse to sample a pint of the “black stuff” or an evening of the best of Irish music, song and dance at Taylor’s Irish Cabaret. Your Cosmos Lite guided tour of Ireland is packed with free time and optional excursions to make it your lucky day, every day—like a pot-o-gold to spend just as you please!

This tour is from our new Cosmos Lite range, which offers all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos holiday while leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you. Learn more

What's included

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

With accommodation, transfers, excursions, selected meals, private VIP home pick-up and the services of an expert Tour Director all included in the price, our escorted tour holidays are highly rated by our customers. But should you find a like-for-like tour cheaper elsewhere, we will match its price and give you a further £100 reduction.

Private home pick-up service

Our private 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.

Read more about our private home pick-up service.

Overview

Why is Ireland such a special place in the hearts and minds of travellers? Sure and begorrah, the answer is the stuff of Irish legend and lore. From Limerick to Killarney to Dublin—take plenty of free time to connect with Ireland at your own pace (with the wind at your back). Choose à la carte optional excursions on MyCosmos to help you explore the Emerald Isle, with your Tour Director‘s tips and your CosmosGO app keeping you on the right path to find that wee bit of Irish in us all. Your escorted vacation in Ireland with Cosmos Lite is an Irish blessing of abundant free time, optional excursions, your CosmosGO mobile app, and a hands-on Tour Director ready to assist with directions, suggestions, and local lore.

Start with two nights in Limerick, known for its warm, authentic Irish personality—as well as the famed poetry of the colourful Limerick. An ideal walking city, Limerick is the perfect place to explore with your CosmosGO app to discover the sites—from castle to cathedral to museum to pub. There’s an optional opportunity to visit the stunning Cliffs of Moher and the lively city of Galway. Next, set off for one of Ireland’s loveliest towns, Adare, with stone buildings, thatched cottages, medieval ruins, and the real treasure—freshly baked scones. Spend a night in Killarney—the Town in the Park—and enjoy the Irish shops, Killarney National Park, or any of your MyCosmos optional activities including the beautiful Ring of Kerry drive. Pass through the splendid scenery of the Kerry Mountains on the way to County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its “Stone of Eloquence” that promises the Irish gift of gab. Share photos of your Irish adventure with your friends and family back home with your CosmosGo app so they won’t think you’re full of Blarney!

On to the fair city of Dublin with its statue-lined O’Connell Street, Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Trinity College. You’ll soon discover that Dublin is as intimate as a village and as friendly as your favourite pub. Walk the streets that gave us the literary works of Yeats, Beckett, and Joyce. Maybe reserve a spot on MyCosmos for a tour of the Guinness Storehouse to sample a pint of the “black stuff” or an evening of the best of Irish music, song and dance at Taylor’s Irish Cabaret. Your Cosmos Lite guided tour of Ireland is packed with free time and optional excursions to make it your lucky day, every day—like a pot-o-gold to spend just as you please!

This tour is from our new Cosmos Lite range, which offers all the hassle-free features of a Cosmos holiday while leaving the itinerary, pace and budget up to you. Learn more

Total meals included:

  • 6 breakfasts

UK - Limerick, Ireland

Day
1

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

There once was a traveller from…

Welcome to Ireland! The first day of your adventure gives you time to explore the lively city of Limerick, known for its warmth, authentic Irish personality, and lilting Limerick poems. Your Tour Director is available in the afternoon with free time suggestions to point you in the right direction.

Limerick

Day
2

New Adventures on the Old Sod

Limerick is an ideal walking city and easy to navigate, particularly with your CosmosGO app in-hand. Among the sights to discover are 13th-century King John’s Castle; the Hunt Museum, housed in the elegant 18th-century Custom House; St. Mary’s Cathedral, the oldest and most historic building in Limerick; and the legendary Treaty Stone. Take time to slow down and rub elbows with the locals over a pint of Guinness or an Irish coffee in one of the many pubs.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Limerick - Adare - Killarney

Day
3

Irish Beauty, Killarney, and Kerry

We’ll venture from Limerick to Adare, renowned as one of Ireland’s prettiest towns. Set off on its main street, punctuated with beautiful stone buildings, thatched cottages, medieval ruins, and a picturesque village park. Take time for a morning coffee and freshly-baked scones before continuing to Killarney, the popular resort town in County Kerry.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Explore Killarney

Day
4

The Town in the Park

Known for enthusiastic and welcoming people, this vibrant “Town in the Park” is a very special place to discover Enjoy free time to browse through the shops and boutiques, or take a relaxing stroll in Killarney National Park. Log on to MyCOSMOS to prepurchase your spot on an optional excursion to explore the best of Killarney.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Killarney - Blarney - Dublin

Day
5

Kiss the Stone of Eloquence

Experience the scenic splendor of the Kerry Mountains on the way to County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its “Stone of Eloquence”—promising the “Gift of Gab” for all who kiss the Blarney Stone. Share your photos with family and friends back home on the CosmosGO app! Next, travel to Dublin, Ireland’s capital.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Dublin

Day
6

In Dublin’s Fair City…

This morning, join your Tour Director for an orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, past St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The rest of the day is free to explore the “Fair City.” You’ll see first-hand that Dublin is as intimate as a village and as friendly as a local Irish pub. No wonder it’s been named Europe’s friendliest city. Dublin is also a book-lover’s dream, with its legacy of Yeats, Shaw, Beckett, and Joyce. Use your CosmosGO app to find local bookstores or libraries with a comfy chair to settle into with a good book. The lively and passionate music of Ireland flows onto the streets in Dublin, and there’s a good chance you’ll find the perfect pub to tip a Guinness with the locals. Why not pre-purchase your optional dinner and a visit to the Guinness Storehouse for a pint of the “black stuff.”

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Dublin - UK

Day
7

Your Irish holiday ends this morning.

Transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hotels

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


Limerick: Limerick City Hotel

Killarney: Killarney Court

Dublin: The Bonnington

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