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Essence of Ireland: Dublin & Galway

10 Days
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US$ 2,267

FIRST-CLASS | PRIVATE-GUIDED: The perfect introduction to the Emerald Isle, this itinerary introduces you to the very best of Ireland, all while allowing you to savor local specialties and relax 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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10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,267

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Day 1

Arrive to Dublin

Welcome to Dublin! Upon arriving at the airport, track down your bags and enjoy a relaxing ride via private vehicle into the city centre to your hotel for the next few days. After checking into your room, explore the city with admissions to both the Hop On and Off Bus and Epic Ireland. 

The 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.

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.

Duration5 Nights

Riu Plaza The Gresham Hotel

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    Riu Plaza The Gresham Hotel

    The Gresham Hotel is the best known of all the hotels in Dublin City. Situated in the heart of the City, the hotel is located on O'Connell Street and is just a short walk from Croke Park, Temple Bar, the IFSC and the new Convention …

    The Gresham Hotel is the best known of all the hotels in Dublin City. Situated in the heart of the City, the hotel is located on O'Connell Street and is just a short walk from Croke Park, Temple Bar, the IFSC and the new Convention Centre Dublin (CCD). The hotel is close to the shopping districts of the city making it the ideal Dublin City Centre Hotel for your business or leisure needs. The extension to the LUAS Red Line makes it easy for you to travel to the Three Arena Dublin and Convention Centre Dublin.


    • 24 Hour Reception
    • Bar
    • Business Centre
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hairdryers
    • Housekeeping Service
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry Service
    • Lobby
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Restaurant(s)
    • TV

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Day 2

Guinness Storehouse and Merry Ploughboys Traditional Night

Today is yours to discover with admission to The Guinness Brewery, Europe's largest stout producing brewery and home to the Guinness Storehouse. 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. 

Following your tour, enjoy the rest of the day until your evening, when it's time to head to The Merry Ploughboy Pub and its "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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration10 Hours
Day 3

Belfast City and the Giant's Causeway ex Dublin

The tour departs Dublin at 7:00am from the Starbucks Cafe 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 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. Please note that the Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge is currently closed for public tours. Until further notice, you will visit the Dark Hedges in lieu of Carrick-a-Rede. You will arrive back in Dublin at approximately 8:30pm.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration13 Hours
Day 4

Day at Leisure

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

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Day 5

Wicklow and Glendalough Day Tour

Departing Dublin this morning, the tour takes you first to a new and unique attraction, Beyond The Trees. Here, enjoy the Treetop Walk and viewing tower at Avondale, affording incredible views of the Wicklow countryside. For an additional fee (paid locally), you can even slide down the tower.

Then, continue on to Monastic Glendalough. The monastery at Glendalough was founded in the 6th century, but most of the buildings there today date from the late 10th century to the 12th century. The round tower and the Cathedral are particularly impressive. Here, you'll have 90 minutes to explore and take in the stunning scenery and surrounding lakes.

Next, you'll take the short trip to Hollywood, what is known as "The Original Hollywood". Here, you'll have time for a photo stop of Wicklow's version of the Hollywood sign before the tour takes you to a working sheep farm. At the farm, meet the local farmer who will give you a glimpse of rural life in Ireland. Then, you'll be treated to a sheepdog demonstration before returning to Dublin this evening.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration9 Hours
Day 6

Dublin to Galway

Enjoy one last Dublin breakfast before packing up and heading to Galway for the second half of your trip! Upon arrival to Galway, check into your next hotel and spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. 

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration4 Nights

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.


    • 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 7

The Cliffs of Moher and Burren Tours from Galway

Spend the day at 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

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration10 Hours
Day 8

Galway Food Tours (Shared Tour)

Enjoy a taste of Ireland today on 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Hours
Day 9

The Whiskey Trail Experience - Galway

Spend the day at exploring at your leisure before enjoying a true Irish 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.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Hours
Day 10


Enjoy one last breakfast before grabbing your bags and heading to the airport for your flight home!

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Other Information




  • 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 Belfast City and the Giant's Causeway tour (max 50 guests)
  • Shared Wicklow and Glendalough tour (max 50 guests)
  • 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)


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


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.

20 Nov 2023
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