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zA Week on the Emerald Isle

8 days

8 Day Small Group Escorted Tour

Small Group Discoveries for our World Travelers

  • Admire the remarkable Book of Kells, written and illustrated more than 1,000 years ago, and then enjoy a pint and some congenial conversation with your friendly guide in his favorite Dublin pub.
  • Delight in the magnificent landscaped gardens at Powerscourt and then explore the ancient ruins of Glendalough, a significant monastic settlement.
  • Succumb to the legend of the Blarney Stone! Give it a kiss and you’ll never again be at a loss for words.
  • Relax over tea and scones in lovely Adare, fondly known as “Ireland’s prettiest village.”
  • Take in the sweeping coastal views from the Cliffs of Moher and marvel at the stark and dramatic landscapes of the Burren in County Clare.
  • Visit the Burren Smokehouse to sample their finest products and to learn about the long traditions that underlie the high quality of smoked Irish salmon.
  • Experience both luxury and Ireland’s colorful history with unforgettable stays at a grand castle estate and in an elegant manor house. c

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Welcome to Dublin, Ireland!

Check in to the city-center Westbury Hotel, one of the finest luxury hotels in Dublin. This evening, gather with your fellow guests for dinner at Wilde, the Westbury’s elegant dining room, renowned for its imaginative and skillful preparation of artisanal Irish produce and seasonal fare. Meals D


A day in Dublin

Enjoy a free morning to get acquainted with this friendly city at your own pace. In the afternoon, your walking tour takes you to the lovely grounds of Trinity College where you’ll admire the Book of Kells in the Old Library. Beautifully handwritten by Celtic monks more than 1,000 years ago, this illuminated manuscript is considered by many to be Ireland’s finest national treasure. Then tour majestic St. Patrick’s Cathedral before joining your guide in one of his favorite neighborhood pubs for a pint and some lively conversation. Meals B


Excursion to Powerscourt and Glendalough

The celebrated gardens at Powerscourt are magnificent, encompassing 47 acres of flower beds and terraces, formal tree plantations, a fish pond, cascades and grottoes - all embellished with 19th-century statuary, iron work and other decorative elements. Today’s sightseeing also takes you into the beautiful Glendalough Valley, site of St. Kevin’s spiritual retreat in the 6th century, and now widely regarded as the most important ancient monastic ruins in Ireland. Back in Dublin, you’ll enjoy a free evening. Meals B


To Waterford, Blarney and Killarney

Depart Dublin after breakfast and visit the House of Waterford Crystal Center before driving to Blarney, home to the eponymous castle built 600 years ago by one of Ireland’s greatest chieftains, Cormac McCarthy. It is said that those who ascend to the top of the castle’s tower to kiss the Blarney Stone will never again be at a loss for words! Continue your journey to the deluxe Cahernane House Hotel in Killarney, where you will enjoy a superb dinner at the elegant Herbert Room restaurant under the direction of Head Chef David Norris. Meals B,D


The Ring of Kerry

Set out today to exhilarate in the untouched landscapes of the Iveragh Peninsula. Better known as the Ring of Kerry, this unforgettable drive takes in charming Irish villages, ancient stone forts and spectacular coastal vistas. Stop in Kenmare to visit a working sheep farm and then return to Killarney where the rest of your evening is free. Meals B


Travel to Adare and onward to Newmarket-on-Fergus

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before departing Killarney for County Limerick and a visit to Adare, hailed as “Ireland’s prettiest village.” Set on a particularly scenic tributary of the Shannon River, Adare is a captivating collection of thatch-roofed farmhouses, colorful cottages and ancient stone churches. Refresh with tea and scones at a local café before continuing on to the Dromoland Castle Hotel. Meals B


Excursion to the Cliffs of Moher

Set out this morning for the majestic seacoast of County Clare, where the Cliffs of Moher offer dazzling vistas over Galway Bay, the Aran Islands and the Maum Turk Mountains. Learn the secrets behind the high quality of Irish smoked salmon at the Burren Smokehouse and enjoy a tasting of their fine products, accompanied by refreshingly chilled white wine. Then discover the starkly beautiful, rocky coastal landscapes of the Burren before returning to Newmarket-on-Fergus for a celebratory gourmet dinner at the Dromoland Castle. Meals B,D


Depart Ireland

Your tour with us finishes this morning. Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

The Charming Hotels of Paris

Our FreeStyle Touring features a choice of city-center hotels, daily breakfast, our signature flexible sightseeing and airport transfers with your own private car and driver.

A Delightful Stay in London

Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes 3 nights in your choice of city-center hotel, private airport transfers, daily breakfast, Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing with a Thames River Cruise, ticket for the London Eye and 3-day London Travel Card


  • Our 4-day FreeStyle Travel package includes 3 nights in your choice of city-center hotel, daily breakfast, chauffeured airport transfers and city sightseeing with your own private guide

Ask about international air service on United, including business class. See your travel agent or call us for current international airfare associated with this program. We offer both economy and business class fares. Prices are in U.S. currency and are per person based on double occupancy, unless otherwise noted. Availability is limited.

Extra nights are available before or after your tour.

Family + Friends

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