Let the luck of the Irish be with you on this 12-day guided tour across Ireland. Start the tour in Dublin, where you get up close to the Book of Kells, an ancient Gospel manuscript filled with mythical beasts and Celtic knots. In Kilkenny, try your hand at hurling, a 3,000-year-old sport, in a private lesson with a professional. A chef will share traditional Irish recipes at a farm-to-table feast in Killarney. You’ll see the Ring of Kerry, a mystical, verdant peninsula dotted with seaside villages. Finally, step onto Giant’s Causeway with its basalt columns carved onto the coast by volcanic lava, or a giant’s feet, if Irish myth is to be believed.

  • Make Travel Matter® Experiences

    • Locally Sourced Farm-to-Table Meal at 19th Green Killarney

      Meet passionate restaurant owners John and Freda at their beautiful guesthouse in Killarney, where you’ll hear more about their farm-to-table concept, while enjoying a delicious meal made from fresh ingredients sourced within a five mile radius.

      John and Freda have a policy that all food is sourced locally from farms and the coach of the Emerald Isle. On the farm they also grow and harvest all their own fruit and veg. They educate their visitors about sustainable consumption and the benefits of eating fresh homegrown produce.

      This experience advances UN Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production.

  •  Unique Insight Experiences

    • Visit Trinity College and The Book of Kells in Dublin

      A stunning combination of cobblestone walkways, emerald-green lawns and 18th-century architectural gems, Trinity College is one of Europe’s elite universities and counts poet Oscar Wilde among its alumni. Tour the enchanting college campus with a Local Expert and discover insights into its impressive history. Enjoy access to view the famous Book of Kells, an exquisite manuscript of the four gospels of the Christian New Testament, renowned for the intricacy, detail and majesty of the illustrations.

  • Top Rated Highlights

  • Authentic Dining

    • 11 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners with Wine

      Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you’ll enjoy on this tour.

      • Ballygally Celebration Dinner

        The Irish call it ‘craic’ – the warm feeling resulting from the confluence of music, drink, good food, laughter, and conversation. And after circumnavigating the Emerald Isle, there’s bound to be a fair share of craic at your grand finale Celebration Dinner. Sláinte!

      • Dublin Welcome Dinner

        Join your Travel Director for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, an opportunity to get to know each other over a meal with wine.

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  • OPTIONAL EXPERIENCES

Itinerary

  • D AY 1

    Welcome to Dublin

    On arrival at Dublin airport, transfers leave for your hotel at 08:30, 11:00 and 13:00.
    Join your Travel Director at 18:00 for a warm and friendly Welcome Dinner, with the opportunity to mingle and get to know each other over a meal with wine.

    Included Meals

    Dinner with Wine

  • D AY 2

    In Dublin’s Fair City

    Become acquainted with Dublin’s elegant squares during an orientation of the city. Discover Custom House, Christchurch Cathedral and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Enjoy entrance to the 9th century Book of Kells and a walk through the cobbled courtyards of Trinity College accompanied by a Local Expert, who will share their insights into modern life and the establishment’s impressive history. The afternoon is free to explore.

    Clayton Hotel Burlington Road

    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • D AY 3

    A Journey from Dublin to Cork

    In the morning, visit one of the country’s main racehorse breeding centers. Continue to the acclaimed 100 year old Japanese Gardens where you can ‘journey through life’ during a walk through the beautiful surrounds. Travel to the medieval city of Kilkenny, home of the world’s fastest field game. The ancient Celtic sport of Hurling is over 3,000 years old and Ireland’s national sport. Meet an experienced player who will share his passion as you test your skill during a lesson. Continue through Cahir and see its imposing 13th century castle, featured in the film ‘Excalibur’, on the way to Cork. On arrival, your Travel Director will show you around the compact university city, with its vibrant waterfront and grand Georgian parades.

    Maldron Hotel South Mall Cork City

    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • D AY 4

    Across the Mountains to Killarney

    Travel to the ruined Blarney Castle. Will you hang upside down from the ramparts to kiss the stone and ensure a lifetime of eloquence? Or enjoy a sensory walk in the extensive and varied estate gardens. Travel across the majestic Derrynasaggart Mountains to the peaceful town of Killarney. For your Farm-to-Table dining experience, enjoy some Irish home cooking in the kitchens of chef John Sheehan. Join John and Freda, your hosts at the 19th Green Guesthouse, and savor the delicious flavors of fresh local cuisine on this MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Gather together at a Farm-to-Table dinner, using responsibly sourced ingredients from the local community, and gain personal insight into classic Irish recipes that are loved throughout the world.

    Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

  • D AY 5

    Ring of Kerry Experience

    Start your day with Insight Choice. Choose a memorable ride on a horse-drawn jaunting car with the local jarveys. Alternatively, join a gentle hike with a Local Expert along the lake shore and past the grounds of Ross Castle, admiring the incredible scenery of the National Park. While there aren’t any mountains to climb, walkers should be fit, have good walking shoes or boots, sunscreen and rain gear. Explore around the magnificent Ring of Kerry. Here, mountains, valleys, lakes and sea blend into a landscape that is breathtaking beyond words. Journey past lush lakelands and around towering cliffs as you appreciate sweeping sea views. Continue through delightful villages like Sneem and cross the peat bogs of the Black Mountains to Moll’s Gap to admire Queen Victoria’s Ladies View. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. Maybe take the opportunity to hire a bicycle and enjoy one of the many scenic trails around the lake or through the National Park.

    Killarney Plaza Hotel and Spa

    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • D AY 6

    Around the Dingle Peninsula

    Continue driving with views of wide skies, peaceful towns and coastal scenery of the Dingle Peninsula — the setting for the film Ryan’s Daughter. Drive to dramatic Slea Head at the peninsula’s far end, before reaching your hotel on the shores of Dingle harbor. With the evening at leisure, why not treat yourself to a relaxing experience at the hotel’s spa? Offering holistic and therapeutic treatments, the Peninsula Spa is the perfect place to unwind after a busy day of exploring the coast.

    Skellig Hotel

    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • D AY 7

    The Cliffs of Moher and Galway

    Journey to the Visitor Center at the 700-foot Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Clare Coast before a delightful drive through the strange, rocky landscape of the Burren to Galway Bay. On arrival, see the Lynch Memorial and Church of St. Nicholas, where Christopher Columbus reputedly prayed before his voyages to America. See the Spanish Arch and Eyre Square, dedicated to the late US President, John F. Kennedy.

    Connemara Coast Hotel

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

  • D AY 8

    Free day Galway or Aran Islands

    Spend a day at leisure to relax and enjoy Galway. Perhaps join an Optional Experience to the Aran Islands? A genuine highlight of the Wild Atlantic Way. With their cliffs and spectacular coastal views, the islands are a true Irish experience.

    Connemara Coast Hotel

    Included Meals: Breakfast

  • D AY 9

    Londonderry

    Continue on to County Sligo, stopping at a peaceful churchyard in Drumcliffe to visit the final resting place of Ireland’s famous poet, William Butler Yeats. Admire the Blue Stack Mountains of Donegal as you cross into Northern Ireland, bound for the ancient walled city of ‘Derry.’ What better way to experience sightseeing than with one of Northern Ireland’s best storytellers, Ronan, as he takes you on a tour inside the city walls, still topped with cannons. Walk down steep Shipquay Street, with its elegant Georgian houses, to the Gothic Guildhall.

    Maldron Hotel Derry

    Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Day 10

    Walk in the Giant’s Steps

    Journey to the iconic Giant’s Causeway for a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Learn how the National Trust is enabling farming and biodiversity to work together, supporting both wildlife and quality food production. Next, prepare yourself for miles of breathtaking beauty as you travel along the road clinging to the Antrim Coast. Continue onto your hotel, overlooking Ballygally Bay. For those who are brave enough, perhaps check out The Ghost Room, in one of the castle’s turrets? In the evening, please join us for a finale Celebration Dinner, where old-fashioned hospitality is blended with good food and wine for an experience that delights the senses.

    Included Meals

    Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

    Day 11

    The Antrim Coast to Belfast

    Continue around the Antrim Coast, past the huge Norman castle at Carrickfergus, to arrive in the Northern Ireland capital of Belfast. Meet Hilda, your Local Expert, for a passionate city tour including views of the City Hall, Queen’s University, the Parliament Building at Stormont and murals in different locations indicating political sentiments of local residents.

    Europa Hotel

    Included Meals: Breakfast

    Day 12

    Depart Belfast

    Departure transfers arrive at Belfast George Best City Airport at 08:00 and Belfast International Airport at 08:45.

    Included Meals: Breakfast

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Apr 17 – Apr 28, 2023 $3,173
Apr 29- May 10, 2023 $3,308
May 1 – May 12, 2023 $3,925
May 08 – May 19, 2023 $3,925
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