Spirit of Ireland

  • $1999
  • 7


Uncover the spirit of Ireland on this seven-day express tour to County Sligo and Dublin. County Sligo makes an excellent home base for exploring County Meath, home to Trim Castle; and County Galway with the scenic Connemara district, stunning Kylemore Abbey, and lovely Galway city. In Dublin, explore the city with a panoramic tour and visit Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university plus an opportunity to explore the Wicklow Mountains with its varied scenery.

Itinerary at
a Glance

  • 2 nights in County Sligo
  • 3 nights in Dublin


  • Trim Castle
  • Connemara
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Galway Walking Tour
  • Dublin Panoramic Tour
  • Trinity College & the Book of Kells
  • The Merry Ploughboy Show

Activity Level: Discoverer 

Your Tour

  • 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
  • 7 meals: 5 buffet breakfasts (B) and 2 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Driver/Tour Director throughout

Tour Itinerary

Depart USA

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

Arrive in Dublin/Sligo

Welcome to Ireland! Today arrive at Dublin airport, meet with your driver/guide and transfer to County Sligo. En-route visit Trim Castle. Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, was constructed over a thirty-year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. Hugh de Lacy was granted the Liberty of Meath by King Henry II in 1172 in an attempt to curb the expansionist policies of Richard de Clare, (Strongbow). Construction of the massive three storied Keep, the central stronghold of the castle, was begun c. 1176 on the site of an earlier wooden fortress. This massive…


Today enjoy a drive into Connemara. Connemara is a land of lakes and rivers, bogs and mountains. A land of small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language and where little has changed little since the beginning of time. It is without a doubt the wildest and the most romantic part of Ireland. Connemara is a vast peninsula bordered by the arid and rocky coastline of Galway Bay in the south ~ a land characteristic for its stone walls and thatched cottages. On its northern shore the land is harsher and more secret, with spectacular views of the Ocean,…

County Sligo/Galway/Dublin

This morning depart County Sligo and journey to Dublin. On the way, enjoy a walking tour in Galway City. Galway City is a delight with its narrow streets, old stone and wooden shop fronts, good restaurants and busy pubs. The city has attracted a bohemian crown of musicians and artists, which add so much to the character of the city. There is free time to enjoy in Galway before heading to Dublin.

Clayton Cardiff Lane or similar | Breakfast


This morning enjoy a panoramic tour of Dublin and discover the north and south side of River Liffey. 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 remainder of the day is at leisure or you can visit the Guinness Storehouse as an optional tour. See Optional Tours for more details.

| Breakfast


Spend the day at leisure in Dublin or consider a journey through the Wicklow Mountains. The region features all various types of scenery that makes Ireland so beautiful. More details in the Optional Tours section. This evening enjoy dinner and entertainment at The Merry Ploughboy as your farewell dinner.

| Breakfast, Dinner


This morning we transfer to Dublin Airport for the journey home.

| Breakfast

Guided Tour Pricing

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.
2021 Departures: Single room supplement is $299.

For more information on this tour, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:00am – 5:30pm EST) at 800-337-7773.

Reservations and Payments
Reservations can be made by phone (1-800-337-7773) and will be confirmed upon receipt of your non-refundable, non-transferable deposit, which must be received at the time of reservation. Deposits are $99 per person for all 2021 departures, and $300 per person for all 2022 departures. Full payment is due 120 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. Please see the smarTours Terms and Conditions for complete booking information.

Optional Tours Customize your trip with these optional tours.

Pricing is subject to change. Payment (non-refundable) should be made by cash in Euros.

Guinness Storehouse

  • From approx. 18 EURO Per Person

The Guinness Brewery in Dublin is Europe’s largest stout producing brewery and is home to the Guinness Storehouse. Opened in 1904, The Storehouse was an operational plant for fermenting and storing Guinness. Today, it houses an exhibition dedicated to the Guinness story. Visitors will discover what goes into the making of a pint of Guinness from the ingredients, the brewing process, the time, the craft, and the passion. The exhibition shows how the brew has been marketed and how it is sold today in over 150 countries. Once the tour has concluded, our group is invited to stay at the…

Wicklow Mountains

  • From approx. 23 EURO Per Person

On this optional tour, journey through the Wicklow Mountains. County Wicklow is known as “the Garden of Ireland” and featured all the various types of scenery that makes Ireland so beautiful. Discover its romantic and quiet beauty, the deserted mounts where nothing but heather grows, the small forests and the lush prairies illuminated by yellow gorse in spring. Along the way, we’ll visit Glendalough, an early Christian monastic site founded by Saint Kevin in the 6th century. Set in a glaciated valley with two lakes, the monastic remains include a superb round tower, stone…