- Travel in a small group of 10 to 18 passengers
- All touring conducted in air-conditioned vehicles
- Cruise the Shannan River
Conjuring images of stunning natural vistas, dramatic rocky coastlines, broody overcast skies and smiling locals, Ireland offers visitors all this and much more. Delight in the big city charm of Dublin, picturesque Kilkenny Castle and the southern city of Cork before discovering the spectacular west coast. Awaiting us is a sightseeing cruise on the Shannon River, a visit to one of the highlights of any trip to Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher, and not to forget an Irish staple, a tour of a local whiskey distillery!
Towering some 200 meters out of the sea, the Cliffs of Moher, on the west coast of Ireland are a true highlight. Running along the Atlantic coast for approximately 14 kilometers, the rugged cliffs offer visitors a different vista from every turn.
Make like a local and become an expert in Irish whiskey at the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery. Adored by British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, the Kilbeggan Distillery (formerly Lockes Distillery) has been in operation since 1757 and was completely refurbished in the 1980s.
Experience the glorious Irish countryside as we meander through the rolling hills and dales, stopping in picture perfect villages where we have the opportunity to learn about the area’s customs and history and appreciate the local way of life.
Welcome to Dublin, Ireland’s pretty capital and home of the famous Guinness beer! Located on the east coast at the mouth of the Liffey River, Dublin’s friendly locals are always happy to throw open their arms in welcome to visitors.
After making our own way to the hotel, we meet our small group tour leader and fellow travelers for a drink before a delicious welcome dinner at a nearby restaurant.
After breakfast we begin our tour of Dublin, learning about the city’s fascinating history and traditions. Highlights include a visit inside Trinity College, dating back to the late 16th century and home to an impressive list of alumni including Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde and Jonathon Swift. We tour Trinity College’s famous library and see its most prized possession, the Book of Kells. We also see Dublin Castle, the General Post Office, Parliament House, the Liffey River and the Temple Var district.
Our sightseeing continues as we visit some of Dublin’s local bars and pubs to sample delicious traditional Irish food.
In the afternoon, we make our way to Thomastown and Jerpoint Abbey, founded in 1180 and known for both its picturesque setting and the incredible stone carvings that line its walls. Later, we continue on to Kilkenny, where we enjoy dinner at the oldest inn in Kilkenny, Kyteler’s Inn.
[Breakfast and Dinner]
This morning we visit the stunning Kilkenny Castle, taking time to wander through the impressive Rose Garden and surrounding grounds. Built in the thirteenth century, Kilkenny Castle originally served as a defensive castle, due to its location close to the River Nore and several important trade routes. Continuously occupied until 1967, it was sold to the local council for a staggering £50! We continue on to the Michtelstown limestone cave for a guided tour.
After checking into our hotel, we have some free time before our afternoon walking tour of Cork. With its easy, laid back feel, Cork is a wonderful city to explore on foot and here we see the English Markets, St Patricks Street, Fitzgeralds Park, the Saint Fin Barres Cathedral and the Butter Museum.
Today we take the time to explore Ireland’s remarkable natural scenery with a drive to the coastal town of Glengarriff, where we take a ferry to Garnish Island. On the way to Garnish Island, we make a stop near the seal islands to see if we can spot any of the area’s local seals.
Afterwards, we head towards Muckross and the idyllic Killarney National Park. Home to Ireland’s largest forest of oak trees, Killarney National Park is situated in over 10,000 hectares of pristine, rolling countryside. This afternoon, we enjoy a stroll through the national park to the picturesque Torc Waterfall.
Upon our return to Cork, we have some time at leisure before our evening drive to Cobh, a pretty town with a lovely harbor area. Here, we have some free time to explore and seek out dinner at any of the restaurants and cafes on the harbor front.
We take the coastal route this morning on our way to Ballymaloe House and its famous morning tea.
Relish the experience of morning tea in one of Ireland’s most recognized restaurants at Ballymaloe House. Internationally acclaimed for being the birthplace of modern Irish cuisine and having won awards for the world’s best dessert trolley in 2019, combined with the picture-perfect scenery and charming country house setting, morning tea at Ballymaloe House is not to be missed!
After our morning tea, we continue on to Limerick, nestled on the banks of the River Shannon and overlooking the spectacular King John’s Castle. It is thought that the Vikings settled here in as early as 922AD, though these days Limerick is better known for its Georgian architecture and as the setting for Frank McCourt’s book, Angela’s Ashes. This afternoon we enjoy a city orientation tour.
We start our day by exploring the Limerick Milk Market where we have free time to discover the undercover markets at our own pace. Take the time to soak in the tantalizing aromas of the wide variety of fresh, local produce on offer and be tempted to buy yourself a mid-morning snack!
Next, we continue our journey to Killaloe for a scenic cruise on the waterways of the River Shannon and Lough Derg Lake before lunch in the quaint town of Killaloe. In the afternoon, we travel onwards to the vibrant city of Galway, located on the stunning west coast where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean.
[Breakfast and Lunch]
A wonderful day of exploration awaits us today, and we begin with a walking tour of Galway. Here, we uncover the rich history and culture of this proud city, visiting Eyre Square, Lynches Castle, Quay Street, the Spanish Arch, Galway City Museum, the Church of St Nicholas and the markets, known for its fresh cheeses and seafood.
The afternoon is a highlight of any trip to Ireland as we drive to Clare to see the famous Cliffs of Moher and the visitors center. Rising over 200 meters from the seabed, the rough, jagged cliffs stretching along the vast coastline are truly a sight to behold!
Upon our return to Galway, enjoy the night at leisure to explore the local restaurants and cafes.
A somewhat delicious start this morning as we make our way back to the Irish capital, Dublin.
Our first stop is in Kilbeggan at the Kilbeggan Whiskey Distillery, where we enjoy a distillery tour and finish with a tipple of this Irish staple, whiskey.
Next, we continue on to Kildare and visit the Irish National Stud and Gardens. Owned by the government, the Stud is a thoroughbred horse breeding facility that was established in 1946 and produces some of the most magnificent horses to be found in all of Europe. The Japanese gardens attached to the Stud are also believed to be the finest example of its kind in Europe and a wander around the property is an exercise in peace and serenity.
In the late afternoon we arrive in Dublin, where we enjoy a lovely farewell dinner at one of Ireland’s oldest pubs, complete with storytelling and traditional music.
[Breakfast and Dinner]
Our tour concludes after breakfast this morning, when we say a fond farewell to the beautiful country of Ireland and our new found friends.
Conveniently located just steps away from Kilkenny’s main attractions, the boutique Kilkenny Hibernian Hotel is the perfect base for a stay in this historic city. Guest rooms are elegantly styled and feature free wifi, a coffee maker and more to provide a comfortable stay for guests. The onsite restaurant and bar is the perfect place to unwind after a day of touring.
Recently refurbished, the Maldron Hotel Shandon Cork City offers a comfortable and modern stay in the heart of Cork’s historic quarter. Rooms are spacious and feature free wifi, a coffee maker and more amenities to ensure a relaxing stay for guests. Modern styling with traditional flair is found throughout the hotel, including in the restaurant which serves contemporary meals each evening. The hotel also boasts a leisure center with a fully equipped gym, indoor swimming pool and sauna.
On banks of River Shannon with stunning views, Clayton Hotel Limerick offers stylish, modern rooms, waterfront dining and leisure centre with indoor swimming pool, gym, Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna. The guest rooms are a blend of style and luxury with technology thoughtfully integrated throughout and feature free WiFi, tean and coffee making facilities and more.
Ideally located to explore the best Galway has to offer, the Jury’s Inn Galway offers a relaxing stay for guests. Each spacious guest room features comfortable styling combined with features like a tea and coffee refreshment dock, free WiFi, power showers and more.
Ideally located in the heart of Dublin, the hotel boasts elegant and modern interior style for a relaxing retreat from the bustling city. Each guest room offers a relaxing and comfortable stay with a range of amenities including free wifi, a safe deposit box, coffee maker and more. The hotel also boasts an onsite fitness center and lobby lounge and bar.
The official currency in Ireland is the Euro. It is recommended that you take euros with you on tour, ensuring you have a small amount in small denominations.
Small change is also useful for paying for toilets while on tour which is customary in many destinations.
To get the most out of your Small Group Touring Co. tour, you will need a good level of fitness. Our Europe tours require you to be able to walk at least 2-3 hours on uneven ground and climb several flights of stairs. It’s not every day that you come face to face with Europe’s historic architecture, picturesque cobblestone streets and stunning landscapes. We want you to be able to soak up every moment of your tour and create lasting, fond memories of your time in Europe.
We don’t want you to miss out on any aspect of your Small Group Touring Co. tour. To ensure that you don’t, we recommend you arrive at your starting destination by 14:00h in order to take part in your welcome dinner.
*Prices shown are in USD.
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30 Aug 20
07 Sep 20
The above pricing is based on twin share per person. If you are interested in single pricing please contact one of our tour consultants and they would be glad to assist in providing a detailed proposal including pricing.
Tipping has been included in your tour price for drivers, porters, waiters, any specialist local guides and your small group tour leader.
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