Irish Culture

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • International flights New York-Dublin, Dublin-New York
    Other departure cities available. Click on date of departure for selection and prices
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 9 nights in First Class accommodations
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers and sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • 18 meals: 9 buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches, 7 dinners (including 2 home hosted lunches, welcome dinner, medieval banquet and farewell dinner)
  • Water, coffee and tea with all meals. Bottled water provided during sightseeing excursions
  • Services of local English-speaking tour manager throughout the tour
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Unique cultural experiences enhance the Discovery Tours experience

Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Visit to the Irish National Stud Farm where world-class thoroughbreds are reared. Gain insight into the rearing of these champions
  • See the Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland's most spectacular archaeological sites
  • Enjoy lunch and conversation with a family at Molanna Farm about life on an Irish homestead
  • Sample an Irish Coffee at the Flying Boat Museum, where it was invented
  • Medieval Banquet in an authentic Irish Castle, complete with fine food, wine and a night of revelry and great fun, accompanied by live music, song and dance
  • View the rugged scenery on the drive to the Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic coast
  • See the grave of Yeats and join a local family for a "poetry lunch" honoring the great poet
  • At Trinity College in Dublin see the 8th century Book of Kells
  • Tour the famed Guinness Storehouse and sample Ireland's most famous brew

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    DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Ireland
    Depart for Ireland. Your overnight flight includes meals, drinks, and in-flight entertainment

    DAY 2, Sunday - Arrive in Dublin
    Welcome to Dublin, one of the friendliest cities in Europe. Arrive and transfer to your hotel. As you drive to the hotel, see the city's contrasting architecture, from modern glass to grand neoclassical facades and lovely views of the River Liffey. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax or explore this energetic city on your own. Tonight, meet your fellow travelers and tour manager at a welcome dinner
    Overnight: Davenport Hotel, Dublin
    Meals: Dinner

    DAY 3, Monday - Powerscourt Estate, Irish National Stud, Waterford
    We start our journey with a stop at the impressive gardens of Powerscourt Estate. The gardens stretch over 47 acres. View the beautiful blend of formal gardens, while enjoying the fragrant aromas. As you wander along the beautiful lanes, see the sweeping terraces, statues, ornamental lakes, and secret hollows all with breathtaking views over the Wicklow countryside. Then, on to the Irish National Stud Farm, where world-class thoroughbreds have been raised since 1946. Walk around the grounds to admire immaculate stallions, graceful mares, playful foals and learn about the dedicated breeding for royalty. Continue to the property's serene century-old Japanese gardens, considered by many to be the finest in Europe. Travel to Waterford, often referred to as Ireland's oldest city, and a place that can trace its beginnings all the way back to the arrival of the Vikings
    Overnight: Faithlegg House, Waterford
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 4, Tuesday - Cobh Heritage Center, Jameson Distillery Waterford
    Morning walking tour of the city of Waterford with its world-renowned crystal workshops. Stand on the edge of the river looking over Merchants Quay and Waterford's low-rise skyline with its impressive views of the city's brightly colored 19th century buildings, church spires and towers. Then, travel west along the coast to Youghal and Cobh, where emigration from Ireland began during the 19th century famine -- more than two million Irish left from here to begin a new life in America. This port was also the last stop for the infamous Titanic before its fateful maiden voyage ended tragically. On our return to Waterford, stop at the famous Jameson distillery for a tour and tasting. Tonight, dinner together in a local pub
    Overnight: Faithlegg House, Waterford
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 5, Wednesday - Rock of Cashel, Home-Hosted Lunch, Adare
    Morning visit to the Rock of Cashel, one of Ireland's most spectacular archaeological sites - a collection of medieval church buildings and fortresses set on top of a limestone outcrop rising out of County Tipperary's Golden Vale. This significant historical site was for 600 years the power-base of the kings of Munster. Many of the old church buildings still survive and a gentle trek to the top of the Rock offers wonderful views. Next, on to Molanna Farm, where lunch has been specially arranged just for you with a local family at their home. Our hosts have true local charm and you'll be warmly welcomed with lively conversation about life on an Irish homestead, plus excellent home cooked food. Arrive in the charming and picturesque village of Adare with its pastel-hued storefronts and thatched-roof houses for overnight. This evening, a fun-filled authentic Medieval Banquet in a 15th century Irish Castle, complete with fine food, wine and a night of revelry, accompanied by live music, song and dance. It will be truly be a fabulous evening to share with your fellow travelers
    Overnight: Dunraven Arms, Adare
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Medieval Banquet Dinner

    DAY 6, Thursday - Foynes, Dingle Peninsula
    Morning drive to Foynes. Foynes town was the last port of call on its eastern shore for seaplanes. As a result, Foynes would become one of the biggest civilian airports in Europe during World War II. Visit to the Flying Boat Museum, commemorating Ireland's first international airport in the pioneering days of transatlantic aviation from the 1930s. In this old terminal building Irish Coffee was created to warm the cold and wet passengers. You can try one! Continue on a drive around the spectacular Dingle Peninsula with its breathtaking scenery and backdrop of several films. The remainder of the day is at leisure in the lovely village of Adare. Perhaps time to shop for the village's well-known woolens. Tonight, dinner at the hotel
    Overnight: Dunraven Arms Adare
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 7, Friday - Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Connemara
    Today, you'll see some of Ireland's most spectacular scenery on the drive to the Cliffs of Moher along the Atlantic coast of County Clare. At the southern end of the Cliffs stands Hags Head, a natural promontory that resembles a seated woman. Stop at the Visitors Center set into the hillside, with a 19th century viewing tower and pathways. The rock wall, which towers 700 feet over the crashing surf of the Atlantic, is surely one of the most stunning meetings of land and water you're likely to ever see. Then, arrive in lively Galway, nestled on the sea, now one of the fastest growing cities in Europe, with its imposing cathedral. Drive through the rugged landscape of Connemara National Park, with its crumbling coastline and rolling hills to Westport in County Mayo for dinner and overnight
    Overnight: Knockranny House, Westport
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 8, Saturday - Explore Knock Shrine, "Poetry Lunch"
    Depart Westport this morning to the town of Knock in County Mayo, where many believe that the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and St. John the Evangelist appeared in 1879. Visit to the Knock Shrine in this tiny village that hosts over a million pilgrims each year. Continue to Sligo, with its renowned natural beauty, home to the young William Butler Yeats. We've specially arranged just for you a unique "Poetry" Lunch with a local family. Share the magnificent vistas over Lough Hill and the "Land of Hearts Desire" that inspired Yeats while listening to a recital of some of his early verses. Enjoy your evening at leisure
    Overnight: Knockranny House, Westport
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

    DAY 9, Sunday - Cruise the River Shannon, Dublin
    Depart Westport on our way to Carrick-on-Shannon, the quaint capital of Leitrim. Here, we'll delight in a relaxing cruise down the River Shannon, complete with fresh brewed tea and home-made Irish scones. Sit back and enjoy the Emerald Isle's peaceful scenery on our drive to historic Dublin. Our introduction to this remarkable and storied city takes place in its oldest pub, the Brazen Head, dating back to 1198. Great Irish folklore and storytelling are on the menu, amidst candlelit splendor as we savor our farewell dinner in Dublin
    Overnight: Stephens Green Hotel, Dublin
    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

    DAY 10, Monday - Discover Dublin
    Our exploration of Dublin, immortalized by James Joyce, begins with a visit to Phoenix Park, the largest enclosed city park in Europe, over 1750 acres. This urban park is home to the official residence of the President, Dublin Zoo and Ratra House, boyhood home of Winston Churchill among many other stately residences. Continue to St. Patrick's Cathedral, the largest church in Ireland, founded in 1191. Tradition has it that it was here that St. Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. As we travel on O'Connell Street, admire the handsome buildings that line the city's main thoroughfare. Next, at Trinity College, see the 8th century Book of Kells, a superb example of early Irish manuscript illumination that is on display in the Old Library. Later, visit famed Guinness Storehouse for a sampling of the brew. You can pull your own pint here in the Dublin tradition and browse the award-winning multimedia exhibits about Guinness -- the city's best-known export. Evening at leisure in Dublin, with its fabulous restaurants, nightlife and friendly pubs on every corner
    Optional: Malahide Castle Tour
    Overnight: Stephens Green Hotel, Dublin
    Meals: Breakfast

    DAY 11, Tuesday - Depart Ireland
    Bid a fond farewell to Ireland. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your return flight
    Meals: Breakfast

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    *Not Included:
    Prices do not include optional tours and gratuities for guides/tour managers.

    Additional Information:
    Land only prices do not include arrival/departure transfers.

    Triple rooms at the Stephen’s Green Hotel will be accommodated in a Single Room & Twin Room.

    Entry Requirements:
    Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary. For visa information, check our Visas page.

    Is This Trip Right for You?

    This is a moderately active trip. Our small group covers a lot of ground each day, and we spend 2-3 hours on our feet during tours. The pace is moderate, with 1 one-night stay and 4 two-night stays. Some of our tours require walking over uneven surfaces. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions.

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    Know Before You Go
    Although most of the planning and preparation is taken care of for you, there are still a few things you should know and some details you should take care of to ensure your comfort, safety and peace of mind. Please review the following information before your departure to ensure that any surprises along the way will only be pleasant ones.
    Getting Ready to Go
    Passports and Visas
    It is each traveler's responsibility to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel and a visa if required. Please check the information at www.gate1travel.com/visas.aspx for the specific country/region you are visiting for more details. IMPORTANT: Passengers who are not U.S. citizens must check with the respective consulate or a visa agency to determine what personal identification is required. Passengers who enter, leave and then re-enter the same country on their itinerary should check if they require a double-entry visa. Passport applications are available at most U.S. Post Offices, as well as at regional Passport Agencies. Passengers requiring visas, whether obtained in advance or locally upon arrival, should ensure that their passport has unstamped visa pages.

    Trip Preparation
    A little pre-planning can make your trip go a lot smoother. Several weeks before your trip, make a list of what you will need to take with you. Make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order and that you have enough prescription medications to last through the trip. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals. Pack a list of medications including dosage and generic names. If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement. You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe). We recommend that you pack a portable alarm clock. Avoid placing valuables such as cameras in your checked luggage. Airplane pressure can cause similar pressure in your body, most notably in ears, as well as liquid tubes and bottles. Your physician can suggest medication for decongestion. As for the liquid containers, we suggest that you squeeze out excess air from those containers and place into Ziploc bags to catch any leaks.

    Cell Phones & Calling Cards
    You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. U.S. service is dominated by the CDMA technology standard, while most of the world uses the incompatible GSM standard. Some U.S. providers do offer GSM, but you may incur high international roaming fees. With GSM, however, you can often choose to have your phone unlocked and then add a local SIM card for lower fees. If you can access the Internet as you travel, you can take advantage of email or a Skype Internet telephone (VOIP) account for the best value. Alternatively, you may investigate renting a cell phone before you leave or buying an inexpensive phone locally.

    When calling the U.S. from a foreign country, you may also use a prepaid calling card; normally, the only additional charge (besides the prepaid long distance charges) is a local fee of a few cents and possibly a connection fee if you are using your card at your hotel. It is best to check with the hotel’s reception desk prior to making phone calls to avoid unexpected charges.

    Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another
    When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code + destination Country Code + Phone Number.
    For most countries, the exit code is 00. Exceptions include the USA and Canada (011), Hong Kong and Cambodia (001), Australia (0011), and Russia (8 Pause 10*). For Brazil, please consult with the local telephone company. If the international number you wish to call starts with a 0 (zero), you must drop this starting digit when dialing the number.

    Wireless Internet Access
    Passengers traveling with WiFi enabled devices (such as a personal computer, smartphone, tablet, or digital audio player) may be able to connect to the internet via a wireless network access point (or hotspot). WiFi access in hotels and/or cruise lines often involves a fee which, in some cases, can be very expensive. Availability of WiFi varies by country, hotel and/or cruise line. Even if WiFi is available, signal strength is subject to local conditions and not guaranteed. Internet availability on cruises is unpredictable due to the ship frequently changing locations while sailing through multiple countries. Passengers requiring internet access may seek out internet cafes or may be able to locate free WiFi hotspots such as libraries or coffee shops. Hotspots can often be located and planned in advance via an online search. Planning ahead may help avoid unnecessary fees.

    Staying Healthy While Traveling
    All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal health-care provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or theWorld Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.

    There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.

    • Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit.
    • Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
    • If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill.
    • Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
    • Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellant (for both active and warm destinations).
    • You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.

    Notice on Aircraft Cabin Insecticide Treatment - Please note that some countries may require aircraft cabin insecticide treatment for in-bound foreign flights. A list of such countries is available at: http://www.dot.gov/office-policy/aviation-policy/aircraft-disinsection-requirements.

    Climate & Clothing
    We ask tour members to refrain from wearing colognes, perfumes and/or personal products containing excessive fragrance, in respect for other clients on the tour bus who may be allergic.

    Britain - Spring and Fall: 40°F–60°F; Summer: 50°F–70°F; Winter: 35°F–45°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer, an all-weather jacket, and an umbrella. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

    United Kingdom Average Temperatures: http://www.gate1travel.com/weather/europe/default.aspx#britain-weather

    Ireland - Spring and Fall: 40°F-60°F; Summer: 50°F-70°F; Winter: 35°F–45°F. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, clothes you can layer, an all-weather jacket, and an umbrella. Some religious sites may require modest dress to enter (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops).

    Ireland Average Temperatures: http://www.gate1travel.com/weather/europe/#britain-weather

    Weather and Safety at the Cliffs of Moher - Please note that weather at the Cliffs of Moher can be very unpredictable and travelers should be prepared for a variety of conditions. These include extreme wind, heavy fog and rain. We highly recommend bringing warm and waterproof clothing for your visit.

    In addition, designated signs and official paths near the cliff edges and overhangs should be followed at all times. Children should be under constant supervision.