Irish Explorer

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Most popular

Price per person
from £1,108

Price based on
London Gatwick
6th Dec 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
  • 9 days

  • UK and Ireland

  • Active pace

  • Classic escorted tour

A scenic journey that explores the rugged, unspoilt beauty of the Irish coast. Hear the thud of the Atlantic against the Cliffs of Moher, enjoy sparkling Atlantic vistas on the Dingle Peninsula, and examine Ireland's very own natural phenomenon - the Giant's Causeway.

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.
Irish Explorer 2017

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.

Customer Reviews

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

Only went on Titanic Experience and buggy ride Others were more...

2nd July 2017
Trusted Customer

Only went on Titanic Experience and buggy ride Others were more food / booze related

The purchases were good value for money....

20th June 2017
Trusted Customer

The purchases were good value for money.

Too much content left everyone feeling very tired and would...

5th June 2017
Mrs Pauline Temple

Too much content left everyone feeling very tired and would have been better with some relaxation time built in to the itinerary.

Multiple itineraries are available

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


Overview

A scenic journey that explores the rugged, unspoilt beauty of the Irish coast. Hear the thud of the Atlantic against the Cliffs of Moher, enjoy sparkling Atlantic vistas on the Dingle Peninsula, and examine Ireland's very own natural phenomenon - the Giant's Causeway.

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.

No meals included

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sligo - Knock - 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Kilarney - 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
  • Lunch
  • 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, an optional pub tour might be fun.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • 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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to note

Tour hotels will be as stated or similar

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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