Ireland

Tour Length
8 days
From
US$1145
Overview Reviews

  • Brittany
  • Brittany
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Truly Beautiful!

23 Apr 2016 - 30 Apr 2016

Ireland was not my first choice, but it was my boyfriend always wanted to visit and I wanted to introduce him to Contiki so we booked the trip. I thought it would be cold and old and boring and full of older people, I WAS SO WRONG! The nightlife across the country is superb! We all went to the pubs every night and made unforgettable memories. What really amazed me though were the sights. The cliffs were 1000x more amazing in person. To this day, one of my fondest memories in life was sitting on the edge of that cliff, looking over the ocean, and taking it all in. I highly recommend the Merry Ploughboy and the Aran Islands. The only reason I give the trip a 4/5 is because this was a modular trip and so I didn't get as close as I did with my last group on a trip that wasn't modular. Still made great friends though!!!

Review written Sep 2016

My Contiki was: Breathtaking, Lovely, Fun

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  • Brittany
  • Brittany
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Truly Beautiful!

23 Apr 2016 - 30 Apr 2016

Ireland was not my first choice, but it was my boyfriend always wanted to visit and I wanted to introduce him to Contiki so we booked the trip. I thought it would be cold and old and boring and full of older people, I WAS SO WRONG! The nightlife across the country is superb! We all went to the pubs every night and made unforgettable memories. What really amazed me though were the sights. The cliffs were 1000x more amazing in person. To this day, one of my fondest memories in life was sitting on the edge of that cliff, looking over the ocean, and taking it all in. I highly recommend the Merry Ploughboy and the Aran Islands. The only reason I give the trip a 4/5 is because this was a modular trip and so I didn't get as close as I did with my last group on a trip that wasn't modular. Still made great friends though!!!

Review written Sep 2016

My Contiki was: Breathtaking, Lovely, Fun

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  • BaileyC
  • BaileyC
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

an experience I'll NEVER FORGET!!!!

27 Aug 2016 - 03 Sep 2016

This was my first Contiki tour. At first, I didn't know what to expect. All I knew, is that I wanted to see Ireland, and I was willing to go with the flow of the itinerary. From the moment I walked into the hotel lobby, I knew this trip was going to be one for the books. Our bus driver was awesome, very professional and a superior driver. I still don't know how he managed to drive that giant bus through the narrow cobblestone streets. The tour manager was very knowledgable as well. He was fantastic at navigating the group the entire week, always wiling to give advice or tips on the best places to see in each city.

This tour was surprisingly fast paced, but I was in love with every activity so it did not feel too much. We went bike riding, hiked cliffs, walked around downtown... We were always on the go, sometimes hitting 2 cities in one day! My favorite highlights were bike riding Kilkenny, pub hopping in Temple Bar, the Jameson Distillery, kissing the Blarney Stone, nightlife in Galway, biking the Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher (although it was so foggy we couldn't see them haha!), and the Giant's Causeway. There were so many activities in between that were fantastic, and experiencing them with my new friends made them that much more fun!! With this tour, you have the option of hanging with the group, or truly riding solo. Before I arrived in Ireland, I had every intention of exploring on my own, "sitting on a cliff alone to read a book" kind of dream. I ended up meeting the greatest of people on this tour, and I loved spending each day with them. But, if you wanted to spend the day in Dublin by yourself instead of going to the Guinness Factory with the group, you could! I love that Contiki gives this option. I had the most amazing experience in Ireland. I would book this tour again in a heartbeat. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! 5 stars indeed.

Review written Sep 2016

My Contiki was: unforgettable, adventurous, FUN!

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  • BaileyC
  • BaileyC
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

an experience I'll NEVER FORGET!!!!

27 Aug 2016 - 03 Sep 2016

This was my first Contiki tour. At first, I didn't know what to expect. All I knew, is that I wanted to see Ireland, and I was willing to go with the flow of the itinerary. From the moment I walked into the hotel lobby, I knew this trip was going to be one for the books. Our bus driver was awesome, very professional and a superior driver. I still don't know how he managed to drive that giant bus through the narrow cobblestone streets. The tour manager was very knowledgable as well. He was fantastic at navigating the group the entire week, always wiling to give advice or tips on the best places to see in each city.

This tour was surprisingly fast paced, but I was in love with every activity so it did not feel too much. We went bike riding, hiked cliffs, walked around downtown... We were always on the go, sometimes hitting 2 cities in one day! My favorite highlights were bike riding Kilkenny, pub hopping in Temple Bar, the Jameson Distillery, kissing the Blarney Stone, nightlife in Galway, biking the Aran Islands, Cliffs of Moher (although it was so foggy we couldn't see them haha!), and the Giant's Causeway. There were so many activities in between that were fantastic, and experiencing them with my new friends made them that much more fun!! With this tour, you have the option of hanging with the group, or truly riding solo. Before I arrived in Ireland, I had every intention of exploring on my own, "sitting on a cliff alone to read a book" kind of dream. I ended up meeting the greatest of people on this tour, and I loved spending each day with them. But, if you wanted to spend the day in Dublin by yourself instead of going to the Guinness Factory with the group, you could! I love that Contiki gives this option. I had the most amazing experience in Ireland. I would book this tour again in a heartbeat. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! 5 stars indeed.

Review written Sep 2016

My Contiki was: unforgettable, adventurous, FUN!

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  • Romes08
  • Romes08
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Life Changing

07 May 2016 - 14 May 2016

The Ireland trip was my first Contiki and my first solo adventure! To say that this trip was life changing, is an understatement. Ireland was breathtakingly beautiful, the adventures were some that I would have never done on my own and the people were the best! I made some great friends and my trip manager was amazing!

If you are even thinking a little about taking this trip or any other Contiki trip, I say go. Jump at the chance. You only live once and this will change your life!

I will be back to do another Contiki, soon!

Review written May 2016

My Contiki was: Amazing, Life-changing, Exhilarating

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  • Romes08
  • Romes08
  • Level 1 Traveler
  • 1 Contiki
  • 2 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Life Changing

07 May 2016 - 14 May 2016

The Ireland trip was my first Contiki and my first solo adventure! To say that this trip was life changing, is an understatement. Ireland was breathtakingly beautiful, the adventures were some that I would have never done on my own and the people were the best! I made some great friends and my trip manager was amazing!

If you are even thinking a little about taking this trip or any other Contiki trip, I say go. Jump at the chance. You only live once and this will change your life!

I will be back to do another Contiki, soon!

Review written May 2016

My Contiki was: Amazing, Life-changing, Exhilarating

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  • Nina
  • Nina
  • Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 5 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Amazing Trip!

29 Jul 2015 - 05 Aug 2015

This trip was so amazing. I booked it on a whim to get to see a bit of Ireland and was not disappointed.
I was travelling solo and was worried about being on my own. Contiki is amazing as they take care of all of the details for you and help you meet some amazing people! I've never shared a room before but my roommate was so great :)
I participated in all of the Me Time activities and loved exploring all of the cities. For 8 days this is an amazing way to see the majority of the country, stay in nice places, eat good food, have fun with some awesome people, and to have a life changing experience.
I whole heartedly recommend it to anyone who is considering it! You'll want to go back again and again!

Review written Mar 2016

My Contiki was: amazing, friends, solo

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  • Nina
  • Nina
  • Level 3 Traveler
  • 3 Contikis
  • 5 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Amazing Trip!

29 Jul 2015 - 05 Aug 2015

This trip was so amazing. I booked it on a whim to get to see a bit of Ireland and was not disappointed.
I was travelling solo and was worried about being on my own. Contiki is amazing as they take care of all of the details for you and help you meet some amazing people! I've never shared a room before but my roommate was so great :)
I participated in all of the Me Time activities and loved exploring all of the cities. For 8 days this is an amazing way to see the majority of the country, stay in nice places, eat good food, have fun with some awesome people, and to have a life changing experience.
I whole heartedly recommend it to anyone who is considering it! You'll want to go back again and again!

Review written Mar 2016

My Contiki was: amazing, friends, solo

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  • Jordann23
  • Jordann23
  • Level 6 Traveler
  • 6 Contikis
  • 14 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Love.

24 Sep 2014 - 01 Oct 2014

I looooooved Ireland! The pace is FAST, but well worth it. You see SO much. I'd say my only disappointment was that we didn't get more time in Galway, but all in all really great trip. I think the live music in every location is so magical. Love irish tunes so much more after this experience. Note: This is part of a larger tour, so you hop on with another tour at the last leg. I never seem to know that when I am booking. Tip: Take advantage of renting bikes on the Aran Islands. One of my favorite days of the trip for sure.

Review written Jan 2016

My Contiki was: accents, dreamy, beautiful

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  • Jordann23
  • Jordann23
  • Level 6 Traveler
  • 6 Contikis
  • 14 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

Love.

24 Sep 2014 - 01 Oct 2014

I looooooved Ireland! The pace is FAST, but well worth it. You see SO much. I'd say my only disappointment was that we didn't get more time in Galway, but all in all really great trip. I think the live music in every location is so magical. Love irish tunes so much more after this experience. Note: This is part of a larger tour, so you hop on with another tour at the last leg. I never seem to know that when I am booking. Tip: Take advantage of renting bikes on the Aran Islands. One of my favorite days of the trip for sure.

Review written Jan 2016

My Contiki was: accents, dreamy, beautiful

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  • Patti
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Guinness and Happiness

06 Sep 2014 - 13 Sep 2014

This was my first Contiki and I went on it with 3 other friends. A year later we are still talking about the amazing memories we had made on this trip. From the Cliffs of Moher, the little streets of Galway, and my personal favorite- the Aran Islands and Inishmore each day is great. Not to mention the people of Ireland are wonderful and the Guinness speaks for itself.

Review written Aug 2015

My Contiki was: amazing, Guinness, fun

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  • Patti
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Guinness and Happiness

06 Sep 2014 - 13 Sep 2014

This was my first Contiki and I went on it with 3 other friends. A year later we are still talking about the amazing memories we had made on this trip. From the Cliffs of Moher, the little streets of Galway, and my personal favorite- the Aran Islands and Inishmore each day is great. Not to mention the people of Ireland are wonderful and the Guinness speaks for itself.

Review written Aug 2015

My Contiki was: amazing, Guinness, fun

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  • Rhea
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Amazing experience

06 Jun 2015 - 13 Jun 2015

Everything about the Ireland trip was absolutely amazing. I felt I got the most out of every city we went to and I learned so much about Ireland's history and people. Accommodations were great and my favorite food was the Irish stew. I did all the optionals and they were awesome especially the Aran Islands and the Guinness Storehouse. Everyone on the trip was amazing, our coach was great, and shout out to Lee for being an amazing tour guide!!! This will definitely not be my last Contiki!!

Review written Jun 2015

My Contiki was: amazing, fun, exciting

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  • Rhea
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 3 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Amazing experience

06 Jun 2015 - 13 Jun 2015

Everything about the Ireland trip was absolutely amazing. I felt I got the most out of every city we went to and I learned so much about Ireland's history and people. Accommodations were great and my favorite food was the Irish stew. I did all the optionals and they were awesome especially the Aran Islands and the Guinness Storehouse. Everyone on the trip was amazing, our coach was great, and shout out to Lee for being an amazing tour guide!!! This will definitely not be my last Contiki!!

Review written Jun 2015

My Contiki was: amazing, fun, exciting

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  • carmucha
  • carmucha
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 7 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

What a great way to head to Europe!

30 Jul 2013 - 07 Aug 2013

This was my first Contiki tour and my first trip to Europe. What a wonderful way to get back in to traveling! I know that I was older than many of my travel mates but that didn't bother me too much. Heading into Northern Ireland was an amazing experience! Maybe on another visit, I will spend a day and a night in Belfast...

Pros: Giant's Causeway, Derry guide tour, Aran Islands, Galway (will definitely go back whenever I visit Ireland again), Jameson Experience (not on the tour necessarily but so glad my tour guide decided to make an impromptu stop from Kilkenny to Dublin), Guinness factory...we happened to arrive in Galway on the closing weekend of the Galway races and it was the best nights of my life on that trip.

Cons: Losing money, thanks to the Euro and Pound...now I know why some many Europeans have been heading to the States to visit over the last few years. Also, some of the dinners included on the tour were kinda the same, in terms of entrees (some sort of beef and root vegetable mashed up). While the beef is good over there, by the third included dinner, I needed a change!

I made a few great friends, both on the tour and in Ireland, and everyone is friendly over there, even when they are teasing you! If you need to bring back souvenirs, just buy chocolate, even if it's a KitKat! Chocolate and Guinness has never tasted the same in the States after my trip...gives me a reason to go back!

Review written May 2015

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  • carmucha
  • carmucha
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 7 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

What a great way to head to Europe!

30 Jul 2013 - 07 Aug 2013

This was my first Contiki tour and my first trip to Europe. What a wonderful way to get back in to traveling! I know that I was older than many of my travel mates but that didn't bother me too much. Heading into Northern Ireland was an amazing experience! Maybe on another visit, I will spend a day and a night in Belfast...

Pros: Giant's Causeway, Derry guide tour, Aran Islands, Galway (will definitely go back whenever I visit Ireland again), Jameson Experience (not on the tour necessarily but so glad my tour guide decided to make an impromptu stop from Kilkenny to Dublin), Guinness factory...we happened to arrive in Galway on the closing weekend of the Galway races and it was the best nights of my life on that trip.

Cons: Losing money, thanks to the Euro and Pound...now I know why some many Europeans have been heading to the States to visit over the last few years. Also, some of the dinners included on the tour were kinda the same, in terms of entrees (some sort of beef and root vegetable mashed up). While the beef is good over there, by the third included dinner, I needed a change!

I made a few great friends, both on the tour and in Ireland, and everyone is friendly over there, even when they are teasing you! If you need to bring back souvenirs, just buy chocolate, even if it's a KitKat! Chocolate and Guinness has never tasted the same in the States after my trip...gives me a reason to go back!

Review written May 2015

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  • Sarah Grau
  • Sarah Grau
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 5 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Ireland...Where the craic is mighty!

09 Aug 2014 - 16 Aug 2014

My husband and I had been talking about visiting Ireland since we first started dating. We were looking for a tour that truly gave us an Irish experience. We did not have to worry about driving or locating accommodations each night and were very fortunate to have a great group to enjoy the experience with. This tour includes the Cliffs of Moher, the Giants Causeway, Blarney Castle, the Rock of Cashel, the Jameson Distillery, the Guinness Factory and many other sites. All of the breakfasts and about half of the dinners are included but be warned that the meal options can be limited. The food was great overall though and vegetarian options are available. This tour is not great if you are looking for an in depth experience as you will spend a lot of time on the bus and typically only spend one night in each town. We found that you spend a lot of time hanging out with your tour group and often missed out on the one on one experience with the locals. However if you only have 1 1/2 to 2 weeks to spend in Ireland and want to see a little bit of everything with a fun group then this is the tour for you. Our tour guide, Cam, described this trip as a buffet where you get to sample and figure out what you would really like to do when you visit Ireland again. Take it as you will but be prepared to drink often and a lot! It is very common to enjoy a beer or two with lunch and dinner before heading out to the bar each night. The tour group includes 18 to 35 year olds so there is always someone to head to the pub with or someone to hangout with in the hotel lobby to watch a movie. Free wifi was available in each hotel that we stayed at so no need to worry about that. My husband and I stayed in a room together but note that if you are traveling solo you will be assigned a room with another individual of the same sex to hopefully get along with. Make sure to say yes to the optional activities. Your tour guide will pass around the list on the first day and all of the activities were a lot of fun and worth the money. Also make sure to take lots of cold medicine with you and get a flu shot before you travel. We met our group in Ireland and most people had just gotten over the flu which we picked up towards the end of the tour. Not how you want to spend your first European experience that's for sure. We had such a great time that we quickly booked our next Contiki tour after we got home to the states.

Review written Dec 2014

My Contiki was: Fun-filled, Fast-paced, Adventure

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  • Sarah Grau
  • Sarah Grau
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 5 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Ireland...Where the craic is mighty!

09 Aug 2014 - 16 Aug 2014

My husband and I had been talking about visiting Ireland since we first started dating. We were looking for a tour that truly gave us an Irish experience. We did not have to worry about driving or locating accommodations each night and were very fortunate to have a great group to enjoy the experience with. This tour includes the Cliffs of Moher, the Giants Causeway, Blarney Castle, the Rock of Cashel, the Jameson Distillery, the Guinness Factory and many other sites. All of the breakfasts and about half of the dinners are included but be warned that the meal options can be limited. The food was great overall though and vegetarian options are available. This tour is not great if you are looking for an in depth experience as you will spend a lot of time on the bus and typically only spend one night in each town. We found that you spend a lot of time hanging out with your tour group and often missed out on the one on one experience with the locals. However if you only have 1 1/2 to 2 weeks to spend in Ireland and want to see a little bit of everything with a fun group then this is the tour for you. Our tour guide, Cam, described this trip as a buffet where you get to sample and figure out what you would really like to do when you visit Ireland again. Take it as you will but be prepared to drink often and a lot! It is very common to enjoy a beer or two with lunch and dinner before heading out to the bar each night. The tour group includes 18 to 35 year olds so there is always someone to head to the pub with or someone to hangout with in the hotel lobby to watch a movie. Free wifi was available in each hotel that we stayed at so no need to worry about that. My husband and I stayed in a room together but note that if you are traveling solo you will be assigned a room with another individual of the same sex to hopefully get along with. Make sure to say yes to the optional activities. Your tour guide will pass around the list on the first day and all of the activities were a lot of fun and worth the money. Also make sure to take lots of cold medicine with you and get a flu shot before you travel. We met our group in Ireland and most people had just gotten over the flu which we picked up towards the end of the tour. Not how you want to spend your first European experience that's for sure. We had such a great time that we quickly booked our next Contiki tour after we got home to the states.

Review written Dec 2014

My Contiki was: Fun-filled, Fast-paced, Adventure

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  • Karen
  • Karen
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 8 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Ireland October 9-18 2014

11 Oct 2014 - 18 Oct 2014

ThIs trip was amazing! Traveling to Ireland was the first trip I've taken outside Canada. I'd been dreaming of going for years and when we had the chance my friend and I jumped at the opportunity... and Contiki doesn't disappoint!
My tour manager was Evan. I can't begin to say enough good things about him- he was hilarious (especially his Hollaback girl karaoke), knowledgable, entertaining, always has a smile on his face, and knows how to get us going. Our coach was masterfully navigated by Sammy who can drive a bus as if it was a compact car.
A Contiki tour is full of non-stop places to see- many included and a few additional add ons. We saw Dublin, Trinity College, Temple Bar, Belfast, Giants Causeway, Derry, Galway, Aran Islands, Blarney Castle, Jameson distillery, Guinness brewery, Cliffs of Moher, Cork, Kilkenny, traditional bands, cows, sheep...lots of pubs and it was ALL fantastic!
Last but not least- the people! I met so many new friends that are part of some of the best experiences of my life. I won't forget the Auzzies (and there obsession with how ridiculous Newfoundlands culture is), the Americans, and fellow Canadians (even though I'm a Newfie before I'm a canadian) who I shared this amazing adventure with! They all helped make the trip what it was!
I will definitely be taking another Contiki tour in the future!

Review written Oct 2014

My Contiki was: Amazing, Interesting, Ireland

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  • Karen
  • Karen
  • Level 2 Traveler
  • 2 Contikis
  • 8 Countries
Ireland
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Ireland October 9-18 2014

11 Oct 2014 - 18 Oct 2014

ThIs trip was amazing! Traveling to Ireland was the first trip I've taken outside Canada. I'd been dreaming of going for years and when we had the chance my friend and I jumped at the opportunity... and Contiki doesn't disappoint!
My tour manager was Evan. I can't begin to say enough good things about him- he was hilarious (especially his Hollaback girl karaoke), knowledgable, entertaining, always has a smile on his face, and knows how to get us going. Our coach was masterfully navigated by Sammy who can drive a bus as if it was a compact car.
A Contiki tour is full of non-stop places to see- many included and a few additional add ons. We saw Dublin, Trinity College, Temple Bar, Belfast, Giants Causeway, Derry, Galway, Aran Islands, Blarney Castle, Jameson distillery, Guinness brewery, Cliffs of Moher, Cork, Kilkenny, traditional bands, cows, sheep...lots of pubs and it was ALL fantastic!
Last but not least- the people! I met so many new friends that are part of some of the best experiences of my life. I won't forget the Auzzies (and there obsession with how ridiculous Newfoundlands culture is), the Americans, and fellow Canadians (even though I'm a Newfie before I'm a canadian) who I shared this amazing adventure with! They all helped make the trip what it was!
I will definitely be taking another Contiki tour in the future!

Review written Oct 2014

My Contiki was: Amazing, Interesting, Ireland

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What's Included

All of this & more, included as standard on your trip.

Accommodation

  • 7 nights twin-share hotel accommodation
  • 11 meals: 7 continental breakfasts & 4 three-course dinners
  • An experienced & professional Tour Manager & Driver team
  • Modern, air-conditioned coach with electrical outlets for charging
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations
  • Hotel tips, local taxes & service charges

Team

  • An experienced & professional Trip Manager & Driver team
  • Sightseeing tours of all major cities plus orientations in all other destinations

Food

  • 7 continental breakfasts
  • 4 three-course dinners

Inclusions

  • 1 World Heritage Site visited
  • See Trinity College, the Monument of Light, Parnell Square and St. Stephen's Green
  • Visit Blarney Castle
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Me Time

  • Jamesons Distiller Tour
  • Guided bike tour of Kilkenny
  • Galway Aran Island
  • Londonderry Walking Tour
  • Guinness Storehouse Visit
  • Farewell Evening at The Merry Ploughboy Pub
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On a budget?

  • The average cost per day for this tour is US$143
  • You only need a US$200 deposit to book and pay in full 45 days before you travel.
  • Pay in installments, with Contiki Easy Pay
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