Grand Tour of Ireland

9 days starting at $2,139
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  • FLIGHT 1 Night

  • Day 1

    Overnight flight

    Overnight flight
    Board your overnight flight, bound for Europe.
  • DUBLIN 3 NIGHTS

  • Day 2

    Arrive in Dublin

    Welcome Mixer

    Arrive in Dublin
    Welcome to Dublin, capital of Ireland! In the last decade or so, Dublin has become one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe. It’s the hometown of James Joyce, U2, and Guinness. After clearing customs, you’ll meet your full-time tour director and the rest of your group.

    Welcome mixer
    Get to know your fellow travelers at an authentic local spot over some drinks and light appetizers.
  • Day 3

    Sightseeing tour of Dublin (local guide)

    St. Patrick’s Cathedral

    Guinness Storehouse

    Sightseeing tour of Dublin (local guide)
    A local guide will show you the best of Dublin. Pass by the Irish President’s home as you head through Phoenix Park. Take in the views along the River Liffey and check out an ancient Viking site. See Trinity College, where Bram Stoker (the author of “Dracula”) studied.

    St. Patrick’s Cathedral
    Go inside the 800-year-old church named after the famous Irish saint. This is the biggest church in Ireland, and it stands on the exact spot where St. Patrick is said to have baptized converts.

    Guinness Storehouse
    Witness the history and brewing process of the world’s most famous beer. The Guinness Brewery was founded in 1759. Go through the Guinness Hopstore, a converted 19th-century building where you can see how the famous stout is made. For many, the real highlight of the visit is the Gravity Bar, a glass-enclosed space about 200 feet up, where you can sample the brew as you enjoy 360-degree views of Dublin.
  • Day 4

    Free Day in Dublin

    Free Day in Dublin

    Top 5 free-time suggestions:

    1. Dublin Writers Museum – This tribute to the literary giants who called Dublin home includes artifacts like James Joyce’s typewriter.
    2. Shopping on Grafton Street – Scope out sweet deals in the hub of Dublin shopping; you can also stop and rest with a cup of tea along the way.
    3. Kilmainham Gaol – Once a jail for political prisoners, this moving museum is worth a trip.
    4. Phoenix Park – Relax or play alongside the locals in the city’s biggest park.
    5. Dublin Zoo – Animal lovers will feel at home in this impressive park housing 235 species of animals and birds.
  • COUNTY KERRY 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 5

    Blarney Castle

    Travel to County Kerry

    Blarney Castle
    En route to County Kerry, stop for a visit to the famed Blarney Castle. To reach the legendary Blarney Stone and to receive the “gift of the gab,” you’ll have to climb the steps of the castle, lean backward under the parapet wall and kiss the stone upside-down.

    Travel to County Kerry
    Continue on to County Kerry, known for its scenic green landscapes—classic Ireland.
  • Day 6

    Highlights of the Ring of Kerry

    Bog Village

    Highlights of the Ring of Kerry
    Drive the 112 miles around the Iveragh Peninsula, better known as the Ring of Kerry. Catch amazing views all the way—see the beaches, the Atlantic Ocean, the Lakes of Killarney and Macgillycuddy’s Reeks (the tallest mountains in Ireland).

    Bog Village
    In Glenbeigh, visit the Bog Village. Walk through a re-creation of an Irish village from the early 1800s, as costumed guides demonstrate the 19th-century rural Irish way of life.
  • GALWAY 2 NIGHTS

  • Day 7

    Travel to Galway via Cliffs of Moher

    Highlights of Galway

    Free time in Galway (night)

    Travel to Galway via Cliffs of Moher
    On the way to Galway, stop at the Cliffs of Moher for amazing views of the coastline. The limestone walls of rock dominate the coast for five miles and rise to staggering heights of 700 feet.

    Highlights of Galway
    Your tour director will show you around bohemian Galway. The city is famous for its entertainment options (live music, street performers, art shows) and for a population that’s twenty-five percent students. You’ll get the lay of the land, walk along the banks of the River Corrib, and get great views of Galway Bay.

    Free time in Galway (night)
    Top 5 nightlife suggestions:
    1. Taaffes – Come here for nightly traditional Irish music, and keep your ears open for spoken Gaelic.
    2. Quay Street – This area by the river is the most action-packed in the city; perfect for a pub crawl.
    3. Tigh Neachtains – This place on Quay Street brings in a trendy crowd with frequent live music.
    4. The Living Room – This is the place to go if you're looking for a hip, modern vibe.
    5. The GPO – One of Galway's most popular nightspots, it’s the longest-standing club in the city.

    For more ideas and details, see our Lonely Planet city guide for Galway.
  • Day 8

    Excursion to the Aran Islands

    Farewell Dinner

    Excursion to the Aran Islands
    Head out to the rugged islands, where old Irish traditions are hanging on. Gaelic is still the main language here, and you’ll still see traces of ancient Gaelic customs in the shops and cottages all over. It’s a mini-trip back in time and a chance to enjoy some great island nature and scenery. A highlight is Dún Aengus, a 2,000-year-old fort whose walls go right up to the side of a cliff high above the sea.

    Farewell dinner
    Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.
  • FLIGHT 1 DAY

  • Day 9

    Fly Home

    Fly home
    It's time to say your goodbyes. Head to the Shannon airport for your flight back home.
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  • Round-trip airfare
  • Accommodations
  • Travel between cities
  • Welcome Mixer
  • Farewell Dinner
  • Continental Breakfast Daily
  • Full-time tour director
  • Sightseeing tours
  • Entrance to select attractions
This tour has no optional excursions.
SIGHTS YOU'LL SEE:

Trinity College Library

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Aran Islands

Blarney Castle

Bog Village

Guinness Storehouse

CITY GUIDES

Dublin Galway