Irish Odyssey

Delving into Ireland's great history and mystical legends, this 12 day tour is ideal for those who want to experience the whole island and gain a real taste of the culture of this friendly nation.

Price from £989 per person

- Dinner/Show at a Dublin Pub
- Waterford Crystal
- Walk Derry’s Medieval Walls
- Titanic Belfast
- Dingle Peninsula Tour
- Giant’s Causeway
- Award-Winning Cabra Castle

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- 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 11 nights
- 11 full Irish breakfasts (B)
- 10 dinners (D) including:
- Traditional Irish evening with dinner and entertainment at the Abbey Tavern (or similar)
- Wm Cairnes Gastropub farewell dinner with music
- 8 table d’hôte dinners
- Welcome get-together drink
- Tour of Dublin with local guides
- “The Quiet Man” walking tour of Cong
- Walking tours of Cork, Derry and Drogheda with a local guide
- Visits and admissions to Kilmainham Gaol, Boyne Valley Visitor Centre & Newgrange or Knowth
Tomb, Dunbrody Emigrant Ship, Waterford Crystal Visitor Centre, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills,
Blasket Centre, Cliffs of Moher, Kylemore Abbey Visitor Centre, Museum
of Country Life, W. B. Yeats’ Grave, Belleek Pottery Factory, Tower Museum, Giant’s Causeway and Titanic Belfast.
- 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 City Tour & Kilmainham Gaol

Start your tour at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your city-centre hotel between 7:00 am and 12:00 noon. If your flight arrives later, you will need to transfer to the hotel at your own expense. At 2:00 pm join a local guide on a city centre tour to see Trinity College, General Post Office, St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the Famine Memorial. Visit Kilmainham Gaol where many of Ireland’s leaders, including Robert Emmett, Eamon DeValera and Padraig Pearse, were imprisoned during the 19th and early 20th centuries. In the evening meet your fellow travellers over a welcome drink.

Day 2: Russborough House & Irish Show

This morning drive through the delightful scenery of the Wicklow Mountains to Blessington for a guided tour of the stately Russborough House, a Palladian Mansion filled with interesting treasures as well as noted works of art and early photographic collections. Return to Dublin for a free afternoon for shopping or sightseeing on your own. Drive to an Irish pub for dinner with Irish specialties and an Irish coffee followed by a lively show of music, songs and step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 3: Dunbrody Famine Ship & Waterford Crystal

Drive to New Ross to visit the Dunbrody Famine Ship. This is a replica of a sailing vessel built in 1845 to transport emigrants from Ireland to North America. The visit will give you an insight as to what life on board ship was like as well as filling you in on the history of the famine years. In nearby Waterford tour the House of Waterford Crystal for a demonstration of glass blowing and cutting and see some magnificent trophies on display. Continue along the south coast for your next overnight stay in Cork. (B, D)

Day 4: Blarney Castle & West Cork

A few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle and climb to the battlements to kiss the famous “Stone of Eloquence.” Also visit the Blarney Woollen Mills where you can find quality Irish-made goods of all types, conveniently displayed under one roof. Drive along the lovely coast of Cork via the towns of Clonakilty and Skibbereen to Killarney. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. (B, D)

Day 5: Dingle Peninsula Tour & Killarney

Take a traditional horse-drawn jaunting car ride to Ross Castle to view Lough Leane, the largest of Killarney’s lakes. Explore the scenic Dingle Peninsula to experience the heathery mountains, sandy beaches and rocky headlands. Pause in Dingle before continuing to the Blasket Centre in Dunquin to learn about the offshore Blasket Islands, inhabited until 1953 by hardy farming and fishing families. Return to Killarney and enjoy some free time. After dinner you may like to visit local pubs featuring live music. (B, D)

Day 6: Adare Village & Cliffs of Moher

Travel north to Adare and enjoy a stroll along the main street to take photographs of the charming thatched cottages with brightly-coloured flowers in window boxes and gardens. Drive through the outskirts of Limerick and past Bunratty to the Coast of County Clare. Here view the Cliffs of Moher, an impressive wall of rock that rises 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Continue to Galway for a panoramic drive before checking in to your hotel, which overlooks Galway Bay. (B, D)

Day 7: “Quiet Man” Walking Tour & Connemara

Drive to Cong where “The Quiet Man” movie was made in 1952. A guided walk will show you places featured in the production. Travel through Connemara for sweeping views of misty mountains and shimmering lakes. Stop briefly at Kylemore Abbey Visitor Centre before continuing to Clifden, a delightful market town set between the Twelve Pins Mountains and sandy bays. Return to your hotel to relax before dining in your hotel once again. (B, D)

Day 8: Country Life Museum & Belleek

Travel north to Castlebar to the Museum of Country Life which displays articles used in everyday life during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Continue to County Sligo and pause in Drumcliffe Churchyard at the grave of the writer, W. B. Yeats. Follow the shoreline of Donegal Bay to visit the Belleek Pottery Factory where craftspeople mould, shape and decorate clay, creating the world-famous fine china. Continue your drive through the majestic Barnesmore Gap to Derry. Enjoy free time to relax or take a walk before dinner. (B, D)

Day 9: Derry Walk & Giant’s Causeway

Join a local guide for a walking tour around Derry’s ancient city centre including the Guildhall, St. Columb’s Cathedral, the Diamond and the 16th century walls. Visit the award-winning Tower Museum. Drive along the north coast, stopping for photos at the ruined Dunluce Castle and explore the Giant’s Causeway, huge hexagonal basalt columns formed over 60 million years ago. The oversized rocks have given rise to many legends. Return to Derry for leisure time. (B, D)

Day 10: Titanic Belfast & Cabra Castle Stay

Drive direct to Belfast for a panoramic city tour followed by a visit to Titanic Belfast to learn about this famous liner through state-of-the-art displays. Travel to Kingscourt and your castle hotel, built in 1760. Arrive mid-afternoon so that you have time to enjoy the atmosphere and facilities of this lovely property and maybe play the golf course. After dinner in the Court Restaurant, youthful dancers display intricate Irish step-dancing. (B, D)

Day 11: Megalithic Tombs & Historic Drogheda Walk 

Visit the Boyne Valley Visitor Centre to learn about the 5,000-year-old burial tombs of Newgrange and Knowth. Tour one of them to see how primitive people managed to align huge boulders precisely. Continue to Drogheda, a town that Oliver Cromwell besieged in 1649 and killed 2,000 people, making his name the most hated in Irish history. Join a local guide for a walking tour to see the head of St. Oliver Plunkett, the first Irishman to be canonized in 700 years, and 14th century St. Laurence Gate in the medieval walls. In the evening enjoy a farewell dinner with live music at Wm Cairnes Gastropub, located in a former brewery.  (B, D)

Day 12: Tour Ends Dublin Airport

Take a group transfer to Dublin Airport to arrive at 6:00 am, 9:00 am or 12:00 noon to check in for your flight. (B)

Alexander Hotel, Dublin (2 nights)
River Lee Hotel, Cork (1 night)
Killarney Plaza Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
Galway Bay Hotel, Galway (2 nights)*
City Hotel, Derry (2 nights)
Cabra Castle Hotel, Cavan (1 night)
The D Hotel, Drogheda (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.