Celebrate both the unparalleled beauty and the inviting culture of Ireland during your custom-tailored highlights tour that will bring together the drama of the coastal cliffs and the charm of quintessential storytelling found along the Emerald Isle. In the evening, the pubs fill with the captivating sounds of music layering the night with epic legends passed down through the generations. Small towns with cobblestone streets contrast with the quintessential lush grasses and hills spreading across...
Dublin – Arrive in Dublin with a Private Discovery of the Charming City
The dynamic city of Dublin captivates visitors with contemporary vibrancy blending effortlessly into the ancient, medieval, and Georgian history along the edge of Dublin Bay. Cobbled streets lead to classic pubs where the heritage of the entire Emerald Isle comes to life with music, singing, and dancing. You will arrive into Dublin International Airport, where your private transfer will be waiting for you at customs. Launch into the splendor of the city’s iconic highlights with your guide after settling into the comforts of your luxury accommodations in the heart of the city.
Your city tour will begin at Trinity College, which stands at the center of the city. Queen Elizabeth I founded the university in 1592, and it overtakes 40 acres of plush landscape intertwining the natural scenery with the cobbled squares and vibrant gardens. The masterpiece of symmetry between architecture and landscape retains a Georgian splendor stemming from the buildings erected during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. You will venture into the Old Library for a view of the vast gallery stretching 200 feet in length and referred to as the Long Room with approximately 200,000 of the library’s oldest books.
The building was completed in 1732 with a stunning barrel ceiling added in the nineteenth century. Marble busts of famous philosophers and writers stare from the edges of the gallery as if looking down on students and visitors passing through. The highlight of the library remains the Book of Kells, an enchanting illuminated Celtic and Christian iconography dating back to the ninth century AD telling the stories of four gospels written by hand on vellum. After your tour, you can settle in for a lively dinner and a needed night of sleep as you get ready for all that is ahead.
Limerick – Travel to Galway for Tradition and Visit Bunratty Castle
Killarney – Limerick and the Cliffs of Moher en route to Killarney
Killarney – The Stunning Towns and Scenery on the Ring of Kerry
Waterford – Visit Blarney Castle and Stop in Charming Youghal
Dublin – Find the Heritage of Waterford before Returning to Dublin
Dublin – Depart for Home
- Kiss the famous Blarney Stone in the fascinating remains of Blarney Castle to receive Ireland’s legendary gift of gab
- Stroll along the dramatic edge of Ireland’s Atlantic coastline to see the sensational Cliffs of Moher
- Circle the fantastical Ring of Kerry to visit the island of Skellig Michael, used as the secluded home of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Episodes VII and VIII
- Witness the artisan methods with which the Waterford Crystal Factory continues to craft their elegant and historically celebrated designs
- Delight in the gorgeous illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells inside Trinity College’s sensational Long Room
- Travel back in time at Bunratty Castle to view the sensational preserved towers and walls, as well as the living history in the folk park
- Explore the brooding storybook structure of King John’s Castle in Limerick located on the banks of the River Shannon
- Uncover the rebellious history and fascinating antique architecture of Youghal, a charming seaside town with an unexpected defiant streak
The gorgeous landscape and welcoming cities tip you off to the charisma of the dramatic castles and the boisterous pubs during your 7-day Ireland tour. The highlights of the Emerald Isle take you in from Dublin to Killarney to Waterford for an exceptional immersion into the myths, the legends, and the joys found in contemporary life. The scenery gives way to uncommon undulations of islands and primeval hillocks while the mythological traditions spread from antique walls to the soaring towers. From literature to music, oral traditions to historical sites, the captivating truth of Ireland’s beauty begins with your arrival in Dublin.
The enigmatic sites of Dublin spread from the histories on display in the library of Trinity College to the Celtic jewelry exhibited in the National Museum. The extensive Georgian flare accentuates the street-side charm giving way to the outdoor pursuits like horseback riding and sailing on the outskirts of the historical city center. Traveling the countryside to Limerick brings the images of storybooks to life as you stop in Galway. The small and intimate ambiance brims with legendary spirit known in Ireland as craic, and were connected with the aristocratic merchant families who helped rebuild the city after the fifteenth century fire. Galway Cathedral, St. Nicholas’s Church, and Lynch’s Castle act as portals into the Middle Ages in style and ambiance and then discovering the historical atmosphere of Bunratty Castle.
Two nights in Killarney bring a new perspective for the natural grandeur of the island’s west beginning along the edge of Great Atlantic Way at the Cliffs of Moher. Walk alongside the great ledge above the ocean before traversing the Ring of Kerry, a staggering collection of alluring landscape, colorful towns, and rugged islands like Skellig Michael. En route to Waterford, you will find the splendor of Blarney Castle and its legendary Blarney Stone before reaching quiet harbor town of Youghal, which is home to bright beaches, grand castles, and stellar mansions. In the city of Waterford, you can embrace the sophisticated works of the crystal factory, as well as the remarkable artifacts connected to Ireland’s unexpected Viking history.
$2,795 per person (excluding international flights)
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