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8-Night Irish Legends Tour

Price: From $1,605 Per Person 8 or 9 Nights

Enjoy a fantastic 8 or 9 nights in Ireland on The Irish Legends Tour! This guided bus tour from CIE Tours visits a range of fascinating and unique locations in the southern half of the country. Jaw-dropping scenery abounds on the west coast, with such highlights as the stunning Dingle Peninsula and famous Aran Islands. Enjoy a night of traditional food, song and dance at Taylor's Three Rock Pub in Dublin and Irish Coffees in both Dingle and Athlone. Visit the renowned Waterford Crystal Factory, and be enthralled by Sheepdogs herding their flock. Other tours and visits include Malahide Castle, Irish National Stud & Gardens, Dunbrody Famine Ship, Cobh Heritage Centre, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Cliffs of Moher, Dun Aengus Fort, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site and much, much more!

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Tour Highlights:

ACCOMMODATION

  • 8-nights of 4-Star Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 8 Scrumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Welcome Dinner at Dunboyne Castle
  • Lunch at The Kilkenny Design Centre
  • Irish Coffee at The South Pole Inn
  • Pub Dinner in Dingle
  • Homebaked Treats at Rathbaun Farm
  • Lunch in Kilronan on the Aran Islands
  • Irish Coffee at Sean's Bar in Athlone
  • Traditional Irish Dinner & Show at The Abbey Tavern
  • 3 Table d'Hote Dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Waterford Crystal Factory Tour
  • Visit Blarney & Kiss the Famous Stone!
  • Ferry Ride across the River Shannon
  • Sheepdog Demonstration at Rathbaun Farm
  • Panoramic Driving Tour of Galway City
  • Day Tour to Inis Mor - Largest of the Aran Islands
  • Walking Tours of Kilkenny & Waterford with Local Guides

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Malahide Castle
  • Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens
  • Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Dun Aengus Fort
  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site


EXPLANATORY NOTE:

The popular Irish Legends Tour offers two slightly different tour itineraries:

Tour A - 8 nights / 16 meals (Listed Prices are for this Option):

  • Start in Dublin/ End in Dublin
  • Dunboyne 1 night
  • Kilkenny 2 nights
  • Killarney 2 nights
  • Galway 2 nights
  • Dublin 1 night

Tour B - Extra night in Dublin at end of tour - 9 nights / 17 meals:

  • Start in Dublin/ End in Dublin
  • Dunboyne 1 night
  • Kilkenny 2 nights
  • Killarney 2 nights
  • Galway 2 nights
  • Dublin 2 nights

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Dunboyne (IL), County Meath

Arrive at

Dublin Arrival (CIE), County Dublin

Arrive at Dublin Airport after your overnight flight from the U.S.
Airport Transfers: If you also book your flight with us when reserving your tour, transfers from/to the airport at the start/end of your tour are included free of charge. If you book your flights independently, a $30.00 per person transfer fee will be added to your tour cost (which covers arrival and departure transfers). Please note that transfers cannot be provided for flights arriving after 12:00 noon. In the unlikely event that your flight arrives after 12:00 noon, we recommend taking a taxi to your hotel.


Accommodation

Dunboyne Castle Hotel - More Info - Dunboyne (IL), County Meath

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dunboyne (IL), County Meath

Dublin Arrival & Malahide Castle:
Your Irish trip starts at your hotel at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director. Dunboyne Castle is located 15 miles north east of Dublin Airport so ensure that you book an appropriate transfer as there is no public transportation service there. Head out to visit Malahide Castle (pictured), first built in 1185 by the Talbot family who lived there until 1975. The Castle has been remodeled over the years and today is filled with medieval artifacts and family portraits. Also take a stroll around the delightful gardens and visit the Avoca store, an Irish family-run business that spans one of the world's oldest surviving manufacturing companies. Stop in nearby Malahide, now an upscale suburb of Dublin that still retains its village ambience. Return to your hotel for a welcome get-together drink with your tour director and discuss your itinerary before dinner.


Kilkenny (IL), County Kilkenny

Accommodation

Newpark Hotel - More Info - Kilkenny (IL), County Kilkenny

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Kilkenny (IL), County Kilkenny

National Stud & Kilkenny Walk:
Travel to Kildare to visit the Irish National Stud to learn about the valuable horse breeding industry and see some of the magnificent animals that thrive on the lush pastureland in that area. Irish people love horses and the stud is located on prime grazing lands. Take a walk around the delightful grounds to see St. Fiachra’s Garden, created in 1999 and the miniature Japanese Gardens, which date back to 1906 and represent the “Life of Man.” Drive through the Irish countryside to Kilkenny (pictured) and sit down to a casual lunch at the Kilkenny Design Centre, housed in the former stables of Kilkenny Castle. Take a walking tour along the Medieval Mile, the main thoroughfare to see historic streets and buildings. Check in to your hotel and the evening is free for dining on your own. Choose one of the many restaurants and pubs in the city center or relax in your hotel.


Kilkenny (IL), County Kilkenny

Accommodation

Newpark Hotel - More Info - Kilkenny (IL), County Kilkenny

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Kilkenny (IL2), County Kilkenny

Waterford Crystal & Dunbrody Famine Ship:
Travel south to visit the House of Waterford Crystal to see the many steps in glass blowing and cutting. Talk to some of the craftspeople as they work on one-of-a-kind masterpieces and see a wide range of trophies and tableware in the showrooms. Then join a local guide for a gentle walking tour to hear stories about the city’s long history and some of its colorful characters. After some time to browse around on your own and get some lunch, drive to New Ross to explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship, a replica of the vessel used during the 1840’s Famine to transport emigrants to North America. See the cramped quarters and difficult conditions that travelers endured for weeks on their voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. Return to Kilkenny in time for dinner in your hotel.


Killarney (IL), County Kerry

Accommodation

Killarney Towers Hotel - More Info - Killarney (IL), County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (IL), County Kerry

Cobh Heritage Centre & Blarney Castle:
Travel south to Cobh (pictured), the port near the city of Cork. This town is famous as the last port of call of the Titanic and many of the places associated with the liner are still extant. Visit the Cobh Heritage Centre, which traces the history of emigration over a number of centuries from Ireland to North America. A guide will fill explain about travel conditions on early sailing ships and steam vessels. At Blarney Castle climb the ramparts to kiss the famous stone and gain the “Gift of Eloquence.” If you do not wish to climb the castle, take a walk through the spacious parklands to view Blarney House, stately old trees and colorful borders. You may also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills, which are beside the castle and offer excellent Irish-made products. Drive through Macroom to Killarney and check in to your hotel.


Killarney (IL), County Kerry

Accommodation

Killarney Towers Hotel - More Info - Killarney (IL), County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (IL2), County Kerry

Killarney & Dingle Peninsula:
Spend the morning at leisure in Killarney, a little town that is famous for its ideal location beside Ireland’s highest mountains. You’ll have time to browse around the town, take a jaunting car ride on your own or walk through the Killarney National Park. In the afternoon set out to discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula as you drive along the south shore to admire views of heathery mountains, sandy stretches of beach and rocky headlands. Stop at the cozy South Pole Inn for an Irish coffee and learn about Tom Crean, an early explorer who braved the South Pole with “Scott of the Antarctic.” Drive to Slea Head (pictured) at the westernmost tip of the peninsula for panoramic views. Browse around the town of Dingle and sit down to an early pub dinner before returning to Killarney.


Galway (IL), County Galway

Accommodation

Salthill Hotel - More Info - Galway (IL), County Galway

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Galway (IL), County Galway

Cliffs of Moher & Galway Panoramic Tour:
Drive north through the town of Listowel and take a ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Travel along the coast of County Clare to view the Cliffs of Moher, which rise to heights of almost 700 feet above the churning Atlantic swells. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower, located at the highest point and on a clear day you can get great views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands. Stop at Rathbaun Farm to see traditional farm animals and farming practices. Watch a farmer demonstrate how his trained dogs herd mountain sheep and then sit down to tea or coffee with some home baking. Drive to Galway (pictured) for a panoramic city tour and check in to your hotel.


Galway (IL), County Galway

Accommodation

Salthill Hotel - More Info - Galway (IL), County Galway

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Galway (IL2), County Galway

Aran Islands Excursion & Pre-Historic Dun Aengus Fort:
Take a short ferry ride across Galway Bay from Rossaveal to Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands. These rocky islands are renowned for the hardy islanders who maintain traditional fishing and farming methods and where the popular intricately patterned fishermen’s sweaters originated. The Irish language is still spoken widely amongst islanders today. These islands are divided up into tiny fields by stone walls but farming is difficult as the winds tend to carry away the soil. Take a minibus ride to Dun Aengus, a huge pre-historic fortress perched on sheer cliffs, which fall away to the Atlantic Ocean below. Return to Kilronan, the main town, for a casual lunch and have a look around on your own before returning to the mainland by ferry.


Dublin (IL), County Dublin

Accommodation

North Star Hotel - More Info - Dublin (IL), County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (IL), County Dublin

Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Abbey Tavern:
Drive to the center of Ireland to visit Clonmacnoise (pictured). This monastic settlement was founded in 545 AD by St. Ciaran and is set on the banks of the mighty River Shannon. See elaborate high Celtic crosses decorated with biblical scenes. Walk around the many church ruins and two round towers. Head to nearby Athlone and stop at Sean’s Bar for an Irish coffee. This pub has a documented history going right back to 900 AD. During renovations in 1970, ancient walls and old coins dating back centuries were discovered. Drive to your Dublin hotel. In the evening drive to Abbey Tavern for a dinner with Irish specialties, followed by a lively show with music, songs and step-dancing.


Depart From

Dublin Departure (CIE), County Dublin

Your tour ends after breakfast this morning, after which you will depart for home from Dublin Airport.  After check-in, you'll have time to shop at the duty-free stores before boarding your flight for the journey home.


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Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION
  • 8-nights of 4-Star Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 8 Scrumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Welcome Dinner at Dunboyne Castle
  • Lunch at The Kilkenny Design Centre
  • Irish Coffee at The South Pole Inn
  • Pub Dinner in Dingle
  • Homebaked Treats at Rathbaun Farm
  • Lunch in Kilronan on the Aran Islands
  • Irish Coffee at Sean's Bar in Athlone
  • Traditional Irish Dinner & Show at The Abbey Tavern
  • 3 Table d'Hote Dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Waterford Crystal Factory Tour
  • Visit Blarney & Kiss the Famous Stone!
  • Ferry Ride across the River Shannon
  • Sheepdog Demonstration at Rathbaun Farm
  • Panoramic Driving Tour of Galway City
  • Day Tour to Inis Mor - Largest of the Aran Islands
  • Walking Tours of Kilkenny & Waterford with Local Guides

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Malahide Castle
  • Irish National Stud & Japanese Gardens
  • Dunbrody Famine Ship
  • Cobh Heritage Centre
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Dun Aengus Fort
  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site

Prices Based On

  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Single travellers are very welcome on the Irish Legends Tour - life-long friendships are regularly formed with fellow passengers! Single travellers may have their own hotel room each night at an additional cost of US$344.00
  • All Taxes & Fees Included.

“Amazing Trip to Ireland”

Apr 3, 2018 by Charles Sullivan. Your Hometown: The Woodlands, Texas

Aisling did an excellent job, prepared and booked our 15 day honeymoon in Ireland! All the hotels were gorgeous, rental car pick up and drop off were painless. We traveled around the entire country and enjoyed all of the amazing scenery and friendly locals! I would recommend AuthenticIreland and Aisling to anyone looking to book their next trip overseas. 5 Stars, 100% Satusfied!

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Apr 3, 2018 by Catie Friedrich. Your Hometown: Denver, Co

I just returned from this amazing adventure. Authentic Ireland made this vacation simple and worry free. I am ready to book my next vacation.

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Jan 24, 2018 by Phyllis + Norman Tunnell. Your Hometown: Pound Ridge

We have recently returned from a wonderful excursion of 2 weeks planned by Emma Tancred.She was responsive, understood our objectives, and made great suggestions to customize our itinerary. . Emma arranged the car, the insurance, accommodations from B+B's to lovely hotels, a car and driver to Newgrange. Our self drive tour began after spending 3 days in Dublin; then on to the Wicklow Mountains, Kilkenny, Kinsale, Kenmare, Doolin, and Galway.. We have experienced Ireland in all its magic and wonder. Thank you, Emma. You have our highest recommendation.

“Scotland in November”

Jan 24, 2018 by Meredith and Brian McArthur. Your Hometown: Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Having just returned from our ten day tour of Scotland, I have had a few days to reflect on a wonderful journey. We were so impressed with the accommodations .con booked for us. Every one was exceptional. Our only suggestion for future travelers is not to stay in downtown Glasgow if you are driving a rental vehicle. We were given poor directions by the hotel staff and ended up driving around for about twenty minutes trying to find the parkade for which the hotel validated. We parked finally in one that apparently was the wrong one, and after a ten minute walk back to the hotel, were told they couldn’t reimburse us. It was 22£ that we needn’t have spent had the hotel clerk been clearer in her directions. To be fair, our information from the travel company did give directions to the appropriate car park, but a strange city can be confusing. It was a minor disruption in a fabulous trip. We had a great vehicle, and enjoyed the people, the food and the fabulous scenery along the way. Thanks Con for your sightseeing suggestions. We learned a lot of Scottish history. Some of the sites were closed for the winter, but we never ran out of things to see and do. The guest house owners were particularly friendly and helpful. We will return!

“2 day whirlwind tour of Dublin”

Jan 24, 2018 by John. Your Hometown: Long Beach, CA

I recently had a short, whirlwind trip to Dublin, Ireland, on my way to Cardiff, Wales where I was traveling to take a 3 day course. Dublin was wonderful! My first visit! Loved it!! No problems!! Can't wait to return.

Interestingly, traveling over on Aer Lingus, the day after Thanksgiving, the flight was almost empty, for whatever reason. Only about 50 of us onboard. That made for excellent inflight service!

Weather was ok, nice sunny days, and a bit on the chilly side (low to mid 30's) but was not a problem. while I currently live in southern California and have adapted to the Mediterranean climate, I am from the Great Lakes and cold weather generally doesn't bother me. I adapted!

Maggie arranged for me to ride the "Hop on" bus which worked out very nicely! You can 'hop on' and 'hop off'' as you please, for 1 fare. Took the tour of Dublin the morning of my first full day there! Saw it all. Then, after returning to my hotel, the Davenport, which is quite charming, I bravely set out on foot to see what I could see. They speak English, and I can read a map, and I had a wonderful time exploring. :) I might add that I had ongoing problems trying to connect to any networks while there. The hotel network was down. Fortunately, I am able to function without the iPhone :) ...so I adapted and it all worked out. I stepped into a souvenir store and got on their network to send emails and photos home. Saw many places...Grafton St, the Cathedral, the Guinness Tour, Trinity College, the Book of Kell's tour, the Whiskey Tour, the National Gallery...I fit a lot into 2 days...

Yes, I will have to return when I have more time, because there is SO much to see! But I have learned to take advantage of the opportunities that life presents...so I jumped at this chance to see a little bit of Ireland!

it was pointed out to me before leaving that Ireland is on the Euro, and the rest of the UK is on the Pound...so I needed Euros for Dublin then got UK currency in pounds when arriving in Cardiff.

Can't wait to return... :)

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