Essential Ireland Tour 2017
This Tour at a Glance
If you have just six days to discover the very best of Ireland, then this is the tour 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.
You will be visiting Dublin City, gateway to Ireland; the Wicklow Mountains, stunning in their natural beauty; Galway, "City of the Tribes"; the Wild Atlantic Way, home to the Cliffs of Moher; The Ring of Kerry, with its rural ambiance and thatched villages.
Hub and Spoke Tour
The Essential Ireland Tour is a hub and spoke 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.
An Unmissable Irish Experience
Plenty to see, plenty of time to relax, too.
Feel the buzz of Dublin city, where history resonates still. Visit Trinity College and see the ancient Book of Kells. Enjoy the perfect pint of Guinness at the world-famous Guinness storehouse.
Keep your camera at the ready when you head to Glendalough in the Wicklow Mountains, a place of stunning natural beauty and a backdrop of endless green. Take a ramble down the narrow and winding streets of Galway, steeped in history and tradition. Walk the limestone plateau of The Burren, a landscape like no other.
Stand atop the 650ft Cliffs of Moher, taking in views over a horizon whose history and secrets you will discover. Families over the centuries have waved farewell to their loved-ones from this very spot, headed West in hope and anticipation of a New World.
Enjoy a traditional Irish pub lunch, perhaps washing it down with a pint of Irish Stout. Experience the thatched village of Adare, a standing testiment to the rural traditions of Ireland's south west. Visit Killarney, Ireland's most-visited destination after Dublin. Visit Cork city and decide whether you, like the locals, believe it to be the true capital of Ireland.
Everything we did was worth doing, the sights were eye candy, the strangers on tour with us were only strangers for minutes!
Tour Facts at a Glance
- 6 Days / 5 Nights
- Small group sizes (max. 30 Guests)
- Ireland's most unmissable destinations
- Quality hotels
- Just €995 per person
- Tour Dates from June to September 2017
- Tour starts in Dublin
- Tour ends in Shannon or Dublin City
The Essence of Ireland
If you want to experience Ireland but have just six days to do it, this is the tour for you. Experience Ireland's most unmissable destinations and soak in the culture that is the very essence of Ireland.
Small Group Tours Max 30 People
More space, more comfort.
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 wondrous 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 excursion 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 30 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 - Sunday - 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 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 & 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.
Day 2 - Monday
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 & shop in Dublin and we would also suggest you take a stroll up Gratfon Street
Tonight you will be staying in the Gresham Hotel.
Day 3 - Tuesday
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.
Tonight you will be staying in the Clayton Hotel Limerick.
Full Irish Breakfast
Day 4 - Wednesday
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 & 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.
Tonight you will overnight in the Clayton Hotel Limerick
Full Irish Breakfast Lunch in a traditional Irish Pub
Day 5 - Thursday
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 the 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.
Return to Limerick City, where you will once again overnight in the Clayton Hotel Limerick.
Day 6 - Friday
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.
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 your Castle Escorted Tour:
- 5 nights accommodation in quality hotels
- 5 Full Irish Breakfasts
- 1 Pub lunch
- Luxury Air Conditioned Coach
- 35 seater coach limited to a maximum of 30 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 6 days
- Group Airport Transfers (Dublin Airport on arrival and Shannon Airport on departure)
- 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
- Evening Meals
- Lunches except:
- Pub Lunch on Day 5
- Beverages except Tea / Coffee with Breakfast
- 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|
|Sun 28 May 2017||Fri 02 Jun 2017||€ 995||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Sun 11 Jun 2017||Fri 16 Jun 2017||€ 995||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Sun 25 Jun 2017||Fri 30 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||€ 995||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Sun 10 Sep 2017||Fri 15 Sep 2017||€ 995||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|Sun 24 Sep 2017||Fri 29 Sep 2017||€ 995||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 Castles and Back Roads 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
A little about us
Independent Family Business
We have been providing tours of Ireland since 1989. Here we've used all our collective knowledge and experience to design one of the finest escorted tours Ireland has to offer.
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.More About My Ireland Tour How to Book your Tour of Ireland
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