This Tour at a Glance
Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 2017
An intimate exploration of Ireland
(Max 8 People per Tour)
Ireland's History comes alive in our Ancient Ireland tour. Immerse yourself in everyday Irish life, from the towns to the villages. See everything Ireland has to offer in this diverse Mini-Group Tour: Modern Cities, Ancient Structures and Prehistoric Landscapes.
Our tours are designed such that you can truly enjoy your surroundings, have the freedom to explore on your own, and ample downtime to unwind. A Fully Escorted tour of Ireland. No Hidden or Optional Extras. 8 Day Tour with 7 nights in a castle and high quality hotels. Excellent Value. Superior Comfort.
Small Group Tour
With a maximum of eight guests per tour, the Ancient Ireland Tour is designed to give you the space and the freedom to truly experience Ireland.
Experiencing Ireland's past and present...
From the monumental, to the intimate
See the Book of Kells, an illuminated medieval manuscript that's over 1200 years. Then have a perfect Pint of Guinness while enjoying the views of Dublin in the modern Gravity Bar, atop the Guinness Storehouse. All in the same day!
Face the might of the imposing Atlantic Ocean on the Cliffs of Moher, explore the wild and eerie landscape of The Burren, then relax in the comfort and warmth of Irish Hospitality in our carefully selected Castles, Hotels and Country Houses.
An original Irish Experience...
The Iconic Sights, the friendly people
Create unique and varied memories of Ireland on our 8 person Mini-Group Tour. Stay in a historic Castle at the base of a mountain one day, then enjoy a hearty home-cooked meal in a rural Irish Farmhouse on another.
Adventure, fun and relaxation await you. Before you visit Europe's oldest operating lighthouse at 800 years old, kiss the Blarney stone while leaning backwards over the parapet of Blarney Castle, then calm your nerves with a drop of Jameson whiskey from the old Midleton Distillery.
Because we were such a small group we were able to spend more time at the sights we visited and had a little more flexibility with our schedule. I highly recommend this trip!!
Dingle Special Tour - 27th June 2017
One special tour exploring this unique peninsula
For the tour starting on 27th June 2017 we are doing a special Dingle intinerary. We've swapped touring the Ring of Kerry for touring the Dingle peninsula.
Ruggedly beautiful, the Dingle Peninsula typifies everything the Wild Atlantic Way was designed around. Wild and beautiful countryside, the Atlantic Ocean crashing directly onto the rugged coastline, quiet and completely unspoiled villages that feel not only a different country but a different century to the rest of the world.
On days 4 and 5 instead of staying in Killarney you would be staying in Castlewood House in the quaint fishing village of Dingle.
Not sure which to pick - Killarney and touring the Ring of Kerry, or Dingle and touring the Dingle Peninsula? Just get in touch, we would be only too happy to chat about the similarities and differences of 2 wonderful options (both are credible parts of Ireland, you will not be disappointed which ever one you choose).
The small number of people, the places we saw, the meals and sites that were included in the overall price, our incredibly patient, knowledgeable guide/bus driver-it was all I'd hoped it would be.
Tour Facts at a Glance
- 8 Days / 7 Nights
- Small group sizes (max. eight guests)
- Fully inclusive (see itinerary for details)
- Hand-picked, superior-quality hotels
- €2,090 to €2,390 per person
- Tour Dates from May to September 2017
- Tour starts and ends at Dublin / Dublin Airport
The accommodations were beyond deluxe, and the people we met have become new found friends. Our experience can best be described as a trip of a lifetime...
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
Tour Itinerary ▼
Day 1 - Tuesday - 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 Professional Irish Driver-Guide (one person). There will be 3 Group transfers this morning between 0700 am & 1200 noon. Board your luxury air - conditioned Mini-Coach and make the short transfer to the Brooks Hotel in the heart of Dublin city where you can relax and unwind after your flight.
This afternoon after all introductions have been made you will depart on a tour of the "Fair City" of Dublin, Ireland's capital city visiting Trinity College which was 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.
No visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to The Guinness Storehouse at St. James's Gate for a tour of the world famous brewery and afterwards enjoy a perfect 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.
Evening free to relax and unwind at your leisure.
Overnight in the Brooks Hotel
Day 2 - Wednesday
This morning after breakfast you will depart for Ballynahinch Castle for an unrivalled experience of true Irish hospitality. Formerly the home of "Humanity Dick" Martin and The Maharajah Ranjitsinhji, Ballynahinch Castle has been welcoming visitors to Connemara for over 250 years. This unique castle is spectacularly located on a private 450 acre estate of woodlands, rivers and walks in the heart of Connemara.
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 the island. Sacked time and again by the Vikings, it nevertheless flourished for over 600 years.
We will continue west on our journey to Galway City, known as the "City of the Tribes". On arrival in Galway you will have a panoramic 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.
We will travel on west of Galway City via the villages of Oughterard, Maam Cross & Recess into the wilds of Connemara, famous for its bogs, mountains and rugged coastline.
Tonight you will overnight & dine in Ballynahinch Castle
Suggestion: After dinner you might like to retire to the friendly Fisherman's Pub for a nightcap (Connemara Single Malt Irish Whiskey is just a suggestion) before bed.
Day 3 - Thursday
This morning after breakfast take some time to explore at your leisure the extensive grounds of Ballynahinch Castle. There are some who visit Ballynahinch Castle and never leave the grounds, such is the choice of activities available. Hiking the trails, taking a fly-fishing tutorial, playing tennis, biking, or simply sitting in the tranquillity of the grounds listening to the song of the river as it makes its interminable journey to the sea are all possibilities today.
This afternoon if the lure of the castle grounds are not too strong you will tour the sights of wild Connemara. You will have 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.
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.
Your return route to Ballynahinch Castle will take you via the spectacular Inagh Valley with the rugged 12 Bens of Connemara on your right and the Maumturks mountain range on your left. Tonight you will overnight & dine in Ballynahinch Castle
Day 4 - Friday
This morning after breakfast you will depart for The Lake Hotel situated on a stunning lakeside setting on the edge of Killarney National Park. The hotels commands the most magnificent setting with the truly unique backdrop of the mountains, islands, woodlands and the 12th century McCarthy Mór castle ruins.
For the Special Dingle Tour you will be headed for Castlewood House in the quiet and unspoiled fishing village of Dingle. Overlooking the vastness of Dingle Bay, this is magical part of the world still stuck in a time that is long past most of the rest of the country.
Your journey will take you down the Wild Atlantic Way on the west coast of Clare 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 Atlantic west coast of County Clare 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 overnight in The Lake Hotel operated by the Huggard Family since 1820 - a long tradition of warm Irish hospitality awaits you. For the Special Dingle Tour it will be Castlewood House in Dingle, run by Helen & Brian Heaton.
Day 5 - Saturday
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 was 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 overnight in The Lake Hotel Killarney.
Suggestion: You might like to retire to the Devil's Punch Bowl Bar for a nightcap before bed (I would suggest Jameson whiskey from the neighbouring County Cork which you will be visiting tomorrow)
For those who've selected the 27th June Special Dingle tour you will be touring around the Dingle Peninsula. This rugged and untouched part of County Kerry is famed for its wild beauty and untouched villages. You'll be exploring the remote backwaters of one of Ireland's Gaeltacht areas (Irish speaking areas) where the traditional Celtic culture in most closely intertwinned with everyday life. A traditional Irish pub lunch is included in Murphys Pub in Dingle village.
Day 6 - Sunday
Your journey 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 to visit Blarney Castle. This world famous castle was built in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy and here you will have the opportunity to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone.
You will have time for shopping at Blarney Woollen Mills where one of the largest selections of Irish arts, crafts & produce can be seen on display.
This afternoon we will visit the Old Mildeton Distillery - home of The Jameson Experience - 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
Our destination for tonight is Ballymacarbry on the Tipperary/Waterford border to a family owned Irish Farmhouse for a unique overnight stay.
The idyllic setting of Glasha Farmhouse nestled between the Knockmealdown and Comeragh Mountains will give you a unique insight into rural Irish life.
Tonight you will enjoy a hearty home cooked dinner and conversation with your Irish hosts.
Suggestion:After dinner you might fancy taking the three minute stroll to the Bridge Bar, a friendly authentic Irish pub to enjoy chatting with the locals over a pint of Guinness.
Day 7 - Monday
After a hearty home cooked full Irish breakfast depart for Kilkenny for a visit of Kilkenny Castle. It has been an important site since Strongbow constructed the first building a wooden tower in the 12th century. William the Earl Marshall built the first stone castle on the site in 1260.
Continue onto 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
Overnight at the Brooks Hotel
Day 8 - Tuesday - Departure
This morning there will be 3 group transfers between 0500 & 1200 for you to choose from to bring you to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.
Full Irish Breakfast
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 the Ancient Tour of Ireland:
- 7 nights accommodation
- 7 Full Irish Breakfasts
- 3 Evening Dinners; All Three Courses with Choices on Each Course + Tea or Coffee
- 1 Traditional Irish Pub Lunch
- Luxury Air Conditioned Mini-Coach
- Limited to a maximum of 8 passengers for additional space and comfort
- Extra Cushioned Seats
- Panoramic Tinted Double-Glazed Windows
- PA system
- Professional, Experienced and Knowledgeable Irish Driver-Guide (one person) for 8 days
- Group Airport Transfers
- Admission to all Attractions Included on the Itinerary:
- Porterage of one large suitcase per person.
- All local taxes
- Air fares to & from Ireland
- Gratuity for the Driver-Guide (one person)
- Travel Insurance
- Lunches except:
- Blind Piper Pub Lunch on Day 5
- Dinners except:
- Ballynahinch evening meal on days 2 & 3
- Glasha Farmhouse Home Cooked meal on day 6
- 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 Driver-Guide (one person) focuses entirely on your vacation enjoyment.
You are on holiday, after all.Book Now
Dates & Prices ▼
Full Dates & Prices:
|Arrival||Departure||Price Per Person||Availability|
|Tue 02 May 2017||Tue 09 May 2017||€ 2090||2 Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Tue 16 May 2017||Tue 23 May 2017||€ 2290||5 Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Tue 13 Jun 2017||Tue 20 Jun 2017||€ 2390||1 Space Left - Book Now!|
|Tue 27 Jun 2017||Tue 04 July 2017||€ 2390||3 Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|**Dingle Special Tour! Explore this rugged and unspoilt part of Ireland|
|Tue 04 Jul 2017||Tue 11 Jul 2017||€ 2390||6 Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Tue 25 Jul 2017||Tue 01 Aug 2017||€ 2390||8 Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Tue 01 Aug 2017||Tue 08 Aug 2017||€ 2390||4 Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Tue 29 Aug 2017||Tue 05 Sep 2017||€ 2390||6 Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Tue 12 Sep 2017||Tue 19 Sep 2017||€ 2390||7 Spaces Available - Book Now!|
A non-refundable deposit is required to secure you booking
- 10-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland Escorted Tour 2017 - €300.00 per person
- 15-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland Escorted Tour 2017 - €500.00 per person
- Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 2017 - €450.00 per person
- Castles and Back Roads Tour 2017 - €400.00 per person
- Deluxe Irish Castle Escorted Tour 2017 - €400.00 per person
- Discover Northern Ireland Tour 2017 - €300.00 per person
- Essential Ireland Tour 2017 - €300.00 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:
10-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland 2017 - € 335
15-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland 2017 - € 610
Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 2017 - € 450
Castles and Back Roads 2017 - € 300
Deluxe Irish Castle Tour 2017 - € 475
Discover Northern Ireland Tour 2017 - € 275
Essential Ireland Tour- € 250
Single occupancy rooms are subject to availability.
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|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. Our tours do 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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Every week is guaranteed
Our Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tours are guaranteed. Once you make a booking the tour will run. We do not cancel tours.
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
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