Tours in Ireland

Shades of Ireland

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Set out on our most popular Irish adventure. Experience all of the charms of this enchanted country, including its welcoming people.

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DURATION
8 nights
WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Selected meals

About this holiday

Cliffs of Moher

From vibrant and history-filled Dublin, across rolling green hills to the dramatic coast, experience all of Ireland’s charm on this magical tour of the Emerald Isle. Live like royalty during an overnight stay on the grounds of a castle. Visit Waterford, Ireland’s oldest city, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the House of Waterford Crystal. Choose from a selection of Killarney’s best restaurants with our Diner’s Choice programme. See the Atlantic from the stunning 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Experience the world-famous beauty of the Ring of Kerry. See sheepdogs in action on a working farm. Explore Dublin with a local guide – either by foot or on a panoramic city tour – it’s your choice! See beautiful Killarney from your seat on an Irish jaunting car. Journey to historic Blarney Castle, lean back and kiss its famous stone!

Inclusions

  • Overnight on the grounds of a regal castle.
  • Experience the Ring of Kerry, one of the world's great coastal roads.
  • See sheepdogs in action when you visit a working farm
    • Jump into Ireland's vibrant capital city — Dublin.
    • Stand in awe of the stunning 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher.
    • Kiss the famed Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle
      • Enjoy a hearty dinner and night of traditional Irish entertainment.
      • Taste the "water of life" during an Irish whiskey tasting.
      • Be treated to a farewell dinner at a castle!

Accommodation

Days 1, 2          Hotel Riu Plaza The Gresham, Dublin

Day 3               Granville Hotel, Waterford

Days 4, 5          Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney or Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney or Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney

Days 6, 7          Absolute Hotel, Limerick or George Hotel, Limerick or Savoy Hotel, Limerick

Day 8   Cabra Castle, Kingscourt

Travel dates

Multiple departure dates up until April 2020

Itinerary

Day 1: Dublin, Ireland - Tour Begins

Get a taste of old Dublin. Tonight, you and your fellow travellers revel in a traditional Irish evening, including regional cuisine. Today dinner will be included.

Day 2: Dublin

Today, it’s your choice! Choose to ride with a local guide to see St. Patrick’s Cathedral, O’Connell Street, the General Post Office, and the historic Phoenix Park -OR- choose a walking tour of the city’s historic centre, exploring St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and the River Liffey. Either way, what follows is an afternoon to discover Dublin’s charms on your own. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 3: Dublin - Kilkenny - Waterford

Step back in time. Begin the day in the medieval splendour of 12th century Kilkenny on the River Nore. Then, in Waterford, embark on a leisurely paced walking tour of Ireland’s oldest city. It’s your choice! Tour the Waterford Crystal factory and learn how exquisite crystal has been made for centuries -OR- visit the Medieval Museum for a guided tour and glass of wine in the 15th-century Mayor’s Wine Vault. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 4: Waterford - Blarney Stone - Killarney

Live the legend. The story goes that those who kiss the Blarney Stone gain the gift of eloquence. This morning, give it a shot at historic Blarney Castle. Cross into County Kerry and continue on to charming Killarney. In Killarney’s stunning national park, board a traditional boat* and sail through the breathtaking lakes in the company of an expert boatman. This evening, it’s Diner’s Choice…tonight’s dinner is included, and you’ll choose the perfect spot from a "menu" of Killarney’s great restaurants. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 5: Killarney - Ring of Kerry - Killarney

Take in the rugged coastline. Loop your way around the picturesque Ring of Kerry, past pristine beaches, quaint villages and majestic landscapes. At the Gap of Dunloe, shop for local artisan-made crafts. See border collies in action during a traditional sheepdog demonstration at a family-run farm. The night is free for reminiscing about the day as you find your own authentic taste of Irish culture. Today breakfast will be included.

Day 6: Killarney - Adare - Limerick

Start your day with a traditional jaunting car ride* through Killarney National Park. Travel to Adare, Ireland’s prettiest village, for some time at leisure. Continue to Limerick where a panoramic city tour showcases King John's Castle and the Treaty Stone. Delve into the fascinating history of the "city of the violated treaty." Today breakfast will be included.

Day 7: Limerick - Cliffs of Moher - Galway - Limerick

Today brings you to the dramatic, 700-foot-high Cliffs of Moher for cinematic views of the mighty Atlantic. Pass through the windswept, limestone landscape of the Burren, known for its stark beauty and Neolithic tombs. Continue on to Galway where a brief tour showcases “The City of Tribes” before relaxing over dinner in a local restaurant. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 8: Limerick - Tullamore/Kilbeggan - Kingscourt

You don’t have to be a connoisseur to appreciate the old-world heritage of Ireland’s whiskey territory. Your journey brings you to Tullamore and Kilbeggan in the heart of Ireland, where a superb distillery brings whiskey craftsmanship to life and gives you a taste of the final product. Top your day off with an overnight stay on the regal grounds of Cabra Castle where you toast the end of a fabulous trip during your farewell dinner. Today breakfast and dinner will be included.

Day 9: Kingscourt - Tour Ends

Your journey ends in Kingscourt. Today breakfast will be included.

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Fine print

Travel at 60 and Collette booking conditions apply.

*Use offer code to save 15 percent on the land portion of all tours (EXCLUDING British Landscapes, Magical Rhine & Moselle River Cruise, Alaska Discovery, Northern Lights of Finland, Greenland & Iceland,Journey to Antarctica, Adventure to Antarctica and ALL Oberammergau Passion Play tours). Offer valid on bookings made 02/01/2019 – 14/01/2019 for departures 1/1/19-30/04/20. Offers are not valid on group or existing bookings, or combinable with any other offer, excluding member benefits. Sale not valid on online reservations; call to reserve. Other restrictions may apply. Call for details.

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