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7-Night Irish Spirit Tour

Price: From $1,595 Per Person 7 or 8 Nights

This guided bus tour from CIE Tours gives you the luxury of a leisurely pace as you spend two nights in both Killarney & Galway. You also have the option of spending a second night in Dublin at the end of the tour. View the awesome Cliffs of Moher, kiss the "Stone of Eloquence" in Blarney, drive the famous Ring of Kerry and tour Dublin with a local guide. Visits include Glasnevin Museum, House of Waterford Crystal, Titanic Experience, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience and Cliffs of Moher and much, much more!

At Authentic Ireland we take pride in our staff of talented travel agents who are experts in Ireland as well as customer service.  They are standing by to answer any questions you may have related to the Irish Spirit guided bus tour as well as other Ireland tours we offer.  

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Tour Highlights:

ACCOMMODATION

  • 7 nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 7 Scrumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Jarvey's Irish Night in Killarney
  • Traditional Irish Dinner & Show at The Abbey Tavern
  • Irish Coffee at Standun of Spiddal
  • Pub Lunch in Cong
  • 3 Table d'Hote Dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Panoramic Driving Tour of Dublin City
  • Horse & Carriage 'Jaunting Car' Ride
  • Scenic Tours of The Ring of Kerry & Connemara
  • Corrib Princess Scenic Boat Cruise (Mar 28 - Oct 21 Departures)
  • House of Waterford Crystal Factory Tour
  • Sheepdog Demonstration with Local Farmer in County Kerry
  • 'The Quiet Man' Film Locations Walking Tour
  • Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery Experience
  • Ferry Ride across The River Shannon

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Glasnevin Museum
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Titanic Experience Cobh
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • The Skellig Experience
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills

EXPLANATORY NOTE:

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

Tour A - 7 nights / 13 meals (Listed Prices are for this Option):

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

Tour B - Extra night in Dublin at end of tour - 8 nights / 14 meals:

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

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Dublin (IS-A), County Dublin

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

Ashling Hotel (St Helens Hotel on Saturday Departures) - More Info - Dublin (IS-A), County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

**Please note that Saturday Departures stay at The Radisson St Helens Hotel in Dublin**


Overnight Location

Dublin (IS-A), County Dublin

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Glasnevin Museum:
Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your guide at your Dublin hotel and set out on an introductory tour of central Dublin. See fashionable shopping areas around Grafton and Nassau Streets, view Dublin’s elegant Georgian squares and drive along the wide O’Connell Street. Visit Glasnevin Museum, Ireland’s national necropolis, which is a who’s who of modern Irish history and a fascinating insight into life in Ireland. It is the final resting place of Daniel O’Connell, Michael Collins, Charles Stewart Parnell, Brendan Behan and other prominent people. Back at your hotel meet with your tour guide and travel companions for a welcome drink and discuss your itinerary. Dine independently this evening.

Waterford (IS-A), County Waterford

Accommodation

Dooley's Hotel - More Info - Waterford (IS-A), County Waterford

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Waterford (IS-A), County Waterford

Day 2: Kilkenny Castle & Waterford Crystal:
Drive through the Irish countryside to the compact city of Kilkenny. Visit Kilkenny Castle, which was the principal residence of the powerful Butler family for almost 600 years. It has been remodeled over the centuries and now houses an excellent collections of portraits and artifacts. Continue south to the famous House of Waterford Crystal to watch molten glass being transformed into elaborate and shimmering trophies by the skilled blowers and cutters. View a huge array of stemware in the showrooms and you may purchase pieces also. Check in to your hotel in the center of Waterford and, after dinner, take a gentle walking tour with a local guide to learn about the region’s history.

Killarney (IS-A), County Kerry

Accommodation

Killarney Towers Hotel - More Info - Killarney (IS-A), County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (IS-A), County Kerry

Day 3: Titanic Experience Cobh & Blarney Castle
Travel along the south coast to Cobh to visit the Titanic Experience. Learn about the 123 Irish passengers who embarked on the ill-fated RMS Titanic bound for New York. Visit Blarney Castle to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” If you do not wish to climb to the top of the castle, take a walk through the lovely grounds with magnificent trees and colorful borders. Shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills for quality Irish-made souvenirs. Drive into County Kerry to Killarney, a small town that’s big on glorious scenery. Check in to your hotel in the center, close to the many shops and pubs. After dinner you may like to sample some of the lively pubs.

Killarney (IS-A), County Kerry

Accommodation

Killarney Towers Hotel - More Info - Killarney (IS-A), County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (IS-A2), County Kerry

Day 4: Ring of Kerry & Irish Night:
Start your day with a lovely jaunting car ride through the Killarney National Park to Ross Castle for wonderful views of Lough Leane and the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks Mountains. Then set out on the famous Ring of Kerry scenic route. The road winds between mountains on one side and the Atlantic coastline on the other. Stop for photos at great locations all along the route. Take the bridge to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience to learn about the rocky islands off the end of the peninsula where monks lived under austere conditions in early Christian times. In 2014 part of “Star Wars VII” was filmed on the islands. Stop in the attractive village of Sneem and at Moll’s Gap for panoramic mountain views. In the evening head to an Irish Night for dinner with a fun traditional show.

Galway (IS-A), County Galway

Accommodation

Westwood House Hotel - More Info - Galway (IS-A), County Galway

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Galway (IS-A), County Galway

Day 5: Cliffs of Moher & Galway Bay
Drive north through Listowel to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Continue your journey north to view the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone that reaches to almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for views across Galway Bay of Connemara and the Aran Islands on a clear day. Motor through the Burren and around the shores of Galway Bay to Galway city. Take a short walking tour around the city center with a local guide to see the medieval city walls, Lynch’s Castle and Eyre Square before checking in to your hotel.

Galway (IS-A), County Galway

Accommodation

Westwood House Hotel - More Info - Galway (IS-A), County Galway

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Galway (IS-A2), County Galway

Day 6: Connemara & 'The Quiet Man' Walk
Today explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly-changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. While visually stunning, this area is not good for farming with many tracts of bogland and sturdy sheep that wander over the hills. Travel alongside Galway Bay and stop at Standun of Spiddal for coffee and a talk on various aspects of Irish life and traditional crafts. In Cong take a walking tour with a local guide to see locations for “The Quiet Man” movie, made in the village in 1952. Head to a traditional pub for a casual lunch. Embark on the Corrib Princess for a scenic cruise on Lough Corrib (Mar 28 – Oct 21 departures) before returning to Galway where the evening is free.

Dublin (IS-A2), County Dublin

Accommodation

Grand Canal Hotel - More Info - Dublin (IS-A2), County Dublin

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in is after 3.00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Dublin (IS-A2), County Dublin

Day 7: Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery & Dublin's Abbey Tavern
This morning enjoy a late departure from Galway. Drive to the center of the country to Kilbeggan to visit the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience, established in 1757, making it the world’s oldest. See how whiskey is distilled on modern equipment in the old buildings and enjoy a sample of the finished product. Continue your journey to Dublin once again and check in to a different hotel. Drive to the fishing village of Howth on the north side of the city to finish up your tour at the popular Abbey Tavern with a hearty dinner and a lively show of traditional 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.


Ireland Vacation Pricing Low Season Mid Season High Season
From $1,595
From $2,020
$2,290

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION
  • 7 nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 7 Scrumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Jarvey's Irish Night in Killarney
  • Traditional Irish Dinner & Show at The Abbey Tavern
  • Irish Coffee at Standun of Spiddal
  • Pub Lunch in Cong
  • 3 Table d'Hote Dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Panoramic Driving Tour of Dublin City
  • Horse & Carriage 'Jaunting Car' Ride
  • Scenic Tours of The Ring of Kerry & Connemara
  • Corrib Princess Scenic Boat Cruise (Mar 28 - Oct 21 Departures)
  • House of Waterford Crystal Factory Tour
  • Sheepdog Demonstration with Local Farmer in County Kerry
  • 'The Quiet Man' Film Locations Walking Tour
  • Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery Experience
  • Ferry Ride across The River Shannon

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Glasnevin Museum
  • Kilkenny Castle
  • Titanic Experience Cobh
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • The Skellig Experience
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills

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 Spirit 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$384.00
  • All Taxes & Fees Included.

“Really Special!!”

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... :)

“Must use Authentic Ireland”

Jan 24, 2018 by John Davis. Your Hometown: Kerrville Texas

Lauren our vacation planner made all of or Ireland Dreams come completely true. We could not have asked for a better planned vacation anywhere. Our self drive tour took us through the most beautiful places in the world. We will use Lauren and Authentic Ireland again for our next trip without doubt! Thank you so much for the experience of a lifetime.

“Excellent Vacation”

Oct 4, 2017 by Victor & Linda White. Your Hometown: Fishers, Indiana

Our Ireland vacation was a most enjoyable one. The self driven tour was everything we expected and more. Every B&B provided excellent service and the accommodations were top notch. Jordan was able accommodate our request to include a trip to Inishturk island. My wife was able to make contact with relatives she met for the first time. We are so thankful to Jordan for planning everything and making the adjustments we needed. Excellent service! We will definitely recommend Authentic Ireland to our friends.

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