Emerald Isle

Offer

New for 2018

Price per person
from £1,556

Price based on
London Southend
13th Apr 2018 departure

Key inclusions

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

Book any 2018 Europe tour or cruise and pay just £49 deposit per person when you book before 28 February. 

More details
  • 10 days

  • UK and Ireland

  • Steady pace

  • Platinum escorted tour

Experience the ravishing beauty of the Atlantic coastline, explore prehistoric monuments and journey deep inside the literary, cultural and historic legacy of Ireland on this enchanting tour. Snap sparkling seascapes, forest mountains and enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney as you drive the epic Ring of Kerry. Then stop for a pint of the black stuff in Dublin, while listening to a virtuosic live band. Welcome to Ireland.

At a glance


  • Dublin Orientation drive and time at leisure to enjoy this city; welcome dinner.
  • Kildare Visit to the Irish National Stud, guided tour of Strokestown House and Gardens, and a visit to the Irish Famine Museum.
  • Galway Discover the marbles of the Joyce family workshop, free time in pretty Galway with an optional literary banquet at Dunguaire Castle.
  • Aran Islands Expert-led presentation about Inishmore by an island historian, lunch at Tí Joe Watty’s pub, minibus tour of the islands led by a local guide and a visit to the dramatic prehistoric stone fort of Dun Aengus.
  • Cork Guided visit to Blarney with a chance to kiss the famous stone, take a walk up to the castle and shop for traditional Irish handicrafts.

What's included

  • VIP private home pick-up service
  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Services of a tour director
  • Accommodation
  • Selected meals
  • Free Wi-Fi on coach
  • Individual audio system
  • 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.

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

Experience the ravishing beauty of the Atlantic coastline, explore prehistoric monuments and journey deep inside the literary, cultural and historic legacy of Ireland on this enchanting tour. Snap sparkling seascapes, forest mountains and enjoy a breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney as you drive the epic Ring of Kerry. Then stop for a pint of the black stuff in Dublin, while listening to a virtuosic live band. Welcome to Ireland.

Total meals included:

  • 9 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners

UK - Dublin

Day
1

Céad míle fáilte – a hundred thousand welcomes! Check into your hotel, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O'Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, and past St Patrick's Cathedral and Oscar Wilde's Trinity College. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Dublin - Kildare - Strokestown - Ballina

Day
2

The horse-racing country awaits this morning. Drive across the Curragh to the Irish National Stud at Kildare, whose thoroughbreds command respect on the racecourses of the world. Then, north to Longford to Strokestown House for a guided tour of the restored 1740s mansion, a stroll through its fine gardens, and insight into the circumstances of the Great Irish Famine of the 1840s at the Famine Museum. Overnight is in Ballina, famous for its hospitality and internationally renowned for its exceptional salmon fishing in the Moy River. 

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Ballina - Kylemore - Galway

Day
3

Via Westport, head for the unspoilt region of Connemara, an area known for its hardy breed of ponies. Visit Kylemore Abbey, a massive yet graceful castle acquired by Benedictine nuns as a precious heirloom for Ireland. At Moycullen, visit the Joyce family at their marble workshop before arriving in the colourful port city of Galway. Tonight's recommendation: an optional evening at Dunguaire Castle, where an intimate banquet has an enlightening literary theme.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Galway - Aran Islands - Galway

Day
4

At Rossaveal, board a comfortable, modern ferry for the 45-minute crossing to Kilronan on Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands and where Gaelic is the first language of the islanders. Your fascinating day continues with a presentation about life on Inishmore by an island historian. After a light lunch at Tí Joe Watty's pub, board a minibus to enjoy your driver/local guide's commentary on a tour of the island, ending with a visit to clifftop Dun Aengus, one of the most spectacular and dramatic prehistoric stone forts in Europe. Back in Kilronan, board your ferry back to the mainland. There are plenty of dining options in Galway this evening.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Galway – Cliffs of Moher – Limerick

Day
5

A real Irish farm experience at Rathbaun Farm this morning. Try your hand at scone making, and learn from the farmer about sheet shearing and hearding. Afterwards, enjoy coffee and your scones, fresh from the oven. Take the scenic route across the desolate limestone plateau known as The Burren, and stop for photos of prehistoric Poulnabrone Dolmen. At the Cliffs of Moher, which rise 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, savour the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. This evening, why not take part in a unique optional dinner excursion to Bunratty Folk Park?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Limerick - Foynes - Killarney

Day
6

On this morning's Limerick city tour, view the Treaty Stone and St Mary's Cathedral, and visit King John's Castle in the medieval heritage precinct. Make your way to Foynes for a guided tour of the Flying Boat Museum. Board and explore the world's only full-size replica of a Boeing B314 Clipper, and in the flight simulator, re-enact the thrilling experience of crossing the Atlantic in a 1930s long-range flying boat. You will also be treated to an Irish coffee demonstration complete with a sample of the tasty drink. Then, travel to the popular resort of Killarney, your destination for the next two nights. Later, maybe an entertaining optional evening in Tralee with dinner, followed by tickets for Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney

Day
7

Join the famed Ring of Kerry for a 100-mile panoramic drive around the island's southwestern tip. Plenty to focus your camera on here: sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly coloured farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Back in Killarney, a special treat: a fun-filled horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the national park with glorious vistas of the Lakes of Killarney and ancient Ross Castle.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Killarney - Blarney - Waterford

Day
8

Across the Kerry Mountains, drive into County Cork for a visit to Blarney, renowned for its castle and magical Kissing Stone. Time for lunch, to walk up to the castle, and to shop for traditional Irish handicrafts. In the afternoon, proceed via Cork, Youghal, and Dungarvan to Waterford, a stronghold founded by the Danish Vikings in 853. Here, enjoy a visit to the House of Waterford Crystal.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Waterford - Avoca - Glendalough - Dublin

Day
9

Today's agenda: Enniscorthy, site of the final battle of the Great Rebellion of 1798; Ireland's oldest handweaving mill at Avoca; and Glendalough, the early Christian monastic site founded by St Kevin in the 6th century. See the engaging audiovisual presentation Ireland of the Monasteries, then let your local guide show you the remains of this ecclesiastical settlement. Back in Dublin tonight, join your travelling companions for a fitting farewell to Ireland: an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Dublin - UK

Day
10

Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Accommodation will be as stated or similar.

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus 

Hotels

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


  • Dublin: The Gibson
  • Bellina: Bellina Manor
  • Galway: Radisson Blu Galway
  • Limerick: Limerick Strand Hotel
  • Killarney: Killarney Towers Hotel
  • Waterford: Granville
  • Dublin: Hilton Dublin Kilmainham

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