7 Day Winter Tour of Ireland

This truly is a tour encompassing a broad spectrum of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland . You will be shown a vast array of Castles, historic landmarks and places of interest. You will experience an array of differing and often contrasting places of interest and have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the Irish culture. You will take home with you memories of iconic and famous places which will stay with you forever.




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Tour Highlights

  • City tour in Dublin.
  • Scenic drive of the Ring of Kerry.
  • Orientation of Galway, Limerick and Waterford.
  • See the Cathedral of Galway.
  • View St. Patrick's Cathedral and Phoenix Park in Dublin.
  • King John's Castle and St. Mary's Cathedral in Limerick.
  • Visit Bunratty Folk Park and the Cliffs of Moher.
  • Visit Blarney to kiss the stone and gain the 'gift of the gab'.
  • See Youghal, the Crystal Showroom at Waterford and the famine ship in New Ross.
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Tour Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Dublin with Afternoon Sightseeing

Day 2

Dublin, Galway and Limerick

Day 3

Limerick, Bunratty Cliffs of Moher and Killarney

Day 4

Ring of Kerry Excursion

Day 5

Killarney, Blarney Castle, Youghal and Waterford

Day 6

Waterford, New Ross, Wicklow and Dublin

Day 7

Depart Dublin

Day 1

Settle into the beginning of your tour by exploring the capital city of Dublin with your travel director and fellow travelling companions. This friendly and vibrant city is a treat and there are many places to explore and see.

There is free time in the morning and then into the afternoon meet up with your guide and see St Patrick’s Cathedral, Trinity College and wander the magnificent Georgian Squares and the green and peaceful Phoenix Park.

In the evening, enjoy dinner at a traditional Irish pub with your travel specialist and your travelling companions. Look forward to your forthcoming tour together.

Includes Welcome Reception.

Day 2

Head towards the lovely town of Galway today. See the Cathedral and enjoy wandering the streets and looking around the market before heading onto Limerick.

Limerick is awash with interesting sites, you will see St Mary’s Cathedral, the Treaty Stone and the castle of King John.

Includes Full Breakfast.

Day 3

Today you will go back in time to the 18th and 19th century. You will visit Folk Park which is a living museum depicting the lives of the Irish over the last 300 years. You will also visit Bunratty Castle complete with its array of antique tapestries and furnishings.

In the afternoon, visit the Cliffs of Moher. The ‘Atlantic Edge’ exhibition will take you through the history of the cliffs which withstand the constant buffeting of the massive Atlantic. You will then drive along the coast to the villages of Kilrush and Lahinch where you will take the ferry across the Shannon estuary.

Killarney will be your base for the next 2 nights of your tour around the Emerald Isle.

Includes Full Breakfast.

Day 4

A stunning coastal drive around the Iveragh Peninsula awaits you today. Also known as the ‘Ring of Kerry’ this drive encapsulates the magic and variety of Ireland’s coastline. It is a photographer’s dream. The combination of valleys and lakes, mountains and sea are awesome and incredibly inspiring and will stay with you forever. You will see Black Valley, Moll’s Gap, Daniel O’Donnell’s Cahirciveen and the fishing village, Waterville.

Includes Full breakfast.

Day 5

This morning you will traverse the Kerry mountains as you leave Killarney and head towards the busy market town of Macroon. View the tumbled remains of Castle Arch which is all that is left of the gateway to the original Macroon Castle. Blarney Castle is next and this is no ruin, a medieval stronghold, this castle has a stone that begs to be kissed by passersby. Legend has it that should you kiss it, you will gain the ‘gift of the gab’. Which the Irish are renowned for.

In the afternoon, visit the rich in history seaport town of Youghal, Sir Walter Raleigh’s home.

Then onto Waterford to settle into your hotel for the night.

Includes Full Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 6

The house of Waterford Crystal is your first stop this morning. You will watch the craftsman at work in the workshop making the exquisite crystal Waterford is famous for. Visit the showroom and perhaps buy a souvenir piece to take home.

Leave for the town of New Ross next, the ancestral home of the 35th president of the USA and see the monument erected to commemorate John F. Kennedy’s visit in 1963.

In Waterford harbour lies the Dunbrody, a three-masted famine ship. See the ship and experience the appalling conditions that the Irish emigrants endured during the 1800’s.

Driving through the counties of Wexford and Wicklow you will then enjoy a good bye dinner with your travel before settling into your hotel in Dublin.

Includes Full Breakfast and be My Guest Dining.

Day 7

Time to say goodbye to both your travel director and to your fellow travelling companions today. It will also be time to say goodbye to the Emerald Isle which will feel like an old friend as you return to your own homes.

Airport transfers are available, conditions apply.

Includes Full Breakfast.


Sightseeing Highlights

  • Traditional Irish fare with an Italian twist is served up at Glenealy Farmhouse near Dublin with the charming Fulvio family on hand to share their story.
  • Explore the tragic history of Ireland's famine emigration at the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience, a replica of one of the original famine ships used in the 1800s.
  • Learn how delicate Irish crystal is crafted at the House of Waterford Crystal during a workshop tour.

Dining Highlights

  • 6 Full breakfasts
  • 3 Dinners (including Be My Guest)

Important Information

  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing.
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals.
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with WiFi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys).
  • Ferry across the Shannon Estuary.
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted.
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences.
  • Optional Experiences and free time.
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities.
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras.
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver.
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes.
  • VIP entry to many sights.


FAQ’s

What meals are included?

Breakfast is included on all overnight tours.  Lunches are not included, unless otherwise stated.  Evening meals are included when stated on the tour itinerary.  On tours of seven days or more, generally fifty percent of dinners are included.  Please check the itinerary page for exact details.

Where does the trip depart from?

Each UK trip will have a dedicated pick up point in central London.  Shorter duration trips will normally depart from Victoria Coach Station, with longer duration trips leaving from the London Reception Centre, near to Waterloo train station.  Departure points will be confirmed before booking a tour.

Can I get picked up from my hotel?

Pick up from hotels is not possible.  You will need to make your own way to the departure point.  However some tours do have a designated hotel departure, which you can stay in prior to the trip.  Please ask at time of booking for departure points and we can direct you to local hotels.

Are entrance fees included?

Entrance fees are included where specified on the itinerary.

Can I pay in dollars?

All tours are quoted and charged in pounds sterling, but you can pay using your local card and currency.  We will debit the card in pounds sterling and your bank will use their exchange rate at that time to deduct the amount in your local currency.

What time does the trip leave and return?

Departure times will vary depending on the itinerary.  European tours departing from London will usually leave between 05.00am and 07.00am.  Multi day UK tours will leave between 06.00am and 07:30am.  Day trips will depart between 07.00am and 09.00am.  European and worldwide tours that start in an overseas city will have a welcome reception on day one of the tour which is usually around 18.00pm.

Return times vary depending on the itinerary.  All the full day coach tours should be finished by no later than 19.00pm, traffic permitting.  The train tours return between 20.00pm and 22.00pm.  Longer duration trips will return between 16.00pm and 19.00pm.  All times will be confirmed at time of booking.

Is this a definite/guaranteed departure?

A definite departure is guaranteed to operate for that given departure date.  A trip that is not yet designated a definite departure is not yet guaranteed to operate based on current booking numbers.  If a trip and departure date you are interested in is not yet definite, do not let this discourage you from booking.  The more paid passengers received, the odds of the trip operating increase.  In the slim case that the operator withdraw a trip you are booked on due to a lack of numbers, you are entitled to a full refund of any funds already paid towards the tour, or if flexible with your time, we can move you onto another departure.

Who travels on these tours, who else is booked?

Whilst we can not confirm exactly who else is booked on a tour, we can guarantee you will be travelling with fellow liked minded travelers who share a passion for travel, fun, adventure and discovery.  All tours will be run by English speaking guides and age ranges will vary.  The beauty of taking a guided holiday is you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

Are transfers included from the airport?

In general, if you are joining or departing your guided holiday on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included (excludes itineraries starting and/or ending in London).  You’ll find specific information on the itinerary’s page.

What optional excursions can I do and can I book them now?

Optional experiences are available on some tours.  These are activities that are not automatically included, but offered during your trip to enhance your travel experience.  These are all bookable whilst on the tour via your tour guide/travel director.  These are payable by cash or card.



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