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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

An in-depth encounter with the Best of Ireland awaits, from spectacular sights like the Cliffs of Moher and Ring of Kerry to the past and present showcased in Dublin, Galway and pretty Adare. You’ll learn all about Irish famine history, former kings and how to embrace the craic.

  1. Day 1
    Welcome to Ireland
    Write your own lively tale of legends and iconic landscapes during this epic encounter with Ireland's treasures. We begin our journey in the whimsical capital of Dublin, joining a Local Specialist to see the sights. A special Welcome Dinner this evening sees you visiting EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum.Accommodation: Clayton Ballsbridge, Sandymount Hotel
    Meals:   Dinner
  2. Day 2
    Through the Scenic County Wicklow and Waterford to Kilkenny Dive Into Culture
    Journey through the scenic countryside of County Wicklow, 'The Garden of Ireland', and on to New Ross – the ancestral home town of John F. Kennedy. Dive Into Culture and gain insights into the plight of the starving Irish emigrants who boarded the Dunbrody Famine Ship to flee the potato famine. We continue to Waterford. This afternoon, we celebrate the centuries-old craft of flint glass creations, as we Dive Into Culture at the House of Waterford Crystal and witness talented master craftsmen at work. Arrive in Kilkenny where we will stay for the night.Accommodation: Hotel Kilkenny
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  3. Day 3
    Journey to Blarney and on to Killarney
    Today, we travel through County Cork and pursue the 'gift of the gab' at Blarney Castle, where you'll have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Arrive in Killarney for a two-night stay.Accommodation: Killarney Towers
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  4. Day 4
    A Day on the Ring of Kerry
    Ireland's soul-stirring Ring of Kerry takes centre stage today as we embark on a scenic drive past its mountains, lakes and lush green countryside – unquestionably one of the most scenic routes in Ireland. We'll see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, Moll's Gap and the Black Valley, whose remoteness saw it become the last area in Ireland to receive electricity.Accommodation: Killarney Towers
    Meals:   Breakfast
  5. Day 5
    Onwards to Lively Limerick
    We continue through the windswept countryside, arriving in Adare, one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. On arrival in Limerick, we will enjoy views of St. Mary's Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and the 13th-century King John's Castle during an orientation tour. Delve into an Ireland of old, as you discover the day-to-day life of the Irish during the 18th and 19th centuries on your included visit to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park this afternoon.Accommodation: Greenhills, The Inn at Dromoland
    Meals:   Breakfast
  6. Day 6
    Admire the Cliffs of Moher and Onwards to Galway
    The sheer Cliffs of Moher plunge dramatically into the Atlantic Ocean, providing endless ocean views and wonderful photographic opportunities during your experience at this UNESCO-listed highlight along the Wild Atlantic Way. You’ll be enchanted by its irresistible landscapes, but more so the interactive visitor centre which will bring the whole experience to life from the perspective of the resident wildlife that find sanctuary here. Later, we arrive in Galway with some time at leisure to see its beautiful stone Cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.Accommodation: Connacht
    Meals:   Breakfast
  7. Day 7
    A Day Exploring Stunning Connemara
    Connemara's 'savage beauty' is yours to explore today as we tread in the footsteps of Oscar Wilde who described its 'wild and mountainous splendor' as magnificent. Stop at Brigit's Garden, a Celtic heritage garden, on a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Admire the views on the scenic drive to Kylemore Abbey, now a Benedictine monastery, where we will embark on an included visit to the country's most romantic castle and walk through its exquisite Victorian Walled GardenAccommodation: Connacht
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  8. Day 8
    A Pilgrimage to Knock and on to Sligo Connect with Locals
    Our journey takes us to Westport House where we'll Connect With Locals and indulge in a memorable Be My Guest experience with tales of the Pirate Queen, and enjoy Banoffee and Baileys flavours in the Drawing Room of this stately 18th-century home. Heading north, we stop in the pilgrimage town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine where villagers witnessed an apparition of Our Lady in 1879. We arrive in Sligo this evening, our home for the night.Accommodation: Clayton
    Meals:   Breakfast   Lunch
  9. Day 9
    Return to Lively Dublin
    Our journey continues south to Dublin. Here we’ll enjoy some free time to take a walk down Grafton Street or stroll along the Liffey. This evening, we close the chapter on an epic journey through Ireland, joining our fellow travellers for a memorable Farewell Dinner.Accommodation: Clayton Dublin Airport, Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin Airport
    Meals:   Breakfast   Dinner
  10. Day 10
    Farewell Ireland
    After a hearty Irish breakfast, we bid our Travel Director and fellow travellers a fond farewell as our Irish holiday comes to an end.
    Meals:   Breakfast

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Dining Summary

  • 5 Dinner (D)
  • 9 Breakfast (B)
  • 1 Lunch (L)

Be My Guest

  • Westport: Enjoy a traditional Be My Guest High Tea hosted in the Drawing Room of a stately 18th-century home near the charming town of Westport.

Dive Into Culture

  • New Ross: Explore the tragic history of Ireland's famine emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, a replica of one of the original ships used in the 1800s.
  • Waterford: Learn how crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.

Iconic Experience

  • Dublin: A Local Specialist will show you Dublin's elegant Georgian squares, O'Connell Street and the Custom House.
  • Blarney: It is said that those who kiss the Blarney Stone are bestowed with the power to persuade, flatter and coax. But to do so, you must dangle from the ramparts! Visit Blarney Castle and see the famous Stone of Eloquence.
  • Adare: Experience a village walk through the main street lined with thatched cottages.
  • Limerick: See Limerick's iconic landmarks during an orientation with your Travel Director.
  • Bunratty: Visit the impeccably-preserved Bunratty Castle and Folk Park.
  • Kylemore Abbey amp; Victorian Walled Garden: Visit the turreted Neo-Gothic Kylemore Abbey. This monastery was founded in 1920 for Benedictine Nuns who fled Belgium in World War I.
  • Knock: In the pilgrimage town of Knock, visit the beautiful Marian Shrine, where the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and John the Evangelist are said to have appeared to the townsfolk in 1879.

MAKE TRAVEL MATTER®

  • Galway: Brigit's Garden offers a peaceful journey through Ireland's Celtic heritage. With your Celtic heritage expert guide, explore the colourful gardens, native woodlands and wildflower meadows. The four connecting gardens, inspired by the four Celtic festivals, feature a rich biodiversity and native rewilding. This experience advances UN Global Goal 15: Life on Land

Must-see Highlights

  • : Explore Dublin with a Local Specialist
  • : Discover Waterford, Killarney, Limerick and Galway
  • : Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Blarney Castle to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', Adare, Bunratty Folk Park, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara and Kylemore Abbey
  • : View King John's Castle in Limerick and the Marian Shrine in Knock
  • : See St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick and Galway Cathedral
  • : Scenic Drive of the Ring of Kerry

Whats Included

  • : An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • : Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • : All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • : All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • : Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • : Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • : Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • : Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • : Optional Experiences and free time
  • : On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.

Whats Included

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • On occasion, hotels of similar standard and location may be utilised.

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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.

Brendan Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
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Itinerary
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Professional Staff
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Value for Money
3.9

Ratings based off 94 reviews about Brendan Tours - currently showing 2 reviews with comments only

This trip was absolutely amazing! We didn't know what to expect with it being our first bus tour. The hotels were great the bus was very comfortable, the food was terrific. We were extremely happy with our experience

Yvonne McDevitt with Brendan as our guide was amazing; enthusiastic, organized and thorough! She made the trip. Our bus driver, Dave, was amazing! Wonderful trip!

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