Iconic Scenes of Ireland Tour 2016
One Tour to Truly Experience Ireland
Explore Ireland's most iconic locations. Meet her people and indulge in the vibrant culture. Discover Irish life both past and present in this inclusive Guided Tour of Ireland.
A Tour to encompass all that is Ireland. If you have one tour to truly experience Ireland, then the Iconic Scenes of Ireland Guided Tour is for you.
Tour Facts at a Glance
- 10 Day / 9 night
- Fully Inclusive (see itinerary for full details)
- Hand-picked superior quality 4* hotels
- Prices range from €1,240 to €1,490 per person
- Small Tours (Max 26 people)
- Range of Dates from March to October 2016
- Start & End in Dublin / Dublin Airport
I returned yesterday and all I can say is wow!. Everything about the tour from the hotel, meals, itinerary, driver/guide were first class.
Visiting the most Iconic Scenes of Ireland...
A Guided Coach Tour designed specifically for you to experience Ireland's most iconic locations and famous places.
From discovering the rugged beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way to sipping Guiness atop of the famous St James' Gate Brewery, you'll see all the unmissable locations in Ireland.
Tour the world famous Ring of Kerry & kiss the Blarney Stone high up on Blarney Castle ramparts. Explore Galway, the City of the Tribes, and see the Rock of Cashel, the seat of the Medieval High Kings of Ireland for over 900 years. Gaze out on the Atlantic Ocean from the spectacular Cliffs of Moher. See Dublin's majestic Cathedrals & revel in the world famous vibrancy of Temple Bar.
An Original Irish Experience
This tour not only brings you to the most iconic locations in Ireland, it all brings you to her people and culture.
Enjoy swapping stories with the Powers Family as you join them for lunch on their working farm outside Kilkenny. Discuss the issues of the day over a hearty Pub Lunch in the Blind Piper Pub in rural Kerry, where locals and visitors alike have been drinking since 1865. Meet the local producers in the English Market in Cork.
You'll also discover what has shaped the Irish People over it's vast history, and what Ireland was like in times gone by.
Small Group Tours Max 26 People
A More Intimate Experience of Ireland
Despite using luxury 36 seater coaches, we have a maximum group size of 26. This not only gives you more space, but very importantly a more intimate experience of Ireland.
Your smaller group can go to more unique and interesting places, along with having more time and dedication from your party leader.
This concept of smaller groups, more personal attention & time is an essential part of our group tours.
Because not all 4 star hotels are the same
Location, Service, Value, Character...
There's a lot more than just the star rating when we select our hotels.
As an independent family business based here in Ireland our intimate knowledge is unparalleled. years experience gives us unmatched ability to design the perfect package of accommodation. We've been incredibly selective in getting just the right accommodation for you & are very proud of the wonderful selection of hotels on this tour. Many are family owned and we've a long standing relationship with them all.
So if you are comparing our tours, please don't just look at the star ratings, we've put a lot more into the selections that just that.
Touring Ireland in True Comfort
More space, more comfort.
We use 35 seater coaches, but limit the number of participants to 26. This gives you more space to spread out, relax and enjoy the wonderous scenery. This smaller group size is a core principle in our tours.
Our vehicles are a league above
Panoramic tinted windows, extra cushioned seats, air conditioning, fridges on board. Enjoy touring Ireland in luxury.
Because Value Matters
We are very proud of the value our Tours Provide, and not only because of the industry-leading prices.
The little things can add up on holiday - a meal here, an excursions there.. but not with our tours. We include a huge array that others leave out.
Including Much More
Airport Transfers, every excursion, every entrance to every attraction, far more meals and many other things are all included to give you the very best in value.About the My Ireland Tour Difference
Luxury and Comfort
Here at My Ireland Tour we know that the journey is just as important as the destination. That's why our vehicles are all of the higest standards both in terms of luxury and reliability.
Always Room to Relax
The extra space afforded by travelling in a 35 seater coach with a maximum of 26 passengers allows you to spread out and enjoy the Irish landscape as it should be. Whether winding down a narrow country road in Connemara or taking in the wonderful architecture of Dublin City the air conditioning, leather seats and air suspension ensure that travelling through Ireland is as relaxing and comfortable as possible.My Ireland Tour Vehicles
Tour Itinerary ▼
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 Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links. This afternoon you might like to play a round of golf or take a stroll on Portmarnock beach.
At 1900 this evening all participants will gather for dinner in the Portmarnock Hotel restaurant where you will become acquainted with your fellow travellers and the coming days can be discussed at leisure with your professional Irish driver-guideBook Now
Day 2 - Tuesday - Dublin to Galway
After 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
Full Irish Breakfast
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
Please Note: Tours starting May 9th, August 29th and Sept. 19th will stay and dine in the Randles Hotel****. This is right next door, is also 4 star and is run by the same people.
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
Please Note: Tours starting May 9th, August 29th and Sept. 19th will stay and dine in the Randles Hotel****. This is right next door, is also 4 star and is run by the same people.Book Now
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
Full Irish Breakfast
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, where you'll be staying the Gresham Hotel, located just off O'Connell street right in the heart of Dublin City Centre.
Evening Dinner tonight will be in the Gresham Hotel
Full Irish Breakfast
Day 9 - Tuesday - Dublin
After breakfast this morning you will explore Dublin City including:
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.
Christ Church Cathedral, founded by the Viking King Sitric almost 1000 years ago in 1034.
The cathedral crypt is one of the largest in the UK and Ireland, dating back to the 12th Century. Here in the crypt you can see the Mummified remains of the Cat and the Rat which were found in the cathedral organ and a rare 14th century copy of the Magna Carta.
You will also have a unique opportunity to visit the Belfry and ring the Cathedral bells. Please note: Getting to the Belfry in Christ Church Cathedral involves climbing 86 stone steps in a medieval building and crossing the roof at the South transept – quite the experience!
Guinness Storehouse at St. James’s Gate for a 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 Gresham Hotel.
Full Irish Breakfast
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.Book Now
Full Irish Breakfast
Tour Map of Route & Attractions ▼
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What's Included ▼
The Very Best in Value
All excursions, all entrances, airport transfers, more meals. We have designed one of the most inclusive holiday packages on the market to offer you the very best in value.
Included in your Tour of Ireland:
- 9 nights accommodation superior quality centrally located hotels
- 20 meals:
- 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 a 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
No hidden extras, no daily sales pitches
Our escorted tours are fully inclusive. There are no hidden extra charges such as fuel surcharges or credit card fees. There are no daily sales pitches or unexpected additional costs waiting for you once you arrive in Ireland. You pay the listed tour price and your Tour Manager focuses entirely on your vacation enjoyment.
You are on holiday, after all.Book Now
Dates & Prices ▼
|Arrival||Departure||Price Per Person||Availability|
|Mon 21 Mar 2016||Wed 30 Mar 2016||€ 1240||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 04 Apr 2016||Wed 13 Apr 2016||€ 1360||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 11 Apr 2016||Wed 20 Apr 2016||€ 1360||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 18 Apr 2016||Wed 27 Apr 2016||€ 1360||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 25 Apr 2016||Wed 04 May 2016||€ 1460||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 02 May 2016||Wed 11 May 2016||€ 1490||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 09 May 2016||Wed 18 May 2016||€ 1490||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 16 May 2016||Wed 25 May 2016||€ 1490||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 23 May 2016||Wed 01 Jun 2016||€ 1490||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 06 Jun 2016||Wed 15 Jun 2016||€ 1490||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 13 Jun 2016||Wed 22 Jun 2016||€ 1490||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 20 Jun 2016||Wed 29 Jun 2016||€ 1490||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 04 Jul 2016||Wed 13 Jul 2016||€ 1490||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 11 Jul 2016||Wed 20 Jul 2016||€ 1490||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 01 Aug 2016||Wed 10 Aug 2016||€ 1490||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 15 Aug 2016||Wed 24 Aug 2016||€ 1490||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 22 Aug 2016||Wed 31 Aug 2016||€ 1490||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 29 Aug 2016||Wed 07 Sep 2016||€ 1490||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 19 Sep 2016||Wed 28 Sep 2016||€ 1490||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 26 Sep 2016||Wed 05 Oct 2016||€ 1410||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 03 Oct 2016||Wed 12 Oct 2016||€ 1360||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Mon 10 Oct 2016||Wed 19 Oct 2016||€ 1360||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|See 2017 Tours|
|Deposits:||A non-refundable deposit is required to secure you booking
- Iconic Scenes of Ireland Escorted Tour 2016 - €300.00 per person
- The Deluxe Irish Castle Escorted Tour 2016 - €400.00 per person
- The Irish Castles and Back Roads Tour 2016 - €400.00 per person
- Iconic Northern Ireland Tour 2016 - €300.00 per person
- Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 2016 - €400.00 per person
|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:
Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 2016 - € 475
Deluxe Irish Castle Tour 2016 - € 475
Castles and Back Roads 2016 - € 300
Iconic Scenes of Ireland 2016 - € 335
Iconic Northern Ireland Tour 2016 - € 285
Single occupancy rooms are subject to availability.
More about Tours of Ireland for Singles.
|Children's Rate:||Children ages 8 yrs - 17 yrs inclusive receive a 10% discount on the prices. Children must share a room with a least 1 adult. This tour does not cater for children 7 yrs or younger. You must be 18 or over to travel on our Mini-Group Tours|
|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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Your Vacation is Guaranteed
Our “Iconic Scenes of Ireland Tours” are guaranteed. Unlike many rivals there are no minimum numbers for the tours to go ahead. Rest assured: we do not cancel tours or change dates.
Extend your Stay ▼
Fancy a few Extra Days in Ireland?
Just let us know, we'd be very glad to arrange any extra days you'd like. Perhaps a few extra nights in Dublin to soak up the atmosphere of this famously lively city, or maybe a private tour to a particular area of interest in Ireland?
Whatever your requirements, please just let us know, we'd be very glad to help.Get in Touch to Plan your Extra Days
A little about us
Independent Family Business
We have been providing tours of Ireland since 1989. We've taken great care and combined our huge collective experience to design a tour that encompasses all that is Ireland in one vacation.
Focused on You
Based here in Ireland, we are here to give you the personal attention your vacation to Ireland deserves. As an independent family business based here in Cork, our local knowledge is unrivalled and our sole focus is your vacation.
One of our team personally takes responsibility for your entire vacation, and you can speak to that same person each and every time you contact us.How to Book you Tour Meet the Company - Welcome to My Ireland Tour