Irish Discovery

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Price per person
from £1,109

Price based on
London Gatwick
6th Dec 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

  • UK and Ireland

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tours

Breathtaking, lush landscapes combined with vibrant cities and historic attractions—all of this and more await you on this Irish Explorer tour, including Northern Ireland. Starting and ending in Dublin, explore Ireland in depth and hear exciting stories of its rich history, legends, and myths. 

On an Ireland tour, you expect to see amazing scenery, and this tour does not disappoint. See the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast, offering breathtaking views of rugged cliffs dropping into the ocean. Join the Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile drive with sparkling seascapes and mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses. In Northern Ireland, visit awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, basalt columns formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions. On the amazingly green Dingle Peninsula—perched on Ireland’s westernmost tip and dominated by the range of mountains—enjoy one of Europe’s most dramatic drives passing seaside villages, ancient monuments, and views of the Blasket Islands. 

On your guided Ireland tour, you’ll also visit some of its vibrant cities—including Dublin, Belfast, and Galway—and charming towns, including Killarney. Stop in Adare, founded in medieval times and known today as one of Ireland’s friendliest and prettiest villages. In Waterford, enjoy a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal, where you’ll see the highly-skilled artisans at work in the production of this famous crystal. You’ll also see artisans at work on your visit to Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill at Avoca. In Northern Ireland, visit Derry, one of Ireland’s best-preserved fortified cities, and Downpatrick, burial place of Ireland’s Patron Saint. 

At a glance


  • Dublin See O'Connell Street and the Neo-Gothic St. Patrick's Cathedral on a city orientation.
  • Giant's Causeway Visit Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Cliffs of Moher Stand at the edge of the cliffs and admire the vast Atlantic views.
  • Slea Head Drive Enjoy glistening seascapes as you drive along the coast of the Dingle Peninsula
  • House of Waterford Crystal Watch skilled artisans transform molten glass into crystalware.
  • Glendalough Explore the ruins of an important Irish monastic settlement.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Porterage
  • All airport taxes
  • Single share option
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.

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.

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Customer Reviews

Great tour guide and driver, well organised and lots of...

14th June 2018
Trusted Customer

Great tour guide and driver, well organised and lots of lovely scenery.

Although on the whole the tour was well paced and...

20th May 2018
Mr Stephen Winefield

Although on the whole the tour was well paced and visited all the highlights of Eire and NI we wanted to see, several of the tour group felt there was an over-emphasis on the history of " the troubles " and that the commentary became rather political at times.

All round introduction to Ireland with most of the tourist...

16th October 2017
Trusted Customer

All round introduction to Ireland with most of the tourist places visited. Variety of interesting places i.e. Waterford crystal factory and the Guinness factory plus history of Belfast's troubled past and Titanic exhibition.

Multiple itineraries are available

This itinerary changes on some dates - select your preferred departure date to see the details.


Overview

Breathtaking, lush landscapes combined with vibrant cities and historic attractions—all of this and more await you on this Irish Explorer tour, including Northern Ireland. Starting and ending in Dublin, explore Ireland in depth and hear exciting stories of its rich history, legends, and myths. 

On an Ireland tour, you expect to see amazing scenery, and this tour does not disappoint. See the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast, offering breathtaking views of rugged cliffs dropping into the ocean. Join the Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile drive with sparkling seascapes and mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses. In Northern Ireland, visit awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, basalt columns formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions. On the amazingly green Dingle Peninsula—perched on Ireland’s westernmost tip and dominated by the range of mountains—enjoy one of Europe’s most dramatic drives passing seaside villages, ancient monuments, and views of the Blasket Islands. 

On your guided Ireland tour, you’ll also visit some of its vibrant cities—including Dublin, Belfast, and Galway—and charming towns, including Killarney. Stop in Adare, founded in medieval times and known today as one of Ireland’s friendliest and prettiest villages. In Waterford, enjoy a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal, where you’ll see the highly-skilled artisans at work in the production of this famous crystal. You’ll also see artisans at work on your visit to Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill at Avoca. In Northern Ireland, visit Derry, one of Ireland’s best-preserved fortified cities, and Downpatrick, burial place of Ireland’s Patron Saint. 

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 3 dinners

UK - Dublin

Day
1

On arrival, transfer to your hotel.

At 3 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street and elegant Georgian squares to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College. End the day with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse.

Dublin - Downpatrick - Belfast

Day
2

On your northbound route today, pass Drogheda, scene of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, then through the fertile landscape of the Boyne Valley, known for its prehistoric passage graves. Cross the border into Northern Ireland and drive past the Mountains of Mourne to Downpatrick, the burial place of Patrick, Ireland’s Patron Saint and on to the vibrant city of Belfast, where the Titanic was built. Later, why not join a Local Guide on a “living history” tour, including a visit to the fascinating Titanic Experience?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Belfast - Giant's Causeway - Derry - Donegal - Drumcliff - Sligo

Day
3

First stop this morning is awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, let the province’s story unfold as you head for the city of Derry before returning to the Republic to visit Donegal, the ancient town founded by Danish Vikings and home of the O’Donnell Clan. Drive along Donegal Bay with its small fishing ports and hidden beaches and stop in Drumcliff to see the grave of W.B. Yeats before arriving in Sligo, tonight’s destination.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sligo - Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Ennis

Day
4

Travel further south to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan centre with colourful shops and a busy café and bar culture. Cross the limestone plateau of The Burren to visit the spectacular 668ft Cliff s of Moher. Tonight, you might like to join an optional medieval banquet.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Limerick - Adare - Dingle Peninsula - Killarney

Day
5

Start your day with a stroll through Adare, a village known for its prize-winning thatched cottages. Then, take in the breathtaking scenery of the Dingle Peninsula, where the 32-mile Slea Head drive affords magnificent vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. See the Blasket Islands, and hear about the way of life and unique literary achievements of its inhabitants prior to their evacuation in 1953. The next two nights are spent in the popular resort of Killarney.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Killarney - Ring of Kerry Excursion

Day
6

At Killorglin, join the Ring of Kerry for a 100-mile coastal panoramic drive featuring sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Back in Killarney, a special optional adventure: take a horse-drawn jaunting car along the national park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle. Tonight, enjoy the optional outing to Tralee for dinner and a performance at Siamsa Tire, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Killarney - Blarney - Waterford - Tramore.

Day
7

More scenic splendour as you head over the Kerry Mountains into County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time at your leisure to see the castle and shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. After lunch, drive past Cork, the country’s second-largest city on the way to Waterford, where a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal is included. Spend the night at the nearby seaside resort of Tramore. Later, an optional pub tour might be fun.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Tramore - Avoca - Dublin

Day
8

On the last leg of your journey, visit Ireland’s oldest Handweaving Mill at Avoca, and enjoy views of the Wicklow Mountains on your way to Dublin. An optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter would be an exciting finale to your holiday.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Dublin - UK

Day
9

Your tour ends after breakfast this morning.

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Hotels

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


  • Dublin: Regency
  • Belfast: Jurys Inn
  • Sligo: Southern
  • Ennis: Auburn Lodge
  • Killarney: Killarney Court
  • Tramore: Majestic
  • Dublin: Jurys Inn Parnell Street or Kingswood

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