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Iconic Ireland

9 days, Dublin to Dublin

A land of ancient legends, epic folktales, and grand traditions, Ireland is a destination that will truly transport you back in time. Uncover Celtic culture and admire medieval architecture across the stunning countryside, and delve into historic Dublin and the "rebel city" of Cork. Eat, dance, and sing with locals—even kiss the Blarney Stone—as you follow the roots of Irish culture to its core and come home with some Irish ballads of your own.

9 days - Dublin to Dublin

From$21799HKD
Valid on Sep 3 2022
Trip Code: EQDNG

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A land of ancient legends, epic folktales, and grand traditions, Ireland is a destination that will truly transport you back in time. Uncover Celtic culture and admire medieval architecture across the stunning countryside, and delve into historic Dublin and the "rebel city" of Cork. Eat, dance, and sing with locals—even kiss the Blarney Stone—as you follow the roots of Irish culture to its core and come home with some Irish ballads of your own.

Is this tour for me?

Travel Style: National Geographic Journeys

Greater exploration, insider access, and the freedom to roam – all without sacrificing comfort.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality accommodations and more inclusions than on other G Adventures tours, like meals, private transport, and activities.

Physical Rating: 2 - Light

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.

Trip Type: Small Group

Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12

Age requirement: 12+

All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Visa Requirements

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9 days - Dublin to Dublin

From$21799HKD
Valid on Sep 3 2022
Trip Code: EQDNG

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Itinerary Notes

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Itinerary

Day 1Dublin, Ireland

Arrive at any time.

Day 2Dublin

Set out this morning to explore Trinity College Dublin, founded in 1592. Visit its famed library and view the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript dating to the ninth century. Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore the city's Medieval Quarter, visit St. Patrick's Cathedral, set foot in Dublin Castle, or tour a whiskey distillery. In the evening, dine on Irish fare, accompanied by storytelling and traditional music, in a traditional Irish pub.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Dinner and a Tale or Two

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

Day 3Cork

Travel to the charming city of Cork and set out on an orientation walk; then spend the rest of the day exploring the city on your own. Choose to visit the Cork County Gaol—a former prison—or learn about the voyage of the Titanic in the original ticket office of the White Star Line. Wander the stalls at the historic English Market or settle into a pub for a locally brewed pint of Murphy’s Irish Stout.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 4Blarney/Killarney

Begin the day with a visit to Blarney Castle, built nearly 600 years ago and now one of the most iconic sights in Ireland. Climb a flight of steps to kiss the legendary Blarney Stone, a ritual said to grant the gift of the gab. Continue to Killarney for an afternoon spent tasting whiskey and chocolate with a local expert. In the evening, opt to enjoy a traditional Celtic dance performance.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Whiskey and Chocolate Tasting

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 5Killarney

Set out on a full-day excursion around the famed Ring of Kerry, considered one of Ireland’s most scenic drives. Take in stunning views of the Iveragh Peninsula’s windswept coast and lush, wild forests. View historic castles, churches, and seaside villages before returning to Killarney for a night at leisure.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 6Galway

Travel to Galway, a historic harbor city on the west coast of Ireland and the gateway to the Galway Gaeltacht, one of the country’s few remaining Irish-speaking regions. Take a guided walking tour of the old city, delving into the history of conquest that has shaped Irish culture, and getting a taste of the city’s reputation as a hub for art and music.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 7Cliffs of Moher/Galway

This morning, head to the stunning Cliffs of Moher and board a boat for a coastal cruise. Enjoy exceptional views of one of Ireland’s most well-known natural wonders from water level, keeping an eye out for seabirds, such as puffins, that call this special protected area home. After the cruise, spend time at the visitor center before returning to Galway to enjoy a free evening exploring the local arts scene or wandering historic streets.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 8Dublin

Return to Dublin this morning and enjoy a free afternoon to explore Ireland's dynamic capital. Stroll among the colorful gardens of St. Stephen's Green, pop into historic pubs in Temple Bar, or view the famed bog bodies housed in the National Museum of Ireland. Opt to visit the Guinness Storehouse for insights into the history of beer and a taste of their famed stout, then gather for an optional farewell dinner with your group at a local restaurant.

Meals included:

Breakfast

Day 9Dublin

Depart at any time.

Meals included:

Breakfast
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What's Included

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Dinner and a Tale or Two, Dublin
  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Whiskey and Chocolate Tasting, Killarney
  • Your Discover Moment: Dublin
  • Visit to Trinity College Dublin
  • Blarney Castle visit
  • Ring of Kerry day excursion
  • Galway City walking tour
  • Cliffs of Moher cruise and visitors' center stop
  • Cork orientation walk
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Accommodations

Hotels/guesthouses (8 nts).

Meals

8 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Allow USD335-435 for meals not included.

Transportation

Private vehicle, boat, walking.

Staff & experts

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

Available extras (Add these to your tour when you book)

My Own Room - From $9769.00

If you're travelling solo and would prefer to have your own private room throughout your trip, select this option during the online booking process.

Make it a private tour

Book this tour as a private departure - with your own CEO and all the benefits of a G Adventures group tour - for any group, big or small (even just one traveller).

Iconic Ireland

| 9 days - Dublin to Dublin - from $21799 HKD