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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

Dec 5, 2016 by Donald Barratt. Your Hometown: Lombard

Our Vacation was outstanding. The hotel (City stay St. Augustine) in Dublin was centrally located to everything we wanted to visit. The staff there was courteous, and helpful.Our visit to Roscommon was grand, and our stay at Gleeson's B & B was also nice with great food.Authentic Ireland did a great job setting everything up, and making our vacation worry free.A million thanks to Lonna a job well done.

“5 days in Ireland”

Dec 5, 2016 by Dan Karns. Your Hometown: Dillsburg, PA

Authentic Ireland was referred to me by a customer/friend of mine....and... i am so glad he did. We worked with Shannon, one of the representatives, and i couldn't be more happy with the experience and expertise that she had regarding details of our trip. I told her when we were arriving and leaving Ireland, what were the "must do" things during our stay, and what kind of accommodations we wanted to stay in. within a day or two, she had a full trip package, with other recommended things to do while there, sent to my email. the price was very reasonable, and after going on the trip, i appreciated the fact we used Authentic Ireland to get everything set up. kudos to the site and staff, especially Shannon. anytime i had a question, she had an answer. regarding car rental, electricity usage, what kind of money to keep on hand, anything... she was so much help. thank you so much!, you made our 20 year anniversary "holiday" that much better! the only thing i can even think about regretting, was that we didn't spend enough time there we spent the previous week in London, and think we should have cut that shorter and spent more time in Ireland... but.... that can be fixed by another visit! thanks again! your friends in Pennsylvania!

“Ireland Adventure”

Dec 4, 2016 by Jesse. Your Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Had a great experience working with the Authentic Ireland associate! I probably asked 9 million questions (this being my first international trip I'd planned), and patience and courteousness definitely describes the person that personally handled my account.The trip was great as well, including an itinerary that was well chosen, then tweaked for us. Rental car was indeed perfect for our crew that was traveling, as well as the accommodations arranged for us. I'm more of a researcher, but the website definitely put me leaps ahead with suggested places to visit at our lodging locations, as well as places to stop along the way.One of the only things I would have done differently was the transportation for our time in Dublin. I was so glad that we did not rent a vehicle for Dublin, but the sightseeing bus tour passes were not the most convenient for our purposes, in retrospect. We would have been better served with normal city bus passes. I also would have passed on the castle stay in our trip, but perhaps we just caught them at a bad time, as everything was great there, except the smell of cat urine just on the outside of the side door near our room.Authentic Ireland definitely impressed both myself and the members of my family that joined us on this trip! Definitely recommend them! Really great trip and a good price!

“Wonderful First Trip to Ireland”

Dec 4, 2016 by Alyssa Sommers. Your Hometown: Mahwah, NJ

This was our first trip to Ireland. You guys did a wonderful job of taking care of all of the details in regards to hotels, sites to visit with passes and car rentals. Each hotel and bed and breakfast was wonderful. All establishments offered breakfast in the morning. They all had WIFI. After spending 2 days in Dublin we left for the west coast in the car we rented. We spent the next 6 days traveling around the west/southwest part of Ireland. Maggie was the person that we dealt with at Authentic Ireland and she was great- she noticed that our hotel on the last night was over 2 hours away from Shannon airport so she moved us to a closer location... and what a location a 5-star castle!! There are no other words then amazing!! When we come back which we plan to do... we will be staying there.

“Outstanding Vacation”

Nov 5, 2016 by Anthony M. Kolankiewicz. Your Hometown: Jerusalem

The company did an outstanding job of arranging our circumnavigational tour of Ireland and Northern Ireland over a period of 17 days. We did the driving ourselves with an upgraded rental car, which offered the utmost flexibility in sightseeing destinations and route options. Our accommodations were in a combination of country homes, B&Bs, hotels, and a couple of castles.. Even the weather generally cooperated over such an extended period of time; only one day and one evening of steady rain that interfered with our plans. Overall, it was a delightful vacation that encouraged us to return for catch the attractions we didn't have time to see. There were only two quibbles we would mention. First, some of the driving directions left a lot of details out, especially in trying to get through larger towns and cities, such as Galway. More details would have saved us lots of time. Second, we very much enjoyed every place we stayed with the exception of the Lissyclearig Thatched Cottage in Kenmare. Unlike all the other places we stayed, our hosts' main concern was saving money and doing everything on the cheap. No heat in the rooms despite a chilly, rainy night and two cloudy days -- very uncomfortable! No WiFi connection (the only place not to offer it during our entire stay in the country). Even the breakfast was second-rate. Few choices on the buffet table and canned fruit instead of the fresh fruit we received in every other location. Might be time to drop this inn from the inventory! Otherwise, a great trip that we would do again through Authentic Ireland.

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