Emerald Ireland Experience
|With recommended Castle Extension!
10-Days From $1,399 (normally $1,749)
Our Emerald Ireland Adventure combines the best that Ireland has to offer; bustling city life in historic Dublin along with time to explore the quiet beauty of the countryside. Enjoy the creativity, fun, and warmth of the Irish, while staying at superior accommodations and eating the quality cuisine of a new Ireland.
Day 1: Dublin City
Upon arrival, enjoy a private transfer to your Dublin hotel. Relax after your journey. Perhaps enjoy a carriage ride through some of Dublin’s historic Georgian Squares to gain a leisurely overview of the city. There are many wonderful pubs and restaurants within easy walking distance of your hotel as well as world class shopping. (Croke Park Hotel or The Westbury, 3-Nights)
Day 2: Dublin City Sightseeing
Today explore Dublin City. Highlights include Trinity College, Dublin Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Stroll along Grafton Street, Dublin’s premier shopping area. The thoroughfares leading off Grafton St. bustle with fashionable restaurants and traditional pubs, where you may sample cuisine from around the world. Visit St. Stephen’s Green, Europe’s oldest and most beautiful Georgian Square. Perhaps fit in a visit to the Guinness Brewery at St. James’ Gate. Visit Speakers’ Square in Temple Bar.
Day 3: Wicklow
A day tour to Wicklow, the “Garden of Ireland,” is an option today. Explore one of the most famous and enchanting places in Ireland, Glendalough (the valley of the two lakes), home to some of Ireland’s oldest and most interesting monastic ruins. The spectacular hidden mountains and barren bog lands at Sally Gap will leave you breathless. Or if you prefer, explore Dublin’s galleries, museums, and gardens. Enjoy a lunch of oysters and Guinness at Davy Byrne’s, mentioned in Joyce’s book Ulysses.
Day 4: Dublin/ Kilkenny-Waterford
Depart Dublin this morning. Head south to visit Kilkenny, Ireland’s best example of a medieval town. It is beautifully situated on the river Nore, which forms the moat of Kilkenny’s magnificent, restored castle. You may take a guided historical walking tour to include St. Canices and Black Friary. Enjoy lunch at Kytlers Inn.
Drive to Waterford and visit the famous Crystal Factory to see how the renowned pieces of glass are created. Each piece is hand blown and carefully sculpted.(Kilkenny Hibernian, 1-Night)
Days 5, 6 & 7: Cork / Kinsale / Killarney / Ring of Kerry
Tour Cork City and include a visit to the Shandon Bells, the gothic style University College, St Finbarr’s Cathedral, City Market and the Crawford Art Gallery. Perhaps head to Blarney to see the castle and kiss the famous stone of eloquence. Shop at the Blarney Woolen Mills. Visit the Titanic Exhibition at Cobh.
Continue to Kinsale, one of Ireland’s most picturesque sailing and fishing towns with a reputation for fine food. Continue west to Killarney for a 3-night stay. (Earls Court House, 3-Nights)
Today tour the world famous Ring of Kerry. For centuries artists and writers have celebrated this kingdom of Kerry, where the contrasting mountain, lake and coastal scenery is at its most spectacular. This trip promises some of the most celebrated scenic attractions in Ireland with rugged landscapes, antiquities and attractive villages. From Waterville you can see the Skellig Islands, once raided by the Vikings in 810 A. This former monastery is now home to one of the biggest gannet colonies in the world.
Continue along the ring to the lovely market town of Kenmare. Continue back to Killarney on one of the most scenic drives you will ever experience. Enjoy some traditional Irish music tonight at a local pub.
Drive to the Gap of Dunloe, see Kate Kearney’s Cottage. Then visit the magnificent gardens and Killarney lakes at Muckross House and Gardens. Take a cruise on the lakes located in the Killarney National Park. Lough Leane, the largest lake, has approximately 30 islands nestled in its waters. The best general view of the lake may be had from Aghadoe.
Day 8: Adare / Limerick / Bunratty
Depart Killarney and drive to the picturesque village of Adare. Enjoy a walk among the scenic ruins and visit Adare Manor. Continue to Limerick, and see King John’s Castle and then Bunratty Castle, built in 1425. Bunratty Folk Park is a re-creation of a typical 19th century Irish Village, including thatched cottages. Drive to the mighty Cliffs of Moher and tour the Burren, famous for stone age fire places and Druidic altars and burial chambers. Continue to Galway City. (Twelve Hotel, 2-Nights)
Day 9: Burren / Cliffs of Moher
Enjoy a great day exploring Galway City, known as the “City of the Tribes” since the time it was ruled by patrician families hundreds of years ago. Galway is a thriving and bustling university city famous for the arts. Explore the many galleries and take in a theatre performance at the Druid. If you are in Galway in September, enjoy the festivities at the Galway International Oyster Festival.
Day 10: Shannon
Transfer to Shannon Airport for your flight back to the U.S., or continue your tour of Ireland.
Day 10: Connemara
Continue west into Connemara, the western region of County Galway, and one of Ireland’s gaeltacht (Irish speaking) regions. The area around Leenane and Cong is where the movie “The Quiet Man” was made with John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. There are a number of charming fishing villages dotted along the coast where you may wish to stop for lunch. Visit Kylemore Abbey.
(2-Nights, Ballynahinch Castle)
Day 11: Connemara / Aran Islands
This morning, visit the Aran Islands. Take a ferry to Inishmore, the largest of the Aran Islands. The island is dissected by winding, hilly lanes that meander between mazes of stone walls, enclosing fields of pasture or potatoes. The island houses the ruins of four prehistoric forts, and its north side is liberally dotted with the ruins of monastic sites and old churches.
Day 12: Shannon
After Breakfast, transfer to Shannon Airport for your flight back to the U.S.
10-Days From $1,399 (normally $1,749)
- Confirmed Accommodations for 9 or 11 nights.
- Private Car transfer to your hotel on arrival.
- Full Irish Breakfast each day.
- Self-Drive Car, unlimited miles, tax, CDW Insurance OR Upgrade to the services of a Professional Driver/Guide, luxury car or mini-van, including all driver expenses
- All taxes and service charges.
- Concierge service in Ireland while travelling.
- Touring Map of Ireland.
- Travel Documents and Personalized Itinerary.
- Prices based on per person sharing. Single supplement will be additional. Call for details.
- Dublin City
- Trinity College
- Grafton Street
- Dublin Castle
- Kilkenny Castle
- Waterford Crystal
- Blarney Castle
- Killary Harbor and Quiet Man Country
- Cliffs of Moher and the Burren Country
- Lakes of Killarney
- Bunratty Castle
- Ring of Kerry