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9-Night Elegant Ireland Tour

Price: From $2,649 Per Person
9 Nights

Spend a magical 9 nights exploring Ireland on The Elegant Ireland Tour! This guided bus tour from CIE Tours visits a wide variety of locations, focusing on the many delights of Western Ireland, yet bookended by overnight stays in the Dublin area. Your trip begins in style with an overnight stay at the 5-star Radisson Blu St Helens Hotel in Dublin. Striking west and south from the capital, an array of quintessentially Irish experiences await - from a horse and carriage 'jaunting car' ride in Killarney to sipping an Irish Coffee while taking a picturesque cruise on Lough Corrib! Breathtaking scenery abounds on the west coast, including Connemara, the Cliffs of Moher, beautiful Dingle Peninsula, and the often overlooked, but no less stunning coastline of County Cork. Enjoy a rousing night of food and traditional entertainment at The Merry Ploughbuys Pub in Dublin and a gourmet experience at Killeen House Restaurant. Tours and visits include Book of Kells at Trinity College, Clonmacnoise Monastic Site, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Ennis Friary, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Blasket Centre, Drombeg Stone Circle, Timoleague Franciscan Friary, Charles Fort, Blarney Castle and Blarney Woollen Mills.

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Tour Highlights:

ACCOMMODATION

  • 3 nights of 5-Star Hotel Accommodation
  • 4 nights of 4-Star Hotel Accommodation
  • 2 nights of 3-Star Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 9 Scrumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Traditional Irish Dinner & Show at The Merry Ploughboys Pub
  • Irish Coffee on-board the Corrib Princess Lake Cruiser
  • Lunch in Scenic Connemara
  • Home-Baked Scones with Tea/Coffee at Rathbaun Farm
  • Gourmet Meal at Killeen House Hotel in Killarney
  • Irish Coffee at Renowned Murphy's Traditional Pub in Dingle
  • 6 Table d'Hote Dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Panoramic Driving Tour of Dublin City
  • Picturesque Cruise on Lough Corrib
  • Farming & Sheepdog Demonstration with Local Farmer in County Galway
  • Ferry Ride across The River Shannon
  • Horse & Carriage 'Jaunting Car' Ride in Killarney
  • Scenic Tours of Connemara, The Dingle Peninsula & County Cork
  • Walking Tours of Trinity College, Galway, Ennis & Kinsale

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Book of Kells at Trinity College
  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • The Cliffs of Moher
  • Ennis Friary
  • Foynes Flying Boat Museum
  • The Blasket Centre
  • Drombeg Stone Circle
  • Timoleage Franciscan Friary
  • Charles Fort
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills

Dublin (EI), 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

Radisson Blu St Helens - Dublin (EI), County Dublin

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (EI), County Dublin

Dublin Arrival & Book of Kells:
Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your Dublin hotel. Take a guided tour of Dublin to see the most prominent buildings and memorials. View rows of elegant Georgian townhouses with brightly painted doors. Drive past the Bank of Ireland and General Post Office as well as the modern financial district. Join a student guide on a brief walk through Trinity College’s campus (pictured) to view the Book of Kells. In the evening join your tour director over a welcome drink and head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for dinner with a lively show.


Galway (EI), County Galway

Accommodation

The Galmont Hotel - Galway (EI), County Galway

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Galway (EI), County Galway

Clonmacnoise Monastic Site & Galway:
Leave Dublin and journey across the rolling pastures of Ireland’s heartland to visit Clonmacnoise. 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 (pictured). Walk around the many church ruins and two round towers. Drive to Galway city and take a walking tour with a local guide to explore the narrow medieval streets. See the Claddagh, once a fishing village, where the famous ring originated. Check in to your hotel in time to relax before dinner.


Galway (EI), County Galway

Accommodation

The Galmont Hotel - Galway (EI), County Galway

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Galway (EI2), County Galway

Lough Corrib Cruise & Connemara:
Near Galway embark on the Corrib Princess for a cruise on Lough Corrib to enjoy the scenery and sip an Irish coffee. Then drive through Connemara (pictured) to admire granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs. Drive to Kylemore Abbey to tour elegant rooms in the mansion and the charming church, set beside a tranquil lake. Enjoy a casual lunch and savor more views of Connemara before returning to Galway where the evening is free to explore the city on your own.


Ennis (EI), County Clare

Accommodation

Old Ground Hotel - Ennis (EI), County Clare

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Ennis (EI), County Clare

Cliffs of Moher & Ennis:
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. Travel through the Burren to view the Cliffs of Moher (pictured), an impressive wall of rock that plunges into the Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs stretch along the coast for five miles and reach heights of almost 700 feet. Continue to your hotel in Ennis and take a walking tour around this charming town and visit Ennis Friary.


Killarney (EI), County Kerry

Accommodation

Aghadoe Heights Hotel - Killarney (EI), County Kerry

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (EI), County Kerry

Flying Boat Museum & Killarney:
Cross the wide River Shannon Estuary on a short ferry ride and drive along the river shore to Foynes. Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, which recalls the early days of air travel, during the 1930s and early 1940s, when Pan Am Clippers used to land on the water. Walk through a replica of a Clipper and see memorabilia in the museum. Stop in Listowel for a look around and lunch on your own before heading to your hotel in Killarney, located a few miles outside overlooking Lough Leane and the mountains. Dine in Killeen House Restaurant, renowned for a warm welcome and excellent food.


Killarney (EI), County Kerry

Accommodation

Aghadoe Heights Hotel - Killarney (EI), County Kerry

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (EI2), County Kerry

Dingle Peninsula & Gallarus Oratory:
Explore the scenic Dingle Peninsula for views of heathery mountains, sandy beaches, and rocky headlands. Visit the Gallarus Oratory, a stone chapel that was also a shelter for pilgrims. Stop in Dingle to explore and have lunch on your own. Return to your hotel in Killarney for dinner.


Rosscarbery (EI), County Cork

Accommodation

Celtic Ross Hotel - Rosscarbery (EI), County Cork

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Rosscarbery (EI), County Cork

Killarney’s Jaunting Car & Cork Coastline:
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride through the peaceful Killarney National Park and along the shores of Lough Leane, largest of Killarney’s lakes. Stop at the mighty Ross Castle to admire the unspoiled scenery all around. Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare for a look around on your own. Then drive across the Beara Peninsula and through Glengarriff, renowned for its palm trees and mild weather. Continue along the lovely County Cork coast and through the towns of Bantry and Skibbereen. Check in to your hotel in Rosscarbery.


Rosscarbery (EI), County Cork

Accommodation

Celtic Ross Hotel - Rosscarbery (EI), County Cork

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Rosscarbery (EI2), County Cork

Charles Fort & Historic Kinsale:
Travel along the coast to view Timoleague Franciscan Friary, founded in 1240 by two prominent families, MacCarthys and de Barrys. Today view the picturesque ruins of the church and living quarters. Then head to Kinsale, renowned for medieval sea trade, fishing and yachting. In Kinsale (pictured), join a local guide to visit the huge Charles Fort on the coast before taking a gentle stroll through the town to see many old buildings and learn about the long history of trade and shipping with mainland Europe. A short drive will bring you back to your hotel where you will have time to relax before dinner.


Dunboyne (EI), County Meath

Accommodation

Dunboyne Castle Hotel - Dunboyne (EI), County Meath

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dunboyne (EI), County Meath

Blarney Stone & Dunboyne Castle:
Journey to Blarney Castle to kiss the famous stone. If you don’t fancy climbing to the top of the castle, you may admire the colorful gardens. Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where quality Irish-made products are gathered under one roof. Head north, stopping for photos at the stately Rock of Cashel (pictured), a limestone outcrop containing church ruins. Arrive at your luxurious castle hotel, located on the outskirts of Dublin. This property blends the elegant old mansion with state-of-the-art designed guest rooms. Enjoy a farewell dinner – a fitting end to your vacation.


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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June - Aug '19
From $3,049

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 3 nights of 5-Star Hotel Accommodation
  • 4 nights of 4-Star Hotel Accommodation
  • 2 nights of 3-Star Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 9 Scrumptuous Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Traditional Irish Dinner & Show at The Merry Ploughboys Pub
  • Irish Coffee on-board the Corrib Princess Lake Cruiser
  • Lunch in Scenic Connemara
  • Home-Baked Scones with Tea/Coffee at Rathbaun Farm
  • Gourmet Meal at Killeen House Hotel in Killarney
  • Irish Coffee at Renowned Murphy's Traditional Pub in Dingle
  • 6 Table d'Hote Dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Panoramic Driving Tour of Dublin City
  • Picturesque Cruise on Lough Corrib
  • Farming & Sheepdog Demonstration with Local Farmer in County Galway
  • Ferry Ride across The River Shannon
  • Horse & Carriage 'Jaunting Car' Ride in Killarney
  • Scenic Tours of Connemara, The Dingle Peninsula & County Cork
  • Walking Tours of Trinity College, Galway, Ennis & Kinsale

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Book of Kells at Trinity College
  • Clonmacnoise Monastic Site
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • The Cliffs of Moher
  • Ennis Friary
  • Foynes Flying Boat Museum
  • The Blasket Centre
  • Drombeg Stone Circle
  • Timoleage Franciscan Friary
  • Charles Fort
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills

Prices Based On

  • All Taxes & Fees Included
  • Custom Priced Quote (Want to Add/Subtract Days? Let Us Know!)
  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • Traveling Alone? No Problem. Solo travelers pay a Single Supplement Price.of $559.

"Amazing!!"

Your Hometown: Dayton

Amazing!! Every single detail was taken care of for us! Heather did a great job! It was so nice to not have to worry about logistics and we could just enjoy Ireland. I would highly recommend if you are renting a car to get an automatic. I drive a standard in the states, but it would have been way to much to think about and would have prevented me from enjoying the county side.

Honeymoon

byElizabeth TravisAuthentic Ireland Travel
Your Hometown: Blacksburg

My husband and I went to Ireland for our honeymoon and it was AMAZING! Heather helped us and honestly, we had such a fun time. We didn't do a lot of the mentioned or planned items because we tend to just like to explore places but the set up to be able to do that if we wanted to or not was amazing!

Ireland

Your Hometown: Knoxville, TN

I am a travel agent and I had the opportunity to work with Tim LeGris which was a wonderful experience . The trip was for a 10 day chauffeured trip for an older couple who wanted to see and stay at castles and manors in Ireland. Tim put together the perfect trip. I had lunch with the couple when they returned. They said it was the best trip ever. Tim, thank you for your expertise and the amazing job you did on such a short notice trip to Ireland!

Holiday to Ireland & Scotland

Your Hometown: Sag Harbor

Just wanted to share with all who are interested in booking with Authentic Vacations what a truly wonderful experience we had with our Destination Expert, Michael Erickson... He gave us a wonderful itinerary , with great ideas ,and was quick to email us back when we had questions and last minute revisions ..He was knowledgeable,kind,and made arranging our holiday to Ireland & Scotland a pleasure.. So thank you Michael Erickson & thank you Authentic Vacations.....

Beyond Expectations and Wonderfully Unreal

Your Hometown: AUSTIN

The phrase "Holy F**k" was used on a regular basis as most of the time we spent there paralyzed us from making more sophisticated phrases. Maggie killed it, everything was sorted all we had to do was show up. There were enough plans to keep us on a nice schedule and enough down time to do our own thing. The trip really didn't sink in until day 5 when a few Guinness in we decided to stop into a small tattoo shop next to the pub in the middle of beautiful Doolin. After a few hours chatting and laughing with our artist we left in the midst of a classic evening storm leaving us with one option, back to the pub! As our tattoos healed we drowned ourselves in more Guinness, an incredible dinner and live traditional music. This was my first go at international travel and it was the best decision I've ever made, can't wait for my next trip.

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