The Best of Ireland

Start: Dublin, Ireland Finish: Kilkenny, Ireland

Visiting: Dublin, Ireland , Belfast, Northern Ireland , Enniskillen, Northern Ireland , Galway City, Ireland , Ennis, Ireland , Killarney, Ireland , Kilkenny, Ireland , Dublin, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, Galway City, Ireland


Duration: 13 Nights

Tour code: IR2021

Tour operator: Tauck

Age range: 0-99


Prices From: $5070

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Tour Overview

The Emerald Isle bids you a hundred thousand welcomes on Tauck's most popular Ireland tour. Splendid scenery, fascinating history, a vibrant culture and warm, hospitable people all contribute to the great charm of Ireland, north and south. Feast your eyes along the Yellow Roads from the Ring of Kerry to the Cliffs of Moher to the Giant's Causeway. Learn the story of three centuries of Irish emigrants building a new life in North America at the Ulster American Folk Park. Get a little taste of the artistic side of Ireland on visits to the Belleek Pottery factory and a literal taste of Irish whiskey at The Jameson Experience. Enjoy the sophistication of Dublin and Belfast and the peaceful ambiance of small villages. Have lunch with a family who run a working dairy farm. Experience the award-winning, magnificent Titanic Belfast interactive museum and savor a special 9-course tasting dinner inspired by the great ship's menu in the city where it was built, Belfast. And find out what it's like to stay in country estates, lakeside resorts and a historic city-center hotel... all on an Ireland journey not to be missed.

Highlights

  • icon Visit Belfast’s award-winning Titanic Belfast interactive museum & enjoy a sumptuous 9-course Titanic tasting dinner at The Merchant Hotel
  • icon Learning – at an Irish farm, the Belleek Pottery factory & the Ulster American Folk Park
  • icon Visits to castles, abbeys, walled cities & a graveyard with stories to tell, history to reveal
  • icon Discover the history of Irish whiskey at The Jameson Experience
  • icon Accommodations at country estates, lakeside resorts and a historic city-center hotel
  • icon TAUCK’S YELLOW ROADS – Journey through the Irish wilds of Connemara & along the spectacular coastal scenery of Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast Road

Itinerary

icon Day 1: Arrive Dublin

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Accommodation Name: The Fitzwilliam Hotel

Meals: Dinner

Tour begins: 6:00 PM, The Fitzwilliam Hotel. A transfer is included from Dublin Airport to The Fitzwilliam Hotel on Stephens Green in the heart of the city – famed Grafton Street is steps away. We invite you to join us this evening for a welcome reception and dinner at your hotel.

icon Day 2: Sights of Dublin

Location: Dublin, Ireland

Accommodation Name: The Fitzwilliam Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Sightseeing today in Ireland's capital city, accompanied by a local guide, introduces you to landmark sites such as O’Connell Street and a view of the Lord Mayor’s residence. Visit Dublin Castle, a major government center that sits on the site of a Viking settlement. The afternoon is free for you to explore Dublin as you please.

icon Day 3: Belfast & Titanic history

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Accommodation Name: The Merchant Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Head to Northern Ireland and the vibrant capital of Belfast for a day that begins with a visit to the Titanic Quarter to experience Titanic Belfast, an award-winning interactive museum, followed by a guided city tour. This evening, a special treat – a nine-course Titanic tasting menu dinner in the sumptuous Great Room of The Merchant Hotel, honoring the ship’s grand style.

icon Day 4: Glens of Antrim & Giant's Causeway

Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland

Accommodation Name: The Merchant Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Depart Belfast and travel the spectacular Antrim Coast Road, one of the world’s most scenic drives, through the haunting Glens of Antrim. Arrive in the town of Bushmills; lunch is served up with a warm welcome and a “fire that is always lit,” a tradition at the Bushmills Inn whose origins date back to 1608. Explore the Giant’s Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; over 40,000 symmetrical basalt columns lead from coastal cliffs to the sea; return to Belfast for an evening at leisure.

icon Day 5: Peaceful Derry & a Living Folk Park

Location: Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

Accommodation Name: Lough Erne Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Explore Derry on a walking tour with a local guide. In nearby Omagh, visit the Ulster American Folk Park, where you will hear the stories of three centuries of Irish emigrants who left the Emerald Isle to build new lives in North America. Spend two nights at a lakeside resort.

icon Day 6: Belleek & a Visit to Medieval Midday

Location: Enniskillen, Northern Ireland

Accommodation Name: Lough Erne Resort

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

You have a choice today – spend the day in the magnificent Fermanagh Lakelands or, if you wish, join us for a visit to the market town of Belleek for a tour of the famed porcelain factory where you’ll meet craftspeople using techniques handed down from generations past. Midday, visit a town renowned for its medieval heritage, and return to your resort in the afternoon; dine at your leisure this evening.

icon Day 7: Drumcliffe, an Abbey and Galway

Location: Galway City, Ireland

Accommodation Name: Glenlo Abbey Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Depart Northern Ireland for the Republic of Ireland and the foothills of Benbulben Mountain, “Yeats Country.” Stop in the village of Drumcliffe to see the final resting place of poet W. B. Yeats, then on to the lakeside Kylemore Abbey; built in the late 19th century as a private residence, the impressive estate is now home to a prestigious boarding school for girls, a Gothic church and Victorian gardens. After lunch at Kylemore Abbey, travel through the beautiful, wild scenery of Connemara to Glenlo Abbey Hotel Galway, a luxury lakeside estate hotel.

icon Day 8: The Harbor City of Galway

Location: Galway City, Ireland

Accommodation Name: Glenlo Abbey Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Your day begins with a guilded walking tour of charming Galway City. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city as you wish; culturally rich, you'll find the pubs, markets, restaurants, antique and craft shops tell the stories of medieval times to the present.

icon Day 9: Cliffs of Moher & Ennis

Location: Ennis, Ireland

Accommodation Name: Old Ground Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

The dramatic Cliffs of Moher soar up to 702 ft. above the ocean along Ireland’s “Wild Atlantic Way” – and they are your first visit today. Spend time in the town of Ennis, then it's on to the 18th-century Old Ground Hotel, built as a private mansion.

icon Day 10: A Dairy Farm & Lakes of Killarney

Location: Killarney, Ireland

Accommodation Name: Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Your Ireland tour continues when you discover the importance of farming in the west of Ireland on a visit to a working dairy farm, which has been in the same family for generations; you’re invited inside their home for a light Irish lunch and some excellent stories! Then it’s on to Killarney and a visit to Muckross House, an Elizabethan-style mansion which was built in 1843. Set in Killarney National Park, the estate features distinguished 19th-century interiors; it is surrounded by magnificent gardens in a palette of sensational colors. Your accommodations for the next two nights are at one of Ireland’s most gracious hotels, Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa, exuding the warmth of a country home.

icon Day 11: The Photogenic Ring of Kerry

Location: Killarney, Ireland

Accommodation Name: Aghadoe Heights Hotel & Spa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is devoted to the natural beauty of the Iveragh Peninsula, known as the Ring of Kerry. On a drive ‘round the Ring, drink in the scenes of sandy beaches, mountains, lakes and cliffs, old oak forests and bogs. The country’s highest peak, Corrán Tuathail, reigns over Killarney National Park, at the peninsula’s heart. Along the way, history waxes and wanes in the ruins of ancient monasteries, castles and forts – and small villages, like seaside Waterville, where quiet and warmth are a way of life, bringing the scenery’s dramatic scale down to earth. Enjoy legendary Irish hospitality tonight when you dine at the charming, one-of-a kind Rozzer’s Restaurant.

icon Day 12: Jameson Whiskey & a Manor House

Location: Kilkenny, Ireland

Accommodation Name: Mount Juliet Hotel & Spa

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Jameson Experience in County Cork is a journey through Irish whiskey making, past and present – complete with a tasting! Following a lunch at a local restaurant that provides a true taste of Ireland, continue on to Mount Juliet hotel in the heart of Kilkenny. Your two-night stay at Mount Juliet Hotel is special; this five-star hotel was born as a private 18th-century baronial mansion and today maintains traditions that have endured through the centuries. Its modern features include a full-service spa, swimming pool, and the only Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in Ireland. Enjoy dinner tonight at your leisure

icon Day 13: Jerpoint Abbey & Tales of Kilkenny

Location: Kilkenny, Ireland

Accommodation Name: Mount Juliet Hotel & Spa

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

You’ll discover that Ireland’s antiquities tell the tales of days gone by... and today’s visit to the ruins of the Cistercian Jerpoint Abbey introduces some remarkable medieval architectural artifacts. Take a guided walking tour of Kilkenny, world-renowned as a center for craft and design, for insights into the Black Abbey, Rothe House and Kilkenny Castle. Mount Juliet is one of Ireland’s finest sporting estates, and you’ll have an opportunity to take advantage of some outstanding leisure activities today. Your two-week Ireland sojourn ends when you join us this evening for a farewell dinner and reception.

icon Day 14: Journey home

Location: Kilkenny, Ireland

Meals: Breakfast

Tour ends: Kilkenny. Fly home anytime. A transfer is included from Mount Juliet Hotel & Spa to Dublin Airport. Allow at least three hours for flight check-in.

What's Included

  • Visit Belfast’s award-winning Titanic Belfast interactive museum & enjoy a sumptuous 9-course Titanic tasting dinner at The Merchant Hotel
  • TAUCK’S YELLOW ROADS – Journey through the Irish wilds of Connemara & along the spectacular coastal scenery of Northern Ireland’s Antrim Coast Road
  • Accommodations at country estates, lakeside resorts and a historic city-center hotel
  • Learning – at an Irish farm, the Belleek Pottery factory & the Ulster American Folk Park
  • Discover the history of Irish whiskey at The Jameson Experience
  • Visits to castles, abbeys, walled cities & a graveyard with stories to tell, history to reveal

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Best of Ireland
Wonderful trip that exceeded all our expectations. Country coverage was as good as could be expected in 14 days. Our Tauck Director did a fantastic job of educating ....more Wonderful trip that exceeded all our expectations.

Country coverage was as good as could be expected in 14 days.

Our Tauck Director did a fantastic job of educating and entertaining everyone.

Hotels were excellent as was the service and food (even saw to our allergies).

Transportation via our motor coach driver was tops.

I have already recommended Tauck.

Trinity College and The Books of Kell.

Lasting memories of Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry, and Giants Causeway.

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Back to Roots
We began with a few extra days to visit the hubby's family farm outside of Ennis. This was our first trip to Ireland. Our Tour begin with one ....more We began with a few extra days to visit the hubby's family farm outside of Ennis.

This was our first trip to Ireland.

Our Tour begin with one of many of the exceptional hotels that Tauck delivers on this trip.

The scenery in Ireland is diverse from the Killarney National Park & it's spectacular elevation to the rolling hills of Dublin.

Certainly the falconry experience at Mt Juliet, the wonderful visit to Paddy and Margaret's Farm for a lovely lunch, the spectacular entry and stay at Ashford Castle, the wonderful local guide in Londonderry, etc.

Most importantly our Tour guide made the trip so special by her wonderful historical accounts & warm people.

A gem!; ....less
Ireland 2018
Fantastic two week tour of Ireland. Beautiful scenery, friendly and helpful residents, a fun people, great tour director and bus driver, and an interesting history of Ireland. Tauck’s surprises ....more Fantastic two week tour of Ireland.

Beautiful scenery, friendly and helpful residents, a fun people, great tour director and bus driver, and an interesting history of Ireland.

Tauck’s surprises are always fun and anticipated.

It was a perfect trip to celebrate my 75th birthday.

Thank you, Tauck My opportunity to experience falconry at Mt.

Juliet Resort.

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Trip of a lifetime!
We had a fantastic guide who gave us a fountain of information. It was very informative and entertaining! Of course the landscape and views were incredible and we were so ....more We had a fantastic guide who gave us a fountain of information.

It was very informative and entertaining! Of course the landscape and views were incredible and we were so very fortunate that we did not get much rain, so we had great visibility for the majority of our trip! We absolutely loved everything about our time in Ireland!! We loved speaking to those who were from Ireland.

We met them in pubs, stores and even on the street when we needed help with directions.

They were SO friendly! The Cliffs of Moher was spectacular as was Kylemore Abbey-both of them were breathtaking!! However, our tour guide made our trip seamless! She was fantastic!; ....less
Ireland is beautiful
Ireland is a beautiful country and has an incredible rich history. Our tour guide was a wealth of information and had interesting folklore as well as historical facts. The hotels ....more Ireland is a beautiful country and has an incredible rich history.

Our tour guide was a wealth of information and had interesting folklore as well as historical facts.

The hotels were all different and interesting.

My favorite was Mount St.

Juliet.

There is always excellent culinary experiences with Tauck.

Touring the Ring of Kerry and the wonderful scenery was a great memory; ....less
Best of Ireland
This trip covers the whole island so you get a good feel of Ireland. Tauck does a good job of having you experience a little bit of everything: politics, culture, ....more This trip covers the whole island so you get a good feel of Ireland.

Tauck does a good job of having you experience a little bit of everything: politics, culture, castles, history, religion, their exports, important sites to see, etc.

The hotels/resorts were wonderful! Ireland is absolutely beautiful! The guide was wonderful! We had a good driver! many moments- Titanic, Muckross, Ulster American Folk Park top the list I would like to suggest for those of us who can't climb the stairs to kiss the Blarney stone that we should be told about the house on the estate.

It was wonderful!!; ....less
Each day a highlight and memorable moment!
Professionally planned from beginning "Meet and Greet" with a harpist, cocktails and dinner. We stayed in beautiful 5* hotels in the best walking locations in the cities. Our tour ....more Professionally planned from beginning "Meet and Greet" with a harpist, cocktails and dinner.

We stayed in beautiful 5* hotels in the best walking locations in the cities.

Our tour director was personable and knowledgeable.

Our guides were informative and humorous.

The driver was the most skilled, punctual, and handled our luggage.

Having lunch at a dairy farm with the farmer and wife.

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The sheep herding demo.

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being greeted at Ashford Castle by a bagpiper .

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having a red carpet greeting at Mt Juliet Estate .

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The Ring of Kerry.

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Generous free time allowed us to explore.

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The food, the people, the music of Ireland! This kind of tour will stay in my heart always!; ....less
Exceptional!! Best of Ireland, 18-31 May 2017, Already booked next trip
Our first Tauck tour totally exceeded our expectations. Firsts: visit to Ireland, over land motorcoach tour, international trip for my mom, penthouse stay, kissed Blarney Stone. Our ....more Our first Tauck tour totally exceeded our expectations.

Firsts: visit to Ireland, over land motorcoach tour, international trip for my mom, penthouse stay, kissed Blarney Stone.

Our tour director's 18+ yrs Ireland exp.

and local driver's 40+ yrs exp made an AMAZING, knowledgeable and effective team.

Fast paced, much to see, to learn & enjoy! Numerous memories this trip created: My Mom's total amazement/ Ashford Castle welcome reception for "little ol'us"/ Falconry experience by John from Hawkeye with Roger & Maggie at Mt Juliet/ Meeting Paddy & family, story telling & delicious lunch/ Bushmill Inn Sunday 'buffet'-Like Thanksgiving dinner-beyond delicious!! Sheep! Shades o' Green; ....less
Best of Ireland
The trip encompassed every part of Ireland and the tour director was very personable and informative. We saw many facets of the country and cities. If you want ....more The trip encompassed every part of Ireland and the tour director was very personable and informative.

We saw many facets of the country and cities.

If you want a comprehensive tour of Ireland.

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this is it! The beauty and grandeur of the Antrim coast, Connemara, the Cliffs of Moher and the ring of Kerry.

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Best of Ireland, 2016 Finale
Amazing tour to an incredible country. All aspects of the tour itinerary were extremely well planned. From Ennis to Dublin we beheld some of the most wonderful sights. ....more Amazing tour to an incredible country.

All aspects of the tour itinerary were extremely well planned.

From Ennis to Dublin we beheld some of the most wonderful sights.

The tour director was marvelous and local guides did a fantastic job sharing Ireland with us.

We could tell the had a great passion for the country.

The driver was superb! The stay at Ashford Castle was unforgettable.

The quaint village of Cong, wonderful.

Since my wife is a classic film lover, this was a fantastic chance to be in the middle of a favorite movies.

We scampered around the area taking pictures of almost every scene we could find that was in the movie.

We watched "The Quiet Man" twice to make sure.

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Saturday Jul 24, 2021

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