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12-Night Irish Classic Tour

Price: From $2,799 Per Person
12 Nights

Begin in Dublin and travel right around the Irish coastline to experience diverse scenic regions and cultural delights!  This guided bus tour from CIE Tours takes you on a journey hitting some of the most desirable Ireland destinations. Travel the Nine Glens of Antrim, view the Giant’s Causeway, visit dramatic Achill Island, see the Cliffs of Moher, take a jaunting car ride in Killarney, enjoy a Medieval Banquet at Bunratty Castle, wonder at Sheepdog Trials and much, much more!

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Tour Highlights:

ACCOMMODATION

  • 12-nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 12 Scrumptious Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Lunch in Connemara
  • Medieval Banquet Dinner at Bunratty or Knappogue Castle
  • Tea & Scones at J.B Keane's Pub in Listowel
  • Irish Coffee at The Marine Bar in Dungarvan
  • Traditional Irish Dinner & Show at Taylor's Three Rock Pub
  • 6 Table d'Hote Dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic Tours of Connemara, Antrim Coastline & Dingle Peninsula
  • State of the Art Titanic Belfast Visit
  • Waterford Crystal Factory Visit
  • Sheepdog Demonstration with Local Farmer in County Mayo
  • Horse & Carriage 'Jaunting Car' Ride in Killarney
  • Kiss the 'Stone of Eloquence' Atop Blarney Castle
  • Panoramic Driving Tours of Dublin & Belfast
  • Walking Tours of Cork, Galway & Derry with Local Guides

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Dublin Castle
  • Down Cathedral
  • St. Patrick Centre
  • Ulster Folk Museum
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Donegal Castle
  • Westport House
  • Ballintubber Abbey
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • Dunbrody Famine Ship

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Dublin (IC), 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

City North Hotel - Dublin (IC), County Dublin

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (IC), County Dublin

Dublin Arrival & Dublin Castle
Your Irish trip starts at 2:00 pm when you meet your tour director at your Dublin hotel. Tour Dublin to see elegant Georgian townhouses, pass St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College and cross the River Liffey to drive along O’Connell Street. Take a guided tour through Dublin Castle, which was the seat of power and government for many centuries. In the evening meet your tour director and fellow travelers over a welcome drink to discuss your trip and dine in your hotel.

Belfast (IC), County Antrim

Accommodation

Hilton Hotel - Belfast (IC), County Antrim

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Belfast (IC), County Antrim

St. Patrick’s Grave & Ulster Folk Park
Drive north to visit Down Cathedral to see St. Patrick’s historical burial site, marked by a huge boulder. Learn about the many stories of his work, life and times in the nearby St. Patrick Centre. On the outskirts of Belfast visit the Ulster Folk Museum to see traditional town buildings of many types, including churches, a bank, police station and doctor’s office. Also see rural cottages showing gardens, crafts, crops and farm animals. Drive to your hotel in central Belfast (pictured) and relax before dinner.

Belfast (IC), County Antrim

Accommodation

Hilton Hotel - Belfast (IC), County Antrim

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Belfast (IC2), County Antrim

Titanic Belfast & City Walking Tour
This morning take a panoramic tour around central Belfast to see Victorian buildings, the imposing City Hall in Donegall Square and the shipyards where RMS Titanic was built in 1912. Visit Titanic Belfast to learn about this ill-fated famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. In the afternoon join a local guide for a walking tour around part of central Belfast and spend time on your own for shopping and dining.

Derry (IC), County Antrim

Accommodation

City Hotel Derry - Derry (IC), County Antrim

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Derry (IC), County Antrim

Giant’s Causeway & Derry Walk
Drive north along the Nine Glens of Antrim, for lovely views of mountains, valleys and coastline. This scenic region is the location for “Game of Thrones”. Stop at the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity 60 million years ago. Stop for photos at the riuns of Dunluce Castle and in Derry join a local guide for a short walking tour around the defensive walls that encircle the compact old city.

Westport (IC), County Mayo

Accommodation

Hotel Westport - Westport (IC), County Mayo

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Westport (IC), County Mayo

Donegal Castle & Westport:
Travel through the rugged countryside of Donegal, renowned for heathery hills, sheep and the many tweeds made from their wool. Stop in Donegal town for a tour of Donegal Castle, built by the O’Donnell chieftain in the 15th century and expanded in the 17th century. Drive around Donegal Bay and through Counties Sligo and Mayo. Drive to Westport (pictured) and see the main streets and historic buildings on a gentle walking tour.

Westport (IC), County Mayo

Accommodation

Hotel Westport - Westport (IC), County Mayo

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Westport (IC2), County Mayo

Sheepdogs & Westport House:
Drive past the pilgrimage mountain of Croaghpatrick and visit a farm to watch skilled dogs herding mountain sheep. Drive to Leenane to view Killary Harbour, Ireland’s only fjord (pictured), and travel past the Partry Mountains. Enjoy a light lunch before taking a guided tour of Westport House. This stately mansion, which overlooks the ocean and contains a wealth of interesting portraits, furniture, silver and porcelain. Enjoy free time in Westport.

Bunratty (IC), County Clare

Accommodation

Bunratty Castle Hotel - Bunratty (IC), County Clare

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Bunratty (IC), County Clare

Galway & Cliffs of Moher:
Travel to Galway for some free time to explore the city. Head out to see the majestic Cliffs of Moher, which soar 700 feet above the Atlantic. Enjoy an evening at Knappogue Castle for a medieval-style banquet.

Killarney (IC), County Kerry

Accommodation

Killarney Plaza Hotel - Killarney (IC), County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (IC), County Kerry

Literary Tea with Scones & Dingle Peninsula:
Drive through the outskirts of Limerick and alongside the River Shannon into County Kerry. Sample tea and scones in a pub in Listowel, associated with the writer, J. B. Keane. Journey along the Dingle Peninsula as far as Slea Head (pictured) for glorious scenic views of hills and coastline. Stop in the town of Dingle for refreshment or a look around before heading to Killarney.

Killarney (IC), County Kerry

Accommodation

Killarney Plaza Hotel - Killarney (IC), County Kerry

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Killarney (IC2), County Kerry

Killarney’s Lakes & Jaunting Car Ride:
Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle for views of Lough Leane, Killarney’s largest lake. Drive to the delightful town of Kenmare for a look around and savor a casual lunch. Travel along part of the awesome Ring of Kerry route to view spectacular mountain scenery at Moll’s Gap and at Ladies’ View. Return to Killarney where the evening is free for independent dining and perhaps visit a pub with live music.

Waterford (IC), County Waterford

Accommodation

Granville Hotel - Waterford (IC), County Waterford

3 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Waterford (IC), County Waterford

Blarney Castle & Traditional Music:
Travel to Blarney Castle (pictured) to climb to the top and kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also shop at the Blarney Woollen Mills. Drive to Dungarvan to the Marine Bar for a creamy Irish coffee and an informal traditional music session. Continue to Waterford and after dinner join a local guide for a stroll around the historic streets of this old port city.

Dublin (IC2), County Dublin

Accommodation

Royal Marine Hotel - Dublin (IC2), County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (IC2), County Dublin

Waterford & Taylor’s Three Rock Pub
Visit the House of Waterford Crystal to see how molten glass is blown into shapes before being hand-cut and polished by master glassblowers and carvers. View priceless trophies in the showrooms. In New Ross explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship which transported people to North America during the 1840’s Famine. In Dublin, this evening’s destination is Taylor’s Three Rock Pub for dinner with traditional Irish songs and intricate step-dancing.

Dublin (IC2), County Dublin

Accommodation

Royal Marine Hotel - Dublin (IC2), County Dublin

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (IC3), County Dublin

Dublin Sightseeing
Spend a full day in Dublin to use your vouchers for an independent open-top bus tour (valid for 48 hours) and a visit to either Guinness Storehouse or the historic General Post Office (GPO). The bus stops at all the principal city center attractions and you may alight at each stop or stay on the bus to do the complete tour.

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.


LOW SEASON
Jan-Mar | Nov-Dec '19
From $2,799
MID SEASON
Apr-May | Sep-Oct '19
From $3,249
HIGH SEASON
June - Aug '19
From $3,699

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 12-nights of Superior Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 12 Scrumptious Full Irish Breakfasts
  • Welcome Get-Together Drink
  • Lunch in Connemara
  • Medieval Banquet Dinner at Bunratty or Knappogue Castle
  • Tea & Scones at J.B Keane's Pub in Listowel
  • Irish Coffee at The Marine Bar in Dungarvan
  • Traditional Irish Dinner & Show at Taylor's Three Rock Pub
  • 6 Table d'Hote Dinners

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Scenic Tours of Connemara, Antrim Coastline & Dingle Peninsula
  • State of the Art Titanic Belfast Visit
  • Waterford Crystal Factory Visit
  • Sheepdog Demonstration with Local Farmer in County Mayo
  • Horse & Carriage 'Jaunting Car' Ride in Killarney
  • Kiss the 'Stone of Eloquence' Atop Blarney Castle
  • Panoramic Driving Tours of Dublin & Belfast
  • Walking Tours of Cork, Galway & Derry with Local Guides

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Dublin Castle
  • Down Cathedral
  • St. Patrick Centre
  • Ulster Folk Museum
  • Titanic Belfast
  • Giant’s Causeway
  • Donegal Castle
  • Westport House
  • Ballintubber Abbey
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Blarney Castle
  • Blarney Woollen Mills
  • House of Waterford Crystal
  • Dunbrody Famine Ship

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. Just Ask Us for a Single Supplement Price.

“Ireland trip”

Jun 13, 2019 by Al Acuna/Pam Carroll. Your Hometown: Clayton

Hi Alaina: I wanted to touch bases with you regarding our Ireland trip. First, we all very much enjoyed the trip, Ireland was beautiful with many sites to see and the people were extremely friendly and for the most part, made us comfortable. I have to admit that I did do a lot of driving – over 1,000 kilometers driving around the island and driving on the left side of the road and survived. Pam was a great navigator and helped me a lot while driving the roads and highways. The car was great, perfect for the four of us and our luggage. The weather was good as we had only a couple of rainy days while touring sites but most of the time it seemed to stop while touring and visiting all of the major sites we wanted to see. Thanks for doing a great job on the reservations regarding the hotels and Heatons' Guest House. We experienced only one problem checking in to any of hotels and itinerary and that information is included in the attached separate letter which we sent to the general manager of the Lodge Hotel in Kindle...

There are two hotels that you should be aware of that you might want to investigate and reconsider before using them in future tours. The Lodge at Kinsale though in a beautiful location was up in the hills and out of the way and would have been a dangerous drive at night even though we wanted to go to dinner away from the lodge, we did not feel safe driving thru the dark hill roads back to it. And dinner at the lodge was not up to the standards a hotel like this should have had. I will be attaching a copy of the letter we are sending to the manager of the Lodge Hotel as we had a less than satisfactory experience there.

The second hotel was the Ambassador Hotel in Cork. We thought it was a bit out of the way up in the hills away from the areas and sites that we wanted to see in Cork. We had to walk quite a distance to some of the sites and restaurants in town and walking back we all felt a bit uneasy walking the dark streets at night. The hotel itself was an odd configuration, as we had to take one elevator from the reception area, walk down a long hallway to a different section of the hotel and find a second elevator, walk down another long hallway just to get to the third-floor room. As we discovered the second elevator was not working at night and we had to find the stairs and trudge back to our room late at night. We changed rooms the second day as the room was unsatisfactory.

We very much enjoyed Dublin and wish we would have had an extra day there, the Dingle Peninsula was beautiful and wish that we would have had another day there as well. Galway Bay could have been cut down to one day. One of the many highlights of the trip was Ashford Castle and the afternoon tea. That was an outstanding experience of the trip. And I would recommend that in the future, since it is 45 minutes outside of Galway Bay, that you consider placing clients closer to Ashford Castle as it is such a beautiful sight to see and experience, and one afternoon is just not enough. The Lake Hotel in Killarney was beautiful as you suggested and I am glad that I listened to your advice and stayed there.

All in all, we enjoyed our Ireland trip. Thank you for all of your assistance and expertise. I look forward to working with you again on another trip in the future.

Al Acuna

Jun 13, 2019 by Mark. Your Hometown: Bettendorf

Everything worked smoothly. You are constantly on the go and I think we saw all the major attractions in Ireland. The guides were very knowledgeable and fun to listen too. Well run your!

“Some very good, some not”

Jun 13, 2019 by Kevin Reynolds. Your Hometown: Bend

We spent 10 days in Scotland this past May and for the most part, everything went very well. Hotels: Some exceptional, one downright nasty! Here are our thoughts on the hotels:

Edinburgh - Hotel du Vin
Incredible place remodeled insane asylum (no kidding). Room was large, bathroom modern, biggest shower I've ever seen in a hotel (a bit overkill but hey, if you need a shower to fit 6 people then this is your place!). Staff was excellent and helpful. Great location, 5-minute walk to the Royal Mile.

Inverness - Glenmoriston Townhouse
Clean is about the best thing I could say about this. Very un-charming, kind of like staying in a chain hotel/apartments. Staff was ok if a bit distant. Room was good sized but bathroom small. Why so many hotels in Europe have pedestal sinks and absolutely no room put anything down is beyond me. Can't be a cost thing - how much can a shelf cost?

Isle of Skye - Cuillin Hills Hotel
Wonderful place with a great view of the charming harbor of Portree. Great staff, great public areas, and an excellent restaurant. Room was a decent size, bathroom excellent.

Fort Williams - Alexandra Hotel
Horrid place. Dirty, worn out, incredibly small rooms, tiny bathroom. This place was so bad that we left after one night and drove to Stirling paying for a new hotel at our own expense (no refund from the Alexandra). Ft William is a dingy, run downtown and the only reason to go there is the outdoor activity and the steam train. Honestly, with a bit of an internet search, I found several places around the area that would have been a better place to stay. The Alexandra is rated 3 stars but I would call it more a 2. Maybe just a step above a youth hostel.

Outside Edinburgh - Melville Castle
Our last night was in a delightful place with loads of history (estate has ties to Mary, Queen of Scots and the current building was built in the Victorian era). Spent a fun hour with one of the owners, Bill Hays who told us the history and a few ghost stories (which delighted my wife). Room was big (suite) and the bathroom was modern. Great restaurant, downstairs in the basement (think a well-lit dungeon - cozy).

Our activities were, for the most part, great although I would stay away from "The Scottish Experience" in Edinburgh. It's a hokey dinner show place with poor food and cheesy entertainment. Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Mile and many other things to see in Edinburgh are great. If you have any interesting in medicine don't miss the Surgeons Museum.

A highlight for me was Culloden Battlefield with its excellent visitor center near Inverness. We spent over 3 hours here.

The Highlands overall are stunningly beautiful especially in May when the hills were very green. The history is everywhere and there is so much to explore!

“Awesome Irish Experience!”

Jun 13, 2019 by Sydney Puder. Your Hometown: Minneapolis, MN

My husband and I traveled to Ireland from Minneapolis, MN. We booked our own flights, but all of our accommodations and tours were booked with Authentic Vacations. Everything was seamless besides one hotel reservation, which they fixed within moments of me calling! They also did not include a tour voucher for the Cliffs of Moher which I thought was strange since that is one of the main things to see in Ireland, but we could swing it being that everything else had already been included!

I would highly recommend Authentic Vacations to my family and friends!

Jun 13, 2019 by Jimmy. Your Hometown: ST Marys, GA

This was our 40th anniversary present to ourselves and our 3rd time in Ireland with Authentic Ireland. Lonna worked with us to ensure that everything went as planned and our vacation was perfect. There were no surprises or details that did not go as Lonna planned. We are working on a list of places that we want to travel to next year and look forward to working with Lonna ( a consummate professional) and Authentic Ireland.

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