12 Day Kaleidoscope of Ireland

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Optional tours and gratuities.


Additional Information:
Land only price does not include arrival/departure transfers.

Departure transfers can be booked for BFS (Belfast International Airport) and BHD (Belfast City Airport).

Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.



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This moderately active trip covers a fair amount of ground each day. We can spend two to three hours on our feet during tours where you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking. This is a Classic program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Ireland
Depart for Ireland

DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Dublin
Upon arrival in Dublin, transfer to your hotel. Most flights arrive in the early morning and your room may not be ready for you. In this case, leave your luggage with the concierge and your Tour Manager will provide suggestions for you to begin to explore the city on your own. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at approximately 6 pm, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Dublin City Tour
Begin the exploration of Dublin with a drive through Phoenix Park, one of Europe's largest walled city parks. More than green space, it is home to numerous monuments. You might also see fallow deer grazing in the fields. Continue on to view St. Patrick's Cathedral, the National Cathedral of Ireland founded in 1191. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, was dean of the cathedral from 1713 to 1745. On O'Connell Street, admire the handsome buildings that line the city's main thoroughfare. Next, at Trinity College, one of the oldest gospel books grabs your attention, the Book of Kells. This illuminated manuscript was created in the year 800 by Celtic monks. The afternoon is at leisure in the Irish capital. Perhaps visit the Guinness Storehouse, follow in the footsteps of your favorite writer, or browse the shops and museums
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Tuesday - County Wicklow, Travel to Kilkenny
Drive south from Dublin to Glendalough for a short stop at the mystical 6th century monastic site with its round tower before driving through the hilly rolling countryside of County Kildare. Arrive in Kilkenny, a small city located on the banks of the River Nore and visit the 12th-century Kilkenny Castle. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening
Overnight: Kilkenny
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Wednesday - Waterford, Jameson Distillery
This morning, drive to Waterford, where you will have an orientation tour of the city. Continue along the coast through the seaside resort of Youghal. Next, enjoy a stop at the Jameson Whiskey distillery with tasting, before arriving in Cork. Dinner together tonight at the hotel
Overnight: Cork
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Kinsale, Cork
Start the day visiting Kinsale, a fishing port of great significance in Irish history. A former trading post, the town is known for its 800 year old church, and Georgian houses. The maritime and military history will come to life on a guided walking tour with a local guide. Return to Cork, where the remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Cork
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Friday - Blarney, Home Hosted Lunch, Limerick
Start out today with a stop at Blarney castle, dating from the 15th century, though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot. Visit the grounds and maybe kiss the stone of eloquence. Next, enjoy a farm visit, where the family will host a delicious lunch. Continue to Limerick where you will see the imposing King John's Castle. This castle was built in the 13th century on the banks of River Shannon to safeguard the city. Tonight, perhaps participate in the optional Medieval Banquet* dinner for a lively evening of music, singing, storytelling, and fine dining
*Mar & Nov departures, Knappogue Medieval Banquet will be substituted with Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
Optional: Knappogue Medieval Banquet (PM)
Overnight: Limerick
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Saturday - Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Travel to Sligo
First stop is at the dramatic Cliffs of Moher. This rock wall towers 700 feet over the crashing surf of the Atlantic. It's sure to be one of the most spectacular meetings of land and water you're likely to see. Then head to Galway, a seafaring town steeped in tradition. Enjoy free time to discover the historic squares and pubs of this colorful town and to view Galway Cathedral. Then travel to Sligo for overnight. This lovely town was home to a young William Butler Yeats. The poet died in 1939 in France, and ten years later his remains were re-interred here by the Irish navy. Savor dinner together at your hotel this evening
Overnight: Sligo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Sunday - Donegal & Belleek
Begin a full day excursion with a drive to the gravesite of William Butler Yeats at Drumcliff. Continue into County Donegal, with its soaring sea cliffs, white sandy beaches, jaw-dropping landscapes and welcoming atmosphere. Next, crossing into the Lakeland of Northern Ireland, along the shore of Lough Erne, visit the famed Belleek Pottery factory. Here, porcelain is shaped into thin, iridescent keepsakes
Overnight: Sligo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Monday - Derry City Tour, Giant's Causeway
First stop today is Derry (Londonderry) in Northern Ireland. Your local guide will give you a walking tour around the 17th century city walls, and view the Guildhall, Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall and St. Columba's Cathedral. View the Bogside district and the symbolic Peace Bridge. Local legend and lore make visiting Ireland especially unique and there is no shortage of tales to accompany Giant's Causeway, your next stop. The giant Finn McCool is said to have created this geological wonder so he could walk to Scotland to confront another giant. From there, the story varies. Today, a massive floor of 40,000 hexagonal stones stretches into the sea. Later, continue to Belfast
Overnight: Belfast
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Tuesday - Belfast City Tour
Today, embark on a morning sightseeing tour of Belfast. The city is located on the western shores of Belfast Lough, at the mouth of the River Lagan. To the northwest, mountains rise to the Antrim Plateau. This lovely setting has given the city a microclimate that nurtures its green spaces. And its location on calm waters has made it ideal for shipbuilding; the most famous vessel christened here was the Titanic. Start the half day tour by exploring the Titanic Experience, a nine-gallery museum in the dockyard where the ship was built. It's a city rich in history, architecture, and culture, and its share of political upheavals. Visit a neighborhood in West Belfast, where buildings are still scarred from The Troubles, which came to an end with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Then, view the hallowed quads of the university district and botanic garden, and visit the Ulster Museum. Finish at the colonnaded façade and towering dome of the Edwardian City Hall. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Belfast
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Wednesday - Depart Ireland
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Ireland
Depart for Ireland

DAY 2, Friday - Arrive in Dublin
Upon arrival in Dublin, transfer to your hotel. Most flights arrive in the early morning and your room may not be ready for you. In this case, leave your luggage with the concierge and your Tour Manager will provide suggestions for you to begin to explore the city on your own. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Drink and orientation meeting with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at approximately 6 pm, followed by a Welcome Dinner
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Dublin City Tour
Begin the exploration of Dublin with a visit to Phoenix Park, one of Europe's largest walled city parks. More than green space, it is home to numerous monuments. You might also see fallow deer grazing in the fields. Continue on to view St. Patrick's Cathedral, the National Cathedral of Ireland founded in 1191. Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver's Travels, was dean of the cathedral from 1713 to 1745. On O'Connell Street, admire the handsome buildings that line the city's main thoroughfare. Next, at Trinity College, one of the oldest gospel books grabs your attention, the Book of Kells. This illuminated manuscript was created in the year 800 by Celtic monks. The afternoon is at leisure in the Irish capital. Perhaps visit the Guinness Storehouse, follow in the footsteps of your favorite writer, or browse the shops and museums.
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Sunday - County Wicklow, Travel to Kilkenny
Drive south from Dublin, to Glendalough for a short stop at the mystical 6th century monastic site with its round tower before driving through the hilly rolling countryside of County Kildare. Arrive in Kilkenny, a small city located on the banks of the River Nore and visit the 12th-century Kilkenny Castle. Enjoy dinner at the hotel this evening
Overnight: Kilkenny
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - Waterford, Jameson Distillery
This morning, drive to Waterford, where you will have an orientation tour of the city. Continue along the coast through the seaside resort of Youghal. Next, enjoy a stop at the Jameson Whiskey distillery with tasting, before arriving in Cork. Dinner together tonight at the hotel
Overnight: Cork
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Kinsale, Cork
Start the day visiting Kinsale, a fishing port of great significance in Irish history. A former trading post, the town is known for its 800 year old church, and Georgian houses. The maritime and military history will come to life on a guided walking tour with a local guide. Return to Cork, where the remainder of the day is at leisure
Overnight: Cork
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Wednesday - Blarney, Home Hosted Lunch, Limerick
Start out today with a stop at Blarney castle, dating from the 15th century, though earlier fortifications were built on the same spot. Visit the grounds and maybe kiss the stone of eloquence. Next, enjoy with a farm visit, where the family will host a delicious lunch. Next Continue to Limerick where you will see the imposing King John's Castle. This castle was built in the 13th century on the banks of River Shannon to safeguard the city. Tonight, perhaps participate in the optional Medieval Banquet* dinner for a lively evening of music, singing, storytelling, and fine dining
*Mar & Nov departures, Knappogue Medieval Banquet will be substituted with Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
Optional: Knappogue Medieval Banquet (PM)
Overnight: Limerick
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 8, Thursday - Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Travel to Sligo
First stop is at the dramatic Cliffs of Moher. This rock wall towers 700 feet over the crashing surf of the Atlantic. It's sure to be one of the most spectacular meetings of land and water you're likely to see. Then head to Galway, a seafaring town steeped in tradition. Enjoy free time to discover the historic squares and pubs of this colorful town and to view Galway Cathedral. Then travel to Sligo for overnight. This lovely town was home to a young William Butler Yeats. The poet died in 1939 in France, and ten years later his remains were re-interred here by the Irish navy. Savor dinner together at your hotel this evening
Overnight: Sligo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 9, Friday - Donegal & Belleek
Begin a full day excursion with a drive to the gravesite of William Butler Yeats at Drumcliff. Continue into County Donegal, with its soaring sea cliffs, white sandy beaches, jaw-dropping landscapes and welcoming atmosphere. Next, crossing into the Lakeland of Northern Ireland, along the shore of Lough Erne, visit the famed Belleek Pottery factory. Here, porcelain is shaped into thin, iridescent keepsakes
Overnight: Sligo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Saturday - Derry City Tour, Giant's Causeway
First stop today is Derry (Londonderry) in Northern Ireland. Your local guide will give you a walking tour around the 17th century city walls, and view the Guildhall, Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall and St. Columba cathedral. View the Bogside district and the symbolic Peace Bridge. Local legend and lore make visiting Ireland especially unique and there is no shortage of tales to accompany Giant's Causeway, your next stop. The giant Finn McCool is said to have created this geological wonder so he could walk to Scotland to confront another giant. From there, the story varies. Today, a massive floor of 40,000 hexagonal stones stretches into the sea. Later, continue to Belfast
Overnight: Belfast
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 11, Sunday - Belfast City Tour
Today, embark on a morning sightseeing tour of Belfast*. The city is located on the western shores of Belfast Lough, at the mouth of the River Lagan. To the northwest, mountains rise to the Antrim Plateau. This lovely setting has given the city a microclimate that nurtures its green spaces. And its location on calm waters has made it ideal for shipbuilding; the most famous vessel christened here was the Titanic. Start the half day tour by exploring the Titanic Experience, a nine-gallery museum in the dockyard where the ship was built. It's a city rich in history, architecture, and culture, and its share of political upheavals. Visit a neighborhood in West Belfast, where buildings are still scarred from The Troubles, which came to an end with the 1998 Good Friday Agreement. Then, view the hallowed quads of the university district and botanic garden, and visit the Ulster Museum. Finish at the colonnaded façade and towering dome of the Edwardian City Hall. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Belfast
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Monday - Depart Ireland
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Join Ireland's most popular Medieval styled banquet for a lively evening of music, singing, storytelling, and fine dining. Enjoy a delicious four-course dinner accompanied by select wines and heartwarming entertainment. Enjoy the lively entertainment taking you on a journey from medieval times to the present day.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #7 01 Mar 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 $100.00
Knappogue Medieval Banquet Thumbnail

Join Ireland's most popular Medieval styled banquet for a lively evening of music, singing, storytelling, and fine dining. Enjoy a delicious four-course dinner accompanied by select wines and heartwarming entertainment. Enjoy the lively entertainment taking you on a journey from medieval times to the present day.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #7 01 Mar 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 $100.00
Knappogue Medieval Banquet Thumbnail