Best of Ireland - 2024

Best of Ireland - 2024

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Best of Ireland - 2024

12 Days Starting in Ireland and ending in Dublin, Ireland

Visiting: Dublin, Belfast, Donegal, Galway, Cork, Molls Gap, Kilkenny

Tour operator:

Omega Tours

Tour code:

1612

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Physical rating:

Low, All Ages / Not applicable

Age range:

10-99

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Activities:

Walking, Whisky Tasting

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$3659
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Tour Overview

Take off on a 12-day odyssey through Ireland's best. Start in Dublin, a blend of history and culture. Head north to Belfast for murals and history. Witness the wonder of Giant's Causeway, explore Derry's past, then west to Galway for music and charm. Cork offers culinary delights, while the Cliffs of Moher awe with their Atlantic backdrop. Kerry dazzles with emerald hills and dramatic cliffs, and Kilkenny adds medieval charm. This tour is a rich tapestry of Ireland's landscapes, history, and culture

Highlights

  • Kerry dazzles with emerald hills and dramatic cliffs, and Kilkenny adds medieval charm.

  • A one-of-a-kind Viking adventure with a unique VR experience at the Glyde Inn.

  • City Hall, Queen’s University, and a visit to Titanic Belfast, where the Titanic's tale unfolds.

  • The awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher, where you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • The opportunity to acquire the "gift of the gab" by kissing the legendary Blarney Stone, also known as the stone of eloquence.

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Welcome To Ireland
Location: Dublin
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Academy Plaza, The Gresham, Dublin, or similar.
Meals Included: Dinner

Welcome to Ireland and Dublin Airport. Make your own way to your city centre hotel. The remainder of the day is free to enjoy all that Dublin’s city has to offer. Your hotel will be within walking distance of the city centre.

Day 2 : Dublin To Belfast
Location: Dublin, Belfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: The Maldron Hotel, Holiday Inn Belfast, Belfast, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Start your journey with your guide from the hotel's reception towards Belfast. Along the way, pass through the Boyne Valley and the ancient Hill of Tara, steeped in 5,000 years of history as the seat of Ireland's High Kings. Experience a one-of-a-kind Viking adventure with a unique VR experience at the Glyde Inn. Then, head to Hillsborough Castle, Northern Ireland's official Royal Palace. Uncover tales of celebration, diplomacy, and more as you explore its captivating history and State Rooms.

Day 3 : Belfast City
Location: Belfast
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Maldron Hotel, Holiday Inn Belfast, Belfast, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Nestled at the head of Belfast Lough, Belfast City is a dynamic, heritage-rich metropolis. Discover its evolution from market town to industrial hub on a guided city tour. Highlights include City Hall, Queen’s University, and a visit to Titanic Belfast, where the Titanic's tale unfolds.

Optional: Glenshane Country Farm Sheepdog Demo - Explore a family-owned sheep farm nestled in the ancient Sperrin Mountains. Meet James McCloy, a fourth-generation shepherd, and his skilled team of working sheepdogs: Moss, Tess, and the lively 2-year-old Jess. Immerse yourself in the captivating 'Sheepdogs at Work' experience.

Enjoy the afternoon at leisure in Belfast.

Day 4 : Giant's Causeway & Derry
Location: Donegal
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Jacksons Hotel, The Clanree, Donegal, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Depart your hotel and journey along the stunning North Antrim Coastline to reach the awe-inspiring Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with 40,000 interlocking basalt columns formed by volcanic activity. Next, head to Derry, Ireland’s sole fully intact walled city. Conclude your tour with a stroll along Derry's historic walls, bearing witness to centuries of dramatic events.

Day 5 : Donegal To Galway
Location: Galway
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Salthill Hotel, Clayton Hotel, Galway, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Begin the day at Belleek Pottery, in operation since 1857. Witness the craftsmanship behind this globally acclaimed pottery. Then, head to Marble Arch Caves to delve into a captivating natural underworld of rivers, winding passages, and grand chambers. These caves, nestled in the UNESCO Global Geopark, formed through the gradual dissolution of limestone by flowing water.

Day 6 : Burren & Cliffs Of Moher
Location: Galway
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Salthill Hotel, Clayton Hotel, Galway, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning, journey into Co. Clare and explore the captivating Burren Region. Visit the awe-inspiring Cliffs of Moher, where you'll be treated to breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. These cliffs, rising over 200 meters in some places, rank among the tallest sea cliffs in Western Europe, extending approximately 8 kilometers along the Atlantic coast. Afterward, return to Galway for some leisure time in the city.

Day 7 : Galway To Cork
Location: Cork
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Maldron Southmall, Clayton Hotel, Cork, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Head south towards Cork, passing by the Viking-founded Limerick City. In the afternoon, reach Blarney for a visit to its historic castle set amidst 60 acres of picturesque parkland, adorned with rare flora. Here, visitors have the opportunity to acquire the "gift of the gab" by kissing the legendary Blarney Stone, also known as the stone of eloquence.

Day 8 : Kerry Highlights
Location: Molls Gap, Cork
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Maldron Southmall, Clayton Hotel, Cork, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Explore the Ring of Kerry's highlights, including the breathtaking Molls Gap and Ladies’ View. Conclude the day with a leisurely Jaunting Car Ride in Killarney National Park, immersing yourself in Ireland's traditional mode of transport. Learn about the region's history from experienced jarveys, many of whom come from generations of jarvey tradition.

Day 9 : Midleton & Waterford
Location: Kilkenny
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Kilkenny, Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Visit the nearby Midleton Distillery Experience, established by the Murphy Brothers in 1825 and currently producing over 24 million bottles of whiskey annually. Conclude your visit with a tasting of this renowned Irish whiskey. Then, head towards Waterford, where you'll explore the House of Waterford in the city's Viking Triangle. On the tour, you'll witness the intricate craftsmanship behind Waterford Crystal masterpieces, from the initial design to the final engraving.

Day 10 : Kilkenny & Dunbrody
Location: Kilkenny
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Hotel Kilkenny, Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Explore the Dunbrody Famine Ship, an exact replica of the vessel constructed in 1845 for the Graves family of New Ross. This ship played a crucial role in transporting thousands of emigrants from Ireland to North America over three decades.

Optional: Entrance & self-guided tour to Kilkenny Castle –Dating back to the 12th century, Kilkenny Castle stands as a significant historical site, originally constructed by the Anglo-Normans. Explore the rich history and discover the evolution of life within the castle walls over its many centuries of existence.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure in Kilkenny, immersing yourself in the charm of this picturesque medieval city.

Day 11 : Kilkenny To Dublin
Location: Dublin
Accommodation: Hotel
Accommodation Name: Academy Plaza, The Gresham, Dublin, or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

Explore Dublin's EPIC Museum to understand why over 10 million people emigrated from Ireland. Discover the poignant stories of these emigrants, emphasizing that it's not just about what they left behind, but what they carried with them.

OPTIONAL: Evening Entertainment at Taylor’s Three Rock or similar – Visit this lively pub in Rathfarnham for an excellent night of music and
dance.

The remainder of the day is yours to enjoy at leisure.

Day 12 : Farewell To Dublin
Location: Dublin
Meals Included: Breakfast

After a final Irish breakfast, transfer to Dublin Airport for your departure flight home under your own arrangements.

What's Included

  • • 11 nights accommodation

  • • 11 breakfasts

  • • Dinner at your hotel on days 4 & 5

  • • Modern motor coach for days 2 through 11

  • • English-speaking guide for days 1 through 11

  • • Porterage service with 1 piece of luggage per person

  • • Visits include The Glyde Inn VR Experience, Hillsborough Castle, Titanic Belfast, Giants Causeway, Derry City Walking tour, Belleek Pottery, Marble Arch Caves, Cliffs of Moher, Blarney Castle, Jaunting Car ride in Killarney National Park, Midleton Disti

What's Not Included

  • • International or domestic airfare

  • • Gratuities to guides and drivers

  • • Travel insurance

  • • Additional meals when not mentioned on the itinerary

  • • Entrance fees to monuments or museums when not mentioned on the itinerary

  • • Local city tax for overnight stays

  • • Visas required for entry into the country as necessary

  • • Anything of a personal nature or that is not mentioned in included

Check out our Q&As

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary .

  • Are flights included in this tour?

    No

  • What is the maximum group size?

    5 People Maximum.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    No, solo travellers are required to book a Single (Private) room.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 2005

  • Can you assist with pre or post tour accommodation?

    Yes, please enquire for details, we'll be happy to assist wherever we can.

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Electronic Vouchers. These will be provided and attached to your booking (within the Documents section) aprox. 2 weeks prior to travel.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    No, unfortunately that is not possible on our trips.

Reviews of this Operator

Janifer Harland (Google Reviewer)  

Easy booking, nothing was a...

28-Oct-2023

Easy booking, nothing was a problem, prompt reply to emails. We did the Pearls of Puglia Tour. Fantastic region to explore, tour guide Sabrina was excellent and our other local guides were also great.

Joe F  

Excellent Service!

01-Mar-2020

Received excellent service and suggestions for a tour we planned for our son and daughter when they toured the Amalfi Coast in August. Hotels were all in great locations close to the action and all excellent 4 or 5 star. Would definitely use or recommend Omega tours to friends or family.

Pinx O  

I had wonderful time

04-Oct-2022

Just came back from my 11 days Portugal tours I booked through Omega tours. And I had wonderful time. I joined a small group tours, which is really great. The tour guide Myriam is one of the best tour guide I ever had. I always travel solo( and sometimes join a group tours )and tried to travel every year if I can . I am surely looking forward to booked more tours with you.

Linette Logie (Google Reviewer)  

Was pleasantly surprised that there...

02-Jul-2023

Was pleasantly surprised that there were only 4 people on the Best of Portugal tour. Our guide Cristina was fabulous and was a wealth of information on everything Portugal. A great experience overall and would highly recommend.

Guido P  

Had a great time and an amazing experience!

01-Mar-2020

Had a great time and an amazing experience. The touring company was excellent, punctual with clean buses and friendly and well informed tour guides. Hotels were nice, clean with good location, great service and good breakfast. We are recommending it to everyone and hoping one day we can repeat it.

Adair R  

Very pleased with this well organized tour of Italy

30-Apr-2022

Very pleased with this well organized tour of Italy. A great balance of sightseeing and free time. Exceptional local guide and driver. I’m not sure I would consider the hotels chosen to be 4 star - with the exception of Hotel St Martin in Rome which was great - but the others were very clean and well located. Would definitely choose Omega tours again when booking group travel.

Lisa M  

Most beautiful trip I've ever taken.

07-Jun-2022

Most beautiful trip I've ever taken. Having all my hotels and pickup and drop- offs taken care of by Omega Tours made this trip so easy to enjoy! Michael was amazing. He was always available to answer all of our questions and he made sure we had everything we needed in order to travel internationally during a crazy pandemic!

Joseph L  

Everything we experienced was exactly as described

25-Oct-2022

We took the Italy Deluxe Tour in September of 2022. Everything we experienced was exactly as described. Exceptional accommodations, travel and guides were provided in each city. Michael, our booking agent, gave us complete confidence that we had chosen the right tour operator by his attention to detail and prompt correspondence. We are delighted with Omega Tours and have already recommended them to many friends.

William S  

Very responsive to our requests for tours and travel schedule

04-Apr-2022

Very responsive to our requests for tours and travel schedule. Guides provided were great, very informative, and attentive to our requests and questions.

Lorri Miller (Google Reviewer)  

Sadly we cannot recommend them...primarily...

02-Nov-2023

Sadly we cannot recommend them...primarily due to our tour leader. He was a nice enough young man, but a very poor communicator. Ask anyone in our group and they will tell you that we were in the dark on a daily basis. We had to ask about times to meet, schedule, dinner plans - answers were vague or he would say he would tell us later. The words "don't worry" are not what you want to hear when you are trying to get specific information. Several of the local tour guides were hard to understand - so we ended up touring most places on our own. The hotels were hit or miss. (Naples was the absolute worst). It had a beautiful view, but it was very isolated so it was difficult to get a cab to come up the street - even walking was dangerous.

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  • Free Date Changes

    Omega Tours allows you to make 2 free date changes, as long as the change is made at least 60 days before the start of the tour.

  • Transfer as credit to Future Tours

    Omega Tours allows you to transfer existing payments to a future tour to avoid cancellation fees if you can't travel and inform omega tours, 60 days before departure.

  • Low Deposit

    Omega Tours requires a minimum deposit of 500 CAD per person or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 45 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of omega tours charges.

    Up to 45 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 30 days before tour starts: Forfeit 50% of booking price.

    At 15 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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