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Grand Tour of Ireland: Plus

9 days, 4 cities815
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A long stretch of cliffside topped with green grass along a blue ocean at sunset
A long stretch of cliffside topped with green grass along a blue ocean at sunset
A red pub adorned with green plants, alcohol advertisements, and a sign that reads "The Temple Bar"
A partially-ruined gray stone castle
A row of colorful buildings reflecting in the body of water in the foreground at sunset
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Why go?

This is the Ireland you’ve always imagined: pub-lined streets, lush emerald countryside, historic castles and cathedrals, and more lakes and lochs than you can count. So whether you’re Irish to your core or only on March 17, there’s plenty of good craic to go around.

Picture yourself

  • Sipping a freshly-brewed pint at the Guinness Brewhouse

  • Kissing the Blarney Stone to score the gift of gab

  • Connecting with nature throughout the Ring of Kerry

  • Pub crawling along Quay Street in Galway

  • Searching for puffins high atop the Cliffs of Moher

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers (or book 'em yourself)

  • 7 nights in handpicked accommodations

  • 7 breakfasts and 3 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 support from our travel gurus

  • Insider city tours with local guide

  • Guinness Storehouse tour and free pint

  • Guided tour of St. Patrick’s Cathedral

  • Stop at the world-famous Cliffs of Moher

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Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Overnight Flight

    Find your seat, pick a movie, and then try to get a wee bit of shuteye. The majesty and raw beauty of Ireland awaits.

  • Day 2: Arrive in Dublin + Welcome Dinner

    Welcome to Dublin, the capital of Ireland! Once you arrive and drop your bags off at the accommodation, take a stroll to St. Stephen’s Green, Grafton Street, and Temple bar, where pub culture, literary history, and all-around charm await.

    In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

    Today's highlights:

    • Land at the airport and meet a waiting EF representative.
    • Transfer to your hotel to check in and check out your room.
    • Get familiar with the area around your hotel with an introductory walk with your Tour Director.
  • Day 3: Sightseeing in Dublin

    Today, see the best Dublin has to offer with a local guide on a tour of the city. Afterwards, enjoy a free afternoon in this bayside Irish capital.

    Today's highlights:

    • Enter St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the 800-year-old church named after the famous saint.
    • Visit the Guinness Storehouse for a crash course in the history of Ireland’s signature beer. Then, let it all soak in high above Dublin with pints at Gravity Bar.
    • Explore Trinity College, one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities, and see the storied library that inspired Hogwarts’ own.
    • Sample Dublin’s natural beauty and urban escape at Phoenix Park—the largest park in Europe.

    Free time suggestions

    Book of Kells: Stick around Trinity College after your tour for a chance to see the Book of Kells—a pristine 1,200-year old illustrated collection of biblical stories—up-close.
    Jameson Distillery: Sick of stout? Switch things up in favor of the strong stuff with a guided tour and whiskey tasting at the Jameson Distillery Bow St.

  • Day 4: Explore Kilkenny

    Continue by bus to Kilkenny a small city full of Irish charm, medieval architecture, and the most iconic ale in the country. Get ready to eat, drink, drink again, and be very merry.

    Today's highlights:

    • Watch the emerald hills roll along as you head from city to countryside.
    • Arrive in Kilkenny and check in to your accommodation.
    • Walk "The Medieval Mile,” featuring 14th-century castles, inns, and towers.
    • Raise a glass of Smithwick’s, Ireland’s best red ale that has been brewed since 1710.

    Free time suggestions

    Kilkenny Design Centre: Buy yourself something nice at the Kilkenny Design Centre. Here you can find handcrafted, artisanal gifts from all over the country. It’s like Etsy, but you can touch stuff before you buy.
    Bridie's General Store: From the outside, Bridie’s General Store looks like an old-fashioned store to buy groceries or souvenirs. And it is. But continue to the back and find a full service pub (indoor and outdoor seating). Talk about a winning combination.
    Kilkenny Castle: We promised you medieval architecture, and Kilkenny Castle delivered. Originally built in 1195, the castle has had a full makeover, and is open to the public for guided tours of its stunning interior and gardens.

  • Day 5: Travel to County Kerry via Blarney Castle

    Shamrock shake things up as you leave Kilkenny behind for the quintessential Irish countryside of County Kerry’s rolling hills, tranquil lakes, and plenty of sheep. On the way, stop at the famed Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone.

    Today's highlights:

    • Board your private bus from Kilkenny to County Kerry, taking in the pristine Irish countryside along the way.
    • Stretch your legs—and your lips—at Blarney Castle. Legend has it that those who smooch the namesake stone are bestowed with that iconic Irish charm: the gift of gab.
    • Continue on to County Kerry and enjoy an authentic, included local dinner.

    Free time suggestions

    County Kerry Pubs: County Kerry is known for its raucous pub scene. Locals and visitors alike drink and sing with the bar band well into the wee hours of morning.
    Irish Cuisine: The Irish know comfort food. Try the shepherd’s pie, corned beef & cabbage, or Guinness beef stew.

  • Day 6: Explore the Ring of Kerry

    Clear your camera roll and prepare to become Instagram famous as you traverse the must-see Ring of Kerry, stopping at each amazing panoramic vista, castle, or ocean view.

    Today's highlights:

    • Encounter magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Lakes of Killarney, Macgillycuddy’s Reeks, and more.
    • Pick your jaw off the floor after a day of unreal views, and head back to County Kerry for some nighttime free time.

    Free time suggestions

    Irish Whiskey Experience: The Irish Whiskey Experience in Killarney is the perfect masterclass for aficionados and new-comers alike. Buy a ticket and sign up for a class of your choice—from taste-testings to cheese plate pairings.
    Killarney National Park: Need more outdoors time? Take visit to the wondrous expanse of Killarney National Park. Where else can you find mountains, castles, woodlands, and waterfalls all in one place?

  • Day 7: Travel to Galway via the Cliffs of Moher

    You’re off to Galway, a city famous for live music, street performers, and art shows. On the way, stop at the Cliffs of Moher for breathtaking views of the coastline.

    Today's highlights:

    • Gawk at the Cliffs of Moher—limestone walls of rock that dominate the coast for five miles and rise to staggering heights of 700 feet
    • Arrive in beautiful Galway and take it all in on a walk along the banks of the River Corrib, gaze at the picture perfect Galway Bay, then get stoked for a night out in a new town.

    Free time suggestions

    Quay Street: Quay Street is a pub-crawler’s heaven. Pick a starting point, have a pint, and see where it takes you.
    Buskers: Busking, or street performing, is basically Galway’s favorite pastime. Catch the best fiddle player you’ve ever seen on one corner, and a blazing banjoist on the next.

  • Day 8: Free Day in Galway or Optional Aran Islands Excursion

    Raise your glass, here’s to one more rowdy day in the British Isles! We know you’ll make it count. Before heading out for the day, take a moment to reflect on all the Guinness, rolling meadows, hearty food, and craic you’ve had. Ready? Go make some memories!

    Free time suggestions

    Eyre Square: The end of the rainbow in Galway leads to Eyre Square—a bustling center of shops, cafes, and art, though no known pot of gold sightings—yet.
    Irish Coffee: Vodka Red Bull’s Irish cousin packs a caffeinated punch of coffee, whiskey, and Bailey’s. Please enjoy responsibly.

    Farewell Dinner
    Share some last laughs and revisit the best moments of the trip at this included farewell dinner with the group.

    Afternoon on the Aran Islands (extra cost)

    Take a ferry ride to the Aran Islands, where old traditions and iconic Irish countryside are hanging on strong. Don't miss Dún Aengus, a 2,000-year-old fort with walls that go right to the edge of a cliff high above the sea.

    Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.

  • Day 9: Fly Home

    Slán libh, a cháirde!
    Translation: Goodbye, friends. Before you head to the airport, make sure to take one more group photo and grab that final drink. But this isn’t goodbye because you can always get the gang back together for another trip soon. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, we have a couple ways to keep your vacation going.

    EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS

    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

Reviews


Overall rating: 5 out of 5
Based on 815 authentic traveler reviews
  • Don’t think twice, book this trip now!

      Anonymous, traveled Jun. 2019

    I absolutely fell in love with Ireland, this trip was the perfect balance between “city” life in Dublin, “rural” in Killarney and Kerry, and “the pub feel” in Galway. The itinerary is perfect for someone who can’t take more than a week of work off and wants to get the most for their money and not feel rushed on a tour. I left a piece of my heart there and I... See more

  • Fantastic tour

      Nolan, traveled Dec. 2023

    Overall, one of the best trips I'll ever experience. Amazing cities and towns, people are super friendly and hospitable, our tour director was very knowledgable and down-to-earth, and met some the most amazing people. The memories from this trip will remain forever.

  • Grand Tour of Ireland 2023

      Shannon, traveled Nov. 2023

    If you are debating booking this trip do it! This tour was absolutely amazing & our Tour Director Gavin was the absolute best and made his trip so memorable! You get to see so much and explore so many different destinations in Ireland. You really get to learn about the Culture and History! I cannot wait to come back to Ireland and visit Gavin and our Driver ... See more

  • The Grandest Tour of Ireland You Will Ever Experience

      Monica, traveled Nov. 2023

    I have done 4 trips with this company and must say this one was by far my favorite one. The group was great, the scenery and activities in Ireland were fantastic. I find myself feeling homesick for a country I have never been to before! Our tour director Gavin and driver Declan were a joy to be around. I only wish I could go back in time and relive this week... See more

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