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Essence of Ireland with Air

Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,950

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: With roundtrip airfare included to the Emerald Isle, discover the best of Ireland while savoring local specialties and relaxing in first-class accommodations. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, the Cliffs of Moher and so much more on this essential Ireland trip!


This 10-day first-class, private-guided tour hits all the highlights of the Emerald Isle. Staying first in bustling Dublin and then friendly Galway, you will enjoy city tours, a visit to the Guinness Storehouse, Belfast, and sweeping views off the Cliffs of Moher.

Your first two days are spent exploring Dublin. Visit the sites of your choice with your included “Hop on Hop Off” tour bus pass. You can get off at any of the stops as you choose or stay on as an informative guide points out famous sites and tells you about Irish history. Some popular stops are Trinity College to see the Book of Kells or the Dublin Zoo. You may also take advantage of your included admission to Epic Ireland, an interactive exhibit detailing Ireland”s history. Of course, no beer lover's visit to Dublin would be complete without visiting the Guinness Storehouse to sample some of the famous brew.

Leaving Dublin, spend a day in the north visiting Belfast where you can choose between the famous black taxi tour of the city or a visit to the Titanic museum. After departing Belfast you will head to the Giant’s Causeway and spend time learning about this unique and stunning natural feature. The next day is spent exploring the food scene in Dublin, followed by a day at leisure to experience the city in your own way or take advantage of any optional excursions.

Cross over to Galway on the stunning west coast. Galway is famous for its friendly people and lively music scene. You will explore the food scene and sample some of Ireland’s best whiskey while you’re here. You will also enjoy a day visiting the remarkable Cliffs of Moher.

Return to Dublin on your final day for your onward travels.


 

 

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Duration
11 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,950

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Day 1

Depart North America

Join your overnight flight to Ireland

Day 2

Taxi Dublin Airport to Dublin City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Riu Plaza The Gresham Hotel

This hotel enjoys a prime setting at the heart of the wonderful city of Dublin. The hotel lies just a short distance away from a host of shopping opportunities, theatres, galleries and attractions. Links to the public transport network are to be found just a short distance away. The hotel is located just 10 km from Dublin Airport. The hotel enjoys a long history, dating back to the early 19th century. Immersed in the rich tradition and history of the city, the hotel welcomes guests with the promise of a truly memorable stay. The guest rooms are beautifully designed, providing a peaceful setting in which to unwind at the end of the day. The hotel features a range of excellent facilities, meeting the needs of every type of traveller.

Meal Plan IRISH and BREAKFAST
Duration5 Nights

Dublin - Hop On and Off Bus Pass - 2 Day Pass

Our Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour allows you to experience all the history and culture of Dublin in one visit. There are two routes on the tour, the Original route is 1 hour 45 minutes long with 26 stops conveniently located close to Dublin's most popular attractions. You can hop-off at any time to go visit attractions like Dublin Zoo, the Guinness Storehouse or The Book of Kells in Trinity College. Your guide will point out all the most famous landmarks and points of interest along the way, showing you where famous Dubliners like James Joyce, Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett (among others) lived and spent their time.

The second route is through Dublin's Docklands, and takes 45 minutes with 9 stops including The Jeanie Johnston Famine Memorial ship, The Bord Gais Energy Theatre and The National Convention Centre. You can also hop-off at Stop 7 to take a Dublin Bay Cruise. Buses start at 9am daily, and arrive at each stop every 10-15 minutes. You'll enjoy live commentary from our Failte Ireland trained drivers, all native Dubliners who will charm and entertain you.

Duration7 Hours

Admission Ticket to Epic Ireland

Epic Ireland is the dramatic 21st Century visitor experience showcasing the unique journey of the Irish people around the world through the ages, centrally located in the beautiful vaults of the 1820 CHQ building. Through 21 remarkable galleries, using cuttingedge interactive technologies, visitors explore the many tales of migration, the forces that have driven it, and the impact that it has had on the world. This is the authentic and epic story of 10 million journeys and the roots of 70 million people, told with memorable style and passion. Epic Ireland is a "must see" visit in any tour of Dublin and Ireland. It is located at the heart of Dublin, at Custom House Quay on the River Liffey, the original departure point for so many of Ireland's emigrants.

Duration1 Hour
Day 3

Admission Ticket to Guinness Storehouse

The Guinness Brewery in Dublin is Europe's largest stout producing brewery and home to the Guinness Storehouse. Opened in 1904, the Storehouse was an operational plant for fermenting and storing Guinness. Today it houses a very fine exhibition dedicated to the Guinness story. Visitors will discover what goes into the making a pint of Guinness - the ingredients, the brewing process, the time, the craft and the passion. The exhibition shows how the brew has been marketed and how it is today sold in over 150 countries. Once the tour has finished, the guest is invited to the Gravity Bar to enjoy their pint of Guinness. Regular demonstrations on the art of pulling a pint of Guinness also take place in the Storehouse. Launched on the fifth floor in 2011, "Five" at Guinness Storehouse, includes a small replica authentic Irish Bar, an 18th Century inspired Brewers Dining Hall, and a restaurant named Gilroy's where guests enjoy a Guinness gastronomical experience driven entirely by the Irish tradition of wholesome local produce. Menus include local foods such as Ardsallagh goat's cheese, Irish mussels from Carlingford and the Waterford Blaas bread supplied by MD Bakery in Waterford. This area will host from time to time live cooking demonstrations using Guinness in the recipe and it includes an interactive recipe sharing bank that allows visitors to take Guinness recipe cards home.

Duration7 Hours

Merry Ploughboys Traditional Night

The Merry Ploughboy Pub now exclusively hosts the "Merry Ploughboys Traditional Night", a highly entertaining night of Irish music, song and Irish dancing. From start to finish, this is a show based on a living traditional culture and fantastic interaction between performers and the audience. First enjoy the banquet from our restaurant and then be entertained by the Merry Ploughboys Irish music band. This is followed by a specially commissioned show from all Ireland and world champion Irish dancers.

Duration3 Hours
Day 4

Giant's Causeway, Belfast City, and Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge Day Tour

The tour departs Dublin at 7:00am from the Starbucks Café on Dame Street and will pass through the Boyne Valley, home to the five-thousand-year-old Hill of Tara. You will have a dedicated tour guide who will tell you of the many stories and historical events, which have occurred in this area of Meath over the centuries. The tour will then cross the border into the north of Ireland and arrive in Belfast city at approximately 9.30am. You can choose to enjoy the world-famous Black Taxi Tour of Belfast where your local guide will talk you through the highs and lows of Belfast's fascinating political history. Alternatively, you can choose to visit the Belfast Titanic quarter and the state of the art Titanic Visitor Experience. The tour will then depart Belfast at approximately 11.50am. On the way to the Giant's Causeway, you will see the Dunluce Castle and pass spectacular scenery including the village of Bushmills. You will arrive at the Giant's Causeway at 1.20pm where you will be spending two hours. Here you will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch (not included). At 3:25pm, you will continue your day trip to the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge close to Ballintoy, arriving at 3:40pm. You will arrive back in Dublin at approximately 8.30pm.

Duration13 Hours
Day 5

Irish Food Trail - Dublin Experience

This is a perfect way to experience Irish Culture. Not only is it a fun and exciting walking tour of Dublin City but allows you to explore Dublin's hidden restaurants. What better way to experience Dublin than getting to try local produce and traditional Irish dishes in the company of your own private local tour guide. This informative tour is an experience to remember from your visit to Dublin!

Duration3 Hours
Day 6

Day at Leisure

Today is totally free and at leisure. You can take advantage of any optional activities available or simply relax.

Day 7

Dublin Central Hotels to Dublin Heuston Train Station

Duration0 Minutes

The Hardiman Hotel

Standing proudly on the famous Eyre Square since 1852, The Hardiman Hotel offers generous hospitality with a familiar, easy charm that makes guests feel right at home. For over a century and a half, this Grand Old Lady has played host to many notable guests and countless special occasions. Now it's your turn to be part of this long tradition.

The Hardiman is a flawless combination of Victorian grace and opulent luxury. Located right in the heart of Galway City, just a one-minute walk from the main transport hubs. Whether you are joining us for pleasure, or are here on business, the beating heart of our city is right on your doorstep.

Perfectly positioned - Within strolling distance of all the best amenities that Galway has to offer. From bars and theatres to restaurants and historical sights, you’re right in the centre of Galway's bohemian social scene. The Hardiman is the perfect base to explore the Wild Atlantic Way. Discover the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, the Aran Islands and the wild beauty of Connemara.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

The Hardiman Hotel

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    The Hardiman Hotel



    Standing proudly on the famous Eyre Square since 1852, The Hardiman Hotel offers generous hospitality with a familiar, easy charm that makes guests feel right at home. For over a century and a half, this Grand Old Lady has played host to many notable guests …

    Standing proudly on the famous Eyre Square since 1852, The Hardiman Hotel offers generous hospitality with a familiar, easy charm that makes guests feel right at home. For over a century and a half, this Grand Old Lady has played host to many notable guests and countless special occasions. Now it's your turn to be part of this long tradition.

    The Hardiman is a flawless combination of Victorian grace and opulent luxury. Located right in the heart of Galway City, just a one-minute walk from the main transport hubs. Whether you are joining us for pleasure, or are here on business, the beating heart of our city is right on your doorstep.

    Perfectly positioned - Within strolling distance of all the best amenities that Galway has to offer. From bars and theatres to restaurants and historical sights, you’re right in the centre of Galway's bohemian social scene. The Hardiman is the perfect base to explore the Wild Atlantic Way. Discover the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, the Aran Islands and the wild beauty of Connemara.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Baggage storage
    • Bar
    • Breakfast Room
    • Business Centre
    • Currency Exchange
    • Dry Cleaning
    • Fax/Photocopying
    • Fitness Centre
    • Hot Tub
    • Laundry
    • Massages
    • Meeting/ Banquet facilities
    • Restaurant
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Steam Bath

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Day 8

The Cliffs of Moher and Burren Tours from Galway

One of Ireland's must see attractions.Taking you along Galway Bay, your first stop is at the fishing village of Kinvara to see Dunguaire Castle and into The Burren - home to 75% of Ireland's native flora and location of numerous ancient monuments many of which you visit including the Gleninsheen Wedge Tomb, the 5,800 year old Poulnabrone Dolmen and Ballyalban Fairy Fort- home of little men with green hats and orange beards!

Stopping also at Kilfenora to see the famous Celtic Crosses (Irish High Crosses), you will make your way to the coastal village of Doolin for your lunch stop before visiting the 200-metre high, 8kms long Cliffs of Moher. Enjoy stunning views over the Atlantic Ocean and the Aran Islands and take your time to soak up the natural beauty of the Cliffs of Moher. (minimum 1.5 hour stop- FREE admission to Cliffs!) You return via the Coast Road with views of Galway Bay and the Aran Islands, making a short stop to walk on the lunar like landscape of the Burren and take in sights such as Leprechaun Head before returning to Galway shortly after 6:00pm

Duration10 Hours
Day 9

Galway Food Tours (Shared Tour)

Galway Food Tours is a 2 hour culinary walking tour of the city. It gives a great overview of it's passionate people and beautiful produce which combine to make Galway one of Ireland's gourmet jewels. During the tour you will get to experience a taste from artisan producers, cheese makers, creative beer projects, artisan chocolatiers, traditional family run businesses to young entrepreneurs with devotion and commitment to showcase the best of Irish produce.

With experienced & local guides, giving you the insights to their favorite places and treasured ingredients.

Treat yourself! Bring little piece of Galway home with you.

Duration2 Hours
Day 10

The Whiskey Trail Experience - Galway

This is a perfect way to experience Irish Whiskey in the company of friendly local people. An Irish pub is a perfect place to relax, meet new people, and experience what it truly means to be Irish with a whiskey in hand. "Let the music of whiskey falling into a glass be an agreeable interlude". Galway is steeped in history, art and culture which provides the perfect setting to share a drink.

Duration2 Hours
Day 11

Depart Ireland

Following breakfast, transfer to Dublin Airport for your onward flight

Meal Plan Breakfast

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Jan 3 - Feb 28, 2022  $3,079  $2,950 $2,919   $3,589
Mar 1 - Apr 30, 2022  $3,409  $3,089  $3,109  $3,959
May 1 - Jul 31, 2022  $3,619  $3,449  $3,489  $4,149

Please note: Daily departures across North America are available. Please inquire for pricing.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Round-trip International airfare from selected gateways
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • 5 nights in first-class accommodations in Dublin
  • 4 nights in first-class accommodations in Galway
  • 2-day hop-on hop-off sightseeing pass
  • Admission to EPIC Ireland
  • Admission to the Guinness Storehouse
  • Admission to Merry Ploughboys Traditional Night including dinner
  • Shared Giant's Causeway, Belfast City, and Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge tour (max 50 guests)
  • Private-guided Irish Food Trail - Dublin Experience including 3 tastings
  • Private train station transfers in Dublin
  • Shared tour of the Cliffs of Moher and Burren (max 50 guests)
  • Small group Galway food tour including 3 tastings (max 20 guests)
  • Private-guided The Whiskey Trail Experience including up to 6 tastings
  • Breakfast daily (excluding day 1)

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees if applicable

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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13 Jan 2022
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