Irish Classic

Our most comprehensive tour takes in every aspect of Ireland's past and present. Offering good food, lively entertainment and a wealth of activities spanning the length of Ireland's scenic coast.

Price from £1179 per person

- Traditional Pub Dinner/Show
- Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
- Giant’s Causeway
- Westport House 
- Achill Island Tour
- Historic Derry & Waterford Walks
- Killarney's Jaunting Car Ride

To book your Cresta holiday
please call 0844 800 7020

- Group airport transfers on arrival* and departure
- Sightseeing by luxury coach throughout
- Services of a professional Irish tour director
- Superior & first class hotels with private bath/shower for 7 nights
- Full Irish breakfast daily (B)
- 6 dinners (D) including:
- Traditional Irish evening with dinner and entertainment at the Abbey Tavern (or similar)
- 5 table d’hôte dinners
- Welcome get-together drink
- Tour of Dublin with a local guide
- “Titanic” walking tour of Cobh
- Walking tours of Waterford and Derry with local guides
- Visits and admissions to Book of Kells at Trinity College, Glendalough Visitor Centre, Dunbrody
Famine Ship, Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience, Foynes Flying
Boat Museum, Cliffs of Moher, Knock Shrine, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Titanic Belfast and Giant’s
- Deluxe travel bag, ticket wallet, luggage tags & strap available on arrival in Ireland
- All local taxes, hotel service charges & porterage for one suitcase per person

*Arrival transfer is only available to those that arrive at Dublin International Airport between 7am and 12 noon on Day 1 of the itinerary.

Day 1: Dublin Tour & Book of Kells

Your tour starts at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. If you arrive later than noon, you will need to transfer to the hotel at your own expense. At 2:00 pm join a local guide for a half-day guided tour of Dublin to see elegant Georgian squares with brightly-painted doors, O’Connell Street and the evocative statues of the Famine Memorial. Visit Trinity College’s campus and the Old Library to view the illuminated manuscript of the Book of Kells. After a welcome drink you are free to dine independently this evening, your tour director will assist with suggestions.

Day 2: 6th Century Glendalough & Waterford

This morning leave Dublin to see the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains on the way to Glendalough. Learn about St. Kevin’s 6th century monastery in the Glendalough Visitor Centre and walk through the site to see its round tower, church ruins and Celtic crosses. Continue your drive south to New Ross where a walk through the reconstructed 19th century Dunbrody Famine Ship demonstrates the harsh conditions that emigrants endured. Drive to Waterford and check in to your city centre hotel. After dinner, take a brief walking tour around the narrow streets of the historic city centre with a local guide. (B, D)

Day 3: Waterford Crystal & Titanic Walk

Visit the House of Waterford Crystal to learn about glass blowing and cutting and see one-of-a-kind masterpieces. Travel along the south coast via Dungarvan to the port town of Cobh, the last scheduled stop of the Titanic. A walking tour will reveal many of the places associated with emigrants as they left Ireland for better lives overseas. Drive through the outskirts of Cork city to reach the Blarney Woollen Mills, which stocks excellent Irish products. While Blarney Castle is not included in your tour, you will have time to kiss the “Stone of Eloquence” on your own. Then journey west through rugged countryside to Killarney and settle in to your centrally-located hotel. (B, D)

Day 4: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience

Enjoy the highlights of Ireland’s natural scenery on the Ring of Kerry route. The road winds between the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks Mountains on one side and the Atlantic coastline on the other. Drive through Killorglin and Cahirciveen to cross by bridge to Valencia Island. Visit the Skellig Experience to learn about the rocky islands off the end of the peninsula where monks lived in early Christian times. Today the islands form a protected bird sanctuary. Stop in the colourful village of Sneem and also at Moll’s Gap to view the Three Lakes of Killarney. Enjoy some free time in Killarney before dining in your hotel. (B, D)

Day 5: Flying Boat Museum & Cliffs of Moher

Drive north through Listowel to Foynes to visit the Flying Boat Museum, which recalls the early days of air travel, during the 1930’s and early 1940’s. Travel through the outskirts of Limerick and have a look around Bunratty Village before heading to the coast of County Clare. View the Cliffs of Moher rising to heights of almost 700 feet above the wild Atlantic swells and walk along the top of the cliffs to O’Brien’s Tower for great views. Drive through the Burren and around the shores of Galway Bay. Take a short orientation tour of central Galway before checking in to your hotel. (B, D)

Day 6: Yeats’s Grave & Derry Walk

Head north to visit the pilgrimage town of Knock, one of the world’s leading shrines. See the church where villagers saw a vision of the Virgin Mary in 1879. Travel through County Sligo and stop to view W. B. Yeats’s grave in Drumcliffe Churchyard, in the shadow of Ben Bulben Mountain. Follow the shoreline of Donegal Bay to Donegal town and past the lovely Blue Stack Mountains to Derry. On arrival in Derry take a brief drive around the city, including the Bogside area, with a local guide before walking along part of the medieval walls, which date from 1613 AD and encircle the old city centre. (B, D)

Day 7: Giant’s Causeway & Irish Show

Today explore the northern coastline, stopping for photos at the sprawling ruins of Dunluce Castle. Visit the Giant’s Causeway, enormous hexagonal columns formed by volcanic activity over 60 million years ago. Drive to Belfast for a panoramic city tour followed by a visit to the Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Continue south to check in to your hotel on the north side of Dublin city. A short drive will bring you to a popular Irish pub for a farewell dinner and entertaining traditional Irish songs and step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 8: Depart for Home

Complimentary group transfers are provided to Dublin Airport to arrive at 6:00 am, 9:00 am or 12:00 noon. (B)

Stay at the following (or similar):
Conrad Hilton Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
Hilton Hotel, Belfast (2 nights)
City Hotel, Derry (1 night)
Hotel Westport, Westport (2 nights)
Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (1 night)
Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
Granville Hotel, Waterford (1 night)
Royal Marine, Dun Laoghaire (1 night)


Terms and conditions

From price is per person based on 2 adults sharing a room. From price is based on selected departures in 2014. Single supplements apply. Price is for the tour only and does not include flights or ferries to/from Ireland. These can be arranged as part of your holiday at a supplement. Prices and holidays are subject to availability and change at any time.