Magical Ireland

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DUBLIN, BELFAST, DERRY, GALWAY, CLIFFS OF MOHER, KILLARNEY AND DINGLE PENINSULA

Get ready for plenty of craic (fun) on this expansive Ireland escorted tour, as we ramble from Dublin to Northern Ireland, then along the Wild Atlantic Way to the Ring of Kerry and Dingle Peninsula. The Irish are renowned storytellers, and our smarTours® guides do justice to the tradition by illuminating Ireland’s fascinating history for you, plus keep you laughing with anecdotes and tall tales from the mists of time. They’ll also point the way to pubs that pull the perfect pint and showcase Ireland’s spirited trad music. Ireland’s scenery is pure poetry, and you’ll be mesmerized by the Giant’s Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, ancient castles and more on this magical trip.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 2 nights in Dublin
  • 2 nights in Belfast
  • 1 night in Derry
  • 2 nights in Galway
  • 3 nights in Killarney
  • 1 night in Limerick

Tour
Highlights

  • Merrion Square (Dublin)
  • Christchurch Cathedral (Dublin)
  • Guinness Storehouse (Dublin)
  • Castle Ward House & Gardens (Northern Ireland)
  • Titanic Belfast Experience
  • Giant’s Causeway (Antrim)
  • Kylemore Abbey (Galway)
  • Cliffs of Moher (Clare)
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle Peninsula (Kerry)
  • Blarney Castle
  • Medieval Castle Banquet

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour
Includes

  • Round-trip nonstop airfare from the U.S.
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations at first-class hotels
  • 17 meals: 11 buffet breakfasts (B) and 6 dinners (D)
  • Farewell medieval banquet dinner at Bunratty Castle or Knappogue Castle with wine
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Driver/Tour Director throughout

Tour Itinerary

Click the Day by Day itinerary above (or swipe on mobile devices) to see the experiences that await on each day of your tour.

Depart from the U.S.

Depart from the U.S. on an overnight flight to Europe. Your tour includes airfare from the U.S.

Arrive in Dublin

After you’re greeted this morning at the airport by your Tour Director, you’ll get right into touring the Republic of Ireland’s capital. On an included guided tour of the Fair City, you’ll see the walled Phoenix Park, home to the presidential residence, as well as a young Winston Churchill. We’ll stop at Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university, to view a cultural treasure, the exquisitely decorated Book of Kells, a medieval manuscript dating from the ninth century. The tour concludes at your upscale, conveniently located hotel with the balance of the afternoon at leisure….

Dublin

Good morning, Dublin! Your guided exploration of this charming city features two very diverse experiences. First, we’ll visit the magnificent Christchurch Cathedral and its medieval crypt which houses, among other things, Ireland’s first copy of the Magna Carta and a mummified cat and rat (known locally as Tom and Jerry). “My goodness, my Guinness!” seems like an appropriate response as we learn about the Guinness story and how to pull the perfect pint on the Guinness Storehouse self-guided tour. You’re invited to end your visit at the Gravity Bar, where you can enjoy a pint and…

Ards Peninsula/Belfast

Today we head to the Ards Peninsula in County Down, Northern Ireland. Along the way, we’ll stop at Castle Ward House & Gardens, a National Trust property built in two contrasting architectural styles: classical and Gothic. While you may be baffled by the eccentric design, you’ll be enthralled by the walled gardens and the grounds overlooking Strangford Lough. Later, we’ll board a ferry from Strangford to Portaferry, passing charming towns and villages before arriving in historic Belfast. Highlights of your guided tour include the curious “leaning” Albert Memorial Clock, the…

Belfast

Today we’ll learn more about a catastrophic event that has been captured in film, book and television at the Titanic Belfast Experience. This must-see attraction uses special effects, full-scale reconstructions and interactive features to bring the story of the ill-fated Titanic alive in a compelling way—from its sinking to present day exploration. In the afternoon, you’ll have free time to explore Belfast. One recommendation is the newly renovated Ulster Museum. B Europa Hotel Belfast (or similar)

Giant’s Causeway/Derry

We enter Game of Thrones territory today as we travel along the remote North Antrim Coast. Our destination: The Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and geological wonder. You’ll learn all about the myths, legends, history and geology of this amazing phenomenon before we continue to the picturesque port town of Derry. We’ll enjoy a guided walking tour of Derry’s highlights and get the chance to stroll along wonderfully preserved medieval walls before we gather for dinner together at our hotel. B/D City Hotel Derry (or similar)

Sligo/Galway

Today’s journey takes us into County Sligo, where the contrast of still lakes and rugged uplands inspired Nobel Prize-winning poet W. B. Yeats. County Sligo is also home to the largest, oldest collection of Neolithic stone circles and dolmens, and we’ll stop to see these awesome Stone Age monuments at Carrowmore when it is open (closed Nov-Mar). Alternatively, we’ll visit the world-famous Belleek Pottery, housed in an imposing Victorian building. Our destination tonight is Galway, a harbor known for narrow streets, stone-clad buildings and traditional pubs with live music. Maybe…

Galway or Full-Day Connemara/Kylemore Abbey Optional Excursion

Explore Galway at your leisure or take our recommendation and spend a full day in the breathtaking, utterly romantic Connemara region, where we’ll visit the neo-goth Kylemore Abbey and take a scenic cruise on Killary Fjord. Read more about it under optional tours, and you’ll see why Oscar Wilde called the region “A Savage Beauty.” B Clayton Hotel (or similar)

Farm Visit/The Burren/Cliffs of Moher/Killarney

By this point on the trip, we’ll have seen plenty of sheep, and today you’ll get a closer look! Our visit to the Rathbaum Farm includes sheep shearing and sheepdog herding demos, as well as freshly baked scones. Our travels continue through The Burren, a unique limestone landscape that will make you feel like you landed on the moon, and along the Wild Atlantic Way to Ireland’s most iconic sight, the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Standing 668 feet above the ground at their highest point, the cliffs boast magnificent views of the Atlantic coast and provide nesting sites for thousands of…

Ring of Kerry Highlights/Kenmare/Killarney

Killarney is a great base for our expeditions in County Kerry over the next two days. Today we’ll take the Ring of Kerry route, stopping for panoramic views at Molls Gap and Ladies View. We’ll enjoy free time in the picturesque heritage town of Kenmare, which is set on the Ring of Kerry and known for its natural beauty, gourmet dining and interesting craft shops. The afternoon is free to further explore Killarney. You won’t want to miss tonight’s optional Kate Kearney’s Cottage traditional Irish night with dinner. B Randles Hotel (or similar)

Dingle Peninsula Excursion

Today we explore the Dingle Peninsula, quite possibly one of the most breathtaking spots in the world. Here, the Irish language and traditional ways are preserved, and we’ll enjoy a step back in time as we see mountains, beaches, dunes and the fishing village of Dingle. We’ll continue along the coast to Slea Head, where you may see the deserted Blasket Islands and the more distant Skellig Islands. A stop at the Blasket Islands Center (closed Nov-Mar) on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula gives us insight into the story of the Blasket Islanders, including their unique literary achievements….

Blarney Castle/Adare/Medieval Castle Farewell Banquet/Limerick.

Let’s capture a few castles today! Our first is the 5th-century Blarney Castle. Its famous Blarney stone is believed to bestow the “gift of gab” on those who kiss it. We’ll certainly be chatting up a storm as we continue our day with visits to the Blarney Woolen Mills (where you can purchase one of those gorgeous heritage sweaters!) and Adare, a picture-perfect village with pretty thatched cottages. Enjoy some free time to explore Adare before stopping for the night in Limerick, which may have inspired the humorous verses of the same name. We spend our last evening together in…

Depart Ireland

Early this morning transfer to the airport for your included return nonstop flight. Your Magical Ireland tour ends as you touch down in the U.S. later today. B

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Single room supplement is $579.

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Reservations for tours of Ireland can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit which must be received within 48 hours of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

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The Dublin Liberties Distillery

  • Dublin
  • From approx. 11 Euro Per Person

New attraction! Take a guided tour through the full production process at this working distillery, with opportunities to taste along the way. You’ll learn how Irish whiskey is made and how it differs from other world brands, plus enjoy entertaining stories about the characters who have populated The Liberties area of Dublin over the years. Your tour culminates in the Tasting Bar.

Connemara Region & Kylemore Abbey Optional Excursion

  • Connemara
  • From approx. 60 Euro Per Person, dinner included

We highly recommend this optional full-day excursion to the wild, romantic Connemara Region, where you’ll see emerald lakes, rivers, bogs and mountains, small villages where Gaelic is still spoken, and the neo-gothic Kylemore Abbey before taking a scenic cruise on Killary, a calm nine-mile-long fjord with gorgeous scenery. At Kylemore Abbey, you’ll have time to wander both the mansion and the lovely Victorian walled gardens. Then, enjoy a scenic cruise of Killary.

Kate Kearney’s Cottage Traditional Irish Night including Dinner

  • Killarney
  • From approx. 50 Euro Per Person

Enjoy a night of trad music, high-stepping dance and great food at Kate Kearney’s Cottage, a 150-year-old family-run pub and restaurant. The musicians will introduce you to some of their unique instruments while dancers will be glad to teach you a few basic steps, so you can join in an Irish jig or hornpipe. Your toes will be tapping, and your hands will be clapping during this fun night! Transfer from and back to your hotel is included.

Reviews

Mearl

The tour was great. The guide, Paul, was excellent. The trip from the last hotel to the airport was ridiculous, we left the hotel at 4 am to get to the airport by 7am. However, the overall tour and my experience in Ireland was fantastic.

Mark

Great tour! Paul was a great guide. Just wish the tour would go to Ireland & Scotland not just Ireland. Everything was well planned no issues.

Susan

The Magical Ireland tour was a thorough tour of all of Ireland. The pace was good, well organized and great accomodations. The tour guide, Paul Kealy was exceptional and made the entire tour very immersive as it related to Irish history and culture. An exceptional guide!

James

We had a great tour guide with Peter he was very knowledgeabl.

Emmanuil G

We traveled from July 19. Our tour director is sample of what the tour director should be. Funny, lot of nice jokes, knowledgeable, very well organized and much more. We learned a lot about country, observe its natural beauty and long history. I highly recommend the tour

Ann M

We just got home from this trip and had a great time! The trip was well organized, meals were delicious, and the only hotel we weren't too happy with was the Randle in Killarney. The tour director, Peter Murphy, was very knowledgeable and he and the 9 other people (there were only 11 of us) on the bus were super nice and so much fun to spend time with. They made our first trip to Europe a very memorable one. We would recommend this company to anyone thinking of going to Ireland.

Donna

The magical Ireland trip was fabulous, our guide Peter Murphy filled our days with history and fun facts of Ireland . The hotels and all of the many places that we visited were made fun and interesting. Thanks to Peter Murphy.

Paul T

We traveled on June 7th. This trip was everything we expected and more. Our driver, Peter Murphy, made the cities and the countryside come alive with his narrations. The city tours were very informative and the travel between major cities was made enjoyable with narration and frequent stops at places of interest. Peter kept to a schedule, was always available and served his travelers well. We saw a lot, learned a lot, met some great people, ate some wonderful food and made lasting memories. This was our second trip with smarTours and we highly recommend them.

janet a

We have just returned from the 12 day Magical Ireland tour with our guide, Peter Murphy. Every part of the trip was great, from the itinerary, hotels, food, and especially our tour director, Peter Murphy. We learned a great deal about Irish history, from the ancient language and burial sites to the hardships of the Great Hunger and the political Troubles which have beseiged this island. Peter was well informed as were the guides we met in Derry, Belfast and Dublin. Our weather was nearly perfect and the scenery, particularly the Dingle Peninsula was breathtaking. We came home full of knowledge thanks to Peter and have adopted many of his unique expressions in our conversation. Everyone on our tour, a most congenial group, seemed upbeat and happy. We would both highly recommend this tour, especially with Peter as your guide!

Robert N

My daughter and I just finished this tour, and we both enjoyed it very much. Our tour guide and driver, Peter Murphy, was excellent. Peter was friendly, humorous, informative and punctual throughout the trip. He helped create a good atmosphere on the trip for everyone. If you go, make sure you ask Peter about swimming sheep. Peter loves questions about sheep!!! The tour is well organized and covers a good variety of sights and history. The hotels (with the exception of the one in Derry) were excellent. The scenery is stunning, and the people of Ireland were always friendly. In short, this was a very good tour.

Sue M

I recently returned from Magical Ireland tour 5/24- 6/5/18. It was beyond expectations. We had a fantastic tour guide, Paul Kealy. Paul really has a passion for Ireland and has a great sense of humor. He explained the complicated history of Ireland and entertained us with jokes and limericks. He is very organized and has a laid back style. He played typical Irish music and explained the various sports played in Ireland. We saw wonderful places like the Cliffs of Moher, Dingle Penisula, and so much more. I really can’t say enough about this fantastic trip to Ireland. I recommend that you go with Paul Kealy as the tour guide.

Sue M

I just returned from Magical Ireland tour 5/24/18-6/5/18. It was a fabulous tour. Our tour director Paul Kealy is an excellent tour guide. He is an awesome storyteller and was so organized. He explained the complicated history of Ireland in a magical and fun way and had a great sense of humor. He entertained us with jokes and limericks and played Irish music for us. It was an action packed tour. He told us where movies were filmed on location in Ireland. Paul has a great love of Ireland and was a fascinating storyteller and an all around great guy. I would definitely recommend this tour. Ireland is beautiful. If you go to Ireland...go with Paul! ??

Christina

I recently returned from this IRELAND tour and it was absolutely AMAZING! Each local guide was full of knowledge and each town had it's own charm. The free time allotted during the tour allowed us to explore each town on our own which was awesome. Peter Murphy was our driver and tour director and he was ABSOLUTELY OUTSTANDING. I highly recommend going on a tour where Peter is the tour director. Things ran smoothly, he was prompt, very knowledgeable. His humor left us laughing all the time and you could tell he loves his country.

Frances

I cannot say enough good things about this tour and our tour director Paul. Even the weather cooperated to make this a fantastic time. Our group was small with only 20 people and we bonded and had a grand time. Paul is a store house of knowledge and a true love for his country which he is happy to share with all of us. I learned to much about Ireland and its history and Paul made is so easy. He also has a super sense of humor and had us laughing every day. An absolutely marvelous time!!!!

Bob B

I have been on many international trips, and think that this may have been my favorite for land tours. Paul Kealy was key to this trip and he was a great tour director. I met some nice new friends and would recommend this to a single traveler.
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