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Magical Ireland tour

Magical Ireland

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
13 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • Merrion Square (Dublin)
  • Christchurch Cathedral (Dublin)
  • Guinness Brewery (Dublin)
  • Castle Ward House & Gardens (Northern Ireland)
  • Titanic Belfast Experience
  • Giant’s Causeway (Antrim)
  • Kylemore Abbey (Galway)
  • Cliffs of Moher (Clare)
  • Ring of Kerry
  • Dingle Peninsula (Kerry)
  • Blarney’s Castle
  • Medieval Castle Banquet

Short Description

Referred to as the Emerald Isle, Magical Ireland is one of Europe’s most extraordinary destinations! With smarTours, you’ll visit major cathedrals, historic castles, the world-famous Guinness Brewery, the incredible views from the Cliffs of Moher, among many other amazing highlights. Explore the cities of Dublin, Belfast, Derry, Galway, Killarney, and Limerick on this thirteen day extensive tour of Ireland. smarTours combines all of this with highly rated hotel accommodations to create an unforgettable experience.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Airfare included
Start City Dublin
End City Limerick

Trip Includes

  • Round trip non-stop airfare from New York
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Ground transportation in air-conditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations at First Class hotels
  • 17 meals: 11 buffet breakfasts (B) and 6 dinners (D)
  • Farewell medieval banquet dinner at Bunratty Castle or Knappogue Castle with wine
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours including admission fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking Driver / Tour Director throughout

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Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA.

Your fascinating journey to Ireland, the Emerald Isle, begins as you depart this evening on your overnight non-stop flight to Dublin.

Day 2: Arrive Dublin (Ireland).

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Stephen’s Green Hotel

Morning arrival in historic and elegant Dublin, the capital of Ireland. You’ll be greeted at the airport by your tour director. Founded in 841 by the Vikings, Dublin is a city with an interesting past and numerous monuments to tell its history. A visit to one of its major cathedrals will take you back to Medieval times, while a walk around Merrion Square will remind you of the glorious days of Dublin when it was ranked as the second largest city of the British Empire. Embark on an included guided tour of the “Fair City“. You’ll see Phoenix Park, one of Europe’s largest walled city parks and home to the presidential residence as well as the boyhood home of Winston Churchill. Admire the gracious buildings that line O’Connell Street, the city’s main thoroughfare and discover Trinity College, Ireland’s oldest university. Here you’ll visit the Old Library, containing thousands of manuscripts including the 9th century Book of Kells, famous for its precious illuminations. The tour concludes at your upscale, conveniently located hotel with the balance of the afternoon at leisure. This evening your tour director hosts a welcome dinner and orientation at your hotel.

Day 3: Dublin.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Stephen’s Green Hotel

This morning continue your guided exploration of enchanting Dublin. You’ll visit Christchurch Cathedral, first built as a wooden church in 1038, rebuilt in 1172 and fully restored towards the end of the 19th Century. The Cathedral is adorned with funeral monuments and possesses a crypt that stretches under nearly its entire length. Much of the Cathedrals memorabilia is displayed here. Continue with a fascinating visit to the Guinness Storehouse located in the Guinness Brewery, Europe’s largest stout producing brewery.Opened in 1904, the Storehouse was an operational plant for fermenting and storing Guinness. Today it houses a fine exhibition dedicated to the Guinness story. You’ll discover what goes into the making a pint of Guinness, the ingredients, the brewing process, the time, the craft and the passion. Once the visit concludes you are invited to the rooftop Gravity Bar to enjoy a pint of Guinness and savor the spectacular views. The balance of the day is at leisure to explore at your own pace, relax in one of the lovely parks or at an outdoor cafe.

Day 4: Ards Peninsula/Belfast.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Fitzwilliam Hotel or Europa Hotel

Depart Dublin this morning to the Ards Peninsula in County Down, Northern Ireland. En route, visit the magnificent Castle Ward House & Gardens, the 18th-century eccentric house with two distinctly different styles, classical and Gothic. The mansion is situated in a stunning location overlooking Strangford Lough. Expect to be enthralled by the expansive walled gardens, with their vast collection of rare and unusual plants. Later, board a ferry from Strangford to Portaferry and pass by a number of charming towns and villages before arriving in Belfast, a thriving city rich in history, culture and architecture. An included guided tour takes in the leaning Albert Memorial Clock tower and the Opera House. You’ll also see the Edwardian City Hall, the Crown Bar dating back to 1885, Queens University and the Botanic Gardens. A visit to the Shankill and Falls Road will be of interest as it will give the visitor an indication of how life was in Belfast during its troubled times. Dinner tonight is included at your hotel. Fitzwilliam Hotel or Europa Hotel

Day 5: Belfast.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Fitzwilliam Hotel or Europa Hotel

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing to the dockyard area for an included fascinating visit to the Titanic Belfast Experience with multiple dimensions exhibitions, drawing together special effects, dark rides, full-scale reconstructions and innovative interactive features to explore the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way. The Experience brings alive the story of the Titanic from her conception in Belfast in the early 1900s, through her construction and launch, to her infamous maiden voyage and catastrophic demise. The journey goes beyond the aftermath of the sinking, to the discovery of the wreck and continues into the present day with a live undersea exploration centre. The afternoon is at leisure for independent exploration. Perhaps visit the newly renovated Ulster Museum or take advantage of Belfast’s many cultural opportunities.

Day 6: Giant’s Causeway/Derry.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Tower Hotel

This morning depart Belfast, travel along the remote North Antrim Coast and discover the amazing geological wonder of Giant’s Causeway. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it consists of 40,000 basalt polygonal columns stretching into the sea and formed after an ancient volcanic eruption. At the Visitors Centre explore the major themes of mythology, geology and landscape, ecology, culture and social history related to this unique phenomenon. Irish legend tells that the Giant’s Causeway was built by the giant Finn McCool as a walkway to Scotland to fight a Scottish giant. This afternoon arrive in the picturesque port town of Derry, founded in the 6th-century by St Columba. In 1613 the city was selected as a major plantation project, organized by the London livery companies and as a result it acquired the prefix London. In the same year the walls of Derry were built to protect the town from the Gaelic chieftains in Donegal. Enjoy a guided walking tour to view the main highlights including the exceptionally preserved medieval city walls that you’ll walk along. Dinner tonight is included at your hotel. Tower Hotel

Day 7: Sligo/Galway.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Ardilaun Hotel or Clayton Hotel

Today journey south via County Sligo’s beautiful scenery that was an inspiration for W. B. Yeats, a Nobel Prize winning poet that is buried in this area. The lakes of Sligo, with their still waters and wooded islands are truly spectacular and form a striking contrast to the county’s rugged uplands. Enjoy a visit to Carrowmore Cemetery, the largest cemetery of Stone Age tombs in Ireland, with monuments ranging from five and a half thousand to six and a half thousand years old. Archaeologists have recorded over 60 tombs of which 30 are visible. The central tomb has been restored so that you may explore the interior of a court tomb and see how it was when built thousands of years ago. Continue to Galway on Ireland’s west coast and enjoy a guided orientation tour. Galway is a delightful city with narrow streets, old stone and wooden shop fronts, bustling restaurants and busy pubs. The city has attracted many musicians and artists, which add to its unique character. Dinner tonight is included. Ardilaun Hotel or Clayton Hotel

Day 8: Connemara Region & Kylemore Abbey Optional Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Ardilaun Hotel or Clayton Hotel

Enjoy a day at leisure in Galway to explore at your own pace. We recommend an optional full day excursion to the exhilarating Connemara Region (euro 55), a land of emerald green lakes, pristine rivers, bogs and mountains. It is also an area with small villages where Gaelic is still the spoken language and where little has changed little since the beginning of time. Connemara is widely considered Ireland’s wildest and the most romantic part. The optional excursion to the Connemara includes a visit to Kylemore Abbey, a lovely neo-gothic castle built in 1868. You’ll have time to wander both the mansion and the lovely Victorian walled gardens. Then, enjoy a scenic cruise of Killary, a charming calm-waters fjord. The nine mile long inlet boasts some of the finest scenery in the West of Ireland. Return to Galway later this afternoon.

Day 9: Farm Visit/The Burren/Cliffs of Moher/Killarney.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Randles Court Hotel

Today depart Galway and visit Rathbaum Farm, a typical Irish farm where you’ll learn from your hosts about the life of an Irish farm family. View a demonstration of sheep sheering and maneuvering the flock with the help of a sheep dog and enjoy coffee or tea with freshly baked scones. Journey through the bizarre and unique Burren Region and along the coast to the majestic Cliffs of Moher. Situated on the Atlantic Ocean the Cliffs of Moher are one of Ireland’s most spectacular sights. Standing 668 feet above the ground at their highest point, the cliffs boast magnificent views of the Atlantic coast and provide nesting sites for thousands of seabirds. On a clear day, the Aran Islands are visible in Galway Bay as well as the valleys and hills of Connemara. Later, take the Shannon Ferry over to County Kerry and proceed to the lovely town of Killarney. Dinner tonight is included at your hotel. Randles Court Hotel

Day 10: Ring of Kerry Highlights/Kenmare/Killarney.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Randles Court Hotel

Travel this morning to Molls Gap and Ladies View, two excellent outlook points overlooking Killarney, the valleys and pristine lakes. Molls Gap is a spectacular viewing point on the famous Ring of Kerry. Savor a magnificent view of Death Valley. Close by is the renowned Ladies View viewing point which gives a different perspective of the stunning countryside, with the three Lakes of Killarney all surrounded by the dramatic Kerry Mountains. Proceed to the enchanting village of Kenmare, nestled between the high mountains and the sea. A heritage town, Kenmare is strategically situated on the Ring of Kerry and is renowned for its natural beauty, fine restaurants, cafes and interesting craft shops. Enjoy some free time to explore Kenmare before returning to Killarney for a leisurely afternoon.

Day 11: Dingle Peninsula Excursion.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Randles Court Hotel

Today’s included excursion is reputed to be one of the most breathtaking in the world. Some of Ireland’s finest coastal scenery can be found in West Kerry, on the Dingle Peninsula, the most northern of the Kerry Peninsulas. Here, the Irish language and traditional ways of life are preserved. The narrow passage around the Peninsula is truly spectacular. It travels through a chain of mountains and continues along a beach bordered by dunes and made famous by the movie Ryan’s Daughter. The town of Dingle is a thriving fishing village and offers plenty of opportunities for savoring the atmosphere of a typical country Irish town with its plentiful pubs, narrow streets and scenic harbor. Proceed your magical journey around the coast to Slea Head. Here the blue of the marine landscape surrounds the Blaskets Islands, deserted since 1953. In the distance are the two rocky Skellig islands, where the ruins of an early Christian Monastery can be found. Visit the Blasket Islands Center on the tip of the Dingle Peninsula which celebrates the story of the Blasket Islanders, the unique literary achievements of the island writers and their native language, culture and tradition. As you continue your scenic drive, the Dingle Peninsula will charm you with its villages painted in bright colors and will bewitch you with the dramatic beauty of its landscapes. Return to Killarney late this afternoon and enjoy dinner on your own at one of the many pubs or inviting restaurants.

Day 12: Blarney Castle/Adare/Medieval Castle Farewell Banquet/Limerick.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation: Clarion Hotel or George Hotel

This morning depart Killarney for the 15th-century Blarney Castle, one of Ireland’s oldest and most historic castles. It was made famous for its Blarney stone, which is traditionally believed to have the power to bestow the “gift of gab” on those who kiss it. Many legends tell the story of the Stone, but why not kiss it and find out the truth behind the legend. You’ll also visit the nearby Blarney Woolen Mills, with an excellent selection of Irish crafts as well as knits and woolens of all kinds. Proceed to the picturesque village of Adare, dotted with pretty thatched cottages built in the 1820’s. Enjoy some free time to explore independently before traveling to your nearby hotel in Limerick. Later depart for a memorable farewell evening at the medieval Bunratty Castle or Knappogue Castle on the banks of the Rathy River. As you reach the castle’s gate a kilted piper plays a welcome tune. Cross the drawbridge and enter the castle. In the Upper Great Hall, resplendent with tapestries and period furniture, you will be offered a goblet of Mead. The Butler relays the history of Bunratty and the Earl & Lady of the evening are crowned before descending to the candle lit banquet hall where the medieval style banquet takes place. A sumptuous dinner is served complete with wine and lively entertainment.

Day 13: Depart Ireland.

Meals: Breakfast

Early this morning transfer to Shannon Airport for your return non-stop flight. Your memorable journey ends as you arrive back in the USA later today. 

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Ireland Trip was well organized

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We just got home from this trip and had a great time! The trip was well organized, meals were delicious, and the only hotel we weren't too happy with was the Randle in Killarney. The tour director, Peter Murphy, was very knowledgeable and he and the 9 other people (there were only 11 of us) on the bus were super nice and so much fun to spend time with. They made our first trip to Europe a very memorable one. We would recommend this company to anyone thinking of going to Ireland.
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Very good tour

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We traveled from July 19. Our tour director is sample of what the tour director should be. Funny, lot of nice jokes, knowledgeable, very well organized and much more. We learned a lot about country, observe its natural beauty and long history. I highly recommend the tour
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This trip was everything we expected and more.

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We traveled on June 7th. This trip was everything we expected and more. Our driver, Peter Murphy, made the cities and the countryside come alive with his narrations. The city tours were very informative and the travel between major cities was made enjoyable with narration and frequent stops at places of interest. Peter kept to a schedule, was always available and served his travelers well. We saw a lot, learned a lot, met some great people, ate some wonderful food and made lasting memories. This was our second trip with smarTours and we highly recommend them.
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Ireland trip was fabulous

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The magical Ireland trip was fabulous, our guide Peter Murphy filled our days with history and fun facts of Ireland . The hotels and all of the many places that we visited were made fun and interesting. Thanks to Peter Murphy.
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Enjoyed it very much

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My daughter and I just finished this tour, and we both enjoyed it very much. Our tour guide and driver, Peter Murphy, was excellent. Peter was friendly, humorous, informative and punctual throughout the trip. He helped create a good atmosphere on the trip for everyone. If you go, make sure you ask Peter about swimming sheep. Peter loves questions about sheep!!!The tour is well organized and covers a good variety of sights and history. The hotels (with the exception of the one in Derry) were excellent. The scenery is stunning, and the people of Ireland were always friendly. In short, this was a very good tour.
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wonderful Ireland tour with Peter Murphy

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We have just returned from the 12 day Magical Ireland tour with our guide, Peter Murphy. Every part of the trip was great, from the itinerary, hotels, food, and especially our tour director, Peter Murphy. We learned a great deal about Irish history, from the ancient language and burial sites to the hardships of the Great Hunger and the political Troubles which have beseiged this island. Peter was well informed as were the guides we met in Derry, Belfast and Dublin. Our weather was nearly perfect and the scenery, particularly the Dingle Peninsula was breathtaking. We came home full of knowledge thanks to Peter and have adopted many of his unique expressions in our conversation. Everyone on our tour, a most congenial group, seemed upbeat and happy. We would both highly recommend this tour, especially with Peter as your guide!
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Optional Activities

Customize your trip with these optional tours.

  • The Dublin liberties distillery: From approx. : $ 12 per person
  • Connemara region & Kylemore Abbey Optional Excursion: From approx. : $56 per person
  • Kate kearney’s cottage traditional irish night including dinner: From approx. : $50 per person

Flights & Transport

Airfare included

Group Size:

Standard Group

Cancellation Policy:

Full Payment due 75 days before departure. Failure to make final payment on time may result in automatic cancellation of reservation and loss of deposit.

Changes to the original reservation will result in a $150 change fee per person per change. No changes allowed within 75 days of departure.

Cancellation charges per person are:

Up to 75 days before departure: $300

74-45 days before departure: $600

44-30 days before departure: $1000

29-10 days before departure: $1500

9 days or less before departure: No refund.

All cancellations must be received in writing.

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smartours-IRE

Trip Excludes

  • Baggage and personal insurance
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Gratuities and optional tours
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Meals other than specified in the trip itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature

Meals Included:

17 Meals: 11 Breakfasts and 6 Dinners

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