2019 - 7 Day Taste Of Ireland - Tour A

Authentic Local Experiences

  • Immerse yourself in country life as you watch a farmer work with his highly skilled dogs to control a flock of sheep.
  • Discover the historic heart of Dublin – Dublin Castle – one of the most important buildings in Irish history.

Dining Experiences

  • Enjoy 3 dinners (D) including a night at the Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner and a traditional show, and a medieval castle banquet
  • 1 lunch (L).
  • 5 daily hot breakfasts (B)

Trip Highlights

  • Blarney Castle
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Dublin Castle
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Sheepdog Demonstration
  • Skellig Experience

Hotels - 6 Nights

 

Taste of Ireland (Tour A) 7 Days / 6 Nights

Day 1: Arrive Dublin & City Sightseeing
Welcome to Dublin! Today you can explore Dublin independently using your open-top hop-on-hop-off bus tour voucher to visit one of Dublin’s top attractions – Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or the General Post Office Museum. Dine independently this evening.

Day 2: Dublin & Merry Ploughboy Pub
Enjoy the morning exploring Dublin with the included vouchers. Meet your guide at 2:00 PM in the hotel lobby when all participants join a local guide for a tour of ancient and modern Dublin. Drive through the main streets to see historic buildings such as Trinity College; rows of Georgian houses with colorfully painted doorways; and the new buildings around the Financial Centre beside the River Liffey. Take a guided tour through parts of Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries and today plays a leading role in European Union activities. Return to your hotel for a get-together with your tour group and a welcome drink. In the evening head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a great dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with popular Irish songs and intricate step-dancing.
(B, D)

Day 3: Blarney Castle & Killarney
Depart Dublin and travel through the midlands of Ireland, which has many mixed farms. Stop for photos of the stately ruins on the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding plain. Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish made goods of all types, conveniently displayed under one roof. Drive through Macroom, built around a fine castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner.
(B, D)

Day 4: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience
Today embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive of 100 miles – the Ring of Kerry. This winding route reveals breathtaking views of Macgillycuddy’s Reeks as well as the scenic coast of beaches and cliffs. As you travel along, there will be plenty of stops for photos at the best vantage points. After a casual lunch in a cozy restaurant you’ll continue your scenic drive. Cross to Valentia Island by bridge where you’ll visit the Skellig Experience. Learn about the off-shore island of Skellig Michael where early Christian monks lived in austere conditions and how it was used as one of the locations for the film “Star Wars VII.” Pause for a stroll around Sneem, with its brightly painted houses, and again at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains and deep valleys. Get a taste of farm life with a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks, and see different breeds of sheep. Return to Killarney and enjoy a free evening for independent dining or exploring the many pubs in the town.
(B, L)

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Medieval Castle Banquet
Leave Killarney and drive north to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Your tour continues along the coast of County Clare to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Drive past Lahinch Golf Course, one of Ireland’s most famous, and through the marketing town of Ennis to Bunratty. Check into Bunratty Castle Hotel, which is located close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. In the evening head to Bunratty or Knappogue Castle for a memorable experience in a wonderful historic setting with good food and entertainment. Take your place in the Great Hall for a medieval-style feast of excellent dishes and plenty of wine. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music evocative of the Middle Ages. (Please note that January departures may offer a different dining experience.)
(B, D)

Day 6: Dublin Extension via Galway
Tours B + C end in Shannon after brealfast. Guests on Tour A drive north to Galway city for a panoramic tour, and take some time to look around the city before traveling out along the famous Galway Bay to Spiddal, where the locals still speak the Irish language. Then drive across the rugged boglands of Connemara to Moycullen to visit the Connemara Marble Factory. See how locally quarried marble is made into attractive products, and enjoy tea and scones. Travel across the country to Dublin. Spend the final night of your tour independently exploring the pubs in the lively Temple Bar area, or experiencing one of Dublin’s fine restaurants.
(B)

Day 7: Depart from Dublin
Tour A ends after breakfast today.
(B)

 

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

7 days Dublin to Dublin
Start
Dublin
End
Dublin
Price (Land Only)
Twin Sharing
Sun Jan 06 2019 Sat Jan 12, 2019 C$1545
Sun Jan 20, 2019 Sat Jan 26, 2019 C$1545
Sun Feb 03 2019 Sat Feb 09 2019 C$2065
Sun Feb 17, 2019 Sat Feb 23, 2019 C$1805
Sun Feb 24, 2019 Sat Mar 02 2019 C$1805
Sun Mar 03 2019 Sat Mar 09 2019 C$1870
Fri Mar 08 2019 Thu Mar 14, 2019 C$1870
Fri Mar 15, 2019 Thu Mar 21, 2019 C$2000
Sun Mar 17, 2019 Sat Mar 23, 2019 C$1935
Fri Mar 22, 2019 Thu Mar 28, 2019 C$1935
Sun Mar 24, 2019 Sat Mar 30, 2019 C$2065
Fri Mar 29, 2019 Thu Apr 04 2019 C$2515
Sun Mar 31, 2019 Sat Apr 06 2019 C$2125
Fri Apr 05 2019 Thu Apr 11, 2019 C$2065
Sun Apr 07 2019 Sat Apr 13, 2019 C$2065
Fri Apr 12, 2019 Thu Apr 18, 2019 C$2125
Sun Apr 14, 2019 Sat Apr 20, 2019 C$2125
Wed Apr 17, 2019 Tue Apr 23, 2019 C$2125
Sun Apr 21, 2019 Sat Apr 27, 2019 C$2125
Wed Apr 24, 2019 Tue Apr 30, 2019 C$2580
Sun Apr 28, 2019 Sat May 04 2019 C$2320
Wed May 01 2019 Tue May 07 2019 C$2320
Sun May 05 2019 Sat May 11, 2019 C$2450
Wed May 08 2019 Tue May 14, 2019 C$2450
Sun May 12, 2019 Sat May 18, 2019 C$2515
Fri May 17, 2019 Thu May 23, 2019 C$2515
Sun May 19, 2019 Sat May 25, 2019 C$2580
Wed May 22, 2019 Tue May 28, 2019 C$2580
Sun May 26, 2019 Sat Jun 01 2019 C$2580
Fri May 31, 2019 Thu Jun 06 2019 C$3030
Sun Jun 02 2019 Sat Jun 08 2019 C$2645
Fri Jun 07 2019 Thu Jun 13, 2019 C$2645
Sun Jun 09 2019 Sat Jun 15, 2019 C$2580
Fri Jun 14, 2019 Thu Jun 20, 2019 C$2645
Sun Jun 16, 2019 Sat Jun 22, 2019 C$2580
Fri Jun 21, 2019 Thu Jun 27, 2019 C$2645
Sun Jun 23, 2019 Sat Jun 29, 2019 C$2645
Wed Jun 26, 2019 Tue Jul 02 2019 C$2645
Sun Jun 30, 2019 Sat Jul 06 2019 C$2645
Wed Jul 03 2019 Tue Jul 09 2019 C$3095
Sun Jul 07 2019 Sat Jul 13, 2019 C$2580
Wed Jul 10, 2019 Tue Jul 16, 2019 C$2645
Sun Jul 14, 2019 Sat Jul 20, 2019 C$2645
Wed Jul 17, 2019 Tue Jul 23, 2019 C$2580
Fri Jul 19, 2019 Thu Jul 25, 2019 C$2580
Sun Jul 21, 2019 Sat Jul 27, 2019 C$2645
Fri Jul 26, 2019 Thu Aug 01 2019 C$2645
Sun Jul 28, 2019 Sat Aug 03 2019 C$2645
Fri Aug 02 2019 Thu Aug 08 2019 C$2645
Sun Aug 04 2019 Sat Aug 10, 2019 C$2645
Wed Aug 07 2019 Tue Aug 13, 2019 C$2645
Fri Aug 09 2019 Thu Aug 15, 2019 C$3095
Sun Aug 11, 2019 Sat Aug 17, 2019 C$2580
Wed Aug 14, 2019 Tue Aug 20, 2019 C$2645
Fri Aug 16, 2019 Thu Aug 22, 2019 C$2645
Wed Aug 21, 2019 Tue Aug 27, 2019 C$2580
Fri Aug 23, 2019 Thu Aug 29, 2019 C$2580
Sun Aug 25, 2019 Sat Aug 31, 2019 C$2580
Fri Aug 30, 2019 Thu Sep 05 2019 C$2580
Sun Sep 01 2019 Sat Sep 07 2019 C$2645
Wed Sep 04 2019 Tue Sep 10, 2019 C$2645
Sun Sep 08 2019 Sat Sep 14, 2019 C$2645
Fri Sep 13, 2019 Thu Sep 19, 2019 C$2580
Sun Sep 15, 2019 Sat Sep 21, 2019 C$2580
Fri Sep 20, 2019 Thu Sep 26, 2019 C$2580
Sun Sep 22, 2019 Sat Sep 28, 2019 C$2580
Fri Sep 27, 2019 Thu Oct 03 2019 C$2385
Wed Oct 02 2019 Tue Oct 08 2019 C$2190
Fri Oct 04 2019 Thu Oct 10, 2019 C$2190
Wed Oct 09 2019 Tue Oct 15, 2019 C$2190
Fri Oct 11, 2019 Thu Oct 17, 2019 C$2190
Sun Oct 13, 2019 Sat Oct 19, 2019 C$2190
Wed Oct 16, 2019 Tue Oct 22, 2019 C$2645
Fri Oct 18, 2019 Thu Oct 24, 2019 C$2190
Wed Oct 23, 2019 Tue Oct 29, 2019 C$2125
Fri Oct 25, 2019 Thu Oct 31, 2019 C$2125
Sun Oct 27, 2019 Sat Nov 02 2019 C$2065
Sun Nov 03 2019 Sat Nov 09 2019 C$1870
Sun Nov 17, 2019 Sat Nov 23, 2019 C$1870
Sun Nov 24, 2019 Sat Nov 30, 2019 C$2320
Sun Dec 08 2019 Sat Dec 14, 2019 C$1740
Sun Dec 15, 2019 Sat Dec 21, 2019 C$1675

Single room supplement: C$530