The leisurely tour featuring luxurious 4-star hotels takes in the most acclaimed sights and scenic byways of southern Ireland.

DATES: Valid for travel 21 Mar - 28 Apr & 3 Oct - 24 Oct 2020
DURATION: 9 nights
PRICE: $2,565 per person twin share

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  • 8 NIGHTS 4-star hotel accommodation PLUS 1 NIGHT FREE pre-tour accommodation
  • Full breakfast daily
  • 2 lunches and 4 dinners including a traditional Irish Night in Killarney, and a Dublin restaurant
  • Private tour of Dublin including Trinity College and the Book of Kells
  • City tours at Dublin, Galway, Waterford and Kilkenny
  • CIE Tours Exclusive experience at Sean’s Bar
  • Catamaran cruise on Killary Harbour
  • Traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through Killarney National Park
  • Dublin Hop-on Hop-off Tour
  • A voucher to visit your choice of one of Dublin’s top attractions: Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or GPO Witness History
  • Sheep dog demonstration
  • Entrances to the Kylemore Abbey, Blarney Castle, the House of Waterford Crystal
  • Ferry crossing at Shannon
  • Welcome get-together drink with your group
  • Touring with professional driver/guide
  • Transportation by luxury coach including FREE WiFi access
  • Backpack including document wallet, luggage tags, baggage strap, universal power adaptor and rain poncho

SMALL GROUP TOUR OPTION available from $3,142* per person twin share


Day 1: FREE Pre-tour night in Dublin

Arrive in Dublin and begin exploring the city independently ahead to the tour commencing tomorrow.

Day 2: Dublin Tour & The Book of Kells

Tour begins 2:00 PM at your hotel in Dun Laoghaire, a charming suburb of Dublin just outside the city. Head out for an introductory tour of Dublin including O’Connell Street, St. Stephen’s Green, the seat of government at Leinster House, and other public buildings. Take a stroll through Trinity College’s campus in the center of the city with a guide and view the priceless 9th-century Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript of the four Gospels. Enjoy an independent evening at one of Dun Laoghaire’s many restaurants or pubs. Overnight: Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin

Day 3: Sean’s Bar & Galway City Tour

Head to the beautiful harbor city of Galway, stopping off for a welcome drink and a CIE Tours Exclusive experience at Sean’s Bar in Athlone, the oldest bar in Europe; Sean’s Bar has been serving customers since 900 AD. Take a guided walking tour through Galway center to view its iconic 18th-century Eyre Square and the surrounding stone-clad buildings and medieval winding lanes. Enjoy some free time to explore Galway on your own, then join your fellow travelers for dinner at your hotel. Overnight: The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway (B,D)

Day 4: Connemara Catamaran Cruise & Kylemore Abbey

Explore scenic Connemara to admire how constantly-changing cloud formations give granite hills, sparkling lakes and peat bogs an added dimension. Take a short catamaran cruise of Killary Harbour, a 9-mile fjord (seasonal). Head to Kylemore Abbey to see elegant rooms and the charming church, set beside a tranquil lake. Visit the Victorian Walled Gardens and enjoy a casual lunch. Return to Galway where the evening is free to explore the city. Overnight: The Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway (B,L)

Day 5: Sheepdogs, Cliffs & Traditional Irish Night

Travel south around Galway Bay and through the Burren, a region of rounded limestone hills that has a curious lunar-like appearance. Immerse yourself in farm life and watch trained sheepdogs obey their owner as they direct sheep through various obstacles. Visit the Cliffs of Moher, which rise almost 700 feet above the pounding Atlantic surf. Embark on a memorable ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary and head to Killarney. The evening concludes with a traditional Irish night featuring a lively show with dinner. Overnight: Great Southern Hotel, Killarney (B,D)

Day 6: Jaunting Car Ride & Ring of Kerry Highlights

Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car through Killarney National Park to scenic Ross Castle, set on the shores of Lough Leane. Set out on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive and see highlights of  the Ring of Kerry, with plenty of stops for photo opportunities. Savor a light lunch and take a break in the colorful village of Kenmare. Return to Killarney for an evening on your own. Overnight: Great Southern Hotel, Killarney (B,L)

Day 7: Blarney Castle & Traditional Music Session

Drive through the mountains into rich farming country on the way to Blarney Castle. Kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence” or explore the tranquil gardens. Travel along the coast to the Marine Bar in Dungarvan for some traditional music. Continue to Waterford to witness the creation of crystal masterpieces during your visit to the House of Waterford Crystal. Overnight: Granville Hotel, Waterford (B,D)

Day 8: Waterford Walk & Kilkenny

In the morning join a local guide for a walking tour through the narrow streets of the old city to discover Waterford’s long history and some of its colorful characters. Later, stop in Kilkenny for a look around the medieval city center and have lunch on your own. Partake in the Smithwick’s Experience and enjoy a tasting paddle of their famous ales. Travel to Dublin and in the evening head to Cleaver East, a popular Dublin restaurant for a glass of wine and farewell dinner. Overnight: Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin (B,D)

Day 9: Independent Day in Dublin

Enjoy an independent Hop-On, Hop-Off bus tour and a visit to one of Dublin’s top attractions — Guinness Storehouse, Teeling Distillery, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, or GPO Witness History.  Overnight: Clayton Hotel Burlington Road, Dublin (B)

Day 10: Tour Ends in Dublin

Your program ends after breakfast. (B)