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Best of Ireland & Northern Ireland in Small Group

Tour rating: 4.95 / 5, Based on 8 Reviews
Small group tour to Ireland, United Kingdom

Immerse in the beauty of Ireland and Northern Ireland as you explore the highlights, both manmade and the exceptional natural wonders, as part of a petite group of no more than 14 people. Enjoy unique included activities, such as a traditional Irish dance show, visit the world's oldest whiskey distillery or the Cliffs of Moher cruise to name a few.

Best of Ireland & Northern Ireland in Small Group

13 days6 cities
IrelandUnited Kingdom2 countries
Small group tour to Ireland, United Kingdom
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$5,274
Tour rating: 4.95 / 5, Based on 8 Reviews

Immerse in the beauty of Ireland and Northern Ireland as you explore the highlights, both manmade and the exceptional natural wonders, as part of a petite group of no more than 14 people. Enjoy unique included activities, such as a traditional Irish dance show, visit the world's oldest whiskey distillery or the Cliffs of Moher cruise to name a few.

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Galway

first destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 1
Arrival in Galway
Transfer
Transfer

Welcome to the Irish harbor city of Galway! Upon arrival, your driver meets you at the exit gate and transfers you to your centrally located hotel for the check-in.

The rest of the day free so you can start exploring the magnificent city center on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room. As an option, you may take the famous Luas - a modern local tram.

No meals included.

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Day 2
Galway City Tour
City tour
City tour

In the morning after breakfast, you meet your guide enjoy a walking tour around Galway and its best sights. Your route starts at the Eyre Square, where you learn the Occupy Wall Street movement and other important points of Galway history. Then you explore Brown's Doorway, John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaque, and the Quincentennial Fountain. As you make your way through the Old Town of Galway, you also see Lynch's Castle, St Nicolas' Church, and the beautiful Spanish Arch.

After the tour, you either return to your hotel or continue exploring the city on your own.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 3
Day Trip to Connemara & Kylemore Abbey
Day tour
Day tour

Today after breakfast you explore the unspoiled beauty of Connemara distinct region with a guide-driver. During the tour, you learn more about the origin of the Irish language and the reason why it is still the native language of the region. You see the rivers and lakes that flow from the Twelve Pins Mountain Range and find out why this unique corner of Ireland was a filming location for the famous "Marley & Me" and the "Field".

You also visit the 19th century magnificent Kylemore Abbey, situated on a lake in the middle of the mountains, and Aughnanure Castle, dating back to the 16th century, before you return to Galway.

Breakfast is included.

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Galmont Hotel & Spa, Galway
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Providing beautiful views of Galway Bay, the Galmont Hotel & Spa is set right in the heart of the city. It boasts an on-site award-winning spa center and top-notch service. Apart from the spa, the property features impressive facilities such as the Marinas Grill or the Coopers Bar and Lounge.

Welcome to Galway

Galway is the perfect fusion of culture, nature, and architecture to be explored on your next getaway. Located in western Ireland, the harbor city provides with monumental sites to visit, such as the imposing St Nicholas's Church.

train
Galway
Limerick
1 hr 10 min

On your way to Limerick from Galway, our trusted driver will take care of your fast and comfortable journey through the beautiful sceneries of Ireland.

Limerick

second destination
3 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights in a centrally located hotel
Day 4
Train to Limerick
Transfer
Transfer

After breakfast, you check out from the Galway hotel and your driver transfers you to the rail station for your train to Limerick. Upon arrival about 2 hours later, you are met at the station and taken to your hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day free so you can start exploring the city on your own, dine in one of the local restaurants or take a good rest in your comfortable room.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 5
Visit to Bunratty Castle & Cliffs of Moher
Day tour
Day tour
Boat ride
Boat ride

Following breakfast, you meet with your guide-driver to start your outstanding full-day tour of Ireland's west coast. Your first stop is the famous Bunratty Castle and the Folk Park where you enjoy its sights as you stroll from house to house of the charming village street.

Afterwards, you make your way to the Cliffs of Moher, a sheer precipice that stretches for 5 miles along the Wild Atlantic Way. The Cliffs of Moher are one of the most impressive coastlines in Ireland. Today you get to enjoy the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre and, as a highlight of your day, a one-hour Cliffs of Moher Cruise.

After the tour, you continue your journey and have time to see the Burren Region, and then return to your hotel.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 6
The Dingle Peninsula & Transfer to Killarney
Day tour
Day tour

Today after breakfast you check out from the Limerick hotel and are met by your guide-driver. This day is dedicated to a memorable day tour to the Dingle Peninsula - a journey that takes in the wild and rugged beauty of the Slea Head Drive - once cited as "the most beautiful place on earth" by the National Geographic.

The peninsula is littered with archaeological remains and secluded sandy beaches. Dingle Town is one of Ireland's quickly disappearing Gaeltacht regions where Irish is the first language.

Afterward, you arrive in the popular town of Killarney. Upon arrival, you are taken to your hotel for the check-in. The evening is free and you can take the hotel shuttle to town to enjoy Ireland's most famous tourist town and all of its great pubs and restaurants.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Limerick

Located in the Munster province in southern Ireland, the city of Limerick features marvelous architecture, as well as an abundant cultural scene with numerous museums, restaurants and green spaces for your leisurely activities.

car
Limerick
Killarney
1 hr 20 min

Have a great time traveling with one of our experienced drivers along some of the most picturesque landscapes in Ireland. Sit back, relax, and enjoy numerous beautiful dales and scenic hollows, passing by outside the window.

Killarney

third destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night at a heritage country house hotel
Day 7
Exploring the Wild Atlantic Way & Transfer to Cork
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast, you check out from the Killarney hotel and travel with your guide-driver along the wild and rugged south and west coast, which are part of Ireland's famous Wild Atlantic Way route. Today is all about the very best Irish scenery and truly breathtaking panoramas that present a new vista with every mile. During the day you enjoy a number of magnificent photo stops.

You first make your way through the most stunning part of the Ring of Kerry (its "short route") along the Killarney National Park. Then you have time in the picturesque village of Kenmare. Then travel along the coastline to Skibbereen and around Bantry Bay, one of the world's largest natural harbors, and continue with a stop to view the beautiful scenery at the Old Head of Kinsale.

Your final destination for today is the university city of Cork. Upon arrival, you are taken to your hotel for the check-in. The evening is free for you to enjoy pubs and restaurants in the city center.

Breakfast is included.

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Country House Hotel
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Escape from the hustle and bustle of big cities and take in the authentic local atmosphere, staying in a stylish country house hotel. Perfectly reflecting local customs and heritage, such hotels are nice examples of traditional local architecture, having top-notch amenities at the same time. Find more examples of country house hotels we offer in the gallery.

Welcome to Killarney

Located by the postcard-like Killarney lakes, the lovely Irish town of Killarney is part of the Ring of Kerry scenic drive, making it a popular destination among tourists in the area.

car
Killarney
Cork
1 hr 10 min

Taking a car is one of the best ways to marvel at the beautiful views of enchanting Ireland. Enjoy your worry-free ride and the jaw-dropping landscapes, passing by outside the car window.

 

Cork

fourth destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
1 night at a centrally located hotel
Day 8
Exploring Ireland's Countryside
Day tour
Day tour

Following breakfast, you check out from the Cork hotel for your day trip along the fabulous Irish countryside on the way to Dublin. Your trip begins with a stop at the stunning Blarney Castle where you have the chance to kiss the famous Stone of Eloquence.

Next on your list is The Rock of Cashel, the site that was the Seat of the High Kings of Munster and where St Patrick converted King Aengus to Christianity. The Rock of Cashel is a spectacular group of medieval buildings set on an outcrop of limestone in the Golden Vale.

*Please, note: you may add a journey on gorgeous Dublin – Rosslare railway line that passes Killiney Bay, the Avoca viaduct and the waterfront in Wexford town to your route today.

Afterward, your driver takes you to Dublin. Upon arrival, you are taken to your centrally-located Dublin hotel for check-in.

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
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Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Cork

Cork is the ever-bustling city full of cultural heritage, cheerful people and authentic architecture, making it a must-see while in Ireland.

car
Cork
Dublin
2 hrs 30 min

A comfortable car ride with one of our experienced drivers is among the best ways to enjoy the views of magnificent Ireland. On your way to the scenic Irish capital, you'll pass dozens of picturesque villages and numerous beautiful dales.

Dublin

fifth destination
1 day in the city
Detailed itinerary
2 nights at a centrally located hotel
Day 9
Dublin City Tour & Irish Dance Night
City tour
City tour
Tasting
Tasting
Show
Show
Dinner
Dinner

After a full Irish breakfast this morning, meet your guide in the hotel lobby and carry on to a walking city tour of Dublin. During the sightseeing tour, you see many of Dublin's icons while being guided to some hidden and wonderful spots that visitors most often miss. You see Dublin Castle, Christchurch Cathedral, the famous Ha’penny Bridge, the Georgian doors of Dublin and Trinity College Library where you see the famous Book of Kells.

You then have a guided group tour of the original Jameson Distillery on Bow St. where it all began in 1780. The former factory founded by John Jameson where Jameson Irish Whiskey was distilled until 1971 now stands as a monument to Irish Whiskey. Here you explore the history and heritage and enjoy a comparative whiskey tasting.

After the tour, you have the afternoon at leisure.

In the evening we invite you to enjoy a show of traditional Irish music, dance, and dinner for which Ireland is famous worldwide. The cast of dancers from Riverdance and Lord of the Dance will provide you with the flavor of different styles of Irish dance. Transfers are not included, you may take a taxi or walk to the Belvedere.

  • Optional activities: Whiskey Blending Class; Guinness Storehouse & Connoisseur Experience; Newgrange & Boyne Valley Tour

Breakfast, dinner and a tasting are included.

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Brooks Hotel, Dublin
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The stylish Brooks Hotel is set right in the heart of Dublin and offers everything you need for a comfortable stay. All guestrooms are equipped with flat-screen LCD TVs, WiFi, individually controlled air-conditioning, ironing facilities, and private bathrooms with hair dryers.

Welcome to Dublin

The capital of Ireland, glorious Dublin, is situated on the shores of the picturesque bay on the east coast of the country. Leprechauns, exceptional beer and St. Patric's Day are just the first associations with this amazing city. In reality, Dublin keeps a lot more secrets to share with those, wishing to get to know the true Irish soul.

car
Dublin
Belfast
1 h 50 min
Have an enjoyable time traveling from the Irish capital, Dublin, to the Northern Ireland city of Belfast. The scenic route boasts incredible treasures of the Boyne Valley along the way.

Belfast

sixth destination
4 days in the city
Detailed itinerary
3 nights at a centrally located hotel
Day 10
Newgrange & Boyne Valley on the Way to Belfast
Day tour
Day tour

After breakfast at your Dublin hotel, you check out, meet your guide-driver, and continue your journey. You first reach the Boyne Valley (or Bru na Boinne in Irish) to explore the highlights, including the Monasterboice, remains of an early Christian monastic settlement, the Mellifont Abbey (which is one of the first Cistercian abbeys in Ireland), and the Hill of Tara (an ancient coronation site for Irish High Kings and the seat of the High King of Ireland where the Druid forefather ruled supremely before the arrival of Christianity).

Then you proceed to Newgrange which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a prehistoric circular mound, built during the Neolithic period, around 3200 BC, making it older than Stonehenge and the Egyptian pyramids.

After the tour, your guide-driver transfers you to the centrally located hotel in Belfast for check-in. The rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 11
Belfast City Tour & Titanic Museum
City tour
City tour
Museum
Museum

After breakfast, you meet your local guide in the hotel lobby and start your walking city tour of Belfast. During the tour, you learn about the history and culture of Belfast and Northern Ireland, visit the International Wall and the Peace Wall, which remind about the troubled past of the city. You explore the most iconic sites and some hidden gems of the city as Belfast City Hall, Albert Clock, and the Cathedral Quarter.

The highlight of your day is a visit to the famous Titanic Museum that is situated where the actual liner was built!

After the tour, you are transferred back to your hotel and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast is included.

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Day 12
Giant's Causeway & Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge
Day tour
Day tour
Tasting
Tasting

After breakfast get ready for an exciting day trip! Together with your guide-driver, set forth to the unique and mysterious rock formations - the Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Upon arrival, you have some free time to explore Giant's Boot, Wishing Chair, The Camel and Shepherds' Steps and some time for the Visitor Center.

You then make a stop at the famous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge - the exhilarating crossing that connects the mainland to Carrick-a-Rede Island. You can take a walk across it (own expense) and try hard not to look down at the 100-feet (30-meter) drop!

Today you also visit the world's oldest whiskey distillery, Old Bushmills Distillery, where you tour a working distillery with all the associated sights and smells and have a tasting.

Then you proceed to the Dark Hedges road, a Northern Irish filming location that was used in the award-winning "Game of Thrones".

After the tour, you return to your hotel in Belfast and have the rest of the day free.

Breakfast and a tasting are included.

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Day 13
Departure from Belfast or Dublin
Transfer
Transfer

This is the last day of your amazing Irish adventure! After breakfast, you check out from your hotel and your driver takes you to the airport for your departure flight. You may choose to depart from Belfast airport (40-minute drive from your hotel) or, at an extra charge, from Dublin airport (2-hour drive from your hotel).

We wish you a safe flight and hope to work on your future trips!

Breakfast is included.

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4-star hotel
4

Enhance your travel with staying in a remarkable 4-star property. As always, the location near all top landmarks, excellent quality service, and top-notch amenities are an indispensable part of your stay. The gallery demonstrates the examples of 4-star hotels we offer to our guests.

Welcome to Belfast

Nestled in the extraterrestrial surroundings of wild Irish nature, Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland which represents a vivid mix of history, art, and exceptional landscapes.

What's Included

What's Included

  • Accommodation in top-pick downtown hotels in Galway, Limerick, Cork, Dublin, Belfast and at a heritage country house hotel in Killarney;
  • Breakfasts at the hotels;
  • Private airport transfers and all transportation according to the itinerary;
  • Breathtaking sightseeing tours according to the itinerary with professional English-speaking guides;
  • Irish Dance Night show with 3-course dinner, Jameson Distillery tour, Cliffs of Moher Cruise;
  • Entrance tickets to: Aughnanure Castle, Kylemore Abbey, Cliffs of Moher Visitors Center, Bunratty Castle & Folk Park, Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel, Trinity College Library, Titanic Museum, Bushmills Distillery, Giant's Causeway;
  • All taxes and fees;
  • Support line during the trip.

Note: we include 1 vehicle for your arrival and departure transfers. If multiple vehicles are required additional transfer costs will apply.

Not included: international flights, multiple arrival/departure transfers, other meals not mentioned in the program, optional tours and services, all personal expenses.

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Tour Highlights

  • Intimate group size of up to only 14 travelers
  • Professional local guides
  • Trip to the Connemara & Kylemore Abbey
  • A visit to Bunratty Castle & 1-hour Cliffs of Moher cruise
  • A tour of the Dingle Peninsula
  • A visit to the Rock of Cashel
  • A visit to the Jameson Distillery
  • Traditional Irish music & dance show and dinner
  • Exploring the Titanic Museum
  • Exploring the Newgrange & Boyne Valley
  • A tour of Giant's Causeway (UNESCO World Heritage Site

What To Know

  • The currency used by default in Ireland is Euro. Although in Northern Ireland, you will need Pound Sterling as it is part of the UK. To be on the safe side, make sure to withdraw some cash from the ATM beforehand
  • Tips to guides and drivers in Ireland and Northern Ireland are up to your discretion. However, if you really enjoyed the service, a symbolic tip of no more than $10 will be appreciated
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