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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10-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland 2019 Experience the best of Ireland

2019 Tour Summary

The perfect introduction to the very best of Ireland. A 10-day tour of the Republic of Ireland, visiting its best-loved attractions and its best-kept secrets. At a comfortable pace, this all-inclusive tour introduces you to Ireland's most iconic locations, its most spectacular scenery and its most vibrant culture.

  • Dublin

    Trinity College, Book of Kells, Guinness Storehouse, Christ Church Cathedral, Traditional Music Night.

  • Galway & the West

    Clonmacnoise Monastery, Galway City, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Wild Atlantic Way, Adare Village

  • Cork & Kerry

    Killarney Town, Blarney Castle, Jameson Distillery, Cork City, Charles Fort, Blarney Woollen Mills

  • Central Ireland

    The Rock of Cashel, The Irish National Stud, Visit a traditional Irish Farm

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  • Most Popular Tour
  • 10 days / 9 nights
  • €1,190 - €1,690 per person
  • Max. 26 Guests (extra space)
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  • Monday:

    Welcome to Ireland

  • Tuesday:

    Dublin to Galway

  • Wednesday:

    Galway and Connemara

  • Thursday:

    Galway to Killarney

  • Friday:

    The Ring of Kerry

  • Saturday:

    Killarney to Cork

  • Sunday:

    Cork and Kinsale

  • Monday:

    Cork to Dublin

  • Tuesday:

    Dublin City

  • Wednesday:

    Departure or onward journey
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Tour Accommodation Not all four-star hotels are the same

You will be staying exclusively in four-star hotels. But not all four-star hotels are the same. We know and trust the hotels we use for our tours, and we choose them carefully based not only on their star rating, but also on their location, service, value and character. With 29 years of experience offering tours of Ireland, we have the knowledge, the experience and the local contacts to design the perfect accommodation package for your vacation.

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 34-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.

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

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The Cliffs of Moher on the West Coast of Ireland The Cliffs of Moher on the West Coast of Ireland

This tour was awesome. The itinerary was perfect for my first visit to Ireland. The hotels were beautiful and everything was so well planned...

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A traditional Irish folk session in a pub A traditional Irish folk session in a pub

The Tour Itinerary Monday: Welcome to Ireland

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Monday

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 Dunboyne Castle Hotel. This afternoon you might like take a stroll around the stunning grounds of the hotel.

At 1900 this evening all participants will gather for dinner in the Dunboyne Castle 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.

Included Today

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

Tuesday Dublin to Galway, City of the Tribes

Tuesday's Itinerary

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 Sixth 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

Included Today

The stunning Connemara landscape The stunning Connemara landscape

Wednesday Galway and Connemara

Wednesday's Itinerary

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, where you can enjoy some free time. The capital of Connemara, Clifden 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

Ross Castle in Killarney National Park Ross Castle in Killarney National Park

Thursday Galway to Killarney

Thursday's Itinerary

This morning bright and 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 5 mile 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.

For guests who started their Tour of Ireland on 1st of July, you will be staying in Killarney on 4th of July. Since 2014, Killarney has wowed audiences with their American Independence Day celebrations. Enjoy Barbecues, live music, street performers and much more.

Dingle, Kerry, Ireland Dingle, Kerry, Ireland

Friday The Ring of Kerry

Friday's Itinerary

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 and 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.

Cork Cityscape Cork Cityscape

Saturday Killarney to Cork

Saturday'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!

Your route today will take you over the famous Cork/Kerry Mountains via the Irish speaking villages of Ballymakeery and 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. Here you will visit Blarney Castle built in 1446 by Dermot McCarthy. This might be your only chance 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 and produce can be seen on display.

In Midleton Town you will visit Jameson 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.

Colourful shops in Kinsale Colourful shops in Kinsale

Sunday Cork and Kinsale

Sunday's Itinerary

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.

The Rock of Cashel The Rock of Cashel

Monday Cork to Dublin

Monday's Itinerary

This morning after breakfast you will depart for Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. En route, will visit The Rock of Cashel, rising out dramatically from the plains of Tipperary. 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 enjoy 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 and 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.

Ha'penny Bridge over the River Liffey in Dublin Ha'penny Bridge over the River Liffey in Dublin

Tuesday & WednesdayDublin City

Tuesday's Itinerary

After breakfast, your exploration through Dublin City will begin with 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 and 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.

Wednesday Departure or Extending your Stay

If you're leaving Ireland Today

After a final great Irish breakfast this morning there will be 3 group transfers between 0500 and 1100 for you to choose from to get you to Dublin Airport for your return flight home.

Add Northern Ireland to your tour?

Some of the group will be remaining in Ireland to visit Northern Ireland, too. You can do this by booking the 15-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland Tour.

Why this Tour?

The perfect introduction to The Emerald Isle. If you want to experience the best of Ireland in less than a fortnight, then the 10-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland Tour is the one for you. Our most popular tour, this guided vacation encapsulates everything that we love about our home country. The rich and rugged scenery. The friendly, welcoming people. The vibrant culture which, from your first day, makes you feel like you've lived here your whole life. Welcome to Ireland.

Kylemore Abbey stunning View

Iconic Scenery

Don't forget your camera. We call this tour of Ireland the iconic scenes with good reason. From the rugged coastline of the Wild Atlantic Way to the vibrant, buzzing cityscapes of Dublin, a photo opportunity waits for you around every corner.

Tourists chatting to Irish Farmer

Meet the People

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.

Blarney Castle, captured on one of our tours of Ireland

History & Culture

At Blarney Castle, Clonmacnoise Medieval Monastery and Charles Fort, soak in the rich and vivid history of the old world. Drawing on their extensive knowledge, your driver-guide (one person) will breathe life into these ancients monuments and the stories they tell.

idyllic Irish Coastline idyllic Irish Coastline

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10-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland Tour 2019 €300.00 per person
15-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland Tour 2019 €500.00 per person
Deluxe Irish Castle Tour 2019 €400.00 per person
Discover Northern Ireland Tour 2019 €300.00 per person

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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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Tour Name Single-occupancy Supplement
10-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland Escorted Tour 2019 € 350
15-Day Iconic Scenes of Ireland Escorted Tour 2019 € 600
Deluxe Irish Castle Escorted Tour 2019 € 500
Discover Northern Ireland Tour 2019 € 275

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The General Post Office

The General Post Office of Ireland The General Post Office of Ireland

The General Post Office of Ireland had many homes before finally settling on its current location of O'Connell Street, on January 6th 1818. It is most famous for housing the Irish Rebels during the Easter Rising of 1916.

The building was destroyed by fire during the uprising and was left unattended until the Irish Free State government set about restoring it. The General Post Office now acts as a visitor centre and sheds an amazing light on some of Ireland's darkest days and the country it was to become.