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Irish Welcome Tour

Price: From $1376.00 per person 8 Nights

Stay in a blend of lovely hotels and welcoming Irish homes to get to know Irish life. Fun evenings at Bunratty Banquet and Kate Kearney’s Cottage will entertain you while daytime sightseeing includes the Cliffs of Moher, the Ring of Kerry and a "Titanic" walking tour of Cobh.

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Tour Highlights:

  • Dublin’s Abbey Tavern
  • Kate Kearney’s Cottage Dinner & Music
  • Killarney B&B Home Stays
  • Kiss The Blarney Stone
  • Dingle Peninsula Tour
  • House of Waterford Crystal Visit

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Dublin (Irish Welcome 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

Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge - More Info - Dublin (Irish Welcome A), County Dublin

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (Irish Welcome A), County Dublin

Dublin Tour & Kilmainham Gaol
Start your tour at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. Passengers arriving later will transfer to the hotel at their own expense. At 2:00 pm a local tour guide will introduce you to Dublin’s River Liffey, wide O’Connell Street, tranquil St. Stephen’s Green, the Irish Famine Memorial, Leinster House and other public buildings. See some of the elegant Georgian houses and visit Kilmainham Gaol to see where many of Ireland’s leaders, including Robert Emmett, Eamon DeValera and Padraig Pearse, were imprisoned while striving to create an independent nation. Enjoy a welcome get-together drink with your tour director and discuss your itinerary.


Dublin (Irish Welcome A), County Dublin

Accommodation

Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge - More Info - Dublin (Irish Welcome A), County Dublin

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (Irish Welcome A2), County Dublin

Glendalough & Abbey Tavern Dinner
This morning see the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Glendalough (pictured). Learn about St. Kevin’s 6th century monastery in the Glendalough Visitor Centre and walk through the site to see its round tower, church ruins and Celtic crosses. The afternoon is at leisure and you may use your voucher for an independent open-top bus tour with a visit to Guinness or Jameson included. Drive to the Abbey Tavern in Howth for a traditional dinner followed by a great show with plenty of Irish music and intricate step dancing. 


Westport (Irish Welcome A), County Mayo

Accommodation

Clew Bay Hotel - More Info - Westport (Irish Welcome A), County Mayo

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Westport (Irish Welcome A), County Mayo

Kilbeggan Distillery & Westport
Drive through central Ireland to tour the Kilbeggan Distillery Experience, which dates back to 1757 making it the world’s oldest. View modern production methods in the historic building and sample some whiskey. Continue to Westport, an attractive estate town built in 1780, and check in to your hotel. Spend some free time to take a look around on your own as Westport is a great town with lots of interesting shops and traditional pubs, many with live music. 


Westport (Irish Welcome A), County Mayo

Accommodation

Clew Bay Hotel - More Info - Westport (Irish Welcome A), County Mayo

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Westport (Irish Welcome A2), County Mayo

Westport House & Catamaran Cruise 
A few miles outside Westport visit Westport House, an 18th century mansion, set in superb parkland with magnificent views overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Achill Island (pictured). See stunning rooms with priceless furnishings, paintings, books, silver and Waterford Crystal. Travel south past the pilgrimage mountain of Croaghpatrick and around the lovely Atlantic shoreline. Take a short catamaran cruise to see pristine mountain areas. You can see traces of pre-Famine fields on the hilly slopes and also thriving salmon and mussel farming.


Killarney (Irish Welcome A), County Kerry

Accommodation

Killarney B&B - More Info - Killarney (Irish Welcome A), County Kerry

B&B
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (Irish Welcome A), County Kerry

Connemara & Cliffs of Moher
Today explore another of Ireland’s famous scenic regions, Connemara. Here the constantly-changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Take a panoramic tour around the main areas of Galway city and enjoy a browse around on your own. View the dramatic Cliffs of Moher, which rise to almost 700 feet above the wild Atlantic breakers and stretch along the coast for five miles. Then head south for a short ferry ride across the River Shannon. In Killarney meet your Irish family at your country home. Enjoy a pub dinner with entertainment at Kate Kearney’s Cottage. 


Killarney (Irish Welcome A), County Kerry

Accommodation

Killarney B&B - More Info - Killarney (Irish Welcome A), County Kerry

B&B
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (Irish Welcome A2), County Kerry

Dingle Peninsula & Brewery
Discover the glorious Dingle Peninsula with heathery mountains and sandy beaches. Drive to Slea Head at the westernmost tip of the peninsula to view spectacular vistas and early Christian monastic beehive huts. Stop in the town of Dingle and visit the Dingle Brewing Company to walk through the working brewery and sample the product. Return to Killarney and enjoy free time to relax with your host family as you dine in their home. 


Waterford (Irish Welcome A), County Waterford

Accommodation

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

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Waterford (Irish Welcome A), County Waterford

Blarney Castle & Waterford Crystal
Drive through County Cork and climb to the top of Blarney Castle to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence.” You will also have time to shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find excellent Irish merchandise. Drive to Cobh, the last port of call for the Titanic. Take a guided walk around this picturesque town and dockside with a local historian to see places relating to the Titanic’s last scheduled stop. In Waterford visit the House of Waterford Crystal to see how molten glass is transformed into elegant tableware and magnificent trophies and browse around the shop and showrooms. 


Dunboyne (Irish Welcome A), County Meath

Accommodation

Dunboyne Castle Hotel - More Info - Dunboyne (Irish Welcome A), County Meath

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dunboyne (Irish Welcome A), County Meath

Kilkenny Castle & National Stud
This morning tour the massive Kilkenny Castle, home of the Butlers, Earls and Dukes of Ormonde, who held power over the region for centuries. The castle was first built in 1192 and you will learn about the region as you see wonderful paintings and furniture. Tour the Irish National Stud to learn about horse breeding and walk through the Japanese Gardens. Drive to the village of Dunboyne, on the outskirts of Dublin. Check in to Dunboyne Castle Hotel and relax for a while before a farewell dinner with entertainment. 


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.


Our Prices Include All Taxes & Fees!

Irish Welcome all-inclusive tour prices vary throughout the course of the year.
2013 8-Night per person prices are listed below, and are based on 2 persons traveling together and sharing a room each night. There are several tour dates available every month.

Please submit an inquiry or call our office to check availability on your chosen dates:

April Tours: US$1376.00 per person
May Tours: US$1495.00 per person
June thru September Tours: US$1615.00 per person
October Tours: US$1376.00 to US$1495.00 per person
November Tours: US$1248.00 per person

Single travellers are very welcome on the Irish Welcome 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$389.00

“Everything went smoothly”

Jul 18, 2017 by Christine Crain. Your Hometown: Fredericton NB, Canada

Lonna took great care of us. I had never booked an overseas vacation before so was a bit apprehensive but it was a wonderful experience. I am recommending Lonna and Authentic Ireland Vacations to anyone who dreams of seeing Ireland. The car, rooms, excursions and advice were great. Each time I was pleased to see no hitches in the plan and lots of attention to small details to make our stay very special. We had 8 days so time was precious and none was wasted. The places Lonna picked for us were so helpful and friendly. They wen out of their way to make sure we had everything to make our trip smooth and lots of fun. The breakfasts included each morning were fabulous and we were so well fed on scrumptious food we never wanted to stop for lunch. Thanks again Lonna. Very successful adventure in Ireland!!

“Great Trip”

Jul 18, 2017 by Bernie O'Connor. Your Hometown: Brigantine, NJ

What a great trip we had. Our 11 days in Ireland was incredible, AuthenticIreland did a great job with setting our trip. We had one minor issue with a castle that was chosen, but, other than that, we had an amazing time.

“Great Travel Service!”

Jul 18, 2017 by Mike Ochs. Your Hometown: Lowell Massachusettes

I have to say that my experience with Authentic Ireland was first class! Our agent, Maggie Lunde did a great job and made adjustments to all the (many) changes we made as we were in the planning stages of our trip.
Once we arrived at each destination, there wasn't one hiccup or issue with rentals and accommodations. Everything was setup in advance and there weren't any problems.

I definitely recommend Authentic Ireland to anyone considering using them!

Jul 13, 2017 by Sara and Darren. Your Hometown: Emeryville, Ca

Thank you, Authentic Ireland! We had the most wonderful 8-night vacation, without a hiccup, thanks in no small part to the thoughtful, timely, flexible, and attentive support of our travel advisor, Edna Gudino, When we requested a couple of changes to our itinerary before the trip, she had a updated itinerary to us within 24 hours. Every accommodation we went to was beautiful and unique. Highly, highly recommend this company, and Edna in particular, should you find yourself planning to go to Ireland!

“6 Nights in Ireland”

Jul 13, 2017 by Alan. Your Hometown: Westchester County

I started "planning" my vacation with only the loosest of goals: to fly into Dublin, have a scenic drive, and spend a little time on the Western coast. Kati, from Authentic Vacations, helped fill in the blanks with helpful suggestions. She quickly understood the spirit that we had, and was able to offer a great travel plan. We enjoyed two nights in Dublin, one night in Kilkenny, two nights in Galway, and our final night in Bonratty. Authentic Vacations made all of the arrangements--hotel, car rental, and tickets for the hop-on/hop-off bus. The accommodations were fantastic. A very satisfying vacation.

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