Irish Explorer - 10 Days

Coach Tour-10 Days

The Irish Explorer Tour - Explore Ireland by luxury coach, stay in Superior & First Class Hotels over 9 Nights with 16 Meals included.

Irish Explorer - 10 Days

Day 1: Dublin & Glasnevin Tour

Arrive at Dublin Airport and transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. At 2:00 pm tour the city centre to see the main areas and visit Glasnevin Museum. Enjoy a welcome drink and dinner while you talk about your trip. (D)

Day 2: Folk Park & Donegal Castle

Drive through the Irish countryside to visit the Ulster American Folk Park near Omagh. The park contains 19th century traditional cottages and industries. In Donegal town tour Donegal Castle, built in the 15th century by an O’Donnell chieftain before heading to your hotel. (B, D)

Day 3: Slieve League Cliffs & Glengesh Pass

Drive along the coast to view Slieve League sea cliffs, where the highest point reaches 1,972 feet. Travel through the majestic Glengesh Pass and see demonstrations of spinning, weaving and knitting at Triona Design. Spend free time in Donegal town. (B, D)

Day 4: Belleek China & Country Life

Visit the Belleek Pottery Factory to see how the craftspeople create the world-famous china. View the grave of W. B. Yeats, the Nobel Prize-winning poet. Continue to the Museum of Country Life to see domestic and farm goods. Drive to your hotel in Galway for a walk around the city centre. (B, D)

Day 5: Connemara & Catamaran Cruise

Tour Connemara for sweeping views of misty mountains and shimmering lakes. Take a short cruise along Killary Fjord for scenery not accessible by road. Tour the elegant rooms of Kylemore Abbey and enjoy the lakeside scenery before returning to Galway. (B, D)

Day 6: Cliffs of Moher & Flying Boats

Drive around Galway Bay to view the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that rises 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Stop in Bunratty where you may shop or visit Durty Nelly’s Pub. Visit the Foynes Flying Boat Museum, the landing place for Pan Am Clippers during the 1930’s and 1940’s. Continue south to your hotel in Killarney. (B, D)

Day 7: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience

Drive the Ring of Kerry and stop at scenic points for photos. Meet a local farmer for a sheepdog demonstration and visit the Skellig Experience, which explains wildlife on the nearby rocky islands. Drive back to Killarney via Moll’s Gap and Ladies’ View and dine on your own this evening. (B)

Day 8: Blarney Castle & Pub Dinner/Show

Climb to the ramparts of Blarney Castle to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” and also shop at the nearby Blarney Woollen Mills. Continue to Dublin city and drive to a pub for a fun evening with a hearty dinner and traditional Irish songs. (B, D)

Day 9:  Extra Day

Take an open-top bus tour of Dublin, a visit to Guinness or Jameson. (B)

Day 10: Depart for Home

Transfer to Dublin Airport. (B)

 

B: Breakfast; L: Lunch; D: Dinner

Highlights

  • Dinner & Traditional Show in Dublin
  • Ulster American Folk Park
  • Slieve League Sea Cliffs
  • Ring of Kerry Tour
  • Four 2-Night Stays
  • Luxurious Clontarf Castle

 

Tour Includes

10 days/9 nights/16 meals

  • Airport transfers at start and end of tour
  • Sightseeing by luxury coach
  • Professional driver/guide
  • 8 or 9 nights in hotels listed
  • Full breakfast daily (B) except on day 1
  • 7 dinners (D) including
    • Welcome dinner at Clontarf Castle Hotel
    • Dinner and traditional show in Dublin
    • 5 table d’hote dinners
  • Welcome get-together drink
  • Tour of Dublin with a local guide
  • Slieve League sea cliffs followed by home-baked scones with coffee or tea
  • Walking tour of Galway
  • Killary Fjord catamaran cruise
  • Sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry
  • Dublin open-top bus tour with a visit and drink at Guinness Storehouse or Old Jameson Distillery (10-day tour only)
  • Visits and admissions to Glasnevin Museum, Ulster American Folk Park, Donegal Castle, Triona Design, Belleek Pottery Factory, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Museum of Country Life, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher, Foynes Flying Boat Museum, Skellig Experience, Blarney Castle and Blarney Woollen Mills
  • Headsets for walking tours
  • Deluxe carry-on backpack, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap
  • All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

 

Hotels

Superior First Class

  • Clontarf Castle Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
  • Mill Park Hotel, Donegal (2 nights)
  • Meyrick Hotel, Galway (2 nights)
  • Killarney Avenue Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
  • Herbert Park Hotel, Dublin (1 or 2 nights)