Scenic Ireland

Offer

New for 2018

Price per person
from £2,005

Price based on
London Heathrow
21st 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
  • 13 days

  • UK and Ireland

  • Active pace

  • Platinum escorted tour

Wild coastlines and verdant farmland combine with lively towns and prehistoric ruins on this guided tour of the Emerald Isle and Northern Ireland. Along the way, you'll learn about the Irish way of life, see breathtaking scenery, hear about Ireland's tumultuous history, and visit some of its historical sights.

At a glance


  • Rathbaun farm See the farmer at work and enjoy coffee in the farmhouse.
  • Belfast Guided Living History tour. Visit the Titanic Experience and Mount Stewart House, afternoon tea at Hillsborough Castle.
  • Dublin Orientation drive and free time to explore. Optional dinner at the Guinness Storehouse.
  • Waterford Guided walking tour andIrish coffee demonstration. Guided tour of the house of Waterford crystal.
  • Blarney Visit the castle and kiss the Blarney Stone.

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

Wild coastlines and verdant farmland combine with lively towns and prehistoric ruins on this guided tour of the Emerald Isle and Northern Ireland. Along the way, you'll learn about the Irish way of life, see breathtaking scenery, hear about Ireland's tumultuous history, and visit some of its historical sights.

Total meals included:

  • 12 breakfasts, 5 dinners

UK - Shannon

Day
1

Fly to Shannon Airport where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Céad míle fáilte—a hundred-thousand welcomes! After checking into your hotel, free time to relax and perhaps enjoy the hotel’s leisure amenities or explore the city. This evening, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - Clifden

Day
2

Drive to the Cliffs of Moher, rising 668 feet above the Atlantic Ocean, and savor the breathtaking panorama of the Clare coast. Next, a special treat: at Rathnaun Farm, try your hand at Scone baking and watch the farmer shear a sheep and maneuver a flock with the help of a sheep dog, then enjoy coffee and your scones, fresh from the oven. On to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops and a busy café and bar culture. Call at the Joyce family’s marble workshop before spending the night at Clifden, a small fishing town in the far west.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Clifden - Kylemore - Westport - Knock - Sligo

Day
3

Visit Kylemore Abbey this morning, the massive castle acquired by Benedictine nuns, and see the restored house, church, and gardens. Pause at Westport before continuing on to Knock, a village that attracts pilgrims from all over the world since townsfolk saw apparitions. Then, travel through rugged landscapes to the coastal seaport and county town of Sligo, known for its literary heritage.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Sligo - Belleek - Derry - Giant's Cause - Belfastway - Belfast

Day
4

A rich string of Northern Ireland attractions awaits you today. First, visit the Belleek Pottery factory, renowned for its exquisite cream-colored Parian china. In Derry, walk the city walls in the company of a Local Guide, and after lunch, pass Dunluce Castle before visiting awe-inspiring Giant's causeway. Hear how millions of years ago, the earth cracked open, lava forced its way out, and as it cooled slowly and evenly, more than 40,000 interlocking basalt columns were formed, leading from the cliff foot into the sea. Spend the next two nights in Belfast, Northern Ireland’s seat of government.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Belfast

Day
5

This morning’s “Living History” tour in the company of a Local Guide will take you past all the city’s attractions, including City Hall, the Albert Memorial Clock Tower, Queens University, and the Parliament Buildings at Stormont. Next, visit the fascinating Titanic experience and learn all about the building of the largest passenger steam ship, its maiden voyage, and the tragic night of April 14, 1912. At Mount Stewart house, on the shores of Strangford Lough, discover the newly restored home of the Vane-Tempest-Stewart family, once the Marquesses of Londonderry, and the important role they played in local and international history. There will also be time to explore the celebrated gardens or take a stroll to the lake. Later, why not join an optional excursion?

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Belfast - Knowth - Dublin

Day
6

Drive in the lee of the Mountains of Mourne back into the Irish Republic, and at Bru na Boinne (Palace of the Boyne), one of the world’s most important archaeological landscapes, visit Knowth, where your guide explains the fascinating passage-grave dating from the Bronze Age. For a first taste of the Irish capital, join an optional cabaret evening with dinner and entertainment.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Dublin

Day
7

An orientation drive in the “Fair City” includes statue-lined O’Connell Street, elegant Georgian squares, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde’s Trinity College. The afternoon is at leisure for you to enjoy this vibrant city. Tonight, maybe take in an optional dinner outing to the Guinness Storehouse.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford

Day
8

Kilkenny, one of Ireland’s prettiest towns with medieval cobblestone streets and Old-World charm, is your first destination today. Visit magnificent Kilkenny Castle, which overlooks the Nore River and has guarded this important river crossing for more than 900 years. The gardens, with extensive woodland paths, rose garden, and ornamental lake, create the setting for a beautiful stroll. Then, to Waterford for a guided tour of the House of Waterford crystal. You may also want to join an optional excursion to a local pub. After dinner at your hotel, enjoy an Irish coffee demonstration.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Waterford - Blarney - Cork

Day
9

The first of the day’s highlights is an entertaining walk through Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, in the company of a Local Guide. Then, visit Blarney Castle, renowned for its magical Kissing Stone. Overnight in Cork, Ireland’s second-largest city. An optional suggestion would be a visit to Cobh’s Queenstown Story, which tells of the transatlantic liner route between Liverpool and North America and last port of call for the Titanic.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Cork - Garinish Island - Killarney

Day
10

This morning, board a private boat for the short crossing to Garnish Island in Bantry Bay, whose warm waters attract colonies of seals. Follow the winding paths between the strong-scented flowering trees and shrubs of this lush tropical island garden. Then, head over the mountains into County Kerry. At Kenmare, join part of the Ring of Kerry and stop for spectacular photos of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View before arriving in the popular resort of Killarney. Tonight, an entertaining optional evening in Tralee with dinner and tickets for Siamsa Tire National Folk Theatre.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Killarney - Dingle Excursion

Day
11

Enjoy panoramic views on Dingle Peninsula on the way to the Blasket Island Centre. Learn about the way of life and unique literary achievements on the string of remote offshore islands evacuated by the last inhabitants in 1953. Visit Dingle, then return to Killarney.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Killarney - Adare - Limerick

Day
12

A final morning at leisure in Killarney with time for an optional excursion by horse-drawn jaunting car. In the afternoon, drive via quaint Adare, renowned for its pretty thatched cottages, to Limerick. A suggestion for a very special night out: attend an optional medieval banquet at an historic castle.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Limerick - UK

Day
13

Your tour ends this morning after breakfast.

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 a similar standard

This Platinum tour is operated by our sister company Globus 

Hotels

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


  • Limerick: Clayton
  • Clifden: Station House
  • Sligo: Radisson Blu
  • Belfast: Clayton
  • Dublin: Hilton Dublin Kilmainham or Royal Marine hotel
  • Waterford: Granville or Tower
  • Cork: Clayton Cork 
  • Killarney: Killarney Towers
  • Limerick: Clayton or  Strand

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