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Ireland Explorer Tour 2021/2022

Available from March 2021

A Scotia Ireland Explorer Tour is a unique experience which captures the true beauty of Ireland’s people and its landscapes, its Wild Atlantic coastal vistas and cosmopolitan cities. An island of many contrasts held together by a common bond of being an island race

Our professional  driver guides will guide you along the way, while we go beyond the traditional tourism face of Ireland and take you off the beaten track to get the know the Irish Gaelic race, the uniqueness of who they are and what influences forged them into the people they are.  A Scotia Ireland Explorer Tour is a much deeper experience than a sightseeing tour of the Emerald Isle, it is a once in a lifetime journey to get to know the people, their way of life their values, the music and poetry, their history.

€3875 per person on shared basis

€350 for single person supplement

Book Tour

2 tour dates per month, running from March to October

Accommodation

4/5 star Hotel Accommodation

3 Nights in Dublin City

1 Night in Kilkenny City

3 Nights in Killarney / Tralee

3 Nights in Galway City

Transportation

First Class Coach

Professional Scotia Ireland Driver/Guide

Meals

All breakfasts

6 Lunches

6 Evening dinners

Not Included

Price does not include driver guide tips or gratuity

Price does not include domestic or international air fares.

Scotia Ireland do not provide travel insurance and strongly encourages you to take out adequate insurance cover prior to travel, we recommend consulting the following companies to discuss your options.

https://www.insuremytrip.com/

https://www.globalrescue.com/

Other Info

  • Based on current rates, double occupancy and includes taxes per person sharing.
  • Tour price does not include airfares. Each traveler may choose to arrive early or stay late and tour on their own.
  • Rate is based on current exchange rates and current projected costs. Subject to change.
  • Does not include driver guide tips or gratuity.
  • This tour information is subject to the Scotia Ireland Tours Ltd Terms and Conditions.
  • Due to the uncertainty of Covid-19 and possible currency exchange fluctuations, Scotia Ireland Tours Ltd reserve the right to adjust the tour price.

Baggage Limitations
The interior of the coach will have limited space for baggage. Therefore each person will be limited to one piece of luggage/suitcase (to ride in the under-coach hold), one small carry on tote bag (or purse), pluse a photography equipment bag.

Extend your Stay
Ireland has a wealth of things to see and do. This tour has been designed with variety in mind for the photographer tourist to provide both urban and wild destinations and includes stops to historic sites and opportunities to see wildlife. Consider adding additional days prior to (or after) to see sights you will not visit on this tour.

Camera Gear
It is tempting to bring all your camera gear on such an excursion. However take time to ponder what you really need and cull out some of your gear to keep your weight down. Light-weight tripods may be more beneficial than large heavy ones. Two lenses (three at the most) should be more than sufficient. Most camera battery chargers are adapted to the voltage in USA and Ireland, but you will want wall socket adapters that fit the Irish wall sockets. Be sure your plug will actually plug into the adapter as fittings for both can mismatch.

Day 1

Early morning arrivals at Dublin airport where you will be met by your private Scotia Ireland Driver/Guide

Panoramic City Tour followed by lunch at the charming Irish Pub, Nancy Hands, Park Gate Street.

Following lunch, check-in to our hotel and the remainder of the afternoon is free to relax or explore the city on your own before dinner.

Overnight: Dublin city centre Hotel – BB/D

Day 2

This morning following a hearty Irish breakfast we visit Trinity College and have an opportunity to Explore the historic campus and view the fifth century Book of Kells. Later this afternoon we visit the Guinness Brewery and enjoy a pint of the Black stuff ourselves.

Overnight: Dublin city centre Hotel- BB

Day 3

Departing Dublin city our tour today takes us through the rolling farmlands of the midlands to the medieval city of Kilkenny where we will enjoy a tour of Kilkenny Castle followed by lunch and later by a walking tour of this charming and historic medieval city to include St Canices Cathedral, The Black Abbey of Kilkenny established in 1225.

Overnight Kilkenny city – BB/L/D

Day 4

This morning we depart our Kilkenny hotel and tour through the lush and green farmlands of Ireland, heading South towards Co. Cork. Along the route we visit the spectacular Rock of Cashel also known as Cashel of the Kings and St. Patrick’s Rock. Highlight of the afternoon is the visit to Blarney Castle, Kiss the Blarney stone and a visit to the Woollen Mills factory outlet.

Overnight Killarney – BB/D

Day 5

Today we set out on a panoramic tour of the Dingle Peninsula once voted the most ‘Beautiful place on Earth’ by National Geographic magazine. One noted travel writer said that ‘Dingle is on the road to nowhere else as there is no one else beyond Dingle’.

Overnight Killarney – BB

Day 6

Following breakfast, we set out on one of the truly classic tours of Ireland, The Ring of Kerry a touring route that loops around the Iveragh Peninsula beginning and finishing in Killarney. Along the way we drive alongside the MacGillycuddy Reeks mountain range, experience a Sheep Dog herding demonstration. We’ll also visit Waterville, Sneem village and the stunning Lakes of Killarney.

Overnight Killarney – BB/L/D

Day 7

This morning we say farewell to Killarney and set off on our next adventure and head North through the dairy farmlands of North Kerry with views to the west of the Kerry Head Peninsula and Tralee Bay. Boarding a ferry for the short trip across the River Shannon we visit the iconic Cliffs of Moher and explore the Burren landscape including a visit to the Hazel Mountain Chocolatier.

Overnight Galway City – BB/L/D

Day 8

Connemara dubbed a place of “savage beauty” by the Irish playwright and novelist, Oscar Wilde. The stunning landscape of Connemara is most definitely a must-see location for those folks that are looking to discover the authentic Ireland. Today we enjoy a full day tour of The Connemara region, a visit to an Oyster Farm and enjoy a tasting. We will also experience the Benedictine monastery, Kylemore Abbey and Victorian Gardens Tour.

Overnight Galway – BB.

Day 9

Today we drive along the coast to the fishing port of Rossaveal from where we board a ferry which will take us to Inis Mór, the largest of the Aran Islands. A crossing of about 45 minutes, on arrival we will be met by our Island tour bus driver who will take us on an in-depth tour of the Island. Later this afternoon our driver will return us to the ferry in time for departure to back to the mainland.

Overnight Galway – BB/L

Day 10

Following breakfast, we say farewell to Galway and begin our tour to Dublin city. Along the way we stop and visit Kilbeggan Distillery.  In Dublin, you will have time to explore and freshen up before enjoying an evening of live Irish music and dance in Taylors Tree Rock, which includes an Irish traditional dinner.

Overnight Dublin City – BB/L/D.

Day 11

This morning we transfer from our hotel to Dublin Airport to board your flights back home, farewell to your Driver/guide and new friends.

May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be always at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face; the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

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