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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

“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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