Transformative Travel is partnering with CIE Tours to offer a short but sweet Taste O’ Ireland package tour – a perfect introduction to Ireland’s Emerald Isle.
Savor the Sweet Taste o’ Ireland in this 5 night 6 day group journey. Soak in the iconic sights of the whimsical rolling green hills, while enjoying a stress free journey, with all logistics taken care of for you.
Bask in the amazing tales of the Emerald Isle on this guided journey that includes Blarney Castle, Dublin Castle, Ring of Kerry, Sheepdog Demonstrations, and the iconic Cliffs of Moher. Experience live Irish music and dancing, bustling Irish pubs and shops, a medieval castle banquet dinner, and the enchanted stories that live among the land.
This budget friendly 5 Night 6 Day package is perfect for families wanting to explore Irish heritage together. Experience the meaningful bonding that happens with our unique transformative process.
*Please note. Flights are not included but can be arranged upon request.
Day 1: Arrive in Dublin and connect to our hotel shuttle for a transfer to your hotel.
Meet your guide at 2:00 PM in the hotel lobby, and set out on a panoramic tour of Dublin. Drive through the lively streets with a local guide, seeing this historic city’s highlights: Trinity College, elegant Georgian homes, and modern buildings rising by the River Liffey. Visit Dublin Castle for a guided tour and see the splendid State Apartments; for centuries the seat of colonial power in Ireland, this impressive complex is today a place for official ceremonies. Return to your hotel for a welcome drink with your group, then head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with traditional music and step-dancing. (B, D)
Enjoy the morning exploring Dublin with the included vouchers. Meet your guide at 2:00 PM in the hotel lobby, and set out on a panoramic tour of Dublin. Drive through the lively streets with a local guide, seeing this historic city’s highlights: Trinity College, elegant Georgian homes, and modern buildings rising by the River Liffey. Visit Dublin Castle for a guided tour and see the splendid State Apartments; for centuries the seat of colonial power in Ireland, this impressive complex is today a place for official ceremonies. Return to your hotel for a welcome drink with your group, then head to the Merry Ploughboy Pub for a dinner of Irish specialties and a lively show with traditional music and step-dancing. (B, D)
Visit CIE Tours preferred shopping partner Moriarty’s in the beautiful Gap of Dunloe, before embarking on the famed Ring of Kerry scenic drive. The winding, 100-mile route reveals breathtaking coastal and mountain views, with plenty of photo stops. Pause for a casual lunch in a cozy restaurant. Continue on to Valentia Island to visit the Skellig Experience, a visitor center telling the story of the neighboring island of Skellig Michael, which you’ll see off the coast. Learn how this island, a filming location for “Star Wars”, was once the austere home of early Christian monks. Stop for a stroll around the quaint, colorful village of Sneem, and at Moll’s Gap for panoramic views of Ireland’s highest mountains. Visit a farm to see a demonstration of skilled sheepdogs herding sheep. Return to Killarney and enjoy a free evening to dine and discover the pubs as you wish. (B, L)
Leave Killarney, taking a 20-minute ferry ride across the River Shannon Estuary before driving along the coast of County Clare to the Cliffs of Moher, a spectacular wall of sandstone soaring almost 700 feet above the Atlantic. Continue on to your hotel. In the evening, head out to a castle for a medieval-style feast of excellent traditional dishes. Lords and ladies will serenade you with songs and harp music evocative of medieval times. (Please note that January departures may offer a different dining experience.) ) (B,D)
Drive to the vibrant, artistic city of Galway for a panoramic tour. Take some free time to browse the local shops, watch some street performers, see the medieval buildings, or relax in one of the many pubs and cafes. Travel across the country to Dublin, where you’re free to spend the night dining in one of the city’s excellent restaurants or exploring its legendary pubs. (B)
Your tour ends after breakfast today. Board your shuttle transfer to the airport for your onward journey. *Independent Travel.
* DMV area folks, come on down to Backwater Books on Main St, Ellicott City, March 18, 4-5:30 pm for a presentation of our Sweet Taste O’ Ireland tour along with a special Family Crest Making workshop! *All in attendance will be offered special discounted pricing, raffle prizes, and more!
Starting at just $1,995 pp based on double occupancy, we’re including 9 meals (including a medieval-style feast in a Castle), and 5 nights.
*Minimum age 8 years old.
Don’t hesitate to check with us about payment plan options, especially if your departure is more than 6 months out.
Monday August 7 through Saturday August 12, 2023!
Arrive in Dublin which is connected via direct flights to and from Washington Dulles (IAD).
A $350 non-refundable deposit is required for confirmation.
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