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Irish Discovery 2020

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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Breathtaking, lush landscapes combined with vibrant cities and historic attractions—all of this and more await you on this guided Ireland tour, including Northern Ireland. Starting and ending in Dublin, explore Ireland in depth and hear exciting stories of its rich history, legends, and myths. On an Ireland tour, you expect to see amazing scenery, and this tour does not disappoint. See the 668-foot Cliffs of Moher on Ireland’s west coast, offering breathtaking views of rugged cliffs dropping into the ocean. Join the Ring of Kerry, a 100-mile drive with sparkling seascapes and mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses. In Northern Ireland, visit awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, basalt columns formed millions of years ago by volcanic eruptions. On the amazingly green Dingle Peninsula—perched on Ireland’s westernmost tip and dominated by the range of mountains—enjoy one of Europe’s most dramatic drives passing seaside villages, ancient monuments, and views of the Blasket Islands. On this Ireland tour, you’ll also visit some of its vibrant cities—including Dublin, Belfast, and Galway—and charming towns, including Killarney. Stop in Adare, founded in medieval times and known today as one of Ireland’s friendliest and prettiest villages and in Waterford, enjoy a guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal, where you’ll see the highly-skilled artisans at work in the production of this famous crystal. You’ll also see artisans at work on your visit to Ireland’s oldest handweaving mill at Avoca. In Northern Ireland, visit Derry, one of Ireland’s best-preserved fortified cities, and Downpatrick, burial place of Ireland’s Patron Saint. This value-minded tour through Ireland is a dream vacation!

Day 1: ARRIVE IN DUBLIN, IRELAND.
Check into your hotel. At 3 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for an afternoon orientation drive through statue-lined O’Connell Street and elegant Georgian squares to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Trinity College. End the day with an optional dinner evening at the Guinness Storehouse.

Day 2: DUBLIN–DOWNPATRICK, NORTHERN IRELAND–BELFAST.
On your northbound route today, pass Drogheda, scene of the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, then through the fertile landscape of the Boyne Valley, known for its prehistoric passage graves. Cross the border into Northern Ireland, and drive past the Mountains of Mourne to Downpatrick, the burial place of Patrick, Ireland’s Patron Saint, and on to the vibrant city of Belfast, where the Titanic was built. Later, why not join a Local Guide on a “living history” tour, including a visit to the fascinating Titanic Experience?
Today’s Distance: 125 mi/ 202 km (B)

Day 3: BELFAST–GIANT’S CAUSEWAY–DERRY–DONEGAL, IRELAND–DRUMCLIFF–SLIGO.
First stop this morning is awe-inspiring GIANT’S CAUSEWAY, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, let the province’s story unfold as you head for the city of Derry before returning to the Republic to visit Donegal, the ancient town founded by Danish Vikings and home of the O’Donnell Clan. Drive along Donegal Bay with its small fishing ports and hidden beaches, and stop in Drumcliff to see the grave of W.B. Yeats before arriving in Sligo.
Today’s Distance: 197 mi/ 316 km (B,D)

Day 4: SLIGO–GALWAY–CLIFFS OF MOHER–LIMERICK.
Travel farther south to Galway, a popular seaside destination and a buzzing cosmopolitan center with colorful shops, and a busy café and bar culture. Cross the limestone plateau of The Burren to visit the spectacular 668-foot CLIFFS OF MOHER. Tonight, you might like to join an optional medieval banquet.
Today’s Distance: 181 mi/ 290 km (B)

Day 5: LIMERICK–ADARE–DINGLE PENINSULA–KILLARNEY.
Start your day with a stroll through Adare, a village known for its prize-winning thatched cottages. Then, take in the breathtaking scenery of the Dingle Peninsula, where the 32-mile Slea Head drive affords magnificent vistas of the Atlantic Ocean. See the Blasket Islands, and hear about the way of life and unique literary achievements of its inhabitants prior to their evacuation in 1953. The next two nights are spent in the popular resort of Killarney. Tonight, enjoy the optional outing to Tralee for dinner and a performance at Siamsa Tire, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre.
Today’s Distance: 156 mi/ 253 km (B)

Day 6: KILLARNEY. RING OF KERRY EXCURSION.
At Killorglin, join the RING OF KERRY for a 100-mile coastal panoramic drive featuring sparkling seascapes, mountains dotted with brightly colored farmhouses, winding lanes bordered with subtropical vegetation, and spectacular views of the Lakes of Killarney from Ladies View. Back in Killarney, a special optional adventure: take a horse-drawn jaunting car along the national park lakeshore for pictures of Ross Castle.
Today’s Distance: 90 mi/ 146 km (B,D)

Day 7: KILLARNEY–BLARNEY–WATERFORD–TRAMORE.
More scenic splendor as you head over the Kerry Mountains into County Cork. Stop in Blarney, famous for its Stone of Eloquence, with time at your leisure to see the castle and shop for Irish crafts and handmade crystal. After lunch, drive past Cork, the country’s second-largest city on the way to Waterford, where a guided tour of the HOUSE OF WATERFORD CRYSTAL is included. Spend the night at the nearby seaside resort of Tramore. Later, consider an optional pub tour.
Today’s Distance: 132 mi/ 212 km (B,D)

Day 8: TRAMORE–AVOCA–DUBLIN.
On the last leg of your journey, visit Ireland’s oldest HANDWEAVING MILL at Avoca, and enjoy views of the Wicklow Mountains on your way to Dublin. An optional Irish cabaret evening, including dinner, dance, song, and laughter would be an exciting finale to your vacation.
Today’s Distance: 130 mi/ 209 km (B)

Day 9: DUBLIN.
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)

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Inclusions

Sightseeing & Activities:

DUBLIN
Orientation drive

DOWNPATRICK
See the burial place of St. Patrick

BELFAST
Visit Northern Ireland’s capital

GIANT’S CAUSEWAY
See the amazing basalt columns

DERRY
Visit the walled city

DONEGAL
Visit the coastal town

DRUMCLIFF
Visit W.B. Yeats’ burial place

GALWAY
Visit the port city

CLIFFS OF MOHER
Savor the spectacular views

ADARE
Admire the thatched cottages

DINGLE PENINSULA DRIVE
See the Blasket Islands

KILLARNEY
Visit the popular resort town

RING OF KERRY
Scenic peninsula drive

BLARNEY
Visit the famous village

WATERFORD
Guided tour of the House of Waterford Crystal

AVOCA
Visit the handweaving millTouring by private, first-class, air-conditioned motorcoach with free Wi-Fi

Meals:
Full Irish breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with choice of menus


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Accommodations

Prices are per person, based on double room occupancy.

Single room supplement:
$350

No triple room reduction.

Additional accommodations before or after your tour may be available.

2021 departures are subject to itinerary and price modification. Details will be available in September 2020.

Dublin: The Bonnington Dublin Hotel
Belfast: Jurys Inn Belfast
Sligo: Southern Hotel Sligo
Limerick: Limerick City Hotel
Killarney: The Parkavon Hotel
Killarney: Killarney Court Hotel
Tramore: Majestic Hotel
Dublin: Kingswood

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Questions & Answers

Question: Are any meals included.

Yes some meals are included: Full Irish breakfast daily; 3 three-course dinners with choice of menus

Question: Do we get picked up at airport or do we need to find our own travel. Tips I assume are not included.

Transfers are not included but can be purchased at the time of your booking.

Question: From where does the tour depart

Dublin, Ireland.

Question: What is the mode of transportation between cities?

Guests are transported by motor coach between cities. Cosmos motor coaches are fully air conditioned and equipped with WiFi.

Question: Are all accommodations en suite?

Yes, they are.

Question: How much free time do you have in the evenings?

Independent travelers love all the free time provided by Cosmos. Most optional excursions are in the afternoons or evenings, so travelers can choose if they want to take part in an excursion, or explore on their own.

Question: Does the tour company arrange round trip transfers to and from the airport?

Yes, we can purchase transfers at an additional cost through Cosmos.

Question: How many people are on this tour on average and what is the transportation?

Cosmos utilizes a motor coach for their land tours with an average group size of 36 to 40 people.

Question: Can you quote roundtrip airfare from Miami?

We can quote roundtrip airfare from almost any major airport in the United States.  Just select Optional Requests when requesting a quote and select your airport from the drop down list.  

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4.3
Accommodations
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Itinerary
4.4
Professional Staff
4.5
Repeat with Operator
4.4
Value for Money
4.1

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Ratings based off 93 reviews - currently showing 51 reviews with comments only

The tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable and informative. She made the trip very pleasurable.

OPERATOR'S STAFF WAS KNOWLEDGABLE AND HUMOROUS. AMOUNT OF TIME AT EACH LOCATION WAS SUFFICIENT FOR THE AMOUNT WESAW VS. THE TIME WE HAD.

I would recommend this trip to anyone. Clyde, our tour guide was knowledgeable and kept things running smoothly. David, our driver was excellent also. I very much enjoyed the whole trip.

I enjoyed my irish discovery vacation very much thanks a lot to a tour director Peter and driver Margaret they are very professional and very helpful I found out a lot about ireland its beautiful country people are very friendly I am very happy with my tour

While the tour was as described, we found that we missed having a Welcome meeting at the start of the tour and we only interacted with tour companions at random encounters and there were no name tags. Additionally, we have enjoyed free bottled water on previous tours. The tour manager, while extremely knowledgeable, he did not provide options for those of us who do not enjoy shopping and cafes. At times we felt he was annoyed with our questions and he never asked how we enjoyed the tour of Guinness or came around to say good morning and how are you doing at breakfast.

tour guide, Keenan and driver Gerry made the trip very enjoyable. 

I felt frustrated with the misleading language used in regards to tour events. It seems very strange to ask guests to pay for things like city tours. Then to spend a lot of time in Blarney, without preparing guests for the cost of visiting the main attraction. And I'm not sure why the Wicklow Mountains were even included on the tie itinerary, when in reality the closest we got to them was seeing their name on a sign.

Overall the experience was perfect for my elderly parents. When just traveling with my significant other I will next time inquire about the average age of travelers. The hotel accommodations were overall OK. Except the first hotel we stayed in which was unsatisfactory due to a broken window in our room and a run down hotel interior.

Our tour director was exceptionally knowledgeable and made the trip a great experience. Our driver was highly skilled and put us at ease

The driver was professional, experienced and always drove safely. The tour guide was informative, funny and answered questions as best he could. Both guide and driver were polite and helpful.

I really liked the fact that we explored the northern part of Ireland. However, the pace going from city to city the last half of the trip felt a bit rushed and too much time was spent in shopping destinations like Waterford and Blarney. However, overall I enjoyed the trip.

Appreciated our knowledgeable and personable tour guide.

Our tour guide Hugh and driver Yarrick were both awesome! Great job!

We very much enjoyed our first visit to Ireland, even though it was early March. It was cold and windy, but the attractions weren't all that busy, and we didn't have long lines for any optional activities.

Wonderful interaction and provide reasonable prices.

We cannot be more pleased with both the tour guide and the driver! Katherine knew her stuff and took excellent care of us all; and Joe was a virtuoso at handling the bus! We would most certainly use your services again.

every day went well. our experienced guide, Liz made everything perfect.

The tour guide decided to use his own system for rotating passengers which caused us to be on one side of the coach at all times and always have the same people sitting by us. This was unfortunate because so many of the good views were on the other side of the coach and also because we did not get to know as many people as on a previous tour where they rotated through both sides of the bus.

This was an excellent trip, exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide Liz was outstanding and the drive John can't be praised enough. I would definitely do it again. The only problem we ran into was exchanging money. However you can use a card everywhere. For those of us likings to keep currency in our pockets, it's difficult. Even for small purchases.

The Cosmos tour guide Simon was knowledgeable and witty, the bus driver Emon was exceptional (the roads are mighty narrow in Ireland). We were meet at airport and brought back to airport. We had photo stops along the way to places we were going to. It went by to fast, did not feel like 9 days (time flies when you are having fun). The excursions purchased were worth it, especially Taylor Family evening with dinner and show.The Jaunty car ride was informative and driver was funny.

The tour director, Peter, and the bus operator Sean were very good. The tour director was very knowledgeable. Hotels were a little out of the way. One hotel the hot water was very poor. I formally traveled with Cosmos and Globus but did not get any discount for

Our vacation was amazing! Ireland is a beautiful country. The best part of our trip was our tour director Liz and our driver Donie. They made our Cosmos trip truly enjoyable!!! They are wonderful ambassadors for Cosmos and Ireland!!

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip - covered everything I expected and more and would book again.

Wonderful in every way! Our tour director, Kevin was delightful, informative and had wonderful humor. Our driver, Sean was very skillful. As a former bus Dover myself, Sean was outstanding. The hotels, staff,and itinerary were superb. We will definitely keep Cosmos in our minds and will tell our friends.

DN Diane on Jul 08, 2018  
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