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.
- 2 nights in Dublin
- 2 nights in Belfast
- 1 night in Derry (2019 Departures)/Leterkenny (2020 Departures)
- 2 nights in Galway
- 3 nights in Killarney
- 1 night in Limerick
- Round-trip nonstop airfare from New York (JFK or EWR)
- 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
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….
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…
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…
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 Fitzwilliam Belfast (or similar)
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)
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 Rathbaun Farm includes 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 seabirds. On a…
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…
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
Price includes round-trip airfare from the U.S. (Land-only pricing available upon request.)
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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
2019 Departures: Single room supplement is $579.
2020 Departures: Single room supplement is $599.
For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00-9:00 EST and Sat-Sun, 10:00-6:30 EST) at 800-337-7773.
Reservations and Payments
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.
Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.
Pricing is subject to change. Payment (non-refundable) should be made by cash in Euros.
The Dublin Liberties Distillery
- 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
- From approx. 60 Euro Per Person
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
- 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.
Camden Court Hotel
Located in the heart of Dublin’s city center, this four-star hotel offers an array of complimentary extras.
Camden Street Dublin 2, Dublin, Ireland
Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast
1-3 Great Victoria St,
Belfast BT2 7BQ, UK
City Hotel Derry
Well-appointed urban hotel set along the River Foyle, near local attractions.
Queens Quay, Derry, County Londonderry
Clayton Hotel Galway
Luxury four-star hotel with contemporary style, located just minutes from Galway city.
Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Galway, Ireland
Four-star accommodations and spa at a family-owned hotel, just a five-minute walk to Killarney town center.
Muchross Road, Killarney, Co. Kerry, Ireland
Four-star hotel on the River Shannon.
Ennis Road, Limerick, Ireland V94 03F2
Luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Limerick.
Henry Street, Limerick, Ireland
Flights from the U.S. and back are on the following airlines and schedules. Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight. We recommend at least three-and-a-half hours. Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.
|2019: Sep. 19, Sep. 26, Oct. 3|
2020: Apr. 9, May 14, Jun. 4
|Newark (EWR)||United Airlines||7:30PM||3:00PM|
|2019: Oct. 17||New York (JFK)||Delta Airlines||10:00PM||1:30PM|
|2020: Apr. 30, May 7, May 21, May 28, Jul. 2||New York (JFK)||Delta Airlines||10:00PM||2:00PM|
|2020: Jul. 16, Aug. 13, Sep. 3, Sep. 10, Oct. 1||TBA||TBA||TBA||TBA|
ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
Delta Airlines and United Airlines do not assign seats in advance, and smarTours is not involved in seat assignments. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check-in.
International flights to/from the U.S. are not included. Land-only travelers are responsible for arranging entry and exit flights, as well as their arrival and departure transfers. smarTours cannot be held responsible for any damage caused by air schedule changes and delays. Unused land services are non-refundable.
Main Tour: Land-only services start upon independent check-in at Dublin hotel on Day 2 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. Land-only services end after breakfast at your hotel in Limerick on Day 13 of the itinerary listed on our tour page. If you wish to join the Dublin sightseeing on Day 2, we recommend that you arrive at the Dublin hotel by 10am for pick-up on Day 2 of the itinerary.
PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must possess a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. U.S. citizens do not require visas. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates for current visa requirements to all their travel destinations. Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.
TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets, along with final instructions and additional travel tips, will be sent to you 7–10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour. Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.
Immunizations are not currently required. However, you may wish to consult your personal physician or local public health authorities as to their suggestions.
Expect daytime temperatures averaging in the 60s and low 70s in June through August, upper 50s and low 60s in May and September, 40s to low 50s in April and November. Nights will be cooler.
NON-INCLUDED MEALS AND SIGHTSEEING
The hotels used on this tour will offer dining options that range from cafes (where dinner, excluding drinks, average about $20-$25 per person) to specialty restaurants. Your hotel will accept credit cards for your non-included meals. Optional sightseeing tours and evening activities will be offered.
CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
Hotels and some stores accept major credit cards. However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency. Your hotels will be able to exchange cash to local currency or you can draw local currency at any ATM. It is recommended that you bring along cash in small denominations.
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase) max. 44 pounds, and one carry-on not exceeding 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not overpack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.