History is experiential in Ireland. Traditions play out, and stories emanate from the streets. Here, the older history is integral to today’s culture, which can make for a very inspiring and immersive vacation. Handcrafted for senior travelers, this 13-day tour will connect 6,000 years of history from Dolmens and portal tombs to St Patrick to the Georgian heritage up through today. There will be storytelling, castles, thatched rooftops, James Joyce, and so much more.
Dublin – Cobblestone Streets and Irish Storytelling
The elegance of Georgian Dublin will greet you upon your arrival. Beautiful treasures line the streets with many memoirs to the city’s architectural, 18th-century heyday. Neoclassical styles stretch above the cobblestone. Your hotel holds 200 years of history, so for the next four nights, you will be sleeping in a piece of Ireland’s history. After an airport transfer and some time to relax at your hotel, you will be taken to a small pub in the city. Here, they still perform the old tradition of storytelling with seanchaithe or Gaelic storytellers who spin fanciful tales and legends about the land’s history.
Dublin – Historical Highlights of Dublin Tour
Dublin – James Joyce Literary Tour
Dublin – Exploring Ireland’s Megalithic Passage Tombs
Kilkenny – A Castle, Cathedral, and Traditional Music Tour
Kinsale – Cashel, Ireland’s Most Spectacular Historic Attraction
Kinsale – A Relaxed Day Exploring Cork, Blarney, and Cobh
Kenmare – Tradition and Tranquility in Kerry
Kenmare – Handpicked Highlights of the Ring of Kerry
Adare – Ireland’s Cutest and Best-Preserved Historic Village
Galway – Discovering Many of Ireland’s Natural Highlights
Galway – Legacy and Tradition of the Tribes
Shannon – Departure
- Experience local traditions as you will enjoy evenings of Irish storytelling and dancing
- Travel a long way back in time while visiting megalithic passage tombs and limestone, Bronze-Age portals
- Discover Ireland’s cute, old towns as you will spend two nights in Kinsale, two in Kenmare, and one in Adare
- Visit the legendary castles and cathedrals along with the spectacular Rock of Cashel
- Explore the Ring of Kerry and absorb all its traditional culture
- Live out the history, especially during a James Joyce tour of Dublin and a music tour of Kilkenny
- Uncover the city of the tribes and the ancient legend behind Galway
- Enjoy Ireland’s sublime scenery from the Cliffs of Moher to the lush green pastures that are synonymous with the country
Ireland has a history that you can really experience. Rather than just seeing the sights and landmarks, you can get involved with the culture. The old towns and cities are not museum pieces but lived-in places where tradition is actively preserved into the 21st century. With this handcrafted tour, you will travel from the Bronze-Age and Neolithic tombs through medieval memoirs and tribal tales, and then all the way forward to the 19th-century change. There will be music, storytelling, castles, cathedrals, and many colorful odes to yesteryear.
Spread over 13 days, this journey will provide a relaxing vacation in the southern half of the country. In most destinations, you will spend at least two nights, so there is an opportunity to settle in and really absorb why these places are so unique. Hotels have been chosen for their quality and location, helping to reduce how far you have to walk. All of your transfers will be privately guided, allowing for flexibility in your daily itinerary. Local historians take over at most the destinations, so you can understand stories and the context of the places you visit.
After flying into Dublin, you will spend four nights in the Irish capital. This should allow plenty of time to get over the travel and any jet lag in addition to experiencing different aspects of the city’s culture. While parts of Dublin are now quite modern, culture and tradition remain strong. One of these traditions is storytelling, and it can make for a charming experience on day one. Over the first two days, you will see the classic sights, including Trinity College and the highlights of Georgian Dublin. On day three, you will take the James Joyce trail through Dublin’s backstreets, and on day four, you will visit the Neolithic portal tombs of Newgrange.
It will be a short journey to Kilkenny on day five, which is where the castle and cathedral reveal almost 2,000 years of history. Smithwick’s Brewery can then give you a taste of the 17th century before two musicians take you on a tour of the city’s traditional music venues. The Rock of Cashel is Ireland’s most important historical site, and you visit this on day six en route to two nights in Kinsale. This town of cobblestone and intrigue is a base for discovering County Cork’s famous attractions, including Blarney Castle and Cobh. Your guide will customize day six to incorporate the aspects of Ireland in which you are most interested.
After a short transfer into Country Kerry, you will spend the next two nights in Kenmare, which is a lovely town that is recommended over nearby Killarney for senior travelers. It is quieter and more compact with the pubs and music venues that are more catered towards older people. On day eight, you can discover the town, and then on day nine, you will be taken on a private tour of the Ring of Kerry. Again, your guide will discuss different places that you can stop and see with the tour being able to be adjusted to your mood and energy levels. Some want to see it all and do the complete loop, while others only prefer a couple of interesting places that are away from the crowds.
Nearby Adare is the country’s best-preserved, historic village. It can feel as if you have entered a medieval century with the thatched-roof houses and a horse and carriage ride down the cobbles. The Cliffs of Moher and the Burren are Ireland’s most famous natural highlights. These are easy stops for you to make as they can be en route to your final two nights in Galway. You do not need to walk very far either because your guide will show you some of the Burren, Bronze-Age portal tombs that are closest to the road. Galway is the city of tribes and may seem to be a sum of all the past experiences with music, storytelling, plenty of tradition, and some enchanting evenings around a pub fire.
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$6,755 per person (excluding international flights)
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