11 Day Irish Culture

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Knockranny House Hotel County Mayo
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2017 Dates & Prices
Dates Land Only Air & Land
Sat, Aug 26 $2699 $3759*
$2499 $3029*
$2599 $3129*
$2599 $3129*
$2499 $2979*
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Gratuities.


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Land only prices do not include arrival/departure transfers.

Aug 26 and Sep 9 departures will be accommodated at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel on days 9 & 10.

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


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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, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions.

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Flight Details


Accommodation Details

  • Requests are not guaranteed and are subject to each hotel's discretion and availability

Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Round trip 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 First Class accommodations
    • 3 nights Dublin
    • 2 nights Waterford
    • 2 nights Adare
    • 2 nights Westport
  • 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

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, however you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. This tour is not recommended for people who have difficulty walking or who have heart conditions.

Note: your itinerary will change depending upon the day of the week you depart. Click a day above to see what is included.

DAY 1, Thursday - Depart for Ireland
Depart for Ireland

DAY 2, Friday - 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: Dublin
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Saturday - Powerscourt Estate, Irish National Stud, Waterford
Start the 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: Waterford
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4, Sunday - 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 the return to Waterford, stop at the famous Jameson distillery for a tour and tasting. Tonight, dinner together in a local pub
Overnight: Waterford
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Monday - 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. Your 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.The remainder of the day is at leisure in the lovely village of Adare. Perhaps take some time to shop for the village's well-known woolens. 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 truly be a fabulous evening to share with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Adare
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Medieval Banquet Dinner

DAY 6, Tuesday - Foynes, Dingle Peninsula
Morning drive to the spectacular Dingle Peninsula with its breathtaking scenery and backdrop of several films. Continue on to arrive in Foynes town, which was the last port of call on Ireland's 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! Tonight, dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: Adare
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7, Wednesday - 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, with its imposing cathedral and one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Drive through the rugged landscape surrounding Connemara National Park, with its crumbling coastline and rolling hills to Westport in County Mayo for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Westport
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Thursday - County Mayo, "Poetry Lunch"
A leisurely morning to enjoy the lovely setting of your hotel, before driving to the town 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. Return to Westport for overnight and evening at leisure
Overnight: Westport
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Friday - Cruise the River Shannon, Dublin
Depart Westport on the way to Carrick-on-Shannon, the quaint capital of Leitrim. Here, enjoy a relaxing cruise down the River Shannon, complete with fresh brewed tea and homemade Irish scones. Sit back and enjoy the Emerald Isle's peaceful scenery on the drive to historic Dublin. Your 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 you savor your Farewell Dinner in Dublin
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Saturday - Discover Dublin
Your 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 and Dublin Zoo. 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 you 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. After, 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 is at leisure in Dublin, with its fabulous restaurants, nightlife and friendly pubs on every corner
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

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

DAY 1, Saturday - Depart for Ireland
Depart for Ireland

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: Dublin
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Monday - Powerscourt Estate, Irish National Stud, Waterford
Start the 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: 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 the return to Waterford, stop at the famous Jameson distillery for a tour and tasting. Tonight, dinner together in a local pub
Overnight: 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. Your 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. The remainder of the day is at leisure in the lovely village of Adare. Perhaps take some time to shop for the village's well-known woolens. 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 truly be a fabulous evening to share with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Adare
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Medieval Banquet Dinner

DAY 6, Thursday - Foynes, Dingle Peninsula
Morning drive to the spectacular Dingle Peninsula with its breathtaking scenery and backdrop of several films. Continue on to arrive in Foynes town, which was the last port of call on Ireland's 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! Tonight, dinner is at the hotel
Overnight: 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, with its imposing cathedral and one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. Drive through the rugged landscape surrounding Connemara National Park, with its crumbling coastline and rolling hills to Westport in County Mayo for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Westport
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - County Mayo, "Poetry Lunch"*
A leisurely morning to enjoy the lovely setting of your hotel, before driving to the town 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.* Return to Westport for overnight and evening at leisure
Overnight: Westport
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9, Sunday - Cruise the River Shannon, Dublin
Depart Westport on the way to Carrick-on-Shannon, the quaint capital of Leitrim. Here, enjoy a relaxing cruise down the River Shannon, complete with fresh brewed tea and homemade Irish scones. Sit back and enjoy the Emerald Isle's peaceful scenery on the drive to historic Dublin. Your 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 you savor your Farewell Dinner in Dublin
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10, Monday - Discover Dublin
Your 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 and Dublin Zoo. 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 you 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. After, 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 is at leisure in Dublin, with its fabulous restaurants, nightlife and friendly pubs on every corner
Overnight: Dublin
Meals: Breakfast

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

*Please note that for the Sep 16 departure, the poetry lunch will be substituted for lunch in a local pub.

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Irish Culture, October 2016
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The tour was excellent and very informative. The tour guide - Maureen - was excellent. We really liked the smaller group size (22) of the Discovery Tour. We would definitely consider doing other Discovery Tours. We may have been lucky in that we encountered virtually no rain over the 10 days of this tour, so Ireland really looked nice. We’re guessing that rainy days are more the norm. Overall we would definitely recommend this tour and Gate 1.

Philip L. Oak Park, IL
Irish Culture, August 2016
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We loved our trip! I would highly recommend it! Our guide, Linda, was the best. She was incredibly knowledgeable and caring. The itinerary was perfect and the Irish people warm and welcoming.

Rosalie M. Jenkintown, PA
Irish Culture, June 2016
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I liken it to an entry level course in college: exposure to the full breadth of all things Irish. We were treated to the history of the land, with particular attention to the independence struggle; the lives of people today; the current political circumstances; the education system; the terrain and how it influenced history; business and economics throughout a span of history; significant places that showcased the history and entertainments that reflected of Irish culture. The tour route and stops were well chosen for the purpose, but it would have been for naught without John, his knowledge and his ability to present it clearly, concisely and entertainingly. We appreciated the free time provided in different places to explore/shop on our own or rest over a pint. It would have been nice to have more time (e.g. in Dingle, et al.) where 2 hrs. was insufficient to both shop and have lunch. We will recommend this tour to others.

Milton G Jr. Richfield, OH
Irish Culture, May 2016
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It was wonderful. We would have liked an extra day in Adare I think is the only change. Our guide Maureen was the best. She was very knowledgeable and was a lovely person. She kept us on shedule without feeling like we were rushed. Patrick our driver, was very competent. We felt comfortable at all times. Patrick and Maureen were the epitome of what we expected of Irish hospitality. Because of them we will be back!

Marnie F. Florence, TX
Irish Culture, May 2016
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Great trip. I have nothing to say but good things! Well organized, varied, interesting sites, good hotels, fabulous food. Maureen is an excellent tour guide, very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful besides being endlessly patient. Mick the driver was professional, a very good driver and fun to deal with. Many thanks to the Fenton's and Damien Brennan for inviting us into their homes. The whole experience was enjoyable. Thank you very much.

Beryl J. British Columbia, Canada
Irish Culture, April 2016
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We have been on several Gate 1 trips and enjoyed them but this was our first Discovery Tour by Gate 1. My husband and I enjoyed it immensely. We liked the small number of fellow passengers...that's a real plus for us. Our guide Patrick was very knowledgeable and interesting. We had many laughs and learned so much about Ireland. We really loved it. The hotels were wonderful and all our meals that were provided were exceptional. We especially enjoyed the Dairy Farm luncheon and the Yeats Poetry luncheon. Our bus driver Kaspars was a very good driver and we felt very safe on the "wrong" side of the road for all of us. We will definitely book more Gate 1 Discovery trips.

Carol P. Hastings, MN
Irish Culture, April 2016
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Wonderful!!! Almost perfect! We loved the itinerary and our guide Patrick was fantastic...a knowledgeable and consummate professional about whom we can't say enough!!! We were also impressed with Kaspers our driver. Friends and family were very impressed with the pictures and descriptions that I shared almost daily on Facebook and I had several requests for information about our tour. I was happy to share info about the Irish Culture Discovery tour. I assume you will be asking for a more detailed evaluation at a later date. It will be a pleasure to provide one for you!!

Elizabeth P. Crozet, VA