Ireland's unforgettable highlights
LOW DEPOSITS UNTIL 29th MARCH - JUST £49** PER PERSON
Join us as we tour Ireland and discover the beauty, history and Gaelic charm of our western neighbour. From Dublin to Sligo, Donegal, Galway City and Killarney, each stop has been carefully planned to ensure that you see as much of Ireland as possible without feeling rushed from place to place, and get a real sense of the rich variety that Ireland and the ever-welcoming Irish people have to offer.
Emerald Ireland Tour Itinerary
Fly to Dublin, meet your Tour Manager and transfer to your first hotel by coach. You'll then have the rest of the day to relax. Explore the hotel's parkland, or make the most of the spa and leisure facilities. Alternatively, head into the nearby town of Mullingar, where you'll find the cathedral of Christ the King, several museums and a range of interesting shops.
Day One: Fly to Ireland
Today we'll return to Dublin. After a short city tour, you're free to explore. See the ancient, Celtic 'Book of Kells' in historic Trinity College, then stroll down bustling, shop-lined Grafton Street to popular St Stephen's Green. Visit Dublin Castle and spectacular Christ Church Cathedral.
Day Two: Included Dublin city tour
No trip to Dublin is complete without a taste of "the black stuff", so visit the Guinness Storehouse to learn all about the legendary stout and sip a pint in the sky bar. Afterwards, wander the cobbled streets of famous Temple Bar and cross the Ha'penny Bridge, halfway between O'Connell Street and Capel Street, to take in the view along the gentle meander of the River Liffey.
Leaving Mullingar, today, we head to Sligo. Nestled between the Dartry Mountains, Lough Gill and the Atlantic Ocean, picturesque Sligo famously provided inspiration to its most famous sons, poet William Butler and his artist brother Jack B. Yeats.
Day Three: Included Enniskillen and Lough Gill cruise
On the way, we'll stop in the Fermanagh county town of Enniskillen, which sits on an 'island' beneath its turreted 17th-century castle, before continuing to Lough Gill. Here, we'll board 'The Rose of Innisfree' for a short cruise around the idyllic island that was the subject of Yeats' most famous work.
Spend today exploring the fascinating city of Donegal, at the entrance to Donegal Bay. Centred on its ancient marketplace, the 'Diamond', Donegal has a rich history that is reflected in its imposing Jacobean castle. Wander the streets, or take a 70-minute waterbus trip (payable locally) around the Bay to discover a different side to the city, as well as the seal solony on Seal Island, the views of the Bluestack Mountains and the many little islands that dot the Bay.
Day Four: Included Donegal day trip
In the afternoon we'll head out along part of Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way, past Killybegs, to the towering cliffs at Slieve League for the chance to enjoy some (hopefully) breathtaking views.
Today we'll head south to lively, picturesque Galway City. Here, the old heart of the city surrounds ancient Lynch's Castle, and a pedestrianised thoroughfare leads down to the thriving waterfront. Join your Tour Manager for a guided tour, then browse the shops and perhaps enjoy lunch in one of Galway's countless restaurants, take a harbour cruise or visit the city's great, stone cathedral before we continue to our next hotel in Limerick or County Clare.
Day Five: Included Galway City tour
Heading south again, today, we'll cross into County Kerry. Here Killarney National Park's lakeland scenery is overlooked by Ireland's highest mountain range - Macgillycuddy's Reeks. Discover Lakes Leane, Muckross and Upper, and explore charming, lively Killarney town - home to St Mary's Cathedral - before we continue to Sneem and our final hotel.
Day Six: Included Killarney National Park tour
Follow the 110-mile, circular route of the Ring of Kerry, today. Formed by the beautiful lakes and mountains of the Iveragh Peninsula that stretches west from the pretty town of Kenmare, the Ring passes through a delightful landscape of forests and rugged peaks, tumbling waterfalls and charming villages. Cross Coomakista Pass to take in the panoramic views of the Kenmare River, and admire the views of Macgillycuddy's Reeks from Molls Gap, and explore places like genteel Waterville and rugged Cahersiveen, before returning to the hotel.
Day Seven: Included Ring of Kerry drive
We'll leave Sneem and the Ring of Kerry behind, today, and return to Cork Airport to catch your flight home.
Day Eight: Fly back to the UK
The transfer time from the airport to your hotel is approximately one and a half hours.
Hotel transfer times
We sometimes need to combine transfers to and from your hotel. We always try to keep any wait to a minimum, but you may be asked to wait at the airport for up to an hour, while other incoming flights arrive, before the transfer to your hotel. Similarly, we may need to transfer you back to the airport up to three hours before your flight home departs.
Combining hotel transfers
If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.
The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. If you are bringing a wheelchair, please let us know at the time of booking so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Occasionally, for operational reasons, we may have to change the order of the excursions on your holiday. The final day-by-day itinerary will be confirmed on your Final Travel Documents, which you will receive approximately three weeks prior to your departure.
We are often asked about gratuities on our Irish holidays. At the end of a tour it is customary to give a coach driver around £2-3 per person per day and a Tour Manager around £3-5 per person per day; a gratuity of £1 per person per day for dining/waiting staff in your hotel will also be greatly appreciated. In a restaurant leave about 10% of a bill (no need to tip in a bar) and around £2 for services such as hairdressing.
**Low deposit of £49pp applies to new bookings made between 6th March and 29th March 2018 (inclusive) only. This offer applies to flight-inclusive holidays only and excludes Lapland, Andre Rieu in Maastricht, Andre Rieu in Vienna, Deep South Rhythms, New Orleans & Caribbean Cruise, Five-Star Alaska Cruise & the Canadian Rockies, Canada's Rocky Mountaineer(TM), the Seychelles Island Cruise, Darjeeling & Bhutan - The Last Himalayan Kingdom, Classic South Africa, Under African Skies, Cape Town, the Garden Route & Big Five Safaris, Peru - Lake Titicaca to Machu Picchu, and fly-cruises on board Magellan and Columbus. This offer is subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time.