This Tour at a Glance
The 15-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland TourTwo unforgettable tours. One magical experience.
North and South
New for 2017, the ultimate tour of Ireland, North and South. Combine our Discover Northern Ireland Tour and our Iconic Scenes of Ireland Tour to make a fifteen-day adventure across the Island of Ireland.
Choose the dates that suit you. You can tour North then South, or South then North. It's completely up to you.
Five Days in Northern Ireland
Of your fifteen-day tour
Five days of your fifteen-day tour will be spent exploring Northern Ireland - its best-loved destinations and its best-kept secrets. See the six counties on this leisurely journey, with its historic towns, idyllic rural life and spectacular coastline. This section of your vacation can also be booked as a standalone tour called Discover Northern Ireland.
Enjoy a specialist tour of Belfast - a city whose warmth and friendliness shines more brightly than ever after two decades of peace and prosperity. The only city on the Island of Ireland to experience the full force of the Industrial Revolution, Belfast will reveal to you an engaging history of linen, rope-making, tobacco and of course ship-building. Your time here includes a tour of Titanic Belfast.
The Antrim Coast
The road to the proud and historic city of Derry takes you along the spectacular Antrim Coast, home to the legenday geological enigma of The Giants Causeway. The route also brings you to The Dark Hedges, known to all film buffs from the King's Road scenes in the 'Game of Thrones' hit TV series.
Travel through the quaint rustic villages of Ballygalley, Carnlough, Cushendall and Cushendun to Ballycastle. Cross the Carric-a-Rede Rope Bridge which spans an eighty-foot-deep chasm connecting Rock Island to the mainland.
Derry / Londonderry
Steeped in history and legend, the city of Derry / Londonderry will inspire and amaze. Your time here will include a guided walking tour with a local specialist, along the city walls and fortifications - never breached since completion in 1618. From here, a leisurely journey to The Ulster American Folk Park, an open-air museum whose 'Emigrants' exhibition examines why two million people left Ulster for America during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.
Cruise on Lough Erne
A relaxing boat ride on the calm waters of Lough Erne offers a tranquil journey into the natural history of this rich landscape. Contrast with this the stunning, manicured spaces of Loughcrew Gardens - a celebration of nature's tamed beauty.
This tour was awesome. The itinerary was perfect for my first visit to
Ireland. The hotels were beautiful and everything was so well planned...
Ten Days in Southern Ireland
Of your fifteen-day tour
Ten days of your fifteen-day all-Ireland tour will be spent in The Republic of Ireland. A warm welcome awaits in this unique culture, famous the world over for its friendliness and familiarity. See the sights, absorb the culture, raise a glass and sing along...
This part of your vacation can also be booked as a standalone 10-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland Tour.
Dublin, Gateway to Ireland
Dublin, gateway to Ireland and one of Europe's friendliest and most vibrant capital cities, wishes you a thousand welcomes. Here you will visit the historic Trinity College founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth I on the site of an Augustinian monastery. An even more enduring history will reveal itself at Christ Church Cathedral, founded by the Viking King Sitric almost 1000 years ago in 1034.
Heading to the famous St. James's Gate, you will encounter a different a more recent chapter of Irish history and culture, in the form of the Guinness Storehouse. Touring the world's most famous brewery, you will hear a deep and enriching narrative which parallels the recent history of Ireland itself. The obvious culmination of this is, of course, a perfect complimentary pint of Guinness in the Gravity Bar, which is located at the top of a glass tower with stunning panoramas over the cityscape and the county beyond.
Galway and The West
In the west of Ireland, you will spend two nights in Galway, City of the Tribes. Visit the sacred and ancient site of Clonmacnoise medieval monastery. Wonder at the sheer beauty of Kylemore Abbey, one of Ireland's most romantic buildings in the heart of the Connemara Mountains.
Ride the Wild Atlantic Way, the world-famous coastal
journey of soaring cliffs and buzzing towns and cities, of hidden beaches and epic bays. Witness the magnificance of The Atlantic Ocean from the towering tops of the Cliffs of Moher, standing proud and persistant 650 feet above the waves.
Cork, Kerry and The South-West
Enjoy lunch and perhaps a Guinness in a traditional Irish pub on your way to Killarney, Ireland's most visited destination, after Dublin. Visit Blarney Castle and kiss the famous kissing stone. Enjoy a whiskey tasting in the Old Midleton Distillery, home to Jameson's Whiskey.
Stop for lunch a real working Irish farm, breathe in the country air in this idylic rural setting with its limitless shades of green. Experience the Irish passion for horses and racing at the Irish National Stud with its tranquil ornamental gardens.
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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.
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Details of North-South Tour of Ireland
Northern Ireland Tour Itinerary ▼
If you're just arriving in Ireland
Welcome - 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. There will be three Group transfers this morning between 0700 am and 1300 noon. Board your luxury air - conditioned coach and make the short transfer to Dunboyne Castle Hotel where you can relax and unwind after your flight.
At 1900 this evening all participants will gather for dinner in Dunboyne Castle Hotel restaurant where you will become acquainted with your fellow-travellers
If you're already in Ireland, having enjoyed the Iconic Scenes of Ireland Tour
You can enjoy a leisurely day today, before joining your fellow-guests for dinner in Dunboyne Castle Hotel restaurant at 1900. Tomorrow, your adventures in Northern Ireland will begin.Book Now
After some much needed sleep and a hearty full Irish breakfast we will depart for Northern Ireland also referred to as the six counties or Ulster. The province of Northern Ireland was created with the partition of the island of Ireland in 1921.
Your destination today will be Belfast, the only city in Ireland to fully experience the Industrial Revolution. Linen, rope making, tobacco and most famously ship building including the building of the Titanic on the Harland and Wolff shipyard were the main industries. The Troubles took their toll on the economic life of Belfast but the past fifteen years of peace have returned much prosperity while the genuine friendliness of the city never left.
Travelling North your route today will take you through County Meath and County Louth
In the afternoon you will be joined by a specialised local Belfast City Guide to see and hear all about the history of this once troubled city including the murals of the Loyalist Shankill Road and Nationalist Falls Road.
Check into Dukes at Queens Hotel in Belfast City. Tonight you will dine in the Dukes at Queens Hotel.
This morning you will depart for the historic fortified walled city of Derry. The city fortifications are among the best - preserved in Europe and were completed in 1618 to defend the city from Gaelic chieftains in Donegal.
Our route today will take you via the spectacular Antrim Coastal Route via the villages of Ballygalley, Carnlough, Cushendall and Cushendun to Ballycastle. Continue onto Bushmills via The Dark Hedges a haunting avenue of serpentine beech trees near Armoy, County Antrim famous for the Game of Thrones TV Series.
Here you will visit the Old Bushmills Distillery, the oldest licensed distillery in the world for a whiskey tasting. Its Grant to Distil was given in 1608 but it is believed that spirit was probably made here 200 years before that !!!
Further north on the coast you will visit the Giants Causeway, the subject of many legends and where an estimated 37,000 basalt columns extend from cliffs down into the sea.
Next cross the Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge which spans an eighty-foot-deep chasm connecting Rock Island to the mainland. Suspended almost 100 ft (30 m) above sea level, the rope bridge was first erected by salmon fishermen 350 years ago.
This afternoon you will continue west to Derry / Londonderry for an overnight stay at the Best Western White Horse Hotel. Dine at the hotel tonight.
This morning after breakfast you will be joined by a specialised local guide for a walking tour of the historic Derry City walls at Derry Guildhall. The city walls are up to 8 metres in height and in places are 9 metres wide. They were completed in 1618 and were never breached.
We will depart for the beautiful town of Enniskillen in County Fermanagh which occupies an island between Upper and Lower Lough Erne.
Your route will take you via Strabane and Omagh in County Tyrone to the Ulster American Folk Park to an open-air museum located on the restored boyhood home of Judge Thomas Mellon, founder of the Pittsburgh banking dynasty. The Park's permanent exhibition, called 'Emigrants', examines why two million people left Ulster for America during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries.
Dinner and overnight will be in the Westville Hotel located in the heart of Enniskillen's waterside historic quarter.
After breakfast this morning join a leisurely cruise on Lough Erne which boasts a rich combination of natural and historic sights and is a haven for many species of water birds.
You will visit Devenish Island where St. Molaise founded a monastery in the Sixth Century. The most spectacular sight on this tiny windswept island is a perfectly preserved Twelfth Century round tower which stands 82ft high.
Your journey through Northern Ireland ends today when you cross the border into County Cavan and travel through the rounded hills called Drumlins that are typical of the border region between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
In County Meath visit the Loughcrew Gardens for a breathtaking spectacle from 17th and 19th century and pleasure gardens for a relaxing afternoon.
For your overnight stay continue onto Portmarnock Hotel overlooking the Velvet Strand Beach and the Irish Sea for a bit of tranquillity and solitude.
Tonight, you will dine in the Portmarnock Hotel Restaurant The "1780"
If you're leaving Ireland today
After the final Irish breakfast this morning transfer by taxi (not included) to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.
If you're remaining in Ireland to join the Iconic Scenes of Ireland Tour
Enjoy a leisurely day today. At 1900 this evening you will meet your fellow-guests for the Iconic Scenes of Ireland Tour which begins in earnest tomorrow.
Full Irish Breakfast
Southern Ireland Tour Itinerary ▼
If you're just arriving in Ireland
On arrival in Dublin Airport reclaim your baggage and enter the Arrivals Hall.
Here in the Arrivals Hall you will meet your Irish Driver-Guide (one person). There will be 3 group transfers this morning between 0700 am and 1200 noon. Board your luxury coach and transfer to the Portmarnock Hotel and 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-Guide.
If you're already in Ireland, having enjoyed the Northern Ireland Iconic Scenes Tour
Enjoy a leisurely day today. At 1900 this evening you will meet your fellow-guests for the Iconic Scenes of Ireland Tour which begins in earnest tomorrow.Book 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
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 8th and August 28th 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 traditional Irish 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 8th and August 28th 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
Traditional Irish Pub Lunch
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, where you'll be staying the Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge.
Evening Dinner tonight will be in the Clayton Hotel
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.
Your last evening will be in The Merry Ploughboy, one of Dublin's iconic traditional venues, where you'll enjoy dinner and an evening of Irish music, song and dance.
Day 10 - Wednesday - Departure
If you're leaving Ireland today
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.
If you're remaining in Ireland to join the Northern Ireland Iconic Scenes Tour
Enjoy a leisurely morning at your own pace. Check-out time is 1200, so feel free to leave your luggage at the hotel while you go exploring. Your driver-guide for the Northern leg of your tour will meet you back at the CLayton Hotel at 1430. Then, it's just a short journey to the Dunboyne Castle Hotel where you will be staying tonight. At 1900 this evening you are invited to join your fellow-guests for dinner in Dunboyne Castle Hotel restaurant.Book Now
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 Tour of Ireland:
- 14 nights accommodation superior quality centrally located hotels
- 30 meals:
- 14 Full Irish Breakfasts
- 1 Pub Lunch
- 1 Family Farm Lunch
- 14 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 Driver-Guide (one person) for 14 days
- Group Airport Transfers
- Admission to all Attractions Included on the Itinerary:
- Clonmacnoise Medieval Monastery
- Kylemore Abbey
- Cliffs of Moher
- Blarney Castle
- Old Midleton Distillery
- Charles Fort
- The Rock of Cashel
- Irish National Stud and Japanese Gardens
- Trinity College
- Christ Church Cathedral
- Guinness Storehouse
- Merry Ploughboy Dinner and Show
- Titanic Belfast
- Specialist guided tour of Belfast
- Bushmills Distillery
- Giants Causeway
- Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
- Derry Walking Tour
- Ulster American Folk Park
- Lough Erne Cruise
- Loughcrew Gardens Visit
- Porterage of a 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
- Kilkenny Farmhouse Lunch
- Beverages except Tea / Coffee with Breakfast & Evening Dinner
- Room Service
- Telephone Charges
No hidden extras, no daily sales pitches
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 ▼
|Tour Order||Arrival||Departure||Price Per Person||Availability|
|South-North||01 May 2017||15 May 2017||€ 2,265||Spaces Available - Book Now!|
|North-South||10 May 2017||24 May 2017||Sold Out||Sold Out|
|North-South||31 May 2017||14 Jun 2017||€ 2,265||1 Space Left - Book Now!|
|South-North||24 July 2017||07 Aug 2017||Sold Out||Sold Out|
|North-South||02 Aug 2017||16 Aug 2017||Sold Out||Sold Out|
|South-North||28 Aug 2017||11 Sept 2017||Sold Out||Sold Out|
|North-South||06 Sept 2017||20 Sept 2017||Sold Out||Sold Out|
|South-North||25 Sept 2017||9 Oct 2017||€ 2,265||1 Space Available - Book Now!|
|North-South||04 Oct 2017||18 Oct 2017||€ 2,265||1 Space 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.|
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Our “15-Day 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