Heart of Ireland

Travel throughout some of Ireland's most scenic locations, on this 6 night escorted tour. Begin your journey in Dublin and travel west to the charming city of Galway, one of the most unique areas of Ireland to explore. We will discover the barren fields, rugged coastline, and scenic beauty that makes Galway so unique during a panoramic city tour. From Galway, we enjoy a scenic tour of Connemara, a place of contrasting colors and ample wildlife, which offers a warm welcome to visitors. Departing Galway, we venture out to view one of Ireland's top attractions, the Cliffs of Moher. Admire the beauty the cliffs, which rise 700-feet above the Atlantic Ocean, have to offer, before heading to Killarney, a quaint and charming town full of life. From Killarney, we travel along the Dingle Peninsula and enjoy the magnificent coastal views that Dingle has to offer, before traveling to Blarney, where we have an opportunity to kiss the famed Blarney Stone. Returning back to Dublin, we are provided the opportunity to explore the culture of Dublin's capital through visits to attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse and EPIC Emigration Museum.

Heart of Ireland

Travel throughout some of Ireland's most scenic locations, on this 6 night escorted tour. Begin your journey in Dublin and travel west to the charming city of Galway, one of the most unique areas of Ireland to explore. We will discover the barren fields, rugged coastline, and scenic beauty that makes Galway so unique during a panoramic city tour. From Galway, we enjoy a scenic tour of Connemara, a place of contrasting colors and ample wildlife, which offers a warm welcome to visitors. Departing Galway, we venture out to view one of Ireland's top attractions, the Cliffs of Moher. Admire the beauty the cliffs, which rise 700-feet above the Atlantic Ocean, have to offer, before heading to Killarney, a quaint and charming town full of life. From Killarney, we travel along the Dingle Peninsula and enjoy the magnificent coastal views that Dingle has to offer, before traveling to Blarney, where we have an opportunity to kiss the famed Blarney Stone. Returning back to Dublin, we are provided the opportunity to explore the culture of Dublin's capital through visits to attractions such as the Guinness Storehouse and EPIC Emigration Museum.

Tour Highlights

  • Ten meals including breakfast daily (besides the day of arrival) and four dinners
  • Top sights with visits to Galway, Connemara, Killarney, and Dublin
  • Relaxed and updated itinerary (Great for groups & families)
  • Top hotels, including a two (2) night stay at a castle hotel

Heart of Ireland Tour Includes

  • Excellent hotels with first class and superior first-class hotels throughout
  • Full Irish breakfast daily, except day of arrival
  • Four (4) hotel dinners
  • Full sightseeing by deluxe touring motorcoach
  • Professional Irish driver/guide to escort you throughout
  • Visits to: Guinness Storehouse, Trinity College**, Cliffs of Moher, Connemara Marble and Celtic Crystal
  • Scenic touring of Dingle Peninsula and a panoramic Dublin city tour
  • Porterage of one (1) suitcase per person
  • Tips and taxes in Ireland. Gratuities to the driver/guide not included
  • Celtic Tours flight bag* and portfolio of travel documents

Additional Notes

Departure from Dublin is on arrival of all International flights booked by Celtic Tours (scheduled generally for 9:15 am). Due to flights arriving at various times, passengers arriving early may have an extended wait at the airport until all flights arrive. You may want to consider booking a pre-night to avoid a long wait at the airport or to avoid missing the group transfer.

Please note, the following hotel changes:

Galway: July 28 - Galway Bay Hotel / Sept 29 and Oct 06 - Galway Bay Hotel / Mar 10 and Oct 6, 2019 Imperial Hotel Galway (cold buffet breakfast only)

*Flight bags are included on tours from April 29 - Oct 7, 2018  and May 05 - Sep 29, 2019 only. Tours booked on dates outside of this range will receive a portfolio of documents, but the flight bag is not included.

**Please note: Slight itinerary change for 2019. Guinness will be followed by a visit to the amazing new museum Epic, an interactive experience uncovering the dramatic and inspiring stories of the Irish who have influenced the world.


Itinerary

Sunday, Day 01 is the start date in the Ireland. Note, with overnight flights, a Saturday flight would be needed, to meet group on Day 01, Sunday at Dublin Airport. A 9:15 am group transfer is provided from Dublin Airport on arrival. Should your flight arrive after 9:15, we suggest booking a pre-night, so that you can meet the group as needed on Sunday.

Day 01, Sunday: Arrive Dublin, Ireland - Galway

Morning arrival at Dublin Airport. Depart Dublin and travel the short journey to Galway, where we check into our hotel. Free time to rest. In the afternoon, we enjoy a local panoramic sightseeing tour of Galway City. Dinner and overnight in Galway. (D)

Day 02, Monday: Galway- Connemara - Galway

Today we enjoy a scenic tour of Connemara. Travel along Galway Bay to Maam Cross and Clifden. Continue on via Kylemore Abbey and stop briefly for a photo opportunity. We continue via scenic countryside; keep an eye out for sheep en-route to Moycullen. We stop to visit the Connemara Marble Factory and the Celtic Crystal Factory. Return to Galway. Our evening is free to enjoy Galway this evening, with dinner on your own. Overnight in Galway. (B, D)

Day 03, Tuesday: Galway - Cliffs of Moher - Killarney

Morning departure from Galway. We make our way to the awe inspiring and majestic Cliffs of Moher, which rise 700 feet above the Atlantic Ocean. A spectacular day with great sea and cliff view, before making our way to Killarney for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 04, Wednesday: Killarney - Dingle Peninsula

A delightful day takes us along the Kerry coast to the Dingle Peninsula, which offers magnificent coastal scenery. Beyond Slea Head, we see the Blasket Islands, the last outpost of Europe. A full day tour returning to Killarney, where we enjoy dinner at our hotel this evening. Overnight in Killarney. (B)

Day 05, Thursday: Killarney - Cashel - Dublin

Leaving Killarney we travel over the mountains to Blarney, where we pause for a visit to Blarney Woollen Mills. Here you have time to enjoy an optional visit to Blarney Castle, and perhaps kiss the famed Blarney Stone. Leaving Blarney we travel via Tipperary and Cashel, where we pause for a photo-op at the historic Rock of Cashel. Arrive in Dublin, where the evening is free to dine on your own tonight. Overnight at our castle hotel tonight in Killiney, Co. Dublin. (B, D)

Our castle hotel is situated at the brow of Killiney Hill, in the prestigious south Dublin suburb of Killiney and overlooking Dublin Bay.

Day 06, Friday: Dublin

Coming into the capital city this morning for sightseeing. We visit the Guinness Storehouse, enjoying panoramic views of the city from the Gravity Bar, followed by Trinity College and the 8th century Book of Kells (**Please note that for 2019 tours we will visit the EPIC Museum in lieu of Trinity College). Some time free then to enjoy the capital city independently. Dublin has plenty of shops, cafe, museums and more for you to enjoy. This evening, we enjoy a farewell dinner at our castle hotel in Killiney, Co. Dublin. (B)

Day 07, Saturday: Dublin - U.S.

Early morning transfer to Dublin Airport for your return flight home. Flights to the U.S. arrive home the same day. (B)

Rates & Hotels

2018 Dates & Prices (Click Date to Book)
Dates Land Only
Nov 18  (Please call)  Small Group Tour- Guaranteed $1149
Nov 25  (Sold Out) $1149
2019 Dates & Prices (Click Date to Book)
Dates Land Only
Feb 10  (Please call)  Small Group Tour $1259
Feb 17  (Please call)  Small Group Tour $1259
Feb 24  (Please call)  Small Group Tour $1259
Mar 03  (Please call) $1259
 Small Group Tour $1279
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$1279
$1279
 Guaranteed $1289
$1289
$1329
$1499
 Guaranteed $1499
$1499
$1529
$1549
 Small Group Tour $1549
$1549
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$1549
Jul 14  (Sold Out) $1549
$1549
Jul 28  (Sold Out) $1549
$1549
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Aug 25  (Sold Out) $1549
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$1479
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Featured Hotels

Heart of Ireland- Premier Escorted Motorcoach Tour
Connacht Hotel Galway, Co. Galway
Imperial Hotel Galway
Galway Bay Hotel Salthill Upper Salthill, Co. Galway
Salthill Hotel Salthill, Co. Galway
Killarney Avenue Hotel Killarney, Co. Kerry
Killarney Oaks Hotel Killarney, Co. Kerry
Killarney Towers Hotel Killarney, Co. Kerry
Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Killiney, Co. Dublin
Powerscourt Hotel (previously Ritz Carlton) Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow

Tour Details

Your land package begins: / Your land package ends:

(As most International flights are overnight flights - please book air accordingly)

Flight Details


Accommodation Details

Connacht Hotel Galway City

Galway, Co. Galway -

The Connacht Hotel Galway City is located 5 minutes from Galway City Centre [more]

The Imperial Hotel

Galway -

Located in the heart of Galway City and the closest Hotel to Galway University NUIG, the Imperial Hotel Galway City has an impressive location. [more]

Galway Bay Hotel Salthill

Upper Salthill, Co. Galway -

With it's spectacular location by Salthill's Blue Flag beach, the 4 star Galway Bay Hotel has an unrivalled setting overlooking Galway Bay and the Clare Hills, while also being situated only 2 miles from Galway City Centre. [more]

Salthill Hotel

Salthill, Co. Galway -

Overlooking the famous Salthill Promenade, Galway Bay and the Clare Hills, this elegant hotel features a 100 feet swimming pool, a whirlpool, and a large gym. Just 0.6 miles from Galway city centre, it is set in Galway’s beautiful countryside on the scenic route to Connemara National Park. [more]

The Killarney Avenue

Killarney, Co. Kerry -

The Hotel that started it all, the Killarney Avenue Hotel is wonderfully located in the town centre and facing the Golden Gate entrance to Killarneys National Park. [more]

Killarney Oaks Hotel

Killarney, Co. Kerry -

The Killarney Oaks Hotel is in an idyllic venue. Situated just minutes from Killarney town centre, The Killarney Oaks enjoys a tranquil setting overlooking the mountains and countryside. [more]

Killarney Towers Hotel

Killarney, Co. Kerry -

Enjoying a dominant position on Killarney’s College Street, the Killarney Towers Hotel offers guests all the luxury... [more]

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel

Killiney, Co. Dublin -

Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel Dublin is the epitome of the elegance and charm of the south Dublin coast. The only Irish castle hotel located in the fashionable suburbs of Killiney, Dun Laoghaire and Dalkey, overlooking Dublin Bay. [more]

Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa

Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow -

Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa is a totally immersive hotel experience. We offer 5 star luxury with genuine warmth, in breathtaking surroundings, delivered by people as individual as you are. [more]

Pricing

Your tour land price is per person based on two (2) people sharing a twin or double room. When a single room is booked, a single supplement will apply. There is no reduction for triple rooms on this tour.

This tour does not include:

  • Items not noted on itinerary
  • Lunches
  • Tips to driver/guide
  • Airfare

Airfare

Airfare is additional. Once you select your tour date, you will be given the opportunity to search our system for the best available airfare from your home city. The tour date shown is the date one arrives in Ireland. All air should be booked a day prior to accommodate overnight flights to Ireland.

Our system will search for the best possible airfare during your booking process. Note: airfare cannot be booked sooner than eleven (11) month from date of departure.

Departures & Transfers

Departure date is the date the tour starts in Ireland. One would depart from the US. one day prior to the date noted. The tour begins on Sunday in Ireland.

One (1) free group transfer is offered from Dublin at 9:15 am. Please make sure you arrive before this time. If your flight time is later, please book a pre-night arrival to avoid missing the included transfer. Passengers booked on earlier morning flights will have extended wait time at the airport.

Galway: March 31 - The Connacht Hotel Galway / July 28 - Galway Bay Hotel / Sept 29 and Oct 06 - Galway Bay Hotel

If Celtic Tours does not book your air, you may avail of these free transfers, provided you submit your flight information within 35 days prior to departure and you are available 30 minutes prior to scheduled airport departure. Otherwise, transfers to the first hotel would be your responsibility. The tour ends at Dublin Airport at 7:00 am for all passengers.