11 Day Irish Culture



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$1999 $2489*
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$1899 $2389*
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Dates Land Only Air & Land
$1899 $2389*
$1899 $2419*
$1999 $2489*
$1999 $2489*
$1999 $2489*

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

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

Please note: Mar 10 & Mar 17 departures may be altered due to local events

Accommodation Details:
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, 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
  • 16 meals: 9 buffet breakfasts, 1 lunch, 6 dinners (including 1 home hosted lunch and welcome & farewell dinners)
  • 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
  • View the rugged scenery on the drive to the Cliffs of Moher on the Atlantic coast
  • At Trinity College in Dublin see the 8th century Book of Kells
  • Tour the famed Guinness Storehouse and sample Ireland's most famous brew

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
Overnight: Adare
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 6, Thursday - Foynes, Dingle Peninsula
Morning drive to spectacular Dingle Peninsula with its breathtaking scenery and backdrop of several films. Continue on to 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 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
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 along the country's western coast, with its imposing cathedral and one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. After spending the afternoon in Galway, drive to Westport in County Mayo for dinner and overnight
Overnight: Westport
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Saturday - Connemara Heritage and History Centre, Kylemore Abbey
Today, enjoy a full day excursion into the Irish countryside. Travel west towards, Connemara National Park. Here, admire the lakes, mountains, and calm shades of green for which Ireland is renowned. At the Connemara Heritage and History Centre, connect with this ancient land on your visit to the bog and the farm. Later, visit Kylemore Abbey, founded in 1920 on the grounds of Kylemore Castle. Walk through the gorgeous reception area and restored rooms before entering the idyllic six-acre Victorian walled garden, a highlight of the visit. Return to Westport for leisure time this evening
Overnight: Westport
Meals: Breakfast

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: Mar 10 & Mar 17 departures may be altered due to local events

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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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It was wonderful. From the very beginning when we landed, Gate 1 was there to pick us up. All the hotels were excellent, so was the food. Our tour director Maureen was terrific along with Pat our driver. The welcome dinner complete with drinks was enjoyed and our excursions (lunch at a working farm, poetry lunch, boat ride, castle dinner, dinner with music and Irish storytelling) were most enjoyable as were our tour guides for various other places we visited. We lucked out with the weather . The only downside is the short time allowance for visiting certain historical places but the positive things we did much outweighed the one shortcoming of the trip. To sum up - a vacation of a lifetime!!!!!

Arlene S. Southampton, PA
Irish Culture, May 2014
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It was absolutely fabulous. Tour itself was perfect. On a scale of 1-10 (10 being best), tour guide Grainne O'Malley rated a 25+ - she was fabulous! She was incredibly knowledgeable and o-so-funny. Had us thoroughly entertained throughout - all the while taking great care to make sure we were happy. Likewise, our driver, Nick Forde, was wonderful! Small group size definitely added to the overall enjoyment. We will definitely be booking with Gate 1 Discovery again! Thanks for the memories!

Therese, Oconomowoc, WI
Irish Culture, May 2014
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We greatly enjoyed the trip, places we stayed, things we saw, and the guides provided were terrific, including of course Grainne from start to finish. She did an excellent job of explaining Irish life, especially the history behind conflict in the North which we all knew about, but, never got the historical ingredients put into perspective! Nearly all the trips we've been on have been smaller size groups of about 20, so we like that approach here - again, this group was very good together which helped make it work very well. Altogether, an excellent introduction to Discovery Tours! Thanks!

Jerry, Bellevue, WA
Irish Culture, May 2014
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Our trip to Ireland was awesome and we were very pleased with the first class attention we received from Discovery Gate 1. Everything was well thought out and all meals and accommodations were first class. Our wonderful guide Linda was so caring and knowledgeable, giving us a great deal of information about the sites we were seeing, which included names and dates. I can only praise the Discovery company and plan to suggest them to many folks we know that have shown interest in our trip. I know for sure that if we decide to travel to Europe again, we will turn first to Discovery Gate 1 and their small intimidate tours. A+ for this wonderful and informative vacation with a tour guide that seemed to enjoy the trip as much as we did.

Barbara, Wellington, FL
Irish Culture, May 2014
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Our guide Linda was fabulous, our driver Pat was helpful (not to mention a good driver plus funny!), and the Irish countryside was beautiful. Linda spent hours on the bus regaling us with Irish history and stories about the people and towns that we visited -- all without a script! Our local guide in Waterford made history come alive! Having two home visits was a very pleasant and unique experience. We had poetry readings at one and heard stories about Irish farming at the other, both accompanied by a delicious home cooked lunch. Another thing we also did enjoy was a very short, but delightful, cruise on the River Shannon. Very relaxing, complete with tea, delicious scones, toe tapping music, and lovely views. All of the meals were very good and most of them were covered. The hotels were very nice. I have to mention that one of the best things was that we had an absolutely wonderful group of travelers. Having a small group of 17 is definitely the best way to go. I would recommend this tour to any of my friends, and will always have fond memories of our experience in Ireland.

Judith, Cherry Valley, CA
Irish Culture, October 2013
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The vacation in Ireland was exceptional. Tour guide Granya did an outstanding job. Likewise with bus driver Mick. You add two such outstandings together and the synergy results in an unforgettable trip. I was a little concerned about the meals being included because this sometimes results in substandard fare that misses the authenticity of the country you are visiting. Such was not the case here. The meals were excellent and well-represented the local cuisine. Desserts were exquisite with the resulting gain of a couple of pounds. We ate at farmhouses and homes and the savory menus were only exceeded by the unpretentious hospitality. The trip was true to its theme of Castles and Culture as we stayed in castles where we were treated as royalty. The other hotels were comfortable and exceeded our expectations. The group was also very compatible and this contributed greatly to our delight during the nine days. We believe that vacation is not only for R&R but also to learn about the more difficult history of the host country, especially since it was living history which we read much about years ago.Please express our sincerest appreciation to Granya and Mick. After nine days we grew like family and our memories are enriched because of their affirmation of Irish culture.

Martin, Pittsburgh, PA
Irish Culture, May 2013
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The trip was excellent! The tour guide Gronya was unbelievable with her knowledge of the long history of Ireland, making sure we had information of travel plans for the day before and day after and being mindful to answer any questions, and fill any needs that came up. The bus driver John, what can I say - always there to assist me getting on and off the very comfortable bus and always with such good humor and smiles. Our group of 18 from all parts of the USA all agreed this was the best tour they have ever been on and many were world travelers and had been on many tours before. It was a thrill to be sleeping in castles (especially Ashford) and not to have to worry about what to do each day as it was filled with many varied stops. We are going to pass on our recommendations to all our friends and families. Thank you!

Alice, Boring, Oregon
Irish Culture, September 2014
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The trip was very good. Our guide Linda was exceptional and probably the best guide we have had on our numerous Gate 1/Discovery trips. She was attentive, informative, friendly and had a good sense of humor. She really made the group come together. We were also impressed with our driver Pat who also contributed his knowledge and stories of Ireland. The visits to the private farm and to the home of Damien Brennan, the expert on the poet W.B. Yeats, were much appreciated and helped to break up the more traditional sightseeing.

Anthony, Falls Church, VA
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