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Irish Discovery

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Price per person
from £1,190

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Key inclusions

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

There's no better time to book your next adventure, with low deposits of just £49pp for European holidays.

More details
  • 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
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.

Customer Reviews

Very enjoyable and informative...

23rd June 2018
Mrs Helen Thompson

Very enjoyable and informative

Superb Holiday, well organised with good courier/driver team....

8th June 2018
Mr Brian Marsden

Superb Holiday, well organised with good courier/driver team.

Set dinner at the holiday inn was appaling...

16th April 2018
Trusted Customer

Set dinner at the holiday inn was appaling

Excellent value for money. They kept us moving, but we...

1st November 2017
Dr Howard Gould

Excellent value for money. They kept us moving, but we saw it all. The welcome meal plan and full breakfasts set us up for the day. Our Tour guide's meticulous attention to detail and her wealth of knowledge made this an interesting and informative trip. Our skillful; driver made the trip run smoothly, even around the narrow coastal roads of the Dingle peninsular!

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30th September 2017
Trusted Customer

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It was a very busy, hectic tour, however though tiring...

22nd August 2017
Mrs Margaret Bell

It was a very busy, hectic tour, however though tiring we thougherly had a great time. Our tour guide was brilliant, so full of information. One or two of the hotels could have been more central to the city we were visiting.

Overall good but too rushed. Some hotels good , some...

12th August 2017
Mrs Victoria Chapman

Overall good but too rushed. Some hotels good , some fair. Your guide very knowledgable and informative

...

1st August 2017
Mr Andrew Rankin

Good quality, things were a little bit expensive ,bought my...

20th July 2017
Trusted Customer

Good quality, things were a little bit expensive ,bought my granddaughters a fairy in a jar @ Blarney Castle and they absolutely besotted with them.

Everything was as expected and more...

6th July 2017
Mrs diane jessop

Everything was as expected and more

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, Ireland

Day
1

On arrival, transfer to your hotel.

Check into 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, Northern Ireland - 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, Ireland - 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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

Sligo - Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Limerick

Day
4

Travel farther south to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops, and a busy café and bar culture. Cross the limestone plateau of The Burren to visit the spectacular 668-foot CLIFFS 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. Tonight, enjoy the optional outing to Tralee for dinner and a performance at Siamsa Tire, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

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.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

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, consider an optional pub tour.

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 is an exciting finale to your holiday.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Dublin - UK

Day
9

Your holiday ends with 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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