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Best of Ireland

This ‘best of’ tour lets you experience 6,000 years of history spread across the dales, valleys, cliffs and castles of Dublin, Killarney, Co Mayo, and Northern Ireland.

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This ‘best of’ tour lets you experience 6,000 years of history spread across the dales, valleys, cliffs and castles of Dublin, Killarney, Co Mayo, and Northern Ireland.

13 Days | 17 Meals

 

World Holiday

From the bustling capital of Dublin to quaint seaside villages to historic Northern Ireland, you’ll see it all on this Mayflower holiday featuring Irish history, music, dance, cuisine, scenery and architecture. This ‘best of’ tour lets you experience 6,000 years of history spread across the dales, valleys, cliffs and castles of Dublin, Killarney, Co Mayo, and Northern Ireland.

 

Highlights

17 meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 5 dinners

  • Airport transfers on tour dates when air is provided by Mayflower Cruises & Tours

  • Included panoramic city tour of Dublin

  • See the Book of Kells at Trinity College

  • Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral

  • Tour the Guinness Storehouse and sample its famous product

  • A traditional Irish evening with dinner, dance, music and song

  • Kiss the famous stone at Blarney Castle

  • Entertaining Jaunting Cart ride through Killarney National Park

  • Journey along the famous ‘Ring of Kerry’

  • See the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher

  • Cruise through the scenic Killary Fjord

  • Visit a working farm in the country and be Irish for a day

  • Learn about the workings of a woolen mill with live demonstrations

  • Tour Donegal Castle

  • Experience the coastal beauty along the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland

  • Visit the Titanic Museum in Belfast

  • $65 in Mayflower Money

 

Accommodations

Days 2 - 4 | Ashling Hotel or similar, Dublin, Ireland

Days 5 & 6 | Killarney Towers or similar, Killarney, Ireland

Days 7 & 8 | Westport Hotel or similar, Westport, Ireland

Days 9 & 10 | Everglades Hotel or similar, Derry, Northern Ireland

Days 11 | Europa Hotel or similar, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Days 12 | Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dublin, Ireland

Day One

Depart the USA
Depart the USA on your overnight flight to Dublin, Ireland.

Day Two

Dublin, Ireland
Upon arrival, you’ll be met by a Mayflower Cruises & Tours representative and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is at leisure to become acquainted with the area.

Day Three

Dublin, Ireland
A guided panoramic orientation tour of this capital city awaits. See the River Liffey, St. Stephen’s Green and travel along O’Connell Street with its monument to Daniel O’Connell and other notable figures from Ireland’s turbulent past. Pass the General Post Office, site of rebel headquarters in the 1916 Easter Rising. Stop at Trinity College and see the Book of Kells, the famous hand-illuminated gospel manuscript. Visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral, one of the few remaining buildings from medieval times, and see its impressive altar and stained-glass windows.

After free time for lunch, enjoy a special treat with an included tour of the Guinness Storehouse. The bird’s-eye views of Dublin from the 7th-floor Gravity Bar, as you sample a pint, is a perfect end to the day of touring!

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Day Four

Dublin, Ireland
Venture out with your local guide along the Irish Food Trail to get to the heart of what it means to be Irish! This walking tour is steeped in history, which you will hear as you learn about Dublin’s heritage while meeting and dining with locals. At each stop along the walking trail, sample some hearty, Irish cuisine and soak up the local folklore.

The afternoon is at leisure to pursue independent interests. This evening, join in the merriment as you dine in an 18th-century pub and enjoy a traditional show featuring Irish dance, music and song.

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Day Five

Dublin to Killarney
It’s time to depart Dublin via coach for the quaint town of Killarney. Travel through the scenic countryside and stop in the village of Blarney where you become caught up in the aura of magic and mystique during an included visit to Blarney Castle. Climb to the top and kiss the Blarney Stone.

Continue to Killarney, ‘the Jewel of Ireland’, with a background of sparkling lakes, deep forests and jagged misty mountains. A brief panoramic orientation tour introduces you to this lively little town. Dinner is included at the hotel.

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Day Six

Killarney / Ring of Kerry
Fall in love with the charm of Killarney during a morning Jaunting Cart ride through Killarney National Park. Your Jarvey (driver) will keep you entertained with tales about the history, folklore and beauty of the area. This afternoon is spent on an exciting and breathtakingly beautiful excursion along a portion of the Ring of Kerry - the most famous and panoramic route in Ireland. With its diverse scenery of mountains, lakes and awe-inspiring views you’ll see why words just can’t describe its beauty. After a full day of scenery and adventure, the evening is at leisure.

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Day Seven

Killarney to Westport
Leaving Killarney, depart for Westport in County Mayo with adventures along the way. Stopping in the picturesque village of Adare, be transported back in time as you stroll through the quaint streets with thatched-roofed cottages and cozy shops.

Continue to the Cliffs of Moher - a breathtaking sight where nature’s wildness and spectacular beauty meet. Admire the grandeur of the Cliffs, soaring from the Atlantic Ocean to a height of 700 feet. After free time for lunch, journey to Westport, voted the ‘best place to live in Ireland’. Check in to the hotel and enjoy an included dinner.

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Day Eight

Westport
Begin the day with a cruise of Killary Fjord where scenic views abound. Hills rise steeply from the silvery sea, shifting light and shadows create colorful effects on the peaks and valleys, and deep green fields contrast with heather bogs. Return to dry land for a visit to Glen Keen Farm for cultural immersion during this unique experience on a working farm that’s been in the family since the 1700’s.

Learn about sheep herding, the training of the dogs, and witness a demonstration of these amazing animals at work in the field. Enjoy a soda-bread making demo and a hearty lunch with entertainment provided by local musicians. Before returning to the hotel, visit Westport House on the hotel’s estate. Dating from the 1500’s, hear the story of the legendary pirate queen who once reigned here and see photos representing 300 years of Irish heritage in this beautiful manor home.

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Day Nine

Westport to Derry, Northern Ireland
During a visit to Foxford Woolen Mills, learn how this historic mill brought the town back to life. As you walk through the working mill, watch master craftspeople produce beautiful items in traditional fashion, using wool from local sheep farmers. Leaving Westport, continue to Donegal for a visit of the 15th-century castle with period furnishings and detailing the history of the O’Donnell clan. Crossing into Northern Ireland, arrive in the city of Derry for dinner and overnight.

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Day Ten

Derry
Discovery of Northern Ireland begins with a guided tour of Derry before visiting the Inishowen Peninsula, the northernmost point on the island of Ireland. With its remote, rugged landscape of castle ruins, towers and ancient churches, along with Celtic crosses and pagan monuments, the sights along the peninsula weave a colorful tapestry of an earlier age in this timeless place. Return to Derry for an evening at leisure and overnight.

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Day Eleven

Derry to Belfast, Northern Ireland
Today’s highlight is the journey to Belfast along the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland’s most famous site. Considered the Eighth Wonder of the World, and the only World Heritage Site in Northern Ireland, this astonishing complex of basalt columns is home to many fairies and folklore tales! Hear the myths of the giant Finn McCool and the legends surrounding this mystical place. The journey ends with arrival into Belfast where you are free to explore on your own.

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Day Twelve

Belfast to Dublin, Ireland
A guided visit of the city showcases the Grand Opera House, Victorian and Edwardian buildings, an authentic working-class community and the Falls Road area. See the murals on almost every gabled wall which tell stories of the city’s violent past and its belief for the future. Visit Titanic Belfast where the story of the ill-fated ship is told from her conception, to the construction and launch to her catastrophic demise. Interpretive and interactive galleries bring the history of the Titanic to life. Depart Belfast and return to Dublin, enjoying the final evening and farewell dinner at the Dunboyne Castle Hotel.

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Day Thirteen

Dublin/USA
Filled with wonderful memories of the history, scenery and people of the Emerald Isle and Northern Ireland, transfer to Dublin Airport for your flight home.

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FB=Full Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

2 Ways to Book

  1. Give us a Call! 480.926.5547
  2. Download the Registration Form - HERE | Fill out this form and email it to reservations@freespiritvacations.com. We will call you upon receipt and confirm all information.

 

Activity Level 3

This travel experience is perfect for those who want to see everything their destination has to offer. With the ability to navigate hills and uneven ground (1-2 hours with little difficulty), as well as climb into various modes of transportation, you'll be able to explore every corner of your destination without missing a thing. Plus, with some longer days balanced with free time to recharge or set out on your own adventure, you'll have the perfect harmony of flexibility and exploration.

 

Passports and Visas:  Each U.S. citizen must have a valid passport. Expiry date of passports should be at least 6 months after the return date of tour. If you don’t have a passport, call our office and we’ll tell you how to apply for one. Some countries require visas for entry by U.S. citizens. We will send visa applications and instructions if a visa is required for your tour. Holders of non-U.S. passports should contact their nearest consulate and inquire about the necessary passport or visa documentation required for entry into the countries visited.

 

NOTE: Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name and your tour reservation name or you may be denied aircraft boarding.

 

REAL ID ACT - Effective for travel May 3, 2023 forward, the REAL ID Act standards for identification while travelling will be in effect. This means a standard issued driver's license used as a form of identification will no longer be accepted for domestic air travel within the

United States. Instead, a Real ID compliant form of identification must be presented both at the time of booking air travel with Collette and upon checking in at the airport to board any flight. Any fees associated with changing a reservation resulting from a non-compliant identification will be the responsibility of the guest. For more information on Real ID, please visit the Department of Homeland Security website: REAL ID | Homeland Security (dhs.gov)

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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