2019 Irish Explorer – 10 Days/9 Nights OR 9 Days/8 Nights

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Authentic Local Experiences

  • Gain unique insight into the history and heritage of the stunningly beautiful west of Ireland at Dan O’Hara’s Homestead, and enjoy a farmhouse lunch.
  • Enjoy a pint and see the handcrafted “Game of Thrones” door carved from trees seen in the series at Blakes of the Hollow Pub.

Dining Experiences

  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 7 dinners including Clontarf Castle Hotel welcome dinner, Nancy’s Bar in Ardara, Abbey Tavern traditional Irish dinner and show.

Trip Highlights

Hotels

  • Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
  • Mill Park Hotel, Donegal (2 nights)
  • Hotel Meyrick, Galway (2 nights)
  • Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)

Day 1 Dublin Touring & Glasnevin Cemetery Museum

Tour begins 2:00 PM at the Clontarf Castle lobby, a short ride from Dublin Airport, a few miles to the north of Dublin city center. Head out for a tour of central Dublin with a local guide to see elegant Georgian squares, public buildings, and monuments. Visit Glasnevin Cemetery Museum, Ireland’s national cemetery, a who’s who of modern Irish history. Join your group for a welcome drink followed by dinner in the castle hotel. (D)

 

Day 2 Florence Court House & Donegal

Visit Florence Court House, home of the Irish Yew. The original tree, discovered in 1760, can still be viewed on the grounds. Tour the magnificent 18th century mansion, renowned for its elaborate rococo plasterwork. Head to Blakes of the Hollow Pub, one of County Fermanagh’s oldest pubs, for refreshment with your fellow travelers. Take a photo by its official “Game of Thrones” door highlighting the series’ sixth season. Continue your travels north to Donegal. With its windswept hills where only sheep can thrive, Donegal is renowned for woolen production and tweeds. (B, D)

 

Day 3 Slieve League Cliffs & Glengesh

Head to Teelin to reach the best viewing point of the Slieve League sea cliffs, the highest in Europe. Afterwards, sample home-baked scones with coffee or tea. Travel along the coast then head inland through the majestic Glengesh Pass for views of mountains and valleys to Donegal Town, a busy shopping town which was once a Viking port, Watch demonstrations of spinning and weaving at a local woolen shop. Enjoy an early dinner with a drink and music at the popular Nancy’s in Ardara. (B, D)

 

Day 4 Belleek Pottery & Galway Cruise

Discover the secrets that have made Belleek Pottery one of the most enduring success stories of Irish craftsmanship during a tour of Belleek Pottery. You’ll go behind the scenes to see how this world-famous fine china is made. Travel south to Galway and embark on a cruise of Lough Corrib for unsurpassed views of castles and various sites of both historical and cultural interest (April 1 – October 21 departures). (B, D)

 

Day 5 Scenic Connemara & Dan O’Hara Homestead

Explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Stop at the Connemara Celtic Crystal Factory where craftsmen demonstrate fine glass cutting. Travel through the picturesque scenery of hills and lakes to visit Dan O’Hara’s Homestead. Experience traditional methods of farming, see Connemara ponies, and have a light lunch. Return to Galway and enjoy free time before dinner. (B, L)

 

Day 6 Cliffs of Moher & Killarney

Drive through Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which soar 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk to O’Brien’s Tower for views of the Aran Islands and Galway Bay. Drive through the pleasant countryside of Country Clare, which is dotted with ruined castles. Discover St. Brigid’s Well, a mystical site whose waters are said to have healing powers. Enjoy lunch on your own in a coastal village. Embark on a short ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary. Arrive in Killarney and partake of the Whiskey Experience with dinner that includes a chocolate tasting. (B, D)

 

Day 7 Ring of Kerry Tour

Head out to the Ring of Kerry, Ireland’s most famous and popular scenic drive. View Skellig Michael, a rocky offshore island that was featured in the film “Star Wars VII”. Take a group photograph among the breathtaking scenery. Immerse yourself in farm life with a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks. Enjoy a casual lunch and continue on the scenic drive. Pause for panoramic mountain views at Moll’s Gap. In Killarney there is free time to discover some of the excellent restaurants and lively pubs. (B, D)

 

Day 8 Blarney Castle & Dublin’s Abbey Tavern

Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone or take a gentle walk through the lovely parklands and colorful gardens. Treat yourself to Irish-made goods at the Blarney Woollen Mills before traveling north. Head to the Abbey Tavern for Irish cuisine, and an evening of lively entertainment. (B, D)

 

Day 9 Independent Bus Tour

(9 Day tour ends after breakfast)

Enjoy an independent Dublin open-top bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions -- Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC Ireland, or the General Post Office Museum. (B)

 

Day 10 Your Tour Ends in Dublin

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)

Start End Price
Sunday Mar 17, 2019 from Dublin Monday Mar 25, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$2320
Sunday Mar 24, 2019 from Dublin Monday Apr 1, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$2450
Sunday Mar 31, 2019 from Dublin Monday Apr 8, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3030
Sunday Apr 14, 2019 from Dublin Monday Apr 22, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3355
Sunday Apr 21, 2019 from Dublin Monday Apr 29, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$2900
Sunday Apr 28, 2019 from Dublin Monday May 6, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3030
Sunday May 5, 2019 from Dublin Monday May 13, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3610
Sunday May 12, 2019 from Dublin Monday May 20, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3225
Sunday May 19, 2019 from Dublin Monday May 27, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3290
Sunday May 26, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jun 3, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3355
Sunday Jun 2, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jun 10, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3355
Sunday Jun 9, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jun 17, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3935
Sunday Jun 16, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jun 24, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3355
Sunday Jun 23, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jul 1, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3480
Sunday Jun 30, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jul 8, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3480
Sunday Jul 7, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jul 15, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3480
Sunday Jul 14, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jul 22, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3415
Sunday Jul 21, 2019 from Dublin Monday Jul 29, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3480
Sunday Aug 11, 2019 from Dublin Monday Aug 19, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3480
Sunday Aug 18, 2019 from Dublin Monday Aug 26, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3415
Sunday Aug 25, 2019 from Dublin Monday Sep 2, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$4000
Sunday Sep 1, 2019 from Dublin Monday Sep 9, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3355
Sunday Sep 8, 2019 from Dublin Monday Sep 16, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3415
Sunday Sep 15, 2019 from Dublin Monday Sep 23, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3355
Sunday Sep 22, 2019 from Dublin Monday Sep 30, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3355
Sunday Oct 6, 2019 from Dublin Monday Oct 14, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$2900
Sunday Oct 13, 2019 from Dublin Monday Oct 21, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$2770
Sunday Oct 20, 2019 from Dublin Monday Oct 28, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$3355
Sunday Oct 27, 2019 from Dublin Monday Nov 4, 2019 to Dublin 9 Days C$2580
Start End Price
Sunday Mar 17, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Mar 26, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$2645
Sunday Mar 24, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Apr 2, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$2770
Sunday Mar 31, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Apr 9, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3415
Sunday Apr 14, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Apr 23, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3740
Sunday Apr 21, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Apr 30, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3225
Sunday Apr 28, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday May 7, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3355
Sunday May 5, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday May 14, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$4000
Sunday May 12, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday May 21, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3545
Sunday May 19, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday May 28, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3610
Sunday May 26, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Jun 4, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3675
Sunday Jun 2, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Jun 11, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3675
Sunday Jun 9, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Jun 18, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$4320
Sunday Jun 16, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Jun 25, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3675
Sunday Jun 23, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Jul 2, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3805
Sunday Jun 30, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Jul 9, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3805
Sunday Jul 7, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Jul 16, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3805
Sunday Jul 14, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Jul 23, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3740
Sunday Jul 21, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Jul 30, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3805
Sunday Aug 11, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Aug 20, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3805
Sunday Aug 18, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Aug 27, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3740
Sunday Aug 25, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Sep 3, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$4385
Sunday Sep 1, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Sep 10, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3675
Sunday Sep 8, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Sep 17, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3740
Sunday Sep 15, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Sep 24, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3675
Sunday Sep 22, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Oct 1, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3675
Sunday Oct 6, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Oct 15, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3225
Sunday Oct 13, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Oct 22, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3095
Sunday Oct 20, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Oct 29, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$3740
Sunday Oct 27, 2019 from Dublin Tuesday Nov 5, 2019 to Dublin 10 Days C$2900