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Best of Ireland 2014

  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Rating: Read Reviews
  • Brochure: Europe & Britain 2014
  • Style: Regional
  • Description: Our in-depth focus on Eire, this round-trip reveals how Ireland's landscapes determine its lifestyle, uniting popular essentials like kissing the Blarney Stone with unique meetings with local characters. It's Insider moments like… foraging for wildflowers, free-growing herbs and seaweed on the untamed Atlantic shores near Lahinch, before taking your 'scavenged' ingredients and saltwater back to our Irish friend's home to see how they're used in local dishes. And exploring the Gaelic-speaking Gaeltacht regions, whose history and traditions are revealed through the rugged beauty of the Ring of Kerry and Connemara coastline, and the tranquil serenity you find within the walled gardens of Kylemore Abbey.

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Trip Itinerary

  • Day 1


    Spend the morning relaxing and enjoying the sights of Dublin. Later meet your fellow travellers and Travel Director for a sightseeing tour of this wonderful city, before enjoying a Welcome Reception on a canal barge cruising along Dublin’s 200 year old canals.

    Meal(s): (Welcome Reception)

    Hotel: Ballsbridge Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 2


    Head through scenic Co Wicklow known as The Garden of Ireland and on to New Ross – the ancestral home town of John F. Kennedy. Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship to gain a Unique Insight into the plight of Irish Emigrants. Later arrive in Waterford and see how the famous crystal in crafted during your guided tour of the visitor centre, to sample this Local Speciality.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Waterford Marina

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 3


    Visit the historic seaport town of Youghal, once home to Sir Walter Raleigh. At Blarney, gain the gift of the gab as you have a chance to kiss the famous stone. Arrive later in Killarney, your home for the next two nights.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

    Hotel: Dromhall Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 4


    Today we experience Ireland's most scenic coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the 'Ring of Kerry'. It is undoubtedly one of the most magical and varied places in the whole of Ireland and is truly a photographers delight. We will also see Daniel O'Connell's Cahirciveen, the fishing village of Waterville, the Black Valley and Moll's Gap. Here, mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is often breath-taking beyond words.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

  • Day 5


    Explore the beauty of the Dingle Peninsula with its small fishing towns and rugged landscape. En route visit Adare, known as one of the prettiest villages in Ireland. Your orientation of Limerick includes views of St. Mary's Cathedral, King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa Limerick

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 6


    Explore Bunratty Castle and Folk Park dedicated to life in Ireland during the 18th and 19th century. Later arrive on the dramatic and rugged coast for a unique Be My Guest lunch experience which includes foraging for local wild plants before sitting down for a hearty lunch with spectacular views. Visit the magnificent Cliffs of Moher and see the history of the cliffs brought to life with a visit to the 'Atlantic Edge' exhibition. Later arrive in Galway.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Be My Guest lunch)

    Hotel: Connacht Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 7


    This unspoilt region of Western Ireland is captured in the film 'The Quiet Man' featuring John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara. Today see the untouched landscape of the Connemarra with its Twelve Ben's mountain range and golden beaches that stretch out into the Atlantic. During your scenic drive, stop at Kylemore Abbey for an included visit to the country's most romantic castle and walk through the Victorian Walled Garden. Arrive later in Galway where you have free time to view the cathedral or stroll through Eyre Square.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Dinner)

  • Day 8


    Heading north we stop in the town of Knock to view the Marian Shrine. See the grave of Irish poet W.B. Yeats in the churchyard of Drumcliff. Explore the region of Co Donegal where old traditions still play a part in everyday life. In the town of Donegal, see the castle which was once the stronghold of the O'Donnell clan.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

    Hotel: Kee's Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 9


    This morning, enjoy a scenic drive along the banks of Loch Erne in Northern Ireland. On arrival in Dublin you will have plenty of time to explore this lively city. Walk down Grafton Street and see the street performers and musicians or walk the banks of the River Liffey and cross the Ha'penny bridge. Tonight join your fellow travellers for a Farewell Dinner.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast / Farewell Dinner)

    Hotel: Ballsbridge Hotel

    Hotels are subject to change.
  • Day 10


    After a hearty Irish breakfast, say farewell to your Travel Director and fellow travellers as your Irish holiday comes to an end. Transfers are available. Conditions apply.

    Meal(s): (Full Breakfast)

What's Included

Insider Experiences

  • Be My Guest lunch near Lahinch.
  • Local Expert in Dublin.
  • Unique Insight Visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship to gain an insight into the plight of Irish Emigrants in the 1800's.
  • Local Speciality Visit the House of Waterford Crystal showroom and workshop.
  • Hidden Treasure Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure experience, unique to your itinerary, courtesy of your expert Travel Director.
  • Authentic Accommodation Kee’s Hotel, Donegal, Ireland – Four generations of the same Irish family have welcomed guests to Kee’s Hotel in Donegal, our Authentic Accommodation on many of our trips to the city. New and old come together, from the leisure club to the bar’s open fires.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • City tour of Dublin.
  • Orientation of Waterford, Killarney, Limerick, Galway and Donegal.
  • Visit the famine ship in New Ross, the crystal showroom at Waterford, Youghal, Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab', Adare, Bunratty folk park, Cliffs of Moher, the rugged Burren, mystical Connemara, Kylemore Abbey, the Marian Shrine at Knock and County Donegal.
  • View St Patricks Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin, King John's Castle and St. Marys Cathedral in Limerick and the Cathedral of Galway and Donegal Castle.
  • Scenic drives along the Ring of Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula.


  • 9 full breakfasts.
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch.
  • 5 dinners (including Welcome Reception, 3 three course dinners and Farewell Dinner).

Travel Highlights

  • Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach with reclining seats and an on-board restroom.
  • First Class hotel accommodation featuring twin rooms and private facilities.
  • The services of a professional Travel Director throughout your journey.
  • All hotel service charges and tips, baggage handling fees and local taxes included.
  • Audio Headsets provided throughout your trip to enhance your included sightseeing experiences.
  • A travel wallet with your documentation.
  • Complimentary keepsake photo.

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