8 Day Essential Ireland

$679
Land Only
$1139*
Air & Land
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Featured Hotels

Monday Departure
Jurys Inn Christchurch Dublin
Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel Kilkenny
Killarney Towers Killarney
The Inn at Dromoland County Clare
Tuesday Departure
Friday Departure

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2019 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$1999* $1379
  $1679* $1059
$1869* $1219
  $1549* $899
$1839* $1379
  $1519* $1059
$1629* $1169
  $1309* $849
$1629* $1169
  $1309* $849
$1459* $999
  $1139* $679
$1859* $1269
  $1539* $949
2020 Dates & Prices
Dates Air & Land Land Only
$1609* $1059
  $1289* $739
$1609* $1059
  $1289* $739
$1609* $1059
  $1289* $739
$1609* $1059
  $1289* $739
$1749* $1169
  $1429* $849
$1629* $1169
  $1309* $849
$1719* $1169
  $1399* $849
$2019* $1479
  $1699* $1159
$1909* $1379
  $1589* $1059
$1829* $1219
  $1509* $899
$1759* $1219
  $1439* $899
$1959* $1219
  $1639* $899

*Not Included:
Optional tours and gratuities.


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

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.



Is This Trip Right for You?

This value program provides the comfort of an escorted tour, with the freedom to explore on your own. Minimal inclusions plus a variety of optional excursions allow maximum customization. This fast-paced trip covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect to spend two to three hours on your 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 Value program. For more information, click here.

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Itinerary

DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Ireland
Depart for Ireland

DAY 2, Tuesday - Arrive in Dublin
Arrive in Dublin, the energetic capital of Ireland. 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. Tonight, a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager at approximately 5 pm, followed by an orientation meeting on the upcoming journey through Ireland
Overnight: Dublin

DAY 3, Wednesday - Dublin City Tour
The exploration of Dublin*, immortalized by James Joyce, begins with a panoramic drive through statue-lined O'Connell Street and past Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed city park in Europe, home to the official residence of the President. Continue to view St. Patrick's Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland, dedicated to Ireland's patron saint. Evening is on your own to discover Dublin’s fabulous restaurants, nightlife and the friendly pubs on every corner, or join the optional Dinner at Taylors Three Rock. Spend an evening filled with traditional Irish song & dance, accompanied by delectable Irish food
*For Mar 13 departure, itinerary may vary due to local events for St Patrick's Day
Optional: Dinner at Taylors Three Rock (PM)
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Thursday - Travel to Kilkenny
Departing Dublin, travel through scenic County Wicklow past the Blessington Lakes on your way to Kilkenny, located on the banks of the River Nore. Journey past the 12th century Kilkenny Castle and view the splendid medieval cathedral. Spend the balance of the afternoon at leisure, or participate in the optional Smithwick’s Experience. Learn how Ireland's most popular ale is made and taste some of the different beers
Optional: Smithwick’s Experience
Overnight: Kilkenny
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Friday - Waterford, Blarney Castle en Route to Killarney
Today, discover Waterford, known as Ireland's oldest city, a place that can trace its beginnings back to the arrival of the Vikings. Embark on a walking tour of the city of Waterford with its world-renowned crystal showroom. Then, drive through the scenic south of Ireland into enchanting County Cork for a visit to storied 15th century Blarney Castle, where you'll have an opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone, promising you the "gift of gab". Free time for shopping for traditional Irish crafts at the Blarney Woollen Mills before driving to Killarney, in County Kerry, with its soaring mountain ranges, beautiful valleys, crystal lakes and spectacular rugged coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. This evening, have dinner on your own at one of the town’s many restaurants. Perhaps, join the optional Whiskey Tasting & Dinner. Get an insight into whiskey making and taste two Irish whiskeys, followed by a three course Irish dinner
Optional: Whiskey Tasting & Dinner(PM)
Overnight: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Saturday - Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry
A breathtaking day of magnificent vistas as you drive through Killarney National Park and the world-famous "Ring of Kerry" around the island's southwestern tip. Keep your cameras ready for the sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, the remote villages of Cahirciveen and Sneem, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney. Later, join the optional ride in a Jaunting Car (pony & open carriage) in the peaceful green countryside. Return to Killarney in the late afternoon
Optional: Jaunting Cars (PM)
Overnight: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Sunday - Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher
Travel north through the picturesque village of Adare, with its pastel-hued storefronts and thatched roof houses, known as the "prettiest village" in Ireland. Visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland restored to its former splendor with original furnishings, tapestries and works of art. The delightful Folk Park is dedicated to life in Ireland during the 19th century. Experience the sights and sounds of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village street complete with school, post office, doctor’s house, hardware shop, and, of course, McNamara's pub! Later, view some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery as you drive to the mighty Cliffs of Moher, a wall of rock that rises some 700 feet above the ocean. Arrive at your hotel late in the afternoon located on the Dromoland Castle Estate, featuring panoramic views across the Clare Hills and Shannon Estuary. Tonight, bid goodbye to your Tour Manager and newfound friends at the Farewell Dinner.
Overnight: Newmarket-on-Fergus
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Monday – Depart Ireland
Transfer to Shannon Airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Ireland
Depart for Ireland

DAY 2, Wednesday - Arrive in Dublin
Arrive in Dublin, the energetic capital of Ireland. 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. Tonight, a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager at approximately 5 pm, followed by an orientation meeting on the upcoming journey through Ireland
Overnight: Dublin

DAY 3, Thursday - Dublin City Tour
The exploration of Dublin*, immortalized by James Joyce, begins with a panoramic drive through statue-lined O'Connell Street and past Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed city park in Europe, home to the official residence of the President. Continue to view St. Patrick's Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland, dedicated to Ireland's patron saint. Evening is on your own to discover Dublin’s fabulous restaurants, nightlife and the friendly pubs on every corner, or join the optional Dinner at Taylors Three Rock. Spend an evening filled with traditional Irish song & dance, accompanied by delectable Irish food
*For Mar 13 departure, itinerary may vary due to local events for St Patrick's Day
Optional: Dinner at Taylors Three Rock (PM)
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Friday - Travel to Kilkenny
Departing Dublin, travel through scenic County Wicklow past the Blessington Lakes on your way to Kilkenny, located on the banks of the River Nore. Journey past the 12th century Kilkenny Castle and view the splendid medieval cathedral. Spend the balance of the afternoon at leisure, or participate in the optional Smithwick’s Experience. Learn how Ireland's most popular ale is made and taste some of the different beers
Optional: Smithwick’s Experience
Overnight: Kilkenny
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Saturday - Waterford, Blarney Castle en Route to Killarney
Today, discover Waterford, known as Ireland's oldest city, a place that can trace its beginnings back to the arrival of the Vikings. Embark on a walking tour of the city of Waterford with its world-renowned crystal showroom. Then, drive through the scenic south of Ireland into enchanting County Cork for a visit to storied 15th century Blarney Castle, where you'll have an opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone, promising you the "gift of gab". Free time for shopping for traditional Irish crafts at the Blarney Woollen Mills before driving to Killarney, in County Kerry, with its soaring mountain ranges, beautiful valleys, crystal lakes and spectacular rugged coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. This evening, have dinner on your own at one of the town’s many restaurants. Perhaps, join the optional Whiskey Tasting & Dinner. Get an insight into whiskey making and taste two Irish whiskeys, followed by a three course Irish dinner
Optional: Whiskey Tasting & Dinner(PM)
Overnight: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Sunday - Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry
A breathtaking day of magnificent vistas as you drive through Killarney National Park and the world-famous "Ring of Kerry" around the island's southwestern tip. Keep your cameras ready for the sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, the remote villages of Cahirciveen and Sneem, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney. Later, join the optional ride in a Jaunting Car (pony & open carriage) in the peaceful green countryside. Return to Killarney in the late afternoon
Optional: Jaunting Cars (PM)
Overnight: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Monday - Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher
Travel north through the picturesque village of Adare, with its pastel-hued storefronts and thatched roof houses, known as the "prettiest village" in Ireland. Visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland restored to its former splendor with original furnishings, tapestries and works of art. The delightful Folk Park is dedicated to life in Ireland during the 19th century. Experience the sights and sounds of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village street complete with school, post office, doctor’s house, hardware shop, and, of course, McNamara's pub! Later, view some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery as you drive to the mighty Cliffs of Moher, a wall of rock that rises some 700 feet above the ocean. Arrive at your hotel late in the afternoon located on the Dromoland Castle Estate, featuring panoramic views across the Clare Hills and Shannon Estuary. Tonight, bid goodbye to your Tour Manager and newfound friends at the Farewell Dinner.
Overnight: Newmarket-on-Fergus
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Tuesday - Depart Ireland
Transfer to Shannon Airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Ireland
Depart for Ireland

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Dublin
Arrive in Dublin, the energetic capital of Ireland. 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. Tonight, a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager at approximately 5 pm, followed by an orientation meeting on the upcoming journey through Ireland
Overnight: Dublin

DAY 3, Sunday - Dublin City Tour
The exploration of Dublin*, immortalized by James Joyce, begins with a panoramic drive through statue-lined O'Connell Street and past Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed city park in Europe, home to the official residence of the President. Continue to view St. Patrick's Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland, dedicated to Ireland's patron saint. Evening is on your own to discover Dublin’s fabulous restaurants, nightlife and the friendly pubs on every corner, or join the optional Dinner at Taylors Three Rock. Spend an evening filled with traditional Irish song & dance, accompanied by delectable Irish food
*For Mar 13 departure, itinerary may vary due to local events for St Patrick's Day
Optional: Dinner at Taylors Three Rock (PM)
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Travel to Kilkenny
Departing Dublin, travel through scenic County Wicklow past the Blessington Lakes on your way to Kilkenny, located on the banks of the River Nore. Journey past the 12th century Kilkenny Castle and view the splendid medieval cathedral. Spend the balance of the afternoon at leisure, or participate in the optional Smithwick’s Experience. Learn how Ireland's most popular ale is made and taste some of the different beers
Optional: Smithwick’s Experience
Overnight: Kilkenny
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5, Tuesday - Waterford, Blarney Castle en Route to Killarney
Today, discover Waterford, known as Ireland's oldest city, a place that can trace its beginnings back to the arrival of the Vikings. Embark on a walking tour of the city of Waterford with its world-renowned crystal showroom. Then, drive through the scenic south of Ireland into enchanting County Cork for a visit to storied 15th century Blarney Castle, where you'll have an opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone, promising you the "gift of gab". Free time for shopping for traditional Irish crafts at the Blarney Woollen Mills before driving to Killarney, in County Kerry, with its soaring mountain ranges, beautiful valleys, crystal lakes and spectacular rugged coastline along the Atlantic Ocean. This evening, have dinner on your own at one of the town’s many restaurants. Perhaps, join the optional Whiskey Tasting & Dinner. Get an insight into whiskey making and taste two Irish whiskeys, followed by a three course Irish dinner
Optional: Whiskey Tasting & Dinner(PM)
Overnight: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Killarney National Park, Ring of Kerry
A breathtaking day of magnificent vistas as you drive through Killarney National Park and the world-famous "Ring of Kerry" around the island's southwestern tip. Keep your cameras ready for the sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, the remote villages of Cahirciveen and Sneem, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and the breathtaking panorama of the Lakes of Killarney. Later, join the optional ride in a Jaunting Car (pony & open carriage) in the peaceful green countryside. Return to Killarney in the late afternoon
Optional: Jaunting Cars (PM)
Overnight: Killarney
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7, Thursday - Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher
Travel north through the picturesque village of Adare, with its pastel-hued storefronts and thatched roof houses, known as the "prettiest village" in Ireland. Visit Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, the most complete and authentic medieval fortress in Ireland restored to its former splendor with original furnishings, tapestries and works of art. The delightful Folk Park is dedicated to life in Ireland during the 19th century. Experience the sights and sounds of this enchanting place as you stroll from house to house or around the charming village street complete with school, post office, doctor’s house, hardware shop, and, of course, McNamara's pub! Later, view some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery as you drive to the mighty Cliffs of Moher, a wall of rock that rises some 700 feet above the ocean. Arrive at your hotel late in the afternoon located on the Dromoland Castle Estate, featuring panoramic views across the Clare Hills and Shannon Estuary. Tonight, bid goodbye to your Tour Manager and newfound friends at the Farewell Dinner.
Overnight: Newmarket-on-Fergus
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday – Depart Ireland
Transfer to Shannon Airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

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Optional Tours

Enjoy a rip roaring evening of traditional Irish music, song and dance at one of Ireland’s most loved pub and entertainment venue. Savor a 3-course dinner offering a great selection of quality Irish food to delight your palate. The resident band and traditional Irish dancers, provide stunning performances that captivate the audience.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 25 Oct 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $85.00
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Immerse yourself in the story of Smithwick’s, told by a staff member. Embark on an interactive journey through over 300 years of history and learn how Ireland's most popular ale is made, as well as what makes it so unique. Conclude the tour with a tasting and take home a complimentary engraved glass as a souvenir.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #4 01 Oct 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $30.00
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Get a brief insight into Irish whiskey making. Enjoy an interactive experience and learn how to nose, taste and savor the flavor. Conclude with a tasting of two Irish whiskeys, followed by a delectable three course Irish dinner.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #5 01 Oct 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $60.00
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Enjoy a ride in a Jaunting Car (pony & open carriage). Here you will see the lake of Killarney in a traditional fashion as the jarvey (driver) takes you through parts of the nearby Muckross Estate to view the peaceful green countryside. Sweeten your experience, with a local homemade chocolate treat.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #6 02 Apr 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 $30.00
01 Dec 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $28.00
Jaunting Cars Thumbnail

Enjoy a rip roaring evening of traditional Irish music, song and dance at one of Ireland’s most loved pub and entertainment venue. Savor a 3-course dinner offering a great selection of quality Irish food to delight your palate. The resident band and traditional Irish dancers, provide stunning performances that captivate the audience.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 25 Oct 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $85.00
Dinner at Taylors Three Rock Thumbnail

Immerse yourself in the story of Smithwick’s, told by a staff member. Embark on an interactive journey through over 300 years of history and learn how Ireland's most popular ale is made, as well as what makes it so unique. Conclude the tour with a tasting and take home a complimentary engraved glass as a souvenir.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #4 01 Oct 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $30.00
Smithwick's Experience Thumbnail

Get a brief insight into Irish whiskey making. Enjoy an interactive experience and learn how to nose, taste and savor the flavor. Conclude with a tasting of two Irish whiskeys, followed by a delectable three course Irish dinner.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #5 01 Oct 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $60.00
Whiskey Tasting & Dinner 7:00 PM Thumbnail

Enjoy a ride in a Jaunting Car (pony & open carriage). Here you will see the lake of Killarney in a traditional fashion as the jarvey (driver) takes you through parts of the nearby Muckross Estate to view the peaceful green countryside. Sweeten your experience, with a local homemade chocolate treat.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #6 01 Dec 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $28.00
Jaunting Cars Thumbnail

Enjoy a rip roaring evening of traditional Irish music, song and dance at one of Ireland’s most loved pub and entertainment venue. Savor a 3-course dinner offering a great selection of quality Irish food to delight your palate. The resident band and traditional Irish dancers, provide stunning performances that captivate the audience.

Approximate tour duration is 4 hours.

Day #3 25 Oct 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $85.00
Dinner at Taylors Three Rock Thumbnail

Immerse yourself in the story of Smithwick’s, told by a staff member. Embark on an interactive journey through over 300 years of history and learn how Ireland's most popular ale is made, as well as what makes it so unique. Conclude the tour with a tasting and take home a complimentary engraved glass as a souvenir.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #4 01 Oct 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $30.00
Smithwick's Experience Thumbnail

Get a brief insight into Irish whiskey making. Enjoy an interactive experience and learn how to nose, taste and savor the flavor. Conclude with a tasting of two Irish whiskeys, followed by a delectable three course Irish dinner.

Approximate tour duration is 2 hours.

Day #5 01 Oct 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $60.00
Whiskey Tasting & Dinner 7:00 PM Thumbnail

Enjoy a ride in a Jaunting Car (pony & open carriage). Here you will see the lake of Killarney in a traditional fashion as the jarvey (driver) takes you through parts of the nearby Muckross Estate to view the peaceful green countryside. Sweeten your experience, with a local homemade chocolate treat.

Approximate tour duration is 1 hour.

Day #6 02 Apr 2019 - 30 Nov 2019 $30.00
01 Dec 2019 - 30 Apr 2020 $28.00
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