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Top Ireland Attractions

Connemara

Dingle Peninsula

Galway

Giant’s Causeway

Dublin

Cork


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Top Activities in Ireland

Cultural tours

Hiking along the coast

Staying in a countryside homestay

Horseback riding

Nature tours

Touring ancient ruins


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Classic Ireland Itineraries

Highlights of Ireland (7-10 Days)

One week in Ireland is a good amount of time for hitting some key sights. You’ll discover the long, fascinating, and often troubling history of the country, and get a taste of the famous Irish countryside.

Day 1, Dublin: Enjoy walking around this historic city and visiting the haunts of the likes of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde.

Day 2-3, Killarney: Enjoy a pint at a traditional Irish pub, see the true Irish countryside in the Ring of Kerry.

Day 4-6, Galway: Cliffs of Moher, visit a traditional sheep farm and enjoy learning about local Irish farming, take a day trip to the Aran Islands.

Day 7, Belfast: Discover the dark history of the city, see Giant’s Causeway, and visit the shipyard where the ill-fated Titanic ocean liner was constructed.

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Ireland in 2 Weeks

Two weeks gives you ample time to see what makes Ireland so special, in more detail than one week provides. From enjoying a Guinness in Dublin, to taking a long scenic walk along the wild and expressive coastline to visiting local farms and learning about fascinating celtic history.

Day 1, Dublin: Take a walking tour through the city, visit the homes and haunts of some famous residents, stop in for a beer at a traditional Irish pub.

Day 2, Cork: Kiss the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle, English market - a staple since 1788

Day 3-4, Killarney: Enjoy the classic greenery and brisk weather of the Irish countryside at Killarney National Park and the Ring of Kerry. Enjoy a traditional Irish breakfast before heading on your way.

Day 5-7, Dingle Peninsula & Limerick: Visit archaeological sites along the picturesque Dingle Peninsula

Day 8-9, Galway: See the Cliffs of Moher, visit a traditional sheep farm, and take in this very “traditionally Irish” region.

Day 10, Aran Islands: Take a day trip to the Aran Islands.

Day 11-12, Belfast: Discover the dark history of the city, see Giant’s Causeway, and visit the shipyard where the ill-fated Titanic ocean liner was constructed.

Day 13, County Donegal: Preserved in time, the landscape of County Donegal remains largely unchanged, visit what was the O’Donnell Clan castle.

Day 14, Sligo and Drumcliffe: Visit the grave of W.B. Yeats, take a tour of picturesque Sligo Abbey

Day 15, Connemara: Before returning to Dublin, spend a day in the beautiful Connemara National Park and explore Kylemore Abbey

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Reviews of Ireland Tours
93% Recommend

4.5 out of 5
Excellent 1,269 Great 490 Average 133 Disappointing 32 Terrible 17
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4.5 Guide
4.5 Activities
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WE

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A peaceful and green country with lots of history revealed by motor coach travel. January 2017

4.0

British Isles Medley

The trip was a good overview of the country. The Road Scholar guide was very knowledgeable. The motorcoach was very comfortable. The accommodations and meals were fine. Couldn't ask for a better overview of the place. Read more

Operator Road Scholar

ER

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MAGICAL IRELAND October 2015

4.0

Magical Ireland

Recently returned from your Magical Ireland trip and it was absolutely enchanting. The wild Irish coastline scenery was truly spectacular and the Giant's Causeway -just amazing. Our guide/driver was extremely knowledgable and provided an interesting and enthusiastic commentary. Very very good trip. Read more

Operator SmarTours

JK

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Looking at different options what would… June 2019

3.0

ACIS Company reviews

Looking at different options what would a 9 day trip to Spain cost from us with about 20 students

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Operator ACIS

GB

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My wife and I just returned from a 10… February 2019

3.0

Aer Lingus Vacation Store Company Reviews

My wife and I just returned from a 10 day Ireland Castle tour and were disappointed in two of the castles, Bunratty and Dunboyne. They are hotels only and not the original castle as indicated on the ad. They don't fully explain the rental car insurance which we ended up paying $700 dollars additional for although the Enterprise staff were great to deal with. All the hotels were pleasant and we had no issues with the staff only the AerLingus misrepresentation of the castle trip. Also, don't bother calling the 800 number unless you have time to sit on hold for a minimum of 30 minutes. Read more

Operator Aer Lingus Vacation Store

J

Does Not Recommend

Go To Ireland... Just Don't Use CIE September 2018

3.0

British & Irish Grandeur

My wife and I travel often and while we enjoyed our tour itself, we would not use CIE again and would caution anyone else before doing so as well.
By the time our tour guide casually mentioned that their numbers on our particular tour were “way down” (our group had 28 the first week and only 18 the second week on a 50 person bus), I had already figured out why. CIE, as a company, is just not very good. Our group of three in Colorado, booked with some other family, a party of two, in Florida, to make sure we were on the same tour. The problem is, in spite of detailed explanation that we would be traveling separately and paying separately, CIE consistently attempted to treat us as a single party of five, both in payment and logistics. They charged our family in Florida an extra $50 to send their ‘travel bags’ to them directly. They messed up the travel vouchers for our group and even had them scheduled to be picked up at the wrong airport in England. This was clearly communicated on multiple occasions, but was still messed up by CIE.

Then there is their transport company. Before getting to the Denver airport, we received notice our flight into London would be delayed 2.5 hours. I called immediately, giving CIE a ten hour notice, and was told it would cost extra money for them to pick us up later. Apparently, they don’t do pickups afternoon. This would have been good information to have beforehand. Upon arrival, when I called the travel company at 2:00 pm local time, there was no answer so we ended up just taking a taxi and paying an extra $70 just to get to our hotel. Despite multiple requests, CIE has repeatedly refused to refund our $45 that we prepaid for our transfer, claiming a non-refundable policy. Think about this… 5 people on our trip, bringing in nearly $20,000 of revenue to this company, and rather than make it right, when the delay was no fault of our own, they choose to hold firm to their “non-refundable” policy and refuse to refund a measly $45.

I gave 3 stars rather than less because the tour itself was great. Our tour guide and itinerary were top notch. We did the 14 day Irish/British Grandeur and it was a whirlwind fourteen days. We saw a tremendous amount of sites and points of interest, but in doing so, we were exhausted by the end, despite being much younger than most of our tour companions. While there were a couple free afternoons and evenings, there wasn’t a single free morning. The mornings that we were leaving the hotel, we were to have bags out of our hotel room by 6:00 am or 7:00 am and we would be leaving between 45 mins and an hour later. Even when we stayed an additional night, our latest morning departure was 8:15 am. This is most definitely not a leisurely tour so be prepared to get good at sleeping on a bus.
The most disappointing part of it all though was the ‘bait and switch’ of the hotels. This tour was promoted as 4 and 5 star hotels, which was a complete fabrication. We stayed one night at a 5 star, two nights at a 4 star, and every single other hotel was maybe a 3 star. Maybe. Terribly uncomfortable beds, pillows, and poor service from hotel staff. For the price we paid for this trip, the hotels were a total rip-off and we expected better. The moral of the story is this; your numbers are down, CIE, because you’re not a very good company and word is spreading about your poor customer service. Go see Ireland! Just do it with a different company.
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Operator CIE Tours

GS

Does Not Recommend

Impossible to get in touch with anyone… April 2019

2.0

Aer Lingus Vacation Store Company Reviews

Impossible to get in touch with anyone there by phone without a minimum 30 minute hold! Amazing no one ever figured out how to have the caller leave a call back number to be reached in turn when staff is available. Ridiculous way to operate "customer service." Read more

Operator Aer Lingus Vacation Store

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