Ballynahinch Castle, where you can stay on our castle tours of Ireland Ballynahinch Castle, where you can stay on our castle tours of Ireland
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Essential Ireland Tour 2017 Six days to see the best of Ireland

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If you have just six days to discover the very best of Ireland, then this is the tour of Ireland for you. The Essential Ireland Tour takes you to all the unmissable destinations of Ireland, while still giving you time and space to experience Ireland at your own pace.

Essential Ireland is a hub-and-spoke Ireland tour. That means you stay in two quality hotels for the duration of your vacation. No need to pack your bags again every day. With fewer hotel changes, you have more time to focus on making memories.

You will be arriving in Dublin and departing from either Shannon Airport or Dublin Airport - whichever works best for you.

  • Dublin & the East

    In Dublin, you will visit Trinity College and the Book of Kells, the famous Guinness Storehouse, Grafton Street and Davy Byrnes Pub. In the Wicklow Mountains, you will find Glendalough monastic site in the "valley of the two lakes".

  • Galway & the West

    Visit Galway "City of the Tribes", the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren limestone Landscape, and the city of Limerick.

  • Kerry

    The Ring of Kerry, the thatched village of Adare, Killarney town, the Blind Piper pub, Moll's Gap.

  • Cork

    Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Jameson's Old Midleton Distillery

Key Tour Information

  • Hub & Spoke Tour
  • 6 Days / 5 Nights
  • €995 per person
  • Max. 30 Guests
  • Luxury Transport
  • No sales pitches
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  • Sunday:

    Welcome & Dublin Attractions

  • Monday:

    Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains

  • Tuesday:

    Galway, City of the Tribes

  • Wednesday:

    Killarney & the Ring of Kerry

  • Thursday:

    Blarney and Cork

  • Friday:

    Departure or onward journey
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Tour Accommodation

Essential Ireland is a hub-and-spoke Ireland tour. That means you stay in two quality hotels for the duration of your trip. No need to pack your bags again every day. With fewer hotel changes, you have more time to focus on making memories.

The hotels on this Irish vacation tour offer amazing quality and value to match. We are very selective in getting just the right accommodation for each specific tour and we are very proud of the selection of hotels we have put together. Some of these hotels are family-owned, just like ourselves, and we have a long standing relationship with them all.

Luxury Transport

On a tour vacation, the journey can be just as important as the destination. That's why our vehicles are all of the highest standards both in terms of luxury and reliability. For our tour vehicles we use 35-seater coaches, but limit the number of participants to 30. 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.

  • Extra space to spread out
  • Tinted Windows
  • Panoramic Outlook
  • Air Conditioning
  • On-board Fridges
  • Luxury Cushioned Seats

Tour Prices

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Sun 28 May 2017 Fri 02 Jun 2017 € 995 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 06 Aug 2017 Fri 11 Aug 2017 € 995 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 27 Aug 2017 Fri 01 Sep 2017 Sold Out Sold Out
Sun 10 Sep 2017 Fri 15 Sep 2017 € 995 Spaces Available - Book Now!

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Tour Name Duration Price Group Size  
10-day Iconic Scenes of Ireland 10 days / 9 nights €1,490 per person Max. 26 ppl Details
15-day Iconic Scenes of Ireland 15 days / 14 nights €2,265 per person Max. 26 ppl Details
Discover Northern Ireland 6 days / 5 nights €975 Max. 26 ppl Details
Deluxe Irish Castles Tour 10 days / 9 nights €1,975 to €2,175 Max. 26 ppl Details
Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 10 days / 9 nights €2,390 per person Max. 8 ppl Details
Essential Ireland Tour 6 days / 5 nights €995 Max. 30 ppl Details
The Castles and Backroads Tour 7 days / 6 nights €1,495 to €1,570 Max. 20 ppl Details
Customized Private Tour Any duration Any budget 2 - 100 ppl Details
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The stunning monastic site of Glendalough The stunning monastic site of Glendalough

We took the Essential Ireland Tour (6 day) and had a wonderful time. The tour itself covered everything we wanted to see and for us, it was the perfect length. My Ireland Tour was all-out professional from the start.

Wendy Stoltman, July 2017

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The Ring of Kerry in Ireland The Ring of Kerry in Ireland

The Tour Itinerary Sunday: Welcome to Ireland

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Sunday

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 and 1200 noon. Board your luxury air - conditioned coach and make the short transfer to Gresham Hotel on O'Connell Street in the very heart of Dublin.

At 1400 you will depart on a Panoramic Tour of 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.

You will also visit 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 and County in every direction.

Evening free in Dublin. You might like to pay a visit to Davy Byrnes Pub. Tonight you will be staying in the Gresham Hotel.

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Heather along the Wicklow Mountains landscape Heather along the Wicklow Mountains landscape

Monday Glendalough and the Wicklow Mountains

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Monday's Itinerary

After some much needed sleep and a hearty full Irish breakfast you will depart for Glendalough in the spectacular Wicklow Mountains. The steep wooded slopes of Glendalough, the "valley of the two lakes", harbour one of Ireland's most atmospheric monastic settlements. Sacked time and again by the Vikings, it nevertheless flourished for over 600 years.

Return to the Fair City of Dublin in the afternoon. You will have the afternoon free to explore and shop in Dublin and we would also suggest you take a stroll up Gratfon Street.

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The narrow shopping streets of Galway The narrow shopping streets of Galway

Tuesday Galway, City of the Tribes

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Tuesday's Itinerary

This morning after breakfast you will depart for Limerick via Galway. Free time in Galway City, known as the "City of the Tribes". Take a ramble down Quay Street with its many great pubs including "The Quays" and "Ti Neachtain" a town house which belonged to "Humanity Dick", an eighteenth-century MP who promoted laws against cruelty to animals.

Continue south along the shores of Galway Bay before travelling down the Wild Atlantic Way to County Clare. Here 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 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. Travel onto Limerick City. Tonight you will overnight at the Clayton Hotel Limerick overlooking the banks of the broad majestic Shannon.

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Ocean view from The Ring of Kerry in Ireland Ocean view from The Ring of Kerry in Ireland

Wednesday Killarney & the Ring of Kerry

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Wednesday's Itinerary

This morning after an early breakfast you will set off for the world famous Ring of Kerry. Travel via the beautiful thatched village of Adare to Killarney before touring the 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 and 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. Free time in Killarney before returning to Limerick.

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Blarney Castle in Co. Cork, Ireland, where you can kiss the legendary kissing stone Blarney Castle in Co. Cork, Ireland, where you can kiss the legendary kissing stone

Thursday Blarney and Cork

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Thursday's Itinerary

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!

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 Jameson Old Midleton Distillery, Home of Jameson Whiskey, where you will also see the world's largest pot still with a capacity of over 30,000 gallons. Finally, we return to Limerick City, where you will once again overnight in the Clayton Hotel Limerick.

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Friday Departure

Today marks the end of the Essential Ireland Tour. After an Irish breakfast, your transfer will convey you to Shannon Airport or to Dublin.

Time Transfer details
05:00 Shannon Airport Transfer
First Group Transfer to Shannon Airport this morning for those returning home from Shannon Airport today.
08:00 Shannon Airport Transfer
Second Group Transfer to Shannon Airport this morning for those returning home from Shannon Airport today.
09:30 Dublin City Transfer
For those wishing to return to Dublin City the coach will depart from the Clarion hotel to Dublin City for arrival in Dublin by 12:30 approximately.

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Why this Tour?

A vacation to Ireland with plenty to see and plenty of time to relax. If you have just six days to discover the very best that Ireland has to offer, then this tour of Ireland is the one for you. A carefully composed mix of Ireland's stunning landscapes, its storied history and its legendary and vibrant culture. As a hub-and-spoke tour, Essential Ireland requires guests to change hotels only once during their Ireland Tour. That means less time re-packing and more time visiting Ireland's best-loved destinations.

Glendalough, ancient monastic site

History & Legend

Feel the history of the Old World come to life at the Glendalough monastic settlement, a landscape that time forgot; in Blarney Castle where you can kiss the fabled kissing stone; and in Trinity College where you will see the famous Book of Kells, a rare glimpse into the world of antiquity. Ireland is a place where the time-honoured traditions of yesteryear live on even in the country's most vibrant and outward-looking cities.

The legendary Cliffs of Moher

Stunning Landscapes

Don't forget your camera! Essential Ireland is a feast for the eyes, with each day of your Ireland touroffering new perspectives of a landscape rivals any for sheer rugged beauty. Standing atop the 650ft Cliffs of Moher, you will share views known for centuries by emigrants heading West in hope and anticipation. In the Wicklow Mountains, take in the endless shades of green. Riding the famous Ring of Kerry during your tour of Ireland, you will find a landscape unchanged in centuries.

A traditional music night in an Irish Pub

Welcoming Culture

We Irish are known for our friendly outlook and our good wishes of céad míle fáilte - a hundred thousand welcomes. On this Ireland tour, you're invited to meet the Irish. Enjoy a traditional Irish pub lunch, trading stories with the locals over a pint of Irish Stout. Experience the thatched village of Adare, a standing testament to the rural traditions of Ireland's south west. In Cork city decide whether you, like the locals, believe it to be the true capital of Ireland.

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Our tour of Ireland from Dublin down to the southwest coast, up to Galway and back to Dublin from June 20-29, 2017, was a pure delight. From the time Ted, our driver/guide picked us up at Dublin Airport to the time we ended in Dublin, we saw a beautiful country which surprised us with its diverse terrain. We were pleased to extremely pleased with our guest houses and hotels.

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Just returned from a 8 day vacation of Ireland through "My Ireland" tours and had a great time. The trip was well planned and delivered without any issues. All accommodations exceed expectations and Pat our bus driver was very friendly and knowledgeable of every city we visited. I highly recommend 'My Ireland" tours if you are looking t plan a vacation in Ireland. Looking forward to returning to Ireland.

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Reviewed in July 2017

The "BEST" that we could hoped for! My wife and I were celebrating our 30th anniversary during the Deluxe Castle Tour. The tours, accommodations, the food, and our tour guide Tom were outstanding! Every day was a new treat with the different tours and accommodations. Only having 26 people on the tour was perfect size, plenty of room to spread out on the bus. We made friends for life and memories we will cherish forever.

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Reviewed in July 2017

We had an amazing tour of Ireland on the 10-day Iconic Scenes itinerary. Kristel, in the office, was so helpful with questions and guidance. With a smaller bus holding only 40 people and only 26 people on the tour, this allowed the group to spread out get to know each other. From the time he picked us up at the Dublin airport to the time he dropped us off to go home, our driver/guide, Tom Lavin, handled every detail with ease and professionalism.

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Reviewed in June 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our Deluxe Castle Tour! Every detail was met. Kristel, in the office did a great job in planning and attending to the details of our trip and accommodations. Every place we stayed was beautiful. The places we visited on the tour were interesting and fun. Tony our tour guide is simply the best! He was very informative and has a very nice singing voice!

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Reviewed in June 2017

We just returned from the 15 day Iconic Scenes of Ireland - North & South tour. Can't say enough wonderful things about Tom Lavin, our driver/guide. He went above and beyond to make sure all 22 of his passengers had the most memorable experience ever. He gave us an historical background of Ireland and all the places we visited with his unique style and sense of humor.

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I had a fantastic time on the Iconic Scenes of Ireland tour. I spoke with Kristel prior to the tour, who was always helpful and friendly. We visited beautiful locations, stayed in great hotels and learned so much about Irish history. Special thanks to our driver-guide, Tom, for such a great tour! He did a wonderful job with telling stories and making sure everyone was enjoying themselves and taken care of. I would recommend My Ireland Tour to anyone wanting to visit Ireland.

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Love, love, love! I am so happy that my husband Justin and I found this tour company. We just got back from the Ancient Ireland tour and all I can say is that it was the very best decision we could have made... we are already thinking about returning with family and taking up all 8 seats next time :). We also lucked out with an AMAZING driver, Tom Lavin, and he really made this trip special. He loves Ireland and is so knowledgeable... kind, informative and just a great person.

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If I could give more than 5 stars, I would! My family had an absolutely incredible experience doing a week-long private tour with My Ireland Tour from the wonderful guidance that we received from Eric and team to develop our perfect itinerary to our amazing driver-guide Tony who become part of our family during the week that we spent with him. The hotels were beautiful and in great locations... I am so glad that we selected My Ireland Tour for our vacation and I would give them my highest recommendation!

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Your Tour Driver-Guide

A tour vacation is only as good a the tour guide. And we're proud to say that our tour guides are the best in the business. Don't take our word for it: just see how past guests have reviewed our amazing driver-guides.

Your driver-guide (one person) is your chauffeur and your expert tour guide for the duration of your tour of Ireland. Experienced specialists in their fields, our driver-guides are expertly knowledgeable in all aspects of Irish life, history and culture. All our Driver-Guides have an impeccable safety record. Your personal driver-guide will have one goal - to ensure that you have an unforgettable and enjoyable Irish Tour.

In specific, specialist locations, you may be joined by a local expert who will guide you through the fine details of local history drawing on their background and local knowledge. For example, you will often have a local-specialist when visiting Derry/Londonderry and Belfast on our Northern Ireland Tours.

About My Ireland Tour A family-run business based in Cork

Proudly independent, reassuringly local. My Ireland Tour was established by the O'Gorman family in 1989. 28 years later, we're still an independent and family-run business based right here in Cork, Ireland. Your vacation will be personally managed by one of our dedicated team of local experts, and you can speak to that same person each and every time you are in touch.

Our reputation has been built over many years through the personal attention we give our Customrs, and the detailed planning that we put into each and every tour we create. If you have any questions, please just get in touch. Eric O'Gorman and the rest of the team look forward to chatting to you and showing you what makes Ireland such a magical place.

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As one of Ireland's leading tour operators, we get the best rates in the best hotels and attractions, and so can give you the very best price. We encourage you to compare our tours and see how we offer the best value tours in the market.

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With My Ireland Tour, you will be touring in a group that's half the size of our rivals. That's means more space, more comfort, and a much more personal experience for you. We use extra-spacious coaches, and we still leave plenty of empty seats so that you can spread out.

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We pride ourselves on having one of the most inclusive packages on offer, giving you even better value. Airport transfers, a full Irish breakfast each morning, 3-course dinners, entrance to all attractions, all excursions, all accommodation in the best hotels and more.

No Sales Pitches

With My Ireland Tour, there is no up-selling, no arm-twisting, no sales-pitches. We have included all the extras in your tour. So your driver-guide is there to look after you, not to sell you add-ons or hidden extras.

Guaranteed to Run

Once you've booked your space, the Tour is Guaranteed to run. That is not something most of our rivals can say. We never cancel tours or change dates. There are no minimum numbers to make the tour run and no caveats for changing dates. With My Ireland Tour you can relax - your tour vacation to Ireland is guaranteed.

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Tour Name Duration Price Group Size  
10-day Iconic Scenes of Ireland 10 days / 9 nights €1,490 per person Max. 26 ppl Details
15-day Iconic Scenes of Ireland 15 days / 14 nights €2,265 per person Max. 26 ppl Details
Discover Northern Ireland 6 days / 5 nights €975 Max. 26 ppl Details
Deluxe Irish Castles Tour 10 days / 9 nights €1,975 to €2,175 Max. 26 ppl Details
Ancient Ireland Mini-Group Tour 10 days / 9 nights €2,390 per person Max. 8 ppl Details
Essential Ireland Tour 6 days / 5 nights €995 Max. 30 ppl Details
The Castles and Backroads Tour 7 days / 6 nights €1,495 to €1,570 Max. 20 ppl Details
Customized Private Tour Any duration Any budget 2 - 100 ppl Details
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Yes. Our “Essential 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.

Prices & Availability Essential Ireland Tour 2017

Arrival Departure Price Per Person Availability
Sun 28 May 2017 Fri 02 Jun 2017 € 995 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 06 Aug 2017 Fri 11 Aug 2017 € 995 Spaces Available - Book Now!
Sun 27 Aug 2017 Fri 01 Sep 2017 Sold Out Sold Out
Sun 10 Sep 2017 Fri 15 Sep 2017 € 995 Spaces Available - Book Now!
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Deposit Amounts

Tour Name Deposit Amount
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

Payment Information

Balance Payments
The full balance is due 60 days before your tour
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
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.

Single-Occupancy Supplements

Tour Name Single-occupancy 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

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