The Best of Ireland Tour 2015
Escorted Tour of Ireland
Welcome to the “BEST OF IRELAND TOUR” carefully designed to offer you the perfect balance of inclusions and value, comfort and culture, expert local Tour Manager and free time for you to explore Ireland on your own.
A comprehensive coast to coast Irish bus tour. Experience the culture. Meet the locals. Hear the history. Witness the historic landscape and the legendary shades of green.
Fully Escorted. Fully Inclusive. No Hidden or Optional Extras. Minimum Two Night Stays. Excellent Value. Superior Comfort. Compare our coach tours of Ireland »
Your 2015 Tour of Ireland begins in lively Dublin. Heading west, experience Galway, the “City of the Tribes”. Gaze out on the Atlantic Ocean from the spectacular Cliffs of Moher on the west coast of Clare. See the Burren, Gaelic for rocky land. Tour the world famous Ring of Kerry. Have lunch in a pub where visitors and locals alike have been drinking since 1865. Visit Cork, considered by Corkonians to be the real capital city. Explore historic Kinsale. Admire the rolling green hills of Tipperary. Talk with an Irish family about their life and times over a home cooked lunch on their farm in Kilkenny.
Discovering Past and Present...
Explore Ireland’s ancient history at the monastic site of Clonmacnoise. Visit Kylemore Abbey considered one of Ireland’s most romantic buildings nestled on a lake shore in the wilds of Connemara. Lean back and kiss the Blarney Stone high on the ramparts of Blarney Castle – if you dare. Take time to enjoy a drop of Irish whiskey in the Old Midleton Distillery. Wander the English Market in the heart of Cork City recently visited by Queen Elizabeth. Gaze out on the fields of Tipperary from the Rock of Cashel, seat of kings & medieval bishops for 900 years. Marvel at the richly decorated Book of Kells in Trinity College. See St. Patrick’s Cathedral where Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels is buried. Enjoy a pint of Guinness from the top of a glass tower with spectacular views of Dublin City at the Guinness Storehouse.
Tour Itinerary »
As a family business based in Ireland our intimate knowledge of Ireland is unrivalled and we've selected the very best on this 10 day / 9 night tour of Ireland.
Day 1 - Monday - Arrival in Dublin
On arrival in Dublin Airport reclaim your baggage and enter the Arrivals Hall.
Here in the Arrivals Hall you will meet your Irish Tour Manager. There will be 3 group transfers this morning between 0700 am & 1200 noon. Board your luxury coach and transfer to the Mespil Hotel. This afternoon at 1400 there will be an optional panoramic tour of Dublin City. Alternatively you might decide just to relax and unwind after your transatlantic flight.
At 1900 this evening all participants will gather for dinner in the Mespil Hotel restaurant where you will become acquainted with your fellow travellers and the coming days can be discussed at leisure with your professional Tour Manager
Day 2 - Tuesday - Dublin to Galway
After some much needed sleep and a hearty full Irish breakfast we will depart for Galway City, known as the “City of the Tribes”. Travelling west your route today will take you through Ballinasloe & Athlone, which is the centre of Ireland.
You will visit Clonmacnoise a medieval monastery on the banks of the River Shannon founded by St. Ciaran in the 6th century. Clonmacnoise lay at a crossroads of medieval Ireland linking all parts of Ireland. Sacked time and again by the Vikings, it nevertheless flourished for over 600 years.
On arrival in Galway you will have a tour of this ancient city including its famous Eyre Square. Take time for a ramble down Shop Street to Galway’s Latin Quarter where stands Lynch’s Castle, Galway’s grandest 16th century town house. Stroll up the bustling Quay Street with its many great pubs and lively street performers.
Tonight you will dine in the Menlo Park Hotel
Day 3 - Wednesday - Galway & Connemara
Today you will tour the sights of wild Connemara via the villages of Oughterard and Maam Cross before travelling up the spectacular Inagh Valley to Kylemore
You will visit Kylemore Abbey, which is nestled at the base of Duchruach Mountain on the northern shore of Lough Pollacappul, in the heart of the Connemara Mountains. It is regarded as one of Ireland's most romantic buildings.
Continue on via Letterfrack to Clifden
Free time in Clifden, the capital of Connemara which was founded in 1812 by the High Sheriff of Galway to create a pocket of respectability within the lawlessness of Connemara
Return east to Galway City
Tonight you will dine in the Menlo Park Hotel
Day 4 - Thursday - Galway to Killarney
This morning bright & early we will head down the Atlantic seaboard on the west coast of Clare to Killarney. Your route today will be via the famous Galway Bay, Dunguaire Castle and the fishing village of Kinvarra
You will see The Burren, which is Gaelic for rocky land – an apt name for this vast limestone plateau. In the 1640’s, Cromwell’s surveyor described it as “a savage land, yielding neither water enough to drown a man, nor tree to hang him, nor soil enough to bury”.
On the coast you will stand on the dramatic 650ft high and 8 kilometre long Cliffs of Moher to gaze out on the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean.
Further south in County Limerick take time to stroll the main street of the beautiful thatched village of Adare before travelling on to Killarney
Tonight you will dine in Dromhall Hotel
Day 5 - Friday - The Ring of Kerry
This morning after breakfast you will set off on the world famous Ring of Kerry (Iveragh Peninsula) via Killorglin, Glenbeigh, Cahersiveen, Waterville, Coomakesta Pass with it magnificent views over Derrynane, home of Daniel O’ Connell, known as “The Liberator”, to Caherdaniel.
Today you will have a pub lunch in The Blind Piper Pub in the village of Caherdaniel. Locals & visitors alike have been drinking here since 1865.
Who is the Blind Piper?? The Blind Piper is Mici Cumba O'Sullivan who was born nearby in 1835 and became one of Ireland's most famous pipers.
Continue on via the pretty village of Sneem, Moll’s Gap, Ladies View and along the Lakes of Killarney to Killarney town.
Tonight you will dine in Dromhall Hotel
Full Irish Breakfast
Day 6 - Saturday - Killarney to Cork
After a hearty Irish breakfast this morning you will depart for Cork City on the banks of the River Lee, home of Murphy’s Original Irish Stout, and considered by many Corkonians to be the real capital of Ireland!!!
Your route today will take you over the famous Cork/Kerry Mountains via the Irish speaking villages of Ballymakeery & Ballyvourney to the old market town of Macroom, where you will see Macroom Castle, once home of Sir William Penn, whose son was later to found the state of Pennsylvania.
Travel on to the village of Blarney via the valley of the river Lee
Visit Blarney Castle built in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy and here you will have the opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone.
You will have an opportunity for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills where one of the largest selections of Irish arts, crafts & produce can be seen on display.
In Midleton Town you will visit the Old Midleton Distillery,which has the world’s largest pot still with a capacity of over 30,000 gallons. After the tour you might like to enjoy a complimentary drop of Irish whiskey.
Evening Dinner tonight will be in the Imperial Hotel in the heart of Cork City.
Day 7 - Sunday - Cork City & Kinsale
After breakfast this morning you'll have free time to wander through some of the small streets of Cork City.
Later this morning you will travel to the historic town of Kinsale to visit Charles Fort. This star shaped fort was built in the 1670’s by the English to protect Kinsale harbour against foreign naval forces.
Take time this afternoon to explore the beautiful town of Kinsale and you might want to visit Boland’s Craft Shop
Evening Dinner tonight will be in the Imperial Hotel.
Day 8 - Monday - Cork to Dublin
This morning after breakfast you will depart for Dublin, Ireland’s capital city
Rising out dramatically from the plains of Tipperary you will visit The Rock of Cashel. This was the seat of kings and medieval bishops for 900 years and flourished until the early 17th century. Brian Ború was crowned King of Munster here in 977 and he became High King of Ireland in 1002.
You will have a unique home cooked lunch experience today on a family farm outside Kilkenny. Here you will have an opportunity to chat with your hosts and hear about their life and times farming in this rural part of Kilkenny.
After a hearty lunch you will visit the Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens . This is a state – run bloodstock farm, which was founded in 1900 by an eccentric Anglo – Irish colonel called William Walker. On finishing the tour of the stud farm take a walk through the Japanese Gardens, which were laid out in 1906 to represent the “Life of Man.”
This afternoon you will once again be back in the “Fair City” of Dublin
Evening Dinner tonight will be in the Mespil Hotel
Day 9 - Tuesday - Dublin
After breakfast this morning you will explore Dublin City visiting:
- Trinity College founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I on the site of an Augustinian monastery. Trinity College is also home to the Book of Kells, which is the most richly decorated of Ireland’s medieval illuminated manuscripts. The book contains the four gospels in Latin. Some of the dyes used were imported from as far as the Middle East.
- St. Patrick's Cathedral, founded beside a sacred well where St. Patrick is said to have baptized converts around AD 450. The writer and satirist Jonathan Swift, whose, best know work is Gulliver’s Travels, became Dean of St. Patrick’s in 1713. His grave and epitaph are situated near the entrance of the cathedral.
- Guinness Storehouse at St. James’s Gate for a guided tour of the world famous brewery and afterwards enjoy a perfect complimentary pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar, which is located at the top of a glass tower that commands spectacular views of Dublin City & County in every direction.
You will have some free time this afternoon to explore & shop in Dublin and we would also suggest you take a stroll up Gratfon Street.
Evening Dinner tonight will be in the Mespil Hotel.
Day 10 - Wednesday - Departure
After a final great Irish breakfast this morning there will be 3 group transfers between 0500 & 1100 for you to choose from to get you to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.
Full Irish Breakfast
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What's Included »
A fully inclusive land package. No daily sales pitches or unexpected additional costs.
Included in your Tour of Ireland:
The Best of Ireland Tour features:
- 9 nights accommodation superior quality centrally located hotels
- 9 Full Irish Breakfasts
- 1 Pub Lunch
- 1 Family Farm Lunch
- 9 Evening Dinners; All Three Courses with Choices on Each Course + Tea or Coffee
- Luxury Air Conditioned Coach
- 35 seater coach limited to a maximum of 26 passengers for additional space and comfort
- Extra Cushioned Seats
- Panoramic Tinted Double-Glazed Windows
- PA system
- Professional, Experienced and Knowledgeable Irish Tour Manager for 10 days
- Group Airport Transfers
- Admission to all Attractions Included on the Itinerary:
- Porterage of large suitcase per person.
- All local taxes
- Air fares to & from Ireland
- Gratuity for the Tour Manager
- Travel Insurance
- Lunches except:
- Blind Piper Pub Lunch on Day 5
- Kilkenny Farmhouse Lunch on Day 8
- Beverages except Tea / Coffee with Breakfast & Evening Dinner
- Room Service
- Telephone Charges
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Our "Best of Ireland " tour runs from March until October each year. Being in business since 1989 we have great buying power, ensuring that you get the very best in value.
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|Arrival||Departure||Price Per Person||Availability|
|Mon 04 May 2015||Wed 13 May 2015||€ 1,380||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 11 May 2015||Wed 20 May 2015||€ 1,380||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
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|Mon 05 Oct 2015||Wed 14 Oct 2015||€ 1,330||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 12 Oct 2015||Wed 21 Oct 2015||€ 1,330||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Deposits:||A non-refundable deposit is required to secure you booking (€280.00 per person for Best of Ireland Escorted Tour and €380.00 per person is required for The Deluxe Irish Castle Escorted Tour).|
|Balance Payments:||The full balance is due 60 days before your tour.|
|Single Occupancy Supplement:||Our pricing is based on 2 persons sharing a room. For single occupancy of a double room there is a supplement of €335|
|Children's Rate:||Children ages 7 yrs - 17 yrs inclusive receive at 10% discount on the prices. Children must share a room with a least 1 adult. This tour does not cater for children 6 yrs or younger.|
|Currency:||All payments are in Euros.|
|Credit Cards & Fees:||We do not charge any fees for paying by credit card. We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express.|
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