Taste of Ireland

The Taste of Ireland provides the perfect introduction to the rich variety of culture and nature found on this mystical island. Experience the highlights from Dublin to Kerry and the spectacular western coastline in 5 days.

Price from £469 per person

- Cabaret Dinner & Show
- Bunratty Castle Medieval Banquet
- Dublin Castle
- Kiss the Blarney Stone
- Ring of Kerry Tour
- Cliffs of Moher

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 driver/guide
- Superior & first class hotels with private bath/shower for 4 nights
- Full Irish breakfast daily (B) except on day of arrival
- 4 dinners (D) including:
- Dinner and traditional Irish entertainment at the Burlington Cabaret (or similar)
- Medieval banquet and entertainment in Bunratty Castle
- 2 table d’hôte dinners in Killarney
- Welcome get-together drink
- Tour of Dublin with a local guide
- Sheepdog trials on Ring of Kerry
- Ferry ride across the River Shannon
- Visits and admissions to Dublin Castle, Blarney Castle, Blarney Woollen Mills, Skellig Experience,
Muckross Gardens, Cliffs of Moher, Cliffs of Moher and Connemara Marble Factory
- 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 & Cabaret

Your tour starts at Dublin Airport with a group transfer to your hotel between 07:00am 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 all participants join a local guide for a tour of ancient and modern Dublin. Drive through the main streets to see historic buildings such as Trinity College, where the Book of Kells is housed; the evocative figures of the Famine Memorial; and rows of Georgian houses with gaily-coloured doorways. Stop at Dublin Castle for a guided tour through the elegant State Apartments, which are filled with elaborate Waterford Crystal chandeliers and portraits of prominent Irish leaders. Return to your hotel for a get-together with your tour group and a welcome drink. In the evening enjoy a great dinner of Irish specialties, which is followed by a show of traditional Irish songs and intricate step-dancing, at a traditional Irish evening. (D)

Day 2: Blarney Castle & Killarney

Depart Dublin and travel through the midlands of Ireland, which has many mixed farms. Stop to view the stately church ruins atop the Rock of Cashel, rising high above the surrounding plain. Continue your drive south and, just a few miles outside Cork, visit Blarney Castle 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 through Macroom, built around a fine castle, and into County Kerry where the scenery becomes more mountainous. Arrive in Killarney, picturesquely set beside lakes with Ireland’s highest mountains, the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, forming a backdrop. Check in to your hotel and relax before dinner. After your meal you may like to take a stroll through the compact town and explore Killarney’s famous singing pubs. (B, D)

Day 3: Ring of Kerry & Skellig Experience

Today embark on Ireland’s most popular scenic drive of 100 miles – the Ring of Kerry. This winding route reveals breathtaking sights of the Macgillycuddy’s Reeks as well as coastal views of beaches and cliffs. As you travel along, there will be plenty of stops for photos at the best vantage points. Stop at Kells to meet a local farmer, Brendan Ferris, for a taste of farm life with a sheepdog demonstration of herding flocks and see different breeds of sheep. Drive through the village of Cahirciveen and cross to Valencia Island by bridge. Visit the Skellig Experience to learn about the nearby rocky islands where early Christian monks lived in austere conditions and today they form a thriving bird sanctuary. Stop to walk around Sneem, where brightly-painted houses are grouped around a central green. Pause at Moll’s Gap for a view of the Three Lakes of Killarney with the town in the distance. Return to Killarney and enjoy a fine dinner in your hotel once again. (B, D)

Day 4: Cliffs of Moher & Bunratty Castle

Leave Killarney and drive north to Tarbert for a 20-minute ferry ride across the wide River Shannon Estuary. Your tour continues along the Clare coast to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of limestone that reaches to almost 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. Drive past Lahinch golf links, one of Ireland’s most famous, and through the marketing town of Ennis to Bunratty. Check in to Bunratty Castle Hotel, which is located very close to Bunratty Castle and Folk Park. In the evening head to Bunratty Castle for a memorable experience in a wonderful setting with good food and entertainment. Take your place in the Great Hall for a medieval-style feast of excellent dishes and plenty of wine. During and after the meal the lords and ladies will serenade you with song and harp music, evocative of the middle Ages. (B, D)

Day 5: Galway, Connemara and depart for home.

Drive north through Galway and out along the famous Galway Bay to Spiddal where the locals still speak the Irish language. Then drive across the rugged boglands of Connemara to Moycullen to visit the Connemara Marble Factory. See how this locally-quarried marble is made into attractive products and enjoy tea and scones. Drive into Galway for a panoramic tour around the principal areas and then take some time to look around the city before travelling to Dublin. Transfer to Dublin Airport to arrive at circa 18:00. Please ensure flights are booked with this in mind. We suggest flights are booked for after 19:30 hours at the earliest. (B)

Stay at the follwing (or similar):
Burlington Hotel, Dublin (1 night)
Killarney Towers Hotel, Killarney (2 nights)
Bunratty Castle Hotel, Bunratty (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.