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13-Night Best of Ireland Luxury Guided Bus Tour

Price: From $6,590 Per Person

Arrive at Dublin Airport and take a transfer to the bustling city centre where your tour begins with a welcome reception and dinner. The following day is yours to explore Dublin's spectacular sights at your leisure. Next, travel to Northern Ireland to the vibrant capital of Belfast to experience a magnificent Titanic exhibit and 9-course tasting dinner inspired by the great ship's menu. From here, head to the spectacular Antrim Coast Road, stopping in Bushmills & the fabled Giant's Causeway. Enjoy a walking tour of Derry the next day, and discover rich history at the Ulster American Folk Park. Shoot over to Galway and Connemara, where you’ll have a lakeside lunch at Kylemore Abbey. After you explore Galway, it's time to visit the dramatic Cliffs of Moher before continuing onto Ennis. Discover daily life on a working dairy farm in Killarney, and visit Muckross House, an Elizabethan-style mansion set in Killarney National Park. Next, take a scenic drive around the Ring of Kerry and relish in the stunning, varied scenery. Traverse to Cork for a journey through Irish whiskey making at The Jameson Experience, complete with a tasting. Finish off your Ireland Vacation with a visit to the Cistercian Jerpoint Abbey, and a guided walking tour of Kilkenny, introducing you to Black Abbey, Rothe House, Kilkenny Castle, and more. After a stunning two-weeks in Ireland, enjoy a farewell dinner and reception before your journey home the next morning.

This is a Tauck Tour! Authentic Ireland and Tauck Tours are working together to bring you unique luxury tours around Ireland and the UK.

Tour Highlights:

ACCOMMODATION

  • 13-Nights of Luxurious 5-Star Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 13 Full Irish Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, and 11 Dinners
  • Welcome Get-Together Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • Lunch at Kylemore Abbey
  • Home-Cooked Irish Dinner on an Authentic Farm
  • Nine-Course Titanic Tasting Menu Dinner
  • Farewell Cocktail Reception & Dinner at The Conrad Dublin.

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Journey through the Irish wilds of Connemara & along the Spectacular Coastal Scenery of Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast Road
  • Belfast’s newly opened Titanic Exhibit & a Sumptuous 9-course Titanic Tasting Dinner
  • Accommodations at Country Estates, Lakeside Resorts and an Historic City-Center Hotel
  • Learning – at an Irish Farm, the Belleek Pottery Factory & the Ulster American Folk Park
  • Visits to castles, abbeys, walled cities & a graveyard with stories to tell, history to reveal
  • Two nights in Dublin to Explore the Delights of its Parks, Streets, History & Pubs

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Book of Kells at Trinity College
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Blarney Castle
  • Titanic Exhibit Belfast
  • Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre
  • Guided Tour of Kilkenny
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Tour of Traditional Porcelain Factory
  • Saint Patrick Centre

Dublin (TK-BI), County Dublin

Arrive at

Dublin Arrival (Tauck), County Dublin

Arrive at Dublin Airport after your overnight flight from the U.S.
A complimentary transfer to your hotel from Dublin Airport is included with your tour package


Accommodation

Conrad Hotel - Dublin (TK-BI), County Dublin

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (TK-BI), County Dublin

Arrive Dublin

Tour begins: 6:00 PM, Conrad Dublin. A transfer is included from Dublin Airport to Conrad Dublin in the heart of the city. We invite you to join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner at your hotel.

MEALS: Dinner


Dublin (TK-BI), County Dublin

Accommodation

Conrad Hotel - Dublin (TK-BI), County Dublin

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Overnight Location

Dublin (TK-BI2), County Dublin

Sights of Dublin

Sightseeing today in Ireland's capital city takes you to Phoenix Park and Victorian St. Stephen’s Green; drive down O’Connell Street, and see the Lord Mayor’s residence. A highlight of your explorations is a visit to Trinity College and the Book of Kells. The afternoon is free for you to explore Dublin as you please.

MEALS: Breakfast


Belfast (TK-BI), Northern Ireland

Accommodation

The Merchant Hotel - Belfast (TK-BI), Northern Ireland

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Belfast (TK-BI), Northern Ireland

Belfast and Titanic history

Head to Northern Ireland and the vibrant capital of Belfast for a day that begins with a visit to the Titanic Quarter to experience Titanic Belfast, an award-winning interactive museum, followed by a guided city tour. This evening, a special treat – a nine-course Titanic tasting menu dinner in the sumptuous Great Room of The Merchant Hotel, honoring the ship’s grand style.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Belfast (TK-BI), Northern Ireland

Accommodation

The Merchant Hotel - Belfast (TK-BI), Northern Ireland

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Belfast (TK-BI2), Northern Ireland

Giant's Causeway and the Glens of Antrim

Depart Belfast and travel the spectacular Antrim Coast Road, one of the world’s most scenic drives, through the haunting Glens of Antrim. Arrive in the town of Bushmills; lunch is served up with a warm welcome and a “fire that is always lit,” a tradition at the Bushmills Inn whose origins date back to 1608. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; over 40,000 symmetrical basalt columns lead from coastal cliffs to the sea; return to Belfast for an evening at leisure.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch


Enniskillen (TK-BI), County Fermanagh

Accommodation

Lough Erne Resort - Enniskillen (TK-BI), County Fermanagh

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check in is after 3:00pm on your arrival day. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Overnight Location

Enniskillen (TK-BI), County Fermanagh

On to Derry and the Ulster American Folk Park

Explore Derry on a walking tour with a local guide. In nearby Omagh, visit the Ulster American Folk Park, where you will hear the stories of three centuries of Irish emigrants who left the Emerald Isle to build new lives in North America. Spend two nights at a lakeside resort.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Enniskillen (TK-BI), County Fermanagh

Accommodation

Lough Erne Resort - Enniskillen (TK-BI), County Fermanagh

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check in is after 3:00pm on your arrival day. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Overnight Location

Enniskillen (TK-BI2), County Fermanagh

The choice is yours today

You have a choice today – spend the day in the magnificent Fermanagh Lakelands or, if you wish, join us for a visit to the market town of Belleek for a tour of the famed porcelain factory where you’ll meet craftspeople using techniques handed down from generations past. Midday, visit a town renowned for its medieval heritage, and return to your resort in the afternoon; dine at your leisure this evening.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner


Galway (TK-BI), County Galway

Accommodation

Glenlo Abbey Hotel - Galway (TK-BI), County Galway

5 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Galway (TK-BI), County Galway

Kylemore Abbey, Connemara & Galway

Depart Northern Ireland for the Republic of Ireland and the foothills of Benbulben Mountain, “Yeats Country.” Stop in the village of Drumcliffe to see the final resting place of poet W. B. Yeats, then on to the lakeside Kylemore Abbey; built in the late 19th century as a private residence, the impressive estate is now home to a prestigious boarding school for girls, a Gothic church and Victorian gardens. After lunch at Kylemore Abbey, travel through the beautiful, wild scenery of Connemara to Glenlo Abbey Hotel Galway, a luxury lakeside estate hotel.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Galway (TK-BI), County Galway

Accommodation

Glenlo Abbey Hotel - Galway (TK-BI), County Galway

5 Star
Room Type: Double

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Galway (TK-BI2), County Galway

A day in Galway

Your day begins with a guilded walking tour of charming Galway City. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city as you wish; culturally rich, you'll find the pubs, markets, restaurants, antique and craft shops tell the stories of medieval times to the present.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner


Ennis (TK-BI), County Clare

Accommodation

Old Ground Hotel - Ennis (TK-BI), County Clare

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Ennis (TK-BI), County Clare

From the Cliffs of Moher to Ennis

The dramatic Cliffs of Moher soar up to 702 ft. above the ocean along Ireland’s “Wild Atlantic Way” – and they are your first visit today. Spend time in the town of Ennis, then it's on to the 18th-century Old Ground Hotel, built as a private mansion.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner


Killarney (TK-BI), County Kerry

Accommodation

Aghadoe Heights Hotel - Killarney (TK-BI), County Kerry

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Overnight Location

Killarney (TK-BI), County Kerry

Irish dairy farming then on to Killarney

Your Ireland tour continues when you discover the importance of farming in the west of Ireland on a visit to a working dairy farm, which has been in the same family for generations; you’re invited inside their home for a light Irish lunch and some excellent stories! Then it’s on to Killarney and a visit to Muckross House, an Elizabethan-style mansion which was built in 1843. Set in Killarney National Park, the estate features distinguished 19th-century interiors; it is surrounded by magnificent gardens in a palette of sensational colors. Your accommodations for the next two nights are at one of Ireland’s most gracious hotels, Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa, exuding the warmth of a country home.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Killarney (TK-BI), County Kerry

Accommodation

Aghadoe Heights Hotel - Killarney (TK-BI), County Kerry

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Overnight Location

Killarney (TK-BI2), County Kerry

A day along the Ring of Kerry

Today is devoted to the natural beauty of the Iveragh Peninsula, known as the Ring of Kerry. On a drive ‘round the Ring, drink in the scenes of sandy beaches, mountains, lakes and cliffs, old oak forests and bogs. The country’s highest peak, Corrán Tuathail, reigns over Killarney National Park, at the peninsula’s heart. Along the way, history waxes and wanes in the ruins of ancient monasteries, castles and forts – and small villages, like seaside Waterville, where quiet and warmth are a way of life, bringing the scenery’s dramatic scale down to earth. Enjoy legendary Irish hospitality tonight when you dine at the charming, one-of-a kind Rozzer’s Restaurant.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Thomastown (TK-BI), County Kilkenny

Accommodation

Mount Juliet Estate - Thomastown (TK-BI), County Kilkenny

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Thomastown (TK-BI), County Kilkenny

History and tasting at The Jameson Experience

The Jameson Experience in County Cork is a journey through Irish whiskey making, past and present – complete with a tasting! Following a local lunch that provides a true taste of Ireland, continue on to Mount Juliet hotel in the heart of Kilkenny.

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Thomastown (TK-BI), County Kilkenny

Accommodation

Mount Juliet Estate - Thomastown (TK-BI), County Kilkenny

5 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 2:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out time is before 12.00 noon.


Overnight Location

Thomastown (TK-BI2), County Kilkenny

Kilkenny tales and more

You’ll discover that Ireland’s antiquities tell the tales of days gone by... and today’s visit to the ruins of the Cistercian Jerpoint Abbey introduces some remarkable medieval architectural artifacts. Take a guided walking tour of Kilkenny, world-renowned as a center for craft and design, for insights into the Black Abbey, Rothe House and Kilkenny Castle. Mount Juliet is one of Ireland’s finest sporting estates, and you’ll have an opportunity to take advantage of some outstanding leisure activities today. Your two-week Ireland sojourn ends when you join us this evening for a farewell dinner and reception.

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner


Depart From

Dublin Departure (Tauck), County Dublin

Homeward Bound:
Your tour ends after breakfast this morning, after which you will depart for home from Dublin Airport. Complimentary transfers from your hotel to the airport are provided by Tauck Tours. After check-in, you'll have time to shop at the duty-free stores before boarding your flight for the journey home.


Ireland Vacation Pricing Low Season Mid Season High Season
NO TOURSFrom $6,590$6,990

Your Price Includes

ACCOMMODATION

  • 13-Nights of Luxurious 5-Star Hotel Accommodation

TRANSPORTATION

  • Luxury Coach Transportation with Professional Driver/Guide

DINING INCLUSIONS

  • 13 Full Irish Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, and 11 Dinners
  • Welcome Get-Together Cocktail Reception & Dinner
  • Lunch at Kylemore Abbey
  • Home-Cooked Irish Dinner on an Authentic Farm
  • Nine-Course Titanic Tasting Menu Dinner
  • Farewell Cocktail Reception & Dinner at The Conrad Dublin.

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Journey through the Irish wilds of Connemara & along the Spectacular Coastal Scenery of Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast Road
  • Belfast’s newly opened Titanic Exhibit & a Sumptuous 9-course Titanic Tasting Dinner
  • Accommodations at Country Estates, Lakeside Resorts and an Historic City-Center Hotel
  • Learning – at an Irish Farm, the Belleek Pottery Factory & the Ulster American Folk Park
  • Visits to castles, abbeys, walled cities & a graveyard with stories to tell, history to reveal
  • Two nights in Dublin to Explore the Delights of its Parks, Streets, History & Pubs

ENTRANCES & ADMISSIONS

  • Book of Kells at Trinity College
  • Cliffs of Moher
  • Blarney Castle
  • Titanic Exhibit Belfast
  • Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre
  • Guided Tour of Kilkenny
  • Kylemore Abbey
  • Tour of Traditional Porcelain Factory
  • Saint Patrick Centre

Prices Based On

  • Prices are Per Person based on 2 people traveling together and sharing a room.
  • All Taxes & Fees Included.

"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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